2013 USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36)
Join us in Jacksonville!
to this year's theme of "fun in the sun", we will be celebrating the
35th Anniversary of the first women to report aboard the USS L. Y.
SPEAR. On November 1, 1978, two female officers,
Ensigns Linda M. Day
and Linda L. Crockett, crossed the SPEAR's brow for duty, beginning the
era of women being assigned to non-combatant US Naval ships. As a
tribute to this event, all female crewmembers in attendance will be
recognized at this year's reunion. Also, starting with this year's
reunion, all children in attendance will be "piped aboard" as Junior
Crew Members of the USS L. Y. SPEAR. Join us for what promises to be a
GREAT time in Florida! For an interactive map of Jacksonville,
||September 4-8, 2013
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel
1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Rate is subject to all
current local taxes. This special rate includes a hot breakfast for two each morning
and free self parking.
When making your hotel reservation, be sure
to mention that you are with the USS L. Y. SPEAR Reunion to
receive the special negotiated rates. These rates are also good
for 3 days prior to the reunion and 3 days immediately following the
reunion. Please note that if you do not make your reservations
through the group block, you may not receive the complimentary breakfast
and/or free parking (normally $12/day).
* IMPORTANT HOTEL
The hotel reservation cut-off
date is August 3rd to get the negotiated room rate.
After that date, the rooms will be released back into the
hotel's inventory and you may not get that rate or a room.
There are only a limited number of rooms reserved at this
special price, so please make your reservations as soon as
*** BONUS ***
If you make your
hotel reservations by July 6th, your name will be
entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card (MC/VISA type).
Drawing will be held at the final evening banquet. Must be
present to win.
* * *
Please note: This hotel does have
a Debit Card Policy, whereas a one-time charge will be held
until after check-out. Please contact the hotel directly if
you need more
information or further clarification on their Debit Card Policy.
If you will be flying to the reunion, you will want to fly into
Jacksonville International Airport (Airport Code JAX).
For transportation to the hotel, the hotel staff recommends
Kwic Airport Connection at
888-707-5942 or via email at
no later than one week in advance to make arrangements for
pick-up. They are offering a discounted price to our
reunion group of $10/per person with a 2 person minimum
(each way), and will need your name, cell phone, airline, flight
number, and date & time of arrival. The airport is 17
miles from the hotel, so this is a great deal!
Reunion Starts - Wednesday, September 4th (noon)
The 2013 Reunion begins with the opening of the Hospitality Room
at noon on Wednesday. After checking into the hotel, come
to the 5th Floor and enjoy some light snacks while visiting with your
shipmates. Dinner will be on your own, but we always have a
group that wants to go out to dinner somewhere - perhaps to
Ruth's Chris Steak House just down the street!.
FREE TIME - Thursday, September 5th (all day)
Because we will be in Florida and there is SO much to see in the
area, Thursday will be a "free" day. Go off on your own or grab
a few of your shipmates, and check out the sites! There will be
Visitor Guides in your Welcome Packets to help you decide how to
spend the day.
About 40 miles south of our hotel, you can drive
"Nation's Oldest City,"
St. Augustine. St. Augustine's
historic district, with its cobblestone streets, cafes, bars,
beaches, offers a leisurely way to spend the day. The "Fountain
Youth" is also located in St. Augustine at the location where
Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles established the first
and oldest continuous European Settlement in the US. Of course,
it also commemorates the founding of Florida by Spanish explorer
Ponce de Leon and his search for the legendary Fountain of
you go 40 miles to the north of the hotel, you can visit
Amelia Island. The Island's historic downtown in Fernandina
Beach is like going back in time with its quaint streets and
Victorian homes. Take your time around the Island by going on
one of the walking tours, or renting bicycles or kayaks. For
history buffs, check out Fort Clinch and the Museum of History.
Of course, there's also the beach.
If you flew to Jacksonville or left your car at home, you can
still get to these locations by renting a car for the day right at the
hotel! There is a car rental office right next to the
Having our hotel right across the St. Johns River from
Jacksonville makes it easy to get around and
explore the city. You can walk or drive over the Main
Street Bridge to get to downtown, take the water taxi, or
ride the free
Skyway monorail, which conveniently stops near our
hotel. Visit the
Jacksonville Landing for dining &
shopping or to just sit by the river and watch the boats go by.
