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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2002-2004
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1st Vice President
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
Mr. James Parthenais
Mr. Daniel Norman
Mr. Roy Culbreth
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Lynette Stokes
Mr. John R.Gough II
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
President's M essage...................................... .....................................................................
Secretary's M essage...................................... .................................................................. 2
Editor's C om er............................... ... .................................................................... 2
Nominations Report and Slate of Officers......................... ........ ........................3
April General Meeting, Starship Luncheon Cruise................................ ...... .................6
May General Meeting, Troyer Luncheon ..........................................................7
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes............................ ......................... 8
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings....................... .... .................9
Insurance U pdate.......................................... ....... ................................................ ..... 13
June General Meeting, Stacey's Buffet Luncheon........................ ..............................13
SCN Annual Reunion Luncheon information............................. .........................14
B yL aw s R eport............................................................................ ...................................14
Legislative R report ................................................................................. .............................15
November Luncheon Pictures...................... ...........................16
Your Reporter Says:
FL South Florida...............27
FL Space Coast.................30
W eddings............................................................. .......................................................... 48
W ith Deep Sorrow............................................................................. ...................................52
Em ail Updates............................................................................................................................57
Letters to the Editor........................................................................... ...................................61
"Looking Back ...................................................................... ..............................................72
Flat Arch of Panam a........................................................................... ..................................77
Stamp Collection Article....................................................................... ...............................78
M museum N ews.................................................................................. ...................................79
A nnouncem ents........................ .................................................. .....................................81
A dvertisem ents...............................................................................87
M em bership Application Form ........................................ .............................................. 91
Cover: The Flat Arch of the Church and Convent Santo Domingo in Panama City's
Casco Viejo. See page 77 for the history of this famous arch.
I DATES TO REMEMBER
July 28-Aug 1
PCS General Meeting, Starship Luncheon Cruise, boarding at
11:00 a.m. Channelside in Tampa, Fla. Hosted by Betty LeDoux and Dan
Norman. Contact Betty LeDoux at 727-938-5088 or Dan Norman at
813- 655-1617. See page 6.
Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April
6, 2004 at Ryan's Family Steakhouse (3933 E. Silver Springs Blvd./Hwy
40 East in Ocala, Fla). Contact Bill Muller (352) 854-7902.
PCS General Meeting, Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant 11:30 a.m. in
Sarasota, Fla. Hosted by Bob Russell (813) 633-8916. See page 7.
Panama Canal Society of S. California, Holiday Inn on La Paz, Laguna
Hills, Calif. Contact Kathryn (Argo) Taylor (949) 951-4801 or Joan
(Ridge) de Grummond (949) 855-6447.
6th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast Panazonian Mini-Reunion,
Sunday, May 30, 2004 (Memorial Day weekend) at Coconut Bay Holiday
Inn University Mall, Pensacola. Contact Barb Vose at (850) 474-6341.
PCS General Meeting, Stacey's Buffet in Clearwater starting at 11:00 a.m.
- 2:00 a.m., for more info call Elaine (Vestal) Lewis (727) 441-0457
evenings. See pg. 13.
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion, Caribe Royal, Orlando, Fla. See
Yellow Pages for information.
Hello everyone and Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you,
With the New Year well underway now, the 2004 Reunion
Committee has been working hard on reunion preparations.
We will have the whole hotel and convention center to our-
selves and we plan on having a lot of fun! If you haven't sent
your reunion registration and hotel reservations in yet, I sug-
gest you do so soon. Please read the yellow pages located in
the center of this book for reunion information and instructions
We have had a change in our Executive Board since our
last issue. Treasurer Ken Morris resigned due to conflicts
with his job. Because of work overload, Ken felt that he could
not give 100% to the Society. Ken, the Board and I appreci-
ate all the time you have spent serving on the board. Ken
instituted the new Yellow Pages Reunion Registration form
and was instrumental in revising the reunion data base pro-
gram at the office and many other valuable improvements to
our operations. Thank you Ken.
We now have a new Treasurer appointed. John Gough II
has agreed to take on the responsibility to serve as Treasurer
for the rest of this term. In this day and age, it is so hard to
get people to help out and serve on the board. Thanks John for
jumping in and helping out. John is also on our upcoming
slate for Director in the next term
I mentioned the Annual Luncheon Show in our December
issue President's Message and will once again remind you to
be sure and sign up. This tribute to AFRS, CFN and SCN will
be a show to remember. See page 14 for more details on the
An election for new officers is on the agenda in this issue.
You will find the names, photos and bios of these candidates
running for office for the 2004 2006 Executive Board. The
term of office was increased to two years in 2002. The cur-
rent board has now served over one and half years with the
term ending in August. Please take the time to carefully look
over the proposed slate of officers. See the voting instructions
on page 3 before submitting your ballot.
We have some nice meetings coming up that will take us
up to the reunion. In April we are going on our Yacht StarShip
luncheon cruise out of Tampa. As stated in the
January/February 2004 AAA Going Places magazine, the
Yacht StarShip is an elegant four-star dinner and dancing
cruise. It isn't like those gambling and gaming cruises. If you
are a Triple A member, look for the article on page 40 of your
Going Places magazine. I hope to see many of you attend this
special luncheon. Space is limited, so get your registration
form in as soon as possible. There is a registration form and
more information on page 6 in this issue.
In May we will once again meet at the Troyer's Dutch
Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota. We had a great time there
last year and the food was the best, especially the breasted
chicken. Come join us and have a great time in beautiful
Sarasota. For signup and directions, see the ad on page 7 in
The June business meeting will be held at Stacey's Buffet
in Clearwater. Stacey's is an all you can eat buffet and no pre-
registration is needed. Everyone pays as they come in. We
had a meeting at Stacey's in August 2002 and everyone
enjoyed themselves. Look for details and directions on page
13 in this issue.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped through-
out the year with meetings, reporting for the Canal Record
and serving on committees.
As always, if you have any questions, ideas or sugges-
tions, please feel free to call or email me. Have a great Spring
and I will see you back here in the June issue.
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
oNE, (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
) I 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
O The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
%March, June, October, and December
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
t Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $15.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising not in the best interests of the
Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. will become the property of the Society and will be retained in their files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc. assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the CanalRecord.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: officeapancanalsocietv.ore Web Site: pancanalsocietv.org
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765
As I write this message it
is early January and Carol
Masino and I have returned
from our Christmas Holiday
vacations. Carol went to
North Carolina with her four
grandchildren to visit her son and I went to Virginia to be
with my family during the holidays. We are back and getting
ready to gear up for the reunion. Before you fill out your
reunion registration form, please read the yellow pages very
carefully this year, since we are going to a new hotel and
some things are different than in the past.
We are also delighted to see that the post cards that were
sent out at the beginning of January reminding those mem-
bers that they had not paid their dues for 2004 has had such a
great response. This year we put the membership dues notices
in the October and December Canal Record and so many of
you sent in your dues before the end of December. This
helped the office staff since last year we sent out over 2,300
dues notices and this year we only sent out 2,111.
We are also receiving many inquiries from members seek-
ing their membership number. We print your membership
number next to your name on the address label of all Canal
Carol is currently working with Jacque Vowell on the
typing for this March issue and at the same time continues her
work on processing all the reunion paperwork that has been
coming in the past few weeks. Please remember that if you
are even considering attending the reunion this year, please
submit your paperwork. It is much easier to cancel a hotel
reservation than to try to reserve one as the reunion draws
As always, if you have questions about your membership,
please feel free to call or email us at the office and we will try
to help you.
We are both looking forward to the 2004 Reunion at the
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
REUNION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
TO HELP WITH REGISTRATION AT
Please contact Chairpersons:
Marje Foster (727) 785-8555
Joy Maale (561) 333-0016
Society Secretary (727) 391-4359
The other night I was sitting
outside listening to the waves
crashing onto the shore,
reminding me of the many
vacations my family took in the
interior of Panama. I can still
envision the Madison's house
in Gorgona or the Dunning's
house in Sea Cliff Acres or spending time with Nancy Foster
and her family in El Valle. I know many of you have fond
memories of the interior of Panama.
It has come to my attention that some members are con-
fused about the email addresses. The email addresses are pub-
lished only once a year in the April Directory. Email address-
es listed in the issues of the Canal Record are NEW members
(who joined after the deadline for the April Directory) or
email changes for current members. I hope this clears up the
confusion as to why your email address isn't published in
I am sad to say goodbye to Trudy Clontz as the South
Carolina area reporter. Thank you Trudy for the many years
of service you have given to the Panama Canal Society as an
area reporter. Peggy Hutchinson has volunteered to step in
and take Trudy's place. Dee (Ramsey) Ahlstrom is also join-
ing the Canal Record team as the area reporter for Hawaii.
Welcome aboard Peggy and Dee! Please remember your area
reporters would love to hear about your activities, trips, any
new additions to your family or even hear about your latest
"projects". All reporters' names and phone numbers are locat-
ed at the top of the "Your Reporter Says" section of each
issue. Give them a call; they would love to hear from you.
There is an important election coming up the Executive
Board for 2004-2006. Please take the time to read the bios of
the candidates and vote! Your vote does count. The ballots are
located in the center of this issue.
As always, if you have any questions concerning how to
contribute articles or pictures or ideas on how to improve the
Canal Record call, write or email me. This is your magazine
and the Canal Record is how many of our members keep cur-
rent with what you are doing. Let's not disappoint them, get
in touch with your area reporter and pass on your news. If
there isn't an area reporter for your state, please send your
news directly to the Panama Canal Society office.
Editor, Canal Record
NEXT DEADLINE FOR THE
JUNE CANAL RECORD
IS APRIL 9, 2004
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2004-2006
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society consisting of Betty LeDoux, Chairperson, Lori King, Dan
Norman, Jim Parthenais and Jack Sanders, pursuant to Article V, Section 2 of the Bylaws, published a Notice in the
October issue of the Canal Record notifying members that nominations for officers was in order and soliciting suggestions of
members who would be willing and able to serve on the Executive Board. The Committee then canvassed the membership in
an effort to select a slate of candidates for each office. The committee contacted each of the incumbent officers as well as made
close to 100 calls to members in the local and surrounding areas in our effort to identify members who would be willing to
serve on the Board.
The Nominating Committee submitted the following slate of officers for the 2004-2006 term at the regularly scheduled
meeting and luncheon on December 6, 2003 at the Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida.
President Ms. Elaine Vestal Lewis
Mr. Tom Wilder
1st Vice President Mr. Roy Culbreth
2nd Vice President Mr. Bob Russell
Director Mr. John Gough
Director Mr. Richard Murphy
Director Mr. Ed Donohue
The following members were nominated from the floor:
1st Vice President Mr. Steve Nehring
Director Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Director Ms. Faith Brundage
Subsequent to the presentation of the slate of officers to the membership at the December meeting, Mr. Richard Murphy
advised that he will be unable to serve in the position of Director at this time. Therefore, his name has been removed from the
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
You may 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 may vote for three candidates. Please vote by placing an "X" on the line next to the candidate's
name that you have selected. "Write-in" nominations are permitted for all offices listed, provided the nominee gives consent
in writing to the Nomination Committee not later than ten day prior to the Annual business Meeting which will be held on
July 30, 2004, at the Caribe Royale. Each active member, life member or active member and spouse may individually submit
a ballot. 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
Committee 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 corner. Each spouse must include his or her individual name and return address in
the upper left hand corner of the ballot. Affix a 37 cent stamp and mail. Ballots must be received by the Panama Canal Society
office by July 19, 2004. Ballot envelopes will be opened at 8:00 a.m. at the Annual Business Meeting on July 30, 2004.
SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2004-2006
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, and an Administrator at Balboa High School,
Balboa Elementary, and Fort Clayton Elementary. Taking advantage of an early retirement offered
as a result of the Panama Canal Treaty, I moved to Clearwater, Fla. 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 the last four years, first as a Director, then 2nd Vice President and
currently as the 1st Vice President. This year (2004), I am running for President and if elected, I % ill
serve the Society, once again from August 2004 to August 2006 as President. It has been an honor to be a member and an
officer in our organization, so steeped in history and tradition. I believe in the Panama Canal Society and what we represent
to the world and I'm definitely dedicated to keeping our fond memories of the Canal Zone and Panama alive.
Thomas R. Wilder
I was born in Coco Solo Hospital and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1976 and
attended Canal Zone College. While in the Canal Zone I worked several student assistant job. on
Gatun Locks, the Cristobal Industrial Division and U.S. Recruitment for the Personnel Division.
Now with 22 plus years of law enforcement experience, I'm currently serving as the Bureau Chiet
for Community Policing and hold the rank of Major for the Marion County Sheriffs Office. I
earned an AS degree from Central Florida Community College, BA in Criminal Justice from Saint
Leo University where I'm currently pursuing my Masters in Business Administration Degree. I' m i
also a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State
University. I've enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors since 2000, first as By-Laws Chairman, then elected Director and
finally my current position of 2nd Vice President. The experience I've gained as an officer for the Panama Canal Society will
greatly benefit me as President. With your support I will commit to providing leadership and vision as we all work together
to preserve the ideals and friendships of the Panama Canal Society well into the future.
Roy was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and attended the Canal Zone school system, graduating
from BHS in 1958. He was an excellent basketball player, known to his peers as "Maquina" (for
his motto was: "the more you shoot, the more points you make") or "Snake" (for anytime he was
under or near the basket he would weasel his way around the person guarding him and "score").
Upon graduation from BHS, Roy enlisted in the U.S.Army and while in the service of his country,
earned his associate degree in business administration from the Canal Zone College, his bachelor's
degree in business management from Puget Sound University, and his master's degree in business
administration from Marymount University. Commissioned after six years as an enlisted soldier, Roy served in Vietnam as an
infantry officer in the 4th Infantry Division. Service in Vietnam was followed by his transfer into the Signal Corps, followed
by duty with multiple operational commands including the U.S. Army Information Systems Command (Panama), HQ United
Nations Command (Korea), HQ Department of The Army (Pentagon), three special assignments with the U.S. State
Department (Embassy in Spain), culminating as a battalion commander with the 1109th Signal Brigade (Panama) during
Operation Just Cause. Upon retirement from the military Roy worked for Harris Corporation/RF Communications Division
as the Latin America Marketing/Sales Manager and currently serves as a marketing consultant for a satellite communications
company headquartered in New York. Roy makes his home in Tampa, Fla and his 42 years of marriage to Evigdalia Espino
from Guarare (Panama), have produced three daughters. For the past six years Roy has been actively involved in the Panama
Canal Society serving in various positions as a member of the Executive Board.
I was born in Gorgas Hospital and attended CZ schools through the ninth grade. In 1965, I grad-
uated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee and in 1971, two years after
my graduation from Ouachita Baptist University, I returned to the Canal Zone as a second lieu-
tenant with the US Army. Following my release from active duty, I taught math at Curundu Junior
High School until 1977 when I transferred to the Personnel Bureau. I served as the Assistant
Adjutant/Adjutant of the 2790th USAR REGT (RTU) from 1974 to 1993, and was an active mem-
ber ofAbou Saad Shrine Temple, serving as Potentate in 1993. In 1998, I retired as a Personnel
Management Specialist with the Panama Area Personnel Board. My wife, Cheryl (Peterson) (BHS
65) and I currently reside in Sun City Center, Florida. Over the past six years, I have held the following Panama Canal Society
offices: Sergeant of Arms, Legislative Officer, Director and Co-Chairperson of Reunion Ticket Sales. I have enjoyed working
with the Panama Canal Society and look forward, with your support, to serving as 2nd VP in the coming term. I pledge to
actively promote the continuation of our Isthmian traditions and friendships.
I was born in the Republic of Panama and I grew up on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone. I
graduated from Balboa High School in 1964. Upon graduation, I accepted an Apprenticeship %\ ith
the Panama Canal Company as a Machinist at Pedro Miguel Locks. In 1988, I ended my career %t ith
the Panama Canal and retired to the Tampa Bay area. I have enjoyed many return visits to the canal
area over the past 15 years. Since moving to Tampa Bay area, I have worked for the Tampa Sports
Authority at Rocky Point Golf Course and am currently employed with a small company that se lls
advertising and specialty supplies to new and used automobile retailers.
Over the past few years, I have been regularly attending and enjoying society functions and events. Recently, I was invit-
ed to run for the Office of Director on the Society Executive Board. I feel it is my opportunity to give a hand and do my part
to keep this organization viable. I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to our members. I wish to see what I can do
to uphold the ideals of our group by promoting friendships among the folks who lived and worked at the Panama Canal.
I was born in Colon, Republic of Panama. I graduated from Cristobal High School and Florida State
University. I began twenty-six years of a Canal Career as a Canal Zone Police Officer, retiring as
Supervisory Claims Examiner, Office of General Counsel, Claims Division. I am a life-long member of
the Elks Lodge #1414, as well as a former Lodge Officer. I was active in the Panama Canal Bowling
League, serving as President, former President and Baseball manager of the Pacific Pee Wee Baseball
League, former Board member of the Pacific Little Baseball League, Farm League, Pacific Little I eagueI
Baseball and the Fastlich League. If elected I will strive to maintain the finest principles of the Panama1
My name is Steve Nehring and I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and attended the local schools
After graduation from Balboa High School 1970, I relocated to Florida where I currently reside I ha\ e
been a member of the Society for many years and I have served on the Executive Board in different
positions. I have also served on various committees associated with the promotion of the Societ\
events. I look forward to serving if elected.
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
I am a third-generation Zonian, born on the Atlantic side and raised on the Pacific side. M\ grand-
father retired from the Canal Zone Locks Division at Gatun, my father was a police officer on the
Atlantic side and on the Pacific side as a detective in Balboa. My mother retired from U.S. Arm\ in
Fort Clayton as a budget analyst. I graduated from Balboa High School in 1962, spent four \ ears in
the U.S. Air Force, attended Los Angeles City College and the University of South Carolina I am
President and CEO of Aquatec of Florida, Inc. Married to Shirley Ann (Bonneau), a CHS graduate.
We have four sons and four grandchildren. I was your first Member-at-Large 1989-1990, 2nd Vice:
President 1990-1991, Sergeant-at-Arms 1992-1993 and Director for the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 terms. I was co-chairman
of "The Friends of Panama" which was very successful. I have served on several internal committees, with great pleasure and
pride. If you elect me as one of your Directors, I will happily serve you and the Panama Canal Society to the best of my abil-
In 1947, I joined my husband, Ben, in the Canal Zone and resided on both sides of the Isthmui. ,Thfen
I returned to the Boston area, I served as the Director of Suffolk County, Massachusetts Association of
Insurance Women and was senior partner and Vice President for a large insurance agency. I retired in
1984 and moved to St. Petersburg, where I have been very active in the Panama Canal Sociert scr -
ing as President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Reunion Coordinator, Bylaws Chairperson.
Registration at Reunions, Camavalito, and I have volunteered for the Panama Canal Museum gi shop
for the past three years. As Director, I will work for the continued success of the Society.
THE ELECTION BALLOT IS LOCATED
IN THE CENTER OF THIS CANAL RECORD
YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT!
DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING BALLOTS IS JULY 19, 2004.
Panama Canal Society
Starship Luncheon Cruise
April 3, 2004
Come sail away with Society friends on the Yacht Starship....a beautiful way to spend an April Spring day on
a two-hour luncheon cruise around Tampa Bay with friends and family.
We have reserved the Palm Court on the Yacht Starship for our April meeting/gathering which promises
to be just the ticket to kick off Spring.
The Yacht Starship is located at Channelside in downtown Tampa. Boarding is at 11:30 a.m., we cruise at
noon and will return by 2:00 p.m.
Lunch will consist of: Baby greens salad and choice of one of the following entrees:
* Lemon & Garlic Stuffed Chicken Breast
* Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken with artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives in a parmesan sauce.
* Chicken Cordon Bleu, stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, tasso and cheese
* Catch of the day"
* Herb crusted Pork loin
* Open faced tenderloin of beef sandwich 1 :. i.
* Tenderloin of beef tips over rice
* Seafood pasta Form _
* Chicken & Andouille Pasta A r 3 20- -
" Pasta primavera
all served with Starship potatoes and Sea-
sonal fresh vegetables, and of course
Don't miss this opportunity to spend the day "cruising" with family and friends from home. Space is limited so
we encourage everyone to register as soon as possible. For additional information please contact Betty
LeDoux at 727-938-5088 or Dan Norman at 813-655-1617. We hope to see you there.
Panama Canal Society StarShip Luncheon Cruise
Luncheon Cruise date is April 3, 2004
Please make Reservations for $35.00 each.
Names of Guests (Please Print):
Total enclosed $
SMake checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to:
I Panama Canal Society Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
NO REFUNDS AFTER MARCH 26, 2004.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
Our Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2004 from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
at Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota. The menu will consist of two meats (chicken and
roast beef), homemade bread, dressing, gravy, real mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad,
slice of pie and beverage. This will be a sit down served meal. The cost for the luncheon is $16.00/per-
son, which includes tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed
by our May membership Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Monday, April 26, 2004. Your host
is Bob Russell. For further information, call Bob at (813) 633-8916.
Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der
t Dutchman of Sarasota) is located at 3713 Bahia Vista,
S 2 Exit Sarasota, Florida. Telephone: 941-995-8007. Take 1-75 to
Exit 210 (old 39), Fruitville Road. Go right after the next
1 exit and stay on Fruitville Road until the stop light at
37 3Bahi.V.s ..t.. V McIntosh Road, go left (South). Stay on McIntosh until the
S__ next stoplight. Go right on Bahia Vista Street. Right after
the railroad tracks the restaurant will be on the right
Bee Ridge Rd. (North). The restaurant is located close to the intersection
of Bahia Vista Street and Beneva Road.
r -------------------------------------------------- -
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
May 1, 2004
STelephone Number Please make reservations at $16.00 each.
Names of guests:
I 1. 3.
TOTAL Enclosed $
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.
Reservation deadline is Monday, April 26, 2004.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 20, 2003
All board members were present with the exception of the
2nd Vice President, Sgt. At Arms and Chaplain.
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
SApproved the minutes of the August 23 Executive Board
meeting with noted changes, the expenditures for the period
of August 23 to September 12 in the amount of $69,343.84,
and 11 new members.
SApproved the customary closing of the office for the
Denied a request for a $2,000.00 donation from
Fundacion Plaza De La Cultural monument in Fort Amador
and chose instead the inclusion of a notice in the December
Canal Record for any members who would care to make a
SApproved two reunion refunds to members as a result of
extenuating circumstances and approved the ordering of new
letterhead with the name Panama Canal Society, Inc.
SThe Board decided that it was premature to sign a 2010
contract with Shingle Creek Resort; Shingle Creek agreed to
give us first option.
The following reports were made:
SThe President advised that he and the two Vice Presidents
will meet with the Museum officers to discuss ongoing sup-
portive relationships between the two organizations.
SThe President responded to a member's concerns about
recent Bylaw changes with copies sent to the Florida
Secretary of State.
SThe Reunion Coordinator reported that the Yellow Pages
are in final form and will include the layout and photos of
each of the room types. The mini-reunion chairperson report-
ed on class reunion activity to date.
SThe Nominating Committee chairman reported that all
board members have been contacted concerning their interest
to serve on the board with the result that two members of the
board are interested in serving as President, one for 1st Vice
President, one for 2nd Vice President. Discussion followed
regarding the advisability of the committee to remain neutral
during the election process in order to promote integrity in
the voting process.
SThe Treasurer reviewed the financial report and in the
process suggested that some refinements will be made to
improve the report.
SThe Editor reported that the October Canal Record is at
the printer and that the deadline for the December issue is
October 18, 2003.
The Bylaws Chairman reported on two bylaw changes
that would be in the October Canal Record and clarified that
there would be only one ballot per household permitted in the
voting on these issues in order to follow the letter of the cur-
rent Bylaws. Passing of the two Bylaw amendments will
restore the two votes per household. Discussion followed
concerning the two vote issue.
* The Legislative Representative reported that the Thrift
Savings Plan has changed to allow greater investment by its
participants and that the COLA remains unchanged at 1.7%
* Discussion items included the need to reduce the costs for
Carnavalito in order to make attendance at the event more
appealing to the members and to avoid a financial loss for this
event. Several cost reduction ideas were discussed and will
be reviewed next month. Also discussed was the request for
names of members who might be interested in serving as
speakers for cruises through the Panama Canal and the
requester was advised to place an advertisement in the Canal
NO BOARD MEETING
FOR OCTOBER 2004
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER 22, 2003
All board members were present with the exception of the
President, Legislative Representative, Sgt. At Arms and
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
SApproved the minutes of the September 20 Executive
Board meeting with noted changes, the expenditures for the
period of September 17 to November 19 in the amount of
$28,846.67, and 35 new members.
SApproved the continued tenure of Dottie Yocum as
Chaplain in spite of her prolonged absence due to illness,
approved the refund of November luncheon payment to a
member due to hospitalization, and approved a program to
reimburse the Sunshine Chairman for mileage toward visita-
tion to sick or distressed members at the rate of .14 per mile.
SApproved a portion of the printing of reunion tickets at a
cost of $260.00, approved the change in the ending times for
the Panazonian Dance and Annual Ball from 1:30 am to 2:00
am, approved the increase in the Annual Ball dance tickets to
$15.00 per person, and approved the on-site ticket prices of
$20.00 for the Annual Ball and $15.00 for the PanaZonian
SApproved the contract for the Golf Tournament at Shingle
Creek Golf Course at the contracted rate which includes
transportation to and from Caribe Royale, lunch, greens fee
and cart, and approved not having entertainment on Reunion
Thursday night.who are infirm or ill.
The following reports were made:
The Bylaws committee reported that they will be verify-
ing ballots received on December 1 and reiterated that all
members are welcome to witness this process.
SPlaces, dates and times were announced for the February
meeting, the March picnic, the June meeting and confirmed
that cancellation of Carnavalito and expressed hope that it
can be revived in the future.
SThe Reunion Coordinator reported that the Marriott made
final adjustments to their billing for last year's reunion and
the final payment was determined to be $2,893.34, which the
board approved. The Reunion Coordinator reported on her
meeting with the Caribe Royale on Reunion matters and
reported that a tasting will be set up to be held at the hotel in
order to evaluate their efforts to provide favorite food items
SThe Nominating Committee chairman reported that
presently one response has been received for the position of
Director. There are still two Director spots open.
SThe November luncheon was reported as a success.
However, a loss of $308.94 was incurred.
The following items were discussed:
Discussion was held on a concern of member John Hall
that was brought to the attention of the board concerning the
voting on an upcoming bylaw change and it was determined
that no action was required on the part of the board. The
upcoming Bylaw Amendments were discussed at length by
the board. Further, it was emphasized that the Society incurs
no cost for the maintenance of its website since it is main-
tained on a voluntary basis. Also discussed was the require-
ment of membership status in order to put class reunion ads
in the Canal Record or on the website.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
DECEMBER 6, 2003
All board members were present with the exception of the
Treasurer, Past President, Sgt. At Arms, Record Editor and
The following reports were made:
The President reported receipt of a letter from John Hall
protesting the date of December 6 for ballot counting on the
two most recent bylaw changes proposed to the membership.
The Board reviewed and discussed the member's complaint
and determined that there was no legal objection to the estab-
lished vote count date. It was, however, decided to inform the
members in attendance at the meeting of the objection but
that it was probably proper that the member's name not be
given unless specifically asked as to who made the objection.
Ken Morris has resigned from the Executive Board due to
work commitments. Richard Murphy will serve as interim
SA letter has been written to Ocala Hilton regarding the
refund. No response received to date.
NO GENERAL MEETING IN AUGUST
SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING
CANCELED DUE TO STORM
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
SPACE COAST PICNIC, TITUSVILLE, FL
OCTOBER 1, 2003
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 69 mem-
bers in attendance at the October General Membership
Meeting held in conjunction with the Annual Space Coast
Picnic at 12:45 p.m.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, 2nd Vice President Tom
Wilder gave the invocation, followed by a moment of silence
for members who have recently passed away. In the absence
of the Sgt. At Arms, Bill McLaughlin led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the July
Business Meeting from the Annual Reunion in Orlando. As
there were no changes or additions to the minutes, President
Bill McLaughlin approved the minutes as read.
In the absence of the Treasurer, Nancy Van Siclen read the
August Financial Statement, which stands for audit.
The president thanked Terry and Sue Deakins, Kathy and
Bob McConaughey and Fran and Bob Morrissey for all the
hard work organizing and hosting the picnic.
President McLaughlin reported that there would be two
bylaw amendments in the October Canal Record. One of
these amendments is to correct the discrepancy in the bylaws
concerning the two votes per household. There is a group of
members that challenged our last bylaw amendments that
were published in the December 2002 Canal Record because
of this discrepancy. The discrepancy was addressed to the
membership at the 2003 Annual Business Meeting and the
membership present unanimously voted to officially adopt
them. With all this considered and following Robert's Rules
of Order we will have only one vote per household for the
October Canal Record amendments. Once this new amend-
ment in the October Canal Record is passed, the two votes
per household will be official.
The other amendment being published pertains to count-
ing of the ballots at the general membership meeting. This
amendment, if passed, will allow the Bylaw Committee to
count the ballots at the office, at a date and time published in
the Canal Record, and the results will be announced at the
next General Membership Meeting. Members will be wel-
come to attend the vote count at the office if they wish. This
change of venue for amendment ballot counting will allow
those on the Bylaw Committee to enjoy the membership
meeting and luncheon instead of counting ballots.
The president reported that we have published a pullout
section in the October Canal Record titled "What to Do
When the Emergency Comes". This important form was
developed by Director Roy Culbreth and was provided as a
service to assist members
The November 1st meeting will be held at the Columbia
Restaurant (Sand Key) in Clearwater; the December 6th
Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Wine Cellar
in Redington Beach; and on February 28th we will be going
back to Ocala for Carnavalito. We will be trying something
different on April 3, 2004 that will be a luncheon cruise on the
Dining Yacht Starship around Tampa Bay.
Tom Wilder, 2nd Vice President and Chairperson for
Camavalito announced that we are planning on having a golf
tournament during the day on Carnavalito Saturday.
