Last revised: April 21, 2013


Squadron Reunion

2010 REUNION
(41st - 6913th - 7011th Air Force Squadrons)



 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS CALENDAR


 

Saturday Nov. 6 - Arriving Early? Check into the hotel and enjoy an evening in Savannah! (On your own, start your historical walking tour of one of America's great cities, and sample the many outstanding dining facilities.")

Sunday- Nov. 7 - Reunion Reservation Desk open for check-in (hotel lobby).
 
Hospitality Area open!  6:00 PM $ - DINNER CRUISE (Boarding begins at 6:00, Boat departs at 7:00 and returns at 9:00) - No host bar on the river boat...

Monday - Nov. 8 - 9:00 AM $ - OLD SAVANNAH TOURS (The bus company will distribute all-day passes. The tour is two hours, but you can get on and off the bus all day.)  6:00 PM $ (est. time) DINNER @ PAULA DEEN'S LADY AND SONS - (NOTE: the banquet room was limited to 100 people, but we have reserved 24 additional places together in the main dining room) - Hospitality Area open!

Tuesday - Nov. 9 - 9:30 AM  $ -  MIGHTY 8TH AIR FORCE MUSEUM TOUR (Buses will be boarded at 9:30) - A catered luncheon will follow the guided tour and we'll arrive back at the hotel @ 1:30 PM   On your own for Tuesday evening dinner with old friends... (Savannah has many dining options - all price ranges) Hospitality Area open!

Wednesday - Nov. 10 - 9:00 AM (est. time) - Free Continental Breakfast   9:30 AM - Bi-Annual Business Meeting. (Important item on our Agenda will be the selection of a site for our 2012 Reunion - Bring your ideas/presentations!) - (We were on the West Coast in 2008, East Coast 2010, How about Central USA for 2012? - Colorado Springs? San Antonio? Minneapolis? Denver? Chicago? Kansas City? Milwaukee? --- "Any Volunteers?")  Hospitality Area open!

- 6:00 PM $ - SQUADRON BI-ANNUAL BANQUET AND DINNER DANCE!   (Dining Hall near our hotel - catered surprise dinner - no host bar - dance to a well-known local dance band...) [Detailed Agenda - Click HERE!]

(Reunion Chairman, 'Huk' Tracy and his wife Catherine enjoying a fun dance at our last Reunion in Sacramento...)

- Guest Speaker: PAUL GRASSY - (WWII B-24 Pilot) - Inspirational Topic

 

Thursday Nov. 11 - Breakfast with old friends - Hotel Check-out - Departure Day
                                             - "See Y'All in two years - 2012"

"On your way out of town, consider a side trip to Hilton Head Island or Charleston, SC or many other neat places in the area too..."


NOTE: Please plan to arrive early for scheduled events above...
$ = Cost Event - (Paid when you sent in  your Reunion Enrollment Form)


DETAILED BANQUET AGENDA:
               (Drawings for Door Prizes throughout the evening!)

5:30 - 6:30 PM $ - Happy Hour - Ca$h BAR is open!

6:30 PM - Welcome - Pledge of Allegiance - Invocation

6:37 PM $ - BI-ANNUAL BANQUET - (Buffet Style)

7:47 PM - GUEST SPEAKER - WWII Pilot, Paul Grassy

8:48 PM - Special Music - "Let the Dancing Begin..."

10:00 PM - Last Dance!

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November 7-10, 2010 - Doubletree Hotel - Savannah, GA

SAVANNAH, Georgia

Planning to attend (as of 6/19/10)

 Twenty-Nine states represented, so far:

      CURRENT LIST OF NAMES


Georgia Queen - Port of Savannah, Georgia


Doubletree Hotel Savannah Historic District

 
Doubletree Hotel
411 West Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia

(912) 790-7000


 

Doubletree Hotel Reservations

Reunion Chairperson, Huk Tracy, has negotiated an excellent, off-season group rate of $129.00 per night (plus tax and occupancy tax). Savannah is one of the top-10 vacation destinations in the USA, and we were able to get this excellent rate since our Reunion is, after the normal tourist season, in November.

We've reserved 75 rooms at the above rate, and if we occupy 50 rooms, the Doubletree Hotel will give us a hospitality room at no cost.

Our tentative banquet location is at Garabaldi's, a short walk from the hotel.

Plan to make your hotel reservations before October 8, 2010 in order to get this special group rate.


Savannah, GA - Highly Rated Travel Destination

 
"Huk Tracy isn't the only one who thinks Savannah, GA is a great place to enjoy a vacation. Here
are several publications with current travel articles about the location of our 2010 Reunion. Your
local library probably has copies!" -- "See you in Savannah!"

"Best Southern City" - Southern Living Magazine, January, 2009

"Top 10 Cities in the US and Canada" - Travel and Leisure Magazine, July 2008

"Top 10 American Travel Destinations" - Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, August 2008

"Top 25 City for the Arts" - American Style Magazine, May, 2008

"15 Coolest Cities in North America" - MSN.com - February, 2009

"Best Romantic Getaway" - Travel and Leisure Magazine, February 2009

"Gold Service Award" - Meetings & Conventions Magazine, July, 2008

"Award of Excellence" - Corp[orate & Incentives Magazine, March, 2009

"Top Destination Award" - Facilities & Destinations Magazine, March 2009

"50 Great Cities to Visit in America" - London Daily Telegraph, March 2008

"Don't miss this grand travel opportunity with Bremerhaven Friends!"



