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THE COMMANDER: LTC Louis Stout, USA, (Ret.)  Summer Message:


Fellow Companions and Friends


The Chapter will be dark for July and August with our next meeting on September 18. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer.









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The Cayucos Lost at Sea Memorial Committee conducted the 18th annual Lost at Sea Ceremony on Memorial Day at the Cayucos Pier.  The Ceremony begins at 1500 hours with 6 bells, rung on a World War II ship’s bell mounted on the permanent granite memorial located on the Pier Plaza.  Following opening remarks, the flag is lowered to half-mast for the National Anthem. 

A brief explanation of the meaning of Memorial Day and the reason for the Lost at Sea Ceremony is presented, followed by several segments to honor civilian and military lost at sea, military recognition, POW/MIA remembrances, and music provided by brass instruments, bagpipes, and chorale music by the Cuesta Concord Chorus.  This year the Chorus performed “Normandy” which is a special piece composed for their journey to the site of the D-Day landings.  They sang that piece in October for a combined meeting of MOWW and MOAA, and will sing it this year on the Fourth of July to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the invasion of Europe by Allied Forces.  We also had a tribute for Commander Bill Houston, who was in at the beginning in 2002, and only missed a ceremony if he was hospitalized, as he was a few years ago.  CDR Houston will be greatly missed by many people in many walks of life.

The Ceremony concluded with a march out onto the pier where a wreath is passed for all to touch in remembrance of someone lost at sea.  The wreath is then honored, blessed, and tossed into the sea.  A rifle salute, TAPS, and “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes brings the pier portion of the ceremony to a close.  AT 1600 hours, a Missing Man fly-by performed by the Estrella Warbird Museum gives extra meaning to honor those lost at sea.  In spite of the predicted gale force winds, the planes flew over right on time.  The wind provided a challenge for the flag bearers, and required chin straps to be lowered. 

As Chairman of the Lost at Sea Committee, I am told every year that this was the best ceremony ever.  Some years, I agree with that assessment, and other years, I do not.  This year, I think we had the best Ceremony to date.

LT Ron Janney




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Adjutant’s Corner


Sometimes a person will ask me why am I so happy, so content? I respond by asking “What are the alternatives?” Certainly as I look back on my life, one could say that with the loss of loved ones, time and again,  the times I have spent on foreign lands away from those loved ones, yet I am reminded of some words of wisdom on this subject by Charles Swindoll:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the failures, than the successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past. . . we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. .

I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with each of us. . . we are in charge of our attitudes. I think that projecting a positive attitude is infectious; in times of trial, a positive attitude often is the difference between success and failure in any endeavor."




We, as members of MOWW, know there are periodic expenditures: Of course we have our meals to pay for; in addition there are other obligations, depending on a member’s desire: Locally we are expected to pay annual dues of $15; some elect to be Perpetual  members and are then exempt from regular National dues of  $40 a year.

Local dues; $15/year payable the first of each year

National dues: $40/payable to National based on the member’s date of joining

The Executive Committee has opted not to send out notices of the dues requirements but we trust in the good graces of our members to step forward at the beginning of each calendar year to make good their obligation! Consider this an advanced notice! Thanks so much for your continued physical, psychological and moral support!




We have a strong chapter but you will realize that most of the burden of chapter duties rest on the shoulders of just a few. In the coming months someone may tap you on your shoulder and ask if you’d take on one of the many administrative chores we are obligated to provide to our community.

Please note your interest in any of the below areas of service to the chapter. Contact an officer for greater details of what may be required of you. Some members already assist in most of these areas, so the load will not rest with one person! The amount of time dedicated by each person varies but is usually distributed throughout the year.

  1. Patriotic Education:
  3. Scouts:
  4. Membership:
  5. Memorials:
  6. Publicity/Photography:
  7. Nominating:
  8. Phone:
  9. Wellness:
  10. Chapter Activities:
  11. Awards: Law Enforcement of the Year
  12. Books and related:
  13. Programs: Youth Leadership; Lost At Sea; guest speakers;
  14. National Security: (Includes Homeland Security)
  15. Historian: LTC Larry Geist



Our Chapter was formed over 27 years ago is and continues to be active in our community since that time. We have sponsored and been successful in with many programs. Some of past years continuing activities and accomplishments include:

Cal Poly ROTC Awards and Commissioning Ceremonies
Grizzly Youth Leadership Conferences 
Veteran Tribute Luncheons (WWII, Korean, and Vietnam)
Lost at Sea Memorial Day Ceremonies
Law Enforcement Month honoring select local police
Charles Paddock Zoo Statue and Sign special project
Your American Heritage Monument with Boy Scouts maintaining the flags
And support to many other Community/Veteran events 





SGT AT ARMS: remarks from MAJ James Murphy:

A while ago I commented on a talk by a Navy SEAL, now a retired Admiral. I was reminded of him again when I came across these words—and I’ll comment on what he said as I proceed.

Heads Up! Just before you go to sleep tonight, check this list:

When you woke up this morning, how did you feel? Were you looking forward to the day and all that you might accomplish? Did you have a song in your heart? Did you make your bed?

The Admiral made a big point of this: Make your bed every morning as best you can. Then whatever happens throughout the day, you’ll know that you did something to the best of your abilities!

Did you eat a good breakfast? A cup of coffee and a sweet roll don’t count. Throughout the day, are you active, and caring for what you put into your body? A little exercise will help keep you both physically and mentally well.

Did you read something interesting, and did you learn something new? Were you polite not only to friends and family, but to strangers as well?

Did you accomplish any chores or tasks around the house? Maybe even some that you’ve been putting off! Did you reach out to a friend or neighbor, even just to chat and exchange pleasantries?  Did you make sure that you spent less than you earned today? Doing so is sensible planning for your future! Did you read a newspaper and maybe watch a newscast, especially as unbiased as possible?

Do you get a good night’s rest? And did you make sure your personal hygiene is correct including brushing your teeth, (twice a day, at least!)? If you’ve considered these factors, and have made the honest effort to achieve them, you can go to sleep knowing you’ve left the world just a little bit better than the day before!


Chaplains Corner

I don’t have a name to offer credit for these words, but I think, especially as we have lost loved ones and dear friends---it seems every week I read the name of a friend who  is no longer of this earth. So when you are sad and grieving, please consider these thoughts:

To Those I Love & Those Who Love Me:

When I am gone, release me, let me go; I have so many things to see and do.  You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears, be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love; you can only guess how much happiness. I thank you for the love you have shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for if grieve you must then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for a while that we must part so bless your memories within your heart.

I won’t be far away, for life goes on so if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way along I’ll greet you with a smile and say, “Welcome Home.”

MAJ Jim Murphy