John G. Esposito, Editor WINTER `07
A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT HAND SEAT:
I'd like to discuss two subjects at this time. The first is the 2007 Reunion at Hilton Head.
For any of you who have been thinking about attending the reunion but have not yet signed up or made your hotel reservations, please do so as soon as possible. For planning purposes, Jule needs to know the number attending each event so he can arrange buses, etc. The date we asked you to respond was 10 January, but it's still not too late. Get your registration forms into Dick Webb today. The reunion that Jule and Bill Kearney have planned promises to be one of the best ever. As for hotel reservations, the Holiday Inn has promised to honor the $89.00 a night rate up until 5 April, but that's predicated on the idea that there will still be rooms available.
Don't put it off too long. You may end up sleeping in your car. The reunion events are from Monday, 7 May through Wednesday, 9 May, with check-in on Sunday, 6 May. However, the hotel will extend the same rate for two days on either side - IF ROOMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. I'm looking forward to seeing you all there.
As for the second, a while back I was introduced to a wonderful new web site that I found very impressive and I want to recommend it to all our members. The site is Navy - Together We Served. Its address is http://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/index.jsp. Although it only started on 24 October 2006, it already has over 17,000 members (as I write this on 3 February). It costs nothing to sign up. The first six months of FULL membership are free. After that, you can continue your full membership for only $19.95 a year, or retain partial membership for free. In addition, if you recruit five new members you'll receive another six months of free membership. NO - I won't benefit from this announcement. By sending you directly to the site, I get no personal benefit. It only works if I (or you as a member) "invite" a shipmate and recruit him through the site. Take a look. You don't have to join and, of course, if you do, you can quit at any time. To take a look at the site WITHOUT joining, go to the site and enter BillyB as the user name and navy as the password (both are case sensitive). That will bring you to Barnacle Bill's profile so you can get an idea of the site's potential. Before suggesting this to all of you, I bounced the idea off of your Board, and have received only positive comments. In fact, several board members have already signed up. By the way, the site is restricted to current and former serving Members of the United States Navy or their widows. TogetherWeServed is a unique, feature-rich resource helping Sailors and Naval Aviators re-connect with lost Shipmates, share memories and tell their Navy story. And there are no ads. After you take a look, send me your comments, and if you sign up, I'd be honored if you add me to your Brothers list - as I will proudly add you to mine.
The following persons have generously made contributions:
Richard F. Bates Lee E. Norton Charles R. Robertson
Robert L. Baumgartner Kenneth K. Diemer Ronald D. Rocheleau
Thomas C. Betterton Raymond H. Gaus Herbert R. Soyk
Buford C. Blair - Charles C. McGourty George E. Sutton
Gerald W. Connolly Thomas McLaughlin Harold J. Vaughn
Clyde C. Corken - Jule Mosley Michael W. Weatherington
Connie K. Gibbs - John Sheeran -
Thanks to each of you for helping to keep our association airborne.
PLEASE NOTE: The VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association charges
no dues. Our operations are totally supported by the generous contributions of our
membership, and by the sale of our squadron products. The Association comes under section 501(C) 19, of the Internal Revenue Code as a "Not For Profit"
Organization. As such, contributions are legitimate tax deductions. Please make
your contribution checks payable to the "VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association"
and forward them to the Treasurer, Richard S. Webb, 219 Montoya Drive, Lady
Lake, Florida, 32159-8642.
It is with deep regret that I make mention of our following who have recently passed on:
Ron Lenhoff. VP21 from '52 to '55. Passed away in December '06. Ron acted as our association's secretary for many years.
John "Studs" Lonergan (`50-`51) has passed away in the hospital on 4 January from complications from pneumonia.
Richard F. Bates. VPB-111. He passed away 20 January 2007. Cause of death unknown. His widow now resides at 502 Linden Drive, Madison, SD 57045.
John C Thebe. Passed away Jan 20, 2007 and is survived by his wife, Katherine. John was in VP 21 in the late `50s.
Rene Moreau. Served in VP21 1956. He was an AD1 at that time. He died on 5 February at Dionne Commons in Brunswick, ME. He served in WWII and retired with 20 years.
Harold `Zipgun ' Zuber., AE2. Passed away 18 February 2007 from stomach cancer. He served in VP21 from '57 to '59.
Wm. Fiffick. Passed away 27 January '05 from heart complications.
May they rest in peace.
Your thoughts and prayers are request for the following persons:
Pat Nelson. Wife of Bob Nelson
Patricia Woods, wife of Dale Woods
We wish them both a speedy recovery.
Anyone wanting to play golf at the reunion, please contact Bill Kearney at (757) 498 4389 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Only one person has bothered to contact me. I need time to make the tee times.
LOST AND FOUND:
No lost sheep found this quarter.
FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT:
For all who have signed up to receive the newsletter from our web page, THANK YOU! You have saved the association many dollars in postage and ensured your timely receipt of the Vagabond Newsletter.
For all who will sign up in the future, THANK YOU as well.
Please keep me informed of your address and phone number changes to keep the roster up to date.
Plenty of rosters left at $5.00 each (payable to me, Dale Woods). I list the current members, those who are missing/lost and a listing of those who have departed.
FEBRUARY EDITION: 2007
VPB-111/VP-21 VETERANS ASSOCIATION
A non-profit, fraternal, and historical association devoted to the reestablishment of contact with shipmates of the past, to strengthen the camaraderie among its members, to record and preserve the memories and incidents of the Association, to preserve the memory of departed shipmates, and to promote the comfort and welfare of its members and survivors. No dues are assessed!
Wallace L. Lightfoot, Chairman Emeritus, 349 McIntosh Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073
William Locke, Chairman, 255 Mere Point Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011
Dale Woods, Secretary, 5480 W. Arrowhead Lake Dr. Glendale, AZ 85306
Richard S. Webb, Dir/Treasurer, 219 Montoya Dr., Lady Lake, FL 32159-8642
John G. Esposito, Editor/Director, 862 Central Ave., Southampton, PA 18966
Edward LaFontaine, Museum Director, 161 Jackson Dr., Frankfort, KY 40601
Fred Schuster, Dir/Historian, 2713Cabin Creek Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025
Dan Dwyer, Online Coordinator, Director, #6 Sarah Liberty Lane, Scarborough, ME 04074
Robert Nelson, Special Projects, 49 Woodland Drive, Tequesta FL 33469
Harry Dunlap, Director, 5803 Eastshore Dr., Pensacola FL 32505
Ron Novay, Director/Storekeeper, 7775 LakeHardeman Rd., Saulsburry, TN 38067
Frank Balogh, Web-site/Director1749 Burroughs Dr, Dayton, OH 45406
Garry Gross, Director, 8660 East Rosemont Court, Inverness, FL 34450
The `Vagabond News' is the official publication of the Association, and is circulated quarterly in the Winter (January/March), Spring (April/June), Summer (July/September), and Fall (October/December), as a third class bulk-rate mail from Southampton, PA, Post Office (Permit #61). All costs of the publication are supported by voluntary contribution only. To ensure that materials of interest are promptly published, members should submit same prior to the publishing quarter to John G. Esposito, 862 Central Ave., Southampton, PA 18966. All inputs will be published in a timely manner.
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