NAVA 50 (2016)

California flag  San Jose flag

NAVA 50:  San Jose, California · 14–16 October 2016


Please plan to attend the 50th Annual Meeting of the North American Vexillological Association.

NAVA’s board and the Organizing Committee invite you to register for an exciting flag-filled weekend in San Jose, the third-largest city in California and the 10th largest city in the United States!  As the oldest city in California, it was the first capital of the state and has enjoyed a rich and diverse cultural past.  San Jose is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley and surrounded by many attractions and things to do.

NAVA 50 flag
Designed by Tony Burton
The white canton and red star and red chevron symbolize the state of California using elements of the state flag. The red and gold chevrons at the fly represent the Spanish heritage of San Jose. The blue/white/red combinations at the top and bottom recall the NAVA flag, and symbolize NAVA’s role in documenting the continuity between past and present as part of its vexillological mission.


DoubleTree by Hilton Campbell — Pruneyard Plaza
1995 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, California, 95008, USA
408-559-4300  Hotel / Reserve: (800) 222-8733

NAVA 50’s host hotel, the 171-room Doubletree, places you just down the freeway and light-rail track from downtown San Jose, in “a Mediterranean oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley”.  The Pruneyard Plaza is an upscale shopping complex with 18 restaurants plus many shops, banks, and other attractions.

Make sure to reserve before 14 September 2016.  Space and rates cannot be guaranteed after that date.  Rooms are set aside for NAVA at $129/night plus tax for Friday and Saturday.  On dates before and after NAVA 50, the rates are $50/night higher.  Triple and quadruple rooms are just $10 and $20/night more.  Parking is free at the hotel.  Go here: DoubleTree Campbell – Reservations and click on availability – use the Group code “NAV” (under “Add special rate codes”) to get the group rate or call (800) 222-8733 and ask for the “NAV” rate.  Reserve early—space is limited.

Because occasionally there may be better prices for some discount programs such as AAA and AARP, check all options.  NAVA 50 registrants need not reserve under the NAVA 50 block.

Hotel amenities include a complimentary business center, free high speed Internet, fitness center and outdoor pool, and free on-demand shuttle to/from San Jose airport.

The host hotel is located in Campbell, just off CA-17 (I-880)—5 miles from downtown San Jose and 7 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC); 39 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  For the duration of NAVA 50, no car is needed.

San Jose’s airport it is served by many airlines, including Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways.

The hotel has a free San Jose airport shuttle.  The VTA (Valley Transportation Authority) light rail system’s Hamilton Station is less than two blocks (a slow 10 minutes’ walk) away.  A 3-minute ride takes you to the historical downtown Campbell shopping area to the west; a 4-minute ride to the east places you in downtown San Jose on the beautiful tree-laden 2nd Street in the heart of the cultural center of San Jose.

Attendees arriving at San Francisco airport can take Super Shuttle (~$40), or a 4-train combination of BART (2 trains from SFO to Millbrae), CalTrain (from Millbrae to Diridon), and VTA (from Diridon to Hamilton).

Amtrak serves San Jose—the Coast Starlight stops there, running from Seattle to Los Angeles.  The station code (Diridon, in downtown San Jose) is SJC.  From there, the Hamilton is four stops down VTA’s green line.

Additional information on events, attractions, restaurants, and transportation can be found on the following websites:
Visit San Jose:
Pruneyard Plaza:
Super Shuttle:
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA):

(subject to change)

Friday, 14 October 2016

12-5 NAVA 50 Check-in (lobby)
3:30-5 Preble Lecture (Martin Luther King Library at SJSU)
Lecture by Dr. Tamara Venit-Shelton on the 1861 Settlers War.
5:30-6:30 President’s Reception (Orchard Room)
6:30 Group Dinner (optional)
8 Vexi-Bits (lobby)

Saturday, 15 October 2016

before 9 Breakfast (at hotel, on one’s own)
9-12 Opening Ceremonies and Presentations
12 Lunch (at hotel) / Hosted Companions Lunch in Pruneyard
1:30-2:30 Presentations
2:30-5:00 Treasures of the Collections (Harvest & Orchard Rooms)
6 Group Photo (lobby)
6:30 Whitney Smith Dinner and Keynote Lecture (Garden Terrace)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

before 9 Breakfast (at hotel, on one’s own)
9–10  NAVA Business Meeting
10–12 Presentations
12 Lunch (on one’s own)
1:30–3 Presentations and other activities
3:30–4:30 Auction & Closing Ceremonies
5 Incoming Executive Board Meeting
6 Group Dinner (optional)

Vexi-Bits (mini presentations) on Friday evening will offer an opportunity to share flags, flag-related items, and stories.

All sessions will take place in the Harvest Room, unless noted otherwise.  Display tables will be in the corridor outside the Harvest Room.

