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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2008-2010
Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
1st Vice President
Mr. Tom Spence
2nd Vice President
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
Mr. Mike Coffey
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Chris Wilder
Mr. Jim Parthenais
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Mr. Chris Wilder
President's M essage................................. ...........................................................
Office Manager/Secretary's Message.........................................................
Bylaws Amendment Report and Editor's Comer........................ ......................2
November Space Coast Picnic and General Membership Meeting..........................2
September General Membership Meeting and Luncheon................................ .......... 3
Reunion Coordinator Update............................. ............................4
Reunion Schedule of Events............................. .............................5
Convention Center Layout M ap............................................... .......................... 6
Joint Panama Canal Society/Panama Canal Museum Cultural Seminars.................7
C am avalito Pictures................................ ........................................................ 8
PCS West Coast Picnic Group Picture........................ .........................................16
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings / General Membership Meeting.....17
L legislative R eport..................................... ............................... ................ ........... 17
Reunion Thursday Night Dance and Saturday Pool Party........................................... 18
Your Reporter Says:
Arkansas.......................... 19 FL South Florida............. 27 Northwest..................... 35
California......................... 20 FL Space Coast................ 27 Panama.......................38
Europe............................ 21 FL Tallahassee................. 29 South Carolina................... 42
FL Central Florida.............22 Georgia....................... 1 TX Dallas........................ 43
FL Emerald Coast..............24 Louisiana......................... 33 Virginia............................ 44
FL Ocala.......................... 25 M ississippi....................... 34
FL Pensacola................... 26 North Carolina................... 34
Congratulations............. .............. .............................................45
W eddings.............................................................................................. ... ............. 52
B irths........................................................ .................. 53
W ith D eep Sorrow............................... ............................................................. 54
Letters to the Editor............................................................60
Looking Back................ ...................................................................... 64
Panama Canal M museum ........... ..... ............................................................ 66
Announcements............... ............. ............................................68
M membership Application Form.................................................................. 75
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form................................................76
Cover: Stem locomotive on a northbound tow, middle chamber Gatun Locks, January 2009. No.
177 was delivered October 12, 2005 as part of the upgrade of the ACP towing locomotive fleet
to 100 third generation units. Photo write-up courtesy of Bill Fall.
The Panama Canal Society office will be closed from
Saturday, June 27, 2009 through Monday, July 6, 2009.
The office will reopen for business on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
DATES TO REMEMBER
July 1-5 PCS Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939
Universal Blvd., Orlando, Fla. Visit http://www.pancanalsocietv.org/
to view yellow pages and register online or see the December 2008
Canal Record yellow pages or call (727) 391-4359, 1-866-PAN
CANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free) for a copy of the yellow pages.
July 3 Masons and Eastern Star luncheon at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort, Orlando, Fla. See page 71 for reservation form. Contact Bob
Russell at (813) 633-8916 for more information.
September 12 PCS General Membership Meeting, Ocala Elks Lodge, Ocala, Fla.
Contact Tom Wilder for information (352) 694-2211 (evenings). See
November 7 Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
Titusville, Fla. For more information see page 2 or call Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
PRES/DEITa'7 S EISS/4
Hello everyone the reunion is
right around the corner! I want to thank
everyone who took the time to vote on
the recent bylaw changes. These
changes were very important for the
Society and I was pleased that they
were accepted by the membership. The
Executive Board continues to work
Tom Wilder hard on your behalf ensuring that the
Society will be around for many more
years! We continue to look for ways to cut costs and conserve
funds when possible. Our biggest impact to saving money for
the Society has been the decision to change the printer for the
Canal Record. I will be providing a membership report at the
annual meeting on exactly how much this move has saved us.
The annual meeting will also give us another opportunity to
get feedback from the membership to help us identify the
Strengths of the Society, any perceived Weaknesses,
Opportunities that might be available, and identifying any
Threats. Please have your thinking caps on and remember we
cannot get better without your input.
In closing, I just want to remind everyone that the reunion
runs on volunteers! Please take time to thank those who have
volunteered to assist you at registration, ticket sales, golf,
dances, the museum, etc. A simple "thank you" goes a long
This year has flown by and in a
few weeks the Society office will
temporarily move to the
i- Information/Society Business Desk
at the Convention Center of the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for the
2009 Reunion. Please check our
hours of operation in your Schedule
Nancy Van Siclen
Since some of you will be at the reunion this year, why
not stop by the desk and pay your dues early for 2010? This
is a great opportunity to stay current and not have to think
about your membership dues during the busy months of
November and December. It will also help the Society in the
end, by not having to mail reminder postcards next January if
your dues need to be paid.
Since we will be in Orlando for the Reunion, the Society's
main office in Seminole will be closed from Saturday, June
27, 2009 through Monday, July 6, 2009. The office will
reopen for business on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
We hope to see you at the reunion and look forward to you
stopping by if you have any questions or concerns.
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
Tom Wilder, President
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including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
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I profusely apologize to the Space Coast
group and the lack of pictures from the 2008
November picnic. The Space Coast group has
been so gracious over the past years to allow
Jacque Vowell the Panama Canal Society to be a part of their
picnic. I promise there will be pictures taken
of the 2009 Space Coast picnic on Saturday, November 7th.
If you haven't attended this picnic before, you need to make
plans to go! It is a fun time for kids and adults alike! It is a
great way to renew old friendship, make new friends and
share stories of the Canal Zone. I'll be there. Will you?
I would like to welcome Sarah Livingston Schlicht, the
newest Canal Record reporter for the Tampa, Fla. area. You
can contact Sarah at SSchlicht(isantasweets.com.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
BYLAW AMENDMENT REPORT
Ballots for the proposed Bylaw Amendments numbers
34, 35 and 36 were opened and counted at the March 21,
2009 Annual Picnic Business Meeting which took place at
the Pinellas County Anderson Park. The vote counting
was performed by a committee consisting of the under-
signed along with Tom and Cecilia Spence.
There were 114 valid ballots submitted and
Amendments 34, 35, and 36 were adopted with the more
than the required 2/3 votes.
Amendment #34 95 Yes votes, 16 No votes
Amendment #35 103 Yes votes, 8 No votes
Amendment #36 108 Yes votes, 2 No votes
Amendment 34 increases Membership Dues of the
Society from $30.00 to $40.00 annually.
Amendment 35 grants authority to the President to
designate one appointed director at his/her discretion, to
serve as a director-at-large in an existing appointive direc-
Amendment 36 allows the Executive Board to use
modem state-of-the-art communications such as, but not
limited to, telephone, computer, electronic mail or facsim-
ile transmissions to conduct business. Minutes of meet-
ings conducted by means of advanced technology will be
kept in the same manner, in accordance with Robert's
Rules of Order, as those taken at meetings where the pres-
ident requires the Board to physically meet.
Bill McLaughlin, Bylaws Chairperson
November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 7, 2009, in
conjunction with the Space Coast Picnic at the
Tom Statham Park Pavilion, on the river side of
US Highway 1, adjacent to the Space Coast
Executive Center. The picnic will be held from
11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The General
Membership Meeting will start at 12:30 pm.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to
drink. If you need more information, call Bob
and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or
Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-
Your name badge is your passport to participate in reunion activities and to receive
special "negotiated" discounts. For example, you can get a 10% discount on food
at hotel restaurants by showing or wearing your name badge. This discount does
not apply for beverages.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
OCALA ELKS LODGE
702 N E 25TH AVENUE
OCALA, FLORIDA 34470
September 12, 2009
Please join us for the first general membership meeting since the 2009 Reunion in Ocala at the Ocala Elks Lodge on
September 12, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Our luncheon will be a buffet, which includes a choice of chicken
marsala or roast beef; salad, twice baked potato, grilled mixed vegetables, served with rolls, butter, coffee and iced tea.
There will also be a cash bar available.
The cost of the luncheon is $15.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.
The deadline for reservations is Friday. September 4, 2009.
Ne M P1s No 7th pi1 Directions: From 1-75 take SR40 East
S- (Silver Springs Blvd East) to NE 25th
Si i Avenue. Turn left on NE 25th Avenue.
I / ', From the West take SR40 West (Silver
SSprings Blvd West) to NE 25th Avenue.
-e. '.Y Turn right on NE 25th Avenue.
-i On NE 25th Avenue, the Lodge is about
1/2 mile on the left. (Go past the 1st red
Ne 2nd St light and travel for 2 more blocks. You
I~ will see the Lodge on the left side of the
I Fver Sorinasa road.)
SEPTEMBER OCALA LUNCHEON RESERVATION FORM
September 12, 2009
I PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
I Total Enclosed $
reservations at $15.00 each.
'he deadline for reservations is Friday, September 4, 2009.
Please return this form along with your check payable to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Fl 33773-4787
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Lobby Level Floor Plan
1. Front Desk
3. Guest Room Elevators
4. Guest Room Elevators
5. Bell Captain Desk
6. Coffee Shop
7. Gift Shop
9. Transportation Desk
11. Reunion Information
12. Reunion Registration
and Ticket Sales
REUNION COORDINATOR'S JUNE UPDATE
Here we are in June with only a couple of weeks to go before our 2009 Reunion. We are all getting very excited as this
special time of year is quickly approaching. The 2009 Reunion Committee is working hard with final preparations. It
looks like we are going to have a great reunion again.
You will notice that there are no registration forms in this issue of the Canal Record. This is because reunion registra-
tion and hotel reservations will be closed by the time this issue gets delivered to your home. You can still do late regis-
tration for the reunion in our registration room in the Convention Center during the reunion.
I have asked our Editor to insert the final Schedule of Events and Convention Center Layout Map in this issue of the
Canal Record. See pages 5-6. This will help you to find the key reunion activity areas in the Convention Center when you
arrive. Shown at the bottom of this page is the route from the main lobby to the Convention Center. From the main lobby,
follow the hallway that leads you to what they call the Convention Center Rotunda. When you arrive at the rotunda there
will be escalators to your right and to your left. You will want to take the escalators on the left. They will take you to the
lower level of the Gatlin Ballroom section of the Convention Center. Registration and Information is located just after the
escalators on the left and right. Some activities and programs will be held on the second level of the Gatlin Ballroom such
as Class/Mini-Reunions, Annual Business Meeting, Owl Show, etc. All the activity and program locations are shown on
the Layout Map. I suggest you bring this map and schedule with you to the hotel.
The Thursday Night at the Yacht Club dance has now been firmed up. The BHS Class of 1979 will be hosting a Rock
and Roll dance in conjunction with their 30th Class Reunion. The dance will be held with a live band in the Gatlin
Ballroom E starting at 9:00 p.m. July 2nd. There will be a fee.
A note about parking: Through negotiations, we were able to get the hotel to give complimentary parking to all our
members attending the reunion who are registered guests at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Unfortunately the hotel will not
provide complimentary parking to reunion registrants who are just visiting for the day or staying at another hotel.
Just a reminder about Rosen Shingle Creek Resort's smoking policy. There is NO smoking anywhere inside the resort,
including guest rooms, suites and Convention Center. There are limited smoking areas in the swimming pool areas as well.
As stated in the Yellow Pages in previous Canal Records, resort guests will be fined if this policy is ignored and smoking
is detected in guest rooms.
As always, volunteers are needed to help during the 2009 Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one or more
of the chairpersons.
See you at the reunion!
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
2009 Reunion Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Thursday, July 2, 2009
29th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
IGolf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Sandlake (Level 2)
IReunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. Conway
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
I Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
SInformation/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Thursday Night at the Yacht Club Dance: 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin El E3
Thursday Night Owl Show 10:00 p.m. Midnight Sandlake (Level 2)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Conway
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sandlake (Level 2)
Cultural Seminar: 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B
I Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
SBingo: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Gatlin A4
I Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St Johns 30 & 31 (Level 2)
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin C & D
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin El E3
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Conway
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Gatlin C and D
Saturday Afternoon Matinee: 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Sandlake (Level 2)
S4th of July Pool Side Party: 1:00 5:00 p.m. Rosen Shingle Creek Pool
Cultural Seminar: 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
IBingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Gatlin A4
Religious Service: Catholic Mass 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin C & D
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin El E3
ISunday, July 5, 2009
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin Ballroom A2 & A3
I Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
I Dance Performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom C & D
Notes: Please check with the Information Desk and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for
Other scheduled events, class and mini-reunions and last-minute changes. The Despedida
Lottery drawing will be held on Sunday at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY 2009 REUNION
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JOINT PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY/PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM CULTURAL SEMINARS
Location: Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Friday, July 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Conservation of Golden Frogs and Other
Amphibians of Panama
Featured Speaker DUSTIN SMITH
Zoological Supervisor of Amazon and BeyondMiami
Currently, there are around 200 species of amphibians found
in Panama. Unfortunately, their populations are declining at
a rapid rate. Many of these species, like the Panamanian
Golden Frog, are found nowhere else in the world. During
Dustin Smith's recent trips to Panama, he has searched for
and found facilities in Panama willing to dedicate land, time,
and money to conserve these important animals. More
recently, as a deadly fungus spreads through the land,
numerous golden frogs have been saved (www.projectgold-
enfrog.org) and delivered to the Panama facilities for con-
servation. Dustin Smith will share highlights from his recent
trips with photos and video regarding the amphibian decline
and will also share his findings about other interesting
species of fauna that are found in Panama.
Saturday, July 4, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Write of Passage: Stories of the American Era
of the Panama Canal
PANAMA CANAL STORYTELLERS
Come hear some of the 106 family histories contained in this
wonderful collection of personal reflections of life in
Panama and the former Canal Zone during the American Era
of the Panama Canal from 1904 to 1999. Many of the sto-
ries document early Panama Canal construction day work
and life and family experiences, and more than 40 of the
Write of Passage stories reference a Roosevelt Medal recip-
ient or holder. There are many family photos contained in
the book along with a 30-page pictorial journey through the
many decades of the American Era and a special section that
honors the Roosevelt Medal and descendants mentioned
throughout the book. Speakers sharing a glimpse of their
family life at this cultural seminar are unnamed at the time
of this writing in March and will be introduced during the
seminar. You will surely step back in time and reminisce!
GUEST LECTURER-DUSTIN SMITH
T Dustin Smith has been visiting Panama since 2005 to
assist Panamanian entities with the conservation of
numerous species of amphibians, including the
Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) (www.pro-
iectgoldenfrog). Dustin is also actively involved with
various U.S. groups and organizations devoted to
fundraising to benefit, study, and/or preserve reptiles and
amphibians. One group where Dustin serves as Secretary
is the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group, a consortium
of zoo biologists working on management issues for
amphibians coming together to share information and
collectively create a programmatic agenda for the
American Zoo and Aquarium Association. In 2005
S Dustin formed the Florida Reptile and Amphibian
SWorking Group of ATAG to increase collaboration and
communication among the zoological institutions, muse-
Dustin Smith ums, and government agencies in Florida.
Dustin's previous work includes serving as Assistant Curator of Herpetology/Aquatics at Tampa's Lowry Zoo for seven
years, and as the Senior Animal Care Specialist in Busch Gardens' (Tampa) reptile and amphibian/bird department for
almost 3 years.
Dustin has recently located to Miami from Bradenton, Florida with his wife, Carey, and has three children: Dillon, Riley,
rim and Tal'f Corrigan \ Ith Sherry
Ellen Osborne, Jim and Judi Wheeler with Carol Meyer
valerie ana Jim nougnner
Cecelia and Tom Spence and Chris Wilder
;ordon .nid Bobbie R
George and Keri DeCaro
Karen Deming and Donna (Voet) Follese
Jean Jensen, Gerr3 Cooper and Nanc3
Joyce and Donald Humphrey
Sonia and Terry Justice
Sonia and Terry Justice
Ann and Conrad Haynes with JoElla Deakins
Lane Thompson and Lauray (Will) Griffin
Lane Thompson and Lauray (Will) Griffin
Cheryl and Dave Sutherland
Jim ana ram Kela
Caroline Hall. Edie Willoughbv and Kay Hamilton
ueDra sanaers and iete roster
nee Nellis and Mike Andrews
Aura Wilder receiving Copa Tickets from Randy and Joella
Deakins and Tom Wilder.
Janice Scott mourning the end of Carnavalito.
Coffin for the burial of the fish.
ANNUAL PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
WEST COAST PICNIC 2009
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLA.
OCTOBER 18, 2008
Approved the August Board Minutes,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved expenditures for the period of August 23,
2008 through October 17, 2008, in the amount of
Approved 19 new members.
Approved Reporters Payment for 2008.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLA.
DECEMBER 6, 2008
Approved the October Board Minutes,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved expenditures for the period of October 18,
2008 through December 3, 2008, in the amount of
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT
N. REDINGTON BEACH, FLA.
DECEMBER 6, 2008
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the November Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the October financial statement for audit.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
HOLIDAY INN, MELBOURNE, FLA.
FEBRUARY 7, 2009
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the December Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the December financial statement for audit.
REDUCTIONS TO FEDERAL WORKERS:
On party line votes, the House and Senate
Budget Committees reported similar, but not
Identical, budget resolutions for fiscal year
2010. Both chambers' resolutions are similar
Jim O'Donnell to the budget blueprint prepared by the
Obama Administration. However, unlike the pay disparity in
the President's budget, the House Budget Committee includ-
ed language supporting pay parity between military and fed-
eral civilian employees. As reported by the Committees, there
were no reductions in federal civil service income security or
health care. However, floor amendments in both chambers
will demand close attention in the coming weeks when the
House and Senate are expected to consider their respective
In March, it was reported that Labor unions supported
legislation that would establish paid parental leave for feder-
al employees, H.R. 626 introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY), was approved by voice vote by House Oversight
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and
District of Columbia. Though the vote was not unanimous,
this previously House passed legislation has bipartisan sup-
port. Already, 244 Representatives are cosponsors of, April
21st, H.R. 235, to entirely repeal both the onerous Social
Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall
Elimination legislation The Senate companion GPO-WEP
bill, S. 484, has 19 cosponsors. Premium Conversion bills,
H.R. 1203 and S. 491, have 94 and 20 cosponsors respective-
BUDGET RESOLUTION: On Thursday, April 2nd,
before passing their fiscal 2010 budget resolution the House
of Representatives defeated a substitute amendment offered
by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) which would have cut entitle-
ments like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid by $1.3
trillion over ten years and would have included a reduction of
$10.263 billion in federal civil service retirement and health
COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS: In a letter sent to
all 435 members of the House prior to the vote, NARFE
President Margaret Baptiste urged lawmakers to oppose the
amendment because it would have compelled the House
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to consid-
er proposals such as cutting or canceling federal annuity cost
of living adjustments (COLAs), basing future retiree annu-
ities on the highest five years of salary, shifting a growing
share of Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
(FEHBP) premium costs to workers and retirees and/or
requiring workers to double their Thrift Savings Plan contri-
bution to receive the full government share. The Ryan substi-
tute was defeated 137 to 293.
The Senate adopted a similar but not identical budget res-
olution (S. Con. Res. 13) setting the stage for a House-Senate
Conference Committee after the Easter/Passover recess
(April 5-18). The House resolution, in contrast to President
Obama's budget proposal, assumes pay parity for federal
civilian and military employees. The Senate resolution is
silent on this issue.
On April 1st, the House approved H.R. 1804, legislation
that would allow Federal Employees Retirement System
(FERS) employees to credit their unused sick leave toward
their retirement and would make certain improvements to the
federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
Beyond FERS sick leave, the bill would automatically
enroll newly hired federal employees in the TSP and make
them eligible to receive an immediate matching contribution
from their employing agency. Moreover, the measure would
widen TSP's offered plans to include a "Roth" option like
many private employers do in 401(k) plans. Under a "Roth"
option, contributions are after taxes have been paid. Roth
plan principal and earnings can be withdrawn tax-free.
House passage of this legislation is a victory for federal
workers, but the Senate still must approve it.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative
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Deadline for the OCTOBER 2009 Canal Record is July 31, 2009.
As all of you know a
terrible ice storm came
through here in January.
Lots of people lost
Sphone, and internet con-
nections. We Dunnings, u
Betty Dunning were some of the more Lynn Harp
fortunate ones as our electricity was only out for 12 hours and
we do have backup heat. Doug and Camille Gibbs weren't
so fortunate as their letter shows.
"We are up to our eyebrows in downed trees and fallen
limbs...got caught dead center of the ice storm that raged
through the midwest on Jan. 26. We were without power for
8+ days, which put some stress on the marital bonds. Going
without a bath for 4 days contributed greatly. We had a gen-
erator which ran nonstop for those 8 days, but we are on our
own water well, as we are outside the city limits. Being the
electrician, Doug manipulated the power source from one
source to another, pump, hotwater heater, heating, etc., until I
got a bath. My attitude improved greatly after that. But, it was
still a picnic, literally...living in the heated BR and bath, and
fast walking through the rest of the house, to and from the
heated rooms. And, eating cold sandwiches or cooking on one
burner on medium. Research is on, now, for a nonelectric heat
source before next winter.
"We survived it all, marriage intact. Now the cleanup. We
have hauled off 11 trailerloads of limbs. That many more are
still hanging in the trees. Estimates for cleanup range from
$2000-$5000. So, we are doing it ourselves, two ole Zonies
who never touched a lawnmower or chainsaw before. I han-
dle a chainsaw pretty well, now, I think. I do get the chain
pinched occasionally...still. After 8 days of manual labor,
Doug said this is not the Manuel labor he was accustomed to.
Zonies just don't adjust well to stateside living."
Other news: Eileen Grench is making her family very
proud (Mom and Dad, Paul and Carol Stohrer Grench, and
grandma, Freda Flenniken Stohrer). After an eight-month
wait, she is again fencing (saber) competitively on the inter-
national circuit, but now she fences for Panama! Last year she
and her mom both received dual citizenship (Panama and
U.S.) so that she could fence for Panama instead of the U.S.
She placed in the top 16 at her February match in Madrid
World Cup (took 14th). She's looking toward the London
Carol Stohrer Grench (daughter of Freda Flenniken
Stohrer) has been voted the Best of Yolo County doctors,
voted on by the subscribers to the local paper, The Davis, in
Our latest sad news is that our friend Joe Vowell died sud-
denly at home on Sunday, March 8. I liked one of the emails
I received that said "Joe was one of the really good guys, the
coolest, most easygoing person, who enjoyed the moment
regardless of what life threw at him."
