Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands, U.S. Mainland, Caribbean
999 Bedroom(s), 999 Bath(s)



Pictured above are some Charter Members of the Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands, during Flotilla I. Back, left to right, Kathy LoCurto, Wayne LoCurto '66, Norman Silverman '68, Mia Laughlin, Tom Laughlin '68, Jack Hopke '68, Kevin Swenson '71, Ed Jereb '66, Paula Jereb, Gerry Hills '68, Barbara Siede. Front, left to right, Martha Hills, Lyn Swenson

The Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands (DACVI) was founded in 2013 to generate and promote good fellowship among its members, including but not limited to holding periodic Flotillas in the Virgin Islands, discussing past times attending Dartmouth College, and enjoying food and drink together. Twenty charter members formed the initial membership of the club. In two short years, membership has grown to approximately 80, with members living on 5 Caribbean islands and in 17 U.S. states. We hold an annual Flotilla in the British Virgin Islands, an extraordinary 9-night event circumnavigating the entire BVI chain.

DACVI is pleased to invite Dartmouth Alumni and guests to participate in DACVI Flotilla IV -- May 5-14, 2014, leaving from Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Send email to stjohncaptain@aol.com.

Click Below for a trip report of DACVI Flotilla I
Flotilla I

Click Below for a trip report of DACVI Flotilla II
Flotilla II

The Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands (DACVI) was formed May 11, 2013, at The Pub, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, at approximately 6:30 P.M. In attendance, and signing the Constitution were the following Charter Members:

Kevin and Lyn Swenson, 47 Straws Point Road, Rye, N.H. 03870
Jack Hopke & Barbara Siede, 157 Joy St., River Ridge, LA 70123
Norman Silverman, 18 Sycamore Lane, Grosse Pointe MI 48230
Edward and Paula Jereb, 7713 Cherokee St., Philadelphia, PA 19118
Wayne and Kathy LoCurto, 2 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880
Tom and Mia Laughlin, 25 2nd Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102
Gerry and Martha Hills, 15521 Upper Carolina, St. John, VI 00830
Tom and Jessica Zurich, PO Box 3099, PMB 246, Road Town, Tortola VG1110 BVI
Bruce Streibich, P.O. Box 302009, St. Thomas, VI 00803

Also Charter Members, but unable to attend the formation meeting were:
Bill and J. Lee Buck, 127 Estate Judith's Fancy, Christiansted, St. Croix USVI 00820
Rick Wild and Anne Spaulding, 1275 Oak Grove Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
Deborah Wolney, 18 Sycamore Lane, Grosse Pointe MI 48230

Contact us by email if you're planning a trip in this area. stjohncaptain@aol.com.

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Constitution of Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands (DACVI)

Article I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be "The Dartmouth Alumni Club Of The Virgin Islands” which shall be officially abbreviated DACVI.

Article II. PURPOSE
The purpose of the organization shall be to develop a strong and enduring club structure in order to further the interests, welfare, and educational purposes of Dartmouth College for so long as the club is in existence and Dartmouth College remains organized exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes within the meaning of Sections 501(c) (3) and 170(b) (1) (A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Notwithstanding the above text in this paragraph, the primary purpose of DACVI is to generate and promote good fellowship among its members, including but not limited to holding periodic Flotillas in the Virgin Islands, discussing past times attending Dartmouth College, and enjoying food and drink together.

Article III. OFFICERS
1. The officers of this club shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, District Enrollment Director, and such other officers as the Board of Directors or Executive Committee shall deem appropriate to carry out the purpose and programs of the Club. Both the President and Vice President shall be elected for a two-year term. At the end of any officer’s term, he/she may be re-elected to that same office by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting.
2. The President, and in his/her absence, the Vice President, shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee. He/she shall, with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee, appoint all other committees, name their chairpersons, and ensure the proper performance of their functions. Further, he/she shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors or Executive Committee may require of him/her and as usual appertain to the office of President.
3. The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings of the club and the Board of Directors or Executive Committee. He/she shall keep the roll of current members, conduct club correspondence, maintain club records, keep in contact with the College, inform the Board of Directors or Executive Committee as to all significant correspondence with and information from the College, and shall perform such other duties as the President or the Board of Directors or Executive Committee shall require of him/her.
If the Secretary were unable to attend any meeting he/she shall secure a delegate to perform his/her duties and ensure that the delegate is properly informed and prepared including having any necessary correspondence or other written material.
4. The Treasurer shall collect all dues and revenues of the club, keep its accounts, and be prepared to report on the financial condition of the club at all meetings of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee and of the club. If the Treasurer were unable to attend any such meeting, he/she shall secure a delegate to perform his/her duties and ensure that the delegate is properly informed and prepared including having any
necessary financial reports or related material.
5. If absolutely necessary, the offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person.
6. An Assistant Secretary and an Assistant Treasurer may also be elected.
7. The DACVI, by majority vote at any meeting, may elect only a President, and leave any or all other officer positions vacant.

