USS HENRY CLAY SSBN-625
2005 REUNION ARCHIVE PAGE


This reunion was held from August 29
to September 4, 2005 at the National
SUBVETS (USSVI) Convention
in Kansas City, MO.

PHOTOS

Stained glass panel of ships patch made by
Don Messer (right) for Rick Riessen (left).
 

Close up of stained glass panel made by Don Messer.

More photos to follow soon!

NOTICES

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 17:25:32 -0800
From: STARGAZER7058@aol.com
Subject: SSBN  625  HENRY  CLAY   REUNION

All you former H.C. sailors, we are planning to hold the first ever reunion
in 43 years. There are a lot of you out there and I only have a few E/mail
addresses, so if you would please pass the word on to everybody that you
know that once was a H.C. sailor. Everybody is welcome  officer and
enlisted.

This reunion will be held in conjunction with the USSVI (Sub Vets) National
Convention in Kansas City, Mo.  on Aug.31th thru Sept.4th    we would like
to find out now what your preferences are.....do you want to participate in
any city tours or golf games that Sub Vets has going on. Do you want us to
rent a conference room all by ourself and have some type of finger foods
with beer and wine.....you let us know.  We will make arrangements with the
Hotels to get the best rate we can and then register there. I need to let
the Hotel know approx. how many to expect.If I forgot anything we will get
it later.

Former crewmembers that don't have an E/mail can call me

John Troia

1-239-481-7689 
 

Date: Friday, January 18, 2005 8:47 AM
From: Charlie Patch <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: HC Newsletter #1

USS HENRY CLAY REUNION NEWSLETTER #1            January 18, 2005

Henry Clay Sailors,

Here is the first of what I hope will be many, Ill leave the historical
significance of this effort up to you! To date the response has been
very good, more than 50 (not counting spouses) of you have said yes to
meeting in KC! With this letter, we have a number of things to get out
to you.

(1)     John and I have sent emails to over 500 former H. Clay sailors.
I could not begin to guess how many of us there are in total, but have
we scratched the surface? It would be impossible for us to send you all
of the names and addresses, but you can sure help this effort. We have
accessed the following websites: boomer.user-services.com;
Submarinesailor.com; and  military.com, and have used those sources
primarily. An amazing number of those email addresses are not correct -
or just dont work - whatever. Even more amazing are the number of guys
who have not responded at all. What we need now is a word of mouth
campaign. Yes, in many instances it will duplicate our efforts, thats
ok - we just need you to get in touch with that buddy of yours and let
him know whats going on, if you havent already done so.

(2)     Each of you should contact the USSVI.org website for all of
the convention details.

a.      First stop should be registration. You will need to register
twice, once for the USSVI folks and then once again for the Clay stuff.
Our registration will not be done at the USSVI website, it will be
separate.
b.      Next stop should be housing and they have a number of listings.
John and I are still working on what will work best for all of us, but
it looks like we can do Henry Clay stuff on Friday and Saturday
without interfering with national plans or passing the point of
affordability.
c.      Scheduling should be of importance to you. You may intend to
attend events the entire week, while others may only want to be there
during the Clay times.

(3)     We will need some volunteers to help in various areas. John is
serving as our point man (primary contact with USSVI and the host
site) and will be busy, but We need volunteers (where have you heard
that before?) to help with registration, hospitality, food, logistics,
etc. Please contact us to help out, especially if you have had
experience with this sort of thing before. This should be a fun venture,
with a lot of us involved, where we kind of buy into this deal with a
commitment. However, John and I have already agreed that if no one comes
(that aint happening baby!), we will still be there for a brew or two!

(4)     Registration materials for Henry Clay specifics will be
forthcoming. That will take us some time to produce as efforts at this
point are in contacting people about the reunion. Patience with us old
and slow guys is an absolute here. 

