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AMERICA AND OUR RESCUE WORKERS
DECEMBER 2001 NO.4
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FOR 2001 2002
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. William McLaughlin
1st Vice President
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Beth Brandenburg
Mr. Tom Wilder
Mr. James Parthenais
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. Edwin Wardlow
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque Vowell
Mr. William McLaughlin
President's M message ................. ..... ........... ................... 1
Secretary's M message ...................................... ...................2
Editor's Corner ................. ............... ........ ........... .........2
Legislative Report .................................. .... ..... ..............3
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes............................. 3
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings ................5
New Members ................................. .......................... 8
Carnavalito ............................... .............. .............. 9
Reporters News.......................................... ...................
Alabama..............13 Oklahoma ............22
Florida................ 13 Panama............... 23
Louisiana............. 18 Pennsylvania .........25
Mississippi...........18 South Carolina.........26
North Carolina.........22 Virginia...............29
Congratulations ............. ... ....... .....................30
Weddings ............................... ................. 31
W ith Deep Sorrow................................................. ...................34
Letters to the Editor ................... .................... ....................37
M useum News ............................................................... 46
Class Reunions ....................................................... .........47
Announcem ents................. .......... .......... .....................48
For Sale or W anted ..................... .............. .... .................49
Application Form .......... .. ............................................. 51
FRONT COVER: (L-R) Executive Board for 2001/2002: Jim Parthenais,
Bob Russell, Ed Wardlow, Jim O'Donnell, Kenny Morris, Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis, Betty LeDoux, Dottie Yocum, Beth Brandenburg, Tom
Wilder, Nancy Van Siclen, Jacque Vowell and Bill McLaughlin wishing
everyone happy holidays and thanking our rescue workers in New York,
Washington and across the nation. BACK COVER Photo: A Panama Canal
deck hand comes down a Jacob's ladder as others await their turn to descend
into a launch from the deck of a Japanese ship, as the Cargo ship leaves the
Locks system. Another painting by Al Sprague, renowned artist from the
DATES TO REMEMBER
January 12 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Ocala, Florida at
Carmichael's Restaurant. Call Tom Wilder (352) 694-2211.
See announcement on page 7.
February 9 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, CARNAVALITO, 6:00 p.m. at
Winter Haven, Florida. Call Ed Wardlow (863) 967-2106.
Deadline for Registration is January 20, 2002. See
announcement on page 9.
March 9 PCSOFL Annual Potluck Picnic, War Veterans Memorial
Park. Call Elaine (Vestal) Lewis (727) 442-0457. See
announcement on page 7.
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The holidays are upon us once again and this
year, given the events in our world at this point in time,
the holidays have taken on a whole new meaning. The
events of September 11 certainly were a reminder to us
all that we can't take a single moment for granted and
should never miss an opportunity to let those in our life
know how important they are. On behalf of the Executive
Board, I would like to take this opportunity to send our
prayers out to those families who lost family and loved
ones in the September 11 tragedy and to also let each and
every member know that you are a valued part of this
organization we could not succeed without you.
First and foremost, our apologies for the delay of
the October issue. Pat Beall continued his employment
with the Society until the October book was sent to the
mailer and was in constant contact with the printer. We
were advised that many of the Roberts Printing staff were
in Chicago on September 11 and could not get back to
Florida. Therefore, all of the print jobs were delayed,
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the September
Sarasota luncheon. This was in part due to the World
Trade Center and Pentagon incidents and a bad tropical
storm that came through Florida that weekend. We are
hoping to reschedule that luncheon later in the year. We
always have such a great turnout in Sarasota although it
won't be quite the same without faithful attendee Jay
Cain. We were saddened to hear of Jay Cain's passing in
October. Jay was involved through committee work for
many many years. Her cheerful way will certainly be
We traveled to Merritt Island for the October
meeting, which was held in conjunction with that group's
annual picnic. It turned out to be another successful event
hosted by the Deakins families and Bob and Kathie
McConaughey. The number of attendees from outside the
immediate area was both very noticeable and very
encouraging. At the October meeting, the ballots for the two
proposed Bylaw amendments were counted. Both proposals
passed which means that the scrivener's error contained in
the bylaws regarding the date of the dues year will be
corrected and a new volunteer service award will be in place.
We continue to be hard at work trying to involve
more of our members in the Society and to stimulate more
interest and participation in our activities. So, keep an eye on
our announcements and help us to keep the organization
vibrant and to show some interest in our attempts to better
We have two new reporters this year. Kathie
McConaughey is the new reporter for the Central East Coast
of Florida area and Vicki Sizemore is the reporter for the
Central Florida / Auburndale area. We are delighted to have
them join us and look forward to reading their reports.
You will notice that the yellow pages have been
revised this year. This comes after years and years of
complaints about how confusing the forms are and the
complaints that there are too many forms to send to too many
places. You'll be pleased to see that the new registration and
ticket order form is just one form. You can order everything
you would like on the one form, including your hotel
At this writing, we are in the process of re-
wiring our office so that the computers in the office can
be networked. This will enable us to use the database that
is presently in place and which will be upgraded to
include much of the data contained on the new
Starting with the March issue of the Canal
Record, we are looking to add a few more features to our
publication and our new Editor welcomes all suggestions
from the membership that would improve the Canal
Since the October issue went to press, we have
made a few adjustments on the Executive Board. Jim
Parthenais has moved from Sgt-at-Arms to Director; Ed
Wardlow has returned to Sgt-at-Arms and Kenny
Morris has moved from Director to Audit/Budget
Chairperson. I am very happy to announce that Roy
Culbreth has joined us as Bylaws Chairperson.
Please remember that the Nominating
Committee will be submitting their slate of officers to the
board, which will be presented to the membership at the
December Luncheon. If you would like to suggest
someone for office, please contact Margot Jordan,
Nominating Chairperson, and don't overlook your
obligation as responsible members to lodge your vote for
the persons whom you choose to lead the organization.
We hope that you like the cover of this issue. For
those of you who know me, you know I can't pass up
anything involving Christmas so, once again the Board
gets decked out in their Santa caps to send our best
wishes to all of our members for a happy, healthy and
fruitful Holiday Season and to send our gratitude to the
rescue workers throughout our nation.
On behalf of the entire Executive Board, I wish
each and every one of you a very Blessed holiday season.
I sincerely hope that the spirit of the holidays remains
with each of you throughout the year. We look forward
to serving you as we forge our way further into the new
millennium. Happy Holidays!
WHERE ARE YOU?
Secretary's "Want List"
John W. Anderson, Jr.
Nathan A. Atkenson
Ryan M. Egger
Michael J. Jablonski
Howard W. Osborn
First off, I would like to thank Pat Beall for his
support and for sharing some of his 20 years of experience
and knowledge of being Editor of the Record. I was
saddened by his retirement, as I was looking forward to
working with him as his apprentice, but I am excited about
becoming your new editor and I hope to grow into Pat's
I would like to encourage all members to keep in
touch with their area reporters and please, please do not send
any photos that you treasure. If you would like to share old
and new photos, make a copy. I have enjoyed reading the
articles and letters that have been sent for this issue. They
helped to bring back a flood of memories especially when I
saw the picture of Mr. Hanna and his family. I remember
the tree house in their back yard (that I was not allowed to
use because I was too little) and I can still hear Mr. Hanna
playing his trumpet if I listen real close.
As some of you may know, I am working as editor
long distance from my home keeping in constant contact
with the printer and mailer. I know there was confusion
concerning the deadlines with this issue, due to the delay of
the October issue, reporters and members were caught off
guard. The deadline for the March issue will be January 18th.
I am looking forward to computerizing the publishing and
editing aspect of the Record in the near future. Since this is
my first issue, I hope you all will forgive a few boo boos
here and there. Putting the Record together will get easier
and faster as time and technology moves on. As always, you
can contact me by phoning me (386) 441-2339 or mailing
me at editor(a.pancanalsocietv.org
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
FROM THE SECRETARY
Just a reminder that your membership dues for
2002 are due by December 31, 2001.
We would like to ask your help in locating some of
our members who appear in the section "Where Are You".
We have been trying to locate these members and the Canal
Record and other correspondence are being returned from the
post office. If you know of a current address for these
members, please call the office and let us know.
We would also like to let the members know that
the Society office will be closed for the Christmas holiday
from 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2001, and will reopen
at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2002.
Carol and I wish all the members a very happy
holiday and best wishes for the New Year.
Nancy Van Siclen
Congressional interest in overseeing the
government's response to the September 11 terrorist
attacks remains its primary concern with action on
domestic priorities. This focus on national security build-
up and the nation's economic problems reorders spending
decisions and the nation's fiscal outlook. Accordingly,
in this publication, I will report only on those issues that
are being acted upon at this time. Also, I will use the
same format as I did in the last edition of the Canal
COLA: The next cost-of-living adjustment
(COLA) for retired and disabled Americans will be 2.6
percent. Social security beneficiaries, civil service
annuitants, foreign service and military retirees will be
among those receiving the adjustment. The COLA is
effective December 1, 2001 and will be reflected in
January 2002 checks.
FECA: As of September, individuals awarded
benefits under the Federal Employees Compensation Act
(FECA) have banked 2.4 percent towards their next
COLA adjustment. Three months remain before the final
adjustment is determined.
Long-Term Care (LTC): The Office of
Personnel Management has delayed the award of the
Long-Term Care program until sometime in November.
Despite the delay in awarding the contract, OPM says that
it is still on target for coverage to become available in
FEHBP Open Season: Open season for the
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will be held
from November 12 through December 10, 2001. Open
season enrollment changes for retiree and survivor
annuitants will be effective January 1, 2002.
As additional information, the average FEHBP
premium for contract year 2002 will increase by 13
percent. In fact, this increase has caused the House Civil
Service Committee to hold hearings on the matter. OPM
states that the increased costs are the result of utilization,
technology and medical inflation; increased drug costs;
and additional finance charges. Also, enrollees may be
paying more because insurance plans will be increasing
their co-insurance requirements for doctor visits and co-
payments for prescription drugs. If you would like
additional information on the new rates, go to
FEHP-Tricare for Life: Effective October 1,
the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 will
reinstate Tricare coverage for Medicare-eligible
uniformed services retirees, their survivors and eligible
dependents. Federal retirees eligible for the new Tricare
Program will be permitted to drop their FEHBP
enrollment, but retain future FEHBP eligibility, effective
September 26, 2001, under a regulation published by
OPM. In other words, the new regulation allows
FEHBP enrollees to suspend their enrollments and join
Tricare, and to later re-enroll in the FEHBP. The intent of
the new rule is to allow Tricare-eligible beneficiaries to
avoid the expense of continuing to pay FEHBP premiums
while they are using Tricare coverage. For more information
on this matter, contact
Imp: x\\ \\ .oplm. inSure 1. I'i b :I. _1, or call OPM at
Re-employment Flexibility: As part of the Federal
Government's response to the Attack on America, OPM is
allowing federal agencies a number of employment
flexibilities. One of these is the re-employment of former
Federal employees and retirees. If you are interested in
serving the Government again during this period of national
crisis, you should call 1-888-353-9447 or send e-mail to
pajlilot a opnm.tf o.
Status of Pending Issues: With the focus on
financing the government's response to the September 11
attack and the resulting emergency appropriations and
declining tax revenues, it is unlikely that Congress will
approve any spending unrelated to the national emergency.
Therefore, action on the issues of premium conversion,
government pension offset, windfall elimination provisions,
and off budget legislation will probably be postponed until
the next session of Congress. I will report the status of the
number of bipartisan cosponsors on each of these issues in
the next edition of the Canal Record.
This concludes my report for this edition of the
Canal Record. I hope that you have found the information
contained herein to be useful. Also, in closing, I ask each of
you to keep our nation's leaders in your thoughts and prayers
during these troubled times. God Bless America!
Robert T. Russell, Jr.
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JULY 28, 2001
All board members were present with the exception
of the Sgt. At Arms, Legislative Representative and the
Chairman of Audit and Budget Committee.
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved minutes of the June 23, 2001 Executive
Board meeting, expenditures of $17,770.24 for the
period of June 26 to July 27.
Approved 15 new members in addition to the 69
new members approved on line by the board during
Approved that an announcement concerning former
members of the Armed Forces serving in the Canal
Zone be printed in the Canal Record.
Approved the purchase of new telephones,
answering machine and fax machine for the
office, the purchase of an Al Sprague print for
the Reunion Guest Speaker, Kurt Muse and his
wife, the refunding of monies to members who
were unable to attend the reunion due to medical
reasons, the purchase of 12 gallons of coffee at
$50.00 per gallon to be served at the Reunion
Approved the expenditure of funds for the
Record Editor's Annual Luncheon for the Area
Reporters during the Reunion.
Approved the hiring of a temporary assistant for
90 days to assist the Record Editor.
Approved that time be allotted to the Panama
Canal Museum at the Annual Meeting to address
the attending members.
Approved that complimentary tables be provided
in the Reunion Registration areas for a free-lance
writer researching life in the Canal Zone and a
study group investigating DDT use in the Canal
The following items were reported:
Two applicants were received for the Canal
Record Apprentice position and both will be
given equal time on a trial basis.
The Canal Record is to be mailed to the
membership in October, to assure that items
rightfully considered to be ads are treated as
An ad to be placed in the Canal Record by a
publisher was denied by the Record Editor
because the book was considered to be very
Wrong dates were reported in the Canal Record
on the ballot for the election of officers and the
ballot for the Bylaw Amendment, but that they
should have no effect on the validity of the
The Decameron Resort in Panama is donating
two packages of three nights/four days, with
COPA airfare included for two people to be
awarded at the Annual Business meeting at the
As a means of speeding up the Annual Reunion,
officer and Committee reports are to be held to a
minimum and most data will be incorporated
into the President's and Reunion Coordinator's
AUGUST 25, 2001
All board members were present with the
exception of the Bylaws Chairperson, one Director and
The following actions were taken by the Executive
Approved minutes of previous Executive Board
meeting, initiation of 45 new members and
expenditures of $13,017.27 for the period of July 27
to August 22.
Approved that the Museum be permitted to sell their
merchandise at the general membership
meeting/luncheon in Sarasota on September 15.
Approved re-scheduling the Annual picnic from
October to March, when the weather is more
favorable for the outing.
Directed that non-essential or time sensitive
materials be shifted to the December Canal Record
as needed in order to make room in the October
book for the 2001 reunion reports and information.
Approved justifiable refunds to various members.
The following items were discussed:
Reviewed the need again to explore formatting of
print-ready material sent to the printer of the Canal
Record in order to simplify the process and to
achieve cost savings.
Surfaced the need to more definitively express
membership and registration requirements in order
to attend reunion activities.
Reviewed the need to obtain a credit card for
purchases heretofore made through the investment
account to satisfy a credit purchase requirement of
The following reports were made:
Reported by Legislative Representative that the
most recent movement in the COLA adjustment for
next year was from 2.9% to 2.4%.
Reported by the Budget and Audit Chairperson that
the audit results of society operations for 2000
indicated a minimal loss but that this was due in part
to the Society reinvesting money back into the
organization to purchase the database program and a
Reported by the past president that a second
meeting of the Past Presidents would be held on
October 13 in their advisory capacity.
Long-time Canal Record Editor Pat Beall
announced that he would retire upon completion of
the October Canal Record getting in some long
overdue travel to many points.
NOTE: Much of the meeting was devoted to the review
of various activities of the recently held annual reunion and
some of the measures needed for improvement at the 2002
Reunion. Board members reported receiving favorable
comments on the Reunion and were themselves generally
very pleased with the outcome.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2001
All board members were present with the exception
of the 2nd Vice President, one Director and the Chairperson
of the Bylaws Committee.
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved the minutes of the August 25 Executive
Board meeting, the expenditures for the period
August 23 to September 20 in the amount of
$5,769.78, and 18 new members.
Approved the appointment of Nancy Van Siclen
as Secretary, Jacque Vowell as the Record
Editor and Carol Masino as the Assistant for the
current term of office.
Approved payment of a $100.00 deposit to the
Columbia Restaurant for the Christmas
Luncheon and a $100.00 advance to the
Chairperson for decorations.
Approved the List of Recurring Expenses for
pre-approved payment during the current year;
the rollover of a $25,000 CD that is maturing in
October; the discontinuation of American
Express as a recognized credit card by the
Society due to its limited use by members and
the resulting inordinately high cost for the
service; and the provision of a list of names of
new Society members requested by the Museum.
Prepared to seek quotes from travel agencies for
consideration as the official travel agent for the
2002 Annual Reunion; to contact a member who
complained about the discontinuation of the
poorly attended volunteer breakfast held the last
three years at the reunion, and to improve and
fully integrate the Society's computer
The following reports were made:
The appointment of the following officers for the
current year: Director, Ken Morris; Sgt. At
Arms, Jim Parthenais; By-Laws, Ed Wardlow;
Past President, Jim O'Donnell; Legislative
Representative, Bob Russell; Chaplain, Dorothy
The appointment of the chairperson of the
Nominating Committee and the required two
members from the Executive Board to serve on
The setting of the October general membership
meeting on October 27 in conjunction with the
Space Coast Picnic on the East Coast of Florida,
the meeting at St. Bede's on November 3rd,
featuring a covered dish lunch and a bazaar; the
Christmas Luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant
on December 8, and the Past Presidents meeting
on October 13.
The preliminary review of completed surveys
submitted by Reunion attendees, which indicated
a general satisfaction with the Society and the
manner in which the Executive Board is
conducting its affairs, as well as with Orlando as
a reunion site.
The current COLA adjustment of 2.4 percent,
and an expected date of October 8 for delivery of
the October Canal Record to the mailer.
The completion by the Historian of the History
of the Society, covering the period 1932 to 1999.
The following items were discussed:
The need for, and desirability of, changing the
Bylaws to allow the Nominating Committee to
propose more than one candidate for an elective
The need to look at the stipend paid to Area
Reporters and ways to better include them in the
strategy to generate more interest and involve the
total membership more in the Society.
The advisability of including e-mail addresses and
telephone numbers in the Annual Directory and
ways to assure that member privacy is not violated.
The matter of dropping "Florida' from the Societys
name to better promote the organization as a
national and international member entity.
The need to get the rather extensive list of people
being sought by Cia Internacional de Seguros before
The matter of a proposal to pursue a member
services group in the Society, which would devote
itself to reaching out to members in need of
assistance or attention.
General Membership Annual Meeting
August 10, 2001:
The 69" Annual General Membership meeting in
Orlando, FL, was called to order by President Betty LeDoux
at 10:10 a.m. and she welcomed 264 members.
The minutes for the June regular meeting were read
and a motion to approve the Minutes was made by Bill
Wichman, seconded by Skeeter Camby; Motion carried.
The Financial Statement stands for audit.
President LeDoux announced that in order to
expedite the reporting process, she would report on the
activities of the board and that Reunion Coordinator Bill
McLaughlin would report for all Reunion committees.
The president stated that this past year the board
adopted a policy to conduct the affairs of the Society in a fair
and constructive manner and that she intended to enforce
that policy at today's meeting and that all members would be
given an opportunity to speak in a civil and respectful
The president announced that the board had
installed a toll-free number for our members to reach us and
made membership dues and reunion activities available on
line. The traveling meetings that were implemented this
past year with successful meetings held in Sarasota, Ocala,
Cocoa Beach and Jacksonville. The traveling meetings will
continue in the future. Another big project taken on was the
former Mutual of Omaha Insurance program and the current
underwriters efforts to contact former
employee/policyholders. In the Reunion registration packet,
a questionnaire was included to be filled out and returned,
and also information about a book about life in the Canal
Zone and a research group gathering data on the use of DDT
in the Canal Zone. She also stated that plans are to further
enhance the website, the Canal Record, our accounting
system and administrative procedures.
Beth Brandenburg reported on the former Mutual
of Omaha Insurance program and announced she was
available in the registration area for anyone who wanted to
check their or their family status. Beth was presented with
a gift certificate by the President as a thank you for the work
that she has devoted to this project throughout the year.
Bob Russell reported that 2.9% has been banked
for the next COLA. Jim Parthenais reported on the
financial audit for the year ended December 31, 2000. The
complete audit with his recommendations will appear in the
next Canal Record.
Anna Collins asked that members call the office to
report any sick members so that she can mail cards to them.
The President recognized Olga Disharoon who for many
years has hosted the general membership meetings at St.
