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Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1st Vice President
Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
Mr. James Parthenais
Mr. Daniel Norman
Mr. Roy Culbreth
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Lynette Stokes
Mr. Kenny Morris
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
President's M essage........................................................................
Secretary's M essage....................................................... ......... .............2
Editor's Com er................... ...............................................2
D orothy Yocum Dedication.....................................................................3
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes................................................... ......................... 4
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings................................ ........................ 5
Nom inating Com m ittee Report......................... ... ................................................................
ByLaw A m endm ent.............................................................................................................................. 8
B allo t.......................................................................................................................................................... 1 1
L legislative R eport............................................................................................. .........................................13
Insurance and Vital Inform action Updates................................................................ ...................... 17
Novem ber General M meeting Luncheon.................................................................... ......................18
Decem ber General M meeting Luncheon.................................................................... ......................19
PCSOFL Annual Reunion Report.......................................................... ............20
November Luncheon Directions and M ap................................................................. ..................... 54
December Luncheon Directions and M ap................................................................. .....................54
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FL Pinellas County..............63
FL South Florida..................64
FL Space Coast..................65
M aryland........................... 71
M ississippi........................ 72
C ongratulations.............................................................................. ............................................ 8 1
M military P ride.............................................................................................................................................89
B irth s.................................................... .................... .............. ...... ................ 90
W ith D eep Sorrow .....................................................................................................................................92
Em ail U pdates........................................ ................................................................................. 99
L letters to the E ditor....................................................................................... .....................................10 1
"L cooking B ack".................................................................. .............................. ........... ................ 109
M museum N ew s.................................................................................................................. .................... 110
Stam p A rticle.......................................................................................................................................112
eB ay U pdates.................................................................................................................... ........... 113
A nnouncem ents................................................................................................................... ........ 114
For Sale or W anted....................................................................................... ........................................... 116
M em bership A application Form ............................................................................... ............................119
Front Cover: Dottie Yocum graces the cover of the October 2003 Canal Record in recognition
of her faithful service for the past 24 years as Chaplain for the Panama Canal Society.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 12 Annual PanaGringos Reunion of North Carolina starting 11:00 AM, at
302 Courtland Drive, Elon, N.C. Contact Kathie Lavallee Sears (336) 585-
November 1 PCSOFL General Meeting, Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf
Boulevard, Clearwater, Fla. Hosted by Roy Culbreth. See page 18 for infor-
mation. See page 54 for directions.
December 6 PCSOFL General Meeting, Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar,
17307 Gulf Blvd. North Redington Beach, Fla., 11:00 a.m., hostesses are
Nancy Van Siclen and Margaret McLaughlin. See page 19 for more infor-
mation. See page 54 for directions.
December 7 Panama Canal Society of Southern California Annual Holiday
Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills, CA. Contact Kathryn
Taylor (949) 951-4801.
January 2004 No Business Meeting.
Well, another reunion has come and gone and what a good
time everyone had. Everyone must have had a great time
from the attendee comments I heard. There were 3024 mem-
bers and guests registered. The luncheon show was the high-
light of the reunion with 1,020 people attending. Bruce
Quinn and all the performers did a fantastic job!
I would like to thank all the volunteers and committee
members for an outstanding job making this year's reunion a
success. Without you, there would be no reunion!
This was our last reunion at the Orlando World Center
Marriott. The 2004 reunion will be held at the Caribe Royale,
which is just down the street from the Marriott. We are very
excited about the new location and have lots of new ideas
planned for you.
We are now busy getting ready for our fall and early win-
ter monthly membership meetings.
We will once again have a traveling meeting in October
and visit those fine folks over on the Space Coast at their
annual Space Coast Picnic. We had a ball last year and hope
to see more people attending this year.
In November we will enjoy the great tasting Latino food
at the Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key. The "Requerdos de
mi Panama" Panamanian Dancers will be there to entertain us
And then to close out 2003, we will have our always very
special Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar in North
Redington Beach. The Wine Cellar is always a nice setting
for this special time of year. This year's theme will be
Registration forms for the November and December
luncheons are located in this issue of the Canal Record. Be
sure to get your registrations in early to guarantee your seat.
We are dedicating this issue of the Canal Record to Dottie
Yocum, our dear Chaplain of 24 years. She certainly holds
the record for the longest term as a board member. Many
blessings to you Dottie and thank you for all your dedication
and support all these years and hope you return to good health
soon. We all miss you.
In this issue, there are two proposed bylaw amendments
that are designed to correct and eliminate voting procedure
conflicts in the method for amending the Society's Bylaws,
and also in the election of the Society's Officers. Because of
an objection by a certain group of our members, we are
forced to strictly adhere to the final authority of our bylaws,
Roberts Rules of Order, in interpreting conflicts in our
bylaws. As a result, we feel that for Amendments we must
stick strictly to established Article XV Amendments in our
existing bylaws, which specifically states "Each active mem-
bership household shall be permitted to submit one amend-
ment ballot (only one amendment ballot per household mem-
Please take a moment to read the Bylaw Chairpersons
report and explanation on page 7 and send in your ballot. If
you have any questions concerning this, please contact Pete
Foster or myself. It is very important that these corrections
It has been a busy first year for the board and we look for-
ward to our second year continuing to serve you the mem-
bers. Please feel free to contact us with any new ideas, activ-
ities or programs you would like to see us offer.
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SJe' Seenti vdca~teie"
Carol Masino and I
just returned from anoth-
er very successful
reunion at the Orlando
World Center Marriott.
We met with many of our
current and new members
and it was wonderful welcoming new members and assisting
them during the reunion. We are both very excited about
going to the Caribe Royale in 2004 and hope that our mem-
bers will include the reunion in their 2004 travel plans.
I am please to tell you that during the first seven months
of this year, 388 new membership applications were received,
processed and approved by the Executive Board, bringing our
total paid membership to 3,910 members as of July 31, 2003.
Please remember that the membership dues for 2004 are
due by December 31, 2003. Even those members recently
joining must pay their dues by December 31, 2003 in order to
remain an active member of the Society.
We are currently updating our membership database so
that we have the most up-to-date information on all of our
members. With this in mind, we would appreciate the coop-
eration of our membership and ask that when you submit
your membership renewal check, please complete a member-
ship application. It is important for a variety of reasons to
have all of the requested information on the form complete.
For example, many members indicate the High School from
which they graduated, but do not indicate which year. This
information is helpful not only to the office, but also to those
individuals taking on the monumental task of locating class-
mates for an upcoming class reunion. Additionally, many
area codes have changed throughout the country so it would
be quite helpful for our members to provide current telephone
numbers, including area codes, and current addresses.
If you have any questions about your membership dues or
if the office may be of assistance to you, please do not hesi-
tate to contact us.
Nancy Van Siclen
i MAKE YOUR SECRETARY'S DAY! -
I Please update I
S your membership information
I when sending in
your dues for 2004
by completing the
membership/renewal form I
* on page 119.
I just love the reunion! It
made my heart smile to see old
friends and neighbors I haven't
seen in over 30 years. Where
else can you go to be among
your closest 3,000+ friends?
The Reporter's Business
meeting was successful. Thank you to all the reporters who
made time in their busy schedules to attend. A big thank you
goes out to Jim Reid who joined us to talk about basic pho-
tography tips. Of course, you will notice that I took the
reporters pictures BEFORE I heard Jim's tips. I promise to
take better pictures next year, Jim.
Speaking of pictures...I am pleased members are getting
more comfortable sending pictures through the internet.
Please remember to scan and save your pictures using a 300
dpi, save the picture in a JPEG or TIFF format and please
send only one picture per email and don't forget that caption.
For members that do not have computers or scanners keep
sending the actual pictures to the Panama Canal Society
office with captions to identify people in the photos.
Remember DO NOT crop the pictures. I can easily do
that. Plus keep in mind that newspaper photos as well as
Polaroid pictures do not copy well.
I have been corresponding with an old family friend,
Francis Sampsell, the past few months. She has been sharing
with me old family photos she has acquired over the years.
What a treat it has been to relive those moments when these
precious pictures were taken. Below is a picture of some
members of the Soroptimist Club of Panama in the 1960's.
,Y II II ,
Soroptimist Club of Panama (L-R): Gerta Stern, Anona
Kirkland, Lois Bozman, Gladys Pescod, Jean Bay, and Ila
If you have any questions about how to submit an article
or pictures, I am only a phone call, letter or email away.
Editor, Canal Record
DOROTHY "Dottie" YOCUM
In honor of the past 24 years as Chaplain, the Panama Canal Society has dedicated this issue of the Canal Record to
Dottie Yocum was born in 1916 and grew-up in Wadsworth, Ohio. After graduating from high school, she went to work
for the Ohio Match Company for approximately ten years. It was during this time that she met Ernie Yocum at a dance
hall and they dated for about a year before getting married in 1938. During their marriage, Dottie went to work for the
Wadsworth Foundry Company prior to making the journey to Panama with her husband, Ernie, in 1943.
While in the Canal Zone, Dottie worked at the Albrook Air Force Base in the Accounting division while Ernie was
employed at the Army Commissary as a butcher. After the war, there was a RIF (Reduction in Force) in 1948, and Dottie
and Ernie were forced to return to Wadsworth, Ohio where they made their home until 1963. In 1963, they decided to, once
again, venture back to the Canal Zone. This time, it was to the Atlantic Side, where Ernie was employed by the U.S.
Army at the Fort Gulick Army Commissary and Dottie worked at the Coco Solo Hospital. The Yocums lived in the civil-
ian housing area in Fort Gulick where they had many close friends until Ernie retired in 1976. Upon retirement, Dottie
and Ernie moved to Largo, Florida and bought a lovely home where Dottie is currently living.
While residing on the Atlantic side for a number of years, Dottie was very active in the Eastern Star organization and
participated in the very popular and talented chorus group known as the Sweet Adelines. While living in Largo, Dottie con-
tinues to be very active in the First Baptist Church and sings in their choir. She is a member of a Canal Zone women's group
known as the "Brown Baggers" and enjoys many friendships with other women from the Canal Zone. When she hosts the
women's group, they always ask her to make her famously delicious lemon meringue pie.
Dottie's truly major contribution since retiring has been to faithfully serve as Chaplain of the Panama Canal Society
for the last 24 years. Dottie has always been diligent about attending Society Board and business meetings for over two
decades. Her prayers are meaningful and have offered strength and support to all of us.
The Panama Canal Society would like to recognize, honor and thank Dottie Yocum for 24 years of outstanding, con-
tinuous service as Chaplain of the Panama Canal Society.
Front Row: L-R: Jacque Vowell and Bob Russell. Middle Row: Dan Norman, Betty LeDoux, Dottie Yocum, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis,
Jim Parthenais, and Tom Wilder. Back Row L-R: Kenny Morris, Nancy Van Siclen and Bill McLaughlin
SYNOPSIS OF BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 15, 2003
All board members were present with the exception of the
Sgt. At Arms and Bylaws Chairperson.
The Executive Board took the following actions:
*Approved the minutes of the previous Executive Board
meeting, the expenditures of $26,324.61 for the period
February 22, 2003 through March 12, 2003, and the applica-
tions of 42 new members.
*Approved the purchase of special ID tags for Vendors
*Approved the purchase of a long-term CD in the amount
of $100,000 in order to obtain a higher interest rate.
*Approved the purchase of a plaque for Dottie Yocum to
honor her 24 years of service as Chaplain. Plaque would be
presented at Annual Meeting.
*Suggestion to honor all services of the Military on the
June Canal Record cover was approved.
*Approved placing corporate sponsors on the link page of
our web site.
The following reports were made:
*Bylaws amendments passed, with the exception of #26.
*Carnavalito was a success with 202 members in atten-
dance; however, the event showed a loss again this year. We
can't continue to put on functions or activities without a
break-even operation. Suggestion was made to increase price
*Tentative Schedule of upcoming meetings for 2003-
2004 were discussed.
*The Auditor has all the data to proceed with the 2002
Audit. Also, 990 tax reports prepared by the auditor have
been sent to the IRS.
*Check with the programmer about a field in the mem-
bership program to add email addresses.
*COLA increased 0.8 percent in February. FECA recipi-
ents received a 2.4 COLA in their April benefits payments.
*Room is reserved at Troyer's Restaurant for the May 3rd
The following reunion reports were made:
*After much discussion with the Marriott about the park-
ing fee we were unable to have the $5.00 charge per day
removed. The board decided to place a special section in the
June Canal Record, using another color paper, to notify the
members and report to the membership at the upcoming
*Shamu, the whale from SeaWorld would be at the
Annual Meeting to promote moving to the Caribe Royale.
*A list of mini-reunion coordinators has been sent to the
Marriott for the purpose of mailing menus and contracts.
*The DJ for the Friday and Saturday night disco dances
has been contacted for this year. It is the same group as last
SYNOPSIS OF BOARD MINUTES
APRIL 26, 2003
All board members were present along with the outside
Auditor, with the exception of the 1st and 2nd Vice President
and Legislative Representative.
The Executive Board took the following actions:
*Approved the minutes of the previous Executive Board
meeting, the expenditures of $24,052.72 for the period March
15, 2003 to April 23, 2003, approved the 24 applications for
the balance of March, previously approved on-line, and the
54 new applications for the month of April.
*Approved purchasing Vendor and Volunteer Ribbons for
*Approved purchasing pin badges, envelopes, labels and
bins for registration at a cost of approximately $1,000.00.
The following reports were made:
*The CPA auditor reported completion of the 2002 audit,
but after discussion with the Treasurer would like to fine-tune
the account transactions. The Society is in full compliance
with the IRS. He did a 100% verifications of records. With
the purchase of Quick Books the Executive Board would see
improvements, since reports would be computerized.
Reported he found no errors or misstatements in the material
and because of this the audit fee would be less then quoted.
*Arrangements have been made for the General
Membership Meeting in September.
*Report on offering a boat cruise on the StarShip Dining
Yacht in April 2004 for the General Membership Meeting.
*The Treasurer suggested that we take the excess money
in cash between the checking account and the Money Market
fund and purchase a CD.
*The new Dell Computer is installed and seems to have
solved the problem of taking so long to bring up different pro-
*The Christmas luncheon was approved to be held at the
Wine Cellar at a cost of $20.00 per luncheon.
*Reported that we have received rebate of $120 we were
entitled to when we purchased Quick Books Pro 2003.
The following reunion reports were made:
*The contracts for the DJ dances were signed.
*Roberto Roy, Director, Panama Canal Authority Board,
will speak on Friday afternoon at the reunion about the
Panama Canal since the turnover. Don DePra (bottle apprais-
er) will also talk and give free appraisals.
*President, 1st and 2nd Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator will meet with the Marriott hotel staff for pre-
planning meeting in May.
*Signed contracts have been returned from Frankie
*The Marriott has advised the Reunion Coordinator that
the hotel will not mail confirmations. The Reunion
Coordinator will mail confirmations to our members who
have hotel reservations.
*75% of hotel rooms have been blocked.
*Will contact OY about videotaping the Annual
*Reported that 47 golfers have signed up to play golf.
MAY EXECUTIVE BOARD
MEETING WAS CANCELLED.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SPRING LUNCHEON, OLIVE GARDEN,
ORMOND BEACH, FL
APRIL 5, 2003
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 36 members in
attendance and called the April General Membership Meeting
to order at 11:55 a.m.
In the absence of Chaplain Dottie Yocum, who was
unable to attend, Bill McLaughlin gave the invocation fol-
lowed by a moment of silence for members who have recent-
ly past away. In the absence of our Sgt. At Arms, Ginger
Young led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Meeting adjourned at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:10
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
March General Membership Meeting that was held at the
Annual Picnic in Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs. Kathy
Egolf made a correction to the minutes. She stated that she is
the Executive Vice President not 1st Vice President as read in
the minutes. These minutes could not be approved at this
meeting, as there was not a quorum. They will be read again
at the May meeting for approval.
In the absence of Treasurer Kenny Morris, Nancy Van
Siclen highlighted the Financial Statement of February,
which stands for Audit.
Bill McLaughlin thanked Jeannie Hickman and Ginger
Young for hosting the Ormond Beach luncheon meeting and
their husbands for helping out.
The president reported on the Annual Luncheon and show
that will be held in the Marriott's Palms Ballroom during the
2003 Reunion. Using a blow up of the floor plan, the presi-
dent showed the membership where all the reunion activities
would take place this year.
Bill McLaughlin reported on his recent trip to Panama
and told the membership that he was amazed at all the
changes, especially the new road systems in Panama City and
the former Canal Zone. He also said that if you show your
retirement card at restaurants and hotels, you would receive
25% off on meals and 50% off lodging.
The president explained the results of the Bylaw ballots
that were counted at the March 8th General Membership
Amendment 25 passed This approved deleting the words
"of Florida" from the name of the Organization.
Amendment 26 failed This would have permitted the
Executive board to determine if there is sufficient member-
ship support to develop a policy and procedure plan in spon-
soring a Society Scholarship Award.
Amendment 27 passed This one eliminated duplication
between Article IX, Section 1, A-4 and Section 1, K.
Amendment 28 passed This one is similar to
Amendment 27 and added one sentence to section K At the
discretion of the President, members may participate in dis-
cussions, but shall not be permitted to vote at a Board
Amendment 29 passed This one gives the Executive
Board, in an emergency, the authorization to utilized state-of-
the-art communications, to vote on an item prior to the next
board meeting but will be applied to the formal motion at the
regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
Amendment 30 passed If an amendment is adopted and
an error in its context is discovered, the Bylaw Committee
shall publish the corrections in the Canal Record for infor-
mation and consideration of the Society's members. If there
were not objection with 30 days of the Canal Record mailing,
in writing, the bylaw would be corrected. If the Bylaw
Committee received 27 or more objections to the corrections,
the corrections must be processed as a new Proposed
Amendment for adoption or rejection by the membership.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President for the Panama
Canal Museum reported that the Museum board has a new
member, Gayle (Haseman) Tolbert who is the Membership
Chairperson for the Museum. Kathy reported that Paul Glass-
bur and Buddy Morgan are setting up a display which will
show the whole scope of history of the Panama Canal.
Kathy Egolf reported that Leo Krziza would donate
$25,000.00 in memory of his sister if the museum can match
that amount from other donations during the next couple of
Curtis Bliss made the motion to adjourn the meeting at
1:45 p.m.; seconded by Jeannie Hickman. Motion passed.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
GULF COAST SPRING LUNCHEON
TROYERS HERITAGE RESTAURANT,
MAY 3, 2003
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 77 members in
attendance and called the May General Membership meeting
to order at 11:45 a.m.
Chaplain Dottie Yocum gave the invocation followed by
a moment of silence for members who have recently passed
away. Lynnette Stokes, Sgt. At Arms led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance. Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
and reconvened at 12:40 p.m.
Bill McLaughlin welcomed past presidents Anna Collins,
Pete Foster, Bill Wheeler, Marje Foster, Tom Peterson and
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
March General Membership Meeting for approval by the
membership since the April General Membership Meeting
did not have a quorum. Chuck Hummer made the motion to
approve the March minutes; seconded by Barbara Slover.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the April
General Membership Meeting. Since there were no correc-
tions or additions, the president approved the minutes as read.
In the absence of Treasurer Kenny Morris, Nancy Van
Siclen highlighted the Financial Statement for March, which
stands for Audit.
The president reported that the Society had just gone thru
a complete independent audit and we came out in great shape.
The Audit report will be published in the June Canal Record.
Bill McLaughlin thanked Bob and Cheryl Russell for
hosting the May luncheon meeting at Troyer's Dutch
Bill McLaughlin reported that when he was in Panama he
met with Bruce Quinn and four of the Panamanian perform-
ers. Bill also reported to the membership that if you present
your retirement card at hotels and restaurants in Panama, you
would receive 50% off lodging and 25% off meals.
The president advised the membership that there would
not be a meeting in June 2003. Because the August 2003
meeting would be so close to the end of the reunion there
would be no August meeting either. The society will have its
first post reunion meeting at Stacey's Buffet in September. In
October we will be heading over to Titusville for the Annual
Space Coast Picnic. Then in November we will be going back
to the Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater. We are going to
see if we can get the Panama dancers again for the November
meeting to close out the year, we will have our December
Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar Restaurant in North
Bill McLaughlin stated that in long term planning, that we
are looking into holding our April 2004 meeting aboard the
Starship Dining Yacht, which would sail around Tampa Bay.
The president announced that the Annual Attendance
Award has been counted. This year the winner is Tom Hanna
who attended seven of the ten membership meetings during
the past year
Tom Wilder, 2nd Vice President told the membership to
please read the June Canal Record, especially the "Green
Pages" for new reunion information. He reported that the
hotel has sold the parking rights of their parking lot and
garage to an outside company and members will be charged
a $5.00 per day parking fee. Even though we have made
many attempts to have this fee waived, since it was not part
of our original agreement, we were unsuccessful in our
efforts. Tom also reported that the hotel would not be mailing
out confirmations this year. Therefore, the Society will send
out confirmations. We have negotiated a discounted trans-
portation fare with Mears Transportation from Orlando
Tom stated that the Society Information Seminars, which
take place on Friday afternoon from 3:00 6:00, would
include two very interesting presentations. Mr. Don DePra
will discuss mid-1800 to 1914 era antique bottles that were
found and collected in the Canal Zone. Mr. Roberto Roy, a
member of the Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors
will be giving a presentation concerning the Panama Canal
since the turnover -Update and future.
Peter Foster, Bylaws Chairperson announced that if any-
one had any questions about the amendments that were
recently approved, he would be happy to get with them after
the meeting today.
Chuck Hummer, President of the Panama Canal Museum
announced that the Museum is celebrating its 5th
Anniversary this year. Chuck Hummer reported that the
Museum Board of Trustees approved and granted Honorary
Membership to the Panama Canal Society. President
Hummer presented President McLaughlin a plaque recogniz-
ing the Society's support over the past five years. .
Barbara Peterson made the motion to adjourn the meeting
at 1:20 p.m.; seconded by John Gough. Motion passed.
Panama Canal Museum President Chuck
Hummer presented a Panama Canal Museum
Honorary Membership to the Panama Canal Society
at the May luncheon in Sarasota, Florida. President
Bill McLaughlin accepted this great honor and
plaque on behalf of the Panama Canal Society mem-
The plaque reads:
The Board of Trustees
Panama Canal Museum
The Panama Canal Society
In recognition for service and cooperation
significantly affecting the success of the mission of the
For the Board of Trustees:
Charles W. Hummer, Jr.
Dated: May 3, 2003
Explanation of Amendment Ballot Procedure
In January, after the December Canal Record containing
Proposed Amendments 25 through 30 and their ballots had
been published and mailed to the Society members, it was
discovered that the Society's Bylaws contained a conflict in
the Amendment voting procedures. Unfortunately it was too
late and extremely expensive to recall and revise the Canal
Record. As a result, it was decided to proceed according to
Robert's Rules of Order and present the problem to the mem-
bership at the Society's Annual Meeting. At the Annual
Meeting, the membership voted unanimously to accept the
results of the vote count which resulted in the adoption of
Amendments 25 and 27 through 30. In accordance with the
vote count, Proposed Amendment 26 was rejected.
This conflict still exists and can only be corrected by
amending Article XV, Section 1, Method of Amending
Bylaws or by deleting Article III, Section 3-A which was
revised in early 2002 with a one sentence statement to permit
a member and spouse living in the same residence to vote.
This sentence created the conflict with Article XV.
According to the Principles of Interpretation in Robert's
Rules of Order, "a general statement or rule is always of less
authority than a specific statement or rule and yields to it".
As a result, Article XV, which is very detailed and specific is
considered to be of greater authority and permits "only one
amendment ballot per household membership".
The two Proposed Amendments 31 and 32 are intended to
correct and eliminate the voting procedure conflicts in the
method for amending the Society's Bylaws and also in the
election of the Society's Officers. Adoption of these Proposed
Amendments will permit both member and spouse in the
same residence to vote. Until the Proposed Amendments to
Article XV are adopted, there can be one, and only one, vote
per member residence.
Because the explanation above applies to Proposed
Amendments 31 and 32. one and only one ballot per mem-
bership is included in this issue.
The Panama Canal Society was founded with the purposes and principles of allegiance or respect to the United States
of America, fidelity to our Bylaws and, most importantly, the preservation of ideals and friendships formed while living
in the Canal Zone.
With this in mind, the Nominating Committee has perhaps one of the most difficult jobs throughout the year. For it is
our responsibility to compile a slate of officers that, in our collective opinions, would best serve the Panama Canal
It is the duty of the Nominating Committee, as with all other committees and all of our members to adhere to the
Society's Code of Ethics which is to protect the Society against fraud, misrepresentations or any practice not ethical, all
in the spirit of fair dealing, cooperation and courtesy.
The recent revisions of Article V of the Bylaws requires that the Nominating Committee be selected within two
months following the Society's Annual Business meeting of the Executive Board's second year's term of office. That
committee has been selected and consists of Dan Norman, Jack Sanders, Lori King and Bob Russell. Article V also
states that the Nominating Committee shall announce to the general membership in the first issue of the Canal Record
following the annual meeting of the Board's second year's term of office that nominations are in order.
Mail-in nominations are in order provided the written nominations are received by the Nominating Committee, or
postmarked at least 10 days prior to the scheduled December 6 general membership meeting. The Nominating Committee
will then present its slate of nominated officers, along with the list of qualified mail-in and floor nominations (also in
order at the December meeting) to the attendees at the December meeting. All qualified nominees must provide written
consent to their candidacy to the Nominating Committee and state their willingness to accept the position if elected prior
to the published deadline date for the printing of the official ballot. Otherwise, the nomination will be considered invalid.
Therefore, anyone wishing to nominate another member, or yourself, for an elected office should do so as outlined
above. We urge each nominee to review the Bylaws and familiarize yourself with the duties and responsibilities of the
office for which you are being nominated in order to ensure that the nominee can in fact fulfill the obligations of the posi-
If a nominee has any questions, please feel free to contact me or one of the Nominating Committee members.
Nominating Committee Chairperson
DATE: July 2, 2003
TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
THROUGH: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FROM: Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
SUBJECT: Proposed Amendment Numbers 31 and 32
The opening and counting over 200 Amendment Ballots by the Bylaws Committee and member volunteers has become
very cumbersome and takes almost as long as most of the Society's business meetings. As a result, the Executive Board
requested that the existing method of counting Amendment Ballots during a regularly scheduled business meeting be modi-
fied in order to give those members on the Ballot Counting Committee the opportunity to take part in the meetings. The
Executive Board is of the opinion that a more member friendly and less cumbersome method is needed. Unfortunately,
amendments to the Bylaws are required to change or correct the ballot handling procedures.
Utilizing the above concerns of the Executive Board as a guide, the Bylaws Committee submits the following Proposed
Amendment Numbers 31 and 32. Proposed Amendment 31 improves the method of counting the amendment ballot votes
and corrects some minor ambiguities within Article XV. At the same time it eliminates a conflict in the Bylaws which was
created with the adoption of the amendment permitting both spouses in the same household to vote. In accordance with the
existing Bylaws, and until this or a similar amendment is adopted, only one Amendment ballot per membership household
will be valid.
The proposed Amendment 32 deletes the entire paragraph D (Counting of ballots) which is related to the election of
officers. It was inserted, out of place, under EXECUTIVE BOARD, Article IX, Section 1. This paragraph D duplicates the
procedures in handling ballots for the election of officers at the annual meetings. It also conflicts with NOMINATIONS
AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS, Article V, Section 3, G, which is the Nominating Committee's procedures for the han-
dling of ballots for the election of officers.
EXISTING: ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS
SEC. 1 METHOD OF AMENDING BYLAWS:
A. These Bylaws may be amended or revised upon recommendation of the Bylaws Committee and by a two thirds
(2/3) vote of members submitting their "Mail-in" Ballots.
B. Members) shall present proposed amendments to the Society, through the Bylaws Committee.
C. Proposed amendments) shall be submitted in writing.
D. Proposed amendments) shall be published in its entirety in an issue of the Canal Record. Publication of the pro-
posed amendments shall include a printed "mail-in" ballot with a simple "yes" (for adoption) and "no" (for rejec-
tion) and have a deadline for the vote count set by the Bylaws Committee.
E. Amendment ballots shall be addressed to the Chairperson, Bylaws Committee and mailed or given to the Society's
Headquarters office. They shall remain sealed and in the office under the custody of the Bylaws Committee
1. Each active membership household shall be permitted to submit one amendment ballot (only one amendment
ballot per household membership).
2. For confidentiality and member verification purposes, members shall be instructed to write their name, address,
and word "AMENDMENT" on the exterior of their amendment ballot envelope (or similar sealed container). It
shall be the member's responsibility to conceal his vote, if he/she so desires, by inserting a piece of paper inside
3. The Bylaws Committee Chairperson shall confirm with the Secretary that the individual voting is an active
member with current dues paid. If not, the ballot shall remain sealed and counted among the invalid votes at the
vote count meeting.
4. After verification, amendment ballots shall remain sealed and shall be opened only by the Bylaws Committee at
its vote count meeting.
F. Ballots must be received by the Bylaws Committee Chairperson at least five days prior to the vote count meeting.
Counting of Ballots shall be performed at the second meeting (skip one meeting) after being published in the Canal
1. If delivered by hand, the envelope shall be marked with the date received in the presence of the member deliver-
ing the ballot envelope.
