DAYS OF OUR LIVES #193 This photo was taken by a bystander as the ASA Turkey reunion group had docked after a cruise up the Elizabeth River and past the US Navy Base in Norfolk. Everyone was supposed to stay aboard for a group photo but Sue Tavernetti didn’t get the word. This DOOL is all about the 2008 reunion held at Norfolk, VA. By Elder RC & Patty Green, the editors of the monthly DOOLs. What is presented herein is far from a complete account of the reunion, but merely our recollections that are refreshed by photo’s. In preparing this report the difficulty we encountered was to keep the kbs low and where to insert the photo’s. We make no pretense to literary merit. It is also our hope that this 2008 reunion DOOL will prove to be of increased interest for those to attend future reunions. Chances are it will. We have reduced most of the photo’s and will email the full size photo to anyone who desires such. If you have comments please email them to email@example.com or mail them to: 3094 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701 FIRST OFF, the reunion was first rate and everything went off as planned. In spite of the gasoline crunch we had a turn out of 51 people consisting of 27 vets, 19 spouses, and 5 guests with 15 states represented. We would like to express our appreciation to those who aided in making the 2008 reunion a authentic success: The concensus was that the planners did a superb job in putting this entire event together. We, gH & Patty Green, JR & Carol Green, Mack & Edna Jones, arrived on Friday; two days early to finalize coordination with the Norfolk CVB; the staff of the Lake Wright complex, order food and beverages, and to solve any last minute problems that might arise. The CVB provided us with a welcome package for the attendees and the excellent name badges. I also want to express my appreciation to Max Putter – a ditty-bop drop out at Fort Devens who ended up as a non-morse specialist (059) at Det 27. Max owns a sports store in Havertown, PA and enjoys the reunions so much that he made 60 caps (identical to the one on his head) for those attending the reunion and were given out to the attendees and he made embroidered polo shirts for the planners and their wives. Max is considering making embroidered shirts for those attending the 2009 reunion for wholesale price and the details will be forthcoming. On the table is a Turkish license plate 06 ED 952 that once was on my VW bug from our days at Det 27 and 4-4. The round wall decal was the official ASA decal and was donated to the reunion by Tom Lazzaro who received it from an ASA office when INSCOM took over. Other than the planners the first attendee was Tom Lazzaro who arrived on the 27 th in his blue Cadillac XLR convertible. Many of the photo’s herein were taken by Tom Lazzaro who really enjoyed the reunion and stayed a couple days at Virginia Beach with the Lienke’s. Above is Tom Lazzaro & Max Putter in the hospitality room In the above photo Tom Lazzara and gH are posing for the camera alongside the #18 Toyoto Camry NASCAR driven by Kyle Busch on the NASCAR circuit. Just prior both had sat inside & raced the programmed 3 minute version of racing at Richmond. Both enjoyed the challenge and the simulation was real like as both smacked the turn four wall. The car was on display outside the Navy Exchange (PX) at the Main Norfolk Navy Base and is the largest PX that we’ve attended. THE REGISTRATION TABLE Wes & Sharyn Lienke were the second to process in. This year all the reunion monies was collected at the registration table which made for less paperwork and a means to keep track of what each wanted to do. One of the important parts of any reunion is for all friends to see one another again. It was very nice for us to catch up with old friends and see all those familiar faces again and to welcome the new vet’s. The large hospitality room was well stocked with all the necessities needed to facilitate a welcoming atmosphere for the reunion. The hospitality room was re-stocked every day with fresh items and was appreciated by all. Once again, many brought their Turkey mementoes for display and we all spent time