The Bob Monroe Legacy
Posted 11/26/14 (Bob Monroe's Decision to Resign Class Presidency)
Class Leadership Group and key managers,
This replaces a partial-draft message I mistakenly sent about 15 minutes ago.
Regrettably, for reasons of physical disability, I must hand over the Class Presidency as soon as a successor can be elected. I will make this public at our Class Luncheon on Thurs, Dec 4, at LaPorta’s; and I will inform our classmates by email and letter that same day. I wanted you class leaders – Class Leadership Group, three Communications Managers, and Reunion Manager – to have this private word in advance.
The sole reason for my decision is two totally unexpected major physical setbacks I’ve experienced in the past two months. In early September I abruptly lost most of my hearing ability; and in mid-September I suffered a compression fracture of my third lumbar vertebrae, greatly restricting my movement. The USNA Class of 1950 must have a President who is able to travel and attend meetings, and who can hear what’s said at meetings. I can do neither at present.
As I’m sure you know, I’m absolutely determined to recover some reasonable level of both capabilities, whatever it takes, if it can be done. I’ve undergone two hospital spinal procedures in the past few weeks, and the vertebrae has been stabilized. With time, therapy, and dedicated exercise regimes I hope to reduce the pain and increase my mobility. As for my hearing, I’ve already taken the first steps toward having cochlear implants. However medical science makes no promises with regard to improvement in either spine or hearing. Char has devoted every minute – from day one – to helping me, without which I could not have survived...and she’s still at it. I’ll be focusing 100% on regaining strength and following recovery programs.
I was immensely proud to be voted your Class President in early 2009; and BEING President of the U.S. Naval Academy’s GREAT Class of 1950 for the past six years has been the greatest honor I could ever imagine. I have treasured every minute of it, and I had hoped to continue for years.
Fortunately, we have many excellent candidates to take over as Class President. Our other three class officers are all superbly qualified, as are other class managers and members of our Washington-Annapolis classmates. I’ll be here to assist our new President in any way needed.
Our Class Nominating Committee, chaired by Milt Schultz, has arranged for the election of our new Class President. It will take place at our succeeding Class Luncheon on Thurs, Jan 8, at LaPorta’s, and turnover of the Presidency will take at that time.
With great sadness, but with unbounded confidence in our combined futures,
Copy to Bill Diehl by mail.
All the best,
As many of you know, a few months ago our classmate (and Class Treasurer) JJ
McNally conceived the idea of a possible Alumni Association (AA) award to honor
our Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who are not Naval Academy graduates.
Our Distinguished Graduates and the Class Leadership Group have since been
reviewing and commenting on JJ’s proposal – with overwhelming broad approval –
and I have now officially submitted it, with the Class of 1950’s endorsement, to
Attached is a copy of the complete submittal, consisting of four documents:
Class of 1950’s endorsement to the AA; the proposal itself; JJ’s original letter
to me; and his supporting rationale. As you open the attachment, note that
these four documents are separately spaced, in order to print properly.
Should any of you be unable to open the attachment, please let me know and send
you an email with the complete attachment pasted thereon.
I’ll keep you informed of developments.
For Jack Akin: Please post this message and the attachment (four
documents) on our class website.
For Chuck Mull: Within the next few days I’ll condense this message and
the entire submittal into one paragraph, for you to use as the “President’s
Corner” message in our class column for the Nov-Dec issue of Shipmate.
For Bill Wulftange: When we get an initial response from the AA, I’ll give
you a message to inform all classmates (on email) of JJ’s initiative and it’s
My congratulations to JJ, and my appreciation to the many who have contributed to this initiative.
Copy to Bill Diehl by mail.
All the best,
What a marvelous response (below)!
Your feelings in volunteering were
the same as mine, four (plus) years ago, when I was asked if I would accept the
job as class president (if elected). I was swamped with other commitments,
but I said yes because I felt I owed the
I’ve just talked to Jack Akin, and
we both don’t want to wait another day before welcoming you into the fold. So
you’re now our Standby Webmaster! Welcome aboard!
Jack will give you a call and
commence a dialogue about the website which I’m sure will become a continuing
and delightful relationship.
