August - September 2018 President’s Message, from your president, Bonnie Potter:
The past few months have been hard on our Navy League family. We lost Don Goard’s mother and Navy League member, Alma Goard, on June 7th, Fran Ferry’s wife Genevieve on July 6th, and Life Member Rose Hoeper on July 14th. Both Alma and Rose were regular attendees of our monthly dinner meetings, and a private family memorial was held on what would have been Fran and Gen’s 75th wedding anniversary. Please keep their families in your prayers.
On the 4th of July, we participated in the Auburn 4th of July parade!! My sincere thanks to Mike Holmes for working with Dave Brown who brought his classic Cadillac “Baby”, and to Aaron Lonquist for bringing his son-in-law with his bright red deuce and a half truck. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us in celebrating our nation’s birthday!
On July 18th, in conjunction with Sacramento Navy Week, we hosted a free dessert social and speaker. Rear Admiral Scott Jones gave an outstanding presentation on the Navy the Nation Needs! We hope to have him back to speak at a regular dinner meeting. The following day, Naval Health Clinic Lemoore held a ceremony to celebrate their 50th Anniversary! We were represented by Don and Mona Anderson, which was greatly appreciated by the clinic CO and staff.
As you know, we usually have our Member Appreciation Potluck in August, but since we held it in June this year, we had a regular dinner meeting in August with our speaker being Suzi Vinci, the Placer County Veterans Service Officer. This month our speaker is Steve Wilson from the California Office of Veterans Affairs.
The Annual Pacific Central Region Coast Guard Awards Luncheon was held on Friday, August 24th. Thank you Don and Mona for representing our Council. Thirteen members of the Coast Guard were recognized and attendees heard from RADM Pete Gautier, the Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, which includes almost 50 units and over 2300 active duty, reserve, and civilian employees.
Several years ago Congress set aside the third Friday of September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. At our September dinner meeting, we will have a special table set up to honor our comrades who are still missing.
The California Capital Airshow is happening at Mather Airport in Sacramento on September 21, 22 and 23 and will feature the world famous US Air Force Thunderbirds. Information and tickets can be obtained at https://californiacapitalairshow.com. The 2018 Airshow will celebrate 100 years of Mather Airport by bringing back ‘Airshow After Dark’ on Friday, September 21st! And of course, San Francisco Fleet Week will be held October 1 – 8, 2018 and will feature the Navy Blue Angels! Information is available at https://fleetweeksf.org.
As always, let us remember the courageous men and women of our Sea Services who put their lives in harm’s way every day, whether at home or abroad, in defense of our freedom. And September is National Preparedness month and with the wildfires burning in northern California, it is a reminder to all of us to think about our state of preparedness for a potential disaster!
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