It’s All About the Parents of Mids at the Naval Academy
Our organization began in 1960 when Barry Plott, son of Roy Plott (CDR USN Ret.) and Dorothy Plott, entered the Naval Academy in 1964. Mrs. Plott met four women whose sons had also entered USNA with the Class of ’64, but none of them had any knowledge of Academy life. However, Mrs. Plott was quite familiar with Academy life, so they agreed to meet each month for lunch. In addition, each woman was required to bring a new USNA mother to their Luncheon each month. As a result, the group grew and grew. The group of mothers then arranged meetings to include fathers, and by 1970, the club membership voted to elect Officers and implement dues. Over sixty-one years later, our Club’s membership has grown steadily and today has over 150 members.
The mission of the Club is to:
- Support families of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (USNA),
- Learn about their lives as Midshipmen and their opportunities in the fleet,
- Meet, share information, and advise, and
- Bring the Naval Academy experience home to Southern California by providing related programs and activities which promote friendship and fellowship among its members.
Thankfully our daughter’s Blue and Gold Officer told us about the Parents Club while in high school. As 2nd Class Parents, we would be lost without our association and membership in the Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California (APCSC). The Club had filled in the blanks when we did not even know there were blanks to fill. The Academy is N*ot College, and we already had two daughters who went through college, so it was not like we were unaware. Just as Dorothy Plott and her peers welcomed other parents, we welcome and encourage you to join us on our journey. If you are not already a member – Join Today! We are looking for parents interested in becoming a USNA Parents Club officer. We need new club officers to support our Midshipmen’s families as existing officers retire when their Mids graduate. If you are interested or have questions, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For membership information, email email@example.com. Once a club member, follow the Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California private Facebook page for Club event details on our Summer Picnic, private Fleet Week event, Fall Harvest Packing Parties, and more! Be sure also to follow the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association on their Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you at our events.
Leilani & Rico Emnace
Presidents, Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California
Go Navy, Beat Army!
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APCSC Welcomes and Congratulates the Class of 2025
The Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California (APCSC) hosted a sold-out Welcome Aboard Luncheon at the On the Greens Navy Golf Course in Cypress, California, on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Twenty-seven U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2025 Appointees, Naval Academy Preparatory School Students (NAPSters), and Foundation Scholar Students were in attendance. If not for COVID restrictions, APCSC would gladly have hosted more families. Capt Steve Buesher USN (Ret.)’ 75 gave the Link in the Chain Presentation (PDF). The Soon-to-be-Plebes had the opportunity to meet with current Midshipmen for an in-depth question and answer session to prepare for the weeks ahead. Lucky Appointee Elias won a gift certificate to our Mini Mid Store for traveling the furthest to attend the Luncheon. Parents and Appointees were able to shop the Mini Mid Store and gear up pre-arrival in Annapolis. Congratulations to Cole, whose name was drawn in the MID 100 raffle. Once Cole knows what company he is assigned, that company will receive a $100 donation to spend as they wish in their WARD ROOM courtesy of APCSC. With the Welcome Aboard Luncheon done, next up is Induction Day (I-Day).
NAPSters & Foundation Scholars: Arrive USNA June 28
Appointees: Arrive June 29 – 30
Oath of Office Ceremony
Wednesday, June 30
Friendship and Fellowship at the Annual Summer Picnic
Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California
Annual Summer Picnic
August 1, 2021
The Annual Summer Picnic took place Sunday, August 1, thanks to Chairperson Sharon Frazier, who did an outstanding job planning and executing the event. The Summer Picnic was a great opportunity to meet with fellow APCSC members to share and receive valuable information about Plebe Parent’s Weekend and the many different experiences the Midshipman have. We met many of our Class of 2025 family members and heard first-hand from two Midshipman present of their summer training tours. The Mini-Mid Store was very busy as parents stocked up on shirts, key chains, and decals. We appreciate Chairs Jeri and Russel Miller for making it possible for our APCSC members to shop USNA Mid Store items locally. Congratulations to our MID100 lucky winner Leena Carvalho and Company Nine, who will receive $100 for their WARD Room from APCSC. The picnic was a tremendous success.
We look forward to our next gathering.
Fleet Week 2021 Postponed to Memorial Weekend 2022
The Los Angeles Fleet Week event, originally scheduled to take place September 3 through September 6, has been postponed to Memorial Weekend 2022 due to COVID-19. LA Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services. It is held on the L.A. Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. Entrance is free to the general public, and APCSC members have a bonus opportunity. Working with APCSC Alumni Member Steve Shatynski ’83 (son Stephen commissioned in 2021), Mike Shatynski RADM USN (RET) ’79, President of the local Surface Navy Association (SNA), extended an invitation to APCSC members to join SNA as VIPs atop Turret 3 aboard USS IOWA. APCSC looks forward to participating in Fleet Week and the Surface Navy Association activities next year!
APCSC Brigade Parents First Annual HELLo Get Happy Hour
While three APCSC Mids are on Academy Exchange Programs at Coast Guard and West Point, the Brigade of Midshipmen Reformed on August 20, 2021. “HELL” O night was next, and then the A.C. Year (academic year) started on Monday, August 23, 2021. The Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California welcomed these transitions with a Hello of our own, and in honor of our Midshipmen, drank something blue or gold! On Friday, August 27, 2021, APCSC hosted its First Brigade of Midshipmen Parents’ HELLo get HAPPY Hour. It turned into a HELLo get Happy TWO hours because we enjoyed each others’ company so much. HELLo, Get Happy was a hit and will continue!
