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Placer County Council, Navy League of The United States
The Ship’s Bell
November — December, 2016
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE From your president, Bonnie Potter:
Happy 60th Birthday Placer County Council of the Navy League!! Our Council was chartered on December 4, 1956, and we will celebrate our 60
th anniversary at the
January meeting. Our Council continues to support USS McCampbell, Naval Branch Clinic at Fallon, California Maritime Academy, Sacramento Sea Cadets, Yuba Sut-ter Mathew Axelson Sea Cadets, Luther Burbank NJROTC, and STEM activities in our local schools. We have gained several new members this year, but, unfor-tunately, we have also lost several members due to ill-ness or death. I am very sad to report that since our last newsletter we have lost Floyd Fuson, Bobbie Gottstein, Tony Tonelli, Ben Pomeroy and Dulcie Robinson. Floyd always sat with Deno and his gang at our Navy League dinner meetings. Bobbie did the telephone tree and our table decorations for many years, and Toni served on as the Parliamentarian on our Board. Ben always brought one of his classic cars for Council members to ride in during the July 4
th and Veterans Day parades. Dulcie was
married to charter member Bob Robinson until his death in 2004, and had been a member of our council since 1977. They will be missed by all who knew them, and we offer our sincere condolences to their family members. Our Council staffed a very busy polling location on Elec-tion Day. I served as Inspector and my sincere thanks to our Judge, Don Anderson, and Clerks Mona Anderson, August Anema, Deno Georgis, Marlowe Skar, Roberta McGuinn, Aaron Lonquist, Dean Harvey, Don Goard, Rose Hoeper and Greg Wilbur. Our Council had a great showing at the annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade. Our parade entry was led by Ben Pomeroy’s family in his 1934 Buick, and we had several members riding or walk-ing in formation, followed by a contingent of our Sea Ca-dets and Navy League Cadets, complete with their Color Guard, which also presented the colors at the ceremony that followed the parade. I want to express my appreciation and thanks to those of you who willingly volunteer your time to keep our Council running smoothly. A big thank you to our Community Af-filiates, TGH Aviation, Community 1
st Bank and Chapel of
the Hills, and also to all of you who have recruited new members to our Council. Special thanks goes to Don An-derson for working to keep our membership strong as our Membership and Retention contact and for taking charge of our STEM Program. Our monthly dinner meetings would not be possible without our Telephone Tree call-ers, Deno Georgis, Mona Anderson and Don Goard. I know our members always appreciate being greeted with
a warm smile by Nancy Goard and Alicia Wilbur, and I know you love giving your money to Greg Wilbur and August Anema who handle the ticket sales. The evenings would be pretty “dry” if we didn’t have Court Bradbury tending bar, and thanks to our caterer Lisa Bloom, we always have a wonderful meal to enjoy. I appreciate Au-gust Anema and Greg Wilbur setting up and taking down the flags for our meetings, and our Chaplain Bruce Lundberg for giving the blessing. This past year we had Don Goard staying in contact with the California Maritime Academy and Aaron Lonquist working with our two Sea Cadets and NJROTC Unit. Mike Holmes handled Legis-lative Affairs, Publicity and found some wonderful speak-ers for our meetings. Larry Starn served as our Judge Advocate and Roberta McGuinn served as our Touch of Home Point of Contact. Alicia Wilbur did an outstanding job keeping everyone informed with the Ship’s Bell, which remains a terrific publication. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have supported the Council this past year!!! At our November meeting, we plan to install our 2017 Officers and Directors. Thank you to our two outgoing Directors, Alicia Wilbur and Walt Wilson. I will continue as Council President and congratulations to our 2017 Vice President Don Anderson, Secretary Mona Ander-son, Treasurer August Anema, and Directors Mike Holmes, Aaron Lonquist, Don Goard, Greg Wilbur, Carol Ann Hackley and newly elected Director Nancy Goard. I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming year. Our annual Christmas Party will be held on December
19th and once again we encourage you to bring an un-
wrapped gift to donate to the Salvation Army for distribu-
tion to the children in our area. And, as always, let us
take a few minutes each day to remember our coura-
geous men and women in uniform, especially those de-
ployed away from home, who are willing to risk their lives
to protect our way of life and our freedoms. Also, please
think of their family members for the sacrifices they make
so that their loved ones may serve. As we wrap up 2016,
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christ-
mas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New
We have lost a proud, hardworking man that gave it his all, to the end. Ben was born on August 5, 1934 and passed away on October 29, 2016 at the age of 82. He lived a full life. Ben was the youngest of six kids, raised in Newcastle, Calif. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Ben was a current member of the Navy League and was involved in several car clubs, which had brought him joy over the past 32 years. Dad was as comfortable tending to his roses and baking cookies as he was operating heavy equipment. He was a grading and excavating contracter in North Lake Tahoe for many years. Ben was married to his wife, Carla for 38 years. Carla preceded him in death in 2004. He leaves behind three kids: Connie (Butch), Kevin (Tanja), and Kelly (Wayne); 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; also, his companion of many years, Lona Mitchell.
