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USS Glacier AGB-4 Association

President's Quarterly Report

Fall 2010

AHOY Shipmates!

Welcome to the Glacier newsletter. I hope everyone had a great time this summer and that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather we are experiencing. But now I want you to focus your sites on reunion 2011 Branson, MO. that is only eleven months away. Our dates are September 14-18, which are pretty much the same as in past years. The weather in Branson that time of year should be perfect. You do not want to miss this one for it will be our 10th reunion of the USS Glacier AGB-4 since it’s beginning in 1993 at Norfolk VA.

Wendy and I made a trip to Branson, MO this summer to do our site visit to a number of hotels. After a long and hard decision we have chosen the Lodge of the Ozarks for our stay. I am sure you are going to like this hotel’s location, walking distance to numerous dining spots, entertainment shows, and many shops of all kinds. Also, the hotel has recently completed renovations totaling nearly six million dollars. The rooms are very nice and our price is under one hundred dollars a night, $95.00 a night plus tax. I want to thank Keith Otzen also for scouting out this hotel on a previous business trip to Branson, MO. Additional information will be available in our Spring 2011 newsletter. For those of you who want to book early I will leave the hotel number at the end of this letter, but please do not call until after the New Year. Be sure to mention the USS Glacier Association for the special rate.

Since I have taken over as President of the Glacier Association this has been the best year so far for our members paying their dues. I want to thank all of you for your continuing support of our organization, you are the backbone that keeps us going and I mean that with all my heart. I hope the new dues form was partly responsible for the great feedback I received. We will continue to use them in the future. Also to those who made donations above and beyond their normal dues, thank you very much! For those of you who have forgotten to pay your dues there is still time to get them in so I can mail you your new membership card.

As in the past we will be doing our raffle tickets during the reunion, if you have something you would like to donate please keep that in mind for the reunion next year. The raffle has always helped us out to bring in a little extra money for the association. Again we will be having our drawing at the Saturday night banquet, I am still working on what we will have for a grand prize but it will be something nice for sure.

We still have a lot of shipmates who are not receiving this newsletter or any of our mailings due to incorrect addresses. I am asking your help if you know of anyone who is not. It has been very difficult trying to track down these people not to mention all of the extra cost in postage and time spent on the phone. We have called shipmates and have either talked to them personally, left a message on their answering machine or found out we had no valid phone number. The conversations served many positive purposes, (1) we found out if they had received our last newsletter, (2) we found out if they have e-mail so we could cut down on our printing and postage, (3) we verified their address and (4) unfortunately those shipmates that have taken that final cruise. We will continue calling especially those shipmates who have never attended a reunion and have no e-mail.

NOTE: Are you looking for your DD 214 or other service records?
If you have lost your DD 214 and would like to retrieve a certified copy, or other important service record page you might be missing, this web sight will get the forms back to you much quicker than the 4-6 weeks it has routinely taken you in the past.



Frontier, Air Tran (soon to be Southwest) Branson Air Express (charter)


If you have any old memorabilia that you would like to donate to the association please bring it to the reunion or send it to Woody Benner our vice president/historian. Woody can be reached at 610 -797-854. In the past I have been asked why we haven’t used our e-mail to notify our members of reunions and other messages. The main reason was our list was so small and would only target a few members. Over the last few years I have been updating addresses and also adding new ones. I feel now that we have a pretty good database and we will be doing a test message in the near future to see how it goes.

I am counting on a real good turn out at our next reunion in Branson, MO. It is a fun place for all and I know you will have a wonderful time there, so try not to miss this one. Happy sailing!

Lodge of the Ozarks
Toll free 877-327-9894

Gordon Wagoner
USS Glacier Association

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Branson, MO.

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