Betty Dunning, Reporter Lynn Dunning Harp, Reporter
(479) 633-0612 (479) 271-8055
emails: bdunning3(cox.net Icharp@cox.net
Hello all! We recently returned
from our annual two weeks in
Panama. We mostly stayed in
Gorgona at Rob Roy's and
Kathy Wainio's beach house,
"- which offered all the comforts of
Helen and Isaac Hay home plus a warm beach five
minutes walking distance away. Some of the highlights of the
visit were seeing Scott Williams who told us about a new
Mexican restaurant in San Carlos. It is run by a Gringo and
his Panamanian wife and the food was inexpensive and out-
standing. Plus the owner has a TV which constantly is play-
ing all the old surfing videos of the surf scene at Rio Mar in
the '60s. Steve Bissell's wonderful surfing movies are being
watched into perpetuity! The restaurant's salsa is made with
the local cilantro which beats the regular cilantro we are used
to. We also had a nice visit to El Valle and dropped in on Eric
Ernst and his wife Noreen (Will). We sat out back with them
on their patio and watched all the birds that came down for a
dinner that Eric was feeding them. In Coronado we ran into
Don Kat and his wife Marsha whom we had not seen in
many years. The biggest gathering of old friends was at the
old Balboa Elks Club for the annual Super Bowl Party and
potluck. We had brought my middle daughter Lena and her
husband Jesse with us and they really had a good time, sitting
at the bar, drinking cold beers, and meeting everyone. Isaac
and I needed to return to the Albrook Inn early to pack and so
Lena and Jesse stayed at the Elks and were driven home by
Woody DeJernette. Lena said she felt like everyone she met
she had known for years, that's how friendly everyone was.
Sounds just like the old C.Z. days to me!
Rob Roy Jr. and Rob Roy (Past President) holding Canal
Record with his pix on cover at Elks Club.
We attended Sunday services at St. Luke's in Ancon
which is currently getting a new roof. The men were up there
working on a Sunday, welding big beams. The services were
held downstairs in the chapel which was packed. The ambas-
sador of England delivered the sermon and he did a great job.
Back at Albrook we did run into Pat Hatchett Clark and her
daughter, also an RN. They both live in Northern California
St. Luke's Cathedral getting a new roof.
We recently heard from Boode Swain who says he par-
ticipated in an "ultra mini" C.Z. reunion in Marin County,
which is just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San
Francisco. Two members of the CHS class of 1970, plus
Boode and another friend (non-Zonian) but who had been to
one of the Society reunions in Florida, spent the weekend of
February 14 and 15 hiking in Muir Woods and up Mt.
Tamalpias. The friends were Gary Robertson (from Palo
Alto) and Rob Spilling (Slidell, La.) and Rob's friend Pat
Murphy (from Los Angeles). And, of course, Boode from
Carmichael. They had a great time and fortunately had good
rain gear for the soggy weather.
Marge Cohen reported that our classmate Serge Kohan
is still hospitalized in a long-term facility in Paramount, fol-
lowing a successful shunt surgery at U.S.C. We are all wish-
ing strength for his wife Rhen, who remains cautiously opti-
mistic and, of course, for Serge to wake up and get better.
Darryl Morse reported from Illinois that classmate
Robert Van Winkle died July 17, 2008, in Deerfield, N.H.
Bob was a longtime judge for the American Kennel Club with
particular interest in German Shepherds. Another BHS class-
mate we lost is Gary Vaucher who died February 19 in a hel-
icopter crash at Tocumen Airport while returning from
inspecting an electrical plant in Darien. Marsha Kat reported
that two memorial services were held. Gary was a man of
many passions: birding, windsurfing, river rafting, kayaking,
biking, skiing, and flying. Pastor Gunn officiated at the
Crossroads Bible Church at one of the services. Twenty five
members of the local Harley Davidson Association showed
up on their bikes and escorted the hearse down the highway
with great dignity following the service.
Before signing out I must mention that when we were in
Panama I mentioned to Kathy Wainio that my daughter Lena
was needing three root canals, but had no dental insurance.
She suggested we call Dr. Erasmo Arias at the Balboa Dental
Clinic. Well, we did and he did all three root canals! He even
came in on a Saturday to accommodate our schedule. And it
was painless!! The care was so outstanding, so much easier
than her previous root canal experience in Santa Cruz, Calif.
And it was 75% cheaper! She got all three root canals for less
than the price of one in California. She will return to him for
the crowns. When I mentioned this dentist to Vicki Sizemore
she said he was her dentist too, and he is indeed the best.
Then we both had a good laugh about how charming and
movie star handsome he is.
That's all for this report. Keep smiling!
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
Steve and Maria (Mirla Hansen)
(BHS'83) Bernasconi's daughter
Karla is competing in an Italian Band
competition. Karla Bernasconi,
Gabriel Sanchez and David Hunt
have a little more than homework to
deal with after school these days. The 16-year-old Americans,
juniors at the high school on base, are rehearsing every day in
the hopes of doing well in an international talent contest. The
band they've formed--An Orange Factory--made it out of the
preliminary round of the Emergenza Festival, a global com-
petition for emerging musicians featuring hundreds of con-
certs in dozens of locations around the globe over the next
Sally and (the late) Chuck O'Brien's four children,
Sharon, Kiki, Melanie and Leslie, took advantage of a fam-
ily Christmas in Aviano, Italy, to get an early start on cele-
brating Sally's 80th birthday in March. Sally and her husband
Dan spend their winters in Palm Harbor, Fla., and enjoy the
summer months at a lake house in Rhinelander, Wisc. They
are active members of the UU Church at both locations. Kiki
and Vicki reside in Aviano with kids Mldeline. Matthew
and Michael. Melanie and Gary and Jacob and Marissa
now call Heidelberg, Germany, home. Also in Germany are
empty nesters Leslie and Sandy starting their eighth year in
Kaiserslautern. Adding to the family fun in Europe is Leslie's
son, Chris Wolff, his wife Lacy and their sons, Jackson and
Dane, in Vicenza, Italy. Sharon continues to live in San
Diego with frequent trips to Europe.
The O'Brien family at Sally's 80th birthday party
David (BHS'77) and Mayra (BHS'82) Seitz had a great
time over the holidays when their two oldest daughters,
Katherine and Melanie, came home for six weeks. Their
daughter Sarah is a member of a three-school All Star Pep
Band that played a concert at Paris Disney in March. The
concert was great and a good time was had by all the students.
On a sad note, David's father Don Seitz (see With Deep
Sorrow) passed away after a battle with cancer. I know a lot
of you knew him--either as a scout leader, as a teacher at PCC
or as "Mark's dad." David, Mike and Mark went home to be
with their mom.
The Seitz family
Monica Reyes Carl's family (Monica, boyfriend Josh
May, and daughters Laura and Rachel Carl) and the Seitz
family (David, Mayra, Stephanie and Sarah) visited in
Bamberg, Germany, over the Carnival Break in February.
They toured the beautiful city of Bamberg, visited the city of
Ulm (birthplace of Einstein and home to the tallest church in
the world) and also the small town of Nordlingen which is a
medieval walled town built in the crater created by an aster-
oid which hit this area 15 million years ago. They had been
wanting to visit this town for many years since David and
Mayra teach astronomy as part of their science courses. Of
course, the best time was spending time with wonderful
Zonian friends catching up, reminiscing and making new
Josh May, Monica Reyes-Carl, Mayra and David Seitz in
Margaret Bivin Coffin took a weekend trip to Paris with
a group of friends this past weekend. They enjoyed Versailles,
The Louvre, Notre Dame, a boat ride on the Seine, the Eiffel
Tower by day and night, and many more sites.
Margaret Bivin-Coffin in Paris
Margaret Bivin-Coffin in Paris
Mary Lou Pascavage, Reporter
Hi to all from Central Florida! I have
been on a whirlwind since December.
My son Scott, his wife Katrina and I
went to see the magician David
Copperfield, and a few weeks later saw
Gallagher smash many crazy things. At
the end of January, sisters Bonnie Morrison, Jacque Vowell,
this reporter and some friends were lucky enough to get tick-
ets to see the Eagles when they performed in Orlando. What
a three-hour show--we sang and danced in our seats through
the whole concert.
Bike week has come and gone and I enjoyed some of the
many events that are held there. My grandson Kyle and his
girlfriend Dana were here at that time and I sure had a good
time taking them to various places. Then Bonnie and I went
to see The Rat Pack production in Daytona Beach. There is so
much to see and do here, and I love it.
On February 7th, June Barlow Riesz celebrated her 70th
birthday at Pine Lakes Golf Club along with 80 of their
friends. Her children, Liz and Mark, and husband John gave
her this special event. She says she can't believe that from
graduating with the BHS Class of 1957, that age has finally
reached this point. She sends blessings to all.
Mark Riesz, June Riesz, Liz Riesz, and John Riesz
Janet Stuart (BHS'67) writes that she and daughter
Lindsay Willingham flew to Panama in March. Janet had
not been back home in thirty years, and this was Lindsay's
first trip. They were on the same flight with Joe (BHS'67)
and Sue Waters (BHS'69) Eytalis, their son Ben, as well as
several members of the BHS class of 1969, who were cele-
brating their 40th class reunion in Panama. Janet says they
arrived just before dark and when they saw the Causeway, the
skyscrapers, and the mountains in the background they all got
tears in their eyes. Nine of them crammed into a taxi and
drove from airport to the Country Inn & Suites at Amador for
$90. Of course, the first place they went to was the Balboa
Yacht Club for a drink.
This is what Janet had to say about her trip: We spent 11
days in Panama and it was not enough time to see everything
and everyone. We saw my old home in Los Rios, and took a
canopy ride at the Gamboa Resort where we saw all sorts of
wildlife. We ate at the Summit Golf Club, the Napoli, traveled
to the top of Ancon Hill, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, and
watched the ships go by from the balcony of our hotel room.
Of course we went shopping at the end of the Causeway and
ate fabulous food at the restaurants there, went to Reprosa,
the Albrook Mall, and the new BIG mall in Panama City.
Lindsay and I went to the Hard Rock Hotel for lunch with old
friends Diane Boyd (BHS"67) Petroski and her sister Nancy
Boyd (BHS'70) MacAleer. Thanks to them we got to see
some of the sights mentioned above, as well as Nancy's
beachside apartment in Coronado, and Diane's home for
Thursday night spaghetti dinner in Punta Paitilla. We had a
marvelous time and lots of laughs with the Boyd sisters. Also
a thank you to Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow for being
wonderful to take us around. It was great to see them and
Max too. To sum up the whole trip, I would do it again, only
for longer, and not wait thirty years! I will keep in touch with
my very dear friends there, and I am considering retiring
there. Lindsay, who has always felt like a Zonian because that
is all she has heard since she can remember, now really
understands what it was all about, and she also wants to
return and move in with her Tia Nancy.
Bonnie Morrison, Pam Crowell and Jacque Vowell and I
had a "sistahs" night out recently. We went out to dinner and
talked and laughed a lot! We are very lucky to live so close to
each other. I recently returned from a two-week trip to
Arizona to visit my friend Mel. We spent four days in Las
Vegas and saw the "Jubilee" show, the "Legends" show and
gambled a bit. It was so much fun, except when his truck
broke down in the middle of the desert and we arrived in
Vegas in a big wrecker with Mel's truck on a flatbed truck
behind us. It was an adventure for sure! We also went to
Sedona and the mountains are so beautiful there. I was sad to
hear about the recent death of Joe Vowell. He was a good
guy. Sincere condolences go to his wife Gretta and daugh-
ters, Amy and Alison. Joe's brother Charlie traveled to
Arkansas with daughter Casey and son Kye for the services.
Received a couple of emails from Al Schonert from his
recent travels. He stated he and his wife Sheila Schonert
were having fun in March in Peru. Says he was drinking the
hell out of the Coca Tea, and felt like Rocky Balboa. He also
sent a picture taken at Melia in April where he was still hav-
ing fun with the guys.
Back row: Nancy Boyd McAleer, Vicki Sizemore, Linda
Lehman, Lindsay Willingham. Front row: Diane Boyd
Petroski, Janet Stuart.
Joe and Sue (Waters) Eytalis
Sheila and Al Schonert in Machu Picchu, Peru
In January Ed and Jean escorted a group from the
Panhandle to Panama for 11 days. Highlights were zip line
adventure in El Valle, partial cruise through the canal,
Embera Indians on the upper Chagres with a dip at the falls,
and overnight in San Blas.
Back: Al Schonert and Rob Roy Jr. Front (L-R): Pablo
Prieto, Bill Weigle, and Ted Henter, Melia, Panama.
It seems as though this article is all about me and my sis-
ters. I can't write about your comings and going unless you
tell me about them. So, please write, email, or call me. I love
to hear from you.
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
The Burkettes visited the
Armbrusters in Niceville in mid-
August 2008 (Dee Burkette was recov-
ering from a knee replacement) and
again this past February.
Al Burkett, Jean Armbruster, and Dee Burkett
Tour group enjoying adventure trip, January 2009, upper
Chagres River waterfalls.
A big surprise 70th birthday bash for Jean Armbruster was
held February 13th at the Valparaiso Community center. Over
90 persons attended the gala event including former Zonians:
Terry and Lucinda Kemp, Al and Dee Burkette, Lester and
Larue Hutchinson, Carl and Marion Sheperd (USAF),
Jim and Ellen Hower (USAF), Debi (Affeltranger) Zolick,
Bob and Marlene Powell (USAF). Also attending were the
Armbruster daughters, Dr. Judy Haisten, Connie Dermody,
Margie Speight, and grandkids Krissy and Jered Dermody.
Besides the great entertainment, there was the delicious
shrimp boil. The pouring-down rain did not dampen the party.
Jean Armbruster with her daughters Judy, Connie and
Jean Armbruster's birthday cake
Edwin Armbruster, Reporter
Normally I refrain from writing
about what is happening in our lives
but I have to make an exception this
time. Our beautiful daughter Karen
(BHS'93) was united in marriage to
Jeremy Young on February 21, 2009
(see Weddings).. In every sense of the Grace Shadeck
word--it was a perfect wedding: a love-
ly, picturesque day; an impressive, dignified ceremony that
included a flute and cello duo; and a fun-filled reception
where we were entertained by a dueling piano show. Over
100 of the Young and Shadeck relatives and friends attended
this happy celebration. Several former Zonians were also
present at this joyous event. Alfred and Mariette Graham
drove down from Macon, Ga. Susan Dame (BHS'87) and
boyfriend Mike Berger, Linda Dame and fiance David
Spurgeon, Earl Dame (BHS'90) and his new bride Rose,
and Richard Dame traveled from Tampa, Fla. Ron and
Sydney (Townsend) Corbett, and Nancy (Maravilla) and
Gary Flora were also in attendance.
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Before Bill and Jean Muller left for Silverdale, Wash., in
2007, I asked him for some background history on how the
Panama Canal Ditchdiggers began. He emailed me the fol-
lowing report: "Red" Townsend and Harry Pearl originated
the Panama Canal Ditchdiggers. Actually, their wives started
the gathering in their homes. They were the famous Virginias.
Later they were joined by Virginia and George Booth, John
and Betty Muller among others. As the group grew in size,
Virginia Pearl organized the first real gathering--a picnic
held at Lake Waldena, wrote about it, and sent a letter to the
Canal Record. It appeared in the Editor's column. This
caught Bill's attention and he wrote his first report on the
activities of the "Ocala Zonians" and mailed it to Pat Beall.
Bill suggested to Pat that an Ocala Zonian column might be
started and he, Bill, would report on the activities. He sent his
reports to the Letters to the Editors for several issues and was
rewarded for his efforts when the Board of Directors
approved the column "idea." Bill offered to assist Red and
Harry with the meetings and later took over with his wife
Jean's help. When the Mullers decided to leave Ocala and
live closer to their daughter Beverly (Muller) Bruson, Tom
Wilder offered to continue the tradition of the biannual
luncheon gatherings. By the time you read this, the
Ditchdiggers will already have had their get-together on April
Our Feature Person for this issue
is Dona (Frye) Helmerichs.
What brought you to Panama:
Adventure and to teach school. My
best friend came with me. We had
graduated from the University of
South California the year before.
Years in Canal Zone/Panama:
From September 1949 until June
Dona Helmerichs 1982, when I retired. It was 33
Key Events: Meeting and marrying Bob Helmerichs.
Having two daughters, Cinda and Susan, watching them
grow up in carefree Gatun. Teaching hundreds of wonderful
children. Having horses and working on horse shows.
What do you miss: The beauty of Panama. The friendli-
ness of both Panamanians and Zonians. Watching a first grad-
er learn to read. Riding my horse through untrodden paths.
Since Panama: Moved to Slidell, La., to watch my two
granddaughters, Cinda's kids, Megan and Amanda Spilling,
grow up. After Hurricane Katrina, moved to Ocala, Fla.,
where my daughter Susan Duncan has a horse farm.
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
Not much has happened since my
last article. Weather has been perfect
(nice and cold), but usually a really
cold winter means an unusually hot
summer--I surely hope not!!
Our grandson Bobby (7) (Bob and Barbara Vose-Kulig
Dawn's son) will be making his First
Communion in May--another occasion for Grandma to bake
one of my special cakes and lots of goodies. He's quite a busy
young man playing basketball, soccer, the piano and even
golf (which Keith thinks is super)!
The Egolf/Clement/Vaughn and Dedeaux families are
having a family reunion in Orange Beach, Ala., in September.
Family are coming from Washington state, Texas and Florida.
The reunion will be held at the Phoenix II Condo in Orange
Beach. I'm sure I'll get lots of great photos for my next arti-
The Panama Canal Museum is again sponsoring a cruise-
-this time to Europe. On April 19, they'll be sailing from Fort
Lauderdale aboard The Celebrity Solstice--the first and
largest of Celebrity's new, most innovative ships--crossing
the Atlantic and arriving at the Azores on April 25th. On May
5th, after having made port in Portugal, Spain and France,
they'll arrive in Rome, Italy, where they'll spend two days
sightseeing. That will be their last stop before heading to
Orlando and back home (8th or 9th of May). Some of those
cruising will be Katherine Egolf (Executive VP of the PC
Museum), her brother Bill Egolf, Carol Clement; Maryruth
(Clement) Vaughn, and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux. Joe
(President Emeritus of the PC Museum) and Bev Wood will
also be cruising along with a group of their friends. After their
return, I'll make sure I have photos and interesting notes from
the trip. I surely wish Keith and I had planned to go along
with them, but I think we plan to go on the next cruise with
Barb and Lou Dedeaux!
In February Pensacola was put on the map in quite a royal
way! To commemorate 450 years since Explorer Don Tristan
de Luna's arrival in 1559 at Pensacola Bay, the city of
Pensacola had a huge celebration honored by the attendance
of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain. The peo-
ple of Pensacola were so excited and thousands turned out for
all the speeches, luncheons, etc., along with many dignitaries
from all over. When King Juan Carlos I addressed an enthu-
siastic crowd gathered in Plaza Ferdinand, he said "Viva
Pensacola--Long Live Pensacola." It was such an honor to
have them here and their presence will live on in such an
inspiring way in the minds of all the people of Pensacola!
Keith has started and is totally enjoying cultivating a
beautiful and much-needed herb/vegetable garden--imagine
being able to just go outside and get whatever I need to pre-
pare my dinner--my favorites are cilantro, dill and all vari-
eties of peppers (including the very hot ones). All the herbs
are perfect for my Arroz Con Pollo, Fried Rice and Lo Mein
(all Keith's favorites). We'll be using some of the seeds taken
from the hot peppers (from Panama) that Janet (Martin)
Slaughter grows and always makes sure I get some with each
bloom. Keith surely has quite a "green thumb."
On March 25th Leon Dedeaux (Louie's brother) arrived
in Pensacola from Anderson, S.C. (beautiful town) to attend
the huge Dedeaux family reunion in Gulfport, Miss., on
March 29th. He'll be staying with Barb and Lou for a short
visit before the Reunion. Besides Leon, Barb, and Louie,
Leon's two daughters will be flying in from New York; Jon
and Deb Dedeaux will be driving from Pensacola and over
100 family members will be attending from other locations in
the U.S., but most of them will be right from Gulfport (lots of
Dedeauxs in Gulfport). Barb promised to take at least one
good photo for my next article. I know they're going to have
a great time!
We're really looking forward to this year's Reunion. It
will be Keith's 50th Class Reunion--lots of great things are
being planned and lots of great people will be attending. Most
of our family is planning to attend this year, so it should be an
exciting and busy time. Keith is even going to play in the golf
tournament--he's excited about that!
While at one of our many Subways picking up some
"good for you" sandwiches, I was having a great conversation
with one of the preparers about his latest cruise to Panama
when a lady spoke up and said "are you from Panama?" I said
"Yes, born and raised." Well, she was born and raised in
Panama too--we had a great time talking--too short because
we were both heading home with our sandwiches (husbands
waiting)! I did get a chance to tell her about the Reunion in
Orlando--she didn't know anything about it and got really
excited. We're going to get together soon and hopefully I can
get her and her husband to join the Society and attend their
very first Reunion. Also, another lady in my bowling league
found out I was from Panama and said she has a neighbor
from Panama, so she's going to have her get in touch with me
too. I love meeting people from Panama whom I didn't know
while I lived there and finding out we know the same people-
-it's exciting and so nostalgic!
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call, email and send it to me by snail mail. Hasta
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
AT THE REUNION?
"Here We Go Steelers, Here t
We Go!" To paraphrase the Lyle
Lovett anthem, "No, you're not
from Pittsburgh, but Pittsburgh
wants you anyway." People ask,
"Yinz from Pittsburgh?" I answer,
"No, but my granddad lived in
Bellvue and drove a streetcar plus Tom Pattison
my dad was from Little Worshington." I never paid much
attention to the Steelers in the '60s, the Pirates were my team.
But somewhere around 1975, things changed. The
"Immaculate Reception...Steel Curtain...Franco, Terry and
Mean Joe Green" became the lexicon of the Pattison house-
hold. My dad drank imported Old Frothingslosh, the "pale
stale ale with the foam on the bottom" and we got behind our
team. Of all my friends only Dick Rathgeber was willing to
take the risk with me against the Vikings. But we won! And
won again against the Cowboys and again against the
Cowboys and again against LA all through the '70s in spite of
chants like LA all the Way or nobody can beat God's team at
the Chicken Coop, Tiger Maloney or Tito McGuinness'
house. Then there was the "Dry Spell," and worse, a disap-
pointing loss at Pat and Cheryl's...oh woe is me...but in
2006, we were in again. "I'm going' to watch the Steelers in
the Super Bowl," I'd say. "You're going to Detroit?," they'd
ask. "No, Austin, to watch it with my brother Red." And we
won again! So this year after a gut-wrenching post season
culminating with Santonio Holmes catching the game winner
against Arizona, the phone rings and Red says, "Have you
bought your ticket to Austin yet?" We don't want to take any
chances with what has been a winning combination. The
Pattison brothers get together, drink and eat and watch our
team win. Well, we pulled it off again! I never quite under-
stood my Dad's love/hate relationship with the team, pepto-
bismol and beer. But as always, they didn't make it look easy!
We couldn't find any Iron City, so we drank Rum and Cokes
(don't ask, fractured logic). We simmered Italian sausages in
a mixture of onions, peppers and marinara sauce and
drenched a hoagie roll with the mixture, a Pivirotto favorite,
made black and gold jello shots. OK, it was a good idea but
we ran out of steam and drank tequila instead. At least we got
the gold part right. We waved our Terrible Towels (gotta love
Myron Cope) and screamed ourselves hoarse. Well, only six
months to go until pre-season.
What's with this "Cuaderno de Rostros en el Internet?"
