Vice regent Laura Boyd introduced the speaker, retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Mike Neal.
Neal spoke about his experiences during his 26 1/2 years of service. During this time, he was assigned to the USS Knox, USS Francis Hammond, USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Mississippi, USS Harry S. Truman, and USS Carl Vinson.
His tours of duty included Operation Desert Storm, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and combat operations in Bosnia.
Following Neal’s retirement from the U.S. Navy, he was employed as a defense contractor for Northrop-Grumman/Newport News Shipbuilding, serving as a consulting analyst for propulsion plant systems and as a process improvement analyst.
He is currently the senior program manager, Nuclear Quality Assurance for TVA.
Harriett Caldwell asked that we remember Veterans Day on Nov. 11, which is set aside to specifically thank and honor all who served honorably in the military, in wartime or in peacetime.
A Veterans Day National Ceremony to honor America’s war dead is held each year at Arlington National Cemetery during a service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Caldwell credited Connie Bancroft’s third-grade class at Prospect Elementary School for providing Thanksgiving themed placemats and bookmarks for the meeting.
Joy Harden, American Indian Chairwoman, reported on John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828 to 1866.
Chief Ross was only one-eighth Cherokee, had blue eyes and brown hair, and was often described as the “Moses” of the Cherokees.
In 1816, he founded the community of Ross’ Landing which is now modern-day Chattanooga.
Jeannine Scott gave the National Defense Message, telling the story of former Army Capt. William D. Swenson who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama recently.
Swenson received this award for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley near the Pakistan border in 2009 which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.
During the business session of the meeting, Linda Foster gave the treasurer’s report, and Gussie Ridgeway read the minutes of the previous meeting.
Conservation Chairwoman Ann Cherry presented helpful tips for conserving water and electricity in the home. Washing only full loads of laundry, using energy-efficient shower heads, and keeping a container of cold water in the refrigerator (rather than waiting for the tap water to run cold) were among those suggestions.
Nancy Quinn gave a brief military history of Joshua Barney, distinguished Continental Navy officer and privateer who was imprisoned four times during the Revolutionary War.
Barney later achieved the rank of commodore in the U.S. Navy and is most remembered for his service during the War of 1812.
Ellen McReynolds shared a genealogy research story that helped her uncover the identity of one of her great-grandmothers who was related to Patrick Henry.
She also shared Revolutionary War era recipe information.
Mrs. Dietrich thanked hostesses Joyce Maupin and Caldwell. The meeting was adjourned after the distribution of door prizes by Caldwell.