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USS Glacier AGB-4 Association

Minutes of Meeting

Business Meeting
Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Welcome by President, Gordon Wagoner.

Meeting called to order at 9:01AM by Gordon Wagoner.

Pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Minutes of our Saturday, September 26, 2015 Business Meeting, Holiday Inn
Hotel & Conference Center – Virginia Beach, VA were read by Secretary, Keith Otzen. Motion made to accept. Motion accepted.



A). Treasurer’s Report: Gordon Wagoner reported the current balance is $10,900.00 and will add merchandise sold and dies taken in at this year’s reunion.

B). Audit Report. Bob Bora, Chairman, Gene Hawes and George Smith reported all was in order with $10,900.00 in the Glacier account. Motion made to accept by George Smith. Motion seconded by Ron Fischer.

C). Reunion Committee. Peter Benac, Chairman, James Hicks, and Roland Lacorte explained our ballot and presented the following reunion sites for September/October, 2017 to be voted on by the membership.

1). Portland, ME - 11 votes
2). Baltimore, MD - 6 votes
3). Buffalo, NY - 3 votes

Total in attendance:  20 votes

Our 2019 biennial reunion will be held in Portland, Maine, which received the majority of votes. Gordon Wagoner stated “we will be looking for a reunion friendly hotel with the best affordable price.”


A). Keith Otzen contacted our Web Master, Ric Lobb, regarding an explanation if we wish to keep our Web Site after the hosting expires on June 20. 2018. Gordon Wagoner read Ric’s explanation and what happens after our Web Master retires and will no longer maintain the site. Is it worth $200.00 to $250.00 in hosting fees to keep the site up.

Motion made and carried 10-3 to continue and to keep our site active. Gordon Wagoner stated he has an IT person in mind that may be interested in being our Web Master.

B). Bob Bora wanted to know if we should open up our membership to the Coast Guard and if any kind of survey has been done. Bob Bora made a motion to research Glacier and Coast Guard to merge: motion carried. Keith Maple wanted to know if the Coast Guard meets every year or biennially like the Glacier does.

C). Gene Hawes questioned because of our ages of 75-85 now, where are we going with future membership?

D). Glacier Memorabilia: Woody Benner, Historian, indicated all of our memorabilia is stored in boxes. It was decided Woody and Vern Johnson would ship all of our memorabilia to a museum in Pascagoula, Mississippi where the Glacier was launched and commissioned.

E). Gordon Wagoner indicated our total attendance for this year’s reunion was 44 people with 25 rooms per night (98 room nights). 

F). Gordon Wagoner recognized our plank owners and offered a moment of
silence for our deceased members and fallen heroes.

G). Voting of new officers: Motion was made to accept the current officers for the next two years. Motion carried.

  1. Gordon Wagoner, President/Treasurer

  2. Woody Benner, First Vice President/Historian

  3. Keith Otzen, Secretary/Sergeant at Arms

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Otzen,
USS Glacier AGB-4 Association

   2019 – Portland, ME (October 16-20)
   2017 –
San Antonio, TX
2015 – Norfolk, VA (Virginia Beach)
   2013 – Boston, MA (Warwick, RI)
   2011 – Branson, MO
   2009 – Minneapolis (Bloomington, MN)
   2007 – Nashville, TN
   2005 - Philadelphia, PA
   2003 – Las Vegas, NV
   2001 – Charleston, SC
   1999 – St. Louis, MO
   1997 – Myrtle Beach, SC
   1995 – Boston, MA
   1993 – Norfolk, VA

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