In addition to the monthly membership luncheon meetings that generally feature an interesting speaker, the chapter is actively involved in a number of local activities.



ROTC Recognition: June 6, 2019


At the Cal Poly Graduation service,  MOAA honored the top ranked Cadets of Cal Poly’s ROTC Senior, Junior and Sophomore classes. The Cadets were each presented with a National MOAA Certificate of Accomplishment, along with the Medal & Ribbon to be worn on the Cadet’s uniforms, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in academic, athletic and Military Science skills.






President Capt Dave with Cadet Joey Fox Capt Dave with CDT Harrison Meyer


Senior Cadet Clarissa J. Clifton, who received the MOAA Gold Award (Highest), was unable to attend the ceremony.



Eagle Scout Award, February 24, 2019


President David Brandmeyer presenting a certificate to Eagle Scout Joshua Kommer
of BSA Troop 6 at an Eagle Court of Honor






Tribute and Recognition of WWII Veterans, October 30, 2014


MOAA provided support to the MOWW in a very special tribute to some of our local WWII veterans.  The luncheon was held at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, over 100 veterans attended and were sponsored by MOAA and MOWW members, and each veteran was individually recognized and presented with a award package consisting of:


     Montage with their photo from service days, Service, dates of service, theatres supported, and medals received.

     Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly (courtesy of Katcho)

     Certificate of Recognition from the San Luis Obispo County (courtesy of Adam Hill and Debbie Arnold)

     Hard copy of the book "Killing Patton" by Bill O'Reilly


Each of the montages was personally prepared by MOWW Commander Lt. Joe Brocato.


Over 230 people were in attendance at the Country Club MOWW Commander Lt. Joe Brocato showing the award package presented to each Veteran, the Grizzly Academy youth delivered the package to each veteran
SLO County Supervisor Debbie Arnold giving a well deserved "thank you" to Lt. Brocato, CDR Bill Houston, and President LTC Louis Stout CDR Houston with a closing homily with Lt. Brocato and LTC Stout







ROTC Recognition: May 29, 2014


The MOAA and the MOWW in a ceremony at the University of Cal Poly presented respective awards to select cadets for having demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership as a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.


Left to Right: COL Jack Jones, Local Officer, CDR Bill Houston, CPT Dick Hathcock, LTJG Joe Brocato, LTC Lou Stout, COL John Mirolla representing both the MOAA and the MOWW
LTC Stout and COL Mirolla presenting the MOAA ROTC Medal to Cadet Taylor Steele. Cadet Steele had received the Gold Award of $1,000 at the May 9, 2014 Chapter Luncheon.

LTC Stout and COL Mirolla presenting the MOAA ROTC Medal to Cal Poly Cadet Brayton Kline.  Cadet Kline previously received the Silver Award of $500.





Memorial Day, May 26, 2014


Lt Chuck Ward gave the main address at the Faces of Freedom Memorial in Atascadero.  Chuck gave one of the best Memorial Day talks we have heard in a long time and the crowd showed its' appreciation by giving Chuck a standing ovation.  Chuck's talk is an easy read, CLICK HERE for a PDF version.


Chuck Presenting:


                                               The audience





Member CDR Don Morris USN Presentation in December, 2012:


At a recent meeting of the California Central Coast chapter of the International Footprint Association, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson, left, and Pismo Beach police Chief Jeff Norton, right, congratulate speaker Don Morris.


Don spoke about the competitive nature of basketball's older men. (From 50 to 82). His semi-pro basketball teams competed in AAU Championships and against inmates at California Men's Colony and patients at Atascadero State Hospital.


In the Senior Olympics basketball competitions, Don has won world, international, national and state championships. (He has a killer free throw!)





Lost at Sea Ceremony, Memorial Day in Cayucos, California:




CMDR Bill Houston was one of the individuals that started this annual ceremony at the Cayucos pier back in 2001.  It honors all of the sailors, merchant marines, soldiers, and fishermen that lost their lives at sea.  The ceremony begins at the foot of the pier, the group then walks out to the end of the pier with the waiting Honor Guard to toss a Wreath into the sea in honor of those Lost.





CMDR Bill Houston addressing the crowd   Close up of CMDR Houston
Crowd at the end of the pier   Missing man formation fly-by
The lone fly over   The Wreath







Veteran's Recognition Luncheon (May 18, 2012):


California State Senator Blakeslee's final luncheon was to honor the 34 “ Fallen Soldiers” of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts from our area as our Veteran of the Year. A personalized memorial resolution honoring each fallen soldier from these two conflicts was presented to their respective families (in attendance). In continuing with his tradition, the Senator also honored our local veterans that have been recognized by each of the local participating veteran organizations. Nominees were presented with a Senate Resolution by the Senator.


The start of the ceremony   Commander William Houston giving the Invocation
Commander Houston receiving his Recognition Award   1Lt Chuck Ward receiving his Recognition Award


  A Fallen Soldier Family Member receiving a
Memorial Resolution





From the 2011 event:


The Dais for last year's Recognition Luncheon
Senator Sam presenting a recognition award to CDR Bill Hopper




Christmas Gala at the Madonna Inn, December, 2011:


        BG John Gong & wife Betty