Washtenaw's 2021 Reunion

The 2021 reunion is a go for South Dakota!

Our 2021 reunion will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, and hosted by Bob Hatfield and Suzy Bauer at the Best Western Ramkoda Hotel. Check-in is Monday, August 23rd and checkout is Friday, August 27th. The discounted double Queen or single King room price is $109 nightly, and is good for 3 days before and after the reunion dates.

Best Western Ramkoda Hotel
2111 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone for reservations: (605) 343-8550 (mention USS Washtenaw County ship's reunion)
Or try this link for online reservations (from 2020 reunion so may not work!)

Reunion registration fee to cover our initial stocking of the hospitality room, the Thursday Banquet Dinner, and a souvenir T-shirt is $55 per person. The Meet & Greet and bus ride to Mt. Rushmore will be covered by the association. The Meet & Greet will include pizza rather than the usual snacks and finger foods. Please send your registration INFORMATION only to Bob Hatfield (email included in linked registration form below) and send your registration FEE $$$ to Association Treasurer Jim Hopkins, 41 East Coventry Ct, Clayton, NC 27527 well before the reunion, or use the PayPal option below. Make all checks out to USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association. Be sure to renew your $25 annual membership in the USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association for the year 2021 (association dues have been waived for 2020 due to the pandemic), or better yet renew for 3 years at the discounted rate of $70. Visit the Association page here to use the PayPal option for reunion registration fee and/or association membership dues.
2021 Registration Form (info to Bob H, Fee to Jim H)

Silent Auction: As has been our tradition at previous reunions, there will be a silent auction at the Thursday evening banquet dinner. We ask that you donate an item from your home state (aprox $15 value suggested). Items from past reunions have included food items (wine, honey, dates, nuts, etc.), Navy memorabilia (hats, coins, silverware, and boatswain whistle, etc.) and craft items. This activity serves as an ice-breaker before the banquet dinner, as shipmates and their guests try to outbid one another for these items. Proceeds from the auction are used to help pay for the entertainment at the banquet, and to defray reunion expenses. We have held this auction many times and have found it to be an enjoyable event as well as a great way to obtain a keepsake from the reunion.

We will continue our policy of inviting crew members of other LSR9 ships, including the LSMR's and IFS-1, and crew of any other LST's to attend our reunions. The idea is to bolster our attendance so we can negotiate better hotel rates. Joining the USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association is encouraged but optional for guest ship crew members!

Points of interest near Rapid City are listed in the Plan of the Day for Thursday (see below).

2021 Rapid City LST-1166 Reunion Plan of the Day:

Registration open 8:00 to 5:00
Hospitality Room Open all day
OPTIONAL Chuckwagon Dinner and Show at 6:30pm (allow 30 minutes travel time), approximately $40 per person. We will need to know numbers in advance to arrange transportation.

Hospitality Room Open all day
Self-guided Scavenger Hunt in downtown Rapid City. (Details provided at registration) Be sure to bring your cameras and/or cell phones.
5:00 Evening Presentation by Chris Nintzel followed by Meet and Greet gathering with drinks and appetizers.

Hospitality Room open all day
10:00 Indian Heritage Cultural Presentation, downtown Rapid City. Signup requested as space is limited.
Evening (6:30) Bus to Mt. Rushmore for lighting ceremony. Cost for this event is provided by the Association. 46 seats are available on the bus and we will put together car pools for any over 46. Bus will return to the hotel about 10:00.

Hospitality Room open all day
Independent activities during the day.
OPTIONAL Tour a Mammoth Dig Site
OPTIONAL Tour to Deadwood
OPTIONAL Tour to Air and Space Museum
OPTIONAL Tour to Custer State Park
OPTIONAL Tour to Crazy Horse Memorial
OPTIONAL Winery, Brewery, Distillery Tour
NOTE: Cost for tours and transportation depend on the number attending. Advance arrangements are encouraged.
4:00 Business Meeting - Election of officers.
Evening: Silent Auction and Banquet with a Cash Bar.

Hospitality Room open all day
Some will be departing. For others, the optional activities above will be available.


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