60th Reunion
27 Jan - 1 Feb 2022
In Orlando FL

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60th REUNION UPDATE
as of 15 Sep

Here is the latest about the 60th

Attached is the latest registration list Good news is many have registered.  Bad news is many have not yet registered.  Whether you plan to attend or not, you should RSVP.

Pretty good projected turnout at this point – 260+ Classmates and Guests indicating they are or might be coming.

Reunion Survey 2 – ACTION REQUIRED BY ALL

·       Each person that registered as YES, MAYBE, or UNSURE in the original Registration Form must complete Reunion Survey 2.  Please do so as soon as possible.

·       I need current projected headcounts for selected events in order to complete agreements with the appropriate venues.  Survey 2 will collect your current inputs for participation in these events.

·       Read on for descriptions of Survey 2 items.

·       Use this link to the Survey 2 Form to submit your inputs.

Fill out SURVEY 2 form

Survey 2 Events and Actions Required. 

Events will be scheduled so as not to conflict if at all possible.  If there are conflicts you can make your choice of events later.

·       German Restaurant.

o   Dinner at Hollerbach’s German restaurant is a very popular option, with almost everyone indicating a Yes or Maybe for dinner there.

o   Because of the large number of guests, we will divide the class into three groups.  About one third will have dinner at Hollerbach’s on each night: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  I will put the lists for each night out later. 

o   In Survey 2 indicate your current best answer: either Yes or No, so I have an accurate headcount.  No Maybe’s.  You can amend the response later if you change your mind.

·       Dora Queen Riverboat Cruise.

o   This is a private, sunset cruise on scenic Lake Dora with wine and cheese bar.  The Dora Queen is a luxury 80-foot New Orleans style paddlewheel boat located in Tavares, Florida.  You can take in the majestic views of beautiful Lake Dora from the comfort of lounge style seating while enjoying music and cocktails from the full service bars on the upper and lower decks.  https://www.doraqueen.com/about

o   This has also proved to be a very popular option.  Currently, 86 are a Yes.  104 are a Maybe.

o   So here is the problem.  The boat holds a max of 80 guests.   As it stands now we have more than one boat load.  But the issue is do we have enough for two boat loads?

o   So once again, in Survey 2 indicate your current best answer: either Yes or No, so I have an accurate headcount.  No Maybe’s.  You can amend the response later if you change your mind.

o   The path forward depends on your responses.  If we have enough to book two tours I will do so on two different evenings.  Cost per person for this case is about $31.  If there are not enough to make two bookings cost effective, I will book one private cruise and book others on a public cruise.  Cost per person for this case is about $38. 

·       Lakeridge Winery

o   I think you get the idea.   This also is a popular option, so I need to get a better estimate for the headcount.

o   Some drill, in Survey 2 indicate your current best answer: either Yes or No, so I have a better planning headcount.  No Maybe’s.  You can amend the response later if you change your mind.

·       Winter Park Boat Tour and Lunch

o   Ditto.

o   In Survey 2 indicate your current best answer: either Yes or No, so I have a better planning headcount.  No Maybe’s.  You can amend the response later if you change your mind.

·       Golf

o   Now this one is a little different.  Several of you indicated you wanted to play golf.  So in this case, I need to get a projection of how many by day for golf.

o   In Survey 2 indicate Yes or No for golf.  Then select which days you want to play.  No Maybe’s.  You can amend the response later if you change your mind.

·       Immersive van GOGH

o   Now this one is a little different.  It is a new one you have not seen before. This is an attraction that will be available during the reunion here.  It has been highly recommended to Button and me. So let’s see how many of you are interested in this attraction. 

o   At Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Orlando, coming to Orlando October 7th, you will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.  Use this link for more info.

https://www.orlandovangogh.com/

o   Same deal, in Survey 2 indicate your current best answer: either Yes or No, so I have an accurate headcount.  No Maybe’s.  You can amend the response later if you change your mind.

Reunion Schedule

o   Preliminary reunion schedule has been updated.  A copy is attached. 

If you have questions contact us at 61reunion@cfl.rr.com

 

Your 60th Reunion Planning Committee
Bob Cairns, Gene Witherspoon, Phil Mallory, Joe Fishburne, Ed Brown, Peter Gleichenhaus, Gary Hyde

 Our 60th Reunion is ON!

Thur 27 Jan – Tues 1 Feb 2022

REGISTER NOW

 Don’t miss this chance to gather with your ’61 family –

Classmates, Wives, Widows, Significant Others

Kids, Grandkids, Great Grandkids

Military Associates

 Reunion Plan Highlights

· Scheduled as Soon as Feasible After Original Date.  End of January 2022 was consensus earliest timeframe to be sure that Covid restrictions would not interfere with the event.

· Ruled out West Point as Venue.  Because Academy policy does not allow reunions to be rescheduled at West Point, returning to that area was ruled out.

· Destination With Lots of Things to See and Do.  Central Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and offers as wide a selection of tours and attractions as just about any area in the country.

· Travel to/from Central Florida Easy and Convenient.  It is served by air, bus, and rail and easily accessed by auto.

·  Outstanding Hotel for Our Group.  The Sheraton Orlando North is just about the ideal choice for our purposes – Not too large and not too small – met almost all our 21 requested concessions – conveniently located near highways – very interested in hosting our group – flexible terms to allow changes if needed.

· Max Opportunity to Relax, Meet and Socialize.  All events optional, convenient travel times to selected attractions (particularly when compared to WP area), dedicated hospitality room fully stocked and available 24 hr.

· Flexible Schedule.  No mandatory formations.  You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.

· Very Cost Effective.  Gross savings for the Class for food, beverage, and lodging at the Sheraton are projected to be over $33k when compared to what costs would have been at the NJ hotel (Park Ridge Marriott). In addition, Central Florida prices in general are moderate compared to most other major tourist areas.

· Family Friendly.  The destination, hotel, and wide variety of things to do make this an ideal opportunity to have family members join us.  Kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids all welcome.  And all guaranteed to have a good time.

Bottom Line

Great people, great location, great lodging, great fun. 

How can you go wrong with all that?

Don’t miss it!!!

Attached are some reference docs.

DOCUMENT

DESCRIPTION

60th Reunion Redux

Summary of the study done to respond to 60th being cancelled.  Outlines the what, when, and where of the Reunion and how choices were made.

60th Reunion Hotel

Description of the outstanding hotel selected to host the Reunion.

Tours, Attractions, and Activities

 

Comprehensive list of tours, attractions, and activities available for the Reunion.  Review this prior to filling out the registration survey.  Survey will ask you to enter your preliminary selections for tours and attractions of interest to you.

Preliminary Schedule

Preliminary schedule with a few of the possible events penciled in.  Schedule will be refined and filled out as your preferences are compiled and group events added to the schedule.

Visiting Central Florida

Bob Hampton’s guide for things to see and do in Central Florida.

 

RSVP – Register whether you plan to attend or not.

Once you are ready, use the link to the Reunion Registration Survey

 

Fill out form

 

If you have questions contact us at

61reunion@cfl.rr.com

 

Your 60th Reunion Planning Committee
Bob Cairns, Gene Witherspoon, Phil Mallory, Joe Fishburne, Ed Brown, Peter Gleichenhaus, Gary Hyde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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