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On March 1, 2018 the Luke Chapter MOAA launched a new and improved website.  The new site has...
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Major Wilke work at AZ Dept of Emergency and Military Affairs

Reports from the Chapter President on issues of interest to Chapter members.


We are certainly living during an unusual and un-precedented time in our Nation’s history. I certainly hope everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing and other recommended measures. Please be sure and look at the article regarding member Major Gene Wikle and his role in the Arizona response to this challenge and the tips on the website he recommends (click here).


Regarding Chapter fund raising this year - I do not have enough words in my vocabulary to ex-press my deepest appreciation to you and how you have stepped up to the plate and so generously donated to our charitable programs. We had anticipated that the pandemic would affect donations, but I am glad to report that is not the case. All our corporate donors from last year have or have promised to donate the same amount they did last year and there are even some new corporate donors for a total of $7,975. Additionally, there were several in-kind donations from both Corporate and members which were auctioned at our fund raiser. There were 21 corporate, friend, and member donations to the Ron Lord memorial fund for a total of $3,075. And lastly, you the members generously donated $23,500 in cash. There were 81 donations by 61 members (some members made multiple donations). These donated an average of $290 per member.

As we move forward this coming year, we are asking from you some assistance in a few of your programs. More information will be forthcoming, but please consider volunteering to help with the Veteran Support program, calls to check up on fellow members, and the Spring fund raiser. Your ideas and support will make these extremely worthwhile programs go even better. Please “Never Stop Serving” – no matter how little or how much!



As costs continue to rise, we do our best to keep dues and dinners as low as possible and there is one way you can help. The printed copies of the News-Gram cost about $2.50 each to print and mail each month! There are currently over 70 members who receive the NewsGram by mail. We certainly understand that those who do not have email must receive it this way. However, we request that those of you who do have an email address con-sider receiving the NewsGram by email only. If you can help us out in this matter, please email LTC Scott Phillips at and let him know.



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, your Board has decided to cancel the May dinner meeting so that we can all re-main safe until this situation is fully under control. The dynamic speakers previously scheduled for April and May 2020 will be rescheduled for next year.

We were scheduled to have our short Annual meeting in April, where we vote on the officers for next year. We will be sending out an online ballot for this purpose shortly, so look for it in your email. If you receive a hard copy of the NewsGram, the Ballot will be included.

It is very necessary that we have a quorum to conduct the meeting, so please vote! Once the vote is tallied, the officers for next year will be sworn in at our next Board meeting which is conducted using GoToMeeting, a very good virtual online program where all participants can see and hear each other and fully participate in the meeting from the safety of their home. We have used it very successfully in a Committee meeting and our April board meeting.


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