Mid-Missouri Chapter of the MOAA

PO Box 1694
City, State, Zip
Columbia, MO 65205-1694
Meeting Time
March, June, Sept and Dec
Meeting Place
Various Restaurants and Locations
Council Website


The Mid-Missouri Chapter of The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a non-profit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and ensuring our nation keeps its commitments to currently serving, retired, and former members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors. We also foster fraternal relations among our members and their families. We also support our community and our nation. 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 NOAA and their surviving spouses.

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. Dues are $15 per year. If interested in joining, contact any of the officers to receive a membership application. President: Raymond Ruetsch, LtCol, USAF ruetschray@aol.com; 1st VP (Vacant) 2nd VP Steve Richey, LtC, USA steverichey54@gmail.com; Secretary: Bill Boston, Colonel, USAF wboston@centurytel.net; Treasurer: Bob Smith, Capt, USN rcsmith1961@cs.com. To receive a informational brochure on our chapter with an application, contact Raymond Ruetsch, LtCol, USAF at ruetschray@aol.com.

Chapter Activities

Socials with catered meal and guest speakers from the military, government, and business world are held in March, June, September, and December with December being a formal dinner and installation of officers for the following year. Three of the socials are held in Columbia and one in New Bloomfield (near Jefferson City). See General Information section for more detailed activities of the chapter

Legislative Issues

FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ON NATIONAL ISSUES, SEE THE NATIONAL MOAA WEBSITES MOAA Take Action Website: http://www.moaa.org/takeaction/ and MOAA Legislative Update Website: http://capwiz.com/moaa/home/. Members work closely with the Missouri State Veteran’s Commission and elected officials to help promote veterans’ issues and military causes. Members are kept updated on current political issues at all levels through the quarterly newsletter. We also work with the Missouri Association of Veteran Organizations. Some of their legislative goals for 2020 are: Maintain the 9-person Missouri Veterans Commission with 1 Ex-Officio member; Maintain the necessary funding for State Veterans Homes, State Veterans Cemeteries, and other needs of Missouri Veterans; Support the execution of the Missouri Veterans Commission Capital Improvement; Implement plans to introduce Adult Day Health Care at Veteran Homes ; Support implementation of new VA Home model in all of our state veterans homes; Support the creation of a state-wide Prescription Drug Monitoring program; Protect memorials of historic military significance in Missouri; Support any other legislation to be in the interest of Veterans; Support Veterans Treatment Courts statewide.

General Information

Charity and Military Support: In the past we have supported deployed troops with our Adopt-a– Platoon Program. Donations collected at the quarterly socials would go towards purchasing and shipping items that our deployed troops could use (toiletries, suntan lotion, lip balm, cookies, books, etc). Over 2000 pounds were shipped in this program. Since the decrease in deployments, our emphasis has shifted to Adopt-A-Project where money collected is donated to charities that are military related. In the past we have donated to the Missouri POW/MIA Museum, Wreaths Across America, Military Morning meals, Welcome Home to support Homeless Vets, and Toys for Tots. Members assist in organizing the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, provides wreaths to be placed in the Memorial Monument Circle at Boone County Court House, and conduct the Memorial Service. Provide bell ringers for the Salvation Army. Annually honor a community leader who also contributes to the military community. Each year we present awards and plaques to outstanding ROTC cadets/midshipmen at: University of Missouri–Columbia; Lincoln University; Truman State University; Missouri Military Academy; Moberly High School; and Smith-Cotton High School