Welcome to the
            Grand Strand Chapter of

              Military Officers Association of America


                                 Welcome  from Dave Townsend, Grand Strand Chapter President

Thank you for visiting our new website.  Our chapter is a welcoming and active organization with 160 members.  Membership is open to active duty, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the uniformed services (Active, Reserve, National Guard, and State Guard):  Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  In general, we support veterans’ issues locally and nationally.  We provide leadership awards and college scholarships to deserving area high school cadets in JROTC units.  We attend and support numerous veteran activities in the Grand Strand area including the “Stand Down” for homeless veterans, May Military Appreciation Month events and Memorial Day parade.  We let our voice be known concerning legislative issues both at the state and national levels.

We normally have a dinner meeting ten months of the year (excluding July and August) at the Pine Lakes Country Club on the second Tuesday of the month.  You are invited to give us a try.  Call me at 843-907-1763 to make a reservation, and I hope to welcome you to our award-winning chapter,

Dave Townsend



                    WHO ARE WE ?

We are one of 12 chapters in South Carolina welcoming all officers and their families to the Carolinas ...- Beautiful Places - Smiling Faces...
Please click on this link South Carolina MOAA Chapters to locate a chapter close to you.  

Become a member:

MOAA Membership is open to active duty, retired, former officers, Reserve, National Guard, and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Surviving Spouse memberships also are available.

If you are interested in joining please either click on the membership tab (on this site), or contact our membership Chairman, John Bradley (CDR, USN, retired): 727-771-3712; or jebradjr46@gmail.com  .                     

Learn more

The Grand Strand Chapter was formed on January 13, 1960. 

It's membership consists of:

  • currently serving
  • former officers
  • retired officers
  • their survivors.


December Monthly Meeting: 

Our annual holiday celebration (December) dinner meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, at the Pine Lakes Country Club, 5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.  Cost is $25.00.  The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

Holiday entertainment will be provided by members of the String Orchestra from Carolina Forest High School, Stephan Williams, Director. 

Colors will be presented by the Georgetown HS Navy JROTC unit, with Major Shawn Studley presiding.  Business casual. 

Please confirm your reservation with Tony Prince: 703-304-7398; email: stephen.a.prince@gmail.com         RSVP not later than Friday, December 8th. 


January Monthly Meeting:

Please mark your calendar.  Our January dinner meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9th, at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. 

Our speaker will be Margaret Wadsworth who is an Elder Law Attorney.  She will address areas of interest to the 55+ generation - to include estate planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, etc.  She has represented clients in appeals for social security and veterans disability benefits; and,  she brings a broad range of experience in dealing with senior legal issues. Additional information will be provided soon.


February Monthly Meeting:

Please mark your calendar. Our February dinner meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th, at Angelo's Steak and Pasta (located at 2311 S. Kings Highway, in Myrtle Beach).  The social hour is at 5:30; and dinner will be at 6:00 p.m.

Our speaker for February will be Navy Captain (Ret.) NoriAnn Reed, who may be the only woman in the Navy who has had command of three ships.  While in command of the USS Detroit, it was stationed directly across the Hudson River when the twin towers were hit on 9/11.  She has much to say about that momentous day.  More information will be provided soon.

Editorial Policy: This website and  “The Coastal Tide Newsletter" are published by the Grand Strand Chapter, which is an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). 

MOAA.org and its affiliated chapters and councils are nonpartisan.



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