Everybody is Facebook-crazy. It goes something like this. "T-
Bird, did you see the pictures that Smokey posted of us from
Las Tablas in 1977? No, TY, where? Facebook. What? Yeah,
Facebook. Isn't that some crazy IM site? Well, kinda, but
there's some cool pictures from back-in-the-day. OK, I'll
check it out. Hmmm, FACEBOOK. COM, "click". Rats, they
want me to join...oh, well, I'll just have a look at Smokey's
pictures then leave. "Sucking sound" Nooooooo.
mation. Sensory overload...Aiiiieeee...silence. "What are you
doing? I'm thinking....What are you thinking about? I'm try-
ing to think but nothing happens."
Sorry I'll miss you all at the reunion this year, Linda and
I will be eating, drinking, relaxing and diving in Mexico.
And, yes, you can be my friend!! See ya later, alligator,
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
The 2nd Annual Space Coast tree
burn was held in January at Robert
Murske Park at 16th Street in Cocoa,
Beach, Fla. The event, coordinated
by Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher,
drew a large group of local Zonians
(too many names to mention) and Janice Scott
friends. The huge fire on the beach
drew the attention of beachside condo dwellers who called
the local authorities; the fire brigade, in full dress, stormed
the beach. Rebecca was well prepared with the paperwork
from the county granting the group permission to have the
bonfire and the situation was diffused. Patrick Grimison
served as the group's fire marshal. The trees were burned in a
fire pit and the kids did an outstanding job of returning the
beach to its original condition--they shoveled the sand back
into the pit and there was no evidence of the bonfire when the
party was over. Everyone enjoyed a traditional potluck sup-
per. "Locals" who had never been to a tree burn were very
enthusiastic about the event and asked to be invited again
Zonian Christmas tree burn group, Cocoa Beach, Fla.
The Panama Canal Society office
will be closed from
Saturday, June 27, 2009 through
Monday, July 6, 2009.
The office will reopen for business
on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
In January, BHS class of 1968 graduates Fran Stabler,
Valerie DePiper Boughner and Rae Donaldson enjoyed a
reunion at Roberto's in Cocoa Beach. Rae was visiting from
Arlington, Va. Other friends joining the group were Ron and
Nikki Meyer, Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Tom and
Connie Stoakley, and Peggy Huff. Over on the gulf coast,
Rae was a houseguest of the Turner family in Tampa and also
visited with Jay and Barbara Bonanno Marshall in St.
Sandra Wallace driving Pam Reid's new sport convertible
On a "Lucky Friday" March 13, 2009, a convivial group
of former Zonians that met for dinner at the Palm Caf6 at the
Kiwi Tennis Club, Indian Harbor Beach, brought together
Bruce Quinn (BHS'54), Panama; Toni Millard (BHS'62),
Indian Harbor Beach; George Childers (BHS'53) and his
mother Arleen, Palm Bay; Tom (BHS'53) and Nancy
Grimison, Satellite Beach; Peggy Huff (CHS'68), Merritt
Island; Melinda (Grimison) (BHS'86) and husband Tom
Niemeyer, Merritt Island; and Christina (Grimison)
(BHS'79) and husband Ed Volonnino, Melbourne.
Back: Val Boughner and Fran Meyer. Front: Rae
Donaldson and Peggy Huff.
Longtime friends Judi Wheeler (San Antonio, Texas),
Ellen (Best) Osborne (Baton Rouge, La.); Sandy Wallace
(Birmingham, Ala.), Carol Meyer (Melrose, Fla.), and
Janice Scott (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) enjoyed their traditional
annual reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society's Carnavalito in Melbourne, Fla. Jim and Pam Reid
of Orlando were weekend houseguests of Dennis and Peggy
Huff of Merritt Island, who hosted a delicious brunch and
fun-filled shuffleboard Sunday afternoon at their beautiful
home. Everyone admired and some went for a spin in Pam's
new sport convertible. Judi, Ellen, Sandy, Carol, and Janice
ended their weekend trying their luck on a gambling night
cruise at Port Canaveral.
Back (L-R): Judi Wheeler, Janice Scott, Sandy Wallace,
Carol Meyer, Pam Reid, Peggy Huff, Jim Reid, and Ellen
Osborne. Front: Dennis Huff.
Peggy Huff, Ed and Christina Volonnino, Tom Grimison,
Toni Millard, George Childers, Bruce Quinn, Nancy
Grimison, Arlene Glass, Tom and Melinda Niemeyer.
Bruce, having just finished an eight-day trip down the
Nile on a luxury barge, was on his way home to Panama City,
Panama, where he reigns supreme as the resident theatrical
director. A happy coincidence which placed Kiwi Tennis Club
owner Ed Scott (BHS'56), his wife Cheryl, and son Reece,
on the premises at the same time made for a brief reunion of
childhood friends. An evening that featured good food, and
lively conversation about days gone by as well as present and
future plans went by quickly, ending with promises to keep in
touch and for locals to participate in the Third Annual Bunco
Tournament to be held in Cocoa, Fla., in April, organized by
Peggy Huff to benefit the Panama Canal Museum.
Former Zonians thinking of investing in real estate in
Panama might find the recently published book, How to
Invest in Offshore Real Estate and Pay Little or No Taxes, by
Hubert Bromma well worth reading. A chapter titled Panama
For Sale is a know before you go source of practical invest-
ment strategies covering topics such as investing overseas
with an IRA; a checklist to avoid scams; ownership docu-
ments required in various countries; legal terms of owning or
investing in foreign property; titles, mortgages, tax advan-
tages and disadvantages; and fees. Bromma has written sev-
eral books about his international investment experiences but
is not soliciting your business. Check your local library for
this enlightening and timely book.
Janice G. Scott, Reporter
January in Tallahassee can only
mean one thing! The annual tradi-
tional Tallahassee Christmas tree
burn was held at Tom Robertson's
house on January 17th. Lots of food,
very cold weather and a congenial
group of close to a hundred made for Sk Rowley
another successful Christmas tree bur. Tom flew back from
Idaho, where he is taking flight instructions on mountain fly-
ing, to host the event. Ed and Kari Mcllvaine also did a lot
of the prep work for the party while Tom was in Idaho.
Tom Robertson watching Christmas trees burn
It seems Tom is interested in working with field biologists
in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. He provides support
to their aerial tracking program for wolves, which as he puts
it, seemed like a good reason to become current in his pilot-
ing skills, especially in back country flying. He has entered
into a contract with the State of Idaho which will keep him in
Boise for the next four-six months while pursuing his hobby
of wildlife photography, wolf observations and x ,lunilcl ing'
time to the Nez Perc& tribe to assist in the Wolf Project. He
spent a week in Yellowstone in the Lamar Valley attending a
workshop on wolves in February. Tom indicated that the
average temperature was 20 degrees below zero while in
Yellowstone and Lamar valley.
On February 6, 2009, one of the oldest high schools in the
state of Florida, Leon High School in Tallahassee, held its 5th
annual ceremony to induct the newest members of its
Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the inductees, Jimmy Givens,
well-known in Panama and the former Canal Zone as an out-
standing baseball and softball player, entered the Hall repre-
senting the decade of the 1940s. Six other inductees repre-
senting several decades were also honored at an impressive
ceremony held at the Silver Slipper restaurant in Tallahassee.
Jimmy lettered in baseball at Leon High in 1946, 1947,
1948 and 1949. He played shortstop/pitcher, was elected
Captain in 1949, and was the team's leading hitter. He also
played American Legion ball and with various semipro teams
in Tallahassee, California, and New York, and was selected
all-star pitcher in two state tournaments. In 1951 Jimmy
signed with the Dodger organization, but left camp soon
thereafter to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. He served his coun-
try four years during which time he was the manager of the
Griffin Air Force Base baseball team.
In 1960 after completing his education at Florida State
University, Jimmy was employed in the Panama Canal Zone
as a management intern in the Health Bureau. He played
baseball and fast-pitch softball for many years and received
many honors for his consistently outstanding plays. He
retired from the Canal Zone Government in 1984 as Assistant
Health Director/Administration and now makes his home in
Tallahassee, where he is an avid golfer and an FSU and Leon
High School sports enthusiast. Jimmy is the father of John,
Luke, Mark and Teresa, and the proud husband of Hilda, his
wife of 35 years. Jimmy is shown in the enclosed photograph
holding his Hall of Fame Award on his induction into the
Leon High School Baseball Hall of Fame in Tallahassee on
February 6, 2009.
John Givens, Luke Givens, Burt Mead, Carol Mead,
Lloyd Spradlin, Jimmy Givens holding his Hall of Fame
Award), Hilda Givens, Margaret Spradlin, Bev Wood and
Rosita Payne is in the mood to celebrate, and she means
big time, one whole yearlong big party. And Clarence's atti-
tude toward all this is "Well, if she's put up with my quirks
for fifty years, I guess she's entitled to anything she wants for
our golden anniversary."
So, they started off the year in late January with a trip to
Barranquilla, Colombia, where they were married fifty years
ago on April 25 in her Presbyterian Church. They kicked off
their golden anniversary year with Rosita's family and
friends, combining the celebration with the 55th reunion of
her high school class from Colegio Americano.
Then in February it was off to Santa Marta and Bogota for
further anniversary celebrations with Rosita's extended fam-
ily. To add a little adventure to the celebration, Rosita's
nephew took them on a road trip high into the Andes north-
east of Bogota, visiting such places as Sogamoso, Villa de
Leyva and Lago de Tota in the Boyaca Province (for those
who know Colombia's remote sites). Hairpin curves on cliff-
hugging narrow roads turned out to be more adventure than
Clarence bargained for, he did a lot of praying on that hair-
raising trip, but they came out of it with all limbs intact.
Rosita and Clarence Payne on Monserrat, Bogota,
On a serious note, their anniversary celebration in
Barranquilla was nearly brought to an abrupt end on February
12 when Rosita was hit on a busy thoroughfare by a motor-
cycle which appeared suddenly from nowhere. She was
thrown backwards and down onto the pavement with purse
and sunglasses strewn in every direction. She came out of the
ordeal badly shaken with extensive bruises and abrasions on
her shoulder and leg. She was seen immediately by two doc-
tors who both felt that there were no fractures or serious
It was only a month later that doctors back in Tallahassee
discovered that she had been walking around with a fractured
shoulder bone. Fortunately, they stated that it would heal
without surgery. As the photo will show, Rosita was not
aware of that fracture and it did not prevent her and Clarence
from continuing on their trip to Bogota for a delightful time
No, Rosita is not finished with their celebration yet. It
appears that she has plans to celebrate not only on their
anniversary day, April 25, but to make the whole year one big
bash. She hasn't let Clarence or this reporter in on her plans,
but she promises to give me periodic reports to include in
later issues of the Canal Record. Clarence's final words to
this reporter: "Pray for me that I can keep us with this girl."
For those who remember Edith (McLaren) (BHS'43)
Hicks, her elder daughter Donna Hicks, who is a 6th grade
teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., has been in the National Guard
for 26 years and is halfway through her deployment in Iraq.
Family and friends are keeping packages with pocket books
and lots of dark chocolate arriving. She has a Blog with pic-
tures that her family and 6th grade students enjoy.
Phyllis (McLaren) (BHS'50) Barkley writes: Under the
heading of "Better Late than Never," that after 35 years of
marriage she finally got her husband Joe to visit Panama.
They sailed from Fort Lauderdale, stopped in Colombia, went
through the Canal and moored at Amador to spend a whole
day on the Pacific Side of the Isthmus. Hiring a driver to take
them around they had a marvelous day visiting Balboa
Elementary School, Balboa High School, the Post Office,
Commissary, Clubhouse, Dispensary (where Jim Forbes'
mother, Irma Forbes, worked and Phyllis could hitch rides
up the hill home if she got there at the right time), El Prado,
Balboa Road, and the concrete quad house she had lived in,
Admin. Building, Railroad Station, Ridge Road, and then
shopped at the old "Y," and on and on. Great fun! The cruise
ship stopped at many ports on the way north to San Diego,
but she was happy with what had been accomplished. Carol
(Thornton Sergeant) Hoover and her husband Howard met
them in San Diego and the four of them had a couple of love-
ly days there with lots of sightseeing and talking, of course.
They arrived home in Tallahassee in time for Christmas and
six grandchildren and their families all arriving between
Christmas and New Year's.
Back (L-R): Joe Barkley, Morgan Barkley, Elizabeth
Blass, Julia Byrne. Front (L-R): Nathan Barkley, William
Blass, Jack Byrne, and Phyllis Barkley.
Every so often you receive a story that is of keen interest,
and this is one of them. David Chase, son of Constance
(Woody) and Armenia Chase, graduated from Florida A&M
College a few years back as an Architect, and was hired by
the newly-formed and upcoming 4m Design Group PA, a
local firm here in Tallahassee. Several months ago their firm
was recommended by a local construction company who had
been contacted by the TV show Extreme Makeover Home
Edition to design a home to be built in 100 hours from start
to finish. It was a golden opportunity for David to get his
design talent shown, and shine he did.
The receiving family had to pick out the style of home
that they needed to suit their family of seven children, sever-
al of whom were handicapped and one was blind. David got
to work on designing plans for several parts of the "green"
home, specifically the central portion of the new home. He
then enlarged it and raised the roofline several feet so that
upper windows could be put in for ventilation and natural
light, and concentrated on areas for the handicapped children.
He also drew several of the wall sections for the construction
documents and designed the detailing and articulation of the
beams and columns of the shed roof in the front of the house,
and when all was said and done, they were given the green
light to draw up the entire house.
One of the key parts of the show which was David's job
was to create a small scale model of the house for the girl who
was blind so that she could run her fingers through the interi-
or and exterior and feel what her new house was like. This
was also used to show the father, who was terminally ill and
in the hospital. Sadly, he died just as the house was finished
and never got to see it.
David Chase in front of home he planned for Extreme
Bear in mind that all this had to be done under a strict
cloak of secrecy. No one was to know anything about who
was the recipient, or the location of said home. Any leak in
secrecy would cancel the project, and the program move to
another town and location. This program was aired on TV on
April 12, 2009.
Skip Rowley, Reporter
Bill Arnold sent me the following
email in which he states: "Here is a photo
of a group of us at Happy Hour on March
13, 2009. We were at the famous 'Ridge
June Stevenson Lodge,' a real country style restaurant
and night spot, near the expanding banks
of Lake Lanier, Ga. The evening was topped off by some "to-
die-for-food" and then some sweaty dancing to real live toe-
tapping country music. Incidentally, we were all introduced
to the Ridge Lodge by our almost famous zonie friends, Ray
and Patty Burda who were out of town that night." Billy
says there is no cover charge, and the restaurant is located off
of 400 at exit 15 then go right about 50 feet and take the first
right. Go about 100 feet to top of the hill and take a left into
The Ridge parking lot. Billy says that any Zonians in Georgia
are welcome to come every Friday night for Happy Hour and
hrinR n aRmefTr
Helen Wilson-Underwood, Ray Underwood, Carole
Arnold, and Bill Arnold, Ridge Lodge.
I understand from Ray Underwood that they serve 35-
cent oysters (12 for $4.00) and free roast beef w/vegetable
appetizers with rolls from 5-7 p.m. Sounds like a great place
to go and meet up with your Zonian friends on a Friday
evening in Georgia. Ray Underwood is "new" to the state of
Georgia and says that they not only live part time in Georgia,
but also live in Panama and Puerto Rico. Ray and his wife
Helen will be in Georgia for the month of March, then have
trips to California, Florida and Illinois in April. He says that
he and Helen went on August 21st to see his granddaughter
from Myrtle Beach play volleyball in a state tournament.
Afterward, they went to visit Ray Amato and Carolyn
(Holmes) Morris in Hephzibach and says they are both well.
I'm hoping to hear from Ray again in the future as he and
Helen seem to be the "traveling" kind.
Heard from Lester and Andrea Smith who live near me
in Lawrenceville, Ga. Les says that towards the end of
February, both their daughters came for a week-long visit.
Kimberly Egge from Denver and Christine Foster from
Charleston. It had been almost two years since the two sisters
had been together, and needless to say, Andrea and her two
daughters spent a few late nights catching up on all the girl
talk. Lester also sent me a photo of him and Andrea taken at
a friend's home while they were on a camping trip this past
3aill ad1u DIII LTIrIIIVVUU, dialtLC t illu JllCl "auulIIu,
Lester and Andrea Smith, and Hilda and Don Fletcher.
Also heard from Cissy and Gary Collins. They, as usual,
have been pretty busy these last few months. For one thing,
they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December
27, 2008, though their actual anniversary date was December
21st (see Congratulations).
Cissy and Gary also took a bus tour in September 2008 to
Niagara Falls, Ontario. Cissy says when they drove into
Hershey, Pa., they could smell the chocolate from the facto-
ries. Their tour of the World of Chocolate provided them with
a taste of the delicious products. They spent the afternoon on
a guided tour of the Amish/Mennonite communities of
Lancaster, Pa., and said the beauty of the countryside, farms
and crops was breathtaking. Cissy says if you have ever eaten
an "Auntie Ann's Pretzel", you know how delicious they are.
They went to a local store where Ann Byler started her busi-
ness and the pretzels are still made and sold there. As they
entered Canada, all they could say was "WOW" when they
had their first view of the American and Canadian Falls. This
is a "must see" wonder of nature. The following morning they
rode the Spanish aero Car suspended 250 feet over the
Niagara River followed by the Maid of the Mist boat ride to
the base of the falls. So much power comes from the water
tumbling over the falls. Dinner in the Skylon Tower was pro-
vided for them with yet another breathtaking view of the falls.
Returning to the U.S., Cissy and Gary stopped at the
Warthers Train Museum. Moody Warther was a master carv-
er and his subject of interest was carving "to scale" train
engines and trains. They ate lunch in the Amish home of the
Weavers family, then stopped at the broom shop of 86-year-
old Eli. On the final day of the tour they had lunch at the
Golden Lamb Inn, established in 1815, and their final night at
a very comfortable Amish inn. They enjoyed their bus tour so
much that they plan on taking other trips with this same
Knoxville Bus Tour Company. Cissy says "all you have to do
is sit back and enjoy the ride."
JOIN US FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
See page 18 for information.
In February my niece, Suzanne Gerhart George, and her
husband Sean and their two children, Sara Kate (age 3) and
Evan (age 6 months) drove down from Arlington, Va., to visit
with us for a weekend, along with my nephew Kenneth
Gerhart. Suzanne and family stayed across the street with
my daughter Lori Snow, and Kenneth stayed with us. The
reason for the visit was to come to the dance recital of my
granddaughter Sara Ann Snow, who is very active in the
local dance studio. Sara had many different dance numbers in
ballet and tap and musical theater, and her dream is to go to
Hollywood and become a dancer on Broadway. She goes
every year to New York City to take dancing lessons from
famous choreographers, so knows her way around the city. It
was so much fun having these thoughtful and wonderful fam-
ily members come to see Sara Ann dance. We enjoyed their
visit, and wish they could have stayed longer.
Sara Ann Snow and Sara Kate George
On March 5th, Lori Snow and I flew to Panama to join up
with our group on our annual Dry Season Tour. My husband
Davis was supposed to come on March 9th where he would
join me for the Tour until their departure on March 13th.
However, like all plans they were subject to change, since
Davis became ill in the United States, so Lori and I flew home
on March 9th to be closer to him in his illness. Our wonder-
ful guide in Panama, Connie Folse, took over the rest of the
tour, and I was so grateful to her as she has been our guide
since 1992 and knows our tours as well as we do. From all
reports Connie did her usual excellent job.
Anyway, Davis had surgery on Friday the 13th to have his
gall bladder removed and it proved to be a very difficult sur-
gery, causing the surgeon to say it was one of his most diffi-
cult ones ever. Davis "Steve" is now up and about, feeling so
much better. In fact he is now driving, which he could not do
for several days, much to his dismay. He definitely likes to do
the driving in our family, which, for me is fine, as I do not like
the Atlanta traffic. We hope to try again for a trip to Panama
in May as Steve wants to check out a fishing place in Pedasi
and I want to head to the swimming pool. I am planning on a
Class of '54 Bahama Cruise right after our Orlando Reunion
(July 5-9) and want all my classmates to know it is not too
late to sign up. It is just four nights and should be relaxing
and fun and a chance to perhaps wind down after our won-
derful Orlando Reunion. Just call me!
While in Panama I did manage to take a photo of Lori in
the backyard of her villa at the Decameron Resort. The photo
shows the golf course in the background and the bougainvil-
leas that border her property from the 5th hole of the beauti-
ful golf course.
Lori Stevenson Snow, Decameron
To all those Zonians from Georgia who sent me their
news, thank you! And to those who forgot, or didn't have any
news, remember, our next submission is the end of July (to
get all those photos from the Reunion). And please, keep the
news coming to me so I can submit it in the Canal Record.
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
Local radio and television horti-
culturist, Louis Miller, is planning an
eight-day trip to Panama the end of
S.. August. This reporter enjoyed a laid-
S- back trip to Costa Rica with a group
hosted by Louis--out-of-the-way
places, no tourist traps, lots of shopping.
The Panama itinerary includes three days at Gamboa
Rainforest Resort, site of old Gamboa golf course clubhouse.
A visit to Embera Indians up the Chagres, out to Barro
Colorado, Soberania, Summit Gardens, Miraflores Locks, a
partial transit, Boquete, a Chiriqui coffee plantation, Casco
Viejo, with lots of shopping along the way.
August in Louisiana is a sweltering killer. This trip is the
perfect remedy. I can hardly wait. Details are yet to be
worked out, but if you're interested, please let me know.
The 100th anniversary of the Plaquemine (La.) Lock was
celebrated in April with ceremonies and festivities that
focused on the lock's vital role in the development of
America's transportation industry. The lock provided a short-
cut from the Mississippi River into Louisiana's interior. By
1925 Bayou Plaquemine was the northern terminus of the
Intracoastal Canal system. The lock was placed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Plaquemine Lock was designed by Col. George W.
Goethals, assistant to the chief engineer of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. As we know, Goethals later served as
chairman and chief engineer of the Isthmian Canal
Commission for the design and construction of the Panama
When completed in 1909, the lock was the highest fresh-
water lift of any lock in the world at 51 feet. Its unique engi-
neering design utilized a gravity flow principle. In 1961 a
larger set of locks began operating and the Plaquemine Lock
was closed. The lockhouse serves as a museum and visitors
This reporter regrets to say that because of the ever-
increasing expense of postage, making copies and long-dis-
tance telephone calls, those members who do not use email
are asked to mark their calendars and take the initiative to
contact your reporter with your news and pictures.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
You can renew your
membership at the
Sue Epperson, Biloxi, reports their''
oldest son Billy, wife Zoee and grand-
son Kaden (3) visited for two weeks at
Christmas. They live in New Smyrna
Beach, Fla. In January Sue had total
knee replacement. After sitting around
and not being able to do much, she went back to work after
only four weeks. For husband Bill archery season is in full
swing. He enjoys out-of-town competitions and recently went
to Paris, Texas, for a shoot. Sue may attend the July Reunion
or change her plans when oldest grandson Christian (14)
comes for a two-month visit. At any rate she and mother-in-
law Anne expect to be at the Ocean Springs picnic.
