Sterett Association Membership
Two Ways To Join Or Renew Membership
Complete the web form and pay dues online using PayPal.
Print out and complete the membership form and mail it in along with your check for dues.
Annual dues are $20/year and cover January 1 to December 31.
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Note: Active duty sailors serving aboard USS Sterett DDG-104 are eligible for Association membership.
Dues are waived while serving aboard.
Important: If you chose the “Mail-In” option, make your check payable to the USS Sterett Association and mail it along with your completed membership form to:
Secretary-Treasurer USS Sterett Association
198 Golanvyi Trail
Vonore, TN 37885
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WHY BECOME A MEMBER?
If you have ever allowed your mind to drift back to your Sterett years and started to think about some of your shipmates and thought about all the things you did back then and you suddenly realize there”s a smile breaking out on your face, or you feel nostalgic about the good old Sterett days, then read on. There are many of your former shipmates out there who feel the same way. A lot of them are Sterett Association members.
I see activity on two different Sterett FaceBook pages. On them, former Sterett crewmembers share messages, pictures, and memories of days past. Days spent in Subic Bay, Yokosuka, Pattaya Beach, Hong Kong, Sydney, Perth, and even Shanghai. Also, a few days spent at sea!
Whether you spent 4 years, 6 years or had a full Navy career, these are days that most of us cherish. These are the years we grew up, found out who we were and formed the attitudes that made us who we are today. For most, the people we spent so many days with helped to mold us into the men we have become. Special times, special people.
With these thoughts in mind, the Sterett Association serves an invaluable service. It is an organization made up of people just like ourselves who have fond memories of our Sterett years. The Sterett Association provides the opportunity to locate former shipmates, correspond with them and, every two years, visit with each other face to face at the reunions. The hours I have spent discussing old times over a few drinks at the reunions have been some of the most enjoyable times I have had. Hearing about some long forgotten “liberty events” bring rolls of laughter that literally can hurt. Looking across the room and seeing a former shipmate that you spent liberty time with many years ago will warm your heart.
A Sterett crew member who attended the 2011 reunion for the first time had this to say, “I honestly had a great time. The hotel and casino were great but seeing all my old shipmates was the icing on the cake. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to attend a reunion.”
His is a fairly typical reaction. Personally, I have enjoyed each of the Sterett reunions I have attended so much that I won”t miss another, as long as I am physically able to travel.
Like any organization, the Sterett Association has operating costs. The Association is a registered Non Profit organization and all Association officers serve voluntarily. The membership dues of $20 each year take care of operating expenses like maintaining and hosting the website, providing inventory for the ship”s store, covering reunion start-up costs, etc.
Reunion fees are based on actual estimated costs for the reunion events which include the banquet, tour transportation, DJ, hospitality room and refreshments, audio and visual equipment, and a myriad of other fees and charges.
The location of the reunions is selected at the reunion business meeting. We do try and move the reunion site around the country to accommodate travel expenses. However, if you plan early, travel can be less expensive.
Being part of the Sterett Association will provide you the opportunity to reconnect and remain in touch with old shipmates who share that special feeling about the USS Sterett. It will also give you a chance to spend a couple of days rubbing elbows with old friends who have gone on to different things in life but will always be part of your life back in the day.