Dulcie Louise Robinson
December 19, 1916 - November 3, 2016
Dulcie died peacefully in her sleep, on November 3, 2016 with family in attendance at her home in Auburn, Calif. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wil-bur C. Overmiller (40 years), second husband Dunlap Robert 'Bob' Robinson (26
years). Dulcie Robinson became an early member of the Navy League in 1977 with her late husband, D. R. "Bob" Robinson who was a Charter Member of our Council. Unfortunately, Dulcie had not been to a meeting in many years due to failing health. Dulcie would have been 100 years old this coming December. Dulcie & Bonnie stayed in contact as they had become very good friends, she encouraged Bonnie to learn to weave and gave Bonnie her floor loom. Dulcie was an amazing person and will be missed. If you would like more information, Click on the link for more information. http://www.legacy.com/link.asp?i=ls000182460833&Affiliate=auburnjournal&PersonID=182460833&FHID=8013
IN LOVING MEMORY OF;
Born in Alameda, Calif. Lived in Auburn, Calif. Loving wife of Frank Gottstein, married 70 years on September 15, 2016. Surviving son, Robin Gottstein and grandson Bongo Robin Gottstein.
Barbara Jean 'Bobbie' Gottstein September 5, 1923 - October 1, 2016
Peter Robert Tonelli
February 13, 1922 - October 18, 2016
Benjamin Joseph Pomeroy August 5,1934 - October 29, 2016
Floyd Fuson May 31, 1919 - October 1, 2016
Sorry I could not find anything in the paper on Floyd but he will be missed.
During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stat-
ing that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces for the re-
cently formed Continental Navy. The resolution, drafted by future U.S. president
John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia, created the Continental Marines and is
now observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
Serving on land and at sea, the original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in a
number of important operations during the Revolutionary War. The first Marine land-
ing on a hostile shore occurred when a force of Marines under Captain Samuel Nich-
olas captured New Province Island in the Bahamas from the British in March 1776.
Nicholas was the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines and is cele-
brated as the first Marine commandant. After American independence was achieved
in 1783, the Continental Navy was demobilized and its Marines disbanded.
In the next decade, however, increasing conflict at sea with Revolutionary France led
the U.S. Congress to establish formally the U.S. Navy in May 1798. Two months lat-
er, on July 11, President John Adams signed the bill establishing the U.S. Marine
Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Navy.
U.S. Marines saw action in the so-called Quasi-War with France and then fought
against the Barbary pirates of North Africa during the first years of the 19th century.
Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in
most cases were the first soldiers to fight. In all, Marines have executed more than
300 landings on foreign shores.
Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, divided into
three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, Califor-
nia; and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready
to launch major operations anywhere in the world on two weeks’ notice. Marines ex-
peditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The
motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful” in Latin.
How to enroll in the escrip program (Former SHARES Program)
Go to www.escrip.com Click on “sign-up”
Follow the directions … when they ask for School or Non Profit, select Navy League of the US … that is the Placer County Council! Follow the instructions to register your phone number, and continue to support the Placer County Navy League with your SaveMart purchases. If you have any problems signing up, please let me know.
On December 4, 1956 our council was chartered. We will celebrate our birthday at the January 16 meeting
The December 19th meeting will be our Christmas Celebra-
tion. Please bring a toy which will go to the Salvation Army
for or a child in need. We will also have entertainment TBD.
Hope to see you all there.
Join us for the Army Navy Game
Round Table - Elm Shopping Center
Kick of is at 3:00 PM EST so at about
Placer County Council of the Navy League
Placer County Council Community Affiliate Members
Robert Haydon, Chairman of the Board
Luke Parnell, Senior Vice President, Senior Credit
Katie Smith, Customer Service Manager
Your Board of Directors… From the November 10, 2016 UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Potter thanked the poll workers and passed around some of the thank-you cards a visiting third-grade class had drawn for them.
Wreaths Across America will have a table at the Placer Building tomorrow for last-minute wreath purchases. Purchase deadline is Nov. 14.
Mike Holmes, Alicia Wilbur and Potter are signed up for training for the Big Day of Giving and Potter will get us registered after training and orientation are done.
Profits from Jodie Wooten’s book sales are unknown, as there has been some confusion as to whether she wants to donate all or only part of her profits to our council.
The Auburn Cemetery District will meet the second Tuesday of December and Potter will plan to attend, to get the cemetery’s written policy to reflect an already-set precedent of burying spouses next to veterans.
CMA – Don Goard reported we will have no CMA Mid-shipmen at this month’s meeting and they will not visit again until March. He can probably arrange for us to visit CMA next year.
Membership and Retention—D. Anderson reported there are no figures available from the on-line commu-nity site. Potter will email a request for a new current roster.
Sea Cadets and NJROTC – Potter reported our Sacra-mento Sea Cadets are to be at the Auburn Veterans Day events tomorrow. Matthew Axelson has events to attend in Yuba City, so they will not be here, nor will Luther Burbank NJROTC. Sacramento Sea Cadets are now meeting in Roseville.
Publicity – Holmes reported our meeting announce-ment had been submitted.
