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Fairfax County …

for Reunions “Above and Beyond” the Ordinary!

When it comes to accessing the museums, monuments and memorials honoring America’s veterans, no destination in the country rivals Fairfax County, Virginia. Our proximity to Washington, DC makes it easy to organize trips and observances. Our wide range of hotel options let you accommodate any budget level. And with the many historical sites and entertainment opportunities right here in Fairfax County, you’ll find plenty of places to trade stories and reminisce right here.

Why do hundreds of reunion groups decide to get together in Fairfax County, Virginia every year? It’s not simply the county’s location, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. There’s a lot more to it than that. “There are lots of wonderful reunion sites across the United States,” notes Dean Miller of Visit Fairfax, the county’s convention and visitors bureau, “but I can’t think of any place that publicly celebrates and embraces America’s veterans the way the Washington area and Fairfax County do.” The list of “must see” attractions located in and around Fairfax County and goes on and on … Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknowns, the World War II, Korean War, and Viet Nam War memorials, the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps memorials, the battlefields of Manassas and Antietam, and many, many more. Groups meeting in Fairfax County enjoy the best of both worlds. They have easy access to the monuments and museums of Washington, DC, along with the lower room rates and ample free parking typical of suburban locations. It really is all about service, Miller said. “At Visit Fairfax, our goal is to assist reunion planners in any way we can. Whether it’s finding great hotels at great rates, making introductions to staff personnel at our world-famous attractions, providing lists of transportation suppliers, or simply recommending restaurants for group dining, we are here to be of service to those who have served.” When asked about the many accolades that Visit Fairfax has received from planners, Miller recalled one group in particular. “We were working with an Air Force fighter squadron to help them have their reunion here. The planner was a retired major general. When we were finished, he said to us, ‘Thanks … you really went ‘above and beyond’ for us.’ Coming from a two-star general, that really meant something to us.”

To learn more about all there is to see and do, simply visit FXVA.com The NSA Danang reunion group, shown here at the US Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue, recently met in Fairfax County, VA. There are dozens of such sites honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans, located throughout the National Capital area, making Fairfax County the perfect destination for any military reunion. Page 2

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We hope you enjoy this Fall issue of RF News, the most difficult issue we’ve ever worked on. Look for a couple of articles about food at your reunions; “Beer, Beer, Beer” and “Fast & Not So Fast Food.” And everyone’s favorites columns; “Paul’s Opinion,” and “Traveling with RFN.” At the time we went to press, the Schedule for ConFAMs© and WorkFAMs© was still not set for 2014. As soon as we know what cities will be hosting the events, we will post them on our newly re-designed website www.reunionfriendly. com. We all hope you have a great fall and look forward to “seeing” you all in Winter 2013-14 issue. Zac@reunionfriendly.com

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Military Reunions Fill A Need There is something unusual that happens when you go into military service. It is hard to pinpoint the moment, but the very fact that you take an oath offering to put your life on the line for your country irrevocably changes something inside. No matter the branch of service, a feeling of belonging to something special, something bigger than yourself, is almost inevitable. For want of a better term, we call it the ‘Brothers-in-Arms’ syndrome. Depending on your age, and after separation from the service, most veterans tend to remain friends with those who served along side. Even after years have past, it is natural to want to see the old gang. That’s the main reason why military reunions are so popular. They have been going on for a long time.

Beginnings

As one of the few remaining WWII Veterans, the first military reunion I can remember occurred in the late ‘40s. Legionnaires met in Manhattan, and were noted for dropping paper bags full of water out the hotel windows, on unsuspecting pedestrians. Unfortunately, pranks like that gave military reunions a bad name. There was not much reunion activity in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s. This was probably because veterans were too busy with careers, and raising families. Activity increased a bit in the 1980s, but the real breakout occurred in the 1990s. In 1991, The Reunion Network (now the Reunion Friendly Network) was born, mostly because it was apparent that military reunion planners needed help. There were many instances where veteran groups Page 6

were at a disadvantage because they simply had no idea how to work with hotels; and few had ever heard of a Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Twenty-two Years 250 Events

Meanwhile, we have one more event this year! The location is St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. If you have never been there, this is a great opportunity to see a place that is really special. This is the place where Ponce de Leon landed. The vegetation was so lush that he named it “Florida” (Land of Flowers).

Even though the need for assistance was obvious, it took a while before the idea caught on. There was no There are many attractions, many question about being on the right places of historic interest especially track, but it took several years before including the Spanish Fort “Castillo we had a reasonably good program to de San Marcos.” Everyone should visit present. Over the course of 250 events, including FAMs, Conferences, ConFAMs© & WorkFAMs©, the programs have been refined a number of times. The latest version was first presented at the Washington DC ConFAM© earlier this year. Based on reactions from both military reunion planners and exhibitor vendors, the effort was well St. Augustine worth it. Feedback has been highly positive, with several the Fountain of Youth, and optimists attendees telling us that this was the should sample the water. best program they had ever seen. The city itself is more than 470 years Naturally, this pleases us greatly – old, and at one time or another but there are problems ahead. Many has been a part of Spain, France, of you have asked how long I can Great Britain, and the United States. keep doing this; and I do not have Influences from all are evident, an answer. I am 87+ years old, and making this a truly unique place. at my age you wonder when you are going to run out of steam. The answer Our beachfront host hotel, the Holiday may be simply to do fewer events – or Isle Oceanfront Resort, is a wonderful place, and we are sure you will enjoy perhaps no events at all. lying on the beach in November. We do not have an answer now, but we will in the next issue of this Sign up today for a great ConFAM© at magazine. a great location for a reunion!

What You Can Do Now

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A ConFAM© is an all-expense-paid multi-day event combining a Reunion Conference and a FAMiliarization tour of the area. Rooms (three [3] free room-nights only), meals, admission, local transportation, instruction and instructional materials are furnished — at no cost to you — by RFN, the local CVB host hotel, other participating hotels and local attractions. You only pay to get there and return, alcoholic beverages and personal ConFAM©/WorkFAM© Location purchases, including items charged to your A ConFam© St. Augustine FL hotel room.

NEW PRICING Registration Fee: $199* for a planner with guest; $149* for a single person.

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Incomplete applications will be rejected! *ConFAMs© include a free copy of RFN’s Military Reunion Handbook, retail value is $99. WorkFAMs© include a copy of Ins & Outs of Military Reunion Contracts which is not available elsewhere. Details: Thousands of copies of Reunions Step by Step, written by “Reunion Guru” Paul Spiewak, was the first and only book about organizing, planning, and running military reunions. A three year effort to update and rewrite this work led to the printing of RFN’s Military Reunion Handbook in 2011. This new work is now available from all major book resellers at a list price of $99.95. Military reunion planners get a FREE copy by registering and attending an RFN ConFAM©. If you cannot attend a ConFAM©, you can purchase the book at a 50% discount (plus $10 shipping and handling) directly from RFN. Planners who already have the book who are registering for a new ConFAM© may elect to receive a $40 refund instead of the book. Note that those attending a WorkFAM© do not receive a copy of RFN’s Military Reunion Handbook because they will have already received a copy when they attend the pre-required ConFAM©. Instead, they receive a copy of Ins & Outs of Military Reunion Contracts, a book written specifically for use and exclusive distribution at WorkFAMs©. zac@reunionfriendly.com

Cancellation Policy: Up to three weeks before the ConFAM© for a full refund, or up to two weeks before the event, you may transfer to another ConFAM© without charge. Less than two weeks before, no transfer or refund available. Reunion Friendly News

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REUNION PLANNER REGISTRATION FORM

PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS IN BLACK INK TO QUALIFY

Sign me UP for (Location) _________________________ On Date _________________ Do YOU or YOUR Guest have any disability or dietary need that requires special attention? ___________________________________________________________________________________

Please note that each event requires frequent on and off bus stops, plus walking through attractions and hotels

In case of emergency while at the event, please contact: (NAME) ___________________________________________ Telephone ____________________________

Date ___________________ Signature ______________________________________ Print Name ______________________________________________________________ Spouse Name ______________________________ Primary Address ___________________________________________________________________________________ City ____________________________________________________________________________ State __________________ Zip __________________________ Preferred Telephone ________________________________ E-Mail Address _____________________________________________________________________ YOUR Group Name __________________________________________________________________________ Military: Branch of Service ___________________ # Members You Send Newsletter to? __________

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Your NEXT Reunion: YEAR _________ MO ___________How Many Expected Incl Guests _________

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Your NEXT UNBOOKED Reunion: YEAR _________ MO ___________ Preferred Dates __________________________________________________________ How Many Expected Incl Wives & Guests _________

Expected # Rooms Peak Night ____________ How Many Nights? _________________

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St. Augustine, Florida November 13–16, 2013 Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort Attractions:

Villa Zorayda Museum

✭✭ Anastasia State Park ✭✭ Castillo de San Marcos ✭✭ Fountain of Youth ✭✭ Marineland Dolphin Adventure ✭✭ Old St. Augustine Village ✭✭ Old Town Trolley Tour of St. Augustine ✭✭ St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park ✭✭ St. Augustine Beach ✭✭ St. Augustine Old Jail ✭✭ St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum ✭✭ Villa Zorayda Museum ✭✭ Whetstone Chocolate Factory

Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley

Military Attractions:

✭✭ Fort Matanzas ✭✭ Fort Mose Historic State Park ✭✭ St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

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Schooner Freedom at sunset

Castillo de San Marcos

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Thank You NEW & Renewing Members

We welcome these “Reunion Friendly” Members, who have either just joined or renewed their memberships. They actively support the Reunion Friendly Network and eagerly seek the opportunity to host YOUR reunion. We hope you will give them due consideration. See the complete list of RFN Members which starts on page 32.

