Seattle Council Adopts
Carrier Strike Group
The Seattle Council has adopted its
11th unit, Carrier Strike Group
Three. It was the seventh adoption
by the council in the last three
years. The adoption ceremony was
conducted in the Flag Mess
onboard the aircraft carrier USS
John C. Stennis, the strike group’s
lead ship which the council adopted
last year, and had to be arranged
quickly because of the ship’s imminent deployment, according to
National Director Thomas E. Jaffa.
John C. Stennis, with its approximately 3,200 crew members, left Bremerton, Wash., Jan. 16, on the deployment, in which the Strike Group
will aid the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group currently supporting contingency operations in the
U.S. Fifth Fleet Area of Operation.
The adoption was initiated at the
2006 Annual Sea Services Breakfast
during Seafair Fleet Arrival when
Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, commander, Carrier Strike Group
Three, expressed interest in having
his “Sailors of the Year” recognized
similarly to how those from visiting
ships and other adopted units were
being honored, Jaffa said.
Quinn and Council President
Diane Jaffa moved the project forward to accommodate scheduling
challenges. Immediately following
the adoption ceremony the newly
chosen Senior and Junior Sailors of
the Year — Operations Specialist
(Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare)
1st Class Ronald J. Johnson and
Operations Specialist (Surface
Warfare/Aviation Warfare) 2nd
Class Edward K. Schneider — were
recognized with council plaques and
gift cards from Starbucks.
On hand for the ceremony were
Quinn and his staff, Stennis
commanding officer Capt. Brad
Johanson, and council representatives including President-elect Bill
Larson and vice president for communications and administration,
At the Seattle Council’s adoption ceremony for Carrier Strike Group Three are,
from left to right, National Director Thomas E. Jaffa, outgoing Council President
Diana Jaffa, Strike Group Senior Sailor the Year Ronald J. Johnson, John C.
StennisCommanding Officer Capt. Brad Johanson, Strike Group Junior Sailor of
the Year Edward K. Schneider, Council President-elect Bill Larson and Glenda
Larson, council vice president for communications and administration.
Glenda Larson. Guests were served
lunch with the Quinn and his wife,
Barbara, who was presented with
an honorary membership.
San Diego Council
Marks Birthday, Merges
With Women’s Council
The San Diego Council marked its
65th anniversary with some significant changes. The council elected
Phyllis Barber as its first woman
president and welcomed the San
Diego Women’s Council, which
was to merge with the San Diego
Council Jan. 1 after 40 years of
service on its own. It will continue
on as “Women’s Activities” under
the San Diego Council banner.
Barber takes over as president
from Michael Bucchi. She is a former enlisted servicewoman, having
retired from the Navy in 1993 after
23 years of service. She joined the
Navy League five years ago and
served as the executive committee’s
2006 first vice president.
At the San Diego Council’s anniversary lunch at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, Bucchi offered
a salute to the council’s founding
father and first president Mouney
C. Pfefferkorn. He was joined by
Ken and Mary Tranbarger, friends
of the Pfefferkorn family who were
instrumental in gathering and
researching information on the
council’s founder and preparing
two displays for the event. They,
along with Bucchi and Barber, participated in a cake-cutting ceremony to honor the event.
Pfefferkorn’s grandson Robert
also sent a letter of congratulations
and thanks to the council.
In addition to celebrating the
anniversary and installing the 2007
officers at the luncheon, Bucchi
presented awards to The Falkner
Winery as “Community Affiliate of
the Year” and to Carol Yates as
“Navy Leaguer of the Year.”
The San Diego County Women’s
Council hosted its final luncheon/
meeting at the San Diego Yacht Club
Dec. 2. Beginning Jan. 10, “Women’s
Activities” luncheons were to be
held at the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot on the second Wednesday of each month.
At the final meeting, Edie
McGrath was named “Navy Leaguer
of the Year.” Betty Caughlin was
awarded the Scroll of Honor and all
members of the board received a
Certificate of Appreciation.