Where it all Began !!! & “Still Making History”
Shipmates and Families,
Well, another piece of history is in the books!!!
For those in attendance we hope that everyone had an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
It was a week full of excitement with super weather provided by Mother Nature. Many attended scheduled tours while others took the opportunity to visit the many historical locations that Albany had to offer or just relax. Evenings provided enjoyment with a 20th Anniversary party that included music, a photographer and a special anniversary cake provide by the Peter Homa Family, a special 20th Anniversary Memorial service aboard the USS Slater DE-766 followed by a Dinner Cruise on the Hudson River, a night at the Casino, with dinner in the clubhouse and horse racing at Saratoga Raceway & a Dinner Theater program that got many of our shipmates involved in the “Cruise to Die for” theme that included Doctor Charlie Roman & the Gigolo, Don Risch and an unbelievable talent show that included Bob McConnell as Elton John, Bart Hutchins as Sonny and our own Richard Simmons, Harry Crosby; Thanks guys for an exciting evening.
Congratulations goes out to all of this year’s award recipients especially shipmate James Window, Dick Desrochers & Barton Hutchins that were installed as Meritorious Life members on 9/1/2010. Their dedication & commitment to Association programs & their growth is unprecedented. “Job Well Done “. Thank you!!
I would like to thank everyone that helped during the reunion. From unloading and loading the Model on the truck to helping empty the half’s of beer!!!. Assistance during a program of this nature is full of little things to be done and it was greatly appreciated.
In addition, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize all of our core supporters that helped make this program successful. From the staff at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plaza Meetings, ACCVB, City of Albany Office of Special Events (Sue Cleary), Price Chopper Supermarkets, DeCresente Distributing all their support was appreciated.
In closing, we thank those that attended & on behalf of Judy & I, our Co Chairmen Bob & Donna McConnell and Rose & Rich Zeimet, we thank you for selecting us to host the 20th Anniversary Reunion.
We look forward to seeing all of you at our next gathering in Tennessee.
Have an enjoyable upcoming Holiday season.
Wayne & Judy
Bob & Donna