2014 USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36)
Join us in Chicago!
For our 2014
Chicago reunion, we will be going "Back to Boot Camp"! We will visit
Naval Station Great Lakes for a tour of the base, shopping in the
Navy Exchange, and to watch a boot camp graduation ceremony! A real
treat, especially if you started your Navy career at Great Lakes! We need you to start digging out your boot
camp photo for our Friday contest. If you don't have a picture from boot
camp, find a photo of yourself during the earliest part of your Navy
career. We will also be going on a tour of Chicago!
Join us for
what promises to be another GREAT reunion! For an interactive map of
September 3-7, 2014
Chicago Marriott Suites Deerfield
2 Parkway North
Deerfield, IL 60015
$85/Night for King or Double Queen
Rate is subject to all
current local taxes. This special rate includes a hot breakfast for two each morning
and complimentary wireless internet.
Phone: 847-405-9666 or
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
or complimentary wireless internet.
To sign up for the Marriott Rewards Program, click
* IMPORTANT HOTEL
The hotel reservation cut-off
date is Friday, August 8th 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 a room or the discounted
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 Friday, July 11th, your name will be
entered into a drawing to have one night's stay during the
reunion for FREE! Drawing will be held at the final
evening banquet, and you must be present to win.
* * *
Please note: This hotel does have
a Debit Card Policy. 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
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (airport code ORD).
O'Hare is about 16 miles south of the hotel. You can also
Chicago Midway International Airport (airport code MDW), which
is an hour or so south of the hotel.
You may also want to consider flying into
General Mitchell International Airport (Airport Code
MKE), in Milwaukee, WI, which is an hour north of the hotel.
you do not wish to rent a car at the airport, there are
flat-rate taxi options to take you from the airport to the hotel
in Deerfield. The hotel recommends contacting either
American Taxi (847-673-1000) or
Taxi (847-303-0303). Both of these companies are
SUBURBAN taxis, and arrangements can be made in advance of your
arrival. IMPORTANT: DO NOT TAKE A CHICAGO TAXI
to or from the airport to the hotel - make sure you hire a
suburban taxi - Chicago Taxis are very expensive to travel into
the suburbs. Whichever taxi company you decide to use,
make sure that they are a SUBURBAN taxi. American Taxi and
303 Taxi offer flat rates from O'Hare at around $30. Flat
rates from Midway are around $60.
Some of the interstate highways in and around Chicago have
tolls. The manned toll plazas are on the highway, with
unmanned coin baskets on the ramps. Both I-PASS and E-ZPass
are accepted on these toll roads. If you do not have COINS to pay at one of the
on/off ramps, a photo is taken of your license plate and you can
pay these tolls by going to their website.
For more information about the Illinois Tollway system, you can
go to their
website or call them at 1-800-UC-IPASS (800-824-7277).
Reunion Starts - Wednesday, September 3rd (noon)
The 2014 Reunion begins with the opening of the Hospitality Room
at noon on Wednesday. After checking into the hotel, come to
the 7th 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.
REUNION TOUR - Thursday, September 4th
EVENT A: Tour of Chicago
(8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Our day starts with boarding a luxury motor coach at the hotel
a guided tour of the City of Chicago. No need to worry
about traffic, finding a place to park, or walking long distances from
parking lots - just hop on the bus and enjoy the ride! And visiting the
sites is always more fun as a group. :-)
Our first stop of
the day will be to visit the
Located on the 103rd floor and 1,353 feet above street level in
the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the Skydeck
offers 360 degree views spanning four states. The "Ledge"
brings an exhilarating new experience by extending 4.3 feet
from the skyscraper, providing a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime
(Red type denotes a change in
schedule) After our visit to the Skydeck, we will
Portillo's for lunch where you can grab one of their famous
Chicago-style Hot Dogs or another "local favorite" dish.
Then on to visit the
which is Chicago's top attraction.
Once used for shipping, naval
training and even as a university, the pier has been converted
to a shopping, eating and entertainment complex.
The Navy Pier is currently undergoing a 3-year renovation
project, but there is still a lot to see and do, and even grab a
"cool one" at the Beer Garden while enjoying the view.
The food court, as well as the
should be open during our visit
if a hot dog doesn't fill you up.
Following our time
at the pier, we will travel along scenic Lake Shore Drive to
Museum of Science & Industry, with more than 800 interactive
exhibits, including top attractions Henry Crown Space Center,
the new permanent exhibit, Science Storms, exquisite miniature
marvel Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, the enormous model railroad
Great Train Story, the Silver Streak Zephyr, the Apollo 8
command module, and the
U-505 Submarine (a German submarine captured during World
After our tours, we
will make a brief stop at the
Submarine Tender to pick up submarine sandwiches and to make
a presentation to the owners - from one submarine tender to
We should arrive
back at the hotel between 5-5:30. Join us in the
Hospitality Room for submarine sandwiches!
REUNION TOUR - Friday, September 5th
EVENT B: Tour of Naval Station Great Lakes & Recruit
(7:00 am - 3:00 pm)
For our trip to Naval Station Great Lakes, we will be boarding
air conditioned SCHOOL BUSES! We wanted to save you some
money and thought that you might enjoy this trip back to your
childhood days when getting there was half the fun!
