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)

Trusting in the unconditional love of God: Jesus interprets this by comparing God’s love to the light. He says: Though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from being shown up; but whoever does the truth comes out into the light, so that what he is doing may plainly appear as done in God.

Please reflect: “All that is good, all that is perfect, is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow caused by change.” (James 1-17)

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion. Help us to remove the venom from our judgment. Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters. You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world.

>where there is shouting, let us practice listening >where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony>where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity>where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity>where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety>where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions>where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust>where there is hostility, let us bring respect>where there is falsehood, let us bring truth. Amen
(Pope Francis, message, 18 May 2018)