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


Fellow Companions and Friends


Our guest speaker at the January luncheon was Mr. Colt Esenwein, the Director of Works for San Luis Obispo County. Colt was previously the assistant director of Public Works for Stanislaus County. He served in the Navy from 1990 to 1994, holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Cal Poly and is a registered professional civil engineer. He has been active in building coalitions of support and the balancing coalitions of support. Colt answered questions about traffic, water issues, growth management and other infrastructure related activities.



Also during the meeting, we awarded a certificate to Mr. Erick Wand, making him a “Friend of the Chapter {see photos herewith}. Erick worked with Col Jack Jones in preparing the booklet Ten Most Patriotic American Speeches a publication that is used in our chapter's Youth Leadership Conferences, especially to the Grizzly Academy classes. Erick did the basic design including the cover photos for this booklet. Erick worked with Col Jones on a regular basis to assemble our monthly newsletter for a long period of time.  Later, Erick worked gratis to put together a very comprehensive video presentation DVD titled A Celebration of Life, honoring our past MOWW CinC, Chapter chair and leader Col Jack Jones. This required traveling to the many of Jack's favorite places and interviewing his friends then editing this research into the final product. This video presentation was delivered at a large gathering at the Madonna Inn on October 13, 2017 and was very well received, especially for the outstanding quality of Erick's work. During these many years, Erick has remained a loyal supporter of our chapter and he and his wife Jennifer are frequent attendees at our meetings.







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Cuesta College North County Chorus   


The North County Chorus of Cuesta College will perform a special musical piece entitled “Normandy” at the site in France where Allied troops landed in World War II on June 6, 1944.  The performance will be on July 4, 2019.  To commemorate the event, Cassandra Tarantino, Choral Director at Cuesta College, had commissioned Dr. Ron Kean to compose this special piece of music for the Chorus to sing.  He composed what Cassandra has described as a remarkable piece---- “Normandy”. It is written for choral and flute.  He had earlier written the Harriet Tubman piece for the SLO Master Chorale which was performed last Spring.

Mrs. Tarantino has requested the World Premiere Performance to be recorded and performed for the Military Order of the World Wars, especially to honor those veterans of World War II.  The Executive Committee of MOWW has decided to join with the Military Officers Association of America and have a joint dinner meeting and has invited the North County Chorus to present this musical piece.  This will occur on Friday, November 9 at 1130 hours, and will be at the Madonna Inn.  This meeting will be in lieu of the regularly scheduled meetings for both MOWW and MOAA for the month of November.  It will also be just two days before Veterans Day, which this year is the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which brought World War I to an end.

We hosted ~ twenty members of the North County Chorus, and this was a very special event, considering what the focus of their endeavor is. 

LT Ron Janney




Membership Information


Adjutant’s Corner

I offer a few words of wisdom to contemplate:

Loyalty: If you work for a person (or a member of an organization), in heaven’s name work for that person (or organization.) and speak well and stand by the institution that person represents. Remember—an ounce of loyality is worth a pound of cleverness.

If you must growl, condemn, and eternally find fault, why—resign or quit, and when you are on the outside, damn to your heart’s content! But as long as you are a part of the institution do not condemn it, if you do the first high wind that comes along will blow you away, and you probably will never know why. But you have an obligation to the person to whom you work: If and when you see something that should be modified, corrected or acted upon, your loyalty requires you to offer positive recommendations not simply a negative comment.





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 year 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:

545 People:

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does and Congress gets to act on that proposed budget. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations; the House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code; Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congress members, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices: 545 human beings out the more than 300 million are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how to vote.

These 545 human beings spend much of their time and energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

More next month.





Chaplains Corner

Chaplain February 2019

“Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved."

“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

It is with this promise from God that we extend our prayers. It is said that all things are possible to those who believe. Faith is intangible; it cannot be seen but without faith, we have nothing. Faith allows us to please God. We, who come to God, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Faith has a voice. God hears that voice of faith. Our prayers will serve as a declaration of our dependence on God. God promises to hear our prayers when we rely on Him through faith. He never promises we will see the fruit of our faith (our prayers) in our lifetime because faith is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. Faith is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. Sometimes people claim to pray to God, but sometimes those pleas are selfish. For their sake, may the Lord fulfill all our rightful petitions.

May God bless and keep us as we partner with Him in prayer. God hears, God cares, and God answers.


MAJ Jim Murphy