548th/67th Reunion 2023 Melbourne, Florida

Reunion 2023 – Melbourne, Florida

Dates:  April 27-29, 2023                                                   

Venue:  Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront

2605, North A1A, Melbourne, Florida 32903

Rooms:  $169 or $179 per night (plus tax) Reserve by March 30, 2023

Reunion Cost:  $50/person (includes banquet dinner).

$121/person with Friday’s Kennedy Space Center Tour.

Pay For Reunion:  Paypal. pay to webmaster@548rtg, Venmo, pay to forsythj223@hotmail.com, or check/money order made out to and sent to 548th/67th Association, PO Box 75549, Kapolei, HI, 96707.  Reunion payment due by April 27.  (Note:  Mizner and O’Dell, are paid with funds from cancelled NOLA reunions, also Stokes and Ardizzoni have carry over for future reunions)

Hotel Reservations:  To receive the discounted group rate of $169 for a Standard Room and $179 for a Balcony Room over the dates of Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30, 2023 please reference group code “RTG” when reserving by phone at 1-877-701-9252 or book online at: 548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association Reunion – Direct Booking Link (Right click to follow).   Rooms are comprised of either one king bed, one queen bed or two queen beds and room types are determined at the time of the reservation.  Reservations will be accepted at the group rate until March 30, 2023.  After this date any unused room in the block will be released back into inventory for general sale and guests will be quoted the prevailing rate at the time of the reservation.

  • FREE Cancellation until 6:00 PM local hotel time on Wed 26 Apr 2023
  •  Deposit Not Required

Cancellation Policy: Canceling your reservation before 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on Wednesday, 26 April, 2023 will result in no charge. Canceling your reservation after 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on 26 April, 2023, or failing to show, will result in a charge equal to the first night’s stay per room to your credit card or other guaranteed payment method. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation.

For those who want to stay longer, the group rate is available from Tuesday 4/25 –5/01 for attendees to book at the reunion rate. To book any extended days, you can change the requested dates at the date bar at the top of the direct booking link. 

If you should get a message that no more rooms are available for our block, contact me at forsythj223@hotmail.com and I will attempt to get more rooms added to our block of 35 rooms, reserve early.

Schedule:

Thursday April 27:

     Arrive Hotel

     1600-2100 Check in for reunion and get name tags. hotel’s St. Thomas Room, Meet and greet, with pupu’s and a cash bar, at present they have us in a 30-seat room, so there may be standing room only, the hotel will try and get us a larger room.

Friday April 28

     0830:  Depart hotel by your vehicle or car pool to Kennedy Space Center Tour Center, I will have a 7-passener van. Register for this tour by October 1 at forsythj223@hotmail.com .  (Center address for your GPS:  Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953, It is 35 Miles/50 Minutes from the hotel.  I decided on not chartering a bus because people will want to return to the hotel at various times.

     0920:  Arrive at KSC visitor center.

         Note:  Bus to Apollo/Saturn V Center departs every 15 Minutes.

      Various Times:  Depart KSC and return to hotel, center closes at 1700.

The Kennedy Space Center group rate for admission is $71/person, and includes:

     1.  Tourist Center

     2.  Bus to Apollo/Saturn V Center, video on bus, no guide, tour at center takes about 1:45 hour.

  • The basic admission does not include a tour on KSC, except for the Apollo/Saturn V Center.  You can add on the enhanced tour, which is guided, for $25, it includes:  A bus tour, that makes several stops to capture photo opportunities. Get a photographic view of numerous spaceflight icons like the Vehicle Assembly Building and historic Launch Complex 39, disembarking to capture photos along the way to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.  The is no group discount for the enhanced tour, book this yourself at Add-On Enhancements page and get additional information this and other experiences.

Map of KSC

 We are waiting to see if the KSC Historical Tour opens back up before the reunion. This is a guided tour that had been offered by the Patrick Space Force Base PAO that goes throughout the Kennedy Space Center and visits all of the space launch facilities, but does not go to the KSC tourist center, if your want to go to the tourist center you would need to drive on your own.  For the KSC Historical Tour, we would go by charter bus which would pick us up at the hotel.  The tour is limited to 45 persons, the tour is free, but we ask for $30 help pay for the bus.  The tour will be first come first served for the seats.  No estimate from PAO when or if the tour will be offered again.   We have 41 who already signed up for this when it looked like an active tour, they will remain signed up.

