I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wayne Chauncey, the outgoing President, for his guidance in leading the Council over the past two years. Wayne is taking over the treasurer’s duties and will continue to be an integral member of the Board. Our Annual Membership Meeting and Awards of Excellence evening was held on 02 February. A special congratulations goes out to the recipients of the Award of Excellence. The awardees are nominated by their commanding officer for outstanding performance in the workplace and their contributions to the community. This was the fifteenth year of the awards being presented. The eight recipients represent TRANSCOM; Coast Guard, Sector Upper Mississippi River; the Navy Operational Support Center; and the Navy Recruiting District-St. Louis. Thank you to Dick Kallemeier and his committee members: Mike Nolan, Jason Carter and Doyle Wilhite. A big thank you also goes to Kathy Chauncey for coordinating the reservations for the evening, and to Mel Burkart for hosting the event at the Missouri Athletic Club West. Thanks to LCDR Ken Nowack and the Color Guard from the Battleship Missouri Division Sea Cadet Unit for presenting the Colors. Thank you to Lee Metcalf for presenting information to all assembled regarding the commissioning of the USS St. Louis,LCS-19. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in the Spring of 2020. I am looking forward to an exciting 2019. The Council will once again be hosting the Cardinal Company Baseball game, when the Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds on 06 June at Busch Stadium. The Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Westborough Country Club on 26 August, and the Navy Ball will be 19 October at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis.