Chapter luncheon meetings are held the second Friday of the month with social "hour" at 11:30 am and lunch at ~12:00 noon.


The meetings are held in the Garden Room of the Madonna Inn Resort and Spa


     100 Madonna Rd

     San Luis Obispo, CA

     (click here for the map)


Cost is $25 (which includes salad, lunch, dessert, coffee/tea and a good "program") and reservations are requested by the Monday preceding the Friday Meeting.  A firm commitment is made at this time to the Madonna on the number of meals to prepare..and for which the chapter will be billed.  Your support in making timely reservations is appreciated.  Reservations may be requested by mail and sent to:


    PO Box 5002
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-5002


You may call Richard Ennes at 805.227.7138 ( or email ), or Ken Chapman at 805.489.8214


or fill in the following form:

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Please make all checks payable to:   CCCC MOAA

Business/business casual attire is suggested and the wearing of your Military Uniform is encouraged.

Meeting Schedule:


We are dark for the summer June thru August


Sept 13

Resumption of regular luncheon meetings
At the Madonna 11:30 am
scroll down for the details




Next Meeting: September 13, 2019

We will have a special joint meeting of MOAA and MOWW in September. 


MOWW Companion Tim Haley, USMC (fmr) made a trip to Europe last summer and has put together an interesting slide presentation of the historic sites he visited.  These include Belleau Wood and Normandy in France.  Included in the Normandy visit are La Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Normandy National Cemetery, St Mere Eglise Church, and other sites. He was to speak to the MOWW group at their September meeting.

Both groups have expressed the interest to hear Tim’s presentation. MOWW’s meeting was scheduled on Wednesday, September 18 at the ELKS Lodge.  MOAA has a contract with Madonna for September and attempted but were unable to reschedule the meeting from Friday to the following Wednesday to accomodate the MOWW date.

After much discussion it was decided to have the MOWW September meeting on Friday the 13th at the Madonna along with MOAA.  We recognize this will cause some adjustment on the part of the MOWW companions but will be in the best interest of all of us.

We look forward to seeing you there and having Tim share his experience.


Highlights of some prior Meetings:

Wed May 15, 2019

This was a Joint Luncheon meeting at the Elk's Lodge (in San Luis Obispo) with MOWW to honor FBI Special Agent Marni Barton. See the MOWW site for a recap.


Friday, April 12, 2019

This was a combined meeting of the MOAA and MOWW (along with MCL680 & the American Legion) at the Madonna Inn to remember and celebrate the life of our friend CDR William Houston, USN (ret) …aka: Padre Bill. (A memorial celebration had previously been held at the Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles on April 6 arranged by Bill’s family.)

A very nice PowerPoint video presentation of Bill’s life was put together by Erick Wand with photos that were submitted by family and many friends.  Bill was a friend to everyone he met and will be greatly missed.  He was quite a guy!

Erick has posted the video as well as all of the photographs on line. For those of you that missed the meeting (and those of us that would like to see it again): click on: ignore the message to log in, it is not necessary. Click the arrow in the center of the MOAA/MOWW slide to see the video.

Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart, the co-founders of Pawsabilities for Veterans, were in attendance as that was one of Bill’s favorite groups to support.  In recognition of Bill: $200 was donated to them from the MOAA and $500 from the MOWW. (Individual contributions were collected after the program.)






Capt Dave with some opening remarks and
highlighting the donations to Pawsability
Our guest of honor:
Glennis Houston with her daughter Debbie



Chaplain Maj Jim Murphy with the invocation


Getting ready for lunch (before the Erick Presentation)


Friday, March 8, 2019


Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart, the co-founders of Pawsabilities for Veterans (previously Paws for a Cause), again brought us up to date on their program which is set up primarily as one of several fund-raising organizations for New Life K9’s, and they have been doing very well. They discussed the programs expansion into new prisons within California, along with their work with the Staff at Questa College in providing training for prisoners, for their eventual employment as “Service Dog” trainers following their release from prison.


CAPT. David Brooks (USN) spoke to everyone regarding participation in the Honor Flights program.



Gil Igleheart presenting.... And Dick Mellinger presenting.... Capt Dave presenting the Thank You Certificate to Gil & Dick



Member CAPT David Brooks highlighting the Honor Flights Program



Friday, February 8, 2019


An update presentation was again made by Maj. Jamie Warner, USMC (Fmr.) highlighting the current status of the Mighty Oaks Warrior Program. The interesting name for this country wide program, which is Faith Based, reflects the message of Isaiah 61: “To restore the brokenhearted through Christ, to build leaders of leaders to rise up from the ashes; they will be called Mighty Oaks of Righteousness.” Jamie is the West Coast Regional Facilitator and is based at an "Outpost" just out of San Miguel. 


  Jamie Presenting.....


He was joined by Robert Cale, a three tour "Combat Marine", who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was recently appointed Aftercare Manager for the Mighty Oaks Warriors. Robert keeps in contact with individuals that have completed the program to support them in getting involved with family and with a local church community.


Robert was raised in foster care, joined the Marine Corps to have structure, and ended up divorced and released from the Corps due to alcoholism. He is now sober and helping others to find Christ as he completes Divinity School, on his mission to become a Pastor.


An intensive weekly meeting is guided by Outpost Leaders, who are program alumni. They each have experienced tragedy and hardships through their service to America. Having endured deployments, family separations, learning to handle the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) both in war and at home, the instructors are able to connect to the students on a peer level.

