Jackie & Tom Grim, 11 June 1966 at the Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA

If you knew your spouse when he was a Midshipman at the US Naval Academy or joined him in the years following, this page is a venue for all things related to the wives, widows and partners of the Class of 1966.

Our “Band of Sisters” comes together weekly for zoom conversations organized by Ginny Jones and Kacky Carter (Wednesdays at 4 pm ET). Recently, Linda McCook launched a separate initiative for those women who have lost their Class of 1966 husbands. “Sail On Solo” (SOS) participants meet on the first Monday of every month at 4 pm ET. Click on the buttons below for more information.

Wives, widows and partners are encouraged to join in the zoom(s) and/or to click on this webpage to hear about tailgate news, book and movie recommendations, survivor resources, and, even light-hearted plans to caravan around the country to rendezvous with each other.

You belong to the Band of Sisters. Welcome aboard!

Christmas Lunch in Annapolis

6 “local” ladies were able to participate in the December Christmas Lunch at the Fleet Reserve Club: Kathy M, Desi P, Mary Ann F, Jane M, Sue R and Ginny J. We had a big “oops” and forgot to take our photo until after Sue had to leave.

The lunch was yummy, with a great view of the big boats sitting in “Ego Alley”, but the very best part was just being together in person. Friendship is a great and glorious gift.

It was wonderful to have the chance to celebrate together with some dear Navy friends before the holidays!

Last Tailgate in 2021 – Special Recognition of Jones/Posolis

The last Navy football home game tailgate for the season was a big winner!! We had a crowd of about 60 on this cold, 45-degree day. Carole Wurster was most excited to join us from NY! It was her first visit to Annapolis since our last reunion. As you can see, we put her to work helping put out snacks, etc!

Though it’s hard to recognize everyone as we were all bundled up, my count says we had 14 Ladies present who have at times joined us on Zoom!

Though totally unknown to me, Kathy Madaleno asked everyone to gather around and made a wonderful surprise presentation. She talked about the special feeling of camaraderie at the tailgates this year. She mentioned that everyone has been happy to be back together again with classmates and friends after a year away because of COVID. She said folks, especially the Ladies, seem to feel more involved, perhaps because of our Zoom.

After her wonderful comments, she presented John & Desi Posoli and Charlie & me with lovely thank you messages containing gift cards to thank us for our efforts to make the Class of ‘66 tailgates happen at each home game!

Wow, what a wonderful, touching surprise!! Indeed, the tears were running down MY cheeks this time… We were very grateful to be honored with these kind words and the generous gift. It meant a lot, dear friends. To those of you who knew about it and were involved, a VERY BIG THANK YOU!!

Indeed, no matter the score of the game to follow, the tailgate was a BIG winner… (written by Ginny Jones)

Zoom Sisters Connect at COMEAROUND

Several of the Zoom “regulars” were able to meet in person at the recent USNA ’66 COMEAROUND in Tampa, FL. Click Here for more pictures of the entire event.

“Sisters” Learning and Growing Together

Below are some of the fruits of our discussions over the past year and a half. Enjoy!

V.J. (“Ginny”) Michaux introduced “A Tree for Antarctica” to Band of Sisters

Many years ago, I was spurred to research climate issues by a small filler article in the Washington Post: scientists were saying that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could disintegrate by 500 years, causing sea levels to rise. Always a geography buff, I had to know more. So, I began to research in the Library of Congress, seek out-on site scientists, and ultimately, I undertook expeditions to see things for myself. Convinced this was a serious matter, I joined Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and over time presented talks to thousands of people about earth’s atmosphere and the mounting peril of climate change.

Eventually, I decided to try approaching the subject through a novel, A Tree for Antarctica, which hopefully would entertain while calling to action. Because act we must – not for ourselves, but for future generations.

Click HERE for a link to Ginny’s website that has information on the book, her blog and more. If you’re interested in reading the book before September 15, you can obtain it inexpensively via Kindle or as a paperback. Profits from her book go to organizations working to prevent the worse effects of climate change.

Click HERE for details on the book.
Click HERE for a Sept 13, 2021 article on the importance of ice memory, “Scientists scramble to harvest ice cores as glaciers melt”.
Click HERE for a list of credible sources on climate change.


USNA66 Band of Sisters, Kathy Prout, inspires us with how she honors the memory of her husband by educating future generations. Click HERE for information on the success of the recent event.


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