USMA '57 Executive Board
19 March 2019
Telephone Conference Called for 1400 hours EDT, Tuesday, 19
Attending: Bill Ray, Jack Farris, Fred Koehler, Max Kovel, Pat
Don Sadler, Fred Smith, John Ramsden
Absent: Bob Gadd, Bill Golden, Jack Block, Dick Mollicone, Dave Schorr
Meeting called to order via phone conference by President Bill Ray at
1400 hours EDT.
President’s Report (Bill Ray):
- Honor Plaza - No actions required on Honor
Plaza as of this date.
- Class Medals – Six Class Medals have been awarded to
- 2012 Max Kovell
- 2012 Tom Kehoe
- 2012 John Stokes
- 2017 Paul Schwehm
- 2017 Nick Monaco
- 2018 Ted Voorhees
Treasurer’s Report (Fred Koehler):
Reported in full as follows;
- Reference is made to the current AOG Class Financial
posted on the AOG website an my Finance Report dated July
27, 2017 and
Addendum dated October 1, 2017 posted on the Class website. Leigh Ogden
completed an audit of the Class Reunion Fund and the Admin Fund for the
period September 2016 to September 2017 also posted on the Class
Website. The Class Reunion Fund was transferred to the Admin Fund in
June 2017 as previously reported. In the future a Class Finance Report
will be prepared on a calendar year basis.
The Class Gift Fund was $149K at yearend 2018 compared to $146K in
July 2017. It is currently reported as $157K. I need to explore this with AOG, although we have
little control of this fund.
The Class Admin Fund was $13,685 at yearend 2018 compared to $12,697
in July 2017.
The only expenses in 2018 were $187 for IT expenses (website and
domain name). This is paid directly with (my) personal credit card as
required by the provider. I submit these expenses annually for
reimbursement. I expect that most expenses can be most easily handled
Separately, the Class raised the funds and made a founding donation
to the National Army Museum and will be recognized by an exterior bench
The Board and Class should consider spending and/or allocating the
funds in both accounts while we are still capable of doing so.
the lack of information from Classmates; said I would put out a note to
the Class about the Class Notes. A draft of the note follows; please
comment back to me.
- I have been receiving very limited information from
inclusion in Class notes. During the holiday period I received only
three letters and will reproduce some of the information.
I resend some information that is posted on the Forum when I think it
is of interest to the Class in general, even though it results some
I do not send political commentary.
I forward personal information, including photos, when classmates
I respond directly to requests for information.
Primarily, announcements deal with deaths (including planned services
and burials) and illnesses when the sender indicates it is for general
I also forward information from other sources that may be of general
interest, such as the local DC newsletter recently published by Gerry Galloway and Army/WP
Please send me what you would like others to know, and I would
appreciate your putting it in a format that I can just copy and forward.
65th Reunion Planning (Bill Ray)
- Retiree Weekend in 2022 will be April 28 through May 1. Grad
in 2022 will be May 15 through 18May.
John Ramsden provided background information about his interaction
with the Class of 1954 who are having their 65th Reunion this year.
- They decided to have their 65th Reunion during Retiree Weekend rather
than the traditional "Grad Week", which is the week before the Cadet's Graduation Week.
- The Class of 1954 decided they would rather use Retiree Weekend for a
couple of reasons. One was that, like us, they had their 60th Reunion
on Retiree Weekend and had a very positive experience. The second was
that they had prior experience with Grad Week and thought it got very
hectic toward the end as parents, and other relatives of graduating
cadets started coming in early. This made events at West Point and the
Hotel Thayer quite busy.
- Bill Ray had contacted the AOG as to whether enough rooms at the
Hotel Thayer for Grad Week would have been an issue. The AOG said it
would not have been, and the President of the Class of 1954 confirmed
this during a telephone conversation with John Ramsden.
- At John Ramsden's request, Bill Ray had sent an email to the AOG back
in January to ask about theClass of 1954 request and what the policy was for using the Hotel
Thayer for the 65th Reunion.
- They replied that the AOG was planning for our Class to have our 65th
Reunion during Grad Week in 2022.
- We would be there with the Classes of 47, 52, 67, and 72.
- They stated that, although the Hotel Thayer is a private
organization, the AOG works with them for reunions and the 75th, 70th,
and 65th Reunion Classes are normally given priority for their
Reunions, and rooms at the Hotel Thayer.
- After much discussion, the Board members voted to try to
permission to have our 65th Reunion on Retiree Weekend, similar to what
the Class of 1954 is doing. This assumed we could get sufficient rooms
at the Hotel Thayer, as we did for our 60th Reunion.
- The AOG thought we would have about 52 Classmates to attend our 65th
Reunion but we would expect many more children and grandchildren to
attend, bringing our number up around 130 or so.
(Note: The Class of 1954 is expecting 60 graduates and 190 total
people to attend their 65th Reunion this year.)
However, in the correspondence with the AOG, Vince McDermott, West
Point staff guru for reunions, indicated that the Class of 1962 had
already put in a bid to have their 60th Reunion during Retiree Weekend
John Ramsden had asked Bill Ray to contact the President of the Class
of 1962 to confirm this. Their President indicated to Bill that their plans were not yet firm.
John Ramsden, at our meeting, asked Bill Ray to call Vince McDermott
to find out, for sure, if the Class of 1962 had already reserved
Retiree Weekend in 2022. (Note: In subsequent emails and telephone
conversations with Bill and Dave Schorr, we agreed Dave Schorr would
make this contact as he knows Vince better. Dave has agreed to do so.)
If Retiree Weekend is available for our 65th Reunion, the Board
wanted to pass that on to the authorities at West Point. As noted
above, this assumes we can work with the Hotel Thayer to obtain
sufficient rooms at the Hotel Thayer to accommodate all our Class
- If Retiree Weekend is not available, then the backup plan is to have
our 65th Reunion during Grad Week of 2022.
- Bill Ray announced that he had appointed five people to start
planning for our 65th Reunion. They are Bill Ray, John Ramsden, Bob Stevens, Dave Schorr, and Fred Smith. All
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned by President Bill
Ray at 1530 hours EDT. Respectfully Submitted:
Richard A. Mollicone, Secretary