We started the May meeting started off with Tolling the Boats lost in May, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.
Old and New Business:
Base Float Update – We want to thank Jim Harper for storing the float for the past few years. We are talking with one of our members about moving the float and shelter to their land. If all goes well, sometime after the Tolling ceremony in August we will be asking for volunteers to help level the area and set up the shelter in the new location.
Base Calendar – We discussed the upcoming Memorial Day events.
|Seattle Base USSVI members at the Tahoma Memorial Day Ceremony|
The signup sheet for our Smokey Point fund raiser on July 1st through the 3rd will be at our next meeting. Be sure to talk with Steve Shelton if you want to join us at Smokey Point. Remember to check the Base Activities Calendar page for more upcoming events.
Seattle Base Raffle – Pat Householder reminded us about the raffle to win a submarine cutaway. You can read more about the raffle at this blog entry. The raffle tickets can be purchased for $5.00 each or five for $20.00. The drawing will be held at our June meeting, so you don’t have much longer to get your tickets.
Travelling Dolphins – The Western District 4 Travelling Dolphins were on display at the meeting. You can read more about Seattle Base capturing the Travelling Dolphins in this blog entry.
|Pat Householder with the Travelling Dolphins|
The speaker for May was Paul Harvey, a former Navy P2V pilot. Paul is a Seattle native, he joined the Navy as an Aviation Electrician, was assigned to a squadron at Whidbey Island, and then went to the Naval Academy. While at the Naval Academy, Paul rowed on the crew team and still participates in rowing today. He also spent a Midshipman cruise on USS Cutlass 9SS-478). After graduation, he was assigned to flight training, learning to pilot the P2V Neptune ASW plane. His new squadron was based on Whidbey Island and Paul joked that he had joined the Navy to see the world, but they kept sending him back to Washington State.
He didn’t stay in Washington for long though as his squadron was deployed to the Western Pacific and then to Vietnam. While in Vietnam Paul took part in Operation Market Time, the Navy’s effort to stop the flow of supplies and troops into South Vietnam from North Vietnam. After he left the Navy, Paul was a pilot with Western Airlines, worked at a brokerage firm, and is currently a docent at the Museum of Flight.
|May speaker Paul Harvey answering some questions|
|Paul, looking at certificate with the Cutlass photo, and Dick Gonzlaez|