Chapter President’s Update 03-03-2017

Posted: 3/3/2017
On Sunday Feb 19th we held a luncheon at LaTienda in Williamsburg.
Don Harris talked about his career as a Navy Chaplain and how he gained an extensive knowledge of Spain, its culture and especially its fine food.
Upon retirement from active duty Don found himself in the Spanish import business which soon evolved into his current Spanish Market and Tappas restaurant.
If you are interested in outstanding authentic Spanish food try LaTienda, of if you are thinking of travelling to Spain, stop in and ask Don for advice.  You will enjoy the time you spend engaging Don in conversation.
In early January we conducted a membership drive and had 35 alumni sign up and pay dues for 2017.  This has helped us focus on our core constituency based in James City County.  Our members receive discounts at Chapter events and also a free luncheon with Congressman Wittman at Patriots Colony at Williamsburg (PCAW).
Our 2017 calendar has a tour of Gauthier Vineyards followed by wine tasting on May 6th.  Mo Gauthier ’69 will show us his new wine cellars and host the wine tasting.  It is rumored a few of his classmates and a room mate will drive up from Tidewater and join us.
June 19th Patriots Colony will host a free luncheon for current members with Congressman Wittman as our Keynote Speaker. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors since 2010.  Congressman Wittman serves as the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.  In addition, as Co-Chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, he is a staunch advocate for a robust Naval fleet and a healthy domestic shipbuilding industry.
Late July / early Aug we are planning a cookout to include families.
October will be our Founders’ Day Celebration at a local restaurant with PEO Carriers as our tentative Speaker.
December we will gather at a local Williamsburg location for our annual Army / Navy party.
If you have any suggestions or questions contact me anytime.
Ben Francisco