The president reported that the Annual Reunion for 2004
would be at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando from July 28
- August 1. Look at the yellow pages in the December Canal
Record for complete information about the new hotel includ-
ing guest room and hotel layout.
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT, SAND KEY, FL
NOVEMBER 1, 2003
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 69 mem-
bers in attendance at the November General Membership
Meeting held at the Columbia Restaurant, Sand Key, Florida
at 11:45 a.m.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, 2nd Vice President Tom
Wilder gave the invocation, followed by a moment of silence
for members who have recently passed away. Sgt. At Arms,
Lynnette Stokes led the membership in the Pledge of
The president welcomed past presidents, Pete Foster, Bill
Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Betty LeDoux, Marje Foster, Jim
O'Donnell and Margot Jordan.
Meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:50 a.m. and recon-
vened at 1:10 p.m.
Bill McLaughlin thanked chairperson Roy Culbreth and
his wife Milla and their committee consisting of Margot and
Hubert Jordan for organizing the November Luncheon.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
October General Membership Meeting from the Space Coast
Picnic in Titusville, Florida. As there were no changes or
additions to the minutes, President Bill McLaughlin approved
the minutes as read.
Treasurer Kenny Morris highlighted some of the major
expenses from the September Financial Statement and report-
ed within the next few weeks we should have a final cost of
the 2003 reunion. We are still working on getting some of the
charges removed from the invoice. The September Financial
Statement stands for audit.
The president reported that the October Canal Record was
dedicated to Dottie Yocum for her 24 years of service as
Chaplain for the Society.
Bill talked about the packet of blue pages in the center of
the October issue titled "What to Do When the Emergency
Comes". This packet that Director Roy Culbreth developed is
a very valuable tool for our members to use.
President McLaughlin reported on the two bylaw amend-
ments that appear in the October Canal Record. One of the
amendments is to correct the discrepancy in the bylaws con-
cerning the two votes per household. The other amendment
pertains to counting the amendment ballots at the office
instead of at a membership meeting. The date and time of the
count will be announced in the Canal Record, with the results
being announced at the next General Membership Meeting.
The next scheduled meeting being the Christmas
Luncheon at the Wine Cellar on December 6th.
Bill announced that the 2004 Annual Luncheon would be
a show in tribute to Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS),
Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and Southern Command
Network (SCN), which entertained all of us for so many years
in the Canal Zone. Bill said the show would have close to 25
of the old announcers with film clips, old footage and sound
bites from throughout the years.
After a long study on how to cut costs, the Executive
Board decided to cancel Carnavalito for 2004. The February
luncheon meeting is in Ocala at Carmichael's restaurant.
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator reported that the
Caribe Royal is a 1,500 suited property plus villas. The rates
are $109.00 for suites and $224.00 for two-bedroom villas;
the yellow pages in the December Canal Record will have all
the necessary information. On the hotel form we are asked for
an estimated time of arrival at the hotel and if you will require
baby-sitting service. The hotel will provide baby-sitting serv-
ice if there is enough interest. There is plenty of free parking,
smoking rooms are limited and the hotel will provide com-
plimentary continental breakfasts each day for all registered
members in each of the towers and at the convention center.
Betty LeDoux also announced each chairperson:
Registration, Marje Foster and Joy Maale;
Secretary/Information, Carol Masino and Nancy Van Siclen;
Security, Tom Wilder; Golf, Kenny Morris; Vendors, Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis; Transportation, Betty LeDoux and Tom
Wilder; Bingo, Jim O'Donnell; Dances, Tom Wilder, Jim
Parthenais, Betty LeDoux and Margaret McLaughlin; Disco
Dances, Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman; Annual Luncheon,
Lou and Jan Andino; Mini Reunion, Jim Parthenais;
Despedida Lottery, Jim O'Donnell and Lynnette Stokes;
Despedida, Margaret McLaughlin and Ticket Sales at the
reunion will be handled by Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth.
Betty LeDoux, Chairperson for the April (Spring)
Luncheon reported to the membership about a luncheon
cruise on April 3 aboard the Starship Yacht out of Tampa Bay.
We have reserved one whole section of the ship and the cost
for the luncheon cruise around Tampa Bay would be $35.00.
Betty LeDoux, Nominating Committee Chairperson
reported that the notice in the October Canal Record listed
the committee members as Dan Norman, Bob Russell, Jack
Sanders and Lori King. Bob Russell has decided to run for an
office so Jim Parthenais will be replacing him on the com-
mittee. Betty announced that we have three Director positions
open, so if anyone knows of anyone or anyone in attendance
is interested in being on the Executive Board, please let one
of the committee members know.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative reported that
the cost of living at this time is 2.1 percent and his complete
report can be obtained at the registration table.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum thanked the members for their support at the
reunion. Kathy announced that the museum has a new exhib-
it on the Spanish, French and American eras in Panama. They
are presently looking for someone to fill a paid part-time cler-
Jim O'Donnell made the motion to adjourn the meeting at
1:45 p.m.; seconded by Tom Wilder. Motion passed.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT,
N. REDINGTON BEACH, FL.
DECEMBER 6, 2003
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 115 mem-
bers in attendance at the December General Membership
Meeting held at the Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington
Beach, Florida at 12:00 Noon.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell gave the
invocation, followed by a moment of silence for members
who have recently passed away. Sgt. At Arms, Lynnette
Stokes led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president welcomed past presidents, Anna Collins,
Pete Foster, Bill Wheeler, Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell,
Margot Jordan, Tom Peterson and Faith Brundage. Bill
McLaughlin also welcomed Father John Kennedy who was in
Meeting adjourned for lunch at 12:10 p.m. and recon-
vened at 1:30 p.m.
Secretary Nancy van Siclen read the minutes of the
November General Membership Meeting from the Columbia
Restaurant in Sand Key, Florida. As there were no changes or
additions to the minutes, George Tochterman made a motion
to approve the minutes, seconded by Al Maale. Motion
In the absence of Treasurer Ken Morris, Director Jim
Parthenais highlighted some of the major expenses from the
October Financial Statement. The October Financial
Statement stands for Audit.
President Bill McLaughlin reported that the December
Canal Record is at the mailer and that the books should be
mailed sometime next week; he reminded the membership
that dues for 2004 are due by December 31, 2003; the Society
office will be closed for the Christmas holiday from
December 24, 2003 to January 5, 2004. Bill announced
Carnavalito in February has been cancelled but on February
7th, 2004 we will have our membership meeting at
Carmichael's in Ocala. March we will hold our Annual Picnic
at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs and on April 3 we will be
trying something new with a luncheon cruise aboard the
Starship Yacht out of Tamps Bay
Bill announced that the 2004 Annual Luncheon Show
would be in tribute to Armed Forces Radio Service,
Caribbean Forces Network and Southern Command
Network, which was so much a part of our lives in the Canal
Zone. The show would have close to 25 of the old announc-
ers with film clips, old footage from throughout the years.
Bill mentioned some of the names of those in the show.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis reported that the vendor applica-
tions would be on-line or you can call the office for the appli-
cation once the December Canal Record was out.
In the absence of Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator,
Tom Wilder, 2nd Vice President reported on the reunion. Tom
announced that everyone please read the instructions on the
yellow pages as some things have changed and we have
added some questions that we would like each member to
answer including your estimated time of arrival, whether
you are flying or driving in and whether or not you will
require babysitting services. We have very specific reasons
for asking these questions and would appreciate everyone's
cooperation in answering them as best you can. It is recom-
mended that you get your reservations in as soon as possible.
You will note that in the yellow pages that breakfast will
be provided for all attendees registered with the Society. This
breakfast will be a continental breakfast with a hot breakfast
sandwich. For those members wishing to have a full break-
fast, the restaurant will be open for full breakfast service. The
free breakfast will be provided each morning from 8 10 in
several key locations throughout the resort. You will be
required to have a ticket in order to get your breakfast so we
strongly encourage you to register all the members of your
party. It is important also to list those children that will be
accompanying so we can be sure and include them in the tick-
The golf tournament this year will be held at Shingle
Creek Golf Club and Resort, which is about 10 minutes from
the Caribe Royale. The price this year is $80.00 per person,
which includes transportation to and from the Caribe Royale,
green fees, cart and a wonderful lunch at the Shingle Creek
Club following tournament play. Golfers may bring a guest to
the luncheon at a cost of $30.00 but unfortunately we will be
unable to provide transportation from the Caribe to Shingle
The Friday night dance will feature Lucho's friends
including Chipi Azcarraga and Tito Mouynes and Saturday
night will be Frankie Pretto.
Tom Wilder announced the chairpersons for the reunion:
Joy Maale and Marje Foster Registration, who needs volun-
teers to help out; Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Vendors; Jim
O'Donnell will be in charge of Bingo and will also co-chair
with Lynnette Stokes the Despedida Lottery; Jim Parthenais
will handle Mini Reunions; Dan Norman and Jacque Vowell
will cover the DJ dances from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.;
Margaret McLaughlin is chair of Despedida and she will do
the decorations at the two dances. Tom reminded everyone
how nice the rooms were decorated last year and we are for-
tunate again this year to have her expertise available. Ken
Morris will chair the golf tournament and Jan and Lou
Andino will be co-chairing the Annual Luncheon. Carol
Masino and Nancy Van Siclen will cover the
Information/Secretary table at the reunion. Bob Russell and
Roy Culbreth will be handling on-site ticket sales this year
and they are looking for volunteers to help out at the reunion.
The cost to purchase tickets at the reunion will be $15.00 for
the Friday night dance and $20.00 for the Saturday night
Tom Wilder informed the membership that the Caribe
Royale has plenty of free parking all around the hotel.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative reported that
more than 51 million Americans will get a 2.1 percent
increase in their monthly Social Security checks next year,
and this will be about $19 a month for an average retiree and
his complete report can be obtained at the registration table.
Pete Foster, Bylaws Chairperson announced the results of
the October Canal Record amendment ballots counted just
prior to today's meeting. A total of 152 ballots were received
which included three invalids for a total 149 valid ballots.
Amendment No. 31 improves the method counting the
amendment ballot votes and corrects an oversight which
allows both member and spouse to vote passed with 104 yes
and 44 no votes. Amendment No. 32 deletes a paragraph that
was duplicated and conflicts with another amendment passed
with 109 yes and 39 no votes. These amendments will go into
place the beginning of January 2004.
Bill McLaughlin pointed out that there were 44 no votes
for these simple amendments that are designed to correct
errors in our bylaws. Bill said to the membership that he
would rather not bring up any negative business at this lunch-
eon, but the Executive Board felt that a continuing problem
should be brought before the membership. For the past few
years we have received complaints from a member concern-
ing all bylaw amendments published. We just received yet
another letter two days ago and it is now getting out of hand.
Over the years it has been hard to get any bylaw amendment
passed because of the negative campaigns this member
The president continued to explain that the executive
board puts out bylaw amendments that are legitimate and
need change. The executive board does not have a personal
agenda with the proposed changes. The executive board
through the request of the President or any officer/member
that sees a need for a change initiates the bylaw amendment.
The board discusses each and then asks the bylaw chairper-
son/committee to write up the amendment for publication.
No one person authorizes the publication of amendments.
As an example this letter dictates that the counting of
today's ballots (amendments 31 and 32) could not be done
until after midnight tonight (December 6th) as that would
make 5 full days since the ballots were received in the office.
The bylaws state that ballots must be received 5 days prior to
the vote count meeting, which they were on Monday,
December 1st, the deadline. This was discussed with the
board and bylaw committee chairperson and neither agree
with this member. The ballots were counted prior to today's
meeting just as they always have been in the past.
Bill continued, if you attended the Annual Meeting in
July, you will remember that it was explained to the member-
ship that there was a bit of confusion pertaining to the ballot
instructions when amendments 25 through 30 were published
in the December 2002 Canal Record. The executive board
recognized that there could have been confusion with these
ballot forms, so the president asked the membership attend-
ing the annual meeting to either reject or adopt the ballots as
it was done. There was a motion made from the floor, sec-
onded and unanimously passed to accept these ballots. There
was not any protest from those in attendance. This motion
was not to approve the amendments, as they were already
approved when counted at the March 2003 Business Meeting.
This motion was to accept the ballot process as was done.
Finally, the manner in which the member closes his letter
is of great concern and that is why we thought this needed to
be brought to the membership's attention. The letter quotes:
"Therefore, as stated above, as a member of this organization
since 1955, I protest the handling of the conflicted 2003
Ballot Amendments that you stated were passed in February
2003 (should be March 2003) and then again passed at the
Annual Business meeting in Orlando, Florida on July 25,
2003." He then expands his protest and I quote, "I consider
all the Ballot Amendments since the Fifteenth (XV)
Amendment to be NULL AND VOID."
The last paragraph of this letter states and I quote, "If the
aforementioned Amendments are not removed in a reason-
able time, I will consider the options of taking this case to
Channel Eight (8) Television Station, or to legal counsel", as
suggested to him in a letter from the office of the Secretary of
State, Tallahassee, Florida.
Bill stated that this member wants over fifteen bylaw
amendments (specifically 15 32) thrown out. Bylaw amend-
ments 15 32 were published and approved during this and
the last Executive Board terms. The member writing this let-
ter appears to have a personal agenda against the actions of
these two boards. These kinds of actions by this member hin-
der the Executive Board to carry out business that you the
members elected us for.
The president stated that he didn't want to go any further
with this here today, but once again felt it was very important
to give you, the membership, an example of what this board
has been up against the last few years.
At this time Hubert Jordan made a motion to destroy the
ballots that were counted today; seconded by Pete Lang.
In the absence of Betty LeDoux, Nominating
Chairperson, Jim Parthenais, Director and member of the
Nominating Committee reported that the committee consist-
ing of Betty LeDoux, Chairperson, Lori King, Dan Norman,
Jack Sanders agreed to the following recommended slate of
officers for the 2004-2006 term of the Panama Canal Society:
President, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Tom Wilder
1st Vice President, Roy Culbreth
2nd Vice President, Bob Russell
Directors, John Gough, Richard Murphy and Ed Donohue
After the presentation of the committee's slate of officers,
the president called for nominations from the floor for each of
the offices. Ed Wardlow nominated Steve Nehring for 1st
Vice President. Ed Wardlow nominated Virgil Camby for
Director. Tom Peterson nominated Faith Brundage for
Director. As there were no other nominations the president
closed the nominations.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairperson reported that she had
sent cards to many members and that if anyone knew of
someone that was sick or not feeling well to please notify the
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported they are still looking for someone to
fill a paid part-time clerical position
Bill McLaughlin thanked the committee, consisting of
Margaret McLaughlin, Marje Foster, Joy Maale, Dot
Herrington, Shirley Boswell and Nancy Van Siclen for a love-
ly Christmas Luncheon and all were presented a token of
appreciation for their fine work.
A large number of door prizes were awarded, and Dan
Norman won the grand prize of two round-trip tickets donat-
ed by COPA Airlines to Panama. Father John Kennedy picked
the winning number out of the hat.
In closing, the president thanked everyone for coming and
on behalf of the entire executive board wished each of the
attendees a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a safe
Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Compania Interacional de Seguros (CIS), the current under-
writer 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 expe-
dite the process of issuing new certificates to policyholders,
updating beneficiary designations, and adjudicating death bene-
fit claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policyhold-
ers to do their business directly with the Panama office, but will
gladly continue to accept and handle all business of those poli-
cyholders who choose to act and process through the Panama
Canal Society office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be the
Society's point of contact and may be reached on the last
Wednesday afternoon of the month at the Society's toll free num-
ber (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. Miguel Gordon; and he can
be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
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 particulars 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 sat-
isfactorily concluded with CIS so that the Society can drop the
policyholder or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pur-
June 5, 2004
1451 Missouri Avenue
Please plan to join us at the June 5, 2004, General
Membership meeting at STACEY'S BUFFET in
Stacey's offers an extensive buffet that includes all bev-
erages and desserts for one reasonable price. Discounts are
available for Senior Citizens (age 55 and over). It is serve
yourself, all-you-can-eat style buffet and pay at the door.
Our hostess will be Elaine (Vestal) Lewis.
If you have any questions, please call the Society office
at 1(866) 726-2262 or (727) 391-4359. Hope to see every-
FOR JUNE CANAL RECORD
IS APRIL 9, 2004
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2004 Annual Luncheon
We have another big show planned for the 2004 Annual Luncheon. All of us remember our one
and only American English-speaking radio and television station in the Canal Zone. Serving the
Panama Canal Zone from April 1941 to November 22, 1999 the Armed Forces Radio Service
(AFRS), Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and the Southern Command Network (SCN) provided
us with news and entertainment. Our luncheon show this year will be about the people behind it all
and the shows they produced for us. This may be the last opportunity for us to recapture the sights
and sounds of those 58 years. This will indeed be a special moment for both the audience and those
who provided us this news and entertainment. There will be old film clips, video and sound tracks
that we will all remember from our days in the Canal Zone. Many of those talented people from
AFRS, CFN and SCN will be at the luncheon show to once again entertain us and share old mem-
ories. The show will be approximately an hour and a half long and will follow lunch. Don't miss
this show! You can register for the Annual Luncheon when registering for the 2004 Reunion.
See the yellow pages in the center of this book for registration. If you have any questions, please
contact Bill McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BYLAWS COMMITTEE REPORT
Meeting in the Society's Office on December 1, 2003 bal-
lots submitted for Proposed Amendments 31 and 32 were ver-
ified against the Society's current membership list by the
There were 152 total ballots submitted and of these there
were 3 illegal or ineligible ballots received. As a result, there
were 149 valid ballots counted. Adoption of the two pro-
posed amendments required two thirds, 99, of the valid
amendment ballots. Ballot Votes were counted at the annual
Christmas meeting on December 6, 2003.
Proposed Amendment 31 updated and corrected any of
the conflict, which restricted both spouses of the same house-
hold membership to vote on Bylaw Amendments. Proposed
Amendment 31 received 104 Yes votes for adoption and 44
No votes for rejection. As a result Amendment 31 was adopt-
Proposed Amendment 32 eliminated a paragraph which
was out of place and in direct conflict with Article V, Election
of Officers, Section 3 G and H relating to the method of han-
dling and counting ballots for the election of officers.
Proposed Amendment 32 received 109 Yes votes for adoption
and 39 No votes for rejection. As a result, Amendment 32
At the Christmas meeting, a motion was made and passed
to destroy the ballots. The Bylaws Committee Chairperson
advised the members that all ballots would be made available
for members review and inspection immediately after the
meeting and before being destroyed. The two amendments
will become effective at the first business meeting in 2004.
vered employment--will get te
the CSRS portion of their annuities.
COLAS PRO-RATED FOR SOME
The COLA payments are pro-rated for those who have not
been retired for a full year--that is, the annuity must have
begun no later than December 31, 2002 for the full amount to
be paid. For example, if the annuity began in October 2003,
the COLA would be 0.4 percent under CSRS and 0.3 percent
under FERS; if it began in July 2003, the COLA would be 0.9
percent under CSRS and 0.8 percent under FERS, and if it
began in March 2003 the COLA would be 1.6 percent under
CSRS and 1.5 percent under FERS.
COLA COUNT DROPS
Through two months of the counting period for the
January 2005 federal retiree cost-of-living adjustment, the
count stands at a negative 0.1 percent, following a 0.3 percent
drop in November in the index used to set the COLA. The
drop will have no effect on the COLA coming with January
2004 payments, which will be 2.1 percent for CSRS retirees
and 2 percent for FERS retirees eligible for COLAs. In the
unlikely event that the count remains in negative territory for
the remainder of the current counting period, there would be
no reduction in retiree benefits in January 2005; there is no
such thing as a negative COLA.
MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RISING
The standard mileage reimbursement rate for federal
employees using their own vehicles for official travel rises
from 36 to 37.5 cents per mile in 2004, an increase that was
anticipated after the IRS earlier announced a similar increase
in the rate for tax deductibility purposes. The federal traveler
rate, set by the General Services Administration, generally
tracks the IRS rate. GSA also raised the reimbursement rate
for official travel via personal motorcycle from 27.5 to 28.5
cents per mile, and the rate for use of a private airplane from
95.5 to 99.5 cents per mile.
MEDICAL WEB SITE OPENS FOR VETERANS
The Institute of Medicine has created an Internet Web site
with information about a variety of military-related health
issues. The Web site, at http://veterans.iom.edu, has sepa-
rate sections for health care issues affecting veterans of World
War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War.
Other sections list IOM's completed reports and reports in
progress, while another area contains studies about chemical
and biological agents suspected of causing health problems
for service members. Yet another section contains reports and
information about deployment health. Part of the National
Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is a non prof-
it organization that provides advice on matters of biomedical
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS
For 41 years the FEHBP has minimized costs and provid-
ed a wide choice of comprehensive health insurance plans to
nearly nine million federal employees, retirees and their fam-
ilies. Many health care policy experts say that the FEHBP is
the best group health insurance plan in America today and
should serve as a model for others.
Since its inception in 1960, the government/employer and
the enrollees have shared the cost of FEHBP premiums and
thus have shared the cost of health care inflation, unlike other
large private sector plans where the employers may pay 100
percent of premiums and, therefore, bear the full cost of
health care inflation.
NARFE will oppose any proposal that shift the shared
burden of premium costs in FEHBP from the employer to the
enrollees. For example, in the fiscal year 1999 Budget
Resolution, the House Budget Committee sought to limit
annual growth in the government's share of FEHBP premi-
ums to the consumer price index (CPI). According to a
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate prepared in
1997, the federal government would have cost-shifted $400
in added annual cost to federal annuitants and employees in
2002 and more in later years if this artificial limitation had
become law. Indeed, federal employees and annuitants would
have paid an ever-increasing percentage of premium costs
each year FEHBP rate hikes exceeded general inflation as
measured by the CPI. The CBO continues to list this index-
ing proposal in its annual "options book" which receives con-
sideration by key executive and legislative policy and budget
Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) has introduced a bill, H.R. 56,
which would allow any individual age 55 to 65 to enroll in the
FEHBP without separate risk pools. NARFE opposes this
James J. O'Donnell
Bill and Jeanne Wheeler, Albert Wilder, Aura Ericson,
Kathy and Tom Wilder, Margaret McLaughlin, Eleanor
John Whitman, Amparo Paul, Betty Narvaez, Jeanette,
Jon and MacKenzie Altman, Judi McCullough, Rick
Nelson, Stella DeMarr, and Muriel Whitman.
Pete and Mary Lou Lang, Barbara
Linda and Jim DesLondes.
and Bill McKeown,
Marian and Lee Kariger, Carol Masino, Olga and John
Disharoon, Lori Ricalton, Kathy and Mary Egolf.
Hubert and Margot Jordon, Milla and Roy Culbreth.
Al Maale, Jim and Gemma O'Donnell, Betty LeDoux,
Ken Morris, Marje and Pete Foster, and Joy Maale.
Ann Mayles, Edith Meeker, Vera Ryan, Woody and Elsie
Woodruff, Linda Weir, and John Mayles.
Tom Hanna, Elaine Vestal Lewis, Jim, Kelly and Ben
Parthenais, Beth Brandenburg (standing), Lynnette
Stokes, Ellen and John Gough.
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Prattville Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Joan (Ridge) de Grummand
Mid-CA Janice "Cookie" Newlon
FL Central Vicki Sizemore
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Sharon Smith
Tampa Lynnette '"Leni" Stokes
GA June A. Stevenson
HI Dee Ramsey Ahlstrom (number not available at this time)
LA Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
MD Robin Harrison (410) 654-2351
Mid-West Carlton A. Morris 1 (800) 685-2088
MS Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
NC Patricia Hunt (828) 696-3995
Northwest Howie Laatz (360) 293-0923
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann (918) 745-1337
Panama Anna Opel 011 (507) 262-1001
Trina Clark 011 (507) 232-7451
SC Peggy Hutchison (803) 648-7005
TN Sheila Taylor (615) 456-4830
TX Dallas Linda Morris (972) 398-3400
Kerrville JoAnne Fields (830) 895-2794
VA Evelyn Sellers (703) 361-7176
Deadline for the June 2004 Canal Record is April 9, 2004
In November fourteen people from Panama came to
Chandler, Ariz., to get together for lunch at the Marie
Attending the meeting were Mirian Hirschl, Jay and
Diane French, Barbara and Leo Langland, Mary Grace
and Chester Oakes, Dora and Warren Legrys Jr., Craig
and Lisa (Parks) Boatwright along with their son Guy, and
Charles and Ann (Trimble) Parks. Leo Langland showed
slides of Panama and gave a talk on his recent cruise to
Panama that was in April 2000.
Everyone enjoyed the slides and the lunch. Think every-
one had a wonderful time visiting with each other.
We are going to have our next meeting in March at the
same Marie Callendar's in Chandler, Ariz., for lunch. Would
love to see all of you who live in Arizona come to the lunch-
eon in March. If you need to know the time or how to get to
Marie Callendar's in Chandler, call one of the Arizona
reporters for that information.
Diane French, Reporter
Sharon DeVore Gonzalez writes that four generations of
the DeVore family visited during the Thanksgiving holidays.
It was the first time that her mother, Adelia DeVore, had seen
her great-granddaughters, Joanna (5 years old), and Megan
(2 years old). The children, Sharon's mother, and her daugh-
ter Tracy Glassburn-Slusarewicz all visited Sharon and her
husband Frank Gonzalez in Ozark, Ark.
Back (L-R): Sharon DeVore Gonzalez, Adelia DeVore,
Tracy Glassburn-Slusarewicz. Front: Joanna and Megan
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Frank and Sharon DeVote Gonzalez with granddaughters
Joanna and Megan Slusarewicz.
Betty Flenniken Dunning in back. Front (L-R): Cheryl
Dunning Lowery, Santa and Lynn Dunning Harp.
On my birthday, our daughter Cheryl Lowery came to
Rogers from Germany for a surprise visit. It was the best
present of all. We were missing her and then she appeared
from out of the blue. We had our picture taken with Santa
Claus as a memento of the birthday surprise.
Lynn Dunning Harp
The lobby and our Justine meeting room at the Holiday
Inn, Laguna Hills, were beautifully decorated for our lunch-
eon on December 7, 2003. Grace (Argo) Allen, Laguna
Woods, our pianist, entertained us with holiday tunes, as
forty-three attendees mingled and visited with everyone. Dr.
John M. Hanson (BHS'45), Hawthorne, was our Master of
Ceremonies, and welcomed our members and guests. His
sidekick was Kathryn (Argo) Taylor (CHS'53), Laguna
Woods, and they kept our busy agenda moving along. The
United States Marine Corps Color Guard, Tustin, presented
the colors, Bob Wolfenstein (CHS'47), Buena Park, led the
Pledge of Allegiance, and Beth Sundquist gave the
Invocation. Ted Sundquist (BHS'45), Jamul, spoke to the
group about the importance and success of our Panama Canal
Museum in Seminole, Fla., and Joan de Grummond
(BHS'40), Laguna Woods, brought museum membership
applications and copies of their latest newsletter and encour-
aged all to join this worthwhile project.
David C. Hollowel (CHS'42), Imperial Beach, shared
with us his interesting early days and current Canal
Zone/Panama slides from his fine collection.
The door prize was a 2004 Panama Canal Museum mem-
bership donated by our society and won by Hugh L. Wright
(BHS'37), Santa Ana. Blanca Wolfenstein donated several
handmade holiday decorations for our raffle, and several
items were donated by Catsy (Taylor) Schafer, San Diego;
John Hanson; Tina (Cartotto) Ressa (BHS'68), Rialto, and
Ivan L. Jenkins, Las Vegas, Nev. Winners were Bejay and
Hugh Wright; Betty and Francis Fitzpatrick (BHS'34) and
daughter Colleen, Westlake Village; Bill Monsanto
(BHS'40), Santa Ana; John Hanson, Grace Allen and Joan de
Others attending were Victoria (Hollowell) Allen,
Thermopolis, Wyo.; June Maggard, San Diego, guest of
David Hollowell; Ann and Robert "Bob" E. French and
Dick Tawes, Newport Beach, both classmates of David
(BHS'42); Claude E. Anderson (BHS'37) and Dortha and
Noble "Buddy" Phillips (BHS'33), all of nearby Leisure
Village, Lake Forest; Bill Finken, Tustin, son of my late
classmate, Eileen (Cryan) Finken; Bill's aunt Mary
(Cryan) Lade (BHS'39), Fountain Valley; Norma Horine,
Bonita; Frank Howard (CHS'47), Cypress; Guy and
Patricia Lane, Los Angeles; Letty and Eddie Moore
(BHS'40), El Segundo; Catsy's daughter Susan (Taylor)
Pitney (BHS'57), San Diego; and Roger and Rochelle
Thompson (BHS'53), Yuma, Ariz.
It's wonderful to hear from our members and other friends
at holiday time. Julieta Arosemena wrote from her sister
Marcella Wagner's home in Wellington, Fla. They spend a
lot of time with Marcela and Dale's two grandchildren,
Amanda and Christopher, nine months and two years old.
They are really cute and much loved, and live nearby, so they
get to see them daily. They are all doing well and enjoying
retirement. A trip here and there within the United States,
Canada, Europe and the Caribbean keep them busy and enter-
Kenneth and Jo Booth, Mission Viejo, are fine and enjoy
going to several of the new casinos. Their daughter Sharon
Schmidt of Kerrville, Texas was here in July, and they went
to Laughlin for a few days. Jo says that Sharon is a devoted
Blanche (Adler) Browne, Columbia, S.C., attended the
Panama Canal reunion in the Poconos with Doris Leeser of
Dothan, Ala., in September and we hope to meet there again
this September. Blanche made her third trip to the north and
south islands of New Zealand this year and to Sidney,
Australia, Tampa, Fla., Dothan, Ala., Allentown, Pa., and to
Panama to be with family for the holidays.
Ruth (Kupka) Carey (BHS'41), Daytona Beach, Fla.,
still plays tennis and teaches aerobics five times weekly, and
is a volunteer usher at plays in town. Her late husband E. D.
"Jack" Carey was my second cousin, and Ruth often visits
with his sister Mary Jean (Carey) Kammerer (BHS'45) in
nearby Deltona, Fla. Mary Jean's five children live in the
Tampa area. Ruth spent the holidays with most of her family
in Newport, Wash.
