Washtenaw's 2022 Reunion

22Apr2022

Our 2022 reunion was to be held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, but no reasonably priced hotel could be found. Bravo Zulu to Association Treasurer David Vicknair for negotiating a great room rate at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in nearby Norfolk, Virginia. The hotel is located within walking distance (a few blocks) of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Battleship/Museum. A bus trip to Williamsburg will be on the reunion's agenda!

Reunion opening date will be Monday, September 26th with Friday, September 30th bringing it to a close. A room rate of $89 has been negotiated for our group, and includes free parking, complimentary valet service, and breakfast. The $89 rate is good from September 24th through October 1st so come early or stay late if you wish. Use this online reservation link to obtain our group rate with credit card. Note that August 25th is the cutoff date to receive the group room rate, but do reserve a room as early as you can to help the reunion planners!

Another possible source for the latest reunion updates is to join and follow the LST1166 Facebook page, or keep an eye out for the quarterly newsletter published by Association Secretary, Chris!

Hotel:
Courtyard by Marriott
520 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 963-6000
marriott.com

Reunion registration: The fee for our Tuesday evening Meet & Greet, Thursday evening Banquet Dinner, and the bus trip to Williamsburg (date still being planned) will be $90 per person with the association picking up any cost overruns for the bus ride.

Payment: Checks or money orders for association dues and reunion fees are to be made out to Washtenaw County Veterans Association, and mailed to our Treasurer David Vicknair, 42472 Evangeline Drive, Hammond, LA 70403. When sending in your reunion fee, be sure to renew your $25 annual membership in the USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association for the year 2022, or better yet renew for 3 years at the discounted rate of $70.

The following has been our standard protocol for past reunions:

Silent Auction: As has been our tradition at previous reunions, there will be a silent auction at the Thursday evening banquet dinner. We ask that you donate an item from your home state (aprox $15 value suggested). Items from past reunions have included food items (wine, honey, dates, nuts, etc.), Navy memorabilia (hats, coins, silverware, and boatswain whistle, etc.) and craft items. This activity serves as an ice-breaker before the banquet dinner, as shipmates and their guests try to outbid one another for these items. Proceeds from the auction are used to help pay for the entertainment at the banquet, and to defray reunion expenses. We have held this auction many times and have found it to be an enjoyable event as well as a great way to obtain a keepsake from the reunion.

We will continue our policy of inviting crew members of other LSR9 ships, including the LSMR's and IFS-1, and crew of any other LST's to attend our reunions. The idea is to bolster our attendance so we can negotiate better hotel rates. Joining the USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association is encouraged but optional for guest ship crew members!

Plan Of The Day: Not known yet.




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