Frame up, tree up DB

It is with great pleasure that I can report a very successful framing-week at Mount Moosilauke culminating with the topping-out ceremonial tree by David Beattie ’65 on September 15.  The entire week was a demonstration of teamwork in the true sense of the word. Tim McNamara ‘78 of Dartmouth’s real estate office had the site and slab prepared. David Hooke ‘84 of TimberHomes prepared the framing material and provided an outstanding team of craftsman to lead and teach the volunteer crew of over thirty-five. David’s professionals were both expert at their craft and wonderful patient teachers. The camaraderie, sense of purpose, and love of Dartmouth and the outdoors made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all.

The Class of 1965 full-time volunteers spent six days working from virtually dawn-to-dusk fabricating the beams and raising the structure on the last two days. Lead by Dave Beattie, Shep Curtis and Jack Nobel did yeomen work with hand and chisels, saws, and augers notching and cutting the intricate joiner fittings that often numbered six or more on a single 8’ x 10” beam. They were ably assisted by wives Susan, Joy, and Pat respectively, who became experts in chiseling, peg making, and oiling.

The full-time ‘65’s were joined for shorter work periods by Hank Amon, Mike Gonnerman, Kris Green, Jim and Debbie Griffiths, Roger Hansen,Stu Keiller, and Stuart Russell. The work crew and Betsy Gonnerman, Diane Keiller, and Allen and Judy Zern all enjoyed a celebratory dinner at Dowd’s Inn in Lyme,NH on Sunday evening. Debbie Brown (with husband Sheridan) from the Advancement Office, Tim McNamara ‘78, and Dan Nelson ‘75, Director of the Dartmouth Outing Club were guests of the Class of 1965 and received our well deserved thanks for all their work in support of the ’65 Bunkhouse Project.

Looking ahead, the ’65 Bunkhouse will be made weather-tight prior to November 1, 2014 and completed by May 30, 2015. The  Jim Hamilton Memorial Hike to the summit of Mt. Moosilauke will kick-off our 50th Reunion on the morning of June 11, 2015. The ’65 Bunkhouse dedication ceremony will take place at 4:30 PM on June 11, 2015 and will be followed by a barbeque at the Ravine Lodge

At our Class Meetings in July and October 2013 there was strong support for moving forward with the Bunkhouse Project. In order to further demonstrate the broad base of support for it, we propose that the Class Officers and Executive Committee members be among those making commitments to the campaign during this leadership phase.

We are happy to report that one hundred twenty seven (127) Classmates have pledged $546,000 to the ’65 Bunkhouse Project. This will allow us to build a fully winterized bunkhouse with accommodations for twenty-six. In addition, the Class will provide a $100,000 endowment for maintenance of the building.

See the attached prospectus ’65 Bunkhouse Prospectus November 7, 2014-1.pdf