French Creek Valley Chapter

French Creek Valley Chapter members include, seated from left, Marc Kirchner, Bill Sleptzoff, Jack Walter, Barbara Goza and Janet Oglesby. Standing, from left, are Joal Wolf, Ralph Doeman, Paul McKay, Janice Thomas, Charles Shultz, Richard Stuntz, Granville Goza, Mark Bellini and Bob Heister.

MEADVILLE — The French Creek Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is seeking new members. The chapter supports the local ROTC unit at Edinboro University as well as Junior ROTC units in Erie-area high schools.

It covers two U.S. legislative districts and participates in national MOAA’s annual advocacy campaign, which brings together members from across the U.S. to contact their lawmakers to address critical issues affecting the military community.

All active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the uniformed services — Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses— are eligible for membership. Interested individuals may contact chapter President Capt. Granville Goza, USAF (Ret), at 814-398-4470.

The chapter will meet the last Tuesday of the month beginning in March.

“The spirit of MOAA is alive and well at French Creek,” said Capt. Bob Heister, USN (Ret), president of MOAA’s Pennsylvania Council of Chapters. “I am glad. Nationally, MOAA is a marvelous group of officers and their surviving spouses, and it is the most effective advocate for servicemember and veteran issues.”

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former military officers and their families and survivors. It is an independent, nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization with more than 350,000 members from every branch of service. 

MOAA promotes a strong national defense by advocating equitable treatment of those who serve and have served their country in uniform.

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