CLICK ON ANY OF THE FIVE TITLES ABOVE TO SEE MORE DETAIL ON AN ASPECT OF THIS YEAR’S REUNION.
***NOTE: The “HOTEL” link above is just for info on hotel facilities. Do NOT use it to register. Follow directions under “SIGNING UP.”***
Bear in mind that since last year, the reunion has been expanded by one day.
You should register with the hotel (following the guidelines under “SIGINING UP”) soon. The hotel will be looking to retrieve unassigned rooms from our reserved block of rooms sooner rather than later because of the increasing number of vacationers looking for accommodations.
Please note that reunion fees, as well as ticket fees for the Carolina Opry (if you intend to attend) MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO THE REUNION. Also, when you send in those fees, you MUST SELECT YOU ENTRÉE CHOICE FOR THE FRIDAY WELCOME DINNER.
5:00 – 7:00 PM WELCOME DINNER
Welcome to Reunion 2019, our 20th annual reunion! The first event of the reunion will be a welcome dinner, before which there will be a short welcome comment. The dinner will be hosted by the Beach Cove resort and will take place in the Hospitality Room. There are three entrée choices, and a cash bar will be available for any who prefer alcoholic drinks. We need to provide the hotel with our selections no later than 14 days prior to the reunion. Therefore, PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE EACH PERSON’S DINNER CHOICE WHEN YOU FORWARD YOUR REUNION FEES! Here are your choices:
Each dinner will be accompanied with ice tea/water; House Salad; Italian and Ranch Dressing; Steamed Medley of Seasonal Vegetables; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Warm Rolls with Butter Balls. Dinner will be followed with Chef’s Choice of dessert and coffee service. The Hospitality Room will remain open after dinner and will remain open throughout the reunion…normally between the hours of 10:00 AM and as late as people choose to hang around. It will normally be closed when any group event occur off the resort property.
2:00 – 4:00 PM CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT
The tournament will be for singles and will be held in the hall just outside the Hospitality Room. The tournament will be progressive, that is, the winner will continue to play until beaten. The last standing winner is the tournament winner. A trophy will be awarded at the Monday banquet, and rumor has it that the Beach Cove may supply a nifty prize to the winner also! If you’re interested in playing, be sure to let me know at [email protected] or 980-328-4150 so I can get you on the roster. At the reunion, we’ll do a drawing to see who will be playing whom. In the meantime, get your tossing arm in shape!
7:00 PM CAROLINA OPRY THEATER
All of you choosing to attend the theater will be in for an outstanding variety show. All comments I heard from last year’s attendees were positive. This is an OPT-IN function, so if you’re not inclined to attend the show, you certainly don’t have to. If you choose to attend, the ticket price is $31.00 per person. This is NOT covered by your reunion fee, and the ticket price MUST BE INCLUDED WHEN YOU FORWARD YOUR REUNION FEES! Please be sure to do this, as it will not be possible to acquire tickets after arriving at the reunion. Those attending will meet in the hotel lobby around 6:00 PM, where you can arrange a ride if you don’t have transportation.
11:00 AM PUTT-PUTT TOURNAMENT
This is also an OPT-IN event, not covered by your reunion fees, but payment will be at the venue. As in the past, it will be held at Moulton Mountain. If you’re interested and don’t have transportation, there will be plenty of folks willing to give you a lift. If you’re having difficulty arranging a ride, seek Mark Gransden, Jake Reece or me, Pete Johnson and one of us will help you with the arrangements.
6:30 – 8:30 PM POOL PARTY
This is a casual get-together around the Resort’s pool area. Those of you who have made other reunions will recognize it a much the same as our previous Saturday evening receptions…designed to open the reunion by drawing attendees together. Our Friday dinner now fills that function. This, as its name implies, is simply a relaxing gathering of members, spouses and friends. Feel free to swim if you like! We anticipate having some music reflecting the time in and around our assignment at Karamursel Air Station. There will of course, be a good portion of munchies (enumerated below) and the availability of a cash bar.
10:00 AM – about 12:00 PM BUSINESS MEETING
This is our one chance during the year for members to discuss issues relating to our group. The room location will be provided at the reunion. We hope that all members attending the reunion will be sure to attend the business meeting. If you have thoughts that you’d like to see discussed, come prepared to bring them up. You may receive a little flak, but it’ll all be light-hearted.
In addition to any topics of discussion, we’ll have our usual Chi service (yes, authentic Turkish tea served in those little glass cups and saucers we all remember from the ferry service to Istanbul), and of course the Great Train Drawing that we’ve all looked forward to since member Jake Reese joined us. Lest you could possibly forget, we anticipate all this being wrapped up by our long-time good friend Ed Watts supplying some of his dry Great State of Eastern Tennessee humor while raffling off some highly desirable items.
