Save the Date: 25th Class Reunion!

 

Please note that the date for the 25th Class Reunion has changed again as of December 2017! For more details, see the article: 25th Class Reunion *** NEW DATE! ***.

The 25th Class Reunion is scheduled from Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 16, 2018. Like our 20th, our reunion will be centered around a Navy home football game against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the '53 Pavilion at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

For more details, go to the 25th Class Reunion Page on this website as well as our Class page on Facebook

25th Class Reunion Event Schedule

 

Dates: Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16, 2018

Thursday evening: No host social at Metropolitan Kitchen (across the street from our reunion HQ hotel, O'Callaghan’s).

Friday evening: Cocktail party/dinner buffet at the N* Room at the stadium. (Same location as last reunion.)

Saturday: Navy vs. Lehigh Tailgate at 53 Pavillion/ClassRing NW. (Same location as last reunion.)

Sunday: Memorial Service (tentatively at the Levy Center) followed by brunch at the Stadium

Class President Reunion Update: 20 Jan 2018

Hello ’93:

Summary

25th Reunion

Thursday, 13 September 2018 – Sunday, 16 September 2018

We have signed contracts for room blocks at two hotels (DoubleTree & Crowne Plaza) thanks to Amy Garwood (wife of our classmate, Casey) and Dan Morio ’91 of GoNavyTravel.com.

– Both hotels are near the Westfield Annapolis Mall (but they’re not within walking distance to each other; the hotels are nearly a mile apart; about a 20 min walk according to Google Maps).
– Both hotels have offered us more rooms, at a lower rate, than were available at the Loews.
– Both hotels have free parking.

1. Reunion HQ Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis

Rate: $199/night

210 Holiday Court
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
410.224.3150

Make your DoubleTree reservations for $199/night online here: http://go.usna93.com/doubletree

(If you call the hotel, our group code is N93.)

2. Alternate Hotel
Crowne Plaza

Rate: $160.00/night

173 Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
410.266.3131

Make your Crowne Plaza reservations for $160.00/night by calling the Crowne Plaza at 410.266.3131

Our Crowne Plaza group block code is CNA (I do not have a link for a dedicated '93 reunion reservations page other than https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation)

I just used the DoubleTree reservation link, above, to book my room and I called the Crowne Plaza to confirm that they have our room block set up.

If you’re told that there are no more rooms available then please let me know so we can either extend the number of rooms in the block or procure additional room blocks at other hotels for ’93.

Details

What happened with our original plans for an August reunion?

I explained why we switched reunion dates and hotels, last week, here: http://go.usna93.com/ClassOf1993Change3.pdf

We are still in the process of cancelling our Loews contract by having classmates cancel their individual reservations by visiting https://www.loewshotels.com/annapolis and pulling up their reservation with their last name and confirmation number. I have not received any details (or an invoice) from the Loews regarding the cancellation charge I mentioned in last week’s e-mail. The room rate we originally had at the Loews for August was $209/night. When we inquired about moving our room block date to September, the Lowes’ raised the rate to $359/night, which we negotiated down to $299/night (plus parking) if we added a food and beverage event too; additionally, they could only offer us a block of 50 rooms which is too few.

Why isn’t the Crowne Plaza our HQ hotel since the rooms are cheaper than the DoubleTree?

The reason we’ve chosen the DoubleTree hotel as our HQ hotel is because they could provide us with a bigger block of rooms (twice as many Crowne Plaza).

What were our HQ hotels in the past?

At our 20th reunion, our HQ hotel was the Sheraton, which is now the Crowne Plaza. At our 15th reunion, our HQ hotel was the DoubleTree. Both hotels worked out very well as HQ hotels, especially for organizing our Thursday evening no-host social in their restaurants by the lobby.

Does it really matter if I book my room at the DoubleTree or Crowne Plaza?

It could matter if we don’t book enough rooms to fulfill our contract obligations. So, I would appreciate it if you choose one of those two hotels (I’m staying at the Crowne Plaza, leading up to the reunion, and then I’ll be at the DoubleTree, Thursday – Sunday). But, to be candid, this reunion is for you. You’re paying for the best possible experience and some of you may have loyalty rewards programs at other hotels, etc. Your hotel bill and airfare will be your biggest expenses (compared to the price of the reunion tickets), so do what you enjoy. (Yeah, I know… I’m sending mixed messages.)

What if I want to book a room outside of the Thursday – Sunday dates?

If you don’t find a favorable rate outside of our room block dates then please contact Dan Morio ’91 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 844-GoNavy-1 (466-2891), extension 91 and he will get you the best possible deal.

Carpe Diem,

Joe Moreno
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PS – I’ve received more feedback from my e-mail to the class, last week, than any other e-mail I've sent. Virtually every single message was supportive and gracious. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

PPS – Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about the hotels. Tomorrow (Sunday) the reunion committee is meeting to confirm our schedule of events which should be the same as our last reunion.

