Major Kelly Fitzpatrick, USA (Ret), right, spends a moment before the Portland Chapter meeting with Col Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret), Chapter President. Fitzpatrick, Military and Veterans Constituent Services Representative in the office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, spoke on “Perspectives on the Federal Government” at a well-attended brunch meeting March 3 at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin.
The newly appointed Acting Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, Sheronne Blasi, left, spoke to members of the Portland Chapter of MOAA, at the February brunch meeting at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin, about the status of veteran affairs in Oregon and about the legislative cycle that begins shortly. With her here is Col Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret), chapter President.
Cadet members of the JROTC program at Oregon City High School prepare to post the colors at the annual MOAA Portland Chapter Christmas dinner. The well-attended affair included music from the John Bennett Trio, raffles and dancing and a tribute to the fallen at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
CAPT Larry Roberts, USNR (Ret.), left, Chapter First Vice President, spends a moment at the Chapter brunch meeting in November at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin with the keynote speaker, CAPT William R. Timmons, USCG, the Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. CAPT Timmons’ talk was on “Reflections on Command.” He discussed his unit’s mission and talked about the daily incidents that come up.
Col Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret), left, shares a moment with the keynote speaker at the well-attended October Portland Chapter brunch meeting at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin. The speaker, Lt Col Angelica Pilato, former officer club manager in Thailand during the Vietnam War, talked about her experiences there and her book, “Angel’s Truck Stop.”
Mr. Gordy Molitor, keynote speaker, left, spends a moment with MOAA Chapter President Col Mary J. Mayer, USAF Ret., before the September dinner meeting at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Mr. Molitor talked about climate change and its impact on the U.S. military. He said much more attention needs to be paid to climate change by the military. He is retired from CARE, the international relief and development organization, and since has volunteered with a number of groups and serves on the board of Our Climate and Solar Oregon.
We will feature a few pictures of the MOAA Group
Tracye B. Davis, Deputy Director of the Portland VA Health Care System, right, and Chapter President Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret), spend a moment together before the June meeting of the Portland Chapter at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Ms Davis talked about “VA Initiatives” and gave a very informative talk on what’s going on at the Portland VA. The meeting was well attended.
Elizabeth Estabrooks, Women Veterans Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, spoke to the Portland Chapter of MOAA in May at a dinner meeting. She discussed how women veterans often are “invisible” and what can be done to change that, plus what she and her department are doing to bring more visibility to women veterans, who have and continue to play key roles in military operations.
Captain Matthew Martinson, P.E., Director, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction at the Portland office of the Indian Health Service, was the April keynote speaker at the Portland Chapter meeting at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Captain Martinson talked about the Indian Health Service and its projects.
Attendees at an MOAA Oregon State Council of Chapters meeting in Portland in May spend a moment for a photo shoot. From left, Cameron Smith, Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs; Col Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret), President of the MOAA Portland Chapter and member of the MOAA National Board of Directors; Mrs. Laura Atkins; Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), President/CEO of MOAA; and BG Dennis Merrill, the President of the Oregon State Council of Chapters. Lt Gen Atkins was in Portland to receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Portland, and was invited by the Oregon State Council of Chapters to speak to the group at a special Council Meeting convened for the occasion. It also dovetailed with the board meeting of the Portland Chapter, whose members heard the general speak. The early morning breakfast event was well attended. The general talked about MOAA nationally and the strengths of the organization now and going forward.
Col Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret), right, and Rev. Karyn Dix, Minister at Murray Hills Christian Church in Beaverton, share a moment before the March 4 brunch meeting of the Portland Chapter at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tulatin. Rev. Dix spoke on “Moral Injury” to the well-attended brunch gathering.