Bill and Kathy Hatchett with Jimmy and Alice
McKeown, all of Diamondhead, Miss., were in Watercolor
Resort near Destin, Fla., for the surprise 70th birthday party
of Kenny Morris, as arranged by Kenny's wife, Betty
LeDoux-Morris. About 75 of Kenny's friends showed up
including Chipi Azcarraga and his wife up from Panama.
Kenny and Chipi were always close. When Kenny retired,
Chipi and his wife gave Kenny a gold-plated key to their
Bill Haichert, Kath\ No
Bill also reports that he's started a government services
company managing bulk fuel facilities at 17 Air Force bases.
Son Bill Jr., a petroleum engineer, joined the company and
moved to Diamondhead with his wife Wendy. The two Bills
work hard but get in a little time for golf and hunting.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
iaden, Kenn) Morris, jnd
Happy Spring from North ,
Carolina! The daffodils, as well as the l
cherry, pear, and dogwood trees are pat Hunt
beginning to blossom, hopefully a sign
that winter is over. Hard to believe it's time for another arti-
cle--seems like I just sent the last one. This one will probably
be a shorter one than usual as I haven't received too much
news this time. Vicki Dunning Howe just returned from a
two-week trip to San Diego, Calif. She drove out with her
daughter Brandi to help her relocate from Florida. It was a
rather exhausting trip but worth the while. San Diego was
beautiful, the weather perfect but the traffic not! While there
she met up with Cliff Callender, a fellow Zonian who also
lived in Pedro Miguel. His mother was the administrative
assistant at Balboa elementary school where Vicki attended
after our family moved from Pedro Miguel when it was torn
down. My niece found a good job and is settling into her new
home. There is so much to do in the beach area where she is,
that it won't be long before she has a whole new set of
REUNION CULTURAL SEMINARS
See page 7
Friday, July 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cliff Callender and Vicki Howe in San Diego
I received the following picture from my classmate
Shirley Million Muse of the three Hatchett girls, Vee, Jo
and Beth, on a recent trip to Panama to visit Jo's daughter
Llori, who is (as many of you know) married to Jay Gibson,
the son of Bob Gibson, one of three brothers famous for their
local track skills. Their father was a well-known teacher at
CHS. Jo was married to Lloyd Kent, Beth was married to
Wally Trout (the warden at Gamboa Penitentiary) and Vee
married a PanAm pilot named John "Jack" MacLaren. Jo
and Lloyd, Beth and Wally, and Llori and Jay were all high
school sweethearts. And, as another bit of small town trivia,
the Hatchett girls, along with Coila Goodin and Ann
Gorman, were considered the Pedro Miguel "town beauties."
Vee Hatchett MacLaren, Jo Hatchett Kent, and Beth
Hatchett Trout vacationing in Panama.
I had a note from Danny Winklosky regarding the
Piedmont Pan Canal group. They usually get together in the
spring and fall at the Grandover Hotel in Greensboro when
their social director, Tim Hotz, makes the arrangements.
Anyone in the area between Raleigh and Charlotte is eligible
I presume. And one of these days, Danny, I'll get over from
Hendersonville for a meeting. First, though, I have to get out
of this full-time, temporary, music director job that I'm in
again. The last time I had a "temp" job it lasted three years.
I'd still like to see Tim and also Janet Stockholm one of
My granddaughter Jennifer Watkins Surface flew to
Florida over spring break from her nursing studies to visit her
dad, Fred Watkins, in Merritt Island. I am presuming she
visited several aunts, uncles and cousins while there, as there
are quite a few from both her mother's (Teresa Hunt
Rhodes) and dad's side of the family.
A few of our members have done a little traveling to get
out of the winter chill but so far I have received no news from
them. Hopefully next time I'll have more to report. I did have
a call from Ron Ward, former safety officer from electrical
division. He and his wife Bobbie recently moved to the Land
O'Lakes area from Bradenton. He's still playing the organ
and missing Panama. So what else is new? I'm looking for-
ward to the Reunion and hopefully seeing many of my class-
mates at our gathering. I can't quite remember how many
years we are celebrating--probably around thirty. And it
might not be too late to get in on our after reunion cruise, all
you '54 BHS and CHS grads. Till next time and keep your
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Greetings from the not so snowy, but
oh-so-soggy Northwest! Spring is here,
officially, but Mother Nature doesn't
want to cooperate. As late as the end of
March, we are still seeing snow, though Barbara Litchford
mainly in the mountains.
Jim and Noralie Shobe are settling in, after one year, in
their new home near Gig Harbor, Wash. Noralie is in love
with her new casa. Local residents Paul, Suzette and Bev
Baker visited; and over lunch Paul and Suzette regaled them
with stories of their round-the-world sailing trip. Their grand-
son Josh Duffus (son of Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus)
and his wife Rachel will be presenting Jim and Noralie with
great-grandbaby number five in early July! Jim and Noralie
hope to have many more CZers drop by in the future.
Despite the more than six inches of snow on their patio,
Bob and Mary Blake were able to gather nine (three genera-
tions of Blakes, Sanfords, and Finns) for a ham-and-eggnog
supper on Christmas Eve at their house in the Madison Park
neighborhood in Seattle. They then spent a week in January
with their youngest daughter at Ka'anapali, Maui, where they
enjoyed the warmth and sunshine, whale-watching from a
catamaran, and watched the Presidential Inauguration on tel-
evision. It was a delightful interlude in our Northwest winter.
Bob also noted that February 9th marked the 40th anniversary
of the Boeing 747's first flight. He was there at Paine Field in
Everett, Wash., that cold, blustery day in 1969, and in
December 1969 the traditional silver keys were presented to
him as he took "first delivery."
SEE YOU AT THE
Mary and Bob Blake, Ka'anapali Beach, Maui
Andy Smith spent most of March in Panama to work
with the Panama Canal Authority, as an evaluator, on an exer-
cise called ECOCANAL 2009. The scenario was to involve a
collision of two vessels at the Pacific entrance to the canal
with a release of hazardous materials. This was not going to
be a full-scale exercise but more of a tabletop exercise. Andy
works with the EPA and does emergency response work.
Andy promises to fill us in on more about the exercise when
Mary and Jim Young from Camano Island, Wash., visit-
ed their son Jim and wife Mary, and son Dave and family in
Panama. While they were visiting at Jim's new home in Los
Rios their sons Frank, from Seattle, and Mike, from Florida,
visited for a few weeks. Also many members of Mary's fam-
ily were in Panama during their stay--brother Jim Sullivan
and wife Carol and their two sons and grandson from
California, and Mary's sister Nancy and husband Carl
Schorsch from Ventura, Calif. Mary will be the featured quil-
ter at the Camano Island Quilters 2009 Quilt Show in April.
Many of her quilts will be displayed at the show. She has
been an active member of the quilt group and has made many
guilts for her family and friends. When she was in Panama
she enjoyed attending a weekly quilting group there.
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K-boy Richey, Mary Young, Jim Young, and Frank Young,
iMrs E. Irion, Mar3 Noung, and
JoAnn Kent and Jim Young, Gamboa
Terri (Livingston) Helkenn who lives in the Umpqua
Valley in Oregon visited her four-year-old niece and god-
child, Mary Caledonia Livingston, in Boquete, Panama, in
January. Mary's sister Becky Clark of Austin, Texas, also
went on the trip; they had a marvelous time. Mary and Becky
are the daughters of Terri's brother Rick Livingston and the
granddaughters of Mary Lynch, who lives in Tampa, Fla.
Terri usually visits Rick on his orange farm "Piedra Viva"
*y Caledonia Livingston and Terry Helkenn, Boquete
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Becky Clark and Mary Caledonia Livingston, Boquete
During February of 2009 Carmen (Valencia) (CHS'65)
and Tom Matthews traveled to see their daughter Tricia
(Ward) Lawrence at her new home in Fort Irwin, Calif., in
the Mohave Desert, where her husband Lt. Col. Lawrence is
now stationed. They enjoyed their granddaughters Ashley
and Taylor and helped entertain for their son-in-law's 40th
birthday. Side trips to visit friends in Sacramento, Las Vegas,
and San Diego were also included.
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Ashley and Taylor Lawrance
Glenda (Scanlon) Mecca and Jim Brown bought a place
just north of Tallahassee, Fla., as their winter home and have
spent the last eight months fixing it up the way they want it
to be. They only made it to Washington twice last year, in
January for two weeks for the birth of their granddaughter
Gabriella, and in August for six weeks for Jim's youngest
son's wedding and to pack up their stuff that they wanted to
move to Florida. Since they have been back in Florida they
have been decorating, sorting through stuff and generally
staying very busy. In November Jim had to go home to Long
Island, as his mother was very ill. She passed away on
November 14th. They started the New Year in Pensacola,
Fla., with friends, and then spent some time shopping for
more stuff for the house (you can take the girl out of Panama
but you can NEVER take Panama out of the girl). They have
been getting the landscaping done, starting with nine palm
trees and some bougainvillaea plants. Glenda also planted a
couple of avocado trees, several varieties of pear and plum
trees, pecan tree, black walnut tree, two fig trees and some
blueberry bushes. Glenda and Jim will be headed west, again,
and hope to attend the Pacific Northwest Picnic on August
2nd in The Dalles, Ore.
Ginny Rankin's grandson Mitchel Saunders recently
received his Tiger Cub badge in scouts. Ginny's daughter
Nancy is the den mother and she asked Ginny to help out
with the den's pinewood derby; Ginny helped judge the races.
For Ginny's birthday, Nancy and her family took her to see
The Lion King stage production in Seattle. Ginny's other
grandson Seth McClanahan won second place in his
school's history and science fair in his 5th grade class. He did
a report on Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier from
WWII. Ginny's son-in-law in Panama, John Blennerhassett,
celebrated his 40th birthday and his office gave him a surprise
party and presented him with some nice gifts. Ginny is look-
ing forward to attending the July reunion and spending some
time with daughter Karen and John Blennerehassett.
Mitchel Saunders, Tiger Cub ceremony
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Lester and Billie Wallace, Oregon
Coaches Hall of Fame.
John Blennerhassett's 40th Surprise Birthday Party
Jim Huffman (CHS'74) was recently selected as the
civilian of the quarter for Naval Hospital Oak Harbor. He also
had total knee replacement surgery in January and is current-
ly going through physical therapy. Although he is pleased
with the results so far, he knows that there is much more to
iMaril n Marsh survived our wacky winter after being
snowed in for five days. Lester and Billie (Marsh) (CHS'69)
Wallace "rescued" her for the Christmas holidays. Lester, the
longtime Clatskanie, Ore. High School baseball coach and
athletic director, was recently inducted into the Oregon High
School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
The Panama Canal Society office
will be closed from Saturday, June 27, 2009
through Monday, July 6, 2009.
The office will reopen for business on
Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
My son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Amanda
Litchford, will be visiting us for a few days prior to Sean's
deployment to Korea for a year. This will be Amanda's first
trip to the Northwest and we plan to pack as much fun and
touristy stuff as we can into those five short days.
Please mark your calendars and save the date--August 2,
2009 is the date for the 2009 Pacific Northwest Panama
Canal picnic. This year's picnic will be held in The Dalles,
Ore. Connie Ebdon will be the host and more information
will be forthcoming. I look forward to visiting The Dalles and
seeing all of you at the picnic.
Send me your news/bochinche/coconut telegraph news.
The next deadline for news will be early August.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
Saludos de Panama. It's good to be
S home and back on my own computer and
Smy desk writing this article. I've finally
been home long enough to start up my
exercise program again and the 108 steps
Anna Opel up the Admin building just about did me
in the first week. It took awhile to get back into the swing of
things and power walk with two of my dogs without tripping
over them when they decide to "sniff." Ran into Mary
Coffey and Mike Blennerhassett a couple of times "doing
the stairs"--they start much earlier than I do and are finishing
as I'm just getting started--it's still hard for me to blow
myself out of bed in the a.m. But still early enough that the
sun/heat doesn't make the power walk any more unpleasant.
There is a flock of about 15 toucans that fly from a tree near
the Administrators quarters to the small jungle area by the
Admin building and I've been lucky enough to watch them a
few times as they take their turns moving from tree to tree and
make my day--there is still wildlife in the area.
As I was away from my computer the last issue there was
a photo I failed to include in my last report and it's important
now that I add it as it was at the Elks Christmas Party and I
was sitting with Lars Morales (new Colorado reporter), dis-
cussing who was going to include it in their section. Oops,
here is the photo...since we are in Panama...
Back (L-R): Lars Morales, John Morales, Stuart Warner,
and Anna Opel. Front (L-R): Lupe Morales, Marcella
Morales, Jenifer Jones, and Art Mokray.
My trip to Denver in January was a very snowy/cold visit
with my son Rick Szymanski and family. Thank God for
velour workout suits, and layering, otherwise I would have
been a block of ice! It was a short trip and back to Miami
overnight for my return to Panama and warm, warm weather.
Dry season was finally in and the rains which lasted through
January finally ended.
The Diablo Yacht Club moved to its new location in
February less than 2km down the road to the Diablo Point to
make room for Panama Ports and I guess by now most have
heard about the demolition of Cristobal Yacht Club in the
early hours of February 27th--with minimum time for boat
owners to relocate, and which was devastating for all--no
time to relocate! I guess this is progress in Panama? Vicki
covers some more of this in her part.
My granddaughter Sophia Gabriella Szymanski cele-
brated her second birthday on March 1st with her tirst trip to
Disney World. She had a character lunch and was so excited,
she didn't eat anything. Wish I had that problem!
Sophia Gabriella Szymanski and Goofy
My husband Carl and I attended the St. Patrick's Day cel-
ebration at the Elks Club on, of course, March 17th, and
enjoyed the company. The food spread was beyond belief and
included colcannon, baked lamb, Shepherd's pie, scalloped
potatoes and other Irish cuisine. Some guests included
Dennis and Wendy Corrigan, Michele Speba;r Doug
Phillips, Victoria Butler, Phil Bonk, Art Mokray, Gordy
Will, Rob Roy, Woody DeJernette, Carl Tuttle and Ruth,
Ted Fay, and Teresa, James Reed, Lauraine and Jody
Chamberland and her mom, John and Lupe \Ir.ale%, Leila
Shelton, Olga Lincoln, Kat DeLaMater, Bill Huff, Thad
Chamberlain, Leo and Sophia Critides.
Carl Tuttle and Ruth
My friend Carole Lightell came in the other day for
another one of her visits to Panama and her beach place at La
Guaira. We went to Lung Fung's for Dim Sum on Friday, a
meatless one, as it was Lent and Carl and I and dogs are off
Cristobal Yacht Club circa 1980
to La Guaira for a few days. Can't wait for some fun in the
sun! May have to set up the pool and drink more Margaritas
and/or Martinis, my favorite poison.
Anyway, I'm off to the states in two weeks, back to
Denver, to celebrate my granddaughter Elysia's second birth-
day and Easter. Carl will be following me a day or two after,
and his first visit to the area. Don't know ifI can handle exer-
cise in the mile high city, so, back to square one when I return
to Panama. Now on to the news...
In an email, Dr. Snyder wrote: "The Snyders are again in
a travel mode. While Rod Snyder, with his former CZ
friends, along with Dr. Snyder, visited Darien last month
(February). Vilma and I returned to the Darien last week to
get more Indian artifacts. The Embera Indians are still pro-
ducing excellent woven baskets and taqua carvings. The trip
takes all day to drive down and back but the roads are from
good to passable. It is a nice and scenic ride overall. Now we
are preparing to go on the Cruise for a week. It starts in
Colon. The Enchantment of the Seas goes to several islands
including Aruba. Marlene (Snyder) Peters will go with
Mom and Dad."
Doug Chassin hosted a party at the Diablo boat shed area
for the Curundu gang. He was helped in organizing the event
by Pablo Prieto, Bill Brunner and his daughter Holly. The
party which started at noon lasted through late night.
Ed Armbruster paid a surprise visit to Inez and Fred
Clark in February. They were neighbors in Curundu for
many years. Ed and Fred are pictured below.
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Ed Armbruster and Fred Clark
Bob Askew (BHS'66) won the Panama National Golf
Championship (senior category) at the Panama Golf Club in
March 2009. Presenting the award was Roberto Duran Sr.
(BHS'64). In February Bob won 2nd place individual (senior
category) in San Salvador, El Salvador, when he played for
and represented Panama in the Central American InterClub
loin \rnold, ilichael Klipper, Doug Chassin, Joe Garcia,
Bryce Kimberling, Carmen Lopez, and Ray Underwood.
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Roberto Duran Sr. and Bob Askew
Nina Brown was out and about and recently spotted
George Tochterman, Pablo Prieto, and Dave Kelleher in
Diablo getting the cayucos ready for the big race.
BHS'60 graduates at the Diablo Boat Shed Party
George Tochterman, Pablo Prieto, and Dave Kelleher
Visiting from the states and at Niko's Restaurant in
Balboa (the old Balboa Bowling Alley) were Don and Beth
condition and a must-see if you are visiting. Carnival arrived
in February with celebrations held everywhere, especially in
the interior. Those of us closer to the City welcome the reduc-
tion of traffic and tranquility as a result of the thousands that
headed for the beach. The Elks Club had quite a celebration,
including their own Carnival Queen, Emily, who is the love-
ly daughter of Doug Phillips.
Jill Garcia, Don DeStaffino, Joe Garcia, and Beth
DeStaffino, Niko's, Balboa.
Doug Schmidt was visiting Panama for a week and also
stopped in at Niko's to say hello. Sandy Hinkle was doing
the driving in the City as no one who doesn't live here should
even attempt it.
"Linda Layman, Lynn Wolff, Margaret Ender, Katia
DeLaMater and Vicki Sizemore headed up the decorations
committee and the club was decorated to the max. John
Wolff provided the music.
Sandy Hinkle, Nina, and Doug Schmidt, Niko's, Balboa
Vicki Sizemore sends in her news: "Dry Season is here in
full swing and with it comes the many visitors that visit
Panama this time of the year to enjoy the beautiful weather
and blue skies. BHS'69 held their 40th class reunion here in
March. It gave us the chance to visit with many friends we
had not seen in a while. It was quite a celebration and one can
only hope that my class, BHS'70, can compete with the level
of partylandia that BHS'69 has set in the Motherland. It will
be tough but I believe BHS'70 will rise to the occasion.
Besides, we still hold the title as the BHS class that drank the
Balboa Yacht Club out of beer! Janet Stuart and her daugh-
ter Lindsay were here during March and we enjoyed our vis-
its with her. We had dinner together with Janet, Lindsey,
Diane Boyd Petrosky and Nancy Boyd at the Market restau-
rant in the City. Diane and Janet are childhood friends and
Nancy is a member of BHS'70.
"Janet and I took a tour of Balboa High School. This is
always a special walk down memory lane; BHS is in good
Linda Layman and Penny Canamas
"The Super Bowl Party at the Elks was a huge success
with standing (and cheering) room only. We enjoyed a visit
with Don and Beth DeStaffino and Joe Garcia and his bride
Jill at Lou Cooper's in Los Rios. Jill was a lot of fun and we
give her a warm welcome to the Zonian tribe. Paula Kuyoth-
Ayers (BHS'69), her husband Randy, sister Amy and hus-
band Scott are in town and we look forward to getting togeth-
er with them this weekend after their travels to the interior.
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Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore
"Everyone is getting ready for the final event of the
Cayuco Race, which is only possible by the volunteer work
of many, but especially Pablo Prieto who continues to give
much of his time and energy to make sure the race is a suc-
cess. There are a few folks in town who have traveled from
Gringolandia to enjoy the festivities. We met up with Bill
Weigle, Ted Henter and Linda Layman for dinner out on the
Causeway. Bill and Ed exchanged lots of entertaining race
stories from their old Isthmian Autosports Association days.
Our Albrook Park Community welcomes new neighbor
Elizabeth Henter, daughter of Ted and Mel (Little) Henter.
Elizabeth teaches P.E. at Balboa Academy.
"Royal Caribbean has a new cruise that leaves Colon and
goes to Cartagena, Aruba, and Curacao Bonaire. It has
become a very popular getaway for those who live here. We
were sorry to hear that Cristobal Yacht Club has been demol-
ished by Panama Ports. While everyone knew it was coming
there was no immediate warning so folks were pretty sur-
prised and disappointed not to have the time for a Farewell
Party. I talked to Sid Coffin who will be moving his boat to
Shelter Bay, the new marina at Ft. Sherman.
"My niece Patty (Sizemore) Muniz, her husband Ross,
and precious three-year-old daughter Rita will be coming for
a visit in June. Patty was born here but has not returned since
she was three. We are looking forward to their visit. Ed and I
will be in the U.S. for a week this summer. Just enough time
to shop and say 'hi' to a few friends at the Reunion."
The Panazonian community was again saddened by the
passing of another one of its members: Gary Lee Vaucher
(BHS'66) who was killed in a helicopter crash.
So ends another report--till next time. Hasta la vista!
Anna Opel, Reporter
I'm finally beginning to get some
more news from South Carolina. I
had a horrible mishap with my com- George Garcia
puter just after I sent in the March
report and was unable to complete the articles that I had for
March. So I'm apologizing to those who sent articles that did-
n't get published in the March Canal Record and they are
First I have a story from Kathy Malin Mclnturff which
appeared in the Letters to the Editor section of the December
Canal Record on page 43. Kathy complained that their pic-
ture of the time in Charleston was left out, so here it is.
Evelyn White, Sheila Webb Messmore, Ingrid Errhalt
Bryan, Kathy Malin McInturff, Helen Calvit, all BHS'74,
and Rhonda Wardlow flew or drove into Columbia and were
met by Nancy Spiros Brady (BHS'73). Nancy was a great
hostess who drove them to Charleston where they loved the
historical slave market, enjoyed a buggy ride and the food!
Most of them discovered the new Firefly Tea Vodka made on
a tea plantation outside of Charleston. They needed more
time with the historical portion--maybe another trip soon. At
their last lunch on the river, Nita Wiese (BHS'74) stopped by
for a visit and had bottles of her Vinaigrette Dressing secret
recipe for them.
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Evelyn White, Nita Wiese, Sheila Webb Messmore, Ingrid
Errhalt Bryan, Kathy Malin McInturff, Helen Calvit, and
Nancy Spiros Brady, Charleston, S.C.
In February Lesley Hendricks spent three weeks in
Argentina visiting her son Ken, a documentary filmmaker,
and his family. They live in Buenos Aires. She spent a week
and a half at a wonderful beach--the grandsons loved that.
While in Buenos Aires, she took some tango lessons, which
she loved! Now we'll all have to see Lesley do the tango at
the Annual Reunion, won't we?
THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE YACHT CLUB
Sponsored by BHS Class of '79
9:00 p.m. 'til 2:00 a.m.
$10.00 per person entrance fee (Gatlin E)
Well, I guess that's all from South Carolina for now.
