Volume XXII, Issue 29 Official Newsletter of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association July 2010
I am looking forward to serving as President for the year 2010-11.
One of the first things the officers want to accomplish this year is to recruit new members. I have reviewed the roster which includes the names of many former shipmates who are not active members of our association at the present time. I also checked the names of former Sperry crewmen that are shown on the Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry, many of whom have not joined our association. I have asked Vice President Jess Mayberry to assist in developing a program for recruiting those shipmates who are not members of the Sperry association. Contacts will be made by e-mail, regular mail, telephone calls or personal contacts. Our goal is 20 new members this year.
Each of the shipmates contacted will be encouraged to join the association and become eligible to attend the annual reunions where they will meet former Sperry shipmates, make new acquaintances, display souvenirs, photos and other memorabilia. They will also receive the SIX GUN newsletter and may submit stories, photos, and/or cartoons for the newsletter. Along with the newsletter, we will provide a notice for each shipmate to submit for publication in the Public Service Announcement section of their local newspaper.
Another step we need to take is to stay in contact with members after they join the association. Too often, a shipmate puts his name on the roster, then fails to stay active for various reasons, and we lose track. We want our members to keep in contact so they don't feel they are forgotten.
We will keep members informed of our progress in recruiting. Let us know if you have any suggestions.
Past President's Message:
Fran and I were unable to attend the reunion in
After many tests she was diagnosed with acid reflux which can have very similar symptoms as a heart attack. With the proper medications the condition is under control. Fran and I thank all of you for your concerns and prayers for her health.
As past president I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and encouragement the past two years. I ask that you continue to support the new board and I encourage you if you have any ideas to make their job easier please share those ideas with them. The board needs our support now more than ever to make the association stronger and run smoother. We have a great association and with new ideas and cooperation we can make it better than ever.
May all of you experience good health in the coming year.
We are in the process of auditing the financial records. We will publish the results when the audit is completed.
Attendees began arriving early for the fun and festivities. Everyone was excited to reconnect. Funny how fast a year can pass. It was great having six new members attend this year. They were Robert Logan, Robert Dykes, David Ripley, Ron LaPlaca, Michael Wallace, and Harry Strobel. It was great meeting the first timers.
All who took the tour of the USS Yorktown had a good time. It was unfortunate that the a tour of the USS Laffey DD 724 was not possible. The ship had been repaired and for security reasons no one was allowed aboard.
The General Business Meeting was held and officers were elected. The
banquet was outstanding as always.
Shipmates were presented with a memory book put together by Barbara
Jennings in honor of the 20th anniversary of the association. Widows Audrey Wilhite, Ruth Mueller and
Adaria Smith were presented with a red rose in memory of Roy Wilhite, Roger
Mueller and Adaria Smith by
The evening was capped off with shipmates visiting and remembering the
"good ole days" and making plans to meet in
the Executive Board Meeting in
Tyson Bordelon (47-51) is under the weather and would
love to hear from you. Correspondence
can be mailed to him at 406 Chickasaw,
William Smaleck (48-50)
had knee surgery and is getting around slowly.
His wife Elaine
had heart valve and by-pass surgery on June 23. Bill reported Elaine was doing
great. His knees were not so great. They
would love to hear from you. Their
(44-46) is hanging in and
hopes to be at the reunion in
Frank D. Sullivan (54-56) called to say that while he was
aboard the Sperry he was a member of the fleet basketball team that played
against several military teams, including Navy, Marines, and Air Force all
along the East Coast. In 1955 the team
won the championship. He also stated
that a nice plaque was given to team members.
He would like to hear from Sperry crewmen who were aboard at the time if
they know about the plaque and its location.
His phone is 301-422-3508; address is
Gone But Not Forgotten
Shipmate Benham sailed through life meeting his share of calms, storms, adverse tides, and favoring winds. His ship of life has now come to its final anchorage in a harbor unknown to mortal man.
We who remain do not know the course to steer and we believe our shipmates setting their course by those beacons that were given to them have found his harbor safely.
To those loved ones who our departed shipmates have left behind, awaiting their own day of departure and voyage to that same harbor of eternal mercy, we can offer our sincere condolences in this time of separation and loneliness.
REUNION 2011 Save the date April
28 - May 1, 2011
Save the date
April 28 - May 1, 2011
Whether you come for the history, the education, the water, or
the hospitality, there is always something to enjoy in
Host hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel.
WE HAD WINNERS
Ship Clock was won by Mary Ann Barrows
50/50 - Won by first time attendee, David Ripley in the amount of $83.50
Surprise Package was won by Charlie Meyers
Metal Weather Vane was won by Bernie Donegan
The Surprise Package in the auction was won by
Bernie Donegan for $700
The Path to a Dream
(or the road to success)
The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices
and lined with determination.
And though it has many stumbling blocks
along the way
And many go in more than one direction,
it is marked with faith.
It is traveled by belief and courage,
persistence and hard work.
It is conquered with a willingness
to face challenges and take chances,
to fail and to try again and again.
Along the way, you may have to confront
doubts, setbacks, and unfairness.
But when the path comes to an end,
you will find that there is no greater joy
than making your dream come true.
B. W. Jennings
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