55th Reunion
 13 -18 May, 2016

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Your Reunion Planning Team is Pleased to Welcome You to Our 55th Reunion 

During the past three years we have worked hard to make this the best reunion ever. We hope that we have succeeded.  Here are some of the key features of the reunion: 

     Reunion Plan Based on Your Preferences

o    We surveyed all classmates and widows to get your input for planning the reunion.

o    From these surveys, we determined where you wanted to go for the reunion and when you wanted to go there.  We learned what you liked about past reunions, what you did not like, and what you would like to see for the 55th.

     An Outstanding Hotel for Our Preferences

o    We looked at 17 or so potential locations, down-selected to five hotels that met our initial selection criteria, gained more insight allowing two of the five to be eliminated, obtained updated proposals from the three finalists, and picked the hotel that offered the best overall value to the Class.

o    The Park Ridge Marriott was the clear winner with several very valuable concessions and significant cost benefits.

     More Time to Relax, Socialize, and Tour

o    You felt that past reunions’ agendas were too full and you had to rush from one event to the next – you wanted more time to relax and socialize.

o    For the 55th we have a five-night/four-day event base period with options for extending before or after the base period, multiplying the free time available many-fold when compared to past reunions.

     Private Places to Meet, Relax, and Enjoy Old Friends

o    For the 55th, we have four comfortably furnished hospitality rooms that we stock with food and beverages. 

o    All you can eat and drink available 24 hours a day included in your social package.

     A Flexible Itinerary

o    Numerous options for day trips, tours, or visits – none mandatory - every event is optional.

o    A lot of free time for you to pick and choose what you want to do.

o    Buses are optional, load and leave when full rather than wait to convoy, with staggered departure times based on different groups’ needs.  POVs are transportation options for all events. 

     Lower Costs

     We have many cost saving initiatives; including, tax-free room price $10 lower than room for the 50th, free breakfast buffet, free WiFi, hospitality rooms we stock with snacks and beverages, Class supplied wines at dinner with no corkage fees, 15% cost discount from posted hotel catered dinner prices, buses optional – pay only if you request a bus, classmates for photography rather than professional photographer, electronic Welcome Packets rather than hard copy, memorabilia by request only, and free hotel shuttle available all days for use within 3 miles of the hotel.

     The cumulative cost savings for the Class as a whole is about $100,000 when compared to the prices for the 50th reunion.

     A Memorial Room to Remember Our Deceased Classmates

o    This is a dedicated room at the hotel with a one page tribute for each of our deceased classmates on the walls of the room. 

o    It is a quiet room, separate from the hospitality room, in which folks can walk the walls and think about and remember guys they knew. 

o    Additional items will be in the room, such as the Howitzers, Registers, 50th Yearbook, cadet uniforms, tar buckets, etc.  

See you at the reunion!!!!
Your Reunion Planning Committee
Bob Cairns, Gene Witherspoon, Phil Mallory, Burke Mucho, Joe Fishburne, Gary Hyde

Your 55th Reunion Welcome Packet

This introduction pamphlet and the attached documents constitute your official Reunion Welcome Packet. 

Welcome packet intro.doc

FAQ 160501 1 May.doc

Estimated Price List.doc

55th Reunion Master Plan 160426.doc

Reunion Registration List 1 May.xls

Attendee List.doc

Hotel Reservation List 2 May.xls

Ride Share List.xls

Attractions and Tours Info Sheet.doc

Event Guide 160513 Kykuit Tour and Lunch.doc

Event Guide 160513 CIA tour and Lunch.doc

Event Guide 160517 Tuesday Alumni Activities.doc

There will be copies of these documents posted in the Main Hospitality Room. 

There will be no hard copies of these documents available at the hotel, so if you want a copy of any of these docs, you must make the copy and bring it with you. 

I say again!  

There will be no hard copies of these documents available at the hotel, so if you want a copy of any of these docs, you must make the copy and bring it with you. 

The Welcome Packet contains all the information about the reunion we hope is needed for you to understand all the plans and events available while you are at the reunion.  Detailed information to assist you at the reunion is contained in the Introduction Brochure and in the attached documents.  Take the time to read through the documents that are pertinent to your particular agenda – everyone is different.  There will be a concierge desk in the Main Hospitality room staffed with volunteers that can assist you if you have any questions. 

Here are the Welcome Packet reference documents in a nut shell.

Document

In a Nutshell

Reunion Master Plan

     Daily plan with events, times, and short descriptions.

     Perhaps the most important document for managing your time.

     Suggest you print this out for daily reference.

Attractions and Tours Info Sheet

     Summary descriptions of attractions in the West Point area.

     Some are group tours or featured activities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

     Answers to many of the questions you might have.

     Check this document if you have any questions.

Reunion Registration List

     Contains the input data from the Registration Survey you completed.

     Review this to confirm your preferences for reunion events and activities.

     If there are any changes prior to your arrival at the hotel, send change info to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

     If there are any changes after arrival at the hotel, notify the concierge as soon as possible.

Hotel Reservation List

     Current list of confirmed hotel reservations – some changes in process as noted.

     If any changes need to be made, notify 61reunion@cfl.rr.com ASAP.

     If changes after check in, notify the desk clerk.

Price List

     Estimated prices for major cost items.

 

Attendee List

     Names of those attending the reunion.

     Includes contact info.

Ride Share List

     List of those that indicated they were interested in sharing a ride from the arrival airport.

     Contact info included – coordinate your own ride share.

 

Event Guides

Detailed info about all the major events.

Read the appropriate Event Guide for any of the events you signed up for.

Event Guide

In a Nutshell

CIA Tour and Lunch

Friday 13 May

     Travel by POV/Car Pool – Form your own car pools

     1015 Tour/1130 Lunch

     Contact the event coordinator if you want to join our group.

