President's Corner

March 2019

From your president, Bonnie Potter:                 

I am sorry to report that long time Navy League life member Wayne Summers passed away on January 18, 2019 after a long illness. Please keep his wife Delores, also a longtime life member in your thoughts and prayers. You will find his obituary in the March-April Newsletter which includes information about the Celebration of His Life.

Our Council has a lot going on in support of the sea services and our youth programs. On February 16th the USS Tulsa was commissioned in San Francisco, and March 2 marked the commissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward, both events that we supported with a $250 donation each. They were wonderful ceremonies and our support was greatly appreciated. I was delighted to sit and chat with Robert Ward’s son and grandson at the Ward ceremony! On March 10th the Sacramento Sea Cadets and Training Ship California will hold their annual inspection and on behalf of our Council, Aaron Lonquist will present Theodore Roosevelt awards to the Sea Cadet of the Year and the Navy League Cadet of the Year. He will present Theodore Roosevelt awards to the Sea Cadet of the Year and Navy League Cadet of the Year on March 24th when the Matthew Axelson Division and Training Ship Randy Goodman have their annual inspection.

Our March 18th dinner meeting will focus on the youth programs that we support, and we will have leadership and cadets from both of our Sea Cadet units, and Luther Burbank NJROTC, and the OIC/AOIC and midshipmen from California Maritime Academy. We will also have kids from EV Cain present demonstrations of the robotic kits that they obtained and built with our support.

On March 26th we will once again staff a polling location for the upcoming special election. This is a great fund-raising opportunity for us, and I thank Don Anderson for serving as the Judge, and Mona Anderson, August Anema, Becky and Tom Dunavent, Roberta McGuinn, Aaron Lonquist, Carol Ann Hackley, Marlow Skar, Janelle Kershaw, Liz Marrin and Don and Nancy Goard for serving as clerks.

The Pacific Central Region Meeting will be held here in Auburn on April 26-27th at the Douglas Van Howd studio. Meeting details can be found on Page 7 of the Newsletter. I appreciate all the work done by Don and Mona Anderson in planning the event.

April will see the end of the school year for the students at the California Maritime Academy. CMA is preparing for spring Commencement for the Class of 2019, and the Commissioning and Awards Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, May 4th. Don Goard, on behalf of our Council will present the John Paul Jones Award to honor the graduating midshipman choosing active duty service who emulates the qualities of a naval officer as described by John Paul Jones.

May 2nd is the Big Day of Giving, and this is the third year that our Council will participate in this huge fund-raising event. Donations are put towards our Sea Cadet units and this year we have increased our financial support to both the Sacramento Division and the Matthew Axelson Division of the Sea Cadet thanks to your generosity last year. I hope you will visit and schedule your donations for Placer County Navy League and other charities of your choice.  Thank you, Alicia Wilbur, for being our Team Captain!

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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