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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 Message .. ........................................... 1
Secretary's Message .................................. ............ 2
Editor's Corner ............. ....................................... 2
Legislative Report .............. ...................... .......... 3
E-Mail Update ...................................................... 4
2000 Annual Audit Report ........................................... 5
Nominations and Ballots for Officers 2001-2002 ........................... 7
Museum News ............... ................................. 11
Insurance Information and Listings .................................... 12
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 14
Local Announcements ............... ............................ 18
W here Are You? ......... .... ...................... .......... 21
Your Reporter Says .................................... ........... 22
Alabam a .................... 22 M ississippi ................... 35
Arkansas .................. 22 North Carolina ................ 36
California ................... 22 Northwest .................... 37
Florida ................... 23 Oklahoma ............. 40
Georgia ..................... 31 Panama ...................... 40
Hawaii ..................... 33 South Carolina ................ 41
Louisiana ................... 33 Texas ...................... 42
M idwest .................... 35 Virginia ..................... 43
Congratulations ................................................ 44
Weddings ....................................................... 48
Births ............. ................... ...................... 52
With Deep Sorrow ............... ................................ 53
Letters to the Editor ................ .............................. 59
Announcements/Class Reunions ................. ................... 66
Looking Back ..................... ............................. 69
For Sale or W anted ................................... .......... 73
Application Form ............. ................................... 75
FRONT COVER: Photo of new Orlando World Center Marriott showing new 500
room extension on left and new facilities provided including swimming pools and golf
course, tennis court and driving range. Main entrance is behind main building.
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
August 8 12
Ocala Zonians Semi-Annual meeting at Ryan's Family Steakhouse.
Lunch at noon. Contact Bill Muller for further info.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, Merritt Island, FL.
NorthEast Florida Spring Meeting. Diane Bateman has details. Call
her at (904) 282-2650. Check http://www.egroups.com.NE Florida
PCSOFL, Spring Luncheon, Details in March issue.
OKLAHOMA Meeting/Picnic. Call Laura Redemann (918)-745-
1337 for updated information.
Pensacola, FL. mini-reunion. Tentatively at Holiday Inn Coconut Bay.
Contact Barbara Vose for details (850)474-6341
PCSOFL, Regular Meeting, Jacksonville, Fl See Announcements.
PCSOFL, Regular Meeting, St. Bedes Episcopal Church, 2500 16'
St., St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center Marriott, See
Yellow Pages, This issue.
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2001 has certainly started off with a bang. Our first
meeting of the new millennium was held in Ocala and we had
a fantastic turnout. There is no topping the "Ocalzonians" for
turning out a crowd. This was our first official traveling
meeting and as with anything new, we were uncertain as to
whether or not the traveling meetings would be successful.
Well, from everything we heard in Ocala, it is certainly a
good idea. We are now looking forward to our next traveling
meeting to the Melbourne/Cocoa Beach area in April. We
had announced at several of our meetings that we would look
into getting a bus from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area so that
our members in that area (where the meetings are typically
held) would not miss out on the meeting. Unfortunately,
there was not enough interest to warrant the hiring of a bus.
Hopefully, we will have a better response for the meeting in
Our Christmas luncheon was a marvelous affair.
Nancy Van Siclen and her committee did a marvelous job in
arranging this for us. It was a great way to start the
countdown to the holidays visiting with friends from
"home." I would like to mention that Nancy managed to put
together this luncheon for us, while at the same time, not
missing a beat in the office with her secretarial duties during
a time that is especially busy in the office with dues and
Our Record Editor, Pat Beall, suffered some
misfortune during the last few months. Between his regular
visits to the dentist and surgery on his carotid artery, he has
not been feeling his chipper self. Bur, as with Nancy, he
rarely missed a beat at the office and still manages to keep us
on track with our deadlines.
We are all very fortunate to have Carol Masino as
assistant to both Nancy and Pat. She has been the number
one pitch hitter in the office and now stays busy with the
reunion registrations that ere coming in. Carol also is
becoming very familiar with the duties of the Secretary so
that we will very rarely experience a down-time in the office.
At this writing, Carnavalito has not yet taken place -
yet, as you read this message, Carnavalito has already passed.
We are very excited about Tito Mounes returning to play for
the Panama Canal Society. We are hoping that this year,
given the new location and the new entertainment, that the
tradition of Carnavalito, which otherwise has seemed to be
becoming an event of the past, will have been another
successful event of the year. It will certainly go a long way
in indicating whether or not we should continue this
The ballots for the Bylaw amendment proposed by
the Bylaws Committee which concerned officer eligibility
was passed by a vast majority of the membership.
You will not that the 2000 reunion audit is
contained in this issue. Our Audit Chairperson, Jim
Parthenais, has made some very sound recommendations
which we intend to follow in the future years. Most of these
recommendations relate primarily to the classification of
certain expenses and revenue. As we expected, he found no
problems or errors in the accounting or record keeping for
the reunion finances, with Jeanne Wheeler continuing to
handle the reunion finances in her customary meticulous
fashion. We have been fortunate to have her handling our
reunion finances once again this year.
We continue to receive many calls at the office
regarding the Insurance situation. This is very encouraging
and hopefully reinforces to our members the philosophy that
we serve our members. Beth Brandenburg has taken the
lead in this project and is in the office answering calls on
Monday and Wednesdays from 1:00 4:00 p.m. This will be
reduced to one day per week as her duties as Registration
Chairperson come into focus. I am pleased to announce that
we have been able to help many of our members; once again
showing that being involved with this project was a good
idea and a definite benefit to our members.
We have identified some other areas for
improvement and will work on these issues as the year
unfolds. Many of these area for improvement have come
from suggestions from our membership. I cannot emphasize
enough that the main objective of this Board is to make it
very clear to our members that this organization belongs to
each and every one of us. The Board is open to any
suggestions you may have. Please feel free to contact any one
of us at any time. We would love to hear from you.
I am saddened to report to the membership that my
dear friend and Past President Jane Huldtquist passed away
on February 1, 2001. Jane was involved in an automobile
accident in June of last year an accident that took the life of
her brother John. She spent four long months in the hospital
and rehab and just recently was scurrying about on a walker-
cane, so proud of her progress. Unfortunately, during the
early morning hours of February I"', she suffered a massive
heart attack and passed away. Jane touched many lives
during her lifetime and she never met a stranger. Her endless
devotion to those she loved and to the Panama Canal Society
of Florida is second to none. She unselfishly served this
organization for many, many years. Her council to the
organization will be missed. I will miss my friend very, very
much but find comfort in knowing she is now pain-free at
last, and playing golf again with her beloved husband Fred.
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
It has been a busy few months with members paying
dues and sending in Reunion paper work. Carol and I are
trying to keep everything up to date as much as possible, but
some days the mail is so heavy it's an impossible task. We
are getting used to the credit card machine and it seems to be
taking on with our members. Many members are renewing
and joining the Society through the credit card system and
paying for the reunion activities as well.
The only thing I would like to say is that we have
many, many calls from members wanting to know their
membership number. We would like to let you all know that
your membership number follows your name on the address
label of the Canal Record. Each time your book is mailed
your number is after your name on the address label.
The other item which our members with e-mail
should be aware of, is that the Society e-mail has changed.
Please use firstname.lastname@example.org as shown in the masthead
in the future.
Thank you to all the members who have called and
written notes wishing me well over the last few months. I am
still learning and I thank the membership and Carol Masino
for their patience.
First, I would like to thank all those who wished me
well during recent surgery, and I'll tell you that the older you
get the longer it takes you to get over it. What a way to
spend Christmas! Not only did it take away lots of time from
the Canal Record, but it hurried me up to get it done before
Valentine's Day when the doctor man takes swipe at the
other side of the neck. Yes, it's been busy.
We continue to receive a few birth notices in which
photos of babies are submitted without the proud parents in
the photo. The Executive Board decided several years ago
that, although all parents feel their newborn were more
worthy of sole billing, it was more to the interest of the
general membership to see the baby with the proud parents
as a family. This policy has been continuously enforced over
the years so that no one feels slighted and we ask that you
cooperate by providing only family baby photos. Likewise,
we would appreciate your continued efforts to limit guest
lists at weddings to the principal players and not to crop
photos in any way that compromises 90 covers. We want to
print as much as possible of each photo, but if you want to
cut off your mother-in-law or such, let us know and we will
do the dirty deed..
Now that we have had our say, let's thank all those
who do contribute so much in providing news of themselves
and other members. I can well understand the problems
involved in writing an article getting names correct, times
accurate, locations spelled properly, etc. We in this office
have the easy part all we have to do is copy what you send.
The work has already been done for us. To keep the Society
growing stronger, we have a fireball executive board picking
up all the loose ends, and when one get over 70 NEW
members in a month, that says a lot about our growth and the
board's commitment to the Society. We. the editorial staff(?)
want to join them and do our part by maintaining a working
standard that adds to the Society's welfare and to it's well
being. That's all.
Editor, Canal Record
On the legislative front, 2000 was a fairly successful
year for the passage of laws affecting retirees and 2001 will
be an important year for lobbying the 107'" Congress on the
passage of several pending issues. I have listed a few of these
in this article.
1.. On November 13, 2000. President Clinton signed H.R.
782 which re-authorized the Older Americans Act into law.
The Act (Pub.L. 106-501) provides $1.3 billion annually for
nutrition, transportation, in-home care, day care, caregiver
support, long-term care ombudsman, elder abuse prevention,
health promotion, disease prevention, senior center,
community employment and other support services for senior
citizens. In addition to these items, H.R. 782 authorizes a
new national caregivers support program to provide respite,
home care and information and referral services.
The new program includes critical information, training and
counseling, as well as much needed quality respite care for
those caregivers who are juggling jobs and other family
responsibilities while meeting the special needs of loved ones
in their care. The bill also authorizes a White House
Conference on Aging in 2005.
2.. An attempt by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va) to allow retirees
the pay Federal Employees Health benefits Program
premiums with pretax dollars was unsuccessful in the 106"h
Congress. However, Rep. Davis is planning to propose a
similar bill in the 107th Congress. The bill (H.R. 4277) has
112 bipartisan cosponsors in the 106'" Congress.
3.. On November 22, 2000 President Clinton signed into law
Pub. L. 106-534 (Senior Fraud Prevention Act S. 3164).
The law will increase efforts to educate older Americans
about the dangers of fraudulent investment schemes and
sweepstakes claims. The bill authorizes a federal grant of $5
million over five years for TRIAD (a community-policing
program that partners law enforcement agencies with senior
volunteers to reduce crime against the elderly). Individuals
can call the National Fraud Information Center hotline if
they suspect that they or a loved one may be the target of
fraud. the toll-free number is 1-800-876-7060.
4. On November 22, 2000, the Social Security
Administration initiated a program to give all retirees an
electronic means to apply for benefits by offering
applications on the agency's web site www.ssa.gov. Officials
say the online interview will help reduce an anticipated
increase in retirees expected over the next few decades.
It should be noted that the process is not entirely electronic
as applicants will still have to print out the application, attach
it to original documents (i.e., birth certificate) and get it to a
field office by mail or in person.
5. The National Association of Retired Federal Employees
(NARFE) has been actively working for several years to
reduce or eliminate the effects of both the Windfall
Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.
The latest statistics indicate there are about 500,000 Social
Security recipients affected by the Windfall Eliminations
Provision and 305,000 recipients affected by the Government
Pension Offset. Each of these numbers increases annually by
60,000 and 15,000, respectively.
Sponsors of legislation to either eliminate or reduce the
effects of these controversial laws are expected to
reintroduce such legislation in the 107"t Congress.
6. As was preciously reported, on September 19, 2000,
President Clinton signed into law (Pub. L. 106-265) the long
term care bill which grants the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) the authority to offer long-term care
insurance to eligible individuals by October 2002.
OPM is working on the development of this program which
will take some time to implement. The agency has to develop
the program, educate the federal and military communities
about the program and select and negotiate with insurance
carriers. All of this takes time and the specifics of the
program will not be known for some time.
While it is currently not known what the premium costs will
be, we do know a few pertinent facts. For example, we know
that the Federal employees and annuitants, active duty
uniformed service personnel and retirees, as well as spouses
and children 18 or older may participate in the program. We
also know that the initial program is an employee/annuitant
pay-all benefit (the government will not pay any part of the
premium) and that persons with immediate or probable need
for long-term care insurance are unlikely to meet medical
underwriting standards for the new program.
Also, it should be noted that long term insurance is not for
everyone. It is only for individuals who have an estate to
protect and who can afford to pay premiums now and in the
future. According to the United Seniors Health Cooperative
it is not for people who are required to use their savings to
pay premiums nor is it for individuals with only modest
savings. Such premiums should generally not exceed 10
percent of your annual income and fit comfortably in your
7. On January 17, 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will
release the December 2000 consumer price indices. The
December data will complete the measuring period for
calculating the 2001 cost of living adjustment for befits paid
under the Federal Employees Compensation Act. (FECA)
Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide you with the
amount of the increase in this edition of the Canal Record
because of our printing deadline; however, You can still
obtain the information by calling the NARFE Legislative
Hotline at 1-703-838-7780 on or after January 17.
This concludes my article for this edition of the Canal
Record. I urge each of you to write to your respective
congressional representatives and ask them to correct two
unjust Social Security laws by supporting the elimination of
the Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension
Offset. Also, I ask that you ask your representatives to
support legislation to support legislation to allow Federal
retirees to pay Federal Employees Health benefits Program
(FEHBP) premiums with pre-tax dollars. Successful
congressional action on these three issues will result in
monitary savings to retirees.
Robert Russell Jr.
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Baglien, Julie J./Gary
Bailey, William R.
Berg, Carl N.
Bradley, James P.
Braswell, Lyn Biagi
Brayton, Rodman F.
Brown, John V.
Brown, Merrill R.
Bunnell, Ray L.
Cagswell, Dorothy F.
Canter, Catherine J.
Carey, Thomas J.
Chase, John P.
Cockle, Col Dale/Bett,
Concannon, Charles F
Corbett, Dr.&Mrs. Ed
Dorminey, Patricia M
Ericson, Helen (Kissan
Follese, Donna G.
Ford, Alan R.
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Frediani, Jack E.
Freund, Gilbert E.
Gaul, Ken/Emily Nickisher
Giavelli, Charles L.
Gibbs, Margarita Reimann
Gibson, Dr. Robert
Howe, Vicki (Dunning)
Hummer. Robert L.
Hunter, William R.
Johnstone, Leisa (Ruble)
Knapp, Margaret P.
Kovel, Edna (Tompkins)
Krueger, Ernest M. Jr.
LaBella, Sheila (Farbman)
Ladd, William A.
Leeds, David J. da
Lehman. Patricia A.
Lewis, Merri Bandy
Lynch, Valentine D. Jr.
Mann, Dewey E.
Manning, John P.
Nichols, Jim Jimn
Oberholtzer, Anita J.
Oberholtzer, Russell A.
O'Donnell, Edna M.
Phillips, Beverly A.
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Raybourn, Fr. Fred/Susan
Rhodes, Duane B.
Robinson, Fred A. f
Rose, Sheila F.
Searle, Donna A.
Sears, Kathleen Lavallee
Smith, Allen K.
Snyder, Dr. Wallace M.
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Stabler, Lewis L.
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Taylor, Dale/Mary Jane
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Tourville, Sybil M.
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Villani, Dianne E.
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Wagner, Jacqueline E.
White, Mary M.
Williford, Mary Alice (Molly)
Wilson, Michael J.
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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2000 Annual Audit Report
Ms. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
The Panamal Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
I have completed the audit of the financial records and activities of the 2000 Annual
Reunion. My examination consisted of such tests and verifications as deemed necessary
to ascertain that funds were properly accounted for and accurately reported to the
Based on the results of my review, it is my opinion that the following statement of
receipts, expenditures and fund balances correctly state the financial results for the 2000
Additionally, I compiled information submitted by the Golf Tournament Chairperson,
which is presented here for informational purposes.
Chairman, Budget and Audit
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
2000 Annual Reunion
Statement of Receipts and Expenditures and Fund Balances
Beginning Cash Balance / Checking Account $ 3,000.00
Dues (Reimbursed to Society)
Ball / Dances
Dues (Reimbursements to Society)
Net Proceeds from Reunion
Transfer of Funds to Society
Ending Cash Balance / Checking Account
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
2000 Annual Golf Tournament
Statement of Receipts and Expenditures
Registration Fees (Golfers and Guests) $ 7,387.59
Interest on Deposits 6.54
Golfers (133 x $25) $ 3,325.00
Lunches (150 x $18) 2,700.00
Transportation (Bus) 560.00
Net Proceeds from Golf Tournament
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2001-2002
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr..Louis Reyes, Chairperson,
James O'Donnell, Robert Russell Jr., Lori King, and Stacey DeRaps submitted the following Slate of Officers for 2000-2001
at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting and Luncheon held December 16, 2000 at the Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North
Reddington Beach, Florida 33708.
President Ms. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
I" Vice President Mr. Bill McLaughlin
2nd Vice President Ms.Elaine Lewis
Director Ms. Beth Brandenburg
Director Mr..Tom Wilder
Mr..Steve Nehring was nominated from the floor for 2"d. Vice President by Mrs. Anna Collins.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
You can only vote for one candidate for each of the offices of President, 1" Vice President, and 2"d Vice President; for
the offices of Directors, you can vote for two candidates. Please vote by placing an "X" in the block in front of the candidate's
name that you have selected. "Write-in" nominations are permitted for all offices listed, provided the nominee gives his/her
consent in writing to the Nominating Committee not later than ten days prior to the Annual Business Meeting which will be held
on August 10, 2001, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Each active member, or active member and spouse may submit one
(1) ballot per member household. Vote for your selection of officers indicated on the cut-out BALLOT/BALLOT ENVELOPE.
Fold the ballot to the inside of the ballot envelope and fold the envelope over your ballot with the address of the Chairperson,
Nominating on the outside, and seal the envelope with Scotch Tape. Do not detach ballot from the envelope. Place your name
and return address in the upper left hand corner. Affix a 340 stamp and mail before August 1, 2001. Ballot envelopes will be
opened at the Annual Business Meeting on August 10, 2001..
Slate of Officers for 2001-2002
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
As of this writing, we are six months into our term of office and we have completed
some very significant tasks. I have accepted. the nomination of president for the forthcoming
year, which would be my fourth term in that office.. Because we have a dynamic board in place,
and together with this board, I am hopeful that another term of office will solidify for years to
come, our philosophy that the members should always come first and that we should preserve to
the greatest extent possible, the life of this organization. I believe that my having served in
virtually every capacity in this organization had qualified me to identify and implement those
ideals upon which this organization was founded. I appreciate the confidence that the .
membership has placed in me, and I will work for the betterment of our organization and its
Bill P. McLaughlin
Since my retirement from Panama in 1996, I have been active with the Society as your
internet Web Site Publisher (Web Master), as a Director for the 1999-2000 term, and am
currently your It Vice President and the 2001 Reunion Coordinator. I thank all those that have
supported me in the past elections and ask for your vote of confidence again as your 1" Vice
President for the 2001-2002 term. The Panama Canal Society is very important to me and I will
do my best to support it's mission.
Elaine V. Lewis
Born in Gorgas Hospital and raised in the Canal Zone, I graduated from Balboa High School,
the University of Houston and the University of Alabama. I then returned to the Canal Zone
and became a professional educator at Curundu Junior High School, a counselor at Panama
Canal College and an Assistant Principal at various elementary schools as well as Balboa High
School. Taking advantage of an early retirement I moved to Clearwater, Florida and became
active in the Panama Canal Society by working for almost a year in the Society office. Last
year, you elected me to serve as one of the Society Directors on the Executive Board. It has
indeed been an honor to serve an organization, such as ours, so steeped in history and tradition.
This is why I agreed to run again for the new position of 2nd Vice President. I do believe in the
Panama Canal Society and what we represent to the world. I am dedicated to keep our fond
memories of the Canal Zone and Panama alive.
I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and moved to the Canal Zone in 1960. I attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in 1970 and from the Canal Zone
Junior College in 1973. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1976;.
enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Clayton from 1977 through 1979. After my r
discharge I relocated to St. Petersburg where I currently reside. I have served as chairperson ,
for the Society's Annual Picnic and Christmas Tree Bum, served on the Carnavalito Committee '
for 1998 2000; served on the Annual Reunion Committee for 1998, 1999 and 2000 reunions.
I have served as a Director on the Executive Board during 1998 and 1999. Once again I have
been asked to run for a position on the Executive Board as the 2nd Vice President. I hope to
continue my service with the Society so that the Society can continue to uphold and "To
preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships," as well as, the traditions and memories
of the Panama Canal. I work for the State of Florida and am married to Lauren (Sadock)
Nehring of St.Petersburg.
I was born in Brunswick, Georgia and moved with my parents, Bill and Elizabeth Lewis
and sisters to the Atlantic side in 1951. I attended Canal Zone schools from Kindergarten through
12th grade and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1968. I returned to Panama with my
husband, Hap (CHS'69) and three sons, Bryan, Todd and Gabe in 1981 and lived there for 9
years on the Pacific side. While in Panama, I worked as secretary for the Rates and Analysis
Branch and in the Editorial Department of the U.S. Army Tropic Test Center. We returned to
Florida in 1990 when Hap took a job as a harbor pilot and we now reside in the Tampa area. It
has been a pleasure working with the Executive Board this past year and if elected again, I will
continue to serve the Society with honor and enthusiasm.
Thomas R. Wilder
Tom was born at Coco Solo Hospital, son of Rosemary and Captain Albert L. Wilder,
a Panama Canal Pilot. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1976 and attended Canal ..vs, "
Zone College. He worked as a student assistant at Gatun Locks, Cristobal Industrial Division,
and U.S. Recruitment for the Personnel Division. He left the Canal Zone in 1979 to attend the
National River Academy and served a brief stint as Pilot on riverboats. In October of 1981, he i1
began his career in law enforcement, graduating from Florida Institute of Criminal Justice and
AOMP at North Carolina State University. Tom is a Captain with the Marion County Sheriff's
Office in Ocala, Florida and is the Assistant Bureau Chief for Uniform Patrol. His three sisters,
Alberta Corrigan, Joanne Anderson and Penny Cafiamas still live in Panama. He has been
married to Kathy (non-zonian) for 17 years and has three children, Samantha 15, Brittney 13 and
Christopher 12. He was appointed this year to serve as Chairman, Bylaws Committee for the
Society. With your vote, he hopes to continue his service with the Society as a Director.
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
MUSEUM HOLDS ELECTION
The museum's board voted in Paul Morgan,
Steve Nehring, and Barbara Peterson as directors at its
November 11, 2000, meeting. All three new directors
have been active museum volunteers: Paul has been
cataloging museum artifacts, Steve has worked at our
storage facility unloading and organizing the items we've
received in containers, and Barbara has been keeping
records of donations and performing other clerical duties
for the museum. At an earlier 2000 board meeting Bob
Karrer was elected to the board Bob has been helping
the board with accessions and the planning of the 2002
An election of officers also took place at the
November meeting as many of the officers reached the
end of their previous terms. Officers are: Chuck
Hummer, President; Joe Wood, Vice President; Kathy
Egolf, Executive Vice President; Barbara Peterson,
Secretary, and Joan Ohman, Treasurer.
MUSEUM THANKS SOCIETY MEMBERS
Panama Canal Society members have responded
to the museum's mailing in October with donations
totaling about $35,000. Those who responded with a
donation have received a card from the museum thanking
them for the donation and indicating where their
cumulative donations have put them as they move from
one landmark to another in their transiting of the Panama
Canal. In addition, they have received static cling decals
of the museum's logo, a membership bar, and a bar for
each year they have donated to the museum-reminiscent
of the Roosevelt Medal and bars! All those who have
donated by the spring will receive another newsletter.
The museum website has a listing of museum
donors. You will notice that many members have found a
donation to the museum in memory of a family member
or a friend is a fitting way to remember those who have
been a part of the American Era of the Panama Canal.
The museum now has a card that can be sent to the next
of kin when a memorial donation has been made.
MUSEUM PLANS 2001 REUNION ACTIVITIES
AND 2002 CALENDAR
The 2001 museum calendar featuring the Canal
Zone and DoDDS-Panama schools has been well received
and is still available. Order forms are in the September
and December 2000 issues of the Canal Record and
online at the Panama Canal Museum's website.
A committee has already started work on the
2002 calendar, which will feature the Canal Zone postal
system. Members of the committee are very enthusiastic
about the ideas that are surfacing and know that everyone
Panama Canal Museum
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
who has the 2001 school calendar will want to have a
2002 postal system calendar in order to have a complete
collection of the museum's historic calendars.
The 2002 postal service calendar will be
available for sale at the 2001 Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the museum's table in the vendors' room and
in the museum room.. The Canal Zone postal service will
also be the theme of the exhibit in the museum room.
The 2002 Reunion exhibit and the 2003 calendar
will focus on the Canal Zone Police. These activities will
tie in with the reunion the Canal Zone Police will be
having at the 2002 Reunion.
MEDALLION PROJECT COMES TO A CLOSE
We expect that by the time you receive this issue
of the Canal Record, all those who ordered medallions
and reported any missing by the first of the year should
have received them We greatly appreciate the patience
these medallion customers showed and are happy their
long wait has come to an end
We have traced many of the problems associated
with the medallion project to the failure of the mint we
originally contracted with to let us know it had gone out
of business and shifted our project to another mint Even
when we discovered this months later, it took us more
time to determine that the proper paper work had not been
transferred to the second mint by the original mint
Possible United States Postal Service fraud further
complicated the project and is currently under
investigation. To make good our commitment to our
customers, we used money that had been earmarked as
profit to get out the last hundred-plus medallions. We are
hoping to get at least some of this money back as we
continue to work with a representative of the first mint
and the U.S. P.S.