Article IV. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1. The ordinary business of the club shall be conducted by an Executive Committee, the members of which shall be the officers of the club and any additional members to be elected by the club.
2. The Club President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, may appoint a Public Information Chair, a Young Alumni Chair, a Continuing Education Officer, Community Service coordinator, a Book Award Chair, and Student Liaison Officers, all of whom shall be members of the Club Executive Committee. The Club's District Enrollment Director is appointed by the Admissions Office after consultation with the Club President and shall be a member of the Club Executive Committee.
3. The President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee may form other committees as required.
4. The DACVI, by majority vote at any meeting, may dispense with an Executive Committee.

Article V. NOMINATING COMMITTEE
1. The President shall, immediately after being elected, appoint a standing Nominating Committee to serve during his or her term of office.
2. The committee shall consist of three active club members who are intimately familiar with the club membership and recognize the need for effective leadership. The chairman shall be designated by the President.
3. Depending upon the term of office for the various officers, the Committee should be prepared to identify highly qualified candidates for all offices as required by the club Constitution or as vacancies occur.
4. Committee members should actively seek out the suggestions of other club members, past and present office holders, College officers, plus establish personal contacts with all prospective candidates.
5. The Committee shall present a slate of nominees to the meeting at which the annual election is held.
6. The DACVI, by majority vote at any meeting, may dispense with a Nominating Committee.

Article VI. MEMBERSHIP
All persons residing in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands, who have been resident students, or the parents or widows or husbands or wives or partners of such students, at Dartmouth College, are automatically considered members of this club. They remain in good standing upon payment of annual dues. In addition, any friend of Dartmouth College may become a member by payment of annual dues to the Club. Specifically, members of the DACVI 2013 Flotilla are Charter Members of the DACVI and entitled to all rank and privilege of DACVI, with no payment of dues of any sort.

Article VII. MEETINGS
1. There shall be an annual meeting of the club every year at a time designated by the executive committee. Other meetings of the Club, the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee may be called by the President at any time, as deemed necessary.
2. One-tenth of the dues paying members of the club shall constitute a quorum.
3. Robert's Rules of Order, or any reasonable substitute that those attending do not overly object to, shall govern the conduct of club meetings.
4. Notwithstanding the above text in Item 1, meetings shall take place only when there is sufficient reason or interest to hold them. There shall be a meeting the evening prior to each Dartmouth BVI Flotilla.

Article VIII. SUFFRAGE
All members of the club shall be entitled to vote at all meetings, except that any member whose club dues shall be in arrears on the day set for a club election shall forfeit his/her right to vote at the election.

Article IX. ELIGIBILITY TO HOLD OFFICE
All members of the club qualified to vote under Article V shall be eligible for election to any office in this organization.

Article X. TERMS OF OFFICE
The term of office for all officers, elected or appointed, and members of the Executive Committee, should there be any of these, shall be from annual meeting to annual meeting, or as otherwise determined by the Executive Committee. (Excepting- the Alumni Councilor and the District Enrollment Director, who serves for 3 years.)

Article XI THE CLUB YEAR
The year of the club shall be from May of one year to May of the next. Unless otherwise determined, the annual activities and reports of the club shall conform to that period of time.

