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Class of ’75 Goes to Navy/Notre Dame in Dublin, 2020

Posted: 2/4/2019
From Chuck “GQ” Geyer  (sent by email on 03FEB2019)

Hello Classmates!                                                                                         

Mark your calendars: The Aer Lingus College Football Classic, 2020.

Dates: Thursday, August 27-Monday, August 31
As some of you may know, in 2012 I put together an alternative to Anthony Travel’s official package to Ireland for the Navy vs Notre Dame game in Dublin. We had 32 Flowerchild couples occupy a manor house outside Dublin with activities that included local area tours, a golf outing, Flowerchild dinners, a “Tailgate” and, of course, a blocked Flowerchild seating area for the game.
For 2020 I’ve again returned to Tenon Tours to put together a similar package. In classic fashion, they have met and exceeded my expectations! This time, our headquarters hotel will be the Herbert Park Hotel  a four star hotel about 10 minutes walking distance from Aviva Stadium. It actually offers a great venue in a convenient location at a very competitive price. In fact, price wise, our four day package is now less than the three day basic package offered by Anthony Travel with even more perks! As you read on, I think that you’ll agree: the biggest perk of all is the incredible flexibility and customer service that Tenon Tours offers. We currently have 80 rooms blocked, so there is a good chance that we may have a hotel brimming with Flowerchildren!
Here is a link to the Tenon Tours website to enable registration and deposit submission. I know that there will be questions that the website may not answer. As such, I’ve prepared some “Gouge” to assist with your decision making process as you make your official reservations. PLEASE READ THE GOUGE! If you have any other questions that even the Gouge fails to answer, please feel free to send me an email.
GOUGE!
 
1. Tenon Tours is offering a $100 per person early registration discount. This discount is good until midnight on Friday, February 15.
2. There are approximately 80 rooms available at the Herbert Park Hotel  Because of the outstanding location of the hotel and the packages available, there is a potential for these rooms to sell out quickly. If you have decided to attend the Aer Lingus College Football Classic with the Class of ’75, strongly consider reserving your package as soon as possible.
3. How to Reserve: This is a big one, as there are MANY pre/post weekend tour options available (see the Choose Your Package” drop-down menu on the Tenon Tour main reservation page). I asked Tenon Tours to build in a lot of flexibility for us, as most, if not all, will want to explore Ireland as part of the visit. That said, you may not have decided on your follow-on tour plans yet. Strong Suggestion: If you are sure that you will be attending the Aer Lingus College Football Classic with Tenon Tours, but unsure of your pre and/or post weekend activities, book the basic Dublin-Only four day package now (to take advantage of the early registration perk), and modify your additional tour plans later. 
4. Custom Tour Option: This is a great perk! Many may be traveling with friends/family/company-mates and will be using the Ireland trip as an opportunity to reunite and spend more time together. As such, I’ve asked Tenon to assign a “Custom Tour Representative” to assist with planning and executing custom plans for groups. The perfect group size would consist of 6-8 couples from a transportation and cost perspective, but ANY custom tour can be planned for ANY group size. How to do this:
* Individually sign up for the basic Dublin-Only four day package (everyone on the prospective group tour).
* Coordinate/communicate with friends/family/company-mates to decide who wants to travel together and where/when.
* Have a single group representative speak directly with the Tenon Tours Custom Tour Representative to personally design your tour.
* Additional custom tour attendees contact the Tenon Tours Custom Tour Representative to add your name(s).
5. You may notice a line item on the Tenon Tours introduction page about additional day tours and events being TBA. In the months to come, I’ll be working with Tenon Tours to arrange optional day tours, dinner venues and perhaps even a Golf outing. I’ll be on a Recon Mission sometime this March to scout out options.
6. Early Arrival: Seriously consider arriving at the Herbert Hotel on Wednesday, August 26. I asked Tenon Tours to include this option, as activities begin on Thursday and you might not want “Jet Lag” to get in the way of a fun time. We may still party like Flowerchildren, but we’re not 18 anymore! Also, I may be planning some optional activities on Thursday (with a relaxed wakeup time) to set the stage for the evening.
7. Travel Insurance: Tenon Tours does offer travel insurance. Upon submission of your deposit, you will receive a confirmation email that will include the option for travel insurance.
There will be more to come in the months ahead. As always, if there are any questions, feel free to contact me atcegeyer@gmail.com.
Beat Notre Dame 2020!
GQ



Posted: 3/5/2017

From the class Prez  (sent by email on 01MAR2017)

75, I think we are up and running with our communications. Our company reps are having great success with contacting their company mates.

Test 1: did you receive this email from me directly and from your company rep? If so, then the system is working. If you only received it from me, then you need to contact your company rep (listed at the end of this email). If you only received it from your company rep, then you need to go into USNA.com and update your Alumni Association contact information. (a reminder: you can opt out of all Alumni Association mail but still allow me to contact you via the class presidents email. so, don’t be afraid to log on and set up your account)

The purpose of this email is to survey the class regarding the next reunion.

Please Note: Respond to your company reps with your input to the survey. Please DO NOT, respond to my email with your responses. The company reps will collate the inputs from the 20 or so members of the company. That will be easier than my receiving 1300 emails from the class. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you, it just means I don’t want to collate 1300 surveys. Only input from the company reps will be counted.