CVBs

Alabama Mobile Mobile Bay CVB 1 South Water St 36602 Ron McConnell 251-208-2018 www.mobilebay.org ron-mcconnell@mobile.org

Arizona Tucson Metropolitan Tucson CVB 100 S Church Ave 85701 RoxAnne Erickson 520-770-2120 www.visitTucson.org rerickson@visittucson.org

California Burlingame San Mateo County/ Silicon Valley CVB 111 Anza Blvd, #410 94010 Karla Cruz 650-348-7600 www.visitsanmateocounty.com karla@smccvb.com

Delaware Dover Kent County CVB 435 N DuPont Highway 19901 Kimberly Bailey-Thomas 800-233-5368 www.visitdover.com kthomas@visitdover.com

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Delaware

Illinois

Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach COC 501 Rehoboth Ave/PO Box 216 19971 Meghan McCalley 800-441-1329 www.beach-fun.com meghan@beach-fun.com

Peoria Peoria Area CVB 456 Fulton St Ste 300 61602 Kaci Osborne 309-282-3282 www.peoria.org kosborne@peoria.org

Florida

Kentucky

Panama City Panama City Beach CVB PO BOX 9473 32417 Ann Gager 850-233-5070 www.visitpanamacitybeach.com agager@visitpanamacitybeach.com

Bowling Green Bowling Green Area CVB 352 Three Springs Rd 42104 Duncan Hines 270-782-0800 www.visitbgky.com duncan@visitbgky.com

Pensacola Pensacola Bay Area CVB 1401 E Gregory St 32502 Larry Orvis 850-434-1234 www.visitpensacola.com lorvis@pensacolachamber.com

Maryland

Idaho Boise Boise CVB 250 South 5th Street, Ste 300 83702 Lisa Edens 208-344-7777 www.boise.org ledens@boisecvb.org

Illinois

Baltimore Maryland Office of Tourism Devel 401 E Pratt St 14th Fl 21202 Rich Gilbert 877-209-5883 www.visitmaryland.org rgilbert@visitmaryland.org

Michigan Kalamazoo Discover Kalamazoo CVB 141 E Michigan Ave Ste 100 49007 Jennifer Williamson 269-488-0057 www.discoverkalamazoo.com jwilliamson@discoverkalamazoo.com

Oak Brook DuPage CVB 915 Harger Rd #240 60523 Garrett Doran 630-575-8070 www.discoverdupage.com garrett@discoverdupage.com R e u n i o n F rTi eRnndel w y s N e•w s S u• m m F ael rl , 2 0 0 14 3


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Minnesota Minneapolis Meet Minneapolis CVA 250 Marquette Ave Ste 1300 55401 Casey Kluver 800-445-7412 www.minneapolis.org caseyk@minneapolis.org

Missouri Maryland Heights Maryland Heights CVB PO BOX 2125 63043 Laura Brahan 888-667-3236 www.more2do.org laura@mhcvb.com

Nebraska Omaha Omaha CVB 1001 Farnam St Ste 200 68102 Bill Slovinski 866-937-6624 www.visitomaha.com bslovinski@visitomaha.com

Ohio Dayton Dayton/Montgomery Cnty CVB 1 Chamber Plaza Suite A 45402 Christina Combs 937-226-8292 www.daytoncvb.com ccombs@daytoncvb.net

Rhode Island Providence Providence Warwick CVB 10 Memorial Blvd 02903 Kerri Futato 401-456-0241 www.goprovidence.com kfurtato@goprovidence.com

South Carolina

Texas

Charleston Charleston Area CVB 423 King St 29403 John Michael McCants 843-805-3098 www.explorecharleston.com jmmccants@explorecharleston.com

Midland Midland CVB 109 N Main St 79705 Cara McKinney 432-686-3561 www.visitmidlandtexas.com cara@visitmidlandtexas.com

Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach Area CVB 1200 N OAK ST 29577 Melanie Doty 843-685-8585 www.visitmyrtlebeach.com melanie.doty@visitmyrtlebeach.com

Virginia

Tennessee

Arlington Arlington CVB 1100 N Glebe Rd #1500 22201 Portia Conerly 703-228-0873 www.stayarlington.com pconerly@arlingtonva.us

Chattanooga Chattanooga Area CVB 736 Market Street 18th Floor 37402 Chris Petro 423-424-4417 www.chattanoogafun.com chrisp@chattanoogacvb.com

Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partn. 706 Caroline St 22405 Kimberly Herbert 540-372-1216 www.VisitFred.com ksherbert@fredericksburgva.gov

Texas

Wisconsin

Fort Worth Fort Worth CVB 111 West 4th Street Ste 200 76102 Josh Dill 817-698-7827 www.fortworth.com joshdill@forthworth.com

La Crosse La Crosse Area CVB 410 Veterans Memorial Drive 54601 Clarissa Erickson 608-782-2220 www.exploreLacrosse.com erickson@explorelacrosse.com

Galveston Galveston Island CVB PO Box 1080 77553 Sheri L. Teller 409-797-5150 www.galveston.com steller@galvestoncvb.com Lubbock Visit Lubbock CVB 1500 Broadway 6th FL 79401 Andrea Bodine 806-747-5232 www.visitlubbock.org andrea@visitlubbock.org

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Arizona Phoenix Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North 3838 E. Van Buren 85008 Crystal Peters 602-293-0338 www.phoenixairportnorth.hdi.com crystal.peters@hilton.com

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Hotels continued

California San Diego The Handlery Hotel & Resort 950 Hotel Circle North 92108 Amber Matheney 619-398-8334 www.handelry.com/sd amatheney@handlery.com

Connecticut Mystic Quality Inn Mystic 9 Whitehall Avenue 06355 JoAN Garcia-Collins 860-536-4281 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/ct143 jcollins.ct143@gmail.com New London Clarion Inn New London 269 N. Frontage Road 06320 Danica Melendez 860-442-0631 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/ct149 dmelendez@paramounthotelgroup.com

Florida Indialantic Crowne Plaza Hotel Oceanfront 2605 N A1A Highway 32903 Liz Reece 321-775-0015 www.cpmelbourne.com lreece@cpmelbourne.com Kissimmee Ramada Gateway 7470 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy 34747 Janis Blair 407-997-6614 www.ramadagateway.com blairj@ostarhotels.com Orlando Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport 5445 Forbes Pl 32812 Melissa Petiot 407-513-7226 www.marriott.com/mcora melissa.petiot@renaissancehotels.com Page 4 12

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Missouri

Wichita Marriott Wichita 9100 Corporate Hills Dr. 67207 Becky Lehane 316-651-0333 www.marriott.com becky.lehane@wichitamarriott.com

Bridgeton Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport 11228 Lone Eagle Drive 63044 Lisa Schmidt 314-209-6009 *** lschmidt@chcro.com

Kentucky

St. Louis Sheraton Westport Hotels 900 Westport Plaza Drive 63146 Nancy Masterson 314-212-2137 www.sheratonwestport.com nancy.masterson@swphotels.com

Louisville Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport 830 PHILLIPS LN 40209 Kim Broussard 502-380-4230 www.cplouisville.com kbroussard@cplouisville.com

Massachussetts Boston The Midtown Hotel 220 Huntington Ave 02115 Gregg Bolduc 800-343-1177 www.midtownhotel.com gbolduc@midtownhotel.com

Maryland Ocean City Dunes Manor Hotel 2800 Baltimore Ave 21842 Lauren Prendergast 800-523-2888 www.ocean-city.com/dunesmanor.htm lauren@dunesmanor.com

Missouri Branson Stone Castle Hotel & Conf Center 3050 Green Mountain Dr 65616 Joe Modglin 417-231-4654 www.bransonstonecastle.com joe@bransonstonecastle.com

New Mexico Albuquerque MCM Elegante Hotel & Event Center 2020 Menaul Blvd NE 87107 Kara St John 505-884-8723 www.mcmelegante.com karastjohn@mcmelegante.com Albuquerque Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel 2910 Yale Blvd SE 87106 Jacque Rankin 505-843-7000 www.sheratonalbuquerqueairport.com jacque.rankin@sheratonabqairport.com

Nevada Reno Sands Regency Casino Hotel 345 North Arlington Avenue 89501 Lisa Miolini 775-348-2242 www.sandsregency.com lmiolini@sandsregency.com

New York Buffalo Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo 2040 Walden Ave 14225 Joyce Curry 716-206-8316 www.milleniumhotels.com jcurry@mill-usa.com

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Tennessee

Fairborn Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn 2800 Presidential Dr 45324 Matt Pauley 937-431-4611 www.holiday-inn.com/fairbornoh matthew.pauley@hidaytonfairborn.com

Nashville Holiday Inn Express Airport Area 1111 Airport Center Dr 37214 Mari Anne Liporace 615-883-1366 www.hiexpress.com/bna-airport marianne.liporace@oplhotels.com

South Carolina

Nashville Holiday Inn Opryland Airport 2200 Elm Hill Pike 37214 Ashley Lestwish 615-316-1056 www.hinashville.com ashley.lestwish@ihg.com

Myrtle Beach Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort 1200 S OCEAN BLVD 29577 Leanne McCulloch 843-282-5125 www.seamist.com leanne@seamist.com North Charleston Inn Place Charleston Airport Hotel 4770 GOER DR 29406 Stacie Lynam 843-529-2311 www.innplacehotels.com/location/ charlest stacie.lynam@prismhotels.com

South Dakota Rapid City Grand Gateway Hotel 1721 Lacrosse Street 57701 Bob Hodet 866-742-1300 www.grandgatewayhotel.com bhodet@grandgatewayhotel.com

Tennessee Clarksville The Riverview Inn 50 College Street 37040 Rebecca Lipps 931-552-3331 www.theriverviewinn.com rebecca@theriverviewinn.com

Texas Plano Southfork Hotel 1600 N Central Expwy 75074 Claudia Robbins 972-578-8555 www.southforkhotel.com crobbins@southforkhotel.com

Virginia Herndon Hilton Washington/Dulles 13869 Park Center Road 20171 Leslie Bauman 703-834-1991 www.washingtondulleshilton.com leslie.bauman@dulleshilton.com Virginia Beach Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach 3900 Atlantic Avenue 23451 Amanda Mason 757-419-3665 www.vboceanfrontnorth.com amanda.mason@crestlinehotels.com

Memphis Clarion Memphis Hotel Graceland 1471 East Brooks Road 38116 Jada Booker-Holmes 901-332-3500 *** jada@cedarstreethospitality.com RR T eu nnei wo sn F•r i eSnudm l y mNeerw , s2 0•0 4 F a l l , 2 0 1 3

General Attractions

Missouri Branson Branson Variety Theater 2701 West Hwy 76 65616 Lisa Martin 888-462-7267 www.bransonvarietytheater.com lisasalesbvt@aol.com

Tennessee Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 222 5th Avenue South 37203 Brad Henton 615-416-2071 www.countrymusichalloffame.com bhenton@countrymusichalloffame.org

Washington Tacoma Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino 2024 East 29th St 98404 Doreen Vitek 253-441-3189 www.emeraldqueen.com doreen_vitek@emeraldqueen.com

Military Attractions

Virginia Triangle National Museum of the Marine Corps 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy 22172 Sara O’Bryan 703-649-2365 www.marineheritage.org obryan@marineheritage.org

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Negotiate? Walk with Your Feet! Too often, it seems to me, a planner decides to book at a certain hotel, successfully (he thinks) negotiates a deal; and the contract comes back with a whole bunch of stuff in it that was never discussed. Not only was a lot of the stuff never discussed, bvut most of it is fraught with potential danger for the unsuspecting military reunion planner. Legitimately (he thinks), a protest is lodged with the salesperson with whom the negotiation was held. The answer quickly comes back to the effect that’s just company policy. “it’s in every contract,” we are told. “That part is just not negotiable!” For the record, that’s just a load of (to be polite) “Hooey!”