Article XII DUES AND/OR ASSESSMENTS
1. Club dues shall be levied each year upon each member of the club. The amount of the dues shall be decided by vote of the members. Initial dues are set at Zero Dollars. No increase in dues is allowed without approval of all members by vote at a meeting.
2. Special Assessments, in addition to dues, may be levied upon each member of the club. The amount and purpose of such special assessment shall be determined by vote of the Executive Committee. No Special Assessment is allowed without approval of all members by vote at a meeting.

Article XIII PRIVATE INUREMENT
No part of the net earnings of the club shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, any club member, officer, or any other private person or individual. All of the assets and net earnings of the club shall be used to further its educational and charitable purposes.

Article XIV POLITICAL ACTIVITY
No substantial part of the activities of the club shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The club shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Article XV ADOPTION
This Constitution shall become effective upon the approval of two-thirds of the members voting at a meeting of the club.

Article XVI AMENDMENTS
A two-thirds vote of those members voting at any club meeting shall be necessary to incorporate amendments into this Constitution.

Article XVII CHARTER MEMBERS
The following are charter members of the DACVI, and are forever exempt from any dues or assessments:

Kevin and Lyn Swenson, 47 Straws Point Road, Rye, N.H. 03870
Jack Hopke & Barbara Siede, 157 Joy St., River Ridge, LA 70123
Norman Silverman and Deborah Wolney, 18 Sycamore Lane, Grosse Pointe MI 48230
Edward and Paula Jereb, 7713 Cherokee St., Philadelphia, PA 19118
Wayne and Kathy LoCurto, 2 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880
Tom and Mia Laughlin, 25 2nd Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102
Gerry and Martha Hills, 15521 Upper Carolina, St. John, VI 00830
Rick Wild and Anne Spaulding, 1275 Oak Grove Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
Tom and Jessica Zurich, PO Box 3099, PMB 246, Road Town, Tortola VG1110 BVI
Bruce Streibich, P.O. Box 302009, St. Thomas, VI 00803
Bill and J. Lee Buck, 127 Estate Judith's Fancy, Christiansted, St. Croix USVI 00820

Signed this 11th day of May, 2013, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Gerry Hills D'68, Martha Hills
Ed Jereb D'66, Paula Jereb
Kevin Swenson D'71, Lyn Swenson
Tom Laughlin D'68, Mia Laughlin
Jack Hopke D'68, Barbara Siede
Wayne LoCurto D'68, Kathy LoCurto
Norm Silverman D'68.
Bruce Streibich D'72
Tom Zurich D'73, Jessica Zurich

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Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands
Meeting to Form DACVI
The Pub, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
May 11, 2013
Agenda

1. Welcome statement
2. Introduction of Charter Members
3. Election of President Pro-Tem (motion needed)
4. Formation of DACVI and adoption of Constitution per Article XV (motion needed)
5. Election of President of DACVI
6. III.7. Motion to elect only a President
7. IV.4. Motion to dispense with Executive Committee
8. V.6. Motion to dispense with Nominating Committee
9. New Business
a. Distribution of DACVI Official Insignia
b. New Member Nominations
c. Toast to Charter Members
10. Old Business
11. Men of Dartmouth, As the Backs Go Tearing By, Glory to Dartmouth

Men of Dartmouth, give a rouse
For the College on the hill!
For the Lone Pine above her,
And the loyal sons who love her,
Give a rouse, give a rouse, with a will!
For the sons of old Dartmouth,
The sturdy sons of Dartmouth,
Tho’ ‘round the girdled earth they roam,
Her spell on them remains;
They have the still North in their hearts,
The hill-winds in their veins,
And the granite of New Hampshire
In their muscles and their brains;
And the granite of New Hampshire
In their muscles and their brains.

As the backs go tearing by,
On their way to do or die,
Many sighs and many tears,
Mingle with the Harvard cheers,
As the backs go tearing by.
Making gain on steady gain,
Echo swells the sweet refrain.
Dartmouth's going to win today!
Dartmouth's sure to win today!
As the backs go tearing by!

Glory to Dartmouth,
Loyal, we sing.
Now, all together,
Make the echoes ring for Dartmouth.
Our team’s a winner,
We’ve got the stuff!
We wear the Dartmouth Green,
And that’s enough!

