As always, I want to thank the team that made last month's awards meeting such a success.
In particular, to Janean Voss, who organized the banquet and facilities to perfection. She has been a wonderful Immediate Past President. She also was awarded the President's Achievement Award, which was well deserved. She has put an indelible mark on the NEO community and will be listed with many of the leaders in the community who have been instrumental in establishing the Distinguished legacy of excellence this community enjoys! (See what I did there...;-) )
Other awards included:
- Recognition of Tricia Spayer’s Associate Fellowship
- Volunteer of the Year – Tricia Spayer
- Rookie Volunteer of the Year – Debbie Mekker
- Committee of the Year – Newsletter
- Volunteer Recognition Achievement Award – Jeanette Evans, Lisa Mileusnich, Lynn Nickels, Joann Rasmussen, Claudia Thompson
Special thanks to Lisa Mileusnich, who has been an absolute Rock Star this year and invaluable to our community's efforts.
The NEO website will be updated during the summer with new events as they become available, but on June 20, the Social Events Committee has a visit scheduled to the Thorncreek Winery in Aurora. If you are interested, please RSVP your registration to Ginny Haas by Tuesday, June 18.
As always, if you are interested in getting more involved as a volunteer, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS. I skipped the ship last month, but was informed those were enjoyed, so I am including one last ship. In the spirit of peace and beauty, I am going with an ocean liner, and this is the greatest liner built in the United States. She is the SS United States, designed by one of our preeminent Naval architects, Francis Gibbs.
Mr. Gibbs designed the Liberty ships, which were significant contributors during the second World War. Gibbs and Cox, which is still in business, designed more than 70 percent of U.S. tonnage launched during World War II and as of "...2003, more than 150 warships built to the firm's designs, including 60 percent of the U.S. Navy's surface combatant fleet, were on active duty in nearly 20 Navies."
The SS United States was built in 1952 for United States Lines and she was specifically designed to capture the Blue Riband, an award given to the passenger liner that records the highest speed on the trans-Atlantic run. Over the years, the competition had typically been between Cunard, White Star, and the French and German lines. The SS United States was our first attempt, and she captured the Blue Riband with ease; she still holds that record.
Fire was always a risk on the high seas, even in contemporary ships, so Gibbs designed her to use aluminum extensively, which also rendered her superstructure lighter, and hence, faster.
She is fighting for her life now. She is the last ocean liner from the Golden Era of Sea Travel and the greatest American passenger ship built. Hopefully, she will be saved as a museum or alternate-use facility similar to the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, but if not, here she is, at speed, at sea, where she belongs. Beautiful Gal!