Mar/Apr 2013 / Alumni Newsletter
Newsletter Highlights by Carolyn Magee:
If you are not EXCITED ABOUT OUR 2013 REUNION, you ought to be getting that way. Here are the hotel particulars: Crowne Plaza, 33 East Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402 937-224-0800 www.crowneplaza.com/day-crowne VP8 Alumni Association Reunion, June 3-7, 2013. Rates: Standard or King $99 plus 13% tax (always!) The rates apply three days pre and/or three days post-convention with advanced reservation notice, subject to availability. Rates include the hot breakfast bufffet and complimentary valet parking. Make reservations NOW by calling the reservation department at 937-229-9835. Identify yourself and request the group rate for VP-8 Alumni Association Reunion. All reservations must be guaranteed for arrival by deposit in advance or confirmed with a credit card. CUT OFF DATE for HOTEL: 12:01 a.m. May 13, 2013. Registration for the reunion is on page 7 of this newsletter . Don't forget to bring something for the auction as this is the way we raise extra money to pay for reunion add-ons like the open bar many of you like. YOU MUST HAVE MONEY IN FOR REGISTRATION BY MAY 1 AS BILL HAS TO PAY FOR BOX LUNCHES 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE. This is your last call to register. COME ON GUYS--LETS GET SIGNED UP FOR THIS REUNION--especially those of you who can get to Dayton in a day! WE HAVE ALL WORKED HARD ON IT AND WANT IT TO BE A GREAT ONE. Signed up are: Stewarts, Magees, Zieglers, Leaths, Leadys....Please don't let all of Larry's hard work go to waste--he was in pain and knew he would never be able to attend, yet went full steam ahead anyway! Don't let the reunion tank!!!!
SINCE WE HAVE ONLY 10 PEOPLE (5 C0UPLES) SIGNED UP FOR THE REUNION AS OF THIS DATE, WE NEED TO KNOW IF ANYONE PLANS TO BE THERE. BILL HAS REQUESTED THAT YOU EMAIL OR CALL HIM OR ME TO LET US KNOW YOUR INTENTIONS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IF WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE WE NEED TO NOTIFY THE HOTEL & OTHERS. SO EMAIL EITHER OF US AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, OR CALL ME AT 601-731-7600 OR BILL AT 410-661-8377 AS SOON AS YOU GET THIS EMAIL. Note that deposits have already been made to bus companies, etc., and we may lose these if the reunion tanks.
Please be sure to get your dues in as soon as possible. If you need another dues notice, call me, and I will send you one. Our membership is going down as younger people don't seem interested. We may have to cut down our newsletter to quarterly if membership doesn't pick up. If your membership card that is enclosed goes past 2013, it means that you paid and you didn't have to.
NO-Pay Dues List as of this mailing: R. Anderson, Ball, Carter, Dallas, Durkin, Edwards, Gaspar, Godby, Goplin, Guenter, Helzel, Herberg, Hogg, Jarmuzek, Lembo, Linam, McNeal, Metcalf, Molesworth, Razon, Ritterbeck, Robinson, Sauls, Schlosser, Sturm, Thaut, Thornton, Weymouth, Zoldy, Helton, If you do not want to continue as a member, please send the dues notice back with that indicated. Widows, please let us know if you want to continue to receive the newsletter by sending back the dues sheet..
Following is additional info on the reunion from an earlier newsletter:
Stars Rooftop Restaurant at the hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel tells me they will have a new menu out before we go. There are also a number of other restaurants in the area--fast food and sit down.
When I last talked with Larry, he asked me to encourage each of you to go ahead and reserve your room at the hotel, even at this early date, so we can have an early head count of attendees. This also helps me be able to get the name badges made up early. The hotel has assured us that reservations can be canceled up to the last minute. I have decided to go ahead and include the registration form on page 7 in this newsletter--please note that price for the reunion itself is only $112.75. Note that on the registration form you must make a choice of sandwiches for a box lunch on thursday.Very reasonable, so I encourage to attend, especially those of you in NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, and other states close by.
New Alumni RostersAvaliable!
New Alumni Rosters Avaliable!
Complete up-dated 2009 roster is $8 if it is picked up and $13 if mailed
If you have a loose leaf roster with 2006 as the date, all you have to do is order the up-dated insert which is $4.50 mailed or $2 picked up.
Order by sending a check made out to VP8 Alumni Assn. to Don Rickel, 33 Bridge St., Topsham, ME 04086. When he receives the check, he will let your roster editor know, and it will be mailed out as soon as possible
The new roster is loose leaf, so as you get changes from each newsletter. I suggest that you put a piece of notebook paper in the roster section and keep up with the changes as they come out--until a new roster is published.
The new roster is very different as it is divided into Sections.
SECTION ONE contains TAPS, the origin of the association, a list of reunions, the actual roster with an index, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and a map showing how many people we have listed from each state.
SECTION TWO contains the history of VP-8 along with lists of Commanding Officers.
SECTION THREE contains other interesting and important documents.