How do I become a member of the Low Country Chapter?
The Low Country Chapter was formed in August 1964 with the purposes, among which, to foster fraternal relations between all branches of the various Services, to further the education of children of Service personnel, to present their rights and interests when Service matters are under consideration and to aid active and retired personnel of the various Services from which our members are drawn.
Membership in the Low Country Chapter is open to all members of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA national) who are or have been commissioned officers and warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service, and of the Reserve, National Guard and other components of these Services. That includes retired, former and current officers. Auxiliary membership is open to widows and widowers of deceased members or of any deceased individual who would, if living, be eligible for membership.
Membership in the Low Country Chapter is also open to retired, former, current officers and warrant officers as well as widows and widowers who are not members of MOAA national. By joining the Low Country Chapter you are eligible to receive "limited" membership in MOAA national if you have an email address that you provide to them.
Our programs include four luncheon meetings per year, usually on a Tuesday at noontime, and involve a short business meeting and a timely speaker. We are looking to expand our social activities and are always open to suggestions. A survey is currently underway to assess the desires of the membership. All members receive notices and reservation forms for scheduled events. A newsletter complete with pictures, news and messages is issued at intervals during the year. The Chapter also awards scholarships to local JROTC schools.
If you are interested in joining the Low Country Chapter of MOAA, please complete the application form at the link below (Adobe PDF) and return it to MOAA - Low Country Chapter, P.O. Box 1433, Beaufort, SC 29901.
SIX GOOD REASONS TO JOIN THE LOW COUNTRY CHAPTER OF MOAA
Here are six good reasons for any officer—active duty, Guard, Reserve, former, or retired, or their surviving spouse—to join MOAA-LC today. Check out our web site for a more comprehensive picture.
1. We make ourselves heard. Our chapter provides critical grassroots support for MOAA’s national legislative agenda. Our benefits under constant attack, now more than ever MOAA-LC members regularly connect with national legislators, staff and local agencies to share our thoughts and concerns. We open doors for MOAA’s legislative team in Washington. In these difficult times, MOAA members need to stick together and our chapter is the best way we know to do that.
2. Giving back to the community. Our members are MOAA’s ambassadors in our communities, supporting programs that make a difference in the lives of others. We established several JROTC scholarships; give to local veterans organizations/charity, support the USO and we are actively involved with other government and non-government groups where we share common interests.
3. Value added to chapter member lives. Our chapter sponsors interesting programs and opportunities to interact with civic, political, military, and business leaders on issues important to members. We provide travel opportunities, an active national scholarship loan program, well-attended meetings and great speakers.
4. Networking with fellow officers. Our chapter includes second career members in the work force or retired service members who have contacts in the community that can be valuable to transitioning officers. We work with other veterans groups frequently to assure achievement of common goal.
5. Stay informed. Our chapter newsletter, website, and meetings provide you the latest information on local, state, and national issues and changes to military benefits. Our newsletter and web site have received national recognition for quality and effectiveness in meeting the needs of our members.
6. Influencing state legislation. Several of our members communicate regularly with the state Legislature and we participate in advisory groups to our Congressional delegation. We also have a strong representation through the Council of Chapters to provide guidance and testimony on legislation of interest to veterans to provide a common voice for South Carolina veterans and their families.
MOAA'S NEW MEMBERSHIP MODEL
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, MOAA national launched a new three-tier model of membership. The new levels of membership are Basic Membership, Premium Membership and Life Membership. Read this fact sheet for an overview of the new system. Attached is a MOAA information sheet with application forms for Basic and Premium Memberships on the back. For more information about MOAA membership, log on to MOAA's website.
CHAPTER VS. NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
There has been some confusion regarding the payment of MOAA-LC Chapter dues and MOAA national dues.
The Low Country Chapter of MOAA is affiliated with but not a direct part of MOAA national. This is how all the MOAA chapters are set up. Consequently, when joining one, it does not mean that you automatically join the other or that when paying dues to one that covers dues to the other. In recent years, MOAA had a program whereby when someone, who is not a member of MOAA national, joins a chapter, they receive a free one-year membership in the national organization. However, after that first year, they hoped and expected members to continue paying national dues as well as our chapter dues. In 2013 MOAA changed their membership "model" to include three levels of membership. (See "MOAA's New Membership Model") Now their "free" membership is primarily electronic information and limited benefits, and to take advantage of this "basic" membership, one must have an email address.