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Subject: [distro1969] Save the Date - 50th Reunion (May 17-22 2019)
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Dear classmates -
As the reunion chair for our 50th I wanted to get this Save the Date note to the class more than two years before the reunion so you can arrange everything else in your life in order to be there.
So as not to rehash all the info in the attached letter, please read it, print it out, and start your Class of 1969 50th Reunion folder right now.
I hope many aspects of our initial plans will resonate with you and I look forward to seeing all of you at the reunion.
You can reach me at any time with suggestions or offers to volunteer.
Thanks for your support.
50th Reunion Chair
Dear Classmates –
As the chair of our 50th West Point Reunion I want to get the ball rolling with this “Save the Date” note that includes a brief rundown of my preliminary thoughts on this grand opportunity to celebrate our history. So mark your calendars now for the period May 17-22 2019. I have read every biographical entry in our Legacy Book that in itself demonstrates the enormous capabilities of our classmates. I am humbled to represent such an honorable and accomplished group of men. Assisted by many classmates I will do everything I can to deliver the reunion you deserve.
We will begin our festivities on Friday, May 17. We have a contract with the Westchester Marriott, in Tarrytown, NY a beautiful conference hotel just over the Tappan Zee Bridge. We have reserved blocks of rooms on each of the nights May 17-21 with a guaranteed rate of $169. They will start taking advance registrations about six months prior to the reunion and updates from the reunion committee will keep you informed about the release date for the rooms. You can visit the hotel website at
Sherri and I toured the hotel, stayed overnight, had two meals in the hotel restaurant, and we were impressed. The ballroom can seat 800 people and my goal is to fill it. There are numerous conference rooms reserved for us. The hotel has everything we need to have a memorable reunion, including a beautiful outdoor terrace where we can exaggerate our exploits over appropriate libations. I am visiting the hotel once again in conjunction with our March 30 Leader Challenge that is ably coordinated by Mike Colacicco.
I have talked to many classmates and spouses, and to several class widows to gain a broad perspective of what our reunion should look like and I have reviewed the itineraries of five recent 50th reunion classes. I will be seeking more suggestions as we move forward. Our reunion will be a combination of traditional reunion activities plus tailored excursions and side trips with the goal of providing a reunion to remember. The Big G is back as our DJ, and B Arnold will again provide an amazing musical experience, as those at our 45th can attest. Bob Harper is on board to provide his professional photographic expertise. Please take another look at the inside cover of the Legacy Book – enough said about Bob’s incredible talents.
Monday and Tuesday (May 20-21) will be West Point days. We will have a Memorial Service as we always do, and we will definitely visit the West Point Cemetery that is the final resting place of many of our classmates, which we had to scrub at our 45th when the Supe’s briefing went overtime. There will be an obligatory AOG update and a Class Meeting. Weather permitting, the Alumni Review honoring our class and that year’s Distinguished Grads will be on Tuesday.
Friday through Sunday (May 17-19) will be centered at the hotel. Some of the side trips/excursions that will be considered include:
· NYC trip (drop-off, later pickup)
· NYC trip (event driven, such as Museum of Modern Art, visit to the 9/11 Museum)
· Golf (multiple days)
· Culinary Institute of America tour
· Kykuit Estate (Rockefeller Mansion)
· Lyndhurst Mansion and Performing Arts Center (may include a performance if one is scheduled)
We will avoid o-dark-thirty starts as best we can.
Of course there will be catered meals and evening gatherings: an Ice Breaker reception over the weekend and a banquet on Tuesday night. The hotel has the space to separate the band/dancing from the banquet area which worked very well at the 45th. Our plan is to offer full breakfasts each day, with variety from day to day, that will encourage classmates to attend breakfast and use this time as an opportunity to leisurely visit and reminisce. The reunion committee will work with the hotel to provide the best meal experiences possible. Some meals will be provided at West Point due to our Monday-Tuesday schedule. I know many of us were disappointed with the meal in the Cadet Mess at our 45th Reunion. It is still a tradition at 50th reunions and we will have conversations with the AOG about this issue.
Finally, I would like, at what is likely the last big reunion, to recognize many of our classmates for their dedicated service to the class and to the Academy. I will be soliciting suggestions from our class through a small coordinating group. In essence this will be taking a walk down memory lane. We have many classmates whose leadership and example have inspired us all. A partial list might include:
· Class Officers
· Class Scribe
· Reunion Chairs
· Financial Team
· Gift Committee
· Mini-Reunion Sponsors
· Legacy Book Team
· 50th Affiliation Program Team
· AOG Officers
· Class Photographer
· Musicians and DJ
· TAPS Memorial Article Team
· Communications Mainstays (forums, class net)
And there are others. The risk is that we will miss a few, but I think it is a risk worth taking.
I hope all of you will plan to attend our 50th Reunion. In the coming months we will be reaching out for your thoughts. For now, mark our 50th on your calendars as a “must do” and if you would like to discuss any aspect of the reunion, or would like to help with the reunion, please get in touch:
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I look forward to hearing from you,
seeing you at class gatherings, and hoisting one with you at our
May 2019 celebration.
P.S. In case you have a short memory, the reunion dates are May 17-22 2019.
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