Page updated on October 9, 2019
UPDATE: OCTOBER 2019
As we approach the final days to our reunion, I want to bring you up to date on the Class of 1964 Cruise Endowment Fund established through our Alumni Association, the Fort Schuyler Alumni Association, founded in 1903. The figures presented are as of September 27, 2019.
Since last fall, when we announced the goal of our 55th anniversary was to raise our existing endowment to $75,000, we have raised an additional $16,825 for the fund plus an unknow amount that was mistakenly deposited to the college's Foundation account by seven of our classmates. The total deposited into our FSMMA Class of 1964 Cruise Endowment Fund since we established the fund in 2013 is $68,518. A few classmates have contacted me saying that they were going to contribute and the "check is in the mail". Their donations are not included in the $68,518. The donations have come from 64 members of the class. A phenomenal response rate! Nearly a 60% participation rate!
With the addition of the "in the mail" donations noted above and others who have put donating on the back burner, I expect the total donations to the Class of 1964 Cruise Endowment Fund to be over $70,000 by Homecoming. If we add in the amount that was mistakenly deposited into the college's Foundation, we may reach our goal of $75,000.
In closing, I want to say a sincere THANK YOU to all those who have supported our class effort to recognize the unique element of our Fort Schuyler education and experience which contributed so much to the class bond we have had over the past 59 plus years, the "cruises".
Keep well and keep in touch.
PS If you have had your donation on the "back burner", by taking immediate action your donation can be included in the total announced at Homecoming.
Simplest way to donate is to go online, http://www.fsmaa.org and click on "Donate Now". You will see our class picture from our 2014 reunion. Then click on "HERE", fill in the requested information and when you get to "Scholarship Endowment Fund/Class Funds/Individual Funds" look for "Class of 1964 Cruise Endowment Fund".
If you are planning to mail in a check, address it to FSMAA, 236 Ernston Road, Parlin, NJ 08859 and note on the check "Class of 1964 Cruise Endowment Fund". Please mail checks by Saturday so that the FSMAA receive it and can process it in time.
If you are making a last minute donation, please let me know so I can follow up with the FSMAA and make sure it is properly recorded.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2019
In less than a month we will be together - again - for our 55th Reunion. Can you believe that it has been that long..
For those attending the 55th Reunion an Agenda for the Weekend is attached....
For those that are unable to attend - be assured that you all will be missed - and hopefully you will be able to attend the NEXT one...
Two (2) additional items: Go to "Journalette by Joy" on our website https://www.maritimereunion64.com/journalette-by-joy.html and send Joy something to add to the Journalette..
Also click on "2019 ENDOWMENTS" follow Jose's instructions and make your donation to our Endowment Fund. $75,000 is our goal and we are getting close....https://www.maritimereunion64.com/2019-endowments.html
Our best wishes to all of you and safe travels,
Your Reunion Committee
UPDATE: JULY 2019
Happy and Prayerful Summertime Greetings, and Many Thanks for all that you and the committee are doing for the reunion, but even more importantly for keeping us all together as a community of life long friends.
I will be very happy to celebrate the Sunday Mass at 8:AM for anyone wishing to attend. I will bring all the liturgical items, and presume The hotel can provide a table for an altar and the Chairs.Please let me know if there is anything else I can do.
Gratefully, Jim Huvane.
I have not had many responses to a request for things for a "Journalette" for the reunion so Mary and I decided to do it online on the website. She has put the few stories or "happenings" from classmates on the website in the "2019 Journalette by Joy" section.
So.......even if you don't plan to attend the reunion, if you are into something fun for your retirement years, have NEW contact information, new family members, a special event, a good story, a difficult period you have experienced or any updates that you would be willing to share with your classmates, even a family picture, email them to me so I can check you off!!! I will then get them to our web genius, Mary, for posting. The sooner the better!!!
In the meantime, you MUST continue to check our website because Mary is always updating it and it is AWESOME. She is always looking for more memory type stuff from the "old days" for her "Just for Fun" section. She really makes it a fun experience. Steve Richter is also still looking for any pictures, slides, movies he can include in the dvd he is creating for us all to see at the reunion. We are getting closer so please don't put it off any longer!!!!! Best to all......hope to see you soon, Joy
UPDATE: JUNE 2019
Dear Classmates, A friendly reminder that payment for the 55th Reunion is due. Once again, the price is $175.00 each or $350.00 for a couple. Please include the name of your spouse or significant other and mail your check to: Rick Kisling 9 Colonial Drive Bethel, CT 06801.
For those who have already paid -- THANK YOU -- THANK YOU--
Also, don't forget to make your hotel reservations. Check our website for all Reunion information www.maritimereunion64.com
We look forward to seeing all of you at our 55th, October 18-20, 2019.
Have a safe and healthy summer,
Your Reunion Committee
We are about three (3) months away from getting together for our 55th Reunion. Time to mail your Reunion checks. $175.00 for one (1) and $350.00 for two (2) people. Please make checks payable to:
Maritime Reunion Class of 1964 and mail to
Rick Kisling 9 Colonial Drive Bethel, CT 06801
Please add your spouse's name...
For those that have already sent in your $$$ THANK YOU........
For those that were unable to make our 50th Reunion... You were Missed and we are hopeful that you will attend the 55th Reunion...
Also, Last night I attended an Alumni (about 125 grads) gathering aboard the training ship, Empire State VI. Had the pleasure of being with our Classmate, Fred Lobbin and his wife Judy.
