I hope you’re as anxious to show up at the Beach Cove Resort for this year’s annual KAS 60-61 reunion as I am. We had a lot of fun last year at our 20th reunion, and after the issues we’ve all gone through so far this year I know you’ll enjoy gathering together even more than usual this time. Below are some details on what will be going on this year. Even though a few of the costs are not yet confirmed (I’ve included the costs from last year in those cases), you can figure they are very likely close if not exactly what they’ll be. Check back now and then to see if the final numbers have been included. In the meantime, you should consider getting yourself signed up, particularly getting registered at the Beach Cove. Now; scan through the info below and see what’s going to be happening.
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 2018, the reunion has been expanded by one day.
Primarily due to COVID-19, we are a bit behind getting everything up and organized for our reunion this year. As a result, you should register with the hotel (following the guidelines under “SIGINING UP”) soon. Although there has been much diverging discussion regarding how quickly the economy will return to normal, I can tell you that following a planning visit to the Beach Cove Resort in early June, they are experiencing an unusual surge in reservations since reopening. As we get closer and closer to the reunion, 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. DON’T MISS THE BOAT! You can always cancel for a full refund if your situation changes and you’re unable to attend the reunion. If that happens, just be sure to contact Pete Johnson at 980-328-4150 or [email protected] and I’ll make the arrangements to be sure you’re refunded any money.
Please note that reunion fees, as well as ticket fees for the Alabama Theater (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 EVENING WELCOME DINNER.
6:30 – 8:30 PM WELCOME DINNER
Welcome to Reunion 2020, our 21st annual reunion! As we did last year, the first event of the reunion will be a welcome dinner, before which there will be a presentation of the National and Air Force flags followed by a short welcoming comment. The dinner will be hosted by the Beach Cove resort and will likely take place in the Hospitality Room. The actual location will be made available later but at least at the reunion prior to the event. 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 iced 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 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 occurs off the resort property.
2:00 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. The tournament will continue throughout the reunion as necessary to make sure all who want to participate have a chance to do so, but will be ended no later than 3:00 PM on Monday the 14th. An award will be presented at the Monday banquet. 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 ALABAMA THEATER (check back as the time may change)
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 do choose to attend, the ticket price is not yet confirmed, but you can expect it to be about the same as last year… $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 may not be possible to acquire tickets after arriving at the reunion. Those attending will meet in the hotel lobby around 6:00 PM (again, check back to confirm this time), where you can arrange a ride if you don’t have transportation. The Alabama Theater in is Barefoot Landing, just across highway 17 from the Beach Cove Resort.
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 out 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 as much the same as our previous Saturday evening receptions which was 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. In a new twist, each attendee will receive a ticket for one free drink from the bar. Your choice of soft drinks, beer, wine or house liquor.
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. I’m sure there must be SOMETHING you’d like to see done a bit differently, or can think of something we should be doing that we don’t do!
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 each reunion 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. 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, particularly any stories from Karamursel you’d like to share. Just bear in mind that there will be ladies present! Hehe!
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. We’re planning a little different take on our Memorial Table which is always on display at the banquet. I think you’ll appreciate it. After that, and 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 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, it will likely take longer than you’d hope! It’s worth it though, to look at those pictures over the years. How do we all stay so young looking? Probably a result of that good Air Force training…and food…or maybe all those “nickel happy-hour” beers in Karamursel have something to do with it.
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 (surely we’ll be able to do that by then!). KAS 60-61 is a family. Make plans with other members/spouses to meet again next year…which of course, will mark the second toward making our 30th annual reunion. Imagine that!
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). One of us will contact the hotel to make sure you receive a FULL REFUND of your reservation charge. We 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:
* these numbers still need to be confirmed. Please check back for updates.
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. You’ll want to reserve the nights of 11, 12, 13 and 14 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 we 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 what 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 almost always scheduled for great weather) among old buddies from long ago, as well as some new ones you’ve first met over the years from previous reunions. As usual, you can expect great stories, 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 examples of 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 indicated an interest in
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.
See you at the reunion!