looking through the photo albums, watching video presentations on the Lake Wright provided TV with DVD and VCR options and the laptops or just sitting around with old and new friends discussing the past, present and future. Daryl Waite’s VCR and Carlos Hunt’s prior reunion CD’s were enjoyed by many. Bill Simons, the Det 4 WEBMASTER Hi Elder, I enjoyed the reunion very much (for the little time that I was there). I think that Patty and the other wives who helped with the food preparation and set up deserve a big "thank you!" They did a great job. The hotel was very nice, the entertainment enjoyable and food just fine. I did find the hour wait between the picture taking and dinner serving a little tedious. Aside from that I thought everything went off very well. Bill Simons Above is Luther Jones pointing out a Det 27 item to Ken Whitman Above is Al Green discussing the future of the DOOL and getting suggestions as to where the 2009 reunion should be held. I wonder what caused Sandra Hollowell to react like this. That’s Wayne & Toni Dyer in the background. This was the first reunion for Walt & Theresa Las. They certainly enjoyed themselves and will be back in 2009 Above is Rick & Ramona Balderson enjoying their grilled steak at the Grate Steakhouse. Rick has the distinction of being one of the few Lieutenants who were assigned in January 1962 to Det 83 which was designed as the Hqs unit for the ASA in Turkey. Det 83 was disbanded in February 1962 and merged with Det 27. Ramona was a school teacher at the Air Force dependent school in Ankara where they met and were married. They enjoyed their time in Turkey and have attended every reunion but the first one in 2001. The Lienke’s along with Tom Lazzaro visited Colonial Williamsburg during the reunion What the heck do you think the gH is trying to explain to Max Putter THE INITIAL PLANNING FOR THE 2008 Turkey reunion was done with Dana Howe of the Norfolk Convention Bureau who took us to five hotels in the Norfolk area and left it up to us as to which one to select. Dana made our planning easier and later Jessica Sauceda answered all our questions and concerns. . L-R: Patty Green, Elder Green & Dana Howe, Norfolk CVB Below is the welcome page for the Norfolk reunion. We also received a welcome letter from the Governor of Virginia and the Mayor of Norfolk. Below is traffic sign on Northampton Blvd in front of the Lake Wright Complex. To get to downtown or Virginia Beach we took the I-64 East ramp. It was very convenient and no one got lost. The above welcoming signage photo was taken just as one turned left from Northampton Blvd onto the Lake Wright complex. The golf course was to the left of the Quality Suites sign. These two photo’s represent the Lake Wright complex. It truly is a well managed hotel complex that cares about those who stay there. I regret that I did not take a photo of Candis Mills-Heflebower who I negotiated with for the reunion. She did a bang up job for us. Looking straight ahead is the Lake Wright golf course beyond the trees The above was the welcoming cake for the reunion. Note the three Detachment logo’s and the ASA patch on the cake. HERE’S WHO CAME ANTONELLO, Tony & Val, 05K Det 27, AU65-MR68, Det 4, 69-70, Burke, VA 22015, 703-239-1739, firstname.lastname@example.org AUSBROOKS, Sonny & Elaine, 059, Det 4, 65-66, 8552 Doveton Circle, Vienna, VA 22182 703-356-7247, email@example.com ASPINWALL, Paul, Supply, Det 4, 13JAN65-22DEC65, 14 Quail Ridge Dr., Madison, WI 53717, 608-831-0670, firstname.lastname@example.org BALDERSON, Eric & Ramona, F&AO, Det 83 & 27, 62-63, 36 Florie Farm Rd., Mendham, NJ 07945, 973-543-2093, email@example.com BALL, Dick & Debbie, 33F, Det 27, JA62-JN63, 10 Heritage Dr., Lancaster, NY 14086, 716-685-9129, firstname.lastname@example.org BARNDT, Ernest & Fran, Motor Pool, Det 4, MR56-MY57 & Det 27, MR59-JL61, 18107 Meadow Creek Drive, Eagle River, Alaska 99577, 907-694-3645, Cell 907-227-2455, barndt@alaska,net COMROE, Mike & Jane, 059, Det 27, JL61-22DE62, 205 Pinetown Road., Audubon, PA 19403, 610-666-7402, email@example.com DYER, Wayne & Toni, 05H, Det 4, NO68-DE69, 14 Mountain View Drive Groton, VT 05046 