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Seattle Base member Ken Murray had surgery last week to remove a brain tumor.

The surgery went well and Ken is currently recovering.

Please keep Ken in your thoughts and prayers during his recovery, and cards would be appreciated.

.


Shipmates,

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, November 19. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.

This is our last meeting of 2014. In December we will hold our holiday luncheon at the Meydenbaur Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue. You can find a copy of the registration form in the most recent issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood newsletter on page 11 or at this link. Don’t forget to get your registration form in before November 20.
Angus McDonald at the Tolling the Boats ceremony
Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker, Mrs. Rebecca Harrison, had to cancel her trip. However, Seattle Base member Captain Angus McDonald has agreed to step up and offer us a glimpse of his long and distinguished career as a US Submarine Commander followed by his service in the Pentagon and Pearl Harbor. We know you will want to hear Captain McDonald's account of US Submarine history during the years from 1951-1967 and beyond.

USSVI Seattle Base Commander
Dick Gonzales


It was a beautiful day for the Auburn Veterans Day Parade. The morning fog burned off well before the start time and it was warm out (unless you were sitting in the shade). We had a good turnout for the parade with members from Seattle, Bremerton, South Sound Bases, and Silent Service Motorcycle Club showing up. The crowd was enthusiastic and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Here are some photos from the event.

This year we took the group photo before the parade and it was lot easier to get everyone together
Because we have to get in place early, there was plenty of time to talk with everyone before the parade.
Bonefish float before the parade.
Some pre-parade chatter.
SSMC comparing notes about their bikes
Getting closer to parade time
Our newest Submariner Wife Marilyn Harper
Riders aboard the Seattle Base float
Other groups were getting ready too.
U.S. Army Color Guard and state flag group lining up.
Gold Star families
Then it was time for the parade to start.
A helicopter fly-over kicks off the parade
Bremerton Base led off the SubVet group
Then the Bonefish float
Followed by SubVets on foot
Then the Seattle Base float
With the SSMC bring up the rear
Here are a couple photos of the crowd along Auburn's Main Street.

Thanks to everyone that came out for the parade!


 Auburn Veterans Day Parade 

Saturday, November 8th, is the Auburn Parade Veterans Day. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965 and the parade has grown into one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States.

Seattle Base is joining members from Silent Service Motorcycle Club, Bremerton Base, and South Sound Base. In addition to the Bonefish and Seattle Base floats, there will be a couple cars for people to ride in. There is plenty of parking available at the parking garage on 2nd St. in Auburn (near the Transit Center). Check-in starts at 9:30 and we expect to meet at the staging area near L St. SE and Main St by 10:00 AM. The parade starts at 11:00.

There are lots of other events going on in and around Auburn, be sure to check the Auburn website for more information about the other events.

Tahoma National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony 
For those of you not participating in other events on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11th, plan on attending the Veterans Day ceremony at Tahoma Cemetery at 11:00. Be a member of the Color Guard, or be a spectator and enjoy meeting other Veterans and grateful civilians. We need 4 sub vets to carry the flags, contact Karl 'Dutch' Kromholz if you would like to help out.

The Keynote Speaker for the ceremony will be Col. Anthony J. Davit, Commander 627th ABG, JBLM. The main speaker will be State Rep. Mark Hargrove (47th District)

Tahoma Nation Cemetery is located at 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042 


The November – December issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

This issue has information about the 2014 Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon, including the registration form, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.
Seattle Base float at last year's Veterans Day Parade
This year's Holiday Luncheon will be at the Meydenbaur Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue and you can also find a copy of the registration form at this link. Don’t forget to get your registration form in before November 20.

Hardcopies of the newsletter will be in the mail this weekend. I hope you all enjoy it.

As always, don't forget to check back here on the blog for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor


We started off the October meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in October, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.

Our Storekeeper let us know the 2015 USSVI calendars are available for $10. This year’s calendar focuses on nuclear powered fast attack submarines from USS Nautilus (SSN-571) to USS Minnesota (SSN-783). It also includes a photo montage of early 20th Century submarines and post-WWII non-nuclear attack submarines.
USSVI 2015 Calendar
Also, don’t forget that Seattle Base members are allowed to wear the Golden Anchor Award patch, which can be purchased from the Base Storekeeper for $4. Money from items purchased through the Base Storekeeper go to fund Seattle Base events throughout the year.