G. (No Change)
1. (No Change)
H. Amendments adopted shall become effective at the first meeting following the vote count.
1. If a proposed Amendment is adopted by the Society's members and an error in its content is discovered, the
Bylaws Committee shall publish the required corrections in the Canal Record for information and consideration
of the Society's members.
a. (No Change)
b. (No Change)
c. (No Change)
PROPOSED: ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS
SEC. 1 METHOD OF AMENDING BYLAWS:
A. These Bylaws may be amended or revised upon recommendation of the Bylaws Committee.
1. Adoption shall require a minimum two thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the valid Amendment Ballots which
have been received from the current (dues paid) Society members.
B. Members) may present, in writing, proposed amendments to the Society, through the Bylaws Committee.
C. Proposed amendments) must be published in their entirety in an issue of the Canal Record. Publication of the pro-
posed amendments shall include a printed Amendment Ballot Form with a simple "yes" (for adoption) and "no" (for
rejection). Amendment Ballot Forms may also be made available at regularly scheduled Society business meetings.
D. Each Active or Life membership household shall be permitted to submit two ballots, one member ballot and one
ballot (with a different first name) from his/her spouse who resides in the same member household (no more than
two ballots from the same member residence). If more than one ballot with the same name is received from a mem-
bership, all ballots from that membership shall be considered invalid.
1. For confidentiality and member verification purposes, members shall be required to print their name, address,
and words "AMENDMENT BALLOT" on the exterior of their ballot envelope (or similar sealed container). It
shall be the member's responsibility to conceal his/her vote, if he/she so desires, by inserting a piece of paper
inside the envelope/container.
2. If delivered by hand, the envelope shall be marked with the date received and initialed by the receiver in the
presence of the member delivering the ballot envelope.
3. The Bylaws Committee Chairperson shall confirm with the Secretary that the ballot submitted is from an Active
(with current dues paid) or Life membership. If not, the ballot shall remain sealed and counted among the
invalid ballots at the vote count session.
4. After verification, Amendment Ballots shall remain sealed and shall be opened only by the Vote Count Member
Group at its vote count session.
E. Amendment Ballots must be received by the deadline established by the Bylaws Committee Chairperson. The
deadline shall be at least ten days prior to announcing the ballot count results at the second regularly scheduled
Society meeting (skip one meeting) after being published in the Canal Record. Any ballot received after the estab-
lished deadline shall be invalid.
1. Amendment Ballots shall be addressed to the Chairperson, Bylaws Committee and mailed or hand delivered to
the Society's Headquarters office or presented to the Bylaws Committee representative at a regular business
meeting They shall remain sealed and in the office under the custody of the Bylaws Committee Chairperson.
2. The Amendment Vote Counting shall take place in the Society's Headquarters office within ten days prior to the
scheduled meeting set for announcing the results of the vote count.
a. Members may be present at the vote count session to observe the vote count process. It shall be the mem
ber's responsibility to contact the Society's office for the date and time of the session.
3. At least two weeks prior to the meeting announcing the vote results, a Vote Count Session date and time must
be established by the Bylaws Committee in order for the Society's Office staff to advise members who wish to
attend and observe the vote count process.
4. The Bylaws Committee Chairperson shall appoint a Vote Count Member Group to count the ballot votes. A
special mark or initial shall be applied to each ballot to verify the ballot's vote has been included in the count.
5. All Amendment Ballots shall be retained and available for membership review immediately after the Society's
meeting during which the vote count results are to be announced.
6. Immediately following the adjournment of the meeting at which the vote count results are announced, members
shall be permitted to personally review the ballots. After a short review period, Amendment Ballots shall then
be destroyed and discarded as soon as possible.
F. The Bylaws Vote Count Member Group shall provide the President and Secretary with a written Vote Declaration
Report prior to the meeting which the results of the member votes are announced.
1. The Vote Declaration Report shall contain the following information:
Total Ballots Received
Total Invalid Ballots
Total Valid Ballots
Two Thirds (2/3) Of Valid Ballots (This amount is the minimum votes required for Amendment adoption)
Total "No" Votes (for Amendment rejection)
Total "Yes" Votes (for Amendment Adoption)
G. (No Change)
1. (No Change)
H. Amendments adopted shall become effective at the first meeting following the vote count.
1. If a proposed Amendment is adopted by the Society's members and an error in its context is discovered, the
Bylaws Committee shall publish the required corrections in the Canal Record for information and consideration
of the Society's members.
a. (No Change)
b. (No Change)
c. (No Change)
EXISTING: ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
A, B, C, (No changes)
D. Counting of Ballots:
1. Ballot envelopes shall remain sealed and shall be opened by the Nominating Committee at the annual meeting
in the same location as the annual meeting and shall be open to the membership.
2. Opening and counting the ballots shall begin one (1) hour prior to the call-to-order of the annual meeting.
3. The Nominating Committee, upon opening each envelope, shall immediately remove the ballot and discard the
envelope to insure confidentiality.
PROPOSED: ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
A, B, C, (No change)
D. Delete entire paragraph D together with sub-paragraphs 1, 2 and 3.
(Paragraph D is similar to and conflicts with Art. V, Sec. 3, G)
The Amendment Ballot (only one per household membership) must be received by the Deadline Date of December 1,
2003 with the vote count held at the December 6, 2003 Christmas Luncheon.
These two Proposed Amendments, 31 and 32 are submitted to the membership of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. for their consideration. Members are encouraged to contact the Society President or a member of the Bylaws
Committee if they should have questions concerning any part of these Proposed Amendments.
PETER W. FOSTER ROY CULBRETH MARGOT JORDAN
Chairperson, Bylaws Member, Bylaws Member, Bylaws
Past President Director Past President
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An eligible survivor can collect civil service retirement
benefits with little or no difficulty. The exact type of benefit
and the amount will depend on each particular case, but the
way to obtain them is simple. The eligible survivor merely
can follow these three easy steps.
1. Return any uncashed annuity checks to the return
address shown on the envelope in which the check was deliv-
ered. If annuity payments have been sent directly to the bank
or other financial institution, promptly notify that institution
of the annuitant's date of death. Any payment deposited after
the date of the death should be left untouched. The Office of
Personnel Management will request the Treasury Department
to recover the payment. However, any accrued annuity that
has not been paid to the annuitant will be included in the ben-
efit to the eligible survivor.
2. Notify the Office of Personnel Management,
Retirement Operations Center, Boyers, Pennsylvania 16017
of the death of the annuitant so that they can send an applica-
tion for survivor benefits. The use of this address will expe-
dite your claim.
3. Obtain a certified copy of the annuitant's death cer-
tificate to enclose with the application that the Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) will send. OPM prefers that
the applicant wait for the official application, and that it be
completed and returned promptly after receipt. While await-
ing return of the application, OPM will have completed cer-
tain preliminary actions so that the application can be expe-
dited. By notifying the OPM Retirement Operations Center
immediately after the death of the annuitant enables that
office to start helping the person entitled to survivor benefits.
As soon as the Retirement Operations Center receives this
letter of notification or your telephone call, it will stop pay-
ments and send an application to the person who is found
entitled to apply for benefits.
When you are close to age 65 and not getting Social
Security benefits, you can apply for Medicare. You can apply
by calling or visiting your local Social Security office or by
calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. You should apply three
months before you reach age 65. You can get Medicare Part
A at age 65 without having to pay a premium if you had
Medicare-covered government employment. You can also
pay a premium for Medicare Part B. You can use the Web site
www.medicare.gov for more information.
TRICARE FOR LIFE
If you and your spouse are covered by Medicare Part A
and Part B, and there is no other person covered by your
BC/BS you may be sufficiently covered. You may also be suf-
ficiently covered by Tricare for Life and Medicare. Tricare
for Life has a prescription program with a better payment
scale than BC/BS.
BC/BS does pay a small dental benefit and for physical
examinations, which are not covered by Tricare for Life since
it only supplements Medicare. If you are interested in Tricare
for Life you might want to go to the Web site www.troa.org.
You are eligible for Tricare if you are active duty member and
your families; retirees and their families and survivors of all
uniformed services who are not eligible for Medicare.
SURVIVOR BENEFITS FOR SPOUSE
The CSRS was established in 1920 as an annuity plan for
employees of the federal government. The purpose was to
provide a stable work force for the federal government man-
agers and limit the cost of the pension plan. Provisions to
allow election of survivor benefits for spouses were added
later in 1939. The Great Depression provided lessons in the
needs of the elderly, and private pension plans had improved.
Pensions were regarded as a protection of the employee, and
The amount of the civil service retirement of the employ-
ee is reduced 2.5 percent of the first $3,600 named as a base
for the survivor benefit, and 10 percent of the remainder. The
survivor then receives 55 percent of the unreduced annuity,
which usually amounts to approximately 60 percent of the
annuity that the retiree is receiving.
OPM maintains that the reduction in the retiree's benefit
does not cover the cost of the survivor annuity on average.
The National Association of Federal Employees supports leg-
islation to provide retiring federal employees the option of
electing and paying the actuarial cost of additional survivor
annuity amounts in 5 percent increments, up to 75 percent of
an unreduced annuity. However, this would not apply to
those already retired.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE are easily the
two most misunderstood benefits that federal employees,
postal workers and retirees have. In years past, these employ-
ees didn't really need to know too much about these programs
because they were under a separate retirement and disability
benefits package, the Civil Service Retirement System, and
didn't stand to get benefits from Social Security. Social
Security and Medicare, largely were for somebody else-not
NOT ANYMORE. All that changed several years ago
and these big changes in the benefits picture are just now hit-
ting home for many federal employees and postal workers.
With Social Security and Medicare now playing so important
a role in your financial future, you can no longer afford to
ignore them. It's vital that you understand just what types of
benefits you're accumulating, what level of benefits you
stand to receive, what provisions might reduce or even elim-
inate them, and how they interact with your other benefits-in
sum, how to best position yourselves to get the most out of
these two key programs.
Again, never before has there been such a huge need for
this information. That's why FEDweek has published The
Social Security/Medicare Handbook for Federal Employees
& Retirees. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive,
easy-to-understand handbook for federal employees and
retirees that fully explains not only those programs but also
how they dovetail (and, in some cases, conflict) with the fed-
eral government's retirement and health insurance programs.
Social Security faces benefit cuts, tax increases and a higher
retirement age or a combination of all these steps to fund the
system long term. The fund would need several trillion dol-
lars. "You've got to act now, you don't have a choice" it was
reported by the Senate Special Committee on Aging. "The
question is, when are you going to act and how are you going
SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM MEASURE EXPECTED
The head of the House Social Security subcommittee,
Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., is expected to reintroduce in the new
Congress a Social Security reform bill he first offered a year
ago that includes reform of the government pension offset
provision. The GPO reduces the Social Security spousal or
survivor benefits by $2 for each $3 the recipient gets in an
annuity from a retirement program that doesn't include Social
Security, such as CSRS retirement. Shaw's measure would
reduce the GPO offset to $1 for $3, increasing the benefits of
an estimated half of those currently affected by the GPO.
Although Shaw sponsored the bill, he did not move it out of
his subcommittee in the recently concluded Congress, where
members were reluctant to touch Social Security.
POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE GOVERNMENT PENSION
Other GPO Approach Also Likely Shaw's GPO reform
approach differs somewhat from a more long-running GPO
proposal, one that would apply the offset only to combined
benefits exceeding $1,200 a month. For the second Congress
in a row, a House bill reflecting that approach gathered a
majority of members as co-sponsors, ending with 299 (a
Senate counterpart had 37 backers)
However, that bill also did not move through the legisla-
tive process. Capitol Hill officials say the best prospect for
any movement on the GPO provision-as well as on a sister
provision, the windfall elimination provision that reduces an
individual's own Social Security benefit when the person has
fewer than 30 years of "substantial" Social Security-covered
employment is as part of a broader Social Security reform
effort. Prospects of such an effort being made are considered
better in the new Congress convening in January but chances
of enactment remain highly questionable.
PHARMACY SAVINGS IN FEHB
Arrangements that Federal Employees Health Benefit
program carriers have made to hold down costs of prescrip-
tion drugs have yielded savings that the carriers have passed
on to enrollees in the form of lower out-of-pocket costs for
prescription drugs, the General Accounting Office has found.
GAO's report examined the use of "pharmacy benefit man-
agers", which are various techniques the carriers use to obtain
drug price discounts from retail pharmacies. The average sav-
ing-compared to the average price paid by customers not
under such arrangements was about 18 percent for the
brand-name drugs studied and 47 percent for the generic
drugs studied, with the savings rising to 27 and 53 percent,
respectively, when the drugs are dispensed through mail-
order programs. In addition, certain rebates from drug manu-
facturers were passed through, said the report (GAO-03-196).
Drug Costs a Difficult Issue GAO noted that even without
"pharmacy benefit manager" arrangements FEHB carriers
likely would be able to negotiate some type of discount, mak-
ing the net saving from those techniques uncertain.
Prescription drug costs have been a major contributor to
sharp rises in FEHB premiums in recent years-for example,
those costs are blamed for adding 3.5 percentage points to
premiums between 2002 and 2003 rates, roughly a third of
the total average 11.1 percent average increase. That trend
has produced calls from employee organizations to centralize
the way FEHB procures prescription drugs in order to better
harness the buying power of the more than 8 million partici-
pants. However, the pharmaceutical industry has resisted
such plans, for example refusing to participate in a proposed
pilot project that would have allowed one FEHB carrier to
buy drugs through the discounted rate schedule for Veterans
Affairs hospitals. FEHB carriers also have argued that they
already are getting substantial discounts from the manufac-
turers and that they probably couldn't do much better under a
new system. They likely will use the latest GAO report to
support that argument.
COLA COUNT SLIPS
Through three months of the counting period toward the
January 2004 federal retiree cost-of-living adjustment,
retirees have accumulated 0.2 percent, following a drop of 0.2
percent in December in the inflation measure used to set the
COLA. Meanwhile, the final count for the COLA for those
receiving benefits under the Federal Employees
Compensation Act has been set at 2.4 percent, payable in
Our 1.4 percent COLA increase was in our January 1st
annuity payments but the increased cost of our FEHB premi-
ums will give us a lower February 1st payment.
The first three months in our next COLA calculations
period is an approximate increase of 0.5%. Of note, the cost
of goods in some categories continues to decline but the cost
of most services, particularly health care costs, continues to
increase. Retirees tend to acquire fewer material goods, but
spend more on services, like health care. The COLA is based
on the CPI for workers; it is underestimating the true cost of
retiree living expenses.
The federal budget deficit for the fiscal year ended
September 30, 2002 was 159 billion dollars. OMB projec-
tions for fiscal year 2003 will be 200 billion dollars and in
2004 the deficit will be 300 billion dollars. Our national debt
now is approximately 6 trillion dollars and the executive
branch has already asked Congress for an increase in the fed-
eral debt ceiling. What this means, in effect, is that it is
extremely unlikely that any new legislation will be enacted
and we will be fortunate not to have our benefits reduced.
The Secretary for Veterans Affairs announced as part of
cost cutting that veterans who earn more than $35,000 would
no longer be eligible to enroll for VA health benefits and
those with health problems that are not service related would
not be eligible for VA care.
POSSIBLE CHANGE FOR RETIREE
President Bush would like to have federal retiree costs
placed in the budgets of the departments where they once
worked. This would mean retiree benefits would be at the dis-
cretion of the departments and not mandatory as part of the
general federal budget. Given the present and looming feder-
al budget deficits this does not bode well for federal retirees
INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICARE PART "A"
The portion of the Medicare program that pays for inpa-
tient hospital costs -- is financed from payroll taxes withheld
from current wage earners, converted into government secu-
rities and held in the Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund. Some
public policy makers are concerned that the doubling of the
elderly population in 35 years and the drop in the number of
workers paying taxes to the HI trust fund will place financial
strains on Medicare. Medicare trustees estimated in March
2001 that the HI trust fund would have sufficient funds to pay
benefits until 2029. Lawmakers seeking to contain Medicare
spending have proposed using the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program (FEHBP) as a model for reform.
Under the "competitive premium system" proposed by
Senators John Breaux (D-LA) and Bill Frist (R-TN) in the
106th Congress (1999-2000), Medicare beneficiaries would
receive a voucher or government contribution -- to purchase
private health insurance during an annual open season.
Beneficiaries could remain in the traditional Medicare fee-
for-service program. However, the original program would be
required to compete alongside private plans under this pro-
posal. The dollar amount paid by the government under the
competitive premium plan would be determined by a calcula-
tion similar to the "Fair Share" formula used to set the
employer contribution for FEHBP plans
However, the competitive premium system differs from
FEHBP since it does not limit the government contribution to
75 percent. Under FEHBP, enrollees always have to pay at
least 25 percent of their health plan premiums. Absent this
cap in the competitive premium system, the beneficiary share
of Medicare premiums could be zero if enrollees select the
lowest cost plans. As a result, the proposed formula could act
as a powerful incentive for beneficiaries to enroll in the low-
est cost and most basic managed care plans. Since the gov-
ernment contribution formula is weighed to the number of
enrollees, a low cost plan that attracts a large share of benefi-
ciaries would reduce the overall dollar amount of the maxi-
mum government contribution under the competitive premi-
um system. Consequently, such costs would be shifted to ben-
eficiaries. Healthy beneficiaries are the most likely to choose
the most basic managed care plans because they have the
least to fear from such a choice since they are low utilizers of
Such individuals trade quality of care and physician
choice for lower premiums since they are less dependent on
doctors and hospitals. Because these plans are designed to
enlist healthier seniors, sicker beneficiaries would tend to
remain in traditional Medicare. Absent healthier beneficiar-
ies, costs for the traditional program could increase and
Congress might react by reducing or dropping Medicare's
most popular coverage option. As a single insurance pool, the
traditional Medicare fee-for-service plan is affordable and
predictable for all beneficiaries because it spreads individual
beneficiary health expenses across the full population.
NARFE believes that the proposed financing scheme of the
competitive premium system could compromise this funda-
mental principle of group health insurance. Moreover,
NARFE is concerned that the creation of a Medicare vouch-
er system could open the program to the cost-shifting pro-
posal that has been repeatedly suggested for FEHBP!
INFORMATION FROM NARFE
Several NARFE issue bills have now been placed in the
House and Senate. I have listed each of them below with a
short title and the Florida cosponsors. The bills include the
Government Pension Offset (GPO), Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP), and an FEHBP bill.
There are two bills for GPO Reform; R. 887 and S. 363.
Florida Cosponsors for the House bill are Rep.'s Boyd (D
2nd), Foley (R 16th), Wexler (D 19th) and Deutsch (D 20th).
The Senate bill is cosponsored by Senator Bill Nelson. There
are two bills for repeal of the GPO and WEP; H.R. 594 and
S. 349. Cosponsors for the House bill are Rep's Brown-Waite
(R 5th) and Diaz-Balart (R 21st). The Senate bill has no
There are also two bills for increasing the Governments
portion of the FEHBP from 72pct to 80pct; H.R. 577 and S.
319. Cosponsors for the House bills are; Rep's Brown (D
3rd), Deutsch (D 20th) and Hastings (D 23rd). There are no
Florida Senate cosponsors. Those who have cosponsored
these bills should be sent a thank you. Those who have not
cosponsored them should be sent a letter asking them to do
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SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM MEASURES
The Head of the House Social Security subcommittee,
Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., has reintroduced a Social Security
reform plan (HR-75) that seeks to reform the "government
pension offset", the provision that reduces Social Security
spousal or survivor benefits for those also receiving an annu-
ity from a retirement program that doesn't include Social
Security, such as CSRS. Under current law, Social Security
spousal or survivor benefits are reduced by $2 for each $3
received in an annuity from CSRS, which in many cases has
the effect of totally eliminating the Social Security benefit.
Shaw's measure would reduce that offset to $1 for each $3.
He offered a similar measure in the previous Congress.
EARNINGS TEST ALSO TARGETED
Shaw's measure also would repeal a Social Security pro-
vision primarily of interest to those retiring under the FERS
retirement system: the earnings test, a reduction in an indi-
vidual's Social Security payments or special retirement sup-
plement (paid to FERS retirees in certain situations) made
when he or she continues to work after benefits begin and
earns over an allowable amount ($11,520 currently). For
every $2 earned over this amount, the individual currently
must give up $1 in benefits if age 62-64. In the year an indi-
vidual reaches "full" Social Security retirement age (current-
ly 65 and 2 months, phasing up to 67 over the next two
decades) individuals can earn up to a limit ($30,720 current-
ly) in the months before they reach that age with no reduction
in benefits but for every $3 they earn over that limit in that
time, $1 is withheld from benefits. There is no earnings test
for those above "full" retirement age; a prior test for those
aged 65-69 was repealed in 2000.
ANOTHER GPO REFORM APPROACH ALSO
Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has reintro-
duced in Congress a bill (S-363) to alter the government pen-
sion offset by making the $2 for each $3 reduction apply only
to amounts in combined benefits above $1200 a month.
Similar legislation has been introduced for many years and in
the last two Congresses attracted a majority of House mem-
bers as cosponsors. However, the proposal never has been
formally considered beyond some attention at House sub-
Society members could see a large increase in their pre-
miums next year, and doctors' fees will probably be cut
because Medicare spending surged unexpectedly last year.
The chief actuary of the Medicare program estimated that the
Medicare premium would rise to $66.00 a month, an increase
of $7.30 or 12.4 percent, the largest increase in 11 years.
Medicare officials said they now estimated that the fees
paid to doctors for treating Medicare patients would be cut
4.2 percent next year. Or they could get a 1.4 percent increase
next year. The projected cut in doctors' fees is remarkable
because President Bush just signed legislation to increase
Medicare spending for doctors' services by $54 billion over
10 years. A major purpose of the legislation was to avert cuts
in doctors' fees like the one now being forecast.
COLA COUNT UP TO 1.5 PERCENT
The Consumer Price Index (COLA) increased 0.8 percent
in February 2003 This information was released on March
21. We will have another update in April and May. Benefits
awarded under the Federal Employees Compensation Act
(FECA) to individuals suffering work related injuries or ill-
nesses are adjusted according to each calendar year's per-
centage change in the CPI. As a reminder FECA recipients
received a 2.4 percent COLA in their April benefit payments,
reflecting the increase in the CPI during the twelve months of
calendar year 2002
IRAS FOR HOMEMAKERS
Generally, IRA contributions can be made only if you
have earned income. However, a non-working spouse can
make an IRA contribution if the other spouse works. Such a
spouse is eligible to contribute up to $3,000 to an IRA for
2003. An extra $500 can be contributed by people age 50 or
What's more, the non-working spouse's contribution may
be deductible, even if the working spouse is covered by an
employer's retirement plan. To get a full IRA deduction in
this circumstance, the couple must have a joint adjusted gross
income (AGI) of under $150,000. Partial deductions are per-
mitted, up to $160,000 in AGI.
AVOID FUTURE SHOCK
Under the tax code, gift tax returns (Form 709) must be
filed for most transfers. However, if a transfer is covered by
the $11,000 annual exclusion, no gift tax return is required. In
some cases, though, it pays to file a gift tax return even for
$11,000 gifts. After such a return is filed, with all transfers
adequately disclosed, the IRS has three years to raise ques-
tions. After three years, no further challenge is permitted. In
reality, the IRS is unlikely to devote personnel to examining
$11,000 gift tax returns, preferring to focus on larger gifts and
On the other hand, if you don't file a gift tax return, there
is no statute of limitations. The IRS could audit your estate
tax return, decades afterwards, and ask your executor to jus-
tify the value placed on a 2003 transfer. Failure to sustain the
value could lead to an assessment for taxes, interest, and
CRISIS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY
Social Security may run out of money in 15 years or less.
In a recent report, the retirement system's trustees said Social
Security's long-term prognosis was getting worse. By the
year 2018 the system is expected to start paying out more in
benefits than it will receive in tax revenue. If nothing is done,
the system fund would be depleted by 2042 and benefits
would have to be cut by more than 25 percent.
If we are looking for solvency, we will have to either
reduce benefits or increase the revenues going into the sys-
tem. One suggestion has been to reduce benefits for those
whose total retirement income exceeds $45.000 annually; this
option could get the system 85 percent closer to balance.
Another plan is to index the normal retirement age to corre-
spond to longer life spans. Naturally, there are positives and
negatives to each option, many of which are spelled out on
the actuaries' Web site at www.actury.org
forwarded to the following address:
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current
underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life
Insurance Program, has recently implemented a number of
changes that are designed to improve their ability to han-
dle business in English and to expedite the process of issu-
ing new certificates to policyholders, updating beneficiary
designations, and adjudicating death benefit claims. As a
result, CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to do
their business directly with the Panama office, but will
gladly continue to accept and handle all business of those
policyholders who choose to act and process through the
Panama Canal Society office. Beth Brandenburg will
continue to be the Society's point of contact and may be
reached on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at
the Society's toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for assis-
tance or to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary
Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS
office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel
Gordon; and he can be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the par-
ticulars if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS
progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise,
policyholders and claimants should notify the Society
office when their business has been satisfactorily conclud-
ed with CIS so that the Society can drop the policyholder
or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pursued.
UPDATE ON VITAL STATISTICS
In accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty, the PCC
Records Management Branch's Vital Statistics Unit, which
has maintained and issued birth and death certificates for the
former Canal Zone from 1904 through September 30, 1979,
closed permanently on October 29, 1999. All pertinent birth
and death records were transferred to the United States
Department of State in November 1999.
Effective December 1, 1999 these vital records will be
issued by the Department of State. Written requests may be
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705
Telephone number: (202) 955-0307
Please include the following information in your request:
Date, purpose of request, name at birth/death; date of
birth/death, city and country of birth/death; signature of sub-
ject or guardian, address and telephone. For birth records,
also include: Mother AND Father's names, dates and places
(city or state and country) of birth, and any U.S. Passport
Kindly indicate the number of documents desired. The fee
for documents is $30.00 for the first copy, $20.00 for each
additional copy requested at the same time. Check or money
order must be signed, dated, and made payable to the
Department of State. Remittance must be payable in U.S. dol-
lars through a U.S. bank. Do not send cash.
Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained
from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the follow-
ing address, making your request under the Freedom of
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place, provide
enough information to identify requester and medical charts
All vital records will be transferred before the year 2000.
Information for the final destination of these records will be
published and the United States Consulate may also be con-
tacted for reference.
Canal Zone High School and Panama Canal College tran-
scripts, and copies of student records may be obtained at no
charge by requesting transcripts from:
Fort Benning Schools
DoDEA Records Center
7201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, Georgia 31905
Tel: (706) 545-4785
100 Years Independence Day Celebration
Panama Canal Society
November 1st Luncheon
Chairperson: Roy Culbreth
The Panama Canal Society will hold a special Panama Independence bay luncheon on Saturday,
November 1, 2003 at the Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida
34630. The luncheon will begin with socializing at 11:00 a.m. and lunch being served at 12:00 noon to
be followed by our regular monthly meeting. We will also have the "Requerdos de mi Panama" folkloric
dancers performing for you.
The entries are as follows:
Ensalada: Fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, and red onions, mixed with restaurant's famous
"1905 garlic vinaigrette".
1. Chicken "Alicante" a boneless breast of chicken baked with onions, green peppers, a rich Spanish
brown gravy, olive oil, fresh garlic, and sauterne wine. Topped with roasted almonds.
2. Merluza "Romana." A fresh filet of North Atlantic white fish lightly seasoned and floured and
sauteed with lemon butter. 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 eye of round of beef seasoned with Cuban spices and stuffed with "chorizo"
(Spanish sausage) and roasted in flavorful Spanish gravy.
All entrees will be served with yellow rice, yuca, and platanos. Dessert will be Flan (Spanish
caramel egg custard).
Meal selection will be made at the Columbia Restaurant. The cost is $23.00 per person including tax
and gratuity. The DEAbLINE for reservations and / or refunds is October 27.
Map to the Columbia Restaurant is on page 54 of this issue.
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NOVEMBER 1ST LUNCHEON
reservations at $23.00 each.
Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)
I Reservations and / or refunds DEADLINE: October 27, 2003
I Please make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, and mail to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
AMA CANAL SOCIETY CH
Chairpersons: Nancy Van Siclen an
The Panama Canal Society, Inc. annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307 Gulf
Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 6, 2003.
Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meet-
ing will start at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the luncheon is $20.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities. Monday, December 1, 2003 is
the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Chicken Marsala, served with pasta and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (ice cream
with Peach Melba), ice tea and/or coffee.
When completing your reservation form, be sure you list with whom you would like to sit with. Tables will be set for
eight people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Marsala or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We
have some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for December 6, 2003
and send in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 54 of this issue.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 727-391-4359.
at PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON a
December 6, 2003
I The Wine Cellar
SMember Name Telephone Number:
SPlease make reservations at $20.00 each Total enclosed
Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Marsala Chicken
Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)
Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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2003 REUNION REPORT
Another Reunion has come and gone and despite some hiccups along the way, from all accounts, it was a great success.
Our thanks go out to the Committee Chairpersons whose volunteered hours are too numerous to calculate and especially to
the many volunteers without whom we would not be able to pull off such a grand event.
