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The General Vandenberg Chapter holds it monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday and is open to all active and former Officers and their heirs to promote Patriotism, Leadership, National Security and Homeland Security as well as support to Boy and Girl Scouts, ROTC programs and other patriotic organizations.  Guests are always welcome to attend.


Meetings are held at:



222 Elks Lane — San Luis Obispo, California



1215 hrs LUNCH SERVED (cost is $20 which includes tax & gratuity)

Checks can be made out to: MOWW


Call 805.528.7565 for reservations or just fill in the following form and your reservation will be emailed to Jim Murphy.  Please submit your reservation by the Friday before the General Meeting.  The lunch is buffet style and the Lodge does an excellent job preparing the food.  Guests are always welcome.



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Business casual attire is suggested.  We always encourage the wearing of your Military Uniform.







Wed Jan 9 Excom Meeting at the Elks, 9:30 am
Wed Jan 16 Luncheon Meeting at the Elks, 11:30 am




Wednesday, January 16, 2019

We wish all a Happy, Healthful, New Year


Program TBA




December 11, 2018---Another Special Day and Place


The MOAA and MOWW combined Christmas Luncheon was held at the Officers Club at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Base commander Lt Col Angel Ortiz arranged for an excellent venue for our combined luncheon.  The buffet line was well stocked with rib-eye, salmon, potatoes & gravy, green beans with bacon with an array of beverages and desserts and the facility was well decorated.  Tables were set with a salad and a couple of bottles of central coast fine wine.


The facility layout and the members Choral group in the chow line



MOWW District Commander Lt Col David Worley, USAF drove up from Los Angeles to conduct the induction of the officers for 2019. 


Commander Lt Col Louis Stout introducing

Lt Col David Worley


Chaplain Major James Murphy, Treasurer Bonne Harris, Sr Vice Commander Lt Ronald Janney, and Jr Vice Commander

LTJG Joe Brocato assumed their respective office for the coming year.

Commander Lt Col Louis Stout induction


The Cuesta College North County Chorus (Vox Concordia Mundi) Choral Group gave us a nice selection of Christmas music to set the mood for the Christmas Season…and we did a lot of sing-a-longs!


Lt Ron Janney introducing the Choral group And some fine music



It was a very enjoyable afternoon, our thanks to all that participated and especially to Camp San Luis Obispo and their Officers Club.


November 9, 2018


This joint meeting of the MOWW and MOAA at the Madonna Inn had the distinct pleasure of hearing the inaugural performance of “Normandy” by the Cuesta College North County Chorus. There were 30 members of the chorus present and their music was powerful and a real pleasure to listen to.

On July 4, 2019 the North County Chorus will perform at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings by Allied Armed Forces.  Dr. Ron Kean was requested by Cassandra Tarantino, Choral Director at Cuesta College to compose a special song to sing in France.  Dr. Kean took the words from a poem by Cyril Crain titled “Normandy” and created the music for the Chorus and with a flute.


Cyril Crain served with the 19 Beach Signal Section of the Combined Operations Command and was part of the first D-Day assault wave on Juno Beach at Berneires-sur-Mer.  He wrote this poem about Normandy and Dr. Kean put it to music:


Come and stand in memory
Of men who fought and died
They gave their lives in Normandy
Remember them with pride.

Soldiers, Airman, sailors
Airborne and marines
Who in civvy life were tailors
And men who worked machines.

British and Canadian
And men from USA
Forces from the Commonwealth
They all were there that day


To Juno, Sword and Utah
Beaches of renown
Also Gold and Omaha
That’s where the ramps went down

The battle raged in Normandy
Many lives were lost
The war must end in victory
And this must be the cost

When my life is over
And I reach the other side
I’ll meet my friends from Normandy
And shake their hands with pride.


There was a nice attendance of this joint meeting at the Madonna to hear some fine music from the Choral group


The Chorus started their performance with the Armed Forces Medley of all Services, sang “Normandy” under the special direction of Dr. Kean, and ended with their signature performance of "Set Me as a Seal" with Cassandra directing. 


