MOWW makes plans for youth conference

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Hill Country Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars is preparing to select local high school juniors to attend a five-day Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) on the “USS Lexington” in Corpus Christi in June.

The students learn leadership, patriotism and the American enterprise system through a combination of presentations, student exercises and workshops.

The chapter pays all expenses and transports the students to and from Kerrville.

Although the conference is sponsored nationally by the Military Order of the World Wars at conference sites throughout the United States, it is not a recruitment for any student to join the military, said a spokesman.

“The goal is to prepare future leaders for our country,” the spokesman said.

The conference of 60-70 students on the “USS Lexington” is directed by two retired teachers from Kerrville, who previously served as U.S. Coast Guard officers.

The selection process starts with high school counselors and home school coordinators identifying high-performing students, typically in the top 15 percent of their class.

However, the most important attribute beyond academic achievement, is in-school or after-school leadership experience and for the student to be interested and motivated to be a future leader, the spokesman said.

MOWW members interview the students and make the selection.

Capt. Rollie Stevens (USN, ret.), who conducted the first YLC in Texas 21 years ago, spoke on the history and administration of YLCs to the local MOWW chapter at their monthly meeting.

The YLC program was patterned after the Freedom Foundation, Inc. program at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Since then, a total of 108 conferences have been held in the region — 6,012 students have attended these.

Additional information on YLCs in this area can be found at www.txpef.org.

Questions on selection of local students can be directed to Fred Vogt, 830-895-0856, or fredvogt@ktc.com.

The chapter also awarded Bronze Patrick Henry medals to GayNell Wells, Carolyn Bullock, Anne Matthews and Nancy McLarry for their efforts to raise funds to send the students to the YLC.

The ladies obtained donations from local businesses and chapter members. They also planned and ran a silent and live auction at the December chapter meeting.

Their efforts enable the chapter to send 13 students to the upcoming YLC.

More information is available from the chapter adjutant, Norm Wells, at 830-895-0788.