Let me finish by saying that it has been fun getting in touch with you
guys. Those shipmates with whom I served, beginning with Westinghouse
and Bettis in late 1962, have made this special and I hope to see all of
you in Kansas City.

Take care,

Charlie         cpatch@nc.rr.com, 919-787-0607
John Troia      Stargazer7058@aol.com, 239-481-7689
 

Date: Friday, February 04, 2005 7:48 AM
From: Charlie Patch <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: HC Newsletter #3

USS HENRY CLAY REUNION NEWSLETTER #3
February 4, 2005

Henry Clay Sailors,

Things are moving right along, which necessitates this mail to you. John
has arranged to have hospitality rooms for the Henry Clay people on
Thursday (Empress Room), Friday (Benton Room), and Saturday (Empire
Room), all located in the Hyatt Regency Crown Center along with the
USSVI convention. Our plan is to get our registration forms to you
within the next week or so via email. Remember, in addition to
registering for the Henry Clay possum trot, you also have to register
for the USSVI convention. Those application forms are on their website -
www.USSVI.org. We understand that a few of you will remain undecided
until the late stages of this process, and may even show up in Kansas
City not having registered. That will make it tough for us to get
specific numbers together for planning space, food, beverages, etc. so
try to get your plans finalized well before KC, please. 

Next on the agenda is housing. The Hampton Inn, 816-483-7900, will have
rooms starting at $79.00 per, has continental breakfasts available, and
is some distance from the Crown Center. The Drury Stadium Hotel (call
Amy at 800-436-1197), requires a minimum of 10 rooms for a price break,
priced at $77.00 per for king, and is about 5 miles from the Crown
Center. The Doubletree (call Rick at 816-460-6610), also requires a
minimum of 10 rooms for a price break at $79.00 per for king and is
about 8 blocks from the Crown Center, although he suggested using the
hotel vans instead of walking. There are a number of others, some may be
closer, and you might access them through www.mapquest.com. We just
tried to get you an idea of prices, etc. If a number of you want to
combine forces and get at least 10 rooms for the price break, have at
it.

We have ordered commemorative coins for the reunion. One side will have
the Henry Clay patch, in color, the reverse will be solid color bronze
with a boomer patrol insignia. These will definitely be collectibles and
the price is reasonable - $10 per coin. The initial order was for 100
coins (the minimum order), however we can order more at a later date if
necessary - which would be a good problem to have. 

We need to get your feedback. Please let John or me know what day -
Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - you would prefer to have our main meal
(which is still being worked on!). If you would, contact us by return
mail asap.

Any questions, please contact either John (Stargazer7058@aol.com), or
myself (cpatch@nc.rr.com). A lot of you have already done so, we
appreciate your thoughts, ideas, as well as the information you have
sent our way.

Charlie
 

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 11:06:01 -0500
From: "Charlie Patch" <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: Latest on...

Guys,

Before we put everything on paper and then it's too late to change it,
lets see what you think of this schedule. Please let us know if you have
some concerns, if it doesn't work for you, or you think that another way
may be better, OK?

Thur., Sept.1 - in the Empress Room of the Hyatt - 'Steamship Round',
time TBA

Fri., Sept.2 - Dinner at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue (short walk from
Hyatt)

We have hospitality rooms for Thur., Fri., and Sat. allowing plenty of
opportunities for socializing.

I have attached the design for the commemorative coins issued for this
reunion. Remember the issue price for 100 coins is $1000 and we will
sell them there at that price. The non-color side will be a neutral
brown, like bronze I guess.

Charlie
 

COIN FRONT
COIN BACK
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 10:08:31 -0500
From: Charles Patch <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: #4

Henry Clay Reunion Newsletter #4 March 1, 2005

Henry Clay Sailors!

