Top Left all the way from Hungary, with his uncle George Bassola, is Cornell; on their right the Prez and the Chief; below on the left a new sign in the refreshed Sunset Park that all dogs must learn to read; and finally Johnny and Andrew from the Beach Volleyball team picking up the check for new nets.
Paul Demke and Cheryl Sylvester checked us in, Al Aegerter led the prayer, and Cynthia Kosciuczyk started the pledge on this flag day. (Thanks, Rotarians)
We had more than a few guests. Erin Downey brought her dad all the way from the Big Easy–must be here to watch a granddaughter graduate tonight. Next door neighbor Cameron was also with the party. Paul Lull’s wife Becky was with him.
Bill Parry introduced two captains of the Beach Volleyball team here to pick up a check for $400. We got to sing HBTY to cap’n Andrew who shared his birthday with our Molly McKay and Cheri Aegerter.
What was the program about you ask? Well, take your pick. Chief Froomin saying goodbye; how many golf carts does it take to have a parade; disrespect for the the nation’s oldest military service, our United States Army which celebrates this date in 1775 as its founding. All these were items that filled the air this morning.
Jon Froomin has been our Police Chief for five years and has put his stamp on our PD. Community outreach with a light touch has been his focus. Jon has been involved mightily with our club, helping us focus on programs like the Special Olympics, the Teddy Bear Drive, Shop with a Cop and others. We have watched him on patrol on Orange Avenue and at Little League games at Bradley Field. We will miss him as the Chief heads north on a family mission, but he leaves a stronger force for our community by his efforts.
That golf cart business–you say we have eight, now we want twelve. Does everybody get to ride? Talk to Carla Fargo about getting a yourself covered with red, white, and blue crepe paper as part of the decorations for July 4.
And in 1918 the US Army wasn’t wise to trade North Island in Coronado for Fort Huachuca in a most wretched part of the Southwest, but soldiers would rather look for Apaches than tame jackrabbits, and there was a rebellion going on in Mexico.
More items–take a look at the obituary of our 1987 club president. Casey Reynolds was quite a guy!
An we learned from BJ Adelson that John McKechnie, our 2001 president, is in the hospital. More on this when we learn the details.
Next week we hear about the great work out at Noah Homes. Bring a friend.
Anniversaries this week
Dave Bean in for 7 years sponsored by Jim Cartwright
Dan Hendrickson also 7 years sponsored by Carla Fargo and Laz Waczek four years ago Diana Drummey was his sponsor
Birthdays this week
Cheri Aegerter and Molly McKay
And about the picture of the sign “No Dogs Allowed” … the police department may be on the lookout for a few sacrificial lambs to ticket in order to make believers of the rest of us. Be careful when Rover wants to take a shortcut across the park. (I am certain that Bernitt will give me trouble for lambs and dogs in the same sentence but what else fits?)
HISTORY AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Quote: “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” H.L. Mencken
History: June 20, 1921 Capt. Frank R. McCrary (Dad of our dear departed Bob McCrary took command of the air station that we know and love, and also command of the Navy airship SHENANDOAH. (See more about our Bob below. )
ANNOUNCEMENTS and BRAGS
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Ensign Robert Davison McCrary (NSN: 0-389819), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), which was striking the main Japanese islands near Kobe on 19 March 1945. After his ship was hit in an enemy air attack, a series of violent explosions of ready bombs, rockets and ammunition occurred which threatened the complete destruction of the ship. Courageously, and without regard for his personal safety, he organized and led parties into numerous hot magazines to remove and jettison live ammunition and then fought raging fires in the face of further enemy air attacks. His courageous conduct contributed greatly to the saving of the ship and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.