Foundation Focus December 2019

ROTC

LTC Jeff Collins, USA (Ret.) met with LTC Jason Jajack, USA, AROTC PMS and Major Paul Matthews, USMC (Ret.) at Capital University on 28 October and with Colonel Kevin Cullen, USAF, OSU AFROTC PAS on 7 November to review IRS Approval of our 501 (c)(3) Application,  establishment of our MOAA COC Foundation, our Marketing Plan, Fundraising Efforts and Fall MOAA COC/ROTC Partnership Opportunities.

LTC Jeff Collins attended the “1 Day for the KIA” 5K Run at the OSU Main Oval and Skills Competition at the French Field House hosted by the OSU AFROTC Detachment on 2 November. The 5K Run included three laps around The Ohio State University Main Oval to raise money for the OSU Living Legacy Scholarship – a Scholarship that benefits the families of wounded and fallen OSU service members. The Skills Competition  included AFROTC Cadets from several other universities competing in various skill events.

LTC Jeff Collins attended the OSU ROTC “Rock Ceremony” on 7 November in front of the OSU Admin Building on the Oval. The “Rock Ceremony” honors all alumni of The Ohio State University who have laid down their lives for our country as well as the many thousands of The Ohio State University students and alumni who have served their country and those who are currently on active duty. Concurrently to the “Rock Ceremony” OSU ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen participated in a 12 – Hour Veteran’s Day Run on the Main Oval honoring our nation’s service members

Jeff Collins, LTC ANG jmcwindsor@yahoo.co

 

Adopt A Service Person

I received the following thank you email from CPT Ben Schneider with the 10 MTN DIV CAVN.  “We did receive the K-cups yesterday.  Thanks for those as they will keep us going through these long nights.   Again, we really appreciate the support.  Happy Veterans day.”

Over 600 new Christmas cards have been sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The last box went out November 9 in plenty of time for the troops to get the greeting cards back to family and friends in the states.  I am thankful to MOAA members and neighbors for donating the cards.

On Veterans Day, we were traveling to Rochester, NY.  It was inspiring to see Veterans sitting together at tables enjoying each other’s company. At our rest stops, we talked with many Veterans from several states.  Among Veterans, there is a comradery that brings together strangers.

If you know of anyone who is deployed, please forward the name to me.

Dorothy Williams, zemzem1@aol.com

 

 

Foundation Focus November 2019

ROTC UPDATE

On September 12th, LTC Collins attended a ROTC Scholarship and Contracting Ceremony at Capital University. Seven Capital AROTC Cadets were awarded two, three or four year AROTC Scholarships. Five of these cadets were from Capital University, one was from Old Dominion University and one from Otterbein University. The Capital University AROTC Program comprises Cadets from eight Columbus Area Universities and Colleges. The total dollar amount awarded to these cadets exceeded $750,000, In addition to the AROTC Scholarship Awards representatives from each of the Cadet’s Universities presented checks to the Cadets to cover the cost of their Room and Board.

Following the Scholarship Awards Ceremony the Cadets took their Oath of Enlistment from LTC Jason Jajack, USA, PMS at Capital University. The Ceremony was well attended by family, friends and other Cadets.

On 25 September LTC Collins met with CAPTAIN Coffey, USN, OSU NROTC PNS, Commander Chrapkiewicz,, USN, OSU NROTC XO and Captain Sowder, USA, OSU AROTC XO to review our MOAA Central Ohio Chapter 501(c)(3) Application approval by the IRS. Once the approval was received MOAA COC established a separate MOAA COC Foundation and developed a Marketing Plan. With the MOAA Foundation and Marketing Plan now in place individuals and businesses can donate tax deductible funds to the MOAA Foundation for ROTC Scholarships for The Ohio State University and Capital University ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen as well as other MOAA Central Ohio Chapter Programs assisting our Veterans.

LTC Collins has also reviewed our MOAA COC 501(c)(3) Application approval with Colonel Cullen, USAF, OSU AFROTC PAS and LTC Toohey, USA, OSU AROTC PMS at The Ohio State University. LTC Collins will meet with LTC Jajack, USA, AROTC PMS at Capital University on 21 October. We are very excited about this opportunity to help deserving future “Leaders in Need” from The Ohio State University and Capital University with a ROTC Scholarship from our MOAA COC Foundation fundraising efforts. We are now accepting donations from our friends and businesses.

On 7 November The Ohio State University ROTC Detachments will conduct their annual “Rock Ceremony” honoring OSU Servicemen and Women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The annual “Rock Ceremony” has been conducted each year since November 11, 1919 to honor fallen OSU war hero’s. The “Rock Ceremony” honors more than nine-hundred students and alumni of The Ohio State University who died in service to their country and the many thousands of The Ohio State University students and alumni who have served their country and those who are currently on active duty.

LTC Jeff Collins jmcwindsor@gmail.com

ADOPT A SERVICE PERSON

I received the following thank you email from Capt Stewart USMC deployed in Iraq. “I wanted to let you know that I received your care packages. We really appreciate the coffee! Thank you for your support and patriotism. We are proud to be out here on behalf of Americans such as you. We appreciate you!”

One of the many items that are requested is coffee. Now that colder weather is approaching for them, the request is also for hot chocolate, instance oatmeal, and blankets. My good friend’s grandson is deploying to Iraq in two weeks. He had to supply his own blanket. I called Rep. Steve Stivers’ office to have them look into the situation of blankets for our troops. Capt Steward’s unit picture is below.

Veteran’s Day will soon be upon us. It is a humbling time for me to remember and salute those who chose and choose to defend our country. Over 1500 Vets come into our local VA every day. The need is great to also take care of them. I know MOAA members never stop serving. God bless them all.

Dorothy Williams, zemzem1@aol.com