Class Project

September 2020

 

September 2020

Dear Classmates (and Sweethearts of Classmates),

We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.  We planned this important letter to you earlier however, for many reasons, the time just didn’t seem right as, one way or the other, we each struggled to examine our priorities in this time of rapid change. 

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the Academy’s need to keep facilities up to date with the demands that our Service and our Country place on the future officers who are being trained over forty years after our departure in 1978.  For this important reason, we announced in December that our class plans to support the new Maritime Center of Excellence project to replace the sailing center, Pine Hall.  Although the project start has been delayed, the current plan is to have it completed by the fall of 2022…..in good time for us to inspect the result of our Class Gift at our 45th reunion in 2023!

Your participation is the key to our success.  With that in mind, we have enclosed important information about the new Maritime Center of Excellence project which, with our support, will soon replace Pine Hall.  The Maritime Center of Excellence (MCoE) will be a premier facility intended to embody the institutional heritage of seamanship while instilling a liking for the sea and its lore in the newest members of America’s oldest sea-going service.  The MCoE will provide a distinguishing feature of the Academy adjacent to the Thames River to inspire prospective candidates, students, service members and Alumni.

As explained in this packet, and online at the MCOE page on https://www.cgaalumni.org, the MCoE design will include open space with displays for academy functions, multi-purpose rooms for training and briefings, a Marine Science lab, locker rooms, boat bays, and staff offices supporting marina operations and necessary maintenance functions.  It will connect with and complement the rebuilt waterfront infrastructure, the updated Jacob’s Rock Sailing Center, and the fleet of modern sail training craft and support vessels to serve as the focal point for fundamental waterfront and maritime training.

The Class of ’78 made a commitment to raise at least $250,000 by our 45th Class Reunion in October of 2023.   This gift will fund the Main Entrance and Vestibule of the MCoE where a plaque will be placed to memorialize our commitment to this important project.

To make this inspirational goal we will need everyone’s support.

100% participation is our target!

Some of us are in the position to make a Major Gift in support of our 45th Reunion Class Commitment.  But every gift, regardless of amount, is important and every gift counts toward our target of 100% participation.  To this end, each Committee Member below has pledged his commitment to the MCoE.  Together, all ten of us respectfully request that you pledge your support as well.  Please return the enclosed Letter of Intent with your pledge by October 15, 2020, or go online to www.cgaalumni.org/mcoe1978. If you have questions about making a gift please contact Susan Kenyon at skenyon@cgaalumni.org, or call 860-442-2683 x12.

See you in ’23!  ‘78 is Great!

Gift Committee:  Manson Brown, Chris Bond, Joe Castillo, Mike Lucia, Kerry Watterson & Brooke Winter

Reunion Committee:  Iain Anderson, Bruce Black, Chris Bond, Bryon Ing & Mike Vincenty

 

 

May 2020

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2020

Dear Classmates and Spouses,

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, many of us are experiencing an unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty in terms of our health, our finances or both. 

We know that the pandemic will pass and that bright days are ahead.  By the time we all gather together in October of 2023 to celebrate our 45th Reunion, we are confident that this pandemic will be little more than a bad memory.  But each Classmate listed below agrees that until the worst of this is over and our great country has been given the chance to heal, the only really important thing to our Class is that each of us is feeling healthy and secure.  The time for turning our attention to the MCoE can wait for now.

As you know from previous correspondence and our class notes in the Bulletin, our Class once again stepped forward and pledged support to help build the new Maritime Center of Excellence (MCoE) which is going to be built where the current Pine Hall is located at the Academy.  We had hoped by now that we would have sent you detailed materials regarding our pledge to support the MCoE for our 45th Reunion.  We also hoped that by now, we would have made a very good start toward meeting our $250,000 goal.    

What we know right now is that our Class is very generous and that our Class is committed to supporting the Academy in this important project.  Some of you have already made generous commitments towards our goal.  Others may be wondering why we haven’t done more to communicate about our 45th Reunion Gift and why you haven’t received the materials we know that you need to be informed.  The simple answer is that now is not the time.  Our commitment to the project and our goal remain.  Our support for this project remains solid thanks to the demonstrated spirit and resolve of every member of our class.

