The HPRA Newsletter is
times a year and sent to all "ACTIVE" and HONORARY" members of the
organization. The costs for printing and sending are paid by your dues.
Newsletters are available electronically by email or paper by USPS. It
is requested you to use the email method as the cost of actual
printing and mailing is costly. Also, the email version will have color
when available. The typical schedule is Jan 15th, April, July and October.
The email version is sent on the same day the paper version goes to the post office.
NOTE: For the 2018 year, there will be only 3 newsletters due to the timing of the reunion.
A directory of all known
shipmates, enlisted and officers, is maintained by the HPRA. The
directory contains ACTIVE and HONORARY members plus known DECEASED
whether he is a member or not. It also contains a list showing those UNINTERESTED in the HPRA and a group of UNKNOWN's. If a person comes to our attention that
is not in the directory, he will be added in one of the categories. This most often occurs when
the person in question has passed away. The directory is updated at
Two other categories are INACTIVE and MISSING. Inactive is for those
that fall behind 2 years in their dues. MISSING is just that. They are
Active members that we have lost contact with. Emails returned, postal
items returned as undeliverable etc. The Missing are posted in the
newsletters, so you can help out here.
The directory is available to all ACTIVE and HONORARY members
and contains the name, address, phone number and email address if we
have it. A few elect to not be listed or not to have phone
numbers or email listed. The electronic copy is available, in "PDF"
format via a special web link available from the HPRA president or the
HPRA webmaster. The contact link at the bottom of the page can be used
One major addition to the directory was made in 2016. This contains
all of the crew and officers on board at the time the ship was
commissioned. Steve Singlar came up with the list. The original "Muster"
list is on the website.
A paper copy can be provided if needed. This is quite costly to print
up. The paper copy would only be updated once or twice a year. Please
use the electronic version when possible.
There are several other
that are proprietary to the HPRA. These include "Business
the home page hughpurvis.com). These, along with the newsletters and
directories are considered private to the HPRA and should not be distributed to anyone
who is not a "member in good standing." The are available via a special
internet link provided by the HPRA president on request. The By-Laws were recently updated at the 2016 meeting in Memphis, TN.
These are also available from the president, the webmaster or the
special link mentioned above. The link contains all Newsletters, the
Directory and the above mentioned documents.
You can check your
membership status by looking at the mailing label of your newsletter or in
the email of any HPRA initiated email. To the right of your
name on the mailing label is the last year you paid dues or if you are
a "LIFETIME" or "HONORARY" member. For email, the status in in the Subject line and/or the salutation line of the message body.
Reunions locations are
generally decided upon by the members attending the "Annual Business
" that takes place on the next to last day of a reunion (usually
Saturday prior to the dinner). This is spelled out in our By-Laws thus
the decision is made by those actually attending the reunion. If you
have an idea for a reunion, and wish to present the idea at the
meeting, you need to do a bit or research about the location. Things to
look for are..
- Location (obvious)
- Potential tour sites (one needed for each of two days)
- Anything dealing with veterans for the memorial service
- Local restaurants, hotels etcetera
- Local sites for non-tour days
Put your information together for presentation
at the meeting. If you
will not be there, send that information to the HPRA president for
potential inclusion in the meeting. Reunions are usually held on
Thursday to Sunday. An exception is the 2017 Harrisburg one which is June 20-22, Tuesday to Thursday.
HUGH PURVIS NAVY MEMORIAL PLAQUE
Many navy ships have a
display at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. When we were there in
2011, we wondered why the Hugh Purvis did not. The answer is, they are
there because someone or some organization decided to sponsor one for
their ship. One of our members, Howard Ferrell, decided to look in to
how it can be accomplished. Howard presented it to the members
attending the 2012 reunion in Newport. A proposal was made and
approved. This has project been completed. The plaque is on display at
the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. If you are planning on a trip to
"D. C." consider adding a stop at the "Navy Memorial" and have a look.
A formal dedication has yet to take place. This is still up in the air
and we will add that here if and when it happens.
THE HPRA BOARD
The HPRA is operated by a group called the board. This consists of the President, Vice President (AKA
VP Reunions), secretary, treasurer and the chaplain. All but the
chaplain are elected officers, each serving 2-year terms. The chaplain
is appointed to the position. The President has a term limit of three
successive terms, at which point he is replaced. All others may serve
as long as they wish or until voted out of office.