We went through the introductions, Officer Reports, and old business quickly, so that we could get to the Holland Club Inductions and evening program.
This year we inducted eight members into the Holland Club.
|Base Commander Doug Abramson introduces the 2012 Holland Club inductees|
As each man was presented with his certificate and patch, he was asked to recount some memories from his first boat and qualifications. It was fun to hear the old stories and share in their remembrances.
|David Baylor remembers qualifying on Redfish|
|Mike Bennett talks about going into the Navy|
|Pat Householder remembers his first boat|
|Tom Oliver recounts his qualification remembrances|
|Sam Ronnie receives his Holland Club certificate (the photo of him remembering his qualifications didn't turn out)|
Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade - The 64th annual Bremerton Armed Forces Day parade will be held on Saturday, May 19. Seattle Base is planning on participating in the parade with our float. We should have more details about when and where to meet soon.
Smokey Point Rest Stop Event - This year the Base drew July 9 and 11, a mid-week timeslot, for manning the coffee booth at the Smokey Point rest stop. We will be manning the coffee booth starting around 1:00 pm on the 9th and go until mid-day on the 11th. Once again, Steve Shelton will be heading up the effort to man the booth. He will have more information and a sign-up sheet at future meetings.
Lockwood Chapter Picnic - The Submarine Veterans of World War II Lockwood Chapter is having a picnic at VFW Post 2995 on Wednesday August 8 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
Navy Birthday at VFW Post - VFW Post 2995 is planning on having a dinner to celebrate the Navy's Birthday on October 13 and they have invited us to join them. We will have more information about event as it gets closer.
In honor of the establishment of the U.S. Navy submarine force, Ric Hedman gave a presentation on John Holland and the Navy's first submarine USS Holland. Ric covered the early history of the Holland Company and some of John Holland's early submarine designs, which led to the building of the USS Holland. Ric talked about the construction of the submarine and the early sea trails. He also covered the later history of USS Holland up to it scrapping in 1913 and talked about the absorption of the Holland Company into the Electric Boat Company. Throughout the program Ric show pictures of the submarine and its designer/builder, all of which can be seen on the Through the Looking Glass potion of Ric's PigBoats.Com website. It was an enjoyable presentation with lots of good information and pictures.
Chris Opple, Bob Opple's wife, has been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and is now undergoing chemotherapy.
Don Ulmer had shoulder replacement and, after arriving home, feel down the stairs and had spent some time in the hospital. He is now recovering at home.
Bruce Fisher suffered ventricular fibrillation in March and had a defibrillator inserted in his chest. He is recovery from that while caring for his wife Linda, who is suffering from a terminal heart condition.
Connie Abramson's, Doug's wife, has been diagnosed with lung scarring and carries oxygen for when she has trouble breathing.
Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz is recovering from knee replacement surgery and his grandson Colby Peltz is recovering from spinal fusion surgery.