Thursday morning started off as a sunny day perfect for our Golf Tournament chaired by Kenny Morris. The Golf Report
and list of winners is included in this issue. Congratulations to the Men's Tournament Champion Tom Carroll and Women's
Tournament Champion Margot Jordan.
Lodging was a bit of a challenge this year, especially when we discovered that the Marriott was not sending out confir-
mations to our attendees. In an effort to assist our members and to continue a practice to which they have become accustomed,
we, Stacy Parker DeRaps, Nancy VanSiclen and I, undertook a major task of handwriting confirmations for each reserva-
tion to avoid what surely would have resulted in a chaotic mass of confusion and concern for our members.
It is always exciting to walk into the Vendor room to see what other articles we can purchase to add to our Panama d6cor
and collections. Our thanks to all the Vendors who participate in this event. We know that all our members truly enjoyed shop-
ping in the Vendor area and making their purchases to carry home. We were fortunate to have Elaine Lewis chair this area of
the reunion again. Elaine has done this for several years and keeps everyone very organized in their setup and sale process.
Registration was flawless once again thanks to co-chairs Beth Brandenburg and Gene Fritz. Not only are they one of
the most organized teams that I've seen, but their friendly and helpful nature, as well as the assistance of their marvelous vol-
unteers, make the registration process a very pleasant one. The on-site ticket sales committee experienced its second year this
year and it has turned out to be a very important committee. In an effort to promote pre-purchase of dance tickets in order to
assist us in our event planning, the on-site ticket price was increased this year. We are hopeful that our members will pre-pur-
chase their event tickets but in the event that they don't, the on-site ticket committee stands ready to assist. A very heartfelt
thank you is extended to Roy Culbreth and especially Bob and Cheryl Russell who, because of their responsibility with the
ticket sales committee, ended up missing a couple of hours of the dances each night. They could be found in the office review-
ing their sales and ensuring that their sales balanced. There are not many people who would commit their "fun" time to assist
our members so for that we are very thankful.
Our Information Desk seemed to be hopping with activity at all hours. Our thanks to Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
for taking on the Information Desk task. They were able to answer many of the reunion questions that were passed their way,
help the reunion chairpersons with their needs AND accept new applications for membership into our great organization.
There was not much free time for Nancy or Carol we appreciate everything they did to assist with the reunion and to help
our members along the way.
The Annual Meeting was a bit more festive this year as Shamu from Sea World visited during our Caribe Royale presen-
tation. Shamu shimmied around the room as board members distributed Panama Hats with a HOT HOT HOT logo'd bandana
rim on them to each of the attendees. These hats were a joint venture between the Panama Canal Society and the Caribe Royale
and was well received by those members in attendance. My thanks to Nancy Van Siclen and Marje Foster for their time and
assistance in preparing the bandanas (Marje folding and Nancy ironing each bandana) in order that I may glue each one on to
the hats. Our sales contact from the Caribe Royale was also at the meeting and welcomed everyone to their property next year.
The Friday Panazonian Dance with Lucho's Friends was particularly grand this year the music filled the dance hall as
everyone headed to the dance floor anxious not to miss a once-a-year chance to dance to the music from home. For those of
you who know Chipi Azcarraga, you know that he plays his heart out at our dances you also know that it is not easy to sur-
prise him or "get his goat". Well, this year Tito and the "Lucho's Friends" were able to do just that. You could see and feel
the emotion that was felt by Chipi and flowed through the room as Lucho's voice told us all to "Let's Dance". It was truly a
The decorations this year were nothing less than spectacular. Margaret McLaughlin and her committee are to be com-
mended for a beautiful job. They too experienced some snags along the way when they discovered that some of their deco-
rations had been stolen from the decoration room. It is unfortunate that this took place, as it affects not just the committee, but
also the membership as a whole. We are hopeful that it was not one of our own who decided to take some of the decorations.
Despite this setback, they continued on and made the dances a festive place to be.
The Luncheon this year is one that will be remembered for years to come. It obviously met and exceeded the expectations
and high standards anticipated by the 1020 enthusiastic attendees. This was a brainchild of Bill McLaughlin and Bruce
Quinn and when you consider that the performers were from all across the country, Panama and around the World, with only
one rehearsal (the Rehearsal from Hell, as Bruce refers to it) it demonstrates what true professionals we have among us and
we should all be proud to have such a great group of performers from our little Canal Zone. Jan and Lou Andino and their
committee did a marvelous job in keeping the arriving crowd organized as they directed each person to the location of their
table in the extremely crowded room. Fortunately, the performers were very well aware of the location of all the tables and
were careful to not leave a section of the room out in their presentation. Hats off to Beth Brandenburg for trying to lead the
CHS crowd in the Fight Songs and School Anthem Drake Carlisle and I did our best to accompany her, but we were once
again out-numbered by those loud BHSers.
The PCS Seminars were not as well attended as we had hoped. We had Jim Mitchell a bottle collector making a pres-
entation about the bottles collected in Panama. He made a very informative presentation and was available to make appraisals
on bottles brought in from members. Unfortunately our scheduled speaker Roberto Roy was unable to attend the reunion
due to the death of his father. However, Mr. Arias attended in his place and presented a very informative session about the
Canal and its operation today.
Father Frankie Pretto was bringing down the house with his Parranda Band on Saturday night with a dance floor that was
chock full. It was disappointing that 1:30 came so quickly as I think most of us were ready to keep dancing through the night.
The Disco dances were well attended once again this year. Dan Norman and Jacque Vowell chaired this event and not
an easy one when you consider that the dances don't end until 4:00 a.m. Doug Decker, the DJ from Grant Hemond &
Associates, was dynamic and able to get the crowd on the dance floor at every turn.
All too soon, Sunday arrived and it was time to attend the Despedida chaired by Margaret McLaughlin. The Despedida
dancers seem to get better and better each year. Their presentation is not only beautiful and memorable but they add a new
element to their show each year. It is a great way to end the reunion. Our Despedida Lottery, headed up by Pete Foster, had
a better return this year than last so we are hopeful, this becomes a regular reunion event. The big winner of the day was
Dolly Thomas; second prizewinner was Chipi Azcarraga, and third prizewinner was Eileen Cowell.
I am happy to provide the following information:
Panazonian Dance 1,327
Friday Disco 557
Annual Ball 1,518
Saturday Disco 717
I would be remiss if I didn't thank my counter-part Tom Wilder for his assistance with the Reunion. Tom and I co-chaired
the Reunion Coordinator position this year; with my taking care of the pre-reunion issues and Tom taking care of the at-
reunion issues. It was a team effort that worked out very well.
On behalf of the entire executive board and the reunion committee chairpersons, we thank each of you who attended the
reunion and for showing your support. We trust that you each had a grand time, visiting with friends and participating in the
events reminding us of "home". We have already started working on the 2004 Reunion. We are excited about some of the
plans we have in mind and hope that you will all be able to return to Orlando for the 2004 Reunion. For those of you who
were not able to attend, we are especially hopeful that you can join us in 2004 at what we believe will be a fun-filled and enter-
taining celebration of our 72nd Reunion.
Members of all ages enjoying the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion 2003
Bright and early Thursday morning, 110 golfers took their
places at the Marriott's Hawks Landing Golf Course for a
shotgun start of the 23rd Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament, which included 58 players who participated in
the two-person scramble format. This was the third year that
the more relaxed two-person scramble was offered to players,
which has contributed greatly to speeding up play; and when
coupled with the weatherman's cooperation, the excellent
surroundings offered by the course itself, the special reunion
pricing on the beverage carts traversing the course throughout
the round and each participant's efforts to speed up play, it
made for a noticeably fun day.
The Awards Luncheon in the Sago Ballroom started
immediately after play concluded, with 23 guests joining the
golfers for lunch and the awards ceremony.
Tom Carroll and Margot Jordan were the low gross
winners of the men's and women's individual flights and,
being the tournament champions, were awarded the Founders
Trophy honoring Past President Gene Askew and Joe
Collins, which was presented by Joe's widow, Past President
Anna Collins. Courtney Ford, a Professional "attached" to
the Sanders' clan, shot the lowest score of the day. The com-
plete list of winners follows:
rounds of complimentary golf at the Saddlebrook Golf and
Tennis Resort, The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, and the
Marriott's Hawks Landing golf course; two-night stays for
two at the DeCameron Resort in Panama and the Caribe
Royale Hotel in Orlando; a Wilson Pro-Lite+ Driver; and a
Marriott Spa Massage. Individuals who generously donated
door prizes included Irene Will, Mike Smith, Woody
Woodruff, D LaPorta, Steve Bolt and Bernie Little.
The Committee gratefully expresses its appreciation for
our sponsors Ron Cortez and Caribbean Salsa and for the
many donors who contributed door prizes. The Committee is
also hopeful that the golfing experience was one which will
encourage the golfers to return next year, when perhaps the
tournament will be played in a new venue.
Men's Tournament Champion
Women's Tournament Champion
Low Net Overall
Jane Huldtquist Flight
Bob Askew Flight
Fred Huldtquist Flight
Ray Will Flight
Billy Rankin Flight
Shelley Sanders Flight
Low Net Team
Gene Askew Flight
Joe Collins Flight
Bob Van Siclen Flight
Mac Lane/Al Schonert
Carl Orvis /Scott Burns
Jimmy and John Givens
Bill and Arlene Gamble
Penny Canamas and
Scott Burns and Carl Orvis
Low Net Scramble Team
The longest drive prize was won by Kelly Kirby, and the
Closest to the Pin prize was won by Lou Vogel.
Since Pete Flynn was not here this year to defend his
"Worst Golfer" Title, awarding of this prize was held in
abeyance until his return.
Among many other door prizes distributed were multiple
Low Net Individual Play winner
eeley, Penny Canamas and (Glenn
Anna Collins and Tom Carroll
Men's Tournament Champion
Kelly Kirby and Betty LeDoux
Longest Drive Winner
Lew French and Betty LeDoux
Margot Jordan and Anna Collins
Women's Tournament Champion
Karen Mescall, Charles McGlade, Maggie Windle and
Max Sanders, Willa Sanders, Carolyn Sanders Falasca
and Angelo Falasca.
Warren Ashton, Barbie Benton, Lew
Corrigan, Sean Connery and Mac Lane.
Marje Foster and Joy Maale
Shirley Harrington Boswell
Gene Fritz and Beth Bradenburg
Faith Brundage and Linda Marshall
Samantha Wilder and Carol Frtiz
Jan and Lou Andino
Audrey (Benoit) Bowman and Rachel (Bottin) Grimison
Audrey (Benoit) Bowman and Rachel (Bottin) Grimison
Susan Fehrenbach and Dawn Spector
Betty Yerxa and Susan Fehrenbach
Kathy and Brittney Wilder
Jeanne Wheeler and Dolly Thomas
Amanda Brokaw and Dale Scott Brokaw
Bitsy Atkinson and Anna Collins
Cecile and Norman Demers
Joy Maale and Marje Foster
Shirley Boswell and Nellree Berger
Shirley and "Skeeter" Camby
Cheryl Russell, Doris and Jean Burns
Roy Culbreth, Marcia and Dick Barrere
"My Name is Panama"
Cheryl Russell, Frank Baldwin and Bob Russell
Pete Foster, Dot Herrington and Tommie Lou Horter
Lottery Ticket Sales
Rosa Kilgore selling Christmas Ornaments.
Chipi Azcarraga and Frank Baldwin, Jr.
"Ron Abuelo/Ron Cortez-International Spirits
"Ron Abuelo/Ron Cortez-International Spirits
Kassie (Sprague) Taylor for Sprague Editions.
Virginia and Pat Booth
Paula Boger selling for Chris Skeie.
Suzanne Schmitt-Goldstein "Coffee Lady'
Sue Mitten Corrigan
Catny tiooarich scribner
President Bill McLaughlin
Betty LeDoux, Bill McLaughlin and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Canal Zone "Bears"
Canal Zone "Bears"
Roy Culbreth and Bob Russell
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Tom Wilder and Jim Parthenais
Betty LeDoux receives the Distinguished Service Award.
Shirley Boswell receives the Distinguished Service Award.
Members at the Annual Busmess Meeting
Bruce Quinn receives an Honorary Membership Award.
Members at the Annual Business Meeting
Members at the Annual Business Meeting
Amanda (Tanner) McGee, Bill McLaughlin and Capt. Bob
Barbara Vose, "Shamu" and Shirley Camby
Tom Hanna getting a hug from "Shamu".
"Shamu" and "Skeeter" Camby.
Leo Krziza and Joe Wood
Members at the Annual Business Meeting.
"Shamu", Lori King and Lois Jones.
It's HOT HOT HOT for 2004!
Due to the length of the luncheon, bingo was held only on
Friday. Seventy five members attended. Several prizes of
Panamanian money were awarded along with Balboa High
School coffee cups. The big winner this year was Mrs.
Wainio who won three grand prizes, this was an all time
record. A special thanks go to Joy and Al Maale, Pete and
Marjorie Foster and Tom Wilder who made the Bingo a
enjoyable time for all.
Bingo Chairperson -
Bingo fun for all ages.
Fans of "Bingo" Jim!
Vaudie Robinson and Sharon Tully
Paul and Maria Walker
Joy (Randall) Maale with her lucky bingo card.
Al Maale and Jim O'Donnell
Joan deGrummond (Calif.) Linda Morris (Dallas, Texas),
Nancy Eide (Tucson. Az.) and Kathv Areo.
June Stevenson (Ga.), Bill McLaughlin (PCS President)
and Pat Hunt (N.C.).
Kathie McConaughey (Space Coast, Fla.),
McConaughev and Jim Reid. Guest Speaker.
Barbara Vose (Pensacola, Fla.), Allen Cotton (Ala.), and
Betty Snow (Pinellas County, Fla.).
"LUCHO AND FRIENDS" PANAZONIAN DANCE
"Moving and Grooving"
Can you feel the beat?
"LUCHO AND FRIENDS" PANAZONIAN DANCE
Carol Fritz and Susan Fehrenbach
Alex de la Cruz
Dancing the night away.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Cindy (Becker) Stabler
Olga Disharoon and Virginia Booth
The dance floor was crowded all night long.
Karen (Nagy) Lowande and Bob Singleton
"LUCHO AND FRIENDS" PANAZONIAN DANCE
Anna and Tony Mann
Mac Lane and dance partner
Betty LeDoux and Reginald Hayden
Sitting L-R: Al Shorner, Lupe Lowe, and Lois Thompson
Gibbs. Back: Richard "Rico" Morris.
The dance floor was crowded all night long.
The Panazonian dance was enjoyed by all ages.
Jerry and Carol Hall
FRIDAY "DJ" DANCE
;'re waiting for the D.J. to play our song.
How about a slow dance next?
"Having a good time."
DJ Volunteers; Jacque Vowell and Faye Weisser. Back:
Bebe Nehring DeNike and Barbara Green Blitchford.
The D.J. dance was hopping and bopping all night long.
This is the place to be with your friends.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION LUNCHEON SHOW
25 JULY 2003
Written by Kaye Richey Directed by Bruce Quinn
Artistic Direction: JoAnne Mitchell and Jerry Brees
Stage Manager: Jerry Brees
Narrated by Toni Millard and John Mayles
Performers, in alphabetical order:
Juan Carlos Adames Sarah Knapp
Steven M. Alper Kenn Lantry
Adolfo Arias JoAnne Mitchell
Melanie Bales Dino Nugent
Angela Bomford Bob Teta
John Bowerman Faith Varrone
Rudy Crespo Linda Woodruff Weir
Janelle Davidson Weulcia Wilkins
Cristina de la Fuente Aaron Zebede
Song authors' credits are shown in the Luncheon Program. Accompanist's names are shown here in parentheses following
the singer or singer's names.
BRUCE QUINN'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS:
Thank you, Bill, and good afternoon, all! BILL MCLAUGHLIN has worked hard to help us organize the show and we are
extremely grateful to him; to ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS; and to the good people of the
Marriott. I am indebted to all our artists and especially to KAYE RICHEY, who wrote the script; To our invaluable accompa-
nists, especially WEULCIA WILKINS, MELANIE BALES, STEVE ALPER and DINO NUGENT; To JOANNE
MITCHELL and JERRY BREES, for helping me organize this show. And to RUDY CRESPO, who taped the background
music that was played during lunch.
Regrettably, GEORGE CHILDERS has the flu and ERIKA ENDER cannot be with us because of a last minute gig in Spain.
We hope you'll like the substitutions we've had to make in the program. George's first song will be replaced with a surprise
by WEULCIA WILKINS. JOHN BOWERMAN will sing two of GEORGE'S other songs. To fill in for ERIKA we are
delighted to welcome Panamanian jazz singer JANELLE DAVIDSON. Please be advised that in the interest of time we have
had to cut some of the numbers listed in the printed program.
BRUCE: I am very extremely pleased to be back with you. When last I was here, in 1995, we presented songs from United
Way musicals through the end of the 1980's. As the American Era in Panama was coming to a close, I began to direct more
and more in Panama, and there I found some very talented Panamanian musicians, five of whom form part of our group today.
Working on the show I was struck by the global nature of our group: in addition to our seven-member Panama team, at one
point we had Kaye working on it in Chile, Rudy Crespo and John Bowerman in California, Steve and Sarah Alper in New
York, Melanie Bales in Okinawa, Faith Varrone in Philadelphia, and a whole Florida contingent, all tied together by their feel-
ings about Panama. Thank God for e-mail!
This year is the 100th anniversary of Panama's independence, and because music is something we have very much in common
with our Panamanian friends, we want to spend about an hour and a half or so with you today .....remembering.
"Try to Remember" JUAN CARLOS and KENN DINOO)
BRUCE: And now, our narrators...... as we present 100 YEARS OF MUSIC: Toni Millard and John Mayles.
JOHN: From Shakespeare's Henry V:
".............Pardon, gentles all
The flat unraised spirit that hath dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object.....jumping o'er times...
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass. Be kind,
And eke out our performance with your mind."
TONI: The first Canal workers came to the Isthmus from towns that still had horses and wagons. Telephones were rare, and
radio and talking movies were far in the future. In the Zone, for anything beyond walking distance you caught the train.
Initially, workers came without their families, and they made their own music, playing piano or guitar from sheet music at the
Empire YMCA, or livening up baseball games with a homegrown band. After a year, in order to keep workers from leaving,
the Commission decided to provide family housing, schools and commissaries.
JOHN: The 10 years that it took to dig the Canal, from 1904 to 1914, coincided with the rise of the automobile, fundamental
changes in American society, and changes in music. Listen to the contrast between the moods of these two songs. The second
is a highly sophisticated song written in France after World War One; the first is a simple turn-of-the-century favorite, with
some new verses we have added that could have been sung back in 1904.
"Red River Valley" WEULCIA (MELANIE)
(Added verses by Kaye Richey in BOLD)
From this valley they say you are going
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while
Come and sit by my side ifyou love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the maiden who loves you so true
Write me then/ when you get/ to Cristobal
Tell me all/ what you do/ 'n what you see
I know that/you love your/old-steam sho-vel
But please save/ a little lo-ove/for me.
Tell the foreman ne-ver/to scold you
Don't let those old mosqui-itos/ bite.
You can think/ o-of work/ all day lo-ong.
But please/think of me/thru the night!
Come and sit by my side ifyou love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the maiden who is waiting for you
You can always be last to the clubhouse
And last leaving work, rain or shine
But when you can send for your loved ones
PleasePleasePlease/ be the first one in line!
"My Man" JO ANNE (MELANIE)
JOHN: In 1918, with the War over and the Canal beginning to change world trade patterns, the Republic of Panama was only
15 years old. But its music, the cumbias and decimas of the interior, was more than two centuries old. New composers- and
the addition of the accordion and other instruments-- built on this traditional music without overwhelming it. For carnival that
year of 1918, the owners of "un toldo", an open air dance hall, commissioned an advertising jingle. Its authors expected it to
last only that carnival season. The name of the toldo to be advertised? El Tambor de la Alegria!
"El Tambor de la Alegria" CRISTINA and PANAMA TEAM DINOO)
TONI: In Panama City in the 1920's, the population was growing. Daily life in Panama City still centered around Santa Ana
Plaza but this decade saw the construction of La Exposici6n, a whole new neighborhood stretching from Caledonia along
Avenida Justo Arosemena out into the unpopulated "monte". People ridiculed the government for building a hospital so far
away it was Santo Tomas hospital.
JOHN: In the Canal Zone the 1920's were especially memorable because the Canal was thriving, workers didn't pay the new
income taxes, and as for Prohibition --- Ron Carta Vieja, Agewood, and Cerveza Atlas were all to be found ..... just across the
street. Musically, more changes. Listen here to a typical song from an early 1920's Broadway review that mixed songs and
Vaudeville acts, followed by the nightclub-flavored music of the Gershwins from the mid -1920's and finally a tune from
1927's "Showboat", as the integration of drama and music gave birth to a new form: musical comedy.
"Lullaby of Broadway" BOB (WEULCIA)
"Someone to Watch Over Me" LINDA (WEULCIA)
"Life Upon the Wicked Stage" FAITH (WEULCIA)
TONI: In the 1930's, radio and sound movies came in. In Panama, radio stations Radio Tembleque and La Voz del Istmo
opened, featuring music from Cuba and Mexico, and the US Army opened a radio station at Albrook. In 1935, Your Hit Parade
started on radio. At the movies, Fred Astaire was dancing to Cole Porter's music and Gene Autry was singing to his horse,
which was a good time to go get some juju beans. Some of you may remember fending off bats at the old Gamboa theater
while others remember the Balboa theater with its roll-down shades to shut out the daylight.
JOHN: As the 30's were ending, a project was begun to build a third set of locks should the other locks be bombed. The towns
of Diablo and Margarita were built. War broke out in Europe in September, 1939 but the United States remained at peace two
more years. The big band sound became popular and jitterbugging was the rage. And the Andrews Sisters brought the sound
of sisterly harmony.
"Chattanooga Choo Choo" SARAH/MELANIE/JO ANNE (STEVE)
TONI: As the 1940's began, Panama ceded Punta Paitilla to the United States for the construction of an air field, and provid-
ed anti-aircraft sites all over the Isthmus. The swing bridge at Miraflores came into operation and the United States built the
Transisthmian highway, the first road to link Panama City to the Atlantic Side since the Las Cruces Trail.
JOHN: With the war, thousands of troops arrived in Panama to man anti-aircraft guns and coast artillery, and to lay mines at
the Canal entrances. Barrage balloons anchored by steel cables floated above the locks to prevent low level bombing attacks.
The Zone was under strict blackout restrictions at night, but Panama was not, and many a young person went downtown to
see the bright lights by going to such dimly lit spots as the Atlas Beer Gardens and the El Rancho off of 4th of July Avenue;
Kelly's Ritz and Happyland on Central Avenue; Pete's Catalina and the Yacht Club along the beach in San Francisco; and the
Strangers Club and Bilgray's in Colon.
TONI: Thousands and thousands more G.I.'s passing through Panama on their way to an uncertain fate in the Pacific carried
away fond memories of Panama, and one of those fond memories was of a young organist named .....Lucho Azcarraga. And
here is one of Lucho's favorites:
"La Reina Roja" AARON, with special musical intro by Dino Nugent (DINO)
TONI: The War was a time of bad news, anxiety and the separation of soldiers and their families, and the music of the peri-
od reflected those feelings and the longings for the war to be over.
"Every Time We Say Goodbye" JOHN B. (MELANIE)
"I'll Be Seeing You" WEULCIA (MELANIE)
JOHN: August 14, 1945. At last, the War was over. Millions had died, and unfortunately, more would die in Korea, in Viet
Nam and in other wars. We ask you to stand and observe a moment of silence for those who died in war, as well as for all
those in our memories who are no longer with us ................. May God bless them.
The world began to rebuild. The University of Panama was established. Easier air travel brought more tourism to Panama.
The main airport was moved from Albrook to Tocumen, and the El Panama Hotel opened. Income taxes became applicable
in the Zone and we lost the use of coupon books for buying in the commissaries. In 1953, as Panama celebrated its 50th
anniversary, Via Argentina had a house or two on it but was still mostly "monte".
TONI: The Remon-Eisenhower treaty of 1955 brought the closing of commissaries serving the Canal's Panamanian employ-
ees and the transfer of many supply functions to Panama. The dairy at Mindi was closed and the Supply Division no longer
made its own Menticol, that fragrant cooling alcohol rub! To cool us instead, air conditioning was coming in to fundamental-
ly change, for better or for worse, our open windows and our open way of life. Similarly, the music of that time had an open-
ness and simplicity that we would later miss.
"How Could You Believe Me" JOHN B. and JOANNE (MELANIE)
"Panama Viejo" CRISTINA DINOO)
"I'm Looking Over a 4-Leaf Clover" U.S. TEAM (WEULCIA)
JOHN: The year 1955 will always be remembered as the year when all kinds of new music burst from obscurity to national
prominence: First there was Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White", a cha-cha-cha that zoomed to number
one on the Hit Parade. That same year the movie "Blackboard Jungle" introduced Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" and
it went to number one. As if these two new sounds weren't enough, Elvis! The Platters! Buddy Holly! Chubby Checkers! All
came on the scene. And you were there!!
"Rock Around the Clock" COMPANY (MELANIE)
"Love Me Tender" KENN (WEULCIA)
"Love Potion No. 9" BOB (WEULCIA)
TONI: During the 1960's international banks began to recognize the value of Panama's stability and its use of the dollar, and
started to open branches in Panama. Over in Margarita the cost of a hamburger at the Knights of Columbus stayed the same
for a long long time, but as we got older the size of the burger appeared to our eyes to shrink and shrink and shrink. Can any-
one from the Atlantic Side confirm that impression?
JOHN: In Curundu, running behind the bug spray truck was a little kid's idea of a big time, while the older kids enjoyed birth-
day parties at the skating rink in Balboa. The Civil Affairs Building not only had the first electric eye operated door on the
Isthmus, it also had a Drive-In with hot fudge sundaes that were out of this world! And after the Owl Show the high school
kids and grownups went to the Diablo Clubhouse for a clubhouse empanada........ or a late night snack of french fries with
gravy. ...........Bug spray .....and french fries with gravy..... It's a wonder any of us survived!
But how could we not survive? Our parents loved us, kids took care of each other, and it was always summer!
TONI: It was summer even at Christmas time, and somewhere around this time a tradition began of the community Christmas
tree bum, which led to collecting and then hiding trees so other kids wouldn't steal them. "How many of you ever stooped so
low as to steal some other kid's Christmas tree?"
JOHN: In 1962 the bridge over the Canal was opened, and whether you call it the Thatcher Ferry Bridge or the Bridge of the
Americas, it eliminated the wait for the ferry or the Miraflores swing bridge. Perhaps even more than the flag riots of January
9, 1964, the opening of the bridge connecting Panama City to the interior was the beginning of the end for the Canal Zone
because it gave Panama a new sense of itself as a nation. The coming of new awareness, and the resulting discontent with the
status quo, marked the 1960's in the United States also, with hippies and flower children. Although these changes were felt to
a much lesser extent on the Isthmus, in teen circles the Beatles and soul music were very much on our minds.
"A Hard Day's Night" BOB (WEULCIA)
"Hey, Jude" JOHN B. (MELANIE)
"Let It Be" AARON DINOO)
"Baby Love" FAITH (WEULCIA)
"My World is Empty w/o You, Babe" MELANIE (WEULCIA)
"Stop! In the Name of Love" LINDA (WEULCIA)
"If You Go to San Francisco" RUDY (WEULCIA)
"Aquarius" MELANIE and CO. (WEULCIA)
TONI: In the 70's change was in the wind in the Canal Zone as Treaty negotiations went on. The Tivoli closed, the SS
Cristobal took its last trip to New Orleans, and over in Colon Bilgray's Bar closed after fifty years. The Teen Club became
The Gap, an old train car was converted into The Pub, new places like The Unicorn opened in Panama, and the Yacht Club
and the causeway ....... stayed just the way we liked them. The Viet Nam War expanded and then gradually lost the support of
JOHN: The 1980's brought major changes as the Treaty transferred jurisdiction to Panama, transferred control of the opera-
tion of the schools and the hospitals to the Army, and phased out the Canal Zone Police. But until the last days of the 1980's
Panama's government was in the hands of Noriega, and ten years of opportunities went begging until civilian rule could be
restored and begin to lay solid foundations for a Panama with a bright future.
TONI: Musical theater also contributed heavily to our memories, and we are pleased beyond imagining to bring you three
artists whose work we thought we might never see again, whose appearances on Isthmian stages helped bring professional
caliber to our amateur theater. First, from "My Fair Lady", John Mayles as Professor Henry Higgins reveals a less crusty side
of himself when he learns that his star pupil, Eliza Doolittle, is engaged to be married.
"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" JOHN MAYLES (MELANIE)
TONI: And here, after 38 years, in a scene from the 1965 production of "The King and I", are Angela Bomford as Anna and
Adolfo Arias as the King.
