April President’s Message

Well, the turnout for March was the best since the beginning of the pandemic, and Rich Walton’s presentation was everything we thought it would be – entertaining, informative and educational.  As a civilian contractor, he was able to see and do some amazing things.  I’ll plug his book once more here.  It has gotten some excellent reviews by our membership.  One Brick at a Time, Winning the Hearts and Minds of the Afghan People.

In April we have an equally impressive presenter.  We are privileged to have Captain Don Walsh, USN, Ret – PhD, Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE); Member, Ocean Elders; President, International Maritime Inc; speaking to us at our April luncheon.  Captain Walsh, along with Jacques Piccard, was one of two people to first descend to the Challenger Deep, the deepest point on earth, in the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960.  Having seen pieces of other presentations of his, I can assure you it will be worth your time.

In May, we currently do not have a presenter, so I just may fill some time talking with you about issues that the council is dealing with in order to get some ideas that we may not have considered.  A couple of the topics are 1.  How to improve attendance at our luncheons and how to involve younger alumni, and 2. What are we going to do about our picnic?  We would like to have your input on this and other things.

At the June Luncheon, Captain Gillian Richards, USN, our Blue and Gold Area Coordinator, will speak to us about the Class of 2026.  And we are getting ready to schedule the picnic in July or August.  It’s looking like we have all the pieces in place to have a very successful year.

If you have a chance, log onto myUSNA.com, register with the chapter, fill out some personal information if you desire, and browse around the site.  It appears to have great potential to be a valuable asset to the Alumni Association

Wednesday Zoom Happy Hours will continue for the foreseeable future and we would like to remind you that the use of our Zoom capabilities is open for anyone who has the need.  Please contact Mike Carmichael if you would like to use it.


Go Navy,

John Adams ‘69, CDR, USN (Ret)