In spite of the problems we had with the
medallion project, it was a profitable venture financially
for the museum. Because the second mint ended up being
very helpful as problems with the first mint were
identified, we may work with it in the future on other
MUSEUM AND PCCOTA COOPERATE
The museum and the Panama Canal Commission
Office of Transitional Administration in Washington, DC,
have been working together in a number of ways. A visit
to the museum and storage facility last summer by one
member of the office's staff has resulted in our support of
a Pentagon exhibit on the Panama Canal and a promise of
items in the transition office when it closes. Plans are
also underway for another person from the office to come
to Florida to present the museum with an American flag
certified to have flown in Panama on December 31, 1999.
PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT-AND
SUPPORT THE PANAMA CANAL
You may support the Panama Canal Museum by
making a monetary donation. Donations will be
recognized on a Wall of Honor where names of
donors will be displayed for each level of giving.
The Wall of Honor will have along its length an
artist's rendition of the Panama Canal.
It will be divided according to Canal landmarks, with
each landmark representing a different level of giving.
All donations are cumulative. Donors' names on the
Wall of Honor will be shown on small cayucos, so
that they can advance, or transit, through the Canal
to succeeding levels with contributions over time.
Multiple transits 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 Anchorage
* Amador Causeway
* Balboa Yacht Club
* Bridge of the Americas
* Miraflores Locks
* Miraflores Lake
* Pedro Miguel Locks
* Gaillard Cut
* Barro Colorado Island
* Gatun Lake
* Gatun Locks
* Cristobal Yacht Club
* Atlantic Breakwater
* Complete Transit
($1 to $99)
($100 to $199)
($200 to $299)
($300 to $399)
($400 to $499)
($500 to $599)
($600 to $699)
($700 to $799)
($800 to $899)
($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:
Q $1500 $1000 $500 Q $250 O $100 0 $75 J $50 0 $25 Other _
Check or Postal Money Order number
I would like my donation to be in memory of (il applicable):
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
8050 Seminole Mall. Suite 306
Seminole, Flonda 33772-4712
Tel. (727) 394-9338
Fax. (727) 394-2737
Email: president@panamacanalmuseum org
PCSF 9/00 4,000
UPDATE OF MUTUAL OF OMAHA
NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS
The Executive Board has been enthused about the
progress being made with the efforts to re-certify former
Panama Canal employees on the original Mutual of Omaha
Insurance program. We have established an excellent rapport
with all those currently associated with the program and are
making inroads on final resolve of this issue.
First and foremost, we must advise our members
that the following e-mail address has been established in
Panama with the current administrator of the program,
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS).
ATTENTION: Ricauter Rodriguez
CIS May continue to be contacted in Panama by mail, fax or
e-mail as follows:
Compania Internacional de Seguros, S.A.
Attention: Sr. Ricauter Rodriguez
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panami, Repdblico de Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000, Extension 4382 (Ricauter
Rodriguez) Fax: 011-507-210-1605
When contacting CIS, be sure to include all of your personal
data such as full name as it appears on the policy, IP number
and roll and gang numbers, if known, current address,
telephone number, e-mail address and/or Fax number.
For those who require a Change of Beneficiary form, a
supply is being given to the Society office and will be made
available upon request.
It should be noted that the Society has been informed that a
more complete listing of those insured under this death
benefits program is being forwarded to the Society at this
time. Upon receipt of the new listing, we will attempt to
notify any former employees appearing on the list that were
not included on the original listing printed in the December
issue of the Canal Record.
The Matter of claiming death benefits under the program
continues to be formulated and the Society will take the
necessary measures to inform our membership of the
procedures to be followed as they become known to us.
If you have any questions or require additional assistance,
please contact the office on Wednesdays between the hours
of 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. when we have additional personnel
assigned specifically to handle this issue.
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Reunion Coordinator's Report March 2001
Greetings everyone. I just popped in to give you a little information about our 2001 Reunion
in August. Thank Heaven we were able to go back to the Orlando World Center Marriott for 2001.
The Tampa Marriott Waterside was nice, but just a tad small for our large family!! I have to give
them a big ovation for the great support they gave us in order to make us as comfortable as possible.
Well, we are going back under one roof in familiar territory. The Orlando World Center
Marriott has gone through a major face-lift since we were there last. 500 more rooms have been
added, and even though there will be another convention group attending while we are there, we
should be able to accommodate all or members at the Orlando World Center.
Many new services have been added to the hotel. The new wing of 500 rooms is great, and
some of the familiar past restaurants and eateries have been revamped into new and improved places
for hotel residents. Anyone like "Starbucks Coffee"? Well, there is a new "Starbucks" Coffee Shop
in the main lobby area next to the brand new "Lobby Network News" stand. It is very exciting seeing
these new additions. Downstairs, where the Pizza/Burger place and game room was, there will be
a "sort-of' convenience store to help accommodate your basic hygienic and munchies needs. When
we visited the hotel a couple of months ago, this spot was under construction and all we could see
was the proposed drawings of the area. They are going to call it "The New Retail Corridor and Food
Court." Everything looks great!
The Lollipop Lounge will still be available for those who desire childcare. There is a brand
new fully equipped full service Spa and Health Club. A'five-acre activity court complete with five
swimming pools (one indoors), five public whirlpool spas (one indoor) and two saunas, with a
lagoon pool and water slide. Don;'t forget the Tennis Courts, Driving range and Golf Course.
Our event area will be located in the far lower convention level, which will be a little distant
from the area we are all accustomed to from the past. But once you are there, all our activities will
be in that immediate area.
The 2001 Reunion will also offer a few new amenities. The Friday night dance will have two
bands a big band sound and then an old Zonian rock and roll band afterwards. Frankie Pretto once
again will fill the house with is fast-paced Latin music on Saturday night. The dances on both Friday
and Saturday will continue until 2:30 a.m. instead of 1:30 a.m. as requested last year by those die-
We are also planning some seminars, slide shows, films and lectures about the Canal Zone
for those who want to take atrip back home.....
Prices have gone up a little here and there, but there is no way around that in those areas
I hope everyone will sign up early to ensure that you are locked in for a good time....
If .I can assist you in any way, please give me a call at 352-726-8804 or email me at:
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
OCTOBER 7, 2000 ANNUAL PICNIC
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Left photo, leh side: Norman Demers. Cecile Demers, Rupert Turner,
Bev Williams, Right Photo: John Disharoon, Kenny Morris.
Left Photo: left side:Bob Russell, Cheryl Russell, Steve Nehring, Colleen Lau Right side: Dottle Yocum, Olga
Disharoon. Right photo: Elaine Vestal Lewis, Beverly Williams, Trudy Roberto, Betty Boyer.
November 3, 2000
President Betty Frassrand called the meeting to
order at 11:40 a.m. followed by the Invocation by Dorothy
Yocum and the Pledge to the Flag led by Bill Wheeler. The
president recognized Past Presidents Anna Collins, Pete
Foster, Bill Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Marje Foster, Jim
O'Donnell, Margot Jordan and Faith Brundage. The
meeting recessed for lunch.
Meeting reconvened at 12:30 p.m. with a quorum of
41 members. In view of the fact that a motion was made to
dispense with reading of the September meeting at the
October Picnic, Roberts Rules of Order requires that both the
September and October minutes be read at the November
meeting. Jim O'Donnell motioned to accept the September
minutes as read, seconded by Margot Jordan. The
September Financial Statement stands for audit..
The president welcomed Joe Wood, President of
the Panama Canal Society Foundation, Chuck Hummer,
Vice President and Kathy Egolf, Director and explained they
had a tentative meeting with the Mayor of St. Petersburg and
would have to leave early, so she invited Joe Wood to give
an update on the museum.
Joe Wood stated that November 4"h would be the
first anniversary of the opening of the museum office and
that the museum has received $17,000.00 in donations from
members. They are meeting with the Mayor for direction and
input to stay in this area. He thanked Betty Frassrand and the
Executive Board for their moral support and asked that
anyone volunteering at the museum to call Kathy Egolf at the
museum. At this time, Lee Kariger donated a rug with the
Panama Canal seal from his daughter Nancy Eide. Mr.
Wood thanked all for listening and Betty Frassrand stated
this was a very worthwhile project and wished them well
with their meeting with the Mayor.
The October minutes were read. Jim O'Donnell
motioned to accept them as read, seconded by Pete Foster.
The October Financial Statement stands for audit.
The president stated the board re-voted on
purchasing the credit card machine as an advantage to paying
$35.00/month for 48 months, totaling $1,680.00 if we
purchased the machine for $450.00. If found unsatisfactory,
it can be resold back to the company.
The president also announced that the reunion pages
will be on-line after the December issue is mailed. She asked
all to please have patience with the office staff since we are
sure we will have some "bugs" to work out.
Betty Frassrand announced that at the October board
meeting, the secretarial position was filled. The committee of
Darlene Hunt, Ken Morris, Bob Russell and Elaine Lewis
reviewed the three or four applications and unanimously
recommended Nancy Van Siclen to become the permanent
secretary of the Society. Betty stated that Carol Masino and
Nancy worked well together as well as with Pat Beall, the
The president stated that the toll free number is
working and we have been thanked for putting this long
overdue service in place. She also wanted to mention that we
have moved some of the meeting rooms, for the oncoming
reunion, closer in the Convention Center as a convenience to
members. This will not be a problem in 2002 and 2003 as we
will again be in the main section of the center. The additional
fees put on the rooms is called a resort fee, which the hotel
imposed since signing the contract. It was $9.00 per night
which we have had reduced to $5.00. This covers a safe in
your room, range access and range balls, tennis court access,
fitness spa, local calls including 800 numbers, children
activities, and Disney transportation. With this increase the
room rate will be $114.00 per night. The president followed
by stating that the yellow pages will be in the December issue
and that Bill McLaughlin has worked hard on them. We have
tried to refine the pages because of many complaints that the
pages are confusing, however, if anyone has a suggestion
about the yellow pages, please call the Board who will look
at all suggestions.
The president stated that Tom Wilder was unable
to attend today but asked that members be reminded to send
in their ballots for Amendment 15. 84 ballots have been
received to date. The January 5 meeting will be held in Ocala
at Carmichael's Restaurant. For details, see the December
Canal Record. The April 7 meeting will be held at the
Florida Seafood Grill on Cocoa Beach, chaired by Joella and
Randy Deakins, and committee of Terry and Susan
Deakins and the McConaughy's. They are excited about us
coming to the east coast. This meeting is not only for the east
coast and if local members wish to attend, maybe a bus could
be chartered. Please advise the office of your intent.
The board is getting more involved with the
insurance matter, and Beth Brandenburg is heading the
committee of Ken Morris, and Bob Russell who are looking
into what we can do to assist our members. Beth mentioned
that Mutual of Omaha was bought out by Compania
Intemacional de Seguros (CIS). The Society received a list of
names of those who they are trying to contact to issue new
certificates. For policy holders who are deceased, their claims
can be filed through Arizona. Several members feel they
should have been on that list since they have a certificate and
the committee is working on finding out. The December
issue will have a complete listing of all those sent us by CIS.
Beth, who is also Chairperson of Registration for
the 2001 Reunion asked for volunteers in Registration at the
Reunion. Please sign the sheet for volunteering.
The president mentioned that Bill McLaughlin,
who is responsible for the Society web site, the museum web
site, his own web site and also the Central Florida
Community College web site, was recently recognized by the
college and received an award for his web site design.Bill,
also the 1s' Vice President and 2001 Reunion Coordinator
said the vendors will have a larger room; Information will be
more visible, a few members wish to show slides of Panama
and the Canal and a room has been set aside for them. More
information will be in the March Canal Record. Since
Darleen Hunt could not be with us, Bill reported the dance
of Friday night will be called "Dancing through the Decades"
with the Charley Raymond band from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30
p.m. and at 12:00 midnight, the band will be the Canal Zone
All Star Band of Canal Zone groups and Father Frank
Pretto will join them. Saturday night with be Frank Pretto
from 8:30 p.m. through 2:30 a.m., Theme: Mardi Gras.
Travelworld has been selected this year by the Board to be
the official travel agent for the reunion.
Bill Wheeler suggested that the Service Officer
position be eliminated. The president will bring this to the
Motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Hubert
Jordan, seconded by Jay Cain. Meeting adjourned at 1:30
December 16, 2000:
President called the meeting to order at 12:00 Noon.
Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation, followed by moment
of silence and Pledge to the Flag by Ed Wardlow.
President thanked 111 members attending and
recognized Past Presidents A. Collins, W. Wheeler, R. Van
Siclen, J. Huldtquist, J. O'Donnell, T. Peterson.. Also
recognized Joy and Al Maale of Okeechobee and Ben
Parthenais as our youngest member, 11 months old, for
coming.. Then meeting recessed for lunch, and re-convened
at 12:45 p.m.
November minutes were read. J. O'Donnell
motioned to accept minutes, seconded by Ken Morris.
Carried. November Financial Statement stands for audit.
President stated that the Editor P. Beall had surgery
and was unable to attend. She introduced Carol Masino,
Assistant to Secretary and Editor, and thanked her for her
The president reported a new computer has been
purchased for the office which will enable the office to
accept credit cards on line, and bring the office up-to-date for
many years. Aforementioned we plan on traveling around the
state, our first meeting in January will be in Ocala, chaired by
Tom Wilder. Carnavalito will be in Winterhaven in
February and Ed Wardlow will chair that, with Tito
Mouynes playing. The March meeting will be back at St.
Bede's in St. Petersburg and .the April meeting will be in
Cocoa Beach hosted by Joella nd Randy Deakins. Also
mentioned was that if some of the members in this area
would like to travel to these other meetings to please call the
office and if there are enough members we will look into
getting a bus for transportation to these areas .
Also mentioned was that our standing rules require
that all past presidents be presented with a past president's
pin when they leave office. Past presidents for the past few
years have not received a pin. This board decided to reinstate
that tradition and would like to present Tom Peterson with
is past president's pin.
Betty announced that a condensed version of the
Board minutes and Business Meeting minutes will be placed
on the web site.
Bill McLaughlin, 1"s Vice president and Reunion
Coordinator announced that reunion Registration Forms are
on the website but you must still submit your hotel
Reports from reunion committees:
Darleen Hunt announced that the Friday night
dance theme is Dancing thru the Decades with the Raymond
James Band playing from 7:30 p.m. thru 11:30 p.m. after
which the Canal Zone Allstar Band will play from 12:00
midnight thru 2:30 a.m.. Frank Pretto will play for the ball
on Saturday night.
Jane Huldtquist, honorary chairperson for the goll
tournament stated she had received two application forms.
Elaine Vestal Lewis announced that the vendors
will have a larger area than last year.
Jacque Vowell, Chairpoerson for the Friday and
Saturday nights disco aid she hoped everyone comes.
Tom Petereson, Mini Reunion Chairperson stated
there were 15 mini reunions planned so far.
Jim O'Donnell will be calling bingo again at the
reunion and hopes for a large turnout.
Bill McLaughlin announced that Travelworld is the official
travel agency for the 2001 reunion. Please call him if there
are any questions.
Reports from Executive Board:
Director Beth Brandenburg, Bob Russell and
Kenny Morris have volunteered to assist members get their
life insurance policies changed over. She will be in the office
from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each Wednesday to answer questions
and offer help.
Legislative Representative Bob Russell announced
a 3.5% COLA for 2001 has been approved.. The current
report is at the registration table for those wanting copies.
Sargeant-at-Arms Ed Wardlow announced that
Carnavalito will be held at the Best Western Admiral Inn in
Winter Haven on February 3, 2001. The Society has blocked
55 rooms for members spending the night. If you require
transportation, call the office by January 15.
Bylaws Chairperson Tom Wilder announced that
127 ballots were received for Amendment #15. Wilder, Ken
Morris and Bill McLaughlin counted ballots resulting in
115 yes votes and 12 no votes. Amendment passed.
The president called on new president of the
Museum, Chuck Hummer for a report. New Officers are
Joe Wood, Vice President, Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice-
President. They plan to consolidate office and exhibit area in
one place and to hire a part-time staff..The response to their
appeal netted over $30,000 in contributions.
Louis Reyes, Nominations Chairperson presented
slate of officers for 2001-2002 as required by bylaws.
Committee of Jim O'Donnell, Bob Russell, Lori King and
Stacy DeRaps. Nominees for office for 2001-2002 are as
follows: President Betty Frassrand
1"s Vice President Bill McLaughlin
2"d Vice President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Director Beth Brandenburg
Director Tom Wilder
Nominations from the floor was called for all
officers. The only nomination was for Steve Nehring for 2nd
Vice President. Jim O'Donnell motioned to close the
nominations, seconded by Al Maale. Motion passed.
The president presented a token of appreciation to
those on the Christmas Luncheon Committee. The meeting
adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Editor must have by:
April 16, 2001
2000 CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON REPORT
The Christmas holidays began with the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. holding its Annual Christmas
Luncheon at the Wine Cellar Restaurant with 111 members
and guests present.
I have always said you cannot plan a function of any
type without help. and I would like to thank again, Margaret
McLaughlin who made the beautiful table decorations. Bill
and Allison McLaughlin who worked very hard before and
after the members started arriving to make sure everything
was just so; Jane Huldtquist who did all the name badges
and greeted our members upon arrival at the restaurant along
with Allison; to Stacy Parker who circulated around the
room requesting members to draw the numbers for door
prizes; and to Bob Van Siclen for answering phone calls
during the day (while I was at the office) and for his moral
support, showing that everything would be just fine.
As usual, the Wine Cellar food and service was
exceptional and after checking with each table, we found that
everyone had nothing but positive compliments about the
food and service.
All our door prizes were donated this year and I
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and they were the McLaughlin family, Carol Masino,
Barbara and Tom Peterson, Shirley Boswell, Betty
Frassrand, Juanita Karst, Lori and Frank King, Jane
Huldtquist, Marje and Pete Foster, Aura Erikson, Robbie
and Anna Boyer, Beth and Hap Brandenburg, Bob and
Nancy Van Siclen, Bill and Jeanne Wheeler, Sandy and
Chuck Hummer, Travelworld (the official travel agency
for the Reunion) and COPA airlines.
Betty Frassrand donated two rounds of golf at
Saddlebrook Resort which was won by Bob Russell. Bill and
Jeanne Wheeler donated three days and two nights at the
Grand Shores Wesy on Redington Beach which was won by
Kathleen Boyd. Sharon Gonzalez won the Sleigh filled
with different candies and goodies donated by Travelworld.
Kathleen Boyd won our grand prize of two round
trip tickets from Miami to Panama, with Anna Collins
drawing the winning number.
I would like to thank Joy and Al Maale and Jackie
Vowell for driving all the way from the East coast to attend
our Christmas Luncheon and also to the members for
supporting the Society by attending, and hope to see more
members at future Society functions.
Nancy Van Siclen
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Left: Past President Jane Huldtquist, Allison McLaughlin at Registration table: Center: President Betty Frassrand
welcoming members Rinht: Clockwisp- Infant Ben Parthenai. Jim PatthPnaic Bill Met annhlin KAllv Parthenais.
Left: L-R: Aura Erikson, Past President Bill Wheeler, Jeanne Wheeler, Alma Seiferlein, Carol Veniza, Ruth
Schmidt. Right L-R: Other members of the Society enjying the lunch at the Wine Cellar
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Left: Past President Bob Van Siclen and maybe a future president of the Society in 2020, Ben Parthenais.
Right: Al Maale, Joy Maale, Stacy DeRaps, Ken Morris, Betty Frassrand, Carol Masino, Bob Van Siclen.
Left: L-R: Juanita Karst, Jane Huldtquist, Barbara Slover, Jim Slover, unknown. Right L-R: Frank King, Lori
King, Past President Jim O'Donnell, Beth Brandenburg, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis.
August 8 12, 2001
Orlando World Center Marriott
(See "Yellow Pages")
PAST CHRISTMAS TREE BURN
ANOTHER HAPPY SUCCESS
On Saturday, December 30'h, we celebrated our
annual Christmas Tree Burn at Eckerd College Campus and
hosted a number of friends and guests of the Panama Canal
This year we had approximately 80 people who
attended, coming from various places around the State. This
year featured the burn of about 200 trees with everybody
having the opportunity of throwing in a tree or two.
A special thanks to the Marriott Corp., Eckerd
College Administration, host Gary O'Connor, and the cook,
Mr. Dave Rankin. We are in the planning stages for next year
and we will see to it that it will be advertised in the Canal
Record. All those who attended had a great time, even if the
weather was cold and blustery.
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a4y 5, 2001
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold its May SPRING LUNCHEON on Saturday, May 5,
2001 at Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 34630. The luncheon
will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:00 to be followed by our regular monthly meeting.
The entrees are as follows:
1. Chicken "Alicante" a boneless breast of chicken with onions, green peppers, a rich Spanish brown
gravy, olive oil, fresh garlic and sauterne wine. Topped with roasted almonds.
2. Merimza "Romana" A fresh filet of North Atlantic White fish lightly seasoned and floured and
sauteed with lemon butter and topped with fresh sauteed mushrooms.
3. Roast Pork "A la Cubana" Slices of lean choice pork marinated in Cuban spices and white wine then
4. Boliche sliced eyeround of beef seasoned with Cuban spices and stuffed with choizo (Spanish
sausage) and roasted in flavorful Spanish gravy.
All entrees will be served with salad, yellow rice, yucca and platanos. Dessert will be Flan or
Spanish Carmel Egg Custard. Included is coffee, tea, soda and fresh Cuban bread and butter.
The cost is $18.00 per person including tax and gratuity
The luncheon will be hosted by Darleen Hunt and her committee (Nellie Engelke, Linda Weir and Elsie
Woodruff. All door prize donations welcomed. The food is delicious you won't be disappointed!
PCSOFL SPRING LUNCHEON
May 5, 2001
Member Name Membership No.
Telephone No. Table Preference
Please make Reservations at $16.00 each. Total enclosed: $
Entree Selection: Chicken "Alicante" Merimza "Romana" Roast Pork Boliche
Names of Guests (Please print)
DEADLINE: April 27, 2001
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole. Florida 33772-4712
HOW TO GET TO THE
TO COLUMBIA RESTAURANT
The Columbia Restaurant, 1241 Gulf
Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 34630, is located across
the Memorial Causeway at Sand Key in a small
strip mall next to the Raddison Sand Key Hotel and
across from the Sheraton Sand Key. Parking is
available at the strip mall in front of the restaurant.
To those coming from the South, go to East
Bay Drive and turn left. Proceed to and cross
Belleair Causeway to Gulf Blvd.(183). Turn right
and go North for approximately four miles to the
WE WANT A STAMP HONORING
GEORGE W. GOETHALS I
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
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
your right before you reach A1A. (Number 83 on
map)(The Bee Line Expressway is a toll road).
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
July 6, 2001
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16h Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
Covered Dish at 11:30 a.m.
Regular Meeting at 12:30 p.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
June 2, 2001
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100 Sawgrass Village
Ponta Vedra, Florida
Start at 11:30 A.M. Lunch at 12:00 Noon
HOW TO GET THERE:
Leaving the Tampa area on 1-4, proceed to 1-95 (just outside
of Daytona) and turn left (North) until you reach the outskirts
of Jacksonville, and turn right at Exit 101 onto J. Turner
Butler Blvd. or road 202 and go to the last exit to A1A, going
north and south, Turn right (South) and proceed on A1A for
approximately 5 miles. The Restaurant will be on your right.
An alternative route is to get on A1A at Daytona
Beach and proceed North to your destination, and eliminate
your backtracking onto 202, then South on A1A. It was not
recommended due to the many stop lights at each little town,
whereas the route on 1-95 has no traffic signals.
WHERE ARE YOUP
BHS CLASS OF '51, WHERE IS YOU?
Arango, Maria T.
Arauz, Adilia E.
Baxter, Carol S.
Blohm, Eunice R.
Brassfield, Maria E.
Btesh, Linda B.
Burset, Miguel A.
Divney, Mary Lou
Feuille, Rene P.
Finley, Robert B.
Fuentes, Briseida J.
Garrido, Mayra E.
Hammerschlag, S. Parada, Ivan
Harris, Richard C. Pederson, Anton C.
Hellwig, Leticia Robinson, Sara
Holland, Gloria P .Rosas, Cloriela
Jackson, Mary Rosgal, Elsa M.
Jimenez, Julio E. Ross, Donald D.
Johnson, Jerry Roux, Hector
Johnson, Joyce A. Rowland Louise. J.
Johnson, Richard A. Rust, Claudine
Karst, Zoe Ann Saiz, Lia N.
Kouppermann, Y. Scadron, Ronald
Kridle, Helen J. Seibelink Jackqueline
Lao, Florence Shore, Sidney T.
Lee, Elita J. Shutt, Suzanna
Lora, A Mercedes Smith, Dorothy E.
Mallan, Mary S. Sokol, Sara
McCarty, Florence Turner, Hugh
McCloud, Barbara Updike, Charlie
McKeown, Edward Vallejos Angela
Menasche, Jack Villarreal, Domitila
Osigian, Amalia Walker, Ellen J.
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
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
Capt. Thomas Carter
J.T. Stewart Brown
Marvin D. Wright
Juan Carlos Bernace
Dr. John Hanson
Kay Jean Hamilton
James A. Meigs
CHS'51, WHERE ARE YOU ALL?
Jack Pearson Ruth Daniel Bill Knott
David Redmond John Drost Max Fux
Juanita Meek MaryL.Simonson Leo Turner
If you know the addresses of any of the above classmates,
or if they have passed on, please let us know. Thanks!