"Shall We Dance?" ANGELA (DINO)
"The King's Monologue" ADOLFO (DINO)
"My Heart Will Go On" FAITH (WEULCIA)
JOHN: The transfer of the schools to the Department of Defense in 1979 ended a system that began in 1905, and was a major
shift away from the life we knew. Our school years mark us indelibly, and the Canal Zone Schools left us with memories of
teachers and memories of our fellow students. Many of us have memories of our music classes with Victor Herr, Ed Carwithin,
Carl Chapman or Bert Thompson and memories of drama classes under Don Musselman, or Richard Bach at Cristobal, or
Dave Lommen, or Jane Gruver, or Rick Johnson, or even of Subert Turbyfill from the 40's and 50's, an English teacher who,
as a labor of love, put on plays in the high school study hall.
TONI: One or two of you may remember also the football jamborees at Cristobal, the Pacific Siders going over on the train,
the Tigers against the Red Machine (if your name started A through K) and the College Green Devils against the Bulldogs (if
your name started with L through Z), and then everybody played everybody else.
JOHN: To help us remember those school years, Sarah Knapp and her husband Steve Alper have worked hard to put some-
thing together that will have you on your feet:
"School Song Medley" (Arrangement by Steven Alper) SARAH (STEVE)
TONI: Over the last 15 or 20 years, radio, TV, the Walkman and the Internet have made music available worldwide, blurring
national differences, but even so, music today in Panama still has a strong local flavor, like the brother and sister duo of
Sammy and Sandra, and accordionists Yin Carrizo and Osvaldo Ayala, who all attract large crowds wherever they appear.
JOHN: Internationally, Ruben Blades is a major singer/songwriter/movie star. Dino Nugent, playing with us today, was the
pianist and arranger for Ruben's album, "Rosa de los Vientos", and shared in its Grammy honors. Omar Alfanno, lead singer
for the group Son by Four, wrote their huge international hit, "A Puro Dolor", and Erika Ender is a singer-songwriter whose
song "Candela" -- recorded by Chayanne-- was named Best Latin Pop Song of the Year in April 2002. She has also written
songs for Son by Four, including the Spanglish lyrics to "A Puro Dolor", which you will hear at the very end of this next series
of songs from this new wave of talented Panamanian musicians.
"Historia de Un Amor" JUAN CARLOS (DINO)
"A Puro Dolor" JANELLE and COMPANY DINOO)
TONI: So now we come to the final portion of our program, starting with four top favorites of the century.
"Too Young" KENN and FAITH (WEULCIA)
"The Way We Were" LINDA (WEULCIA)
"Oh, Pretty Woman" BOB (WEULCIA)
"Yesterday" JANELLE and PANAMA TEAM DINOO)
SALUTE TO PANAMA
JOHN: As we close our program, we send our best wishes to the Panamanian people as they celebrate 100 years of self-gov-
ernment, and more than 500 years of history as a welcoming bridge for migration and trade. We wish them a dynamic and
prosperous future. We wish them well... not as strangers but as friends who share their love of Panama, who share with them
so many things: the tropical rains, La Tuli Vieja, the bugs that got squashed in our shoes, the land crabs on the Atlantic Side,
the lottery that disappointed us week after week, and the politicians that disappointed us year after year.
TONI: The coffee, the corvina, the concolon;
seviche, sancocho, sopa borracha;
ginups, Chinese plums, ice cream beans;
avocados, patacones, papayas, platanos fritos;
las chichas: chicha de naranja, chich6me, chicha de avena, chicha de arroz con pifia;
ropa vieja, came en palito, filete a la parmesana; carimafiolas, yuca, platanos en tentaci6n;
arroz con polo, arroz con guandu, arroz con coco; oranges from Cerro Campana, bollos from Chorrera, quesos Chela;
Michas.... con mantequilla, Pipas with a straw.....Raspados with red syrup and lots of condensed milk on the top....and .......the
feel of mango juice running down your elbow.
JOHN: We miss the freshness of the mornings and the black clouds in the afternoons; the coolness of a bohio on a sunny day,
the warm breeze at night along Boulevard Balboa; the hundred shades of green and the bright blooms of the guayacans and
the bougainvillea; the fragrance of wood smoke from cooking fires in the interior and the way that sounds travel in the El Valle
nights. The boat ride to Taboga and the road to Santa Clara. The sound of palm fronds scraping against each other. The noise
along Central Avenue and the quiet hospitality of the people in the interior. We miss the language: "Parada!" "Oye!" "He don't
reach yet." "Luchando, luchando!" "Mi amor."
And we miss the people. Although we know that much has changed, every one of these sights and sounds and tastes and fra-
grances has stayed the same, especially the people, and we wish them our best.
The Panamanian poet Ricardo Miro, in his poem "Patria" suggests that Panama was made so small.., so that it could be.......
carried in the heart. We know that that is so; we carry it in our hearts, and it warms us, because it is, after all, always summer
"Always Summer" SARAH (STEVE)
"Himno Nacional de Panama" CRISTINA and TEAM (DINO)
"The Star Spangled Banner" ALL (WEULCIA and MELANIE)
L-K: trlstina De La tuente, Arron Lebede, Janelle
Davidson, and Juan Carlos Adames.
Melanie Bales, Sarah Knapp and JoAnne Mitchell
Melanie Bales, Faith Varrone and Linda Weir
Adolfo Arias and Angela Bomford
A group sings the song Age ofAquarius
All the performers standing ovation
SATURDAY ANNUAL BALL
The Parranda Band
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
"Scouting through the Ages" in the Canal Zone.
Shane Vose, Ruby (Hall) Enman and Bob Singleton
Bob Zumbado, Bill Dawson, Marguerite Zumbado, Paul
Glassburn and Connie Dawson.
Scouting uniforms, badges and patches on display.
Ed and Joan Ohman
Pat and Arvid Olson
Museum Update Panama Canal
Society Business Meeting, July 25, 2003
Presented by Museum Vice President,
Mr. President, thank you for opportunity to once again
bring the society membership up to date on the museum.
We have had another successful year, which bodes well
for the future. Some of our major events planned or accom-
plished are as follows.
In March, Society member Leo Krziza offered to donate
$25,000 to the museum if we could raise a matching amount.
In less than three months we not only met that challenge, but
exceeded it by over ten thousand dollars.
Leo Krziza and Joe Wood
We recently received a $13,000 bequest from the estate of
long-time Zone resident Anna Ruth Werkheiser.
We received a matching grant of $1000 from Wal-mart.
We received a $500 grant from Fannie Mae Foundation.
As a result of an earlier grant from the federal govern-
ment, a surveyor under the sponsorship of the American
Association of Museums will spend several days at the muse-
um in October to assist us with our institutional planning.
A new main exhibit for the museum will be dedicated in
October of this year. The exhibit will highlight the efforts of
the Spanish, French and, of course, the United States, prior to
and during the construction of the canal
Our special exhibit at the reunion this year is on scouting
in the Canal Zone (see reunion photos), with special empha-
sis on the Ocean- to-Ocean Cayuco Race, which celebrated
its 100th anniversary this year.
A special cruise by CELEBRITY CRUISE LINES for
anyone who is interested is planned for February. The prices
are very good and the booking travel agency is giving the
museum $100 for every cabin booked. With 100 cabins set
aside for us, we stand to gain $10,000 from this venture.
We operate a gift shop in the museum with a lot of inter-
esting items. New items this year include the 2004 Christmas
ornament, Teddy Bears and a medal commemorating the
100th anniversary of the founding of Panama. Last year our
gift shop took in over $31,000 in sales.
So, please come into the museum room to see our
exhibits, take part in our silent auction, sign up for the cruise
or visit our gift shop in the vendors' room.
Five years ago we started the museum at this very hotel,
with just a handful of volunteers and a dream.
In our first year, our income was just over $9000. This
year we project income of $151,000. Our expenses will be
around $96,000 for a net income of $55,000
Our 1998 membership of around 25 charter members has
grown to over 650. Our goal is to have an annual membership
base of 2000. At that level, we will be able to hire paid pro-
fessionals and offer even more complete museum and library
services to the public. This would allow us to give some relief
to our dedicated volunteers, many of whom spend incredible
amounts of time in the museum.
On behalf of the museum board, I want to thank the soci-
ety for the support it has given to us over the past 5 years,
including the use of the Canal Record to help us get the word
out to society members about the museum. I especially want
to thank Bill McLaughlin for all the work he did over the
past five years in creating and maintaining our web site. Bill
has asked to be relieved of those duties because, obviously, he
has his hands full as President of the Society. Joey Zornes, a
member of the society, has agreed to take over the web site,
but we just wanted Bill to know that we will always be grate-
ful for his hard work and creativity in making our site a real-
ly good one.
In closing, I would observe that the motto of the society is
"To Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
whereas the motto of the museum is to "Preserve the
American Era of the Panama Canal". Although the two
organizations are separate, and have different objectives, they
are compatible with each other as they both preserve things
that are important to all of us. I am proud to be a member of
both organizations, and look forward to the continued and
ever increasing support of the Society and its members to
help us achieve our goals.
Thank you and I hope to see you all in the museum exhib-
it area, located in the Anaheim, Atlanta and Boston rooms at
foot of the escalator.
Museum Vice President
BHS CLASS OF 1953
BHS CLASS OF 1958
BHS CLASS OF 1963
CHS CLASS OF 1963
CLASS OF 1968
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L-R Front row: Susan Hirons Fehrenbach, Mary Webster Richards, Judy Oberholtzer Hebble, Irma Stone
Mittermeir, Margaret Will Ender, Carol Beall Fritz, Dale Scott Brokaw, Joan McCullough Ohman, Beth Lewis
Brandenburg, Barbara Geddes Tung. Second Row: Marcella Hilzinger Broe, Carol Conyne Rescigno, Chris Baas
Kowalski, Norman Spector, Louise (Sissy) Hixon, Bill Foster, Renee Ballou Krimminger, Steve Jackson, Peggy Hale
Huff, Nick Jackson. Last Row: Mark Paulson, Ted Bailey, Peter Baas, Bruce Rainey, Scott Spencer, Allen Cotton,
Mike Kredell, Dennis Huff. NOT PICTURED: Steve Burgess, Alex Chong, Lou Hackinson, Val Jordon Hubbard.
BHS CLASS OF 1968
rirs now: Juua iviercier Auanae, iiary Lou Kogers, ausie -asnman neno, iviarna wasion, ilna uarrouo nessa, Lee
Harwell Grant, Carol Wigg, Velma Anguiera Speelman, Chris Small, Ernesto Chong. 2nd Row: Valerie DePiper
Boughner, John Mercier, Barbara Wesley Taylor, Chris Mitten Gibson, Taffy Koepke Corrigan, Janet Hunt Watkins,
Sandy Helman Durrant, Marsha Watkins Bullinger, Kathy Melanson Wells, Mae Stewart Krems, Ginger Wertz
Zornes. 3rd Row (toward middle of group): Ellen Ermish Frels, Cathy Brown Crescioni, Tammy Schick Doherty, Caron
Adair Seebaldt, Patty Siravo Smith, Martha Velez Hausmann, Jeanie Jensen Lampe, Frances Stabler Meyer. 4th Row:
John Burkman, David Whitehead, Tom Duncan, Ed McCarren, John Disharoon, Richard Wainio, Ed Mulroy, Pat
Fallon, Bob Petrosky, Robert Vosburgh, Ken Justice, Jerry Bressler, Mike Chavez, Steve Bolt, Wayne Albritton, Jim
Borell, Barry Douglas. 5th Row: Dave Bishop, Bob Hughes, Timmy Lane, Darleen Woodruff Hunt, Eduardo de Alba,
Ron Farnsworth, Wayne Folger.
BHS CLASS OF 1973
CHS CLASS OF 1973
CHS CLASS OF 1978
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BHS CLASS OF 1993
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Back Row (L-R): Marjorie Foster (1994-95), Jim O'Donnell (1996-97), Faith Brundage ( 1999-2000). Front Row (L-R):
Betty LeDoux (1989-91 and 2000-02), Bill Wheeler ( 1986-87), Pete Foster (1985-86), Anna Collins (1983-84), Robert
November Luncheon Directions
The Columbia Restaurant, 1241 Gulf Blvd.,
Clearwater, Fla 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
Bellair Causeway to Gulf Blvd. (183). Turn right
and go North for approximately four miles to the
PAY 2004 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
BY DECEMBER 31, 2003.
December Luncheon Directions
17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Fla
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 15
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on
Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The
Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 15
West, and follow direction as above.
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to
Park Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to the
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.,
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left to
cross Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then
right and proceed North to 173rd Avenue. Wine
Cellar is on the right.
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This year's reunion was extra special because the
Cristobal High School Class of 1968 celebrated our 35th
anniversary of graduation. Thirty-four class members attend-
ed, some with their "adopted Zonian" spouses and families.
A few of our classmates were attending their very first Class
or Society reunion.
A big THANK YOU goes out to our reunion organizing
committee, Renee (Ballou) Krimminger, who coordinated
all of the activities and did all of the administrative and logis-
tical planning and Peggy (Hale) Huff who was responsible
for the planning, preparation, transportation and presentation
of the tipico meal we enjoyed Friday evening, you did a
An additional thank-you goes to Bill Foster, Carol
(Beall) Fritz, Beth (Lewis) Brandenburg, Joan
(McCullough) Ohman, and Allen Cotton who donated
some of the great Panamanian food we enjoyed. Also
Norman Spector, who coordinated and served as bartender
in Norm's bodega. Many other classmates pitched in and
helped with whatever needed to be done true Tiger team
A special thanks goes to Barbara Vose-Kulig for donat-
ing blue and gold CHS "C's" and miniature CHS Panama
hats for all of us to wear. Our CHS 68 reunion activities start-
ed Thursday afternoon with a hospitality room decorating
frenzy and an evening cocktail and pizza party.
Friday was spent chatting with frequent shouts of delight
heard as another class member found our hospitality room. In
the evening we had cocktails followed by a delicious tipico
meal consisting of two varieties of arroz con polio, several
varieties of empanadas, plantains, a few recipes of ceviche,
Mary Jane cookies and flan for dessert. We had a much larg-
er than expected turn out for dinner, but there was plenty for
all and anyone who was left wanting didn't take full advan-
tage of the bounty. We even had enough of everything left
over for Saturday hors d'oeuvres and cocktails before the big
dance Saturday evening. In addition to being the great people
that they are, everyone in the class was a winner of a donat-
ed door prize, either from, or commemorating our beloved
Canal Zone. I chose a cook's apron with Panama Canal Zone
embroidered in gold on the front of it to wear while making
ceviche or just barbequing. There were T-shirts, license
plates, Arturo sauce and many other items from which to
choose. Saturday also featured a fund raising raffle, which
was open to all in attendance at the Panama Canal Society
reunion, and offered chances on several Panama items. We
used the proceeds from one of the more sought after items, a
replica of a chiva, to make a donation to the Panama Canal
Friday evening's cocktail party was crashed by Balboa
High School Class of '68 Bulldogs, who celebrated their 35th
anniversary of graduation by parading through the CHS
crowd waving BHS teddy bears and singing their fight song.
Of course we CHS Tigers responded with "On Cristobal" and
then sought out our friends and acquaintances from the crowd
from "el otro lado" for hugs and discussions of times past.
The party crash was a fun gesture of inter-coastal rivalry and
friendship between BHS and CHS. We Tigers showed those
Bulldogs what a real party was like and sent them on their
Check out our class web page at
www.chs68.homestead.com for pictures from the reunion!
In addition to all of the CHS'68 activities at the reunion,
I attended the Canal Record Area Reporter's meeting. The
meeting featured a guest speaker, Jim Reid, who spoke on
taking more effective and interesting photos for the reports in
the Canal Record. Jim's talk was well received by all in atten-
dance. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Canal Record editor,
solicited ideas from all of the area reporters on ways we can
improve the society membership participation in providing
input to the reporters. One suggestion involved using email
addresses to contact members for news and pictures. So, in
the near future, those of you Alabamians with e-mail
accounts can look forward to getting reminders from me
about deadlines to get your stories to me for inclusion in the
upcoming issues of the Record.
When we returned to Alabama from the Panama Canal
Society 2003 reunion, Edie and I were greeted with several
pieces of wonderful news, two weddings and a new grandba-
by on the way! Edie's son Daniel Coulson and Amber
Turner both of Houston, Texas will marry sometime this fall,
my older daughter Heather Cotton-Wade and her fiance
Tracy Nichols of Peoria, Ill. will wed on New Year's Eve and
Edie's son and new daughter-in-law will present her with
Edie's second grandbaby some time next spring. There is
excitement in the Cotton household tonight (and for the next
several months to come!).
Allen Cotton, Reporter
The summer has been a pleasant one for our family.
Cheryl and husband, Mark Lowery from Germany, were
here with us for three weeks. Lisa Hunt Johnson flew over
from North Carolina for a short visit while they were here. It
must be the summer time slump as the only news we have is
from Mary Condon and we're so glad to have hers.
Mary Condon writes that she took a trip with friends to St.
Louis, Missouri; West Chester, Ohio; Detroit and Grand
Rapids, Michigan in May. While In St. Louis, they had lunch
with Rev. Ronald Rails and his wife, Mary Anne. Ron was
the Vicar at Redeemer Lutheran Chapel in Margarita for two
They visited with Dick's family while in Ohio. In Detroit
she visited with three of her nieces. Before going to the Canal
Zone, Mary had taught in Grand Rapids, so it was nice to be
there again. The city had changed greatly since the 50's. She
was able to visit the Gerald Ford Museum, which had been
built after Mary left. One bit of information that might inter-
est all is that Gerald Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and will
be buried on museum grounds.
Her trip took her to another museum where the Dead Sea
Scrolls were on exhibit and on loan from Israel. She also vis-
ited the cemetery in Leighton, Mich. where her maternal
grandparents and two aunts are buried. Her grandfather was a
Civil War Veteran.
We met at a park in Springdale, Ark. in June for our annu-
al summer potluck, ending with a meeting. We had a good
turn out including, Bee and Jerry Williams from Harrison,
Ark. and Doug and Camille Gibbs from Mountain Home,
Ark. Our regulars included Henrietta and Mike Horoda,
Mary Condon, Lynn Harp and kids Samantha, Jess and
Cheryl, Carl and Petie Maedl, Gloria Malsbury, Tom and
Cathy Rainey, Joe and Gretta Vowell and Betty Dunning.
Ali, Amy, Casey and Kye Vowell in the Virgin Islands.
Joe and Gretta Vowell have their daughters visiting.
Allison from Arizona and sister Amy went to the Virgin
Islands to visit their Uncle Charlie. Alison and Amy had the
chance to get acquainted with their cousins, Casey and Kye
Charlie Vowell with daughter Casey.
Casey and Kye were visiting their dad this summer in St.
Thomas. It was a great visit and everyone has promised to
stay in touch and meet again next summer in the Virgin
Lynn (Dunning) Harp
Members and friends of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California met on Sunday, May 4, 2003, for our
spring luncheon meeting at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills.
Dr. John M. Hanson (BHS'45), of Hawthorne, and presi-
dent, 1994-1995, was Master of Ceremonies and welcomed
our members and guests. The United States Marine Corps
Color Guard, Tustin, presented the colors. The Pledge of
Allegiance was led by Thomas McGuinness (CHS'41) of La
Quinta. In the absence of our former chaplain, Ivan L.
Jenkins, all present joined in reciting the blessing for the day.
The following newcomers were introduced: Charles
"Buddy" Magee (BHS'49) of Oceanside, who came with his
cousin, Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett; Kiki Ferrari and May
Olson, Mission Viejo; Mary (Sherry) Ford, Auburn, and my
daughter, Tina (Cartotto) Ressa (BHS'68), Rialto.
Following the luncheon, a letter from the Panama Canal
Museum President, Charles W. Hummer, Jr., was read to
the members and guests, encouraging us all to become mem-
bers of the museum. Information about this successful muse-
um and membership applications were given to all present.
The door prize was a 2003 annual membership in the
Panama Canal Museum donated by our society and won by
Cynthia (Evarts) Totty (BHS'52) of Chula Vista. There
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
were many fine raffle prizes, including a pound of Panama
coffee and special chocolate wafers donated by Kathryn
(Argo) Taylor. She purchased them during her recent
Panama tour with Davis and June Stevenson and their
daughter, Lori Snow. Kathryn also brought three patches,
"Seal of the Canal Zone Isthmus of Panama". Ivan Jenkins
had given us copies of the video, "A Man, A Plan, A Canal -
Panama" and A Collection of Favorite Recipes by the Eastern
Star Saddleback Chapter 645.
William R. Evarts, Jr., Chula Vista, donated several
CDs, La Parranda de Panama by Toby Munoz. Blanca
Wolfenstein of Buena Park had gift wrapped several prizes
for the raffle, and I brought a small packet of Canal Zone
Matches stationery. Happy winners were Kathleen Bennett;
Bill Monsanto (BHS'40), Tustin; Frank Howard (CHS'47);
Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley, Laguna Woods; Tina Ressa, Rochelle
(Stubblefield) Thompson of Yuma, Ariz., and Kiki Ferrari.
The kindness of our members in bringing items for our raffles
is appreciated. The proceeds help to cover postage, printing,
Also attending were Bob Wolfenstein (CHS'47), Claude
Anderson (BHS'37), Lake Forest; Carl Florine, Van Nuys;
Guy Lane, Provo, Utah; Helen McGuinness; Edward and
Letty Moore (BHS'40), El Segundo; Noble (BHS'33) and
Dottie Phillips, Lake Forest; Catsy (Taylor) Schafer and her
daughter Susan (Taylor) Pitney of San Diego; Ester
Regalado, Chula Vista; Bill and Nafia (O'Brien) Roberts
(BHS'46), El Cajon; Margaret (Atwood) Sullivan
(CHS'47), Los Alamitos; Ted (BHS'45) and Beth
Sundquist, Jamul; Roger Thompson and Ruth (Bauman)
Yeilding (BHS'37) (CZJC'39), San Clemente.
We missed Mary (Cryan) Lade (BHS'39), who is now at
an assisted living facility in Tustin. Also, Bill Finken and
Bill, Jr., Tustin; Louise (Evarts) Sowa, Anaheim; Norma
Horine, Bonita; David and Ann Lane, Chula Vista; John
"Ed" and Rosalind Rice, Costa Mesa, and Julian "Bud" and
Bette Rice, Los Angeles, were not able to attend.
John Hanson thanked everyone for attending, and asked
for a show of appreciation for those working behind the
scenes to keep our Canal Zonian friends together. He hoped
all would continue to support us by attending our spring and
holiday meetings. Our Holiday Luncheon will be held on
Sunday, December 7, 2003, at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills,
and we look forward to seeing you.
Douglas Phillips, son of Noble and the late Marion
(Hutchison) Phillips (BHS'33), was interviewed earlier this
year by members of the Discovery Channel. The subject of
the upcoming program is the Panama Canal Locks' opera-
tions, where Douglas is employed in the same position he
held with the Panama Canal Company. No word yet on its
presentation, but let's keep our eye out and get the word to
In the June issue of The Village, a monthly publication for
Freedom Village (FV) in nearby Lake Forest and The Village
in Hemet, Noble Phillips and Claude Anderson, both Balboa
High School graduates, were introduced as members of the
FV Resident Council, along with nine other residents. Noble
and Dottie planned to attend the PCSFL reunion and later
visit family members and longtime friends in Florida during
Ivan Jenkins and his daughter, Donna (BHS'57) and her
husband Albert Clapp, moved in May from Lake Forest to
their lovely new home in Las Vegas. Al and Donna have sev-
eral friends in the area, and Ivan is already attending meetings
of the Lions' Club, Shrine and Masonic organizations there.
He drove his new Saturn to the Orlando reunion.
Eileen T. Peterson (BHS'49), our society's former secre-
tary, now resides in Columbus, Ohio, near her sister, Sr.
Mary Loretta Petersen (BHS'45). Eileen is thrilled about
her Gateway 2000 Vivitron computer, a gift from friends,
who even set it up in her den. She and Sr. M. Loretta found a
printer at a thrift shop near OSU "for a song". A nun, who has
the same model, set it up for her. Eileen is enjoying the chal-
lenge in learning and experimenting in her new hobby.
I called Adrien "Kibby" Bouch6 (BHS'41) in St.
George, Utah, to thank him for the wonderful copy of the old,
four-family quarters in Balboa Flats. I mentioned that my
son, Steve (BHS'70), Tina (Johann) and Evan Cartotto of
Valencia spent a recent Sunday morning at "The Grove", a
fairly new, open mall with restaurants and shops near the
Farmers' Market in Los Angeles. Steve had to work in the
afternoon, so Tina, Evan and friends visited the George C.
Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits at Hancock Park on
Following Kibby's retirement from the Panama Canal
Company, he volunteered at Brigham Young University,
Provo, Utah, in order to keep busy. He worked for over two
years with "Dinosaur Jim" in the Dinosaur Lab. There he met
George C. Page, a contractor. In the mid-1970s the city of Los
Angeles gave Mr. Page the property to build a museum. He
contacted Kibby and others to work on the project. At that
time the area was literally a dump, so they had to dig for the
bones of dinosaurs, who had roamed the area in early days.
The bones found were of "Mammoth", believed to be the ele-
phants we know of today, and "Saber-toothed Tiger". The
volunteers repaired the skulls to receive tusks made out of
fiberglass by an employee.
At that time the Natural History Museum (NHM) in Los
Angeles was being remodeled. It was decided to establish this
new museum to accommodate the stored bones in NHM,
found earlier in the tar pits. The George C. Page Museum
took shape and has been a beautiful, popular tourist site since
the late 1970s. The Atrium is a lovely section there, with
many tropical plants that we enjoyed in Panama.
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer wrote that the 7th of December
should be a good date for our next luncheon. "I think every
Zonian in the Canal Zone on that date in 1941 will remember
that day, with the lights turned off and an hour of electricity
to cook dinner and that was it. Guess everyone thought the
Canal could be bombed at that point, Sue and I love the meet-
ings and think it is nice of you and Kathryn Taylor to keep
(Arlo) Grant and Audrie Westbrook (BHS'40), La
Jolla, missed seeing everyone at our May luncheon. They
were off on a Panama Canal cruise from Los Angeles to Fort
Lauderdale on the Crystal Symphony. No stop scheduled in
Panama, but they visited Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Grant's
last visit there was sixty-five years ago. In those days the only
way to San Jose was on the United Fruit Company railroad.
Now the cruise line has an eight-and-a-half hour bus excur-
sion from Puerto Limon through Braulio Carrillo National
Park and San Jose.
Dottie (Sanders) and Vince Ridge (BHS'37), Center
Valley, Pa., are pretty active retirees. Dottie continues to vol-
unteer as a "gofer" at an Allentown hospital. Vince is a mem-
ber of the barbershop chorus and quartets, which compete
annually back East, and they've won several times. The quar-
tets sing birthday and wedding anniversary greetings during
family celebrations in the general area. Recently, in
Bethlehem, when the quartet sang for two celebrants a few
hours apart, Vince asked a nearby hospital administrator if
they could sing for the patients. So, they've now arranged to
sing at hospitals and nursing facilities when singing in those
areas. Their daughter Nancy Williams (CHS'73), Mission
Viejo, Calif., attended her class reunion in Orlando in July.
Kathryn Taylor (CHS'53), Laguna Woods, just returned
from a visit in Northern California with family members, and
was off again to visit her son and family in Jacksonville
before attending the reunion in Orlando. She planned to
attend her class reunion in Orlando.
At our spring luncheon, Ruth Yeilding wore the Roosevelt
Medal awarded to her maternal grandfather, Fletcher
Stevens. During the building of the Panama Canal, Mr.
Stevens was in charge of all of the scaffolding in the locks'
construction, and lived in Gorgona with his wife, Elva Nancy
Stevens, and family. "The medal itself, with the bust of
President Theodore Roosevelt, and the name, F. Stevens, rep-
resents two years' continuous service on the Panama Canal.
Also attached are four bars, each denoting two years' service,
so Mr. Stevens had served for ten years. The reverse side
reads, 'Presented by the President of the United States. #343-
1905-07, and, of course, the Culebra Cut, the Great Seal and
'The Land Divided, The World United'." Ruth's sister,
"Kelly" (Elva Nancy Bauman) Adams (BHS'39), lives
with her husband in Santa Barbara, Calif. Their parents were
Fred J. Bauman and Miriam Ruth Bauman.
Grace (Schack) Wilson (BHS'40), Dunedin, Fla.,
enjoyed our last BHS class newsletter, which also contained
many familiar Canal Zone photographs, including some of
Gorgas Hospital. Grace was a "Sunshine Girl" at the hospital
during WWII, after returning from St. Joseph College,
Emmitsburg, Md., where I had attended the year before.
Some others serving as Sunshine Girls then were Louise
Rathgeber, Marion Orr, Mary Jane White, Connie
Trowbridge, Genevieve Quinn, Frances "Bricky"
Coleman and Dorothy Erickson. Grace sent me the new
addresses for our classmates, Mary Margaret (Doran)
Liebmann and Gertrude (McConaghy) Roberto. (Anyone
wanting any new addresses that I have may contact me.)
Grace is in touch with Jackie and Lin Hall, Lorraine
(Terry) Gilmore, Billie (Bowen) Martin, Betty (Olsen)
Boyer and Marie (Schmidt) Park. She ran into Grace and
Gerry Welch recently while shopping in Dunedin. Grace
said she is fortunate to have all of her family within hugging
distance in Florida. Among all family members, there are
seven working artists.
