|What's New on the Whetstone Web
Updated as of: July 5, 2010
|Newsletter for July 2010|
2010 Newsletter is posted! Time is getting tight for the 2010 Reunion.
Don't forget, submit your "Registration" for the "Reunion" today! All
lists have been updated if the information is available. Please inform
us if you do not see your listing in the
Also, use the Registration page if
you have any updates to your membership information. This is the
easiest way we have for updating address changes.
|Newsletter for April 2010 - Updated
April 2010 Newsletter is posted! This edition
is one of the better. Kudos to John, Kay and Marion as well as the
members who submitted articles! We could sure use more input from the
membership detailing their memories from their onboard stint. The "In
Memoriam" page has been updated and the "Association Members" pages are up
to date with the removal of Departed Members. The addition of new
members will be completed when I receive the data from Kay. Don't
forget, submit your "Registration" for the "Reunion" today!
|Newsletter for January 2010 and Reunion
2010 Newsletter is posted! 2010 Reunion Activities Schedule and
fees is listed in the newsletter. We will add this to the site
shortly. The "In Memoriam" page has been updated and the "Association
Members" pages are being processed. We would like to encourage
everyone to visit the Reunion Hotel website at
www.astoriahie.com. The hotel
provided us with a video detailing events of the upcoming Astoria
bi-centennial which we are unable to host on the Whetstone site but
may be viewed on the hotel site. The site opens with the video playing
and it may be enlarged to play full screen. Visit and enjoy
|Newsletter for October 2009|
October 2009 Newsletter is posted!
Dates are set! The 2010 Reunion is taking shape.
REUNION DATE AND HOTEL
THE USS WHETSTONE REUNION in ASTORIA, OREGON will be held:
September 12, 2010—September 16, 2010
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
|Newsletter for July 2009|
July 2009 Newsletter
is posted. All lists have been updated where
necessary. The format of this Newsletter will be carried forward as
is. While I believe we can enhance readability by providing a muted
background this then makes it costly for a member to print. As stated
in our April notes your responses will determine the direction. To
this point, I have not received any response pro or con.
|Newsletter for April 2009|
2009 Newsletter is posted. All lists have been updated if the
information is available. To this point, we have received no responses
to the preference of the members with regard to the discontinuance of the
use of color in the Newsletters. Photos will be in color where
possible. However, even though it was to facilitate ease of reading,
there will no longer be a background color unless we receive sufficient
response indicating a desire to have this version. At which time we
will provide an easier to read version and an acceptable printable one.
In this, the April "Rolling Stone" we have introduced what we hope will
become a featured column. It is titled; "Track of the Stone" and its
purpose is to provide our members with a special area for them to recount
their memory of events that occurred during the many transits by the
Whetstone. Lets all join in!
|Newsletter for January 2009|
2009 Newsletter is posted. You will note that the use of a
background color and color in various column headers as well as some columns
has been discontinued. This has been done so that those receiving an
electronic copy may print any page or the entire Newsletter without the need
to use color ink. Please let us know which you prefer and we will
attempt to provide both options if the color version is preferred. The
Memoriam and Association Members pages remain intact for the moment.
The Ship Store page has been updated. The
"Newsletter" page had a form to be
used to opt-in with a choice of receiving their PDF copy by email or an
email notice to alert them that the Newsletter PDF has been posted to the
site. However, due to the number of false submissions, we have
discontinued this feature. If you would like to join us in this
ongoing effort, instructions are posted on the
"Newsletter" page. You are
encouraged to use this option. We would like to reduce the printing
and mailing costs as these are large part of the expenses we have.
