Update 21 January, 2017
Dear Newport Dealeys Shipmates
Our 2017 Newport
Dealeys reunion location has been changed to Albany NY, Sept 4-8, 2017 and will run with the Destroyer Escort Sailors
Association (DESA) convention at the Radisson Hotel Albany NY.
reunion committee was notified in mid December that our reunion coordinators, Premier Reunion Services (MLRS) had made a business
decision to cease operations and close their doors permanently on Dec. 2, 2016, due to a lack of new business and lower
reunion attendances (not us). Larry told me they made the decision rather quickly and during a time frame that was between
reunion seasons as to minimize the effect on reunion bookings in progress. He also thanked us for our business and friendship,
wished us the best and would be available for consultation any time. As a result of this loss of a reunion coordinator, the
Newport Dealeys 2017 reunion in Charleston SC and 2018 reunion in Harrisburg PA scheduled by Premier Reunion Services, has
We have worked closely with MLRS for the last 18 years but realizing we do not possess the needed knowledge
required of a reunion coordinator, we began an active search for a replacement company.
Our reunion committee
has been in constant communication since, researching the internet and making phone calls to see if a replacement reunion
coordinating company could be located. To our disappointment, Larry and Brenda's company provided a unique one stop service
that doesn't seem to be available anywhere else. The companies that do provide reunion services (and we talked to many of
them) are basically booking agents that will set up hotel and tour reservations but we would have to do a lot of the
organizing and onsite interface work that MLRS performed for us or pay someone to do it. ... NOT FOR ME.
if we were to have a 2017 reunion, time was of the essence for advanced hotel negotiations and block reservations; but due
to this late notification, we did not have that advantage. The reunion committee decide that a more viable option for
this year was to accept a DESA invitation to attend their convention in Albany NY on Labor Day week (Sept 4 to the 8, 2017)
under the Newport Dealeys banner which would include our own hospitality room and banquet seating arrangements, while taking
advantage of their hotel negotiated prices, reunion schedules, coordinators, tours, entertainment, meals and banquet facilities.
This setup, which is somewhat different than we are used to, seemed to be the best option overall for a successful reunion
this year. It would at least give us the opportunity to meet in a group again and decide on the future of the Newport Dealeys.
Further details and updates will be published in the February and May issues of the DESA News Letter and on our web site as
they become known.
Please share this information with all your Newport Dealeys shipmate
contacts. ... Spread the word.
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