November - December Puget Soundings On-line
The E-Board voted to send each Bremerton Base member (address on file with USSVI) a hard copy to ensure that all members have access to the Puget Soundings. Meanwhile you advanced internet operators can take a look at the same thing which includes some well written comments by base leadership. Look Here!
Base Boosters Provide Boost to Base through 2013
For year 2013, Base boosters have donated $ 3,869.39 to assist the base in their base operations and charitable giving's (scholarships, Retsil Christmas presents,etc.) Most of them are individually documented in the treasurer's records, except the cash contributions made at the annual Christmas party ($775). Those individuals that we can document as boosters are shown on our boosters web page.
You may note that more than half of them are not regular meeting attendees but as you can see do pay attention to our events and participate that way.
Thank all of you boosters for your generosity in 2013. It has kept base on an even financial plateau, and permitted our activities to continue in the same vane since the "great" recession began in 2008./ed
Base Presents Gifts to Veterans at Retsil
Base members (shown here) led by Chaplain Fred Borgmann presented $1200 worth of gifts to veterans at the Washington Veterans Home at Retsil, Port Orchard on Wednesday, December 18th. Gifts were accepted by Administrative Assistant, Subvet Willie Slusarski. Gifts were phone cards, toiletries, etc. Retsil serves about 225 vets.
Dennis Nardone and Wayne's friend, Joyia, took pictures.
Christmas Party Great Success
About 60+ Subvets and guests attended the annual Bremerton Base Christmas party at the Bremerton Elks club on Saturday, Dec 14th. Hank Hollis, party organizer and his wife, Kay, earned a well done for the their years of service to Bremerton Base.
Commander Jim DeMott did an excellent job MC - ing the event.
Chaplain Fred Borgmann gave the invocation.
After introductions, Holland Chairman Dick Litscher presented John Norris (right) and Lee Romero Holland Club awards acknowledging 50+ years of qualification in the submarine service. John qualified in Sterlet in 1958; Lee qualified in Remora in 1963. Each gave an overview of their life careers and credit to others along the way.
Longevity Recognition. All all but one (Tommy Robinson) were not present, but were recognized for 10 and 20 year longevity with the Bremerton Base.
COB Hank Hollis was presented a meritorious award for his 12 years of service as COB and other voluntary tasks he assumed above what was outlined in the bylaws.
The hat was passed for donation to our annual gift to charity. Six hundred dollars was collected and that was matched by the base general fund for a total of $1200.
Chaplain Fred Borgmann will lead all who want to attend a turn over of all the gifts he has gone out and purchased with the $1200 for the veterans at the Veterans Home residents at Retsil on Wednesday, Dec 18th at 11 AM.
Before the party closure it was announced that author Tommy Robinson had twenty some copies of his new book, Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep for sale. They were sold in a very few minutes. (A quick review tells me it will be exciting, humorous, enjoyable and entertaining reading for all submarine sailors and others too!/ed)
At left is Tommy Robinson signing his new book for Gary Clinefelter
Below, Lee Romero, Red Denson & Red Bassler