Whiskey Battery 1/12
Reunion– San Diego, CA – 2016
Saturday, Sept. 24,
Call to Order:
called the meeting to order at 3:35PM.
Allegiance was led by Mark Keefe.
Hymn was led by Virgil Boyer and Russ Hicks followed directly by the
reading of deceased Whiskey Battery member names and bell toll for
Prayer for the
departed and blessing by Dale Millard.
asked for a vote to have Dale Millard become our “official” Reunion
Chaplain. All present voted in favor.
was held as to what week the reunion should fall on. In the past the
reunions were held as close to the second weekend of September as
possible. After much discussion, it was left that the reunion dates
would be set by whoever was hosting that year due to what they could
book/pricing, etc. but it would be kept in mind to work towards the
second week of September whenever feasible.
Report: (Dick Huslander)
There was $1300 in our
fund at the end of the last reunion.
Throughout the year were
the usual expenses of reimbursement for the previous year’s reunion
expenses, mailing, internet hosting and engraving the plaque with any
newly deceased names leaving $1124. in our fund at the beginning of
this year’s meeting.
Hat passed during meeting
netted $745. making the current total of fund at the close of this
year’s meeting at $1869.
Charlie Biddix plans on
working throughout the coming year on getting donations/discounts from
various vendors/companies to cover our meeting’s food, drinks, etc.
He suggested that anyone who had any ideas/requests email him
directly. Charlie’s email address is:
Mark Steffy asked
all present to start thinking about hosting our reunion for the year
2018. No one has volunteered yet as of meeting time.
Charlie Burke who is from nearby Carlsbad, CA. This was Charlie’s
first time attending one of our reunions.
suggested that we include other Battery #’s in our reunions. Most
were not in favor of this was this is our own Battery 1/12 reunion.
Bissonnette thanked Mark Steffy for this year’s reunion and all the
hard work he put into making our reunion another get time for us to
all be together. All present agreed.
Zhuckkahosee son, Reggie, came to the reunion bringing his usual
gift of Macadamia nuts plus some beautiful Hawaiian calendars. He is
a very thoughtful young man and everyone appreciated his generosity.
stated that she is still hoping to get a lot more stories/memories
written and posted on our website as this is important for future
generations/descendants to know and understand the experiences and
memories our Marines share. Please reach out to Connie by email or
phone (if you would rather just dictate to her). She will capture
and post. Connie’s email address and phone are below here:
meeting adjourned at 3:59PM followed by group pictures.
After the meeting adjourned Mark Steffy treated us all to a song by
Trace Adkins while playing his 12 string guitar. Mark shared his story
of how he saved money the whole time he was in the service so he could
by a good 12 string guitar and how this guitar got him through the
rough years after Vietnam. He also shared a story of how he met John
Denver who was then John Deutschendorf and the newest member of
the Chad Mitchell trio. He met personally with John after the show and
John taught Mark his first song on a 12 string guitar. Mark’s second
song he treated us to was Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes. He cajoled all the
ladies present to come up and sing along with him. A good time was had
by all. Thank you Mark Steffy!!
Special thanks to Debbie Bissonnette for taking
such great minutes.