BELLEAIR - Members and guests of the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars gathered at Belleair Country Club on Sept. 3 for lunch and a special program featuring local graduates of the 2013 Youth Ledership Conference, a cooperative education program sponsored by MOWW and supported by the National Sojourners, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership and Joe Foss Institute.
Over 12,000 high school students attend Youth Leadership Conferences throughout the United States each year. Participants address topics concerning responsible and informed citizenship and are given the opportunity to take part in discussions with authoritative spokesmen from government, industry and academia who encourage them to think about who they are, where they are going and what opportunities are available to them.
The Clearwater MOWW sends high school sophomores or juniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities to conferences which are held in Tallahassee and Melbourne. The chapter's Patriotic Education Fund pays their expenses. This year's YLC graduates included Julia Green of Clearwater High, Donald Pierce of Countryside High, Diego Pinzon of Dunedin High, Mikayla Bridges and Courtney Newell of Seminole High, Emily Ashline of Riverside High, George Bynum V of Gibbs High, Christian Giron and Stephanie Sousek of Dixie Hollins High, Amanda Miller of Palm Harbor University High, Reid Donaldson of Paideia School Tampa Bay, Marko Mandjlovic of Pinellas Park High, Michael Hajek II of Admiral Farragut Academy, Krista Ostroski of Springstead High, Jonathan Grasso of East Lake High and Nicole Keshish, Alexis Stevens and Chris Torres of Boca Ciega High. All of the honorees were invited to speak at the luncheon regarding their conference experience.
The Military Order of World Wars, which has some 11,000 members nationwide, is a patriotic nonpartisan organization which was established in 1919 to promote the welfare of our nation. The Clearwater chapter is one of over 140 chapters across the country dedicated to promoting leadership, citizenship, patriotism, military and public service, national security and youth programs.
Membership is open to active duty and retired former military officers/warrant officers and their spouses. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month, September through June, at Belleair Country Club. Interested persons may call (727) 786-5578 for more information.