12. Adjournment

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Trip Report and Photos of the DACVI Flotilla, May 12 - 21, 2013, British Virgin Islands

The Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands (DACVI) may be the newest and smallest Dartmouth Alumni Club, but we just had the longest Alumni Club meeting.

Preparation - - Everything started about February, 2012. Norman Silverman and I, both D’68, hadn’t seen or spoken to each other since undergraduate days in Mass Hall. Somehow, we bumped into each other on Facebook. I live on St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Norman lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. No wonder our paths didn’t cross. Then we discovered that we both loved sailing, that we had both been yacht club commodores, and that we had both captained bareboat charter sailboats in the British Virgin Islands – a total of about 12 times between us.

I hate to admit it, but we didn’t write or email or call – we did that texting thing for about 2 weeks. He wanted to sail again, I wanted to sail again, and we both had time. So I actually called him. “Do you want to charter?” “Yes, love to.” “When?’ “Anytime.” “Let’s get a group together.” “How many can we get?” “I don’t know.” “Let’s make it a Dartmouth cruise and invite other ‘68s.” “I think we can get several boats filled.” “What’s the best time?” “I like May, but we don’t have enough lead time to get notices out and get boats reserved.” So we picked May, 2013, called it the Dartmouth Virgin Islands Flotilla, and started soliciting for sailors.

An email to fraternity brother Kevin Swenson ’71 and wife Lyn produced an acceptance, we had a critical mass of 6, and it was a go. It’s amazing the lag time in getting published in Class Newsletters and the Class Notes section of the DAM, but we eventually got published. Sailors trickled in. From ’68 came Jack Hopke and wife Barbara Siede, and Tom Laughlin and wife Mia. The total was now 10 sailors. From ’66 came Ed Jereb and Wayne LoCurto and wives Paula and Kathy. Total 14, now two full boats – one captained by Norman, one captained by me. Brothers Pete ’71 and Bill ’65 Webster called, confirmed, said they could fill two additional boats, and then had to drop out because of conflicts. Around March, we finalized at 13, with Norman’s significant other unable to attend.

And then we started to get late requests to join. “Everyone’s welcome, but can you captain a boat? “ Unlike a golf outing or resort get-together, you need to reserve a large, expensive sailboat, usually well in advance, and you need a person qualified to captain it. Plan B – maybe we can get a trawler or a giant catamaran. A note to Norman produced an immediate and curt response: “No stink-pots and no cats.” Agreement. So we finalized on two 50-foot Benetaus from Conch Charters on Tortola, each with 4 cabins and 4 heads.

Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands - - At the same time, but independently, Alumni Club formation was in process. About two years ago, I sent an inquiry to Alumni Affairs about the possibility of organizing an Alumni Club in the Virgin Islands. The first response was somewhat discouraging, because there weren’t a whole lot of us here. I persisted and got an initial list of alums in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, with their (allegedly current) email addresses. About 10-12. So I sent out an introductory email. “How about a Dartmouth Alumni Club of the Virgin Islands?” Almost all responded yes. A few bad addresses. One “I’ve moved to Missouri and am not interested.” Enough to perhaps form a small group and get recognized by the College. Logistics were impossible. We had 4 alums on St. John, 3 on St. Thomas, 1 on St. Croix, a few in British Virgin Islands. Can’t get to anywhere from down here, except by ferry. So we laid low for a bit. I finally set up a meeting on St. John, but people couldn’t make it. And then I had a thought - - I’m holding a Dartmouth Flotilla in May. We’ll form the Alumni Club the night before we sail.

Synergy - - When you have 13 people who are adventurous enough to go sailing for 9 days in the Caribbean on board a sailboat with people they’ve never met, they are also probably receptive to becoming charter members of DACVI. Such was the case. We quickly reached unanimous agreement to form DACVI, with the organization meeting to take place the night before the sail.

Preparations were started. Alumni Affairs sent me a suggested Constitution and tips for starting an Alumni Club. At least 40 pages long, full of fine print. I was able to cull a reasonable Constitution out of the first 4 pages. Wayne LoCurto volunteered to procure official dark green DACVI shirts and white DACVI caps for everybody. Notices were sent out to the other local alums. Bruce Streibech ’72 from St. Thomas, and Tom Zurich ’73 with wife Jessica from Tortola couldn’t make the sail, but agreed to join us for the meeting, held at The Pub, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Rick Wild ’73 with wife Anne Spaulding, plus Bill Buck ’63 with wife J. Lee (St. Croix) couldn’t attend, but are Charter Members.

