Monterey 2016

It is that time again for another VP Officer Reunion on the West Coast, which will take place on September 23-25, 2016 in Monterey.  In November 2014 a great time was had by all of the approximately 240 attendees in San Diego and we look for another great event this year in Monterey!  The functions and events are designed to provide you with a great opportunity to socialize and “catch up” with old friends and squadron mates in a very enjoyable setting.

We don’t know if this one will be the last but be assured the memories will last a life time.  The Hyatt Regency Monterey is a world-class Resort, in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.  The Hyatt Regency Monterey has made many wonderful improvements that will enhance our stay and increase your enjoyment.  The hospitality suite is ideally located close to many amenities; like the pool, a fire pit, the gym, and the Friday evening Reception.  We plan to offer a Continental breakfast for all those staying at the Hyatt Regency.  So get your Bloody Mary at the Hospitality Suite and walk next door for bake goods, yogurt, juice, and coffee.

LODGING & HEADQUARTERS—HYATT REGENCY HOTEL

We encourage people to stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey.  It is central to all activities, maximizes your time with friends and minimizes driving after the events.  The Hyatt Regency is a Resort with world-class amenities.  It is close to the Naval Postgraduate School, the location for the Saturday evening event.  It is ideally situated and close to popular attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel, and so many others.  Swim in the heated pool, relax in their large whirlpool spa, indulge in a massage or one of their other spa services, or work out in the fitness center.

We have reserved rooms at a great rate of $189 plus tax.  However, after the cut-off date of August 5, 2016, that rate will no longer be available.  Initial interest in the reunion has been very strong, so make your reservations early!  Should you want to arrive a day or two early or stay over for a couple days, the hotel will honor the reunion rate for one day prior to and one day after the event.  That’s Thursday through Sunday.

Reservations can be made online at:
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/VPNavyReunion2016
or by calling the PassKey operator at 1-888-421-1442 and requesting the special group rate for “VP Navy Reunion”. 
You will notice that the Resort Fee has been waived for our reunion.  Another savings!

You can see and read additional details about the hotel at HyattRegencyMonterey.comCheck out the photos of the entire property.

ARRIVAL:  On Friday afternoon, we will have a welcome table set up in the courtyard adjacent to the Hospitality Suite, Room 1203.  Check with the Hotel Registration receptionist for directions.  You will receive a folder with details of the weekend’s activities at the welcome table.  We will move the welcome table to the Regency Conference Center prior to the Friday evening reception, for those arriving late or not staying in the hotel.

WEATHER:  Usually mild in late September.  Possibly cool in the evenings.  Average daytime temperature is 70 and the overnight low is around 52.  Recommend you bring clothes for a layered look for best comfort and flexibility.  A flight jacket is suggested for the reception.  I remember all of them in San Diego.  It was a walking history lesson.

HOSPITALITY SUITE:  The hospitality suite (Room 1203) will be provided on the ground level with a patio that is near the pool and gym.  It will be stocked with wine, beer, sodas, snacks and liquor and will be available during popular hours for gathering and socializing.  The Continental Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning for those staying at the Hyatt is close.

WELCOME RECEPTION:  Will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Conference Center on Friday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  The venue is heavy hors d’oeuvres, sufficient to replace dinner.  A no-host bar will be available.  The space opens out onto a deck.  The evening air can be a little cool and you will certainly want to go outside to view the beautiful sky, so Sport Coat/Blazer or sweaters for men and sweaters, jacket, or light wrap for women is suggested.  You might also want to remember your camera! 

NOTE:  Flight jackets are encouraged for the aviators.  Wear and share your history!

GOLF TOURNAMENT:  Will be held on Saturday morning at the Monterey Pines Golf Course, just down the road to the east from the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  A map to the course will be provided in your welcome packet.  Prizes will be presented during the Saturday evening Banquet.  Please refer to the Golf Registration sheet for details on how to sign up for the scramble and how to list your desired partner(s).  Please send in the golf registration with your reunion registration, so we can organize the teams.  Those not specifying partners will be assigned to a group.   The team assignments will be posted on Friday at the Hospitality Suite.  Golf club rental is available, so don’t miss this opportunity because you don’t want to lug your clubs with you.  It is a real bargain; golf with cart, prizes and lunch for $60!

