The original idea for what has become the Broward County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) was conceived at a meeting on January 22, 1960 at American Legion Post 36 in Ft Lauderdale. The two prime movers were LTC L.A. Malenfant and MAJ F.L. Coykendall. They contacted other interested potential members and the then-Broward County Chapter of The Retired Officer Association was born with 52 Charter members.
The Chapter grew, and in 1977, due to changes in tax laws, became incorporated in the State of Florida on May 2, 1977. During the early 1980’s, the Chapter had grown to over 400 members.Tthe highlight of this period was hosting the Florida State Council Convention in 1983 at the still existing Bahia Mar Hotel. Conventioneers were taken on a ride on the USCG Cutter “Dauntless” to observe rescue and drug interdiction procedures.
Beginning in the early 1990’s, the Chapter experienced the same reduction in volunteer interest endured by other similar organizations, and membership began to dwindle. The effects of that are still being felt today. In 2003, National “TROA” became “MOAA” incorporating all officers—Active, Reserve, and former. A significant thrust began to increase membership.
On August 2, 2014, another significant event occurred as the Chapter was awarded a National MOAA Level of Excellence Four Star award. This is the first known National award to the Chapter.