Steve and Tina (Johann) Cartotto, Valencia, Calif.,
hosted a birthday party for Steve and me, and Christmas cel-
ebration before flying with their four-year-old son Evan to
Saginaw, Mich., to spend the holidays with Evan's other
grandmother and family. Tina keeps a busy schedule teaching
Pilates exercises at a nearby salon, and on occasion teaches
large groups of business people, teachers and students in her
field of experiential education. A rewarding experience. Steve
worked with his music preparation team on the recent movie,
Something's Gotta Give, other movies, a symphony or two
and television specials.
Eileen (Cox) and Jeff Cowell, Sevema Park, Md., spent
Thanksgiving holidays in Southern California with their son
Michael and family, and stayed over for baby Alina's first
birthday on December 3. Their son Douglas is a hands-on
daddy to the twins, Samantha and Katherine, who celebrat-
ed their eighth birthday in January.
Rudy Crespo, San Franciso, Calif., celebrated Christmas
in grand style otra vez. He prepared quite a menu for his
many guests. During my visit with the Cartottos, Steve
showed me photos which Rudy had sent over the internet. A
most beautiful Christmas tree and decorations. He is truly tal-
Mary (Foley) Cronan (BHS'36), Santa Maria, Calif.,
Panama Canal Society of Southern California
December Luncheon 2003
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sent a wonderful message at holiday time, like the one I was
thinking of writing. "My hearing's dull, my eyes grow dim,
The spring in my step is not quite what it's been. But my
mind is sharp, I still think fast, But to write all these cards is
a thing of the past. So now I will simply say, May the spirit
of Christmas in your heart always stay. Merry Christmas to
each of you and yours, God bless all of you in 2004." My
thanks to Mary.
Paul DeBehnke, Downey, Calif., was sorry to miss the
Orlando reunion last year. He wrote that he still remembers
our (Ridges) houses on Barnaby and Empire Streets, Balboa,
and our cottage at Gorgona Beach. "That goes back a while."
Virginia (Ridge) and Hank Dolim will be at their home
in Honolulu, Hawaii, until the end of April. They had quite a
celebration to honor Hank on his ninetieth birthday in
November. Among their many friends and family members
attending were Hank's sisters, Mabel, 94; Lydia, 92; Olive,
91, and Rosie, 88, with her husband Vince. Hank wrote to
thank me for the gift I sent him. I had copied the Canal
Zone/Panama postcard album that Nellree (Baker-Smith)
Berger made for me in the 1960s for Hank, as he was sta-
tioned at Albrook Air Force Base, Canal Zone, just before
WWII. The Dolims will return to their home in Air Force
Village West, Riverside, Calif., for the summer.
Rae Donaldson (BHS'68), Arlington, Va., made several
business trips this year in her work with the Environmental
Protection Agency. Chicago was the most enjoyable because
the weather was great in September, and there's a lot to do
after work in the downtown area. On one of her trips she had
dinner with Margie Hanesworth from Panama. Rae, then at
age 16, was in Margie's wedding to Dan. It was great to catch
up with her. Rae's new home is near that of Rosemary
(Millett) Gilead, so maybe Rae will join us all in the Poconos
Edward "Eddie" Doran (BHS'44), Hillsborough, N.J.,
regularly attends the Orlando and Poconos reunions, and
enjoys keeping in touch with his friends via e-mail.
Carrie (Miller) (BHS'57) and Bill Edwards (BHS'48),
Porter Ranch, Calif., are just fine. Their three children are
doing well in their jobs and with their families. Carrie's sister
Anna (Probeck) Opel (BHS'68), who lives in Panama,
recently visited her daughters in Austin, Texas and Florida
and had a nice phone visit with Carrie and Bill.
Catherine (Whelan) (BHS'39) and Eddie Filo, Dothan,
Ala., are doing fairly well. Eddie celebrated his 85th birthday
in August and they had a few friends over to celebrate. He
looks well and Catherine says she is trying to stay well. She
keeps busy at their church and enjoys this as it keeps her
occupied. Their children are well, Katie (BHS'68) lives in
Dothan; Eddie, Jr. (BHS'70) lives in Stuart, Fla., and
Michael is in Dothan. Maybe Eddie Jr. and Charles
"Chuck" Peterson (BHS'70) have met by now, as Chuck
recently moved to Stuart.
Joan and George Fitzgerald are now living in Clemson,
S.C. What fun it is to read his letters, reminiscing about the
early days with our family and other friends in the Canal
Zone. What a memory for detail, too. Most entertaining, and
shared with my brothers and sisters.
Jeanne "Dusty" (Clark) Graham, Hagerstown, Md., is
the daughter of the late Jeanne (McLavy) and Dr. John
Wilson Clark, both BHS'40. She does miss her folks and all
their friends whom she got to know over the years.
Annabelle and Joseph Grills, Poway, Calif., are back in
the swing of things again after a difficult time, healthwise, for
Annabelle this past year. They managed to make several trips
to Reno and Las Vegas, Nev., and to Morro Bay, Calif. In
October 2002 Joe was in charge of the AFFNA Conference
(Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents) in Reno,
and he and Annabelle attended the annual conference in
Orlando last October. During the firestorms in Southern
California in October, they could see flames from their back-
yard about a mile away; were set to decamp, but did not have
to leave. Fifty-four homes in Poway were destroyed.
Mahlon Hawk, formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone, and
his wife Renee live in Trabuco Canyon, Calif. Mahlon's
mother Gladys Hawk passed away in October in Panama. A
few years ago she had bought one of those lovely duplexes in
Albrook Air Force Base and really enjoyed being there.
Mahlon's sister Marcela and her husband Lars Morales and
family are living in Italy and working with the U. S. military.
Lars' parents, Margaret (Kuhn) and John Morales, reside
in California, Mo.
Capt. Leslie R. Heselton, Jr., Annapolis, Md., was mar-
ried to our BHS'40 classmate, the late Jane Tompkins. He
recently moved to the retirement community of Bay Woods,
and is still near his children and families. He enjoys traveling
- in February 2003, in the Yorktown Clipper around the Virgin
Islands; in May on a paddle-wheel steamer up the Columbia
and Snake Rivers; in September to Newport, R.I., for a cruise
in the windjammer Arabella; in November to Winnipeg and
by small plane to Churchill, Manitoba. Each day they went
out in a Tundra Buggy to look at the polar bears, arctic foxes,
ptarmigan and even a snowy owl. What a great year!!
Rita (Duran) and Jim Hoffman, Sugar Land, Texas, cel-
ebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in October, a month
after Jim retired as a petroleum geologist for thirty-five years.
To celebrate these two emotional events, they took an extend-
ed vacation to Rio, Chile and Argentina. Their travels ended
in Panama to coincide with Panama's Centennial
Celebrations 100 years as a Republic. Their son Bryan con-
tinues to work at the original Carrabba's in Houston; is a
sports enthusiast and follows and attends his favorite teams'
games, whenever possible. He also hosts a hospitality suite at
Reliant Stadium for all of Houston Texans' games and other
big events. Lisa Ann works with Schlumberger Oilfield
Services and recently started in a new position in public rela-
tions. She made a winter trip to Switzerland and Germany to
visit friends, and made the trip with Rita and Jim to Rio to
another friend's wedding.
Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt (BHS'40) moved last year
from Dothan, Ala., and now lives close to her daughters
Jerrilynn Farnsworth and Janet Watkins and families in
Merritt Island, Fla. Lou's sister Norine Lucas (BHS'43),
Brick Town, N.J., spent the holidays with her and the family.
After Christmas they planned to visit Lou's son Joe, his wife
Darleen (Woodruff) (BHS'68) Hunt and family. Their
entire family got together for Thanksgiving weekend at
Sanibel Island, Fla. Ted Arias and sons and families joined
them from Dothan.
Dorothy (Kalar) (BHS'46) and Roy Kennedy,
Englewood, Colo., were at home for the holidays. Their chil-
dren came for visits during the summer and they really
enjoyed them. Their two granddaughters had babies this year,
a girl in January and a boy in August. Daughter Beth, in the
Northwest, keeps them supplied with photos.
Katherine Kirchmier, San Antonio, Texas, recently
spent a wonderful three-week vacation in Hawaii. Kathy left
the Canal Zone at age 15, and often thinks about the families
her parents knew there. She mentioned our dear mutual friend
Anne Williams, who recently passed away at age 100. What
a special lady she was. I recalled rooming with Anne at the
Washington Hotel in Colon, when we worked in Cristobal for
the annual inventory of the Commissaries in the early 1940s.
Mary (Cryan) Lade (BHS'39) recently moved to
Parkhurst Retirement Residence in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Elaine (Sullivan) Larkin (CHS'44), Irvine, visited with
all of her children over the Thanksgiving and Christmas hol-
idays. Sons Mike, Tim and Patrick and daughter Estelle and
families live in Southern California, and son Tom and family
live in Connecticut. Elaine's oldest grandson Mark Seaton, a
former basketball player at Stanford University, will be mar-
ried this summer at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano.
Elaine's aunt (and my first cousin) Alice (Cody) Seavey, San
Juan Capistrano, celebrated her 99th birthday on August 17th.
Charles "Buddy" Magee (BHS'47), Oceanside, plans to
spend the month of March in Panama, and looks forward to
being with his longtime friends who reside in Panama City.
Grace (McCaslin) Laurie (BHS'40), Palo Alto, Calif.,
has five grandchildren, ages 13, 11, 7, 7 and 5 years. Her
daughter Margaret and family live nearby and her son Jon
and family live in Simi Valley, and they visit with the family
up north on special occasions every year. Grace is in good
health and keeps up with her grandkids. She tells people that
she is 81 years young, and guesses that I do, too. That's right!
Edward Lawson (BHS'34) and his wife Olga reside in
San Antonio, Texas. He and my brother, the late John E.
Ridge, Jr., were best buddies from around age six in the old
Balboa Flats area.
Virginia (Tam) Leon-Guerrero, El Sobrante, Calif,
spent ten wonderful days visiting family and friends in
Panama in November. At the Centennial Celebration she saw
beautiful floats in the Rainbow of Races Parade, reminiscent
of the old Carnival parades she saw when growing up in
Panama. She almost saw Ruben Blades, but the crowd was
so dense she only managed to get as far as two blocks from
where he was singing. Virginia attended her sister Graciela's
coronation as the Centennial Queen of the Betania seniors
and she danced all night. She really enjoyed hearing typical
Panamanian music during the parade and at the coronation
party. Virginia has traveled around the country quite a bit this
past year and in October visited Lois Evora in Las Vegas,
formerly of Corozal, when her husband was a psychiatrist
It was nice to hear from Barbara and Karl Marohl in
Jackson, Calif., during the holidays.
Mary and William "Billy" Michaelsen (BHS'32),
Spring Hill, Fla., were sorely missed at the Poconos Reunion
in September. Billy wrote that it was a tough time for him at
the old corral this past year, having undergone heart surgery
and suffering with a broken kneecap, but all is well again.
Betty and Bill Monsanto (BHS'40), Santa Ana, Calif.,
enjoy their sons Bill and Steve and families. They recently
became great-grandparents to a baby girl Ciera. Bill calls her
Walt "Babe" and Bess (Stapleton) (BHS'37) Morton,
Lake Havasu City, Ariz., keep busy with Lions Club meet-
ings, conventions and projects. They visited in Prospect, Ore.,
their old stomping grounds, last year. Jack de Grummond
and I visited them there in mid-1970s when we camped near-
by at Crater Lake National Park. Bess was working at the
time and Walt was Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. We
enjoyed a fine lunch with Walt, Bess and a few of her co-
workers. Bess and I were neighbors in old Bohio Place,
Ancon, back in 1927. Her late uncle, Joseph "Joe" Turner,
formerly of Balboa and Hattiesburg, Miss., retired in 1966 as
Treasurer, Panama Canal Company.
Dr. and Mrs. Glen Murphy (Katherine), Port Orange,
Fla., recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Son
Tom and daughter Julia are in Corpus Christi, Texas, their
sons in college. Julia is their perpetual scholar, working full
time and going to school for an R.N. Son Jim is at home with
his parents, supervising their care and enjoying his hobbies.
Charles Norris (BHS'46), Fairfield, Calif., is quite the
correspondent, keeping in touch with family and friends via
e-mail. He is recovering nicely from health problems this
year and we send best wishes for a great year ahead.
Hugh A. Norris (BHS'40) moved recently from Dothan,
Ala., to San Antonio, Texas, and lives near his son Jim
(BHS'70), his daughter-in-law Lina and granddaughter Ara
Nye, who moved there from Puerto Rico last May. Maybe by
now Hugh has been in touch with our classmate, Marilyn
(Davidson) McCain, and Jeanne (Flynn) Stough (BHS'41)
who reside in the same apartment complex in another part of
Eileen T. Petersen (BHS'49), Columbus, Ohio, our soci-
ety's former secretary, enjoys living near her sister, Sister
Mary Loretta Petersen (BHS'45). They've made several
trips together, including one to Nova Scotia recently. Eileen
plans to attend her class reunion this summer in Orlando.
Lolita (Provost) Packard (BHS'40), Westminster, Calif.,
wrote an article about our Christmases and Christmas tree-
burnings each year in the Canal Zone, which appeared in a
recent issue of Reminisce magazine. Before I received my
issue, friends Bob and Kay Green of Cleveland, Ohio, sent
their copy to longtime friends Vince and Dottie Ridge of
Center Valley, Pa.
Mildred "Mille" (Crawford) Provost, Carlsbad, Calif.,
was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital in the 1940s. Her late hus-
band, Robert Provost (BHS'38), would tell us that he was
the very first Canal Zone boy to marry one of the new nurses
who had come down from the States at that time. In October
Millie and her son Robbie visited in Florida and Alabama,
where most of her family live, and they spent Christmas Day
with her sister-in-law, Lolita, and family.
Jean and Bill Quinn (BHS'42), Oakley, Calif., and for-
merly of Morgan Avenue, Balboa, are missed by our mem-
bers down here. They keep busy with work and family gath-
Michael and Tina (Cartotto) Ressa, Rialto, Calif.,
enjoyed some vacation time during the holidays. I joined
them and my grandsons, Vinnie and Steve, for a few days.
Vinnie came from Los Angeles where he is currently working
in a few television shows. In one, American Dreams, he plays
a marine. He's also worked on stage sets, etc. Steve is work-
ing near home before returning to Cal State Dominguez Hills
to complete his college education. It was so nice to see their
many friends from school and Little League days and their
parents, who visited with the family over the holidays.
Jerry Ridge (BHS'74), Hayward, greeted the New Year
with friends in beautiful skiing weather in the mountains of
Truckee. He works for NASA in the Bay Area, and plans to
attend the 30th anniversary reunion of his class in Orlando in
Joanie (Ridge) Cameron (BHS'75), Lincoln, spent ten
December days in Panama with her sister Regina of
Columbus, Ohio. The girls joined longtime Canal Zone
friends, the Roth-Roffys, and took in all the sights.
Julie (Wilson) Ridge (BHS'38), Corpus Christi, Texas
and her daughter, Sister Therese Ann (Mary E.) (BHS'62),
visited in Kerrville, Texas, with Julie's daughter Cathey
(BHS'60) and son-in-law Donald Adams for Thanksgiving
weekend. Julie then spent the Christmas holidays and New
Year's Day with Sr. Therese in Edinburg, Texas.
Janice (Cameron) Ross (BHS'28), Long Beach, and for-
merly from Pedro Miguel days, misses the Balboa Union
Church calendars. We are fortunate that the Panama Canal
Museum, Seminole, Fla., issues a calendar with wonderful,
historical photographs, with a special theme each year. This
year's theme is "Panama Canal Construction Days".
Marion (Price) Royston (BHS'44), Baltimore, Md., was
looking forward to the visit of her son and daughter-in-law
from Louisiana over the holidays. Marion met Ivan Jenkins in
July at the Orlando reunion and was so pleased that he
remembered her mother, Jettie Price, who worked at Ancon
Commissary with Ivan in the 1940s. Marion is the editor of
The Voice of '44, and does a fine job keeping her classmates
and friends in touch.
Pedro Simmons, Upland, was born in Colon, R.P., and
attended Canal Zone schools. His family left Panama for New
York after his junior year or he would have graduated with
the CHS Class of 1973. In December he visited family living
in Panama and hopes to return "home" soon to work in real
Betty (Chan) Snow (BHS'43), Clearwater, Fla., planned
on knee replacement surgery early this year. We hope she has
a speedy recovery and success with the new knee.
Tom and Lorrain Spencer, Tallahassee, Fla., are fine.
Their son Courtney retired recently with thirty-one years of
service with the Parks and Recreation Department,
Tallahassee. Their grandson will graduate from college this
year and their granddaughter from high school. They are the
children of their son Charles (BHS'68) and Elsa Spencer of
Fran and Bill Stock, St. Petersburg, Fla., wrote during
the holidays. We had met aboard the SS Cristobal in 1971,
and have been in touch over the years. We look forward to
meeting each year at the reunion in Orlando. Fran and my sis-
ter Margaret (Ridge) Coffey (BHS/CHS'52), New Orleans,
La., were nurses together at Gorgas Hospital.
Regina (Rau) and Warren Stroop (BHS'43), Santa
Maria, are enjoying their new little dog, who is very loving,
energetic and interesting. They think she is exceptionally
smart, even though she flunked out of obedience school. Regi
hopes to have relief from arthritis pain following surgery in
January, and Warren will have left elbow surgery to relieve a
pinched nerve in the elbow and numb fingers. As Anna
Rosanna Danna used to say, "It's always something."
Margaret (Atwood) Sullivan (CHS'47), Los Alamitos,
enjoys meeting classmates and friends at our society lunch-
eon. She plays golf five or six times a week.
The C. R. Vosburghs "Vos" and Ines, Rochester, N.Y.,
wrote that they are well and happy about their sons and fam-
ilies. Granddaughter Deanna, daughter of David and Betsy
(Morrison) Vosburgh (BHS'69), Satellite Beach, Fla., is a
happy freshman at Florida's Flagler College and Danielle,
John's daughter, is a seventh grader in Georgia and was pro-
moted to a higher level of achievement in math.
Audrie and A. Grant Westbrook (BHS'40), La Jolla, are
always on the go, enjoying cruise vacations every year. Grant
recovered swiftly from hip surgery in time for their sailing to
Hawaii in December.
We'll miss our friend, Emma M. "Peggy" Wertz, who
passed away on October 14, 2003. I learned of her passing
from her family, Richard and Ginger (Wertz) (BHS'68)
Zornes, Zephyrhills, Fla., who lived near her mother. Ginger
was in our Canal Zone Brownie and Girl Scout Troops in
Balboa in the 1960s, and Peggy and I became friends while
working with the girls, most all from the BHS Class of 1968.
Margaret Wiggin, Winter Haven, Fla., and I worked
together in the Claims Branch, Comptroller's Office, Balboa
Heights, in the 1940s. She writes that she is in good health
and keeps busy with the activities offered at her lovely retire-
Nancy (Ridge) Williams (CHS'73), Mission Viejo, and
her daughter Natalie, age 8, spent the Christmas holidays
with her parents, Vince (BHS'37) and Dottie Ridge in Center
Valley, Pa. Nancy's husband Jay had too busy a work sched-
ule to join the family. Vince and Dottie enjoyed having all of
their family with them this year. Daughter Eileen Jones and
family, W. Reading, Pa.; Sue in Center Valley; Michael and
family, Hackettstown, N.J.; and Kevin and his wife
Lorraine, Allentown, Pa.
Grace (Schack) Wilson (BHS'40), Dunedin, Fla., is fine
and keeps busy. She visits our classmate, Gertrude
(McConaghy) Roberto at an assisted-living residence in
Clearwater, and is in touch with classmate Marie (Schmidt)
Park, Pinellas Park, and many other Zonian friends in her
area. "Once a Canal Zone brat, always a Canal Zone brat."
Blanca and Bob Wolfenstein, Buena Park, keep busy and
enjoy their five-year-old grandson Liam and his baby sister.
Their daughter, son and family live nearby. Bob is active in
the local Marine Corps League, and arranges for the Marines
to present the Colors at our luncheons.
Elsie (Lawyer) (BHS'43) and Woody Woodruff
(BHS'42), Pinellas Park, Fla., are happy to be near their
daughters, Linda Weir and Darleen Hunt and families. In
February they plan to be on the ten-day cruise to Panama
sponsored by the Panama Canal Museum.
Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) (BHS'41) Wood,
Lancaster, celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary on
November 11th. Congratulations to our longtime friends and
Holiday reservation forms were sent to Bernice (Israel)
Karlan, Menifee, Calif., and Dr. Nida Fernandez, Newport
Beach, but they were unable to attend.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Reporter
Ed and I spent ten days in the Republic of Panama in
October and enjoyed it so much we are returning in June! We
shared Christmas in Ormond Beach at the home of Janet
Stuart with friends Pam Crowell, Jacque Crowell Vowell,
Debbie Beall Bandy and her friend Ed, Dawn and Danny
Gressang along with Janet's daughter Lindsey Willingham
and her boyfriend DJ. As usual there was an abundance of
food along with great merriment.
Zonian friends celebrating Christmas together. L-R standing;
Janet Stuart, Vicki Sizemore, and Debbie Beall. Sitting;
Jacque Crowell Vowell and Pam Crowell.
Cousins; Kye Vowell, Casey Vowell and Beth Crowell.
One of the joys of the season is receiving holiday cards.
This year my "Auntie" Bea (Sears) McLaughlin writes that
she is enjoying retirement at Azalea Trace in Pensacola along
with her husband, retired Admiral Bill McLaughlin, where
she is active in bridge and water aerobics. Bea lived in the
Canal Zone for many years along with her late husband Earl
Sears. I also heard from my dear friend Jane McCauley who
retired from the Canal Zone Schools Division after teaching
many years at Curundu Junior High. Jane is fine and contin-
uing to enjoy her retirement in Terre Haute, Ind.
We traveled to "the other side" for the Society Christmas
Luncheon along with Faye Weisser (BHS'70). We enjoyed
visiting with friends we do not get to see on a regular basis.
As usual, Nancy Van Siclen and Margaret McLaughlin did
a beautiful job organizing and decorating for the luncheon.
Ed Wardlow, Bobby Hanna, Faye Weisser and Tom
Hanna at the Christmas Luncheon.
Gerald Martin and Janet Stuart.
Ed Ohman, Bob Russell and Ed Wardlow.
We have been traveling to Ybor City on a monthly basis
to enjoy breakfast at the Tropical Cuban Caf6. Last month we
were joined by friends Rupert Turner and Chris Skeie. If
you are interested in joining our breakfast group, give me a
call and we will let you know when we are going to meet
Please send me news of your comings and goings so I can
make these articles more interesting or at least longer!
Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
Duffy and a tour of her brand-new home in Valrico. Patty is
the daughter of Ed (deceased) and Gerry Duffy of Ocala and
is now a Speech Language Pathologist working for the
Hillsborough School District in Plant City, Fla., as a Middle
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers next
gathering will be on Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse (3933 E. Silver Springs Blvd./Hwy 40 East in
Ocala). Sign-in after 11:00 a.m. See the adjoining page of
photos of some of our regulars in attendance at our last lunch-
eon meeting. If you see someone you know and are in the
Ocala area, why not drop by and say "HI"!
February plans for a repeat "Camavalito" in Ocala were
postponed. Instead, Tom Wilder was to host the February
general meeting of the Panama Canal Society at Carmichael's
Restaurant in Ocala.
Woody and Ruth (Rose) Foster took their long-awaited
trip to see the Florida Keys. While driving the scenic route,
they enjoyed the sights but failed to see at least one panther,
bear or alligator. How disappointing! Maybe somebody put
out the word that they were coming. All kidding aside, their
stay in Key West was a teaser -- "all that water and beautiful
foliage being reminders of home. The causeway was a bit
longer, but still, not Amador's."
Ed and Agnes Mulroy.
Richard Lopp, Veira and Charles Soukop.
John Muller and Wally Crawford.
Ruth (Rose) Foster and Patty Duffy.
They stopped in Miami on the way back North and visit-
ed her sister Helen (Rose) Shapiro for lunch and talk.
Another stop took them to visit with their grandniece Patty
Elissa Oakley, Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom, Jerry and Dianne
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Jean Muller, Juanita and Dick McConaughey.
Jean Muller, Juanita and Dick McConaughey.
Woody Foster, Fred and Claudia Robinson.
Woody Foster, Fred and Claudia Robinson.
On December 8th, a cold winter day, Pensacola got a
memorable treat Chef Emeril Lagasse came to Barnes &
Noble to promote his newest book, From Emeril's Kitchen,
and sign autographs. He was due to arrive at 4 p.m. and many
eager fans were there from 7 a.m. that morning. I tried my
best to get in with the Press, as a Record reporter, so I could
get a photo with him (no cameras were allowed inside), but
had no luck trying to reach his Publicist. So, I got in line with
everyone else at 1 p.m., met lots of friendly fans, made some
new friends and didn't get in to see him until almost 6 p.m.
Keith wanted to be there because he's one of his most devot-
ed fans, but was unable to come. So, I bought the new cook-
book for Keith and a copy of his teen cookbook for my grand-
son Shane as Christmas gifts. I got them both signed and was
totally impressed with Chef Emeril. He called me by name (I
had my Reporter's badge on), shook my hand and said to tell
Keith "hi". He looked so much younger in person and had
that same twinkle in his eye like he has on his TV shows. It
was a moment to remember.
I know that our world traveler Janet (Martin) Slaughter
took another cruise, but have not received her input and pho-
tos for this article. Hopefully, I'll have something by the next
The most rewarding event took place on October 25th
(my 60th birthday) Keith and I were finally married in the
Church. Our rehearsal dinner was outstanding a catered buf-
fet with all our friends and family. Our wedding was a fabu-
lous celebration with so many friends and family. The most
heartwarming part of the wedding ceremony was after our
guests heard that the Organist was a "no-show", everyone in
the church began humming the wedding march true family
and friends are hard to find and it was a beautiful show of
love for us. We had a unique DJ (from Scotland) who wore
his native tuxedo and kilt. Our photographers were awesome
and did a great job. After the reception we moved the party to
the Ramada Bayview (where everyone was staying) with din-
ner and dancing to the wee hours of the morning. On Sunday,
Keith and I hosted a breakfast-brunch for all our family and
friends to thank them for being a part of our special day. What
a way to celebrate my 60th birthday so memorable.
Roland Lees and Elaine Austin.
Gang on the Vose-Kulig wedding day, October
Katherine Egolf and her mother, Mary, on their way
home from one of their many tours (including art exhibits),
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
stopped by for a few days in Pensacola to visit with the
Dedeaux and Clement branches of the Egolf family.
The first part of November, Barb and Louie Dedeaux
traveled to Kerrville, Texas for a week's visit with Louie's
sister, Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan. While there, they visited with
the Richmond nieces and nephews and attended an enjoyable
no-host dinner with many Zonian friends in the Kerrville
area. On their way to and from Kerrville, they stopped off in
Houston spending each weekend with niece Mary Ruth
(Clement) Vaughn and family.
Our Thanksgiving was so relaxing and enjoyable, not to
mention, delicious. We all had dinner at Bob and Dawn's
house. Carol and Orrin Clement had a truly memorable hol-
iday, they hosted Thanksgiving festivities at a condo on
Pensacola Beach for all the family. Louie and Barb stretched
their Thanksgiving out for three days since they all had such
a great time. The family consisted of the Clements (Carol,
Orrin, Casey, Candance and Carey (Clement) Hobson and
her husband Dan; the Dedeauxs (Barb, Louie, Chi Chi, Deb,
Jon and J).
Before Christmas, Dawn Vose had a Cookie Swap at her
house what an interesting way to enjoy the holidays. It was
delicious and so fattening tasting all the cookies and taking
home a dozen of each type.
My 15-year-old grandson Shane, a member of the
Escambia County Youth Orchestra, performed their
Christmas Concert, "Angel Strings", at the Saenger Theater
in Pensacola. It was beautiful and really got us into the holi-
Internationally acclaimed Italian Maestro James Brooks-
Bruzzese (Jim Brooks) returned to Pensacola the week
before Christmas to again conduct the Pensacola Symphony
Orchestra in the holiday ballet of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
We attended the matinee on Saturday and were thoroughly
awed by the ballet performance and Jim's conducting he is
brilliant. Later that evening, we met for a late supper at
Skopelos on the Bay Restaurant and made sure he had his full
supply of Barb's cookies to take home.
Keith Kulig and Jim Brooks at Skopelos On the Bay,
Pensacola, Dec. 2003.
The whole family attended the Children's Mass on
Christmas Eve it was crowded, but so beautiful. Father
Mooney played traditional holiday songs on the organ for the
children and Santa surprised them with his visit. Christmas
brunch was enjoyed at Darla and Jeffs non-traditional deli-
cious treats along with exchanging gifts.
We received a wonderful gift on Christmas day we were
asked to open a small gift inside was a pair of booties. We
are going to be grandparents again Bob and Dawn are
expecting their second child in August. What a fabulous
Christmas gift! New Year's was quiet in Jacksonville, but oh
Reminder: The 6th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast
Panazonian Mini-Reunion is tentatively scheduled for
Sunday, May 30, 2004 (Memorial Day weekend) at Coconut
Bay Holiday Inn University Mall, Pensacola). Please mark
your calendars and contact me for any information.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2004 Reunion
in Orlando. It is going to be a new experience, but I'm sure
an exciting one for everyone at a new hotel.
If you have any news for my next article, please call or
send to me no matter how small. Hasta Luego.
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose, Reporter
This is the time of year when I miss Panama the most.
Back home the winds out of the north are blowing steady, the
Humboldt has made the water off the causeway almost too
cold to swim in, there are only a few fleeting clouds left in the
deep blue sky and the hazy days of verano are still a few
We recently had our Seventh Annual Panamaniac Picnic
at Topeekee Yougnee Park in early December. It was a beau-
tiful South Florida fall day (80s) and the many shade trees
took the edge off the heat. We definitely had some long dis-
tance travelers make the trek this year. Art Mokray who usu-
ally plans his vacation to the states to coincide with the annu-
al bacchanal missed his first picnic since 1997 (maybe next
year). Eric and Noreen Ernest drove down from
Jacksonville and Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison along
with their kids Carly, Tommy, Samantha and Megan were
in from the Melbourne area. Peggy Huff (Merritt Island),
Luis and Mom Payne (Orlando), Marvin Duane Wright III
(Texas?), while Jimmy, Kelly and Ben Parthenais repre-
sented the Official Delegation from the Head Shed in St. Pete.
