Program Notes
By Michael McLean

Second Meeting - Crowne Plaza Hotel

MeetingThe Second Meeting of 2004 was held on March 27, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua.  This was our first event at the Crowne Plaza and it was delightful.  The staff was very friendly and extremely cooperative.  They were quick to accommodate our every wish.  The 185 members and guests who attended enjoyed a delicious meal.  This venue is well worth repeating for future events.  We were pleased to have Professor Steven T. Ross, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, who spoke to us on The Future of the American Military.  Chapter President Paul Bernard presented CDR "Andy" Anderson, USN (Ret.), our chapterís "Marco Polo", with a plaque for his outstanding service as Chapter Group Travel Coordinator.  Five first time members joined us: Steve and Mary Levine of Nashua, Dean Mottard of Nashua and Lyman and Barbara Smith of South Sutton. 

Spring Meeting - Purity Spring Resort
It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country - way out in the country!  The Spring Meeting and Luncheon was held at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison on May 15, 2004 - Armed Forces Day.  This was the second time we had held an event there.  It is a quaint, attractive setting located in the Lake Region almost in Maine.  144 members and guests were able to find it and had a very enjoyable outing.  The staff of Purity Spring Resort was extremely helpful in accommodating our every request.  Everyone commented on the delicious meal served, with a choice of London Broil or Turkey Dinner.  We were honored to have CAPT Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient and currently the Secretary, Department of Veterans' Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts as our speaker.  He provided information on what is happening for veterans in Massachusetts and a few war stories about his service in Vietnam.  We were joined by two first time members:  Mitch Manseau of North Conway and Richard Sherman of Milton.



                                       Status of NH National Guard

As of May 1, 2004

Total number of NH National Guardsmen ..................................................................................2,700 
NH Army National Guard .........................................................................................................1,700 
NH Army National Guard mobilized .............................................................................................900 
NH Air National Guard .............................................................................................................1,000 
NH Air National Guard mobilized .................................................................................................200 
Number of NH Guardsmen overseas ...................................................................................................................1,000 
Number of NH Guardsmen in-state .....................................................................................................................1,700



Chapter Travel
As you may have noticed, the Chapterís travel program has slowed down.  Part of this is due to the heightened security associated with worldwide travel.  Arnold and Doris Sayer, working with Mary Ann Lewis, took a survey 

at the last luncheon, that showed 29 individuals interested in an Iceland tour.  Arnold, Doris and Mary Ann will look into making arrangements for the Iceland tour and details will be provided as they become available.  If you have any suggestions on possible Chapter trips, contact Arnold, Doris or Mary Ann. 


 

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