W. Spencer Johnson
President, USNA Class of 1963
1604 Trawler Lane
Annapolis, Maryland, 21409
All the planning pieces for our forty-fifth reunion are now in place and we are ready for your arrival and check in at what promises to be a great reunion. Have a safe trip to Annapolis and a great time while you are here.
Thursday afternoon features a three hour Chesapeake Bay cruise aboard the Catherine Marie departing from the Annapolis Dock area downtown. A cheese and fruit spread will be set up onboard along with cash bars for drinks as desired. Remember to bring cash for the drinks since they are not accepting credit cards on board.
Also Thursday afternoon there will be a class golf tournament at the Naval Academy Golf Course at the Naval Station across the Severn River. The cost of play includes green fees, a golf cart, prizes and refreshments. A bus will depart the country Inns and Suites for the golf course at 1100 and return at 1800.
On Friday morning at 1000 we will hold our memorial service in the main Chapel, followed by a class meeting at 1330 in the Mahan Hall auditorium and an address by the current Superintendent. At 1600 the Brigade takes the parade ground for a dress parade.
Our Friday night soiree will be held in the beautiful N Star rooms at the Navy-Marine corps Stadium from 1900-2300. This will feature food stations from "the Seven Seas", beer and wine included, and a cash bar. The Baltimore catering firm of BoBrooks will present a superb selection of offerings from around the world that more than symbolizes our having been "scattered far and wide" since graduation. The facilities allow us to wander around during the course of the evening rather than being anchored in one spot so that we can greet and see as many classmates as possible during the evening. Beer, soft drinks and wine included. Cash bar for other beverages. Please bring cash as needed. Dress is business casual: slacks, jacket, tie if desired but not required: ladies pants outfits or dresses as desired.
On Saturday we will attend a class tailgate and the Navy-Holy Cross baseball game, a double header, the first game beginning at noon, using the new facilities at Bishop Stadium and Terwilliger Field. We will work on reconstituting the 1963 baseball team and afford them pre-game recognition. The theme for the tailgate will be "Take Me out to the Ballgame".
Our reunion schedule stands as follows:
1000 Check-in commences
Country Inn and Suites Annapolis,
2600 Housley Road
1200 Class Golf Tournament USNA Golf Course
Bus departs from Country Inns and Suites at 1100
Returning at 1800
1400-1700 Chesapeake Bay Cruise aboard the Catherine Marie
Departs City Dock, Annapolis
Vegetable, Cheese, Fruit, Crackers
1830-2130 Dinner Cruise for Sixth Battalion aboard
the Catherine Marie
Evening Free for Company Arranged Events
0800 Registration Continues at Alumni Hall USNA
1000 Class Memorial Service
1100-1330 Tour of Center of Academic Excellence Center
Nimitz Hall (library) lower level
1330 Class Meeting
Mahan Hall Auditorium
Address by the Superintendent
1600 Dress Parade
1900 Jewish Worship Services
1900-2300 Class Soiree
N Star Rooms Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
Food from the Seven Seas
1100-1600 "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
Terwilliger Brothers Field
1200 Navy-Holy Cross Baseball Game
1600 Second Game of the Navy-Holy Cross Double Header
1800 Evening Free for Company Planned Events
Chapel Services as Desired
0900 Catholic Mass
1130 in St Andrew’s Chapel
1100 Protestant Services
0830 in St Andrew’s Chapel
Brunch as arranged by individuals
1200 Forty-fifth Reunion Adjourns
Access to the Naval Academy. Parking on the Yard is extremely limited. Cars with DOD decals are admitted through the gates (Gate 1 or gate 8 only). Cars with handicap licenses or markers are also admitted. Only a few parking passes will be issued by the authorities for use by reunion attendees. Plan to use the bus transportation that will be provided. Please remember that all persons entering the Naval Academy grounds must have a photo ID (DoD ID card, driver's license, passport, etc) to present to the sentries, even if on the buses. Failure to present a photo ID may result in not being allowed to access the grounds. Ensure that you have one in your pocket or purse.
Stuff After conferring with a number of wives and classmates, their strong opinion was that we don't need more mementos or stuff to commemorate the reunion—not even a bag. With this in mind, you will find bags, clothing, hats, and everything else you may want on a reunion website at wwwUSNA.com/shop or www.navyalumnistore.com. Additionally, there will be a link posted on the registration web page when it is put up. If you do not see something there, check out the wider range of merchandise available at the Alumni Store link. If that does not meet your needs, let me know what you are looking for and we will try to find a purveyor for it. You can have any item embroidered with the class crest in blue, gold or multi-colored thread, and add any names, monograms, etc that you may want. Any item purchased through the Alumni Association results in a ten percent contribution of the purchase price to our class fund. Additionally, a purveyor will be at our headquarters site to sell items that you may not have ordered in advance and would like to have. A local outfitter will be on-site at registration for last minute items that may catch your eye of fill a need.
Two items will be received by all attendees. The first is a handsome nametag and lanyard for wear. The second is a bronze coin issued to each classmate that will have our class crest prominently displayed on one side and the Naval Academy seal on the other. This is the same coin that our class will present to the newly inducted members of the class of 2013 as their "honor" coin during their plebe summer as part of our "Link in the Chain" responsibilities for the class that follows us by fifty years. It is intended that on graduation day for the class of 2013, in addition to presenting the newly commissioned officers with their gold bars of rank, we will give them another coin that is identical except for their class crest replacing ours, symbolizing the passing of the torch from our class to theirs
Midshipman's Store Hours are limited. The Midshipman's Store is open from 0730-1630 on weekdays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the Academy specific items that can be found in the Midshipman’s Store can also be found on-line at the Alumni Store and at the Visitor’s Center in the Harmel-Leftwich building adjacent to the field house. The Visitors center is open on Saturday and Sunday as well as during the week and also offers guided walking tours of the Yard. Presentation of an Alumni Association or Naval Academy Athletic Association membership card at the Visitors Center at time of purchase will give you an additional 10% discount. All proceeds benefit the Brigade of Midshipmen