Register here for the golf tournament. Please contact Greg Zorbach with any questions. If you are a contact list subscriber, you will find his contact information there.

Call the golf course Manager at (831)656-7659 to reserve rental clubs. (12 sets are available). Individuals are responsible for rental clubs payment at the course.

SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET:  The banquet committee has done its best to provide an outstanding evening.  The Naval Postgraduate School’s beautiful Ballroom will be the site of the Saturday night dinner.  It has been completely renovated to its original splendor.  Dinner will offer a choice of salads and entrées.  The evening starts with a no-host cocktail hour from 6 to 7 PM.  Dinner, will include two bottles of wine per table.  However, since so many of you are into better wines, we have made arrangements for you to bring your favorite wines and pay a $15 corkage fee per 750ml bottle.  Cash only please.  We are working on a short program focused on our community’s History and Heritage.  If you have pictures of deployment sites and crews, please send them to Tom Spink and include annotations, names, etc.  But the majority of the evening is designed to maximize your time with your shipmates.

We have decided on a system to determine which table goes to the Buffet line first, second, etc.  The squadron with the most attendees will go first, second most will go second, and on from there.  The squadrons that have declared mini-reunions within the larger reunions, so far, are:

VP-6 Blue Sharks, VP-9 Golden Eagles, VP-46 Grey Knights, and the Moffett Naval Air Reserves including VP-91, SRUs, NARCEN, the multiple ASWOCs, and the Captains Study Group. 

Transportation:  Unfortunately, a shuttle bus to and from the Hyatt to the Naval Postgraduate School is prohibitively expensive.  Please car pool to the Banquet.  Security is tight at the NPGS, so we have to provide Security with a list of everyone attending the Banquet in advance.  When you fill out the registration sheet, please include your first name, the one on your driver’s license or ID card, because that is what the Security Guard at the PG School will be checking. (I know, it is a pain, but they have their rules.)

SIGHTSEEING & LOCAL ACTIVITIES:  Needless to say, there are more things to do in Monterey than you will have time.  Additional brochures and information about Monterey attractions will be provided in your welcome packet.

SUNDAY BRUNCH:  Some of you may want to have a farewell get-together with your own special group on Sunday morning.  There are many places around Monterey which can accommodate groups.  Groups larger than four should make advance reservations.

CANCELLATIONS:  In past years we have had a frenzy of additions and subtractions within the last few days (and even hours) of the reunion.  In almost all cases we have refunded money on late cancellations.  We will continue to do our best; but the $25 Administrative fee is not refundable and we reserve the right to withhold refunds to anyone canceling within two weeks of the event if it is not deemed an emergency and/or will jeopardize the committee meeting our financial obligations.

REGISTRATION:  The committee requests that you return your Registration Form and check as soon as possible.  It is a great help to us in planning the events to get as early indication as possible of the numbers of attendees.  Remember, the deadline for getting the special room rate is August 5, 2016.  However, since we have only reserved rooms until August, the sooner you reserve them the earlier we will know if we need to commit for more.

Also, subscribe here to make sure you are in the database.  That way you will receive updates and you can see the pictures afterwards.

HELP US GET OUT THE WORD:  Please pass along word about the reunion to everyone on your VP e-mail, mailing and phone lists.  We have a large data base; but it isn’t always up to date and may not contain all of your friends and contacts.  The database administrator has a file of all the emails that kick back if the recipient changed their ISP.  We sent over 300 postcards out trying to reconnect with those who went “Lost Contact.”  We were able to regain contact with many.

Help us make this the biggest and best reunion ever by encouraging your squadron mates and friends to attend!  We can provide the venue but you need to bring the party.

See you in September!

Tom Spink
Committee Chairman

Jim Schear
Committee Co-Chairman

 

 
 
 

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