7 MAY 2021 – A number of Classmates thought that in the competitive spirit of a COLOR COMPANY COMPETITION to help our Class meet its ambitious fundraising goal. The following email is being sent to announce this initiative, which we are calling the 50th Reunion Color Company Competition: All-class email
The following Frequently-Asked-Questions files provide details on the intent and scope of the Competition, including details on how to make a donation.
- This list addresses the overall scope and intent: ’73 Campaign FAQ’s
- This list addresses how we will “measure success”: METRICS FAQ’S-2
For you convenience, the first of the list of Frequently-Asked-Question is provided below:
The Class of 1973 Campaign- Non Sibi…Continuing the Legacy
The 50th Reunion Color Company Competition
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does any gift count?
A: Our campaign was built on the principle that “Every Gift Counts…Every Classmate Matters”. Therefore, any gift or multi-year pledge or any estate intention made through the Naval Academy Foundation during the Campaign period (September 2015 through December 2023) will count.
Q: What is expected of me?
A: Making any philanthropic commitment is a very personal decision. In making your decision regarding your own gift or commitment to the “Non Sibi – Continuing the Legacy Campaign”, of course you should consider your own situation and that of your family; your financial means; your net worth; your area of interest at USNA. But, please also consider this: “What has your Naval Academy experience, your degree and your commission meant to you over the past 50 years?” Once you’ve taken all of the above into account, please make a gift that is meaningful to you. Remember: “Every Gift Counts…Every Classmate Matters!”.
How do I make a Class of 1973 Campaign gift? The easiest and most secure way is to go to:
You can also make an estate gift that will be counted toward the class project. You can make an estate gift through your will or trust ( https://usna.planmylegacy.org/wills-and-living-trusts ) or you can make the Naval Academy Foundation a beneficiary of an IRA or other account. (Designating Beneficiaries | the United States Naval Academy Foundation (planmylegacy.org) Once your gift is in place, complete an Estate Commitment form ( Layout 1 (planmylegacy.org) and send with supporting documentation to Patti Bender, director of planned giving (email@example.com)
Q: I am turning 70 1/2 this calendar year (or before the campaign ends). Does that offer me philanthropic opportunities unique to where I am in life?
A: Absolutely! See the “Can I make a gift from my IRA?” Question and Answer below.
Can I make my gift from my IRA? Yes. Once you are 70 ½ you can make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA (IRA QCD). Details about IRA QCDs and instructions for making a gift can be found at www.usna.com/plannedgivingIRAQCD
IRA QCDs do not generate a tax deduction, but you don’t have to pay the deferred income tax due on the withdrawal.
Is it possible to gift appreciated securities? Yes. Go to:
Scroll down to “Other Ways to Give” and click on “Securities” to see the process.
Can I make a gift via a multi-year pledge? Yes. A pledge is an option as you navigate online through the donation process at:
You can make a pledge for up to 5 years paid monthly, quarterly, or annually. For example, you could make a pledge of $73 per month until you turn age 73. The total amount of the pledge will count for the Campaign even if the pledge period extends past our 50th reunion.
Can I direct a corporate matching gift to the Class of ’73 Campaign? Yes. Many corporations offer retired employees the benefit of matching gift programs. Go to:
Scroll down to “Other Ways to Give” and click on “Matching Gifts”.
How will my gift be allocated? Unless you specify otherwise, your gift will be split as follows:
Naval Academy Fund – 15%
Heinz Lenz Fellowship for the Physical Mission- 30%
Class of 1973 Ensign Fred Minier Ethics Fellow – 30%
Academic Excellence – 25%
Can I change the predetermined allocation percentages for my donation? Yes. If you would like to deviate from the pre-set allocations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com who will assist you
Can I vector some or all my gift to something other than the predetermined areas, such as the rowing program, skydiving club, etc.? Yes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and they will assist you.
