Members and Friends,
everyone who attended agrees we had a great program - the update on America's
Cup and San Francisco Fleet Week at our "Spring into Summer" Luncheon aboard the
National Liberty Ship SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN.
Please let me
know if you can arrange a dockside shipboard hot catered meal along with an open
bar with complementary parking for $20. We planned for four additional members -
they made reservations but were no shows. That hurts since we work on
the honor system - no money up front - your word is your bond. What
resulted is that we left a bit more food for the ship's volunteer
crew than planned for.
A short to the
point business meeting was conducted upon the conclusion of the luncheon.
Nominations were opened for various positions and by
unanimous vote the following were elected and installed for the
remainder of this year and all of 2014 unless someone comes forward to take the
- Phelps Hobart - President. He remains
- Huong T. Bui (Nancy) steps up from
Director to Secretary.
- Eve F. Castello steps up from
Member to Director. She will be getting the council's telephone committee up
- Senior Vice
President and Judge Advocate regretfully remain
We need active leadership - more
volunteers who believe in our mission and are willing to run with a project. We
can't carry out our mission tasks as well as we possibly could without a
full complement of active officers and directors. Your suggestions on this
critical matter are appreciated.
Here are three photographs from the
luncheon - you will find them on our Facebook and Twitter pages as
Phelps Hobart with Tom Ehman, our
guest speaker for our Spring into Summer Luncheon aboard the National Liberty Ship Memorial SS
He gave a
cutting-edge presentation on the America's Cup races scheduled for San Francisco
Bay this summer. Tom is our newest council member.
Phelps Hobart with
Captain Patrick A. Moloney, Acting Executive Director of the National Liberty
Ship Memorial SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN. Our council charter and our O'BRIEN adoption
certificate have always been aboard; they now a new position of
prominence in in Hold #2. Captain Moloney is a NLUS life member and a member of
We always like to raise $$$ for the O'BRIEN. Tuesday's Spring into
Summer Luncheon again provided the opportunity. In the photo is Phelps Hobart
with the cash along with Captain Patrick Moloney representing the ship. Also
shown is the man with the lucky ticket. The ship
received half of the funds collected in the opportunity to win drawing and Roger
Bazeley the other half. He wasn't so lucky driving over to the ship - somehow he
did a bit of damage to his SUV.
Our Navy League burgee. Our council is
fortunate to have a large NLUS banner similar to this - all gold
We also have a 15" NLUS wall
hanging emblem; it was on display at the
From this history
On June 12, 1775
the seamen on a merchant ship commanded by Jeremiah O'Brien armed with axes,
pitchforks, swords, and handguns, rammed the British schooner Margaretta,
captured the ship's heavy guns and refitted them to the private sloop Unity.
This became the first warship of the soon-to-be United States of America. By the
end of the Revolutionary War over 11,000 Merchant Mariners had given their lives
for the cause of freedom.
The War of 1812
also was fought mainly with Merchant Marine ships. The Merchant Marine was
there in the Mexican-American War, the War between the States, the
Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, Vietnam, Desert
Storm, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
In peace and war
the Merchant Marine provides sea transport vital to our economy and national