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Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. Bill 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
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FRONT COVER: The Panama Canal Society dedicates this issue to Pat Beall for 20 years of
BACK COVER Photo: A Panama Canal deck hand comes down a Jacob's ladder as others await
their turn to descend unto 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 Canal Zone.
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 2 Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers Semi-Annual Luncheon
Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Ocala, Fla.., at Ryan's Family Steak House.
Call Bill Muller (352) 854-7902.
April 6 Spring Luncheon, General meeting at Olive Garden, Ormond Beach,
Fla. Call Jeannie Hickman (386) 673-3027. See page 7.
April 7 Panama Canal Society of Southern California Spring Luncheon,
Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, Calif Call Kathryn Taylor (949) 951-4801.
May 4 Oklahoma Chapter Meeting and Picnic at Andrews Park, Norman, Okla.
Call Laura Redemann (918) 745-1337 for more information.
May 4 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, The Fairways at Forest Lake Country
Club, 2401 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, Fla. Call Tom or Barbara Peterson
(941) 371-773 1. See page 22.
May 26 4th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast Panazonian Mini-Reunion,
Coconut Bay, Holiday Inn University Mall, Pensacola, Fla. Call
Barbara Vose (850) 474-6341, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 2-7 PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center Marriott. See
yellow pages, this issue.
July 27 Northwest Picnic, Padden Lake, Bellingham, Wash. Call Jim and
Noralie Shobe (360) 647-0685, e-mail email@example.com or Pat
and Henry Cruz (360) 714-9391, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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As we start the 70th year of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, we are looking forward to the months
ahead as we continue to travel around the state and as we are
gearing up for the 70th Annual Reunion in July.
We were thrilled to have some volunteers to host our
traveling meetings which continue to be a success. Jeannie
Hickman and Ginger Young will be hosting our April meet-
ing in Ormond Beach and in May we are heading down to
Sarasota. Sarasota is typically the first meeting of the year
outside of St. Petersburg. However, because of a threatening
hurricane in September, we cancelled the luncheon in
Sarasota and this year will be closing our year in Sarasota
with Tom and Barbara Peterson hosting the luncheon once
The Christmas luncheon this year was nothing less
than fabulous. Beth Brandenburg and her committee did an
outstanding job. The Board was honored to have Pat Beall as
its guest at the luncheon at which time we paid tribute to his
many years of service and his retirement. January took us to
Ocala where Tom Wilder and the Ocalazonians showed up in
record numbers again.
You will probably notice that this issue of the Canal
Record is designed a little differently than those in the past.
This is primarily due to the use of our new software program,
Quark 4.0, which was implemented by our new Record
Editor, Jacque Vowell. We received many compliments
regarding the December issue, and we thank all of you who
took the time to write notes to Jacque and the Board. It was
Jacque's first issue and the compliments were certainly wel-
comed and at the same time well deserved.
This issue contains some very important information
and some items which require membership approval. The
first is the slate of officers, which was presented by the
Nominating Committee at the December meeting. Although
the slate of officers are running unopposed, it is still impor-
tant that you take the time to vote as this gives an indication
of your approval of, and confidence in, those who have come
forward to serve you.
There are also some Bylaw amendment proposals
for your review. The board endorses these proposals as being
sound and necessary changes to the Bylaws in order to make
them more consistent. It is the members however who dictate
the rules to guide us and it is therefore important that the
members consider the proposals and express your views by
lodging your vote.
Please take a few minutes to review the Member
Business Listing article in this issue. This is an idea that we
have been tossing around for quite some time and have now
put it to print. I believe it is self explanatory but it is simply
a means for members to utilize "Zonian" businesses as need-
ed and for "Zonian" businesses to make themselves known.
Please note that this is not strictly a Florida membership pro-
gram. It is for all of our members so it would behoove busi-
nesses to let us know of your existence. You will also note
that the Society will not offer any endorsements, nor will it in
any way be responsible for the services or products rendered,
nor the conduct or actions of any member who has chosen to
use the Register. The Society will simply serve as a conduit,
hopefully to the benefit of our members, either as a provider
or user of the service.
We have mentioned at the last couple of meetings
that the Board is considering placing a proposal to change the
name of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., by drop-
ping the word "Florida" out of a recognition that our mem-
bers are not only in Florida, but also across the country and
around the world. Probably the easiest way to accomplish this
is to allow the official name to remain as it is, but apply to the
state for authorization to "do business as" simply the Panama
Canal Society. We have received a variety of opinions at the
two meetings where this has been discussed and we would
certainly welcome any opinions you may have. A change of
this nature would of course be put to a vote of the entire mem-
Preparations are well underway at this writing for
the upcoming Reunion in Orlando July 3 -7 and we are hope-
ful that you all will push us to record attendance numbers.
Remember, we are here for each and every one of
you, so please don't hesitate to contact us with your thoughts
Each year at this time,
when annual dues are being paid, we receive a good number of
inquiries from members seeking their membership number.
This is surely the result of our choosing not to issue individ-
ual membership cards in order not to incur the cost associat-
ed with a mass mailing to the membership. Instead, as a cost-
cutting measure, we have printed a cut-out blank membership
card on the back cover of each Canal Record and we have
included each member's membership number on the address
label of the Record. In this manner, the member can remove
the blank card from the book and enter his personal data,
including the member number on the card as evidence of
membership in the Society. Although this is a little cumber-
some for the member, the Executive Board has deemed the
cost savings to be worth the inconvenience. So remember--
your member number can be found in the address label of
your Canal Record. The member number remains in effect so
long as the member continuously keeps his membership in a
Another matter which seems to raise questions is our
"Where Are You" posting in the Record. In most all cases, a
name will appear in the posting because the post office has
returned mail sent to the individual, stating that it was unde-
liverable. In most cases, the postal service has simply made a
mistake. However, if our attempts to reach the individual in
question are unsuccessful, we will post the individual's name
in the hope that the person or someone else will contact us
with the correct mailing address.
Carol Masino is working on processing all the
reunion paperwork that has been coming in since December
and also assisting Jacque with the March Canal Record. She
has also covered for me during the past few months due to
some family medical problems.
Let's hope 2002 is a good year for all our members
and their families.
I want to thank you all for your
kind works of encouragement and congratulations on the
December Canal Record. It means more to me then you will
ever know. Zonians are the best people!
I would like to propose a contest among the society
members for artwork, photos, and sketches to be used for the
cover of the Canal Record. We have so many talented mem-
bers and this is a great place to share your talent with others.
The theme will be Panama, using the old Canal Zone, tropi-
cal scenes, the locks, or what ever can fall under the catego-
ry of Panama. Please send them to the PCS Office.
Remember that all artwork submitted will become the prop-
erty of the Panama Canal Society. I look forward to receiving
your artwork. The board members will make the decision on
what will be used for the cover.
I would like to encourage members to use their area
reporters and to send them the news that is happening with
your families. Many of them have email addresses and phone
numbers listed at the end of their articles, so give them a
quick call or mail your news to them. I know they would love
to hear from as many people as possible. As always, please
do not send personal precious photographs you want to keep,
it is so quick and easy to have copies made. I would hate to
have something happen to that old picture that has been cher-
ished in your family for many years.
I would like to correct a misprint that was in the
December issue. Janet Winford wrote the parody, "Clone The
Zone Back Home in Indiana". I hope the Crossroads Chapter
of the Sweet Adelines will forgive me for this error.
I am excited about the reunion and I know
all of you have already made your reservations. Thanks to
Kenny Morris, for simplifying the yellow pages for the 2002
Reunion and to Bill McLaughlin for the online registration on
the Panama Canal Society web site! See you all there!
Editor, Canal Record
Home phone: 386-441-3229
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 20, 2001
All board members were present with the exception of the
Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee.
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved the minutes of the September 22 Executive
Board meeting, the expenditures for the period September 22
to October 19 in the amount of $10,657.65, and 11 new mem-
Approved the customary closing of the office for the
Christmas Holiday from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21
and to reopen at 9:00 a.m. on January 2, 2002.
Approved the ticket charge for Carnavalito of $40.00
Approved the purchase of a plant to be delivered to the
Museum in time for its grand opening.
Approved the donation of $100.00 to a Fire Department
in New York City where long-time member Jerry Coffin is a
Approved the appointment of Vicki Sizemore (Central
Florida) and Kathie McConaughey (Florida East Coast) as
new Area Reporters.
Approved the purchase of a retirement gift for Pat Beall
to be presented to him at the Christmas luncheon.
Agreed that the sale of the History of the Society pre-
pared by the Society Historian should be offered for sale
through the Society office as opposed to through the
Approved the operating hours to be in effect for the
vendors at the reunion.
Approved the expenditure of $600 for the purpose of
networking the office computers.
The following reports were made:
The setting of the November general membership meet-
ing, which will be at St. Bedes and will include a bazaar; the
January general membership meeting to take place on
January 12, 2002 in Ocala with Tom Wilder to chair;
Camavalito chaired by Ed Wardlow on February 9, 2002 at
the Admiral's Inn in Winter Haven and the Annual picnic
chaired by Elaine (Vestal) Lewis to be held on March 2, 2002
at the Veterans Memorial Park.
The Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Sand Key
Columbia Restaurant on December 8, at which time two
COPA tickets will be presented as a grand prize.
The Past Presidents Council suggested that a NARFE
representative be invited to speak to members at the annual
meeting; that guidelines be established to govern the place-
ment of items in the Dates to Remember section of the Canal
Record and that a review be made as to whether another
printer should be considered for the Canal Record.
Adjustments were made to the financial statements due
to previous handling of credit card deposits.
The COLA for next year is at 2.6 percent.
The following items were discussed:
The need for a new, more printer-compatible software
program for the Record Editor.
SThe new Canal Record yellow pages that were developed
to simplify and clarify the member registration and ordering
process for the 2002 reunion.
The revamping of the Society's processing and reporting
of reunion data. The programming contractor is to be con-
tacted to determine the cost and practicality of expanding the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER 17, 2001
All board members were present with the exception of two
Directors and Chaplain.
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved the minutes of the October 20 Executive
Board meeting, the expenditures of $13,162.98 for the period
October 20 to November 14, and the applications of 23 new
Approved the proposal of the programming contractor
to upgrade the Reunion accounting and reporting program,
not to exceed $3,000; the purchase of the Quark Express 4.0
software to be installed on the Record Editor and Assistant's
computer, not to exceed $2,000; the purchase of tickets and
badges for the 2002 Reunion; and the purchase of surge pro-
tectors for the office.
Approved the mailing of post cards to members in the
local area to remind them of the Christmas Luncheon; the
inclusion in the March Canal Record of the article announc-
ing the Society's intention to institute a Registry of member-
owned and operated businesses; and the sale of merchandise
by the Museum at the Christmas meeting luncheon.
The following reports were made:
Announced that the Annual Picnic had been changed to
March 9; that the April general membership meeting will be
in Ormond Beach; and that the May meeting would be held
Announced the following slate of officers recommend-
ed by the Nominating Committee for the upcoming term:
President Bill McLaughlin; 1st Vice President Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis; 2nd Vice President Tom Wilder; Director Jim
Parthenais; Director Ed Wardlow.
The following items were discussed:
Discussed various issues concerning the establishment
of a Member Services Unit to provide various services to
needy members; the matter of dropping "Florida" from the
official name of the Society; the matter of changing the term
of office to two years, instead of one year.
Discussed the use of the Directory issue of the Canal
Record by a member to promote his personal business and
concluded the Society issues the Directory for the purpose of
facilitating members' efforts to stay in touch and cannot mon-
itor anyone's use for business purposes.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
TOM STRATHRAM PARK, TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 27, 2001
President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 105 people in
attendance at the Panama Canal Society general membership
meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Annual
Space Coast Picnic, and called the meeting to order at 12:45
The president thanked Terry & Sue Deakins and Bob &
Kathy McConaughey for hosting the meeting, and recognized
Past Presidents Peter Foster, Bob Van Siclen, Marje Foster
and Faith Brundage.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
August Annual Meeting. Ed Wardlow made a motion to
approve the minutes as read, which was seconded by Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis. Motion carried. The secretary announced that
the latest unaudited Financial Statement and the Legislative
Report were available for those who would like copies.
Betty LeDoux introduced and welcomed two new area
reporters who were recently approved by the Executive
Board: Vicki Sizemore the Central Florida / Auburndale area
and Kathy McConaughey for the East Coast of Central
The president announced the following changes in the
complement of appointed officers: Ed Wardlow will be 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.
Betty LeDoux advised that Pat Beall had retired from
his position of Canal Record Editor, and the president intro-
duced the new Record Editor, Jacque Vowell.
The president addressed several erroneous suggestions
as to why the October issue of the Canal Record was being
published later this year and she explained that publication
was purposely delayed in order to include the articles and pic-
tures of the 2001 Reunion, which was held later this year, so
that did not appear in the December issue along with the data
announcing the 2002 Reunion. There was an added delay due
to the September 11 attack, in that several key people of
Roberts Printing were Chicago and could not return to
Florida right away. She announced that the December issue is
on target with the deadline.
President LeDoux also announced that copies of the
member questionnaire, which was distributed at the reunion,
are still available add those interested in expressing their
views may call the office and one would be sent. She also
announced that the next meeting is November 3 at St. Bede's
Church in St. Petersburg, which will include a bazaar involv-
ing some of the vendors from the reunion; that the Christmas
luncheon is scheduled for December at the Columbia
Restaurant in Sand Key; that the January General
Membership meeting will be a traveling meeting to Ocala on
January 12 hosted by Tom Wilder; that Carnivalito will be
held on February 9 and that the Society picnic will be held
The president reported that a new version of the
Reunion yellow pages appearing in the Canal Record will be
introduced in the December issue, and it is hoped that the
members will find them more user friendly.
The president also reported that Bill McLaughlin and
Jim Parthenais were absent at today's meeting because they
were re-wiring the Society office in order to facilitate the
computer networking of our computers, which will further
enhance our computer processing and data storage capabili-
ties. It was necessary that this be done post haste in order for
the office staff to be fully up and running before member sub-
missions start coming in for the 2002 reunion, which is set for
July 3 to July 7.
Betty LeDoux also announced that the Friday night
dance would be a tribute to Lucho featuring Tito Mouynes
and Chipi Azcarraga.
As has been done at past meetings, the president opened
the floor to the membership for any comments or suggestions.
One member suggested that we promote and advertise the
Bingo more at the reunion.
Betty LeDoux announced that ballots for the two bylaw
changes had been counted and that both passed, with the first
being a correction concerning the payment of dues and the
second pertaining to a Volunteer Service Award.
The president called on the members of the board for
Elaine Lewis, 2nd Vice President, reminded the mem-
bership of the Bazaar being held at St. Bede's Church on
November 3 and hoped people would support the meeting.
She also reported that the Society annual picnic would be
held at Veterans Memorial Park in Seminole on March 9,
Ed Wardlow, Sgt.-at-Arms, announced that he had
passed out flyers on Carnavalito, which will be held on
February 9, 2002, at the Best Western Admiral's Inn in Winter
Haven, right across from Cypress Gardens. Tito Mouynes
will again be playing and the hotel has given us the same rate
as last year.
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor, said that she is working
on the December Canal Record and although it is too late to
send in any pictures, please do so for the next issue. She also
indicated that the December Record should be mailed the first
week of December.
The president asked that since the bylaws were counted
and approved, we needed a motion from the floor for the bal-
lots to be destroyed. Pete Foster made the motion to destroy
the bylaw ballots; seconded by Chuck Hummer. Motion car-
Betty LeDoux reported that many of the members of the
Executive Board had the opportunity to visit the new Panama
Canal Museum last weekend and encouraged all members to
attend their Grand Opening. The President then called on
Chuck Hummer, President of the Museum, who reported that
the open house for the museum would be November 2, 2001,
at 11:00 a.m. With this move the museum now has more room
for storage and has added a gift shop and offices. He also said
that the museum has sent out an appeal to Society members
to become members of the Museum and that the membership
fee is $24.00.
Betty LeDoux presented Terry & Sue Deakins and Bob
& Kathy McConaughey with a small token of appreciation
for hosting the Society monthly meeting in Titusville.
Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
ST. BEDE'S CHURCH, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 3, 2001
President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 83 members in
attendance at the Panama Canal Society general membership
meeting and called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m.
Chaplin Dottie Yocum gave the invocation, followed by
Ed Wardlow, Sgt.-at-Arms, who led the membership in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
President Betty LeDoux welcomed past presidents
Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Bob Van Siclen, Marje Foster, Jim
O'Donnell and Margot Jordan. The president also announced
that Pat Beall, the retired record editor, was in attendance and
that it was great to see him.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
October regular meeting. Ed Wardlow made a motion to
approve the minutes as read, seconded by Jim O'Donnell.
The secretary read the August Financial Statement,
which stands for Audit.
The president acknowledged and thanked the vendors
who made the trip to St. Petersburg for the bazaar that was
being held in conjunction with today's meeting, and indicated
that she hoped that it would be an annual tradition. Those
vendors in attendance were Bruce & Diane Bateman, Virginia
& Patsy Booth, the Panama Canal Museum, Rayma Griffin,
Karen Philips, Chris Skeie's table with Paula and Rupert
Turner, and Elsie Prather.
Betty LeDoux announced that the questionnaire that
was handed out at the reunion is still available. If anyone did
not get a copy, by calling the office we would be happy to
send one to those interested, since this is the way to tell us if
we are doing what you want or you want to see some
Bill McLaughlin, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator, reported that the 2002 Reunion would be held
July 3 through July 7 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
He also announced the chairpersons for the various commit-
tees, as follows: Registration, Beth Brandenburg; Lodging,
Betty LeDoux; Information/Secretary, Nancy Van Siclen and
Carol Masino; Security, Tom Wilder; Golf, Kenny Morris;
Vendors, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis; Bingo, Jim O'Donnell; DJ
Dances, Jacque Vowell; Annual Luncheon, Jan & Lou
Andino; Mini Reunions,
Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore and Despedida, Margaret
McLaughlin; Friday & Saturday night dances will be handled
by several members of the board being responsible for differ-
ent aspects of organizing the dances.
The Friday night dance will be the Panazonian format
and will feature Lucho's Friends consisting of Tito Mouynes
and his conjunto, to include Chipi Azcarraga, and Saturday
night will again feature Frank Pretto. All the information on
the reunion will be published in the December Canal Record.
Bill also announced that the yellow pages were completely
revamped this year and instead of cutting out different pages
for the various events, the order form is now consolidated on
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 2nd Vice President, announced
that the Annual Picnic will be at the Veterans Memorial park
in Seminole and will be held in March this year. All the infor-
mation for this event will be included in the December Canal
Director Beth Brandenburg asked that if anyone was
interested in volunteering to work registration at the reunion,
to please sign up. She indicated volunteers will be getting a
letter in the mail in February so they can pick the days and
hours they choose to work the Registration desk.
Ed Wardlow, Sgt. At Arms, announced that Carnavalito
will be held February 9, 2002 at the Best Western Admiral's
Inn in Winter Haven and that Tito Mouynes will be playing
again this year.
Bob Russell, Legislative Representative, announced
that the legislative report is on all the tables and that the
COLA for the coming year is 2.6 percent. He suggested that
everyone read the package they should have received by now
for open season about their health benefits. (Bob's complete
report is attached to the original minutes.)
Kenny Morris, Audit and Budget Chairperson,
announced that the reunion audit is underway and should be
finished by the end of the month.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee Chairperson, asked
that members call her or the office to let her know if anyone
is sick, so that she can send cards.
Under new business and in accordance with the Bylaws,
to elect two members from the general membership to serve
on the Nominating Committee, two members were elected to
serve on the Nominating Committee chaired by Margot
Jordan. The two members elected from the membership are
Barbara Slover and Diane Bateman.
The president announced that she received a letter from
Olga Disharoon announcing her resignation as Hospitality
Chairperson effective with this meeting. Betty LeDoux said
that Olga has served for many years and she will be dearly
missed. At this time Olga was presented with a gift certificate
to purchase anything she would like from the vendors that
were in attendance today. Olga thanked everyone and also her
committee that has helped her over the years at St. Bede's.
As the president has always done at the meetings she
opened the floor to the members for comments or sugges-
tions. Frank Leves asked why we haven't gone back to the
Yacht Club in St. Petersburg for a luncheon. The reason given
was that we no longer have a Society member who belongs to
the Yacht Club and are therefore not allowed to use that facil-
The president thanked everyone for coming and espe-
cially thanked the vendors for coming to St. Petersburg.
The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT, SAND KEY, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 8, 2001
President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 110 members in
attendance at the Panama Canal Society Annual Christmas
Luncheon meeting and called the meeting to order at 11:55
Before Chaplin Dottie Yocum gave the invocation the
president asked that we keep Jim and Gemma O'Donnell, the
Karst family and Bebe Nehring DeNike and her family in our
prayers. Ed Wardlow, Sgt. At Arms, led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance following the invocation.
President Betty LeDoux welcomed past presidents
Anna Collins, Peter Foster, Bill Wheeler, Bob Van Siclen,
Marje Foster, Margot Jordan and Faith Brundage.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
November general membership meeting. Pete Foster made a
motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Dick
Zornes. Motion carried.
The secretary read the October financial statement,
which stands for audit.
Betty LeDoux introduced Carol Masino, the assistant to
the secretary and record editor, and commended her for her
"behind the scene" work in the office.
Before reporting on the activities of the Executive
Board, the president announced that the December Canal
Record will be in the mail the following week and that new
Record Editor Jacque Vowell did the Canal Record in cam-
era-ready format, which saved our printer, Roberts Printing, a
lot of processing time. The president also reported that the
Executive Board had approved purchasing Quark 4.0 soft-
ware, which is a desktop publishing program that is highly
recommended by those in the print field, including Roberts
Printing, and that Jacque has already completed the course
and will be using it to publish the March Record.
The president reported that successful general member-
ship meetings were held in October at Merritt Island and in
November at St. Bede's, which included several vendors for a
bazaar. In January we will travel to Ocala, February's meet-
ing will feature Camavalito in Winter Haven, the March
meeting will be held in conjunction with the Annual picnic in
the local area and in April we will be headed to Daytona. It is
hoped that the May meeting will be in Sarasota, since our
scheduled meeting there in September had to be cancelled
due to hurricane weather at the time.
President LeDoux also announced that the yellow pages
for this year's annual reunion have been revised in an effort to
make them easier to follow and understand. The order form
has been condensed to one sheet. A new data gathering and
reporting system is also being developed which will improve
our processing and accounting, and which will allow us to
glean more specific reports from the reunion information.
President LeDoux indicated she was pleased to
announce that the office computer networking project was
completed and that all three computers can now "talk" to one
another, which will facilitate data handling immensely. The
project involved Jim Parthenais, and Bill McLaughlin spend-
ing several weekends in the office to accomplish preparatory
work before the
contractor could complete the task.
The president announced that in observation of the
Christmas holidays, the Society office will be closed from
Friday December 21 and will reopen on Wednesday, January
The president also announced that the Executive Board
was currently considering two issues that could be of interest
and possibly benefit the membership: a Business Registry of
member-owned and operated business to maintained by the
Society, and a member Services Unit, which would be oper-
ated by the Society to provide various forms of help to our
needy members. More data will be provided on these pro-
grams as they progress, but the President welcomed any
ideas, suggestions and/or comments by members and encour-
aged them to please call the office.
In response to the President's call for officer reports, Bill
McLaughlin, 1st Vice President and Reunion Coordinator,
announced that the reunion is scheduled for July 3 through 7,
to be held once again at the Orlando World Center Marriott,
and that the Friday Panazonian dance would feature Lucho's
friends with Tito Mouynes, and that the Saturday Ball will
again feature Frank Pretto and his group. He also asked for
volunteers to help sell tickets at the door for each dance. The
DJ dance will be chaired by Jacque Vowell. Beth
Brandenburg, Registration Chairperson, put out a call for vol-
unteers. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis is the chairperson of vendors
activities, and Kenny Morris will head up the golf tournament
and announced that the tournament will again feature a
choice between individual play or two-person scramble for-
mat. The annual luncheon is chaired by Jan and Lou Andino,
Tom Wilder will be in charge of Security, and Nancy Van
Siclen and Carol Masino will handle Information and Society
Affairs. Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore are co-chairpersons
of mini-reunions and class reunions and announced that there
are 8 classes registered so far. Jim O'Donnell is again doing
Bingo, and Despedida is chaired by Margaret McLaughlin.
Sgt.-at-Arms, Ed Wardlow reported that Carnavalito
will be held February 9, 2002, in Winter Haven at the Best
Western Admiral's Inn and that registration forms will be in
the December Canal Record. Tito Mouynes and Alex De La
Cruz will be playing. Hotel rooms are priced at last year's
$70.00 per night rate, and the cost for the evening's entertain-
ment and dinner will be $40.00 per person. He also
announced that this year space would be available to accom-
modate about 6 or 7 vendors on Saturday during the day and
on Sunday morning.
Roy Culbreth, Bylaws Chairperson, sought and received
member comments at the meeting concerning the desirability
of changing the organizations name from the Panama Canal
Society of Florida to simply The Panama Canal Society. He
explained that the Executive Board was contemplating put-
ting this thought to the whole membership for their approval.
Several members voiced their concurrence with such an
action, while a few expressed concerns about its advisability.
Roy Culbreth did say that nothing would be done without
membership approval and did indicate that the Executive
Board would continue to support that at the Society office in
Florida remain as headquarters for the organization.
Record Editor Jacque Vowell reported that the
December Canal Record is at the mailer and should be mailed
sometime during the week of December 12. She also thanked
Pat Beall for his help and guidance with the December Canal
Kathy Egolf, reporting for the museum project,
announced that they are now open and operating in their
new space and invited the membership to stop by and see
the new offices. She also provided flyers so that Society
members could become familiar with the activities the
museum is working on.
Under new business, the president called on Margot
Jordan, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, who
reported that her committee consisting of Kenny Morris, Beth
Brandenburg, Barbara Slover and Diane Bateman met on
November 3 and agreed the following recommended slate of
officers for the 2002/2003 term: President, Bill McLaughlin;
1st Vice President, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis; 2nd Vice President,
Tom Wilder; Directors, Jim Parthenais and Ed Wardlow.
After the presentation of the committee's slate of offi-
cers, the president called for nominations from the floor for
each of the offices. After receiving no nominations from the
floor, Pete Foster made a motion to close the nominations;
seconded by Dick Zornes. Motion carried.
The president offered the thought that, as this year's cal-
endar draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on all that
has taken place during this eventful and tragic year. Our
country has gone through a tremendous change because of
the tragedies of September 11 and it has to make us realize
how small this world is and how very precious each day is.
And in this connection, she noted how our former record edi-
tor, Pat Beall, recognized how one has to seize the moment,
and with mixed emotions decided to retire in order to do some
traveling and to spend more time with his family. President
LeDoux stated that the Executive Board paid tribute to Pat at
the reunion in August, honoring his 20 years of service to the
Society and that he was an invited guest at today's luncheon
so that the board and members present could, on behalf of the
entire membership, honor him in his retirement. The
President reflected that Pat worked for the Society for 20
years, and in that time published approximately 102 Canal
Records and worked with 17 different Society presidents and
20 executive boards. To accommodate his future travels, Pat
was given a piece of luggage on behalf of the entire member-
ship, and Betty LeDoux wished that Pat enjoy every single
one of his tomorrows. Pat Beall thanked the membership for
the gift, saying that he really had enjoyed working with the
members and publishing the Canal Record and that he was
certain that he would miss the daily association.
In keeping with tradition, the president opened the
meeting up to the members for comments or suggestions that
would help the board to better serve the membership. Pete
Foster said that he wanted to thank Beth Brandenburg and her
committee for a lovely Christmas luncheon, which was fol-
lowed by an enthusiastic round of applause by those present.
Beth and her committee, consisting of Margaret McLaughlin,
Edie Meeker, Joan Ohman, Carol Masino, and Nancy Van
Siclen, were presented a token of appreciation for their fine
A large number of door prizes were awarded, and the
grand prize of a round trip ticket on Copa Airlines to Panama
was won by Fran Stock.
In closing, the president thanked everyone for coming
and on behalf of the entire board wished each of the attendees
a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a safe journey
Meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA
APRIL 6, 2002
The next traveling General Membership meeting
will be held at the Olive Garden, 880 S. Atlantic Avenue,
Ormond Beach, Florida.
Coming North or South on 1-95, take the Ormond
Beach exit. Head East on SR 40 (Granada Blvd.) towards the
beach. Continue straight across the Granada Bridge until you
get to the to the end of the road (you will see the beach
straight ahead). Turn right onto A1A (Atlantic Avenue) and
drive a mile or so, the Olive Garden will be on the right. The
Olive Garden's telephone number is 386-673-3027.
Our Hostesses are Jeannie Hickman and Ginger Young.
For further information, contact Jeannie Hickman
Remember to take the time to VOTE!
Ballots for the Election and the Bylaws
are located in the center of this issue.
Your vote does make a difference!
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2002-2003
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mrs. Margot Jordon, Chairperson,
Beth Brandenburg, Kenny Morris, Diane Bateman, and Barbara Slover submitted the following Slate of Officers for
2002-2003 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting and Luncheon held December 16, 2001 at the Columbia Restaurant, Sand Key,
President Mr. Bill McLaughlin
1st Vice President Ms. Elaine Vestal Lewis
2nd Vice President Mr. Tom Wilder
Director Mr. Jim Parthenais
Director Mr. Ed Wardlow
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
You can only vote for one candidate for each of the offices of President, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President; for the
offices of Directors, you can vote for two candidates. Please vote by placing an "X" on the line behind the candidate's name
that you have selected. "Write-in" nominations are permitted for all offices listed, provided the nominee gives his/her consent
in writing to the Nominating Committee not later than ten days prior to the Annual Business Meeting which will be held on
July 5, 2002, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Each active member, or active member and spouse may submit one (1)
ballot per member household. Vote for your selection of officers indicated on the cut-out BALLOT/BALLOT ENVELOPE.
Fold the ballot to the inside of the ballot envelope and fold the envelope over your ballot with the address of the Chairperson,
Nominating on the outside, and seal the envelope with Scotch Tape. Do not detach ballot from the envelope. Place your name
and return address in the upper left hand corer. Affix a 34 centstamp and mail before June 25. 2002. Ballot envelopes will
be opened at the Annual Business Meeting on July 5, 2002.
Slate of Officers for 2002 2003
It is certainly a pleasure and honor to be nominated as the 46th President of this great organ-
ization. I began getting involved with Society activities in 1996 after my retirement from the for-
mer Canal Zone. Little by little, I became more involved and have enjoyed every minute of it. I
have served as Director in 1999- 2000, First Vice President in 2000-2001 and the 2001-2002 terms.
I have been the Society web master since 1998.
Being part of the Society has been very rewarding as I get to be with my fellow Zonians. My
heart and thoughts are always with the memory of our beloved Canal Zone, Panama Canal and my
fellow Zonians. As your President, I will ensure that the mission of the Panama Canal Society is
adhered to at all times and promote the organization for the future generations.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
I was born in Gorgas Hospital and reared in the Canal Zone. After graduating from college, I
returned to the Canal Zone as a professional educator and taught at Curundu Junior High School;
worked as a Counselor at Panama Canal College, an Administrator at Balboa High School as well
as several elementary schools. Taking advantage of an early retirement, I moved to Clearwater, FL
and became active in the Panama Canal Society by working for a year in the Society office. Since
that time, I have been elected to serve on the Executive Board for two years; as a Director during
2000-2001 and currently as 2nd Vice President 2001-2002. In the coming year, I am running for 1st
Vice President. It has indeed been an honor to serve an organization, such as ours, so steeped in
history and tradition. I believe in the Panama Canal Society and what we represent to the world and
dedicated to keeping our fond memories of the Canal Zone and Panama alive.
Thomas R. Wilder
I was born at Coco Solo Hospital and am the son of Rosemary and Captain Albert L. Wilder,
a retired Panama Canal Pilot. In 1976 I graduated from Cristobal High School and then attended
Canal Zone College before leaving the Canal Zone in 1979. Work in the Canal Zone included stu-
dent assistant jobs at Gatun Locks, Cristobal Industrial Division, and U.S. Recruitment for the
Personnel Division. My three sisters, Alberta Corrigan, Joanne Anderson and Penny Canamas still
reside in Panama. I'm married to Kathy, and have three children, Samantha 16, Brittney 14 and
Christopher 13. I've been employed for the past 18 years with the Marion County Sheriffs Office,
currently holding the rank of Captain and assigned as Assistant Bureau Chief for the Uniform
Patrol in Ocala, Florida.
I've enjoyed serving the PCOSFL since first being appointed as Bylaws Chairman, and last
year being voted in as a Director. I'm again honored to serve, with your support, as 2nd VP in the coming year.
I was born in Arlington, Virginia and moved to Panama in 1962, living in Curundu most
of the eighteen years I was in the Canal Zone. I graduated from Balboa High School in 1978
and attended Canal Zone College for two years. I finished college at The Florida State
University with a BS degree in Accounting. My professional career has included audit man-
agement positions with large publicly traded companies and a Chief Financial Officer position
with a private non-for profit company. I also worked as a consultant for national executive
search companies and have recently started my own executive search business in Tampa, FL. I
live in St. Petersburg with my wife Kelly (Cahill) and son Ben.
My involvement with the Society up to 2000 was limited to being a member and attend-
ing at least twenty reunions. I served last year as Chairman of Audit and Budgets. I look for-
ward to continued service to the Society in the capacity of Director. I believe my experience with financial management of
non-profit organizations and work with non-profit Boards of Directors will help me contribute to the continued success of our
I came to the Canal Zone in 1959 as a member of the USAF. In 1962, I went to work with the
Canal Zone Postal Service and while in the Canal Zone I worked at Balboa, Cristobal, Gamboa,
Rodman, Paraiso, Curundu, Ft. Clayton, Albrook & Howard Post Offices. While in the Canal Zone,
I was active in the Isthmian Autosport Association. In 1979, I transferred to the DOD Military
Postal Service Agency in New York and in 1987 went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in
Orlando, Florida retiring in 1992. I own and operate a lawn service business in Auburndale,
Florida. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and traveling with my wife, Vicki Sizemore
I have served as Carnavalito Chairperson and on the Board of Directors as Sargeant-At-Arms.
