The reunion of 2004 has gone down in history as a
success. Turnout was small as would be expected with such short
notice. It was important to hold our organization's first meeting to
elect our governing body. We accomplished everything we had planned
and had a great time getting to know each other.
We want to thank Linda Janson, the Coast Guard Club
manager for helping us put this together and for the use of the club
for our reunion.
In attendance were Sandy Schwaab, Ed & Sandie
Anderson, George Staples, Dick & Sandra Petri, Bill Zickuhr, Bob
Gasior and Doug & Sandy O'Dell.
The photo above left, from left to right is
George Staples, Ed Anderson with wife Sandie.
Photo above right from left to right is Bill Zickuhr, Sandy Schwaab,
Dick Petri's wife Sandra and Dick, and Bob Gasior.
Some of the memorabilia brought by members was a
framed art print of the Kaw, a set of Blueprints of the Kaw was brought by Ed
Anderson, Dick Petri brought two model Coast Guard Cutters, the CGC
Neah Bay and the CGC Sauk. These models were absolutely fantastic
museum quality ships. Just beautiful. Dick also brought a laptop which
he used for a slide show presentation of his model ship collection. We
could do a documentary on Coast Guard Cutters with this.
Above left: CGC Sauk
WYTM-99 Above right: CGC
Neah Bay WTGB-105
of Dick Petri's models click here
We all had drinks, and some great conversation
followed by a fine dinner prepared by the Club chef Elmer. On hand was
a table full of very tasty appetizers. Kudos to Elmer for this fine
Following our dinner, the group moved over to the
conference room to conduct our first business meeting and elect our
first round of officers. Elected to office are;
- President - Doug O'Dell
- VP - George Staples
- Secretary - Ed Anderson
- Treasurer - Doug O'Dell
- Historian - Sandy Schwaab
Continuing to act as webmaster will be Doug O'Dell
Having elected our governing body, the group
discussed future business and plans that the CG Tug Association would
like to begin activities with. This is and will continue to be an on
going work to bring focus to the mission goals of our organization,
and to begin implementing those plans. Our course has been
Our association treasury was started with voluntary
donations by our membership. We will be depending on this method of
generating operating funds in order to allow membership in the CG Tug
Association to remain free.
Our meeting was adjourned and the group remained at
the club to share the old "sea Stories", reminisce and have
another round, until late in the evening.
Saturday morning most of the group met again at the Coast
Guard Moorings for a scheduled tour of the CGC Neah Bay. We want
to thank Lt. Bernard Sandy, Commanding Officer of the Neah Bay for
inviting us aboard for this and a special thanks to MK1 Ron Lowry for the
very informative three hour tour. What a difference there is between
the old WYTM boats and the WTGBs. The advances in technology are truly
Left to right, Our tour guide MK1 Ron
Lowry, Sandy Schwaab George Staples Ed and Sandie Anderson. Photo to
the right is the table on the mess deck. Very nicely inlayed pictured
of the Neah Bay in wooden table.
photos click here
After our tour we met at an Irish pub and restaurant
for lunch and a couple mugs of Guinness.
We then met up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
All present had never been there and we decided to make a day of it.
With feet beginning to ache, we thoroughly enjoyed the Rock Hall. But
Alas, all good things must come to an end. So we bid our farewells and
turned in for the night. Doug Hove to in the ice for the evening and
rumor has it Sandy Schwaab and George Staple went out for another
night on the town. They must have gone back up to the Harp for an
Well who says you need a large crowd to have a good
time? We had a fantastic time with just a dozen. But then again,
Coasties have always known how to have a good time. And we certainly
did. Our thanks to all who attended and made our reunion and meeting
such a success.
Next year should be even better and we'll be
announcing plans for that soon.