President's Corner

January 2019

From your president, Bonnie Potter:                 

As you know, the Navy League has three missions: to enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families; to inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services; and to support youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Junior ROTC that expose young people to the values of our sea services. The Placer County Council has been doing more than most councils to support those mission areas for over 60 years!! 

As I look back on our accomplishments for 2018, I am delighted that we had the resources to do so much thanks to those of you who continued your Navy League membership (we get a rebate from National for each Placer Council member), purchased tickets at our monthly dinner meetings, purchased tickets for our special Gold Bag Raffle, bid on our silent auction and who made financial donations to our Council, either directly or through Wreaths Across America or the Big Day of Giving. We also appreciate the support of our three Community Affiliates, First Foundation Bank (previously Community 1st Bank), TGH Aviation and Chapel of the Hills. Thank you all so very, very much!! Because of your support this past year we were able to make awards to the Sacramento Division of the Sea Cadets, and Training Ship California, the Yuba Sutter Matthew Axelson Division of the Sea Cadets, and Randy Goodman Training Ship, the Sailors of the Quarter and Year from the USS McCampbell, and Sailors from the Health Clinic at Fallon Naval Air Station. We awarded scholarships to Matthew Axelson Cadets and supported a Sacramento Sea Cadet who lost almost everything he owned in the Camp Fire. We also awarded $100 each to the Midshipmen of the Month at California Maritime Academy, and presented a Navy sword at graduation to the John Paul Jones Award recipient. In addition we supported the Luther Burbank NJROTC Program, and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs at local schools. We made donations to support the commissioning of the USS Tulsa and the USCG Cutter Robert Ward. We also made donations to the Auburn Veterans Day Parade, the 4th of July Parade, the Lincoln Veterans Memorial and the Placer County STEM Exposition. The Touch of Home volunteers mailed 106 packages to troops deployed around the world, and we supported Wreaths Across America with the purchase of over 200 wreaths for the two Auburn cemeteries. Thanks to the attendees of our annual Christmas Party, we donated a huge pile of toys for distribution by the Salvation Army to kids in our local community. We had several members involved in educating the public and our local elected representatives about the importance of our sea services, and we also worked with the other area Veterans organizations in planning wonderful Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies, and we participated in the Fourth of July parade, the Veterans Day parade, and the Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony. Given our accomplishments, I’d say that all of us, as Placer County Council members have much to be proud of this past year!! Thank you so very much for your support of our Council and our many activities! 

This past year we enjoyed fabulous food at our monthly meetings thanks to our caterer, Lisa Bloom. She has made a decision to move out of the area, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts and wish her “Fair Winds and Following Seas” as she continues her journey in a new area. We welcome our new caterer, Chef Jan of Catering by Design, and we look forward to working with her. To avoid having to pay for meals for those who are “no-shows” at our dinner meetings, I really need to know of any cancelations no later than Sunday afternoon. We understand that your circumstances may unexpectedly change after you have made your reservation, so please call me at 530-823-2820 if you must change your dinner reservation status! 

As always, let us remember the courageous men and women who put their lives in harm’s way every day, whether at home or abroad, in defense of our freedom. I wish each of you a very happy and healthy 2019.

Bonnie Potter




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