Base September General Membership Meeting Summary
Last evening, about 25 to 30 members met for the monthly meeting at the Bremerton FRA 29 facility. Primarily a business meeting, some time was spent listening to comments of those that attended the national convention in San Francisco.
(It is easy to criticize, but for those who have had direct involvement in putting on such a large affair, can sympathize with the logistics and planning that goes on to make them successful. Most convention organizing members involved did not live close to Burlingame. Now that National is involved in these events, they can share credit for the level of success, as well as the local members.
Comments by those who have attended a few conventions, me, for one believe, with exceptions, that smaller cities seem to be able to do a better job, as they appreciate the business./ed)
One item that was important was the fact this was the USSVI's 50th anniversary and little or no hoopla was made of it. Enough said!
Base officers and committee chairmen gave their reports, all in order, with an increasing balance in the base treasury.
We need a volunteer to pull the Bonefish float at the Auburn Veterans Day parade, Sat, November 8th. Parade starts at 11AM. Call or e-mail Cdr Jim DeMott (360-895-0547).
Also, the fireworks sale needs a volunteer to manage it. The profit of this sale is generally split in some manner between the general fund and the scholarship fund. Please Call or e-mail Cdr Jim DeMott (360-895-0547). It is worthwhile and rewarding, but time consuming for the manager for a 2 or 3 week period in late June and early July.
Dates: 27-30 August, 2015
Location: Bremerton, Washington
Points of Contact:
Dave Talley – email: email@example.com, phone: (210) 834-4234
Mal Wright – email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (509) 308 7450
The 2015 Reunion will be held in the Bremerton/Bangor/Silverdale area, where there are plenty of attractions and many submarine connections. Hotel reservations will be available near the Reunion headquarters in downtown Bremerton, close to the Ferry Terminal. Interested shipmates are encouraged to access the reunion website: www.usswillrogers.com.
Deterrent Park Engraved Pavers Order Deadline: 30 Sept 2014
Nine donations for engraved pavers to be installed in late October, 2014 in the missile deck of the full scale model of the USS Woodrow Wilson's top side at Deterrent Park are in house. The cut off date for donations for this installation is 30 Sept 2014. Go here for donation form.
Active Associate Member's Wife Passes
Condolences are in order for associate member Ed Foskett and family.
Ed's wife, Joanne ,suffered a a severe stroke on Sept 3rd, and passed away in the early morning hours of Sept 5th. A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Lutheran Church in Seabeck on October 18 at 11 a.m.
National Convention Summary
From strictly a attending member's view, my associate member wife, Dee, and I enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Regency. We were generally self toured so cannot comment on convention arranged tours. Prices were high as expected.
Business meeting was carried out in a two hour period sked. No real adverse problems arose.
The new officers for 2014-2016 were sworn in.
Requin Base Commander Huey Dietrich (2015 Convention Chairman) and his Pittsburgh PR Associate gave a very positive view of the "new" Pittsburgh and all it has to offer and it was very informative. They were open to any suggestions members have that may avoids pitfalls noted in previous conventions. I know I want to go based their remarks.
Banquet was good. The meals were great and served by professional staff in a quick and orderly manner.
Personally I was honored to receive a Robert Link award for service to the USSVI, as did other recipients. (ed)
at FRA 29, 521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA
2014 Calendar below,
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Photos provided by Joe Gavasso
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DROP DEAD DATE FOR ORDER:
30 SEPT 2014