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  SENCLAND : Southeastern North Carolina (SENCLAND) Chapter MOAA


SENCLAND Scholarship/Outreach Programs

Donate to Outreach

Please consider donating to the Outreach fund to assist in the SENCLAND Chapter mission. Donations can be made using the Paypal link below or by mailing a check to SENCLAND Chapter, MOAA, P.O. Box 10015, Wilmington, NC 28404.

Please include a note that your donation is for the Outreach program.

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Outreach Program Guidelines

Guidelines for SENCLAND Chapter Outreach

The Executive Board of the chapter values community involvement with veterans, veterans organizations, and military communities within our six-county area, (New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Onslow, Columbus, and Duplin). Accordingly, we have established guidelines and parameters in order to determine which organizations, activities, and individuals should be considered for outreach.

Outreach is defined as support to local military and veterans’ organizations, as well as community and civic groups that support veterans and the military.

Our support is not limited to financial but may also include chapter members donating time and talent. When considering requests for outreach, some factors we will evaluate are:

• What services to veterans does this organization provide?

• Do their services duplicate services provided by other organizations?

• What is the organization’s track record?

• What is this organization’s structure? (a local grassroots organization or a national organization with a local branch?)

• What kind of recognition will SENCLAND receive?

• How will our funds be used and over what period of time will these funds be used?

• This will be a one time contribution to the organization in most cases.

• How will this outreach maximize the use of our contribution?

• For 2022, we received $1,000 from the National MOAA Outreach Organization for Veteran Outreach support. The Chair of Outreach / Scholarship programs may authorize the disbursement of funds for any purpose up to $500 within the scope of their program's annual budget. Disbursements in excess of this provision must be approved by the Board of Directors.

Revised September 2022

Mike Apicella, Outreach Director

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Wilmington Sea Cadet Program

SENCLand MOAA had been approached by US Naval Sea Cadet Regional Director, LCDR Dennis Dickerson asking for support of a Wilmington Sea Cadet Program. President Joe Irrera delegated this to Frank Roberts, USCG Service Chairman. Frank established a Sea Cadet Program in the past here in Wilmington and continues to have strong ties in both the Veteran community as well as the USCG Sec-tor Command located here in Wilmington.

The Sea Cadet Program is governed under US Navy Regulations. The US Navy League also supports the Naval Sea Cadets under its Charter. Cadets in this program range in age from 11-18. Cadets in the ages of 11-13 are referred to as "Navy Leaguers." Ages 14-18 are Sea Cadets. The program is likened to a JROTC but unlike participation through a High School program, Sea Cadets drill (much like reserv-ists) once a month and conduct annual training through one of many opportunities offered. Before at-tending any annual training, they must first spend a training period of orientation which is likened to a "boot camp.'" Drills indoctrinate Cadets into military dress, ranks and missions preparing them as lead-ers whether they further themselves in the US Military or into the Community. Cadets must train and test for promotions which also includes field training upon ships, boats, units and through Active and retired military leadership.

SENCLand MOAA will be a Liaison to the Wilmington Sea Cadet Program. This Liaison responsibility will be provided jointly by LCDR Frank Roberts, USCG (ret) and CAPT Guy Simmons, USN (ret). Both of these members are also members in the US Navy League and the Fleet Reserve Associa-tion. Both of these groups support the Sea Cadet Program. Additionally, both members have past expe-rience with the Sea Cadet Program and have membership within several Veteran Organizations in our community. Together, they will assist LCDR Dickerson in a varied role but always as a Liaison to MOAA. The Liaison will update and approach SENCLAND MOAA with any requests of the Sea Ca-dets.

The Wilmington Sea Cadet program plans to "stand up" in January 2022. The USCG Sector Commander has been informally briefed and will have a formal meeting with LCDR Dickerson sometime in January 2022. The USCG Sector Commander was pleased to hear of the Sea Cadet Pro-gram returning to Wilmington and offered support of his staff and resources when informally briefed.

O. Frank Roberts Jr.

USCG Service Director

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