On 25 February the Chapter held its first ever Virtual Roundtable for NROTC & JROTC cadets in the greater El Paso area. The featured speaker was National MOWW CINC BGen Frederick Lopez. Almost 50 Companions, Staff, and ROTC cadets and staff participated.
The Chapter held its first physical meeting in many months and lived streamed the meeting via Zoom. The meeting was held at Applebee's on George Dieter. Region XIII Commander Pat Stolze installed the chapter's new officers and spoke to the Companions about the challenges the Order faces in a covid19 environment. ABC News from Channel 7 KVIA covered our meeting and interviewed both Chapter Commander Jesus Beltran and Region XIII Commander Pat Stolze. The news story was broadcast several times during Sunday 18 October.
The scouts and parents of Troop and Pack 37 sponsored by Greater El Paso Chapter of the MOWW conducted a school yard cleaning of the outside grounds at Bill Sybert School (SISD) on Saturday 8 August 2020. This was the first outside activity the units have done. All other meetings and trainings have been done via zoom. Companions Laura and Jesus Beltran are the adult leaders of the groups.
The MOWW Veterans' Forums is an annual event where MOWW Companions and friends visit local elementary schools prior to Veteran's Day to discuss the meaning of Veteran's Day, how it was created, and what it means to be a veteran. The Companions also discuss respect for the American flag and present each student with a small American flag.
At the October meeting Protective Security Advisor Raul Perez from DHS/CISA was the guest speaker and spoke of the differenent Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency programs. Also during the meeting, two new perpetual members were sworn into the Order. The new perpetual members are LTC John Hamilton and LTC Richard Moore and they are pictured with their sponsors CPT David Thackston and COL Maureen Lofberg.
MOWW Companions manned a table at the Ft. Bliss Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD). The day provides retirees with latest updates from Ft. Bliss officials as well as a chance to share information about the various veterans service organizations in the greater El Paso area.
The Chapter Luncheon Meeting was held on Saturday 21 September at Julio's Restaurant on Joe Battle. The month's theme was Emergency Preparedness in keeping with National Preparedness Month. The meeting's speaker was Alex Miranda the Community Preparedness Manager from the Office of Emergency Management.
The August meeting was combined with the MOAA meeting which featured El Paso's Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. She spoke on the recent mark-up in the House for the new National Defense Appropriation Act.
During the 15 June Chapter Luncheon, the Chapter presented its Citizen of the Year Award for 2018 to Major General Ed Greer and its Citizen of the Year Award for 2019 to El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles. There was a large turnout for the presentations and the event was covered by El Paso television stations KFOX and KVIA
MOWW participates in several activities both prior to and on Memorial Day. Prior to Memorial Day MOWW sponsor Troop and Pack 37 participated in flag placement ceremonies at the El Paso National Cemetery at Fort Bliss on Saturday 25 May. On Memorial Day MOWW Companions participated at memorial ceremonies at the Fort Bliss.
While working on the album this morning I thought I'd add links to special songs of the different wars as a tribute:
World War I - "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag"
World War II - "The White Cliffs of Dover"
"Bless 'Em All"
Korea - "Old Soldiers Never Die"
Viet Nam - "Ballad of the Green Barets"
and a beautiful new "old" song written for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy. It's "Breaking of the Sword" . It's been know to cause tears.
Each year the El Paso Chapter recognizes superior service provided by First Responders to the community. On Saturday 18 May, we recognized El Paso Fire Department FST Eric J. Gonalez as the Fire Officer of the Year, El Paso Sheriff's Sergeant Robert Graniano as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and El Paso Sheriff's Office Volunteer Tom Dean as the Law Enforcement Volunteer of the Year. Sergeant Graniano will be submitted as El Paso's nominee for the MOWW Nation Law Enforcement of the Year Award.
Each year MOWW presents the ROTC Award of Merit to the outstanding cadets of JROTC & ROTC units within the El Paso School Districts and at UTEP. These awards are presented in the Spring by Companions of the Greater El Paso MOWW. This album contains photos of several of the award presentations.
On Saturday 11 May Girl Scouts presented two Gold Awards to Disha Ganjegunte and Miranda Zopfi. Disha's Gold Award project project was titled "Don't Distract! Drive". She also received the Megan Churchman Gold Award Scholarship. Miranda Zopfi's Gold Award project was titled "Rescue Horse Education"