Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Notes

We started the July meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in July, followed by birthday wishes for our members. We followed that up with the Officer Reports and introductions.

Old and New Business:
Kirkland Independence Day Parade – We had a great time at the Kirkland parade. We had good participation from Seattle Base and the Thresher Chapter of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club. The city estimated there were around 45,000 people at the parade this year. Be sure to check this blog post for photos.

Summertime Base Picnic – We were reminded about the picnic for Seattle Base members, families, and friends on Saturday, July 21 at Al Smith’s place in east Kent.

Seattle Base Tolling the Boats Ceremony Reminder – The Tolling of Boats will be held on August 18 at Kirkland Marina Park. We will start the ceremony at 11:30 AM and must be finished and all cleaned up by 2:30 PM, so that we don’t interfere with another event. We expect to have drinks and light snacks at the event. We hope to see you there.

Bylaws Research and Updates – With the turnover of the Treasurer position this year, we discovered the need to make some changes for the banking process and bylaws. The Executive Committee asked for member input on how we would like to deal with this. After much discussion, it was decided that the Executive Committee would draft new processes and bylaw revisions to present to the membership at a future meeting.

Holland Club Challenge Coins – The Holland Club Challenge Coins are a recent addition to the Holland Club induction ceremony. If you are a Seattle Base member that has been inducted into the Holland Club and you did not receive a challenge coin, but would like one, please contact one of the Seattle Base officers or send an email to the newsletter editor and let them know. We are planning on getting some more challenge coins and want to determine how many we should order.

American Submarines Throw Raffle – Don’t forget about the raffle for the American Submarine. Raffle tickets are on sale now and will be sold throughout the year. The drawing will be done at the Holiday Luncheon on December 8. Raffle tickets cost $1 per ticket.

July Program:
Ralph with a photo of USS Sea Owl in the background
July’s program was a presentation by Ralph Sterley. After a humorous word of warning about what to expect when the Seattle Base Commander compliments you, Ralph started to tell us about his service during World War II. He started with his trip from Sub School to Mare Island, then to San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and finally to Guam on the submarine tender USS Apollo.

On Guam, Ralph served as part of the relief crew for submarines returning from war patrols. Then Ralph talked about getting assigned to USS Sea Owl (SS 405) and going out on patrol. He told us about his first skipper, Cater Bennett, who was given the chance to test out the Mk 27 “Cutie” passive-homing torpedo in combat. He also talked about other patrols where the boat dodged mines, rescued downed flyers, and captured some Japanese and Korean sailors. He then talked about coming back to the U.S. after the war.

It was a fun and informative presentation by Ralph. You can read more about his exploits in this old blog post.

Good of the Order:
We will continue to send out emails to help the Troop Support group here at the VFW post. The Troop Support group creates care packages for troops deployed overseas.  The emails will give you times that you can volunteer to sit outside some of the local stores and ask people to pick up items for packages. Thanks to everyone that has helped on this and be sure to ask for more information if you are interested in helping out.

We hope to see you at the Tolling the Boats ceremony at Kirkland Marina Park.

Monday, July 16, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, July 18, 2018. 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.
Seattle Base SubVets and Thresher Chapter Silent Service Motorcycle Club at the 2018 Kirkland Independence Day Parade
We’ll hear a recap of the Kirkland Independence Day parade, along with showing off the award for Most Patriotic Float. We’ll also be talking about the upcoming summer picnic and August’s Tolling the Boats ceremony.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Save the Date - Seattle Base Picnic

Seattle Base will have a summer picnic for the Seattle Sub Vets, or any submarine veteran, and their families (bring your grandkids too). So come one, come all, and have some fun and enjoy the day with us.

When: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: 12612 S.E. 261st ST Kent WA. 98030  
We won't really have this grill, but we will have grills for you to use
Bring your own main course. We will have grills for you to Bar-B-Que whatever you bring, There will be plates and utensils so you will not need to bring them. If you have a side dish that you would like to bring and share with us, feel free to do so. I have a very large lot so there will be plenty of space.

Please R.S.V.P. by phone or email to:
Al Smith, Past Seattle Base Commander
Home: 253-631-5010
Cell: 206-799-4795
E-Mail: crashaka@aol.com

Getting to Al's place:
If you use GPS, enter your address and then enter mine (shown above) it will give you what you need to get here. Or you can go to Google maps, enter my address, and it will give you a map on how to get here. Or you can come to Kent, call me, and I will tell you how to get here. I live on East Hill.

My wife and I are looking forward to seeing you.
Al Smith

Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Kirkland Independence Day Parade Photos

We had great weather for the 2018 Kirkland Independence Day Parade. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot, during the parade. As usual, the city of Kirkland did a nice job with the parade and all the festivities for celebrating Independence Day.
Dutch and Jim ready for the parade
We had a good turnout from the submarine veterans and Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC). All the veterans were presented with a boutonniere and we had some pizza before the parade.

