Planning
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Scrambling toward the September 1st deadline. Twenty days does not seem like enough time to take care of all that remains to be done, but as Captain Leon J. Uplinger taught me while pursuing my studies in life and leadership on-board the U.S.S. William H. Bates, “We’re getting underway on time even if we have to row it away from the pier!”

Two new events added to the schedule for those that are still wondering what to do while you are in Orlando.

Friday, September 1, 1900 - 2100: REGROUPEX 17 Welcome Aboard Mixer - Join us in our comfortable Hospitality Suite for the REGROUPEX 17 Welcome Aboard Mixer. A variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered along with light snacks. Cost of this event is included in your paid registration, but we do need to know how many are planning to attend.

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Exactly three weeks until REGROUPEX 17, and there’s not a moment to lose!

The challenge coins have been designed and ordered, and are currently in production. We can only hope they actually arrive in time for delivery in Orlando!

Each registered shipmate will receive one as part of their registration, as will each REGROUPEX 17 Sponsor at Chiefs Club level or above.

We will also make them available to those that were not able to attend after the reunion as part of a fund-raising effort to obtain the boat’s Deck Log and Sailing Lists, and other related artifacts, so if you couldn’t make the reunion, you don’t have to miss out.

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Can’t make REGROUPEX 17, but want to send a message to those that can that says, “I haven’t forgotten my shipmates...”?

Feeling flush and and in that generous spirit?

Want to help out with a shipmate that can’t afford the registration?

Consider Sponsorship of REGROUPEX 17. Though your contribution is not tax-deductible (yet…we are working on it!) you can help defray the reunion expenses by simply using the REGROUPEX 17 SPONSORSHIP button located in the right column of every page of the www.ssn-680.org website. Every dollar of your contribution goes toward reunion expenses.

Not keen on potentially contributing to the delinquency of aging former sailors, but wanting to see the history and artifacts of the U.S.S. William H. Bates (SSN 680) preserved and promoted? Use the SUPPORT SSN-680.ORG button located on the right side of your screen. Ever dollar will go toward maintenance cost of the website and the acquisition of artifacts like the deck log and sailing lists of the Bouncing’ Billy B.

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Our countdown clock indicates 30 days and 8 hours until the official start of REGROUPEX 17. Time to get moving, and get registered!

The soft deadline for registration is 21 August 2017, marked by a total eclipse of the sun over much of the United States! Don’t let the skies go dark without completing your registration and making payment for REGROUPEX 17.

This deadline is important. Your registration tells us you’ll be there, which lets us plan for refreshments, make name tags, arrange the REGROUPEX 17 dinner, and pay for all those last minute details that need to be resolved before you can walk into the SSN 680 Hospitality Suite and start reconnecting!

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Some of you have been asking, “What’s up with REGROUPEX 17? Is there a schedule of events? Is there anything to do besides sit around and trade sea stories with old shipmates? What’s up when we get tired of reminiscing with old friends?" (As if that would ever happen!)

Finally, after many delays that are solely my responsibility, I am pleased to announce, thanks in large part to our very own Event Coordinator, Ron Squiers, we have a Schedule of Events. It can be found on the www.ssn-680.org website under REUNIONS >> REGROUPEX 17 >> SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.

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Chuck Phillippe (TM1/SS/DV - 4/78 to 1/80) jumped in, or should I say “dove in” to help with REGROUPEX 17 on the ground in Orlando because he spends so much time there. Here are his recommendations for those who want to RV/trailer/cabin/camp their way through REGROUPEX 17.

In Chuck's words, more or less...

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20 regroupex 17Curious as to what the REGROUPEX 17 digs will look like?

Is the Hospitality Suite up to your standards?

How does it compare to all the exotic resort locations we experienced on those Pacific cruises, traveling in all the style a 300+ foot, multi-million dollar pleasure liner could afford?

You remember those bastions of genteel tranquility such as only could be found in the tropical paradises of Pattaya Beach, Grande Island, Diego Garcia and other similarly storied locations?

All I can say is feast your eyes upon this, my shipmates. Look at that spacious floorpan, almost twice what we had in San Diego. Imagine yourself comfortably ensconced in the understated comfort of Rosen’s Shingle Creek Resort, a snifter of Grand Marnier, the Great Mariner in your hand, enveloped in the relaxing atmosphere you see pictured here, sharing stories with your brothers in arms.

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REGROUPEX 17 Countdown

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REGROUPEX 17 registration for one shipmate (primary) & spouse: $125 USD

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