Maybe there will be more news in the next issue. Let's hope
this economy turns around and we can continue to join
together in the Panama Canal Zone spirit at the Annual
George Garcia, Reporter
An exhibition of Mola Art was on
display for two weeks in February at
the colorful Latino Cultural Center in
downtown Dallas. It was a reported
success! The compilation of forty Linda Morris
seven Molas from the collection of
Alicia Perez, a former Elementary School teacher in Balboa,
were on display. Mrs. Perez and her late husband Isaac, a
Baylor University trained missionary established the first
Baptist Home Mission Board in Panama (known as the
International Southern Baptist Mission Board today). Their
collection evolved from their love of the Kuna culture and
Alicia and her daughter Elva Perez (BHS'64) were eager to
share their special art. Elva attended Canal Zone schools and
remembers their time in Panama with fondness.
In conjunction with the exhibit, retired Dallas Art Teacher
Cathy Bradley, also a collector, presented a workshop on the
basics of mola construction. The intricate reverse-applique
principles were demonstrated but it was "bare bones" as it
takes the average Kuna a month to complete a mola.
Lou and Suzette Seldon recently visited the White Sands
Retirement Home in La Jolla, Calif., to visit two mature
Zonians, Stan Maykut and William W. Jones. The two
friends reside in the comfortable residence and enjoy each
other's company. Stan Maukut is Suzette's uncle and is a
graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy, class of 1945.
William W. Jones was born at Gorgas Hospital in 1918, grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1933 and was a class of
1941 Annapolis graduate. His father was a Roosevelt Medal
Stan Maykut, Lou Seldon, and William W. Jones (BHS'33)
at White Sands Retirement Home.
Stanley Wright's 60th Birthday celebration was great!
Lots of amigos and live music provided by Jim Wright and
the Peritones poolside. Ed McArthur reports seeing: Debbie
and Ernie Watson; the Gilbert boys, Steve and Mike; Billy
Bell, Beth Wright, Noreen Hanson, Red and Kat
Patterson, Leo and Tina Eastman, Roseanna Price, Pat
Grymala Catz, Pat McConaughey, Mary Fehrenbach,
John Hanna, Doug Aseron, Ingrid (Errhalt) and Dick
Bryan; also lots of Dolans.
Competitive swimmers and "primo hermanos" Kenneth
Hall (16) of Wakeland High School, Frisco, Texas, competed
at State Swim 4a Competition in Austin this spring. No state
records broken, but his relay team did well and finished in
eighth place. Ken is the son of Victoria Morris Hall.
Robbie Morris, also 16, competed for O'Connor High
School, Hilotes, Texas. He won a Bronze medal in the 200
Individual medley. His parents are Wil Robb (BHS'78) and
Jody de St. Germain and Diane Holloway are engaged.
No date for the wedding yet but a new home is being built in
Jody de St. Germain and Diane Holloway
Jack Morton has planned a visit to Panama (first since he
retired) with son Lee and wife Annette the end of March.
Captain William Jones and Lou Seldon, San Diego Balboa They plan to see a bit of the Cayuco Race, scuba dive and
Park Air Museum. also do a lot of sightseeing. I bet a trip to the Napoli is
planned too! Jo Ann Morton will relax at home in
McKinney, Texas, enjoying bridge and gardening.
Sophia Peugnet, daughter of Freddy (BHS'87) and
Traci Peugnet in Jacksonville, Fla., turned one year old in
February. Can't believe a whole year has gone by. Sophie is
my brother's daughter.
Annette and Lee Morton at Creel gathering
A "Y'all come Zonian Party" is planned by Bobby
Medinger and Jim Fish on May 16 in New Braunsfels, Texas
(close enough for Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth folks). This
is the second Medinger/Fish Extravanganza and the picnic
area is right on the picnic grounds of the Guadalupe River.
There will be tubing, volleyball games, horseshoes, swim-
ming and grilling. Hope they let us know how it turns out for
the October book.
Continue sharing your happenings, so call, write or email.
Until "mas tarde."
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
This year's Zonian BBQ will be
V. held in mid-July/August timeframe.
7 Dennis and Robin Gilbert have once
again offered their beautiful home.
I'd like to thank everyone for submit-
ting their stories or at least sending a
Karen Brandl small note just to say hi. It's always
nice to hear from you. I'd like to wel-
come Mary Lou Pascavage as a fellow reporter to our won-
derful publication and to wish her well in Germany. We're
gonna miss her here in Virginia.
The Panama Canal Society office
will be closed from
Saturday, June 27, 2009 through
Monday, July 6, 2009.
The office will reopen for business
on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
Bonita Ensey Leavitt writes that her mom Juanita and
she will go to the Class of 1964 45th Reunion in Prospect,
Utah. They hope for a great turnout and none of them has ever
visited Utah except to drive through before. Juanita will have
the fun of seeing the Batea Quilt she made auctioned off to
raise funds for future reunions. She is 84 and this will proba-
bly be the last reunion she is able to attend. They look for-
ward to their trip. We wish them well.
Dave and Becky Albanese have been busy this winter.
They went to Panama for the last week of January and the
first week of February to once again celebrate their birthdays
in Paradise. Dave's younger brother Mark accompanied
them; he was only ten years old when they left the Zone in
1966. In March they went to Prague for two weeks. Becky
was working and Dave tagged along.
Thought for the day from Fred Schrader: "I will say that
as an Army 'Brat' in the Zone (at Fort Amador) from 1951-
53 and a Balboa High grad, I still think that those two years
as a Zonian were among the best of my life. I made our 50th
reunion in Orlando, and it was wonderful seeing so many of
my old classmates. With three sons, either over 50 or fast
approaching that magical age, it is still hard for me to believe
that the good times in the Zone weren't just yesterday."
George Nadeau made my day with the following story, in
his words: "This may be slightly out of the ordinary, but this
Zonie had a rather wild adventure: I was a living organ-donor
(liver) for a friend of mine at work last October. I'm enclos-
ing a pdf file of the internal ATF newsletter. Our story is on
page 8 and 9 of the newsletter.
"To inject some humor, when they opened me up, the
transplant surgeon said I had the biggest liver he had ever
seen. He asked Brenda (my wife) where I was from to grow
such a big liver. I later told him it was because of my running
behind the mosquito trucks in the Canal Zone when I was
growing up." We all wish George a speedy recovery.
See you in July guys!!
Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
SARAH MARIE BELL GRADUATES
The family of Sarah Marie Bell celebrated her gradua-
tion from Flagler College, St. Augustine, Fla., on December
13, 2008. Sarah graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's
degree in History. Attending her graduation were her proud
parents, Sheila (Carnes) and Michael Bell, St. Augustine;
her grandparents, Jack and Doris Carnes, formerly of
Gamboa now residing in New Orleans, and Sarah's boyfriend
Andy White, St. Augustine.
Andy White, Sheila Bell, Mike Bell, Sarah Bell, Doris
Carnes, and Jack Carnes.
CLARENCE AND ROSITA PAYNE
CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH
Clarence and Rosita Payne are off to a good start in their
plan to make the whole year of 2009 one big celebration of
their golden anniversary. They started in January 2009 cele-
brating their anniversary with friends and family in Colombia
where they were married on April 25, 1959.
Rosita and Clarence Payne, Barranquilla, 1959
Rosita and Clarence Payne, Barranquilla, 1959
Then, back in the States, they invited family and friends
in the Tallahassee area to a church blessing of their anniver-
sary and a reception in nearby Monticello on April 26.
Monticello has special meaning for the Payne family.
Clarence served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church there in
1969 and 1970, and their daughter Anita was married in that
same church in 1985 to Morris Miller who grew up in that
Continuing their yearlong celebration, Clarence and
Rosita spent six weeks in May and early June on an extensive
tour of Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium. It is their
hope to finish the year with a road trip in the States, visiting
family and friends in places where they have lived and served
churches, including St. Paul, Minn., St. Louis, Mo., and
Rosita and Clarence Payne, Tallahassee, 2009
COLLINS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
On December 21, 2008, Gary and Cissy Collins of
Douglasville, Ga., observed their 50th wedding anniversary.
They were married December 21, 1958, in the Lambert
Christian Church, Lambert, Miss. At that time Cissy was a
senior at Delta State College, Cleveland, Miss., and Gary was
teaching math at Crowder High School, Miss. Accepting jobs
in Pascagoula, Miss., Gary taught math at the Jr. High School
and Cissy taught health and physical education at the High
School. In August 1962 they began their 25-year teaching
career in the former Panama Canal Zone, retiring in 1988.
Upon their retirement, they relocated to Douglasville, Ga.
On December 27, 2008, they celebrated their anniversary
at Dinner's Ready in Villa Rica, Ga. Daughters Jillian
Walker (BHS'84) and Stacy Young (BHS'87) decorated the
party room in a '50s dinner theme. Thirty family members,
Canal Zone, out-of-town and local friends attended. Jillian
presented a power point program of pictures highlighting the
important events of their parents' 50 years of marriage. A
Newly Wed game was played by Jimmy and Janice Walker
(Jillian's in-laws); Jose (BHS'87) and Cynthia (Powell)
(BHS'87) Tunon; and Gary and Cissy. The Collins did not
win, which shows the longer you are married does not mean
you know a lot about your spouse!
Gary and Cissy thanked everyone for the wonderful party
especially Jillian, Richard, McKenna, Stacy, Todd, Sydney,
and Shelby, and a great evening.
CARL F. MAEDL CELEBRATES
Carl F. Maedl, former teacher and principal of Cristobal
High School (1938-1970), turned 100 years old on January
14, 2009!! Friends and family celebrated the event at the con-
vocation center at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville,
Those present included daughter Pat (CHS'57) and her
husband Jim Krough of Minneapolis, Minn., and daughter
Pam (CHS'67) and her husband Vince Gutowski of
Charleston, Ill. Also celebrating were grandchildren: Todd
Krough, Webster and wife Patti Krough, Leslie and hus-
band Jon Rienstra, all of Minneapolis; and Jennifer
Gutowski and friend Mark Shippy, Carl and wife Valeria
Gutowski, and Frank and wife Brenda Gutowski, all of
Chicago, Ill. Four great-grandchildren also came: Jacob
Brown and Andrew Krough, sons of Todd and Liz Krough;
and Gus and Jace Krough, sons of Webster and Patti
Krough. Mary Condon, CHS history teacher, who lives at
Butterfield, and Mike Horoda, CHS chemistry teacher, from
Rogers, Ark., were also present. Lovely orchids were sent by
Anne and Bunchy Gegg for the occasion.
Carl is a member of the Panama Canal Society and would
love to hear from former students and Zonians. If interested,
please call the Panama Canal Society on their toll-free num-
ber (866-726-2262) for his current address or it can be found
in the April 2009 Annual Directory
A N .
Cissy and Gary Collins
Back: Jillian Collins Walker and Stacy Collins Young.
Front: Cissy and Gary Collins.
Carl Maedl with daughters Pam Gutowski and Pat Krough
Back R.'.. L-R) Frank Gutouski, Brenda Guroski, Carl
Gutowski, Valeria Gutowski, Vince Gutowski, Todd
Krough, Jim Krough, Andrew Krough, Patti Krough,
Webster Krough, Leslie Rienstra, Jon Rienstra. Middle
(L-R): Pam Gutowski, Carl Maedl, Pat Krough, Jacob
Brown. Front (L-R): Mark Shippy, Jennifer Gutowski,
Gus Krough, and Jace Krough.
AMBER CENTER WINS AGAIN
The 2009 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit came to a close on
March 15th after eight weeks of world-class competition at
HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Fla. The Ronnie Mutch
Equitation Championship took place for the first time at
HITS Ocala and was won by Amber Henter of St.
Petersburg, Fla. Amber won two Championship coolers, an
original framed sketch by R. W. Mutch along with his book.
Only the riders who placed 1st in the four Medals -
Washington, Maclay, USEF, and Talent Search during the
six-week HITS Rated Circuit are eligible to compete in this
Amber, who trains under the watchful eye of Christina
Schlusemeyer and Bob Braswell of Quiet Hill Farm, cap-
tured the highest two-round score of the exhibitors. She was
in the irons aboard her Equitation horse Triumph during this
unique class. The two-round classic was held as part of the
new Ocala Celebration at HITS Ocala. In the first round, rid-
ers competed over a course of fences which included gym-
nastics, trot fences, oxers, verticals and combinations. The
top 12 riders were called back in reverse order of their score
to complete the second round.
Throughout the competition riders were not allowed to
communicate with their trainers or any other resources but
had to do it all--from preparation of their horse to course
walking--on their own. They were allowed to have their
groom bring the horses up and set up the jumps. Scores were
by two sets of judges in the ring, and another set of judges in
the schooling area who provided a score of plus or minus 1 or
2 points, based on the rider's preparation of their horse.
The Classic was held in honor of accomplished equestri-
an and lifelong artist, R. W. Mutch. It is a highly sought-after
honor to qualify and be invited to participate in this class, and
as a result, it has become a major goal of junior riders across
Amber Henter aboard Triumph
Groom holding reins and Amber Henter receiving her
Award on horse, with her mother Mel Henter and trainer in
JANET CUNNINGHAM'S 95TH
Janet Potter Cunningham celebrated her 95th birthday
in the company of her family. On the morning of her big day,
she was recognized and treated to a reception at Northeast
Presbyterian Church, where she is a charter member. In the
evening she enjoyed a lovely meal at Olive Garden. Helping
with the festivities were the four Cunningham children,
Richard Ross and Edward Russell of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and John Thomas from Denver, Colo. Daughter Linda Sue
Emmons of Winston-Salem, N.C., sent greetings from her
family. Also present at the dinner were many family members
from the Tampa Bay area.
Since her birth in Ancon Hospital in the Canal Zone on
January 25, 1914, Janet has lead a full and interesting life.
She attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from BHS in
1931. She left the Canal Zone to attend Mary Washington
College in Fredericksburg, Va., but soon returned to marry
Samuel Ross Cunningham, the love of her life. She gave
birth to four children, worked for the Army, traveled, square-
danced, and retired with her husband to St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and Brevard, N.C. Since Ross's death in 1993, Janet contin-
ues to be active and keeps in touch with current events
through her family, friends, and the articles in the Canal
Back (L-R): Edward R. Cunningham, Richard P.
Cunningham, John T. Cunningham, and grandson Patrick
R. Cunningham. Front: Janet P. Cunningham.
Barbara Alexandra Del Carmen Holt
COACH OF THE YEAR
Marc Stock (BHS'69) was named 2007 Coach of the
Year during his 11th season as Head Swim Coach for
Kennedy High School (Lancers) in Seattle, Wash. The
Lancers have been a model of consistency winning seven
consecutive Seamount League Titles. However, the team
aspired to something more--and ended up capturing the 3A
state swimming title for 2007, and again in 2008. This state
swim title is the first in the Kennedy school's history.
Lancers' dive team, which Marc also coaches, won their 3A
state diving championships.
During his interviews with local papers Marc said "I've
played sports as long as I can remember--this team champi-
onship has been the most fun in sports I've ever had. We were
fortunate to have a lot of talent. My goal was to keep them
BARBARA A. DEL CARMEN HOLT,
USAF ACADEMY APPOINTEE
Congratulations to Barbara Alexandra Del Carmen
Holt on her appointment to the United States Air Force
Academy. Barbara has accepted the appointment and intends
to pursue a degree in Astronautical Engineering, hoping to be
part of the U.S. space program one day. She received her
nomination from Congressman Walter B. Jones, Third
Congressional District of North Carolina.
Barbara is a senior at the American School in London and
will report to the Academy this June upon graduation. She is
the daughter of Thania (Bright) (BHS'84) Holt and J. Arlen
Holt and the granddaughter of Tom (BHS'61) and Norla
working hard and to build belief in themselves." Marc also
coaches the boys' swimming team and during spring--the ten-
Marc (parents Bill and Fran Stock) grew up in Curundu
and played every sport imaginable from an early age, includ-
ing time within the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Marc con-
tinues to play a variety of sports, including playing in an open
division softball year-round in an age 55 and older league.
Sandy and Bruce Sanders of Allen, Texas, celebrated
their 50th anniversary with their family on a Caribbean cruise
over New Year's. The grandsons had an especially good time
with their friends who joined them on the cruise and Bruce
and Sandy got to spend a week with their five-year-old grand-
daughter from California.
New Year's Eve was celebrated with parties all over the
ship. The family is already starting the countdown now to
The Sanders' 50th Anniversary Cruise Group
TERESA MONSON ROBERT
WALKS FOR BREAST CANCER
The week before Thanksgiving ,in>. Teresa Monson
Robert flew to San Diego, Calif.. for her final Breast Cancer
walk of 2008, the Breast Cancer 3-Day. This was the best of
the five walks that she did that year. It was a 60-mile walk full
of tall palm trees, scenic views, sand, surft and incredible
California sunshine!! It was great to leave Chicago in the
snow and thaw out for three days!! On the last day of the walk
she was happy to see familiar faces: Darrell Fishbough and
Ashley (Anderson) Fishbough along the route to cheer her
In 2008 she walked 237.9 miles in the fight against Breast
Cancer and raised over $11,300!! She will be walking again
in 2009 and is registered for three walks Avon Washington
D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco. If anyone is interested in
joining her on a walk to fight Breast Cancer, she'd love to
have the company.
Teresa starting walking for Breast Cancer three years ago
and has walked in six events, 277.3 miles, and has raised over
$15,000. She says that she walks to remind everyone to take
care of themself and remember to do a self exam, schedule a
mammogram, get their prostrate checked, etc. She would love
to have anyone from the Society come out and cheer her or
join her for a walk.
Ashley (Anderson) Fishbough, Teresa Monson Robert,
and Darrell Fishbough.
KENNY MORRIS IS 69 NO "MO"
Kenny Morris celebrated his 70th birthday in grand style
with 75 family and friends at the Watercolor Resort at Santa
Rosa Beach, Fla. Hosted by Betty Morris, Diane Morris,
Kelly (Morris) Fenton, and Kenny Morris, Jr., it was per-
haps the "coup" of the decade that over 100 people espe-
cially Zonians could keep a secret for more than four
months. This was perhaps the best part of the entire event--
everyone was finally able to pull a surprise on Kenny since it
is usually the other way around. Family and friends traveled
from California, Panama, Virginia, Texas, South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to join
in the festivities.
Back (L-R): Kenny Jr., Diane, Kelly holding Reina, Betty
holding Paco, and Rachel. Front: Kenny Sr.
Many guests arrived on Thursday and were there as
Kenny arrived with Chipi and Petey Azcarraga. Kenny
turned to Chipi and expressed how coincidental it was that
Reggie and Bev Hayden would be at the same resort at the
same time as them. It was only moments after that when
Kenny saw Bobby and Jackie Fearon and other friends and
family come out of the house that he realized the surprise was
all about him.
Reggie Hayden, Kenny Morris, Charlie Chase, Bobby
Fearon, and Chipi Azcarraga.
Watercolor is a beautiful resort located right on the white
sands of Santa Rosa Beach. In addition to the oceanfront
rooms at the Inn, cottages are also available for vacation
rentals. Celebration Headquarters was a beautiful five-bed-
room home which was large enough to host all of the meal
functions and birthday festivities. Poor Robert Will now has
more on his "Honey Do" list as Denise checked out the house
and saw things she wanted added to their home.
Family and friends continued to arrive throughout the
evening on Thursday; the cleverest of arrivals being the quar-
tet arriving with paper bags over their heads while singing
"Happy Birthday." That would have been none other than
Billy Hatchett, Kathy Norton, Jim and Alice McKeown.
Kenny Morris and Marie (P-nut) Morris
Back (L-R): P-nut Morris, Kara, Stephanie (Morris)
Williams, Leah, Kelly (Morris) Fenton, and Diane Morris.
Front: Reid Williams.
Friday brought more guests--sometimes coming into
Celebration Headquarters through the front door and back
door simultaneously. A mini-reunion ensued as the laughter
and stories carried throughout Celebration Headquarters.
Chef Kenny, Jr., took charge of the kitchen Friday night and
created a scrumptious Johnnie Mazzetti dinner. He ran a tight
kitchen and with everyone chipping in, a marvelous dinner
was enjoyed by all. The evening was filled with laughter and
stories of days gone by.
Saturday was golf and spa day. Twenty-four golfers
played Camp Creek Golf Course, one of the top ten in
Florida. Larry Corrigan, Tim Corrigan and Reggie Hayden
started the morning off setting their various wagers; Kenny
was thrilled to have finally accomplished a goal he had had
for many years--that is to beat Reggie Hayden at golf and
actually collect on one of Hayden's famous wagers. The spa-
goers enjoyed their time relaxing and being pampered; with a
few even feeling like fruit salad by the time their service was
complete. Others relaxed by the beach, went shopping and
enjoyed the beauty of the Resort.
The Grand Finale of arrivals was brother John who cut
his golf week short to attend his brother's birthday celebra-
tion. Hugs were long and emotions high when brother John
arrived and the attendee list was then complete. The Resort
catered the evening meal on Saturday. Chef Wayne provided
a tipico dinner, which included patacones, sweet plantain,
steamed and fried yucca, mojo pork, arroz con pollo and oys-
ter shooters. Despite all that food everyone enjoyed the 70th
birthday cake, which was provided by Nancy Van Siclen.
A Roast of Kenny topped off the evening. The consum-
mate Master of Ceremonies Burt Mead kept everyone in
stitches while he introduced each of the roasters and included
some stories of his own. Roasters included Billy Hatchett,
Chipi Azcarraga, Jim Selby, Harold Sorrell, Maritza
Reyes, Reggie Hayden, Robert Will who had a special pres-
entation of a "float" that his dog had allegedly destroyed
while they lived in Cardenas, and Charlie Chase. Burt Mead
also read excerpts from the March 2 Star and Herald (pre- John and Kenny Morris
pared by George Downing) that included newsworthy arti-
cles about Tampa Bay Bucs firing Gruden and hiring Morris
(notorious longtime fan and armchair Coach) and that Chipi
Azcarraga would be his Offensive Coach who would include
his Guaracha Cucaracha no huddle system for plays. The Star
and Herald article also reported on all the reasons why March
2nd WOULD NOT be proclaimed Kenny Morris' Day. A very
clever and personalized rendition of "My Favorite Things" .
was presented by Ann Suescum, Jeanne Selby and Ann
Richardson; followed by a special Tribute to Grandpa pre-
sented by granddaughters Rachel Fenton and Hannah
Morris and finally a Toast to Father by Kelly (Morris) Fenton
and Kenny Morris, Jr. '
Ann Richardson, Jeanne Selby and Ann Suescum
Needless to say, there were tears of laughiir, tears of grat-
itude and a reflection of days gone by in which Kenny
touched many lives as evidenced by the outpouring of friend-
S ship, affection and love by all of those who were in atten-
~ I, dance.
