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!
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We now have dates, Hotel information and an itinerary for the 2019 USS Coontz Reunion to be held in Annapolis, MD.
Check out details on the Reunions Page on this site, or on the USS Coontz Facebook Page.
Then make your plans to attend.
USS Coontz Association Minutes
September 29, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
- The meeting was called to order by Chuck DeSabato.
- Chuck DeSabato lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.
- The invocational prayer was given by Charlie Lau.
Treasurers Report –
The treasurer’s report was presented by Red Bennett. Following the report presentation, a motion was made and seconded to approve the report. A vote was taken, and the treasurers report was approved by the membership.
USS Coontz Transom –
Chuck DeSabato mentioned that the USS Coontz transom plate located in Hannibal, Missouri needs painting. Red Bennett mentioned that he would pay the park in Hannibal the annual maintenance fee for upkeep of the transom. Red also said that he would inquire about the condition of the Coontz transom and see that repairs and/or repainting are done by the park as necessary.
2019 Reunion Discussions –
Chuck DeSabato gave an update of his telephone and email discussions with David of DLA Association regarding the joint 2019 reunion in the Boston area. The DLA representative requested that Coontz Association pay a registration fee to them for the 2019 reunion. The DLA representative also mentioned that the DLA Association had no intention of meeting on the west coast again in the future. Such an arrangement will not work for the Coontz Association, as we are committed to a West Coast, Mid-Country and East Coast rotation to accommodate Coontz Association members.
Greg Siegel made a motion the Coontz Association not meet with DLA Association in 2019. The motion was seconded by Dan Lorimer. The motion was voted on and approved unanimously; therefore, Coontz Association will continue to meet on our own.
Paul Savard suggested that Coontz Association meet in Annapolis, Maryland in 2019 to visit the US Naval Academy and surrounding area. Paul mentioned that since he was retired – he would have time to secure a hotel and gather information on tours in the Annapolis area. Following some discussion, a motion was made as seconded to meet in Annapolis, Maryland in 2019. A vote was taken, and the motion was approved. The 2019 reunion will be held in Annapolis, Maryland.
Chuck DeSabato made a motion to form a 2019 reunion committee including a committee chairman. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Coontz Association members.
The 2019 reunion committee members are: Byron Anderson, Red Bennett, Wayne Cooper, Ed Conrad, Chuck DeSabato, Al Durazo, Tony Hubbard, Ken Johnston, Charlie Lau, Dan Lorimer, Paul Savard, Greg Siegel and Ron Smith. Paul Savard will serve as chairman of the 2019 reunion committee.
2020 Reunion location –
The Coontz Association location rotation for 2020 will be the west coast. Suggestions were taken for the 2020 location and were written on the white board by Dan Lorimer. The suggestions were as follows: San Diego, Long Beach, Seattle, Sacramento, Tucson and Las Vegas. After some discussion, the final two locations were narrowed to Seattle and Las Vegas. A vote was taken between these two cities and Las Vegas was selected as the 2020 Coontz Association reunion location.
New Business -
Coontz Association is currently carrying a cash surplus of $5000. The question is – What do we do with the surplus? Chuck DeSabato made a motion to keep $2500 in cash reserve and look for donation opportunities to bring the surplus amount down. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Coontz Association members.
- Red Bennett made a motion that Coontz Association donate $500 to the National Fisher Foundation that benefits active duty military personnel as well as veterans. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Coontz Association members.
- Chuck DeSabato made a motion that Coontz Association donate $200 to the Homeless Veterans of Pennsylvania. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Coontz Association members.
- Greg Siegel mentioned that Wreaths Across America is a worthwhile organization to donate to. Greg shared some information about what Wreaths Across America is doing in his area to provide wreaths for veteran’s graves. A decision was made to find out more about this organization and how to donate to the organization.
Election of Officers –
Two-year terms for Treasurer and Vice President were up for election.
Red Bennett has served as treasurer for the past two years. Red was nominated to serve another two-year term as treasurer. The nomination was seconded. A motion was made to close the nominations and the motion was seconded. A vote was taken, and Red Bennett was unanimously elected for another two-year term as treasurer of Coontz Association.
Dan Lorimer has served as vice president for the past two years. Dan was nominated to serve another two-year term as vice president. The nomination was seconded. A motion was made to close the nominations and the motion was seconded. A vote was taken, and Dan Lorimer was unanimously elected for another two-year term as vice president of Coontz Association.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned.
Minutes 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 2018 USS Coontz Reunion in Texas. 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!!!