Our day started bright and early Wednesday morning, with breakfast with
Karen Haas, the Clerk of the House and Nancy Erickson, the Secretary of the Senate for our Official Presentation of the Annual Report. After that, we took a tour of the Capitol, and learned some extremely interesting facts, including where the Zero Point of Washington, DC is. We also got to play around in the National Statutory Hall, with the so called “whisper effect,” where one person stands where John Quincy Adams’ plaque is, while the other stands at the other side of the room. You can whisper to each other (even though you are on separate sides of the room), and hear each other quite clearly! It was certainly entertaining! A little while later, in the hallway, I was lucky enough to run into the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Rick West, whom gave me the really awesome challenge coin – the Navy Anchor shaped coin, with the three stars, pictured to the right in the picture above.
At that time, Jack Pape left our group for home, and the rest of us made our way to lunch, and then to a meeting with Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the House. She talked with us for a few minutes, and presented us all with challenge coins of her own. Around three, we left for the Department of Education to meet with Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, and we asked him a number of questions about his job. We then made our way back to the Capitol to meet with John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the Senate, as well as Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader of the Senate.
At five-thirty, we made our way to the Gathering of the Eagles on the Hill, and event hosted by Congressman Pete Sessions, to recognize all the Eagle Scouts that work on the Hill. At the gathering, I met a number of interesting people, including Congressman Sessions’ father, Judge William Sessions, the former director of the FBI. We had an excellent discussion about Sea Scouts! Nick Kulick, one of the delegation, made a presentation about his Eagle project (he brought internet and iPads to his school’s sister school in Kenya, visited, and he and his friends taught everyone how to use the iPads).
We left the gathering to visit the Korean War Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and to get dinner. When we got back to the hotel, everyone crashed!
National Sea Scout Boatswain
Ship 502 – Houston, TX