"China" Rovira all the way from Boqu6te, Provincia de
Chiriqui, Republica de Panama, was visiting her brother Luis
here in Miami and was able to join us for the festivities.
China's mom Magda was our housekeeper for many years
and when she decided to retire, China stepped in and joined
the family. Among the locals in attendance were: The
Azcarraga clan of Lucho, Mimi, Adam and Andre (Alex
was in Orlando), Mimi's mom Ann Hoag, Richard and
Yakeel Barker, Gloria (Burgoon) Wright, Jaime and Amy
(Robertson) Niedda, Joanne (Campbell) Chiari, Mark and
SEVENTH ANNUAL PANAMANIAC PICNIC
Patty Kerr, Mark and Poke Parker, Everett White,
Wayne Bryant Jr. and his wife Cyndi, Michele Kaughman
and fiance Hugo, Lourdes Arze, Gisela Bibbo, Alba
Tosoni, Debbie Pollack, Donna Yerxa, Scott Parker, Tom
Finneman, D and Teri LaPorta and daughter Samantha,
Tom Gray and TY. We had many great treats including pur-
ple potato salad, two different ceviches, arroz con pollo, next
side fry fry (wontons, patacones), TY's famous yucca frita
and came a la barbacoa galor. Later we had a late night get-
together complete with raucous bongo banging, maraca shak-
ing, cowbell clanging, beer bottle clinking.
"Taco and Friends"
Mike Young took a couple weeks off this year to make a
thunder run through the south. He stopped in Georgia to visit
the Wiggins sisters (Laura and Gina) before cruising down
the eastern seaboard to Dania Beach. He hit all the local hol-
iday parties and even made a side trip to Englewood to see
old friend Alan Gaver. While he was there he visited with
Paul "P.K." and Margaret (Brown) Karst.
Fernando Martinez (Mimi's father) visited the
Azcarragas during the Thanksgiving holiday. This was his
first trip to the US from Panama in quite some time. He
ensured they kept up on all the golfing tournaments via ESPN
and cooked some hearty sanchoco. Milita Cazorla also vis-
ited the Azcarragas from Panama in time to attend a local
extreme rock-n-roll event (first mosh-pit).
Mary Azcarraga (Manuel's mother) was in town during
the Christmas and New Year's holidays as well as Maria
Martinez and husband Jim Witte. Janette Sousa-Martinez,
daughter Michele Marie, and Dorothy and Chichi Sousa
(who also were visiting from Panama) stopped by for some
Christmas cheer along with Jeanine Eggleston (the cookie
queen). Holiday activities included constant eating, shopping,
happy hours, watching football and more football and finally
installing new bathroom fixtures with the help of Mike Young
(el gran plomero) visiting from Memphis. As Maria and Mimi
painted the bathroom, they reminisced about all the painting
they did as youngsters in Coronado at the Martinez "Choza
Alegre" beach-house. Many good memories of the beach
bungalow with its "pica-pica" (the itchy fiber that flies ram-
pant during summertime--that only rubbing of human hair on
it will get rid of it) and the multitude of bugs that you just
could not get away from (especially the flying roaches). Ann
Hoag also had some major activity over the past several
months as she moved from her home in Hallandale to a
"quaint" condo in Beverly Hills, Hollywood (Florida). In
addition she helped to orchestrate the many holiday festivities
including the annual picnic, Christmas and holiday dinners.
What would we do without "Moms"?
Mimi Azcarraga and her sons Andre, Adam and Alex at
Anne Kolb Nature Center.
Joanne Wiskowski and three grandchildren (Carly,
Vincent, and Luke) came down for the day from Tampa,
where they were visiting Monica and Frank Wruck. Frank
was hospitalized for awhile, but is now doing better. Dane
had to stay in Panama for the overhaul probecito. Carly is
now 15 anos and is a sophomore at the International School -
a real charmer. She just got word she will be in the cayuco
race next year and is thrilled. How tradition lives on. Vincent
and Luke are both avid soccer players and attend school at the
L-R: Joanne (Wruck) Wiskowski, granddaughter Carly and
Carol (Wiskowski) Belok.
Also, Mary Azcarraga surprised Carol with a visit. She
was visiting Lucho and Mimi, but decided to drive over to the
East Coast for a few days. They had a ball reminiscing over
the Canal Zone Mental Health Center and Gorgas Hospital
days, where they both worked as psychiatric nurses.
I would also like to apologize to Paul Parks for not
including him in the founding fathers of the Hooters Business
Club in my last report. He was there. How could I forget!
Carol Belok and Mary Azcarraga.
So, that's it from South Florida as far as I know. If you
have anything to add, I'd be happy to include it. Remember,
if you don't write me, call me or invite me, this is what you
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and New Year
holiday. We did and we have the waistlines and wallets to
prove it. But, it was fun. And we weren't the only one having
We welcome another Zonian to our area Elsie
McDowell has relocated to Merritt Island from New York so
she could spend more time with her family here and enjoy
some warmer weather. She is living just a few houses away
from her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Fran Meyer. We
are glad to have her here.
Front Row (L-R): Kelly ?, Brian Husted, Stephanie
Bowser, Bob McConaughey, Kathy Spafford, Darcy
Guthrie, Peggy Huff. Second Row (L-R): Kyle Husted,
Lou Husted, Robyn Husted, Chaco Smail, Bo Smail,
Kathie McConaughey, Val Dempsey, Bud Dempsey, Lynn
White, Everett White, Jace Guthrie, Dennis Huff.
In November, Lou and Robyn Husted hosted a pre-
Thanksgiving feast to get us and our stomachs ready for the
big day. The beautifully decorated table almost groaned with
food and all of us really did groan after we got through eat-
ing. Robyn was especially happy to have her sister Lynn
(Patton) Guthrie and her children visiting for the weekend.
Others from out of town were Bo and Chaco Smail, and
Everett and Lynn White.
Tom and Connie Stoakley had an especially nice
Christmas since they had both their children together for the
first time in several years. Their son Bryan has been teaching
in Korea for several years and now he and his Korean wife
"Inky" have moved to the United States to settle and further
their educations. They all celebrated Christmas together with
Tom and Connie's daughter Monica, her husband Bob, and
their son Zachary in Pembroke Pines, Fla. A week before
Christmas, Tom's sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Mary
Lynn (Stoakley) Rowe, came down from Valdosta to visit
and help them welcome them home.
The family of Olga and the late Homer Watkins, from
Gamboa, Canal Zone, held a family reunion on December
20th at the home of Crissy and Eddie Ponce in Lakeland,
Fla. Sandra, Harvey, Norman, Dennis, Marsha, Fred and
Jeff played "Watkins Trivia" which led to lots of reminiscing
and stories being told. It was a wonderful get-together and
everyone hopes to do it again soon.
Randy and Joella Deakins hosted their annual Christmas
Day open house. It seems as if the group gets larger each
year...and as usual, a good time was had by all. Attending
were: Terry and Sue Deakins, their daughter Allison and
husband Tim; Bob and Fran Morrissey, their son Sean and
their daughter Tristen; Linda and Hank Boardman; Earl
and Nancy McMillan, their son Brendon; Bob and Pat
Munchback, their daughter Rachel and husband Dan and
granddaughter Samantha, and their son Rob with his wife
Crissy; Mark and Kim Jenkins with daughter Ashley and
son Chris; Randy and Joella Deakins with their son Rick and
wife Tracie and grandchildren Ricky and Meghan.
Breanne Victoria Niemeyer, daughter of Tom and
Melinda Niemeyer, received the Sacrament of Baptism dur-
ing a ceremony held in Divine Mercy Catholic Church,
Merritt Island, Fla., on October 5, 2003. Family friend, Father
Robert McDonnell, administered the Sacrament. Breanne's
Godparents are her uncle Richard Grimison and her aunt
Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher. After the ceremony, family
and friends gathered to celebrate this happy occasion in the
Niemeyer Merritt Island home.
Erin Fahy, daughter of Bill and Elizabeth (Grimison)
Fahy, of Ramstein Village, Germany, visited her grandpar-
ents, Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla., in
Christina (Grimison) Volonnino from Melbourne, Fla.
took in the Melbourne Fall Arts Festival in October 2003, sur-
rounded by the artwork of Ed Volonnino (Ed's Heads).
Christina's husband Ed was exhibiting in the show which for
the past couple of years has been run by Betsy (Morrison)
Vosbnrgh. Always good to know the people in charge.
Thanks for all your news and information for this report.
Thank you also for your understanding and working with me
with my short deadline. I hope I won't have to do that to you
again. The next deadline is April 9th. I hope to see and hear
lots from you all before then.
Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
Oh, how we love the change of seasons in Tally. No worry
about driving in the snow, but cold enough to light the fire-
place and break out the warm sweaters and jackets. A popu-
lar feature seen at many holiday parties this year was the out-
door fireplace. Party goers at Ed and Kari McIlvaine's annu-
al Christmas party could be seen huddled around two fire-
places on the marvelous multi-level deck (or huddled around
the bar, which was also on the deck). Ditto goes for attendees
at Mark and Katherine Heddaeus' Christmas day/evening
party. Many of the same people were at both parties, so there
were enhanced opportunities to catch up on news, hug, kiss,
schmooze, and well, yes, booze.
Men: Mike Stephenson, Larry Corrigan, Jeff Robbins,
Mike Smith, Joe Wood, Mark Heddaeus, Burt Mead and
Rich Linton. Women: Elaine Stephenson, Katherine
Heddaeus, Angie Linton, Bev Wood, Sharon Smith, Sue
Robbins, and Carol Mead.
Certainly a highlight of the Heddaeus party was the pres-
ence of the Robbins family: Capt. Jeff, his lovely bride Sue,
and their adorable, amazing, gregarious (think clones of Sue)
kids; J, Rocky, Linda and Jessica. Hard for me to believe
that Jeff is now a "senior" pilot on the Canal (I remember
when he arrived as one of the youngest ever hired), and Sue
was this adorable (well, she still is) twenty-something-year-
old who popped out four babies in five years. Jeff is on the
5/3 Plan (five weeks piloting in Panama, three weeks off at
home in Colorado ski country). All six members of the fami-
ly were traveling in their motor home (parked at the
Heddaeus ponderosa for Christmas) on their way to Disney
World. Thanks to Sue, we offer you a picture of one very
happy, very tightly packed group embracing one another in
the Heddaeus kitchen.
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Roy Wilson, Mike Stephenson, Elaine Stephenson, Bev
Wood, Sue Robbins, Joe Wood, Angie Linton, Mike
Smith, Carol Mead, Burt Mead, Katherine Heddaeus, and
Another special feature of both parties was the inclusion
of two generations of Zonians. For example, the fun-loving
exuberance of the following "kids" added to the holiday
cheer (additionally, they were excellent chaperons for their
parents): Nathan and Sarah McIlvaine, Jillian Heddaeus,
David and Stephanie Chase, and J, Rocky, Linda and Jessica
Robbins. My son, Tim Kirkby, was home for the McIlvaine
party, but gone for the Heddaeus party. All these kids are
doing so well adapting to "Gringolandia". Whether still in
high school, college, or graduate school, they are all truly
delightful kids who make their parents very, very proud. Tim
was especially glad to have had an opportunity to chat with
Sarah McIlvaine, who is a senior majoring in design at
Florida State University, about her plans for studying archi-
tecture in graduate school next year (Tim graduated in May
from the University of Florida's School of Architecture and
now attends Yale Graduate School).
Rocky Robbins, Isias Santos, Stephanie Chase, J Robbins,
Jessica Robbins, Jillian Heddaeus, Linda Robbins, Sarah
McIlvaine, Nathan McIlvaine.
Katherine Heddaeus' parents, Carl and Tita Simmons,
were recently in town and not just to see the family. Carl won
the Class "B" Division of the Seminole Table Tennis Classic,
beating out Florida State University's Turkish international
player. Katherine writes that her dad "perplexed the FSU
players with his controlling 'pips' style of play." She assures
me that anyone who plays table tennis will know what that
Tita Simmons, Jillian Heddaeus, and Carl Simmons (hold-
ing trophy he won in table tennis tournament at Florida State
Had an e-mail from a very lovely lady and former Zonian,
Shirley Hicks, telling me that she is retiring from her job as
a senior secretary at FSU and will be moving to Jacksonville
to be closer to her daughter. She will reside at the
Presbyterian Apartments--a housing complex for the elderly.
Shirley sent along the following for inclusion in the Record:
Her stepdaughter, Major Barbara Hicks (daughter of TMB
Hicks, who was Chief Information Officer at Amador and
head of AFRS and TV from 1956-1960) is a member of the
Army Reserves located outside of Chicago and was deployed
early this year to Kuwait and Iraq. Shirley says that, like the
other poor souls, Barbara had her deployment extended until
some time next year (Barbara is fifty-six years old and a
lawyer in civilian life). Shirley's daughter, SSG Lois Hicks,
saxophonist with the West Point College Band, was recently
awarded the Army Commendation Medal. She is also preg-
nant again, and again with twins. Congratulations on both
accomplishments. The twin girls will be almost seven when
the twin boys are born--that makes Shirley's 12th and 13th
grandchildren. Retirement for Shirley can't come too soon.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken their toll on
many families, including Zonians. Our son-in-law, Patrick
Lincoln, who is a reservist in an Army MP Unit that deployed
to Kuwait/Iraq last March, had his duty extended as well. He
was home on two-weeks leave over Thanksgiving and we
were thrilled to have him and Nancy (Smith) Lincoln come
to Tally for a brief visit. It was very, very hard to let him go-
-but we hope he will be safe and return home in March (but,
it probably won't be that long before he is called up again--
many are now serving their second and even third tours, with
less than twelve months at home). Not sure how long our
stretched to the limit "citizen/part-time" soldiers can keep
that up. Extended occupations and nation building may
require a larger military, or more limited foreign policy objec-
Want to call your attention to a delightful and informative
article that Skip Rowley has shared with us about his recent
trip to Panama. Due to the length, amount of pictures, and my
hope that more people will read it, it is included in the
"Letters to the Editor" section
In closing, I would like to ask the following: "Would any-
one else in Tallahassee like to take over my job as reporter?"
It is not that I do not enjoy writing the articles: it's just that I
want to make sure that everyone feels included. I can only
write about what I know personally, or what people send to
me, and too many of you don't send me anything. So, perhaps
someone else (perhaps someone who gets around more?)
would like the job. If you are interested, please call or e-mail
our editor, Jacque Vowell at (386) 441-3229 or at edi-
tor(@pancanalsociety.org. If not, please send me what you
Sharon Smith, Reporter
Pat Neckar Coleman of Florida sent me an email about
an honor bestowed on her daughter Dottie Coleman Malin,
who lives here in Georgia. The email was actually dated
October 16, 2003 and stated that one of the items listed on the
agenda at the state math conference at Rock Eagle was the
Gladys M. Thomason Award which is essentially a lifetime
achievement award given by the Georgia Council of Teachers
of Mathematics for distinguished service in the field of math-
ematics education at the local, regional and national levels.
The award criteria includes (a) significant services (above
and beyond what is normally expected), and (b) services that
lead to improvement in mathematics education. This is the
highest recognition given in Georgia and the 2003 award win-
ner was Dottie Coleman Malin. Dottie is married to Ed
Malin and resides in Marietta, Ga. Congratulations to Dottie
for this great honor. And thanks to Pat for sending me this
information for our Record.
H T I
Rodney Seeley, Violet Seeley, Mariette and Al Graham in
Helen, Ga., during Octoberfest 2003.
Also heard from Al Graham. He wrote that Rodney
Seeley and his wife Violet, along with Al and his wife
Mariette got together for a reunion during Octoberfest in
Helen, Ga. Both of the men wore baseball caps showing they
were die-hard Yankee fans. They had a great time talking
about old times. Rodney and Al joined the Air Force together
and were aircraft crash rescue firemen. Al says Octoberfest
was great and the beer flowed like a river, but he and Rodney
only had one beer each.
Ronald Seeley and Al Graham wearing their NY Yankees
hats at Octoberfest in Helen, Ga., October 2003.
Lester Smith also sent me an email telling me about a 6-
week trip that he and his wife Andrea Byrd Smith took the
end of August in their fifth-wheel camper. They headed for
South Dakota where they met up with their youngest daugh-
ter Kimberly near Mt. Rushmore. After a week of seeing all
the sights, from the Badlands to Mt. Rushmore, they went to
Yosemite National Park and enjoyed all that they had seen 30
years earlier. Then on to San Diego, Calif., for a visit with Pat
and Peggy McCarragher and a side trip to Tiajuana, Mexico.
They also visited with Lester's brother Robert in Tucson,
Ariz.; Ed Stanford, Jim Slice and their wives in Kerrville,
Texas, and after a slight detour for a few days at Galveston
Beach, headed to Baton Rouge for a week of visiting old
neighbors and friends, including Billy Bishop and Ellen
Osborne and their spouses. All in all, they traveled/camped
for 7,000 miles before returning home to Georgia. Lester
wants to know if there are any other "Campers" out there who
might be interested in having a get-together at some central
location. If so, send him an email at: email@example.com.
Lori Stevenson Snow and June Rowley Stevenson dressed
in early 1900 costumes on Holland America cruise.
My daughter Lori Snow and I went on that 18-day
Holland America cruise in October and had a wonderful time.
Lori gave five separate lectures and the first one was in cos-
tume of the early 1900s when she spoke about the building of
the Panama Canal. We were asked to be escorts on several of
the excursions, so we were able to go river rafting in Costa
Rica, visit a smoking volcano in Nicaragua, and snorkeling in
Grand Cayman. Sorry, no swimsuit photos of us.
The day we actually transited the Panama Canal turned
out to be very nice. We were happy about the fact that the rain
held off until after we finished the transit. Passengers were
very happy with Lori's lectures, stating that they completely
understood the operation of the Panama Canal after hearing
her lectures. One of the passengers on the ship was a class-
mate of mine from BHS, David Otten and his wife Donnell.
There was also another BHS graduate on board, Sheila
Snyder Hall, who went to school with my brother Samuel
"Skip" Rowley. Sheila was cruising with her husband Jerry,
and I was delighted to meet her. Small world, isn't it?
"".- -,_ --
Lori Stevenson Snow and June Rowley Stevenson
enters Miraflores Locks, October 2003.
Davis and June Stevenson on slopes in Steamboat Springs,
Colo., during Christmas week 2003.
We did one final trip before the year ended. My husband
and I, along with our daughter Lori and her family, flew to
Steamboat Springs, Colo., during Christmas week to ski,
snowmobile and snowshoe. All wonderful experiences, at
least for me and my husband as we had never done any of that
before. Lori and her family were all experts on the slopes, but
Steve and I stuck to the bunny slopes for two days and then
went on to other adventures there. We had rented a 4-bed-
room condo, each bedroom with its own fireplace and bath-
room, so that was very nice. The day we left to return to
Georgia it was 4 degrees, so I do believe this was the coldest
weather I have ever been in. But, we had a wonderful time
and many wonderful memories.
I want to remind all my classmates from both CHS/BHS
that we are planning on our 50th class reunion from July 28-
August 1, 2004 in Orlando during the Annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion. If you have not already done so, please con-
tact either Marguerite Neal Zumbado, Sheila McNamee
Taylor or me to let us know if you will be coming. Also,
please contact any of the classmates that you still correspond
with to let them know, just in case they might not be aware
that we are planning and hoping to see each one of them once
again for a great get-together.
Remember. if any of you Zonians out there in any part of
Georgia have some news about trips taken or Zonian/Panama
visitors, please either give me a call, or send me an email/let-
ter so I can get your news in the Canal Record. I honestly
love hearing from you and know other Zonians feel the same
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
Pajaro Valley Game Fish Club ofWatsonville, Calif., cap-
tured its third championship of the Hawaii International
Billfish Tournament (HIBT) since 1997 at Honokohau,
Hawaii. It is the first time a team has won three times in the
44-year tournament history. The team members are Rocky
Franich (captain), Jim Ramsey, Arlen Steiner, Mike
McElroy, and Joe Yee. Franich, Steiner, and McElroy are
California residents, while Joe Yee, world-famous lure maker,
is a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii. Ramsey resides in both
Oregon and Arkansas.
Jim, son of Erwin and Dorothy Ramsey former resi-
dents of Margarita began his fishing career primarily on the
Chagres River for tarpon with Jim Roddy, Burdo Stern, and
Tommy Stiles. Jim Ramsey caught his first marlin on the
Cyman II with the Schmidt brothers--John, Louis, and Ted.
Also, Jim caught his largest marlin, 776 lbs., with the
Schmidts at Pinas Bay, Panama. He's still fishing for his 1000
Ramsey has recorded 63 billfish in tournament events
sponsored by the tournament Angelers Association of
California. Prior to the HIBT August 2003 win, he won the
Eastcape, Mexico, TAA Billfish Tournament in June 2003.
These two event wins qualify him for the Rolez International
Billfish Invitational in Cabo san Lucas, Mexico, in May
Jim Ramsey is shown with his prize catch of a 508-pound
marlin during the HIBT at Honokohau, Hawaii.
*editor's note: Picture was published in the December issue
but the article was not received at that time
Dee Ramsey Ahlstrom, Reporter
Barbara Barnickel, Leesville, reports she's selling her
house and building another in 2004. Corrie is a sophomore at
Louisiana Tech and loving it. Barbara and her sister Susie
McShane Edwards are busy planning the 50th wedding
anniversary of their parents, Charles and Alice McShane, in
August. We'll look for the pictures in a later issue.
Once again, this reporter was privileged to be able to
spend Christmas Day delivering Meals on Wheels. She
enjoyed a recent performance of Phantom of the Opera at the
Saenger Theater, New Orleans. Andrew Lloyd Webber is
indeed a master music maker.
I have been laid up recently with a bug so have next to
nothing in the way of news to report. Please forgive me and I
promise to do better next time.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Jim and Diana Bradley have spent quite a bit of time
traveling this past few months. They went to New York for
the wedding of Jim's sister Marion's son Greg and had a
great family reunion at the same time. Eileen and Per and
grandson Karl Phillip came over from Germany and Mike
and Kim Bradley came up from Texas. Jim and Diane did a
little babysitting while the "young couples" enjoyed New
York City. They visited West Point and other surrounding
areas. In October they drove up to Niagara Falls on their way
to Kichener, Canada for Octoberfest. Niagara was beautiful
and they just missed the guy who went over the falls and sur-
vived. They met up with Willy and Wilma Nowotny in
Canada for the festival but decided that nobody can do
Octoberfest like the Germans. Willy, of course, agreed. They
did have a good time though. Jim and Diane also attended the
Tennessee reunion which was held at a park near Nashville.
Nicki and Tye Erickson and Ron and Pat Nessler also
attended that reunion. They were all impressed with the gath-
ering and plan to attend next time. Thanksgiving brought
Mike and Kim and their three children, Kristen, Cameron
and Kendall, "...over the river and through the woods to
Grandmother's house". They arrived in time for the first
snow of the season and the kids were delighted.
Joanne Kent and Llori and Jay Gibson came up to see
the fall colors and check out their house in Mills River. They
visited with Carmen and Charlie Howe and Priscilla Dunn
and family. I missed seeing them but they will be back.
In November our Hendersonville Society had our 2nd
annual pre-Christmas party at Hubert's Restaurant. Those
attending included Malcolm and Jean Stone, Norma and
Sam Irvin, Ruth and Bill Tillman, Shirley and Jim
Crafton, Dr. Charles and Mrs. Alice Latimer and daughter
Mary, Ron and Pat Nessler, Willy and Wilma Nowotny and
Wilma's daughter Terry Densmore Fields (who was visiting
from Texas), Carmen and Charlie Howe, Pat Fraser, Ron
Angermuller, Jan and Don Ponder, and Dr. Henry and
Hannah Stockwell, who drove up from Charlotte. It was
their first time at one of our get-togethers and it was so nice
to have them here. Henry is still doctoring and doesn't look a
day older than he did in Panama, nor does Hannah. We hope
they will come again. If I have left anyone out, please forgive
me. Oops, I forgot me.
I spent Thanksgiving in Durham with daughter Laurie
and husband Sam Trinca and my grandsons Zach and
Justin. They had quite a houseful as my son John and daugh-
ter Lisa from North Carolina, Terri and Bryan from Atlanta,
and my sister Vicki Howe with my two nieces Nannette and
Brandi and great-niece Kaitlyn from Florida also came.
Only Terri's two children, Michael and Jennifer Watkins,
were missing as they had Thanksgiving in Atlanta with their
father Fred Watkins, who had recently transferred to Atlanta
from Toronto, Canada with U. S. Customs. Michael had just
moved into his first home and they celebrated the day there.
We had a wonderful time together.
In December the Bradleys and the Nowotnys joined up
again for a 10-day cruise out of Jacksonville, Fla. They visit-
ed Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and the highlight Panama.
They had only 8 or 10 hours there but put it to good use. Back
in Jacksonville, they planned to spend Christmas with Jim
and Sherry Bradley and granddaughters Candace and
Lauren. New Year's was to be spent in Hendersonville.
Nicki and Tye Erickson have been busy also. Besides
their trip to the Tennessee reunion, they visited with daughter
Heather and two grandchildren, spoiling them a little in
Hilton Head and Massachusetts. Brad and Jennifer
Erickson made a trip to Panama this year--his first in 15
years. He enjoyed showing Jennifer all the sights and saw
many, many changes himself. They enjoyed eating all Brad's
favorite Panamanian foods and made several trips to the
Napoli for pizza. Both Nicki and Tye stay busy with many
Sam and Norma Irvin are enjoying their new home-much
less work for both of them. They became grandparents again
with the birth of Kathleen Norma in August born to son
Tom and his wife Kathy. Their oldest son Sam is Chief Mate
on the Sea-Land Achiever so spends a lot of time at sea.
Ralph Mendenhall, his wife Louise and their daughter
Janice (Mendenhall) Whitaker visited with Matthew
Wesley during the Thanksgiving holiday at Fort Stewart, Ga.
Matthew is in the North Carolina National Guard. His unit is
training at Fort Stewart for deployment to Iraq in February
2004. While in Georgia the three of them went to Macon with
Donna (Seeley) Haisten and her husband Glen. They spent
time enjoying great food and a lot of Canal Zone memories.
The rest of the weekend was spent sightseeing in Savannah,
Ga. Due to health problems, Ralph (Whitie) Mendenhall,
Sr. was unable to make the trip so he visited with his daugh-
ter Carol Williams and son Ralph (Skip) Mendenhall Jr.
where they reside in Washington, N.C.
Spoke with Margaret (Bivins) Coffin and her husband
Mark and daughter Meg were visiting over Christmas with
Mark's mother in Haw River, N.C. Because Laurie (my
daughter) and I had the flu we were not able to get together.
Hopefully I have not forgotten any news--if so, I will
make it up in the next issue. Hope everyone enjoyed a won-
derful holiday season.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Greetings to all from the great (and sometimes not so hot)
Northwest. Christmas was not white but the day after New
Year's the snow fell well, and kept falling, even as the ther-
mometer hit 20 degrees. One morning the thermometer read
11 degrees, but the next week it was back up again in the low
The annual NW Christmas party was held December 13,
2003, in Bremerton, Wash. Quite a gathering and the weath-
er cooperated. Our thanks to Cecil and Donna Caudill and
Ted Paine and friend Nancy Stickney for the great party, and
we sure missed Ted and Nancy who were unable to be there
as Ted was down with the flu.
On December 21st, John and Michele (Greene) Bundy
threw a party for some of their local friends and former
Zonians. Mary (Wells) and Guy Fealey, Richard Greene
(Michele's brother) and Dick Casey with his non-Zonie wife
Linda were among those attending.
Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young returned in January to
the cold and snow in Washington from two weeks in Kauai,
Hawaii, with their daughter Ellie and her husband. While
they were in Hawaii, Mary's sister Margaret Sullivan
McMillan, who lives in Honolulu, spent the Christmas holi-
days with them. Jim and Mary had a great trip with warmth,
sunshine, and a beautiful beach in front of the house. Jim and
Mary left shortly thereafter for a month in Panama, staying
with son Jim in Curundu. They are anxious to visit with their
son David and family in Ft. Clayton, since they have a recent-
ly-born son whom Jim and Mary have not yet seen.
January 3 seems to be a popular wedding date. On that
date in 2004, Sue (Taylor) and Lew Pitney of San Diego,
Calif., celebrated their 43rd; Gerry and Howie (Adams)
Laatz of Anacortes, Wash., celebrated their 35th; and Renee
(Harper) and Ed Jones celebrated their 50th in Grants Pass,
Ore., where they have retired. Renee lived in France Field,
attended Cristobal High School in her sophomore year (1948-
49) and would have graduated in 1951, but her stepfather
Ralph Frank, the golf pro at Fort Davis, was transferred.
Renee and her friend Nancy (Leach) Lanfranco have kept in
touch over the years and she said it was wonderful to renew
friendships with many classmates at her 50th class reunion in
2001 in Orlando.
Sue (Taylor) and Leo Pitney on Christmas Eve in San
Diego, Calif. Sue is the daughter of Catsy Schafer.
Paul and Suzette Baker planned to take a break from
their around-the-world venture aboard their sailboat Altair to
return to Washington and California for a time starting in late
January to visit with friends and family and take care of busi-
ness. While here, they will have the boat up on rails in New
Zealand. Paul's mom Bev Baker recently moved from her
home to a retirement community in Federal Way, Wash. She
was unable to make the Christmas party and we all missed her
Jim Duffus was due back in the States from Iraq in
January, where he has been volunteering in water-system
work. He was originally expected back in late December but
voluntarily extended another month. His wife Clover
(Shobe) and kids really missed him, especially at Christmas,
so her folks, Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe of Bellingham,
Wash., joined her at home down by the Columbia River gorge
for the holidays.