|Newsletter for October 2008|
Newsletter is posted. The Memoriam
page, Association Members
pages and the Links of Interest page have been
updated. If you find an error in the Links of Interest page, please
notify the Webmaster. A
reminder: To help the Association go "Green" we are
asking those members who are able, to opt-in to receive their copy
electronically instead of a hard copy by mail. The
"Newsletter" page has a form to be used to
opt-in with a choice of receiving their PDF copy by email or an email notice
to alert them that the Newsletter PDF has been posted to the site. We
would like to reduce the printing and mailing costs as these are large part
of the expenses we have. Also, we have delayed the pages dedicated to
the 2008 Reunion. Thus far, I have not received any pictures or
comments from the members. I am ready to process and only await your
|Newsletter for July 2008|
2008 Newsletter is posted. John really packed this edition with
pictures from the Reunion. From all reports, the attendees had a
fantastic few days. Lots of good food. Again, we have lost more
shipmates. Most noted being former CO Cdr. Rabun and the last of the
Harrelson brothers. The "Memoriam" page
has been updated. We will be posting a page dedicated to the 2008
Reunion. All that is required are a few words from the attendees about
their experience and lots of pictures. Contact the
Webmaster by email to
provide your views and for information on how to send pictures. We
have also begun a new initiative with regard to distribution of the
Newsletter. To help the Association go "Green" we are asking those
members that are able to opt to receive their copy electronically instead of
a hard copy by mail. The "Newsletter" page has a form to be used to
opt-in with a choice of receiving their PDF copy by email or an email notice
to alert them that the Newsletter PDF has been posted to the site. We
would like to reduce the printing and mailing costs as these are the greater
of the expenses we have.
|Newsletter for April 2008|
April 2008 Newsletter is posted. We have placed a notice on page 12 of
the Newsletter to the effect that the Videographer has cancelled and that
this option will no longer be available. It was unfortunate that the
Newsletter was completed and printed prior to the cancellation. Also,
we have updated and revised the "Memoriam"
page. Please take a few minutes to visit and say a prayer or goodbye
to our departed shipmates. Also, advise us if there are any missing or
misspelled names. The Association Members pages are being updated and
should be completed shortly. Advise us if you do not find your listing
after April 20th. It may be a good idea to visit the
"Registration" page and complete an
updated registration. If you have yet to complete your plans to attend
the 2008 USS Whetstone (LSD-27) Association Reunion in Charleston SC, time
is tight. Please get the reservations in as soon as possible.
January 2008 Newsletter is posted. All the Reunion News that is
fit to print is included. Plus! I have also added an
Event and Registration Page to the
site for the Reunion. If you should misplace your hard copy of the
newsletter, you can go to this page to obtain the registration form (s).
If you copy and paste the Registration Form to Microsoft Word, you can fill
in the blanks before printing the form out. To prevent the lines from
expanding while you type, press the "Insert" key. For the Event Price
List, copy and paste this section next. Here, you will be able to fill
in the blank attendee and total cost sections without any special functions
being required. All of the lists have been updated. Please take
the time to visit the "Memoriam Page". The Association is attempting
to verify that the email addresses we have on file are current. Email
Kay or Marion with yours whether or not it has been changed. Or, click
to the "Registration Page" and fill out the form. Make sure that you
select the Status option of "Current" at the bottom before submitting.
You will receive a confirmation that you submission has been successful.
|Newsletter for October 2007|
October 2007 Newsletter is posted. Again, the delay is primarily
in my corner. At first it was a communications problem with getting
the newsletter from Kay and Marion. I was burning a couple candles at
both ends and somehow must have deleted the message with the file.
Eventually, I had the "Duh" moment and emailed Kay for a replacement.
Then, there was the editing on my part for the PDF version. The
biggest hang up was my having upgraded to a different software package for
the administration of the entire site. Several attempts to complete
the editing and posting to the site resulted in some scrambled pages.
However, if you are reading this, all is good and I have learned some
valuable lessons. The October Newsletter contains the Reunion Events
Order form on Page 11. If you lose your mailed copy, you can print out
this page and use it. Filled in of course. We have also updated
our membership and Memoriam pages.
Still working to complete the Videos. One of the candles I mentioned.
|Newsletter For April 2007|
April 2007 Newsletter is posted. This time the
delay is mostly on me. I spent the better part of May studying and
cramming for a Microsoft Certification Exam. (I bombed) This
will be the last Newsletter posted to the site as web pages. In part,
it is because of the difficulty of converting the Newsletter to web pages
coupled with the ease of posting it in PDF format and the simple fact that
as the software improves, it seems to be more difficult to do the
conversions. One would think this should be otherwise.
