The meeting was called to order at 9:13 a.m. by Mike Asea, the association president.
Present were: Mike Asea, Rose Darlene Asea, Jim Bradford, Peg Gonzalez, Al Jowdy, Jared Jowdy, Jeff Jowdy, Louise Jowdy, Fran McCorriston, Kim McElwain, Mary Oppenheimer, Randy Oppenheimer, Sandy Oppenheimer, Janet Veit, Charlene Watts, Debi Zube.
Al Jowdy said the association started the year with $6500.00. Income is from donations, dues, the Booster Club, and the Second Watch.
Expenses included the website ($195.00), the newsletter and postage ($267.00), the disc jockey ($450.00), hospitality room ($400), bus driver and tour guide gratuities ($240.00) and hospitality room custodial ($25.00).
Balance for the new year is $8,000.
Mike Asea thanked everyone for attending and for their contributions to the reunionís success.
There was discussion of next yearís reunion. Janet Veit said John Mercer would be interested in hosting in California, and with the groupís approval could begin looking at proposals.
Jim Bradford said that Boston would be a place to consider holding the reunion at some point. He noted there were multiple naval sites of interest in the area, and there were also interesting general attractions such as Sturbridge, Mass.
Jeff Jowdy said Jacksonville, Fla. could be a potential reunion site. Jared Jowdy noted some of the interesting features of the area.
The timing of the reunion was discussed. Al Jowdy indicated the early July timing made it difficult for some regular attendees to come.
Randy Oppenheimer said a number of people had mentioned their desire for a shorter reunion, four days instead of five, to hold down costs and facilitate travel planning. This was approved by a general consensus of the group.
Louise Jowdy asked about the shipís flag. Mike Asea said John Mercer presently has it. Mike is planning to digitize it and noted we could discuss donating it to a museum at some point in the future.
Janet Veit made a motion to have John Mercer serve as host for next yearís reunion, to be held in a location to be determined, in California. Sandy Oppenheimer seconded the motion. The motion passed by voice vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:41 a.m.
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