Past and Present Members of the Coast Guard Cuttermen Association,
We are very excited that the Coast Guard Cuttermen Association (CGCA) and the Surface Navy Association (SNA) have agreed to merge their organizations. This will bring new members to SNA, and will provide CGCA with the full time administrative support it needs in tracking its membership and in communicating with its members through email and online. The potential merger was unanimously approved during CGCA’s Annual Meeting in January, and the details were approved by both organizations in June. For those of you who have not been as deeply involved in the administration of our organization, you may not know that SNA provided significant assistance each year since our inception, and continues to do so. There is an incredible synergy and purpose between our two organizations and our sea services, which makes this merger common sense. We are much stronger together.
We will reach out to our membership periodically in coming months to provide more information on this effort and our progress and answer any concerns. CDR Tony Russell has volunteered to spearhead a membership drive with the chapters to encourage renewal of existing members and seek new members within our cuttermen communities. We are planning a formal signing ceremony in September.
Through the merger agreement the CGCA will now be known as the National Cuttermen’s chapter of the Surface Navy Association, and the Washington Homeport of CGCA will now be the Anacostia chapter of SNA. The New London Chapter will be become the New London chapter of SNA. All financial resources of the National Cuttermen’s Association will be transferred to our new chapter within SNA under the signed agreement, and a final financial report will be made to our membership.
I am impressed by the efforts of Captain Tom Crabbs the prior President and his board to build towards this partnership with Surface Naval Association last year, which we have now finalized. As your new CGCA President I am excited about the benefits of our merger with the Surface Naval Association for both organizations, and the opportunity that this effort presents to renew and grow our organization. This partnership will resolve some of the significant administrative challenges that our organization has faced since conception.
LT Torrey Jacobsen was elected as our new Vice President. Rear Admiral (Select) Eric Jones is our newly elected Treasurer. Brian Perkins (CAPT, USCG ret.) serves in his new capacity as our Secretary, and has been the workhorse behind arranging this new SNA partnership. CAPT Tom Crabbs continues to serve on our Board as our Past President.
In the next couple of days SNA will be sending an email with procedures on how past members can rejoin and current members can affiliate with a chapter of their choice.
If you have any questions please feel free to write me.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of our organization.