San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

CDR Keyes
CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (Ret)

Welcome to the SFBA Chapter of the NNOA.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
  • Foster an innovative, professional and collaborative environment that supports the sea services’ ability to attract and retain a diverse officer corps  

  • Remain the benchmark for supporting and influencing diversity and inclusion efforts in the sea services

  • Provide professional development and mentorship opportunities to optimize potential and individual performance

  • Partner with professional organizations and community influencers to attract diverse talent in support of sea service recruiting efforts

MAILING ADDRESS

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter National Naval Officer Association PO Box 5046 Alameda, California 94501

MEETING LOCATION

Point Welcome Room or Greshem Hall, Coast Guard Island Alameda.  Meetings suspended until further notice.

CONTACT US
  • President: CDR Adolph Keyes, USN (ret), (510) 374-8237
  • VP: Maj. D’Emanuel Grosse, Sr., USAF (ret)
  • Treasurer: LCDR James Haskins, USN (ret) (510) 635-8869
  • Chaplain: Maj. D’Emanuel Grosse, USAF (ret)
  • Public Affairs: CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • NROTC Coordinator:  CDR Denise McCallaCreary, USN (ret) (408) 268-2933
  • Regional VP: Capt.(S) Rod Rojas, U.S. Coast Guard – (562) 240-4125
CHAPTER OFFICER BIOS

CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Past Events

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  • May 17, 2017 – SFBA Professional Development “Speed Mentoring” @ Point Welcome Room CG Island – LCDR Dustin Williams, USCG
  • June 1, 2017 – Hadwick and Lily Thompson Scholarship Award Announcement – LCDR (Sel) Joe Ching, US Navy Reserve
  • June 19, 2017 – Coast Guard Island Juneteenth Observance (location to be determined)
  • June 21, 2017 – SFBA Chapter Meeting @ Point Welcome Room CG Island – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • June 24, 2017 – Butterflies Are Free – Cancer Survival Celebration – Blue Rock Springs Park – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • July 19, 2017 – SFBA Chapter Meeting Suspended for NNOA National Training Seminar @ San Diego, California
  • July 24, 2017 – Seventh Annual Navy League Golf Tournament (tentative date)
  • February 2017 – Coast Guard Island Black History Month Observance
  • February 2017 – SFBA Professional Development “Career Planning” @ Point Welcome Room CG Island – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • March 4, 2017 – Annual Crab Fest @ Point Welcome Room CG Island – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • March 15, 2017 – SFBA Chapter Meeting @ Point Welcome Room CG Island – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • April 2017 – RADM Robert L Toney, US Navy (ret) Jesse Bethel High School JNROTC Annual Contribution – an annual $250 award to support the NJROTC program at Jesse Bethel HS in Vallejo, California. The award was established in May 2015, presented each May, and is named for a most distinguished and highly respected leading pioneer of the Sea Service and NNOA.
  • April 19, 2017 – SFBA Chapter Meeting @ Point Welcome Room CG Island – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • April 30, 2017 – Hadwick and Lily Thompson Scholarship Application Deadline – LCDR (Sel) Joe Ching, US Navy Reserve
  • Aug 17, 2016 – SFBA Meeting @ Point Welcome Room CG Island
  • Aug 15, 2016 – Pacific Area Change of Command @ 1100 – Ms. Debra Briggs
  • Aug 13, 2016 – Masquerade Black & White Gala – A Sleeve Sisters Presentation – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • Jul 25, 2016 – Sixth Annual Navy League Golf Tournament – LCDR Ken Langford, USCG
  • Jul 22, 2016 – 9-Hole Fun Golf Tournament, Blue Rock Spring Golf Course, Vallejo – Mrs. Vanita Finney
  • Jul 20, 2016 – SFBA Meeting canceled (conference conflict) – Meet with RADM Joseph Vojvojdich, Deputy Commandant Acquisitions, HQ CG-9, Point Welcome Room, Coast Guard Island – CDR Maria Galman, USCG
  • Jul 19-21, 2016 National Training Conference at Little Creek Naval Base
  • Jul 1, 2016 – Coast Guard District Eleven Change of Command – LT Fredrick Pugh, USCG
  • Jun 25, 2016 – The Butterflies Are Free – Cancer Survival Celebration – Blue Rock Springs Park – CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • Jun 17, 2016 – Coast Guard Island Juneteenth Observance – Point Welcome Room – ET1 Sheldon Williams, USCG
  • Jun 15, 2016 – SFBA Meeting – Point Welcome Room – Coast Guard Island – CAPT Don Flowers, US Navy (ret)
  • Jun 10, 2016 – Oakland Military Institute Graduation – LT Fredrick Pugh
  • June 8, 2016 – SFBA Board Elections – CAPT Don Flowers, US Navy (ret)
  • June 6, 2016 – Hadwick & Lily Thompson Scholarship Presentation at Vallejo High School – LCDR(Sel) Joseph Ching, USNR
  • June 3, 2016 – Oakland Military Institute Pass in Review – LT Fredrick Pugh, USCG
  • June 3, 2016 – Hadwick & Lily Thompson Scholarship Presentation at Oakland Military Institute – LCDR (Sel) Joe Ching, USNR
  • June 1, 2016 – Hadwick & Lily Thompson Scholarship Award Announcement – LCDR (Sel) Joe Ching, USNR
  • May 2016 – Calvin Renalza McCalla Memorial Donation – CDR Denise McCallaCreary
  • May 27, 2016 – Oakland Military Institute Career Day – LT Fredrick Pugh, USCG
  • May 25, 2016 – Oakland Military Institute Pass in Review (Memorial Day Observance) – LT Fredrick Pugh, USCG
  • May 18, 2016 –  International Port Security Program Seminar – CDR Brent R Bergan, USCG
  • April 14, 2016 – RADM Robert L Toney, US Navy (ret) Jesse Bethel HS NJROTC Award – an annual $250 award to support the NJROTC program at Jesse Bethel in Vallejo, CA. The award was established in May 2015, presented each May, and is named for a most distinguished and highly respected leading pioneer of the Sea Service and NNOA.
  • April 8, 2016 – Vallejo City Unified School District College Career Fair at Jesse Bethel HS – CDR Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • March 16, 2016 – SFBA Meeting
  • March 15, 2016 – Bay Area Women’s Leadership Symposium
  • March 11, 2016 – Vallejo High School College/Career Fair
  • March 5, 2016 – SFBA Crab Fest 2016
  • February 26, 2016 – CGI Black History Month Observance
  • February 17, 2016 – SFBA Chapter Meeting, Professional Development “Establishing Expectations”
  • January 28, 2016 – Oakland Military Institute Visit
  • January 20, 2016 – SFBA Chapter Meeting, Professional Development “Career Mapping”
  • December 16, 2015 – SFBA Chapter Meeting, VADM Manson Brown, USCG (ret), keynote speaker
  • December 12, 2015 – Bone Marrow Drive
  • November 18, 2015 – SFBA Speed Mentoring
  • November 11, 2015 – San Francisco VA Medical Center Visit – Flag Folding Performance
  • October 29, 2015 – Jesse Bethel HS NJROTC Annual Inspection
  • November 4, 2016 – Funeral Services for Ms. Lily Thompson
  • November 11, 2016 – San Francisco VA Medical Center Visit – Flag Folding Performance by CAPT Don Flowers, US Navy (ret) and CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret)
  • November 16, 2016 – Joint San Francisco Chapters ANSO/NNOA “Mock Promotion” Professional development – LCDR Dustin Williams, USCGNovember 17, 2016 – Funeral attendance for RADM Robert L Toney, US Navy (ret) at Cathedral of Christ of the Light

