President's Corner

April-May 2018 President’s Message, from your president, Bonnie Potter:

It is almost the end of the school year for the students at the California Maritime Academy. CMA is preparing for spring Commencement for the Class of 2018, which will be held on Saturday, April 28th. 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 3rd will be the Big Day of Giving, and this is the second year that our Council will participate in this huge fund-raising event. Last we raised $1300 in donations for our Sea Cadet Scholarship Fund, and we were able to send several Yuba Sutter Sea Cadets to training, thanks to your generosity. I hope that this year we will surpass what we raised last year. Please 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!

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. On Monday, May 28th we will once again participate with our local veterans organizations in paying tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price to defend 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, 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 of our fallen service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice 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.

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.

As a reminder, we must let our caterer know how many meals to prepare for our monthly dinner meeting, so we will continue to have our telephone tree members call or email you to find out if you will be attending. We understand that your circumstances may unexpectedly change after you have responded, so please call me at 530-823-2820 if you must cancel your dinner reservation!! If you say you will attend, but fail to show up, we still have to pay for your dinner. I try to keep the calling lists up to date, so if your telephone number or email address changes, or you are not being contacted, and you want to attend, please let me know that as well.

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.

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


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