The USS Coontz
Association is dedicated to preserving the memory of the USS Coontz (DLG 9/DDG 40),
and the men and women that served aboard her!
Information, contact any Association Officer:
The 2020 Reunion will be held in exciting Las Vegas on October 6 - 8, 2020. Red Bennett and Steve Whetzel
are busily planning events for the reunion. As soon as the tentative agenda is established,
it will be posted both on the Web Site and on the Facebook page.
So Mark Your Calendars and plan to attend the 2020 Coontz Reunion.
USS Coontz Association Minutes
September 7, 2019
- The meeting was called to order by Chuck DeSabato.
- The pledge of allegiance was recited. Chuck DeSabato lead the pledge.
- Charlie Lau offered an intercessory prayer for the Coontz Association meeting that was about to take place.
2018 Coontz Association Minutes
The 2018 Coontz Association minutes and the 2019 planning committee bullet points were presented by Ed Conrad.
Following a review of both documents and a discussion, a motion was made to approve the minutes.
The motion to approve was seconded and the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Red Bennett presented an overview of the association financials that included the income and spending during the past year.
During the treasurer’s report Red mentioned that the Coontz transom is in storage and will be moved to a new location.
We will want to keep tabs on the transom during the coming year. Red offered to provide a copy of the financial statement
to members that would like one. A motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer’s report.
The treasurer’s report was approved by a unanimous vote.
2020 Reunion Discussions
The 2020 reunion will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Red Bennett volunteered to plan the 2020 reunion if he could have another member
assume his responsibilities as treasurer. Steve Whetzel also volunteered to help plan the 2020 reunion.
In addition, Franz Perfect volunteered to put together the hospitality bags for the 2020 reunion.
We will look forward to updates from the 2020 reunion planning committee between now and the Las Vegas reunion.
2021 Reunion Location
Per the Coontz Association meeting location rotation, the 2021 reunion will be held in Mid-Country. Suggestions were taken
and listed on the board by Greg Siegel. The suggestions were as follows: Buffalo, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Branson, MO, and Detroit.
A vote was taken on the nominations and Nashville was the top vote getter followed closely by Buffalo. A motion was made by
Franz Perfect and seconded by Steve Whetzel that we meet in Nashville in 2021 and meet in Buffalo in 2022.
A vote was taken, and the motion was approved by the association members.
Buffalo is considered the east coast location for the 2022 reunion. Summarizing, the 2021 reunion will be held in Nashville and the
2022 reunion will be held in Buffalo.
Election of Officers
Two-year terms for President and Secretary were up for election. In addition, a special election was requested for Treasurer (two-year term)
to allow Red Bennett to focus on planning the 2020 reunion.
President - Chuck DeSabato has served as president for the past two years. Chuck DeSabato was nominated to serve another two-year term
as president. The nomination was seconded. Another nomination was made and seconded to close the nominations.
A vote was taken, and Chuck DeSabato was unanimously elected for another two-year term as president.
Secretary – Ed Conrad has served as secretary for the past two years. Ed Conrad was nominated to serve another two-year term as secretary.
The nomination was seconded. Another nomination was made and seconded to close the nominations.
A vote was taken, and Ed Conrad was unanimously elected for another two-year term as secretary.
Treasurer – Red Bennett is the current treasurer and is stepping down to allow him to focus on planning the 2020 reunion.
Greg Siegel was nominated to serve a two-year term as treasurer. The nomination was seconded. Another nomination was made and seconded
to close the nominations. A vote was taken, and Greg Siegel was unanimously elected for a two-year term as treasurer.
Review of the 2019 Reunion
Before leaving the 2018 reunion, the Coontz Association 2019 reunion committee developed a list of bullet points that were used as a
guideline to plan the 2019 reunion. Each of the bullet points was executed as planned. Thanks to all who served on the planning committee.
A special thanks goes to Paul Savard and Sue Symek for the many hours they invested in the Annapolis area planning the 2019 reunion.
The hotel venue, activities and tours were all great choices. Thank you also Ron and Sue Smith for driving to Annapolis to meet with and assist
Paul and Sue on several occasions.
This year Greg and Debbie Siegel and Ron and Sue Smith volunteered to set up the hospitality room. The selection and variety of items
offered in the hospitality room was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to Greg & Debbie and Ron & Sue, from the Coontz Association members
for a job well done.
Thanks to Ron and Sue Smith for putting together the 2019 welcome bags. This was a nice touch. The name tags that were in the welcome bags were returned so they can be used again next year.
Suggestions for the 2020 hospitality room are welcome.
A suggestion was made to get the word out as soon as possible for the 2020 reunion. This includes reunion announcements on other
military organization web sites, emails and keeping the Coontz Association web site current.
This past year the Coontz Association donated $500 to the National Fisher Foundation which benefits active duty military personnel as well as veterans.
A motion was made and seconded to donate $500 again this next year to the National Fisher Foundation. A vote was taken, and the motion was approved.
A motion was made by Greg Siegel to donate $200 to the Travis Mills Foundation.
The motion was seconded, and a vote was taken. The motion was approved. After additional discussion, a motion was made and seconded to increase
the Travis Mills Foundation donation from $200 to $500. A vote was taken, and the motion was approved.
A motion was made and seconded to close the meeting. The meeting was adjourned.
The minutes were submitted by Ed Conrad.
Something to Ponder!
I would encourage everyone that can to join the Coontz Association, and to start attending furure reunions . All of us are getting older, and this is a chance to relive our youth and to help make sure that the memory of the USS Coontz lives on.
We are very hopeful that you will be attending the 2020 USS Coontz Reunion in Las Vegas. However, if you are not attending, please keep the USS Coontz Association in mind. At the Business Meeting in Portland, we reverted to our original $20.00 Association fee for joining!
In past years, we used a portion of the Association's excess money to help purchase the fantail of the Coontz after she was dismantled. The fantail was donated by the Association to Hannibal Mo. and was used to create a monument to the USS Coontz along the Mississippi River. The Association plans annual donations for the upkeep of this monument.
When you join the Association, you can also to have your contact information listed on the Association website so that ex-shipmates can communicate with you.
To join the USS Coontz Association, simply download the form associated with the link below, print it out (using Word or something similar), fill the form out and send it (email or via the Post Office) to Red Bennett, Treasurer of the Association. Please include a check for $20.00!!!