USNA 75 45th Reunion Survey:

1.  What did you like most about the 40th?

2.  What didn’t you like about the 40th  (weather notwithstanding)?

3.  Was the cost (not including individual transportation) too great for the experience/opportunities for comradery delivered? Too little? About right?

4.  How important is it to you to have the 45th in Annapolis (scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being extremely important)?

5.  If not Annapolis, where would you suggest (lower 48 please)?  Also, consider that proximity to a larger metropolitan locations eases travel arrangements.

6.  How important is it to you to have the 45th on a football weekend? (scale of 1 to 5)

7.  Would you be receptive to a reunion in the fall on a non-football weekend?

8.  Would you consider a reunion at USNA during a major away game? This would allow us to watch the game in the N* room without purchasing a ticket to enter the stadium. It would also allow us to set a date farther in advance. Now that we are in a conference, the schedule is not set until January of the same year. The Air Force game is away during our 45th, but it is already scheduled.

9.  Would you be receptive to a reunion in the spring?

10. Would you like a spring reunion during a spring sport weekend? We often have off year reunions during a spring sports.

i. Lacrosse       ii.  Baseball

11. What events would you like to see repeated during the 45th reunion?

i.  Crab Feast         ii. Golf tournament       iii. Formal Dinner                iv. Dancing

v. Informal BBQ     vi. Farewell Brunch      vii. Company event time

12. Which (if any) of the above events did you feel were not worth the effort or was the most unsatisfactory?

13. Would you prefer a more expensive hotel that is located within walking distance of downtown Annapolis?

14. Would you prefer a less expensive hotel farther out and utilize busses for transportation.

15. Are you interested in a standard giveaway?

16. Would you prefer more Class Crest items to purchase?

17. Would you be interested in a class crest for your blue blazer?

18.  Which committee would you consider joining to improve the overall experience/enjoyment of the    45th Reunion.  Volunteers from afar are welcomed!

19.  Other items or comments…of a constructive nature:

Thank you for participating in the survey and we value your input. 

Regards,       Chris “Chick” Cikanovich


Reminder about class photos

Posted: 2/18/2016

The following info can always be found at the Photos link —

Photos from class activities can be found at the class SmugMug site.  Whenever you are prompted for a password, use the nickname given to the class by the ‘Dant (all lower case, no space).

My beautiful picture

Photos taken by the professional photographer at the Reunion activities and available for purchase can be found at  https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-xSwpQz/ 


AMP – Alumni Mentoring Program

From Class President Chris Cikanovich —

Dear Classmates:  The USNA Class of ’69 has helped find a solution to a need for mentoring support in the Fleet.   We get a lot of help in identifying problems, but it’s rare to have a group come with a solution, and the funding tail to help solve the problem.  We are very fortunate to have this help from the Class of ’69.  This program, while still relatively new – has yielded some very positive results.  We have over a thousand alumni involved and growing.  The Superintendent has permitted the introduction of this program to our graduating First Class – now that their service selections have been made.  These relationships will be very beneficial in answering questions that our newly graduating 0-1’s will have.

The program is there for our young Officer’s to get help, and for our more experienced Officer’s to give back – by enrolling as Mentors to help get valuable information and shared experiences to our Alumni across the country.

This attachment is an example of what Hampton Roads provided to their membership.

I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to help a young midshipman or junior officer develop their career with the guidance and wisdom from the best Class of ’75.

Regards,

Chris “Chick” Cikanovich

AlumniMentoringProgram.pdf


Carl June selected for Distinguished Graduate Award

From Class President Chris Cikanovich:

Dear Class of ’75,  I am extremely proud to announce that Carl June has been selected as one of three names of the U.S. Naval Academy alumni who were chosen by the Naval Academy Alumni Association as the 2016 recipients of theDistinguished Graduate Award. The announcement from ths Alumni Association follows:

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Captain Carl H. June ’75, USN (Ret.), the Richard W. Vague Professor of Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. After graduating from the Academy, Dr. June earned his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine.  Embarking on a career in medical research, Dr. June held appointments with the Naval Medical Research Institute/Office of Naval Research, Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Uniformed Services University before establishing his lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He has made significant contributions to improving treatments for cancer and is best known for his revolutionary approach to gene therapy for leukemia, one The New York Times called “a turning point in the long struggle to develop effective gene therapies against cancer.”

Each year, we honor distinguished graduates because of their demonstrated and unselfish commitment to a lifetime of service, their personal character and the significant contributions they have made to the Navy and Marine Corps or as leaders in industry or government. The 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, 1 April. We will provide additional background on our newest Distinguished Graduates inShipmateWaveTops and our website in the near future.

In addition to Carl, the other individuals chosen for 2016 are: The Honorable John H. Dalton ’64-70th Secretary of the Navy and Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn ’51 Former DCNO Air.

Please visit the following the Alumi Association website for details: http://www.usna.com/page.aspx?pid=856

As details become available for the award ceremony on 1 April 2016, we will pass them along.  I hope that we can fill Alumni Hall with a strong showing from the Class of ’75 for our classmate: Dr. Carl June.

All the best,

Chris “Chick” Cikanovich