The Election Ballot is located in the center of this Canal Record.
Your vote does count.
30 January 2002
TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
THRU: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FROM: Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
SUBJECT: Proposed Amendment to ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES, ARTICLE IV OFFICERS, ARTICLE V-
NOMINATIONS, ARTICLE VI DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS, ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE
BOARD, ARTICLE X BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE.
After a detail review of the existing Bylaws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. (PCSOF) by the Bylaws Committee
in accordance with Article XI, Section 2A of the current Bylaws and input provided by the membership, the committee sub-
mits to the Executive Board of the PCSOF for its approval consideration of the general membership, the following amend-
ments to the existing PCSOF Bylaws.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #18
The proposed amendment to Article III, Section 2, rectifies the ongoing practice of granting membership to the Society based
solely on attendance at U.S. Government schools in the Panama Canal Zone. It also provides the necessary information "up-
front," rather than on a separate section, on the requirement to submit an application form, as the first step in obtaining
membership in the Society.
Existing: Article III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 2 ELIGIBILITY
A. Any individual 18 years of age or over who worked or who is or was associated with the operation, maintenance,
construction, contract support activity or protection of the Panama Canal, and family members who were or are
dependents of, reside or resided with this individual, or who are descendants of such individual shall be eligible for
membership in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
SEC. 2 ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP
A. Any person 18 years of age or older who is, or was, an employee of the U.S. Government in the Panama Canal Zone
and/or the Republic of Panama or who provided contract support to the various U.S. Government organizations/agen-
cies located there, or who attended U.S. Government schools there, shall be eligible for membership in the Society.
B. Persons who were or are dependents, or who are descendants, of any individual that is or was eligible for, or enjoyed,
membership in the Society shall also be eligible for membership in the Society.
C. In order for eligible persons to become members, a Society-provided application for membership must first be com-
pleted and submitted (along with the full year's dues and administrative fee and any applicable foreign mailing fee)
to the Society for its consideration.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #19
The two proposed major revisions to Article III, Section 3, are: allowing both the member and his/her spouse to cast their
individual votes in all matters relating to issues brought forth to the general membership; and, upon the death of a Past
President, membership rights and privileges shall not pass to any future spouses of the Past President's surviving spouse.
Under the existing Bylaws, regardless of which of the parties is eligible to become a member of the Society, "both husband
and wife who reside in the same household" are considered members of the Society. "Both spouses" can "vote on motions
presented at regular membership meetings and annual meeting," and both "shall be included in the membership count to deter-
mine a quorum." However, "only one vote per same household membership" is allowed.
The latter restriction is not consistent with the objectives of the Society and, at times, places the spouses at odds when both
have different viewpoints about the issues) slated for vote.
Existing: Article III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 3 CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
1. Age 18 or over.
2. Both husband and wife who reside in the same residence.
3. Both spouses shall a vote on motions presented at the regular membership meetings and annual meeting. Both
shall be included in the membership count to determine a quorum at these meetings.
a. Only one (1) vote/ballot shall be permitted per Active membership for Bylaws amendments or election
of officers (only one vote per same household membership).
B. Life: Conferred on president on completion of his/her full term of office.
1. Shall be extended to his/her spouse (if living) upon his/her demise.
SEC 3. CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
1. Active membership is conferred upon qualified applicants after review and approval by simple majority vote of
the Executive Board in a regularly scheduled board meeting.
2. Active membership is extended to both husband and wife who reside in the same residence, with both spouse
being included in the membership count to determine a quorum at general membership meetings. Each spouse
shall enjoy all the rights inherent in active membership of the Society, to include the right to vote for Bylaw
amendments and election of officers.
1. Life membership shall be conferred on each President of the Society upon the completion of the incumbent's full
term of office.
2. Life membership shall also be extended to the spouse of the Past President life member.
3. Life members retain all of the rights and privileges of an active member, except that upon the death of a Past
President, membership rights and privileges shall not pass to any future spouses of the Past President's surviving
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #20
Due to the interrelationship of all the Sections within Article IV, the proposed amendment to Article IV, is treated in general
terms, with the rationale for the significant changes offered herein. Section 1, increases the number of officers in the
Executive Board by an additional Director. Currently, of the seven voting officers in the Executive Board, four are elected by
the general membership and the President appoints three to office. The proposed addition to the current Executive Board is
will allow greater representation of members in the management/decision making process by virtue of the fact that only elect-
ed officers will have voting rights in the future. (See proposed Amendment 23, below, which takes away the voting rights of
two of the three appointed officers: Legislative Officer and Sergeant-at-Arms.) Also under the current Bylaws, the Past
President is addressed as an "Appointed Officer." The proposed amendment reflects the fact that the Past President is an
"elected officer" by virtue of his previous election to the presidency by the general membership, and clarifies the process of
selection to the incoming Executive Board in the event the immediate Past President declines or becomes unavailable.
Section 2, separates the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Although the current Bylaws specifically outline the duties of
a "Treasurer," it has been past practice to allow the Secretary to perform both the functions/duties of a Secretary and Treasurer.
To some, this practice appears to create a "conflict of interest" for varied reasons. To eliminate the perception of such occur-
rence, and because it is an acceptable business practice, the function/duties of a Treasurer are to be performed by a separate
person appointed by the President. The significant changes to Section 3 are: for a member of the Society to seek the
Presidency, he/she must first have served at least one term on the Executive Board in the elected offices of Vice President or
Director; allows for the positions of Secretary, Record Editor, Legislative Officer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Chaplain and Treasurer
to serve unlimited consecutive terms; Article IV, Section 4, is deleted and incorporated in Article V, Section 3. Article IV,
Section 5, is rewritten as Section 4; the most significant change is the "term of office," which is proposed be changed from
one year to two years. Rationale: One year allows for little substance to get meaningful long term objectives accomplished.
For example, under current Bylaws, upon installation in office, the first 30 to 90 days in office, the Executive Board has to
spend most of its efforts soliciting and determining the next year's slate of officers, organizing and selecting committee mem-
bers, and making preparations for the upcoming election at the December general meeting, leaving the rest of the remaining
time to deal with Society matters. Board members barely "get their feet on the ground" when it is time to move out. This
Section, for the first time, provides for an "incentive" in the form of a monetary bonus approved by the Executive Board, for
"exceptional and extraordinary" work performed by "paid employees or paid officer." Sections 6 and 7, are deleted and incor-
porated in Section IV, Section 4. Sections 8 and 9, have been rewritten as Sections 5 and 6, respectively, with only cosmet-
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 1 ELECTED OFFICERS:
A. President, first and second vice presidents and two (2) directors.
SEC. 1. ELECTED OFFICERS:
A. The elected officers of the society are the: President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and three Directors.
B. The Past President, by virtue of having been elected to the presidency, shall, if available, automatically accede to the
position of Past President. In the event the Past President declines or is unavailable, the President shall select a pre-
vious Past President of its choosing, subject to Executive Board approval.
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 2 APPOINTED OFFICERS:
A. Legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms, one (1) director, chaplain and immediate past president, if available otherwise
any other past president. These shall be appointed by the president.
B. Secretary/Treasurer and the Canal Record editor (herein referred to as "Record Editor"). These shall be appointed
by simple majority vote of the Executive Board.
SEC. 2 APPOINTED OFFICERS:
The appointed officers of the Society shall consist of:
A. A Director, Treasurer, Legislative Officer, Sergeant-at-Arms and Chaplain, all of whom shall be appointed by the
B. The Secretary and Canal Record Editor (herein referred to as "Record Editor"), with both being recommended by the
President and appointed by simple majority vote of the Executive Board.
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
A. To hold office, a candidate shall have been a member of the Society for at least one (1) year.
B. No elected or appointed officer, with the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain shall serve
more than two (2) consecutive years in the same office.
C. No member shall hold more than one (1) office at the same time.
D. To be eligible for office of the president, a member shall have served at least one (1) year on the Executive Board.
SEC 3. ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
A. To be eligible for office, a candidate must be a current member in good standing for at least one year; in the case of
the office of the President, the member candidate shall have been elected to, and served at least one term on, the
Executive Board in the elected offices of Vice President, or Director.
B. The Treasurer, Secretary, Record Editor, Legislative Officer, Sergeant-at-Arms and Chaplain are permitted to serve
unlimited consecutive terms in the same office, with all other officer positions being restricted to two consecutive
years in the same titled office, whether appointed or elected.
C. In the event that no other Past President is available or willing to serve, it shall be permissible for a Past President to
serve consecutive terms in that capacity.
D. No member shall hold more than one office at the same time.
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 4 ELECTION OF OFFICERS (Delete. See Proposed Article V, NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS,
SEC. 3, below)
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC 5. CONDITIONS OF OFFICE (Delete. See Proposed Re-Write below)
Proposed: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC 4. CONDITIONS OF OFFICE:
A. The term of office for all members of the Executive Board shall be two years, with newly elected and appointed offi-
cers assuming office on the first day of the month following the annual meeting of the year in which the change of
leadership is to take place.
B. In the event that elected and/or appointed officers are not in place to begin the term of office on the stipulated date,
the incumbent officers affected shall be given the opportunity to serve in their positions until such time that a suc-
cessor is elected or appointed. Replacements that become necessary during a term assume only the balance of the
term of the vacated office.
C. Officers shall discharge their duties and responsibilities in good faith, with the care of an ordinarily prudent person,
and in a manner reasonably believed to be in the best interests of the Society.
D. The Executive Board, by majority vote, shall be empowered to approve or disapprove that the Secretary and/or
Record Editor be salaried, and to establish and adjust the rates of pay for these officers. Approved salaries shall be
paid on dates determined by the Executive Board.
E. To serve as a performance incentive, the Executive Board may, by a two-thirds majority vote, award a bonus to an
employee or paid officer whose work performance for at least one-year demonstrates exceptional and extraordinary
skill and effort. The amount of the award shall also be determined by two-thirds vote of the Executive Board, but
shall not exceed the equivalent of one-half month's salary of the awardee, giving due consideration to the Society's
financial condition at the time. As salaried officers, these persons shall comply with the conduct provisions con-
tained in the Society's "Personnel Policies and Procedures."
F. The "Oath of Office" shall be administered by the presiding officer at the annual meeting, or as soon thereafter for
elected and appointed officers not sworn in at the meeting. The oath shall read as follows: "I promise to uphold the
Bylaws and Standing Rules of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Incorporated, and to fulfill, to the best of my
ability, the duties of my office as outlined in the Bylaws."
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 6 SALARIES: (Delete. See Proposed Article IV OFFICERS, SEC 4 CONDITIONS OF OFFICE, Sub-Paragraph
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 7 TERMS OF OFFICE: (Delete. See Proposed Article IV OFFICERS, SEC 4 CONDITIONS OF OFFICE, Sub-
Paragraph A, above)
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 8 REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
A. Elected officers may be removed for failing to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his/her office as outlined in
the Bylaws. Removal shall require the recommendation of at least 51% affirmative vote of the voting members of
the Executive Board and at least two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of members present and voting at any Society meet-
B. Appointed officers, including officer/employees, may be removed for failing to fulfill the duties and responsibilities
of his/her office as outlined in the By laws or the Society's Personnel Policy and Procedures. If applicable, removal
shall require at least 51% affirmative vote of the voting officers of the Executive Board.
C. Any officer of the Executive Board who is absent from three regularly scheduled Executive Board meetings without
specific permission of the president shall be removed from office by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
SEC 5. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
A. An elected officer may be removed from office for failure to meet the standards of conduct outlined in Article IV,
SEC. 4 CONDITIONS OF OFFICE, Sub-Paragraph C, above, or for failing to uphold, or adhere to, the Code of
Ethics, Objectives and Bylaws of the Society. The recommendation for removal may come from a simple majority
vote of the Executive Board, or by at least 10% of the active and life members of the Society in good standing. Actual
removal shall require a two-thirds vote by written ballot from the general membership, with a ballot and supporting
justification for such action being provided to all voting members in good standing. Notice of the proposed removal
and an official ballot must be given to voting members in good standing at least 30 days prior to the deadline for
receipt of completed ballots.
B. Officers appointed by the President may be removed from office for cause at the discretion of the President, after
prior consultation with the Executive Board.
C. Officers appointed by the Executive Board may be removed from office for cause by a two-thirds vote of the mem-
bers of the board.
D. Members of the Executive Board who are absent from three consecutive board meetings, without specific permis-
sion of the President, shall be removed from office.
Existing: Article IV OFFICERS
SEC. 9 VACANCIES IN OFFICE:
A. Should the office of president become vacant during a term, the first and second vice presidents shall succeed, in
their order, to that office for the remainder of the term.
B. Vacancies in all other elective offices shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by the Executive Board.
C. Vacancies in appointed offices, shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by the president.
SEC 6. APPOINTMENT TO VACANT OFFICES:
A. Should the office of the President become vacant during a term, First and Second Vice Presidents shall, in their order
of precedence, succeed to the presidency for the remainder of their term.
B. Vacancies in elected offices (other than the President and the Past President), as well as the appointed offices of
Secretary and Record Editor, shall be filled for the unexpired term by recommendation of the President and simple
majority vote of the Executive Board.
C. Vacancies in appointed offices, with the exception of the Secretary, Record Editor and Past President, shall be filled
by the President.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #21
In general terms, the proposed amendment to Article V, Section 1 changes the timeframe for the selection of the "Nominating
Committee," assuming the term of office for the Executive Board is extended to two years. Article V, Section 2, is a rewrite
of the current Section 2. It outlines in greater detail the "nominating procedure" for elected officials and incorporates the elec-
tion process (from the current Section 4, Article IV) in order to keep both the nomination and election process together. For
the aforementioned reason, the amendment includes adding "ELECTION OF OFFICERS" to the heading.
Existing: Article V NOMINATIONS
Proposed: Article V NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Existing: Article V NOMINATIONS
SEC. 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
1. Selection of the Nominating Committee shall take place within the first two months following the Annual
Proposed: Article V NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
SEC. 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
1. Selection of the Nominating Committee shall take place within the first two months following the Society's
Annual Business Meeting of the Executive Board's second year's term of office.
Existing: Article V NOMINATIONS
SEC. 2 NOMINATING PROCEDURES: (Delete. See Proposed Re-Write below)
Proposed: Article V NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
SEC. 2 NOMINATION PROCEDURES:
A. The nomination of candidates for elective office shall come from the Nominating Committee, and may come from
the floor at a regularly scheduled general membership meeting, or by mail-in nomination from any active or life
member in good standing, within the first two months following the Society's Annual Business Meeting of the
Executive Board's second year's term of office.
B. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for announcing to the general membership, in the first issue of the
Canal Record after the annual meeting of the Executive Board's second year's term of office, that floor and mail-in
nominations are in order immediately, to include appropriate instructions for nominating a candidate and the official
deadline for receipt of the nomination.
C. The Nominating Committee shall canvass the membership and select a slate of worthy candidates, giving due con-
sideration to all eligible incumbent officers, and shall, as a matter of information and with no limitation placed on the
number of nominees for each office, present the slate of officer nominees to the Executive Board at its November
meeting preceding the election of officers.
D. Mail-in nominations shall be in order, and qualified nominees placed on the ballot, providing the written nomina-
tions are received by the Nominating Committee, or postmarked, at least 10 days prior to the scheduled December
general membership meeting preceding the election.
E. Nominations from the floor are to be made no later than the December general membership meeting preceding the
election. The Nominating Committee shall then present its slate of nominated officers, along with the list of quali-
fied mail-in and floor nominees to the attendees at the December general membership meeting preceding the elec-
F. All qualified nominees shall be notified personally by the Nominating Committee that they must provide written con
sent to their candidacy and their willingness to accept the position, if elected, prior to the published deadline date for
the printing of the official ballot; otherwise, the nomination shall be considered invalid and the nominee will not be
included on the official ballot.
SEC. 3 ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
A. The election of officers shall be done by formal mail-in ballot, and the candidate receiving the most votes for an
office shall be the elected officer. In the event of a tie between the candidates running for an office receiving the
most votes for each office, a run-off election between the tied candidates shall be conducted by written ballot of mem-
bers present at the annual meeting; the candidate receiving the most votes in the run-off shall be the elected officer.
B. Ballots are to be provided to all active and life members, by inclusion in an appropriate timed issue of the Canal
Record, and shall include the slate of qualified candidates presented by the Nominating Committee, as well as those
nominated from the floor, or as mail-in candidates, with the official ballot indicating the source of those nominations
and providing appropriate space for members caring to vote on a write-in basis for a member other than those can-
didates appearing on the ballot.
C. Candidates elected to office as a write-in nominee shall be notified by the Nominating Committee and required to
provide written acceptance of the position within 15 days after the election; otherwise, the candidate receiving the
second highest number of votes for the office in question shall be declared the elected officer.
G. Completed voting ballots shall be sent or delivered to the Society's main office, ATTN: Chairperson, Nominating
Committee, and must be postmarked at least 10 days prior to the annual meeting of the Executive Board's second
year's term of office. Hand delivered ballots shall be marked with the date of receipt at the Society's main office on
the sealed envelope in the presence of the member delivering the ballot. Ballots shall be held in the custody of the
Chairperson, Nominating Committee, secured in the Society's main office. Ballots shall remain sealed until opened
by the committee at the annual reunion, prior to the annual meeting, at a time and place to be determined by the
Executive Board and announced to the general membership in ample time prior to the vote-count so that interested
parties may witness the count, if desired.
H. The Nominating Committee shall confirm with the Secretary that the individuals voting are active or life members
in good standing, and that only one ballot per voting-eligible member is received. Unsealed ballots shall be consid-
ered invalid; only those ballots with the personal information requested on the official ballot will be accepted as valid.
To facilitate the verification process, members are encouraged to indicate their names and address on the ballot enve-
lope. The Nominating Committee shall take the necessary measures to insure the confidentiality of the voting mem-
bers is protected.
I. Balloting by proxy is not permitted.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #22
The proposed amendment to Article VI, Sections 4 and 5, eliminates from the functions/duties of the Secretary those func-
tions/duties charges to the Treasurer. It further expands the functions/duties of the Treasurer in comparison to the current
Existing: Article VI DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SEC. 5 TREASURER: (Delete. See Re-write below)
Proposed: Article VI DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SEC. 5 TREASURER:
A. Serving in an advisory capacity, the Treasurer shall be responsible for providing general oversight and administra-
tive review for all financial matters concerning the Society, and, in conjunction with the Secretary, for reporting in a
timely manner all financial matters of a consequential nature to the President and the Executive Board.
B. The Treasurer is responsible for the development, and presentation to the Executive Board no later than its yearly
November meeting, of a comprehensive budget for the ensuing year.
C. The Treasurer shall oversee and be ultimately responsible for the recording, accounting for, and reporting of all finan-
cial transactions; evaluating performance and actual accounting results against the approved budget; and recom-
mending adjustments where needed to the budget; assuring that the fixed assets and properties of the Society are prop-
erly safeguarded and accounted for; providing continuous review of the Society's cash resources, and recommending
to the Executive Board measures to properly manage these funds; countersigning of checks with the President; rec-
ommending investment alternatives and strategies to the Executive Board for consideration, and assuring implemen
station of the board's decision; and serving as the board's liaison with the Society's official auditor.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #23
The proposed amendment to Article IX, Section 1, is a significant change to the way voting has taken place in the past on
the Executive Board. First, a Treasurer, with voting rights, is added to the composition of the Executive Board. Second, it
takes away the voting rights of the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Legislative Officer. Therefore, the officers vested with voting
rights are: Past President, First and Second Vice Presidents, four Directors, Treasurer, and the President when necessary to
break a tie. total of eight votes and one tie-breaker.
Existing: Article IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
A. Shall consist of all officers:
1. The following officers shall have a vote on issues before the Executive Board: Past President, First Vice President,
Second Vice President, three Directors, Legislative Officer and Sergeant-at-Arms.
2. The President shall vote only when it is necessary to break a tie.
3. The following officers may participate in all matters before the Executive Board and shall provide guidance on
issues relating to their areas of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before the Executive Board: Sec-
retary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain.
4. Chairperson of the Audit and Budget Committee or his/her representative shall be an ex-officio member of the
Executive Board in an advisory capacity for financial matters concerning the Society. The Chairperson may enter
in on discussions of issues before the board, but shall not have a vote on issues.
5. Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee or his/her representative shall be an ex-officio member of the
Executive Board in an advisory capacity for the Bylaws concerning the Society. The Chairperson may enter in
on discussions of issues before the board, but shall not have a vote.
C. Shall be authorized, when required, to appoint salaried clerical assistants) to the staff of the Society's administrative
1. Clerical Assistant(s) salary shall be established in the same manner as the secretary/treasurer and record editor.
2. The primary purpose of the clerical assistants) shall be to maintain continuity of Society operations if either the
Secretary/Treasurer or Record Editor is unable to perform the duties and responsibilities of their office due to
absence or illness. As a result, clerical assistants) shall be trained in the duties of their respective assignments.
Proposed: Article IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC 1. COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD:
A. The Executive Board shall consist of all elected and appointed officers of the Society, with chairperson of the Audit
and Bylaws Committees (or their designees) serving in an advisory capacity as ex-officio members of the board.
1. The following officers are legally entitled to vote on issues before the Executive Board: Past President, First Vice
President, Second Vice President, all four Directors, and the Treasurer, with the President voting only if choos-
ing to make or break a tie-vote.
2. All other appointed officers, including the ex-officio members of the Executive Board may participate in discus-
sions on issues before the board, but shall not be permitted to vote.
3. Unless otherwise stipulated in the Bylaws and Standing Rules, passage of Executive Board decisions and votes
requires a simple majority of the legal votes cast by board members.
4. The Executive Board meetings shall be opened to all members of the Society, and they in turn may participate in
discussions on issues before the board at the discretion of the President, but shall not be permitted to vote.
C. The Executive Board shall be authorized, when required, to appoint salaried clerical assistants) to the staff of the
Society's administrative office.
1. Clerical Assistant(s) salary shall be established in the same manner as the secretary and record editor.
2. The primary purpose of the clerical assistants) shall be to maintain continuity of Society operations if either the
Secretary or Record Editor is unable to perform the duties and responsibilities of their office due to absence or
illness. As a result, clerical assistants) shall be trained in the duties of their respective assignments.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT #24
The proposed amendment to Article X is just a name change to the heading of the article.
Existing: Article X BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Proposed: Article X AUDIT COMMITTEE
THE BYLAWS BALLOT IS LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THIS ISSUE.
BALLOTS HAVE TO BE RECEIVED BY
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current
underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes that
are designed to improve their ability to handle business in
English and to expedite the process of issuing new certifi-
cates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designations, and
adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is current-
ly encouraging policyholders to do their business directly
with the Panama office, but will gladly continue to accept and
handle all business of those policyholders who choose to act
and process through the Panama Canal Society office. Beth
Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point of con-
tact and may be reached on Wednesday afternoons at the
Society's toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for
assistance or to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary
Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office
in Panama, the point of contact is Mr. Ricauter Rodriguez;
and he can be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Ricauter Rodriguez
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the partic-
ulars if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS
progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise,
policyholders and claimants should notify the Society office
when their business has been satisfactorily concluded with
CIS so that the Society can drop the policyholder or claimant
from its list of pending cases to be pursued.
REGISTER OF MEMBER OWNED
AND OPERATED BUSINESSES
As another means of providing service to the member-
ship, the Executive Board recently approved that the Society
compile and maintain a voluntary register of businesses
owned and operated by Society members. This action is
being taken in order to assist both member businesses as
providers and the general membership as users, and is intend-
ed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement amongst Society
Placement on the list is strictly voluntary on the part of
the member business, and the Society's involvement will be
strictly limited to maintaining the register and to providing
names and contact information only. The Society will not
offer any endorsements, nor will it in any way be responsible
for the services or products rendered, nor the conduct or
actions of any member who has chosen to use the Register.
The Society will however reserve the right to remove any
member business from the list, at the direction of the
Executive Board, for repeated user complaints against the
business, which will not in and of itself in any way mean that
the Society has rendered a judgment on, or evaluated, the
Members interested in registering their businesses
should provide, in writing, the Society office with a one-line
description of the service or products offered by the business;
a brief synopsis of the business, to include its legal status,
accreditation and official recognition, length of time in exis-
tence, location data and areas of service; and any other infor-
mation that might be helpful for member-users seeking a sup-
There will be no charge by the Society for this service,
and it will remain in effect until such time that the Board of
Directors determines that it is no longer a worthwhile and
beneficial service to the Society and/or its membership.
Society members who would like to use the services or
products being offered are encouraged to call the Society
office to determine whether such services are available from
a member-operated business and to obtain the contact infor-
mation. If space becomes available and it is determined fea-
sible to do so, a listing of the member-owned and operated
businesses registered with the Society will be published peri-
odically in the Canal Record along with their contact infor-
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY AUDIT
President Betty LeDoux,
Chairperson, Executive Board
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dear President LeDoux:
The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its
audit of the financial records and activities of the 2001
Annual Reunion and golf tournament. The examination con-
sisted of such tests and verifications as deemed necessary to
determine that funds were properly accounted for and accu-
rately reported to the Executive Board.
Based on the results of the review, it is the opinion of
the committee that the attached Statement of Receipts,
Expenditures and Fund Balances correctly states the financial
results for the 2001 Annual Reunion and golf tournament.
S/Kenneth L. Morris S/James Parthenais
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee
2001 ANNUAL REUNION
STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURES AND FUND BALANCES
BEGINNING CASH BALANCE / CHECKING ACCOUNT $ 3,104.00
Registration Fees $ 13,690.00
Friday Dance 17,976.00
Saturday Disco 3,380.00
Friday Disco 2,075.00
Miscellaneous 92.25 $ 82,443.40
Friday Dance 17,575.31
Disco Dances 1,205.26
Thursday DJ Dance 1,150.82
President's Reception 992.16
General Expenses (not assigned to specific activity)
Souvenir Pens 2,078.62
Printing and Reproduction 570.25
Miscellaneous and Administrative Adjustments 197.20 69.236.77
NET PROCEEDS FROM REUNION $ 13,206.63 13.206.63
POST RE UNION BALANCE 16,310.63
TRANSFER OF NET PROCEEDS TO SOCIETY (13.206.63)
ENDING CASH BALANCE / CHECKING ACCOUNT $ 3,104.00
Congress has returned from the holiday break and has a
lot on its agenda. Interest continues to be in overseeing the
government's response to the September 11 attacks and
domestic priorities. Also, the economic stimulus package
remains on the front burner. President Bush will present his
State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 29th and
release his fiscal 2003 budget on Monday, February 4th.
In this edition of the Canal Record I will report on those
issues that have been acted upon and will use the same format
as I did in the last edition. Also, as in the past, the sources for
my report are: FEDweek, the NARFE Hotline and the
NARFE publication, Retirement Life.
COLA (2003: For the first time since 1986, retail prices
declined for a third consecutive month in December. The
CPI-W declined to an index of 172.9, down 0.5 percent from
the November index of 173.7. The result of this three-month
deflation is that the counting period used to determine the
January 2003 COLA is presently a negative 1. percent. There
is no danger of retirees having a negative COLA applied to
their benefits but the three-month drops will have an effect on
offsetting gains posted in the remaining nine months of the
FECA: Former employees now receiving monthly
checks under the provisions of the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA) will receive a 1.3 percent COLA
in their April benefit payments. This figure reflects the per-
centage change in the CPI-W (and the negative 1.1 percent
reported above) during the 12 months in calendar year 2001.
LTC: On December 18, OPM announced that a con-
sortium of two major insurance companies has been selected
to underwrite long-term care insurance for the federal civilian
and military communities. The consortium companies are
Metropolitan Life and John Hancock. The companies have
incorporated a new firm, LTC Partners, to market long-term
care insurance to an estimated 20 million eligible Americans.
If you would like to receive enrollment materials, call 1-800-
582-3337 or visit www.ltcfeds.com on the internet.
Also, on December 27, President Bush signed into law
(Pub. L. 107-104) HR 2559 which will exempt program pre-
miums from state and local taxes for the policy providers,
thus, eliminating a cost which would otherwise be passed on
to consumers (estimated to be 2.5% more). This same type of
tax exemption has long been in effect for Federal Employee
Health Benefit and Federal Employee Group Life Insurance
premiums. The new law also makes deferred annuitants eli-
gible to apply for the government's new LTC insurance.
Deferred Annuitants: A bill (HR 3521) was recently
introduced by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) that would
index deferred annuitants' retirement benefits using average
changes in the General Schedule between the time of the indi-
vidual's date of separation and the commencement of the
annuity at age 62. In addition, it would eliminate the dispar-
ity in spousal protection for deferred annuitants which exists
between the CSRS and FERS systems. Under current law,
the spouse of a CSRS retiree is not protected during the defer-
ral period (from time of separation from federal service until
annuity eligibility at age 62). If the deferred annuitant dies
during that period, his/her spouse receives only the retirement
fund contributions made by the deceased. FERS spouses and
spouses of Members of Congress participating in the CSRS
either get a full lump sum or a survivor annuity. NARFE has
aggressively lobbied for this change.
Frequent Flier Benefits: President Bush recently
signed into law (DOD Authorization Bill) that Federal
employees may keep for their personal use any "frequent
flier" and similar travel incentive program benefits that they
may earn through official travel. The law also provides that
the change applies retroactively as well as to credits earned in
the future. Interim guidance by the GSA on this subject can
be found at the FEdweek website:
Thrift Savings Plan: The current open season for the
Thrift Savings Plan ends on January 31. The next open sea-
son will begin on May 15, 2002.
GPO/WEP: There continues to be support for the revi-
sion or repeal of the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) of the Social Security
Act. The latest GPO/WEP bill, S 1523, and its House
Companion bill, H.R. 2638, are the first bills to repeal both
the GPO and WEP. There are currently 62 cosponsors sup-
porting H.R. 2638.
Other bills that support the modification or abolishment
of GPO/WEP are H.R. 664 (GPO Reform) with 281 cospon-
sors; H.R. 848 (WEP repeal) with 129 cosponsors; H.R. 1073
(WEP reform) with 215 cosponsors; and S 611 (GPO) with
27 cosponsors. Also, on December 13, former Rep. Shaw (R-
FL) included a provision to reform the GPO in his social
security overhaul legislation, H.R. 3497. His provision will
reduce the offset of one's social security spouse or survivor
benefits from 2/3rds to 1/3rd of an individual's government
Even though there does not seem to be any hope to over-
haul the Social Security System in the near future because of
the economy and emerging deficit, there is a good possibility
that some type of reform will be achieved in the GPO/WEP
areas. This optimism is based on the increasing support in
Congress for such action.
Cosponsor Update on Other Pending Bills: The fol-
lowing is the status of cosponsors of other NARFE-support-
ed bills in Congress which affect retirees: S 1022 (FEHBP
Premium Conversion) 12 cosponsors; S 627 (Tax Deduction
for Qualified Long Term Care Insurance) 22 cosponsors;
H.R. 2462 (Public Pension Tax Parity) 11 cosponsors; H.R.
2125 (Premium Conversion) 144 cosponsors; H.R. 1307
(Premium Share Shift) 62 cosponsors; H.R. 1177 Limit
Medicare Late Enrollment Penalty) 48 cosponsors; H.R. 831
(Long Term Care Insurance Tax Deduction) 165 cosponsors;
and H.R. 572 (Off Budget) 81 cosponsors.
Tricare for Life: NARFE reports that retirees who are
eligible for Tricare for Life are contacting OPM and cancel-
ing their Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
(FEHBP) coverage. Those doing so should be cautious.
Instead of canceling their FEHBP, they should be suspending
their FEHBP enrollments so that they can return to FEHBP
coverage in the future if something happens with Tricare for
Life. OPM requires that a specific form be completed and
documentation of eligibility for Tricare for Life coverage be
furnished for the record.
Tricare of Life is a Medicare supplemental insurance
plan for retired members of the uniformed services. The
Tricare for Life program covers all uniformed service
retirees, spouses, and other qualifying dependents and sur-
vivors (including certain former spouses), who are covered
by Medicare Part A and Part B.
A new regulation, which was effective on September
26, 2001, allows FEHBP enrollees, to suspend their enroll-
ments to join Tricare for Life (including coverage provided
by the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan), and to later
re-enroll in the FEHBP. If those people who suspend their
FEHBP enrollments to join Tricare for Life lose their Tricare
for Life coverage involuntarily, they would be allowed to
rejoin the FEHBP immediately. Alternatively, if they find
that Tricare for Life is not working for them, they can rejoin
the FEHBP during the next Open Season for FEHBP enroll-
All retirees and survivors who are eligible for Tricare
for Life and who want to suspend their FEHBP enrollments,
should contact the Office of Personnel Management at 1-888-
767-6738 (or by e-mail to retire(aopm.gov) to obtain the
appropriate forms. Anyone living in the metropolitan
Washington, D.C. calling area, should call 202-606-0500. It
is vitally important that people wishing to suspend their
FEHBP coverage to join Tricare for Life complete the
required OPM forms and provide the documentation that
OPM will request. The requested documentation will verify
the individual's entitlement to Tricare for Life. People who
file the proper forms and evidence of Tricare for Life entitle-
ment will be paving the way for an easy return to FEHBP
coverage in the future, if that should prove necessary.