I’ll also announce your position to the class!
Pat Kittler [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 9:49 AM
To: Robert Monroe
Subject: Re: Standby Web master
Bob; Thanks for the response. I'm not anxious for
another responsibility but thought that I should answer up and be willing to
step in if needed. The older I get, the more I value my
home: 612 355 7096
Cell: 612 481 7948
65th Reunion Response Form
Posted 5/06/13: (A Shipmate Reminder About Our 65th Reunion, by Bob Monroe)
My thought this month is to let classmates, wives, and
widows know a bit more about your class officers and managers, who commit so
much of their lives to holding the USNA Class of 1950 together as a functioning
unit. Your VP, Tom Ross (
All the best,
Posted 1/18/13: (Letters to Class Leadership Group, from Bob Monroe)
Class Leadership Group,
This note is for information. No action needed.
For the past year I’ve been sending our Class Scribe a “President’s Corner” item, for insertion in his forthcoming Class of 1950 column for Shipmate.
Chuck Mull is just about to submit his column for the March-April issue, and I thought you might like to see the input I’ve given him for President’s Corner (attached at icon above). It’s an attempt to give you class leaders a small measure of credit for the marvelous job you do – at great cost to self and family – in holding classmates, wives, and widows together as a functioning unit.
There’s no way I can ever thank each of you adequately for all you do, but I do want to be sure our classmates know how effective and generous – and totally remarkable – you are.
All the best,
Class Leadership Group,
I believe it would be wise for us to be a bit more forehanded than we have been in preparing for the inevitable transitions in class officers and managers. In saying this I’m not focusing on our current situation; I have in mind a continuing process, year-after-year.
I’d welcome your thoughts on the following
BACKGROUND. During my almost four years as class
president we’ve all gotten about four years older, and we’re currently losing
about 6½ % of our classmates each year. Three of our key officers and managers
have been lost without warning. Jerry Coleman had to leave as E-mail Manager
overnight for health reasons, and he was unable to assist in any transition.
Larry Hawkins, our long-time Executive Secretary, seemed to be recovering from
an illness when he passed away. The same was true of Wayne Jensen as
Corresponding Secretary. In each case we had no backup, and virtually no
“transition” was possible. Only through the most heroic efforts were Ray
I believe we can and should do better, and that we owe it to our classmates to make the attempt. Although it may be difficult, I think we should have a named, agreed replacement for each key officer and manager. In some cases this individual might be willing to take over the full responsibilities of the position as the next incumbent. In others, the replacement might only be willing to pick up maintenance of the data base and function until a permanent successor could be named. But in every case the key objective would be to have a backup who was completely familiar with the officer’s or manager’s class procedures and processes, his class files, his class computer(s), his class passwords, his class data bases, etc.
In some cases it might be convenient
for the designated replacement to be located in the
Here’s an example. Jack Akin and I exchange phone calls every month or so, and when we talked last, about a week ago, I congratulated him on our superb class website (which he has developed and operated, single-handedly), and asked him if he felt okay about continuing to manage it. He said absolutely! I then asked what he thought about our naming a backup for him, and he thought it was a good idea. He had three valuable bits of advice: (1) He wanted class leadership to select the backup, rather than his doing it. (2) He stated that the backup would have to be computer- and internet-competent. (3) He said that if such an individual were named, he could visit him in Hew Hampshire for about a half-day and he could show him everything he would need to know about the website, its processes, his procedures, the firm which supports him, etc.
It may be that for some of our officer-manager positions we should try to select the replacements, while for others we might wish to go out by e-mail to all classmates, seeking volunteers.
I’d appreciate it if you could consider the above and let me have your thoughts or advice.
Editor's Note: Welcome back, Chuck, to the exciting Class of 1950 communications world which we serve.
Classmates, and Timothy Woodbury,
We’ve recently experienced a couple of mix-ups in our class communications regarding deaths of classmates, and this message is an attempt to avoid this in the future by establishing more clearly how the system works.
