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Season (ttreetings to R11
from the Officers of the Panama Canal 6ocietp of floriba,lnc.
FOR 2000 2001
Mrs. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Mr. William McLaughlin
1st Vice President
Mrs. Darleen Hunt
2nd Vice President
Ms. Elaine Vestal Lewis
Mrs. Beth Brandenburg
Mr. Kenneth Morris
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
Mr. Edwin Wardlow
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Mr. Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Mr. William McLaughlin
President's M message ............................................... 1
Secretary's Message ................................. ... .......... 3
Editor's Corner ............... ............................ ........... 3
Legislative Report .................................... ............. 4
E-Mail Update ...................................................... 4
Museum News ............... .................................. 5
Insurance Information and Listings ..................................... 7
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 12
Local Announcements ............... ............................ 15
News Clips ............... ............................. ............ 18
W here Are You? ................ ........................... 18
Your Reporter Says .............. .................................. 19
Alabama .................... 19 North Carolina ................ 29
Arkansas .................... 19 Northwest .................... 30
Florida ..................... 21 Oklahoma ............ 31
Hawaii ..................... 27 Panama ...................... 32
Louisiana ................... 27 Pennsylvania ................. 33
M ississippi .................. 28 South Carolina ................ 34
Texas ....................... 35
Congratulations ................................................ 37
Weddings ................................. .................... 41
Births ................. ............................. 43
With Deep Sorrow .............................................. 45
Letters to the Editor ................ .............................. 49
Announcements/Class Reunions ................. ................... 59
Looking Back .................................................... 61
For Sale or Wanted ................ ............................... 69
Application Form ................ ................................. 75
FRONT COVER: The year 2000-2001 Executive Board wishes their members Seasons
Greetings to All. L-R: Ken Morris, Pat Beall, Darleen Hunt, Nancy Van Siclen,
Betty Frassrand, Jim O'Donnell, Elaine Lewis, Ed Wardlow, Beth Brandenburg,
Tom Wilder, Bill McLaughlin, Jim Parthenais. Front: Dorothy Yocum.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a jacob's ladder as others
await their turn to descend into a launch from the deck of a Japanese ship, as the .Cargo
ship leaves the Locks system. Another painting by Al Sprague, renowned artist from
the Canal Zone.
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 9 Twenty-First Annual Christmas Bash, Inn of the Hills, Kerrville,
Texas. For reservations & info, call Elsie Larson (830) 257-4204
December 16 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon. See announcement and reservation
form in this issue.
January 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, Carmichael's Restaurant, Ocala, Florida.
See Announcements section.
February 3 Carnavalito, Admiral Inn, Winter Haven,(near Cypress Gardens) Fla.
See Announcements section.
March 2 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16th
St., St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
April 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, Merritt Island, FL.
May 5 PCSOFL, Spring Luncheon, Details in March issue.
June 2 PCSOFL, Regular Meeting, Tallahassee, FL.
July 6 PCSOFL, Regular Meeting, St. Bedes Episcopal Church, 2500 16'h
St., St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
August 8 12 PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center Marriott, See
Yellow Pages, This issue.
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It is hard to believe that the Holidays are here
already. As this book goes to print it is not yet Halloween
but the spirit of the holidays has already been in the air.
The first quarter of this term has been an extremely
busy one for the Executive Board. We have accomplished
a great deal and we are proud of putting so much in place in
such a short period of time. As you may have seen in the
September issue of the Canal Record, and heard about since
then, the Panama Canal Society of Florida now has a toll free
telephone number. This was one of the first actions of the
Executive Board at our August meeting. Unfortunately,
since the September issue had already gone to press, we were
not able to put in any explanation only the telephone
number. Our goal in obtaining the toll free number is to
make the Society office more accessible to the entire
membership. This number is toll free across the United
States. It is not, however, accessible from the 813 or 727
area codes. These area codes can contact the office with no
or a minimum toll so the board felt it best to block those
numbers out so as to not unnecessarily increase the charges
that would be coming in. We sincerely hope that if you have
any questions or concerns about your membership, the
reunion or the Society itself, having the toll free number will
make it easier for you to contact us.
The second major item that was approved by the
board was the purchase of a credit card machine. The
purchase of this machine, combined with the establishment
of access by our members through the Internet for the
payment of membership dues, reunion registration, ticket
purchases, etc., on line, will be another plus for our members
who find it more convenient to take care of Society business
on line. Naturally, for our members who prefer to complete
their forms and write a check and send it through the mail or
for our members who do not have Internet access, we will
still accept the renewals and reunion registration through the
I mentioned in my President's Message in the
September issue that we planned to move our meetings
around the State of Florida. We are proceeding in this
direction and will hold our January meeting in Ocala,
Florida. Tom Wilder, our Bylaw Chairperson and also a
resident of Ocala has made the arrangements for us and it
promises to be a nice day for all that attend. There is a notice
elsewhere in this issue, which contains a map and directions
to Carmichaels, which will be the location of our January
meeting. We are very excited about having our meeting in
Ocala and are optimistic that our members in the surrounding
area will attend.
Along those lines, our April meeting will be held in
Cocoa Beach. Joella and Randy Deakins have taken on the
task of finding a suitable location for our meeting in Cocoa
Beach area. There is a notice about this meeting, along with
a map elsewhere in this issue. We certainly hope that all our
members in that area of the State will make it to our April
The main objective of this board is to make it very
clear to the membership that this organization belongs to
each and every one of us. We all participate to the extent we
Seasons? Oreetings to Z[l
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can at the times) we can. Even for those members who do
not attend reunions, but simply enjoy receiving the Canal
Record; we appreciate your membership and knowing that
you enjoy the work that is put into making this publication
for our membership. It takes every single one of us working
together to make this organization a success.
We have had two events since the September issue
went to press. The Sarasota luncheon, hosted by Tom and
Barbara Peterson, and their committee was once again a
success. It is always so nice to travel to Sarasota and visit
our friends in that area. It was quite refreshing to see the
support of the membership at this function.
Our October picnic, chaired by Elaine Vestal Lewis
was also a success. 60 people were in attendance and there
was enough food for at least 160; so we ate, and ate, and ate
some more. The bingo games were the popular event, as the
sound of the horseshoes clinked in the background. The
executive board, at the September meeting, made an
unofficial official presentation to the setting Past President,
Jim O'Donnell. Jim is by far the most energetic Bingo
Caller I have ever seen (except that he does forget that in an
"X" game, there are no "N"s). Jim was officially named
Bingo Jimbo and certainly lived up to that name at the
picnic with his side-kick Bob Russell. We had many door
prizes donated; one of the favorites being an original print by
Rupert Turner and Jayne Yocum. I actually witnessed
someone trading a six pack of Panama Beer for a Rupert
original evidencing that Jayne and Rupert's prints are in very
high demand. We thank all of those who donated prizes and
worked to make this event a success.
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Massino have been
working at a steady pace organizing files in preparation for
the upcoming membership renewal time and reunion
registration that will be coming in. Carol. in addition to her
duties as assistant to Pat Beall, has been learning more and
more about the workings of the Society and is involved with
Nancy in almost every aspect of that position. We are also
very fortunate that our entire staff is a dedicated group of
folks, similar to that of postal workers in that there is nothing
that keeps them from work: each having had their share of
misfortunes in the past few months and never did they miss
The ad for the Secretary's position did not yield
very many applications. As a matter of fact, there were only
four applications received. The committee, consisting of
Darleeen Hunt, Elaine Lewis, Kenny Morris and Bob
Russell, reviewed all of the applications and recommended
to the board that Nancy Van Siclen be hired on a permanent
basis for the position of Secretary. The Board concurred
with this decision and we are happy to have filled the
position with such a capable and caring individual as Nancy.
As many of you know. Nancy is the wife of past president.
Bob Van Siclen, and has been involved in the Society since
1990. She is very knowledgeable of the policies and
procedures of the organization and is diligent to a fault.
We have received many calls at the office regarding
the Insurance situation in response to the notice by Pat Beall
in the September issue. Pat and Nancy have been assisting
members the best they can when receiving calls. We have
been working on this for our members and have been in
touch with the oversight board in Panama that monitors the
Plan's operation under Internacional de Seguros. There is
an article concerning our findings elsewhere in this issue. If
you have any questions after reading this article or if you
continue to attempt to contact the insurance offices and have
run into a roadblock, please e-mail or call us and let us know
the difficulty you have had. The only way we can attempt to
do something to correct a situation is if you let us know that
you are having a problem.
This issue contains the yellow pages for the 2001
Reunion, which has been deemed, "2001 A Zonian
Odyssey". Although the reunion is still 8 months away, the
planning starts immediately following the close of the
preceding reunion. Bill McLaughlin and his committee
chairpersons have put together an event that we hope to be
most memorable to all our members who attend. You will
note while reviewing the yellow pages that the format for a
couple of the events is a bit different this year. This change
in format in the Friday night dance, specifically, is in
response to many members writing and calling us asking that
something different be done on Friday night. We hope that
you will like what we have come up with and will support
our efforts to try to appeal to as many members as possible.
You will also notice that the dances will be lasting
a bit longer in 2001. The board and I have noticed for the
last couple of years that when the clock strikes 1:30, the
dance floor is packed and people want to stay and dance.
So. we have extended the dance hours. Frankie Pretto and
the Parranda band are quite excited about playing for us
again this year and we are always pleased to have him join
Carnivalito reservation forms are also in this issue.
Ed Wardlow agreed to chair this event early on and we
vowed that we would, again, try something different in an
effort to regain the interest of the members in this festive
event. This year, Carnivalito will be held at the Admiral Inn
at the gates of Cypress Gardens. Haines City, Florida. You
may note that Haines City is smack dab in the middle of
Florida. We are hoping that this will appeal to members
across the State and those who may even have the weekend
free and want to spend the weekend at "home" with their
friends. We were fortunate enough to locate Tito Mouynes
who agreed to play for our event. It has been about 10 years
since Tito played at a Society function and he is quite thrilled
to have been asked back to perform for us. I would suggest
that you get your reservations in early. The Admiral Inn does
have a block of rooms set aside for our members at the rate
of $62.50 per night, which is an excellent rate considering
that February is high season in Florida. We sincerely hope
that you will support this event.
I cannot end this message without expressing my
gratitude to my board members and to the members in
general for their support and assistance during the first three
months of this term. I am also thankful in this time of
Thanksgiving that my dear friend, and past president, Jane
Huldtquist, is now at home from a four month stay in the
hospital. I must also re-convey the message contained on
the front of this book. On behalf on the entire Executive
Board, we wish each and every one of you a very Blessed
Holiday Season. We sincerely hope that the spirit of the
holidays remain with each of you throughout the year. We
look forward to serving you as we enter the new millennium.
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
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When I was asked to help out and go in the office as
temporary secretary I told the newly elected President, Betty
Frassrand that I would help the Society and the new
Executive Board any way I could. As I write this, it is the end
of October, and I cannot believe that three months have gone
To help the office keep records up to date, and if
you are planning on moving, please advise the office as soon
as you know you are moving and we will hold your new
address on file until the move is effective, and then activate
it as you move. We have received many book covers (the
book is destroyed) of the September Canal Record from the
Post Office of members who have moved and not notified us
of their change of address. On each return, we pay the Post
Office 500 and, most importantly, you miss out on receiving
your issue. It is important to us that you receive your Canal
Also, please check the "Secretary's Want List" in
this issue. We have received "no forwarding address" from
the Post Office on these members.
I would like to thank Carol Masino for being so
understanding and helpful during these last three months, and
she has always showed me the right way to do something if
I was unsure. I have learned many things from Carol and it
has been fun working together. Pat Beall has also been very
helpful when asked and often helps to make things easier in
We have been receiving membership dues for 2001.
If you have not sent your dues in yet, please do so. If you are
planning to attend the 2001 Reunion, your dues must be paid
to be eligible to either register, reserve a hotel room or order
Carol and I wish all the members a very happy
holiday and best wishes for the New Year.
Nancy Van Siclen
Whew! We had a short time between the last
Reunion dates (which were necessarily scheduled for a later
date than our accustomed July) and the deadline for the
December issue. Needless to say, our brand new Executive
Board and all those members attending the reunion were hard
pressed to submit their articles, and corrections here and
there kept us pretty busy for a while. Besides the others, the
editor threw in a few as well. However, the final effort,
which you now have, isn't too shabby, but you still may find
a mistake here and there. I have to thank Carol Masino, our
assistant for doing such a great job under those conditions.
There are several changes in the wind and they are
all aimed at getting closer to the membership and to the
younger generation. For someone at my age, it's mind-
boggling and eye-opening at the same time. I'm sure the
membership will be happy at the changes planned.
I was glad to see Nancy Van Siclen temporarily
take over the Secretary/treasurer's job. She has done a great
deal in such a short time and I have to hand it to her. It was
all pretty new to her when she started, but she has a pretty
tight hold on things now and it's a pleasure working with her.
Also, having Carol Masino in my corner helping
out with the typing during the "crash" days just before the
deadline has been terrific. Without her, I would be a basket
We have trouble accepting photographs coming to
us by email. They don't come clear enough to be copied
again for the book. We have published reminders on this
issue to that effect. We just don't seem to get all the members
to read all the notices printed for their edification, but we
hope this one will get their attention. It's critical that they
don't email photos only to be sent back for the original ones
and they arrive after the deadline.
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a
prosperous New Year. The millennium is almost behind us!,
1. Effective May 2001 there will be two new
Thrift Savings Plan (TOP) funds available to investors the
"I" fund and the "S" fund. The "I" fund will track an
international stock index and the "S" fund will track a small
company U.S. stock index. The implementation date of
these new funds has been delayed for over a year because of
problems associated with a new computer system.
2. The following are the September gains and
losses of the current funds in the Thrift Savings Plan. The
G fund posted a gain of 0.49 percent for a 12-month return
of 6.54 percent; the F fund gained 0.64 percent for a 12-
month return of 7.05 percent; and the C fund posted a 5.27
percent drop which brings its 12-month return to 13.19
3. It's official! The next cost-of-living adjustment
(COLA) for retired federal employees will be 3.5%. The
adjustment will be reflected in the January 2001 checks.
However, Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
annuitants age 62 and older, as well as FERS survivors and
disability retirees, will receive a COLA of 1 percent less, or
4. Federal retirees may now have donations to the
Combined Federal Campaign withheld from their annuities.
This new program began with this year's campaign which
started on September 1 and runs through December 15. If
you would like more information on this program. go to
5. The Long Term Care Security Act (Pub. L. 106-
265) became law on September 19 and has been heralded as
the most important federal benefit created in more than a
decade. The new law allows the Office of Personnel
Management to negotiate with one or more insurance
carriers to provide a long-term care insurance option to
current and retired civil servants and active duty and retired
military and their families. The 13 million members of this
group represent the largest group of potential purchasers in
any employer-provided long-term care program in the
nation. It is estimated that premiums will be reduced as
much as 20 percent from the price of similar policies
available on an individual basis. This new benefit will not
be available until October 2002.
6. If you anticipate needing long-term (LTC)
insurance before the implementation of the Government's
program, experts advise you to purchase such insurance
from those that are now available to ensure that you are
covered in the interim period. They further state that when
the specifics of the Government's plan are known. you
could at that time drop the other insurance after enrolling in
the Government's plan. Of course, the cost and type of
coverage available are key factors in determining whether
or not to drop current LTC coverage. If you would like to
know more about LTC, go to the Fedweek homepage:
http://www.fedweek.com and click on the WAEPA logo.
7. The dates for this year's Federal Employee
Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season are November 13
through December 11, 2000. Information on the plans and
Open Season will be sent to annuitants by their plans and
the Office of Personnel Management, respectively. If you
do not receive both publications by November 13, you
should notify OPM at 1-888-767-6738. Also, information
on the 2001 Federal Employee Health Benefits premiums is
available on the Office of Personnel Management's web
Robert T. Russell, Jr.
HOUSEHOLD GOODS CLAIMS
AGAINST RIVERS FORWARDING
David Ballenger, an attorney in the Panama Canal
Commissioner's Washington Office, has asked that former
Panama Canal Employees who have outstanding claims for
shipment of their household goods against Rivers
Forwarding in California. notify him as soon as possible. Mr.
Ballenger is compiling a list of all those who have been
affected in order to determine what course of action can be
taken to resolve these claims,
He would like anyone who is having problems
regarding this matter to call him at (202) 634-7545. His email
address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT-AND
SUPPORT THE PANAMA CANAL
You nay support the Panama Canal Museum by
making c monetary donation Donations will be
recoonr:ed on a Wall of Honor where names of
Dc_-o's w b-:e displayed for each level of giving.
'b Wall of Honor wHI have along its length an
anis s ;Irnditio,; of the Panama Canal.
; 1l be '.;:v!rid accordmno to Canal landmarks, with
ea:i land'mak representing a different level of giving.
Ali di;nai~Cns ae cumulaive Donors' names on the
Wall of Honor will be shown on small cayucos, so
that they ca: advance. or transit -il..,'j'-1 the Canal
to succeeding levels with contributions over time.
Multiple t:ansits are encouraged and will be
recognized by different color cayucos.
The transit begins with the Pacific Anchorage and
proceeds to the Atlantic Breakwater. as shown below.
* Pacific n.- -. .r i
* Amador Causeway
* Balboa Yacht Club
* Bridge of the Americas
* Miraflores Locks
" Mraflores Lake
* Pedro Miguel locks
* CG nl I,.i Cut
* Barro Colorado Island
* Gatun Lake
* Gatun Locks
* Cnstobal Yacht Club
* Cnstobal Harbol
* Atlantic Breakwater
* Complete Transit
(S1 to $99)
(S100 to S199)
($200 to $299)
(S300 to $399)
(S400 to $499)
(S500 to $599)
($600 to $699)
(S700 to $799)
(S800 to S899)
($900 to $999)
($1,000 to $1,099)
($1.100 to $1.199)
($1,200 to $1,299)
($1,300 to $1,399)
($1.400 to $1,499)
City. State: __ Zip:.
Amount of Donation:
J 51500 J S1000 J S500 J S250 J $100 J $75 J S50 J $25 J Other
Check or Postal Money Orde, number
I would like my donation to be in memory of (if applicable).
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
Tel. (727) 394-9338
Fax (727) 394-2737
PCSF 9/00 4.000
Editor must have by:
January 17, 2001
Panama Canal Museum
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
Website: http://www.panamacanalmuseum.org 4
ANNUAL MAILING GOES OUT
In October Panama Canal Society members and others
received from the museum its annual mailing requesting
donations. Thank you to all of you who have contributed
or will be doing so. Your contributions have resulted in
the shipment and storage of many items brought up from
Panama, a mini museum, and an exhibit at the reunion.
They should make continued growth and progress
possible and serve as evidence of a core of support that
will be useful as we seek major donations from other
MUSEUM RECOGNIZES DONORS
If you visited the museum room at the reunion, you
probably saw one way the museum is recognizing those
who are financially contributing to the success of the
museum: a Wall of Honor showing the names of museum
donors at 15 different Panama Canal landmarks. Donors
begin at the Pacific Anchorage with donations between $1
and $99 and proceed from there to other landmarks at
$100 increments on the basis of their cumulative
donations to the museum. Eventually they reach the
Atlantic Breakwater and make a complete transit when
their donations total $1500. Some donors have already
completed a transit and are working on additional transits.
Donors who before the mailing or soon after the mailing
had donated at least $1000 and reached Gatun Lake and
beyond on their first tra
Sarah Marie Curies
C.B. Fenton & Co.
Thomas R. Goethals
Carol Ruoff Goulet
Charles & Maxine Keenan
nsit or started on additional
Stephen & Patricia Lewis
William & Virginia Lyons
Judith Engelke Montanaro
William McKeown, Jr.
Steve & Ellen Peck
Hobey & Lisa Richey
Lewis & Sandra Taber
Bob & Marguerite Zumbado
HELP NAME THE MUSEUM'S NEWSLETTER!
Those who had donated to the museum previously
received a copy of the first issue of the museum's
newsletter in the October mailing We called this first
issue The Panama Canal Museum Review, but want to
consider other titles, as well, for a permanent title for the
newsletter. If you would like to comment on this title or
suggest another, please contact a board member or call,
write, or e-mail the museum.
MUSEUM'S 2001 CALENDAR IS STILL
The response to the museum's ad in the September Canal
Record was great! Thank you to all of you who replied to
the ad and ordered calendars. We hope the 2001 calendar
will be the first of a long series of calendars to be offered
in coming years. Each year the calendar will have a
different theme. If you would like to order the 2001
calendar, with its theme of the Canal Zone/DoDDS-
Panama schools, please see our ad at the back of this issue
of the Canal Record
HOLIDAY SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES
AVAILABLE AT MUSEUM'S WEB SITE
We invite those of you who are still shopping for the
holidays-and others, too-to visit the museum's gift
shop online at our web site (panamacanalmuseumorg).
The colored pictures and short descriptions prepared by
Bill McLaughlin should help you find just the right book,
map, T-shirt, Panama Canal Review, mug or other item
for those on your holiday gift list-and yourself!
PROBLEMS WITH MINT PERSIST
As this page goes to print, we are still having problems
with getting the last of the medallion orders filled by the
mint. Several people have requested refunds, and we
have granted them. However, most of those who still lack
their medallions have waited patiently because they really
want the medallions and want to support the museum in
this effort. With this in mind, we will continue to work
very hard to obtain the medallions from the mint and
update you on the situation.
KEEP SAVING THOSE ARTIFACTS, BOOKS, AND
We are asking you to keep holding on to all those
treasures that you know will make wonderful additions to
the museum. We are still working hard at cataloging the
items we already have, entering data into our computer,
and establishing procedures for accepting donations. A
few people have sent us items, delivered large items when
they are in town, or asked us to accept their donations
now because they are moving These items, plus those
that we've had shipped from Panama, are keeping our
volunteers very busy. We will be letting you know when
we are ready for more donations!
UPDATED LIFE INSURANCE DATA
BEING SOUGHT FOR QUALIFIED
PCC RETIREE POLICYHOLDERS
Many retirees of the Panama Canal organization
qualified as policyholders of a paid-up life insurance plan,
issued upon their retirement, that was originally
underwritten by Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company,
subsequently managed by Pan-American Life Insurance
Company (PALIC), and is currently being administered by
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS). To qualify for
the paid-up policy, retirees must have been members of the
plan for the five-year period immediately preceding
retirement. The amount of the Group Insurance Policy is
15% of the basic insurance amount in effect for each
particular policy owner at the time of retirement, with the
total death benefit ranging from $1,500 to $4,500.
CIS has informed the Panama Canal Society that
it is now attempting to issue new certificates of insurance to
the policyholders of record, and trying to obtain current
beneficiary designations, as well as current personal data
such as addresses and telephone numbers. CIS has
requested that the Panama Canal Society assist in this effort
by using its channels of communication with former PCC
employees to advise them of this update requirement. CIS
has provided a list of policy owners of record who are
entitled to death benefits under the plan, which follows and
is printed in its entirety.
CIS may be contacted in Panama by the following
Compania Internacional de Seguros, S.A.
Attention: Sr. Ricauter Rodriguez
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Extension 4382
As a service to Society members, the Board of
Directors of the Panama Canal Society has also approved
that the Society serve as an intermediary in the information
gathering process for those individuals having difficulty in
contacting the CIS office in Panama, and for this purpose
may be contacted by any of the following means:
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Telephone No. 1-866-726-2262 (Toll Free No.)
Telephone No. 1-727-391-4359
Fax No. 727-319-8593
Due to the anticipated volume of inquiries for
assistance, it is requested that contacts by telephone be
made between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on
Monday and Wednesdays, since it is expected that
additional personnel will have to be assigned exclusively to
handle the requests for assistance.
For those policy owners appearing on the list who
are already deceased, CIS has informed the Society that, as
a means of facilitating beneficiaries of the deceased policy
owners, customer service for filing death benefit claims has
been arranged, and is available, in the United States from
the following agency:
Post Office Box 37159
Phoenix, AZ 85069
Attn: Customer Service Department
Telephone No. 1-800-505-2333
Upon the death of the insured retiree, the
claimant's beneficiary may contact either CIS in Panama or
IAC International in Phoenix for assistance in the claim
process, and to obtain the proper claims forms. IAC
International should be contacted ONLY in those cases in
which death benefits are being claimed.
LISTING OF THOSE INSURED UNDER
CIA INTERNATIONAL DE SEGUROS
ABELL, RICHARD W.
ADAMS, ROGER W.
ADAMS, ROBERT K.
ALBERTSON, RAYMOND L.
ANDERSON, HAROLD L.
ANDERSON, LESLIE O.
ANDERSON, ROSS E.
ANDREWS JR., ERIC
APPIN, ORAN L.
APPIN, EDWARD H.
ASBURY, LENA M.
ATKINSON, KENNETH R.
AUSNEIHMER, ROBERT F.
AUSTIN, LOUIS A.
AUSTIN, ROBERT L.
BALCER, ROBERT J.
BALDWIN, FRANK A.
BARCA, LAWRENCE JR.
BARFIELD, LIONEL L.
BARR, PETER J.
BARRETT, WILLIAM J.
BARRETT, THELMA H.
BARTLETT, JAMES V.
BECK, REX E.
BEDSWORTH, JAMES K.
BEHRE, THOMAS T.
BELDEN, CHARLES E.
BELLAND, EDWARD N.
BENNY, DOROTHY H.
BERGER, NELLREE B.
BIALKOWSKI, JOSEPH A.
BISHOP, ARCH D.
BJORSETH, WALTER D.
BLACK, GEORGE A., JR.
BLACKBURN, JOSEPH A.
BLAIR, ROBERT J.
BLOUNT, EDWARD C.
BOGGS, MARLEAN W.
BOOTH, KENNETH R. A.
BOWEN, DONALD J.
BOWEN, CHARLES R.
BOWEN, JAMES H.
BOYER, JAMES H.
BOYER, BETTY O.
BOYER, ROBERT L.
BRADEN, LEWIS F.
BRADEN, NORMA E.
BRANDL, WILLIAM M.
BRAYTON, JOHN K.
BRAYTON, CLARA K.
BRAYTON, DONALD R.
BRAYTON, GLADYS W.
BRENNEMAN, MARGARET C.
BRIGHT, DOROTHY S.
BRIGMAN, BEVILIE G.
BROWN, BERNARD J.
BROWN, ALLEN S.
BROWN, MEREDITH W.
BROWN, CHARLES W.
BROWN, FAY M.
BROWN, BERTHA B.
BROWN, ETHEL W.
BROWN II, LAWRENCE S.
BRUCE, DONALD E.
BUNKER, JESSE Y.
BURGOON, RICHARD O.
BURKETT, DAVID J.
BURNS, WILLIAM E.
BUSH, RAYMOND G.
BYRD, WILLIAM R.
CAISSE, LEONARD E.
CALVIT, ROBERT C.
CAREY, HOWARD H.
CARLIN, WILLIAM JR.
CARLSON, JOHN G.
CARTER JR, WADE V.
CASE, GEORGE W.
CASSIBRY, HUGH W.
CASTLES, FRANCIS A.
CATANZARO, JOHN S.
CAVANAUGH, SHIRLEY A.
CAVANAUGH, CHARLES A.
CLINCHARD, GENE E.
CLUTE, WILLIAM Z.
COFFEY, DAVID E.
COLE, MARY JANE
COLEMAN, KENNETH R.
COLLINS, ALBERT B.
COLLINS, ANITA B.
COLLINS, JAMES L. JR.
COLLINS, MARGARET W.
CONDON, RICHARD G.
CONNARD, GERTRUDE J.
COPE, JOSEPH T.
CORCO, JOSE E.
CORCO, MIGUEL JR.
CORLISS, JOHN B. JR.
CORRIGAN, JOSEPH S.
COSTANZO, FRANK R.
COY, RICHARD W.
CRAIG, WILLIAM T.
CRESPO, RUDOLPH L.
CRONIN, WILLIAM J.
CROOKS, ALFREDO T.
CROUCH, HARLAN P.
CROWELL, ILA A.
CSIGHY, MARGARET L.
CHASE, HENRY J.
CHASE, GILBERT F.
CHASE, HALLIS F.
CHAVEZ, JOSEPH W.
CHENEY, SARAH P.
CHRISTOPH, VERN H.
DAISEY, ROBERT E.
DALY, KENNETH T.
DALY, ALICE M.
DANIELSEN, RICHARD J.
DARNAL, GEORGE T.
DAVISON, NORMAN B.
DE FREES, JAMES R. S.
DEDEAUX, LOUIS F.
DEDEAUX, BARBARA A.
DEMERS, NORMAN E. J.
DEMERS, CECILE L.
DERAPS, AMOS W.
DIXON, WILLIAM R.
DOCKERY, HARRY A.
DOHERTY, NEIL A.
DOLAN, WILLIAM G.
DOOLAN, EDWARD A.
DORAN, JAMES R.
DOUGLAS, VERNON C.
DOUGLAS, ROBERT J.
DOUGLASS, DANIEL D.