See you in ’23!  ‘78 is Great!

Gift Committee:  Manson Brown, Chris Bond, Joe “Pepe” Castillo, Mike Lucia, Kerry Watterson & Brooke Winter

Reunion Committee:  Iain Anderson, Bruce Black, Chris Bond, Bryon Ing & Mike Vincenty

 

December 2019

Dear Classmates (and Sweethearts of Classmates),

Your Gift Committee recently met and we have some exciting news to report. 

First of all, our own Classmate and Gift Committee member Manson Brown has been elected to be the next Chairperson of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Together with Kerry Watterson, who is also on the Board of Directors with Manson, we know that our Alumni Association is in good hands and under excellent leadership.  Congratulations Manson!

Finally, at the risk of stating what has been obvious for some time, your Gift Committee was enlarged from four to six members when Manson Brown and Mike Lucia generously agreed to join the Committee and lend their considerable experience and judgment.  Many thanks to both Manson and Mike!

USCGAAA All Present Campaign – ’78 EAGLE Project is Complete

As you know, the Class of ‘78 was the lead donor for several important upgrades to EAGLE which have significantly enhanced the EAGLE experience for the cadets, crew and wardroom as well as the visiting public.  The Class of ‘78 should be very proud of these enhancements which EAGLE desperately needed but which could not be financed with appropriated funds.  There are photos of the upgrades on our class website at, www.uscga78.org.

All of our Eagle project commitments have been fulfilled.  In all, 98 classmates and spouses from the Class of 78 contributed $170,000 so that our class met its commitments to the All Present Campaign.  We made our promise and we kept our promise to the United States Coast Guard by helping to make sure that our signature training platform is the best it can be. 

What’s Our Next Project?  The Maritime Center of Excellence was announced in the Alumni Association Bulletin.  Take a look at this link for more information: www.cgaalumni.org/mcoe

The Maritime Center of Excellence (MCoE) will be a premiere facility intended to embody the institutional heritage of seamanship development while instilling a liking for the sea and its lore in the newest members of America’s oldest sea-going service.  The MCoE will replace the old Pine Hall and provide a distinguishing feature of the Academy adjacent to the Thames River to inspire prospective candidates, students, service members and Alumni alike.

The design will include open space with displays for academy functions, multi-purpose rooms for training and briefings, locker rooms and shops, boat bays, and staff offices supporting marina operations and necessary maintenance functions.  It will connect with and complement the rebuilt waterfront infrastructure, the updated Jacob’s Rock Sailing Center, and the fleet of modern sail training craft and support vessels to serve as the focal point for fundamental waterfront and maritime training. 

Today, your Class Gift Committee met to review what we as a Class can do to help make this important project a reality.  After a lot of discussion, we decided on a commitment to raising $500,078 by the time of our 45th Class Reunion in October of 2023.   Further, your Gift Committee has entered into an agreement with the Academy to fund the Main Entrance and Vestibule of the MCoE where a plaque will be placed to memorialize our commitment to this important project. 

A friend of ours recently stated when visiting the Academy for the first time, “It looks like the Class of 78 has helped to build everything at the Academy!”  While this might be an exaggeration, the MCoE will be the latest in a long line of important projects that the Class of 78 has helped to fund since we graduated.  Now we have signed up again and have promised to help build the MCoE.  We are confident that the Class of 78 will answer this call for support as we have so often before!

We all appreciate what a big commitment this is however we have nearly four years to fulfill our pledge.  As stated before, our overarching concern is participation and we would like to make sure that as many of our 405 Classmates/Sweethearts as possible have the opportunity to support this valuable project.  To that purpose, we hope you will each consider a gift that is meaningful to you whether it is $78 or $10,078 per year or whatever amount feels right to you and your Sweetheart.

Every gift, regardless of amount, is important and every gift counts toward our goal of 100% participation and this vitally important addition to the Academy’s facilities.

’78 is Great!

Brooke Winter, Kerry Watterson, Joe Castillo, Mike Lucia, Manson Brown, & Chris Bond


August 2019

Good Day Classmates!  