Here it is March 1, 2005  six months out from our first ever reunion!
Who would have guessed, right? The email and this attachment are to
serve primarily as a reminder to you to get your Registration form in
to John T. Remember, the deadline is June 1, set so that we can crunch
the numbers, place the orders and get things ready for you and yours in
KC. Is this deadline cast in stone? Or mandatory? No, it isnt either,
but it will sure help our cause if you turn in your intentions (read
"MONEY") by that date. All of us want this to be a first class shindig,
so help us out here.

First Newt Young, then Mac McAnulty, - were talking two of the really
"old guys" here - have come up with a plan for all of you RVers. Its
the "Heart Village RV Park" in KC and you can contact Newt at
newt-bert@att.net, or cell # 860-884-9675 for details.

The "Steamboat" spread that John T. has scheduled for Thursday will be
at 6pm, leaving us time to do other things  like take the subvets
Independence Tour. For those of you who love details: Empire Rooms B & C
Thursday 1800-2300+; Friday, same rooms (for 160 people); Saturday,
Empire Rooms A, B, & C 1200-2300+ (240 people).

John T. wants us to note the "Topeka-Jefferson City" sub-base website
for visitors information: http:/www.tjcsubbase.org/convention or call
1-816-221-5242. Once again, check out the "Henry Clay" website at
www.boomer.user-services.com and get your name on the sailing list at
that site, it is our first choice in finding HC information.

There has been some discussion regarding the need to register for the
USSVI events in addition to the Clay stuff. Some of us have said, "why
bother?" My feeling is that this convention is really a submarine deal
here guys  where USSVI is supporting us and our efforts. I think that
we should register with them even though we may not partake in any of
their events. The costs should not be the primary factor, right? John
Ts timing is spooky as he just sent us this website to go to:
www.olgoat.com/substuff/dex208.htm - good stuff.

If any of you have "Clay" memorabilia and want to take it for "show and
tell" in KC, we could probably set up an organized effort. A couple of
you have mentioned this  I know of only one guy who still has his
"Henry Clay" bowling shirt from Newport News!  whats your druthers? 

Finally, we have contacted a lot of former Henry Clay shipmates. There
have to be huge numbers of them still out there who have no clue about
our reunion plans. It may require a note in the mail, or a telephone
call, but try and see if you cant contact some of your good guys to
get them the word - please.

Charlie

USS HENRY CLAY REUNION
COMMEMORATIVE COIN

FRONT                                                                      BACK

Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 09:34:09 -0500
From: Charles Patch <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: Henry Clay Newsletter #5

Guys, Here is the latest stuff. Read it over thoroughly, a pop quiz 
will follow!

HENRY CLAY REUNION NEWSLETTER #5 APRIL 1, 2005

Henry Clay Sailors!

This newsletter marks month five in our efforts to make the "Henry Clay
Reunion" plan a reality. Memory synapses dont connect as well these
days for whatever reason, but sometime late last year, conversations
between Gary Caster, John Troia, and I raised the issue of a Henry Clay
reunion. By December a tentative plan was underway and in January, HC
Reunion Newsletter #1 was sent your way. The reality is that the
upcoming reunion is going to give a very large number of this
submarines crew a chance to get together again - for some of us it will
be for the first time in 40+ years. For sure the print on the name tags
will have to be large! But all of you  regardless of when you served on
the Henry Clay  have jumped on this deal with gusto. Thanks go to all
of you for supporting this and for your help in getting the word out.
New names/addresses are being added to our roster each week.
Just thinking: Where are Ross Englert; Fleetwood Hollinger; Charlie
Kelley; Bob Porchik; Rick Porter; Rolle Stone; Frank Tapley; and Jim
Trumble?
There has been a lot of communication generated by the reunion coins 
John Ts great idea. To reiterate, the purpose of those coins is to
"celebrate the reunion"  the gathering of HC crewmembers. Those able to
attend should have the first opportunity to purchase  at cost  a
commemorative coin. Should all of the coins not be sold, we will then
open up the sale to former HC crewmembers. I have copied to you an email
from Shelly Saxton, the talented lady who has designed our reunion coin.
Shellys dad was a Trumpetfish sailor, so she feels a connection to
submariners. One of her coin design efforts has dealt with the "Freedom
41" boats  boomers. Should you be interested in any of her coins,
please contact Shelly at the address listed in her message.
If any of you need a "Henry Clay Reunion Registration" form, let me know
and I will send one to you. Please keep in mind that registration is due
June 1, 2005. In addition, choice rooms in Kansas City may still be
available, however if you procrastinate much longer well, a rental tent
in Mac and Newts RV Park may be the best that you can do closer than
Kansas City, Kansas! Finally, if you do not want to receive these
newsletters, please let me know by return mail and I will remove your
name from our lists. Thanks.