9/11 Navy and Air Force Football Watch Party
The Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California invited the U.S. Air Force Academy Parents Club of Los Angeles to watch the Navy and Air Force Football game on Saturday, September 11, at The Brews Hall Del Amo, in Torrance. As we watch the rival teams on the wide screens, we acknowledge the unity amongst the U.S. Military branches and thank those who have dedicated themselves to the service of our country.
The Navy Football team wore the first USMC-themed uniform, as explained on the gonavysports.com website. Several USNA parents showed their spirit and were wearing the new uniforms as well. Over sixty Naval and Air Force Academy family members, friends, and fans joined the party. An Air Force Dad did all the push-ups with both sides cheering him on! Congratulations to our MID100 lucky winner Isaiah Montoya and Company Two, who will receive $100 for their WARD Room from APCSC. While a Naval Academy fan won the Air Force raffle basket, everyone went home a winner – a regular patron of The Brews Hall anonymously and graciously purchased dessert for everyone attending the watch party. It was a great ending to a not-so-great game end. Go Navy!
APCSC Awarded Distinguished Parent Club Recognition
The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association recognized the Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California as one of its first recipients of the Distinguished Parent Clubs program. First in 2017, and again in 2021. In 2017, the Distinguished Parent Club Recognition was awarded to Central Florida, Long Island, Southeast Pennsylvania, and Southern California. In October 2021, the second time the U.S.Naval Academy Alumni Association was awarded, the Distinguished Parent Club Recognition went to Southeast Pennsylvania, Washington, Greater St. Louis & Southern Illinois, Central Florida, and Southern California! Presidents Rico & Leilani Emnace and Treasurer Lynda Eguchi represented the Parents Club in Annapolis to receive the award.
Shoremates Fall Harvest Packing Parties
Through the Shoremates Program, the Fall Harvest Packing Parties took place in every geographic area in Southern California. Members had the opportunity to attend one, several, or all to meet and support the many Midshipman families in our Club – Your Mid is My Mid. What are our Packing Parties? Families are invited to gather with fellow Club Parents to make Care Packages for their Mids while having a great time meeting and sharing Naval Academy stories. Each family brings multiples of one item (some bring two things or more), ranging from sweet and salty snacks to healthier options. Contributions have included small toys, stress balls, water guns, gift cards to local grinds and coffee shops, hand warmers, cough drops, and encouraging handwritten notes. Packing Parties occur at parks, restaurants, or members’ homes. Using the Priority Mail packing box the Parents or Area Coordinator brings, each family goes around and collects the items for their Mids’ care package. USPS Priority Mail® Flat Rate service costs $15.50 for a medium box to ship. The package can weigh up to 70 pounds; the cost includes tracking, insurance up to $50, and delivery in roughly three business days. Each family mails their own Mid’s package.
Areas Six and Eight (Orange County and surrounding areas) combined and met in the City of Orange. Area Seven (South Bay and Los Angeles County) packed, and many members stayed and brunched at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. Area Five (210 Corridor) packed at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena. Area One (Inland Empire and Desert) packed in Eastvale and were able to watch a Navy Football game together at the same time. Areas Two (Ventura County and Central Coast) and Four (Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley) combined forces and hosted their packing party at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum at Port Hueneme. The event concluded with a very informative tour of the museum.
Stay tuned; the Shoremates Program Dark Ages Packing Parties are being planned; the dates will be announced by the end of the year.
Fall Meeting Chili Cook-Off
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Annapolis Parents Club gathered for our Annual Fall Meeting Chili Cook-Off. With seven chili dishes to choose from, it was quite a competition. However, hats off to Past President Toby Nassiff – now the three-time chili cook-off champion! Per Toby, he went from Champion eater to Champion maker! Congratulations to our MID100 lucky winner Keanu Mark and Company Two, who will receive $100 for their WARD Room from APCSC. Company Two has won twice this calendar year already! Thank you, Erin and Chris Degan, for opening their lovely home to host our event.
Looking Ahead: Navy vs. Army 12/11 & All Academies Ball 12/26
The Parents Club takes no breaks in December. The Los Angeles / Orange County USNA Alumni Association has invited APCSC families to join them on Battleship Iowa on December 11 for their Army/Navy Watch Party. Visit Eventbrite for details and reservations. Wherever you watch the game, be on the lookout for Jacob Lowe and Hanalei Emnace during the prisoner exchange. Both Mids are APCSC members who have spent their 2/C Fall Semester at West Point on an Academy Exchange. Jacob’s twin brother is a Cadet at West Point – that is a house divided! Reservations are limited; see Eventbrite for more information.
Remind your Midshipmen to pack their dress uniform for the All Academies Ball. It is not too late if you have not yet purchased your reservations to attend the Southern California All Academies Ball at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Reservations will be accepted through December 15. The All Academies Ball is open to all Midshipmen and Cadets currently attending any of the five Service Academie: United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy (West Point), United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marines Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy, their families, close friends, and anyone who wishes to support the Academies. Complimentary registration will be provided to all Midshipmen and Cadets who attend in uniform. The All Academies Ball will also offer the graduates of the Class of 2020 and 2021 complimentary registration. We hope to see you there. Visit Eventbrite to register!
Ball COVID Protocols: Guests that are vaccinated do not have to wear a mask. Guests that are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking. All guests (vaccinated or not) touring the Library are required to wear a mask.