Bottom Line

Everything is negotiable! There are NO exceptions! Nobody can force you to sign a bad contract! At the extreme, and sometimes the only solution, is to get up and start walking – away from that hotel. When you come to the negotiating table, you have something very desirable. You have a chunk of business that will put a certain number of heads on beds for that hotel. That makes them want to do business with you. That’s the reason they want to do business with you. For whatever reason, when the hotel starts throwing unwanted contract clauses at you, you need to make a stand. Your choices are pretty straightforward: 1. You can try to negotiate out of it 2. If you can’t negotiate it away, you can accept it 3. You can walk!

are the boss in the situation, because you have the money. You can decide what you will accept and what you will not accept. The ultimate weapon that you, and every planner has, is to say “No.” and walk away.

Fair for All!

The essence of a good deal, and we all want a good deal, is that the same thing applies to all. Along those lines, one of the first things every planner should do upon receiving a contract is to examine it for onesided clauses. Invariably, there will be language that favors the seller, not the planner. There can be many one-sided clauses, any of which may result in unacceptable penalties and payments by your group. At the same time, many of these restrictions do not apply against the hotel.

will be there, how can you possibly make a guarantee? If they insists, make sure your shoelaces are tied, stand up, and get moving. The Cancellation Clause is something else again. The way hospitality laws are written, the worst penalty you suffer occurs if you cancel and there is no clause. By adding the clause you ease the penalty. However, there have simply been too many cases where the hotel has cancelled and paid nothing to the planner. By making this a mutual clause, you get compensated if the hotel cancels due to fire, renovation, or sale.

The Termination Clause has to be carefully examined so that it is not only mutual, but includes the ability for your group to end the contract without penalty if a terrorist situation, Outstanding and frequent situations an epidemic or any other reason which would prevent the majority of include such things as: your attendees from coming. 1. An Attrition Clause 2. A Guaranteed Dollar Amount for Indemnification Clauses tend to be Food one-sided. If you can eliminate them, 3. A Cancellation Clause do so; but if the hotel insists, be sure 4. A Termination Clause that they are mutual. 5. An Indemnification Clause

If you are faced with any of these, If a hotel balks, and insists on any you need to take action to protect unsatisfactory clause, you always have that inalienable right to walk yourself. Here’s how: away. Remember: The Attrition Clause is a device used to 1. You are the customer guarantee the hotel a certain number 2. It’s your money of rooms during your reunion. Yet, 3. Nobody can force you to sign an agreement that you do not like the fact is that most planners cannot possibly guarantee any number because their prospective attendees If there is a problem, or if there are aging and prone to illness. YOUR is unsatisfactory language in the ACTION: Never sign a contract with contract, your ultimate remedy is to an attrition clause. This is the prime tell your feet to get moving, and then case where if the other side insists, walk to another hotel. you tell your feet to get moving Until you sign, you are the boss! That’s all the choices you have. It seems to me, however, that too many A guaranteed amount of food paul@reunionfriendly.com planners take the easy road, and cave expenditure is just as ridiculous. If in. It does not have to be that way. You you cannot be sure how many people Page 14

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Traveling with RFN It’s No Wonder!

Bowling Green Air Force Memorial

Of all the places in the United States that you could select to have your reunion, the

Washington, D.C. Area

has proved to be at, or very near, the top choice. Unlike the rest of the country, there are more attractions than you could possibly visit in the short time span of a reunion. Even better from the planners’ perspective is that almost all of them are free! When you combine that with a growing, rapid, economical, local transportation system; you realize what a bargain the D.C. Area really is. The ConFAM© and an immediately following WorkFAM©, took a short 5-1/2 days; and included three days of tours. We were treated to visits to the Washington Naval Yard and its museum, the Navy Memorial, the Marine Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, an incredible Air Force Band evening’s entertainment under the stars at the magnificent, awesome Air Force Memorial, another downtown concert, this time by the Navy, plus a halfday and lunch at Mount Vernon and its museum, a tour of Arlington National Cemetery including the changing of the Guard, and a half-day at the fabulous National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

there as a result of the ConFAM©, have booked them for entertainment. Special thanks to Andy and Maggie at the Crowne Plaza who could not do enough for us. My special thanks, also, to Sharon Danitschek of Red Lion hotels, for her assistance, and for running the planner/exhibitor panel. So far, we have had a great deal of positive feedback for the new ConFAM© presentation, RFN’s Military Reunion Handbook (given to all ConFAM© attendees), the revised WorkFAM©, and the newly written book Ins & Outs of Military Reunion Contracts (given to all WorkFAM© attendees). Anyone wishing a copy of Ins & Outs of Military Reunion Contracts will be able to purchase it soon from RFN’s new website.

Nashville War Memorial & State Capitol

And Then Came …

Nashville, Tennessee!

where the music is king. The first night reception included a 22 piece band playing music of the 40s, 50s & 60s. Our thanks to Dian Gupton & Heather Schraeder at the Holiday Inn Opryland Airport for an outstanding hosting job & also to Amy Sear of the Nashville CVB for taking us Our heartfelt thanks go to all the sponsors, especially to the main drag (26 Elvis statues in three blocks) and to everyone associated with B.F. Saul’s Hotel Division, Dean Jimmy Buffet’s for a great lunch, and for arranging the Miller of the Fairfax CVB, and Leslie Baumann at the Grand Old Opry show and the backstage tour with longHilton-Dulles. The folks at Mid-Atlantic Tours & Receptive term RFN friend Wayne Chandler. Highlights of the FAM Services (MARS) handled the touring arrangements with also included a mouth-watering buffet dinner and show their usual competence. at Chaffin’s Barn – they’ve been doing this for 40 years; the Country Music Hall of Fame, and site visits to four Just as a sidelight, those who come to an RFN event never, hotels. It seems like only yesterday when we had our first never, go away hungry, but they outdid themselves. The ConFAM© in Nashville, and now this location is one of the reception at the Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner included favorite reunion destinations! As the old commercial says: a great little redneck style combo. They stole the evening, and several who have booked their reunions Continues next page

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“Try it, you’ll like it!” And then we traveled to

Boise, Idaho

Arriving early, Boise CVB’s Lisa Edens treated me to a white water rafting trip on the South Payette River. Together with our host, the Riverside Hotel, led by Kathy Pidgeon and Jennifer Mackay, Lisa packed as much as possible into our stay. Boise, in my opinion is the smallest, BIG city in the country. They have managed to pack in a University, Sports Complex, Library, the celebration of freedom at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, a street devoted to Basque restaurants and a Museum, in the heart of the city, just a few blocks from the State Capital building; and with a river and green belt wandering through the city, providing an extensive linear park throughout.

Downtown Boise & State Capitol

Idaho Botanical Garden. The final event was a ride on The Thunder Mountain Dinner Train, along the banks of the river where we went rafting only a few days earlier.

Along the way we managed to site visit three fine hotels, including lunch at the Red Lion and a “wild” six course In addition to the tour of the State Capitol, we were also dinner at the Boise Hotel & Conference Center. Each treated to tours of the Warhawk Air Museum (a resource course was unique and accompanied by a different wine, for the Smithsonian), the World Center for Birds of Prey except the dessert which was not only beyond any dessert (including three of the last 429 California Condors), the I ever had, but accompanied by Huckleberry Vodka. Old Idaho Territorial Penitentiary (now closed), and the Reunion Friendly News

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be doing most of the Reunion hosting in the future, so Joyce and I are off the hook... at least for a while. Dr. Jim Van Hare & Joyce Johnson

Re: DC WorkFAM©

I thought the WorkFAM© was great. It provided a lot of good information in an easy to understand presentation. Paul did a super job. I can’t think of any way it could have been better. It is one of the best presentations on contracts I’ve ever attended. I look forward to attending another ConFAM© in the near future and continued association with the RFN. Ric Neiman USS REGULUS AF 57 ——— Paul, I just want to say once again what a great job you did with the DC WorkFAM©. I enjoyed attending as it was my first WorkFAM© after all of these years of attending ConFAMs©. As always you give directions and meaning to what every military reunion planner needs. Over the years it has helped me so much with RFP’s and negotiations. Thank you not only for your military service, but the service you and your group continue to provide to military reunion planners. I am sure that there are many that are in debt to you like me. Gerry Sandlin 189th Assault Helicopter Co “Ghostrider and Avenger”

Re: DC ConFAM©

Everything was great at the DC ConFAM©. We enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot. Gerald Downs USS Edisto ——— Thank you for all the enlightening information you provided concerning military reunion planning; and thank you for the opportunity to check out some really great future reunion sites. The Reunion Friendly Network is truly a class act, and we learned so much from you. Our 11th and 12th Tac Recon Squadron Reunion group has joined forces with the 67th Tac Recon Wing reunion group, and the 67th’s current reunion planners will Page 18

I thought everything went great. I don’t know what could have been done to make the event better. The staff in Boise was excellent and Paul’s presentations were very good. Ray Heller USS MCCOY REYNOLDS

Re: Nashville ConFAM©

Best event you ever had! B.E.Daniels US Salem Assn ——— Anne & I want to thank you for another fantastic ConFAM©. You seem to get better with each one. This is one that will be remembered forever. Your planning was superb. Anne & Bob Dunn US Grand Canyon Sailors ——— ConFAM© was great. I enjoyed every minute. I like the new format. Joe Talley 8 BN 4 FA ——— Thank you for Nashville ConFAM©. I am recommending that our 2015 reunion be there. Your presentations provided useful information at a level that I could understand, even though I am not a lawyer. The method of making appointments with the vendors was especially effective. Don Bush USS Navarro APA 215 ——— My wife, Linda, and I had a marvelous time in Nashville. Thank you so much for doing what you do to help the Military Reunion Groups. The ConFAM© was so enlightening, helpful, and exciting. Rick Wallner 84th Reunion Group – Vietnam

Re: Boise ConFAM©

I really liked presentation.

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John Baker U.S.S. Oklahoma City Assfrn. ——— I really enjoyed the ConFAM© in Boise. This was the first that I attended; and it went over real good. I really enjoyed Paul’s presentation, and I think it will help me with working out my contracts with the different hotels. Charles Baugh, President USS Colonial Association.