Can my gift be made in honor or memory of a classmate? Yes. A “Tribute Gift” is a great way to honor or memorialize a classmate. Go to: www.usna.com/give/1973
Scroll down to “Other Ways to Give” and click on “Tribute Gifts”.
Does my gift count towards President’s Circle? Absolutely. The President’s Circle is the premier giving society of the Naval Academy Foundation, recognizing more than 1,500 generous donors annually.
Gifts totaling $2500 or more per calendar year qualifies you for President’s Circle. There are several “Courtesies” extended to President’s Circle donors. As of December 2020, there were over 40 members of our class giving at this level and more. Please join us!
What is The 50th Reunion Color Company Competition?
In the Spring of 2021, The 50th Reunion Campaign Committee will launch The 50th Reunion Color Company Competition to help boost the participation from all of our 36 Companies. No 50th reunion class has gone above 60% participation, but the Class of 1973 is NOT just any class. Our goal is to have 73% participation. The Company with the highest percentage of participants in our 50th Reunion Campaign will be declared The Class of 1973 50th Reunion Color Company. For more information, go to the Class of ’73’s website: http://1973.usnaclasses.net
or consult with your Company Rep.
Would a Tribute Gift count towards the Color Company Competition? If a Tribute Gift is made during the campaign, of course it would count for you. Note: It would not be credited as a gift from the honored or memorialized classmate.
How do I find out where my company stands in the Color Company Competition? Standings will be published periodically through the Class of ’73 website: http://1973.usnaclasses.net
Company Reps will be updated quarterly.
When is the Color Company Competition over? Your gift needs to be received by the USNA Foundation not later than August 31, 2023 to count in the Color Company Competition. If you are pledging over a period of time, the initial pledge installment needs to be made by August 31, 2023.
If my company wins the Color Company Competition, how will we be recognized? Although the Color Company Competition Committee is working with the Class Campaign Leadership Council and current USNA Leadership on appropriate recognition for the winning Color Company during our Reunion weekend in the Fall 2023, for now we must respond “TBD” and suggest you continue to check in on the Class Website: http://1973.usnaclasses.net
for more information as our 50th Reunion gathering approaches!
Who can I reach out to if I have other questions? See points of contact below:
General questions – George Watt ’73, GPWATT@1973.usna.com
Color Company Competition questions- Mike Zimet ’73, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Gifts – Dan Quattrini , email@example.com 952-320-5533
Estate and life income gifts – Patti Bender, firstname.lastname@example.org 410-295-4187
IRA QCDs – Keisha Watkins, email@example.com 410-295-4186
“Every Gift Counts…Every Classmate Matters!”
25 FEBRUARY 2021 – ENSIGN FRED MINIER ETHICS RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION – The Class of 1973 has designated the Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership as a recipient of a substantial portion of the funds it donates to the Academy. As part of that ongoing support, the Center recently established the Ensign Fred Minier Ethics Research Fellow position. The purpose of this position is to foster full-time research into military ethics issues and problems. It is the first such position at the Naval Academy.
- Classmate Fred Minier died heroically during diving operations in 1973. He was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism during that event. Notably, Fred also designed our Class Crest. Here is a Eulogy to Fred that was written by Classmate Ken Mayeaux: Fred Minier Eulogy
JUNE 2020 – HERE IS AN UPDATE ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE CLASS OF 1973 CAMPAIGN: June 2020 Update
HERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE PURPOSE AND GOALS OF THE CLASS OF 1973 CAMPAIGN:
We have used this greeting since we first met on June 30, 1969. At the appointed time that afternoon, we stood shoulder to shoulder on Tecumseh Court, took an oath of office, swore to support and defend the Constitution, and began a lifetime of commitment. And, we also began a lifetime of recognizing each other as a “classmate” – a privilege and a bond that have grown stronger these past fifty years.
