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March 2019 Minutes for USNA AA KOR Chapter
Members present at 3-1-19 gathering at Fox Den Country Club: Peggy and Steve Crowe ’77; Mitch Eisenberg ’99, Wesley and Kristen Daniel ’02; Phyllis and Tom Baer ’64; Bruce Bevard ’76; Susie, Marc and Rich Cataldi ’69; Denise and A. B. Coleman ’72; Jaqkee and Geoff deBeauclair ’87; Anita and Mike Gouge ’73; Steph and Kevin Hannan ’78; Cathy and Brian Horais ’71; Carol and Bob Milhiser ’64; Beth and Skip Weitz ’73; and Val and Ed Whiting ’57.
Members present at 3-13-19 luncheon: Duane Beck ’60; Marc, Susie and Rich Cataldi ’69; Phyllis and Tom Baer ’64; Sue and Larry Townsend ’69; Kent Chastain ’61; Bob McElroy ’70; Katherine Hernandez ’09; Brian Horais ’71; Mitch Eisenberg ’99; and Mark Kohring ’73.
Guests present: Patrick Watler, Matthew Rentaleri, Cullen Harper, Ben Skinner, Ben Blakeslee, Taylor Porges, Clay Jackson, Gracen Glaubitz, Drew Bennett, Dan Johnston, Morgan Whetstone and Leor Golen, USNA Class of 2019; Shawn Bagnall and James Sands (coaches) and LCDR E. T. Griffis Jr (Officer Rep), and Don Nickel, USAF (Ret).
1. Peggy and Steve Crowe ’77 hosted a Happy Hour gathering at Fox Den Country Club on March 1, 2019 celebrating Steve’s retirement. A short business meeting updated those present on the USNA Lightweight crew team visit. Rich Cataldi announced that there is a NAPS appointment from Catholic High School. This brings the number of appointments in east Tennessee to three. Following the business meeting, author and Oak Ridge resident Richard Cook gave an informative and well-received presentation on the ignored heroes of WWII who built the Oak Ridge plants as part of the highly classified Manhattan Project.
2. The USNA Lightweight Crew team was in Oak Ridge the week of March 9-15, 2019 for their annual spring break training. Oak Ridge families hosted 60 midshipmen, their coaches and O-Rep. Our chapter hosted the firsties, coaches and O-rep for lunch at Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Laboratory and Kitchen.MIDN 1/c Ben Skinner was awarded the 2019 Captain Bill Francy Award for perseverance at the luncheon.
The Crew team hosted a Buddy’s BBQ picnic for their hosts and the alumni at the Oak Ridge marina following the class race the next afternoon. The Class of 2020 (2/c) won the race and will have their names added to the Cap’n Jack (Richard) trophy.
3. The picnic for the annual Welcome Aboard Picnic for the Class of 2023 is Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 1200 at the Longstreet Pavilion at Founder’s Park on Campbell Station Road in Farragut next to the library. SAVE THE DATE.
4. Here is an updated list of members with DUES CURRENT through 2019 and beyond: Tom Baer, Duane Beck, Randy Belles, Bruce Bevard, Rob Blacky, Lynn Casity, Rich Cataldi, Kent Chastain, A. B. Coleman, Kristen Daniel, Lee Dantzler, Geoff deBeauclair, Mitch Eisenberg, Rudy Escher, Scott Goodson, Mike Gouge, Ross Harding, Robert Hawthorne, Al Henry, Katherine Hernandez, Bill Hlopak, Buddy Holt, Brian Horais, Mark Kohring, George Krauter, Mike LaFreniere, Jay McDonald, Bob Milhiser, Paul Mueller, Bill Radford, Richard Reese, Harry Rucker, Fred Stuvek, Mike Tesar, Larry Townsend, Rolland Weibley, and Doyle Winters.
Name tags have been prepared for Buddy Holt, Harry Rucker, Lee Dantzler and Katherine Hernandez. These will be available at the April luncheon which will be at Famous Dave’s on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, beginning at 1130.
Alumni and spouses at Fox Den Country Club on March 1, 2019
Minutes from USNA AA KOR Chapter Luncheon Posted Feb 8, 2019
February 6, 2019 Famous Dave’s, Knoxville, TN
Members present: Duane Beck ’60; Scott Goodson ’76; Fred Stuvek ’74; Jane and Doyle Winters ’65; Rich Cataldi ’69; Harry Rucker ’73; Denise and A. B. Coleman ’72; Bob Milhiser ’64; Phyllis and Tom Baer ’64; and Mark Kohring ’73.