This following email was sent to Lisa at the Boise CVB and copied to RFN I don’t know who had more fun at the Boise ConFAM© – You or the Reunion Planners! It was fun for us and we met and got reacquainted with others this time. The real treat was seeing Paul S. again. Paul’s lecture is “Priceless”. This guy is a no nonsense speaker and just super funny at the same time. His wit and wisdom has saved my buns more than once. The smartest thing I ever did was – NO ALCOHOL at my 2001 Reunion in St. Louis, MO. You and your crew get an “ATTABOY”. Eddie Pinson All Navy Net Tender/Layer ——— The sessions were very informative & just the right length. The FAM was great & the food amazing. Thanks to all for your hard work. Holly Faux USAF 67 TAC RECON ——— Your class was an experience!! Thank you for sharing your expertise. K & Masumi Appelget 1st Radio Sqdn Mobile

And from a long-time exhibitor

Boise was great. It was a wonderful group of planners, and especially a wonderful group of exhibitors. As for what could have been better… I honestly can’t think of a thing. The schedule was accurate, the info you gave us was complete. Paul was flexible with the schedule when need be… it was excellent. PLEASE sign us up for Albuquerque and St. Augustine. Leslie Bauman, Sales Manager Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Continues next page

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And from new exhibitors: The reunion show was fantastic! Thank you, Sarah Wilson, Assoc Dir Sales & Marketing, Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel ——— I work with all of our military events, active and reunions. This was my first show and I have to admit it was not what I expected. That is in a good way. Paul was fabulous. He was direct in giving information to the group regarding setting up an RFP. He even allowed us as suppliers an opportunity to chime in with facts and options for the group. He was great at stating the hotels want groups to be happy but they still needed to make a profit. I truly think some members grabbed onto what Paul was saying and there were others that already had their minds set that what they wanted was what they wanted and they are not going to budge. The schedule was set up so you have several chances to get a quick look at each vendor to see what they had to offer. I also had a chance to connect with other vendors. I met some great people in the business. Several of us were doing our first show and we had a few that were veterans and could give us pointers. I also liked the longer chance to do a sit down 1-on-1 appointments. I have been to some shows and you get 6 minutes to introduce yourself and relay info about

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your property. I do believe that I have made some great connections with both vendors and planners. We should already be scheduled for St. Augustine in November and I am looking forward to that event. Georgia Kenny, Grp Sales Manager, Sands Resorts, Myrtle Beach SC Page 19


the mainstay of the brewing industry have fallen by the wayside. Today we are in a new beer age. Beer sales started to fall off in 2008, but past year saw a slight uptick, but Beer! Beer! Beer! this not in the old standbys. Light beer, Said the Privates which is actually the same as the Merry, Merry, Men Are We! 3,2% we were restricted to during There’s none so fair as the WWII is up sharply, Specialty beers, are up also, so that Budweiser Light Heavy Weapons Infantry Platinum, Shock Top and Blue Moon You can substitute your branch of are the “in” beers to drink the Army (Field Artillery, Airborne Infantry) but that one was mine back Michelob, once the former top selling beer in the country saw a sales drop in WWII days. of more than 70%. Budweiser, easily My first real introduction to beer was the favorite brand in the U.S. is now at college in 1942, but it was pretty a poor third behind Coors Light in weak stuff. Somehow or other, alcohol second place and Bud Light selling was a vital war material. As a result, 2-1/2 times at the rate of Coors. civilians were limited to 3.2% alcohol content beer. The most popular were All indications are that the trend Schlitz (The beer that made Milwaukee toward light and specialty beers will famous), Budweiser (King of Beers), continue for several years at least. Miller High Life (The Champagne of This trend toward specialties is also Beers), Pabst Blue Ribbon (What’ll you evidenced by the growing popularity have?), Ballantine’s (At the Three Ring of “cuisine cocktails” which we wrote Sign), Rheingold (Good Beer), Schaefer about earlier this year. (Our hand has never lost its skill) & Piels. Gone, Mostly Forgotten? There are nine beers which have Piels, based in New York, ran what suffered drastic declines over the past was considered the most successful few years, and are getting harder and advertising campaign in beer history. harder to find. This humorous series of radio and television ads featuring Bert & Harry 1. Michelob was a huge success in attracting Sales loss (2006-2011): 72.0% viewers and listeners, but as it turned Brewer: Anheuser-Busch InBev out, it did not enhance sales. You can view some of these on the Internet. 2. Michelob Light Sales loss (2006-2011): 66.3% Meanwhile, as a college student we Brewer: Anheuser-Busch InBev bemoaned the lack of kick in the beer, and we gravitated towards Krueger 3. Budweiser Select Cream Ale, a southern product (I was Sales loss (2006-2011): 60.8% at a southern school), which had Brewer: Anheuser-Busch InBev a fairly decent taste. Besides, the bottles were two ounces larger! 4. Milwaukee’s Best Sales loss (2006-2011): 57.1% But that was the good old days. Brewer: MillerCoors After years of transformations in the industry over the years, most of the 5. Old Milwaukee traditional full-calorie beers that were Sales loss (2006-2011): 52.8% Brewer: Pabst Brewing Company Page 20

6. Miller Genuine Draft Sales loss (2006-2011): 52.3% Brewer: MillerCoors 7. Amstel Light Sales loss (2006-2011): 47.7% Brewer: Heineken 8. Miller High Life Light Sales loss (2006-2011): 37.6% Brewer: MillerCoors 9. Milwaukee’s Best Light Sales loss (2006-2011): 35.5% Brewer: MillerCoors As a side note, Pabst Brewing is still an American company, one of the few large American breweries still operating. Many former Pabst brands are gone or almost gone. In addition to Pabst, they own the Schlitz, Stroh’s, Old Milwaukee, Schaefer, Colt 45, Rainier, Lone Star, Pearl, Olympia and several other brands. Anheuser-Busch is no longer a St. Louis company, InBev a European company, bought them out a few years ago. They then renamed the company Anheuser-Busch-InBev and is based in Belgium. Similarly Miller Brewing is also not truly an American company. The British company SABMiller purchased Miller, which was based in Milwaukee. A number of years later, Molson, the Canadian company that owned the Coors brand, bought Miller (its chief rival), and formed MillerCoors. Heineken, based in Amsterdam, bills itself as the world’s most international brewer with more than 125 breweries in more than 70 countries. The big three brewers today are Anheuser-Busch-InBev, SABMiller, and Heineken. Beer is here to stay! paul@reunionfriendly.com

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It’s Reunions made easy at the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort! Exceptional customer service and extraordinary packaging has placed this establishment well ahead of its competition in the Myrtle Beach area. Newly renovated Oceanfront one Oceanview rooms with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic await you at the Sea Mist Resort, Our 15 acre Oceanfront Resort provides on-site amenities that are unparalleled on the Grand Strand. The largest resort waterpark is the centerpiece of our water activities. On premises, our guests will find 8 outdoor swimming pools, 2 indoor pools and 4 Jacuzzis, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, gift shop, convenience store and miniature golf course for their enjoyment, Dine at Tena’s Restaurant for breakfast, relax on the beach, then try our newest addition; Three Steps Down Grille & Tavern, which offers exciting new menus to satisfy the most discriminating palates. Our freestanding Conference Center provides 17,000 square feet of meeting space compete with R e u n i o n F Rr i e n d l y n News

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full catering services. The private meeting rooms staffed by our Banquet and Catering professionals are designed to hold your group of 25 to 400 attendees. We can accommodate meetings of various sizes, seated dinners for 400 and receptions up to 500. Our Sales and Catering professionals will help you make your reunion extraordinary! Treat your group to the Sea Mist’s inclusive Reunion package. It includes: four nights lodging in our Oceanfront or Oceanview rooms, breakfast buffet each morning in Tena’s, a welcome reception, a farewell banquet in the Conference Center, a ticket to one of our award-winning theatres, commemorative T-shirt, and a hospitality suite so that you and your attendees can socialize at their leisure. Please contact our Reunion Specialist for additional information on our four-night or our three night package by calling 800-200-8687 or by visiting our website at www.seamist.com Page 47 21 23


Fast & Not So Fast Food Every reunion planner needs to be aware of the restaurants and eating establishments close to the place where the reunion is held. Eating at the hotel for every meal tends to be both boring and expensive, so it is quite natural to look around the area, before committing to a hotel for your reunion. The mainstay for many attendees is a favorite chain. The reasons are simple. They know the menus. They know the quality. They know the portion sizes. Best of all, they know the prices. You would think that this is enough to ensure the franchisees who own the individual locations would be a happy lot. Such is not always the case. Each franchise faces challenges every single day. Each tries to grow, but the fact is that many disappear. As a child growing up in New York, I remember the Automats and dropping two nickels in a slot, opening the door, and taking out a piece of cherry pie. I remember the Exchange Buffet where my father would take me to breakfast when he took me to the office on a Saturday morning. As a worker, I remember the fifteen-cent breakfast at Nedick’s consisting of a glass of watered down orange juice, a small doughnut, and a cup of coffee. The upscale folks went to Chock Full O’ Nuts for a cream cheese date and nut bread sandwich and a cup of coffee for a quarter. All of these are gone, and other chains have taken their place. More recently, we have seen the same phenomenon. Chains develop, spread their wings, and then, quite often, they die out. A recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal gives the main reason is the menu. According to them, the current generation of younger workers has a huge, if not dominant, effect, and failure to adapt to new trends spells disaster. Perhaps, Page 22

there are other reasons, but if you are wondering what happened to your favorite place that disappeared, here is a rundown of those who have been affected the most in recent years:

struggling, the combined operation still has 400 outlets. 6. Tony Roma’s – this great place for ribs was a personal favorite, but apparently rib sales are not enjoyed as much as they once were. Men, it seems, particular those over the age of 40, were the best customers. Having lost three-quarters of their business, only 46 locations are still operating, with only 16 left in the U.S. For rib lovers, there is still one in Sunny Isles (North Miami Beach), Florida.

