President's Corner

June 2020

From your president, Bonnie Potter:

I hope everyone in our Navy League family continues to remain healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although things are beginning to open up in Placer County, we are still not allowed to use the Veterans Hall, so we will not be able to have a Navy League dinner meeting in June. The Board of Directors met this week by telephone conference call, so Placer County Navy League business is being taken care of!  If you need any assistance or hear of any of our members becoming ill or having problems, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 

Our sincere thanks to all of you who donated to the Placer County Navy League during the Big Day of Giving. Thanks to your generosity we were able to raise over $3,000 to support our youth programs. We currently support two Sea Cadet Units: the Sacramento Sea Cadets and the Yuba Sutter Matthew Axelson Sea Cadets. These two units include almost 200 cadets. Each year cadets have the opportunity to attend summer training, which many cannot afford. The donations will be put into our scholarship fund to assist Sea Cadets and Navy League cadets with the cost of attending training. Our goal is to provide training opportunities for any cadet who wishes to attend, and your donation will assist us in achieving that goal. Thank you again for supporting our youth programs.

The Placer County Navy League has been a sponsor of the USS McCampbell since commissioning. The U.S. Navy’s seventh Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyer proudly bears the name of Captain David S. McCampbell, United States Navy, and the Navy’s all-time leading ace with 34 aerial victories during WWII.  "Ace of Aces" is the dramatic David McCampbell story, complemented by stunning vintage World War II film footage and punctuated with Captain McCampbell's own words, recorded for the U.S. Naval Institute's Oral History program. In this professionally produced video, McCampbell's candor makes the story of the U.S. Navy's all-time top fighter ace come alive, from his boyhood and early naval career to his 34 career kills and earning the Medal of Honor for his valor at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. So climb into the cockpit with this extraordinary naval aviator for a memorable flight back in time. Click on the following link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx-c0BpFbSU.

The Naval Branch Health Clinic in Fallon held a Change of Charge ceremony on Friday, June 5, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we were unable to attend the ceremony because the base has a 14-day quarantine requirement. Congratulations to the outgoing Officer in Charge, LCDR Renardis Banks. She has done an outstanding job as OIC and is an inspirational leader and role model. The Placer County Council awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation and a Council Challenge Coin as a small token of appreciation for her outstanding service. We extend a warm welcome to CDR Kim Oelschlager as she takes over as the Officer in Charge.

It is really difficult to be a caterer when all events that you were lined up to cater have been cancelled. Chef Jan has done an outstanding job as our Placer County Council dinner meeting caterer, but we have not been able to have a meeting since February. We all hope that we can resume our meetings in the near future, but it depends on when the County will authorize use of the Veterans Memorial Hall. To stay in business, Chef Jan has turned her commercial kitchen in Rocklin into a lunch café on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  I know you want to support Chef Jan, so please visit her website at https://cateringbydesignrocklin.com/ and check out her menu!!

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