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About Our Chapter

The Southeastern Chapter (SENCLAND) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) was officially chartered on 30 June 1973 as an affiliate of the national organization of The Retired Officers Association (TROA) and was re-chartered as an affiliate to MOAA when the name changed in 2003. Located along the beautiful southeastern coast of North Carolina, SENCLAND currently has 260 members in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus, Onslow, and Duplin counties. We represent all 7 uniformed services and our members are either currently serving, or former, retired officers and their survivors. We are a vibrant organization with members continually demonstrating their commitment to MOAA and our local community. An active member of the MOAA North Carolina Council of Chapters and the New Hanover County Veterans Council, SENCLAND enjoys a reputation of outstanding camaraderie, leadership, service, community, and outstanding programs.

Dec 17, 12/ Ric Kolseth/ About SENCLAND/

Chapter Activities

The SENCLAND chapter has meetings with outstanding programs ten months of the year, usually the first Tuesday of the month. The chapter meeting in June is traditionally a Pig Picking (BBQ) activity at Long Leaf Park in Wilmington where we include our Scholarship winners and their families. The May meeting is held in Southport. All other meetings are held at the Bluewater Grill in Wrightsville Beach. Our Board meets several times during the year. The monthly newsletter is available electronically and in hard copy and is published 10 times a year. Our chapter supports 18 local JROTC programs with leadership awards and provides scholarships each year to JROTC college bound students and assists veteran organizations locally with donations.

Jan 3, 13/ Anonymous/ About SENCLAND/

Membership Roster

SENCLAND Chapter Roster is displayed on our Members Only page. If you are a current member of our Chapter and have not received instruction for access or are unable to display the Roster, please email Webmaster at webmaster@sencland.org.

03/24/23 09:08/ Webmaster/ About SENCLAND/


Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the SENCLAND chapter is open to anyone who holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any component of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. SENCLAND, also known as the Southeastern North Carolina Chapter of MOAA is nonpartisan as is the National Military Officers Association of America. Please contact us via email using the Contact Tab on the left hand side of the Home Page or click on the "Download" Link below the MOAA Logo. It is a fill enabled form that can be saved as a document and then sent as an attachment. Please email to Al Schroetel at: downeast@bellsouth.net . Thanks for your interest in the Chapter for MOAA in the Wilmington, NC area.

Dec 17, 12/ Ric Kolseth/ Joining SENCLAND/


History of SENCLAND Chapter and List of Past Presidents

Written by Bob Jones, LTC, USA-Ret


SENCLAND chapter, TROA (The Retired Officers Association of America), was born in 1973 when Col James Johnson, his wife Matie; LtCol H.R. Kelly, his wife Jeanne; Col Herbert Bridges, his wife Jean; CAPT Louis Muery, his wife Mary Lou; Lt Col Tom Olson and his wife Lois met at Bradley Creek Marina and started the ball rolling. After several organizational meetings and the addition of a number of other interested officers and their wives, the SENCLAND Chapter was officially charted on 30 June 1973 as an affiliate of the national organization of The Retired Officers Association of America (TROA). Col Jim Johnson served as our first President and LtCol Tom Olson was the Secretary-Treasurer. Over the ensuing forty years the chapter has continued to grow with our current enrollment hovering around 250 members.

The name of the Retired Officers Association of America (TROA) was changed in 2003 to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the SENCLAND chapter was re-chartered as an affiliate of that organization.

SENCLAND Chapter Presidents over the years have included:

1973 Col James Johnson, USAF

1974 LtCol H.R. Kelly, USMC

1975 LCDR Linwood Gideons, USN

1976 Col Milton Taylor, USAF

1977 Col Fred Smith, USAF

1978-79 Maj William Lamont, USMC

1980 LtCol Amo Judd, USMC

1981 COL John Mammot, USA

1982 LTC Don Blake, USA

1983 CDR Alfred Magee, USN

1984-85 MAJ Arthur Tuggle, USA

1986 LtCol Ray Funderburk, USMC

1987-88 Maj E.T. Townsend, USAF

1989 LtCol Thomas Walter, USA

1990-91 Col Vincent Norako, USMC

1992 Maj Max Lowish, USAF

1993 CDR John Armfield, USN

1994 LtCol Alfred Lapitino, USAF

1995-96 LtCol Don Sayce, USMC

1997 COL Lee Sherman, USA

1998 COL Roger Rains, USA

1999 COL John Melia, USA

2000 MAJ Allen Bowlsby, USA

2000-03 LTC Robert Jones, USA

2004-05 MAJ Kenneth Finch, USA

2006-13 COL Jeri Graham, USA

2014-16 CAPT John Stewart, USNR

2016-17 COL Jim Brumit, USAR

2018-19 CDR Kenneth Klassen, USN

2020-21 BG Jim Carper USAR

2021-23 COL Joseph Irrera USMC

2024-Present CAPT Allan Turner USNR

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