July President’s Message

Despite some minor roadblocks along the way, we continue to plan for a luncheon on July 14, and hopefully we will return to “normal” regarding our routines.  I remain confident that as soon as people get more comfortable in the environment our attendance levels will return to normal.  BZ to Mike and Ted for initiating and maintaining the Zoom Meetings during the pandemic, as the meetings have been key to maintaining the core interest in the ORSWW Chapter.

Following is a repeat from last month, as there is still time to get your reservation in for the luncheon.  Be on the lookout for your invitation, and if you don’t receive one, let me know so that I can get you added to the notifications list.


The Old Spaghetti Factory is back in the meeting business, and our room is reserved for the second Wednesday of each month (except August) beginning July 14.  The topic of discussion for July, besides meeting and greeting old friends, will be the finalization of the Picnic plans.  We will need to have a head count for the luncheon because it may be limited to 40 souls.  The meals will be the same, 4 entrees with one being a salad, and alcoholic beverages will be self-paid.  The fee for the meeting will have to be increased to $25 to cover the cost.  We were considering doing that before the pandemic because we were beginning to lose money every month, and the lunch is our only regular source of revenue.  The remaining way to avoid a cost increase is to consider less costly meals or relocate.  That is a subject that may be discussed.

My private opinion is that enthusiasm for the picnic is underwhelming.  That is not to say that I would ever suggest canceling it, but I believe there is going to be little certainty regarding who just might choose to attend.  We have advertised it and the other academies have shown interest and a willingness to participate, but we don’t yet know what we want to do or how we want to do it.  That really needs to be resolved soon, and I’m going to try to make that happen.  All the information regarding the picnic remains the same and is below.


An August 21 date for our picnic has been established with a reservation of the picnic grounds at the Port of Camas/Washougal.  We have heard from USMMA and USMA, who are eagerly awaiting to join us.  USCGA has been asked and will let us know later, and we have made contact with a few representatives from USAFA. 

We believe that we will continue to have Happy Hour on Wednesday evenings at 1800 until at least the end of the year.  Please join us if you are so inclined.


Mike Carmichael is in charge of our Zoom subscription, and he asked that all of you are informed of its availability for your individual group needs.  It is a very nice option to have at our disposal, and he will accommodate you if at all possible.

Go Navy,

John Adams ‘69, CDR, USN (Ret)