Last summer, Phyllis (Crook) and Rocco Fiore of
Renton, Wash., welcomed her brother Doug Crook, his wife
Rose, and their kids Michael and Johanna, of Bradenton,
Fla., before and after Doug and family's week-long cruise to
Alaska. The cruise included four stops at different ports in
Alaska through the Inside Passage where the Crooks enjoyed
quite a few side trips. Doug has been with Tropicana for 22
years now and Rose keeps busy doing her thing. Daughter
Johanna is now 19, in her second year at Manatee
Community College in Florida, and currently works for the
local YMCA in after-school care for kids. Son Mike is 16, a
sophomore in high school with good grades, and playing var-
sity soccer. He's also a member of a county-wide boys'
league soccer team and has participated in tournaments in
Michael, Douglas, Rose and Johanna Crook at Mt. St.
Helens last summer during a visit to Doug's sister Phyllis and
her husband Rocco Fiore.
Gerry and I had a great time in Panama in the fall. We
went to Gorgona to watch Charlie Leves and Ruth King's
estate and black lab while they were stateside, after which
Ruth and I drove to and toured Boquete and Isla Colon in
Bocas del Toro. Gerry remained on the Atlantic side to fish
with Sid Coffin while I returned to Florida to see our son J
and wife Sunshine Laatz. During our stop in Tampa on the
way to Panama, we were fortunate to be invited to Jennifer
Eckel's birthday party, and got to see their whole clan--Janis
(Brogie) and Butch Eckel, Tom and Lisa (Sasso) Eckel and
their two daughters, Alan and Kristine (Stromberg) Eckel
and their two sons, Joann and son Christopher Eckel,
Wendy and Donna (Wertz) Sasso, and Shirley Wertz. It
was a great party and the food was splendid. After returning
to Florida, we visited Pat Manning and had a "pull pork"
party with black beans and rice prepared by J. During our
visit with Pat we saw Cody Hollowell, Tinker (Hollowell)
Cooper, Barbara (Brown) and Jerry Coleman, Barbara's
daughter Lyza (Byrnes) and husband Steve Van Nortwick
and their daughter Jordyn and newborn daughter Sidney.
Later on we also saw Marta Hollowell and her daughter
Solange in Orlando. Before returning to Washington from
Tampa we enjoyed lunch at the St. Petersburg Hops with Bill,
Fran and Cindy Stock. It was a real treat to see all those
Perth, Fred Jr. and family stopped by Guy and Mary's home
in Oak Harbor for a visit.
Renee (Harper) and Ed Jones in the driveway of their home
in Grants Pass, Ore.
Abuelita Maria Thompson with grandkids L.J. and Linzie,
son and daughter of Lizzie (Thompson) and Lonnie
Easterling of Memphis, Tenn. Maria and her late husband
Robert used to reside in Vancouver, Wash.
Fred E. Wells, Jr. (BHS'64), his wife Tricia and son
David of Perth, Australia, stopped in Panama on their way to
Kerrville, Texas for the holidays. While in Panama, they were
joined by Fred's cousin Rusty Orr (Mattes Orr, BHS'37).
They visited Fred's old haunts and met up with Lew and Sue
Stabler on a partial transit through the locks. Rusty headed
back to California and Fred, Tricia and David headed to the
Hill Country of Texas where they stayed with Fred's parents,
Fred and Marion Wells. Mary (Wells) and Guy Fealey
(BHS'69), son Guy and daughter Jamie of Oak Harbor,
Wash., joined the Kerrville crowd and stayed with Honey
Fealey (Guy's mother). Alan (BHS'66) and Kathy Jane
(Melanson) Wells (BHS'68) of Atlanta, Ga., and son
Michael also made the trip. Their daughter Chandra and
husband David Rice brought the senior Wells great-grand-
daughter Lily Bea (born in October) for her first Christmas.
Marion's brother Bob Orr (BHS'41) and wife Margaret of
Temple, Texas joined the clan for Christmas. An ever-wel-
come visitor to the Wells clan was JoAnne Fields (BHS'61).
Some went to hockey games, the Mexican Market, and/or the
University of Texas, San Antonio (Jamie's college elect).
Alan and Kathy Jane left shortly after Christmas to drive to
Houston to see Kathy Jane's dad and stepmother Ted and
Nora Melanson. What a wonderful reunion and everyone
enjoyed the gatherings and outings. On their way back to
Jake, Mitchel and Nancy (Rankin) Saunders during the
holidays in Tacoma.
Autie, Sandi (Rankin), Cassidy and Seth McClanahan dur-
ing a visit to Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin's (Sandi's mom)
home at Christmas time.
Tried to make a collage for this section of some of those
who attended the annual NW Christmas Party in Bremerton,
Wash. My heartfelt thanks to Joyce Kennedy, 17-year-old
daughter of Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy, for trying to
teach me how to do the collage, but had a very difficult time
with this computer novice. Unfortunately all our efforts
apparently were for naught. The collage turned out to be too
big to be sent by email and was returned. Sorry to all those
who attended the party.
Our best to all of you and hasta la proxima.
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
The Oklahoma Chapter held their picnic/business meeting
on October 4, 2003, at the home of Paulino and Julia
(Mercier) Allande in Tulsa, Okla. The gathering was small,
but everyone had fun. In attendance were Mike and Laura
(Burns) Redemann with daughters Elizabeth and
Cheyenne; Jean and Doris Burns; Scott Burns; Jimmie
Wickham; John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler; Paulino
and Julia Allande; Tomas and Aymee (Lugo) Diaz with son
Michael; and George Dany. The group enjoyed some
Panamanian flavor by the sharing of fried plantain,
empanadas, Ron Cortez and Cerveza Panama. We also
enjoyed listening to Panamanian music CDs provided by
Oklahoma Chapter Picnic/Business Meeting at the home of
Paulino and Julia Alande, Tulsa, Okla., October 2003.
John and Madeleine Raffler became abuelitos on August
25, 2003. Their daughter Kristin and son-in-law Nick
Knight welcomed daughter Reina into the world in San
Diego, Calif., where Nick is stationed at Miramar Air Base.
Reina weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 19-3/4 inch-
es long. They stayed for a week and had a fantastic time. This
reporter wishes she had been along for the fun.
Over the recent holidays several people traveled out of
state. Steve and Esther Helin spent Christmas in Tallahassee,
Fla., with Steve's two daughters, Tracey (Helin) Winkler
and Stephanie (Helin) Bacot and their families. Tomas Diaz
and daughter Michelle visited relatives in Venezuela for two
weeks. Aymee Diaz and son Michael traveled to New York
City for a week to visit relatives there. The whole Diaz fami-
ly had a great time at their respective locations.
Bill and Teresa Keller's son Troy married Erin
Chandler on September 6, 2003, in Amarillo, Texas. Troy
and Erin went to St. Martin for their honeymoon. After the
wedding, Bill and Teresa went on a trip to Santa Fe, N.M. and
Red River. They really had a wonderful trip and saw some
breathtaking sights. On December 19, 2003, son Gregg fin-
ished his degree at Oklahoma University and was commis-
sioned an Ensign in the Navy. Gregg and family are on their
way back to Virginia Beach where he is to report to the USS
Cape St. George. Son BJ is in nuclear medicine at the Naval
Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. Son Mike is in Oregon, after serv-
ing in Kuwait and Iraq from March to June 2003. Daughter
Kim is in her third year at Southwestern Oklahoma State in
Weatherford, Okla., majoring in Mass Communications.
The next Oklahoma Chapter gathering will be on May 1,
2004, at the home of Tomas and Aymee Diaz in Norman,
Okla. We usually meet around noon. Anyone wanting addi-
tional information, please contact this reporter.
Laura L. Redemann, Reporter
There have been multiple community happenings, people
visiting, babies being born or almost ready to be born, lots of
things...so, I will start with babies, because I love babies.
Dave Young had a picture to include in the Record of his
beautiful family. Dave is teaching at Balboa Academy High
School in Ft. Clayton and wife and mother Nathalie is V.P.
for Citibank, Panama. They have two children, Luis (age 7)
in second grade and Brian (9 months).
(L-R): Luis, Nathalie, Dave and baby Brian.
A beautiful, baby girl was born to John Haines III and
Lucy (Lincoln) Haines on November 9, 2003 at 1:15 p.m. A
few days shy of being a Centennario baby. This is the cou-
ple's first child and according to the proud papa, "not the
last". Mama says, "we'll see".
Everyone had fun celebrating Panama's 100 years and a
short time after, we had the privilege of witnessing and now,
to enjoy, every night, the Bridge of the Americas all lit up.
What a spectacular sight. The celebration was so beautiful
with lots of fireworks and fanfare.
Bridge of the Americas Let there be light!
The months of September through November and "Dry
Season" December are my favorite months in Panama, only
because they are the busiest, with people coming in and out
of town visiting and have the most holidays, for all of us who
are now on a Panama payroll.
The month of September brought us Eva Anderson and
Evan Rodaniche. The duo, along with his band, CAGE9,
were flown down from Los Angeles to receive an award at the
Panama Rock Awards 2003. Even though it was a business
trip, with lots of promotion parties, radio guest spots and a
special concert that was held at the Club Liquid, CAGE9 has
been rocking it up and down the West Coast, have just
released their latest 5-single EP, available at Tower Records.
The band is under the BMG label. Both were so happy to be
back in Panama, even if it was work-related. A night at the
Yacht Club for a well-deserved "attitude adjustment", as
Henry "PAPA" Twohy would say, with Reyna Royo,
Tommy and Zenia (Neely) Morris, Christie Ford, Mark
Ford, Michelle Kaufman, HB Twohy, Pedro Pefialver,
brought back great memories, and put everything back into
perspective, especially after we got a good game of Thumper
Yours truly (Trina Clark) decided to make a detour for
five days, the first week in December, and head up
"north"..brrrr...to Merritt Island, Fla., to celebrate Leanne
Watkins' B-day. There was an unexpected cold front and
another kind reminder to me, why I have a "hell no, I won't
go!" attitude when it comes to my Panama. I will take the
window washers, the "psst, psst mamita" comments, the
"bien cuidado", "watchie man" and the traffic cops ANY
day....but Lord knows, just don't give me weather like that!
Leanne's Birthday in Merritn Island. Back I.-Ri. kell Hunt.
Trey Arias, Wayne Watkins, Trina Clark, Leanne
Watkins. Front (L-R): Natalie Watkins, Kristy (Brayton)
Anyway, the surprise party was hosted at Leanne's beau,
Richard's, Tiki Bar. The locals in and around Merritt Island
consider it to be one of the best hangouts in town. I have to
agree. It makes me feel right at home with the bohio-styled
bar, lights, good music and of course the flowing beer taps.
Wayne Watkins, Leanne Watkins, "The twins" Richard and
David Lemon, Trey and Brandy Arias and their beautiful
baby Graycen, Buddy Bottin, Kelly Hunt, Kristie
(Brayton) Anderson, Dawn Bilgray, Norman and Janet
(Hunt) Watkins, "Granny the sweetest lady" Louise R.
Hunt, Nicki Meyer, Jane and Bill Huff, Eric Grimison,
Darleen Hunt, Lisa Hunt, Natalie Watkins and her gor-
geous man, Special Investigations Agent Ken McClenahan,
plus a bunch of stateside friends that were in attendance, to
help celebrate the festivities. My surprise trip up for the party
was a blast and will not be soon forgotten (especially the high
school pictures of Richard and David). It was so good to see
how good my extended family was doing in Merritt.
Congratulations to Wayne on his new job at Cape Canaveral.
Meanwhile, Natalie is a Human Resource Director and
Leanne is a R.N. working for the state.
Christmas time is also when everyone is busting to come
back home to the balmy, tropical breezes, loads of sunshine
and escape all of the Stateside "B.S.". Just to kick back in
their familiar element and drink a nice, cold beer. Danny
Hannah, Aileen Jenkins, Gina Dickerson, Conan Herring
and girlfriend Carson, William and Michelle (McLain)
Huff, Rob Maguiness, "Big" Andy de la Guardia, Craig
Meyer, Shannon Winters, Tommy Ellis, Maureen (Carey)
Domenech and her sons Rob and Jason Domenech, Marvin
and Glorie Wright (and of course their sweet dog Bita),
Doug Stomvall, Jeff Naum, Brandy Coffey, Doug Coffey,
Tom "TY" Young, Pat Schulte, John Underhill, Sandy
Gordon, Veronica Lanterman are just some of the many
who came back to see 2003 fade into some good memories.
We had quite a few parties over the holidays and then we
had a few more parties over the New Year! Imagine
that...Zonians having a party. Favorite watering holes like
Lum's, The Causeway and, of course, the Elks club, were just
some spots that provided us with a great place to drink nice
and cold Panama beer, rum and cocolis and watch some awe-
some sunsets and sunrises.
The Balboa Yacht Club (Amador Pool), (for those of us
that knew the real "YC" deal), hosted New Year's Eve with a
great get-together: Monica Morales, Donny Husted, Kim
and Adrienne Holmes, Kathy Blennerhassett, Stuart
Newell, Debbie Sonkup, George and Stephanie Barkley,
the Lampas family, Kim and Dean Homa, Chris and Bruce
Homa, David and Diane (Duncan) Bishop, Jim Wiese, Ed
and Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley, Mary and John Snavely,
Sonia Valley, Zella "Gordy" Will, Gladys Siernan, Rick
Doubeck, Fred and Donna Kunkel, Renee Nellis, Carl and
Anna Opel, Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder and her brother Carl
Hinz. All had a fun time bringing in the New Year along the
banks of the Canal.
BYC Girls. Back (L-R): Reyna Royo, Zenia Morris,
Michelle Kaufman, Eva Anderson. Front (L-R): Christie
Ford, Trina Clark.
Anna reports: Carl and I hosted an early Thanksgiving
Day dinner on November 23 since I would be heading out to
the States during Thanksgiving week to spend some time
with my children. Among those who came to partake in the
feast were Stan and Maureen Leon, Frank and Blanca
Mitchell, Ron and Belinda Byrd, Gordon Buckless,
Aurora and Aldo Rodriguez with their two sons Aldito and
Andres, Trina Clark and H.B. Twohy.
I then headed out to San Antonio to prepare another
Thanksgiving feast for my daughter Trish, her husband
Doyle Phillips, my son Rick Szymanski, and a large group
of their friends. As Trina mentioned earlier it was extremely
COLD--for my tropic blood. Shorts and chancletas were out
of the question, to include at my second part of the journey to
Miami to visit my daughter Jenilee Szymanski and her beau
Bruno Santos. Rick also traveled to Miami to spend more
time with me and his sister Jenilee. Bruno treated us all to a
Miami Heat-Philadelphia 76ers basketball game which was a
real experience and then to a three-course dinner at his fami-
ly's Portuguese-cuisine restaurant, the Lisboa Antigua in
Coral Way, Miami. The seafood rice was to die for.
As I always do each stateside trip, I called all my sisters
to catch up on the latest "bochinche", Carrie (Miller)
Edward, Gladys (Miller) Mead, Dottie (Miller) Meissner,
and Elsa (Proback) Hall.
It's always great to come home and back to the tropical
Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder came in at Christmas with her son
Kyle. Her first order of business was a manicure and pedicure
at my house with Gloria Marin who recently retired from
her job at the Cut Above Unisex Salon. During Heidi's visit
with me, Stuart Warner popped in and we spent a few hours
catching up on the latest. After that we headed out to the Elks
Club Christmas Party and had a fantastic time.
Stuart Warner, Anna Opel, Santa, and Heidi Hinz.
Stan Leon celebrated his 60th birthday on January 10 at
his home in San Francisco, Panama. Stan roasted a Pernil (pig
leg) and Maureen prepared arroz con guandu, cole slaw, and
platanos intentacion for the 30-40 guests who attended the
(L-R): Anna Opel, Carl Opel, Stan Leon with his grand-
daughter Sofia (3 years old), Josette (Bally) Hatfield,
Laurie (Jones) Lewter and Roberto Hilton.
After November's awe-inspiring campaign for city coun-
cilman in Portsmouth, N.H., and on the heels of hosting a din-
ner party in their home for Senator Lieberman, John
Henriquez (BHS'94) and his wife Jen, along with son Sam,
came to Panama for a well-deserved R&R and to celebrate
the Christmas/New Year holidays with family. Joining them
were his sister and brother-in-law Heidi (Henriquez) and
Marcelo Duarte and three children, Joseph, Joshua and
Sophia, who reside in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Collin and Alberta Corrigan received a note from Earl
(Butch) Orr, who is in Florida vacationing with Robert and
Gayle Rankin, with an important question on Atlantic Coast
Cribbage Rules (Pina Rules). Apparently Earl foolishly
became so confident in his cribbage playing, he went along
with the challenge to play "one more game" after Earl had
beat Robert five times. Earl lost that game to Robert, and by
Pina Rules, Robert is now the undisputed champion. "Pine
Rules" state "last one to win a game has bragging rights for
life". Poor Earl, he may never be the same again.
Familiar faces seen recently in Panama: Anthony Garcia
(BHS'69) returned to Panama to attend the funeral services of
his father; Lars Morales, Marcela (Hawk), Darian and
Eve, along with their other son Ian who was in Panama,
returned from Germany to attend the funeral services of
Marcela's mother, Gladys, who had passed away unexpect-
edly; Kathie (Williams) White, Maggie (Williams) and
Bennie (a friend) returned to Panama for a visit. Maggie left
29 years ago and marveled at the changes. She even drove.
They took in bowling with the gang at the Curundu Lanes,
went to El Valle and the beaches, BBQ at Charlie Leves, the
Atlantic side, and just having a great time. Vicki Sizemore
and Ed Wardlow returned to Panama after many years to
take in Decameron, the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, a night at
the Amador Country Inn & Suites, taking in the sights and
visiting old friends that were still here. Elaine Lewis also
accompanied them. Lou Seldon, along with his wife Suzette,
returned to Panama for another visit. They stayed at the Bread
and Breakfast up at Quarry Heights called El Estancia, next
to the old Chalet which is also next to the eco-foundation
Ancon. They took in the Panama Independence activities. Al
Saarinen was in for some R&R for about a week of vacation
from a job in the Middle East; Wayne "Jr." Bryant was in
for a week to see family and friends and his beach house;
Skip Rowley, his wife Bev, and five other former zonies
were down from Florida for a 9-day visit. Four days were
spent at Decameron and a couple of days at the Country Inn
& Suites on Amador, a trip to El Valle. They met up with
Nina Brown who acted as their tour guide for a couple of
days. El Valle trip also took in the marketplace for knick
knacks and a visit with Charlie Garcia; Peter and Debbie
(Affeltranger) Zollick returned for about 10 days to visit
with Peter's mom; Joanie (Ridge) Cameron and her sister
Gina returned to Panama after 24 years to see the changes
first hand and enjoy some of the country. They spent a few
days at Decameron. Bill and DeeDee Hanna, Joel Baldwin,
Sandy Wallace, Chrissie Harwanko, Tom Carey were in
for a couple of weeks; Ed Dolan on leave from camp after
being called up in May; Renee (Nellis) Wertz in for about two
months a couple of months ago; Frank Ender, Hunter
Tiblier and sister Marian, Bob Askew, Nancy (Boyd)
McAleer, Greg Norton, Lisa Klasvlosky and Janet Len-
Rios with son Tony for her daughter Maria's wedding to
John Lane Phillips.
Trina and I are hoping to have a picture of the Annual
Cardenas Christmas Tree Burn that was supposed to be held
on January 10. However, the event was rescheduled for
January 17 due to the shortage of Christmas trees to bum.
Seems that some of the Christmas trees that came in from
Canada were infested with "creepy critters" and had to be
fumigated--unfortunately, the trees then reeked of the fumi-
gation and had to be burned since they were not marketable.
We hope to have a picture of the tree burn in the next issue.
Well, that is all the news, that's Good News from "The
Beautiful Motherland" of Panama. If you have anything,
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Thanksgiving dinner at Peggy Hutchison's house was
enjoyed by Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox who drove
up from Ocala, Trudi Clontz, and several other friends.
For our December luncheon Peggy, as usual, arranged it
at Houndslake Country Club. It was attended by sixteen
members and guests Blanche Browne, Shirley Burkett and
daughter Hope, Beatrice and Joseph Marriott, Fina
Balinski, Virginia Russon (her father-in-law gave driving
lessons in the Zone), Olga Holmes, Rebecca Webster,
Peggy Hutchison, Caroline Westendorf, Trudi Clontz, Mitzi
and Arnold Schwindt, and Carlos and Ruth Lee Lam.
Carlos is teaching computer science at Lexington High
School and also at the Junior College.
(L-R): Beatrice Marriott, Olga Holmes, Carlos Lam, Ruth
Lee Lam, Fina Balinski, Joseph Marriott, Caroline
Westendorff. Seated: Trudi Clontz, Christmas Luncheon,
Becky Webster brought some interesting carvings from
Panama to the meeting. The small ones were made of taque
nut (known as Panamanian ivory), and figurines of Cocobolo
wood. There was also a beautiful basket so fine and woven
so tightly that it could be used for liquids. Most of us had
never seen one like it.
For the holidays Blanche Browne headed south to be with
family in Panama. Peggy Hutchison was picked up by Bob
and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis and taken to Alabama for
Christmas and New Year's where they were joined by Jerry
and Dianne Cox and Wally Doane.
The Olga Holmes family increased December 30th with
the arrival of a new great-grandson Owen Griggs.
everyone had a good time. Zonians attending included Jack
and Jo Anne (Harte) Morton, Paul (BHS'79) Morton,
Bruce and Sandy Sanders, Curtis (BHS'80) and
Kimberlyn Sanders, Carlton and Shannon Morris and
John and Bliss Connerton.
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Russon, Mitzi Schwindt, Shirley Burkett and daughter
Hope, Christmas Luncheon, Aiken, S.C.
It may interest friends of J. Morton Thomson to know
that he has moved. After Macel's passing, he remained in his
home with 24-hour care due to health problems. However, a
severe storm in July damaged the house and he moved to a
nursing home. If anyone is interested in his new address,
please call this reporter at (803) 649-2759.
Trudi Clontz, Reporter
A Texas sized family reunion was held in "the Colony"
during the Christmas Holidays, co-hosted by Mark and
Dena, Jimmy and Cheryl Cicero. Sons Larry (Rhode
Island) and Craig (Florida) arrived with their families. In all
there were twenty-three Ciceros including nine grandchil-
dren ranging in ages from nine to nineteen, plus cousin Mike
Morris and family from Houston who joined in the
Anne (McGee) Severy, Oceanside, Calif. is a proud
grandmom to Hunter William. Anne's daughter Suzanne
and Carl Westerberg (Washington State) are the proud par-
ents. Anne marvels at how one small baby can use so much
"STUFF." She writes that her house looks like one huge
playpen during a visit. Anne and daughter, Heather vaca-
tioned in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September. She found
the area beautiful and with lots of upscale tourists. Stan and
sister Susie Allen joined them for a tour of Yellowstone and
the Grand Teton. They saw every kind of animal, except a
bear. Anne's 50th class reunion is in Orlando in August and
will be her next big venture.
Lee (BHS'81) and Annette Morton hosted their annual
Christmas party in Frisco on the twentieth of December.
Hostess Annette looked very "Christmas-y" greeting her
guests wearing a red dress and donning golden antlers on her
head. Trays of holiday treats and drinks were plentiful and
Lee (BHS'81) and Annette Morton.
Paul Morton (BHS'79) and Carlton Morris (BHS'79).
Sandy Sanders and Jack Morton.
James (El Lobo) Wolf, Knoxville, Tenn. writes that he
really enjoyed the BHS'53 50th reunion with his old team
and sends his regards to all. He recently spent three weeks at
Clare College soaking up atmosphere and knowledge.
Maggie (McGlade) Windle (Cibola, Texas) writes that
she and her sister spent eighteen days visiting Panama in
October. She played lots of golf at Horoka and Summit Golf
courses. (FYI golfers: both courses are in great shape.) She
spent a day on the San Bias Islands, visited Pat Lehman in
Santa Clara. They feasted on barbecue at Charlie Leves'
Gorgona Beach house where they talked and played shuffle-
board and reminisced.
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Bob Bloemer, and Bobby Morris. Seated: Angie Bloemer.
Dick Tatelman (CHS'53) San Diego spent his Christmas
holiday on the Olympia Explorer on a cruise to Hawaii and
back. Before his cruise, he heard the San Diego Symphony
play Handel's complete Messiah, one of his Christmas
Dan and Marnie (Morris) Hanesworth (BHS'63) wel-
comed their first grandson, Asher Brooks, born on
November 17 to daughter Holly. They also have three grand-
Willy and Wilma Nowotny have enjoyed family visits
from sons Willy (California) and Gerald (Connecticut) and
Terri Densmore this year. They spent much of the holiday on
a two-week cruise.
Charlie Morris (Panama) wrote 2003 was an exciting
year in Panama. First, the Miss Universe Contest; then
"Survivor, the Pearl Islands"; and finally the yearlong cele-
bration of the "100 Year Centennial." He and wife, Julieta
(Garcia) sailed on two long cruises with Charlie engaged as
a guest lecturer on the Panama trips. His greatest accom-
plishment was the completion of his book, which he has
labored on for three years. We will be expecting to see
Charlie on the author's circuit soon!
The Reinhardts, Erich and Jeannette spent the holidays
in cold Chicago visiting son Geno and family. The
Reinhardt's retired to Plant City near Tampa.
Call, write or email me with your news and photos.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
H. G. Rhyne Jr. and his wife Sonia of League City,
Texas, spent the better part of a week visiting his mother Bea
Rhyne and sisters Barbara Rhyne Stanford and Camille
Rhyne Eastham. Camille and Leo had a BBQ dinner for the
families which was outstanding -- with Chef Leo presiding at
the grill. H.G., Sonia and Bea went antiquing to Gruen and
Barbara and Ed Stanford had Lester and Andrea Byrd
Smith visit them on the Smiths way home to Lawrenceville,
Ga. The two couples were joined by Jim Slice and his wife
Sherrie at an RV park in Johnson City, Texas, for a weekend
of fun, fishing, and BBQing. Barbara and Ed flew to Atlanta,
Ga., to help their son and his wife, Eddie and Wendy
Winkler Stanford, celebrate Eddie's birthday.
My summer was spent in New Jersey with my sister
Janet Fields-Himes and her husband Ray. Panamutt (Metty)
accompanied me there and my generous brother-in-law dog-
sat as Janet and I went to Rhode Island to see her daughter
Annette, grandkids Lindsey and Seth, and fiance Mark. We
drove up the day after the big blackout and the tollbooths
weren't back on line yet, so we just breezed through. Saw my
niece Meggan Seidelmann, husband Eric, and their son
John, who live near my sister in New Jersey. I accompanied
the "Galavanting Grannies" on their annual vacation to
Ocean City, Md., the week before Hurricane Isabel visited.
Had a condo right on the beach my first sand since Panama.
Metty and I had a great time and even helped introduce Jake,
a rescued Shih Tzu, into the family. I finally returned to Texas
to have a bunionectomy and, like the doctor said, the bore-
dom of staying home for two weeks was the worst part.
Gallivanting Grannies (L-R): Liz Kennedy, Carla Morris,
Barb Schoenberr, and Janet Fields-Himes (Jo-Anne
Fields standing) at their morning breakfast.
Marion and Fred Wells had their three children, Fred,
Alan and Mary Linda Fealey, and their families for
Christmas 16 in all. Luckily, Honey Fealey was next door
to take over Mary Linda, Guy and family. Bob and Margaret
Orr joined the fun for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. Joe,
Sonia, Ashley and Shannon Orr came up from San Antonio
the next day. It was great fun. Best of all, the cousins got to
know and like each other (meeting from Washington, Georgia
and Australia). You can find more on the activities under the
Several people called or wrote about the annual Christmas
party, but we had no takers after Elsie Larson and sidekick
Robin resigned. If we start up again we will let you know
here plus the party mailing list -- anyone want the job??
Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
Hola, Friends. I hope the holidays were good for everyone
and that the New Year brings you all good health, a lot of love
and much happiness. Not much in the way of news from
Northern Virginian Zonians.
Jim and Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart of Silver Spring,
Md., undertook a big change of scene for the year-end holi-
days and traveled to Seoul, Korea, to spend several days with
their son Brian, who is assigned there with the State
Department. Travel was via space available with the Air
Force and worked out well after some waiting time on the
Brian arranged several activities to provide a taste of the
local culture (and of course the DMZ tour too), and hosted a
Christmas open house for meeting friends and co-workers.
Returning home, the travelers spent time in Guam and
Hawaii for more sightseeing, but mostly to savor the warmer
temperatures of early January. Arriving in Guam particularly
was very reminiscent of coming into Panama or the Zone in
In November Tom and I made a trip to Denver, Colo.
While there we were fortunate to get together with two of my
classmates (CHS'68). Ann Parker and Barbara (Geddes)
Tung and her family have resided in that area for many years.
We had a lovely dinner and visit with them and hope to do it
again some time in the future.
(L-R): Tom Sellers (CHS'59), Ev (Menges) Sellers
(CHS'68), Barbara (Geddes) Tung (CHS'68), Barb's hus-
band Chung, and Ann Parker (CHS'68).
Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
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Dance lessons are being offered for those
interested in refreshing their dancing skills or
learning how to do typical Panamanian dances. The
Panamanian Dance Group from Despedida will be
on hand to teach you the techniques and dance
steps from "Home".
Cost for this class is $15.00 per person or
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and a minimum of 30 participants is required to
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You won't want to miss this class especially
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Ms. Robin Elizabeth Harrison announces her engage-
ment to Mr. Charles Harold Baker, Jr. The marriage will
take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills,
Md. on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2004.
Ms. Harrison was born and educated in the Canal Zone
(BHS class of '55). She attended Penn State University, and
graduated from Catonsville Community College and
University of Maryland before embarking on a long career as
a registered nurse in Maryland. Now retired, Robin is looking
forward to traveling with Mr. Baker to various countries from
time to time.
She is the daughter of Charles "Chuck" Harrison
(deceased) and Lois Harrison Kasper Borden. Robin is the
mother of five children; Beth, Eric, Kurt, Joyce and David.
They will present her to Mr. Baker at the upcoming nuptials.