802-584-3730, firstname.lastname@example.org FITTANTE, Tom & Beverly, 988, Det 27, JL61-29JA63, 46398 SR 46, (PO BX 59), New Waterford, OH 44445, 330-457-2950, email@example.com GOODMAN, Jay MP Det 4, 72-73, Finleyville, PA 15332, 724-348-0358, firstname.lastname@example.org (RV travel) GREEN, Elder RC & Patty, 982, Det 27, 1-15MY61, JN 1966-OC1967 & 4-4, OC67- NO68, 3094 Warren Road., Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-7395, email@example.com GREEN, Ralph & Carol, 52 Penn Dr., Blairsville, PA 724-459-9664 HOLLOWELL, Herb & Sandra, 058, Det 4, 58-59, 4845 Cullen Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455, 757-460-0294, firstname.lastname@example.org HOUGHTON, Jim & Sally, Det 4, 56-67, 124 Lindburgh Ave., Johnstown, PA 15905, 814-255-2431, email@example.com JONES, Mack & Edna, 058, Det 27, MR63-AU64, 307 Magnolia Dr., Sunset Beach, NC 28468, 910 575 4562, cell 910-612-5303, firstname.lastname@example.org LAS, Walt & Theresa, 058, Det 27, NO62-AU64, 2 Vincent Dr., Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973-263-0911, email@example.com LAZZARA, Tom, 058, Det 27, JN63-FE66, 556 Central St., Lot 76, Leominster MA 01453, 978-534-7051, firstname.lastname@example.org. LIENKE, Wes & Sharyn, 058, Det 27, FE64-SE65, 445 E Johnson St River Falls, WI 54022, 715-425-2505, email@example.com. O'BRIEN, Jack & Kay, 988RU, Det 4, 64-65, 3801 Lujon Dr., Beaver Creek, OH 45431, 937-426-4433, no email OWEN, John & Janette, 98J Det 4, JL64-JA66, 6057 NE 130th Ave., Elkhart, IA 50073, 515-367-3412, firstname.lastname@example.org PRUITT, Bill & Carolyn, 76Y, Det 4, AU64-JL65 & NO76-OC77, 350 Steeplechase Dr., Campbellsville, KY 42718, 270-465-6371, email@example.com PUTTER, Max, 059, Det 27, NO60-12MR62, 216 Frederick, Havertown, PA 19083, 610-853-4273 & 20 N Nashville, Ventnor City, NJ 08406, 609-823-2545, cell- 609-827- 5901, firstname.lastname@example.org SIMONS, Bill, 058, Det 4, DE59-DE60, 155 Newbolds Corner Road, Southampton, NJ 08088, 609-859-9483, email@example.com SINOR, Walt, F&AO Det 27, JA62-JL63, 6283 Laramie Cir., Chattanoga, TN 37421, 256-996-0728, firstname.lastname@example.org SMITH, Stuart & Brenda Lutz, 059, Det 27, OC64-MR66, 412 Warhawks Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322, 757-482-2575, email@example.com TAVERNETTI, Dave & Sue, Watch O., Det 27, MR62-SE63, 7021 Timber Trail Loop, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762, 916-939-0136, firstname.lastname@example.org WHITMAN, Ken & Judy, 058, Det 27, 62-64, 12 Dutch Dr., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, 302-227-3643, email@example.com THE 2008 ASA TURKEY REUNION PHOTO The attendees assembled in the courtyard for a group picture. Multiple cameras clicked photos for several minutes as we posed and the raindrops started. Sitting: Elder & Patty Green, Bill Simons, Edna & Mack Jones 2nd Row: Tom & Bev Fittante, Sue Tavernetti, Carol Green, Judi Whitman, Debbie & Dick Ball, Kay O’brien, Fran & Ernie Barndt 3rd Row: Wes Lienke, Theresa Las, Sharyn Lienke, Ramona Balderson, Toni Dyer, Ken Whitman, Max Putter, Elaine Ausbrooks, Carolyn Pruitt, Janette Owen (partly hidden), Sandra Hollowell, Sally & Jim Houghton, Dan Levy 4th Row: JR Green, Mike Comroe, Walt Las, Dave Tavernetti, Eric Balderson, Tom Lazzara, Wayne Dyer, Paul Aspinwall, Sonny Ausbrooks, Bill Pruitt, John Owen, Jack O’brien, Herb Hollowell, Stuart Smith, Walt Sinor. Missing: Tony & Val Antonello, Jane Comroe The Reunion AGENDA To fund the reunion a registration fee of $10 per person was collected. Tuesday TOURS: $25 pp Wednesday BANQUET: $30 pp 50/50 Raffle tickets ($5 per ticket or 3 for $10) The 50/50 totalled $350 and Jane Comroe won the $175. Prize We factored the hospitality room costs and decided that a fee of $10. per person would be collected at the registration table. In 2007 we collected $5. per person and that turned out to be insufficient to cover the costs and donations were collected to cover the expenses and a 50/50 raffle was instituted for the first time. This year a free breakfast was negotiated into the room rates. The entertainment fee was $400 dollars. THE REUNION COST OUR TREASURY $288 DOLLARS The agenda included scheduled quality leisure time from 1000 -1300 during the reunion. A lengthy discussion on where to hold the 2009 reunion took place in the hospitatility room with many bouncing ideas off each other. In the above photo it appears from the expression on Stuart Smith’s face that he is being singled out to host a future reunion. I emphasized aloud and spent a good deal of time explaining what it takes to host a reunion and that I am pleased with the Wes & Sharyn Lienke from River Falls, WI Theresa & Walt Las from Parsippany, NJ On day 2 the attendees travelled one mile to THE GRATE STEAK restaurant at the eastern end of Military highway where all enjoyed the meal whether they cooked their own steak or had the cook do it. Below is some photo’s of those who chose to grill their own steaks. Others had the option Prime Rib, pan fried flounder or 8 oz. Hawaiian Chicken Breast. All of these menu items included an excellent salad bar and a choice of baked or mashed potato, French fries or mixed steamed vegetables. The cost for this meal was $12.99 plus tax and gratuity. Tom Lazzara was busy taking the below photo’s of those grilling their steaks. Ken & Judi Whitman at the grill New Yorker Dick Ball watching his steak Wes Lienke from Wisconsin The Green brothers from Pennsylvania Ernie Barndt from Alaska JR Green Wes Lienke looking over his steaks The gH Above is a pleased Ernie Barndt who served at Sinop & Manzarali during his 29 year army career that terminated as a CW4 Toni & Wayne Dyer fm Vermont Ken & Judi Whitman fm Delaware Theresa & Walt Las fm New Jersey Walt Sinor fm Tennessee Paul Aspinwall fm Wisconsin Max Putter fm Pennsylvania Stuart Smith fm Virginia Kay & Jack O’brien fm Ohio Debbie & Richard Ball fm New York Jan & John Owen fm Iowa Carolyn & Bill Pruitt fm Kentucky Sandra & Herb Hollowell fm Virginia Elaine & Sonny Ausbrooks fm Virginia Carol & JR Green fm Pennsylvania Mike & Jane Comroe fm Pennsylvania Dan Levy fm Louisiana Eric & Ramona Balderson fm NJ Tom & Beverly Fittante fm Ohio Dave & Sue Tavernetti fm California Sharyn & Wes Lienke fm Wisconsin Val & Tony Antonello fm Virginia Fran & Ernie Barndt fm Alaska Jim & Sally Houghton fm Pennsylvania Al & Patty Green fm Pennsylvania Day three began with an early breakfast at the complex and at 9:30 the group departed for downtown Norfolk for a 11 am boarding of the Victory Rover for a 2 hour narrated cruise on the Elizabeth River past the world’s most powerful Armada. The parking garage was nearby. The following are photo’s that Tom Lazzaro snapped while on the Victory Rover cruise on the Elizabeth River Sharyn & Wes Lienka L-R: Max Putter, Jack O’brien, Judi & Ken Whitman The gH Carol Green, Patty Green. In the background JR Green, Walt & Theresa Las, Judi & Ken Whitman Patty Green, Judi & Ken Whitman Jane Comroe & Sue Tavernetti Standing: Sharyn & Wes Lienke L-R: Walt Las, JR Green, Theresa Las, Carol Green This tour was the best way to get up close and personal and witness the world's largest Navy Armada in the world for an exciting look at carriers, destroyers, submarines and other U.S. Navy vessels protecting our nation everyday. Thanks again to you and Patty (and to your brother JR and his wife Carol, plus Luther and Edna) for the reunion. Found it to be most enjoyable, and always had folks to chat with, even with a smaller attendance. I appreciated the food in the hospitality room, and I didn't buy any meals outside the reunion's context. Looking forward to next year. Regards, Paul C Aspinwall John & Jan Owen from Elkhart, IA. John brought along his excellent album documenting his days on the hill called Sinop Above is Eric Balderson, a formidable ex-First Lt Ernie and Fran Barndt are faithful attendees to the reunions. They are natives of Pennsylvania but now live in Eagle River, Alaska and are fans of Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska. It was touch and go for Ernie in getting medical approval to travel as he had suffered a heart attack after the 2007 reunion in Myrtle Beach. Ernie, along with Jim Houghton were among the first to be assigned to the HILL called Sinop. Fran would