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The Board of Directors has approved a membership dues increase to $59 effective 1 July 2013. This is the first such increase in more than five years, and it is necessary for us to keep up with the higher postage and printing costs associated with physical delivery of a paper copy of Proceedings plus technology costs for Web services, apps, and the addition of better online content. If you would like to lock in one or more years at current prices, please give Member Services a call even if you are not yet in the renewal cycle. Membership remains only $39 if you prefer your content delivered via the Web or the app. I remind all Members that we have a wonderful new app for both iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.
We participated in a terrific ceremony last month at the Naval Academy during which we recognized the generous donors who gave a gift of student memberships in the Naval Institute to three Naval Academy companies. VADM James R. Sagerholm, USN (Ret.) sponsored the 6th Company. Ms. Mary Ripley and her family sponsored the 17th Company in honor of her father, the late Colonel John Ripley, USMC, and RADM Dan Bowler, USN (Ret.) sponsored the 30th Company. We welcomed about 400 midshipmen as new Members. We have also received donations to fund several NROTC Units, and are most grateful to the following sponsors:
University of Illinois—Mr. Chris Michel
University of Wisconsin—RADM Dave Janes, USNR (Ret.)
University of South Carolina—Mr. Tom Deas
Marquette University—Mr. David Chomeau
Virginia Military Institute—RADM Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.)
I ask our Members who have benefited from the tremendous advantages of Naval Institute membership to sponsor midshipmen from your USNA company, your NROTC Unit, or cadets from your U.S. Coast Academy company. And don’t forget Officer Candidate School! Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” If you wish to make a gift, contact our Development Director, Heather Lancaster, at (410) 295-1048.
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