Bede's. President LeDoux then invited Pat Beall to the
podium and commended him on being the Record Editor for
20 years and presented him with a plaque and pen and
pencil set in appreciation of his years of dedicated service.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator, introduced
his committee chairpersons and stated we had 2,650
members registered and 1180 rooms occupied at the hotel.
Kenny Morris reported that 123 players participated in the
golf tournament and announced the winners. Bill
McLaughlin then reminded the membership of other
activities to take place in the remaining days of the Reunion.
Tom Wilder reminded the members to vote on the
bylaws in the June Canal Record and that ballots are due by
September 5, 2001.
The president introduced Chuck Hummer,
President of the Panama Canal Museum, who gave an
update on the museum. The president also introduced the
membership to the office assistant and Reunion secretary,
Jeanne Wheeler was recommended for a
Distinguished Service Award, Chuck Hummer made the
motion to approve, seconded by Skeeter Camby. The
President then presented Mrs. Wheeler with the award.
The president opened the meeting for any
comments, etc., and several were made.
Mr. Louis Reyes, Chairperson of the Nominating
Committee counted the ballots along with his committee and
announced that the following officers had been elected to
represent the membership for the 2001-2002 term.
Bill P. McLaughlin
Elaine V. Lewis
309 ballots were received, and a motion was made to destroy
the ballots by Skeeter Camby, seconded by Rick Nelson.
The new officers were sworn in by Jim O'Donnell,
presiding Past President. Prizes donated by vendors and
members were presented throughout the meeting. LuAnn
Swisher Honea won a grand prize of two round-trip tickets
on Continental Airlines; Marti Goembel won a grand prize
of two airline tickets on COPA, and Beverly Williams won
a grand prize of two airline tickets on COPA and hotel
accommodations at the DeCameron Resort.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m.
October 27, 2001:
President Betty LeDoux welcomed 105 people to
the general membership meeting held in conjunction with
the Annual Space Coast Picnic and called the meeting to
order at 12:45 p.m.
The President thanked Terry and Sue Deakins and
Bob and Kathie McConaughey for hosting the meeting and
recognized Past Presidents Peter Foster, Bob Van Siclen,
Marje Foster and Faith Brundage.
The minutes were read of the August Annual
Meeting, Ed Wardlow made a motion to approve as read,
seconded by Elaine (Vestal) Lewis. The latest unaudited
Financial Statement and Legislative Report were available
Betty LeDoux introduced two new area reporters -
Vicki Sizemore for the Central Florida/Auburndale area and
Kathie McConaughy for the East Coast of Central Florida.
The President also announced the following changes in the
complement of appointed officers. Ed Wardlow will be the
Sgt-at-Arms; Jim Parthenais will be the Director, Kenny
Morris will be the Budget and Audit Chairperson and Roy
Culbreth will serve as the Bylaws Committee Chairperson.
The President also advised that Pat Beall had
retired as Editor of the Canal Record and the new editor was
Jacque Vowell. Then the President addressed issues
regarding the October issue of the Canal Record it was
purposely delayed to include the 2001 Reunion, and due to
the September attack which created problems at the printers.
The December issue is on schedule.
President LeDoux thanked everyone who filled out
the questionnaires distributed at the Reunion and that
anyone wanting one should call the office. She also
announced the next meeting at St. Bede's on November 3;
the Christmas luncheon on December 8 at the Columbia
Restaurant in Sand Key; the January general meeting in
Ocala on January 12; Carnavalito on February 9 and the
Society picnic on March 9.
The President announced that Bill McLaughlin
and Jim Parthenais were re-wiring the Society office
computers in order to have it done in time for the 2002
reunion, which will be July 3 to July 7. She also announced
that the Friday night dance at the reunion will be a tribute to
Lucho featuring Tito Mouynes and Chipi Azcarraga.
The President then opened the floor to the
membership for comments or suggestions. Then, she
announced that the ballots for the two bylaw changes had
been counted and passed.
Elaine Lewis, 2" Vice President, reminded the
membership of the Bazaar at St. Bede's on November 3 and
also reported on the annual picnic to be held on March 9.
Ed Wardlow, Sgt.-at-Arms, passed out flyers on
Carnavalito for February 9 at the Best Western Admiral's
Inn in Winter Haven. Tito Mouynes will again be playing.
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor, stated she is working
on the December Canal Record and it should be mailed the
first week of December.
The President asked that since the bylaws were
passed, they should be destroyed. Pete Foster made the
motion to destroy the ballots, seconded by Chuck Hummer.
The President encouraged all members to visit the Museum
which opened officially on November 2. She then called on
Chuck Hummer, President of the Museum, who reported
that the Museum has more room for storage and has added
a gift shop and offices, and an appeal to Society members to
become members of the Museum had been sent out.
Betty LeDoux presented the Deakins and the
McConaugheys with a small token of appreciation for
hosting the meeting.
The meeting was closed at 1:20 p.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
)anuary 12, 2002
Starting at 11:30am
3105 East Siver Spring Rud.
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Distance from Exit 69
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SLocated directly across from
the ):;ia Muiicipal Golf Course
PCSOFL ANNUAL POTLUCK
Saturday, March 9, 2002
It will be held at the War Veterans Memorial
Park, on 9600 Bay Pines Blvd, in Seminole, FL, next to
the Bay Pines VA Hospital, Shelter #2. Starting time is
Contact 2nd Vice President, Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis for further information at (727) 442-0457.
(This report was inadvertently omitted from the October Canal Record.)
Bright and early Thursday morning, 120 golfers
took their places at the Marriott's Hawk's Landing Golf
Course for a shotgun start of the 21st Annual Chagres
Invitational Golf Tournament, which was dedicated to the
memory of our recently departed Past President and long-
time benefactor of the tournament, Jane Huldtquist. In
an effort to speed-up play and to add a little more levity to
the day, a two-man scramble format was offered to players
this year, with a little more than half of the field electing to
play in the more relaxed scramble format. It was noted
that play moved along quite well; and when coupled with
the weatherman's cooperation, the excellent surroundings
offered by the course itself and the special reunion pricing
on the beverage carts traversing the course throughout the
round, it made for a noticeably fun day.
Continuing with our efforts to speed up the
activities, the Awards Luncheon in the Crystal Ballroom
started immediately after play concluded, with 25 guests
joining the golfers for lunch and the awards ceremony.
George Downing and Margot Jordan were the
low gross winners of the men's and women's individual
flights and, being the tournament champions, were
awarded the newly established Founders Trophy honoring
Past President Gene Askew and Joe Collins, which was
presented by Joe's widow, Past President Anna Collins.
Other winners were:
Low Net Overall
Jane Huldtquist Flight Bob Askew
Steve Falasca Flight Frank Anderson
Fred Huldtquist Flight Tom Frensley
Ray Will Flight Tim Corrigan
John F. Warner Flight John "Rojo" Cronan
Margot Jordan Flight Jim Riley, Sr.
Low Net Team Will Clarke and Carlos Hattabaugh
Gene Askew Flight Lee Miller and Gordon Sanders
Joe Collins Flight Dave and Diana DeGreef Bishop
Gene Gregg Flight Andy Whitlock, H and Art Egger
Joey Burgoon, a club professional, shot the
lowest score of the day. Among many other door prizes
distributed were complimentary rounds of golf for two
twosomes each at Saddlebrook Golf and Tennis Resort and
the Marriott's Hawks Landing golf course, four gift
certificates for $50.00 each in the reunion vendor area, and
2002 Annual dues in the Society for two winners.
Except for a few glitches, the tournament
appeared to be a success, and an on-the-spot survey of
players indicated overwhelmingly that the two-man
scramble format should be offered as an alternative for
next year's tournament.
ACOSTA, Eric W. & Kim
ACKER, Margaret L.
ALEXANDER, Gertrude (Foreman)
BELL, Marco A.
BOW, Thomas J.
BRADY, William P. & Nancy A.
BROWN, JR., Walter G. & Diane S.
CALDWELL, Al J. & Phoebe J.
CANNON, Leslie & Jeffry
CHASE, Carole F.
COBURN, Ellen (McClain)
COFFEY, Douglas & Gail
CONLEY, Patrick & Mary
CONTERO, Roland R. & Jennifer
DAVIS, Claudia E.
DOEGE, Linda H. (Shumate)
DOLAN-MAZUR, Katherine & Tim
DWYRE, Robert A. & Mary C.
EID, Sherry L. (Acker) & Marty M.
ENGEL, Bonnie A. & ALEXANDER, Hal
FABER, JR., Russell C.
FAVORITE-RUSSELL, Deanna (Flora) & Cam
FLYNN, Patricia R. (Walker)
FRANCIS, Reinaldo A. (Miller)
FREDERIKSON, Gloria (Szymanski) & Mort
FULTON, Patricia (Teague)
GIFFORD-STRAUSS, R. Ida & John A.
GOLIGOSKI, Diane & Eugene
GRAF, Lynn S.
GRAFE, Elizabeth (Simons) & Kenneth
GRAFFMAN, George G.
HANNAH, Clancy (Lee) & Clayton
HARMOND SR.., Herbert & Joan (Fedee)
HUFFMAN, Will H. & Kathy (Stephens)
JEFFRIES, Douglas L. & Rita
JENKINS, Albert S.
JENKINS, Daniel L.
JORDAN, Shawn M.
LAMBERT, Thomas S. & FLEFIL, Ingrid
LARSON, Jennifer (Corrigan) & Thomas
MCCULLOUGH, Karen R. (Hammond) & Donald
MOOCHLER, David E. & Cyndie (Sherman)
MURPHY, William A.
NICKISHER, Raymond H. & Carol Ann
PENA, Shannon (Montanye) & Candido
PETROSKY, Diane (Boyd) & Michael
PLANCHON, John L. & Kimberly L.
PRITHAM, Frederick J.
QUACKENBUSH, Lisa C.
REID, James J. & Pam S. (Scott)
RUDGE, Michael & FRAGA, Elizabeth
SAMPIERI, Jodie Olliver & Samuel L.
SILVESTRI, Nazareno (Recuero) & Dina
SPILLING, Marilynn H. (Hare) & John R.
SUMMERFORD, Frances (Whelton)
SYLVA, John & Jackie
TATE, Charles L. "Chuck"
WAINIO, Richard A. & Yovanina I.
WALL, John J.
WANG, Robert & Joan
WILSON, Kenneth & Berta
WOMBLE JR, Edward & Luz Maria
WRIGHT, Phyllis Z.
YOCUM, Mainor & Michelle
MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO
PARTICIPATE IN SURVEY
The Board of Directors this past year made a
concerted effort to involve more of our members in our
activities and to solicit more input from the members on
how we can better serve them. As a continuing part of this
effort, a nrember survey was distributed to each of the
2,729 members who registered for the annual reunion this
past year and asked that those members consider the data
being sought, and to return the completed surveys at their
The survey dealt with many issues and was
designed to get both demographic data, so we could better
know our members, and to seek out member opinions and
ideas so we could get a more comprehensive feel for how
the Society can better serve them and work towards
meeting their wants and needs.
To date, we have received almost 100 completed
surveys. They have supplied both useful information and
some very good ideas. Although it is not an overwhelming
response rate, and we had certainly hoped for more, it does
nonetheless give us a flavor of things; and we appreciate
those who had the time and inclination to supply their
Unfortunately, a large segment of our
membership did not have the opportunity to participate in
the survey simply because they did not happen to attend
the Reunion. We would like to extend that opportunity to
those members; but because of the cost associated with a
mass mailing to them, we decided that it would not be
prudent or cost effective since statistically we would
receive actual responses from only a small segment of
Instead, the Executive Board invites, welcomes
and encourages any member who is interested and would
like to participate in the survey to call the Society's toll
free number (866-726-2262), if you are outside the local
calling area, or our local number (727) 391-4359; and a
survey will gladly be mailed to you. We would of course
welcome a 100% return rate as we truly do want to know
more about you and what thoughts you have to make the
Society more responsive to the member's wishes and to
keep this show running well into the future.
Tito Mouynes is Back!
The big reunion is a long way off. Here's our chance to break up the long winter season with the festivities of Camavalito
2002. Enjoy good food and dancing to the music of Tito Mouynes y Conjunto in beautiful (and warm) Winter Haven, Florida. In
addition, discount tickets may be purchased at the hotel to tour the extraordinary Cypress Gardens (a two minute walk from the
Cost of the Dinner/Dance will be $40.00, which covers dinner, entertainment, taxes, and gratuities.
Deadline for Registration is January 20, 2002.
Please fill out the Registration Form on this page and mail to the Panama Canal Society office.
Carnavalito Evening will commence with a brief business meeting at 6:00 p.m. The dinner buffet will be served at 6:30
and musical entertainment will be from 7:30 p.m. until midnight. Cash bars will be open from 6:00 p.m..
Dinner will include Carved Roast Prime BeefAu Jus, Boneless Breast of Chicken Marsala, twice baked Stuffed Potatoes,
Broccoli Polonaise, Steamed Vegetable Medley, Fresh Fruit Medley, Tossed Garden Salad with Choice of Dressing, Rolls, Butter,
Ice Tea and choice of dessert.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Available at the Carnavalito site, The Best Western Admiral Inn, 5665 Cypress
Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884. For hotel reservations call 1-800-247-2799. Rates for those identifying themselves as
Panama Canal Society of Florida members will be $63.75 plus 10% tax per night (this is a 15% discount). In addition to its
proximity to Cypress Gardens, the Admiral Inn features a heated swimming pool, a gourmet Italian restaurant (dinner only), a
lounge featuring live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, an arcade and miniature putt-putt course. A free continental
breakfast is also available but there are also a variety of good restaurants within 5 minutes of the hotel.
Special note on hotel rates: For out-of-towners interested in spending an extra day or two in the area, the 15% discount
for Society members will also apply 3 nights prior to and one night after the event.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call the Carnavalito Chairman, Ed Wardlow, at (863) 967-2106 or E-Mail:
PS: GOLFERS, bring your clubs. Baytree Golf club is a 5-minute drive from the hotel. Let me know if you want Tee times.
PCSOFL CARNAVALITO HOW TO GET THERE
February 9, 2002
The Best Western Admiral Inn Proceed on I-4 (North or South) and exit at
5665 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Exit 23 and drive South on SR27 until you
Winter Haven, FL 33884
meet 540. Turn right and proceed until you
Member Name_ see Best Western Admiral's Inn on your left.
Member No. Tel:
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Make checks out to the Panama Canal Society of Florida and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, 7985 113th Street,
Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 20. 2002
Effective October 29,1999
In accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty, the
PCC Records Management Branch's Vital Statistics Unit,
which has maintained and issued birth and death certificates
for the former Canal Zone from February 26, 1904 through
September 30, 1979, will close permanently on October 29,
1999. All pertinent birth and death records will be
transferred to the United States Department of State in
Effective December 1, 1999 these vital records
have been issued to the Department of State. Written
requests, including application for US passports, may be
forwarded to the following address:
Passport Vital Records Section
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C, 20522-1705
(Telephone number: 202-955-0307)
For birth and death records, please include the
following in your request: Date, purpose of request, name
at birth/death; date of birth/death, city and country of
birth/death; signature of subject or guardian, address and
telephone. For birth records, also include: Father's name,
date and place (city or state and country) of birth, mother's
name, date and place (city or state and country) of birth,
and any U.S. Passport information.
Kindly indicate the number of documents desired.
The fee for documents is $20.00 for the first copy, $10.00
for each additional copy requested at the same time. Check
or money order must be signed, dated, and made payable
to the Department of State. Remittance must be payable in
U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank. Do not send cash.
For the following documents $20.00 for 1st copy;
$10.00 for each additional copy:
Certification of report of birth (DS-1350)
(replaces former FS-545); Consular Report of Death (OF-
180); Panama Canal Zone Birth or Death Certificate;
Certificate of Witness to Marriage; Certification of No
All marriage records were transferred in June
1998 to the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA) in College Park, Maryland. Individuals who wish
to obtain certified copies of marriage certificates from the
Canal Zone District Court records (at a cost of $20.00 per
copy) should write to the following address and include
Accession Number NN3-185-98-009:
Civilian Records (NWCTC)
Textual Archives Services Division
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Do not send any money with your request. If any
fees are required, you will be contacted by NARA. Be
certain to include the following information with your
request: the names of both parties of the marriage; the date
and place of the marriage; your relationship to the parties;
and your return address and telephone number.
Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained
from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the
following address, making your request under the Freedom
of Information Act:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place,
provide enough information to identify requester and
medical charts in question.
All vital records will be transferred before the
year 2000. Information for the final destination of these
records will be published and the United States Consulate
may also be contacted for reference.
After July 1999, all former Canal Zone high
schools transcripts and student records may be obtained
by writing to:
Educational Testing Service Dante's
P.O. Box 6605
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6605
Tel: (609) 720-6740
There is no charge for Canal Zone High School
After June 3, 1999, Panama Canal College,
copies of student records may be obtained at no charge by
requesting transcripts from:
Fort Benning Schools
DoDEA Records Center
201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, GA 31905
Canal Zone Court Records
C.Z., Court Records are kept at the National
Archives and Records Administration. Contact: Mr. Tom
Cotter, Tel: 301-713-7110, extension 252.
Because of an apparent widespread
misconception among Society members that the Panama
Canal Museum is in some way affiliated with the Panama
Canal Society, the ruling boards of the two organizations
believe it advisable to clarify the relationship through
Part of the confusion may be due to the fact that
the Museum was founded in 1998 as the Panama Canal
Society Foundation; and by its very name, it was assumed
by many that the museum was to be operated under the
umbrella of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. To
the contrary, the Foundation was established as a distinct
organization with absolutely no financial, legal or
operational ties to the Society. Recognizing the confusion
that existed, the Foundation recently undertook legal
measures, and was subsequently granted permission, to do
business as the Panama Canal Museum.
Although the Society has given some support to
the Museum, this support has not been of a monetary
nature nor an out-of-pocket expense to the Society. The
Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
will continue to provide non-financial support on an "as-
needed" basis to the Museum in its very commendable
efforts to honor and memorialize the history of the
American presence at the Panama Canal.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA,
S/BETTY LEDOUX, President
S/ BILL MCLAUGHLIN, 1st Vice President
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, INC.,
d/b/a PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
S/CHARLES HUMMER, President
CLONE THE ZONE BACK HOME
(To the tune of "Back Home in Indiana",
a parody written by Janet Winford Sweet)
I want to clone the Zone in Indiana, resurrect the
Clubhouse too. How I did adore Causeway Amador,
Kobbe Beach and Summit too. The new mown hay would
smell of ginger, Sosa Hill would bur again. When I dream
about the moonlight on the Chagres, then I'd clone the
Zone in my Indiana home.
The Star and Herald would review the Spillway, the
railroad train would run on time. They'd send an
ambulance from Coco Solo, and I'd never more complain.
For the 'copter and the doctor might not get there, I'd be
left out there dying in the rain. I'd make a warehouse, a
shoe store once more, Section B, the Company store.
There'd be democracy, bureaucracy: Pan Canal would
know the score. I'd not be cruel, I'd take the mules; they
would miss my loving care. And the ships would lock and
dock without hassle in my cloned, zoned and Indiana
The Hotel Tivoli, a little termite, Lucho played there New
Panameno, Panameno, Panameno vida mia.
You're in the Army now, you're not behind the plow.
God bless America.
Yo quiero que tu me Ileves al.ambor de alegria.
And good ol' Teddy'd be rough and ready to defend us
with his stick. I am retired, shifted, shafted, riffded, tired,
so I think I'll clone the Zone, I'll clone the Zone again. I'll
clone the Zone in my Indiana home.
(Submitted by Dottie Friedman)
S/KATHY EGOLF, Executive VP
Patt Foster Roberson (Louisiana and Mississipp
Reporter), Nancy Eide (Arkansas Reporter) and Bett
Snow (Tampa Bay Area Reporter)
Pat Beall enjoying the afternoon with his reporters.
Pat Beall, Canal Record Editor, hosted the
annual Reporters Luncheon on August 10, 2001, during
the PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando, FL.
Pat was honored by the Society in recognition of
his many years as Editor. He thanked the reporters for their Carlton A. Morris (Illinois Reporter), Barbara (Hall
hard work and contributions. He then informed them of his Vose (Pensacola Reporter) and Diane Bateman (Northeas
pending retirement and expressed his desire to have more Florida Reporter).
time to enjoy the personal pleasures of life. He received
many "well wishes" in his future pursuits.
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Linda Reimann Morris (Plano, Texas Reporter)
The Panama Canal Society of Northwest
Arkansas met for a luncheon on Sunday, October 21, at
Clarion Inn in Fayetteville with thirteen people attending.
