Date sent: Mon, 10 NOV 2008 21:10:47 -0500
-Class Feedback: Essentially, there seems to be only positive feedback from the class concerning what the EXCOM is doing for them these days. Jim Ryan reported that this was particularly true for the “Williamsburg Group”.
--A question arose as to status of nominating cmte actions in preparation for election of the next slate of officers. Carl McNair reiterated action taken at last meeting that Ed Trobaugh, as immediate Past President, had been requested to chair the Nominating Committee and had accepted. Ed is now developing the membership, schedule and plan and we anticipate that he will provide more detail at the next meeting.
--There was no further new business. Meeting was adjourned at 1630 hours.
Next Meeting: 7 February 2009. Carl McNair’s office, Falls Church, Va.
Charlie Johnson, '55 SEC
Date sent: Mon, 21 APR 2008 20:59:25 -0500
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Subject: usma1955-c1: Quarterly Report - USMA Class of 1955
At 04:59 PM 4/21/2008, Carl H McNair "firstname.lastname@example.org" wrote:
MEMO FOR: All Members/Spouses and Family Members of the Class of 1955
SUBJECT: Quarterly Update on Class Actions and Information - April 21, 2008
MINI REUNION TIME: On the eve of our biggest mini-reunion ever, with 92 (27%) of our living graduates (and over 100 of family members) scheduled to gather in Austin, TX, April 22-26, I wanted to provide a brief update on some of the information and key activities underway which will be discussed at the class meeting on Thursday afternoon.
CONDOLENCES: But first, let us offer our condolences to the families of those who have departed our ranks in this first quarter of 2008, Chuck Domeck, Co C1, and Bob Chapman, Co C2. Chuck was interred in Sandusky, Ohio, and Bob Chapman will be interred at the West Point Cemetery this Friday, April 25. Our SOP on Response to the Death of a Classmate was updated on March 15, 2008, in keeping with the provisions of our new Memorial Fund and is attached to this message. The Local Classmate Assistants, Mike Stevenson for Chuck Domeck, and Phil Enslow for Bob Chapman, have been a great assist to the family members and we encourage you to file the SOP below with your personal papers so that your family will know this special assistance is available to them from the class.
MEMORIAL FUND: Thanks to Bill Haas and his Finance Committee, the Memorial Fund Campaign, begun on April 3, 2007, with a target of $200 to be escrowed for each of our then living 346 classmates was a great success and concluded on target before the mini-reunion. We now have $70,875 in the Class Administrative Account to provide a $200 memorial wreath or charitable contribution in memory of each and every member of the class - until the last has passed. There were 215 (62%) of our living members, five class widows and two associate members who contributed to this effort so that our last living classmate, decades from now will be remembered just as the first, in keeping with our bond, "No classmate will be left behind". Two questions emerged over the campaign. Is the money invested? Yes, it is invested in the WPAOG Short-term pool, which returned 5.6% net of all fees for CY2007. So, as inflation comes, the amount of the memorial can be increased over time (Remember the Flower Fund began with a $100 earmark and went to $200 within three years, so we have provided for such increases without further collections. Second question, would associates be included? Yes, the two associates active in the class who desired to participate in the campaign are included in the Memorial Fund. Thanks to all who participated, it was a great effort and we are the first USMA class to have developed such a program.
Administrative Fund: $77,796.56 (includes Memorial Fund and Caring Fund)
Uncommitted balance - $7,771 (plus deposits for 55th Reunion and mini reunion)
Gift Fund: $97,767 ($136,660.70 transferred to Coach's Housing Project in February) (Contributions to Gift Fund in lst Qtr - $39,901) (Total Contributed to Coach's Housing Project to date: $237,059.75)
Memory Pages Escrow: $34,000 (Established in June 2006 with $35,000 from Gift Account to provide $100 Memory Page entry for each classmate) ( Ten classmates have died since June 1966, with automatic opening of Memory Page from AOG Endowment Fund)
'55 Memorial Terrace $59,688.33 current balance on account of $55,555.55 to maintain Tennis Center Memorial Terrace in perpetuity. Endowment Fund: 2007-08 AY endowment distribution - $2,196.70 to be used as recommended by Danny Dienst Memorial Patio Committee
WIDOW'S SUPPORT PROGRAM: Dick Wargowsky and Marcia Cathey continue to report progress on this new and vital program with regional coordinator positions now filled as follows:
West Region Bob Hinrichs and Marlowe Viney
Northeast Region Pete Fikaris
Mid-Atlantic Region Dick Wargowsky and Marcia Cathey
Southeast Region Ed Zaborowski and Maggie Miller
Southeast Region Dave Wheeler and Carol Riggs
Coordinators have requested assistance in locating some of the widows whose mail has been returned. Three from the West whose addresses are missing: Helen Brown (Mrs. Robert B. - M1); Rita Vulgas (Mrs. Edward - I-2); Eunice Floyd (Mrs.Leland - L-1). Let Bob Hinrichs know if you are in touch with them.
CARING FUND: Caring Fund balance at the beginning of 2008 was $1800. One request for support has been received from a widow this year to settle a classmate's affairs. The fund provided $1650 to satisfy this need. The Committee will advise the class when they feel a request should be made for additional funds for future needs.
