At Our November Meeting

Congratulations to our new Treasurer - Bob Chapman, and our new members of our Board - Larry Munhall and Rick Wynkoop.  Thanks for your past service to John Bredfeldt and Paul Wingo.

Letter from the President

November 1, 2019

My Fellow Members

I am writing to make a special plea for your help and attendance to make next year as wonderful and productive as has been the 2019 chapter year. 

First, please join us at the 2019 Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction on December 12, 2019 at the Achasta Country Club in Dahlonega. This will be a wonderful evening of camaraderie and entertainment including the opportunity to participate in a fantastic Silent Auction. Kevin Moore and Paul Wingo are working hard to make this a great event. Cut and paste the registration form included here and mail it in now. 

Secondly, I ask you to take action now to help us make sure we start our 2020 chapter outreach programs with all the funding required. You can see for yourself how much we do and what a difference we make by reading the entire list below. I ask you to do two things now: Pay your 2020 dues and add in a contribution of $100 or $200 or more as a one-time contribution to GMCMOAA. You can do this on the same registration form you see here for the Dinner and Auction. We will use your money wisely. All these approaches to raising money allow us to not need to do more burdensome fundraising activities throughout the year.

I’m proud of all you do. Sincerely, 

Theodore (Ted) Chopin

Col, USA, Ret


2019 Chapter Christmas Dinner & Silent Auction Info & Registration

Who: Members of GMC, MOAA; MOAA Members; Veterans; Family & Friends

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Location: Achasta Country Club, 639 Birch River Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30533

Dress: Semi-Formal/Coat and Tie

Time: Cash Bar and Silent Auction opens: 1730 hours

Buffet Dinner commences:  1830 hours

Chapter Officer Installation:  After dinner

Bidding on Silent Auction Closes:  2000 hours (See the Event Announcement)

Cost: $35.00 per person: Your payment must be received by our treasurer NLT 4 Dec.

I/WE are pleased to accept this invitation to attend the Georgia Mountain Chapter Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction. Please enter the following information for our registration:

Name(s) for Name tag: ________ ________________________________________  $35.00

                                                Title   Name (first last)

Name(s) for Name tag: ________ ________________________________________ $35.00

                                                Title Name (first last)

Name(s) for Name tag: ________ ________________________________________ $35.00

                                                Title Name (first last)

Name(s) for Name tag: ________ ________________________________________ $35.00

                                                                                                                  Title Name (first last)

Additional Tax Deductible Donation to the Chapter: $__________

GMCMOAA 2020 Dues @ $25 for member (if not already paid): $ ____

# attending: _____ x $35.00  = _____ +Donation ____+Dues____ = TOTAL ENCLOSED: $____________

I Will Donate Items To The Silent Auction: YES / NO. Call 4 Item pickup by board member by 11/28/2019. Contact Kevin Moore (770-616-3787) for instructions/pick-up of items! 

Checks payable to: GMCMOAA. Send Checks AND THIS FORM Directly To Our Treasurer:

John Bredfeldt

103 Shoal Creek Court

Dawsonville, GA 30534-3315


Wreaths Across America

Our Chapter’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) support campaign has started. The WAA mission is to “Remember” - Our Fallen Veterans, “Honor” - Those How Serve, “Teach” - Our Children the Value of Freedom. Beyond this great mission this is also an important fundraiser for us as a part of the purchase price of each wreath is returned to the chapter for our use. The wreath laying is Dec. 14th, but our orders need to be in much earlier so please take action now.

You may place credit card orders right now by clicking on the link below and following the prompts to purchase/sponsor wreaths. In lieu of ordering now online you may contact Larry Munhall, our chapter’s WAA program coordinator, at or phone him at 404-786-9841. Larry will email or mail an order form to you. You can then send the form and check to: GMCMOAA, PO Box 1703, Dahlonega, GA 30533 


Click on the link below and follow the prompts to join our chapter or to renew your current membership in the Georgia Mountain Chapter by  using a credit card.  Or you may also mail a check for $25 per calendar year to our chapter address:

Georgia Mountain Chapter, MOAA

PO Box 1703                                      

Dahlonega, GA 30533                       

Chapter Mission and Learn More

  “To advocate for our community and connect it to the nation we serve.”

The Georgia Mountain Chapter of MOAA (GMCMOAA) is a non-profit veteran’s association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. 

There's so much to know about MOAA. Click here take a look at our national organization.

