August President’s Message

Our much-anticipated picnic has come and gone.  I think we managed to attain the right balance between the expected attendance and what the event had to offer in return.  The cooler weather in the morning held people back, but by the early afternoon everyone was there and having a good time.  The unexpected contributions to the silent auction by Butch Bewick added a special flavor to the festivities.  As is usual, the amount and quality of the food brought by the attendees and the Chapter’s contribution of the main courses and drinks were excellent.  Many people took plates for an evening snack with them as they left.

We saw participation from USMA, USMMA and USAFA, and thank them so much for supporting the picnic.  Hopefully, we will be able to find a way to reciprocate.  Also, a few recent graduates from USNA attended, some saying that they receive regular notifications of the Chapter’s events, but this was the first time they chose to attend one.  Hopefully, they and others will begin to attend the luncheons.  A few prospective Midshipmen from the area high schools were there and the Blue & Gold managed to corner them as well.

We will be resuming our luncheons on the second Wednesday of August, the 10th at 1130, which is the most favorable time of day for Portland traffic.  Come and stay as long as you can.  The lunch offerings are excellent, and a presentation will be made by Scott Fitzpatrick ’80.  The Old Spaghetti Factory near OHSU is centrally located and there is ample parking.  We are always trying to attract younger graduates to the active membership roles and are hoping that some of you might choose to serve in leadership positions.  As a younger graduate, if we can make things easier for you to participate, we welcome your suggestions and will try to accommodate your needs.

After an initial push, things are pretty quiet around  If you have a chance, log onto, register with the chapter, fill out some personal information if you desire, and browse around the site.

The OR/SWW Chapter of our Alumni Association wishes each of you a delightful summer, and all the best for the rest of the year.

Go Navy,

John Adams ‘69, CDR, USN (Ret)

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