Legislative Affairs – Holmes reported Tom McClintock will speak at tomorrow’s Veterans Day activities.
Telephone Tree – Potter reported all is going well and thanked her callers.
Fallon Clinic – D. Anderson reported several copies of the SeaPower publicity about the awards ceremony had been sent to Fallon.
Hall Board – Potter reported the next meeting will be in December.
USS McCampbell – Potter reported the 4th quarter
Sailors of the Quarter checks and certificates have been sent and the McCampbell appreciates our sup-port
Touch of Home – Potter reported Touch continues to send packages and to try to get new names to send packages to.
STEM – D. Anderson reported the national STEM com-mittee met by conference call this morning. All but $500.00 of their grant budget has been awarded. He is working on getting publicity for our E. V. Cain school, which just received notice they have been awarded a
COMMITTEE REPORTS continued: $1,000.00 grant.
Programs – Mike Holmes reported Donna Arz will speak in November. December will be our Christmas Party. January will probably be the NOSC CO and Feb-ruary will probably be an Army helicopter pilot. Potter repeated her suggestion that D. Goard and Aaron Lonquist put together a Youth Program for March, with speakers from CMA, Sea Cadets and Florin NJROTC.
Website and Social Media – Potter reported the web-master still has not trained her on updating the site and all new information still needs to go through him. .
REVIEW OF DUE DATES
Our installation of officers will be at our November meeting, with Carol Ann Hackley installing.
Ideas for the Christmas Party entertainment were dis-cussed. Holmes will check with the Auburnaires as to their availability. Terry Crouson’s family singing group and the country singer we had five or six years ago were suggested. As always, we will sing carols and collect toys for the Salvation Army.
We will have a cake for November, decorated to thank all veterans and wish the Marine Corps a happy birth-day.
E. V. Cain, although awarded a national STEM grant, may not receive the funding for some months. D. An-derson inquired if we could be prepared to front several hundred dollars to the IF they needed it before the grant money came in. D. Anderson moved, Holmes seconded and it was passed that we do so.
Our 60th birthday (We were chartered December 4,
1956) will be celebrated in January with a cake, a short presentation about our history and possibly a visit by Regional President Tom Wynant.
The American Legion will hold their Hoedown for He-roes November 12.
D. Anderson announced he and M. Anderson were attending Carson City council’s meeting November 16 to hear their guest speaker, the Master of the USS Car-son City. They also plan to attend Sacramento Coun-cil’s trip to Mare Island next year. He also suggested that the national membership committee look at the very inconvenient and confusing discontinuation of the family membership.
D. Goard announced he and Nancy Goard were spend-ing a night on the USS Hornet. He also announced the county has closed the Power Club, so we need another venue for the Army-Navy Game viewing. Sizzler’s, which we used several years ago, was suggested.
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Navy League General Meeting
Deadline for contributions of information in the Ships Bell is the first of each month. Free e-mail subscriptions are availa-ble to anyone. Contact Alicia Wilbur at (530)305-5499 or (email) [email protected] with questions, com-ments, information, or address changes. We are always happy to hear from members. We especially want to hear news about our members that we might not otherwise be aware of. Share this newsletter with your friends and invite them to our general meetings. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Auburn Veterans’ Memorial building- Social Hour at 5:30 pm, Dinner and Speaker beginning at 6:30 pm. Usual cost of dinner is $15.00
Officers and Directors
President Bonnie Potter (530)823-2820 [email protected] Vice-President Don Anderson (530)888-6710 [email protected] Secretary Mona Anderson (530)888-6710 [email protected] Treasurer August Anema (530)823-2820 [email protected] Director, President Emeritus Mike Holmes (530)889-2780 [email protected] Director Aaron Lonquist (530)885-1114 [email protected] Director Alicia Wilbur (530)305-5499 [email protected] Director Greg Wilbur (530)305-3142 [email protected] Director Don Goard (530)906-3244 [email protected] Director Walt Wilson (530)878-6640 [email protected] Director Carol Ann Hackley (916) 253-7565 [email protected]
Duties and Points of Contact
Judge Advocate Larry Starn Chaplain Bruce Lundberg Ship’s Bell Editor Alicia Wilbur Membership & Membership Retention Don Anderson Maritime Don Goard Sea Cadets Aaron Lonquist USS McCampbell Bonnie Potter Fallon Clinic Bonnie Potter Publicity Mike Holmes Telephone Tree Bonnie Potter/Deno Georgis/Mona Andereson/Don Goard Flag Duty Greg Wilbur/August Anema Table Decorations Bonnie Potter/August Anema Ticket Sellers Greg Wilbur/August Anema Greeters Nancy Goard/Alicia Wilbur Bartender Court Bradbury Legislative Affairs Mike Holmes Programs Mike Holmes Web Page Bonnie Potter/Don Goard Veterans’ Hall Board Bonnie Potter/Don Anderson “A Touch of Home” Roberta McGuinn STEM /Seaperch Don Anderson
Members that have driving limitations are encouraged to call for rides to our meetings or other council events. If you’re not sure who to call, you are always welcome to call Bonnie Potter, President, (530) 823-2820