(Source: NARFE website)
For Your Information: Public Law 97-248, enacted in
1982, provides Medicare Part A coverage at age 65 without
cost for all Federal employees actively employed during and
after January 1983. Therefore, anyone who qualifies for pre-
mium-free Medicare Part A should enroll since it is without
cost. Those who retired before January 1, 1983, must either
be eligible for a Social Security benefit based on their non-
federal employment, or have a spouse with coverage, to
obtain Part A without cost. Also, Medicare Part B is avail-
able to anyone at age 65 who is either a U.S. citizen residing
in the United States or a lawfully admitted alien who has con-
tinuously resided in the U.S. for five years prior to filing an
application. You do not have to be eligible for monthly
Social Security benefits or Part A in order to obtain Part B
(Source: NARFE website).
OOPM has posted on their website a booklet on how
FEHB fee-for-service plans and medicare work together to
provide near total coverage for most medical expenses, what
medicare does and does not cover, etc. The booklet is avail-
able for viewing and downloading at
www.opm.gov/insure/Mcare/MHBO 1.htm (Source: NARFE
This concludes my report for this edition of the Canal
Record. I hope you have found the information useful and
informative. Also, in closing, I urge each of you to contact
your respective Congressional representative on those issues
that are important to you. Who knows, your call or letter may
be the one that influences him/her to support your specific
legislation or concern.
Robert T. Russell, Jr.
The Christmas Luncheon was held on December 8th at
the Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key, a perfect setting, with
110 members and guests in attendance.
The Latin style food was wonderful and everyone espe-
cially enjoyed the plantain and yucca!
Society members enjoying conversation at the Christmas
Luncheon at the Colombia Restaurant
Beth Brandenburg announcing the winning numbers pulled
for the "Lottery" while members choose their prizes.
Many members, as well as the Panama Canal Museum,
donated the door prizes. The Columbia Restaurant generous-
ly donated a lovely gift basket. Muchas Gracias to ALL!
The lucky Fran Stock won the grand door prize of two
round trip tickets from Miami to Panama, donated by COPA
Pat Beall, our former editor who served our society for
20 years, was recognized and presented with a piece of lug-
gage by President, Betty LeDoux to facilitate his planned
post retirement travel.
Pat Beall and President Betty LeDoux sharing a special
moment as Betty presents a gift of appreciation for Pat's
many years of devotion as the editor of the Canal Record.
A special thanks goes to Margaret McLaughlin, who
made the beautiful flower arrangements and to Joan Ohman
and Edie Medinger Meeker who served as gracious greeters
and got everyone properly registered. Also many thanks to
Ana Boyer, Carol Masino and Nancy Van Siclen for without
them, I could not have managed.
Joe Eytalis, Sue Eytalis and Janet
Stuart enjoying the
Submitted by Beth Brandenburg
Christmas Luncheon Chairperson
We would like to establish a military column where we
can share with pride any news and/or pictures of our mem-
bers, our sons and daughters, and our grandchildren who are
serving in the military. Send these articles to your area
reporter or send them to the Record Editor C/O Panama
Canal Society Office. The email or the regular mailing
address is located on page 1 of the Canal Record.
The memories that we have of you will always be with us.
You were our home, but now you're gone remember you we must.
We won't forget the lush green grass we ran through every day,
The mango trees the majestic palms and places we would play.
We won't forget the doodle bugs, the giant beetles too,
The skating rink, the clubhouses and most of all the schools.
We won't forget the fishing trips and going to the beach.
And picking mangos off the trees as high as we could reach.
We won't forget the cardboard sleds and playing on the street.
The libraries, the swimming pools and places we would meet.
We won't forget the theaters, and bowling alleys too.
The Post Office and Commissary or where we bought our shoes.
You see, there is so much of you, that we will always cherish.
You were our home, our home sweet home,
to us you'll never perish.
You now belong to someone else,
but the memories of you we own.
I'll say goodbye but I'll never forget
The good old Canal Zone.
Celina Barkema Vargas
*ANNUAL REUNION LUNCHEON*
The Canal Zone Police and Firefighters will
be honored at this year's Annual Luncheon. Mr.
Fred Cotton, former Civil Affairs Director and
fourth generation Zonian, will be the Guest
Speaker as the organizational head of these two
distinguished groups. The demand for tickets will
surely be great; therefore, members are encour-
aged to get in their requests for tickets as quickly
as possible. Please refer to the yellow pages for
the order form and instructions.
May 4, 2002
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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. May Luncheon/Meeting will be held in Sarasota,
Florida on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at the Fairways of Forest Lakes Country Club, 2401 Beneva Road,
Sarasota, Florida 34232.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be available at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting scheduled for
12:00 noon. The menu will consist of your choice of Beef Burgundy or Chicken Baltimore. Please
Specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form. Payment must be made prior to the luncheon.
The cost is $14.00 per person, and gratuities are included. The deadline for Reservations or
Refunds is MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2002.
Tom and Barbara Peterson will be our co-chairpersons for this favorite event and they and their
committee promises the same wonderful repast as before and a good time for all. Door prizes will be
awarded during the meeting, so lets all head South, North, East or West to the Fairways Forest Lakes
Country Club for some more of their delicious food as we have our Regular Scheduled Meeting!
S PCSOFL SARASOTA LUNCHEON
May 4, 2002 ---------
The Fairways Forest Lakes Country Club I M COII
Please make Reservations at $14.00 each
,Total enclosed is: $ _____
(A) Beef Burgundy I
(B) Chicken Baltimore
IChecks payable to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
IMail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
I 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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YOUR REPORTER SAYS
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held a luncheon
meeting on December 1, 2001 at Marie Callendar's in
Chandler. Those attending were: Carl and Pat Berg, Stanley
and Dianne Berg, Darrell and Nancy Eide, Leo Langland,
Warren and Dora Legrys, Chester and Mary Grace
Oakes, and Loring and Evelyn White.
Chester Oakes presented the first part of a three-part
lecture series entitled "Panama Canal Past, Present and
Future". His presentation took us up to the present and we
look forward to his continuing with the next two segments.
Since no one jumped at the chance to be president for
the incoming year, we elected co-presidents. Carl Berg and
Leo Langland will share this honor.
L-R: Minnie (Brown) Crooks Burton (seated); daughter
Nancy (Crooks) Vega, granddaughter Susan C. Berg, great-
granddaughter Cassandra M. Salcido (standing); front,
great-great-granddaughter Michelle Alicia Salcido. Picture
was taken five days before Minnie passed away.
Nancy Eide, Reporter
Maxine over the Christmas holidays.
Harry and Lee Butz reported that they had a wonderful
Christmas with many of their family joining them over the
holidays. Their son Peter and his wife, Janice, drove over
from Sapulpa, Okla. Their grandson Peter II and his wife,
April, and three great-grandchildren, Peter III, Elizabeth,
and Mickey came from Tulsa, Okla. With them were the
Butzes' other grandson George Butz and his wife, Melissa.
The Butzes' daughter Esther Clair and her husband, Bill,
came from Lawrenceville, Ga., complete with bird, Biskit,
and dog, Gypsy. They were able to stay for ten days. The only
family member missing was Harry Jr. (Rickey) and his
wife, Mikki, who have just built a beautiful house in Carson
L-R: Lee Butz, Petie Maedl, Alice Nail, Gloria Malsbury,
Maxine Wrenn, Mary Condon, Kathleen Huffman.
Carl and Petie Maedl had twelve of their family join
them in Fayetteville over the Thanksgiving holidays. Their
group spanned four generations, with the youngest, Lauren,
age 4. Included in the group were their two daughters and
their husbands, Pat and Jim Krough from Minnesota, and
Pam and Vince Gutowski from Illinois. Ladies who are
part of the N.W. Arkansas Panama Canal Society enjoy get-
ting together periodically for lunch. Recently, seven of the
ladies ate at the lunch room at Butterfield Village in
Petie Maedl, Reporter
ARKANSAS (501) 442-5033
Maxine Wrenn reports that her son, Dr. Keith Wrenn,
M.D., Program Director of Emergency Medicine at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn.,
has been selected as one of the outstanding Program
Directors in the nation to receive from the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education the Parker J. Palmer
"Courage to Teach" award. There will be a special awards
dinner on February 11 in Chicago, Ill., in honor of this event.
Keith, his wife Melissa, and their four children visited
Our Society's holiday luncheon on December 9, 2001,
was held at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, and emceed by
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond. Grace (Argo) Allen enter-
tained at the piano as seventy members and guests arrived
and visited with friends.
Four former Marines, Orange County Chapter, First
Marine Division, presented the colors. Frances E.
Fitzpatrick (BHS'34), and our past President (1974-78) led
us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Ivan L. Jenkins
then recited a poem relating to the red, white and blue colors
of the flag followed by our singing "God Bless America".
The Invocation was given by Ivan Jenkins. William J.
Monsanto then presented a news update on the Panama
Warren Wood and Kathryn (Argo) Allen sold raffle
and lottery tickets, and David C. Hollowell assisted Kathryn
with the drawings. One door prize, won by Jolie (Kilbey)
Seeley, was an official Panama Canal photograph of King
George and Queen Elizabeth at the Control House, Panama
Canal Locks Division, circa 1937. Another door prize, a love-
ly holiday centerpiece made by Blanca Wolfenstein, was
won by Rochelle (Stubblefield) Thompson.
Raffle prizes were donated by Ivan Jenkins, Evelyn
(Belanger) Wood, Rosalind (Mrs. John "Ed") Rice, Blanca
Wolfenstein and Dr. John W. Hanson. Winners were Guy
Lane, Ted and Beth Sundquist, John Hanson, Kathryn
Taylor, Jolie Seeley, Bejay Wright, Harold Wickersham,
Joan de Grummond, Rosalind Rice, Evelyn Wood, Susan
(Taylor) Pitney, Jeanne (O'Brien) Townsend, Victoria
("Petie" Hollowell) Allen of Thermopolis, Wyo., Catsy
(Taylor) Schafer, Ronald Wanke and A. Grant
Westbrook. Jack Clay, Warren and Evelyn Wood won
prizes for having driven the farthest that day.
Lovely centerpieces, "Montuno" and "Montuna" ceram-
ic dolls were hand painted and decorated with the holiday
theme by Louise Ann (O'Brien) Roberts. David Hollowell
did the honors as photographer for the day, and Kathryn
Taylor made the photo collage.
With special thanks to Grace Allen, our holiday
songfest was a lot of fun.
We appreciate the dedication of our volunteers, who
helped to make our get-together a success. See a collage of
pictures of the luncheon in the Letters to the Editor section.
Please note: Our Panama Canal Society of Southern
California Spring Luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 7,
2002, at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills. For information and
reservations, please call Kathryn Taylor at (949) 951-4801.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Reporter
Laguna Hill, Calif.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY ANNUAL REUNION
ONLINE REGISTRATION FORMS
CONGRATULATIONS to Diane Sparks French and
the other team members of her Line-Dance Team called the
"Colorado Chili Peppers" for placing first place at Casper,
Wyo., this summer at the "National Dance Festival" that was
The Colorado Chili Peppers
In the picture, Diane is on the front row second from the
left and seated next to her is Team Dance Instructor Blanche
Adams. Some of the dance members have been performing
together for over two years. They mainly perform in
Colorado, but will perform anywhere in the United States.
As I am the new reporter for Colorado, I would love to
hear from any members who live in the area who have news
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
The holiday season brought lots of Zonian parties and
celebrations. Friends gathered at the home of Vicki Sizemore
and Ed Wardlow for Thanksgiving in Auburndale. A special
guest was Mrs. Marj McBride who came from Tampa with
her daughter-in-law Karen. Mrs. McBride lived in the Canal
Zone for many years with her husband the late Walter
McBride who was a Lt. with the Canal Zone Police at the
time of his retirement. Their daughter Laurie (BHS'70) and
husband Dave Hazelip live in Winter Haven.
- I visiting the nearby town of Fernandina Beach. Ed especially
S enjoyed his round of golf at the Ritz Carlton.
Janet Stuart and Mrs. Marj McBride
Joe and Sue Eytalis (BHS'67/BHS'69) were the hosts
for a Christmas Eve extravaganza at their Auburndale home,
which included wonderful food and lots of fun gifts. Ed
Wardlow especially enjoyed the Fat Hair shampoo he
A very special Christmas Day saw friends gather at the
home of Laurie (McBride) and Dave Hazelip for a lovely
Christmas dinner. Attending the dinner were Janet Stuart
(BHS'67), Joe and Sue Eytalis and their son S.Sgt. Joe
Eytalis Jr., Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70) and Ed Wardlow, Mike
Waters, Mrs. Marj McBride and James Hazelip.
L-R: James Hazelip, Dave Hazelip, Joe Eytalis, Ed
Wardlow and SSgt. Joe Eytalis, Jr.
Joe and Sue Eytalis got the best Christmas present pos-
sible when their son, SSGT. Joe Eytalis Jr., showed up on
their doorstep Christmas morning. Joe Jr. had previously been
deployed somewhere in the Middle East and had not been
expected home for the holidays. SSgt. Eytalis is currently sta-
tioned at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Sue Eytalis
reports that her sister Patty (Waters) Ryan (BHS'63) has
retired as a flight attendant with Delta Airlines after 35 years.
Patty and her husband Bill live in Windham, N.H.
Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore enjoyed four days at
Amelia Island before the holidays. Pam Crowell and her son,
Thomas also visited the island. Vicki and Ed also enjoyed
L-R: Janet Stuart, Sue Eytalis, Laurie (McBride) Hazelip
and Vicki Sizemore.
Pam Crowell (BHS'71) held a New Year's Eve Ping
Ding at her home in Ormond Beach. All enjoyed lots of great
Panamanian food. A highlight of the evening was a display
by Debbie Beall (BHS'72) of the wide and varied uses of a
hibiscus including a demonstration of the edible section of
the flower. Good thing the frost had not yet gotten to Pam's
hibiscus bush. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.
There is nothing quite like welcoming the New Year in with
friends from the Canal Zone!
(L-R) Sitting: Debbie Beall, Vicki Sizemore, Sue Eytalis,
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell. Standing: Ed Wardlow, Jim
Phelan, Pam Crowell, Janet Stuart, and Joe Eytalis.
Going through the Directory, I was surprised to see how
many members we have living in the Orlando and surround-
ing areas. I hope that some of you will write or call me so I
can report your goings and comings. Paz y amor to everyone
in the coming year.
Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
The next OZ/PCDD meeting will be at the Ryan's
Family Steak House (3933 East Silver Springs Blvd -- Hwy.
40 East) in Ocala on Tuesday April 2, 2002. Sign-in after
11:00A.M. Mark your calendar!
Ocala was once again chosen as the site for the January
2002 PCSOFL Regular Monthly Business Meeting with 70
members and guests present (including 49 local OZ/PCDD
regulars). President Betty LeDoux presided over the meeting
with Tom Wilder as the host, who was ably assisted by his
wife, Kathy and son, Chris.
PC Museum V.P. Joe Wood cut the ribbon as President
Charles Hummer and Executive V.P. Katherine Egolf show
PCSOFL representatives relax before the January 12th busi-
ness meeting in Ocala. L-R: Marge and Bill McLaughlin,
Beth Brandenburg, Nancy and Bob Van Siclen, Betty
LeDoux and Kenny Morris.
Elissa Oakley of Ocala was introduced as the "newest"
member of the Society. Seated at the table with Elissa were
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchinson) Cox, Jim and Ethel Wich,
and Grace Shadeck. Leo Shadeck shared an adjoining table
with Leo Krziza, Bill and Jean Muller.
Gainesville representatives were: Peggy Davidson and
her father, Maurice Tweinkel, along with Richard Lopp.
Mr. Tewinkle presented a group of photos that once had
adorned the offices of the Governor of the Canal Zone to rep-
resentatives Katherine Egolf, Executive V.P. and Charles
Hummer, President for display in the Panama Canal
Museum. The Mullers had attended the Grand Opening of the
Museum on November 2nd, and witnessed the Ribbon
Remember to take the time to VOTE!
Bylaws and Election ballots are located in
the center of this issue of the Canal
Your vote does count!
L-R: Faith Brundage, Chuck Hummer and Kathy Egolf
were selling the merits of being a supporter of the Panama
Canal Museum at the January meeting of PCSOFL in Ocala.
Retired PCC Pilots, Captains Arthur (left) and Alfred
Wilder (right) were caught exchanging stories with Fire
Captain Bill Wheeler and his wife, Jeanne. Bill is the past-
president of the PCSOFL.
Eileen Conover was explaining all about the new addi-
tion to her house to Barbara (Kelly) Barton, who recently
suffered the loss of her beloved husband Dennis Our heart-
felt sympathy to her and the family.
John and Ann Madden, Jr. recently moved to Ocala
and were renewing old acquaintances along with Bob and
Hallie Witcher from Dunnellon. Other notables" Frank and
Debbie (Mokray) Lee from Rainbow Springs; Fred and
Claudia Robinson, Marion Oaks; Duane and Edna Rigby
and Charles and Vera Soukop from Gainesville. Others
present are too numerous to mention but their presence was
greatly appreciated. See the President's Report for the order
Our Ocala group is still very occupied with travelling
and visitors. Newcomers are always welcome. Anne "Rusty"
(Stapler) LoFranco, BHS'52, said she attended the cere-
monies for the final graduation class (BHS'99) and was
acknowledged as a graduate of BHS'52. There can't be too
many that have that distinction -- a graduate of both
BHS/CHS. Who is number 1? She mentioned that her father
was a Canal Pilot and Mr. John Morales is her uncle.
For those of you who know Leo Krziza, you may recall
he is quite a "talker". In a recent telephone conversation, I got
my notes I got my notes "crossed-up" and in my
December column I incorrectly reported on his "wife, Mary"
who does not exist, Although, I deny she is a "figment of my
imagination". However I do apologize to Leo and any others
who have been mislead.
Joan (Powell) Arnedt went to Hampton, Virginia to
visit her son, Jim and family where they walked the beaches
of Williamsburg and enjoyed the beautiful Virginia scenery.
She and Rolf had visitors when their daughter, Diana and
family arrived from Carmel, Indiana during the Christmas
holidays. The grandsons showed their hardiness by swim-
ming in 68 degree pool water. Joan tended to their dogs while
they went over to Disney for three days of R & R before
returning to their "Home in Indiana".
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchinson) Cox has a surprise
visit from Rocky and Sis (Crooks) Fiori from Washington
on their way to the Canal Reunion in Orlando. Then their son,
Walter Doane, (who is stationed aboard the USS Emory S.
Land in Italy) came home for some R & R. After several days
of visiting in Aiken, South Carolina with his grandmother, M.
S. Hutchinson, they drove to Ocala for a family reunion.
Dianne's sister, Vicki and her husband Bob Boukalis also
added to the group as did their Aunt Doris Hutchison after
they attended the annual Reunion in Orlando. Wally contin-
ued to visit with friends before returning to Italy. The Cox's
still found time to travel to Aiken and on to Thurmond,
Maryland and Lexington for a visit with friends. They stud-
ied history as they viewed battlegrounds at Gettysburg, Pa..
All this was highlighted by a visit to Ike and Mamie's farm.
Woody and Ruth (Rose) Foster bought a brand new 8-
cylinder Pickup to ensure a smooth trip to California to visit
their son, Scott and family. They installed a "lift" to accom-
modate Ruth's scooter which made sightseeing and shopping
a more pleasant chore for all. The 10-day visit at their son's
new home passed all too quickly, but Florida and their peace-
ful life in the country beckoned them home.
L-R: Val, Danny, Scott and Ruth (Rose) Foster in San
Barbara (Curles) Aycock informed me of her sister,
Margaret (Curies) Maxwell's recent visit to help their
mother, Marie Curies celebrate her 90th birthday. Barbara
and her husband, Dave travelled to the Berkshires to enjoy
the aura of the Fall foliage and a visit to the prestigious
Norman Rockwell Museum. Then on to Las Vegas for their
annual reunion with Buckeye and Bette (Farrell)
Swearingen. This was followed by a trip to Texas to spend
the Christmas holidays with their offspring. Mother Nature
offered them an icy scenario which reminded them why they
had settled in Florida. Upon returning home, Barbara had a
surprise visit for a week by her daughter, Kathleen, who was
wanting to visit her grandmother Marie Curies.
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
In October, Barb and Louie Dedeaux traveled south
again for Bucky Hall's 75th surprise birthday party hosted by
his children, Will and Kim Hall and Jill (Hall) and Randy
Front: Bucky Hall. Back (L-R): Charley Hinz, Will Hall
and Louie Dedeaux.
Barb said it was a wonderful, sentimental celebration
with some of their nearest and dearest friends. She and Louie
went a couple of days before the party to spend some time
visiting Barb's brother George and his wife Bobbie
(Williams) Egolf and got the chance to see Deb (Egolf) and
Bill Lane's new home.
The holidays came and went so fast I don't think anyone
was really prepared this season. I'll start getting ready now -
maybe that'll work.
Thanksgiving was memorable, we had a huge family
dinner at Bob and Dawn's home here in Pensacola. Kevin,
Cissie and Colin from Arkansas, Dawn's family from Gulf
Breeze, Keith from Jacksonville and cousins from Alabama,
plus the family here in Pensacola.
(L-R): Marilyn Falardeau (cousin), Darla (Vose) Creek,
Jeff Creek, Kevin Vose and Cissie Witt.
For Christmas we decided to do something other than
the same old traditional dinner, we got together at Darla and
Jeff's home for Christmas Brunch Buffet. It was so non-tra-
ditional, but so much more relaxing no big mess to clean up
which gave everyone more opportunity to spend quality time
with each other. I think we've started another family tradition.
For the Dedeaux family Christmas was special. They
started the holidays with Mimi's (Carol Clement's mother)
annual Christmas party in her memory (she passed away
before the holidays). Then, Jon and Debra Dedeaux's daugh-
ter Sonya and her fiance, Dan Sigmond, arrived from San
Antonio a few days before Christmas, as did Orrin and Carol
Clement's daughter and her husband (newlyweds), Carrie
and Dan Hopson from Atlanta. Their youngest, Casey, was
home on a school break. Only their daughter Candace was
missing, she's a flight attendant and was off flying some-
where during the holidays. Sonya's fiance, Dan, a U.S. Air
Force Captain, was stationed in Panama at the time Noriega
was ousted and again in 1997 through 1999 for the final
turnover of the Canal Zone to Panama.
Over the holidays (after Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Keith and I went out to dinner with Barb and Louie. It was
great getting together for a quiet dinner after all the hustle and
On December 10th, my grandson Shane (13) performed
with the Escambia County Youth Orchestra at the Pensacola
Saenger Theater. He has been playing the cello for three years
now and is really good at it. Barb Dedeaux's grandson J is 13
also and stands taller than her. This past year he was invited
to join his school's (honorary) Beta Club, he's learning to play
the guitar and last Fall his school's football team made it to
the championship playoffs and he was selected for the All
Star Team, but he still actually prefers to excel in soccer.
Behind Santa, Jeff Creek. Jonathan Creek with Santa.
Barb and Louie's favorite enjoyment is still spending
time at Orrin and Carol's lake house near Panama City -
Louie has taken lake living quite seriously, bought a boat for
fishing the lake and converted a golf cart to an ATV for
exploring the area, that's retirement for ya it sure is great. By
the time this article comes out, Barb will have finally retired
from the Dept. of Environmental Protection, February 28th.
Now she'll be able to spend more time out fishing and explor-
ing with Louie.
Great news my good friend, Rosa Fishbough called to
tell me that her daughter Yvonne (Fishbough) Mouser
(BHS'90) (my god-daughter) and her husband, Mike, are
expecting their first child (a girl) in March and her son Daryl
(BHS'88) and his wife, Ashley (Anderson) (BHS'88) are
expecting their first child (a boy) in April. So exciting for
Rosa and Bob to be double grandparents, a granddaughter
and a grandson, within a few weeks of each other.
World traveler Janet (Martin) Slaughter and four of
her friends went on a two-week cruise (Sept. 1-15, 2001) to
the Mediterranean on the Royal Caribbean Lines ship
Grandeur of the Sea. They flew from Atlanta to Italy and
sailed out of Civitavecchia to Livorno and took a tour to
Florence. Their tour included trips to Monte Carlo, France;
Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar; and Lisbon Ponta Delgado the
Azores (off the coast of Portugal) (acres and acres of pineap-
ples are grown in hothouses). Shopping in Gibraltar was
great, they all went wild. All the merchandise was tax-free
and duty-free. Anything you purchased they would ship to
you at no extra cost, arriving to you in mint condition. The
only sad note on the trip was when the Captain announced at
high sea of the September 11th tragedy in New York what a
terrible tragedy. The ship docked in Boston under tight secu-
rity and finally, after a long wait, they got a flight out to
Atlanta. From there they drove back to Pensacola. Janet said
they all had a great time, but were surely happy to be back
Janet has a "green thumb" and grows "Habanero" pep-
pers in her backyard. This year her plant grew 8 feet tall in
four months and produced five to six pound of peppers. I was
lucky to get lots of those peppers hot and delicious.
Reminded me of the spicy foods in Panama every time I ate
them. She's starting a plant for me this year so I'll have my
own peppers in about six months, hopefully, if my "green
thumb" works like hers.
Reminder: The 4th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf
Coast Panazonian Mini-Reunion is tentatively scheduled for
Sunday, May 26, 2002 (Memorial Day weekend) at Coconut
Bay Holiday Inn University Mall, Pensacola. Please mark
your calendars and contact me for any information.
If you have any news for the next article, please contact
me. Hasta Luego.
Barbara (Hall) Vose, Reporter
Greetings to all from sunny, but chilly, South Florida.
Dry season/winter is here and nature's air conditioning is giv-
ing me a break on my utility bill. After returning from a visit
to New York's Hudson Valley for New Year's with my girl-
friend Linda, today's high of 65 degrees feels like a summer
In October I took a trip to the Mt. Vernon area of
Virginia to attend the wedding reception of Dave Wiatt and
Colleen Cosgrove. They were married in August in Fiji with
the full native ceremony, grass skirts and all, during which,
according to Dave, only the woman promises to honor and
obey. We'll see how long he can get away with that. Their
reception, a few weeks after their return, was a re-creation of
a Pacific Island Luau complete with roast pig and traditional
side dishes. They also had a great steel drum player from
Trinidad (hey, it's still in the island theme) and I had the
opportunity to play a duet with him. I'll tell you, it's not as
easy as it looks. Later we all jumped da fire (as in bonfire) in
the Chilibre Hill Gang tradition. Alas, the years have taken
their toll and some of us had a little trouble getting airborne.
From Carol (Wiskowski) and Steve Belok, the
Wiskowski-Wruck clan got together last August in Venice,
Fla. Carol and Steve are very happily retired in Venice and
Carol's son Dane Wiskowski and wife Joanne (Wruck)
have a stateside condo there. Joining them were Tara
Wiskowski from California, Monica and Frank Wruck
from Tampa, John Wruck from Orlando, and Marilyn
Wruck all the way from Puerto Rico. Joanne's sister Jean
and her family also came down from Tampa. In November,
Carol and Steve went out to Napa, Calif., to tour as many
wineries as they could in any one day. There are over 250
wineries in the region so this was quite a challenge. Although
they missed a few, they did their best. Along for the week
long wine-tasting marathon were Steve's two sons from
Seattle and Carol's daughter Tara. They also took the wine
train from one end of the valley to the other, about 30 miles.
They especially enjoyed the Robert Mondavi Winery, which
had a great tour.
L-R: Tara Wiskowski, Steve and Carol (Wiskowski) Belok
Tom "TY" Young had the opportunity to assist a co-
worker in video taping racers for the Pepsi Race at
Homestead Speedway. They were doing public service
announcements for our troops to be broadcast overseas on
AFRTS and did one-on-one interviews with many of the
drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty Jr. and Mark
"Viagra" Martin. Hey, where are all of the free samples he
gave you. Although he could watch the race from anywhere
he wanted with his all-access pass, he said the best seats were
in the bleachers with his race mates. In addition to the driv-
ers, he met Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from the rock
Gene Simmons (KISS) and Tom "TY" Young
In other local news, Helen Shapiro, her son
Michael and daughter Michelle traveled to S. Lake Tahoe
this summer for the wedding of her granddaughter Jennifer
and Brett Kandt. Jennifer, a schoolteacher in Reno and Brett,
who is the Senior Deputy to the Attorney General for the state
of Nevada, will move to Pompnei, Micronesia after their hon-
eymoon where Brett will work for two years as a Deputy
Assistant to the Attorney General.
L-R: Michelle Shapiro, Brett and Jennifer Kandt, Helen
Shapiro and Michael Shapiro.
I went to Austin to visit with my mom "Bricky"
Pattison, my brother Jim "Red" Pattison and his family over
the Thanksgiving holiday. Bob and Mindy (Eustace) Dollar
joined us for a weekend of fine food, fun and memories. Also
making the trip to Austin were Spike and Wendy Baldwin,
Spike celebrating 60 years on the planet with us. Red, Bob
and I spent the afternoon sampling the nation's finest season-
al brews, while Mindy, Wendy and my sister-in-law Kat did
a little wine tasting as one of our two turkeys was roasting.
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Mindy (Eustace) Dollar, Kat Pattison, and Wendy
The other turkey was later deep-fried in Red and Kat's
backyard. My mom still shakes her head at the notion but has
to admit that fried turkey is quite tasty. Every time I fry one
reminds me of the huge Thanksgiving feasts up in the Volcan.
What a great tradition that was. Pitching horseshoes, riding
dirt bikes, telling tall tales and going from cabin to cabin for
a little holiday cheer. Beth (Wright) McDowell also threw a
party and we ran into her brother Marvin and his wife Gloria
(Burgoon) who were visiting. Marvin is currently "touring"
the U.S. with a construction crew. Look out, he may be com-
ing to your town next. Val Krueger and Stan Wright were
there and afterwards we went out to listen to some live music
up in Pflugerville.
L-R: Bob Dollar, "Red" Pattison, "Bricky" Pattison, Spike
Baldwin, and "T-Bird" Pattison
Our 5th annual Panamaniac Christmas Picnic (see pic-
tures in the Letters to the Editor section of this issue) was held
on Dec. 1st at C.B. Smith Park here in Pembroke Pines. Once
again we had a great turnout with loads of tipico food and
coolers full of Soberana. D. and Terry LaPorta brought the
youngest partyer with them. Samantha's too young to grab a
cold one from the ice chest but she had her own high- tech
camelbackk" formula dispenser. Once again there were too
many people to name. Lennie Stokes drove all the way from
Tampa (I think she comes down just to buy more Soberana).
Jaime's band "Royal Insect" played and everyone joined in
on percussion. I even got a chance to play some harp and
broke out my old flute for "Spill the Wine". I had a full house
with Vern Scholey, Bob Dollar (on the last leg of his rip and
roar tour), Jay Sieleman and Greg "I'm TDY again" Norton
all visiting South Florida unchaperoned. The "seat" was
always up, beer was consumed by the truckload and even the
chaise lounge out on the pool deck was taken. Four days of
"Nortonisms" later, it was time to go back to work. It's great
having friends come to visit but sometimes I'm glad we only
have two picnics a year.
Manuel Azcarraga at World Trade Center Memorial.
Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga traveled to Ground Zero,
New York City as part of his job as an OSHA inspector in
early December. He was overwhelmed at the magnitude of
the damage as well as the cleanup operation. As with people
who've witnessed war's destruction and inhumanity, he's not
one to discuss it much. Words cannot express the experience
of empathizing with the visitors who came to the site after
losing loved ones.
TY and I drove up to Tampa just prior to Christmas to
join up with friends at the house of Islay Lamberty and her
daughter Alessa. Islay procured a filet for the grill, ripe plan-
tain and arroz coco con guandu and we produced Ron Cortez,
Soberanas, piva and queso blanco. Complements of the
Season. Dave "Chili" McArthur was in town from Germany
with his girlfriend Semra. Bob and Mindy (Eustace) Dollar
took a detour for the weekend on the way to visit her parents
in St. Augustine for Christmas. We sat out on Islay's patio
reminiscing about all the sunsets on the Dollar's deck in
Gamboa and other things we miss every day. We also told
some new tales from recent adventures stateside and over-
seas. I wish I had a video camera to record Chili's hilarious
snowboarding tale complete with sound effects (piciti, pam,
poom), gestures and language...."ras bway, I went dis way but
de board went dat way, and...BALOUUUWE! De tree lick
me in de head so! Den I wait for de Baytovin dog to bring a
L-R: "Ty" Young, Islay Lamberty, Bob Dollar, Mindy
(Eustace) Dollar and "T-Bird" Pattison.
I enjoyed a great Christmas dinner with Azcarraga-
Martinez gang on Christmas Eve. Mimi (Martinez) and
Lucho hosted the grand soiree at their home in Miramar. In
town for the week were Mimi's sisters Theresa, Maria with
husband John Witte, visiting from Auburn, Ala., and as well
as brother Louis in from Phoenix, and mother Ann Hoag
who brought along her friend, international man of mystery
Armand. Greg Martinez's widow, Janette, was also there
with their daughter Michelle and her mother, Dorothy
Never one to pass up a free meal, the next day found me
at Tom Frensley's condo for dinner with him, his fiancee
Carla, her sister Hilda and her son Daniel. Tom's brother Ed
was there and we enjoyed a splendid dinner. Less than two
weeks later found me at Tom and Carla's wedding. Dick
Rathgeber, Mark "Buck" and Mary Alice (Myers)
Albritton with son Jake, Ed Frensley, Richard and Jeanine
(Nellis) Frensley, Nancy (Baldwin) Reid all came to town
for the ceremony. Tom's mom Emelina and her husband Jack
Dover as well as his aunt Bitsy (Frensley) and Ken
Atkinson were also in town. Afterwards we all went to the
Tropical Acres restaurant for a fine dinner. Ed bought some
champagne and we toasted the newlyweds with a rousing
"Chucketa, Bucketa, Binglo Ba!" I think Carla is probably
still scratching her head trying to figure that one out.
