Saturday, January 12, 2019

January Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, January 16, 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.
VFW Post #2995
Kicking off the New Year we will be in the small meeting room downstairs from the bar. The VFW has decided that all service groups (their own included) will use this newly remodeled room and the larger Hall (our former meeting location) will be promoted as a rental facility. Due to this change, we aren’t expecting there to be much in the way of pre-meeting setup and post-meeting takedown. The refurbished facility has the added advantage of a computer compatible large screen TV/Display.

We will be setting the main points of this year's agenda and getting the feel for what the future may hold for base happenings and events. If you have ideas and want to help steer the base direction for 2019 please come to the meeting and get involved.

We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January - February 2019 Dolphin Brothood Posted

The January - February 2019 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted and is ready to view and download.
This issue has photos from the 2018 Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Base December Holiday Luncheon - along with the usual submarine related articles.

Hardcopies will be mailed out once I sort out some problems with the printers. I hope you all enjoy the newsletter.

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

See you at the January meeting!

Dave Schueler
Seattle USSVI Base Newsletter Editor

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2018 Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon Photos

On Saturday, December 8, 2018 USSVI Seattle Base submarine veterans, family, and guests gathered at the Nile Shrine Center for our annual holiday luncheon.

Before lunch we had time to catch up with shipmates we have not seen for a while, share tales of our exploits from the past year, and to talk about plans for 2019. We then moved on to opening remarks and lunch.

After lunch, Base Commander Ric presented the Shipmate of the Year Award to Steve Lewis and Roy Burt. Steve and Roy were recognized for their visits to ailing veterans and their work with the Silent Service Motorcycle Club. We added Steve and Roy to the Seattle Base Honor Roll plaque.

We also had the drawing for the American Submarines throw blanket, which was won by Pat H.

Then the floor was then opened for sea stories and holiday remembrances. The microphone was passed around and we heard some new old stories.

We all had a good time at the luncheon and special thanks goes out to everyone who helped organize and setup the event. It is always good to see all our shipmates and get a start on the holiday season with them. We hope you enjoy the photos below.
Sign in desk manned by Judith and Lois
Start of the social time
Bob, Pat, Carolyn, and Thea
Lois and WWII Veteran Ralph
Judy, Bill, Fran, and Dick
Steve, Tim, Lynanne, Bob, and Thea
memorabilia table with sub models
more memorabilia
John, Al, and Vicky
Dick and Fran grabbing some wine before lunch
Getting in place for lunch (photo 1)
Getting in place for lunch (photo 2)
Steve and Roy hold up their Shipmate of the Year awards

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018 Holiday Luncheon Reminder

Submarine Christmas ornament from SubLoveShop
The annual Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon is this Saturday, December 8, 11 am to 2 pm, at the Nile Shrine Center.
Nile Shrine Center entrance
The Nile Shrine Center is located at 6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrance, WA 98043
  • From I-5 take Exit 177, heading west on WA highway 104 (toward the Edmonds/Kingston ferry dock)
  • Turn right on the road with the gate that says Nile Shrine Center.
  • Wind through the golf course to the facilities.
You can drop off passengers at the front entrance. The luncheon will be on the second floor.

There are some Seattle Base members that need a ride to the parade. Please check your email for the message or send me an email for more information.

We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

2018 Auburn Veterans Day Parade Award and reminders

We learned that the USSVI group won the Auburn Veterans Day - Harold Page Memorial Award for the best veteran service organization entry.

Thanks to everyone that showed up at the parade.

Award plaque
Here are a few calendar reminders for you:
  • There is no November meeting this month due to Thanksgiving.
  • Our next scheduled event is the Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon on December 8, 11 am to 2 pm, at the Nile Shrine Center (6601 244th St. SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2750). The cost this year is $25 per person for a lunch buffet. We have limited seating this year, so be sure to get your reservations in as soon as possible. Registration forms can be found in the current issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood newsletter and at this link.
  • The January meeting will be on January 16, 2019. VFW Post 2995 has remodeled the meeting room under the post bar and our meetings will shift to this meeting room.

Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 Auburn Veterans Day Parade Photos

It was a partly-cloudy and chilly Saturday for the 53rd annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade.
A banner from the Auburn Parade route
Our USSVI turnout was a little lighter than normal - with members from Seattle Base, Bremerton Base, and Silent Service Motorcycle Club showing up. We were also joined by an Honor Guard from Naval Base Kitsap. However, the parade crowd was enthusiastic as ever and everyone seemed to enjoy the parade.

Even with the lighter turnout, it was a good time and great to see all the veterans out for the parade.

Here are some photos from the event.
Bonefish float and Bremerton members at the staging area
We had some time for pre-parade sea stories
Just before the parade started we got a few group photos
Bremerton Base and Honor Guard
Seattle Base members
Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC) - Thresher Chapter
After that, we had some last minute preparations for the parade.
Getting banners ready and chairs on the floats
Getting people on the floats
With the flyover, it was time to start the parade.
King County Sheriff helicopter flies over the parade
The Honor Guard led the way, followed by Bremerton Base
Seattle Base was next, followed by the SSMC
In-parade group photo
A couple views of the Veterans Day Banner over the parade route.
You can see all the people lining the street
One last in-parade photo
We had a good time with the parade and hope to see everyone again next year!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reminder - 2018 Auburn Veterans Day Parade

The Auburn Veterans Day parade is on Saturday, November 10. This year Seattle Base, Bremerton Base, and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the parade. We will meet near the junction of Main and K Street NE in Auburn. Set up starts at 9:30. Please arrive before 10:30. The parade will start at 11:00.
Seattle Base at the 2017 parade
There are some Seattle Base members that need a ride to the parade. Please check your email for the message or send me an email for more information.

There is free parking in the Auburn transit center garage by the train depot.You can see more about other parade and Veterans Day events on the City of Auburn website.
Parade route map (click for a larger view)

We hope to see you there!