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November 3, 2014
Letter from the Presidents’ Desk
It’s been a little more than a month since our Branson, MO 2014 reunion. A lot of changes in leadership occurred, with newly elected President, Gayland Rushing, Vice President, Tommy Best, Secretary, Greg Newbold and Treasurer, Paul McGehee. The Branson reunion was deemed successful, with a few exceptions, which I intend to address later in this letter.
My intentions are to uphold and enforce where necessary, the Constitution and By-Laws of the USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association, with the help of your duly elected officers.
Communication should be of utmost importance to each and every one of us enjoying benefits within the “Connie Association”. A good slogan to remember is “if it is not good for the Association, then it is not good.” Please stay informed regarding the happenings of our wonderful ship’s final journey and our association by using online internet webpage, Facebook, email and StarScope. We have all these excellent communication tools available and excellent back ground support to keep them running.
I would like to commend and thank all the prior officers who served our wonderful “Connie Association” since 1993. They spent countless hours ensuring the sustainability of our association and for that we are forever grateful. We have always enjoyed exceptional leadership, since our association’s inception in March 1993 and that integrity will remain in place with our new leaders. I asked Berl Meyer (webmaster) to include on our internet home page “USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association”, the dates served and the offices fulfilled by name of all prior officers. These historical notes are important to our family and are now found on the internet home webpage (USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association) under “Association Leadership”. I encourage you to stay informed and keep me informed so that we may continue to prosper and grow the “Connie Family”.
As many of you remember, our Branson 2014 Memorial Service and the Executive Board Meeting times were greatly curtailed by the companies hosting the reunion and the Branson Belle excursion. It was through no fault of your Association this happened. As I understand it, these hosting companies have to run a tight ship in order to accommodate all the veterans/spouses requests and meetings. They actually book several events at the same time and prefer to do all services in a very generic manner. We were informed, by the Branson Belle just before our Memorial Service that we had fifteen minutes to complete our duties. I explained we have a very personal Memorial Service and it would take forty to forty five minutes to complete. I had no choice but to hastily present our service which was somewhat incomplete and for that I am eternally apologetic. Each deceased name should have been piped or a bell rung as a final salute to our family members who saw their last sunset. I propose that we complete this service, at the final voyage shipyard in Brownsville, TX sometime in December 2014 or January 2015, while as many “Connie” family members gather as possible to show respects to the fallen as well as our cherished ship.
That is all I have to report, for the moment, and I look forward to working for and with all officers, Executive Board members, committees, and members of our “Connie Family”. All members have an open door policy with me and may feel free to contact me, any time, with your concerns or suggestions.
Fair winds and smooth seas to all,
USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association
USS Constellation Was At Rest