Unfortunately, it hasn't seemed to work this way. For the PDF
versions, I will attempt to make them as nearly colorful as the web pages.
I will also be removing the web page versions as I complete and post the PDF
version. Another reason for the change is, to clear some space on the
hosting server for a future project.
There is a new
"Webmaster Bulletin" that I urge all
member to read.
I also lost
some time practicing with the editing software for the video taken at the
last reunion. It is trial and error but progressing. My hope is
to complete the project by the end of this month. I appreciate your
|Newsletter For January 2007|
January 2007 Newsletter
is posted. All lists have been updated to
reflect the latest available change information. We invite you to
Departed Members Page, "In Memoriam" and remember your former
crewmembers and shipmates. Also, if you have not already done so,
Webmaster Bulletins Page for the important information regarding
Daylight Saving Time and how you will be impacted.
|Newsletter For November 2006 with
November 2006 Newsletter is posted. Also, the pictures of the
2006 Reunion taken by the Webmaster are ready
for you to peruse. As of this update I will attempt to post a PDF copy
of the latest Edition of the Rolling Stone Newsletter as soon as I receive
the file from Kay. This includes the
January 2007 issue which can be viewed from the Newsletter Archive page.
I apologize for the delay in these updates. They were ready on the 3rd
of January. However, when I tested the changes, a few problems cropped
up which entailed some extensive revision in some areas. Hopefully,
all of the bugs have been ironed out.
To those members waiting for the Portrait
CD's and Video DVD's I ask for your patience. The Portrait CD's should
be in the mail shortly. The Video DVD's will be a bit longer. I
was finally able to obtain the software necessary for some semblance of
editing. And, as there are many hours to work with, it may be more
than several months.
|Early Bird on the Newsletter|
||Didn't quite make Labor Day but the
September 2006 Newsletter has been published and distributed. And,
it is now posted to the site. (Might be a new record for me) All
Lists have been updated. See you in Corpus Christi!
|Now We are Smokin|
||I believe I have gotten my sea legs with the Newsletters.
The June 2006 Newsletter
is up and available. Please read
16 for a notice I have posted in regard to the 2006 Reunion. It is
also viewable in PDF format from the
Newsletter Archives page. All lists for which I have data have
been updated. In addition, because it was taking too long for the
2004 Reunion Pictures
page to load, the entire section has been revamped. Now, each Photo
section has its own page. I hope this will prove to be easier, quicker
and more enjoyable. I also noticed that some photos were not loading.
Hopefully, this has been corrected. Let me know if you have a problem.
I have been advised that the intent for the September
Newsletter is to have it completed and released by Labor Day.
|Almost caught up|
||During the last week or so, I was able to get much done.
The Newsletters for 2005 have been converted to PDF and added to the site.
These are accessed from the Newsletter
Archive Page. For those members who use Windows XP there is a
Webmaster Bulletin which covers the
"Windows Genuine Advantage" initiative which Microsoft began implementing
this month. Last, and MOST important; All of the pictures I had taken
at the 2004 Reunion are finally edited and posted to the site. There
are 385 pictures so expect to spend some time viewing them. If you
find any that are not displaying, please let me know which of any group is
not working. The first picture in each grouping begins with 1 and
continues to the last. To view these pictures begin in the
Reunion Page. Or
|The faster I go, the behinder I get|
||First, my apologies. Most of the delay should be
lain at my doorstep. Getting the
2006 Newsletter edited went along smoothly for a change. A few
difficulties but, nothing serious. Then, I had a monitor malfunction.
I was able to complete some phases using an older one. It took about
nine days to replace the bad one and I immediately found that more edits
were required. However, these were completed in short order.
