President's Corner

August 2019

I am very sad to report that we recently lost one of our members. George “Pappy” Apostolos passed away in July after a brief illness. Please keep Marilyn and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers.

In June I attended the Navy League National Convention held in Norfolk, Virginia and I am pleased to report that once again we were selected for an Outstanding Council Award. We were recognized because we are so active in supporting our adopted units, and youth groups, and in community outreach and legislative affairs. We have a great board of directors who work well together to plan and execute our activities and events.  Congratulations to all of us in the Placer County Council for all that we do in support of the Navy League mission! We also received a Silver Mackie Award for our 2018 newsletter, the Ship’s Bell. Congratulations Alicia Wilbur on doing such an outstanding job as our editor for so many years! And finally, we received a Bronze Mackie Award for our website,

On June 28th, Don and Mona Anderson presented three awards at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Fallon, NV. We adopted the clinic 11 years ago and we present Sailor of the Quarter awards and Civilian of the Quarter awards.  Congratulations to Sailors of the Quarter Hospital Corpsman First Class (FMF/SW) Brian Swatsenbarg, and Hosptal Corpsman First Class (FMF) Steven Dacre and Junior Civilian of the Quarter Daniel Osborn.

On July 19th Don and Mona attended the Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony at Naval Health Clinic Lemoore, which is the parent command to the Branch Clinic at Fallon. We congratulate Captain Kristen Atterbury for her successful command tour and wish her Fair Winds and Following Seas in retirement. Welcome aboard Captain David Breier and we congratulate you on assuming command!

On the 4th of July, we participated in the Auburn 4th of July parade and we were also a parade sponsor!! My sincere thanks to Mike Holmes for working with Dave Brown who brought his classic Cadillac convertible “Baby”. Thanks also to everyone who celebrated our nation’s birthday!

We are holding our annual “potluck picnic” in August. We will meet on August 19th, which is our usual 3rd Monday, at our usual meeting time (social hour 5:30, dinner at 6:30), in our usual location, the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall. The Council will provide hamburgers and hotdogs, so our telephone tree callers will call you as we need a head count to know how many burgers to buy. Those with last names A thru L should bring a salad or side dish to share and M thru Z should bring a dessert to share. There will be no speaker … just good food/drinks and fellowship.

There will be a special election on August 27th and once again we will be staffing a polling location as a fund raiser for our council.

As always, let us remember the courageous men and women of our Sea Services and other uniformed services who put their lives in harm’s way every day, whether at home or abroad, in defense of our freedom.

Bonnie Potter, President



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