First, problems occur NOT from any individual’s error, but because the reporting and follow-up on each death tend to be absolutely unique, and several major players (the deceased’s family, close friends, etc.) may or may not play a role. As a result, each of us has to be alert and adjust our role in each case to be sure we – collectively – meet our team’s responsibilities to the Class of 1950.
Second, we have a seven-person team involved:
Timothy Woodbury, at the Alumni Association, frequently is the first to hear of a death, and she notifies the other six of us. When she isn’t the first to hear, whoever hears of the death must get word to her as well as the rest of us. Timothy also works with the family to publish Shipmate’s “Last Call” obituary (generally different from the family-prepared obituary in the local newspaper).
Deke Forbes, our Class Executive Secretary, generally has the lead on tying things together and being sure nothing slips through the cracks. He also generally is our principal in communicating with the deceased’s family.
Ray Engle, our Class E-mail Manager, is the key player in getting the word out to the Class as a whole. Since each case is unique, Ray exercises a great deal of judgment in when and how he does this, without delay on the one hand or unnecessary duplication/correction on the other. An important point here for all of us to keep in mind is the time-lag between the death notice and the obituary – it may be a few hours, many months, or forever, because the obituary (as I understand it) is controlled by the family.
Jack Akin, our Class Website Manager, runs our primary back-up system to Ray, by immediately posting the death notice on the website, and subsequently replacing it with the obituary, when available.
Chuck Mull, our Class Corresponding Secretary, runs our secondary back-up system to Ray, by including a brief (two-or-three-sentence) death notice in our Class of 1950 column in Shipmate. Keep in mind that there will always be several months’ delay between date-of-death and arrival of the issue with Chuck’s report of the death.
Daryle Tripp, our Class Statistician, prepares the Class of 1950’s death statistics twice annually (January 1 and July 1) and sends them to Jack (for complete posting on the website) and to Chuck (for summarization in Shipmate).
I try to follow everything and be a final back-up, if needed. If the deceased’s wife is living, and if appropriate, I send her an immediate letter on behalf of the Class, expressing condolences and offering Class assistance.
Third, a few points to keep in mind:
* Good Class performance after each death depends on: (1) Each of us communicating with the others, keeping them informed, etc. (2) Each of us taking the initiative to plug any hole or correct any incipient problem we recognize.
* Getting an immediate e-mailed death notice to the Class is a matter of prime importance. We shouldn’t wait for an obituary. There’s no particular format for a death notice, since the amount of information that’s known will vary widely in each case. Each of us should write it if it seems appropriate for us to do so. Whoever learns of a death, please write a brief death notice (a sentence or two), providing all information that’s known, and send it to Ray (and the rest of us) immediately. Ray will send it out, adjusting the wording if he has more information. But be SURE it’s a valid report! Ray will have no ability to verify it.
* Each of you will need to keep records of communications for a reasonable period of time; say until the Shipmate obit appears in Last Call or the interment/inurnment takes place, whichever is later. The reason is that Classmates may need to come to us (our 7-person team) for information for quite a few months after a death, and we want to be able to respond.
* I believe we should try to follow roughly the same procedures outlined above in the case of deaths of wives of classmates, although our being notified is much more chancy, information is much more scarce, Timothy is much less involved, and Last Call is not involved. But we should do what we can in each instance.
To all: If I’ve made errors in the above, please don’t hesitate to correct me. If we should do things differently, please suggest them. This is the first time we’ve covered this as a Class; but deaths of classmates are obviously becoming more frequent events and our responsibilities have increased.
All the best,
Class Leadership Group,
On becoming class president about 3 ½ years ago, I
found it useful to ask the advice of experienced class leaders when making the
frequent decisions required. After a few informal tries, I asked a group of
seven (the four serving class officers and three long-term class presidents) if
they would serve as a “Class Leadership Group” to provide advice. This worked
well; and a year or so later, I broadened the base by inviting two from
It was recently suggested that I expand the group further; and I think this is a good idea, in that it makes the group more representative of the class as a whole. Accordingly I’m pleased to announce that John Nolan, Daryle Tripp, Marsh Treado, and John Henderson have agreed to join us, expanding the group to thirteen.
