Vol XVI† Issue 24††††††††† Official Newsletter of the USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) Association†††††††† October† 2008
Greetings from the President:
I hope this finds everyone doing well.† Summer certainly went fast.† Your officers and I are working closely together to update the website, the honor roll, roster and having another outstanding reunion.
Please keep us informed on how you are doing.
wishes for a fabulous fall.† See you in
I N S I D E
Presidentís Greeting††††† 1
Hotel & Bus Tour†††††††††† 2††††††††††††††††† ††††
Member Updates†††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Treasurerís Report††††††† 3
Website Update††††††††††† 4
Anchor Aweigh††††††††††††† 4
Weíll be staying at
the Best Western Academy
Hotel located at
For members arriving via RV, a KOA Campground is located nearby.† RVís and campers may be parked at the hotel by members who have room reservations.†
Members who arrive early or stay
after the reunion will enjoy the many beautiful scenic and historic attractions
the area has to offer, such as Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo,
BUS TOUR ††††
The bus will leave about 9:00
a.m. Friday morning for a tour of the
Hotel reservation forms, reunion registration forms, daily schedules and other information related to the reunion will be included in the January 2009 newsletter.
Blair Rougeux advised that
Ernest and Billie Psencik want to thank everyone for the cards and calls they received after Hurricane Ike. They are doing fine.† They miss not being able to attend the reunions.
from Audrey Wilhite
Bob and I wish to thank the many shipmates who offered a safe haven during a scary time with Hurricane Ike.† We lost a few tree limbs and part of a fence.† Thank you for caring.† Many were not so lucky.
3rd Quarter Audit
Beginning Balance as of July 1, 2008†††††††††††††† $6583.27
†††††††††††††† Deposit (Cookbook sales)††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††63.00
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††$6646.37
†††††††††††††† Office Depot (Envelopes)†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††21.95
†††††††††††††† Postage (Newsletter, etc.)†††††††††††††††††††† †††126.15
†††††††††††††† Shipping (Cookbooks)††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 16.52
†††††††††††††† Trophies, etc.††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††68.74
†††††††††††††† Bank fee††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††††††††36.00††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sub Total †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††269.36
Ending Balance: September 28, 2008†††††††††††† $ 6376.91
Your help is needed!
All members are encouraged to submit articles, stories or cartoons for publication in the newsletters.† Send them to:†† Barbara Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Website Update†††††††††††††††††††††† At the Harrisburg Reunion, President Cal Dyk appointed Gary Chesser as the new Web Master for the association.† †
We still have cookbooks for sale.† Contact Edie Loewen to purchase one.† They make great birthday and Christmas gifts.
Meaning:† Preparation for getting underway, especially of a ship.
Origin:† There is some doubt in the public mind as to how this phrase should be spelled. Internet searches for 'anchors away' bring up many thousands of hits. The correct spelling is 'anchors aweigh'. As with other frequently seen misspellings, like 'baited breath' and 'just desserts', the 'away' version does make some intuitive sense. The supposed shout of 'anchors away' fits well with the image of ropes being cast off and the anchor being hoisted as a ship prepares to sail away across the sea. The word 'aweigh' or, as it was originally spelled 'a-weigh', is now only used in this little phrase. An anchor that is aweigh is one that has just begun to put weight onto the rope or chain by which it is being hauled up. 'A-weigh' is synonymous with the old and now defunct terms 'a-peak' and 'a-trip'. 'A-peak' was the Anglicized version of the French 'a pic', i.e. vertical. It is easy to see why the French chose the word vertical to describe an anchor which was being hauled onboard ship. 'A-trip' just meant 'about to be underway', i.e. 'on a trip'. This wasn't only reserved for anchors; 'a-trip' was a general sailing term that was used for anything that was about to begin.
President†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Vice President††††††††††††††††††† †††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††