1. Bennigan’s – at one time there were 247 of them, and after a sales drop of a half billion dollars and going through bankruptcy, only 33 remain. There’s some hope for revival of this self-styled real Irish Pub as a new group has bought the company out, and is trying to expand. One of the first new ones to open is in Appleton, Wisconsin. Hurray for the Fox Cities 7. Don Pablo’s – the home of Big Tex Bold Mex – has been eclipsed by the CVB! faster style Chipotle’s and has closed 2. Ground Round Grill – a family style all but 38 of its peak 131 locations. neighborhood place, it lost 106 of its 131 locations, and went through 8. Big Boy – home of the doublebankruptcy in 2004 after suffering an decker hamburger has just been shoved out of the way by this very 85% decline in business. crowded section of the food market. 3. Country Kitchen – these started as Suffering a sales drop from a peak of a hamburger stand in Ohio in 1958, $580 million to a bare $180 million, concentrating in the Midwest... and going through a bankruptcy, the Basically it has been crowded out remaining 140 locations are having a by the more competitive fast food difficult time. operators losing 187 out of its peak of 9. Ponderosa/Bonanza – named after 250 locations. the ranch and title of the popular 4. Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar – did TV series. Dan Blocker, who played fairly well for a while building up to “Hoss,” started the Steakhouse chain. 137 locations, mostly in Great Britain, It was subsequently merged with the the Midwest and Southeast U.S. Sadly, Ponderosa operation, went through a this barbecue style restaurant lost bankruptcy, and was bought out by nearly 4/5 of its business and the 30 the people who owned Bennigan’s. The parent company went through remaining locations are struggling. bankruptcy and most of the locations 5. TCBY – The Country’s Best Yogurt are gone. – started in 1981 in Arkansas, this operation supplied frozen yogurt in 10. Blimpie Subs – named after the nearly 1,400 locations. There was a Popeye comic strip character, there time when there was one in almost were thousands of locations. Now every airport. Even though it began to down to a mere 739, they are still decline, largely because of the limited in business. The fact is that they menu, it was bought out in 2000 by have been out-classed by SUBWAY, Mrs. Fields, the cookie and pretzel the largest chain in the country, and company. The combined company the second largest in the world with filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Still nearly 38,000 locations. paul@reunionfriendly.com Reunion Friendly News

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Experience a different kind of meeting or convention when you come to Rapid City, South Dakota, in the Black Hills. Here, meet and greets include the 60-foot faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the 87-foot tall face of Crazy Horse Memorial. Plan your next event in Rapid City where you’ll find all the meeting amenities you expect and some you don’t.

Contact Lisa Storms – Storms@VisitRapidCity.com |

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Some of the greatest friendships form when men and women come together to serve their country in the Armed Forces. Celebrate those friendships and reconnect with your military family with a reunion in Rapid City, South Dakota. Centrally located to many patriotic sites, including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rapid City in the Black Hills of South Dakota was voted the2011 “Most Patriotic Small Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today. Along with Mount Rushmore, you’ll also find a strong military presence and history. Ellsworth Air Force Base, home to the 28th Bomb Wing’s B-1B Lancers, is located on the eastern side of Rapid City. For decades Ellsworth has been a part of protecting the United States and her allies. The South Dakota Air & Space Museum, the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, the Black Hills National Cemetery, and historic Fort Meade are also all located within minutes of Rapid City. Wander the streets of downtown Rapid City, and experience the City of Presidents, a historic sculpture walk with life-size bronze statues of past presidents while enjoying new restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and attractions like Main Street Square. With over 4,300 reasonably priced hotel rooms and facilities for 10 to 10,000, Rapid City is where reunions become monumental events. R e u n i o n F Rr i e n d l y n News

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CVBs (Convention & Visitors Bureaus & Tourism Development Agencies)

RFN Members

These CVBs help the military reunion community in many ways, and offer a variety of free services to help you have the best reunion possible. When you work with a member CVB, you help us ALL! AL

Birmingham

Greater Birmingham CVB

Cynthia McHeard

800-458-8085

cmcheard@birminghamal.com

AL

Huntsville

Huntsville/Madison County CVB

Sharon Snell

800-843-0468

ssnell@huntsville.org

AL

Mobile

Mobile Bay CVB

Ron McConnell

251-208-2018

ron-mcconnell@mobile.org

AZ

Tucson

Metropolitan Tucson CVB

RoxAnne Erickson

520-770-2120

rerickson@visittucson.org

AZ

Yuma

Yuma Vistors Bureau

Shannan Gonzalez

928-376-0100

shannan@visityuma.com

CA

Burlingame

San Mateo County/ Silicon Valley CVB

Karla Cruz

650-348-7600

karla@smccvb.com

CA

Sacramento

Sacramento CVB

CO

Colorado Springs

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Colorado Springs CVB

Betsy Longmire

916-808-7275

blongmire@cityofsacramento.org

Natalie Hirsch

719-685-7638

natalie@visitcos.com

719-542-1100

jeanne_s@puebloconventioncenter.com

CO

Pueblo

The Greater Pueblo COC

Jeanne Santillanez

DE

Dover

Kent County CVB

Kimberly Bailey-Thomas 800-233-5368

kthomas@visitdover.com

DE

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach COC

Meghan McCalley

800-441-1329

meghan@beach-fun.com

FL

Jacksonville

Visit Jacksonville

Bob Meyer

904-421-9183

bmeyer@visitjacksonville.com

FL

Kissimmee

Experience Kissimmee CVB

Jadeine Shives

407-742-8255

jshives@experiencekissimmee.com

FL

Panama City

Panama City Beach CVB

Ann Gager

850-233-5070

agager@visitpanamacitybeach.com

FL

Pensacola

Pensacola Bay Area CVB

Larry Orvis

850-434-1234

lorvis@pensacolachamber.com

GA

Augusta

Augusta CVB

Michelle Bovian

706-823-6616

mbovian@augustaga.org

GA

Columbus

Columbus Georgia CVB

Sid Kaminsky

706-317-2110

skaminsky@visitcolumbusga.com

IA

Waterloo

Waterloo CVB

Lonnie Elmore

319-233-8350

lonnie@travelwaterloo.com

ID

Boise

Lisa Edens

208-344-7777

ledens@boisecvb.org

IL

Gurnee

Lake County CVB

Kimberly Ghys

800-525-3669

kimberly@lakecounty.org

IL

Lisle

Lisle CVB (Chicago Area)

Jay Allen

630-769-1000

allen@stayinlisle.com

IL

Oak Brook

DuPage CVB

Garrett Doran

630-575-8070

garrett@discoverdupage.com

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Boise CVB

IL

Peoria

Peoria Area CVB

Kaci Osborne

309-282-3282

kosborne@peoria.org

IL

Schaumburg

Woodfield Chicago NW Conv Bureau

Melinda Garritano

847-278-3446

mgarritano@chicagonorthwest.com

KS

Salina

Visit Salina Area COC

JoAnn McClure

785-827-9301

jmcclure@salinakansas.org

KS

Wichita

Go Wichita

Andre- Mboule

316-660-6312

amboule@gowichita.com

KY

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Area CVB

KY

Covington

p5

Northern Kentucky CVB

Duncan Hines

270-782-0800

duncan@visitbgky.com

Barbara Dozier

800-447-8489

bdozier@nkycvb.com

KY

Lexington

Lexington CVB

Roseanne Mingo

859-244-7714

rmingo@visitlex.com

LA

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Area CVB

Jennye Snider

225-382-3584

jennye@visitbatonrouge.com

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LA

Jefferson

Magan Adams

504-731-7083

magan@experiencejefferson.com

LA

Lafayette

Lafayette CVC

Irene T. Hodge

337-232-3737

irene@lafayettetravel.com

MA

Centerville

Cape Cod COC

Patti Lloyd

508-362-9351

sales@capecodchamber.org

MA

Salisbury

North of Boston CVB

Ann Marie Casey

978-465-6555

acasey@northofboston.org

MD

Baltimore

Maryland Office of Tourism Devel

Rich Gilbert

877-209-5883

rgilbert@visitmaryland.org

MD

Ocean City

Ocean City CVB/Dept of Tourism

Norma Dobrowolski

410-289-2800

ndobrowolski@ococean.com

MI

Kalamazoo

Discover Kalamazoo CVB

Jennifer Williamson

269-488-0057

jwilliamson@discoverkalamazoo.com

MI

Lansing

Greater Lansing CVB

Heather C. Kim

517-377-1402

hkim@lansing.org

MN

Minneapolis

Meet Minneapolis CVA

Casey Kluver

800-445-7412

caseyk@minneapolis.org

MN

Rochester

Rochester CVB

Donna Zweibahmer

501-424-0815

dzweibahmer@rochestercvb.org

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Jefferson Parish CVB

MO

Branson

MO

Independence

Independence Missouri Tourism Dept

MO

Maryland Heights

Maryland Heights CVB

MO

St Charles

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Branson Lakes Area CVB

St Charles CVB

Julie Peters

417-243-2117

jpeters@bransoncvb.com

Kyle Sadewhite

816-325-7816

ksadewhite@indepmo.org

Laura Brahan

888-667-3236

laura@mhcvb.com

Karen Fraser

800-366-2427

kfraser@historicstcharles.com

MO

St Robert

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Beth Wiles

573-336-6355

bethw@pulaskicountyusa.com

NC

Fayetteville

Fayetteville Area CVB

Myron Jones

800-255-8217

mjones@visitfayettevillenc.com

ND

Fargo

Fargo-Moorhead CVB

Jill Gates

701-365-4560

jill@fargomoorhead.org

NE

Omaha

Omaha CVB

Bill Slovinski

866-937-6624

bslovinski@visitomaha.com

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CVBs (continued) Albuquerque

Albuquerque CVB

Abigail -Abby- Goodin 505-222-4329

goodin@itsatrip.org

NV

Laughlin

Southern Nevada Regional Office - NVCVA

Cherie Westbrook

702-298-3022

cwestbrook@lvcva.com

NY

Buffalo

Buffalo Niagara CVB

Dionne Williamson

716-852-0511

williamson@visitbuffaloniagara.com

NY

Corning

Corning/Finger Lakes (Steuben Cty CVB)

Danielle Roman

607-936-6544

droman@corningfingerlakes.com

NY

Niagara Falls

Niagara USA/Tourism & Conv Corp Reanna Darone

716-282-8992

reanna@niagara-usa.com

OH

Beavercreek

OH

Dayton

Dayton/Montgomery Cnty CVB

Christina Combs

OR

Eugene

Eugene, Cascades & Coast CVA

Juanita Metzler

541-743-8758

juanita@travellanecounty.org

PA

Gettysburg

Gettysburg CVB

Jenny McConnell

717-338-1053

jenny@gettysburg.travel

PA

Harrisburg

Hershey Harrisburg Regional VB

Sandy Wenner

717-231-2988

sandy@hersheyharrisburg.org

PA

King of Prussia

Valley Forge CVB

Courtney Pozo

610-834-7971

pozo@valleyforge.org

PA

Tunkhannock

Endless Mountains VB

Jean Ruhf

570-836-5431

jean@endlessmountains.org

RI

Providence

Providence Warwick CVB

Kerri Futato

401-456-0241

kfurtato@goprovidence.com

SC

Charleston

Charleston Area CVB

John Michael McCants 843-805-3098

jmmccants@explorecharleston.com

SC

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Area CVB

Melanie Doty

843-685-8585

melanie.doty@visitmyrtlebeach.com

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Green County Ohio CVB - WPAFB Lisa Willis

