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The emblem of the Navy Club of the United States of America is a ship's wheel, superimposed upon crossed anchors. In the center is the world, surmounted by the American eagle with wings outstretched protectively. These symbols, you will readily recognize, including parts of the emblem of the three great organizations with which each of us has served - - the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard. We are bonded together to further, encourage, promote and maintain comradeship among our members - - - a comradeship that was held firmly by the anchors of friendship during the great wars and peace.
February 16, 2015
Sad news today as we received word that Gordy Marohl Ship 1 was called home to be with other members by our Lord. Gordy was very quick witted and always had a story or joke to offer. Gordy became a Navy Club member in 1967 and served his Ship 1, Illlinois Squadron and several jobs on the National level. Gordy will be missed.
Mark Swiecichowski our NES has been working hard on his monthly newsletter and reviewing which of our members need to receive a second dues notice. Please make sure to get all members of you ship entered in the membeship database renewals for 2014-2015. We are now working to get the Associate members addresses updated so we can send along dues notices for them. It is very important to get all members to renew their membership. It is also very important to update and maintain you members/associates addresses as current and legal USPS addresses so we may contact them. We have fifteen ships with assoicate members which is about half of the fleet so it is imperative to get these memberships renewed. Also our new Junior Executive Officer is working with our NES to make sure all ships and squadrons have received ways and means tickets. It is also important to sell these tickets and provide additional tickets for our members to sell. Remember we need to sell about 800 tickets to support our ways and means awards program.
On another note if you haven't heard we have started monthly national staff meetings (Still trying to get every month) which are telephone conference sessions. We discuss iitems of interest or cover works which cannot waait for one of the officially called quarterly attendance meetings. These meetings are open to all ships, officers, and members. The access number is 1-857-232-0155 conference code 651011 follow prompts,.so if you want to participate of just listen in on our meeting the next meeting will take place on March 9, 2015 @ 2000 (EST). Agenda items will be the executive approval of PNC and life time members, preamble wording and other items.
More important notes Mark Swiecichowski NES send a letter and check to our first annual Del Jackson PNC ROY award winner for community service to YM1 Mindy Murphy project New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Their were several nominee proejcts which were also worthy.
We had problems with our ways and means tickets due to the illness of our Junior Executive Officer. He resigned and then accepted another position on our National Staff. Nellie DeBaker is our new Junior Executive Officer and is currently working with our National Executive Officer Mark Swiecichowski to get tickets out to our ships Squadrons and Officers. Please remember we need to sell at least 700 tickets to fund our Ways and Means program of presenting awards to USN Recruit Training Commands Military Excellence Award recipient on a weekly basis, our Technical Support Command monthly student and Instructors, and our Coast Guard Awards. These programs are the fundamental basis of what the Navy Club has been providing since 1975. It is important for our image and the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard to continue funding these programs.
We had a wonderful Recruiter of the Year program (ROY) in Washington D.C. in January 2015. We presented thirteen awards to the top recruiters, meet with the United States Navy Recruiting Command leadership and with other United States Navy Command staff from Washington D.C. Mark Swiecichowski our NES did an outstanding job of obtaining lodging, setting up the ROY program and Luncheon at our new location at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn in Arlington, VA. I’m sure Mark will provide excellent photographs for new monthly NES Newsletter and the next issue of the Quarterdeck.
Senior Chief Roger Schulrud, Mark Swiecichowski NES and I attended the USNRTC graduation on 6 February 2015. We had a wonderful experience again enjoying the review of 1118 USN graduates into the Fleet. We presented our Military Excellence Award to a very smart SR who we think we do very important things in and for the United States Navy in years to come.
Also remember we have our National staff meeting and USNRTC graduation on 24 April 2015. Again we will have the staff meeting at 1800 at the Ramada Inn on Green Bay Road in Waukegan, IL. Please come join the National Staff and Navy Club members and enjoy the Graduation and bring your ideas or comments to the National Staff.
Our National Convention scheduled for Pittsburgh is in full swing to offer a great location and venues for our members and staff to enjoy. The date has changed due to scheduling conflicts in Pittsburgh, so the dates are 24-28 June 2015. For Navy Club members interested in a baseball game, Jim has arranged for us to attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game on Wednesday evening. So if you want to arrive a day early, please sign up for the game on your registration form.
Our National Staff is working hard to improve and lead our Navy Club through this tough cruise. Remember this is our Navy Club so please help out. Ask a fellow Coast Guard, Marine or Navy active or reserve duty or Veteran to join the Navy Club. If your ship has associate members ask a fellow Air Force, Army or National Guard veteran to join.
Just think what we could do if everyone recruited just ONE new member and our ships resigned all delinquent members. We would be off and running again to do more important and wonderful things for our members and our Marines, Coast Guard and Navy! Remember to look for new ideas and ways to recruit members to join the Navy Club. Also asked former members why they have not renewed their membership. Resolve issues and make these members welcome.
If you have questions or concerns please contact me or our NES. We will do everything possible to help or assist you.
Smooth Sailing and calm seas,