To: All Members of The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc.
From:  Admiral Lord Sir Martin Lessem, GCE, KCR, GS, First Lord of the Admiralty, Admiral of the Fleet, Duke, New Scania
Re: Holiday Message
2012 is currently drawing to a close, and in fact has passed in some parts of the world, and it is therefore time for me to address you all again. Today a good year for us comes to a close. It has been a year when we have had amazing growth and we have had a chance to expand to many new places. We are currently in twenty-one (21) countries around the world and we keep expanding! 2012 has also been a year of improvements in the Association as a whole. Many of our procedures have been updated and we’ve identified some flaws we are working to fix. I will take this opportunity to apologize for the extreme delay in The Manticore’s Tale. The truth is BuComm needs staff to help him out, and we are desperately trying to fill that void.
It has pleased me greatly to see so many of you active at events in this past year. I have had a chance to meet so many of you and plan on continuing that in 2013. I got to spend time with the First, Second, Third, Seventh & Eighth Fleets this year, and plan on spending time with more of you this year, including the part of the Fourth Fleet located in Europe and the Tenth Fleet.
2013 will be a big year for us for other reasons as well. It will be the year that we host David Weber and his wife Sharon Rice-Weber at Shore Leave, and that will be a big event for us.  We will also be a part of Honorcon in November of 2013 with a Track devoted to us. In the near future I will be reaching out to all of you to see what kinds of panels you want. Additionally we will be seeing about other projects similar to Treecat In Near Space. Apogee will be touring the conventions in the US and will be auctioned off this summer with all the proceeds going to our charity, Big Cat Rescue. Dancing with the RMN will also debut this year, with the video entries being posted in January for you to vote on.
There will be many things going on at a local level as well, but I will leave that to your CO’s to keep you informed on. For this year, there will be seven Admiralty
House functions. They will be as follows: Farpoint (after this year it will be a local chapter function), the First Lord of the Admiralty’s European Tour (Contact the CO’s of the GSN Albion and GSN Glory for further information), StarFest, CONvergence, Shore Leave, Dragon*Con & HonorCon. This does not mean these will be the only functions that Admiralty House will have a presence at, but these seven will be the official ones.
Grayson Uniforms will be done this year, and hopefully, Royal Manticoran Army Uniforms will follow shortly as well. We hope to finish the RMN/RMMC ribbons and get the first of the GSN awards in to BuSup in time for Shore Leave.
There will be many things going on this year, and I hope to see you all participate.
With that I end with the following thought: Happy New Year, Got Nytt År, Frohes neues Jahr, Feliz año Nuevo, Bonne année, Felice Anno Nuovo, Szczesliwego Nowego Roku, Štastný Nový Rok
In Service,
Martin Lessem,
Admiral of the Fleet RMN
First Lord of the Admiralty
First Duke, New Scania


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