I want to thank our past members for being of such great assistance, and to welcome our new associates. I anticipate the more broadly based group will be even more effective in the future.
All the best,
June 25, 2012
Attached below is an Alumni Association announcement of a new program for assisting USNA alumni.
Over the past couple of years, the Class of 1969 has developed a “mentoring” program which would enable USNA graduates to receive advice and help on specific issues from other alumni. The program is about to start on a one-year trial basis, and the Class of 1969 is wishes to sign-up mentors. Please giive it your consideration.
Please direct any questions to the Class of 1969, as outlined below.
All the best,
President, USNA Class of 1950
Noreen Frenaye [mailto:noreen.Frenaye@usna.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:56 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Mentors Needed
This email is being sent to all Class Presidents on behalf of the Class of 1969.
Attached, please find information regarding the mentorship program the Class of 1969 is sponsoring as presented to you at the Council of Class Presidents meeting.
Questions or Comments (regarding this program): Please email Class of 1969 Secretary, Dr. Steve Hudock, at shudock@1969.USNA.com or AMP Director of Communications retired RADM Stan Bryant at email@example.com.
Asst Director, Alumni Special Programs
WE NEED USNA ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS GO TO WWW.USNA.COM and, in the “Support the Academy” tab, locate “Get involved” in the dropdown and choose “Become a mentor.” Then follow the prompts to enroll.
Attention Please: The Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Class of 1969 are pleased to announce the launch of the Alumni Mentor Program (AMP) Pilot Project as approved by the USNAAA Board of Trustees at its 8 December 2011 meeting. While it preliminarily will be the 50th Legacy Gift of the Class of 1969, AMP will eventually be an Alumni Association offering by all Alumni for all Alumni. AMP protégé and mentor participants will be from all classes.
AMP Pilot:The AMP Pilot will run for a minimum of one year targeting 600 protégé and 400 mentor participants. Upon successful completion of the AMP Pilot, we expect to implement full AMP for a combined 3,000 mentors and protégés in 2014.
How You Can Help:Volunteer by enrolling today for training as a mentor to share your experience, wisdom, and network to help other Alumni. Lead by helping to inform both your Classmates and other Alumni you know to support the AMP Pilot.
Say Again Your Last:We need 400 mentors ASAP to conduct a meaningful AMP Pilot! All a USNA Alumni has to do is go to the AMP website through www.usna.com and sign up for mentor training. Once we have 200 trained mentors, we will then call for 600 protégé volunteers.
WE NEED MENTOR VOLUNTEERS NOW!!
By The Numbers:Total USNA Alumni number about 50,000 of which about 10,000 are on active duty. AMP will provide the means for Alumni to help Alumni in an unprecedented way.
Questions or Comments: Please email Class of 1969 Secretary, Dr. Steve Hudock, at
shudock@1969.USNA.com or AMP Director of Communications retired RADM Stan Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org. NON SIBI Class of 1969
1950 Shipmate Column for July-August
My topic for this issue is our Class Website (usna50.8k.com).
Posted 5/21/12: (Important Benefits Notice from Bob Monroe)
Message for all Classmates and Wives of Deceased Classmates
Subject: Possible Forthcoming Reductions in Military Retired Pay and Healthcare Benefits
As you know,
Already proposals abound to cut military retired pay and health benefits, many of which are quite draconian. Some of these have “grandfather clauses” which provide a measure of protection to individuals who are already retired, but we will still take a hit.
As patriots, all of us are quite willing to do our share; but many of the current proposals would make military benefit cuts far beyond that. In fact the most publicized plans specifically are designed “to cut military benefits back to level of typical civilian plans,” without any regard for the enormous demands and sacrifices of military life which have no counterpart in civilian employment. These proposals must be opposed.
Some classmates have suggested that we (our class)
organize as a group to fight ill-advised cuts to military retired pay and health
benefits. However, your class leadership (which,
from long experience within the beltway,
is quite knowledgeable of
If your interest in this issue is minimal, you need take no action. You can be assured MOAA is at work protecting your classmates who have more at stake.
