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2019 Reunion

The 2019 USS Duluth Reunion
is scheduled to take place

June 12th - 16th, 2019.

Our host hotel will once again be 
The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza 

(800) 794-1716





Studio King Suites


Studio King Suites w/Sofa Sleeper


Studio Double Suites


One Bedroom Double Suites


Pool View One Bedroom King Suites


One Bedroom King Suites


Two Bedroom King Suites


Whirlpool King Suites


Two Bedroom King Condo


All room rates are Plus Tax.

A.   Our 2019 Reunion Coordinators are John Adams and Mark Bowman.   John and Mark can be reached at:

            john.adams@ussduluth.org           (cell) 610-213-6379
           mark.bowman@rbc.com                 (cell) 763-229-6369

B.   Our "All Hands" meeting will be the evening of Thursday, June 13th in the Gooseberry Falls Room in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), located just next door to the hotel.

C.   Dan Streu, our resident shipmate, and former US Marine, who lives in Superior, across the river from Duluth, has said that the weather in early June is usually cool, windy and rainy.   Since Duluth sits on Lake Superior, the wind coming off the lake is still rather cold.   The lake temperature is in the low 40’s still, which affects the weather in Duluth.   The average low and high in June is 48 and 68, and the rain average is 3.71 inches.   For comparison, the month of September averages are identical to June. 

D.   The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza Rates:   June 17th, 2019, the day after our reunion ends, the rates will increase for the summer tourist season starting with the annual Grandma’s Marathon, sponsored by Grandmas Saloon & Grill, and stay that way throughout the summer.   Our rates have already been established and are shown in the table above.

               All Room Rates include a full hot breakfast buffet each morning 
                (M-F:  6:30-9:30,  S-S: 7:00-10:00). 
           Complimentary cocktail:  Monday – Thursday 5 pm – 7 pm. 
           Complimentary parking. 
           Complimentary Wi-Fi. 
           Indoor pool, hot tub, sauna & fitness center.

    For comparison, here are the room rates for August 2019 and September 2019:

    AUG 2019
        · $179.00 plus tax for Studio Queen/King or Double Suites (interior 
                          rooms w/ no windows)
        · $225.00 plus tax for One Bedroom King Suites 
        ·  $265.00 plus tax for Two Bedroom King Suites or Whirlpool One 
                            Bedroom King Suites
        ·  $315.00 plus tax for our Two Bedroom Condo Suites

    SEPT 2019
        · $145.00 plus tax for Studio Queen/King or Double Suites (interior 
                          rooms w/ no windows)
        · $189.00 plus tax for One Bedroom King Suites 
        · $219.00 plus tax for Two Bedroom King Suites or Whirlpool One 
                          Bedroom King Suites
        · $255.00 plus tax for our Two Bedroom Condo Suites

E.   In the past we have held our reunion in August (2015) and September (2013, 2017).   In 2019 we are considering June because of the more expensive room rates for August and September.

F.    July 20th – 21st, 2019 is the annual Duluth Air Show.   In 2019 the Blue Angels will be performing.   Room rates are at their highest during this time frame, so unquestionably this is out for our reunion.    

G.   In the past we have provided one meal each full day of the reunion. 
        · Thursday:  We have had catered hors d’oeuvres and buffet before or 
                            after our Business Meeting. 
        · Friday:  We have had an afternoon picnic and an evening dinner at the 
        · Saturday:  We have had an evening dinner cruise and dinner at the 
                            Clyde Iron Restaurant. 

H.   Meetings will be held to one business meeting.   Total meeting time will be reduced to no longer than 90-120 minutes.   The first two reunions we had two meetings – One on Thursday evening and one on Saturday morning.  This past reunion we had one meeting, but it ran too long.  Next reunion we plan on holding one shorter business meeting.

I.   We are exploring options and are hoping to implement new procedures, whereby association officer nominations and voting will be conducted via mail/email beginning 8 months prior to the reunion. 

J.   There is a possibility of having a steel beach picnic on the Former USCGC Sundew, catered by Kurtz Catering.   Jeff Foster of Fosters Trucking is the owner and operator.   At our last reunion we tried to get an underway tour scheduled, but Jeff could not locate a crew to operate the ship.  Hopefully with a longer lead time and negotiations we can get on the schedule.

K.   We have also begun investigating the possibility of a catered dinner at The Depot down on the rail deck among the trains.   Ken Buehler, the Executive Director, is very receptive to us having a function at The Depot.   We will begin negotiations soon on pricing and availability.  

    This too would most likely be catered by Kurtz Catering, whom we have an excellent working relationship.

L.   Free Time Opportunities:     Duluth has many interesting and affordable things to do.   It is a very diverse community and has many different possibilities for having a great experience.   Here are just a few things that are available. 

                    ·    Shopping
                    ·    Air Tours by Float Plane
                    ·    Bob Dylan Way – Self Guided Tour
                    ·    Fat Biking
                    ·    Stand Up Paddle Boarding
                    ·    Kayaking on Lake Superior
                    ·    Mountain Biking
                    ·    Great Lakes Aquarium
                    ·    Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad
                    ·    Helicopter Tours
                    ·    Lake Superior Railroad Museum
                    ·    Lake Superior Zoo
                    ·    The Lakewalk
                    ·    Northshore Scenic Railroad
                    ·    The Rose Garden at Leif Ericson Park
                    ·    S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum
                    ·    North Shore Scenic Drive
                    ·    Paul Bunyon Scenic Byway
                    ·    Fitger’s Museum
                    ·    History & Sightseeing Tours
                    ·    Tom’s Logging Camp
                    ·    Commemorative Air Force Museum - Superior
                    ·    Fairlawn Mansion Museum - Superior
                    ·    Old Firehouse & Police Museum - Superior
                    ·    Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center - Superior
                    ·    Split Rock Lighthouse - Two Harbors
                    ·    Charter Fishing Tours
                    ·    Adventure Sailing
                    ·    Segway Tours
                    ·    Golfing
                    ·    Tennis
                    ·    Boat Rentals
                    ·    Miniature Golf - Superior
                    ·    Whitewater Rafting - Cloquet
                    ·    Skydiving - Superior
                    ·    Glass Blowing

    All this and more can be found at the Visit Duluth website (www.visitduluth.com).