Louis Sommers, chairman, conducted the meeting that
It was decided that the Spring Reunion would be
held on Father's Day at Ryans Family Steakhouse in
Dr. and Mrs. William Scarborough from
Clarksville reported that their daughter Joanne Martin
from Little Rock, an Educational Specialist, was currently
in Macedonia teaching US military personnel.
Claudio and Margaret Iglesias from
Albuquerque, New Mexico, sent a news clipping from the
Albuquerque Journal announcing that their son David, 43,
from Santa Fe had been appointed by President Bush to be
the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for New Mexico. The
Senate approved his appointment on October 14 and he
was sworn into office on October 16. He was a 1984
graduate of New Mexico Law School. He has worked as a
prosecuting attorney for a number of years. At one time he
served as a Navy defense lawyer representing a Marine in
several notable trials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These
trials were reportedly the basis for the hit movie A Few
Good Men starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise.
The Iglesiases were missionaries to the Cuna
Indians in Malutuppo, San Blas Islands, for many years
and still return for visits almost every year.
Mary Condon reports that in August Jane
Gruver of Bismark, ND, formerly of the Canal Zone and
the Republic of Panama, came to Fayetteville to visit her
sister-in-law Martha Benedict. Jane, together with her
husband Dr. Daniel Gruver, contributed their services to
the San Blas Medical Mission while they worked in the
Canal Zone; Dr. Gruver at Gorgas Hospital and Jane at
Balboa High School.
While in Fayetteville, Jane agreed to give a slide
performance at Butterfield Trail Village and to display a
large number of molas that were also available for
purchase. On another day Mary had invited former
"Zonians" in the area to her apartment to visit with Jane
and to see molas and to get more information about the
work in San Blas. They enjoyed Jane's explanations of the
pictures portrayed on the molas.
Muriel Morre McGriff, (BHS'36) was invited by
her daughter, Geri McGriff Davis, (BHS'57) and husband
Charles and her entire family; which consisted of four
children and their spouses and children, (a grand total of
fifteen) on a cruise. They were celebrating Charles's 60th
birthday with a family reunion on the Disney Wonder
Cruise to Nassau and Castawav Cav.
They went shopping in Nassau and had several
excursions on the island. One day was spent on Castaway
Cay Island where they enjoyed a fabulous picnic-barbeque
with all the trimmings. They were also celebrating Muriel's
great granddaughter's 8th birthday and her grandson's
wedding anniversary. Included on the cruise were Geri
McGriff Davis and spouse Charles; son, Scott Davis and
wife Capri, daughter Danni Harris, spouse Bill; daughter
Molli and Will; son, Charles "Chuck" Davis, Julie and
son Ben; daughter Aimee Davis; with friends Barbie and
Bryan Perryman and respectfully Muriel McGriff. The
reunion consisted of four generations. A wonderful time
was had by all!
This past summer Ed Wardlow and wife Vicki
Sizemore (BHS 70) stayed busy with trips to Washington
D.C., Ohio and Sea Bird Key, a private island in the
Florida Keys. In D.C. they stayed with Rae Donaldson
(BHS 68) who was a very gracious hostess and tour guide.
They attended a service at the National Cathedral, visited
the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon and Harper's Ferry. At
Harper's Ferry they met up with Ltc. Tom Wesley
(BHS'70) for lunch. Tom is stationed at nearby Ft.
Dietrich. They also met up with their Auburndale
neighbors Joe and Sue Eytalis (BHS'67 and '69) in D.C.
and together enjoyed a cruise down the Potomac River.
(L-R) Sue Eytalis, Joe Eytalis, Rae Donaldson, Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow enjoying Mount Vernon
Rae had planned a "Zonian Get Together" while
they were in D.C. There was tons of delicious food and
merriment. Zonians attending the festivities were: Rae
Donaldson, Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Joe and Sue
Eytalis, Mike Perry (BHS'70), Victoria Churchville
(BHS'68), Rosemary Gilead, Zee Zee (Jones) McKinnon
(BHS'68) and husband Gary, Tom and Susan (Jellum)
Wesley (BHS'70) and Martha Duncan (BHS'71).
Kneeling: Joe Eytalis, Vicki Churchville and Mike Perry.
Standing: Rosemary Gilead, Jim McKinnon, Rae
Donaldson, Tom Wesley, Zee Zee (Jones) McKinnon,
Susan (Jellum) Wesley, Sue Eytalis, Vicki Sizemore and
Joe and Sue Eytalis have become quite the
travelers since Joe's retirement from FAA and Sue's
"retirement" from Hillsborough County, Florida. They
joined Joe's brother, Patrick Eytalis and his wife on a
cruise to the Bahamas this past summer and then spent six
weeks traveling the highways in their motor home.
Laurie (McBride) Hazelip (BHS'70) and
husband David traveled to Tennessee in August to visit
Dave's family. Laurie reports that her Mom, Margaret
McBride, has moved to Tampa and loves it.
Pam Crowell (BHS'71) hosted a Zonian get
together at her home in Ormond Beach in September.
There was plenty of food to include Len Wilson's famous
empanadas, meat on the stick and baked plaintain. Zonians
attending the fiesta were: Jeanie and Ernie Hickman, Jim
Murphy, Debbie Beall, John Timanns, Len Wilson,
Janet Stuart, Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison, Ed Wardlow
and Vicki Sizemore.
If anyone living in Central Florida has news they
wish to share you can call me at 863-967-2106 or email me
at: Maxgatoblanco@aol.com. I look forward to reporting
the "Zonian" news from our area.
Central Florida Reporter
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers
met on Tuesday, October 2, 2001, at Ryan's Family Steak
House in Ocala for their 55th semi-annual luncheon
meeting with 52 present.
Honored guests were former PCSOFL presidents:
Bob Johnson '95-'96; Jim O'Donnell, '96-'97; and Faith
Brundage, '99-2000. Bob was accompanied by his wife
Carolyn (Glenn) Johnson BHS'46.
Kathy Egolf once again represented the Panama
Canal Museum and announced the museum's Grand
Opening on Friday, November 2, 2001, in Seminole, FL. It
will have a "gift shop" managed by Faith Brundage.
Samples of items available were on display and two were
provided as door prizes. Winners were: newcomers
Robert and Hallie Witcher of Dunnellon, FL (2002 PC
Museum calendar) and Marcy and Jerry Fox, also from
Dunnellon (a special book on the Panama Canal written for
folks of all ages).
Bill Muller presents Kathy Egolf memorabilia for the PC
Bill Muller presented Kathy with two items for
inclusion in the museum on behalf of John Balschun (a
50h anniversary program for the Canal Zone Firemens' 5'1
Annual Ball held at the El Panama Hotel on February 14,
1956; and Charlie Norris and the BHS class of *46 (a
copy of BHS'46 program book on the occasion of their
50th anniversary celebration in July 1996 at the annual
Canal Zone Reunion in Orlando).
Virginia and Patricia Booth offered a Panama
placemat as a door prize (a popular item at the Reunion),
which was won by Jerry and Carolyn Coffey of Weeki
Wallace Crawford, Sr. reported on his 15-day
trip to Panama and his personal observations. He stayed at
the Hotel California for $20 per night and found meals to
be reasonable. He hired a taxi for a 10-hour tour of
Panama. He traveled to the Fortified Islands at Ft. Amador
to see new hotels, marinas and a deep-sea port developing.
On to Gamboa to the new hotel, tourist apartments and a
view of the Canal and the Chagres River. Curundu was
another stop on his tour along with some nightlife. He
noted many tourists and businessmen, especially from
South America and he was quite impressed with the
rapidity of growth of tourism in Panama.
Wally was a businessman in Panama opening his
"Agencias Crawford, S.A." on "J" Street in 1937 selling
antiques, military items and Christmas trees. He and his
late wife Emily (McGahhey) Crawford, BHS'46, also
operated the Dairy Queen on 4th of July Avenue across
from the Ancon Post Office from the '70s to 1995 when
they relocated to Dunnellon (Rainbow Lakes Estates). He
also informed me that he and my brother John Muller
were classmates, BHS'33. We were saddened to learn that
Wally's stepfather, Edgar Daggett, 90, passed on.
Newcomers attending our luncheon: Bob and
Hallie Witcher, Dunnellon; Don and Ellen Crull,
Summerfield; Agnes and Ed Mulroy, Ocala (he worked
for the Dredging Division and she was a nurse). Ellisa
Oakley informed me that she lived in Red Tank and
attended C.Z. schools but graduated from a school in
Panama. Her grandfather, Henry Oakley, worked in the
machine shop on the locks until his retirement on several
acres in Chilibre. He died at the age of 90 in 1969. Ellisa
moved to Ocala from New York.
Fred and Claudia Robinson live in Marion Oaks
(Ocala). He was raised in Cristobal and his father was a
policeman in Gatun. Latest contact was with Leo Krziza
who lives in Ocala's "On Top Of The World"
development. His wife, Mary (Crum) Krziza was a
schoolteacher at the Balboa Elementary School. Her father
was a Judge in the Balboa Magistrates Court.
Peggy (Smith) Dubble's daughter Marion
Morgan writes that her mother is in an assisted-living
place in Inverness after suffering a stroke last December.
Richard and Sandy Roscoe of Gainesville, FL,
wrote us about their son Mark David Roscoe and
daughter Jill Denise Roscoe graduating.
Dave and Barbara (Curles) Aycock recently
traveled to Alaska.
Check out the website for Bruce and Marge Ruiz
Your reporter observed over 30 Ocala Zonians
attending the annual reunion in Orlando having a great
time. I attended the Reporters Luncheon and the BHS'46
55H Class Reunion and Luncheon hosted by Charlie
Bill McLaughlin arranged for Bill Muller to
present a color-slide show (scenes of Panama and the
Canal Zone taken some 50 years ago). Crowd was small
but enthusiastic with Richard and Juanita McConaughey
and others expressing complimentary remarks and asking,
William "Bill" Muller
Ocala, Florida Reporter
A great time was had at the 2001 Reunion in
August. I enjoyed working at Registration and look
forward to doing it again in 2002. For the first time I was a
"page" at the Annual Business Meeting working with two
awesome people, Shirley (Bonneau) Camby and
Margaret McLaughlin. I really enjoyed seeing all my
close friends, Shirley (Bonneau) Camby (CHS'61), Hilda
(Saborio) Boseman (CHS'61), my brother Butch
(CHS'58), sister Ruby (CHS'60) and had some great
conversations with our good friend Joe Lorenzo (CHS'59)
and Max Hanna (CHS'59). My most fantastic treat was
the unexpected arrival at the Reunion of my near and dear
friends Eileen (Cox) and Geoff Cowell. They surely did
My 40th class reunion dinner was held on Friday,
August 10. What a wonderful time we had! So many
classmates showed up, the dinner was delicious and our
Emcee John Cronan was just tremendous. It was so
enlightening to see all my classmates looking so youthful
(even though it had been 40 years since our graduation).
Our next CHS'61 Class Reunion will be held at the 2006
Saturday Mass at the 2001 Reunion
(L-R) Keith Kulig, Father John Kennedy, and Barbara
A most pleasurable highlight was attending Mass on
Saturday afternoon with all the St. Mary's gang and seeing
my favorite Priest Father John Kennedy. It's always such
a good feeling to see him and to remember the good times
we all had at St. Mary's.
Labor Day weekend my son, Kevin (BHS'83), his
girlfriend Cassis Witt (BHS'84) and her son, Colin visited
from Arkansas. It was great having them here and all the
family together again.
Luau in Honolulu
Bob McCarrick and Peggy Simpson
Bob McCarrick (BHS'47) and Peg Simpson
(BHS'47) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., were on the road
again this year to Hawaii. Peg said it reminded them so
much of Panama. Then they took a 10-day cruise to visit the
other islands of Maui and Hawaii. They even did the bumpy
road to Kona and the Hilo trip to view the volcanoes. After
four wonderful days at sea to Ensenada, Mexico, it was
home to the real world of Visa bills, laundry, cooking,
cleaning and all the good stuff involved with being home
In August, Peg and Bob enjoyed a visit from Dick
and Barbara (Schnake) (BHS'47) Jeffers of Houston,
Texas. It was non-stop talking, especially with Bob and
Barbara old Pedro Miguel buddies.
Dinner at Guiseppi's Restaurant, Ft. Walton Beach,
Florida. (L-R) Bob McCarrick, Peg Simpson, Barbara
(Schnake) and Dick Jeffers.
I'm a grandmother again! On August 15th, my
son, Bob and his wife had their first baby, a precious,
handsome little boy, Robert Donald Vose.
If you have any news for my next article, please
send it or call me! Hasta luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose
Pensacola, Florida Reporter
The annual Space Coast picnic was held on
Saturday, October 27th with almost 100 people from all
over Florida attending. As a bonus, the Panama Canal
Society held a regular meeting in conjunction with the
picnic and it was fun to have all the "other siders" join us.
We were able to get a head start on our Christmas
shopping thanks to Kathy Egolf, Chuck Hummer, Faith
Brundage, Chris Skeie and Paula Bogle who sold items
to support the PCC Museum and other fun things we
couldn't resist. There were also lots of door prizes and we
thank everyone who donated.
Those attending were: Terry and Sue Deakins,
Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Bob and Fran
Morrissey, Bob and Marguerite Zumbado, Violet
Deakins, Chuck Hummer, Faith Brundage, Kathy
Egolf, Al and Joy Maale, Keri and Jillian DeCaro, Phil,
Tristan, Zack, Sidney, Hailey and Alex Roundy, Bob
and Nancy VanSiclen, Les Hendrick, Shirley Bartow
Bernat, Elaine Vestal Lewis, Betty LeDoux, Curtis and
Emily Bliss, Tom and Connie Stoakley, June Barlow
Reitsz, Art and Gloria Baggott, Vickie Sizemore, Ed
Wardlow, Chris Skeie, Paula Bogle, Pete and Marge
Foster, Bob and Dot Herrington, Ken Morris, Ruth,
Rene and Kathy Conlan, Dick and Juanita
McConaughey, Wil Rogers, Norman and Janet
Watkins, Rich and Roberta Muslo, Ken and Terry
Brown, Lauray Griffin, Irene Will, Obe Oberholtzer,
Cody Hollowell, Steve and Martha Vickery, Ron, Fran
and Nikki Meyer, Don and Ginny Miller, Janet Stuart,
Bob Sprague, Terry Giles, Sandra Hughes Claflin, Tita
Mullen, Jacque Vowell, Pam Crowell, Connie Young,
Bill and Edna Rogers, Don Hendrick, Sonja Justice,
Bob and Pat Munchback, Bill and Jane Huff, Tom
Price, Dionne Holland, Elizabeth Holland, Bud and Val
Dempsey, Tom Hanna, Ed and Christina Volonnino,
Ken and Alice Daly, Richard, Diana, and Samantha
Grimison, Jim and Jerri Farnsworth, Grace and Leo
Shadeck, and Pam Reid.
Thanks to all who attended. We hope to see you
all again next year.
As you all can see by this report, we now have a
Canal Record reporter in our area. Please call, write, or e-
mail me all your news and happenings.
Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey
Space Coast Reporter
I have really exciting news to report this time.
U.S. Customs Senior Special Agent Ryan Spradlin, of
Jackson, MS, son of Lloyd and Margaret Spradlin, of
Tallahassee, was recently named "Top Cop" for the State
of Mississippi. He also received "Honorable Mention" for
the award of "Top Cop" for the entire United States. Ryan
was honored for his achievements on October 25, 2001, at
the 8th Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony hosted by
the National Association of Police Organizations in the
Warren Theater in Washington, DC. The proud parents
were on hand, as was Ryan's sister Tracy McQuillan of
Jacksonville, for the presentation of these most prestigious
awards. John Walsh, television host of "America's Most
Wanted", was the keynote speaker at the awards
ceremony. Those of you who attend the reunion dances
would recognize Ryan as the incredibly good-looking guy
who dances better than Ricky Martin.
More kudos to pass along--in October, Nathan
McIlvaine, son of Ed and Kari McIlvaine, beat out a
number of excellent golfers from all the local high schools
to win the city golf championship. Nathan represents the
McClay School, where he is a senior. He also regularly
beats his dad at golf.
Also want to congratulate John Schmidt on his
70h birthday. Approximately one hundred family members
and friends attended a birthday extravaganza, hosted by
John's five children and their spouses, Daniel and Sylvia
Schmidt, Kathleen (Schmidt) and Tim Ryan, John and
Diane Schmidt, Tracy (Schmidt) and Dusty Boyce, and
Ruth (Schmidt) and Craig Darling, at one of
Tallahassee's most popular Italian restaurants, the Village
Pizza. The owner Adam Bardhi is a close friend of the
Schmidt family and pulled out all the stops for this
birthday bash. Never have I seen (and eaten) so many
varieties of Parmesan, i.e., chicken, eggplant, and lasagna.
But the real star of the night was John himself. His good
friend, Brigadier General Bill Webb, Ret., was tapped to
do the "knighting ceremony". With both men standing on
chairs, so all could see, General Webb bestowed
knighthood on John, as he crowned him with a headdress
of Indian feathers. (John was a "Chief' Master Sergeant in
the Air Force, and is often referred to as "the Chief').
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John Schmidt in
Chiefs" headdress celebrating his
John was so cute as he continued to stand on the chair,
headdress in place, thanking everyone for helping him
celebrate this important milestone. He said, "I guess I look
pretty silly with this on." But, we assured him that he
looked great, and he had to keep it on all night. Then, all
John's children stood on chairs and proceeded to speak of
their dad with eloquence, sincerity, humor, great love and
affection. Trust me, there was not a dry eye in the place.
Other highlights of the evening included surprise visits by
John's oldest daughter, Kathleen Ryan, of Colorado
Springs, and John's brother Doug Schmidt of Kerrville,
TX. Doug flew his own private plane into Tally and
managed to surprise the entire family. Doug had a great
time visiting with his old classmates and fellow PanCaial
associates, Joe and Bev Wood and Mike Sliith.
Another wonderful surprise for John was the
attendance of his grandson, Airman First Class Jonathan
Ryan Schmidt, who was celebrating his 20th birthday.
John didn't think Ryan would be able to get off duty to
join the party--but, fortunately, he did. The following week
Ryan, a member of the U.S. Air Force Security Forces,
deployed to Kuwait.
John Schmidt's grandson Ryan Schmidt, son John
Schmidt, Adam Bardhi, and grandson Matthew
Mary (Mallan) Mclnerney, another Zonian who
joined in the festivities, drove over from Jacksonville to
help her Balboa High School chum celebrate. Other
attendees included two retired generals, seven retired
colonels, Doyle Connor (former Florida State Agriculture
Commissioner), fellow "Chief' Gary Sharpe, and two
high school principals. John, after retiring from the Air
Force, taught the ROTC program at a local high school.
John was so admired and respected that Godby High
School named the Air Force Junior ROTC building after
him when he retired. John has so much for which to be
proud--including two sons in the local police force. Dan, a
Lieutenant, is a Shift Commander at the county jail and
John, a Captain with the Sheriffs Department, was
recently promoted to Chief of Detectives of the Criminal
Investigation Bureau (another "chief"). John supervises
sixty detectives in this new assignment.
And now for some highlights of those wandering
Woods and Meads--they managed to visit with numerous
former Zonians these past few months. In July, Burt and
Carol and Joe and Bev spent a week in Seattle visiting
with Bob and Ann Best, who live in the beautiful little
hamlet of Poulsbo, across Puget Sound from the city. They
were all met there by Bill and Thelma DeLaMater, who
flew in from Panama, and Thelma's daughter Michelle
Conover, who lives in California. Bob, Bill, Burt and Joe
played golf with Ray Nickisher and helped celebrate Joe's
birthday at a party hosted by the Bests. Also at the party
were former Zonians Tom and Carmen Matthews and
Lee and Kathy Snyder. A good time was had by all.
While there, Rich and Angie Linton, Bob and Ann, and
Joe and Bev attended the wedding of Torrey Gragg at a
beautiful ceremony in downtown Seattle. In addition to the
parents of the groom, Larry and Sharon Gragg, and
Torrey's brother Jason, other guests included Bill
McQuarry, Brian Sasso, Craig Meyer, and Shannon
and Debbie Winters. Bev's brother Bob Bowman, on
duty with US AIRWAYS, flew in for the day as a surprise.
The highlight of the trip was a game at Safeco Field where
the Mariners played the Arizona Diamondbacks, who
represented the National League in the World Series.
