Founded in 1953 as the Retired Officers Club of Sarasota, and affectionately known as ROCS, we changed our name in 2003 to The Military Officers Association of Sarasota (MOAS). Originally we were a social organization. We got together to tell war stories and relive the camaraderie of the "O" Club. Today we are a vibrant chapter, that stills enjoy our get togethers, but have now reach out into our veteran community to make a difference. We award scholarships, administer a Flag Initiative curriculum in Sarasota and Manatee counties, co-sponsor a Flag Day and Veterans Day event in which thousands attend and are active in the Veteran's Commission. Our voice is heard in Tallahassee and Washington DC on legislative issues and policies that impact you and our veteran's community.
The Military Officers Association of Sarasota (MOAS) was formed to improve the awareness, life style, and overall environment of its members; to support and serve the citizens of the Sarasota and Bradenton area; to advocate for, mobilize, motivate and activate Veteran empowerment, influence and participation in legislative support of the rights, benefits and issues of all active, retired, former and future military veterans; and to enhance the image of America's uniformed services in our local area. MOAS is an award-winning affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Florida Council of Chapters (FCOC). MOAS has been awarded the MOAA Five Star Award for excellence, the highest level award within MOAA, for the Sarasota Chapter's activities 2004-2007, 2009-2017.
For Sarasota’s military officers, no other single organization offers more than our Association. The key to enjoying membership is to participate - taking part in activities, attending the friendly monthly functions held at Michael’s On East, and volunteering with others to further our mutual good, and the welfare and morale of our nation’s military personnel. A monthly newsletter, THE SARASOTA BREEZE, is sent electronically or in print to all members around the first of every month announcing coming activities, reviewing past events, and providing articles of interest.
The caliber of our Association’s members and their interests are measured by their initial selection for a commission or warrant early in life, and then by loyal service to country. Now here we are in sunny Sarasota enjoying life in the company of others who have shared the military experience. This
Association exists to enhance that life. Fifty years since founding and over 420 current members attest to its value.Association luncheon meetings are normally scheduled the third Friday of each month, January through November. In December a Gala Military Ball is held. The annual business meeting and election of officers takes place at the luncheon on the third Friday of November.
The Board of Directors meets at 4:00 PM the first Monday of each month at the Meadows Community Center, Sarasota, Florida. All Association members are welcome and will be recognized for questions or comments at all Board meetings. The Association Constitution and By-laws are found in this directory.
The organization participates in a variety of community services, such as sponsoring local high school JROTC events, providing awards for the Sarasota County School System’s Academic Olympics, and sponsoring a program to Support Our Troops in combat zones. In 1998 the Association established a Scholarship Program for area high school seniors that annually awards scholarships to highly deserving graduating students who are enrolled in a JROTC program or are merit scholars. In 2013 the Association initiated a program to provide needs-based scholarships to veterans attending local education institutions of higher learning.
In December 2012 the Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund was accepted into the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Partner Program. Additionally, MOAS’ hosting of the Florida Council of Chapters 2013 Annual Convention in Sarasota was identified as an integral element of The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor Campaign as was MOAS’ designation as the lead organization for the American Flag Education Initiative.
The Chapter also publishes a paper directory of member as well as the member access of this web site has a profile on each of the Chapter's members. The directory is published in May of each year. The online version is updated monthly and will therefore always be up to date. . Changes and names of new members will be published monthly in THE SARASOTA BREEZE.