Flush with success, a few new wrinkles were added to the site. One, I
am sure will be appreciated. The Newsletters have been converted to
Adobe PDF format for viewing. The link (s) will be found in the
Newsletter Archive page, accessible
from the Newsletter page. Unfortunately, when I posted these and a
form for selecting Reunion Events, the site crashed. I hope nobody was
inconvenienced during this short period. Fortunately, I was able to
repost from a backup as of the last update. The Reunion form was
intended to do most of the input and totaling for you. All that would
have been required was the insertion of the number of persons attending any
selected event. Looks like it is back to the drawing board on that
one. With respect to PDF versions of the Newsletter, to forestall any
further malfunction of posting, only the current
March 2006 PDF
Newsletter is available. The remainder will be added during the
next week or so. I appreciate you patience. The
Reunion 2006 Event Schedule has also been
|As in the past, some is done, more to
December 2005 Newsletter is complete and has been posted. With
each edition it is becoming a bit easier to remember my mistakes from the
previous edition. With luck, this will continue as we progress in the
coming year. There is still much to do. Several lists still need
to be updated and should be completed shortly. As you have seen in
your hard copy of the Newsletter, things are beginning to firm up for the
Reunion. With a bit of luck and fortitude, we will be able to bring
any information to you as soon as it is available right here.
Hopefully, by doing so, we will assist you in making your decision and
plans. (* Note to our Reunion Co-Chairmen, "Don't forget to give us a
heads up as things progress".)
There is a new
Bulletin with Windows updating information. And, a note regarding
the complexity of reaching a real person when making a service call to many
business. There are ways to avoid the lengthily menu options and we
provide the avenue.
|Progress in fits and starts|
2005 Newsletter is complete and has been posted. There were fewer
glitches this time. Most were mine I am sad to say. Bear with
me, I am getting better at it. Also, we have begun posting information
on the 2006 Reunion.
To this point, only the Venue has been selected for the particular dates and
location. However, as additional information becomes available, we
hope to have it for you on the site ASAP.
For now, we would all like to Wish You and
Yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
|Things are coming together.|
||Finally made it with the
Newsletter. Just in time for me to begin on the Sept. issue which
was received the other day from Marion. If I have mastered the
changeover required to enable a copy on the web site, things should be much
faster. We are all working together to make it happen quicker. I
missed it the last time as I became involved in trying to make the changes
as outlined below. In the end, I decided to leave matters as they were
for the time being. All email links work as intended. The Hotel
has been selected for the 2006 Reunion in Corpus Christi. I will post
this information shortly.
IMPORTANT: There is a new
Webmaster Bulletin for those who have
Whetstone.net email addresses. If you do not have yours, there are
still a few more available.
|Some is done....More to do|
2005 Newsletter is up and running. There are still quite a few
to-do's in the offing. I am hoping to get the June, 2005 Newsletter
completed and posted sometime next week. Following that, there are
some important changes that are required. I recently discovered that
there are programs called Email Web Spiders or Crawlers. They visit
various web sites and mine for email addresses. Their key is to look
for links in the pages that say "Mail to:". Any they find are reported
to their originator. I am going to have to clear all of these links
from any and all of our pages. You will still be able to see the
relevant email address for an Individual. However, you will have to
initiate any email from your email client. It will no longer be
possible to initiate an email by clicking on the address as is done
presently. Of course, there is still the matter of the photos from the
Seattle Reunion. They are coming! Promise. And, I will
also be redoing the Ships Store page so that you will again be able to fill
out an order and send it to Marion. Enjoy!
|Now we are getting somewhere|
||Things are beginning to move at a more
brisk pace. As many of you are aware, our site hosting company has
moved us to faster, updated servers. All went well with this
transition until I attempted to upload more than one page at a time.
The upload of the December 2004 issue caused major problems and the site was
down for awhile as I attempted to correct the errors. Most all have
been fixed. Please notify me if you find any links that do not work.
The March and June, 2005 Issues should be posted shortly. Today, I
have posted a revised list of our Departed Members as of the June, 2005
Newsletter. Also, the Navy
News section has been upgraded and, there is something cool to see
there, as well as an article about a new Navy craft. I will attempt to
maintain updates on these pages on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Last
but not least; The REGISTRATION PAGE
is again functional. You may now use the Registration form to submit
updates to your personal information as well as register as a new member.