I donít know about you guys, but it has been a long winter
across our country and this sailor is ready for some open
water: we're kind of use to it in the mid-west but what is
going on with all this snow out east, down south and parts
of Texas? I thought we had enough of this years ago in
someplace called Antarctica or was I just dreaming?
On a sadder noteÖI must tell you that we lost our shipmate
and good friend Tom Ebnet to his long battle with cancer.
Tom passed away in his sleep on January 17, 2010 at the VA
hospital in St. Cloud, MN. Keith Otzen and I were able to
make it up there just in time for a few last words: he
passed away hours later. Tom was a loyal Glacier member, our
treasurer for 10 years, and we will all miss him very much.
I mentioned in our Fall Newsletter that Glacier Navy
Helicopter Association would be attending our reunion in
Branson, Mo. to help bring our numbers up for more
bargaining power when it comes to booking a hotel. They
decided not to attend because their reunion cycle is
different than ours and they did not want to change. Maybe
sometime in the future we can work something out.
Keith Otzen, who is our secretary, and I have put together a
new form to make it easier to pay your dues with space
provided for change of mailing address, telephone number,
and Email address. By providing us with updated information,
you are guaranteed not to miss out on newsletters and
Hereís where we were in past reunions. Where were you?
GLACIER OPERATING BUDGET:
The success of our reunions depends on our participants and
treasury funds. Dues, donations and sale of GLACIER
merchandise create the treasury.
The reunion dues are $25.00 annually, which is very minimal
for the period of July 1, to June 30. Participants that pay
the $25.00 dues receive the GLACIER newsletters and reunion
information. In addition, the annual costs support the
GLACIER web site, office supplies, shirts and postage. At
the reunions, a registration fee is charged to pay for
incidentals such as pop, beer, snacks and entertainment. We
also sell raffle tickets from donated merchandise that adds
a little operating money.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS:
We are losing people each year. We publish and mail out the
newsletter to incorrect addresses because we are not notified
of changes and this adds extra expense to our mailing
budget. Your help is needed to keep our mailing list
current. Please put any new addresses and Email changes on the
dues form provided.