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L-R: Maria (Martinez) Witte, Jim, Louis Martinez,
"Lucho" Azearraga, Theresa Martinez, Armand, Andre,
Mimi (Martinez) Azcarraga, and Ann Hoag.
Well, that's about it, I need to get this in the mail. Don't
forget, send me your input for the next edition, because, if
you don't call me, write me or invite me...
p.s.: Answer to Who Dat? Eddie Lehman, Jay Foster
and Manuel Azcarraga.
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
The Space Coast Zonians have managed to do quite a
bit of socializing the last couple of months. In November, a
group got together at the home of Jeannie and Ernie
Hickman near Ormond Beach, FL., to reminisce with Roger
and Linda Jones, who were visiting from Woodbury, N.J..
More than 30 years ago all of these people lived on the
"ridge" in Gamboa.
Front Row (L-R): Linda Jones, Bob Munchbach, Pat
Munchbach. Back Row (L-R): Roger Jones, Linda
(Swenson) Boardman, Joella Deakins, Jeannie Hickman,
Ernie Hickman, Nancy Dean, and Roger Dean.
In early December, Jaunita McConaughey, celebrated
her 80th birthday at a luncheon in Ocala. Sharing this won-
derful occasion with Juanita were Dick McConaughey, Bob
and Kathie McConaughey, Dan, Deanna and Paden
McConaughey, Ruth and Rene Conlan, Kathy Conlan,
Virginia Pearl, Linda (Pearl) Carter, and Don and Ellen
Crull. We wish you many more birthdays, Jaunita!
Jaunita McConaughey with great-grandson Paden Robert
Terry and Sue Deakins had a special Christmas. Their
son, Marc, flew in from Hawaii and spent the holidays with
family and friends. He graduated from UCF last May and has
been teaching Special Education on Molokai. Their daughter,
Allison and husband Tim came down from Jacksonville to
spend Christmas with the family, which made it a special time
for all of them.
Randy and Joella Deakins sure have been enjoying
traveling in their camper. In October, they went to Colorado
to visit Joellla's brother David Jenkins and his wife Judy.
Dave is now a casino manager in Black Hawk, Colorado.
Then they were on to Montana to visit childhood friends.
Randy and Joella managed to be home in time to have their
annual open house on Christmas day. Canal Zone friends that
came over were: Roger and Nancy Dean, Earl and Nancy
McMillan, Bob and Fran Morrissey, Rob Munchbach and
fiance Kris, Hank and Linda (Swenson) Boardman and
daughter Karen, Terry and Sue Deakins, Marc Deakins, Vi
Deakins, Bob and Jill Bowman, Edna and Bill Rogers,
Sonja and Bud Justice, Tim and Allison (Deakins)
Blackstone, Mark and Kim Jenkins, Tom Deakins and Tim
Joella Deakins, Dave and Judy Jenkins in Black Hawk, Co.
The Hunt family had lots of togetherness in 2001. It
included but didn't stop with the PCS reunion in August in
Orlando. Joe and Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt and daughters
Lisa, Joanne and Kelly and granddaughter Dylan Rae, along
with Norman and Janet (Hunt) Watkins and their kids
Leanne, Natalie and Wayne and Dawn Bilgray all gathered
in Dothan, AL, for Labor Day weekend and stayed with Ted
and Jacque (Hunt) Arias, Donovan Arias, and Louise
Hunt. Trey Arias drove from Sarasota, FL, to join in the fun.
Donovan, Trey Arias and Wayne Watkins thought they would
"Whoop" the dads in golf each morning ... but it didn't turn
out that way!! Could it have been that the younger ones
stayed up much later than the older ones??!!
Janet and Norman Watkins hosted Thanksgiving at their
house in Merritt Island -- there were 26 for dinner which
included: Jan and Norm; Louise Hunt; Leanne, Natalie and
Wayne Watkins; Jim, Jerri (Hunt), and Brooke
Farnsworth; Gus and Noelle (Farnsworth) Marquez; Ted
and Jacque (Hunt) Arias; Donovan Arias and girlfriend
Mary; Trey Arias and fiance Brandy (Pollard) Groves;
Joe, Darleen (Woodruff), and Kelly Hunt; Joanne Hunt and
Kevin Armstrong and their daughter Dylan Rae
Armstrong; Tim and Lisa (Hunt) Setnika; and Darrel
Canamas. Fortunately, Leanne and Natalie Watkins have
bought a house about 5 minutes away from Norm and Jan.
Needless to say, the "young" adults stayed with Leanne and
Natalie. It was a wonderful fun-filled 5 days and everyone is
already making plans for next year!
Front row: Jacque Arias, Joe Hunt, Louise Hunt, Joanne
Hunt, Kelly Hunt, Darleen Hunt; Second row: Ted Arias,
Lisa Hunt, Leanne Watkins, Janet Watkins, Natalie
Watkins; Back row: Wayne Watkins, Dawn Bilgray;
Darren Fox, Donovan Arias, Mary (Donovan's girlfriend),
Trey Arias; Norman Watkins.
Louise Hunt holding her great granddaughter, Dylan Rae
Armstrong, surrounded by her ten grandchildren at
Thanksgiving. (L-R): Noelle (Farnsworth) Marquez;
Brooke Farnsworth; Natalie Watkins; Grandma and
Dylan; Kelly Hunt; Joanne Hunt; Leanne Watkins; Trey
Arias; Lisa (Hunt) Setnika; Wayne Watkins; Donovan
Arias. The only "grand" missing from the photo is great
granddaughter Peyton Arias (daughter of Donovan).
Kelly Jeffiies is keeping herself very busy on weekends
with "three-day eveningg. From what I understand, this is
similar to a triathlon, but on horseback and is governed by the
US Eventing Association. Events are dressage, cross-country,
and stadium jumping (3'7" to 4'). Kelly is performing at the
"preliminary" level (about 4 levels below Olympics) and
doing absolutely awesome! Kelly says that Mom Jinjer
Jeffiies is her #1 fan, supporter, groom, assistant, and all-
around helper and cheerleader.
Kelly says she couldn't do it without her!
Bob and Kathie McConaughey are happy to announce
the births of their latest 2 grandchildren (#7 & #8). Sage
Randall was born to Jon and Stacey (McConaughey)
Peyton on August 27, 2001 in Charlotte, NC. Jennifer Jean
was born on September 4, 2001 to Dan and Monica
(Livingston) Parkhurst, in Dacula, GA. Bob and Kathie
were fortunate enough to be on-hand to welcome both babies
into the world.
Bob McConaughey holding Sage Randall Peyton and
Jennifer Jean Parkhurst.
If anyone is in our area or thinking of coming for a visit,
please call one of us ... we are always happy to show off our
area and love hearing from and seeing friends from other
places. Plus, we are always ready for a party and a visitor is
a great reason for a get-together.
Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
It was deliciously cold in Tally over the holidays, mak-
ing fireside activities even more fun. However, Burt and
Carol Mead had hoped for wee warmer weather for their
Christmas party! Burt had set up a tent (emblazoned with
Florida State logo) in the backyard and adjoining golf course,
and Carol had set out numerous appetizers in the screened
porch area. But most of us wanted to cozy up to the fireplace,
or hang out by the buffet table, laden with specialties such as
roast pork and crab claws. Only the Minnesota kid (Mike
Smith) and other macho men like Mike Stephenson, Lloyd
Spradlin, Russ Stromberg, Larry Corrigan, and Henry
Mizrachi withstood the cold night air, all for a chance to
argue with Mike over the fate of Afghan Johnny (Walker).
Ed and Kari Mcllvaine held their annual Christmas
open house, and the weather was a tad warmer. Nevertheless,
it was great having the outdoor fireplace on their beautiful
multileveled deck (not far from the bar!). And weather
played a part in Tom Robertson's Christmas tree bur party
too. It rained! Never did stop long enough to start the trees
burning, but people did get to see Tom's lovely new home (I
call it the Ponderosa, since it sits on almost ten acres). But,
Christmas Eve weather was just dandy for Santa Claus to
arrive in Tally. Since we did not have snow, he had to arrive
in a sports car .. well, let's hear Burt Mead tell the story:
"Rick, Maria, Brianna and Dakota Mead hosted
another Christmas Eve party at their house. This annual get-
together is a special party, because Santa Claus, who is very
busy that night, arrives about mid-evening to distribute one
present to each of the little ones there. Maria's father, Sal,
usually plays the role of Santa, but this year he couldn't be in
Tallahassee for Christmas. When the Meads heard that Sal
wouldn't be able to make it this year, there was a temporary
panic in the household. Who would play Santa? After all,
this is a special role and has to be filled by a special person.
Finally, a volunteer who fit most of the requirements was
selected. It was none other than Rich "Tradition On A
Mission" Linton! The night of the party, he drove up in his
red sports car, with Christmas lights all over it, got out with a
large bag of gifts, walked right by a cooler filled with Bud
Lights, and took his seat in the middle of the living room.
The little ones, who had been anticipating Santa's arrival,
were now all around him, with wide eyes and big smiles. As
each child's gift was pulled from the bag, Santa called them
up, said a few things, followed by the required "Ho, ho, ho,"
and proceeded to the next child. With all the gift giving com-
pleted, Santa got in his red chariot, and with a final "Ho, ho,"
departed the scene. When he returned in "civilian clothes,"
he went straight for the cooler with the Bud Lights (it's true,
Santa does get thirsty!). Among the guests at the party were
Keith, Cindy, Chase, and Kelsey Mead; Gladys Mead; Gil,
Cher, Gil Jr., and Andrew Corrigan; Larry Corrigan;
Henry and Sunny Mizrachi; Burt and Carol Mead; Joe and
Bev Wood; Craig and Heather Wood; Lloyd, Margaret
and Ryan Spradlin; Rich and Angie Linton; and Maria's
mother, MaryAnn, and step-father, Mal Lermsider, from
Friendships renewed after 39 years. Sue Mitten Corrigan of
Tallahassee, Fla., Jeannine Hebert Wilder of Guntersville,
Ala., and Betsy Foster Astin of Atlanta, Ga., recently met in
Guntersville to catch up on a wealth of memories. Sue and
Jeannine had not seen Betsy in 39 years.
I also had a note and picture from Katherine
Heddaeus, sharing some of their holiday experiences. She
writes that her parents, Carl and Leta Simons, as well as
Pam (Scott) Reid and her parents, Pat and Scotty Scott, vis-
ited over the Thanksgiving holidays. While the ladies went
shopping and had a wonderful time at Bradley's Fun Day,
Katherine's dad, Carl, spent several days practicing with the
FSU Table Tennis Club, since he was getting ready for anoth-
er table tennis competition. The Reids just moved from
Washington State to Orlando, so they plan on many more vis-
its to Tally. In fact, they did return to spend New Years with
the Heddaeus family.
(L-R): Carl Simons, Tita Simons, Mark Heddaeus
(BHS'72), Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus (BHS'75), Pat
Scott, "Scottie" Scott, Pam (Scott) Reid (BHS'73).
Finally, let me tell you more exciting news about Ryan
L. Spradlin, son of Lloyd and Margaret (Stevens)
Spradlin, of Tallahassee. In the last issue, I wrote about the
"Top Cop" award presented to Ryan, a senior special agent
with the U.S. Customs, at the National Association of Police
Officers "Top Cops" awards ceremony, held at the Warner
Theater in Washington, D.C., on October 25, 2001. I now
have a photo to share and an explanation of the event, pro-
vided by Ryan's mom. Margaret writes, "The 'Top Cops'
awards pay tribute to law enforcement officers from across
the country for outstanding service to their communities dur-
ing the preceding year. Officers from the top ten cases were
chosen as the 2001 'Top Cops'. In each remaining state, one
case is selected for which the officer receives an Honorable
Mention award. Ryan was named 'Top Cop of Mississippi'
and given an Honorable Mention award.
(L-R): Lloyd Spradlin, Ryan L. Spradlin, Margaret
(Stevens) Spradlin, Tracy (Spradlin) McQuillen, and
cousin Hubert John Jordan.
On November 30, 2001, the Spradlin family headed for
Washington, D.C. for the second time to attend yet another
awards ceremony. This time, Ryan had earned an even more
prestigious award, "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for
U.S. Customs," for the entire United States! See a photo of
Ryan accepting this award, and details about the investigation
that led to this award, in the "CONGRATULATIONS' section
of the Canal Record. We all salute you, Ryan, for your hard
work and efforts on behalf of our nation.
The Spradlins have another reason to be proud, and we,
as Americans, to thank them for their family contributions:
On January 12, 2002, Brett Spradlin, a Sheriffs Deputy with
the Tallahassee Sheriffs Dept., and a reservist in the 160th
Military Police Battalion, was called to active duty. Sergeant
Spradlin will serve a minimum of six months, and up to two
years, guarding Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners in
Afghanistan or Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Brett leaves behind
his wife, Katherine, and three young sons (one not yet a year
old!). God speed, Brett.
Congratulations also go to the Wood family. Brian and
Karina Wood had a beautiful baby boy, Jordan Balboa
(don't you love it!). The proud grandparents, Joe and Bev
Wood, great-grandmother, Audrey Bowman, and uncle,
Scott Wood, were in San Antonio for the grand occasion.
On a sad note, I want to offer condolences to Lloyd
Spradlin, whose father just passed away, and to Rick
Williams, who recently lost his mother.
Send me your news!
Sharon Smith, Reporter
By not going to the Reunion in 2001, I missed the news
that the Record would be late getting out; therefore, I missed
the deadline for the last edition of the Record. I shall try and
make up for it with this edition by reporting on news that I
Vicki and Bob Boukalis of Alabama came for a long
weekend visit with us during the famous Yellow Daisy
Festival of Stone Mountain, Ga. This arts and crafts fair is
known as the largest one in the Southeast. It is held the 2nd
weekend in September, and so far, I have not missed one.
While visiting with us, Olga and Richard Phillips came over
from their home in Conyers, Ga., and the six of us went out
to eat at the Bahama Breeze Restaurant, a fun place that's
done in a tropical theme that made us all feel right at home.
It was great seeing Vicki, Bob, Olga and Richard, and I was
sad to see them all leave.
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Richard Phillips, June, Bob and Vicki Boukalis, Olga
Phillips and Olga's mother at our home in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Donna Geyer Bowman, a very dear classmate of mine
from CHS and who currently lives in Monterey, Calif., came
for a long weekend visit in November, and while here, joined
me at a Creative Memory Camp in the north Georgia moun-
tains for two nights where we worked on our Creative
Memory Photo Albums. Donna is very talented and was able
to create some beautiful pages for her memory book. We also
went horseback riding, had a marshmallow roast, and a truly
Donna Geyer Bowman working on her Creative Memory
Page in North Georgia mountains.
On November 13th, my husband Davis and I went on a
17-day cruise on Holland American around Cape Horn, South
America, starting in Valparaiso, Chile. Davis (Steve) was a
guest speaker on the ship, talking about South America, and
since he was allowed to take a guest, I went along to keep him
company. We flew out of Atlanta to Santiago, Chile (a 10-
hour flight), boarded the ship in Valparaiso, Chile and then
sailed to different ports going down the coastline of Chile,
Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. We even went to the Falkland
Islands, which was a thrill for both of us. We enjoyed seeing
and meeting the people, and everyone we spoke to loved liv-
ing there. Had our photo taken in the Southernmost part of
South America, which had the Magellanic Penguins in the
background, and saw lots of glaciers and snow-covered
mountains. South America is a beautiful part of the world,
and we really enjoyed being there and seeing all the beauty it
has to offer. While in Buenos Aires we even went to a Tango
Show. If you ever get a chance to take this cruise, it is worth-
Davis and June (Rowley) Stevenson in Punta Arenas, Chile,
In early December, Steve and I, along with our daugh-
ter Lori and family went to see the Christmas lights at
Calloway Gardens here in Georgia. The lights were awe-
some, and it turned out to be a beautiful evening, on the cool
side, but not cold. We also went to see the Butterfly house,
and a lovely butterfly landed on Lori's shoulder. This butter-
fly house is very interesting, all set in a make-believe tropical
rain forest, and you can actually watch butterflies hatch. They
also had a few hummingbirds so it was beautiful as well as an
interesting place to visit.
On December 19th, our daughter Lori (Stevenson)
Snow and her family flew to Winter Park, a ski resort in
Colorado to do some snow skiing, and said they had a won-
derful time. Our youngest granddaughter Sara actually skied
on a rather steep slope without falling. Lots of snow, and
some real quality skiing. They arrived home late Christmas
Eve, and were up early to see what Santa had brought the
Lori Stevenson Snow and family on top of a mountain at
Winter Park, Colo.
As I write this newsletter, I am now looking out of my
window at a winter wonderland. In fact, it is a Wednesday
and all schools were closed and I was unable to work, so
decided to spend my time writing my newsletter. Earlier, I
was out sledding with all the neighborhood children, and my
husband also went sledding down our backyard hill.
Guess that is all the news from this end. I hope to hear
from each one of you Zonies here in Georgia to let me know
what you have been up to so that I can include you in my next
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
During the October BHS reunion in San Antonio, one of
the stops on our day tour was Fredericksburg, in the heart of
the Hill Country. Cynthia Evarts Totty and this reporter
dropped in at Wheeler's Restaurant. The proprietor is John
Blanks, a 1979-84 Zonian.
John's son, Simon, was president of BHS'81 class, he
has since graduated from Bradley University in Peoria and
now works on Wall Street in NYC. Another son, Timothy,
graduated from BHS in '82 and co-owns the restaurant. John's
wife, Annie, studied computer programming at CZJC in 1981
and did advertising for JC on Panamanian television.
If you're in the area, plan to stop by. John is eager to
greet former Zonians -- and the food is delicious. By the way,
Wheeler's is named after a fish restaurant on Old Brompton
Joanne and Ralph Comer of Austin, Texas, were in
Baton Rouge for the Senior Olympics. Both play volleyball.
were in Panama from 1965-8 working at Gorgas Memorial
This reporter is prepared to assist anyone interested in
writing about or tape-recording life in the old CZ.
Preservation of stories and experiences on day-to-day living
is of interest not only to family and friends, but also to our PC
Museum. Send for details.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
No news again from the Midwest. I am enclosing a pic-
ture for input. If you have news or photos to share, give me a
Paul Bierman, John Morris and Carlton Morris enjoying
the cold beer at a "Jordanless" Chicago Bulls game in
Carlton Morris, Reporter
Former BHS classmates Virginia Selby Entrekin of
Hattiesburg and Anna Galloway Daniel of Houston, along
with their husbands, enjoyed an educational trip to the SAS
shoe factory outlet store while attending the San Antonio
reunion in October. The tour to see how shoes are made was
fascinating and, of course, lots of shoes were purchased.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
That time again for an update of North Carolina news.
Christmas came and went without snow but we did have
some cold, cold weather. Many of us here, including me, had
family visitors which made the holidays extra special. My
three girls and their families were here the weekend before
Christmas. It had been quite a while since Lisa, Terri, and
Laurie and I had been together. There was a great deal of fun
and laughter over the weekend and according to Terri, she got
the most presents. Lisa and Laurie reluctantly agreed. The
only one missing was my son John who will be home soon.
On Christmas afternoon I drove to Durham to have "another"
Christmas with Laurie and Lisa and families. Lisa and hus-
band William finally moved into their new home so I spent a
few days helping them move things around. I returned before
the New Year's weekend as I am playing the organ full time,
but temporarily, at the Catholic church here. Shades of Sacred
Willy and Wilma Nowotny had their son Gerald, his
wife Adrianna and their three daughters, Alex, Kathleen
and Jacqueline, with them for the Christmas holidays also.
Willy says he is exhausted now, but he enjoyed every minute
of it. Bob and Linda Morris visited with the Nowotnys in
October on their way back from points east. I'll let Linda put
in all the details but they did have an enjoyable evening with
Willy and Wilma. I am just sorry we didn't have a chance to
have a big party while they were here.
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Willy Nowotny, Bob Morris, Linda Morris and Wilma
Malcolm and Jean Stone had a houseful also with
Jean's Mom and the newlyweds, Lynn and Scott, their
daughter and son-in-law. Hopefully there is a write-up and
picture in the Wedding section. If not, I will blame Jean.
Jim and Diane Bradley flew to Germany to spend
Christmas with daughter Eileen and husband Per. Before
leaving for Germany they had to "return" their 3-year-old
granddaughter to her parents, Jim and Sherry Bradley, in
Florida. Jim and Diane were kept pretty busy, taking
Candace to see all the sights. The highlight of the visit was a
ride on the Santa Express, a train trip from Dillsboro, N.C.
through the Nantahala Gorge and back. The second highlight
might have been her visit to my house; she was fascinated by
all my dolls and my Christmas village even though she had
heard all day long, "WE are going to a house with lots of dolls
but you CAN'T TOUCH THEM." Can you imagine being
three years old and in a position like that.
I had an impromptu, short, delightful visit from Doris
and Dennis Byron of Edgewater, Fla. They were in the area
taking advantage of a "special package" to visit the Biltmore
House and other attractions in Asheville. It was so good to
see them. All you bird-watchers will remember Doris; she
worked at Gorgas Hospital and Dennis was with ITT. They
were heading for California to visit Dennis' sister after a brief
stop at home to "revamp".
Pat Fraser spent a week at the beach after Christmas,
recuperating from her teaching job at a private school near
Columbus, N.C., just south of here. In an "insane moment of
weakness", as she describes it, she agreed to teach 2nd and
3rd grade this year. I am not too sure that she will "re-up" but
we'll see. Cherry Stahlman spent a couple days with Pat at
the beach also. She had been visiting her girls and grandson
Hagen over Christmas on the North Carolina coast so was
just a few hours away. Cherry had her family with her in
Hendersonville over Thanksgiving.
On December 6th, our society group had their annual
holiday meeting at Ryan's Steak House. About 20 people
were present, including first-timers (in a long time anyway)
Bob Winford and his daughter Diana from Inman and
Spartanburg, S.C. It was good to see Bob Arnold up and
about after a short hospital stay. We all hope he continues to
get better every day.
I talked on the phone recently with Mary Schulte, for-
mer teacher in PCC. She and Paul and their two children,
Jennifer and brand-new husband Michael, and Patrick will
be spending a week in Panama in January. They were all
excited to be going. Paul will surely be able to get in a tennis
match with Grover Matheny while there.
Unless someone calls with some late news, I will close
for now. All you North Carolinians can contact me by phone
or mail. My address is in the Directory. Take care.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
In early December Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe
became great-grandparents. Steve and Debbie Shobe's oldest
son Scott and his wife Mary Shobe became the proud par-
ents of son, Shawn Scott Shobe. Jim and Noralie first met
Shawn at Steve and Debbie's Christmas get-together, then
Jim and Noralie went to Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus' to
have Christmas with them, too.
Henry and Pat Cruz reported that Jack and Anne
Rocker and the Shobes had been by to see them while they
were looking around for a house for the Rockers, and they
would all be getting together for Mexican train dominoes
Dan Nellis, Ann Rocker, Noralie Shobe and Henry Cruz at
the Christmas Shindig in Bremerton, Wa.
Don and Sandi Seymour, who reside near Port
Orchard, Washington, breed and show Bichon Frise dogs
under their DONSI kennel name. Their current "Special", CH
Donsi's Thatsa Good Sport, finished 2001 ranked as #6 in the
We recently heard from Dick Casey who has lived in
the Northwest since 1968 when the Army sent him here, and
he decided to remain after his 1969 discharge. He wrote that
he's in love with and married to for 30 years last October to
the Lovely Linda Lou (L3 in email speak, pronounced L
cube by math majors), and they are waiting till the honey-
moon is over before they have kids. He's been collecting
motorcycles, about 10, and was in the Army National Guard
for 33 years, from which he retired in 1999 as a colonel. He's
now semi-retired, spending most of his time working on or
riding motorcycles and about two days a week running the
maintenance program for Island Springs, Inc., a soy products
manufacturer on Vashon Island.
Bob Blake wrote that he and Mary Sanford flew to
Chicago in September to visit Mary's daughter and see Susie
the T-Rex at the Field Museum. Bob has written a book titled
Bayonets and Bougainvilleas, containing some Canal Zone
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Jim Shobe and Cecil Caudill at the December party.
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Hanna at their apartment complex in
Paul and Suzette Baker have traveled over 12,000
miles of the Pacific Ocean, down the west coast of the United
States and Mexico and then on to Panama, Galapagos,
Marquises, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Rarotonga, Niue and
Tonga, finally arriving in New Zealand in December 2001.
They wrote, "We have had many wonderful adventures, with
each country providing us with new and unique experiences,
opportunities to make new friends, challenges to overcome,
and great exploration. In some places we have had to almost
pinch ourselves to believe that we were really here." They
have sent some wonderful journals of their adventures which
are great reading. Those who want to hear more from them
can e-mail them at altairseattle(2.vahoo.com.
Tom and Evelyn (Barraza) Snider and kids Kristin,
Kyle and Ryan of San Antonio visited Lee and Kathy
Snider for Christmas and did some skiing and snowboarding
with the Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring family.
Newborn "Shannon" with her cousins on Grandpa's 70th
birthday. L-R: Madeline, James, Stephanie, Monique,
Bernadetta, Anna, Angelica, and Rebecca Herring with
big sister, Kerry Snider.
Judy (Palumbo) Gates is visiting the great Northwest
and Theresa (Snider) Herring, Bev Hoffman and Janet
Rigby recently enjoyed a lunch at her cozy cabin. Tim and
Theresa Herring are busy home-schooling seven of their nine
still-at-home kids. Son Tom is becoming a realtor for the
Kitsap County, Wash., area; son Chris is in Phoenix in the
Army National Guard; and daughter Mary is in Detroit work-
ing for the Catholic church as a lay missionary.
The Tim Herring family.
Back Row (L-R): James, Monique, Madeline, Joe, and
Bernadetta. Center Row (L-R): Tim and Theresa holding
Stephanie. Front Row (L-R): Rebecca, Anna and Angelica.
Bill Snider of California had a good visit with Lee and
Kathy for Thanksgiving. At Christmas Bill visited sister
Patsy (Snider) and Ken Morgan and kids Bridgette, Leslie
and Kate in Topeka, Kansas. Mike, Joan, Carl and Nick
Snider of Wichita also visited the Morgans and Bill over the
holidays. Beth (Snider) and Shayne Hutchinson spent the
holidays with his family in Denver, Colorado. Jim and Mary
Snider and daughter Kerry Ann (5), welcomed their new
daughter and sister Shannon Lee, bom October 3rd. They
just moved into a larger home in Bremerton, Wash., and are
thrilled with their view of the Olympic Mountains.
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L-R: Theresa (Snider) Herring, Judy (Palumbo) Gates,
Bev Hoffman and Janet Rigby.
Jim and Gerry Hannigan and Gerry's brother, Allen
Briem from Panama, and their sister and brother-in- law,
Lona and Richard Sylva, from San Juan Island in
Washington, drove up to play in the snow on Mt. Rainier the
day after Thanksgiving and paused for a photo op at Narada
Falls, just below Paradise Lodge. Gerry and her family had
been together for the wedding of Allen's eldest daughter, Ceci
Briem, and Joe Mano the evening before Thanksgiving in
Chehalis, Wash., where Joe is a partner in a law firm. For
Christmas, Jim's brother Tom Hannigan, from Seattle, visit-
ed Gerry and Jim in Newhalem, Wash., where Jim and Tom
managed to pull out a guy whose truck was stuck in the snow,
a different activity for a couple of boys raised in the tropics,
but that sort of thing is a common occurrence for the "mayor"
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Gerry and Jim Hannigan on Mt. Rainier, Wa.
Bill and Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin and Robert and
Gayle (Fettler) Rankin had great seats at the Neil Diamond
concert at Seattle's Key Arena in December and the gals got
their aerobic exercise dancing, jumping, and yelling to the
music while the men tolerated the roar. Billy and Ginny host-
ed a Christmas dinner, with Autie and Sandi (Rankin)
McLanahan and their kids Cassidy and Seth, and Autie's
sister. John and Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett report son
Jason is really a great jolly kid, always smiling, and daugh-
ter Ryann is a joy.
We hear from Lettie Millar that she moved to Orlando,
Fla., last fall, close to daughter Ponelle and is very happy
there, awaiting final barn repairs before she gets a horse.
Daughter Honorine, still in California, just finished her asso-
ciate's degree in criminal justice, is now studying for her
bachelor's degree in Spanish, and aspires to be a police-
woman in a few years.
L-R: Wink Green with son, Allan Shepard, and daughter,
Barbara (Greene) Litchford with sons, Ian and Sean in Mt.
Allen Sheppard, still living in Panama, visited his mom
Wink Greene and sister Barbara Greene Litchford this
fall. They and Barbara's two sons Ian and Sean drove to Mt.
Vernon where they treated Gerry and me to lunch at the
Skagit Valley Brewery. We had a great visit and were grate-
ful for lunch (delicious) and the catch-up Panama news Allen
Guy Fealey of Oak Harbor, Wash., trekked over to
Kerrville, Texas, last November to see his mom Honey
Fealey and in laws Fred and Marion (Orr) Wells. He helped
Honey with their Christmas Bazaar which was a great suc-
cess. The other day Guy visited us on what he called "a love-
ly Washington day," then added, "we're all getting washed."
Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin of Diamond Point
(Sequim), Wash., spent some time in Panama in January get-
ting together with the old gang, including Vince and Penny
(Wilder) Canamas, Collin and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan,
Ned and Mary (Coffey) Blennerhassett, Surse and Donny
Pierpoint, and Roy and Joan Newall.
Frank Hoover: For those of us who knew Frank, we
send our sincere sympathies to Judy, Frankie and Kelly on
his untimely passing in December in Altoona, Pa.
NORTHWEST PICNIC 2002: Please note under "Dates
to Remember" on the back of the front cover that the
Northwest Picnic will be on July 27 at Padden Lake in
Sure would love to hear from some of you Idahoans,
Alaskans, and Canadians sometime so the Record could print
some of your doings.
Hasta la proxima.
Howie Laatz, Reporter
In early December 2001, Jean and Doris Burns, Scott
Burns and friend Miya Dodd, Bob and Vicki Boukalis and
two other couples enjoyed a week's stay at the Jack Tar
Village in Cancun, Mexico. Doris and Vicki enjoyed the
shopping there. Scott and Miya had the opportunity to swim
with dolphins. Everyone had a great time.
Doris, Jean and Scott Burns, with Vicki and Bob Boukalis.
On January 4, 2002, Scott celebrated his 50th birthday
at a party given by his parents, Jean and Doris Bums; his sis-
ter Laura Burns Redemann along with husband Mike; and
his friend Miya. Scott celebrated in style, along with about
100 other people. Friends from the Oklahoma Chapter of the
Panama Canal Society attended, and those friends were John
and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler; Paulino and Julia Allande;
and Tomas and Aymee (Lugo) Diaz with children Michael
Renee Carter Collins writes that she enjoyed a ski trip
to Winter Park, Colo., over New Year's.
The Oklahoma Chapter's next meeting and picnic will
be May 4, 2002, at Andrews Park in Norman, Okla. Everyone
Laura L. Redemann, Reporter
Anna Opel reported that her daughter Jenilee
Szymanski of Miami came to visit early in December, her
annual trek to Panama. They had a large Christmas dinner
and were joined by more Miamians, Ivan and Lisa
Klasovsky. Anna's older daughter Patricia (Szymanski) and
her husband Doyle Phillips from San Antonio, arrived after
Christmas to spend New Year's in Panama. They spent New
Year's at Cabanas Cholita on Isla Grande which has become
a family tradition when they are all together. Only at
"Cholitas" can you be served the best coconut rice in Panama.
Their visits included taking in a lot of the new changes to
Panama, the beaches, visiting old friends, and shopping for
Panama's unique items.
Mike Young arrived in Panama for a three-week vaca-
tion from Memphis, Tenn. One of the highlights of his trip
was catching a 350-pound black marlin (catch and release)
during a five-day trip to Pinas Bay on Jim Wiese's boat,
Aguja. Also along on that trip was Jim's son Kyle Wiese, Don
Rogers, and Eduardo Fabrega who caught a 300-pound
black marlin. The group returned with a boat full of dorado.
Mike Young and Kyle Wiese
with Mike's 350 pound black marlin from Pinas Bay.
Tom "TY" Young visited from Miami for two weeks
and enjoyed fishing in Pedasi and spending time in Boquete
where he went river rafting and climbed Baru mountain. He
celebrated the New Year in Boquete with friends Daryl
Barnes, Stover Jenkins, the other Mike Young, Lance
Hughes, and Tom Slice.
Mary (Andrews) of Hampton, Ga., and Jim Young
(who commutes between Georgia and Panama where he is
employed) enjoyed the Christmas holidays in Panama. They
were joined by their son Jack Young (who just graduated
from Full Sail in Orlando, Fla.), and their daughter Shannon
Young who is attending school in Athens, Ga.
John and Kenny Morales enjoyed having their brother
Lars and Marcella Morales and family spend the Christmas
vacation in Panama a nice change from snowy Germany.
Lars' son, Daren Morales, had the opportunity to be reunited
with his band, Big Fat Hen, that played two shows during
Daren's visit. While in Panama the Morales family also
enjoyed visiting friends, beach trips, and a day on Taboga
Jim and Kathy Reed of Albrook are enjoying the return
of Kathy's daughter, Samantha Parthenais, who was work-
ing and attending school in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Samantha will spend a semester here attending the FSU
Panama branch located at the former Panama Canal College.
Other visitors seen in Panama include: Gladys
(Hattabaugh) and Russell Stromberg Jr. spotted at Napoli
Pizza; Wayne "Jr." Bryant, Elizabeth Lim, Doug and Gail
Coffey, and Guthrie Crouch attending the wedding of Kim
Holmes and Brandy Coffey (see Weddings); Derek Evans
visiting from Holland; Rene "Tiger" Acuna who visited
Alex Reyes in November (these ex-Gavilan skate rats built a
quarter pipe for the neighbor kids); the Twohy clan was spot-
ted at their beach house in Santa Clara; Michelle Kaufman;
Erik Little; Jenny Tassell; Alison Doubek; Megan Kat;
Sasha Purmalis; and Gabe Prieto.
