Old and New Business
Upcoming Memorials - We received news from Thresher Base about some of the challenges they face for the memorial service, due the sequestration, and the base members at the meeting voted to help out by sending $100 to help out and a number of base members chipped in their own money too. You can read more about this in a previous blog post.
Additionally, this year will be the 45th anniversary of the loss of USS Scorpion (SSN 589). The Scorpion Memorial Committee is raising funds for their ceremony. One way they are raising money is by selling memorial t-shirts (see the picture below) for $25. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, please contact Mary Etta at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Mary Etta is the daughter of Scorpion’s Chief Of the Boat (COB) TMC (SS) Walt Bishop. We will also get more information about how to donate directly to the memorial fund.
|Scorpion Memorial T-Shirt|
2013 Holiday Luncheon Plans - Andrea Geisler gave an update on the luncheon plans. She has contacted Anthony's HomePort restaurant in Kirkland to start the process of arranging the date and menu for the event. Right now December 14 looks like it will be a good date for the event. Andrea has gotten some menu suggestions from the restaurant, but would like to hear what you would like for the meal. You can talk with her at the next meeting or contact her by phone (Andrea's contact information can be found on the base website in the Officers section under Chaplain).
Veteran's Memorial Dedication and Armed Forces Day - We had a slight mix up in the plans for a Veteran's Memorial dedication in Mount Vernon and the plans for taking the float to Cabelas. Originally we thought these events we happening on the same day, but after researching things more we have some better information.
A Veteran's Memorial will be dedicated in Mount Vernon at 10 am on April 12 as part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The memorial will be set up at 15002 Bradshaw Rd; Mount Vernon, WA 98273 and the dedication ceremony will have speakers from VFW and entertainment. All Veterans and Active Duty Military will be admitted free on April 12 from 9 am to noon (ID will be required). You can find out more about this and other event for the tulip festival on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website.
On Saturday May 18, Armed Forces Day, the Cabelas store in Tulalip is allowing Veterans groups to set up displays in their parking lot and Seattle Base has decided to take our float to the event (Note: this means that we will not be participating in the Bremerton Armed Forces Day parade). We are hoping to raise some funds for the base through donations from shoppers. If you would like to help out with this event, please contact Base Commander Doug Abramson or any of the other base officers. You can find more information about, and directions to, the Cabelas store at this link.
Chairman Needed for Tolling Ceremony - Bob Opple has let us know that will not be able to continue as the Chairman for the Tolling of the Boats ceremony. The Tolling ceremony is important for our creed and we need someone to step-up to take over the position. Bob has done a great job with this and has set things up so it will be easy to run. Most of the work for the 2013 ceremony is already done and Bob, along with all the Base officers, will be available to help out. If you are interested in the position or have more questions, please contact Doug or any of the other Base officers. You will have lots of help and support from the rest of the base.
Smokey Point Rest Stop Event - We want to remind you that the Smokey Point event is back for 2013. This year we drew the southbound rest stop on June 28 - July 1. Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar. Steve Shelton will be looking for volunteers to man the coffee booth soon.
The March presentation was a talk by Admiral Horton Smith. Base Commander Doug Abramson told the Admiral could talk about anything, so he decided to tell us about his career in and out of the Navy. Admiral Smith grew up in the Seattle - Tacoma area and was active in the Boy Scouts (becoming an Eagle Scout), Sea Scouts and the NROTC program at the University of Washington. He was commissioned into the Navy before the end of World War II, and before he had graduated from college, and served on several different patrol and amphibious craft until the end of the war. After the war he remained in the reserves, joining the submarine force, and returned to college to get his law degree. Admiral Smith also earned his Masters license in the merchant marine. He was recalled to active duty service many times during his career. Admiral Smith also talked about the different people he met through his law career. It was a fascinating talk by an remarkable man.
We want to express our condolences to Seattle Base and Holland Club member Ervin Schmidt on the passing of his wife June on March 6.
Gene Posel is still recovering from a torn back muscle.
Steve Shelton is recovering from oral surgery.
Pat Householder was unable to attend the meeting due to kidney stones.
We hope to see you at the next meeting.