But if you would like to participate in the fight personally, your class leadership suggests you consider joining MOAA and taking the actions they recommend in their monthly “Military Affairs” magazine and their more frequent e-mails. Membership fees are low ($34/year, $17 for new members, when last checked). MOAA can be reached at 703-549-2311, or www.moaa.org.
All the best,
For the past eight months your Class
Leadership has been updating the structure, terms, and management of the Class
of 1950’s Endowment to the
BACKGROUND OF OUR MUSEUM ENDOWMENT.
At our 45th Reunion in
OUR ENDOWMENT AGREEMENT. After a decade of experience with our original Endowment Agreement, the Class of 1950 and the Foundation have recently “restated” it to update three sections. We have added (for posterity) the reasons which led us to create the Endowment; we have tightened the purpose for which Endowment funds can be expended; and we have deleted two pages dealing with Trustees, as this is a class (not a Foundation) matter. The new Endowment Agreement, signed last month, is shown immediately following this summary.
OVERSIGHT OF OUR ENDOWMENT.
Endowments, foundations, and charitable organizations find it sound business
practice to create Boards of Trustees to exercise oversight of funds of this
size. Such a Board – typically composed of mature, responsible individuals
of different backgrounds who hold differing philosophies – protects management
from hasty, ill-advised, or questionable actions.
CHARTER OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
The Charter of our Board of Trustees, signed earlier this month, is shown right
after the Endowment Agreement.
MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
Class Leadership has appointed the following classmates to our Board of Trustees
for Museum Endowment:
Milt Schultz (Chairman)
On behalf of Class Leadership, I wish
to express our thanks – and that of all our classmates – to these eminently
qualified gentlemen for agreeing to serve the Class in these important
The Class of 1950 can take pride in
having created a continuing, substantial benefit to the Museum and the
All the best,
Class of 1950 Endowment Agreement
CHARTER OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
USNA CLASS OF 1950’S ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NAVAL
April 14, 2011
This document is the
Charter of the Board of Trustees for
the USNA Class of 1950’s Endowment Fund supporting the
REPLACEMENT. This document supersedes and replaces: (1) The Trustee provisions of the now-terminated Endowment Agreement of December 1, 2000; and (2) the “Executive Committee of the Museum Endowment Trustees” E-mail of September 13, 2005.
RESPONSIBILITIES. The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, and of the individual Trustees, are:
* To familiarize themselves, individually and collectively – through Museum visits and discussions with Museum officials and staff – with all aspects of the Naval Academy Museum, its status, stature, programs, problems, needs, etc.
* Upon receipt of the Foundation’s notification of anticipated Endowment disbursements, to advise Class Leadership promptly of the Board’s oversight recommendations.
SIZE OF THE BOARD. The Board will consist of between four and six Trustees, one of whom is designated Chairman of the Board.
APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES. To form the Board initially, Class Leadership will appoint the Trustees and designate one as Chairman. Thereafter, Class Leadership will appoint new Trustees (and Chairman) as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS OF TRUSTEES. Trustees will be members of the Class of 1950, physically and mentally capable of functioning, who express an interest in serving. As a practical matter (in view of the “Responsibilities,” “Remuneration,” and “Meetings” paragraphs of this Charter), Trustee service will generally be limited to individuals residing in or near the Washington-Annapolis area, although this is not a requirement.
TERM-OF-SERVICE OF TRUSTEES. There is no set term-of-service as a Trustee. If the appointment process brings the total number of Trustees to more than six, the Trustee with longest service will retire from the Board.
REMUNERATION OF TRUSTEES. Trustees will receive no fees for service. Reimbursement (or partial reimbursement) for personal expenses incurred will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.
MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. The Board of Trustees will meet at least once a year. To facilitate Museum visits, briefings, and discussions with Museum staff, meetings will be held in the Museum or nearby.
REPORTS OF THE BOARD. Annually, at the end of the Foundation’s fiscal year (June 30), the Board will submit a “State of the Endowment” report to Class Leadership, summarizing financial status, disbursements, top-priority future projects, Museum status, and other appropriate information.
Robert R. Monroe
VADM, USN (Ret.)
President, USNA Class of 1950