Parents and Families Support 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-two years later, our Club’s membership has grown steadily and today has over 300 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 First 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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Class of 2026 – Welcome Aboard Luncheon June 12, 2022
The Naval Academy Parents Club of Southern California will host our annual Welcome Aboard Luncheon (WAL) on June 12, 11:30 AM at On the Greens Conference Center, Navy Golf Course in Cypress. At our luncheon, we extend a warm welcome to the USNA Class of 2026, Foundation Scholars, and Napsters, but also re-connect with current and alumni members, especially those not seen since your own
- Lori Coogan, Director, Parent Clubs & Parent Programs Engagement Operations
- Dr. Sofi Loomis USNA Class of 1999, Senior Director, Alumni Regional Engagement and Outreach – Chapters & Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and
- Graduates from the Class of 1976, Another Link in the Chain program.
We invite Midshipmen home on leave to participate in our WAL event and Plebe Break Out Session. We are pleased to offer this luncheon to our USNA Appointees, Current Midshipmen (in uniform), and BGOs at no charge.
Reservations are no longer being accepted, however, you may contact membership to be added to the waitlist.
Name Change to Naval Academy Parents Club
We are the Naval Academy Parents Club of Southern California (NAPCSC), formerly known as the Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California (APCSC). The name change was unanimously voted on in March 2022 by the 2021-2022 Executive Board to support our organization’s filing as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. The Naval Academy’s implementation of the new web-based platform myUSNA and the standard naming conventions of Parent Clubs (NAPC followed by geographic location) further justified the use and timing of the name change. Migration from APCSC to NAPCSC will be gradual and occur throughout this membership year. While we have changed our name, we are still rooted in the values and traditions that defined our organization in 1960. At our core, parents are dedicated to supporting each other and our Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.
Annapolis Cup 2022 – Croquet in the Park on April 24
The annual croquet match between the USNA Midshipmen and SJC Johnnies is back this year. Our Parents Club hosted our own Annapolis Croquet Cup. The event took place on April 24 at McCambridge Park in Burbank. The free outdoor event was great to catch up with old and new friends while we started a new tradition with Croquet in the Park. After a Bring Your Own Picnic Lunch, the top three players from two simultaneous rounds of Croquet advanced to the championship round. Congratulations to Hie Frazier for winning the First Naval Academy Parents Club of Southern California Annapolis Cup 2022!
Go Blue-N*-Gold – Buy Football Tickets Now
Do you need help navigating the purchase of Football tickets? Here’s help. Terence McGowan is our Naval Academy Parents Club of Southern California contact to purchase tickets. Terence is also the Associate Director Blue-N*-Gold Annual Giving at the Naval Academy Athletic Association. He can be reached at 410-293-8708 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, Navy Athletics Blue-N*-Gold recently launched its Full Speed Ahead to 10 campaign to reach 10,000 Blue-N*-Gold members for 2022! Navy Blue-N*-Gold invited us to participate in a friendly donation competition; the Parent Club that brings in the most Blue-N*-Gold members by August 1 will receive a special gift. As part of the promotion, Navy Athletics is offering Parent Club Members a promotional ticket price for the Navy vs. Memphis Tigers Football game on September 10. Tickets purchased through our Parent Club (enter code NAPCSoCal) will be just $30 (usually $50). This is the Football Game during 2/C Parents Weekend; since the Class of 2024 did not have the usual Plebe Parent Weekend, you may want to attend and participate in everything during 2/C Parents Weekend, including this Football Game. More incentive – the Parent Club that buys the most tickets by August 1 to the Navy vs. Memphis game on September 10 will receive a complimentary tailgate experience. Buy your tickets now; especially for current Youngster Parents!
Spring Meeting – Firstie Salute – Alumni Appreciation
Our Firstie Salute – Alumni Appreciation Spring Meeting was held on March 27 at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel. We heard great stories from our Alumni Parents on what their Senior and Junior Officers are doing in the Fleet. APCSC Parent Members of the Class of 2022 were honored and each received the Crest Flag to commemorate their Midshipmen’s upcoming Commissioning. During the presentation, parents shared their Mids Service Selection/Assignment, highlights of their time in the Academy, and advice to parents – something they know now, that they wish they knew earlier. Congratulations to our MID100 lucky winner Elizabeth Welander and Company Fifteen, who will receive $100 for their WARD Room from APCSC. The 2022-23 Executive Board election took place during the Spring Meeting. The Executive Board includes:
- Presidents: Rico and Leilani Emnace
- Vice Presidents Meetings and Events: Lynda and Dave Eguchi
- Vice Presidents Membership: Nancy and Bram Surjadinate
- Treasurer: Kalani & Dan Mark
- Secretary: Christine and Michael McMath
See the Spring Meeting Agenda for more information.
Reyn Spooner Aloha Shirt Postponed
The Naval Academy Parents Club of Southern California was excited to participate in our first Parent Club Marketplace endeavor selling Naval Academy-inspired shirts in January 2022. When we contracted with Reyn Spooner, we received a quote confirming that the “Design is Exclusive to APCSC.” Based on this quote, we began offering the shirt for sale to our Parent Club members, other Parents Clubs, and Alumni groups. Subsequently, we were informed that a USNA alumnus created the original design, and the rights to the design were shared between Reyn Spooner and this grad. To ensure we respect the rights of this alumnus, we will be redirecting our fundraising efforts with Reyn Spooner. We will reach out to interested groups once our alternate plans are finalized and fully vetted. Because of the postponement, the Club will return all payment(s) received for these Reyn Spooner shirts. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have created, and thank you for your time and consideration in support of our fundraising efforts.