Kykuit Tour and Lunch

Friday 13 May

     Travel by POV/Car Pool – Form your own car pools

     Morning Kykuit tour – Lunch at Crabtree’s Kittle House

     Make your own reservations for tours and for lunch at the Kittle House.

FDR Home/Vanderbilt Mansion

Saturday 14 May

     Travel by POV/Car Pool – Form your own car pools.  Bus not available.

     Make your own itineraries – several attractions in the area.

     Use Golden Age Passport for entrance if you can.

West Point Boat Cruise

Saturday 14 May

     Travel by POV/Car Pool – Form your own car pools

     Choice of Cruise-only or Cruise + Constitution Island

     Lunch included.

West Point Boat Cruise

Saturday 14 May

     Travel by POV/Car Pool – Form your own car pools

     Choice of Cruise-only or Cruise + Constitution Island

     Lunch included.

New York City

Sunday 15 May

     Travel by bus.

     Drop off at 9/11 Memorial.  Pick up near Times Square.

     All visit 9/11 then make their own itineraries for rest of the day.

     Two return times – First at 1630, Second at 2100.

West Point Boat Cruise

Sunday 15 May

     Travel by POV/Car Pool – Form your own car pools

     Choice of Cruise-only or Cruise + Constitution Island

     Lunch included.

West Point Boat Cruise

Monday 16 May

     Travel by bus

     Choice of Cruise-only or Cruise + Constitution Island

     Cruise-only group has lunch in Ike Hall

     Cruise + CI group has picnic lunch on Constitution Island.

Prep School Tour

Monday 16 May

     Travel by bus

     One hour tour of prep school.

Monday Alumni Activities

Monday 16 May

     Travel by bus

     Class Lunch, Hellcats performance, USMA/AOG briefings all in Ike Hall

Tuesday Alumni Activities

Tuesday 17 May

     Travel by bus.  Two groups – Grads in first buses/non-grads in second buses

     Alumni Exercises on plain, Alumni Lunch in Washington Hall, Memorial Service in Cadet Chapel.

 

AAA TripTiks

Driving directions to/from all major events/attractions.

Make copies if you need them.

Will be sent by separate email because of file sizes.

TripTik

In a Nutshell

Newark AP to Hotel

     About 43 min

Hotel to Newark AP

     About 43 min

Hotel to Kykuit

     About 28 min

Kykuit to Kittle House

     About 19 min

Kittle House to Hotel

     About 40 min

Hotel to CIA

     About 77 mn

CIA to Hotel

     About 77 mn

Hotel to FDR

     About 79 mn

FDR to Hotel

     About 79mn

Hotel to Thayer Gate

     About 38 min

Hotel to Stoney Lonesome Gate

     About 37 min

Hotel to Washington Gate

     About 42 min

 

Extracts from the FAQ

Here are some answers that may be of general interest.

See FAQ for full list to answers.

Attire.  What is the Dress code?

     Dress code is “appropriate casual” for all events – no ties required.  Shirt and shoes required for all.  Comfortable walking shoes. Suggestions are:

o    Tours – appropriate casual with comfortable walking shoes.

o    Most Dinners – slacks and open collar shirt – black tie optional

o    Friday Dinner is the Aloha and Welcome dinner.  Hawaiian shirt welcome.

o    Monday West Point events – dress slacks and open collar shirt

o    Tuesday West Point events – blue blazer, white shirt, gray trou, ‘61 hat.

o    Tuesday dinner – our closing dinner - sport coat, collared shirt.

o    Suggest ’61 golf hat from past reunion or purchase one while at 55th.

Concierge – Is there a Class concierge?

     Class volunteers will staff the concierge table in the Main Hospitality Room.

     They can provide assistance and answer questions.

     Check in with the Concierge when you arrive at the hotel.

Dancing – Will there be dancing at any of the dinners?

     Yes. 

     Entertainment, music, dancing for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday dinners.

Hotel – What is the class hotel for the reunion?

       Park Ridge Marriott

       300 Brae Boulevard

       Park Ridge, NJ 07656

       201.307.0800

Hotel Reservation – How do I pay for my hotel room?

       You will make payment for your room by check to the Class.

       Room costs are included in the Reunion Invoice you will be provided prior to arrival.  A copy will be available at the Concierge desk in the Main Hospitality Room

       Full payment for your room is due upon arrival at the hotel and can be made when you sign-in with the Class in the Main Hospitality Room.

       Payments must be made by check made payable to the USMA Class of 1961.  Payment cannot be made by credit card.

       The Class will pay for your room out of the Class master account direct to the hotel. 

       Room payments from the master account are sales tax exempt.

       You will be responsible when you check out for any incidental costs at the hotel that are charged to your room.

Hotel Reservation – How do I cancel my hotel reservation?

     To cancel your hotel reservation (and your reunion registration) you must notify the Reunion committee at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com as soon as possible after you decide to cancel.

     You should not and must not contact the hotel direct or the Marriott central reservations office to cancel your hotel reservation, except for the following circumstance.

     If you have to cancel within one week of your scheduled arrival time, you should notify the Reunion committee and call the Marriott hotel direct at 201-307-0800 and cancel your reservation.

     This ensures that the hotel finds out about the cancellation as soon as possible.

West Point.  What is required to get on post?

       If you have person with military ID in the car

        Vehicles with DoD stickers may use all gates: Thayer, Stony Lonesome, and Washington

        Vehicles without DoD sticker may use Thayer or Stony Lonesome Gates

       Without Military ID – use Thayer or Stony Lonesome Gates

       All passengers over the age of 16 must have photo IDs.

       NOTE – Recent DoD rules have disallowed certain states drivers licenses as valid ID’s.

          http://www.usma.edu/Visiting/SitePages/Home.aspx

        Effective Jan. 10, 2016, people using a driver's license from the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico or Washington will have to use another form of identification in order to enter West Point and all other military installations. Enhanced driver's licenses from these states are acceptable. If you possess a valid Department of Defense issued identification card this new requirement does not affect your ability to enter military installations.

