President's Corner

May 2019

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. On Monday, May 27th we will once again participate with our local veterans’ organizations in paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the United States and the principles upon which America was founded. The main ceremony will take place at 9:00 AM at the War Memorial at the New Auburn Cemetery. Our Council always provides a wreath made by O’Shea’s Florist for the New Auburn cemetery, and flowers for the Gold Star family members in attendance. I hope you will join me on this important day to show our respect for all our fallen service men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our country and our freedoms. Following the primary ceremony, brief ceremonies with a wreath-laying and the rendering of honors will follow at the Old Auburn Cemetery (170 Fulweiler, Auburn) at 10:00 AM, the Newcastle Cemetery (850 Taylor Rd, Newcastle) at 11:00 and the Maidu Indian Burial Ground (corner of Maidu Rd and Wildwood Dr in Auburn) at Noon.

Our speaker this month is Joe Scheimer who speak on his experience in Laos during the Vietnam War. In June we will hear from Ken Dwelle who will speak about the history and restoration of the Hawker Sea Fury aircraft that Tom Dwelle flew in the Reno Air Races.

Our Council hosted the Pacific Central Region Meeting on April 26-27th. Thanks to Don and Mona Anderson who offered to plan the meeting, we had a truly outstanding meeting in all respects. We started with a tour of the DeWitt Museum and then held a Meet and Greet at Van Howd’s studio. Everyone enjoyed an opportunity to view the art and hear from Doug and Nancy. The meeting was also held at the studio and our guest speaker was Captain Sam Pecota, the master of California Maritime Academy’s Training Ship Golden Bear. He gave an outstanding presentation about the past, present and future of the maritime services. We also had a chance to hear from the Navy League National President elect, Bill Stevenson III, who will officially take office at the National Convention in June. Carol Ann Hackley served as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Don Anderson has been nominated to be our Northern California Area President and I have once again been nominated to be a National Director.

The Big Day of Giving was held on Thursday, May 2nd and I appreciate the members who made donations totaling over $1700 to support our youth programs, which include two Sea Cadet units, the Luther Burbank Navy Junior ROTC program and the Midshipmen at the California Maritime Academy. Thank you donors!

On May 4th, Don Goard attended the California Maritime Academy Commissioning and Awards ceremony. On behalf of our Council he presented the John Paul Jones Award, which is a Navy sword, to Ensign Tyller Byrom, who will become a surface warfare officer. Congratulations Ensign Byrom!

Last year our Council signed an agreement with AirMedCare Network to offer our Council members air ambulance memberships, which includes CALSTAR and REACH air ambulance services, at a discounted rate. Our Plan Code is 13565-CA-BUS which you should provide when you renew your membership in order to get the discount. For more information on AirMedCare memberships, please visit or contact Sonja Conklin at 530-648-6455.

On June 4th our Council will be staffing an election polling place in Roseville from 6 AM to 9 PM as a Council fundraiser. Thank you Don Anderson, August Anema, Marlowe Skar, Roberta McGuinn, Aaron Lonquist, Mona Anderson, Carol Ann Hackley, Janelle Kershaw, Liz Marrin, Becky Dunavent, Tom Dunavent, Don Goard, and Nancy Goard for volunteering!

And, as always, let us remember the courageous men and women of all our Services who put their lives in harms way every day, whether at home or abroad, in defense of our freedom. And let us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day.

I wish you all happy, healthy and bright sunny days!

Bonnie Potter, President



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