Nineteen companions and guests attended a wonderful NOUS Northwest dinner meeting at Chinooks Restaurant in Seattle in commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Many said it was our most meaningful one yet!).
Please click on the Post Event Blog 2019 for more photos from the dinner.
Our commander, Captain John Liable hosted the event and gave a presentation on the sacrifices and courage given by so many. Also on display were actual pieces from “The USS Arizona” including some rusted steel provided by CAPT David Todd – literally a very special touch for the evening. (See photo below).
Two awards were given presented during the evening: (1) CAPT Joe Valenta for outstanding past services, including the founding of our commandery, NOUS Northwest, and (2) to Floyd Kershner as the 2019 Member of the Year. Floyd serves as our Historian, “go-to” IT person and expert in many other areas such as teaching us how to SKYPE. John’s wife Cricket, a new NOUS Northwest member, provided all the wonderful table decorations as seen in the photo below.
Our featured speaker for the evening was new companion CAPT Jim McGinnis whose relatives founded the Naval Order of the United States. (Above photo.) Jim and his wife Carol have been very active in researching his ancestors Charles and Frederick Philbook. Jim discussed his family history and he provided a description of the visits he and Carol have made to significant historical action sites as well as the various military activities that his family members were involved with the late 1800’s.
They plan on another trip to the National Archives in Washington DC in the Spring, 2020 to look at the microfilmed records for Frederick in the Spanish American War.
Many thanks to everyone who made this event possible!
Our next meeting is 20 January at SNOCO in Everett, WA. An invitation will be sent to all members later this month with meeting time and directions. For those who will be unable to attend, please plan on joining the meeting via SKYPE.
Many thanks to our commandery photographer, TMC John Gerten (Ret.) and also to CAPT Valenta for their photos!