In May, my grandson, Vincent Gregory Ressa, graduat-
ed from California State University at Chico, majoring in his-
tory, drama and theater arts. Attending over the weekend
were his parents, Tina (Cartotto) and Michael Ressa, Steve,
Tina and Evan Cartotto and Grandma Joan. In June, along
with niece Amber Culver of Slidell, La., Tina and Evan
camped all the way to San Francisco. Steve met them there,
and they camped for a few days at Yosemite National Park on
their way home. This weekend Tina and Steve are celebrating
their sixth wedding anniversary in Carmel, Calif.
(L-R): Tina (Johann) Cartotto, "Vinnie" Ressa and Steve
Cartotto at Cal State U., Chico.
(L-R): Michael, Tina and Vincent Ressa, Vanessa Hudson
and Steve Cartotto, Cal State U., Chico.
Tina and I will be in Orlando for the Reunion, and she will
attend her class reunion. Several girls in her BHS'68 class
were in my Brownie and Girl Scout Troops in the late 1950s
and early 1960s, and I look forward to seeing them.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Reporter
Another reunion has come and gone and left great memo-
ries as usual. We saw many central Floridians at the reunion
including Ed and Joan Ohman working hard at the Panama
Canal Museum exhibit. What a great job all those folks are
doing to preserve our memories through the Museum! We
also saw Mr. Vic Melant who used to work with my dad at
the Dredging Division. He looks great! We caught Peggy and
Lloyd Roberts at the golf club. Many of you may remember
that Peggy managed the Gamboa Golf Club for many years.
As usual, the reunion ended way too quickly.
Janet Stuart (BHS'67) writes that she enjoyed a trip to
Chattanooga, Tennessee in June. She stayed with Mike and
Marge Corrigan in Chattanooga and reports that they have
done a wonderful job restoring their Craftsman home. Janet
also made a side trip to Ft. Payne, Alabama to visit with
In April, friends gathered at the home of Vicki Sizemore
and Ed Wardlow to celebrate the combined 104th birthday
of Janet Stuart (BHS'67) and Jacque Crowell Vowell
(BHS'70). A good time was had by all.
Debbie Beal Bandy (BHS'72) hosted a party at her love-
ly home in Ormond Beach in June. Rain did nothing to damp-
en the festive spirit of the partygoers! Zonians attending the
festivities were: Tom Duncan, Pam Crowell, Faye Weisser,
Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow, Janet Stuart and Jacque Vowell.
Ed Wardlow and Tom Duncan
Right before the reunion we had a wonderful visit with a
fellow BHS'70 classmate Rudy Crespo. Rudy cooked a
spectacular dinner for us which included a shrimp dish from
his Grandmother's recipes and an assortment of wonderful
appetizers. To top off the delicious meal was a white choco-
late fondue! It is my sincere hope that Rudy will relocate
from San Francisco to Florida so he can cook many more
such dinners for his very appreciative friends!
L-R: Faye Weisser, Rudy Crespo, Vicki Sizemore and
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell in back.
In October my wonderful husband Ed Wardlow and I will
be doing something we have talked about for sixteen years.
We are going home to Panama. We are very excited and look-
ing forward to seeing all the changes. I decided years ago that
the Canal Zone wasn't a place but rather that very special
feeling you carry in your heart. Needless to say we are look-
ing forward to our trip!
Please contact me with your comings and your goings.
Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
The next semi-annual luncheon meeting date: Tuesday,
Oct. 07, 2003. at Ryan's Family Steakhouse 3933 E.
Silver Springs Blvd. (Hwy 40 East) Ocala, Fla. Sign-in
The Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion was the
scene for many happy reunions with the meeting of for-
mer classmates, friends and acquaintances of years past.
Some faces were easily recognized but the badges con-
firmed the names. It provided for many opportunities to
remember those "good old days" as one recalled many
different events, sports activities and school functions.
The Hospitality Rooms were a popular meeting place.
The BHS classes of '49 and '50 provided an opportu-
nity for visiting and relaxing among friends. Some famil-
iar notables were: Marge (Rathgeber) and Jack Ruoff;
Mary Ellen (Stacey) and Larry Horine; Mary Lou
(Dailey) and Pete Lang; Catharine (Muller) and Ray
Peabody; Joan (Powell) and Rolf Arndt; Barbara
(Curles) and Dave Aycock. Others noted were: Mary
(Sullivan) and Jim Young; Lou Mallia, Wendall
Spreadbury and George Tochterman. Balboa's Boy Scout
Troop 3 was the subject of discussion by Jim Orvis, Bill
Carson and Bill Muller.
L-R: Wendall Spreadbury, Ray and Catharine (Muller)
Barbara Aycock continues to be on the move. She and
her sister Edna (Curles) Didier and their spouses Dave
and Larry joined in the festivities of a family reunion
for their mother, Marie Curies and her four brothers from
Virginia along with her sister from Florida. Barbara and
Dave also attended the wedding of their granddaughter
Brandi Richey in Texas June 7th. Twenty of 24 family mem-
This information booklet is provided by the Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society as a service to assist
those members that have not made arrangements for an unforseen or pre-determined death of a spouse or a family
member. This booklet provides places to notate essential vital information critical for surviving spouses and family
members in the event of such an emergency.
What to Do When the Emergency Comes
This checklist helps remind family members and sur vi ing spouses about the many .ubjccts that need attention at the
time of death of their loved ones. This list is not all-inclusive, but is intended to be an aid in administrative matters.
Record these numbers below and have them available near your telephone:
1. In case of serious illness, call 911 or a doctor as quickly as possible.
(Name of Doctor) (Telephone Number)
2. Call a relative or friend \who can immediately assist you in handling some of the details outlined below.
(Name of Relative or Friend) (Telephone Number)
3. Call a clergyman (if desired).
(Name of Clergyman) (Telephone Number)
Depending upon religious preference or affiliation, a clergyman may be either essential, or merely of assistance.
Families with strong religious ties should consult with their clergyman before making funeral arrangements.
4. Call a funeral director.
(Name of Funeral Director) (Telephone Number)
Apart from the unique and indispensable services the funeral director performs, he is usually well informed regarding
the administration\ e details of a deceased family member. Needless to say, a careful choice is in order, and emotions must be
held in check with respect to funeral expenses. Dignity, simplicity and economy in funeral arrangements are important.
Much can be done by intelligent pre-planning. One approach to this is through one of the many funeral and memorial
societies. For information on the society near you, write to the Continental Association of Funeral and Memorial Societies,
Suite 1100, 1828 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.
If cremation is desired, the funeral director will provide you with instructions Requests for cremation vary from state to
state, and some require a letter of authority signed by the deceased. Such a letter should be filed \with your personal letters.
If the deceased served in the U.S Armed Forces and burial is desired in a national cemetery, the arrangements can be
made by the funeral director by contacting the national cemetery in which burial is desired (i.e., Arlington Cemetery). The
following information will expedite verification of entitlement:
(Retired Grade) (date of birth) (military service Army, Navy, etc.)
(Social Security Number) (Retirement Date) (retirement type-service disability, honorable, etc.)
A copy of the official military discharge document bearing an official seal or a DD-214 is required and is usually
sufficient to establish eligibility for burial in a VA national cemetery.
The funeral director generally assumes the responsibility for the death notice, for which there is a charge. You also may
want to submit an obituary news story with photograph (consider also out-of-town newspaper notifications).
5. Newspapers in which the obituary notices would be published (if desired).
(Name of Newspaper)
(Name of Newspaper)
6. Notify the Panama Canal Society, Inc. (if desired).
Telephone Number: (727)-391-4359
Fax Number: (727)-319-8593
After funeral arrangements are completed, take care of the following "Time Critical" actions:
I. Acquire about 15 copies of death certificates from attending medical facility.
2. If Civil Sernice Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) retiree. notify the Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) at 1-(724)-794-8690.
3. If deceased was a CSRS or FERS retiree and participated in the Thrift Savings Plan, contact the Federal Retirement
Thrift Investment Board at 1-(504)-255-6000.
4. If deceased also was retired from employment in the private sector and a retirement plan was involved, notify that
employer or pension planadministrator.
(Name of Employer'Pension Plan Administrator)
5. Contact your lawyer, trust administrator, or the executor of the estate (as applicable).
(Name of Lawyer/Trust Administrator/Executor of Estate)
6. Notify the Social Security Administration at 1-(800)-772-1213 for Social Security survivor benefits and death benefit.
7. Notify any bank and stock brokerage that has an individual or joint account in the name of the deceased. Have account
number available, if known.
8. Notifi all life insurance companies. Have policy numbers available, if known.
9. If military service retiree, notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Ser ice Center, U.S. Coast Guard Human
Resources Service and Information Center. or U.S. Public Health Service by telephone of the death of the service member.
This call will generate the RSFPP'SBP/RCSBP/SSBP annuity application process and application for arrears in pay.
Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force: 1-(800)-321-1080
U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA:1-(800)-772-8724
If surviving spouse of a military service member lives in close proximity to a military installation and want assistance
with military administrative matters, call the Casualty Assistance Officer, or Retirement Service Office, or Retired Affairs
Office. These offices can offer invaluable information and assistance.
10. If the death possibly could have been due to uniformed service-related causes, contact the nearest Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office by calling 1-(800)-827-1000. This call could initiate application for potential VA
benefits, i.e., burial benefits, application for headstone, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
11. If the deceased was a participant in any VA insurance programs (SGLI, VGLI, NSLI, USGLI, etc.) call 1-(800)-336-4538
or 1-(703)-522-3060, Na'y Mutual Aid Association at 1-(800)-628-6011 or 1-(703)-614-1638.
12. Contact associations or organizations that the deceased member held membership at time of death. Some of these might
be helpful and may have special provisions that allow for small one-time payments for accidental death, i.e.; members of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Association are issued a $1,000 accidental death policy as part of the member's
annual membership fee.
Additional actions to consider taking that are nor "Time Critical".
1. Notify credit card companies or other charge accounts Have account numbers available, if known.
2. Notify Accountant/CPA or tax preparer, if applicable.
3. Notify other insurance companies (health, property, mortgage, Medigap, etc.). Have policy numbers on hand, if known.
4. Notify Department of Motor Vehicles.
5. Notify City, County, and State Property Offices.
MY RECORD of PERSONAL AFFAIRS
(Retired Grade) (Service)
(Street Address) (City and State)
(Miliitar Service Number [SSN]. if applicable)
Date and type of retirement:
A. PERSONAL RECORD:
1. Place and date of birth:
2. Naturalization (if applicable), by
3. Parent's names: Father:
Date and place of birth:
Date and place of birth:
3. Your Marriage: To whom:
Place and date:
(Social Security Number)
(\A Claim Number, if applicable)
tion and location of court granting naturalization i
( Last )
(Middle) (Last) (Maiden)
(Town) (State) (Month/Day/Year)
4. Children (full name, place and date of birth; if li\ ing apart, list address minors indicate name of guardian)
B. FAMILY RECORDS LOCATION:
1. Birth certificate or other proof of date of birth of self and each member of immediate family
2. Marriage certificate
3. Adoption papers (if applicable)
4. Naturalization papers (if applicable)
5. Divorce decree, death certificates or certified copies thereof (in case of either spouse)
C. OTHER IMPORTANT PAPERS:
I. Will: I have (have not) executed a Will.
a. Will located at:
b. Executor's name and address:
c. Lawyer's name and address:
2. Power of Attorney: I have (have not) executed a power of attorney; dated
(MM DD. YY)
(Agent or attorney in fact)
3. Income Tax: Copies of my federalstate income tax returns and related papers are located at:
4. Other taxes: Copies of tax returns and related papers located at:
D. BANK ACCOUNTS (Include Credit Unions, Savings & Loan Associations)
Types of accounts: Located at:
(Savings-Joint) (Name and location of Bank)
Types of accounts: Located at:
(Savings-Joint) (Name and location of Bank)
Types of accounts: Located at:
(Checking-Joint) (Name and location of Bank)
Types of accounts: Located at:
(IRA-Joint) (Name and location of Bank)
2. Location of passbooks for banking accounts
3. Location of statements and cancelled checks for bank accounts
E. STOCKS, BONDS (including SAVINGS BONDS), and SECURITIES OWNED:
(Listing) (Serial Number and Denomination) (Approximate Value)
(Listing) (Serial Number and Denomination) (Approximate Value)
(Listing) (Serial Number and Denomination) (Approximate Value)
F. CHARGE ACCOUNTS and CREDIT CARDS:
G. SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX:
1. Name of bank:
Location of key:
PROPERTY OWNERSHIP OR INTEREST;
Real estate located at:_
The property is encumbered by a
This property is insured with
Papers are located at:
2. Real estate located at:
The property is encumbered by a
This property is insured with
Policy No. against.
Papers are located at:
I have the following types of life insurance: Government Commercial
(Group Term Life Beneficiary) (Policy Number) (Value) (Payment Option)
(Group Term Life Beneficiary) (Policy Number) (Value) (Payment Option)
(Accidental Death Beneficiary) (Policy Number) (Value) (Payment Option)
(Accidental Death Beneficiary) IPolicN Number) (Valuel (Payment Optioni
The policies are located at
I have the following health, property, accident, liability or other insurance coverage:
(Name of Company) (Address)
(Type of Coverage) (Policy Number) (Amount)
(Name of Company) (Address)
(Type of Coverage)
K. ANNUITIES (CSRS, FERS, EMPLOYER):
1. CSRS payable to
2. FERS payable to
(Current amount/month increases whenever retired pay is raised)
(Current amount month increases whenever retired pay is raised)
3. Employer Survivor.Retirement Program (if applicable) payable to
4. Other annuities payable to:
5. Annuity papers located at:
L. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION:
1. Benefits are discussed in "Your Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement" from the Social Security
Administration. If there are dependent children, your wife will be entitled to survivor benefits regardless of her age. If there
are no dependent children, she will be eligible for benefits at age 60 (50 if disabled). A burial allowance up to $225 is
payable. These benefits are of course, dependent on your entitlement to Social Security benefits. Surviving spouse should
contact the nearest office and file an application. The Social Security Administration will determine the spouse's eligibility.
2. My Social Security Account Number is
3. The location of my personal Social Securit papers
4. Social Security Office:
5. Social Security Online (www.ssa.gov). This web site allows you to request that a "Personal Earnings and Benefit Esttmate
Statement" be sent to you via regular mail, to fill out an application form for a new or replacement Social Security card, to
get information about Medicare, and more.
MN. MILITARY SERVICE PERSONNEL FILE LOCATION (if applicable):
1. Retirement Order. Separation Papers:
2. Awards and Decorations:
3. Personal Medical Records:
N. ANNUITIES (SURVIVORS BENEFIT PLAN, RETIRED SERVICEMAN'S FAMILY PROTECTION PLAN):
1. SBP payable to
per month increases whenever retired pay is raised
2. RSFPP payable to
Current Amount per month (fixed amount)
3. Annuity Papers located at
O. RETIRED MILITARY PAY:
1. Defense Finance & Accounting Secr ice Center that pays my retired pay:
2. Retired pay now being sent to
(Indicate home address, bank, etc.)
3. If you have waived all or part of your military retired pay in favor of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability
compensation or combined civil service payment, list these offices below:
(VA Claim Number)
(VA office address)
(Ci\ il Sern ice address)
4. The following deductions (payments of insurance premiums, etc.) are currently made from my military retired pa\:
5. I have designated the following person as beneficiary of any unpaid retired pa\ at the time of my death:
P. SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE OFFICE Nearest Military Installation:
Whenever possible, the military departments will designate a Casualt Assistance Officer (CAO) to assist the \vido\\ Ier) in
funeral and burial arrangements, and to advise and assist in apply ing to the vanous go\ ernment agencies for benefits which
nma be pay able. You should know where that office is located if you are living near a military installation. The responsible
office that renders this assistance is:
(Name of Installation)
(Survivor Assistance Office)
If problems arise in appointing an SAO:contact the Army Casualty Directorate, collect (202)-325-7990.
Q. IDENTIFICATION CARDS (Military):
Surviving Spouse should turn in all military ID cards. The CAO mentioned abo, e \ ill help obtain a new card for the surviv-
ing spouse and any eligible children.
R. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA):
1. Your surviving spouse might be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), or, if not, he'she might
qualify for a small non-sen ice-connected death pension. However, even if your spouse is not eligible, your dependent
children might well qualify for benefits. Consequently, it is important that the sun i\ ing spouse contact the VA to determine
2. Even if the surviving spouse is not eligible for DIC or a death benefit, a burial allowance will be payable. As a general
rule, the funeral director will assist in claiming this benefit.
3. My VA claim number (if any) is
4. Location of my VA claim papers
5. Nearest VA office
(Name and Address)
S. MISCELLANEOUS: This is not intended as a legal document. But, within the terms of my Will or the applicable
laws, it is suggested the following be done by my Executor and/or next-of-kin.
1. Funeral Service and Arrangements
2. Name of Cemetery
3. Military Ceremony and Honors (if applicable)
4. Uniform (if applicable)
5. Hymns, Psalms, Scripture, Special Requests
7. Flowers (in lieu of flowers)
8. Anything Else
9. Obituary Notice. A biographical sketch will be helpful in preparing the obituary news story. A photo should be attached.
It is suggested you include this at the end of this form. Doing this now will save time and confusion when the emergency
10. Memorabilia Remembrances
T. PERSONAL EFFECTS:
At the discretion of my Executor, next-of-kin or beneficiaries, it is suggested that a suitable disposition of my personal
effects, might be as follows:
Medals, Plaques. Awards
Collections (stamps, coins, etc.)
Works of Art
I. Enter any additional data desired regarding your affairs and instructions to survivors not previously covered.
a. Vehicle Insurance
b. Subscriber's Savings Account (SSA) Activity (if member of USAA automobile insurance):
bers celebrated the happy occasion.
A belated 50th anniversary trip found the Aycocks in
Vancouver, British Columbia for two days before taking the
Canadian Rockies Rail tour. They stayed at Chateau Lake
Louise and the Banff Hotel. With a stop in Calgary, they
attended the rodeo and witnessed the famous Calgary
Stampede. She reported it to be "a great trip".
The dynamic trio from the Ocala area: Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox, Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom and Carolyn
(Hackett) Coffey (all BHS'58) celebrated their class 45th
anniversary reunion. Dianne acknowledged seeing many of
her former classmates for the first time since they graduated.
Dianne recently returned from a 3-month stay in Japan
with her husband Jerry Cox. Jerry will be back for a 2-week
visit before returning to Japan for an extended tour. Dianne
was in Orlando with her mother Peg Hutchison and her son
Wally Doane. Wally met many friends he knew in Gamboa
such as: Dena and Jeff Gripps; George Dietz; Bonnie, Lori
and Keri Kent; Lou Hakeson and Len Wilson. Wally plans
to visit friends in South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas leaving
resumes along the way before returning to Sardinia, Italy and
the sub tender Emory S. Land -- his Navy home for the past
five years while serving his country. He will be retiring next
January after 21 years service.
Dianne enjoyed her time in Japan and took advantage of
many tours. Her last tour started with a 2:00 A.M. bus which
took her and Jerry to Syrikkein Gardens, Hiroshima,
Miyajima Island, Kintaibashi Bridge, Iwakune Castle and
Himeji Castle. She recalled that "rest stops were nice and the
gardens were beautifully landscaped".
"Hiroshima is something everyone should see!" Visiting
the museum there was quite an emotional experience. She
enjoyed great accommodations, excellent tour guides and
learned how to eat with chopsticks. But it was great to get
back to the U.S. and her dog at her mother's house in South
Noble A. and Dottie Phillips arrived from California for
a family reunion and to see Richard and Olga Phillips from
Georgia. Richard was in Orlando for his CHS class 45th
reunion. Others included Kathleen Phillips from Miami;
Tracy Grimberg from West Virginia and her son, John
Phillips; Sue (Phillips) and Jon Fisheralong with their son,
Daniel, daughter, Christy Hildebrandt and Avery, her baby.
Add April (Phillips) and Jason Gavin with their two chil-
dren, Ashley and Zachary from Illinois. Also included were
George and Cheryl (Jackson) Klein along with Sandy and
Lou Reyes. It all added up to one "BIG table".
Carolyn Coffey sent me word about her niece Chelsea
(Coffey) Hamman who graduated from the School of
Medicine at the University of North Carolina in May. (Please
note the Congratulations section of this Canal Record for
Carolyn was visited by her son, Rick Summers and plans
were discussed for a get-together with her other sons: Randy
and his wife Michelle (Perez) and their four children; and
her younger son Rory and his wife Wendy and their daugh-
ter Kendra. Carolyn's husband Jerry was to be joined by his
daughter Karen and a nephew Doug Coffey. Others joining
them over the recent holidays included Lucky Summers
along with Robin and Ed Donahue. They all traveled to New
Port Richey to celebrate Ed's 40th birthday. Future plans call
for a trip to Panama.
The Area Reporters for the Canal Record met in the
Denver Room and heard guest speaker Jim Reid explaining
basic photography and the advantage of digital cameras and
disc photos. Editor Jacque Vowell asked for ways to get our
readers to provide their input for all to benefit and be
informed of their friends. Some of the reporters present were:
Allen Cotton (Prattville, Ala.); Nancy Eide (Tucson, Ariz.);
Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond (Laguna Woods, Calif.); Bill
Muller (Ocala, Fla.); Barbara Vose-Kulig (Pensacola, Fla.);
Betty Snow (Pinellas County, Fla.); Kathie McConaughey
(Space Coast, Fla.); June Stevenson (Lawrenceville, Ga.);
and Linda Morris (Dallas, Texas).
The Panama Canal Society Business Meeting presented
the opportunity for Leo Krziza from Ocala to honor his
agreement with the Panama Canal Museum to donate a check
for $25,000 in memory of his sister Esther Krziza if the
museum could find other donors to match the amount -- and
they did. The check was presented to Joe Wood, Vice
President of the PC Museum with great applause. Irene
McCracken accompanied Leo and she was observed bidding
on the museums' auction of many different items.
Joe Wood and Kathy Egolf accept check from Leo Krziza.
Audrey (Benoit) Bowman and Betty Blanchette.
Long-time acquaintance Audrey (Benoit) Bowman
was observed on many occasions with Betty Blanchette
and others. Audrey's daughter Beverly (Bowman) and Joe
Wood were busy in the PC Museum exhibit room with its
extensive display of Canal memorabilia. Chuck Hummer
kept everything under control. Barbara Peterson was busy
signing up new members.
John Muller (DeLand, Fla.) attended the Masonic/OES
luncheon and met for a family reunion with his sister,
Catharine (Muller) Peabody (Albuquerque, N.M.) and her
husband, Ray, along with brother William (Ocala, Fla.) and
his wife, Jean.
L-R: John, Jean, William Muller and Catharine Muller
I talked to Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley and her sisters,
Charlotte and Trina. Kathy Egolf and her mother, Mary,
were constantly on the move. Such energy and exuberance.
Also talked to Billy Allen about his band of the 40's -- "The
Royal Zonians" and their popular theme song, "Solitude".
Jack Muller played the trombone and George Muller was
the MC (emcee). Charlotte Dye and Ted Melanson were the
Other observations and conversations included Jim
O'Donnell, Pete and Marje Foster and a surprise encounter
with Beverly and Fred Ebdon. He was my boss at the
Electrical Division Field Office in Balboa but most of the
conversation was about square-dancing in the Balboa
Elementary School gym on Carr Street.
I talked about the Pacific Softball League in the days of
"fast-pitch" with Bill Carlin and Gil Smith. I also saw
"Woody" Woodruff, George Tochterman and Bill
DeLaMater. I heard that MacNair Lane and Will Nickisher
I chatted with BHS'46 classmates Paul Kramer and
Mary (Rossetti) Wirfs. It was quite a reunion of good
friends and a time to cherish and freshen up on good memo-
ries of "growing up" and living in the Canal Zone. It will
always be the first home for many of us.
I received a call from my niece Mary (Muller) Coerver
in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. She had been talking to Ron
Angermuller's daughter Britta about coming to Orlando but
we didn't make connections.
A reporter likes to know if anyone reads his (her) column.
What a pleasant surprise it was when Judy (Crooks) Daily
(BHS'52) called after reading my Ocala column in the June
issue of the Canal Record. She was wanting to learn more
about the whereabouts of Joan (Powell) Arndt and Anne
"Rusty" (Stapler) LoFranco. Judy lives in Fayetteville, Ark.
and her sister Nancy graduated from BHS in 1950.
Jean and Bill Muller took off on a 7,200 mile trip from
Ocala to Bremerton, Washington to visit family members in
Texas, New Mexico, California and Washington State. They
joined in observing Jean's mother's 92nd birthday in Texas;
encountered hail and thunderstorms in New Mexico and
some 116 degree weather in Arizona and California. While
in the Seattle area they toured the "Wings of Space" Museum
and attended the ballet "The Sleeping Beauty". Return trip
included stops at Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah.
If you are in Ocala on Tuesday, October 7th drop by and
have lunch with our group at Ryan's Family Steakhouse. See
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
Our son Kevin finally did it. He graduated in May from
Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Business Administration. The whole family drove to
Arkansas for the special occasion and after the graduation we
had a delicious barbeque with family and friends I, of
course, baked the cake surprisingly, it made it all the way to
Arkansas without getting smashed or broken thank good-
ness. It was a wonderful sight to see him graduate I had tears
in my eyes the whole time we are so proud of him. In June
he moved back to Pensacola and is now job hunting.
(L-R): Kevin Vose, Heather Koszela, Darla (Vose) Creek
and Keith Kulig at Kevin's graduation barbeque.
Our grandson Shane, a member of the Escambia County
Youth Orchestra, performed on his cello in their Spring
Concert held at the Saenger Theater here. It was just amazing
to see how fantastic these young people are. The most awe-
some selection was the Symphonic Suite from Lord of The
Rings just breathtaking. Shane turned 15 in July and is in the
10th grade at Washington High School in Pensacola.
Our son Bob, his wife Dawn and son Bobby went on a
well-needed vacation to Gainesville. While there they visited
Bob and Rosa Fishbough and Yvonne (Fishbough) Mouser
and her family. Yvonne's daughter Reyna and Bobby surely
made a cute pair. During their vacation they also took a trip
to Sea World little Bobby had the time of his life. I know
they had a great time, but it surely was good to have them
home in Pensacola again.
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Vose and Bobby Vose at the Mouser's home.
KoDert, uawn ana BODDy vose at urlanoo Nea woria
Michael Drummond, son of Bill and Shannan and
grandson of Bill and Nivia Drummond, celebrated his 1st
birthday in May at his home in Pace with family and friends.
We all had a great time Michael is a treasure and such a pre-
cious little boy. I know his parents and grandparents are so
xprrV nrnirl nif him
Bill, Michael and Shannan Drummond at Michael's first
ia Drummond \ ith grandson Michael.
Jonathan, our grandson, turned four in July. His parents,
Darla and Jeff, had a great party for him at Chuck E
Cheese's we all had a noisy, but fun time with family and
friends. He's growing into a little man and just amazes us
sometimes with all the things he can do at his little age I
think he's going to grow up to be either a musician or a sci-
entist. No matter what he becomes, I know he's going to do it
with vim and vigor.
Our friends Elmer and Georgia Crisp from Georgia vis-
ited us over the 4th of July weekend. Elmer was stationed
here in Pensacola many years ago, so they knew the area pret-
ty well and we didn't have to do any sightseeing. Keith and I
went out to dinner with them on Friday to Steak and Ale (our
favorite place). On Saturday, Georgia and I took the guys
shopping through the University Mall and then decided to
take a trip to Biloxi to take in some gambling and have din-
ner. We had a wonderful time and it was great seeing them
again. We usually get together when I go to Jacksonville since
they live only 45 minutes from Keith, but this was the first
time they had visited us here and I'm sure it won't be their
Our 5th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast Panazonian
Mini-Reunion was a great success everyone had a wonder-
ful time. A full article is in this issue.
If you have any news for my next article, please send it or
call me no matter how small. Hasta Luego.
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose, Reporter
The Brown Baggers were treated to a luncheon at Kissin'
Cousins by Shirley Boswell, who was the hostess for the
group on May 21, 2003. These luncheons are always dutch
treat but when Millie Hickey found out that Shirley treated
the 15 attendees PLUS DESSERT Millie said she would
have eaten a more expensive dessert. Shirley has moved to Ft.
Myers as of June 1st to live near her daughter Debbie (Mrs.
Phil Sanders) and family, formerly of Friendswood, Texas.
Those attending the luncheon were Liz Beall, Betty
Boyer, Grace Carey, Mary Egolf, Aura Erikson, Marje
Foster, Dot Herrington, Mildred Hickey, Carolyn Johnson,
Ruth Schmidt, Barbara Slover, Betty Snow, Carolyn
Vezina, Beverly Williams, and Dottie Yocum.
In late May, Linda Ramey came up from Ft. Myers to
"nurse" her mother, Barbara Slover, who had a knee
arthroscopy. Barbara was up and around so was able to host
the Brown Baggers group for lunch at Stacey's Buffet. This
was her last time to be hostess before she moved to Ft. Myers
to be near her daughter, Linda, and granddaughter Jamie and
Barbara and Jim Slover will live in the Gateway area.