Pat (Geddes) Risberg Jane (Compton) Wagenbrenner
1505 Wall Drive 3721 Tanners Mill Rd.
Titusville, FL 32780 Gainesville, GA 30507
Helen (Kissam) Ericson
2216 Sprucewood Dr. NW
Acworth, GA 30101
Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco
231 Turnberry Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Your Reporter Says ...
Christmas 2000 and the New Year holiday 2001
have come and gone and the Canal Zonians here in Alabama
are settled down to their rather unusually cold and rainy
Winter season. However, it does not keep us down and the
Edna O'Donnell just returned from Pennsylvania
after a Christmas stay with her children and grandchildren.
She saw quite a bit of snow, and even though she enjoyed
herself, Edna was glad to be home.
The Chan girls got together for Christmas in
Dothan after four years. Older sister Irene, came from
Rockport, New York on December 23, and younger sisters
Betty (Snow) and Beverly (Williams) came from
Clearwater, Florida on December 26. They said it was great
to be together again after four years. Irene's son, Howard,
cooked dinner on Christmas Day and Doris fixed her usual
New Year Chinese dinner on the day after Christmas. They
celebrated New Years on the day after Christmas because
everyone departed for Birmingham, Alabama the next day.
They all went to Birmingham to visit Pat and Cheryl (Allen)
Williams, to celebrate Christmas and Cheryl's birthday.
Cheryl's family had also gathered in Birmingham. The
younger Etchbergers had gone to Russellville, Arkansas to
spend the holiday with Lesia's family. She hadn't been
home in ten years. Betty and Beverly returned to Dothan
shortly after the New Year, and the young Etchbergers also
returned in time to have a second Christmas on the Dia de
Los Reyes Magos (Epiphany).
Well, keeping it short and sweet this time, hope all
had a wonderful holiday and prosperous New Year!!
Arkansas experienced more severe winter weather
that usual this year. Someone said we went from global
warming to the ice age. Some people found themselves iced
in an unable to leave their homes. Keith and Winona York,
for instance, from Fayetteville, were unable to leave their
house for a month, even though they had a four-wheel drive
vehicle. Some folks, especially in the cenial part of the state,
were without electricity for extended periods of time. We are
looking forward to a balmy spring and summer.
In their Christmas mail, the Maedls learned from
Gerry and Nancy Cox, from Silver Spring, Maryland, that
their son, Christopher R. Cox, who had spent three years of
his teenage years, 1967-1970, as, in his own terms, a "Navy
brat" in Panama, has had an article published in the National
Georgraphic Adventure magazine, February issue, telling
about his recent trek through the jungles of Panama. This
started in January, 2000. He gives a very graphic description
of his trip and of the areas he visited, which included San
Lorenzo and Barro Colorado Island, and many others. He
brought in items of historical interest dating back to the time
of the Conquistadores and Sir Francis Drake. He also
describes the flora and fauna he encountered, which was very
similar to what we had experienced in our 32 years in
Panama. Cox is a reporter for the Boston Herald. He is the
author of Chasing the Dragon, a book about the Burmese
opium warlords, published in 1976.
Mary Condon, Maxine Wrenn, Glen Conklin,
Carl and Petie Maedl were among those who attended the
January 16 meeting of NARFE, Chapter 463. The program
was on "Accessability and Mobility for Handicapped
A house full of family is the best way to spend the
holidays! Karen (Newlon) and Jimmy Mullins (BHS'72s)
along with daughter, Kaycee, came from Maryland to visit us
over Christmas and New Year's. We had a wonderful time
showing them around Santa Barbara and the weather was a
beautiful, sunny 70 degrees each day! We had a great New
Year's Eve party and watched the fireworks from our
balcony. While here they made us a great Panamanian dinner.
We enjoyed ceviche, empanadas, fried yuca, patacones and
arroz con polio. Delicioso!
Karen (Newlon) and Jimmy Mullins (BHS72's) in
Santa Barbara, California
We went on a sunset sailboat cruise and saw
dolphins and sea lions. Jamie Mullins (the soon-to-be
marine biologist) was happy to talk about the marine
mammals. They also took a day's trip up north to see
Jimmy's brother, Robert Mullins and family. Robert has
recently transferred to California. The drive up north took
them through part of scenic Big Sur and lots of redwood
We have another visitor to report, Sharon (Dumas)
Hoffman (CHS'79). She lives in Florida and is out this way
for the trade show in Las Vegas. She will be visiting her
sister, Karyn (Dumas) Fish (CHS'77) for the weekend.
Have a great 2001!
Janice Cookie Newlon
December was great in NE Florida. Mickey
(Walker) Fitzgerald met her mother Mayno and sisters,
Jeanne Wagner and Carole Miller at Disney's Ft.
Wilderness Campgrounds for an early Christmas celebration.
Their families came there over the years, progressing from
tent, to popup, to RV. This time they stayed in a cabin pure
After a full day and evening EPCOT adventure, they returned
to New Smyrna Beach for several days with Mickey and
Martin and family. Ramona (Anderson) Nell joined them
for the Crafty Christmas Party at Mickey's home. In
February, Patrick, Mickey and Martin's youngest son, will
be biking in Iditasport, adventure racing over the first 130
miles of the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Patrick's family,
Jeanne and Jack Wagner, all of Eagle River, Alaska, will
be at the starting point to cheer them on. Good lick, Patrick!
Back L-R: Mike Barnwell, Rose (Hensler) and Steve
Crider, Bruce Bateman. Front L-R: Diane Bateman,
Georgianna Harned, Grace (Hensler) Barnwell, Pam
To assure everyone was in a proper frame of mind
for Christmas, several NE Florida Zonians met at Ramirez's
Caribbean Restaurant in Orange Park for dinner and pre-
Christmas celebration. Although a small group, their cheer
and spirit of the season was abundant. No one believed
(Doris) Georgianna Harned is becoming a martial arts
expert having earned her second belt in vovinam, she's now
taking lessons in Tai Chi, really impressing Mike Barnwell
who gets the credit for our great photos. Mike's wife, Grace
(Hensler) Barnwell recently got promoted to Regional
Manager for the First Uniform Corp. Speaking of
promotions, Bryan McKeen also was promoted at CSX
where he spends his time. He shared Christmas Dinner with
the Batemans (Bruce, Diane, Bruce III, Caroline and
John) and says better than the financial reward of the
promotion is the fact that his schedule is more regular.
Congratulations Grace and Bryan!
Inquiring minds Want to Know: Rose (Hensler)
Crider asks, "Peggy Acker, Where are you?" Peggy, if
you're out there, please phone home....no, just kidding; but
do drop rose a note at StAugustine@mediaone.net. Doesn't
that address raise your eyebrows no, she hasn't become a
saint....husband Steve is a member of the St. Augustine
During dinner we spent a few minutes on getting
Zonians in Northeast Florida together for more than twice a
year. The Christmas party was the first step. How could any
self-respecting Zonian go through January without an annual
Christmas tree bur, so Pam Hicks invited us out to her
place on January 13, 2001 for our first in the area. Since
Pam's the Callahan Deputy Volunteer Fire Chief, sounded
safe to accept her invitation. If Pam has the serene look of a
grandmother, she's practicing for the big event. Amyjo and
husband Tom Means welcome their first family addition in
Heard from Conan Herring, son of Tracy Scott
and Joe Herring (Atlantic side), that younger generation of
Zonians had 2nd Annual New Year's Bash in Jacksonville
reliving the good old days. Attending were Conan and Phill
Herring, Tommy Ellis, Wally and Buddy Bottin, Kelly
Hunt, Jill Hauser, Ish Rios, Jason Ohman, Joey Lopez,
Sammy McGuinness, Kris Gibson, Matt Drekman,
Huggie and Emma Scribner, Louis and Trevor Vogel,
Frank Hinek, Michelle Womble, Tanya Bacot, Mariana
and Mellissa Webb, Wayne Watkins, Dawn Bilgray, Paul
and Sonya Petroni, Paul Karst, Prax Rivera, David
Chase, Colin and Blake Thomas, Darlene Brogie, Jessica
Ernest, Danny Norman, Lynley Weade, Kyle Husted,
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Hicks girls, Judyrhea (Hicks) Buell, Dorothy Hicks.
The Christmas Tree Burn went on as scheduled.
Great turnout and great fun! We had John Bateman, Louis
Hasemann, Gayle (Hasemann) Tolbert, Bryan McKeen,
the Wootens (Jerome, Juli, Cody, Nick and Taylor), the
Halls (Will, Kim, Will Jr;, Claire and Katherine) the
Means (Tom, Amyjo, Kelsey and T.J. Walker), Marsha
and Russell Baze, Dorothy Hicks, Judyrhea (Hicks) Buell,
Mike Figueroa, and Pam's neighbors, the Swalls. Most
enjoyable was watching the fun the youngsters had!
Off on a cruise, June (Barlow) Riesz couldn't join
us for the Christmas Tree Burn, but was good enough to
share with us the schedule for her social and travel group. If
you're looking for some fun activities, June's the one to call
(904-445-2839); she's got a bunch of them set up. If you
want to check out what she has scheduled, I've posted it in a
file called JuneRiesz at the eGroup site ------
hyyp://www.egroups.com/NEFloridaGroup. June's October
2000 trip took her to Marseilles, France.
Agreeing that monthly meetings get a bit hectic, we
plan to get to bi-monthly meetings. Schedule now calls for
lunch on February 10th at Havana Jax on Atlantic Boulevard
and then work toward the spring picnic on April 28 (after tax
season). To keep everyone aware, we've set up an email
group with calendar, pictures, etc. at
Reporter (904) 282-7650
Ocala's Tom Wilder hosted the PCSOFL January
2001 Regular Business Meeting at Carmichael's Restaurant
in Ocala with 66 present (including 26 Ocala Zonians), in
support of the Society's efforts to be closer to its members.
President Betty Frassrand deemed it a success and said it
warranted a repeat meeting in Ocala next year. She then
announced that the next "out-of-town" meeting is tentatively
planned for the Jacksonville area.
Back: Tom Wilder, Host; PCSOFL President Betty
Frassrand. Seated L-R: Secretary Nancy Van Siclen,
and 1t Vice President & Reunion Coordinator William
McLaughlin. at the Regular Meeting in Ocala, Florida
Lee Kariger, standing, visits Juanita and Richard
McConaughey and Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom at the
January meeting in Ocala's Carmichael's Restaurant.
Note:, Linda Dahlstrom, Carol Coffey and
Dianne Cox were all graduates of BHS'58 not BHS'57 as
reported in December.
Ted Norris and George Fitzgerald were
reminiscing and telling "stories." Ted said George was a
"ocean to ocean" ship's pilot. If only the truth were known.
Rumors are that George "ferried" cars and people across the
Canal at La Boca in the early days.
Tom Strider informed me that the American legion
Post No. 1 still exists with almost 100 members (most of
whom are paid-up for life). "John Long is doing a
Yeoman's job as both the Post Commander and Adjutant."
John and Joan's email: jlong2forl @aol.com. and tel: (503)(
371-7460. Tom adds that "those who witnessed the Legion
Building/Balboa Yacht Club burn to the ground say it was a
spectacular sight! Nevertheless, the comradeship and
marvelous times spent there will never be forgotten."
Tom suggests that any Panama Canal Society
members who qualify and want to take advantage of joining
this American Legion Post (only $20 per year) should contact
him Tom Strider E-mail: email@example.com or call (352-
Barbara Curies Aycock has been on the move
again., Early in December she flew to Colorado Springs and
then drove to Edmonds, Washington with her youngest
daughter, Kathleen Aycock, who had accepted a position at
Children's Hospital in Seattle. Barbara then spent a few days
with granddaughter Jenny Kay (Burnett) De Witt and
great-grandson Zachery Wyatt De Witt on Bainbridge
island. They, along with Josh De Witt, then all flew to Texas
to meet the patriarch of the family, Dave Aycock, CHS'48
for a family Christmas celebration with 23 present. Upon
returning to "freezing Florida, it was time to take off again
1(I A0,rr, ,,, on tr. .,rn,or,.i, rnno,
Kathy Egolf and William McLaughlin are becoming
regulars at the Ocala Zonians meetings, with Bill's wife,
Margaret. Photo by Barbara (Kelly) Barton
Virginia and Pat Booth returned from their annual
"end-of-the-year" trip to Panama. Virginia came back with
the 'flu and said "everybody in Panama has the flu the days
were cold and it rained the whole time." Patsy brought back
many new molas, etc. from the San Blas Indians. Check out
tieir table in the Vendors Area next August during the
annual Canal Reunion in Orlando.
Life goes on but the Ocala Zonians lost another
staunch member with the passing of Roger Dubble, 87, on
December 31, in Orlando, Florida. His wife, Peggy (Brown)
' imith Dubble was born in Chiriqui Provence where her
iCt!r had a sugar cane plantation. She and her mother later
moved to Old Cristobal and Peggy graduated from CHS'38.
She married Harvey Smith (Electrical engineer) in 1940 and
they lived in Margarita until his promotion to Chief of the
Electrical Division sent them back to Balboa, Pacific side.
Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier are quite
occupied lately with the promotion of their book, How
Christmas Came to the Ghetto. There were book signing in
Ocala at Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble and a lead
story in the December issue of Ocala Today. Then it was off
to California for a Christmas visit with family. Larry's son
did the illustrations for the book.
Jean and William "Bill" Muller were visited
during the Christmas Holidays by their daughter and son-in-
law, Beverly and Jan Brunson of Bremerton, Washington
who came to enjoy the "warm" weather of Florida. BRRR!
Granddaughter Kimberly (6) said the weather was just right
as she went "dipping in the ocean" at a beach near Crystal
River. Jan managed to get in three days of golfing at Oak
Catharine (Muller) and Ray Peabody also
dropped by for a visit with her brother, William, in late
January after visiting Ray's mother and sister in Jacksonville.
They managed to squeeze in a quick visit with another
brother, John Muller, in DeLand while in Florida before
returning to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
William "Bill" Muller
October 2000 was quite a busy month for the Voses.
We gave my son Bob (BHS'88) a surprise birthday party at
his house with family and friends; Bob and his wife Dawn
gave my daughter Darla (BHS'85) a lasagna dinner party,
and my birthday party was held at The Olive Garden. Then,
I had our traditional Halloween dinner party at my decorated
haunted house with family and friends.
Thanksgiving was held at Bob and Dawn's this
year with our family and hers sharing in the blessings of the
day. Beside the family, Keith Kulig (CHS'59) joined us for
dinner traveling from Jacksonville.
The day after Thanksgiving, Keith and I traveled to
Orlando (Heathrow) to attend my God daughter, Yvonne
Fishbough's wedding to Mike Mouser. It was a beautiful
wedding and reception both being held at the Heathrow
Country Club. Hopefully, by the next issue, I'll have a
complete article and photo.
December was another busy month. I traveled to
Jacksonville to attend Keith's office Christmas dinner party
which was held at Crawdaddy's Restaurant. The food was
Keith and I hosted a Christmas Barbeque at my
house the second week in December to celebrate Dawn's
birthday and the visit of Darla's mother-in-law, Maryann
Creek from Illinois. We ate until we were stuffed and a great
time was had by everyone. Barb (CHS'53), Louie (BHS'47)
ri,nd I DTiipd n..mi ,-nrt ,b., ,1..-,
Christmas Barbeque at Barb Vose's house, December
15, 2000. Louie, Barb and J. Dedeaux.
December 2000 Pensacola. Shane Vose-Mora with
On December 11' my grandson, Shane, performed
with hiscello at a Christmas Program at the Saenger Theater
in Pensacola. He is currently a member of the Escambia
County Youth Orchestra.
After Christmas Eve Mass, Keith and I spent
Christmas Eve with the Dedeaux family at Jon (CHS'77),
Deb and J's house in Pace, Florida. Barbara and Louie were
also there. We enjoyed a great dinner prepared by Deb and
had fun talking and exchanging gifts!
I had Christmas dinner at my house this year with
only part of the family Bob and Dawn left for New York on
the 21st to spend Christmas with her sister and family. We
also had a great holiday dinner and fun exchanging gifts.
On December 12'h, my son Kevin (BHS'83)
graduated from the Pensacola Junior College with an AA in
Business with honors. He began classes at the University of
West Florida in January and will graduate in 2003 with a
BSBA in Accounting Information Systems. Photos and more
will follow in the next issue.
On December 29"t, Cissie Witt (BHS'84) came to
Pensacola for a visit with Kevin she stayed until January 5'h.
She's a nurse and living in Arkansas. It was wonderful
seeing Cissie again after so many years she looks
wonderful. She and Kevin made a few trips to visit friends in
Inverness and Niceville. We surely do miss her and hope she
hurries hack for another visit.
Shoney's in Pensacola, January, 2001. L-R: Cissie
Witt, Kevin Vose, and Darla (Vose) Creek.
On January 6th. we had a surprise birthday party for
Keith. We had dinner at Hunan's Chinese Buffet, then had
games and cake and gifts at Darla's house. The party was
attended by the whole Vose family plus Louie Dedeaux who
won "Pin the Nose on the Clown!.
We're all really looking forward to the Orlando
Reunion in August and am anxious to see all my friends at
my 40th Class Reunion.
Please mark your calendars for our next Pensacola
mini-reunion to be held May 27th (Sunday of the Memorial
Day weekend at 1 p.m., (tentatively at Holiday Inn Coconut
Bay.) Please contact me if you need more info. Flyers will be
going out and information will be on the Internet a few
Barbara (Hall) Vose
Saludos from sunny and chilly South Florida. I
apologize for not getting my article submitted in time for the
last Canal Record. I will try and condense six months of
activities into my allotted space starting with the most recent.
Enjoyed a January Birthday and Polar Bear Club
party for Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga, Julie Young and
Janette Martinez-Sousa on 13 January, 2001. We gathered
at Lucho and Mimi's in Miramar for an evening of fresh
grilled Yellowfin Tuna from Panama (courtesy of Tom and
Julie Young from their recent visit), Soberana beer (now
found locally), and much more tipico food and music. Also
in attendance were Mimi's mom Ann Hoag, Li'l sister
Teresa, TY and Julie, Janette and Michelle Martinez-
Sousa, Jeannine Eggleston, Mary Claire Pascavage,
Louis Domenech, Jaime and Amy Neidda and some local
friends and neighbors. After dinner and blowing out candles
on the cake, Lucho and Mary Claire decorated each other
with frosting resulting in an impromptu swim by MCP in the
pool. Her parting words to Lucho were, "It's not over."
L-R: Terri PaPorta, Tom and Julie Young.
Tom and Julie Young took their annual trip back to
Panama for the Holidays. Joining them in Pedasi were Tom's
brothers Mike and Dave, Marko and Laurie Robinson,
Brian Robinson and girlfriend Brenda, Eric and Mike
Fennel, Kaye Boy, Cathy, Matthew and Lara Richey, Val
(Richey) and Burkhart, Don Lohse, and Dave, Maggie and
Justin Lohse. Darryl Barnes, Slover Jenkins, Jack
Whitlock and Dave "Chili" McArthur rounded out the
gang. Highlights were the fishing tournament. The Fennel
brothers were insistent that all the Bonitos they caught
should be counted as Tuna. I wonder why nobody wanted to
eat the grilled Bonito? Julie, TY and Chili caught eight
Tunas to win. Tally for the whole trip, 12 flat tires, 3 tickets,
one for speeding, one for going too slow (TY) and one for
carrying surfboards. It also appears that Kaye Boy has really
adopted his new country of residence. He was seen with a
Puerto Rican Flag CD handing from his mirror. Darryl took
his annual hike up the Baru Volcano and got lost. I always
thought the summit was on top and the valley below. Mike
Young went to Pifias Bay fishing on the Aguja with Jim and
Kyle Wiese, Jim Hattrick, and Rick Doubek. Mike caught
a 450 lb Marlin, his biggest yet.
I traveled to Austin, Texas over the holidays and
spent a week with my mom "Bricky" Pattison, my brother
Jim "Red", his wife Kat, son Tommy (great name) and
daughter Megan. We hosted a New Year's party at Mom's
home for Wayward Children. Her extended family of Spike
and Wendy Baldwin, Dave Jones, Val and Sue Krueger,
Paul Dolan, Jaco Petitone, Stanley Wright and finally
Dave and Tina, Al'n'Sue (Hirons), Mary and Margie (all
part of the gran Fehrenbach clan) We had a great feast of
lechon, frijoles, negros, arroz con colon, platano maduro,
ccvichi and a ton of appitizers.. Albert brought some
fireworks up from Kerrville for the finale.
Mimi and Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga had
several visitors during the holidays. Mimi's brother Louis
Martinez visited from Tucson, Arizona and played
Playstation/N64 nonstop during the day with nephews and hit
the club night life with his sister, Teresa Martinez in the
evenings. They also had a visit from Mary Azcarraga, Palm
Springs, CA and were able to enjoy the holidays with her.
They went to the Lion Country Safari and had a good time.
Son Andre did his best with his broken left leg suffered
while playing football. The apples don't fall far from the tree,
dn thpv T .nihn9
L-R: Alex, Mary, Andre (seated), Adam And Manuel
We had our fourth annual Panamaniac Christmas
Picnic on the 9th of December, 2000 at Tree Tops Park in
Davie, Florida. Hosted again by Manuel, Mimi, Alex,
Adam and Andre Azcarraga, it is becoming an annual
tradition. Showing up this year were Ken and Betty Wilson,
Luis and Renee Domenech, Tom and Julie Young, Julie's
dad, Lyman Skow and his wife Pam, Debbie "Pollack"
Randolph, "D" and Terry LaPorta, Kim Martin, Bill
Allen, Jaime and Amy Neidda, Tom Finneman, Ed
Frensley, Janette and Michele Martinez, Jeannine
Eggleston, Ann Hoag, Armand Vaknine, Mark and Poke
Parker, Art Mokray, and Scott Parker were also in
attendance. Scott fired up his famous fryer for wontons, yuca
and patacones while the bbq worked non-stop with care en
palito and polio de carbon.
Panamaniac Christmas Picnic, December 2000
Jay Sieleman and his wife Priscilla Hernandez
made their first stateside stop at my home in Pembroke Pines
since retiring from the PCC. They planned to travel the
country visiting friends and family until January and then off
to South America. We"l have to wait to see what happens
Ed "Frenchie" Frensley was hero for a day when
he happened to be behind a SUV that rolled over and flew
into a drainage canal in Palm Beach county. He pulled over
and jumped into the canal and pulled everyone to safety
including an infant. The occupants were shocked when he
spoke to them in Spanish. I saw the news report on TV and
thought to myself that the "guy" looked a lot like Frenchie.
Later that evening, his brother Tom called to say that Ed had
been involved in a rescue. I guess he won't have to help
anyone across the street now to get his merit badge. Good
Terri LaPorta's Birthday Party, September 2000
And last but not least. "D" LaPorta threw a huge
bash for his wife Terri's thirty-xxxx birthday. He spared no
expense and rented a bohio at the Tradewinds Park in Boca
Raton. Jaime's band played all afternoon and the food was
excellent. Both the grills and fritura machine worked non-
stop. It's be easier to list the no-shows then those who made
it. Everyone had a blast dancing, eating and catching up on
the bochinche. After the park closed, we left for Scott and
Tom's bachelor pad for some leftovers and more fun. As I
was incommunicado after 8 p.m., you'll have to ask someone
else how the party turned out.
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
The holidays are over and what a whirlwind time it
has been! Seems like everyone decided to have parties at the
same time. No way to list everyone I saw out and about, but
a few highlights and the names of some Zonians who were
visiting Tally: The Spradlins, Lloyd and Margaret
(Stevens), hosted another fun party where everyone
"exchanged" (read "fought over") Christmas ornaments.
Margaret's talent for decorating a HUGE tree is spectacular.
Lloyd's ceviche was also spectacular! Out-of-town family
members who attended Margaret's sister, Lois, and her
husband Fernando Paredes from the Tampa area (thanks
Lois, for letting us keep the golf ornament!); nephews
Hubert John Jordan from Atlanta and Keith Jordan, from
Jacksonville, and Tracy (Spradlin), Kurt, Kyle (14) and
Colin (10) McQuillen, also from Jacksonville. The
McQuillens recently moved from San Diego and are proud
to say that Kyle, a freshman, made the varsity soccer team.
Brett, Katherine, Jared (7) and Mathew (5) Spradlin
moved to tally a few months ago. They are expecting a new
addition (also a boy!) in February. Lloyd and Margaret had
more family fun during and after the holidays when Ryan
Spradlin, from Jackson, Mississippi, and John, Nicole,
Kyleigh (3) and Taylor Emily (9 mos.) Spradlin, from San
Diego, came for a visit. (See photo for most of the Spradlin
Mike and Elaine Stephenson also hosted a
fabulous holiday party. Elaine, too, has the magic touch when
it comes to decorating Christmas Trees. The ornaments were
magnificent! Not to be outdone, Mike had the outside of the
house resplendent in icicle lights. We were out of town when
Angie and Rich Linton had their party, but I understand
from Rich that Angie bought up all the poinsettias in Tally
(I'm sure the house was gorgeous) and he smoked enough
turkeys to feed the multitudes! Yummy. Ed and Karl
Mcllvaine had their annual open house, and the weather
permitted us to gather on their fabulous, multi-level deck that
it seems to be nestled in a forest. Kudos to Ed for a job well
done especially since Kari, who was traveling for her job
with the State, arrived home just minutes before the guests!
