The LSOC History

The Lone Star Officers Club (LSOC) was chartered on the 23rd of April, 1956 as the Lone Star Retired Officers Club (LSROC) as an affiliate of the The Retired Officers Association (TROA).

TROA was a champion of issues involving retired members of the following services: United States Army (USA); United States Navy (USN); United States Marine Corps (USMC); United States Coast Guard (USCG); United States Public Health Service (USPHS); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and originally the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and after 1947, the United States Air Force (USAF).

Over the years, TROA associated itself with other military organizations throughout the United States to form a larger voice in bringing attention to bear on issues involving not only retired but active members of the services. In recent years, TROA realized they were as involved with active as well as retired officers of the above services. On January 1, 2003, TROA officially changed its name to Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). They, then opened membership to and began recruiting active officers to join the organization.

After the National Organization’s change of name and direction, the LSROC Board felt that the local chapter needed to follow MOAA’s lead. In October of 2002 the membership voted to accept the Board’s recommendation. On February 3, 2003, the Texas Secretary of State officially approved our name change to Lone Star Officers Club (LSOC).

The Lone Star Officers Club received the MOAA’s coveted 5-Star Level of Excellence Award (Cat II) for the year 2003. This MOAA recognition is not awarded lightly. It recognizes MOAA chapters that have truly excelled in documented performance. This award to LSOC stems primarily from the dedication of our 2003 President, Col Jim Costin, who put together a Board that benefited from his excellent leadership. To quote Col Costin: “All of our officers and chairs contributed to our success. I would like to recognize them for their outstanding initiative and performance. Our elected officers and chairs reacted in a most positive manner to a new way of doing business”. The MOAA 5-Star Award with a “MOAA 5-Star Battle Ribbon” for our Chapter Flag was officially presented by BGen Tim Brodie at our December 2004 meeting. The Lone Star Officers Club also received MOAA’s coveted 5-Star Level of Excellence Award (Cat III-200 to 299 members) in 2010 and 2011.

On the 23rd of April, 2006 the Lone Star Officers Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of its charter.