USS HANCOCK CV/CVA-19 ASSOCIATION
From the Hannah News
President's Message - September 2014
Volume 28 - Number 3- March - 2017
Can Do - Do Now!
Hello Shipmates, Associate Members,
As I write this letter, the weather here in the Midwest is typically confused. A few days ago the temperature hovered
in the 20's; then it jumped to the upper 60's and even mid-70s. Now we're back to low 40s. Welcome to Midwest weather.
Versatility appears to be the name of the same.
Even with the commissioning of the USS John Finn, we needed to be versatile. President elect Dennis Flynn has
been in regular contact with the Department of the Navy about the commissioning. A couple of months ago, he received
notice from the Department of the Navy, which officially confirmed that she will be commissioned July 15, 2017,
in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. In the December 2016 newsletter, we asked for names of Hancock Association members that
would be interested in attending. As of this printing, we have 28 USS Hancock Association members who plan to attend.
The names are now submitted to the Department of the Navy, which requested that we submit this list by February
17th. To date, we have 28, a nice representation.
Now we're looking ahead to another event - the 2020 Reunion. Dennis Flynn and I would like to receive more input
from the membership regarding the location of this reunion. We hope you will put on your thinking caps with likely
sites. The requirements for a Reunion Site include:
- We try to alternate between the West Coast, the Midwest, and the East Coast.
- The reunion city must have a major airport so all members can easily commute to the location.
- Interesting tours should be available.
- The biggest challenge in selecting a reunion city is to find a reasonably priced hotel that is large enough
for our membership.
- It is ideal if there are shopping areas, restaurants, and/or entertainment within walking distance of the convention
hotel.n your thinking caps and come up with likely sites. The requirements for a reunion site include:
A major challenge in the hotel selection is to find a site that will allow us to purchase our own drinks and
snacks for our hospitality room. Most convention hotels prefer to provide a bar and charge full price for drinks
and snacks. We generally spend $2,000 to $3,000 for snacks and drinks in our hospitality rooms. If we had to purchase
these items from the hotel, I am sure it would be in excess of $10,000. So if you have a favorite city in mind
for a great 2020 USS Hancock reunion, check it out and see if it will meet the above criteria. Then contact either
Dennis or me and let us know your suggestions.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) Association.
Edition added 14 April 2017