After Seattle, the Woods and Meads flew to Park
City, UT, for a week's worth of rest and recuperation and a
little golf. They spent time at Olympic Park, where the
2002 Winter Olympics will be held, and saw many of the
world's athletes practicing their ski-jumps and
snowboarding jumps. Then, it was back to Tally and time
to get ready for FSU football. Frequent visitors for these
games are Mike and Mary Gordon. Others who enjoy
spending the weekend for all the FSU-related festivities
(and especially the Miami game) are Jack and Fran Hern
and Bonnie and Ed Dolan. This fun-loving, tailgating
group includes Lloyd and Margaret Spradlin, Rich and
Angie Linton, Keith and Cindy Mead, Carol and over-
the-top FSU fan, Burt Mead (his answering machine
message says, "Go Noles!"), and Bev and her Gator-fan
(great year to be a Gator) husband, Joe Wood.
Here goes my plea again--if you have any news
(or know of someone who does), please e-mail or call me
so that I can report it.
Tallahassee, Florida Reporter
Herb and Joyce (Dugas) Joubert of Baton
Rouge enjoy outings with their motor-home group, the
Camp-N-Cajuns. They recently caravanned with seven
other couples in their motor homes and traveled to Texas
to visit Kilgore, Tyler and the House of the Four Seasons
in Jefferson. Joyce (BHS'49) was born in Ancon. (PIX TO
The Summer National Senior Olympics were held
in Baton Rouge this year. Larry Horine (CHS'49) of
Boone, N.C., was the only former Zonian competing. He
set a record for his age group with 44-7.5 in shot put. He
was first in discus at 128-1 and first in javelin at 130-2. A
week later the USA Masters Track & Field Championships
were held in Baton Rouge. Larry had time to go home, rest
up and return to take another first in shot put at 45-.50,
first in javelin at 133 and second in discus at 136-7. He
hopes to participate in downhill skiing at the Winter
National Senior Olympics, Lake Placid, N.Y., in January.
(PIX TO COME)
This reporter successfully completed the six-day
Elderhostel Astronaut Training Program at the Kansas
Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson in August.
Participants performed stress tests in a 3-axis apparatus
and the centrifuge g-force trainer that pulls up to five
G's, and worked in teams on a robotics simulation. They
flew an advanced-flight simulator housed in an actual F
101 cockpit (which was accidentally rolled over the
Everglades prior to almost landing) and directed a lunar
rover mission much like the Mars Pathfinder. The week
culminated with a five-person space shuttle mission aboard
a state-of-the-art shuttle simulator. (PIX TO COME)
Patt Foster Roberson
Gerda Smith, 67, of Smithdale is home again
following a solo motorcycle trip of 4,676 miles in five
weeks through 12 states aboard a Kawasaki 500. It took a
year of planning. Temperatures ranged from 36 degrees to
100-plus. She camped out along the way and relied on
restaurants and camp stores for provisions. The 18-
wheelers and mountain switchbacks were scary and she
dumped the loaded 500-pound bike twice. Luckily she
wasn't hurt and someone was around to help her right it.
More adventures are planned. She's an inspiration to us
The annual Gulf Coast Picnic was held at Davis
Bayou Campground on the Gulf Islands National Seashore,
Ocean Springs, on the first Saturday in October. Attendance
was unusually light this year but everyone had a good time
socializing, eating and enjoying the fireplace. Because the
fall season seems to get started on the first weekend in
October, the group decided to move the picnic to the last
Saturday in September next year, which is the 28', so please
mark your calendars now for this important CZ event. Our
same pavilion with fireplace and indoor plumbing has been
Roland Casanova of Slidell brought a huge tray
of sandwiches. He is recovering nicely from heart
problems. Carolyn and Richard Dillon of Grove Hill.
Ala., our empanada chefs, were looking forward to the
Scottsboro picnic and plan to display samples of PanCanal
Museum items that are for sale only in Florida.
This reporter had just returned from a BHS
reunion in San Antonio with about 138 former classmates
and spouses. They enjoyed a bus tour of Texas Hill
Country, golf tournament, banquet, dance and lots of
reminiscing of a place that Irwin Frank said of his recent
visit caused "a lump in my gut. The body is there, but the
heart and soul are gone."
George Fryer of New Orleans was happy to be
feeling good enough to attend the picnic. He is off chemo
and in full remission. George is a captain on New Orleans
ferryboats, currently the Chalmette Ferry.
A little pink note was posted for us on the
pavilion board. Beth Ann Davis was on her way to
Missouri from Florida and had stopped by for a siesta. She
was amazed to find our CZ picnic sign. Beth lived on Fort
Davis/Espinar (1990-95) and worked with Cub Scouts in
Coco Solo with her husband Dennis Davis and sons John
and Dennis. We're sorry we missed her. She can be
reached c/o her parents, Norm Pearce, P.O. Box 366,
South Haven, MI 49090. She extends greetings to Dr.
Dodge, Mrs. Engleman, Mr. Hoffman and Col. Lee.
Patt Foster Roberson
All of us who have done this NW reporting gig
for the last 20 years send a big round of applause to Pat
Beall for all his efforts as Editor. We greatly appreciate his
job well done! Also, we welcome Jacque Vowell as the
new Editor, and hope she enjoys it as much as Pat did.
Jim Shobe, Jim Duffus, and Steve Shobe on their 2500
mile trek to Utah
Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe of Bellingham,
WA, had a busy summer. Jim, son Steve, and son-in-law
Jim Duffus, motorcycle to Utah to visit Jim's grandson
Dillon Shobe who is stationed at Hill AFB near Salt Lake
City. spent Labor Day weekend with him and returned
home a week later. They covered 2500 miles. The Shobes
then left for San Antonio for Noralie's 50t' BHS class
reunion. They returned home to celebrate their 50"'
wedding anniversary (Jim says "trees don't live that
long"). Children Steve and Clover Duffus and their better
halves threw a big bash for their folks at the Roder Home
in Bellingham. continuing on at Shobe's house late into the
night. Noralie's Maid of Honor, Hazel (Griffith) Berry,
and husband Bob recently visited from Phoenix.
Henry Cruz, Bill Donahue and Landy (Cruz) Donahue
tour the Oregon Coast after the Northwest Picnic
Henry and Pat Cruz, of Bellingham, WA, had a great
summer reunioning, visiting, camping, doing fun runs, etc.
Henry's sister Landy (Cruz) and husband Bill Donahue
came up from California for the Northwest (Oregon this
year) reunion picnic (their second time) and later went to
the Cruz home to spend a few days as tourists. Henry
enjoyed playing guide and showing off our beautiful
northwest mountains, rivers, valleys, coast, lakes, etc., and
hosting the traditional poached salmon dinner.
Luis Celerier presents an honorary diploma ('51) to Miss
Vivian Simmons while touring the Texas countryside
In October, Jim and Noralie Shobe joined Henry
and Pat Cruz on a trip to San Antonio, TX, for the classes
of '51 and '52 get-together also attended by a few
members of '50 and '53. The events included a bus trip of
the countryside, including the Nimitz museum, the usual
Riverwalk visits, and a dinner-dance finale. During the
countryside tour, after visiting the Pioneer Museum, Louis
Celerier presented Miss Vivian Simmons with an
honorary class of '51 diploma, noting she just wanted to be
"one of the guys". She also got to kick up her heels at the
BHS Class of '52 and spouses at San Antonio, Texas
Reunion in October 2001
Barbara (Greene) Litchford writes that her
mom Wink Greene had a stroke on September 17th while
driving her car, fortunately was not injured, but spent two
weeks at the U. of Washington Med Center. Wink's son
Tom Sheppard of Mt. Vernon, WA, stayed with her the
first week she was home. She's now doing pretty well on
her own and Barbara lives only about five minutes away.
Barbara changed jobs in September and is now
Construction Management assistant for an architectural
firm in Seattle. She totally loves her job, and is working
with Janice Nehring. They were neighbors on Owen
Street, had horses together at Pacific Saddle Club, and both
graduated from BHS in 1973. They hadn't seen each other
since graduation, and now have had a chance to renew
their childhood friendship. Barbara had a great time at the
Reunion in Orlando and the NW picnic in July. Barbara
(and everyone who participated) send kudos to Lindsey
Reid (daughter of Jim and Pam) for putting on the NW
picnic dune buggy adventure. Of Barbara's two sons, Sean
is a HS freshman and Ian is in first grade. Husband John,
a service writer for Seaview Chevrolet, had a heart valve
repaired in March 2000, then actually received a letter
from his cardiologist saying that he does have a heart.
Vicky (Harrell) and Larry Ahlemann of
McMinnville, OR, recently advised that they were starting
on a seven-week jaunt around the USA. Later we heard
from Dona (Jones) Brophy that they had gotten as far as
her and John's place in Castine, ME.
Janet Rigby and John Carey of Port Townsend,
WA, had lots of company this summer, and still had guests
into October. In July, all three Rigby boys and their
families visited for a week, Mitch, a Boeing subsidiary
supervisor from Mulkiteo, WA, married with two girls;
Mike, married with two kids, a high school teacher from
Logan, UT; and Matt, still a bachelor, a pilot in training
from West Palm Beach, FL. While they were there, Marty
and Bev Hoffman, Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin,
Wallace Teal and friend Bev Jones all from Diamond
Point, WA; and Donna and Randy Grubbs, and the
Frank Brus, from Okinawa, all went to Port Townsend for
potluck. After that, John's daughter Kate, husband Mark
Kaufman and three kids came from DC, and the following
week, his daughter Kellie (Carey) Hurson and son Brian,
also from DC, visited for a week. John's friend, Brian,
who used to visit in Panama, spent some time with them,
as did John and Marylou Maher. John and Janet plan to
take off for the east coast in late October or early
Mike Plucker, Ceci Briem and Inez Plucker. The
Pluckers hosted the Northwest Picnic.
On their round-the-world sailboat trip, Paul
Baker and Suzette Connolly had a great swim with manta
rays on Bora Bora and were leaving in early September
bound for Tonga, hoping to stop at Rarotonga in the Cook
Islands and the small island nation of Niue.
Eva and Lee Hunnicutt at Colonial Creek in North
Cascades National Park.
Ginny Kleefkens and Billy Rankin, of Tacoma,
WA, RV'd to Oregon in July for the NW Picnic. Then
packed their bags for the Orlando reunion which turned out
to also be a mini-family reunion. Ginny's brother Walter
Kleefkens and cousin Mike Rudge were there for their
40th high school reunion. So, Ginny's cousins, Pat
(Rudge) Nellis and Marcy (Rudge) Fox, came. Ginny's
niece and nephew Lori and John Ridge, cousins Carolyn,
Max and Gordon Sanders and kids, and aunt Jean
Sanders and cousin Bruce Sanders also went to see
family members. The Rankin's daughter. Nancy Ivory,
came over from England for her 20th class gathering. Billy
also ran into lots of his kin: cousins Mickey and Carol
Walker, Brenda and Alita Collins, and Wendy Sasso.
Back in Washington, Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett and
kids Ryann and Jason came for a week to see Nancy who
flew in after the reunion for a short visit. They spent a day
in Diamond Point with Robert and Gayle Rankin and their
daughter Kindra Younce and her husband Dave and their
three sons Justin, Robby and Clay who were visiting.
Allen Smith, son of Gerry Hannigan, and
Monica Durant in North Washington.
celebrated his 80th birthday in May, attended his 60th MIT
class reunion in June, visited Chicago over Labor Day, and
also in September went to San Diego for the 59th USMC
10th Defense Battalion reunion. He and Mary Sanford
also enjoy many of Seattle's cultural activities.
Lynley Farnsworth of Zephyrhills, Fla., daughter of Ron
and Nancy Farnsworth, in the North Cascades.
Jim and Gerry Hannigan of Newhalem, WA,
have had lots of visitors this summer: Lynley Farnsworth,
daughter of Ron and Nancy Farnsworth, now of
Zephyrhills, FL; Mary Lou Hartshorn of Point
Richmond, CA; Lee and Eva Hunnicutt; Gerry's son
Allen Smith and his fiancee Monica Durant; and Wallace
Teal and Bev Jones who came in their brand-new motor
Lee Snider celebrated his 70t birthday joined by
all the Washington grandkids. Marti Lohr is doing her
annual fall, back-east visit seeing relatives and friends in
the Pennsylvania area.
Mary Sanford and Robert Blake at Robert's birthday
celebration in May in Seattle, Washington
Bob Blake has been really busy this year: saw the
Rose Bowl game in January, attended a February meeting
of the PanAm Historical Foundation in San Francisco,
Fred Ebdon, Inez Plucker and Beverly (Moody) Ebdon
at the Northwest Picnic.
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January 18th, 2002
All the input received for this issue is very much
appreciated, and we'd love to hear from more of you. And
all we NWers send best wishes to all for a very happy
Greetings from Western North Carolina. Hard to
believe when you are reading this issue that we are all
getting ready for Christmas, or if we are late, just getting
over it. Seems like the reunion just got over. It was a great
reunion and it was good to see so many old friends.
On Saturday, August 25, our group here in
Hendersonville had our annual picnic at Jackson Park with
about 33 people in attendance. We had several visitors and
a few out-of-towners who were there for the first time,
including Don and Jean Liebner from Huntersville, NC,
and Don and Geneva Boland from Columbia, SC. It was
great having them and we hope they will return often.
Some of the visitors included Bruce and Karen Newhard
of Battle Creek, MI, who came with Janet Cunningham.
They had been visiting their grandson at college in
Tennessee and drove on over here to visit Janet. Bruce and
Janet's son, Dick, were classmates. Jim and Diane
Bradley had Jim's sister Marian along, who was visiting
with them for a few days. Priscilla Dunn brought a host of
visitors including Roy and Olga Allen, Bertha Allen,
Alex and Leo Khovkhounov and Katrina Dunn. Ron
Nessler and Bernie Mans drove in on their motorcycles to
join several of the "locals", including the Patinos, Howes,
Ericksons, and others. I missed the picnic myself but
understand a good time was had by all.
I did have a "family reunion" of sorts when my
brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Dunning, came
from Arkansas and my two sisters, Sandi Ingle and Vicki
Howe, drove up from Florida, along with a cousin of ours.
We had a great visit talking and laughing and reminiscing
about old times. Also had a short lunch visit with Shirley
(Million) and Bob Muse from Winter Park, FL. They were
here to see the fall colors and stayed at the Pisgah Inn on the
beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. We didn't have too much
time but did talk about our Pedro Miguel days. She described
the lovely reception for Adele Meissner, hosted by the
Salvation Army in September on the occasion of Adele's
retirement. Adele's mom Kathryn was there and from the
picture I saw, she is just as beautiful now as she was 30 years
ago when she used to load all of us Pedro Miguel girls into
the car and take us to Santa Clara beach for the day. I wish
we all could have been there en masse for the celebration but
we were there in spirit.
Malcolm and Jean Stone had a busy summer and
celebrated the wedding of their daughter Lynn in July. No
pictures are available as yet so we'll catch them next issue.
The Stones made a trip to Florida to visit Ned Rose and
Thelma Daida in Punta Gorda and while there saw Randy
and Camille Robertson, MY DENTIST.
Sam and Norma Irvin attended the Stone
wedding and, since then, have been home only long
enough to do laundry and change clothes. They drove to
Nevada, tried to cross the Hoover Dam, but were turned
back because they were in a truck, and because of the
September 11th tragedy, no trucks were allowed to cross
the dam. They also went on their annual trip to Gatlinburg,
TN, to the craft fair and to see the fall decorations. Jim and
Diane Bradley were in Houston at press time visiting son
Michael and family, so will catch up with them later. They
have been cruising again with the Nowotnys. Willa and
Willy Nowotny hosted their annual "Octoberfest" in
September and between my company of six people and
Pat Frasier's group of seven, the Nowotnys had a full
house. I think I heard Wilma say this was the last
Octoberfest but we've heard that before and hope she
really doesn't mean it. They have the best Octoberfests
Bob and Fran Morrissey have had a busy
summer also, starting with a trip to Washington, NC,
where Fran developed a small health problem (well, not
really small but she is doing fine now and is back to
normal). Then they went on a cruise to the Western
Carribean, Key West, Mexico and Grand Cayman, along
with Terry and Sue Deakins. They had a wonderful time
and Fran said Key West was really nice and she'd love to
go back there and spend more time. It is so picturesque and
quaint. Bob and Fran became grandparents recently, for
the third time, when Jillian Marie DeCaro was born to
their daughter Keri and her husband George of St. Johns,
FL. Jillian tipped the scales at 8 lbs. 15 oz. Congratulations
to all of the family. Dick and Sandy Roscoe visited the
Morrisseys in early October.
Our condolences to Thelma Collins on the death
of her husband Jesse in September. Thelma is living in
Guess that is it for this time. If I have missed any
news from anyone, please give me a call for the next issue.
I did forget to mention that Ron and Linnea Angermuller
became "grandparents" also. Linnea's two birds had babies
and they are so cute.
Bye for now.
North Carolina Reporter
Jimmie Wickham writes that Helen Brathwaite
visited Oklahoma for a stopover last summer before
returning to Okinawa. Jimmie spent an afternoon with
Helen catching up on the DoDDS news and reminiscing
about Panama. Jimmie will be spending Thanksgiving
week in New Orleans, where she will attend her class
reunion at Xavier University. Jimmie also writes that Ray
and Maria Aldridge of Stafford, OK, recently welcomed
their children home for a reunion. Brian and wife came
from Pittsburgh, PA; Ray Michael came from San Diego,
CA; and Raylene came from Houston, TX. Maria visited
her family in Panama in October 2001. Jimmie is happy to
know that the Texas Hill Country Zonians are continuing
their Christmas party tradition, and she hopes that many
Oklahoma Zonians will be in attendance this year.
Renee Collins and her daughters.
In August 2001, Renee Carter Collins enjoyed
the company of daughter and son-in-law on their return
trip from South Carolina. The family photo shows most of
the Collins girls, and the girls have passed their Mom in
height now. In July 2001, Renee enjoyed a two-week
backpacking and canoeing adventure in the Quettico
Nature Preserve of Canada. Renee managed to pull in her
first ten-pound pike, photograph eagles and swimming
moose, and enjoy the sound of loons over the lakes at
night. The Quettico is well known for fantastic fishing,
beautiful pristine woodlands and as a sanctuary for
wildlife. The only method of getting inland is by hiking
over land and trail and then canoeing.
Julia and Paulino Allande. We welcomed first-time
visitors Howard and Delores Jury from Edmond, OK,
and they became members. We also welcomed first-time
visitor and member Esther Helin, wife of Steve Helin,
who attended the picnic too. Charlie Brown and Erma
Coiner (from Joplin, MO); Eli and Lydia Lugo; David
and Shirley Lugo; John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler
with son and friend; Tomas and Amy (Lugo) Diaz; Jean
and Doris Burns; Scott Burns; Mike, Laura (Burns),
Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann; Robert and Fran
Norman; and Jimmie Wickham also attended the picnic.
We all enjoyed beautiful weather, delicious food and great
The Chapter elected a new slate of officers for the
next two years President, Paulino Allande; Vice
President: Tomas Diaz; Secretary/Treasurer: Amy Diaz;
and Reporter: Laura (Bums) Redemann.
Jean and Doris Burs enjoyed a visit from Bob
and Vicki (Hutchinson) Boukalis (from Lillian, AL) for
four days at the end of September 2001. Vicki and Bob
were on their way back home after visiting Bob's parents
Jim and Julia, near Weatherford, TX. Everyone had a
great time celebrating Vicki's birthday the last of
September. Scott Bums along with friend Miya Dodd and
Mike, Laura (Bums), Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann
also enjoyed all of the festivities.
On October 12, 2001, Julia and Paulino Allande
along with Jean and Doris Bums attended a dedication
ceremony in Tulsa, along with 500 other people. Captain
Robert Norman (retired Navy and past Marine Director
for the Panama Canal Company) was the Master of
Ceremony. He, along with about 50 other Pearl Harbor
survivors, dedicated a 14-mile section of US Highway 169
as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Expressway.
Oklahoma Chapter's next meeting/picnic will be
on May 4, 2002, at Andrews Park in Norman, OK.
Everyone is definitely welcome.
