Leadership Changes & The Year Ahead

Apologies for the long email but it’s worth it!               

There are some exciting developments at USNA Out and we hope that all of you can be a part of it in the year to come. To start we would like to announce:

 Dave Wolynski ‘97 New Chairman of the Board

Dave Wolynski ‘97 New Chairman of the Board

 Brook Stevens ‘12 New Vice Chairman of the Board

Brook Stevens ‘12 New Vice Chairman of the Board

Together we’re looking to re-expand the scope and engagement in our organization.

New Board Members

We’re looking for FOUR new diverse board members to add to our current three to bring their ideas, energy, and motivation to a growing USNA Out.

Elections will be held in our December Board Meeting (either Dec 15th or in-person at Army-Navy). Requirements to be a board member are a member in good standing (pay your dues) as well as attend two previous board meetings so please join us in August and October to see the progress.

Didn’t make the board elections? We’ll be implementing committees for members to become more involved and learn a bit about the organization.

Building a Mentorship Community for LGBT Midshipmen and Alumni

One of USNA Out’s objectives as an organization is to provide information, mentorship, and personal/professional development resources for LGBT Midshipmen and Alumni.

We are looking to build an “opt-in” mentorship program for all our Members.  For our first step, we will be adding to all of our Member Profiles an option to check “yes” to volunteer as a mentor and describe the areas of mentor expertise they are willing to provide.

After we have that option established, it’ll be up to you! If you’re looking for a mentor or advice in a certain area, you can scan our Membership Roster, see who has the right experience you are looking for, and reach out to them on your own.  No need to wait and be formally “matched” by a third party.

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Army Navy 2018

Army/Navy is right around the corner! This year’s game is set to be on December 8th,

2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Resuscitating the tradition, USNA Out will be joining up with members of Knights Out for a pre-game tailgater. Brook Stevens ’12 and Ryan Gilbert ’10 will be coordinating the effort with KO to make this a fun event for everyone. Also, our friends at Deutsche Bank will be sponsoring the entire tailgater. Please do RSVP via Eventbrite which can be found in the event on Facebook, but please any questions email Brook at brook.stevens@usnaout.org.

RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joint-ko-usna-out-army-navy-tailgater-tickets-47876427684

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San Diego Taking the Lead!

Thanks to Hunter Rogers ’11, Adam Hammer ’16, and Tom Carpenter ’70 we have not one but TWO upcoming San Diego events.

Friday July 13th – Pride Kick-Off Party 

Saturday October 27th – Navy v. Notre Dame Football

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Our Annual Alumni & Midshipmen Dinner is CONFIRMED for Saturday April 27th, 2019 at the Alley Bar at the Officer's Club a the U.S. Naval Academy.

As of now we're taking RSVP's to gage interest for this year with the goal of reaching 150 attendees! So please snag a "free ticket" on Eventbrite

Our tentative agenda is as follows: 
Saturday Morning: Alumni, Cadets & Zoomies arrive 
Saturday 09:30: Doors Open Alley Bar (O-Club)
Saturday 10:00: Brunch is Served with Mimosa Bar 
Saturday 11:30: Presentation of Firstie Shoulder Boards
Saturday 12/12:30: Migrate to Croquet Match where we will rent a tent for USNA Out

Tentative Ticket Prices: Guest $70, Sponsor a Midn $40, Silver Sponsor $250, Blue Sponsor $500, Gold Sponsor $1000

All proceeds are intended to fuel the mission of USNA Out, support the Naval Academy, make an annual donation to Spectrum, and fund future alumni events. 

Attire: Annapolis appropriate (think Croquet)

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Why is Army here? 

Over the next year we intend on doing many joint events with our friends up North.

One such event is their annual Cadet Gala, usually the first week of April. We encourage all who can to attend. Brook Stevens, Brian Wiechowski, Joe Soto, and Brian Bender have all attended in the past and can answer questions.

We will also be paying for Midshipmen to attend their event to build cross-Academy relationships.

Building a Networked Community

USNA Out is an organization for everyone from coast to coast, overseas, and those at sea or deployed. In an effort to create closer local communities we’ve created various Facebook groups within our USNA Out Facebook page.

The Southern California group is pulling ahead with 9 members already! Please find your group and join! We’d be happy to sponsor events in your area whether it’s football, going sailing, attending a Navy women’s lacrosse game or even a pottery class! You tell us, and we’ll do our best to help you along the way.

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Closed OPEN Session in Progress 

Our Board Meetings are now open to all members of USNA Out. Our Board and Member Meetings will have two parts.  The first part will be our formal Board business, for all to observe. The second, and more important part, will be our Members Forum.  During that time, we’re looking forward to hearing from you! Bring your thoughts, ideas, and energy for moving our organization forward.

We have the next 6 Meetings scheduled (through the summer of 2019!) and posted to Facebook. The next one will be Saturday, August 18th at Noon Eastern Time (9 AM Pacific). Google Hangout link and dial-in number are posted to the Board section of our website now for your convenience.

While this email hopefully detailed many of the ideas and initiatives we have moving forward there is so much room for so much more! So please join us on these calls and let’s hear from you.

Please although not required we’d love for you to donate to the organization this year! Annual dues have typically been $40 but in order to spur recurring donations we’ll be dropping them to $24! There’s a monthly recurring option with PayPal so that’s $2 per month!

Thanks for all your support.

Go Navy, Beat Everyone!

Dave, Brook, and Rosie

USNA Out Board