Carol Mead reports that her brother, Peter
Morland came for a visit from Panama. Then, with his
sister, Sunny Mizrachi, they went to Pinehurst, North
Carolina to spend the holidays with their mom, Virginia
Morland.Henry Mizrachi held down the fort and watched
their precious dog, Bandit.. The Heddaeus family, Mark,
Katherine and Jillian also had holiday visitors this time for
Thanksgiving. See photo, left to right. Carl Simons, Jillian
Heddaeus, Mark Heddaeus, Tita Simmons, Kenny Grafe,
L-R: Carl Simons, Jillian Heddaeus, Mark
Heddaeus, Tita Simons, Kenny Grafe, Lisa Marie
Grafe, Ken Grafe, Liz (Simons) Grafe, Katherine,
Jeannette (Simons) McNulty.
Liz (Simons) Grafe, Katherine Heddaeus, and Jeannette
(Simons McNulty. They are standing on another incredible
deck and mark actually built it!
Katherine also told me about their trip to Panama.
Sounds wonderful. They stayed for one week in the La Boca
home of Ruth Anne Kelleher. In one short week (not long
enough, says Katherine) they managed to fit in the following:
Visited their favorite restaurants Napoli, Restaurant of the
Americas, Athens Pizza, Maison del Prado, and Romanaccio
- still fantastic. Bought more baskets, carvings, and bateas at
the Y.M.C.A. and El Valle. A highlight for Katherine two
"cheap" manicures, pedicures, and a massage. While
Katherine spent New Years at Rio Mar, Mark and Killian
went to a party hosted by the Wolffes and Doubecks, at he
Balboa Yacht Club. They had a blast and were happy to see
lots of Zonians who are still living in Panama or were
visiting for the holidays. Two things struck them during their
visit how little of the "Canal Zone" there is left. As the
Panamanians move into the Zone houses, the first thing they
do is put up fences and iron bars, then many paint their
houses lime green, pink, etc. Secondly, so many new roads
are being built (some washing away after only a year!) "The
rules of the jungle" apply to driving, since there are no lines,
traffic lights, etc. And, even though there is so much building
going on. everywhere they went people told them that
business was very bad.. But, all in all, they had a fabulous
time and can't wait to go back!
John (Bill) Schmidt, Jr. sent me the following
about his recent travels. In August, he drove to Lackland
AFB, San Antonio. Texas with his son, John, John's wife,
Diane and their daughter, Kristy, to attend the graduation of
grandson. Jonathan Ryan Schmidt, from basic training in
the USAF. Brother Douglas Schmidt of Kerrville, Texas
also attended the ceremonies. In November, John Jr. and his
son John returned to Lackland to see Ryan graduate from a
very demanding three-month course in preparation for duty
with the Air Force Security Forces. After graduation, the
three John Schmidts drove to Kerrville for a celebration with
the Bishops and other Schmidt family members, hosted by
Doug. John then spent several days with his sister, Jackie,
and Dale Bishop. John says that the Bishop and Schmidt
families sure know how to please a single man, with the
wonderful cooking of sister Jackie and sister-in-law Sharon.
Hitting the road again, John drove on to Colorado, visiting
with his daughter, Kathleen, and her family. It was a white
Christmas, but the cold weather did not stop John and
Kathleen from venturing out to the malls all of them within
100 miles and spending fun times (and lots of money). John
also visited with old friends in the area that he had met
during his tour at the Air Force Academy (1963-1973) and
had dinner with a former student of his now an Air Force
Captain. He also saw old friends from his Pedro Miguel
days, Joyce (Zeeck) and husband Bill Mundell. Hating to
leave, but having been gone from Tally since November, and
having put 4,500 miles on his new Volvo, he headed home
"lighter in the pocket" and "heavier on the scales."
Guess you know that our revered FSU Seminoles
lost the national college football championship game to
Oklahoma. It was a sad game, but a great trip to the Orange
Bowl in Miami for the Woods, Meads, Lintons and
Gordons. Avid Seminole fan, Burt Mead keeps getting
condolence calls! But Carol says they had an especially
wonderful time, since they took a few side trips on the way
down and back. They saw granddaughter Darien and her
parents, David and Marcy Corrigan, in Tampa. Then they
visited Carol's sister, Mary Coffey, and nephew and niece-
in-law, Danny and Kim-Ann Coffey, at their home in
Westin. Mary was about to leave on a six-week cruise,
visiting 16 countries, with Willie Friar. Willie, former
Director of Public Affairs gives lectures about Panama
aboard ship. Joe and Bev Wood also took the opportunity to
visit with family son, Craig, and his wife, Heather, in
Orlando, and son Brian, in Tampa.
Early in December, Michael and I went to Tampa
to visit family. Nancy (Smith) and Pat Lincoln, Mike Jr.,
Donna (Date) Smith, and their new baby, Anna Kathleen,
and Patrick and Paul Smith. Saw Donna's mom, Loretta
Date, and was enchanted watching her coo to Anna in
Polish. Then, just before Christmas, my aunt, Doris (Rusty)
Folger, treated the family to a "cruise to nowhere" to
celebrate her 75th birthday. Sailing out of New Orleans, it
was two days of fun, food, and frivolity. The only problem
was some rough weather that put the crimp on our partying!
My kids, Kristin and Tim Kirkby, were on break from the
University of Florida. They were glad to see their cousins,
Alice Ensor, Jason, Jordan, and Jonathan Folger (Wayne
and Lisa Folger's boys), and Georgie Folger (son and step-
son of Gary and Theresa Folger). Alice and Kristin had a
ball decking Jason out as "the best looking woman" in a
hilarious game played aboard ship. Jason, not only were you
a good sport, you were gorgeous! Then, Christmas Eve, we
all feasted on a New Orleans specialty, "turkduckin" (boned
chicken, inside a boned duck, inside a boned turkey with
stuffing between the layers!) at Rusty's beau, John Ward's
home. We call him St. John not only because he is such an
incredible cook and host, he truly is so wonderful! After a
huge meal, we played charades, and anyone who knows
Rusty would have been in stitches watching her act out the
movie "The Abyss." To say she was a wee bit naughty (not
our Rus!), is an understatement! It was hilarious, glorious,
and best of memories.
John C. Schmidt, Jr. (BHS'55) and his wife, Alice
renewed their wedding vows as they hosted a Caribbean
Cruise aboard the Grand Princess to help celebrate their 25'h
wedding anniversary. His mother, Ruth Barlow Schmidt,
and aunt Carol Barlow Vezina, both Zonians, joined John's
daughters, Deanne Schmidt Amara and Pamela Schmidt
Becker and their families for the cruise over Thanksgiving.
the coveted two tickets to Panama donated by COPA
Airlines and the three-day weekend donated by Bill and
Olga Disharoon, Hospitality chairperson organized
a very entertaining November meeting. Members were urged
to bring Panamanian foods for the covered dish lunch. Beth
Brandenburg's empanadas were gone before half the
people got through the food line. Other Panamanian food
were rice and beans, Tamale en Olla, ripe plantain and
yummy American foods.
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Front L-R: John Schmidt, ?, ?, Carol Barlow Vezina,
Ruth Barlow Schmidt. Back row: Unknown.
The Brown Baggers, a large group of ex-Zonian
women, were hosted by Fran Stock in her home in St.
Petersburg. At this November meeting Fran also entertained
three of her friends, Beverly Shirley of Safety Harbor.
Karen Coffey. Gorgona. Panama, and Weeki Wachee, and
Mary Sherry, Curundu, Panama and Zephyrhills, Florida.
A mid-December call from Gale Hasemann
Torbert, Jacksonville wanting news about her cousin.
Richard W. Tatelman of San Diego. Ca. These are children
of an old Canal Zoners. the Browns.
The PCSOFL Annual Christmas luncheon was like
another reunion, as 111 were in attendance. Many new faces
were seen Louis Bradley, New Jersey, with nephew Jerry
Martin; Kathleen Thornhill Boyd. Tampa: Gertrude
McConaghy. Clearwater. and Karen Carey Hall. Jerry is
one of Margaret Martin's sons. Kathleen is Mildred
Hickey's granddaughter, and Karen is Grace and Jack
Carey's daughter. Another new face was that of Capt.
"Hap" Brandenburg, a Zonian who is a graduate of King's
Point, a former Panama Canal Pilot and presently is a Tampa
bay Pilot. Good to see you again since your high school days
in Coco Solo.
Lady Luck was sitting on the shoulders of Grace
and Jack Carey as well as Karen Hall. During the
luncheon, each one of them won a door prize. Kathleen
Thornhill Boyd was also favored by Lady Luck. She won
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr and Olga Disharoon at the
November Regular Meeting. Don't hit her, Olga, she's
doing her best.
Panamanian music was furnished by Stella Boggs
DeMarr on her accordion. The music was so toe-tapping
that Olga danced and others were in their seats.
Margot (Smith) Jordan and granddaughter Anna
Margot (Smith) Jordan is proud to announce the
birth of her granddaughter Anna Kathleen Smith, born
August 30. 2000 to her oldest son, Michael (BHS'78) and
Donna Date Smith (BHS'81).
There were seventeen of Betty Boyer's family
gathered at her daughter Meredith's home in Miami. Capt.
Robby and Anna Bottin Boyer's five children. Barbara
and Jim Slover and Barbara's daughter with her daughter
had a three-day Christmas Holiday visit. Hope I've
accounted for the 17 who were gathered!
The four Chan sisters gathered at sister Doris
Etchbergers home in Dothan, Alabama. This is the first time
they have been together in over 6 /2 years when they
attended their nephew's (Bruce Chan) wedding in West
Virginia. Doris had a fabulous Chinese dinner of all our
mama's tastiest dishes. Irene Chan, Doris Etchberger,
Betty Snow and Beverly Williams enjoyed "mamas' dishes
and reminisced about their childhood.
Birmingham, AL was the final destination for Betty
and Beverly to visit Beverly's son, Pat Williams and his
family Cheryl, Sean and Katie. During their 10 day visit,
many friends were in and out for stays for a few days.
Sherry Williams and daughter Kate came from Virginia;
Tom, Diane and daughter Alex came from Georgia;
Cheryl's mother and sister came from Kentucky and Dixie,
Cheryl's sister and family came from Georgia for Cheryl's
birthday on 26 December. Sleeping space was at a premium,
so air mattresses, sleeping bags and couches were opened up
when the beds ont filled
Celebrating Joan (McCullough) Ohman's 50th
birthday at Animal Kingdom, Orlando in October. Front,
L-R: Cheryl Russell, Beth Brandenburg, Diane
Homa, Joan Ohman, Chris Homa, Janine Hauser,
Donella Vogel. Back L-R: Ed Ohman, Bruce Homa,
Bob Russell, Bobby Hauser and Hap Brandenburg.
Another 10-day dry season tour to Panama was
organized by David Stevenson of Lawrenceville, Georgia
will be taken by Anna Collins, of St.Petersburg on February
28. She will be accompanied by her daughter, Jennifer
Thomas of Franklin, Tennessee. It was 1979 when Anna
was last in Panama. She has promised to give this reporter
news of changes in Panama, especially the old canal Zone
Betty Chan Snow
Cissy and Gary Collins of Douglasville, GA sent
me some photos for the Review. They wrote that they played
host to Phyllis, Carlos and Colin Pinzon of Iowa City, IA
during July 2000. While there, they all visited "The World of
Coca Cola" Museum, Centennial Olympic Park (where they
located an Iowa friend's brick), Underground Atlanta and the
CNN Building where they were participants in the Talk Back
Live TV Program hosted by Bobbie Batiste. They had their
picture taken with Bobbie and got her autograph. Zonians
will remember Bobbie reporting the CNN news from Ft.
Clayton. On another day the girls visited Zoo Atlanta to see
the Panda exhibit, while the guys watched the Atlanta Braves
play at Turner Field. Jillian (BHS'84) and Richard Walker
hosted the group at their Clarkston home for a delightful
evening meal. The group included Phyllis, Carlos and Colin
Pinzon, Gary and Cissy Collins, and Richard and Jillian
Dinner at the Walkers home in Clarkston, GA. L-R:
Phyllis and Colin Penzon, Gary Collins, Jillean and
Richard Walker, Cissy Collins, Charles Pinzon. July
At Whiskey Joe's: L-R: Mike Lanzalco, Jackie
Anthony Lyon, Mark Gewin, Deanna Molo, Mary
Rivera (CHS'80), John Plancheon and Teresa
I was also delighted to receive some more news
from a Zonian living right here in Lawrenceville. Teresa
"Terrie" Todhunter Hambrick stated that several CHS
graduates and former Margarita residents gathered for a
mini-reunion in Warner Robbins, GA on July 29, 2000 at the
home of John and Kim Planchon. Joining them for a
(Ballot in this Canal Record)
cookout and pool party were Eddy and Nora (Ruble) Hope
of Eads, TN; Loreen "Lori" Ridge of Fountain, SC, and
Teresa herself. Eddy and Nora brought Nora's children,
Russell, Cade, and Cristina. Laureen brought her kids,
Piper and Zane, and Terrie brought her children, Done
Renee, David and Danielle. The Planchons recently
installed an in-ground pool which kept the children busy
while the adults talked and took pictures. John grilled
hotdogs and hamburgers for all and made his "famous"
vegetable tray. Everyone was then treated to a tour of John's
self-designed upstairs "Poker room" where the testosterone
level ran high! The group hopes to visit with each other in
October, and is looking for other Zonians to join them.
Cissy and Gary also sent a photo showing four
generations and two birthdays. Sydney Grace Young
celebrated her first birthday on October 4 and great-
grandmother Frieda Sanford celebrated her 91s" birthday on
October 8. Second and third generation members are Cissy
Collins (grandmother) and daughters Stacy Collins Young
(BHS'87) and Jillian Collins Walker (BHS'84).
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L-R: Loreen Ridge, Nora Ruble Hope, Eddy Hope,
Teresa Todhunter and John Planchon, July 2000.
FOUR GENERATIONS and two birthdays: Jillian
Collins Walker (BHS'84). great grandmother Freida
Sanford, (91st birthday), Cissy Collins, and Stacy
Collins Young (BHS'87) with her daughter Sydney
Grace Young (1st birthday). July 2000.
Lester Smith says they have also been busy here in
Atlanta, moving Andrea's mother, Frances Byrd from her
home in Clearwater, Florida to Lawrenceville where she
now has her own apartment close to where Lester and
Andrea live. Andrea's brother, Ronny Byrd, along with his
wife Belinda came up from their home in Punta Raton,
Panama to help with the move. Lester says that it is a good
thing he sold his 1976 yellow station wagon for a new pick-
up truck, as it came in very handy moving the household
Cookout at John and Kim Planchon's home in
Warner Robbins, July 2000.
Got an email from Paul T. Mudge, living in
Atlanta, working with the federal government U.S. Public
Health Service. He graduated BHS in 1953, and sister
Margaret "Peggy" Mudge graduated form BHS'50, and a
brother Dan who attended Diablo Elementary. Paul wrote
that he is interested in connecting with anyone who
remembers him or his family. His home phone in 770-671-
0258. His father was USAF at Quarry Heights and Albrook
Christmas at the Stevensons with Dorothy Rowley
Gerhart, Davis and June Rowley Stevenson, Bev
and Skip Rowley, December 2000
Early in December we had out first overnight guests
at our new home at 1907 DeWinton Place, here in
Lawrenceville, GA. My sister, Dorothy Rowley Gerhart
flew down from Silver Spring, MD and my brother, Skip and
his wife Beverly drove up from Tallahassee. Skip said he
had to get out of Tallahassee as the traffic was horrible with
all the election mess. It was wonderful having them all here,
even though their visit was short. Skip and Bev stayed the
weekend, and Dorothy stayed from Friday until Wednesday.
Dorothy filled us in on the wedding plans for her daughter,
Suzanne, who will be getting married on May 19th. Two of
my granddaughters will be in the wedding party and I am
looking forward to a special day for Suzanne and her fiance,
Sean George. Jim Gerhart was unable to be with us as he
had a conference to attend.
If anyone has news they want to give me for the
Canal Record, please call me or send an email. I saw a few
members from Georgia at the Reunion and they promised to
send me some information, so don't forget!
June A. Stevenson
HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU! (Happy New Year)
I hope that some of the Christmas time visitors to Hawaii
were treated to the hula interpretation of the Lord's Prayer or
"Silent Night," both performed with reverence and grace.
The stately hula is also part of the summertime Catholic
beach mass, Saturday evenings on the grass oceanside at Fort
DeRussy open to all.
My comments in the last Canal Record about
"gooongoo peas" brought informative responses Brother
Billy D with the various names, such as Guandu and congo
peas, and he mailed me a can of them! From Marvin
Keenan (CHS'37) came an interesting letter with botanical
descriptions and charts from his research. I knew the Keenan
family but hadn't seen Mary for a while, about 45 years. On
January 7'h I called to thank him and learned that he had left
Panama in 1975, moved to Houston, and that he and his wife
Maxine had just returned from his birthday party at their
son's home where they christened the new billiards table.
And that day, January 7th, was also my birthday. The
Keenans have two grandchildren, Cody and Camille
(Camille called for the hurricane).
Virginia and Hank Dolim returned to their other -
Hawaii home, cruising on the MS Patriot formerly the Niu
Amsterdam refurbished in Hawaii motif and repositioned in
Hawaii waters for the new schedule of around-the-islands
My daughter Katya DeLaMater spent Christmas
with me, with much holoholo about for shopping, family, fun
and friends. My son, Paul Bates and wife Rebecca
entertained nicely in their remodeled home.
For Oahu visitors who enjoy dancing, Rolando
Sanchez' band now provides salsa/latino music nightly at
Rolando's at Kahala Mall, but the largest dance floor in
Waikiki is at the Honolulu Elks Club. Elks should stop by at
sunset time and watch for the green flash.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Barbara Barnickel of Leesville has been super
busy the last 18 months, having been promoted to principal
of South Polk Elementary School, Fort Polk.
Captain Dean Bruch of River Ridge is seeking to
contact the signatories of the Panama Canal Pilots Tribute, a
document signed in 1943 by 67 ship masters while
imprisoned during World War II in Germany. He most
recently heard that Captain Tom Marrie, 93, former master
of the Peterton, lives in Queensland, Australia, but needs his
mailing address to send him a formal posting copy of Panama
Pilots. Dean is a master mariner, any ocean, a marine
consultant and monring master
L-R: Justin and Andrew Gough with their great-
grandfather, John R. Gough, Sr., Marrero, La.
John Gough Sr. of Marrero is busy packing for a
move to Bayview Gardens Retirement Village in Clearwater,
Fla. Over Christmas he was visited by grandson, Sgt. 1"
Class John R. Gough III, wife Bridgitte, and their sons
Justin 11, and Andrew 6. Sgt. John is an instructor at the
U.S. Army National Training center, Fort Irwin, California.
Frank French, eldest son of ex-Zonians Jay and Diane
French of Ft. Collins, Colorado, dropped by to see his step-
brother John. Frank is stationed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, and
will be transferred to Korea this summer.
Over thanksgiving Sue Barfield Greer with
grandson Mychal Chelette 10, made an annual trip to visit
her father LeRoy Barfield in Clermont, Florida. Diane
Roscoe Murphy joined them from Sarasota. They went to
Mount Dora to ride a steam engine and Diane and Sue took
Mychal to Disney for a day. LeRoy and Lucille Abernathy
visited Sue for Christmna
Dona Helmerichs had fun at the reunion where
she saw "old, old" friends Josephine Attia and Bea Rhyne.
Dona loved walking through the lobby, hearing the happy
cacophony and seeing so many friends.
Professor Gus Mellander (BHS'52) of George
Mason University and his wife Nelly spent a winter month in
Puerto Rico. Gus is working with others on a research project
exploring the influences the United States has had on Puerto
Rico since 1898. His latest book is Charles Magoon: The
Panama Years. (Hey, we lived on Magoon Street in Diablo)
Ken Morris, his wife Paige, and children Kenny
III 12, and Hannah 11, have returned to the New Orleans
area after six years in Texas. They stayed at a hotel for six
months while construction was completed on their new home
in River Ridge. Ken is Louisiana general manager for Iron
Mountain. Paige is a New Orleans native and glad to be
back. Her mother Gloria Sigl Maisano, kept the family from
going crazy pent up in a hotel for so long.
The Smithsonian spring catalog shows a Tropical
Parrot Mola Dress, short sleeves, a line, cotton, black with
mola yoke., for $120.00 plus postage and handling. Don't tell
L-R: The Conductor, LeRoy Barfield and Mychal
Seated, L-R: Chuck Thomas and Jay Marshall.
Standing L-R: Cynthia Thomas and Barbara
Sue Barfield-Greer and Mason Barfield Chelette
L-R: Josephine Attia, Bea Rhyne, Dona Helmerichs
June 10, 2000, Cynthia and Chuck Thomas,
standing, and Nikki and Jaye Dietz, sitting.
Thea Thomas and husband Chuck of Mandeville
enjoyed going out to dinner with Barbara Bonnano
(BHS'51) and Jay Marshall at Bacco's in the French
Quarter. Barbara worked for the PCC in Panama and
Washington D.C. before retiring a year before the turnover.
Former Zonians Nikki and Jaye Dietz, who lived in LaPlace,
Louisiana also were in town to visit from their new home in
Arkansas. Jaye was a PanCanal fire chief and Nikki taught
for DODDS. Thea's son Andy (BHS'90) is engaged to
Karen Decker, but no date has been set for the wedding yet.
Nathan and Yvonne Morales Vegas of Marrero
regret missing the annual Gulf Coast Picnic. Their Tru Value
hardware store is open Saturdays. Maybe they'll make it to
the picnic when they retire in a couple of years.
Patt Foster Roberson
This year, winter is NOT my favorite season! Forty
inches of snow in December is too much for this Zonie! And
I'm living in Chicago for what reason.....?
The Morris cousins were on the move the latter part
of 2000. First, a job change had Kenny Morris and family
moving from Piano, Texas back to New Orleans, Louisiana
area. Cousin John Morris headed north from the Tampa-St.
Pete area to Morrisville, North Carolina.John remains in the
computer industry and now works for Cisco Systems. John
reports that the initial 3-week training session with Cisco was
grueling but worthwhile.
Heard from Jeff and Mary (Davis) Burbach last
week. The Burbach's report that they are now living on U.S.
soil again after 3 years in Germany. They have purchased a
house in Broward County, Florida, and Jeff is working with
the Southern Command in Miami. His work has him
traveling into Central and South America often.
In February, my wife and I are headed to Costa Rica
for 12 days with four other couples. We will spend time in
the Vulcan area, white-water rafting down the Pacuare River
and time on the coast near Quepos. On our trip down we will
spend an evening on South Beach and will visit with Rick
Jones (BHS'80) and the Burbach's.
My wife Shannon is starting a new business in the
music industry, managing entertainers. In here search for
some new talents, she ran across Matt Cicero, a bass player
with the Orlando based band, Well-Trained Dog. Matt has an
amazing stage presence and is quite talented. Matt is the 16-
year-old son of Craig Cicero from BHS'78. Don't be too
terribly surprised to see him on MTV in the future, he is that
Bill Breaden (BHS'77) is now working in Tampa,
Florida. He is the Chief Financial Officer with an executive
resourcing firm in the area. His new position keeps him busy
and on the road occasionally. In fact, he mentioned a trip to
Brazil was planned.
If you live in the area or are visiting the area, feel
free to contact me with any news you may have. I will be
glad to include it.
Carlton A. Morris
Virginia Selby Entreken (BHS'52) of Hattiesburg
attended the first Selby reunion in about 40 years at a
cousin's home in Mobile, Alabama. It included all the Selby
first cousins, the children of her father's family, his two
brothers and five sisters. Those growing up in the Canal
Zone were Pat Leach Bjorneby, Marion Leach Papson,
Jim Selby Jr. and Virginia. Like most of us, they knew few
relatives in the States. Dot Selby Leach went to Panama to
visit her brother, met John Leach, married and stayed.
Pictures were shared and one was of Virginia's parents when
Jim Selby Sr. courted Mary Culotta in Honduras. He was
sent from Gulfport, Mississippi by Standard Fruit Company
then to Panama in 1930. On the day Virginia was born, July
5, 1934, he started work for the PanCanal. The Leach girls
live in Florida and Jim Jr. in Atlanta. For Christmas, Virginia
composed a poem card where we see husband Rod plays golf
and works at church. They exercise and sing in the church
choir. Virginia plays the piano and bridge.
Lynn Boswell Turner (BHS'63) of Hattiesburg
sent pictures of her husband and some of her former
classmates taken at the 2000 reunion in Tamoa.
John M. Turner (BHS'60) and Lynn (Boswell) Turner
BHS'63 Classmates: Lewis French, Lynn Boswell
Turner, Carlos Beechner.
Bill Hatchett has moved from Metaire, La. to
Diamondhead, Miss., a small community administered by a
property owners association and reminds him of the Canal
Zone. Unlimited play on two 18-hole golf courses costs
about $1,000 annually. There is a full-service marina with
access via the Jordan River to the Gulf and a small airfield
with taxiways so residents can keep their planes in their back
yards. Casinos are handy for gaming and shows. Bill's
friend, Jimmy McKeown and his wife Alice, live nearby.
Another resident, Dick Cahill, spent some time with the
PanCanal in Personnel.
Jean and Lee Wade of Gautier took their fifth
wheel to the Smokies in October to see the foliage. They
toured Gatlinburg and Pidgeon Forge, took in some shows
and climbed the trail to Clingman's Dome observation deck,
the highest peak in the Smokies. They attended Smokey
Mountain Winterfest and watched the turning-on of four
million lights to open the winter season. They were also at
Dollywood when its winter season opened and the light went
on. They took an 11 mile one way loop around the historic
Cades Cove, seeing plenty of deer and bears. They spent a
few days at Noccalula Falls Park and campground near
Gadsden, Alabama and visited oodles of antique stores. After
a tour of Rock City and Ruby Falls on top of Lookout
Mountain they were homeward bound.
