The Sam Houston Squadron, an affiliate of the Texas Navy Association, met for their quarterly program on Saturday, June 16, Flag Day, starting with a Dock Tales hour on the south dock of Lakewood Yacht Club's inner harbor. Commander Don Genitempo and Admiral Roy Shaw docked their boats nearby for the guests to enjoy, and a musician played island tunes accompanied by a gentle summer breeze. The party moved into the LYC Ballroom for dinner and the program. Sunflowers in crystal vases appointed tables set in navy, gold and white linen.
The Texas Navy flag given to the new SHS by the Nimitz Squadron stood in its' place of honor, topped by the brass Texas Star presented at the March program, by Admiral Bob Callanan, also of the Nimitz Squadron.
Commander Genitempo welcomed the group to the event and welcomed Admiral Mike Dehart as a new member to the Squadron. LYC members who are or become Texas Navy Admirals are encouraged to join and participate in the SHS by sending a copy of their Admiral certificate and a request to the Squadron Commander and the Membership Committee. Admiral Genitempo then introduced Rev. George Aurich who delivered the invocation. Adjutant Officer Bob Warters led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag and the Texas flag, followed by Secretary Marisa Hegyesi who led the National Anthem and the Texas Anthem accompanied by Admiral Sue Warters on piano.
Four new squadron commissions were then made, as four new Texas Navy Admirals were introduced to the SHS. Those four individuals were Rev. George Aurich, Margaret Hill, Lou Marinos, and Cindy Brooks Winton. Squadron recommendations for Admiral commissions are decided in a process that begins with a nomination of an LYC member by a squadron member to the SHS Executive Committee and Membership Committee. Recommendations for Admiral Commission requests are made by the Sam Houston Squadron to the Governor of Texas, for LYC members who have distinguished themselves by service to the people of the State of Texas. New squadron members are also encouraged to join the Texas Navy Association.