SHIPMATES: No new shipmates were signed up in January and the total stands at 398.
SHIPMATE PASSING: As most of you know, Louis Ruch, SKSN, 1954-1955 suddenly passed away on September 23, 2005. Louis and Frances both attended the first Altair reunion in Norfolk. Our condolances to the Ruch family.
DUES: Dues are hereby changed to $10 per year. A couple of shipmates sent in $25 and credit will be given for dues paid for 2007. Hopefully we can get more shipmates on board with dues.
FINANCIAL: The beginning balance was $867.07 with $45.00 paid in dues and zero expenses leaving a February 1 balance of $912.07. The Altair "Special Fund" remains the same.
U.S. NAVAL MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE WALL: I was surprised at the lack of pledge response for an Altair plaque. Thanks to those shipmates who did make a pledge. This is a great and worthwhile cause to honor the Altair Shipmates. Joe Basso is the driving force behind this idea. For those not familiar with the wall, please visit Navy Commemorative Wall
A INTERNET BROWSER NOTE: I have switched over to Mozilla's "Firefox 1.5" and no longer use Microsoft I.E. 6.0. Firefox seems a bit faster and reportedly is "safer" than I.E. Microsoft is working on I.E. 7.0 but I don't know when it will be out.
All for now. Please contact me with questions and comments.
Best Regards To All:
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