As you know from our 40th Reunion last fall, our Class took on the project of providing needed updates to the EAGLE including, among other things, new furniture for the wardroom and CPO mess.  The funding commitment was $160,000 which is nearly fulfilled with many generous gifts from our class; but not quite.

The furniture was purchased and is on-board Eagle.  It is beautiful.  There is a small inscription noting that the furniture was a gift from the CGA Class of 1978.  You can visit the Eagle and see it for yourself.  Please take a look at the photos on our class website, http://www.uscga78.org/Class-Fundraising-Project.htm.  These were taken during a port call in Charleston.

Many members of our class may not have taken the opportunity to donate to this project over the last two years.  This could be for a variety of reasons.   If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a gift to our Class Fund to help us finish up our final $60,000 obligation which is due at the end of this year.  We are not asking for any specific contribution level but we are trying to get our participation level as high as we can.  If at all possible, we would like to achieve 100% participation.    Won’t you please help so that when you, the cadets, officers, and many visitors see the plaque which recognizes our gift, everyone will know that it truly did come from the whole Class of 1978!

For future gifts, the gift committee will report the percentage of participation of our class, as well as the total dollar figured raised.  You don’t have to give a lot to help us reach our goal of 100% participation.  These joint class gifts help the Academy and cadets while reinforcing our strong sense of class unity.  These gifts are an important and visible way we can “give back” and show our gratitude for all we received.

So please, click the link below and make a contribution of any amount to be a part of our generous and beautiful gift to Eagle while honoring our 40 years since graduation in 1978!

Respectfully yours,

Your Class of 1978 Gift Committee:  Chris Bond, Manson Brown, Joe Castillo, Mike Lucia, Kerry Watterson and Brooke Winter

Link to the Class Fund Contribution Page, (type in 1978 for the year):

https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1043/giving/interior.aspx?sid=1043&gid=1&pgid=4019&cid=8600&dids=266

June 2019

 

 

February 2018

As part of the Alumni Association's Comprehensive Capital Campaign, the Class Gift Committee has elected to support CGC Eagle per the below notice.   We would like to meet our commitment of which $160K remains. 

December 2017

For our 40th Reunion Fundraising project, we committed in 2015 as a Class to fund the Barque EAGLE Projects portion of the Alumni Association’s Comprehensive Capital Campaign. As we send this update:

Commitment:  $230,000
Paid from Class Fund:  $70,000
Remaining Funds to be Raised:  $160,000

We have three years to fund the remainder but believe it would be something to celebrate if we could fulfill our pledge no later than our 40th Reunion at Homecoming. So that means raising $80,000 yet this year and again in 2018 prior to September 30th.

More information is available about the BARQUE EAGLE projects. Don’t let the Fully Funded note fool you. That means it is fully funded via pledges, not actual funds raised. Also, please note the thank-you note from CAPT Meilstrup which is directly addressed to our Class!

Secure Online Donations - Please designate your gifts as you wish, of course, but gifts to the 1978 Class Fund will go toward our 40th Reunion Fundraising commitment.

We thought it might be fun to make our 40th Reunion Fundraising into a mildly competitive endeavor.  Therefore, all gifts made will be credited to your Swab Summer Section. See which Platoon is led by each of us at the bottom of this update next to our names. If you have any questions, call one of us.

Thanks to each of you who have donated to the Class of ’78 Gift Fund over the past decades. Every gift counts! We now solicit you for more generous giving which ultimately benefits our beloved Alma Mater. You can help us fulfill our commitment to the Comprehensive Capital Campaign. Thank you very much.

Go ’78

Class of ’78 Gift Committee
Brooke Winter, 480-213-8915, Swab Summer Section X-Ray,  bewinter[at]gmail.com
Chris Bond, 207-671-9979, Swab Summer Section Yankee,  bond.christopher.a[at]gmail.com
Joe Castillo, 504-710-9585, Swab Summer Section Whiskey, joseph.pepe.castillo[at]gmail.com
Kerry Watterson, 440-865-0563, Swab Summer Section Zulu, kwatterson[at]mcdonald-partners.com