Old and New Business:
New Senior Vice Commander – Last month Art Thompson submitted his resignation submitted as Senior Vice Commander for personal reasons. We hope he soon will return as a contributing member of our Base. In the meantime, Base Commander Dick Gonzalez has appointed John Roberts to the position. John has done a wonderful job with our annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and Kaps for Kids program, and we know he will be an excellent Senior Vice Commander.
John Roberts being sworn in as Seattle Base Sr. Vice Commander

Seattle Base Christmas Luncheon – The Seattle Base Christmas Luncheon is set for Saturday December 20 at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. The doors will open at 10 am and we will finish up at 2 pm. The Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club is located at 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue WA and there will be ample parking in the lower parking lot near the club. You can get download and print a registration form from this link https://app.box.com/s/6y23geo7vdm2m4r2i2cq. There will also be a copy in the upcoming newsletter.

Auburn Veterans Day – We will be participating in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on Saturday November 8. The parade starts at 11 am and we’ll need to be in place around 10 am. Our staging area is near L Street. We will send out reminders with more information as the parade gets closer. Please pass the word to all your members so they can plan on making this one of the largest Sub Vet turn outs yet.

Mark Your Calendar – John Roberts reported that we have reserved the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion for August 15, 2015 for the 2015 Tolling the Boats ceremony. Be sure to pencil it in on your calendar.

October Program: 
Keith Watson preparing his presentation
This month’s program was a presentation by former Base Commander Keith Watson on American Submarines before 1900. Keith started out talking about the sub Turtle which tried to launch attacks on the Royal Navy in 1775 during the American War for Independence. He went on to talk about submarine developments during the American Civil War, including the Union’s Alligator and Confederate H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy warship. Keith also talked about other submarine firsts from Civil War subs; including snorkels, diver lock-out chambers. Keith continued with information about attempts to build submarines in the late 1800s, including early submarine efforts by John Holland and Simon Lake. It was interesting program with lots of information about early American submarine efforts.

Good of the Order:
Don Ulmer wanted to let us know that efforts to move the USS Clamagore to Knoxville Tennessee are moving forward. He thought there were lots of encouraging signs from the local organizer and community. You can follow developments on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheclamagore

In recognition of all the programs they have put on or helped out with, Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presented Ric Hedman, Dave Schueler, and Keith Watson each with a Certificate of Appreciation.


Shipmates,

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, October 15. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.
Alligator being lowered into the water, by Jim Christley
For the October program, former Base Commander Keith Watson will provide a presentation on American Submarines before 1900. Keith has invested a great deal of time and energy producing almost a dozen similar and engaging topics over the years and we're looking forward to his presentation.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Commander



Greetings,

I hope your autumn is off to a great start. This unusual summer gave me no excuse not to paint and do some of the outside work on this old house. Now I am glad I did it and can move on.

In the meantime, the September 17th meeting was eventful, highlighted by the presentation of several prestigious awards that were announced at the National Convention. We are gratified by their selection process recognizing a several of our own shipmates including the Seattle Base as the recipient of the “Golden Anchor Award”. Specific award winners are:

Patrick Householder received a well-deserved individual “Meritorious Award.” The Meritorious Award is presented to a Base member that exemplifies the Motto “Pride Runs Deep” and promotes a positive image of the US Submarine Force. Pat, well done!

Donald Ulmer received the “Robert Link National Commanders Award.” The award nomination process is initiated at the Base level, what better acknowledgment than that of his own shipmates. Don’s was the recipient of the award because of his lifetime of achievements, contributions to the USSVI, and its core values.

Dave Schueler received the “Second Runner up Award” for his outstanding work on a newsletter. The responsibility for editing, maintaining, and obtaining material germane to our interests can be a daunting task. We appreciate Dave’s commitment and service to our membership and are gratified he was recognized for the shipmate he is.

Concluding the award ceremony, Pat Householder presented our Seattle Base with the “Golden Anchor Award.” This award recognizes the Base for criteria such as development of programs, raising public awareness, etc. In my opinion, the most predominant reason we are the recipients of the “Golden Anchor Award” is a committed membership. To all of you who made this possible well done.

As you may have heard, Art Thompson submitted his resignation as Senior Vice Commander. We are saddened by this and hope he soon will return as a contributor and respected member of our Base.

In the meantime we are challenged to fill Art’s post. The position of Senior Vice Commander is crucial to the continuing success of this Base and therefore filling it should be considered a priority. It should not be difficult to do in light of an abundance of resourceful, experienced, and able members. During the next meeting we are initiating a special election and will seek to nominate someone to take on Art’s former post.

