About the JKPVA
Here to read the JKPVA by-laws.
About the USS
James K. Polk Veterans Association
by Bodega Bob Homme
USS James K. Polk Veterans Association (JKPVA) is a chartered and
incorporated non-profit 501(c) (19) organization formed exclusively
and specifically for the pleasure, recreation, and fellowship of the
men who served aboard the United States submarine USS James K. Polk
(SSBN/SSN 645) and their families.
However, our primary goal is to
interact with each other over the Internet, and periodically in person
at the scheduled reunions, to maintain those special bonds of
friendship forged through our shared experience aboard the Jimmy K.
Through the JKPVA we have renewed friendships with shipmates that
have, in some cases, lain dormant for 30 or more years (that's dormant
friendships not dormant shipmates, knucklehead). Many of us
have also developed a bond with shipmates and their families, both
younger and older than ourselves, that have become as strong as those
developed while aboard the Polk.
While fraternal in nature, the JKPVA
maintains the same no slack environment that earmarked
our days in the submarine force. Bombastic, politically incorrect, and
as mischievous as a bunch of 19-year-old seamen, we continually have
far more fun together than we have a right to! Many of us are are drinkers with
a submarine veteran problem, and everyone seem to have a hardcore
fun & party switch that never cycles to the off position. O-gangers & raghats, plank owners & decomm crew, wives - both
original and after market - sons & daughters of JKP vets, widows &
friends all blend together into a mixture of shared experience that
grants those who participate both a link with the past and a powerful
bond of new and renewed friendship.
In the short few years that the JKPVA has been coming together, I have on
different occasions been united with shipmates whom I haven't seen or
corresponded with in more than 30 years, had my heart swell to bursting
through the actions of JKPVA shipmates lending support or bearing a
hand in times of trouble, and awakened more times than I can count
with serious gut pain after a night of side-splitting laughter in the
company of knuckleheads who have never lost the ability to find humor
in danged near any situation!
JKPVA is a robust organization run by a dedicated group of
volunteers who continually go above and beyond the call of duty to
ensure that the association remains strong, financially sound, and
that the participating shipmates and their families have a lively and
entertaining time when together.
The organization is managed by a command team elected from
the membership, assisted by an appointed board of directors.
Members whose dues are current have voting rights to elect
individuals to command positions (president, VP, secretary, and
treasurer), to determine reunion locations, to bring issues before the
membership for consideration, to vote on issues before the membership,
and to generally assist in determining the course of the association.
There are currently two membership options available:
Annual Membership and
Lifetime Membership. Both have equal
We have annual reunions at a variety of locations across the
country which provide the opportunity to see old shipmates and
meet new ones. Since joining the JKPVA, I have formed bonds with new
shipmates that I never actually served with but feel like I've sailed
with for most of my career. Reunion activities are scheduled to
provide fun for the shipmates and their families and guests alike.
Although these scheduled activities change from reunion to reunion,
the one thing that is consistent throughout is more fun than a guy has
a right to have!
So what are you waiting for? Gitcher sorry self involved today!
Click here to sign yourself up. You
won't be sorry, I guarantee it! And here's the best part - all you
horseflies who sign up as new members between now and the next
reunion, will be treated to a free drink at the reunion bar by
shipmate, Charlie Kotan!
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