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65th Reunion News


Committee: Bob Fountain (Chairman); Tom Stallman; Dennis Sullivan; Robin Pirie

Annapolis: Thursday 4/23 thru Saturday 4/25, 2020


DoubleTree Host Hotel (www.doubletreeannapolis.com)

Great bloc rate ($139 + tax); free parking; transportation hub

Room registration cannot start until April 2019


Preliminary three day plan outlined; continuing review

Major events at the DoubleTree (e.g. Welcome Reception; Banquet)

Friday “On the Yard” (e.g. Memorial Service; Luncheon; Parade ??)


One Flat Registration Fee for the Weekend

Preliminary budget and costs defined: emphasis on affordable

USNAAA will handle registration checks and reports


Current planning: ~100 attendees (50+ classmates)

Survey in spring 2018 will update 2016 / 2017 information


Communications plan in place

Class emails; Annual Newsletter; Shipmate; ultimately, The Gouge


Volunteers Needed

Check-in support; stocking / staffing Hospitality Suite

Organizers for Company/Battalion get togethers

Focal point for class widows: maintain data base; communicate

 

 

Class Communications (March 14, 2018)

Procedures for Class Communications have been updated. They are explained below for your information and guidance.

  1. Burton Floyd, hereafter referred to as BR, keeps the class directory of all known classmate contact information, and also acts as the sender of approved class email broadcasts as 1955contact@burtonfloyd.com. Send individual directory updates to Tom Stallman (staltom@aol.com) for processing to BR.

  2. Bruce Newell (admiraln@comcast.net) is the class Decedent Affairs Coordinator. Send all notices of death and associated services, etc. to him.

  3. News items and other information, including time sensitive items, requested/suggested for class email broadcast should be sent to Vice President Bob Fountain (rrfountain@hughes.net) with copy to Tom Stallman (staltom@aol.com).

  4. Tom Stallman (staltom@aol.com) is Class Secretary, including Directory matters, Newsletter preparation, website oversight and Executive Committee minutes.

  5. Fred Schoenberger is Shipmate Editor. Send news items and photos of general interest to him at fredseod@gmail.com. (This is a special address for Shipmate business only.)

  6. The class Newsletter will be published several times a year and mailed to all known postal mail addresses. It will therefore reach the widest class distribution. The Executive Committee will determine content and timing, and will include the Annual Letter early each year.

  7. The class website is http://1955.usnaclasses.com and includes the Class Directory and Lucky Bag photos (to view either enter password goat) and other information. Those with internet access (either your own or borrowed from family or friends) please review your contact information in the Directory and report changes to Tom Stallman as above. Also send Tom any comments, suggestions, etc. concerning the website.

 

2019 CLASS SOCIAL CALENDAR

January
9 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant, Arlington, VA

February
13 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

March
13 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

April
10 – Spring Luncheon w/Ladies. Details later

May
8 – Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

June
12 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

July
11 – Luncheon w/ladies at Pirate’s Cove Restaurant, Galesville, MD.

August
14 – Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

September
11 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

October
9 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant
26 - Homecoming

November
13 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

December
11 - Christmas Luncheon w/Ladies. Details later
14 - Army Football Game in Philadelphia


 

Minutes of the Xcom Meeting held 14 November 2018

  1. President Parker convened the meeting at 1300 on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at Portofino Restaurant, after the monthly luncheon. Also in attendance were members Fountain, Hatch, Holland, MacKinnon, Pirie, Stallman and Sullivan and visitors George DeLano, Bill Smith and Si Ulcickas. It was noted that member Bracken had died since the last meeting and new member Holland had been elected.

  2. After a welcome, Parker told about a new situation reported to him by the Alumni Association. A classmate who desires to remain anonymous donated $1.5 million gift to the new U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation Center facility initiative. The building is to be located across King George St. from the Baseball Stadium. Naming opportunities have begun to be offered including to the Class of 1955 and naming the Lobby was suggested for us. A discussion then took place primarily concerning whether a personal name needed to be selected or whether the name could be the Class of 1955. Possible classmate names were discussed and problems of making a selection were brought up. Stallman then moved that The Class of 1955 be used as the name, with several seconds. After more discussion the motion was tabled and Parker will confer with his AA contact as to what the AA is looking for. No formal decision was made concerning accepting the Lobby location but no adverse comments were noted.

    NOTE – Subsequent to the meeting Parker ascertained from the Alumni Association that the Class of 1955 would be an acceptable name for the Lobby. Therefore the motion was put to an email vote by the Executive Committee and passed unanimously.

  3. Stallman presented the minutes of the 9 May 2018 meeting, which were approved.

  4. Pirie made a Treasurer’s report. He noted that dues payments have been better than last year and our bank account has gained a little. After a newsletter is mailed out the dues payments surge for a little while.

  5. Fountain, as Chair of the Reunion Committee (Fountain, Stallman, Pirie and Sullivan) gave an update briefing on where things stand at this time. A count of 150 has been set to use for continuing planning. The committee expects to set a price in January and notify the class. Don Sturtz and Bruce Newell are working on the Memorial Service and Ted Parker offered to arrange for the printing of the program. Lucy Mustin attended the last committee meeting as the Widows representative.

  6. Fountain handed out copies of the new Class By Laws and moved their adoption to replace the Class Plan. Pirie and Sullivan seconded. After some explanation and discussion the motion was approved.

  7. Stallman mentioned that the January 2019 Newsletter/Annual letter was in preparation. An early version has been sent to the class officers. The target schedule is to send it to the printer in early January. Tom will solicit input from the entire Executive Committee shortly.

  8. Several matters concerning social activities came up.

    a. Sullivan said he wished to stop acting as host for the monthly Portofino luncheons. However, he doesn’t feel that a replacement is needed. He will work with the management to set up a no host process. He also noted that our luncheons with our ladies at ANCC or Belle Haven are getting too expensive. He suggested using Portofino for these luncheons in the future and there was general agreement.

    b. A new host is needed for the July Crab Feast as Spud Flowers says he is done. A question arose as to whether this event should continue. There has been good attendance and interest so continuation is warranted. Parker reported that Marilyn Goodson and Anne Saunders have volunteered to work on it if a classmate can be found to be in charge. This is a continuing matter.

  9. Other Business

    a. Bob Fountain reported that, on behalf of the Class, with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee, he had nominated Ted Parker for recognition as a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Academy. Ted Parker then stated he felt very much honored by the class nominating him as a Distinguished Graduate and will cherish this support by his classmates regardless of the outcome.

    b. Bob Fountain also reported that the Naval Submarine League had recognized Jerry Holland as a Distinguished Submariner.

    c. USNA has a new look web page.

  10. The meeting was adjourned at 1340.

Tom Stallman
Class Secretary