Greetings USS KIRK Shipmates and Friends of KIRK!
Time is marching on, and we are now down to a little more than a month before we are together again in Branson. Can’t wait! Here are a few items:
–– We will have a DVD player/projector and wide screen TVs in the “Hospitality Room.” Here’s an idea: all of us — even our Plankowners and “dinosaur” shipmates — probably have a “smartphone” of some sort, and ALL of these devices allow us to take both photos AND videos. So, if you are unable to join us in Branson, please take a few minutes to sit down and record a “Greetings to my KIRK Shipmates” video, and send it to Hugh Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) attached to the email. Keep them short and sharp (no more than few minutes) and please tell us what you’ve done since your days on KIRK, and where life has taken you and your family. Your shipmates at the reunion will love to hear from you, and to SEE you again after all these years, even if it is just by video! (For our “ancient mariners,” just ask your grandchildren how to do it!)
— We are trying our best to keep the cost of this reunion under control so that you can take full advantage of all there is to do and see in Branson. So we have decided to leave the really expensive stuff up to your individual tastes! We will keep the “Hospitality Room” stocked with assorted snacks and soft drinks throughout the reunion, but please consider it a “BYO” for beer, wine, and the hard stuff. For the banquet on Thursday evening, there will be a cash bar provided by the hotel, and the hotel has confirmed that there is no “cork fee” or anything like that if you bring your own wine to the table. We hope you understand, but if we had included bottles of wine in the cost of the banquet, it would have increased the “per” price by a significant amount for all of us. So, BYOB!
— Photos, videos, and other USS KIRK artifacts and memorabilia: Please bring with you all your KIRK digital photos and videos. In addition to the Audio/Visual projection equipment that we will have at the reunion, we will have a scanner as well. So please take a look in that old shoe box that’s down in the basement, up in the attic, or out in the garage – the place where you keep all your old “Navy stuff.” Please bring your KIRK snapshots, letters, news clippings, Family Grams, documents, and other “hard copy” items with you. We will be able to scan them for you, and if you let us, we’ll add them into our USS KIRK Association “archives.” It seems like we all had a camera of some sort when we were aboard, so let your old photos become a permanent part of our USS KIRK “heritage”! Check your old service record for awards, commendations, etc., so we can scan those, too. And don’t forget to dig out those old “cruise books”!
The countdown continues – on to Branson!