NASGI REUNION 2000
The reunion 2000 was by all
measures Outstanding. The Committee deserves our highest praise.
Only 3 from our Onelist group
made it this year with Pete coming the farthest from California. We had over
200 in attendance with only 4 or so canceling but about 6 arrived unplanned.
I simply can't say enough about
the effort the Reunion Team made on all our behalf. Marcia & I joined the
committee and spouses for an impromptu dinner Thursday night.
Friday we had about 60
attending the Dinner Theatre production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Another 40
and we would have had exclusive occupancy, but as it was we had tables
directly in front and across the entire stage. Both meal and performance was
Saturday was really event
filled. They opened the small base museum for us. (It is normally only
open on Sunday for about 4 hours). The morning started with Golf for a few, a
Boat Cruise/Luncheon on the Clinton River and Lake St Clair, (there was about
25 on the cruise), and of course the Main Event that night. (Over 200)
Our material concerning the Web
Site, the Township's new facility, the space reserved for museum displays,
efforts to acquire the old tin hanger and an aircraft, and possible memorial was
distributed at registration.
The banquette facility was
comfortably filled. Several mini reunions also took place. Two brothers were
reunited after several years and around 12 VS 733 shipmates had a reunion
after 39 years. The music was excellent as was the meal. I personally needed
more time to get around and see more people.
During the entire affair the
room was filled with a buzz of enjoyment. That is until I was given the
opportunity to make our presentation. I was surprised. After I was introduced
you could hear a pin drop. The caterers stopped their activity and all
eyes stared. I wanted to check my fly. I covered all the highlights and asked
for help obtaining artifacts (things) for the real museum and graphic material
for the web. Also explained the growth potential the Tin Hanger might afford
for display purposes. And, I reviewed the evolution of proposals concerning
the intended Memorial, from Bush to the Flower Garden. At the conclusion, the
room erupted in spontaneous applause which was not anticipated. During the
course of the evening I got lots of feed back which I'll cover later.
It's unofficial but mark
September 2002 as the next most likely reunion.
Sunday morning Marcia and I
joined the reunion Committee and their spouses for a breakfast post mortem.
While they had not yet recovered from this years event, they were already
talking about options for next time.
My challenge to us all is: LETS
EXPAND THE CIRCLE!
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