Mid-Missouri Chapter of the MOAA

Address 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 None


Name Mr. Stephan Sheltmire Sr.
Rank CW2
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status FRM
Phone Number (573)446-6777
Email Address ssheltmire@hotmail.com


Name Raymond L Ruetsch
Rank Lt Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (573) 817-9332
Email Address ruetschray@aol.com

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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

Dues are $15 per year. If interested in joining, contact any of the officers to receive a membership application. President: Steve Sheltmire, CW2, USA ssheltmire@hotmail.com; 1st VP: Richard Harding, Lt Gen USAF ralharding@aol.com; 2nd VP Mike Hoeferlin Capt. USMC mike.hoeferlin@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 Ray 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 (federal, state, and local) through the quarterly newsletter. Current Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations legislative agenda items are: Maintain the current level of funding for the operation and maintenance of state veterans homes and state veterans cemeteries. Encourage the Missouri Legislature, the Missouri Veterans Commission and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to jointly address the demand for Veterans Skilled Nursing Care in the State of Missouri. Complete the effort to obtain state income tax exemption for the military pay of Missouri residents stationed inside of Missouri by extending the current exemption to cover the Reserve and National Guard members. Urge Congress to reinstate POW and MIA as authorized military duty statuses. Support any other legislation in the legislature determined by the MAVO Legislative Committee to be in the interest of veterans.

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, 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

About Our Chapter

The Mid-Missouri Chapter serves the eight county area of Mid-Missouri (Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Randolph). If you would like a copy of our newsletter, email ruetschray@aol.com.