The Preble Lecture will feature Dr. Tamara Venit-Shelton, Associate Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College in California, speaking on the 1861 “Settlers’ War” in San Jose and other protest movements from 19th-century America that involved protesters wrapping themselves in flags.  The primary artifact of that “War”, the flag of the Evergreen Home Guard, is part of the Zaricor Flag Collection.  See instructions for taking the light rail to/from the MLK Library at San Jose State University.  Local volunteers will be on hand to escort participants.


Ben Zaricor and the 1861 flag of the Evergreen Home Guard.

The President’s Reception on Friday evening will welcome attendees to the meeting.

Optional group Dinners on Friday and Sunday evenings will be organized at nearby restaurants.

The Opening Ceremonies on Saturday morning will be followed by the first round of Presentations, which will adjourn for lunch at the hotel.  Newcomers will be welcomed at a special table with NAVA leaders.  Companions will be hosted to a lunch in the Pruneyard.

In the afternoon attendees will hear the second round of presentations and then enjoy the treasures of local flag collections, displayed in a secure room at the hotel and described by the collectors themselves.

October weather should allow open-air California-style dining ambiance for the Whitney Smith Dinner, with its keynote lecture.  It will be preceded by the Group Photo—an opportunity to wear and see a broad range of flag ties and scarves!

The Business Meeting on Sunday morning will be followed by the third round of Presentations, lunch (restaurants to meet all tastes are within steps of the hotel in Pruneyard Plaza, including Buca di Beppo, Café Artemis, Coffee Society, Cold Stone Creamery, Kyoto Palace, Le Boulanger, Lisa’s Tea House, Little Wine Counter, Patxi’s Pizza, Pizza My Heart, Orchard City Kitchen, El Burro, Togo’s, Rock Bottom Brewery, Outback Steakhouse, and Pacific Catch), more presentations, the traditional flag Auction in support of NAVA, and the Closing Ceremonies.

On Saturday afternoon, NAVA 50 attendees will not board a bus, but rather will “tour” the treasures of local flag collections, brought together and displayed at the host hotel.
Following the last formal presentation of the afternoon, attendees will hear collectors give brief descriptions of their most prized flags, showing the actual flags, and answering questions.  Then attendees will adjourn to a secure room to visit the full display of treasured flags, with an opportunity to examine them up close, photograph them, and learn more about their history, provenance, value, and importance.
Among the collectors invited to share flags at NAVA 50 are:  Ben Zaricor, Jim Ferrigan, the Bear Flag Museum, John Middleton, Peter Ansoff, and Annie Platoff.

To register to attend NAVA 50 you may use the online registration system or the form for registering by mail.  If any have not registered online or by mail, onsite registration will be available by contacting NAVA’s Treasurer, Chris Bedwell.

Meeting Check-in will take place at the hotel lobby Friday afternoon under past NAVA meeting flags.

Attendees who are not United States residents should check the visa requirements for citizens from your country to visit the U.S.  If you require an invitation letter to obtain a visa, please request it from Ted Kaye ( at least 3 months prior to the meeting date.


The following people have registered for NAVA 50 so far.

John Adcock
Phil Allen
Peter Ansoff
Mary Ansoff
Luc Baronian
Chris Bedwell
Hugh Brady
Jim Brown
Al Cavalari
Rafael Chacón *
Alan Cooper *
Rodney Deal *
Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
Federico Drews
Janene Eller-Smith
Roger Eriksen
Henriette Essapo
Jim Ferrigan
Michael Green *
Scot Guenter
Kevin Harrington
John Hartvigsen
Deanna Hartvigsen
Lee Herold
Richard Hobart
Dianne Hobart
Bea Jones
Ted Kaye
Steve Knowlton
Amy Langston
Pete Loeser
Marianne Loeser
Jack Lowe
Scott Mainwaring
Maxime Meka Meka
Rich Monahan
Ed Mooney
Carrie Mooney
Carlos Morales Ramirez
David Ott
Annie Platoff
Michael Platoff
Gary Randall
Ken Reynolds
Larry Soucier
Greg Slayden
Chris Smith
Randy Smith
Kin Spain
Bill Trinkle
Pete Van de Putte
Vanessa Van de Putte
Cristina Victor *
Cindy Williams
Brice Wilson
Judy Wilson
Kim Wilson
Jordan Yelinek *

* first NAVA meeting

Please contact the registrar at with any questions.

Revealing the flag design 

Peter Ansoff and Pete Loeser present NAVA 50 Flag at NAVA 49

All interested illustrators were invited to submit suggested designs for the NAVA 50 flag in a contest held between the NAVA 48 in New Orleans and July 31, 2015.  The winning flag design for the NAVA 50 Annual Meeting was announced at NAVA 49 meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on Saturday 17 October 2015. In accordance with NAVA’s tradition for meetings whose numbers are multiples of 10, the meeting flag has a swallow-tail shape.

