548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association

Reunion Updates

Reunion 2020 update 6 January 2020
(Send changes and comments to forsythj223@hotmail.com)

This should be the final schedule, I have a few changes to the schedule and cost since the last update.  A list of those attending is at the end which will be updated as needed.

  1.  For the Friday tour of the World War Two Museum, we will be going as a group and will be charged $17 per person admission in advance, plus $7.00 for the movie Beyond All Boundaries 4D, I will add this on to the reunion cost for a total of $100 for the reunion (rounded up a dollar), if you don't want to see the movie (or go to the museum), the reunion cost will be $75 and you will have to buy your own ticket to the WW-II museum.  The museum opens at 0900 and the movie is every hour, so I asked for it at 1000 time.  We still need drivers for the vans, so far I have Mark Mizner and Larry O'Dell volunteering, we need one more, it will only be for Friday (See below), the vans will be parked free with the buses across the street and the drivers comp'ed admission, also we will not charge the you $75 reunion cost, so there is no reunion registration fee for you if you drive.  When we arrive, the staff will meet us and give us our tickets.  They need a final count three days before, so I must have the reunion payment and any cancellation at least four days before, I made it a March 5th cutoff.  A list of those I have attending is below.
  2. For Friday night, I was unable to get a group diner reservation for 59 people at Mulate's or any other nearby restaurant on either Thursday or Friday, so dinner will be on your owe, I highly recommend making diner reservation early and coordinate with other members for a smaller group.  Across the street from the hotel you have Galliano's, which looks good, two and a half blocks away Mulate's, a famous Cajun place, also Emerial's New Orleans if you are into big names and prices, and Nany's Sports Bar not too far away, it that is what you like.
  3. For Saturday, our members familiar with New Orleans could not come up with a group tour that would be possible with 59 people and three vans, so Saturday it will be solo or in small groups using the public transportation, which is good, or private cars.  I will attach a list of places to go and how to get there that Herb Boasso and Theresa Sanchez provided, Ken Kelly can also help you out with ideas.
  4. I hope we do not have too many cancellation, I blocked off 30 rooms at the hotel, which we can not change, if more attend they will be accommodated at the reunion rate, IF ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE, so make your reservation early, if you have not already done so.  As of today, we have 26 attending (It was 30 last week) and needing rooms, so I made a pretty good guess, BUT the Hilton Group of hotels has a policy that if you do not fill 80% of the requested rooms (24), we must pay for the unused rooms for entire period, the first time I have had a hotel specify that and that could add up to big bucks. 
  5. Below is the new schedule for the reunion:

548th and 67th Reunion New Orleans

March 26-29, 2020

Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center

315 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130

We need three volunteers to drive 15-passenger vans from and to the hotel and the World War II museum on Friday, we will pick the vans up and turn them in on Friday, Enterprise Rent a car is not far from the hotel and we are scheduled to pick them up at 0800, I will drive us there and back.  We will wave the reunion registration fee ($100) for anyone who volunteers to drive.

We also need suggestions or a volunteer for the guest speaker.

Cost: $100/person, includes the World War II Museum with movie, banquet dinner and vans, if you are not going to museum or are paying for it on your own (No Movie), the cost is $75.  Please pay by March 5, 2020, if you cancel before March 6, 2020, we will refund the full amount, after that we will refund anything we are not charged for by the hotel.  You can either pay via:

    - Paypal to webmaster@548rtg.org

    - Check/money order mailed to 548th and 67th Recon Assoc, PO Box 75549, Kapolei,

      HI 96707, made out to same. 

With your payment, please include a note with the names you want on your name tags

Hotel:  If you have not made your hotel reservation yet:

Booking Link:https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/es/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=MSYCCES&spec_plan=CES548&arrival=20200326&departure=20200329&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center

Group Name: 548th/67th Reunion

Arrival Date: 26-Mar-2020

Departure Date: 29-Mar-2020

Cutoff Date for Reservations: March 6, 2020, reservation must be made before this date.