If you're a fire fighter or dreamed about becoming one as a
youngster, you will want to visit the
Museum. A water taxi ride away, it is located right across
the river near the home field of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL
you're a golfer, join us on a memorable golf outing to perhaps
the world's most famous golf course: THE PLAYERS Stadium Course
at TPC Sawgrass. Home of THE PLAYERS Championship,
birthplace of the TPC (Tournament Players Club) Network, and
backdrop to the PGA Tour headquarters, the TPC Sawgrass golf
course in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, is home to the notorious par-3
17th hole. If you follow golf on television, you've seen
hole on its island green. Playing this course is definitely a
"bucket list" item for any golfer, and our reunion group has
been given a special discounted price of $238 per person to play
18 holes. This price includes tax & $20 caddie gratuity and
covers greens fee, cart (with complementary bottled water),
forecaddie fee, and practice balls. An 8:00 a.m. tee time
has been reserved for our group, and both guys and gals are
invited to play. We've also been invited to stay for lunch
on our own at Nineteen in the Clubhouse. If you are interested in
taking advantage of this special price, be sure to mark this on
your Registration Form.
If you need to rent clubs, TPC Sawgrass has them available for
$65. You may be able to find them cheaper at a local pro shop
or by contacting Golf Clubs Away (877-553-9970 or
And, if you're not too tired after a round of golf, stop by the
World Golf Hall of Fame located in St. Augustine.
If you're one of those folks who likes to keep the
Sailor company whenever you visit a town, you will find him
on the Riverwalk between our hotel and the Crown Plaza.
Just want to relax in the sun? Jacksonville offers miles of
beaches and waterways, or you can sit by the hotel's spacious
Of course, you can always spend the day
visiting with your shipmates! The Hospitality Room will be
open all day from as early as 8:00 a.m. to as late as midnight.
Dinner is on your own.
REUNION TOUR - Friday, September 6th
EVENT: Tour of Naval Station Mayport
(8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Our day starts with boarding a clean, comfortable motor coach
to travel to Naval Station Mayport.
Just sit back, visit with your shipmates, finish that second
cup of coffee, or just grab a few more Zzzz's during our 20 mile
ride to the base.
Uniform of the Day will be comfortable shoes, with slacks
and flat-heeled shoes recommended for the ladies as we may be
touring a ship and don't want to have any accidents. Your
name badge must be worn while on our tour, and be
sure you have your picture ID with you. You won't be admitted
on the base without it. Other guidelines for our visit include:
No children under the age of 8 are permitted aboard a ship.
Sadly, this is base policy. They would have to stay on the
bus with an adult during this time.
No backpacks or bags larger than a
woman's handbag will be allowed onboard the ship (they can
be left on the bus).
No photography of
ships, aircraft or security personnel will be permitted.
Photography is allowed on board the ships but is at the
discretion of the ship's CO.
After a security sweep, we will proceed through the gate for a
"windshield tour" of the base. Our escort will provide a
thorough tour and discuss such topics as personnel, economic
impact, quality of life initiatives, and ships homeported at NS
Mayport, along with taking your questions. We hope to be able
to stop at the barracks to see how young single Sailors live
At the end of our windshield tour, we will be
stopping at the Navy Exchange to do a little shoppin'! That's
right, the good ol' NEX. Even if you don't have a DoD ID card,
you may still make purchases with the exception of alcohol and
After we build up an appetite from all that shopping, we will
have lunch at the Ocean Breeze Conference Center located on base
right on the beach! A hearty buffet lunch of Beef Tips and
Gravy, Roasted Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Tossed Green
Salad, Dinner rolls and an assorted dessert station awaits us!
We are still working out the final details but if there is a ship in
port during our visit we should be able to take a ship tour.
Accessing an active duty Navy ship will depend on how many ships
are in port at the time of our visit and the "type" of ships in
port. Our hope is to hold our annual Memorial Service off the
bow or stern of a ship, to include a wreath toss ceremony.
If we are unable to board a ship during our visit to the base,
we will hold our Memorial Service possibly pier-side or at
another waterside location on base. We will also try to
schedule a "Wet Trainer" exercise or Firefighting demonstration
to make up for not getting aboard a ship.
After our visit to Naval Station Mayport, it's back on the bus.
We should arrive back at the hotel around 3:00 p.m.
"Five O'clock Somewhere" Social Hour
After a break to rest and change clothes, join us for a trip to
Margaritaville! A cash bar will be set-up for all your
cocktail needs, including some "frozen concoctions to help you
hang on." Margaritas, Pina Coladas, and Strawberry
Daiquiris (alcoholic & non-alcoholic varieties) will be
available, along with standard cocktail beverages. We will
even have Jimmy Buffett's own Land Shark Lager on hand!
"Cheeseburgers in Paradise" Buffet
Around 6:00, we will have a "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" buffet. Our
dinner selection will include cheeseburgers (of course) and
hamburgers with the standard condiments and toppings. We'll also have potato chips,
pasta salad, potato salad, and Key Lime Pie!
