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Email 4-FEB-2020

Class of 1985,

The 35th Reunion Registration has finally gone live. I suggest you save this email to a file or print it out as your guide for the 35th Reunion to avoid any confusion and your reference for your reunion experience. I am happy to answer questions, but feel the website does a good job of answering most I could anticipate. The registration link is:

https://signupnow.events/Default.aspx?OrgId=1033&eid=1050&OrgName=USNA1985

When you go the Home Page for our reunion you will be able to see the complete current schedule and other FAQ’s (we will update this site and our Class site as I get more information to share such as Menus and Shuttle Schedules, etc). To actually register, PLEASE select the “Classmate Register Now” tab and get yourself into the system. This is important to me for data collection and to secure your actual registration information for you own use. I ask that each classmate (this pertains to married classmates) register on your own and NOT as a couple. There is a place for name at graduation to be input and the name badges reflect your name and company at graduation as well as your current last name, plus your Lucky Bag photo. I am being sensitive to this issue and want to make sure all Classmates are recognized as such and not as “guests” of their Classmate spouse.
After you register, the best way to view the website for informational purposes is to log out and just view the schedule and other resources from the Home Page (Might I suggest a Bookmark?) The USNA 85 Website will also be used to disseminate quite a bit of reunion information going forward. This will include menus for the various events, Class of ’85 Apparel and other Class reunion items available for purchase. (I have a vendor who makes some really nice items such as Yeti Cups and other hand crafted items with our Class of ’85 logo on it.) I will also have some unique items to be given away in the Welcome Goodie Bags, but wanted to give you a full selection of apparel and other items for purchase at our Class store links. I think you’ll be pleased with what we will have to offer.
I need some volunteers as always. Here are my specific requests:
Decorating for the Class Kickoff Party/ Dinner and Tailgate
Collecting and organizing Class photos for a slide show at the Thursday Kickoff Party and Friday Class Dinner
Assisting with our registration table (I will hire staff for this, but will still need some volunteers on Thursday and Friday to augment our staffers)

The Friday Golf outing is unique this year in that classmate Frank Proctor has moved the Bianchi Memorial Golf outing to include it in our Reunion Weekend. This outing is an annual event to raise money for the Bianchi Families to honor these USNA Heroes (Classmate Kevin Bianchi and brother Bobby). I will provide shuttle transportation from Annapolis to the golf outing at the Bulle Rock Golf Club in Havre De Grace, Maryland. Outing registration will be at this site: https://www.bianchimemorialfund.org. You can also direct any questions to Frank Proctor at: fproctor@connorstrong.com. We are extremely happy to be able to include this event as part our reunion weekend.
Next, our Class does not have an official Company Representative Program in place and I want this reunion to be an opportunity to do put this program in place. So, I will ask that you get with your Company mates SOON on this and then contact our Class VP Steve Pimpo to coordinate this new initiative with the name of our company rep. Steve’s email is: sjpimpo@comcast.net. We are working to get this program in place prior the reunion and companies that do not reach out to us will hear from Steve to make this happen. This program will make my life easier having Company Reps as part of my team in the leadership of our Class and for individual companies to use as a resource in having their own events. We are entering that “Senior Graduate” distinction and this is a vital part of that role. THANKS in advance for stepping up. Once we have that list complete, I will publish it and have it on our Class of ’85 Website.
My final thoughts on this reunion planning phase coming to a close are this: I have said all along and in past reunions, this is not a “cheap” weekend, BUT, as you have come to find out from past experiences, it WILL BE quality from start to finish. Plus, this will help me fund our Class going forward for the next 5 years leading up to our 40th Reunion and beyond. For those of you who tailgate regularly or attend any travel events for our Class, you understand that ’85 has a reputation for Excellence in all we do. We support our Fallen Classmates and their families, we give back to the USNA Mission and we ALWAYS win the tailgate!! With an 11-2 record this year, we won a lot of games too. Quality reunion events are expensive, plain and simple, and I want you to know I commit to being a good steward of your hard earned dollars and provide a quality reunion weekend. IF, you have any suggestions about this reunion or something I can do better, PLEASE reach out! I am totally open to new and innovative ideas and always welcome help in doing something better. My email: robertsmith5@att.net. I prefer communications via email so I have a record of our conversation versus texting, texts are always welcome however. Please sign up as soon as you can, the early sign up window closes August 1, 2020 as does the cutoff for hotel registration; fees increase after August 1st. Also, PLEASE register for the the “free” events if you are going so we at least have a head count. Stay tuned to our Class of ’85 Website at: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. We will be updating that website and using it as our 35th Reunion HQ Website. I am excited to see all of you this Fall and to celebrate 35 years of amazing experiences after leaving the Boat School. See you in September. Go Navy!!