Hannah Morris and Rachel Fenton Guests included: Chipi and Petey Azcarraga, Annette
Bloise, Bobby and Jackie Fearon, Corbin and Mindy
Fearon, Reggie and Beverly Hayden, Lynn Heddeaus,
Charlie Koehler, Ann Richardson, Jim and Jeanne Selby,
Harold Sorrell, Ann Suescum, Ed Bates, Dody Gwinn, Larry
and Didi Corrigan, Tim and Taffy Corrigan, Wilbur and
Jacqueline Harden, Billy Hatchett and Kathy Norton, Jack
and Fran Hern, Gary and Ellen Anderson, Abou and Lola
Jones, Jim and Alice McKeown, Burt and Carol Mead,
Keith and Cindy Mead, Marie (P-nut) and John Morris,
Stephanie (Morris) Williams and her children (Leah,
Karah and Reid), Maritza Reyes, Larry Siegel, Jackie
Wagner, Robert and Denise Will, Paul and Ginny Williams
Abou Jones, Larry Siegel, Harold Sorrell, and Kenny and their children (Martin, Patterson, Charlie and Davis),
Morris. Charlie and Marilyn Chase, and Joe and Bev Wood.
Andrew Rodaniche (BHS'98) and Rebekah Crowder
were married in Fresno, Calif., on October 25, 2008, in a
beautiful garden wedding hosted by Rebekah's mother
Linda, sister Leanna, and brother-in-law Joey Palumbo of
The groom's brother and best man, Evan Rodaniche
(BHS'92), toasted the couple with hilarious tales ofAndrew's
childhood hobbies and survival Spanish lessons for the bride.
He wrapped up with Shorty & Slim's lyrics about dry season
breezes and Chagres waters that touched the Zonie and
Panama friends in the crowd.
Andrew's sister, Whitney Rodaniche (CMS'99), and
Eva Anderson (BHS'87) greeted and guided guests. Galina
Rodaniche (BHS'81) Doese from Rosemount, Minn., attend-
ed with her three children and husband Troy, whom she met
during his tour in Panama during Just Cause. Dr. Brittania
Rodaniche Taylor, who delivered Andrew on December 17,
1980, came from Panama with her husband Wayne. Other
friends and relatives drove in from Phoenix, San Francisco,
the Lake Tahoe area, and southern California, including Alex
Livingston (BHS'95) from San Diego and Alex Dunn.
Several friends from Pennsylvania where Andrew lived and
worked since 2000 also flew in to celebrate this special day,
including members of his former band Kairos. (Guitarist
Joshua Sturm came with his new wife Lacy Mosley-Sturm,
lead singer from Flyleaf.)
Andrew, the son of Arcadio (BHS'57) and Denice
Rodaniche, grew up in Panama where Arcadio worked for
the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute until 1993, and
Denice taught in grades K-9 at Curundu, Balboa, and Diablo
Elementary Schools and Curundu Middle School, retiring in
On December 27, 2008, a reception was held at the
Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, Penn., for East
coast family and friends, including Tina LeBron (BHS'98)
and Sean Evans.
Andrew, a graduate of Penn State University, and
Rebekah, a _j.idtiA.ic of Fresno University, now reside in San
Diego, Calif., where Andrew is currently teaching kinder-
garten for the San Diego Unified School District and
Rebekah is pursuing a career in early childhood education.
Karen Grace Shadeck and Jeremy Stephen Young were
united in marriage on February 21, 2009, in an outdoor cere-
mony at the Silver Springs Shores Country Club in Ocala,
Fla. The groom's grandfather, Reverend Mel Kunz, officiat-
ed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father. The
reception was also held at the Silver Springs Shores Country
The bride is the daughter of Leo and Grace Shadeck of
Ocala, Fla. The groom is the son of Stephen and Janna
Young of Ocala, Fla. Erin Dennis, Stacey Cline and Joy
Young, sister of the groom, served as bridesmaids. Joey
Lyon was the best man. Michael McCarroll and James
Vilberg were groomsmen.
The couple honeymooned in Pigeon Forge in Tennessee
and will reside in Ocala, Fla.
Karen Young, Grace Shadeck and Leo
Karen and Jeremy Young
Julie Everingham and Stephen Dishong were married
on December 27, 2008, on the beach ("toes in sand") at Lori
Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The bride is the daughter
of John and Barbara Everingham of Murfreesboro, Tenn.,
and Birmingham, Ala. Stephen is the son of Chris and Evey
Dishong of Merritt Island, Fla.
The maid of honor was Julie's sister Jennifer
Everingham, Megan Wilbur of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.,
was a bridesmaid, and Faith Everingham, Julie's niece, was
the flower girl. The best man was Thomas Trammel of Palm
Bay, Fla. Stephen's brothers, William and Bryan Dishong,
were groomsmen; and Julie's nephew, Tyler Everingham,
was the ring bearer.
The reception was held at the Cocoa Beach Country Club
following a beautiful late afternoon beach ceremony where
the weather was perfect! The wedding was well attended by
family and close friends including Zonians Josefina Dishong
(paternal grandmother), Harry Foster (maternal grandfa-
ther), Juanita McConaughey, Richard and Shelley
Dishong, Jim and Georgina Dishong, Shirley (Dishong)
and Dennis Pirkl and family, Connie (Dishong) and Brian
Longacre and family, Donita McConaughey, Leann
(McConaughey) and Owen Perkins; Fran, Ron, and Nikki
Meyer; Will McConaughey, Bob and Kathie
McConaughey, Beth (Cullen) Gibbs and family. Everyone,
including grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins (and
there were lot of cousins), and friends had a wonderful time
celebrating this joyous event!
Julie and Stephen took a seven-day honeymoon cruise
and now reside in Merritt Island, Fla. Julie works at the
Merritt Island Airport and Stephen in law enforcement.
Stephen Dishong and Julie Everingham
Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must
include parents or grandparents.
ANGELINA MARIE ATEEK
George N. Ateek Jr., Cynthia M. Ateek, and son
Nicholas Ateek III welcomed the birth of their newest fami-
ly member. Angelina Marie Ateek was born in Tampa. Fla.,
on December 18, 2008. She weighed five pounds, 15 ounces,
and was 19 inches lone.
Angelina Marie Ateek and George N. Ateek Jr.
BENJAMIN DORSETT STONE
Adam and Lisa (Goodwin) (BHS'90) Stone of Madison,
Miss., announce the birth of Benjamin Dorsett Stone on
March 9, 2009, at 7:51 a.m. Benjamin weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz.
and was 20.5 inches.
Benjamin was welcomed by brother A.J. (9) and sister
Sara (6). He is the grandson of Jack and Nancy (Askew)
(BHS'62) Goodwin of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Benjamin Stone with grandparents Jack and Nancy
V 5DEESP SORROW
Pearl Kariger Barlow, 92, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed
away January 29, 2009. She was born June 12, 1916, in
Norfolk, Va., to the late William Henry and Goldie Mae
Wyatt. In the early 1930s the Wyatt family moved to Panama.
Pearl married Captain Gordon F Kariger and they remained
in Panama until 1953 before moving to Norfolk,Va., with
their two children. Captain Kariger passed away on
December 24, 1955.
Pearl spent many years as a beautician and owned/operat-
ed her own business. In 1971 she moved to her home in
Virginia Beach where she enjoyed life to its fullest. She had
a deep love of flowers, gardening, cooking, music, playing
organ and entertaining her many friends and family.
She was also preceded in death by her second husband,
John G. Barlow; a son, Gordon F. Kariger, Jr., and a grandson.
Survivors include her daughter, Gwendolyn Stegmeier
(Gunther) of Maryland; sisters, Mary Atkins (John) and
Norma Niles of Norfolk; six grandchildren, 17 great-grand-
children; one great-great granddaughter, and numerous nieces
Jaye Kleasner/Thompson Barrett, 62, of Fleming
Island, Fla., passed away March 12, 2009. She was born in
Ancon, Canal Zone, on October 1, 1946, and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1964. She moved first to Miami, then
to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1967 and married John R. Barrett, her
high school sweetheart, at Sacred Heart Church on the
She traveled around the United States with her family as
her husband was transferred with various assignments for
UPS. She was a talented artist and enjoyed working with
watercolors, wood sculpting, and crocheting. She also served
on the Architectural Design Board for Pace Island. She was
passionate about animals, nature, and wildlife, and she was a
contributor to the Audubon Society and World Wildlife Fund.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Mrs. Barrett was preceded in death by her husband of 38
years, John R. Barrett; by her father, James M. Thompson;
mother, Bonnie K. Wilson; and younger sister, Rebecca
Sorenson. She is survived by her daughter, Jayme A. Barrett;
brother, William Thompson; and aunt, Jeanene Zimmerman.
Nellree Baker Smith Berger, 87,
born February 27, 1921, died January
29, 2009, at the East Ridge Life Care
Center. She attended schools in East
Lake and graduated from Central High
School in 1938. She attended
SMcKenzie Business College, studied
violin with Robbie Mallory Evans and
studied voice with J. Oscar Miller. Before marriage she was a
member of the Chattanooga Symphony, the Chattanooga
Civic Chorus, and the Chattanooga Opera Association. She
was a soloist for various groups in the area.
She married Spencer B. Smith, a Canal Zone resident, on
June 30, 1946. She arrived in the Canal Zone on July 10,
1946, and began to work for the Panama Canal Company. She
was widowed in April 1960, but continued to live and work
in the Canal Zone.
She married Ernest E. Berger, a long-time resident of the
Canal Zone in December 1962. Both Nellree and her husband
retired from the Panama Canal Company in August 1971. He
retired from the Electrical Division and she retired from the
Engineering & Construction Bureau's Office of Director.
Since October 1971, Nellree had been a resident of Signal
While in the Canal Zone, she was in many musical events
both in Panama and the Canal Zone. She was a member of
Balboa Heights Baptist Church. She was currently a member
of Signal Mountain Baptist Church where she was active in
the choir and had taught the children's choir for 18 years. She
was also active in a number of organizations. Among these
were DAR, where she had served as a regent of her chapter;
Colonial Dames, Magna Charta, the Chattanooga Historical
Society; the Chattanooga Genealogical Society; the East
Lake Garden Club, where she had served as president on
three separate occasions; the Signal Mountain Community
Guild; the Signal Mountain Literary Guild; the Third District
State Garden Club. She was recently selected as the 2008
Signal Mountain Woman of the Year. She was a member of
the Panama Canal Society and had worked Registration at the
annual Panama Canal Society reunions for many years. She
was also a member of the Panama Canal Museum.
She was recently honored by the Chattanooga Symphony
at their 75th anniversary celebration because of her activity
with the young people's symphony while she was in school.
Nellree was always a real friend to all she knew in the truest
She was preceded in death by both of her husbands. She
is survived by five nieces and two nephews, and was a great-
aunt to seventeen and a great-great aunt to nine.
Carolyn Anne Bierbaum, 59, of Dothan, Ala., died
January 15, 2009, at Bonifay Nursing and Rehab. Carolyn
was born in the Republic of Panama on December 30, 1949.
She grew up in the Canal Zone, moving to Dothan in 1974.
She attended school in the Canal Zone and the Vaughn
Blumburg Center in Dothan. She later moved to the Mariner
Health Nursing Home in Bonifay, Fla. She was preceded in
death by her father, Al Bierbaum, and a nephew, Sgt. William
Carolyn is survived by her mother, Marie Bierbaum of
Enterprise; a brother, Raymond Bierbaum of Virginia; a sis-
ter, Theresa Kyser and her husband Mickey of Enterprise; an
aunt, Theresa Bennett of New York; a niece, three great-
nephews, a great-niece; and a step-niece.
Jack Campbell, 97, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died February
1, 2009. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1929, and
retired from the Canal Zone on December 1, 1967. He is
survived by his wife of 25 years, Carolyn Campbell, a son, a
daughter, and four grandchildren. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society. No further information is available.
Mary Elizabeth Cantwell, 81, passed away February 16,
2009, in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was born on May 14, 1927,
in the Panama Canal Zone to Lillian (Chase) Proctor and E.
Tyler Proctor Sr. Mary grew up in Bar Harbor and various
other worldly locales as her father pursued his Navy career.
Known to many as "Mrs. C," "Momma Mary," "Grammie
Mary" or just "Mrs. Cantrell," she will be remembered as a
warm, motherly woman who opened her heart and home to
many people in need of a sympathetic ear or a friend, whether
they be friends of her daughters or those friends she met out
and about in Bar Harbor.
Mary married John F. Cantwell Jr., in 1948, forming yet
another traveling Navy family. John and Mary returned to Bar
Harbor in 1960, making a home with their three daughters.
After John passed away in 1967, Mary eventually found her-
self employed at Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, a
career that would span more than 25 years.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda Campbell and
husband, Ernest, of Bass Harbor, Trisha Cantwell and hus-
band, Alan Keene, of Bar Harbor; and Jane Cantwell and
Mieke Brauer, of Seattle. Mary also leaves four grandchildren
as well as many extended family members and good friends.
Hollis B. Castner, 61, of Bellair, Fla., died February 21,
2009. She was born in the Panama Canal Zone and came to
Florida in 1965 from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was an accom-
plished Masters' and open water competitive swimmer, a
member ofAllans Danser Tampa Bay and former volunteer at
the Clearwater Marine Sciences Center.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen; mother, Mary
Duerr; brother, Dan (Kathy); daughter, Janet; son, Scott
(Cassie); and two grandchildren.
Doris G. Dugas, 87, of Spring
Hill, Fla., died February 16, 2009, in
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was born
in 1921 in Baltimore, Md., and earned
her certification as a Registered Nurse
from Church Home & Hospital in
Baltimore. She joined the 58th
General Hospital unit of the U.S.
G Army Nurse Corps, where she served
under General Patton in England and France during WWII
from 1942-1946 receiving several Medals of Commendation.
As a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Doris worked at
Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone until her dis-
charge in 1951. She met her husband, Norman August Dugas,
also a WWII Veteran, while stationed in the Canal Zone.
They married in 1948 in Balboa, moved to Baltimore, ulti-
mately settling in Annapolis, Md., in 1966. Doris continued
her nursing career at Anne Arundel General Hospital until her
retirement in 1986.
Doris and Norman enjoyed their retirement years in
Spring Hill, Fla., where Mr. Dugas passed away in 2004.
Doris was a past President of the Annapolis Chapter of Sweet
Adelines, and a member of the Panama Canal Society and the
Spring Hill United Church of Christ. She loved to read, gar-
den, play cards and tell stories of her years in the Army.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne J. Dugas of St.
Petersburg Beach, Fla., and Christopher N. Dugas of West
Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters, Paula D. Thomas of
Norfolk, Va., and Kathryn D. Sherman and husband Richard
of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
Walter F. Erne, Jr., 62, died February 7, 2009, from
brain cancer in San Antonio, Texas. Major Erne served in the
U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps for over 16 years with
overseas assignments in South Korea, Germany, Italy, and
Panama. While in Panama, he worked at Gorgas, Coco Solo
and Corozal psychiatric hospitals.
He was a graduate of the University of Oregon and mem-
ber of the track and field team, and received his J.D. from St.
Mary's University Law School in San Antonio, Texas. He
became an Eagle Scout at the early age of 13. Most recently
he was an Independent Computer Consultant. He was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
Walter is survived by Betsy I. (Aquin) (BHS'72) Erne, his
wife of 25 years.
Edward P. Filo Sr., 90, of
Dothan, Ala., passed away at home on
March 3, 2009. He was born in Detroit
on August 5, 1918, to Helen and Paul
Filo. He was a graduate of Eastern
High School in Detroit. He was a great
football player and was offered a
scholarship by Ohio State University
but instead chose baseball. He was signed by the St. Louis
Cardinals Farm Club where he played for many years until he
was drafted during World War II where he fought in the Battle
of the Bulge. He stayed in the armed services for four years
and was a recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds.
In 1947, he went to Panama to play winter baseball on the
first All-American team to play in Panama. Tommy LaSorta
was one of the players on the team. While in Panama, he met
his wife, Catherine Whelan, and they were married in
Charlotte, N.C., in 1948. They returned to Panama where
Eddie worked for the U.S. government in the Canal Zone as
a Police Officer until he retired in 1974 and moved to Dothan.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was predeceased by his parents and a son, Edward P.
Filo Jr. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Catherine Filo
of Dothan; daughter, Catherine Woods of Dothan; a son,
Michael (Cathy) Filo of Dothan; four grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Dault of
Augusta, Ga., and Margaret Janssen of Dothan.
Joan Conard FitzGerald, 92, died February 3, 2009. She
was born on May 26, 1916, in Jacksonville, Fla., and was
raised in Florence, S.C. She worked in the mail room of the
White House during Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's time.
While in Washington, D.C., she met her first husband, Emilio
Clare. While Emilio was attending Tulane University, they
had their first daughter, Joan Aline Clare, in New Orleans.
They returned to Panama City in the Republic of Panama to
live in 1941. Joan showed her adventurous spirit leaving fam-
ily and her home country to settle in a new culture with a new
language. Her second daughter, Marion Allen Clare, was born
In 1961, she married George T. FitzGerald who was a
Chief Engineer on the Panama Canal tugs. She worked for the
Panama Canal Company until their retirement in 1973. At
that time they returned to New Orleans where George worked
for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. They later retired
to Clemson, N.C.
Joan was an excellent golfer, tennis player, and caught
fish when no one else did. She loved to travel, to read, to
write poetry, to paint, and to cook. She was very practical and
not afraid to learn new things like the computer. She had a
great sense of humor and made friends easily. She was char-
acterized by her optimism and her philosophy of living one
day at a time. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. She was predeceased by her husband George on
January 3, 2008.
She is survived by her daughters Joan Aline Butler and
Marion Allen Moe and her stepsons, John, George, and Curtis
FitzGerald, and 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Susanne S. Follett, 67, passed away
at home in Kerrville, Texas, on February
22, 2009, after losing her battle with lung
cancer. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Col. Frederick and Virginia
Streicher of Proctor, Vt.
Susanne was born October 15, 1941,
in Manhattan, Kan., the daughter of a
career military father traveling wherever
he was stationed around the world. A
large part of Sue's adult life was spent in the beautiful coun-
try of the Republic of Panama, teaching for the Canal Zone
Government and DODDS. She retired to Kerrville in 1997,
dividing her time between the Texas Hill Country and the
Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Sue loved spending time at
her summer camp on Echo Lake in East Charleston, Vt., bird-
watching, reading, traveling and being with her adoptive cat,
Fancy. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel H. George of
Kerrville; her two daughters, Stacey Stilley of San Antonio
and Stephanie Lopez of Houston; her brother, Frederick
Streicher of Glastonbury, Conn.; and two grandsons.
Mildred M. Hickey, 98, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away
January 19, 2009. Mildred was born in Dorchester, Mass.,
and moved to the Canal Zone in 1939 with her husband,
Joseph (Joe) L. Hickey. Together they raised their family and
Mildred worked as a telephone operator.
Mildred was active in many Canal Zone social and church
activities and she was loved by all who knew her for her zest
for life and genuine caring of others. She retired to
Clearwater, Fla., with her husband in May 1970. Mildred and
Joe's home was always filled with love and joy of friends and
their children and many grandchildren. She was a longtime
member of the Panama Canal Society. Joe died in 1994, and
they both were devoted Catholics of great faith.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Barbara M.
Grinnell and Diane K. Irvine; and sons, Thomas J. Hickey
and Joseph L. Hickey, Jr. Mildred was also blessed with
seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-
Willard "Red" W. Huffman, 90, of Wynne, Ark., passed
away April 12, 2009. He was born in Mount Vernon, Ill., on
January 29, 1919. He grew up and graduated from high
school in Peoria, Ill.
Willard originally went to the Canal Zone in 1939 with
the U.S. Signal Corps and worked for contractors and the
Navy. He went back into the Army during World War II.
When he got out of the Army he worked for the Navy and the
Panama Canal Company. He lived in Coco Solo and
Margarita. He loved music, sports, fishing, bowling and trav-
eling. He and his wife Kathleen had many fun adventures
fishing in Gatun Lake.
Willard was a very active member of the VFW and held
many positions in the Cristobal VFW. He was also a 32nd
degree Mason, and a member of the Elks, IBEW, and the
Panama Canal Society. He worked for the Panama Canal
Company for 36 years and retired in 1979 as a telephone wire
chief. After retirement he and Kathleen lived in Rogers, Ark.,
before moving to Wynne, Ark., in 2007.
Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Kathleen M. Huffman
of Wynne, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law Mary and Gary
Novak of Port Townsend, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law
Will and Kathy Huffman of Wynne, Ark.; son and daughter-
in-law Jim and Joan Huffman of Oak Harbor, Wash.; six
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Capt. Peter F. Johnson, 74, died December 1, 2008, at
his home in New Orleans, La. Pete spent his high school
years in the Panama Canal Zone. It was during those years in
Panama that he developed a love for the sea, an affection that
would have a significant influence on his career path.
Following his graduation from Ouachita High in Monroe,
La., he attended Northeast State Louisiana University on a
football scholarship prior to his acceptance into the United
States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Upon
graduating from Kings Point in 1957, he was commissioned
as an officer in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable dis-
He subsequently began his career in the merchant marine
as a licensed deck officer while continuing to serve his nation
in various capacities. At the age of 30, he obtained his U.S.
Coast Guard unlimited Master's license and sailed for
Texaco, Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company in the U.S.
domestic and foreign trades. His shoreside career began with
Reynolds in Corpus Christi, Texas, as Manager of Marine
Operations with direct oversight responsibility of the compa-
ny's fleet of bulkcarriers. He served in various management
positions in the maritime industry while also pursuing his
MBA at the University of Houston, eventually moving his
family to New Orleans where he was employed as Executive
Vice President for Pyramid Ventures. In 1976, he founded
Pacific-Gulf Marine, Inc., an international ship management
and marine operating company that continues today.
He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects &
Marine Engineers, The Propeller Club of the United States,
Navy League, World Trade Club and the United States
Merchant Marine Alumni Association. He was the Propeller
Club's recipient of the "Louisiana Maritime Man of the Year"
in 1986, and was recognized by the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy with its "Outstanding Professional Achievement
Award" in 1987 as well as the "Meritorious Alumni Service
Award" in 1992.
He is survived by his wife Mikell; four children, Krista J.
Dumas (Mike), Todd B. Johnson (Coco), Karyn J. Hoffman
(Gregor), and Jennifer J. Taylor (Denny); and ten grandchil-
Wilena "Billie" (Bowen) Martin passed away April 2,
2009, in Stanwood, Wash. She was bor in Alabama and
moved to the Canal Zone where she graduated from Balboa
High School in 1939. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. No further information is available.
Harriett Kalar McNeal, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., passed
away on January 3, 2009, at home. She was born October 15,
1916, in the Panama Canal Zone to the late John and Helen
Turner Kalar. She graduated from Penn State University with
a degree in Ag-Bio-Chemistry, and she was a member of the
Chi Omega sorority. It was at Penn State that she met her hus-
band of 63 years, the late H. Mark McNeal.