1. The USNA Lightweight Crew team will be in Oak Ridge the week of March 9-15, 2019 for their annual spring break training. Our chapter will host the firsties, coaches and O-rep for lunch on Wednesday, March 13 at an Oak Ridge restaurant to be determined. We will be taking donations at the lunch to pay for our guests’ meals. As in the past, the Crew team will host a BBQ picnic at the Oak Ridge marina following the class race on Thursday afternoon around 1700. If you live in Oak Ridge or know someone that does and would be interested in hosting some midshipmen for this week, please contact Bruce Bevard ‘76 (firstname.lastname@example.org). According to Coach Bagnall, the team had a fantastic fall training session with some of the best results in a decade. Check out the fall newsletter for Navy crew at http://www.gonavycrew.org/uploads/3/4/3/4/34346241/ navy_crew_newsletter__fall_18_.pdf
2. Rich Cataldi reported that there are currently 15 east Tennessee seniors that are fully qualified candidates for appointments to USNA. Note that the picnic for the annual Welcome Aboard Picnic for the Class of 2023 is Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 1200 at the Longstreet Pavilion at Founder’s Park on Campbell Station Road in Farragut next to the library. SAVE THE DATE.
3. I have updated the “Dues Current” list following the last meeting. I apologize for some oversight in names that were not listed last month that should have been. The following members dues are CURRENT through 2019 and beyond: Tom Baer, Duane Beck, Randy Belles, Bruce Bevard, Rob Blacky, Lynn Casity, Rich Cataldi, Kent Chastain, A. B. Coleman, Kristen Daniel, Geoff deBeauclair, Mitch Eisenberg, Rudy Escher, Scott Goodson, Mike Gouge, Ross Harding, Robert Hawthorne, Al Henry, Bill Hlopak, Buddy Holt, Brian Horais, Mark Kohring, George Krauter, Mike LaFreniere, Jay McDonald, Bob Milhiser, Paul Mueller, Bill Radford, Richard Reese, Harry Rucker, Fred Stuvek, Mike Tesar, Larry Townsend, Rolland Weibley, and Doyle Winters
If your name is NOT on this list, you can mail your check payable to “KOR USNA AA” to Mark Kohring, 2033 Bishops Bridge Road, Knoxville, TN 37922 or bring it to the next alumni function.
4. Save the date for upcoming events:
– USNA Lightweight Crew visit to Oak Ridge – March 9-15, 2019
– Lunch with Crew team firsties, coaches and O-rep – March 13, 2019
– Welcome Aboard Picnic for Class of 2023 – Saturday, June 1, 2019
5. We will NOT meet for lunch at Famous Dave’s on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
6. Some of you may have read an article in the Annapolis Capital Gazette on January 18, 2019, titled, “The Naval Academy is deteriorating so badly, its mission to train midshipmen is under threat. It could take millions to fix.” The following is a response from the USNA AA Board of Trustees on this article after several comments raised by alumni.
The PAO would be best to provide the official response to any alumni that want to know what USNA is doing about the material condition issues addressed in the Capital. The PAO has already acknowledged that the information contained in the article is accurate, but the data is based on an audit performed nearly 2 years ago. Many of the issues addressed have been already funded and projects are in work (Rickover HVAC, the Chapel Dome leaks, Sea Wall repairs, etc.) These areas have already worked their way up through the Navy’s appropriations process and have been funded.
The PAO pointed out that USNA was removed from “Flagship” status in 2013 as part of the Navy’s sequestration response. That effectively reduced appropriated funds to repair many items identified on the list that fell short of a ‘Safety’ or ‘Mission Impacting’ level. This year, USNA was reinstated as a “Flagship” facility and our O&M,N appropriation looks to be healthier in FY20.
If you want to know the “alumni association’s” position, then we can only address what we do to support USNA. We encourage philanthropy for margin of excellence. Excellence in teaching, admissions, athletics, and MIDN experiences. Cyber program development, International Program opportunities, Experiential Leadership Development, Admissions outreach, Academic excellence, etc. We do not use philanthropy to backstop the Navy’s O&M,N requirements to support its installations.