To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.

To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.


Chartered Jan. 15, 2012

The unit meets the third Tues. every month, except for July and Dec.

Hernando Pasco Hospice

2939 W. Gulf to Lake Highway

Lecanto, FL 34461


MAY 21, 2019

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary (MOPHA) Unit 776 members of Citrus County, FL recently donated $400 to Honor Flight West Central Florida (HFWCF).  Accepting the donation from Sandy Cross Unit 776 President (right), is Barbara Mills member, HFWCF board of directors (left) and Roger MacCallum, US Navy, retired, who flew on the May 7 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  

Unit 776 members from left are Linda Golfieri; Vikki Pietras, Carol Hayes, Annie Fair, Pat Michael, Barbara Mills, Roger MacCallum, Sandy Cross, Mickey Hunt, Nancy Laska, Mari-Elain Ebitz and Gail Nemesh.

HFWCF flies veterans from the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf wars and other conflicts free of charge to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated in their honor.  Top priority is given to WWII and terminally ill veterans. 

Newly elected and appointed 2019-20 officers for Unit 776 are from left; Annie Fair, Sgt. At Arms and Historian; Gail Nemesh, 3 yr. Trustee and Chaplain; Vikki Pietras, Parliamentarian and Secretary; Mari-Elain Ebitz, Treasurer and Publicity; Mickey Hunt, Sr. Vice President; Linda Schlaudraff, 1 yr. Trustee and Marshal; Nancy Laska, 2 yr. Trustee and Americanism; Sandy Cross, President.  Not shown, Carol Hayes. Jr. Vice President.

Several of our members who were appointed officers continued in their roles and some even hold two or  more positions.



President Sandy Cross

Sr. Vice President Mickey Hunt

Jr. Vice President Carol Hayes

Treasurer Mari-Elain Ebitz

Parliamentarian Vikki Pietras

Sgt at Arms Annie Fair

Trustee-1 year Linda Schlaudraff

Trustee 2 year Nancy Laska

Trustee 3 year Gail Nemesh


Secretary Vikki Pietras

Chaplain Gail Nemesh 

Americanism Nancy Laska

Historian Ann Fair

Publicity Mari-Elain Ebitz

Marshal Linda Schlaudraff


Left: Joann Allen; Nancy Laska; Sandy Cross incoming president; Vikki Pietras, outgoing President, Mari-Elain Ebitz, Treasurer; Mickey Hunt, incoming Sr. Vice President; Young Marine MSgt Adam Ault and Young Marine Adult Leader Liza Gonzales.


Unit 776 members donated $100 to the Nature Coast Young Marines for their support of the unit’s annual fundraiser, the “Real” Military Card Party.

The 2018 annual “Real” Military Card Party was at the Florida National Guard Armory in Crystal River for the very first time.  Everyone loved the change of location!  The players had a great time and enjoyed a wonderful lunch.  The hard working ladies of Unit 776 are from left; Annie Fair, Linda Schlaudraff, Pat Michael, Shirley Platt, Vikki Pietraa, Sue Guard, Mari-Elain Ebitz, Sandy Cross, Nancy Laska and Mickey Hunt.  Watch for our ads in the Chronicle, starting in January 2019 for the date and time. 

National Votes for Name Change

At the 2017 Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart (LAMOPH) national convention, the membership voted to change the name to Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary.  The new abbreviation is MOPHA and the new and old logos are below.


Breakfast in Homosassa was enjoyed by the  LAMOPH 776 members after their presentation to management at the Homosassa #1029 Walmart.


Gold Star Tea at the Tilted Tea Cup, Brooksville, FL on October 1.  Special guests were Gail Nemesh, Department of Florida President and Barabara Mills, founder of Operation Welcome Home, Citrus County.  Front row from left, Gold Star mothers, wives and daughter; Toni Gross, Pat Flanagan, Nancy Weaver, Savannah Weaver and Bonnie Lee.

The Divas from Unit 776 of the Aaron A Weaver LAMOPH, who attended the Citrus County Chronicle's Diva Night on October 8.  Left to right; Nancy Laska, Mickey Hunt, Vikki Pietras, Sandy Cross, Pat Michael, Linda Schlaudraff and Barbara Bradshaw.  Not shown, Carol Allen.

It was a real card party!  Our Christmas Cards for VA hospitals project is chaired by Sandy Cross.  After our November meeting ten members placed postage stamps on and tied packs of three cards for 390 blank Christmas cards.  Our new member, Toni Gross, will distribute them to VA hospitals in Florida. We know it’s a very worthwhile project, as we have received many thank you letters from the hospitalized veterans.  

The "Breastplate of Courage" (designed by Carol Allen) is Unit 776's entry in The Citrus County Chronicle's "Sassy Cups" competition to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness, Detection and Treatment.  

“Breastplate of Courage”

Dedicating this symbolic Breastplate to

 women in the Armed Forces.  

The Mission: Cancer Prevention

Rules of Engagement: Recon Family History, Forewarned, forearmed 

Take Pre-emptive Action: Mammograms, First Line of Defense

Fortify Central Defense Systems: Healthy Choices Build Strong Immunity

Be Resilient Lady Guardians of America!  

Thank you for your service.

This item is now on display at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto, FL.

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460-1345

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