Some 1,379 of us arrived at the Naval Academy that summer willing to take the road less traveled when compared to our high school contemporaries. We combined a sense of awe – and some bewilderment – with a more important sense of purpose. That sense began as we absorbed then Rear Admiral Calvert’s message to “The Gentlemen of the Class of 1973”:
“Before you lies a four year cruise which leads to a commission as an officer in the Naval Service…You gentlemen will be furnishing a major share of the top Naval Leaders of the United States over the turn of the century…it is my desire that no man graduate from this Academy as a commissioned officer under whose command I would not personally be happy to serve”.
Additionally, we developed a sense of history – from “Don’t Give Up The Ship” to the Mexican Monument to the Battleship Maine, the Shores of Tripoli, Midway, and everything else we learned about the Naval Service and the legacy we would one day inherit, to include our own adaptation of the words above the Chapel Doors: “Non Sibi, Sed Patriae”. But, ours was also a summer of history – 21 days after we were sworn in, we sat in the company wardrooms with our detailers and watched the successful Apollo 11 moon landing, yet another indication of a sense of purpose, along with the attributes of courage and commitment.
We recently witnessed the arrival of our 50 year successor class, 2023. Over 130 classmates and spouses participated in the Parent Picnic and then witnessed 2023’s swearing in ceremony as they took the same oath as ours on Thursday, June 27th while standing in the same spot as we did in 1969. With their arrival we now take on a third sense – a sense of place. Although we could easily rest on the laurels of our collective Navy/Marine Corps service; contributions to industry, academia, medicine and the law; and 50 years of emulating our class motto “Non Sibi”, we instead have the opportunity to assume our rightful place in the pantheon of other great Naval Academy classes who have gone before us as we continue to build a lasting legacy of service, volunteerism and philanthropy.
You will be hearing and reading more about volunteer opportunities as part of the Another Link in the Chain Initiative (ALITC) in mentoring the Class of 2023. And, beginning with this first communique, you will also be hearing more about the Class of 1973 50th Reunion Campaign “Continuing the Legacy“. This campaign will align to four important and strategic philanthropic pillars at the Naval Academy: Academic Excellence, Leadership & Character Excellence, Athletics Excellence and support of the Naval Academy Fund. We are particularly gratified by the giving of over 200 classmates who responded to the “73 for 73” initiative with a total of $925,000 in new gifts and commitments. Thanks to your support we are well on our way in all four pillars.
This will be a campaign aligned to the motto of “non sibi”; therefore, it will be a campaign about supporting our alma mater [today and tomorrow], moreso than about us or any individual classmate. Although we will offer more information on specific campaign goals in subsequent communiques, the most important objective we’ve set is that of classmate participation. In that regard, every gift will count – and the giving of each and every classmate will matter.
In closing, we thank each of you in advance for all you’ve done thus far, and for what you will continue to do between now and our 50th reunion in the fall of 2023. You will be hearing and reading more over these next four years about the impact of our collective giving, numerous ways to participate and other information relevant to Naval Academy philanthropy. This campaign will be the most important one we as a class have ever taken on. With its successful conclusion, we will complete the cycle we began fifty years ago of a sense of purpose, a sense of history and a sense of place.
The primary “target projects” for classmate giving under this campaign are the following:
- Stockdale Center [Leadership & Character Excellence]
- The Academic Center [ Academic Excellence]
- The Class of 1973 Heinz Lenz Fellowship [Athletics Excellence]
- The Naval Academy Fund [Discretionary Gifts/Funds]
Go Navy…Semper Fi…Non Sibi
Dirk Mosis, Class President
George Watt, Fundraising Chair
Your Campaign Leadership Council:
- Bookie Boland
- Jim Brill
- Mike Zimet
- Jim Zortman
- Ross Harding
- Bruce Hargus
- John Harvey
- Don Jefferson
- Craig Kissel
- Tom Kiernan
- Mark Kohring
- Rich Kramlich
- Max Lindner
- Dirk Mosis
- Chuck Munns
- Steve Ogden
- Eric Olson
- Jack Owen
- Tom Storch
- George Watt
- Bob Willard
Every Gift Counts … Every Classmate Matters!