        Acceptable alternate forms of identification are a U.S. passport, a permanent resident card/Alien Registration Receipt (form 1-551), a foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or visa or an employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766).

       Random vehicle inspections are conducted.

       A member of AOG can get a vehicle pass on line, which might help somewhat when entering post..

        Go to this site and follow the directions.  http://www.westpointaog.org/GatePass

       Security requirements may change at any time. 

        The current security requirements are posted on the USMA homepage and are subject to change.

        Check this page for updates as we get closer to the date of your reunion.  See the link below. 

        The info/restrictions for certain state driver's licenses is also on the website.

http://www.usma.edu/Visiting/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

 

Time For You to Double Check Your Registrations For The 55th Reunion 

Here are the things you need to do immediately: 

1.    Review your reunion preferences

o   Since the last review many of you have made changes to your registration.

o   This is a Current Registration Report – there are two tabs.  Check to make sure you are on the correct list. This is an excel spreadsheet that shows your entries in the registration survey.

    List of Attendees

    List of those that are not coming

o   You should go through your entries carefully and make sure they reflect your current preferences.

    This is a copy of the current Reunion Master Plan – this will be updated with more details shortly, but is close enough for you to use to make your review.

o   The Registration Report will be used to set up all the events, so it needs to be accurate.

o   It will also be used to calculate your costs.

    Remember, everything at this reunion is a la carte.

    You pay for only the things you want – so everyone’s bill will depend upon what they signed up for.

    Based on the Registration Report, each of you will receive a bill in a few weeks for your part of master account charges; including, guest room, hospitality rooms, hotel dinners, admin costs, bus transportation (if you signed up for bus transportation), and group events you selected.  You will pay your bill by check only to a Class Finance Rep in the main hospitality room.

o   The table below shows what the approximate costs are for various cost items.

Reunion Cost Planning Estimates

 

 

 

 

 

Item*

Approximate Cost**

Unit

Hotel Room, Breakfast, WiFi

$150.00

per room per day

 

 

 

Dinner, Entertainment, Decorations, tax, gratuities

$50-55.00

per person per dinner

 

 

 

Dinner Wine - by request only

$7-9.00

per person per dinner

 

 

 

Hospitality Rooms, Snacks, Beverages - with Alcohol

$10-12.00

per person per day

 

 

 

Hospitality Rooms, Snacks, Beverages - no Alcohol

$5-6.00

per person per day

 

 

 

Lunch Ike Hall  and Lunch Wash Hall

$15.00

per person per lunch

 

 

 

Boat Cruise WP - by request only

$20.00

per person

 

 

 

Bus Transportation - by request only

$25-30.00

per person per trip

 

 

 

General & Administrative Costs

$15.00

per person total

 

 

 

*All items by request only - no mandatory items

 

 

* *All costs include taxes and service charges

 

 

 o  The registration list also shows who has not yet made their deposit.  If you have not yet sent your deposit, make out check to USMA Class of 1961, 112 Cherry Hill Circle, Longwood, FL 32779.

o  If any changes need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

2.    Review your hotel reservation

o   This is the current Hotel Reservation List.

o  You should check the list and see if the reservation is correct for your current plans – arrival date, departure date, and bed request (NOTE – your bed request may or may not be guaranteed – depends on how early you completed the original survey).

o   NOTE – If you made a request for an accessible room, that may or may not show up on this list.  As those of you in this category are aware, we are working this issue separately and will advise you later on these requests.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com 

Shortly we will send you the reunion welcome packet with things you need to do and detailed info for the reunion.  

 If you have any questions or comments contact us at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com 

See you at the reunion!!!! 

Your Reunion Planning Committee 
Gene Witherspoon, Phil Mallory, Burke Mucho, Joe Fishburne, Gary Hyde

Ok, It Is Now Time For You To Double Check Your Registrations And Respond If Changes

Here are the things you need to do: 

1.    Review your reunion preferences

o   Attached is the Master Registration Report as of 23 March for those who are coming to the reunion.  If you submitted a new registration after 23 March, it is not included.

o   This is an excel spreadsheet that shows your entries in the registration survey.

o   You should go through your entries carefully and make sure they reflect your current preferences.

    Attached also is a copy of the current Reunion Master Plan

    You could use this to make your own itinerary for the reunion based on your survey inputs.

    NOTE – If an entry has only a zero, it means same as “No”

    NOTE – If heading ends with “**”, that is entry for your wife or guest.

    NOTE – several of you have incomplete inputs (highlighted in yellow), because you have not submitted the new survey – you must do this instantly or your hotel reservation will be cancelled on 29 Mar.

o   The Registration Report will be used to set up all the events, so it needs to be accurate.

o   It will also be used to calculate your costs –

    remember, everything at this reunion is a la carte –

    you pay for only the things you want – so everyone’s bill will depend upon what they signed up for.

    Based on the Registration Report, each of you will receive a bill in a few weeks for your part of master account charges; including, guest room, hospitality rooms, hotel dinners, admin costs, bus transportation (if you signed up for bus transportation), and group events you selected

o   The list also shows who has not yet made their deposit.  If you have not yet sent your deposit, make out check to USMA Class of 1961, 112 Cherry Hill Circle , Longwood , FL 32779 .

o   If any changes need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

2.    Review your hotel reservation

o   Attached is the current Hotel Reservation List.

o   You should check the list and see if the reservation is correct for your current plans – arrival date, departure date, and bed request (NOTE – your bed request may or may not be guaranteed – depends on how early you completed the original survey).

o   NOTE – If Guarantee Request says “Not Guaranteed” that refers to type of bed requested, not the room.  All the rooms are confirmed.

o   NOTE – If you made a request for an accessible room, that may or may not show up on this list.  As those of you in this category are aware, we are working this issue separately and will advise you later on these requests.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

3.     If you signed up for the Friday CIA tour and lunch, review your plans for this event

o   Attached is the list of those that joined this group.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

4.    If you want to tour Kykuit, review your plans for this event

o   Attached is the Kykuit List.

o   This is an extract from the Master Registration Report that lists only those that selected this option.

o   Travel will be by POV/car pool

o   You were advised a few days ago to take the following actions:

    Book your tour at Kykuit using the link provided.

