Southern Tier Chapter

Address 56 Collins Rd
City, State, Zip Vestal, NY 13850-6000
Meeting Time Normally the 3rd Sat of each month at 1130 hours
Meeting Place Various Locations
Council Website http://www.moaa.org/chapter/newyorkstatecoc

President

Name Peggy I Phillips
Rank LTC
Service USA
Component USAR
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (845) 839-0270
Email Address PIPAKAPEG@earthlink.net

Webmaster

Name Benjamin W Margolius
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (607) 786-9450
Email Address benmargolius@mac.com

Membership Ch

Name Benjamin W Margolius
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (607) 786-9450
Email Address benmargolius@mac.com

Mission

The mission of the Southern Tier Chapter is to: 1. Promote the purposes and objectives of MOAA, 2. Foster fraternal relations among retired, active and former officers of the uniformed services and their National Guard or Reserve components, 3. Protect their rights and interests, and provide useful services for members and their dependents and survivors, and, 4. Serve the community and the nation.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership is open to men and women who are serving or have served on active duty or in one of the National Guard or Reserve components as a commissioned or warrant officer in one of the seven U.S. uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service); and widows and widowers of any deceased individuals who would, if living, be eligible for membership; drilling/active duty National Guard, and Reserve officers; Junior and Senior college ROTC cadets and midshipmen (E-membership), and newly commissioned ROTC graduates. First year membership is free for active duty officers, drilling or active duty National ROTC graduates. All others pay $15.00 per year (Surviving Spouses pay $10.00 a year). We strongly encourage our chapter members to ALSO be members of national MOAA, hopefully at least at the PREMIUM level so as to be able to take advantage of the full package of MOAA membership benefits.

Chapter Activities

• 48 Monthly meetings for members, Board of Directors, Ladies Group, and Men’s Group plus a monthly newsletter. • Help members secure veteran and retiree benefits. • Personal Affairs guidance and training sessions. • Apprise local elected representatives (state and national) on the MOAA legislative agenda. • Present MOAA award medals / certificates to Cornell Univ. ROTC cadets, and initial gold bar sets to newly commissioned officers. • The chapter supports the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, Inc. (STVSG) a 501(c)(3) public charity as members of the board and volunteers. STVSG's mission is to provide a network of resources for our local veterans, service members and their families. We strive to educate the community on veteran needs and partner with other organizations to offer a broad range of services and assistance to enhance each veteran's physical, emotional and economic well-being. STVSG supports veterans in 9 New York and 2 Pennsylvania counties.

Legislative Issues

The MOAA Chapter supports the national MOAA legislative agenda and strives to keep local elected representatives at the state and congressional level apprised on MOAA's key issues. The chapter is also active in supporting the New York State MOAA Council of Chapters on various state veterans' issues, and each April, participates in MOAA’s “Storming” of Capitol Hill, discussing MOAA’s legislative priorities with the New York Congressional Delegation.

General Information

Southern Tier Chapter meetings are usually luncheon meetings held on the third Saturday of each month beginning at 11:30 hrs. Locations vary and are announced in the chapter newsletter and at chapter meetings. There is normally a guest speaker. Guests are welcome. The members of STC strive to foster a creative and social environment for all attendees. Why join the Southern Tier Chapter of MOAA? • MOAA chapter membership enables each member to have a greater impact in the local community and benefit the lives of military personnel and their families. • Chapter members speak up about local issues and influence their local and state governments. They publicize valuable information that affects other MOAA members and military personnel. Also, they recognize outstanding young people in the community and reach out to help fellow officers in need. • Chapter membership offers opportunities for lasting friendships, camaraderie, and networking with other officers who share similar concerns, outlooks, and aspirations. For more information, contact the chapter at southerntiermoaa@gmail.com.

About Our Chapter

The Southern Tier Chapter (STC) was chartered on March 13, 1971 and is proud of its 45 year history of mission accomplishment. STC is one of more than 400 independent, self-governing, and self-supporting organizations that voluntarily choose to affiliate with national MOAA for the purpose of cooperation and mutual support. STC is headquartered in the Binghamton/Vestal area and covers a large area extending from Hancock in the east to Corning in the west, as far north as Cortland, and south into the northern tier of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. STC is one of eleven chapters in the New York State MOAA Council of Chapters. The chapter publishes a monthly newsletter ( and currently has 100+ members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, and 40+ Surviving Spouses (formerly called “Auxiliaries”). STC has received a number of MOAA performance awards, including 7 each 5-Star Levels of Excellence (LOE) awards, and 1 each 4-Star LOE award.