Cheers,
Bob Smith ’85

Email sent 9/5/2017

Class of ’85,

I am proud to announce that we are on track for a great tailgate this Saturday for the game against Tulane. The game kickoff is at 3:30 pm and the tailgate kicks off at 11:30 am. We are expecting at least a 100 people this Saturday and I have ordered catering from Bo Brooks for that many. We will have Beat Army Lager from the Chesapeake Brewing Co. on tap, wine and non-alcoholic beverages available. This will be the debut of our new Class of ’85 tent that many of you helped to fund. We will also unveil our new Class of ’85 tailgate trailer along with live TV at the tailgate for the first time.

I want to thank Frank Proctor, Marty Medve and several other classmates who are putting on a Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of fallen Classmate Kevin Bianchi this Friday. This is a charity event raising money for the Bianchi Family and for other military families who have lost a spouse/parent. Many of our 40 plus classmates participating in the golf tournament will be attending the tailgate this weekend and I ask you to thank them for all they have done in putting on this event. I have attached a flyer for this event for you to see what they have done and perhaps support this event. We stand by all our fallen classmates like Kevin and his family and always will; something ’85 takes pride and honor in doing.

Looking ahead, I have asked Dave and Carolyn Marquis to open up their Brewpub, The Chesapeake Brewing Company in Annapolis, the evening of October 20th from 6:00-9:00 pm so we can have an official Class of ’85 32nd Reunion party on Homecoming weekend. I will soon post a link for registering for this event on the class website and we will use that to get a count of those attending both the Friday night event and Saturday tailgate. I hope for a good turnout for this Friday evening event as well as for our catered tailgate the next day at the UCF game. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details as we get closer to that event. For now, come and join us this Saturday, please be generous in helping me support class tailgating by donating to the Class of ’85 tailgate fund donation box. Come ready to see Navy kick some Green Wave butt this weekend and Go Navy!!  Regards,  Bob Smith ’85

USNA ’85,

Good morning to those of you who woke up in Annapolis and those of you boarding airplanes and packing your cars and heading out the door to come and join the rest of us already in Annapolis. Over night hurricane Joaquin has taken a slower and more Easterly track and has taken Baltimore out of its sights for the weekend. The rain chances are 100% Friday, 70% Saturday and 50% Sunday…… We are putting up an 8000 Square Foot “super tent” and spreading Straw today to mitigate the water and wind we will see. We will essentially have a portable sports bar as I have added more TV’s and speakers indoors and we are changing on fly to accommodate indoor or under tent tailgating. As about 25 of us proved last night at Ram’s Head, all we need is a place and add classmates and it is suddenly MAGICAL! Wear appropriate clothes AND SHOES for dealing with soggy grass and ground! We are opening the registration desk today at NOON and our shuttle buses start running to take you to the newly remodeled Mid Store (I went, it is awesome and go ready to spend your kids college cash!) and other points around the Yard. Take NOTE: You will have to de-bus at Gate 1 and be screened before re-boarding an inside the Yard shuttle. Take an ID with you folks, it WILL be required. Bring or buy rain coats (they have some cool ones at the mid store) and a good umbrella and the party goes on. We LOVE the way our reunion hats and tee shirts have come out and are pleased to be selling our super cool “Beat Army Golden Lager” tee shirts and some extra class store items. There will be raffles at all events for look for our signs if you want to take a chance and win some cool stuff and bring extra cash to ALL EVENTS! (apparel, Army/Navy Tickets and some of the awesome Woodford Reserve Bottles with our Class Crest and 30th Reunion Tribute on it are just some of the items). (more…)