We encourage you to give serious consideration to this need and think about someone to recommend for filling this post. Perhaps you will self-nominate or influence someone to step forward.

On a positive note let me welcome Chris Stratman as one of our newest members and look forward to sharing our place in the community with him. In addition, we also welcome Bill Thompson who has just rendered his application for an associate membership.

Will Rogers 1879-1935 once said: 
Even if you are the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. 

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle USSVI Base Commander


The September meeting had a full agenda with lots to cover. We started off the September meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in September, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.

Old and New Business
Seattle Base Tolling the Boats Ceremony – The Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic was a big success. We want to thank everyone that helped make out. Special thanks go out to John Roberts for organizing the event and Lois Mezek for working with the special guests. Lois also read letters from the guests thanking us for their inclusion in the ceremony.

Cabela's Weekend – Doug Abramson told us about another good weekend at Cabela's Tulalip store. He also passed along Cabela's thanks for our efforts.

2014 Holiday Luncheon – This year's Holiday Luncheon is set for December 20 at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. The club recently finished renovating its kitchen, so we are looking forward to a good lunch there. Details on the menu, prices, and time will be available soon.

National Awards – Seattle Base and a number of base members were earned USSVI National Awards this year and we were able to distribute them during the September meeting. First up, Seattle Base earned the Golden Anchor Award for large bases (bases with 100 or more members). 
Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzales accepts the award on behalf of Seattle Base
This award is presented to one Base in each class that best demonstrated a leading role in developing and promoting creative membership renewals, and has developed successful recruiting tools, programs and ideas. Winning this award allows Seattle Base members to wear the Golden Anchor Award patch. Patches can be purchased from the Base Storekeeper for $4.

Next, Pat Householder was presented with an individual Meritorious Award. This award is presented to a Member or Base that exemplifies the Motto, “Pride Runs Deep “, who, by the efforts and involvement of an individual Base Member, or if a Base Award, by a group of Members within a base, promote a positive image of the US Navy Submarine Force and/or the US Submarine Veterans through participation in local Veteran affairs, parades, school activities, and presentations to Civic, legislative, Veterans, patriotic, and other local area organizations.
Pat Householder accepts his Meritorious Award
Next, Don Ulmer was presented with a Robert Link National Commander's Award. This award is the USSVI version of a “Letter of Commendation” from the National Commander.
Don Ulmer accepts his Robert Link Award
Finally, Dave Schueler was presented with the Newsletter of the Year, First Runner Up Award.
Dave Schueler accepts the Newsletter Award
Good of the Order:
Annual Dues are coming soon - Annual members are reminded that annual dues are coming up at the end of the year. In addition to paying annually, there other options. Be sure to talk with Pat Householder or Jim Harper about what would work best for you.

Earl Greening let us know that he participated in a recent Salmon for Soldiers event, where he took several wounded soldiers out for salmon fishing. He said he had a great time with this worthy event and recommended the program to anyone that has a boat.

Robert Shay, from VFW Post #2995, provided us with information about a project to restore a memorial to the Bellevue soldiers that died during World War I. Seattle Base will be donating $150 to the effort. If you would like to donate or get more information about project, contact Robert at 206-478-0505.

Lois Mezek, with help from several base members, provided a short explanation on POW-MIA Recognition Day, which is always the third Friday of September.
The Empty Setting to remember POWs and MIAs
September Program:
This month's program, by base member Dave Schueler, was on the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarine force during World War 2.
Dave Schueler taking questions at the end of the program
The program gave a brief history of the Japanese submarine force from its start in 1905 to the beginning of World War 2. Then covered Japanese strategy, the submarines available at the start of the war, followed by Japanese submarine operations during World War 2, and information on what the Japanese could have done differently. After the presentation, Dave answered questions and provided some more background about the Japanese forces. It was an enjoyable program that provided some good information about a little known aspect of World War 2.


Here are the results of the 2014 USSVI National Election and Awards. It is a long list and we want to congratulate all the winners.

