Distinguished Chapter Announcement

For the third year in a row, the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association has been designated a Distinguished Chapter.  The award is presented to chapters based on an evaluation of the engagement, activity, and planning of their leadership teams; frequency and variety of communications with constituents; development and execution of events promoting the Naval Academy mission and message; collaboration with other Naval Academy-related organizations and affiliated groups; and membership growth.

We couldn’t have achieved this without the wonderful support and engagement of all of you, our chapter members. We hope you continue to remain dedicated to the chapter so that we can continue to support each other and the Naval Academy’s mission.

2022 Chapter & Foundation Board Elections

It’s time to vote for the 2022 USNA Alumni Association Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and Foundation Board.  We look forward to another great year of community building, Academy mission support, and alumni events.  Please take a few minutes to participate in the election to help make that happen.

Follow this link to submit your votes.  All voting closes at midnight Friday, December 31.  Thank you for your support.

Call for 2022 Board Nominations

Have you thought about contributing more to the Chapter, the Alumni Association, and the Naval Academy mission?  Then please consider serving on the board of our Chapter, Foundation, or both.  We are now accepting nominations for those to be considered for election to the Boards of Directors for both the 2022 TxGC Chapter and the Foundation.

The Chapter Board plans, organizes, and manages our luncheons, tailgates, and other events.  Our Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization affiliated with, but separate from, the Chapter.  Foundation Board coordinates and manages our support of the Naval Academy Alumni Association Foundation, Veterans, and local Houston community programs and events.

You can read more about the details of our Chapter, Foundation, and 2021 Officers at the Chapter website.  Also, feel free to reach out to any members of the current boards to learn more or ask any questions.

If you wish to put your hat in the ring or nominate someone else for the Chapter Board, please email Bill Pritchett (billpritchett01@gmail.com) with the name and any desired Chapter Board position.

If you wish to put your hat in the ring or nominate someone else for the Foundation Board, please email Chris Black (chrblack07@gmail.com) with the name and any desired Foundation Board position.

Please submit all nominations by December 1.  Elections will soon follow.

Army-Navy Viewing Party

We’ll be joining with the local West Point Alumni Association Chapter and Combined Arms again this year for a joint viewing party at Little Woodrow’s Midtown.  Enjoy the great food, drinks, games, door prizes, and giveaways.  There will be a special area for kids to play too, so bring the whole family.  Here are some of the details:

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • 2306 Brazos St, Houston TX 77006
  • Doors open at Noon
  • Kick-off is 2:30 p.m.
  • It’s Free! (but Combined Arms asks that you register at the link below)

Check out Combined Ams’ website to reserve (free) tickets and for additional details or opportunities to sponsor the event.

We’ll keep you updated on any changes. We hope to see you there.

Michelle Cummings Memorial Service Announced

Family and friends are holding a memorial service for Michelle Cummings here in Houston before a burial in Baton Rouge.  At this time, the service is open to the public for all those that wish to support the family.  Here are the details:

  • Thursday, 15 July 2021 at 1800
  • New Light Christian Center
  • 1535 Greensmark Drive

If you wish to contribute to the Michelle Jordan Cummings Memorial Fund, send donations to the New Light Church c/o Michelle Jordan Cummings Memorial Fund.  Family friends also created the Michelle Jordan Cummings Navy Football Mom Fund in GoFundMe to support the family’s expenses.

For more details and Leonard “Truck” Cummings’ full statement, check the link here.

We will keep you informed of any changes or updates to the events here and through our social media.


Tragic Day for the Naval Academy Family

Yesterday was a tragic day for the Naval Academy and Houston.  While in Annapolis to drop her son off for I-Day, Michelle Jordan Cummings, of Houston, was fatally shot by a stray bullet while sitting outside at the Graduate Hotel.  Annapolis Police are still investigating to find the culprit.  You can find more details with the local news coverage (CBS Baltimore and The Capital Gazette).

We can only imagine what the family is going through right now.  The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alumni Association shares our deepest sympathies and wishes to offer whatever support we can to Midshipman Candidate Leonard “Trey” Cummings III and his father during this difficult time.

Family friends started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral expenses.  Please contribute what you can.  We are currently collaborating with the Parent’s Club to see what additional support we can provide and will let you know through the website, newsletters, and social media.