    Send back your tour time and confirm that you want to join the group for lunch at the Kittle House to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com as soon as possible.

     If you do not have a car, check the list for those with cars and coordinate your transportation.

    Send carpool information to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com – this is not urgent.

o   Several of you have completed these actions – Most have not

    WARNING – If you do not complete these actions you will not have a tour reservation at Kykuit or lunch reservation at the Kittle House.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

5.    If you signed up for the Saturday Hyde Park featured activity, review your plans for that event.

o   Attached is the Hyde Park List extracted from the Master Registration Report.

o   This list includes only those that signed up for this event.

o   Travel may be by either bus or POV/car pool, so you should double check that your choice of travel mode is still current.  Remember, you do not need to have a car to car pool, there are many with cars.

o   If you chose POV/car pool and do not have a car you should coordinate with someone on the list that has a car for car pooling.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

6.     If you signed up for the Sunday New York City featured activity, review your plans for that event.

o   Attached is the New York City List extracted from the Master Registration Report.

o   This list includes only those that signed up for this event.

o   Travel for this event is by bus.

    All will depart from the hotel at the same time for drop off at the 9/11 Memorial.

    Pickup will be at a spot near Times Square .

    You have a choice of 1630 pickup or 2100 pickup.

    You should double check your return time to be sure your registration is correct.

o   IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE TOURING THE 9/11 MEMORIAL

    There are two primary attractions – the Memorial and the Memorial Museum

    The Memorial, occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center , is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.  It is open to the public and free of charge.

    Entry to the Museum is by ticket only.

o   Retired military with ID – Free

o   Senior with ID - $16.00

    For all those that signed up this event, we have general admission tickets reserved for the Museum - self guided tour (audio guides can be rented and are recommended).

    Guided tours of the Museum (60 minutes) are also offered for $20.00 add-on (same for all).

    NOTE –If you want the guided tour add-on you must send a request to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

    First come – first served.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

7.    West Point Boat Cruises

o   Attached is the West Point River Cruise list extracted from the Master Registration Report.

    We have river cruises out of West Point south dock on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

    This list includes only those that signed up for one of these events.

o   You can choose the river cruise only or river cruise with tour of Constitution Island .

    You should check to see that you have signed up for the option that you want.

o   Travel on Saturday and Sunday will be by POV/car pool.

    If you do not have a car you should coordinate with someone on the list that has a car for car pooling.

o   Travel on Monday will be by bus.

o   If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

 If you have any questions or comments contact us at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

55th Reunion Master Plan and Frequent Answered Questions (FAQ) Updated

The Master Plan for the 55th Reunion has been updated.  You are encouraged to review the Master Plan to update your plans while attending the 55th Reunion.

Your questions may be answered in the updated FAQ.

Assignments for 55th Reunion Volunteers Review and Signup Confirmation Wanted

If you had the poor judgment to volunteer to help at the reunion it is time for you to confirm your assignment.

Please review this excel file with two spreadsheets.

1.     By Name List

o This list is organized by name

o This is an extract from the registration that shows the functions you indicated you would be willing to help with.

o Indicated on this sheet are preliminary team assignments for you to consider.

  Yes entries are the functions you volunteered to support

  Green hilites are potential team leads (I think each only lead for one team)

  Red hilites are potential team members

o Most of you are on more than one team, but I think the workload will be fairly light with the number of volunteers that we have.

2.     By Team List

o This list is organized by team, showing all those on the team

o The most labor intensive functions have the most team members

o A few will require more help

  Transportation may need a few more

  No one volunteered to do the dvds for slide shows

  Buckner and Trish were kind enough to volunteer to do all the name tags.

So here is what you need to do:

  1. Review the assignments.

  2. Let 55th committee (61reunion@cfl.rr.com) know if you want to change any assignments – drop or add.

After they get your inputs they will do a final organization. 

Each team will receive detailed conops and info to support planning.

 

Kykuit Tour and Crabtree’s Kittle House Lunch Update and Reservations Information

This information is for those who indicated in their reunion registration survey that you were interested in a visit to Kykuit and lunch at the Crabtree’s Kittle House restaurant (http://www.kittlehouse.com/). Those that expressed an interest are shown in the table below.  8 indicated a preference for Thursday and 31 indicated a preference on Friday. 

There are not enough on either day to fill a bus, so travel will be by car.  Those that do not have car can pair up with those that do, which are shown in the list.

There are not enough to warrant group reservations on Thursday.  Therefore we will leave any plans and reservations on that day up to those that want to make the visit that day.

For Friday, the suggested plan is the Kykuit tour in the morning followed by lunch at the Kittle House. 

There are no cost advantages to doing a group reservation at Kykuit.  Therefore, you need to book your own tour online using the following link.  There are several tour options, so look them over before making your selection.     https://www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/kykuit/tours

We will make a group reservation for lunch for a single group or in parties of 8 or 10 depending on menu options and prices.

So here are the things you need to do quickly so that you get your choice of Kykuit tours.

1.     Book your tour at Kykuit using the link provided.

2.     Send back your tour time and confirm that you want to join the group for lunch at the Kittle House. to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com as soon as possible.

3.     If you do not have a car, check the list for those with cars and coordinate your transportation.

4.     Send carpool information to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com – this is not urgent.

List as of 4/19/2016

First Name

Last Name

Email Address

Phone Number

Have POV?

