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Mid-year Chapter Update

Message from the Chapter President

Hey guys,


I hope you and your families are well and had a great 4th of July holiday and are having a great summer.  There is so much going on that I wanted to communicate a mid-year update.


  • Monthly Chapter Luncheons:
    • Since January of this year our monthly luncheons have been held on the third Tuesday of every month with reasonable success.  I say reasonable success because we ended the first half of the year having to cancel the June luncheon with Dr. Rick McCaslin because of a low number of RSVPs.  We have a great lineup of speakers for the fall and hope to have a great turn out each month.  The speakers include:
      • August 19th – Dr. Rick McCaslin, Chair of the History Department at the University of North Texas, “CSS Hunley: Engineering Triumph, Human Tragedy
      • December 17th – Vice Admiral Walter “Ted” Carter, USN, 62nd Superintendent of the US Naval Academy
      • Tony Tully, author of Shattered Sword, the Untold Story of the Battle of Midway 
      • Colonel Dan Caine, USAFR, “Personal Experiences on September 11, 2001”
      • Captain Gil Miller ’90, USN, Commanding Officer, NAS JRB Fort Worth

  • Quarterly non-luncheon events:
    • To date we’ve held two non-luncheon events both with great success.  Both were happy hours and the motivation for holding non-luncheon-monthly events was two-fold, geographic and time wise.  The thought was that by holding at least half of these events in areas besides Dallas and in the evenings rather than over lunch we will be able to reach and include members who aren’t able to attend our normal monthly luncheons because of geography or career demands.  With our first two events, we feel we are achieving those objectives.
    • Our first event was in March in Dallas with Pete Andrews ’98 taking the lead and organizing a great event at Nick and Sam’s Grill in the Preston Center area.  We had approximately 30 – 35 alums attend and for the most part a different crowd then we normally see at luncheon, guys like Pete whose jobs prevent them from attending our luncheons.
    • The second event was in May in Fort Worth at the Reservoir Bar and Grill with Lori Buresh ’00 taking the lead.  It was a great event with about 30 people in attendance and few if any able to attend our luncheons in Dallas. 
    • Future events:
      •  Our third quarter event will be Thursday, August 14th, happy hour – BBQ dinner with author with Tom Manion, the author of the book Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice (http://brothersforeverbook.com) about his son Travis ’04 and roommate Brendan Looney ’04.  You can expect details in the next week. 
      • We’d like our fourth quarter event to be an event in the mid-cities.  Please contact me if you are in the mid-cities and would like to take the lead on this event or if you can’t take the lead but have ideas on where we might hold an event.


  • Texas State Game, September 13th:
    • The Texas State game is an evening game, starting at 7:00 pm.
    • The Austin Chapter is organizing a tailgate approx. three hours before kickoff in the track and field stadium which is about 150 yards to the east of the football stadium.  The cost will be $25 per person with tickets sold through the Alumni Association only.
    • The biggest problem is the lack of parking around the Texas State stadium.  The nearest parking lot is about a half mile away but you have to cross a four-lane undivided road to get to the tailgate/stadium.  We have been warned to park only where you see signs -- people have been towed.  If there is enough interest the Austin chapter will be running a bus or two from Austin to San Marcos. 
    • We are looking at chartering bus(es) from Dallas to the game, arriving in time for the start of the tailgater and departing 30 minutes after the game.  We expect the cost to be about $30 per person but will need hard commitments by August 15th.  Expect details in the next ten days. 


  • Chapter CommunicationsOne objective we set at the start of the year that we haven’t achieved is creating a Chapter Facebook page.  We hope to get it done in the second half of the year as a means of supplementing the website in communicating with the Chapter.  If you’d like to help with this objective, please contact me or any of the Chapter officers. 

  • Chapter bylaws:  As I mentioned in an email back in early June, the chapter is conducting a review of the chapter bylaws.  I am very thankful that John Wroten ’65, Corey Bickmore ’78 and John Samuels ’80 have volunteered to work on the effort with our Secretary, Carrie Murdock ‘99. The plan is to have the recommended changes available by our August meeting to be voted on at our September meeting. 

  • Where you can help in the second half of 2014:
    • We are always looking for suggestions and help with speakers for our monthly luncheons.  Please let any of the officers know your ideas of the topics or individuals you would like to hear from.
    • Quarterly events are probably the area we will always need help.  Please contact me if you are in the mid-cities and would like to take the lead or have any ideas for an event for the 4th quarter.
    • We could use help with our communications effort.  We welcome help with the website, Facebook or LinkedIn.  Please let us know if you would be interesting helping with any of these or even taking the lead with Facebook or LinkedIn. 
    • The Blue Chip Dinner is tentatively set for December 17th and will be here before we know it, we welcome any and all of you who would like to help make this year’s 43rd annual Blue Chip Dinner another success. 
    • Finally. If you aren’t already a member, please join.  Your membership provides standing for us nationally with the Alumni Association and provides the resources for what we do as a chapter.  Please click here http://www.usnaaa-ntx.com/memsub.html to become a member. 


Thanks very much for your support in the first half of the year, I look forward to an equally successful second half of the year and seeing you at a North Texas event soon and hopefully in San Marcos for the Navy football game, too. 


Matthew Elias ‘78


North Texas Chapter

USNA Alumni Association



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