Our luncheon in September is scheduled for Wednesday, the 8th, and I am hopeful that we will get a good turnout, despite having to cancel the picnic.
Some have said that people will be uncomfortable attending the luncheon for the same reasons they were uncomfortable with attending the picnic. I beg to differ for one big reason. Behind the anxiety associated with becoming a possible carrier was the fact that we would be associating with people that we did not know and also children. We have neither at our luncheons, and the value of continuing our association is undeniably great.
Mike is talking to an Afghanistan expert to be our speaker at the luncheon, and we will have that confirmed soon. What an outstanding time to have a presenter like this at our gathering. I have communicated with the Spaghetti Factory, and at this moment they are not precluded from having our meeting the way we normally do, except the latest restriction last week caused them to have anyone who is not seated wear a mask. This was discussed at Happy Hour, and we don’t think that will be too much of a burden. The Spaghetti Factory will be in touch if anything else changes, but right now it’s full speed ahead.
Times are tough for the country, the government, the Navy and for us. With Afghanistan, COVID and the Delta Variant, immigration, proposed spending, and dysfunctional legislatures/political parties we have a long and difficult path. Let us try to maintain our camaraderie, USNA pride, support for our Navy, and our personal patriotism by meeting to discuss all those causes and more at our monthly luncheon on September 8th.
Happy Hour on Wednesday evenings at 1800 continues with enthusiasm. We would like to see more participation, so 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.
John Adams ‘69, CDR, USN (Ret)