Travel with the Chapter
By Andy Anderson
Bus Application and deposit deadline for the Chapter’s October 2002 bus trip extravaganza to Williamsburg and historic Tidewater Virginia have been extended till June 30th.  The trip departs October 5, and returns October 11.  Don’t miss this one!

The tour includes the site of the first English settlement at Jamestown; Colonial Williamsburg; the Revolutionary War battlefield at Yorktown; and the great Civil War battlefield at Fredericksburg.  Other highlights include the Norfolk Naval Base, the Maritime Museum in Newport News (site of the remains of Union ironclad Monitor), and a spectacular tour of Washington, DC, by night.  And there is much more!

Price of this 7-day, 6-night tour is only $849 per person double occupancy ($979 pp single; $829 pp three or more in the same room).  A deposit of $100 per person is required at sign-up, with the balance due by September 2, 2002.

For additional information or to request a registration form, call or write to “Andy” Anderson, CDR, USN (Ret), 87 Abbot Hill Road, Wilton, NH 03086; phone (603) 654-9432.  This is a wonderful opportunity – DON’T DELAY

Volunteers Needed
By Paul Bernard
First, it must be noted that ours is a volunteer organization.  Whether it is the organization and planning of our luncheons, or keeping the “books” for the Chapter, or just pitching in to help at the world renowned annual Clambake, it is all accomplished through the efforts of volunteers. 

While I was in Washington, DC for Storming the Hill, I had the opportunity to share ideas and concerns with Chapter presidents from all around the country.  I was surprised to find that many Chapters have difficulty finding volunteers to serve their Chapters.  I assumed that any organization comprised of individuals who are, or were, commissioned officers and leaders, would have an ample supply of volunteers.  Perhaps I was surprised because our Chapter does not suffer from this apparently widespread problem.  In the past when we have asked for volunteers, they have come forward.  Sometimes in too large a number and we have had the problem of selecting a volunteer—which is a “good” problem to have.

Once again, the Board of Directors is looking for a few volunteers.  First, our current Chaplain, COL William Gillis, who has provided the blessing at the start of each Chapter luncheon for a number of years, would like to be relieved.  If only one person volunteers, that person will be asked to attend all formal luncheons.  If more than one person volunteers, perhaps the job could be shared so that each event is covered, but not necessarily by the same “Chaplain.” 

Next, I am looking for a relief as the editor of the Granite Slate.  The newsletter is published every other month and is formatted using Microsoft Publisher 2000.  The end product is sent via e-mail or by disk to the printer.  To put the newsletter together and sometimes write the articles, takes approximately 8 – 10 hours every other month. 

Finally, volunteers will be needed for the Clambake in August.  If you, or anyone you know would like to volunteer to be the Chaplain, editor of the Granite Slate or help out at the clambake, please contact me at:  Paul L. Bernard, 329 Clinton Street, Concord, NH 03301; by phone at (603) 229-1334; or by e-mail at pbernard@attbi.com.  Thanks!

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