10:00 AM – about 12:00 PM LADIES’ TEA
During the members’ Business Meeting the ladies will enjoy a tea service in the Hospitality Room. There will be a variety of teas as well as a variety of munchies…both healthy and not-so-healthy. Be sure to show up. I’m told there are rousing conversations that take place while the members are taking care of what passes for business in the Business Meeting
6:30 – 9:30 PM ANNUAL BANQUET
As the reunion is drawing to a close, the annual banquet is a time to gather together for a delightful dinner and a chance to remember those of us who have been beckoned to the ultimate Commander’s Call. To keep the evening light-hearted, there will be the usual awards program along with other possible commentaries. If you think back to your frolicking’s at the Pavion Blue or other purveyors of beverages and entertainment, it may cause you to bring to mind the art of the belly dance. This year, in an effort keep all members awake, we’ve arranged an exhibition of that fine art during our after-banquet program. Additionally, should anyone like to make some comments to the group (appropriate ones please!), please contact me at [email protected] or 980-328-4150. The group will enjoy hearing from you!
The banquet will begin with a cash bar for about an hour. Take this time to select your favorite beverage, select a seat, and mix with the members. When the hotel staff lets us know they’re ready, we’ll open the banquet. Here’s what will be awaiting you:
Following the banquet, there will be a short memorial/awards program, after which, we will gather in the Hospitality Room for our annual group photo. We really, really want everyone to be there for the picture. We will do our best to make that process happen as quickly as possible, but based on previous experience and the photographer’s ineptitude, it will likely take longer than you’d like! It’s worth it though, to look at those pictures over the years. How do we all stay so young looking? Must be something in the Turkish tea…..
7:30 – 9:00 AM DEPARTURE BREAKFAST
As is our tradition, we close out the reunion with our departure breakfast. While some will have to leave early in order to meet transportation schedules, for most of us this will represent a final chance to say goodbyes to friends new and old. Don’t sleep through it! Our good friends at the Beach Cove Resort always put on a very good breakfast buffet which we know you’ll enjoy. Eat your fill, take a few pictures, shake some hands, and give/receive some hugs. KAS 60-61 is a family. Make plans with other members/spouses to meet again next year…which of course, will mark the beginning of a whole new 20-year set of annual reunions!
The few costs associated with the reunion are listed below. You should know that when you make your room reservations, the hotel will charge your card with one night’s stay. The balance of the nights you reserve will be due when you arrive and check in. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, do NOT contact the hotel. Contact either Jake Reese (jdon[email protected] 336-601-3522 or Pete Johnson ([email protected] or 980-328-4150). They will contact the hotel, which will assure you receive a FULL REFUND of your charged reservation charge. They will also ensure that you are refunded any reunion fees you’ve paid, with the possible exception being payment for Carolina Opry tickets. Once the tickets are purchased, we can’t turn them back in. We will see if another member is interested in purchasing them from you. Here are the fees:
Once you’re prepared to sign up for the reunion, there are a few simple steps to follow. The order you complete them in is not important in most cases, however completing them all is important. It will make things go much more smoothly for you and for the organizers of the reunion.
o Call the Beach Cove Resort at 843-918-9000 to reserve your room. Be sure to let them know you’re with the KAS reunion so that you’ll receive our discounted rate. Also remember that the reunion has been extended by one day. You’ll want to reserve the nights of 13, 14, 15 and 16 September. You will also be able to reserve up to 3 days before and/or 3 days after the reunion at our discounted rate. If you encounter ANY problems in this process, contact either Jake Reece (j[email protected] or 336-601-3522) or Pete Johnson ([email protected] or 980-328-4150) and they will resolve the situation with the hotel.
o Once you have reserved your room, please let Pete Johnson (info above) know so that we have an on-going accurate count of the rooms that have been reserved and the attendance to expect.
o Send a check to our treasurer for the reunion fee(s) and for the Carolina Opry ticket(s) if you want to attend that. At the same time, include your choices for an entrée at the Friday welcome dinner. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS ALL BE DONE AND RECEIVED BY THE TREASURER NO LATER THAN 15 AUGUST. Make your check out to “KAS 60-61” and mail it to:
4743 SANDPOINTE DR.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL 34655
That’s it! You’ve completed the process. Now you can sit back, relax and know that in a very short time you’ll be at the beach (we’re always scheduled for great weather – except for last year!!) among old buddies from long ago, as well as some new ones you’ve first met over the years from previous reunions. The stories will flow, some retold for the umpteenth time, more colorful with each iteration. If you have memorabilia from your time in Karamursel, think about gathering it together and bringing it to the reunion. Our memorabilia table always welcomes new (old) items from your days of service. They’ll be safe in the Hospitality Room and if, in all the excitement you neglect to collect them all at the end of the reunion, we’ll get them back to you.
Yep, this is the place! Will you be there? SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!!!
Below is a chart indicating who has already signed up to be coming to this year’s reunion. If the information on you is incorrect, please let me know at [email protected] or call at 980-328-4150 so I can correct it. When you do get yourself signed up, be sure to follow the directions in the “SIGNING UP” section. Also, even if you’re not yet ready to make your reservations or to send in your reunion fees, but fully expect to attend the reunion, let me know using the contacts listed above. Having an accounting of likely attendance as soon as possible helps us to solidify plans early.
The chart will be updated as new information is received.