2020 USS Yosemite Association Annual Reunion
29 April 2020 – 3 May 2020
Fellow Yosemite Association Members, Friends, Former Sailors, Spouses & Children of former Yosemite Sailors,
I am pleased to announce our 2020 Reunion in Jacksonville, Florida at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 9300 Baymeadows Road.
Save these dates April 29 through May 3! Join us in Jacksonville for camaraderie, tours, and our annual reunion.
Your Accommodations Include:
You can look forward to a comfortable room suite that has a sleeping area and separate relaxing Living Room. Your Guest Rooms all have small refrigerators, coffee makers, microwaves and safe. Also, your suite has a large flat-screen TV, table with chairs, kitchen like area with a sink, a couch that pulls out to a double bed if need be, lamps and supporting end tables. The bathroom is bright and clean with a tub/shower arrangement and sink with a nice batch of soaps & shampoo and conditioner.
The Bedroom has one Queen or King Bed. You could have a room with Double Occupancy, which costs $10.00 more (two Double or King- Queen Beds). The bedrooms have an additional large flat-screen TV (2nd TV), chairs and a desk area, dresser, etc.
Breakfast is (06:30-09:30 ) included with your room for two people and executed very well with Bacon / Sausage / Eggs to order / any kind of Omelet you want to be made by 3 Chefs in front of you. A great assortment of bagels, melon, yogurts, cereals, flatbreads, juices, coffee, and tea. It is not a one time trip, have as much as you want of whatever you want. Breakfast is part of the package. That is breakfast for two if you have a spouse or significant other.
Also from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, (near to where you had breakfast) you will have the opportunity to have light refreshments to include chips and dip / Cut Vegetables / a whole assortment of sliced cheeses to accompany with mixed drinks, wine of all types and beer. The drinks and food cost you nothing, and you can have as much as you want. This is also part of your room rate. Our rate is $119.00 per Night. Plus tax.
If you want lunch or dinner without leaving the hotel, Chelsea’s Bar and Grill Restaurant on the premises is just the ticket. It has delicious food from 11:00 AM to 11 PM. You will have a copy of their Menu in your room. They have a full selection of foods that includes appetizers, flat-breads, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, dinner plates, and desserts. I did, in fact, have dinner there, and it was spectacular.
For those that may not have attended one of our Reunions in the past, I will give you a brief overview.
Our 2020 Reunion starts on April 29. This is a four-day event with a departure on Sunday, May 3. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the crew of the USS Yosemite and share stories.
Now everyone knows we always have an excellent Hospitality Room that we control for our Yosemite People. We stock beer, wine, liquor & soft drinks, chips and pretzels, etc. It is always a great place to find Yosemite people hanging out. We close it up at night and open it the following day. It is our private and special place out of the public eye.
The Hotel has a Shuttle Service that will take you Monday-Friday 7 miles in any direction. I am working to see if we can have Saturday added to this service. While I was at the hotel, I took a side trip and went to the Museum of Science and History. I also took in a show at the Planetarium. Great place to visit and very well done. So many things are close by. I feel sure I will be going to St. John’s Market Shopping Area. It is open-air and big! I am told you can find anything there. I will be providing all with a whole list of attractions in the Jacksonville area and much more detail about the Reunion. For now, please just tell us how many people plan to bring to the Reunion. We need all of you to make this an extraordinary event.
- April 29: The event will begin Wednesday. When you arrive, you will find an area marked for our group with a table full of bags that will have your name tag and some goodies that will enhance your stay. We always have a small lapel pin that in this case will represent Jacksonville. Some proudly add this little pin to others they have on their Name Tag Holder (Case). Included will be a list of events that are planned with dates and times of Meetings (Board of Directors Meeting, General Meeting, Banquet Dinner information, information on planned tours).
- April 30 & May 1: Thursday and Friday will have tours tied to them. You will be asked to join us each evening between 5:30 and 7:30 PM to enjoy light snacks and drinks. This is also part of your stay at no additional charge. We will have a Yosemite area marked off in the main Atrium for our group.
- May 1: Friday afternoon we have a Board Of Directors Meeting.
- May 2: Saturday afternoon the General Meeting, followed by the Banquet Dinner. After the Banquet Dinner, we have a Raffle, which is always a lot of fun. Everyone that comes to the Reunion will be asked to bring something special with them that can controls that on the Raffle Table. Some bring something that represents where they are from, some a bottle of special wine with glasses. This year I will have the Brass Controls from a 1940’S Navy Steam Ship, mounted on good wood, that once was on the bridge of a war ship, the complete handle assembly for the Bell and the Whistle controls that would activate it from the bridge. This was the prize possession of a Retired Chief Warren Officer (CWO4). I was able to procure it at the estate sale. Seeing that you will appreciate it. Someone’s Navy Room will have a great addition to it. So take your time and find something special that one of our lucky attendees will gain. Planning for the Banquet Dinner is in progress. The Hotel is working on a special menu for me to look over and pick out what will work for our group. It will be a great meal with all the trimmings. Bread, Salad, a choice of a Meat / Chicken / Fish dish as the main entrée. It is followed by dessert. The cost of the Dinner will be $40.00 per person. This amount includes all taxes and gratuities. I will provide you more on the Banquet Dinner when I have it.
- May 3: Depart day
**** Those that live in the Jacksonville / Mayport Area member or not if you have any suggestions that would make our Reunion better, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. We are hoping to be able to meet with as many former Yosemite Sailors as possible. Should you wish to Join our Association, it is $15.00 per year or we have a chart on our website for life membership based on your age.
We will be publishing a short registration for the 2020 Rreunion to declare the number of people in your party, select choices of the banquet meals, and tour options. Please call the hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton Jacksonville Baymeadows, (904) 731-3555 to make reservation and mention our group USS Yosemite 2020 Reunion for our special rate.
Jacksonville is the Location the USS Yosemite Reunion in 2020. We need you with us! Now is the time to make this plan. Put it on your calendar and plan to have fun with us.
We are looking forward to seeing many of our fellow shipmates from The Busy Lady.
If you are interested in attending, please complete the survey form below. You may contact me the USS Yosemite Association President, Bill Krug at w.krugIII@gmail.com or call (352) 419-6620 for further information or to answer your questions.
William C. Krug III (Bill)
President USS Yosemite Association
Group Leader / Point of Contact