She says she plans to visit friends in the St. Petersburg area
Another mover this summer was Barbara Hickey
Grinnell who left Tampa to move into the Trinity housing
area in Pasco County. How lucky can you get? Her brother
Tom came from Colorado Springs to visit his mother
(Mildred Hickey). He frequently comes to do his mother's
"honey do" list. On this visit he helped Barbara install ceiling
fans, curtain rods, etc.
Jeanne and Bill Wheeler celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary. Sorry I don't know the particulars but Jeanne has
promised some pictures and the details. I'm sure it was a big
Anne Williams' 100th birthday celebration was held at
Manor Care Nursing Home, where she has resided for the
past five years. Her sister-in-law, Beverly Williams, hosted a
finger food buffet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the nursing home
on June 28th. Two very kind and caring nurse's aides and
Anne's roommate were present with 13 of Anne's family and
friends. Those present were Pat, Cheryl, Sean and Katie
Williams, Capt. Bob and Colleen Lawson Mate, Millie
Hickey, Betty Boyer, Grace Schack Wilson, Betty Snow,
Grace Jones Carey, Karen Carey Hall. Anne was decked out
in a most becoming pants suit sent by her niece, Pat Lawson
Pinto (Mrs. Carl) from King of Prussia, Pa.
Seated L-R: Beverly Williams, and Anne Williams. L-R:
Mildred Hickey, Edith May, Sean Williams, Betty Snow,
Cheryl Williams, Robert Mate, Colleen Mate, Katie
Williams, and Patrick Williams.
Betty Snow, Reporter
Hey Leni, who ate my empanadas? No more sauce for
you! You'd better bring some to the South Florida
Panamaniac Picnic in December. Now that I got that off my
chest, I can concentrate on the latest bochinche from down
here in Pembrokelandia. What, no news from South Florida?
I just returned from the 2003 Panama Canal Society
Reunion and had a blast. After 22 non-stop years of reunions,
I finally missed one last year. "Never again" I say. Although
Linda and I didn't arrive until Friday night, I still managed to
see most of my friends and extended family. Even Linda, only
a two-time offender, was looking forward to seeing familiar
On Saturday we got together for our annual Hooters busi-
ness meeting. This year's group consisted of Steve "Buck"
Gilbert, Marc Malavasic, Willie "Beeto" McConaughey,
Mikey and Tom "TY" Young, Marvin Dwaine Wright III,
Joey Burgoon, Dave "Chili Mac" McArthur, Frank
Anderson, Doug Larrabee, Doug Allen and his brother
Dave "Heavy" Stewart, Greg Norton, his son Aaron,
"token female" Mary Claire and her bo' Chris (the missing
Fennel brother) and Charlie Thursh. Back in the days when
Hooters wasn't a national "family" restaurant chain, a few of
us decided to take a break from the pool and have a lunch of
wings and beer. Now more than 10 years later, our business
meeting continues to grow both in size and expense. One of
the high points was the year that Buck, Mikey, Dave Wiatt,
Bill Bright and I told the Hooters girls that Buck was Mark
Gastineau and Mikey was Randy 'Macho Man' Savage.
Ooooh yeah! They all pretended to believe the lie, having
their pictures taken with us and lavishing their celebrity
guests with much atenci6n. On the way back to the hotel we
bummed rides with Alan and Mark Dekle. A reunion tradi-
tion was born. This year wasn't much different, new members
buy a round of pitchers each and somebody always gets mer-
cilessly harassed. Like they say, if you can't find the fall guy
in your group, it must be you. I had missed two years of meet-
ings and was in danger of losing my "founding father" status,
woe is me.
By the time we got back to the hotel, the rain had driven
everybody inside so I missed the pool altogether this year. We
spent the rest of the day wearing a path in the carpet from the
lobby to the vendors, distributing a few bottles of my pepper
sauce, promising to keep more in touch with old friends (I try,
really!) before finally venturing up to Wilma Moore's
"chick" party in her suite on the 10th floor. Luckily I wasn't
the first male on deck and entered without incident. Earlier,
Jaime "Rheburg" Neida wandered in and bid a hasty retreat.
I don't know what he was talking about. By the time we
arrived they were singing Kumbaya and chatting harmlessly
in small non-threatening groups.
Finally ran into Bill McLaughlin late Saturday night
when I snuck a bottle of my hot sauce onto his table at the
Ball. He has promised me the next crop of genuine Gamboa
seed aji chombos from his mini-finca in Floral City. I've
managed to find most of the ingredients here in South Florida
but there's nothing like those big red peppers. Anybody will
tell you, it's not the heat, it's the flavor.
I won't say much about Sunday because I hate goodbyes.
Leni Stokes finally tracked me down for the bottle ofpicante
I had promised her. "Papi, you won't believe what happened
to your empanadas..." she pleaded, or something like that,
before I relented and gave up my last bottle. By the way, big
nod to Gilberto Alls from the Elk's Club in Balboa. He con-
firmed the missing secret ingredient, so if I ever sell a bottle
I won't forget my "brother".
What am I doing in Texas you may ask? Am I reporting
"out of area"? Jacque, I hereby request "roving reporter" sta-
tus for the remainder of my report. Regardless, I am here to
celebrate my mother's 80th birthday extravaganza. Frances
"Bricky" (Coleman) Pattison, was the belle of the ball for at
least three different parties over the weekend. By the way, she
was truly touched by all the cards she got from old friends.
On Friday, we had a nice BBQ at my brother, Jim "Red"
Pattison's house in Round Rock. Along with his wife Kat
and son Tommy (you're just like your uncle) and daughter
Megan, we were joined by Stanley Wright, Noreen
(Hansen) McGauhey (who just wants to borrow Stan's
motor scooter one more time) and a local friend, Leslie
Landreth. We were going to hit the town for some music but
after a few Hornitos we decided to sit by the pool and enjoy
the evening without incident.
Saturday, Stan threw a huge pool pingding at his house in
Barton Hills in Austin. Most of the usual Texas suspects were
there. Val Krueger and her daughter Sara, Jaco and Cheryl
Petiton and Don and Betty Ross all came by for awhile as
did Brian and Bridget (Dolan) Donovan. Joe Dolan, who
was there with Paul Violan, left, came back, then left, came
back and finally left again. Attending from San Antonio were
Steve Gilbert, newcomer Greg Norton and his son Aaron. By
the way, where were Jim and Lena Norris? We missed you.
From San Francisco was Alex Bloise with his kids and wife
Esther. Manny "Catz" Catzuela as well as Lynn Saarinen
and her husband Herb made an appearance to solidify the
Houston connection along with Will McConaughey. Also
sighted were Pablo Carrasquillo and his wife, George and
Joann Fitzgerald, Don and Cindy Brown, Bill Eldridge
and Carlos (from Curundu), Albert and Sue (Hirons)
Fehrenbach drove up from Kerrville for the weekend.
Albert, a veritable inspector gadget, brought along a mechan-
ical fish which was definitely the big hit of the day, swim-
ming aimlessly to and fro until its batteries finally gave out
leaving it worn out at the bottom of the deep end. Along with
a cloudless sky and good food (this time Stan only slightly
burned the chicken) we carried on laughing, swimming and
eating until the stars at night, which by the way, are big and
bright, left only the true diehards left standing to indulge in a
late night snack (breaking out all the put away food and total-
ly messing up the kitchen again) and more poolside banter.
Is it Sunday yet? Move the party back up to Round Rock.
Re-tap the keg. Clean the pool. Make Bloody Marys. Go to
the store. Buy MORE ice. Here we go again. Al, Sue, Stan,
Noreen (who didn't take a shower because she had a "Cookie"
bath) drove up from the Austin disaster area. Beth Wright
and Mary Fehrenbach show up. Here comes Leslie, Val and
Sara (the pfun lovin Pfluegerville gang). Hey, is that Betty
Ross? The gangs all here. Light the BBQ and jump in the
pool. Stan takes Noreen to the airport and leaves. We get the
call, flight's cancelled. Mitch (Noreen's husband) will have
to wait another day for his sweetie. Back to the airport. Back
in the pool. Is it Monday yet? Honey, I'm home.
In closing, you may ask, what does this all have to do with
South Florida? All I have is this road trip to write about. I did-
n't receive one single bit of bochinche for the last three
months. A few "I'll email you something" or "when is your
report due?" but not one name, story or lie. Maybe next time,
P.S. I've had several calls asking me about the Black Beans
Cafe in Hollywood, Fla. I must warn you, it's a small hole-in-
the-wall diner and doesn't require reservations. However the
food is great and the staff (all two of them when its busy) are
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
We are still catching our breaths from another fun, suc-
cessful reunion. I want to thank everyone involved for their
efforts and hard work...Bob and I and my sisters and brother-
in-law had a blast. We are already looking forward to next
We are always eager to welcome new people to our area
and in early June, Anne E. Hale, mother of Peggy (Hale)
Huff and Glenora (Hale) Cleary, relocated from Leesburg,
Fla. She is living at Courtenay Springs Village. Anne went to
Panama when she was seven years old and left when her hus-
band Hugh Hale, who passed away in 1991, retired from the
Don and Joyce Humphrey helped get us in the reunion
spirit with their annual pre-reunion picnic/pig roast on July
20th. In addition to Don's great roast pork specialty, we were
treated to ceviche, empanadas, mango, ron, cervezas, and
rey overseeing his pork barbeque.
tr right) with two assistants organizing
Other Humphrey family members who attended the bar-
beque were: Don's mother Gladys Bliss Humphrey; daugh-
ter Dellrie Humphrey and Pat Vasquez, daughter Donna
(Humphrey) Moorhead, Carey, Cassie, son and daughter-
in-law Greg and Pam, Gage and Tristan. Other Zonians who
were there were: Billy Bright, Rod Brayton, Cindy
(Moore) Blom, Dylan Forsythe, Carol (LaCroix) Beebe,
Mike LaCroix, Sandy (Hughes) Clafin and grandson,
Randy and Joella (Jenkins) Deakins, Terry and Sue
(Mathieson) Deakins, Jon and Sue (Phillips) Fisher and
Sue's parents, Buddy and Dottie Phillips, Bob and Alice
(Taylor) Forsythe, Edna Forsythe, Steve "Buck" Gilbert,
Liz Hanna, Kenny and Patty Karpinski, Marc Malavasic,
Bob and Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Bonnie
(Nehring) Tudor, Maurie Moore, Bob and Francis (Lindh)
Morrissey, Russell "Obe" Oberholtzer and son Joey
Oberholtzer, Jimmy and Ely Palumbo, Luke "Toddy"
Palumbo, Windy and Donna (Wertz) Sasso, Paul and Ann
(Terwillinger) Smithers and daughter Molly (Engelke)
Violet Deakins surrounded by her family on her 90th birth-
We have had some wonderful birthday celebrations in the
last few months. On July 7th, the Deakins family celebrated
Violet Deakins' 90th birthday. Violet went to the Canal Zone
in 1929, married Roger Deakins in 1936, and they had two
sons, Randy and Terry. Both sons were born in Colon
Hospital...in the same room, by the same doctor, four years
apart. Roger and Violet retired to Titusville, Fla., in 1965. Vi
was known throughout Panama for the lovely Polleras that
she made. The menu for the party included corvina, filete,
ceviche, and carimanolas, which Randy and Joella brought
back from Panama with them. Vi was thrilled to have as
guests at the party not only her sons and daughters-in-law,
and most of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren:
Randy and Joella Deakins, sons Rick with wife Tracie and
children Ricky and Meghan, Tim and Tom; Terry and Sue
Deakins, daughter Allison with husband Tim Blackstone.
In May, Blanche Stabler celebrated her 85th birthday!
The family and a few friends gathered at Longhorns restaurant.
Much to her chagrin and embarrassment, we had the restau-
rant staff sing to her and present her with the traditional
birthday sundae. Following dinner, she enjoyed cake and ice
cream at the home of her daughter, Frances (Stabler)
Meyer; and her great-granddaughter, Abigail Gray, two
vears old. helped Blanche blow out all those candles!
Front (L-R): Monika (Stabler) Gray, Abigail Gray,
Blanche Stabler, Nikki Meyer. Back (L-R): Frank Stabler,
Kathie McConaughey, Bob McConaughey, Ron Meyer,
Fran (Stabler) Meyer.
Members of the Grimison-Bottin family gathered togeth-
er in April to celebrate Eric and Rachel (Bottin) Grimison's
birthdays (Rachel-April 5 and Eric-April 25). The all-day fes-
tivities took place at Rachel and Eric's new home in Orlando,
and was their first large family party there. Guests, including
parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews,
cousins, spouses, etc., enjoyed fine company, great food,
beautiful decor and water sports in the pool.
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A Bottin-Grimison family gathering.
The guest list included Lourdes Bottin, Tom and Nancy
Grimison, Ana and Royce Bingham, Ana (Bottin) and Rob
Boyer with children Barbara, Caitlin and Catherine,
Meredith (Boyer) and Carl Broussard with son Charlie,
Dennis and Peggy (Hale) Huff, Buddy Bottin, Cristina
the food table.
(Grimison) Volonnino, Diane (Huff) Grimison with chil-
dren Carly, Tommy, Samantha and Megan (Richard, a
Port Canaveral harbor pilot, had to work), Patrick and Myra
(Brannon) Grimison with children Brandon and Chelsea,
Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher with children Dylan, Ryan
and Rachel (Geoff, a Delta pilot, had to work), Melinda
(Grimison) and Tom Niemeyer, and last but not least,
Phoebe (the dog) Bottin.
Randy and Joella Deakins want to thank the Panama
Canal Society, COPA Airlines, and Decameron Resort for a
wonderful vacation prize. The note reads: "We spent a week
in Panama. The first three days were at Decameron Costa
Blanca where all the food and drinks were included. It was a
beautiful place. Then Joella's BHS 1962 classmate, Yoli
Velez Woodman, picked us up to take us to her house at
Playa Esmeralda. We stopped on the way at Santa Clara and
found the old Deakins/Henter Army barracks house still
standing. While at Phil and Yoli's, we celebrated her birth-
day with seafood paella. Attending Yoli's party were 12 peo-
ple including her daughter Lily, Dr. Ocana (from Gorgas
Hospital) and his wife Rosemary, and Chipi Azcarraga.
Yoli and Phil were wonderful hosts, taking us to El Valle,
Penonom6 and Panama City shopping and sightseeing (of
course we had to buy an extra suitcase to come home)."
Joella and Randy Deakins in lobby at Decameron
In April, Bob and I were fortunate to have both our daugh-
ters, a son-in-law, and seven of our eight grandchildren here
for Easter. Needless to say, chaos reigned in the house, but it
was fun and the weather was warm enough so that the pool
kept all the kids entertained during the day and worn out by
night time. The Easter Bunny really had his work cut out for
him keeping all those baskets straight.
NEXT DEADLINE FOR THE
IS OCTOBER 18, 2003
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Zachary Parkhurst, Sage Peyton. Back Row (L-R): Kyle
Parkhurst, Kathie McConaughey, Bob McConaughey,
Stacey (McConaughey) Peyton, Monica (Livingston)
Parkhurst, Noah Parkhurst, Dan Parkhurst, Jennifer
I know we had a really quick deadline after the reunion
this time, so please send all your pictures and news from the
reunion to me for the next issue. The deadline is October
18th. Please call or e-mail me. I am always interested in con-
tacting new people in the area and I know that I am missing
info on some of our residents...so please keep me in mind
when sharing phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Thanks.
Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
Just home from the reunion, and I want to make a few
comments about that, before turning to Tallahassee news,
The big incentive for me to attend the reunion this year
(while my husband, Michael Smith, stayed home and
watched our very old, not very well, pooch) was the Bruce
Quinn musical extravaganza celebrating the 100th anniver-
sary of Panama's independence. In fact, as I write this article,
I am listening to Sarah Knapp sing "Always Summer"
(bought her cd at the luncheon). Sarah received a standing
ovation, when she sang this beautiful, poignant song about
Panama (lyrics by her mother, Mary Knapp, music by her
husband, Steven Alper). Right now, I'm belting out "Adios,
tierra de mi corazon", right along with Sarah, and recalling
how incredible she was singing both this song and the med-
ley of high school fight songs that had the Balboa High
School alumni trying to out-shout the Cristobal alumni (they
both upheld their honor with great exuberance and panache!).
Another highlight of the program was the moving, really
stellar, performance by John Bowerman, singing the beauti-
ful, yet haunting, "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (John is a
good friend, and fellow actor in California, with my niece,
Alice Ensor). John's and JoAnne Mitchell's hilarious duet,
"How Could You Believe Me When I Told You A Lie When
You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life", tickled everyone's
funny bones! Along with several performers who had enter-
tained us over the years in Theatre Guild and other produc-
tions, the cast also included four marvelous Panamanian
singers. One stunning beauty Janelle Davidson had an amaz-
ing voice. We all told her she would be the next J. Lo!
But, surely, two of the grandest performances included
three of the finest, most beloved, actors/singers to ever grace
the Isthmian stage: John Mayles (also co-master of cere-
monies) simply is Henry Higgins, when he sings "I've Grown
Accustomed To Her Face", from "My Fair Lady"! John's
performance was as effervescent as ever. Then, Angela
Bomford, singing, "Shall We Dance?" and Adolfo Arias,
singing/reciting, "The King's Monologue", recreated their
roles from "The King and I". Honestly, does it get any better
than that? I think not! Others who must be mentioned are
Toni Millard, co-master of ceremonies, who delighted every-
one, once again, with her wit, charm, and delicious sense of
humor. And Kaye Richey, who wrote the "book", or narra-
tive, that not only gave historical context to the songs that
were sung, but had the audience sighing with nostalgia for
such Panama/Canal Zone delights as arroz con polo, arroz
con cocoa, and French fries with gravy (from the Club
House)! The finale had the audience participating, first by
singing "Himno Nacional De Panama", then "The Star
Spangled Banner". I told Bruce Quinn, "It was such a mar-
velous celebration of multiculturalism. I wish Sixty Minutes
had filmed it, as it stands as a testament to how the entire
world should celebrate and embrace other cultures." Thanks
to all who worked so hard, both on stage and behind the stage,
to bring us this memorable event.
I'm sure we all enjoyed seeing old friends at the reunion.
I was fortunate to have chance encounters (even if it was
standing in line in the ladies room!) with many wonderful
people-too many to mention-though, I must thank my dear,
dear friend Shirley (Blumberg) Leffler for sharing a room
and the week-end, with me. Shades of Santa Clara where we
whiled away the days on the beach and the nights talking till
dawn. Another person I so looked forward to seeing again,
after very many years, was Donna (Jones) Brophy. I had
mentioned this to my wonderful aunt, Doris (Rusty) Folger.
When Donna spotted Rusty, and went to say hello, Rusty
said, "Oh, my niece Sharon Smith is looking forward to see-
ing her two dear friends, Shirley Leffler and Donna Brophy."
At which point Donna said, "I am Donna Brophy!" Too
funny. Donna and John Brophy's daughter, Charlene joined
Donna for a few days at the reunion. Can't believe the pre-
cious little girl is all grown up, with two young children of
her own. Charlene, going by the name Kelley, is a disk jock-
ey/radio manager in Dothan, Ala. Speaking of Rusty it was
fun watching Rusty "hold court", as so many of her former
cub scouts and friends of her sons, Gary and Wayne Folger,
stopped by to pay their respects. I didn't get to spend very
much time talking to my cousin, Wayne, as it was also his
class reunion. But he is as handsome, warm, and wonderful
as ever. Michael and I were lucky though to have Rusty, her
dear friend, John Ward (we call him St. John), Gary and his
terrific son Georgie stop by for dinner in Tallahassee, on their
way to the reunion from New Orleans. We were able to catch
up on lots of family news, including Georgie's thoughts about
following in his brother, Didier's, footsteps and joining the
Navy (actually, Georgie intends to apply to West Point, when
he graduates from high school next year). I didn't get to see
much of the Smith clan; Paul, Patrick, Mike and Donna
Smith, and Cherish Collupy at the reunion (Nancy Smith
Lincoln did not attend, and Patrick Lincoln is still serving
in Iraq). But all (except Pat Lincoln, of course) recently
attended our daughter Kristin Kirkby's graduation from the
University of Florida's School of Veterinary Medicine and
the celebration dinner that followed in honor of both Kristin
and our son, Timothy Kirkby, who had graduated two weeks
before from the University of Florida's School of
I saw the Spradlin clan at the reunion and understand they
had recently enjoyed another family reunion with most, if not
all, of them in attendance for a Fourth of July bash, complete
with barbeque and the requisite fireworks. Those who gath-
ered at Lloyd and Margaret (Stevens) Spradlin's home in
Tallahassee included son Brett, and his wife Katherine, their
sons Jared, Matthew, and Dylan Spradlin; son John and
his wife Nicole, and their daughters Kyleigh and Taylor
Spradlin; son Ryan Spradlin with his friend, Janet Mohler;
Joe and Bev (Bowman) Wood; and a good portion of the
entire Tallahassee population (daughter Tracy and her hus-
band Kurt and their two boys Kyle and Colin were not able
to make it from Jacksonville, but did join the clan at the
reunion in Orlando).
I had a note from Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus, along
with a photo, sharing some information about recent out-of-
town guests and get-togethers. Pam and Jim Reid visited
with Katherine and her husband Mark Heddaeus over the
Memorial Day weekend. Mark and Katherine hosted a dinner
party in their honor, attended by Rich and Angie Linton, Ed
and Kari Mcllvaine, Hugh and Eileen Thomas, Tom
Robertson, and Roy Wilson.
Sitting L-R: Pam Reid, Angie Linton, Katherine (Simons)
Heddaeus, Kari McIlvaine, and Eileen Thomas. Standing
L-R: Richard Linton, Mark Heddaeus, Hugh Thomas,
Tom Robertson, Roy Wilson, Ed McIlvaine, and Jim Reid.
Had a call from George Gauger telling me about his 75th
birthday celebration, hosted by his wife Ruth in their home
in Tallahassee. In attendance were several former Zonians, to
include Carl and Elaine Bretcher, Bud and Mel Green,
Mary Beck, Lisa (Gauger) and Bruce Lulofs, and Brad
Mark, Katherine, and Jillian Heddaeus also had a visit
from Eddie Ferrel, a couple of weeks before his graduation
from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. Katherine says
it was fun having Eddie and his friend Chris tell their "sea
stories". They hosted a pre-graduation party/lasagna dinner
for Eddie with Frank Hinek, Trevor Vogel, and Blake
Thomas attending. She added that it was great talking about
Panama and "the good old days".
Thanks Katherine, George Gauger, and Margaret Spradlin
for sending me your news. How about the rest of you? I can't
write about it, if I don't know about it! Call or e-mail me with
your news about Zonian visitors, interesting trips you have
taken, or celebrations!
Sharon Smith, Reporter
Yes, I finally have some news from our Georgia Zonians
as well as some photos for this edition of the Canal Record.
Cissy and Gary Collins came through with their planned and
delicious Zonian luncheon at a very nice restaurant in Lithia
Springs, Ga., on May 3rd. We had a great group gather and I
did manage to get a photo of everyone who came. They were:
Cissy and Gary Collins, Jillian Walker Collins, Joan
Jablonski, Ed and Dottie Coleman Malin, Judy
Thompson, Dr. Charles and Alice Latimer and their daugh-
ter (all from Greenville, S.C.), John Powell and Coach Paul
Moser and his daughter.
L-R Standing: Paul Moser, Laura (Moser) Austin and
Dave Stevenson. 2nd row: John Powell, Judi Thompson,
Mary Torrence (Sneed) Hinkle, Mary, Alice and Chuck
Latimer, Sarah Finkelstein, and June Stevenson. Front
Row: Leah and Paulie Austin, Jillian (Collins) Walker,
Dottie and Eddie Malin, Gary and Cissy Collins, and
McKenna Catherine Walker (11 months old).
After lunch, Gary and Cissy invited the entire group over
to their home in Douglasville for dessert. I took a photo of
Joan Jablonski, Cissy Collins, Ed Malin and his wife, Dottie
Coleman Malin, while at Cissy's home. I was amazed to see
how much Dottie favors her mother, Pat Neckar Coleman,
of Ft. Myers, Fla., so just had to take a photo of her for the
Joan Jablonski, Cissy Collins, Ed and Dottie Coleman
Malin at Cissy's home in Douglasville, Ga.
I even had to take a photo of Gary Collins holding his
granddaughter, along with his daughter, Jillian. Both Gary
and Jillian had the biggest smiles. You could see Gary was
one proud grandfather and father.
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Jillian Walker Collins with her daughter and very proud
dad, Gary, at Gary's home in Douglasville, Ga.
The following day, May 4th, my husband Davis and I
went over to Conyers, Ga., to visit with Richard and Olga
Phillips and Vicki and Bob Boukalis, who had driven up
from Lillian, Ala., to visit with them. Managed to get anoth-
er photo of the Phillips, Boukalises and my husband Davis for
the Canal Record. Again, another delicious lunch prepared
jointly by Olga, Vicki, Bob and Richard. Bob had even
brought up some homemade ceviche, which was so good I
had several helpings. My husband and I enjoyed visiting with
everyone and being, once again, with friends from the Zone.
Bob and Vicki came back to our home that evening to spend
the night before their early departure the next morning for
Aiken, S.C., to visit with Vicki's mom for Mother's Day.
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Stevenson and Bob Boukalis on back deck of Richard and
Olga's home in Conyers, Ga.
Bob Boukalis pouring wine for a delicious dinner prepared
by Olga Phillips along with Vicki Boukalis.
Since May seemed to be my month for taking photos, I
took one of my sister Dorothy Gerhart and myself at the
Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., over the
Memorial Day long weekend. I had flown up by myself to
visit with my sister and her husband, Jim Gerhart, who live
in Silver Spring, Md. They treated me like royalty and I had
a great time visiting with them and their children, who all live
close by in Arlington, Va. We also managed to fit in a visit to
Williamsburg, Va., for one day, and take in a wonderful free
Memorial Day concert on the grounds of the Capitol
Building. Dorothy introduced me to a few of the PX's in the
area, and I did manage to find a few things that I liked. We
also went to the Viet Nam Memorial and saw thousands of
motorcycles that had come in for the Rolling Thunder that
they do annually in honor of the veterans. It was all very
impressive. I do hope to go back next year as the
District of Columbia area has so much to see and do, and, of
course, to see my "northern" relatives.
June Rowley Stevenson and Dorothy Gerhart at the
Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Judy Meyers Pajak (BHS'60) wrote me a letter, all the
way from Savannah to tell me of her news, and I was thrilled
to hear from her. She and her husband Doug (also BHS'60)
have recently retired at the Landings, Skidaway Island,
Savannah and they love it. They had a mini-C.Z. reunion
there in June with Walter Brown (BHS'61) and his wife
Diane who live in the Hilton Head area, and Didi Bremer
Rogers (BHS'61) and her husband Bob up from Florida.
Judy says that she and Doug are planning a trip to Panama in
December to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary and
are looking forward to seeing any of their classmates and
friends who are either still living in Panama or who will be
there at that time. She would like any of them to contact them
at their email address of dougpajak(iaol.com prior to
(L-R): Doug and Judy Pajak (BHS'60), Didi Bremer
Rogers (BHS'61) and Diane and Walter Brown (BHS'61)
at the Pajaks' home in Savannah, Ga.
I believe I have covered all the news that I am aware of
and am delighted with all the photos that I have for this edi-
tion of the Canal Record.
Remember, if any of you Zonians out there in any part of
Georgia have some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama
visitors, please either give me a call or send me an email/let-
ter so I can get your news in the Canal Record. I honestly
love hearing from you, and know other Zonians feel the same
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
Marian Gregg of Slaughter was happy to have three chil-
dren from out of state visit this summer. Eugene Jr.came the
farthest, from Korea with his wife Melinda and their daugh-
ter Elena, 2. Their son Blake was born here in July. Melinda
and Gene teach for DoDDS in Korea. Laura Gregg Roa and
her children, Ann-Marie, 13, John, 10, and Thomas, 7, vis-
ited from Belgium where Laura teaches for DoDDS. They
also went to Panama for two weeks to visit friends and fami-
L-R: Melinda Gregg with daughter Elena, 2,
Gregg Brown with daughter Gillian, 1.
Ann-Marie Roa and her mother Laura Gregg Roa with
Ann-Marie's 13th birthday cake.
Gail Gregg Weien and her children Molly, 15, and
Sarah, 12, visited from Colorado Springs. They drove 24
hours and arrived the same day their nephew and cousin
Blake was born. Marian was happy to have them visit and to
have other family close by. Helen Gregg Brown lives in
Zachary with her husband Jeffrey and daughter Gillian who
was born Sept. 11, 2002. Nancy Gregg lives next door to
Marian and grandchildren Carlye, 23, Rayne, 22, Haylye,
19, and Harrison, 18, live across the street. They are Dr.
Clayton and Lynn Gregg Brown's children. Jeffrey and
Clayton are brothers. Lynn died in 1997 and Eugene Sr. died
Nancy Gregg, Slaughter, La., with niece Gillian Brown, 1.
The Brovkn siblings: L-R: Ra3
Clyde; Haylye, and Harrison.
Gloria Sigl Maisano (BHS'59), River Ridge, reports that
her mother Catherine Wallace former of Dothan, Ala., has
moved to Ville St. Marie in Jefferson to be near Gloria, her
husband Joe and grandchildren Page Maisano Morris (Mrs.
