Posted By frank
Posted By frank
Date: March 24th, 2014
The 22nd VHPAF Annual Reunion will be held from 18 – 21 September 2014. The reunion will be held at the beautifully remodeled Plantation on Crystal River. (It used to be the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort), 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429. The same place we held the 2012 reunion. Gary Harrell has done a super job of organizing the reunion and it should be even better than last years.
Gary has negotiated a room rate of $105 per night plus tax for standard garden view room (looks at the parking lot), or $115 per night plus tax for a Water View. If you wish to upgrade to a patio room add an additional $20 to either the garden view or water view rooms. The room tax is 9% a night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-632-6262 by September 12, 2014. If calling in a reservation you must identify yourself as a member of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association of Florida to receive the special rate. A major credit card must be used to guarantee a room. The last day you can get the special room rates is 19 August. After that you will pay regular prices. Parking is free as is internet service. Ask at the hotel registration desk for the internet access code.
The annual banquet will be held on Saturday, 20 September 2014 with a cost of $30 per person. The menu this year will be Marinated Grilled Tuscany Breast of Chicken,10 ounce Grilled NY Strip, or Pan seared Mahi-Mahi topped with lemon butter. Make your selection for dinner when you send in your reunion registration form. To access the registration form, click on the Registration Form block that is listed above this verbiage when you first enter the VHPAF site. It is in red and says APPLICATION. When you click on the red site key, a block will come up asking OPEN, SAVE, SAVE AS. Click on OPEN and the form will come up. Print and fill out the form and mail it to Tom Tomlinson.
The cost of the annual reunion is $30 per person. See the Reunion Registration Form on this web site. Complete the form and mail it to Tom Tomlinson, 4919 Briar Oaks Circle, Orlando Florida, 32808. We have to have the final food cost in by 15 September, so please remit your reunion registration as soon as possible.
This year’s guest speaker will be BG Robert L. Stewart, USA, Ret. For those of you that don’t know Bob was the FIRST Army Astronaut and the FIRST person to ever walk “untethered” in space! Bob graduated from flight school in July 66 and then served with A Co. 101st Aviation Battalion and flew 1,035 combat hours as a “gunny”. Then to Ft. Wolters as a TH-55 IP for pre-solo students and then an IP for MOI. After a tour in Korea he got a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. From 1974 – 1978 Bob was an Experimental Test Pilot at Edwards AFB and was the Chief Test Pilot for the Hughes YAH-64 (Apache) helicopter. Bob was then selected for the NASA Astronaut program where he served from 1978 – 1987.
Since we did the boat trip on the Crystal River the last time, we do not plan to do it again this year. If you wish to take the boat trip, you can make reservations when you make your room reservations.
We again plan to organize dinner trips like we did in 2012. On Thursday night we will meet in the Hospitality Room at 1800 hrs and go to Neon Leon’s Zydeco Steakhouse, 10350 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa, FL 34448.
On Friday night we will meet in the Hospitality Room at 1800 hrs and go to the Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant, 10386 West Halls River Road, Homosassa, FL 34448
Tom Rountree is trying to organize a golf outing. If you wish to play golf while at the reunion, you can contact him to sign up or you can get T-times at the on-site golf course if you just want to play golf.
As always, part of your reunion cost will provide free drinks in the Hospitality Room.
A schedule of events and location of the Sales, Memorabilia, and Hospitality Rooms will be posted at the registration desk. The desk will be located next to the stairway in the lobby, facing the hotel registration counter.
Early registration is appreciated by your Reunion committee so they can get name tags, meal cards, and financial data compiled and printed without last minute panics, which lead to mistakes.
We need volunteers to help out at the reunion to insure that it will be run seamlessly and everyone will enjoy the experience. Please give a couple of hours at any of the following activities:
1. Set up. Set up consist of bringing in items from vehicles and trailers to set up the memorabilia room-sales-registration-hospitality room. This is normally done on Thursday and takes an hour or so.
2. Registration. Registration consists of two or more people who register the attendees and hand out meal tickets, name badges and any items or information about the reunion. Normally it is done in three hour shifts.
3. Sales. Sales consists of showing items for sale, selling items, and watching the sales area. This is also three or four hour shift work.
4. Memorabilia room. This is our traveling museum and consists of explaining the various items displayed and providing general security of the items. It usually turns into a fun bull session and shifts are morning or afternoon.
5. Take down. Take down is critical so we recover all of our items and equipment and reload it back into the cars and trailers. Shift is as many of our members as possible and usually is done faster than setup.
Please let Tom Rountree or Frank Hoover know what activity and when you will be able to volunteer a few hours. It is highly appreciate and will ensure another great reunion for all our members and guests.