     All Day:  There are other tours available in area, check hotel lobby, or enjoy the beach.

Saturday April 29

     Until 1700 on your own until Banquet: 

     Banquet:  Dress, Aloha attire, business casual, or suit and tie, no jeans or shorts.

          1700:  Drive to Patrick Space Force Base Tides Club, 1001 N. Hwy A1A, Bldg

           #967 Patrick SFB, FL 32925, by your own car, car pool, or I will have a 7-passenger van and can shuttle if necessary.  (Located off base so no DOD ID is needed.  (Hotel to Tides 7.4 miles/12 Minutes)

      1700-1800:  Socialize, Cash Bar until 2100. 

      1800-1830:  Post Colors, Patrick SFB Honor Guard

National Anthem

Color Guard Retires

                          Invocation, Cecil Brown

                         Welcome and POW/MIA Table, our President, Denver Cook.

      1830-1930:  Buffet Dinner:

                         SIGNATURE BUFFET (Subject to change with 2024 menu)

ENTRÉES

   Thyme & Rosemary Prime Rib

   Stuffed Chicken Breast with Artichoke, Red Pepper & Fontina

   Cream Sauce

   Grilled Mahi with Cajun Shrimp Sauce

SALADS

   Garden Salad, Cucumbers, Carrots, Tomatoes with Ranch & Balsamic Dressings

   Fresh Romaine, Parmesan, Croutons, Caesar Dressing

SIDES

   Jasmine Rice

   White Wine Pan Roasted Mushrooms

   Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

   Grilled Asparagus with shaved Parmesan

  1930-2000 Guest Speaker (TBD)   2000-2100  Business Meeting and select next reunion site.  Aloha and Goodbyes           2100:  Return to hotel   

April 30 Check out of hotel.

Confirmed Attending         45 Members/76 Individuals# PartyKSC Tour 43 IndvKSC Historical 41 Indv
Max Alexander222
Ken Bell1  
Dave Belote12 
Larry Benson222
Tim Benson222
Sue Best222
Doc Blanchard222
Herb Boasso2  
Cecil Brown222
Connie Calvin111
Mike Carey1  
David Cook2  
Denver Cook2  
Papa Cruz1  
Moe Denunzio111
Pete Durnell111
Pete Escalante1  
Doug Fischer2  
Bill Forsyth111
Kevin Fraleigh2  
Bill Germer222
Cristy Goetz111
Melissa Gorsuch2  
Jim Grant111
Lee Hester222
Fred Hoover222
Tony Jackson2  
Bill Jannsen2  
Dean Johnson222
Randy Johnson222
Ken Kelly2  
Dan Kolcun222
Pete Maughan2  
Kelly McBride (Tellez)2  
Mark Mizer111
Ben Oakes2  
Larry Odell2
Pat Oconner222
Steve Pagel222
John Pecarina222
Margaret (Johnson) Schalch222
Mary Shaffer1  
Randy Staggs2  
Joe Weller1  
Fred Wiles22
    
Maybe Attending               15 Members/23 Individuals   
Bob Ardizzoni2
Tena Baker1  
Gary Gohn1  
Vern Hamilton2  
Charles Harding1  
Kevin Kenny2  
Andy Mackey2
Dave Morris2
Jim Paine2  
Ken Parman1  
Teresa Sanchez1  
Jeff Seehase2  
Yogi Tamara2  
Jan Tice1  
Dave Tressler2  
James Wilson1  

Reunion Updated August 26, 2022

Our bi-annual reunion which was postponed by the pandemic.
Thursday: St. Thomas Room, 1600-2100 registration and meet and greet.
Friday: 0900 Bus to Cape Canaveral Tour or tour on your own,
Saturday: 1800 By car, Patrick SFB Tides Club, banquet and business meeting.
Sunday: Depart, Aloha

