By Mike McLean
The First Meeting of the new year was held at the Executive Court Conference Center, Manchester, on January 26, 2002. It was a mild, clear day that saw a large group (240) of members and guest gather together for an excellent meal and good fellowship. This was our second visit to the Executive Court, and the food and service continued to be top notch. We were pleased to have Dr. Gilbert A. Bernabe, LCOL, USA (Ret.), from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, in Washington, DC, and long-time friend of Chapter member MAJ Patricia Graham, USA (Ret.), as our guest speaker. He gave a fascinating slide presentation on his experiences as a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, as part of UNSCOM (U.N. Special Commission). His talk was enthusiastically received by all in attendance! We were joined by eleven first time members of the chapter: Raymond Brown of Londonderry, Ed and June Durnall of Durham, Shirley Hillery of Bedford, John and Cathy Marr of North Hampton, Stephen Rous of Etna, James Twombly of Rochester, David Morin of Manchester and Richard and Ruth Juve of Meredith.
By Andy Anderson
TROA-NH plans a spectacular trip in early October to the historic sites and battle fields of Jamestown Colony, Williamsburg, Yorktown and Fredricksburg, Virginia. This roundtrip bus tour is tailored to our members’ expressed interest. The trip includes a tour of the Norfolk Naval Base, the Maritime Museum in Newport News (site of the remains of the original Union ironclad, USS Monitor) and a bus tour of Washington, D.C. at night. This trip is planned to avoid the long lines and inconveniences understandably inherent in today’s domestic and international air travel.
Price for this six-night, seven-day extravaganza is only $849.00 per person for double occupancy; $979.00 single or $829.00 for three or mare sharing a single room. The price includes six nights of lodging (four of which are at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Williamsburg), six dinners, four breakfasts, and admission to the historical sites to be visited. Except for stopovers in the Washington, D.C. suburban area on the way down and back, all daily tours will originate at the hotel in Williamsburg. A deposit of $100.00 per person is required at the time of signing up, with the balance due by September 2, 2002.
Highlights of this fantastic journey will include the site of the first English settlement at Jamestown, where a colony was almost lost but a nation was founded. Next, Williamsburg, the great colonial settlement which gave birth to today’s modern American nation and our unique form of democratic government. Then on to Yorktown where our independence was sealed in battle. Finally, Fredricksburg, site of one of the greatest yet indecisive battles of our Civil War as it led inexorably to Gettysburg and the “high water mark” of the Confederacy. Much, much more is included to make this trip intellectually challenging, personally rewarding and highly entertaining and enjoyable for all.
For additional information or to request a reservation, call or write to “Andy” Anderson, CDR, USN (Ret), 87 Abbot Hill Road, Wilton, NH 03086, or phone (603) 654-9432. DO IT NOW!! Space is limited and must be allocated strictly in the order that deposits are received.
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