Laura (Burns) Redemann
Oklahoma Annual Fall Picnic 2001
The Oklahoma Chapter held its Fall
meeting/picnic in Tulsa on October 6, 2001, at the home of
Angie Garcia and boyfriend Craig Davis flew
down to Panama from Piano, TX, for a quick 5-day stay
from the 26" to the 31st of July. Tommy and Zenia
Morris played host and tour guides as they went fishing in
Gatun Lake (yes, an 8-lb. bass actually got away), spent a
night in Coronado, a day in El Valle (shopping in the
Market Craig was one heck of a barterer), and a day in
Isla Grande (kayaking and snorkeling). The trip was short,
intense (hardly any sleep), but was well worth the fun and
time together. Tommy's brother, Jesse Morris, of Texas
will be married in Lima, Peru on October 20, 2001 to
Peruvian Gabriela Casuso. The two were married by law
back in March in Houston, TX. Mother Regina Morris
(PCC retired), brothers Tommy Morris and kids, Charlie
Morris, and sisters Kathy Reddin and Alice Morris will
attend along with other family members and friend, James
Andrew Efthimiadis and Johnny Magee left the
reunion and met up with Nancy Magee in New York, N.Y.
After a quick tour to Times Square for a deli sandwich, they
caught a flight for Venice, Italy. After a few days in Venice,
they traveled to Florence then to Siena for II Palio (medieval
festival which highlights a highly competitive horse race).
Their next stop was a train ride to Rome for a few days
before returning to Venice and home again. Nancy currently
resides in San Diego, Calif., Johnny lives in Los Angeles,
Calif., and Andrew is a Canal pilot living in Fort Amador,
Mary (Mike) and Ned Blennerhassett had
daughter-in-law Karen (Rankin) for a two-week visit
from San Diego, CA, with her two beautiful children, 3-
year-old daughter Ryann and son Jason, who was born in
February. Ryann had a great time boating and swimming
in the Perlas. Jason took to the ocean really well. Daddy
John couldn't come because he was working but will
come as soon as he can. Tony Blennerhassett visited
Panama with his wife Jennifer for three weeks in October
and had a fabulous time. Robert Mizrachi came along and
they all enjoyed surfing, swimming, boating and fishing.
The weather was great and they caught some good waves
and some very large fish. Kathy Blennerhassett moved to
Panama with her 5-year-old son Nate, who is in
kindergarten in the Balboa Academy on Fort Clayton. Nate
enjoys boating and snorkeling with his grandparents. He's
like a little fish and thoroughly enjoys his new life. He's
learning to speak Spanish and making many friends. Kathy
is also very happy to be back in Panama, and has moved
into a lovely little apartment in El Dorado. She and Nate
have a beautiful view and have new adventures daily.
Mike and Ned continue to live in Santa Rita Arriba and fly
often to California to visit with the kids and grandkids
Wallace Teal (formerly Chief Teal of the
Atlantic Fire Station in Gatun) is visiting Panama in
October. He has already been to Colon, Santiago (to see
Alex Livingstone and his fishing camp), birdwatching
with Marianne Akers and the Audubon Society, and he
will walk the "Cristo Negro" path this Saturday and
Sunday in Portobelo. Wallace's biggest accomplishment
since leaving Panama in 1997 has been the establishment
of the Janet Johnston-Wallace Teal Endowment for
Parkinson's Research at the Loma Linda Medical Center in
honor of his late wife (Janet Johnston DoDDS teacher
who died from Parkinson's in 1997). Those wanting to
contribute to the endowment locally in Panama can contact
"Promises" consignment store at 270-7457. Wallace is also
organizing a Canal Firefighters reunion dance to be held
on Saturday, October 27, at the Hotel Executivo in Panama
John Husum made a trip to Houston and
Tallahassee in October. In Houston, he got together with
family, to include sister Karen (Husum) Clary and her
husband Jim; brother Ed and his wife Ruth and their son
John Edward Husum; and cousins Judy (Husum) Walls
and James Husum. They had a great time visiting the
Galleria and catching up with family news. The following
night John went out with Ed McArthur, Will
McConaughey and Kats and watched Sunday night
football, drank a few beers, and reminisced about their
escapades in the Zone. It was a blast as Ed and John had
not been together in quite a few years. Ed and his wife
Vicki also treated John to a great dinner at their home in
Katy. They played a few holes of golf and John got to meet
their beautiful children. In Tallahassee, many of the
Husums got together for THE game, FSU-Miami, which
did not have positive results from our standpoint. But after
the University of Florida lost to Auburn that same evening,
we felt better. John spent a wonderful time with his almost
grown up children, Rebekah, a junior at FSU; Catherine,
who flew in from Maryland where she is a sophomore at
Loyola College, and Jason, a senior at Lincoln High
School. It was Homecoming weekend for Jason's school
and Friday night, being senior night, John got to walk
across the football field with him before Lincoln's game,
in which they defeated Leon High School. John also got
together with sisters Janet (Husum) Herrington, who
came down from Atlanta, and Mary (Husum) Toston,
who came up from St. Petersburg. Brothers George and
Mike Husum came in from Panama City, FL, and Tampa.
Considering the current times, getting together with family
and friends takes on a special significance, and one
appreciates those moments more. While in Tallahassee,
John passed the certification test as an Associated Safety
Professional, certified by the Board of Certified Safety
Professionals, an organization recognized for its leadership
and quality standards in the field of safety and
Anna Opal had both her sister Dottie Meissner
of Clearwater, FL, and her good friend Anita Seifert from
Turkey visiting during the summer. Anna and husband
Carl took Dottie and her friend John fishing on Father's
Day on Jim Wiese's boat, the Aguja (Carl was driving the
boat while Jim was catching a few zzz's), and caught and
released the only sailfish in the ocean. Dottie's trip was
completed!! Anita used to work at Curundu Middle School
and visited for three weeks, not long enough for Anna. In
fact, if they have to evacuate Turkey, Anita is planning on
staying here in Panama, her home as she says, along with
her dog, Buzo.
Anna left for the U.S. on the 25th of September to
attend Carl's 25th reunion at the Virginia Military Institute.
Anna says no words can explain the patriotic spirit she felt
watching those young men come out of the barracks and
give the crowd such a parade that USARSO would never
believe. She files this report: One of Carl's best friends is
an American pilot whose regular flight was American
Flight 11 he was off that day. Another is an Army LTC
in the Pentagon and when I asked him about my girlfriend
who lost her husband in the Financial Section of the
Pentagon, he confirmed the worse--no hope. That was
confirmed on the 30"' of September before I came back,
but I already knew and couldn't call her back. Such
tragedy affects us all. My daughter Jenilee Szymanski
was in New York that week for training and where, we
didn't know. Being a country bumpkin from Panama, who
would believe that cell phones work in the entire U.S.A. E-
mailed my oldest daughter, who called me immediately
that she was okay, just off the cell phone with her (dummy
me) and she was in Staten Island. Not only that, on her
return flight to Florida, the plane had to make an
emergency landing in Orlando due to the cabin being
depressurized. She asked for bus transportation to Miami -
no more planes, what else can happen. Needless to say
most passengers caught the bus. I spent 4 to 5 days with
Ivan and Lisa Klasvosky in Miami along with Jenilee.
What a great time. The airport security was unusual. I
always wear boots when I travel, along with my Levis, and
in Miami returning to Panama, I had to take my boots off
and pass them through the scanners.
I also got a fishing report from Chris Trotter.
Here is what he says: I just got back from my annual
Panama/Pedasi fishing trip (31 Aug.-9 Sept.). Needless to
say, we (guests, Alex Trujillo from Chile and Josh and
Felicia Smith from Puerto Rico) had a wonderful time and
caught the hell out of fish while there. In two days at
Pedasi, we ended up with 72 nice Yellowfin Tuna, 6
Wahoo, 1 Sailfish, 8 Dorado and 12 nice big Spanish
Mackerel--not a bad haul. Weather was great and
accommodations at the Hotel Residencial Pedasi were
excellent also. Made arrangements for the local restaurant
(Angelas) to cook our catch up every evening with rice,
beans, patacones and a tossed salad. The four of us ate like
kings for guess how much? Grand total for all four each
night $7.00! We brought all the fish back to Puerto Rico
in two coolers a 100-qt. and 72-qt. full to the top. Went
up to Gatun Lake to show the guests some of the Panama
Canal and where we used to hang out/swim/BBQ at the
island bohios and of course drag a line through "Snook
Alley". Life is good because on our very first pass we
hooked up and landed a very nice 15-lb. Snook. While in
Panama, we all stayed with my sister Maryann and lovely
daughter Lizzie. Would like to send regards to Jim Young
and Mark Goodrich who hosted a nice impromptu BBQ
for us at their place in Curundu. Among those present at
this feast were Dave Young, Rick Doubek, the Fennell
brothers, and Jorge Bloise. Many thanks to Rick Doubek
for loaning me his truck for the Pedasi trip. All in all, my
trip was a huge success and am already planning a dry-
season trip in Feb/Mar...hopefully for the elusive Beeners,
Pinks, Broomtails, and Spots. Hasta Luego and God Bless.
A few other tidbits...Eduardo (Fulo) and
Shannon Real just had a baby girl at the beginning of
October, their second child. Lisa (Moffitt) and David
Harrill just had their first baby, it's a boy. Mike and
Nicole Stump moved back to Panama. They had been
working at a DoDDS school in Germany. Balboa Academy
has started its third year of school. New faculty members
this year include Laura Reyes and Denise (Alberga)
Winkler. Carl Winkler was promoted to Project Manager
with Cable & Wireless, he's in the Fraud and Security
Department. Also to note the Ancon Theater Guild is
alive and well and preparing for its holiday show "It's A
Wonderful Life" with a cast of over 30. The play opens on
November 23rd and runs for two weekends (Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday matinees).
Eva V. Anderson
Those of us who look forward each year to a
lovely fall weekend in the Poconos arrived at the Days Inn,
September 7, 2001. On assembly for dinner we were
disappointed to find several of our regulars were among
the missing. To name a few: Billy and Mary as well as our
line dancing couple Marge and Tom and where were
Olive and Leni and several others? We missed them, but
they in turn, missed a wonderful weekend.
Saturday afternoon we all gathered in the newly
decorated social room for an impromptu meeting called by
our co-leader Bill March. At that time our other "co",
Mannie Quintero offered his verbal resignation feeling he
had done his bit and was ready to relinquish the reins to
someone else. A volunteer was hoped for. When none
materialized, Bill March put in another hat. He requested
an effort be made by each of us to inspire others to join us
in the Poconos. We know they'll be happy if they do!
For a little local color and perusal of other years'
get-togethers, your Pocono's reporter Shirley Erickson
brought in four posters. The group appeared to really enjoy
them. The hit of the afternoon was the reading of a
moving, as well as humorous, nostalgic poem about our
days in the zone by my good writer friend Norma Martin.
She got what amounted to a standing ovation and "eye
puddles" were in evidence to those of us Norma's words
Wendel (Cinco) Allen and Norma Martin
Before dinner Saturday night, we gathered
together dressed in our various eclectic costumes. We had
no theme this year; we will announce one for next year.
We laughed, admired and took pictures of one another.
Some examples were Hillary Clinton (otherwise known as
Mannie Quintero), and there was Wendel Allen (Cinco)
garbed as an Arafat look-a-like. Our Poet had become a
handsome Bird Colonel with pretty birds in nests on each
epaulet while her "roomie" (me) played poodle girl of the
50's. Rosemary Gilead aka. Mexican Fruit Vendor, and in
handsome swim garb of the 1920's were the Ridges,
Dottie and Vince all set for an ocean plunge...no sharks,
Dottie and Vince Ridge heading for Far Fan Beach, NO
"Charlett and Charles Cotton wigged out
Sunday morning after a fine Breakfast Buffet, we
said our goodbyes with promises to meet again in
September of 2002.
We hope to have new people with us then to share
our happy time together. We are all family in Tannersville,
or so we feel, so saying goodbye is tough, but we hugged a
little harder and dashed for our cars and home. "See you
next year", we all hollered.
January 18th, 2002
Our September 29th luncheon at the Bowery in
Aiken, S.C., was enjoyed by Blanche Browne, Arleen
Hopkins, Peggy Hutchison, Trudy Clontz, Fina
Balinski, Joe & Bea Marriott, Mark Schwindt, Fran
Voinedick, Jack & Joan Woodzell, Bill & Sis York,
Lorna Shore, Norma (York) Holder and W. D. Hall.
Peggy Hutchison flew to Arlington, Texas in July
to see her son Gary, his family and her new great
granddaughter, Kately. Gary is the proud grandfather and
his son Shane is the happy father. While in Arlington, she
visited Gladys Turner and son Robbie. In August, Peggy's
grandson, Wally Doane, who is stationed in Italy with the
Navy, flew in to drive with her to Ocala to visit his parents,
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox. Bob and Vicki
(Hutchison) Boukalis of Lillian, Alabama joined them to
help celebrate Wally's 37" birthday. Peggy's sister-in-law,
Doris Hutchison, traveled to the reunion with her. She
knew very little people, as she left the Zone in 1951, but she
enjoyed the Vendor's Room and the Museum, and was able
to spend time with her nephew, Richie Phillips, Sue
(Phillips) Fisher and family.
(L-R) Jon Fisher, Jerry Cox, Dianne Cox, Richie
Phillips, daughter Kathleen, Peggy Hutchison, Doris
Hutchison, Wally Doane (son of Dianne Cox), Sandy
Reyes, Bob Boukalis, Sue (Phillips) Fisher, and Vicki
Lora Shore and grandson Stephen LeBlanc,
drove to Orlando during the Panama Canal Reunion to see
her daughters Diane and Sandra and great granddaughter
Samantha. While Lora and Sandy visited, Diane,
Stephen and Samantha spent the day at Disney World.
In July, Trudi Clontz flew north to visit Lee's
grandson and family in Concord, New Hampshire and her
nephew Ken and family in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Blanche Browne is still our busiest member. In
February, she attended the wedding of her grandson Alan
G. Matheney in Miami. In May she attended the wedding
of grandson Andrew F. Major in Raleigh, North Carolina.
On Blanche's trip to China, she flew into Shanghai, and
then boarded a boat for a 5-day trip up the Yangtze River.
RESERVATION, ORDER AND PAYMENT FORM
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ALL PERSONS OVER 17 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT PAID.
ACTIVITY QUANTITY FEE TOTAL VALUE
REUNION REGISTRATION FEE x $ 5.00 = $
ANNUAL LUNCHEON x $23.00 =
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE x $12.00 =
ANNUAL BALL x $12.00 =
DISCO DANCE (FRIDAY) x $ 5.00 =
DISCO DANCE (SATURDAY) x $ 5.00 =
GOLF TOURNAMENT PLAYERS x $80.00 =
GOLF LUNCHEON GUESTS x $21.00 =
SOCIETY DUES / 2002 x $30.00 =
(New or Reinstated members) x $10.00 =
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Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "The Panama Canal Society of Florida." Checks must
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reunion registration, new membership application and membership renewals are also
available by going to the Panama Canal Society web site, http://www.pancanalsociety.org
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2002 ANNUAL REUNION
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
Class and Mini Reunions
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Margaret McLaughlin and Jim Parthenais
Lou and Jan Andino
Ed Wardlow and Vickie Sizemore
NOTICES CONCERNING REUNION ACTIVITIES
The 2002 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott
from July 3 through 7, 2002; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a
member before June 22, 2002, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend
the reunion. The annual membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members
must be remitted with the application form. The Society may be contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-
2262) for an application and assistance. The Society's web-site at http://www.pnancanalsociet.org may also be
visited for an application and information. An application form is also available in each issue of the Canal Record
and is generally the last page of every issue.
Members should make certain that 2002 membership dues and the Reunion registration fee are either
paid in advance or concurrently with the submission of the Reunion paperwork, otherwise the paperwork must be
The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon and the Golf Tournament is June 15, 2002. The
deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is May 15, 2002, or until such time as all available rooms are
taken. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and
event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines.
Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be
held at the Society's reunion registration area for pick up by the member during registration operating hours
at the Reunion. Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.
Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after June 15, 2002, unless there are
compelling extenuating circumstances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72
hours in advance in order not to lose the first night guarantee deposit.
The Marriott Hotel's smoking policy provides that smoking will not be permitted in any reunion event
room, and that smoking in hotel rooms is limited to those that are designated as smoking rooms.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel
bars, and the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the confines of the guest's
room, in accordance with State law.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will
be dealt with in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.
REUNION REGISTRATION (Crystal Ballroom A)
All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to
attend the Reunion; and a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee per member and registered guest over 17 years
of age must be paid. For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the
Society's web site http://www.pancanalsociety.org at the "On-Line Services" link.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Grand Ballroom VI)
The Annual Business meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2002, and all members are
encouraged to attend. Only paid up members will be admitted. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by
reunion vendors and other contributors.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Crystal Ballroom H)
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 15, 2002, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed
due to limited seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.
Seating will be at tables of 10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating
assignment preferences, as well as special seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on
the ticket order form and will be honored to the extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of either grilled pork loin medallions or roasted
chicken. Lunch includes Caribbean garden salad, saffron rice, steamed vegetables and Kahlua cheesecake with
cr6me anglaise and cocoa sauce as dessert.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES (Grand Ballroom)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt, until the allowed maximum capacity for the
ballroom is reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian
Dance" will feature "Lucho's Friends". Dress is informal. The Saturday night dance features "Frankie Pretto and
the Parranda Band;" and dress is semi-formal, with no shorts or jeans permitted. Children must be at least 12 years
of age to attend these dances.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DISCO DANCES (Grand Ballroom XIV)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both
dances will begin at 11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to
attend these dances.
GOLF TOURNAMENT and LUNCHEON (Hawk's Landing and Grand Ballroom VI)
The 22" Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Marriott's Hawk's
Landing Golf Course on Thursday, July 4, 2002, with a 7:00 a.m. check-in time and a 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start. The
Awards Luncheon will be held in the Grand Ballroom VI, and will start immediately after play ends. The entry
deadline is June 15, 2002. The player entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, luncheon, awards, door prizes and
complimentary storage of clubs during the player's reunion stay.
Players are to select, at time of registration, whether they choose to play as an individual and compete for
individual prizes, or to play in a two-person scramble format for team prizes. Players choosing the team format
who do not designate a partner at the time of registration will be assigned a compatible partner, to the extent known
or possible. It is permissible (and requests will be honored) for a foursome to consist of a two-person
scramble team and two individual players.
Male players electing to play in the individual format will be flighted by age, while individual female
golfers will be grouped in one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be
determined by the golf committee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flighting and tee assignments will be posted
on Wednesday afternoon prior to the tournament in the Society's Information Area at the Grand Ballroom Foyer.
Soft cleats and proper attire are required, and no coolers will be permitted on the course. Professional
golfers are not eligible to compete for player prizes only door prizes.
BINGO (To be announced)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of charge bingo games on Friday and Saturday
from 2:00 4:00 p.m. each day, with lots of fun to be had and great prizes to be won.
DESPEDIDA (Grand Ballroom)
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2002. The doors will
open at 9:30 a.m. at the Grand Ballroom. The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be
on sale to members by the hotel. Come early and get a good seat.
The Folklorico Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance group
will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit
CLASS AND MINI REUNIONS
Members desiring to hold a class or mini reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and
receive advance approval from Class and Mini Reunion Chairpersons Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore at 863-
967-2106, or Maxgatoblanco(@aol.com. The hotel will not accept requests, nor will hotel personnel discuss any
arrangements, until the advanced approval process is complete. Class and mini reunions requiring hotel suites or
special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson.
Coordinators for class and mini reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of
the policies and procedures regarding the payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to
attend Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also responsible for scheduling their class or mini reunion
activities so as not to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In order for Society personnel to be able to
assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion, class and mini reunion schedules of events or notices should be
posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2002 membership dues,
(2) their $5.00 reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application
approved by the Society. Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and
are subject to space availability. The Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and
may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign
a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility or liability for items sold by reunion vendors.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis by telephone at 727-442-0457, or by e-mail at panamachical3(@ hotmail.com. Printable Vendor
Applications are also available on the Society's website, http://www.pancanalsociety.org.
INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Grand Ballroom foyer)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and
provide assistance to reunion attendees in a number of ways. It is the focal point for information and directions for
all reunion activities, including mini reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a
message center through maintenance of a bulletin board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for lost
and found articles, for the sale of Society license plates, decals and Canal Records, as well as tickets to reunion
dances, if still available. Members wishing to conduct Society business or having membership related matters to
discuss are also welcomed to visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.
Thank you for keeping your membership
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals
moving about the rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make
available motorized scooters at a special reunion daily rental rate. More details will be available in the March
NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2002 membership dues
and the reunion registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging
Chairperson. The host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's
special rates. The Society's special reunion rate of $109.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning
June 30 through July 10, 2002.
