44th Engr Bn Association 2021 Reunion in Saint Charles, Missouri; September 15th (check-in) to 18th (check-out). Our banquet is on Friday the 17th. There will be a hospitality room to check-in for the reunion and for us to hang out and have refreshments and socialize. You will be able to pay for the reunion fees and catch up on membership dues (if needed) there. At this point the registration should be under $100.00 per person but we will have a more definite price tag in the summer newsletter. Of course this does not include the room cost which is up to each individual member. What it does include is hospitality room, all refreshments provided in the hospitality room, excursion on Thursday to include transportation cost, lunch Thursday on field trip, and the Banquet on Friday.
Below is our host hotel for the reunion, and FYI the room rates are the same at $114.99 which does not include tax. Believe me for the St. Louis area this is reasonable and our hospitality room is complimentary. If you are paying with cash not a credit card they will require a $50.00 refundable damage deposit.
BEST WESTERN PLUS The Charles Hotel,
1425 South Fifth Street,
St.Charles, Missouri 63301
GROUP NAME: 44th ENGR BN.
Hotel Direct: 636.946.6936 Toll Free: 888.274.0988
Fax:636.946.9640 WEBSITE: www.bestwesternSTL.com
One of the Reunion 2021 Tour Stops
Hello 44th Engineer Battalion Association: Below is about a stop we are planning for Tour Day for September’s Reunion, it’s gonna be great I cannot wait, I’m booking my room now. I’m in town and could go home but I don’t want to miss any of the fun. I’m working on a special guided tour for us. The info below is copied from the internet.
The National Great Rivers Museum and the Melvin Price Locks and Dam combine a state of the art museum and one of the largest locks on the Mississippi River. In the museum, discover the story of life on the Mississippi. See how the flowing waters shaped our culture, history, economy, and ecology. Take a tour of the locks and dam, see the view of Alton from 80-feet above the water and watch barge traffic lock through, carrying soybeans, grain, coal and more the length of the river. The mighty Mississippi, where Lewis and Clark began their famed expedition.
Melvin Price Locks and Dam is a dam and two locks at river mile 200.78 on the Upper Mississippi River, about 17 miles north of Saint Louis, Missouri. The National Great Rivers Museum explains the structure and its engineering.
Construction began in 1979, the main lock opened in 1990, and the full structure was completed in 1994. It replaced the earlier Lock and Dam No. 26, demolished in 1990, and is the first replacement structure on the Upper Mississippi River nine-foot navigation project. The main lock is 1,200 feet long and 110 feet wide; the auxiliary is 600 feet long and 110 feet wide. The main lock has a vertical lift gate and a miter gate while the aux. lock has two miter gates. The dam is 1,160 feet long with 9 tainter gates, each 110 feet wide by 42 feet high.
Navigating the Channel: Stay between red and green buoys. They mark the river’s navigational channel. The Upper Mississippi River is approximately 670 miles long and has 29 locks along the river. Its navigation channel is at least 300 feet wide at all points, and a minimum depth of 9 feet.
It is named after Illinois Congressman Charles Melvin Price.
Look for more about our plans in upcoming Newsletters.
2023 Graystone Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63303
We will have an Officer and Board of Directors meeting prior to business meeting Friday Sept 17th, perhaps Wednesday evening or Thursday after excursion.
Business meeting agenda so far.
1.) Make final that, Korean War Veterans, (serving from 1950 to 1954) not be charged membership dues.
2.) Election of officers.
a) President (current Rex Hurd) 1stVice President (current Reginald Fordham) 2nd Vice President (current Andrew Griffin) Treasurer (current Ron Powell)
3.) Changes to By-Laws.
a) You can find suggested changes on our website. Please take some time and read these over and make suggestions. There are several.
4.) Next year’s reunion, time and location.
5.) What do we want to do with the store? Expand / Contract / Eliminate.
If you cannot make the reunion please make sure you contact an attending member to ask if he/she would be a proxy for you. Then make sure you fill out the proxy form completely and get it mailed in on time so your vote will be counted.