DOWELL, PAUL H.
DRYJA, WALTER A.
DUBBS, MARY V.
DUFF, ELDERMAE A.
DUNN, ROBERT F.
DUNNING, WILLIAM R.
EBDON, FREDERICK A.
EDMONDSON, JUAN F.
EGGER, THOMAS J.
EGGER, RICHARD O.
EGGER, HAROLD F.
EGGER JR, GEORGE H.
EGOLF, HARRY C.
EGOLF, ROBERTA F.
ELICH, BART J.
EMANUELLE, BRUNO L.
ERBE, RICHARD K.
ERIXON, ROBIN L.
ETCHBERGER, THOMAS N. JR.
EVANS, JAMES L.
EVANS, EVAN G. JR.
EVERSON, JOHN A.
FALLON, JOHN J.
FARRAR, MARION L.
FAWCETT, JOHN C.
FEALEY, FLORENCE B.
FEARS, CHARLES C.
FERGUSON, LESTER A.
FISHER, JOHN E.
FITZGERALD, GEORGE T.
FLORES, ROBERTO J.
FLORES, GEORGE O.
FLYNN, JOSEPH E.
FOSTER, MARY H.
FOSTER, JOHN H.
FOSTER, MARJORIE J.
FOSTER, HARRY D.
FOSTER, PETER W.
FOSTER, WOLFORD W.
FRANCIS, JOHN C.
FRAUENHEIM, KERNER E.
FRENCH, WORDEN E.
FRENSLEY, THOMAS A.
FRENSLEY, JOHN F. JR.
FRITTS, GILBERT L.
FRUTH, GERALD R.
FULTON JR, JAMES L.
GALLOWAY, W. K.
GEORGE, CURTIS H.
GETTLE, JESSE R.
GILBERT, DENNIS A.
GILBERT JR, JOHN F.
GOODRICH, EDDIE B.
GRAHAM, WILLIAM R.
GRAHAM, SUSANNE K.
GREEN, MARION F.
GREGG, EUGENE T.
GREGG, MARIAN S.
GRIER, ROBERT B.
GRIER, DARWIN E.
GROCOTT, ROBERT G.
GUINARD, EDITH DE
GUNDERSEN, CHRISTIAN J.
HAGAN, JAMES H.
HALE, PHILIP A. JR.
HALL, ROBERTO A. E.
HALL, JOHN W.
HALL, MARGARET A.
HALL, MARY W.
HAMLIN, EUGENE E. JR.
HAMLIN, KATHERYNE B.
HARRELL, JAMES E.
HARRIS, JEAN M.
HAYMAN, JAMES P.
HEARNE, JAMES M.
HEARNE, MILDRED T.
HENDERSON, CHARLES L.
HENDERSON, RALPH W.
HENTER, THEODORE C.
HERN, JOHN F.
HERRING, GEORGE J.
HERRINGTON, ROBERT C.
HEYD, ELAINE E.
HICKS, MACK B.
HILAND, ARTHUR M.
HILL, WILLIAM G.
HINZ, CHARLES J.
HIRONS, RICHARD M.
HOGAN, IRIS D.
HOLMBERG, FREDERICK W.
HOLLOWELL, WILLIAM L. I.
HOLLOWELL, MARY S.
HONEA, ANNA B.
HOPKINS, WILLIAM E.
HORTER, TOMMIE L.
HOUSLEY, JOHN H.
HOWE, ROGER M.
HOWELL, AVA O.
HOYLE, WILLIAM W. E.
HUFFMAN, WILLARD W.
HUFFMAN, KATHLEEN M.
HUFFMAN, WADE JR.
HUGHES, HILTON F.
HULDTQUIST, RUTH P.
HULTIN, WILMA D.
HUNT, JOHN A.
IANOALE, DANIEL J.
IDOL, THOMAS B.
JANKO, JOSEPH A.
JARVIS, JOSEPH A.
JARVIS, WALTER F.
JEFFREY, ROBERTS S.
JENKINS, ALBERT M.
JENKINS, IVAN L.
JENNER, HORACE F.
JOHNSON, IVAN E.
JOHNSON, H. N. JR.
JOHNSON, ROBERT L.
JOHNSON, ELLEN E.
JOHNSON, FLOYD M.
JOHNSTON, WALTER D.
JORGENSEN, KENNETH M.
KAT, HELEN T.
KEENEY, EARL C.
KELLEHER, MAURICE S.
KELLEHER, BETTY L.
KELLEHER, DAVID I.
KELLEHER, BERNARD A.
KELLER, NORBERT F.
KELLER, WILLIAM JR.
KELLY, LEAVELL F.
KENT, LLOYD M.
KERLEY, FRANK V.
KING, MARJORIE B.
KIRKLAND, GEORGE V.
KLONTZ, MARTIN G.
KOLENDA, JOHN J.
KOVEL, EDNA A.
KRAEMER, NELSON A.
KRESGE, RICHARD E.
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KRUEGER, ERNEST M.
KRZIZA, LEO J.
KUYOTH, PAUL R.
KWAI BEN, BEATRIZ A.
LA PLACA, MARIA E.
LAIRD, DUNCAN JR.
LANE, KEITH J.
LARGENT, MILDRED R.
LAVALLEE, DOROTHY I.
LAWRENCE, JOSEPH V.
LAWRENCE, JOHN F.
LEE, GILBERT F.
LEE, ROBERT E.
LEE, HENRY H. JR.
LEWIS, OLIVE W.
LIGHT, RUTH H.
LINARES, ROLANDO A.
LITTON, JOHN W.
LOVE, JACK B.
LOVELADY, JAMES E.
LOWE, DAVID W.JR.
LUCAS, ETHEL L.
MACLEAN, DONALD E.
MANN, ANTHONY P.
MARCZAK, FRANK P.
MAREK, WALTER E.
MARSH, ALFRED T.
MATHENEY, ROBERT G.
MATHIESON, EDITH M.
MAY, FRANCES D.
MAY, MARGARET B.
MC FADDEN, EDWARD P.
MCARTHUR, CHARLES A.
MCARTHUR, GEORGE A.
MCCARRICK, JAMES R.
MCCONAGHY, MATILDA H.
MCCONNELL, LLOYD S.
MCGLADE, CHARLES A.
MCGRAW, THOMAS W.
MCGROARTY, AMELIA P.
MCILHENNY, DAVID C.
MCILHENNY, DORA M.
MCILVAINE, ROBERT B.
MCKABNEY, DWIGHT A.
MCLAIN JR, JOHN A.
MCLAUGHLIN, F. P. JR.
MCNAMARA, JAMES M.
MEAD, BURTON F.
MEEHAN, JOHN F.
MELANSON, KATHERINE E.
MELANSON, THEODORE D.
MEYER, SAMUEL W.
MICHEL, ROGER D.
MIDDLETON, KENNETH L.
MILLER, RAYMOND R.
MILLS, ROBERT B.
MINTON, FAYE C.
MOHL, FREDERICK A.
MORALES, JOHN A.
MORRIS, RUTH F.
MORRIS, JAMES W.
MULLER, MAURICE E.
MULLINS, EARL E.
MURPHY, LLOYD D.
MYERS, CHARLES B.
NADEAU, GRAYCE L.
NEVILLE, DOROTHY H.
NEY, WILBERT L.
NICKEL, GEORGE B.
NICKISHER JR, W. J.
NORRIS, HUGH A.
OCONNELL, GALE A.
ODONNELL, ARTHUR J.
ODONNELL, PAUL V. O.
OPRY, BETTYE J.
ORGERON, HORACE JR.
OSBORN, HOWARD W.
OSULLIVAN, C. J.
PFAU, JAMES H.
PALUMBO, LUKE C.
PAOLUCCI, DANIEL J.
PARKER, DONALD C.
PARKER, ROBERT W.
PARKER, GLORIA M.
PATE, ALBERT F.
PAULSON, LEIGH C.
PENNINGTON, RICHARD L.
PETERSEN, JOHN T.
PHILLIPS, NOBLE A.
PHILLIPS, MONROE T.
PICADO, MIGUEL G.
PITERSON, THOMAS C.
PRICE, LAWRENCE T.
PRICE, EMILY J.
PROGANA, MANUAL M.
PYER, JOSEPH O.
QUINN, LUTHER J.
QUINTERO, ELIZABETH I.
RADEL, RUBY EASTER
RANKIN, ROBERT L.
RATHGEBER, ANNIE E.
RATHGEBER, BETTY M.
RAYBOURN, CECIL H.
REARDON, JOSEPH A.
REARDON, FRANCIS E.
REYNOLDS, E. S. JR.
REYNOLDS, EVELYN R.
RHYNE, BEATRICE M.
RHYNE, HARVEY G.
RICHARD, MARTHA E.
RICHARDSON, ROBERT G.
RIDER, GRACE J.
RIDGE, ROBERT L.
RIDGE, VINCENT D.
RIDGE, ELBERT F.
RIDGE JR, JOHN E.
RILEY, PETER N.
RILEY, JAMES W.
RINEHART, JAMES L.
RIOS, ROGER J.
RISBERG, ROBERT J.
ROBERTO, GERTRUDE M.
ROBINSON, FRANK H.
ROCKER, JACK W.
RODDY, JAMES J.
RODRIGUEZ, JOSE A.
ROHDE, WILLIAM G.
ROSENE, GUST F.
RUSHING, HELEN L.
RYAN, FRED J.
SAMPSELL, FRANCE F.
SANDERS, JOHN N.
SASSO, THELMA M.
SAUTER, HARVEY W.
SAUVAGEAU, JOFFRE R.
SAWYEER, MARTIN S.
SAWYER, RUTH C.
SCHEAR, GERARD K.
SCHOMMER, NORBERT M.
SCHULTZ, ROBERT U.
SCHWARTZROCK, MAZIE C.
SEAQUIST, JOOHN W.
SEELEY, VERNON R.
SELDON, ADELAIDE M.
SELLENS, REX VICTOR
SHARP, ROY A.
SHIRLEY, JAMES R.
SHOBE, JAMES W.
SMITH, HORACE L.
SMITH, FRANK P.
SMITH, LLOYD M.
SMITH, RAY M.
SMITH, MELVIN V.
SMITH, GILBERT M.
SMITH JR, ELBERT V.
SNYDER, ROBERT L.
SNYDER, WALLACE M.
SOLIS, EDWIN L.
SOLLAS, GILBERT A.
SPARKS, LEE R.
SPARKS, MYRTLE P.
SPARLING, WESLEY H.
SPEIR, DAVID A. JR.
SPENCER, THOMAS E.
SPENCER, LORRAIN A.
SPILLING, HENNING J.
STANFORD, WILLIAM E.
STANLEY, MARGARET L.
STANLEY, WILLIAM A.
STANLEY, GEORGE I.
STANLEY, ROBERT C.
STERN, ROBERT G.
STEVENS, JOHN H.
STEVENS, DOROTHY A.
STEWART, THOMAS N.
STEWART, ROBERT H.
STOAKEY, LAURA M.
STOCK, WILLIAM M.
STOCK, AGNES F.
STONE, RALPH C.
STORM, GLENN E.
STOUDNOR, RICHARD W.
STRICKLAND, WILTON T.
STROOP, R. B. H.
STYLES, JOHN T.
STYLIANOS, JOHN P.
SULLIVAN, WILLIAM A.
TALIERCIO, K. F.
TARTE, IDA G.
TAYLOR, REMUS H.
TERWILLIGER, ALBERTO G.
TETTENBURN, DAISY M.
THIEL SR, GORDON E.
THOMAS, HUGH M JR.
THOMPSON, RICHARD W.
THOMPSON, RUTH E.
THORNTON, DALLAS B.
THRIFT, WALLACE E.
TOLAND, HOWARD J.
TORBERT, WOODROW G.
TORSTENSON, C. V.
TURNER, WILLIAM J.
VACHE, ROBERT B.
VAN DYKE, JAMES A.
VAN EVERA, DWIGHT M.
VAN HORN, ERNEST C.
VENO, IRENE L.
VERNAZA, LEONIDES DE
VESTAL, R. TRENDON
VIOLETTE, WILLIAM A.
VOGEL, LOUIS A.
VOSBURGH, CLARENCE R.
WALDRON, WILSON H.
WALTHER, ROY M.
WARD, MARVIN C.
WATSON, ELSA E.
WATTS, STANLEY M.
WEADE, FRED M.
WEADE, RUSSELL A.
WEISE OGEL, JAMES A.
WELCH, GERARD J.
WELLS, FRED E.
WELLS, MARION O.
WHEELER, RAY W.
WHEELER, JEANNE M.
WHEELER, FRANCES D.
WHITE, JOSEPH F.
WHITLOCK, PAUL L.
WHITMAN, WILLIAM M.
WIBERG, EDWARD A. JR.
WICHMANN, WILLIAM A.
WIGG, WILLIAM S.
WIGGIN, MARGARET F.
WILBURN, EDWARD K.
WILDER, MATTHEW J.
WILDER, ARTHUR T.
WILDER, ALBERT L.
WILSON, RAY D. JR.
WILSON, LEROY B. JR.
WILSON, DONALD W.
WILL, RAYMOND R.
WILL, IRENE M.
WILL, RITA S.
WILLIAMS, CHARLES J.
WINDHAM, JAMES W.
WINSTEAD, MAURICE B.
WOLF, JAMES L.
WOMBLE, EDWARD H.
WOOD, LESLIE D.
WOOD, CHARLES D.
WOODRUFF, MARION B.
WOODRUFF, WALLACE E.
WRIGHT, EVELLA C.
YOST, THEODORE R.
YOUNG JR, JAMES P.
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
August 4, 2000:
Meeting called to order at the St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, St. Petersburg, Florida by newly elected president
Betty Frassrand at 11:30 a.m. with 36 members in
attendance. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation and
meeting was recessed until after lunch. The meeting was
reconvened at 12:35 p.m, followed by a moment of silence
and the Pledge to the Flag by Ed Wardlow.
S The president welcomed each member attending and
introduced Board members present: Darleen Hunt, 2nd Vice
President; Beth Brandenburg, Director, Kenny Morris,
Director, Ed Wardlow, Sgt. at Arms, Tom Wilder, Bylaws
Committee Chairperson, Dottie Yocum, Chaplain, Pat
Beall, Editor of the Canal Record, (The president stated the
board was delighted that Pat and Carol Masino, the assistant
were staying on); Bob Van Siclen, Service Officer. Jim
O'Donnell will serve as Past President since Faith
Brundage resigned. Also introduced was Nancy Van
Siclen who agreed to be temporary secretary until a
permanent secretary is hired.
Past Presidents, Pete Foster, Muriel Whitman,
Bob Van Siclen, Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell, Tom
Peterson and Faith Brundage were recognized.
President Frassrand also announced other board
members who were unable to attend today. They include Bill
McLaughlin, 1' Vice President, Elaine Lewis, Director,
Bob Russell, Legislative Representative, Jim Parthenais,
Audit and Budget Committee Chairperson, Anna Collins,
Sunshine Committee. Louis Reyes, Nominating Committee
Chairperson and Bill Wheeler, second Service Officer.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and stand
as recorded. Financial statement stands for audit.
Correspondence was read from Past President Jane
Huldtquist, thanking the society for the lovely plant.
The president named the chairpersons for special
functions during the year. Sarasota Luncheon. Barbara and
Tom Peterson: October Picnic. Elaine Lewis: December
Luncheon. Nancy Van Siclen. Carnavalito. Ed Wardlow:
Spring Luncheon, Darleen Hunt.
The president stressed that this is OUR
organization. No one person can claim ownership or claim
credit for its successes or blamed for any shortcomings. It
takes each one of us to make this the great organization that
it is. She also said that the preamble states in part that Our
Principles and purposes shall be allegiance, or respect. to the
United States of America, fidelity to our bylaws and
preservation of our ideals and friendships formed while
working and living in the former Canal Zone or Republic of
The president said you will find this board an
energetic and dynamic group of people. but we also intend to
adhere to the content of the preamble that the goal of the
board is to serve you. the members. We want everyone to feel
a part of the Society, regardless of your geographical
location. The president added that the board intends to keep
an open forum for the membership. We intend to be open and
request that the membership participate. We encourage each
member to voice their concerns to us.
The president also mentioned the disharmony and
discontent among our membership. We will respond to
constructive criticism without taking it personally, we will try
to correct any wrongs of the organization and will stress to
each member the contents of the preamble, as well as the
Code of Ethics contained in our bylaws. We are an
organization based on friendships and we will treat each
member, whether we agree with a point they are making or
not, with courtesy and in the spirit of fair dealing.
The president also explained that the board took
office three days ago and has not had an official board
meeting, but have discussed several goals they would like to
accomplish over the year. These include:
Keeping the membership current on the progress
of each goal and will use all the means available to us to
Encouraging the members to contact us with any
concerns they may have.
Encouraging members to attend our board
One item the board wants you to know now is that
the September Canal Record will carry an advertisement for
the vacant position of the Secretary. The committee
established to review applicants are Darleen Hunt, Elaine
Lewis, Kenny Morris and Bob Russell. The president also
mentioned that an ad will be placed in local newspapers. If
anyone knows of someone interested in this position, please
have them respond according to directions.
Another item is that there will be a proposed
bylaws change also in the September issue. Our bylaws
chairperson, Tom Wilder will discuss this more in his
The president called on all officers for their reports.
Tom Wilder reported that his committee consists of Dennis
Gilbert and Bill Lyons. The bylaw in question covers
Article 4, Section 3A, to change the wording so members
who cannot make every meeting, but who would like to
serve on the Executive Board are not excluded from
nominations for office.
Past President Tom Peterson reported that 25
members have signed up for the Sarasota Luncheon and if
anyone had a door prize they would like to donate, they
could bring it to the luncheon or drop it off at the society
office and he will pick them up.
Pat Beall reported the status of the September
issue and that he received a list of members who initially
had a policy with Mutual of Omaha. later called PALIC, and
stated the new company in Panama requested that notices be
issued for those still having a policy must apply for a new
form and change beneficiaries if applicable. A notice will be
included in the September issue to that effect.
Linda Weir suggested having a list of members
attending the Reunion at the Information or Registration
desks for assisting members to locate friends attending. This
is done but will be advertised for next year.
There were only 20 responses to the questionnaire
provided at the reunion. Most said they came to see friends
again, and that the music was too loud. The new board will
look at the responses at the August board meeting.
The Scholarship fund will be looked into further.
Kathy Egolf provided information on the Museum.
They just had a successful audit and plan to do another
mailing for volunteers and they are looking for another
location to consolidate everything in one place. They also
plan a gift shop on-line. She also presented letters from
Foundation President Joe Wood to Past President Faith
Brundage for serving as an ex-officio member of the
Foundation and one to President Betty Frassrand
congratulating her on her election as president of the society.
Past President Marje Foster reminded the
membership that the Society had been warned in the past by
the IRS and we should be careful about donations.
Past President Pete Foster commended Tom Wilder
for taking such quick action to reverse the bylaw.
Door prizes were awarded.
President Frassrand reminded everyone of the next
meeting on September 2, 2000 for the Sarasota Luncheon and
thanked everyone for attending and to drive home carefully.
The meeting was closed at 1:45 p.m.
September 2, 2000
President Betty Frassrand called the meeting to
order at 12:05 p.m. at Forest Lakes Golf Club, Sarasota,
Florida with Chaplain Dorothy Yocum giving the invocation,
followed by a moment of silence for those departed. Sergeant-
at-Arms Ed Wardlow then led with the
Pledge to the Flag. The president thanked Barbara and Tom
Peterson for chairing the luncheon and recognized the six
past presidents attending. The meeting was then recessed for
lunch, and reconvened at 1:15 p.m. with 73 members in
The president welcomed each of the members and
introduced the Executive Board and the committee
chairpersons for the year and asked that Tom and Barbara
Peterson and their committee members Betsy Bivin, Betsy
Noonan and Kay Miller come forward and were given a
token of appreciation each.
The minutes of the preceding meeting were read and
stand as recorded. The Financial statement stands for audit.
The president stated that in the interest of time she
would combine the Presidents Report with the Executive
Board Report. First on the agenda, the board unanimously
approved re-hiring Pat Beall as Record Editor, Carol Masino
as Secretary and Record Editor assistant and hiring Nancy
Van Siclen as temporary Secretary. Also the board approved
purchasing name badges for the Area Reporters. She also
mentioned that the Secretary and her assistant deleted 650
members who had not paid their dues in 1999 and 2000 from
the computer, giving us a total of 3,902 paid up members for
2000. An ad has been placed in the Canal Record for a
permanent secretary. The committee is Elaine Lewis,
Darleen Hunt, Beth Brandenburg and Kenny Morris for
Another item approved by the Board for a year's trial
basis is that by going on-line you will be able to purchase
tickets for society functions, or pay your dues by using your
credit card. Members will still be able to send a check as
before. They also approved having a toll-free telephone
number for the office. The only areas blocked out were 727
and 813. Number is 1-866-PAN-CANAL or 1-866-726-2262.
Executive Board Reports: !st Vice President and
Reunion Coordinator Bill McLaughlin stated the Reunion for
2001 is scheduled for August 8 12 at the Marriott Orlando
World Center. For year 2002 and 2003 contracts are for
month of July. He introduced his committee for 2001: Beth
Brandenburg Registration, Jeanne Wheeler Finance,
Darleen Hunt PZ Dance and Ball, Jacque Vowell Disco
and Thursday night school dance, Nancy Van Siclen -
Lodging, Pat Beall Hospitality and Information; Elaine
Lewis Vendors, Tom Wilder Security, Jan and Lou
Andino Annual Luncheon, Tom Peterson Mini-Reunions,
Margaret McLaughlin Despedida, Jim O'Donnell -
Bingo, Bill McLaughlin Transportation, Ed Wardlow and
Kenny Morris co-chair Golf Tournament with Jane
Huldtquist as Honorary Chairperson.
Elaine Lewis stated the October picnic will be held
at the War Veterans Park on October 7. Games will be played
including Bingo and surprises. Bring a covered dish to share
and your own beverage. The Society will provide cups
plates and utensils.
Beth Brandenburg asked for volunteers to assist
in Registration during the Reunion. Bob and Cheryl
Russell will co-chair the activity.
Kenny Morris stated plans are in effect to place
a questionnaire in the December Canal Record with data
that the Board may use in the future.
Bob Russell, Legislative Representative
announced that the pending COLA looks like 3.3%
Pat Beall said the September Canal Record will
be on the street on September 15. There is also an
announcement in that issue regarding life insurance policies
formerly with Mutual Of Omaha in Panama.
In the absence of Tom Wilder, the president
reminded all to vote on the proposed bylaw change in the
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee asked that
everyone notify her if anyone is sick. She has sent several
cards this month.
Olga Disharoon, Hospitality reminded all of the
November 3rd meeting at St. Bede's Church.
Kathy Egolf, Panama Canal Museum Vice
President, gave an update on the museum. Looking for a
place for everything. Paul Ebdon donated software to the
Museum. Barbara Peterson donating time each week to
assist in cataloging material by donors. Bill McLaughlin
working on gift-shop program to go on-line. There are no
set hours for the office. Those wishing to visit please call
ahead to set time and date.
New Business: Since the August Board meeting
elected Bob Russell and Jim O'Donnell to serve on the
Nominating Committee as per our bylaws, the president
opened the floor to elect two members from the
membership to serve, also as per our bylaws. Jim
O'Donnell nominated Lori King seconded by Barbara
Peterson and Vicki Sizemore nominated Stacy (Parker)
DeRaps, seconded by Jim Slover.
The president opened the floor to suggestions and
comments. Vicki Sizemore, BHS'70 suggested having a
family membership where each member could vote, and
also to lengthen the time of service for each board member.
The president stated we had four visitors at the
August Board meeting, Virginia and Patsy Booth from
Ocala, Florida ; Vicki Sizemore from Auburndale and
Jacque Vowell from Daytona. Members are encouraged to
attend. She announced the next board meeting would be on
September 23 at 10:00 a.m. and members are invited.
Anna Collins responded to Ms. Sizemore's
comments that if you work your way through the chairs you
would be on the board for several years. She also
mentioned about the restaurant in Ellenton called "Pipes
and Pizza" where a monthly meeting might be held.
President Frassrand said at this time we were planning to
go to Ocala in January. We want to involve members in
different sections of Florida inasmuch as this is the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Darleen Hunt also spoke about the newly elected
officers and if we should extend their terms of office. That
the Board has goals and they may be accomplished by
changing the length of service.
Birthdays and Anniversaries were recognized and
door prizes were given out. The meeting was adjourned at
2:35 by a motion of Stacy deRaps and Bob Russell
Kay Miller and Gladys Humphrey of Sarasota, and Mary Lou Lang of Clearwater with the biggest mango that
grows in her back yard.
ANNUAL SARASOTA LUNCHEON
The annual Sarasota luncheon was held on
Saturday, September 2, 2000 at the Forest lakes Country
Club in the beautiful city "south of the bridge" There were
77 in attendance and everyone enjoyed the fellowship and
A big "Thank You" to our committee members,
Kay Miller, Betsy Biven and Betsy Noonan. Betsy Noonan
volunteered at the last minute when Jay Cain was unable to
help due to a medical problem. We are happy to report that
Jay is recuperating and doing well.
After the business meeting, the committee drew
numbers for the numerous door prizes. Our sincere thanks to
those who donated a door prize. The President was presented
with a small flower arrangement to be given to Jane
Huldtquist wishing her a speedy recovery.
Tom and Barbara Peterson
Co-Chairpersons Sarasota Luncheon
The Panama Canal Society of Florida Annual Picnic
was held on October 7, 2000. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and her
dedicated committee hosted approximately 70 members and
their families at the War Veterans Memorial Park on Lake
Seminole. The weather was perfect that day and the setting
was rich with tropical flora and fauna, reminding us of
President Betty Frassrand brought enough
hamburgers for everyone, and Vice President Bill
McLaughlin grilled them. Steve Nehring also grilled hot
dogs which were provided by Bob Askew. Steve then set up
his horse shoes for some of the more energetic types. There
was a ton of enticing and tasty food including ceviche. A
short business meeting was held after lunch after which Jim
O'Donnell got everyone motivated by calling ten bingo
games. Even the non-bingo players were playing that day.
The prizes were plentiful and all had a great day!
Elaine would like to thank her committee members
and those who donated door prizes. Cecile DeMers and Lori
King were greeters and provided name tags and tickets.
Cheryl Russell passed out the prizes to the winners; Jim and
Bob worked on Bingo and Colleen (O'Connor) Lau,
Rupert Turner and others helped with the set-up and clean-
up. If you missed the picnic this year, make sure you come
next year. A good time is guaranteed!
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
January 6, 2001
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The big reunion is a long way off. Here's our chance to break up the long winter season with the festivities of Carnavalito 2001.
Enjoy good food and dancing to the music of Tito Mouynes y Conjunto in beautiful (and warm) Winter Haven, Florida. In
addition, discount tickets may be purchased at the hotel to tour the extraordinary Cypress Gardens (a two minute walk from the
Cost of the Dinner/Dance will be $35.00, which covers dinner, entertainment, taxes, gratuities and Administration costs.
Deadline for Registration is January 20, 2001.. Please fill out the Registration Form on this page and mail to the Panama Canal
Caravalito Evening will commence with a brief business meeting at 6:00 p.m. The dinner buffet will be served at 6:30
and musical entertainment will be from 7:30 p.m. until midnight. Cash bars will be open from 6:00 p.m..
Dinner will include Carved Roast Prime Beef Au Jus, Boneless Breast of Chicken Marsala, twice baked Stuffed
Potatoes, Broccoli Polonaise, Steamed Vegetable Medley, Fresh Fruit Medley, Tossed Garden Salad with Choice of Dressing,
Rolls, Butter, Ice Tea and choice of dessert.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Available at the Carnavalito site, The Best Western Admiral Inn, 5665 Cypress
Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884. For hotel reservations call 1-800-247-2799. Rates for those identifying themselves as
Panama Canal Society of Florida members will be $62.90 plus 10% tax per night (this is a 15% discount). In addition to its
proximity to Cypress Gardens, the Admiral In features a heated swimming pool, a gourmet Italian restaurant (dinner only), a
lounge featuring live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, and an arcade and miniature putt-putt course. A free
continental breakfast is also available but there are also a variety of good restaurants within 5 minutes of the hotel.
Special note on hotel rates: For out-of-towners interested in spending an extra day or two in the area, the 15% discount
for Society members will also apply 3 nights prior to and one night after the event.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, Please call the Carnavalito Chairman, Ed Wardlow, at (863) 967-2106 or E-Mail:
February 3, 2001
HOW TO GET THERE The Best Western Admiral Inn
5665 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Proceed on I-4 (North or South) and exit at Winter Haven, FL 33884
Exit 23 and drive South on 27 until you mbrName
meet 540. Turn right and proceed until you
see Best Western Admiral's Inn on your Member No.Tel:
left. Please make Reservations at $35.00 each
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----- 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-
Bartow Lake Wales 60 4712 DEADLINE IS JANUARY 20, 2001
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
March 2, 2001
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
Covered Dish at 11:30 a.m.