Mason Barfield Chelette, son of Lori and David
Chelette, was born September 16, 2000, weighing 6 pounds,
15 ounces. Mason is the second grandson for paternal
grandmother Sue Barfield Greer of Monroe, Louisiana.
David is with the U.S. Coast Guard. Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Maternal grandmother is Kay Mason Lincwilier of Baton
Becky Wood in Moss Point writes that husband
Dennis has left Pemco management and gone with Chevron.
He's busy getting the house ready for the spring pilgrimage,
but "hates that honey-do list."
Patt Foster Roberson
Wilma and Willy Nowotney and Diane and Jim
Bradley went on another cruise together in December. This
time on the brand new Carnival Cruise Line ship, Victory.
They all agreed that it was like a floating hotel. Food was
superb, service excellent and they had a marvelous time.
They visited Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios,
Jamaica. They would cruise a day then be in port for a day.
Both had staterooms on the same deck and the rooms were
lovely.They had champagne when they arrived on board and
every night had chocolate on their pillows. The stewards also
made animals out of their towels! Just one little difference in
the accommodations, according to Willie, was that His
stateroom was in "mid-ship" and Jim's wasn't! I think those
two will continue to go on trips together just to see who gets
the best. All kidding aside, they had a wonderful trip. On the
way back, Willy and Wilma visited with Jeff and Jan Kline
in Miami and Jim and Diane stayed in Jacksonville, FL with
son Jim and wife Sherry and their two beautiful
Back row L-R: Barbara Hanna, Amy Fisher, Lisa
Johnson, Charlie Garcia, Tom Hanna, Dick Fisher.
Front L-R: Kathy Sears, Kathryn Lessiack, Iris
Hogan, Elsie Garcia at gathering in Fisher's home in
Staley, North Carolina.
Another year behind us and the real start of the new
millennium, Hard to believe that it's 2001! Hope all of you
will have a happy and healthy year.
We had our winter meeting here in Hendersonville
on December 7" at Ryan's Steak House. The group was
small but congenial and we had a nice luncheon. Our
president, Ron Angermuller opened our 2 minute business
meeting by welcoming everyone. Those attending from
Hendersonville were Sam and Norma Irvin, Malcolm and
Jean Stone, Agnes and Pat Patino (he collects our $1 per
dues year!) Doug and Jeannie Hinek, Bill and Ruth
Tillman, Shirley Crafton, Pat Fraiser, and Pat Hunt. Out
of owners included Dr. and Mrs. Chuck Latimer, Ross and
Pat Nessler, Eddie Wirtz, and Al and Anne Morrill
Johnson. I didn't realize last time that she was Anne Morril
of BHS class of '52. It was so nice to talk with them.
Early New Year's Eve celebration! L-R: Mark Coffin,
Pat Hunt, Laurie Trinca, Margaret Coffin, Sam
Trinca, Lisa Johnson and Betsy Bivens.
In the last issue I reported on the gathering at Dick
and Amy (Garcia) Fishers' and intended to include a
picture. Unfortunately, I didn't get it sent in time so
hopefully it will be in this issue. Also included is the picture
taken at my daughter Laurie and Sam Trinca's house in
Hillsborough, N.C. They hosted a wonderful dinner party for
Margaret Bivins Coffin and her husband, Maj. Mark
Coffin. Margaret's mother Betsy Bivin, my daughter Lisa
Johnson and myself. We were obviously practicing for New
Years, as you can see by our party hats, etc. Betsy spent
Christmas with Margaret and Mark in Fayetteville were
they are stationed. We all had a great time talking about old
times in Diablo. We would have had a tree burn but Laurie
didn't have her tree down yet. We had spectacular tree bums
in Diablo, right behind ours and the Bivin's houses.
I spent Thanksgiving with my daughter Terri
Rhodes and grandchildren Michael and Jennifer Watkins
in Atlanta. Got in some mega shopping, as usual. If there is
a store in Atlanta that Terri doesn't know about, then it must
have opened this morning. She and the kids spent Christmas
with me in Hendersonville. My son, John was here for a few
days after New Years. I always have a lengthy "job list"
when he comes. He is still living in Boone, NC and is usually
"Snowed or iced in" during the majority of the winter. To
each his own.
Malcolm and Jean Stone have done their share of
gallivanting around, and having visitors. Malcolm is still
trying to "hit it big" in Las Vegas, and hopes son David
doesn't get transferred out there anytime soon. They made a
trip to Europe, flying to London and then taking a ship from
Dover, England over to the "continent". They sailed through
the Kiel Canal, Germany and went to St. Petersburg, Russia;
Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway;
Helsinki, Finland; and eventually back to Dover. They also
drove to Maryland to spend Thanksgiving with daughter
Lynn and her now fiance Scott Kohr. Now fiance6" because
she received a beautiful ring from him at Christmas.
Wedding plans are in the making and the big event will
probably be in July. Since Lynn is a teacher things hinge
around school schedules. Congratulations to both of them.
The pace will be picking up at the Stone house, according to
Well, I guess that is it for NC at this time. If I have
omitted any news, I apologize, and I'll get it in the next issue.
Blame it on those senior moments we all have. We do ALL
have them, don't we? Till next time.
Greetings from the great NW again. Congratulations
to Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey for the accomplishments
of their children in November. Guy Ethan attained Eagle
Scout rank, and Jamie Lorraine was installed as Worthy
Advisor of her Rainbow Girls Chapter.
Paul Baker and Suzette Connolly had made it to
Puerta Vallarta in their sailboat, when they were joined by
Paul's folks Floyd and Bev Baker of Federal Way,
Washington, for Christmas, and to celebrate Floyd and Bev's
52nd wedding anniversary. The Sea of Cortez has been a
favorite so far with lots of great anchorages, and the
landscapes make it seem as if they were sailing in the
Southwest US. In Early January, they had reached
Zihuatanejo, next stop is Acapulco, and then on to Panama.
Marti Lohr returned in early December after
spending two months with kinfolk back in Pennsylvania,
where she joined in a family reunion camping trip and was
put to work making fund raiser apple butter. She also had a
wonderful visit with granddaughter Caitlin.
John Bundy caught in motion at a recent race event at
Seattle International Raceway, showing the name of
his homeland and palm trees on his helmet and tank.
L-R: Bill Weigle, Guy Ethan and Guy Fealey and
Gerry Laatz on the Northern California Coast during
their motorcycle trek last July, 2000.
Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin recently
returned from their trip east to visit their daughters and
families and Gayle's sister, Vicki, and to help celebrate
Gayles's mother, Vera Fettler's 80th birthday. While there,
they visited daughter Kindra (Rankin) Younce, son-in-law
Dave, and sons, Justin, Robby and Clay, in Virginia and
welcomed their first granddaughter, Ella Kate, Jennifer
(Rankin) and John Lewis's first child, born November 15
in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since returning home, the
Rankins are back to snowshoeing and nordic skiing, did an
evening playing cards with Marty and Bev Hoffman, John
Carey and Janet Rigby, and spent a day taking down
Christmas garlands and ornaments along the road to
Diamond Point, where Wallace Teal and friend, Bev Jones,
had put up.
Back L-R: Eileen (Damerau) Semon and daughter
Kathleen with Roxie (L) and Jessica (R), Eileen's
granddaughters and Kathleen's daughters at Honolulu
Eileen (Damerau) Semon of Beaverton, Oregon,
teaches piano to about 50 students per week and teaches
youngsters to sing and enjoys both immensely. Husband Cal,
is an accountant with a Beaverton company. Their oldest
daughter, Kathleen Noffz lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with
husband Bryan and two little girls, Jessica and Roxanne.
Youngest daughter, Selina teaches middle school in
Beaverton and is one of their ESL teachers. Eileen was
recently in touch with distant kin from Panama, Fernando
(Chico) and Stella (Baby) Calvo, now of Monroe,
Louisiana, and they all have enjoyed catching up, and
reminiscing about the great times they had in Cham6.
Billy and Ginny (Kleefkins Rankin had their
annual Thanksgiving gathering at their lovely home in
Tacoma. Joining the Rankins and Ginny's mother, Jibby
Kleefkins, daughter Sandi, son-in-law Autie, grandkids
Seth and Cassidy McLanahan, and Autie's sister Theresa,
were: Nancy from England, Karen, son-in-law John and
granddaughter Ryann Blennerhassett from San Diego, and
Ginny's brother Walter Kleefkens with wife Suzanne
(Urey), daughter Kathy and granddaughter Jaime from The
Col. Bob Blake (Ret.USMC) and Mary Sanford at a
San Antonio, Texas Reunion of the U. S. Marine Corps
10th Defense Battalion in September 2000.
Ted Paine again did a bang-up job organizing the
annual Christmas dinner held on December 8, at the
Bremerton Elks Club, enjoyed by about 60 intrepid winter
travelers. It was a wonderful get-together and all enjoyed the
excellent food, new updates, and the piece de resistance
Ted's table hopping and individually roasting some of the
more deserving roastees.
Murry Falk reported he met up with Bill Froude,
Earl Andrews, and Jim Russell at a recent meeting at the
Afifi Shrine Center in Tacoma.
Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus's daughter Tina,
a high school senior, is class president, pep band director,
and works 2 hours a day at the Corps of Engineers Project
Office at Bonneville Dam. While son Josh was home for
Christmas from college in Bellingham, 3 Duffus generations,
Jim's dad, Jim Sr.; Jim's son, Josh did a New Year's Day
round of golf at Beacon Rock Golf Course in North
Bonneville, Washington. The Duffuses had a good visit in
Purdy with Steve and Debbie (Rowley) Shobe whose son
Dillion was on leave from the Air Force. Debbie's dad, Ray
Rowley, and wife Elby live in Dallesport, Washington;
brother John lives in Parksdale, Oregon; twin brothers
James and Joe live in or near Reno, Nevada; and sister
Hanna and her husband Jim Byrd live in Morton,
Washington, where Jim is a manager of the Cowlitz Falls
Duffus, in three generations: Josh, Jim Sr. and Jim
Jr. after their New Year's golf round.
We Laatzes had our sons Ray and his wife Emese,
from San Diego, and J and his friend Sunshine Ray of
Panama City, Florida, and Gerry's aunt and uncle from
Burbank here for Thanksgiving and were joined by Ed and
Mellie (Turner) Kennedy, their kids, Robert and Joyce,
Joe Wallace, and Neil Lohr. A real good get-together. Olga
(Turner) Wallace is in West Palm Beach visiting her mother
Olga Turner, and awaiting the birth of daughter Jojo's first
baby. The Wallace's daughter Olga and her husband Gene,
both in the Air Force are being reassigned from Alaska to
San Antonio and stopped by to see Joe with their two girls,
Helen and Olga, in December.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Orlando World Center Marriott
Schedule of Ervenxts
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, August 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 / reunioncoordinator(apancanalsociety.orq
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:/lwww.pancanalsocietv.orc 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 Canal S 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 3377
above. Use form In Yellow Pages) Semiole, FL 33772-4712
Chagres Invitational Golf Kenny Morris
Tournament and Luncheon Kenny Morris 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712
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.pancanalsociety.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 Rel.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:
SCity: 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 NAMI
AS YOU WANT IT PRINTED ON THE NAME BADGES. NAME BADGES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND REUNION
NAME AGE NAME AGE
2. 6. _
3. 7. I
5. 7. I
Credit Card Payment Information Please insure that this information is printed clearly and complete. WI
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.
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
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!
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR DUES THIS YEAR?
22nd CHAGRES INVITATIONAL AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
AND LUNCHEON THURSDAY AUGUST 9, 2001
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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 June "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 June "Canal Record".
Golf Tournament Registration Form
Name (Print) Member No.
Address City _Zip
Telephone No. Age (8/1/01) (Males only)
SAtlantic Sider Pacific Sider_ Amateur_ Professional -
Name Age Handicap__
Name Age Handicap__
Name Age Handicap_ I
Name Age Handicap__
If you don't have your handicap, list your average score for 18 holes
# _Golfers # Luncheon Guests
I Golf 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.
IWe 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 727-391-4359
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 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 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
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):
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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)
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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.
Transportation Chairperson: Bill McLaughlin (352) 726-8804
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!!
Canal Zone: "l he yetners ; lne NoNames ; i ne LoveLnaln ; ne waywuw u,..
Lancers"; "The Frank Pretto Band" and "Tempest".
SATURDAY NIGHTIT'S "CARNIVAL 2001" WITH
"FRANK PRETTO AND THE PARRANDA BAND"
IT'S THE MUSIC YOU LOVE AND A BALLROOM
DECORA TED 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
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 ensure 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 0vahoo.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.
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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
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Discounted Airfares for Panama Canal members only
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Grand Cayman and New Orleans cruise from January 7 through April 1, 2001 from
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is located 5 minutes from Disney, at Interstate 4 and
State Road (SR) 536, in Orlando
18-hole on-site newly redesigned golf course by
Bobby Cupp and driving range.
4 lighted hard court tennis courts.
5 swimming pools (1 indoor) including a large
free-form pool with waterfalls & slides.
Five public whirlpool spas (1 indoor) and two
Brand new, fully equipped full service Spa and
Five-acre activity court complete with lagoon
pool, water slide, restaurants lounges and
outdoor function space.
New retail corridor and food court.
Mikado Japanese Steak House
Solaris: Full Service Family Dining
Tuscany Ristorante: Northern Italian Cuisine
Hawks Landing Steakhouse & Grill: Overlooking
the ,olf course
Champions: Sports Bar
Pavilion: Pool Bar
Pagoda Lounge: Lobby Bar
Starbucks Coffee Shop
Several distinctive gift shops, including the new
Lobby Network News.
Lobby concierge to assist with dining and
Lollipop Lounge Childcare.
Hertz rental car desk.
Foreign currency exchange.
Renee (Carter) Collins has news of her family. Her
son Chris Collins returned in December from his tour of
duty in Kuwait. He was able to surprise his sister Elizabeth
by joining her in her wedding festivities in Salt Lake City.
Elizabeth married Robert Christensen on December 28,
2000 in Salt Lake City. Renee and daughters Christina,
Michelle and Lauren managed to make the wedding
reception despite major weather and airline problems.
Receptions were held in Utah, Michigan and Oklahoma in
the week following the wedding. Renee's sister, Kim
(Carter) Baird and family also flew to Salt Lake City for
the festivities. Renee's parents Marilyn and Wade Carter
of Kerrville, Texas attended the reception in Oklahoma and
celebrated the holidays with Renee's family in Broken
Arrow, OK. Wedding details can be found in the Weddings
section. This was the first Christmas in three years where all
family members were able to celebrate the holiday together.
Family portrait the Collins family. Front L-R: Christina
(17) Lauren (10), Chris (19). Back L-R: Michelle (14)
Renee (?), Elizabeth..(21).
L-R: Michelle, Renee, Christina and Lauren Collins
Mike, Laura (Burns), Elizabeth and Cheyenne
Redemann spent the whole week of Thanksgiving in
Branson, MO. Laura's parents Jean and Doris Burns joined
them for part of that week. They all enjoyed seeing the New
York City Rockettes at the Grand Palace and seeing the
Andy Williams show.
Jean, Doris, Mike, Laura. Elizabeth, Cheyenne and
Scott Burns brought in the new year 2001 by celebrating with
relatives and friends at Embassy Suites. There was a total of
14 adults and four children. A fun celebration was had by all!
Doris was very saddened to hear of the death of
friend and former co-worker Zenia Torres Stratmann, who
died of cancer on January 13, 2001, in Panama City. Doris
and Zenia worked together for thirteen years in the Marine
Director's Office at the Admin Building.
The next business meeting/picnic of the Oklahoma
Chapter will be in May in the Oklahoma City area. Please
call this reporter for details.
I think most of us Oklahomans were thrilled with
the recent Orange Bowl which resulted in the Oklahoma
University Sooners becoming the NCAA National
Champions. There're a lot of OU flags flying and a lot of
people wearing red and white. Yea, Sooners!
Laura (Burns) Redemann
Many Zonians escaped the cold weather to relish a
dry season Christmas. We enjoyed seeing many familiar
faces return to Panama; among those spotted were Jeff
Riley, Tim Holt, Mike Fennel. Erik Fennel, Lauri
(Fennel) and Marco Robinson, Brian Robinson, Mike and
Karen (Kirby) Laverty, Kara Twohy, HB Twohy and
"papa" Twohy, Jack Young, Shannon Young, Tom and
Julie Young, Mike Young, Brandy Coffey, Gabe Prieto,
Kris Prieto, Ruben Prieto, Sid Little, Tommy Little,
Reuben Ganser, Ben Ganser, Bryan Husted, Darren
Morales, David McArthur, Kboy and Cathy (Nelson)
Richie, Robert Smith, Adam Brunner, Holly Brunner,
Jose and Cynthia (Powell) Tufion, Javi Tufion, Marcie
Tuiion, Cathy Bates, Johnny Bates, Rob McGuinness,
Andy De La Guardia, Michelle MacLaine, Jane (Gabriel)
and Bill Huff, William Huff. Brandy (Huff) Cofer, Allison
(Huff) and Cecil McPherson. Sandy Gordan returned to
Panama to be married! Some stateside Zonian guests
included Sheila McDaniel, Veronica Lanterman, Pat
Shulte. and Marianne Tiblier.
The third annual Owen Street block party was held
on December 22. Many thanks go out to those who organized
the event: Maria and Mark Dillon, Maggie and Camilo
Cedefio, Melva and John T. Bowman, Carmen and
Warren Leon, Vincent Lopez, Kelly Dillon, Yoela and
Vivianne Cedefio, Diana and Paul Woodrow, Bobby,
Ricky and Mimi Cruz, John and Tillie McTaggart, Luz
and Dicky Alvarez. Entertainment was provided by Freddy
Maduro's band, Vox. Alex Reyes and company, performed
the music of "Shorty and Slim", and closing the night was
the Evans family, Randy and sons, Shaun and Derek
playing classic and popular rock. Approximately 600 tickets
were sold and the party-goers enjoyed plenty of cerveza,
care en palito, chorizos and corn on the cob.
Baptism of Sofia Alexis Tufon at St. Mary's Church.
L-R: Cynthia (Powell) Tulion, Sofia Alexis Tufon,
Jose Luis Tuiion, Jos6 Javier Tufion Simone
On December 30, at St. Mary's Church, the Tuiion
family celebrated the baptism of Sofia Alexis, four month
old daughter of Cynthia (Powell) and Jose Luis Tufion.
Jose's brother, Jose Javier was the proud godfather; the
godmother was Simone Alsup. Sofia's paternal
grandparents, Marcela and Jose Tufion and their daughter,
Marcie hosted a party afterward in the upstairs hall of St.
October 10, 1972 December 28, 2000
The Panama-Pacific community would like to
dedicate this report to Michael Brady, who lost his life on
December 28 while piloting a Cessna HP-694 for Aeromax,
a seafood cargo company based out of Albrook's Marcos A.
Gelabert airport. Mike was flying cargo to Playon Chico in
Kuna Yala when his plane went down in a mountainous area
during a storm. Mike was 28 years old and the son of Ed and
Irma (Alvarez) Brady, formerly of Cardenas, Republic of
Panama, and currently residing in Hawaii. Michael lived in
Albrook with his fiance, Robin Short of Napa Valley,
California. Mike left Panama in 1987, graduated from Kaiser
High School in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1990, and after
graduating from flight school in Oklahoma, he returned to
live in Panama in 1997. A funeral service was held on
Friday, January 5th at St. Mary's Church in Balboa.. Mass
was served by Father Pio to a standing room only crowd,
with family and friends from all walks of life Zonians and
Panamanians, pilots and surfers. On Sunday, January 7h.,
Michael's ashes were scattered over the waters of Isla
Grande in a beautiful, Hawaiian style ceremonial. To begin
the ceremony, a Cessna, flown by a friend of Michael's
encircled the island and did several low fly-bys while
dropping flowers in the water. Then close to 100 surfers
paddled out toward the channel, and with Robin and his
closest friends in the middle, circled around Michael's surf
board laden with flowers, while his ashes and the flowers
were released into the water. Several cayucos filled with
family and friends surrounded the surfers to say goodbye.
Our Christmas Luncheon was held on December 2nd
at the Houndslake Country Club, and those attending were
Lorna Shore, Beverly Lard and guest Elizabeth Becker,
Beatrice and Joe Marriott, Kathleen Burkett and
daughter Shirley, Jack and Scottie Steele, Caroline
Westendorff, Olga Holmes, Trudi Clontz, Peggy
Hutchison, Blanche Browne, Sis and Bill York, Norman
Holder (York) and guest W.D. Hall.
Blanche Browne, Caroline Westendorff, Peggy
Norma Holder (York) and W.D. Hall
Blanche Browne and Doris Leeser
Blanche Browne and Doris Leeser
Paula Leitch (Badonsky) and family of Lexington,
S.C. and Leo Badonsky and family of Oxford. Georgia
joined Leona Badonsky at Eden Garden in Aiken for
Thanksgiving dinner. In December, Leo picked up his mother
in Aiken and they drove to the Leitch home in Lexington for
a second family reunion at Christmas.
Thanksgiving day Peggy Hutchison traveled to
Columbia, S.C. and joined Blanche Browne and Doris
Leeser for dinner at the Ft. Jackson Officers Club. Mid-
December found Peggy on the road again......being
chauffeured by Bob and Vicki Boukalis (Hutchison) to
Lillian, Alabama for the holidays.....visiting Olga and Richie
Phillips en route. Jerry and Dianne Cox (Hutchison)
joined them in Lillian. They had Christmas Dinner with Ray
and Forest Robberson (Wise) and Forest's mother. Polly
Wise of Fairhope. Alabama.
Greetings again from Piano. Texas. We had three
inches of snow on New Years Eve and the city almost closed
down....Texans don't know how to drive in that "white
stuff'. Belated "Happy, Happy 2001 to ALL.
Bob and Carolyn Ciepiela, of Richardson, Texas,
enjoyed a cruise to Greece and Turkey in May. They spent a
beautiful summer at Lake Barren in the Laurentian
Mountains, north of Montreal. They traveled to San
Francisco to greet their first G-Baby, Jack Robert, born on
October 24"'. Proud parents are Patrick and Marie
Bruce and Sandy Sanders, of Allen, Texas, also
sailed the Mediterranean with Ports of Call in Turkey and
Bob and Angie Bloemer, of McKinney, Texas,
made their annual trip to Branson, Missouri for the
December Holiday shows. They especially liked YO-YO
MA's performance in his SPECTACULAR theater. Factoid:
Yo-Yo Ma is the world renowned cellist whose sound track
is heard in the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
I received a long distance RSVP to our Christmas
Party from Kenny Morris Jr. formerly of Piano, Texas. "He
has moved", he said, "back to New Orleans!" He has a
position with "Iron Mountain" and is in the process of
building a new home. Did we teach our zone-kids
Also received a call from Louis Seldon (honorary
BHS'62) of Euless. He is working for American Airlines,
after retiring from FAA in Florida. Louis and brother Barry,
of Richardson, are interested in a North Texas Mini-reunion
in May. Anyone interested?
John and Bliss (Morris) Connerton, of Frisco, are
celebrating their 15'" wedding anniversary with a week in
Puerto Vallarta. Grandparents Bob and Linda are in control
of the two boys and two dogs and two white mice.
Still need to hear from more of you. Call or email
me your news.
Linda Reimann Morris
Honey Fealey's Canasta/Bridge Party opened our
holiday season. It was a wonderful afternoon with a buffet
luncheon at the In of the Hills Motel. After lunch, the card
players gathered at Honey's home for cards, fellowship and
The Hill Country Zonians 21". Annual Christmas
party was a smashing success. There were 170 reservations.
People came from all over the United States and Canada. We
look forward to the 22nd Annual which is again planned by
Elsie Larson and Robbin Gabrick for December 15, 2001.
It gets better every year. Watch for further notices in the
We had many visitors during the holidays. Glenn
and Sonia Rhyne. Vancouver. B.C.. Erick Rhyne. Austin
Texas. Erick's girlfriend Christina Lagay and her mother
Bonnie were guests in Bea's home in Kerrville.
Barbara and Ed Stanford had Sid Coffin,
Panama, visit them during the holidays. The Smith children,
Allison, Michael, and Annie, Panama. spent a day visiting
Camille and Leo Eastman in Kerrville while visiting family
Anna Calvit flew to Miami to spend the holidays
with her daughter Helen and son Tim. Anna says she was
treated royally by Helen and Tim. Tim prepared a gourmet
dinner of Filet Mignon and Lobster for his Mom. Helen took
Anna on a three-hour nigh trip up the Intercoastal Waterway.
Anna had emergency surgery in November, but it didn't stop
her from spending Christmas with her family. She says she
is doing just fine, and I'm sure the TLC Helen and Tim
showered on her helped her a bunch.
Pat (Mavis Anderson) Marek sold her home in
Kerrville and moved to Owings Mill, MD to be near her
daughter Leslie and family. Bob and Lois Byrd went to
Houston to visit Bob's son Donald and Lois's family. Gene
Litton had her right knee replaced. She is getting along but
it is a slow and painful process. We wish you a speedy and
full recovery, Gene.
Honey Fealey went to Oak Harbor, Washington for
a visit with Guy and Mary Fealey and family and with
Jimmy Fealey. She was joined by Fred and Marion Wells.
The three grandparents were present for Guy Ethans Eagle
Scout award on November 17 and Jamie's installation as
Worthy Advisor of her Rainbow Assembly on November 18.