Charlie
 

Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 09:34:09 -0500
From: Charles Patch <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: Shelly's Message

Charlie-

Your welcome...Anything to help out the guys who have served this fine
country!  Sounds like we have it all under control.
By the way...I don't know all the boats you have served on but thought I
would tell you of the coins I have and will be
getting, in case I happen to have one you would want. Here they are.

The other coins (1.5" dia. brass...$1650 each) that
USS Trumpetfish SS 425
USS Nathaniel Greene SSBN 636
USS Jallao SS 368
USS Pollack SSN 603
USS Haddo SSN 604

The following coins (1.75" dia. brass...$20 each)I will have in the next
2-3 weeks:

"41 For Freedom" Series (Will eventually have the ENTIRE "41" fleet!)
USS George Washington SSBN 598
USS Patrick Henry SSBN 599
USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN 600
USS Robert E. Lee SSBN 601
USS Abraham Lincoln SSBN 602
USS Ethan Allen SSBN 608
USS Sam Houston SSBN 609
USS Thomas A. Edison SSBN 610
USS John Marshall SSBN 611
USS Thomas Jefferson SSBN 618

Special "group" coins (1.5" dia. brass...$16.50 each)
The B-Girls (Barbel, Blueback, and Bonefish) This will be ready abt
March 28...selling FAST
Harder, Darter, Trigger and Trout (Always In And Never Out!) This should
be ready in 6-8 weeks

I am also going to make a set to honor the Hell Cat's

If you hapen to know any guys who served on the boats I have coins for I
sure would appreciate you sending them my way.
;) I have pictures of all of them except the Harder, Darter coin...she
is in the works!

Thanks Again-
Shelly

Shelly Saxton
PO Box 24
Graham, MO 64455
shellwe@grm.net
 

Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 18:05:46 -0700
From: Charles Patch <cpatch@nc.rr.com>
Subject: Newsletter #6

May first guys, getting closer!

Henry Clay Reunion Newsletter #6
May 1, 2005
 

Henry Clay Sailors,

This newsletter (the sixth if you can believe it!) is really to serve as
a reminder to all of you "delinquents" that you now have 30 days - and
counting- to get your heinies in gear and send in your registration
money. June 1 is our self-imposed deadline. John T. is chomping at the
bit, his bank account with all of the checks from us "Clay sailors" is
not yet big enough to get him from Florida to Cuba!

It never ceases to amaze me how guys keep turning up, learning about
this reunion deal from outside the usual channels. That's good stuff for
all of us, as this shindig should be about all of the crews getting an
opportunity to say "hey, y'all." But while I'm on this little podium and
as an old coach, don't tell me how good you're going to be, show me how
good you're going to be by getting your registration funds into John T's
hands!

The pace of all of this has slowed considerably. The reunion is in
place, plans for all are committed (like for meeting place, meals, etc.)
beyond the USSVI stuff and now all that we have to do is wait. Patience
should be the key - is not! John T. has all of the bases covered and
there should be no surprises although last minute glitches will test us
for sure. Here are a couple of websites for you to peruse for info and
room assignments: http://www.tjcsubbase.org/convention/reunion_list.htm
and http://www.tjcsubbase.org/convention/room_assignments.pdf.