(Note: Reunion room rate is $158 per night ($184.17 including taxes). Valet parking only at hotel at $42/day (plus tax), but Ken Kelly assures us there is other cheaper parking close by)

* 1 night's deposit due at time of booking

* 2 nights minimum stay required

* 72 hours prior to arrival date cancel policy

* $90 early departure fee

* $10 per person round trip baggage fee for group arrivals of 10 people or more arriving at the hotel at the same time.

* $20 per person charge after 2 occupants in the room over the age of 18.

* Parking is Valet Only. Prevailing rate over contracted dates will apply.

Schedule

Thursday 26 March:  Arrive hotel, I arrive in the morning and should be in the lobby or that general area by 1300 to hand out name tags and other information.

        - 1730 to 1900, Evening hotel reception in the hotels Main Tower with

complimentary beverages, cocktails, wine and beer.

        - 1900 Diner on your own or as a small groups.  We were unable to get a reservation at Mulates Cajun Restaurant or any other nearby eateries.  Across the street from the hotel you have Galliano, which looks good or Mulates, two and a half blocks from the hotel, which might have individual seating.  Advise making reservations early at any place you are eating

          - 2100 to 2300, Hospitality Suite Open (Room number TBD, should have at registration), please keep the noise down to a gentle roar.

Friday 27 March:  Complimentary Breakfast Hotel

             - 0850 Vans to the National World War II Museum, I will standby at the hotel with a van until 0920 to pick up any stragglers.

                  -Entry fee:  We are being charged a group rate of $17/person, plus $7 for the movie Beyond All Boundaries 4D, which is included in your reunion  registration fee, normally the museum admission price is $24.50 for seniors and $18 for military (includes retired). If you are not seeing the movie, you will need to buy your own ticket, preferably in advance online

            - 1100 Lunch at the museum's The American Sector Restaurant and Bar, pay as you go, probably no group seating

             - 1600 Vans to the hotel, anyone wanting to return to the hotel earlier can call me on a cell phone number I will provide at check-in and I will give you a ride to the hotel, it is a long six block walk.

             - 1730-1930, Evening hotel reception

             - Dinner on your own

             - 1930-2300 Hospitality Suite

Saturday: 

            - Tour on your own tour with the New Orleans Hop On-Hop Off buses, which stop in front of the hotel every 30 minutes, cost is $39 for a 24-hour pass, also available are trolleys, buses, streetcars or your own car.  See suggested tours attached.

            - 1800 Banquet Room open, socializing, dress business casual or aloha wear

            - 1845-1900 Business Meeting

            - 1900 Opening ceremony

            - 1915-2000 Banquet Buffet Dinner             

Entree Choices:  Roasted Beef au jus, Blackened Fish New Orleans seasoning, Chicken Picatta lemon caper sauce

Soup:  Corn & Crawfish Bisque

Salad: Arugula Salad creole tomato, cucumber, red onion, creole mustard vinaigrette

Accompaniment: Roasted Potatoes

Specialty: Shrimp Creole stewed tomato, gulf shrimp, white rice

Desert:  Southern Pecan Pie graham crust and Carrot Cake cream cheese icing

            -2000-2100:  Guest Speaker TBD

            -2100-2200:  Socialize

            -2200-2300:  Hospitality Suite

Sunday:  Check-out of hotel


Members Attending/Number in party:

28 attending, 4 no room needed, 47 total 

Alexander, Max 2
Ardizzoni, Robert 2
Beidler, Art 2
Benson, Larry 2
Bernstein, Michael 2
Biskup, Chris 3
Boasso, Herb 2
Calvin, Connie 1
Cook, David 2
Cook, Denver 1
DeNunzio, Maureen 1
Durnell, Pete 2
Forsyth, Bill 1
Germer, William 1
Gomes, Ben 1




Hoover, Fred 2
Janssen, Bill 2
Kelly, Ken 2
Kores, Jon 1
Laning, Andy 2
Maughen, Pete 2
Mizner, Mark 1
Odell, Lawrence 2
Paine, Jim 2


