Pittsburgh Chapter



  • Feburary 2002

Dear Alunmi,

Greetings! I hope this newsletter finds you in good health, humor, and spirt. I'd like to start this report by announcing a few changes the organization has made since our last newsletter. First off, I'd like to thank Jim Phelan '60 for his outstanding service as Secretary and Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Chapter. For over 20 years, Jim has kept meticulous records, promulgated masses of information, and corresponded with countless people in his various roles. For his selfless service, above and beyond the call of duty, we owe him a debt of gratitude.
Next, allow me to introduce some people who have volunteered for officer positions in the chapter. Your current officers are:

Bill Otto '71, President

Rick Lee '75, Vice President

Kyle Baker '92, Secretary

Scott Patterson '94, Treasurer

Please take a moment to thank Rick, Kyle, and Scott for stepping in to fill these vital roles. Feel free to communicate with any of us about the chapter, upcoming events, or how to otherwise get involved.

Chapter Dues
We last collected dues for the 2000-2001 period, in which everyone received two years of membership for the price of one. Quite a deal! The calendar has rolled over again, though, and it's time for us to collect for 2002. Please make your check for $10.00 payable to "USNA Alumni Association, Pittsburgh Chapter" and mail to Scott Patterson, 112 Scenery Circle, McMurray, PA 15317.

Business and Professional Network
The purpose of this group, within the Pittsburgh Chapter, is to foster business relationships, provide resources of professional expertise, and enhance the social opportunities of the Association. Inclusion in the Business and Professional Network (BPN) is completely voluntery. Meetings are of a casual nature, designed to provide a chance for fellow alumni to gather informally. The events are scheduled on a bi-monthly basis, with the next meeting to be a lunch at 11:30 AM on April 10th at Houlihan's in Station Square. Contact Kyle Baker (see above) for details and to be placed on the BPN Directory and e-mail list.

While this newsletter may be nice to look at, it is slow to produce, costly to send, and inefficient as a means of communication. We would much rather keep you updated via e-mail. This would allow us to allocate more of the annual dues to funding chapter events instead of paper supplies and postage. With that in mind, please keep Kyle updated with your current e-mail address by sending him a short note at If you wouldn't mind receiving your newsletter as an e-mail attachment only, please state so in your e-mail.

To further enhance communications, I'm pleased to announce a dedicated Pittsburgh Chapter website. This website will be administered locally, and hosted as a free service of the USNA Alumni Association. We are looking for a volunteer to take over as webmaster and keep the site updated. Please contact Kyle if you are interested. The page can be found at:
or by visiting the Alumni Association at, clicking on "Communities" and following the links to the Pittsburgh Chapter. This is the easiest way to find the most up-to-date information on Chapter membership, events, and news. You can also find direct e-mail links to your chapter officers. Visit often to stay current!

It was great to see many of you at the Army / Navy Football game tailgate party at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in December 2001. It was also great to see others at the Army / Navy Basketball game party at the Sports Rock Café in Feburary 2002. Now lets get together for these upcoming events:

Jul 20th: Pittsburgh Army / Navy Interservice Competition - P.A.N.I.C.
This family picnic will pit USNA Alumni against the Whoop Alumni in three "athletic" events: Softball, Volleyball, and Horseshoes. You don't have to worry, we currently hold the trophy. Come on out and support your shipmates in keeping it. Even if you don't play, you can still cheer!
Details to follow

Sep: Pittsburgh Army / Navy Golf Scramble - P.A.N.G.S.
There's no reason to feel guilty about beating Army on the golf course. We need all our golfers to make this inaugural event a success. Bring your "A" game and let's show the Whoops who really has the most accurate artillery.
Details to follow.

Dec 7th: Army / Navy Game Special Tailgate - A.N.G.S.T.
This Pearl Harbor Day, we will avenge last year's loss. Support Navy Football by turning out for this year's tailgate party.
Details to follow.

Take care,
Bill Otto '71
President, Pittsburgh Chapter



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