Except in special circumstances, only one room reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's
special reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be
done so until all available rooms are assigned.
Reservation forms returned to applicants due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their
priority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is returned and approved. The Society will make
every effort possible to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative
There are a number of one and two bedroom suites available on the property. Interested applicants should
contact the Lodging Chairperson directly at 1-866-726-2262 for prices, availability and approval before submitting
a request for these suites on the reservation form.
SUBMISSION OF HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION FORM
To reserve a room, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages A and B must be
completed in its entirety, either printed or typed and to include one night's deposit (payable to Orlando
World Center Marriott), and be submitted to Betty LeDoux, Lodging Chairperson, and received in the
Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712 no later than May 15, 2002.
There are a limited number of rooms available for assignment to persons having "special needs," as well as
a limited number of roll-away beds and refrigerators, all of which will be assigned in the same order that reservation
requests are received and approved. Requests for these items should be noted in the space provided in the hotel
reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.
Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled,
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check in to the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made.
Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
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Valdes, Jose Antonio Riba and Alex De La Cruz
8:30 p.m. 2: 30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Saturday Night Ball "Frankie Pretto
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Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom A
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom Foyer
Thursday, July 4, 2002
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament. Hawk's Landing Golf Course
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Grand Ballroom VI
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom A
Information/Secretary: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 6:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom Foyer
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom G
Friday, July 5, 2002
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Grand Ballroom VI
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom G
Registration: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom A
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom Foyer
Bingo: 2:00 4:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
Friday Night Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2: 30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand XIV
Saturday, July 6, 2002
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 2:30 4:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom A
Information/Secretary: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 2:30 4:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom Foyer
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom G
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Crystal Ballroom H
Bingo: 2:00 4:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom XIV
Sunday, July 7,2002
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Crystal Ballroom G
Despidida: All Society Members Invited Farewell to Friends Doors open 9:30, Performance
at10:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom
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or call 1-866-726-2262
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Then she traveled to Beijing where she saw the pandas, the
Forbidden City and the terracotta soldiers. In June, she
began a 28 day bus trip across the United States to the west
coast, Juarez, Mexico and numerous points of interest,
getting back to Columbia, South Carolina in time to
celebrate her 80th birthday with family and friends at the
Ft. Jackson Officer's Club.
The "bells and whistles" of the Orlando Reunion
are now a warm memory. We had a stupendous time, as I
suppose did everyone in attendance.
There were lots of familiar faces and some first
timers too! It was good to see Louie Hasemann, (BHS'54)
and James Wolf, former coach at CZJC.
From "The Republica": Charlie (BHS'56) and
Julietta (Garcia) Morris attended the 45th anniversary
class reunion of 1956. This was a first for them and they
had a grand time. Chipi Azcarraga, John and Tilly
McTaggart, Sonia Fulton Canas (Sandra's mom) were
also up from Panama. Sadly missed as were Billy "Boo"
and Karen Coffey, who had visited Florida just weeks
before and Bill and Thelma De La Mater.
-- :.- ~
Blanche Brown at Tiantan
On the 11th of September, Mark Schwindt started
working at the DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta. He is
still awaiting a kidney transplant. His mother, Mitzi, has
been in Arizona for two months visiting his sister.
South Carolina Reporter
Charlie Morris (BHS'56) finally made a reunion with
The California assemblage was in full force also. It
was fun chatting with them, since we've shared so many
good memories at "The West Coast Reunions". David Lane,
Mission Bay; the indomitable Catsie (Taylor) Schafer and
daughter Sue Pitney, San Diego; Stan and Susie (Magee)
Allen, Palm Desert; John and Phyllis Magee, Oceanside,
with daughter Linda and family.
Johnny Magee arrived on Saturday for a day with
friends and then on to Italy with Andrew Efthmiadis. Tom
and Helen McGinnis. La Quinta, enjoyed quality time with
brother Samuel from Panama and Ivan (The Mayor)
Jenkins looked very distinguished with cane in hand. Joline
(Kilbey) Seeley, sequined and lovely, was escorted by son
Glenn and Christina (Efthmiadis) and family. Irene Will,
stylish as always, was accompanied by her daughter Rita
Will. Sorely missed were Court and Kathleen (Steiner)
Bennett, Huntington Beach, Anne (Magee) Severy and
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond.
The music was exceptional this year, from the old
favorites of "Panameno......Panameno" to "Mi Gallina
Fina"! Kudos goes to the "Salsa Priest". The Parranda Band
Lots of "Las Cruces Street" neighbors were
within talking range and we DID! Charlie Brown with
Erma and his daughters Theresa and Diane had a mini
reunion of their own. Tom and Rita Hannigan, Ellie
Husum and some of her family, George, Mary and Mike,
Gary and Ellen (Wilson) Anderson and daughter Carrie
were also there. Also attending was Margarita (McLade)
Windle, with daughter Patti. (Margie supplied 96
homemade empanadas for munching at the dance.)
Father John Kennedy, formerly of St. Mary's
Church in Balboa and Father Pretto concelebrated a mass
on Saturday eve in the Miami Room, where past and
present members of St. Mary's joined in fellowship and
Lots of folks from the great state of Texas: Charlie
McArthur, Bruce and Sandy Sanders, John and Jo Ann
Morton, Maureen and Andrew Whitlock and the ever
elusive Louie and Suzette Seldon!
Linda and Bob
Jimmy (BHS'53) and Joanne Jones visited the
Dallas area in mid-September, enroute to their boat-home in
Punto Gorda, Fla. The Jones's spent the summer at Umpqua
National Forest in Diamond Lake, Ore. They volunteered
three times a week at the information center. They also had
a chance to spend "quality time" with the grandkids
camping out under the stars.
Margaret (Bevin) Coffin and Bliss (Morris) Connerton
(BHS'80) in a recent visit to Dallas.
Margaret (Bevin) Coffin, from North Carolina,
called classmate Bliss (Morris) Connerton (BHS'80) for
some "girl talk" while in Dallas last month. Margaret is an
elementary teacher in Fayetteville.
Stacie Savage (CHS'86) is studying manicuring
in Plano, Texas. Her parents, Earl and Martha Savage,
live in Dallas. Friends can contact her at email:
Linda Reimann Morris
Plans are going well for the 22nd Annual Hill
Country Zonians Christmas Party. Notices were mailed in
early October. Elsie Larson and Robin Gabrick are hard
at work to make this the best one yet.
Iris Hogan has returned from her trip to France.
She visited her brother Leon and Claire Dedeaux in their
home in Anderson, SC, and they continued on to Paris
together. She left before September 11 and reported no
problems on her return late September.
Kathi Lessiack was admitted to emergency with
severe back pains and transferred, by ambulance, to a
therapy unit in San Antonio. She was in San Antonio for
over a week. She returned home late September and
continues therapy in Kerrville. Her son John, Columbia,
MO, was here for a week. She is doing well and being at
home plays a major part in her recovery.
Les Johnston is doing well after his second
stroke. He was able to attend his Lion's Club meeting and
is leading a normal life.
Honey Fealey has returned from her visit to
Whidbey Island, WA, to visit her sons, Guy and Jimmy
Fealey and their families.
Bobby and Jackie Fearon are home after a visit
with family and friends throughout the States and the
Reunion in Orlando.
On September 1st, Jackie Schmidt Bishop flew
to Baltimore, MD, where she met up with her brother Bill
(John E. Schmidt, Jr.) and the two spent five days with
family in the area. The occasion was a cousins' reunion.
This was Jackie's first return to Maryland in 13 years.
Fourteen of the remaining 18 first cousins gathered at the
Hopkin's Club for a luncheon. These family members
represent Jackie and Bill's late father, John Schmidt, Sr.
and his siblings. John, Sr. retired from the Locks Division
in 1963. Also while there, Jackie had a visit with Edie
Bishop who lives in Rockville, MD, and works for NIH in
Bethesda. Jackie and Bill returned to their homes in
Kerrville and Tallahassee on Sept. 7. John was being
honored on his 70th birthday by his five children. As a
special surprise, Bill's brother Doug Schmidt of Kerrville
showed up at the party. The celebration was held the night
before Bill's birthday, September 10. Bill's birthday is
September 11...a day we will always remember.
Anna Calvit had her daughter Helen, Pembroke,
FL, and sister Irma Kruzick, Kirkland, WA, with her
when she had a cataract removed. All is okay now. The
next one will be done soon. Leo Krziza, Mary Lade and a
friend from Michigan stopped in Kerrville Sept. 19 to see
Anna. Leo is moving from California to Ocala, FL.
W. R. (Bob) Byrd, with the help of his daughter
Pidgie Stone, planned and hosted a surprise birthday party
for his wife Lois. The party was held Saturday, August 4,
at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Kerrville.
Jim and Judy Wheeler, San Antonio, and Renee
Nellis Wertz, Florida, spent a day in Kerrville recently
visiting Barbara and Ed Stanford. Renee is in these parts
visiting her in-laws in San Antonio. While in Kerrville,
they visited Bobby and Jackie Fearon.
Pat and Lisa Fallon. Arkansas, with their baby
Sidney are visiting this area and Camille and Leo Eastham.
Pat and Leo were able to get some bike-riding done. Leo's
sister Tina and Mickey Kelleher and their two children
William and Carmen Christina, "Nina", of the
Woodlands, Houston came for the Columbus Day weekend.
Camille and Leo hosted a BBQ at Bea Rhyne's home. It
was an enjoyable evening. They were able to watch and feed
the deer in the back yard. Fifteen deer, including two eight-
point bucks, came to the "banquet". The BBQ'd chicken by
Chef Leo was a crowd pleaser. They were very pleased with
the beautiful fall weather and sights of the Hill Country. A
first for the family was the Octoberfest in Fredericksburg
and a trip to Lost Maples State Park.
I was surprised by a phone call from Camille
Ellis Jones, Diamond Bar, CA, October 5. Camille and Gil
Jones were attending Gil's BHS Class 51-52 Reunion in
San Antonio. They stayed at the historic Menger Hotel.
They had a great time renewing old BHS friendships.
It has been 19 years since I became the area
reporter from Kerrville for the Canal Record. I have
enjoyed reporting the Kerrville news and helping friends
get in touch with each other. Now I think it is time for me
to step aside and let someone else step up to the plate. This
is my last report. The job will be open for the first report in
January 2002. I hope that someone from the Kerrville area
will volunteer for the job. For further information get in
touch with the Editor, Canal Record, Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., 7985 113th St., Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4172.
I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
Former Area Reporter
About 30 of us gathered aboard The Odyssey on
Sunday, August 26, 2001, for a cruise down the Potomac
and a delicious buffet. It was nice to make new
acquaintances and renew old friendships with other
I would like to keep the momentum going by
having an event at least quarterly--not only to get together
but it will give me something to post here in the Record.
We are scheduled for a gathering later this month at
Mango Mikes in Alexandria and I'm hoping for a good
The picture of our group was taken for us by a
fellow passenger on The Odyssey. Although not a part of
our "group"--after taking the picture he asked what group
we were and when I told him we were from the Panama
Canal Zone he smiled and went to bring over his girlfriend,
a young lady named Milagros Jordan, also from Panama.
To all fellow Zonians in the Northern
Virginia/DC area please feel free to contact me with
anything you would like published. You can reach me via
email evsellers(aol.com or Sellers Evelyn(@hq.navy.mil
(Kneeling): Joe Gerhart, Tom Sellers, Ev Sellers. (2"n
Row): Connie Dawson, Jim Gerhart, JoAnn Longhill,
Violett Johnson, Liz Potts and daughter Judy Wymer,
Dorothy Gerhart, Barbara Bonanno Marshall. (Back
Row): Bill Dawson, Fred Schrader, Jim Borrel, Brian
McNamee, Harvey Johnson, Charles Lord, Bill
Wymer, Jay Marshall
Happy Holidays to all and God Bless.
Ev (Menges) Sellers
MAJOR ADELE MEISSNER
A retirement ceremony was held September 1 st at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tampa, Florida honoring
Major Adele Meissner. Major Meissner graduated from
Balboa High School and Florida State University with a
degree in Social Work. She faithfully served 38 years with
the Salvation Army at assignments in Viet Nam, South
America and throughout the United States.
Adele is the daughter of Mrs. Kathryn Meissner
of Hayes, Virginia
Mark David Roscoe
THE ROSCOE GRADUATES
Sandy and Dick Roscoe of Gainesville, FL, have
two reasons to be doubly proud parents with the recent
graduations of their son and daughter. A joint graduation
party was held for Mark and his sister Jill at the home of
Mark David Roscoe graduated on May 5, 2001,
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building
Construction from the University of Florida, Rinker
School of Building Construction in Gainesville. Mark has
relocated to Tampa, FL, where he is employed by Inland
Homes as a Construction Supervisor.
Jill Denise Roscoe graduated on May 12, 2001,
as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami
School of Medicine. Jill completed her undergraduate
studies at the University of Florida, graduating with honors
in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Microbiology. Jill is now serving her four-year residency
in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Shands at the University
of Florida in Gainesville.
Jill Denise Roscoe
Major Adele Meissner
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose (CHS'61) of Pensacola,
FL and Raymond K. (Keith) Kulig (CHS'59) of
Jacksonville FL proudly announce their engagement.
Barbara is the daughter of Lucille M. (Lyew)
Hall (CHS'36) of Riviera Beach, Florida and the late
Julian B. Hall. She is also the mother of Kevin, Robert
and Darla (Creek) Vose.
Keith is the son of Raymond A. Kulig of Spring
Hill, Florida and the late Joyce (Pescod) Kulig (CHS'38).
He is the father of Brent, Gordon and the late Mark
Michelle Hayden and Matther Bomberger
Michelle Hayden (BHS'91) and Matthew
Bomberger were married on May 19, 2001 at Old St
Patrick's Church in Chicago, Illinois. Michelle is the
daughter of Ernest Jay Hayden (deceased) and Margaret
Carroll Hayden of Phoenix, Arizona. Matthew is the son
of William and Carolyn Bomberger of Gainesville,
Many former Canal Zone residents were present
including the bride's sister, Dallas (Hayden) Greb and
brother, Michael Hayden (CHS'73), as well as Lydia
Garrido (BHS'91), Jennifer (Brewer) Longest (BHS'91),
Nicole (Keiser) Amill (BHS'91), Monica Rios (BHS'91),
Sonya (Latta) Vasilios, Kara (Ewan) Hess, Nina Judge,
Jacque (Judge) Franco, and Jason Judge.
Michelle and Matt were undergraduate students
together at the University of Notre Dame. Matt completed a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and
Michelle graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business
Administration. In June 2001, Michelle completed a
graduate program at Northwestern University earning the
degrees of Juris Doctor and Master of Business
Administration. Matt completed a Master of Business
Administration at University of Chicago's Graduate School
of Business in June 2001.
The newlyweds are settling into their new home
in Newcastle, Washington.
Amy Elizabeth Mitchell and Jack Garner Morgan
Amy Elizabeth Mitchell and Jack Garner
Morgan were married May 5, 2001 at Central United
Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
The maid of honor was Stacey Morgan, sister of
the groom. Bridesmaids were Amy Sawyer, Lindsay Miller
and Hilary Carpenter. Best man and brother William
Morgan attended the groom. Groomsmen were Ryan
Mitchell, brother of the bride, Neal Roeder and David
Powell. The groom's parents are Colonel (USAF Retired)
Jack and Debbie Garner Morgan (CHS'69) of Columbus,
Mo. Grandparents of the couple are Willard and
Margarette Davis, Betty Mitchell and the late Ivan
Mitchell, Catherine Garner and the late William E.
Garner, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, and Mary
Virginia Morgan Gadberry and the late Jack W. Morgan.
Also in attendance were Mardette Garner Fitzgerald
(CHS'72) and Curtis Fitzgerald (BHS'61).
The bride received a Bachelor of Science in
Human Environmental Science from the University of
Missouri-Columbia. The groom received a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Geography from the University of Missouri-
Columbia. He is currently a second lieutenant in the
United States Air Force. The newlyweds traveled to
Hawaii for their honeymoon. They are now residing in San
Angelo, Texas, where the groom is attending Intelligence
Officer Training School at Goodfellow Air Force Base.
Karen Elizabeth Decker and Andrew Stephan
Thomas (BHS'90) were married Sept. 15, 2001, at the
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Ore. Christopher Berrean
(BHS'90) served as best man and Chad Thomas (BHS'86)
was his brother's groomsman, along with Karen's brother
Karen's attendants were her sister and sister-in-
law. Three other bride's attendants and one groomsman
were unable to fly out from Boston, D.C. and Denver
because of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
Karina Olivares and Brian Wood (BHS'91)
were united in marriage on May 9, 2001 in McAllen,
Texas. Karina is the daughter of Adrian and Magda
Olivares, of Victoria, Texas. Brian is the son of Joseph J.
Wood (BHS'55) and Beverly (Bowman) Wood (BHS'61)
of Tallahassee, Florida and brother of Craig M. Wood
(BHS'89) of Orlando, Florida and Scott D. Wood
(BHS'92) of Tallahassee.
Karina received a Bachelor's degree in Public
Relations from the University of Texas. Brian received a
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at North
Carolina State University, and a Master's Degree in
International Business from the University of Texas.
The newlyweds make their home in San Antonio,
where Brian is employed with USAA, and Karina does
consulting work for a small business.
Karen Elizabeth Decker and Andrew Thomas
Karen is the daughter of Catherine Decker of
Denver and the daughter and stepdaughter of John and
Lillian Decker of Sunriver. She is a graduate of Tufts
University with a B.A. in English and economics and
earned an MBA from the University of Southern
California. She is employed as manager of client services
for VNU Entertainment Marketing Solutions, Los Angeles.
Andy is the son of Chuck and Cynthia "Thea"
Thomas of Mandeville, La., formerly of Balboa Heights.
Andy holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University,
New Orleans. He is employed as operations manager for
the Bayside District Corp., Santa Monica, Calif.
The reception was held at the Crosswater Grille
and enjoyed by all who were able to attend, including
Judy McConnell (BHS'92). The newlyweds
honeymooned on Maui and now reside in Los Angeles.
Rose Pie and Phil Stewart
Rose Pie of Philadelphia and Phil Stewart of
Bradenton, FL were married July 26, 2001 in Homer,
Alaska. The Honorable Francis Neville officiated. The
bride is the daughter of John and Cecilia Meade of
Philadelphia. The groom is the son of Vera Stewart of
Sun City Center. The couple honeymooned in Alaska and
now resides in Bradenton, FL.
Phil was born in the Canal Zone and is a class of
1965 Balboa High School graduate.
50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Cecil and Donna Caudill celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary at a party hosted by daughter and son-
in-law, Cheryl and Clancy Parker. The party was at the
Bremerton, Washington Elks Lodge on June 23rd.
Donna and Cecil Caudill
Donna and Cecil Caudill
It was a great party attended by relatives and
friends. Former Zonians present were son, Jay Caudill, Lee
and Kathy Snider, Dick and Pat (Leach) Bjorneby, Phil
and Weulcia Wilkins, John and Michelle (Greene)
Bundy, Ted Paine, Bobby Best, Jim Hansen and Tom and
Norman and Alvera (Vera) Davison of Lehigh
Acres, Florida, celebrated their 65t wedding anniversary on
July 8, 2001, at Westminster Golf Club. The celebration was
hosted by their daughter, Marvel (Davison) Townsend
(BHS'60) and her husband, Dr. Frank Townsend (BHS'58)
Among the 75 people attending were son Barry Davison
(CHS'57), six grandchildren and their only great
grandchild, 4-month-old Emily Davison.
Norman and Alvera (Vera) Davison
It was a happy occasion with a most enjoyable
program: opening and closing prayers, "sing along" of love
songs, one song of aging and a talk by Vera and Norm,
with Norm singing "I Love You Truly" to Vera. Marvel
and Barry presented insights about growing up with Vera
and Norman as their parents. Not to be outdone, each
grandchild gave touching talks about their grandparents.
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Edward Davison, Robert Davison, Jennifer Davison,
Chris Parker, Matthew Davison, Joyce (Townsend)
Siegel, Karl Siegel, Chas Townsend. Front Row: Michael
and Emily Davison, Mrs. Barry Davison, Barry Davison,
Norman Davison, Alvera Davison, Marvel (Davison)
Townsend, and Frank Townsend.
