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The Perch Base escaped the Phoenix summer heat while attending the Gudgeon Base Picnic at Bob Edwards Park on September 21, 2019 in Prescott Valley, AZ. Ten Perch Base members and wives attended (some are dual members of both bases.)
Among the fine food and company, Gary (Wink) Winkelman, the Gudgeon Base Commander showed off the award that the "US Submarine Veterans Gudgeon Base/Perch Base/Tucson Base" entry won in the "Fraternal - Church - Non-Profit - Municipal" category at the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade back on July 6th, 2019.
Other activities at the Picnic included Honorary Submariner Certificates to World War 2 Navy Veteran Jerry Welna and Vietnam War Air Force Veteran Jim Niemisto who have both given presentations at Gudgeon Base meetings. Vic Van Horn, the District Commander Western Division 1, inducted the new Gudgeon Base Officers: Tom Warner as Chaplain, Rudy Arp as Secretary, and Ken Werner as COB and presented a Base Commander's Handbook to Wink Winkelman.
Adjacent to Bob Edwards Park at City Hall is the Military Service Monument, completed and then dedicated on Veterans Day 2012. Gudgeon (and Perch) Base Life Member and Holland Club Member Jack Messersmith was the Treasurer for the Military Service Monument.

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September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Gary (Wink) Winkelman, Gudgeon Base Commander, (center) opens the Gudgeon Picnic meeting with invocation by Tom Warner (left.)

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Wink (left) conducts Tolling of the Boats as Ken Werner, Gudgeon Base COB, (right) rings the bell.)

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Wink (left) awards Honorary Submariner Certificates to World War 2 Navy Veteran Jerry Welna (center) and Vietnam War Air Force Veteran Jim Niemisto (right.)

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Vic Van Horn, (right) the District Commander Western Division 1, presents a Base Commander's Handbook to Wink Winkelman.

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Don Unser, (right) Perch Base Events Coordinator, accepts Prescott Frontier Days® Parade award from Wink.

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Vic Van Horn, the District Commander Western Division 1, inducts new Gudgeon Base Officers: (l-r) Tom Warner as Chaplain, Rudy Arp as Secretary, and Ken Werner as COB.

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Military Service Monument at City Hall, adjacent to Bob Edwards Park where the picnic was held.

September 2019 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Note that Jack Messersmith was the Treasurer for the Military Service Monument.

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