At this time attendees can now make reservations in the 548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association Reunion Room Block at Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront. To receive the discounted group rate of $169 for a Standard Room and $179 for a Balcony Room over the dates of Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30, 2023 please reference group code “RTG” when reserving by phone at 1-877-701-9252 or book online at: https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/melbourne/mlboc/hoteldetail . Rooms are comprised of either one king bed, one queen bed or two queen beds and room types are determined at the time of the reservation. Reservations will be accepted at the group rate until March 30, 2023. After this date any unused room in the block will be released back into inventory for general sale and attendees will be quoted the prevailing rate at the time of the reservation.

Cancellation until 6:00 PM local hotel time on Wed 26 Apr 2023
Deposit Not Required
Cancellation Policy: Canceling your reservation before 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on Wednesday, 26 April, 2023 will result in no charge. Canceling your reservation after 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on 26 April, 2023, or failing to show, will result in a charge equal to the first night’s stay per room to your credit card or other guaranteed payment method. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
2605 North Hwy A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903

Take a virtual tour of our hotel here: Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
Members Attending:
Yes 44 Members Going/74 with Guests
Max Alexander 2
Ken Bell 1
Dave Belote 1
Larry Benson 2
Tim Benson 2
Sue Best 2
Doc Blanchard 2
Herb Boasso 2
Cecil Brown 2
Connie Calvin 1
Mike Carey 1
David Cook 2
Denver Cook 2
Papo Cruz 1
Moe Denunzio 1
Pete Durnell 1
Pete Escalante 1
Doug Fischer 2
Bill Forsyth 1
Kevin Fraleigh 2
Bill Germer 2
Cristy Goetz 1
Melissa Gorsuch 2
Jim Grant 1
Mike Gross 2
Lee Hester 2

Fred Hoover 2
Tony Jackson 2
Bill Jannsen 2
Dean Johnson 2
Randy Johnson 2
Dan Kolcun 2
Pete Maughan 2
Kelly McBride (Tellez) 2
Mark Mizer 1
Dave Morris 2
Ben Oakes 2
Steve Pagel 2
John Pecarina 2
Schalch, Margaret 2
Mary Shaffer 1
Randy Staggs 2
Joe Weller 1
Fred Wiles 2
17 Maybe Members/27 Guest
Tena Baker 1
Jim Belk 2
Gary Gohn 1
Vern Hamilton 2
Charles Harding 1
Ken Kelly 2
Kevin Kenny 2
Pat Oconner 2
Larry O’Dell 3
Ken Parman 1
Jim Paine 2
Jeff Seehase 2

Teresa Sanchez 1

Yogi Tamara 2
Jan Tice 1
Dave Tressler 2
James Wilson 1

Reunion Update August 24, 2022

Members

We are almost there for our reunion, April 27-29, Ben Oakes, our man with boots on the ground, after looking at Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, has selected the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront on the beach in Melbourne Florida, once I sign the contract, we can begin to reserve rooms, will advise when you can reserve.  We have a block of 35 rooms (we can add room later, if available), the reunion rates are $165/night for a standard room (17 rooms blocked) and $179 for a balcony (18 rooms blocked, doesn’t mean ocean view).  As of now we have a small meeting room (30) seats) for Thursday evenings meet and greet, they will give us a larger room if it comes available.  Friday we will have a tour of Cape Canaveral, the bus (57 seats) will pick up at the hotel, estimated cost is $85/person.  Saturday’s banquet with be at the Patrick Space Force Base consolidated club The Tides, which is located just off base on highway A1A seven miles north of the hotel, the cost of the buffet is $31/person.

