Manchester Country Club
Submitted by Michael McLean
Speaker The Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the New Hampshire Chapter was held once again at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford on November 16, 2002. Another record of 265 members and guests had signed up for the luncheon; however, threatening weather that day resulted in a large number of people staying home. Those who did attend were treated to another excellent meal put on by the staff of the Manchester Country Club. While the members' business meeting was going on, the spouses and friends' were treated to a thoroughly delightful presentation on quilting, titled "Clueless About Quilts?!", by Marilyn Follansbee, wife of chapter member Herb Follansbee. Marilyn's imagination, and the sample of quilts she showed, is remarkable! We were pleased to have Col Steven P. Strobridge, USAF (Ret.), Director, Government Relations, TROA and Co-Chairman of the Military Coalition as our guest of honor. He updated everyone on the latest legislation affecting the military community and fielded numerous questions from the floor. He also presided over the installation of the newly elected officers and Board of Directors of the Chapter. We were joined by sixteen first time members: Marjorie Anderson of Concord, Susan Cuddy of Amherst, Jack and Ginny Deady of Bedford, Ronald De Yoe of Merrimack, Francis and Susan Fuselier of Peterborough, Dexter Hodgeman of Derry, Dave and Sandy Houde of Hudson, Kenneth McCann of Sunapee, William Merrill of Londonderry, Charles and Alice Smith of Nashua and Robert and Anneke Tabachnikoff of Hollis.

Tidewater Tour
Submitted by “Andy” Anderson

The recently completed Chapter-sponsored visit to Tidewater Virginia provided all the interest and excitement one could wish.  Ideal early fall weather made perfect the scheduled visits to the original site of the Jamestown Colony, Colonial Williamsburg, the Revolutionary War battleground and British surrender site at Yorktown, and the awe-inspiring Civil War battlefield at Fredericksburg.  Equally, rain did not deter or detract from a beautiful tour of Washington by night, including stops at the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Iwo Jima Memorial, Navy Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial and much more.

Bus The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk.  This featured a detailed command briefing followed by a comprehensive tour of the facility, including the Distance Learning Center, seminar rooms, a war gaming suite, the library, and administrative offices.  A group photo was taken on the Quarterdeck by the JFSC photographer upon completion of the visit.  Immediately following, thanks to arrangements made by the JFSC, the group departed for a splendid and all-inclusive guided bus tour of the Norfolk Naval Station complex, including the Main Navy Piers (with aircraft carriers, frigates, amphibious, and service forces present), Destroyer Piers, “Admirals’ Row” residences dating from the Columbian Exposition, and the Breezy Point Naval Air Station.

A second highlight of the week was a visit to the Mariners Museum in Newport News, site of the recovered remains and artifacts of the Civil War ironclad, Monitor.  Her gun turret and portions of her hull and engines can be viewed as they are painstakingly preserved as a lasting memorial to the day that Monitor v. Merrimack forever changed the course of naval history.

All in all, this TROA-NH tour has been one of the very best to date, even though the adrenaline was generally raised by the bus transits back and forth between Washington and Richmond during the height of the Maryland/Virginia sniper attacks.


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