MEMORIAL ARTICLES: Jim Ryan and Roy Thorsen are moving articles on schedule. Article on Joe Grubbs, D-1, appeared in the last edition of TAPS. Three more are ready to be submitted.
CLASS COMMEMORATION FOR 55TH REUNION: Don Hilbert will lead a discussion at the mini-reunion on a commemoration initiative for classmates to offer memorabilia for permanent display in the lobby of the Tennis Center. Nostalgic or historic items would be illustrative of our generation and years of service. Suggested are those no longer available or part of cadet life - e.g. "A" pin, Engraved Napkin Ring, Miniature, Hop Card, Class Godson baby cup, etc; Literature of the era, Pointer, Howitzer, 100th Night Show Program (1955), Graduation Dinner Menu, Graduation Program, etc; memory article of first classmate killed in Vietnam conflict, POW, MIA, etc. If such a program is oversubscribed with memorabilia for display, committee would determine which would be first displayed in the Tennis Center and others could be presented to the West Point Museum for rotation into the display case over time. The suggestion already made to display the class poem written by John Lovell expressly for the 1955 Howitzer would fit in such a motif described.
LONG GREY LINE: Hope that each of you reviewed the summary data on the net of '55 offspring who are West Point graduates - Forty-one total (37 sons and 4 daughters), not to mention four grandsons. Hergenroeders have had four sons graduate, Churas two sons and Olveys two sons, what a contribution and what proud parents. John Sloan also has a daughter in-law graduate. Suspect that it will not make our class records, but our oldest granddaughter, age 21, will marry an Airborne - Ranger - Infantry graduate in the Class of 2008 on JUN 21, 2008. They will follow our career path through Benning and on to Fort Hood - so hope that will give us some constructive credit. If others have not responded to Bill Welter's survey, please do so, think the list will become much longer just as we experienced with the query on "Who in the class had written a book?" Would you believe the spectacular results and the number of authors in '55?
TRAVEL CLUB TRIPS YET TO COME: Rod and Pat Vitty have some excellent trips coming up - so please note:
2008: JUL 21 - AUG 4: Galway, Killarney, Cork, Waterford, & Dublin - Ireland (13 days - $2845 including airfare)
OCT 30 - NOV 13: Tuamotus, Marqueasas, & Society Islands - M/S Paul Gauguin - Polynesian Cruise (15 days - $4650 including airfare)
2009 JAN - Feb: Ski Club Trip - Vail, Colorado
Spring: Volga River Cruise
FUTURE DATES TO REMEMBER:
JUL 18-19: Summer EXCOM Meeting - Falls Church
OCT 9-11: Homecoming at West Point - Army vs. Eastern Michigan (ESPN)
NOV 1: Army vs. Air Force Football - at West Point (ESPN)
DEC 6: Army vs. Navy Football - Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia (CBS)
DEC 7: Class of 1955 Christmas Brunch - ANCC - Matt Schepps - Chairman
MAY 21-26: Class of '55 - 55th Reunion - Park Ridge Marriott - Rod Vitty - Chairman
KUDOS: Seems there is seldom a day that goes by that someone in our class expands their "CLAIM TO FAME", and the EXCOM is advised that broad recognition should be given - NOW!!!! SO --
Tom Sims For his extraordinary efforts in assembling a world class website of 1955 Photos - absolutely unmatched and unparalleled
Bill Welter Patience and perseverance, discipline and diligence in keeping our class nets up and running
Dan Ludwig Quietly working behind the scenes preserving the class history and archives - an excellent two pager for the mini-reunion "Class of 1955 - 53 Years Later" - read it and remember nostalgically
Chuck Roades Faithful and fearless scribe, writing six major reports per annum and keeping the class rosters (living and deceased) current and cogent
Charlie Johnson Faithful Secretary - official '55 liaison to USMA AOG ( his son is the Deputy Commandant of Cadets - would you believe - no more quill for Charlie - and no more B-aches to the Comm?)
Jack Campbell Chairman and trail boss for the Biggest Mini Reunion yet
- It has been yet another busy quarter for '55 and a real jumpstart on 2008, so stay tuned for future information being exchanged at the class business meeting in Austin on Thursday. While my original plans had been to attend the entire reunion week, I must leave early to participate in ceremonies at Fort Rucker on Thursday and Friday, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Army Aviation Branch.
- Rich Cardillo will preside over the Class meeting with the agenda including a brief report from each of the Committee chairs, providing for open discussion and feedback from the class. We would also like to hear from those of you who are not in attendance, should you have ideas or initiatives for EXCOM consideration. Be assured each of your suggestions are discussed at our meetings and feedback provided.
- Our Annual report scheduled for release on April 1, has been held until MAY since we felt there may be emerging items from the mini-reunion that others would like included in the report. So, stand by for the annual mailout which should reach your mailbox next month.
SIR, THERE ARE NO MORE DAYS REMAINING UNTIL THE LONESTAR ROUNDUP IN AUSTIN, TEXAS - Y'ALL COME YA HEAR!!!
----AND THERE ARE ONLY 740 DAYS REMAINING UNTIL THE BIG 55TH FOR '55 AT WEST POINT IN 2010----
Carl H. McNair, Jr.
President, Class of 1955