USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98)

SUMMER 2005 REUNION NEWS LETTER


USS CALOOSAHATCHEE AO-98 PLAQUE


Dedication October 21, 2005 at the US Navy Memorial
Washington, DC

USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) Commemorative Plaque

The plaque has been designed and is being manufactured. The plaque is a Silvaloy plate 7" x 3 3/4". It will be mounted on a special memorial wall at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. As you can see it will honor all the men who served on the Caloos. from 1945 to 1990. This is your plaque and they are your shipmates.

The donation of $2,500 to purchase the plaque includes designing, manufacturing and mounting the plaque, the dedication ceremony, free showing of the movie "At Sea", and a group rate on the Navy Log enrollment. We still need to solicit more donations from our membership to accomplish this.

In the last Newsletter, it was stated that If every member would donate a minimum of $10.00 we could raise the funds quickly. As of this mailing, we are still $1,000 short of the total cost. We have received donations from 15% of the members. We must continue to collect for this plaque If we do not receive the remainder that is due we must take it out of the dues and general fund that is used for the reunion and other expenses. Please consider making a donation if you have not yet done so, or an additional donation if you can. This is your memorial, be a part of it.

You may also purchase a replica plaque for your home or office. The replicas are exact reproductions of the displayed plaque on the Memorial Wall. The plaques are mounted on a hardwood base, suitable for hanging or exhibiting on a desk. The cost is $125.00 each. We have included the form required for the personal plaque. If we get your completed form and $125.00 early enough we can have the plaques available at the dedication.

THIS PLAQUE IS IN YOUR HONOR






The Reunion dates this year are October 21 & 22 in Baltimore, Maryland. The hotel is:

        BEST WESTERN HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER
        5625 O'DONNELL STREET
        BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21224
        For reservations call 1-800-633-9511
                                  
The room rate is $95.00 single/double occupancy, plus tax, per night. The hotel will also honor this rate for one day before and/or one day after the weekend. Please be sure to mention that you are with the USS CALOOSAHATCHEE AO-98 Reunion Group. Reservations must be made by September 20, 2005. This is the same hotel we used when we previously visited Baltimore and D.C.
   

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE WEEKEND:

Friday Morning--- PLAQUE DEDICATION at the U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON DC
  The Navy Memorial only holds plaque dedications on weekdays. We plan to have the ceremony on Friday morning at 11:00 A.M. After a break for lunch, (at your own expense), we will visit the World War II Memorial.
Cost per person - $20.00 (covers cost of bus and gratuity for the driver)

(Please note: If you plan to attend this event, you will want to check into the hotel Thursday night, as the bus will be leaving at 8:45 A.M. Friday)

Friday Night --- Get together in the Hospitality Room for a night of friendship, and sea stories (some true and others historical). BRING YOUR MEMORABILIA. Food (sandwiches and snacks or pizza) and beverages will be served. Ladies - if possible, please bring your special dessert or treat. If you attended the other reunions in Baltimore you will remember that we will have a large hospitality room.

  
Saturday Morning --- TOUR OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY
The bus will take us to the Visitor's Center at the Academy. You must have a picture ID to get on to the Acadamy grounds. The tour will include a film presentation on life at the Academy and a 1½ -2 hour walking tour of the grounds. (If you do not wish to do that much walking, you can remain at the Visitor's Center, which has several displays, a gift shop and a few vending machines. Right outside the front door is the beautiful Severn River if you want to go for a short stroll.) The bus will then take us somewhere for lunch - lunch is at your own expense.

Cost per person - $26.00 (covers cost of the bus, gratuity for the driver and tour of the Naval
                                           Academy)    Bus leaves at 8:45 A.M.


Saturday Night- BANQUET & ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING - 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Buffet dinner menu consisting of Prime Rib and Grilled Salmon with Dill Sauce, along with a tossed garden salad with julienne vegetables and a choice of dressings, fresh seasonal vegetable medley, oven roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, rolls and butter, coffee, tea and iced tea, and a decadent dessert display.

Cost per person - $ 35.00
        
Afterwards we will move to the Hospitality Room for more fun and comradery.



DUES
We need the money from the dues that you send in to be members of our reunion group. The newsletter and the reunions are not free. The dues are $30.00 per year. All members who pay the full dues will be considered Shipmates in Good Standing, and receive all the newsletters, an annual updated roster, and an up-to-date dues card and can attend the reunion weekend.

OR for $10.00 you can be an associate member and receive the newsletter and notification on the reunions. At this time, we are mailing the newsletter to over 400 shipmates; however, less than 10% pay any dues. Please consider sending your dues as soon as possible. The cost of mailing continues to go up and the cost for the hospitality room at the reunions are getting expensive. I would like to buy hats that can be sold to the members, but at this time the treasury is at a point that we cannot afford the initial cost and still hold a reunion. Your help is needed.

Checks should be made out to: USS CALOOSAHATCHEE REUNION ASSOCIATION and mailed to:
        USS Caloosahatchee Reunion Association
        c/o Paul Scheerer
        4424 Raspe Ave.
        Baltimore, Maryland 21206-1925

Please be sure to let me know when you have a change of address or change your e-mail. Each time we do a mailing we get quite a few letters returned by the post office, or e-mails returned because of a wrong address. If you know of a shipmate who is not in our database please send me their info.

My E-mail address for the USS CALOOSAHATCHEE REUNION ASSOCIATION is caloosreunion@comcast.net. This address is for reunion business only. Please do not send jokes or Spam.

Thanks to shipmate Jim Martino there is a web site that he has personally started it is
www.usscaloosahatchee.org. Jim is asking for information and pictures to help build a better site.

If you have any questions, you can call me (410-488-7169), write or e-mail me (caloosreunion@comcast.net)




PLEASE RETURN THIS PAGE WITH YOUR CHECK (made payable to USS Caloosahatchee Reunion Asso.) Click here for this page only in a printer fiendly version.

 
Name___________________________________________

Spouse/Guest__________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip_______________________________________________________________

Phone No.____________________________________

E-mail Address_______________________________________________

FRIDAY WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP    $20.00 x ______ = $________________

SATURDAY ANNAPOLIS TRIP          $26.00 x ______ = $________________

SATURDAY BANQUET                        $35.00 x ______ = $________________


                                                                                    TOTAL $_________________

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_______ $30.00 for Dues for the Year 1/1/2005 - 12/31/2005
                        
         OR

______$10.00 for Associate Dues for the Year 2005

                IN ADDITION

$_______as a donation to the Memorial Plaque Fund.

Comment__________________________________________________________________


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mail to:
        USS Caloosahatchee Reunion Association
        c/o Paul Scheerer
        4424 Raspe Ave.
        Baltimore, Maryland 21206-1925

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