Members and Friends:


Our May meeting was a combined MOAA & MOWW Luncheon meeting celebrating NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY, held on Wednesday, May 15th at the San Luis Obispo Elks Club. Conversely, this year’s annual combined “ATASCADERO LAKE PICNIC”, scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, was cancelled due to rainy weather, so unfortunately, we all missed seeing everyone else’s, “Summer’s finest” picnic attire.

May and June have been eventful with the, “Lost at Sea” Ceremony at the Cayucos Pier, as well as MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES in Atascadero, Paso Robles, Los Osos and Arroyo Grande. On June 6th, there were several “75th Anniversary of D-Day” Ceremonies, as well Cal Poly’s ROTC Graduation service, wherein 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.


In June we will again have a combined meeting with the Vandenberg Chapter of MOWW on Wednesday, June 19th, at the Elks Club in San Luis Obispo, wherein the program honors Boy Scouts of America Troop 51 for their outstanding work in maintaining the American and Betsy Ross flags at the American Heritage Monument in Atascadero.


Finally, in July our Chapter’s focus will be on July 4th, when there will be opportunities to celebrate our Nationals Declaration of Independence, with parades in both Atascadero and Cayucos.


Sincerely, Capt. Dave



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Be Careful What You Ask for or Vote For - You may get it.


We are starting to see more patients and others who are using marijuana and other forms of cannabis to self-treat various conditions. Also we are starting to see more information in the literature about medi­cal marijuana and other legalized forms of cannabis.

An article in PT in Motion magazine: “A Growing Interest in Medical Marijuana” explores the complicated legal landscape regarding MMJ and how a patient’s use of MMJ may influence physical therapy care and suggests PTs should cultivate their knowl­edge of medical marijuana. The author writes “Despite a lingering social stigma attached to marijuana use, there is a growing interest in medical marijuana (MMJ) among patients, researchers, and health care providers, including some PTs and PTAs. Medical marijuana is a potential alternative to opiates, muscle relaxers, and anti--inflammatory drugs.

But is it always safe? Dr Walter E. Williams, a columnist for the Daily signal and professor of economics at George Mason University examines some the hidden issues about marijuana use. Dr Williams highlights a speech delivered last month at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. by Alex Beren­son who is a graduate of Yale University, with degrees in history and economics. Imprimis adapted the speech about the hidden dangers of marijuana use.

Alex Berenson told his audience, “Almost every­thing that you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything that advocates and the media have told you for a generaltion, is wrong.” The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahy­drocannabinol or THC. Marijuana is most commonly prescribed for pain, but it’s rarely tested against other pain relief drugs, such as ibuprofen.

Last July, a large four-year study of Australian patients with chronic pain showed that cannabis use was associated with greater pain over time. Marijuana carries not only a devastating physical health risk but also mental health danger. A 2017 National Academy of Medicine study found that “cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater the risk.....Regular cannabis use is likely to increase the risk for developing social anxiety disorder.

“Marijuana legalization advocates sometimes argue that its use reduces opiate use. That is untrue. Berenson said, “The United States and Canada, which are the countries that have the most opioid use, also have by far the worst problem with ... cannabis”


Bob & Margy Moynihan




By Maj Jim Murphy, USMC (ret)

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.”