First up are the 2014 USSVI Award Winners.
Joe Negri Award : Dennis P. Gilbert Redfish Base

District Commander of the Year: James Irwin Albany Saratoga Base

Robert Link National Commander’s Award: (recipients are listed alphabetically)
Edwin F. ‘ Bud ‘ Atkins Groton Base
O. Gordon Banks Tarheel Base
John C. Barr Razorback Base
Donald D. Bassler Bremerton Base
Daryl E. Brock Bonefish Base
Orem A. ‘ Soupy ‘ Campbell Nautilus Base
Joseph H. Clark Nathanael Greene Base
Tomas M. Conlon New Jersey North Base
Daniel K. Craw Tang Base
James R. Denzien Perch Base
Amos Goldsberry Cuttlefish Base
Kenneth C. Henry San Diego Base
Norm Hosking Cuttlefish Base
Gilbert F. Houston Cuttlefish Base
Gene E. Kellar Rocky Mountain Base
Charles T. Key Tang Base
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
Michael M. Munhall Groton Base
Richard N. Nelson Cowtown Base
Richard M. “Ozzie” Osentoski P. C Stryker Jr Base
John F. Rupertus Carolina Piedmont Base
Thomas M. Russell Groton Base
Robert E. Saenz Hampton Roads Base
John S. Starbird, Jr. Maine Base
Kenneth L. Tupman USS Chicago Base
Donald M. Ulmer Seattle Base
Raymond M. Ward Cuttlefish Base
Richard J. Williamson Chesapeake Base

Meritorious Award (Individual)
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
 Patrick F. Householder Seattle Base
Leonard D. Stefanelli Mare Island Base

Meritorious Award (Base)
USS Chicago Base
Carolina Piedmont Base
Albany-Saratoga Base

Golden Anchor Award
Class One - Seattle Base
Class Two - Central Texas Base
Class Three - South Florida Base
Class Four - USS Asheville Base

Silver Anchor Award
Frederick Weilminster Razorback Base
Alan D. Cole Mare Island Base
Thomas S. Beach USS Asheville Base

Ben Bastura Award
Leonard L. Hill Iowa Base

Newsletter Awards 
Class I Charleston Base -- Torpedo Alley
Class II Carolina Piedmont Base -- Piedmont Periscope
Class III Coastal Carolina Base -- The Below Decks Watch
Class IV Polaris Base -- Polaris Fire

Overall Winner -- Carolina Piedmont Base – Piedmont Periscope

Here are the election results for 2014 from USSVI Elections Master Tom Conlon. We had 2174 members vote in this year’s election (a 17% turnout).

National Officers 
National Commander: 
Al Singleman 1188 Votes 55%
Wayne Standerfer 941 Votes 43%
Elected: Al Singleman

National Senior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
John Markiewicz 2045 Votes 94%
Elected: John Markiewicz

National Junior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
William Andrea 2055 Votes 95%
Elected: Wiliam Andrea

National Treasurer
Paul Hiser 1095 Votes 50%
Byron Stratton 973 Votes 45%
Elected: Paul Hiser

National Secretary
Harold Kenneth Recoy 958 Votes 44%
Raymond Paul Wewers 1104 Votes 51%
Elected: Raymond Paul Wewers

Regional Directors
Northeast Region Director (Unopposed)
Michael Naughton 427 Votes 97%
Elected: Michael Naughton

Southeast Regional Director
Diederick (Dick) E. Kanning 336 Votes 61%
Brian Steffen 210 Votes 38%
Elected: Diederick (Dick) Kanning

Central Region Director
David L. Farran 311 Votes 52%
James A. Fox 276 Votes 47%
Elected: David L. Farran

Western Region Director (Unopposed)
Robert J. Bissonnett 432 Votes 98%
Elected: Robert J. Bissonnett Proposed

Amendments 
PA 2014-1: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XII, Section 1 (Conventions). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1486 Votes 68%
NO 688 Votes 32%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-2: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XI, Section 1 and USSVI Bylaws, Article V, Sections 2 and 5 (Prerequisites and Duties for National Senior Vice-Commander and National Treasurer). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1860 Votes 86%
NO 314 Votes 14%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-3: Amends USSVI bylaws Article V, Section 3 (Duties of National Junior Vice-Commander). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1957 Votes 90%
NO 217 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-4: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article VI, Section 18 (Disciplinary Committee). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1951 Votes 90%
NO 223 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-5: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article XVI (Policies and Procedures Manual). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1712 Votes 79%
NO 462 Votes 21%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-9: Clarify Process for New Business at National General Business Meeting. Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1959 Votes 90%
NO 215 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

Please join me in congratulating our new National Officers. We wish them a successful tenure in their new offices.

I want to thank National Commander Michael Bircumshaw for appointing me as USSVI Election Master. I also want to thank NE District 2 Commander/NJ North Base Commander Les Altschuler for his invaluable assistance in tallying the vote. Thanks, too, to Les’s wife Joyce Altschuler for her hospitality and “patience” while Les and I were “camped out” in his computer space and at their summer campground.

