2015 Buffalo, NY Reunion Recap



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The 11th Biennual Reunion held in Buffalo, NY is now behind us.

2015 Buffalo Reunion Recap by Gene D' Arezzo


First off, I want to thank each and every one of you who attended the reunion.  The success of our reunions is strictly on the shoulders of those who attend.  Planning this reunion in buffalo was a pleasure, and I’m thankful for the opportunity the membership has given me to host the last five, Seattle, San Antonio, Charleston, San Diego and Buffalo.  I now pass the reins over to Dave Reasons who will be handling 2017.  Somewhere in this flank speed, he’ll be addressing our 2017 location and additional information.

 

Secondly, we had a good experience with the millennium hotel.  They were there for us, with adjustments, additions, and were at our beckoned command at all times throughout our reunion.

 

Thirdly, i want to acknowledge English Bay bakeries for their generous donation of cookies throughout our reunion.  I also want to thank Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s for the free food coupons, and also many of the raffle items, beach towels, briefcases, etc. 

 

One hundred and thirty six shipmates, spouse, guests and children experienced a wonderful event.  We started off on Sunday, June 21st with registration who then adjourned to the hospitality room where joyful conversation and friendships were renewed.  Some of our group headed for adventures throughout the buffalo area.


Our bartenders attended to the wishes of our group and did a marvelous job.  Hats off to Kenny Pitman, Tom Rock, Warren Doyle and Nathan Doyle who did what they had to do to make it happen.  Gene Douglas in making sure that all hands were wearing their id badges throughout.  My family, Rick, Debi,  Gerie and Zach Aldridge for assisting me with every little detail that came up.

 

On Monday morning we had our general meeting and election.  It is my pleasure to report that we have a new slate of officers and directors.  Many thanks to Terry Hutton (who passed away July 30, 2015) who was extremely involved with setting up the USS Bausell DD845 association as a nonprofit corporation.  Kenny Pitman passed the gavel of the president to Craig Horton.  I’m remaining as vice president.  Fran Mauk continues to be your secretary.  Warren Doyle has passed the treasurer duties to Joe Hackett but will continue as our historian and other duties that may come up.  Gene Douglas has passed the Sgt At Arms duties to Ron Schaefer.  Jim Mauk continues as our chaplain, Joe Hackett as our ship’s store guru, Nelda Hackett with the flank speed and Charles Scott as webmaster.


Monday afternoon we had two caricature artists do their renditions of our shipmates and guests and make them appear as we know them.  It was a good time and I’m sure many of the drawings have now been framed.  Monday evening we had a buffalo reception with plenty of food for all.  We experienced the famed chicken wings and weck sandwiches among many other choices.

 

Tuesday was an all-day event at Niagara falls where we experienced the ‘maid of the mist’ ride at the falls.  We also had a wonderful lunch at the Niagara convention center.  The one word description mostly heard was “wow”.  Second was “awesome”.


Wednesday we shuttled to Military Park and toured the museum ships, USS Little Rock, USS Sullivans and the SS Croaker.  We had a wonderful catered lunch by Pearl Street brewery.  This was followed by our memorial service where we had a bagpiper and bugler.  We also had the honor of Ronnie and Ralee Blackwell participating in the reading of their father and grandfather fallen shipmate Lem B Blackwell, the Interrante family, Glenice, Rosendo, Alecia and Samantha participated with the grandchildren Rosendo and Samantha reading the name of our fallen shipmate Vincent Interrante.


Thursday was our raffle day and a free afternoon.  Thursday evening was our patriotic themed farewell banquet with a juggler and comedian putting on a fun show for us all.

Friday was departure day for half of the group, with the other half staying an extra day to go on the optional tour we had scheduled for Canada.  We were able to view the falls from the Canadian side. We had a nice stroll through downtown Niagara on the lake, all enjoying lunch at different venues, and then toured a winery before returning to the millennium.


Saturday was departure day for the rest of us.  



Buffalo, NY 2015 is now engraved in History but New Orleans, LA 2017 IS OUR FUTURE.