President’s notes April 2017

  1. Our Chapter has the honor to have Captain Paul Tortora ’89 USN Ret as our guest speaker at our monthly luncheon next Wednesday April 12th. As you may know, Paul is the Director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies and is the first Chair of the new Cyber Science Department at the Academy. We have asked him to provide us a brief on our Academy’s current Cyber education program, the Cyber Operations Major curriculum (which is the first for any service academy), and a progress report on the ongoing construction of USNA’s Cyber Education Center.
  2. Recruiting and screening candidates for appointments to USNA is an important task and extremely rewarding. Within Oregon, we have been blessed with Butch Bewick ’62 heading the effort for a long while.  He can use some help to cover the Oregon high schools particularly in areas outside the Willamette Valley.  Please contact Butch ( about becoming a B&G Officer or suggesting someone?  This pitch also applies to John Adams, our SW Washington B&G Coordinator (
  3. May Council Elections are just around the corner, and we are still looking to interested alumni to join our ranks as members of our Council for the next two years or just as members of a committee. If interested, please see me or other current Council members (Doug Ballard, Pete Crystal, Ted Scypinski, Dave Lutes, Susan Mead, or Butch Bewick). Our Council next meets Saturday April 15th at Doug Bomarito’s Law Offices (7157 SW Beveland St., Tigard) between 10:00 and 12:00 to finalize a slate of candidates as well as to complete planning Chapter events for the remainder of this year. Please join us.
  4. In addition to the above, our Council will be reviewing our Bylaws. We welcome you to assist our effort. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please contact me.
  5. Please note that our annual August Chapter picnic hosted by the Kohls and the Bewicks is coming to an end.  August 2017 will be their last.  We are most grateful to them for their generous gifts of time, money, labor, and hospitality. Thus, we tackle “what’s next?”  Our Council members want to continue having an August event that would encourage the entire family to participate.  It is doubtful that it will be free anymore.  Finding a location that is not too expensive and would allow beverages veterans are accustom to is not easy.  Do we cater it?  And so forth.  Please email Susan Meade ’90 with suggestions or other help; and again please join us at our April Council meeting.
  6. Again, congratulations to USNA Class of 1967 as it celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

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