SEATTLE CHAPTER of ROA (Department of Washington)
CAPT. Rick Thomas; USCGR (ret)
Hello One and All:
Santha and I hope everyone is doing well and ready
for spring to bloom. I for one am getting water logged and ready to go south to
Our January dinner meeting was a great success with 33 members, speakers and friends in attendance at the 125th St. Grill in north Seattle. Our main speaker was Mr. Bill Cooper with an update on Terrorism in the Unites States. He had a guest with him. Mr. Earl C. Johnson spoke for a few minutes on his experience of being in the first tower hit by the terrorist controlled airliner on Sept. 11, 2001 and how he managed to descend 50 flights of stairs to get out. We asked Earl to come back for a full presentation of his experiences that day. He has agreed to do so.
For our Feb. 15th we had our own CDR Ed Brock speak on issues facing ROA in the near future. Our scheduled program LCDR Carroll Wyble (USPHS) was to speak on US Immigration., but was delayed in his transfer to the Seattle area coming from Alaska to replace CAPT. JeAnne O’Malley who has been transferred to Baltimore as of Feb 1st. CAPT.O’Malley will be missed as a dedicated member and as our chapter Secretary for the last 5 years.
Our March 15th speasker will be Mr. Earl Johnson speaking about his escaping the twin towers disaster on 9/11. I'm sure you will want to hear this thrilling saga as told bu one who was in one of the towers.
Also this month (March) immediately following the dinner meeting, CDR Ed Brock, LTC Larry Searle and I will be off to Washington, DC to attend the ROA’s Leadership Conference to be held Feb 18-21st. at our MinuteMan Building. We will be attending various functions to include National Council meeting, National Resolutions meeting, and the ROA Academy. We will report on this at the March dinner meeting.
1. The Department and the Seattle Chapter together are advertising for a member to
assume the ROTC responsibilities for the Puget Sound area schools & colleges. This is the position that our esteem past member Col. John Halver conductedn for us. The duties will be to maintain direct liaison with the local schools/universities to help arrange award ceremonies, obtaining/providing speakers and insuring ROTC Medals and Awards are obtained though Department ROTC Chairman Col. Jim Siscel for distribution to cadets. If you are willing to help Col. Siscel (email@example.com / 425-778-7202) please contact him or Department President LTC Larry Searle(firstname.lastname@example.org
/427-788-1513), CAPT. Gary Ausman (email@example.com) or me.
2. The Department of Washington currently has several (6 maybe 7) full size flags with base stands and full length poles currently stored at Col. Dave Maddock’s residence on Fox Island. The department wishes to relocate these to safe storage location where they will be available for department functions such as state conventions, and even EXCOM meetings or available to those chapters that might want to use them on occasion. If you can store these or know a secure location to do so, please contact department President Searle or myself.
Please be sure to visit the departments website for President Searle’s current message and both this sight and the departments for upcoming events for the remainder of this year. If other chapters have announcements for future meetings and events they would like posted, please forward the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
so that I may post them for you. Other chapter’s information will be on the
department website as this sight pertains to the Seattle chapter’s information.
Please join the Seattle Chapter for social hour and dinner
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
12255 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133,
6:00 PM social hour, 7:00PM dinner
The third Friday of each month.
Seattle Chapter ROA