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  • "Serving Youth and the Nation"

    September starts our Fall Fundraising. We'll be sending out emails or postcards requesting your support for our programs supporting the young folks of the area. You can support the programs by using our Donation Link "our Square Fundraiser" on the right column. Please help us the best you can.




    A new year, a new beginning.

    Chapter action plans have, in the past, closely followed the national action plan, with several strategic goals set forth to be met during the operating year. Because of the way in which they’ve been presented, those action plans have been looked on as linear lists, ordered by importance. This, it seems to me, is entirely wrong and leads to unsatisfactory results.
    Instead, I prefer to group the action items into three principal goals, each with subordinate goals and all interdependent: Publicity, People and Programs. Without Publicity, our members and programs are invisible, unknown to our community; without People, our programs can’t be conducted, and we have nothing to advertise; without Programs, there’s nothing to advertise and our members have no reason to participate.
    Strategic goals from the national Strategic Plan (2020-2025) are shown in boldface in the paragraphs below.

    Publicity/Public Relations(SG-4, SG-1(2)), Includes newsletters, social media, presence on the web and media relations. Goals:

    1. Determine how we can more effectively get the MOWW message out to other community and veterans’ groups and to the wider community using the tools available to us.

    2. Reinforce chapter ties with Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB and with city and county government.

    3. Determine whether we should increase our reliance on digital communications or, especially to accommodate our older members, continue

      our present practice of “hard copy” communications as well.

    4. Continue issuing press releases where appropriate; include links to other VSOs in the newsletter, ask other VSOs to include links to chapter

      and national web-pages in their publications.

    5. Stay alert to additional PR actions we might take.

    People consists of three sub-goals, each of importance not only to us but to the Order as a whole:
    Recruiting (SG-1(1)) The Order and the chapter exist because of our membership. We’re faced with the need to find and enroll new members. We need to take a fresh look at our recruiting efforts and modify our approach as necessary. To do this, we need to break the overall effort into two parts:

    • Wholesale: Goal: 4% increase, based on current “morning report” strength
      • Placement of posters and other recruiting materials in high traffic areas and other areas where potential members might be encountered
      • Use of recruiting teams, with recruiting materials and applications. With Fort Bliss, White Sands and Holloman, as well as the local Reserve and National Guard units, we exist in a “target rich” environment and we need to take advantage of it if we can.
    • Retail: traditional one-on-one recruiting. Successful but with limited results.

    Goal: 4% increase, based on “morning report” strength

    2. Member involvement/engagement/training(SG-2, SG-3). Goals:

    • In order to conduct successful programs, we must reach out to our current membership and get them involved in those programs.
    • Chapter leadership rotates among an excessively small group of active members. While it’s recognized that there are many members who are unable, for various reasons, to actively participate in chapter affairs, there’s a sizable minority who can but don’t – it’s this group, maybe 20% of our membership, we need to engage and get involved, particularly in chapter leadership.
    • As new members are recruited determine their interests and put them to work immediately on the appropriate program(s).
    • Identify potential future chapter leaders and place them appropriately so they may become familiar with chapter operations

    3. Member recognition (SG-6). This seems to be an area in which we’re doing well. Can we expand in this area? We might consider issuing formal chapter-level “commissions” to the chairpersons of program committees and to appointed staff members. 

    Programs (SG-5). Currently, we conduct a long list of programs, some better than others because of individual interest. Goals:

    1. Evaluate the programs we currently conduct, with a view to possibly reducing their number and retargeting their resources.
    2. Publicize(SG-4) all active programs and emphasize their value to the community.
    3. Identify those programs that need additional resources and advertise them to our membership(SG-3), new and potentially active, as worthy of their involvement.
    4. Conduct at least one Massing of the Colors
    5. Consider conducting one or more Youth Leadership Seminars


    CPT Bob Melson USA (Fmr)

    Chapter Commander

  • Dear Veterans, Active Service, and Friends:

    The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization whose motto is “It is nobler to serve than to be served.”  MOWW was founded by General of the Armies “Blackjack” Pershing 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.

    We invite you to visit and become a member of our chapter.  Eligibility includes active duty, veterans, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers of the armed forces, public health service officers, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Our mission is reflected in our Preamble:

    • To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity;
    • To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and flag;
    • To promote and further patriotic education in our Nation;
    • Ever to maintain law and order, and to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our national government and the constitution of the United States;
    • To foster fraternal relations among all branches of the armed forces;
    • To promote the cultivation of military, naval, and air science and the adoption of a consistent and and suitable policy of national security for the United States of America;
    • To acquire and preserve records of individual services;
    • To encourage and assist in the holding of commemorations and the establishment of memorials of the World Wars;
    •  And to transmit all these ideals to posterity, under god and for our country we unite to establish the MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS.
  • Upcoming Events

    • 05 October 2022 01:00 AM Until 02:30 AM
      The Command Staff will meet virtually to discuss the October meeting and planning for our Veterans' Forums at local elementary schools.
    • 15 October 2022 05:30 PM Until 07:30 PM
      The Chapter will hold it's monthly meeting at Applebee's and on Zoom.
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