From the President's Desk - April 2019
Hello again! Here it is, the news you’ve been waiting for regarding the upcoming 2019 Reunion! Some of this has already been published on the Association’s Facebook page, and most of this information is on the Association website’s Registration page, so everyone will get a chance to see it one way or the other!
Let me say right up front, a special thanks to our board members for the work that has gone into organizing this reunion and special thanks to the Vice President, Dave Klein, for driving this from the beginning.
One of the reasons we had to wait so long to make details known is that we had to wait to hear back from the Navy as to when the ship was available for a ship visit and tour. Until we had a firm date, we could not proceed further.
Now on to the details… our reunion will take place September 26 - September 28 in Ventura, California. Please note that there’s a 2-step process … one for the hotel room reservations, and one for the reunion registration.
HOTEL INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS
After comparative pricing of hotels in the vicinity, our home base will again be the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach hotel, which has been newly renovated. We have arranged special oceanview balcony room pricing of $159 plus tax per night for early-bird Association members, and are on a first come, first served basis. If you choose to call instead of using the link, make sure to have them include you in the USS Paul F. Foster Association Reunion room block to get our special room rate.Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel450 E Harbor BlvdVentura, CA 930011-805-648-2100
Reservation Link: Crowne Plaza Room Reservation Booking Site
REUNION REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The board has done their best to hold the cost down for this reunion, which increased only $10 from the last reunion held there 5 years ago, despite the increases in costs and taxes since. Your payment of $125 goes toward the meals in the hotel and the catered lunch aboard ship. The fully catered onboard lunch alone is worth the extra money so everyone can relax, visit, have fun and eat at the same time, plus we have the hotel business meeting breakfast and the dinner event on Saturday.
It is in everyone’s best interest to register early. We will hold the current price of $125 per adult attendee until July 31st; afterwards, the cost increases to $135 per adult. We have also made an effort to reduce the cost for children to lessen the burden on those with kids or grandkids. Children between the ages of 13 -17 are $50 each, and children under 12 are free.
Registration Link: www.usspaulffoster.org
As a reminder, base security and U.S.Navy will require some personal information to get on base and onboard the ship. Please know that all base and ship visitors must be US citizens. We will collect some of this information when you complete the registration, which will then be sent to base security, who will then contact you for the rest of the information. Be prepared to provide the following details: Full name, home address, home & cell phone numbers, email address, and probably full birthday and social security number.
NOTE: All registrations must be completed on the website by August 26th to ensure you will be allowed to visit the ship. After that date, late registrations can be completed and submitted up to September 8th but please know there is a very good chance that you will not be cleared in time to enter the base or board the ship.
If you have trouble registering on the site, send an email to us at email@example.com and someone will get back to you to answer your questions or assist you with registering.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE MAIN EVENTS
Starting Thursday afternoon, members arriving for the reunion check in to the hotel first to get your room, and then with the Association in the hotel lobby. There, you will receive your reunion package and then members may gather in the lounge area near the lobby for drinks and socializing. Later in the evening, we will open the hospitality suite where attendees can gather for more socializing, viewing raffle prizes, and buying raffle tickets or other merchandise that will be offered for sale to members.
The ship visit is Friday, September 27 and will include a fully catered BBQ lunch. This way, all members attending can enjoy themselves and not have to work cooking or serving this time around. The ship visit will secure at 1600. As with previous ship visits, base security will require you to provide information to grant base and ship access, so if you plan on participating in the ship visit and BBQ lunch on Friday, you MUST complete the registration form on our website in its entirety.
A few notes about the ship visit:
- Children will be allowed on the ship during the ship visit and BBQ, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, and no running or horseplay will be tolerated.
- Please be aware that stairs and ladders can be difficult for small children and some adults. Sandals and open-toed shoes do not work well on Navy ships, so wear appropriate close-toed shoes for the ship visit.
Friday evening, the plank owners will be invited to dinner at a local restaurant. Members from other eras are welcome to hold their own get-togethers as well. (Please note that this is an optional event for members and their families and is not covered by the reunion fee)
Saturday, we will host breakfast and hold our general meeting. During the meeting, we will review the minutes from the last board meeting, review membership, the association’s finances, discuss the state of the Association, answer questions, discuss and vote on any motions brought forward, and nominate and elect new board members. Although anyone can attend, please remember that you must be a contributing member of the Association in order to vote at the general meeting or to run for office.
After the general meeting has concluded, everyone is free to do what they like for the rest of the afternoon. Saturday evening, dinner will be served at the hotel. There are several choices for the meal. The registration form will list the menu choices and allow you to select yours as part of the process. After dinner, the grand prize raffle winner will be announced and other prizes may be awarded. Once dinner is complete, Association business is concluded.
We will have a variety of raffle prizes this year, including our grand prize. Tickets for the grand prize will be sold on the Association’s website in the ship’s store, as well as at the reunion. Tickets for other prizes will be available on-site at the reunion only.
I look forward to seeing you all there. It would be great to have a massive turnout at this reunion!
USS PAUL F. FOSTER ASSOCIATION