Cassandra directing the Chorus Group



Dr. Ron Kean preparing the direct the group with his special music of Normandy Cassandra with the flute part of the song


Lt Ron Janney introduced some of the members of the chorus (they did point out that the younger members were in class at Cuesta College)
Ron presented to Cassandra a Certificate of Recognition for the chorus and a special Bravo Zulu Award for her special support to Veterans



The Chorus is also raising funds for their planned trip to Normandy. (Donor Sheet)



October 17, 2018


Our guest speaker was LTC Erik Brun, USA, (Ret), Foundation President for the 99th Infantry Battalion. Erik presented an interesting discussion of the Saga of the Viking 99th Infantry Battalion and its various missions during WWII. The 99th was comprised of Norwegian residents (to become citizens) and was a unit separate from the Army Battalions (consisting of 4 companies each). This separate designation enabled rapid deployment to whatever assignment/mission needed their expertise (and of course skiing was one of the talents utilized).


Their greatest and most important achievement was the destruction of the Nazi’s heavy metal manufacturing capabilities that stopped their development of the Atomic Bomb. Without this, the Germans could have leveled London as the US did Hiroshima.


Eric Wand had the pleasure of introducing his friend LTC Erik Brun
with Commander Lou looking on
The InterestingTopic
Erik with his slide presentation and several posters,
two of which are shown below
Commander LTC Lou Stout with a hearty
Thank You to Erik






September 19, 2018


This was a very casual meeting with some fine entertainment by the In Time Trio performing timeless patriotic tunes. These gals never slow down...very entertaining.


The meeting also affirmed the nomination of officers by the Nomination Committee for the upcoming year....and all current officers will continue in their position. The nomination was approved.


Lt Ron Janney introducing the Trio The Marine Hymn, with Marines standing at attention
Nice Music Commander Lou with an appropriate Thank You




June 20, 2018


Our last meeting of the Summer was highlighted by honoring Sheriff Ian Parkinson and Boy Scout Troop 51.

The Atascadero Boy Scout Troop 51 was recognized for the excellent support they are providing to our Chapter with the maintenance of the flags on our American Heritage Monument. The Monument has a 40 foot flagpole with a large (6’x10’) American Flag with a Betsy Ross flag beneath it. (check out the background and features of the Monument by clicking Here).  The flags need to be cleaned at times and replaced when faded or wind torn and lowered to half-staff on designed dates. The scout troop is providing this service (the Chapter does furnish replacement flags) and it is very much appreciated by the Chapter..


Sheriff Ian Parkinson was presented with the coveted Patrick Henry Award plaque and a certificate from the Chapter for his extensive, professional leadership of the Sheriff’s Office of San Luis Obispo County. Sheriff Parkinson has instituted a number of significant improvements in the department and in the county jail system.  The month of May is typically when law enforcement individuals/departments are recognized by our Chapter, however Sheriff Parkinson had a scheduling conflict last month.   

The Sheriff was also presented with a recognition certificate from the office of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham.  The presentation was made by Keegan Koberi representing the Assemblyman.

In attendance at the luncheon was Undersheriff Tim Olivas, Morrow Bay Police Chief Gregory Allen, and our companion and re-elected District Attorney LTC Dan Dow, USAR.  Each of them highlighted their association with and pleasure working with the Sheriff.  Ian’s wife Ami and their son also joined us.


Some photos:

Atascadero Scout Troop 51 ready for chow..
with their "do everything" leader Nicole Hider
Commander Lou with the Certificate of Appreciation
presented to the troop
LT Ron Janney introducing the Sheriff
Ron was previously also in law enforcement

District Attorney Dan Dow (LTC, USAR) discussing his and his office relationship with the Sheriff and his department. They do not always agree...but that is a good thing! A very amicable personal and professional relationship.

Undersherrif Tim Olivas with some comments. He wasn't sure what he was getting into taking this job...but is pleased that he did. Ian has done a superb job with the department. Morrow Bay Police Chief Gregory Allen with more complimentary remarks. (Undersheriff Olivas was a prior Chief in Morrow Bay)



Sheriff Parkinson indicating he was very honored to receive the recognition from the Chapter and stated that the companions were the ones that should be honored for their service to our country.


Ian also recognized and addressed the Boy Scout Troop, as he was a scout in his youth and has been wearing a uniform ever since.....



LT Janney, Commander LTC Stout, Sheriff Parkinson, and LTJG Brocato with the MOWW Chapter Awards Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham representative
Keegan Koberi with the recognition from the Assemblyman
Wife Ami and son with Ian

Undersheriff Olivas & MB Chief Allen joining the family,

with Commander Lou looking on


May 16, 2018


The guest speaker was LTC Joseph Dzvonik, Professor of Military Science (PMS) at Cal Poly State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (ROTC), San Luis Obispo. LTC Dzvonik gave an excellent overview of the local Army ROTC program.


