14th Annual George Herbert 45 Leadership Award

2022 recipient is Ensign Sophia Sherman USN. Award presented in honor of George Herbert, class of 1945 and the first President of the Research Triangle Foundation, the first company to occupy the Research Triangle Park. Award presented by Gordon Herbert. 

Golf Squad's 2022 Season Underway

From Golf Squad OIC Warren Schultz 71

The outing went off mostly as planned.  I think everyone had a good time. My thanks to the Chapter for support on the prizes.  In addition, we got a dozen balls from Eric Benson and some of the door prizes from the Legion outing we all went to.  They were well received. The weather was sunny and not too chilly.  The course was in really good shape.  They do a very professional job at Devil’s Ridge. Everyone (16) who signed up showed up. Player distribution: USNA – 12 [Jack Moody (’70), Marty Carpenter (’70), Eric Benson (’71) and wife Sally Benson, Dave Ruff (’82), Bonny Podiak (’89), Tom Clemons (’93), Kevin Hamilton (’94), Conrad Chen (’15) and friend Joey White, Shaun’s husband Chris Bishop, and me.]; USMA – 1 [Bob Preston (’72)]; USAFA – 2 [Dan Williams, Dave Rusk (’74)]' Merchant Marine Academy – 1 [Bob Hetz (’82) – Lauren Wilson’s Dad]

Navy's Women's Golf Team Visits The RTP

On a brisk Sunday in March it was our pleasure and a treat to meet and to see in action eight outstanding midshipmen and their coaching staff. Old Chatham is a challenging course, the site of the 2019 Mens and Womens Senior Amateur Championships. Our Mids handled it all pretty well in consideration of the wind chill factor and the damp fairways due to recent rains. Kudos to the Old Chatham Country Club for its warm reception of the proud Naval Academy team.  Joining the mids were Chapter members Captain Andy Hertel USN, LCdr Taylor Shipley USN, Chris Perrien 74 and Jeremy Mario (Gretchen 20).

February 22 Virtual Luncheon

For our February virtual luncheon, Chapter President Steve Gillespie 87 briefed participants on the recently conducted Alumni Survey as well as other topics of interest and activity in the Yard such as continued adherence to Honor Code; Tamanend as the restored name of the Tecumseh statue; academic policy re teaching of social issues, past and present; Brigade attrition statistics; and Naming Commission assessing buildings in the Yard. Grads joining included: Dave 80 and Jenifer Clement 81, Tom Clemons 82, Steve Gillespie 87, Mike Kapsch 76, Phil Dana 98, Jim Kinney 60, Lew Girard 60, Tommy Martinez 78, Mike McQuire 81, Chris Mendez 96, Reece Morgan 88, Chris Perrien 74, Warren Schultz 71, Ken Smith 66, Perry Taylor 71.

Modernizing our Navy's IT and Communications networks (IDIQ), Jan. 22 Luncheon

Captain Reece Morgan 89 USN (RET) discussed the  three operations in progress modernizing our Navy's networks. As a senior project executive with Verizon, he overviewed what is happening under the new enterprise networks contract, IDIQ. Grads in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, Shawn McAndrew 93, Girad Lew 60, Steve Moran, Perry Taylor 71, Chris Perrien 74, Dave Ruden 87, Bill Sena 95, George Lipscomb 87, Tom Clemons 82, Emory Miller 09, Bonny Podiak 89, LD Newby 78 and Steve Moran 81.

All's Well That Ends Well: 17-14 in the 122nd Army-Navy Game

Need more be said?! 74+ grads gathered for our 1st Navy-only (due to CV19 precautions) family viewing party in Raleigh with buffet, bounce-house for the kids, raffle with prizes and Spooning for all (a Navy tradition for permitting junior to refer to senior in an informal or personal way, i.e. John-Paul vs Captain Jones). Grads in attendence included: George & Karyn Lipscomb 87, Dave & Pam Ruden 87, Kirk Williams 88, Reece Morgan 88, Shaun 93 & Chris McAndrew, Bill Coleman 95, Natash Robinson Sistrunk 02, Matt Baker 06, Matt Gieszl 08, Matt Minor 09, Kim Hanson 09, Lauren & Pat Wilson 09, Gray Tompson 09, Jason Mazzoni 10, Alex Dworjan 10, Andrew Faulkner 10, Lizandra Casrto 13, Christopher Ferguson 15, Irene Wadley 23(P), Christopher Ferguson 15, Steve Gillespie 87, Sankey Blanton 71, Warren 71 & Elise Schultz, Gary Stasco 71, Dr. Bob Adams 73, LD Newby 78, Stan Bashaw 81, Mike McGuire 81, Jenifer 82 & Dave 81 Clement, Tom Clemons 82, James Walter 87 and Steve Gillespie 87.

Marine Corps Birthday & Veterans Day Celebration

Fifteen mustered at the Robert Trent Jones designed Duke University Golf Course on a brisk fall afternoon to celebrate our Marine Corps and Veteran communities. Grads in attendance included: Sally & Eric Benson 71, Chris Perrien 74, Dan Marusa 74, Bill Laughlin 81, John Walls 86, George Lipscomb 87, Matt Minor 97, Mik Visgauss 08, Conrad Chen 15, Warren Schultz 71. Guests included Commander Taylor Shipley SC USN and Bob Preston USMA 72. Kudos to Warren Schultz 71 for managing a season of fun golf at a variety of challenging courses across the Research Triangle Park. 