"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" Contest
We want you to come dressed
in your best Margaritaville outfit! We will have a contest and
award prizes for:
Outfit (for the kiddies)
Afterwards, enjoy the music, sit out on the terrace, and visit
with your shipmates.
As Jimmy Buffett says, if you don't have a good time, "it's your
own darn fault." :-)
Saturday, September 7th
Business Meeting (8:00 am - 9:00 am)
Our Annual Business Meeting will be held in the Hospitality
Room. After that, the rest of the day is on your own.
Group Photos (5:30 pm)
Be sure to get back in time to clean up for our group
photographs. Muster in the designated area for our group shots
(we'll post the location in the Hospitality Room).
Cocktail Hour & Banquet Dinner
After our photo shoot, join us in the Banquet Room to unwind
with a drink or two. Cocktails will be available from the cash
bar starting at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.
Our final evening's Banquet meal will be a plated dinner choice
of Marinated Flank Steak with Mushroom Gravy, Garlic Mashed
Potatoes & Sliced Green Beans; Chicken Marsala with Rice Pilaf &
Seasoned Vegetable Medley; or Pasta Primavera (vegetarian
option). We've even thought of the kiddies, so meals for
children under 11 are also available. Dinner includes Tossed
Salad, Fresh Rolls & Butter, Dessert, Coffee, and Iced Tea.
Meals for special dietary needs are available upon request.
Please make your selections on the Registration Form.
Once again, we will be having our Raffle Prize and 50/50 Cash
Drawings to be held after dinner (must be present to win).
Tickets are $1 each or 12 tickets for $10, and will be sold
whenever the Hospitality Room is open. If you are interested in
donating a raffle prize, please contact Patty Kelso via email at
or by calling 913-677-1837.
- Sunday, September 8th (noon)
After a fun few days, it's time for goodbyes. The Hospitality
Room will be open until about noon on Sunday to gather and say
"goodbye", and to pick up your memorabilia items.
If you are able to stick around for an extra day, join us as we
cross the river to watch the
Kansas City Chiefs take on the
Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:00 p.m.! Just a water taxi ride away
so no fussing with parking! We need a minimum of 10 people
to get the group discount. Group tickets range from $30-$300 per
person depending on where you want to sit (click
here for pricing chart). A final count is
needed by August 3, 2013.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Registration Forms are
due by July 31, 2013
You can register for the reunion by using the
2013 Registration Form. This form requires that you have
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Notes Regarding Your Registration: Please Read!
Registration forms received after the due
date of July 31, 2013, are accepted on a space
Refund requests must be made in writing, and received
on or before August 31, 2013, and are subject to a
10% cancellation fee. Requests received after August 31,
2013, will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Keep a copy of the completed Registration Form for your
records. Once your Registration Form is received, you
will be sent a confirmation letter.
We are offering two ways to pay your reunion
The Registration Form will require you to
indicate which payment and form submission you intend to use.
How to Submit Your
Registration Form to
computer and complete.
Check/Submit Form by Mail
Your check must be accompanied by your
completed Registration Form.
USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36) Association
6916 Lamar Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66204
Pay by Credit Card or
PayPal/Submit Form by E-Mail
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on the Registration
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So, you think you're ready for an L. Y. SPEAR
reunion?? Read through this checklist to see if there's
anything you forgot.
- Punch a hole in your 2013 calendar now
to make sure your reunion dates are available.
- However you decide to travel, make
arrangements well in advance (tickets, stop mail, house sitter,
dog walker, etc.).
- Complete your Reunion
Registration Form and submit it as directed on the form ASAP. It must be received
no later than July 31, 2013.
- To guarantee a hotel room at our negotiated
rate, make your hotel reservations no later than
August 3, 2013 (July 6th
if you want to be entered into the drawing for $100), and
remember to jot down your reservation number.
- Arrange for personal transportation
to/from hotel (shuttle, taxi, rental car, etc.)
- If you are able to donate one or more items
to the Raffle table, give some thought now to your selection.
Contact Patty Kelso (PH: 913-677-1837, EMAIL:
firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know what you're
- Drop by your local Goodwill Store and
find that one-of-a-kind tropical/Hawaiian shirt that has
what it takes to win Friday night's "Changes in Latitudes,
Changes in Attitudes" contest.
- Remember to pack photos, keepsakes,
memorabilia, and all your stories (true or fabricated) from your
days on the SPEAR to share with your friends and comrades, old
- A week or two before you hit the road, call
the hotel (with that confirmation number you wrote down) and
confirm your reservations to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Come prepared for a great time, and we'll do
our best to make sure you're not disappointed!
Check out "What to Expect at a USS L. Y. SPEAR Reunion".
If you still have questions or need assistance in
submitting your Registration Form, please contact Patty Kelso by
phone at 913-677-1837 or via email at
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