Reunion Date has changed

 

Our class reunion date has changed one more (final) time to:
September 13 – 16, 2018 against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (yes, that was our original plan, a year ago). There is currently no game, home or away, scheduled in August.

Why is this reunion so difficult? Why? Why? Why?
The answer is simple: After 134 years as an independent in football, the Naval Academy officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference about two and a half years ago. The reason for the conference change was that it gives Navy the opportunity to reach the most prestigious bowl games nationally under the postseason structure.

Why does the football conference change affect our reunion planning?
It affects us because the annual football schedule was nearly fully locked down a couple years in advance when we were an independent. This gave us (the reunion committee) the ability to lean forward and lock in ideal reunion venues, early. However, now that we're in a new conference we, as well as the other classes planning reunions, are all experiencing the growing pains of trying to plan our reunions either on short notice with few choices and deals, or else being whipsawed around if the game dates change as we've encountered twice for our 25th reunion. We are learning our lessons.

Joe, do you not realize how much this hoses up some of our plans?
Yes, I do. I truly do. This is our third go at planning our 25th reunion, but your reunion committee is charging ahead, albeit with great frustration. (Big thanks to Amy Garwood, wife of our classmate Casey Garwood, for shifting our contracts to the new date). However, I have some additional bad news...

What's the additional bad news?
We're cancelling our contract with the Loews Hotel as our HQ hotel for a couple reasons:
1. The Loews doesn't have enough rooms, on the new date, for it to make sense to use as a HQ hotels. (With the new reunion date, they offered us fewer rooms.)
2. The rates Loews offered us for the new date, since it’s short notice on a busy weekend, increased substantially (close to 2x the rates we were offered at other hotels we're considering, plus the Loews charges a fee for parking).

Is there more bad news?
Yes! The hits just keep coming. The Loews is planning to charge us a $28,215 contract cancellation fee. The good news is that you won't be charged additional pricing for reunion tickets to cover this fee. When the invoice comes in for this fee I'll instruct our class treasurer, Efren, to contact the Alumni Assoication for payment from our account. We're being charged this fee because we were 7 – 10 days past their 240 day contract cancellation cutoff. This is a spectacular oversight on my part. We began negotiating with the Loews almost a month ago, as soon as we found out the game date changed, but we ran into delays due to the holidays, blizzard, key people out of the office with the flu, etc. As I mentioned, this cancellation fee won’t cost you any additional price in our reunion tickets, so please be patient as I continue to work through this with the Loews. In the mean time, you’ll be happy to know that the rates we’re negotiating with other hotels are cheaper than the original rate we had with the Loews. 

What about my current Loews reservations for August?
This is urgent… If you made reservations with the Loews for August 2018 then, in order to complete the cancellation of our contract with the Loews, I'll need you to immediately contact the Loews and cancel your reservation.
You can cancel your Loews reservation two ways:
Online: Visit https://www.loewshotels.com/annapolis and enter your name and confirmation number. If you don't have your confirmation number then I can provide it to you, simply e-mail me and I’ll reply back with your confirmation number. Just make sure that your full name is in your e-mail. I occasionally receive e-mails from classmates with no name in the “From” part other than F14driver93@yahoo.com and a closing salutation of “Thanks, John.”
Telephone: Call the Loews at 410-263-7777 or 1-844-394-6341 and give them your last name and the dates of your reservation to cancel.
It's imperative that you cancel your Loews reservation ASAP to complete the cancellation of our contract. The sooner this is completed, the better.

Will the reunion date change again?
No, no, no. Not on my watch. We are committed to September 13 – 16, 2018 along with the classes of 1978 and 1998. As a matter of fact, '98 will be tailgating right next to us by the '53 Pavilion. As an added bonus, the Medal of Honor Society will be in town for their convention along with more than 50 Medal of Honor recipients – so, I’m sure we’ll bump into some great American heroes in the truest sense of the word. These Medal of Honor recipients will also be in attendance at the parade and football game leaving me to speculate that the game date won’t change again.

Ok, so what's the plan for our 25th reunion?
Our reunion plan venues should remain the same.
I’m reviewing the final contracts that I received, yesterday. Before the end of next week, I will have definitive word for you.
September 13-16, 2018
Thursday, Sept 13: No host social at our 25th reunion HQ hotel (HQ hotel is TBD).
Friday, Sept 14: Friday evening cocktail buffet at the N* Room at the stadium.
Saturday, Sept 15: 53 Pavilion & Class Ring NW tailgate.
Sunday, Sept 16: Memorial service (tentatively at the Levy Center) and brunch at Akerson Tower at the stadium.

Anything else?
Please be patient as I work through the details of our reunion plans and the final outcome with the Loews, in the mean time, cancel your reservations at the Loews.
Carpe Diem,
Joe Moreno
joe@usna93.com

 

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