USS Great Sitkin (AE-17)
3nd Issue, 20th Year                                                                                                                                                   1 June 2012

Association Officers

Ron Zimmerman Sr.
474 SW Prater Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL  34953
(772) 621-4016

Vice President
Jim Dunno
272 Stone Hedge Row
Johnstown,  OH  43031

Secretary (Interim)
Joe Savadge
84 May Dr
Dillsburg,  PA  17019
George Kaiser
311 W. Oak Lane
Glenolden, PA 19036


From Our President:  2012 Reunion up-date…  George and I now have everything in place for this year’s event.  Unfortunately, we also had to make an adjustment to one of the tours.  The tour of the Liberty Ship Brown had to be cancelled because they are making preparations for getting underway and will be shifting berths that day.  However, they are typically open to the public on Wednesdays, so for those of you that are coming in early, the ship will be available to visit then.
    In place of the
SS BROWN, we have gone with touring ships located at the Inner Harbor.  As part of the package, you will have a choice of touring 1 of 4 ships located there; the USS Constellation, Chesapeake Lightship, USS Torsk or the USCG Cutter Taney.  These are all located in the same vicinity as the shopping and restaurants on the 1st schedule.  We will be in that area for about 2 1/2 hours.  Plenty of time to visit a ship, eat and for the ladies to shop.

Web Site:  I finally got the web site up-dated with the 2011 Reunion pictures, about 247 of them.  I also did a little tweaking on the site it’s self.  You know go directly into the “Welcome” page.  If you are going to the site from your “favorites” link, you might get an error message the says the page is no longer available.  Click on the “page refresh” icon on your browser and that should fix the issue.

     Ron Zimmerman

A word from the Vice-President:  Not to much to write about seeing how the last newsletter still has wet ink on it! We have been having a little trouble with some of you getting their newsletter, not sure why but anyway make sure you let us know if something changes or you move. Those forwarding address cards only last so long and then you may be missing your newsletter.
  Along that same line if your dues aren’t up to date you will have to read it on-line and that leads to next problem if you don’t have a computer. I thought I’d throw together a few membership numbers for you to look at: 2009- 164 pd members, 2010-177 pd members, 2011-135 pd members, and so far for 2012-112 pd members.
  Can’t give you anything on the 2013 cruise yet, after I Retire the first of August I can meet with the travel agent and have everything ready for Baltimore. Until then enjoy the warm weather and see you in September.

     Jim Dunno
     Vice-President &  Membership Chairman

The Chaplain’s Corner:   “Good Day to all of you”.  Well I hope you are planning to be in Baltimore in September. I’m sure we will have another great reunion this year.
    As I set here on this Saturday morning writing this article my mind went back to June 1974 when I left the Sitkin heading for Ohio to pick up Patsy and travel to Norfolk Va.
    We were heading out to our new home aboard the USS Vulcan AR-5. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we arrived. It was sure different. I didn’t know anyone and there was so much Navy there in Norfolk. I found after several weeks that I began to miss my old home and shipmates aboard the Sitkin. I thought when I left I was ready for new adventures. I never really settled in aboard her. Even today when I think back I seldom think about the Vulcan or the crew. My heart is still on that old rust bucket and the friendships I made aboard her.
    I am so glad for this association that was formed years ago. It has brought back so many good memories that I like thinking about.
    Let’s keep those families in our prayers that have lost a loved one who sailed aboard the Great Sitkin. May the Lord Bless and Keep You.

Spouse Honor Roll:   Ann Marie Berg, spouse of shipmate Ronald Berg.

      Mark Rucker

Secretary’s Report:
  It is starting to be a Hot Summer here in Pennsylvania. Mowing the lawn is a weekly task and my garden is growing fast. Hope you all are enjoying the spring and early summer after a very mild winter. Looking forward to Balltimore? Ron and George have a great reunion planned. Two of my family members were just in Baltimore last week to hear the Baltimore Symphony and had a wonderful time. Baltimore is one of the those cities that has a lot to offer. I have been to the water front many times and always something new to enjoy. Other than this, just a reminder to keep us informed of any address or email changes you have — please let us know.  Last newsletter I only had two returned. So that’s a good sign everyone is doing that. See you in Baltimore!

      Joe Savadge

last updated on 06/01/12