Chapter President’s Update 04-19-2016

Posted: 4/18/2016

Update 4-19-16

The Williamsburg Chapter is continuing the transition we started last year.

Our central theme has been to be more inclusive of Alumni throughout the Virginia Peninsula from New Kent County to Hampton.  This is an effort to make our Chapter more viable by offering a wider range of events and expanding membership.

Steve Jasper has developed our Chapter’s website over the winter to enable you to keep an eye on Chapter news and upcoming events.  This is still evolving and will have more features later in the Autumn.

As you review our calendar of upcoming events on the chapter site above, you will notice that we have scheduled a golf outing on July 9Before we enter into a contract, we need to determine what the interest level is.  Other local Alumni Chapters have had difficulty supporting a golf outing during the summer.

Accordingly, please let us know:

  1.  Are you interested in attending a golf outing on July 9?
  2. If you are, would you prefer Ford’s Colony Golf Club in Williamsburg or an alternative golf course in the Yorktown/Hampton area.

Please make you responses to Howard Russell at by April 29.

One of the first things we have done is add a bi-monthly Happy Hour at 2nd Street Bistro in Kiln Creek, Newport News.  The next Happy Hour is May 12th 5:00 – 6:30.  This gives our Newport News, Hampton & Yorktown alumni a chance to join us after work occasionally.

Just this past weekend we visited Gauthier Vineyards in New Kent County.  Mo & Sandi Gauthier ’69 hosted an excellent wine tasting.  We had over 2 dozen attendees.  Check out the pictures posted on our Chapter website.   

Gauthier Vineyards   A family-owned working farm, equestrian center,

Vineyard and Winery located in scenic New Kent County.

5000 Farmers Drive, Barhamsville, VA 23011

We just submitted a revision to our bylaws officially changing our name to “Virginia Peninsula Chapter”.  This will better project our mission to reach additional Alumni for some comradery beyond James City County.

Our Chapter has 44 dues paying members.  Your $20 annual dues enable us to offset the cost of our Army – Navy Party, donate $300 to First Flight, $250 toward the Plebe Recognition Dinner each June and sponsor candidates interested in the Academy’s Summer Sessions.  We also are in the process of acquiring new nametags for members & spouses at a cost of $12.50 each. 

If you haven’t already, please send in your 2016 dues.  Currently we have over $4,000 in our treasury and we intend to finish each year with at least that much.

Dues should be sent to:

USNAAA Williamsburg Chapter
c/o Ben Francisco
3 Popeley Ct
Williamsburg, VA 23188

In September or early October we will conduct another Founders’ Day event with Congressman Rob Wittman at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg.  The luncheon will again be free for members.

Keep an eye on our website for updates on all events.


Ben Francisco


VA Peninsula Chapter

USNA Alumni Association