Bliss is a retired Naval Nuclear Submarine Officer. He is a member of
the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc., and their Holland Club.
Submarine veterans who are members in good
standing of the
USSVI, and qualified on a submarine 50 or more years previously, are
eligible to become members of the Holland Club.
“Qualifying” on a submarine is earned by successful
completion of a rigorous process including learning operation of
complex systems, the location of onboard equipment, and damage control
procedures. The sailor must have a general knowledge of the operational
characteristics of their boat. The dolphins and a qualification
certificate are awarded to each qualifying submarine sailor by their
commanding officer in a special ceremony.
The qualification certificate reads: "Having
completed the rigorous professional requirements for qualification in
submarines, having gained through knowledge of submarine construction
and operation, having demonstrated his reliability under stress, and
having my full confidence and trust, I hereby certify that he is
Qualified in Submarines"
Once qualified, a submarine sailor earns the right
the dolphin insignia. Dolphin wearers must re-qualify on each boat on
which they serve.
Al qualified for his dolphins in 1959 aboard the
Hardhead – SS365, a diesel powered submarine. He went on to serve on
the USS Dace-SSN 607, a nuclear powered submarine. He was present for
the commissioning of the Dace and served on the crew for her first
cruise. Members who are assigned to the first crew are called “plank
holders.” Following service on the Dace, Bliss was transferred to Pearl
Harbor where he was assigned to the newly formed Naval Reactors
Representative's Office (NRRO), commonly referred to as the “Naval
Reactors.” During much of his eight years with the NRRO, Al reported
directly to Admiral Rickover, who is known as “The Father of the
Al will speak of his
experiences while serving aboard
submarines and also while serving as a member of the Naval Reactors.
You may call him at (937) 548-5687 or email him by clicking HERE
worked in women's ministries since
2001. She completed levels 1 and 2 in Nouthetic Counseling
Clearcreek Chapel in Springboro, Ohio. Since then,
she has counseled
women not only through the church, but also through the county courts.
She has also led many women's
primarily locally. She enjoys speaking to groups of women on the many
of womanhood. Nancy personally believes that there is no greater thing
earth, second to being a Christian, than being a woman!
You may contact Nancy by calling
(937) 338-0063 or email her by clicking HERE Jan Boyer
"Thirty Eight Years in Enemy Territory: A Buckeye's Observation"
Having spent thirty eight years there as a Buckeye, having two kids
graduate from Michigan State, my daughter from University of
Michigan Medical School and a husband with his MBA from the University
of Michigan, never the less, I can point out many interesting things,
one day trips, or neat vacation spots, etc. and make it a fairly
"Putting on a Happy Face" Jan
is well known for the hours she devotes at various functions in Darke
County doing "face painting". She will talk about where she got her
idea, how she got into providing 'happy faces', and will relate
some of her more memorable experiences. She might even provide some
happy faces for audience members!
You may contact Jan by calling (937) 548-1916 or email her by clicking HERE