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P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465


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Sunday, 25 August 2013 11:22:34 AM


Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a  universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer .

Our purpose is: "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country.....................



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Bremerton Base Participated in Tacoma's Military Parade

(Updated 8-25-2013)


A small contingent of base members led by Cdr Jim DeMott and Vdcr Steve Corcoran marched in the Tacoma Military Parade with the Bonefish float pulled Bonefish Mgr Sam Swenson this past Saturday evening during the annual Daffodil Festival.  Its significant to see WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson and our youngest and active duty member Joe Hanisko  in attendance.   Paul did combat duty in the war and Joe shows his appreciation for that while serving our country in a special way.  Its a good sign that represents our membership.

More about the parade here.



Base Members Joined Olympic Peninsula Base Members in Dinner Affair

(Updated 8-25-2013)                                                                                   Photo by John Clear


Olympic Peninsula Base and Elks Members put on a steak and fish dinner and auction to aid the the Subvets Caps for Kids program on Saturday evening, Aug 24th at the Port Townsend Elks Club.  Led by Cdr John Clear and Chef and Life Member Milo Vandecar along with Elks members arranged the evening.  Ralph Harris, Dutch Kaiser and Don Bassler attended from Bremerton Base with their wives.  Ralph laid out his storekeeper wares and conducted business.



Base Storekeeper Represents Base at Kitsap County Fair  (photo by CPOA's STC(SS) )

(Updated 8-25-2013)


Giddy Up! Hard charger Base Storekeeper  Ralph Harris helped the CPO Assn at the fair this year perform their volunteer function of security at the fair.  Ralph is always on duty.  Ralph says that he was returning the help the CPOs gave the base at the Fireworks sale and encouraged others to help at the fair next year.






2013-2 American Submariner

(Updated 8-25-2013)



Your new edition (2013-2) electronic American Submariner is posted on line at
Press "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after you log in. 

The delays we have recently suffered would appear to have greatly improved the AS in photo quality.  We should be back on track with future editions.  I wish you all a great read.





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Deterrent Park - Sept 15, 2013 Deadline for

Donation Brick Order

(Updated 8-25-2013)


You can apply NOW, and pay by September 15 when order is sent in.



Bremerton Base Fireworks Sale Shows a Decent Profit

(Posted 8-15-2013)


Base Treasurer Dennis Nardone finalized the 2013 fireworks sale net profit at $4,261.70, or 17.18% of gross sales.  Fireworks Sales Manager Mike Sullivan and 2014 manger Mike Friend can take pride in their long and hard work on this project. 


Other members and volunteers (CPOA) that worked the sales should be recognized as well.  This annual income is the base's major revenue source for operations and charitable activities, primarily the scholarship program.










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Re the lost webpage following the July Meeting.  Some have requested a replay of Lt Christianson Address.


Dutch Kaiser, Video Photographer


Monthly Meetings
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 at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA

  Photo by Dennis Nardone  8-23-2013

SoupDown: Everybody's American Cookhouse & Sports Theater


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Resignation of our National Treasurer, Richard McPherson.
 Submitted by: Alfred H Singleman Jr on 8/13/2013
 It is with regret that I inform you of the resignation of our National Treasurer,
Richard McPherson. He resigned for personal family reasons.

It is always a setback when any one of our officers, whether at the Base or the national level, decides to step down.


We are fortunate in having past National Treasurer, John Markiewicz, accept the appointment and be confirmed by the BOD to serve out the remainder of this elected term which will end in September of 2014.

John is well schooled in all of our treasurer procedures and is responsible for developing many of the procedures and policy currently in place.

T Michael Bircumshaw
USSVi National Commander

(Posted 8-16-2013)

So you want to be a Snow Bird and enjoy a beautiful winter in Yuma, AZ. Rent this neat park model home, completely furnished for $750/month. There is a three month minimum. Bring your soul mate, your clothes, car, or fly into Yuma Airport. You could rent a car or buy one.

Call SubVet Ervin Schmidt at 425-316-8922 or write to Katie Purdue. 15611 22nd Ct. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012
If you are down in Yuma, AZ and would like to view our park model, call Shipmate Al Durkee at 360 908 3050.


Biannual Base Officer Elections on the Horizon

(Up-dated 7-21-2013)

Nomination Chairman Dutch Kaiser reports the following members in good standing have been

Commander:  Jim DeMott,  Stephen Corcoran
Vice Commander:  Wayne Peterson,  Stephen Corcoran
Secretary:  Wayne Sieckowski

Treasurer: Dennis Nardone




Section 1. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall conduct the nominations for the

five elected offices.


Section 2. The chairman of the Nominating Committee shall call for nominations of eligible candidates for

the five elected offices to all members on or before August 30. Nominations shall be submitted by

any member in good standing on or before October 30, to the Chairman of the Nominating

Committee, but only if such nominations are accompanied by consent of the nominee that he will accept the nomination and serve if elected and he must be a member in good standing. Upon

receipt of all nominations, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall have published the

names, in alphabetical order, of all candidates properly nominated, at least thirty days prior to the

date of elections. Additional nominations, when called for, shall be made from the floor, on the

day of the election, and shall be accepted upon the oral or written consent of the nominee that he

accepts the nomination and will serve if elected. Elections will normally be held at the business

meeting in November. The new officers shall be installed during the month of January. (Amd

10-19-10 & 10-18-11)


Section 3. All elections shall be by secret ballot vote of the members in good standing.


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