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Hadwick and Lily Thompson Scholarship Foundation

sfba-scholarship  The lives of Hadwick and Lily Thompson are easily chronicled by the over 70 plaques and awards honoring their continuous years of public and community service. Both were native Californians whose roots were established in California by maternal great grandparents who had been former slaves. California offered the promise of a better life and more opportunities. It also meant that both would deal with the barriers of being the first Afro-Americans in a racially changing environment. Hadwick was born and raised in Willows, Ca where he worked on his father’s farm. At Willows H.S. he lettered in “5” sports and was an outstanding musician and student. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 11, 1939 and was stationed in the Pacific. He saw his first action manning a machine gun aboard the destroyer, U.S.S. Ramsay during the Japanese Attack on Dec. 7, 1941. On July 31, 1942 he became one of the first black submariners when he reported to U.S.S. Pollack for duty. He would complete 5 war patrols aboard Pollack sinking 4 ships before the war ended. After the war, on May 24, 1947, along with his friend, Clarence Williams, Hadwick became one of the first black Oakland Policemen hired through the competitive Civil Service Registry. Prior black officers had been temporary appointments made during the war. During this period his duties included several years of community relations assignments which brought him in close contact with various minority groups. Of particular concern were the underprivileged black teenage boys. He was active in the P.A.L. and over several summers took groups of boys to the YMCA Camp Loma Mar where he served as director. He also served as past chairman for both the Men of Tomorrow and Black Chamber of Commerce. These Groups were formed to foster and develop black businesses and leadership and promote a positive image. After earning a degree from San Francisco State University Hadwick taught at the Institute of Police Science at Merritt College. As a volunteer he would serve in many roles and groups, including two terms with the Alameda Grand Jury. He would also serve as president for the Oakland Navy League, Pearl Harbor Survivors Assoc. (P.H.S.A) and Chinatown Lions Club. Up until the time of his death Hadwick was fully active as a volunteer docent for the Oakland Museum and Pompano Submarine. He worked through the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club to maintain Children’s Fairyland and the Lions Blind Center and activities of the Lions Club. As a frequent P.H.S.A. guest speaker he shared his experiences during the attack on Pearl Harbor with both adults and children. As a member of both the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) and Navy League he encouraged and supported service members and their families.

