We had more SEALS in the house than San Diego has at Sea World. And PETA kept still. Admiral Timothy Szymanski was our speaker this morning. The Admiral is Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command based in our fair city. In the picture to the right he stands between two of our stalwart members who share the Budweiser Pin, Don Crawford and Irish Flynn. Dan Hendrickson, fresh from a memorable finish in the longest continuously running triathlon, stayed out of the picture but shares SEAL history along with his family (see below).
But first Don struck six bells and Paul Lull prayed to our Heavenly Father to bless our efforts. Lee Cargill led the pledge. Don gave us the quote of the day from James Buffett…It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.
Don said your board met and instead of spending money the board of directors hired Bill Carinder as External VP. Bill is cheap. Bill is good.
Don is getting ready to publish the Directory so if you haven’t updated your personal info send it on a postcard with all your passwords to somebody in our hierarchy.
We passed around a beautiful scrapbook of last years activity. If you didn’t get a look or a chance to sign it, get in line next week.
The JOI clubs are cleaning the beach on Saturday at 1030. Come on down to enjoy a morning outing. We’ll meet in front of the Shores. Easy parking.
BRAGGING for the kids.
First, Dan Hendrickson pinned Rear Admiral Stars on his SEAL son last week. Congratulations!
#Charlie reports Angela Ahern is already making stars at Boston College. Yeah!
#Momma Bear Downey reports that her daughter knows all about entropy and enthalpy and why we all all slowing down.
#Johnnie Perez reports his son has moved on from the piano (self taught) to the cello so Johnnie can get music to sleep bye. #Don Crawford doesn’t remember his nephew playing music to rest bye on his violin. Forget those mistakes of the past,
#Jim Cooper’s granddaughter has a lead in COSA upcoming play, and Jim is loaning furniture to the company.
#Cynthia is signing books at Athena Restaurant. Call her for time and date.
#Jim Zoll’s grandson received a leadership award at Graham Memorial.
#Lee Cargill played golf with a guy who helped cremate Sam McGee–close that damn door!
#Finally, we note that the Midshipmen and the Falcons go at it this weekend while the Black Knights are waiting to pounce on the wounded.
Anniversaries–John Brassert (1 year); Lee Cargill (24); Bret Gary (15), and Cynthia Kosciuczyk (6).
Lynz Arendsee had a birthday. HBTY, Lynz.
Our Speaker RADM Timothy Szymanski
The Admiral brought CDR Tamera Lawrence, LT Kenny Walls, and Sarah Farnsworth, four members of his staff to represent the 10, 000 folks in the Naval Special Warfare Command. Of these 2700 are SEALS and one thousand are forward deployed in 37 countries. He has drone operators, submersible vehicles and crews, the combat craft you see racing out of Glorietta Bay, as well as supply and logistic folk, intell and comm specialists. In short he has everybody that the SEALS need to take to the fight and support the effort. This includes backup for the families of the war fighters.
The deployed SEAL teams are on a two year cycle with 18 months of workup or preparation and a six months deployment.
Admiral Szymanski told us that the SEALS expanded from 1900 men on 9/11 to 2700 today, and recruiting stays strong. The generation we recruit from is strongly motivated to this challenge.
He thanked us for our continuing involvement in support of our military.
Next week John Bowen will talk to us about the stock market and the law of gravity.
If you want a free breakfast you have two opportunities.
#1 Whose shoes are pictured above?
#2 What Orange Avenue Store once scandalized mothers who were unaware that every week little Danny was lining up after school to watch a python be fed a widdle duckie in the street display window?
Give your answer to the team at the check in desk. If you are first, breakfast is on the editor.
Finally, here is a Library where Dr. S is very welcome!