Keep those cards and letter coming, including those pictures! It's good
to hear from you. See you in August in Kansas City!

Charlie 
 

Date: June 6, 2005 7:40:46 AM EDT
From: Theodore_E_Dubay@dom.com
Subject: Re: Henry Clay Newsletter #5

Charlie,

I am planning on building a binder for those who are unable to attend the
reunion, but would like to share a special memory or message. Since you
are the guru of sending out information and have the best list, could you
include this in one of the newsletters? I have been trying to track down
guys from my era and have contacted quite a few. There will always be
some who would like to attend but just can't. I am also compiling an excel
file with contact information. I have entered about half of what I have. I've
added it as an attachment. There might be some guys on there not on your
mailing list.

Really appreciate you efforts in organizing this shindig and looking
forward to attending.

Respectfully,

ted

Ted E. Dubay, EM-2 (SS), Logroom yeoman
 

Date: Wed,  8 Jun 2005 17:37:14 -0700
From: Charles Patch [mailto:cpatch@nc.rr.com]
Subject: FW: Henry Clay Newsletter #7

Finally!  If you see an error, let us know asap. Thanks.

+++++++++

USS HENRY CLAY REUNION NEWSLETTER #7                    JUNE 3, 2005

Henry Clay Sailors!

This letter's sole purpose is to get out to you a list of Clay
crewmembers registered for the "First Reunion" in Kansas City in August.
We have a large contingent of crew who've said "yes" to this deal. But
perhaps there are a few of you still waffling. Look this list over and
you may see a name which triggers a flood of memories and that might be
nudge enough to make you rethink your position. It is not too late and I
have a goodly supply of registration forms - although August is getting
close!

John and Linda Albers                                       Charlie and Linda Patch
Howard and Chris Anderson                             Philip Puschel
Bruce Boughton*                                                Rick Riessen, Nathan, Ryan
Ted and Paula Dubay                                         John and Mary Roach
Thomas and Judy Good                                      Jerry Schmitz
John Houston*                                                    John and Dorothy Scott
Chuck and MaryAnn Jensen                              Doug and Linda Siemon
Paul King                                                             William and Barbara Souder III
John Kinley                                                          Dan and Denise Starr
Frenchy LeFevre                                                Philip and Diane Strahm
Everett and Vivian Lingle                                  Rich and Pattie Stump*
Richard Marchbanks and Sook Jin Kim             Art and Judy Summers
James and Phoebe Marshall                               Bob Smith
Jolly Matthews                                                    Jay and Dottie Timmermon
Bob and Fran McAnulty*                                   Clive and Georgia Waite
James and Maria McDonald                               Andy and Helen Wheeler
Donald and Renee Messer                                 Barry and Beverly Whetstine
Neil and Sue Morris                                            Tony Whitley and Mary Lemoine
Christopher Nielsen                                            Rusty and Jan Wishon
Jimmy Null                                                            Bob Vandergrift
                                                                              Newt and Bert Young*

*  crewmembers who need to contact John Troia at telephone # 239-481-7689

Any crewmember who has registered and is not listed, please contact John
Troia
 

Sent: Friday, July 01, 2005 7:21 AM
From: Charles Patch [mailto:lcpatch@charter.net]
Subject: Henry Clay Newsletter #8

Guys, Here is the latest list, revised as of 7/1/05, totaling 111 
registered.

The following crewmembers have indicated that they will go but as of 
now have not registered with John Troia: Charles Balkcom, Rod Brown, 
Stanley Brown, Howard Christ, Bobby Clouse, Dutch Danforth, Earl 
Lanius, James Meek, Roger Morris, James Paper, James Sanchez, Scott 
Silver, Mike Sweeney, Gene Wilder, Norman Wise, and Dave Van Cleef.

John is still recruiting heavily, for sure we are looking at between 
130-145 people, an unbelievable turnout!

Enjoy your July 4th weekend, have fun - and stay safe.