Sanchez, Teresa 1


Wiles, Fred 2
Wilson, James 1
Young, Ronald 2

Members Might Attend

12/22

Reed, Robin   1
Ahammer, Peter   1

 
Belote, Dave   2

 

 
Daley, Theo   1
Garrett, Bobby J   2
Gray, Bobby   2

 
Irish, Steve   2
Lindquist, Harry   2
Luke, Dave   2
Mahoney, Les   2
Pinchback, Kieth
Tellez (McBride), Kelly
  1
2
Waddle, Dan   2

Members Cancelled Six

Brown, Cecil  Wife having surgery at that time

Hagen, John
Harding, Charles
La Rouche, Rich
Martz, Steve  
Weller, Joe


Members Not Attending 20

Richards, Dave     x
Anderson, John
Baker, Pete
    x
x
Belk, Jim
Blanchard, Doc
    x
x
Brightbill, Steve
Fisher-Fosdick, Fumiko 
    x

x
Gorrell, Russ     x
Grant, Jim     x
Gross, Mike
Heinz, Edward (LtGen Ret)
   

x

x
Lien, John     x
Matthews, Gerald     x
Mayer, Laurel     x
Skinner, Bruce     x
Thompson, Tom (Norris)     x
White, Frank     x
Wilhelm, Lynn     x








 Reunion 2020 update 3 April 2019

Members

Below is a link for making your reservations at Embassy Suites for the 548th and 67th reunion in New Orleans March 26-29, 2020 .  If you are planning on attending or might attend, please send me an email at forsythj223@hotmail.com saying so in addition to making your reservation, we must have an accurate count of people attending.  Below the hotel registration information is a list of those we have heard from thus far, you only need to let me know if your plans change.  I am waiting to hear back from our planners in New Orleans on a tentative schedule, as of now I have our banquet scheduled for at the hotel on Saturday and the first place we will probably visit is the World War II museum.

PS:  We are still accepting dues, see Association Updates page.

Mahalo

Bill Forsyth

Thank you for confirming your Group block at Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center.



The group booking link is now ready for use. Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:

Booking Link:https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/es/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=MSYCCES&spec_plan=CES548&arrival=20200326&departure=20200329&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT


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Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center

Group Name: 548th/67th Reunion

Arrival Date: 26-Mar-2020

Departure Date: 29-Mar-2020

Cutoff Date for Reservations:  March 6, 2020, reservation must be made before this date.

(Note: Reunion room rate is $158 per night ($184.17 including taxes). Valet parking only at hotel at $42/day (plus tax), but Ken Kelly assures us there is other cheaper parking close by)

 

* 1 night's deposit due at time of booking

* 2 nights minimum stay required

* 72 hours prior to arrival date cancel policy

* $90 early departure fee

* $10 per person roundtrip baggage fee for group arrivals of 10 people or more arriving at the hotel at the same time.

* $20 per person charge after 2 occupants in the room over the age of 18.

* Parking is Valet Only.  Prevailing rate over contracted dates will apply.

Reunion 2020 Responses

Members Attending Yes Maybe No Individuals Attending Maybe# No Room Remarks
33 15 9 58 27 4
Alexander, Max 2
Ardizzoni, Rob
Beidler, Art

2
2
Benson, Larry 2
Bernstein, Michael
Biskup, Chris
2
3
Boasso, Herb 2
Brown, Cecil 2
Calvin, Connie 1
Cook, Denver
Cook, Dave
DeNunzio, Maureen
1
2
1

Nick may also attend
Durnell, Pete 2
Forsyth, Bill 2
Germer, William 1
Hagen, John
Harding, Charles
2
2
Hoover, Fred 2
Janssen, Bill 2
Kelly, Ken 2 Will stay hotel
La Rouche, Rich 2
Laning, Andy 2
Maughen, Pete 2
Mizner, Mark 1 Will try to attend
Odell, Lawrence W 2 x No Room RV'ing
Pagel, Steve 2
Pinchback, Kieth 1 New member
Sanchez, Teresa 1 x Lives NOL will help
Weller, Joe 1
Wiles, Fred 2
Wilson, James 1 x Will share room
Young, Ronald 2


