Past Events:

November 3, 2013
Big Pine Key, FL

Ski Trip Feb. 2014
Brian Head, UT

Las Vegas, NV
March 2014

Greenbelt, MD
May 3, 2014

Florida Keys
November 2014

Ski Trips
Snowboarding
Winter 2015

Proposed Future Events:

Florida Keys
October 2015

Las Vegas plus
Bryce & Grand Canyons
Summer 2016

Florida Keys
November 2016

Ski Trips
Snowboarding
Winter 2016

Medicare Reunion
Spring 2016

Europe
2016

The Caribbean
Cruise in 2016

Fly to Hawaii
in 2017

Bankruptcy Court
in 2018

This all leads up to
The Big 50th Reunion
May or June 2019


Past & Future Events

November 3, 2013
Big Pine Key, FL

Ski Trip Jan. 2014
Beaver Creek, CO

Ski Trip Feb. 2014
Brian Head, UT

Las Vegas, NV
March 2014

45th Annual Reunion
Greenbelt, MD
May 2014

Florida Keys
November 2014

Ski Trips
Snowboarding
Winter 2015

Bryce Canyon
Grand Canyon
Spring 2015

Florida Keys
November 2016

Ski Trips
Snowboarding
Winter 2016

Medicare Reunion
Spring 2016

Europe
2016

The Caribbean
Cruise in 2016

Fly to Hawaii
in 2017

Bankruptcy Court
in 2018

This all leads up to

The Big 50th Reunion
May or June 2019

The Medicare Reunion will be on Saturday May 7, 2016
at the Snow Hill Manor in Laurel, MD.

MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND. If you have any suggestions, then submit to: wildcat1969@verizon.net

Since we will probably turn 65 during the year 2016, this seems like an appropriate time to mention MEDICARE.
One concept for the reunion was to have an expert come and explain to us How to Enroll. Then we discovered that we are supposed to sign up 3 months PRIOR to our birthday month. For some of us, whose birthdays are early in the year, that means we should sign up for Medicare during 2015 , . . and well before the reunion !!!

The purpose of the MEDICARE REUNION is less about Medicare and more about having another great party. Instead of calling it the 47th Annual, we decided it go with the name Medicare because this is the year we hit the age to become eligible.

Much of what we need to know about enrolling in Medicare can be found online.

What is Medicare?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services:

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care.

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans)

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you're enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren't paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage)

Part D adds prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private-Fee-for-Service Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. These plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage Plans may also offer prescription drug coverage that follows the same rules as Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.

Click Here to read 8 Things to Consider before choosing or changing your Medicare Plan.

Once you figure out all your options, you can enroll online at http://www.ssa.gov/medicare/apply.html

That is correct. You ENROLL through the SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. Maybe you want to visit a local office instead.

Click Here to find out the location of Your Nearest Social Security Office.

You enter your zip code and it tells you the answer.

Note

If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) and/or health insurance based on employment, you may want to ask your personnel office or insurance company how signing up for Medicare will affect you.

Click Here for a CHECKLIST of what you will need to apply.

The government would prefer that you enroll online rather than in person at a Social Security Office. Here are Their Reasons to Enroll Online:

You should sign up for Medicare three months before reaching age 65, even if you plan to delay receiving retirement benefits because you are working. Otherwise, your Medicare medical insurance, as well as prescription drug coverage, could be delayed, and you could be charged higher premiums.

You can sign up for Medicare even if you are not ready to start receiving retirement benefits. You can opt out of receiving cash retirement benefits now once you are in the online application. Then you can apply online for retirement benefits later.


Some people trust the federal government implicitly. Others are more suspicious. These issues are political and 69wildcats.com really tries to avoid politics. The main point is that we become eligible to enroll in Medicare during this next year and if we delay, we might lose benefits. How you enroll and what choices you make are way beyond the scope of this web page. Suffice it to say that timing is important and so are the options for enrollment.


For now, the concept is to have the 2016 reunion somewhere near the last one because that allows convenient access by a large number of classmates who live within driving distance. The plan is to have a smaller venue with fewer amenities to reduce the cost. It might well be characterized as BYOB. It might be somewhat like a Garden Party. The main attraction will be the terrific group of classmates who live nearby and some of the same talented musicians and performers to provide entertainment.

Live Music will be provided by Classmates

Since we know there are other talented musicians from our class, they (You) are encouraged to participate in certain songs.

If you know some other musicians who would like to play at the reunion, send email to: wildcat1969@verizon.net

Prior to the Reunion, there might be some other activities on Saturday for those who care to participate.
No one signed up for the golf before the 46th Reunion, but we can always try again.

This the NEXT BIG REUNION you do not want to miss. - Plan to Attend and bring more classmates !!! Spread the word to Party Hearty !

It all comes down to YOU. - This is sure to be a fabulous event. Come and enjoy a major REUNION WEEKEND.

This is not difficult to remember. Tell others - 69Wildcats.com . . to get all the details.


Yes, we plan to have fascinating entertainment all evening long. Here is but one example, . . . . .

Questions or comments must be sent to: wildcat1969@verizon.net


ALL correspondence has to be done via email. Sorry, but phone calls are just so outdated.