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 was listed above this verbiage when you first enter the VHPAF site. It is in blue and says APPLICATION FOR 2014 REUNION. When you click on the blue 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.
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
If you wish to play golf while at the reunion, you can get T-times at the on-site golf course.
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.
VHPAF supported the Iraq War Memorial Dedication at the Hillsborough Veterans Park on Saturday, 14 December 2004.