Rapid City CVB

937-320-9865

lwillis@greenecountyohio.org

937-226-8292

ccombs@daytoncvb.net

SD

Rapid City

Lindsey Beasley

605-718-8482

beasley@visitrapidcity.com

TN

Chattanooga

Chattanooga Area CVB

Chris Petro

423-424-4417

chrisp@chattanoogacvb.com

TN

Nashville

Nashville CVB

Amy Spear

615-259-4716

amy@visitmusiccity.com

TN

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge Dept of Tourism

Kay Poole

865-453-8574

kpoole@mypigeonforge.com

TX

Beaumont

Beaumont CVB

Rebecca Woodland

409-880-3169

rwoodland@ci.beaumont.tx.us

TX

El Paso

El Paso CVB

Catherine Stevens

915-534-0695

ccountiss@elpasocvb.com

TX

Fort Worth

Fort Worth CVB

Josh Dill

817-698-7827

joshdill@forthworth.com

TX

Galveston

Galveston Island CVB

Sheri L. Teller

409-797-5150

steller@galvestoncvb.com

TX

Lubbock

Visit Lubbock CVB

Andrea Bodine

806-747-5232

andrea@visitlubbock.org

TX

Midland

Midland CVB

Cara McKinney

432-686-3561

cara@visitmidlandtexas.com

TX

Plano

Plano CVB

Kay Summerville

800-817-5266

kays@plano.gov

TX

San Angelo

San Angelo CVB

Pamela Miller

325-655-4136

pamela@sanangelo.org

UT

Ogden

Ogden/Weber CVB

Joni Wall

801-778-6253

joni@ogden.travel

VA

Arlington

Arlington CVB

Portia Conerly

703-228-0873

pconerly@arlingtonva.us

VA

Chesapeake

Chesapeake CVB

VA

Fairfax

VA

Fredericksburg

VA

Hampton

VA VA

Jeff Bunn

757-502-4898

jbunn@cityofchesapeake.net

Dean Miller

703-752-9509

dmiller@fxva.com

Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partn.

Kimberly Herbert

540-372-1216

ksherbert@fredericksburgva.gov

Hampton CVB

Julie A. Williams

757-728-5318

julie@hamptoncvb.com

Leesburg

Visit Loudoun

Jennifer Ritter

703-771-7525

Manassas

Discover Prince William & Manassas

Michael -Mike- Stoupa 571-482-7049

VA

Newport News

Newport News T & D

Barb Kleiss

757-926-1442

bkleiss@nngov.com

VA

Norfolk

Visit Norfolk

Melissa Hopper

757-664-6620

mhopper@norfolkcvb.com

VA

Richmond

Virginia Tourism Corporation

Joni Johnson

804-545-5544

jjohnson@virginia.org

WA

Seattle

Seattle Southside Visitor Info

Meilee Anderson

206-575-2691

meilee@seattlesouthside.com

WA

Tacoma

Tacoma Regional CVB

Tami Music

253-284-3253

tmusic@traveltacoma.com

WA

Vancouver

Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office

Rosemary Cooke

360-750-1553

rcooke@visitvancouverusa.com

WI

La Crosse

La Crosse Area CVB

Clarissa Erickson

608-782-2220

erickson@explorelacrosse.com

WI

Milwaukee

Visit Milwaukee CVB

Brian Hutchings

800-231-0903

bhutchings@milwaukee.org

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Visit Fairfax

ritter@visitloudoun.org mstoupa@discoverpwm.com

WI

Waukesha

Waukesha & Pewaukee CVB

Deana Birmingham

262-542-0330

deana@visitwaukesha.org

WV

Charleston

Charleston CVB

Todd Morris

304-344-5075

todd.morris@charlestonwv.com

Destination Management Companies, Tour Operators & Military Reunion Planners Tired of running around? These RFN Members can make life easier for you. Tell them what you want and leave the rest to them! FL

Jacksonville

Active Escapes Jax/St Aug

Reunion Friendly News

John Aguilera

Fall, 2013

904-230-8787

john.aguilera@activeescape.com

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Destination Management Companies, continued

RFN Members

MO

Branson West

Gatherings Plus

Pam Brown

417-338-4048

pamb@bransonmilitaryreunions.com

MO

St Louis

Precise Plans, Inc.

Christal Rogers

314-334-0158

inquire@precise-plans.com

NV

Las Vegas

Kevin Streit & Associates LLC

Kevin Streit

702-990-3684

kstreit@consultksa.com

SC

Charleston

Charleston Convention & Group Services

James Mellen

843-571-5882

jmellen@destinationCharlestonSC.com

TN

Nashville

Sharin- Nashville Tours

Sharon Cole

615-846-0867

sharcole@gmail.com

Hotels TRN could not exist without the support of member hotels. They want to help you have the best reunion you possibly could have. We urge you to think of these folks first! AL

Mobile

Renaissance Hotel Mobile

Derrick Williams

251-415-3086

derrick.williams@renaissancemobile.com

AZ

Phoenix

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Crystal Peters

602-293-0338

crystal.peters@hilton.com

AZ

Phoenix

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix North

Crystal Lopez

623-434-5556

crystal.lopez2@hilton.com

AZ

Rio Rico

Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico

Jim McCarthy

800-288-4746

jim.mccarthy@esplendor-resort.com

AZ

Tempe

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe

Joseph Munoz

480-967-6600

joseph.munoz@sheratontempe.com

CA

Anaheim

Red Lion Hotel Anaheim

Jennifer Mendoza

714-750-2801

jennifer.mendoza@redlion.com

CA

Buena Park

Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel & Conf Ctr

Dennis Fyda

714-690-4603

dennis.fyda@hibuenapark.com

CA

Cathedral City

Red Lion Hotel Cathedral City

Marlo Amelio

760-324-5939

marlo@williamryanlc.com

CA

Rancho Cordova

Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cardova

Lucas DeHerrera

916-861-2201

lucas.deherrera@marriottranchocordova.co

CA

Redding

Red Lion Hotel Redding

Carol Owens

866-430-2692

carol.owens@redlion.com

CA

San Diego

Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside

Jodie Langhammer

800-650-6660

jodie@holinnbayside.com

CA

San Diego

The Handlery Hotel & Resort

Amber Matheney

619-398-8334

amatheney@handlery.com

CO

Aurora

Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast

Shelby Rushbrooke

303-695-1700

shelby.rushbrooke@redlion.com

CT

Groton

Groton Inn & Suites

CT

Mystic

Hilton Mystic

Leslie Ricard

860-572-2529

CT

Mystic

Quality Inn Mystic

JoAN Garcia-Collins

860-536-4281

jcollins.ct143@gmail.com

CT

New London

Clarion Inn New London

Danica Melendez

860-442-0631

dmelendez@paramounthotelgroup.com

CT

New London

Holiday Inn New London

FL

Daytona Beach

Holiday Inn Resort Oceanfront

Kenneth Berthiaume

386-255-0921

dos@hiresortdaytona.com

FL

Daytona Beach

Plaza Ocean Club

Sophia R. Huger

386-239-9800

shuger@daytonahotelsandresorts.com

FL

Indialantic

Crowne Plaza Hotel Oceanfront

Liz Reece

321-775-0015

lreece@cpmelbourne.com

FL

Jacksonville

Crowne Plaza Airport

Natalie Galmore

904-421-2031

ngalmore@mmihg.com

FL

Kissimmee

Maingate Lakeside Resort

Lana Powell

407-997-1107

lpowell@maingatelakeside.com

FL

Kissimmee

Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration

Melody Martinez

407-997-7038

mmartinez@radissonroc.com

FL

Kissimmee

Ramada Gateway

Janis Blair

407-997-6614

blairj@ostarhotels.com

FL

LakeLand

Hilton Garden Inn LakeLand

Crystal Springs

863-647-0066

crystal.springs@hilton.com

FL

Orlando

Buena Vista Suites

Jeffrey McNulty

407-239-8588

jmcnulty@bvsuites.com

FL

Orlando

Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport

Melissa Petiot

407-513-7226

melissa.petiot@renaissancehotels.com

FL

Orlando

Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel

Kristine Floyd

407-244-7465

kristine.floyd@sheratonorlandodowntown.c

FL

St Augustine

Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Celeste Kuhar

904-471-2555

ckuhar@holidayisleoceanfront.com

FL

Tampa

Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore

Allyson Bush

813-875-1555

allyson.bush@hilton.com

860-445-9784 lricard@hiltonmystic.com

860-443-7000

FL

Tampa

Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Ctr.