Your name badge must be worn while on both of our tours, but you
also need to have your picture ID with you to go to Great Lakes. You won't be admitted
on the base without it. Also, for
security purposes, no photography of the Navy base is permitted. However,
will be allowed during the graduation ceremony, lunch,
and museum visit.
We must arrive at the base no later than 0730 to attend Recruit
Graduation, which is why we will be departing the hotel so
early. If we are not able to attend the graduation due
space limitations (such as, if there are more than 11 divisions
scheduled to graduate, since families of recruits have priority,
etc.), we will not need to depart the hotel this early. We won't know for
sure until at least 6 weeks prior to graduation day.
After graduation, we will visit the Navy Museum and have about a
15 minute "windshield tour" of the base.
Our lunch will be at the Port O'Call Banquet & Conference Center
on base which overlooks Lake Michigan. We will enjoy a hearty buffet lunch of Spaghetti
Marinara with Meatballs, Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Tossed
Salad, Italian Vegetable Blend, Seasoned Breadsticks and
Before leaving the base, we will stop at the Navy Exchange to do
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 our visit to Naval Station
Great Lakes, it's back on the bus. We should arrive back
at the hotel by 3:00 p.m.
"Back to Boot Camp" BBQ Buffet
We will continue to celebrate boot camp and our shipmates with a
"Back to Boot Camp" BBQ buffet. Do you remember
"dungarees"? We sure hope so because we would love for
each of you (veterans and guests) to wear a "dungaree" shirt to
dinner. You may remember these being called "chambray"
shirts or light blue denim shirts. This is NOT mandatory,
just a suggestion to complete the evening. We will award
prizes for best boot camp representation.
dinner selection will include Fresh Garden Salad, Smoked Beef
Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Baked Beans,
house-made Potato Chips, Coffee, Tea & Water, and the chef's
selection of Gourmet dessert.
"Boot Camp Photo" Contest
Be sure to send in a photo of yourself (either via email or
along with your Registration Form) from boot camp (or as close
to that timeframe as you can) for the Boot Camp Photo Contest!
The photos will be scanned and printed on 8 x 10 paper with a
number for you to guess who the person is. Original photos
submitted will be returned to their owners at the reunion.
Saturday, September 6th
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 Roast Prime Rib of Beef au jus, Roasted Chicken Breast with
Lemon Butter Sauce, or Pasta Primavera (vegetarian
option). Dinner includes roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes, Market
Fresh Vegetables, Garden Salad (Ranch & Italian Vinaigrette
dressings), rolls & butter, Coffee, Tea & Water, and Lemon Tart
with Raspberry Sauce for dessert! We've even thought of the kiddies, so meals for
children are also available.
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 7th (noon)
After a fun few days, it's time for goodbyes. The Hospitality
Room will be open until about 11:00 a.m. on Sunday to gather and say
"goodbye", and to pick up your memorabilia items.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Registration Forms are
due by July 31, 2014
You can register for the reunion by using the
2014 Registration Form. This form requires that you have
Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To download the
latest version of Adobe's free Acrobat Reader, click
Notes Regarding Your Registration: Please Read!
Registration forms received after the due
date of July 31, 2014, are accepted on a space
Refund requests must be made in writing, and received
on or before August 31, 2014, and are subject to a
10% cancellation fee. Requests received after August 31,
2014, 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
To fill out the form on your computer, download the
To fill out the form
by hand, print the
2014 Registration Form - HARD COPY
Check/Submit Form by Mail
Your check or money order 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
To pay using this option, you must complete the "EMAIL" field
on the Registration
If prompted by
a Security Warning box, click "Allow".
A window will
open asking you to indicate whether you use a Desktop/Default
Email Application (such as Microsoft Outlook) or Internet Email/Webmail
(such as Yahoo). If you
are unsure which option to select based upon the guidance
provided in the wizard, choose Internet Email/Webmail.
If you use a
Desktop/Default Email Application, the wizard will automatically
create a new message. All you need to do is send the
message to complete the submission. Please note:
If your email software program (such as Outlook) is not already open, you may
need to open the application and make sure the
"send/receive" function moves the message from your "Outbox"
If you use
Internet Email, you will be prompted to save the form so
that you can attach it to an email message later. This will
save the completed form. Please make sure that you give the
form a filename and save it in a location that you will
remember when you are ready to attach it to your message. (Depending
on your operating system or version of Adobe Acrobat, the
steps may be slightly different and ask you to either choose
the email web program or manually enter the email address.
You may need to go to your "Draft" folder in Yahoo, Gmail,
etc., to manually send the message.)
Log-in to your email, create a new message, attach the
completed form, and send to
Once your email
has been received, an electronic invoice will be emailed to
you. If you have any questions regarding submitting
your registration form, feel free to email or call the
number on the form.
So, you think you're ready for an L. Y. SPEAR
reunion?? Read through this checklist to see if there's
anything you forgot.
Complete your Reunion
Registration Form and submit it as directed on the form ASAP. It must be received
no later than
July 31, 2014.
To guarantee a hotel room at our negotiated
rate, make your hotel reservations no later than
August 8, 2014
if you want to be entered into the drawing for one night's stay
during the reunion for FREE), 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:
to let her know what you're donating.
Dig out that boot camp
picture of yourself for Friday night's "Back to Boot
Camp" photo contest, and find a dungaree shirt.
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!
- Punch a hole in your 2014 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.).
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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See you in Chicago!!
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