Monthly Meetings - USS Virginia Base

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Monthly Meetings and Annual Picnic
Where the Undersea Warrior Elite
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WHAT?Regular monthly Base meetings
WHEN?The Second Saturday of Every Month (except for the month in which our annual picnic is held)
Lunch & Social Time: Noon to 1:30pm
Meeting: 1:30pm to 2:30pm (or possibly 3:00pm if we have a presentation)
WHERE?Anna's Restaurant & Pizzeria
11027 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: 804-675-0002
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Anna's Restaurant Meeting Location
Photo of Meeting Location Anna's Pizza
The private buffet being served in the banquet room where we meet has been a big success and will continue to be offered. A consensus has formed that favors a KISS strategy (Keep It Simple Stupid) and so we'll stay with the popular variety of Pizzas and Tossed Salad - with the addition of a "Chef's Choice" entre'. The total for this buffet will be right around $12 (plus tax and group gratuity). This price includes drinks of: coffee, tea, soda or water.

As with any restaurant there is normally a "Group Gratuity" (eight or more people) added to your bill which at this restaurant is 17% - plus the required tax. HOWEVER, at least one of our servers does not add the group gratuity to our ticket so be sure the check that and if it has not been added be sure to add a good tip of your own. Food anywhere these days is not cheap so if you want to have a glass of wine or a couple of beers instead of the drinks that are included with the buffet, figure about twenty bucks per person and you won't get upset about the cost.

Although the food should normally be ready to go at Noon, it would be helpful if members tried to arrive a little before Noon so we can eat and visit without being rushed, and also hold our 50/50 raffle. We normally let the ladies disembark for their kaffeeklatsch, which is their choice (if we don't have a ceremony or special program). We try to dive the boat promptly at our scheduled meeting time. Also remember - individual orders are discouraged, so please help our server by giving your name and the names of whoever is in your party, along with your drink order, as soon as you arrive - and enjoy the buffet!

The BC thanks all members who participated in the informal poll which overwhelmingly supported our return to Saturday meetings and was reported on by his June 28, 2015 e-mail to all members.
  • The first meeting of USS Virginia Base was held on July 18th, 2002 at the Chesterfield Fire Station on Polo Drive in Midlothian, Virginia, courtesy of fire fighter and first Vice Commander, Roger Warden. It was also voted that the Base would meet every first Thursday of the month.

  • The Base voted to change our meeting location from the Fire Station to American Legion Post 136 in Midlothian beginning January 3rd, 2003.

  • The Base voted on December 4th, 2003 to change our meeting location from American Legion Post 136 to the Piccadilly Cafeteria on West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. Since the Piccadilly Cafeteria did not serve liquor, it was also agreed at that time that members who wished to have a drink prior to the meeting would gather first at the Hooters next door.

  • The Base voted on December 2nd, 2004 to change our meeting location from the Hooter's/Piccadilly Cafeteria combo to Dena's - where we enjoyed the Happy Hour period and dinner along with conducting our meeting at a single location. This change was effective with the first meeting in 2005 so on January 6th about 14 of us showed up and learned that there had been a scheduling glitch for the first Thursday reservations. Since we all agreed that Dena's was a great place to meet, Jack Winn coordinated a vote with those present, plus other members via e-mail, and it was decided to stay at Dena's but move the date to the third Thursday. Since we didn't conduct our usual meeting on January 6th, it was also decided to schedule our next meeting on the third Thursday in January - January 20th - However, due to weather conditions that meeting was canceled. Our next meeting was February 17th and our new officers were installed and our ladies joined us for dinner at that meeting which began at 1700 with the meeting following at 1900.

  • The next chapter in this saga occurred at our June 16th 2005 meeting during which we voted to move our meeting day to the second Thursday of every month, beginning July 14th, 2005.

  • Yet another chapter in this saga is that Dena's went bankrupt, so we relocated our meeting venue to Candela's Pizzeria & Italiano at 14235 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113 - but still the second Thursday of every month. We stayed with Candela's about six years before we held our first meeting at Anna's Restaurant & Pizzeria, 11027 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA 23112 on July 11, 2013 to evaluate that location - with its new banquet room which gave us much more meeting space plus a large screen flat panel TV and the possibility of a private buffet. We voted at that meeting to change our meeting location from Candela's to Anna's, and also to shift to buffet style food service.

  • After getting used to Anna's we changed both our meeting day and meeting time a couple of times before finally settling on every second Saturday at Noon for the buffet, with the meetings beginning at 1:30pm.
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