Charlie
 

USS HENRY CLAY SSBN625

FIRST REUNION - KANSAS CITY - 2005

John and Linda Albers
Howard and Chris Anderson
Julian and Sylvia Beavers
Bruce and Mary Boughton
Al Burrill and Cindy Austin
Joseph and Jason Colvard
Pete and Francine Davio
Lloyd Dieter
Ted and Paula Dubay
Thomas and Judy Good
Bobby and Nancy Hartleroad
John and Cheryl Houston
Chuck and MaryAnn Jensen
Richard and Kaye Kazebee
Paul King
Frenchy LeFevre
Richard and Dale Lewis
Everett and Vivian Lingle
Richard Marchbanks/Sook Jin Kim
John Markiewicz
Al and Phoebe Marshall
Jolly Matthews
Bob and Fran McAnulty
James and Maria McDonald
John McKinley
Jeff and Ida McNiel
Donald and Renee Messer
Neil and Sue Morris
Joe and Carol Mullen
Keith and Debra Newell
Christopher Neilsen
Jimmy Null
Charlie and Linda Patch
Walt and Margot Pottenger
Philip Puschell
Lennie and Dawn Reneau
Rick Riessen, Nathan, Ryan
Everett and Sherron Riley
John and Mary Roach
Ernie Rousch
Jerry Schmitz
John and Dorothy Scott
Doug and Linda Siemon
Bob Smith
Ken Smith
William and Barbara Souder III
Dan and Denise Starr
Philip and Diane Strahm
Rich and Pattie Stump
Art and Judy Summers
Jay and Dottie Timmermon
John and Mamie Troia
Clive and Georgia Waite
Loren and Terry Welter
Andy and Helen Wheeler
Barry and Beverly Whetstine
Tony Whitley and Mary Lemoine
Willie Winborn
Rusty and Jan Wishon
Pete and Jean Womer
Bob Vandergrift
Early Vincent
Newt and Bert Young
 

Date: Monday, August 01, 2005 7:52 AM
From: Charles Patch [mailto:lcpatch@charter.net]
Subject: Henry Clay Reunion Newsletter #9

Guys, There should be 2 attachments to this. We're getting close, see 
you in KC.

Charlie
 

Attachment #1
---------
USS HENRY CLAY "REUNION PREVIEW" NEWSLETTER #9

August 1, 2005

Henry Clay Sailors!

This letter should be the last one sent your way prior to our Kansas
City shindig. Due to the number of people attending (130+), I have had
to combine a few single's names to keep the list of registrant's on one
page and therefore manageable, my apologies to those of you squeezed on
a line with a shipmate.

A review of our Henry Clay reunion schedule follows

A meeting room will be reserved for HC reunion sailors and guests on
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12pm to midnight each day. John and
I will be there to help you complete registration forms, issue name
tags, register any new folks, deal with sale stuff, and most importantly
to say "hey, welcome to the Henry Clay reunion y'all!" Late registrants
or walk-ins' fees will be $10.00 to register on-site. Rather than list
all of the details here, specifics will be announced and posted in our
meeting rooms. John says that the Henry Clay contingent will be the
largest single boat reunion in Kansas City - that is really good stuff,
don't you think?

The "Steamship Round" (heavy hors d'oeuvres) will be on Thursday, which
you paid for with your HC registration. The Fiorella's buffet, which was
optional on your registration form, will be on Friday (the complete menu
will be posted in KC) and will be held at Union Station, a short walk
from the Hyatt. Additional seating is available.

Telephone numbers: Hyatt Regency Crown Center 816-421-4190 or
816-421-1234

Union Station - 816-460-2232

John's cell phone - 239-565-4946

Charlie's cell phone - 919-606-4749

"Henry Clay" sale items:

- Commemorative Henry Clay "First Reunion" coins will be available -
$10.00 per coin

- Henry Clay Reunion T-shirts and hats will be on sale - $10.00 per
item. Proceeds from this sale will go towards expenses, any overage will
be placed in the HC reunion fund.

