Luke Chapter MOAA

Address PO Box 5072
City, State, Zip Sun City West, AZ 85376-5072
Meeting Time 2nd Thurs Oct-May, 1700
Meeting Place Colannade, Surprise and Pebblecreek, Goodyear
Council Website http://azcouncilofchapters.org/

President

Name Michael J Kramer
Rank Col
Service USAF
Component USAFR
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (720) 563-9953
Email Address kramerhometree@gmail.com

Webmaster

Name Jerome R Wojtas
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (623) 544-4477
Email Address jp7wojtas@gmail.com

Membership Ch

Name Stephen Eric Pohl
Rank Col
Service USAF
Component USAFR
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (623)466-9117
Email Address pohlse43@live.com

Mission

The mission of the Luke Chapter is to benefit the members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors and to advocate for a strong national defense, while providing needed support to the community and its members. We strive to bring together military members with common interests.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the Luke 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. Our chapter does not require membership in MOAA national to join our chapter, but over 95% of our members do belong to national. Membership applications are available in Club Five Six or can be obtained from any officer of the chapter. Dues are $17 a year for a member and spouse; $8 a year for auxillary members.

Chapter Activities

The Luke Chapter holds 8 dinner meetings featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to members or entertainment appealing to members. A Christmas dinner / dance is held each December. In May we hold our annual luau. These meetings are held at Club Five Six. We also hold 12 separate ladies and mens monthly luncheons at Club Five Six. In addition the chapter supports 11 local JROTC programs and the annual Veterans' Day and Memorial Day observances. This past year, the chapter gave seven $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors as they enter college. The chapter supports the 1ST SGTS COUNCIL on a quarterly basis. The chapter is a member of the Northwest Valley Veterans Association and the Fighter Country Partnership, an organization dedicated to preserving Luke AFB in the west valley. Each fall Luke AFB holds a Retiree Appreciation Day. Our chapter had an information / recruiting table present and is able to recruit some active duty officers to join our chapter.

Legislative Issues

The Luke Chapter supports the MOAA national legislative agenda and we annually invite our Congressional Representative and Senators to speak to the chapter. The chapter is also active in supporting the state council in various state veterans' issues. We have chapter members who serve on various state agencies and other who devote time and effort to keep members aware of important issues coming before the legislature.

General Information

The Luke Chapter dinner meetings are usually held on the second Thursday, but occassionally on the second Monday, of each month October through May. They begin with a social hour at 5:00, dinner at 6 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m. A fund raising 50-50 raffle supporting our scholarship fund is held at each meeting. This March the chapter will hold its annual silent auction with the proceeds benefitting our scholarship program.

About Our Chapter

The Luke Chapter was chartered in 1980 and serves the communities in the west valley that find Luke AFB a desirable meeting location. The chapter publishes a newsletter, called the NewsGram, 8 times a year. The chapter currently has approximately 375 members made up of currently serving, former, and retired officers and their survivors. The Luke Chapter holds dinner meetings at Club Five Six at Luke AFB from October through May usually on the second Thursday, but sometimes the second Monday of the month. Sometimes we have guest speakers and sometimes we have entertainment. In addition, separate ladies and mens luncheons are held at Club Five Six at 11 a.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, year 'round. Our chapter supports the Luke 1st Sergeants' Council, Military Family Assistance Program, Fighter Country Partnership (dedicated to preserving Luke AFB) and is a member of the Northwest Valley Veterans Association.