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The basic details of this
reunion were announced to our VP-17 Alumni
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dated 6/25/15. If you are a member of the group or have
attended any of our previous
reunions but did not receive this announcement,
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Announcement #1 - June 25, 2015
Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN Reunion
Marriott Springhill Suites, Chattanooga, TN
Dates - April 29-30, 2016
(Original dates were May 12-15)
I am pleased to
announce that the next reunion will again be in Chattanooga.
Though I couldnít touch base with everyone, I did get some
consensus from a few drivers of previous reunions. The Skipper
highly suggested I make it easy on myself. And so I did! He
will be there to confirm that!
Why back in
Chattanooga? The value equation and logistics for Chattanooga is
still great. Many will drive in as in 2013. With the merger of
AA and USAir, there are more flights into Chattanooga. Delta
has increased their service. Nashville, Knoxville and Atlanta
are 2 hours away or less.
This is a great time
of year. Hopefully, there will be minimal conflicts for you to
attend. It does not conflict with Easter or Mothers Day. Most
of us and our significant others have retired. I know one
amongst us whose wife is still teaching. I have suggested that
she have a ďsinking spellĒ and use up some sick leave.
Suites is still the only hotel on the Tennessee River. It is
kept in good shape. About the only change is the River Walk now
extends to the hotel.
One of the cool
things about Chattanooga is an affinity for bicycles.
The rate per night at Springhill Suites is $124 plus 17.5%
taxes. That includes a full breakfast. They continue to be
very accommodating. We will have the same room off of the patio
area for our hospitality area. The patio area overlooks the
river with an outdoor fireplace, tables and umbrellas. It
should be a little warmer as we are having it a month later than
2013. But for Yankees, it should still be comfortable.
I donít have
anything planned yet We will have a casual event on Friday
night, Saturday night will be a dress up, sit down dinner. The
hospitality suite will be open on Thursday night. I am trying
to figure out a way to simplify the suite logistics. Thatís the
biggest piece of work for me. And guess what, Iím getting old
I recommend you make
reservations by phone and refer to Patrol Squadron Seventeen and
the dates. The phone number is 423-834-9300. I also recommend
you make reservations sooner than later and stake your claim
with credit card. The rooms will be held until
April 1, 2016
(new date). Then you are on your own. I did not get
into the issue of river view rooms and balconies. There are
very few of them. Negotiate you best deal. I donít believe
anyone opted for them in 2013.
In early 2016 I will
send out an epistle on charges for the reunion Ö.hospitality and
dinners. Let me know if you have any questions or preferences
for some activities. I hope this will be the biggest and best
Announcement #2 - June 26, 2015
FROM BILLY BOB!!!!!!
Whiskey Dog and Suzie Ray are the first to make
hotel reservations. They will be awarded a bottle of
Come to think of it, they might have won last
time. Daryl is already plotting his route to Chattaboogie.
*For the record, in 2013, Jon and Kathy Dresel won a bottle
of Chattanooga Whiskey for being
first to send in their check to BBO. No record of who was
first that year to reserve a room.
- Aug 24, 2015
Dear VP-17 Reunion friends:
NEW REUNION DATES: 29-30 APRIL 2016
I changed the reunion date for personal reasons.
Anna and I are invited to the wedding of a very close family
friend. Those kind of friends with whom we have done many
things together from vacations, weddings, funerals, etc. We
would be conspicuous by our absence. I really wanted to blame
this change on Marta Heffner. If you are so inclined, think of
a reason it's her fault and send her an email. I'm sure she'll
find a reason to get on my case!
In any event, the reunion activities are centered
on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th. Many of you
come in early. The hotel block is good from Thursday, April
28th until Monday, May 1. If you want to expand on those dates,
I'm certain it can be negotiated. I'll have hospitality open on
Thursday afternoon April 28th.
The hotel is changing over your reservations to
the new date. I wouldn't hurt to just verify that your
reservations or make your reservations now. The phone number is
(423) 834-9300. Janice Mostettler is our contact.
Frankly, I haven't worked out any of the other
details for the event. We'll have some casual fun dinner on
Friday night and a dress up dinner on Sat. night....probably
with a view. Thursday, folks usually just get together for
dinner, and I'll block out some reservations at a couple of good
restaurants. Chattanooga is growing in a positive way. We have
the terrible incidents of 4 marines and 1 sailor being gunned
down by some jihad nutcase. The good news is that it has really
pulled all of the people of Chattanooga together. Symbols of
patriotism abound. It seems like half the cars have stickers on
them that say 'NOOGA STRONG.
Anna and I had dinner last night with the Maley's
in Denver. Friday night we were with Ketch in Memphis. VP-17
years produced lasting friendships.
Best to all,
- 3 Jan, 2016
Additional details to follow when available.
Thursday 28 April - Earlybirds gather in the Hotel's Hospitality
Suite. Dinner wherever you desire.
Friday 29 April - Casual dinner "down by the riverside" on the
hotel patio, wx permitting. Otherwise, inside.
30 April - Coat and tie dinner at the Chattanooga Golf & Country
Club. Shank you very much.
Announcement #5, 8 Mar, 2016
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(CHA) or other locations and the
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AS OF APR 25, 2016
= Not yet reconfirmed after date change
*** = Signed up/reconfirmed after date
T = Tentative Yes
- CO, VP-17 1972-74
Bill & Anna
Pat & Kate
Ken & Emily
Daryl & Susi
Ben & Maggie
Rick & Carol
Munro - CO, VP-17 1980-81
Guy & Vicki
Marta Heffner &
Jon & Kathy
Bill & Robin
Doug & Nonie
Bob & Anna
Mark & Pam
Larry & Leanne
John & Irene
Glenn & Madonna
Jim Carlson &
Jim & Pam Whatley
I hope to be able to make it to
Chattanooga, but you'll have to list me
as "tentative" for now; got three
commitments to work around. I have
'semi-retired' at NASA Ames, going down
to two - three days a week as the
resident operational curmudgeon in a
hoard of theoretical "Human - Machine
Integration" wonks. The extra time off
has allowed me to spend more time
'dabbling' with art. I've enclosed a
couple of VP works* that I just
Hope to see y'all in the spring, Don.
*See samples of Don's fine work on our
home page in the "New Stuff" section
UNABLE TO ATTEND
Bill & Jan
Bob & Nita Rohr
Gary & Eva
Phil & Ann
John & Susie
Paul & Karen
"We'll be halfway between Vancouver &
Honolulu. Have fun!"
Joe & Arlene
lieu of their attendance, the Rasfelds
current photo and a note to all,
REUNION NOTIFICATION ACKNOWLEDGED
Time to get off your Lazy Boy and make a
Hotel reservations, call the Marriott
Chattaboogie Springhill Suites at
on the above attendance list or to
update your email address, send Ger an
In memory of Janice Ketchum
Read her obituary
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