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February President’s Message

Posted: 2/5/2020

Oregon SW Washington Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association was chosen as one of 5 out of over 100 chapters as a Distinguished Chapter (this is the second time in the past 3 years)!!!!

Looking ahead we have four months of very interesting and informative programs coming up.

Our February meeting will be on February 12 at 6:00 PM at the Old Spaghetti Factory and will be our traditional Valentine’s dinner. This year will be a bit different as we are having the dinner with our USMA alumni brethren.  This is a great opportunity for those who work and cannot make our luncheons to come and participate.  So, plan on bringing your spouse/sweetheart and join us.  Thanks to Ray Kutch we will have a photographer present.

Our March meeting will be on March 11th at 11:30 at the Old Spaghetti Factory.  Our speaker will be David Rajkovich, president of the Stockton Maritime Museum in Northern California and a few members of his staff.  David will make a presentation on the non magnetic ships, minesweeping and ship Building.  His organization is currently restoring the USS Lucid (MSO) 458.  Our oldest active alumni John Frerichs was a plank owner on the Lucid in 1955.

April we will host SGM(ret) Gavin McLlvenna, President of the Society of Honor Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  November 11, 2021 will be the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  SGM(ret) McLlvenna will give us insights into the origins and history of the Tomb.  I was able to hear him speak at the USMA meeting in Dec.  He is quite impressive.  You do not want to miss this.

In May Mr. John  “J” Wanders will talk with us on the USS LCI 713.  Several years back we had a presentation on the LCI.  This presentation will focus on the LCI as a (work in progress) Naval Museum.  Mr. Wanders will also be auctioning a copy of his book, “The Ablest Navigator, Lieutenant Paul M. Shulman, Israel’s Volunteer Admiral”.  Additionally, Mr. Wanders has on behalf of AFMM (Amphibious forces Memorial Museum) and PT-658 would like to extend an invitation for our entire organization to visit both ships On Saturday, May 16 (which is Armed forces Day). As you know, both ships are berthed at Swan Island. The PT boat is in its boat house. The LCI is moored at pier side in the Lagoon.  Both ships are somewhat small, so in the morning one half of your group would tour the LCI and the other half a static (non-cruising) tour of the PT-boat. After a mid-day light lunch in the LCI’s mess deck, the two groups would shift and visit the other vessel.

On our website is posted a flyer on a Veterans Job Fair on March 5th from 10-3 at the Doubletree Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah St.) in Portland sponsored by the BPA.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect Valentine’s gift.  See Frank Swientek.

Navy Wrestling takes on Army on February 22nd.  Like in Football we need to turn around a three year losing streak.

Mike

Beat Army


January President’s Message

Posted: 1/1/2020

Oregon SW Washington Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association was chosen as one of 4 out of over 100 chapters as a Distinguished Chapter (this is the second time in the past 3 years)!!!!

At the December Trustee Meeting in Annapolis, our Trustee Doug Ballard accepted the Distinguished Chapter award. This recognition is a credit to the enthusiasm and dedication of the alumni in this somewhat less than welcoming military environment in this area.

The Army Navy game was a total success, not only because of the resounding victory over Army, but also the fact that at our three viewing locations (Beaverton, Vancouver, and Bend) we had over 65 alumni, family and friends attend.  It is easy to see why we are a distinguished chapter.

For our January luncheon meeting on January 8 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30 we will have Lenora Bay, treasurer of the USS Oregon SSN 793 Commissioning Ceremony committee, speak to us about the history of the USS Oregon and how we can help with this important event.  The Christening occurred in September, and the commissioning is expected in late 2020.

Our February meeting will be on February 12 at 6:30 PM at the Old Spaghetti Factory and will be our traditional Valentine’s dinner. This year will be a bit different as we are having the dinner with our USMA alumni brethren.  This is a great opportunity for those who work and cannot make our luncheons to come and participate.  So plan on bringing your spouse/sweetheart and join us.

The All Academy Ball was a tremendous success.  Thanks to all the Parent Club members who put so much time and effort into it.  The location was incredible.  Also great was the fact that we had at least 19 alumni present.

