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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.

 

2018 CLASS SOCIAL CALENDAR

January
10 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant, Arlington, VA

February
14 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant
25 – Brunch at the Naval Academy Club followed by the Glee Club presentation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

March
14 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

April
4 – Spring Luncheon at Army Navy Country Club. Details later.

May
9 – Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

June
13 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

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

August
8 – Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

September
12 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

October
10 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

November
14 - Luncheon at Portofino Restaurant

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

Note: Football and tailgate schedule will be promulgated later.


 

Minutes of the Xcom Meeting held 9 May 2018

  1. President Parker convened the meeting at 1255 on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at Portofino Restaurant, after the monthly luncheon. Also in attendance were members Baldwin, Fountain, Pirie, Ruth, Stallman and Sullivan and visitors Jerry Holland and Ted Hyman.

  2. After a welcome, Parker told about attending his first meeting of Class Presidents (see Notes below). He also said the result of his inquiry about current member intentions to continue serving was that all will continue except Bill Smith, dropping out for health reasons, and John Adams who recently died.

  3. Stallman presented the minutes of the 14 March 2018 meeting, which were approved.

  4. Fountain, as Chair of the Reunion Committee (Fountain, Stallman, Pirie and Sullivan) gave an update briefing on where things stand at this time. This included the results, as of the meeting date, of the ongoing attendance survey. He also reported that Lucy Mustin had agreed to help us as Advisor and Widows interface. Parker added that Wes Saunders and Jack Renard had volunteered to help with the reunion. These are in addition to Fountain who was the first volunteer and is now in service. Fountain also reported that USNA now has a trolley service that runs inside the Yard. A recent class reunion utilized this service and were pleased.

  5. A discussion then ensued about the Class Constitution. It was generally considered okay as is. However, it has no official date of approval. There was a suggestion, with some rationale, to give it a date of June 3, 1965 and officially approve it with that date. No decision was made.

  6. Then the Class Plan came up for discussion. It was generally considered to be too elaborate for our current situation. So it needs to be replaced with something simpler, describing what we are actually doing. Whether to continue the name Class Plan for the replacement or something else, possibly By-Laws, remains for future decision.

  7. A question arose as to whether the June luncheon should include a special invitation to the ladies, as many past June luncheons had. In view of the April Spring luncheon with the ladies and the upcoming July luncheon that will include ladies, the June luncheon notice will not include a special invitation for them. They, of course, are always welcome to attend our regular luncheons.

  8. The meeting was adjourned at 1335.

Tom Stallman
Class Secretary

Notes from Council of Class Presidents meeting on 30 April 2018

  1. The USNA Foundation is planning to build a new headquarters building and is soliciting contributions from USNA classes.
  2. The Athletic Director, Chuck Gladchuck says he has a $45M budget for the year and solicits contributions.
  3. The process for making awards of Distinguished Graduates has been revised.  Latest procedure is on the Alumni Association web site. (A retired officer from the class of ’52 was recognized in the latest round of recognition.).
  4. USNA Superintendent Carter is dismissing Mids, mostly Youngsters, caught in drug dealing investigation.
  5. Rickover Hall is being renovated at a cost of $52M and academic activities have been moved elsewhere.
  6. Macdonough Hall rehab badly needed and is in planning
  7. The parking garage across the street from Alumni Hall is now in use
  8. Six of twenty-four YPs are not useable, so seamanship training is compressed until they can be replaced.
  9. USNA graduation rate of 89% is at the top for universities whose curricula are > 50% STEM.
  10. Average SAT score for the new plebes coming in on I-Day is 1340.