Our monthly luncheons will resume this month on Thursday 20 October at Noon at the Summit Club (20th Floor 1301 Gervais Street). Our speaker this month will be our own Bill Andress '61 who will provide an Update on the Darfur Crisis and South Sudan. Much has happened since Bill last spoke to our group. South Sudan gained its independence earlier this year. Bill will provide his perspective on what independence means to the country and how things have changed based on his frequent trips to the region on behalf of the Darfur Action Group of SC, which he heads. Please plan to join us for this special event. Helping Darfur has been Bill's passion for many years, and he epitomizes the positive role USNA grads play in this world, both during and after their active service to the country.
Please RSVP for the October luncheon. We need to tell the Summit Club how many will be there. Now, this is important. We will have a different meal format where you will choose from two entrees upon arrival and the food will be brought to the table. We are doing this to keep the cost of the lunches level and to help with logistics. The Club can no longer offer our group the buffet for the same price. Lunch will include the entree of your choice, vegetables, salad and dessert.
Since this is our first luncheon of the school year, we collect annual dues ($25) as well as the cost of lunch ($15). You can bring cash or a check payable to USNAA - Midlands to cover both. The Board of Directors has been contributing some of our surplus funds to support rising high school seniors in the "Summer Seminar" program at the Academy.
For those of you who missed it, the Reception for the Supe on 16 September was a great success. Thanks, Mike!! You can see photos from the event on our website (see below article), which is maintained by Ed Tilden '71. We have dozens of photos and another page with photos from the game on the 17th which Navy almost won.
For Mike Kehoe and the entire Board, I want to extend a big Thank You to Perry Ramicone '83 for his many years of service as treasurer of our Midlands Chapter. We talked him into upping for one more year, but it's time for him to get a break. Perry's responsible stewardship has taken our treasury from just a few hundred $s to over $1200. We're looking for another member to take over Perry's duties. If you are interested or have questions about the treasurer's work, contact Mike Kehoe, our president, or Perry (email addresses are in this message) and they can give you a call. And thanks to James Fowles '82 for setting us up with the Summit Club through his membership.
If you want to serve on the Board, please let Mike know and he'll sign you up asap. Serving with our Board is easy, low-maintenance, fun, and a great way to develop new friendships. So think about it and let us know if you're interested and available. And if you are a new member (including your spouse) without a nametag, let Katie Hirsch know (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can order one for you.
We are always in search of speakers. If you are interested in speaking at any of our luncheons or know someone who would be an interesting guest, please let me know. We give preference to members, of course, and are always looking for new faces and ideas.
For those new to our Midlands alumni family, we try to keep the correspondence to a minimum each month. Check our website, or call me if you have questions. We will have regular luncheons this year at the Summit Club on 20 Oct, 17 Nov, 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 15 Mar & 19 Apr. We will have Socials in Mid-December and late May at members' homes. If you would like to host either of those events, please let me know.
For all of us on the Board, thanks for your attention. We hope to see you on the 20th.
Tim Kana '71, Program Chair
Friday Evening, September 16, 2011: Reception dinner party for the USNA Superintendent
Our Alumni Association chapter hosted a formal dinner at the Summit Club on 16 September, the night before Navy beats USC. Our guest of honor was the Superintendent of the Naval Academy, VADM Michael H. Miller '74. Accompanying him were Commandant Bob Clark '84, Dr. Andrew Phillips, Provost and Academic Dean, and Chet Gladchuk, Director of Athletics.
The "Supe" spoke enthusiastically about the mission and accomplishments of the Academy and our midshipmen. USNA is at the top of the lists among all service academies and in the top tier of just about any category of US colleges and universities. USNA's reputation continues to grow, and Admiral Miller thanked our alumni families for helping sustain excellence at the Academy. Chet Gladchuk also spoke of the "winning" attitude our mids bring to every event. "They might be out-weighed, but they won't be out-played".
We also were honored to have a big contingent of National Alumni Association staff, including CEO Byron Marchant, who gave an inspirational talk. Skid Heyworth (Alumni Assoc Exec VP) and his wife, Maria, joined us along with Kristin Yale, Chapter Support Coordinator and Tonya White, Communications Coordinator.
SC was well represented at the event. Congressman Joe Wilson, 3rd District - Lexington, came as a guest of Monty Felix '70, along with SC Attorney General, Alan Wilson. And Ike McLeese, President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce attended with his wife, Sue.
Needless to say, our 75 +attendees were delighted to have so many USNA leaders join us for the evening. It takes a special event (or an away event!) to get folks of this caliber in the room at the same time given busy schedules. We all know that they came together with us last night for both reasons. They were away at a special event.
Our thanks to Mike Kehoe '71, who organized the dinner and served as MC and host.
Saturday Afternoon, September 17, 2011: Navy Tailgate Party
The Naval Academy Parent's Club of South Carolina hosted the tailgate inside the SC National Guard Armory, 1225 Bluff Road, across the street from Williams Brice Stadium.
Saturday Evening, September 17, 2011: Navy @ South Carolina Football Game
Navy fought valiantly against the #10 ranked USC Gamecocks, but lost the contest 24-21.
Our 2010 USNA
Summer Seminar student visits during the
Our chapter sponsored Jameece
Jenkins, a senior at Eau Claire High School at the Academy's summer seminar this
last summer. Jameece has participated in the NJROTC program since her freshman
year, and was the cadet CO as a junior. She plays softball and tennis, and after
her great summer seminar at USNA is planning on applying for admission with the
class of 2015.