Attendees learn strategies and successes in combating the challenges of PTS, combat trauma and daily life utilizing the program curriculum and group interaction.

An excellent source for learning more about this program is through their website at


Some of the group watching Jamie Capt Dave presenting a Thank You Certificate to Jamie and Robert



Friday, January 11, 2019

A discussion of MOAA’s Key Goals for 2019, and the actions that each MOAA Chapter Member should take to support our 2019 MOAA National Goals was the topic of this meeting.


A PDF version of the Powerpoint presentation of the goals and actions can be viewed by clickin here

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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 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!



The group and the facility layout Choral members in the chow line
MOWW Lt Ron Janney introducing the Choral Group Nice music


MOWW District Commander Lt Col David Worley, USAF drove up from Los Angeles to conduct the induction of the MOWW officers for 2019. Capt Dave with his closing remarks


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



Friday, November 9, 2018


The joint meeting of the MOAA and MOWW 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 very good turnout with the joint meeting to hear the Chorus performing


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 Form)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Our Speaker was Richard (Nick) Nickelson who gave a very interesting overview of the Navy UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) and their evolution into the Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) teams.  Nick has a very extensive and impressive background as a member of UDT and SEAL teams, a founder and chairman of a non-profit involved with assisting homeless veterans (Kenny Nickelson Memorial Foundation for Homeless Veterans), and is an accomplished author.



The Topic Nick with his slide presentation

General Rommel viewing the many obstacles placed on one of the beaches by the Germans.


The Navy UDT (Frogmen) were instrumental in blowing up the boat obstacles like these that were placed in the water by enemy forces prior to our beach landings during WWII and Korea.




The log roll in the water The Mud Bath!

The SEAL’s were established in 1962 as part of the Navy Special Ops Force. The SEAL training is very extensive, both physically and mentally, and covers about a year time span.  The dropout rate is between 60-70%.  And after seeing Nick’s presentation (with a couple of examples shown above) that is very understandable!


Nick was in UDT from 1962 to 1965 and was part of the 3 man team that put the floatation collar on the Astronaut Gordon Cooper Faith 7 Mercury Capsule that landed in the ocean.  That's him standing by the capsule.


Nick has a separate presentation on this experience.

President David with a Thank You Certificate as presented to Nick. Doris Nickelson is looking on.





Sunday, September 23, 2018

Since some of our Members are not able to attend Friday afternoons due to other commitments, as in past years, we had our September luncheon on a Sunday, . We were honoring "Past MOAA Presidents" for their years of service to the Chapter.



Col John Mirolla, USA (ret) ---past president

Mary Ann Hopper, widow of former president

Cdr. William Hopper, USN

Kathy Golden, widow of former president

Lt.Col. James Golden, USAF

Capt David Brandmeyer, USMC (fmr) -president

CDR Bill Houston, USN (ret) -- past president
Glennis Houston

LTC Lou Stout, USA (ret) -- past president

Phyllis Stout

Dottie Brandmeyer


LTC Keith Kuhlenschmidt, USAF (ret) - looking on


Capt Dave addressing the group and highlighting the past presidents from the 1980's Past President Col John Mirolla with a smile


Saturday, June 2, 2018

This was the annual picnic at the Atascadero Lake Park on Morro Road (Hwy 41) held jointly with the Vandenberg Chapter of the MOWW. Food and beverage were provided with the Atascadero Kiwanis doing the cooking.. Family and friends were encouraged to attend to...make it a picnic!! NO BUSINESS


The Zoo at the park...MOWW sponsored the zoo sign and the statue of founder Charles Paddock (on the left) Some meet and greet time
Awaiting the desserts... Kiwanis chef Jimmy with the desserts!!
The Kiwanis again did a great job cooking the chow


May 11, 2018

This was an interesting forum/open discussion on our Chapter and where we have been and where we want to go. The "results" will be discussed at the next Excom meeting and forwarded to the membership.

The group MAJ Jim Hawkins with some thoughts
LTC Richard Ennes discussing some financials LTC Ken Chapman with some insights

April 13, 2018

We had a lot of opportunity to socialize at the meeting with no formal speaker on the program. LTJG Joe Brocato, USN (fmr), was our member speaking about several things but mainly his experience with Dave Congalton on KVEC 920 talk radio.

Joe had met Congalton when he (Joe) wanted to publicize the MOWW WWII Veterans Tribute at the Madonna a couple of years ago and he asked to be on the show.  Joe’s social and political bent was made apparent to Mr. Congalton at that time and reinforced by Joe calling in often to support or rebuff Dave’s guest.  This familiarity gave rise to several subsequent invitations to be on the program to discuss the “hot topic” of the day.  The most recent being April 5th to discuss California’s Sanctuary Cities…there is no doubt about where Joe stands on that one!


There is no “script” on the program they just set a topic and let it flow.  Joe presents his views in a clear concise manner so no one has any doubt on where he stands. Joe does not attempt to change anyone’s mind, just to present his point of view…clearly. Callers can add some points that trigger some in-depth discussions. (Joe indicated the callers’ names are shown on a screen to Dave and he then selects one to be on the air… he has some favorites).


We had a small group but it was an interesting meeting with some good social time


LTJG Joe addressing the group Capt Dave with some observations...


Capt Dave was in a philosophical mood and had some thoughts on our generation passing down some of our ideals and morae’s to the younger folks.  Setting the example for personal responsibility and earning our way is high on the list.  We also had some discussion on the proposal to split California into 3 states (some interesting pros and cons). 


Capt Dave with a Thank You certificate for LTLG Joe



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