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Leah Barkowitz, of Isle of Palms, widow of
Seymour L. Barkowitz died on Spetember 25, 2001.
Mrs. Barkowitz was born October 1, 1930 in
Charleston, South Carolina. The Barkowitzes spent twenty-
eight years living in the Canal Zone in Panama where she
was a Girl Scout leader and founder and teacher at the
USOJWB early childhood school. Upon her return to
Charleston in 1983, she was active in the Young Charleston
Theatre Company (now Amazing State), a docent with the
Charleston Museum, a member of Hadassah, K.K.B.E.
Sisterhood, and served as a Spoleto volunteer. She was on
the Board of the Friends of the Library and was a Charter
member of the South Carolina Aquarium.
She is survived by four children, Paul Barkowitz
of Pittsburg, PA, Edith B. Crouch of Charlotte, NC, Joseph
M. Barkowitz of Asheville, NC, and Daniel T. Barkowitz
of Newton, MA, as well as seven grandchildren.
Sheila Gilbert Bolke passed away on September
3, 2001. She is survived by her husband Don Bolke, her
sons Brian and Darryl, and many other family members
and friends from all over the world. She was a 1957
Balboa High School graduate.
Minnie (Brown) Crooks Burton, 90, of
Fayetteville, Arkansas, passed away September 27, 2001,
in Springdale, Arkansas. She was born in the Republic of
Panama and was the daughter of the late Walter Graham
Brown and Nannie Inez Morrison. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1929, and in 1930 she married
Homer V. Crooks, who was on the Canal Zone police
She was widowed in 1959, and in 1962 she
married E.N. (Mike) Burton, Sr., who was postmaster at
Balboa post office. They moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas,
when Mike retired. Minnie worked for Special
Engineering Division in Diablo, CZ, and for the Building
Division in Balboa. Later, she worked for the University of
Arkansas in Fayetteville for a short time.
She was a member of NARFE and of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, and also the Northwest Arkansas
Panama Canal Society. She was again widowed when
Mike Burton passed away in 1996.
She is survived by two daughters; Nancy
(Crooks) Vega and her husband Henry of Fayetteville, and
Judi (Crooks) Daily of Fayetteville, and two sons; Robert
G. Crooks and wife Nikki of Jacksonville, FL, and E.N.
(Mike) Burton, Jr. and wife Caroline of Fayetteville; ten
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grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great
grandchildren; one sister, Francis B. Whitlock of
Fayetteville, AK, and many nieces and nephews.
Jeanette L. Cain, of Sarasota, Florida died on
October 18, 2001.
She was born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, and
came to Sarasota 36 years ago from the Panama Canal Zone.
She was a homemaker and an active member of the Panama
Canal Society. She was a member of Church of the
Redeemer-Episcopal and a lifetime member of the Women
of the Elks.
Survivors include cousins LeNoir Putnam and
Thomas Putnam, both of Southampton, New Jersey; a
nephew, Michael of Miami and several other nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Jesse "Dee" Collins, 78, of Fletcher, N.C., passed
away on September 8, 2001. He was born in Dudley,
Georgia, and was the son of the late Dannard "Pop" Collins
and Carrie Lou Wood Collins of Fort Valley, Georgia. His
brother, Emmett, preceded him in death. "Dee" served in the
Army Air Corps during World War II. He belonged to many
organizations during his life, including the Elks Club,
Moose Club, the Canal Zone Gun Club and was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He held a
commercial pilots license, and life membership in the NRA
and participated in many volunteer and service
organizations. He lived, worked and raised his family in the
Panama Canal Zone, as did his father before him. He
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1942. He retired
from Marine Traffic Control as a Marine Traffic Scheduler
He is survived by his wife, Thelma G. Collins; his
sons, Bob of Port Richey, FL, Ron of Marathon, FL, Gary
of Galveston, TX; four grandchildren; three great
grandchildren as well as three brothers; Albert of Ft.
Valley, GA, Hollis of Anaheim, CA, and Grover of El
- Edgar E. Daggett, 90, of Williston, FL, died
Thursday, July 19 in Ocala, FL. He was active in his
church (St. Barnabas Episcopal Church); a Master Mason
in both York Rite and Scottish Rite Lodges and a former
Fire Chief in Rainbow Lakes Estates, Dunnellon, FL.
A native of Greene, ME, he enlisted in the U.S.
Army in the '30s and was stationed at Ft. Clayton, where
he sang with the popular Val Porter's Dance Band.
He joined the Canal Zone workforce as a truck driver and
later became the Governor's chauffeur. In 1965, he retired
from the water purification plant and returned to the
Ed had a beach home overlooking the Pacific
Ocean at Rio Mar, Panama and enjoyed making jewelry
from natural rocks and stones. He was also part of the
Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers group in Ocala.
Ed is survived by his wife, Hazel Daggett of Williston;
daughter, Betty Medeiros, Morriston; stepson, Wallace I.
Crawford, Sr.; four grandchildren, and eight great-
Mary P. Doolan, 91, of Sarasota, Florida, died
October 10, 2001 at Inn of the Sarasota Bay Club.
She was born May 12, 1910, in Cortland, NY, and
came to Sarasota in 1973 from the Canal Zone in Panama.
She received a bachelor's degree from the College of St.
Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ, and a master's degree in
education from Columbia University. She taught Latin and
mathematics in Raquette Lake, NY, and Cairo, NY. She
was an active member of Florida West Coast Symphony
and Bird Key Yacht Club.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years,
Edward A.; nieces Rosemary Donnelly of Homer, NY,
Robin Caswell of Providence, RI, Carolyn Corcoran of
Boston and Kathleen Coon of Falls Church, VA; and a
nephew Mark Corcoran of Fairfield, CT.
Anne (Quinn) Eder, 84, passed away in Panama
on September 29, 2001. She was born in Irvington, New
Jersey, in 1917, the daughter of Patrick J. Quinn (a
Roosevelt Medal holder) and Jennie Corrigan Quinn. She
was reared in the Canal Zone and in 1936 married Walter
Eder of Cali, Colombia, where she lived a good deal of her
life. Since her husband's death, she lived in Panama.
She is survived by her sons, Charles and Allan
Eder Quinn, of Cali, Colombia, and Hilton Head, South
Carolina, respectively; along with many grandchildren and
great grandchildren; her sister, Regina Quinn Enjuto of
Madrid, Spain; and many nephews and nieces.
Lucille Hoffman, 78, of St. Petersburg, died
September 10, 2001. Born in Boston, she came to Florida
from Grand Junction, Colo. She was a homemaker and a
member of the Barcley Estates Garden Club, the Panama
Canal Society and Holy Family Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years,
George; a daughter, Barbara J. Deal, Richmond VA; two
sons, G. James Hoffman, Bethesda, Md., and William P.
Hoffman, St. Petersburg, Fl, seven grandchildren and
seven great grandchildren.
Eddie Troy Jaynes, who for many years had his
watch repair shop at the Balboa Y.M.C.A. has passed
Jennie Geddes Johannes, 89, of Palm Harbor,
died October 16, 2001. She was the first American born in
Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Panama. She was a registered
nurse. Survivors include a brother, Guy Johannes, Nevada;
and several nieces and nephews.
Herschel Newton Johnson, 78, Bradenton,
Florida, died on September 6, 2001 after a long and painful
battle with prostate cancer. Worked for the Panama Canal
Company for 30 years as a refrigerator mechanic and shop
foreman at the Mt. Hope facility.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years,
Andrea A. Johnson, of Bradenton, Florida; his daughter
Alexis Johnson of Miami, Florida and her two daughters
Kathy and Leslie; his son Jose M. (Rooster) Johnson of
Littleton, Colorado and his two children Andrea and Jose.
Doris Currier Post, of Atlanta, formerly of St.
Petersburg, died September 9, 2001. Survivors include a
sister, Donna C. Gude; several nieces, and a nephew.
Alberta (Rusty) Quinn (LeBrun), 86, died August
28, 2001, in Phoenix, Ariz., after a short illness. She was a
1935 graduate of Balboa High School. She married James
Quinn, an engineer with the Dredging Division and resided
in the Canal Zone until 1947. She was preceded in death by
her husband Jim.
She is survived by a son, James, Jr., and his wife
Susan, Phoenix, AZ, a daughter Lari, five grandchildren
and two great grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers,
Bill of Wimberley, TX, Charles of Riverside, CA, and a
sister, Barbara, Las Vegas, NV.
Martha Cary Rainey, passed away on October
11, 2001, in Houston, Texas. Her husband, Tom Rainey,
of Dredging Division Gamboa and Public Works, US
Naval Station Rodman, predeceased her.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law,
Mary and Bob Nooney of Houston; her son and daughter-
in-law, Tom and Kathy Rainey of Hixon, TN; and
daughter Martha McMillin of Denver, CO, as well as
several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ruth Louise Erikson Scranton, 90, of
Pascagoula, Miss., died July 30, 2001. She was born in
Moss Point, and was a long time resident of Pascagoula,
after residing 30 years in the Panama Canal Zone. Her
husband, Leonard H. Scranton, Sr., and one grandson,
Dale Rakes, Jr, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Dale G. (Mary Louise) Rakes, Mobile, Ala., one
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H.
Scranton, Jr., Pascagoula, Miss., six grandchildren;
eighteen great grandchildren, along with many other
relatives and friends.
Dr. Alvin Sholk, 77, of Newport News, Virginia
died October 8, 2001. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and
attended Long Island College of Medicine, interning at
Greenpoint Hospital in Brooklyn. He served a Surgical
Residency at Gorgas Hospital and an Ob-Gyn-Residency
at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He
served as Chief of Service and Director of Ob-Gyn
Residency Training at Gorgas Hospital until terminated by
the Canal Treaties. He became a Mason in 1946 and a
member of Transportation Lodge (Valley of Tokyo), Abou
Saad Shrine (Canal Zone), and held many Masonic offices
in Panama and the Canal Zone, and also held Amateur
Radio Licenses from Panama and the Canal Zone. He was
a member of the Board of Governors of Rodef Sholom
Temple in Hampton and Associate member of Adath
Jeshurun Synagogue in Newport News. He retired from the
Army with 32 years of service in 1975, continuing to serve
as a civilian -until 1989 while at Japan, Germany and
Panama, which included 27 years overseas.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; three children,
daughter Deborah Sholk-Sousa of Frisco, TX, and sons Dr.
Richard Stahler-Sholk of Ann Arbor, MI, and David
Sholk, of Lockport, NY; and five grandchildren. He is also
survived by two sisters, Helen Messer and Cynthia Glasser
of Scotch Plains, NJ.
Jared Michal Smith, 9, passed away at home on
September 11, 2001 after battling Neuroblastoma cancer
for 3 1/2 years.
Jared is survived by his loving parents, Sandy and
Larry Smith, his brother Stephan and sister Kayleigh of
Tampa, Fla. Also surviving him are maternal grandparents,
Ernest and Beth Sylvester of Tampa; paternal grandparents,
Gil and Sue Smith of Clearwater; maternal great-
grandmother, Ruth Michaely; paternal great grandmother,
Alice Pincus; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family would like to thank everyone for their
kind expressions of sympathy and for all the prayers
offered for Jared during his struggle with cancer.
Royna Reece Thomas of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died on September 29, 2001. Until a few weeks before her
death, Royna and her husband Phil had been long-time
residents of Plant City.
Royna was born in Panama City and attended
Canal Zone schools. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1948. Her parents were Roy D. and Peggy
Reece. Royna's father was employed by the Electrical
Division soon after his college graduation and he worked
there until his retirement.
Royna and Phil lived in Italy, Libya, and Saudi
Arabia during his career with Exxon. She was an avid
square dancer and danced in all of the 50 states as well as
in many foreign countries.
Royna is survived by her husband, and by four
children: Nancy Thomas Gray, Steven Thomas, Judy
Thomas Nothem, and Kenneth Thomas and nine
Woodrow Torbert, 82, died on August 17, 2001
after a short illness. Woodrow was bom in Panama,
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1939, and retired
from the Panama Canal Accounting Department in the late
1970's. His wife preceded him in death.
Survivors include: his sister Annie and sister
Thelma Sasso of San Diego, California; stepdaughter,
Yolanda Kochman of Panama and her children and various
nieces and nephews.
Maria (Marisa) Valle, of Carmichael, CA,
passed away on September 13, 2001. Her husband, Vicente
Valle, who died on January 7, 2001, predeceased her in
death. Both Mr. and Mrs. Valle led interesting lives
through his work with Exxon.
Dorothy R. "Dot" Yost, 81, ofDothan, AL, died
Sunday, October 17, 2001, at her residence following an
Mrs. Yost was born April 23, 1920, in Columbus,
OH, and lived the early years of her life there. She lived in
the Panama Canal Zone from 1952 until 1975 prior to
moving to Dothan where she resided for the past twenty-
six years. Mrs. Yost was employed with Civil Service
(Panama Canal Company) for twenty-three years prior to
her retirement and was later employed with Dothan City
Schools at Highlands Elementary before retiring in the late
1980s. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society
and the VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Fran
and Jack Hem, Zephyrhills, FL; two sons and daughters-
in-law, Buddy and Wanda Yost, Dothan, Ted and Karen
Yost, Houston, TX; seven grandchildren and seven great-
grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill
Brobst; a brother, Richard Rathgaber.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
HEALTH BUREAU REUNION
The Health Bureau Reunion was held August
9th and 10th, 2001 at the Marriott OrlandoWorld Center.
Everyone gathered in the hospitality room to reminisce
and renew old friendships in the Canal Zone. The
luncheon was held August 10th with Anna Buchter
welcoming everyone followed by the blessing given by
Jo Ellen McDonough-Catto. Grace Shadeck asked
trivia questions regarding the Health Bureau with door
prizes given to the winners.
Those attending the reunion included Mary
Ave-Lallemant, Betty Blanchett, Agnes Bowen, Dona
Brophy, Anna Buchter, Jo Ellen McDonough-Catto,
Christine Diaz, Joanne Diaz, Jeannine Eggleston,
Nicky and Ty Erickson, Ellie Gayle, Betty Goldstein,
Catherine Goodrich, Mariette, Al and Gigi Graham,
Eunice Hall, Dottie Hansen, Margaret Hayden,
Sandra Hayden, Menchi Herrera, Kae Huggins,
Desnee Joos, Julie Kaufman, Betty Kelleher, Anna
King, Dr. Ernst and Vilma Kredel, Billie Landrum,
Sandra Mallard, Alma McGovern, Edith Meeker,
Dr. Carol Meyer, Betty Moore, Agnes Mulroy, Sue
Amlin, Nita Ramdeen, Camille Robertson, Grace and
Leo Shadeck, Maryann Shanahan, Bev Shirley, Dr.
Wallace and Vilma Snyder, Fran and Bill Stock, Kay
Taliercio, Merry Underwood, Sally Weaver,
Josephine Wieand, Cecily Wright, Mary and Jim
Young, Tee and Cobb Barrett and Marge (Tilly)
Our next reunion will hopefully be in Panama.
We will contact everyone when plans are made.
Captain's Gala on the MS Facination
Aurora (Lim) Holloway and Velvia (Bringas) Halsey.
LANG FAMILY REUNION
This summer my wife and I (Bill Lang, BHS'50 and
Mary Jo (Cole), BHS'51) flew to Washington D.C. to meet
our daughter Cathy, her husband, Tom Alexander and three
granddaughters, Emma, Chelsea and Natalie to drive to Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. There we met our three sons, Walt, his
wife Anna and children Nathan and Hannah; Tom, his wife
Kathy and sons Andrew and Simon; and my son Chris. We
then all boarded the MS Maasdam of Holland for a
Caribbean cruise. After a day and night at sea, the first port
of call was Cozumel, Mexico where the family swam, toured
Mayan ruins and watched Mexican folk dancing. The next
port was Georgetown, Grand Caymans where the family
shopped and swam. We then visited Ocho Rios, Jamaica
where we toured a plantation and Dunn's River Falls, which
everyone (but the old folks) climbed. After a night and day at
sea, we had a picnic at Half Moon Key, Bahamas, which is
owned by the ship line. The beach has gorgeous white sand
and turquoise water.
We disembarked in Ft. Lauderdale and said a
reluctant goodbye to our sons and their families and headed
back to D.C. with a stop in Orlando to spend time at Disney
World, Epcot Center and the Magic Kingdom. We also
toured Savannah, Georgia and spent another day in Myrtle
Beach. Our daughter's family and we were glad to finally be
home after our 24-day vacation.
CRUISING ON THE HIGH SEAS
Velvia (Bringas) Halsey (CHS'54, CZJC'56) and
Aurora (Lim) Holloway (CHS'54), classmates and friends
of over 60 years, celebrated their 65th birthday this summer
aboard the M/S Fascination. The cruise for two was a
birthday gift from Velvia's son, William Feller (BHS'78).
Aurora and Velvia began their fantastic fun-filled cruise from
Miami sailing to Key West, on to Playa del Carmen, then to
Cozumel. From first day of the cruise the classmates enjoyed
a "celebrity" status die to Velvia's hilarious performance on
stage playing the spoon game. Her team was awarded a
bottle of champagne for their terrific sportsmanship. When
the ship returned to Miami they were greeted by Lee (Peck)
Block (CHS'59) and her husband Dr. Norman Block. A
grand tour of Miami was given by the Blocks, which
included a special lunch of authentic Cuban Cuisine. They
were delighted to taste plantanos and fried yucca once more.
Dan Lampert and Phil Lampert at Bronson, Missouri, in
2001 and Phil Lampert and Dan Lampert at Summit
Gardens in 1945.
My brother Dan and sister, Grace came to visit
my wife and I in Rolla for a few days before we all
headed to Bronson to see a few shows. Dan and his wife
and my sister, Grace enjoyed the Ozarks and were ready
to return this fall when the leaves change. We had a
great visit and now it is my turn to visit them in
LOWERYS HOST BBQ
Several Zonians had a get-together in August.
All met at George Lowery's house for a great BBQ and
good times. An exciting game of dominoes followed
BHS CLASS OF 1976
Huge Success! The Class of '76 enjoyed a
tremendous turnout for our 25th reunion held at the PCSOFL
Reunion in August. We started the weekend off with a
wonderful banquet at the Orlando Marriott and then a bang-
up party with the Orlando band, Deja View. We had over
100 people attend the banquet and tons of other zonies joined
us afterwards for music and dancing. The food was
wonderful and the band was terrific! Zonian Ric Figueroa
(RigFig(@aol.com) heads up the band, Deja View. We had a
bunch of classmates join him on stage; Mike Morris, James
Slater (who is a professional musician in Europe), Mike
Young, T-Bird, Ed Soriano, Eva Thompson. We also had
the opportunity to listen to Craig Cicero's son's band, "Well
Trained Dogs". What a great party. Other loosely scheduled
events included socializing in the hospitality suite throughout
Another big thank you goes to Tom White who was
our master email communicator. There are so many people
to thank (Carol Peterson, Joe Barkowitz, Lucho
Azcarraga, Donna Seeley) for helping out that it's just not
possible to mention everyone. We were able to raise $1,000
to send to our classmate Mike Little whose son Tommy is
recuperating from the car accident last May. I'm excited to
say that Tommy is doing much better and that the news is he
will soon be on his way to Vocation School in Atlanta.
Other big thank you's go to Tom White who was
our master email communicator. There are so many people to
thank (Carol Peterson, Joe Barkowitz, Lucho Azcarraga,
Donna Seeley) for helping out that it's just not possible to
mention everyone. We were able to raise $1,000 to send to
our classmate Mike Little whose son Tommy is
recuperating from the car accident last May. I'm excited to
say that Tommy is doing much better and that the news is he
will soon be on his way to Vocation School in Atlanta.
Our 30th class reunion will be organized by Joe
Barkowitz (Barkowitz@aol.com) and we are considering a
cruise to the Bahamas. Better bring your life vest. Thanks go
to everyone in our class who were able to make the reunion.
It was fantastic.
Janice "Cookie" Newlon
L-R: Allison McLaughlin, Bill McLaughlin, David
Dear, Margaret McLaughlin, George and Yarelys
Lowery, Rick Baltozer (Baldy) and Mike Norman
("Norm, the All Around Sportsman")
BOB HANNA'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
Bob Hanna celebrated his 90T birthday at
Sweetwater's Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida. His four
sons: Tom, Bobby, Billy and Johnny joined 22 friends
and relatives to help him celebrate. Bob still plays the
trumpet in three bands.
(Editor's note: I still have fond memories of Mr. Hanna
playing his trumpet every Sunday morning when I lived on
La Boca Road.)
