USS Benjamin Stoddert/Jupiter
General Business Meeting
September 20, 2017
Meeting called to order
by the Association President Ron Zorn
Recited Pledge of Allegiance
Members of the Executive committee were introduced:
Ron Zorn - President,
Mike Rigdon - Vice President,
John Dishaw - Treasurer,
David Saunders - Secretary
Association members introduced themselves.
that pictures would be taken Friday before and during the buffet.
2016 minutes were read and accepted.
Comments on minutes:
Ron asked that we all send Joy
inputs/stories for the newsletter
Comments concerning need to increase membership so we can get more benefits from the hotels. To get certain things
from the hotel we have to guarantee to fill a certain number rooms if we fall short we have to pay a penalty. That money comes
from dues and other fund raisers.
Discussion of Providence Reunion:
were handed out with a number to make reservations. Check out ddg22.com for more details.
Downtown Tram $4-5
Room rates - $139
Long Tour - Battleship Row - $90 - August 23
Newport Tour - $50 - August 24
Saturday August 25 is a free day
Treasurer's report read and accepted:
Copies were provided
Change in timing for choosing locations
for future reunions:
Ron wanted to change the planning for
reunions to a one year schedule and the vote for 2019 will be voted on in Providence. Approved
Discussion of election of
Ron and all the officers terms expired as of the 2017
reunion and the incoming officers will be installed at the Providence reunion.
Because the number of attendees at reunions is small the voting for officers will be done through the mail.
will be sent to all members in good standing (dues paid up to date) asking for nominations for the executive committee with
a due by date. After the nominations have been received a ballot will sent out to all members in good standing with a due
Carole suggested that she put the vote online locking out people who have not paid their dues.
A question was asked about what would happen if the person elected was not in attendance.
The comment was made that once the nominations were received
a letter would go out informing the nominees and asking if they were willing to serve.
Newsletter will just be a notification heads up.
improvement: Ron called on the membership to tell him if they have any suggestions on things he could do to improve the reunion.
Ron suggested a social hour in Providence @ $20 this
was met with general approval. We need get a fair number of participants to have the event.
Joy highly recommended this so the members could spend more time together.
Mike Rigdon presented posters
of the Jacksonville parade created by his former students.
John Bassolino spoke about the notes he received from children along
the parade route and how that moved him He suggested we engage more directly with the communities we visit. Perhaps visit
a VA hospital etc. Establishing a scholarship was also suggested.
Funding for Adams Museum:
A discussion of Adams Class Museum and the non-arrival of the Adams in Jacksonville
was conducted. It was agreed that we should continue to have a link on our website so people could chose to donate in that
Dues and Membership:
Bassolino suggested that we increase our dues or at least propose it in the newsletter to see how the membership feels about
From the floor the number of members is the issue not how much we pay. Relating it back to the numbers of people
booking rooms and what the hotel give us in return.
are active in other reunion organizations said that dues generally run $20 or so.
It was suggested that we
insure that our reunion info be posted in publications such as
Joe Woodward early 80s Benjamin Stoddert facebook page
Also everybody who participates in the reunions need to contact their shipmates.
Dan Hauschild prepared a plaque for Hugh
Fleet recognizing his contributions to the Navy and our organization.