April 2, 2013
Great Lakes Day is Friday, April 19th, 2012 at Recruit Training
Command, Great Lakes, IL. Plan on arriving at the gate at 0730
hours to be seated on time. To gain access to RTC, you must have
a pass for your vehicle. To obtain your pass, I will need the
name of the vehicle’s driver and the vehicle information. A list
of passengers and their DOBs would be helpful. I need this info
the week before this event. If you ride the shuttle, from the
hotel, you will be dropped off at the gate and then have to walk
several blocks to the drill hall.
Attire: The Navy Club Commandant is the VIP guest at the review
and the Navy Club is being allowed 25 seats on the dais along
with the reviewing officers. Navy Club members must wear the
official Navy Club attire. Gray dress slacks, white shirt,
appropriate tie with the navy blue blazer and Navy Club cover.
Baseball caps are not allowed on the dais and are not part of
our official attire. If you do not have a cover or blazer, you
still can attend. Jackets should be totally neutral without
political or advertisement displays.
You will not be allowed entry and be asked to leave if not
Hotel accommodations are at the Ramada Waukegan, 200 N. Green
Waukegan, IL. Phone # (847) 244-2400. Ask for the Navy Club
rate, ($79 + tax) for a room with two double beds. Any problems,
ask to speak to Sue Ester. The National Staff meeting is
Saturday, April 20th, at 0900 hrs, at this hotel.
If your ship or squadron has not updated your list of 2013-14
officers, please have your shipswriter do so ASAP. Our NES needs
this info so that we can communicate with the proper people.
I want to thank the Indiana Squadron for inviting me to their
Squadron’s convention. They did an awesome job with their
convention and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed being with them.
I also wish to thank Ship #1812 at Brockport, NY for their
They requested that I swear in their new officers for their
2013-2014 cruise, and I was honored to accommodate their wishes.
I must say that the sea stories were flowing, making the ship
feel as if it wasn’t tied at the dock.
Illinois Squadron had their convention last week end which
finished a busy month for me.
Notice: Any ship/squadron wishing to introduce a resolution or
by-law change for this year’s convention, need to contact NES
Tom Minchin ASAP. To comply with our by-laws, these
resolutions/by-law changes have to be published 45 days prior to
the convention. Waiting to submit them at the National Staff
meeting will be to late for their consideration at this year’s
convention. Any questions, contact Tom.
If anyone has an issue that they wish to discuss, contact me or
my staff. It is hard to resolve issues if we aren’t aware of an
I hope this information is helpful. Please pass this message
along, or print it out and take it to your ship.