A Brief History of Western Region Roundup
Submarine Veterans of WWII (SVWWII) divided the country into regions, annually they would have “Caucuses” at a location chosen by the host state. Since before 2000 the Southwest Regional Caucus was held in Laughlin, NV. Beginning in 2007 it became a joint event with United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI).
At the business meeting in 2014, the Western Region of USSVI assumed responsibility for hosting the “Roundup”. Las Vegas, NV was chosen as the location for 2017 and 2018. In 2019 we returned to Laughlin, NV with the host hotel/casino being Don Laughlins Riverside Resort and Casino.
The global pandemic of 2020 carried over into 2021, causing both years WRR to be cancelled. The Western Region Roundup (WRR) planning and execution was stymied due to national and state isolation protocols and changing landscape of host convention site accommodation requirements. Vaccinating the population would improve herd immunity and increase opportunities to return to a ‘normal’ lifestyle. During this hold, there was a strong discussion within the WR leadership a desire to bring the Roundup to a central site with greater accessibility rather that the obscurity of Laughlin, NV. Furthermore, the ability to duplicate the planning and execution anywhere within the WR was hindered by the lack of a guide and a committee, as its planning and execution had been a single-handed operation. Therefore, a committee was born to capture the details necessary to perpetuate this time-honored event for future attendees.
With the formation of a planning committee, the 2022 WRR is scheduled to be held in Reno, NV at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, April 25 -29, 2021
All submariners, veterans and active duty alike are invited. The purpose of the “Roundup” is not only to provide a means for Regional and District Commanders to discuss USSVI business, but to provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. It is an ideal venue for Boat Reunions, as the organizer does not have to make hotel or banquet arrangements.
Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.