It is my pleasure to welcome you to the MOWW West Valley Chapter 131 web site. We’re pleased that you are checking us out and hope that you will visit us on a continual basis.
What is the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW)?
The MOWW is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization (VSO) founded in 1919 by General John Pershing. Its purpose is to promote patriotism, civic responsibility and leadership. Since inception it has evolved to 144 Regional Chapters across America. In the Phoenix metropolitan area, we have three Chapters: the West Valley Chapter 131 focused on members living in the geographical western side of Phoenix, the Phoenix Chapter 92 in Central Phoenix, and the Apache Trail Chapter 207 in the East Valley.
What Does a MOWW Chapter do Anyway?
Our Chapter meets monthly from October through May of each annual season; our most common venue is a breakfast meeting, with spouses and guests on the 2nd Saturday morning of the month. We socialize and conduct business at the same meeting. We further invite JROTC cadets that we have sponsored at the annual Youth Leadership Conference whose purpose is to instill civic leadership and responsibility. Our meeting location and times are listed elsewhere in this website.
We host a Massing of the Colors Ceremony each year rededicating our support of the United States. It is a means to honor and remember the men and women who have served America before us, as well as those that currently serve in America’s Armed Forces. It is a poignant ceremony of patriotism and remembrance.
We further support two ROTC units in Prescott and 17 High School Junior ROTC units by presenting awards to those students that exhibit admirable leadership qualities. It’s refreshing to recognize the many deserving young people that are maturing into America’s future civic leaders.
Our members are friendly and engaging people! I want to extend to you an invitation to inquire about us and to join us for a breakfast meeting or any other special event we host.
You are welcome to contact me personally by email or at the below number, should you be interested in finding out more about us and the culture we serve in. Our Motto should tell you volumes: “It is nobler to serve than to be served”.
Captain John F. Hannan USA (Former)
Commander, MOWW Chapter 131