Regular Meeting at 12:30 p.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
April 7, 2001
Florid'a Seafood Bar and Grill
480 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931-3578
Your hosts are Joella and Randy Deakins,
with Terry and Susan Deakins and
Robert and Kathryn McConaughey
HOW TO GET THERE
From Tampa, take 1-4 towards Orlando, take
the Sea World exit to the Beeline Expressway (528).
Proceed on 528 to exit 77 onto 95. Continue East and
take exit 75 to 520. Proceed East and cross Merritt
Island Causeway West (Hubert Humphrey Bridge),
continue on Merritt Causeway East to Cocoa Beach
Causeway. Florida's Seafood Bar and Grill will be on
vour right before you reach A1A. (Number 83 on
map)(The Bee Line Expressway is a toll road).
August 8 12, 2001
Orlando World Center Marriott
(See "Yellow Pages")
WE WANT A STAMP HONORING
GEORGE W. GOETHALS!
An Appeal to all Zonians...and everyone else Please
write to the following address and tell those 13
members of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
(CSAC) that you want to see George W. Goethals, the
builder of the Panama Canal, on a new U.S. stamp in
the Postal Service's GREAT AMERICAN series. This
is the committee who tells the Postmaster General
what and who to put on stamps, which go up in value
each year. Let's not forget who built that Panama
Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4474E
Washington, D.C. 20260-2437
If the stamp is issued, it might come out at the
same time that Tom Goethals' biography of his
grandfather is published.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
June 2, 2000
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Editor must have by:
January 17, 2001
Fort Gordon recognizes
Civilian of the Month (September)
Outstanding members of the Fort Gordon, Georgia
Community were recognized yesterday at a ceremony in
Tina Luken works as a credentials coordinator at
Eisenhower Army Medical Center. She has 20 years of
federal service, all of which have been here at Fort Gordon,
Luken said she moved to the Central Savannah
River Area in 1964 and came to work at Fort Gordon,
continuing a long standing family tradition of civil service.
In her spare time, she said she enjoys metal
detecting, gardening and genealogical research.. When asked
to describe herself, she said she is an honest, loyal and
dependable person with a strong work ethic. When asked
how she felt about her selection, Luken said she is both
honored and humbled.
Her future goal is to obtain the grade of GS-9. She
said her greatest accomplishment has been her hard work and
diligence, which contributed significantly to the Joint
Commission for Hospital Accreditation score of 95 with no
type-one findings for the hospital.
She is married to William Luken, and they have
three children, Master Sgt. Audrey Luken, Renee Martin
and Wayne Luken. They also have five grandchildren.
Permission granted to reprint by the Editor, The Signal
Newspaper for U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon
September 29, 2000
BHS CLASS OF '51, WHERE IS YOU?
Alvarado, Rosario Hammerschlag, S. Parada, Ivan
Arango, Maria T. Harris, Richard C. Pederson, Anton C.
Arauz, Adilia E. Hellwig, Leticia Robinson, Sara
Baxter, Carol S. Holland, Gloria P .Rosas, Cloriela
Beauchamp Sandra Jackson, Mary Rosgal, Elsa M.
Blohm, Eunice R. Jimenez, Julio E. Ross, Donald D.
Bradley, Doris Johnson, Jerry Roux, Hector
Brassfield, Maria E. Johnson, Joyce A. Rowland Louise. J.
Btesh, Linda B. Johnson, Richard A. Rust, Claudine
Burset, Miguel A. Karst, Zoe Ann Saiz, Lia N.
Cermelli, Arturo Kouppermann, Y. Scadron, Ronald
Cherry, Edward Kridle, Helen J. Seibelink Jackqueline
Cucalon, Roberto Lao, Florence Shore, Sidney T.
Divney, Mary Lou Lee, Elita J. Shutt, Suzanna
Entebi, Elias Lora, A Mercedes Smith, Dorothy E.
Feuille, Rene P. Mallan, Mary S. Sokol, Sara
Finley, Robert B. McCarty, Florence Turner, Hugh
Fuentes, Briseida J. McCloud, Barbara Updike, Charlie
Fullman, Beverly McKeown, Edward Vallejos Angela
Garrido, Mayra E. Menasche, Jack Villarreal, Domitila
Grahe, Agnes Osigian, Amalia Walker, Ellen J.
Grifo, Carlos Ostrea, Nydia G. Wiley, Marjorie
If you know the addresses of any of the above classmates or
if they have passed on, please let us know. Thanks!
300 Cedar Haven Dr.
Princeton, IL 61356
pczfran @ theramp.net
521 Country Club Dr.
Stockbridge, GA 30281-6314.
9053 Pinehurst Dr.
Seminole, FL 33777
CHS'51, WHERE ARE YOU ALL?
If you know the addresses of any of the above classmates,
or if they have passed on, please let us know. Thanks!
WHERE ARE YOU?
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
Dee Kaye Bishop
T.G. Kaye Richey
Dr. John Hanson
Pat (Geddes) Risberg Ja
1505 Wall Drive
Titusville, FL 32780
Helen (Kissam) Ericson
2216 Sprucewood Dr. NW
Acworth, GA 30101
ne (Compton) Wagenbrenner
3721 Tanners Mill Rd.
Gainesville, FL 30507
Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco
231 Turnberry Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Marvin D. Wright
Kenneth R. Wheeler
Your Reporter Says ...
It has taken a while to get rested up after their 12-
day trip to the Mediterranean. Mary (Gilbert) Urey and Lou
(Rathgeber) Hunt started the trip by driving to Zephyrhills,
FL, and staying overnight with Aggie (Atkinson) Anderson.
These three ladies joined the Zonian Amigos group at the
Tampa airport to start their flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Marge
and Pete Foster of Palm Harbor, FL, were the organizers of
our group of 18.
After two days of sightseeing in Lisbon, they
boarded the MS Noordam (Holland American Line) to start
their Western Mediterranean Cruise. Their ports of call were
Gibraltar; Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Alghero,
Sardinia, Italy; La Goulette, Tunisia; Malta, Palermo and
Rome, Italy. So much history at each port that we probably
studied in school but had forgotten about. They never walked
on so many cobblestone roads--not easy on the feet!
Their time on board ship was fun getting together
with our group happy hour, dinner and then the great
entertainment each night in the lounge.
After arriving back in Zephyrhills and leaving
Aggie's home, Mary and Lou drove to Palm Harbor where
Mary stayed with Pete and Marge Foster. Lou went on to
Pinellas Park, FL, to stay with Elsie and Woody Woodruff
in their villa. They live in a nice adult community and have
a lovely place and seem very happy there. They spent lots of
time with their children Joe and Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt
and Joanne and also Linda Jennifer Weir. After a four-day
stay, Lou picked Mary up and they headed back to Dothan.
L-R: Mary Urey, Shirley Boswell, Aggie Anderson,
Lou Hunt, Harriet Wollmers, taken in Marseille,
Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens surprised
Mary Urey and joined Lorraine (Urey) and Bill Kirkland
to spend a week in Dothan. Lorraine's son and daughter-in-
law, Brian and Katie (Goodwin) Dugan came from their
home in Lawrenceville, GA, to spend the weekend and to
visit Brian's sister Tricia, her husband Christian Margeson
and their three children. It was certainly a happy surprise for
Edna O'Donnell jetted off for Allentown, PA, for
her grandson's wedding. I'm sure we will have more to
report when she arrives home.
The Panama Canal Society of NW Arkansas held
its fall luncheon at Ryan's Restaurant in Rogers with 42
persons attending. Most of the people were from the
adjoining area, but several were from farther away. Dr.
William and Marjorie Scarborough, who usually attend
these functions, were there from Clarksville. Desiree
Herron and Jay Olson from Panama were there. Desiree is
currently employed at the Kirk Middle School as a
custodian. Marian Colclasure teaches at this school. Louis
Sommers, chairman, announced that the next luncheon is
scheduled for June 16 at the Jones Center in Springdale.
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Nancy Vega (secretary), Louis Sommers (Chairman),
Jay Olsen in background.
Harry and Lee Butz, Springdale, reported that
their son Harry Butz, Jr. (Ricky) was married September
9 to Nikki Demas in Genoa, NV. His brother Peter served
as best man. Peter and Janice Butz are from Sapulpa, OK.
Also attending the wedding were Ricky's sister and brother-
in-law, Esther and Bill Clair, from Georgia. The
newlyweds spent a two-week honeymoon in New England'
Their home is in Carson City. NV.
Mary Condon, Maxine Wrenn, Alice Nails, Petie
Maxine Wrenn, Springdale. is looking forward to
having as guests over Thanksgiving her son and daughter-
in-law, Chris and Nancy Wrenn, from Tyler, TX, and
granddaughters Christine Wrenn and Courtney Wrenn
from New York City, and Fronie Fender from Florida.
The Maedls are also expecting family from
Minnesota and Illinois to be with them over Thanksgiving.
Greta and Joe Vowell (Rogers), Doug and Camille
Gibbs, Mountain home.
Glen Conklin recently returned to her apartment
at BTV after spending several weeks in the Health Center
there recovering from a broken hip she sustained due to a
fall. She is doing well.
Marcia and Bob Jones drove up from their home
in Granbury, TX, to spend a few days with Mary Condon
at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville. While there, they
visited Maxine Wrenn. Carl and Petie Maedl, Glen
Conklin. and Joe and Gretta Vowell.
Jack and Joan Corliss, Rogers, AR, a peripatetic
pair, the Corlisses visited some of the western national
parks by tour bus in June. They stopped at Bryce, Grand
Canyon, etc. This was the fifth trip they have made via the
same tour company, and declare it to be the relaxed way to
go. No disagreements possible over routes, times, stops, etc.
Plus good company on the way. For November, they are
booked to go on their annual tour of the Caribbean. Now,
how's that for enjoying retirement!
Mary Lou Engelke spent the summer and early
fall in Florida, visiting with her children, grandchildren,
siblings, and in-laws. With her daughters Susan and
Margaret, she traveled from Jacksonville to Fort
Lauderdale to attend the wedding of Mary Lou's grandson
Brad, son of Margaret and Charles Gallardo. In Miami,
visited her sister Margaret and brother-in-law Frank
Bryan, who was visiting Margaret from his residence in
Another excursion took her to the St. Pete area to
see sons Bobby and Tom, and Elsie and Woody
Woodruff. She exited Florida temporarily, with daughters
Margaret and Sue and brother John, to attend the wedding
of her sister Dolly's son, Scott Knauer, in Fort Thomas,
KY. Also attending the wedding were sisters Betty and
Margaret and brother Frank.
Sadly, sister Claire Hains Bryan had died in
Pacifica, CA, in March 2000. She is survived by two
children, Frank and Courtney Bryan, two granddaughters
and one grandson.
Lynn and Jerry Harp
William (Bill)) and Betty (Flenniken) Dunning of
Hendersonville, NC and grandchildren
Harold and Jerry Harp were pleased to have their
son Bill visit them, though only a short time, while he was
in the area on computer business. That's the good news. The
reverse is that a new high school is being built next door to
them, and the construction area is noisy and messy.
Jess and Lynn Harp have built a new home in
Bentonville, AR. Their small daughter, two-year-old
Cheryl, is recovering from a year of treatment by chemo
and radiation. Scans are clear now, but she will continue to
be checked for five years. Lynn's parents, Bill and Betty
Dunning, have bought a house in Bentonville and moved
there from Hendersonville, NC.
Mike and Henrietta Horoda drove to East
Chicago, IN, in September to attend their 1945 and 1946
high school reunions. Of the 150 students in Mike's class,
89 showed up. (Ah, well--it was a long time ago).
While in the area, they attended a reception for the
wedding of Henrietta's nephew and his bride at Serbian
Hall in Schererville, IN. On the following day, they were
guests at another bash honoring the newlyweds--a
champagne brunch held at the Dynasty Restaurant in
Hammond, IN. A fabulous spread of food (and beverage),
of which, Mike says, he fully partook. In addition to the
memorable repast, he also thoroughly enjoyed meeting old
friends and trading stories of their lives and careers.
Willard (Red) and Kathleen Huffman visited the
casinos at Tunica, MS, twice--in September and October.
Without divulging details, they report that they came home
better off than when they left. And now, home again, they
are comfortably enjoying their new car which is roomy
enough to accommodate Red's long legs. (Courtesy of
Peggy Keller attended the Florida Reunion in July
and, though it was crowded, had a fine time. She is already
looking forward to the 55th reunion of her Balboa graduating
class in 2001.
In reducing clutter in her house, she recently sent
out fourteen books for inclusion in the Panama Canal
Museum. Good idea, no?
Currently, Peggy's consuming hobby (read:
passion) is E-mail! A confirmed non "writer" of letters, she
enjoys frequent contact with her sister and cousins and old
friends the fun way. Locally, her social activities usually
involve eating out--for which she compensates by taking her
pretty, plump little Yorkie for frequent walks. Good for
both of them, she says.
Alice R. Nail
Editor must have by:
If someone says, "I'm moving to San Francisco,"
never doubt them enough to volunteer to be the area
reporter. Kathy (Malin) Saville said that and I'm her
substitute. Just remember, Kathy, if you don't like it, you
can come home.
The 4th semi-annual picnic took place on Saturday,
October 14. With the weather cooperating beautifully, those
enjoying the mild fall temperatures included the Malins, Ed
and Gloria; Gayle Tolbert; Chuck and Lois Salyer;
Georgianna Harned, Chuck Tobin, Shirley (Tobin) and
Peter Procter and the Matheneys, Mac and Sandi. All of
the Hensler sisters, Rose Crider, Grace Barnwell and
Joan Toscar, were there with their clans and provided the
great photography in our pictures. Joan came in all the way
from Port Orange. Speaking of those from "out-of-town"
who joined us, we were delighted to see Jim and Diane
Bradley from Arden, NC. We found out who they really
came to see when meeting gorgeous granddaughter Lauren
whose parents, Jim and Sherri (Anderson) were "cruising"
according to Grandpa. Others welcomed from a distant port
were Jerry and Clara (Tobin) Normandin from Land O
John Bateman, Sandi Matheney, Grace (Hensler)
Barnwell, Rose (Hensler) Crider.
Sandi Matheney, Diane Bradley, Bruce Bateman,
Georgianna Harned, Gloria Malin, Paula Skeie
Bruce Bateman, Bryan McKeen
The Hensler sisters, Grace Barnwell, Joan Toscar,
From Callahan. Pam Hicks dropped by but only
for a short while to let us know her mother Dorothy was
doing well in the hospital where she had undergone heart
bypass surgery. Pam reports she's doing much better but is
still in ICU. If you're sending cards to cheer her up. send
them to the home address. Pam also related another
wonderful family event and experience. As a notary in the
State of Florida. she's allowed to perform marriages, so she
was able to perform the ceremony when her daughter
Amyjo Adams (Charles Adams) married Tom Means on
July 29h. For doing such a great job. Pam got something
she's always wanted, she inherited a granddaughter. Tom's
daughter Kathy. who is the same age as Pam's grandson.
All of us are keeping Dorothy in our prayers and expect to
see her back in her prime again soon.
Joining Reunion vendors. Bruce and John
Bateman, at this picnic were two other vendors. Bryan
McKeen brought out his mola refrigerator magnets and
coming all the way from the Tampa area. Paula and Chris
Skeie brought out their CZ Brat hats and Canal Zone
patches. Chris engendered lots of discussion among the
group about the Museum. Several of us are exploring what
we can do as a fund-raising event to support this important
That's all I have from NE Florida. Look for our
next event around the holidays. I'll be getting word out to
everyone around the first of November.
The October 3rd meeting of the Ocala
Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers was another success as
58 "locals". visitors and guests met for lunch and visiting
with old and new friends at a new location Ryan's Family
Steak House (3933 E. Silver Springs Blvd./Hwy 40 East) in
It was agreed that the next semi-annual luncheon
will be at Ryan's on Tuesday. April 3. 2001. Mark your
Virginia and Pat Booth arrived early and assisted
in setting up the meeting room and greeting everyone.
Virginia and Harry Pearl followed with their
daughter Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom.
BHS'57 Class Reunion at October Ocala Luncheon. L-
R: Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom, Carol Coffey Dianne
Roy and Charlene Trullinger brought five
members of the Bender family Merritt and Joan Bender
(Houston, TX); Rosemarie (Bender) Trudell; Ralph
Bender; and Elizabeth (Betty) Bender.
Wallace Crawford, Sr. arrived with "the man who
raised him", Edgar Daggett (90). Ed pleased the group with
his bold tenor voice and a song of welcome.
Tom Wilder was introduced as the new chairman
of the By-Laws Committee and he announced that the
Saturday, January 6, 2001 meeting of the PCSOFL will be
held in Ocala at Carmichael's Restaurant. (See Dates to
Remember this issue). Did you vote on amendment #15
before the Nov. 17'" deadline?
The new PCSOFL 1st Vice President Bill
McLaughlin and wife Margaret were welcomed as new
additions to the Ocala Zonians. Bill talked about the future
plans of the Society and his new responsibility as Chairman
of the 2001 Reunion in Orlando August 8'h through 12th at
the Marriott World Center. We discussed several new ideas
for those attending.
Kathy Egolf brought Panama Canal Museum 2001
calendars with pictures of the Canal Zone schools business
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier promoted their
children's book, "How Christmas Came to the Ghetto", with
illustrations by his son Sammy. See ad in this issue.
John Balschun of Marion Oaks spent several
weeks on Amtrak this past summer criss-crossing the United
States and Canada but managed to find his way back to
Ron and Sydney (Townsend) Corbett talked about
their recent visit to Panama and the changes they observed -
schools and U. S. influence are still very noticeable.
Jerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox visited her sister
Vicki and Bob Boukalis and close friends Forest (Wise)
and Ray Robberson in the Florida Panhandle. Jerry drove
his 1967 El Camino on the 1999 Hot Rod Power Tour East
traveling through MA-PA-MD-SC-GA-FL ending up at
Panama City Beach, FL. The car is featured on the front
cover of NPD (National Parts Depot) sales parts catalog.
Dianne "Lacey" and Jerry Cox at Panama City
Beach, FL. with Jerry's 1967 El Camino Custom.
The meeting was concluded with a showing of
slides by Harry Pearl (90) of his early days in the Canal Zone
as the group tried to guess the different locations. Of great
interest was a slide of a ferry boat and the ramp at La Boca.
The Ocala Zonians recently lost another member of
"our" family with the passing of Harriet Tewinkel. She is
survived by her husband Maurice and daughter Peggy
Davidson. Another daughter Nona had only recently passed
on as well.
Other attendees: Bud and Lillian Stroop; Roger
and Peggy Dubble; Jerry and Carol Coffey; Jerry and
Marcy Fox; Rolf and Joan (Powell) Arndt; Richard and
Juanita (McConaughey); Donald and Ellen Crull;
Virginia Townsend; Ted Norris and Leo Shadeck.
Barbara Kelly Barton and Elaine Conover
reminiscing at the Ocala Zonian Luncheon, October.
Barbara (Kelly) Barton introduced her husband
Dennis. She also informed us of the impending departure of
Margaret Hughes from our area.
Robert and Elba Parker are "regulars" along with
Elaine Conover, George Fitzgerald, Roland Lees and
Elaine (Sievers) Austin.
Our Gainesville group included Sylvia Duncan,
Bruce and Maggie Ruiz, and Chuck and Veira Soukup.
John Muller of DeLand arrived in time for dessert
and joined in with his tales of the Canal Zone.
Ethel and Jim Wich were off to Maryland; Evelyn
Tiencken started a new job; and, Betty Blanchette was off
to Brussels, Belgium in October to visit her son Mitchell and
his wife Carmen who is teaching in the DODDS school
there. Betty also planned to visit a nephew in Germany.
Jim and Evelyn Cullen were off to Pennsylvania
while Don and Dee Ellsworth dropped off in Branson, MO,
on their way to Pennsylvania. Kay Miller was somewhere
out west visiting her daughters.
Bill and Jean Muller are back in Texas visiting
relatives and friends as this is written. They will be attending
the annual Awards Dinner of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 20 (Dallas). Bill will
receive an award and recognition for 50 years of service to
the organization. Bill was President of IBEW Local 397 in
Balboa, CZ from 1975 to 1980.
Your reporter wishes to thank Betty Frassrand,
Pat Beall and the Executive Board of the PCSOFL for
recognizing the contributions of the Area Reporters by
presenting each one of us with an official blue name badge.
You may be pleased to know the badge fits my pocket just
fine and Pat's pen has been put to good use.
William "Bill" Muller
We celebrated my grandson Shane's 12'h birthday
in July with a dinner party at his home with family and
friends. Also, in July we celebrated my grandson
Jonathan's 1 birthday with a party at his home. Jonathan
surprised us all recently by taking his first steps he's now
walking all over and getting into everything.
My son Bob (BHS'88) and his wife Dawn
celebrated their I' anniversary in August with a family
dinner at Giorgio's Greek Restaurant here in Pensacola. We
all had a great time.
First anniversary celebration at Giorgios Greek
Restaurant in Pensacola. Dawn and Bob Vose.
Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux (CHS'53) became
eligible for retirement on August 1"' but she now has to
decide when she actually wants to retire she's now
working a 20-hour workweek which isn't so bad.
This summer. Barb and Louie (BHS'47) Dedeaux
enjoyed frequent weekend visits to Orrin (CHS'65) and
Carol Clement's new lake cottage on Porter Lake near
Chipley, FL. The best of those trips by far was when
George (CHS'48) and Bobbie (Williams) (CHS'48) Egolf
stopped over to visit on their way to Springfield to visit their
son Bruce (CHS'77) and family. The four of them.
including Orrin and Carol and three chihuahuas (Chi Chi.
Paco and Sefior) went on that trip. It was very relaxing -
happy hour on the deck watching the sun set and
competitive games of dominoes after dinner what a way to
live. Orrin and Carol's daughters, Casey (enrolled as a
freshman at the University of North Florida in
Jacksonville), Candace (a flight attendant for Delta their
world traveler), and Carrie (employed with the Georgia
Court Hotel in Atlanta as a Catering Sales Manager) are the
joys of their lives. Carrie and her fiance, Dan Hopson, are
building a new home in Atlanta and experiencing all the
problems it entails.
Barb and Louie's niece Mary Ruth (Clement)
(CHS'66) and Steve Vaughn are still with Exxon in
Houston. Mary Ruth and Steve's daughter Megan is a high
school senior and is planning to attend the University of
Texas where her brother Drew is a sophomore. Barb and
Louie's nephew Caleb "Cub" (CHS'77) Clement and
family are still living in Vancouver. Cub is coaching his
sons' soccer team and his wife Virginia is back in college.
Jon (CHS'77) and Deb Dedeaux took their son J
and some friends on an overnight camp out on the lake and
ended up sleeping inside the cottage after they were
attacked by fire ants. For J's 12'h birthday they took a trip to
Six Flags Over Atlanta and Stone Mountain. They also
celebrated with a movie party and lots of J's friends.
Deb works at Coconuts (where we have our mini-
reunions) and when I go there for social functions (they just
recently had a Hawaiian Luau which was a blast) or when
I go just to dance, I get the royal treatment it's a great club
to have a great time.
Summer at Porter Lake. L-R: Carrie, Carol and Orrin
Clement and Dan Hopson (Carrie's fiance).
Weekend at the cottage on Porter Lake. Sitting L-R:
Louis Dedeaux, George and Bobbie Egolf. Back:
Orrin and Carol Clement
In Fort Walton, just down the road apiece from
Pensacola, Peg (Sylvestre) Simpson (BHS'47) and Bob
McCarrick (BHS'47) hosted a brunch on August 12th at
their home for "old" friends and new visiting the area from
Tulsa. These "old" classmates included Dean Bright
(BHS'47), Louie (BHS'47) and Barbara (Egolf) (CHS'53)
Dedeaux from Pensacola, and others guests from Tulsa,
Darla Hall, and Ray and Sherry Heim. A great time was
had by all. When "old" Canal Zone friends get together, it's
always non-stop talking.
Brunch at Ft. Walton Beach, L-R: Peg Simpson, Dean
Bright, Barbara and Louis Dedeaux, Bob McCarrick
and Darla Hall.
Please keep in mind and on your calendar that the
next Pensacola mini-reunion will be held on Sunday of the
Memorial Day weekend 2001. Contact me for more info.
Barbara (Hall) Vose
Jay Cain has been recuperating at home following
surgery in early September. Her nephew and his wife,
Michael and Wilma Cain, came for a visit and showered
Jay with some TLC.
Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey enjoyed several
birthday celebrations to help mark her turning 86 years
young. The "Three Bliss Sisters" Mayno Walker, Tinsie
Barnes, and Gladys all enjoyed a dinner at Steak 'n Ale as
the waiters and waitresses serenaded Gladys with "Happy
Birthday". To extend her birthday celebration she enjoyed
a get together with her daughter Donna Mann and
granddaughter Deannine Mann and a surprise birthday hug
from granddaughter Debbie Mann of Arlington, TX, who
was in town briefly.
Blanche (Walker) Hartman experienced first
hand what the telephone company means when it says
"Reach out and touch someone". She answered her phone
and her son Leo was calling. As Blanche asked when he
was coming to see her again, Leo on his cell phone
responded, "Open your front door". Leo is a Computer
Systems High Visibility Consultant with Hewlett Packard in
Tulsa, OK, and is on assignment in Lakeland, FL, and he
was able to get away and spend a day with his mother.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to
newcomers Steve and Carol (Wiskowski) Belok who are
now making their new retirement home in Venice, FL. Steve
retired from Executive Planning in 1997 and Carol is a
retired nurse from Gorgas Hospital. They recently enjoyed
a visit from Alida and Bob Emerick of Panama and from
Carol's daughter Tara Wiskowski (BHS'80) from
California. Tara works as an Environmental Specialist at
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
I ". I--I
L-R: Carol L. Belok, Bob Emerick, Alida Emerick,
and Tara Wiskowski at the Belok's new home in
All good things must come to an end they say and
the time has come after 35 years that I regret this will be my
last column. I will be leaving Sarasota in December and
moving to the east coast to live with my son Donald
Humphrey in Malabar, FL. It has been a pleasure writing
for the Record and talking with good friends and neighbors
gathering news. I would like to say a special thank you to
Pat Beall for his patience with my eleventh-hour deadlines
and Mayno Walker for assisting me in the gathering of
news. Most recently my daughter Donna has helped me
write the news and her daughter Deannine has typed and
edited. My sincerest thank you to everyone who has allowed
me to share in their lives and for allowing me to share the
good times with our fellow Zonians.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Beautiful cool weather in Tally--perfect for
football games and "Downtown Get Down" parties. Many
Zonians partake of both, including the Woods and the
Meads. Not sure how Burt keeps Joe (an avid UF Gator
fan) going to the FSU Seminole games--guess it's the
tailgate parties! It is also a glorious time of the year to go on
nighttime cruises. Ed and Kari Mcllvaine, Mark and
Katherine Heddaeus, Rich and Angie Linton, Mike and
Elaine Stephenson, and Rick Williams ventured down to
the St. Marks Marina for a dinner cruise on Friday the 13'h
(the full moon was incredible). The boat headed out the
channel, toward the gulf, and to the historic St. Marks
Lighthouse. During the three-hour cruise, they feasted on
crabs and other seafood delights.
The Mcllvaines have other news: their son Nathan
took second place in the area golf tournament. Mike and
Elaine Stephenson also had other news to share. They
recently returned from an incredible two-week vacation with
Mike's brother, John and his wife Martha. They toured
most of the Northwest. They started in Oregon, to
Washington, British Colombia, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana,
and much of Canada. When I asked them to pick some
favorite places that all of us should consider visiting, Elaine
didn't hesitate to say she found the following towns in
Canada just breathtaking: Clearwater, Banff, Jasper,
Waterton, Ice Fields, and (I love this name) Head Smashed-
In Buffalo Jump. The latter is a must see.
friends, to include Michael's sister Barbara Camacho and
her husband Buddy, who traveled from North Carolina, and
Jack and Joanne Morton, who came from Texas. Patrick's
mom Olga came from Panama, and many other family
members from Alabama. Thanks to all of you for making
the trip. A highlight for us was getting to see our newest
grandchild, born August 30'h, Anna Katherine Smith,
daughter of Mike Jr. and Donna Smith. Mike Jr. already
has her outfitted in a Minnesota Vikings suit. Golf clubs
soon to follow.
On a sad note, let us say again how sorry we were
to hear of the sudden death of Burt Mead's brother Ronnie.
Burt and Carol returned to Panama for Ronnie's funeral,
which, I understand, was attended by over two hundred
Again, I urge you to please call or e-mail me with
your news, so I can include it in my reports. Thanks.
L-R: Elaine Stephenson, Margaret Spradlin, Carol
Mead, Sunny Mizrachi, Kathy Stromberg and Bev
Wood at Carol Mead's birthday luncheon.
