Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Like Vintage Cars? Join South Sound Base on a tour of the LeMay Family Collection

All SubVets from Seattle and Bremerton Bases are invited to join the South Sound Base Bubbleheads in touring the over 500 vintage vehicles at the LeMay Marymount Event Center on Saturday, October 5 2013. Mark your calendar and muster at noon in front of the Gift Shop. Mud and Gut Bombs (coffee and donuts) will be on hand for the crew.

The normal admission fee is $15.00, but for our group of Bubbleheads, it is only $10.00 per person! Our tour will shove off at 12:30, so don’t be late! Plan on a 2 - 2 1/2 hour tour of the extensive collection of vintage vehicles located here. There will be plenty of old, new, and unusual vehicles to look at. 

 IMPORTANT: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mike Ellis by email (mlellis337@comcast.net) or phone (253-222-6948) as soon as possible.
From its roots as the original automotive collection of Harold and Nancy LeMay, started in the 1960's, the LeMay Family Collection Foundation (LFCF) is an expression of the continued growth of the LeMay Collection and a desire from the community to preserve the amazing LeMay Collection for the future. The LeMay family collections include over 1,500 vintage vehicles, plus related Americana (dolls, toys, antiques, farm equipment, etc.) and much of that is located at Marymount, a distinct campus with a unique history all its own.You can read more about and see pictures from the foundation at their website.

The LeMay Family Collection Foundation is located at the Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd ST E, Tacoma, WA 98445

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September Meeting Notes

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

Old and New Business:
Museum of Flight - We had a good time and turnout for the August 3- 4 event. The museum had a large number of visitors during the weekend giving us lots of exposure to people that didn't know about USSVI. Base member and Museum of Flight docent Don Ulmer gave presentations on the rescue of the aircrew of a B-29 by USS Springer, with film from the actual rescue, throughout the weekend. Thanks to Dick Gonzales for organizing the event. We also received 10 passes for the Museum of Flight and will be auctioning them off to benefit the Base. We will have more information on the raffle soon.
Don Ulmer and Dick Gonzales at the Museum of Flight
Cabela's Weekend #2 - We had a great time at our second weekend at the Cabela's Tulalip store. It was another good chance to meet a lot of people and talk with them about USSVI. We also received $506 in donations during the weekend.
Seattle Base float at Cabela's entrance
We are going to work with South Sound Base to see about a joint event at the Cabela's store in Lacey.

Black Diamond Parade - The Seattle Base float and member participated in the Black Diamond Labor Day Parade and came away with the trophy for Best Overall entry in the parade.
Dutch shows off the trophy from Black Diamond
Veterans Day 2013 - There are a lot of events happening around Veterans Day this year. The Auburn Veterans Day Parade will be on Saturday, November 9. Seattle Base and other submarine veteran groups will be at the parade. We are planning to meet around 10:00 - 10:30 at the intersection of Main and L Streets, and the parade starts at 11:00. There will be other events around Auburn that weekend, including the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall, and you can find out more at the city's website. There will be a memorial service at the Tahoma National Cemetery on Monday, November 11. Also, Seattle Base is looking at participating in the Veterans Appreciation Day at the University of Washington's Bothell campus on Wednesday, November 13.

Holiday Luncheon - The Seattle Base USSVI and Lockwood Chapter, Submarine Veterans of WWII Joint Holiday Luncheon is set for Saturday, December 14 at Anthony's Homeport Kirkland restaurant. We will have registration forms at the next meeting.

Good of the Order:
John Mansfield presented Ervin Schmidt with a pen made from the teak deck of USS Torsk, Ervin's last boat during WWII.
John presents Ervin with the pen
John Mansfield and Ervin Schmidt
John then, with some help from Pat Householder, presented Bob Opple with the Robert Link Award for his work with USSVI and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC). Additionally Bob was given the Golden Anchor Award for the work the SSMC did in recruiting and retaining members.
Bob Opple (center) accepts the Robert Link Award and Golden Anchor Award from Pat Householder (left) and John Mansfield (right)

September Program:
Pat Householder gave us a report about the most recent USSVI National Convention. He had lots of photos and recorded messages from some attendees. We also got some other first-hand reports from John Mansfield, Sam Ronnie, and Lois Mezek. Overall, the feeling was that while it was a smaller convention, it was still a lot of fun and the city treated USSVI very well.

Due to the late hour, Don Ulmer postponed his presentation and rescheduled it for the November meeting. Here is a short description of Don's program. Don will spin a true bittersweet saga of World War I told him by his best friend at age 11. It is the story of his friend's Aunt Marge Van Sciver and 1st Lt Malcom Gunn, of the embryo US Army Flying Corps, who married on the eve of his deployment to France over objections of both families. Film clips excerpted from a musical play based on this tale produced by the Seattle Museum of Flight spice Don's PowerPoint presentation. This is a good program for wives and significant others, so bring them along. This story will really tug at the heartstrings.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that the next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, September 18.

We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM. Don't forget to review the previous meeting minutes, you can find them here on the blog or on the Seattle Base website, just click the Minutes button on the left.

We will have a quick recap of events from the past month and looking to upcoming events. Everyone's participation is greatly appreciated. Don Ulmer will be providing the program for September.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Reminder: Connie Abramson Celebration of Life


You are all invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Connie Abramson this Saturday, September 14, from 12:00 - 4:00 at the Lake Goodwin Community Club (17323 42nd Avenue Northwest, Stanwood, WA 98292) .

Directions to the Lake Goodwin Community Club:
From north of Stanwood
  • Take I-5 South Turn left onto State Hwy 530 W/WA-530 W 
  • Turn left to merge onto I-5 S 
  • Take exit 206 for Washington 531 W 
  • Merge onto WA-531 W/172nd St NE 
  • Turn right onto WA-531 W/Lakewood Rd 
  • Turn left onto E Lake Goodwin Rd 
  • Continue onto 42nd Ave NW, the Lake Goodwin Community Club will be on the left
From south of Stanwood
  • Take I-5 North 
  • Take exit 206 for WA-531 W toward Lakewood 
  • Turn left onto WA-531 W/172nd St NE 
  • Turn right onto WA-531 W/Lakewood Rd 
  • Turn left onto E Lake Goodwin Rd 
  • Continue onto 42nd Ave NW, the Lake Goodwin Community Club will be on the left

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September - October Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The September - October issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website
Seattle Base members at the Tolling the Boats ceremony
This issue has photos from the Kirkland Independence Day Parade, our weekend at the Museum of Flight, our second weekend at Cabela’s, and the Tolling the Boats Ceremony. There is also the usual base news, upcoming events, and a story from one of our members about his Shellback ceremony.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are going out later this week. I hope you all enjoy it.

As always, don't forget to check back here for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor