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CANCELLED

Western Regional Roundup CANCELLED:
At a videoconference of the Western Region District Commanders held on 8/4/2020, the Commanders in attendance, along with Gene Kellar, voted unanimously to cancel the Western Region Roundup (WRR) presently scheduled for 1-6 November.
The decision was made with an abundance of caution and with the best interests of our shipmates of utmost concern.
Don't forget that if YOU made reservations for the hotel, then YOU must cancel those reservations.
At this point, the Western Region Roundup will be rescheduled to March 21‑26, 2021 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino at the Row in Reno, NV. (Registration is not yet open.)

 

Thursday
November 5

Gilbert Veterans Day Ceremony:
Gilbert's Veterans Day Ceremony to be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Gilbert, Arizona. The event officially starts at 6:30, but they will have a band playing from 6:00-6:30.
Salute our veterans through this socially distanced ceremony at our brand new Gilbert Regional Park. The observance will include words of tribute by special guest speakers, musical performances by local schools, and military displays.
The Gilbert Regional Park is a new location (major cross streets are Highly & Queen Creek Road on the SW corner), for those that have been to the event before.
3005 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85298
(Left-click address, above, for a Google map to Gilbert Regional Park.)
Perch Base will display the USS Phoenix float in the static display as in previous years. Last year's photos show the event was awesome.
This year's Key Note Speaker will be be Nikki Stratton. Nikki Stratton is the granddaughter of Donald Stratton (1922-2020), one of the last three Survivors of the iconic USS Arizona (BB39). In February 2020, following the funeral of her grandfather, Nikki was asked by the (Acting) Secretary of the Navy to be the "Ship’s Sponsor" of the newly designated USS Arizona Fast Attack Submarine. Raised with a Patriot’s Heart, Nikki tells us, this was a chance to secure his (Donald Stratton) legacy and the legacy of the 1,177 men who perished aboard the Arizona on December 7, 1941.
The food is different this year, instead of having vendors post around, they are giving out free gift cards to local restaurants. This is in response to both COVID and because last year it was extremely hot, and wreaked havoc on the grass.

Staging 5 p.m.
Ceremony 6:00 p.m.

Friday
December 18

Deadline for Winter Quarter MidWatch:
All input must be in to Chuck Luna, communications@perch-base.org, to be included in next MidWatch Newsletter to be published on Friday, January 1st, 2021.

 

Saturday
April 17,
2021

Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Dedication:
Save the date. Although the Ribbon (Lei) Cutting Ceremony opening the ASSM to the public at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza was September 28, 2020, the official Dedication Ceremony will be Saturday, April 17, 2021, to roughly coincide with the “Submarine Force 112th Birthday” on April 11.
Please come out if you can.
17th St & Washington, Phoenix, AZ
(Left-click address, above, for a Google map to Wesley Bolin Plaza.)
See the pictures of the ASSM Ribbon (Lei) Cutting Ceremony HERE.

Noon

Saturday
April 3,
2021

Perch Base Annual Awards Banquet:
Save the date. The Annual Awards Banquet is Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Doors open for the Perch Base Annual Awards Banquet at 1800 hrs. (6:00 PM for those retired and away from military time.) Dinner will be served at 1915 hrs. (7:15 PM).
The location is the same as last year, the Pebble Creek Tuscany Country Club in the Chianti Room.
16262 Clubhouse Dr, Goodyear, AZ 85395
(Left-click address, above, for a Google map to the Pebble Creek Tuscany Country Club.)
1. Take the I-10 westbound to the “Pebblecreek Parkway.”
2. “Pebblecreek Parkway” northbound to “Clubhouse Drive.” Left on “Clubhouse Drive.”
3. You will come to a manned gate house. Tell the guard where you are going and you’ll be allowed to pass.
4. Continue approximately ½ mile and you’ll see the Pebble Creek Tuscany Country Club sign.
6. Turn right and you’ll immediately see a parking lot on the right. Enter this lot and continue through towards the far end.
7. Park as available.
8. The building at the far end (north end) of this lot is where the banquet is held.

We will have our Perch Base signs from the float placed to help locate the facility.
Here's some pictures from last year's Annual Awards Banquet.

6:00 PM

Monday
August 30, 2021
to
Saturday
September 04, 2021

2021 USSVI National Convention:
The Central Florida & Snug Harbor Base are working together to bring you the 2021 National Convention in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek® Hotel.
From the Convention Chairman: "As everyone is aware, the Covid-19 Pandemic has had a major impact on our way of life and doing business. It is no different here in Central Florida. The host hotel for our 2021 National Convention, The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is closed. And they have been closed since April 9th, 2020. As such we are unable to conduct any business with the hotel. We cannot establish pricing for the Holland Club Breakfast, Men’s and Women’s Luncheon or the Banquet. You are not able to make a room reservation at this time because we have not been assigned our group code to secure our convention room rate. The hotel does not anticipate re-opening until late November.
Likewise, some of the businesses we are using for side trips are temporarily closed. Again, we cannot establish pricing and set dates until they are back open and we can conduct business.
Because of the above, we cannot complete the registration form or the Plan of the Week at this time. It is pointless to post to the website an incomplete registration form or Plan of the Week. We are asking for your patience and understanding. Your convention committee is working hard to get this done. We are operating in unprecedented times."

Registration and the hotel room block will be available on the convention website: ussviconvention.org/2021/. (Registration is not yet open.)

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