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The Atlanta Chapter luncheon at the Golden Corral was an excellent event, with presentations on the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) and the upcoming Navy football season.
Debbie McKinley, ’95 gave an impressive rundown on the history and success of the VEO, of which she is Board Chair. She told a touching story of VEO’s origin, sparked by the discovery that two employees of her company were actually homeless veterans. A comment on the VEO history from its website states, “Since 2008, Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) has provided Housing, Supportive Services, Job Training and Placement to over 5,000 homeless veterans and their families.” Functions of the organization include providing meals and shelter, getting veterans connected with the VA, and helping them get reconnected with their families and friends. Debbie is very proud of the fact that they have an 87 per cent success rate. Please look at https://www.veohero.org/p/mission.html
A preview of the upcoming Navy football season was presented by Steve Peters, ’84 and Tom Tarquinio, ’83. Both Steve and Tom were Navy football players. They gave us some insight into coaching changes, profiles of key players, and some new strategies for this year. https://navysports.com/
Atlanta Chapter’s Monthly luncheon was held on Friday, July 19th at the Golden Corral.
The guest speaker was Navy Football Defense Coach and USNA alum R.B. Green. He gave a presentation on the upcoming Navy Football Season and update on the team.
Go Navy! Beat Army!
The luncheon at the Golden Corral was held Friday, March 15. President DJ told the first story, about a drug bust in the Pacific. Several other members followed, with topics including an aircraft carrier with a runaway rudder, intricate submarine mishaps, and a narrow escape involving Admiral Zumwalt. The concept was quite successful and will probably be used again in the future. It gave us all some insight into each other’s careers, and it was a lot of fun. The Golden Corral continues to be a good venue with high quality food at low cost.
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Our annual Dark Ages Party at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant, February 9th was well attended. The restaurant did a superb job, and everyone had a good time. A large crowd of civilian types even younger than us were on the dance floor, and we joined them. Pete Knoetgen, ’77 has our thanks, again, for his superb planning and execution.
Atlanta Chapter’s Monthly luncheon was held on Friday, June 22nd at the Golden Corral (2211 Cobb Pkwy in Marietta), close to the Battery.
Mr. Samuel Franklin who is the Operations Manager of Homeland Security and Immigration Service gave an interesting talk about immigration and border security and answered numerous questions. Attendance, including some spouses was good, especially for a summer month. Paul “perfect-pitch” Hurst, ’62 led the singing of Navy Blue and Gold. We were fortunate to have a private room with excellent acoustics.
The Board has reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s Lobesterfest, based on website difficulties, a lack of volunteers for the event, and the concern that it would not measure up to the high standards of previous years. We will still be having the Lobsterfest in 2019, and we plan on its being a great event (with the proper planning and website support).
Please stay tuned as we plan to have another event (besides football viewing parties) for our alumni in the fall.
Atlanta Chapter’s Monthly luncheon was held on Friday, May 18th at Taco Mac (The Prado at Sandy Springs – 5600 Roswell Rd Ste M003, Sandy Springs GA 30342) Approximately 40 members and wives attended.
Registration and pre-lunch social began at 11:30 am and lunch was served at 11:45 a.m.
Doug Norton, ’65, was the guest speaker. Doug gave a fascinating and informative talk about his two books, Code Word: Paternity, and Code Word: Pandora.
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