Here are some photos from before the parade.
2018 All veterans, Troop Support group, and Marine recruits
Seattle Base and Thresher Chapter SSMC
Al, Ralph, and Steve
Bill, Earl, Kerry, and Pat
Scott, Jim and Dutch
Barbara, Lynda, and Marilyn
Bob and Roy
Dave and Lynn
Dave and Steve
Sue and Jerry
Steve and JD (SSMC)
Bill and Diane
Judith and Larry
Vic and Steve
Enjoying the pizza
Veterans organizer Maureen thanking everyone for attending and all the work they do for the parade
The parade started off with the VFW Honor Guard, followed by some vehicles with World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, along with some new Marine recruits. Then 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.
We had a good time at the parade. We're looking forward to the rest of our summer events.
Don't forget we are planning our summer picnic for July 21 and the Tolling the Boats ceremony for August 18 at the Kirkland Marina Pavilion.

Monday, July 2, 2018

2018 Kirkland Independence Day Parade Reminder

Seattle Base and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the Kirkland parade on Wednesday, July 4. The City of Kirkland goes all out for veterans and always has treats, lunch, and boutonnieres for all military members and veterans in the parade.
Seattle Base USSVI and SSMC members at last 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 should be near the start of the parade.
Parade route
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.

This year we have had a number of requests from members to be able to ride the float due to disabilities. Please be sure that these folks have priority before boarding. We are becoming an older group and infirmities are cropping up.

We hope to see you there! Remember, we will be returning to Kirkland on August 18 for the Tolling the Boats ceremony at the Kirkland Marina Pavilion.

Friday, June 29, 2018

July - August 2018 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The July - August 2018 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted and is ready to view and download.
USS Parche sail at the Puget Sound Naval Museum in Bremerton
This issue has information about the upcoming Independence Day parade in Kirkland, photos of the Seattle Base Holland Club induction, a story about USS Parche, and a story from 1978 about a plot to steal an American fast attack sub, along with other submarine related articles from around the world.

Hardcopies will be mailed out tomorrow. 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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 2018 Meeting Notes

We started the June meeting with a visit from the VFW Post #2995 Commander. He told us about their upcoming efforts to support the troops and asked for help on these projects. You can expect emails about the upcoming projects.

We then moved to Tolling the Boats lost in June, followed by birthday wishes for our members. We followed that up with the Officer Reports and then the annual Holland Club inductions.

2018 Holland Club Inductions
This year Seattle Base added six new Holland Club members: John German - not present (USS Kamehameha), Bill Giese (USS Blueback), Earl Greening (USS Blueback), Scott Milne (USS Daniel Webster), Ken Murray (USS Theodore Roosevelt), and Steve Shelton (USS Razorback). 
Group photo of our Holland Club Inductees
The Holland Club is named after John P. Holland, designer of the first US Navy submarine. It is an exclusive group within the US Submarine Veterans organization, where the core requirement for eligibility is the designation “qualified in submarines” for a minimum of fifty years.
Bill Giese qualified on USS Blueback
Earl Greening qualified on USS Blueback
Scott Milne qualified on USS Daniel Webster
Ken Murray qualified on USS Theodore Roosevelt
Steve Shelton qualified on USS Razorback
Each new inductee received a certificate, card, patch, and challenge coin. Congratulations to all our new inductees.

Old and New Business:
Cabela’s Tulalip Armed Forces Day and Smokey Point Rest Stop Event Recap – We received a short update on our two events in May. Both events were successful and, together with the event in March, raised over $1,500 for Seattle Base. We’ll be looking at ways to use the donations for future Base events. So, if you have some suggestions for things to do, be sure to bring them up at a future meeting.

Kirkland Independence Day Parade – Once again, we are planning on participating in the Kirkland parade on the 4th of July. Parade plans are similar to previous years. We will meet near Kirkland’s Heritage Hall in the morning. The Kirkland Police will begin blocking roads near the parade route around 9:30, so you will need to be there early or come in from the north. Lunch will be served around 11:00 and the parade will start at Noon. Check the blog and newsletter for more details. We hope to see you there.

Summertime Base Picnic – We are planning our picnic for Seattle Base members, families, and friends on Saturday, July 21 at Al Smith’s place in east Kent. There will be grills and you should bring a main course for you and your guest, along with a potluck dish to share. We will have more information on this as we get closer to the date.

Seattle Base Tolling the Boats Ceremony Reminder – The Tolling of Boats will be held on August 18 at Kirkland Marina Park. We will start the ceremony at 10:30 AM and must be finished and all cleaned up by 2:30 PM, so that we don’t interfere with another event.

American Submarines Throw Raffle – Don’t forget about the raffle for the American Submarine. Raffle tickets are on sale now and will be sold throughout the year. The drawing will be done at the Holiday Luncheon on December 8. Raffle tickets cost $1 per ticket.

June Program:
Our program was a presentation by Brian Seguin of Puget Sound Honor Flights.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Brian gave us some background on the organization and showed a video of a recent Honor Flight trip.
Brian talking about the Honor Flight network
The 3-day trip takes veterans to Washington DC to visit the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials. Along with trips to Arlington National Cemetery and other memorials in the area. They normally plan four trips per year. Brian gave us more information on how veterans can apply for the trips and how to volunteer to help out.

After the presentation, Seattle Base donated $400 to help support the organization.

Good of the Order:
John Baker’s memorial service is planned for Monday, July 9 at 2 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery. You can find more information at this blog post and we will post a reminder as we get closer to the event.

We hope to see you at the Kirkland Independence Day parade.