South Shore Chapter

Address PO Box 215
City, State, Zip Weymouth, MA 02188-0005
Meeting Time 2nd Wednesday, dinner
Meeting Place Hearth & Kettle Rest., Weymouth
Council Website None

President

Name Mr. Peter E Smialek
Rank Capt
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status FRM
Phone Number (617)328-4718
Email Address Petesmialek@gmail.com

Webmaster

Name John Richard Power Jr.
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (508) 660-1793
Email Address powerplans@verizon.net

Membership Ch

Name Joseph M Murray Esq.
Rank LTC
Service USA
Component USAR
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (508) 378-3944
Email Address attyjoemurray@gmail.com

Mission

The mission of the South Shore Chapter is to support the members of the uniformed services, currently serving and retired, and the veteran community. We provide support for service families and survivors, as well as supporting local veterans initiatives. We devote time at our meetings to stay informed about military and veterans organizations and activities so that we can support at both the state and federal levels. We also support the ROTC program at Northeastern University and the JrROTC programs at Taunton, Brockton and North Quincy high schools. Because Massachusetts is not the home of many active military organizations, our chapter is important for keeping awareness of the contribution of uniformed service members and veterans in front of the public.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Our chapter welcomes new members to our activities. Any person who has served as a commissioned or warrant officer in any of the uniformed components - Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is eligible for membership as well as any surviving spouse of an eligible member. The modest $20 dues for a calendar year cover the costs for mailings, email services and administrative costs. The membership director is LTC (USAR-Ret) Joe Murray. He can be reached at (508)378-3944or via email at attyjoemurray@gmail.com. Auxiliary members (surviving spouses of members or officers eligible for membership) pay an even more modest $10 a year. Our auxiliary members are valued participants and we strongly encourage their continuance as part of their service. Wives of members are also valued participants and have often served as board members and officers. Come and join us at one of our monthly meetings!

Chapter Activities

Our regular meetings include Happy Hour, a fine three-course dinner at a reasonable price (currently $22 per person; tax and tip inclusive), and either informative speakers or entertainment. Our focus is current military affairs, benefits for retirees and veterans, programs to support those communities, and history of military operations and people. Entertainment is usually the focus of our December holiday party. Four ROTC programs are supported with awards and monetary gifts – three Jr ROTC programs at Taunton, Brockton and North Quincy High Schools and one senior ROTC program based at Northeastern University that serves NU, Boston College, Wentworth Institute, Suffolk University and other area colleges. We meet March through June, take a summer break, reconnect September through December (special holiday party), and then avoid the difficult winter months of January and February. We get a fresh start every spring! Eligible members are welcome to join us at a meeting!

Legislative Issues

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has perhaps the most robust set of laws in the nation in support of the military and veterans. That is due, in a large part, to the work of the Military Coalition in MA of which MOAA chapters and the State Council of Chapters plays an active role. We participate in having an active voice on Beacon Hill in all matters, although none are pending at this time. We generally work to preserve the benefits available to military families and veterans.

General Information

South Shore Chapter meetings are dinner meetings held the second Wednesday of every month, March through June and September through December. We take the winter months off due to weather and the large number of members that spend time in warmer places. During July and August many of our members are at their summer residences on Cape Cod or a northern lake. Our meetings are held at the Hearth & Kettle Restaurant on Rt. 18, Weymouth, starting at 6:00 PM. We enjoy a social period, a three-course dinner, and either an informative presentation or entertainment. The modest price of $22 per person includes tax and tip. Please join us at a meeting to try us out! We welcome new members and reach out to make it an enjoyable time for all. There is plenty of opportunity to speak out regarding matters of importance to you and we attempt to bring speakers that are meaningful to all our members. And sometimes we just have a good time!

About Our Chapter

The South Shore Chapter was founded over 45 years ago and has met in the Weymouth area since its formation. For most of its early years the chapter met at the Officers Club in the Weymouth Naval Air Station. Since the base closure it has met monthly March through June and September through December and presently meets at the Hearth & Kettle Restaurant, Rt. 18 in Weymouth. We enjoy a social half-hour, dinner and a speaker or entertainment. The chapter has about 60 members including currently serving officers, mostly from reserve components, retired officers and surviving spouses. At a typical meeting we will have 20-30 people attending the event. The chapter publishes a monthly newsletter that announces the next meeting and provides for reservations, summarizes the past meeting and makes announcements. It distributes via email and US Mail to those non-electronic members. This is the primary means members are notified about meetings and receive other news of chapter importance.