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Email blast Nov 5, 2015

Greetings Classmates,

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your Fall Activities post reunion. My wife and I really enjoyed our post reunion vacation and it is time to refocus on upcoming events. First of all, we are planning to have a USNA ’85 tailgate at the Army/Navy Game in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 12th with a 3:00 pm kickoff (1500 for some of us). To make this work, I will need to get a fairly accurate count of who is attending and who would be interested in a “pay at the door” tailgate outside Lincoln Financial Field prior to the game. Local Classmate, Frank Proctor, and I are working together on a plan of having a catered event inside heated tents in the parking lot prior the game. With a nice food menu and beer and wine from Dave and Carolyn Marquis of Chesapeake Brewing Company, we are looking at about $50 per person collected at the door. So…. if you are going or think you may be going. PLEASE go to our USNA ’85 Website http://1985.usnaclasses.net and fill out the survey (click here)  that you are attending or interested. Once we have a number, we can more accurately plan for this or see if this is even possible financially. We need about 100 people as a minimum to make this a reality, so PLEASE let us know so we can better plan our event. For those of you in need of tickets, I cannot help you. I might suggest StubHub or a local broker.

Next, we are in the early stages of planning a Class of ’85 weekend in Jacksonville, FL for the Navy v. Notre Dame game on November 5, 2016. We are in talks with the Marriott TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL (the beach in Jacksonville) for a block of rooms at a group rate and would have plans for a golf outing, shopping trip to St. Augustine and Spa Day at the Marrriott just to name a few. Class events on Thursday the 3rd, on Friday the 4th and a Class Tailgate in a spot we have rented that is only 2 blocks from EverBank Stadium. We would do busses from the Marriott to and from the tailgate and game. As we did in Dublin a few years ago, Class of ’85 will have a great weekend plan in place and it would an amazing weekend for those attending. I am working with NAAA for a block of tickets to the game so we can sit together as a class. Now, I need the Class of ’85 to tell me you are coming or at least interested. We also have a survey link (click here) on our class website (see above) for you to tell me you want us to plan for a USNA ’85 weekend in Jacksonville for the game. The reunion was GREAT and for those of you who went to Dublin back in 2012, you know how much fun that was. I am “building” us a great weekend, I just need you to come!

I will soon be putting out some post reunion information (how to order photos and obtain tee shirts and hats), so PLEASE be looking for that and bookmark our class website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. as your resource for all things USNA ’85.

So, let us know if you are coming to Army/Navy and if you are interested in coming to Jacksonville next November for an AMAZING weekend and a victory over Notre Dame. As always, feel free to contact me with questions or comments: 502-432-6185. We will have a catered tailgate at the last Navy home game vs. SMU on November 14th courtesy of Chesapeake Brewing Company. Check the class website for more info on that game.

Regards and BEAT MEMPHIS and ARMY!!  Bob Smith ’85

PLEASE NOTE:  Don’t forget to fill out the 30th Reunion Survey here!  We want to hear from you!

A few announcements and reminders to pass on to everyone.  Please take the time to read these and respond to the surveys for Navy-Notre Dame 2016 in Jacksonville, FL and the 30th Reunion.


Interested in attending Navy-Notre Dame next year to be played November 5, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL? Please respond here.

We are interested in any and all feedback from you regarding the reunion.  Your feedback will help us in providing even better events! All responses will be kept confidential.  The survey is located here.

Apparel and Photos

Please check out the Gouge and Gedunk page for information on ordering class apparel and reunion photos.

Rick Cambell’s Books

As a reminder, Rick is donating royalties from his books purchased by classmates in the past and future. These proceeds go into our class fund supporting the spouses of our fallen classmates to attend reunions.  We can get some of that information from Facebook, but it would be greatly appreciated if you can send a short note to Angela Orlando with the book title, format, and where purchased so we can keep track.  Put a note on your calendar that the next novel, Ice Station Nautilis, will be available in mid-May 2016!

Now that our 30th Reunion is a few weeks behind us, we hope that everyone has had time to process and reflect on reconnecting with classmates both those that you knew since I-Day and those whom you just connected with.

We ask you that you please take the time to fill out the below survey on the reunion.  Please be very frank with your comments as they will be held in confidence.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Angela Orlando.  Thank you very much in advance!