Kykuit - Rockefeller Estate

Francis

Fishburne

joe.fishburne@verizon.net

240-353-8153

Yes

Yes - Thursday

Ginna

Fishburne

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Thursday

John

Grisoni

jntgris@aol.com

201-444-0189

Yes

Yes - Thursday

Teri

Grisoni

 

 

Yes

Yes - Thursday

Michael

Maus

mike_coralinn@att.net

9725299284

Yes

Yes - Thursday

Bruce

Shroyer

patshroyer@optonline.net

516-625-6058

Yes

Yes - Thursday

Pat

Shroyer

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Thursday

Phillips

Smith

Phillipswsmith@yahoo.com

480-280-9192

No

Yes - Thursday

 

 

 

 

   

Bill

Belknap

bbelk511@live.com

208-882-7819

No

Yes - Friday

Donna

Belknap

 

 

No

Yes - Friday

Peter

Burgess

PDBURGESS@aol.com

913 682-6674

Yes

Yes - Friday

Debby

Burgess

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

Todd

Counts

countsfamily@gmail.comy@

703 201-3827

Yes

Yes - Friday

Millie

Counts

 

 

Yes

Yes - Friday

Steve

Denney

sdenneysr1@me.com

210-241-68724

No

Yes - Friday

Matthew

deRosier

matt_derosier@fws.gov

406 366-2036

Yes

Yes - Friday

Pamela

deRosier

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

Chan

Eiland

eilandm@mac.com

 

 

Yes - Friday

John

Fischer

jackfischer319@aol.com

203-318-5025

Yes

Yes - Friday

Carolyn

Fischer

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

James (Jim)

Harmon

jimcarolynh@earthlink.net

3609230680

Yes

Yes - Friday

Carolyn

Harmon

 

 

Yes 

Yes - Friday

Robert

Kee

rrkee@aol.com

717-440-3715

Yes

Yes - Friday

Ruth

Kee

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

Robert

Kewley

bobk61@mac.com

575-336-7997

 

Yes - Friday

Lona

Kewley

 

 

 

Yes - Friday

William

MACKIE

lurjus@comcast.net

5715249655

Yes

Yes - Friday

Philip

Mallory

philmallory@outlook.com

5125171124

Yes

Yes - Friday

Courtney

Rittgers

rittgers3@sbcglobal.net

915-540-2838

No

Yes - Friday

Marcia

Robison

robisonmr11@comcast.net

360-887-5573,c503-201-7612

Yes

Yes - Friday

Rob Olson

Robison

rwwolson@gmail.com

503-789-7977

Yes

Yes - Friday

Tina Olson Potter

Robison

tina@thepotters5.com

503-349-1076

Yes

Yes - Friday

Rob

Robison

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

Sherry Whitehead

Robison

 

 

Yes 

Yes - Friday

Jason Potter

Robison

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

Patricia

Smith

 

 

 

Yes - Friday

Bill

Williamson

bwmson08@gmail.com

7575655002

Yes

Yes - Friday

Kaye

Williamson

 

 

 Yes

Yes - Friday

R J

Wooten

Woorm1964@comcast.net

352 775-9068

Yes

Yes - Friday

Mary Ann

Wooten

 

 

Yes

Yes - Friday

 

 

Class Executive Committee Nominations Announced For Reunion Business Meeting

In accordance with Article IV of our class constitution, we have been appointed to select nominees for each position of our Executive Committee.  The nominating committee consists of the following class members: D. Peter Gleichenhaus, Chairman; Dr. James C. Connolly, II; Dr. Francis Joseph Fishburne, Jr.; Harold Hampton Hodges; Robert H. Kewley.

We have received input from a host of classmates.  Having considered that counsel, we nominate the following individuals for the positions indicated:

  President:  Robert R. Glass, II

  Vice President:  John B. Shroyer

  Treasurer:  Richard A. Buckner

  Secretary:  Edward A. Brown, III 

  Scribe:  Martin L. Ganderson

Additionally, we recommend the class again invite Lucy Paone, widow of our classmate Joseph F. Paone, to serve as an ex-officio member to the class committee.

 

This Is Another Special Message Only For Those That Have An Interest In Visiting The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).  

If you are not interested in the CIA, ignore this message. 

The last CIA update advised you that we had a group reservation at the CIA for tour and lunch on Friday 13 May.  We likely need at least 20 to hold the reservation.  We have only 18 confirmed reservations at this time as shown in green (FIRM) in the following table. 

If you want to join this group you must respond NOW to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com !!!  If we do not get 20, we may have to cancel the group reservation.  

Name

Fri 13 May Morning Tour and Lunch

Connor

FIRM

Covingtion

2

D Brooks

FIRM

Fritz

FIRM

Grisoni

if needed

Lenhart

FIRM

McCann

FIRM 1X

Montgomery

FIRM

Mucho

FIRM

P Smith

FIRM 1X

Rauch

  #1, 2x

Scivoletto

FIRM

Webster

FIRM

 

Another Reminder and It Is Important You Respond To Submit New Survey

There are four important references attached that will indicate the action you need to take: 

1.    Hotel Reservation List

o This list shows all the current room reservations.

o  Everyone that submitted a survey and indicated a “Yes” or “Maybe” for attending the reunion has a room reservation.

o  All of you should check the list and see if the reservation is correct for your current plans.

o  If any changes or cancellations need to be made, send them to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

2.    New Surveys Submitted List

o  This is the list of those that have submitted the new survey.

o  If your name is on this list, you completed the new survey and your new registration is on file.

o  You do not need to do another survey.

o  This list also shows those that have submitted their deposit.

o  If you have not submitted your deposit you should do so now.

3.     Must Submit New Survey List

o  This is the list of those that indicated a “Yes” or “Maybe” for attending the reunion in the initial survey, BUT HAVE NOT SUBMITTED A NEW SURVEY.

o  If your name is on this list you MUST SUBMIT A NEW SURVEY!!

o  If you no longer plan to attend, enter that in the survey and your room reservation will be cancelled.

o  If you plan to attend, this survey will collect the latest info for all the options available.

o  A summary of the changes since the initial survey is provided below.

o  This list also shows those that have submitted their deposit.

o  If you have not submitted your deposit you should do so now.