Also ran into Roy Soluri - 1962.. Jim Whelan - 1962.. John Dropp - 1963 and the brother, Steve - 1966 of our Classmate Jim Huvane...
Best to all of you.. See you in October. ED
UPDATE: MAY 2019
Dear Classmates, Rick Kisling is now requesting payment for the 55th Reunion scheduled for the weekend of October 18-20, 2019. The hotel is asking for more money as a deposit for our dinner on October 19, 2019. Once again, the price is $175.00 each or $350.00 for a couple. Please make your checks payable to "MARITIME REUNION CLASS OF 1964". Please include the name of your spouse or significant other and mail your check to:
9 Colonial Drive
Bethel, CT 06801
If possible, please mail your check ASAP, although the deadline is August 31, 2019, when a guarantee is needed.
DON'T FORGET TO MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS. Check our website for information.... www.maritimereunion64.com..........
We look forward to seeing all of you in October.
Best regards, ED
UPDATE: APRIL 2019
Dear Classmates, Please find attached a letter from Jose with regard to the "CLASS OF 1964 CRUISE ENDOWMENT FUND" with instructions on "How To Donate".
Let's reach our goal of $75,000 before our 55th Reunion in October.
Best to all of you, ED
P.S. Click HERE for Jose's letter.
Friday: Golf and Ship Tours
Friday Evening: We will have our get together at the Renaissance Hotel in the Kykuit-Lyndhurst Hospitality Room
Saturday: Parking on campus (near Chapel entrance)
Breakfast at 0800-0830 in the Library at the Fort
Gather at 1000 to pass in review at 1030 (Blue Jacket, Khaki Pants, 55th Reunion Hat)
Then timetable per the Fort links for Saturday afternoon including lunch and events.
Saturday night: at the Renaissance Hotel
1800 to 1900 Cocktails in the Harrison Ball Room
2000 to 2300 Dinner in the Harrison Ball Room
Sunday Morning: Breakfast in the lobby, possibly a Mass and then good byes for another 5 years. DO NOT FORGET TO BOOK YOUR ROOMS!
UPDATE: MARCH 2019
Really good news!! Due to the great success of his DVD last year, Steve Richter has agreed to do another one for this year!!
Once again, he is requesting your contributions to make this special again.... To quote Steve:
"I am willing, able and good to go with creating a video. I think we all saw how much fun photos from back in the day were because of the great memories they allowed us to relive. The thanks I received after the viewing at our 50th made the time and effort all worthwhile so I am once again requesting lots of pictures, movies, anything...I need input. I urge everyone to snail mail (1574 Gadsden Place, The Villages, FL 32162) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) hard copy, or soft copy (attach) photos, videos, etc., in any format. Slides, 8mm, super 8mm, hard copy, ( in most any condition - I am good at restoring). I will use and return any hard copy of back in the day stuff.
The checking account is now open for registration of $175 per person and $350 per couple for the 55th reunion. No senior discounts allowed.
Checks should be made out to "Maritime Reunion Class of 1964" and sent to
9 Coloinial Drive
Bethel, Ct. 06801
Deadline is August 31, 2019 as we have to give our final numbers and make our final payment to the hotel in mid September. Will probably have to send out this e-mail a few times before 8/31.
We are counting on the fact that all the submissions from last year tweaked those of you that DIDN'T SEND pictures to Steve, and the rest of you to send more. Let's give him some "stuff"!!
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2019
MOST RECENT HOTEL INFORMATION FOR THE OCTOBER REUNION
Renaissance Hotel, Westchester, NY....914-694-5400. (same as last reunion).
Ask for: Maritime College Class of 1964 Reunion.
They are holding 5 rooms for Thursday 10/17
50 rooms for Friday and Saturday 10/18 and 10/19
5 rooms for Sunday 10/20
at a rate of $159/room. DO NOT LET THEM TRY TO CHARGE YOU $164!! There has been some confusion about rates but our contract says $159. Cancellation allowed up to 3 days prior to arrival.
Important to get your reservation to insure this rate and get a room.
The Class of '69 will also be at this hotel the same weekend!!
FYI.....Mary has our website up and running.....maritimereunion64.com
Looking forward to seeing all!!
Your Reunion Crew
Our 55th Reunion will be held in conjunction with Homecoming at the Fort on October 19, 2019. Rick Kisling has booked the Renaissance Westchester Hotel
80 West Red Oak Lane West Harrison, NY 10604 914-694-5400. When making reservations inform the hotel you are with the Class 0f 1964. In addition to the Homecoming festivities at the Fort, our Class will have a dinner at the Hotel on the evening of October 19th.
The Class of 1964 Cruise Fund has reached $51,843 and we are setting a goal of $75,000 by the time of our 55th Reunion on October 19, 2019. Please make your checks out to:
FSMAA CLASS OF 1964 CRUISE FUND and mail to FSMAA 236 Ernston Road Parlin, NJ 08859....
you can call 718-931-6887 and use a credit card.....
Rick Kisling investigated and sent me the following:
"At our age we are all required to take money from our IRA's which is called RMD (Required Minimum Distribution).
If we authorize our IRA Institution to send a donation (check or electronic deposit) direct to the "FSMAA Class of 1964 Cruise Fund" to the Alumni address above before year end,
you can donate to the Cruise Fund and not have to pay taxes on the amount sent direct from your IRA. You can do this each year and get a tax deduction...
The amount donated from your IRA is deducted from your total yearly taxable IRA distributions"......
We wish all of you the very best for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year...
Your Reunion Committee......