The Morland sisters. Mary Coffee, Carol Mead,
Sally Williams and Sunny Mizrachi attended their annual
reunion at their mom. Virginia Morland's. home in
Pinehurst. NC. Number one on their list to do. besides hug.
kiss, and catch up on news was shop. shop. shop. Carol
Mead's October birthday was the reason for another
gathering. Kathy Stromberg organized a small luncheon at
a local Chinese restaurant, where Sunny Mizrachi. Bev
Wood, Margaret Spradlin, Elaine Stephenson. and I
shared good food and great camaraderie.
Michael and I recently had a reunion of sorts as
well. When daughter Nancy Smith got married to Patrick
Lincoln in Tampa. we saw many family members and
Attention all Health Bureau ex-employees, families
and friends Ann Buchter, Grace Shadeck and Micky
Erickson are organizing a Health Bureau Reunion to be
held in conjunction with the PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando,
August 2001. Pass this along to everyone so the reunion
will be well attended. More definite information can be
found on page 77 of the September issue of the Canal
Drake and Collette Carlisle and son Wade moved
to Houston, TX, in August, where Drake accepted a new
job. They are so fortunate to have found housing near
Collette's sister. June, and cousin Debbie Boswell
Apologies to Mildred Hickey and her family for
not reporting the open house her children hosted on August
6'h to celebrate her 90"h birthday. Mildred's four children,
Barbara, Diane, Tom, and Joe were the hosts for the open
house. There were four generations of her family present as
well as over 60+ of her friends.
While cruising the Western Mediterranean in
September aboard the MS Noordam. Marje and Pete
Foster and Al and Joy Maale renewed their marriage vows
in a ceremony performed by the ship's captain. The Fosters
have been married 53 years and the Maales 52 years. Two
other couples renewed their marriage vows as well as six
honeymooners. All the couples were given a certificate by
the ship's captain to commemorate the event.
For the first time in a long time, Trudi
McConaghey Roberto attended a Society function. She
thoroughly enjoyed the annual picnic. The potluck luncheon
was delicious and she enjoyed the time spent with the
Zonians, etc., present. Now she's looking forward to being
more involved in Society events. P.S. Steve Nehring,
would you share your recipe for the delicious rice dish you
took to the picnic? So many people were raving about your
While walking along the widened and enhanced
Waikiki Kuhio Beach, I met Mario Castillo and his wife
Bibien, owing to his noticing the "My Name is Panama"
shirt I had on. Mario and Bibien were married recently,
were honeymooning here, and will be living in San Pedro,
CA. Mario says there are many Gonzales and Castillo
relatives in Panama.
Avid Ala Wai golf course players on Oahu are in
a snit over the Governor's plan to turn into a park for public
use the busiest golf course in the world (a short swim across
the polluted canal from my apartment). Another course
would be built for local and visitor golfers, besides 30-some
Lois DeLaMater Bates
HAWAII (808) 923-2766
At the historic old Moana Hotel in Waikiki I
enjoyed a visit at tea and delectables with Vivian Williams
who spent 25 years in Panama and the Zone, working first
as a translator for the U.S. Army and later as a marine
traffic controller and where she married Fred Williams.
She was born in Uruguay, brought up in Buenos Aires, and
came to Panama in 1968. Vivian was fascinated with the
marvelous canal operation in Panama, which she claims is
the only place in the world where marine operations are
controlled by non-Coast Guard personnel. On this, her first
trip to Hawaii, she realized a goal to visit the Kewalo
Basin Laboratory which is noted for research into the
pattern of behavior of dolphins. Vivian considers Panama
one of her homes, through she now lives in Uruguay.
My cousin Arline Winerman of St. Petersburg
and my brother Billy D of Panama had a jolly time at the
Tampa reunion with much bochinche. Arline has been
teaching line dancing in various areas, including Orlando,
Ft. Lauderdale and Melbourne, FL, South Carolina and
Biloxi, and she is directing a new demonstration exhibition
line-dancing team at different fairs in Florida. Arline will be
going to the world competition in Alberta, Canada, in
January. As for Billy D, he has too many activities to
Joyce Dugas Joubert of Baton Rouge reports that
her younger brother LeRoy has been elected vice president
of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Cajun French Music
Association. His wife Bonnie was elected to the Board of
Directors. There are 10 chapters of CFMA including three
in Texas, all dedicated to preserving the music, language
and culture of the Cajun people of Louisiana. Had the
family remained in the Canal Zone, LeRoy would have
graduated with BHS'52.
Bonnie and LeRoy Dugas (third and fourth from the
Johnny Gough of Marrero planned to attend the
Gulf Coast Picnic but came down with a case of food
poisoning. He self medicated with herbals and recovered
nicely. Now he's back in the trenches packing for his
eventual move to Florida.
Patt Foster Roberson
Those attending the Gulf Coast Picnic at the Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Virginia Selby Entrekin of Hattiesburg is staying
busy in retirement and enjoying granddaughters Lillie and
Selby. The family is busier in fall than summer with
football games, Eagle Club, USM Symphony and opera.
Virginia enjoyed a visit in Atlanta with brother and sister-
in-law, Jim and Jeanne Selby. Jim took them out on his
boat for a day cruise through Lake Lanier.
There's been some discussion about a BHS'52
reunion in 2002. Virginia is definitely NOT spearheading
this one. Several of the guys were talking about it months
ago, but no further word can be reported at this time.
Mention was made that the folks in Denver would work on
one there (hint). Virginia is looking forward to the San
Antonio reunion in October 2001, hosted by Louie
Gerda Smith of Smithdale recently returned from
Germany where she visited relatives and enjoyed the
scenery. Upon her return she traded in her 250cc motorcycle
for a 500cc that she expects will take her through Colorado
and Wyoming next summer. Meanwhile she's taking
courses in German and art at a nearby junior college. Gerda,
by the way, is a great-grandmother.
Salads, sandwiches, casseroles, fried chicken and
fish, empanadas, desserts and Panama Lager covered the
tables at the Gulf Coast picnic. Gerda Smith and Patt
Roberson tented at Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf
Islands National Seashore to be on hand to tidy up our
reserved bohio with concrete floor, picnic tables, huge
fireplace and indoor plumbing first-class all the way.
Others attending included Peter Baas (CHS) and daughter
Emily, 8; Steve Balmas (BHS'69) with daughters Christie,
L-R: Bill Epperson, Sr., Ann Patterson, Sue and Bill
15, and Brandi, 11; Polly and Jim Calhoun with daughter
Linda; Roland Casanova; Carolyn and Richard Dillon;
Bill Epperson Sr. with friend Ann Patterson; Sue and Bill
Epperson Jr. (BHS'67); Hilda and Don Fletcher; Mark
and Annette (Fletcher) Gaudet with daughters Victoria,
5, and Alexa, 10 months; Duncan Laird; Ed Parker;
Cleveland Soper (BHS'54); Adam and Lisa (Goodwin)
Stone with son AJ, 16 months; Jean and Lee Wade; Irene
and Wayne Wenner. Now's the time to mark your calendar
for the 2001 picnic Saturday, Oct. 6, at the same spot.
Bring your favorite dish and a log for the fire.
Patt Foster Roberson
The annual Western Pan Canal Carolina Society
picnic was held Saturday, September 2 in Hendersonville.
We had a good turnout with a lot of visitors, including
Barbara and John Hanna and daughter Carol Sanders
Ford. Carol was married to Courtney Ford in Beaufort,
SC, on May 6h". Barbara's other daughter Jennifer Sanders
Parks, granddaughter Megan, and daughter-in-law Julie
Harmon and granddaughter Karen were all on hand to help
celebrate Jean Dombrowski's birthday. New guests Don
and Jean Liebner drove up from Huntersville, NC, near
Charlotte. Don was stationed at Ft.Amador with the 62nd
Machine Records Unit in '58 and '59, and Jean taught at Ft.
Kobbe Elementary School. They would love to hear from
any Zonians in the Charlotte area and can be reached at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also attending were Ron and Pat
Nessler from Greenville, SC. He was a former Pan Canal
pilot. Ron's brother Lary and wife Shary Maskel attended
from Durham, NC. Al Johnston (BHS'47) and wife Anne
drove up from Spartanburg, NC. Priscilla Dunn came with
her two children, and her brother and sister, Roy Allen and
Merdy Bertsch, who were visiting from Washington State.
It was good to see Jack and Emmy Dover there also from
Etowah. Among the regular attendees were Ron
Angermuller, President; Charlie and Carmen Howe, Sam
and Norma Irvin, Malcolm and Jean Stone. Bob and
Fran Morrissey attended our picnic for the first time, while
Betty Dunning attended for the LAST time as she and
Bill have moved to Rogers, AR, to be near their daughter
Lynn Harp and family. We missed Pat and Agnes Patino
and Ruth Tillman, who were unable to attend because of
health reasons. The next get together will be at Ryan's
Steakhouse on Dec. 7'", 11 a.m. Pearl Harbor Day (so you
can all remember!). Anyone in the area is welcome to show
Ron Angermuller shot his sixth hole in one in six
years, a feat he never accomplished in the Zone! Must have
something to do with that cold mountain air. Daughter
Britta went scuba diving in Cozumel with friends instead
of attending her 29" BHS reunion. She was sad to miss it,
but loved Cozumel. Son Larry has put in for retirement
from the Navy, after 20 years of service. He'll soon receive
his second Navy Commendation Medal for his work aboard
the USS Harper's Ferry.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny hosted a party at their
home, sort of a farewell for Betty and Bill Dunning. Joe and
Bev Wood and Burt and Carol Mead were surprise guests
from Tallahassee, FL. They had been vacationing in
Gatlinburg, TN. Danny and Mary DesLondes, also
vacationing in Sylva, NC, attended along with the Irvins, the
Stones, the Bradleys, the Morrisseys, the Dunnings, Pat
Frazier and Pat Hunt.
The Bradleys had their granddaughter Candace
visiting for two weeks and they had a ball. Richard and
Olga Phillips and Diane's sister Delores also visited. To
rest up, Diane and Jim have gone to Florida and back to
Fran Morrissey visited her daughter Tristan and
family in Ohio and then she and Bob drove to New England
to visit their son Shawn, other relatives and friends.
Nicky and Ty Erickson drove to Baltimore to visit
their son Brad and his wife Jennifer, who were doing
renovations on an older home they had bought. They then
went on to Massachusetts to be with daughter Heather and
husband Tom Dupuis for the birth of their first grandchild,
Brittany Niccole, who arrived on June I 1' at 4 a.m.
Brittany, with her mother, then visited North Carolina for
ten delightful days. While the Ericksons were in
Massachusetts they decided to drive up through Vermont,
New Hampshire, and Maine. They visited Shelburne Farms
in Vermont, which was established in the early 1890's by a
Vanderbilt. They make great white cheddar cheese in
Shelburne, so says Ty.
Lisa Hunt Johnson, after a Community Theater
performance in Asheboro, came out to her car to find a note
from Amy Garcia Fisher, asking her to call. She had seen
Lisa's Pan Canal license plate. Amy, who is the daughter of
Elsie and the late Judge Charles Garcia, from the Atlantic
side, is married to Dick Fisher, who taught math at Balboa
Jr. High. They retired to Staley, NC, a year ago. Amy sang
in my choir at Sacred Heart for a short time, and her mother,
Elsie, worked with my husband Jack in the Supply
Division. Lisa and husband William went to a party at Amy
and Dick's home, which was attended by several other
Zonians: Barbara and Tom Hanna, Kathy Sears (who
teaches at two elementary schools in Elon College), Amy's
mother Elsie and brother Charlie, Iris Hogan and
Katherine Lessiack. That Pan Canal license plate sure
makes it a small world! I forgot to mention last time that I
saw Jean Dockery at the reunion for the first time in 30 or
40 years. Jean and Harry Dockery were best friends with
my mom and dad, when they all arrived in Panama in the
early 40's. How wonderful it was to see her.
Pat Frazier hosted a gathering on her return from
African Safari in September. She had a marvelous time in
Africa, saying they saw almost every animal there was
including the rare Black Rhino. She went on a hot air
balloon ride, and their tour group was treated royally
wherever they went an experience of a lifetime.
In October, I had a wonderful week's visit from my
sister Vicki Dunning Howe, who brought her
granddaughter Kaitlyn, my great niece. We went to Pigeon
Forge so they could enjoy the beautiful fall colors and
Halloween decorations that Pigeon Forge is famous for.
Kaitlyn enjoyed gathering apples and pumpkins to take back
That's it from North Carolina for this issue. Any
North Carolinians who have information for the Record,
please give me a call.
iteas on^ reetings to all
A very merry Christmas to all! It has been a busy
July to October for us NWers. Roger and Mary Adams,
daughter Nina, and son Adan now of Laramie, WY, visited
Roger's folks Roger and Katy Adams in Kirkland, WA.
The grandparents even garnered a week alone with Nina. Bill
Bailey and David Gee boated on the Silverfox north from
Port Townsend to Alaska. After a visit to Bill's brother
Richard and wife Gelena (Putaturo) in Florida early in the
year, motor homing back to Washington, Bill ran into fellow
high schooler Dale Cockle and wife Betty in Burnett, TX.
Paul Baker and Suzette (Connolly) sailed their Cal
35 from Seattle September 6th and hit San Francisco the 15",
sailed for San Diego for a Halloween casual cruiser race to
Cabo San Lucas, and plan to reach Panama in February.
John Carey and Janet Rigby hosted their first
annual Port Townsend Day for local and former CZ friends.
Guests used their home as HQ/parking, did the Port
Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, and met at Carey's for
lunch. CZ guests: Bill Bailey, Bob and Merran Gray;
Marty and Bev Hoffman, their daughter Allison and
husband Doug; John and Marylou Maher; Fred DeBoer
(still living in Panama) and daughter Missy, who were in
Washington to visit Greg and Megan DeBoer and new
baby; and Robert Rankin. John and Janet were off in
October to San Francisco to visit John's daughter Stacie then
to Warsaw for a 17-day Eastern Europe visit.
Phyllis Magee, Berta Briceflo, Fran Meyer, Ann
Best, and Freddieanne Matheney in St. Louis in June.
Ann (Cowles) Best had a wonderful June St. Louis
reunion with the St. Mary's prayer group, then flew to New
York to assist her Dad and help host his surprise 75'
birthday party. Best's guests have been: Ken and Joni (Best,
Bob's sister) Young and son Matt: and Ann's sons Greg
and Jennifer Cowles and daughter Casey: and Dennis
Cowles and daughter Michelle, and Lou Farley Bargnesi.
Bob and Ann hit east Washington to see former Atlantic
Siders Dr. Harry Westerner and Dr. Ed and Barbara
Healey. Their youngest daughter Patty left DODDS. now
works in Virginia: and daughter Shari is student teaching.
graduates in December; and the family will gather for her
November wedding. Bob and Ann thank everyone for their
support and prayers during his recent surgery.
Henry Cruz, Jim Shobe, Noralee (Roche) Shobe,
Ralph Huls, Beth (Lockridge) Huls, Pat Cruz at the
Cruz's home recently
After Snake River jet boating, an Olympic Peninsula
tour, and a stop in Victoria, BC, Beth (Lockridge) and
Ralph Huls visited Pat and Henry Cruz to see Bellingham
and enjoy northwest food, including a famous Cruz salmon
dinner, joined by Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe.
Returning to Portland, the Hulses stopped by Murray and
Candy Falk's in LaCenter, WA, to sightsee, and redine on
salmon. The Falks headed on to see family in Oregon, and,
at return, were busy with prewinter farm work; and much
enjoyed their south to north month's trip to Norway, but,
alas, saw no polar bears.
Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus' daughter, Tina,
a high school senior, class president and pep band director,
keeps them busy. Son Josh finishes his associate's
journalism degree in December and then transfers to Western
The Snyder family at their reunion at Fort Worden,
WA. in August.
Gayle (Fettler) Rankin's mother, Vera, and Jim
France did a two-week visit to Robert and Gayle's in
Diamond Point. during which Gayle and Vera met up with
Janet Rigby, Muriel Johnston, Theresa Herring and new
baby Stephanie in Port Townsend for lunch. Muriel, of
Kerrville, TX. was visiting son Richard, his wife Colette,
and grandkids Teresa and Scott in Coupeville.
Bob Geddes' cousin, Lynne (Coffin) and husband
Tom Cunningham, of North Carolina, did their first
northwest trip in September. The three did Seattle's Pike's
Place Market and Space Needle, then to Bob's in Anacortes,
where they whale watched--no orcas but some seals and
porpoise. The couple then boarded the Norwegian Sky in
Seattle for a week long trip to Alaska.
Jim and Gerry (Brie) Hannigan, now a year in
Washington, find it hard to believe how time has flown. Two
visitors were Mary Sue Hoglund of Sebring, FL, and
Donna Murphy, Louisville, KY. Gerry is off to Texas to see
Lee and Eva Hunnicutt and for niece Leslie Brie's
Gerry Hannigan, Donna Murphy and Mary Sue
Hoglund at the Hannigan's home in Rockport, WA. in
late July holding bateas specially painted for them by
Janet Levi in Panama.
Mike Rudge, now residing in Monterrey, Mexico,
with wife Elizabeth, was in Washington to sell his Anacortes
home, and to visit family and friends. Bill and Fran Stock on
a Seattle visit to son Mark, wife Jennie, and grandkids
Christina, Matt, Trey and Maggie, met with Ed, Mellie
(Turner), Robert, Wesley, and Joyce Kennedy; Joe and
Olga (Turner) Wallace; Marti Lohr and son Neil; and
Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz for an Anacortes
Washington Park picnic.
Martin Hoffman, Wallace Teal, Randy and Donna
Grubbs, Bev Hoffman, Robert and Gayle Rankin
and Bev Jones on their 3-day bike ride from Diamond
Point, WA Ferry Trip to Vancouver Island, B.C., San
Juan Island, and back to Diamond Point in August, a
160 mile trip.
Wallace Teal, bicycle ride organizer extraordinaire,
got the Diamond Point gang out for a 3-day bike, ferry,
camping trip from Diamond Point to Port Angeles, Victoria
and Sydney, BC, Friday Harbor, Anacortes, Coupeville, Port
Townsend, and back, a 160-mile pedal. Participants were
Wallace, Donna logisticiann) and Randy Grubbs, Marty
and Bev Hoffman, Bev Jones, and Robert and Gayle
The great Northwest July picnickers owe our thanks
to Jim and Clover Duffus. Unfortunately, group photos were
not clear enough to submit. Mark July 28, 2001, on your
calendar for next year's picnic, hosted by Mike and Inez
Plucker, of Eugene, OR, place TBA.
Howie (Adams) Laatz
The Oklahoma Chapter at the October 7 semi-annual
meeting at the home of Paulino and Julia Allande of
The Oklahoma Chapter held its Fall semi-annual
business and picnic on October 7, 2000, at the home of
Paulino and Julia Allande, Tulsa, OK. Attendees included
Paulino and Julia Allande; Charley Brown and Irma
Coiner; Doris and Jean Burns; Tomas and Aymee Diaz;
Bill, Teresa and Kimberly Keller; Eli and Lydia Lugo,
Sr.; David Lugo; Mike, Laura, Elizabeth and Cheyenne
Laura Burns Redemann
Panama Rocks 2000. On October 1", Panama's new
Estadio Nacional was host to a concert that was said to have
brought in 10,000 people. Playing from 7 p.m. till 1 a.m.,
'80's bands Journey, Cheap Trick, and 38 Special rocked the
biggest arena in Panama with an impressive display of lights
and sound. Zonians who gathered to enjoy the show included
: Zenia (Neeley) and Tommy Morris, Jack Whitlock,
Andrew Efthimiadis, Reyna (Royo) and Rolando Sucre,
Jorge Bloise, Denise (Alberga) and Carl Winkler. Also
seen in the crowd were Christy Ford, Michelle Kaufman,
and Sam Castleton. Earlier in the evening four local bands
kicked off the event. Evan Rodaniche (BHS'92) and his
band Cage9 performed four songs off their third CD, Human
Feedback, of which one song has held the number one
position on local radio stations.
Mayra (Linares) Seitz, Berta Bricefo and Elizabeth
(Grimison) Fahy (meet coincidentally) in Mola at
Elsewhere on the music front, the music of Shorty
and Slim continues to entertain locals about twice a month at
the new Balboa Yacht Club. Slim, minus Shorty who is
living in Germany working for DoDDS, could also be heard
at a birthday bash for Dave Bishop and Bruce Homa. The
two celebrated going into their 50'h year at the Abou Saad
Temple, with approximately 100 people in attendance. Dave
and Bruce organized the party with the help of Diana
DeGreef and Chris Homa. The ladies, along with Bonnie
Bishop also decorated, keeping to a black theme. Ed Beasley
had a stainless steel roaster made just for the party, and took
charge of a pig roast. Barkley Hayes gave assistance during
the slicing, and additional support came from first assistant
to the piggery, Rick Doubek. Thanks also go out to Tom
Welch who handled the kegs, and the Elks Club bartenders
who were on hand during the evening. With plenty of food
and drink (and a bit of entertainment by Kim Homa) a great
time was had by all.
On September 29 friends said goodbye to Diana
(Huff) and Richard Grimison at a farewell party at the
Balboa Yacht Club. The Grimisons left the following day for
their new home in Merritt Island, FL. Richard took on a two-
year Apprentice Pilot's job in Port Canaveral, FL, after
scoring #1 out of about 20 applicants on the Florida Pilot's
Exam. The Grimisons have family both in Merritt Island and
nearby Satellite Beach; however, they will be missed here in
Panama. Attending their farewell party were Dennis Huff,
Andrew Efthimiadis, Jason Critides, Jack Whitlock, Ralph
Smith, Danny Reyes, Doug Allen, Rory and Jeanette
Egger, Don Kat, Javier Landero, Zenia and Tommy
Morris, and Reyna and Rolando Sucre.
Johnny Magee made a brief visit to Panama in
September. He enjoyed a trip to Coronado to jump off the
Coronado Falls, with his cousin Jack Whitlock while Andrew
Efthimiadis pulled "bien cuidado" duty at the car. The group
also visited the new Yacht Club and spent time hanging out
with Richard and Diana Grimison. Before returning to
California, Johnny also enjoyed some hammock time at
Punta Raton Beach. At the end of September Johnny drove
down from Los Angeles to revisit Andrew when Dr. Byron
and wife Caliopi Efthimiadis with son Andrew and
daughter Maria visited San Diego. The family enjoyed visits
to Sea World, Fox Studios, and the Gas Lamp District.
Andrew will return to San Diego in November to do his
yearly two-week duty with the Navy.
Ned and Mary ("Mike") Blennerhassett of Santa
Rita, Colon have enjoyed recent separate visits by their
children Kathy, Tony, and John. Kathy, with 4-and-a-half-
year-old son Nate came for two months in June and July.
Tony, with wife Jennifer, and friends Rob and Sarah
Mizrachi came for a two-week trip. And finally John, with
wife Karen and their two-year-old daughter Ryann arrived
in September for a three-week visit. They all enjoyed a
fishing trip to the Perlas where they saw whales, dolphins,
and sea turtles. Other highlights included Isla Grande,
Volcan, and Gorgona where Mike's cousin Billy and wife
Karen Coffey have retired. In Gorgona, John and Karen
Blennerhassett also spent time with CHS classmate, Kim
Holmes and Brandy Coffey who was visiting from Puerto
Rico. Kim and another CHS classmate, Stuart Newall, were
also along on John and Karen's Perlas trip. On a final note,
John and Karen are expecting a baby boy in September.
I was also informed by Mary that her mother-in-law
Elinor Blennerhassett of New Zealand passed away on
October 6. She is survived by her children Ned and
Veronica, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
The Morris girls celebrate birthdays. (L) Shelby turned
9, Oct. 4, (R) Kelsey turned 5, Nov. 29. Parents are
Tommy and Zenia Morris of Los Rios, Panama.
The Morris family celebrated birthdays in October,
with Shelby Morris, daughter of Tommy and Zenia Morris,
turning 9. Zenia celebrated her October 31"" birthday with a
Halloween party at their empty house in Diablo. The
Morrises have recently moved from Diablo to Los Rios.
Tommy continues to work for ACP as an auditor, while
Zenia teaches 4th grade at the Oxford International school on
After 13 years as an attorney for PCC, Jay
Sieleman left the Office of Transition Administration on
September 29, 2000. Jay, along with Priscilla Hernandez
(CHS 75), who retired from PCC December 31 from the
Office of Executive Planning, left Panama in October to
spend time traveling around the United States. Jay and
Priscilla plan on going to South America after New Year's to
spend a few months traveling throughout various countries
there. Since her retirement in December, Priscilla has been
fishing, scuba diving, and enjoying all that Panama has to
offer. Before leaving on October 14, Jay took in one last
night at the Balboa Yacht Club. Jay told me he is the second
to last person to work for PCC, one man now remains with
the Office of Transition Administration, closing out affairs
that remained opened after December 31.
Seasons Oreetings to Z11
Cars and vans streamed up to our Tannersville, PA.
motel where we had come for over 30 years, only this looked
different. It had changed from a rather run down Best
Western to a handsome Days Inn. We soon heard that
construction alterations were incomplete which included the
kitchen and dining room but not to worry. Manny
Quintero had arrived a day ahead and found a substitute for
our usual dinner arrangements, which were better then we
The new owners of Days Inn also owned a Sheraton,
as well as Shannon's, an Irish pub/restaurant and they would
honor our dinner plans for both nights. The additional ten
mile drive was well worth it.
For the past few years Saturday mornings meant line
dance practice and we eleven were put through our paces by
Marge Halliday, but were disappointed to learn she could
not be with us this year. This could only mean to head out to
the outlet center stores, or take advantage of the
Several of us learned a graduate of BHS'63 was
living in Tannersville and decided to visit her in her wig
shop. We walked in and one "como esta" brought hugs all
around. Comparing notes, we knew we were old friends and
she and her husband would be delighted to join us at
Shannon's for dinner that night.
We met later, all in our costumes for Carnavalito,
this year's theme. Colorful montunos were worn by Vince
Ridge, Billy Michaelsen and one made for Manny
Quintero by his aunt sixty years ago when he was fourteen!
Ivan Rodriguez-Mesa (BHS'94) participates in the
Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Ivan Rodriguez-Mesa (BHS 94), son of Grace and
Byron Rodriguez, participated in the Olympic Games in
Sydney, Australia swimming the 100-meter breaststroke. Last
year at the Pan-American Games, Ivan made the FINA
(International Federation of Amateur Swimming) qualifying
times, breaking a new National Record for Panama in the
100-meter breaststroke. He repeated his Pan-American time
at the Olympics.
L-R: Manny Quintero, Vince Ridge, Billy Michaelson
Chinese embroidered satin outfits were worn by
quite a few, particularly one lovely lady all in silver and
black, Nora (Anderson) Jenkins. Also a tall Oriental
gentleman strolling about (AKA Bill March). For comic
relief, the pretty bathing beauty Queen of Pedro Miguel 1914
strolled under her parasol, who said she was Norma Martin,
Who knew? Our Carnavalito Queen in her pollera montuna
was Marion (Price) Royston looking muy linda.
Those of us who grew up in the Zone were so lucky
to have such memorable childhoods. And most of us have
maintained out friendships, although we live here and there,
state to state, and just a note or phone call away. That's
precious lets not let that get away. I treasure my friends and
memories and do everything to hold on. Know you want to
do the same. See you next year.
On September 23rd the South Carolina group
enjoyed a luncheon at the Bowery restaurant in Aiken.
Attending were Blanche Browne, Beverly Lard, Shirley
Burkett, Kathleen Burkett, Peggy Hutchison, Joan
Phillips, Jack Woodzell, Trudi Clontz, Olga Holmes, and
two new members Ruth Lee Lam and Ann Richardson of
L-R: Marion Price, Vince Ridge, Norma Martin,
No party would be complete without a dance to
Lucho by our Bill M. He was out there doing "his thing",
light on his feet, having fun and entertaining us as always.
His Mary was on the side lines nursing a broken arm.
Unexpectedly, he had more than an able partner. Charlott.
After the music stopped and the applause died down. Billy
went back to his Mary. Our new friend Charlott Colton
showed she could add a lot to our group.
We closed a great evening by discussing next year's
theme. Several were mentioned, but a Shipwreck party. a la
Gilligan's Island. Titanic or Robinson Crusoe offered the
We expect many more people in 2001 to enjoy the
fun in the renovated hotel, which now includes rooms with
with fabulous Jacuzzi. How about a Jacuzzi Party? Well.
The group, L-R: Billy Michaelson, Nora Anderson,
Vince Ridge, Dottie Ridge, Marion Price, Manny
Quintero, Shirley Erickson, Thelma March, Bill
March, Charlott Colson, Rosemary Gilead, Bob
Whitam, Norma Martin.
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Diane (Boyd) Petrosky,
Dianne (Hutchison) Cox and Nancy (Boyd) McAleer.
Diablo friends at the 2000 Reunion.
