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Bay Area Navy Nurse Corps Association (BANNCA)

Bay Area Navy Nurse Corps Association – Northern California / Nevada

Highlighted Activities for 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Veterans Memorial Cruise on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco Bay: Boarding 11am at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, we’ll cruise past the Golden Gate Bridge in the nation’s last unaltered Liberty Ship, returning at 4pm. We will participate in wreath-laying ceremony recognizing past-president CAPT Nancy MacDowell, and make special recognition of WWII and Korean Veterans. Saturday, May 20, 2017.

-Lunch & Speaker “The Future of Veterans Administration Services – Development of Alameda Point at the former Alameda Naval Air Station”, Alameda: Dr. Ronald Chun, VA Outpatient Clinic Manager, will present the latest developments at the 624-acre site to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for area Veterans. Lunch will be served at the water-side Lodge at Harbor Bay, Alameda, followed by the audio-visual presentation. Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

All-Service Women Veterans Lunch – Northern California, Berkeley Joining Veterans of all Service Branches from all eras for Lunch and Speaker, while we sponsor residents from Yontville State Veterans Nursing Home. Hs Lorships Restaurant, Berkeley. Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Holiday Luncheon, San Ramon: Traditional annual gathering and General Membership meeting for Navy Nurses and guests, we enjoy the decorations and fine food at The Brass Door, San Ramon. Tuesday December 5, 2017.

Additional / Ongoing Activities:


Fleet Week Cruise, San Francisco Bay: Joining Navy League onboard USCG Cutter Aspen from Yerba Buena Island during Air Show Rehearsals. Thursday/Friday, October 5/ 6, 2017.

Veterans’ Day Observations: Support & participation in community events. Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner: Dinner and Speaker honoring the history of Pearl Harbor, with Navy League of the United States, Contra Costa Council.  Tuesday, December 7, 2017.

Wreaths Across America: Participation at local cemeteries in the national initiative honoring Veterans. Saturday December 16, 2017.

Naval Hospital Oakland Exhibit Restoration, Alameda: Service project to enhance the existing displays at the Alameda Naval Air Museum in the Oak Knoll “Sick Bay.”

Naval Hospital Oakland Memorial Project, Oakland: Participation by Chapter members in developing lasting Memorial in conjunction with redevelopment of prior Medical Center site.

Diablo Valley College Pre-Nursing Program, Pleasant Hill: Presentation on Navy / Military Nursing to local Community College students.

NNCA Members can view copies of past Chapter Newsletters ‘The Nurses Station’ with photos and stories of other recent past activities by entering the “Members Login” portal and accessing the ‘Publications’ tab.

Membership: All Active, Reserve, former, or retired Navy Nurse Corps Officers living or working in the Northern California or Nevada area, or previous affiliates with ongoing interest, are eligible for membership.

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Dues: BANNCA dues are $5 per year. The preferred method of payment is remittance directly by mailed check to the Chapter Treasurer, at the Alameda CA address indicated in the embedded “Download Application” form, along with National dues (currently $40/35), or in person at a BANNCA activity. Initial and renewal memberships can also be done online via the NNCA website; however that may lead to a lag in involvement with local activities and updates.

Meetings/Service Projects/Social Events: The chapter holds two General Membership luncheon meetings a year, typically the second week in June and first week December.  Recent meetings have included guided tours of area Military Landmarks, Speakers on current Navy Nurse international deployments, and presentations on Veteran and historical topics. Service Projects throughout the year target local military members and families, and the legacy and traditions of Navy Nursing.

Chapter Mission: Through Chapter activities, BANNCA will

– Foster social networking and collegiality among current and former Navy Nurses

– Promote and enhance the image of Navy Nurses in the community

– Provide opportunities for group service projects with fellow members, with emphasis on beneficiaries who are current and former members of the US Uniformed Services and their families

– Share information of interest to members about regional activities relevant to Navy, military nursing, Veterans, and other local Veteran Service Organizations

– Support the mission and goals of NNCA

History: The origins of the Chapter began in 1980 under the guidance of Rachel Todd, centered on nurses from Naval Hospital Oakland “Oak Knoll Hospital”.  Following establishment of the national Navy Nurse Corps Association in 1987, BANNCA hosted the National Conference in Oakland in 1990.

Contact this Chapter:  Our email address is bannca@nnca.org