like for the 2009 reunion to be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Elder: - Overall I would rate the Reunion as excellent as far as rooms, food & activities were concerned. It was very well organized & the food & beverages were most appreciated in the hospitality suite. The badges were super and the names could be read by all us old folks & for that I thank you. My only reunion complaint I have that the hospitality suite should have been open longer in the evening for us late nighters to chat longer. Someone need to trust us with a key so the last ones out lock up and return the key to the front desk. All in all we had a great time! Mike Comroe. Tom Lazzaro, the pilgrim from Massachusetts Merhaba Elder, Let me say I had a great time at the reunion. I came down through Pennsylvania and enjoyed the scenery on my way to Gettysburg where I toured the battlegrounds and the new facilities. Then it was on to Arlington National Cemetery before heading to Norfolk. The Lake Wright facilities was great and you and Patty and your associates did a great job putting it together. Believe I enjoyed this one - more than last years at Myrtle Beach. Main reason was I had met people at Myrtle Beach in 2007 and more of us had something in common from the previous year. I would advise anyone who had attended only one reunion and was left up in the air about it, go a second time and positive effects of the reunion will be amplified. Let me throw out a suggestion. Have you ever thought of having some sort of event for wives only? Shopping or lunch or some similar event. Sometimes wonder if wives get lost while we're telling "war stories". GO RED SOX and Patriots!!!! The PRUITT’s, Bill and Carol, from Campbellsville, KY This was the first reunion for Retired Army Master Sergeant Bill Pruitt and his jolly wife Carolyn who came from Campbellsville, Kentucky and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the reunion.. They found out about the Turkey reunions from Paul Aspinwall at the ASA Philippines reunion in 2007. They report that they will return in 2009. Three days of getting acquainted, touring Norfolk and Virginia Beach, being entertained, and attending meetings reached the zenith at the Wednesday evening banquet in the ballroom of the Lake Wright complex which was next to our hospitality room and we were able to bring beverages, etc from there into the banquet. At 5:15 Elder Green took to the podium and thanked those for attending and turned the emcee duty over to Paul Aspinwall who is an ardent supporter of the ASA Turkey reunions. Jim Houghton of Johnstown, PA came forward and delivered the invocation. Paul Aspinwall’s modesty served him well as the emcee for the banquet and everyone was impressed with his performance. He kicked off his emcee session by thanking everyone for attending and he like the others in attendance considers it a privilege to have been a member of the ASA in Turkey. Among the items he mentioned I will mention only one and it was the following where he read a short story written by an unknown ASA veteran. It was about why it is important for old veteran’s to reunite and it went something like this: It was not me who picked the GI friends that I trained with at Fort Devens to be a ditty-bopper or those I served with in Turkey. It had to be fate, but now that I look back on my Turkey days, it had to be part of the bargain we all made to join the ASA. Ours are not perfect friendships and a few of those TUSLOG friends have gone to the big house and others have drifted and a few have stayed close. As long as I have memory, I will think of the days I sat side-saddle learning the procedures and of the men on my trick with the headsets on pounding away at the mill with outright skill or twisting the R-390 dials or the 982’s twisting the slipsticks for the BST’s, then the daily keys and net identifications and the issuing of daily SIGINT reports to NSA and still yet CRITIC alerts. All of this had a tremendous impact during the cold war days in Turkey. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thoughts will be of my family and my ASA friends…. Such good men. It is worth mentioning that everyone applauded that address since most of the old vet’s in attendance were 058 ditty-boppers and lived through that . Next the 2008 TAPS list were read by Paul Aspinwall and then he offered a silent prayer for those ASA Turkey veterans who have passed away and included a prayer for those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Comroe came forward and apologized about his being late to handle the registration table. He then devoted words about the cost of maintaining the DOOL and the Det 4 websites maintained by Bill Simons. Mike requested that Bill Simons stand and explain the cost of keeping both websites up and running. Bill noted that it costs him approximately $75. per year to keep the sites active. Bill Simons informed that he maintains both websites via a dial-up internet connection. That comment amazed everyone and at this point Dick Ball rose and rallied the crowd to pass the hat and collect money for the worthwhile ASA Turkey websites. A hat was passed and a total of $156. was collected and Bill graciously accepted the donation. The KEYNOTE SPEAKER for the reunion was Wayne Dyer, a Det 4 ditty-bopper and a retired Vermont State Trooper from Groton, VT. Wayne gave a thorough briefing to the audience about his 18 day volunteer trip to Israel, 10-28 February 2008 which was documented in DOOL #186. He volunteered to join an organization called Volunteers For Israel in the US and Sar-El in Israel. He was placed at an Israelie Army artillery base called Nahal Soreq which was on the coast south of Tel Aviv and about 40 miles from Jerusalem and 25 miles from Gaza. He explained that the living conditions were very basic but were the same as the Israeli soldiers on active duty. Wayne’s group had 18 people, 12 women and 6 men. He and three others were not Jewish and everyone got along fine. They all shared a bathroom area with 5 toilets and a 5 shower stall and several sinks. After the first week it was like we were brothers and sisters. People were walking around in various pajamas. The shower room never had a schedule for men and women. We would knock and whoever was inside would yell and then we would know who was there. I woke up around 2 every morning so I went to take a shower then. One day I came out into the general area and three women were lined up to go to the bathroom. Their duties included the cleaning and reconditioning of equipment for self propeller Howitzers and armored personnel carriers; ammo trucks; cleaning M-16's; repacking duffle bags; updating first aid kits; packing uniforms and painting signs. He wore Israel Defense Force (IDF) work uniforms with blue Sar-El epaulettes. The mess hall food was not too remarkable but there was plenty of it. No coffee for breakfast was a little surprising. Sometimes it was hot sweet tea and sometimes a weak Kool Aid type of stuff and sometimes water. During his stay he visited the Sea of Galilee; the Jordan River; the Golan Heights area; Tel Aviv and to Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives to look down on the city. He related that Israel is a small country and that everything is within a couple hours by bus or a public taxi thing called a sheroot which is similar to the dolmus in Turkey. The organization that runs the program in Israel is called Sar El. They got the group discounts and Wayne used the coupon to stay at a nice hotel in Tel Aviv for $56 a night that included a good breakfast The Tel Aviv bus station is the largest in the world. It is 7 stories high and therein is a small city consisting of banks, post office, shops of all kinds, bakeries, wonderful bakeries if you like hot breads and cookies and croissants, they even have a McDonald's. Security is everywhere. Every restaurant and lots of shopping areas have private security people with wands to check people. Of course, they profile, so not everyone gets checked. Wayne recommended this trip to anyone interested in helping out with the world-wide struggle against the islamo-fasists. The above happy people were prepping for the platted meal at the banquet L-R: Tom Lazzara, Wes & Sharyn Lienke, Ken & Judi Whitman & Theresa Las