Dear MOAA California Central Coast Chapter Members & Friends,


As 2020 begins, our Chapter completes its 7th decade, and we’re now planning all new meeting schedule frequencies, dates, times of day and locations for our future meetings. As was discussed in the December edition of the Coastal Clarion, the purpose of these changes is to meet the changing needs of our current Members, while increasing the probability of engaging new Members, who may not be able to attend meetings that are only held mid-day during the work week.


In December, our annual MOAA & MOWW Christmas Party was held at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, with entertainment by the Cuesta College Carolers, and it was well attended.


On January 28th, our MOAA Chapter was a guest of the Vandenberg Chapter of MOWW, also held at the San Luis Obispo Golf Club, where we celebrated an amazing event dubbed, “The Final Call”, which celebrated the service of many WWII Veterans, all of whom were in their 90’s or over 100 years of age (please see the photos in the Meetings Page).

Our next luncheon meeting will again be a combined MOAA & MOWW meeting, which will feature (Fmr) California State Senator Sam Blakeslee, speaking on the impact of our newest military service, the US Space Force, and its impact on San Luis Obispo County. The meeting is scheduled for March 18th at 11:30 AM and will be held at the San Luis Obispo Elks Club. To make your reservations, please contact either:

Lt Col Ken Chapman, USAF (Ret), (email) or 805.710.7712
Lt Col Richard Ennes, USAF (Ret), (email) or 805.227.7138

At our February 11th MOAA EXCOM meeting, we decided to have two major quarterly events during the coming year, and as we finalize the planning, we will be sending out additional information . . . in any case, we’re certain that you will be excited by what’s being planned. Finally, accompanying the 1st Quarter edition of the Coastal Clarion is your 2020 Chapter dues reminder form. If you have not already done so, please print the MOAA Chapter form, fill it out, and then return it, with a check for $25. to P.O. Box 5002 San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-5002.

Capt. Dave





Prior newsletters for your review, all are in Adobe Reader .pdf format:


February, 2020 December, 2019 November, 2019 October, 2019
Aug/Sept, 2019 June/July, 2019 May, 2019 April, 2019
March, 2019 February, 2019 January, 2019 December, 2018



Sailor, this is why your resolution to go to the gym will fail

Come January, 40 percent of Americans will make New Years resolution, and nearly half of them will aim to lose weight or get in shape.
But 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, and gyms will experience a decrease in traffic after the first and second months of the year as those who made New Year’s resolutions to get in shape lose steam (how are your resolutions coming along?)

As a lecturer at Binghamton and former Olympic weightlifter, and world champion powerlifter and strength coach, much of William Clark’s life has been spent in training halls and gyms around the country. People often ask him, “How does he stay motivated to work out?”
Motivation is driven by emotion and that can be positive, as long as is used for a short-term objective. For some, a New Year’s resolution can serve as a motivator. But since motivation is based on emotion, it can’t last long.

Think of it this way: No one can laugh or cry indefinitely, and that is exactly how we know that motivation will fail. Emotion is a chemical release yielding a physiological response. If someone attempting to get in shape is reliant upon this reaction to propel them towards working out, they are almost sure to burn out, just like with a resolution.

When people buy gym memberships, they have the best of intentions in mind, but the commitments are made in a charged emotional state. Motivation helps with short-term objectives, but is virtually useless for objectives that require a greater length of time to accomplish.
In other words, don’t totally discount the value of motivation, but don’t count on it to last long either because it won’t.
Discipline yields results. If motivation won’t help you reach your goals, what will?

The answer is discipline. Discipline, as William Clark defines it, is the ability to do what is necessary for success when it is hardest to do so. Another way to think of it is having the ability, not necessarily the desire, to do what you need to when you least want to.
Failure to get up when the alarm rings, the inability to walk away from a late night of partying before game day or eating a doughnut when you have committed to no processed sugar are all failures of discipline - not motivation.

The keys to discipline are practice and consistency. Discipline means repetitive – and sometimes boring – action. There are no shortcuts. You can thank motivation for the first three weeks or so of your successful gym attendance, but after that you need to credit discipline.

There is another clear line defining the difference between motivation and discipline. Motivation in and of itself typically fails to build other qualities necessary for advancement, but discipline does. Discipline develops confidence and patience.
Discipline builds consistency and consistency yields habits. It is those habits that, in the end, will ultimately define success.

William Clark, Binghamton University, Navy Times January 2 2020

Bob (PTA) & Margy (PT) Moynihan



By Maj Jim Murphy, USMC (ret)

Some time ago I came across these words, and they have given me direction through much of my adult life: “Be thankful for the challenges you face in your everyday life and experiences. If it were not for these challenges, the hard decisions, the complicated and difficult people you encounter, then others can and will come forward to accept that which you either cannot or will not accept.” So consider these kind words: (From Seeds of Gold, Brother Timothy James Larson, with some minor editing!)

Loving God, You have brought reconciliation and peace to my inner self. It is time to breathe a sigh of relief, enjoy the solitude of silence, and witness the healing of body, mind, soul, and spirit. The inner conflicts within me are now a distant memory. I accept and embrace who I am, with joy and reverence; I welcome myself “home”—to a place where I can explore my essence and the wonders of God. With your transforming love, I am who I am; I will be whole; I ask that my many scars become beauty marks—unique sutures that tell my real story of my hurts and experiences  and healings, and bear witness of my journey to a newer life. The battle is over; the time of strife is done. We have won, we have conquered! The time of peace has come. Healing, uniting, and reconciling all that is a part of me: Rejoicing, releasing, dancing in the dawn of a new day!