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  Gertrude check


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


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Sunday, November 10, 2013 07:13


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....................

Wow! Take a Look at Our Base Boosters.  They are great!


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Life Member Mike Sullivan Has a Real Challenge

(Posted 11-7-2013)

Best to you Mike!










Brian Heckel (Alexander Hamilton, Ohio, Kentucky)

(Posted 11-4-2013)


Base Veterans Day Events

(Posted 11-2-2013)


Bremerton Base Subvets participate in following events:


Thursday, 7 Nov. Brownsville Elementary School Presentation, 0930


Saturday, 9 Nov, Auburn Parade, muster  Port Orchard Lowes, Rte 16 Sedgwick exit for car pool at 0800 or at Auburn Transit Parking Garage at 0900. Our staging area is Kst NE


Monday, 11 Nov, Kitsap Fairgrounds Veteran Day Event.  Door open at 9:30, Ceremony at 10:30.



They are 'outta here'!!! Boomers 2014 Calendar sold out! (However, SK Ralph Harris may have some)

(Updated 11-03-2013


Barry, our National Storekeeper, reports that all the 2014 "The Boomers" calendars have been sold.

Some of the Bases still have a few to sell, so contact your Base Storekeeper for availability.




PNC Pat Householder sends

(Posted 11-1-2013)


A limited number of official posters from the Smithsonian exhibit "FAST ATTACKS & BOOMERS: Submarines in the Cold War" is available for $17.50.

Full-color, 18 X 24 in., printed on heavy stock, suitable for framing.

Offer limited to five per customer, while supplies last. 4-6 week delivery. Make $17.50 check payable to SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, and send order to:

Smithsonian Ship Plans
MRC 628
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

See Poster at



Thursday, November 7 (9:30 – 10:30) Veteran’s Day Assembly –Brownsville Elementary School

(Posted 10-30-2013)


Base members and guests are invited to this assembly.  The students will put on a presentation and the Navy Band will be on hand.



Latest Edition of the Puget Soundings is On-Line (CLICK)

(Posted 10-30-2013).


Call for 2014 Nominations for National and Region Elections - March 1 2014 deadline for submissions.

(Posted 10-26-2013)


In accordance with the requirement of our Constitution & Bylaws, The Nominations Committee Chairman Tom Conlon announces this call for 2014 National Election nominations for the following offices.

1.National Commander
2.National Senior Vice Commander
3.National Junior Vice Commander
4.National Secretary
5.National Treasurer
6.NE Region Director
7.SE Region Director
8.Central Region Director
9.Western Region Director

The nominations for the Region Director positions are included for convenience in this procedure.

Any member in good standing (self nominations are allowed) may nominate any other member in good standing for any elected National Office, provided that the Nominee qualification for National Office shall be in accordance with Constitution Article XI Section 1 paragraph (b) and the nomination is accompanied by a letter from the Nominee indicating his willingness to accept the nomination, details of his qualifications in 100 words or less, and willingness to serve if elected.

The prerequisite for National Office is that

•A Nominee must be a Regular Member in good standing a minimum of thirty consecutive months.
•Nominees for Senior and Junior Vice-Commander must have completed at least two years as a Member of the Board of Directors. (This includes all National Officers, Region Directors, District Commanders, past and present, who have met the two years in office requirement.)
•Nominees for National Commander must have completed at least two years as a voting member of the Board of Directors by the time they take office as National Commander (NC). (This includes all National Officers and the District Commander of the Year, past and present, who have met the two years as a voting member of the board requirement.)

The term of office for all National officers will be two years or until a successor is elected.

The nomination must be received by Tom Conlon, Nomination Committee Chair on or by March 1, 2014 by email at or by mail at 8 Davis Ave, Harrison, NJ 07029.



Biannual Base Officer Elections

(Up-dated 10- 20-2013)

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

Here are the candidates:
Steve Corcoran Nominated for Commander and Vice Commander
James DeMott Nominated for Commander
Dennis Nardone Nominated for Treasurer
Wayne Peterson Nominated for Vice Commander and Chief of the Boat
Wayne Sieckowski Nominated for Secretary

Please post this list on Gertrude Check and Puget Soundings and remind the
membership that nominations are open until October 30th and elections will be
held at the November Business Meeting.



Help Wanted.  Volunteer Again!

(Posted 9-09-2013)


The USSVI National Office in Silverdale is in need of a volunteer that would require minimal computer skills to assist the office manager in conducting national business, primarily mailing out documents.


The volunteer would need to work 1 to 3 hours a week on a day and time negotiated with the office manager.


Helping the organization at the  national level will increase your knowledge of the Subvet doings at the national level and the 160 bases located around the country.  It is also gratifying.


You would be 1 of 5 local volunteers.


Call Fred at 360-337-2978 for more info.




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Auburn Veterans Day Parade

(Posted 9-20-2013)


POC Shipmates,


I attended the Auburn Veterans Parade Committee meeting Tuesday and received the following:

Please distribute this info to all Base members.



The Auburn Veterans Parade is the 7th largest this side of the Mississippi.


For more details, forms and full schedules of events, visit


Best regards,

John Mansfield


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   Photo Provided by Dennis Nardone  (11-02-2013)


Family Pancake House, Kitsap Way, Bremerton

(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.




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Sub Leaders Talk Integration, Budget Battles At Symposium

Region admiral embraces job challenges

Hale: Military Force-Outs, Civilian 'RIFs' Likely

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