Standing in the rear: Luther Jones & Walt Las A plated meal of Roasted Sirloin of Beef or French Country Style Chicken was served by competent waitresses. Raffle tickets were drawn to decide the lucky winners of desirable prizes. There were 24 prizes given out. Friendly talk continued among veterans and families as had happened each day. Dean Martin impersonator with the TUSLOG wives The entertainment was by Tim Beasley who did a virtuoso performance of impersonating Dean Martin with oldies like: Everybody Loves Somebody; That’s Amore; By The Time I Get To Phoenix; Ain’t That A Kick In The …; Memories Are Made Of This; Houston; Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me; Volare; I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, plus others that I can’t remember and of course Dino’s signature tune – You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You. His personal aura carried out mingling with the guests as depicted in the following photos. Sally Houghton Toni Dyer & Ramona Balderson Sue Tavernetti Judi Whitman & Theresa Las Fran Barndt Beverly Fittante Carolyn Pruitt & Jan Owen Kay O’brien Jane Comroe Patty Green Val Antonello Debbie Ball Elaine & Sonny Ausbrooks Sandra Hollowell Carol Green Edna Jones Sharyn Lienke Elaine Ausbrooks Above is Tony Antonello & Elder Green posing with the entertainer, Tim Beasley in the hospitality room. The photographer forgot to tell us to turn the badges over. The banquet was over and most adjourned to the hospitality room to talk with the Dean Martin impersonator Tim Beasley. It was expressed that everyone have a safe trip home and hope to see them at the 2009 reunion at a site to be announced in a future DOOL. Although Betty and I will not be with you in person this year, we will be with you in spirt. We hope and pray that you all will have a safe journey and that you all will have a great fellowship with old friends of years past. Betty and I always enjoyed seeing our friend that we have made since our first reunion in 2003 - I think - This year was just not our year to come. Our daughter-in-law is due to deliver a new granddaughter anytime now and we will have to make the trip to Jacksonville. I want to thank all of you for the fellowship that we have enjoyed in the past years and maybe next year we can rejoin your select group. Our sincere thanks to Elder and Patty for their many years of faithful service to each and everyone of us. As you know, without them none of this would have happen. So as each of you gather at the appointed place, say a special thanks to Elder and Patty. Betty and I will look forward to the after action report and see all the photo of you all having a great time. ALL THE WAY, Ernie & Betty Carrick Our next reunion will be in July, August or September in 2009, with the location as yet to be determined. Several locations are being considered – Hagerstown, Md.,or Pittsburgh, PA. For those of you who made this reunion, thanks for coming, and I know that you had a great time. For those of you who missed this one, you missed a memorable reunion. I look forward to the next reunion in 2009. Once again, we return home from another great reunion, held this year at the Lake Wright Complex at Exit 282 of I-64E at Norfolk, VA. We had the distinct pleasure in welcoming nine to their first ASA Turkey reunion. I received many comments about how much the members enjoyed their time to rekindle the camaraderie they had with their fellow Turkey vet’s. I get the impression that these reunions keep getting better as once again, several members mentioned that "that this was the best one yet." It is hoped that if others ask you about the ASA Turkey reunion that you will recommend the Lake Wright Complex and the Norfolk CVB as the people to contact if and when anyone of your friends plans a reunion in the Greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. A site visit by any planner to the Norfolk CVB can be arranged by contacting the CVB at 232 East Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510 or by calling toll free 1-800368-3097 and ask for the Sales Department.
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