|Volume 1, Issue 9||
|Inside This Issue|
|Reunion Activity Overview|
|Reunion Notes from Wayne DeLawter|
|Tucson Area Attractions|
|Caribou Courier Articles|
|1998 Dayton Reunion Business Meeting Minutes|
|The Editor's Corner|
|Our Own Website!|
Tucson's weather is perfect in November. We have many optional activities with an emphasis on interesting things for the women while the men are doing their thing.
Reunion Activity Overview:
For recommendations on Tucson attractions, the following are our suggestions. We want provide interesting options those who wish to come to Tucson earlier in the week or who might choose attractions other than the Nogales trip on Friday or the PIMA Air and Space Museum on Saturday.
We will have options available for the ladies that include shopping and city tours. At the reunion registration, we will have brochures on most of the Tucson area attractions and sign up sheets from which we will be able to organize activities of your choice that were not previously designated. Each evening we will have a scheduled meeting to coordinate for the following days activities.
If you are interested in saving a few dollars and at the same time going with other Caribou folks to areas of interest, we have coordinated with most of them for group rates. We need to meet the minimum group numbers to qualify for some discounted entrance fees. There are always enough folks with there own cars to take those who don’t have cars; therefore we will coordinate all transportation for planned activities. Maps and directions to recommended sites will be provided. We are suggesting the following schedule for group activities:
From the Tucson reunion coordinator Wayne DeLawter
Because we were leery of doing business unseen, Patty and I spent a week in Tucson in June to check out the hotel facilities and the attractions.
We met with Chris Christensen and Ira Godwin at the hotel twice to discuss the facilities and reunion details. What we learned was that we are getting a great deal. First of all, our hotel rate of $67 per night at the DoubleTree Suites, a quality hotel, is 39% less than the normal rate of $109 and our guests get a full complementary breakfast each morning. It is handicapped accessible with ramps and elevators.
Our special group rate is good for 3 days before to 3 days after our reunion — the 8th through the 16th of November, so for those wishing to make a week's vacation of it, you won't find a better value! A reminder: these rates are only good for those who made their reservations before October 11th if availability allows. Get your reserva-tion in ASAP.
Note: There are two DoubleTree hotels in Tucson — ours is the one at 6555 Speedway Blvd. The phone number for central reservations is 800-222-8733 — be sure to tell them that you are with the Caribou Association. The phone number at the hotel is 520-721-7100.
The Nogales, Tubac, San Xavier tour normally costs $96 per person but I got the rate down to $40 per person and talked them into including the lunch in Nogales as part of the deal (this isn't normally included in the $96 price). If we get enough in each group for the other suggested attractions we will get special group rates at all locations.
For our planning purposes, please complete and mail-in the form listing your desires for the attractions with the record of how you are voting on the officers, by-laws, etc., as soon as possible.
We have an arrangement with the PIMA Air & Space Museum and the Davis-Monthan bone yard tour that will give special rates for our members that arrive in groups, so we will work to affect this.
Our banquet meal is just $16 per person -- unheard of in a hotel of this quality.
Those of us who have been involved with this reunion are excited about the prospects of our reunion camaraderie in a beautiful vacation setting. To take part in the scheduled events as a part of groups enjoying to Tucson sites or to just lounge around the hotel is up to you. Either way, you'll enjoy this reunion.
Tucson has all the national restaurants, so the restaurant recommendations are mostly limited to those that are in the vicinity of the hotel and unique to Tucson. All are very good and low to moderately priced menus unless noted. Actual menus of most of the following restaurants will be available for review in the hospitality suite. With a great number of exceptionally fine restaurants in Tucson we will not have a designated eat-together restaurant on Thursday or Friday nights. Rather, we will have restaurant menus and sign up sheets for the various dining choices available, not to make reservations but to pair up those who might want to drive together to the restaurants.
For those with internet access, a good Tucson site for attraction information for information not listed below is: www.cityspin.com
PIMA Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road — Website:
Aircraft Maintenance & Regeneration Center (Bone Yard) Tour
Sabino Canyon Tram Ride
Sonora Desert Museum
Old Pueblo Tours
Biosphere 2 Center
The Festival of the Arts
Titan Missile Museum
Driving on Davis-Monthan AFB
535th, 536th PERFORM EMERGENCY AIRLIFT
457th TCS HONORS ITS "SENIOR CITIZENS"
"Citation to accompany the award of the dedication of Papa Guya's Nursing Home for Geriatric Cases
Doesn't the above look like vintage Nick Evanish? -- a young 457th pilot back then!!
