The
British United
Services Club
of Los Angeles
MONTHLY BULLETIN
March 2015


JROTC NIGHT
Friday, March 20, 2015
An ‘Open Night’ – Guests Encouraged!

Altadena Town and Country Club
2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena, CA 91001
Cocktails: 1830 hrs. (6:30 P.M.) Dinner: 1930 hrs. (7:30 P.M.)
Dress for all Members and Guests:
Gentlemen: Winter Service Mess Dress with Miniatures, or
Black Tuxedo and Bow Tie with Miniatures, Kilt
Ladies: Winter Service Mess Dress with Miniatures, or
other Appropriate Evening Attire

 
President’s Message
Did you ever have that feeling that you just “nailed” a project and couldn’t improve upon it?  Well three years ago I wrote a President’s Message for the March Bulletin that in retrospect I feel “nailed” the importance of the JROTC Program of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  Instead of trying to improve upon it, I thought I’d take the liberty of republishing select excerpts that highlight the importance of the JROTC Program and attendance at our March Mess Night: 
“To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens": This is the mission of today’s Army JROTC Program. … [N]ow more than ever our country needs future generations of well educated, responsible and patriotic men and women as citizens. We need our future citizens to be able to understand what is in the best interests of this country, to evaluate alternatives, to apply a moral compass when necessary and to make the best decisions. While a number of youth will always be needed to defend our country, many more of them will be needed to be simply “good American citizens.”
"[T]he purpose of [JROTC] is to ‘…[I]nstill in students in United States [high schools] the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.’
“Since 1946 the BUSC has recognized and honored the LAUSD Army JROTC Program. At our March Mess Night we honor some of the LAUSD’s “finest and brightest”: the leadership of the top three teams in the Company Drill Competition, the All-City Colonel and the faculty of the JROTC Program. Now more than ever it is incumbent on us to continue to support such a worthwhile program. Ultimately, the future of our country depends on it.
Here’s how you can support the BUSC’s recognition of the importance of the JROTC Program:
• Attend our March Mess Night on March 20, 2015.
• Invite your spouses and other guests: This is another one of our “open” mess nights.
• Donate the cost of a meal ($45) for one or more of our guest cadets: you can notate your
donation on your Dues Statement and pay it with your Annual Dues Invoice and Donations, or you can add it to the check you write for your meal when you check-in on March 20th.
“To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens": There is no better cause … and no more important cause … worthy of your support! I look forward to seeing you all on March 20th.
Come join us supporting the building of top leaders through LAUSD’s JROTC units.
The Program for JROTC Night – The Challenge of Leadership – Lt. Col. David Worley
On this evening our Club will host and recognize representatives and leaders of the top three JROTC units of LAUSD – First Place: Monroe High School, Second Place: Verdugo Hills High School, and Third Place: Manual Arts High School.  In addition to the winning company commanders, platoon leaders, guidon bearers and their instructors, the winning schools will be represented by the All City Cadet Colonel, representatives from the LAUSD JROTC headquarters and the Principal of Monroe High School.
                
Lieutenant Colonel Worley and Crescent Valley’s JROTC Cadets
Lieutenant Colonel David Worley, United States Air Force (Ret), Senior Aero Space Science Instructor at Crescenta Valley High School JROTC, will emphasize the leadership challenges and opportunities the Cadets have in the future.
 
Mark your calendars and RSVP early to support this great program that builds character in young people.
 
President’s Inaugural Dinner – February 20, 2015
Thirty-one Members and 22 Guests enjoyed our President’s Inaugural Dinner at the ATCC.  Sqn. Ldr. Russ Burnham, Royal British Army (Ret); LTC James Bogel, US Army (Ret) and his wife Debora attended their first mess night, and Martin Mansukhani, Esq., British Army visited with us for his fourth time.  Our own CAPT Rich Suttie used the concept of the ‘Sliding Door’ to present an excellent overview of his experiences as a member of the military and as a diplomatic representation during the ‘Cold War’ in Europe.
JROTC Drill Competition Awards Ceremony – February 19, 2015
The awards ceremony for the LAUSD JROTC Drill Competition (Company, Platoon, Squad, and both Armed and Unarmed Drills) took place at Monroe High School on February 19, 2015.  Seventeen schools competed this year, comprising about 750 smart looking and well-mannered cadets.  For the 18th time in the past 19 years Monroe High School took 1stplace with Verdugo High School and Manual Arts High School in hot pursuit.  LTC Gary L. Macnamara did an excellent job representing the Club by presenting the motivational address and presiding over the Pass in Review. 
 
Additionally, awarding pendants and medals to the winning teams were: Major Sandor X. Mayuga; CAPT Robert S. Meyer; William Dean, Esq.; Ian Skone-Rees, Esq.; Major Keith R. Smith; Captain Stuart R. Bird-Wilson, TD.; Sqn. Ldr. Munir A. Azam, T.Bt.; Basil C. Johnson, Esq. and Colonel Thomas P. Mahan.
         
(Left) The JROTC All City Drill Competition Color Guard.  (Right) Monroe receives the Trophy!  LTC Macnamara - Speaker, C/LTC Vanessa Rodriquez – Company Commander, Mr. Christopher Rosas – Principal, and C/SFC Diego Aguirre – Guidon Bearer.
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lieutenant Colonel Seth Milstein took Command – February 8, 2015
On Sunday February 8th Lieutenant Colonel Seth M. Milstein, United States Marine Corps Reserve and long-time BUSC Member, took command of the 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company stationed in Concord, CA.  Sqn. Ldr. Munir A. Azam, T.Bt., newly settled in Sacramento, CA; and Colonel Lawrence D. Gonzales, USMC Reserves, residing in Watsonville, CA, represented our Club at the change of command.  Best of luck to one of our Marines!
                                 
Sqn. Ldr. Azam, Lieutenant Colonel Milstein and Colonel Gonzales after the Change of Command Ceremony at the Reserve Forces Base in Concord, CA.

Annual Tartan Day Celebration – April 11, 2015
The St. Andrew's Society of Los Angeles will hold its annual Tartan Day celebration April 11, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel, 2151 Avenue of The Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. This year the expanded Scottish community including friends and clan leadership from all over southern California will gather to celebrate the achievements and contributions Scots have made to the development of America. The evening will include dinner, entertainment, a history of Tartan Day in the USA, and a presentation by a Scottish keynote speaker.
A limited number of Sponsor-level tickets will be available which will allow access to a pre-reception, whisky tasting, hosted bar, and an opportunity to meet with senior guests from Scotland. For detailed information please visit www.saintandrewsla.org, or contact Nellie Lowry at lowrylines@aol.com or 818-886-4968.