Might Attend

Ahammer, Peter
Belote, Dave

1
2

Maybe 1
Maybe 2
Baker (Bailey) Pete
Blanchard, Doc
Brightbill, Steve
2
2
2
Maybe 2
Maybe 2
Maybe 2
Gross, Mike
Garrett, Bobby J

2
2
Maybe 2
Maybe 2
Irish, Steve
Luke, Dave
Lindquist, Harry
2
2
2
Maybe 2
Maybe 2
Maybe 2
Mahoney, Les
Martz, Steve
2
1
Maybe 2
Maybe 1
Reed, Robin 1 Maybe 1
Tellez (McBride), Terry
Waddle, Dan
2
2
Maybe 2
Maybe 2
Not Attending
Anderson, John x
Belk, Jim x
Fisher-Fosdick, Fumiko  x
Grant, Jim x
Lien, John
Richards, Dave
x
x
Skinner, Bruce
Thompson, Tom
Wilhelm, Lynn

x
x
x





Reunion 2020 

If you are a member and did not get this information in an email it means I do not have a current email address for you, please send your email address to forsythj223@hotmail.com

Our reunion planners have determined the dates and venue for out 2020 reunion in New Orleans.  They also examined the differences in cost and activities between New Orleans and Cocoa Beach, Florida, and decided to stay with the vote at the 2020 reunion for New Orleans.

The reunion will be held March 26-29, 2020 at Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center (315 Julia St), which is near the World War II Museum and other attractions.  Our reunion rate will be $158 per night ($184.17 including taxes), which includes a buffet breakfast and evening social hour.  DO NOT MAKE YOUR RESERVATION YET, we have not finalized the contract with the hotel, I will send out an email when it is signed.  One drawback is parking which is valet parking at $42/day (plus tax), but Ken Kelly assures us there is other cheaper parking close by and Ken had this to say about the dates, hotel and activities:

No hurricanes, No 80 plus days.  Every attraction is no more than an hour away and most are in walking distance.  I have researched alternate parking in a reasonable distance and are in $16-$20 range for 24 hour parking.  I also got the price for a 3 day pass to use streetcars or buses. They cover any place one can go for $9 for 3 full 24 hour days. Streetcars are available as  close as 4 blocks. They run along the river from the Convention Center to the New Orleans Mint which is as far the average tourist needs. The Saint Charles Street Car which runs to Canal St is the connection to the rest of the interesting parts of the city.  There is also a Hop On/Hop Off tour bus.  For other reunions We rented a bus for two days which allowed doing our own city tour and take those with disabilities to WW2  museum and also Parkway Bakery for the finest Po-boy sandwich "Bar None.

Larry Benson had this to say about the hotel:  Stayed here last Spring.  It is a nice place.  It truly is embedded in an old warehouse, so discovering from the expressway is definitely a GPS thing!  Walking to the National WWII Museum is about three blocks with minimal traffic to deal with.  Walking to the shopping mall is also easy as is access to several good restaurants.  Travel to the French Quarter, Café Du Monde, etc.  requires transportation if you are an average human.  Breakfast is buffet style, somewhat higher class than HI express but still very much do-it-yourself; however, certainly adequate.  Rooms, as depicted on website, are certainly nice. Would throw out a thought on one attraction we could not access due to lack of advanced planning.  Preservation Hall jazz is still a top attraction.  I walked right in one night in 1968; that don’t cut it today!  I can’t see N.O being less than a 3-3 ½ day event. 

We will arrange for buses or vans for transportation for those who do not have a vehicle.  A taxi from the airport runs about $33, shuttle buses are about $24 one-way, $44 RT.  We will work on the schedule of events and costs in the next few weeks.

If you plan to attend the reunion or might attend, send me an email @ forsythj223@hotmail.com with a YES or MAYBE, the number of rooms you need, and the number in your party so we can get an estimate on the number of rooms we need, this is important.

Aloha

Bill Forsyth



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