View From The Bridge – March 2017
2017 – Starting The New Year
The Lake Washington & Everett Council moves into the New Year with a renewed energy and focus. The successful programs of past years… dinner events, tours, attending Commissioning and Change of Command Ceremonies, and providing direct support to our current Adopted Units, will continue and our Third Annual Golf Scramble will be held at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club on 18 May. In 2017 we will begin to focus on re-establishing a Navy League presence in Everett and the surrounding demographic area. There will be a re-emphasis on developing an active membership program, including individual members, Community Affiliate members and the retention of current members, both locally on the East Side and in the Everett area. And as the year progresses there will undoubtedly be additional initiatives.
All successful organizations, whether for profit or non-profit are successful on if they have a strong and active Board of Directors. The Lake Washington & Everett Council is fortunate to be one of those organizations. This past year four valuable individuals left our Board of Directors. I want to sincerely thank ADC Al Torstenson USN (Ret), Sonya Bachmann, Niles Fowler and Jim Sketchley for their dedication and hard work in support of our Council. That said I want to welcome four new outstanding members to our Board, including Sanu Chacko, Captain John Deehr USN (Ret), CMC Kevin Isherwood USCG (Ret) and Janie Nicodemus. You can find the names of our 2017 Officers and Board of Directors by going to our website, www.lakewashnlus.org and clicking on “About Us”.
An organization like the Lake Washington & Everett Council can only be successful if it effectively communicates, on a continuing basis, with its “members and friends”. This newsletter, The Voyager, which is published on a quarterly basis, is an outstanding example of effective communication. Approximate 200 copies of The Voyager are mailed each quarter and you can also read The Voyager as well as prior issues on our website. Our new website was activated in December 2016. It has a new “look” and is easy to access and read. “Sea Service News’ is updated weekly with current Council news and on the “Honor Page”, articles and stories about military events, historical and recent, that you will find both interesting and fascinating. A new and popular enhancement, you may now pay for dinners and other events via credit card. In my last “View” I announced that our Council would begin to investigate stepping into the world of Social Media. This is clearly new ground for our Council but we have formed an ad-hoc committee that during the next two or three months will be taking this project to completion.
Finances and Funding
It is never easy to “talk about money”. That said the Lake Washington & Everett Council provides programs and services to support the enlisted members, men and women, of our active duty Adopted Units and in addition, our three student organization, the University of Washington NROTC, the Liberty High School NJROTC and Naval Station Everett Sea Cadet Division – 132 NSE. And it takes “money” to make all of this happen. The Council has developed a conservative and realistic budget for 2017. A part of our budget each year comes from contributions and donations from individuals and our Community Affiliate and Corporate Sponsors. That said, additional funding will be necessary if we are to meet our 2017 goals, including the adoption of seven new Aegis Class Destroyers that are currently stationed or will be stationed at Naval Station Everett.
Additional contributions and donations are always welcome and will be greatly appreciated. You can contribute via credit card by going to our website and clicking on “Donate”.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at future dinner event,
tours and our Third Annual Golf Scramble.