On our website is posted a flyer on a Veterans Job Fair on March 5th from 10-3 at the Doubletree Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah St.) in Portland sponsored by the BPA.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.


December President’s Message

Posted: 12/4/2019

This Holiday season brings many activities and so much for us as alumni to be grateful for.

First the December meeting will be on December 11th at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 1130 AM.  This is our annual celebration of the Greatest Generation.  At this meeting we will honor veterans of WWII as well as the Korean conflict.  If you know of a vet from either of these two conflicts, please bring them to the luncheon. Please respond to the invitation so we can give the restaurant an idea of how many are attending.  It is also the wrap-up of our Toys for Tots drive.  So, come and bring a toy.

We will have two locations for the viewing of the Army Navy game Noon December 14th.  We will meet at our traditional location at Big Al’s in Beaverton.  Thanks to the efforts of Ray Kutch we also have a venue set up in Washington.  It is 40 ET 8 Bingo Parlor, 7607 NE 26th Ave Vancouver, WA 98665. Lastly for those alumni in southern Oregon two USMA alumni, Kelsey and Troy Yoho have offered to view the game at The Weekend Beer Company in Grants Pass Or. 550 SW 6th St Suite G Grants Pass Or phone 541-5071919.

For our January luncheon meeting on January 8 at the Old Spaghetti Factory we will have Lenora Bay, treasurer of the USS Oregon SSN 793 Commissioning Ceremony committee, speak to us about how we can help with this important event.  The Christening occurred in September, and the commissioning is expected in late 2020.

Important!!!!!! The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 28th at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum 500 NW Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR. Please plan on attending.  What a wonderful way to support our current midshipmen and their families.  There will also be an afterparty at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville.  You can make reservations at  https://secure.west-point.org/usnapc-orswwa/ball.  Registration ends December 13.

We, thanks to the efforts of Doug Bomarito, are arranging several joint functions with our USMA alumni brethren.  In addition to the Army Navy game, we are planning to have a joint Valentines Dinner for our February meeting and have a joint Picnic in August.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.

Mike

Beat Army


November President’s Message

Posted: 11/6/2019

November brings lots of activities for the USNA alumni.

The November meeting will be on November 13 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 1130 AM.  This is our annual  celebration of the birthday of the US Marine Corps.   It is also the kickoff of our Toys for Tots drive.  So, come and bring a Marine and a toy.

The Navy Notre Dame game is shaping up to be a good one.  Great chance for a Navy win!!!!!  Join us at the North 45 Grill at 11:30 (North 45 Pub 517 NW 21st Ave Portland).  Game will be viewed by USNA and Notre Dame Alumni.  You don’t want to miss this one.

The December luncheon meeting will be December 11 and will be our celebration of the greatest generation.  We will honor WWII and Korean Conflict vets.  Please look to invite vets from this era to our luncheon.  We will also be collecting toys for our Toys for Tots drive.

We will have two locations for the viewing of the Army Navy game 2:30 December 14th.  We will meet at our traditional location at Big Al’s in Beaverton.  Thanks to the efforts of Ray Kutch we also have a venue set up in Washington.  It is 40 ET 8 Bingo Parlor, 7607 NE 26th Ave Vancouver, WA 98665.

For our January luncheon  meeting on January 8 at the Old Spaghetti Factory we will have Lenora Bay, treasurer of the USS Oregon SSN 793 Commissioning Ceremony committee, speak to us about how we can help with this important event.  The Christening occurred in September, and the commissioning is expected in late 2020.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 28tth (This is a changed date!!!) at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum 500 NW Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR. Please plan on attending.  What a wonderful way to support our current midshipmen and their families.  You can make reservations at  https://secure.west-point.org/usnapc-orswwa/ball.

We, thanks to the efforts of Doug Bomarito, are arranging several joint functions with our USMA alumni brethren.  In addition to the Army Navy game, we are planning to have a joint Valentines Dinner for our February meeting and have a joint Picnic in August.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.

Mike

Beat Army and Air Force and Notre Dame.


