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USMA ’77 Grads Are Returning to Ireland in 2018!

USMA ’77 Grads Are Returning to Ireland in 2018!
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The below information is designed to accomplish two objectives:
1. Formally announce that plans for a 2018 USMA 1977 Class one-week mini-reunion in Ireland are underway.
2.  Conduct a survey of classmates’ interest in a 2018 one-week mini-reunion in Ireland.  The survey is non-binding.  No commitment needs to be made until September 2017.

Who:  USMA 1977 Classmates, Spouses, Family, Guests

What:  2018 USMA ’77 Mini-Reunion in Southwest Ireland

When:  3 – 10 June 2018

Where:  The Dunloe Hotel, a Five Star Resort Hotel,, in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.

How:  Six nights accommodation at the five star resort hotel, The Dunloe, and one night accommodation at an Ireland airport hotel. Attendees will make their own air travel bookings for air travel to the selected Ireland airport.  Travel to the hotel will be by group bus. The 2018 Mini-Reunion host will coordinate: airport bus transportation, daily escorted bus excursion tours, and evening activities described on the Ireland Reunions web page here.   The estimated cost of this land only seven nights, eight days tour package is under $1,600 per person, double occupancy, depending on the euro-dollar exchange rate at the time of booking.

Details:  We plan to stay at The Dunloe hotel as our base of operations for the week.  Upon return to the hotel at the end of a full day of activities, the reunion group will gather each evening for dinner, entertainment, or parties. The full “mini-reunion” tour itinerary can be found here.

Next Steps:  This is the first step of the planning process. Please express your interest in this mini-reunion tour event by sending an email message to Mike Healy, USMA 1969,, not later than 1 July 2017, stating your interest in attending the 2018 USMA ’77 Ireland Mini-Reunion Tour.  Explore the links below to learn more about the event.

Your Tour Hosts ~ Mike Healy, USMA 1969 and Victoria Healy

Click Here to View Past Tours’ Photo Galleries

An Ireland RnR Tour Sampler Video

Click Here to Read Grads’ Tour Testimonials and Reviews

Preview the Mini-Reunion Tour Here

Ireland RnR Tour Fun!

Copyright © 2017 Ireland RnR Tours, All rights reserved. 

Class Gift Fundraising Update

We are just seven months away from celebrating our 40th Class Reunion at West Point! 
As we’re closing in on this milestone event, I wanted to present you with a status update on our Class Gift fundraising campaign.
As of 3/1/2017, we have $582,783 committed to our class gift campaign, or 58% of our gift goal.  If you have already pledged, THANK YOU for your support!  However, there is still $132,483 in outstanding pledges.  Please be sure to pay off your pledge prior to our reunion in October 2017.  If you have not contributed yet, please consider giving generously or adding to your existing gift today.  CLICK HERE to see a list of all who have donated to our Class Gift as of 3/1/2017.  You will note that only 28% of our classmates have donated so far and we are aiming for maximum class participation.  It’s not too late to add your name to the list.  Please visit to make your gift.
As a reminder, our gift will support the Center for Oral History: Class of 1977 Honor and Ethics Archive.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the impact of this gift.
We know that West Point has changed our lives.  This is our chance to give back to the Academy and to show our appreciation for the values and standards we learned forty years ago.
Thanks for your generous support, and I look forward to seeing you in October at West Point!
Rich Trotter
Class Fundraising Chair

Hotel Thayer and Reservation Issues

Classmates, this is a letter sent to me from Carlys Lemler, a manager at the Thayer Hotel in response to the complaint placed on our class’s behalf Tuesday. esprit de corps

Hi Rich,

Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. I am sorry that some of your classmates were inconvenienced by the wait times, busy signals and phone lag when they called in to make reservations for the Class of 1977 reunion. As a graduate and a Class Officer who also volunteers as the Class Reunion Co-Chair for my class, I know just how excited everyone is to get a room at The Thayer Hotel for a West Point Reunion. Unfortunately, when a Class chooses to hold off on opening the Class block until a specific date and time, and makes that public, building anticipation for that date, more classmates call than the number of rooms in the Class block and that high demand can result in the phone lines being busy, tied up, and folks being placed on hold while we answer the questions and take the reservation details down for your classmates that have gotten through to a reservations agent. We were prepared with 10 staff members working to ensure that the the reservations went smoothly, and had over 20 phone lines open. We also have a hold system with a que, but when the call que is full, someone won’t be able to get through. Therefore, similar to when people call in to buy tickets for a high demand concert, there may still be hold times, busy signals and disconnections due to the high volume of calls of having everyone call at the same start time.

After our call this morning, I took a deep dive into the calls from your classmates to further answer the questions about the reservations process for your class. The average length of call for your classmates, once on the phone with a reservationist, was approximately 6 minutes, the longest calls taking over 25 minutes. Since coming back to West Point and staying at the Thayer is such a special experience, your classmates and our reservationists spent time making sure that every detail was correct on the reservation. Our friendly and professional reservationists took the time to answer the questions of each person they spoke with: check-in times, check-out times, questions on parking, security and access to West Point, descriptions of each room type available with their respective prices, why the room block wasn’t opened earlier, why there weren’t more regular rooms in the block, why there isn’t a football game on the weekend any longer, and many more questions. Additionally, during this time, we also had people calling in for the second Class of 1977 room block, which was opened before your official class room block, by Mr. Engstrom. Folks who were on a waiting list for that room block were also calling in, and some folks who already had reservations within that block were calling in to confirm that they still did have reservations and to make additional reservations. We also had two of your classmates walk in to the hotel to make reservations in person.

I also noted the comments by your classmates in your email below regarding the room types available. The least expensive rooms were sold-out first, leaving the more expensive suites in your block for callers that got through later.

I am sorry that we did not have enough rooms to accommodate all of your classmates, we truly would be delighted and honored to host everyone from the great Class of 1977. I am also sorry that some of your classmates had to wait on hold longer than they would have liked, or had to call back to due to getting a busy signal or no answer, while we were making reservations for other classmates.

Again, I am sincerely sorry that some of your classmates were inconvenienced with the reservations process and that we could not accommodate all of the reservations requests for specific room types.

We are looking forward to hosting your class in the fall. Please feel free to call me anytime if I can be of assistance to you: 480-221-4941.