USS Perry 3rd Annual Reunion
This link http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/ will direct you over 10,000 online newspapers where you may possibly enter a Perry Reunion notification. Upon placing a Newspaper ad please let Will Pruett know so we may add you to our distinguished list of Crew Chiefs permanently posted on our web site.
Shipmates can also be found among various Navy web sites where personal or reunion information may be posted. Most recently, a friend told me about www.classmates.com where a surprising number of Perry shipmates were registered on their Military web page section. Will Pruett is now making these shipmates aware of our web site and requesting them to sign our Ships Log.
Please, when registering at a Military web site, look for fellow Perry shipmates who are not registered with our Perry Association and make them aware of www.ussperry.com.
Can anyone estimate the total number of different shipmates
who served aboard the USS Perry DD844
Frank Pogue, DMS-17.
Received the following letter from Frank yesterday. Ken Chambers and Frank Pogue have worked on getting the DMS-17 folks together before our 1st reunion. Frank,. is the liaison to all 40 of the DMS-17 survivors and writes them when he can, at least annually. As he writes, he will give them my email address so they may respond directly with our Association. Their email addresses will be shared with Steve, Martin and Joe to be included into our database.
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Add any link of interest for your shipmates to enjoy. Im amazed to see the many new LINKS added to our web site. I hope they were entered by our shipmates. If not, we may have to delete some of them. Just curious, please let me know if you used the add link function. firstname.lastname@example.org
Since our reunion your Board has been fast at work following up the suggestion of our Association Members. At the reunion we were requested to look into the feasibility of building a model ship of the Perry to display at our Reunions. At that moment it sounded like a good idea. However, further examination with several model ship builders including one of our own, Captain Peter Watson, discouraged the idea. Beyond the $2,000+ price tag to construct the model, transportation and storage presented insurmountable problems.
A question, what
to do with our $2,000 surplus? First, to those of you unable
to attend Reunion 2001 let me explain how we acquired the surplus.
At our business meeting, our Treasurer, Joe Malmendier, was busy
drafting checks to return the monies of the Mayport tour, which
was cancelled due to the events of 911. Im sorry to say
I dont recall the name, but the beautiful wife of one of
our shipmates offered her refund back to the Association. Everyone
immediately followed her example and thats how we acquired
the $2,000 surplus. It is my belief that the Perry is not in
the business of building cash reserves. The monies collected
from dues and other contributions are to be used for building
and managing our Association and for Naval related charities.
At the end of a Reunion Cycle we should have only a minimal reserves
for ongoing expenses.
We soon agreed to disburse our surplus as follows; A contribution of $250 to the Tin Can Sailors Destroyer Museum. In lieu of building the model ship, we will purchase a ships bell, boatswain pipe and a Perry banner to display at our next meeting. Our surplus funds will also be used to fund some functions at our next reunion. Its not cast in stone, but at this moment thinking leans toward funding the hospitality suite and having music at our next reunion. With everyone decked out in their Sunday best, you could sense the energy in the air for a continuance of our Banquet social affair.
Also, whatever we can do to reduce the cost of the reunion should make attending the reunion a bit easier for many of our shipmates. This somewhat follows Bushs thinking on taxes, "we got the $ from the people so lets give it back to the people". If you have other ideas please share them with us.
Location to be announced
Plans for our 3rd reunion are underway. We understand the need to plan ahead and will provide the exact date as soon as we establish the actual reunion date and location.
Thus far we have only received formal reunion information from Ray Reiner presenting Baltimore, MD as his choice. We have spoken to Mike Vanderschaaf who is preparing his formal package on Las Vegas. Other suggestions at our last reunion were for Pensacola, FL, Reno, NV, Newport, RI Biloxi, MI and Annapolis, MD. Where are you guys, were waiting?
It seems like our Jacksonville reunion was held just the other day and before you know it April 2003 will be upon us. Start planning now. A year is just a short time away. If you were unable to attend last years reunion be sure to make this one. Talk to anyone who attended our reunions, they were outstanding events.
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Do we have anyone in the banner business? Is anyone in the ad agency business? How about an artist or designer. We are looking for a volunteer to design a Perry Reunion Banner to be permanently displayed at our reunions. For starters here is a proto type banner we can improve upon. We need your help, please send an email to. firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
At our last reunion one of our shipmates proudly displayed his USS Perry Zippo cigarette lighter. It sure was impressive to see the lighter still working. At that moment, if we could, we would have been down to SK3 Will Pruetts ships store and purchased a lighter. Well now it can be purchased from the Zippo Company for between $10 - $15 depending on type and design. Even for non-smokers it is a wonderful memorabilia piece. A minimum order of 50 is required for Zippo to manufacture a custom lighter. Sine we must provide the artwork of our crest it would be helpful if current owners of the lighter would send us a photo of their lighter to be replicated by Zippo. If you might be interested in purchasing a Perry Zippo please send an email to email@example.com and indicate ZIPPO INTEREST.
If we have sufficient interest we will design our crest and select the lighter type such as Brush Brass, Ivory, Black Ice, Satin Chrome etc.
The New Jersey Bull Session was held Saturday, March 24, 2001 at the Holiday Inn, Jamesburg, NJ. As a New Jersey boy I always attend this great function. However, due to a personal family emergency I was unable to attend this event. As usual I understand it was a lot of fun and dinner was exceptionally good. We always have a good Perry turnout. Im also glad to say that my wheel chair bound friend Cdr. Barry Cruikshank of the USS R.B. Anderson DD786 was able to find another chauffer to get him to the event.
45 Bill Beyhl JGBWFB@webtv.net
Email is the most effective method of communication for a membership association. It also is the least expensive. When a shipmate fails to inform us of his email change he will only receive less frequent correspondence from our Association. I humbly request our Crew Chiefs or any one else to contact these 8 shipmates for their email addresses. They originally had good email addresses but were returned undeliverable from our last email correspondence. Please pick a name and contact the shipmate. He will be more than pleased to hear from you. Thanks!
Aubrey Keith King