We look forward to sharing the “Aloha” in the future!
Naval Academy Sailing Team Comes to the Port of Los Angeles
Several Parent Club members came together and hosted dinner for the U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sailing Team. Members who were not able to join us in-person, still contributed to the meal #MyMidisYourMid. The team and coach were very appreciative. The Sailing Tean came to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) to participate in the Harbor Cup-Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta in March 2022. The Regatta is one of the preeminent intercollegiate sailing invitationals in the nation, with a top-notch lineup of competitors from coast to coast. Members look forward to hosting the Water Polo team this summer!
All Are Welcome – Shoremates Dark Ages Packing Parties
Through the Shoremates Program, all USNA families are welcome to join APCSC members in our Dark Ages Packing Parties. Southern California Naval Academy families have the opportunity to attend one, several, or all to meet and support the many Midshipman families in the area – Your Mid is My Mid. Area Seven (South Bay and Los Angeles County) gathered on Sunday, January 30. During our go-around introductions, two families shared how their USNA grads (2019 and 2021) are doing in the Fleet. Parents asked questions and learned about life after the Academy. A Firstie parent brought several Class of 022 items that were purchased from the marketplace so that parents can get a preview of what to plan and budget for.
Area One (Inland Empire and Desert Communities) met Saturday, February 5. Area Two (Ventura County & Central Coast), Area Four (Santa Clarita & Antelope Valley), and Area Five (210 Corridor) combined their Dark Ages Party time and met Sunday, February 20. Areas Six and Eight (Orange County and surrounding area) met Saturday, February 26. If you have questions regarding our Shoremates Program, or need assistance, contact your Area Coordinators or feel free to reach out to Shoremates Coordinator Shannon Pietzman.
The Alumni Salute – Winter Meeting Postponed Due to COVID
Under the current circumstances, the Annapolis Parents Club of Southern California annual Alumni Appreciation Lunch and Winter Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, January 23, has been postponed. COVID-19 permitting, the Alumni Appreciation Lunch and Winter Meeting will be combined with the Firstie Parent Salute and Spring Meeting scheduled for March 27. The venue will remain the same. In appreciation for our parents, alumni, and current members, purchasing two lunch reservations at $33.00 each will include Alumni/Lifetime membership in the Club (a $50 value). This offer is available to current APCSC members, USNA parents, and USNA Alumni parents (USNA Class of 2021, 2020, 2019, and beyond). Hopefully, we will be safe to meet indoors once again in late March. We are excited to host our meeting at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel featuring Knott’s famous fried chicken lunch.
An updated EventBrite will be posted as the event nears.
All Academies Ball
More than 200 Midshipmen, Cadets, and guests from the five Service Academies: 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 attended the All Academies Ball at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The U.S. Naval Academy had the largest crowd present. What joy it was to spend time with our APCSC and military families at the All Academies Ball (AAB) the day after Christmas. The evening was beautiful and one not to miss next year! We thank our APCSC members for serving on the AAB Committee with us: Heather Terlaak as Secretary (Wyatt ’24), Rob and Thelma Beltran (Thea ’21), Mike & Nancy Walz for EventBrite (Hannah ’23), and Sunny Cho five years dedicated service to the All Academies Ball Committee (Samual ’21 & Michael ’23). Allen Altchech Photographer AAB photos may be viewed by visiting https://allenaltchechphotography.zenfolio.com/aab122621. If you are interested in serving on the 2022 AAB Committee, please let us know. Thank you, Kalani Mark (Keanu ’25), for already volunteering for AAB 2022. The All Academies Ball is open to all Midshipmen and Cadets currently attending any of the five Service Academies, their families, close friends, and anyone who wishes to support the Academies. Complimentary registration is provided to APCSC Midshipmen who attend in uniform. For the All Academies Ball, be sure to save the date, Monday, December 26, 2022. We hope to see you there!.
Navy Football Beat Army on December 11, 2021
December was a busy month. The Los Angeles / Orange County USNA Alumni Association invited APCSC families to Battleship Iowa on December 11 for the Army/Navy Watch Party. Many members attended and had a wonderful time. The party was such a success that Battleship Iowa will host the Alumni Association / APCSC Navy/Army Watch party annually. Across the nation, several parents were together tailgating and enjoying the game. Seeing Jacob Lowe and Hanalei Emnace during the prisoner exchange was a treat. Both Mids are APCSC members who spent their 2/C Fall Semester at West Point on an Academy Exchange. The Navy outplayed the Army and took the lead in the third quarter to ultimately beat Army. By Army’s win over Air Force, Air Force’s win over the Navy, and the Midshipmen’s upset victory on Army, the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy will be shared for the first time since 1993. However, Army will retain physical possession of the hardware.
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.
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.
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.
2/C Parents Weekend 2021
During 2/C Parents Weekend, Southern California parents gathered on the steps of Bancroft for a group photo. It’s crazy to think that time has flown by and the next time all of us will be together in Annapolis will be for the Class of 2023 Commissioning!
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 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!
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!
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.
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