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MOAA WORKS FOR YOU What have we done for you lately?


MOAA Seeks Applicants for Board of Directors


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OAA is an association of individual members. When members vote


on matters of importance, we don’t have a delegate system or vote by region, service, or com- ponent. We vote as individuals who hold or have held warrants or commissions in the seven uniformed services. It is one of MOAA’s great strengths: one member, one vote. This year, we will elect a new


class of the board of directors — 12 new directors who will suc- ceed the 12 who will complete their service in October. Board eligibility includes all regular members — officers on active duty*, officers in active status in the reserve components (in- cluding gray-area reservists), former officers, retired officers, and surviving spouses of eligible officers.


The board is charged with


governing and overseeing the operations of the nation’s largest and most influential association of officers. This year’s operating budget is some $22 million, and the board currently shoulders


fiduciary responsibility for some $132 million in assets. These re- sponsibilities demand the board be composed of directors who think strategically and under- stand their responsibility to gov- ern MOAA in the best interests of its members. Like the military services


and veterans’ communities it represents, MOAA draws its strength from the diversity of its members. Our membership base consists of both men and women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. It is important that MOAA’s board of directors be representative of that diver- sity. To achieve that objective, MOAA strongly encourages its minority members to apply for positions on the MOAA board of directors. MOAA directors serve one


six-year term and must be MOAA members. Each direc- tor serves on at least one of the standing committees, which oversee strategic planning, fi- nance and audit, government relations, health care, commu- nications, council and chapter


affairs, educational assistance, membership, member services, governance, and investments. Most committee meetings are held in conjunction with the three scheduled board meetings each year. The chair appoints special committees to address specific issues as needed. Interested members should submit their applications and letters of recommendation by March 31. A nominating com- mittee (comprising one MOAA member from each service who is not a MOAA director) will consider all applications received. Details of the process appear on the facing page and will appear in the February and March issues of Military Officer. Board seats are allocated


by service and geographic re- gion. There are no quotas for uniformed officer grades. (Di- rectors serve or have served in grades W-5 through O-10.) The nominating committee also will be charged to consider service component (regular, Reserve, National Guard), gender, and ethnic diversity. The committee


*DoD and Coast Guard ethics regulations provide that currently serving DoD and Coast Guard personnel may participate in the management of nonfederal entities, such as MOAA, in a personal capacity provided 1) they act exclusively outside the scope of their official positions, 2) they were not offered the management position because of their DoD or Coast Guard assignment or position, and (3) their management status or activities do not conflict with their official duties. Coast Guard officers also must secure a favorable ethics opinion from their servicing Coast Guard ethics attorney. Active duty and certain currently serving Reserve and National Guard officers in the grade of O-7 and above, and other active duty officers in certain designated posi- tions, may be subject to restrictions that preclude their service on association boards of directors. These officers are advised to consult with their service ethics or legal offices regarding eligibility to serve on MOAA’s board of directors.


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eligibility includes all regular members — officers on active duty, officers in active status in the reserve components (including gray-area reservists), former officers, retired officers, and surviving spouses of eligible officers.


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