2017 NNCA Board of Directors and Annual Meeting

San Diego, California

“Homeport San Diego”

26-29 April 2017 by Rebecca Nulty

The Navy Nurse Corps Association of Southern California (NNCASC) hosted the 2017 NNCA Board of Directors and Annual Meeting at the Embassy Suites Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown San Diego, CA.  The hotel was an excellent choice, close to the Midway Museum, with great restaurants nearby and within walking distance of Little Italy and the Embarcadero. We had an unbelievable Hospitality Suite on the 11th floor with a balcony and view of the waterfront and San Diego Bay.

Navy Nurses and families began arriving on Tuesday 25 April in preparation for the Wednesday Strategic Planning session the evening found us gathering at the hotel happy hour for tacos, margaritas and enjoying seeing our friends and colleagues.

On Wednesday 26 April, Judy Pattinson and Easty Law from NNCASC conducted the required annual audit of NNCA’s financial status.  Their recommendation to establish a budget for the Awards Committee was well received.  The Board of Directors (BOD), NNCA Committee Chairpersons, and Chapter Presidents began the Strategic Planning session with Charles Mount, a retired Navy Nurse, as facilitator.  At the conclusion of the day there was a plan with solid goals and objectives that address camaraderie, legacy and organizational sustainability.

Thursday, 27 April, the BOD began their two day session of business, election of officers and decisions on the 2017 budget.

While the BOD was busy working, other attendees enjoyed tours of the USS Midway Museum, and a visit to Miramar National Cemetery where NNCASC had established a memorial for Navy Nurses past, present and future.  They visited gravesites and paid their respects to Navy Nurses, friends and shipmates buried there.  Many attendees enjoyed the spectacular view from the Hospitality Suite while bidding on Silent Auction items and shopping NNCA merchandise.  NNCASC members also collected six oral histories; never missing an opportunity to capture a Navy Nurse’s story in their own words in person.

Thursday evening, NNCASC sponsored a reception with the hotel happy hour and pizza.  Lisa Stephens kicked off the 2018 Reunion Cruise sponsored by the Northwest Chapter by selling quilt raffle tickets.

Saturday, 29 April, began with the General meeting at 0900. Attendees learned of plans and directions the BOD wishes to take over the next year, led by Robin McKenzie, NNCA President.

NNCASC hosted the luncheon that followed with 59 in attendance.  The food was delicious and since dessert came with the meal, we decided to have a faux cake for the celebration of the 109th birthday of the Navy Nurse Corps.  I said it was not “fake news”. J  Most senior attendee was Jean Symons, who was only 91, and most junior was Renee Kramer who was only 46.  They had a “pretend” cake cutting with a cake that Tina Hooker found on the internet.

NNCASC was honored to host the Annual Meeting in beautiful San Diego.  It was truly a TEAM effort with many volunteers being generous with their time and talents.  We were very lucky to have so many talented members willing and able to make this event go off so smoothly and efficiently.