Our Chapter was founded in 1953, as the Retired Officers Club of Sarasota, we changed our name in 2003 to The Military Officers Association of Sarasota. Originally, we were just a social organization for retired officers. We got together to tell war stories and relive the camaraderie of the "O" Club.

Today we are a vibrant multifaceted association of all the uniformed services, that stills enjoy our get togethers, but have now reached out into our veteran community to make a difference. We award scholarships, sponsor an American Flag Initiative curriculum in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and sponsor patriotic events at Patriot Plaza and Veterans Day concerts with the Pops Orchestra to thousands of attendees. We are active in the Sarasota County Veteran's Commission and the sponsor of Veteran Appreciation Day at Ed Smith stadium in partnership with the Baltimore Orioles. Our voice is heard in Tallahassee and Washington DC on legislative issues and policies that impact you and our veteran's community.

    • If you are missing the camaraderie and core values of military service and want to develop close and lasting friendships with other members with similar backgrounds and interest, please join us.

      • Monthly luncheons at Bird Key Yacht Club - speakers, entertainment and education
      • Celebrating our shared military heritage at December’s Annual Military Ball.
      • Monthly Meet & Greets at Marina Jacks in downtown Sarasota – the way officers’ clubs used to be.
      • Outings and events – polo matches, kayaking trips, military ceremonies, Army/Navy football games, Orioles baseball and even beach parties.
    • Our second career members in the workforce and retired members who have contacts in the business community are invaluable to transitioning member.

      • Provide ample and repeated member opportunities for business networking and mutual consulting resources.
      • Publish an annual Membership Directory so everyone can stay in touch.
      • Young At Heart Officers Organization [YAHOO] for members wishing to attend activities with other members to establish relationships.
    • MOAA's chapters provide critical grassroots support for MOAA’s national legislative agenda. Our benefits are under attack and MOAA is in the fight to preserve them.

      • Monitor and evaluate state, local and federal legislation of interest to veterans and our national defense.
      • Coordinate with other community Veteran organizations
      • Be a voice at events and conferences that bring together all MOAA chapters.

      Take action at MOAA.org.

    • We are ambassadors in our community, supporting countless programs that make a difference in the lives of others. These members continue the “officer-ship” service and are giving back in the truest sense. 

      • Established and have operated the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation for over 20 years, providing scholarships for high school seniors and educational financial aid for our returning Veterans at our local colleges, universities, and technical schools.
      • Supporting individual members and their families during times of difficulty, crises, illness or death.
      • Representing the military, active, retired or reserve, at selected local events or ceremonies.
      • Continue to expand the American Flag Initiative in our elementary schools.
      • Supporting our local high school JROTC programs.
      • Sending over 50,000 care packages overseas to our deployed troops under the Support Our Troops Program (SOT)
    • Our newsletters, website, meetings and events all provide the latest information on local, state and national issues and changes to military benefits.

      • Improve access to available health services and most recent information
      • Serve as an information resource and facilitator.
      • Publish a monthly newsletter called The Sarasota Breeze, which keeps our members informed on our Chapter’s activities and articles from our leadership team

You may be asking who qualifies? You don’t have to be retired to join our Chapter.

We have three membership categories and we welcome all. Our membership fee is a modest $35/year, includes our digital newsletter. Printed copies are available for $15 more.

Regular Membership

Regular memberships open to active duty, retired, National Guard, reserve, former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the uniformed services. Officers or former officers of foreign services are also welcome to join.

Surviving Spouse Membership

Auxiliary memberships are open to surviving spouses of deceased officers and warrant officers.

Associate Membership

Associate Memberships are open to those who support our goals and objectives and wish to support veteran programs in our community. Requires Board approval. 

To learn more please contact Scott Wuesthoff wwopsLdr@gmail.com or 703-593-4447

Military Officers Association of America [MOAA] Membership

By joining our chapter and providing a valid email address, we will, with your permission, set up your free, 3-year national MOAA BASIC membership, or you may do so directly at MOAA Basic Membership Sign-Up. If you are already a member great! Please provide us your MOAA membership number.

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Meet Us

You don’t have to join to come and meet us. You are welcome to attend a Meet & Greet at Marina Jacks or a luncheon at the Bird Key Yacht Club. You will be most welcome.

  • Monthly Meet & Greets
    • Our Chapter holds a Meet & Greet on the second Wednesday each month from 5:00 pm -  6:30 pm. Our Happy Hour recreates the camaraderie we enjoyed at the "O" Club back when we were on active duty. We'll have a few drinks and swap some stories. Members and prospective members have a chance to get to know each other in an informal setting. We hope you will join us. Marina jacks | 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

  • Monthly Luncheons
    • Please join us for lunch any third Friday of the month at 11:30 am. [Exceptions: May, September and December are dinner events and no event in August] The cost is $24.50/person for a salad entree and $28.50/person for a full three course luncheon. Dress is coat (tie optional) except June & July when its business casual. Bird Key Yacht Club | 300 Bird Key Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236.

      If you are a member - please login to register for the event
      If not a member - please give our Luncheon Coordinator, Babs Minken, a call and sign up 410-382-1266 or email bsminken@gmail.com


Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
MOAA has over 350,000 members and plays an active role with Congress on behalf of the military community on issues that affect the career force, the retired community, and all veterans of the uniformed services.

Your MOAA Membership Will...

In addition to representing your interests before Congress, MOAA offers a wide range of personal and financial services exclusive to MOAA membership. Whatever the stage of your career, your MOAA membership delivers benefits geared specifically to you – and your family. From active-duty service through retirement, MOAA can help you make the most of your career as an officer. When you join MOAA, you become part of the strongest advocate for our military’s personnel and their families. The stronger our membership is, the stronger our voice becomes. Consider joining today because every voice counts.

  • Basic Membership
    • As a MOAA BASIC Member, you'll have free electronic access to MOAA e-communications about news and support of critical advocacy efforts to protect your military benefits. Membership Cost – FREE for the first 3 years.

  • Premium Membership
    • MOAA PREMIUM Membership gives you total access to everything MOAA has to offer, including our full spectrum of career and financial resources, MOAA-exclusive publications, college scholarships for dependents, and countless discounts on products and travel.

      Membership Cost - $43/year
      Surviving Spouse - $40/year

  • Life Membership
    • MOAA LIFE Membership is the most elite membership category. As a MOAA LIFE Member, you'll receive all of MOAA's PREMIUM benefits - plus more - for life. Additional benefits include waived initiation fees at the Army Navy Club of Washington, D.C., bonus discounts, and direct access to MOAA staff experts on the dedicated MOAA LIFE Member Hotline.

      Membership Cost - Varies by age

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You don’t have to be retired to join

We are an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America [MOAA]. And the third largest chapter in Florida with over 300 active members.

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