Betty LeDoux, Director of Guest and Student Services of
Saddlebrook Sports at Saddlebrook Resort, with ESPN
Sports Celebrity Sal Paolontonio, who was the speaker at
the Saddlebrook Prep Commencement.
Mary Hanna, Billy Hanna (Oregon), Johnny Hanna
(Texas), Bottom Row: Bobby Hanna (Florida), Tom
Hanna (Texas) and Birthday Boy, Bob Hanna
Looking towards Miraflores Locks from the
Administration building. (From Theresa (Winks)
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Looking toward the Jr. College, above the trees on the left
of the Admin. Building. (From Theresa (Winks)
Thank you for keeping your membership
RELIVING THOSE REUNION MOMENTS
Friends together again 2001 Reunion
(L-R): Donald Humphrey, Max Hanna and Joe Lorenzo
Audrey (Benoit) Bowman and Adrienne (Muller)
Neuhaus, former BHS'41 classmates, get together to recall
pleasant memories of "years gone by".
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis playing with the band on
Saturday night at the 2001 Reunion
Charlie Norris (seated) and Del Harder reminisce over
their class yearbook at the 2001 Reunion.
Thank you for keeping your membership
Lem Kirkland and Kathy Kirkland joking about the good
old days in the Canal Zone.
Coco Solo neighbors at the 2001 Reunion in Orlando. (L-
R) Brenda Stokes, Charlie Salyer, Terri Salyer Lang,
Charlie and Nina DeTore
Top (L-R): Jeff Riley, Ray Bierbaum, Beth Gaul, Jim
Riley, Jr., Louis Engelke, Mario Calleja. Bottom (L-R):
Marty Bierbaum, Jim Riley, Sr., Marie Riley, Wilma
Ham Radio Operators hamming it up at the 2001 Reunion.
(L-R) KZ50A Anita Oberholtzer
KZ5PRR Charlie Salyer
KZ70B Russell Oberholtzer
KZ5FG George "Lanky" Flores
KZ5MP Mary Jane Paulson
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DECEMBER 31, 2001
Ruth Barlow Schmidt and sister, Carol Barlow Vezina
at the Canal Zone Reunion 2001 in Orlando, FL.
Back row: Sonia Valley, June Barlow Riesz. Front row:
Shirley Barlow Bernat, Carolyn Hackett Coff and Diane
Ralph Smith and wife Clarita of Diablo and Panama
(Class of 1962)
EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
January 18th, 2002
Peggy Hutchison and the Robinson brothers of Diablo
Xmas tree burning parties.
LABOR DAY IN KEY
Mike Perry writes that Panama was never like
September in Miami, 97 degrees with humidity the same.
Labor Day weekend was a very enjoyable visit with the
McNamara family, Jim, Lana, and Jimmy. Daughters
Liza and Chrissey were in California and Spain
respectively. Other Isthmian folks in attendance were
Martha Duncan, Juan Tapia and Shirley Attia.
(L-R) Mike Perry, Lana McNamara, Jimmy
McNamara and Jim McNamara at the Ocean Club in
Key Biscayne, FL.
Jim and Lana moved to Key Biscayne two years
ago when Jim became President and CEO of Telemundo.
Home is now the ocean. Jim and Mike agree that Miami is
the best kept secret in the U.S., and Miami is certainly
reminiscent of Panama City.
Everyone had a good time. Lana hosted a
Greek/Turkish dinner one evening, which was outstanding.
Jim continued to keep the Opus One from being opened.
Snorkeling, tennis, and lots of beach and pool time were
the order of the day. Next time it's off to Bimini. The
Ocean Club is truly a paradise. Mike says he wonders why
Jim and Lana don't miss the Cleveland winters, as they
lived in Mike's neck of the woods some 23 years ago.
Former CZ neighbors: Ltc. Tom Wesley (BHS'70) and
Joe Eytalis (BHS'67).
APRIL IN PARIS
The Lim sisters, Alice (CHS'57) and Aurora
(CHS'54) together with Pat (Peck) Seligman (CHS'570
traveled to Europe, Germany, Luxembourg, France and The
Netherlands where they spent most of their time there
visiting with another Lim sister, Sandra, who was
transferred there from her position with the Department of
Defense in Panama. Sandra lives in Sittard, Netherlands and
has a Public Relations assignment in a nearby NATO base.
She spent each weekend touring the girls around the
Netherlands and surrounding areas in her SUV. During the
week they took day trips on their own and became seasoned
Euro rail travelers.
Pat (Peck) Seligman, Aurora (Lim) Holloway and Alice
Lim on their way to Europe.
The highlight of their trip was two days spent in
Paris where they saw all the sights and Parisian nightlife.
In Amsterdam they visited the famous art museums and
saw all of the old masters paintings and were fortunate
enough to see the special Rembrandt display that was
featured in April. They toured the canals of Amsterdam
and viewed all the beautiful tulips in Keukenhof. In Delf,
they enjoyed a tour of the pottery factory. All had a
wonderful time, especially since Pat has traveled
extensively throughout Europe and knew all the ins and
outs and exchange rates of all the countries they visited.
Pat has retired from her teaching position and lives in
PAY YOUR DUES FOR
BY DECEMBER 31,2001
CHRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1971, 30TH CLASS REUNION
Front: Gary Collins, William Murphy, Terri Johnson Dodson, Judy (McLain) Feintuch, Sally McLean, John Funderbunk,
Toni (Kasovky) Treverton. Middle: Mike Beale, John Hannah, Marti Goembel, Ellie (Blevin) Pusateri, Jane (Paulson)
Martin, Carmen (Butler) Herndon, Neil Patton, Stephan Goulet. Back: Robert Phillips, Wally Russon, Dennis Maxwell,
Diane Hauke, Rod Lindo. Others who attended but not in picture: Robert Barr, Kathy Burgess, Armando Cabrera, Pat
Gutierrez, Sue Mendenhall Osborne, Jackie Springer Burgess, Danny Valentine.
CHS CLASS OF 1971 REUNION
CHS'71 celebrated their 30h" class reunion with a
mini reunion in the hospitality suite on the 22nd floor of the
Orlando World Center Marriott at the Annual PCS Reunion.
Each evening we had rains and terrific lightning storms for
all to admire. The class celebrated with Panama cerveza,
food, and laughs until our sides burst. We had three
classmates attend who only spent ten months to a year on the
Zone. As all who have partaken of the water from the
Chagres River, their hearts and memories long for the Canal
Zone lifestyle and for the friendships that were earned and
kept in their hearts. The CHS class of 1971 left with the
promise to remain in contact and plan for future reunions. If
you read this and are interested in future CHS'71 reunions,
contact Jane Paulson Martin, twilightim(i ahoo.com.
Lauray Will Griffin collecting name tags at the Space
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1961, 40" YEAR REUNION
First row George Garcia, Bob Sprague, Ralph Edmondson, Marvin Matheney, Janet Sutherland Dupree, Phyllis Crook
FMore, Guy Lord, Frank C. Smith, Jim Slice. Second row: Kathy Egolf, Dianne Baltozer Wardlow, Lynn Stratford Collins,
Rose Mary Monzon, Barbara Chieffalo Thomas, Dixie Corso Watson, Dody Moses Gwinn, Bev Bowman Wood, Mary
Simpson Francis, Didi Bremer Rogers, Jackie Ashton Wagner. Third row (standing): Gary Anderson, John Bateman, Don
Ellwood, Walter Brown, Bob Rambo, Alba Mary Wilmoth Million, Marcela Arosemena Wagner, Bonnie Bell Howle,
Lois Thompson Gibbs, Lola Frauenheim Jones, Fred Huddleston, Bill Beardall, Maria Izquierdo Whitaker, Susan Davis
Allen, Rita Jones Fenwick, Eddie Wirtz, Diane McKenna Marsh, Ford Mosely, Fred Snyder. Fourth row (standing on
chairs): Curt Fitzgerald, Rusty Glazer, Dick Hem, Lloyd Spradlin, Bob Dwyre, John Deming, Alan Pipkin, Dale Clarke,
Bill Arnold, Jobey Turner, Bill Thrift. Missing from photo: Oscar Roos and Eddie Eddleman.
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
E-mail: president( vanamacanalmuseum.ori
MUSEUM HOLDS GRAND OPENING IN NEW SITE
After weeks spent moving and getting settled in
our new, larger location, those involved in the museum
were thrilled when the doors to the museum opened to the
public in a grand opening on November 2. Visitors
attending were most appreciative of the museum's
convenient location with direct access to the street and the
expanded exhibit, gift shop, office, and storage areas.
Exhibits featuring the Canal Zone schools and postal
service, pictures of the Canal, and a Roosevelt Medal
display reminded visitors of the American Era of the
Panama Canal and sparked many interesting conversations
among the viewers.
SUPPORTERS DONATE VERY SPECIAL ITEMS
Now that the museum is located in larger
quarters, we have accepted several larger items that we had
been unable to receive in our smaller quarters. Judy
Ferguson of Maitland, FL, has given us a table that was
supposed to have been used for the signing of an early
treaty with Panama as well as several wicker pieces-a
table and two straight chairs-and a wooden curio cabinet
from the Tivoli Guest House. From Pete Budreau of
Panama City, FL, we have also received a metal table with
tile top that used to be on the patio of the Tivoli. And big
gifts sometimes come in small packages: We recently
received from Bertha Brown of Carmel Valley, CA, a
package with many early annual reports of the Governor of
the Panama Canal. Cataloging these items and the many
items people brought to the reunion for the museum have
given our chief catalogers, Paul "Buddy" Morgan and
Paul Glassburn a little something to do now that our
move is completed! They have been assisted by fellow
board member Tom Peterson, who offered to do the
cataloging of items Edward Doolan, Mike Greene, and
Ken Roscoe have donated to the museum. All of these
gifts are constantly enriching the holdings of our museum
and are greatly appreciated.
ANNUAL MAILING GOES OUT
The excitement created by the donation of such
interesting items to the museum is sometimes tempered
with the knowledge that their restoration is going to
require a substantial investment of funds before the items
can be fully enjoyed by visitors to the museum. We are
hoping that response to the annual appeal we sent out in
October will help in these restoration efforts as well as the
many other ongoing expenses running a museum entails.
Supporters can play a leadership role in accomplishing the
museum's mission of preserving the American Era of the
Canal by becoming members and continuing their
donations that will enable them to progress through the
canal on the museum's Wall of Honor.
Museum President, Chuck Hummer, explained
the new membership program in a letter that was included
in the mailing. The $24 annual donation will be applied
toward members' transits on the Wall of Honor and entitle
them to special benefits including a certificate when a
transit is completed, and occasional, special discounts on
items from the museum's gift shop,. Museum Vice
President, Joe Wood, has been instrumental in working
with the museum's board to develop the membership plan.
GIFT SHOP OFFERS GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The gift shop, now under the enthusiastic
management of Faith Brundage, past president of the
Panama Canal Society, has expanded greatly in recent
months and offers many items that will make your holiday
shopping easier than it ever has been! Our ad for the
annual collectible calendar (featuring in 2002 the Canal
Zone Postal Service) and the April 2001 issue of the
children's magazine, Cobblestone, devoted completely to
the Panama Canal, appears elsewhere in this issue of the
Canal Record. See the member coupon in the newsletter
sent out with the museum mailing to obtain a discount on
our Panama Canal Museum/Canal Zone Postal Service T-
shirt or one of the 2002 collectible calendars. Click on
"Gift Shop" at the museum's website for a complete listing
of our items, which include George Chevalier's Isthmian
Crossings, George King's The Young Balboas, Carlos
Miller's PANAMA-A Novel, mango and tropical
delight-scented candles, museum hats, and many other
items that are bound to please. The items range from
refrigerator magnets for $3.00 each/2 for $5.00 to a
beautiful. glossy commemorative book filled with
outstanding photographs for $60.00. No computer? Then
call or write the museum for a complete listing of gift shop
items. If you live in the area or are visiting the Tampa Bay
area, do stop by and see for yourself!
To help bring the gift shop to others, museum
board member Patt Roberson took gift shop items in
October to a reunion in San Antonio and the Gulf Coast
Picnic in Mississippi. In Florida other board members and
volunteers sold in October at the Ocala Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers luncheon, the Space Coast Group Picnic near
Titusville, and the Panama Canal Society bazaar meeting
in St. Petersburg.
CHS CLASS OF 1942
The next Canal Zone Reunion in Orlando will
coincide with the 60th Anniversary of our graduation of
CHS. We would like to plan a class reunion. Even if you
will be unable to attend the big CZ Reunion, please let us
know how you are and where you are.
BHS CLASS OF 1970
Our 50th Birthday Bash (GULP!!) will be held at
the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando in July of
2002. We are looking to update our database with snail
mail and email addresses. Please contact us as soon as
Gloria (Geddes) Parker l
929 Tulane Terrace 6'
Inverness, FL 34450'
Iarjean (Metzgar) Halopka
750 U.S. 27 North Condo L-1
Sebring, FL 33870-1268
1213 Valencia Lane
Auburndale, FL 33823
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
40 Rivershore Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
CHS CLASS OF 1967
"Ping Ding at the Trees"
Our 35t class reunion will be held during the
Panama Canal Society Reunion July 3-7, 2002. We need to
dig all you "67" Gold Coasters out of hibernation to attend
our class "Ping Ding at the Trees". We'll have hospitality
"Ping Ding" room, KC hamburgers, Clubhouse empanadas,
Tarpon Club ceviche, cerveza Panama, and class golf teams
to enter the PCS Golf Tournament. To cover the above
expenses, donations of $50 should be sent to Marianne for
semi-safe keeping. Those wanting to enter the PC Society
golf tournament on a CHS'67 Tiger team can contact Jack.
We need to know who is planning to attend the reunion so
please contact one of the following classmates and let them
know NOW! Classmates presently not Panama Canal
Society members can now fill out membership applications
online by going to the website: www.pancanalsocietv.org or
email address: pcsocietv2,iuno.com.
"The Castaways" will play on Thursday night for a
joint CHS & BHS 1967 class dance.
Marianne (Field) Hocken
7492 Mac Arthur Lane
Portage, MI 49002
Night Activities Coordinator
266 Concord Rd
Bedford, MA 01730
208 Fallen Leaf Drive
Columbia, SC 29229
Food & Drink Coordinator
1666 Winners Circle
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
BHS 1977 25th Class Reunion
Our 25th Class Reunion will be held July 3 7,
2002 in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion. Please send contact info to the following
classmate or visit the BHS 77 site for additional info.
Mary Lou Pascavage
13028 Monroe Manor Drive
Oak Hill, VA 20171
BHS CLASS OF 1982
The Twentieth Reunion for BHS Class of 1982
will be held in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando, Florida in July 2002. We
have found almost 300 classmates but need your help in
finding the rest. For more information please contact the
following class members or check out our class web site
Tara King Mayra (Linares) Seitz
Urb. Camino Del Mar Giessen High School
9015 Via Gaviotas CMR 452 Box 427
Toa Baja, PR 00949 APO AA 09045
Thank you for keeping your membership
ANNUAL XMAS TREE BURN
The annual Xmas tree bum will be held on
December 29, 2001, at Eckerd College located at 4200
54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Fla. The hours are
from 4:00 p.m. until the trees are burned. Please plan on
bringing your own food and drink. There will be tables and
BarBQue grills at the shelter.
The trees will be provided by volunteers. For
questions, please call Gary O'Connor at (727) 322-9528,
or work (727) 864-7771, or Steve Nehring at (727) 528-
6133. We hope to see you there.
Directions: from Tampa go South on 1-275 and
take exit 4, Bayway and Eckerd College. From Sarasota
take 1-75 to 1-275 North over the Skyway Bridge and exit
YEARBOOKS and UPDATES
Those having class reunions are urged to send us
a copy of your program or yearbook update. These
booklets are being collected in the interests of future
historical research and preservation. Old class yearbooks
(CZ high school or college) are also wanted. Please send
them to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA
70714-2253. Thank you.
Any yearbooks I hold may be copied upon
reimbursement of the cost of photocopying, postage and
time involved. To find out if I have the one you want,
please include a SASE with your request or email me at
The annual report for 2000 shows a total of 101
pairs collected. This brings the grand total to 1,414 pairs
since the collection began in 1992. Considering the size of
our membership, we know that there are drawers out there
yet to be explored for eyeglasses. Let's make the first year of
the third millennium (2001) the best year ever. So, please
rummage around in closets and drawers, and do your part
for those less fortunate. Send your old glasses to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
BALBOA UNION CHURCH
Any one interested in obtaining the Balboa Union
church calendars can contact: Patricia M. Thomas, PTY
3627, Miami, FL 333102-5207. Or email address:
BHS 1949/1950 HOSPITALITY
There will be a hospitality Suite for the BHS
classes of 1949 and 1950 at the 2002 reunion of the
Panama Canal Society in Orlando, Florida. The Hospitality
Suite will be open for the classmates on Thursday, July 4th,
Friday, July 5t' and Saturday, July 6h. When arriving at the
Reunion, the suite number will be available at the Society
I am looking for booklets, deck plans, models, posters,
onboard china and glass, souvenirs, etc. from all major
liners of the world.
Richard Faber, Jr.
230 East 15th Street
New York, New York 10003
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM 2002 CALENDAR/COBBLESTONE ORDER FORM
The Panama Canal Museum's 2002 calendar will feature the Canal Zone Postal Service. The
second in a series of collectible museum calendars, the 2002 calendar follows the 2001 calendar, which
pictures the Canal Zone/DoDDS-Panama Schools. This 2002 calendar has more pages than the 2001
calendar and includes one of the pages in color.
Cobblestone Magazine, a history magazine for middle school-aged students, has devoted its April
2001 to the Panama Canal.
Quantity Calendars ordered @ $6.00 x
Quantity Cobblestones ordered @ $5.00 x
Postage and Handling to Same Address
@ $1.55 for one calendar or Cobblest
@ $2.50 for two
@ $3.15 for three
@ $3.95 for foureight
State: ZIP Code:
ORDERS WILL NOT BE SENT OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES.
Send order form and U.S. check made out to the Panama Canal Museum to: "
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113" Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772
Check out our full Gift Shop inventory at
YES, I would like to become an Annual Member of the Panama Canal Museum and help preserve the history and memory of the
American Era of the Panama Canal.
I understand that the payment of annual dues will sustain me as a member in good standing for the year 2002, entitling me to all the
benefits of membership in the museum.
I am also aware that, with the payment of my annual dues, along with any additional donations that I may make, my name on the
museum's Wall of Honor will progress in transit through the Canal
Annual Dues for Calendar Year 2002
Additional amount to expedite my transit through the Canal
Total Amount Enclosed
Street Address or Box No.
(Please indicate how your name (or names) should appear on the Museum's Wall of Honor)
(Optional) I would like my additional contribution (the amount over my dues payment) to be donated in memory of
(Please show full name or names)
The Panana Canal Museum is approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) non profit organation. All contributions may be tax-deductible.
Florida state law requires organizations registered to solicit contributions to post the following information
The Panama Canal Museum does not use a professional solicitor or professional fdraising consultant All donations are used directly by the museum for operating costs. A copyof the official
registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services bycaling toll-fee within the state Registration does not iply endorsement, approval or recom
mendation by the state. The Department of Agriculture Division of Consumer Services has issued the Panama Canal Museum Registration No. SC-09537
Toll-free number in Florida is
(859)-488-2221 (from out-of-state)
"Finding Freedom in Panama"
is a true Account of the experiences of an
American pastor in the prisons of Panama
"...I was a resident of the
Modelo Prison. I am excited about this book."
former U.S. connection for the Colombian Cartel
Send $9.00 plus $2.00 for shipping and Handling
Alabama residents add 2% sales tax
make checks payable to William E. Wilbur
In Panama, call the Gamboa Union Church 276-6830
Contact Mrs. Carolyn Dillon
R T 2821 Allen Walker Rd
| PANAIA Grove Hill, AL 36457
Visit our web site at www.panamabooksorg
LET 'CM KNOW YOU ARC FROM
THE CANAL ZONE!
ORDER SHIRTS ONLINE!
We are pleased to accept Visa or Mastercard
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Revised October 1999
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RENEWAL: $30.00 Annually (Jan.1 Dec. 31) per family, including children under 18 years of
age. (A portion of this amount is for the subscription to the Canal Record for one year. I f you
have already paid. dues will be applied to the following year.)
DUES NOTICES ARE PLACED IN THE CA.VAL RECORD.
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