FROM THE PRESIDENT
When Chuck Griffith, AI Kelln and I teamed to form the Naval Submarine League in early 1981, little did we realize that the organization would root so firmly, and quickly chart a course and mission to fill a vital roll for the overall betterment of the Submarine Force. A lot has occurred and this has been amply documented. Wisely written into the ByLaws is a provision which limits a Director’s tenure to eight years. My eight years have lapsed and consequently I must bid you adieu. On a positive note, this process forces new faces with new ideas and new energy to represent you on the NSL Board of Directors. Thus by the time you read this, a new President will have been appointed from the elected NSL Directors. This leaves me with mixed feelings. I share a sense of accomplishment for what has been completed, but more traumatic is the realization that I’ll be on the sidelines cheering our NSL leaders on to bigger and better accomplishments.
This brings me to my only regret as your President. Somehow I have not been able to get you, our members, to carry a spare NSL membership brochure in your pocket or briefcase and to offer it to a prospective member. Many people are thrilled when they learn they can join our ranks without having been previously associated with submarines. This really works if you try it. As our membership grows, so does our impact. And this means the submarine story gets out better and more accurately. So please help by having the satisfaction of having introduced two new members into the League during the next year. It will make you feel good and you will share the pride I feel as I leave as your President. Don’t let me down.