Ahoy Shipmates and Merry Christmas. 

The year is ending fast and I am not ready for the next one.  We are looking forward to next year’s reunion in Wilmington North Carolina.  Mike and Linda Nowak have been working on setting up another great USS Goldsborough reunion.  It will be held at the Hotel Lela Wilmington Tapestry Collection, 5001 Market Street, Wilmington, NC. 28405.  This is a brand-new hotel that is not scheduled to open till May, so it should be very nice.  We could not get breakfast included with our special price, but there is a restaurant on site.  We will get you an idea on prices for meals as we get closer.  The Nowaks were up to Ohio recently and we got to spend some time with them.  They are planning on visiting the Wilmington area in February and will get us some more information to send out to you.  The room rate is $129 a night from Sunday October 6th till Friday October 11th.  The Friday and Saturday night before and the Friday night after the room rate is $149.  It is getting harder and harder to get really good room rates, but we try.  The room rate will be held till September 9th.  If you want to book your room use this site:   https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=ILMLIUP&groupCode=USG&arrivaldate=2024-10-04&departuredate=2024-10-12&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

This takes you straight to booking with USS Goldsborough rates.  I have used it and had no problem.  Since this is a new hotel there is no phone number connected to it yet.  We will pass that on also when they have it available.

The trips for the reunion are not set up yet, but some of the trips are the Battleship Museum the USS North Carolina BB-55.  The Nowaks are also looking at a lunch/dinner cruise and possible tours downtown.  There is also some Civil War sites and numerous other areas of interest.  We will keep you updated as plans are finalized.

I have talked to Bob Franklin recently and he was with Tom Weaver in Las Vegas working on the reunion for 2025.  It is a good time to start thinking about the 2026 reunion which will be held in the central time zone.  If you would like to host the reunion you can start looking at hotels and things to do in the area.  Don’t be afraid to call any of us who have hosted reunions to give you some help.  It takes some effort but it is great to show off your area of the country.

Bill Biller , HT2  77-81
USS Goldsborough Association Treasurer