A Surviving Spouses member is the surviving spouse of a deceased officer from any of the following United States services:

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service, National Guard, Reserve

The deceased officer need not have been a member of MOAA, but only eligible to have been a member. The surviving spouse may join even if the deceased spouse was not a member.

The chapter helps Surviving Spouses members stay up to date on benefits, along with still "belonging to the military." A Surviving Spouses member who is under the age of 65 and enrolled in Tricare may purchase supplemental health insurance at a very reasonable cost through MOAA's Mediplus insurance plan. There are also cash-back credit cards and discounts for other services, such as will writing, travel, cruises, and financial planning.

Surviving Spouses members must maintain membership in the Military Officers Association of America, Inc., Alexandria, VA. If the deceased spouse was a Life member of MOAA national that membership transfers to the surviving spouse and the Surviving Spouses member is not required to pay any more dues at the national level.

Surviving Spouses Chapter Membership Dues: $10.00 per year.

Audrey Oates
(208) 777-2671
AROates@roadrunner.com

The Spokane Chapter MOAA Widows and Wives had their December luncheon at the Davenport Hotel.  Along with the delicious food there was a special tea service provided by Ann Holmberg and dessert provided by Karen Worthy of the Davenport Hotel - both gifts in honor of their mutual friend, Sally Gundlach, a military spouse who passed away in 2005.

Our club membership is about 10% of the chapter membership, but we are a mighty group of women.  Each month when we meet for lunch we bring something for one of our projects. 
Edie Wilson is the chair for the Food Bank and in 2014 she gathered $420 and 53 pounds of food for the food bank.

Pat Tolley is the chair for the Homeless Veterans Program and in 2014 she took 1,373 items (some purchased with our $229 cash donations) to help the homeless veterans program meet their goals of serving our less fortunate veterans.

Elaine Anderson is the chair for the Spokane Veterans Home and delivered 1,016 items to the veterans home to help fill their needs.

Each one of us realizes how lucky we are to be living in our homes and eating regularly and mostly in good health.  We are thankful for these blessings and are striving to help our fellow soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coasties.

Widows and Wives Wreath Fund


The Widows and Wives Club collected funds throughout the year for wreaths to be placed at the head stones, markers in the scattering garden and along the columbium walls of our country’s veterans in the Washington State Veterans Cemetery. 

The Wreaths Across America ceremony was held this year on December 13th at noon.  The total number of wreaths we contributed to the 800+ was 196 which equals about $2,000 in cash.  Three of the club’s members helped place the wreaths, Beth Ann Daigre, Denise Walker and Jan Munson.  Denise collected $500 and Jan collected $225. 

This was our first year of being a sponsor as the MOAA Widows and Wives Club and hope to increase our collections each year as more of our veterans are placed to rest with their comrades in arms.



The Widows and Wives Club meets the First Tuesday of each Month at a different restaurant at 1 PM, so we miss the lunch crowd. 

This December we gathered for a wonderful meal at Anthony’s by the “Spokane River Falls” in Spokane.  We do repeat some of our favorite restaurants but also try some new locations.  You will find our annual calendar here on our web page and we would love to have you join us. 

We are here as friends who no long PCS so we are here for the long haul.  Some of us were active duty wives and some are NADS (Not Active Duty Spouse), but it makes no difference to us.  If you are a part of MOAA you are part of us!

Widows and Wives Club 2018 Events


*Times at 1 PM

Date

Location

Call

5 Dec 2017

Twigs Bistro
14728 E. Indiana Ave
Spokane Valley,
(509) 290-5636   

Deanie Binsfield
(509) 466-8006

2 Jan 2018

Ripples on the River
700 N. Division.
Spokane, WA
(509) 326-5577

Pat Tolley
(509) 953-6768

6 Feb 2018

Black Angus Steakhouse
14724 E. Indiana Ave.
Spokane Valley WA
(509) 927-1177

Shirley Melges
(509) 465-8867

6 Mar 2018

Dockside
Coeur d’ Alene Resort 
122 S. Second Ave.
Coeur d’ Alene, ID
(208) 765-4000

Pat Connell
(208) 772-2559

Please call the lady in charge for each month to let her know you will be attending – head counts are needed for the restaurants. We order off the menu and pay our own bills and tips. Most restaurants we select have private rooms so we don’t have to contend with noise and music.

Annual dues are $10.00 (optional)
Name badges are $5.50 (optional)

Projects: Christ Clinic, Homeless Veterans, Second Harvest Food Bank, Spokane Veterans Home, Wreaths for Washington State Veterans Cemetery

Items Requested for Homeless Veterans Program

Canned meat (chicken, tuna, other protein)
White tube or crew socks – large and extra large
Thermal gloves for winter
Tooth Paste
Shampoo
Razors
Other personal hygiene products

Items Requested for Veterans Home

Word Search books – large print
Coloring parkers and pens
Coloring pencils
Games:  Backgammon, Dominoes, Uno
Jigsaw puzzles up to 1,00 pieces
Wood bird houses
Bird Feeders
CD’s – music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s