British United
Services Club
of Los Angeles
Register now to attend the 2018 ANNUAL JROTC DINNER EVENT
February 28, 2018
The 2018 JROTC Dinner Event
Friday, March 16, 2018
RSVP Cut-Off date:   March 12, 2018

President's Remarks
for the
2018 Annual JROTC Dinner
Captain Stuart R. Bird-Wilson, , TD

Forty Members and guests attended the President’s Inaugural Dinner. Our speaker Clarence Wigfall’s message was well-done and covered the distinguished life and career of his grandfather.  His hero grandfather was a Black Doctor on the front lines in WWI. I do believe it was sad all the US military who were Black Medics had to practice on the French troops, instead of on our own! On Sunday, February 18, 2018, just prior to Presidents’ Day, I attended a Parade of Colors at Forest Lawn. Hosted by the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW), the purpose of the event was to honor the many military units in the Los Angeles area. The Daughters of the Revolution provided a colorful backdrop, and many men were dressed in period 1700/1800’s uniforms. I met a few old friends and some potential speakers. We should always try to have Members in attendance at such events, as one never knows who you might meet.  

JROTC Night is March 16, 2018 at the Altadena Town and Country Club. This is when we host cadet and instructor representatives of the winning schools of the LAUSD All City Cadet Visit BUSC Command’s Company Drill Competition. Winners this year are: First – James Monroe High School; Second - Manual Arts High School; and Third Verdugo Hills High School. The Annual Awards Ceremony, previously scheduled for March 10, 2018, was regrettably cancelled.  Please help show our support for this excellent JROTC program which teaches so many vital lessons for young people who too often don’t get such in the modern family home. Please also help with the cost of their dinners whether you can attend or not.  

At this same mess night, the new British Consul General - Honorable Michael Howell will reveal motivational points to the JROTC Cadets and Instructors, and then present RAF Veteran and Service items to a 93-year-young Sgt. George Arthur Forth.  

As we end the first quarter of 2018 please attend to your Dues and Contributions. Use our web site at BUSCLA.Org to pay on-line, or complete and mail the form (attached below) to our Honorary Treasurer. Remember, generous donations allow us the many extras we all appreciate.

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Our Program
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JROTC Dinner

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity.  With the school’s support, the JROTC program teaches a curriculum of education in citizenship, leadership, social and communication skills, physical fitness and wellness, geography and civics.

At this month’s Mess Night we again honor the US Army’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets and Instructors by recognizing the James Monroe High School Regiment, winner of this year’s company drill competition, and those from second place Manual Arts High School and third place Verdugo High School. The JROTC Programs of all three schools are well known to the BUSC, as they have been strong company drill competitors.

Honored Speaker
for the
2018 JROTC Dinner
Michael Howells
British Consul General
in Los Angeles

Michael Howells, Honorary Member of our BUSC, is a British diplomat and The Consul General in Los Angeles. He is the senior representative of the UK government in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. In this role, he promotes trade and investment, scientific cooperation, creative and media collaborations and educational partnerships between the UK and the southwestern United States. He also oversees delivery of essential consular services to a 600,000-strong British resident community and British visitors numbering over a million per year.

Michael began his government career as a policy adviser in the UK Department for International Development where he edited the 2006 White Paper “Making Governance Work for the Poor.”

For the past 11 years he has held a series of national security roles in the British Foreign Office, covering Counter-Terrorism, EU Security and Defence policy and the Middle East.  From 2009-2013 Michael served at the British Embassy in Washington DC, acting as the bridge between UK and US policy towards the Middle East, during the tumultuous events of the Arab uprisings and the “P5+1” nuclear negotiations with Iran. From 2013-2015 Michael oversaw British foreign policy towards Iran, including the re-opening of Embassies in London and Tehran. From 2015 to 2017 he was Head of Near Eastern Affairs at the British Foreign Office, responsible for UK policy towards Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the OPTs and the Middle East Peace Process.

Welcome Michael Howels to our JROTC Mess Night and encourage him to visit frequently.

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