Sunday, July 21, 2019

July 2019 Meeting Recap

We started off the July meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in July, followed by birthday wishes for our members, introductions, and then the officer reports. The meeting minutes will be posted to the blog shortly.

Old and New Business
20 Year USSVI Member Recognition – Base Commander Ric handed out USSVI longevity pins to our 20 year members Bill G, Jim H, and Rich L.
Base Commander Ric handing out longevity pins
Tolling Ceremony – Seattle Base will hold our annual Tolling the Boats ceremony on August 10 at the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion. The ceremony will start around 11:00 AM. We will have light refreshments available before the ceremony and we will be looking for help before and after the ceremony to set up and clean up. The Tolling the Boats Ceremony is a memorial service to honor our lost submarine brothers who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duties with valor, integrity, and courage. This ceremony is a fundamental part our creed as members of U.S. Submarine Veterans, "To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in pursuit of their duties while serving their country." We hope you will join us on August 10.

Independence Day Parade – We had a good time at the parade and enjoyed seeing Ralph honored as the Grand Marshal. Thanks to everyone that showed up.

Smokey Point – Thanks to everyone that helped with the Smokey Point event. We did not have as many visitors as previous years (Steve thought we only had about half the normal numbers come by), so donations were also down. However, we did net around $380 for the treasury. Event though this was a down year, we are planning on getting into the lottery for a slot next year.

Kaps 4 Kids – Kerry is putting together a plan for a group to go to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Kerry is submitting three possible days for the trip – August 7, August 22, and August 27. The hospital will let us know which day fits their schedule. If you are interested in being part of the group, contact Kerry or any of the Seattle Base officers.

VFW BBQ and Open House Reminder – VFW Post 2995 has invited us to attend their upcoming Open House and BBQ on August 17.

Black Diamond Labor Day Parade – The Black Diamond Labor Day parade is Monday September 2. We are hoping to have the float and some Seattle Base members at the parade. It is a good small-town event.

Other potential events – We are checking on times when we can go back to Cabela’s and looking at times for a base picnic. If you have comments on either of these ideas or suggestions for other events, please contact any of the Seattle Base officers.

Program
We had planned to show a recording of an interview Ervin Schmidt, but the sound system would not cooperate.
Ric talking about his interview with Ervin
So, Base Commander Ric stepped up to provide an overview of the interview. Ervin was a World War II veteran and USSVI member; he went on Eternal Patrol in March 2014. The interview covered Ervin’s early life, his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1940, and his experience on the battleship California during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Ric gave a good description of the recording, but we hope to resolve the audio-visual issues so we can hear other interviews in the future.
Steve also stepped up and gave a description of the Razorback reunion and celebration of the75th anniversary of the commissioning of the sub.
Photo from the anniversary celebration
He also had some astute observations about the current material condition of the sub. 

Good of the Order and Binnacle List
As noted in the meeting reminder post, Don and Carol U are both on the binnacle list. In late-June, Don fell and hurt his hip and while he was recovering Carol injured her back. Both are doing better.

We want to remind everyone that there is no monthly meeting in August, due to the Tolling the Boats ceremony.

We are looking for a dry, temperature-controlled winter storage space for the flags and banners from our float. The space needs to be large enough to unfurl the flags and banners to keep them dry – probably 6 feet x 6 feet minimum. If you have a space or ideas, please contact any of the Seattle Base officers.

We were reminded about the Hero’s CafĂ© meeting in Lynnwood. It happens on the 4th Tuesday of every month. The next one is July 23 from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Verdant Community Wellness Center on 196th Street SW.

Seattle Base received 3 submarine pictures to use to raise funds for the Base. We are asking members for a donation of $40 - $60 for each picture. See last month’s blog post for photos and descriptions. If you are interested in one or more of the pictures, speak with Base Commander Ric.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Binnacle List and July 2019 Meeting Reminder

We want to send our best wishes for speedy recoveries to Don and Carol. In late-June, Don fell and hurt his hip and while he was recovering Carol also fell and injured herself. The last report was that they are both doing better.
Carol and Don at one of our holiday luncheons
The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, July 17, 2019. 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'll be reviewing recent events and talking about the upcoming ones.

We Hope to see you at the meeting!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

2019 Kirkland Independence Day Photos

We had good time at the 2019 Kirkland Independence Day Parade. The weather started off cool and cloudy, but the sun came out just in time for the start of the parade. As usual, the city of Kirkland did a nice job with the parade and all the festivities for celebrating Independence Day.
Seattle Base USSVI and SSMC submarine veterans
In addition to Seattle Base members, we had members of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC), VFW Post 2995, and Lake Washington Technical School veterans. All the veterans were presented with a rose to wear and submarine sandwiches were served before the parade.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a banner for parade Grand Marshal, World War II veteran, and Seattle Base member Ralph.
Introduction banner for Ralph
Here are some photos from before the parade.
We got a quick photo with Bob, a USO volunteer, Ralph, Anne, and Dave
Then it was lunchtime
And everyone took a little time to eat and relax before the parade
Then it was time for the annual all veterans photo
The parade started off with a bagpiper and the VFW Honor Guard, followed by the VFW Troop Support group. Then our Grand Marshall Ralph and his family, followed the Seattle Base USSVI with our submarine float and Silent Service Motorcycle Club - Thresher Chapter. The parade route was lined with a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Here are some photos from the parade.
The piper and Honor Guard
Grand Marshal Ralph and family
Seattle Base USSVI marching behind
Seattle Base float
Bob leads the SSMC
Other SSMC members
Kerry hands out buttons
Waiting on the national anthem near the review stand
Waving to the crowd
We had a good time at the parade. We're looking forward to the rest of our summer events. We hope you will join us.