Attachment #2
---------
USS HENRY CLAY SSBN625

FIRST REUNION - KANSAS CITY - 2005

John and Linda Albers
Howard and Chris Anderson
Julian and Sylvia Beavers
Fred Bening
Bruce and Mary Boughton
Al Burrill and Cindy Austin
Joseph and Jason Colvard
Dutch Danforth
Pete and Francine Davio
Lloyd Dieter
Ted and Paula Dubay
Arlo and Judy Gatchell
Thomas and Judy Good
Bobby and Nancy Hartleroad
David and Delores Hellwig
John and Cheryl Houston
Chuck and MaryAnn Jensen
Richard and Kaye Kazebee
Paul King
Tommy Lee and Billie Connell
Dee LeFevre
Richard and Dale Lewis
Everett and Vivian Lingle
Richard Marchbanks/Sook Jin Kim
John Markiewicz
Al and Phoebe Marshall
Jolly Matthews
John and Dorothy Mays
Bob and Fran McAnulty
James and Maria McDonald
John McKinley
Jeff and Ida McNiel
Donald and Renee Messer
Guy and JoAnn Miller
Neil and Sue Morris
Joe and Carol Mullen
Keith and Debra Newell
Christopher Nielsen
Jimmy Null 
Jim Paper
Charlie and Linda Patch
Michael Perry
Walt and Margot Pottenger
Philip Puschell
Lennie and Dawn Reneau
Rick Riessen, Nathan, Ryan
Everett and Sherron Riley
John and Mary Roach
Ernie Rousch
James Sanchez
Jerry Schmitz
John and Dorothy Scott
Doug and Linda Siemon
Bob Smith
Ken Smith
William and Barbara Souder III
Dan and Denise Starr
Ed and Mary Stone
Philip and Diane Strahm
Rich and Pattie Stump
Art and Judy Summers
Jay and Dottie Timmermon
John and Mamie Troia
Clive and Georgia Waite
Loren and Terry Welter
Andy and Helen Wheeler
Barry and Beverly Whetstine
Tony Whitley and Mary Lemoine
Gene Wilder
Willie Winborn
Rusty and Jan Wishon
Pete and Jean Womer
Norman Wyse
Dave Van Cleef
Bob Vandergrift
Early Vincent
Newt and Bert Young
 

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 22:25:49 -0400
From: Charles Patch <lcpatch@charter.net>
Subject: Reunion

Henry Clay Sailors!

Without trying to bore you, our reunion weekend flew by in a blur. We 
missed a few shipmates who were caught up in the catastrophic 
conditions in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama - we think that they 
are all safe - but on the whole, the turn out was outstanding - about 
150 people made it to KC!

There will be much more reporting on this by others in the near future. 
However, John and I have some leftovers to deal with at this point in 
time. John has hats and T-shirts left, many sizes, all for $15.00 per 
item, the difference between cost including shipping will be moved to 
the HC Reunion Fund. Contact John for those things. I have some coins 
left over. If you want one, or more, they will be sold for $15.00 per 
coin, plus shipping, and again, all overages will go to the HC Reunion 
Fund. They will go out on a first come first served basis.

Addresses:      John Troia
                        7058 Overlook Drive
                        Ft. Myers, Fl  33919-6817

                        Charlie Patch
                        118 Bonnet's Ct
                        Surf City, NC 28445

The Henry Clay contingent voted to meet again in 2-3 years - somewhere. 
So expect to hear more about the next one sometime in the near future. 
I can't tell you how good it was to see all of the guys (there were 38 
plankowners there!) even the ones that were on board a long time after 
I had left the boat in 1966! Keep in touch with each other, it sure was
reinforced this weekend how important it is to do that.

Charlie
 

Please send all queries or comments about reunions to:

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