Kenneth Morris Jr.) and William Maisano. Catherine also
sees a lot of her great-grandchildren Hannah and Kenneth
Morris IH, and Lauren and Nichole Maisano. She had lived
in Panama since 1943 and worked in the Comptroller's
accounting division, Panama Canal Co., Balboa Heights.
After retiring in 1979 she moved to Dothan.
Alice Benthall Saltzman, Thibodaux, enjoyed a visit
from Mary and John Fisher on their way back to California
from Orlando where they attended John's CHS 50th class
reunion. The Benthall and Fisher families have been close
friends since the early '40s when both lived in Gatun.
This reporter enjoyed a July trip to Las Vegas for three
days of Jazzercise dancing, including salsa, funk, country and
swing. More than 4,000 dancers from 11 countries participat-
ed. Not all dancing. During a panel discussion, Dr. Heather
Pena shared her list of power foods: broccoli, blueberries,
walnuts, green leafy vegetables, grapes, oats, salmon, garlic,
tea and soy. Enjoy!
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
This is my second official report on the people who hailed
from the former Canal Zone and Panama now living in
Maryland. I am honored to be your reporter from this state
and to introduce the following members: Pat Marek, who
came from the Atlantic side and was a long-time resident of
Kerrville, Texas before coming to Owings Mills, Newtown,
Md. Pat is known for her shortbread and sweet smiling face.
Her daughter and family live in another nearby town.
Another Maryland resident and former Zonian is Pat
Stilson Van Newkirk. Pat lived just across from the YMCA
in Balboa and attended Balboa grade school for a short while
but completed high school in Parkville, Md. Some Zonians
remember her father Joe Stilson, his penchant for stamps and
her late sister, Anita. Pat's ancestors were Americans who
lived in Colon since the era before construction by the
Americans of a canal. Remember Stilson's Pond? It was on
the property of their summer place near Gatun.
The month of June brought two more into the circle of
former residents from the Isthmus. First, there was Charissa
Pretto Huie and her husband Roberto who have lived in
Maryland since 1989. Charissa is a 1983 CHS graduate and
lived in Colon and Coco Solo. She is a teacher and her hus-
band Roberto is a social worker. They are parents to sons -
Jaedon (7) and Lucas (2). I asked if she were related to Fr.
Pretto who played at reunions before and she said she is relat-
Charissa and the Prettos are Colon natives dating back to
prior to the canal being built. Her grandmother was Ligia
Villalaz, a famous Panamanian singer and her father was in
the perfume distributing business in Colon. Their e-mail
address is Psstoye@aol.com.
Towards the end of June, Carol Ciepiela sent word that
she and husband Bob had recently moved to the Annapolis,
Md. area in March. She said that she has the Panama Canal
Society decal on her rear bumper and had hoped that it would
draw some other Zonians to honk or contact her. Bob is
retired military but they lived in the Zone from 1971-1980.
She worked for the Canal Zone Government and the Panama
Canal Company in Transit Operations and moved from
Richardson, Texas where the Ciepielas were "constant com-
panions" of Art (tugboat captain) and Edie Farrell. Do drop
them a line at her e-mail address at Ciepiela@(omcast.net.
She and Bob are new residents at Baywoods of Annapolis, a
retirement community for active seniors.
In July, a Maryland member, Dorothy Rowley Gerhart,
called me. She is the sister of June Rowley Stevenson.
Hailing from the Atlantic side, she now lives in Silver Spring,
Md. after a long eleven-year stay in Germany. She left the
former Canal Zone in 1972.
Also in July, I was contacted by yet another former
Zonian, Michael Sparling. He is a new member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and although he has never
been to a reunion, he plans to in the future. He, like Dorothy,
spent many years overseas but rather than Germany, he spent
eighteen years in Korea. Michael is married and he and Sue
have three small girls Catherine, Michelle and Leslie.
Although born in the United States, he was taken as an infant
to Panama and was later adopted by Zonians, Wesley and
Mary Jane Sparling. After attending many years of school
in various locations such as Curundu and living in Coco Solo,
Corozal, Los Rios and elsewhere, he graduated in 1973 from
a stateside high school. He is interested in contacting other
Zonians. His email address is sparlingmd(earthlink.net.
Michael and Sue live in Jessup, Md.
Let's hear from more of you.
Robin E. Harrison, Reporter
Max Sanders, Kosciusko, saw our announcement in the
Canal Record about T-shirts and sent us 21 pounds of them.
Thanks, Max! They have been delivered to the area Seamen's
Center for free distribution to foreign seamen. Max grew up
in the Canal Zone and is married to Willa Sanders, executive
director of the Kosciusko-Attala Chamber of Commerce.
Ginger Newland Teer (BHS'69), Gulfport, writes that
she and Dan have returned from Jacksonville, Ala., where her
dad, George Newland, underwent triple bypass surgery.
Good news is that George did great even though he's 78 years
old. Ginger says he's back on the golf course, chipping and
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
The reunion was great as usual and the luncheon program,
that I am sure everyone who attended will agree, was
absolutely spectacular. Thank you Bruce Quinn and cast for
a most memorable experience.
The 2nd Annual PanaGringos Reunion of North Carolina
will be held on Sunday, October 12th, 2003 starting at 11:00
AM, 302 Courtland Drive, Elon, NC. Bring a dish, drink and
a chair. Directions: Interstates 40/85, Exit 141, Elon N.C.
From the West turn right off the ramp, from the East turn left,
go past the hospital and take your next right onto St. Mark's
Church Road, go through two traffic lights, turn left onto
Woodland Drive (.8 of a mile from the 2nd light). At the stop
sign, turn left onto Courtland Drive, 8th house on the left a
white brick. Contact Kathie Lavallee Sears at (336) 585-
I had a note from Velma and Dave Reilly from Hickory,
N.C., telling of a visit from a CZJC'54 classmate, Kathy
Sandidge and her husband Bill, along with two friends,
Donna and Hugh Morton from Omaha, Neb. Velma and
Kathy had not seen each other in 12 years so they had a lot of
reminiscing about their CZJC days. The guests were treated
to a typical Panamanian dinner of arroz con pollo and
empanadas. They had a wonderful visit and agreed not to wait
as long to get together again.
In May, I had a great visit from my brother and sister-in-
law, Bill and Betty (Flenniken) (CHS'52) Dunning, from
Rodgers, Ark, and my sister Sandi Ingle (BHS'60) from
Longboat Key, Fla. After a few days here, we all drove up to
Pennsylvania to visit relatives and stopped on our way to visit
my daughters Lisa and Laurie and grandsons Zack and
Justin. Sandi returned at the end of June, along with two
grandchildren Kelsey and Jacob to help celebrate my birth-
day one of those numbers over 50! Also visiting were my
sister Vicki Howe, my niece Nanette, great niece Kaitlyn,
from Fla., and daughters Laurie and Terri and families from
North Carolina and Georgia. We celebrated 4th of July early
with Laurie and family before Vicki returned to Fla. In July I
attended the National Pastoral Musicians conference in
Cincinnati, Ohio, which was outstanding and then drove to
Florida with my daughter Lisa for the reunion.
I had a call from George Stone, a machinist at Miraflores,
who retired in 1989 and is living in the Forest City-Shelby
area, which isn't too far from Hendersonville. He lived on
Sibert Circle in Diablo just down the street from us and
remembers the Austins, Bakers, and Wallaces among others
on Sibert Circle. He was at the reunion with Bob Webb and
asked about Ron Merrill, Doug Gibbs, Alan Blaney and
Alex Hinek, so if any of you are reading this, George sends
My daughter, Lisa Johnson had a get together at her home
with two classmates, Carmen Wanner from Nogadaches,
Texas and Elizabeth Austin and daughter Alejandea from
Wilmington, N.C. Carmen made arroz con pollo, Elizabeth
made French fruit cookies and Lisa fixed Johnny Mazetti. I
once invited my dear friends Obie and Capt. Ted Farr over
for Johnny Mazetti and Charades. Obie called to ask who
Johnny Mazetti was.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny hosted a 4th of July party at
their home in honor of their sons Willy from California and
Gerald from Connecticut and their families who were visit-
ing. Jim and Diane Bradley brought the ceviche, which was
devoured in record time. Pat and Sherry Fraser also attend-
ed. Our condolences go out to Wilma on the recent death of
her father in Georgia.
The Bradleys and Pat and Sherry were at the reunion. Pat
and Sherry stayed just long enough to purchase a few goodies
from the venders before they headed back to North Carolina
They stayed over night with Linda Sherry on the way down
and with Art and Marge Sherry in Zephyrhills on the way
back. Art and Marge returned to Panama the day after the
Norma and Sam Irvin moved into a "smaller less-work
less-maintenance within walking distance to the mall house"
a while back and hosted a lovely dinner party for Malcolm
and Jean Stone and myself. They are anxiously awaiting the
arrival of a new granddaughter from son Tom and his wife
Kathy. Norma says that is all the excitement they had had
I stopped and visited briefly with Joe Maravilla in Ocala
on my way back from the reunion. He is doing well and has
a cute little dog to keep him company. His daughters Kathy
and Nancy both live nearby. Joe has finally retired from sub-
stitute teaching, his second career after retiring as Safety
Director in Panama.
It was good to see everyone at the reunion. North
Carolinians keep sending me your news! I can't write without
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Greetings to all of you from the sunny NW. We have been
having beautiful weather for weeks at deadline time. It is so
very beautiful here at this time of year!
In June, Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring took a road
trip with their 9 girls to South Dakota to visit Grandma
Herring at Rock (CHS'67) and Elaine (Herring) ('61 or '62)
Mason's home in Watertown. Grandma had gone there for a
month's visit from her home in Lynn Haven, Fla., where she
resides with Anne Marie and Christine Herring. Her visit
north included a week-end retreat at a lovely Fatima shrine in
Alexandria, S.D., with Elaine. Tim and Theresa came out and
invaded her visit so that she could meet the Herrings Anna
(4), Stephanie (2) and Cecilia (10 months). Now grandma
boasts she has seen all 54 of her grandkids!! Their visit was
super as it also included the annual cancer survivor's walk.
All the cousins got acquainted and taught the Herring girls
how to play hacky sack! Rock and Elaine are also Cecilia's
godparents and this was their first opportunity to see her. Tim
and Theresa thoroughly enjoyed seeing Mt. Rushmore and
Yellowstone Park and other area sites. Theresa says "What a
beautiful country we live in!"
Lee and Kathy Snider just got back from a week's visit
to Gilroy, California where they found their son Bill in great
spirits and doing real well, living independently in his town
house. Their daughter, Beth Hutchinson and her husband
Shayne are coming for a visit at the end of the month to play
some bridge and just visit with all the Sniders now that there
will be three of their siblings living up here. Brother Tom and
wife Evelyn just purchased a gorgeous home in Gig Harbor
as she is stationed at Ft. Lewis. Tom and Evelyn's daughter
Kristin will be a freshman at Western Washington in the fall
and their sons Kyle (11th grade) and Ryan (8th grade) will
attend the public schools nearby.
Marti Lohr had her annual Indianapolis 500 betting party
at her lovely home and gardens (she gardens with vigor) in
Sequim, Wash., in May. Marti on the "Lady's group" (she's
cut-throat) and Lee won the "Men's group" (he tried harder).
The photo was taken by Cecil Caudill.
Standing L-R: Jim Young, Jim Shobe, Dan Nellis, Marti
Lohr, Lee Snider, Noralie (Roche) Shobe, Bev Baker,
Donna Caudill, Garnett McLaughlin and Kathy Snider.
Sitting L-R: John McLaughlin, Mary (Sullivan) Young,
and Pat (Rudge) Nellis.
Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin went to the UK on June 15th
to visit daughter Nancy and her family, who live in Woking,
Surrey. Her son Mitchel will be one in August already. She
spent several days doing the sightseeing things everyone does
when in England; Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey,
changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Tower of
London, Big Ben, House of Parliament, world's largest Ferris
wheel built for the millennium, the London Eye, and
England's largest winery in Dorking. They then flew to Pisa,
Italy and spent a week at a beautiful villa in the hills of
Tuscany in the small town of Gugliano. They saw Florence,
Monte Carlo, Lucca, Pisa and places in between. Ginny real-
ly enjoyed the grandson, who she says is a great traveler.
Ginny has been enjoying going to grandson Seth's soccer
games on Saturdays and will be going to the "T" ball games
during the season.
Ginny, Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin went to a
Seattle Mariner's baseball game in May and to the Yanni con-
cert in Seattle the same week. In August, Ginny is expecting
a visit from her youngest daughter Karen Blennerhassett
and two kids for a 2-week visit. After they leave, Ginny, her
middle daughter Sandi McClanahan and husband Autie,
will be going to the Cirque du Soleil performance in Renton,
Robert Rankin with new grandson Ian Robert and grand-
daugther Ella Kate, children of Jennifer (Rankin) and John
Lewis of Fayetteville, Ark.
In April, Joan (Doherty) Stoltz, husband Bill and daugh-
ter Patty spent two weeks visiting children in Utah and
Pennsylvania. Their oldest daughter Angela and her family
live outside of Salt Lake City, and Bill and Joan had a won-
derful time spoiling all three grandchildren there. They
couldn't quite understand why it kept snowing on their spring
break, though. It was then on to a Beaver Falls, Pa., where
son Bill lives with his wife and three girls. Joan is still work-
ing at the local quilt shop while Bill, retired Ranger with the
State Parks as of the end of May, keeps busy puttering around
with his new hobby, restoring old, small outboard motors.
The Stoltzes are being kept busy with two grandchildren,
Sean (16) and Emily (11), from Utah with them for the sum-
Paul and Suzette Baker have been back in Auckland on
their sailboat for a week and are deeply involved with all of
the boat projects they hadn't completed in February. On the
trip back, their flight stopped in Fiji where they decided to
stop over for two nights and visit with friends at Musket
Cove, a nice resort that is very welcoming to cruising yachts
and saw many of their cruising friends there.
Rick and Luz Alvarez wrote that they became some of
the youngest (??) grandparents in Panama, on July 17 when
Johanna and Jose Luis Alvarez had a baby boy (Jr.).
Jim Huffman (CHS'74), son of Willard and Kathleen
Huffman, writes that he and wife Joan moved to Washington
from San Antonio about a year ago and settled in Oak Harbor,
where Joan is in the Navy. They are hoping to make Oak
Harbor their permanent home (even after she retires). Joan
recently returned from a 6-month deployment in Diego
Garcia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jim surprised
her by taking her to the North Bonneville Hot Springs Resort
on the weekend after she returned. There, Clover (Shobe)
Duffus took Joan shopping in Portland on Saturday while Jim
and Jim Duffus enjoyed a round of golf at Beacon Rock. The
Duffus family treated them to a barbecue Saturday night. Jim
said it was a nice relaxed weekend.
Bill Hanna, Leo Eastham, Guy Fealey, Jim Fealey, Ed
Kennedy, Joe Wallace, Pat Manning and Gerry Laatz
recently went to the annual Velocette Owners' Club Rally in
BC and met up with Dick Casey and John and Michelle
Bundy there. The rally included six days of riding around the
area from Kamloops. Pat Manning won the Best Non-Velo
Award for the year. Dee Dee (Davis) Hanna stayed with
Howie Laatz while the fellows were off, and did some NW
The CZ group at the Velocette Rally in BC in July.
Rear L-R: John Bundy, Guy Fealey, Gerry Laatz, Dick
Casey, Michelle Bundy, Pat Manning, Ed Kennedy and
Joe Wallace. Front L-R: Billy Hanna, Jim Fealey and Leo
Since their retirement, Dick and Pat Bjorneby have been
spending summers in Kent, Wash., and winters in Bonita
Springs, Fla., and have decided to leave the NW behind to
stay all year in Florida. Cecil and Donna Caudill recently
hosted a farewell luncheon for the Bjornebys, also attended
by Lee and Kathy Snider.
We received a nice letter from Mary Alice Thomas who
left the Zone in 1966 and now lives in Bremerton, Wash.
We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends
of John Coffey on his recent passing. He was much beloved
by so many folks.
Thanks so much to all of you who sent us news for this
issue. It is muchly appreciated!!
Hasta la proxima!
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
Well another couple of months have come and gone here
in the beautiful motherland of Panama. We have seen a mon-
umental and highly advertised event come and go, the Miss
Universe Pageant and now anticipating the CBS television
reality show "Survivor". The contestants, who arrived at the
end of June, were directly transported out to undisclosed
islands in the Perlas. Meanwhile, the CBS crew and staff have
set up "camp" in Contadora, renting two hotels in their entire-
ty for 4 months. The price.. a couple million dollars.
We have a few "zonians" involved with set-up, construc-
tion and translation. We know Zonians are the only ones who
can speak the rare, forked-tongue, language "SPANGLISH",
to the native islanders! Donny Husted is one of the camp-
ground managers on Contadora. Jorge Bloise, Rene Acuna,
Ryan Sweeney, Monica Morales and her cousin Ian
Morales are also involved with the show's program. The
show has registered quite a following of fans, not to mention
the "Survivor Groupies" that follow the show to every loca-
tion and Panama is certainly no exception. The popularity of
Panama is expected to increase as the show is filming and
definitely when it is broadcast nationwide.
Dan Nellis, Marti Lohr, Pat Nellis and Jim Shobe at
Allison (Hoffman) Hastings with daughter McKenna Ryan.
Lum's Bar and Grill
L-R Front row: Zenia Morris, Christy Ford, Lucy Haines,
Marita Kaufman, and Marie Laur. Back row: Donny
Husted, Henry Josephs, Trina Clark, Tommy Morris,
Sam Castleton, John Haines III, Kirby Kaufman, Mark
Social activities and parties are alive and kicking in the
community. A bunch of us got together at Lum's Bar and Grill
in Corozal, for a "We-Be-Jammin' Reggae Fest. Attendees
were: Johnny and Lucy (Lincoln) Haines, Trina Clark,
Sam Castleton, Christy Ford, Mark Ford, Tommy and
Zenia (Neely) Morris, Kirby and Marita (Jaen) Kaufman,
Henry Josephs, Pedro Penalver, Cathy Bottin, Joella
Cedefo, Jim Farrenbach, Art Mokray, Chris Skeie, Jorge
Bloise, Danny Maduro, and John Hanna. The party lasted
into the wee hours of the morning, to the smooth sounding
covers of Bob Marley.
The B.P.O. Elks Lodge # 1414 hosted their annual picnic
for the children of the Helen Keller School of the Blind and
The Fundacion Nueva Vida (Senior Retirement Home), on
June 20th, 2003, in the reverted area of Farfan in Howard.
The area was turned over to the Catholic Convent and is
supervised by Sister Jerry. The Lions Club of Panama was
also on hand and contributed to this heart warming event.
The Elks Lodge #1414 would like to let all former and cur-
rent members (both CONUS and abroad) know that the
Lodge is still active and would like to invite them to contact
the lodge by visiting their web site at http://elksl414.tri-
pod.com/2002/ to keep posted of on-going community and
civic activities, that are still being performed by the Lodge
and their members (in their over 80 years of existence) and
lastly, to get in contact with fellow brothers that they may
have fallen out of touch with over the years.
Dodd Dupree was back in Panama on a special job
assignment with the US Embassy along with wife Tiernan
(Corrigan) Dupree and their 2 children, Mackenzie and
Kyle. They enjoyed every minute back and had a great time
visiting parents Frank Dupree and wife Flor who live on
Taboga Island and Colin and Alberta Corrigan, who now
reside on the Pacific Side of the Isthmus.
An impromptu get together was held at the Double Tree
Hotel in Tampa... I know, I should submit this to Lenni
Stokes (Tampa Reporter) but yours truly, Panama reporter,
Trina Clark was there, so it's Panama news. Anyway,
Richard Grimison and wife Diana (Huff) Grimison, along
with their children Carly, Tommy, Samantha, and Megan
went to Busch Gardens for the weekend, so when Richard
started calling people to give a heads up and someone packs
a couple of coolers and pulls out the "special occasion" Ron
Cortez bottle, we have a party on our hands. Mike Laverty,
Dave MacArthur, Ralph Furlong, Karen (Kirby)
Laverty, Jeff and Dawn (MacArthur) Weatherbee, John
Magee Jr., Danny Norman, Lynley Weade, were a few of
the people that stopped by to "Happy Hour". We even had a
few phone calls coming in from across the Florida coast from
Andrew Efthimiades, who recently moved from Panama to
the Merritt Island area, to continue his career as a pilot state-
side. A call was also made to John Hern Jr., who recently
made a move back to Florida to Boca Raton. Wow! The sto-
ries that were flying around that night...too bad they can't be
In town for a vacation and rejuvenation period before the
hype of Reunion was Danny Norman, along with girlfriend,
Lynley Weade, Joy Lucas, Jasmine Lucas and boyfriend
Jeff. Mike Fennel, Sam Castleton, Pedro Penalver,
Douglas Webster and myself had a great time at Lums Bar
and Grill until 1:30 in the morning.
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Prepping with friends for Orlando 2003 Reunion
The 4th of July blow out bash, sponsored by the Elks
#1414 Lodge and attended by 100 or so family and friends
ranging from the VFW, Abou Saad Shrine, as well as US
Embassy. THE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. A pig
roast was the highlight of the evening along with a spectacu-
lar fireworks show. We stopped traffic in Balboa with our
party and also got a lot of salutes and cheers from local
Panamanians passing by. We played lots of music, created a
lot of laughter and celebrated our great nation in true-blue
American fashion ..... Here's to the good ol' U.S.A. !!
4th of July 2003
Good times, friends and memories
In town with some stateside friends, were Jimmy Groom
and wife Pam (Snell) Groom. I hooked up with them the first
night to take them down to Cafe Asis in Casco Antiguo, for
their delicious white sangria. We were joined by Mike
Fennell, who is on his 4-month vacation off the ship, so we
decided to close the place down at 3:00 a.m.
A fiesta took place at Cardenas Civic Center. I threw the
"1 day revival" together. I just missed hanging out at THE
CIVIC and because a lot of people were back in Panama.... I
decided it was time to bring it out of retirement. Wayne
Watkins, Matt Grimison, Eric and Rachel (Bottin)
Grimison, Eileen Jenkins, Prax Penalver, H.B. Twohy and
Kelly Hunt along with countless others joined me, for old
times sake. At any rate, it's still the best spot in town to play
a good game of ULTIMATE and you sure can't beat the park-
Anna reports seeing Patricia (Ormsbee) Shea (BHS'82)
and her two children, Thomas Kilian and Sylvia Marina,
visited her parents William and Magda Ormsbee in Panama
City in June after visiting her sister Carla (Ormsbee)
Gutierrez (BHS'80) and family in Mexico in May. While in
Panama, they spent time at the Decameron Beach Resort near
Rio Hato, a boat trip on Gatun Lake, toured Amador and
Flamenco Island, celebrated her birthday, and other activities.
While in Panama, Tommy also spent time in catching
geckos barehanded, while Sylvia concentrated on butterflies,
and both became quite adept at it. They returned home June
28 to Hong Kong. Pat's husband Jack, a Naval liaison offi-
cer in the U.S. Consulate General Office in Hong Kong, was
not able to accompany them this year. Pat and Jack attended
the 2002 Canal Zone reunion in Florida before visiting
Panama in July-August last year.
Jenilee Szymanski (BHS'94) made a surprise visit to her
mother, Anna (Proback) Opel, on July 31. While in town,
she met up with a group of friends who were in town for the
Matheney-Fitzpatrick wedding. Here they are pictured during
one of their city outings.
L-R: Nicole Profis, Jenilee Szymanski, Michelle Kuo and
Christina Maduro (all BHS'94)
Karen and Billy Coffee hosted a luncheon for Carole
Lightell, ex-chief nurse at Gorgas Hospital, who is visiting
from Seattle, Wash., at their retirement beach home in
Gorgona. This was a great get together for some of Karen and
Carole's former coworkers; Gae Speed, ex-chief nurse of
Coco Solo, Dorothy Sosa, ex-Gorgas Hospital Supervisor,
Pat Allan, who worked in nursing education at both Gorgas
and Coco Solo hospitals, Lone Sorenson, E.R. nurse at
Gorgas and Nancy Cuthbert, nurse anaesthetist; and Anna
Opel, the only non-nurse there. We all found out that Billy
BBQ's burgers better than he takes pictures-maybe we'll
have one in for the next issue.
During a trip to Panama in March to visit family and
friends, Captain Donald and Lydia Garrido of San Antonio,
Texas, enjoyed dinner at the Las Pencas Restaurant in Fort
Amador with John and Melva Bowman of Balboa. The
evening was spent reviewing local events, exchanging
bochinche and reminiscing about the many fond weekends
the two families had spent at Coronado.
L-K: Captain Do
During their brief visit to Panama in March 2003, Melissa
(Bowman) VanLeeuwen (BHS'91) and her husband Andy
enjoyed a partial Canal transit, spent time at the Decameron
and Gamboa Rainforest Resorts and toured the Casco Viejo,
as well as a number of other local points of interest. In honor
of the occasion, her parents, John and Melva Bowman of
Balboa, hosted a get together for family and friends which
included two of Melissa's "cholita" classmates.
L-R: Abraham and Dr. Iliana Rodriguez-Mesa de la
Barrera, Melissa and Andy VanLeeuwen, and Lisa (Palm)
Post, and husband Jason.
Faces seen in Panama recently: Wendy and Brian Sasso,
Kirby and Marita (Jaen) Kaufman, Buddy Bottin, Eric
Grimison, Danny Maduro, Ryan Sweeney, Kerry Leggett,
Rene Paruup, Jenilee Szymanski, Fran (Stabler) and Nikki
Meyer, Joey Zornes, Joey Lopez, Nicole Profis and fiance
Rob Dalven from NYC, Michelle Kuo from D.C., Lisa
Rojas, Ivan Rodrigues, John Herring from Vero Beach vis-
iting for two months and enjoying Boquete, Volcan, Cerro
Punto, and Aguadulce; Anita Seifert from Turkey for her
annual trek to her beach house in Portobelo; Carole Lightell
visiting her beach house in La Guaira, Bev and Joe Wood,
Brian and wife Karina Wood.
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Jack and Nancy (Askew) (BHS'62) Goodwin, of Lenoir
City, Tenn., enjoyed a visit in late June from their daughter
Lisa (Goodwin) (BHS'90) Stone, and grandchildren AJ,
who is four years old and Sara, who turned 1 in August. AJ
and Sara had a great time with their grandparents including
swimming, going to Dollywood, playing with the dog, and
riding on Grandpa's tractor!
Jack Goodwin enjoys taking his grandson, AJ Stone, for a
ride on his tractor.
Nancy Goodwin and dog Peanut are excited about a visit
from grandchildren, AJ and Sara Stone.
Sheila McNamee Taylor, Reporter
The annual "celebration" at the 2003 Panama Canal
Society Reunion was a busy, bustling affair that exuded
unbound energy into the atmosphere and left those touched
by it with a feeling of "well being" and "warm memories".
We enjoyed the gathering as I suppose did everyone there.
There were many familiar faces and some first timers too!
From California: Dick Tatleman (CHS'53) San Diego,
continues to cruise around the world, whenever he can. He is
still very involved with his condo association and kept very
busy. Dick also remains close to his Jacksonville family, the
Hasemanns (Louie and Gayle) and the Browns.
"The Leisure World, Laguna Hills, California Ladies"
Joline (Kilbey) Seeley; Kathy (Argo) Taylor (CHS'53); and
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, looked marvelous. Joline told
me that son Glenn (BHS'77) and wife Christina
(Efthmiadis) have just re-located in a townhouse in down-
town Dallas. She will be visiting soon.
I sat next to Joan Ridge de Grummond at the Reporter's
Business Meeting. She was wearing one of her "Signature
Hats" and looked stunning. She claims to be eighty years
young, but I don't believe a word of it! Joan was accompa-
nied by her daughter Tina (Cartotto) and husband Mike
Kathy (Molinaro) Taylor (CHS'53) has moved to
Leisure World, from San Diego and has continued to be
involved in many activities. She recently enjoyed a
"Stevenson Tour" to Panama.
The ever-elegant Irene Will was accompanied by daugh-
ter Rita Will and rest of her pampering family and seemed to
be having fun.
The Magee family was in full strength John and Phyllis
(Oceanside), Susie and Stan Allen (Palm Desert) and
Johnny Magee (BHS'83). "Prima Hermana" Kathleen
(Steiner) Bennett and husband Court also joined "The
Familia". Kathleen has had some serious health problems in
the past five years but is thankfully fine now and looking very
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer and daughter Sue Pitney
(BHS'58) traveled from San Diego. Catsy has developed
vision problems but is aware of all her many friends. Sue and
sister Laine were her eyes.
Ivan (the Mayor) Jenkins (Lake Forest, Calif) looked
very distinguished with his walking stick in hand. His six
children recently celebrated Ivan's ninetieth birthday with
ninety friends and family at the Clubhouse at Leisure World.
He is still active in the Lion's Club, and the Masonic Lodge.
From the Great State of Texas: Lou Seldon and wife
Suzette (Keller) and brother Barry Seldon (Richardson);
Captain Bob and Angie Bloemer (McKinney) and daughter
Barbara Ellington (Greenville) (CHS'73) who toasted her
30th Cristobal High anniversary. Maggie (Williams) Windle
and husband Bob (Cibolo) also from Texas.