Melva and John T. Bowman of Balboa, Rep. of Panama in
Prague, Czech Republic while touring Europe.
Jim Hatrick hosted a New Year's party at his beach
villa in Lago Mar. He and Scott Williams put on a spectacu-
lar midnight show of fireworks. Guests included John and
Lynn Wolfe; George McFadden and family; Art Mokray;
Chuck Bilter; Little Richard; David McArthur visiting
from Germany with girlfriend Semra; Andy and Jesse
Berger and family, including their son Jason visiting from
I heard from Joan Manfredo who informed me of the
death of Helen G. Wallace, a retired school teacher who
worked for the Schools Division until her retirement in 1979.
Helen remained in Panama until her death on September 10,
2001. She was 92 years old.
The community is deeply saddened by the loss of Steve
"O.D." O'Donnell and would like to send our condolences to
his family. We were very appreciative of the family for hold-
ing a remembrance ceremony at the Country Inn Suites in
Fort Amador, in celebration of Steve's life.
Many friends in the Pacific community know that this is
my "despedida" report. I will be in Los Angeles, Calif., by the
time this issue is printed. I have greatly enjoyed being the
Pacific side reporter for the last six years and hope to stay in
touch with all the friends I am leaving behind. I look forward
to new adventures, but it is hard to leave this beautiful dry
season weather. And so I bid farewell with a few words writ-
ten from my favorite place to be for those who haven't been
back in awhile, I hope it brings you memories of this beauti-
In my flapping hammock, I observe choppy seas and
white caps winking in the ocean. Bamboo creaking, sways in
the breeze nature's beings all in motion. Pelicans skim the
ocean surface mighty fisherman, there is no match. Diving
in deep blue water they rarely miss a catch. At high noon
iguanas crawl and lizards slither along the wall. Orange but-
terflies dance by, against a cloudless deep blue sky. A friend
once asked, "What do you do all day?" for most are used to a
busy life, all work and little play. But I enjoy the sunshine,
warm sand beneath my toes; salt water in my hair, or an after-
noon doze in my hammock, it's my favorite place to be -
warm wind at my back, and a heavenly view of the sea.
Hasta luego, Panama!
In October Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison flew to
Providence, R.I. From there they went by bus to Quebec and
boarded a small ship, the Niagara Prince, for a Fall Foliage
tour via the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Oswego River,
Erie Canal, Hudson River, past West Point which, due to
September 11th, was off-limits. Then past the still-smoking
remains of the Towers, up the East River and Long Island
Sound to Warren, R.I. The weather cooperated (even a brief
snow flurry one evening). There was no rain and the colors
were magnificent. Passengers were from all over the United
States, and included a professor who lectured on the U.S.
Presidents and the history of the canals. The Barge Canal
System has 57 locks.
Thanksgiving found Leona Badonsky's daughter
Paula Leitch and family, and her son Leon Badonsky and
family at Eden Gardens in Aiken to celebrate the holiday with
Peggy Hutchison's daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and
Bob Boukalis, boarded their two dogs in Aiken with Peggy
and joined Jean Burns and friends in Cancun, Mexico for a
week. Upon their return, they drove to Alabama with Peggy -
lunching en route with Richie and Olga Phillips in Conyers,
Ga. Her other daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Jerry
Cox, came in from Ocala for the Christmas holiday.
Forest (Wise) and Ray Robberson had Christmas Eve
dinner at the Boukalis house and all, plus Forest's mother
Polly Wise joined the Wises for dinner the next day. Geri and
Bill Foster spent one night on their way to Bill's mother, and
Vicki and Bob joined them in Biloxi, Miss., for New Year's
Peggy's grandson, Mike Hutchison, his fiancee Julie
and her family visited before Christmas. Bob, Vicki and
Peggy attended a cocktail party at Eve (Stephan) and
Carson Williams' new condo on the Gulf. Florinda
(Beechner) Wells and her husband from Lutz, Fla., were
present. Eve and Florinda were friends for years on the Zone.
After the New Year, Peggy returned to a snow-covered
Trudi Clontz, Reporter
George Soriano (BHS'76) is President of "The Grupo
Interacional Dallas". It's a unique club members gather
weekly to socialize and promote the use of the Spanish lan-
guage. The rules are simple, "Speak only Spanish and do not
discuss politics, religion or promote your own business." A
twenty-five cent fine is collected for each English word used
during a meeting. At a recent presentation on "Consumer
Rights", George used twenty-eight "non-Spanish words". All
he could say was "Wow" as he anted up.
John and Bliss (Morris) Connerton were very inter-
ested in the November 6th judicial election in Binghamton,
N.Y., this year. John's sister Rita was running for family court
judge. John spent the weekend before election Tuesday in
Binghamton "manning the phones". He was exhausted by
Tuesday night but happily so, she won! On January 1, 2002,
Judge Rita will be sworn in and dad, former Judge Jack
Connerton will present her with his now retired gavel.
Robert and Carolyn Ciepiela and family spent
Christmas in Panama. They all assembled at the Miami
International Airport, coordinating their time perfectly, to
board the plane together. Kathy traveled from
Massachusetts; Celia from Washington, D.C.; and Marie
with family from San Francisco. Four days were spent sight-
seeing in the city and five days at the very popular
"Decameron, Farallon", an all-inclusive hotel built on the old
PDF Complex in Rio Hato. It's beach side with three pools,
whirlpools and a sauna. We've heard nothing but good things
about this retreat.
RESERVATION, ORDER AND PAYMENT FORM
Complete both pages, and submit intact.
Receipt Sequence Number:
FORM WILL BE RETURNED IF 2002 ANNUAL DUES AND REUNION REGISTRATION
FEES FOR 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 S 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 =
TOTAL FEES $
Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "The Panama Canal Society of Florida."
Checks must be drawn on U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.
Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):
Credit Card Number:
Member/Card Holder Signature:
Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113TH STREET,
SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712.
Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, Annual Luncheon, Golf
Tournament, and to secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your request.
List names of each family member or guest being registered by the member and include $5.00 for each person over
17 years of age. List each name (including member's) as you want it printed on the name badges.
* New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application. *
I I I I
List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Chicken (C) or Pork (P) by circling one.
1. CorP 6. C orP
2. CorP 7. CorP
3. CorP 8. CorP
4. CorP 9. CorP
5. C or P 10. C or P
Special seating requests:
Registering as (Circle one): Individual player or 2-person scramble
Scramble Partner's name (if known):
Indicate for each player in desired foursome:
Name Age on Hdcp or Avg Atl or Pac. Amateur
7-2-02 18-hole score Sider or Pro
Names of golfers paid for with this form
Names of paid luncheon guests
ARRIVAL DATE: DEPARTURE DATE:
TYPE OF ROOM REQUESTED RATE FOR SINGLE/DOUBLE IS $109.00 plus tax.
No Preference Non-Smoking room
One King Bed Smoking room
Two Double Beds
Accessible Room (One King only)
Suite (For rates and information contact Lodging Chairperson before submitting reservation form)
Names of other room occupants:
HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($109.00)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to Orlando World Center Marriott)
Credit Card Number: Exp. Date
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)
Member/Card Holder Signature:
Comments or questions please call the Society Office toll free at 1-866-726-2262. On-line reunion regis-
tration, new membership application and membership renewals are also available by going to the
Panama Canal Society web site, HYPERLINK "http://www.pancanalsociety.org" http://www.pancanal-
society.org and click the "On-Line Services" link.
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.pancanalsociety.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 22nd 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 deter-
mined 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 arrange-
ments, 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 activi-
ties 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 pro-offered 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 have been made for the following local supplier to make
available motorized scooters at a special reunion daily rental rate.
Walker Medical 1-888-726-6837
Free Delivery and Pick up
Scooters are $30.00 per day.
Members need to contact the supplier directly
and make reservations by June 1. 2002.
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 spe-
cial 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 spe-
cial 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 pri-
ority; 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 lodging
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 com-
pleted 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 reser-
vation 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, if
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.
Fold Here First
ELECTION BALLOT 2002 2003
See Mailing instructions in the back of the ballot.
As a member (one per household) I cast my vote as follows:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Director (vote for 2)
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
DEADLINE for receiving this ballot is June 25, 2002
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Your VOTE is important! Please Vote
Deadline for receiving ballot is June 25, 2002
Fold Here First
See Mailing instructions in the back of the ballot.
As a member (one per household) I cast my vote as follows:
DEADLINE for Receiving this Ballot is April 29, 2002
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YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT, so PLEASE VOTE!
DEADLINE for Receiving this Ballot is April 29, 2002
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
IS PROUD TO PRESENT TWO EVENINGS OF EXCITING
ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE!
Friday Night Join us for the PanaZonian Dance with
Featuring: Tito Mouynes, Chipi Azcarraga, Julio Ramon
Valdes, and Jose Antonio Riba
8:30 p.m. 2: 30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Saturday Night Ball "Frankie Pretto
and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 2:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Thomas Studios & Productions
11902 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654
(727) 868-3669 (800) 329-3669 Fax (727) 863-5700
e-mail: oythomas(GTE.net Web: oythomas.com
We are the official photographers for the Panama Canal Society of Florida. If you
have a special request, just call us at the studio or see us at the reunion.
We will be making Digitalphotos on location at the reunion.
We will be doing digital imaging and restoring photographs at the reunion.
We can restore all your Panama Canal Photos from over the years. Just give us a call
at the studio.
We are a full time -full service photography studio. We use all formats ofphotography
including digital video.
We offer year around services from portraits to commercial photography.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Orlando World Center Marriott
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Registration: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom A
Information/Secretary: 6:00 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 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom G
Registration: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom A
Information/Secretary: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom Foyer
Bingo: 2:00 4:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Location to be determined.
Friday Night Dance: 7:30 p.m. 2: 30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom 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! Location to be determined.
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 and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open
9:30 a.m., Performance at 10:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator
or call 1-866-726-2262
Coming in from the Orlando Airpot:
Take 417 (Greenbelt toll road)
to Exit 6, then 536 West.
Toll costs will be $2.00
Hotel will be on the right.
Coming in from Interstate 4:
Take Exit 26-A, then 536 East
Hotel will be on the left.
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Guayaquil Kingston Havana Lima Managua Medellin Mexico
* Miami Montego Bay Panama Port -Au Prince Quito SanJose San Juan
* San Pedro Sula San Salvador Santiago de Chile Santo Domingo Sao Paulo
Afiliada a Continental Airlines
For more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Copa Airlines at Panama (505) 227-COPA(2672) and from the USA 1-800-FLY COPA www.copaair.com
The Ciepiela family at Miraflores Locks.
L-R: Celia, Kathy, Carolyn, Marie and Patrick with Jack..
A heavy brown 10 by 12 envelope was received at the
"Casa Morris" the day before Christmas. It was sent by Jack
Clay (CHS'36), Lancaster, Calif. Jack is an active member of
the West Coast Society and a real character. He copies any-
thing amusing, unusual, or of special interest and sends his
compiled cache to people who might appreciate it. I guess I
am now included in this group. The articles were varied and
met all of the above criteria.
About five years ago, I met Jack at a PCS Reunion. He
had driven to Florida from California and alone. "Isn't that
very dangerous, for a man of your years, and one-armed as
well?" said I. "Only for them" was his answer. He traveled
with a huge metal tool "garrote" under his seat.
I finally met Colin Creel (BHS'76). More than once, he
has honked at our car recognizing "The Panama Canal" plac-
ard in the rear window. He has lived in Plano for twenty years
with his wife and two daughters, Amanda, 7, and Megan, 5.
He's looking forward to his vacation in February "bill fish-
ing" in Golfito, Costa Rica.
The Bob Bloemers, McKinney, have planned a seven-
day Holland American cruise of the Mexican Riviera in
January. They sail from San Diego, and one of the ports of
call will be Mazatlan, their favorite resort area in Mexico.
Bob and Linda Morris will also be at sea on a Big
Band Cruise to Panama the first week of January. Yep the
dancing shoes were packed.. Also cruising on the voyage to
Panama was retired Canal Pilot Robert Valentine, Palm
Harbor, Fla., who presented a detailed, step-by-step view of a
ship in transit through the Canal. He had a truly fascinated
audience. Also sailing were retired Captain Bob and
Anayansi Lord, and Captain Ted and Lourdes Oliveira,
both from St. Petersburg, Fla. It was a fun cruise with great
food and entertainment. Seeing Panama from the bridge of
the ship was nostalgic and we had a twinge of homesickness
Art and Edie Farrell's daughter Sheila was married on
December 29th. Her sister Kelly Clement-Murphy flew in
from Anchorage, Alaska, to serve as Matron of Honor. The
newlyweds will settle in the Dallas area until their new home
on Lake Lewisville is complete in February 2002.
Another "blast from the past" a phone call from Jack
Wagner, Eagle River, Alaska. It has been more than thirty-
five years since hearing from the Wagners. Lots of catching
up crossed the wires. We did agree not to wait another thirty-
Sandra Fulton was in Dallas and visited her godson
Drew Patrick Connerton in Frisco, Texas, during Christmas
holidays. Apology to Sonia (Canas) Valley on the name mix-
I had an interesting conversation with the very inde-
pendent Vivian (Cottrell) Reid (CHS'39), eighty-one years
young. Vivian lives in her own apartment and has a most pos-
itive attitude. A retired registered nurse, she has volunteered
at the Plano General Hospital for eighteen years. Her son
lives close to her and she enjoys her two grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren. She sends her "best to all" her old
friends, especially Betty (Clay) Hoverter in Bellevue, Wash.
Continue sending your news. Photos are especially wel-
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Greetings to all from beautiful Northern Virginia.
Front Row (L-R): Dorothy Gerhart, Carole Collins,
Rosemary Gilead, Ev Sellers, Tom Sellers and Wendell
Allen. 2nd Row: Marie Crowther, 2 little Crowthers, Rae
Donaldson, Jim Gerhart, Vicki Johnson, Silver
Crossman, and MaryLou Pascavage. 3rd Row: Steve
Jablonski, Maria Marszalek, Jody Longhill, Jim Borell,
Nancy (Morrison) McGann, Harvery Johnson, Brian
McNamee, and Katie Baas. Back Row: Ted McGann,
Thomas Wesley, Matt Baas, and Alex Crowther.
We had a great time at a get-together at Mango Mike's
in Alexandra, Va., on Saturday, October 27th. At least 30 peo-
ple attended along with Vickie Johnson who looked beauti-
ful in her pollera. She and husband Harvey are pictured
below. We ate, drank and everyone had a nice time meeting
new Zonians and re-acquainting themselves with old friends.
Jim Gerhart bought us all champagne and we toasted him in
celebration of his 40th year of government service.
Another gathering is being planned for the Spring in the
Shirlington area. In November we traveled to Aiken, S.C., to
celebrate my father's (Melvin L. Menges, formerly of the
Maintenance Division, Atlantic Side) 80th birthday. We sur-
prised him with a birthday party hosted by my brother and
sister-in-law, Paul Menges (CHS'67) and Stephanie
(Lawson) Menges (CHS'69), in their beautiful home in
Colombia, S.C., on November 10th. My brother Bob Menges
(CHS'79) of Charleston, S.C., and his family attended, along
with sister Judy (Menges) Sigmon (CHS'73) of Newport
News, Va., and her family.
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Now I need to brag a little about my nephew Paul
David Menges, son of Paul and Stephanie Menges. Paul
David is stationed aboard the USS SULLIVANS in Florida.
He was recently selected for the Seaman to Admiral Program.
Anyone familiar with the program and the Navy knows it is
an elite program that only a deserving few are selected to
attend and he made it first time around. Congratulations,
In addition, he was recently selected for promotion to
Second Class Petty Officer. This guy is a mover. Below is a
picture of Paul David and did I mention he's cute to boot.
Paul David Menges
Ev (Menges) Sellers with her dad, Melvin Menges on his
Rae Donaldson (BHS'68) hosted a New Year's Eve
Open House at her new home in Arlington, Va. We stopped
by and had a great time visiting with her and other guests. Her
new home is really nice and located in a great area. Rae is
shown in the picture outside of her new home.
Still need to hear from you all up this way. Please call
me or email me your news. God bless you and God bless
America. May you all have a wonderful 2002.
Evelyn (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
MAKE YOUR REUNION
BILL WEIGLE WINS TROPHIES
Bill Weigle "won a heap of trophies" (as stated by the
Florida Times-Union) at the 2001 Riding Into History
Concours d'Elegance held at the World Golf Village. (I bet all
you golfers out there didn't know golf courses were used for
motorcycle and car shows.)
Bill entered three of his historic motorcycles in the
event and won all three classes entered. His 1968 Velocette
Squish Head Racer, only one of ten made by the Velocette
factory, was Ist place in the Race/Competition class. His
1965 Velocette Thruxton was st place in the Vintage I, 1951-
1970 class. And his 1967 Velocette Scrambler was awarded
1st place for the British Classic 1951-1983 class.
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Bill Weigle pictured with the "winners" (L to R) 1968
Velocette Squish Head Racer, 1965 Velocette Thruxton and
the 1967 Velocette Scrambler.
NEW ARMY COMMAND
Captain Kristen Catron Lewis, the daughter of James
O. Catron, Jr. (BHS'60) and Sylvia T. Catron, assumed
command of the 249th Quartermaster Company 530th Supply
and Service Battalion, Ft. Bragg, N.C., on December 14,
2001. Kristen, a native of Madison, Fla., received a Bachelor
of Science degree in Engineering Management from the
United States Military Academy and was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant in 1996.
Captain Lewis' awards include the Army
Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (20LC),
Army Parachutist Badge and Rigger Badge. Captain Lewis is
married to Captain James Lewis, Commander, D/lstBN/82D
Aviation Regiment/82nd Airborne Division.
Kristen's grandparents were James O. Catron and
Eletheer B. Catron, who lived in Aiken, S.C., for 30 years
after retiring from the Police Division and Health Division,
Panama Canal Zone Government. They died in 1996.
PHILLIPS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Henry L. and Anne H. Phillips, Oviedo, Fla., celebrat-
ed their 50th wedding anniversary December 1 with family
and friends at the Black Tulip Restaurant, Cocoa. They were
married December 1, 1951, in Panama.
Their children are Jane Provancha, Cocoa, Chris
Phillips, Winter Springs, and John H. Phillips, Casselberry.
They have four grandchildren. He is retired from the Army.
She is a homemaker.
EVELYN SNIDER PROMOTION
Evelyn Barraza Snider (CHS'74) was promoted to
Colonel in the U.S. Army. She is currently assigned as Chief
Community Health Practices Branch, Academy of Health
Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Major General Kevin
Kiley (BHS'68), Commander of the Army Medical
Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston presented
the eagle insignia as did Evelyn's husband, Tom Snider.
Unable to attend the ceremony, but sending their con-
gratulations and best wishes to her were Lee and Kathy
Snider, formerly of Coco Solo and Margarita, Canal Zone.
Tom and Evelyn Barraza Snider and their children have
been living in San Antonio for the past two years after a 4-
year tour of duty in Germany. Tom is currently substitute
teaching in the San Antonio area. Kristin is a junior at
Incarnate Word High School, Kyle is a freshman at Roosevelt
High School and Ryan is in 6th grade at Ed White Junior
(L-R): Tom (CHS'76), Ryan, Kyle, Evelyn (CHS'74), and
Dr. Evelyn Barraza, Sr., former ENT Physician at Coco
Solo Hospital, Canal Zone.
Wm. RYAN McBRIDE GRADUATES
Wm. Ryan McBride, son of Wm. Ronald (Mac) and
Carol (Ross) McBride (CHS'72), graduated May 26, 2001,
from John T. Hoggard High School, Wilmington, S.C. A fam-
ily celebration was held at Rucker John's Restaurant and
Ryan's aunt, Betty Ross, traveled from Austin, Texas, to join
the festivities. Ryan's grandparents, Henry (Hank) and
Martha (Marty) Ross, were unable to travel due to health
considerations, however, their congratulations were appreci-
ated long distance.
The past few months Ryan has been working, enjoying
the camaraderie of his friends and surfing. Presently, Ryan is
attending Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.
Wm. Ryan McBride
JAYNE OWENS RETIREMENT
Jayne (Peterson) Owens retired from the state of
Georgia Department of Labor on October 31, 2001.
Celebrating with her at a retirement luncheon were her hus-
band John Owens; her sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl
(Peterson) and Bob Russell; daughter Kathy and husband
Pat Keller, and son Randy with his wife Cindy.
L-R: John Owens, Jayne (Peterson) Owens, Cheryl
(Paterson) & Bob Russell, Kathy & Pat Keller, Randy and
Jayne was bor in the former Canal Zone and met her
husband while he was stationed at Albrook Air Force Base.
They later returned to Panama serving as Youth Director at
First Baptist Church, Balboa Heights. Kathy and Randy were
also born in the former Canal Zone.
Jayne and John live in Stone Mountain, GA, and have
ZONIAN CARRIES OLYMPIC
On December 7, 2001, our fellow Zonian Betty Moore
carried the Olympic torch in Jacksonville, Fla. She was
pushed in a wheelchair since she suffers from Parkinson's
She worked in the Emergency Room at Gorgas Hospital
for many years retiring in 1986 to Seminole, Fla., where she
volunteered at the Free Clinic in Clearwater and was very
active in her parish church. She moved to Gainesville in 1991
where she has continued her volunteer work with numerous
charities and her parish where she served as lector and coun-
Recently Betty was written up in the Gainesville Sun for
her volunteer work at the St. Francis House in spite of her
Parkinson's Disease. For those of us who truly know and love
her know how deserving she was of the honor.
Congratulations, Betty we are very proud of you.
50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Rudolph "Big Rudy" Crespo and Delia Doaty Wise-
Arias celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a festive
family reunion in their Veracruz home in Panama, Republica
de Panama. A group of well wishing friends, sons, daughters,
nieces, nephews and grandchildren, some from as far away as
Canada and San Francisco, California, gathered to celebrate
this truly special occasion.
Rudolph "Big Rudy" Crespo and Delia Doaty Wise-Arias
celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with loved ones.
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Special Agent, Ryan L. Spradlin
Special Agent, Ryan L. Spradlin, wins "Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year for U. S. Customs," on
November 30, 2001, in Washington, D. C. In October, Ryan
was named "Top Cop of Mississippi", in the national "Top
Cop" awards ceremony, also held in Washington D.C. (see
Tallahassee section for picture and details). Ryan is a Special
Agent with the office of investigations attached to the New
Orleans, LA, Office of U.S. Customs. His award was in
recognition of exemplary law enforcement officer skills and
dedication to the nation's "War Against Drugs." Ryan initiat-
ed a multi-agency task force investigation resulting in the
indictment of the leader and two associates who were
involved with an organization that was responsible for smug-
gling and distributing large quantities of cocaine from
Mexico; the assassination of an alleged organized crime fig-
ure; and numerous other homicides; and suspected involve-
ment in bank fraud and other financial crimes.
Ryan L. Spradlin, Senior Special Agent, U.S. Customs
Christopher J. Bowman, son of John and Melva M.
Bowman, of Balboa, Republic of Panama, graduated Magna
Cum Laude from North Carolina State University, Raleigh,
N.C., on December 19, 2001, with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Christopher J. Bowman
WILLIAM HUFF GRADUATES
William Bond Huff III graduated from the University
of North Florida in Jacksonville on December 14, 2001 with
a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.
In attendance for his graduation were Michelle (McLean)
Huff, Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff of Merritt Island,
Florida, Phil and Betty Gabriel of Pensacola, Florida, Rick
and Brandy (Huff) Cofer and their children Emma and
Timothy of Rockledge, Florida.
William is presently employed by Elkins constructors in
L-R: Bill Huff, William Huff III, Michelle (McLean) Huff
and Jane (Gabriel) Huff.
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
The Smith brothers celebrated Nick Smith (BHS'72)
receiving his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) May 2001 from
the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) in the area of
School Psychology. His graduate training was in both clinical
and school psychology.
L-R: Andy Smith (BHS'76), Nick Smith (BHS'72) and
Myke Smith (BHS'70).
WAYNE WATKINS GRADUATE
Wayne Michael Watkins (BHS'95) graduated from the
University of Central Florida on December 14, 2001 with a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. A gradua-
tion celebration was held for Wayne at the home of his par-
ents, Janet and Norman Watkins in Merritt Island, FL.
Honors Wayne received while attending UCF include mem-
bership in Pi Tau Sigma; National Mechanical Engineering
Honor Fraternity; Golden Key National Honor Society;
National Dean's List; and President's Honor Roll.
Wayne has accepted a position as Engineer
Development Program trainee with Siemens-Westinghouse in
RETIREMENT SURPRISE PARTY
FOR HAROLD SORRELL
A "surprise" retirement party was held at the Club
Pheasant in West Sacramento for William Harold Sorrell
(BHS'56) for his 41 years of service with the California
Harold was honored with many Toasts and Tales and
Honors. One hundred and two persons attended this surprise
dinner, with the biggest surprise being the "out-of-town"
Canal Zone guests that traveled from all over the United
States to celebrate with Harold.
Wayne Michael Watkins
BARRS CELEBRATE 50TH
Pete and Betty Barr of Aiken, S.C., celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary June 22, 2001. Their children gave
them a surprise party at E-Jays Restaurant with family and
friends. Pete and Betty enjoyed it very much.
In other news, the Barrs report that on November 3,
2001, Peter James Jr. (Jim) and Joanne Cartwright were
married at Trinity United Methodist Church. Joanne is from
Long Island, N.Y. The Barrs are delighted to have her in their
The Zonians that attended were: Jim Selby (BHS'56),
Dave and Jane Hilliard (BHS'55), Ed Scott (BHS'56), Ann
Batchledor Richardson, Kenny Morris (BHS'57), Diane
Stables and Paul Backowski (BHS'56), Blanquita McNatt
and Paul Schield (BHS'54), Ann Keller and Jerry Daykin
(BHS'56), Don and Monica Wood, Nancy Green, Terri
Sorrell and Greg Sorrell.
Submitted by Ann Wood Suescum
To celebrate turning 50, we will be holding a Birthday
Bash (GULP!) at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando in July of 2002. We are looking to update our data-
base with snail mail and email addresses. Please contact us as
soon as possible.
1213 Valencia Lane
Auburndale, FL 33823
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
40 Rivershore Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
1st Vice President Bill McLaughlin, Kelly and Jim
Parthenais enjoying Carnavalito.
Mike Perry, Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore at
Tito Mouynes at Carnavalito 2002
Space coast Picnic October 2001
Back Row (L-R): Roger Dean, Bill Rogers,and Edna
Rogers. Front Row (L-R): Sonja Justice, Nancy Dean and
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FOR THE ANNUAL REUNION
Kimberly Jeanne Dunsmoor and John Francis
Moran, together with their families and friends, shared the J
joy of renewing their wedding vows on the 5th of May 2001,
at the Hacienda Beach Resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez
in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Kimberly is the daughter of Harriet Smith Dunsmoor
and Gary Dunsmoor, formerly of La Boca, Panama. John is
the son of William and Sandra Moran of Albany, Ga.
The bride was given by her father and her mother was
the matron of honor. John's father was the best man. The cer-
emony was conducted by Pastor Bruce True. Celebrating the Former Zonians at the Dunsmoor-Moran wedding. (L-R):
occasion was Kimberly's godmother Mildred Joyce. Joining Mildred Joyce, Tom Hanna, Jill and Pat Hutchings,
John in celebration were brothers Tom and Patrick and sis- Harriet Dunsmoor, Kim and John, Gary Dunsmoor and
ter Emily. Bruce True.
Christina Elyse Largay and Erick Steven Rhyne,
both of Homosassa, Fla., were united in marriage at 3:00 p.m.
on October 5, 2001, at the Citrus County Courthouse,
The bride is the daughter of Harry W. Largay of
Homosassa, Fla., and Bonnie K. Gilland of Ocala, Fla.
The groom is the son of Harvey G. (BHS'64) and Sonia
V. (Bowker) (BHS'63) Rhyne, Jr. of Vancouver, B.C., and
the grandson of Beatrice M. Rhyne (BHS'39) and the late
Harvey G. Rhyne, Sr., Kerrville, Texas.
John Francis Moran and Kimberly Jeanne Dunsmoor II
Kimberly is a 1996 graduate of Occidental College Erick Steven Rhyne and Christina Elyse Largay
with a bachelor's degree in Geology. She is employed with
the environmental consulting firm Clayton Group Services as
a Staff Geologist. John is a 1991 graduate of Mercer
University. He spent eight years in the U.S. Army as a flight
officer serving as a test pilot and overseas in Haiti and Korea.
He is presently employed with Cisco Systems as a Senior
Program Manager. The couple resides in Petaluma, Calif.
Valerie Bullard and John Harris (BHS'70) were mar-
ried on July 21, 2001, at John's home in Dothan, Alabama.
The Reverend David Powell from the Episcopal Church of
the Nativity performed the ceremony.
It was a beautiful garden wedding. Groomsmen were
Marshall Harris, Michael Harris (brothers of the groom),
and Paul Bueler (long-time friend). Bridesmaids were
Andrea, Cathy and Darsey Bullard, daughters of the bride.
John is the son of the late Jean and Gardner (Bud) Harris
of Dothan, formerly of Panama. A reception following the
ceremony was at the home of the newlyweds.
Lynn Alberta Stone and Scott Dale Kohr were united
in marriage on July 14, 2001, at Baker Memorial Chapel,
Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. Lynn, born in
the Canal Zone, is the daughter of Malcolm (CHS'55) and
Jean Stone of Hendersonville, N.C. Scott is the son of
Kenneth and Phyllis Kohr of Lebanon, Pa.
The reception was at Westminster Catering and
Conference Center. The newlyweds flew to Hawaii for their
honeymoon and are now residing in Westminster.
Lynn is a graduate of Balboa High School '84 and
Western Maryland College '88. She is a science teacher at
Francis Scott Key High School in Uniontown, Md., and is an
assistant women's soccer coach at Western Maryland College.
Scott also graduated from Western Maryland College and is a
math teacher at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, Md.
Lynn Alberta Stone and Scott Dale Kohr
Patricia McPherson and Jonathan Schueler were
united in marriage on August 10, 2001 in Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Patti is the daughter of Mary Lo (Dailey) Lang and the
stepdaughter of Peter Lang of Clearwater, Fla. She is a grad-
uate of BHS'79 and a graduate of Western Carolina
University with a Bsed in Speech Language Pathology. She is
currently working on her Master's Degree from Northern
Arizona State University in a summers-only program.
Patti is currently working for the public school system
in Fremont, Calif., where the Schuelers currently reside. Jon
is a sales representative for Alliance Bank Corp. in San
Patricia McPherson and Jonathan Schueler
Wynne Streeter (CHS'86) and Jim Steinbacher were
married October 6, 2001 barefoot on Waipouli Beach, Kauai,
Hawaii. Wynne is the daughter of Jack and Elaine Streeter
of Banks, Ore., and the sister of Tim Streeter (CHS'77) and
Tony Streeter (CHS'80).
A dinner hosted by the bride's parents for family and
friends followed the ceremony. The newlyweds honey-
mooned on Kauai and are now living near Portland, Ore.
Jim Steinbacher and Wynne Streeter
Rachel Carla Bottin and Eric William Grimison
exchanged marriage vows during a Nuptial Mass held August
18, 2001, in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park,
Fla. The Rev. Robert McDonnell C.S.C. presided over the
The bride is the daughter of Maria Lourdes Bottin, former
La Boca resident, now of Orlando, Fla. The bridegroom is the
son of Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla.,
also former residents of La Boca.
The bride was escorted to the altar by her maternal
grandfather Walter C. Bottin. Wedding Padrinos were Ana
and Robert Boyer, aunt and uncle of the bride. Alison
Vowell, childhood friend of the bride was maid of honor.
Serving as bridesmaids were Ericka Crisan, Adrianne
Holmes, Jennifer Jones and Amanda Moye. Cousins of the
bride Barbara and Madeline Boyer were junior brides-
maids. Flower girls were cousins of the bride Catherine and
Caitlynn Boyer and Gabriela Ocana, and nieces of the
bridegroom Shannon Fahy, and Carly and Chelsea
Grimison. Matthew Grimison served as his brother's best
man. Groomsmen were Daryl Fishbough, Steve Joyce,
Craig Orndorff and Steven Soto. Brandon Grimison,
nephew of the bridegroom, and Manuel Ocana, cousin of the
bride, were pages, and Tommy Grimison and Dylan
Pletcher, nephews of the bridegroom, served as ring bearers.
Rachel Carla Bottin and Eric William Grimison
Other attendants of the bridal couple included Buddy
Bottin, brother of the bride, Walter Bottin, Jr., uncle of the
bride, and Erin and Colleen Fahy, nieces of the bridegroom.
During the ceremony, scripture readings were presented
by Kathleen Bottin, aunt of the bride, Corinne Boyer,
cousin of the bride, and Richard Grimison, brother of the
bridegroom. Patrick Grimison, brother of the bridegroom
read the general intercessions. Aunts of the bride, Anna
Bingham, Corina Rodriguez and Hilda Vallarino, brought
up the gifts for the presentation of gifts. Aunt of the bride
Melva Bowman served as lay Eucharistic minister during
Music during the ceremony included the "Ave Maria"
sung by sister of the bridegroom Melinda Niemeyer, and the
"Wedding Song", sung by Melinda, and other sisters of the
bridegroom, Rebecca Pletcher, Christina Volonnino, and
Elizabeth Fahy as well as the aforementioned brothers of the
bridegroom, Richard, Patrick, and Matthew. Christina also
served as cantor for the ceremony.