Peggy Hutchison, Ruth Lee Lam, Ann Richardson,
Blanche Browne, Beverly Lard at September
1: L-R:,Olga Holmes, Shirley Burnett, Kathleen Burnett. 2: L:-R: Joan Phillips, Jack Woodzell, Trudi Klontz
Gary Hutchison and Ron Nessler
Peggy Hutchison had as visitors in early September
her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Pat Hutchison, of
Arlington, TX. While they were here, Ron Nessler drove
down from Greenville, SC, to reminisce about "old times" -
some of which surprised Peggy.
In September Charles Green had as house guests
his son Edward Green and family of Kalamazoo, MI. Thev
also visited his sister Virginia (Green) Machek in North
Although we don't know all the details, it seems
Blanche Browne added considerable mileage to her car this
summer as she and Doris Leeser of Dothan covered the
eastern United States. Somewhere along the line, while
stopped at a gas station, and after asking them about their
travels, a young man commented "My mother wouldn't do
In May, Diny (Shore) LeBlanc and her cousin
Nancy (York) Coffey traveled to Knoxville, TN, for a short
stay, and the week of July 4th Diny spent in Kissimmee, FL,
with her daughter Sandi and grandchildren Samantha and
Aiden. Lorna Shore's daughters Charlen Shore and
Sandra (Shore) Davis of Miami came to Aiken to visit
Lora. Diny and Lorna also had a visit from a former Gatun-
ite Mike Stanley of Fairhope, AL.
Greeting Y'all from Piano, TX. There was
"Dancing in the Streets" with our first recorded rain in "84
days" in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on October 7th. Fall has
arrived in Piano, and it is wonderful.
Rosana (Price) Boucher (BHS'75) is a
Grandmom to twin boys. Dylan and Daylan live in
Mesquite, TX, with dad Chris and Cynthia Boucher.
Sandra Fulton (BHS'80), Houston, TX, has
accepted the position of Director of Organization
Effectiveness in Latin America with Direct TV Satellite in
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Capt. Art and Edie (McNeil) Farrell are well and
keeping busy in Richardson, TX.
The Connertons will be spending Thanksgiving
week in Binghamton, NY, with the senior Connertons.
Enroute they will spend a day visiting brother Wil Robb
and family in new home in Yorktown, VA. Bliss and son
Jake will celebrate birthdays there.
Quinn home in El Valle. Jim and Nita Jones Girard
(BHS'55) Bruce Quinn, Linda (Reimann) Morris, Bob
Morris and Marc Quinn in El Valle, Rep. of Panama
Pat (Horoda) Rogers (BHS'75) is back in school
with a career in court reporting as her goal.
Bob and Linda Morris celebrated "Anniversary
Numero Forty-one" on a seven-day cruise with ports of call
in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Cozumel the end of August.
They returned "fatter and sassier". They will spend three
weeks in November visiting family and friends in Costa
Bill and Jean Muller (Ocala) were vacationing in
Dallas area in October.
Thelma (Conover) DeLaMater (Rep. De
Panama) is vising son Paul in Plano. She "expertly" babysat
Nicole (5) and Natalie (2) for a weekend while Paul and
Maria attended a cousin's wedding in New York. Thelma
reports that "Billy D" is fine. She will also visit son Peter
and family in Houston before returning home.
"Grampsie" Bob Morris (BHS'53) babysitting Gabriella
Morris, 2. and Drew Partick Connerton, 3 /2 at home
in Piano, Texas.
I need more news for you Dallas area folks. Please
send me your news so I can include it.
Linda Reimann Morris
The notices for the 21"' Annual Zonians Christmas
Party, Saturday, December 9, at the Inn of the Hills have
been mailed. We hope to see all of you there.
Les Johnston has recovered from his stroke enough
to go hunting in Wyoming. While Les was enjoying the "Big
Country", Muriel went to Whidby Island, WA, to visit son
Dickey and family. Since their return, Les' sister from Ft.
Lauderdale, FL, came for a visit to Kerrville.
Ray Larson is home and doing well after a short
stay in the cardiac section of a San Antonio hospital.
Lois Byrd is at home recovering after a lengthy
My grandson Erick Rhyne came to Kerrville to
visit me and his aunts Barbara Stanford and Camille
Eastham. Erick recently moved from Homestead, FL, to
On August 12, Iris Hogan and Kathi Lessiack flew
to South Carolina to spend a week with Iris' brother and
sister-in-law, Leon and Claire Dedeaux, at their home in
Anderson. Leon and Claire had their 17-year-old grandson
Sven visiting with them. Sven shows signs of becoming a
professional bowler one day. He has already bowled a 300
game in league, with an average of over 200.
Tim Kessler, Angie Kelsey and Kyle from Oklahoma
City, visited brother Bill, Jr. of San Antonio. Tim was
one of the last generation in the Canal Zone and son of
the last Chief of Police, William F. Kessler.
At the end of the week in Anderson. Kathi and Iris
drove to Clemson. SC. to attend the wedding of Michael
Fisher. the son of Amy (Garcia) and Richard Fisher. The
rehearsal dinner, the wedding itself, and the reception
afterwards were all fabulous affairs. There were several
guests present from Panama. including Kathi's daughter Sue
Stabler, Marcia (Dubbs) Winford with her husband and
two children. Amy's mother Elsie Garcia and her brother
After the festivities. Kathi and Iris drove to Staley.
NC. to spend a week with the Fishers and the Garcias. One
evening the Fishers had several guests, all Zonians. Included
were Barbara (Dombrowsky) and Tommy Hanna, Kathy
(Lavallee) Sears, Lisa (Hunt) and William Johnson. A
house full of Zonians makes for a lot of wonderful
Ed Stanford is on a fishing trip in Panama with his
friends and host Sid Coffin. He has traded record-breaking
heat and drought for what appears to be record-breaking
storms and rain.
Congratulations to Jeanne Stough for winning First
Place in the display category in the Philatelic Show in
Houston, TX. Her exhibit was about life in the old Canal
Our condolences to the Al Warner family, San
Antonio, on the loss of their father and husband, October 2.
On July 14, Fred and Marion Wells celebrated
Fred's birthday. Daughter-in-law Patricia Summerfield (Dr.
Fred Wells Jr.'s wife) came from Perth, Australia, Dr. Alan
and Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells came from Atlanta, plus
relatives from the Texas area and friends from the Canal
Zone and Texas days.
On July 21, twenty-five Zonians got together to visit
with Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond, Vince and Dottie Ridge
and Mary (Ridge) Coffey. They were visiting Kathy
(Ridge) and Don Adams after the Canal Zone Reunion in
On October 7, Fred and Marion, Mary (Wells)
Fealey and daughter Jamie joined the Ted Melanson and
Alan Wells families in Willimantic, CT (near Hartford) to
celebrate the marriage of Chandra Lee Wells to David
Alan Rice. Fred's sister-in-law Polly (Russell's widow) and
daughters Martha and Patricia from New Jersey were also
there, plus a representation from the Rice family. It was a
delightful occasion. The bride broke with tradition by
announcing she was presenting her bouquet to her
grandmother as she has been married 55 years and set a great
example for her.
WILLIAM AND JEANNE WOOD
William and Jeanne Wood celebrated their 52nd
wedding anniversary July 23, 2000 at the Clarkston Care
Center in Clarkston, Washington, where Jeanne is recovering
from a broken leg.
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Jeanne and William G. Wood at their 52nd anniversary
They were surprised with a candlelight and
champagne dinner brought by their son Donald and his wife
Monica who were visiting from Antioch, California. Don is
currently a chemical engineer for Dow Chemical at the
Pittsburg, California plant.
SARAH BEATTIE CLEMSON GRAD
Friends and relatives attended the graduation of
Sarah Elizabeth Beattie, (BHS'95) from Clemson
University, Clemson, South Carolina. Sarah obtained a BS
degree in Parks, Travel and Tourism Management and a
minor in Spanish.
Sarah is certified in Therapeutic Recreation and
completed an internship at Greenville Memorial Hospital her
last semester at Clemson. Sarah's parents, Press and Susie
Beattie, along with her brother James, celebrated the
graduation with a special dinner for friends and relatives.
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L-R: James Beattie (BHS'92), Susie and Sarah
Beattie (BHS'95)and Dr. Preston Beattie at Clemson.
LAURA LeBRUN SELECTED
Laura LeBrun, daughter of Aurora and Bill
LeBrun, who is a senior at Wimberley High School, Texas,
has been selected Captain of the school's award winning
dance team, the "Texan Stars." She is responsible for the
team during performances and for choreographing team
routines. She was selected before a panel of independent
judges, a vote from the team and a review of her academic
and disciplinary record. She must also complete a tryout
notebook which includes five personal essays, a dance
routine and a scrapbook honoring the preceding year. The
Texan Stars have 32 members who perform at football and
basketball games. They also compete at regional and
national level earning many awards.
L-R: Rae Donaldson (BHS'68) Doris Marchuk Jones,
(BHS'68) Wayne Foscue (BHS'58), Tom Stoakley
(BHS'66) Eileen Angle, Dennis Gilbert (BHS'69),
Rosemary Gilead (BHS'41) Jay Marshall and
Barbara Bonanno (BHS'71).
BOB VAN SICLEN CELEBRATES
A surprise birthday luncheon was attended by 35
family members and friends at Bridges Restaurant in Largo,
recently to surprise Bob on his 80'h birthday. Plans, by his
children, had been in the works for a year, and all seven of
Bob's children attended alone with five of his grandchildren.
As a soloist. Laura was "Best Dancer" at the New
Orleans Regional in 1998 and has regularly earned the
"Superior" rating for her solo routines. She has also earned
first places and medals as a member of another dance group
"Locomotion." winning at two separate competitions.
Besides dance. Laura is a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. Head
Yearbook Photographer and has a 3.8 GPA. She is also a
candidate to the U.S. Naval Academy and is considering her
options for college. The Wimberly School District has won
the Lone Star Cup which is given to the best district in
Texas, considering academic performance, athletic, inter-
scholastic competition and drop-out rate.
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Pictured, left to right (standing): Mary Ann Storms, Far
Hills, N.J.; Nancy Van Siclen, East Hampton,
N.Y.;Susan Brickley, Amagansett, N.Y; Amy deGroot,
Boca Raton, FL; Robin Basirico, Shoreham, N.Y;
Sitting, left to right: Betty Borrelli, Exeter, N.H.; Proud
Dad, Bob Van Siclen, and Robert "Skip" Van Siclen
of Stowe, Vermont.
PANAMA SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Orlando World Center Marriott
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Information/Hospitality: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Crystal Registration Desk
Vendors Set Up: 2:00 7:00 p.m. Canary NO MERCHANDISE SOLD
Thursday, August 9, 2001
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament. Hawk's Landing Golf Course
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: 1:30 P.M. Crystal Ballroom J
Registration: 1:00 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K P
Information/Hospitality: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 5:00 p.m.; 7:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 9:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
3rd Annual BHS/CHS Alumni and Friends Disco Dance, 8:30 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Crystal Ballroom J
Friday, August 10, 2001
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Crystal Ballroom J
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Registration: 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K P
Information/Hospitality: 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 4:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Crystal Ballroom J
Friday Night Dance: 7:30 p.m. 2: 30 a.m. Sabal and Royal Ballrooms
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Crystal Ballroom J
Saturday, August 11, 2001
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 2:30 4:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K P
Information/Hospitality: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 2:30 4:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Crystal Ballroom J
Bingo: 2:00 4:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Crystal Ballroom J
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:30 a.m. Sabal and Royal Ballrooms
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Crystal Ballroom J
Sunday, July 12, 2001
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Canary Ballroom
Despidida: All Society Members Invited Farewell to Friends 9:30 11:00 a.m. Sabal and
Reunion Coordinator: (352) 726-8804
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook
Bill McLaughlin: 2001 Reunion Coordinator
Tel: (352) 726-8804 / reunioncoordinatortapancanalsocietv.ora
The 2001 Reunion will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott August 8 thru 12, 2001. These
"Yellow Pages" are designed to make the registration process as smooth as possible. Please read all of the
instructions carefully, complete the forms clearly and mail them in early. You can also register on-line with
your computer by going to the Society's web site at: http://www.pancanalsociety.ora for everything except
hotel reservations. Hotel reservations must be made by submitting the form within the yellow pages. You can
also use your Visa or Master Card to pay for membership renewal and reunion registration. Remember that
all mail in forms must go to the Panama Canal Society Office mailing address for processing.
There is a $5.00 registration fee for each person over 18 years of age. This fee is to help offset
Reunion expenses, which include postage, telephone, mileage, audiovisual set up, equipment rental, signs,
and other charges related to the Reunion event.
Volunteer Chairpersons for the 2001 Reunion are listed below:
BHS/CHS Alumi Disco
Nancy Van Siclen
Elaine Vestal Lewis
Jan and Lou Andino
2001 Reunion Payment Instructions
Item: Payment Made To: Mail To:
(Do not include membership anama n c f Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
dues with any other Reunion anama y 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Payment) a, nc. Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Reunion Registration Fees
Tickets: All Dances All 2001 Reunion forms and
Tickets: Luncheon 2001 Reunion Coordinator payments to the left can be
(One check for these items) sent in one envelope to:
Hotel Reservations Reunion Coordinator
(Do not Include hotel reservations 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
with payment for any other items Orlando Center World Marriott Seminole, FL 33772-4712
above. Use form in Yellow Pages)
Chagres Invitational Golf Jane Huldtquist
Tournament and Luncheon Jane Huldtquist 9200 Park Blvd #205
Seminole, FL 33777-4135
It is extremely important that you read the instructions above carefully and send payments to the correct
locations and that checks are made out to the correct department. If you are not sure about something, and
have any questions please call our toll free number 1-866-726-2262. It is better to get help than have your
forms sent back to you. And don't forget, those with computers can pay on-line by visiting the Society's web
site at http://www.pancanalsocietv.orq. Further detailed instructions are located on the individual event yellow
pages within. Remember: To participate in the above functions, you must have paid your 2001
membership dues, Reunion Registration and individual event / activity fees.
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR DUES?
YOU MUST REGISTER!
If you plan to attend the 2001 Reunion.
REUNION REGISTRATION FORM
Chairperson: Beth Brandenburg (813) 672-9840
Office Use Only Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Rea.Fee Lunch Ball PZonian DJ Dance
SPlease register yourself, family and/or guests.
SPlease print or type: LIST NAME AS YOU WANT IT PRINTED ON YOUR NAME BADGE:
City: State: Zip:
List the name of each person in member's group and include $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age. LIST EACH NAMP
AS YOU WANT IT PRINTED ON THE NAME BADGES. NAME BADGES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND REUNION
NAME AGE NAME AGE
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Credit Card Payment Information Please insure that this information is printed clearly and complete. We
only accept Visa, Master Card.
Credit Card Number Exp Date_
SAuthorized Signature: Card Type: _
A NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE OF $5.00 PER MEMBER AND DEPENDENT OVER 18
YEARS OF AGE IS BEING CHARGED TO OFFSET REUNION EXPENSES.
TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS AND TO BUY DANCE, DISCO AND LUCHEON TICKETS, YOU MUST
HAVE PAID YOUR 2001 DUES AND $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE ABOVE. 2001 DUES ARE DUE
DECEMBER 31, 2001.
PAYMENT CAN BE MADE BY CHECK, MONEY ORDER OR CREDIT CARD. ON-LINE REGISTRATION
IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT http://www.pancanalsocietv.orQ web site.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE AND MAIL TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE
334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712
THOSE MEMBERS RESIDING IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA AND ABROAD PLEASE USE CHECKS
ON U.S. BANKS OR MONEY ORDERS OR DRAFTS PAYABLE BY U.S. INSTITUTIONS.
Annual Business Meeting
President Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Crystal Ballroom J
I would like to invite all members to attend the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, August 10,
2001. Your support and ideas are important!! I hope to see all of you there.
1. The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.
2. Only paid up members will be admitted.
3. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors.
4. No Smoking is permitted at the business meeting.
There will be a grand prize of two (2) domestic round trip airline tickets on Continental -
Compliments of the Panama Canal Society Official Travel Agency Travelworld.
1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 2001 Reunion, you
should submit an application for membership to the Secretary, Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712, before the June
28, 2001 Executive Board meeting.
2. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place
schedules, notices, pictures, etc. on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotel. Any
schedules or reasonable information concerning your event may be displayed at the Society
Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall at the reunion.
3. CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED INTO THE FRIDAY
NIGHT DANCE OR THE ANNUAL BALL, AND UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE AT THE.DJ
4. DRINKS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND SMOKING WILL NOT
BE PERMITTED IN THE BALLROOMS OF BOTH DANCES.
5. REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR REGISTRATION FORM WITH THE NON-REFUNDABLE
REGISTRATION FEE. PLEASE LIST ALL YOUR GUESTS NAMES AS THEY WANT
PRINTED ON THEIR NAME BADGES. NAME BADGES ARE PREPARED IN ADVANCE.
THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO OBTAIN A TRUE HEAD
COUNT ON THE NUMBERS THAT ARE ATTENDING FOR OUR PLANNING PURPOSES.
6. UNDERAGE DRINKING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED OR PERMITTED AT THE REUNION.
HOTEL SECURITY MAY REQUEST PROOF OF AGE. ANYONE OBSERVED SUPPLYING
INTOXICATING DRINKS TO UNDERAGE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE DEALT WITH AS
7. STATE LAW FORBIDS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES NOT PURCHASED AT HOTEL BARS
TO BE CONSUMED OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE GUEST'S ROOM.
8. THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA HAS ENJOYED THE REPUTATION OF
BEING A FUN- LOVING, AND CONGENIAL GROUP AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THIS
REPUTATION. DISRESPECTFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE ACTS IS BEHAVIOR
UNBECOMING A SOCIETY MEMBER AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. SOCIETY
MEMBERS OR THEIR GUESTS WHO PERFORM THESE ACTS WILL BE DEALT WITH TO
THE FULLEST EXTENT. VANDALISM OF HOTEL PROPERTY COULD RESULT IN
CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
LET'S ALL HAVE A GREAT TIME AND ENJOY GOOD FELLOWSHIP WITH OLD FRIENDS!
PAY YOUR 2001 DUES BY JANUARY 1
22nd CHAGRES INVITATIONAL AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
AND LUNCHEON THURSDAY AUGUST 9, 2001
Honorary Chairperson Jane Huldtquist (727) 397-5846
Co-Chairpersons: Ed Wardlow (863) 967-2106 and Kenny Morris (727) 938-5088
ALL PLAYERS AND GUESTS MUST PAY THE $5.00 REUNION REGISTRATION FEE
TO THE SOCIETY OFFICE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE
Make Reservations Earlyll
Entry Deadline: July 13, 2001
PAYMENT INFORMATION: See the Reunion Coordinator's Notebook, Page B.
TOURNAMENT LOCATION: Hawks Landing Gold Course, 1World Center, Orlando, Florida.
TIME: Check in at 7:00 a.m. Shotgun Tee Off at 7:30 a.m.
ENTRY FEE: $80.00 Includes Green Fees, Golf Carts, Luncheon, Awards, Favors, and Door Prizes. Unless
advised by the Committee, consider yourself registered, no confirmation will be sent.
AWARDS LUNCHEON: 1:30 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom J, Golf ID tags required for entry.
GUESTS: Cost: $21.00 each. Only one Luncheon guest per player. No children under 12 will be permitted.
COMPETITION: Male golfers will be flighted by age. Female golfers will be grouped in one flight.
BAGGAGE DROP: Fee to be determined and published in the March "Canal Record".
SHOES: Soft cleats are required.
COOLERS: No coolers allowed on the course.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: Will be posted in the PCS Registration area, lower level of the Orlando
World Center Marriott on Wednesday afternoon prior to the tournament.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: Will be published in the March "Canal Record".
I Golf Tournament Registration Form
Name (Print) Member No. _
Address City _Zip
Telephone No. ___Age (8/1/01) (Males only)
I Atlantic Sider Pacific Sider Amateur Professional
Name Age Handicap__
Name Age Handicap__
IName Age Handicap I
Name Age Handicap__
If you don't have your handicap, list your average score for 18 holes
# Golfers # Luncheon Guests
SGolf and Awards Luncheon $ Non Golfing Lunch Guest $ Total Amount $ _
Luncheon Guest's Names_
***NOTE: Professional golfers are not eligible to compete for "Championship" Door prizes only.
Credit Card Payment Information Please insure that this information is printed clearly and complete.
We only accept Visa, Master Card.
Credit Card Number Exp Date
IAuthorized Signature: Card Type:
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Make Reservations Early
Deadline for Reservations is June 15, 2001
or until rooms are full.
Hotel Lodging Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen
1-866-726-2262 or 727-3914359
Please read all instructions very carefully.
1. Reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 2001 dues
and all reservations will be authorized through the 2001 Reunion Hotel Lodging Chairperson.
Please do not phone reservations directly to the hotel.
2. The hotel will make the room assignments. MEMBERS MUST MAKE ANY
CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS DIRECTLY WITH THE REUNION HOTEL LODGING
CHAIRPERSON AND NOT THROUGH THE REUNION COORDINATOR OR THE HOTEL
PLEASE CALL TELEPHONE NUMBER (727) 391-4359.
3. ONLY ONE ROOM RESERVATION PER MEMBER AT REUNION RATES. THE
MEMBER MUST OCCUPY THIS ROOM. THE MEMBER WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR
ANY DAMAGE TO THIS ROOM.
4. CUT-OFF DATE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IS JUNE 15, 2001. PRINT OR TYPE
AND COMPLETE IN FULL THE HOTEL RESERVATION FORM (PAGE H). Failure to
complete form properly will delay processing of your reservation.
5. The Hotel Reservation form must be accompanied by a Reunion Registration Form (page
D) and the non-refundable registration fee of $5.00. DO NOT COMBINE HOTEL
RESERVATION DEPOSITS AND REGISTRATION FEES (see Reunion Coordinator's
Notebook, page B for payment instructions).
6. Mail the Hotel Reservation form and one (1) nights deposit MADE OUT TO THE HOTEL to
the Reunion Coordinator, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712. The
deposit is payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order, or draft payable to U.S. Institutions to
the hotel or by any major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC or other). Please indicate card number,
expiration date and signature on the Hotel Registration Form. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER
PAYMENTS WITH YOUR HOTEL DEPOSIT. The hotel deposit goes to the hotel and not the
Panama Canal Society.
7. There are a limited number of room for "special needs" guests and will be assigned on a
first come first served basis. Please note your request in the Special Request space on the
Hotel Reservation Form
8. There are a limited number of roll-a-way beds and refrigerators available. Requests will be
assigned on a first come, first served basis.
9. A SALES and RESORT TAX WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR FINAL BILL.
10. There are a number of one and two bedroom suites available. Please contact the Reunion
Lodging Chairperson at (727) 391-4359 for prices, availability and approval. Once approved,
submit your request on the Hotel Reservation Form.
11. Mini-Reunions MUST go through the Reunion Lodging Chairperson for suites.
12. MEMBERS MUST BE AWARE THAT FAILURE TO CANCEL RESERVATIONS 72 HOURS
PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE, OR FAILURE TO CHECK INTO THE HOTEL ON THE FIRST
NIGHT FOR WHICH RESERVATIONS WERE MADE, MEMBERS WILL LOSE THE FIRST
NIGHT'S DEPOSIT AND REMAINDER OF RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.
13 THE STATE OF FLORIDA ALLOWS ONLY FIVE (5) PEOPLE TO OCCUPY ONE HOTEL
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
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HOTEL REGISTRATION FORM
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
2001 REUNION AUGUST 8 12, 2001
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS JUNE 15, 2001 OR UNTIL ROOMS ARE FULL. FOR CHANGES OR
CANCELLATION PLEASE CALL SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON, NANCY VAN SICLEN AT (727)
391-4359. CHECK-IN 4:00 P.M. CHECKOUT 11:00 A.M.
PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT (BLACK INK):
MEMBER: TEL. NO.
CITY: STATE: ZIP:
ARRIVAL DATE: DEPARTURE DATE:
TYPE OF ROOM REQUESTED RATES FOR SINGLE/DOUBLE ARE $109.00 + Resort Fee and Sales Tax:
NO PREFERENCE NON-SMOKING
ONE KING BED SMOKING ROOM
TWO DOUBLE BEDS
__ ACCESSIBLE ROOM ONE KING
SUITE FOR SUITE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE REUNION LODGING CHAIRPERSON
NAMES OF ROOM OCCUPANTS: 1. 2.
GUARANTEE RESERVATION WITH ONE NIGHT DEPOSIT
CHECK ENCLOSED: $ (PAYABLE TO "ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT')
AMEX VISA/MASTER CARD DISCOVER CARD OTHER
CREDIT CARD NO: EXP. DATE:
..J-SIGNATURE REQUIRED FOR CREDIT CARD DEPOSIT)
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Chairperson: Margaret McLaughlin (352) 726-8804
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2001. The
doors will open at 9:00 a.m. at the Sabal/Royal Ballrooms. The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee.
Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come early to get a good seat.
The Folklorico Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 9:30 a.m. This
dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a
little bit of Panama!
Luncheon Chairpersons Jan and Lou Andino Tel: (904) 642-6156 Fax: (904)-997-1870
1. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will begin at 12:00 noon at the Crystal Ballroom J.
2. Tickets are limited and only 10 tickets per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
4. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They may be picked up at the Reunion Registration area.
5. The menu: Grilled Pork Loin Medallions or Roasted Chicken. Lunch includes, Caribbean Garden Salad,
Saffron Rice, Steamed Vegetables, and Pina Colada Torte as desert. Please circle your choice.
6. No Reservations will be accepted and no refunds will be made after July 15, 2001. Tickets will not be
sold at the luncheon. Please list seating preferences (if any) below. All seating will be on a "First Come-
First Served" basis.
7. If you require special seating arrangements to accommodate impairments, please note your needss.
Luncheon Ticket Order Form
Saturday, July 11,2001
S$23.00 per person 10 tickets per member. No. of tickets ordered Total $ _
SList names and please indicate your choice of menu below. C for Chicken P for Pork (circle one)
1. C or P 6. C orP
S2. C or P 7. C or P
3. C or P 8. C or P
S4. C or P 9. C or P
5. CorP 10. Cor P
Special seating requirements:
Credit Card Payment Information Please insure that this information is printed clearly and
complete. We only accept Visa, Master Card.
SCredit Card Number Exp Date_
Authorized Signature: Card Type:
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Transportation Chairperson: Bill McLaughlin (352) 7268804
The Executive Board of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., after careful consideration of
all proposals submitted, has appointed BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD as the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT
for the 2001 Reunion.
BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD has merged with several travel agencies, one of which is TAMPA
BAY PARTNERS IN TRAVEL. The latter has been in business over 20 years and is located in Brandon,
Florida. All of the management team boasts experience ranging between 10 and 30 years in the travel
field. They have three offices in the Tampa area. BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD is one of the largest
independent travel companies in the entire Bay area with revenue of over 12 million dollars annually.
BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD is committed to providing members of the Society with the lowest air
fares possible. Since they are not restricted to one airline, this can prove to be beneficial to Society
members. The Society will provide BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD with necessary information to contact our
As an added incentive, BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD will provide two round trip tickets for travel
within the continental United States to be awarded at the Annual Reunion Business Meeting. YOU MUST
BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Members are encouraged to support the Reunion Transportation Program by making your travel
arrangements with the Official Travel Agency BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD. Reservations can be made
by contacting Mary Meltzer, Reunion Travel Specialist at 800-231-3013, 813-684-5005 or you can fax her
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
IS PROUD TO PRESENT TWO EVENINGS OF EXCITING
ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE!
FRIDAY NIGHT WILL FIND US "DANCING THRU
THE DECADES" WITH TWO GREAT BANDS!!
A Big Band Sound (Music to take us thru the
decades -from the 30's to the 90 's)
"The Canal Zone AllStar Band"
(A sound you haven't heard in 35 years and look
Do these names sound familiar? These are some of the bands they played in while in the
Canal Zone: "The Betners";The NoNames"; The LoveChain "; "The Waywards"; "The
Lancers"; and "The Frank Pretto Band"
SATURDAY NIGHT IT'S "CARNIVAL 2001" WITH
"FRANK PRETTY AND THE PARRANDA BAND"
IT'S THE MUSIC YOU LOVE AND A BALLROOM
DECORATED AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT!!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!
Dances Chairperson: Darleen Hunt (727) 507-0132
1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from members who have paid their 2001 dues and have paid their
$5.00 Reunion Registration Fee (See PageC)Tickets will not be refunded after July 15, 2001, and will not
be resold at the Reunion.
2. Tickets will not be mailed. Prepaid tickets will be at the Reunion Registration tables on the lower level.
3. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted entrance to the dances. No Exceptions
Ticket Reservation Form
Friday Night Dance Annual Ball
Dress: Informal Dress: Semi Formal, No shorts or jeans
Music by Charly Raymond Band Friday Music by Frankie Pretto Saturday
and'Canal Zone AIIStar Band" August 10 8:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. August 11
7:30 p.m. 2:30 a.m. Sabal and Royal Sabal and Royal
$ 12.00/Ticket 6 tickets per member $12.00/Ticket 6 tickets per member
No.of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $
Chairperson: Jacque Vowell (904) 441-3229
Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11
11:00 p.m.- 4:00 a.m.
