PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Local Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Chapter Wins Seven Major National Awards

September 21, 2016, Santa Barbara, Calif. – Santa Barbara’s Colonel George C. Woolsey Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) won seven major national awards recently at MOWW’s annual national convention: Homeland Security Program Award - Winner; ROTC Program Award - Winner; Patriotic Education Program Award – 1st Runner-Up; Law & Order Program Award – 1st Runner-Up; National Security Program Award – 1st Runner-Up; Information & Publicity Program Award – 1st Runner-Up; and Chapter Newsletter Award – 2nd Runner-Up. These were all within the medium-size chapter category, which includes 46 chapters throughout the US.

Additionally, two of the chapter’s local nominees in the Law & Order category received national recognition and an award — Detective Michael Hollis, Santa Barbara Police Department (Outstanding Law & Order Service Award – 1st Runner-Up) and Fire Captain Howard Orr, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (Exceptional Law & Order Service Award – 2nd Runner-Up).

Each year, the local Col. George C. Woolsey Chapter donates more than $5,000 to local youth organizations in support of patriotic education, and to local veterans’ organizations. This month at their September 20th meeting, the chapter presented donation checks to the local Boy and Girl Scout Organizations, Hearts Therapeutic and the UCSB Student Veterans Organization.

MOWW locally is also a major supporter of the Wings of Honor project at Santa Barbara Airport.

“I am so proud of what our chapter has been able to accomplish this year. Our members work very hard to serve others in the Santa Barbara community,” MOWW Region Commander Brigadier General Frederick (Fred) R. Lopez, USMCR(Ret) said in support of all of these accomplishments. BGen Lopez is also Committee Chairman for the Wings of Honor project.

The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization (VSO) centered on the motto, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.” MOWW was founded in 1919 to promote good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service. MOWW chapters provide opportunities to support patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, scouting, monuments and memorials, law and order, and national and homeland security programs. Members include active duty, retired and former commissioned or warrant officers of the uniformed services of the United States — the US Army (USA), US Navy (USN), US Marine Corps (USMC), and the US Air Force (USAF). The group also includes the US Coast Guard (USCG), United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

MOWW serves America’s youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) programs throughout the United States—at no cost to high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, free enterprise system concepts, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop speaking, writing and leadership skills, so that they can be better citizens and future leaders. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) annually accredits MOWW’s YLC curriculum.

MOWW also sponsors awards programs for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC cadets (JROTC), the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts of the USA (GS-USA). Additionally, MOWW formally honors those who excel in the national security, homeland security, and law and order arenas. Finally, MOWW hosts “Massing of Colors” ceremonies in conjunction with Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The local chapter, open to all former and retired U.S. military officers, and their immediate family members, meets at 11:45 AM on every 3rd Tuesday of the month (except for July and August) at the Elks Lodge in Santa Barbara. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit or call 805-964-9546.

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