The Military Order of the Cootie (M.O.C.) is the Honor Degree of the Veteran of Foreign Wars of the United States of America (V.F.W.). Born September 1920, the M.O.C. took on many special projects of two special groups of people; hospitalized Veterans and the residents of the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids, MI. Shortly after, the M.O.C. began the tradition of sponsoring the National Home's annual Christmas party, ensuring all the residents had Christmas presents and Christmas dinner. The Grand of Missouri has been the sponsor for this event as far back as 1933. Click on the link below to visit the M.O.C. website.
For a history of the Military Order of the Cootie, click here.



Grand Line Officers for 2020 - 2021



Grand Commander:  C.W. "Mitch" Mitchem,


Grand SVC: Mike Probst


Grand JVC:  Bob Kirtley


Grand Quartermaster:  Charlie Jamis,


Grand Chaplain: Deborah Halter 314-397-5662,


Grand Adjutant and Judge Advocate:  Ken Allison 636-448-3061

Grand Surgeon: Rich "Duke" Dukovich:



Upcoming Events


General Orders No. 3

September 2020

To be read and filed.

1.    The next Grand Council will be held at the Grand Glaze in Osage Beach on September 11-12, 2020.  Reservations can be made by calling 573-348-4731.  There will be a 3rddegree "WRECK” on Saturday afternoon at 14:00 hours.  On Saturday a photographer will be available from noon until 2:00 pm for officer photos for those that have not had their photo taken or those wishing a retake.  We will have our usual hospitality room.  Senior Vice Commander Mike Probst requests that everyone provide any hard liquor for personal use or to share.  The beer and soda will be furnished.

2.    It is critical that the Grand have email addresses for all members.  We cannot communicate effectively without it.  Please obtain the email addresses and telephone numbers from  your members and forward to the Grand Adjutant at

3.    Seam Squirrels prepare for your Pup Tent inspections.  Forms may be obtained at the Supreme website,

4.    It’s never too early to work on your 2021 memberships!  Special 100% Membership Grand Shirts will be awarded to all Seam Squirrels and CCDB’s who attain a 100% membership for their Pup Tent by November 20, 2020.  Please send membership transmittals direct to the Grand Quartermaster, Charlie Jamis, by mail at 6404 Proctor Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64133 or by E-mail at

5.    Do not forget to send your reports to the proper chairman.

6.    Be sure to keep the Grand Chaplain, Deborah Halter informed of all deceased Cooties at email or text to 314-397-5662.

7.    Send monthly Blood reports to Paul Schmidt at or text 314-249-5368.    

8.    Send monthly Hospital reports to Don Newman II at or call 636-949-0440.

For all who are ill we send our blessings and a speedy recovery. For those who have lost loved ones our deepest sympathy.



              Ken Allison                                                            C. W. "Mitch” Mitchem

   Grand Adjutant                                                                Grand Commander



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