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#1 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:14 PM

INFO for 2012 reunion:

When: Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 16th

Some people do arrive on Wednesday, though most arrive on Thursday with other trickling in on Fri or Sat. Most leave on Sunday morning, or early afternoon.

Where:

Quality Inn
625 Quentin Rd.
Lebanon, PA
17042-7088

Toll-Free: (800) 626-8242 or (717) 273-6771
Fax: (717) 273-4882


Make your reservations by September 1, 2012 to make sure you get a room. Let them know that you are part of the 36th/540th Reunion to get discounted rate! Hotel rooms are $62.00 per night and includes breakfast.

The Colony Room (our hospitality suite) is available to us for all four days. Snacks will be provided, along with beer and wine.


We usually plan a nice dinner out at a local restaurant on Friday night. If you are interested, let John or I know ahead of time so we can include you in the reservations. If not, the Colony Room will be open for your use.

There will be a banquet Saturday evening. This is a semi-formal affair.


DVD presentations by YOURS TRULY will be shown throughout the weekend. Bring your photos, books, documents, etc. We have a LOT of fun reminiscing!

Other costs...

UPDATE: This year's registrations fee: $40.00 per person. This covers the hospitality suite, lunch and snacks, pop and alcohol and dinner Saturday evening.


Mail your registration fee to:

2459 First Avenue
Avalon, NJ 08202


Make sure to include your full name(s) and the number of attendees. Registration should be mailed by September 1, 2012

Fundraiser!

Margi Johnson contacted the Order of the Purple Heart, in order to begin a fundraiser for our group (see attachment). Depending on how much money we raise, it could substantially cut the cost of running the reunion this year.

To be honest, our funds are very low and any donations we received would mean a hell of a lot to these men and their families.

If you can contribute (even a dollar is appreciated), it would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Help make this a truly memorable event for these dedicated veterans! Thanks, M1



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Nearest available airport - Harrisburg, PA (approximately 30 minutes west of our hotel)
The famous Hershey's Chocolate Factory/Museum, in Hershey, PA is located between airport and Lebanon. Plan on stopping in!

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:38 PM

Makes me very sad to think about! (Being in Okinawa and all would make that a hell of a drive!) :(
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

Yes, I was really hoping to spend time with you. I know the others shall miss you as well. It was so nice to have another representative for the 540th...
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:51 PM

148 DAYS TO GO!!

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

Working on getting a band or singing group. Have a great possibility, an eighteen-piece big band who would be willing to play, but we are trying to work out fees. They are willing to work within our budget, but at the moment it's hard to ascertain how much we can come up with via donations, by mid-September.

We are writing back and forth this morning, and I told him it's probably easier for him to give me a minimum, for I wouldn't want to insult them with a really low-ball figure. Told them I know they are professionals and could be playing for their normal fee that weekend. So if they decide not to play, I would certainly understand. Also if we can determine this now, it also gives me more time to find another group by September.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

Also looking into another promising band. Waiting to hear from them this week....
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:07 AM

Okay, we've just received another donation for our group via the fundraiser which Margi started. Way to go!

Just wrote a letter to another possible big band, who actually reside in Lancaster County. Wish me luck!

Remember to send in your registration ASAP! John is getting a bit concerned, as not many have signed up yet, but I think this is par for course, so early in the summer. I think most people wait until the last minute, but it always gives John a moment of worry!!!!

Let's hear from you!
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:56 PM

I'm rootin for you M1 as always in your efforts on the musical front. I am also full of admiration for the contribution that Margi is making in her search for funds. There is definately something special about the 36th/540th ladies apart from their looks and friendliness !!

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:21 PM

Dear Colin:

Great post! I got a real kick out of your last comment. Thanks!
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:07 AM

It still makes me very sad I can't be there. I thought I might be able to call in for a little bit, at least, but it seems I will be on a ship in the middle of the Pacific at the time. I'll have to send an email that you can read for the group.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

I am sad too! Gee, can't we get the Marine Corps to fly ya in for a few days!!! :pdt12: :pdt12: :pdt12:
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:55 PM

Just spoke with Jae "The Girl", and she informs me the re-enactors will BE BACK this year, so another convoy through town is on the agenda again. HOORAY!

So, thanks in advance to Jae, Jeff "Doc" and the rest of the gang.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:25 PM

Just received the news:



Hi Marion, Confirm musical program by Octagon Band, Sat., Sept 15th, 7-8 PM at the Lebanon Quality Inn... Lee Moyer



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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

Great news M1 !!

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:33 PM

Talked to John and Carl this weekend and they are excited too. They are very appreciative of all our efforts to make this the best reunion ever. Of course if we could bring back ALL the guys, then that would be the BEST of ALL, but unfortunately that is beyond our current powers...
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

If anyone would like to check out the big band in the interim...


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:04 AM

I am sad too! Gee, can't we get the Marine Corps to fly ya in for a few days!!! :pdt12: :pdt12: :pdt12:


'Fraid they would have to fly me off ship then around the world! I will send an email or two that you could perhaps read to the assembled folks. And you would have to have a cold one for for me as well!

My future home - the Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6):

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:52 AM

Wow, didn't know you would be on a ship. Future home of Major Todd. You really get around dude!

Yes, we can conference call or something. We will work out a time, etc, for sure. Good idea.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:48 PM

Okay, have my Amtrak tickets. While there, gonna stay with my sister-in-law for two extra days too. She lives in Pittsburgh. Ah, really looking forward to this. Now I can book my hotel today too.

Gonna arrive at the reunion on Wednesday around 1 PM. This will also give me an additional day with "my boys".
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:08 AM

Dang!!!!! When we were planning this year's reunion, the re-enactors and myself didn't realize there would be a conflict, for last year we moved the reunion up one week to accommodate more people.

Well, we thought we had everything wrapped up, until I head from Craig S, one of the re-enactors, who informed me that's the BIG WEEKEND at Ike's Farm in Gettysburg, so they won't be able to attend. Whaaa, no convoy this year.

We're all bummed, but such is life. The reunion will still be a blast, but just a little sadder, without this great event. :groan:
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:54 AM

Sorry to hear! That was a blast!
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:02 AM

Sounds like the Quality Inn refubisment will impress us when we arrive from what I've heard. Only days to go now !!

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:41 AM

Virtually every day, John, Carl, Marguerite and I have been exchanging emails, and new things keep creeping in for the reunion. Everyone is pulling together to make this the best one in many moons, and I know that will happen!!!
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:03 AM

So how is everything going? I'm dying to hear!!
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:07 PM

Short letter right now, but WHAT A TIME WE HAD. Beautiful weather every day, around 80 and sunny.

Good turn out and lots of fun was had by all. We wound up taking advantage of the weather and sat outside in and around the gazebo every day. Saturday morning we had virtually everyone outside and I think we took over the place. ha-ha! Surprised we didn't get kicked out for a few jumped over the pool fence and grabbed the extra chairs we needed to accommodate our little crowd. We were all drinking beers and laughing. Ah, fond new memories.

Will get pics posted to the gallery, but not until I get back home, for I am now in Pittsburgh spending some time with family and then heading back to Michigan on Wednesday.

I am attaching a pic or two here for all to see.

It was nice to have two FORUM friends at the reunion, Larry and Colin. Colin did not know Larry was attending and when he walked in, I said to Colin, "Have a surprise for you, SonofaMP is here. How cool was that.

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