Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 2017 Meeting Notes

The March meeting started with Tolling the Boats lost in March and a moment of silence for our friend Jay Davis, who departed on Eternal Patrol on February 25. This was followed by birthday wishes for our members and then introductions around the room.

Carl Minor had to resign from the Sr. Vice Commander Position, due to moving away from the area. Karl “Dutch” Krompholz has volunteered to take the on the position. He was approved for the position and sworn into office at the meeting.
New Sr. Vice Commander Karl "Dutch" Krompholz at the 2016 Holiday Luncheon (I didn't have my camera at the meeting, so you get an old photo)

Old and New Business
Jay Davis Memorial Service - A memorial service for Jay Davis is scheduled for 2:00pm, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club, 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Phone:(425) 454-8880. Additionally, a USSVI Scholarship fund has been set up in Jay's name and donations can be made to the fund through the USSVI Charitable Organization.

Smokey Point Rest Stop Event Information – We were reminded that we will be manning the coffee booth at the north-bound Smokey Point rest stop again. This year we drew June 19, 20, and 21 (Monday through Wednesday). As mentioned at the last meeting, we are not required to man the booth between midnight and 5 AM, which will help with scheduling. We will have more information and sign-ups as we get closer to the date. If you want to volunteer for a particular shift, contact Steve Shelton. Be sure to mark this on your calendar as a reminder.

Report from VFW Post #2995 - Richard Watson, the Commander of the Redmond VFW Post 2995, stopped by to address our group. He thanked us for the donation for the new VFW sign. He let us know that the VFW Post election is set for April 3 at 6:30. He is running for Commander again and encouraged all of us that are VFW Post members to come out and vote.

He also reminded us about their Troop Support volunteer efforts, where they set up outside local stores to collect items to send to the troops overseas and then box them up. They usually do this once per month and invited us to participate with them. April will be a big month for them because they will also be collecting donations at Safeco Field during a Mariners game. We will get more information about the events out as we get it. Be sure to watch your email and check the blog.

Kaps for Kids and Tolling the Boats Committee Volunteers - With Carl Minor’s departure, we needed members to step up to help out with the Kaps for Kids program and our annual Tolling of the Boats ceremony. You don’t have to be the leader for either of these events, but we can really use more people to step up and help make sure they run smoothly. Steve Shelton and Kerry Ryan have volunteered to work on Kaps for Kids, but they can use more help. Lois Mezek and Ralph Sterley volunteered to be on the committee for the Tolling ceremony, but they also need additional people to help them out.

Boat Sponsorship Program - Seattle Base has been a part of the USSVI Boat Sponsorship Program that sends copies of the USSVI magazine, The American Submariner, to active duty boats. The most recent issue of The American Submariner had a list of boats that did not have sponsors. A motion was made and passed to shift our sponsorship to the USS Jimmy Carter and USS Alabama, two of the boats listed in the article.

Binnacle List:
Sue Dale, Jerry Gerten’s significant other, fell and is recovering from an injured arm. Jerry let us know that she was sad to miss the meeting and hopes to be with us next month.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, March 15, 2017. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6PM with business meeting at 7PM.


We are still looking for suggestions for Seattle Base’s 2017 activities. If you have an idea for a social event, activity, or program, please talk with the base officers.

We hope to see you at the meeting! 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March Updates

I wanted to pass along a couple items that didn't make it into the March - April newsletter.

Announcement from Carl Miner
Carl at the 2016 Holiday Luncheon
It is with great regret that, due to family considerations, I must resign my position as Sr. Vice Commander of the Seattle Base. I am returning to work at the company that was my previous employer in Scottsdale, Arizona and will be relocating to Scottsdale. I wish to thank each and every one of you for your kind welcome and words of appreciation as an honored member of the Seattle Base. I will visit the Seattle area from time to time and hopefully I can schedule trips around times of our meetings so that I can attend and catch up with you all.
With Warmest Regards,
Carl Miner
Past Sr. Vice Commander.

Dick Gonzalez passed along this announcement from the Department of Defense

DOD will open Online Exchange Shopping to Veterans

Sources outline a major policy change that will extend limited “Online Shopping” privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the US Military, DOD officials outlined in a recent news release.

This new shopping benefit will become effective this Veterans Day November 11, 2017. While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it includes Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment know so well to service members and their families.

The change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support, officials said in their release.

“We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family”, said Peter Levine, performing the duties of “Undersecretary of Defense” for personnel readiness.

In addition, this initiative represents a low risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund moral, welfare and recreation programs in support of service members” and their families quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do, “Levine added.

The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online business to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges online presence, according to DOD officials, herby improving the experience for all patrons improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments and improved efficiencies.

“As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members, “ Levine said. “Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small tangible way the nation can say, “Thank you” to all those who served with honor.
Note:
The Online Exchange Shopping is scheduled to commence on November 11, 2017 but at this time no details are available with respect to:
  • A web site, 
  • what ID you may need to establish your self, 
  • how to order merchandise, payment, and shipping
We can only surmise you will not have any military base access for this privilege. We will provide more information as it comes out. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eternal Patrol: Jay Davis

Jay Keith Davis, 88, departed on Eternal Patrol on February 25, 2017.
Jay was born in Oakpark, Illinois on February 14, 1929 to loving parents Keith and Gretchen Davis. He grew up on Vashon Island where he began a life with the sea by learning to fish for salmon from a skiff with his father in Puget Sound. He graduated from Vashon High School where in spite of the team not winning any games his senior year, he was their star player. Following high school, Jay went to Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree and a U.S. Navy commission in 1951. While at OSU, he met Miriam Burwick and they married the day following graduation. Jay was then off to the Korean War where he served as a gunnery officer on the USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7). In 1955, Jay qualified for submarines and was assigned to the USS Razorback (SS-394). Jay's Navy career proceeded through numerous submarine tours on five submarines, culminating with his command of the USS Spinax (SS-489) during 1964-66, where he had one Viet Nam tour. In between submarine duty, he had tours overseas with NATO and he and the family moved to Malta and Turkey.