Guy's Eagle Scout presentation was held in Deception Pass
National Park on Whidbey Island where he completed his
project for the Eagle Scout Award.
Anna Lee Young spent the holidays in Panama
with her son Marvin and daughter-in-law Gloria (Burgoon)
Wright. Son-in-law Joe Ford, MD accompanied Anna to
Wade and Marilyn Carter braved the December
ice and snow storm and flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend
their granddaughter's wedding reception. Elizabeth,
daughter of Renee (Carter) Collins wed Robert
Christensen in Provo, Utah on December 28, 2000. Both are
students at Brigham Young University. Elizabeth's brother,
Army PFC Chris Collins just returned from a tour of duty in
the Far East. It was quite a contrast for Chris coming home
from the desert to the heavy snow and ice of Oklahoma.
After an enjoyable visit, the Carters came back home to
Texas to "thaw out."
Greetings from cold, brrrr...BEAUTIFUL..Virginia.
As I write this, we are in the midst of Winter bu can't
complain it beats the heat!
The past year was good to us we took another trip
out to San Diego in the early part of the year one of our
favorite cities. Visited Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta in
addition to several trips to Aiken, SC where my parents
Mid year my daughter Charlotte (Sellers)
Klimchock and family relocated to Newport News, VA from
Centerville, VA. They used to live down the road from us
and now it's a three hour drive. We visit often and lucky for
us, my sister Judy (Menges) Sigmon (CHS'73), and her
beautiful family reside close by.
In November we made a pilgrimage to Aiken, SC
where custom has it we all gather to spend Thanksgiving
with our parents. However, my brother Paul Menges
(CHS'67) and Stephanie (Lawson) Menges (CHS'69)
relocated to Columbia, SC last year. Their new home is now
completed and they have officially moved in so the entire
Menges Clan gathered there to feast. And a feast it was!
The Menges Clan, L-R: Robert Menges, (CHS'79) Ev
(Menges) Sellers (CHS'68), Connie Menges, Mel
Menges, Judy (Menges) Sigmon, (CHS'73), Paul
Ev (Menges) Sellers, CHS'68, Tom Sellers CHS'59,
with their grandchildren
Ev (Menges) Sellers with sister, Judy (Menges) Simon
Before I close I would like to make another appeal
to all Zonians in the VA/DC/MD area. Please, please send
me articles to publish. As much as I dislike talking about my
family for the entire article, I dislike even more not having an
article published for our state/area each quarter. And without
your assistance I either submit nothing or talk about myself.
I want to send in your news and pictures for all to enjoy! I
have sent an email periodically to those of you I have
addresses for and still get nothing to publish. Help!!!! So
please call me 703-614-9810 work, or 703-361-7176 -
home, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or write me: 7509
Todd Place, Manassas, VA 20109.
Marie Curies lived in the Canal Zone from 1939 to
1970 when her husband. Capt. Ralph Curies, retired after 30
years of service as a Tugboat Master.
Counterclockwise from lower right: Marie Curies,
Barbara (Curies) Aycock, Dfebra (Aycock) Burnett,
Jenny Kay (Burnett) De Witt and Zachery Wyatt De
She recently joined in with her daughter, Barbara
(Curles) Aycock, in Dunnellon, Florida for a five-generation
family portrait. Barbara was a BHS'49 and CZJC'51
graduate. Her daughter, Debra (Aycock) Burnett was born
in Ft. Clayton Hospital in 1953 and attended Canal Zone
schools while her father, Dave Aycock was stationed at
Albrook AFB. To complete the picture let's include
Barbara's granddaughter, Jenny Kay (Burnett) De Witt and
great grandson, Zachary Wyatt De Witt.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Robinson of Kemersville, North
Carolina, formerly of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, wish to
announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their
son Ray Paul to Paige Marie Roussel, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Roger Roussel of Lutcher, Louisiana.
The couple will exchange marriage vows on May
12, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Dino Rizzo officiating. The
ceremony will take place at the Texcuco Plantation in
Darrow, Louisiana. A dinner and reception for two hundred
guests will immediately follow in the Plantation's restaurant.
Ray Paul Robinson and Paige Marie Roussel
Ray Paul is currently a graduate student at Indiana
University. He will graduate on May 4, 2001 and begin a
career in consulting with the management consulting firm
Accenture. Paige Marie is currently employed as a certified,
free-lance court reporter for the firm Baton Rouge Court
Reporters of Baton Rouge, LA. The couple plans to
honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, and will reside in Houston,
WARDLOWS CELEBRATE THEIR
13th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore celebrated their
13'" wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows.
The ceremony took place on October 28, 2000 at St. Alban's
Episcopal Church in Auburndale, Florida. Vicki's
"bridesmaids" included Laurie McBride Hazelip,(BHS'70),
Wendy Lybrand, Faye Weisser (BHS'70) Jacque Crowell
(BHS'70), Sue Waters Eytalis (BHS'69), Janet Stuart
(BHS'67), Rae Donaldson, (BHS'68), Pam Crowell
(BHS'71) and Lorie Edwards.
graduated from Cristobal High School. She is the daughter of
James and Florence Bird now residing in Marlin, Texas.
He father, James Bird, was the Deputy Director of the
Transportation and Terminals Bureau.
Betty Ann Bird
Betty Ann practiced in a neuro/trauma ICU and was
an assistant vice president for the Harris Methodist Health
System in Fort Worth prior to attending Baylor University.
She has worked as a management consultant for Ernst &
Young, founded and directed her own business, Quest
Leadership, for seven years, and upon return from New
Zealand will lead the clinical operations practice for Deloitte
& Touche Solutions Group. She was awarded "The 100
Great Nurses of Texas" in 1999 and served on the Baylor
Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board. Betty Ann's
email address is email@example.com
A reception was held following the ceremony at the
historical Baynard House in downtown, Auburndale. Many
other zonian friends attended the festivities, including
Bonnie Crowell Morrison, Dawn Crowell Parker, Dan,
Gressing, Joe Eytalis, Joe Eytalis Jr., Betty Frassrand,
Ken Morris, Lucky Summers, Dwayne Willingham,
Dionne Holland and Len Wilson.
Ed worked at a variety of post offices in the Canal
Zone, retiring in 1992. He currently owns and operates his
own lawn service and enjoys playing golf. Vicki is a member
of BHS Class of 1970 and is currently a special education
teacher in Winter Haven, Florida. Ed and Vicki live in
BETTY ANN BIRD, OUTSTANDING
YOUNG ALUMNA OF BAYLOR U.
Betty Ann Bird was awarded the Outstanding
Young Alumna of Baylor University, for the year 2000. She
complimented her nursing degree from Texas Christian
University with an MBA received from Baylor in 1989. Betty
Ann has lived in New Zealand for the past year assisting with
the redesign of clinical and health systems throughout New
Betty Ann moved to Texas from the Panama Canal
Zone to attend nursing school. She lived in Cocn Snln and
STEPHANIE CORIN U. OF TEXAS
Stephanie Anne Corin, daughter of Ted and
Georgia Corin of Austin, Texas, graduated from the
University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, on
December 9, 2000.
Parents of the graduate attended the ceremony.
L-R: GLorgia Corin, Stephanie Corin and Ted
Corin on December 9, 2000 in Austin Texas
GREAT DOUBLE CEREMONY
November was a special month for Guy and Mary
(Wells) Fealey of Oak Harbor, Washington. Guy's mother,
Honey (Bergman) Fealey and Mary's folks, Marion (Orr)
and Fred Wells came to town from Kerrville, Texas to attend
very special ceremonies honoring their grandchildren, Guy
Ethan and Jamie Lorraine Fealey.
On November 17, in an impressive evening
ceremony at Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, WA.,
Guy was honored for achieving and earning the Eagle Scout
rank. Guy's Eagle project was to construct a 500 foot path
enabling more people to access Deception Pass Park, and
earning over twenty merit badges on different useful scouting
Guy Ethan Fealey (center) at the presentation
of his Eagle Scout badge. His father Guy is at left and
acting Scout Master of Troop 92, Julius Hendrich, on
PEACOCK JOYCE ENGAGEMENT
Steven Joyce of Jacksonville, Florida and Terri
Peacock of Tallahassee, Florida became engaged at
The wedding date has not been announced to date
but will take place in the coming year.
Jamie Lorraine Fealey at her installation as
Rainbow Girls Worthy Advisor. She holds the Rainbow
Girl and Demolay Dolls made by the late Nina Jenkins
for Jamie's mother, Mary (Wells) Fealey's Worthy
Advisor Installation in 1969.
And the next day, in a lovely afternoon ceremony,
Jamie was installed as Worthy Advisor of the Order of
Rainbow for Girls, Assembly No. 67, Coupeville, WA. Jamie
continues in the tradition of her mother, both of her
grandmothers and her late aunt, Mary N. Orr, Past Worthy
Matron of Orchid Chapter No. 1, Balboa.
Steven Joyce and Terri Peacock
RAY PAUL ROBINSON, MBA FROM
Ray Paul Robinson, son of Fred A. and Claudia
D. Robinson, formerly of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, will
receive a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from
Indiana University during graduation ceremonies in
Bloomington, Indiana on May 4, 2001. Ray Paul is a fellow
of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a
partnership between American Corporations and leading
business schools that awarded him a $40,000 scholarship to
attend the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.
Ray Paul's concentrations include Strategic Management
Consulting and Ne%\ ensuree jnd Business Development.
Ray Paul Robinson
He is a former Lieutenant of the U.S. Navy's Civil
Engineer Corps and graduate of the George Washington
University in Washington, D.C. where he received his
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Ray Paul
will begin a consulting career in Houston, Texas, with an
emphasis on process and change management in the energy
and utilities practice of Accenture, a global management
Ray Paul's parents now reside in Kernersville,
North Carolina, where his father recently retired from the
U.S. Customs Service after 37 years of government service
and was Port Director of the local Customs facility.
LORI STEVENSON SNOW NOW A
PRO TENNIS INSTRUCTOR
Lori Stevenon Snow, BHS'77 graduate, has finally
reached her long time personal goal of being a professional
tennis instructor. The United States Professional Tennis
Registry certified Lori in August, 2000.
Lori played tennis for Balboa High School and West
Georgia College, She continues to play tennis in organized
leagues in Atlanta, including Alta as a AA player and USTA
as a 5.0 rated player. Lori coaches players of all ages and
skill levels. This past Fall she coached 9 ladies teams. The
team she plays on won the city championship in the Fall of
2000. Lori is the daughter of Davis and June Rowley
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Jennifer Camille Weir of Clearwater, Florida, and
Gregory Robert Harvey, also of Clearwater, were married
on November 18, 2000 at the Gazebo at the Rusty Pelican on
Old Tampa Bay. A luncheon reception followed at the Rusty
Jennifer is the daughter of Linda (Woodruff) Weir
(BHS'66) of Clearwater and Gregory is the son of Roger and
Roberta Harvey, also of Clearwater.
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Jennifer Camille Weir and Gregory Robert Harvey
Maid of honor was Lisa (Hunt) Setnicka, cousin
of the bride, and daughter of Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt
(BHS'68). and Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., (BHS'64). Jennifer
was attended by three other friends and the groomsmen were
brothers and friends of the groom. Joanne Marie Hunt.
(BHS'93), cousin of the bride, assisted at the ceremony and
After a honeymoon in Sanibel Island. Florida, the
couple is at home in Clearwater. Jennifer is Spa
Programming Supervisor at the Safety Harbor Resort and
Spa in Clearwater. and Greg is employed with the Ugly
Duckling, Inc. Greg is also a partner of Phearnophobia.com.
a website design company.
Lesley Briem (BHS'92) and Donald Garrett were
married November 11, 2000 in Blanco, Texas. The bride is
the daughter of Allen and Dilsa Briem of Panama. The
groom is the son of Donald Garrett of Austin, Texas and
Debbie Henry of Harlington, Texas. The ceremony took
place at the Blanco Church of Christ and the reception was
held at the historic Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Twin Sisters,
Lesley Briem (BHS'92) and Donald Garrett
The wedding party included Illeanna (Shoemaker)
Mahoney (BHS'92). and the bride's sisters. Anna (Briem)
Kent (BHS'81 and Deanna (Briem) Evans. (BHS'83). The
maid of honor was Amie Shie (BHS'94). Donald's best man
was Eric Knox and groomsmen were Justin Cantrell.
James Garrett and Brett McDonald. The bride's niece.
Bianca Evans was the flower girl.
Attending were the bride's brother. Jeff Briem
(CHS'73) and former Zonian Gerry Hannigan. the bride's
aunt. Sharon Shaw. the bride's padrino and Ruth Shaw and
Both Lesley and Donald are employed in the heavy
construction industry in the Houston area. Donald is a project
superintendent and Lesley as a heavy equipment operator.
The couple will honeymoon in Panama this dry season and
return to reside in the Houston area.
Elizabeth Ray Collins (Beth) and Robert
Christensen (Rob) were joined in marriage on December
28, 2000, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Festivities included a full
reception and dinner at the Chantilly Mansion in Layton,
Utah on December 28, and a church reception in Redford,
Michigan on December 30, and in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
on January 2, 2001. Attending the ceremony were Rob's
parents, Mark and Myrna Christensen and Rob's six
siblings and their spouses. Beth's mother, Renee Carter
Collins attended with Beth's siblings, and Beth's father Rick
Collins of Layton, Utah, as well as Beth's aunt, Kim Carter
Baird, husband, John and children, and William Baird also
Marcy Klug and David Corrigan with wedding party.
Hope Lee and J.J. Wilson were married on May
20, 2000 at Bellows Beach in Waimanalo, Hawaii The
service was held on the beach. The reception was done
Hawaiian style with foods such as Kailua pig and chicken
Elizabeth and Robert Christensen
Beth and Bob are both college seniors attending
BYU in Provo, Utah. Beth's grandparents Marilyn and
Wade Carter and their daughters Renee and Kim are
formerly of the Canal Zone where they were born, raised and
graduated from Balboa High School.
Marcy Klug and David Corrigan were married
November 4, 2000.
Matron of honor was Pam McArthur. Best man
was Mark Mirrop. Flower girls were Brittany McArthur
and Darien Corrigan. Ring Bearer was Gilly Corrigan.
Many thanks to our family and friends for sharing
our special day with us.
Hope Lee and J. J. Wilson
Hope is a registered nurse working in the E.R. and
on a stepdown unit. J.J. is in the Navy. They currently live in
Hawaii but will be relocating to Virginia in August. The
newly weds had a brief honeymoon in Kauai.
BOWMAN VAN LEEUWEN
Melissa Bowman (BHS'91 and Andrew Van
Leeuwen were married on June 10, 2000 at the Church of
the Holy Cross in Raleigh, North Carolina. Melissa is the
daughter of John and Melva Bowman of Balboa, Rep. of
Panama. Andy is the son of David and Patricia Van
Leeuwen of Vonore, Tennessee.
Melissa Bowman and Andrew Van Leeuwen
Jennifer (Brewer) Longest (BHS'91) was the maid
of honor and Melissa's brothers. Chris (BHS'97) and
Steven (BHS'99) served as ushers. Other BHS "Cholas"
attending were Gladys (Hattabaugh) Stromberg, Lydia
Garrido, Michele Hayden. and Nicole (Kaiser) Amill.
Family members and guests traveled from Panama as well as
a number of locations in the United States. A dinner
reception was held at the Cardinal Club in Raleigh
immediately after the ceremony.
Melissa is a 1995 graduate of North Carolina State
University with a BA degree in Political Science and a 1997
graduate of the same university with a Masters degree in
International Development. She is employed with Ernst and
Young LLP. Andy is a 1944 graduate of Purdue University
with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He is employed with
Kimley-Hor and Associates, an engineering consulting firm.
The couple honeymooned in San Francisco. Napa Valley and
Yosemite, and now reside in Fuquay-Varina. North
The marriage of Miss Megham Ann Carroll,
daughter of Major and Mrs. Thomas R. Carroll (USA
Retired) of Stafford, Virginia to Joseph Randal Zornes
(BHS'94) took place September 9, 2000 at the Fairfax
Chapel, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Joseph is the son of Richard
(BHS'67) and Virginia Zornes (BHS'68) of Zephyrhills,
Florida, formerly of Cardenas, Canal Zone.
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Joseph R. Zornes and Megham A. Carroll
The bride was given in marriage by her father and
mother. Her maid of honor was Amy Blankenship, and
bridesmaids were Megham T. Carroll, Corrine Brann,
Alex Velez and Emily Ratzel. Tony Cofer, Chris
Corrigan and William Pohl, BHS'94 alumni and former
Zonian childhood classmates served as best men. The
groomsmen included Joey's brother, Captain Jeffrey S.
Zornes. USAF (BHS'90). classmate Tyler Quinn (BHS'94)
and Megham's brother. Patrick Carrol
The reception was held at the Ft. Belvoir Officers
Club. overlooking the Potomac River. Out of town guests
included former Zonians from all over the country as well as
the couple's college classmates.
Celebrating their grandchildren's wedding were
Megham's paternal grandparents. Dr. and Mrs. Philip
Carroll from Columbus. Ohio. and Joey's maternal
grandmother, Mrs. Peggy Wertz. Zephyrhills, Florida.
formerly of Albrook Field, Canal Zone.
Megham is a graduate of Ohio State University with
a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development. She is
a substitute teacher in the Hilliard School District within
Columbus. Joey. a graduate of Savannah College of Art and
Design. with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. is
currently employed as a Senior Media Designer with Mills
James Productions. Columbus. Ohio. Following a
windjammer honeymoon cruise throughout the French
Antilles. the couple are now residing in Dublin, Ohio.
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Together with their families, Nancy Lynn Smith
and Patrick Lee Lincoln invited all their friends to share in
their joy when they exchanged marriage vows and began
their new life together on the 30th of September, 2000, at the
Enchanted Forest in Tampa, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Margot Smith Jordan,
past president of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and
Michael Smith, former Professor of the Canal Zone College.
The groom is the son of Olga Lincoln, currently residing in
Panama. The maid of honor was Karen Inman and her
bridesmaid was Connie (Mirrop) Nickisher. The grooms
hpet mnn -i;or Rrian llnaron and Rlanlal Rrirloac
Terry Allen Forrest and Nelsy Leon Vesga
Nancy Lynn Smith and Patrick Lee Lincoln
The couple will reside in Seffner, Florida, where the
bride works as a Retail Sales Manager with the Tampa Bay
Credit Union, and Patrick works with Verizon Wireless as an
Inventory Specialist. The couple flew to Las Vegas for their
Ernest and LaDonna Forrest announce the
marriage of their son Terry Allen Forrest (CHS'81) and
Nelsy Leon Vesga. They were married on July 22, 2000, in
Mabank, Texas. The bride's mother, Matilda Vesga, from
Bucaramanga, Colombia, was unable to attend.
The bride was given away by her son, John Leon.
Wayne Forrest, brother of the groom served as best man.
Sheri Osborn was the maid of honor.
Many family members attended the wedding,
including the groom's grandmother, Helen Rowe, brothers
of the groom, Ronald (CHS'77), and Wayne (CHS'83) and
uncle John, their families, and many other guests of the
family. After a short honeymoon the newlyweds returned to
their home in Mabank, Texas.
Frieda Rahimieh and Donald H. Beall (BHS'43)
were united in marriage in a civil ceremony on January 5,
2001, in Tampa, Florida. The bride is a retired school teacher
formerly of Teran, Iran, and the groom is a retired Tampa
Freida Rahimieh and Donald H. Beall
An evening dinner for family members, after the
ceremony was hosted by a favorite restaurant. The two will
leave for a Caribbean Cruise and will afterwards reside at
Grand Court Retirement facility in Tampa.
Evan Kyle Nelson
Mary Lou (Jablonsky) and Joshua Nelson of
Seattle, Washington are proud to announce the birth of their
son, Evan Kyle on April 12, 2000, weighing in at 9 lbs. 10
oz. Both parents are BHS'79 graduates.
Grandparents are Theodore and Joan Jablonski,
formerly of Los Rios, Panama, and Joshua Sr. and Jeen
Nelson, formerly of Balboa, Panama.
Michael Andrew Cruz
Nicholas Edward Cruz
Doctor and Mrs. Michael J. Cruz are proud to
announce the birth of twin sons, Michael Andrew and
Nicholas Edward born November 21, 2000.
Pictured are grandparents Henry and Pat Cruz and
proud father, Dr. Michael J. Cruz. Guess who's holding the
L-R: Michael Andrew Cruz, Henry Cruz, Dr. Michael
J. Cruz, Pat Cruz and Nicholas Edward Cruz
Cassidy Quinn McClanahan
Mr. and Mrs. Autie McClanahan are proud to
announce the birth of their son, Cassidy Quinn. Mrs Sandi
(Rankin) McClannahan is the daughter of proud
grandparents Billy and Ginny (Kleefkins) Rankin of
Josh Nelson and Mary (Jablonski) Nelson with their
son, Evan Kyle Nelson
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issue, 1993, baby pictures
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unless they are shown
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Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan with new baby Cassidy
Quinn, and husband Autie with baby's big brother
Ella Kate Lewis
Jennifer and John Lewis and proud to announce
the birth of their daughter Ella Kate, born on November 15,
Proud grandparents are Robert and Gayle (Fettler)
Rankin. of Sequim, Washington, and Jack and Katherine
Jennifer and John Lewis with daughter Ella Kate
Jillian Grace Potts
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Potts (Jana Wheeler,
BHS'90) of San Antonio, Texas, announce the birth of their
first child, Jillian Grace, born on 25 September, 2000.
Proud grandparents are Jim (CZP) and Judi
(Warford BHS'64) Wheeler of San Antonio, Texas,
formerly of Diablo, Panama.
Jillian Grace Potts with mom and dad, Jana and
John Potts of San Antonio, Texas.
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Ruth Westman Adams, 84, passed away on
October 25. 2000 at Chandler's Square in Anacortes,
Washington. Ruth was the widow of the late Robert K.
Adams who predeceased her in February 1997. She worked
briefly for the Panama Canal and the Air Force, and later as
a CPA in Panama, but is best remembered for her many years
service with the Elks Club and Lodge 1414 in Balboa.
She is survived by a daughter, Helen (Howie
Adams) Laatz, of Anacortes, Washington; and two sons,
Robert W. Adams of College Station, Texas, and Donald D.
Adams of Stockbridge, Georgia; seven grandchildren; and
two sisters, Ethel W. Tate of Spartenburg, South Carolina
and Alice W. Weigold of Sanibel, Florida.
Adele V. Argo, 91, of Laguna Hills, California,
passed away on December 3, 2000 at her home. She was
born in Roslyn, Washington and was a graduate nurse from
the University of Washington, Seattle. She went to Panama
with her husband Emmett W. Argo in 1939 and was a
resident of Gatun, Canal Zone for 26 years. She was a nurse
at Colon and Coco Solo Hospitals; a member of Gatun
Union Church and O.E.S. Coral Chapter, Gatun. She was
preceded in death by her husband in 1988.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Taylor
and Grace Allen, both of Leisure World; five grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Stella Gilbert Buonviri, 72, of Dothan, Alabama,
passed away October 26, 2000 after an extended illness.
Stella was born in the Republic of Panama and retired as a
civilian employee at Howard AFB in 1979, before moving to
Dothan. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and
Susan Gilbert, and her brother, Dennis Gilbert.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene L. Buonviri
of Dothan; two sons, Joseph G. of Ft. Walton, Florida.
Eugene Jr. of Bumpass, Virginia; a daughter, Denise
Buonviri Jackson of Harlingen, Texas; two brothers, John
"Bucky" Gilbert of San Antonio, Texas, and William Gilbert
of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two sisters, Mary Urey and
Mildred Patton, both of Dothan, Alabama, and four
Edith Maxine Carpenter, 83, of Nashville,
Tennessee, passed away on September 15, 2000, seven days
after open heart surgery. She moved to Panama in January,
1940 with her husband, Henry T. Carpenter who worked for
the Maintenance Division. During World war II she was a
civilian employee for the U.S. Army. They resided in
Margarita for most of their 27 years in the Canal Zone..
While in Panama, she was a member of the Sweet Adeline's,
the Order of the Eastern Star and many other community
organizations, as well as the Margarita Union Church. They
returned to the U.S. in 1967 and settled in Nashville. She
was preceded in death by her husband and their only son,
Richard H. who died in 1997
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Margaret
Carpenter of Nashville, Tennessee, and three grandsons,
Trey, Erin and Haley.
Esther Krziza Condry, 90, died at Tri City
Hospital, Vista, California on January 11, 2001 from heart
failure. She was born in Stuart, Nebraska and was a graduate
of Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan, majoring in sight
impairment. She was a teacher in the elementary grades in
Los Angeles schools and in later years tutored "boat people"
and other immigrants. She taught school in the Panama Canal
Schools from 1939 through 1941. She then enlisted in the
U.S. Navy and worked as a censor in the early years of
World War II. She was later assigned to the Panama Air
Depot in Curundu, after which she returned to teaching in the
Los Angeles area, California. She was preceded in death by
her husband, a real estate broker.
She is survived by a sister, Ruth Hall of Florida; and
two brothers, Quintin "Chris" Krziza of Carlsbad, California
and Leo J. Krziza, former Panama Canal employee, also of
Bernice Reidy Cowin, 94, of New Orleans,
Louisiana, died October 21, 2000 at Lambeth House. She
was born in Elmira, New York and lived on the Isle of Man,
Great Britain, New York City, Baltimore and the Panama
Canal Zone. She received a registered nurse diploma from St.
