On June 18, 2014 at Sara Bay Country Club the Council honored local appointees to the Sea Service Academies (i.e. U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy) and local recipients of U.S. Naval ROTC scholarships. Attendees, who numbered over forty five and included parents and grandparents of the scholars, dined on a special Italian luncheon buffet.
President Tim Rocklein introduced the luncheon speaker, the Honorable Larry Bustle, Chairman of the Board of Manatee County Commissioners, himself a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1957 and a member of this Council. Mr. Bustle, who retired from the Air Force and flew fighter jets, apprised the young recipients of their upcoming challenges and offered encouragement for the future.
Larry Bustle, Chairman of the Board of Manatee County Commissioners
Left to Right: Bryson Kelly (VMI), Salvatore Sablan (USMMA), Lindsay Wheeler (USCGA), Paige Krumweide , Sam Valley (USNA), and Chris Cantillo (USNA)
Sam with parents Ronny and Sandra Valley
Salvatore and his momTeresa Sablan
Lindsay with parents Rick and Susan Wheeler
Chris and his parents Tom and Mary Cantillo
Bryson Kelly and friend.
Paige Krumweide and parents Kirk and Linda Mason