Members Attending

Yes 40 Members Going65 with Guests
Max Alexander2
Ken Bell1
James Belk2
Dave Belote1
Larry Benson2
Sue Best2
Doc Blanchard2
Herb Boasso1
Connie Calvin1
Mike Carey1
David Cook2
Denver Cook1
Papo Cruz1
Moe Denunzio1
Dave Dobbins2
Pete Durnell1
Pete Escalante1
Doug Fischer2
Bill Forsyth1
Kevin Fraleigh2
Bill Germer2
Cristy Goetz1
Mike Gross2
Fred Hoover2
Tony Jackson2
Bill Jannsen2
Dean Johnson2
Randy Johnson2
Dan Kolcun2
Pete Maughan2
McBride (Tellez)2
Mark Mizer1
Dave Morris2
Ben Oakes2
Steve Pagel2
John Pecarina2
Mary Shaffer1
Randy Staggs2
Joe Weller1
Fred Wiles2
15 Maybe Members25 Guest
Tena Baker1
Cecil Brown2
Gary Gohn1
Vern Hamilton2
Charles Harding1
Lee Hester1
Ken Kelly2
Kevin Kenny2
Pat Oconner2
Larry O’Dell3
Ken Parman1
Jeff Seehase2
Yogi Tamara2
Jan Tice1
Dave Tressler2
James Wilson1

Reunion Update 7/22/2022

Still researching hotel, here is the current list.

Yes 37 Members Going65 with Guests
Max Alexander2
Ken Bell1
James Belk2
Dave Belote1
Larry Benson2
Sue Best2
Doc Blanchard2
Herb Boasso1
Connie Calvin1
Mike Carey1
Denver Cook1
Moe Denunzio1
Dave Dobbins2
Pete Durnell1
Pete Escalante1
Doug Fischer2
Bill Forsyth1
Kevin Fraleigh2
Bill Germer2
Cristy Goetz1
Mike Gross2
Fred Hoover2
Tony Jackson2
Bill Jannsen2
Dean Johnson2
Randy Johnson2
Dan Kolcun2
Pete Maughan2
Mark Mizer1
Dave Morris2
Ben Oakes2
Steve Pagel2
John Pecarina2
Mary Shaffer1
Randy Staggs2
Joe Weller1
Fred Wiles2
15 Maybe Members25 Guest
Tena Baker1
Cecil Brown2
Gary Gohn1
Vern Hamilton2
Charles Harding1
Lee Hester1
Ken Kelly2
Kevin Kenny2
Pat Oconner2
Larry O’Dell3
Jeff Seehase2
Yogi Tamara2
Jan Tice1
Dave Tress;er2
James Wilson1

Reunion Update 7/22/2022

Our reunion is tentatively scheduled for Apri 27-29 2022 , check out on the 30th, dates are dependent on hotel availability. Ben Oakes is checking hotels in the Cocoa Beach/Melbourne area. So far we have 33 members/53 with guests attending.

Max Alexander2
Ken Bell1
James Belk2
Larry Benson2
Sue Best2
Doc Blanchard2
Herb Boasso1
Connie Calvin1
Mike Carey1
Denver Cook1
Moe Denunzio1
Dave Dobbins2
Pete Durnell1
Pete Escalante1
Bill Forsyth1
Kevin Fraleigh2
Bill Germer2
Cristy Goetz1
Mike Gross2
Fred Hoover2
Bill Jannsen2
Dean Johnson2
Randy Johnson2
Dan Kolcun2
Pete Maughan2
Mark Mizer1
Dave Morris2
Ben Oakes2
Steve Pagel2
John Pecarina2
Mary Shaffer1
Randy Staggs2
Joe Weller1
Fred Wiles2
May Attend 
Tena Baker1
Cecil Brown2
Gary Gohn1
Vern Hamilton2
Charles Harding1
Lee Hester1
Ken Kelly2
Kevin Kenny2
Pat Oconner2
Larry O’Dell3
Jeff Seehase2
Yogi Tamara2
Jan Tice1
James Wilson1

Reunion 7/14/22

It has been a week since I sent out the survey on the Reunion in New Orleans, the responses to the email and FB post were 13 members yes, 3 maybe, and 8 no.  All of our previous reunions had over 30 members.  I propose we fall back to our second choice, Cocoa Beach Florida and see if we get a better response.  Please email me if you plan to attend in 2023, include your preferred month and if are interested in a cruise after the reunion.  Any suggestions on a venue or cruise line would be appreciated.  Also any volunteers to help organize the reunion.

Bill