The Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter (MSVC) of the Military Officers Association of America enters their tenth year on a positive note, receiving their fifth MOAA 5-star Level of Excellence Award, after having received three consecutive 4-star Level of Excellence Awards. Eight LOE’s in 10 years! Not bad!
This Chapter is a strong supporter of the ROTC program at Youngstown State University and provides scholarships and awards for cadets. The Chapter also awards a medal to a Cadet in the JROTC program in the area. Members participate in area Memorial and Veterans Day parades and ceremonies.
Several of the Chapter members are alumni of the Youngstown State University ROTC program. Members of the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter enjoy being involved in supporting servicemen and women who are deployed from the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station and Pennsylvania National Guard in Farrell, Pennsylvania.
MSVC covers Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania. MSVC is one of seven chapters in the Ohio State MOAA Council of Chapters. MSVC publishes a newsletter (print and electronic) eleven times a year.
The Chapter typically meets once per month at A La Cart Catering in Canfield, with a few exceptions. Membership meetings are held at dinner on the 4th Thursday of the month in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter when Daylight Savings Time is inactive, the Chapter meets at lunch time on the third Friday of the month. In the summer months, we enjoy a variety of local events together. Monthly meetings are open to members, spouses, and guests. Attire for most events is Business Casual. Typical dinner meeting agenda:
1800 – Social
1830 – Dinner
1930 – Program
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MSVC Founding History
December 31, 2013 – Winner of MOAA’s 2013 Chapter Recruiting Challenge and 2013 chapter retention.
December 31, 2012 – Winner of MOAA’s Give Me 10! Membership program. Most paid members in Category I. (49 members or fewer)
February 23, 2012 – VADM Norbert Ryan, Jr., USN, Ret. President of MOAA, presents the Charter to Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter.
December 8, 2011 – COL Dick Calta installed:
President – COL Walter Duzzny, USA, Ret.
1st VP – LT John Holzer, USN
2nd VP – LTC Donald Rasile, USA, Ret.
Sec./Treas – CWO3 Don Oglesby, USCG, Ret.
October 28, 2011 – COL Dick Calta formally requested affiliation of MSVC with MOAA. The MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs Board approved the affiliation this day.
October 27, 2011 – Twenty-six people agreed to chapter membership. Twenty people attended this organizational meeting. The decision was made to proceed with chapter establishment and subsequent submittal of a MOAA affiliation request from the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter (MSVC).