On May 11, 2013, in Road Town, Tortola, by unanimous vote of 11 hearty Dartmouth alums, plus 10 beautiful wives, DACVI became the newest Dartmouth Alumni Club. Naturally we immediately sang Men of Dartmouth followed by Glory to Dartmouth. The meeting was adjourned for dinner, but actually it was just beginning. Everyone spent the night at Fort Burt Hotel, right across the street from Conch Charters and The Pub.

The DACVI Flotilla – The Meeting Continues – 7 Big Greeners and 6 wives set out early afternoon May 12 from Conch Charters, starting a counter-clockwise 9-day sail around the British Virgin Islands. Panache was filled with Laughlins, Swensons, and Hillses. Cielo de Dios held Silverman, Hopke/Siede, LoCurtos, and Jerebs. Sailing in the British Virgin Islands is a treat – clear and warm water, moderate breezes, line-of-sight navigation, and loads and loads of friendly beach bars and restaurants. Snorkeling is amazing. Rum is plentiful.

Everyone took turns at the helm, and we all worked raising and lowering and trimming sails, mooring, driving the dinghies, and enjoying breakfasts on the deck. Days were sail/swim/snorkel/party/repeat. Overnight stops included:

1. The Bight, Norman Island – Dinner at the Willy T, a pirate ship replica where it is now (allegedly) illegal to jump naked from the top deck. As The Backs Go Tearing By and Glory To Dartmouth after dinner.

2. Machioneel Bay, Cooper Island – A picturesque harbor with a good restaurant, beautiful beach, and a snorkel area.

3. Leverick Bay, Gorda Sound – Caribbean entertainment by Pirate Michael Beans. Two of the crew reached the finals of the conch blowing contest. A swimming pool and a store for provisions.

4-5. Anegada – A favorite. 2-night visit. Long, long, deserted white sand beaches. We rented two real crummy trucks and took road trips to various beaches. Dinner for 13 at Neptune’s Treasure, and more Dartmouth songs, to an ovation by stunned onlookers.

6. Trellis Bay, Beef Island – Restocked provisions at the tiny grocery store, and had dinner at De Loose Mongoose. More singing, led by Jack Hopke who seems to know words and music to every song ever recorded.

7a. Lunch at Marina Cay – A tiny private island owned by Pusser’s Rum. You absolutely have to stop here. We ate on the beach under little palm-thatched huts, laundered the sheets, and raided the excellent Pusser’s Store.

7b. Panache went to Lee Bay for a night of quiet with dinner and wine on board. Cielo de Dios went to Jost Van Dyke and partied at Foxy’s, Great Harbor, with a giant buffet dinner and loads of rum. Captain Norman showed off previously unknown table-dancing skills.

8. Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. We all signed two shirts and raised them to the rafters at Sidney’s Peace and Love. Panache hosted Cielo de Dios on board for cocktails. Then dinner at Harris’s Place, where they actually let us make our own drinks at the Honesty Bar.

9. Great Harbor, Peter Island. Cielo de Dios hosted cocktails in return. Then group photos on the dock. A final dinner at the beach bar.

Both sailboats were returned, totally intact, to Conch Charters, and we held a final breakup dinner meeting at The Pub. After 11 days and nights together, we adjourned the kickoff meeting of DACVI, the longest known Dartmouth Alumni Club meeting, and we think the most fun.

What We Learned – It is possible to spend 9 days in close quarters on a sailboat with strangers, as long as they are DACVI members. It is incredibly fun to still get together after zillions of years and sing Dartmouth songs in strange places. We have beautiful spouses who somehow put up with us. As always, sailing in the British Virgin Islands is unbeatable. Thank you, sailors!

Future Plans – We’re doing very preliminary planning right now for DACVI Flotilla II, May 2014. Dartmouth alumni and friends are all welcome. Sailing experience is not necessary, but you have to like having fun. For information about DACVI activities, send email to stjohncaptain@aol.com.




































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