Harriett was a caring and compassionate person who
loved poetry, music, and all living things. She frequently con-
tributed to organizations that care for the poor, children and
animals in need. She loved books and was an avid reader. She
participated in Wendover Garden Clubs, Bridge Clubs, and
was active in the Circle at Myers Park Baptist Church. Her
family, however, was by far the most important part of her
life, and her selflessness and love were spread equally.
She is survived by her three daughters and their families:
Peggy Jennings and her husband, Frank of Waxhaw; Martha
McNeal Bahnson of Charlotte; and Joanie Teel and her hus-
band, Tim of Isle of Palms, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and
J. H. "Jerry" Menges, 87, passed away March 14, 2009.
He was born May 13, 1921, in Lancaster, Texas. Jerry was in
the U.S. Army during World War II, serving both in the
Panama Canal Zone and finally in France during the Southern
Invasion in 1945. He retired and moved to Florida in 1974,
and worked for two years at the Crystal River Power Plant
before retiring for good in 1976.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, and
is survived by his second wife, Estelle McKeown Menges:
son, Cecil D. Menges, of Trenton. Mich.: daughter, Connie
Church of Safety Harbor; five grandchildren; and three great-
David Scott Patzelt, 47, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died
February 23, 2009. Born in Hammond, Ind., he moved to
Florida from the Panama Canal Zone in 1981. He was a grad-
uate of the Balboa High School Class of 1981. He was a
welder for US Applied Mechanics in Tarpon Springs.
Survivors include his son, Michael; parents, Alfred and
Nancy; brother, Louis; sister, Sueann Balain; and a nephew.
Donald Sherwood Seitz, 78, died January 22, 2009, at
his home in Burnes, Miss., while under home health and hos-
pice care. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Sherwood Seitz.
Although he was born in Bowman, N.D., he grew up in
Bamesville, Minn., where his father had a medical practice.
He attended parochial elementary and public high school
there. He studied medicine at Notre Dame University for two
years, then returned to Minnesota and received his BS degree
in Chemistry Education at North Dakota University in Fargo,
N.D. His first teaching job was Junior High math in
Wahpeton, N.D. Later he taught chemistry at Wahpeton High
School, then returned to NDSU to earn his Masters Degree in
Composite Science and Chemistry. After graduation he
accepted a chemistry teaching position at the State School of
Science, a Junior, Trades, Technology Junior College in
Wahpeton. Many summers were spent attending NSF Grant
workshops, from Duquesne University to Oregon State
University and many other college across the United States.
In 1968 he accepted a chemistry teaching position at the
Panama Canal College. He retired from that position as
Department Chairman in 1988, and moved to Mississippi
where his four children and daughter-in-law were enrolled at
USM or student teaching in Hattiesburg.
While in Panama he spent a great deal of time on the
Canal: fishing; in the jungle collecting butterflies; in the two
oceans diving, snorkeling and collecting shells; or at Fort
Amador Craft Shop, building a trimaran. Probably his most
memorable teaching job was the Marine Biology classes and
the subsequent field trips to the islands, where he could camp,
snorkel, and collect and study sea life. Camping was another
of his passions dating from his Boy Scout days when he
earned his Eagle. As a Boy Scout leader with Troop 10 in
Gamboa, Canal Zone, he earned his Wood Badge and helped
conduct many Council and troop activities.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society and in
July 2008 he took time out from his chemo treatment to trav-
el to the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando, to visit and
renew acquaintances, but especially to listen to Shorty (son
David) & Slim. He thoroughly enjoyed that last outing.
Don is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter, Danielle
and son-in-law Mark Kellum; three sons, David and daugh-
ter-in-law Mayra Linares, Michael, and Mark and daughter-
in-law Kristie Jenkins; two sisters, Dorothy Acker and
Beatrice Bailey; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
William Stock, 83, died from COPD
on February 1, 2009, at home with his
wife and children by his side. He was
born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., until
his enlistment in the Marine Corps in
1942. During World War II, Bill served
in Peleliu, Okinawa, and China. After the
Swar, he returned stateside serving in sev-
eral locations. In 1947 Bill was trans-
ferred to his "last and most" favorite duty station--Panama,
where he met and married Fran, the love of his life.
In 1950 Bill left the Marine Corps and began his 26-year
career with the Department of the Army and life as we knew
it in Curundu. Throughout his 30+ years in Panama, Bill was
involved with the Balboa Lions Club, Elks Club 1414, and
Balboa Yacht Club. He and Fran owned a house in Santa
Clara where he built the first swimming pool and hosted
countless parties and created lasting memories for many
folks. Bill was an outgoing and passionate guy, attempting to
participate in a variety of activities.
He loved sports and played baseball in several leagues,
until his son was old enough to play--then he began coaching
(later years he coached Women's softball). Bill always had a
dog by his side, even when he married Fran. He was involved
with the Local Kennel Club and spent many years raising and
breeding German Shepherds and then got hooked on Saint
Bernards. Bill loved the Ocean--and spent as much time as
After he retired in 1976, he spent the next three years tin-
kering at the "boat" shed on the Mr. Capp. In 1979, Bill, Fran,
Ginger (Saint Bernard), and Willie (Parrot) moved to the U.S.
and spent the next two years traveling around the country vis-
iting family and friends, before settling down in St.
Petersburg. Once settled into their house in St. Petersbug, Bill
joined the Panama Canal Society--and later served on the
board--and was still a member. When he wasn't working on
his house (definitely missed the "Engineering" guys from
home), he spent hours playing tennis with the local tennis
community and teaching his daughter to play the game. He
was also actively involved in the Saint Bernard Club. He and
Fran were both drawn to the wildlife--raising baby ducks and
squirrels, and taking in many stray cats and friends. He and
Fran also took time to crisscross the U.S. to see their son and
other family members, as well as making several nostalgic
trips back to Panama. He raised three more Saints and trav-
eled throughout the Southeast to show the last Saint.
Bill leaves behind his wife, Fran, of almost 60 years; son
Marc (Jenny), Seattle; five grandchildren, and a newly-born
great-grandson; and a daughter, Cindy (St. Petersburg). The
family hopes to take Bill back home to Panama some time in
Robert (Lucky) Summers was born November 11, 1933,
in Newport, Ky. He passed away November 10, 2008, one
day before his 75th birthday. He was the son of Lyman G.
Summers and Aurora V. Wagner. He lived in Kentucky until
he was 13 years old when the family moved to Oakland,
Calif., where he attended Fremont High School. After high
school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at
Albrook Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone for four
years. After two more years of duty in the Air Force, he
returned to Panama and went to work for the Panama Canal
Company. His first job with PCC was as a signalman until he
transferred to Marine Traffic Control in the early 1960s. He
retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1982 and moved
to St. Petersburg, Fla. In 1999 he moved to Weeki Wachee,
Fla. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Lucky is survived by three sons, Randall Summers and
his wife, Michelle; Richard Summers; and Rory Summers
and his wife, Wendy; and nine grandchildren. He was prede-
ceased by his son, Robert Summers, Jr. He was also prede-
ceased by two sisters, Ella Marie Vandergrift and Mildred
Paul Francis Swift, 85, passed away on March 9, 2009,
in Clearwater, Fla. He was born on July 31, 1923, in Salina,
Kan., and was one of six children. He was raised in Dayton,
Ohio, and graduated from the University of Dayton with a
Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from the University
of Cincinnati in Chemical Engineering. A World War II vet-
eran serving in Europe and the Pacific, he wrote about his
training as an advanced engineer with Army Special Training
Programs, saying "our slide rules were strapped to our belts
as if they were our pistols."
He had a distinguished career with Eastman Kodak; serv-
ing his first years with the company in the Panama Canal
Research Labs, researching the effects of climate on the film
development process. When he retired in 1984, he was the
Director of the Black and White Photographic Division,
Research Laboratories. Paul went on to work 10 years as
director of graphic arts at the Rochester Institute of
Technology Research Corporation, and five years at IMAC,
doing significant work with partners in Japan. After retire-
ment, he developed his interest in painting and continued to
be a devoted reader of the classics, and worked on Number
Theory until just days before he died. Instead of solving
Sudoku puzzles, he created an equation that could solve any
He was predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis. Survivors
include his wife of more than 35 years, Nancy; his brother,
Frank; his children Marianne Swift, Cecile Scott, Paul
Edison-Swift (Sue), Marcia Cooley (Mike), Frances Swift,
Janine Simpson (Kim Barhite), Kim Gerstner, Steve Swift
(Ping), and Tammy McGloshen (David); 17 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; and his sweet dog, Buddy.
Robert Van Winkle died July 17, 2008, in Deerfield,
N.H., after a long illness. He was a graduate of the Balboa
High School Class of 1966. He was a longtime judge for the
American Kennel Club with a particular interest in German
Shepherds. No further information is available.
Gary Lee Vaucher, 60, was killed in March 2009 in a
helicopter crash at Tocumen Airport. Gary was a graduate of
the Balboa High School Class of 1966. He was on a trip to
inspect an electrical plant in the Darien at the time of his
death. No further information is available.
Joseph A. Vowell of Rogers, Ariz., passed away March 8,
2009. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1955. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society. No further infor-
mation is available.
Herman Richardson Wakem, 96, of Stetson, Maine,
passed away February 10, 2009, at a health care facility in
Bangor, Maine. He was born October 16, 1915, in Greenfield,
New Brunswick. He was a naturalized U.S. Citizen, Presque
Isle in 1924. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in World
War II with the Seabees. He married Muriel P. Worth in 1936.
Herman worked for Maine Potato Growers, Presque Isle,
from 1949 to 1957.
He took a job with the Panama Canal Government in the
Canal Zone and worked there until he retired at age 62. He
left Panama and made his home in Milton, Fla., where he
lived for 30 years. He was a member of Fairis Hill Baptist
Church in Milton, where he taught Sunday school for many
years. For the past several years Herman and Muriel made
their home with their daughters in Stetson.
Herman is survived by his wife of 72 years, Muriel P.
Wakem of Stetson; his two daughters and their husbands,
Connie and Charles Merrill of Stetson and Sherry and James
Petty of Lakeland, Fla.; five grandchildren; six great-grand-
children; several nieces and nephews.
Evelyn G White, 83, passed away February 25, 2009.
Her unexpected death followed the recent passing of her hus-
band H. Loring White on January 8, 2009. Evelyn was born
in the farming community of Hastings, Minn., and her early
years were spent enjoyably on the family farm with her sis-
ters and younger brother. The family moved to St. Paul where
in 1943 Evelyn graduated from high school. At age 23 she
married Bob Smith on St. Valentine's Day 1949. Bob and
Evelyn had met in Sunday school when they were children.
They moved to Hartford, Conn., where he began his career as
an aeronautical engineer. There, their first two sons, Vince
and Larry, were born. In the early 1950s, Bob's career took
the family to Columbia Station, Ohio, where they built a
house on eight acres of land near Plum Creek. In 1956 their
youngest son Bruce was born.
While raising her boys, Evelyn was a very dedicated
mother and homemaker and was always busy with activities
in Columbia Township. She was a leader in the Columbia
school system PTA and was a singer in the "Mother's
Singers," Columbia's all-women's chorus that put on stage
productions such as South Pacific and The King and I. She
helped her boys in every way and each Halloween designed
and sewed creative costumes for them. Evelyn lost her hus-
band Bob in 1967 and as a single parent successfully raised
her three sons through their high school years, college years
On St. Patrick's Day 1978 Evelyn met H. Loring White
while he was visiting his brother in Ohio. They quickly fell in
love and were married six months later. Evelyn relocated to
the Panama Canal Zone where Loring taught at the Canal
Zone College. Through this marriage Evelyn gained three
stepsons, Hal, Tom and Bill. Upon Loring's early retirement
in 1981, he and Evelyn settled in Ahwatukee Foothills in
Phoenix, Ariz. Loring and Evelyn were a very close and lov-
ing couple who enjoyed their thirty years together to the
fullest. Their time was dedicated to world travel and visiting
friends and family across the country. They were actively
involved with many social activities at the Ahwatukee
While in Arizona Evelyn became deeply involved in
genealogical research, uncovering the past of Loring's fami-
ly, the Whites, and of her father's family, the Gramses, which
she traced back to 18th century ancestors in Prussia, now
western Poland. Her travels took her to Berlin and to the
small towns in Poland where she visited the farming commu-
nities and the churches where the Gramses once lived, wor-
shiped and were buried.
Evelyn was preceded in death by both her husbands and
her youngest son Bruce Smith. She is survived by her sons
and daughters-in-law Vince and Vicky Smith of Wilmington,
N.C., and Larry Smith and Charlyn Harrison of Richmond,
Va., and two grandsons. She is also survived by three step-
sons, Hal White of Anchorage, Alaska, Tom White and his
wife Ann of Chesapeake, Va., and Bill White and his wife
Sharon of Phoenix, Ariz., and two step-grandchildren.
William "Bill" Charles Willoughby, 77, of Huntsville,
Ala., passed away February 18, 2009, in Orange Beach. He
was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., spent the majority of his
younger years in the Panama Canal Zone, graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1948, and went on to complete a
four-year machinist apprenticeship.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force and graduating from
the University of Illinois, he returned to the Zone to work as
an engineer. He was a ice i'ter cd professional engineer in both
the Canal Zone and Alabama. He retired from the Army
Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. After retiring he
worked for local defense contractors, including COLSA for
several years. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal
Church in Huntsville, and a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife, Ann Edwards (BHS'51)
Willoughby of Huntsville; sons, Frederick William
Willoughby and wife Holly of Georgetown, Texas, and
Steven Russell Willoughby and wife Jennifer of
Montgomery, Ala.; daughter, Susan Willoughby Wagner and
husband Richard of Huntsville; brother John and wife Edith
of Merritt Island, Fla.; sister Ardis and husband James Davis
of New Boston, Mich.; seven grandchildren and several other
Starting with the June Canal Record one photo
with be accepted to accompany an obituary.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
BHS CLASS OF 1969 PANAMA REUNION
IA IAi JIM
Front: Mary (Mel Little) Henter. 2nd Row (L-R): Kay (Strickland) Haker, Elaine (Dorfman) Wheeler, Carol (Kelly)
Puzon, Connie (Clinchard) Tellex, Patricia (Edwards) Joyce, Kathy (Mulroy) Kietzer, Mary Linda (Wells) Fealey. 3rd
Row (L-R): Xenia (Vargas) Martinez, Paul Reitz, Yoli (DeLaGuardia) Peevey, Linda (Lowe) Maloney, Peggy
(Anderson) Godfrey, Ted Henter, Guy Fealey, Pablo Prieto. 4th Row (L-R): Leslie (Affeltranger) Ehlert, Chaco
(Barbara Will) Smail, Bill Lewelling, Janet (Husum) Herrington, Patti Dertien, Neil Frauenheim, Russ Bowen, Bruce
Robinson. 5th Row (L-R): Mike Young, Mario Jones, Nick Lancaster. Not pictured: Sue (Waters) Eytalis, Helen
Braswell, Penny (Leeser) Ellenor, Bobby Cruz-Segarra, Tanya Torres, Kathy Wainio, Rob Roy, Pablo Carrasquillo,
Cynthia (DeLaCruz) Carrasquillo.
The Balboa High School Class of 1969 began their 40th
Class Reunion on March 5, 2008, with a Thursday night
meet-and-greet at the Balboa Yacht Club in Amador, Panama.
As classmates arrived, it was wonderful to see familiar faces
and rekindle old friendships.
A BBQ dinner was hosted by Mel (Little) and Ted
Henter on Friday evening at their beautiful home in
Majaqual where we enjoyed the pool, volleyball, dinner,
dancing, music by DJ John Wolfe and partied like it was
1969! Along with our classmates, many other stateside and
local Balboa High School graduates also attended the festivi-
BHS Class of 1969 Reunion and Friends, Majaqual, Panama
On Saturday evening we traveled to Panama City for a
wonderful dinner at Tinajas Restaurant and a thrilling floor
show of typical Panamanian dances such as Tamborito,
Cumbias and Diablicos Sucios.
We headed to Miraflores Locks on Sunday for a fabulous
lunch buffet with an incredible third-floor view of a ship tran-
siting the locks. A tour of the Miraflores Visitor Center
included the history, video presentations, models of the Canal
and future services. Sunday afternoon found us enjoying our-
selves at the beautiful home of Kathy Wainio and Rob Roy
in Cardenas where we were treated to delicious seviche and
empanadas. It is truly amazing how a four-family bachelor's
quarters can be remodeled!! Pablo Prieto and Mario Jones
arranged a Chiva Fiesta Panama Party Bus with a night tour
of Panama City, Balboa Avenue, Amador Causeway, Mi
Pueblito (a little town located in the former Quarry Heights)
where we were greeted by Murga musicians playing tipico
1iHS Class ot 1969, Chlva Party Bus
Needless to say, Monday morning found classmates who
stayed heading in different directions for a little R&R in El
Valle, San Bias, Decameron, Playa Blanca, Coronado,
Gamboa and Playa Esmeralda. We arrived back in Amador on
Wednesday for impromptu gatherings at the Yacht Club on
Thursday and the Elks Club on Friday.
Everyone had such a good time enjoying ourselves that
we've decided to continue the party at the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando, Fla., from July 1 July 5, 2009.
Please watch for future information or contact Barbara
(Chaco) Will Small at michevyearthlink.net, Sue Waters
Eytalis at mxwdg48(hotmail.com or Mario Jones at
In January my "younger" brother Stanley (CHS'62) was
going to celebrate 65 years of life. Having crossed that
threshold before him, I decided to go visit and help him put
out the fire on his cake! So off I went for a three-week trip to
see family, friends and classmates again, after my last trip two
I encountered many more condos, hotels and other build-
ings going up, more backed-up traffic snarls, but still had a
great visit. The weather was good, although it did rain a few
times and it was not as "muggy" as my last visit. I finally
decided to renew my 30-year-old expired cedula, so I could
get the discounts offered to "retirados." The food is so good
and inexpensive, so of course I indulged my palate many
times with the temptations of seviche, cocadas, patacones,
fried yucca, chicharon, fruits I can't get here, etc.
My brother did not want a party type of celebration (so I'll
save my breath to blow out the fire on my next birthday cake
instead), but we had a wonderful dinner with family and
friends at Madame Chang's. I went to dinner (thanks guys) at
Jimmy's with fellow classmates and even had the opportuni-
ty to visit with Sandra (Motta) Granozio and Judy (Tipton)
Hooper, both Class of 1957 (much-admired upper class-
women when I was just a freshman).
Back (L-R): Paul Leignadier, Robin Morland, and
Maurice Belancer. Front: Charles Lyew and Leila A.
Panama just keeps growing and growing, and I can see
why people still enjoy living there. I have returned to my "dry
heat" in the desert of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and have to find
another excuse to go back home again in a a couple of years.
In the meantime, the memories will have to sustain me.
Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley
Sierra Vista, Ariz.
In August 2008 Captain Donald P. Garrido (former
Chief Pilot of the Panama Canal) and his wife Lydia, now
residing in San Antonio, Texas, travelled to Ireland and
Scotland. In Ireland, they kissed the Blarney Stone of
Eloquence and in Scotland they enjoyed the Military Tattoo.
They travelled on the Stena Voyager with Caption John
Ferguson as Master on their crossing of the Irish Sea from
Belfast to the Scottish Port of Stranraer.
Lydia Garrido, Captain John Ferguson, and Captain
San Antonio, Texas
SEARCHING FOR OLD FRIEND
Does anyone know what happened to Peter Green
(BHS'39)? He was the stepson of Coach Henry Grieser who
ran the Red White & Blue Troupe. Coach Grieser and Mrs.
Kathleen Grieser both passed away in 1972 in Cork, Ireland.
If anyone has information, please send me Peter Green's
Jeanne Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas
JOIN US FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
See page 18 for information.
ST. MARY'S ACADEMY
The class of 1959 of St. Mary's Academy, Colon, Panama,
held its 50-year Class Reunion in Panama City, Panama, from
March 7th to March 10th. Of the 28 classmates, six are still
residing in Panama City, others are abroad in the United
States and elsewhere. Eight of us got together for this memo-
rable event. We had not seen each other in over 50 years.
Our welcome took place in Tasca Angel on Friday night.
On Saturday we attended Mass at Los Angel Church followed
by a dinner at Club Union in Paitilla. On our last day we had
a farewell picnic at Xenia's beach house in Santa Clara. It
was really nice to get together and to see each other after 50
years. Doris and Aida worked at Gorgas Hospital. Aida is
now retired. Doris is currently still working in a hospital in
Tampa, Fla. All of us are retirees.
Mari\enia Julio. June Ho. L ra Celis, Marilza Ha%\kins
Pezzoti, Aida Harris, Xenia Lozano Alvarado, Doris
Mock Martin, and Vicky Mock de la Espriella.
After our reunion, I visited El Dorado in Panama City and
viewed the changes being made. The Casco Viejo area is
being renovated and improvements look very nice. They have
also constructed new high-rise buildings near the waterfront
in Panama City. The changes in Colon did not impress me at
all except for the Melia Hotel (formerly Fort Gulick head-
quarters), and the expansion of the Colon Free Zone as well
as new New Colon 2000 plaza located between the Yacht
Club and Amador Guerrero Hospital. The movie theaters no
longer exist in Colon.
1 also had the opportunity to visit the Artesania de Panama
located near the Parque Cinco de Mayo. There I was able to
buy some souvenirs at reasonable prices in comparison to the
ones sold to visiting tourists on the Balboa side. I also got a
Pollera made to order for me from Nivia Piertz at the
Artesania de Panama.
Lastly, I informed my Panama classmates about the annu-
al Society Reunion and they are looking forward to attending
it this July. Hopefully they will be able to meet with our state-
side class members and again celebrate our 50th year reunion
during the Reunion in July.
NEWS FROM THE ZORNES
In the summer of 2008, Jeff, Nicki, Chase, Ian and
Jamie Zornes traveled to Arizona to visit with Jeff's parents,
Dick and Ginger Zornes. It was the first trip for the family
to Arizona and they were actively involved in seeing the
sights in and around Prescott Valley. While in Arizona, the
family got to visit the Out of Africa Park in Camp Verde, a
water park in the Phoenix area and the kids played in and
around parks and streams with their grandparents while Jeff
and Nicki toured and shopped in beautiful Sedona. The boys
enjoyed the animals at the Africa Park especially the Tiger
Splash. Beautiful Bengals dove in and out of the water and
gave the family a great show. Also, everyone enjoyed the
numerous slides at the water park. Jamie, the smallest,
showed no fear going up and down the slides just like his big-
ger brothers, Chase and Ian.
Jeff Zornes and family
In the fall, Ginger and Dick brought home their new baby,
a chocolate lab named Mira, whom Dick will eventually
show in 2009. Mira is the Queen of the house!
In December, Dick and Ginger traveled to visit with Jeff
and family in Colorado Springs, and also Dick's brothers and
sisters-in-law in the Denver, Colo., area for an early
Christmas gathering. Dick and Ginger followed Jeff and fam-
ily in a snowstorm up to Denver for a housewarming party
given by Bob and Gail Zornes' kids. Although the weather
was extremely cold, minus 15 degrees at one point, a total of
25 members of the Zornes family came together for a really
wonderful party. Chuck and Carmen Zornes were visiting
from Panama and made the trip exceptionally exciting.
