Heart of Texas Chapter

Address PO Box 23964
City, State, Zip Waco, TX 76702-3964
Meeting Time 3rd Thursday monthly except April
Meeting Place Ridgewood Country Club, Waco, TX
Council Website http://www.texas-moaa.org


Name Dennis DeGraff
Rank Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (254) 848-9212
Email Address dennisdebby@earthlink.net


Retirement Status
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Membership Ch

Name Vincent J Tobola
Rank Lt Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (254) 772-5251
Email Address None


The mission of the Heart of Texas Chapter is to promote the purposes and objectives of MOAA; develop relations among protect the rights of uniformed service members of the military, including their dependents and survivors; provide useful services for members and their dependents and survivors, to foster fraternal relations among retired, active and former officers of the uniformed services; and to serve the community and nation. The chapter is also a member of the Texas Council of Chapters.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the MOAA 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. Chapter dues are $25 a year and are due as of January 1st. New members who join later in the year will have their dues prorated depending on the quarter they join. A monthly newsletter is published and e-mailed or mailed to the members. Members can participate in the chapter organization as officers as elected positions as President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Treasurer, appointed positions as Secretary, Chaplain, Surviving Spouse Liaison, Legislative Liaison, various committee chairpersons and directors. Board meetings are held monthly. For membership information, contact Vince Tobola, vtobola@aol.com or call 254-709-5795.

Chapter Activities

The Heart of Texas Chapter holds 11 meetings a year featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to the members in regards to local items or interest, military and legislative issues, or local public or private citizens in prominent positions. The meetings will also alternate at times with entertainment. A special entertainment program with live band occurs for the December dinner meeting. In May 2019, the Chapter will hold their primary fundraiser which is a golf tournament open to the public and military at the City of Waco Cottonwood Creek Golf Course; it will be held Friday afternoon, May 10th. We also provide educational scholarships for undergraduate students, awards for Baylor Army and Air Force cadets, and awards for cadets at the five local JROTC units. We also provide donations to veteran-related charitable support organizations and activities and participate in local events as annual Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony.

Legislative Issues

The MOAA chapter supports the MOAA national legislative agenda and we annually invite our Congressional Representative, who is a honorary member, to speak to our chapter. The chapter is also active in supporting the Texas Council of Chapters in various state veterans' issues. We include legislative updates in the monthly newsletter and will e-mail members on special legislative issues for contact with their elected representatives. .

General Information

Heart of Texas Chapter meetings are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Ridgewood Country Club with evening dinner meetings for members and spouses/guests. Social period starts around 6:00 p.m.; call to tables around 6:35; invocation, pledge, announcements and introductions once seated: buffet meal at 6:50; guest speaker or entertainment at 7:55 and wrap-up around 8:55. A cash bar is available. Dates are confirmed for the 3rd Thursday of each month in 2019, except in May when the annual fundraiser golf tournament will be held and the December dinner meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday. On the awards programs, Baylor University Army ROTC awards are made in spring; Baylor University Air Force ROTC awards are made in the fall; JROTC awards are made to the five local High School units in April and May, and educational scholarship awards are typically made in July. The chapter participates in the annual Waco Veterans Day parade and in the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony. Other charitable donations are made as selected to local activities. For additional information, contact Vince Tobola, vtobola@aol.com , 254-709-5795.

About Our Chapter

The Heart of Texas Chapter was chartered in 1971 and services Waco, McLennan County and the adjacent counties. The chapter typically meets every third Thursday of the month except in May the Ridgewood Country Club in Waco for a dinner meeting. In May, we have our annual scholarship fundraiser, which is a golf tournament on May 10th that is usually held at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco. The chapter currently has 100 members made up of currently serving, former and retired officers and their survivors.