2019 Activities


Month Service Event Description – Lead Chapter Coordinator/s

January: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

GMOAA Council Meeting in Warner Robins - President

February: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

Check for UNG Scholarship Award ($3500) sent to UNG – BJ Austin/Treasurer 

JROTC POC assign JROTC schools to chapter members – Second VP

Begin chapter coordination for Wreaths Across America (WAA) – Larry Munhall

March: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

Complete/Send GAMOAA Council Chapter Award Program input - President

 Quarterly newsletter published (15) – Ron Viles

Christmas Silent Auction Chair confirmed and solicitation for donations begins – Second VP Prepare/send letters to JROTC OIC for JROTC cadet awards– Second VP

April: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

Complete/Send MOAA Levels of Excellence Award input – President 

GMCMOAA ROTC Scholarship Award ($3500) presented to UNG junior during Parent/Alumni weekend activities – BJ Austin

Complete JROTC Awards school assignments to chapter members - Second VP

May: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings 

JROTC medal, coin, and cash award ($100) presentations at 22 area high schools – Second VP and all volunteer presenters as assigned

Prepare and present University of North GA (UNG) ROTC commissioning award (62 cadets spring 2018) – BJ Austin, President, Ron Viles, others

County/City Memorial Day ceremony participation – Don Brown

Solicit volunteers for duties and finalize support to For The Warriors (FTW) Golf Classic – Mike Seely

June: Support FTW Golf Classic at Lanier Islands, gift bags, dinner, assist golfers – Mike Seely

Quarterly newsletter published (15th)

Prepare/Complete Levels of Excellence application to National MOAA - President

July: Enjoy your summer in beautiful North Georgia

August: Prepare and present UNG ROTC commissioning award (11- summer 2018) – Paul Wingo, President, Ron Viles

Treasurer letter to members highlighting financial position and important revenue items

September: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

Quarterly newsletter published (15th) – Ron Viles

GA MOAA State Convention, 20-22; President, Secretary, First VP, Second VP, Paul Wingo,

Advertise and sell Wreaths Across America; - Larry Munhall

Organize and Lead Trip to Retiree Appreciation Day, Ft Benning – CNX for 2019

Christmas Auction item collection/sign-up – Kevin Moore

October: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

Organize and Solicit Nominees for Slate of Chapter Officers for next year (Treasurer and one or two Board Members – Nominating Committee Chair – Don Brown

 Advertise and sell Wreaths Across America - Larry Munhall

Christmas Auction item collection/sign-up – Kevin Moore

November: Board of Directors (BOD) and general membership meetings

Nominating Committee Chair/Chapter elections – President, Don Brown

Advertise and sell Wreaths Across America, submit all orders to National- Larry Munhall

Retiree Appreciation Day – Postponed until 2020 participation

Organize Participation/Support local Veterans Day ceremonies and parades – Don Brown

Christmas Auction item collection/sign-up – Kevin Moore

December:  Christmas Dinner and Auction- Paul Wingo, Kevin Moore

Installation of new Chapter Officers - President

Prepare and present UNG ROTC Commissioning Award for Fall grads– President, Ron Viles

Assemble (4 Dec, 1800, Dahlonega Amer Legion) and distribution w/NGA Vietnam Veterans 100 Gift Bags to vets at Atlanta VA Hospital – Paul Wingo

Participate in GA State WAA ceremonies – All Volunteers

Participate in WAA National Placement Day – All Volunteers

Quarterly Newsletter published (15th) – Ron Viles

Collect chapter dues for following year – Treasurer; Asst. Treas. Bob Chapman

Every month ongoing projects:

New Membership Activities to Invite and Encourage - All

Fundraising in general, and in particular the major earner, the Christmas auction items need to be solicited/gathered all year. - All

Item collection/donation for VA Gift bags to be given in December - All

Excess medicine collection for Free Clinic distribution – Paul Wingo, Treasurer, all

Maintain chapter meeting speaker program – First VP

Maintain/execute financial statements and budget plan – Treasurer, Asst.Treas. Bob Chapman

Maintain personnel roster - Secretary

Support Interment/Funeral Ceremonies at GA National Cemetery - Chaplain

Maintain Website - President

Conduct Chaplain visits – Chaplain

Chapter Service Off. Specific ad hoc veteran support – As appropriate and assigned

Newsletter articles and pics to editor – All

Monthly Auction/Raffle – Second VP

Membership Chairman - ___________________ CRITICAL NEED

Webmaster; _______ Asst. Webmaster ___________ CRITICAL NEED

Draft Update and revise by-laws - President 

Chapter Officers and Board of Directors:

President – Theodore (Ted) Chopin 

First VP – Ron Crew

Second VP – Kevin Moore

Treasurer – John Bredfeldt

Secretary – Tom Billings

BOD Member – Don Brown

BOD Member – Ron Viles

BOD Member – Paul Wingo


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Come meet with us!

We meet in the private room at Papa's Place Family Restaurant in Dawsonville, GA.  The meeting begins with you ordering dinner from  their menu and includes the meal, a guest speaker, and a little business to get all the good works of the Chapter done.

Join us. We meet the third Thursday of the month for lunch at 1200 hrs. Our December meeting is a very enjoyable, semi-formal dinner and an exciting Silent Auction that is sure to please.

We do not meet in Jun, Jul, or Aug.

Join us for great camaraderie and to be a part of doing good things for past, present, and future members of the uniformed services of the United States of America. 

Georgia Mountain Chapter, MOAA, PO Box 1703, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533