The Quantico Area Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association perpetuates friendships and associations formed by chapter members through their common experiences and interests in the Naval Academy and the Naval Services. It promotes fraternity among Naval Academy alumni and fosters interests of our country, the Naval Services, and the Naval Academy. Activities are focused on bonding members of all classes and all generations in a common tradition of service, citizenship, fellowship, and mutual support.
Message from the President
Welcome to June 2017 and the start of what we plan to be another great year for the Quantico Area Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association. We start our 6th year as a vibrant and healthy Chapter and I want to start this message by thanking our outgoing President – Mr. Geoff Pomroy, ’69. Thanks, Geoff, for your dedicated leadership, friendship, and support – the Chapter is in your debt. Another thank you to the Officers and the Board of Advisors for your help and support. There are many others who are not formally part of the Council but without whose help we would soon sink – thanks to all of you too.
To our Members, and to Alumni waiting to join, I’m dedicated to providing you the kind of Chapter that accomplishes the our main goals as stated, in part, in our Mission Statement – “Perpetuate the friendships and associations formed by Chapter members through their common experiences and interests in the USNA and the Naval Services, and to promote fraternity among all USNA alumni…in a common tradition of service, citizenship, fellowship and mutual support.”
Your new Council is dedicated to working very hard this year but we will do better when we hear from you. Communication is certainly one of the keys to our future success. Tell us what we can do to make this a better Chapter and I, in turn, promise that we will communicate with you. My three methods will be this website page, in person at all Chapter get-togethers, and an occasional e-mail to remind of important upcoming events.
I look forward to building the membership and the community of the Chapter. The more we can get to know each other, work with each other, volunteer to help the community with each other, the more vibrant, significant, and enjoyable this Chapter will be.
The Council has many goals, new and continuing, for the Chapter this year. Here are a few:
- Continue the monthly speaker series. I believe most will agree this is a highlight of our Chapter. Jim Gfrerer is our lead on this effort. Suggestions for speakers to him, please.
- Grow the Chapter’s membership. We had approximately 90 paid members last year. We have just over 700 alumni that live in our designated geographic area.
- Continue / enhance our support of the Semper Fi Fund and Quantico National Cemetery. We are a service organization as well as a social organization. We will look to add potential organizations to actively support. I will call for your thoughts very soon.
- Support Congressman Wittman’s Academy Candidates Evaluation Board. We missed out due to timing last year. We can provide valuable insight to this Board.
- Vibrant support of STEM. This is vitally important in our support of future Mids. Phil Salinas has volunteered to lead the charge and will let us know what he needs.
- Vibrant support of our BGO. We can do much more to support current and future Mids, and their families, thru our Blue & Gold Officer. Jim Ripley leads this task and will provide us with potential opportunities to help.
- Develop a Chapter Crest. Most of the other Chapters you see online have a unique Crest. I will let you how we plan to move this forward very soon.
We are looking forward to a productive and fun year. I hope that you will renew your annual membership, or become a new active member, of an organization of wonderful people who are drawn together by a common bond.
Bob Taylor ‘74, President