WAIT!!! DON’T CLICK OFF THIS PAGE YET!!!
I know it looks just like the page you saw for our erstwhile doomed attempt for a 2020 reunion…but it’s been upgraded for this year.
Yep, we’re back for 2021. Now the year and reunion number match! How cool. Anyway, we had a lot of fun at our last reunion (two years ago), and we’re looking forward to kicking that up a notch. Your attendance will go a long way toward accomplishing that.. Below are some details on what will be going on this year. Even though a few bits of information are not yet confirmed you can figure they are very likely close if not exactly what they were at our last outing. Check back now and then to see if final numbers/details 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. Please follow the directions under “SIGNING UP” to register.***
Bear in mind that since 2018, the reunion has been expanded by one day.
Primarily due to COVID-19 but exacerbated by my laziness, 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 “SIGNING UP”) soon. As I’m sure you’ve heard, the CDC now says “burn your mask”…assuming you’ve had all your shots, and many states have opened up completely. Yea!! Along with that though, we can probably expect an unusual surge in general public reservations at the Beach Cove. 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 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 EVENING WELCOME DINNER.
6:30 – 8:30 PM WELCOME DINNER
Welcome to Reunion 2021, our 21st annual reunion! As we did previously, the first event of the reunion will be a welcome dinner, before which there will be a short presentation of the National and Air Force flags followed by a short welcoming comment by Jake Reece. The dinner will be hosted by the Beach Cove resort and will take place in a room to be determined or in the Hospitality Room depending on our attendance numbers. The actual location will be made as soon as it’s available. 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. That’s 28 August. 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 unless members would prefer to have it on the beach. That will be decided at the reunion. Everyone is invited to participate. The tournament will be progressive, that is, the winner will continue to play until beaten. When you lose, you’re out. 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 13th. 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 may do a drawing to see who will be playing whom, or we may just go with who’s available at the moment. In the meantime, get your tossing arm in shape! We had a great time with this in 2019, except of course that Frank Barren beat me for the championship!
7:00 PM CAROLINA OPRY (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 our last visit 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 $31 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 Carolina Opry is a short distance south on highway 17 from the Beach Cove Resort, between the split of highway 17 and 17 bypass. You can’t miss it!
11:00 AM PUTT-PUTT TOURNAMENT
This is also an OPT-IN event, not covered by your reunion fees, but you will pay the fee 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 reception 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 maybe 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 surely 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 want your smiling face included and 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. Well….maybe not.
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 and trade hugs with friends both 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 (we can do that now! Yea!). KAS 60-61 is a family. Make plans with other members/spouses to meet again next year…which of course, will mark the second in our third decade of annual reunions. 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 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 reservation service at 888-974-5531 to reserve your room. Be sure to let them know you’re with the KAS 60-61 reunion so that you’ll receive our discounted rate. You’ll want to reserve the nights of 10, 11, 12 and 13 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. We know where you live!!
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!