Thank-you to everyone who attended and made this years reunion a great success. The
ships comradery was rekindled and, as our mission
statement promotes, "friendship and kinship for those who served aboard the
GLACIER", was evident in the St. Louis area that weekend. What a great Association to
John Willard, Jerry Seeney, and I would like to express our gratitude for the trust you
have placed in us by electing us into office. We will do our best to uphold the standards
and by-laws of the Association. We are committed to the Glacier Association and look
forward to a productive two years. Thank-you.
PLAQUE FOR TINCH
Mike Gilligans plans are underway to honor former association president Jim Tinch
for his tireless work getting the Glacier Association going and keeping it afloat in its
lean years. Also, to commemorate Jims service to the association, a memorial plaque
bearing his name will be dedicated every two years to honor a member for their commitment
to the organization.
A vote was taken regarding the Association Website. It was decided that the site would
remain with Altinde. When I talked to the Webmaster, he indicated that we should look
forward to improvements to the site in the near future. Watch for a section for members to
post their stories about serving aboard the Glacier and their adventures going to the
North and South Poles. To post your anecdote or story, please email him at email@example.com for
format instructions and to let him know that you would like to contribute.
Now that Reunion "99" has past and we are savoring fond memories of the weekend,
(especially those that were trapped atop the Arch in a cloud of smoke) it is time to start
looking forward to our next gathering in Annapolis, MD. We are making plans to meet in
Annapolis for the first available weekend after Labor Day weekend 2001. Watch for more
details to come.
G" "FOLLOW ME"
ANNAPOLIS, MD 2001
As time moves along, it is getting closer to our
reunion in St. Louis this coming September and I hope everyone is preparing to attend. We
are looking for a good turn out. Let's all get our schedule together and meet in St. Louis
September 22-26 1999 and have a great reunion.
Enclosed you will find Hotel reservation cards,
reunion registration form - you must make your reservation direct to the Hotel, and the
reunion registration must be mailed to Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. who will be taking care
of all our arrangement for the reunion. Directions to the Hotel if you are driving from
I-70, exit at South Lindbergh. Make immediate right turn onto Lone Eagle Drive and for
contacting the Hotel from the Airport, you must go to MTD-18 for public transportation,
and call hotel, phone number 314-6700, although the hotel shuttle runs every 15 minutes
from the airport.
As you can see on the schedule, we will offer
three tours this reunion. The tour on Thursday will be the gambling tour, visit the famous
arch in the morning and to the gambling casino in the afternoon.
There will be a DJ to furnish music for the
Saturday night banquet; this is something new - we haven't tried it before and hope it
will be a success
This report will also serve as a notice to renew
your membership in the association this coming July 1 1999. Check your mailing label to
see when you are due. We want your continued support of the association by renewing your
SAVE THE GLACIER UPDATE
Ben Koether, director of the GLACIER SOCIETY,
Inc., continues to make progress in the restoration of the Glacier. The volunteer work
crew started work on her in April. This is the first phase of getting her ready to be
moved from MARAD at Suison Bay, CA to the dry dock area. Each of you should have an
updated letter from the GLACIER SOCIETY: it details of what is going on. If you can, and
are interested in volunteering to become part of the work group, you should contact:
Jack Erhardt. work group coordinator
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The GLACIER SOCIETY has an ongoing membership drive;
if you have not received an invitation to join, contact:
GLACIER SOCIETY, INC.
P. O. Box 1419 Bridgeport, CT 06601
E Mail: email@example.com
Web Site: http://www.glaciersociety.org
They will be glad to furnish you with current
information. (Glacier Society information enclosed)
There will be a business meeting held Saturday
morning September 25, 1999 in the hospitality room. This will be to elect new officers and
bring the membership up to date on current events. If there is any individual interested
in becoming one of the Association's Officers - such as President, Vice President and
Treasurer - or have someone in mind that you want to nominate to fill one of these
positions, send information in to the President and he will turn it over to the nominating
committee at the reunion.
There will be a memorial service held just prior
the banquet for our departed shipmates. We were saddened to learn of the passing of the
following shipmates since our last reunion:
||Donald J. Boyer
|Paul S. Keene
||Leo W. Bush
|Robert S. Rummel
||Rocco R. Sorice
The USS GLACIER AGB-4 ASSOCIATION extends our
deepest sympathy to the family of our departed shipmate. MAY GOD BLESS.
We extend a special invitation to the USCG
Glacier personnel to attend our reunion.
For further information feel free to call me at
1-800-483-7938 PIN 81
DON'T FORGET OUR REUNION IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI SEPTEMBER 1999
G" "FOLLOW ME"
ST. LOUIS MO. IN '99
James A. Tinch