After the ceremony, an exuberant reception, which
included cocktails, dinner and dancing, was held in the Grand
Ballroom of the Orlando Hilton at Altamonte Springs. Music
was provided by deejay David Smith, another former La
Boca resident. Among the many wedding guests were family
members and friends who are current or former residents of
After a honeymoon cruise, the couple settled into their
apartment in Orlando, Fla.
Krista Renee Wells and James Collins exchanged
marriage vows on June 30, 2001, amid the beauty of bloom-
ing hydrangeas by candlelight beneath an Italian marble
gazebo at the Atrium in Norcross, Ga. Prior to the service, the
bride's mother and the groom's mother lit special candles
from which the couple later lit their unity candle.
The wedding party included the bride's sister
Chandra Wells Rice and brother Michael Wells. The bride's
young cousins, Jessica, Nicole and Lauren Lebowitz, served
as flower girls and Steven Lebowitz was ringbearer.
Krista Renee Wells and James Collins
The bride is the daughter of Alan and Kathy
(Melanson) Wells, both graduates of Balboa High School.
Out-of-town guests included maternal grandparents,
Katherine Melanson and Ted Melanson, Nora Melanson,
Michele Melanson, Suzanne Melanson Counts, Fred and
Marion Wells (paternal grandparents), Fred Wells, Jr.,
Mary and Jamie Fealey, Polly Wells, Selwyn Orr, Lynn,
Susan and Katherine Orr, Carolyn and Michael Lebowitz.
The bride is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
The couple now resides in Flowery Branch, Ga., where the
groom is employed by Chevrolet Company.
William Bond Huff III (BHS'95) and Michelle Marie
McLean (BHS'98) celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony
on October 13, 2001 at Our Saviour's Catholic Church in
Cocoa Beach, Florida.
William is the son of Bill (CHS'63) and Jane (Gabriel)
Huff (CHS'70) of Merritt Island, Florida formerly from Los
Rios, grandson of the late Bill Huff, Sr. (CHS'39) and
Esther Huff of Panama and Phil and Betty Gabriel of
Pensacola, Florida formerly of France Field. Michelle is the
daughter of Tom McLean (CHS'68) of Panama and Judy
Fears (BHS'73) of Panama, granddaughter of Jack and
Virginia (McLean) Bartels of Stuart, Florida and George
and Jean Fears of Dothan, Alabama.
Ila Dawn (Crowell) Parker (BHS'55) and Dan
Gressang (BHS'54) exchanged wedding vows on January 1,
2002 in the Golden Chapel at the Flamingo Hotel in Las
Vegas. Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison and her husband,
Michael, were their attendants for the wedding.
Dawn and Dan Gressang
William Bond Huff III and Michelle Marie McLean
The maid of honor was Cathy Bates (BHS'96) with
Lauren McGuinness (BHS'96) and Jaime McLean, the
bride's sister as bridesmaids. The best man was Buddy
Bottin (BHS'95) with Wayne Watkins (BHS'95) and Sam
McGuinness (BHS'95) as groomsmen. Conin Herring
(BHS'96), Wally Bottin (BHS'95), Andy De La Guardia
(BHS'96) and Robert McGuinness (BHS'96) were the ush-
ers. Emma Rhiane Huff, the groom's niece, officiated as the
flower girl. Robert McGuinness, Conan Herring, and
Andy De La Guardia were the readers. Rick (BHS'88) and
Brandy (Huff) Cofer (BHS'90) and Cecil and Allison
(Huff) MacPherson (BHS'92) presented the gifts. Phil and
Betty Gabriel were Lay Eucharist Ministers.
A reception was held at The Pier in Cocoa Beach fol-
lowing the ceremony. Guests included many family and
friends of both the bride and groom from all across the United
States including many Zonians. Their reception was a tried
and true Canal Zone party!
William is presently employed with Elkins Constructors
in Jacksonville, Florida and Michelle is attending the
University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
Parents of the bride and groom are the late Ila and Dick
Crowell and Monica and Daniel Gressang, Jr., all formerly
of the Canal Zone. Pam Crowell (BHS'71), Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell (BHS'70) of Ormond Beach, Florida and
Richard Crowell, Jr of Georgia are sisters and brother of the
Kevin and Tracy Parker, Scott and Katrena Parker
of New Jersey are children of the bride. Daniel and Tish
Gressang in Maryland are children of the groom. Between
the bride and groom they have 6 grandchildren.
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L-R: Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison, Dawn Parker, Dan
Gressang and Michael Morrison.
Kimberley Holmes and Brandy Gerald Coffey were
united in marriage on December 28, 2001 on the MN Isla
Morada as it cruised the Fort Amador Causeway.
Kim is the daughter of Patricia (Ernest) Holmes
(CHS'63) and Adrian Holmes, of Panama; and granddaugh-
ter of the late Sam and Eve Ernest. Brandy is the son of
Karen (Coulter) and Billy Coffey (BHS'56) of Gorgona,
Panama; and grandson of the late Mirian (Waldau) and
William T. Coffey Sr.
Maid of honor was Kim's sister Adrianne Holmes
(CHS'91) of London. Best Man was Jeff Naum (BHS'91) of
Albrook, Panama. The reception, which followed the
onboard ceremony, included friends and family from
England, the United States, and Panama.
Kim and Brandy are now at home in Puerto Rico where
Brandy is employed as a Webmaster at Roosevelt Roads
L-R: Patricia Holmes, Adrian Holmes, Kim
Brandy Coffey, Karen Coffey, and Billy Coffey.
Nicholas Alexander Bonk-Harrison
Pete Bonk (BHS'84) and Cathy (Harrison) Bonk of
Tampa, FL, announce the birth of their first child, Nicholas
Alexander, born on October 16, 2001, in Tallahassee, FL,
weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz. Pete is the son of Phillip Bonk, Panama,
Rep. of Panama, and Jo Ann Bonk, of Tampa, FL. Maternal
grandparents are Ronald Harrison of Alabama and Jean
Harrison of Tampa, FL.
| Pete Bonk holding son Nicholas Alexander, with
Grandmother Jo Ann Bonk.
-,Jacob Alan Harrill
With great joy and thanks to the Lord, David and
Lisa P. (Moffitt) Harrill (BHS'89) announce the birth of
their first child, Jacob Alan. He was born September 10,
2001, at the Centro Medico Paitilla in the Republic of
David and Lisa P. Harrill and their new son Jacob Alan at
Rio Mar Beach, Panama.
Maternal grandparents are Coach David Moffitt of
Seattle, WA, Bunny (Witt) Frensley of Seattle, WA, and
John Frensley of Lake Park, FL, all formerly of Diablo,
Panama. Paternal grandparents are Hu and Sherril Harrill of
Charlotte, NC, formerly of Los Rios, Panama. David is the
Director and Lisa is the Guidance Counselor at Crossroads
Christian Academy in the Republic of Panama.
Emma Taylor Pitney
Jeffrey and Catherine Ahlberg Pitney of Quail Hill
announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Taylor Pitney.
She was welcomed on October 1, 2001, in Charlotte, NC, by
her maternal grandmother Susan Taylor Pitney (BHS'58)
and maternal great-grandmother Catsy Taylor Schafer.
Emma is Sue's sixth grandchild and Catsy's twelfth great-
CatsyTaylor Schafer holding Emma Taylor Pitney with
Susan Taylor Pitney.
Samantha Lauren LaPorta
D and Terry LaPorta of Boca Raton, Fla., are proud to
announce the birth of their daughter Samantha, born
October 1st, 2001.
Samantha is wearing a dress her parents bought in El
Valle and all are looking forward to returning to Panama to
visit their new cousin Lauren Dowell, daughter of Richard
and Loli Dowell of Albrook.
Graciela Angelina Bruno Oiler
The Oller-Bruno-Kohr family met in Deltona, Fla., for
the dedication of Graciela Angelina Bruno Oiler, five
months old, at the Northland Church, Longwood, Fla., on
November 18, 2001. Graciela is the daughter of Giovanni
Bruno and Itzel Oiler Bruno of Deltona, Fla.
Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler came from Panama and
Lili Oiler Kohr drove from Wrightsville, Pa., with her four
children. Husband Archie Kohr could not make the trip.
Back (L-R): Giovanni Bruno, Itzel Oiler Bruno holding
Garciela A. Bruno, Lili Oiler Kohr holding Maximus
Kohr, Elizabeth Oiler, Melvyn Oiler. Front (L-R):
Gabriella Kohr, Annalysa Longworth, Jonathan Kohr.
Gabriel Antonio Anibal MacPherson
Cecil and Allison (Huff) MacPherson (BHS'92)
announce the birth of their first child, Gabriel Antonio
Anibal MacPherson. He was born August 5, 2001.
D and Terry La Porta holding Samatha Lauren La Porta.
Gabriel, Allison (Huff) and Cecil MacPherson
His maternal grandparents are Bill and Jane (Gabriel)
Huff of Merritt Island, Fl. his paternal grandparents are
Cesar and Carmen MacPherson of Glendale, Az. Maternal
great-grandparents are Phil and Betty Gabriel and the late
Bill Huff Sr. and Esther Huff.
Paternal grandparents are Art (CHS'51) and Margie
Sherry of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Curundu, Panama. Maternal
grandparents are Don and AnneMarie Coon of Stuart, Fla.,
and Suzanne and Marshall Dennison of Jacksonville, Fla.
Robert Donald Vose
Tyler Jadon Egger
Robert B. Vose (CHS'88) and Dawn (Berg) Vose of
Pensacola, Fla., proudly announce the birth of their first
child, Robert Donald Vose, on August 15, 2001, weighing 8
pounds and measuring 20 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are Barbara M. (Hall) Vose
S (CHS'61) of Pensacola and the late Donald G. Vose.
Maternal grandparents are Richard and Sandra Berg of Gulf
S Breeze, Fla. Paternal great-grandparents are Lucille M.
(Lyew) Hall (CHS'36) of Riviera Beach, Fla., and the late
Julian B. Hall. Maternal great-grandparents are the late
George and Marie Berg.
Four generations of Eggers: (L-R) Father, Christopher
Egger, great-grandfather, George Egger holding great
grandson, Tyler Jadon Egger, and grandfather, Eddie
Justin Michael Sherry
Mark (BHS'88) and Michelle Sherry of Tampa, Fla.,
announce the birth of their son Justin Michael Sherry on
November 3, 2001. He joins older brother, Ryan, born on
July 4, 2000, in celebrating both the United States and
Panamanian Independence Days as their birthdays.
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Robert and Dawn Vose with Robert Donald Vose.
Shannon Lee Snider
Jim and Mary Snider and daughter Kerry Ann
announce the birth of their new daughter and sister, Shannon
Lee Snider, born on October 3, 2001.
L-R: Michelle Sherry holding Justin Michael and Mark Kathy Snider with newest granddaughter Shannon Lee
Sherry holding Ryan. Snider.
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WITH DEEP SORROW
Eric Adema, 64, of Kerrville,Texas, passed away
November 9, 2001, at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital. He
was born Nov. 28, 1936, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. At
age 10, his family moved to Venezuela and then to El
He was graduated from Windsor Mt. High School,
Lennox, Mass., and State University of New York Maritime
College, Ft. Schuyler, N.Y. He then joined the Naval Reserve
while teaching Spanish and astronomy at Windsor Mt. until
he became a U.S. citizen and was able to enlist as a U.S.
After serving as second mate on a naval supply ship, he
was stationed in Panama in 1964. While there, he was sepa-
rated from the Navy and was employed as a shipping agent
for Panama Agencies. He later went to work for the Panama
Canal Company as director for the Water Transportation
Division, as well as managing the company ship, the SS
Cristobal. In 1979, he joined the tugboat force where he was
a tug captain until his retirement to Kerrville in 1996.
Surviving him are his dear wife, Carol of Kerrville; son,
Jeffrey of Boca Raton, Fla., son, Andrew of Scottsdale, Ariz.;
daughter, Carolyn, a student at Texas Lutheran University;
grandson, Walker, also of Scottsdale; and sister, Jake Adema
de Siri of San Salvador, El Salvador. He was preceded in
death by an infant daughter, Stephanie.
DeWitt Clinton Armstrong III, 80, an Army brigadier
general who commanded tanks in Europe during World War
II and helicopter units during the Vietnam War, died Nov. 18
at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia after a stroke.
Gen. Armstrong retired from the Army in 1973 after
two years as the commander of Fort Devens, Mass. He had
served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 and in 1965 and 1966.
Upon his military retirement, he settled in Alexandria and
taught in the master's and doctoral programs of Florida-based
Nova University. He also was a consultant for the National
Academy of Public Administration.
He was born in Amador in the Panama Canal Zone and
grew up on various military bases, including the Philippines
and West Point. His family moved to Arlington during his
teenage years, and he graduated from Washington-Lee High
School. In January 1943, he graduated from West Point.
He attended the Command and General Staff College
and received master's degrees in political science and public
administration and a doctorate in international relations from
Gen. Armstrong had served on the vestry of
Alexandria's Emmanuel Episcopal Church and been a volun-
teer at Meals on Wheels. He was also a member of the Army
Navy Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Kate J.
Armstrong of Alexandria; two children, Kate Ellen
Armstrong of Alexandria and DeWitt Clinton Armstrong IV
of Miami; and a granddaughter.
L. LeRoy Barfield, 89, died 17 January 2001 in Warner
Robins, Ga. His home was in Clermont, Fla. LeRoy was the
son of Marshall Jackson Barfield and Victoria Lynch
Barfield. He was born in West Lake, Fla. He graduated from
Ft. Myers High School, Class of '31. He married Doris
Imogene Leitner in 1934 in Naples, Fla. They lived in Slater
until June 1940 when they left for the Panama Canal Zone.
LeRoy worked on the Panama Railroad as an Engineer,
moved to the Locks Division as a heavy equipment and tow-
ing operator, and retired as a Dispatcher for the Panama
Railroad Division. He lived in the Panama Canal Zone for 31
Upon retirement, LeRoy and his wife Doris moved to
Clermont. LeRoy was a Master Mason and a life member of
Sojourners Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts;
LeRoy was a DeMolay Advisor in Panama and Clermont, and
a Rainbow Advisor in Panama. He was an Honorary Member
of Masonic Lodge #226 in Clermont, a life member of
Scottish Rite Bodies of Masonry in Panama, and a life mem-
ber of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in Panama; a member of the
Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 118 in Clermont, and a life
member of the Elks Lodge in Panama.
LeRoy is survived by his son and daughter-in-law,
Lionel L. Jr. and Marisue J. Barfield of Warner Robins, Ga.;
his daughter and son-in-law Susan B. and Raymond G. Greer
of Monroe, La.; three granddaughters; two grandson; three
great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons; three sisters,
Bernese Davis of Ft. Myers, Agnes Harty of Mobile, Ala. and
Eunice Bremner of Ft. Myers; and special friend Lucille
Abernathy of Clearwater.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his wife of almost 58
years, Doris Leitner Barfield, their daughter Sarah Barfield
Cohen and his grandson Michael Lawrence Barfield. "POP"
is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews as well
as their children and grandchildren.
William Dennis Barton, 85, of Rainbow Lakes Estates,
Dunnellon, Fl, died December 6, 2001. A native of Hot
Springs, Arkansas, he owned a business in Panama and
Barton Enterprises of Danville, Ca.
He is survived by his wife Barbara (Kelly) Barton of
Dunnellon, Fl., sons; William D. Barton, Jr., Sierra Vista,
Az, Colonel J. Barton, Vancouver, Wa., stepsons; Richard G.
Kelly, Coral Springs, Fl., and Larry J. Kelly, Sanford, Fl.,
daughters; Barbara Lane, Suisun City, Ca., and Ginger
Barton, Castro Valley, Ca., five grandchildren and four
Claude Bauchman, 83, passed away February 5, 2001.
Mr. Bauchman was born in Sunberry, Pa., on August 8, 1918
to the late Harold Bauchman and Hazel Garman Bauchman.
Upon completion of high school he entered the US Army
where he was sent to the Panama Canal Zone. He met Sofia
Olave and married her in 1938. After discharge from the US
Army, he went to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers
in the Real Property Division. Claude raised his family in the
Canal Zone and resided there for 37 years. He and Sofia
retired to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1966 until 1993, when he
moved to Birmingham where he lived until his death.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Sofia Bauchman
of Homewood, daughters, Florence (Bill) Landsman of
Melbourne, Fla., Nury (Dabney) McGaughy of Homewood
and Sandy (Don) Knight of Sedona, Ariz., nine grandchil-
dren, seven great grandchildren and many other family and
Sofia Olave Bauchman, 88, passed away June 8, 2001
at a local hospital.
Sofia was born in David, Panama on June 5, 1909, to the
late Vincente and Brijida Olave. Upon graduation from
Panama University School of Nursing, she worked at Santo
Tomas Hospital, Panama City, Panama. She met Claude
Bauchman and married him in 1938. She and Claude raised
their family in the Canal Zone and resided there 37 years. She
and Claude retired to Fort Lauderdale in 1966 until 1993
when they moved to Birmingham where she lived until her
Survivors include daughters, Florence (Bill) Landsman
of Melbourne, Fla., Nury (Dabney) McGaughy of
Homewood and Sandy (Don) Knight of Sedona, Ariz., nine
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many other
family and friends.
Eugene L. Buonviri, 72, of Dothan, Ala., died
November 17, 2001. Mr. Buonviri was born in Washington,
D.C. on Nov. 19, 1928. Mr. Buonviri retired after 30 years
with the Panama Canal Company in the Panama Canal Zone.
He was a member of Saint Columba Catholic Church,
Dothan. Mr. Buonviri helped organize the Alzheimer's
Research Center in Dothan and served as a support group
facilitator for eight years. He was also an active member of
the Shrine Club, Elks Club, American Legion, and the V.F.W.
He was predeceased in death by his wife, Stella Gilbert
Buonviri. Survivors include two sons, Joseph Buonviri and
wife (Briseida), Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; and Eugene L.
Buonviri, Jr., wife (Patricia), Bumpass, Va.; one daughter,
Denise Jackson and husband (Forrest), Harlington, Texas; a
special friend, Molly Utsey (best buddy); four grandchildren,
Christina Buonviri, Benjamin Buonviri, Nicole Buonviri, and
Nathalia Monday; one step-son, Michael Wilkerson, Dothan;
three step-daughters, Mitzi Kuntz, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mona
O'Connor, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Molly Sellers, Columbia;
one brother, Herbert Buonviri, Washington, D.C.; and three
sisters, Nancy Mancuso, Gloria Curry, and Amelia Coleman,
all of Washington, D.C.
Captain John Burkett, 87, of Orlando, Fla., died
November 29, 2001, at home. He was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone on October 20, 1914.
He started working with the Dredging Division in 1934
as a water boy on the silver roll and retired in 1972 as Master
of the Dredge Mindi.
He is survived by his wife Edna, a nephew Albert and
his wife Dee; a grandnephew, Albert 2nd; his stepchildren
Ralph Leathers, Cecy Adams and Cathy Pesteshi; and two
grandchildren, Frank and Tabatha Casner.
George Leslie Chapel, 66, of Apalachicola, Fla., died
November 18, 2001, at the Tallahassee Community Hospital
due to emphysema and a heart attack. He had been coping
with the lingering lung disease for the last 6-8 years.
George spent the years 1938 to about 1952 in the
Panama Canal Zone where his father and uncle had worked
as engineers. He attended Balboa High School and would
have graduated with the class of 1953. He finished high
school in Marietta, Ohio, in 1953.
Mr. Chapel was a graduate of the University of the
South, Sewanee, Tenn. (1958) and attended Vanderbilt
University and American University in later years. He was a
member of the Masons from 1966, and Omicron Delta
Kappa, the leadership fraternity during college. He was also
a member of the Kappa Sigma social fraternity in college.
He attended Officer Candidate School at Newport, R.I.,
in 1958 prior to receiving a commission in the U.S. Naval
Reserve. He served on the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier,
as Intelligence Officer for three years (1961-1964) and in a
variety of other posts at Pearl Harbor, Naval Air Station,
Alameda and Jacksonville, Fla., and by 1965, in the U. S.
Department of State as an Analyst.
Mr. Chapel was very active in Franklin County civic
affairs, having served on the Franklin County aquaculture
project, as President of the Apalachicola Area Chamber of
Commerce, President of the Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, founder of the Ilse Newell Concert Series and
Chairperson of the United Way. He was also active in the
Trust for Historic Preservation at the state level.
Dorothy Phyllis Chase, 84, died October 31, 2001, at
Parkview Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg, Miss., of
pneumonia. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in
New Jersey. Before coming to the Canal Zone, she was a pro-
fessional ballet dancer and Radio City Hall Rockette.
In 1940 she went to the Canal Zone and married Henry
J. (Jack) Chase. She worked a short time for the Navy before
opening her dance studio in 1950. She taught dancing for 21
years, retiring to Winter Haven, Fla., in 1971. In 1993 she and
her husband moved to Vicksburg, Miss. She was a life mem-
ber of Dance Masters of America.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Jack in
1996. She is survived by her brother, John O. Hallbergh of
Greenville, S.C.; her son, Alfred W. Chase (BHS'63), daugh-
ter-in-law Rita Alvarado, and granddaughter Beryl of Merritt
Island, Fla.; daughter Phyllis Chase Birchett (BHS'65), son-
in-law Tommy Birchett of Vicksburg, Miss., and grandson
Mark of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
Mary Glen Conklin, of Fayetteville died Dec. 29,
2001, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born in Gulfport,
Miss., to Curtis and Mary Booth Russ. She was retired from
the United States Civil Service Commission where she
worked as an elementary school teacher in the Panama Canal
Zone. She later worked as a substitute school teacher for the
Springdale Public Schools. She was a volunteer for the
Springdale Medical Center Auxiliary for many years and also
belonged to the Panama Canal Zone Association of Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Conklin
Jr., in 1988.
Survivors include one son, Joseph Taylor Conklin of
West Jordan, Utah; one daughter, Bonnie McClish of Rogers;
one grandchild, three great-grandchildren.
Curtis L. Coate, 85, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died
September 12, 2001, just 2-1/2 weeks short of his 86th birth-
day. A native of Westerville, Ohio, he served three years in
the U.S. Army Signal Corps. During that time he saw the
Hindenberg explode. He was discharged in February 1940.
He was an electrician in construction work when he accepted
a job with the Panama Canal Company's Electrical Division,
moving his family to New Cristobal in May 1951. A year
later he transferred to the Locks Division and the family
moved to Gatun. He was a long-time active member of the
I.B.E.W., serving in various capacities. He was instrumental
in establishing the first nurse's union in the Canal Zone. A
lifetime member of the Knights of Pythias, he served as
Chancellor Commander in 1950. He was a life-time member
of B.P.O.E. Lodge 1542 (Cristobal, CZ) and Lodge 1873
In 1977 he retired as Lockmaster, Gatun Locks, and
moved with his beloved wife Margaret to Kissimmee, Fla. In
retirement they enjoyed their hobbies of needlepoint and
cross stitch and his hooked rugs. Many of their works were
donated to charities as raffle items for fundraisers.
Curtis was preceded in death by his wife Margaret (Nov.
1987) and his second wife, Elizabeth Bradney Coate (June
1998) of Westerville, Ohio. He is survived by son, Randy
Coate (CHS'61) and daughter-in-law Pat Coate of
Reynoldsburg, Ohio; a daughter, Karen Mowery (CHS'59) of
Columbus, Ohio; and two grandchildren, a step-granddaugh-
ter, and one great-granddaughter.
Page Shelton Craig died in Muscle Shoals, Ala., on
November 9, 2001, after a short battle with cancer at the age
Mrs. Craig was born in Portsmouth, Va., and was reared
principally in Virginia and Florida. She traveled to the Canal
Zone in 1942 to work as a payroll clerk. She soon married
James E. Craig and quit her job to begin a family. In 1962
Mrs. Craig began working in libraries on Ft. Kobbe and Ft.
Clayton, later transferring to the Balboa Library. She lived in
several Canal Zone communities and military bases on both
the Atlantic and Pacific sides. She and her husband enjoyed
boating and, in later years, visiting their home in the interior
of Panama. In 1973 they retired to Tuscumbia, Ala. She was
an enthusiastic patron of the arts throughout her life, passing
along her love of music, ballet and art to her children and
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James
Craig, son and daughter-in-law Jon and Lorraine Craig,
Muscle Shoals, Ala.; daughter and son-in-law Paula Craig-
Gordon and Leigh Gordon, Goochland, Va.; daughter and
son-in-law Kristin and Gerry Risberg, New Orleans, La.; sis-
ter Perry S. Gordon, Heathville, Va.; five grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
Louisa Bacon Duffus, 76, of North Bonneville, Wash.,
died October 31, 2001. Louisa Mae Bacon was born on July
20, 1925, in Mercer, Maine. She grew up traveling around the
northeast as her father, James Bacon, was involved in high-
way construction work. She was a graduate of the University
of Maine and married Jim Duffus in 1947. Together they
moved their three children to Rodman in the Panama Canal
Zone in 1957. They later moved to Gamboa where they raised
their children. Louisa taught elementary school at Ft. Clayton
and Curundu, but spent most of her teaching career at the
Gamboa Elementary School teaching 2nd grade. The hun-
dreds of children she taught over her long career will always
remember her with fondness as the teacher who taught them
She was active in the Gamboa Union Church and
enjoyed traveling to the interior of Panama. She retired from
teaching and Jim retired from the Electrical Division in 1981.
They then moved back to Maine and lived in the house where
they were married. After her mother, Gladys Chaplain Bacon,
passed away in 1983, she and Jim moved west and settled in
North Bonneville, Wash., in 1985. She was active in the
North Bonneville Community Church's Christian Missionary
Fellowship and worked regularly with the Skamania County
She and Jim enjoyed numerous trips across the United
States driving and camping. Along with her husband and best
friend for 54 years, they traveled extensively in the United
States, Central America and Canada. Her final resting place
is a small family cemetery in Mercer, Maine.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Duffus; daughter,
Inez Plucker of Eugene, Ore.; son, Bill Duffus of Raymond,
Maine; and son, Jim Duffus of North Bonneville, Wash.; six
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ida Isabel Clement Dugas, 78, a resident of Dothan,
Alabama, died early Thursday morning, November 1, 2001.
Mrs. Dugas was born in the Republic of Panama and lived in
the Canal Zone before moving to Dothan in 1981. She was
employed with the U.S. Army Logistics Support Services as
an executive secretary for many years. Mrs. Dugas was a
member of Saint Columba Catholic Church and was an active
volunteer with Catholic Social Services.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph
Dugas, Sr. Survivors include her children, Linette Humbracht
of New Baden, Ill., Leslie Firth of Danville, Calif., Ralph
Dugas, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Leanna Pennington of
Dothan; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
Herbert O. Engelke, 93, known as "Herbie" and
"H.O.", died on January 8, 2002. He retired from the Panama
Canal Co. after 37 years with the U.S. government, and
moved to Bentonville in 1964. Herbie was a 32nd-degree
Mason, Shriner, a member of the Eastern Star and Springfield
Lions Hi-12 club and was named Man of the Year in 1987,
Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas, Margarita
Recreation Association, Masonic Sponsor and Demolay Dad.
He did volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and Cox South
Hospital, Springfield. He enjoyed swimming, gardening and
serving others in many capacities. Herbie was a lifelong and
active member of the Episcopal Churches in the Canal Zone,
Rogers and Springfield.
Grandpa, or PeePaw Kee, as he was fondly called by his
grandchildren, will be remembered as a happy and loving
husband, father and grandfather. In spite of being disabled by
a stroke 13 years ago, he continued to always smile and be an
example of positivity, acceptance and kindness. Although
unable to speak, due to his stroke, he continued to express his
love for family and friends.
He is survived by daughter, Rita Grammar and her hus-
band Harold of Siloam Springs; daughter, Molly Williford of
Dade City, Fla.; son, Herbert Engelke and his wife, Judy, of
Rogers; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters;
numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Mr. Engelke was pre-deceased by his wife of 32 years,
Alice; and Willa, wife of 19 years; as well as seven brothers,
three sisters and son-in-law, Bobbie Williford.
Ruth Shrimpton Foster, 98, a resident of Wesley
Manor in Dothan, Alabama, passed away October 24, 2001.
Mrs. Foster was bor in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and lived the
early years of her life there. She moved with her parents to
Pedro Miguel, Panama where her father was engaged in the
building of the Panama Canal. She later married Charles E.
Foster and lived in Seneca Falls, N.Y., for several years. Mrs.
Foster lived in Pensacola, Fla., for several years before mov-
ing to Dothan in 1975. She was a member of Warrington
Methodist Church in Pensacola.
Survivors include a son, Douglas H. Foster, Orlando,
Fla.; two grandchildren, Carl Douglas Foster, Pensacola, Fla.,
and Bruce Schubert Foster, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Maj. Gerald "Gerry" Graham, USAF Ret., 77, of
Palm Harbor, Fla., died December 15, 2001, as a result of an
auto accident. He was born in Spring Lake, N.J., and went
with his family to the Canal Zone where he graduated from
Balboa High School in 1942.
He was also a loyal member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida from 1974 until 1981. He was an Air Force
fighter pilot and left his last assignment from North Bay,
Canada with over twenty years of service. He was awarded
many decorations after missions over Korea and during
WWII, while with the 455th Bomb Group, which included
the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and five Air
Medals. He attended Espiritu Santos Catholic Church in
Safety Harbor, and was a life member of the US Air Force
Pilot's Association, the Quiet Birdmen Association, Retired
Officers Association and the Order of the Daedalians.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Graham, of Palm
Harbor; five sons, Gerald "Sandy" Graham, of Orlando; Lt.
Cmdr (Ret) E. Lee Graham, USN, of Great Mills, Md.; Col.
J. Scott Graham, USAF, of Montgomery, Ala.; Kevin
D'Amico, Clearwater police officer, of Oldsmar, Fla.; Brian
D'Amico, Deputy Sheriff, Pinellas County, and twelve grand-
children. Burial was held with full military honors at Bay
Pines National Cemetery.
L.F. "Bud" Hallett, Jr., resident of Shreveport, La.,
passed away November 11, 2001. Bud was born in Balboa,
Panama Canal Zone on October 2, 1919 and was a 1939 grad-
uate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, W.Va. He
was a Captain in the U.S. Army, serving as Paymaster and
Army Post Engineer during WWII.
He served as Lay Advisor to the Order of the Arrow and
received the Silver Beaver, Wood Badge and other awards
recognizing over 50 years of service to the Boy Scouts of
America. He was one of the first in Norwela Council to
receive the Founder's Award.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, son-in-
law Joe Rudd, and grandsons, James Routt and Jay Rudd. He
is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Ann Hughens
Hallett, and their children, Carol Hallett Rudd of Sherwood,
Ark., L.F. "Buddy" Hallett, III of Shreveport, Amy Hallett of
Houston, Texas, and Walter C. Hallett, Sr. and his wife Sanya
Hallett of Bossier City, five grandchildren and fourteen great-
Leon D. Herring, 69, died suddenly on December 4,
2001. Leon was bor in Philadelphia, Pa. to the late Bernice
and Bessie (Daughtry) Herring. He grew up in Gamboa,
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1952.
He was the Director of the Physical Plant at Towson
State University, Towson, Md., and at the University of
Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville, Md., before retiring
in 1993 and moving to Salemburg, N.C.
Charlotte Herring of Salemburg survives her husband as
do his daughter, Sandra Lee Herring of Wilmington, N.C., a
stepson, John Benton of Baltimore, Md., a granddaughter
Leighann Herring Wessells of Wilmington, N.C., his sister
Joyce Stewart of Charlotte, N.C., and a brother, Bemice
Herring of Huntersville, N.C.
Lorna Stone Hopper, 66, of Arlington, Va., died on
December 12, 2001. Although she was bor in Pasadena,
Calif., she was a fourth generation Zonian and graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1953. She was a Christian
She is survived by her husband, John; a daughter,
Emily; a son, John Neville; two brothers, Malcolm Stone and
Kenneth Stone; and two grandchildren.
Kenneth McKay Jorgensen, 78, died on January 20,
2002 after a brief illness. Born in Ancon, Panama, he moved
to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1980 from the Panama Canal
Zone, where he was a meteorologist with the U.S.
Government for 31 years. He was an Air Force veteran of the
Berlin Airlift. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society, vice commodore Balboa Canal Zone Yacht Club, a
licensed pilot for a multi-engine aircraft and an avid boat
builder. He owned Hanger One at Albert Whitted Airport for
Survivors include a sister, Shirley J. Magie, of St.
Juanita Mae Borgis Karst, 72, of Gulfport, Fla., died
November 19, 2001. She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and
moved to Gulfport in 1996 from Houston. Her family was the
first to live in the newly constructed town site of Margarita in
the Panama Canal Zone. She worked for the U.S.
Government Accounting Office in the Republic of Panama
and retired from the GAO in Dallas. She helped establish jun-
ior bowling in the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include a daughter, Maxine Karst Ruegger,
Zurich, Switzerland; a son, Paul E., Englewood, Fla.; and
four grandchildren, Maxim Ruegger and Alexine Ruegger,
both of Zurich, and Paul S. Karst and Kelly Karst, both of
Capt. Lloyd (Doc) M. Kent, 78, of Boca Raton, Fla.,
passed away on December 12, 2001. He was born and raised
in Pedro Miguel, and was a resident of Gamboa for 22 years.
Captain Kent served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Upon his return to the Canal Zone from the Pacific, he was
employed by the Panama Canal Company, spending 22 years
as a highly respected Dredging Division Pilot -Towboat
Master. He retired to Boca Raton in 1980 and was blessed to
return to his homeland of Panama for lengthy visits with his
eldest daughter, every year.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jo Anne
Hatchett Kent and his three devoted daughters, Llori Kent
Gibson of Gamboa, Panama; Kerry L. Kent Young of
Orlando, Fla and Bonny K. Kent of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Beloved grandfather of Brandon Lee Gibson, Kristan Lloyd
Gibson, Michelle Young Adorno-Rivera, Reanne Young and
Cassie Young. Proud great grandfather of Cameron Sucec,
Alexi Sucec, Jeremiah Adorno-Rivera and Kailee Noel
Gibson. He also leaves behind his sister Patsy Kent Wanke of
San Jose, Ca., and many treasured friendships.