4.    Not Planning to Attend List

o This is the list of those that indicated they were not going to attend the reunion in the initial survey or by later change.

o  If your name is on this list there is nothing for you to do.

o  If things have changed and you think you might be able to attend, you should do the new survey so that we get a room reserved for you.  You can cancel the room up to 24 hours ahead.

o  If you have submitted your deposit, it has or will be returned. 

If you do need to submit the new survey, read this 55th Main Page for some background info and things you need to do. 

Here is a summary of the main items that have changed and been added to the survey. 

   Early Bird Activities

  There are a larger number of folks arriving early than we had imagined, e.g., 25 or so by Tuesday, 55-60 by Wednesday, 180 or so by Thursday, and 300+ by Friday.

  In response to this we have added new options for these days to the Master Plan, such as group dinners and visits to local attractions.

   Transportation from Arrival Airport

  Several have asked about transportation from their arrival airport to the hotel.

  To assist with this, we have added the option for ridesharing from the airport.

  If you are interested, you can indicate this in the survey and we will try to pair folks up.

   Transportation to Events

  You have the options to travel by POV/Carpool or bus to all events.

  In some cases we think travel by POV/Carpool is best and for others we think travel by bus is best.  We tell you this in the survey. The choice is yours.

  We will assist in pairing riders up with drivers for the events, so you do not have to have a car available to sign up for car pooling.

   Rollaway Bed

  Several have indicated they plan three in a room – this allowed by the hotel.

  We added option for requesting a rollaway bed.

   Roomshare

  There are several widows coming and some have expressed an interest in sharing a room.

  We added this as an option and we will connect those that have an interest in sharing a room.

  There is an option for the single guys to also share a room.  In spite of what these guys may request, we are not pairing one of them with a widow.

   The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

  CIA offers several options on weekdays, see the Attractions Info Sheet for more details. 

  In our original survey we offered only options for these on Friday.

  Many of you expressed an interest in one or more of these options.

  We are now offering three of these events for both Thursday and Friday.

   Kykuit – Rockefeller Estate Tour & Lunch

  A large number of people are interested in the Kykuit tour and Lunch combo.

  Therefore we are offering this group option on both Thursday and Friday.

   Church Services

  We have added church service options at the hotel

  Catholic Masses on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

  A non-denominational Protestant service Sunday morning.

   USMA Band Concert

  One of the events we had not included in the original survey was the USMA band concert in Ike Hall on Sunday from 1400-1500. 

  This could fit with the Sunday West Point boat cruise or individual tours at West Point if you wanted to tie these options together.

   Boat Cruise and Visit to Constitution Island

  In the original survey we offered option for boat cruise on Monday with added option for Constitution Island visit.

  Many more of you are interested in these options than can be handled in one event.

  Therefore we are adding these options for Saturday and Sunday in addition to Monday.

  Cruise times will be scheduled so that band concert on Sunday and alumni activities on Monday can also be selected.

   Prep School Tour

  Many of you expressed an interest in touring the new prep school. 

  We have scheduled this for Monday from 1100 to 1200. 

  This can be followed by lunch at Ike Hall and the afternoon reunion functions there.

   Memorial Service

 Memorial Service as been moved to Tuesday at 1400 following lunch in Washington Hall.

   Other Popular Attractions

  Boscobel House and the Brotherhood Winery were two other potential group activities mentioned by respondents.

  We are offering these on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

  If there is enough interest on any of these days we will schedule group tours. 

And here are the things you should do. 

1.     Review the Reunion Reference Material

a.     Attached are the reference docs for the reunion, including:

   i.  Master Plan suggest you refer to this as you complete the survey.

  ii.  Attractions & Tours Information Sheet

  iii.  Featured Activities Information Sheet

  iv.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) check this if you have a question.

   v.  Hampton’s Tour Guides for West Point Area and for NYC (because of the size of these files, they are not attached, but available by request to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com)

b.     Browse thru these to firm up your preferences prior to doing the survey.

2.     Complete Your NEW Registration Survey

a.     Just use the link below to complete and submit your new registration survey. 

b.     REMINDER.  Anyone attending must be registered, including kids, grandkids, friends, neighbors, consultants, lobbyists, body guards, speech writers, medical staff, teleprompter experts, hangers-on, etc. 

   i.  Therefore, if you have more than one guest coming, you or your guests will have to complete additional surveys to cover these added guests.

  ii.  If you have quite a few family members, you can streamline this as explained in the survey instructions.

c.     Here are a few tips:

   i.  Take your time, there are a lot of choices.

  ii.  There are a lot of options, so read the entries carefully.

  iii.  Refer back to the reference material, particularly the Master Plan, as you complete the survey or if you have any doubts about an item.

      iv.  CAUTION - Many of the activities overlap on the same day.  So be sure to check the times for the things you select to make sure they are not mutually exclusive.

   v.  You can go back in the survey if you need to make a change before you submit.  Once you submit that version is gone.

d.    OK - Here is the link to the survey: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1j2l2DuIj0sy9iBHkjrA8zfm-Il3Pz9GEpI8kGj1qoFg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link 

(NOTE – If the link above is not working for you, your can paste in the address in your browser or open the word doc attached and use it to get to the survey)  

If you have any questions or comments contact us at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

URGENT MESSAGE 

This is another special message only for those that have an interest in visiting the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

If you are not interested in the CIA, ignore this message 

Attached is an Excel file with the list of those of you that responded to the special invitation for options at the CIA.

Here is summary of where we are:

     Wednesday, Thursday, and Monday options

o  Not enough interest to get a group reservation (20+ people).

o  If you want to do any of these you can make individual reservations 60 days ahead.

