On Sunday, 24 October, Ray LeCompte and I set up, and manned, our recruiting booth at the 2015 Wings Wheels & Rotors Expo that was held at JFTB Los Alamitos. It was a long but enjoyable day. We shared our booth with the Association of the United States Navy (“AUSN”) and Military Officers Association of America(“MOAA”). Joe Quaglino of AUSN was with us part of the day and we handed out lots of magazines and material to potential, future members and interested persons. Member Randy Krekeler stopped by the booth a couple of times to check on us. He was working for the Chamber of Commerce which sponsored WWRE. Staff member, Sel Ramsey, stopped by and stayed long enough to help fold the tent and pack up as the show ended. Thank you to Ray and to Sel for their efforts on behalf of Gramps. As always, we appreciate everybody’s efforts at recruiting new members.
This is an old refrain, but we need more volunteers to fill staff positions. For way too long we have had vacancies on the staff that need to be filled. A recent, very positive addition is Cindy Macha. She is doing a great job lining up speakers for GPS. Please say thanks to Cindy when you see her at the next meeting. Hal McDonnel continues to produce an excellent OpPlan that gets out in a timely manner thanks to his prodding of the staff to get their columns in to him on time. Dick Fields continues to produce well written and informative reviews of the comments made by our speakers. Dick also handles all of the audio visual challenges that seem to pop up at every meeting. Special thanks to Dolores Hardy, Carol Fields, Ray LeCompte and Doc Helton for their efforts at each and every meeting to set up for the luncheons, greet the members and take their money, and set up the tables in a presentable fashion. Ray is responsible for getting the table decorations and stage banner installed before each meeting. Recently, Joe Pike has volunteered to help Ray with these projects.
Doc Helton keeps us informed of all things medical that might pop us during the month. Who amongst us doesn’t appreciate his comments regarding immunizations? I got mine, how about you? Doc also handles the seating arrangements at the Speaker’s Table which can sometimes become very political. At this next meeting you will witness the results of the efforts of Sel Ramsey and George Del Gaudio as they orchestrate the awarding of certificates and gifts to the Sailors of the Quarter from NWSSB. They do a great job running that program. Thanks to all.
We look forward to seeing you all at the next luncheon. Please bring a friend or relative. Recruit, Recruit, Recruit! Also, Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer!