U.S. Naval Academy Class of '67
It was a stupendous 50th reunion as 535 classmates, with spouses, children
and friends joining together in Annapolis. I have heard multiple stories
of the heart-warming and emotional opportunity for Classmates to reunite
with Companymates and team mates. Funny how the long fifty years since
we threw our caps into the air, with the many miles in our wakes, have
gone by so fast, but when we met again it seemed just like yesterday
that we were mids living under Mother B’s gaze.
Stand by for a quick survey from us as we are already thinking
about our 55th – which past AA records of recent 55th reunions - shows
to be of the same relative size as the 50ths. Start planning on being
There is one big item remaining on our near-term Class agenda:
Wrapping up our ongoing 50th Anniversary Class Gift of raising $1,967,000
on December 31, 2017. As you saw in a recent email from me we have
far surpassed our original goal of $1,967,000 and only have a final push
to complete the Cyber Support component. On 31 December, we will have
final accounting for a job “well-done” by ‘67.
One last “Another Link in the Chain” (ALITC) event remains – the
delayed graduation of the final members of the Class of 2017 in late December.
With this graduation ceremony, our official duties are complete and our
relationship with ’17 will enter the new phase of “alumni-to-
alumni.” Again, many thanks to Jack Parry for his chairmanship
of the ALITC program and to the many classmates who joined in one or
of the ALITC events over the past 4 years.
We do periodically open the ’67 Class Store for purchase of ’67
specific event or other project-specific items. When new merchandise
is offered we email everyone who has a valid email address at the AA.
store is currently open with 50th reunion items for sale.
We are in the last stages of producing the ’67 50th
Anniversary Book. The final print version is at the printers and we expect
mailing date shortly.
Thanks again to our editor-in-chief Ed Mills (our original
1967 Lucky Bag editor), Mike “Geno” Quinlan, Ed Kerins, Tony
Wayne, Pete Smullen, Dick Glasow and Jack Macidull for taking on this momentous,
setting production. The treasure trove of individual, personal reflections
and photos as well as the Class history will serve as a wonderful resource
in the future.
In particular Ed Kerins accomplished a Herculean feat in
securing both our midshipmen Company pages and classified advertising revenue
brought the price of a book down to $25 from the original coast of
$100 per book.
BZ to Ed.
The book and attendant 2,600 pages of on-line entries will
be a most cherished addition to our class, alumni, and individual family
In fall of 2017 we cheerfully welcomed many out-of-town classmates
and families to the ’67 Village tailgate at Navy home football games.
We’ve posted a “Rules of the Road” link on the Calendar
for our tailgates and a graphic of the location just outside Gate D
on the Blue (Brigade) side of the stadium for future attendees. Put
2018 as a year to join us in Annapolis as Navy enters its fourth year
as a football
member of the American Athletic Conference. Kick-off times may vary
again this so stay tuned.
Away & Bowl football games continue to be wonderful opportunities for “local” classmates,
and those coming in for the game, to get together at either/both a Class
event and the BIG Navy pre-game tailgate. We put out this information closer
to the football season commences. Two big game away from Annapolis is Navy-Hawai’i
on September 1st and Navy-Notre Dame in San Diego, CA on October 27th.
We still have a few classmates in the “missing” category. We
need your help in bringing everyone back into the fold. Your class officers
continually attempt to find “lost” classmates and widows, and
try to keep all “known” classmates from becoming “lost” again.
To that end, I ask all of you to keep up the effort to find all of our
1,259 classmates who came together on our “I Day”- 26 June
1963. Turn in any and all “lost” classmates to me, Jim
McNeece and/or Dick Meade! And, keep your own Alumni Association record
One last point, as we enter the new “later mid-middle age” …we
are still only at about 75% members in our Alumni Association. I want
to see us approach 100%, as USNA shaped and molded us to superbly serve
command these past 50+ years!
You need to be on the Class Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285
and watch for class-wide emails for details.
We need to stay über-organized as a class and keep our role and reputation
as a leader and integral part of our greater alumni body. We need to do
our part to ensure USNA continues to be, now and in the future, the national
treasure it is. Your officers can lead the Class much more effectively
if we are all members of the Alumni Association. We use the Association’s
considerable and robust database for all class communications, reunion
services, and IT support services. Please ensure your profile is current
and you are signed into Online Community on www.usna.com (click at “My
Again, our class Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285
where we, over 450 classmates and spouses, are gathering many of our
Class & family
photos, videos, and news! (No politics, over the edge humor, or controversial
topics – just “family” material).
As 2017 roars to an end I want to thank all who made donations/contributions
over the past 4+ years to the Class ALITC Fund, and/or the Class of ’67
50th Anniversary Class project fund drive, and/or the Foundation’s
Annual and/or Athletic Excellence Funds.
I ask all of you to consider making all your USNA charitable gifts
over the next years while strongly considering staying or becoming,
at a minimum,
an annual Presidents Circle member. I also encourage all to consider the
Planned Giving Program at the USNA Foundation and becoming a member of
Robert Thompson Means Society.
We alumni need to do our part in ensuring that USNA remains the
premier leadership institution in the land.
I again want to thank your class officers for their involvement
and outstanding service helping me in achieving our overall goal of
keeping ’67 a cohesive,
caring, and enduring class. My heartfelt kudos to Wayne Savage (VP), Jim
McNeece (Scribe), Jack Parry (Treasurer), Dick Meade (Web and Database Guru
(“Dick of the Database” - DOTDB), and Steve Phillips (‘67
Be involved, and in contact, often!
Go Navy! Beat Army!!!
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