     Fri AM Tour and Lunch

o  We have enough interest in this option and have a made a group reservation.

o  If you want to join this group you must confirm your reservation with headcount by email to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com .

o  You need to do this asap, because if I do not get confirmations for at least 20 people I will have to cancel the reservation.

o  This is 1015 tour and 1130 lunch in the Bocuse restaurant.

o  It is fixed menu, however if you have special dietary requirements let me know and they will try to accommodate your request.

o  The cost for this combo is $62 per person all inclusive - tour, lunch, tips. $10 extra for special meal.

     Fri PM Tour and Dinner

o  There are no group reservations available for the Friday tour and dinner combo.

o  Individual and small group reservations can be made 60 days out.

o  I will try to make a reservation for up to 20 persons 60 days out and offer this option later.

     Sat Lunch or Dinner

o  Several of you are interested in either Sat Lunch or Dinner

o  There are no tours or group reservations available on Saturday.

o  If you want one of these options you must call in and make your own reservation up to 60 days out.

o  I suggest you join with some others that are interested and have only one person make the reservation for your group. 

So here is what you need to do

If you need to refresh your memory this CIA description file has info and there is a summary of the various options below.

If you want to do the Fri AM tour and lunch, confirm that asap with headcount to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com .

Following is some info on the CIA Options if you want to refresh your memory 

     Wed 11 May Morning Tour and Lunch

o  Group reservation not available for this combo.

o  1015 Tour and lunch in Bocuse restaurant

o  Make your own reservation.

     Wed 11 May Afternoon Tour and Dinner

o  Group reservation is not available for this combo

o  1700 Tour and dinner in American Bounty, Bocuse, or Caterina de Medici

o  Make your own reservation.

     Thur 12 May Afternoon Tour and Dinner

o  Group reservation not available for this combo

o  Several small party reservations can be made 60 days out.

     Fri 13 May Morning Tour and Lunch

o  Group reservation is available for this combo.

o  1015 Tour and lunch in Bocuse restaurant

     Fri 13 May Afternoon Tour and Dinner

o  Group reservation not available for this combo

o  Waitlisted for group reservation

o  Several small party reservations can be made 60 days out.

o  Space is limited so cannot guarantee that all reservations can be made at that time - but we will try.

     Sat 14 May Lunch Only

o  No tours or group reservations allowed on Saturday

o  Small party reservations can be made 60 days out – this was the plan all along – no change.

o  Space is limited so make your reservation early.

     Sat 14 May Dinner Only

o  No tours or group reservations allowed on Saturday

o  Small party reservations can be made 60 days out – this was the plan all along – no change.

o  Space is limited so make your reservation early.

     Sun 15 May

o  All closed

     Mon 16 May Afternoon Tour and Dinner

o  No interest. 

The ball is now in your court.

Urgent Message

It is now time to order 55th Reunion memorabilia 

Here is the Deal

  Memorabilia are high quality, custom items featuring the Class crest

  Memorabilia are optional – If you want it you buy it

  You must order these items ahead of time – there will be no inventory of items available for later purchase

  You must make your order by 11 March – No orders accepted after that time

  You can order online, by phone, or by mail – see the attached order form

  There are minimum numbers for each item – if we do not make the mins there will be none available.  

  If we have to cancel an item, your payment will be refunded  

The Memorabilia Brochure and Order Form is Attached

Do Not Wait – Make Your Order Now!!!! 

If you have any questions contact us at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com 

If you have any interest in 55th Reunion memorabilia items you must order them now!!!!!

 

Here is where we stand on the memorabilia orders.

Item

Sold

Min Order

Polo shirts  -

15

24

Hat –

17

36

Poplin Shirt –

5

24

Wine glass –

17

12

Tote bag –

5

36

Tervis (all s styles) –

18

100

 

REMINDER – If we do reach minimum order quantities the item will be cancelled and money refunded.

This may be a commentary on the demographics of the Class, but the only item we are over on is the extra large wine glass.

So make your orders now, or items may be cancelled.

Deadline is 11 March for orders.

 

Everyone Who RSVP’d to 55th Reunion Survey – Immediate Action Required

Anyone that is planning to come to the reunion, thinking about coming to the reunion, or previously said you might come to the reunion MUST submit a new Registration Survey, NOW!!!!!! 

I know! I know! Many of you will whine that you have already done a Registration Survey. True. But, based on the initial survey and other inputs, event plans have been modified, new events have been added, and plans have been changed.  Therefore, it is imperative that we have your latest preferences so that we can do detailed planning for the many activities on the menu.

Current RSVP List as of 8 Feburary 2016

Here is an overview of the primary changes to the master plan..

   Early Bird Activities

  There are a larger number of folks arriving early than we had imagined, e.g., 25 or so by Tuesday, 55-60 by Wednesday, 180 or so by Thursday, and 300+ by Friday.

  In response to this we have added new options for these days to the Master Plan, such as group dinners and visits to local attractions.

   Transportation from Arrival Airport

  Several have asked about transportation from their arrival airport to the hotel.

  To assist with this, we have added the option for ridesharing from the airport.

  If you are interested, you can indicate this in the survey and we will try to pair folks up.

   Transportation to Events

  You have the options to travel by POV/Carpool or bus to all events.

  In some cases we think travel by POV/Carpool is best and for others we think travel by bus is best.  We tell you this in the survey. The choice is yours.

  We will assist in pairing riders up with drivers for the events, so you do not have to have a car available to sign up for car pooling.

   Rollaway Bed

  Several have indicated they plan three in a room – this allowed by the hotel.

  We added option for requesting a rollaway bed.

   Roomshare

  There are several widows coming and some have expressed an interest in sharing a room.

  We added this as an option and we will connect those that have an interest in sharing a room.

  There is an option for the single guys to also share a room.  In spite of what these guys may request, we are not pairing one of them with a widow.

   The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

  CIA offers several options on weekdays, see the CIA Information Sheet for more details. 

  In our original survey we offered only options for these on Friday.

  Many of you expressed an interest in one or more of these options.