Mr. Baker, known as "Bud", is retired from IBM and is a
former member of the USMC during the Korean Years.
They will honeymoon in Panama before settling down in
their home in Owings Mills, Newtown in Maryland.
Mr. Pope retired as a cable splicer for Southern Bell
Telephone Co. Mrs. Pope retired as an administrative secre-
tary for the School of Design and Production at North
Carolina School of the Arts.
After Mrs. Pope graduated from Queens College in
Charlotte, N.C., she returned to the isthmus and worked for
Personnel in the Administration Building and for the
Cristobal Police Station from 1951-1953. They were married
in 1953 in Balboa Heights Baptist Church in Balboa, Canal
Zone, Republic of Panama. They honeymooned in Panama
City and the Canal Zone, and relocated to Winston-Salem,
Mr. Pope's hometown.
Mrs. Pope's father Clarence D. Howell retired as a
Lieutenant with the Fire Department and her mother Della
Howell retired from the Commissary/Clubhouse Division.
James and Margaret Pope, December 14, 1953.
Charles Harold Baker, Jr. and Robin Elizabeth Harrison.
POPES CELEBRATE 50TH
James and Margaret Pope of Winston-Salem, N.C. cel-
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 14,
2003 with a reception at Mount Carmel United Methodist
Church Family Life Center in Winston-Salem.
The hosts of the celebration were the couple's children
and their spouses: Deborah and Wesley Reeps of Winston-
Salem, April and Colin Moffett of Albemarle, and Sherri
Dyer of High Point. The couple's grandchildren are
Stephanie Moffett, John David Moffett, Karissa Dyer and
James and Margaret Pope
Maria Fernanda Diaz Cadet graduated October 2003
from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua "Cum Laude" as
an Interior Decorator. Mariel del Carmen Diaz Cadet grad-
uated from el Colegio Las Esclavas High School, December
2003. She plans to study Law at the Universidad Santa Maria
La Antigua starting in January 2004.
Both are granddaughters of Emilio Cadet and Olga
(Moya) de Cadet (BHS'41), Panama, Republic of Panama.
Captain Donald P. and Lydia I. Garrido, formerly of La
Boca, Panama, are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter, Lydia Denise (BHS'91), to Victor A.
Robledo. They are looking forward to an intimate wedding
celebration in the spring of 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, with
family and friends from Panama, Mexico and all over the
Lydia Denise Garrido and Victor A. Robledo
RICHARD SUMMERS GRADUATES
Richard A. Summers graduated October 26, 2003 from
DeVry University in Duluth, Ga., with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Network and Communications Management.
Proud parents are Carolyn and Jerry Coffey of Weeki
Wachee, Fla. and Robert (Lucky) Summers, also of Weeki
Wachee. Richard lives in Woodstock, Ga. and has three chil-
dren. He works for TruGreen/ChemLawn.
Mariel del Carmen Diaz Cadet
Richard A. Summers accepting college diploma on October
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the responsibility of those utilizing the service. For planning purposes, please indicate on the registration form in the space
provided if you will be requesting babysitting service.
In order to expedite the room check-in process, we have also asked that you provide us with an estimated time of your
arrival and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated.
Free continental breakfast service will be provided to all those registered to attend the reunion. Breakfast tickets for all
REGISTERED MEMBERS will be included in the registration packet which may be picked up during Registration hours
along with any tickets you may have purchased to the PanaZonian Dance, Annual Ball, Annual Luncheon or Disco Dances.
The continental breakfast will be provided at designated locations and will include a hot breakfast sandwich. You must have
your breakfast ticket to participate in the breakfast program; those without tickets will not be served the complimentary break-
fast. For those attendees wishing to have full breakfast, it will be available al a carte or buffet in the restaurants.
SEE REUNION COORDINATOR UPDATES ON PAGE E.
Trnnportation from the airport has oncc again boon arranged through Mcar3 Transportation. Mcar3 will provide non stop
reviee from Orlando international Airport to Caribc Royale for a dieaeunttd fee. A Meara discount coupon will be inlud4de
in tho hotel confirmation provided by Caribc Royale.
Special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout the resort as follows:
Beer (bottle) Domestic $2.75
Mixed Drinks $3.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $2.00
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
CARIBE ROYALE RESORT
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Vendor Setup: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom I, IV, and V (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Shingle Creek Golf Club
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse
Registration: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Boca I, I and HI
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV, and V
Friday, July 30, 2004
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Caribbean BallroomVI and VII
Vendors: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V
Registration: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Flower Arranging Class: 1:30 3:00 pm Grand Caribbean VI
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean Ballroom I
Baile Panameno Class: 3:00 5:00 pm Grand Caribbean VI
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom F-I
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean Ballroom I
Religious Services: 3:30 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom VI
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom F I
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Performance at 10:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Despedida Lottery drawing to be held at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
7 REUNION COORDINATOR UPDATE
As we approach the countdown to the 2004 Annual Reunion, we would like to update our members
on some of the changes and additions included in the Yellow Pages and Reunion information.
First and foremost, due to an unexpected issue with Mears Transportation, we will not be including
transportation coupons in the hotel confirmations as originally reported in the December issue of the
Canal Record. We will continue to work toward arranging a discounted pricing for transportation
between the Orlando International Airport and the Caribe Royale Resort, and we encourage those inter-
ested in this service to contact the Society Office anytime after May 15, 2004 for updated information
on the transportation arrangement or continue to check our website.
We have added two fun events to our Schedule of Events. We will be offering a Flower Arranging
Class on Friday afternoon from 1:30 3:00 pm. Margaret McLaughlin, who has taken care of the
decorations at the dances for the last two years, and her staff will conduct this seminar which will
include making your own corsage to wear to the dances Friday and Saturday night. You will also learn
how to make beautiful centerpieces for your home and one lucky recipient will win a silk arrangement
to take home with you from the Reunion. Cost for this class, which includes all supplies, is $25.00 per
person. Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 30 participants is required to hold the class. In
the event there are not enough participants to hold the class, any paid fees will be promptly refunded.
You won't want to miss this class.
We will also be conducting a dance class on Reunion Friday for those interested in learning how to
dance like the beautiful Panamanian Dancers. The Panamanian Dance Group from Despedida will be
on hand to teach you the techniques and dance steps typical to the dancers from "Home". Cost for this
class is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 30 par-
ticipants is required to hold the class, with refunds being made promptly if there are not enough partici-
pants to hold the class. You won't want to miss this class especially since you will be able to show
off just hours later at the PanaZonian dance.
Please see the ads in this issue for more information on these activities. The registration form for
these classes are contained in the yellow pages on page K. Please respond as soon as possible so that
we can meet our minimums and to make the necessary arrangements to conduct these very interesting
Due to the overwhelming number of requests for villa reservations, there is now a waiting list for
the villas. As a result, you will note that the villa option has been crossed through in the yellow pages.
If you are interested in reserving a villa, please indicate your desire in the special requests section of
the Hotel Reservation form, BUT SELECT AN ALTERNATIVE SINCE THE RESERVATION OF A
VILLA IS NOT GUARANTEED. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY IF WE ARE ABLE
TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR VILLA REQUEST.
HELPFUL REUNION INFORMATION
SRefer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to the Caribe
B Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the hotel registration in order to check
into your room.
Review the hours of operation for the Reunion Registration and other events in
these Yellow pages. A Schedule of Events will be provided to you at
Registration. Registration and other event hours will be posted on the in-house
monitor, which may be viewed from the comfort of your hotel room or from a
monitor in the conference center or hotel lobby.
Proceed as soon as possible after arrival to the Reunion Registration and obtain
your name badge, information packet and all event tickets previously ordered.
The Registration Volunteer will review with you what is in your envelope and
you will be required to sign the envelope indicating that you received the con-
tents and that your order is correct. Reunion event tickets are not pre-mailed.
Further, only the person registering for the reunion may pick up the name
badges and tickets from Registration. Be certain that all of your guests are reg-
istered for the Reunion.
If you are attending a Class Reunion, information regarding your class reunion
event will be at the Information/Secretary desk PROVIDED that your class
reunion chairperson has provided us with the same. In the event they have not,
we will do all that we can to assist you to locate your class reunion activities.
The Reunion Experience is one that is to be enjoyed and treasured from year to year. We
hope that these instructions will help in this endeavor and that you will join us again next
year as a "veteran" reunion attendee.
2004 ANNUAL REUNION
Reunion Registration Marje Foster and Joy Maale
Hotel Reservations Betty LeDoux
Information/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Security Tom Wilder
Golf Tournament Kenny Morris
Vendors Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Transportation Betty LeDoux and Tom Wilder
On-Site Ticket Sales Bob Russell and Roy Colbreth
Bingo Jim O'Donnell
Dances Betty LeDoux, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais and
DJ Dances Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Annual Luncheon Lou and Jan Andino
Class and Mini Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Jim O'Donnell and Leni Stokes
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin
NOTICES CONCERNING REUNION ACTIVITIES
The 2004 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Caribe Royale from July 28 through August 1,
2004; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for Reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE ensure that all necessary data is supplied and is correctly
stated and that the correct money amount is remitted in order to avoid delays in the processing of your application and
in order not to affect your original receipt date for ticket and lodging priority purposes.
Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before June
28, 2004, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual mem-
bership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership applica-
tion form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those members who have paid their 2004
Annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's web-site at http://www.pancanalsociety.org may also be visited for an applica-
tion and information.
The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon and the Golf Tournament is July 1, 2004. The deadline for
receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1, 2004, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no longer
available. 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 pickup 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 July 1, 2004, 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 Caribe Royale's smoking policy is in accordance with State Law smoking will not be permitted indoors except in
those sleeping rooms designated as smoking rooms. There are a limited number of smoking rooms, which will be assigned in
the order received.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel bars, and the con-
sumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the confines of the guest's room, in accordance with
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by underaged 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 (Boca I III)
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 18 years of age or older 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 (Caribbean Ballroom VI & VII)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday, July 30, 2004. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members. This
is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and partici-
pate in discussion. Please plan to attend this meeting! There are always really great door prizes donated by the Reunion
Vendors as a bonus.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D) Deadline to purchase tickets is July 1, 2004
We have a big show planned again for the 2004 Annual Luncheon. All of us remember our one and only American English
speaking radio and television station in the Canal Zone. Serving the Panama Canal Zone from April 1941 to November 22,
1999 the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) and Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and the Southern Command Network
(SCN) provided us with news and entertainment. Our luncheon show this year will be about the people behind it all and the
shows they produced for us. This will probably be the last opportunity to recapture the sights and sounds of those 58 years.
This will indeed be a special moment for both the audience and those who provided us this news and entertainment. There
will be old film clips, video and sound tracks that we will all remember from our days in the Canal Zone. Many of those tal-
ented people from AFRS, CFN and SCN will be at the luncheon show to once again entertain us and share old memories. The
show will be approximately an hour and a half long following lunch.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is July 1, 2004, 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 spe-
cial seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be honored to the
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of Marinated Chicken or Ropa Vieja, which will be served with
Sierra Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Pineapple
Papaya Salsa, Coconut Rice and Red Beans, Sweet Plantains, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea; or Johnny
Mazetti, which will be served with Sierra Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa
Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea.
Luncheon tickets will not be sold at the Reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strictly
enforced. Entrance for the show only will not be allowed.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES (Grand Sierra Ballroom A E)
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 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will once again fea-
ture Lucho's Friends". Dress is informal.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"; and dress is semi-for-
mal, with no shorts or jeans permitted.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DANCE TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE REUNION WILL BE AT THE RATE OF $15.00
FOR THE PANAZONIAN DANCE AND $20.00 FOR THE ANNUAL BALL. THEREFORE, ADVANCE PURCHASE
IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DISCO DANCES (Grand Sierra Ballroom F I)
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 (Shingle Creek Golf Club)
The 24th Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course, a
David Harman designed, par 72 (7,250 yard) championship golf course featuring undulating fairways and interconnecting
waterways. The Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 29, 2004, 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 Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse, and will start immediately after
play ends. The entry deadline is July 1, 2004. The player entry fee includes transportation, greens fees, golf cart, lunch-
eon, awards, and door prizes.
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 two-person 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 individ-
Round trip transportation between the Caribe Royale and Shingle Creek Golf Club will be provided and is includ-
ed in the Golf Tournament Fee. Transportation will leave Caribe Royale at 6:30 a.m. and will return immediately following
the golf luncheon.
Male players electing to play in the individual format will be flighted by age, while individual female golfers will be
grouped in one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be determined by the golf commit-
tee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flighting and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the tour-
nament in the Society's Information Area at the Caribbean Registration Desk.
Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon. The golf luncheon fee is $30.00.
Regrettably transportation to and from the host course cannot be provided for luncheon guests.
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 (Caribbean Ballroom I)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on Friday and Saturday from 2:00 5:00
p.m., with lots of fun to be had and a new structure of prizes to be won.
DESPEDIDA (Grand Sierra Ballroom A E)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2004. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and 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 Folkloric 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 of Panama!
Despedida 2004 will also feature the drawing of the 3rd Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. The lottery is priced at $1 per ticket, and is available at the Despedida
Lottery table located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky
prizewinners. A WORD OF CAUTION YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE DESPEDIDA IN ORDER TO WIN. NO
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 Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or minireunions@pan-
canalsociety.org. THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS
ANY ARRANGEMENTS, UNTIL THE ADVANCE 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 activ-
ities. Coordinators are also responsible for scheduling their class or mini reunion activities so as not to conflict with the
Society's scheduled activities. In order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion,
class and mini reunion schedules of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel pol-
icy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.
REUNION VENDORS (Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2004 membership dues, (2) their $5.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed
objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility
or liability for items sold by reunion vendors.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
by telephone at 727-442-0457, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Printable Vendor Applications are also
available on the Society's website, http://www.pancanalsociety.org.
INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Caribbean Registration Desk)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide assis-
tance 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 welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating
MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by July 1, 2004
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the
rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Medical at 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 July 1. 2004.
NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2004 membership dues and the reunion
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson. The
host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The Society's spe-
cial reunion rate of $109.00/$224.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 23 through August 5, 2004.
Except in special circumstances, only one suite/villa reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's special
reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room. Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation
requests are received and approved, and will be done so until all available suites are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status 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 finally in order. The Society will make every effort possible
to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.
SUBMISSION OF HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION FORM
Reservations must be received by June 1, 2004 at the Society Office.
To reserve a suite er-villa, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be com-
pleted in its entirety, either printed or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Caribe Royale), to
be submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida 33772-4787 no later than June 1, 2004.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" suites available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.
Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check into 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.
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Ladies, come join us on Friday, July 30th from 1:30 P.M. 3:00
P.M. in Grand Caribbean VI and make your own colorful corsage to
wear to the dance on Friday and Saturday. Also learn how to make an
attractive centerpiece that can be used for any occasion and get a chance
to win a silk arrangement for your home. The cost for the course is
$25.00 per person. Pre-registration is necessary. MINIMUM OF 25
PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED. DEADLINE JULY 1, 2004.
CORSAGE CLASS Registration deadline is July 1, 2004.
Friday, July 30, 2004 1:30 P.M. 3:00 P.M. Grand Caribbean VI
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO
REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787
$25 per person
NAME TOTAL ENCLOSED
BAILE PANAMENO CLASS
The Panamanian Dance Group from Despedida will be on hand
to teach you techniques and the dance steps for the typical dances
from "Home". Join us to refresh your dancing skills or learn to
dance "Tipico" style. Cost for this class is $15.00 per person or
$25.00 per couple. Class will be held from 3:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M
in Grand Caribbean VI.
Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 30 participants
is required to hold the class. In the event there are not enough par-
ticipants to hold the class, the fee paid will be promptly refunded.
You won't want to miss this class especially since you will be
able to show off just hours later at the PanaZonian dance. DEAD-
LINE JULY 1, 2004.
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BAILE PANAMENO CLASS Registration deadline is July 1, 2004.
Friday, July 30, 2004 3:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. Grand Caribbean VI
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO
REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787
1. $15 per person / $25 per couple
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CARIBE ROYALE ROOM LAYOUTS
Double Queen Suite
King Suite ,
(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
Floor Plan and Room Assignments
2004 Panama Canal Society Reunion
THE GRAND CARIBE CONVENTION CENTER
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
IS PROUD TO PRESENT TWO EVENINGS OF EXCITING
ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE!
- 2:00 a.m. Grand SierraBallroom A E
Saturday Night Ball -
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Friday Night Join us for the PanaZonian
Dance with "Lucho's Friends"
Featuring: Chipi Azcarraga, Tito Mouynes,
Julio Ramon Valdes, Jose Antonio Riba,
Ornelio Cortez and Rolando Linares
Questions? Email the Reunion
or call 1-866-726-2262
Coming in from the Orlando Airport:
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 67, then 536 East.
Hotel will be on the left.
Copa Airlines, your best travel option!
All members of Panama Canal Society, Inc. are eligible for a
10% discount on travel to Panama City, Panama.
Copa Airlines is pleased to offer you a special discount for making us the preferred
carrier of the Panama Canal Society.
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JOHN MORALES IS 90
John A. Morales, of California, Mo., celebrated his 90th
birthday in August of 2003 with his family and a letter of con-
gratulations from President Bush.
(L-R): Wife Margaret K. Morales, John A. Morales, son
Roy Morales, granddaughter Elizabeth Marliese Morales.
Letter of congratulations from Pres. Bush received by John
A. Morales for his 90th birthday.
FUGLEBERGS CELEBRATE 50TH
Kenneth and Fern Fugleberg celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a cocktail party at their home for
about 50 guests prior to a catered dinner at a restaurant in
Portland, N.D., on August 16, 2003. The dinner guests
included their children, grandchildren and the original wed-
ding party and their spouses.
On Sunday, August 17th, an Open House was held
for friends and relatives at the Golden Age Club. Their sons
and their families joined them for the celebration; Stephan
from Tampa, Fla., David from Westlake Village, Calif., and
Jonathan from East Greenwich, R.I.
Fern and Kenneth Fugleberg
MORGANA LYNN FALL
Morgana Lynn Fall graduated December 2003 from
Alfred University with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Ceramic Engineering. Morgana is the granddaughter of the
late Wilbur and Virginia Fall formerly of Balboa, Canal
Zone and the daughter of William Fall (BHS'65). Morgana
is currently employed as an engineer with Ceralink in Alfred,
N.Y., engaged in research with microwaves and ceramic
Morgana Lynn Fall and William Fall (BHS'65).
DE TORE HOWINGTON
Cynthia Elizabeth Howington and Philip Anthony
DeTore were united in marriage on June 28, 2003. The cere-
mony was held on The Whalehead Club lawn in Corolla,
N.C. Pastor John Strauss officiated. Following the ceremony,
a reception was held at the USCG Officers Club.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger L.
Howington of Camden, N.C. and was given in marriage by
them. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.
DeTore of Chesapeake, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. DeTore
Phil and Charles with their celebration cigars.
Bethany Godfrey, best friend of the bride, served as
matron of honor. Cinith Howington, the bride's sister-in-law,
was the bridesmaid. Honorary bridesmaids were Pamela
Graham, Gina Johnson, Nancy McPherson, Amy Mira,
and Wendy Whitley. Holly Johnson served as the flower
Jason Hicks, best friend of the groom, served as the best
man. The groom's brother Curtis DeTore was the grooms-
man. Roger Lee Howington, Larry Howington, and Barry
Howington, all brothers of the bride, served as ushers.
Joshua Godfrey was the ring bearer.
Mrs. Janet Barkley served as mistress of ceremonies.
Ceremony music was provided by violinist Bobbi
Hunsberger. Jazzmyn Howington and Nikki Howington,
nieces of the bride, oversaw the guest register.
The newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon trip to the
Bahamas, after which they made their home in Camden, N.C.
Raymond Keith Kulig (CHS'59) of Jacksonville, Fla.,
and Barbara Marie (Hall) Vose (CHS'61) of Pensacola,
Fla., were married on October 25, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Pensacola. The groom
is the son of Raymond A. Kulig of Spring Hill, Fla., and the
late Joyce (Pescod) Kulig (CHS'38) (formerly of Colon,
Panama). The bride is the daughter of Lucille (Lyew) Hall
(CHS'36) of Riviera Beach, Fla. (formerly of Margarita,
Panama) and the late Julian B. Hall.
Barbara was given in marriage by her two sons, Robert
(BHS'88) and Kevin (BHS'84). The matron of honor was
Darla (Vose) Creek (BHS'85), daughter of the bride, and
best man was Shane Vose-Mora, grandson of the bride.
Bridesmatrons were Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux (CHS'53),
Rosa Fishbough and Dawn Vose. Ring bearers were
Jonathan Creek and Bobby Vose (grandsons of the bride);
flower girl was Jessica Trinque; ushers were Jeff Creek,
Robert Vose and Kevin Vose. Lectors for the specially-select-
ed readings were Yvonne (Fishbough) Mouser (CHS'90),
goddaughter of the bride, and Butch Hall (CHS'58), brother
of the bride. The gifts were brought to the altar by Robert's
godparents, Bill and Babe Flynn Kessler (BHS'51). The
individual candles were lit by Marilyn Falardeaux, cousin
of the bride, and Patti Morris, sister of the groom.
The groom is presently employed as a Senior Computer
Systems Analyst on contract with Jax Navy Base in
Jacksonville and the bride is retired from the Department of
Defense and the Panama Canal Commission. The couple hon-
eymooned at the Ramada Bayview, Pensacola and are
presently at home between Jacksonville and Pensacola.
Keith and Barb Kulig
Sharon Elizabeth Fulcher, daughter of Cherilyn and
Thomas Fulcher of Columbia, Md., was married to
Christopher Martin Rowe, son of Walon and Terry Rowe
of Havana, Fla., on September 26, 2003.
The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
in Ellicott City, Md. The bride's brothers, Randall and
Steven, were both groomsmen. A reception followed at the
Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless
they are shown with their parents or grandparents.
Tom and Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer are pleased to
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Breanne
Victoria, on August 2, 2003, in Cape Canaveral Hospital,
Cocoa Beach, Fla. Breanne weighed 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and meas-
ured 19 inches at birth.
Sharing grandparent honors are Tom and Nancy
Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Albert and Brenda
Niemeyer of Kissimme, Fla.
Stacy Fulcher and Christopher Rowe
The bride graduated from Howard High School in 1999
and earned a bachelor's degree in English Education from
Florida State University in 2003. The groom graduated from
North Florida Christian High School in 1995 and earned a
bachelor's degree in Criminology from Florida State
University in 2001. He was in the ROTC program at FSU and
is now serving as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lewis,
Wash. The newlyweds reside in Spanaway, Wash.
Missing in the group picture are Hap and Beth
Brandenburg who had to get on the road earlier. A grand
time was had by all with the ceviche plentiful and the rum
flowing. We look forward to Washington reunions since the
Froudes and Bryan Brandenburg live near Stacy and Chris.
Niemeyer and Tom Niemeyer with
Back (L-R): Les, Tom, Cheri and Randy Fulcher; Malcolm
Stone; Eva Froude and Marilee (Froude) Parsons; Scott
Kohr. Middle (L-R): Ned Rose; Thelma Diada; Sandy and
Kathy Graham; Lynn (Stone) Kohr. Front: Steve Fulcher
and Stacy (Fulcher) Rowe; Jean Stone.
Volunteers for the Annual Reunion
Marje Foster (727) 785-8555
Joy Maale (561) 333-0016
Society Secretary (727) 391-4359
Craig and Tricia (Ward) Outtrim and their daughter
Ashley. Tricia is the daughter of Carmen (Valencia)
ALAINA MARIE DAVIS
Craig and Angie (Garcia) (BHS'90) Davis of Dallas,
Texas, proudly announce the birth of their first child, Alaina
Marie Davis, born on May 23, 2003 in Dallas. Alaina
weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Tony and Berta (Medina)
Garcia, formerly of Cardenas, Panama. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Raleigh and Sue Davis of Dallas, Texas. Maternal
great-grandparents are Jaime and Margarita Medina of
Craig Davis, Angie Davis holding Alaina Marie Davis
MARGARET ELAINE COFFIN
Mark and Margaret (Bivin) Coffin announce the birth
of Margaret Elaine (Meg) Coffin born January 18, 2003, at
the Ft. Belvoir Army Community Hospital in Virginia.
Grandparents are Betsy Bivin of Sarasota, Fla., and
Sandra and Paul Coffin of North Carolina.
ISABELLA VICTORIA HAINES
John Haines HI and Lucy (Lincoln) Haines are the
proud parents of Isabella Victoria Haines born November 9,
Haines family (Rear to front): John Haines II, Lucy
(Lincoln) Haines and Isabella Victoria.
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SHIH AN KARIS JANAE HSU
Peter and Jeri Hsu (Jeri Ruth Wheeler, BHS/89)
announce the birth of their first child, Shih An Karis Janae
Hsu, on October 20, 2003 in Singapore.
Grandmother Judi Wheeler (Judi Warford, BHS/64),
was able to be in Singapore for the happy event. Granddad
Jim Wheeler (former CZP) also traveled to Singapore to visit
his new granddaughter.
Peter Hsu, Jeri Hsu holding Shih An Karis Janae, Jim
Wheeler and Judi Wheeler
EMILY LEE SHOBE
Scott and Mary Shobe of Aiea, Hawaii, are pleased to
announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Lee, on December 8,
2003. Emily joins her big brother Shawn.
Scott is the son of Steve and Debbie (Rowley) Shobe.
Proud great-grandparents are Jim and Noralie Shobe of
ABIGAIL SHIRLEY VON POKS
Dr. (Col. USA Ret.) and Mrs. Phil Breunle of Aurora,
Colo., are extremely proud to announce the birth on
September 2, 2003 of their sixth grandbaby, Abigail Shirley
von Poks, daughter of Melissa Sue (Breunle) von Poks and
Jerry von Poks of Aurora, Colo.
Phillip Breunle, Judy Breunle holding Abigail Shirley von
ELISE KATE WILLMAN
Four generations of the Clyde Willman Sr. family.
Shown is Eleanor Willman, great-grandmother holding her
great-granddaughter, Elise Kate, the first girl born into the
Clyde Willman family in over eleven generations. Elise is the
granddaughter of Eleanor's son, Clyde Willman Jr., and the
daughter of Eleanor's grandson, Steven Willman.
Clyde Willman Jr. (grandfather), Eleanor Willman holding
(L-R): Shawn, Scott, and Mary Shobe holding Emily Lee. Elise Kate, and Steven Willman (father).
Peter James Barr, Sr., 72, beloved husband of Betty
Barr, died November 1, 2003 at his residence in Aiken, S.C.
Mr. Barr was the son of the late Robert W. and Mary
Francis Barr also being predeceased by brothers, John R.
Barr, Tommy Barr, and sister, Helen Barr. He was born in the
Panama Canal Zone and moved to Aiken in 1980 after 28
years of service as Assistant Chief of the Panama Canal Fire
Division. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in
the U.S. Navy. The Governor of the Panama Canal Zone and
the Panamanian Government recognized him on numerous
occasions for his heroism. He was also an avid outdoorsman
who enjoyed fly-fishing. Mr. Barr was a compassionate and
thoughtful husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife and four sons, Robert E. Barr,
Victoria, Texas; James A. Barr, Aiken, S.C.; Peter J. Barr, Jr.,
Greer, S.C.; Sean A. Barr, Aiken, S.C.; brother, Richard F.
Barr; sister, Sr. Barbara F. Barr; and seven grandchildren.
Cliff Beaty, of Tampa, Fla., passed away December 28,
2003 at his residence.
He was born in Pavo, Ga., and moved to Tampa from
Panama in 1972. He gave 32 years of service with the U. S.
Government in Panama through the U.S. Army and the
Panama Canal, where he was a Dipper Dredge Captain. He
was a member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in Panama and
an associate member of Egypt Temple in Tampa. He served
as Potentate ofAbou Saad in 1968 and was an active member
of the Cabiri Chapter, an association of Past Potentates, at
He is survived by his beloved wife, Billie L.; daughter,
Virginia "Ginny" Beaty; two nieces and two nephews.
Robert William Blades, 85, passed away on October 25,
2003, in Lindale, Texas. He was born to William Henry and
Dosha Parker on November 15, 1917, in Crisfield, Md.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1936 to 1941, Mr.
Blades served over 30 years as a United States Government
Motorcycle Highway Patrolman in the U.S. Canal Zone of
Panama. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Ismas
and later transferred his membership to Lodge No. 1367 in
Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Hazel, retired in the Dallas
area, and then in 1985, they moved to Kerrville to continue
retirement. Mr. Blades was a member of Trinity Baptist
Church. Hazel preceded him in death in 1988. Mr. Blades
recently moved to Lindale to live near a lake.
Mr. Blades is survived by his son, Paul Blades, and wife
Monette of Helena, Mont.; one brother, Ronald Blades of
Pikesville, Md.; one sister, Lois Reynolds of Princess Ann,
Md.; one granddaughter; and a host of many loving friends,
neighbors and church family members.
Edward Clifton Brown, Sr., 87, passed away at his home
in Midlothian, Va., on September 17, 2003, after a long ill-
Clif came to the Canal Zone at the age of 8 with his par-
ents and older brother, Robert. After graduating from
Cristobal High School, he attended the University of
Tennessee before returning to the Canal Zone.
He was very interested in sailing and was a Charter mem-
ber of the Cristobal Yacht Club. He also enjoyed his years as
a Boy Scout and earning his Eagle Award and as an adult he
worked with the Sea Scouts in Cristobal. Clif worked for the
Panama Canal Railroad 21 years before returning to the states
He is survived by his wife, Helen Anderson Brown;
daughter Donna Naugle and husband, Harold; daughter-in-
law, Delores Brown, widow of Robert Edward Brown;
daughter, Patricia Brown; son, Edward Clifton Brown, Jr. and
wife Billie; son, Mark Anderson Brown and wife Mikell; ten
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
William F. Brown, 87, of St. Petersburg, died January 1,
2004 at Bayfront Medical Center under hospice care.
Born in Chicago, he came to St. Petersburg in 1970 from
the Panama Canal Zone, where he was a geodesist cartogra-
pher for IADS Defense Mapping for 25 years. He was a 32nd
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ethel W.; and a
nephew, John Victor Brown, of Albuquerque, N.M.