October President’s Update

Posted: 10/2/2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Evelyn Unger, wife of Jim Unger, one of  our oldest active member.  We will provide funeral arrangements when available.

The October meeting will be on October 9 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 6:00PM.  This is our annual dinner to celebrate the birthdays of the US Navy and the US Naval Academy. This is one of the few times that working alumni and spouses/significant others can participate in alumni functions.

Our November meeting will be a celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday.  If you know of marines, either past or present please invite them to come.  Also, we will be having our Toys for Tots drive in November and December so bring a toy.

December will be our celebration of the greatest generation.  We will honor WWII and Korean Conflict vets.  Please look to invite vets from this era to our luncheon.

January we will have Lenora Bay, treasurer of the USS Oregon SSN 793 Commissioning Ceremony committee, speak to us about how we can help with this important event.  The Christening occurred last month, and the commissioning is expected in late 2020.

Our next council meeting will be October 12th at Doug Bomarito’s office in Tigard across from Lowes.  We would like to have any alumni attend and help contribute to our planning.  This will be the weekend after our great victory over Air Force, so please plan on coming.  Even if you cannot come please provide any feedback you may have on the picnic to make it a better event.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 28tth (This is a changed date!!!) at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. The council recently voted to provide a $1000 gift to support the Ball. Additionally they have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event as well as potential speakers. If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com. Thanks for your help.  Also, please plan on attending.  What a wonderful way to support our current midshipmen and their families.

Our web site has posted information on travel and lodging at the 2020 Navy Notre Dame game in Ireland.  John Adams went last time and says the experience is great.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.

 

Mike

Beat Army and Air Force


September President’s Update

Posted: 9/5/2019

The September meeting will be on September 11 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30.  John Adams will give a presentation on the development of the Aircraft Carrier.

Ever wanted to see how the other half lives.  Alice Quesenberry, President of the West Point local Alumni Association has invited anyone who would like to come to their monthly luncheon at the Old Spaghetti Factory on Sept 18 at 1145.  Speaker will be the current CDR of the Northwest Division of the Army Corps of Engineers.  If you would like to go please contact Doug Bomarito by Sept 10 as they need a head count by that day.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Annual picnic a great success and wonderful afternoon.  A special thanks to all that attended.  Looking for ward to next year.

Football season is back and we are all anticipating a strong recovery year for Navy.  We will be having events to watch the Air Force, Notre Dame and Army games this year.  More details to follow.

Our next council meeting will be October 12th at Doug Bomarito’s office in Tigard across from Lowes.  We would like to have any alumni attend and help contribute to our planning.  This will be the weekend after our great victory over Air Force, so please plan on coming.  Even if you cannot come please provide any feedback you may have on the picnic to make it a better event.

October’s meeting October 9th and will be a dinner celebration of the USN and USNA birthdays.  This is an excellent chance for those alumni, not in a retired status to come and enjoy the fellowship.

As our chapter covers a large area, most alumni do not have a chance to attend many if not all of our gatherings.  We would like to expand our activities to include some regional activities such as occasional happy hours or other gatherings.  If anyone would like to set up an alumni event let me know and I will send you the names/emails of the alumni in your regional area.  There are many alumni in some of the cities in Oregon that are a way from Portland.  Examples include:

Bend 28 alumni

Salem 28 alumni

Vancouver 32 alumni

Eugene/Corvallis 38 alumni

I will be attempting to set up a periodic USNA happy hour for the 36 alumni in Lake Oswego. Still in the “to do” stage

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 28tth (This is a changed date!!!) at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. The council recently voted to provide a $1000 gift to support the Ball. Additionally they have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event as well as potential speakersIf you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com. Thanks for your help.  Also, please plan on attending.  What a wonderful way to support our current midshipmen and their families.

Our web site has posted information on travel and lodging at the 2020 Navy Notre Dame game in Ireland.  John Adams went last time and says the experience is great.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.

Mike

Beat Army and Air Force


July President’s Update

Posted: 7/3/2019

The July meeting will be on July 10 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30. Fred McDavitt. A close friend of Doug Bomarito will present an Early History of PBRs in Viet Nam.  There will be a 30 to 40-minute video followed by a presentation by Fred.  If you need to leave before the presentation is over, not a problem as the luncheon will go past 1:30.  You do not want to miss this.