  We are now offering three of these events for both Thursday and Friday.

   Kykuit – Rockefeller Estate Tour & Lunch

  A large number of people are interested in the Kykuit tour and Lunch combo.

  Therefore we are offering this group option on both Thursday and Friday.

   Church Services

  We have added church service options at the hotel

  Catholic Masses on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

  A non-denominational Protestant service Sunday morning.

   USMA Band Concert

  One of the events we had not included in the original survey was the USMA band concert in Ike Hall on Sunday from 1400-1500. 

  This could fit with the Sunday West Point boat cruise or individual tours at West Point if you wanted to tie these options together.

   Boat Cruise and Visit to Constitution Island

  In the original survey we offered option for boat cruise on Monday with added option for Constitution Island visit.

  Many more of you are interested in these options than can be handled in one event.

  Therefore we are adding these options for Saturday and Sunday in addition to Monday.

  Cruise times will be scheduled so that band concert on Sunday and alumni activities on Monday can also be selected.

   Prep School Tour

  Many of you expressed an interest in touring the new prep school. 

  We have scheduled this for Monday from 1100 to 1200. 

  This can be followed by lunch at Ike Hall and the afternoon reunion functions there.

   Memorial Service

  Memorial Service as been moved to Tuesday at 1400 following lunch in Washington Hall.

   Other Popular Attractions

  Boscobel House and the Brotherhood Winery were two other potential group activities mentioned by respondents.

  We are offering these on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

  If there is enough interest on any of these days we will schedule group tours.

OK, that is the skinny.  Now read on to see what you have to do.

1.     Review the Reunion Reference Material

a.     Attached are the reference docs for the reunion, including:

   i.  Master Plan – suggest you refer to this as you complete the survey.

  ii.  Attractions & Tours Information Sheet

  iii.  Featured Activities Information Sheet

  iv.  Reunion Hotel Information Sheet

   v.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – check this if you have a question.

  vi.  Hampton’s Tour Guides for West Point Area and for NYC (because of the size of these files, they are not attached, but available by request to 61reunion@cfl.rr.com)

b.     Browse thru these to firm up your preferences prior to doing the survey.

2.     Complete Your NEW Registration Survey

a.     Just use the link below to complete and submit your new registration survey.  REMINDER – EVERYONE MUST DO THIS – NO EXCEPTIONS.

b.     REMINDER.  Anyone attending must be registered, including kids, grandkids, friends, neighbors, consultants, lobbyists, body guards, speech writers, medical staff, teleprompter experts, hangers-on, etc. 

   i.  Therefore, if you have more than one guest coming, you or your guests will have to complete additional surveys to cover these added guests.

  ii.  If you have quite a few family members, you can streamline this as explained in the survey instructions.

c.     Here are a few tips:

   i.  Take your time, there are a lot of choices.

  ii.  There are a lot of options, so read the entries carefully.

  iii.  Refer back to the reference material, particularly the Master Plan, as you complete the survey or if you have any doubts about an item.

  iv.    CAUTION - Many of the activities overlap on the same day.  So be sure to check the times for the things you select to make sure they are not mutually exclusive.

   v.  You can go back in the survey if you need to make a change before you submit.  Once you submit that version is gone.

d.    OK - Here is the link to the survey:

 ttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1j2l2DuIj0sy9iBHkjrA8zfm-Il3Pz9GEpI8kGj1qoFg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

 (NOTE – If the link above is not working for you, your can paste in the address in your browser or open the word doc attached and use it to get to the survey)

 If you have any questions or comments contact us at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

 Reunion Registration Information Sheet

 Master Plan

 Attractions & Tours Information Sheet

 CIA Information Sheet

 Featured Activities Information Sheet

 FAQ

 Hampton’s Tour Guides for West Point Area and for NYC

 Reunion Hotel Information Sheet

 Reunion Hotel Confirmations List

All you have to do to register is follow the link below and complete  the Reunion Registration Survey. 

Then stand by for future updates and actions.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1j2l2DuIj0sy9iBHkjrA8zfm-Il3Pz9GEpI8kGj1qoFg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link 

If you have any questions or comments contact us at 

61reunion@cfl.rr.com

Current RSVP List as of 8 Feburary 2016

Park Ridge Marriott in Park Ridge, NJ Selected for 55th Reunion Hotel

The Park Ridge Marriott in Park Ridge , NJ clearly separated itself from the other two hotels in its overall responses to our Class interests, positive answers to our many requests, and significant cost benefits offered to the Class.   We selected this hotel for the reunion.

Read full explanation on the 55th Reunion hotel selection.

55th Reunion Planning Survey #4 Results Indicating Who Plan to Attend 

255 have responded to the latest survey request.  155 indicated YES -Probably; 39 indicated Maybe; and 21indicated NO - definitly not.  The total number of probable attending is 465.

Here is the list of those that responded and current preferences.

 

55th Reunion Planning Committee Needs Your Survey #4 Response NLT 10 June 2014 

  • We know where we want to go and when we want to be there - Now we are working on what hotel to stay in.
  • The number of rooms we need is a critical data point to help make the hotel choice.
  • It has been about a year since you gave us your initial input on whether you planned to attend and much has or may have changed during that period.
  • So we need you to complete this survey, which is solely focused on an update to our planning figure for number of rooms.

You should now complete Survey # 4.

 

55th Reunion Planning Survey Results Provided Committee With Guidance

Click here for the survey results on the planning for the 55th Reunion.

The poll to select the dates for the 55th has closed and we have a clear winner.

Alumni Weekend 13 - 18 May 2016

55th Reunion Planning Survey Results Provide Committee With Plenty of Guidance Guidance

This is a status report on the planning for the 55th Reunion.

Results of First Three Surveys

55th Reunion

GREETINGS GUYS AND GALS 

It has been about a year since we started our preparations for the 55th.  It is now time to review what we have accomplished and where we are, and get some more info from you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update:
5/02/2016