We had an outstanding turnout for the September meeting with a warm and enthusiastic greeting for our speaker, Captain Walsh. It is not often that we have such a well known and accomplished individual talk with us, so I am pleased that everything went so well. Again, I would like to express our thanks to him for sharing his experiences and to our membership for joining us at the luncheon.
In October we return to our schedule of meeting on the second Wednesday, October 12, with the October meeting being an 1830 dinner in celebration of the Navy Birthday. The longest serving Navy veteran present and the most junior will share the duties of cutting the cake. In November, the 9th, is the Marine Corps luncheon which is routinely attended by notable Marine Corps vets in the area. We are hoping for large turnouts for both events. December, of course, celebrates the holiday season and the end to another very challenging year.
I am planning for a Council Meeting at the end of November, and am looking at the 19th or the 26th. If one of these dates is unworkable for you, please let me know. By this time Janette Sandberg will be wrapping up her tenure as our communications specialist, and we want to thank her for all that she has done for us over the years. Unfortunately for us, her everyday job is becoming too demanding to allow her to do both. Mike Carmichael has said he will take this on along with the many other things he is doing for the Chapter, but am sure he would be willing to step aside for another person who might be interested in it. Thinking outside the box a little, perhaps the son or daughter of a member, a high schooler who is a computer whiz might be interested in keeping these records and managing our member-wide communications efforts for a fee? I’m not saying we will do that, but it is a possibility among others, I am sure.
So, with Navy going into this week’s football game against Eastern Carolina at underdogs, and pulling off a victory, perhaps we are in for some better performances. Air Force is a serious test on October 1st. This will lead us up to the Army – Navy Game on December 10th, when we will gather at Big Al’s, so set the date aside to join us and bring us the victory which will define a winning season. I hope everyone is enjoying the unseasonably warm and dry weather this fall, and is taking advantage of those outdoor activity opportunities. Take care of yourselves, and be safe.
John Adams ‘69, CDR, USN (Ret)