LTC Dzvonik is a graduate of Penn State with majors in chemistry and geology and he also has a Master’s Degree.  LTC Joe spent over 3 years in Iraq on tours.


LTC Joe making his presentation

The Cal Poly ROTC program started in 1952 with the 1st commissioning in June 1955.  Eight women joined the program in 1973.


Scholarships awarded the cadets at Cal Poly typically cover either tuition or room & board. (Some universities cover the total cost.)




Cal Poly’s ROTC class of 2017-18 is among the top student groups in the nation. The Program had the 4th highest average cadet order of merit scores among 281 U.S, colleges and universities across the country that have ROTC programs which includes senior military colleges such as Texas A&M, Virginia Military Institute and Valley Forge Military Academy and College. The order of merit score is based on leadership skills, physical fitness tests and cumulative grade point average. No Cal Poly unit has scored this high in the nation before - showing that this graduating class is exceptional.


The graduating group of two women and 12 men is also one of the largest. While Cal Poly’s ROTC program attracts between 65 and 70 cadets a year from all six colleges, typically 10 to 12 graduate annually and are commissioned as second lieutenants.


Cadets are assessed at the beginning of their senior year, and this assessment plays a key role in where they start their military careers.


All 14 students receiving commissions this academic year received the Army component of choice they desired.


Nine chose active duty assignments, four are bound for the National Guard and one selected the Army reserve.  Six of the cadets were designated as Distinguished Military Graduates, individuals who rank in the top 20 percent of some 6,000 Army ROTC graduates nationwide.


Of the four cadets that were to attend the luncheon three were out of town on internship assignments and one was ill. Chapter financial support was given to the undergraduate cadets (selected by the program personnel) as follows:

Joseph Thurling      
Marcial Nunez        
Harrison Meyer     
Taylor Palmaffy      




$100 (the “William Sommermeyer Memorial” award)

 Checks and certificates will be presented to these cadets at the graduation ceremony on campus on June 7.


LT Ron Janney filled in for our ill Commander Lou
Ron reading the citation to LTC Joe

AND the citation/certificate presented to LTC Dzvonik

with a hearty Thank You




April 18, 2018


Our featured speaker was John Lindsey, a Corporate Relations Representive and Marine Meteorologist with PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo.  (John also had a very active service in the US Navy.)

The topic of the day was “Climate Change”.  John presented a number of slides showing historical trends over the past number of years.  An example was the CO2 levels over the past 400,000 years…peaking at about 300 ppm then decreasing then peaking again at about 100,000 year increments.  (Levels determined from ice core samples).  It is now about 450 ppm…hmmmm.  CO2 can act as a “thermal blanket” in our relatively narrow atmosphere, and give rise to a warming tread.

The earth non circular orbit around the sun varies with time as does the tilt of the earth’s rotation…these natural conditions also lead to some climate changes. (Northern California had 100 inches of rain in one month back in 1862.)

Sea level changes are not effected by melting ice as the displaced solid volume is just replaced with water.  However as ice is broken off from glaciers that does tend to raise the water level….and we are seeing broken glaciers.  Some projections show a potential increase of ~46 inches in ocean levels!!

John feels that we do have a problem and all efforts to reduce CO2 will certainly help with the climate and also make for cleaner air to breathe. Consistent small steps today can preclude necessary major steps in the future. He thinks transportation is a primary driver (no pun intended) of California CO2. He walks the talk having 2 electric vehicles in the family and solar panels on his roof.

Diablo Canyon produces clean electricity and along with the solar fields in Carrizo Plains our county provides 80% carbon free power.  The plant is slated to close in 2024-2025, a short sighted political decision.


LT Ron Janney, Maj Jim Murphy, and John

with some pre-meeting discussions....

Maj Jim gave the introduction of John
John had a number of interesting slides And we did have the Q&A session after John's presentation


The Three Amigos:

Maj Jim, John, and CDR Bill Houston



March 21, 2018


The day was a bit inclimate but the meeting at Camp SLO was excellent; not as many folks as expected but it was a nice group. We entered the dining hall, paid our $8 and gathered together before going through the food line. The menu options were very good! The whole array!