"One of the best AF Museums I have ever seen." - Huk Tracy

We're planning a group tour and luncheon plus bus fare for under $20.

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

On January 28, 1942, fifty-three days after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, the 8th Air Force was officially activated in the National Guard Armory in Savannah, GA. In 1983, Maj. Gen. Lewis Lyle, USAF retired, a B-17 veteran of 70 combat missions during WWII began planning this museum, which officially opened in May of 1996.


The B-17G Bomber "City of Savannah" Restoration Project.

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is restoring its B-17 in honor of the B-17 named "City of Savannah" on December 3, 1944. The Aircraft was the 5000th airplane processed through Hunter Army Air Field at Savannah, GA during World War II. It was christened prior to its take-off to England to fly combat missions with the 388th Bomb Group, 563rd Squadron on the 8th Air Force. The aircraft, "City of Savannah" flew 44 combat missions in World War II.


Fountains, Squares, and Spanish Moss
(Savannah, GA)

 Historic Savannah, GA

Savannah dates back to 1733. Founded by James Edward Oglethorpe, the first "planned" city is designed with a series of grids, or squares (with flowers, statues and benches, under great grandfather oaks) for park-like havens. Enjoy this charming coastal city by walking, (Savannah was named one of the Top Ten walking cities by Walking Magazine), riding in a horse-drawn carriage or via trolley. Some businesses are named Moon River (for Johnny Mercer, the song's lyricist, born and raised in Savannah). His grave is in the Bonaventure Cemetery.

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, and thanks to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (the nation's top arts college), has been restored and transformed from an old town into young one with trendy shops and food.

The few-miles-square historic district has 21 famous tree-lined squares and cobblestone streets surrounded by 19th century mansions, landmark churches and inns. Some squares become outdoor wedding chapels on weekends. Enjoy historic tours by day and lantern-lit ghost tours by night. You'll notice the Parisian accent in the French Gothic cathedrals, sidewalk cafes, the artsy Paris Market, and the olive-oil tasting room.

Find time to visit the beautiful Ballastone Inn (a former 19th-century bordello); the stately Mansion on Forsyth Park (Once a cream of society funeral home); and the Mulberry Inn (previously the Coca Cola bottling plant).

America's Most Beautiful Cemetery: The historic Bonaventure Cemetery is a former plantation where the famous and infamous rest beneath ancient oaks and stone angels, and worth some extra time to view. The cemetery is composed of 160 acres overlooking the Wilmington River. Songwriter Johnny Mercer (Jeepers Creepers, Come Rain or Come Shine) is buried there. He was born in Savannah in 1909.

The Roadhouse Railroad Museum has an actual old time rail car where you can enjoy lunch.

The Savannah Theater is the oldest running theater in America.

If you like ice cream, don't forget to stand in line at Leopold's Ice Cream (since 1919) on E Broughton Street.

Plan a trip to Tybee Island too (20 minutes away). The Light Station and Museum was built in 1773 and is at the north end of the island and you'll find 3-miles of public beaches and a quaint area of oceanfront restaurants, shops and a pavilion at the south-end pier. For serious seafood, check out Joe's Crab Shack on the island.

And... before you leave Savannah, be sure and try the Cajun crab eggs benedict at Huey's Southern Cafe down on the waterfront.

We have accumulated a ton of information about this beautiful and historic city, and as we sort it all out, we'll share what we've found, so please check back here often.  In the meantime, feel free to visit these important Savannah, GA Websites:

1. Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.savcvb.com

2. www.savannah-riverboat.com

3. www.savannahvisit.com

4. www.historicinnsofsavannah.com

5. www.telfair.org

6. www.elizabethon37th.net

7. www.eatinginsavannah.com/bh.htm

8. http://www.trolleytours.com/savannah/

9. www.backinthedaybakery.com

10. www.shopscadonline.com

11. www.tybeevisit.com

12. www.savannahga.net/dining/thepinkhouse.html

13. www.spankys.tv

14. www.plantersinnsavannah.com

15. www.gcofsavnogstour.org


These are but a fraction of the many Websites you'll find on the Internet about Savannah. Catherine and Huk Tracy are excited about everyone coming to our 2010 Reunion and enjoying one of the most beautiful and historic cities of America.

We hope you plan a few extra days before and/or after our Reunion to enjoy all of the events this area has to offer. .

Add some extra time, not only for sharing memories with old friends, but also for enjoying a beautiful and historic part of America:

1. Hilton Head Island, SC   http://www.hiltonhead.com/  
2. Beaufort, SC   http://www.beaufort.com 
3. St Simons Island, GA http://www.stsimonsisland.com/
 
4. Charleston, SC
 http://www.celebratecharleston.com/
5. Bluffton, SC  http://www.bluffton.com/
6. Jekyll Island, GA  http://www.jekyllisland.com/

"Meet us in Savannah in 2 months!"


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