Meeting Minutes
Chief Petty Officers Association of Miami, Inc. 
Thursday, August 11, 2022 



President:             BMCM Chuck Robertson
, Retired
Vice President:     Billini Benoit, Active                       
Secretary:             QMC Arthur Drago. Retired           
Treasurer:            OSCS Ronald B. Roy, Retired         


Honorable members and guests present: 






Chuck Robertson


Arthur Drago


Ron Roy


John Briody


Gary Rosenberg


Brad Burke


Marc Fagenbaum


Al Starr


John Petroske


Rick Tedlow


Buck McTee


Tanya Tyson


Ken Larson


Michael Short


Paul Lecoursiere


Jorge Herrera


Richard Drainville


Norm Powell

CPOA meeting was called to order by BMCM Chuck Robertson at 1930.
Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence followed by the Sailors Creed.

Chuck – welcomed our new members or returning, DTC Richard Drainville.

Minutes from the Previous Meeting. Motion to accept minutes as posted. Duly seconded and approved.



Treasurer’s Report

Checks outstanding; check $600 for booze from the USS Ft. Lauderdale Chief’s reception

Outstanding deposit; None

Amounts in (    ) are the net change from the previous month.

Checking $14,065.67 (-$2,715.86)

MM $16,931.87 (+$6.47)

CD $15,803.39 (+9.06)

Total $49,510.32 (-$2,700.33)

Motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Duly seconded and approved. 



·         Awards – Chief Short , NTR


·   Scholarship – Chief Tedlow,

     Received an email from Kayleigh McGovern thanking us for the
     scholarship she received.


·         Philanthropy – Chief Powell,
    Chief Powell thanked us for our well wishes for his wife who
    is recovering well from knee surgery.


·       Ship Liaison – Senior Chief Starr
   Senior Chief Starr thanked us for the USS Fort Lauderdale reception at the
   VFW. He mentioned the hard work and dedication of Chief Chuck Black
   for helping make the naming of a ship after our city of Ft. Lauderdale a reality.


·         Fleet Week – NTR


·        Season – CMDCM Briody,
    CMDCM Briody advised, normal tracking for the season so far. NRC is losing one
    and gaining one selectee. September 1 will be his official turnover as SEL. Final night
    should be Oct 20 with Oct 21 pinning and Khaki ball October 28th.


·         CRYC – Master Chief LaCoursiere -  NTR


·         MWR – HMC Rick Tedlow

o   Bowling on September 25th 1400-1600. Manor Lanes in Wilton Manors. Event with

   selectees. Fees paid members and selectees are paid by the CPOA, guests $10.00.

o   Possible Fishing outing tabled.

o   Key West trip tabled.

o   Chief Tedlow proposed another breakfast at Too Jay’s in Dania. Date and time TBD.


·         VA Liaison – Master Chief Robertson,

Master Chief Robertson is donating $200 towards a sailor who is behind on his rent by $263.99.


·         Fund Raising – Chief George, NTR


·         Old Business:  

Charter bus to the Navy vs. UCF game was discussed. LSCS Rosenburg has agreed to find out
all the particulars and report to Master Chief Robertson.


·         New Business: 

o     Master Chief Tyson thanked the Mess for initiating and accepting her in 2011 and was
        grateful for all the Mess has done for her. She presented the Mess with a limited numbered
        artist print of the USS Ft. Lauderdale.
        Master Chief Robertson accepted on behalf of the Mess and will have it framed.


o      Chief McTee proposed to have joint season activities with other Messes. Master Chief Briody

    is already in contact with WPB SEL.


o      Master Chief Briody made motion to change the September CPOA meeting to September 10

    at NRC (1630). Motion seconded and passed. Get together afterwards at Bokampers in Miramar

    is tentative. MACS Burke will confirm. Uniform: Khaki’s or civies (CPOA shirt recommended).

    Significant others welcome.


o      Clarification for the approved $500 for uniform fitting trip to Key West. The funds are going for

    meals and campsite expenses. 


Good of the Order:   NTR


Future drill dates:   15-16 Oct, 5-6 Nov.


Motion to adjourn: Duly seconded and passed at 2022.




QMC (ret) Arthur Drago
MIAMI CPOA Secretary