Harry F. Butz of Springdale, Ark., passed away either
January 5th or 6th of 2004. His passing was recorded in The
Morning News in Arkansas and reported to the Arkansas
reporter by Mike Horoda, President of the Panama Canal
Society of Northwest Arkansas.
Mr. Butz worked for the Panama Canal Company as
Superintendent of the Mt. Hope Water Treatment Plant. In
addition to his duties as Superintendent, he was the Marine
Chemist for the Atlantic side. He possessed a pleasant per-
sonality and was held in high regard by all. A memorial serv-
ice was held January 8, 2004.
No further information is available.
John C. "Jack" Clay, of Lancaster, Calif., passed away
November 19, 2003, at the age of 85. Jack was born
September 14, 1918, in Marshalltown, Iowa and had lived in
the Antelope Valley for 40 years.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society, and the
AV Genealogy Society.
He is survived by one sister Betty and her husband
McRoy Hoverter of Bellevue, Wash., two nieces, two
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Captain Robert L. Currie, a resident of Dothan, Ala.,
died November 23, 2003 at Southeast Alabama Medical
Center following a brief illness. He was 77.
Captain Currie was born February 24, 1926 in Honolulu,
Hawaii and lived the early years of his life there. He joined
the Merchant Marines where he spent several years at sea. He
was then recruited as a ship pilot in the Panama Canal Zone
and was quickly promoted to Port Captain on the Atlantic
Side, retiring after 20 years. Captain Currie was a member of
the Panama Canal Society, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Elks
Lodge, Rotary Club, Yacht Club, President of the Brazos
Brooks Country Club, Little League Commissioner and a
member of the Master Pilots Union. He was a member of St.
Columba Catholic Church in Dothan.
Captain Currie was an avid golfer, an angler, a loving hus-
band of 36 years and a devoted father.
Survivors include his wife, Maria D. Currie, Dothan; two
sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Daphne Currie, Dothan,
and Eddie and Jana Currie, Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter and
son-in-law, Jenny and John Hill, Port Aransas, Texas; three
grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Julie
Currie, New Orleans, La.; two sisters, Annie Copp and Adele
Young, both of Hawaii; several nieces and nephews.
Captain Currie was predeceased by a son, Thomas J.
Currie, and two brothers, Edward Kapuiki and his wife Ruby,
and Harry Currie.
Janice Dryja of Los Banos, Calif., passed away on
November 24, 2003, after a long illness.
She was married to Walter Dryja who died in 1999.
Janice's last position was with the Inter-American Geodetic
Survey. Walter worked for the Marine Bureau. Janice was
active with the College Club, and a life-long student of nature
Coincidentally, Janice was born in the Canal Zone in 1918
and lived there briefly for about two years and then returned
to Ohio, where she lived until marrying Walter. They both
attended Ohio State University. Her father was employed as a
mounted policeman for several years shortly after the canal
Janice and Walter lived in the Canal Zone for 30 years,
until Walter's retirement in 1973. They had three children,
Walter, Robert and Anne, who all attended Canal Zone
schools. They now live in Cleveland, Ohio; Los Alamos,
N.M.; and Los Banos, Calif., respectively.
Norman A. Dugas, 80, of Spring Hill, Fla., died January
8, 2004 at Hernando-Pasco Hospital in Brooksville.
Norman was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, Panama, and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1941. He married a
Gorgas Hospital nurse, Doris K. Gleim of Baltimore, Md.,
and moved there in 1950. Norman worked as an environmen-
tal technician in the Defense and Electronics Division,
Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Baltimore, and retired
in 1986 after 33 years. He and his wife Doris moved to Spring
Hill in 1992.
Norman was an U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a
member of the American Legion 0297. In Annapolis, he was
a life member of the B.P.O.E. (Elks) Lodge 622, an associate
member of the Fleet Reserve Club, and a parishioner at St.
Mary's Catholic Church. In Florida, he was a member of the
Timber Pines Golf& Country Club, Panama Canal Society of
Florida and St. Theresa Catholic Church. In addition to being
a devoted husband and father, he enjoyed fishing, golfing,
playing cards, traveling, and socializing with his many won-
Survivors include his wife, Doris; two sons, Christopher
N., Pensacola, and Wayne J., Port Richey; two daughters,
Paula D. Thomas, Norfolk, Va., and Kathryn D. Sherman,
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; a brother, Leroy, and two sisters,
Dorothy Broadbent and Joyce Joubert, all of Baton Rouge;
and four grandchildren.
Elizabeth "Betty" Bovay Elliott passed away October 8,
2003 in Richmond, Va.
Born in the Panama Canal Zone on April 21, 1913 to
Addibelle and Harry E. Bovay Sr. of Memphis, Tenn. A lov-
ing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, Betty
leaves behind her brother, Harry E. Bovay, Jr., Houston,
Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Betsie and Kevin Leahy of
Suffolk, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Nancy
Elliott of Virginia Beach; a grandson, three granddaughters,
and four great-grandchildren; nieces and a nephew.
Richard "Dick" K. Erbe, 81, passed away in Longview,
Texas, on November 13, 2003, after a long illness.
Born in the Canal Zone in October 1922, he graduated
from Balboa High School in 1940, and from the University of
Kansas in 1943. During WWII he served in the U.S. Marine
Corps in the Pacific Theater, retiring from the reserves as a
Dick worked for the Panama Canal Company for 33
years, retiring in 1979 as Director of the Supply and
Community Services Bureau. He moved with his family to
Longview, Texas, that same year where he continued to enjoy
hiking, camping, and canoeing. While in the Canal Zone,
Dick was an active member of the Boy Scout Council and
received the Silver Beaver Award for his contributions. He
was chairman of the Canal Zone Cancer Committee and co-
founder of the Canal Zone Heart Association.
He is survived by his wife Mireille; daughter, Lorraine of
Longview; son Richard, of New Orleans, La.; and four broth-
ers: Philip, Arlington, Va.; Larry, Lafayette, La.; Robert, Sun
City, Ariz.; Allan, El Paso, Texas; and brother-in-law, Luis
Celerier, of Longview.
Frederick (Fritz) Frey of Tucson, Ariz., passed away
December 14, 2003.
He graduated from Balboa High School in 1942. Fritz
easily won many friendships with his generosity and was
known for his penchant to find the perfect olive. He met and
married his bride, BJ Clayton, while serving in Japan as a
U.S. naval officer during the Korean Conflict. Fritz's math
and computer skills opened many doors with military con-
tractors, public school systems and fraternal organizations.
His career took the family to Point Pleasant, W.Va., Valley
Center, Calif., Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Cananea, Sonora,
Mexico, where he installed the first IBM computer in
Mexico. After retiring in 1985, Fritz and BJ made their homes
in Tucson, Ariz., and Kino Bay, Mexico.
When Fritz wasn't preparing tax returns he worked on his
tennis prowess, mastering the ambidextrous backhand that
confounded many of his competitors.
He is fondly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Betty
(BJ); six sons, Fred, Rick, Clay, Kevin, Karl and Paul; and 13
Mary Phyllis (Brennan) Gundersen, 74, passed away
on September 25, 2003 in Tampa, Fla., after a long illness.
Born in New Bedford, Mass., she was a teacher in the
Canal Zone for 17 years. She married Captain Christian
Gundersen in June 1972, and when he retired in 1976 they
lived in El Valle until December 1994, then moved to
She is survived by her husband of 31 years.
Basil Harrington (BHS'51), passed away on September
30, 2002, from a hernia complication. Information was
received from Louis Celerier on January 3, 2004 via e-mail.
Basil is survived by his wife Dorothy ofAnnandale, Va.
Theodore C. Henter, 93, of St. Petersburg, died
December 29, 2003.
He moved to St. Petersburg in 1971 from his native
Panama Canal Zone, where he worked as an engineer for the
U.S. Government for 42 years. He was a member of
Northeast Presbyterian Church, and the Professional
Engineers Society and the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Emley M; a son,
Ted Jr.; and three grandchildren.
Ermin Willett Highley, 77, passed away July 28, 2003
after a long battle with cancer.
She went to the Canal Zone with her family when she was
two years old. She met and married Laurel Highley. They
made their home on the Atlantic side. She and her husband
left the Canal Zone in 1980 to reside in Dothan, Ala., where
she lived until she passed away.
She was preceded in death by her husband Laurel
Highley, her youngest son David Highley and her brother
She is survived by a son Les Highley and his wife Annette
of Greenbriar, Tenn.; a daughter Sharon Highley Baugh of
Dothan, Ala.; a son Fred Highley of Dallas, Ga.; a sister
Virginia Willett Blount and her husband Edward Blount of
Mobile, Ala. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one
great-grandchild, eight nieces and nephews and numerous
great-nieces and great-nephews.
Patricia E. LeBrun died November 14, 2003 in
Sacramento, Calif., following a long and valiant fight against
Born January 26, 1922 in Gorgas Hospital, she attended
schools in the Canal Zone and in Cleveland, Ohio. Patricia
was employed with the Panama Canal Company and the
Canal Zone Girl Scout Council.
She moved to Sacramento in 1976 and was an active par-
ticipant in numerous community activities. She was a mem-
ber of Beta Sigma Phi, an international women's friendship
network, a community service organization. She also worked
with Kaisar Permante Health Education, Meals on Wheels,
and was a volunteer in local elementary schools.
She was preceded in death by her mother Ann Davis and
her brother Douglas Smith. She is survived by three sons,
Arthur in Orange, Calif., Michael and wife Shelby in
Greenwood, Mo., and Bill, Jr. in Panama, R. P.; two daugh-
ters, Kathleen and husband Gene Lavelle in Marina del Rey,
Calif., and Julie and husband Pat Ryan in San Antonio, Texas;
eleven grandchildren and a great-grandson. She is also sur-
vived by her sister-in-law, Anita Smith (Castrellon) in
Deland, Fla., three nephews and two nieces.
Edward J. "Ed" Lewarne, 67, of Seminole, Fla., died
January 1, 2004 at Cypress Palms, Largo.
Born in Farmville, Va., he came here in 1969 from the
Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the military and man-
aged family real estate investments. He was a combat medic
in the Korean War and received the Joint Service
Commendation Medal, the European Occupation Medal and
the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was a member of
Pathways Community Church and a member of DAV.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Louise Lewarne,
Indian Rocks Beach; a son, Edward B., Seminole; four broth-
ers, Jim, Scott, Luke and Lemore, all of Farmville and six
Roger D. Michel, 83, passed away on November 20,
2003 in Spring Hill, Fla.
Roger was a Navy veteran who served in WWII. He
earned his Master's Degree after leaving the Navy, taught for
several years and then went to the Canal Zone in 1950. He
worked there for thirty years as an educator and school prin-
cipal. He retired to Spring Hill, Fla. in 1980.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, four daughters, eight
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Elenor D. Miller, 93, passed away August 17, 2003 in
Auburn, Calif. No further information is available at this
Edward T. Mulroy, 77, beloved husband of Agnes
Mulroy, died January 15, 2004 at his residence in Ocala, Fla.
Mr. Mulroy was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked for the
Panama Canal Company from 1959-1977, retiring as Chief of
Operations (Dredging Division).
He is survived by his wife Agnes, sons Edward and
Patrick, daughter Kathy Kietzer and grandchildren Kelley,
Edward, Mathew and Katrina Mulroy.
John Fulton Paterson II, 58, died September 5, 2003 at
Herando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey.
He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1963. He continued his education at
Rice University where he received his degree in mechanical
engineering. He had lived in the Florida area since the early
1990s. He will be deeply missed by all his friends and fami-
Survivors include his wife, Pam, his two sons, Robert and
Chris of Dunedin, his two sisters and their families, Roberta
Reif of Viera, Fla., and Catherine Neff of Lecanto, Fla.
Catherine Pearson, 97, of Newark, Del., passed away on
December 21, 2003. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland in
Her father, Robert Tweedlie, jumped ship in Balboa while
his ship was refueling and went to work for the Dredging
Division. He was an engineer on the Dredge Paraiso while it
was digging sand in Cham6, R. P. and was a Roosevelt Medal
Holder. He took his family to Panama in 1913 and they
resided in Pedro Miguel until they left in 1922.
She is survived by her daughter, Jean Pearson Stone and
son-in-law Malcolm Stone; two grandchildren, Lynn Stone
Kohr of Westminster, Md., and David Stone of Colorado
Springs, Colo.; and one great-granddaughter, Amanda
Catherine Stone. She is also survived by a sister, Ina Gross,
who was born in Ancon Hospital in 1915 and presently
resides in Media, Pa.
Dallys E. Perry, 71, of St. Petersburg, died December 4,
2003 at home. Born in Panama City, Panama, she came here
in 1994 from Columbus, Ohio.
She attended the Business College at the University of
Panama. She was a member of the Daughters of Marie. She
attended Transfiguration Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Mont O., a sis-
ter, Mary Elena Aroseamenta, and two brothers, Leandro
Olivares and Rubin Olivares, both of Panama.
Kathaleen (Tess) Priest of Margate, Fla. became ill on
January 1, 2003 while visiting her niece and family in
Califon, N.J. She was admitted to Morristown Hospital that
afternoon and passed away on January 6, 2003 of acute pul-
Tess spent many years working in the Comptroller's
Office in the Administration Building in Balboa Heights and
prior to that with the Navy Department. She was a life-long
member of the VFW Auxiliary, a past matron of the Order of
the Eastern Star and a member of St. Mary Magdalene
Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, Fla. Tess was a long-time
resident of Margate, Fla. where she and her husband Clarence
moved when he retired from the police force in 1965.
She is survived by son Bob (BHS'58) and his wife Robyn,
granddaughter Jackie, sister Dona, niece Judie and their fam-
ilies who were able to be with her in New Jersey during her
short illness. Her husband Clarence, a Canal Zone policeman,
preceded her in death.
Velma Medina Reilly, 70, of Hickory, N.C. died July 29,
2003 at Frye Regional Memorial Center. Born April 2, 1933
in Panama, Canal Zone, she was the daughter of the late Elsa
Velma graduated from Balboa High School in 1952 and
attended CZJC before going to the United States to continue
her education. She returned to Panama and went to work for
the Inter-American Geodetic Survey where she met her hus-
band and was married in 1963. Both Velma and her husband
worked for the Army and Velma retired as a Logistic
Management Specialist on May 31, 1998.
The Reillys moved to Hickory, N.C., in order to be with
their daughters and families. Velma was a member of
Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover.
Survivors include her husband, David Clinton Reilly;
daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Scott and husband Tom,
Debbie Motsinger and husband Steve, JoAnn Yoder and hus-
band Keith, and Linda Kemp, all of Hickory, N.C. She is also
survived by nine grandchildren.
Frederick O. Roasch, 72, of Warsaw, Mo., passed away
December 3, 2003, at the Bothwell Regional Health Center in
He was born in San Diego, Calif., on July 31, 1931. As a
youngster he had moved with his family to North Platte,
Neb., where he graduated from St. Patrick High School in the
class of 1949. On October 23, 1950, he enlisted in the U. S.
Navy serving aboard the USS Pine Island in the Pacific as a
veteran of the Korean War. He was discharged on August 19,
1954, and returned to Nebraska. There he began working for
the Union Pacific Railroad. On July 1, 1961, he was united in
marriage to Barbara Ann Bare. They then moved to Charlotte,
N.C., and then to Jacksonville, Fla., where he was employed
by the Seaboard Railroad.
In 1966 they moved to Panama. There he worked for the
Panama Canal Railroad and then went to the electrical divi-
sion of the Panama Canal Company. While in Panama he
became a coach for his son's Little League team and became
the Commissioner for the Little League, helping with the
administration of the league and improving the fields and
facilities in the league. They stayed in Panama until 1976.
In 1976 he began working for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, starting at the McNary Dam in Oregon. They
made their home in Hermiston, Ore. In 1976 they came to
Warsaw where he began working at the Stockton Project and
then came to the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir in
Warsaw. He retired on January 1, 1993, as the Mechanical
Supervisor at the dam.
He was enthralled with the efforts of the Warsaw High
School football team and could be found close to the radio
every Autumn friday evening listening to the play-by-play for
each game. Fred was preceded in death by one son, John
Dean Roasch, in January of 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; two
sons, Fritz and Ciggie Roasch, of Warsaw, and Corky and Liz
Roasch, of Blackfoot, Idaho; one granddaughter, Shelly
Roasch, of Aurora, Colo.; one brother, George Roasch, of
North Platte, Neb.; several nieces and nephews, other rela-
tives and many friends.
Shirley E. Sargent, 86, of Williamsport, Pa., died
October 31, 2003 at her residence. She was born on January
17, 1917 in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama, a daughter of
Howard and Lillian W. Wilke Edwards, and a stepdaughter to
Frank J. Gerchow.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in
Williamsport, Beta Sigma Phi, the Clio Club, and
Williamsport Woman's Club, the White Deer Golf course, the
Turbot Hills Golf Club and the Williamsport Bridge House.
In 1937 she graduated from the Dickinson Seminary. Shirley
was an avid golfer, card player and loved spending time with
On March 2, 1989 she was predeceased by her husband,
Jack W. Sargent.
She is survived by two sons, Jack E. (Nancy) Sargent and
James W. Sargent, both of Williamsport; a daughter, Jill G.
(Robert) Stannert of Williamsport; a brother, Frank J.
Gerchow of Montoursville; seven grandchildren and four
Dr. Melchor Zook Sayoc passed away October 10, 2003.
Dr. Sayoc was bor October 14, 1930, and received a
D.M.D. Degree from the University of the Philippines. He
was in private practice in the Panama Canal Zone and the Bay
Area for 34 years. He was appointed Honorable Counsel,
Republic of the Philippines to the Republic of Panama.
As V.P. of San Francisco Medical/Dental Center, Dr.
Sayoc helped to found "Carecen", a dental center in the
Mission District and was honored with Lifetime Membership
to the American Dental Association. Mel also served on the
Board of Directors for the Rotary Club International where he
enjoyed membership for over 42 years and was also a charter
member of the Presidio Golf Club.
In Hawaii, he was commended by the Institute of Marine
Biology of the University of Hawaii for his success in
research of the sex reversal of the Talapia fish. This benefits
the poor countries as they can then produce for fish.
A passionate and generous man, he is survived by his
wife, Lois and three children, Gaspar, Melinda and Lisa, four
grandchildren and two sons-in-law.
James A. Slover, 72, of Fort Myers, formerly of
Seminole, died January 8, 2004 at Hope Hospice in Fort
He was bor in Okmulgee, Okla., and moved to Seminole
in 1985 from Germany. He was an army intelligence officer
and served in Korea, Vietnam, Panama and Germany. Ie was
a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church and was an avid
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Boyer) Slover; a
stepdaughter, Linda Ramey, Estero; two sons, Ronald and
David, both of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; and a great-
granddaughter Cameron Lee.
Louise Scott Sowa, a long-time member of the Panama
Canal Society of So. California, passed away at home on
October 10, 2003.
Born in the Cayman Islands on January 24, 1926, she
moved to the Atlantic side at age 7. She attended Cristobal
After moving to the Pacific side in 1942, she worked for
the Army Corps of Engineers at Corozal. She immigrated to
Los Angeles, Calif., in 1954 and retired from the Anaheim
School District in Orange County, Calif.
She is survived by four children, Stan, Donald, James
Sowa and Sandra Sowa Hehr; her brother, William Evarts,
and her sister, Cynthia Evarts Totty, of San Diego, Calif.
Frances Brown Whitlock, 94, passed away quietly
October 31, 2003, at her retirement home, The Village, Inc.,
She was born January 5, 1909 during the construction era
in Empire, Canal Zone to Nannie I. and Walter Graham
Brown. Frances graduated from Balboa High School in 1927
and married Andrew A. Whitlock on July 31, 1928.
Frances worked for the U.S. Army and Naval Intelligence
during WWII and later was employed by the Navy in Coco
Solo until Andrew's retirement in 1959. Upon retirement,
they moved to Houston, Texas and ultimately Fayetteville,
Ark. She was the Reunion guest speaker at the Panama Canal
Society Annual Luncheon in 1992 where she entertained the
members with stories of life in the Canal Zone.
She was a 3rd-generation Roosevelt Medal descendant, a
long-time member of the Panama Canal Society, a member of
the Christian Science Church, the Order of the Eastern Star
and affiliated with the D.A.R.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband Andrew A.
Whitlock and her sons Paul L. Whitlock and Edward S.
Whitlock. She is survived by her daughters, Andree Lee
Collins of St. Louis, Mo., and Jacqueline B. Werbrouck and
her husband Marcel of Mishawaka, Ind.; sixteen grandchil-
dren; many nieces and nephews, and a number of great-
Anne Elizabeth Williams, 100, of Palm Harbor, Fla.,
died November 14, 2003 at Manor Care Nursing Home. She
was born on June 28, 1903 in Philadelphia, Pa.
In 1915, Anne's parents, Charles and Nellie, took their
family to the Canal Zone, which became home to four gener-
ations of the Williams family. She spent most of her life in the
Panama Canal Zone, moved to Pompano Beach, Fla. in 1965
after retiring from the Panama Canal Payroll Branch and
came to Palm Harbor in 1986. She was Catholic and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
A vivacious and fun-loving person, she was known for her
beauty and stylish appearance. It was only natural that she
represent the Canal Zone as queen in a Panama carnival. She
enjoyed people and travel. Yet, her main devotion was to fam-
ily, friends and the Catholic church. Her numerous charities
were known, but many more went unknown. As an example,
she made it possible for three members of a family to enter
the religious life. Two brothers became priests and a sister
entered a convent. One of the brothers became a bishop of the
diocese of David, Republic of Panama. Her life and good
deeds live on in countless lives.
Anne is survived by a sister, Marie Henriquez of Panama,
eight nieces and nephews, several grandnieces and nephews,
and sister-in-law, Beverly Williams.
Charlotte "Lottie" Witt, 83, of Mathis, Texas, died
October 31, 2003 at the Mathis Nursing Home.
She had lived in Mathis for the past 44 years after spend-
ing 12 years in Margarita, Canal Zone with her husband, the
late Harry M. Witt, who worked for the Motor Transportation
Division of the Panama Canal Company as foreman of the
Repair Shop, Cristobal Pier area. He preceded her in death in
Lottie is survived by two daughters, Judy (Clarence)
Chopelas of Mathis, Texas and Karen (Thomas) Smith of
Evant, Texas. Survivors also include two grandsons, Colin
Chopelas of College Station, Texas and Harrison Smith of
Evant, Texas; one sister, Gertrude Schilling, and one brother
H. C. Engler, both of Mathis, Texas.
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WE ARE RECRUITING
VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH
Please contact Chairpersons:
Marje Foster (727) 785-8555
Joy Maale (561) 333-0016
Society Secretary (727) 391-4359
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I
What do you call a gathering of about 75 smiling ex-
Zonian ping-dingers, eating potluck Panamanian food, groov-
ing to Lucho music, bochinching about past memories, win-
ning prizes in la loteria, all under sunny Northern California
skies? Why, it was the 4th Annual Northern California
Panama Picnic of course. The event occurred in Los Gatos at
Vasona Lake Park on September 20, 2003.
Among those who signed in who attended were: Helen
Aanstoos, Jan Aanstoos, Charles "Chile" and Trudy
Brennan, Marge (Cohen) Brigadier, Connie (Zemer)
Bumgarner, Jan (Steward) Cazden, John and Jane
(Kaufer) Cochrane, Susie and Dennis Dea, Lee "Willy"
Doyle, David and Janetta Finn, Dick and Leslie (Dugas)
Firth, Rita (Gordon) Ganda, Bonnie Grand, Isaac Hay,
Roger and Shirley (Harned) Kelley, Roger Kat, Monica
Meyer, John Millar, Kevin Nichols, Keith Olsen, Norma
(Johnston) Rose, Josefina "Fina" Smith, Jim Sullivan,
Boode Swain, and Duke Wilson.
(L-R): Jan Cazden, Connie Zemer Bumgarner, John
Millar, Helen Aanstoos, Keith Olsen, Jan Aanstoos,
Duncan Ballenger, Bonnie Grand.
Bochinche with Lee Doyle, Keith Olsen and Jane Cochrane
Keith Olsen at Northern California Panama Picnic.
Some of the highlights of the event were the loteria which
was officiated with Bajun humor by Connie Zemer
Bumgarner and Duncan Ballenger, whose dad used to
announce the loteria back in the '60s in Panama on Sundays
under the name of Johnny B. Norma Rose passed out copies
of the song "Panama MaMa" and got all the ladies and gen-
tlemen dancing and singing to each other in a mini-show pro-
duction. It was hilarious. A good time was had by all and we
hope to see everyone again next September.
CRESPO FAMILY VISIT LONDON
We spent ten days in London ten crisp, cold days, and
loved it! We stayed in an apartment in Knightsbridge, a very
nice section of the city, brief walking minutes to places like
Hyde Park and Harrod's. In addition to local and world
famous city sights, we took in Leeds Castle, Canterbury,
Dover, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Shakespeare's Globe
and a must-see attraction, The London Eye. It's this enormous
bicycle-spoke-like Ferris wheel with glass and steel viewing
capsules at the ends. A full revolution takes 28 minutes. The
city views from within the capsule just take away your breath.
You can take sensational pictures, too.
I took in four shows there, also. Two shows I'd seen pre-
viously in New York and San Francisco; those two were
Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. But two shows
had not made their way across the pond yet, Chitty Chitty,
Bang Bang and Jerry Springer, The Opera. Trust me, the
'Jerry Jerry' opera is going to cause a rollicking furor in the
United States. It was one of the most amazing things I'd ever
Rudy Crespo "Sr.", Delia (Doaty) Crespo and Rudy
Crespo "Jr." in Trafalgar Square, London, England, October
I had the opportunity to meet our British relatives for the
first time in my life, my mom's cousins Derek and Graham
Wise and their wives, children and grandchildren. I cooked
up a storm for sixteen people, all with hearty appetites. The
menu included soft drinks, red and white wine; trays of
assorted cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, olives and biscuits (your
basic cracker for pete's sake); romaine topped with salad of
red, green and yellow bell peppers, pears, walnuts, raspber-
ries, black olives, bleu cheese and lemon-dill dressing; mixed
veggies sauteed in olive oil, butter and garlic; pineapple-mus-
tard glazed ham with black grapes and potatoes roasted in the
ham juice; dinner rolls and butter; eclairs for dessert, coffee
Yeah, it was fun; it was good. I want to go back.
San Francisco, Calif.
FRANCES BROWN WHITLOCK
Frances Russell Brown Whitlock was born into a
dynasty of one of the earliest, largest families in the Canal
Zone. Her grandparents, Mattie J. Fields and William
Francis Morrison, left Houston, Texas in 1906, employed by
the Isthmian Canal Commission of the United States to help
with the making of the "Big Ditch". Several months later her
mother and father, Nannie I. and Walter Graham Brown
arrived Grampie Brown was employed as a machinist by the
Canal Commission bringing with them Frances' oldest sis-
ter, Mattielee Autri Brown (13 months old).
"Construction Days" in the Zone circa 1906..and years to
follow allowed for the resident building of wooden "quarters"
with mud-trodden floors, no electricity, water brought in by
demijohns -- coffin-filled boxes at the railroad station -
Grandmother Morrison entertained the other Zonian ladies
with a small wooden table and chairs (substituting boxes
when chairs were no longer available) this was the begin-
ning of the idea of a "clubhouse". Yet, "Old Glory" waved
from the courthouse later built when they moved to Gorgona.
An emblem (reminder) of the safety and protection for all of
Uncle Sam's children in a distant land.
President Taft of the United States sent an envoy to the
Canal Zone to help grandmother and 20 other wives to organ-
ize a club such as was dominant in the United States as the
Women's Club of America. It was not uncommon for Colonel
Goethals, Admiral Rosseau, Colonel Gorgas, and Major
Judwin to frequent grandmother's "home". Social awkward-
ness insofar as not having enough chairs resulted in the
Quartermaster calling the next day providing grandmother
with all the furniture she required Goethals sitting on a soap-
box was just not protocol.
January 5, 1909 proclaimed the arrival of Frances Russell
Brown to the delight of her sister Mattilee (Alton White),
brother Walter (Pearl) and later on Minnie Cecil (Crooks-
Burton) and Jack (Gloria) and her aunts Cecil (Lowe),
Mattie B. "Bates" (Huldtquist), Frances (Moon-Griggle),
Uncle George, and Aunt Minnie Danielson (her Dad's old-
est sister) and, Nannie's Uncle Guy Ament married to
Grandfather Morrison's sister Molly from Innis, Texas where
Guy was a Christian preacher.
Frances was a strawberry-blonde "redhead" named after
her father Walter (curiously Russell means "red") and what a
vigorous gal she was! When Frances was 12 years old she
went as a member of the Red, White and Blue Troupe to New
York and performed in 1921 at the opening of the Madison
Square Gardens Coach Henry J. Grieser (who can forget
him) continued to teach swimming and diving well into the
'40s to Frances' and her family's children. Canal swimming,
Farfan Beach, Ft. Amador and Galeta Point were some of our
favorite swimming holes but the Balboa Pool and Clubhouse
remain the most vivid of all memories cherry cokes for 5
Frances attended Balboa High School (BHS'28) with sib-
lings Mattielee, Minnie, Walter and Jack where she met
Andrew A. Whitlock, whose parents were in the U.S. Army,
having transferred from duty in the Philippines. It was "love
at first sight" as Frances had so adamantly attested through-
out the years and they married in July 1928 after a "prudent"
Frances and Andrew had four children, Andree Lee
(Collins), Jacqueline B. (Werbrouck), Paul (Pablo)
LeRoy, and Edward Starr. They attended Balboa grade
schools. In 1944 Andrew was transferred to Cristobal as Plant
Engineer for the Industrial Division of the Panama Canal -
later Supt. of the Mechanical Division much to the dismay
of Andree Lee. Andree was a "loyal" Balboa High School
Sophomore and "hated" CHS later to be cheerleader for
CHS and CZJC. Pablo played on the football team and Jackie
found solace in the "Gatun Gang" and deep and abiding
friendship with Dorn Thomas.
