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Minutes of Class of 1958 Executive Committee Meeting, August 6, 2000
The Class Executive Committee met at 1930 hours, 6 August 2000. Present
were: Brintnall, Mitchell, Nun, Herren, and McGrew. Andreson, Reidy and
Salisbury were not present. Visitors Audrey Webb and Lawton also attended.
Andreson had left a report on the First Class Club improvement project to be
considered. Jack Hartley recommends minor changes to the bar setup to solve
the drink distribution problem. His estimate for the total repairs is
slightly under $8000. It was not clear whether his fee and trip costs were
included in this amount. The Class Gift Fund has a balance of just over
$100,000 at this time. The EC approved the project. Andreson was apprised
of this and will instruct Hruby and the Cadet Activities Officer, LTC Endres,
to proceed. Other FCC issues were not resolved by this action, including the
storage problem and the requested inclosing of the patio. Andreson will
discuss this with Hruby and Endres to obtain more information.
Herren discussed several Washington-area social issues, including a
preliminary plan for 2001, as follows: January - dinner at Chez Francois,
February - Valentines dinner and class ski trip in Colorado, March - 57/58
Luncheon Fort Myer Club, April - Annual Class Meeting and Election luncheon
at ANCC, May - Memorial Service at Vietnam Memorial, June - Wolf Trap, July
or August - Bike Trip on Eastern Shore, October - luncheon, November 1-4
Santa Fe Mini-reunion. Several other activities were suggested which the
Social Committee shall consider, including a Torchlight Tattoo, a dinner
cruise, and a visit to a race track, such as Rosecroft. The EC approved a
$3000 advance to the Santa Fe Mini Committee. The Reunion Guidelines
document has been lost in Lawton's computer crash. McGrew and Lawton will
attempt to find a copy so that it can be sent to those planning future
We also discussed a recommendation from Ken Phillips that the Pensacola Mini
be held in May or 2002 rather than September, hurricane season. We decided
to have Herren notify Phillips that we approved his suggestion.
Herren also updated the planning process for the Navy Game "Tailgate"
function. Weckel has done a great job in an evolving environment, arranging a
class tent. Many questions remain such as parking at or near the tent.
Herren is investigating parking, bus transportation, and possible rail
transportation. Herren will advise via Email.
Considerable discussion of how to make reunions more singles-friendly and how
to encourage class widows to participate in class functions ensued. Audrey
Webb was a welcome participant in this discussion. It was generally the
consensus of the group that people may feel uncomfortable or excess unless
someone personally invites them and then exerts an effort to be friendly and
welcoming to them prior to and during the reunion. We didn't come up with
many ideas for how to conduct the reunions themselves to make them more
attractive to singles except to ensure that there are plenty of activities
where having a spouse is not essential to participation. However, we felt
that all classmates, led by the CCQs nationally and nearby classmates
locally, should be strongly encouraged to maintain contact with widows and
other singles, to personally invite them to attend class social functions,
and then to be attentive to the singles during the function. We plan to
write to or call the CCQs and encourage them to do this and to identify
single classmates and widows with the further goal of recruiting local
classmates (local to the single) to participate in a personal approach.
There was discussion of golf being primarily a male endeavor and male singles
finding plenty of companionship on the links or tennis courts. We wonder if
there might be a female equivalent of sports, other than shopping.
We did note that there is often a single-occupancy penalty that we should
attempt to eliminate, if possible.
McGrew agreed to query other classes using the Class Leader Net to see if
there are some good ideas in other classes on this issue.
In the discussion of widow involvement it became apparent that our widows may
need to have further information on health care support available to them
under the new DoD health care system. Brintnall will investigate finding
someone to take that on as a project.
Another issue that is becoming more salient is what we as a class should do
for our sick classmates. Many don't want or need any outside assistance and
prefer not to have their illness or disability known. Do we respect those
wishes or do we aggressively attempt to keep track of each other and minister
to each other's needs? If a classmate becomes ill or disabled and needs
substantial support of any kind, should we provide it? How do we fund it if
that is relevant? There was general agreement that we should actively
maintain/sustain the bonds of classmate-hood, especially in times of need.
Given the uniqueness and unpredictability of each person's need, however, we
could not derive a plan for how to deal with future cases. Again, the best
solution appears to be to ask the CCQs nationally and local classmates
regionally to actively strive for awareness of classmates' conditions and
possible needs, and to seek help in providing it when it is appropriate. The
EC believes that if needs are apparent that require financial support, we can
find that support within the class. Our plan is to ask the CCQs to help us
maintain awareness and provide assistance when appropriate, and to go to the
class with the same request. We solicit suggestions from any classmate on
Throughout these discussions the critical role played by CCQs was ever more
obvious. Mitchell declared that he will write and/or call the CCQs to
encourage even more personal contact with companymates to stay apprised of
their health and other concerns.
The EC noted with pride the following achievements by our classmates:
An excellent class letter written and distributed by Jerry Mitchell as
well as the laudatory comments received on the France River Trip organized by
Mitchell and Pryor,
The remarkable efforts of Weckel, Ward, Votruba and Peck in raising about
$11,000 for the Perpetual Endowment Fund by participating in the march back
from Camp Buckner with the plebe class,
Marvelous success of the Ring Memorialization Project initiated by Ron
Turner (still no 58 gold in the program),
Great impact of the Health Care Initiative headed by Brintall with
support from Salisbury, Mace and others, and
Incredible turnout for the imminent Portland mini due in no small measure
to the work of the "Gang of Four".
The meeting adjourned at 2145.