Joseph Hospital in Elmira in 1926 and a nurse anesthetist
certification from New York City Post Graduate Hospital in
Survivors include a son, Stephen Corteen Cowin of
New York City; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Cowin Salaun of
Metairie, LA; eight grandchildren and 19 great-
Rupert C. Fennell, Sr., 82, of Dunedin, Florida,
died October 27, 2000 at home. He was born in the Rep. of
Panama and was a retired engineer for the Panama Canal
Company. He was a member of the Progress Village Seventh
Day Adventist Church, Tampa.
Survivors include a son, Rupert C. Jr. of Clearwater;
four daughters, Marcella Powell of Dunedin, FL., Ellen
Sadiq, New York City; Maxine Houghton, Dix Hills, N.Y.
and Cynthia Hayes of Riverview, FL., two sisters, Pauline
Best and Sadie brown, both of Panama; a brother, Leon
Aleney, Panama; 10 grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren
Worden E. French, 85, formerly of the Atlantic
and Pacific side Marine Bunkering Division, died November
13, 2000 in Rutland, Vermont. Worden began his service
with the Canal in 1939 and retired to his birthplace,
Vermont in 1972. He was predeceased by his wife, of 59
years, Beatrice Cotton French on December 13, 1999.
He is survived by sons, Charlie, Woody, and Lew of
Vermont, New Jersey and Texas respectively; seven
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Eugene W. Gaul, 78, of Clermont, Florida, died of
a brain tumor at home on September 4, 2000. Born in Derry,
Pennsylvania, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II,
European Theater. He went to the Canal Zone in 1962. He
retired from the Motor Transportation Division on June 26,
1982 with over 22 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Marie of Clermont;
a son, Kenneth of Clermont, and a daughter, Loraine Foster
of La Boca, Rep. of Panama; and seven grandchildren.
Frances Bolles Greening, 96, of Santa Barbara,
California, died July 26, 2000 at the Valle Verde Retirement
Community. Frances was from Cincinnati, Ohio and resided
in Gatun for many years. She was an artist and was active in
art groups on both sides of the Isthmus, giving lessons,
demonstrated artistic techniques and stimulating creativity.
She and her husband John, who retired from the Locks
Division with 34 years of service in 1964, retired to Santa
Barbara where Frances became well-known within the
artistic community. She exhibited her work at the weekend
beach-front art show "Sabado y Domingo". She taught art
through a Santa Barbara art association .
She was predeceased by her husband, John.
Thelma Anderson Grizzard, 77, of Richmond,
Virginia, died October 26, 2000. As an infant she moved to
the Canal Zone, where her father was employed by the
Mechanical Division on the Pacific side of the Isthmus.
Thelma grew up living on Carr Street and later on the Prado.
She graduated from Balboa in 1941 and after high school
worked for the U.S. Army in Corozal. In 1945 she married
Taylor L. Grizzard who was stationed in Fort Amador.
Thelma was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and attended many reunions.
She is survived by her husband, Taylor L. Grizzard,
son Kenneth and his wife Karen; daughter Helen G. Noles
and husband Johnnie; and daughter Nancy G. Melkerson and
husband, Nils; a sister, Helen Anderson Brown;
grandchildren Christopher Grizzard, Jeff, Matthew and Julie
George Lee Hatchett, 70, died November 11, 200
at his residence in Reno, Nevada. Born in Colon, R.P. to
Julius Frederick and Mary (Heim) Hatchett, he attended
schools in Pedro Miguel and Balboa, graduating from BHS
in 1947. He received a NROTC scholarship at USC and
graduated in 1951 with a degree in Electrical Engineering
and a regular commission in the Navy. He served for 3 years
with duty aboard a destroyer escort and later aboard a
submarine, subsequently serving in the Naval Reserve for 10
years. He had a long history with and a great love for
Panama. His maternal grandfather was a construction
worker on the Canal and his father retired as Lockmaster of
Miraflores Locks. George was an executive at both Tetra
Tech and Hydro Products, manufacturer of oceanographic
equipment and undersea remote control vehicles, retiring in
1982. Both is mother and father and first wife Ruth (Masis)
preceded George in death.
He is survived by wife Elaine (Tuttle) BHS'47, f
Reno; sons James, Steven, Mike and David; Stepdaughter
Kathy Mount and stepson James Mount; sister, Pat
(Hatchett) BHS'46, and Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson
BHS'48, and six grandchildren.
Mary Ellen (Brugge) Johnson, 79, died in
Arlington Hospiral, Arlington, Virginia on October 18, 2000
after a long illness. She was born in Ancon Hospital,
graduated from Balboa High School Class of 1938, attended
Canal Zone Junior College, and then married Col. James E.
Johnson. She was the granddaughter of William J. Brugge,
the daughter of Fred P. and Nelle F. Brugge, and the niece of
Ruth (Brugge) Westman, all of whom were Roosevelt medal
She is survived by four daughters, Jaye Kathleen
Johnson, Margaret F. Good, Patricia Ann Richert, and judith
Lynn McIntyre; three grandchildren; two great-
grandchildren, and by her sister, Margaret (Peg) French
Leroy Norman Lewis, 65, of Winter Park, Florida,
died October 28, of cancer. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania,
he started playing the piano at age three and was just a
teenager when he played his first theater pipe organ when he
visited a church in Ohio. In the 1950s and 1960s he
performed at various night clubs, churches and hotels in the
Northeast, including the Surf City Hotel in Long Beach
Island, N.J., the promenade in Newark, Radio City Music
Hall in New York City, and the El Panama Hotel in Panama,
recording several record albums and cassettes. In 1989 he
retired and moved to Central Florida, but he still played
periodically in several clubs and also at the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunions. Hazel Hensing, a close friend said
"He was one of the best organ players in the country."He
mastered the pipe organ. "It was majestic, it was a wonderful
sound" siad his sister, Laura Keglovits. "The way he played,
it was a gift. It was something he knew he could do and he
loved it." He was a member of First Congregational Church
of Winter Park and the American Theatre Organist Society.
He is survived by his sister, Laura Keglovits, and a
half-sister, Linda Baum of Wernersville, Pennsylvania.
Marian Grace Libbey, 100 years of age, died
November 21, 2000 in San Juan Capistrano, California. She
was a true New Englander, from Maine and Massachusetts,
and came to the Canal Zone in December 1940 with her
husband, Herbert N. Libbey, an Electrical Engineer with
PCC and daughter, Jean Averill and lived there until her
husband retired in 1956. They lived in Ancon and Balboa
while in the Canal Zone.
Marian Grace is survived by her daughter, Jean, of
San Juan Capistrano, California..
Roderick Norman Macdonell, 85, passed away on
October 30, 2000 at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
He came with his family to the Canal Zone when he was
seven. He was educated in Canal Zone schools and later
attended the University of Pennsylvania. He later served a
plumber's apprenticeship with the PCC and retired as a
Master Plumber with 23 years service in 1975. He holds two
patents for tools related to the plumbing trade. He was a
lifetime member of the United Association Local 606 and the
BPOElks Lodge 1492 in Balboa. At the time of his
retirement he was General Foreman of Construction and
maintenance of all buildings of the Pacific side of the Canal.
In 1978, after retirement, his family moved from the Miami
area to build their home near Wimberley where they lived for
20 years until failing health necessitated the move to San
Marcos, Texas. He was an avid reader whose interests were
mainly Pre-Columbian History.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia; and
seven children, Roderick N. Jr, and wife Crystal of Torrence,
CA., Margaret Sanchez of Dania, FL., Patrick S. of Corpus
Christie, TX., Robert I. of Woodcreek-Wimberley, TX., Paul
D. of Houston, TX., Mark M. and wife Julie of Sugarland,
TX., and carol L. Macdonell of Austin, TX., six
granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.
Alfred Thomas (Tommy) Marsh, 79, of Oregon
City, Oregon, died December 7, 2000 after a severe skull
fracture and complications of pneumonia. His family lived
in many places during his growing up and he ended up in
Detroit and pursued his electrical training at Cass Technical
High School. In 1941, he decided to go overseas and work
for the Air Force in the Panama theater. During World War
II he joined the Navy for the duration plus six months and
then worked for the Coco Solo Naval Station. He transferred
to the PCC in 1958 and worked there until his retirement in
July, 1973. He was active in community activities, was a 330
Mason and was a 50-year member of his Lodge, OES and
Shrine. He was an Elder in his church and a 50-year
member of the IBEW Electrical Union Member. The last 17
years on the Isthmus, he and Willie Hollowell were known
for their annual Christmas Parade to three communities on
Christmas Eve. They were awarded one of the first
Community Service Awards by the Governor. He was an
avid fisherman, enjoyed his boat and camper with the family
and raised tropical fish. He was a member of the Junta for
many years and his clown acts were popular by all. He
retired to Oregon City, attended several PCSOFL annual
reunions. The family also traveled to Egypt and Alaska.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Metzger) of 52
years; two daughters, Billie Wallace and Edythe Marshall,
three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
John J. McGuire, 82, son of the late Robert and
Gertrude McGuire, died December 5, 2000 at State College,
Pennsylvania. He was born at Ancon Hospital and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1936 and attended Canal Zone
Junior College. He devoted many years to the Boy Scouts in
Pedro Miguel and Balboa, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
He left the Canal Zone in 1938 and later graduated from the
University of California at Los Angeles and State University
of New York. He taught school in Long Island, New York
for 28 years and retired to State College, Pennsylvania in
He is survived by his wife, Vera of State College,
PA., a daughter Jean McGuire and husband Joel Curatolo of
Manchester, N.H., and his sister, "Babe" McGuire Ramsdell
of Lubec, ME.
Ronald E. Mead, 61, died suddenly at his home in
Panama City, R.P. on September 15, 2000. Born in Gorgas
Hospital, he attended Canal Zone schools and was a BHS'57
graduate. He retired in September 1999 with over 40 years of
service with the Canal Zone Government and the Department
of the U.S. Air Force, spending his last ten years at the Fort
Clayton Post Office. He was a talented baseball and
basketball star, and played in the Canal Zone Little League
in 1951 when he was selected on the All-Star team to play in
the Little League World Series in the U.S. After graduation,
Ronnie, (known to his friends as "Tweety") played softball.
baseball and basketball for many years, and also became a
very good bowler. He later became an avid horse racing fan.
He was predeceased by his mother Lillian Wright Mead and
father, David F. Mead.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Cecilia Fong de
Mead; two sons, Tyler S. (age 9) and Stefan D. (age 7) all of
Panama City, R.P. a daughter, Selene Neely and son-in-law
Brian Neely: granddaughter Arianna Neely of Tallahassee,
FL: brother Burton F. and sister-in-law Carol J. Mead, of
Tallahassee: father-in-law and mother-in-law Jorge and
Maria Ali Fong: brothers and sisters-in-law and several
nieces and nephews.
Charles Mohl, 86. died in Ft. Lauderdale on
October 19, 2000. He died in Holy Cross Hospital after
suffering a stroke and subsequent heart attack. He was born
in the Republic of Panama and when the family migrated to
the U.S. in 1923, he lived in Manhatten. New York City all
of his life until 1972 when his wife Marie died, leaving him
with four young sons. A few years after the death of his wife.
he left New York and resided in Fort Lauderdale. After a
few years there, he met and married Dorothy Michaud and
they lived there until his death.
Survivors are his wife and four sons who are all
now living in the New York area; and a brother. Frederick
A. Mohl, FM. and his wife Trudi Mohl of 34 Calle Susana.
Elk Grove, CA 95624.
James August Morales, 85. of Baltimore.
Maryland, died January 3. 2001. Jim had been ill with
Parkinson's disease for a long time. He represented Panama
in the Central American Olympics in 1931 and won a silver
medal in high diving. Jim was a diver/welder for the
Mechanical Division at Mt., Hope during World War II. In
1947 he married and moved to Baltimore. As an iron
worker/crane operator, Jim participated in the construction of
many of Baltimore's multi storied buildings, bridges and
nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, one son, three daughters,
several grandchildren, brother John and sister Lee
LaMontagne of California, Mo; sister Anita Buehlmann of
Boca Raton, Florida; several nieces and nephews. Jim was
predeceased by brother Ralph and sister Electra.
Lloyd Walter Peterson (Pete), 96, of Sun City
Center, Florida, passed away January 1, 2001 following a
short illness. Pete grew up in the Canal Zone where his father
worked on the construction of the Panama Canal. He was
married to Ruth (Kutzbach) Peterson (deceased) who was
employed by the Claims Division. Both were active members
of the First Baptist Church, Balboa Heights. Upon their
retirement in 1966, they made their home in Plantation,
Florida and subsequently moved to Clearwater. Pete later
moved to Atlanta following the death of his wife and recently
again moved to Sun City Center where he resided at the
Alterra Sterling Assisted Living Residence. He was a
member of Gideons International, Abou Saad Shrine Temple,
Panama and Sojourners Lodge AF&AM, Cristobal, Panama.
Pete was affectionately known by his friends here as well as
in Atlanta as the "candy man."
He is survived by two daughters, Jayne R. Owens of
Stone Mountain, Georgia and Cheryl A. Russell of Sun City
Center, Florida; two grandchildren, seven great-
grandchildren; a brother, Herbert Peterson of Springfield,
Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews..
James H. Pfau, 81, ofLakePark, Minnesota, died
August 8. 2000. He was born in Cathay, North Dakota and
moved to the Canal Zone in 1953 where he taught chemistry
at Cristobal High School and later served as Vice-principal
and then principal of CHS. His wife also taught special
education at Atlantic side schools. He retired in July of 1977
with over 28 years of government service and they returned
to lake Park, MN. He continued to enjoy singing bass in
choral groups during his retirement years.
He is survived by his wife. Grace, and by several
nieces and nephews.
John (Jack) Haywood Poole, Jr., 84, of
Lansdowne. Pennsylvania, died May 9. 2000, of
complications from peripheral vascular disease. Born in
Ancon Hospital, he was the first son of John H. (Judge) and
Mary E. (Johnson) Poole. Jack attended Canal Zone schools
graduating in 1953 from BHS. having been class president
*30. '31. Vice President '32, '33. He was a member of the
first class of the Canal Zone Junior College leaving after the
first year to accept an apprenticeship with the telephone
section of the Electrical Division. He retired from there in
1976 with 42 years of service. As an athlete, he remained
active participating in the 4th of July track and field meets and
twilight league softball. Paddling and sailing in his special
kayak and the sloop "Loki" which he built and later enjoyed
power boating and fishing in Panama Bay and Gatun and
Madden Lakes. With his companions he explored the
Chagres River and its tributaries, located and traversed
remnants of the old gold route, El Camino Road between
Panama and Porto Bello, climbed the Trinidad and El Volcan
Baru. He was an active supporter of the Explorer Scout Post
21. He was a member of the Balboa Gun Club and Diablo
Spinning Club and the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and
life member of the National Rifle Association and the North
American Hunting Club.
Jack was predeceased by his sister Mary E. Poole
Ausman and brother Henry C. Poole. He is survived by his
brother William R. Poole of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and
several nieces and nephews.
Fred W. Sapp, 75, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
December 1, 2000 at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines.
He attended St.Petersburg High School and was a Marine
Corps veteran of WWII and Korean War. He was a dock
foreman with the Panama Canal and retired in December
1982 from the Storehouse Division with over 38 years of
government service. He also worked for the St. Petersburg
Post Office and Mangrove Bay Golf Course. He was a life
member of the VFW.
He is survived by three sons, Frederick A. and
Robin, both of St. Petersburg, and Kenneth of Clearwater,
Florida; a brother, Tommy of Walnut, Kansas; two cousins
and two grandchildren.
Joffre R. Sauvageau, 83, of Canfield, Ohio, died
October 12, 2000. He was born in Salem, Mass. and was a
public health supervisor and anesthetist for 34 years before
retiring in 1976 from Gorgas Hospital, Panama Canal Zone,
with 31 years of service. He was previously employed at
Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Psychiatric
Hospital and Industrial Clinic in Massachusetts from 1937 to
1941. He was a member of St.Michael Church of Canfield,
and also a member of the Canfield Community Club, Chapter
3104 of the American Association of Retired Persons and the
Youngstown Nature Club. He was predeceased by his wife,
the former Margaret Speece in 1992, and three sisters and
He is survived by two sisters, Beatrice Welch of
Salkem, Mass., and Theresa Belleau of Beverly Mass. and a
brother, Albert, also of Salem, Mass.
Deborah Elizabeth (Wilder) Smith, 53, of Stow,
Massachusetts, died January 16, 2001 from cancer. She was
born in Ancon, Canal Zone and was a graduate of Balboa
High School Class of 1966.. "Debbie", as she was
affectionately known, graduated from The Sacred Heart
Dominican College of Nursing, Houston, TX. and at the time
of her death was the Senior Area Director for Gambro, a
global healthcare company specialising in Renal Care and
Blood Component Technology.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Dr.
Lester B. Smith of Stow, MA; two sons, Justin D. and
Jeremy B. of Brighton, MA; her parents, Matthew J. and
Deborah O. Wilder of Lutz, FL. and two brothers, Edward
W. Wilder of Houston, TX and Matthew J. Wilder of
Panama City, Rep. of Panama. A service in celebration of
Debbie's life was held in St. Isidore's Catholic Church,
Shirley Persons Smith, 89, of Arlington, Texas,
died December 29, 2000 from complications following a
stroke suffered on October 22nd. Her parents, Charles and
Mildred Persons went to the Canal Zone in 1906, where she
was born. Her father was a Roosevelt Medal holder #1681.
In later years the family moved to Panama and went into
private business, including establishing Persons Travel
Bureau which handled many cruise ships that visited the
area. She lived in Panama until she moved to Clearwater,
Florida in 1974, and then moved to Texas in 1999.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley O'Connor
(BHS'50) of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, Michael
(BHS'72) and family of Colleyville, Texas; Kevin and family
in Stevensville, Michigan; Mary Margaret, Long Beach,
California; Dan and family, Long Beach, California, and Pat
and family, of Bozeman, Montana; and eleven great-
Jesse DeWitt Tate, 94, of Spartanburg, South
Carolina died November 18, 2000. He came to the Canal
Zone in 1929 working as a electrical contractor and was
subsequently employed by the Navy, then Pan Canal from
which he retired in 1969 from Aids to Navigation Division.
"Tate,"as he was fondly known, was an avid hunter and
fisherman in Panama. The Tates were well known on both
sides of the Isthmus having lived in Gatun, Balboa and
Gamboa throughout Mr. Tate's career.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ethel
(Westman) Tate; a daughter, Louise (Tate) Schlegel of
Chapala, Mexico; and a son, David E. of Spartanburg; five
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Harriet L. Tewinkel, 87, died July 11, 2000 in
Gainesville, Florida. She lived in the Panama Canal from
1941 to 1966, residing in Margarita, Diablo heights and
Curundu Heights. During the war, she worked at the Army
Finance Office in Ft. Gulick and at Corozal for a few years
after the war. She loved children and grew her own orchids,
teaching groups of girls sewing or making corsages, and
furnished corsages for "first dates," Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts, DeMolays and Rainbow Girls. She was a member of
Balboa Union Church, served as Worthy Matron of the
Orchid Chapter of the O.E.S and as a Mother Advisor, Order
of Rainbow Girls. After retirement she and her husband lived
in Spokane, WA. from 1966 to 1990 when they moved to
Gainesville. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nona
She is survived by her husband, Maurice of
Gainesville, a daughter, Margaret May Davidson and son-in-
law James Davidson of Gainesville; five grandchildren and
James M. Thompson, 69, of Englewood, Florida,
died November 19, 2000. He was born in Panama and was
a retired U.S. Government Construction Inspector in the
Canal Zone. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and a Life Member of the
B.P.O.Elks in the Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; three
daughters, Sharon Mangler of Sabula, Iowa, Patricia Plucker
of Williamsburg, Michigan, and Mary Snaverly of Panama;
two sons, James G. of Gridwood, Arkansas and Michael of
Columbia; two step-daughters, Joan Fields of Temecula,
California and Margaret Bedford of Kissimmee, Florida; a
stepson, Peter Pazin of McAllen, Texas; 10 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Vincente Valle, 74, of Sacramento, California,
passed away on January 7, 2001. He was a native of Spain
and lived for many years in the Panama Canal Zone,
graduating from Cristobal High School in 1944. He came to
Sacramento in 1999 after many years in Florida. He retired
after 37 years with Exxon Corporation, living in many
countries beside the U.S.A.
He is survived by his wife, Marisa Valle, A
daughter Carmen; a son Vincente Jr.; son-in-law, daughter-
in-law and two grandchildren.
Albert Jay Wanner, 67, of San Antonio, Texas,
passed away at his home on October 2, 2000. He was born in
Pottstown. PA. and was drafted into the U.S. Army after high
school and served in Korea. He then attended George
Washington University briefly and was then accepted as an
apprentice in the U.S. Navy Apprentice School at the naval
Gun Factory in Washington D.C. and finished at the Naval
Ordinance Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD. He became a
Journeyman Machinist in August of 1960 and was hired as
a machinist in the PCC Industrial Division at Mt. Hope, then
transferred to the Instrument Shop and later transferred to the
Electrical Division, working at the Miraflores Power Plant.
He retired as Shift Foreman in July 1976 and moved to San
He is survived by his wife of 43 years. Consolaci6n
M; a son. Augustus. of Takoma Park. MD. and a daughter,
Carmen of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Margaret Virginia Whitman, 94, of South
Pasadena, Florida, died December 24, 2000 at the Springs of
Boca Ciega Bay. Born in Virginia. Nebraska. she left the
Panama Canal Zone in 1970, retiring after 20 years as a
teacher at American University in Panama. She was a
member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in St.
Survivors include two nephews, Don Whitman of
San Jose, California and Bill Whitman, Oak Ridge,
Tennessee, and two nieces, Mary Whitman, Alhambra,
California and Lynn Whitman, Kensington, Maryland.
James W. Windham, 86, of Moselle, Mississippi,
died October 13, 2000 at his home. He retired in November
1975 from the Motor Transportation Division with over 33
years of service. No further information is available at this
Janet Margaret Bevi idge Winford, 62, of
Inman, South Carolina, passed aw-.y on December 2, 2000
at home. She was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and in
1950 her family moved to Hialeah, Florida where she joined
and was active in the Civil Air Patrol until 1955 when she
married and moved to Panama with her husband, and lived
there for 22 years. She was a member of the American Pen
Women's Association and a delegate for the Democratic
party and a member of the International Sweet Adelines.
After retiring in 1983 they moved to South Carolina where
she joined the Sweet Adelines, Peach Piper Chapter. She
was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and
was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby L. Winford;
four children, Bobby Lee Jr., William Francis, both of
Kissimmee, Florida, Roseanna Margaret Winford Swicegood
of Glenburnie, MD, Dianna Elizabeth Winford of
Spartanburgh; two brothers, Donald Beveridge of
Bloomington, Ill., and Michael Beveridge of Abita Springs,
LA: two nieces Melissa Winford of Orlando, FL., and
Victoria Beveridge of Abita Springs, LA.; a nephew, Bill C.
Winford of Wesley Chapel, FL.; and eight grandchildren.
Ray S. Witt, 89, of New Blaine, Arkansas, died
January 4, 2001 in his sleep. Ray retired from the Electrical
Division, Panama Canal in 1973 with 22 years of service. He
was a 32 Mason and was Past Master of Isthmian Lodge. He
was preceded in death by his wife. Pauline (Polly), in 1993.
He is survived by his children, John G. and Eula B.
Witt of New Blaine, AR, Donald D. and Paula (Witt) Adams,
Locust Grove. GA., Jack and Becky (Witt) Leschner, White
Bear Lake. MN.. Grandchildren Ray and Ivy Witt. Imperial,
CA., Evonne (Cissie) Witt, New Blaine, AR., Christine, Lisa
and Kimberly Adams, Locust Grove. GA. Great-
grandchildren Erin Witt and Colin McPherson.
Letters to the Editor
BHS GIRLS FROM CLASS OF '68
IN NEW YORK
Frances (Stabler) Meyer, Taffy (Koepke)
Corrigan, Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt, Christine (Mitten)
Gibson, Candy (Hirsch) Yasser and Janet (Hunt) Watkins
met in New York City on October 4th to 8th to celebrate their
50"h birthdays! besides eating at great restaurants including
"Windows on the World" (on the 107'" floor) at the World
Trade Center and "Tavern on the Green". Highlights of the
trip included a visit to Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral
(wow!!); toasting and celebrating life while riding through
Manhattan in a stretch limousine; two Broadway plays and
one off-Broadway play (the lyrics for this play "The
Immigrant" were written by Sarah Knapp (BHS) it was
terrific; and appearing and talking to Al Roker on the
"TODAY Show at Rockefeller Plaza (with only three hours
sleep!). The trip was great ...fabulous...wonderful and so
much fun that the girls agreed to do it again in a couple of
years rather than wait 'til their 60th San Francisco here we
RANKINGS HOLD ANNUAL
Billy and Ginny Rankin had their annual
Thanksgiving gathering at their home in Lakewood,
Washington. All three of their daughters and their children
Billy and Ginny Rankin and family at their
Thanksgiving gathering, at Lakewood, Washington.
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Nancy Ivory came in from England. Sandi
McClanahan and her family live in Lakewood and Karen
and John Blennerhasset flew in from San Diego. Walter
/ and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, their daughter, Cathy and
granddaughter, Jaime drove up from Oregon. Robert
Rankin came alone. Wife Gayle (Fettler) had flown east to
be with her daughter, Jennifer, who had her first child.
Ginny's mother, Jibby Kleefkins, who lives with the
L-R: Frances (Stabler) Meyer, Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Rankins., enjoyed seeing all the family
Taffy (Koepke) Corrigan, Chris (Mitten) Gibson, -
Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt.
