In April 1983, an item appeared in the Orange County Register looking for Navy Nurses who had served on active duty. Forty-eight nurses responded. 30 Navy Nurses from San Diego and Orange County gathered for the first luncheon at the Officers Club at MCAS, El Toro on 23 June 1983. By 1985 the group had established by-laws and elected officers. The first President of NNA of Southern California was Nancy Hobash. The current Board of Directors, which includes the officers and committee chairpersons, meets four times a year.
In May 1988, the first NNCA reunion was held in San Diego and then again in 1998. The Chapter amended their by-laws in 2004 to rename the chapter Navy Nurse Corps Association of Southern California (NNCASC). They hosted a reunion again in 2010. Annual meetings have been hosted by Southern California during 2005 and 2017.
MEMBERSHIP: NNCASC is the largest Chapter out of 13 in the organization with an average membership of 175. Membership is open to any Officer of the Navy Nurse Corps, United States Navy, regular or reserve, active or inactive duty, retired or former. Current membership includes nurses from Southern California –San Diego County north including Ventura County, Nevada and Arizona. Navy Nurses from any other states or countries, may also join as long as they belong to NNCA.
MEETINGS: Four General Meetings/Luncheons are held each year and alternate between Marine Corps Base Miramar Officers Club (third Saturday of the month) and Talega Golf Club in San Clemente, CA (third Wednesday of the month). Luncheon details are included in the Chapter newsletter “THE OAKLEAF” which is published four (4) times per year.
CHAPTER DUES: NNCASC Chapter dues are $10.00 per year and are collected simultaneously with the NNCA annual membership renewal process.
- To gather and preserve the history of the Navy Nurse Corps by collecting oral interviews
- To promote and support Veteran organizations including WIMSA Vietnam Women’s Memorial, Balboa Park Veterans Museum and Memorial, Chula Vista Veterans Home, Semper Fi Fund, Military Ministry Outreach, Homes for Our Troops, Wreaths Across America, to name only a few.
- To provide yearly scholarships to nursing students pursuing a BSN degree from accredited California, Nevada, or Arizona colleges or universities.
- To collect memorabilia pertaining to the Nurse Corps for preservation by NNCASC and NNCA.
- To identify needs of members and eligible non-members and assist them as needed.
- To promote camaraderie among former, retired, current active or inactive duty officers of the Navy Nurse Corps.
- To periodically host NNCA meetings and reunions.
- To provide information on legislation and other state/local Veteran affairs and activities.
- To participate in military and community affairs as requested.
MAJOR CHAPTER ACCOMPLISHMENT: This Chapter established a Navy Nurse Corps Memorial at the Miramar National Cemetery to recognize all Navy Nurses, past, present, and future.
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Updated: 11 May 2017