Frances worked for the U.S. Army and Naval Intelligence
during the second World War and was later employed by the
Navy in Coco Solo while residing in Margarita until
Andrew's retirement. Their subsequent move was to
Houston, Texas and ultimately Fayetteville, Ark., where
Nannie and Walter G. Brown (her parents) had moved as had
"Bates" (Huldtquist-Wieman) and Minnie C. (Crooks-Burton)
The Panama Canal Society of Florida invited Frances to
speak at the annual luncheon at one of their reunion meetings
(1992) and she consented, spinning tales of early Panama, the
trip with the Red, White and Blue Troupe to Madison Square
Gardens, her memories of that trip with Bobbie Van Siclen,
and, of course, her rendition of "Bajun" tales and jokes "we
is we mon".
Frances was a wonderful, patient mother, and friend a
member of the Christian Science Church, and a 3rd genera-
tion Roosevelt Medal descendant and ardent bridge player
until the clan started playing "contract rummy", a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, the Order of Eastern
Star and affiliation with D.A.R.
Yes, she came from a wonderful legacy one that
Grandmother Morrison used to cite "be careful what you
say you might be talking about a relative" and boy that is
Frances passed away on October 31, 2003, at her home in
Springdale, Ark. She is sorely missed by nieces and nephews
- Jeananne (White-McGinn) and Charlie, Dennis P. White
and wife, Nancy (Crooks-Vega) and Henry, Judi Daily, and
families from the Morrison, Brown, Whitlock, White,
Crooks-Burton Clan lineage David Moon, Flora Belle
Helmricks, Mary Jo and Fritz Yaeger, Buddy and Betty
Huldtquist, Janie and Fred Huldtquist, Bobbie Crooks
and wife, the Rathgebers -- and many grandchildren:
Andrew and Maureen Whitlock, Jack Whitlock,
Catherine and Celio Cedeno, Jeanne Frances, and Pauline
Whitlock (Pablo's family) and mother Mary Lou, Beth and
Doug Dokey, Cassie and John Steffen, Teresa, Mark and
Drennon (Jacqueline's children), Charlann Lee and Dwight
Elam, Linda Sue and Pat Liston, Frances and Mark
Powers, Ginger Collins (Andree's children) and a number of
Andree and Jackie presided over their mother's memorial
and "despedida" service November 13, 2003, in Springdale,
Andree Lee Collins
St. Louis, Mo.
Good samaritans Edgar Tirado (BHS'98), Ben Ganser
(BHS'98), Dave Cohen (CHS) and Elliott Carlson
(BHS'95) recently took a trip to help deliver food to African
Our Zonian friends were all aboard the M/V Liberty
Wave, a bulk carrier operated by Liberty Maritime, under
contract by USAID and Feed the Children. The ship was at
sea for 132 days delivering bulk wheat and corn to the
African countries of Angola, Tanzania, and Djibouti/Ethiopia.
The money responsible for purchasing the cargo was donated
by various charity organizations throughout the United
States, and then dispersed by USAID (a U.S. Government
agency) in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture
and the World Food Program.
(L-R): Edgar Tirado, Ben Ganser, Dave Cohen, and Elliott
CHERYL, SANTA AND
Christmas came early for Bentonville pediatric cancer
survivor Cheryl Harp, plus others, and their families. They
were visited by Santa Claus at the annual CARTI Auxiliary
Festival of Trees Party in Little Rock. CARTI is a non-prof-
it radiation therapy center with facilities in Little Rock. The
CARTI Kids Christmas Party is funded by proceeds from the
CARTI Kids Golf Classic and the CARTI Kids Memorial
Miss Arkansas, Santa Claus and Cheryl Harp.
Miss Arkansas, Santa Claus and Cheryl Harp.
Cheryl is five years old and was diagnosed at the age of
14 months with rhabdomyosarcoma and was treated at
CARTI/St. Vincent in Little Rock. She is a kindergarten stu-
dent now and has been in remission for three years. Her par-
ents are Jess and Lynn Harp of Bentonville, Ark.
Grandparents are Betty and Bill Dunning of Rogers, Ark.
MASONIC HEAD STONE
As previously reported, the 75 urns in the Panama Canal
Scottish Rite Columbarium together with 11 from Sojourners
Lodge were ceremoniously interned in the American Battle
Monuments Commission Cemetery in Corozal.
I was finally able to obtain a headstone for the grave site
and had it appropriately engraved. The official dedication of
the headstone was conducted by the Panama Canal District
Grand Master. RW Henry F. Smith, Jr. together with mem-
bers of the Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies. The location
of the site is recorded as: Section I, Row 1, Grave 55.
Arthur J. Kerr
Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Panama Canal
BAKER FAMILY REUNION
In October 2002 the John and Jean Baker family (former
Magistrate, Panama Canal Company, retired 1983) held a
reunion in Castine, Me. Present were six children, Jody
(Canal Zone College), Jeb, Maggie (BHS'70), Robin
(Curundu Junior High School), Barney (Curundu Junior
High School), and Matthew (BHS'83); five spouses, and
three of twelve grandchildren.
Baker Family Reunion
TWO HEROES OF THE
After a 30-year absence, Hugh Norris and Dale Bishop
enjoyed a reunion in Kerrville, Texas last October. Called
"heroes" because they had to put together and endure the new
treaty of those last, grinding, painful days of the Canal Zone.
Furnishing logistics for this get-together were Anna Calvit,
Jeanne Stough and Jackie Bishop too.
Masonic Head Stone
REMEMBER TO VOTE
Dale Bishop and Hugh Norris
Dale Bishop and Hugh Norris
Four generations of Pacific siders got together in
November 2003 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Included were
Isaac Hay (BHS'66), Isaac Hay, Lucas Hay, Sergio Hay
and Seth Hay.
Sergio will be shipping out to serve in Iraq in the U.S.
Army in February 2004.
Isaac Hay, Isaac Hay (great-grandfather) holding great-
grandson Seth Hay, Sergio Hay (father of Seth), and Lucas
A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES WALSH
Sadly, I have just learned that Charles E. "Chuck"
Walsh (BHS'53) passed away last month (October 2003).
He was working in Hollywood on local TV stations as a
movie critic and before that in radio. He was well known in
Los Angeles radio circles having worked at KFWB (1968-79)
and KABC (1979-93). Most Zonians would remember him as
the Chaplain in the movie "The Naked and the Dead" that
was filmed in Panama. Did you know that he also had a small
role as "newscaster" in the 1957 crime-comedy movie "Foul
Play" starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase? A successful
film, it grossed about 30 million, even then. I'm sure there are
probably many other creative endeavors that Chuck was
One endeavor a long "once upon a time ago" was not so
successful. Chuck and I were pretty tight back then. A couple
of misunderstood "bad boys", we decided to cut out of BHS
and run away to sea. With a few forged illicit documents we
actually got jobs aboard a small tramp banana boat. Two days
before we were to depart for Cuba and New Orleans "Ody
Ramey", a friend of my brother Arthur, who worked some-
where around the Port Captain's building, sauntered out on
the Balboa docks and spotted me in a boson's chair high up
in the rigging, chipping rusty cables. He yelled "Ray Crucet,
what the heck do you think you're doing". Yes, we were
found out, and subsequently fired and dumped unceremoni-
ously on the docks by a tramp banana boat Captain. Worse
yet, we were paraded before an angry-balding high school
principal and our respective, albeit, contrasting fathers. One
was very angry (mine) and the other; so happy and relieved
to be reunited with son, Chuck.
Well, I guess it all worked out okay. Tagged as the ring-
leader, I got sent off to Greenbrier Military Academy in West
Virginia to learn "discipline". Chuck got a new 1951 Ford
My friend Chuck and I were of the same ilk...always
dreamers, always performers. And while I haven't seen much
of him since the BHS days, I'll still miss him...I simply miss
his not being around, somewhere, in this old world.
Ray Crucet (BHS'52)
Friends gathered at the home of Phil and Sue Tomlet in
Woodstock, Vt., during the Fall foliage season. The foliage
was beautiful this year, and a great time was had by all!
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Jack and Irene Fennell, Phil Tomlet. Middle row (L-R):
Genie Calkins, Judy and Bob Holden. In front: Sue Tomlet.
DEADLINE FOR JUNE 2004 CANAL RECORD
IS APRIL 9, 2004
SKIP ROWLEY RETURNS HOME
Back during the Reunion last summer, I ran into an old
"BHS'58" classmate of mine, Bill Sander and his wife Sue,
who I hadn't seen in 45 years, and we got to talking about
Panama and we got to talking about in many a year, and
wouldn't mind going back for a visit. We sort of said, "yea,
wouldn't that be nice", and let it go at that. Later in the year,
while at Destin for my annual Time Share week, I got togeth-
er with a few more old childhood friends, Lane Thompson,
Tommy McCullough, and Johnny Marshal, and had a blast
at a restaurant. We mentioned about taking a trip home some
day, but that was the end of it.
In late August, my niece Lori (Stevenson) Snow, who
now runs her father's travel agency, called me and said,
"Uncle Skipper, I have a trip that you just can't turn down,
and you just have to take advantage of it". So I said, OK, let's
have it, what's the so-called good deal? When she told me
about a combined trip to Decameron up at Rio Hato, and the
Country Inn and Suites in Amador, I immediately thought of
my old friends. So I wrote them an email explaining what I
had and they jumped at the idea. So I called my niece back
and had her put the trip together for us, and on November 7th,
we headed out to Panama. Lane and Georgia spent the night
with us here in Tallahassee, and then we drove to Orlando to
meet with Tommy McCullough, and we all flew to Panama
via COPA Airlines. Bill and Sue Sander flew from Phoenix to
Miami and caught a different COPA flight and were waiting
for us in Tocumen Airport.
From there we were taken by a wild bus ride up to
Decameron Resort for the first five days. Being that this was
the first weekend after the Panama Centennial, traffic going
over the Bridge was at its usual gridlock slow pace. However,
we did arrive in good condition and spirits, and after a rush
dinner, found a Bohio on the beach and started a four-day
drinking mode. Why not? Drinks were cheap. Hell, they were
free!! It was very relaxing, and the pools were so clean and
numerous, you had a choice of 7 pools to swim in and the sun
felt good. We all walked down the beach and got a souvenir
from Noriega's former home.
On Sunday, we chartered a bus and all went to El Valle for
a fun-filled day of being a tourist at the Market, and looking
for Bill's old family home, which we found. Had lunch at the
Hotel Compestre, and then went to visit with Charlie Garcia
and his mother at their beautiful home. Charlie grows the
most beautiful flowers. As Dr. Charlie is working only part
time down in the city, they spend their time between both the
city and El Valle. On the way back to Decameron, we stopped
in at the old Casino in Santa Clara for a few beers, just for old
times sake. Ha! I bought 6 Soberano beers for $3.00. Try that
in the States. After several days, we transferred down to
Back (L-R): Tommy, Skip, Charlie Garcia, Lane, Sue,
Georgia, Bill. Front: Bev and Elsie Garcia at the Garcia's
beautiful home in El Valle.
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Sue Sander, Georgia Thompson and ev Rowley i the Rowley, Sue Sander, Bev Rowley, all having a 50-cent
Sue Sander, Georgia Thompson and Bev Rowley in the
pool at Decameron. Sobreana beer at the Santa Clara Casino for old times sake.
pool at Decameron.
For those who have not been back in several years, the enjoyable trip home. Outside of the roads being in desperate
Amador Country Inn and Suites sits just north of the old need of repair and traffic being at an all-time high, I would
Balboa Yacht Club, and just south of the tank farm. Actually definitely recommend that anyone who hasn't been back in
where the Navy's four-family Chief's quarters used to sit. many a year, to feel free and easy and go home for a visit. You
Amador is a total makeover for the good. will be impressed. I know I was!
YOUNG ARE GRANDPARENTS
Jim and Mary Young of Camano Island, Wash., are the
proud grandparents of Brian Young. The photo of Brian in
the montuno was taken when Brian was 7 months old. The
montuno is a family heirloom that dates back over 50 years.
It originally belonged to Brian's uncle, Guillermo Angulo,
currently residing in Tampa, Fla.
(L-R around table): Sue and Bill Sander, Lane, Bev, Nina
Brown Kosik, Georgia and Tommy at T.G.I.Fridays at the
Amador Country Inns & Suites.
We rented a van and had Nina Kosik drive us around
Panama City on the second day so that we could be the real
tourists that we were. Lots of changes there. Went by and saw
the Flat Arch lying in a pile of rubble. That was rather dis-
heartening to see that. It had only fallen a few days before we
got there. Had a good lunch out in San Francisco at Jimmy's
place. With all the new roads and building being built, I have -
to tell you that I was sometimes lost in the outskirts of the- -" -
city. Every so often I saw a familiar landmark and could get
re-oriented. It proved to be a very interesting day. On day
three, I felt confident enough to drive the van myself and we
went sightseeing and exploring in the former Zone. The guys
all enjoyed Gamboa and conned the guards to let them in to
see various equipment that they worked on when they were
apprentices or summer student aides. Bev was hard at bird
watching. The highlight of the day was when I was able to get
them into Miraflores Control House. When we got to the
Locks, I called the Control House and my old trainee
answered the phone and recognized me and invited my group
up. Everyone got to partially put a ship through, including
me. That made their day and week. The Locks is doing fine
and being taken care of. I was glad to see that. That night we
stopped by for drinks at Bruce Homa's house in Albrook. -
What they have done to the old enlisted men's duplexes in
Albrook defy description. They have done wonders.
On day four, Bill and Sue had to leave for home because Brian Young in his montuno.
of Sue's work schedule and Nina took Tommy to the Atlantic
side, so while Bev was getting a pedicure, hairdo, etc., in
Albrook, Lane, Georgia and I went tooling around town and
went to Niko's where I had coffee and empanadas with sev-
eral guys who I used to work and kibitz with. Then after we DEADLINE FOR
picked up Bev at the beauty parlor, we got brave and drove
down to El Dorado Mall, where Bev spent a small fortune. JUNE CANAL RECORD
After dinner out on the Causeway, we turned in the van, IS APRIL 9, 2004
packed up and departed early on Saturday, and flew home.
I can safely speak for the entire group that we had a most
FRANK ENDER VISITS
Frank Ender (BHS'93) and his girlfriend, Jennifer
Santoro, visited Frank's parents Frank Ender (CHS'64) and
Margaret (Will) Ender (CHS'68) in Panama in November
The first stop, directly from the airport, was to Napoli
Restaurant. After dinner and a quick stop at home, the couple
were driven around the "loop" to Los Rios, the Causeway and
Balboa Yacht Club. Frank was blown away by all the positive
changes in the former Canal area townsites and Panama.
Jennifer Santoro, Frank and Frank Ender at Ancon Hill.
The continuing days were tours of Panama City,
Causeway, Gamboa, El Valle, and the beach. Frank was espe-
cially interested in taking Jennifer to the Gamboa Lake to
show her the island where he and his friends used to camp out
on weekends. There just wasn't enough time to party and see
it all, but Frank is interested in returning again very shortly.
Enclosed picture was taken in Honolulu, Hawaii in
December 2003. We are all friends from previous cruises on
Royal Olympia ships, including the popular SS Stella Solaris
which was recently scrapped. Happy New Year to everyone.
Christine Laybourn, Royal Olympia cruise staff; Dr. Sergei
Krushchev, Dr. Valentina Krushchev, Dick Tatelman.
After spending seventeen years wondering what it had
become, my husband and fellow Zonian Ed Wardlow and I
returned to the Republic of Panama in October 2003. What
we found made for an incredible experience.
Traveling to and from Panama was much easier than we
had anticipated even in light of new airport security. We were
met at Tocumen by a driver who took us on to Country Inn &
Suites at Ft. Amador. The drive was short and even though the
traffic was heavy it moved at a much faster pace than 1-4.
There are now two major roadways in Panama, the Coreidor
Norte and the Coreidor Sur. One extends to Tocumen and the
other bypasses the rain forest to the Atlantic side. On the
drive to Ft. Amador we could not help but notice the tremen-
dous growth that has occurred in the city.
New Balboa Yacht Club
The Country Inn & Suites sits on the bank of the Canal
with the Thatcher Ferry Bridge to the right and the new
Balboa Yacht Club and the old 15th Naval District pool on the
left. The view is priceless. There is a TGI Friday's on the
grounds though Ed and I preferred the ceviche at the Balboa
Yacht Club and the restaurants at the end of the causeway. We
enjoyed corvina, almejas and cold Panama beer all at a rea-
The end of the causeway is unbelievable. Besides restau-
rants and shops, the Smithsonian has an aquarium on Boy
Scout Island. In addition, they are building condos in the
exact spot where we used to park and "contemplate life"
(among other things). Amador beach is under renovation and
the shark net is gone. There is also a marina at the end of the
causeway. The only driveable road to the causeway is now
past the old quarters across from where the golf course was
located. These houses have all been renovated and now stand
behind a very fancy black iron fence. We were told they are
to be part of the convention center. I grew up in Ft. Amador
and was surprised to find that my old house, which was up
from the Officer's Club, is now a very fancy Bistro. The
General's House and gazebo are gone, land has been filled in
and a beautiful new convention center now stands in this
location. This is where the Miss Universe Contest was tele-
vised. The other side of Amador where the barracks stood is
now a walkway/biking/rollerblade path that extends the
causeway. Ed and I rented bikes so we could explore. We
found the old Amador Theater still standing. Some of the
quarters across from the Officers Club are still there includ-
ing the concrete duplex where my classmates Fay Weisser
and John Urias grew up. All are empty but being maintained
by ARI (Panama's official agency for "reclaimed" land).
Overall, we were very pleased with the progress at Ft.
Amador but hope they do not build more than the land can
Convention Center at Fort Amador.
We spent a day shopping in the city along with friends
Elaine Vestal and Tommy Hanna who visited Panama the
same time we did. We used a driver in the city which I would
strongly advise. The traffic can become quite intense and a
driver allows you to spend the time enjoying the scenery. We
visited Sol de La India, Reprosa's, My Name Is Panama and
Machitazo, Panama's WalMart. I picked up four bottles of
Maggi Ketchup! Our highlight of the day was eating at the
new Napoli. We enjoyed clam and shrimp pizza, almejas,
corvina, ceviche and cassata. It was better than we remem-
During our stay at Country Inn we visited a great deal of
the old Canal Zone. My favorite was a visit to Balboa High
School. It is in wonderful condition and being used as an offi-
cial government building. There is a museum on the second
floor and they welcome visitors. I walked into the library on
the second floor and found it virtually unchanged. Standing
there I was momentarily whisked back to 1970 and swore I
could see Miss Rider standing behind the desk. The housing
in the old townsites is in a variety of conditions. Some have
been remodeled into beautiful homes, some are unchanged
and a very small percent are in poor condition.
A concrete duplex in Los Rios, one side has been remodeled
and the other has not.
Most of the houses on the Prado are being used as offices,
the old Toy Store is being built into a very nice 2-story office
building, the clubhouse is for sale, and the Post Office is still
functional as is the Theater. The old bowling alley is now
Niko's Restaurant. I ran into a very old friend at Balboa Pool,
as I walked in to take a picture I heard a voice say "Vicki?".
It was Vincent, a fellow lifeguard who I had not seen in over
25 years. He now manages the pool and it is in wonderful
shape. I plan to do a few laps on my next visit.
We also stopped by the Balboa Elks Club. We had a great
visit with Art Mokray and Luke Palumbo. The Elks Club
looks great though some reconsideration may want to be
given to the very blue paint in the bar. A new restaurant has
just been opened at the Elks Club.
The old gym at the Balboa YMCA has been turned into a
craft market. Any local craft item you can imagine you would
like to purchase is available and all at very reasonable prices.
The "new" Gorgas Hospital is now an Oncology Hospital
and the rest of Gorgas along with Gorgas Apartments are
being used as official offices. Ancon is crowded with much
traffic and people. There is a huge Police Station at the site of
the old laundry.
We left the former Canal Zone and headed to the beach.
The road to the beach is in great shape and gets you there in
much less time than I remembered. We had intended to stay
at the Decameron Resort but changed our mind after only one
night. We found the resort to be crowded and noisy. The food
though plentiful was merely adequate. The staff can be help-
ful though you will need some Spanish to communicate.
Instead we stayed at the XS Sports Bar in Santa Clara. They
have air-conditioned cabins available at a very affordable
price. It is across the street from the old casino and run by two
Americans from Chicago, Dennis and Sheila. The grounds
are very nice and you will meet a very interesting, eclectic
group of people at the bar and restaurant. I was able to spend
a few minutes visiting with Coach Pat Lehman who taught
at Canal Zone College for many years. She is doing great and
continues to enjoy her retirement at Santa Clara. We even ran
into George Klein, an old friend from Gatun. We later visit-
ed George and his wife Cheryl at their beautiful home in
"Agewood Heights". We found XS through Dino Barkema
when we made arrangements to get school supplies to him for
the school at Lajaminas. Dino has been working very hard to
help make improvements to the school.
with the current "postmistress" at his old post office.
The Gamboa Resort is fantastic with wonderful views
surrounded by the peaceful, familiar sounds of the jungle and
the comfort of the afternoon rain. The food was fantastic! We
especially liked the peacock bass at the marina. The cayman,
bass and turtles come up to the marina's water edge where
they enjoyed being fed by the tourist. The "historical villas"
(Gamboa Ridge) are in very good shape and the staff at the
resort kindly granted my request to visit the quarters I lived
in during my teen years. It was like stepping back in time.
Coach Pat Lehman and Vicki Sizemore in Santa Clara.
While at the beach we made a side trip to La Pintada and
El Valle. El Valle has changed very little. The market has been
enlarged and as always there were wonderful crafts available
for purchase. We also made a trip to Rio Mar which was as
beautiful as ever. We found the beach had changed very little
and greatly enjoyed our time there.
While in Gamboa Ed enjoyed a round of golf at Summit.
He pronounced the golf course in great shape and quickly
reaffirmed it as his choice for his favorite golf course. The
staff was wonderful and very helpful. The "grasscutters" even
assisted in locating lost balls.
A special thank you to our Zonian friends who made
donations for the school supplies at Lajaminas. They are: Al
White, Tom and Sue Wesley, Faye Weisser, Pam Crowell,
Jacque Crowell Vowell and Debbie Beall.
Students at Lajaminas with their new school supplies.
Ed Wardlow in a hammock enjoying the rain at Gamboa
We returned to the old Zone and headed to Gamboa
Resort. We highly recommend a trip to Gamboa. Most of the
housing remains the same though we did see a few old quar-
ters being devoured by the jungle. The Post Office, police sta-
tion, fire station and pool are all in use. Ed had worked at
Gamboa Post Office for a short time so he enjoyed a visit
Students at Lajaminas.
We had such a great time that we already have airline tick-
ets to return in June. Panama has undergone a great deal of
change and growth. However, the sounds of the canal, the feel
and smell of the jungle, the kindness of the people and the
comfort of our memories remain unchanged. In addition, we
made new friends, created new adventures and were remind-
ed how very fortunate we were to live for so many years in
such a wonderful place.
L-R: Elaine Lewis, Cindy Becker Stabler, Susan Soyster
Valentine and Cheryl Peterson Russell at 2003 Reunion.
L-R: Rob and Ana Boyer, Hap and Beth Brandenburg in
Prince Edward Island, Canada.
L-R: Pat and Jill Hutchings, Edna Hart Crandall, Beth
Lockridge Huls, Ralph Huls and Stan Crandall at a mini
reunion in Jupiter, Fla.
Myra (Nicewander) (BHS'73) and Carlo Perscky, Hap and
Beth Brandenburg, and son, Patrick at Arlington Cemetery
Don't forget to vote!
Dan and Dawn (Crowell) Gressang enjoying the holidays.
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EN CONTEST 1943/44
Official Panama Canal Photograph showing contestants on the Canal Zone's float during Carnival time 1944, along with the
beautiful floats from Panama, next to the Balboa Commissary and Dispensary. Top row (L-R): Kay Deegan, Ethel Krziza
(Queen), and Pat Heitman. 2nd Row (L-R): Macel Goulet, Pat Kenealy and Donna Dickson. 3rd Row (L-R): Gerry
Archer, Nelle Rustin and Pat Bathmann. 4th Row (L-R): Joan Ridge, Jean Woods and Penny Flack. And in front, Juyn
Christensen, and all joined by those precious children. See page 73.
THE PANAMA CANAL WAR BOND
CARNIVAL QUEEN CONTEST
from February 1944 to February 2004.
In the Fall of 1943 Otto A. Moore, a veteran of WWI and
in the 1940s an employee of the Claims Branch,
Comptroller's Office, Balboa Heights, was the leading force
behind the program to generate the sale of War Bonds during
WWII in the Canal Zone. Many employees worked with
Otto, including William H. De Vore, H. "Jack" Chase, H.
David Raymond and John R. de Grummond, Jr.
The Canal Zonians jumped on the bandwagon to help in
this effort. A young lady was chosen from each town, a
bureau or division to be in the contest, and encouraged fami-
ly, friends, coworkers and neighbors to purchase bonds. Each
girl had a manager/escort (my father, John E. Ridge, Sr., was
my manager and John R. de Grummond, Jr. was my escort)
during the contest. The candidates for Carnival Queen for the
upcoming Carnival season would make appearances with
their escorts at dances at the Hotels Tivoli and Washington,
and at rallies at Balboa Stadium and Canal Zone theaters. All
of the contestants did very well. Bond sales were remarkable,
and Ethel Krziza, who was later married to Captain Jack
Hearn, a senior Panama Canal pilot, won the contest by a
landslide. She was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital and in her off-
duty hours would visit our injured servicemen, who were
there from the Pacific Theater of Operations for rehabilita-
tion. Ethel convinced these young men to have the bonds
deducted from their paychecks, and they would have a nice
nest egg after the war.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond
Laguna Woods, Calif.
Queens aplenty, a beauty each one,
All selling Bonds and having fun.
Three lovely "Pats" giving time freely,
"Pat" Bathmann, "Pat" Heitman and "Pat" Kenealy.
Jean Woods, vivacious, from Cocoli town,
And it's there she is hoping to take the crown.
Kay Deegan, the demure little Navy Nurse,
One glance at her and you empty the purse.
Juyn Christensen, shy, petite little blond,
No one could refuse her votes for a bond.
Nelle Rustin, the pride of the P A D,
If you haven't the cash boys, use P R D.
"Penny" Flack from Ancon, a dainty colleen,
Says "Dollars for Bonds, A 'Penny" for Queen."
From Gorgas comes gorgeous Ethel Krziza,
No one questions her slogan "Krziza will please ya."
Joan Ridge says your Uncle asks for a loan,
So, just buy a bond and vote for Joan.
Macel Goulet, Queenly, calm and sedate,
Will without trying your heart captivate.
Donna Dickson, charming, from a near-by town,
Pedro Miguel may soon be a place of renown.
The Mechanical Division may well rejoice,
In "Gerry" Archer they made a good choice.
So there you are, folks, the story is told.
They are doing their duty, may we be so bold.
To suggest an investment--the best ever seen?
That you buy a Bond and vote for a Queen.
BALBOA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 5th Grade, 1946
Standing (L-R): Seymour Paul (?), Frank Lerchen, Bruce Quinn, Paul Smith, Doug Gibbs, Charles Hand, Charlie Lessard, ?
George Holt, Edwin Newman, Lee Harrington, bending over Bucky Gibbs (?), Dick Cunningham, ? Richard Sandiford, Oliver
Besley, Billy Ladd. Sitting (L-R): Dianne Skinner, Barbara Hickey, ? Rosemary Hollander, Mary Jo Jensen, Shirley Thomas,
Elaine Clark, ? ? Sally Gore, Mary Beth Lewis, Marian Evans, Marcela Davila. Missing Billy McKeown.
DREDGING DIVISION 1955
Back row (L-R): Tac Cooke (Safety Officer), Captain Harris (Aids to Navigation), Vic Melant (Supt. Field Operations), Jess
Tate (Aides to Navigation), ? Bertincini (Survey's), Earl Romigh (Account-Budget Office), Vince Biava (Chief, Shops
Asst.), George Gregory (Chief, Shops), Joe Baker (Gamboa Field Office), Bob Engelke (Admin. Officer), Frank Marczak
(Asst. Field Officer), ? Martiz (Surveys). Front Row (L-R): Dorothy Hall (Secretary to Chief), Kathleen Cheney (Secretary
and Clerical Staff), Jim Driscoll (Asst. Chief, Dredging Div.), Alton P. White (Chief, Dredging Div.) Ethel Cooper (Property
Clerk), Julian S. Hearne (Supervisor). Submitted by Victor C. Melant.
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PENWOMEN
Members of the Panama Canal Chapter, National League of American Penwomen, honor former Governor Maurice Thatcher
who enjoyed writing poetry. Picture taken in the late '50s on one of his last visits to the Canal Zone when they made him an
honorary member of the Chapter. (L-R): Bellamy Laatz, Catsy Taylor, Evelyn Moore, Amy McCormack, and Governor
Thatcher, Little Gallery, Hotel Tivoli.
BALBOA UNION CHURCH LADY'S CLUB
Top Row (L-R): Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Marstrand, Mrs. Luther, Mrs. Anne Fraser, Mrs. Worsley, Mrs. Van Clief, Mrs. Rcolt
[sp], Mrs. Memer, Mrs. Kalar. Front Row (L-R): Mrs. Karaff, Mrs. Holland, Mrs. Ancharbauch [sp], Mrs. Murphy, Mrs.
Packard, Mrs. Pyrel [sp], Mrs. Parsons, Mrs. Roruninger [sp], Mrs. Cameron, Mrs. Lergison [sp], Mrs. Hite, Mrs. Smith,
Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Mercom [sp], Mrs. Walling, Mrs. McCullough, Mrs. Lauincer, Mrs. Brown. Picture taken in the early
1920s. Submitted by Andrew Fraser
One of the Lady's Club's fund raising projects was a
lunch stand they set up and ran to serve lunch to the Panama
Canal workers. Note that they also maintained a writing room
inside the church. This picture was probably made in the late
construction days. I've also attached a picture of a couple of
the attendance medals that the Union Churchs used to issue
for perfect Sunday School attendance.
Attendance medals for Union Church
Submitted by Andrew Fraser