Crystal Ballroom J
CHILDREN UNDER 15 NOT PERMITTED INTO THE DISCO DANCES
I Member's Name: Age:
August 10th: $5.00/Ticket August 11th: $5.00/Ticket
No. of Tickets: Total $ No. of Tickets: Total $
Credit Card Payment Information Please insure that this information is printed clearly and
complete. We only accept Visa, Master Card.
Credit Card Number Exp Date
Authorized Signature: Card Type:
3rd Annual BHS/CHS Alumni and Friends Disco Dance
Chairpersons Betty Frassrand and Jacque Vowell
Crystal Ballroom J
Please join us for our 3rd Annual Mega Class Reunion DJ Dance to be held on Thursday night
from 8:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Come support your High School in an evening guaranteed to be
festive for all. Class Reunions are encouraged to make this dance a part of your reunion
festivities. If your class reunion isn't this year, so what, come anyway. That is what it is all
about One Big Class Reunion for everyone. And it is FREE. The evening will include dance
contests from all the dance eras, great music and a great time. Cash bars will be available. We
look forward to another very successful year. See ya there...
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Chairperson: Elaine Vestal Lewis (727) 442-0457
1. In order to be a vendor at the Reunion 2001, your Panama Canal Society dues must be paid in full for the
year 2001 at the time you submit your Vendor Application. You must also pay the $5.00 Registration Fee
regardless of whether you are staying at the hotel. (1) Payment of membership dues for 2001, (2) payment
of the $5.00 registration fee and (3) your approved application with $100 payment, will reserve a table for
you and permit you to sell at the Reunion.
2. Vendor Applications will not be published in the Canal Record. The deadline for receiving Vendor
Applications as well as for refunds is July 1, 2001. No cancellations will be refunded after that date.
3. Approval of the Vendor Application will be based on whether items for sale are related or compatible to
memorabilia from Panama. Authorization will be assigned in order of receipt of Vendor Applications and
payment of all fees and membership dues. Instructions and restrictions are clearly defined in the Vendor
Application Form. Please read the instructions carefully. The Orlando World Center Marriott may have
certain restrictions, which must not be violated, such as attaching an item to the wall.
4. Space will be available for a pre-determined number of vendors based on the size of the room. Vendor
tables will likely be 2'x6' and may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Vendor Chairperson. To
obtain a Vendor Application or if you have questions, you may contact the Vendor Chairperson, Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis at PanamaChica2001 vyahoo.com or telephone (727) 442-0457.
5. Vendor hours for selling will begin at 9:00 AM, on Thursday morning, August 9, 2001. Set up will be on
Wednesday, August 8, 2001, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. More details will be provided with the Vendor
6. Please ensure that you send your $100.00 Vendor Application Fee at the time of application, otherwise we
will not be able to process your request. You will also need to pay your $5.00 Registration Fee and the
2001 Society dues. Make your check or credit card payment to the REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite #334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Chairperson: James O'Donnell (727) 894-2478
Bingo will be called on Friday, August 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 11 from 2:00 to
4:00 p.m in the Crystal Ballroom J. There is no charge to participate on either day. Those interested in
enjoying a fun filled afternoon with "Bingo Jim" O'Donnell, put this on your calendar. Exact location will be
posted at the Information Desk, in the event area, lower level. GREAT PRIZES!!!
Chairperson Tom Peterson (941) 371-7731
The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will aid and assist all mini-reunion coordinators for high school,
and all other mini- reunions held during the 2001 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at the
Orlando World Center Marriott must receive advance approval from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson prior to
making any arrangements. The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will assist and advise as much as possible while
conforming to the Society's scheduled events to minimize conflict. Those planning their mini-reunion will be
responsible to obtain the necessary membership application and ticket forms for those in their group from
the Mini-Reunion Chairperson.
Mini-Reunion Coordinators must contact the Reunion Lodging Chairperson (see page E) for
hotel suites reservations. No suites will be assigned without going through the Reunion Lodging
Chairperson. Large Mini-Reunions requiring one of the hotel's event rooms must coordinate reservation of
these rooms through the Mini-Reunion Chairperson and not the hotel.
Mini-Reunion Coordinators can make their arrangements with the Hotel for their function only after
approval from Mini-Reunion Chairperson.
SThomas Photography & Productions
11902 Little Road, New Port Richey, Fl 34654
(727) 868-3669 (800) 329-3669 Fax (727) 863-5700
email: oythomas@ GTE.net Web: oythomas.com
We are the official photographers for the Panama Canal Society of Florida..
If you have special request, just call us at the studio or see us at the reunion.
We will be making Digital photos on location at the convention.
We will be doing digital imaging and Restoring Photographs at the convention
We can restore all your Panama Canal Photos from over the years.
Just give us a call at the studio.
We are a full time full service photography studio. We use all formats of photography
including digital video.
We offer year around services from portraits to commercial photography.
INFORMATION & HOSPITALITY
Marriott's Orlando World Center
Chairperson: Pat Beall (727) 391-4359
Hospitality was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a little more
pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and surroundings. The Society
Information and Hospitality Desk is open to any member during the published working hours. Our staff is experienced and have
volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Provide information regarding activities within and outside the Reunion.
2. The center for "Lost and Found" articles.
3. Sell Society license plates, decals, available Annual Directories and Canal Records.
4. Sell Annual Ball, Panazonian Dance, and Disco Dance tickets.
5 Place your message on our bulletin board for friends and/or guests.
6. Guide members to proper channels regarding hotel complaints..
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
9. Advise members of local transportation available for outside Reunion confines.
10. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when what where.
11. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.
We are at your service.
The Official Travel Agency
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
Aug. 8-12, 2001 Reunion Orlando, FL
Two free domestic Continental Airline Tickets will be given away at the Annual
Hourly door prizes at the trade show
**Must be present to win**
Discounted Airfares for Panama Canal members only
*For the lowest discounts make your flight arrangements early*
*Vacation Specials for Pan Canal Members+
Trafalgar Winter Break European Vacations at low prices! 8 Day Simply Italy tour
includes guide, first class accommodations, some meals, sightseeing and more from
$499 per person, land only.
Wakiki Delight! 6 night vacation including hotel, lei greeting, taxes and more from
$246 per person, land only
Senior Savings on Carnival Cruises! 7 Days on the Carnival Sensation to Mexico,
Grand Cayman and New Orleans cruise from January 7 through April 1, 2001 from
$599 per person, cruise only
U.S. Toll Free
Reunion Travel Specialist
800-231-3013 Local Phone 813-684-5005
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IVAN JENKINS HONORED
Henry Topping, left, president of the Laguna Woods
Lions Club, recently presented member Ivan Jenkins
with the Marvin Jones Fellow by Lions Club
International Foundation, in recognition of his
commitment to serving the world community.The
Fellowship is the foundation's highest honor.
The ceremony took place at the Installation of
Officers in June. Melvin Jones was the founder of the
organization in 1917. Ivan has been a member since
1934, having joined his hometown of Wadsworth, Ohio.
He joined the balboa Lions Club in 1952, the year in
which it was chartered, and he became president in
1953. The late William F. Bright was the charter
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Ryan Edward White with parents Everett and
Catherine (Williams) White at graduation ceremony.
Jessica Smith, 1 t place in Miss Model Category
Julia Matthews (BHS'96) with her father Tom
CANAL ZONE WINS FIRST PLACE
In a philatelic show in Houston, Texas last August,
Jean Stough's exhibit "My Old Canal Zone Home" won first
place in the display category (for beauty and creativity). It
was 32 first day covers (envelopes) depicting what life was
like in the dear old Canal Zone, number 1 of 100 frame
On invitation, the exhibit then traveled for display to
shows in Connecticut and Sociedad Filatelica de Panama.
Joe Coffin and Debbie Beck were married on
August 5, 2000 in the Chapel of Country Meadows, York,
Pennsylvania. Jerry Coffin was best man and Debbie's best
friend, Ruth Raab, was her maid of honor.
Eight of Joe's nine children were able to be present,
plus grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Family and
friends joined in the reception which was held in the Banquet
Room of San Carlos Restaurant. The couple will be residing
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Stevan and Matthew Stough enjoying the exhibit in
Debbie Beck and Joe Coffin
Karen Elizabeth Lotterhos and Todd Lee
Marcucci were united in marriage August 5, 2000 at First
Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi. The bride is the
daughter of M/M Joseph E. Lotterhos of Clinton, MS, and
the granddaughter of the late M/M James O. Catron of
Aiken, SC, and the late M/M Julius L. Lotterhos of Crystal
Springs. The groom is the son of M/M Gary Marcucci of
Brookfield, IL, and grandson of M/M Roland Marcucci of
Delray Beach, FL, and Pearl Azzolin of Brookfield, IL, and
the late Mario Azzolin.
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Karen Elizabeth Lotterhos and Todd Lee Marcucci
Karen, who wore her mother's wedding dress, was
presented in marriage by her father. Attending the bride as
maid of honor was Heather Braren of Ennis, TX. Best man
was Darrell Davila of Irving, TX, Groomsmen were Lt. Ed
Lotterhos, USN, brother of the bride, of Fall River, MA,
and Matt Bailey of Lewisville, TX, John Haley of
Carrolton, TX, and Billy Howell of Arlington, TX.
Following the ceremony a reception was held in
Lowe Hall. Assisting with the reception were Glenda
Catron, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Kim Landry of Brandon,
cousins of the bride, Kim Smith of Raymond and Kelly
Laurence of College Station, TX.
After an Alaskan cruise honeymoon, the couple is at
home in Grapevine, TX. The bride is employed as a process
engineer for Teccor Electronics and the groom is employed
as a hardware engineer for Marconi Communications.
Gladys Hattabaugh (BHS'91) and Russell
Stromberg (BHS'88) were united in marriage on May 20,
2000 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida.
Gladys is the daughter of William and Diana
Hattabaugh of Gorgona, Panama. Russell is the son of
Russell and Kathleen Stromberg of Tallahassee, Florida.
Maid of honor was Julia Hattabaugh (BHS'92)
sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Brewer
(BHS'91), Melissa Bowman (BHS'91) and Marci
Hattabaugh. The best man was David Smith (BHS'88),
friend of the groom and the groomsman was Carlos
Hattabaugh, brother of the bride.
The wedding reception was held following the
ceremony at the University of Central Florida Ballroom. A
little over 200 family and friends attended, the majority being
from Panama and the Canal Zone.
Gladys Hattabaugh and Russell Stromberg
Gladys graduated with her Masters degree at the
University of Central Florida and is an ESOL Instructor at
the university. Russ works as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the
city of Clermont. The couple will reside in Clermont as soon
as their house is completed this year.
Gladys and Russell enjoyed their honeymoon in
Sharon De Vore Glassburn and Frank Gonzalez
were married on September 26, 2000 in Clearwater, Florida.
They honeymooned at the Don Cesar on St. Petersburg
Beach, Florida and went to England to visit Sharon's
daughter, Dr. Tracy Glassburn-Slusarewicz, son-in-law Dr.
Paul Slusarewicz, and granddaughter Joanna.
Sharon and Frank Gonzalez
The bride is past president of the Morton Plant
Hospital Auxiliary and the groom is retired vice president of
Gardinier (now Cargill). Between them they have four
children and six grandchildren. They will reside in
Clearwater and Riverview, Florida.
(and Willard & Kathleen Huffman's 50th)
Heather Marie Novak of Port Townsend,
Washington, and Shaun Robert Bornemeier of Redmond,
Washington were married on April 1, 2000 at St. Mary's Star
of the Sea Church in Port Townsend. The reception followed
at the Port Ludlow Bay Club.
Heather is the daughter of Mary (Huffman) Novak
(CHS'69) and Gary Novak, son of Captain and Mrs. Ray
Novak (formerly of Gatun and Los Rios now in Arizona).
Heather is a 1997 graduate of Central Washington University
with a BA in elementary education and is currently employed
as a substitute teacher. Shaun has a BS degree in diagnostic
ultrasound and works in ultrasound at the University of
Front row L-R: Williard and Kathleen Huffman,
Shaun and Heather Bornemeir, Mary and Gary
Novak, Elinor Callahan. Back row: Will and Kathy
Huffman, Jim Huffman, Casey Novak (brother of the
Heather and Shaun were pleased to share the event
with Heather's grandparents, Willard and Kathleen
(Donahue) Huffman (formerly of Coco Solo and Margarita
- now in Arkansas) who celebrated their 50"h anniversary
(May 11 h) by going on a two week cruise to Hawaii shortly
after the wedding. Other family members traveling to the
wedding were Will Huffman (CHS'72) and Kathy
(Stevens) Huffman (CHS'72) of Arkansas, Jim Huffman
(CHS'74) of Texas and Elinor (Donahue) Callahan of New
Shaun and Heather spent two weeks in Hawaii for
their honeymoon and now reside in Redmond, Washington.
Ray Laatz and Emese Radvanzsky were married
on May 22, 2000 in a lovely garden in San Diego's Balboa
Maid of honor was Naomi Tallet and best man was
J. Laatz, brother of the groom. Guests included the bride's
relatives from the U.S., Spain, Germany, Hungary and
Canada, and the groom's relatives and friends from the U.S.
Emese Radvanzsky and Ray Laatz
The Reception was held in one of the park's lovely
halls and the food included the bride's family's delicious
Hungarian dishes, and of course, Empanadas and ceviche.
The couple spent their honeymoon week sightseeing, hiking
and snorkeling in Hawaii, and now reside in San Diego where
Emese works as a computer analyst and Ray as an industrial
Brittany Niccole Dupuis
Heather (Erickson, BHS'87) and husband, Tom
Dupuis, of Hopedale, Massachusetts, proudly announce the
arrival of their daughter, Brittany Niccole Dupuis. She was
born on June 11, 2000, weighing 8 lbs. 13 ounces and was 21
Brittany is the granddaughter of Tyrone (Ty) and
Niccole (Nicky) Erickson (formerly of Balboa), now
residing in Asheville, North Carolina, and the niece of Brad
(BHS'84) and Jennifer Erickson of Baltimore, Maryland.
Paternal Grandparents are Norma and Joseph Dupuis of
Tom and Heather Dupuis with baby Brittany Niccole
Tom and Heather Dupuis with baby Brittany Niccole
Ryan Matthew Sherry
Ryan Matthew Sherry arrived with "a big bang"
on July 4, 2000. How can we ever forget his birthday? Proud
parents are Mark (BHS'88) and Michelle Sherry of Tampa,
Stephanie Marie Herring
The Herrings, Tim (BHS'67) and Theresa (Snider
CHS'78) of Silverdale, Washington are proud to announce
the birth of their 12th child, Stephanie Marie, born August
23, 2000, weighing 8 lbs. 5 oz. The event was extra special
as their oldest daughters, Mary and Monique, and
Theresa's sister, Beth (Snyder) Hutchinson, were in the
delivery room for Stephanie's birth.
The family photo was taken on September 26th, one
day before their second son Christopher, sitting in the lower
left corner, took off for boot camp for the U.S. Army
National Guard in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Mark and Michelle Sherry with baby Ryan
Paternal grandparents are Art (CHS'51) and
Margie Sherry of Zephyrhills, Florida and Curundu,
Panama. Maternal grandparents are Don and AnneMarie
Coon of Stuart, Florida, and Suzanne and Marshall
Dennison of Jacksonville, Florida.
Ryan Thomas Pletcher
Rebecca (Grimison) Geoffrey and Dylan Pletcher
are pleased to announce the birth of a son, and brother, Ryan
Thomas Pletcher, on May 17, 2000, in Cape Canaveral
Hospital, Cocoa Beach, Florida. Maternal grandparents are
Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach, FL. Paternal
grandparents are Jim and Sue Pletcher of Rockville,
Ryan received the sacrament of Baptism on July 1,
2000 in the Church of our Savior, Coco Beach. Ryan's
godparents are his uncle, Matthew Grimison, and close
family friend Joli Martin. After the ceremony, family and
friends celebrated the occasion at the Pletcher's new home in
Rebecca, Geoffrey and Dylan Pletcher with baby
and brother, Ryan Thomas Pletcher
L-R Standing: James,
Bernadette. Middle: Tim
Angelica, Tom, Theresa
Christopher, Joe Mary.
with Anna, Rebecca,
with Stephanie, Front:
Robbie and Justin Younce welcome baby brother
Clay, born April 19, 2000 with parents Kindra (Rankin)
and Dave Younce, at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
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Frank Basinger passed away the morning of
October 10, 2000, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Frank had
been ill for a long time. He was an English teacher at Balboa
High School from the late 1970's to the early 1980's.
Frank is survived by his brother, sister-in-law, and
nieces and nephews.
Carlina (Gonzalez) Bateman, 91, of Jacksonville,
Florida passed away September 29, 2000 in Memorial
Hospital. She was born in Panama and resided there, both in
the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama, with members
of her family until the death of her son, Lewis in 1977. She
then moved to the United States where she resided primarily
with her daughter. Mom Bateman, as she was affectionately
known by friends of her children, was a Registered Nurse
and Midwife in Panama. After study at Herman Biggs
Memorial Hospital in New York, she returned to Panama
specializing in treatment of tuberculosis. She retired in 1962.
She is survived by five sisters and one brother; sons
Bruce and John; daughter Nancy; two grandsons, three
granddaughters, four great grandsons and numerous nieces
Andrea Garavanta Bellerose, 50, of Land
O'Lakes, Florida, passed away April 12, 2000. A BHS
graduate of the Class of 1967, she was a native of Augusta
and moved to Land O'Lakes in 1979. She was a homemaker
and a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in
Land O'Lakes. She was predeceased by her mother, Cele
Garavanta, who taught school in Panama.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Lawrence
Bellerose, and a son Alan, both of Land O'Lakes; her father,
Francis Garavanta of Tarpon Springs, FL, who also taught in
Panama; a brother, Jack Garavanta of Troy, Michigan; a step-
brother and three step-sisters.
George W. (Coach) Brady, 84, of Columbia, South
Carolina passed away March 9, 2000 after a long illness. He
brought his family to the Canal Zone in 1956 and his children
graduated from Balboa High School. They lived in Curundu,
Howard AFB and Albrook AFB. where he retired after 30
years of service. He received the Bronze Public Service
Award in 1974 from Canal Zone Governor David Parker, and
the Parish School of Religion recognized him for his devoted
service to the Catholic religious education program, among
his many other awards from the Canal Zone and Panamanian
He is survived by his wife, Jean; sons George
(BHS'68) and Rick (BHS'69), daughter Mary Jean Huhn
(BHS'65), grandsons Ryan Brady, Charles Barranco, Billy
and Bobby Brady; three granddaughters, Ginger Bullard,
Michele Tanner and Bonney Brady, and three great-
Vernon M. "Vern" Bryant, 65, of Seminole,
Florida, formerly of St. Petersburg, died October 22, 2000.
He was born in Newman, Georgia, and grew up in the
Panama Canal Zone, graduating from Cristobal High School
in 1953. He served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from
Northwest Missouri State College and taught school in
California before moving to Florida. He taught school at
Dixie Hollins and Gibbs high schools in Florida before
retiring after more than 30 years as a teacher.
He is survived by three daughters, Allison Bryant,
St. Petersburg, Fl., Valerie Bryant Stroud, Conover, N.C.,
and Andrea Bryant, New York City; a stepdaughter, Cheryl
Cockrell, Seminole, Fl., two stepsons, Bernard Cockrell II,
Tampa, Fl., and guy Cockrell, Howey-in-the-Hills; his
mother, Allena Kelly, Seminole; and six grandchildren.
Muriel H. DeYoung passed away on May 14,
2000, and a Memorial Service was held May 23r, 2000 at the
First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia,Georgia. She was an
art teacher, and will be missed by her students. She was the
widow of Charlie DeYoung who passed away several years
Muriel is survived by her sister, Dorothy Maurer
Williams of Pompano Beach, Florida.
Eula Mae "Sugar" DiRoma, 76, of Clearwater,
Florida, died September 5, 2000 at home. She was born in
the Panama Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1943. She came to Clearwater from Pittsburgh in
1964. She was a homemaker and a volunteer for Hospice of
the Florida Suncoast. She was a Catholic and was a member
of the Panama Canal Society for more than 50 years.
Survivors include three sons, David R. and Patrick,
both of Clearwater and Michael of Manhatten, NY; a
daughter, Rose Marie Kimball of Sheffield, England; a sister,
Willie Duval of St. Petersburg; eight grandchildren and four
Margaret W. Hope, 84, of Birmingham. Alabama,
died October 14, 2000 in her sleep at South Haven Nursing
Home near her son and daughter-in-law. She and her
husband Winters and two sons lived in the Canal Zone for 25
years until his retirement in 1964. She was a member of the
Eastern Star Orchid Chapter. She was predeceased by her
husband, Winters A. Hope and her eldest son David A.
She is survived by a son Winters O. Hope and his
wife Alice, four grandchildren, Maria Hope Kenny (Gene) of
Birmingham, Dr. Kenneth D. Hope (Claudia) of Houston,
Tx, Major Winters E. Hope (Nora) of Memphis, Tn, and
Major Daniel A. Hope (Lisa) of Fort Hood, Tx. and eight
John Jacob Keyser, 91, of Clearwater, Florida died
October 15, 2000 at home. Born in Ancon, Canal Zone, He
worked 42 years for the federal government in the U.S.
Weather Bureau and the Navy Weather Service. He
graduated from Washington State University and worked in
Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska, and was a Navy veteran of
WWII, served as weather officer aboard the carrier USS
Wake Island. He was a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Avis; two
sons, Dr. J.J. of Summit, N.J. and William of Arlington, Va.;
a sister, Adeline Mott, Spokane Wa.; and four grandchildren.
Julia "Jackie" Linker, 87, of Seminole, Florida,
passed away September 9, 2000 at Largo Medical Center.
She was born in Winber, Pennsylvania, and went to the
Canal Zone with her husband, Harry in 1939, who was a
master machinist with the Maintenance Division. She lived
in Margarita, Balboa and in Santa Clara, Panama until 1964
when they left the Panama Canal Zone and settled in
Seminole, Florida.. She was predeceased by her husband on
December 11, 1971. Jackie was a homemaker and a member
of the Edgewater Pines Residents Association, Seminole, and
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-
nieces and grand-nephews from Scalp Level, Pennsylvania..
Andrew Carr Nagy, of Land O'Lakes, Florida,
died August 21, 2000 in Tampa, Florida. He retired in June,
1973 from the Panama Canal Company Payroll and Machine
Accounting Division as an Accountant with over 37 years of
service. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
He is survived by a daughter, Armida Stickney of
Land O'Lakes; and a sister, Helen Ceroli of Tampa, Florida.
Ralph Norman Parker Jr., 80, of Leesburg,
Florida, died at home on July 26, 2000. He retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1980 as a Senior Control House
Operator at Miraflores Locks. Born in Philadelphia but lived
in Daytona Beach, Florida until he joined the Navy at the
beginning of World War II, where he served as a catapult
officer on the USS Hornet CV12. One of the highlights of his
career at Miraflores Locks was when he explained the
operation of the locks system to the famous General Jimmy
Doolittle. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Thelma;
three daughters, Sharon Mangham of Lake Mary. Fl., Karen
Smith of Astatula, Fl., Norma McCraw of Enterprise, Fl.;
eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
William Edward Pierson, 69, of Dothan, Alabama,
died October 4, 2000 at Flowers Hospital following a short
illness. Born in the Canal Zone, he resided there before
moving to Dothan in 1980. He was a BHS'49 graduate. He
was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict, and retired as
Power Plant Foreman with the Engineer and Construction
Power Branch of the Panama Canal Commission with over
31 years of service. He was a member of the American
Legion, NARFE and St. Columba Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Freda M. Pierson,
Dothan; two sons and a daughter-in-law William R. and
wife Rebecca, and Edward R. all of Dothan; and seven
Glenn W. Plucker, 80, of Williamsburg, Michigan,
died August 30, 2000 at home. He was born in Acme
Township and was a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army,
serving in World War II and Korea. He worked for the
Panama Canal Company for 14 years and retired in 1975
from the Supply Division as Master Chef with the Tivoli
Hotel. He participated with the Disaster Relief team to Chile
in 1959, played Santa Claus at the Catholic Children's
Hospital in Bogota, Colombia, and transported crippled
children from Panama to the U.S. for the Shriners. He also
served on many fund raising events. "Glenn never met a
He is survived by his wife, Marcella; sons, Michael
(Inez) of Eugene, Oregon, Richard (Nancy) of Cordova,
Alaska and Timothy (Patty) of Williamsburg; daughters
Kathleen (Lester) Bernard of Bellville, TX. and Debra
(Denis) Bouchard of Traverse City, OR; 15 grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren.
Frederick J. Rose, 71, of Huntsville, Alabama,
died July 1, 2000. Born in Ancon, Canal Zone, he grew up
there and graduated from BHS with the Class of 1947.
Attended CZJC briefly and worked for IAGS for five years,
then left to get an engineering degree from the University of
Colorado. He married Judy Jorstad (CHS'50) in 1954. After
two years in the military in Ft. Belvoir, following graduation
from C.U., he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
in Walla Walla, WA, in dam construction then transferred to
the Minuteman program in California, then to CEBMCO at
Norton AFB, and finally to Huntsville with Safeguard and
other projects. He retired in 1984. He was very active in his
children's interests, Scouting, sports, hunting, woodworking,
lapidary work, line dancing and ballroom dancing.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy; two
sons, John/Rose and Fred/Patti of Huntsville, three
daughters, Dana Kitchens/Steve of Harvest, AL, Janelle
Fowler and Annette Rose of Huntsville; two sisters, Ruth
Foster/Woody of Dunnellon, FL, and Helen Shapiro of
Miami, FL; and seven grandchildren.
Mary E. Ruppel, 101, of Margate, Florida, passed
away August 17, 2000, eleven days short of her 102"d
birthday. She was born in Freeport, Pennsylvania. She and
her husband went to the Canal Zone in 1951 and she became
active in the VFW Auxiliary, Inter American Women's Club,
Past president of Balboa Women's Club, a member of Orchid
Chapter of the O.E.S, and St. Luke's Cathedral. She left the
Canal Zone when her husband retired from the Locks
Division in 1967 She was predeceased by her husband in
Hedvig Sunberg Seedborg, 88, passed away in
Reedley, California July 23, 2000. Born in Colon, Panama
she attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1931. She left the Zone and attended Los
Angeles College of Commerce, retiring in 1972 from the
Teachers Association of Long Beach, Ca. She was a long
time member of the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California upon moving to Reedley in 1993 but continued
with her membership with the Panama Canal Society of
She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy
Sunberg Rohrback and a daughter, Dorothy C. Seedborg.
Orlando "Dick" Sena, 84, died February 12, 2000
in Chalmette, La. He was a native of Raritan, N.J. and
worked in the New York office of the Panama Canal
Company, and was transferred to the New Orleans office in
1961. He then went to work in the CZ Personnel Office and
lived in Los Rios.Tom Peterson was his supervisor there. He
married in 1963 to Elaine Croal Sena. Dick retired in 1971
and returned to Chalmette, La. with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; a son Richard ;
two step-children, David Navaille and Ren6 Navaille
Macaluso (a BHS'70 graduate), a sister, Grace Davidson and
Frank C. Smith, 84, of Hot Springs, Arkansas,
died June 14, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Cheyenne,
Wyoming, he came to the Canal Zone in 1933 and retired in
1967 as an employee with the U.S. Army. He was a life
member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers and a 33 Mason. He was preceded in death by his
wife of 52 years, Winona Smith, who also retired in 1967 as
a medical technologist from Gorgas Hospital.
He is survived by two daughters, Marian A.
Edwards of Clarksdale, Az., and Janet S. Bartlett of
Fayetteville, Ga.; two sons, Frank C. Jr. and Harold Q. both
of Houston, Texas, and seven grandchildren.
George A. Tully Jr. died July 17, 1999 in Aiken,
South Carolina. Born in Wheeling, WV, he went to the CZ
while in the Army/AirForce and joined the CZ Police Force
as a motorcycle officer, working on the Pacific side and then
the Atlantic side. He retired medically in 1961 due to an
injury while on duty. His last assignment was patrolling
Gatun Lake which he dearly loved. He was a member of Elks
Club 1542 and was P.G.A.R. as well as secretary for many
years. He also coached the P.A.L. little league and then
served as head umpire until retiring. He was a member of the
First Presbyterian Church in Aiken, S.C.