Etta V. Leisy passed away in Bryan, Texas, following a
short illness at the age of 97. Mrs. Leisy was born in a small
Lincoln County, gold mining town, Jicarilla, in the Territory
of New Mexico, eight years prior to statehood. She attended
ten different schools through the eighth grade, often having to
help teach the younger children. Etta graduated from Roswell
High School in 1923 and Eastern Colorado State University.
She taught school and coached in Arapahoe and Valdez,
Colo., where she met her future husband, Henry T. Leisy,
from Wisner, Neb., who was also coaching in the area. They
were married in 1929 and departed soon after to the Panama
Canal Zone where she taught fourth grade at Cocoli and
Ancon Schools for twelve years. She loved teaching and sev-
eral of her former students continued to correspond with her.
The family lived in Balboa, Pedro Miguel and Diablo during
their 29-year venture to the Canal Zone.
Following their retirement to Albuquerque, N.M., in
1958, Etta continued to teach, commuting as far as 50 miles
to various Pueblo Indian Schools in the surrounding area.
Her hobbies were reading, cooking, sports, traveling
and people. She used to say, "she followed her grandkids."
She loved being a part of their "growing up". Being around
family and friends were what made her the happiest and vis-
itors were always rewarded with a bright inner spirit that kept
her perennially optimistic about life even through her illness.
Etta was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years
who passed away in 1990. Mrs. Leisy is survived by a large
family that includes sons and daughters-in-law Henry Joe and
Lutie Leisy of Millbrook, Ala., Robert and Delores Leisy of
Key West, Fla., and Ralph and Rita Leisy of College Station,
Texas She is also survived by three of her sisters, Dorothy
Dye and Arlene Mensing, both of Roswell, N.M., and
Florence Reynolds of Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchil-
dren; seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and
Robert Walker Lowry, 89, died July 4, 2001. Robert
was born March 14, 1912, in Windsor, Colo., to Fred and
Maude Lowry. In Lovell, Robert met the love of his life,
Montana. They were married May 16, 1931, and remained
devoted to each other for 70 years. Robert graduated from
New Mexico A&M in Las Cruces with a degree in mechani-
He always had an adventurous spirit and was delighted
when he landed a job with the government in the Canal Zone
in Panama. He was an engineer with the dredging division
1937-52. From 1952 until he retired he worked as a consult-
ing engineer on dredging jobs in Canada, Israel, Venezuela
and Australia. He loved to travel and he and Montana once
sailed around the world on a Norwegian freighter for six
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth
Brush of Billings and brother Jack of Worland. He is survived
by his wife Montana, daughters Dolores (Bob) Snyder and
Ocean (Joe) Lowry, both of Albuquerque, N.M., five grand-
children and five great-grandchildren.
Theodore Patrick McGann, 81, of Orlando, Fla., died
Friday, December 14, 2001 in his home under the loving care
of his family and the assistance of hospice.
Mr. McGann was born on March 17, 1920 in Colon, Republic
of Panama. He lived his life on the Isthmus until moving to
Florida in 1983, when he retired with 43 years service as a
Federal Government Employee with the U.S. Navy.
A Navy Veteran, he belonged to many organizations
including: NARFE, AARP, the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, the Elks Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the
Society of American Military Engineers, United Association
of Journeymen Plumbing and the Refrigeration Service
He was buried with military honors at Florida National
Cemetery and is survived by his wife, Alice and children:
Carolyn Russell (Laurel, Md.), Teresa Spraker (Irvine,
Calif.), Theodore C. McGann (Burke, Va.), Patricia Martin
(Oak Ridge, Tenn.), Mary-Ellen Thomas (Anchorage,
Alaska), William McGann (Hanau, Germany) and sisters:
Rosemary Fliegal, Cecelia Menamin, Ellen McGann (Long
Island, N.Y.), Dorothy Dorn (Calif), and ten grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Antonio "Tony" Prenzlau, 67, of St. Joseph, Mo., died
October 21, 2001, at home. He was born in Panama and grad-
uated from Cristobal High School in 1955. He served in the
U.S. Army and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1978 with 23
years of service.
Tony served two tours in Vietnam, and several overseas
duties in Germany and stateside. He served as a Drill
Sergeant, Green Beret, Special Forces and Army Advisor for
St. Joseph, Mo. He was honored with distinction with service
awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze
Star, and two Army Commendation Medals for service in
Vietnam. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, he was
employed with the U.S. Postal Service for 18 years, until his
retirement in 1996. He was a member of the American
Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Association of the
United States Army, Pony Express Post #359, and the St.
Tony is survived by his wife Barbara; three daughters,
Dianna R. Pinion of St. Joseph, Mo.; Anita Prenzlau of San
Clemente, Calif.; and Marta Prenzlau of Summer, Wash.; a
son Antonio R. Prenzlau of Puyallup, Wash., and four grand-
children. Internment was at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in
St. Joseph, Mo., with military services under the auspices of
the United States Army.
Juan Rafael Reyes, 80, passed away on August 3,
2001, at San Fernando Hospital in Panama. Rafael was born
on October 31, 1920 in Panama having just missed being
born on the high seas as that year his parents and three of his
siblings were aboard a ship headed from Puerto Rico to
Rafael attended schools in Panama and the Canal Zone,
graduating from Balboa High School in 1942. He then
worked for the Panama Canal as a signaler at Sosa Hill assist-
ing ships traversing the Panama Canal. During World War II
he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in
Quarry Heights, Canal Zone as a military policeman. He also
served as an interpreter and intermediary for the U.S. Army
in matters concerning military personnel and the Panamanian
authorities. He remained in the military for ten years and then
worked in the U.S. Civil Service in the Canal Zone until he
Rafael was a star athlete in the Canal Zone and Panama.
He played basketball and baseball and was offered an athlet-
ic scholarship to Notre Dame University and was scouted for
the big leagues for baseball. He declined both and decided to
stay in Panama with his family and friends.
Rafael had three brothers and four sisters and was pre-
deceased by two of his brothers, Ramon, Jr. and Tommy. He
is survived by his brother, Victor M. Reyes, Florida; four sis-
ters, Dolores Reyes and Judy Reyes Van Horn, Colorado; Bea
Reyes Gunn, California, and Nira Reyes Johnson, Wisconsin;
two sons, Rafael Reyes, Panama, Dr. Ricardo Reyes, Florida,
and his daughter, Lisi Reyes Cave, California; and five grand-
Robert "Bob" Theodore Russell, 88, of Pensacola,
Fla., passed away on Monday, December 17, 2001. Mr.
Russell was a native of Tennessee and went to the Canal Zone
during World War II and remained there after the war as a
civilian until his retirement from the Logistical Support
Command, USARSO, Department of the Army in 1973. He
had thirty years service upon retirement.
Bob maintained memberships in various Masonic
Organizations, i.e., Ancon Lodge, AF&AM; Scottish Rite of
Free Masonry, S.J., Valley of Balboa and Orient of the
Panama Canal; Abou Saad Shrine Temple and Panama Canal
Court No. 18, Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member
of Elks Lodge 1414. Bob was a Past Potentate of Abou Saad
Temple (1956), a Past Director of Panama Canal Court No.
18 (1961) and an associate member of Hadji Shrine Temple
of Pensacola, Fla.
Bob was buried next to his wife, Frances, who prede-
ceased him in 1983. He is survived by his son and daughter-
in-law, Robert T. Russell, Jr. and Cheryl, of Sun City Center,
Ronald Owen, 87, of Scituate, Mass., died on
November 5, 2001, at the Cohasset Knoll Nursing Home. He
was born in Wallasey, England, of a seafaring family. His
father was a master mariner and his grandfather a bar pilot in
Liverpool. He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps but
was prevented due to his less-than-perfect eyesight.
In 1936, he had the opportunity to go to the Panama
Canal to work for a steamship agency, C. Fernie & Co. He
signed up for a 3-year commitment but ended making it a life-
time commitment. His fiancee, Florence Cussons, also of
Wallasey, sailed to New York in 1939 where they were reunit-
ed after a 3-year separation and were married in the Little
Church Around the Corner in Manhattan. They settled on the
Atlantic side of the Canal Zone where he worked first as a
shipping agent and then finally as the president and CEO of
C. Fernie & Co. In 1976, he retired and moved to Scituate to
be near his two daughters and their children.
He was a retired member of the Rotary Club of
Cristobal, Colon, Panama, as well as a former member of the
Rotary Club of Scituate. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of
Rotary International. He was also an avid golfer and was a
member of the Brazos Brooks Country Club as well as a cou-
ple of country clubs in Scituate.
He is survived by his wife, Florence (Cussons) Owen;
two daughters, Jean (Owen) Young of Massachusetts and
Rene (Owen) Seaton of Oregon; two sons, David Owen of
England and Philip Owen of Canada; six grandchildren and
William Hazen (Bill) Sherlock, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.,
age 79, of Dothan, Ala., died November 6, 2001, at his home
after an extended illness. Mr. Sherlock was born in Ft.
Monroe, Va., however, he grew up in the Panama Canal Zone.
He graduated from Balboa High School in 1940 and from
Canal Zone Junior College in 1942. Mr. Sherlock enlisted in
the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and retired in 1972 with the
rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a veteran of World War II, the
Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Conflict.
Upon retirement from the military at Maxwell AFB,
Montgomery, he completed his Masters Degree in Education
from Troy State University in Montgomery. He moved to
Dothan in 1972 where he was employed by Wallace
Community College as Technical Dean.
Mr. Sherlock was a member of the First Baptist Church
of Dothan and the Matthews-Sanders Sunday School Class,
who served as honorary pallbearers. He was also a member of
the Retired Military Officer's Association.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances Wallace Sherlock,
Dothan, Ala; a daughter, Tomi Sherlock Reaves, Dothan, Ala;
three sons, William Hazen Sherlock, Jr. and his wife,
Montgomery, Ala; James Earl Sherlock, Montgomery, Ala;
Ike Wallace Sherlock and his wife, Auburn, Ala; four grand-
children; and two great-grandchildren.
Dudley J. Smith (USAF retired), died on April 9, 2001
in Tampa Florida. He was born in Coco Solo, July 6th 1934.
He lived on the Atlantic Side until he joined the United States
Air Force were he served honorably for over 22 years. He
retired to Florida in February 1987. His father worked on the
canal, as a crane, operator.
Surviving him are his children, Rena A. Westover
(Smith); Dudley L. Smith; Francis R. Smith; Coleen E.
Smith; and Donna V. Smith.
Lillian M. Sousa, 91, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died
December 1,2001. She was bom in New Bedford, Mass., she
came to Florida in 1974 from the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include her husband, Leo; a daughter,
Lorraine Grose, Pinellas Park; a brother, Joseph Mongeau,
New Bedford; a sister, Yvonne Bouchard, West Suffield,
Conn.; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.
Louise N. Soyster, 82, of Orange City, Fla., passed
away October 4, 2001. Born in Altoona, Pa., she came to the
Canal Zone with her husband, Richard (Dick) Soyster, a
Canal Zone policeman in 1940. They made the Canal Zone
their home for the next 29 years.
Louise will be remembered for many accomplishments,
a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend and being
"mom" to many of the C.Z. kids who gathered at her home
"the clubhouse". She will always be part of us through mem-
ories of her music she played on the piano on many boat trips
from the Canal to New Orleans or New York. She was also
very active in school projects, Girl Scout and Brownie troops
and a member of the Emblem and Policewife's Clubs. She
will be missed by many whose lives were touched by her. She
missed her tropical paradise, but continued to bring joy to
many through her music by playing piano and having week-
ly sing-alongs at a local nursing home.
Survivors include her daughters, Susan (Soyster)
Valentine and Diane (Soyster) Leighton, both of Orange City,
Fla.; two granddaughters, Amber Dasovich of Orange City,
Fla., and Ingrid Valentine of San Francisco, Calif.; and a
great-grandson, Richard Dasovich, of Orange City, Fla.
Woodrow "Woody" Spradlin, 82, died at home in
Houston, Texas, surrounded by his wife, children and grand-
daughter Tracy (Spradlin) McQuillen on Friday, January 11,
He was born in Prestonburg, Ky., on May 27, 1919, and
was a veteran of World War II. He served in the Army Air
Corps/Air Force until his retirement in 1965. He was sta-
tioned at Albrook Air Force Base for several years and upon
retirement from the Air Force went to work for the Panama
Canal Company. Woody started with the Canal Protection
Division and later transferred to Marine Traffic Control. He
retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1976.
He is survived by his wife Louise Spradlin, two daugh-
ters, Tannis Lawyer and Reinita Morris, his son Lloyd
Spradlin, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as
well as sons-in-law Bob Lawyer and Mike Morris and daugh-
ter-in-law Margaret (Stevens) Spradlin.
John A. Taber, 90, of Seminole, Fla., died November
22, 2001. Born in Colon, Republic of Panama, he came to
Florida in 1967 from Panama. He was a fire chief for the fed-
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lillian (Carlie);
two sons, Lewis A., Rohnert Park, Calif., Jack E., Omaha,
Neb.; two daughters, Carlene Zemtia, Willow Grove, Pa.,
Alice Taber, Seminole; seven grandchildren; and five great-
Lanelle Allman Tartar, 73, died of a heart attack on
November 30, 2001 after a long battle with emphysema. Born
in Adel, Ga., she moved to the Canal Zone in 1959 with her
husband Mark and baby Teresa. She returned to the United
States in 1979 to reside in Smyrna, Ga.
She is survived by her husband Mark, daughter Teresa,
sister Ruby Allman and niece Fabian Gilchrist of Aurora,
Braxton W. Treadwell (Larry), 82, of Summitville,
Tenn., died on November 13, 2001. He went to the Canal
Zone while in the Marines and joined the Canal Zone Police
force on the Atlantic side. He retired in October 1969 with 32
years of service.
He was predeceased by his son, Judd C. Treadwell.
Larry is survived by his wife Zelma of 50 years; many nieces
Anna Vache, 82, passed away on February 15, 2001,
after a long illness. She was born on December 22, 1918, and
moved to the Panama Canal Zone from Catskill, N.Y., with
her husband and three daughters in 1952. Anna was a loving
wife, mother, and homemaker who was devoted to her fami-
ly. She was involved in many organizations while she lived in
the Canal Zone, one of her favorites being the Sweet
Adelines. She and her husband returned to Catskill upon his
retirement from the Canal Zone and divided their time
between Catskill and St. Petersburg, Fla.
Anna is survived by her husband of 59 years, Robert;
and her three daughters, Roberta Buono, of Castleton, N.Y.;
Donna Fish, of Glenmont, N.Y; and Pamela Borock, of
Yaphank, N.Y. She is also survived by eight grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren, as well as three sisters.
Katherine T. Wilburn, 85, of Clearwater, Florida, died
November 11, 2001, at home. She was born in Abingdon,
Va., and came here in 1977 from the Panama Canal Zone,.
where she retired as a medical secretary after 20 years with
Gorgas Hospital. She was a member of Episcopal Church of
the Good Shepherd, Dunedin, and the Dunedin Country Club.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Edward; a
son, Francis (Chip) Purdy, Arlington, Texas; a daughter,
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Denton, Texas; a sister, Eva Booth,
Danville, Calif.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchil-
Judith J. Williams was born in Lawrence, Mass., on
September 6, 1918. She met and married her husband,
Richard "Dick" Williams, in nursing school in New York
City. They moved to the Canal Zone just prior to WWII. Judy
worked for the Navy on Ft. Amador at the 15th Naval District
and later transferred to Gorgas Hospital where she worked as
a delivery room nurse. She took time out to raise her two
sons, Rick and Scott, and ended her nursing career working
in the Allergy Clinic at Gorgas Hospital.
Leaving the Canal Zone in 1976, she and Dick built
their retirement home in New Hampshire. Although Dick
passed away shortly thereafter, Judy continued to live in her
beloved north woods home. She moved to Tallahassee, Fla.,
in May 2001 for health reasons. She passed away quietly in
her sleep Saturday, January 5, 2002, at the age of 83. She is
survived by her sons, Richard Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., and
Scott of Rio Mar, Panama, and two grandchildren, Kate and
Margaret A. Yocum, 83, of Seminole, Fla., died
November 1, 2001. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, she
came to Florida in 1962 from Baltimore, where she was a reg-
istered nurse at a hospital for many years. She was a member
of the Women's Army Corps.
Survivors include a sister, Martha Ferris, of Coronado,
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LIFE WITH JERRY McKENNA
I just wish to share with you a truly gratifying experi-
ence, really, four total. During the second week of October
2001 I flew to JFK Airport in hopes of volunteering my time
in any way I could with disaster relief. After checking out
some reliable leads in Manhattan, I did get on as a volunteer
with The Salvation Army.
We, along with the Red Cross, N.Y.P.D., F.D.N.Y,
F.E.M.A., ASPCA, and others were working out of a huge
building on Pier 94 located off the Hudson River in mid-
Manhattan. Our jobs were to process hundreds of people a
day who were in need of assistance, be it financial, shelter,
food, clothing or whatever. At times you really felt like you
were in a war zone.
Scenes I saw in lower Manhattan where the Towers
once stood were really heartrending, not to mention the grief
stricken faces of those who had lost loved ones. Along with
this, there were those who lost family pets. We all tried to
hold up as best we could under the circumstances.
Each and every person I met was really remarkable.
They reached out with love and a warmth I will never forget.
I felt so privileged to have met so many and to have been a
part of their lives. I have always felt a bonding with New
York, maybe because my grandparents had migrated to New
York from Ireland and Germany. My parents were born in
Jerry McKenna, Jr. with Deputy Sheriffs at Pier 94 in
I managed to see Central Park, rode the N.Y.C subways
and just checked out the local scenery. My sisters (Diane and
Barbara) and I were born and raised on the Isthmus of
In December 1999 to January 2000, I visited
Panama, after a 25-year absence. It was bittersweet. I stayed
with Bill Brunner and his daughter Holly. A very memo-
It just seems those of us who have experienced the
Canal Zone or Panama in any way, shape, or form have this
very special bond with one another and with the Isthmus of
Panama. The four trips I have been on beginning in 1999 I
will always cherish. Family, friends, and pets nothing like it.
Gerard "Jerry" McKenna, Jr.
San Jose, Calif
Dr. Gus A. Mellander (BHS'52 and CZJC'57) and
his wife Nelly, both professors at George Mason University
in Virginia recently presented a series of lectures at Inter
American University and other higher education institutions
in Puerto Rico. Their topic revolved around their most recent
book, Magoon: The Panama Years. Nelly has been trying to
get Gus to retire for ten years--he now says he may do so in
the year 2005.
Richard and Pandora own a popular antique store
situated right in their backyard. John McNatt (BHS'56) and
his wife Joanne had flown from their home in Juneau,
Alaska, on September 11 to visit his kid brother for a week.
Blanquita McNatt Schield
Angels Camp, Calif.
KELLEHER FAMILY REUNION
Bud Kelleher hosted a seven-day Caribbean cruise
aboard the Princess Cruise Line's Grand Princess this summer
for family members as a farewell to this year's college-bound
Christina Hotsko is entering Davidson, N.C.,
Allison Smith is entering Wellsley, Mass., and Mickey
Kelleher is entering Texas A&M.
Dr. Gus Mellander and Dr. Nelly Mellander
SHIELDS VISIT PENNSYLVANIA
For twelve days in October 2001, my husband Paul
and I, (Blanquita McNatt, BHS'54) flew from our ranch in
Angels Camp, Calif., for an "it's about time" visit with kid
brother Richard McNatt (BHS'62) and his wife Pandora in
the charming small town of Ligonier, Pa. It was a lot of fun,
with visits to two Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes
(Fallingwater and Kentucky Knob) nearby, under brilliant
falling leaves and a three-day reenactment in Ligonier of the
French and Indian War.
Richard McNatt at his antique shop
REMEMBER TO VOTE
Bud Kelleher is pictured with his eighteen grandchildren.
THE EGGERS TRAVEL
George and Jean Egger have made three trips to
Corpus Christi and San Antonio this past year.
One for Ryan and Becky Egger's wedding in May,
one for Tyler's birth, our great-grandson, and finally for
Thanksgiving with Ed and family and to see our daughter
Brenda and family in Katy, Texas. All in all we had a very
nice year our daughter Carol gave us our last grandson in
November Michael Joseph McCurdy.
FIFTH ANNUAL SURF SESSION
The 5th Annual Martinez-Payne Memorial Surf Session
was held at the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool, Disney World in
Orlando, Fla., on August 9 and 12 during the Panama Canal
Society reunion weekend. The surf session is held as a tribute
to Greg Martinez, BHS'79, and David Payne, BHS'83. Greg
and David both died of a rare form of stomach cancer at
young ages. The CZ surf community honors them each year
because they served as inspirations in the way they lived their
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L-R: Mark Dekle, John Wagner, Paul Smith and John
This year's event was made even more special by the
attendance of the Martinez and Payne families. Members of
the Martinez family in attendance were Greg's widow
Janette (Sousa) Martinez and their daughter Michelle
Marie; Greg's mother Ann Hoag and her friend Armand
Vaknine; Greg's sister Maria Witte; and Greg's sister Teresa
and brother Louis who both surfed in the event.
L-R: Pat Griminson, Brian Robinson, Rory Egger, and
Members of the Payne family in attendance were
David's parents, the Rev. Clarence and Rosita Payne;
David's sister Anita Miller and her children Morris, Rosie,
David, Paul and John; and David's cousin Alfredo
Menendez, his wife Kelly and their children Erica and
Surfers participating in this year's event were Mark
Dekle, Andy Efthimiadis, Ralph Furlong, Luke Givens,
Brandon, Pat and Richard Grimison, Carlos Hattabaugh,
Lange Jacobs, David McArthur, Don Rivera, Brian
Robinson, Ricky Salazar, Evan and Nicholas Seeley, Paul
Smith, John Thurber, Mike Tiernan, John Wagner, Rudy
Waller, and Jack Whitlock. Support crew included Bobbie
Burman, Rory Egger, Myra and Chelsea Grimison, Macy
and Julia Hattabaugh, Angie Lee, and Rob Weldon.
L-R: Andy Efthimiadis, Brandon Grimison, Pat Grimison
and Luke Givens.
For information regarding next year's surf session e-
mail Richard Grimison at email@example.com.
Barbara (Bartlett) Garlitz (BHS Class of '60) had a
mini-reunion with two of her five children. They were able to
join her in Orlando in the fall when she had a meeting there.
They all had a good time and her sons enjoyed playing golf
and the great golf weather.
L-R: Dr. Kyle Garlitz, Charlotte, N.C, Barbara Garlitz
and Dr. Christopher Garlitz, Philadelphia, Pa.
SMITH FAMILY CHRISTMAS
The Christmas season is always more special when
shared with family. Gil and Sue Smith of Clearwater, Fla.,
were happy to have all their children with their spouses and
grandchildren for an enjoyable holiday visit.
Gilbert and Sharon Smith flew in from Atlanta, Ga.,
with their two sons, Clark (5) and Evan (2). Julie and Drew
McCullough drove from Jacksonville with Amanda (6),
Drew (4), and Jessie (2) and stayed in Tampa with Larry,
Sandy, Stephan (13), and Kayleigh (4). Linda and Danny
Badger traveled from Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with Zachary (9)
and Cassidy (5). David lives close by so he didn't have to
On Friday evening everyone attended Larry and Sandy's
neighborhood Christmas party which included a visit and
gifts from Santa. David, who is a DJ, provided music for the
occasion. It sure brought back memories of the La Boca
Saturday afternoon the entire family gathered at the
Smith's house in Clearwater for dinner and the opening of
Christmas gifts. Even Grandma Pincus, who turned 100
years old in May 2001, was able to join the family to see the
little ones open their gifts. What a delight to watch their
expressions as they unwrapped their presents. Only the pres-
ence of our precious grandson Jared would have made the
day more perfect, but we were sure he was with us in spirit.
On Sunday family members spent the day doing differ-
ent activities, but gathered once again for dinner in
Clearwater. What could be more wonderful than spending
time together, reminiscing and sharing memories with those
you love most.
Monday arrived too soon and the families returned to
their own homes to prepare for Santa's visit. It had been a spe-
cial time for all of us.
Back (L-R): Julie Smith McCullough, Larry Smith,
Gilbert Smith, David Smith, and Gil Smith. Front(L-R):
Linda Smith Bodger, Grandma Pincus, and Sue Smith
ZONIAN AMIGOS 20TH TRIP
Traveling to Ft. Lauderdale's Marina Inn & Yacht
Harbor Hotel on November 19, 2001, a group of 26 fun-lov-
ing Zonian Amigos joined Pete and Marje Foster to begin
the 20th annual Zonian Amigos tour. The following day they
boarded Holland America Cruises' newest ship, the MS
Zaandam, for a memorable ten-day Thanksgiving Holiday
Southern Caribbean Cruise.
The group was blessed with calm seas, blue skies, cool
breezes and outstanding entertainment. The ship's round-trip
itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale included ports in Willemstad,
Curacao; Caracas, Venezuela; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Fort de
France, Martinique; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and
Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
Front Row (L-R): Harriet (Keenan) Wollmers, Aura
Erikson, Pete & Marje Foster, Joy (Randall) Maale.
Center Row (L-R): Sandy Alhgrim, Marjorie (Huff) Paine,
Alice (Benthall) Saltzman, Carolyn Smith, Bob
Herrington, Patsy Rice. Back Row (L-R): Al Maale,
Shirley (Harrington) Boswell, Max & Claude Jordi,
Norman & Doris Dugas, Mary (Gilbert) Urey, Tommie
Lou (Jordan) Horter, Dot (Jordan) Herrington, Harry
Foster, Gloria (Bornefeld) Bearden.
A mini-reunion of several CHS alumni including three
from Pete and Marje's CHS'47 class were on the cruise with
the group. Included were three former classmates, Gloria
Bornefeld-Bearden, Harriet Keenan-Wollmers and Alice
Benthall-Saltzman who were in school with Pete from the
1st grade through their CHS'47 graduation.
L-R: CHS'47 classmates; Marje (Harrington) Foster, Alice
(Benthall) Saltzman, Marjorie (Huff) Paine, Harriet
(Keenan) Wollmers, Gloria (Bornefeld) Bearden and Pete
In addition to the ship's excellent Thanksgiving enter-
tainment an added event for the group was the celebration of
Romeo and Lupita Armendariz's renewal of vows on their
25th wedding anniversary.
The 20th Zonian Amigos Cruise returned to Ft.
Lauderdale on November 30th and as the group disembarked,
they were looking forward to the planned Fall 2002 Panama
Canal East Coast to the West Coast Cruise.
Zonian Amigos Coordinator
BHS'51 AND '52 JOINT REUNION
The Balboa High School Classes of 1951 and 1952 held
a reunion in San Antonio, TX, October 1-5, 2001. A total of
105, including spouses, participated in what has come to be
known the greatest of all.
The reunion took place in the beautiful and historic
Menger Hotel in the heart of San Antonio, next door to the
famous "Alamo" of Texas history. The magnificent River
Walk, located only two blocks away, provided a delightful
prelude to the many sights and activities to be found in this
The reunion was officially opened Tuesday morning,
October 2, with a program which included the following: (1)
a moment of prayer for those classmates no longer with us,
led by Father Fred Raybourne, (2) award presentation to
Tomas Pasamante, for his work in providing the music for
the Reunion in 1999 and 2001, and to Ed Browder for the
sourcing of BHS souvenir caps in 1999 and shirts in 2001 as
well as other items, (3) a talk on how it was to grow up on the
Panamanian side of Fourth of July Avenue, by Louie
Celerier, (4) a historic background on the Nimitz Museum of
Fredericksburg by Admiral Grojean (Retired), curator of the
Museum, (5) a slide presentation on how it was in the Canal
Zone during our school years, by Irwin Frank, (6) presenta-
tion of a BHS diploma for Vivian Simmons, making her a
new member of the Class of 1951, and (7) time for mixing it
up with friends and lost acquaintances. The program ended at
noon and everyone was free to form groups and enjoy the
sights and activities of San Antonio until the next day after
pictures were taken in the courtyard of the hotel.
On Wednesday, we boarded two touring buses for a
delightful trip through the Texas Hill Country. Our first stop
was at the Cider Mill and Country Store in Medina, the Apple
Capital of Texas. Here we enjoyed delicious fresh apple
strudels with coffee or cider. Our next stop was the Cowboy
Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, followed by lunch
at Fredericksburg. While in Fredericksburg, we had the
opportunity to shop and also visit the Nimitz Museum and the
Pacific War Museum. Then we loaded up and headed for the
Texas Wild Flowers Seed Farm, just a few miles out of
Fredericksburg, for a rest stop and some last minute shop-
ping. After a most pleasant and very lively outing, that night
everyone scattered for dinner along the River Walk among
the many good restaurants.
Thursday was a day to enjoy as we wished in Fiesta
City. We also had the opportunity to see and purchase molas
in our Hospitality Suite. That evening we all participated in a
cocktail hour, an excellent dinner and then dancing until mid-
night to the Latin rhythms of Alberto Arguelles. The follow-
ing morning on Friday was a time for despedidas and prom-
ises to stay in touch. It had been a grand week it had been a
Reunion to remember.
Attendees from the Class of 1951 were Joan Scott
Bernard, Ed and Judy Browder, Frank Bryan, Louie and
Etheleen Celerier, Pat Neckar Coleman, Jack and Joan
Van Vliet Corliss, Sonya Morley DiSalvo, Elias and Frida
Entebi, Ken and Laura Garrison, Basil Harrington, Bruce
Hearn, Ralph and Beth Lockridge ('52) Huls, Roger and
Shirley Kelley, Joannie Sprague Kilgallon, Dan and Dixie
Klotz, Donald and Dolly Haines Knauer, Barbara Ladd
Lulfs, Susi Hammerschlag Marmorstein, Frank and Ellie
Mayo, Jack and Jo Ann Morton, Alfred ('49) and Lillian
Knight Neckar, Tomas and Aleida Pasamante, James ('50)
and Noralie Roche Shobe, Charlie and Norine Dillman
('53) Simms, Jay and Judy Troup.
The Class of 1952 was represented by Richard and
Barbara Shaw Abbott, Hazel Griffith Berry, Herb and
Betty Wilkinson Boetto, Joan Gibson Conover, Henry and
Pat Cruz, Pat and Anna Callaway Daniel, Bob and Sylvia
Swift ('53) Dolan, Ronald and Tibby Nolan Donie, Bill and
Sherry Elton, Rod and Ginny Selby Entrekin, Sally
Ackerman Estes, Irwin Frank, Janet Childress Hayes,
Gerald and Jeannette Hendrickson, Bob and Mary
Hentschel, Gilmore and Camille Jones, John Ladd, Jack
and Jodi Baron Lamkin, Fred and Leona Hart Lee,
Maryadelia Morley Mantle, Sam and Coila Goodin
Maphis, Dave McIlhenney, Walter and Gladys Pasamante
Norwood, Patt Foster Roberson, Paul and Lilia Rozmeski,
Shirley Zemer Swenson, Cynthia Evarts Totty, Dennis
and Sheila Fearon Weldon, and Edna Wantuk Wild.
Among other classes and guests were Nancy Ladd
Bullock ('53), Fred and Jacque Cotton ('53), Landy Cruz
Donahue ('55), Lorraine Erbe, Louis Mallia ('49), Carol
Coleman Masino (CHS'52), Carol McGregor, June
Haines Isreal, Paul Mudge ('53), Shirley Smith O'Connor
('50), Jack and Margie Rathgeber Ruoff ('49), Vivian
Simmons (Teacher and New Member of the Class of 1951),
Pamela Weldon, Bill and Ginger Coffy Young ('50).
Balboa High School Classmates
Reunion 2001, San Antonio, Texas
BUCKY HALL'S SURPRISE
Sometimes a guy really gets what's coming to him!
That's what happened to Bucky Hall on October 20,
2001. He got what he deserved when his family and friends
from Florida, Texas and Panama gathered for a surprise party
to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Hosted by Jill Beeman and Will Hall, Bucky and Anne
Hall's daughter and son, the party was held at one of
Sarasota's most well-known restaurants, the Chart House,
which sits at water's edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Jill and Will
took over the restaurant for the afternoon of the party.
Floridians attending were Mike Greene, Lee and
Marian Kariger, Fred and Beverly Ebdon, Bucky's neigh-
bors Oz and Geri Hoffman, all from Sarasota, and Ann and
George Downing from Melbourne Beach. From Pensacola
came Barbara and Louie Dedeaux who drove to the St.
Petersburg area to meet her brother George Egolf and his
wife Bobbie and they then drove to Sarasota together. Carol
Ruoff Goulet, Beverly Ruoff Berger and her husband Bob
came from Naples and Dee and Bob Suisman from Sun City
From Houston, Texas, Margie and Jack Ruoff flew
into Orlando to meet Bill and Ginger Young of Ormond
Beach and then drove to Sarasota. The luckiest guests were
Felisa and Charlie Hinz who still live in La Boca in the for-
mer Canal Zone. They attended a BHS reunion in San
Antonio and then flew to Orlando to join their son Karl for
the drive to the party.
Bette and Buckeye Swearingen, special friends of
Bucky and Anne, had been in Florida earlier in the summer
for his mother's birthday and weren't able to return for
Bucky's party but they did call with birthday greetings from
their home in Fort Collins, Colo.
John W. (Bucky) Hall and grandchildren.
