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Class of 1967 50th Reunion Message #1

April 6, 2015

Dear Classmates:

Our 50th reunion is approaching, and your volunteer reunion committee has had several meetings. The committee includes Dave Church, Wayne Savage, Jim McNeece, Jack Parry, Dick Meade, Steve Phillips, and their wonderful spouses. We're also tapping into the expertise of the USNA Alumni Association.

We want to give you as much early information as possible, particularly since Navy's football membership in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) beginning this year has forced major reunion planning changes. We'll present it in a Q&A format.

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WILL OUR REUNION BE ON HOMECOMING WEEKEND?

Yes. Here is why: The AAC yearly football schedule is announced in March of each year so we will not know a final schedule until then for the 2017 season. Even after dates are known, exact game times may depend on television coverage and may not be firm until very late. The Air Force and Homecoming game dates are exceptions. They are already locked in for 2017. We looked at these two alternatives and picked the Homecoming weekend scheduled for 21 October 2017 even though our opponent is not known. We rejected the Air Force game on September 30th because the Air Force game is always a sell-out with many USAFA alumni and fans in town, and that game is early enough in the season to potentially be designated as 2/c Parents Weekend. This combination would result in tremendous competition for parking, rooms, restaurants, and USNA facilities, the latter since Midshipmen events are always given priority

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WHAT WILL BE THE LENGTH OF THE REUNION?

Current planning is that our 50th reunion would begin on Thursday, 19 October 2017 and end on Monday, 23 October 2017. We picked a longer period hoping it will help with air travel costs and provide some flexibility in the schedule. It also allows time for a Sunday night dinner and dance in Dahlgren Hall, an opportunity uniquely offered to 50th year reunions that has proven to be very popular with previous Classes.

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HAVE DAILY EVENTS BEEN SCHEDULED?

Specific events have not been scheduled, but the framework is defined by known events.

Reunion Schedule Framework

Thursday, 19 October

-- Registration

-- No host cocktail party & Class meeting

Friday, 20 October

-- Registration

-- Superintendent's Briefing

-- Homecoming Parade

-- Other events, tours, briefings TBD

Saturday, 21 October

-- Tailgate

-- Homecoming football game

-- Evening activities as desired

Sunday, 22 October

-- Chapel Services

-- Class of 1967 Memorial Service: USNA Chapel

-- Dinner and dance in Dahlgren Hall

Monday, 23 October

-- Departure Brunch

-- Potential bus tours to Washington, D.C.

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WHERE WILL THE TAILGATE BE HELD ON SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017?

There are only certain areas outside the stadium able to accommodate large tailgates. One near the water tower is reserved for the visiting AAC team. The others are in a far corner of the parking lot about 250 yards from the stadium gates. The outside locations are not convenient, especially if we have inclement weather. There is the additional issue that there is no re-entry until halftime at the stadium.

Given these problems and the fact that this is our 50th Reunion, the committee chose to locate the tailgate inside the stadium. The location at the north end of the horseshoe is easily accessible from stadium reunion section seating. It will provide long absent Classmates the opportunity to watch the “march on,” to see the tremendous improvements that have been made in the stadium and to sing “Navy Blue and Gold" with the Brigade while continuing to socialize and enjoy refreshments.

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WILL WE HAVE A HEADQUARTERS HOTEL WHERE WE ALL CAN STAY?

We will not have a Headquarters Hotel per se. We are considering a block of rooms at a downtown hotel, keeping in mind that we will be subject to a certain guaranteed occupancy. We will also distribute a list of other hotels of various price ranges. The list should help individuals in their planning and provide information to Companies that may want to make their own block reservations to accommodate smaller groups.

"Class of 1967 50th Reunion Message #2" will be sent 1 October 2015

Save this message and start your planning now for our 50th in 2017!

Dave