Greater Rome-Utica Chapter MOAA

PO Box 36
City, State, Zip
Rome, NY 13442-0036
Meeting Time
Membership Meetings 1st Wednesday
Meeting Place
Various locations refer to website


The mission of the Chapter is to work for the benefit of all members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. Central to our mission is to advocate on the local, state and federal levels for a strong national defense while providing needed support for the community.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership is open to those who hold or have ever held a warrant or commission 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. Additional information on membership is available from any of the Chapter officers or board members.

Chapter Activities

Regular monthly Chapter meetings are informal gatherings featuring a social hour and dinner. A guest speaker is usually invited to these meetings to present information on topics relevant to the members. A picnic is held on the last Sunday in August. The Annual Meeting and Dinner is held on December 7th. The Chapter supports Junior ROTC programs at Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School and T. R. Proctor High School in Utica and Rome Free Academy in Rome as well as the ROTC program at Utica College. The Chapter sponsors an annual Flag Day Ceremony at Peter Gansevoort Elementary School in Rome. Throughout the year Chapter members also support patriotic programs of various civic organizations such as Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce.

Legislative Issues

The Chapter supports the MOAA national legislative agenda. Our Member of Congress as well as our NY State Senator and Assemblyperson and local officials are regularly invited to speak to our members. The Chapter is also active in supporting the NY State Council of Chapters in advocating on behalf of various state veterans’ issues.

General Information

GRUC LEADERS FOR 2009: PRESIDENT – LTC Joseph Maurer, USAR, jmaurer@metlife.com, 1st V-P – LTC Luciano Parzianello, USAF, lparzianelle@yahoo.com, 2nd V-P – 1LT Mildred M. Swarts, USAF, mswarts@twcny.rr.com, 3rd V-P – LTC John P. Rhude, USAF, jrhude@twcny.rr.com, SECRETARY – COL Dana K. Roecker, USAF, danakr@roadrunner.com, TREASURER – MAJ Richard P. Lemieux, USAF, richardlem@earthlink.net, CHAPLAIN – MAJ James Martinez, USAF, PAST PRESIDENT – CDR Stephen F. Mercurio, USN, smercuri@twcny.rr.com **** GRUC DIRECTORS, TERM 2008: CPT Anthony M. Kimball, USAF, tkimball@twcny.rr.com, COL Herb Skogland, USAR, today83@twcny.rr.com, CPT William G. Swarts, USAF, mswarts@twcny.rr.com, TERM 2009: Annely DiGiovanni, Auxillary, LTC Donald H. Hart, USAF, dhart20@twcny.rr.com, MAJ Edwin W. Herr, USAF, burfrned@netscape.net, CW4 William P. Lambert, USAF, TERM 2010: LTC Robert Rossitto, USAF, caporosy@localnet.com, COL William S. Tuthill, USAF, billtuth@aol.com, TERM 2011: Virginia Craiglow, Auxillary, lcraiglow@earthlink.net