"Scuttlebutt" is a quarterly newsletter for the Department of Florida, Navy Seabee Veterans of America organization.  

Please submit articles and/or photos to be included in the next "Scuttlebutt" to editor, Carl Barrett at cbarret4@yahoo.com or webmaster, Amy Bradley at logcabin81428@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

DOFL OFFICERS 2014-2015

Commander (Editor), Carl Barrett Tel: (863-299-9009); email: cbarret4@yahoo.com

Vice Commander, Michael P. Gentz (407-325-8915); email mikegentz116@gmail.com

Secretary, John Lowe Tel: (352--344-4703); email: seabeejlowe@tampabay.rr.com

Recording Secy, David Buchanan (352-564-0378) email: DBuchanan@centurylink.net 

Treas. Karl (Chuck) Douge (305-230-8000) email: ChuckDougeFloridaSVA@gmail.com 

Chaplain, Elmer Mayes (407-414-6889) email: toppreach11@msn.com

Parliamentarian Kenneth Gammon (863-647-5116) email: KennethGammon@aol.com

Master-At-Arms Richard John (863-255-1846) email: rjohn2436@gmail.com

Webmaster Amy Bradley (863-299-9009) email: logcabin81428@yahoo.com

Constitution Chairman Bill Beyerle (772-778-9909) email: LBinVERO@aol.com





​COMMANDERS MESSAGE: 

Greetings “Can Do” Seabees & Honeybees:

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each member or perspective new member of the Florida NSVA & NSVAA a very Happy New Year! “God Bless” you and yours for 2015! 

May the National NSVA & NSVAA and Department of Florida Islands and Auxiliaries or Honeybee Organizations continue to also have a successful year in our continued recruiting of new memberships especially here in Florida, so our Sunshine State can continue the support we are known for to NSVA. The Department of Florida NSVA & NSVAA have always maintained a valued membership roster and have had been a leader in past times providing the Seabee “Can Do” valued methods. Like all organizations we have had our ups and downs, but please remember that each one of you are a valued member and the most important recruiter of the Florida NSVA & NSVAA. 

I and Amy were presented with an honor that will continue to be one of our most cherished memories of our lives. As previous 2010-12 NSVA National Commander we were offered the opportunity to have a “White House” breakfast on Veterans Day 2014. What an experience that was to stand where past and present Presidents have stood. The breakfast was held in the East room and the food tables were set up in the hall where the President addresses the Nation. The food was great (no powdered eggs), coffee was the best I have ever drank, the furnishings in that place can best be described as just AWESOME! What an honor it was to meet the Vice President in the greeting line and have a photo taken with him (friendly guy). We also saw the Joint Chief of Staff and the Secretary of State, plus many dignitaries of our National Government. Security again is always a concern and we passed through many security checks prior to the breakfast. After the breakfast we were ushered to the buses that brought us there and were dropped off at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater for the Veterans Day festivities.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As we proceed into 2015, please remember some important functions and that dates they will be taking place. 

First: there will be a Seabee Ball held on 7 March 2015 at World Golf Village, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL. 32092, Call 800-468-3571 for hotel reservations. Cost to attend the Ball is based on your military pay grade. See the attached flyer for information on the Florida Seabee Ball. 

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Amy and I are forgoing the NSVA National Mid-Year meeting held in Arlington, VA this year so we can attend the Florida St. Augustine Seabee Ball and hopefully recruit some new annual/life members for NSVA-DOFL. NOW I HEAR FROM ISLANDS & MEMBERSHIP TIME AND TIME AGAIN AT OUR MEETINGS ALL YEAR LONG HOW BAD OUR MEMBERSHIP IS DECLINING. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO RECRUIT? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO JOIN ME IN A RECRUITING DRIVE AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE SEABEE BALL TO RECRUIT FOR THE NSVA DOFL THIS MARCH 7TH.  

Second: we have the NSVA-Department of Florida Convention that is a two day convention in accordance with the 2014 Island survey. The date has been set by Host Island X-11 as being 24,25 & 26 April 2015. The 24th is for early arrivals, no official meetings will take place on early arrival day the 24th, however I have been informed the Hospitality room will be open.  

Please remember: If you are the Point of Contact for your Island it is your responsibility to insure each Island Seabee & Honeybee is aware of the information passed on by this newsletter and the information provided for the NSVA/DOFL Convention April 23-27, 2014. 

NSVA, DOFL ACTIVE ISLANDS & ISLAND POINT OF CONTACTS: 
Island Points of Contacts are required to pass on information and copies of the DOFL “Scuttlebutt” newsletter to their NSVA, Island Members. I do not request any task for you to do that I am not doing or willing to do for my home Island Seabees & Honeybees.