Bucky and Anne's beautiful and handsome grandchil-
dren were also at the party. Will and his wife Kim have a ten-
year-old son William and two daughters, Claire (7) and
Katherine (4). Five-year-old Virgilia and 10-year-old
Sumner are the children of Jill and her husband, Randy
Beeman. Completing the guest list was Kim's mother, Reva
Leach, who lives near Will and Kim in Orange Park just
south of Jacksonville.
Bucky's birthday was actually October 25 but the celebration
had to be scheduled early because Will, a commercial airline
pilot, was going to be out of the country on that date.
Everyone arrived early to be on hand for Bucky and
Anne's arrival. Their granddaughter Virgilia kept watch
across the water for Will's car to come into view. Everyone
dropped down behind tables and chairs until they got the sig-
nal to pop up again and sing "Happy Birthday" to an amazed
Bucky whose face was a picture of disbelief. It was apparent
to everyone that he couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry.
More apparent, it was clear that everyone's fears were base-
less it was a true surprise.
Speakers had their chance after lunch. Will began with
his memories of the importance of Bucky's place in his and
Jill's life illustrated with many touching anecdotes. Parts
made strong men want to cry and other parts had everyone
laughing at the tales of teenage escapades that Canal Zone
parents had to cope with. It was an inspired tribute to a much
The comedians came next. Louie Dedeaux described
Bucky's managerial prowess and acted out the complicated
baseball signals for bunt, steal, take and hit-away that his
team endured when they played in the Atlantic Twilight
League. George Downing and George Egolf followed with
their take on the same games and signals. It was obvious to
the amused audience that the old friends were still enjoying
those long-ago games.
Sumner and Randy were the only ones to arrive late. Their
completely acceptable excuse was that Sumner, who holds a
black belt in Tai Kwan Do, missed the beginning of the party
because he had entered a competition to try to win a gold
medal for his grandfather's birthday. And win, he did.
Something else interesting happened. On the way out of
the restaurant, I stopped to thank the general manager of the
Chart House. He was curious about the people at the party
and fascinated when he was told they were former employees
in the Panama Canal Zone. Turns out, he loves Panama and
the Canal Zone and had been there twice. The first time as a
Marine at the United States Embassy in Panama City and the
second time when he jumped into Panama to capture Noriega.
Sun City Center, Fla.
Tribute to my Dad
Many thanks go out to the number of family and friends
that helped assist the Kent family in traveling halfway across
the states to Houston in October. My father was blessed to
have one last vacation with all his family as we took him to
MD Anderson in the hopes of curing his cancer. Along the
way we were able to see friends and family and encounter
several surprises. One of which was a dream come true for
my father ,as an overnight stay with my Uncle Bill
(Hatchett) in Mississippi, turned into 5th row seats at the
Beau Rivage Hotel, the show being River Dance. It wasn't
very often you could surprise my father, you should have seen
his face! God Bless you Uncle Bill. I will never forget that.
From there we proceeded to hit Houston and were greet-
ed with open arms by the Gibson clan of Houston. While
staying in Texas we were able to visit with my cousin
Gelana (Trout) Todorovic and her family in San Antonio.
At a time like that I don't think a cousin could have been
more appreciated. We were able to visit the River Walk area
and the see the Alamo As usual my father came up with a
dare and had my sister Llori wading knee deep in the water
fountain in the courtyard of the Alamo. He lost .25cents.
L-R: Llori Kent Gibson, Bonny Kent, Lloyd Kent, Bill
Hatchett, and Kathy Norton in Diamond Head, Mississippi.
After returning to Houston again, we attended a
Gamboa reunion at Bobby Gibson's home. His mother
Marie Gibson, his two sisters Holly and Joy and their girls
as well as his cousin Kyle, Raymond Kelly and his wife and
daughter It was truly a pleasure for us to spend that time
Top L-R: Lloyd Kent and Joanne Kent. Front L-R: Lisa
Pope, Bonny Kent, and Llori Kent Gibson in Beaumont,
On our way back to Florida we were able to stop and see
and old Gamboa friend, Lisa Pope, in Beaumont. She had
many memories of Panama to share with us Talking about
Panama was my father's true passion. Last but not least was
a detour through the New Orleans area where we were wel-
comed again by good friends, John and Faye Thompson. It
was a detour I know now, was worth taking for my Dad.
Those jumping monkeys really made him smile. Thanks.
There are many people we didn't get to see, but after
returning home the show of love and support from e-mails,
cards, flowers, letters, and phone calls were greatly appreci-
ated and thoroughly enjoyed by my father.
I know that he is proud and grateful of our family and
friends that did so much to help him in his time of need. I,as
well as my entire family, would like to thank each and every
one of you.
As for myself, I'd like to thank my Mother and my sis-
ters for being stronger than I could ever believe possible and
for giving it their very all.. My father has built a strong fam-
ily for which I will always be grateful...
We miss you Daddy,
THE BRADLEYS TRAVEL
Jim and Diane Bradley e-mailed the following mes-
sage on Jan. 16, 2002:
While we were in Germany our e-mail system was
down and we finally had the cable company come today and
rectify the problem which was in the cable company's main-
We had a wonderful time at Christmas visiting with
Eileen in Berlin. We had a white Christmas and did a lot of
shopping and sightseeing. We arrived home last Friday and
will be heading out next Tuesday for Jacksonville to see
Jimmy and then on to Miami.
We will stay in Miami for 3 days and then travel to
Panama and will be staying with Charly Leves at his beach
home. We will be in Panama for two weeks and hope to visit
with old friends and workers.
When we arrive back in the States we will be staying put
for a while. Eileen is expecting a son on May 15th so we hope
to visit with her in June for a couple of weeks. All is well with
the Bradley clan and it's slowly getting larger.
L-R: Ned Wiberg, Ewald (BHS'64) Wiberg, Suzy Wiberg,
Georgette Wiberg, Ken (BHS'70) Wiberg and Tyler
Shirley Boswell stands behind the model of Cristobal
High School that she designed and constructed for the 50th
anniversary of the 1951 Graduating Class. It was the focal
point of the Class Reunion held during the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion in August 2001 at the Marriott World
Center in Orlando.
The model was later presented to the Panama Canal
Museum as a permanent exhibition.
Submitted by Pat Risberg
MORTON CHRISTMAS PARTY
Lee and Annette Morton hosted a Christmas gala at
their new home in Frisco, Texas, with a host of friends, fam-
ily members, and neighbors in attendance. Among the cele-
brants were several former Panama Canal Zone residents.
Front (L-R): Jack and Jo Ann (Harte) Morton, Annette
Morton (Lee's wife), Darlene Morton (Paul's wife), Sandy
Sanders and Paul Morton. Back (L-R): Dena and Mark
Cicero, Lee Morton, Bruce Sanders, Cheryl and Jim
SCHROETER'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
The annual Canal Zone Christmas party was held at the
home of Val Schroeter in Austin, Texas.
Seated Suzie Schroeter, Standing (L-R): Georgia Colin,
Debbie Watson, Harry Chan, seated in front of them are
Marie and John Moore (friends). Seated on sofa are:
Thelma Chan, Chris John holding son Dorje, Val
Schroeter, Tommie Lou Horter, Buck Krueger, Ted
Colin. On floor are Mary Ann Horter, Reena John, Ernie
Horter, Kelsey Horter, and Patsy Rice.
Dorje and Reena are Val's grandchildren adopted from
Nepal. Her daughter Tina Schroeter-John took the picture.
INAUGURAL PANAMA CANAL
RAILWAY COMPANY TRAIN RIDE
The Panama Canal Railway Company Official
Inaugural Trip was November 27, 2001. The "City of
Panama" Train No. 1859 started from the Corozal Station,
which is adjacent to the former Corozal Commissary. My
invitation to participate in this historic event was made possi-
ble by Linda and Dario Benedetti.
Linda and Dario Benedetti and Enid Lee
Dario is Vice President of The Panama Canal Railway
Company. Linda and Dario made my reservation to stay at an
Aparthotel, Torres de Alba in El Congrejo, and it is more than
a wonderful place to stay. Their driver picked me up at the
Torres de Alba and was then responsible for me being where
I needed to be on time. I loved the attention and concern. The
new trains are state of the art. Tables for two are on one side
of the railroad car and tables for four on the opposite. The
President of Panama spoke to the "by invitation only" pas-
sengers. Then American artist Matt Tomlet presented the
President with a painting.
There were about three hundred attendees. When we
boarded the train, uniformed conductors greeted us. On each
table was an attractive tray ofhors d'oeuvres. The conductors
served wine and champagne. We traveled from Corozal to
Gatun Lake and back. The trip brought back wonderful mem-
ories of the many trips I had made on the Panama Railroad
trains beginning in June 1930 when my mother, Rosetta G.
Millett, and brothers Tom, age 4, Johnny, age 14 months and
me, age 7, arrived on the SS Cristobal. My father, John J.
Millett, met us at the pier with his brother, Pat Millett and
his wife, who lived on the Atlantic side. That was the first of
many rides on the B and F, as we so fondly referred to our
PRR trains. The trip is still short, but very nostalgic, and, as
always, just beautiful.
While in Panama, Carmen Hernandez Massot took
me to brunch at the Union Club. The Hernandez family lived
on Empire Street near the Millett family, and we had lots to
I was able to contact Olga Moya de Cadet (BHS'41)
and Elsa Espener de Watson (BHS'41). We had not seen
each other since we graduated from BHS at the Balboa High
School Theater. Olga's husband, Emilio, took time off from
work and spent many hours with us. Emilio introduced us to
a new Lebanese Restaurant in Panama, Byblos, on Avenida
Balboa. It was great food, great service, and great company.
Elsa and her husband Roy invited me to visit them in their
new condo. It overlooks the new road to Tocumen. Beyond
that is the Pacific Ocean with nothing to block the view.
Emilio and Roy were fascinated that we had so many stories
of our days at BHS. I had such a great visit back home and
am looking forward to my next trip.
You will be pleasantly surprised visiting Gamboa, and
eating the buffet lunch at the new hotel. The hotel offers free
transportation around the area. Each villa is a different pastel
trimmed in white. I believe there are time-shares and do not
have elevators. Our driver thought we were tourists and was
most anxious to show us the sloth and monkeys in the trees.
Not my idea of sightseeing.
I visited the Administration Building. The policeman
loved my stories about skating at the Admin and then work-
ing there in the accounting department for Pan Canal after
transferring from Albrook Field, Canal Zone, back in 1944.
The policeman said that children still skate at the Admin
Building on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you are a railroad buff or not, go back to Panama if
only to take a ride on the train. However, you must go to Fort
Amador to see the new hotel, Country Inn and Suites. You
will then need to go to Gamboa to see the hotel and the vil-
las, and the surrounding areas. Three of us were in a taxi for
9 hours one day and the bill was $72.00, a bargain if there
ever was one. I ate corvina one day and plan to bring some
back to Arlington, Va., frozen on my next visit.
l DE PAA
Great banner within the office building of Panama Canal
Railway Company office at Corozal.
Engine on PCRC "City ofPanama" No. 1859
Rosemary Gilead and Olga Moya de Cadet (BHS'44) in the
garden at the Cadet home in Panama.
I stayed in Panama from November 24 until December
8, 2001. 1 would have stayed longer, but I had to return to
Arlington, Va., to unpack and re-pack to catch my flight to Ft
Lauderdale, Fla., on December 16, 2001 to spend two months
with my daughter Kathleen. I will return to Arlington, Va.,
February 16, 2002.
FAHY FAMILY REUNION
Last July, Bill and Elizabeth Fahy and their daughters
Erin, Colleen, and Shannon, traveled from Germany to visit
with states-side families, most of whom live in the Merritt
Island in Florida. Bill and Liz celebrated their 20th wedding
anniversary by hosting a pool party/barbeque for about forty
relatives and friends at the home of Tom and Melinda (Liz's
sister) Niemeyer. Several of Bill's brothers and their families
also traveled to the area for the party.
PANAMA CANAL PROJECTS
Faith Brundage and Kathy Egolf welcoming John
Disharoon's 4th graders to the Panama Canal Museum.
John teaches at the Country Day Academy in Largo, FL. He
has been a teacher in Pinellas County, Fla., for thirty years.
FAHY FAMILY REUNION
Other attendees included Tom and Nancy Grimison;
Christina Volonnino; Doug and Lauren Hale; Rick,
Brandy, Emma and Timothy Cofer, Dennis and Peggy
Huff, Geoff, Rebecca, Dylan and Ryan Pletcher, Richard,
Diana, Carly, Tommy and Samantha Grimison; Patrick,
Myra, Brandon and Chelsea Grimison; Carl and Christine
Orvis; and Bill and Emily McGann. In addition to Bill's
famous treats from the grill, the group enjoyed "imported"
ceviche, empanadas, and rehashing old times in the Canal
Remember to VOTE!
Election and ByLaws Ballots
are located in the center of this issue.
Your vote is important!
John Disharoon (BHS Student Association President 1968)
shown with his 4th graders "loaning" their Canal projects to
the Panama Canal Museum in Seminole, Fla.
PANAMANIAC CHRISTMAS PICNIC
LLONA SEAR'S ANCON CATILLION CLASS
Boys, L-K: Jeortrey Usorrio, Tutti Keyster, Harold Hancock, Jack Swain, Donald Beall, Arnold Hoffner, Bill
Manush, Patrick Ridge, Stile boy?, George Chevalier (?), Larry Jones, Ralph Ridge, ?, and Hilmar Shecker (?). Girls,
rear, L-R: Gretchen Yost, Octavia Garlington, ? Simonsen, Jeanne Malleft, Constance Barnard Weber, Joan Marie
Ridge, Lee McKenzie, Cain, Sally Hancock, Mary Newland, Hilda Hinz, ? and Jackie Dorgan. Front, L-R: Alice Cain,
Betty Morrison, Llona (Rathbone) Sears, Diane Yost and Sheila Randolph. The class was held in the Scout House, a cot-
tage up behind the Ancon Theatre. Assisting in identification were Diane (Yost) Mason, Sally (Hancock) Smith and Joan
(Ridge) de Grummond.
Submitted by Joan de Grummond
(L-R) Randy Smith, Norm Spector and Peter Morland
attending the McLean-Huff Wedding
uesna vaue Anurews, Juuy now Lnerry, netn Lewis
Brandenburg, Louise Hixon and Susan Hirons
Fehrenback in San Antonio, Texas.
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 10
Phone: (727) 394-9338
MUSEUM PLANS REUNION ACTIVITIES
The museum plans a full program of activities for the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando in July. Be sure
to take in the following:
--The auction/picnic fundraiser, which will take place on
Saturday afternoon, July 6. Come enjoy the light refresh-
ments, bid on Panama Canal memorabilia and other valuable
items, try to win a door prize, and help support the museum
with your participation. The auction will include both a silent
auction and a spirited old-fashioned auction. Silent auction
items can be viewed in advance throughout the reunion in the
museum exhibit room.
Picnic tickets are $20 each for general admission and
$25 for those who wish to provide an additional financial
contribution to the museum and be patrons. Checks sent to
the museum will reserve auction/picnic tickets, which can be
picked up at the reunion in the museum exhibit room or at the
door to the auction/picnic.
--The 2002 museum exhibit, featuring the Canal Zone
Police. Canal Zone Police artifacts, photographs, uniforms,
and other memorabilia will comprise the focus of this year's
traveling exhibit. If you have materials that would be of
value to the museum and this exhibit, please do contact the
museum as soon as possible and help us document the major
role the Canal Zone Police played during the American Era of
the Panama Canal.
--The museum's table in the Vendors' Room. Always a
popular stop for reunion goers, this year's table promises to
have something for everybody. If you don't want to wait until
the reunion, check out our online gift shop or stop by the
museum to see the new items that are constantly being added.
Recently, we've obtained a number of beautiful books (The
Panama Canal, Molas!. Mola, and Comidas Panamenas), and
we still have a good supply of the 2002 Canal Zone Postal
calendars and t-shirts and many other items.
SOCIETY MEMBERS RESPOND TO
MUSEUM'S 2002 DONOR APPEAL
Although response to the museum's 2002 donor appeal
has been good, the museum has experienced some of the dif-
ficulties other non-profit organizations have faced as a result
of the events of September 11 and the shaky economy. This
is of concern since we are committed to financing the larger
museum space we now have. Treasurer Paul Glassburn has
said, "If each Society member became a member of the muse-
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um, we would take in almost $100,000, and this would be
enough to cover operating costs and allow for building an
endowment reserve." Glassburn goes on to say that the
results to date show that less than 10 percent of the Society
members have contributed, and only 25 people have donated
over half of the total donations to date. "It seems clear to
me," Glassburn continues, "that if this museum is to continue
to exist and expand, more of those whose history we are pre-
serving must come forward and support the project."
A membership application form appears here in this
issue of the Canal Record, or you can contact the museum for
TWO MORE VOLUNTEERS JOIN MUSEUM
We are pleased that Dick Cunningham and Marian
Evans Blair have joined the group cataloging each week.
But more volunteers are still needed!
ROOSEVELT MEDAL CERTIFICATE
The museum has started a program that will provide
descendants of Roosevelt Medal holders with a certificate in
the name of the descendant listing the medal holder's name,
medal number and any service bars and their numbers. This
program is designed to provide a higher visibility and appre-
ciation for the significance of the Roosevelt Medal and the
workers that were awarded this prestigious honor.
Each certificate prepared will cost $25, including
postage, and each additional certificate for the same
Roosevelt Medal holder mailed to the same address will be
only $5 each. In addition to the certificate, which is suitable
for framing, an enlarged photograph of both sides of the
medal and an explanation of the genesis of the medal and the
address by President Theodore Roosevelt to the Canal
employees will be provided. Information on the organiza-
tion, Roosevelt Medals Descendants, will also be included.
J. E. Dorn Thomas, the museum's Development
Director, is managing the program. Orders for the certificates
should be mailed to:
J. E. Dor Thomas
REF: Panama Canal Museum/Roosevelt Certificate
1809 Elmart Lane
Richmond, Virginia 23235-6213
Checks should be made out to:
The Panama Canal Museum- RMC Program.
Another fund-raising program started by the museum is
the sale of the very popular molas. Many people have col-
lected molas over the years, and some wonder what to do
with them after so many years. Molas remain popular and
have become increasingly so as more people transit the canal
on cruise ships. It seems that the museum may offer a great
way to dispose of molas that have been hidden away in clos-
ets or boxes and, at the same time, give the museum another
way to raise funds.
"The Museum Gift Shop has proven a significant source
of revenue for the museum", Faith Brundage, Museum Gift
Shop Manager, says. She continues, "With a larger selection
of items for sale, we expect sales to continue to grow. They
have been in the neighborhood of $1,200 a month since
October, and January is looking very good."
Conservation and Protection Director, Buddy Morgan,
reports that most of the artifacts donated to the museum have
been catalogued and entered into the collections database.
Morgan says, "Although our new storage area is a big
improvement, we still have space problems." He goes on to
say, "We are able to accept more artifacts and have to be clear
that each artifact we receive may be a duplicate, or in worse
condition than one we already have, or not be truly relevant
to the American Era. In those cases we have to have the flex-
ibility to select and dispose of items consistent with the muse-
um's collection policies. This will become very clear as we
finally are able to produce the thank you letters acknowledg-
ing gifts of artifacts and the deeds of gift that formally trans-
fer ownership to the museum."
Morgan would appreciate hearing from people by
phone, letter, or e-mail about items they may wish to donate.
Any items mailed should be sent directly to the museum in
Capt. Bob Dell, former Canal pilot and currently a con-
sultant with the Maritime Institute of Training and Graduate
Studies (MITAGS), contacted the museum to see if a collab-
orative exhibit on the canal could be developed. MITAGS is
sponsored by the Master, Mates and Pilots and 13 major US
shipping companies and is a major state-of-the-art training
and conference facility south of Baltimore.
Museum president Chuck Hummer has met with Capt.
Dell and MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine to devel-
op a proposal for a very large exhibit on the Panama Canal.
The museum will develop and build the exhibit with
MITAGS picking up the costs for the display. MITAGS has
approved of the concept proposal submitted by the museum.
Over 50,000 people train at the facility each year and will
have the opportunity to see the exhibit.
Capt. Curtis Fitzgerald, the other Canal pilot consult-
ant at MITAGS, has completed one full transit on the
Museum's Donor Wall of Honor and will serve as an advisor
on the exhibit development as will Capt. Bill Lyons, a long
time pilot and supporter of the museum. Other Canal pilots
that have served as consultants at MITAGS are Captains Art
Wilder, Robbie Erickson, Bill Lewis and Bob Boyd.
The Wall of Honor can be viewed on the museum's web-
site on the Internet at:
As the Panama Canal Society has expanded its meetings
to new cities and locations, the museum has used this
improvement to make its presence known as well. Over the
past year, a museum representative has attended every
Society function, except Jacksonville, to report on the muse-
um status and give credit to the many society members that
are supporting the museum. A condensed gift shop has
moved to the meeting locations and sales at these functions
have been encouraging.
The museum has been present at meetings in St.
Petersburg, Titusville, Clearwater, Ocala (several times),
Orlando, and Sarasota and plans to have its gift shop present
at the Carnavalito in Winter Haven.
At the recent Society meeting in Ocala, the museum
brought along the trophy presented to winners of the Last
Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race held during the American Era.
Rick Williams, former advisor to the Explorer Scouts, pre-
sented the trophy to the museum.
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Museum president, Chuck Hummer, stands behind the
cayuco race trophy in the museum
See y'all at the Picnic/Auction on
Saturday, July 6th at the Reunion.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
MASONS and OES LUNCHEON
There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star
luncheon on Friday, July 5, 2002 at the Orlando World Center
Marriott in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately fol-
lowing the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost of
the luncheon is $25/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses
and friends of the fraternity are invited. Dress for the occa-
sion will be semi-formal.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Orlando World Center Marriott
Friday Luncheon: 12:30p.m. July 5, 2002
I(A) Roasted Chicken
1(B) Grilled Top Sirloin Steak
IPlease make reservations and meal selection of (A) or (B) I
iTotal enclosed: $
iMake U.S. Postal Money Orders or checks
iRobert Russell and mail to 2327 Lyndhursti
Drive, Sun City Center, Florida 33573
List names of persons attending (and meal selec-
ition) for name tags:
11. A BI
14. A BI
123. A B
14. A Bi
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS
JULY 1, 2002
BHS Class of 1983 20th Reunion
The 20th Reunion for BHS Class of 1983 will be held
in 2003 in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion. Please send contact information to the following
classmates or visit our web site at: http://www.bhs83.com
Dawn Sutherland Jones
2401 S Clark Ave
Tampa, FL 33629
Rae Ann Thrift-Catlett
2242 Doster Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
3807 Green Emerald Terrace
Austin, TX 78739
BHS-CHS class of 1957
A hospitality suite for the 45th BHS-CHS class reunion
will be available to our classmates on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, July 4-6, 2002, in conjunction with the annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion, in Orlando, Florida.
Come and join us in the comfort of a large suite for
food, slideshows, memorabilia, sing-alongs, renew old
friendships and remembrances of those who have passed on.
On Friday, a class dinner is planned for those who are inter-
ested. Please contact the Class Reunion Coordinator, Chris
Hearon as soon as possible. Even if you can't be there, we
want to include you in some way and keep in touch with you.
CHS alumni we are coordinating this for both schools and
will put you in contact with others from your school.
Chris Hearon BHS '57
P. O. Box 130
Pennsburg, PA 18073
phone: 215 541 -4557
CANAL ZONE POLICE REUNION
Plans are in progress to hold a reunion of all former offi-
cers and employees of the Canal Zone Police Division on
Friday afternoon July 5, 2002 in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion. Additional details will be published
in the June issue of the Canal Record. Please contact:
George Tochterman at Pack031231@aol.com
Bill Kessler at CZPCChief@aol.com
WANTED: CHS CLASS OF '62
Mariela Alcoriza Abel Borsellino Christopher Ward "Kit"
Atkins Jack C. "Joaquin" Attia Richard Vincent "Rich" Chin *
Sandra "Sandy" (Husted) Cusumano Stephen T. Franklin Earl
"Bill" William Griggs Kay Hamilton Wanda Pearl Hummer
* John H. Knueppel Anthony Kucikas Joseph "Joe" Joseph
Lawrence Jeffrey "Jeff' Lawrence Leon Cathie (Lewis) Leslie
* George "Alewishus" Wilber Little Colleen (Lawson) Mate *
Joseph "Long John" McGoff Karen Louis Middleton Elizabeth
"Liz" (Hanna) Neal Gordon C. Reif, Jr. Charles "Chuck" F.
Rhine Hilda (Riefkohl) Villarrel Susan Chris McCullough *
George "Buddy" W. Slaughter Raymond Scheidegg Mary
Ann (Hardwick) Vega Virginia "Ginny" Valdez
40th Class Reunion to be held on July 5, 2002
..........more info later.......
Edna (Morales) Foster
2944 Warrington Ave. Lakeland, Fl 33803-4250
BHS 1992 REUNION
The Tenth Reunion for BHS Class of 1992 will be held
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando, Florida in July 2002. We need your help in finding
all of our classmates. Remember you need to be a member of
the Panama Canal Society to get the reduced hotel rates. You
can join the Society on line at: http://www.pancanalsoci-
BHS CLASS OF 1962
Our 40th Reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion....July 3-7, 2002. Please con-
tact one of the following classmates for more information:
Karen (Schmidt) Deming
P. O.Box 210
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Judy (Buehler) Williamson
2501 Colony Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Etta (Miler) Engel
2541 Bottomridge Drive
Orange Park, FL 32073
CLASS OF 1958
Planning our 45th Reunion for 2003. Get in touch
with our Contact Persons. We need names, addresses and e-
Balboa High School
Donna Jones Brophy
P.O. Box 452
Castine, ME 04421
Cristobal High School
Wendy Cotton Corrigan
7601 W. John Cabo
Glendale, AZ 85308
Check out our web site at:
Ann Field Kirrane
16 Wentworth St.
Dedham, MA 02026
CHS CLASS OF '72
The 30th Reunion for CHS Class of 1972 will be
held this July in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando, Fla. We are still trying to locate
class members. If you have not been contacted by Susie
Goembel then you aren't on the list. Please send contact infor-
Susie Goembel Massey
5023 Parkridge Dr.
Houston, TX 77053
NOTE: See photos of classmates at this Web Shots site:
Remember.....in order to take advantage of the
Panama Canal Society hotel rates, you MUST be
a member of the Society.
The membership application is on the last page of the Canal
Record or you may take advantage of our online services to
fill out your membership application.
Visit the Panama Canal Society web site for your member-
ship application and/or to register for the upcoming Annual
.BHS 1949/1950 HOSPITALITY SUITE.
There will be a Hospitality Suite for the
!BHS classes of 1949 and 1950 at the 2002
IReunion of the Panama Canal Society in
Orlando, FL. The Hospitality Suite will be open
for the classmates on Thursday, July 4th, Friday,
IJuly 5th and Saturday, July 6th. When arriving at I
*the Reunion, the suite number will be available at
.the Society Information Desk.
L. . . .
Attention all CHS alumni, faculty and friends!!
Efforts for the 25-year reunion are underway. Festivities are
planned to coincide with the annual Panama Canal reunion in
Orlando, July 3-7, 2002.
Persons having information of any wayward mem-
bers of fellow classmates are asked to report their where-
abouts (e- mail is the preferred way of communication).
or Karyn Dumas Fish
You will be rewarded with the satisfaction that you
played a valuable part in making this event successful plus
the eternal gratitude of the CHS 77 Reunion Committee and
Any gracious financial contributions made to fund
the planning and execution of this event will be gratefully
accepted: Karyn Fish, 2631 Hacienda Way, Santa Barbara,
CHS CLASS OF '52
50TH CLASS REUNION
Plans are being made to hold our 50th class Reunion
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion. The first step is getting the correct addresses for
everyone--a lot of moving around has probably taken place
since our 45th reunion--so please contact one of us. The
reunion will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott
from July 3 to July 7, 2002. We can use your help and sug-
Martha Graham Vickery
1591 Bronco Dr.
Melbourne, FL 32940
24404 Al Highway 79
Scottsboro, AL 35768-5522
BHS 1967 Lost Classmates
Charles C. Adams Bella Susan Alarilla Camilo Alfaro Jeffrey H. Allen
Matthew Allen Debbie Anderson Laurie Anderson Mary M. Andrews
Raymond Attia Linda S. Axelsen Elba Ayala Murad M. Azrak
Phyllis E. Barrett Judith A. Barron John E. Bates John Bauer
Sandra M. Bearu Kenneth D. Besaw Marilyn Bettis Olga Bolado
Larry R. Bradley Richard D. Bright Clark C. Bristol Brenda J. Brown
Lorraine M. Brown Rebecca A. Bryant Philip Campos, Jr. Cynthia E. Carey
Orlando Carlo Camilo A. Chapman Joanna D. Chavez Candice Christensen
Susan E. Coffey John P. Cole Kenneth D. Collins Peggy A. Collins
Merrill Corbitt John Cowan James R. Crane Lorraine Crawford
James S. Davidson Liliana DeLaGuardia Juan A. Delegado Michael J. Dennis
Yadira M. Diaz Jim Dilfer Mary Anne Durbon Darrel W. Ekenstam
Sandra L. Ellis Robert E. Evans Ricardo A. Fabriga Xenia E. Femandez
Marina M. Figueroa Jacquelyn D. Floyd Rosemarie Foundos Christopher French
Susan D. Galbraith Francis Galla Glenda Garner George Giambalvo
Paul R. Gilman Sharlene A. Givens Edward A. Gomez Olivia Gomez
Wilma L. Gonzalez Vivian L. Greer Gwendolyn Gregg Delbert E. Grimas
Richard L. Grodin Paul D. Hall Robyn J. Hammetter Rita M. Hassler
Valeri Haughton Amelia Hauntz Jo Ann Hey Marcella Hawk
Terry P. Helman Inez M. Hertz Diane L. Howard Nidia E. Husted
Jo Ann Jackson Bruce E. Jarvis Lesbia Johnson-Garcia Michael Johnson
Jesse Jones Randall N. Jones Robert C. Jordan James Keesling
Alice S. Kinney Kyrt Lane Stephen P. Laue Rebecca LeDuc
Vielka G. Lee Keith Leonard Joseph J. Lewis Steve Llana
Julio R. Lopez Barbara J. Lorenzen Kathy M. Lucas Dorothy Lujan
Barbara J. Macchiarella Frank Major Marlene L. Major Michael Malone
Diane C. Mangerich Matthew Manning Heberto A. Martinez Pedro Martinez
Michael J. McCauley David C. McGrath Mickey McGroarty Kevin McKenna
Julie M. Mengel Juanita Milas Lourdes Millor Esther Mizrachi
Henry Morfi Diane T. Mortellaro Barrie Naismith Daniel Nelson
Ramon Nieves, Jr. John O'Connor Laura T. Pajak Anna L. Pescod
Kenneth R. Phelps Gary R. Poock Gerardo W. Quiros Mary Rabbitt
Vivian I. Reboursin Ronald A. Renner Viena Reyes Elena Reymundo
Betty L. Richardson Elizabeth M. Ripley Linda L. Rodriguez Victoria Rodriguez
Leslie G. Roe Carlos A. Ross Judith A. Ross Connie M. Russ
Charles T. Shirer Richard Smith, Jr. Sandra K. South Elvira V. Spears
Mathew B. Spector Lawrence Spreeman Charles St. John III Robert Stanley
Ralph Stinson III Thomas A. Straight Charles B. Stratton Patricia Swann
Bill Thompson James Thompson, Jr. Timothy Toland Donald Treadwell
Preston Monty Trim, III Lawrence C. Tynes Sharon VanWinkle Cecilia Wallace
Debbie L. Walz Steven L. Wellman Ken Williams Sandra L. Wood
James E. Woods, Jr. John O. Woods, Jr. Wilma J. Zellhoefer John A. Zimmer
Anyone knowing addresses of any of the above,
Merri Bandy Lewis
826 NW 91st Terrace
Plantation, FL 33324
Malena Bremer Merriam
153 Oakwood Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Quinones, Edwardo (DR)
Griffon, Robert Reyes, Viena
Hanley, William (Bill) Richards, Robert
Hodges, Shirley Rivera, Enid
Hoffman, Raymond Rivera, Jose
Hughes, Tomas Robertson, Golda
Johnson, Robert Rawlings, Deborah
Knight, Rosalind Salas, Julio
Kuntz, Bill Santos, Juan
LeLaidier, Gloria Smith, Robert (Frick's)
LeMaster, John Smith, Suzanne
Contact Jack Sanders for more information
EYEGLASSES -- ANNUAL REPORT
Congratulations! The 2001 annual report shows a
total of 283 pairs collected. This is more than double last
year's figure. Since collection began in 1992 we have
donated 1,697 pairs to Third-World missions. People are
able to see because you care. Please give yourself a big
hug for me.
If you haven't yet participated in this noble cause,
root around in your drawers and closets and send all your
old eyeglasses to:
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253
Let's try to top the 2001 total in 2002!
We're starting a new project, this one to help with
your spring cleaning.
Foreign seamen off ships in our harbors often visit
church-affiliated facilities designed for their use where they
can phone home, shoot pool, watch TV, visit. They receive
free ditty bags of toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo,
deodorant, combs, writing paper.
Another feature of these centers is the distribution
of free T-shirts to these men. Small and medium sizes are
preferred since most seamen are small in stature. Please
don't discard your old T-shirts. We want them, clean and
with no tears. Send to:
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253
The Gonzales (La.) Seamen's Center
8907 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
FOR SALE OR WANTED
1" x 31" x 31/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
1/10th Page (Business Card) $15.00
1/5th Page $30.00
1/4th Page $40.00
1/2 Page $75.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and make all
checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street,
Suite 334, Seminole, FL. 33772-4712.
ALL ADVERTISING SUBMITTED MUST BE CAM-
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