Tom Conlon, PNC
USSVI Elections Master


Seattle Base member Ken Murray had surgery last week to remove a brain tumor.

The surgery went well and Ken is currently recovering.

Please keep Ken in your thoughts and prayers during his recovery, and cards would be appreciated.

.


Shipmates,

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, November 19. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.

This is our last meeting of 2014. In December we will hold our holiday luncheon at the Meydenbaur Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue. You can find a copy of the registration form in the most recent issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood newsletter on page 11 or at this link. Don’t forget to get your registration form in before November 20.
Angus McDonald at the Tolling the Boats ceremony
Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker, Mrs. Rebecca Harrison, had to cancel her trip. However, Seattle Base member Captain Angus McDonald has agreed to step up and offer us a glimpse of his long and distinguished career as a US Submarine Commander followed by his service in the Pentagon and Pearl Harbor. We know you will want to hear Captain McDonald's account of US Submarine history during the years from 1951-1967 and beyond.

USSVI Seattle Base Commander
Dick Gonzales


It was a beautiful day for the Auburn Veterans Day Parade. The morning fog burned off well before the start time and it was warm out (unless you were sitting in the shade). We had a good turnout for the parade with members from Seattle, Bremerton, South Sound Bases, and Silent Service Motorcycle Club showing up. The crowd was enthusiastic and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Here are some photos from the event.

This year we took the group photo before the parade and it was lot easier to get everyone together
Because we have to get in place early, there was plenty of time to talk with everyone before the parade.
Bonefish float before the parade.
Some pre-parade chatter.
SSMC comparing notes about their bikes
Getting closer to parade time
Our newest Submariner Wife Marilyn Harper
Riders aboard the Seattle Base float
Other groups were getting ready too.
U.S. Army Color Guard and state flag group lining up.
Gold Star families
Then it was time for the parade to start.
A helicopter fly-over kicks off the parade
Bremerton Base led off the SubVet group
Then the Bonefish float
Followed by SubVets on foot
Then the Seattle Base float
With the SSMC bring up the rear
Here are a couple photos of the crowd along Auburn's Main Street.

Thanks to everyone that came out for the parade!


 Auburn Veterans Day Parade 

Saturday, November 8th, is the Auburn Parade Veterans Day. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965 and the parade has grown into one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States.

Seattle Base is joining members from Silent Service Motorcycle Club, Bremerton Base, and South Sound Base. In addition to the Bonefish and Seattle Base floats, there will be a couple cars for people to ride in. There is plenty of parking available at the parking garage on 2nd St. in Auburn (near the Transit Center). Check-in starts at 9:30 and we expect to meet at the staging area near L St. SE and Main St by 10:00 AM. The parade starts at 11:00.

There are lots of other events going on in and around Auburn, be sure to check the Auburn website for more information about the other events.

Tahoma National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony 
For those of you not participating in other events on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11th, plan on attending the Veterans Day ceremony at Tahoma Cemetery at 11:00. Be a member of the Color Guard, or be a spectator and enjoy meeting other Veterans and grateful civilians. We need 4 sub vets to carry the flags, contact Karl 'Dutch' Kromholz if you would like to help out.

The Keynote Speaker for the ceremony will be Col. Anthony J. Davit, Commander 627th ABG, JBLM. The main speaker will be State Rep. Mark Hargrove (47th District)

Tahoma Nation Cemetery is located at 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042 


The November – December issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

This issue has information about the 2014 Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon, including the registration form, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.
Seattle Base float at last year's Veterans Day Parade
This year's Holiday Luncheon will be at the Meydenbaur Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue and you can also find a copy of the registration form at this link. Don’t forget to get your registration form in before November 20.

Hardcopies of the newsletter will be in the mail this weekend. I hope you all enjoy it.

As always, don't forget to check back here on the blog for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor


We started off the October meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in October, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.

Our Storekeeper let us know the 2015 USSVI calendars are available for $10. This year’s calendar focuses on nuclear powered fast attack submarines from USS Nautilus (SSN-571) to USS Minnesota (SSN-783). It also includes a photo montage of early 20th Century submarines and post-WWII non-nuclear attack submarines.
USSVI 2015 Calendar
Also, don’t forget that Seattle Base members are allowed to wear the Golden Anchor Award patch, which can be purchased from the Base Storekeeper for $4. Money from items purchased through the Base Storekeeper go to fund Seattle Base events throughout the year.

