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From the President’s Desk – June
June is here and at the end of the month we will be halfway through another year. Summer begins on the 21st – officially, that is… We all know it really begins Memorial Day weekend!

Following up on last month’s newsletter, I wanted to let you all know that my youngest son, James Mikel George Nicholson, won the competition and is the 2009 Sailor of the Year for the entire US Navy! He also turned 29 on the 26th. I will be going to Washington, D.C. in July for the formal ceremony. I’ve experienced a lot of things in my life, but I must admit, this is the most exciting and rewarding thing I will ever do. For those of you who don’t know, I’m retired Navy and so was his father.

2009 Sailor of the Year

2009 Sailor of the Year

To be fair, I must also announce that my oldest son, Alan Gyles Douglas Nicholson, has been accepted to the Louisiana National Guard’s Officer Candidate School and is finishing up his last year for a social work master’s degree and has been accepted at the Alexandria, Louisiana Veterans Hospital for his internship. Wow… we are an all-military family. Rewarding!

On with business. There has been some conversation in regard to our monthly meetings, the reservations and payments. Please allow me to remind everyone that Metro Women’s Network MUST pay for all meals that have been ordered, whether or not you can make it. We do not operate on a large budget, and when RSVPs are received and we turn our numbers into the restaurants, we are locked in. We are all aware that emergencies pop up and cannot be avoided, but we must also realize that the bill still has to be paid. The same goes for RSVPs received past the deadline. These issues seem to have been occurring more frequently and I hope we can all attempt to improve.

Again, I encourage everyone to invite your friends, family and even your enemies…God bless – see ya on the 18th at Baratta’s!

– Mindi O’Kane

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