April 7th, 4 months and 25 days, less than 5 months until REGROUPEX 17.
Work continues at a frantic pace. Here is what we know.
Steve Snyder is leading the charge in contacting active members on the dink list (there were almost 90 at last count) whose email addresses are no longer valid. We want them to know about the reunion too, so this a valuable and rewarding effort. Any assistance he could get would be appreciated.
Ron Squiers has been working the event schedule. He has determined, regrettably, that there are no boats scheduled for port calls nearby that we had hoped to be able to tour. That may change at the last minute, but in the meantime, he continues to identify group activities that might be of interest to all.
Julie and Jim Benjamin have assumed responsibility as Reception Coordinators. They will be preparing nametags/badges and arranging the welcoming protocol for all attendees.
It's not Pattaya Beach, but the 2017 reunion is on!
WHEN; 1-4 SEPTEMBER 2017
WHERE: Orlando, FL.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
You will have to be logged in to the website.
If you haven't reserved your room, now's the time! Rooms at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel & Resort are $105/night using the group code GRPUSSVI.
We are benefiting from their group room rate, so sign up and support the USSVI. Join the USSVI, if you aren't already a member, and register for the convention as well.
As promised, here is a plea for help...er...I mean...uh...a list of responsibilities that we collectively need to address in order to successfully pull off REGROUPEX 17. Somebody, either me or you, has to execute these activities for others to enjoy the privilege of sitting around trading sea stories, memories, and bad jokes with shipmates from decades past, which, interestingly enough, turns out to be a lot of fun!
These positions/responsibilities form the core of the REGROUPEX 17 Planning Committee, for lack of a more glamorous name. If you want to have some input into REGROUPEX 17, taking on one or more of these responsibilities guarantees it! Stepping up here gives you a voice in most of the decisions made regarding REGROUPEX 17, so if you want in, just say so. An email to me (use the Contact Us link on any page of the website) or Private Message (through my User Profile) to me will add your name to the list.
Tempus fugit, in case no one has noticed. Last time I checked my watch it was New Years, now it’s the end of February. That puts me behind schedule, which, fortunately or unfortunately, is a place I’m familiar with. Of course, it’s also where I do my best work, so there’s that, at least.
According to the countdown clock on the www.ssn-680.org website, we are only 6 months, 5 days, and 4 hours from the kickoff of REGROUPEX 17 in Orlando, FL. Which turns out to be just barely enough time to make this reunion a success, if all of us jump in and get going right now!
So here is what YOU need to do.
The reunion wheels are starting to turn! REGROUPEX 17 is really happening!
Interest is starting to build among your shipmates. Seventeen of us have already indicated that we are planning to attend, and one of us (me!) has already made hotel reservations for September 1-4th, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The beautiful Shingle Creek Resort, twelve minutes from the Orlando International Airport and only a few more from Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and many other area attractions, has been chosen as the location for both REGROUPEX 17, and the USSVI annual convention, so there will be other boat reunions, conference activities and speakers, and sub-related merchandise vendors, as well as many planned activities for boat sailors, spouses and families.
The room rate for the convention is a reasonable $105.00 per night plus taxes, if you make your reservation through the USSVI.org website , or use the group code GRPUSSVI.
Time to take this reunion planning to the next level, and that means getting each one of you to go to the ssn-680.org website and indicate if you would attend REGROUPEX 17!
So here’s the deal.
REGROUPEX 17 - an all-hands reunion 01 SEP - 04 SEP 2017 in Orlando, FL at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel concurrent with the USSVI convention and other boat reunions.
PRICE - yet to be determined, and it will be influenced by the response. More commitments, lower cost. Expect something in the neighborhood of $75 to maintain the reunion suite and keep it stocked with refreshing beverages and succulent treats while we lounge around spinning sea stories. Additionally, you’ll pay for your room, cost of which is unknown at this point.
There is a hint of reunion in the air. A good idea, long overdue, is coming together. Enough of you have expressed interest to motivate me to push this forward.
We really haven't established anything more than the possibility at this point, but it's looking like Labor Day weekend of 2017 in Orlando, FL, with the USSVI Annual Convention might be a real possibility.
Check the Scuttlebutt in the Reunion Planning forum for conversation as this evolves. Look for updates through the P.O.D., Facebook groups, and the occasional Familygram.
I'll keep you posted!