Lily worked for the Dept. of Defense for over 42 years most of which were spent at the Oakland Naval Hospital. While working at
the hospital she saw the return of both her injured husband from WWII and her injured son from the Vietnam War. After
retirement she stayed on as a Red Cross Volunteer for over 5 years until the hospital was closed. Lily shared her husband’s
volunteer involvement serving actively beside him as a member of the NNOA, Navy League and Chinatown Lions Club. She also
served previously as Cacao Branch chairman for over 15 yrs. The Thompsons were particularly proud to be associated with
NNOA whose members became extended family and always welcomed in their home. They frequently crossed the states to
support “their kids” change of commands and promotions. Although age and health have limited her current involvement she
remains active with the Cacao Branch supporting Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

The plaques and honors from the various groups line the walls and shelves and represent service acknowledgements from the
President of the United States to local mayors, congressmen and businessmen but the one held in highest esteem is the Dorie
Miller Award presented to Hadwick and Lily Thompson by the NNOA in 1992. They were the first civilians and first couple to
receive it. “Doris” Miller became a close friend of Hadwick after they met while stationed in Hawaii. The two young men formed
their own support group each determined to “stand tall” and that legacy remains in place for the thousands of lives that have
been touched.

 

Past Chapter Newsletters

11SFBA May 2016 Newsletter      sfba-newsletter

Event Calendar

MISSION STATEMENT

To enhance sea service operational readiness by supporting recruiting, professional development, and retention in an effort to achieve a diverse officer corps that reflects the demographics of our nation.

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of National Naval Officers Association

Veterans Day Visit at San Francisco VA

Veterans hospitalize at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital visited by members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Captain Donald Flowers, USN, RET and CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG, RET executes flag folding ceremony at San Francisco, California Veterans Hospital

Oakland Military Institute (OMI) School Visit

LCDR Joe Ching, US Navy Reserve address cadets at the Oakland Military Institute (OMI) on career and college career paths while providing information on military scholarships and the SFBA Chapter Hadwick & Lily Thompson scholarship program.

SFBA Chapter Crab Fest 2016

Two of the 160 guests enjoy succulent crab, oysters, and seafood dishes at the chapter’s 2016 Crab Fest held to raise money to support the chapter scholarship program.

Military Recruiters at Jesse Bethel HS Career Fair in Vallejo, CA

A joint military recruiting effort conducted at Jesse Bethel HS career and college fair. Coast Guard participation arranged by SFBA Chapter.

Chapter Jamaican Cruise Fundraiser

CDR Denise McCallaCreary hosted Jamaican cruise raising $800 for the chapter scholarship program. Group included RADM Robert Toney, US Navy (ret); LCDR James Haskins, US Navy (ret) and his wife Ethel; and CDR Denise McCallaCreary, US Navy (ret).
Telling the story of Jamaica while looking over the land.
Island vine ripened Pineapple.

Jesse Bethel HS NJROTC Annual Awards Ceremony

LT Margaret Jackson, USCG (ret), Jesse Bethel HS unit commander, presents award to unit executive officer
CAPT Don Flowers, US Navy (ret), SFBA Chapter NNOA president, presents Jesse Bethel HS NJROTC unit with the chapter’s RADM Robert L Toney, US Navy (ret), Award, received by LT Margaret Jackson, USCG (ret), Jesse Bethel NJROTC unit commander. The value of the awards is $250.

Hadwick and Lily Thompson Scholarship Recipients for 2016

Ms. Cierra Cryer – graduating senior at Oakland Military Institute – is one of two winners of the Hadwick & Lily Thompson Scholarship. A certificate of acknowledgement and $1,000 dollar was presented to Ms. Cryer on June 3, 2016 by CDR D. McCallaCreary, USN(ret), Regional VP, and LCDR(Sel) J. Ching, USNR. Photo: CDR McCallaCreary, Cierra Cryer, parents Daryl  and Anjoinette Cyer, and LCDR(Sel) Ching.

Second Hadwick and Lily Thompson Scholarship Award Winner

Ms. Briana Burnett is our second scholarship award winner for 2016. She is joined in the photo by her mother Mrs. Tanya Hall and LCDR(Sel) Joe Ching, US Navy Reserve. The award was presented at the Vallejo HS Senior Award Ceremony on June 5, 2016.

Calvin Renalza McCalla Memorial

Chapter made $500 dollar donation to Bois Content School in Jamaica on behalf of Calvin McCalla to purchase public address system.

The Butterflies Are Free - Cancer Survival Celebration

CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG (ret) participated in the 2016 The Butterflies are Free – a cancer survival celebration at Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo, California. Adolph released a butterfly in memory of his mother, Lou Gertha Bonner, who died of pancreatic cancer, and little did he know that a classic car club member Larry Collins, shown releasing his butterfly, is cancer survivor. Adolph represents the SFBA chapter at this annual event, and releases a butterfly on behalf of chapter members who have also lost love ones due to cancer or a dealing with love ones suffering with this decease.

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