Fellow classmates,

As we gather with our family and friends for the holidays and we usher in 2012, the class of 2002 will hit a major waypoint in our departure voyage from Kings Point. Various courses were taken as the last lines were cast, but we’ve all gone on to make our own unique marks in the world. It’s amazing to see how members of the class of 2002 are making their contributions around all corners of the world; some have even had a hand in shaping mankind’s reach to the furthest reaches of space. We have pursued our dreams, and as a result have contributed mightily to our families and society. In short, the class of 2002 is the best class to have graduated from Kings Point in quite a long time.

It feels like we were just abreast of mile marker 5, but mile marker 10 has just been spotted. Our ten year reunion is an occasion for celebration of those four or more years that prepped us for our life journeys, as we reminisce all that we experienced from indoctrination to passing our license exams, the good and the bad together. We hope we can all raise a pint together at homecoming, reconnecting with each other and swapping old and new sea stories.

Along with having a great time during homecoming weekend, it would be appropriate to present a class gift to our alma mater that was symbolic of the amazing things we’ve all gone on and accomplished. As much as we have had an impact on our families, our places of employment, and the armed forces, we still have an opportunity to contribute to our Academy, despite the passage of time. As you’ve probably heard, our beloved Kings Point has fallen on some trying times. A lot of seemingly questionable actions and decisions have been made by MARAD that has impacted negatively the Kings Point experience and core traditions. The existence of June Ball has even been questioned, just to give an example of some of the lunacy going on. Despite all this, and the crisis of leadership that has persisted the last few years, the regiment is as strong as ever, in large part to the contributions of Alumni and dedicated friends of the academy.

There is no question that our action and participation is needed to ensure the education and experiences we’ve received is available for the next generation of Kings Pointers. Our five year gift wasn’t up to par with the greatness of our class, but hey we were still getting our sea legs.

Acta non Verba! Remembering our motto, we have set two ambitious goals for our class gift. First, we are striving for 100% participation of class members in providing a donation. In these trying economic times, and knowing that we are all still young and finding our way, everyone has varying degrees of capability in providing a donation, but we hope that at least every member of the class of 2002 can contribute something to this cause. For on less than the cost of your monthly utility bill or probably your cell phone bill, you can show that 2002 stands proudly together in supporting our school.

Secondly, we want to make our mark as a class by beating the record in what is donated by a class on their ten year reunion. With a contribution of $200.20 over the course of the next year, the amount we are asking everyone to consider, we will set records for fund raising for a 10 year class gift. Some may want to give more, and we are setting a top tier goal of $2002 (which would earn you membership to the Alumni Foundation’s Superintendent’s Council). If a few can meet this goal, we will cruise past older reunion classes; give the regiment in the stands something to really cheer about, as well as giving the Alumni Foundation something to marvel at. As we march onto the field, we’re hoping to present our class gift in the amount of $50,000.

While it may take some time to determine what you can afford to give, please consider making a small donation now, to kick this effort off on a positive note as 2011 draws to a close, especially if your company matches gifts. Matching gifts from this year (2011) will be applied to our class total, depending on when your employer pays out, gifts from calendar year 2012 may not arrive in time to count.

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy holiday season, and a prosperous new year!

There are 281 days until our 10th Anniversary Reunion.

Best Regards,

P.S. Jim and I are hoping to make this process a fun one, and we’ll be unveiling donation tiers for 2002’s own award ceremony during homecoming weekend.  Stay tuned!