Greetings Classmates and Friends of 79,
January 27th the Class Reunion Committee met to begin
the planning of our 40-Year Reunion. The only factor we did not
know at that time was the actual weekend we would hold the
Reunion. I need not repeat (but I do anyway) that the September
weekend date would be known only when the AAC releases our
Football schedule. By waiting until now we have assured that
there will be, at the most, only one other class reunion (1999)
to compete with for resources on our Reunion weekend.
the wait is over. The AAC has released our schedule, and the
Reunion Committee is pleased to report that the 40-Year Reunion
will be held September 12 – 15, 2019 in Annapolis, MD. Our
Football opponent on Saturday September 14, 2019 will be the
East Carolina Pirates with a kickoff of 1530 local anticipated.
sure you are all eager to hear details of our upcoming 40-Year
Reunion, so let’s get to that subject. One cautionary note,
though, the schedule is now filling out and what is presented
here is subject to change. The Reunion dates, though, are firm,
so travel and accommodation arrangements can be made.
Because this about our eighth reunion, we have learned a lot of
lessons from the past and will evolve our plans to draw on that
experience and meet new requirements. The goal of our class
reunion is to produce a memorable weekend where as many
classmates – Grads and non-Grads, plus widows and children – can
gather to remember the past, celebrate the present, and salute
the future. We will provide more options than in the past to
allow for both formal and informal events. The overall cost will
be managed as best we can, but right up front, it is not cheap
to put on functions in Annapolis. That said, our Reunion
Coordinator, Valerie Gerheiser, will be working with each vendor
to get the best value possible out of each event.
first major change from the past will be No Headquarters
Hotel. The Reunion weekend will run from Thursday
through Sunday, so book your best deal for flights in to BWI or
DCA, to arrive on Wednesday 9/11 or early Thursday 9/12, and
depart Sunday 9/15 or later. Same with your lodging – find the
deal that works best for you. You can think outside the box,
too, such as an Airbnb. It is suggested that Company Reps
contact their members if they want to arrange lodging at a
particular venue. Not having a HQ Hotel will save the Class a
lot of money on not having to guarantee room numbers and other
revenue to the hotel. And as we may be the only class reunion
that weekend, you may find some good deals – BUT – lodging in
Annapolis on a Football weekend can be more than what you would
pay in Fresno, for example.
Reunion Check-in will be set up in downtown Annapolis at
McGarvey’s. Check-in upstairs, then head down to meet up with
friends at the bar! Valerie did this recently with another class
and it worked great! Parking downtown should be sufficient, and
Uber or Lyft are great options for getting around. Admittance to
the Yard is easy for those with Retired Military ID, others will
need to check-in at Gate One.
Weekend Schedule is still in flux, but here is a preliminary
Morning Check-in for Golf at USNA Course.
No Host Reception
throughout the day/evening at McGarvey’s. Suggest Company
Class Quinquennial Meeting at USNA (Room TBD)
AM – Class
Memorial Service- USNA Chapel or other suitable location
Alumni Association and Supe Brief to the Class
1600 – Dress
P-Rade – Warden Field
1900 – Crab Feast Dinner – Probably at
Tailgater – Food and Drink Galore! N-Star Room (we hope) at
1530 – Navy Football! Beat the Pirates!!!
Post-game Company Informal Gatherings
the overview for now – and all is subject to some change. Times
and places will be filled in as we firm them up. Registration
for the Reunion will also be a little different, using a private
vendor instead of the Alumni Association website. We plan to
open registration in May or thereabouts. You will each pay a
Registration Fee and then be able to pick and choose the paid
events that you want to participate in. There will also be an
option to make four smaller payments instead of one big one at
the time of registration.
Historically, the 40-Year Reunion for most classes is their best
attended. I believe we will have 400-500 Classmates returning,
and the more the merrier!
final note for now – the Class Store will be up and running (but
not yet) much as in the past. Shirts, hats, barware, and other
trinkets will be for sale. A great Check-in Goodie Bag will be
put together for each registered classmate. More on the Class
you all in September!
way, Welcome to the Dark Ages! Stay warm!! Also, the complete
Navy 2019 Football Schedule is available at navysports.com.
The Terwilliger Project – From the Alumni Association
construction of the new Physical Mission Center at Ricketts Hall
is well underway and should be completed by the end of 2019.
This impressive new facility will feature 25,000 square feet of
interactive exhibit space and will celebrate the storied history
of Navy athletics while also serving as a testament to the
Academy’s commitment to the physical development of the entire
Brigade of Midshipmen. Ron Terwilliger ‘63 has generously
donated the lead gift to advance this mission and as a result
the Academy will designate this new space with appreciation and
in his honor. Ron, an academic All-American who played both
basketball and baseball for Navy, was named a Distinguished
Graduate of the Academy in 2013.
Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk said that the
legacies of our programs tell our story and we welcome the
artifacts, historical memorabilia and sentimental keepsakes from
alumni and friends that reflect some of the finest moments in
Navy’s rich athletic history. We will be grateful for
donations of memorabilia to the exhibit or, if on loan, we would
return the item when timely.
are interested in donating or lending any memorabilia or
artifacts, please take a photo with a description of the item or
items and e-mail it to Joe Cook, NAAA Assistant Athletic
Director for Special Operations and Administration at:
firstname.lastname@example.org Joe will follow
up directly with the donor regarding further details.
contributions and participation will be most appreciated and
will be a wonderful addition to a new facility that will
highlight the athletic history of the Naval Academy as well as
contributing to the accomplishment of its mission.
Minderlein, Captain USN (Ret.)