USNA ’85,

Greetings and Happy Labor Day weekend. As we kick off the Fall Navy Football and Class of ’85 Tailgate season at NMCMS this weekend against Colgate at our Class Kickoff tailgate, the excitement starts and the tradition continues. You can see information about our class tailgate on the class website: <a href=”http://1985.usnaclasses.com”>http://1985.usnaclasses.com</a>. Enjoy a GREAT tailgate for those of you attending. Skip McDonnell and crew will have the tailgate buzzing and please remember to bring a side dish and BYOB for drinks as we kick off the “new area” of Old School Tailgaters.
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Now let’s talk Reunion: We are officially in the IMPRESSIVE region for numbers of those attending; NICE WORK! Now, we still have some folks sitting on the sideline. Today is the final day to get your name printed on your reunion nametag as I must submit that list to my vendor for printing. We will have blanks and Sharpies so do not fret if you have to wait to commit. Today is also the cutoff for those of you who want to play golf in the Joint USNA ’85 and the USAFA Association of Graduates outing at Renditions Golf Course. A truly amazing outing and you can sign up today at: <a href=”http://golf.usafa.org/WashingtonDC”>http://golf.usafa.org/WashingtonDC</a>. If you have golf related questions, please email or call Danny Yurovich ’85: yurovich@msn.com or (717) 571-6260. For those you already signed up, you will need to drive yourself to the course or work with Dan on a carpool to the course. This is due to the early hour and the fact our golfers are too spread out to provide cost efficient bus transport. I have put that money into some fun gifts and prizes for the players.

 

For those of you who mentioned you needed babysitting and for those of you who need babysitting for the dinner on Friday, PLEASE contact me as I have babysitters and I have a conference room at the Westin Hotel we will turn into “Kids Paradise” on Friday evening with teenage daughters of fellow classmates staffing our room under the careful watch of hotel staff. I want to build my final list. We can plan babysitting to start at 1730 and lasting until 2200. Contact me about this if you need this service.

For those of you who have ordered our class apparel, I have received some VERY positive feedback. Thanks for ordering and I encourage the rest of you to get on our apparel site and do some shopping: <a href=”http://usna85.deco-apparel.com”>http://usna85.deco-apparel.com</a>. All our events continue to grow in number and scope. Encourage your classmates and company mates to get on board for this epic reunion. Volunteers for our registration desk are still being accepted, please contact me and I appreciate those of you who have stepped up to volunteer already and I will be assigning shift times soon starting Thursday at Noon and going until Friday at 1700. I have hired some full time staff to assist us at the Registration Desk as well. For our female Class of ’85 Classmates, Ashley Yetman and some others have organized a “Lady’s of ’85 Breakfast” at Preble Hall on Saturday Morning of the Reunion weekend at Preble Hall from 0900-1100. Please contact Ashley to join this group of female classmates reconnecting in honor of our 30th Reunion: aply@comcast.net
We have hired a photographer to be at our major events throughout the weekend and he will have a website to order downloadable prints or actual prints after the reunion weekend. We will do a special group shot at the Tailgate with a Drone (not a Raptor!); once again setting the standard for USNA Class Reunions. We have also obtained some graduation proofs and a video from the Library of Congress and will try and have individual prints from Graduation available through our photographer coming out of this
For those attending the Thursday Night party, we will be kicking off the first pints of the new: Beat Army Golden Lager and selling them for $4.85 per pint and raising money for Luke’s Flight Charity and Navy Athletics. We may have a few special guests (The Gorilla? Roger Staubach? Chesty Puller? Garcia himself?) to help roll this Beer out and we will be selling special Edition: Beat Army Golden Lager Apparel. This beer will be featured at other reunion events courtesy of Dave Marquis ’85 and his Chesapeake Brewing Company. For those of you in town Wednesday, we are announcing a “Pre-Pre kickoff” Happy Hour and Pub Crawl starting at Ramshead Tavern at 1700, if you happen to be in town or live there, come and join me and my host for that evening: Mike “Pig” Vance as we get the reunion rolling.

 

Okay ’85….. we are 26 days and counting to the Naval Academy’s GREATEST EVER Reunion and our 30th Reunion. Email, text or call with questions, comments or needs.

Regards and Go Navy, Beat the Colgate Raiders!

 

Bob Smith ’85

 

P.S. Steve Pimpo is still taking information for the Class Briefing notes at: sjpimpo@comcast.netWe are also looking for corporate partners to help us raise money for our Class of ’85 Charities. I am proud to announce Peter Martino ’85 and his business Annapolis Teas has recently joined us as a major sponsor.