Island X-2- Lakeland, Newsletter Editor: cbarret4@yahoo.com
Island X-4- Orlando, Normand Dupuis, email: NORMANDChf@aol.com 
Island X-5- Ft. Lauderdale, Juana Thomas, email BELLECOCO71@yahoo.com 
Island X-6- Spring Hill, Gert Korndoerfer, email gertalk@gmail.com 
Island X-8-Lee County, David Dague, email: villageduffer522@hotmail.com (239-567-1070 or 239-560-6128)  
Island X-9-Jacksonville, Raymond Clemmons, email: seabeeclem@mac.com 
Island X-10-Stuart, Anthony Disarno, email tdisarno@bellsouth.net 
Island X-11-Tampa, John Hillyer, email jhillyerIII@aol.com 
Island X-12-West Palm Beach, Cynthia J. Sjogren email: wustercj@gmail.com 
Island X-13- South Sarasota County, Jim Carstairs, email: jcarstairs4@comcast.net
Island X-16- South Hills County, Frank Stulic
Island X-19- Daytona, Don Rowley, email: ddrr321@@aol.com
Island X-20- Melbourne, Peter Marx, email: pmarx1@cfl.rr.com 
Island X-23-Crystal River, David Buchanan, email DBuchanan@centurylink.net  

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NSVA, DOFL ISLANDS DECLARED INACTIVE AND NO LONGER IN EXISTANCE: 
Island X-1- Clearwater, Island X-3- Sarasota, Island X-7- Panama City, 
Island X-14- Leesburg, Island X-15- Tallahassee, Island X-17- New Port Richey, Island X-18- Citrus County, Island X-21- Kissimmee/Saint Cloud, Island X-22- Lake City

NSVA Nat’l., Dept. & ISLAND AUXILIARY NEWS: 

2013-2015 NSVAA NATIONAL OFFICERS Linda Schmuck, Treasurer; Sharon Landcastle, Secretary; Amy Bradley, Vice-President; and Nancy Staples, President. Not pictured is Joan Buchanan, Chaplain or Elaine Coffin, Parliamentarian, who was appointed after the 2013 convention.

(NSVAA Continued from page 4) 

From the National NSVA Auxiliary President

The DOFL Convention is coming up very quickly….I hope all Seabees, Auxiliary, and Honeybees will attend. There will be a gathering of all Auxiliary members and Honeybees while the NSVA DOFL is having their main meeting. Time and Place of our gathering will be announced once I see a schedule for their meeting. I will be talking about the National Convention in Branson, MO. Anyone else who wishes to discuss anything to do with the Auxiliary will be welcome.

If all eligible relatives of Seabees have not joined the Auxiliary-this will be a good time to do so. I will have applications with me, or you can download an application from the NSVA.ORG website. If you don’t live close to an Island, you can still become a Member at Large (in other words, not affiliated with an island but still a member of the Auxiliary).

See you at the convention in April.

Nancy Staples NSVAA National President and Island X-23 Auxiliary President,GEONAN5565@yahoo.com


THE OLD SALT SAYS “NOW HEAR THIS”

PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING THE NSVA-DOFL SPRING CONVENTION. NEWS OF THE LOCATION, DRIVING DIRECTIONS, REGISTRATION FORM AND FUNCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED AS SOON AS IT IS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE EDITOR. 

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A LITTLE HUMOR:

“How was your blind date” a college student asked her 21 year old roommate. “Terrible!” the roommate answered. “He showed up in his 1932 Rolls Royce.” “Wow! That’s a very expensive classic car. What’s so bad about that?” “He was the original owner.”

UPDATE YOUR ISLAND MEETING INFORMATION
MAKE SURE YOUR ISLAND INFORMATION IS LISTED CORRECTLY
MAKE CHANGES BY NOTIFYING cbarret4@yahoo.com 

ISLAND DAY TIME LOCATION

X-2 Lakeland 2nd. Sat. 10:00 AM “Golden Corral” 4532 South Florida Ave., Lakeland
X-4 Orlando 3rd. Sat. 10:00 AM Casselberry Veterans Club, 200 Concord Dr.  
X-5 Ft. Lauderdale 4th. Sat. 12:00 Noon Blue Moon Diner, 10076 Griffin Rd., Cooper City  
X-6 Spring Hill 3rd. Sat. 10:30 AM VFW Post 9236, Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach
X-8 Lee County 4th Mon. 12:00 Noon Golden Corral, 4590 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers 
X-9 Jacksonville 3rd. Thur. 13:00 PM American Legion, Mayport,  
X-10 Stuart 4th Sat. 11:00 AM Norris Restaurant, 6598 South US Hwy. 1
X-11 Tampa 2nd Wed. 6:30 PM Tampa Buffet, Britton Plaza Shopping Center
X-12 W. Palm Beach 2nd Sat 12:00 Noon Greenacre City, Loyal order of the Moose
X-13 So. Saraso&SUITESta 2nd. Sat. 11:30 AM Family Table Rest. 14132 So. Tamiami Tr. North Port
X-16 So. Hills, Co 1st. Thur. 10:00 AM Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center  
X-19 Daytona 2nd. Sat. 11:00 AM Emory Bennett Veterans Home, Daytona Beach,
MAKE
X- 20 Melbourne 2nd. Sat. 10:00 AM Don’s Hoagies 847 Apollo Blvd., Melbourne
X-23 Crystal River 3rd. Tue. 10:30 AM Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, 505 Hartford St., 
 LOCATION

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NEWS FLASH !!!!!!!

THE DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA CONVENTION
IS AS FOLLOWS: 
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LARGO
210 SEMINOLE BLVD.
LARGO, FL. 33770
PHONE: 727-581-3900

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW

WATCH FOR DOFL RESERVATION FORM