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The 2014 West Coast Explorers Club Annual Dinner

Reserve your seat for the fourth West Coast Explorers Club Annual Dinner (WECAD) taking place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. This Black Tie optional event is co-sponsored by the Bowers Museum. Southern California Chapter Co-Chair Alan Feldstein MN’09 and Bowers Museum’s President Dr. Peter Keller FN'84 also extend their personal welcome to this very exciting event.

The evening will begin with a no-host bar reception at 6:00 p.m. with several wings of the museum open for viewing. The dinner and program will commence at 7:00 PM. The dinner will have a “Titanic” theme, and the specially catered dinner will include selections inspired by the First Class Menu from the last night of the Titanic. Several Titanic explorers will be attending WECAD and there will be a number of surprise special guests from the world of exploration in attendance.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 4th Annual Ralph B. White Award for Oceanographic Exploration and Conservation of the Seas to Professor Walter Munk MED’71. Constance Difide LM’01, Explorers Club Vice-President for Flag and Honors will be on hand to present this well-deserved award to Dr. Munk. Walter H. Munk, PhD is the Professor of Geophysics Emeritus and holds the Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations Oceanography Chair at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.

You can read more about Walter Munk here.

The tickets for the evening will be $125.00 per person.
The cost for those 30 years old and younger will be $100.00.

The closest airport to the Bowers Museum is Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) and there’s a special rate at the nearby Doubletree Hotel (located at 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868). Use the Bowers Museum preferred rate, which is $150 plus tax and includes breakfast. Call the Doubletree at 714-634-4500 and use the Bowers Reference number of #0002690324. The address for the Bowers Museum is: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706 (

To reserve your place, mail your check, payable to the “Explorers Club/So Cal,” to WECAD, c/o P.O. Box 6001, Irvine, CA 92616 and enclose a list of the names in your party. Each table seats 10 guests. Also, please indicate if there are any special dietary meal requirements and note that there is a Vegan option for dinner. Send a confirmation of your information via email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The deadline to receive payment for a ticket is June 6th. No refunds after the deadline. Please make your reservations now as space is limited and this event may sell out prior to June 6th. Please email any questions, wish to purchase your ticket(s) with a credit card, or if you wish to be an event Co-Sponsor, contact WECAD Chair David Dolan FN’03 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or phone David at (949) 307-9182.

See you on June 14th!

Date: Saturday June 14th, 2014

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