2017 NNCA Board of Directors and Annual Meeting
San Diego, California
SAVE THE DATES!
April 26-29, 2017
“Homeport San Diego”
The Navy Nurse Corps Association of Southern California (NNCASC) welcomes you to San Diego where many of you served at one time or another, attended a reunion or annual meeting, visited for vacation, or made this “home”. We hope your friends and family will join you in calling San Diego “Homeport” for the 2017 Annual NNCA Meeting.
The NNCA Board of Directors (BOD) and chapter presidents will meet for a strategic planning session the afternoon of Wednesday, April 26. The NNCA BOD meeting will convene on Thursday and Friday. The NNCA Annual Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 followed by a luncheon at 12 noon.
Starting Wednesday, April 26th, NNCASC will host a Hospitality Room that will also serve as the registration area for arriving members and will serve as the “quarterdeck” for registration, communication, memorabilia, merchandise, tourist attractions and general information.
Registration form for the 2017 NNCA Annual Meeting is included in the newsletter. If attending, please complete and return, with payment, by mail on or before March 27, 2017. You may also register online and pay by credit card.
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown at 601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, 92101 will be our preferred quarters for $199.00 per night, plus taxes, for single or double room; each additional person will be $20 extra plus taxes. Amenities include a daily full, cooked to order breakfast and complimentary nightly happy hour reception in the atrium, complimentary fitness center, and complimentary WiFi in both guestrooms and meeting space. In addition, a Welcome Reception will be held Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the atrium during the complimentary nightly happy hour with additional replenishment’s, courtesy of NNCASC. There will be a cost of $20 for non-hotel guests who wish to attend the welcome reception happy hour or any of the evening happy hours.
Reservation deadline for the group rate is March 27, 2017. Reservations can be made by calling Embassy Suites at 800-362-2779 and ask for the group rate (Group code: NNC) which has been set up for the Navy Nurse Corps Association Annual Meeting. For any problems regarding the hotel reservation contact Phillip Richardson by email at Phillip.Richardson@hilton.com
For those driving and staying overnight at the hotel, there is a $46/day charge for valet parking with in & out privileges. There is no self-parking, although we are exploring some alternative parking arrangements. For day usage and parking for those attending the annual meeting/luncheon on Saturday, the cost of valet parking is $10 (no in & out privileges).
The hotel is conveniently located in downtown San Diego near the bay and harbor, only 3 miles from the San Diego Airport. While there is no hotel shuttle service, a taxi ride is approximately $15.00. Shuttle service is available at the Transportation Plaza at the San Diego airport. Reservations can be made ahead of time at www.supershuttle.com or by calling 800-974-8885. Cost is approximately$10-$15 depending on number of people. MTS buses also run from the airport to several stops downtown.
From the airport, you will travel on Harbor Drive along picturesque San Diego Bay passing the historic Star of India sailing ship, the cruise ship terminal, Broadway Pier, Visitor Center where you can purchase tickets and board the San Diego Trolley & tour the sights around San Diego, take a harbor cruise, or board a ferry to Coronado.
A must see, even if you have visited before, is the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY Museum. Commissioned in 1945, the USS MIDWAY steamed through a 47 year career of service and served as the flagship for Desert Storm in 1991. Since “homeporting” here in San Diego as a museum in 2004, USS MIDWAY has become the #1 San Diego attraction with over one million visitors a year. USS MIDWAY has added new points of interest including a self-guided enhanced audio tour featuring MIDWAY veterans sharing their stories of living and working aboard the carrier and a recently added cinema and holographic experience called “Voices of MIDWAY” about the Battle of Midway.
Adjacent to the USS MIDWAY, in Tuna Harbor Park, stands a 25 foot tall colorized bronze statue entitled “Unconditional Surrender”. This statue brings to life the famous black and white image of a sailor kissing a young nurse in Times Square, New York City, on August 6, 1945. Nearby, there is a “National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military”. The sculpture of Bob Hope depicts him as he was in the 1940”s, wearing Army fatigues and holding a vintage microphone.
Symbolically, he is addressing troops from all five branches of the United States military services, from all the wars for which he entertained.
All these attractions and more, are within walking distance of your hotel. Of course, San Diego also offers many other attractions including the world famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Sea World, Balboa Park, and Old Town. Additional information will be available in the Hospitality Suite on these attractions and much more.
San Diego is also homeport to over 100,000 active duty Navy and Marine personnel stationed throughout San Diego. The Naval Medical Center, San Diego continues to be the hub of Navy Medicine West. Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, north in Oceanside, opened a new hospital near the main gate in 2014. The USNS MERCY, docked at Naval Station 32nd Street, completed a “Pacific Partnership” deployment in 2016 providing medical care and assistance in ports in Vietnam, East Timor, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The Veterans Memorial & Museum in Balboa Park (former Balboa Navy Hospital chapel) has displays which include a history of the Naval Hospital and other Navy Nurse Corps memorabilia in addition to other rotating military exhibits. Our Navy Nurse Corps emblem stained glass window remains intact.
We also hope several of you will have an opportunity to visit the Miramar National Cemetery where our Navy Nurse Corps Memorial was erected in 2013 and where several of our local Navy Nurses are interred. We will have a list available with the names and location of their graves or columbaria.
Visiting San Diego anytime of the year is great, but visiting in April will avoid the summer crowds and will give you freedom to enjoy the many sites San Diego has to offer. Take time, even extra time, to reunite with friends, family and Navy Nurse Corps colleagues and enjoy the camaraderie that is “Homeport San Diego”