November 16, 17, 18, 2007
Some Squadron mates have express interest in having a reunion in Pensacola this autumn. Ed Copher, the VA-163 SDO, suggested this be a combined re-union as both squadrons served together aboard the Oriskany. However, they just had a reunion in October in Jacksonville, so I don't know how much interest this will generate with the Saints. Regardless of the number, I think we should welcome any Saint that would like to attend.
I've been in contact with the Naval Air Museum to see if we could have the reunion in the Cubi Bar Cafe. They were very gracious and will be happy to assist us with the reunion. Due to the Museum being booked solid the first two weeks of November, that leaves us with the 17th of November as the only open date before the holiday season. I have had commitments from enough individuals to make it a go.
The costs will depend on the number of attendees. The Cubi Bar Cafe is limited to catering to 100 people, but I don't think we will have that many. If we do, we can find someone else to cater the party. Trying to keep the cost down, we think just a long weekend, arriving Friday having the reunion from 6 pm to 10 pm Saturday and back home Sunday. We will try to have a buffet breakfast Saturday and Sunday at one of the service clubs. The reunion get-together could be dinner or just cocktail snacks. We can vote on this later and see what the costs will be.
If you are interested in attending or know of someone who might, please contact me or Jeff Brown email@example.com
We will add you to the reunion list and keep you advise of our progress.
Look like Marty Vanover and Jeff Brown have taken over The reunion plans for 2007:
March 11, 2007
As far as a reunion goes, we (me and Jeff Brown) are now in the planning stages for one in October/November this year at Pensacola. I have talked to the people of the Museum and the Cubi Bar Cafe is available for private catered parties evenings. It looks like the VA-163 guys may show up too. I think a three day affair would work best for most. In on Friday, out on Sunday. But if it grows into something big we can plan something longer. I think we could arrange a Saturday breakfast and do the Musuem or visit old haunts / tourist sites in the afternoon, then meet at the Cubi Bar Saturday night for a dinner or heavy bar snacks, then depart on Saturday morning. I am hoping some of the retired shipmates can sponser us non-retiree's and check us into the Navy Lodge. I have stayed there and it is pretty nice. But, if necessary we can block some rooms at a hotel. It looks like we have enough interest to do this. I'll keep everyone advised of our progress and the final dates in the not too distant future.
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