After lunch the group went into a meeting room and started the meeting with the standard opening procedure. Base Commander Lt Col Angel Ortiz did an outstanding job with a Powerpoint presentation of the base and highlighted the many events and activities that take place there.


We then boarded a bus and had a grand tour of the facilities without ever getting out of the bus! It was very interesting, educational and time well spent. The rain was not a problem; really light sprinkles on the bus tour. (Only in California would rain impede anything!)


Lt Col Dan Dow addressing the group Base Commander Lt Col Angel Ortiz with a
Powerpoint Presentation of the base and activities



February 21, 2018


Our speaker was local author Jim Gregory.  Jim has taught American literature, modern world literature, cultural anthropology, advanced placement U.S. history and AP European history for thirty years at Mission College Preparatory School in San Luis Obispo and at Arroyo Grande High School. He has led several student trips to Europe, including visits to many of the villages and cities where young Americans fought in 1944-45.


Jim presented an overview of early aviation in our local area, including the WWII wartime training programs at Cal Poly and Hancock Field, and examples of notable local fliers, including fighter pilots, bomber pilots, and aircrew. 


He also highlighted the ladies of the WASP (Women's Airforce Service Pilots) who were actually non-military contract pilots. 38 of them died during wartime.  Many of them continued flying professionally after the war’s end.


Jim is the author of several published books including “World War II Arroyo Grande”, “Patriot Graves” (Discovering a California Town's Civil War Heritage) and “San Luis Obispo County Outlaws”.  His fourth book, “Aviators”, will be published and available in May.


Jim Presenting

Commander Lou with a Thank You to Jim




January 17, 2018


Captain Gary Hale with the SLO Fire Department (who was deployed for over two weeks on the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties) was scheduled to be the main speaker but was unavailable as he is supporting the ongoing Search and Rescue operations in Montecito . 

Jason Beres, a Fire Prevention Officer with the San Luis Obispo Fire Department was our guest speaker subbing for Capt Hale.  Jason did address the group in October 2015; he is also a BM2 in the US Navy (Former). Jason gave an overview of the fire and flood activities in the Santa Barbara area as best he understood.  He then had a good discussion of fire/disaster preparedness with some cogent handouts including (the first 2 are available to view):

Fire Safe Landscaping
Vial of Life info to post on the refrigerator for First Responders (page 1 page 2)
Family Disaster Supplies Calendar
Update New Requirements for Smoke Alarm Listings
FAQ’s on Carbon Monoxide Devices      


Maj Dan Dow
saying "howdy" to the group

(Dan is running for re-election
as SLO DA)


Lt Ron Janney introducing Jason Beres (at the head table with Commander Lou) Jason speaking



Commander Lou citing the
Thank You Certificate to Jason
And the presentation



December 20, 2017


The Special Christmas luncheon was held at the Officers' Club at Camp SLO.  The entertainment was provided the "In Time Trio" performing holiday favorites with their signature three-part harmonies and their sassy, classy and cool moves, as well as some military and patriotic songs.

The Officers Club offered a nice setting for the Christmas Luncheon

Opening invocation was presented by Maj Jim Murphy with Commander LTC Lou Stout and Lt(jg) Joe Brocatto

also at the head table


The Buffet Chow Line with Tri-tip and all the trimmings



The Trio gave a very lively, entertaining performance.

Commander Lou, along with Lt Ron Janney presented each of them a certificate of appreciation


Commander Lou presenting a certificate of appreciation to LTC Angel Ortiz, USA NG, the commander of Camp SLO...and member of the chapter, for making the Officers Club available for this special occasion.
Commander Lou had also presented a certificate of appreciation to COL Loren Weeks, USA (ret) for his fine efforts in organizing all of the club arrangements


Wayne Gretter was made a Friend of the Chapter (FOC) for his continuing efforts in maintaining the American Heritage Monument that the chapter had dedicated in July, 2013. Wayne did all of the electrical work on the monument and has replaced flags when needed (and lowering to half-staff on designated dates). He has now trained local Boy Scout Troop 51 to assist in the flag efforts.

Dave Frayer (FOC), Wayne, & Lou

at the flag flown on the USS Arizona

Wayne receiving his recognition




Header design courtesy of Graphics by Erick in San Luis Obispo