Old and New Business:
New Senior Vice Commander – Last month Art Thompson submitted his resignation submitted as Senior Vice Commander for personal reasons. We hope he soon will return as a contributing member of our Base. In the meantime, Base Commander Dick Gonzalez has appointed John Roberts to the position. John has done a wonderful job with our annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and Kaps for Kids program, and we know he will be an excellent Senior Vice Commander.
John Roberts being sworn in as Seattle Base Sr. Vice Commander

Seattle Base Christmas Luncheon – The Seattle Base Christmas Luncheon is set for Saturday December 20 at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. The doors will open at 10 am and we will finish up at 2 pm. The Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club is located at 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue WA and there will be ample parking in the lower parking lot near the club. You can get download and print a registration form from this link https://app.box.com/s/6y23geo7vdm2m4r2i2cq. There will also be a copy in the upcoming newsletter.

Auburn Veterans Day – We will be participating in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on Saturday November 8. The parade starts at 11 am and we’ll need to be in place around 10 am. Our staging area is near L Street. We will send out reminders with more information as the parade gets closer. Please pass the word to all your members so they can plan on making this one of the largest Sub Vet turn outs yet.

Mark Your Calendar – John Roberts reported that we have reserved the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion for August 15, 2015 for the 2015 Tolling the Boats ceremony. Be sure to pencil it in on your calendar.

October Program: 
Keith Watson preparing his presentation
This month’s program was a presentation by former Base Commander Keith Watson on American Submarines before 1900. Keith started out talking about the sub Turtle which tried to launch attacks on the Royal Navy in 1775 during the American War for Independence. He went on to talk about submarine developments during the American Civil War, including the Union’s Alligator and Confederate H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy warship. Keith also talked about other submarine firsts from Civil War subs; including snorkels, diver lock-out chambers. Keith continued with information about attempts to build submarines in the late 1800s, including early submarine efforts by John Holland and Simon Lake. It was interesting program with lots of information about early American submarine efforts.

Good of the Order:
Don Ulmer wanted to let us know that efforts to move the USS Clamagore to Knoxville Tennessee are moving forward. He thought there were lots of encouraging signs from the local organizer and community. You can follow developments on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheclamagore

In recognition of all the programs they have put on or helped out with, Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presented Ric Hedman, Dave Schueler, and Keith Watson each with a Certificate of Appreciation.


Shipmates,

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, October 15. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.
Alligator being lowered into the water, by Jim Christley
For the October program, former Base Commander Keith Watson will provide a presentation on American Submarines before 1900. Keith has invested a great deal of time and energy producing almost a dozen similar and engaging topics over the years and we're looking forward to his presentation.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Commander



Greetings,

I hope your autumn is off to a great start. This unusual summer gave me no excuse not to paint and do some of the outside work on this old house. Now I am glad I did it and can move on.

In the meantime, the September 17th meeting was eventful, highlighted by the presentation of several prestigious awards that were announced at the National Convention. We are gratified by their selection process recognizing a several of our own shipmates including the Seattle Base as the recipient of the “Golden Anchor Award”. Specific award winners are:

Patrick Householder received a well-deserved individual “Meritorious Award.” The Meritorious Award is presented to a Base member that exemplifies the Motto “Pride Runs Deep” and promotes a positive image of the US Submarine Force. Pat, well done!

Donald Ulmer received the “Robert Link National Commanders Award.” The award nomination process is initiated at the Base level, what better acknowledgment than that of his own shipmates. Don’s was the recipient of the award because of his lifetime of achievements, contributions to the USSVI, and its core values.

Dave Schueler received the “Second Runner up Award” for his outstanding work on a newsletter. The responsibility for editing, maintaining, and obtaining material germane to our interests can be a daunting task. We appreciate Dave’s commitment and service to our membership and are gratified he was recognized for the shipmate he is.

Concluding the award ceremony, Pat Householder presented our Seattle Base with the “Golden Anchor Award.” This award recognizes the Base for criteria such as development of programs, raising public awareness, etc. In my opinion, the most predominant reason we are the recipients of the “Golden Anchor Award” is a committed membership. To all of you who made this possible well done.

As you may have heard, Art Thompson submitted his resignation as Senior Vice Commander. We are saddened by this and hope he soon will return as a contributor and respected member of our Base.

In the meantime we are challenged to fill Art’s post. The position of Senior Vice Commander is crucial to the continuing success of this Base and therefore filling it should be considered a priority. It should not be difficult to do in light of an abundance of resourceful, experienced, and able members. During the next meeting we are initiating a special election and will seek to nominate someone to take on Art’s former post.

