13 June 2019: Well, another highly successful TCHVA Reunion is in the
books, and what another fabulous time was had by all. We had several first-timers, a nice representation of TC HART
Plankowners (good thing the ship was commissioned in 1973 or those guys would be really old!), and the steadfast group of
repeat attendees. We were blessed with great weather throughout the week in support of our agenda, and fortunate to
have a fantastic event coordinator in Barb. From what I hear, it's a good thing she's such a talented event coordinator
as her karaoke prowess was, uh, well, lacking (but she was a gamer!).
I'm sure many of you are wondering about the next
TCHVA Reunion. One of the major bennies of attending the reunion is you get to vote for the site of the next event.
Well, it will be in 2021. The city voted on by the 2019 Reunion attendees will kind of dictate what time of year we'd
be looking at. At the TCHVA Business Meeting of all attendees, almost a dozen different cities/sites were discussed
and then we had a vote on each city as to whether we'd like to consider it as part of our cutdown to three potential sites.
The final 3 were (in no particular order): San Antonio TX, Northern Virginia (city TBD but outside of Washington DC), and
We then voted to have our same event planner for this year look at those three alternatives, and
give us the pros and cons of each with regard to factors such as costs, hotel availability and amenities, sites for tours
and general visiting, travel time between sites, variability of venues (not all historic tours, or sitting on a bus for hours,
etc.), freedom to plan own excursions, and recommended time of year for the event. Naturally we'd look at cooler months
if we go south, more moderate temps if we move north. We also will allow our planner to suggest an equally competitive
site if for some reason unknown to the group, there are some issues that may make one of our final 3 questionable for what
we'd like to do. As our planner is a long time veteran of these type events, and she did such a bang up job in Rapid
City SD, we trust she'd be above board and neutral if one of our options may not work. But in the end, it will be by
a vote of this year's attendees if we want a different option, and then a vote for the winning city.
We will do our
best to keep the Association members and any former shipmate(s) we come across informed of the plans for the 2021 TCHVA Reunion.
We'll use this Web site, our USS THomas C. Hart FF-1092 Facebook page, as well as mass emailing to addresses we have on file
of past members of TCHVA. We also rely on word of mouth, which is actually how some folks found out about TCHVA and
this year's event in Rapid City! So please stay tuned. We'd like to have the city for the TCHVA 2021 Reunion decided
on within the next 3-4 months. And if you could not attend this year, but have any questions about the next reunion,
feel free to use the Contact Us link on the left hand side of this page.
4 June 2019: LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!! Reunion time is here and the folks are
trickling in and headed straight for the Hospitality Suite to renew acquaintances, welcome old shipmates and some first time
attendees. It promises to be a great 5 days!!!! Stay tuned for more info as the week progresses.
25 May 2019: Only 10 more days until the TCHVA Reunion in Rapiod City SD!!!!!!!
Still not too late to sign up, and if you just want to show up and register once you arrived, we will certainly make that
work as well. Looking forward to seeing a bunch of former shipmates as well as folks who may be attending for the first
time, or the first time in a long time. Promises to be fun (unless of course we find ourselves snowed in, but like good
sailors, we'll certainly make the best of it regardless). Cheers!!!
28 April 2019: Reminder - the last day to reserve a room for the
TCHVA Reunion, 4-9 June 2019 in Rapid City, SD and get the guaranteed group rate is Saturday, 4 May 2019.
You may still reserve a room after 4 May 2019, but it is on a space available basis, and the hotel cannot guarantee the special
group rate - but you can always ask! Also remember to fill out the registration form and sign up for any of the tours/events
we have planned. Hotel info and the Registration Form can be found in the
TCHVA 2019 Reunion Agenda link below, just above the attendee roster. Should be a lot of fun, so don't delay!!!!
13 April 2019: The latest edition of the TCHVA Newsletter is available
by clicking on the Newsletters link on the left hand side of this page. It contains the latest info on the Rapid City
SD event planned for 4 - 9 June 2019.
9 February 2019: We have published a Special Edition TC HART 2019 Reunion
Newsletter. It is included in the Newsletters page as well as being emailed to all current and
past members for whom we have a current address. It includes the same 2019 TC HART Reunion planning brochure and registration
info/form to review and hopefully sign up to attend our event this coming June in Rapid City SD. It promises to be a
great time. We have put a lot of thought, time and effort in the agenda, and have been working with a great event planner
to try and make this as easy as possible to attend and enjoy. Cheers!!!!
10 November 2018: OK Shipmates! Below is the link to the
official brochure for our 2019 TCHVA Reunion in Rapid City, SD, to be held 4 - 9 June 2019. Please take time to review
the brochure as it contains all the info you will need to decide what events and excursions you may be interested in during
this event. A link that will allow you to make your hotel reservations at our special Thomas C Hart Reunion rate is
in the brochure, as well as the reservation form for the Reunion to sign up for the various outings and excursions we have
set up for attendees.
It is a quite venue in a most picturesque and historical part of our country. We
are looking forward to seeing many of you there. Just simply click on the link below this note and you'll be transferred
to the brochure and registration info.
Again, can't wait to see lots of new faces to join with many of the, well,
seasoned attendees from past reunions, each of which has been most successful.
TCHVA 2019 Reunion Agenda
out who is planning to attend the 2019 Reunion!!!!
an updated list of folks who registered at the hotel and for the event(s) each Friday afternoon. In some cases registration forms may have arrived later than the last update, or there was a delay in processing
the forms. So if you have mailed in your registration form, and in some cases also received a confirmation note
from our planner, never fear, your name will appear!!!
Tours: (1) Black Hills: Weds,
5 Jun 19, 8:15AM - 4:45PM; (2) Badlands: Thurs, 6 Jun 19, 8:45AM - 3:15PM; (3) Founding Fathers/Air & Space Museum/Downtown
Rapid City Tour: Fri, 7 Jun 19, 8:45AM - 3:00PM; (4) Banquet: Sat, 8 Jun 19, 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Here are some links to information about our host city for the 2019 TCHVA Reunion in June 2019. Enjoy!!!
South Dakota Visitors Guide
Rapid City SD Visitor Information
History Of Rapid City SD