Kelly Nixon

813-243-2635

knixon@mainsailhotels.com

GA

Columbus

Holiday Inn North

Evita Wynn

706-324-0231

ewynn@hicolumbusga.com

GA

Columbus

Wingate Hotel - Columbus/Ft. Benning

Kimberly Williams

706-225-1000

wingatecolumbus@aol.com

GA

Pooler

Holiday Inn Savannah/Airport Pooler

Casey Brazil

912-330-5100

casey@savannahholidayinn.com

IA

Ames

Hilton Garden Inn Ames

Ginger Smith

515-233-8000

ginger.smith2@Hilton.com

IA

Waterloo

Days Inn & Suites

Bryant Ward

319-235-4461

cedarvalleyhotels@gmail.com

ID

Boise

Red Lion Boise Downtowner

Mowbray Brown

208-344-7691

mowbray.brown@redlion.com

ID

Boise

The Riverside Hotel

Jennifer Mackay

208-331-4915

jennifer.mackay@riversideboise.com

ID

Lewiston

Red Lion Hotel Lewiston

Laurie Wilson

208-799-1000

lwilson@redlionlewiston.com

IL

Deerfield

Hyatt Deerfield

Dawn Brandau

847-597-4521

dawn.brandau@hyattdeerfield.com

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Hotels (continued) IL

Elk Grove Village

Rina Patano

IL IL

847-593-6200

rina@akhospitality.net

Northbrook

Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Susan Fox

847-897-5421

sfox@renaissancechicagons.com

Schiller Park

Comfort Suites O-Hare Airport

Halle Anne Long

847-261-6007

Halle.long@csohare.com

IL

Wheeling

The Westin Chicago North Shore

Jim Straus

847-777-6559

jim.straus@westin.com

KS

Wichita

Marriott Wichita

Becky Lehane

316-651-0333

becky.lehane@wichitamarriott.com

KY

Erlanger

Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport

Molly Fruin

859-746-5612

molly.fruin@hicincinnatiairport.com

KY

Louisville

Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport

Kim Broussard

502-380-4230

kbroussard@cplouisville.com

LA

Baton Rouge

Holiday Inn Baton Rouge South

Christine Caluag

225-201-1357

ccaluag@brsouth.com

LA

Kenner

Days Inn Hotel New Orleans Airport

Lisa Sweet

504-464-1644

dos@daysinnnoairport.com

LA

Metairie

Ramada Metairie-New Orleans

Gina Abernathy

504-648-3821

gabernathy@ramadametairie.com

LA

New Orleans

Chateau LeMoyne - French Quarters

Adrienne Breaux

504-648-0790

adrienne.breaux@ihg.com

LA

New Orleans

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Eric Janecke

504-556-3712

eric.janecke@hilton.com

MA

Boston

Constitution Inn

Angela Dutko

617-241-8400

adutko@constitutioninn.org

MA

Boston

The Midtown Hotel

Gregg Bolduc

800-343-1177

gbolduc@midtownhotel.com

MD

Ocean City

Dunes Manor Hotel

Lauren Prendergast

800-523-2888

lauren@dunesmanor.com

MD

Rockville

Crowne Plaza Washington DC-Rockville

Tia B. Major

301-795-3280

tia.major@cprockville.com

ME

S Portland

Best Western Merry Manor Inn

Donald Haggett

207-774-6151

dhaggett@merrymanorinn.com

MO

Branson

Grand Plaza Hotel

Yvonne Costales

417-336-6646

yvonne@bransongrandplaza.com

MO

Branson

Radisson Hotel Branson

Sarah Hord

417-690-4026

sarah.hord@radisson.com

MO

Branson

Stone Castle Hotel & Conf Center

Joe Modglin

417-231-4654

joe@bransonstonecastle.com

MO

Branson

Welk Resort Branson

Cherie Chitwood

417-243-1333

cherie.chitwood@welkgroup.com

MO

Branson

Westgate Branson Woods Resort

Joann Chamberlain

417-332-3557

joann_chamberlain@wgresorts.com

MO

Bridgeton

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport

Lisa Schmidt

314-209-6009

lschmidt@chcro.com

MO

St Louis

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown

Tina Torgerson

314-436-8052

tina.torgerson@cpstldt.com

MO

St Robert

Baymont Inn & Suites

Betsy Thomson

573-336-5050

betsybaymont@yahoo.com

MO

St. Louis

Sheraton Westport Hotels

Nancy Masterson

314-212-2137

nancy.masterson@swphotels.com

MT

Kalispell

Red Lion Hotel Kalispell

CJ Getty

406-751-5050

cj.getty@redlion.com

RFN Members

Wyndham Garden Elk Grove Village-O-Hare

MT

Missoula

Red Lion Inn Missoula

Kimberley Best

406-728-3300

kimberley.best@redlion.com

NM

Albuquerque

MCM Elegante Hotel & Event Center

Kara St John

505-884-8723

karastjohn@mcmelegante.com

NM

Albuquerque

Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

Jacque Rankin

505-843-7000

jacque.rankin@sheratonabqairport.com

NM

Gallup

Red Lion Hotel Gallup

John Hughes

505-722-2221

gm@redliongallup.com

NM

Las Cruces

Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces

NV

Laughlin

Edgewater-Colorado Belle Casino Resorts

Kathy Millar

702-807-4470

kmillar@cb-ew.com

NV

Reno

Ramada Reno Hotel & Diamonds Casino

Brenda OSullivan

775-954-2522

brenda.osullivan@jqh.com

NV

Reno

Sands Regency Casino Hotel

Lisa Miolini

775-348-2242

lmiolini@sandsregency.com

NY

Buffalo

Adam-s Mark Hotel Buffalo Niagara

Alexandra Denzel

716-845-5100

adenzel@adamsmark.com

NY

Buffalo

Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo

Joyce Curry

716-206-8316

jcurry@mill-usa.com

NY

Niagara Falls

Comfort Inn -The Pointe-

Tricia Mezhir

716-284-6835

tmezhir@comfortinnthepointe.com

OH

Dayton

Crowne Plaza Dayton

Kris Davis

937-229-9831

kdavis@cpdayton.com

OH

Fairborn

Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn

Matt Pauley

937-431-4611

matthew.pauley@hidaytonfairborn.com

OH

WPAFB

Hope Hotel & Richard C Holbrooke Conf Ct

Sue Edlen

937-879-2698

sue.edlen@hopehotel.com

OR

Eugene

Red Lion Hotel Eugene

Cedric Rudd

541-348-2520

cedric.rudd@redlion.com

OR

Pendleton

Red Lion Hotel Pendleton

Cheryl Rolstad

541-276-6111

cheryl.rolstad@redlion.com

OR

Portland

Red Lion on the River Jantzen Beach

Cheryl Wierenga,

503-978-4585

cheryl.wierenga@redlionontheriver.com

OR

Salem

Red Lion Hotel Salem

Kara Campuzano

503-370-7888

sales2@redlionsalem.com

PA

Camp Hill

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg

Kelly Lehr

717-433-9737

klehr@radpenn.com

PA

Harrisburg

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel

Katie Reichel

717-558-4608

katie.reichel@sheratonhershey.com

RI

Warwick

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Michelle Sartrys

401-732-6029

book@providenceri.crowneplaza.com

RI

Warwick

Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel

Randy Rovelto

401-824-0677

randy.rovelto@sheratonprovidence.com

SC

Charleston

Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview

Rose Guinn

843-460-1441

rguinn@hiriverview.com

SC

Charleston

Town & Country Inn & Conference Center

Stephen Clarke

843-329-3304

sclarke@palashospitality.com

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Hotels (continued) SC

Hilton Head Island Comfort Inn - South Forest Beach

Arlene Anderson

SC

Myrtle Beach

Landmark Resort Hotel

Pat Emmons

843-448-9441

pemmons@landmarkresort.com

SC

Myrtle Beach

Sands Resorts

Jessica Grella

843-692-5264

jgrella@sandsresorts.com

SC

Myrtle Beach

Leanne McCulloch

843-282-5125

leanne@seamist.com

SC

Myrtle Beach

Springmaid Beach Resort

Sharon Kemerer

843-315-7173

skemerer@springmaidbeach.com

SC

North Charleston

Inn Place Charleston Airport Hotel

Stacie Lynam

843-529-2311

stacie.lynam@prismhotels.com

SC

North Charleston

Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport

Domonique Rhodes

843-744-2501

scradisson@nvnhotels.com

SD

Rapid City

Cambria Suites

Jasmin Marcus

605-341-0101

dos@cambriasuitesrapidcity.com

SD

Rapid City

Grand Gateway Hotel

Bob Hodet

866-742-1300

bhodet@grandgatewayhotel.com

TN

Chattanooga

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Tonya Steele

423-308-2406

tonyas@choochoo.com

TN

Clarksville

The Riverview Inn

Rebecca Lipps

931-552-3331

rebecca@theriverviewinn.com

TN

Gatlinburg

Greystone Lodge at the Aquarium

Renee- Spurling

865-436-5621

Greystonesales@aol.com

TN

Gatlinburg

The Park Vista A Doubletree By Hilton

Angela Quigley

865-277-1042

aquigley@parkvista.com

TN

Memphis

Clarion Memphis Hotel Graceland

Jada Booker-Holmes 901-332-3500

jada@cedarstreethospitality.com

TN

Nashville

Holiday Inn Express Airport Area

Mari Anne Liporace

marianne.liporace@oplhotels.com

TN

Nashville

Holiday Inn Opryland Airport

Ashley Lestwish

615-316-1056

ashley.lestwish@ihg.com

TN

Nashville

Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

Catherine E. Spivey

615-313-1366

cspivey@mill-usa.com

TN

Nashville

Nashville Airport Marriott

Tracy Porier

615-684-5067

tracy.porier@marriott.com

TN

Nashville

Sheraton Music City Hotel

Adam Holthouse

615-231-1125

aholthouse@sheratonmusiccity.com

TX

Fort Worth

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth Alliance

Ann Stetson

817-562-3047

ann.stetson2@hilton.com

TX

Galveston

Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach

Lauraleigh Gourley-Vogel

TX

Plano

Southfork Hotel

Claudia Robbins

972-578-8555

crobbins@southforkhotel.com

TX

San Antonio

Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Airport

Judy Sandoval

210-321-4815

judy.sandoval@us.whg.com

TX

San Antonio

Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk

Kim Lambrecht

210-272-1514

kim.lambrecht@ihg.com

UT

Salt Lake City

Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown

Josh Porter

801-521-7373

josh.porter@redlion.com

VA

Alexandria

Hilton Alexandria Mark Ctr

Michael Sicheri

703-845-2645

msicheri@hiltonalexandriamc.com

VA

Alexandria

Holiday Inn & Suites Historic District

Jamila Ahmed

703-299-4960

jamila.ahmed@ihg.com

VA

Arlington

Crystal City Marriott/Regan Natl Airport

Department Sales

703-413-5500

VA

Dulles

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott

Department Sales

703-471-9500

VA

Dumfries

Holiday Inn Dumfries Quantico Ctr

Petra Carr

703-441-9001

petra.carr@nabhs.com

VA

Falls Church

The Westin Tysons Corner

Alex Lindemann

703-893-1340

alindemann@westintysonscorner.com

VA

Herndon

Hilton Washington/Dulles

Leslie Bauman

703-834-1991

leslie.bauman@dulleshilton.com

VA

McLean

Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner

Andrew Riley

703-738-3118

andrew.riley@bfsaul.com

VA

Norfolk

Norfolk Plaza Hotel Downtown

Donna Faison

757-802-9283

donna.faison@ahghotels.com

VA

Reston

Sheraton Reston

Bob Ciccone

703-262-5931

bciccone@sheratonreston.com

VA

Virginia Beach

Best Western Plus Virginia Beach

Rachel Hayes

757-428-5370

rhayes@bestwesternoceanfront.com

VA

Virginia Beach

Cavalier Hotel & Convention Center

Cindy Woolfolk

757-352-2764

cindyw@cavalierhotel.com

VA

Virginia Beach

Crowne Plaza Virginia Beach

Valencia Moore

757-213-4386

vmoore@cpvabeach.com

VA

Virginia Beach

Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach

Amanda Mason

757-419-3665

amanda.mason@crestlinehotels.com

WA

Bellevue

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue

Raquel Wheeler

425-455-5240

raquel.wheeler@redlion.com

WA

Kelso

Red Lion Hotel Kelso/Longview

Ginny Whiffen

360-636-4400

ginny.whiffen@redlion.com

WA

Kent

Red Lion Hotel Kent

Paul Sandhu

253-520-6670

paul@guestkeeper.com

WA

Mukilteo

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle North

Judy Johnson

425-423-9000

judy.johnson2@hilton.com

WA

Olympia

Red Lion Hotel Olympia

Kyla Cavanagh

360-943-4000

kyla.cavanagh@redlion.com

WA

Pasco

Red Lion Hotel Pasco

Genevieve Speegle

509-547-0701

genevieve.speegle@redlion.com

WA

Port Angeles

Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles

Vickie Stafford

360-452-9215

vickie.stafford@redlion.com

WA

Poulsbo

Poulsbo Inn & Suites

Courtney Cutrona

360-779-3921

salesmgr@poulsboinn.com

WA

Richland

Red Lion Richland

Genevieve Speegle

509-946-7611

genevieve.speegle@redlion.com

WA

Seattle

Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown

Beth Harwood

206-676-3923

bharwood@cphotelseattle.com

WA

Seattle

Red Lion Hotel Fifth Avenue

Michelle Dayan

WA

Seattle

Red Lion Hotel Sea Tac

Ruby Turner

206-246-5535

ruby.turner@redlion.com

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Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort

843-842-6662

615-883-1366

arlene.anderson@snbhotels.com

409-740-5300

lvogel@ldry.com

mdayan@destinationhotels.com

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Hotels (continued) WA

Spokane

Red Lion Inn at the Park

Lindsey Swearingen

509-777-6306

lindsey.swearingen@redlion.com

WA

Spokane

Red Lion River Inn

Lindsey Swearingen

509-777-6306

lindsey.swearingen@redlion.com

WA

Tacoma

Red Lion Hotel Tacoma

Brandie Hesson-Bullard 253-548-1212

brandieb@redliontacoma.com

WA

Vancouver

Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay

Michele Dunn

michele.dunn@redlion.com

WA

Yakima

Red Lion Yakima

Erica Moloney

WI

Appleton

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel

Nancy Hollis

WI

Brookfield

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield

Adam VanOuwerkerk 262-364-1010

WI

Green Bay

Hilton Garden Inn Green Bay

Marci Johnson

920-405-0400

marci.johnson@hilton.com

WI

Green Bay

Radisson Hotel Green Bay

Shelle Kindschuh

920-405-6438

shelle.kindschuh@rhccgb.com

WI

Kimberly

Hilton Garden Inn Appleton

920-730-1900

WI

OshKosh

Hilton Garden Inn OshKosh

920-966-1300

360-694-8341

Erica.Moloney@redlion.com 920-733-8000

nhollis@radissonpapervalley.com

Hotel Management Companies Hotel Management Companies and Hotel Chains are increasingly aware of the military reunion market. These TRN Management Company & Chain Members offer the reunion planner an opportunity to look at a number of locations and sites using one source. AZ

Scottsdale

PHD Hospitality LLC

Marcia Taylor

623-208-6346

marcia.taylor@phd-hosp.com

MN

Rochester

Carlson Rezido Hotel Group

Janelle Smith

507-884-9610

janelle.smith@carlsonrezidor.com

WA

Spokane

Red Lion Hotels Corporation

Sharon Danitschek

425-501-1430

sharon.danitschek@redlion.com

General Attractions These RFN Members provide additional services and support for your reunions. Help yourself and help TRN continue its work. Always go to RFN Members first! AK

Wrangell

Nolan Center

Terri Henson

907-874-3699

terri@wrangellalaska.org

FL

St Augustine

Ripley-s Believe It or Not Museum

Kathi Ellison

904-824-1606

ellison@ripleys.com

MO

Branson

Branson Variety Theater

Lisa Martin

888-462-7267

lisasalesbvt@aol.com

MO

Branson

Flash Photo Group Photography

David Cain

417-334-0073

dave@flashphotobranson.com

MO

Branson

Showboat Branson Belle

Teina Woodburn

417-336-7411

twoodburn@silverdollarcity.com

MO

Branson

Sight and Sound Theatres

Simi Telesco

717-687-4220

simi.telesco@sight-sound.com

SC

North Myrtle Beach The Alabama Theatre

CMP, Kathy B Flowe

843-272-5758

kflowe@alabama-theatre.com

TN

Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Brad Henton

615-416-2071

bhenton@countrymusichalloffame.org

TN

Nashville

Grand Ole Opry Entertainment

Wayne Chandler

615-882-5435

wchandler@opry.com

WA

Tacoma

Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino

Doreen Vitek

253-441-3189

doreen_vitek@emeraldqueen.com

Military Oriented Attractions Everyone wants to have a good time! These attractions offer fun things to do for your reunion attendees. As RFN Members, these attractions promise a great experience! IA

Waterloo

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

Christy Decker

319-234-6357

Christy.Decker@gmdistrict.org

VA

Norfolk

Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

Colby Preston

757-664-1021

colby.peck@norfolk.gov

VA

Triangle

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Sara O-Bryan

703-649-2365

obryan@marineheritage.org

WA

Seattle

The Museum of Flight

Meagan McGuire

206-768-7104

mmcguire@museumofflight.org

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RFN Members

Adam.VanOuwerkerk@sheratonmke.com


Paul’s Opinion This article is a personal opinion, and does not necessarily represent the views of The Reunion Friendly Network, its employees, customers, or reunion planners.

Gun Control Passed

Period

Soviet Union

1929

1929-53

20+ million exterminated

Turkey

1911

1915-17

1.5 Armenians exterminated

Germany

1938

1939-45

13 million exterminated

China

1935

1948-52

20 million political dissidents exterminated

Guatemala

1964

1964-81

100,000 Mayans exterminated

Cambodia

1956

1975-77

1 million educated people exterminated

Uganda

1970

1971-79

300,000 Christians exterminated

Country

Australia

2011

2011-2011

Result

Government spends $500 million to confiscate 640,000 personal weapons. Results since confiscation: Homicides up 3.2%, Assaults w/deadly weapons up 8.6%, Armed Robberies up 44%

The brutal and unpleasant truth is that guns in the hands of criminals and psychotics are very dangerous. Periodically, events involving those persons occur with a severe loss Gun Control! First, let me make it clear that I am of life. That issue has never been not a member of the National Rifle properly addressed. Association or any other gun or weapon advocacy group. The last At the beginning of 2011, Australia, and only times I fired a weapon was as a matter of safety and security, and the week after V-J Day (September in particular assaults on the elderly 2, 1945), when we received orders passed a wide sweeping national to “shoot up all the remaining live ordinance, requiring confiscation of all personal handguns. On the ammo.” other hand, when we look at the Second, there is no question that Australian experience, you can see the shooting sprees at schools are the fallacy. Guns are NOT the issue. terrible! Yet, the predictable rush by It is the criminals, the psychotic, and those who seize every opportunity the mentally or morally deficient to try and ban weapons to force that are the problem. action in the name of security and Australian officials are at a total loss safety is a huge error! to explain how public safety has Third, the expression “gun control” decreased, after such monumental is a misnomer. If you look at every effort and expense was incurred legislative attempt relating to with obvious negative results. gun control, and read it carefully, you will clearly see it is about Guns in the hands of honest citizens controlling people, not guns. To me, save lives and property and, yes, gun control laws adversely affect that creates a serious problem. only the law-abiding citizens. In the 20th Century, because of gun control: 56 million people were Before we do anything to increase rounded up and exterminated. The the danger to our safety and details are summarized in the table security, we need to make the facts known. Going off half-cocked in the next column. without understanding where the An editorial by Paul Spiewak

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problem lies for political reasons can only hurt us in the long run. With guns and the right to own guns, we are “citizens.” Without them, we are “subjects.” What you may not know is that during WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! Candidly, we ought to be more like the Swiss in this respect. Switzerland issues every household a gun! Switzerland’s government trains every adult to whom they issue a rifle. Switzerland has the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world! It’s a no brainer! Don’t let our government continue to waste millions of our tax dollars in a futile effort to make all abiding citizens an easy target. There is no reasonable or possible way to eliminate all firearms. Yet we waste millions of dollars, and endless hours trying to accomplish the impossible. We would be far better off, using the wasted money to set up free mental health facilities throughout the country. That’s the way it looks to me. paul@reunionfriendly.com

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Explore Jefferson Parish, New Orleans neighbor, a place of great heritage, tradition and diversity. Visit the Century of Sentries Veterans Park with A-4 Skyhawk and F-14 Tomcat displays. Shop and dine in historic Old Metairie or visit the famous National WWII Museum, just minutes from Jefferson Parish. Live theatre, outdoor markets, and friendly people make Jefferson a place to experience!

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VisitJeffersonParish.com

To learn more, ask for our Group Tour Planner Guide. Call 504-731-7083 or TOLL FREE 1-877-572-7474.

Jefferson Parish Louisiana, an extension of New Orleans, is rich in heritage and culture with a diverse population. Whether metropolitan or rural, the people of Jefferson are proud of its veterans and active military. Jefferson Parish is home to over a dozen Blue Star Memorial Highways’ plaques paying tribute to the armed forces. The Century of Sentries Park in the city of Kenner’s Veterans Park features the Century of Sentries Monument and a fabulous display of military aircraft with the A-4 Skyhawk & F-14 Tomcat. The city of Gretna features the Jefferson Memorial Arch. The marker was originally designed as a monument to fallen heroes of WWI and later dedicated to all Jefferson Parish Veterans. It contains names of Confederate, Reunion Friendly News

Spanish American War, WWI, and WWII soldiers. Between 10th and 11th streets you will find another marker listing the names of Gretna veterans who died while serving their country in World War II. Along the bustling intersection of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Causeway Boulevard in the heart of Jefferson Parish there is a surprisingly peaceful sector dedicated to our fallen heroes. The monument to the Korean War veterans was created by the Louisiana Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association honoring the Korean War allies from 17 nations who fought under the flag of the United Nations for the freedom of the Republic of Korea and won. Also featured are monuments to our first responders. •

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Throughout Jefferson Parish there are reminders of and tributes to our heroes. These are the people who shaped our parish and built generations of strong determined people. Share in our heritage and culture. Visit Jefferson’s museums, attractions, parks and restaurants. We guarantee a memorable journey through our past and an adventurous time exploring our present! Valued Price accommodations, groupfriendly restaurants and tours, along with easy coach accessibility make Jefferson the place to host your reunion. The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to assist in your planning. Call 877-572-7474 or visit www.visitjeffersonparish.com

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