Jay retired from the U.S. Navy in 1972 winding up his career with the Pentagon. He then spent the next twelve years working for various defense contractors on both submarine missile systems and anti-submarine warfare technologies. During this time, he and Miri refined the sailing skills and then retired for good in 1984. The two of them fulfilled their life-long dream of living on their sailboat, Malgre Tout and sailing along the Atlantic coast, the Caribbean and then the Mediterranean. In 1990, they sold their boat and relocated to the Seattle area. They soon joined the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club and bought a new cruiser, Harmony. They became active members of the club, helping establish a youth sailing program and Jay offering consulting and instruction services to new boat owners.

He is succeeded by his loving wife of sixty-six years Miri, his son Steve and wife Nancy, grandchildren Matt and Alexandra, and daughters Debbie and Susan.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the U.S. Submarine Veterans-Seattle Base, 12105 48th Dr., SE, Everett, WA 98208

You can share your condolences and memories of Jay at this link. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00pm, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club, 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Phone:(425) 454-8880.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March - April 2017 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The March – April 2017 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
Medal of Honor Recipient and submariner Lawson "Red Ramage
Activity-wise it was a slow couple of months at the Seattle Base, so this issue has a few local and national items, an update on the status of the Clamagore, an article about Medal of Honor recipient Lawson “Red” Ramage, and the usual submarine related articles from around the world.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are in the mail. I hope all of you enjoy it.

As always, remember to check back here for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February 2017 Meeting Notes

The February meeting started with Tolling the Boats lost in February, followed by birthday wishes for our members, then introductions around the room, and the officer reports.

Old and New Business 
Seattle Base Membership – We had an update on Seattle Base membership and we are currently down to 114 members. This is the lowest membership has been in many years and we should all think about how we can help increase membership for Seattle Base.

Smokey Point Rest Stop Event Information – We will be manning the coffee booth at the north-bound Smokey Point rest stop again. This year we drew June 19, 20, and 21 (Monday through Wednesday). There have been a few changes this year and we are not required to man the booth between midnight and 5 AM, which will help with scheduling. We will have more information as we get closer to the date, but be sure to mark this on your calendar as a reminder.

VFW Post #2995 Sign – VFW Post #2995 is getting a new neon sign to help advertise themselves and the organizations that meet at the post. The Post Commander asked us for a donation and we contributed $350 to help offset the costs of the sign.

USSVI Charitable Fund Donations – For several years, Seattle Base has had a rule in place that the Base treasury would match member donations to the USSVI Charitable Fund up to $750. Because our members are very generous and the Base isn’t bringing in as much funds as in previous years, it was moved and approved that we rescind this rule. We are considering ways for the Base to contribute in the future.

2017 Activities – The Seattle Base executive board met before the February meeting and will continue to meet every two months. We are planning a couple times when members can get together in 2017, but we are still looking for input and suggestions from the members. So, if you have an idea for a social event, activity, or program, now is your chance to bring it up! Please contact any Seattle Base officer if you have an idea.

Seattle Base Float Storage – We are still looking for a new location to store the Seattle Base float between events. The current garage is being sold by the owner, so we must leave the space. If you know of a potential location, please contact the any of the Seattle Base officers.

Binnacle List – Jay Davis is in hospice care at Brookdale Assisted Living. He is currently still able to receive visitors. Cards or letters would be appreciated as well.

February Program 
February’s program was a presentation by Jerry Evans on high energy lasers. Jerry was an aerospace engineer with the U.S. Air Force and various defense contractors and worked on lasers.
Jerry Evans answering some questions about high energy lasers
Jerry started out with a short discussion about various directed energy weapons, such sound weapons, microwave weapons, and lasers. He then went on to talk about the history of lasers and how they work. He then went on to talk about U.S. military development of lasers as weapons. He talked through several key milestones, including the first time a drone was shot down by a laser in 1973. He talked about the use of lasers ballistic missile defense and development of higher energy weapons. He also covered some of the current work on weapon lasers and plans for their future use. Jerry then answered questions from around the room. It was an interesting program on the past, present, and possible future of laser weapons.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 2017 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, February 15, 2017. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6PM with business meeting at 7PM.

We are currently in the process of making plans for Seattle Base’s 2017 activities. If you have an idea or suggestion for a social event, activity, or program, now is your chance to bring it up!

The 2017 National USSVI Awards Nomination Process started at the beginning of February. Please take a moment to look over the awards and consider nominating a shipmate or a Base for an award for all the good things this shipmate or Base did during 2016.
Let’s acknowledge and reward our shipmates for a job well done by nominating them an Award. Please review the manual and follow the directions. All members in good standing are eligible to make nominations for the various awards starting 1 February and ending April 30 (except for the newsletter award). Be sure to check out the National USSVI 2017 Awards Manual on the national website (link to manual) and submit your nominations.

All officers are asked to be 45 minutes early to have a quick meeting before the monthly meeting begins. The officers will discuss the how, what, and when of items and events for the base (tolling, parade, picnic, what have you).

The 2017 USSVI Calendars are available for $10. Be sure to pick up your copy at the meeting.
We hope to see you at the meeting!