L-R: Chris (Mitten) Gibson, Darleen (Woodruff)
Hunt, Frances (Stabler) Meyer, Janet (Hunt)
Watkins, Taffy (Koepke) Corrigan, Candy (Hirsch)
Lou and Suzette Seldon on the Washington Ferry
going back to Seattle after a week-end in Vancouver
and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
After several very enjoyable years living and
working in Heidelberg and Stuttgart, Germany, Jim and
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart returned to the States in
September. To make the move a little easier to take, they
crossed the Atlantic with Cunard Line's QE2, Southampton
to New York, which was really great, and which they highly
CANAL ZONE WINS AGAIN!
Jean Flynn Stough's philatelic Exhibit "My Old
Canal Zone Home" won a bronze award at a national show
in Connecticut. This time the exhibit was upgraded with a
display of cachet covers cancelled on the last day of the APO
Post Offices on the Isthmus of the Canal Zone.
Fort Davis, August 1995
Fort Amador, September 1996
Gorgas Hospital, June 1947
Albrook Air Force Station August 1997
Quarrry Heights October, 1997
Rodman Naval Station February 1999
Fort Sherman, April 1999
Howard Air Force Base October 1999
Fort Clayton, December 1999
Corozal, December 1999
Busy last days with many thanks to Mary Coffey.
Pete Copesky, Harry Harrison, Matt Hovious and Mr.
Ron Mead, the last Postmaster at Fort Clayton, all on the
scene and diligent to the end in delivering the U.S. Mail,
come rain or shine or people riots.
Jim and Dorothy Gerhart on the QE2 "return trip"
crossing in September, 2000.
They're now back home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
and Jim is still working ivith DOD. It's lots of fun being
closer to their children Ken, Suzanne and Brian, who all
live just two States away (but only 25 miles) in Arlington,
Virginia. A special part of the fun includes getting ready for
Suzanne's wedding to Sean George in May 2001. Also
looking forward to seeing everyone at the August reunion in
French brothers, L-R: Woody (BHS'61), Lew
(BHS'63) and Charlie (BHS'59) in Rutland, Vermont.
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Canal Zone wins again!
Editor must have by:
April 16, 2001oo
November 22-26, 2000
The Gary, Gail and Kisa Abbott household in
Knoxville, Tennessee was full of Zonians for Thanksgiving.
On November 22, 2000 the guests started to arrive. Ernie,
Jennifer and Dylan Holland flew in from Weatherford,
Texas. Other guests that arrived during the day were Mike
Young, Memphis, TN., Rene Nellis, New Smyrna Beach,
FL., Rafa, Titi, Kelsie and Samantha Diaz, Niceville,FL.,
Hugh and Eileen Thomas, Niceville, FL.,Colin and Blake
Thomas, Tallahassee, FL., and Gabe Prieto, Tallahassee.
Arlene Abbott from Dothan, Alabama was scheduled to
attend but came down with a cold and had to cancel.
Thanksgiving Day was full of old traditions. The
men were drinking and frying turkeys, the women were in the
kitchen cooking, and the kids were exploring and having fun.
Some of the gang spent the day riding the four-wheeler and
mini-bikes around the neighborhood. Others that joined in
with our Thanksgiving celebration were Kisa's boyfriend
Brent Perkins and friend Robert Matlock, both from
Front, L-R: Dylan, Ernie, Katie, Kelsie, Eileen. 2nd
row L-R: Hugh, Blake, Kisa, Jeannine, Dave, Rene,
Mikie. Back row L-R: Gabe, Colin, Gary, Jennifer,
Titi, Gail. Missing from photo: Rob, Rafa, Samantha..
Robert Sargent (also a former Zonian) recently
bought a lovely home next door to the Abbott's and offered
his new home for half of the group to sleep there. Rob joined
in on all activities and happenings.
The big, special surprise on Friday, the 23rd for the
group was that Jeannine, Dave and Katie Wilder from
Guntersviille, Alabama had arranged with Gail to come and
spend the night and surprised the rest of the group.
On Friday the 23d, some of the women went
shopping. The kids and Bob went to Deals Gap and the rest
of the group went to the Mountains in North Carolina and
were able to see snow and make snowballs.
We heard from many friends on Thanksgiving Day
by phone and we all got to say hello to them. We enjoyed
hearing from Eric Ernest (Jacksonville, FL), Lois Shrader
(Amherst, Virginia), Arlene Abbott, the Robert Will family
(Ormond Beach, FL), and Kaye Richey (Puerto Rico). Also
special thanks to Kaye for our "RUM SUPPLY" and hot
sauce he sent to us.
PANAMA CANAL FIRE FIGHTERS
The first Panama Canal Fire Fighters Reunion was
held at the Holiday Inn International Airport, Miami Springs,
Florida on October 6, 7, and 8, 1999. A Happy Hour,
afternoon cruise, trip to Bayside Marketplace and a Gala
Dinner and dance were enjoyed by all.
L-R: Wallace Teal, Cedric Gittens, Roy Paddy, Cyril
Oldfield, Jasper Hunter, Aubrey Wilmont.
Fire personnel were in attendance from California,
New York, Texas, Washington, Florida and Panama. The
reunion will be an annual event with the 2001 to be held in
ROSCOE GALS VISIT HAWAII
On October 16th Diane (Roscoe) Murphy
(CHS'63), Sue (Roscoe) Lubera (CHS'65) and Gail
(Roscoe) Tilley (BHS'75) left Miami for a visit to San
Francisco and Oahu. Hawaii.
L-R: Gail (Roscoe) Tilley, Diane (Roscoe) Murphey,
Sue (Roscoe) Lubera.
They toured San Francisco, going to Fisherman's
Wharf, riding the cable cars, dining in Chinatown, a trip to
A'catraz, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Then on to
Hawaii where they stayed on Waikiki Beach attending a
luau, visiting the Arizona Memorial, Dole Pineapple
Plantation, hiking Diamond Head, snorkeling in Hunauma
Bay and much more. It was a fun filled, fast paced time.
(You said it all in a few well chosen words. You done good,
I lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1955 to
1957. I 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 the
Washington D.C. area. I am 58 now and have lived in
numerous places, but no locale affected me more than the
Zone. I cried when the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime,
my wife, Sue and I are looking forward to meeting you at
George C. King
EX-ZONIAN JOINS PEACE CORPS
Kimberly Smith, daughter of Lester and Andea
Smith of Lawrenceville, GA. is now living in the Capitol of
Slovakia, Bratislava where she is working with the Peace
Chris Lasher, Guy Damien, Jerry Coffin. Former
Gatun boys and CHS'73 meet in Atlanta, Georgia,
December, 2000, discussing plans for 30th High
School Reunion in year 2003.
Kimberly Smith in the town square of Slovakia capitol
Bratislava where she works for the Peace Corps
Kimberly left Atlanta in June for Nitra, the Slovak
Republic, where she has a two year, 3 month commitment to
work for the Peace Corps. Kimberly says her assignment is
working on an exchange program for University students at
the Slovak Agriculture University. She has her own
apartment and enjoys being with the Peace Corps.
LANGS CRUISE PANAMA CANAL
Bill Lang, (BHS'50) and wife Mary Jo Cole
(BHS'51) left their home in Portland Oregon on board the
MS Veendam for a 19 day cruise on October 2. After clearing
the bar at Astoria, the Captain shut down the engines for
engine repairs, drifting for four hours. After the engines were
repaired we went to San Diego, arriving V2 hour late on
October 5. We toured the city, seeing Coronado Island,
Balboa Park, Old Town and La Jolla. We then went to Puerto
Vallarta, and Huatulko, Mexico, both lovely cities with
beautiful beaches. On October 10 we dropped anchor at San
Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua where we were treated to their
native Harvest Celebration. We then went to Puntarenas,
Costa Rica and took a 10 hour tour their capitol, San Jos6
which reminded us of Panama City 50 years ago. We saw the
National Museum, -Theater, coffee plantation and a native
craft center. The ship then went on a scenic tour of Golfo
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Mary Jo and Bill Lang
We arrived at the Panama Canal on October 15't and
began the transit at 6 a.m.. It was nostalgic seeing Taboga
and Flamenco Islands, the causeway and San Jose Rock
where we used to fish. We were astonished at the size of
Panama City's skyline of skyscrapers. Amador looked the
same but it was sad not seeing the Sailfish Club, having
burned down. We saw Farfan Beach and the Leper Colony
where my brother Pete and I used to fish lobster. The Bridge
of the Americas was new to Mary Jo. We enjoyed seeing
Ancon and Sosa Hills and the Admin Building. We entered
Miraflores Locks and completed transiting the Canal at 3:00
p.m. Mary Jo was thrilled to see Gamboa and the house she
grew up in, but was surprised at the smallness of the town.
We enjoyed seeing Gatun Lake but were surprised at how
few dead trees remained. Cristobal and Colon didn't appear
to change much. We wished we could have gone ashore as
the transit brought back many memories, but there aren't any
cruise ship facilities.
We then cruised to Oranjesad, Aruba where we
went sightseeing and shopping. The next day we docked at
Willemstad, Curacao where we again went sightseeing and
shopping. The city was the most beautiful on our trip with its
Dutch architecture and pastel colors. That night the town
gave us a wonderful send-off with fireworks and music. We
arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico on the 20'h. and caught a
plane back to Portland. our home.
JOHN MORALES REMEMBERS:
The articles in the December issue about the
Transcontinental Hike and Francis Scott Key brought back
I made the grueling hike across the Isthmus in 1927
after graduating from 8'h grade in Ancon, with my buddy, Bill
Fleming in 15 hours. Coach Henry Grieser awarded us
souvenir watch fobs at a ceremony at the Ancon movie
theater a few days later. Then with my brother, Jim, we tried
the hike again the following year. Starting at the Sam Miguel
railroad crossing at the foot of Tivoli Avenue, we left at 5:00
a.m. and arrived at Colon railway station close to 7:00 p.m.
We had no worries about snakes, but the sun was merciless
L-R: Justin Barker, Adrienne Oliver Barker, John
Morales, Margaret Kuhn Morales.
Francis Scott Key I associate with BHS and my job
during vacation, between my Junior and Senior years. I drove
a brand new 1930 Ford 2 V2 ton dump truck and Frank was
the shovel operator who could fill my truck with two shovels
full of the Lima Diesel 1 cu. yd. bucket. The job was a joint
contract between Al Geddes (veteran steam shovel operator
during the construction days) and a Panama Auto dealer to
fill the swamps around Albrook. Frank started as an oiler on
his shovel but shortly was operating it, with Mr. Geddes
During WWII, after I had gone through Boot Camp
at Rodman and Radio School at Farfan, I was sent to Summit
Radio Station where Machinist's Mate 1St Class Francis Key
was the right hand man of Commander (Later Commodore)
Young. Frank's job on inspections was to list anything that
needed repair, then fix it or have it fixed. Frank was always
Editor must have by:
April 16, 2001
CALIFORNIA ANNUAL REUNION
West Coast Reunion September 23, 2000. Although the group was small, the noise level was huge and we talked and talked
some more. There were some new faces and, of course, the regulars. The food was fabulous as usual and the new band really
added to the evening. I wish more of you would come this direction. Get in touch with your friends and meet them here. This was
our last year at the Marine Corps Bayview Club. Lack of participation versus costs are just not working in our favor. As you can
see in the pictures, everyone has a big smile and not just for the camera.
Y i* r
THE DAYHUFFS III ARE INTO
SCOUTING, BIG TIME.
I was a Cub Scout in Panama in 1945-48; Barbara,
my wife was a Girl Scout Leader for our daughter Marti and
I was a Cub Scout Leader for our son Richard.
I am the proud recipient of La Orden De Las Buenas
Obras, which was presented to me on February 10, 1973 and
it included the Golden Huaca. I am also an Eagle Scout and
have been awarded the Silver Beaver. I'm also a Cub Scout
and Bov Scout Leader.
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Back L-R: Hal IV (Chuck) Latrelle and wife, daughter
Marti and husband Wiley, Barbara and Hal III, Eagle
Scout, Silver Beaver Cub and Scout Master, Son's
wife Pam, son Richard. Second row: Elizabeth,
Andrew, Heather, Jason, Charles Hal V, Jessica,
William. Front: Bailey, brother and sisters.
I have 16 members of my family and 14 are in the
Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout programs. My oldest
daughter is an ALL STAR softball player, so she is excused
and Bailey, 4 years of age, is too little, but he does attend his
brother's Cub Scouting meetings and his sister's Scout and
We are very proud parents and grandparents for
their interest in scouting and they are all excellent academic
students. All the boys have provincial appointments to the
Virginia Military Institute.
Hal Dayhuff III
J ust do it...
Do more than exist live.
Do more than touch feel.
Do more than look observe.
Do more than read absorb.
Do more than hear listen.
Do more than listen understand.
Do more than think ponder.
Do more than talk say something.
FOR CAPT. TIM KIRKBY:
Kristin and Tim Kirkby
Kristin and Tim Kirkby, are dressed in the same
Panamanian attire in the same pose as their grandparents
Ann and Leon Greene were, in a 1950 photograph.
A very special present for their dad, Capt. Tim
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:
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
MASONS and OES LUNCHEON
There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star
luncheon on Friday, August 10, 2001 at the Orlando World
Center Marriott in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon. immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost
of the luncheon is $25.00/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses
and friends of the Fraternity are invited. Dress for the
occasion will be semi-formal.
BHS 1949/1950 HOSPITALITY SUITE
There will be a Hospitality Suite for the BHS
Classes of 1949 and 1950 at the 2001 Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society at Orlando World Center Marriott. The
Hospitality Suite will be open for classmates on Thursday,
August 9th, Friday, August 10th, Saturday, August 11th and
Sunday, August 12th in the morning only..
When arriving at the Reunion, the Suite Number will be at
the Society Information Desk.
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
50th 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
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.
HEALTH BUREAU REUNION
We are still waiting to hear from you now that the
holidays are over. About thirty of your co-workers and
friends have responded and we know that you don't want to
miss out of the fun. Our Reunion Luncheon 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 planning on having our
luncheon on Friday, August 10, 2001. More information will
be available as soon as we receive menus, etc. from the
caterer in the next Canal Record..
Please contact one of the following if you are
interested in attending.. 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
nickyerick @ aol.com
3196 SW 177th Lane Rd.
Ocala, FL 34473
MEMOIR TRAIL TO 2000
CELEBRATE OUR PAST
This year has been designated as the year to
encourage us to preserve stories and memories of the 20th
century. Today, in the midst of the information Age, if we do
not record where we were and how we lived, our stories will
be lost to future generations forever. These very thoughts
helped create our museum. Now is the time to record your
memories, to inform future generations of our Canal Zone
way of life, to tell our stories. Every single story is just as
important as every other one. Let Patt Foster Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253, know if you'd
like to get started. She will help you or ind a personal
-historian near you 1o assist you. No one can do it but you!
FORMER C.Z. TEACHERS &
DESCENDANTS OF C.Z.
The deadline for receiving contributions for
publication in Treasured Teachers of the Panama Canal
Isthmus: Kindergarten through College 1904-1954, Volume
1 has been extended on request of several daughters and sons
of those teachers. Since this project started, Mrs. Borgie
Hermo Misenheimer, my 6th grade teacher at Pedro Miguel
Elementary School slipped away at age 92. As Miss Hermo,
she also taught at other Canal Zone schools and I welcome
remembrances from any of her former students and friends.
Bitsy Atkinson deserves many thanks for helping
prepare Borgie's bio in a timely manner. Mavis Beall
Fortner furnished a beautiful biography and photo of her
mother-in-law, the beloved Pedro Miguel Elementary teacher,
Mrs. Daisy Fortner, a past worthy matron of Fern Leaf
Chapter, OES. Before old photos, mementos, scrapbooks and
memories Are forgotten, dig them out and share while we
can! I never met a CZ teacher that wasn't a remarkable
Norine Dillman Simms submitted an outstanding
contribution regarding her teacher/mother's activities and
friends at Ancon Elementary School. Norine also sent some
material on Miss Mary Brigham well-respected BHS
English teacher. Another teacher included is David Speir,
who began his C.Z. School Division career at Balboa High
School in the fall of 1951 and rose through the ranks to
become the Superintendent of Schools. Nancy Kaufer
Lanfranco, Roy Phillips, Dorn Thomas, and Jean
Rabiteau Coffey each made great Atlantic side contributions.
Catherine Manush and Thomas Peterson each submitted
stories and photos of their teacher/pioneer parents. Margaret
Cauthers Braun in collaboration with Richard Cauthers
promised a story of the early Canal years of their brave
teacher/mother. C.E. (Bob) Bowen, sent an insightful
reflection on education in the Canal Zone along with
marvelous photos and biographies of himself and family, as
well as Roger Hackett, Subert Turbyfill, Kenneth Vinton,
Cal Bataldan and James Lyons. C. E. Vosburg Furnished
an interesting story of his classroom experience with the great
American philosopher and educator, John Dewey. Included
also are teachers involved in adult community education as
well as submission on St. Francis Academy, later known as
St. Mary's, from Sisters Catherine Schick and Gerard
Though we never had to trudge through the snow, it
will be great to pass this information on to our grandchildren
when they ask what it was like to go to school in the Olden
Isthmian Times. Many will enjoy down memory lane perusing
the pages of this special teacher collection. Please send any
and all poems, personal anecdotes, biographies,
autobiographies, tributes and phonographs to Betty JoAnn
Underwood, 318 E. Smith Ave., Bloomington, IN 47401-
3524, Tel: (812) 333-4390. E-mail: email@example.com.
Deadline: October 2001.
BHS CLASS OF 81, 20th REUNION
The Balboa High School Class of 1981 is holding
its 20'h reunion! Our 2001 reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, Florida,
in August 2001. If you're from our class or just want to meet
old classmates, come join us. For more information, see our
website at: http://www.webwizards.net/bhs81/
Kelly Fenton (Morris)
115 Ricardo Way NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
"THE SPIRIT OF 76 CONTINUES TO
LIVE ON" BHS CLASS OF 76 25th
The Class of 76 will have our 25th 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:
CHS CLASS OF 1971
1312 Colina lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
701 Shadowood Lane
Chesapeake, VA 23322
How time flies! It's coming up on our 30-year class
reunion. The Panama Canal Society Reunion held August 8 -
12 at Orlando WorldCenter Marriott, will give us a chance
for a mini-reunion.
I'm in the process of locating the Cristobal High
School Class of 1971, but I need your help. There are a lot of
people who are still missing in action. If you know where
these classmates can be found, please send their addresses to
me. Please check with family members or friends to find as
many addresses as we can. A database of addresses is just a
start. Send addresses you know of to:
Jane Paulson Martin
101 Twilight Lane
Crawfordviile, FL 32327
CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
OF 1976 TO CELEBRATE 25th
The Cristob'.l High School class of 1976 will be
celebrating their 25th C'ass Reunion in Orlando or. Friday,
:'ugust 10, 2001 during the Annual Society Reunion. The
committee is throwing around several ideas for making this
a memorable 25th for the "HS Class of '76.
Contact D. LaF-ta at one of the following: At
work: 800-937-0447. At home: 561-395-3006. or
SECOND TO NONE, NEVER OUTDONE!
WE'RE THE CLASS OF '71!
Plans are underway for our 30th year class reunion!
If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear
them. If you are in contact with any of our classmates, ask
them to e-mail me so we can add them to our list! Or send me
their address (snail mail counts too!) Please visit our class
page, also. http://www.theaegisgrp.com/class-s.html.
There will be periodic updates. It will be held in
August, in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
reunion in Orlando this year! Hope you can make it!
Evelyn Tiencken firstname.lastname@example.org
BHS CLASS 1991 MINI-REUNION
The BHS Class of 1991 will be having their Mini-
Reunion at the Orlando World Center Marriott during the
Panama Canal Society of Florida's Annual Reunion from
August 8 12. 2001. A dinner is planned for August the 1 th..
Please send us all the addresses of our classmates that you
have so that we can reach everybody, and have a great mini-
reunion for all to remember. Please contact any of the
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
880 Woodvale St.
Clermont. FL 34711
300 Lynn St.
Oviedo, FL 32765
5316 Putnam Court,
Tampa, FL 33624
P.O. Box 375
Williston, VT 05495
CURUNDU CLUBHOUSE MINI-
Your Curundu friends have organized a mini-
reunion for all former Curundu/Curundu Heights residents.
We will have an open hospitality suite where we will again
declare that "CURUNDU RULES". See photos and precious
memorabilia. Relive great moments in CZ sports history with
the players and the fans who will never forget the glory days.
Meet and greet your old neighbors maliantes. We are
counting on the stories being told and the laughter being
loud. If you are planning to attend the 2001 PCSociety
reunion and wish to be included in the Curundu Clubhouse
mini-reunion, please email email@example.com or call
904-677-0386 to be counted.
Debby Beall Bandy.
THE PROPELLER IS ONLY A
BIG FAN IN FRONT OF THE
PLANE TO KEEP THE PILOT
WHEN IT STOPS, YOU CAN
ACTUALLY WATCH THE
PILOT START SWEATING.
TAKEN IN MID CONSTRUCTION DAYS CIRCA 1911: Standing, front row: Mrs. Woodard, Fred Hunter, Elizabeth
Jones, Neil McLean, Carl Hatcher and baby (Mclean's son), me, Ben, Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Needham, Molly
Cotton, Arthur Cotton. Back row, beginning next to Ben:: Grace Langham Miller, Mrs. Gilchrist, sister to Cotton
boys, Miss Paul (but you can't see her), Mr. Needham, George Cotton. Seated: Kathryn Hunter and two children,
Judy Hatcher, Ruth Hodges, Nancy McFarland, (not Canal Zonite), Flora McLean Hatcher, Bill Jones, Clara
Gilbert (Earl took the picture), Dorothy Cotton Lecount and son. (The names on the back of the photo were written
in blue ink, therefore difficult to reproduce for enlargement in order to make proper identification. I thought the photo
was worth printing whether we got the names right or wrong. Ed.)
CRISTOBAL STOREHOUSE, MT. HOPE, OCTOBER 1946: Front L-R: M.A. Smith, Superintendent, R.A. Duvall,
W.M. Callaway, N.J. Waldron, A.B. Barber, E. Behlen, Storekeeper. Back L-R: I.E. Diaz, H.H. Lee, H.I. Tinnin,
E.E. Faris, W.J. Powell, C. Krause, G.W. Smith, W.W. Forestrom. Photo submitted by William J. Powell
The League Officials in 1957 of the Fastlich Teenage League. Adalberto Fastlich, sponsor of the league is second
from the left, and Jack Randall. fourth from the left was the president of the League. The other two officials are also
members of the league, but are unknown. Can anyone help?
Shovel Numbers 226 and 232 at work in the cut, loading the dump cars as they preceded slowly forward by rail to
the dump area.
One of the difficulties encountered by the steam shovels in digging the Panama Canal, 11/20/09
Canal Zone College football team, photo donated by Joan Smith Dempsey.Those recognized, Back row center: Bill
DeLaMater, back, far right: Larry Jones, front, far right: Jim Young.
Engine 309, cousin of 299 formerly on display at Balboa railroad Station.
1" x 31" x 3/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
1/10th page (Bus. Card) $15.00
1/5th page $30.00
1/4th page $40.00
1/2 page $75.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and
make all checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole FL. 33772-
4712. ALL ADVERTISING SUBMITTED MUST BE
CAMERA READY. THE EDITOR CANNOT
COMPOSE ANY ADS SUBMITTED.
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 2 wide x 10" high $125.00
1/4 Page: 3 V2 wide x 5" high OR
7" wide x 2 V2 high $60.00
1/5 Page: 7" wide x 2" high $50.00
1/10 Page: 3 V2 wide x 2" high
(Business card size) $25.00
1/20 Page 3 V2" 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.
DUE TO SPACE
ADVERTISING TO BE
ONE HALF PAGE
(EFF. JUNE '93)
Jim Wade remembers the Panarma Canal
Zone well. It was there in the 1950's
that he lost both his innocence and
paradise. Forty years later he has the
chance of a lifetime- to recapture
Available at Xlibris:
or ).our local bookstore.
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Conducted by knowledgeable, bilingual guides who are
specialists in Panama and the Canal Zone. BOOK EARLY!
I Due to the turnover of the canal, this may be your last chance
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* Round Trip Airfare Miami/Panama Hotels
(U.S. Exit Fees) Transportation on Air-Conditioned
* Tourist Card Busses
* All Meals While in Panama Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
(Except One) Farewell Dinner
* Tips & Baggage Handling
Due to many requests, we are continuing with annual dry season tours.
Davis Stevenson 1907 DeWinton Place Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(800) 783-8847 (770) 339-9961 FAX: (770) 995-8017
www.condortravel.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(Membership Renewal on Reverse)
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Revised October 1999
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RENEWAL: $30.00 Annually (Jan.1 Dec. 31) per family, including children under 18 years of
age. (A portion of this amount is for the subscription to the Canal Record for one year. I f you
have already paid, dues will be applied to tho following year.)
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plus a $10.00 administration Fee for new members and individuals who have not renewed their
membership prior to March 31 of the current year shall be considered a new member and, as such,
must pay the Administrative Fee. Total: $40.00.
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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL Membership
City State Zip
IS THIS AN ADDRESS CHANGE? Q YES C NO Tel.No.
Amount enclosed: $
List significant changes from previous year:
ORDER FORM SOCIETY PLATE/DECAL/CANAL RECORD
Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax included)
Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Please mail to: (If different from above)
City State Zip
Qty. Plates Qty. Decals Amount enclosed: $
Thank you for keeping your membership
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
And Additional Entry
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I H OF FLORIDA, INC.
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste. 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
200 1 I MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
Expires December 31, 2001
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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712