In January 2009, Dick and Ginger flew to Columbus,
Ohio, to visit with Joey, Meghan, Ava and Alexis Zornes.
They were present for Alexis Lynn's christening on the 25th
of January. It was a beautiful ceremony held at Our Lady of
Peace Church in Columbus. Dick and Ginger enjoyed their
granddaughters and had a great time at a Dim Sum Chinese
breakfast where they brought in drummers and a beautiful
dancing dragon! Ava loved the dragon and watched her
Grandpa's video film repeatedly. People were amazed that
Miss Alexis slept through the entire performance! Dick and
Ginger also got to watch their granddaughters' Saturday
swimming lessons. That was fun as the pool area had differ-
ent sections, a river walk, waterfalls and slides. Joey took
Alexis down a really high spiral slide and she was not afraid!
Ava turned three in April and Alexis turned one on February
Alexis Zornes and family at christening
Prescott Valley, Ariz.
We were deeply touched by the outpouring of prayers
and condolences received from many of Jayme
Thompson Barrett's Canal Zone High School friends.
On behalf of her daughter Jayme, and both the Thompson
and Barrett families, I want to take this opportunity to
acknowledge and sincerely thank them.
Sally G. Barrett
FORMER CANAL ZONE FRIENDS
In February a group of former Canal Zone friends gath-
ered at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Lakeland, Fla.
Front: Dottie (Cotton) Manthorne, John Owens, Jayne
(Peterson) Owens. Back: Shirley Maduro, Cheryl
(Peterson) Russell, and Beth (Lewis) Brandenburg.
uee sulsman, Iormer ".)/i'itIai eanor, PICKS lusn strawoer-
ries at Goodson Farms near Sun City Center, Fla.
THANKS FROM CATHERINE
Catherine Filo wishes to thank everyone who sent cards
and called to express their sympathy over Eddie's death.
Eddie was a great husband, father and friend, and he will be
missed. Enclosed is a picture taken on their 60th wedding
anniversary in 2008.
Catherine and Eddie Filo
RUTHIE HORTER SPOONER'S ENGAGEMENT PARTY
Ruthie Horter Spooner at her engagement party in 1944 enjoying herself,
KIWIS BASEBALL TEAM
Front: Kenny Gaul, Beattie Hendricks, Alan Richel, Tom Balutes, Bob Medinger, and possibly Joseph Nachio? Back: Asst. Coach Wichman, Billy Wichman, Carlton Bell,
John Lessiack, Brian Kennon, Eduardo Duran, Unknown, Coach Bob Medinger.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: 727-394-9338 Fax: 727-394-2737
The Museum at the 2009 Reunion
We invite you to be a part of the Panama Canal Museum activities at the 2009 Panama Canal Society Reunion
on July 1-5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
Location: Gatlin A2-A3
Volunteers: We could certainly use more volunteers
in the Museum Exhibit Room and at our tables in
the Vendors' Room. Please let us know if you can
help out. It will be a lot of fun!
Exhibit: Come find paradise again! Trustee Gerry
DeTore is being rather secretive about the surprises
he's planning, but we do know the theme: Flora and
Fauna! We also expect to have available for viewing
the 1938 Grantland Rice film on Coach Grieser's
Red, White and Blue Champions.
Silent Auction: Come bid on Panama Canal memo-
rabilia, gift cards, and other wonderful treasures
beginning on Thursday morning and ending at 5:00
on Saturday afternoon, when top bidders can pick up
and pay for their prizes. Proceeds benefit the
museum. If you have a treasure you'd like to offer for
the auction, please contact the museum.
2010 Panama Canal Museum Cruise: Get more
information about and sign up for our next cruise,
which will take us to the Caribbean and Panama
once again on a big, beautiful, brand-new ship! Visit
other Caribbean ports, too, with friends and family
and have a great time on and off the ship-while
helping support the museum with the donation
Travel Leaders will make for every cabin.
Museum Issues Ten-Year Report
To signal the completion of the first ten years of
operation, the museum has compiled a report for its
membership. The report highlights the significant
achievements and captures some of the most impor-
tant benchmarks reflecting the progress made by the
museum during this period.
The report will be sent in an upcoming eBlast to all
members who have email addresses on file with the
museum. Those members who do not have email
addresses may submit a request in writing or call the
museum at (727) 394-9338.
Joint Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal
Museum Cultural Seminars:
,) Friday, July 3, 2-4 p.m. Dustin Smith,
Zoological Supervisor of Amazon and Beyond,
Miami MetroZoo, will be presenting "The
Conservation of Golden Frogs and Other
Amphibians of Panama."
> Saturday, July 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Panama Canal
storytellers featured in Write ofPassage: Stories of
the American Era of the Panama Canal will tell
their heartwarming stories. These seminars, to
be held in Wekiwa 4 and 5 (Level 2), are
described in more detail in the Reunion section
of this issue.
Vending Tables: 2009 Panama Canal Museum
Golden Frog Collectible Ornament. 2010 Panama
Canal Museum Flora and Fauna Calendar. Plush
Golden Frogs and Iguanas. 500-Piece Golden Frog
Puzzle. Bateas with Carved Tropical Adornments.
Mugs. Tumblers. Colorful Baseball Caps. Books on
Panama and the Panama Canal. These are a few of
our favorite things that will be on sale at the
museum's tables in the Vendors' Room. Do stop by
This plush iguana is one of the new items that will be available in the
Vendors' Room at the reunion. Don't miss the flora and fauna items and
exhibits at the reunion this year!
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Museum Members Transit Canal on
Museum's Wall of Honor
The museum's newest member at the time these news
items were being prepared was Captain Mercer Tyler. A
retired Panama Canal pilot, Capt. Tyler made 2,692
transits in the course of his 22-year career with the
Panama Canal. While paying a visit to the museum, he
decided to make another transit this time on the
museum's Wall of Honor with a very generous donation.
He paid his dues and
made a donation in
honor of another Panama
Canal pilot, Capt. Charles
Taylor, who had earlier
honored Capt. Tyler in a
Just a few days after Capt.
Tyler's visit, long-time
members Pete and Mary
Lou Lang donated a
complete transit, too;
they're now on their third
We hope this transit rate Museum trustee Gerry DeTore (left)
continues with new and showing Capt. Tyler some of the treasures in
old members! our Panama Canal Museum in a Trunk
The Panama Canal Museum has compiled many
yearbooks from the Canal Zone and DoDDS-Panama
schools, and the collection interests visitors who attended
these schools and/or their descendents. Others, too, use
the books to research, help in planning class reunions, or
obtain certain pictures. Ideally, we would like to have three
copies of each yearbook for our library.
Right now we need at least one of the following for the
Conquistador (Canal Zone Junior College, Canal Zone
College, Panama Canal College): 1950, 1951, 1972-1999
El Pacifico (Paraiso High School): 1962-1964, 1966
Zonian (Balboa High School): 1916-1919, 1923, 1937,
1965, 1988, 1999
Cougar's Pride (Curundu Junior High School, Curundu
Middle School): 1975, 1977, 1980, 1992, 1997, 1998
We would also welcome yearbooks from any of the
elementary or Latin American schools as well as Gatun
High School yearbooks.
Grants and Sponsorships Help Fulfill the
Over the past year the museum has been the recipient of
three grants totaling $27,069 from the Pinellas County Cultural
Arts Department. As a result, we have been able to expand our
educational outreach programming to schools and commu-
nity organizations. We have been able to reach thousands in
our community through special PowerPoint programs
developed by museum staff and offered by our trained lecturers.
These grants, along with generous sponsorships from
museum members, have also allowed us to develop the
Panama Canal Museum in a Trunk lesson plans and student
activities. The trunks are available to teachers in seven school
districts around the US so that new generations will have the
opportunity to discover the story of the Panama Canal as
part of the American legacy to the world. Our staff will also
be conducting a teacher training day in some of the school
districts where the trunks have been placed.
Because these grants require a 50/50 cash match from the
museum, donations of museum members and friends are the
life blood of the program. Won't your family, friends or reunion
class please consider sponsoring a trunk for a school or school
district? Please contact Director Elizabeth Neily or Education
Curator Kalika Novoa.
CZ Swimmers Film Showing at Reunion
The combined efforts of museum president Joe Wood; Jeanne
Stough; and Jeanne's cousin, Jim Kenealy, have made possible
the showing of"Red, White and Blue Champions" (produced in
1938 by Grantland Rice for his GRS Sportlights Series) in the
Museum Exhibit Room at this year's reunion. Jeanne asked the
museum to find out if a copy of the film featuring Coach Henry
Grieser's magnificent Canal Zone swimmers of the 1930's was
available. Joe contacted the Library of Congress, who sent him
the script and referred him to the UCLA Television and Film
Archive, who told him he needed permission from Paramount
Pictures. While Joe was in the process of obtaining permission
from Paramount, Jim surprised Jeanne with a copy of the film.
Jeanne, whose sisters, Marguerite (Babe) Flynn Kessler and
Marilyn (Sissy) Flynn, were Red, White, and Blue Troupe
swimmers, was thrilled to receive the copy of the film and
offered it to the museum for the reunion. All reunion attendees
are invited to come view the film and see these legendary
swimmers in action. Museum members received a copy of the
script in the spring issue of the Panama Canal Museum Review.
Jean Medinger McGuire, Reporter/Editor
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LASS OF '49 BHS CLASS OF 1959
REUNION 50th CLASS REUNION
949 will be celebrating its 60th The class of BHS'59 will hold their 50th Class
nama Canal Society Reunion in Reunion in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal
1-5, 2009. We have a super hos- Society Reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on
s the home base in the Rosen July 2-4, 2009.
ur suite will be open Thursday, It's going to be a great party, and if you haven't been
ay, July 4th. Our committee has to a class reunion in the past, this is one you won't want
nanian buffet for Friday night, to miss. There will be a Hospitality Room with refresh-
ments and libations, to meet and greet with all your old
your calendar and tell any class- friends. There will be two dances to enjoy, a Clubhouse
re in contact. The 50th reunion where you can sit and enjoy others as well. It's also a
e want to make this even more good time when you can purchase all the missing treas-
50 will be joining us again. See ures from Panama that you always dreamed about, but
never got back to Panama to get. A trip to Panama to cel-
n at email@example.com or ebrate with our Panamanian classmates is also being
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any planned. Come give us your input.
the committee. In order to get the Society discount on your room,
you will need to be a member of the Panama Canal
Society. It's a great way to keep our legacy going, as well
JOIN US FOR as keep up with your friends throughout the years.
Contact persons are:
HE 4TH OF JULY
Skip Rowley Mickey Walker Fitzgerald
POOL PARTY! Tallahassee, FL New Smyrna Beach, FL
age 18 for information. (850) 422-2151 (386) 428-2791
LASSES OF 1954 Panama
REUNION 011-(507) 983-6126
Let's do it again in 2009!! We will have two events:
(1) a class reunion during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion from July 1-5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla., and (2) an after-reunion four (4)
night Bahama cruise out of Port Canaveral is offered to
those who want to continue celebrating. For cruise infor-
mation, please contact:
June Rowley Stevenson
Tel: (770) 339-9961Tel: (386) 753-0263
CLASS REUNION COORDINATORS
CONTACT THE MINI-REUNION
COORDINATOR FOR THE 2009
CHS CLASS OF 1959
Our 50th Class Reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Reunion at Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Florida on July 3-5, 2009. It will be
here before you know it!
We have reserved a hospitality room for Friday, July
3rd where we can meet for refreshments, libations, good
conversation, memories, storytelling, etc. A dinner is
planned for Saturday, July 4th starting at 5 p.m.
For more information please contact:
Martha Johnson Stephenson at (360) 456-3307
Jean Owen Young at (781) 545-5311
CLASS OF 1964
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
Celebrate 45 years later with other BHS'64 classmates
in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion from July 1 to July 5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. Your hosts for this event will
be Roberta Evans, Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison, and
BHS'64 OFFICIAL 45TH CLASS REUNION
September 2nd September 7th, 2009 in Park City UT
If you want to visit with as many of your fellow
BHS'64 classmates as you can, this is the reunion to
Sherry Sabo Hozack
CLASS REUNION FOR CHS 1964
For those who are interested in putting something
together, please contact: Naomi (Kuntz) Schmigel at
The Panama Canal Society
office will be closed from
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009.
The office will reopen for business on
Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
Our 40th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion to
be held at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.,
from July 1-5, 2009.
All classmates, family and friends are welcome to join
us in the class suite on Thursday, July 2nd, Friday, July
3rd, and Saturday, July 4th for libations, good conversa-
tions, memories, exaggerations, storytelling, and assorted
bochinche. If you don't show up, we will probably talk
about you!! A buffet dinner is planned for Friday, July
3rd, starting early at 6:30 p.m.
Please let us know if you are going to make it!
Volunteers to help are also needed. Contact one of the fol-
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
BHS CLASS OF 1969
After a week in Panama celebrating our 40th Class
Reunion, BHS Class of '69 will be continuing the cele-
bration in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla., from July 1-5, 2009. The Class of 1969 will
host a hospitality suite for all classmates and families
beginning Thursday evening, July 2nd, through Saturday
night, July 4th, and snacks, food and beverages will be
Please note, if you plan to stay at the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort and receive the Society room rate, you will
need to be a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Please contact Barbara (Chaco) Will Smail at
michevy(@earthlink.net, Sue Waters Eytalis at
mxwdg48(hotmail.com, or Mario Jones at bhsclass of
69(mchsi.com if you are interested in attending or need
CHS CLASS OF 1974
Our 35th class reunion will be held in conjunction
with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in July
2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Plans are in the works to rent a hospitality suite for two
days to gather, catch up and reminisce. A Latin dinner is
planned. Please come!!
BHS CLASS OF 1974
Our reunion will be held from July 6-13, 2009, in
Panama. All classmates, CHS'74, friends and family are
INVITED to join us.
We are looking for BHS'74 classmates' e-mails, so
please send to:
BHS CLASS OF 1979
30TH CLASS REUNION
Preplanning has begun for our 30th Class Reunion!!
Our 30th class reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion to be held at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.,
from July 1-5, 2009. More details to follow....
Please send your current email and contact details to:
Carlton A. Morris
CHS CLASS OF 1979
30TH CLASS REUNION
Our 30th Class Reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
from July 1-5, 2009. Our class suite will be available on
Friday and Saturday nights with comida y bebidas. Please
let us know if you can make it by RSVP on
classmates.com or contact one of the following:
Lynnette (Leni) Stokes Cansler
Sharon Dumas Hoffman
ATTENTION BHS CLASS OF 1984
Our 25th high school reunion will take place in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in July 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. Planning has begun but we need your help.
Please send your name, address, phone number and email
Also, if you would like to help with the planning of our
reunion, please call Jillian (Collins) Walker at (770) 846-
Remember, you must be a member of the Panama
Canal Society in order to attend the reunion.
BHS CLASS OF 1989
Our 20th high school reunion will take place in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in July 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. We will have an informal Friday night cock-
tail hours) as well as a formal reunion dinner party
Contact Rob Thrift for information.
BHS CLASS 1970
Vicki Sizemore is willing to
set up the "Party in Panama" in
June 2010 if we have enough
people who are interested. At the
last class reunion in Panama,
BHS'70 drank the Balboa Yacht
Club out of beer, I have been assured this time they will
double their stock!! If you are interested in going to
Panama in 2010, contact Vicki.
Vicki Sizemore maxgatoblanco(hotmail.com
Our famous Florida contingent will set up the state-
side class reunion in conjunction with the 2010 Panama
Canal Society Reunion. Contact Rudy or Jacque.
Rudy Crespo twistedrlc(vahoo.com
Jacque Vowell email@example.com
CHS CLASS OF
SPlans for our 40th class reunion
to be held in Panama are taking
shape nicely. Please mark March 13-19, 2010, on your cal-
endars. Let's make this a reunion to remember...so let's get
the word out to any and all classmates and/or friends.
Panama and Dry Season...HERE WE COME!! To keep up
on the latest information please send current addresses and
e-mails and any other contact information for yourself and
Jane (Gabriel) Huff
BHS CLASS 1961
Please send your
CURRENT e-mail addresses
to George Garcia at:
See page 7
Friday, July 3
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 4
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Your old glasses are of no value to you, but they could be
another person's most treasured possession. Somewhere in
a developing country you can make this happen. Do it
WANTED: CLEAN T-SHIRTS
The Gonzales Seafarers Center
accepts used T-shirts, clean, no
holes, no stains, any size, for dis-
tribution to foreign seamen off
ships in our harbors.
Please send your old glasses and
old T-shirts to:
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253
MASONS AND OES LUNCHEON
S After a two-year absence, there will be a Panama I
Canal Masons and Eastern Star luncheon on Friday, July
3, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando,
Florida, in conjunction with the 2009 Panama Canal
I Society Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The
cost of the luncheon is $30/meal.
I All Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses and I
Friends of the fraternity and sorority are invited to attend.
Dress for the occasion is coat and tie or guayaberra.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819-9357
Friday July 3, 2009
Luncheon: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/meal
(A) Penne Pesto with Grilled Chicken
(B) Roasted Sliced Sirloin of Beef
Please make reservations and meal selection
of (A) or (B) below.
Total Enclosed: $_
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
Robert Russell and mail to:
2327 Lyndhurst Drive
Sun City Center, Florida 33573
List names of persons attending for name tags and select
I their meal choice:
I A B
Deadline for reservations
is June 24, 2009
2009 ADVERTISEMENT RATES
Advertising rates approved at the October 17, 2007, Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertising
rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad shown in
the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society, Inc., or those
who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who want to advertise in the Canal Record. All
ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will not com-
pose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF format at 300 DPI
to editor(@pancanalsociety.org. All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks to the Panama Canal
Send all ads and checks or money orders to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
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Publication of accounts will depend
on responses received.
Please send to: R. Cheville
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or e-mail: iust.cause.stories( ,gmail.com
Include your name, address, and phone number.
See page 7
Friday, July 3
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 4
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Copa Airlines is pleased to otter you a special discount tor mak-
ing us the preferred carrier of the Panama Canal Society.
Eligible members will receive a 10% discount off published
fares. Valid for roundtrip travel from Miami, Orlando, Los
Angeles, New York City (JFK) and Washington (Dulles), to
Panama City. Travel must be completed by December 31, 2009.
Promotional Code: CMD0554/FBHHH
For complete details, contact:
Miami City Ticket Office N Copa
(305) 267-7834 ext: 2205/2 Arlines
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM STORE/MEMBERSHIP/DC
Write of Passage: Stories of the American Era of the Panama Canal.
Over 100 heartwarming Zonian family stories and photographs. Hardback.
2008 Panama Canal Museum Collectible Golden Frog Ornament.
Designed exclusively for the Panama Canal Museum.
Panama Canal Museum Tervis Mug and Tumblers and Patch (with choice of patch):
12-oz. tumbler _Museum Mola _Golden Frog _Hibiscus Mola
17-oz. mug _Museum Mola _Golden Frog _Hibiscus Mola
16-oz. tumbler _Museum Mola _Golden Frog Hibiscus Mola
24-oz. tumbler Museum Mola __Golden Frog _Hibiscus Mola
Patch _Museum Mola Golden Frog Hibiscus Mola
Toppers (plastic top and straw). Specify quantities: 16-oz. 24-oz.
Plush Green Iguana Toy. 23-in. long with Panama Canal Museum ribbon.
Subtotal Amount US/Territories Canada
Upto $ 15.00 $ 5.95 $ 9.95
$ 15.01 $ 30.00 $ 7.95 $11.95
$ 30.01 $ 40.00 $ 8.95 $12.95
$ 40.01- $ 50.00 $10.50 $14.50
$ 50.01-$ 75.00 $12.50 $16.50
$ 75.01 -$100.00 $13.50 $17.50
$100.01- $125.00 $14.50 $18.50
$125.01 -$150.00 $15.50 $19.50
$150.01 -$200.00 $17.50 $21.50
Over $200.00 $19.50 $23.50
Shipping (See Shipping Costs Chart below.)
7% Sales Tax (to Florida addresses only)
Panama Canal Museum 2009 Membership
Panama Canal Museum Donation
Other/Foreign (in U.S. check or postal order
$11.95 made out to Panama Canal Museun
$17.95 Mail to: PANAMA C
$20.50 7985 113th Street, Suite 100,
$23.50 Phone: 727-3
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AND REDISCOVER PANAMA'S FLORAAND FAUNA
Visit Gamboa, Embera, Barro Colorado, Soberania, Summit, Boquete, Chiriqui,
Casco Viejo, partial transit, shopping
FOR FULL ITINERARY AND DETAILS CONTACT CYNTHIA SWAIN
PEARSON'S TRAVEL WORLD
The Panama Canal Society
office will be closed from
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009.
The office will reopen for business on
Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
Price Quantity Total
Seminole, FL 33772-4785
4 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
RENEWAL and NEW MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
NOTE: IF CHECK IS NOT MADE ON A U.S. BANK,
MAKE PAYMENT BY MONEY ORDER.
Please check this box if you DO NOT want your name, address or email published in the Annual Directory.
Please check the appropriate membership category box.
D RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP: Forty dollars ($40.00) annually per family, including children under 18 years of age.
Members not renewing their membership by January 31 of the current year must pay a $10.00 administrative fee.
SONEW MEMBERSHIP: Forty dollars ($40.00) annually per family, including children under 18 years of age, plus a
$10.00 administrative fee. Total: $50.00.
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Maiden Name (Wife Only)
Last Name First Name Middle Initial
Nickname (If desired) Maiden Name (Wife Only)
Mailing Address (Street and/or Box Number and City)
No Email address
Applicant 18 or over? Yes No School Attended: Member
D F Spouse
CZ/PC Affiliation: (Mark "X" in appropriate box, and
IF RETIRED, PLEASE INDICATE YEAR) (X)
Dependent/Employee-Contractor (US Gov't Only) ....................
Dependent/Employee Shipping ....................... ..................
Parents'/Relatives' Name and CZ/PC Affiliation:
Address. Email or Phone # change? Yes
I PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
MERCHANDISE ORDER FORM
Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax included)
Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Mailing Address of Purchaser:
City State Zip Code
Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
".,.\.iE Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Qty. CanalQty. License Plates of Issue
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax included) nt enclosed: $
76 Qty. Decals
____ ____ Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Qty. Canal Record Date of Issue
Total amount enclosed: $
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
Phone: (727) 391-4359
1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free)
FAX (727) 319-8593
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Web site: http://www.pancanalsociety.org
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING
NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH CANAL RECORD
OCTOBER 2009 Canal Record Deadline July 31, 2009
DECEMBER 2009 Canal Record Deadline September 25, 2009
FUTURE ANNUAL REUNION DATES
July 1, 2009 July 5, 2009 Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club
June 30, 2010 July 4, 2010 Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club
JOIN US FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
See page 18 for information.
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Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
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