We encourage you to give serious consideration to this need and think about someone to recommend for filling this post. Perhaps you will self-nominate or influence someone to step forward.

On a positive note let me welcome Chris Stratman as one of our newest members and look forward to sharing our place in the community with him. In addition, we also welcome Bill Thompson who has just rendered his application for an associate membership.

Will Rogers 1879-1935 once said: 
Even if you are the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. 

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle USSVI Base Commander


The September meeting had a full agenda with lots to cover. We started off the September meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in September, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.

Old and New Business
Seattle Base Tolling the Boats Ceremony – The Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic was a big success. We want to thank everyone that helped make out. Special thanks go out to John Roberts for organizing the event and Lois Mezek for working with the special guests. Lois also read letters from the guests thanking us for their inclusion in the ceremony.

Cabela's Weekend – Doug Abramson told us about another good weekend at Cabela's Tulalip store. He also passed along Cabela's thanks for our efforts.

2014 Holiday Luncheon – This year's Holiday Luncheon is set for December 20 at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. The club recently finished renovating its kitchen, so we are looking forward to a good lunch there. Details on the menu, prices, and time will be available soon.

National Awards – Seattle Base and a number of base members were earned USSVI National Awards this year and we were able to distribute them during the September meeting. First up, Seattle Base earned the Golden Anchor Award for large bases (bases with 100 or more members). 
Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzales accepts the award on behalf of Seattle Base
This award is presented to one Base in each class that best demonstrated a leading role in developing and promoting creative membership renewals, and has developed successful recruiting tools, programs and ideas. Winning this award allows Seattle Base members to wear the Golden Anchor Award patch. Patches can be purchased from the Base Storekeeper for $4.

Next, Pat Householder was presented with an individual Meritorious Award. This award is presented to a Member or Base that exemplifies the Motto, “Pride Runs Deep “, who, by the efforts and involvement of an individual Base Member, or if a Base Award, by a group of Members within a base, promote a positive image of the US Navy Submarine Force and/or the US Submarine Veterans through participation in local Veteran affairs, parades, school activities, and presentations to Civic, legislative, Veterans, patriotic, and other local area organizations.
Pat Householder accepts his Meritorious Award
Next, Don Ulmer was presented with a Robert Link National Commander's Award. This award is the USSVI version of a “Letter of Commendation” from the National Commander.
Don Ulmer accepts his Robert Link Award
Finally, Dave Schueler was presented with the Newsletter of the Year, First Runner Up Award.
Dave Schueler accepts the Newsletter Award
Good of the Order:
Annual Dues are coming soon - Annual members are reminded that annual dues are coming up at the end of the year. In addition to paying annually, there other options. Be sure to talk with Pat Householder or Jim Harper about what would work best for you.

Earl Greening let us know that he participated in a recent Salmon for Soldiers event, where he took several wounded soldiers out for salmon fishing. He said he had a great time with this worthy event and recommended the program to anyone that has a boat.

Robert Shay, from VFW Post #2995, provided us with information about a project to restore a memorial to the Bellevue soldiers that died during World War I. Seattle Base will be donating $150 to the effort. If you would like to donate or get more information about project, contact Robert at 206-478-0505.

Lois Mezek, with help from several base members, provided a short explanation on POW-MIA Recognition Day, which is always the third Friday of September.
The Empty Setting to remember POWs and MIAs
September Program:
This month's program, by base member Dave Schueler, was on the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarine force during World War 2.
Dave Schueler taking questions at the end of the program
The program gave a brief history of the Japanese submarine force from its start in 1905 to the beginning of World War 2. Then covered Japanese strategy, the submarines available at the start of the war, followed by Japanese submarine operations during World War 2, and information on what the Japanese could have done differently. After the presentation, Dave answered questions and provided some more background about the Japanese forces. It was an enjoyable program that provided some good information about a little known aspect of World War 2.


Here are the results of the 2014 USSVI National Election and Awards. It is a long list and we want to congratulate all the winners.

