The Placer County, Calif., Council celebrated
60 years of support for the sea services on
Jan. 16 at Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall.
Pacific Central Region President Tom Winant was
the principal speaker and presented the council with a
plaque commemorating those years of service before a
group of 80 members and guests, according to a report
from Council Past President Mike Holmes.
Early in 1956, a group of prominent Auburn citizens
applied to the Navy League national headquarters for a
charter to establish the local council. The group included
Alvin Carveth, Bill Cassidy of the Auburn Journal, George
Duff, W.E. Jansen, D.R. “Bob” Robinson, Sheriff Bill
Scott and Patrick Train, a local developer.
The council was chartered on Dec. 4, 1956. Approximately 30 people comprised the first group of members.
The council now has 165 members, according to Holmes,
among them USS Arizona survivor Louis Conter, who has
been a Navy League member since 2002, most of that
time with the Placer County Council.
The Placer County Council supports two U.S. Naval
Sea Cadet Corps units with more than 100 Sea Cadets in
two locations in Northern California; the Navy Junior
Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at
Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento; the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell, which is based in
Japan; the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo; the
Navy clinic in Fallon, Nev.; and the STEM/SeaPerch
program at E.V. Cain Middle School in Auburn.
The Placer County Council has been awarded
a total of five Outstanding
Council, Meritorious Council and
Honorable Mention awards since
2010. It also received a trophy for
Outstanding Combined Naval Sea
Cadet Corps Units.
Imperial Valley Council
Showcases Blue Angels
The Imperial Valley, Calif.,
Council celebrated its 68th birthday
Feb. 7 at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El
Centro at its “Blue Angels Night”
dinner along with pilots and officers
of U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration
Squadron. The event also marked
the 50th anniversary of the Blue
Angels training at El Centro.
Cmdr. Ryan “Boss” Bernacchi,
the squadron’s flight leader, was
the guest speaker, and he and
members of his team joined the
council for its traditional 20-ounce
T-bone steak dinner, according to
the council’s Facebook page. The
Placer County Council Marks
60 Years of Sea Service Support
BY PETER ATKINSON, DEPUTY EDITOR
Pacific Central Region President Tom Winant, center, presents a plaque commemorating the
Placer County Council’s 60 years of service to, from the left, Council Past Presidents Mike
Holmes and Don Anderson, current President Bonnie Potter and Council Past President Don
Goard during a Jan. 16 ceremony.