All Academy Golf Challenge

On October 22, twenty-eight participated in the resumption of our annual All-Academy golf challenge at the Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton, North Carolina. Warren Schultz 71 organized the participants into 7 flights with teams representing Navy, Army and Air Force. Tom Clemons 82 led the winning team (-11 Best Ball scoring) which received a USNA-crested beer schooner (nice Navy touch). Other grads in attendance included: Jack Moody 70, Bill Laughlin 81, John Walls 86, Andy Laughlin 11, Steve Gillespie 87, Lou Gregus 87, Kevin Hamilton 88, Lauren Wilson 09, Matt Minor 07.

Annual Family Picnic 9.10.2021

Outstanding time for the Annual Family Picnic at the Durham Bulls Ball Park. Perfect weather, good seats, strong attendance, Bulls scored early and often, fireworks show to make any Gunner’s Mate proud. 91 grads, family and friends in attendance including: Dr. Alisha Malloy 90, Matt Baker 06, Grant Smith 06, Dave 80 & Jenifer Clement 81, Bill Coleman 95, Matt Cox 08, Alex Dworjan 10, Jason Maszonni 10, Tarey Gettys 97, Steve Gillespie 87, George Lipscomb 87, Mike Kapsch 76, Gareth Hughes, Andrew Faulkner 10, Larry Kistler 92, Gerard Lew 60, Mike McGuire 81, Matt Minor 07, Chris Perrien 74, Warren Schultz 71, Sankey Blanton 71, Bill Sena 95, Mik Visgauss 08, John Walls 86, Noah White 04, Pat 09 & Lauren 09 Wilson, Nick Woodcock.

Golf Squad at Devil's Ridge

Another fun evolution amidst the restrictions of CV-19. Thirteen grads and friends joined at the challenging Devil's Ridge course in Apex, NC including Chris Perrien 74, Bill Laughlin 81, Thomas Vaidhyan, Conrad Chen 15, Chris Bishop, Vamshidhar Golie, John Walls 86, Marty Carpenter 70, Warren Schultz 71, Eric Benson 71, Jack Moody 70 and Al Hails 70. BZ to Warren for another well-organized event and to Jack for hosting. 

Golf Squad at Lochmere Golf Club

Eleven chapter members and guests enjoyed a lovely July day at the Lochmere Golf Club in Cary, NC. Scores included an eagle by LCdr. Taylor Shipley, a pocketful of birdies and pars and likely some totals above par. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all. Grads included: Steve Gillespie 87, Chris Perrien 74, Warren Schultz 71, Bill Lauglin 81, Shaun McAndrew 93, John Walls 86. 

Welcome Class 2025 Picnic

55 guests  gathered for the Chapter's 4th annual Plebe Picnic. Attendees represented the year-groups of 1960 through 2025 including grads, Mids (2022, 2023, 2024, 2025), family and friends. The event enjoyed an outstanding location at the Holloway Farm (Class 2022 parents), fine late June weather, music and a proper fantail-like BBQ.  Grads in attendance included: Pat Wilson 09, Lauren Wilson 09, Steve Gillespie 87, Grey Tompson 07, Girard Lew 60, Shaun McAndrew 93, Chris Perrien 74, Alex Dworjen 10, Jason Mazzoni 10, J.D. Cunnnigham 84, Tom Clemons 82, Dave Clement 80, Jenifer Clement 81, Mike McQuire 81, Reece Morgan 89. Midshipmen present and accounted for: Will Groce 22, Seth Holloway 22, Tyler Profio 23,  Beka West 24, Mara Hirtle 24, Ben Grieb 25.

Piedmont NROTC Consortium 2021 Leadership Awards

In order to better affiliate our RTP Navy, our Chapter initiated in 2009 the George Herbert Leadership Award for presentation to a commissioning NROTC midshipman exhibiting the highest of standards in academic, athletic and military achievement and aptitude. The recipient selected by the Piedmont Consortium staff.  Over the past 13 years, additional awards sponsored so that each of the three universities comprising the Consortium (Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University) present a dedicated award. Thirty-one awards presented since 2009.

The 2021 recipients are:

Duke University, Admiral Frank Bowman Leadership Award- Ensign Chris Lyon USN

North Carolina State University, Ensign Worth Bagley 95 Leadership Award - Ensign Ryan Burke USN

University of North Carolina, George Herbert 45 Leadership Award - Ensign Catherine Rena Strong USN

Memorial Day Golf

Our golf squad teed-off its season at the challenging Duke University course where the Regional US Open Qualifying Round was held in late April. A good time had by all on a lovely holiday afternoon followed by dinner on the patio of the Washington Duke Inn.  Grads in attendance: Warren Schultz 71, John Walls 86, George Lipscomb 87 and Chris Perrien 74. All committed to improving their putting in time for the July event. 

May Luncheon, Dan Goodwin 92

  Our 7 May virtual luncheon welcomed Dan Goodwin 92 who discussed the vital nature of a reliable supply chain in contending with future warfare scenarios, especially those closer to the potential adversary than to our own shores. Grads in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, Girard Lew 60, Paul Stiller 58, Bill Sena 95, Gray Tompson 07, Jeff Edgar 81, Mike Kapsch 76, Patrick Loftus 15, Perry Taylor 71, Shaun McAndrew 93, Stephen Thorn 12, Tom Clemons 82, Tommy Martinez 78, Warren Schultz 71, Dan Goodwin 92.

   We conducted our Annual Meeting for the election of Officers:

President: Steve Gillespie 87; Vice President: Lauren Wilson 09; Secretary: Chris Perrien 74; Treasurer: Mike Kapsch 76; Director: George Lipscomb 87; Director: Bill Sena 95; Director: Gray Tompson 07