He is survived by a son, Dennis of Bartow, Fla;
daughter Sharon Lee Tully, Tampa, Fla., and daughter Gail
Tully, Panama City, Fla. There are 19 grandchildren and 13
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William A. Van Siclen, Jr, 91, of Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, died August 3, 2000. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he moved
to the Canal Zone at age three with his family. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1927 and finished a four-year
apprenticeship with the Panama Canal Co. before graduating
from the University of Texas where he earned a B.S. degree
in Mechanical Engineering. He retired in 1966 from the
Panama Canal Co. as Chief of the Locks Division, with over
35 years of service. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Mr. Van Siclen is survived by his daughter and son-
in-law, Lee and Heywood Tatem of Ft. Lauderdale; a brother,
Robert Van Siclen of Seminole, Fl; a sister, Cornelia Van
Siclen of Clearwater, Fl.; grandchildren William Kim Lloyd,
Betty Van Lloyd, and Mark Stevens Lloyd; great-
grandchildren, Jennifer Dunworth, Allison Lloyd and Remy
Lloyd. A Memorial Service was held at the First Presbyterian
Church, Ft. Lauderdale on August 11, 2000.
Marcel Werbrouk, 76, of Mishawaka, Indiana,
passed away on September 3, 2000 at home. He retired after
32 years of service at the Dodge Manufacturing Company
where he held the position of General Foreman. He was a
member of the Belgium Club, a WWII veteran and a member
of V.F.W. Post #302, Osceola, IN. and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. He married the former Jacqueline
Whitlock Stringer, (CHS'49) who was born and raised in the
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, his wife of 20
years; a daughter, Kristie Klaybor, three stepdaughters,
Cassie Reese, Beth Dokey, and Theresa Lundquest; and two
stepsons, Drennon Stringer, and Mark Stringer; a sister,
Clare Kaufman, and 13 stepchildren and many nieces and
George Leonard Wertz (Lenny), 57, passed away
August 21, 2000. He was born in Colon, R.P. and graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1961. After graduating, he
went to work for the PCC as an apprentice in the Electronics
Section of the Electrical Division. After 39 years of service,
he retired from PCC and left Panama in July 2000 to make
his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Lenny is survived by his wife Renee Nellis of New
Smyrna Beach FL; his son and daughter-in-law, David and
Debbie Wertz of Clearwater, Fla; his mother, Edna Wertz of
San Antonio, Texas and his sister, Marie (Wertz) Ayala also
of San Antonio, Texas.
Allen Wiggin, 90, of Vermont passed away July 19,
2000 after a long illness in Hobe Sound, Florida. He retired
as a Steel Welder from the Panama Canal Company. He was
a member of the Moose, Elks, Shrine and spent several years
in the Army.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Allgaier
Wiggin; a step-son John Allgaier and a step-daughter, Louise
Barkley, all of Florida.
Tommie L. Williford, 82, passed away on
September 9, 2000 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She went
to the Canal Zone in 1941 with her husband, William C.
(Sonny), and resided on the Atlantic side until their
retirement in 1976.
She is survived by two sons, and daughters-in-law,
James and Carolyn of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Michael and
Rosanne of Ocean Springs, MS; a daughter and son-in-law,
Nancy and Ron Farnsworth of Zephyrhills, FL; eleven
grandchildren and one great-grandson; daughter-in-law Mary
A. (Molly Engelke) Williford of Dade City, FL; sisters Belle
Lipe and Elizabeth Taylor of Pope, MS, and a brother, Oscar
V. Neuman of Enid, MS. She is predeceased by her husband
and two sons, Bobbie Joe and William T. (Terry).
Clyde A. Willman, Sr., 83, of Pensacola, Fla.
passed away October 8, 2000. He served in the Navy during
WWII rising from Apprentice Seaman to Lieutenant (jg).
After the war he graduated from Valparaiso University and
earned his MA from Indiana University. He served as a
School Administrator in Valparaiso, IN, Fargo, ND, and in
Balboa, CZ. He retired to Pensacola in 1977.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor; two
sons, Clyde Jr. of Fargo, ND, and Charles of Golden, CO;
and five grandsons.
John "Jack" E. Winklosky II, 62, passed away
September 27, 2000 in David, Chiriqui, Panama after a short
illness with lung cancer. He was a 1957 graduate of BHS and
attended CZ College before joining the Navy. He returned to
the CZ with his wife to work as a signalman and Security
Guard at the Locks before entering an apprenticeship
program, working mainly at Pedro Miguel Locks for over 20
years. He retired as a machinist and diver. He became
president for the local chapter of the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was
a member of the Elks 1414 in Balboa and a supporter of the
K of C in Balboa.
Jack is survived by his wife Jean A. (former Gorgas
nurse) and a daughter, Donna L. and son-in-law Michael
Buckley, sons, Paul "Jake" of Los Angeles, and Mark and
daughter-in-law Norma; and granddaughter Karen Stephanie
of Chiriqui, Panama; a brother, Daniel of High Point, N.C.;
grandson Benjamin Buckley of Dinwiddie, Va.. He was
predeceased by grandson Jon Michael on August 12, 1999.
John E. Winklosky III, 38, of Petersburg, Va. and
Tampa, Fla. passed away June 19, 2000 at Virginia
Commonwealth University Medical center from
complications arising from a car accident and serious
injuries. He was an accomplished bass guitarist, playing in
several bands, showcasing in The Balboa Elks Club, the
Diablo Spinning Club, Summit Golf Club and El Rancho. A
plumber by trade, he was well liked by his colleagues and
He is survived by his mother Jean of Petersburg,
Va.; fiance Connie Hemm, Bradenton, Fl.; a sister, Donna
and brother-law Rev. Mike Buckley and nephew Benjamin
on Dinwiddie, Va.; brother Mark and sister-in-law Norma,
and niece Karen Stephanie Winklosky of Chiriqui, Panama,
Paul "Jake" of Los Angeles and uncle Daniel of High Point,
Constance Eugenia Wright, 87, of Pinellas Park,
Florida, passed away on September 26, 2000 at Greenbrook
Nursing Home. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and came to
Pinellas Park in 1978 from Boca Raton, FL. She was a
medical technologist and a member of the Order of the
Eastern Star, the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include her brother, Gene Clinchard of
Pinellas Park, and a niece, Connie Tellex, Wellington, FL.
Anthony J. Zablocki, 91, of Dunedin, Florida,
formerly of Holiday, FL, died October 17, 2000 at home. He
was born in Hazelton, Pa. and moved to Dunedin in 1999. He
retired after 33 years as a tugboat captain for the Panama
Canal Commission. He was a member of Our Lady of
Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, Moose Lodge 1429,
Tarpon Springs, University of Tampa Polish Heritage
Foundation, Polish American Club in Miami, the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, The Polish American Pulaski
Association, the Father Farrell Council 6476 K of C. and
former member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Jean M. Hunter,
Dunedin; a stepson, Richard Malone, Statesboro, Ga; four
grandchildren; a great-grandson, and several nieces and
Letters to the Editor
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Peg (Sylvestre) Simpson and Bob McCarrick
(both BHS 47) went traveling to Alaska this summer along
with Bill Evans (BHS 47) and his wife Sherry Evans.
At the end of May we drove to Denver to visit two
of Peg's children and from there flew to Fairbanks on June
1. When Bill met our plane at midnight the sun was shining
bright. The 10 hours of sunshine daily took some getting
used to, but we loved it.
The four of us rented a car in Fairbanks and toured
that area for 3 days, taking in the Sternwheeler Discovery
River Cruise, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the University
of Alaska Fairbanks museum, plus exploring the vast forest
area around Fairbanks. As one of my grandsons would say,
it was awesome!
After the Fairbanks jaunt we boarded the Alaska
Railroad for a 4-hour ride to Denali National Park where we
stayed for 2 days exploring the park and seeing beautiful Mt.
McKinley and lots of animals: moose, grizzly bears, caribou,
deer, foxes, birds, and huge hares leaping all over the place.
We then boarded the train again for an 8-hour ride
in the dome car to Anchorage. Beautiful scenery everywhere.
In Anchorage, we rented a car again and drove down the
Kenai Peninsula to Homer, where we stayed at a delightful B
& B on the side of a mountain overlooking the bay. While
there we took a small boat cruise to Seldovia for the day
getting to see lots of sea otters, a whale or two, and
thousands and thousands of birds, including the funny,
Back to Anchorage on June 11 where we boarded
the cruise ship Statendam of the Holland America line for a
week cruise along the Inside Passage to Vancouver. We got
to see glaciers "calving" in Glacier Bay, beautiful fjords, and
stopped at Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan to visit the sights of
those towns/cities. Very interesting. Cruising is wonderful!
If you haven't tried it, please do. Small world department:
while in Ketchikan we got to have lunch with Julie
Downing, a Canal Zoner in the 70's who lives in Alaska
now. It was fun.
Bob McCarrick and Peg Simpson in Fairbanks,
visiting a replica of an Athabascan Indian Village.
Lunch at Annabelle's in Ketchikan. Front L-R: Peg
Simpson, Julie Dowling. Back: Bob McCarrick, Bill
FME lmI l
Bill and Sherry Evans at our nice B & B in Fairbanks
After arriving in Vancouver we stayed 2 extra days
to see some of that area. Then flew back to Denver to pick up
the car and traveled home, getting here June 30. A great trip.
I recommend that anyone wanting to do the Alaska trip to go
the first of June because the crowds are less and the
mosquitoes (which are gigantic) are not out yet. Renting your
own car, staying at B & B's, and traveling by train for the
land portion of the trip was the perfect way to go. E-mail me
(Pegasus@fwb.gulf.net) if you want tips for traveling to this
Peg (Sylvestre) Simpson
ZONIAN AMIGOS CRUISE
On Wednesday, September 6, 2000, a group of
Zonians and friends departed New York for Lisbon,
Portugal, to embark on the annual trip cruising Zonian
Amigos style. After a three-day stay of sightseeing, shopping
and enjoying the local food and entertainment in Lisbon, they
boarded Holland America's cruise ship, the MS Noordam for
a ten-day Western Mediterranean cruise.
The group visited the historical Rock of Gibraltar,
Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Alghero, Sardinia; La
Goulette, Tunisia; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily, Italy and
Each of the Ports-of-call had their own special
enchantment for the group from being on top of the Rock of
Gibraltar and viewing the Atlantic Ocean, the shores of
Africa and the Mediterranean Sea as one beautiful and
awesome panoramic scene. In addition, the fascinating
historical and archaeological sights, some of which dated
back to before Christ and earlier than the Pyramids included
in these fascinating sights were many old fortifications with
some built at the time of the Knights of St. John. Of course
one could not miss the most compelling of all of Italy's
historic cities, Rome and the Vatican City with St. Peter's
and the Sistine Chapel and the artistic riches of Michelangelo
and Bernini. Each of the Ports-of-call the Eonian Amigos
visited had their own uniqueness with their glimmering shore
lines, surrounding waters bluer than turquoise and the
charming towns with their quaint shops.
The Zonian Amigos passengers on the cruise to the
The cruise ship was above reproach with its great
service, entertainment and dining which was enhanced with
beautiful clear, sunny weather and smooth seas. Most of the
Zonian Amigos group returned home on September 19"t, but
several stayed on for another six days to visit the northern
cities of Italy which included Florence and Venice. The
group is now planning on cruising Zonian Amigos style
during its November 2001 ten-day Thanksgiving Holiday
Southern Caribbean Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale with ports-
of-call in Curacao, Venezuela, Trinidad, Martinique, St.
Thomas, the Bahamas and returning to Ft. Lauderdale. This
cruise will feature new ports, good shopping and plenty of at-
BILL LANG & SON VISIT LONDON
After attending his class's 50th reunion in Tampa,
Florida, in early July, Bill Lang (BHS'50) and his son,
Charles Lang, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at
Indiana University, flew to London, England on July 12,
2000 for a week of sightseeing.
On the first day they enjoyed a full day bus tour of
London in order to get oriented to the city. The tour visited
the Changing of the Guard At Buckingham Palace where
they saw an Australian Regiment guard the Queen (the first
time that an army regiment from outside Great Britain had
this honor). Later they visited St. Paul's Cathedral and saw
the Turner art collection at the Tate Museum. They visited
Parliament and lunched on a cruise on the Thames before a
visit to the Tower of London to see the crown jewels. The
second day, Bill and his son toured the Roman Baths at Bath
and Stonehenge. Both were very interesting and worthwhile
Bill Lang (BHS'50) in Bath, England.
After the bus tours they wandered about London by
foot and subway touring Westminster Abbey where the
Coronations and Funerals of the Royals take place, and
where Shakespeare, Handel, Darwin, the Unknown Soldier
and Queen Mary of Scots are buried. The British Museum
was a highlight of the trip especially the huge galleries
holding the original sculpture from the Parthenon and
Acropolis. In the Egyptian gallery were huge sculptures and
the famed Rosetta Stone. The tourists also visited Trafalgar
Square where the National Art Gallery fronts. This is where
many famous impressionist paintings such as Van Gogh's
"Sunflowers" are hung.
Bill and Chris visited the Albert and Victoria
Natural Museums to see the huge dinosaurs, the Tower
Bridge and Picadilly Circus. They ate in pubs, shopped
Harrod's and enjoyed their wanderings immensely, returning
to Washington, D.C. on July 20 to visit Bill's daughter's
family for a week
William A. Lang
The Northern California Panama Picnic, usually
held in Santa Rosa, was held in Los Gatos at Lake Vasona
on September 10 this year. Jane Cochrane, the usual
organizer had just organized her CHS 1940 class reunion at
the Tampa Reunion, so Connie Zemer Bumgarner and
Helen Aanstoos decided to fill Jane's shoes this year.
Connie has a cayuco, the Tsunami, and since she lives in the
Santa Cruz area, she found a nearby park with a lake for the
cayuco. It was a warm sunny day and we got a spot right on
the shore of the lake.
Big posters painted with "Empanadas Ahead" and
"Loteria Nacional" lead the way to the ping ding. A pot luck,
the tables were full of arroz con polio, ceviche, empanadas,
sancocho, meat on a stick a la Don Sammy's (pero no perro)
and many other delectable dishes. Lance Hughes, down
from San Francisco and up from a recent stay in Panama,
brought shaved ice snow cones (raspaduras) which were a big
hit. Connie set up a lotteria and the winners went home with
Panamanian coffee and moments. The air was filled with
salsa music provided by Tom Slice, Marge and John
Brigadier and Mike Young. After everyone was full of
good food and caught up on bochinche, the Tsunami was
launched in the lake. Everyone, young and old, took turns
paddling around the lake. It was quite a sight!
Those attending were: Helen Aanstoos BHS66,
Connie (Zemer BHS66) and Darrell Bumgarner, Helen
Braswell BHS 69, Althea Butcher Bouche, Jane and Jim
Cochrane, Doris Sedefio, Marge (Cohen) and John
Brigadier BHS'66, Dennis and Jeanne Elia, Myrna
Boynton and Harold Erickson, Bill Foster, Zella (Hay
BHS66) Harrison, Isaac BHS'66) and Lucas Hay, Rafaela
Henriquez, Lance Hughes, Roger and Shirley Kelly,
Roger Kat, Kris Kingsbury BHS66, Doug and Patricia
Leach Koenig, Lulu Palerm, Doug Sanders, Tom Slice,
Jimmie and Carol Sullivan, Jerry Ridge, Roger and
Lenore Weidoff, Rose Marie Wildsmith, Josephine
Young, Michael Young (BHS69).
By dusk, everyone packed up, bid adios and
promised to do it again next year. If you want to be on the
mailing list for next year's picnic, contact Jane Cochrane at
6427 Stone Bridge Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or e-mail
at JKCPAN@aol.com. Or Helen Aanstoos at 242 Vila Rd.,
Forestville, CA 95436 or e-mail: Haanstoos@aol.com. We
plan to have a picnic in Santa Rosa in June and one in Los
Gatos in September.
Kris Kingsbury, Helen Aanstoos, Jerry Ridge and
Helen Braswell, Marge Cohen Brigadier, Lulu
Paddlers taking turns on the Tsunami cayuco on the
Mike Young and his mom, Josephine Young.
CICERO FAMILY REUNION
The Cicero family celebrated the millennium in a
very special way. For the first time in 11 years, Joe and
Marcia had all their boys and families together at one time.
Many of the cousins had never met each other. The Reunion
was held in June at Clearwater Beach, Florida. Larry, Teri
and their children Chris, Jennifer and Steven came from
Rhode Island. Jim, Cheryl, Brittany and Kristopher, as
well as Mark, Dena, Brian and Erica traveled from
Lewisville, Texas. Craig, Stephanie, Matt and Jeff came
from Cassleberry, Florida as well as granddaughter Joanna
and great-grandsons Collen and Zane from the same area.
Granddaughter Heather, Garrett with great-granddaughter
Cameron came from Palm City, Florida.
I cried when my family left, and I still feel as if some portion
of me has been irretrievably lost. Imagine my surprise upon
discovering an entire society of individuals who feel the
same way! I was equally astonished to discover that many of
you are writing oral histories or life stories that incorporate
your Panamanian experience. I have published a novel, "The
Young Balboas", which is a fictional account of Jimmy
Wade's two years in the Zone told from an adult point of
view. Jimmy loses his innocence and paradise in two short
years, but the adult Jim earns a rare opportunity to regain
paradise. If you are interested in corresponding with me, I
can be reached at email@example.com. In the meantime, my
wife, Sue, and I are looking forward to meeting you at
George C. King
The Cicero family, celebrating the millennium.
In addition, we had the Morris family beginning
with Jim and Marie and their children Mike with wife Rei
and daughters Journey. and Mychael, Cori, Chris and
Cori's daughter Ashley and brother John Morris. Cousins
Tom Finneman and Joe Finneiman, with wife Trish and
daughter Sydney came from Louisiana. Kelly Fenton
(Morris) and daughter Rachel joined in the fun. Marcia's
cousin Sue. from Omaha. Nebraska and her daughter Jill and
granddaughter Summer from California also came to the
The boys all played their guitars and told stories
about the good old days in the Canal Zone. Mark and Dena
hosted Karaoke one evening at the hotel, at which time we
found that Jimmy Morris was the Frank Sinatra of the
family. The Karaoke night was a huge success, bringing all
ages together to sing and have fun. The evening ended with
all the wives joining in to sing "We Are Family."
The following day the Cicero family hosted a picnic
for everyone at San Key Park and we all agreed that another
family reunion is a must in four years.
I lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1955 to
1957. 1 graduated from Balboa Junior High School in 1956
and attended Balboa High School for part of the ninth grade
before my father, a Naval officer. was transferred to tlhe
Washington. DC area. I am 58 now and have lived in
numerous places, no locale affected me more than the Zone.
The first time in many years since everyone has seen
each other front L-R: Linda DesLondes, Marie Riley,
Melinda Calleja, Beth Gaul. Back L-R: Jimmy
DesLondes, Louis Engelke, Jim Riley, Jr., Mario
At the Panama Canal Reunion in Tampa, Florida: L-R:
Beverly Williams, her granddaughter Katie Williams,
sister Betty Snow, and daughter-in-law Cheryl
KELLEHER FAMILY REUNION
Bud Kelleher hosted a seven-day Caribbean cruise
aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas this summer
for family members as a farewell to this year's college-bound
Hillary Underwood is entering Duke University in
North Carolina, and Jennifer Hotsko is entering the
University of Florida in Gainesville.
Charles DeTore and James Brooks Bruzzese
Canal Zone Generation Gap
UL & I6 LM
The Kelleher family reunion on a seven-day Caribbean
cruise. Bud pictured with 17 of his 18 grandchildren.
DETORES VISIT FLORIDA
Charles and Nina DeTore visited Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, in July and were delighted to be able to see "The
Maestro," James Brooks-Bruzzese, one of Charles's
classmates, in concert. We also went to the Pan Canal
Reunion in Tampa and Nina got to see some of her
classmates--Sue Mathison Deakins, Christine Bath
Nunez, Rina and Magaly Alayon and Barb O'Neal
Left Side Right Side
Old Zonians Gremmies
Split Label Panama
Canal Zone Matches
Current Panama Bottle
Current Cortez Label
Pepsi (only mixer for Ron)
Panama Canal Matches
Sue Mathison Deakins, Christine Bath Nufiez,
Nina Chappell, DeTore, Rina and Magaly Alayon
and Barb O'Neal Braun.
Darcy McTaggert and Joe Minet
PANAMA'S CLIMBING PALM
On a visit to Panama, about 1989, Panama had been
given control over Summit Gardens. They hired a landscape
architect Brian House--? When I met him I asked about the
climbing palm. He hadn't heard about it.
Together we searched the area where I thought it
had grown. A nursery shed had burned down. The burning
had either killed the palm or it was removed when the debris
was cleaned up.
The garden has a list of plants for sale Desmoncus
i' e Oxycanthos was listed but they didn't have any left.
F I have searched the records for flora of Panama and
Find a Desmarcus isthmusi listed. It could be the same plant.
The most likely place to find a climbing palm would be in the
wet jungles near Colon.
Lou and Suzette Seldon at the Durango and Silverton The palm, as I remember it was about 100 feet long
Railroad in Colorado. along a wire. It curved up and down. Groups or small leaves
occurs along the stem, which was about 3" in diameter. It
I hope some one will find several plants for Summit
Gardens, and perhaps one for the Missouri Botanical
Gardens. A memory sketch is attached.
Climbing Palm Desmoncus isthmusi
William H. Grant Jr.
St. Louis, MO.
A family gathering at the home of Ken and Carolyn
(Davis) Smith in Forney, TX. Back L-R: Karin Davis,
Mark Davis, Ed Davis (Houston, TX) and Carolyn
(Davis) Smith. Front: Florence (Davis) Strawn, (El DAWN & DAN ON THE ROAD
Paso) Leon Strawn, Beth Davis and Dolly, Ken AGAIN
Smith and Krystal and Thelma Davis.
Dawn and Dan were on the road again! In June we
went to Maryland to visit Dan's son and family and to drop
off "Nicole", Dan's poodle. While there, we toured the
Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and sat in a session of
the Senate and House of Representatives. Then off to New
Jersey to visit my family and to attend the 8'h grade
graduation of my granddaughter Andrea and the great party
afterwards. While in the Garden State, we went to the
battlefield of Monmouth but never found Molly Pitcher's
well it was very elusive.
Then off to Boston where we took two tours to make
sure we saw all the highlights. One of the tours was on a
WWII Amphibian Cargo truck (we went on land and water).
Dan piloted the amphibian while it was "sailing" on the
Charles River. We saw the Constitution under sail and were
lucky enough to tour her after she docked. We ate and had
several drinks at "Cheers" which was made famous by the
TV show of the same name. What a wonderful time!
Mystic Seaport was our next stop. An old 1800's
whaling village we loved this place! We also spent a day at
Battleship Cove in Falls River, Conn. There we toured the
USS Joseph P. Kennedy, the USS Massachusetts plus a
Kenny and Kim Cooper, Phil and Debbie Sanders, submarine. Then on to New London, Conn. where we toured
Jim and Sherry Slice, LJ and Phylliss Christoph, Not the Nautilus the first sub to get to the North Pole under ice.
pictured but present was Terry Webster. A good time We went to the Springfield Arsenal Museum
was had by all at Lake Whitney, Texas during the (definitely a "guy" museum) and the New England Aviation
month of September 8, 9, 10, 2000 Museum near Springfield.
Dawn Parker and Dan Gressang
On the way home we went to the Baltimore Inner
Harbor and toured the Constellation and took a water taxi to
Ft. McHenry where the "Star Spangled Banner" was written
while Francis Scott Key was watching the battle on a ship in
the bay. We went to Dan's son's home to pick up his poodle
and while there we went to the Museum of Natural History
(part of the Smithsonian). We saw the Hope Diamond as well
as a thousand other things. Also, back we went to Baltimore
Harbor with Dan's granddaughter, Alyssa and his son, (also
Dan) to the wonderful aquarium! We also went to Port
Discovery a great play-haven for children of all ages. Then
to Florida where we stayed at my home for a day, repacked
and off to the Canal Zone Reunion in Tampa. Was wonderful
seeing old friends and attending my BHS Class Reunion.
Dan stayed in Florida another week in order to
celebrate my birthday with me. A great birthday it was.
Dawn Parker BHS'55
Dan Gressang BHS'54
A two-week trip to Eagle River, AK, was a reunion
adventure for Mayno Bliss Walker and her daughters,
Mickey Walker Fitzgerald, Carole Walker Miller,
daughter-in-law Kay Mills Walker, and grandson Frank
Fitzgerald and Fern Heavener. We visited with Jack and
Jeanne Wagner and with Mickey's son Patrick Fitzgerald
and family. all of Eagle River.
Jeanne, Mickey, Jack, Carole, Patrick, Fern,
Frankie, Mom, Lisa, Stephi and Michael.
Catching lots of salmon with Captain Jack Wagner,
also walking on the base of the glaciers, we enjoyed seeing
a dog sled demonstration of the annual Iditarod races, plus
many other attractions.
Besides living above the clouds which I could
almost touch, several of the group enjoyed camping and
mountain climbing, sightseeing, visiting Aleyeska, and
Denali National Park, and Seward, seeing wild animals and
snow, where Kay made and threw her first snowball.
It's a great State I recommend the trip.
The Crowell "sistah's" L-R: Jacque, "adopted" sister
Vickie, Pam, Dawn and Bonnie.
L-R: Steve Joyce, Eric Grimison, Daryl Fishbough,
Kevin Brandenburg at the top of the Stratosphere
Hotel/Restaurant, Las Vegas, October 2000.
DALE TAYLOR VISITS MICHIGAN
In September, Dale Taylor, his son Lance from
San Diego, and 3rd class engine man Ryan Cooper, the son
of Dale's daughter Sheri from South Carolina, visited
together on Ryan's Ice Breaker, the USCG Mackinaw,
docked in Lake Huron, MI. After touring the ship and having
lunch with the crew, Dale declared that there is a big
difference between the Coast Guard and the Navy from
which he retired.
L-R: Kevin Brandenburg, Daryl Fishbough at the
Bajamar Golf Resort, Mexico. (Oct 2000)
Dale Taylor, Ryan Cooper, Lance Taylor aboard the
Ice Breaker USCG WAGB-83.
In addition to touring the ship they visited Mackinac
Island where there is no motorized transportation. Everyone
travels by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle. They also took a
tour of a 1917 freighter that had been turned into a museum.
There was a film on the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and
there were parts and pieces of that ship in the museum. A
tour of the Soo locks topped off the trip. They watched while
a freighter rose from 32 to 53 feet in a very short time and
couldn't help but compare the operation to the Panama
Canal. There were no mules and he was told that there was
no charge for transiting. The three generations enjoyed their
time together especially when Ryan and Dale compared notes
on shipboard life.
Dale Taylor (USN Ret.)
FOUR GENERATIONS! They flew in from California to
introduce Max to his great-grand parents, Alice and
Ted McGann, of Orlando, Florida.
Top: Teresa (McGann) Spraker. Seated L-R: Yvette
(Spraker) Hernandez with Max Hernandez (1 yr.) and
Alice (Raymond) McGann.
Bliss (Morris) Connerton, Vas Shaw, Sharon
In September Louise Bauman spent a week with
her daughter Kelly and granddaughter Courtney in
Louise Bauman with daughter Kelly and
granddaughter Courtney at the end on the Oregon Trail
in Seaside, Oregon.
Kelly moved to Oregon in July when she received
a promotion with Daimler Chrysler Corporation to Portland
P.D.C. in Beaverton, OR.
Courtney was able to spend her summer vacation
with her grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousin in Port
FOURTH ANNUAL ZONIAN
The Fourth Annual Martinez-Payne Memorial
Surf Session was held on Thursday, July 6, 2000 at the
Typhoon Lagoon wave pool, Disney World, FL. The surf
session is held each year during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion week. This event provides an opportunity for
surfers from the Panama Canal Zone to get together for an
The surf session honors the memories of two Canal
Zone surfers, Greg Martinez, BHS'78, and David Payne,
BHS'83. These two young men were inspirations in the way
they lived their lives and in the way they faced the cancer
that took them from us at young ages.
Surfers participating in this year's event were
Jimmy Brown, Andy Efthimiadis, Richard, Pat, Eric
and Matt Grimison, Carlos Hattabaugh, Teresa
Martinez, David McArthur, Geoff Pletcher, Ricky
Salazar, Rudy Waller, and Jack Whitlock. Spectators and
supporters included Donia Berger, Rachel Bottin, Maria
Claus, Lisa Deslondes, Maci Hattabaugh, Brian Laverty
and Gladys (Hattabaugh) Stromberg. Special guests were
Anita (Payne) Miller, husband Morris Miller and their
For information regarding next year's surf session
email Richard Grimison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anita (Payne) Muller, and Teresa Martinez, sisters of
Surf Session Honorees.
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CONWAYS AND BJORNEBYS
TAKE A TRIP THROUGH
Dale and Harold Conway and Pat (Leach) and
Dick Bjorneby recently took a trip to Alberta, Canada. The
second day they drove over the "Going to The Sun
Highway" in Glacier National Park stopping for the night at
Many Glacier Lake in Montana. They were fortunate to
miss the terrible fires there, but could smell the smoke and
see the haze in the air. Calgary was the next stop with the
sights of the big city and touring the site of the 1988
Calgary Olympics. Hal and Dick decided, "discretion was
the better part of valor" and did not go down the bobsled
run. Then it was on to Banff and Lake Louise. The most
exciting part of their trip was going out to Athabasca
Glacier in the ice fields of Banff National Park. They rode
out on the glacier in a large Snow Bus and were able to
walk around on the glacier. All too soon the fun trip was
over and it was back to the normal routine after eight days
of beautiful scenery.