Monday, July 1, 2019

July - August 2019 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The July - August 2019 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted and is ready to view and download.
Seattle Base SubVets at the 2018 Kirkland Independence Day parade
This issue has information on the Kirkland Independence Day parade, updates on other Seattle Base activities, and the usual submarine related articles.

Hardcopies will be mailed out soon. I hope you all enjoy the newsletter.

As always, remember to check back here for base updates and other articles of interest.

Dave Schueler
Seattle USSVI Base Newsletter Editor

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Float Update and Parade Reminder

On Saturday, June 22, a work party of Kerry Ryan, Deb and Mike Drake, and Ric Hedman met at Al Smiths house to clean up the Seattle Base float.
Seattle Base float ready for another parade season
It was perfect weather for painting. First the float had its first bath in years. The whole hull of the submarine was washed, roughed up with sandpaper, and then washed again. The sail was painted first using a brush and all the edges were painted likewise before rollers were used for painting the main body of the sub. The same technique was used for painting the bottom.

Al fixed lunch for the group, (tuna sandwiches, Yum!) and then it was back to work.

They painted about 80% of the float. All that was left to do is the gray decking, which Ric will paint once his back recovers.

Parade Reminder

Seattle Base and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the Kirkland parade on Thursday, July 4. Seattle Base member and World War II veteran Ralph Sterley will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade.

To get to the assembly area from I-405, you take Exit 18 off of 405, head west toward Kirkland. This road turns into Central Way. Follow Central until you reach Market and turn right to find parking at Heritage Park. You’ll pass Heritage Hall while looking for parking. Parking is available north of Heritage Hall in the boat ramp parking area and at Waverly Park.
You can start arriving around 9:00 AM. The city will start closing down streets near the parade route around 9:30. If you are arriving after that time it is best to plan to get to the parking areas from the north heading south down Market Street.

We will meet near Heritage Hall, the large white two-story building on the north side of the corner of Central Way and Market Street. The Seattle Base float will be in place in the assembly area around 9:30 and all submarine veterans and motorcycles can meet near the float. We will be near the start of the parade.

Refreshments will be served around 11:00 and we will gather for a veterans group photo shortly after that. The main parade starts at noon.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

June 2019 Meeting Notes

We started off the June meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in June, followed by birthday wishes for our members, introductions, and then the officer reports.

2019 Holland Club Induction
This year we inducted Rich L. into the Holland Club. Rich qualifies on USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617). Congratulations Rich.
Base Commander Ric presenting Rich his Holland Club certificate

Old and New Business

Base Float Refit - We planned a working party for Saturday June 22 to get the base float into shape for upcoming events and parades. We’ll get a report on how it turned out shortly.

Independence Day Parade – Seattle Base will be participating in the Kirkland parade on the 4th of July. Seattle Base member and World War II veteran Ralph Sterley will be the Grand Marshal for this year's parade.

Plans for the 2019 parade are like previous years. We will meet near Kirkland’s Heritage Hall in the morning. The Kirkland Police will block the roads near the parade route at 9:30, so you will need to be there early or come in from the north. Parking is available to our group exclusively, to the north of Heritage Hall and along Waverly Park. Lunch will be served around 11:00, the we'll take a few photos, and the parade will start at Noon. Remember to check the blog and newsletter for more details. We hope to see you there.

Here is a map of the parade staging area, parking and the parade route.
Kirkland Parade Information
Smokey Point – Seattle Base members will be manning the coffee booth at the south-bound Smokey Point rest stop on July 12 – 15. There are still a few more spots to fill and we can always use donations of cookies for the event. Please contact Steve or one of the other Seattle Base officers if you can help with this important fund-raising event.

VFW BBQ and Open House – VFW Post 2995 has invited us to attend their upcoming Open House and BBQ on August 17.

Seattle Base Summer Picnic - We are looking into having a Base Picnic later this summer. Let us know if you are interested in this too. 

Good of the Order
- Sr. Vice Commander Larry let us know that he and several other base members will be helping out with the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on June 30. If you would like to help out or attend, please contact Larry for more information.

- Seattle Base received 3 submarine pictures to use to raise funds for the Base. We are asking members for a donation of $40 - $60 for each picture. Photos and descriptions of the pictures are included below. If you are interested in one or more of the pictures, speak with Base Commander Ric.
Aerial photo of a Sturgeon (637) class fast attack submarine ($60)
A signed and numbered print drawing of USS Skate at the North Pole ($60)
Cutaway line drawing of USS Torsk ($40)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 2019 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, June 19, 2019. 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.
Holland Club patch
Here is a preview of the meeting agenda for June:
- 2019 Holland Club Inductions
- Seattle Base float refit
- Kirkland 4th of July parade
- Smoky Point Rest Stop coffee weekend
- Tolling the Boats Ceremony

These are just the high points. We hope to see you at the meeting