Bay Area Navy Nurse Corps Association (BANNCA)

Northern California / Nevada


BANNCA Update for 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area: (dated APR 28 2020)

To all our Navy Nurse friends and families, we extend our warm wishes during these times of change and uncertainty. The BANNCA Board had prepared a variety of activities for 2020, fulfilling our objectives of shared fellowship, fun, service, and legacy preservation. In compliance with the public health guidance governing the Bay Area counties, and in the best interest of our members’ well-being, we are suspending activities that involve physical gatherings until recommendations change.

We will pivot to supporting each other and military / Veteran causes in ways that can be accomplished with proper ‘distancing’. As worthy projects evolve, share your ideas with us, and we’ll distribute updates to members (mainly by email).

-NEW: Masks for Northern California VA facilities: Sewing & collecting cloth masks for distributions in response to needs at Martinez VA and other sites. Ongoing.  

Here’s this year’s calendar with updates:

-Quilt of Valor Presentation to member Centenarian: Presentation of hand-crafted quilt to WWII Veteran Alice Darrow, at dinner hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Thursday, February 6, 2020.   

-Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner: Veterans Memorial Bldg, Danville. Saturday, March 14, 2020 - CANCELED.

-All-Services 29th Annual Military Retiree Seminar: Coast Guard Island, Alameda. May, 2020.  CANCELLED (plans underway for Spring 2021 reschedule)

-Military Recruit Swearing-in Ceremony: Danville. Sunday, May 31, 2020. CANCELLED.

-Summer Lunch Meeting / Tour / Demo of Vets & Pets Program: Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Walnut Creek. Tuesday June 9. CANCELLED - to be rescheduled.

-UVS Swing Club Presentation: Sponsorship of golf rehabilitation program for Veterans, Moffett Field. Wednesday June 24 or July 29, 2020 - to be confirmed.

-‘Tips for Change’ Fundraiser: Benefit for our affiliated Veteran’s Memorial Building of San Ramon Valley, at Gianni’s Italian Bistro, San Ramon. Monday, August 10, 2020.   (Note - if no dining-in is allowed, meals / charitable drives are being conducted as Take Out Events.)

-East Bay Standdown: Staffing ‘Activities Tent’ at 4-day encampment for Veterans in need, Pleasanton. Thursday-Sunday August 27-30, 2020. CANCELLED.

-Veterans Day on the Delta: 8th Annual Veteran appreciation Performance Boat Run & Picnic, sponsored by Gold Star charity ‘The Joey Graves Foundation’, Discovery Bay. Saturday, September 12, 2020? - TBD.

-Fleet Week Cruise, San Francisco Bay: Day-long cruise / lunch onboard a USCG Cutter from Yerba Buena Island to the center of San Francisco Bay during the Blue Angel / Air Show Rehearsals. Thursday, October 8, 2020?

-Veterans’ Day Observations: Support & participation in community events surrounding Veterans Day. Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

-Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner: Dinner and Speaker honoring the history of Pearl Harbor, with Navy League of the United States, Contra Costa Council.  ?Monday, December 7, 2020.

*Holiday Luncheon, San Ramon: Traditional annual gathering and General Membership meeting for Navy Nurses and guests, currently reserved for fine food at The Brass Door, San Ramon. Tuesday December 8, 2020.  - subject to future conditions

-Army-Navy Game: A traditional good-spirited rivalry, shared in varied locations, including Veterans Memorial Bldg, Danville. Saturday, December 12, 2020.

-Wreaths Across America: Participation at local cemeteries in the national initiative honoring Veterans. Saturday December 12, 2020.

Additional / Ongoing Activities:

-Naval Hospital Oakland “Oak Knoll” Memorial Project, Oakland: Participation by Chapter members in developing a lasting Memorial in conjunction with redevelopment of prior Medical Center site.

-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”.

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 on the NNCA website. 

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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 in order to be updated and welcomed immediately by the Bay Area Chapter, 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. 

Meetings/Service Projects/Social Events: The chapter traditionally holds two General Membership luncheon meetings a year, in June and 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