JacK, tlaine ana Wynne Streeter
Dale Conway and Jean Coffey
Hal, Dale, Pat and Dick on the Athabasca Glacier.
While in the Northwest, the Conways had a visit
with Jack, Elaine and Wynne Streeter in Banks. OR. We
had a wonderful time remembering the fun times in Coco
Solo. The Streeters showed them their beautiful part of the
state including a walk on fantastic beaches. Visiting with
Jean Coffey was another plus while on the trip. Jean was
the school secretary at Coco Solo Elementary for many
years so there were many memories to share. She keeps
busy these days with her acting career and a dance group.
CHINS VISIT ISSAQUAH, WA.
On July 3, 2000, Rupert and Shirley Chin paid a
visit to Issaquah, Washington to spend some time visiting
with their daughters Caren and Sharon. Rupert graduated
from the CHS Class of 1956 and is presently residing in San
Shirley Chin, Jim Roddy and Rupert Chin, at
We had lunch in a rustic restaurant with a view of
a creek where the salmon spawn. We were too early in the
year to see any fish. The food was good as was the time
remembering old time memories.
ta0gonq; Oreeting1 to 11
TO ALL YOU BHS CLASS OF 1946'rs
The next Balboa High School reunion for the class
of '46 is currently planned to be their 55th Reunion in
Orlando, Florida, during the time the Panama Canal Society
of Florida Reunion is to be held in August of 2001. For those
classmates of '46 that have moved or have not been in
contact with Charlie, please write to him to update Class
Records. Charles Norris, 2442 East Atlantic Avenue,
Fairfield, California 94533-1680 or email to:
REUNION CLASS OF 1956
Date: July 2001
Location: In conjunction with Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
For Info: Contact:
Bill Burns, 505 Benton Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653
Telephone: (870) 425-6328
COME ON AND JOIN US, LET'S
HAVE SOME FUN. THE BHS CLASS
OF 1951 WILL NOT BE OUTDONE.
The Balboa High School Class of 1951 will have its
50'" Anniversary Reunion August 8 12, 2001 in Orlando,
Florida, in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
Florida Reunion. A dinner will be held Friday night from
5:30 to 8:30 pm. A fabulous time will be had by all!
Anyone interested in attending this reunion, please
contact us. If anyone would like to help with the reunion or
suggestions to make our reunion a memorable one, please let
us hear from you. Thanks.
Fran Elmendorf Marilyn Flynn
30 Cedar Haven Dr. 521 Country Club Dr.
Princeton, IL 61356 Stockbridge, GA 30281-6314
9053 Pinehurst Dr.
Seminole, FL 33777
BHS CLASS OF 1961
40th ANNIVERSARY REUNION
Plans are being made for a 1961 BHS class reunion
to be held during the August 2001 Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando. Please contact the following with
current addresses/telephone/ and email, and also those of any
other classmates you may know of. This is to ensure that
everyone receives our reunion information. Ralph
Edmondson, 128 E. Hampton Way, Jupiter, FL 33458-8138
(561) 747-9127. email: email@example.com
"THE SPIRIT OF 76 CONTINUES TO
LIVE ON" BHS CLASS OF 76 25th
The Class of 76 will have our 25'h Class Reunion in
conjunction with the August 2001 Panama Canal Society's
Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
We are looking for fellow classmates with ideas and
suggestions who are interested in planning and attending the
reunion of the class that rocks. Also looking HTML talent to
design a class web page. Send contact information,
preferably email addresses or mail to:
1312 Colina lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
701 Shadowood Lane
Chesapeake, VA 23322
tom-annwhite @ home.com
HEALTH BUREAU REUNION
Let's get together in 2001 for our 2nd Reunion. We
had a great time six years ago and we are ready for a repeat.
Our Reunion will be held in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion which will be held at the Marriott's
Orlando World Center during August 8 through 12. We are
tentatively planning on having our luncheon on Friday,
August 10, 2001.
Please contact one of the following if you are
interested in attending so we can start making plans. Our
deadline is April 1, 2001. Hope to see you there.
2440 Winding Creek Blvd #301
Clearwater, FL 33761
193 Rose Hill Road
Asheville, NC 28803
3196 SW 177th Lane Rd.
Ocala, FL 34473
The museum's oral history project is expanding and
evolving to include other forms of life writing and
reminiscences. A well-done memory booklet written in short
poems has been received. Others have come in from a former
firefighter and a nurse. Others are in the works. Newsletters
and websites often contain wonderful short pieces by various
authors. All are so delightful that they should be enlarged or
broadened. If you're planning a Christmas Letter to contain
some CZ reminiscences, please put us on the mailing list.
Join the fun and building our museum archive of CZ
reminiscences. Help is available for the asking. Contact Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253 or
Descendants of medal holders interested in
learning more about
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDENTS
Panama Canal (1904-1914)
are urged to write to
Marc Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Panama
YEARBOOKS and UPDATES
Those having class reunions are urged to send us a copy
of your program or yearbook update. These booklets are
being collected in the interests of future historical research
and preservation. Old class yearbooks (CZ high school or
college) are also wanted. Please send them to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank
Any yearbooks I hold may be copied upon
reimbursement of the cost of photocopying, postage and time
involved. To find out if I have the one you want, please
include a SASE with your request or email me at
MINI CANAL ZONE REUNION
June Barlow Riesz has organized a December
2001-2002 cruise from Tampa, Florida. The Celebrity Cruise
ship Zenith will leave Tampa on December 30, 2001 with
stops at Key West, Costa Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico,
Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island and return.
A Canal Zone Cocktail Party will be available for
all the Canal Zonians who take this sailing. All graduating
classes of BHS-CHS are welcome. Celebrate New Years'
Eve on board ship!
Please contact June Riesz at (904) 445-2839 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for application information.
The annual report for 2000 shows a total of 101 pairs
collected. This brings the grand total to 1,414 pairs since the
collection began in 1992. Considering the size of our
membership, we know there are drawers yet to explored for
eyeglasses. Let's make the first year of the third millennium
(2001) the best year ever. So, please rummage around in
closets and drawers, and do your part for those less
fortunate. Send your old glasses to Patt Roberson, 2801
Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
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THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA INC. OFFICE
WILL BE CLOSED
FROM DECEMBER 22, 2000 TO JANUARY 2, 2001
ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION
CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE
GEO. W. GOETHAL8, When replying refer to File No.................................
CMAInMAN AND OCHIP ENOGININ
March 25, 1913,
TO WHOM CONCERNEDt
Following is the service record of Mr. Wilbur E. Walling with
the Isthmian Canal Commissions
Employed as machinist at 56 cents an hour, June 7, 1907,
Promoted to 65 cents an hour, October 1, 1907.
Promoted to 68 cents an hour, June 7, 1908.
Promoted to 70 cents an hour, June 7,.1909e
Resignation accepted March 24, 1913,
General workmanship and general conduct were goode
Chairman and Chief Engineer.
Box No. 185,
Gorgona, C. Ze
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A TRANSCONTINENTAL HIKE
April 1, 1928
Very few people have hiked from the Pacific to the
Atlantic Oceans; still fewer can boast of having
accomplished this in less than a day. I am one of the latter.
The hike started on April Fool's Day with five fellows and
ended up with two. (Sam Patchett, August Schwindemann,
John Everson, Jim Wood and Chester Lindgren)
On April 1, 1928 we started from Balboa, Canal
Zone, with heavy knapsacks and light hearts. We were not
anticipating a very hard journey and our eyes wandered about
enjoying the beautiful tropical scenery.
All went well at first and we reached Pedro Miguel,
about eight miles from the start, without mishap. Then it
began to get dark, and walking at night on a narrow road
between banana plantations and jungle growths seems to
have peculiar effect on one's imagination. Each of us
casually pocketed a few choice rocks, trying to conceal this
from the rest. We had come to a place where the trees
overhung the road and the moonlight was not very bright
when suddenly a terrible noise broke out of the bush at the
roadside. We all set out to break all running records and I
firmly believe that no champion could have kept pace with
me for the next few hundred yards. The rocks we had so
carefully laid in for just such an emergency were forgotten,
as our minds were filled with the terrible tales of jaguars and
boa constrictors and our unanimous opinion seemed to be
that flight was the surest escape. By this time we had covered
about twenty miles and it seemed that we were stopping more
often than necessary to take the stones out of our shoes. This
operation involved a bit of ceremony. First everyone would
stop and look pleased and then slump on the ground with a
grunt to wait while the master of ceremonies fumbled with
the strings of destiny. When he could invent no pretext to
wait longer, he would get up and everything would go on as
usual until the next "master of ceremonies" cheerfully called
At last we could just discern the lights on the towers
of the Darien Radio Station, which is about half-way across
the Isthmus. Here we met a colored bushmann" of whom we
inquired the distance to the station and received the answer
"dos millas" (two miles). We renewed our journey with
renewed buoyancy, but when we had covered about five
miles and met another bushmann" whose answer to the same
question was again, "dos millas", things did not seem so
good. After a couple of more miles when a third bushman
gave us the same information, we became somewhat keyed
up. We considered using some of our choice rocks to
advantage then, but as the man was carrying a machete and
his capacity for running was probably greater than ours just
then, so we decided not to give in to our feelings. We had
reached Gatun Lake where the mosquitos held festivities
which added to our discomfort.
Finally we reached the radio station and stopped for
a short time to rest and chat with the operator, who gave us
some coffee. He warned us of snakes in the vicinity before
we started again at a pretty brisk pace. The night was cooler
now. We were walking beside the lake which houses a great
number of alligators and did not feel any too safe, but we
resolved to climb the nearest object if one pursued us. All
was going peacefully when another great noise burst from the
underbrush, but this time we did not lose our heads. We
discharged our stones and walked on (not so very slowly).
It was getting on towards morning and the moon had
Chester Lingren and Jim Wood, survivors of the
Trans- Isthmian hike in 1927.
disappeared. It was not very easy walking on the railroad ties
expecting every minute to feel the venomous fangs of some
reptile or the teeth of an alligator sink into the calves of our
legs. Of course we were not frightened, also we did look
around quite often and startled a little at the noises which
reach us out of the darkness. At these times, as we increased
our pace our feet would miss the ties and we would stub our
already suffering toes. The grass along the way had wet our
shoes which did not improve the conditions of our feet.
There was an almost overpowering desire to soak them in the
cool waters of the lake, but we all had been forewarned by
one of our predecessors who tried it and whose feet had
swollen so that he had to walk to Gatun (about five miles) on
his bare feet.
When we limped into Monte Lirio, which is about
thirty miles from Balboa, three of the fellows decided to lie
down for a while. They found this so comfortable that, coax
and tease as we did, Wood (my pal) and I were unable to get
them to go on. We were tempted to lie down also, but I knew
that if my sisters heard that I had not completed the feat I had
so optimistically set out to do, they would make my life
unbearable. (Those of you who know either of my sisters will
appreciate my predicament). Wood had similar reasons for
wanting to reach the Atlantic and so we mournfully went on
alone. This was the hardest decision I ever had to make as the
skin on my toes had broken and my feet were very rebellious.
The tropical sun was now high in the heavens and
we had about fifteen more miles to go yet when we renewed
the monotonous walking. At last we could see Gatun which
was about seven miles from our destination. Just as we were
rounding a curve, a man jumped out at us from the
underbrush and commanded us to halt. His hand was
suggestifully close to the revolver on his hip, so we conceded
to his demand. It turned out that he was looking for a
dangerous deserter from the Army. This information did not
lessen our cares. We had even considered a ride which this
man offered us, but "won't power" won out.
The seven miles from Gatun to Colon were the
longest I have ever walked, and when we reached the edge of
Colon, we were exhausted, having walked fourteen hours,
and had no sleep for 24 hours. New York seemed pretty big
to me when I was there, but I hereby declare Colon to be the
longest city in the world. The depot was on the other side of
Although there was no welcoming committee to
meet us, we were both glad to have finished this hike. I am
glad I went on this jaunt across the continent, but never
Started 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1", 1928 and arrived
Colon, Monday April 2, 1918 at 1:30 p.m..
Chester Laurence Lindgren
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
Francis Scott Key, the great-great grandson of the
author of the Star Spangled Banner is a long time member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He lives in his
retirement home in Paramus, New Jersey.
His father, the great-grandson of Francis Scott
Key, was born in 1870. He was a veteran of the Spanish-
American War and the Boxer Rebellion and also served in
Cuba, the Philippines and Mexico. He settled at the Panama
Canal in 1906 and lived and worked there until his death in
1931. He was a Roosevelt Medal holder.
Our member, Francis Scott Key, was born in the
Canal Zone. His mother, Cleda Troup, was the
granddaughter of one of the first Governors of Georgia. His
great-great-great grandfather was General John Ross Key,
who served during the American Revolution and was a good
friend of George Washington and Lafayette. He served at
the battle of Bunker Hill and was a Lieutenant under
Lafayette at Yorktown.
Our member was employed by the Panama Canal
and holds Marine licenses for mate and Master of Dredges
and served on floating equipment of the Dredging Division.
He entered the U.S. Navy from the Canal service in
1944 and was discharged from active duty in December
1945. He returned to Canal service for a short period before
returning to the United States where he was employed with
engineering firms until his retirement.
All his adult life he has been active in veterans'
affairs and the Masonic fraternity. His Mother Lodge was
Chagres Lodge (now Ancon Lodge). He has been honored by
many veteran groups and on occasions honoring the
We are proud that Francis Scott Key is a loyal and
proud member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Submitted by Thomas C. Peterson
A PARADISE OF FOOLS
Nineteen hundred miles from home
we have crossed the ocean's foam;
Left our kin and comrades dear,
Shed the customary tear;
Left whatever life is worth
For the rummest place on earth -
For the Paradise of Fools
All the good things to eat and drink,
Left for what? You'd never think!
Tough old bull-beef, mud fed swine,
Store-made .liquors, logwood wine!
Every blessed day the same;
Change is nothing but a name
In the Paradise of Fools
Recreation? There is none;
If there were, wouldd be a weary one!
Innocence and sportiveness?
Bitter foes and nothing else!
Cards and cocktails, yes, galore!
Only these and nothing more
In the Paradise of Fools.
Hold! There's one thing I forget;
Scandal peddling's left us yet!
God knows, there's enough of that
To make a shrunken mummy fat!
Be the subject low or high,
we must gossip or we die
In the Paradise of Fools.
Yes, we're happy, blithe, and gay;
Else we'd go away and stay!
How we pick and squirm and shout
O'er attempts to drive us out!
We are all content to dwell
In this suburb of ah, well!
In the Paradise of Fools.
James Stanley Gilbert (1855-1906)
Panama Patchwork, 1906.
Note: J.S. Gilbert lived in Colon. He published his
first book of poems about the Isthmus in 1894. No
radio, TV or movies!
This photo was taken at the Balboa Post Office around Christmas of 1948 Or 1949. Front row, L-R: (Unknown) Marie
Cicero, Lynn Parsons, Fairley Skinner, (unknown), Shirley Barlow, (unknown) Sharon DeVore, (unknown), Gwen
McCullough. Back row, L-R: Marguerite Engelke, Mrs. McCullough, Helen Adams, June Barlow, (unknown)
(unknown). Photo by Sharon DeVore Glassburn Gonzalez
DINOSAUR BONE FIND
In February, 1949, on our honeymoon, we went to
Oct, Panama, where Dr. Sterling of the National Geographic
Society had his digs and Bob and I had a chance to dig
nearby and we dug up a huge tibia of a giant dinosaur sloth.
I have all the data on it and feel it is worthy of displaying at
the Canal Zone Museum. Niza (Boynton) Greig
Bob and Niza (Boynton) Greig at the perimeter.
Bob Greig holding the petrified giant sloth bone the
found at Dr. Stirling's digging in OcO, Panama, R.P.
* The Panama Canal ship channel follows the general path of
the river beds of the Chagres River, Obispo River and Rio
* The total cost to the United States for building the Panama
Canal was less than $400,000,000 and below estimates made
several years earlier.
* More than 60,000,000 pounds of dynamite was used to
excavate and construct the Panama Canal.
* Over 262 million cubic yards of earth was excavated during
Canal construction (about 232 million cubic yards by the
Americans and 30 million useful cubic yards of the 78
million cubic yards excavated by the French).
* Massive amounts of concrete were used to build each set of
locks; 2 million cubic yards for Gatun Locks, 900,000 cubic
yards for Pedro Miguel Locks and 1.5 million cubic yards for
* The dam constructed across the Chagres River in Gatun
created Gatun Lake, the largest man-made lake in the world
at that time.
* The General Board of the Navy requested that the planned
width of the locks be increased from 100 feet to 110 feet for
"probable ships of future construction...." The President
approved the change on January 15, 1908.
* Rock and soil excavated from Culebra Cut (Gaillard Cut)
was used to build the shell of the dam at Gatun on the
Atlantic side, most of the Naos breakwater (Fort Amador
Causeway) on the Pacific side and for filling swamps and
* In the original canal design, Miraflores Locks was
scheduled to be built at La Boca next to Sosa Hill (near the
present site of the Bridge of the Americas) and be called La
Boca Locks. This plan also provided for the construction of
two dams, a large one between Sosa High and Corozal, and
a smaller one between Sosa High and San Juan Hill.
* The original seals to the locks' cylindrical valves were
made of leather, but were later replaced with more resistant
THE PANAMA CANAL
* In 1878 the government of Colombia granted to the
"Soci&t6 Civile Internationale du Canal Interoc6anique du
Darien" a French enterprise, the exclusive right to construct
a canal through its province of Panama.
* On January 1, 1880, the French canal company, promoted
by Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps, held a ceremony to
inaugurate digging of a sea-level canal.
* In 1888 all large scale excavation by the French were
* Ferdinand de Lesseps had projected construction costs to
be $120 million actual costs escalated to $280 million.
* On November 3, 1903, Panama gained independence from
Colombia and the Republic of Panama was created.
* On November 18, 1903, a treaty between the United States
of America and the Republic of Panama was signed granting
the United States the exclusive rights to build a ship canal in
* On February 26, 1904, ratifications were exchanged and
the treaty was proclaimed.
* On May 4, 1904, the United States acquired property from
the French canal company and began work on the Panama
*In 1904, the U.S. paid the French canal company $40
million, through the banking house of J.P. Morgan & Co. of
New York City, for property and equipment the largest
financial transaction then by the U.S. Government.
* On June 29, 1906, the President of the United States
approved a lock-type canal, thus resolving a long debate as
to the type of canal to be constructed.
* On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened to world
shipping and recorded the first official commercial lockage
from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by the Panama Railroad
steamship SS Ancon.
* On August 16, 1914, the first northbound commercial
lockage from the Pacific to the Atlantic, was made by the
steamship Pleiades, of the Luckenbach Steamship Co.
Canal Zone Swimming Association, Coach Bill Zemer,
circa May 1950, Olympic Pool, Panama, R.P. Front L-
R, Arline Schmidt, Marilyn Ford, Jane Mallan,
Middle row: Helen Edwards, Jerry Ashton, Henry
Cruz, David Dixon, David Mcllhenny, Back row: Mike
Birsett, Coach Bill Zemer, Jim Forbes, Dick Mallett,
Carlos Jaramillo, Don Connor, Vincent Leaver.
-* '. -- .
This photo was taken on Morgan Avenue around 1961, Mrs. De Vore's Cub Scout Den. Front L-R;(unknown),
(unknown), Paul Beeby, Jack DeVore, Mitt Parsons, Middle row, L-R: David Browne, Richard Zirkman, Jamie Ward,
Bobby Adams, Back row: Mrs. Adelia De Vore, (unknown). Photo by Sharon DeVore Glassburn Gonzalez
In November 1906 Theodore Roosevelt visited Panama to spur the construction effort. He was the first U.S.
president to leave the country while in office. Here he is at the U.S. Marine camp near Bas Obispo, across the canal
and a short distance from today's Gamboa. The Marines remained there until 1914.
U.S. Army employees of Corozal at a banquet at El Rancho in 1954. Can you recognize anyone? Submitted by
Margaret E. Fontaine.
Sanatorium, Taboga Island, Panama.
The French built a convalescent hospital on Taboga Island in 1885, and it was used by the Isthmian Canal
Commission for that purpose after 1904. It was later converted into the Hotel Aspinwall and eventually sold to private
interests in July 1921. It has long since disappeared and only a few of the palms, the old boat landing, and the rain
Books or medallions anyone? They go on sale today at all retail stores and service centers. Shown with the 50th
anniversary display they've prepared at the Balboa Retail Store are, from left: W.F. Robinson, Acting Assistant
Superintendent of the Retail Store Branch, B.J. Elich, Acting general Manager of the Supply Division; H.A. Gaskin,
sign painter, Balboa Retail Store; Mrs. Lucille Abernathy, Department Store Manager, Ladies Wares; G.A, Duncan,
sign painter, Balboa Retail Store; P.E. Jarvis, leader sign painter, Balboa Retail Store; and Cornelius J. O'Sullivan,
Acting Manager of the Balboa Retail Store. Panama Canal Spillway, August 14, 1964
Roosevelt Medal Descendants
Roosevelt Medal Descendants, legally constituted
in Panama as a not-for-profit civic organization, exists for the
following primary purposes:
a. To preserve the memory of American citizens
who were engaged in the construction of the Panama Canal
and who, for their noble effort were awarded the Roosevelt
Medal by the President of the United States.
b. To establish an association of descendants of
Roosevelt Medal recipients to promote civic and cultural
activities designed to honor the contribution of their
forebears in the Construction of the Panama Canal.
c. To encourage research and investigation related
to the role of Roosevelt Medal recipients in the creation of
the Panama Canal.
d. To disseminate information and to conduct
public ceremonies to ensure that the historic achievement of
Roosevelt Medal recipients are not forgotten.
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS assemble at
the Panama Canal on or about August 15 every year to pay
tribute to the United States citizens in the building of the
All direct descendants of the Roosevelt Medal
recipients are eligible to apply for membership in
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS.
P.O. Box 3344 Balboa-Ancon
Rep. of Panama
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VR WITH A MEMBERSHIP FOR 2001 TO
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S1" x 31" x 3/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
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The Commercial rates have been approved at the August 26,
1999 Board Meeting. These rates are for those who are either
non members of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, or
those who are members but are placing an ad for an
established business firm, who wish to advertise Panama
related objects in the Society's Canal Record. All ads
submitted must be camera ready. The rates established are
Half Page: 7 wide x 5" high OR
3 1/2" wide x 10" high $125.00
1/4 Page: 3 /2 wide x 5" high OR
7" wide x 2 /2 high $60.00
1/5 Page: 7" wide x 2" high $50.00
1/10 Page: 3 /2 wide x 2" high
(Business card size) $25.00
1/20 Page 3 /2" wide x 1" high.
(Half Business card size) $15.00
Ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will
not compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted.
BHS CLASS OF 1950
Large 9'6" x 23" Panoramic View of our
Class. Photo taken on front steps of BHS.
Available in mailing tube for $10.00
Shipped framed and ready to hang $20.00
Contact: John Schmidt, (850) 878-9550
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1/5th page $30.00
1/4th page $40.00
1/2 page $75.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and
make all checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole FL. 33772-
4712. ALL ADVERTISING SUBMITTED MUST BE
CAMERA READY. THE EDITOR CANNOT
COMPOSE ANY ADS SUBMITTED.
BALBOA UNION CHURCH CALENDARS
Year 2001 Calendars are now available
Patricia M. Thomas,
PTY 3627, P.O. Box 025207
Miami, FL 33103-5207
$5.00 each plus $1.00 mailing
Make checks out to:
Women's Auxiliary, Balboa Union Church
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Author Patricia Maloney Markun lived in
Balboa Heights for 19 years, and has
published seven books about Panama.
IT'S PANAMA'S CANAL! is the book for
the whole family to remember the Canal
Zone. Well illustrated with photographs.
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Tel: (661) 883-7931
Fax: (561 883-0067
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S Limited Edition Print,
16" x 22.5", $120
Specializing in Panama Art by Al Sprague
P.O. Box 164, Milan, Tennessee 38358
1-800-549-2483 Fax: (901) 723-3871
Pleased to Accept American Express, Mastercard, and Visa
Open Edition Print,
I I" x 7.25", $20
Limited Edition Print,
12.75" x 18.5", $95
Now Available at
Let em know your from
the Canal Zone!
Now you can order Canal Zone T-shirts online.
Check out our web site at www.panamacanalshirts.com
We are pleased to accept Visa or Mastercard
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Call to receive free color brochure
by Larry and Edna Didier
Written by former Zonians-Larry from the Atlantic Side and Edna
(Curles) from the Pacific Side, this is a brand new holiday story that is
certain to become an instant classic! The story centers around a motley
group of inner-city kids and their loving but poor parents, To these chil-
dren, Santa Claus and his annual
visit is only for the the wealthy.
But is it really? In the tradition of
such Father Christmas legends as
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein-
deer," Larry and Edna have created a heartwarming story that brings the
true spirit of the season giving to those that need it most, the often dis-
enfranchised children of the ghetto. Masterfully illustrated by Larry's
son, Sammy ("Samwise") Didier, of Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine,
California, this is a must-read book for children young and old.
A donation will be made to the Panama Canal Museum from any
sales generated by this ad.
You may order by mail with Money Order or Check. The price for
each hard cover book is US$25 (includes shipping and handling) in the .: \, ,
U.S. and Canada. Add $5.00 for S&H for all other international orders. ,
Make check payable to Lawrence and Edna Didier, and mail to 3940
N.E. 21st Lane, Ocala, Florida 34470-3104. Money Order payments P ,Ae. Ca .l
are shipped immediately. Allow 2-3 weeks for check orders.
CONDOR P4M... 2001 PANAMA CANAL TOUR
Snjoy a coast-to-coast/border-to-border tour of Panama,
conducted by knowledgeable, bilingual guides who are
specialists in Panama and the Canal Zone. BOOK EARLY!
Due to the turnover of the canal, this may be your last chance
TRAVEL to be a part of a Panama adventure.
This 10 day tour includes the following:
* Round Trip Airfare Miami/Panama *
(U.S. Exit Fees)
* Tourist Card
* All Meals While in Panama
(Except One) *
* Tips & Baggage Handling
Transportation on Air-Conditioned
Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
Due to many requests, we are continuing with annual dry season tours.
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(800) 783-8847 (770) 339-9961 FAX: (770) 995-8017
www.condortravel.com Email: email@example.com
BOOK ON PANAMA
FINDING FREEDOM IN PANAMA
IS THE TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE
EXPERIENCES OF PASTOR
BILL WILBUR FROM GAMBOA
IN THE PRISONS OF PANAMA,
INCLUDING THE EVENTS OF THE
INVASION BY THE U.S. FORCES.
PLEASE CONTACT MRS. CAROLYN DILLON
2821 ALLEN WALKER RD
GROVE HILL, AL 36457
D I E-MAIL ROWDILL@HOTMAIL.COM
SEND $9.00 PLUS $2.00 FOR SHIPPING
R iE D O M AND HANDLING (U.S. FUNDS)
ALABAMA RESIDENTS ADD 4% SALES TAX.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO
WILLIAM E. WILBUR
IN PANAMA, CALL
THE GAMBOA UNION CHURCH 276-6830
For more info, go to: www.panamabooks.org
Come Back Home to Panama -
Remembering The Canal Challenge
04 Days/03 Nights
Transfer Airport/Gamboa Rainforest Resort/Airport
03 nights accomunodation with taxes
All meals included
City & Canal Tour
Price Per Person: (Double Occupancy)
High Season: (Apply Dec. 15 to March 31 2001)
Aks for our promotional rates with Delta Airlines da -.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM 2001 CALENDAR ORDER FORM
The Panama Canal Museum plans to offer a calendar each year that coordinates with the theme of the previous year's special
exhibit at the reunion. The 2000 theme at the reunion, the Canal Zone Schools, is the theme of the 2001 calendar, which
includes large black and white photographs of twelve of the schools. These calendars are available for $5 each (plus postage
and handling). Insure yourself a complete collection of these calendars by ordering this first one in the series! Shop early for
the holidays, too!
City: State: _
Quantity Calendars ordered @ $5.00 x
Postage and Handling
@ $1.20 for one calendar
@ $1.85 for two calendars to same address
@ $3.00 for three calendars to same address
@ $3.20 for four-12 calendars to same address
ORDERS WILL NOT BE SENT OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES.
Send order form and check made out to the Panama Canal Museum to:
Panama Canal Museum
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306
Seminole, FL 33772
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste. 334
PAPOSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record,
8050 Seminole Mal, Suite 334, SeminoleRIDA, Florida 33772-4712
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste. 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
2001 MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
Expires December 31, 2001
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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