Over 50 entries were received, a panel of 5 judges selected, chaired by Peter Ansoff, who acted as head Judge.  The judging panel consisted of Mark Hayden, Lee Herold, Dave Martucci, and Reid Reynolds.  Two judges were “old timers” in NAVA and two were “new-comers”.

To guarantee fairness, all entries were submitted directly to Pete Loeser, who forwarded them (identified only by number), to the Judging Committee.  The committee members did not know the designer’s identity until after the judging was complete.

The winning design was based on a contest entry submitted by Tony Burton, with two changes: the canton was changed from gold to white and the star was reoriented with the point facing the hoist. The orientation of the star was a practical decision reflecting that the flag will most often be displayed vertically at future NAVA meetings.

You may download the judging sheet showing the complete selection of designs of the entries in pdf format by Clicking Here.

If you wish to present a paper, or set up a display at NAVA 50, you will have to send the following application information to Jim Croft ( by 30 June 2016:

Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
Title of your paper, presentation, symposium, workshop, or display; Abstract of your paper, presentation, symposium, workshop, or display; Type and size of display area and/or equipment needed, including tables, electrical requirements, audio/visual equipment, etc.;

You must be prepared to SEND A COMPLETE COPY OF THE PAPER (in publishable form in both hard-copy and electronic file in MS-Word with high-resolution image files) by 31 August 2016.


NAVA reserves the right to accept or reject any presentation without prejudice.

The Captain William Driver Award was created in 1979 for the best presentation at the NAVA annual meeting.  It is named in honor of Captain William Driver, who christened the United States flag “Old Glory”.  The award is generously co-sponsored by NAVA Commercial Members and consists of a certificate and US$250.

The executive board shall determine the recipient of the award based on the criteria given below.  At its discretion, the executive board may determine that no presentation delivered at the meeting has met the criteria for the award and decline to give an award that year.

1. The presentation should be an original contribution of research or theoretical analysis on a flag or flags resulting in an advancement of knowledge in the field of vexillology.
2. It should be characterized by thoroughness and accuracy.
3. It should be well organized and, as appropriate, illustrated.
4. It should be delivered well, i.e., interesting for the audience as well as informative, such that it is easily comprehensible.
5. No presentation may be considered for the award unless a completed written text is submitted in advance of its delivery.
6. No single individual may be given the award more frequently than once every three years.
7. Because of the conflict of interest, current members of the executive board are ineligible for the award.
If at all possible, the executive board shall not give the award jointly to co-recipients.  In extraordinary circumstances, the executive board may recognize another presentation with the designation “Honorable Mention”.
8. As a condition of being considered for the award, presenters agree that NAVA has a two-year right of first refusal to publish their presentation in NAVA News, the Flag Research Quarterly, or Raven: A Journal of Vexillology.
9. This right of first refusal extends to both the actual recipient of the award and the remaining non-recipients.  A presenter who desires to have his or her presentation published elsewhere may decline to have the presentation considered for the award, provided that the presenter makes this fact known before the presentation is delivered.

NOTE: A more complete set of guidelines will be distributed to presenters in advance of the annual meeting.

Questions about activities may be directed to Pete Loeser at (707) 272-3263 or by e-mail to  E-mail should have ‘NAVA 50’ in the subject line.

Questions about presentations/displays may be directed to Jim Croft at (802) 922-4442 or by e-mail to  E-mail should have ‘NAVA 50’ in the subject line.

Questions about registration may be directed to Chris Bedwell by email to

Questions about accommodations, travel or general questions may be directed to Ted Kaye at (503) 223-4660 or by e-mail to  E-mail should have ‘NAVA 50’ in the subject line.

Plan to extend your visit to San Jose and bring your family and companions.  October weather in the area is normally warm and sunny during the days (high 60s to high 70s), but slightly chilly in the evenings (mid-50s to 60s).  Dress is always California casual.

There are many attractions in the city and the nearby area. Here is a list of 20+ to consider.  The area is filled with family attractions.

In San Jose:

San Jose Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
The Tech Museum of Innovation
San Jose Museum of Art
Winchester Mystery House
San Jose Fire Museum
San Jose Sharks game – professional ice hockey
San Jose Earthquakes – professional soccer
Old Town Historical Park (Kelly Park)
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo (Kelly Park)
Japanese Friendship Garden (Kelley Park)
Martin Luther King Library (San Jose State)

Next to San Jose

De Saisset Museum (Santa Clara University)
Mission Santa Clara (Santa Clara University)
Mission San Jose (Campbell)

Short Day Trips

Old Mission San Juan Batista
Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach – Felton train ride through the Redwoods
Roaring Camp and Steam train ride (Felton)

In Monterey:

Cannery Row
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey State Historical Museums
old Monterey Wharf

Peter Ansoff
Jim Ferrigan
Ted Kaye, Registrar
Pete Loeser, Chair
Bill Trinkle

If you would like to volunteer to help at the meeting, please contact the Organizing Committee chair, Pete Loeser (  We welcome your participation.