C-7As TRANSPORT 100 MIKE TROOPS
537th TCS ONE MAN BAND
459th SETS MARK JUST DOING A JOB
CAM Sq AGE BRANCH SPEEDY CAR WASH
The following is a copy of the recorded minutes of the 1998 Dayton reunion business meeting.
Caribou Association 1998 General Membership Meeting
Jim Collier, Meeting Recorder
Proposed By-Laws for membership consideration
Caribou Association By-Laws
Article 1 Preamble
Article 2 Name
Article 3 Purposes
Article 4 Membership
Article 5 Authority and Management
Article 6 Organization
Article 7 Amendments to By-laws
End of the proposed By-Laws
We are asking all active Caribou Association members, whether attending this year's Tucson reunion or not, to vote for or against the above by-laws by completing the enclosed ballot. Place your ballot in the enclosed return addressed envelope and mail it.
Active members' votes will be considered valid if post marked no later than September 15th. Nonactive members (those with less than T98 membership status) may use this same envelope to enclose to enclose your $10 membership dues to activate your membership that will allow your vote to be counted.
Dues are used to fund the cost of our newsletters, reunion notices, reunion deposits/overages and administrative costs.
For those coming to the reunion, you may use this same enclosed envelope to return your choices of activities check off form.
Your ballot is in the printed July newsletter. If you cannot find it, use the link below to recreate it. Since the ballot is in a fixed format, it is provided in Adobe Acrobat format. Simply click on the link and print it from Acrobat. If you do not have Acrobat, get your free copy here:
Caribou Association Cash Flow Report as of 7/10/99
|Postage and Delivery||394.19|
|Account Balance 3/1/99||Account Balance 7/10/99|
Cash and Bank Accounts
Hancock Association Act
Money Market - USAA
|TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts||15,013.50||18,095.96|
Reunion Contract Deposits
|TOTAL OTHER ASSETS||3,020.83||1,920.83|
The Editor's Corner
General Chris Christensen was the 438th Troop Carrier Wing Commander when Operation SantaBoo was introduced to RVN. He will give us the background on this at the Tucson Reunion in November.
Look for this sign above the door of the Tucson Hospitality Suite!
PERSONAL COMPUTER OPERATION
If there is an interest in computer instruction, specifically MS Word, America Online and MS Windows, we will try to have a session or two sometime during the week. Nick, or Nevanish@AOL.COM as we know him, has become probably the most proficient AOL man in the country.
Which Military Service Is The Best
A Soldier, a Sailor, an Airman and a Marine got into an argument about which service is "The Best." The arguing became so heated, that they eventually ended up killing each other. Soon, they found themselves at the Pearly Gates of Heaven. They meet St. Peter and decide that only He would be the ultimate source of truth and honesty, so they ask him:
"St. Peter, which branch of the American Armed Forces is the best?"
St. Peter instantly replies: "I can't answer that. But, I will ask God what he thinks the next time I see him."
Some time later the four warriors see St. Peter again and remind him of the question and ask if he was able to find the answer. Suddenly, a sparkling white dove lands on St. Peter's shoulder. In the dove's beak is a note with glistening gold dust. St. Peter says to the four men, "Your answer from the Boss... Let's see what he says."
As St. Peter opened the note, trumpets blare, gold dust drifts into the air, harps play crescendos and St. Peter read it aloud to the four young men:
MEMORANDUM FOR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, MARINES, AND AIRMEN SUBJECT:
, USAF (Ret.)
Thanks for the good work
We have stepped into the new information age with a website of our own. Peter Bird, a 535th pilot who flew the Bou in 1971 has developed a website for us. He has volunteered to maintain it as the webmaster.
We hope to post reunion information any other information that might be helpful to any of our members or future members. For example, if there are questions about the reunion or the association that are frequently asked, we'll post the Q & A's to it. If you lose your copy of this newsletter, we may have the entire newsletter posted on the website.
Pete has asked for a single point of contact for coordinating information to him. Our president, Nick Evanish is that person.
As of this moment the website has not been refined, but we hope to have some useful information posted on it soon. Let us know what you think of the website.
The Association is always looking for volunteers to contribute to its improvement. It's natural that most of the work is accomplished by the staff or board members but as they say, the more the merrier. For example, in the future we hope to have articles from each squadron to place in the newsletters. Most of our input has been from those who were in the early years of the USAF Caribou operation. We need articles or stories from later years for good coverage of all year groups.
Pete Bird has volunteered to manage our website. Bob Dugan has always been a great contributor both at and between the reunions as a source of information that has been helpful to the board and staff.