First up are the 2014 USSVI Award Winners.
Joe Negri Award : Dennis P. Gilbert Redfish Base

District Commander of the Year: James Irwin Albany Saratoga Base

Robert Link National Commander’s Award: (recipients are listed alphabetically)
Edwin F. ‘ Bud ‘ Atkins Groton Base
O. Gordon Banks Tarheel Base
John C. Barr Razorback Base
Donald D. Bassler Bremerton Base
Daryl E. Brock Bonefish Base
Orem A. ‘ Soupy ‘ Campbell Nautilus Base
Joseph H. Clark Nathanael Greene Base
Tomas M. Conlon New Jersey North Base
Daniel K. Craw Tang Base
James R. Denzien Perch Base
Amos Goldsberry Cuttlefish Base
Kenneth C. Henry San Diego Base
Norm Hosking Cuttlefish Base
Gilbert F. Houston Cuttlefish Base
Gene E. Kellar Rocky Mountain Base
Charles T. Key Tang Base
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
Michael M. Munhall Groton Base
Richard N. Nelson Cowtown Base
Richard M. “Ozzie” Osentoski P. C Stryker Jr Base
John F. Rupertus Carolina Piedmont Base
Thomas M. Russell Groton Base
Robert E. Saenz Hampton Roads Base
John S. Starbird, Jr. Maine Base
Kenneth L. Tupman USS Chicago Base
Donald M. Ulmer Seattle Base
Raymond M. Ward Cuttlefish Base
Richard J. Williamson Chesapeake Base

Meritorious Award (Individual)
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
 Patrick F. Householder Seattle Base
Leonard D. Stefanelli Mare Island Base

Meritorious Award (Base)
USS Chicago Base
Carolina Piedmont Base
Albany-Saratoga Base

Golden Anchor Award
Class One - Seattle Base
Class Two - Central Texas Base
Class Three - South Florida Base
Class Four - USS Asheville Base

Silver Anchor Award
Frederick Weilminster Razorback Base
Alan D. Cole Mare Island Base
Thomas S. Beach USS Asheville Base

Ben Bastura Award
Leonard L. Hill Iowa Base

Newsletter Awards 
Class I Charleston Base -- Torpedo Alley
Class II Carolina Piedmont Base -- Piedmont Periscope
Class III Coastal Carolina Base -- The Below Decks Watch
Class IV Polaris Base -- Polaris Fire

Overall Winner -- Carolina Piedmont Base – Piedmont Periscope

Here are the election results for 2014 from USSVI Elections Master Tom Conlon. We had 2174 members vote in this year’s election (a 17% turnout).

National Officers 
National Commander: 
Al Singleman 1188 Votes 55%
Wayne Standerfer 941 Votes 43%
Elected: Al Singleman

National Senior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
John Markiewicz 2045 Votes 94%
Elected: John Markiewicz

National Junior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
William Andrea 2055 Votes 95%
Elected: Wiliam Andrea

National Treasurer
Paul Hiser 1095 Votes 50%
Byron Stratton 973 Votes 45%
Elected: Paul Hiser

National Secretary
Harold Kenneth Recoy 958 Votes 44%
Raymond Paul Wewers 1104 Votes 51%
Elected: Raymond Paul Wewers

Regional Directors
Northeast Region Director (Unopposed)
Michael Naughton 427 Votes 97%
Elected: Michael Naughton

Southeast Regional Director
Diederick (Dick) E. Kanning 336 Votes 61%
Brian Steffen 210 Votes 38%
Elected: Diederick (Dick) Kanning

Central Region Director
David L. Farran 311 Votes 52%
James A. Fox 276 Votes 47%
Elected: David L. Farran

Western Region Director (Unopposed)
Robert J. Bissonnett 432 Votes 98%
Elected: Robert J. Bissonnett Proposed

Amendments 
PA 2014-1: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XII, Section 1 (Conventions). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1486 Votes 68%
NO 688 Votes 32%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-2: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XI, Section 1 and USSVI Bylaws, Article V, Sections 2 and 5 (Prerequisites and Duties for National Senior Vice-Commander and National Treasurer). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1860 Votes 86%
NO 314 Votes 14%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-3: Amends USSVI bylaws Article V, Section 3 (Duties of National Junior Vice-Commander). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1957 Votes 90%
NO 217 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-4: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article VI, Section 18 (Disciplinary Committee). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1951 Votes 90%
NO 223 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-5: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article XVI (Policies and Procedures Manual). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1712 Votes 79%
NO 462 Votes 21%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-9: Clarify Process for New Business at National General Business Meeting. Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1959 Votes 90%
NO 215 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

Please join me in congratulating our new National Officers. We wish them a successful tenure in their new offices.

I want to thank National Commander Michael Bircumshaw for appointing me as USSVI Election Master. I also want to thank NE District 2 Commander/NJ North Base Commander Les Altschuler for his invaluable assistance in tallying the vote. Thanks, too, to Les’s wife Joyce Altschuler for her hospitality and “patience” while Les and I were “camped out” in his computer space and at their summer campground.

Tom Conlon, PNC
USSVI Elections Master