We continue to plan for this year’s August Chapter picnic.  The Picnic will be August 3 from noon to 4PM in the afternoon at the same waterfront park in Washougal WA as last year with the same pricing ($20 per adult, $10 for ages 8-12, and under 8 free- max for a family $60).  More detailed information, including a signup list, is posted on our website. http://oregon.usnachapters.net/  Because of the recent donations we will hold a silent auction at the picnic.  IF anyone has USNA “stuff” they would like to enter into the auction.

As our chapter covers a large area, most alumni do not have a chance to attend many if not all of our gatherings.  We would like to expand our activities to include some regional activities such as occasional happy hours or other gatherings.  If anyone would like to set up an alumni event let me know and I will send you the names/emails of the alumni in your regional area.  There are many alumni in some of the cities in Oregon that are a way from Portland.  Examples include:

Bend 28 alumni

Salem 28 alumni

Vancouver 32 alumni

Eugene/Corvallis 38 alumni

I will be attempting to set up a periodic USNA happy hour for the 36 alumni in Lake Oswego. Still in the “to do” stage

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 21 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. The council recently voted to provide a $1000 gift to support the Ball. Additionally they have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event.  They are over ½ way to their goal of $11000.  If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com. Thanks for your help.  Also, please plan on attending.  What a wonderful way to support our current midshipmen and their families.

Our web site has posted information on travel and lodging at the 2020 Navy Notre Dame game in Ireland.  John Adams went last time and says the experience is great.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.

 

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.


IMPORTANT INFO!!! Navy-Notre Dame 2020 in Dublin

Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, 29 August 2020!
Join us in Dublin!
There have been many questions regarding flights, hotels and, of course, game tickets. This email is to answer some of those questions and to encourage you to purchase a package today.

Packages: There are a variety of travel packages to choose from. You can choose from 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels as well as a selection of itineraries. For those who want to travel Ireland on your own, a great option is to purchase the 3 Day Dublin package. This package surrounds the days of the game so that you’ll be in the heart of the game festivities. It also guarantees your hotel room and game ticket while providing you free time before and/or after the game to explore on your own.

Tickets: Currently, all game tickets are owned by the promotor of the game – Anthony Travel. This is different from the past two trips to Dublin. This means the only way to guarantee a game ticket now is by purchasing a travel package at www.navy2ireland.com Seats are being assigned on a first come/first served basis – the earlier you purchase your package, the more likely you’ll be able to get your seat preference. Individual game tickets are expected to go on sale early 2020. If you wait, be sure you are able to get a flight and hotel. In 2012, tickets sold out in two hours.

Hotels & Flights: Thousands of Navy and Notre Dame fans will be flying to Dublin at approximately the same time. This is huge pressure on the airlines and hotels in the area. We have put a hold on hotel rooms for those purchasing travel packages. However, airfare is not included in travel packages. Commercial flights generally do not become available to the public until 11 months prior to departure. Anthony Travel will partner with Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national flag airline carrier, and potentially other carriers, to provide exclusive flight options from key cities prior to them going on sale to the general public. Priority will be provided to those that have already purchased a package.

Events: Planning for events prior to the game is still underway and details will be provided once confirmed. Please check for updates at www.usna.com/ireland as events will be added.

Should you have any questions regarding travel packages or game activity, please contact Noreen Frenaye at Noreen.frenaye@usna.com.

Go Navy! Beat Notre Dame!


June President’s Update

Posted: 6/2/2019

The June meeting will be on June 12 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30.   The meeting will feature both myself and Doug Ballard giving an update from our recent trip to the academy.  Additionally, I will go over the new alumni association web page so people know what the capabilities are and how to access them.  We will also start signups for the August picnic-see below.

Once again, we are honored to have a contribution from a daughter of an alumni who has passed on.  Jane Johnson Jones, daughter of Carl Arthur Johnson, USNA 1929 is giving us a set of Gorham Elegant China, 5 cups and saucers and five soup bowls and plates all with the Academy Seal on them.  I intend to have a silent auction at our Picnic in August.

