Program Notes
Submitted by Michael McLean
Barbeque Annual Clambake:  "Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh. what a beautiful day!" We could not have asked for a more perfect day on which to hold the Chapter's Annual Clambake! Once again it was held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, on August 3, 2002. Notwithstanding the heightened security at the Shipyard since 9/11, everyone got to Jamaica Island to enjoy a wonderful day of good company and our traditional feast of clam chowder, lobster, steak, wurst, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, onions and watermelon. We didn't quite break last year's record number, but we came close with 424 members, family and guests signing up. Again we were honored to have several notable guests join us - two of the State's U.S. Congressional delegation - Representative John Sununu and Senator Bob Smith, talked with many of those in attendance; Richard Heon, and his wife Tammy, a New Hampshire State Representative from Somersworth; COL Jim Pauls, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Director, Council and Chapter Affairs for TROA, who presented the chapter with two awards from the national headquarters of TROA; LCDR Paul Sova, USCG (Ret.), a national director of TROA and CAPT Kevin McCoy, USN, the new Shipyard Commander, and his wife Terri, whom we welcomed to our Chapter. We even had gate crashers - US Congressional candidate Mahoney and his followers. I guess it was that time of year!

Again this year we extended an invitation to our neighbors from Vermont in the Green Mountain Chapter to join us. Ten members and guests trekked across New Hampshire to attend the Clambake. As our Clambake has gained fame in New England, the Ft. Devens Chapter asked if they could join in the fun. As a result, a bus-load of twenty-one TROA cousins from "south of the boarder" joined the best chapter of TROA in our Clambake. As they did last year, TROA sent out letters to those national members residing in New Hampshire who are not members of the chapter inviting them to attend and have a chance to talk with COL Pauls about important issues relevant to the retired community. Forty-three national members and guests attended, and we even got ten to join the chapter! Eight new chapter members were in attendance for their first TROA-NH event: Leland & Kathren Brennan of Hampton, Larry and Carol Brundnicki of Sunapee, Ed and Anne Johnson of Rye Beach and Robert and Carol Lebold of Seabrook.

One of the benefits of the Clambake, other than to enjoy a great home cooked barbecue, is to support the Chapter's Scholarship Loan Fund. This locally run program helps children and grandchildren of the New Hampshire Chapter members with college expenses by awarding interest free loans of $1500.00 per academic year. This year SIXTEEN students will receive loans. The Clambake raised $3671.00 toward a goal of $5000.00 for this year. Thank you to all who contributed!!

Finally, a special Bravo Zulu to all those who made this event as successful as it was. It could not have been done without all the hard work of the chapter volunteers!!

Fall Meeting at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel "It was a dark and stormy night," but it turned into a bright and beautiful day for the Fall Meeting and Luncheon that was held on September 28, 2002 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel in Bartlett. 170 members and guests braved the "leaf peepers" and made the drive up to the North Country to this very scenic spot. Even though everyone was warned about the traffic, some got caught but made it eventually! Once again, the Grand Summit served an excellent meal that was enjoyed by all. We welcomed back Bryan Yeaton, from the Mt. Washington Observatory, for his third visit as our guest speaker. This time he recounted his exploits trekking across the country by bicycle, from Seattle to Rye Beach, chaperoning a group of high school students. As before, he had numerous stories to tell! We can't wait for him to have another adventure so he can return to give us all the details. Four first timers joined us at the luncheon: Therese Colford of Portsmouth, Harold and Barbara Doane of Gilmanton and David Tellman of Bethlehem.



 

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