Pacific Merchant Marine Council finds a Sea Cadet Division to support!
- Dear Members and Friends,I mentioned in a previous message that there would be breaking news at our June 15 luncheon meeting. Here it is.For some time we, as a council, have been interesting in finding and supporting a Sea Cadet division with a merchant marine orientation. Well, we found one! Ironically it is the only unit home-ported in San Francisco. Other divisions are scattered about the Bay Area, most supported by a nearby Navy League Council. This one was not; its sponsor and primary supporter is the Royal Canadian Legion, Canada's largest veteran and community service organization, www.legion.ca.Since activities associated with the Admiral Patterson memorial service aboard the S.S. JEREMIAH O'BRIEN May 22, the memorial cruise May 23, and the USS SAN FRANCISCO memorial service May 24, we became aware of the U. S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division. The unit performed color guard duty each occasion. Two of the Cadets have earned sufficient USCG documentation to serve aboard merchant ships and are seeking summer employment afloat. Another is headed to the USCG Academy this summer.Captain Timothy Cogan, USNR, is the division's commanding officer. He is a marine engineering inspector within MARAD's San Francisco Office. The Executive Officer is Ensign Matthew Truesdell, NSCC, and the Operations Officer is Warrant Officer Guilherme Freitas, USCG (Ret.). Gil works for Ports America making sure all the cranes remain in top condition. Gil's wife Karen is an Instructor and their two daughters are cadets. You can learn more about the division at http://www.arkansasdivision.org; particularly note the plan of month and training opportunities.Karen, the Cadets in starched white jumper uniforms, and Instructor Alexey Sobolev were guests at our June 15 Oakland luncheon. Each gave their perspective on the Sea Cadets and the Arkansas Division (read about the four Navy ships USS Arkansas, including BB-33 and CGN-41 at http://us.yhs.search.yahoo.com/avg/search?fr=yhs-avgb&p=USS%20Arkansas). I announced the council officers and directors had approved establishing an ongoing relationship with the Arkansas Division once its leadership and the Royal Canadian Legion approved. That approval is in process but to demonstrate our intentions, we would initially support the Division with the net proceeds of the drawing, a NLUS Youth Medal, a NLUS membership, and a NLUS challenge coin. Co-sponsorship with the Royal Canadian Legion is hopefully in the future.The 50-50 drawing was very successful what with the Cadets going table to table selling tickets! Our Chaplain Fr. James Wade, was the lucky winner, the Cadets and Jim split the $230 pot. He indicated the O'BRIEN will be the recipient of his share and for sure we don't have any problem with that. We added some funds from the treasury, and rounded up the Cadet's share of the cash to $200. Also added two watches and Navy League pens.I might mention that council member Stan Ellexon has served for years as Vice President of the Naval Sea Cadets Corps. Council Director Robert Dickinson, has been active for years with the Sea Cadets Pyro Division and as an instructor within the NSCC training program. Last year, council members, Navy League and Naval Order friends raised $560 in the NSCC Region Drawing. In October we will again be asking for your individual support of this important fundraiser. We, as a council, will return our $280 rebate of ticket sales for the purchase of 2009 tickets. The Sea Cadet program has expenses and we are glad to assist within the region and now within the Arkansas Division.Please contact me if you should be interested in volunteering or financially supporting the Sea Cadets above and beyond the 2009 drawing. I have the recently published Naval Sea Cadets Corps 2008 Annual Report and it is most informative. I'll see that you get a copy; it does not seem to be available online.Anticipate more on this new council initiative as things evolve. The Arkansas Division Sea Cadets have a standing invitation to all our council events and our members will be notified of Division activities to which we are invited.Anchors Aweigh,PhelpsPhelps Hobart, PresidentPacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS________________________________________Veterans Day Parade, San Francisco
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CAPT Timothy Cogan, USNR, Commanding Officer
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- ARKANSAS Division http://www.arkansasdivision.org