The July meeting on July 10 will be a special treat. Fred McDavitt. A close friend of Doug Bomarito will present an Early History of PBRs in Viet Nam.  There will be a 30 to 40-minute video followed by a presentation by Fred.  If you need to leave before the presentation is over, not a problem as the luncheon will go past 1:30.  You do not want to miss this.

We continue to plan for this year’s August Chapter picnic.  The Picnic will be August 3 from noon to 4PM in the afternoon at the same waterfront park in Washougal WA as last year with the same pricing ($20 per adult, $10 for ages 8-12, and under 8 free- max for a family $60).  More detailed information is posted on our website.

June 9 will be the annual Plebe (class of 2023) going away picnic at the Marjorie Stewart Community Center in Sherwood. It is a nice time to meet the incoming class and their parents Michael Seiwald and Bruce Thompson will be the 1973 representatives for the ALITC.  Thanks to both.

As our chapter covers a large area, most alumni do not have a chance to attend many if not all of our gatherings.  We would like to expand our activities to include some regional activities such as occasional happy hours or other gatherings.  If anyone would like to set up an alumni event let me know and I will send you the names/emails of the alumni in your regional area.  There are many alumni in some of the cities in Oregon that are a way from Portland.  Examples include:

Bend 28 alumni
Salem 28 alumni
Vancouver 32 alumni
Eugene/Corvallis 38 alumni

I will be attempting to set up a periodic USNA happy hour for the 36 alumni in Lake Oswego.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 21 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. The council recently voted to provide a $1000 gift to support the Ball. Additionally they have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event.  They are over ½ way to their goal of $11000.  If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com. Thanks for your help.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect gift.  See Frank Swientek.

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.

Mike


May President’s Message

Posted: 5/1/2019

The May meeting will be on May 8 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30.   The meeting will feature CDR Balderson Commanding Officer of the NOSC (formerly the (Naval Reserve Center in Portland)

The July meeting on July 10 will be a special treat. Fred McDavitt. A close friend of Doug Bomarito will present an Early History of PBRs in Viet Nam.  There will be a 30 to 40-minute video followed by a presentation by Fred.  If you need to leave before the presentation is over, not a problem as the luncheon will go past 1:30.  You do not want to miss this.

We continue to plan for this year’s August Chapter picnic.  The Picnic will be August 3 in the afternoon at the same waterfront park in Washougal WA as last year.

There are lots of interesting activities coming up in the next several months.

On May 14 Sunset High School is hosting a Veterans Appreciation day.   On May 22 Aloha will host a Veterans Appreciation day.  These are wonderful chances to talk to students about USNA, and the military.  I would strongly recommend your participation.  This is one of the most meaningful activities an alumni can participate in.  To participate please contact Tim Meyers at dudleyolive@comcast.net.

June 9  at 1400 will be the annual Plebe (class of 2023) going away picnic at Marjorie Stewart Community Center in Sherwood. It is a nice time to meet the incoming class and their parents.  Class of 1973, who would like to represent your class as the ALITC? Please let me know.

In May I will be traveling back to Annapolis for the annual Chapter President meeting.  Doug Ballard, our Foundation Trustee will be traveling back also for the Trustee meeting.  We both should have good update information in June on what is happening at the Boat School.

As our chapter covers a large area, most alumni do not have a chance to attend many if not all of our gatherings.  We would like to expand our activities to include some regional activities such as occasional happy hours or other gatherings.  If anyone would like to set up an alumni event let me know and I will send you the names/emails of the alumni in your regional area.  There are many alumni in some of the cities in Oregon that are a ways from Portland.  Examples include:

Bend 28 alumni

Salem 28 alumni

Vancouver 32 alumni

Eugene/Corvallis 38 alumni

I will be attempting to set up a periodic USNA happy hour for the 36 alumni in Lake Oswego.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 21 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville.  They have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event.  If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect  gift.  See Frank Swientek.

 

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.


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