The "50th Reunion of BHS Class Of '53" had a great
turnout mil gracias to all the "movers and shakers" on the
planning, the Hospitality Suite and the Memory Book. You
truly did "REKINDLE THE SPIRIT" of the unique times, we
In the suite: CZJC Coach James Wolf (aka "EL LOBO")
joined the boys in reliving the 1953 FOOTBALL CHAMPI-
ONSHIP. (Photos to follow) He had "da boys" riled up and
ready to go. Recitations followed with a memory presentation
of "Gunga Din" by El Lobo and "Dangerous Dan McGrew"
by Will Nickisher.
It was a delight to be reacquainted with Espie (Lopez)
Holford; Bill and Connie (Glassburn) Dawson; Charlie
and Norine (Dillman) Simms; Bobby and Rosa
Fishbough, Fred Sill; Jerry and Marcie Fox and Arlene
Greeting old friends Ray Nickisher, Tom and Nancy
Grimison; Jimmy and Joann Jones and Francis (Duke)
Boyd and Billy "D" Del Mater was special also.
Lots of "greetings and abrazos" in the lobbies too. Archie
Archletta (BHS'82) tells me that all is well in the Casa de
Louis Archeletta in La Pintada, Rep. de Panama. The
Archeltta Srs. have retired there. We remember many good
Scouting adventures spent with them. Carrot-topped Archie
is married and lives in Miami.
I met the "Velez Girls" Yolanda, Maria Elena and
Martha, formerly from Curundu, chatting with Doug
Chassin in the bar. They look great Hard to believe, Martha
was the "Flower Girl" in my wedding.
I had a long talk with Ruth Bomback (BHS'80) also. She
got me enthused about "Scrapbooking" which I plan to start
soon. Dad, Ed Bomback is thinner and doing fine.
Bill Carlin and his cronies Gil and Joe Smith seemed to
enjoy the activity in the public areas. Gil promised me I'd see
wife Sue (Pincus) after upteen years but the promise was all
Sonia (Canas) Valley looked stunning in her unique
"Panama" themed outfits. She gave me all the Panama news.
It had been more than twenty years, since I've seen Faye
McKean. Her granddaughter, Krystal; Christine's daughter,
was just married the middle of July. We talked and grieved
about Jeannie's too early death and agreed to keep in touch.
Peggy Acker (BHS'56) is still teaching and continues to
love it. Her three girls have finished school and are inde-
pendent. Peggy looks good and happy.
Bobby Morris and I joined the other nine hundred and
ninety- eight folks at the luncheon commemorating Panama's
Centennial 1903-2003 with a Century of Music. Knowing
Bruce Quinn's penchant for perfection, the program was not
a disappointment. It was an EXTRAVAGANZA! Especially
moving was the script written by Kaye Richey and the pres-
entation by Co-Master of Ceremonies, John Mayles, and
Toni Fisher Millard. The selection of songs was great and
there was alot of lip-syncing in the audience. The Panamanian
Poet Ricardo Miro's quote ".. .Maybe Panama was made so
small so it could be carried in your heart!" left the multitudes
with warm memories of Panama. KUDOS TO ALL THE
PERFORMERS on a special walk down memory lane.
The music at the Panazonian Dance and the Frankie
Pretto and the Parranda Band were sensational. We enjoyed
listening and dancing to all the old favorites.
The Catholic Mass was concelebrated by Father John
Kennedy, formerly of St Mary's Church in Balboa and
Father Frank Pretto, "The Salsa Priest". It was a special
service with former neighbors and friends together.
A mini family reunion, with sons Wil Robb (BHS'78)
and Carlton (BHS'79) and Dan and Marnie (Morris)
Hanesworth (BHS'63) and daughter Holly Jean and grand-
baby girl Emma never did materialize. We simply ran out
Any news and photos from Texas are welcome.
Remember, I'm only a phone call away. Address correction:
1517 Glastonbury Drive, Plano, Texas 75075.
Linda (Reimann) Morris, Reporter
The Hill Country Zonians Canasta Group continues to
eat/play monthly. They lost their usual haunt when it changed
hands but they are moving around and coping. In February
they were surprised with a mixed barbershop quartet serenade
sponsored by Sue Follett who was unable to attend that day.
Bea Rhyne was hostess for the month and the room was so
festive with everyone wearing red. Jackie Fearon tempted us
with huacas and Cuna stretch bracelets for sale.
Lois Carpenter came up from San Antonio to visit her
sisters Honey Fealey and Jean Smith and she will soon
return to help Fred Wells continue to celebrate his current
On Wednesday, July 16th, through the remnants of
Claudette, "eight crazy Canal Zone women" rode into San
Antonio to visit Lois Carpenter, have lunch, and play
Canasta. Who would risk such a wild ride you ask? Well,
Honey Fealey, Sue Graham, Marion Wells, Jo An Boussu,
Elsie Larson, Jackie Bishop, Iris Hogan (the winner of the
day), and Marge Kunkel. In spite of sheets of rain in Boerne
they made it safely to their play date and home again.
Bea Rhyne went with her daughter, Camille Eastham, to
New Orleans to the wedding of Robby and Cinda
Helmrichs Spilling's daughter, Meggan. They had a "mini"
reunion with old Canal Zone friends from both the Atlantic
and Pacific sides.
Bill and Sandy Weigle came through on a motorcycle
ride from Florida. They joined John and Vera Hanna from
San Antonio as they met up in Kerrville with Pat Fallon and
Leo Eastham. Honey Fealey escorted Sandy all around
Kerrville while the "boys" were busy.
Bea Rhyne celebrated her 39th birthday for the 43rd time.
Her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ed Stanford,
took her to the Cotton Gin in Fredricksburg to celebrate. Her
other daughter and son-in-law, Camille and Leo Eastham, had
a barbeque at their home in her honor. Leo's sister and broth-
er-in-law, Roseanna and Jerry Blais, drove over from Dallas
for the weekend, too. Her grandson and his wife, Eddie and
Wendy Stanford, drove straight through from their home in
Georgia to spend the day with grandma and then right back
the next day so they could go back to work.
Annie Boggs of San Antonio had her left knee replaced in
April. She was doing so well that after 5 weeks she had me
come get her for "a week in the country" so that her poor hus-
band, Topper (Robert), got a break from his nursing duties.
Annie is just using a cane these days and is already thinking
about doing the right knee.
Leo Eastham, Ed Kennedy, Guy Fealey, Jimmy Fealey,
Gary Laatz and others are on a motorcycle ride in
Washington State and even into British Columbia.
Sue and Bill Graham attended the high school gradua-
tions of their two youngest grandsons. Jeffery Elliott, son of
Rodney and Donna Graham Elliott, of Hinesville, Ga.,
graduated in late May. He will attend Armstrong College in
Savannah, Ga., in the fall. Danny Graham, son of William
and Denise Graham, of Olympia, Wash., graduated mid
June. He will attend Western Washington University in
Bellingham, Wash. Bill and Sue enjoyed visiting with the
children and grandchildren during both visits. It was their
first experience traveling by air and going through all the
Sorry I couldn't be joining everyone at the Reunion. My
Panamutt, Metty, and I are off to spend two months with my
brother-in-law and sister, Ray and Janet Fields-Himes, in
Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
Greetings from Northern Virginia. I heard from Lori
(Matros) Herrington (BHS'79) that Russ (BHS'67) is off
for the summer visiting friends and family in Florida on his
new Harley Davidson. Hopefully we'll have photos of him on
his new Harley for the next issue.
lan Leslie Clarke
Ian Leslie Clarke, son of Dale C. and Evangeline
Clarke of Fairfax, Va., grandson of Leslie B. (Biff) Clarke
and Lillian B. Clarke, nephew of Howard Linden Clarke,
Jr. and Emma Lou Clarke, and great-grandson of Howard
Linden Carke, all but one Zonians, was elected the President
of the SBA for the 2003-2004 term at Stetson College of Law,
St. Petersburg, Fla. Ian graduated with a Magna Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts degree in two disciplines, Communications
and English, from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., in
2000. Ian has served as Executive Vice Justice of Phi Alpha
Delta as well as Treasurer and Campus Liaison Chair for the
Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Ian expects to matric-
ulate in May 2004 with a Juris Doctor (JD) as well as his
Master of Business Administration (MBA).
One of our very own, Rosemary Millett Gilead, recent-
ly attended the 18th Annual George "Buck" Gillespie
Congressional Awards Ceremony at the Cannon House Office
Building on June 12, 2003, where Ted Henter (BHS'69) was
presented the Corporate Volunteer Award from the Blinded
American Veterans Foundation. Some of you may remember
that Ted was featured on the CBS presentation of Sixty
Minutes in 1998. He was blinded in an auto accident twenty
years prior and developed a software program that reads com-
puter text and turns it into speech. This invention, JAWS (Job
Access with Speech) not only enables the blind to be
employed, but assists the sighted with reading impairments
and dyslexia. His invention revolutionized the work force for
the blind. As if that wasn't enough, Rosemary also attended a
function at the White House "In Time with History" in the
East Wing and had lunch with Mrs. Laura Bush in the State
Rosemary Millett Gilead with Ted Henter
Tom and I just returned from St. Thomas where we had a
wonderful time. I was born in St. Thomas and had not visited
since the early 90s. It was nice to visit the few remaining rel-
atives that still live there and also had the pleasure of visiting
with my Dad's 8th grade art teacher who is 103 and going
strong. The beaches are truly beautiful and the local food
scrumptious. My mouth is still watering for hot beef pates
(empanadas to us Zonians) and other local favorites.
The shopping in St. Thomas is good, especially if you are
in the market for jewelry. Cardows is the place to go for the
best quality and price and it doesn't hurt that my cousin
works there and can get it at "cost". We are looking forward
to returning to St. Thomas and spending some time visiting
the other islands as well, hopefully in the near future.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. If you're in the
Virginia area and have information you want to share with us,
please contact me so I can send it in. Until next time, take
care and God Bless.
Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
BALDWINS OBSERVE 25 YEARS
Bob and Barbara (Stolts) Baldwin, both BHS'71 gradu-
ates, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Florence,
Italy, this past June. They currently reside in London, having
moved there from Alaska in 2001.
They have two children, Laura (23) and Paul (20) who
attend universities in Washington state.
DAVISONS CELEBRATE 67TH
Vera (Alvero) and Norman Davison celebrated their
67th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2003 at their home in
Lehigh Acres, Fla.
They have had a beautiful, happy, successful marriage
and have been blessed with a son Barry Davison (BHS'57)
and a daughter Marvel Davison Townsend (BHS'60), six
grandchildren, and three great-grandbabies. Norman was 90
years old in July and Vera will be 90 years old in December.
Barbara and Bob Baldwin
JAMEY BORELL GRADUATES
Jamey Borell, daughter of Jody Longhill (BHS'69) and
Jim Borell (BHS'69) graduated from Smith College in
Northhampton, Mass., on May 18, 2003. Jamey received a
B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science. She spent
her junior year abroad and attended the London School of
DR. CHELSEA COFFEY HAMMAN
Chelsea Coffey Hamman graduated from the School of
Medicine at the University of North Carolina May 18, 2003.
She will be doing her residency in Family Medicine at Moses
Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. Chelsea is married to
Jonathan Hamman, who is a Lutheran pastor in Danville,
Va. She and Jonathan have a daughter Faith who will be three
years old in September..
Chelsea is the daughter of Michael Coffey and the late
Leanne Coffey of Statesville, N.C. Proud aunts and uncles
are Jerry and Carolyn Coffey of Weeki Wachee, Fla., Billy
and Karen Coffey of Gorgona, Panama, and Lyn and Kenny
Gibbs of Yancey, Texas.
Dr. Chelsea Coffey Hamman
Jody Borell, Jim Borell, and Jamey Borell
BENDERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Merritt "Mirt" J. (BHS'48) and Joan Bender of
Seabrook, Texas, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
on November 21, 2002 while in Panama visiting their daugh-
ter Kim M. (Bender) Homa and son-in-law Dean Homa.
Dean and Kim invited Mirt and Joan out for a dinner on
November 20th, and took them to the City Club where they
were surprised by a group of their old friends and acquain-
tances from when Mirt worked with IAGS and lived in Fort
Clayton. Some of his old workers and friends who attended
were Rodrigo and Sheila Teran, Walkiria (Kiki) Fonseca,
Larry and Betty Goldstein, Jorge Sanidas, Ingrid
Pariente, Graciela Podest, Jorge Fonseca and Marcos
Gonzalez. Some of Dean's family and friends joined the spe-
cial occasion including brother Bruce Homa and his wife
Chris, sister Donna and her husband Fred Kunkel, "Bro"
David and Diana Bishop and fill ins Bonnie (Bishop) and
Ed Beasley. All were treated to a wonderful buffet and a
great time with old friends.
Mirt joined the Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS)
in 1948 and left in 1952 only long enough to meet Joan and
they were married in Ambridge, Penn., on November 22,
1952, at St. Veronicas. As a wedding gift Mirt's father gave
them an airplane ticket to Panama, they arrived in December
of 1952 and Mirt went back to work for IAGS. By January of
1953 they were in Ecuador, then had different assignments
throughout Central and South America. In 1967, Mirt left
IAGS and went to work for NASA, where he was involved in
the mapping of the moon and the mapping of the landing sites
in support of the Apollo program. In 1978, he returned to
IAGS, this time at the Cartographic School in Fort Clayton,
Panama, where he worked until they retired in September
Joan and Mirt then returned to the NASA area where they
had kept their home and currently reside. They have three
children, Michael Bender, who lives near them in Houston;
Steven Bender in Austin; Kim Homa in Panama and five
lovely grandchildren ranging in age from 12 to 6 years old.
MORE GERHART TRAVEL AHEAD
Brian Gerhart, between mom Dorothy (Rowley)
Gerhart and sister Suzanne Gerhart George (next to Sean),
having just been sworn in as a Foreign Service Specialist with
the State Department in Washington, D.C. He was soon to be
off to his first assignment with the embassy's Political
Section in Seoul, Korea.
Older brother Ken, on the right, was deployed about the
same time to Baghdad, supporting Defense Department
efforts there following the demise of the old regime. Content
staying home now with Dorothy in the Washington, D.C.
area, father Jim Gerhart rounds out the picture from May 9,
(L-R): Jim Gerhart, Dorothy Gerhart, Brian Gerhart,
Suzanne Gerhart George, Sean Gerhart, Ken Gerhart.
Melanie A. Herrington, daughter of Russell Herrington
and Lori Herrington (Matros), graduated on June 17, 2003
from Chantilly High School, Va. She is seen here with her
boyfriend, Brian Gould, ready for the 2003 Senior Prom.
Melanie will be attending Christopher Newport
University in Newport News, Va. Melanie is the granddaugh-
ter of Robert Herrington and Dorothy (Jordan)
Herrington, Clearwater, Fla.
Melanie Herrington and Brian Gould
Merritt "Mirt" J. and Joan Bender
FUSSELLS OBSERVE 60TH
Norris and Thelma Fussell were pleased to receive and
be entertained by family and friends at their 60th wedding
anniversary held June 15 at the Bent Tree Villas Clubhouse,
Boynton Beach, Fla.
Friends from out of town were Art Kerr from Panama,
Mary Beth Paul and Chad Bryer from California, and
Susan and Ed Marshall from Orlando, Fla.
Behind Norris and Thelma in the seats of honor are: Paul
and Kelly Pierce, Michael Pierce, Sarah Jackman (friend
of Sequoia Fussell standing next), Nory Fussell (BHS'66),
Linda Pierce (BHS'64), Sage (Fussell) Bowen, and
Rebecca (Fussell) Wessen (BHS'62). Seated on floor are
Preston Pierce, Seren Bowen, Leah Jackman, Rosa
Bowen and Rev Bowen.
KARA HUFFMAN GRADUATES
Kara Huffman, daughter of Kathy (Stephens) and Will
Huffman, graduated from the University of Central
Arkansas. Kara is the granddaughter of Kathleen and
HANNIGANS CELEBRATE 50TH
Thomas and Rita Hannigan celebrated their 50th wed-
ding anniversary on May 2, 2003. They were honored at a
party given by their children: Jim (BHS'72), Dodie
(BHS'74), Tom (BHS'77), Dennis (BHS'78), David
(BHS'78), and Brian (BHS'83).
Tom retired from the Locks Division and Rita from the
Schools Division. They live in West Hartford, Conn.
Thomas and Rita Hannigan
KEVIN M. VOSE GRADUATES
Kevin M. Vose (BHS'84), son of Barbara M. (Hall)
Vose (CHS'61), Raymond K. Kulig (CHS'59) and the late
Donald G. Vose and grandson of Lucille M. (Lyew) Hall
(CHS'37) and the late Julian B. Hall, graduated from
Arkansas Tech University on May 10, 2003 with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Business Administration, majoring in
Management/Marketing. The ceremony was held at the John
E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.
Family and friends celebrated with a home cookout. In
June, Kevin returned to Pensacola to reside and seek employ-
Barb (Hall) Vose, Kevin Vose and Keith Kulig
Will, Kara and Kathy Huffman
In mid-March, Will Nickisher celebrated his 70th birth-
day at a surprise party given by his children, Lori
(Nickisher) and Robert Vogel, Connie (Nickisher) and
Mark Mirrop, Lee (Nickisher) and Ken Gaul, John and
Michelle Nickisher, Tom Nickisher and fiancee Vanessa
Lasack and all ten of his grandchildren. It was held at a
"Bohio" in one of the many Clearwater parks. A lot of fun and
"bochinche" was had by all.
The following is a list of some of the people who attend-
ed: Nancy (Smith) Lincoln, David and Marcy Corrigan,
David Smith, Larry Smith, Sue (Pincus) and Gil Smith,
Bill and Donna Halvosa, Chris Holt, Richard Holt, Kim
(Holt) and Terry Griffin, Bill and Doris Holt, Butch and
Janis Eckel, Jennifer Eckel, Lisa (Sasso) and Tom Eckel,
Hubert and Margot Jordan, Paul Smith, Pete and Mary
Lou Lang, Mary and Dan DesLondes, Janice and Al Carr,
Joe and Marcia (Starr) Cicero, Cori (Morris) Wheeler,
Gladys (Miller) Mead, Jim and Marie (Cicero) Morris,
Jane Gaul, Donna (Date) Smith, Kenny Morris and Betty
LeDoux, Beverly (Bowman) and Joe Wood came all the
way from Tallahassee to celebrate the occasion.
JACOB M. PAPSON GRADUATES
Jacob M. Papson, son of Jim and Marion (Leach)
(CHS'60) Papson graduated from Lake-Sumter Community
College, Leesburg, Fla., May 9, 2003 with an Associate's
degree in Applied Science. Jake is presently living in
In attendance for his graduation were his aunt and uncle
Richard and Pat (Leach) (CHS'56) Bjorneby and his sister
and brother-in-law Wendy and Jeff Fejfar. Jake is the grand-
son of the late John and Dorothy Leach and great-grandson
of the late Alvina S. Leach.
Jim, Jacob and Marion Papson
Will Nickisher and family and friends on his 70th birthday.
Will Nickisher wearing his "recycled" teenager hat.
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CHRISTOPHER RILEY GRADUATES
Christopher James Riley (BHS'94) graduated from the
University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., and was
awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of
Business Administration with a major in Marketing on May
Celebrating the event were his proud parents, Jim Riley
(BHS'64) and wife Maritza, formerly of La Boca, Canal
Zone; his brother, James S. Riley (BHS'90) and his fiancee,
Angela Marie Burns (BHS'91) of Charleston, S.C.; his
uncle and grandfather, Jeff Riley and James Riley, Sr. of
Cleveland, Tenn.; his grandmother, Ana Serrano, who flew
up from Panama, and many local friends. A celebration party
was held that evening at his parents' home. The large gather-
ing of Chris' relatives, friends, and co-workers partied well
into the night.
Chris is currently employed as the Interim Assistant
Director of Enrollment Services at Seminole Community
College in Sanford, Fla., and resides in Winter Springs.
Christopher Riley is the one in the middle.
NATALIE SELLES GRADUATES
Natalie Selles (Los Rios 1985-1999) graduated from
Western Hamett High School, Lillington, N.C., early in
December 2002 at 17. She took some college classes while in
high school and continued taking college courses through
Central Carolina Community College on line until she
walked with her graduating class on May 30, 2003.
Natalie, now 18, lives with her mom, Sally Stuart
(BHS'75) and stepdad Rick Spearman in Cameron, N.C.,
until their pending move to the District of Columbia/Virginia
area where she will attend college and work. Pictured is
Natalie with her brother Jared Selles, friends Mike Brewer
(also from Los Rios BHS'99) and Stephanie Herrera
(BHS'99). Jared and Stephanie work and go to school in
Baltimore, Md., and Mike attends college in Florida.
L-R: Jared Selles, Natalie Selles, Mike Brewer (BHS'99)
and Stephanie Herrera (BHS'99).
BILL AND JEANNE WHEELER
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS
Bill and Jeanne Wheeler were feted at a surprise 50th
wedding anniversary on April 6th. It all started when our
daughter Marie drove up from Ft. Lauderdale and picked up
her sister Sharon from Texas at the Tampa airport.
When Jeanne came home from work Marie was out front
with a little boy who looked so familiar to her and she said
who is that. Marie said I told you I was bringing a friend. As
Jeanne opened the front door she almost knocked Sharon
down. She and her daughter-in-law Paige with grandson
Ryan had come over from Texas.
The next day they were to take Bill and me out to dinner
at Catches, a restaurant on the river. As I drove into Catches
parking lot I looked up and I saw our 4 sons on the balcony.
I almost wrecked the car. Ken and Susan from Ohio, Bobby
and Linda from Inverness, and Oscar and Ray who live
nearby. Bobby's two daughters, Stacey with husband
Charlie, and Christy, Ray with his two daughters Jessie and
Chandra with son Christopher. What a wonderful surprise
and believe me it was a surprise. Bill and I had no idea.
The next day we all went to Oscar's for dinner. My
cousins Tom and Rita MacDonald were there. My cousins
the Allen girls, Betty Ann and Margaret and Les Rinehart
and some of their families were also there, my cousin Francis
Kerr and wife Arlene, Bill's brother Eddie and wife Lil and
Marie's daughter Franje with son Nicholas. We all had a
great time. Oscar did a fantastic job with the meal and his
place is just perfect for these great family gatherings.
Seated: Bill and Jeanne Wheeler. Back Row: Ray, Marie
Partik, Kenny, Sharon Baker, Bobby, Oscar.
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LORDY, LORDY LOOK WHO'S
Lee J. Morton was born on August 5, 1963 at Gorgas
Hospital, Canal Zone. Parents are Jo Ann (Harte) and Jack
Morton of Texas. Lisa (McArthur) Ward was born on
August 7, 1963. Parents are Barbara (Klipper) Miller of
Texas and the late Charles A. McArthur.
Timothy Kirkby, son of Capt. Tim and Peggy Kirkby,
and Sharon and Michael Smith, graduated, with honors,
from the University of Florida's School of Architecture. Tim,
who won several awards while at UF, will be heading off to
New Haven, Conn., in August to attend Yale Graduate School
aron Smith, and Doris (Rusty) Folger.
KRISTIN ANN KIRKBY
Lisa and Lee (then)
Lee and Lisa (now)
TIMOTHY KIRKBY GRADUATES
Dr. Kristin Kirkby
Capt. Tim and Peggy Kirkby, and Sharon and Michael
Smith attended the graduation of their daughter, Kristin Ann
Kirkby, from the University of Florida's School of
Veterinary Medicine. Out-of-town relatives included great
aunt, Doris (Rusty) Folger, John Ward, cousins, Norm and
Julie Kirkby, step-brothers and sisters, Paul Smith, Mike
and Donna Smith, Pat Smith, and Cherish Collupy.
Later that evening, everyone attended a dinner celebrating
both Kristin and Tim's graduations. Paul Smith was so kind
to produce a video of the graduation and celebration that must
have taken hours and hours to edit and put to music.
Kristin, who also graduated with honors, won four awards
at the banquet held the night before graduation: two for small
animal surgery, one for academics, and one for the top
research project. Because Dr. Kirkby is planning to specialize
in small animal surgery, she is presently doing a one-year
internship at the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, in Loveland,
Colorado. Then, she will return to the University of Florida
to do a four-year residency in surgery (yes, that's twelve
years-but this time she is also teaching and getting paid!).
STEVEN M. BOWMAN
Steven M. Bowman (BHS'99), son of John and Melva
Bowman, of Balboa, R.P., graduated in May from the
University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce with
a Bachelor of Science degree. During his second and third
years at UVA, Steve was elected president of his class and
during his fourth year served as president of Chi Phi fraterni-
ty. He accepted a position with the Bank of America
Securities in San Francisco, Calif., and reported for work
after enjoying a brief vacation in Europe and later undergoing
four weeks of intensive training at the company's offices in
New York City.
L-R: Step-mom Peggy Kirkby; dad Capt. Tim Kirkby; great
aunt Doris (Rusty) Folger; Kristin Kirkby; mom Sharon
Smith; Step-dad Michael Smith and John Ward.
SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS
On April 26, 2003, the Symphony of the Americas held
its 7th annual International Mayors Gala at the Ft. Lauderdale
Marina Marriott. The gala event is an annual fund raiser for
This year's theme honored Panama and our very own
Justine Pasek, Miss Universe 2002. We from Panama and on
behalf of the Symphony are proud of Justine for a job well
(L-R): James Brooks (CHS'58), Artistic Director for the
Symphony of the Americas; Justine Pasek, 3rd generation
Canal Zonian, Current Miss Universe; Kaiser Bazan
(CHS'56) Current Vice President, Republic of Panama;
Maribel Bazan; and Michael Cunningham (CHS'59), cur-
rent Chief Information Officer for the Symphony of the
Steven M. Bowman (BHS'99), John and Melva Bowman;
sister Melissa VanLeeuwen (BHS'91); and brother
Jean Inzer's son, Charles A. Larrizton, MD, US Army,
recently was promoted to the rank of Colonel. Charles is sta-
tioned in Augusta, Ga.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
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LOOK WHO'S SIXTY THIS YEAR
At the urging of "Group Commander-in-Chief" Jackie
Wagner, seven former classmates from BHS class of 1961
got together in May in Boca Raton for a weekend of fun in
the sun and to celebrate the fact that they all will turn 60 this
year. They stayed at the Boca Raton Plaza Hotel, where
Johnny Wagner, Jackie's son, is a partner.
A good time was had by all as they reminisced about the
good old days in the Canal Zone and shared a Margarita or
SHarriet Wollmers smiles after winning the silver medal
in the summer senior Olympics Golf tournament. More than
7,000 seniors participated in 18 events during the games, held
May 26 through June 9, in Hampton Roads, Va.
GOLFER SHOOTS AGE
Properly attired in their pink flamingo t-shirts are: (L-R): -
Barbara (Chiefalo) Thomas, Mary (Simpson) Francis,
Beverly (Bowman) Wood, Jackie (Ashton) Wagner, Dody
(Moses) Gwinn, Lois (Thompson) Gibbs, and Didi
(Bremer) Rogers. Commander-in-Chief Wagner had the
girls on their toes all weekend, maintaining a tight schedule
of activities and making sure they all were up early and late
Bev (Bowman) Wood
WHEN PAYING YOUR 2004 DUES
James Duffus, Sr., of North Bonneville shot his age of
PLEASE UPDATE 75, at Beacon Rock Golf Course on July 1st, 2003.
James Duffus, a six-day a week golfer has been playing
YOUR MEMBERSHIP golf since he was very young. His interest in golf was spiked
when as a teen he caddied for a summer job back in his home
INFORMATION state of Maine. As an adult he lived and worked in Panama
for 25 years, where he continued to golf. He moved to
SEE PAGE 119 FOR MEMBERSHIP Skamania County in 1986 and started playing at the 72-par
FORM Beacon Rock course in 1987. He is a member of the Beacon
Rock Golf Course men's club.
SEE PAGE 120 FOR RENEWAL He plays golf frequently with his son and grandson who
both live locally. He says that he will continue to play six
FORM days a week and some day hopes to shoot an even lower
score. "Although there are days when if my score was my
age, I'd be a lot older," said Duffus.
LYNLEY MICHELLE WEADE
1st LT(P) STEPHANIE L. DEMPSEY
1st Lt (P) Stephanie L. Dempsey, Detachment
Commander of the 361st Trailer Transfer Detachment
deployed with her unit to Kuwait on March 16, 2003. Lt.
Dempsey has been stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., since 2001.
She received her commission through the ROTC program at
the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. Her mother
Glenda Lewis Kochel, San Antonio, Texas, and her aunt
Eleanor Lewis Johnson, Panama City, Panama, flew in prior
to her deployment to share some quality time with her and
wish her well.
1st Lt. Dempsey and her unit remained in Kuwait through-
out the war, providing transportation support to Air Force
flight crews flying combat missions into Iraqi from Kuwait.
Lt. Dempsey has been in regular contact with her mom via
satellite cell phone since her arrival in Kuwait. Her unit
remains deployed with no word as yet as to when they will
return. She is looking forward to getting home as soon as pos-
Lynley Michelle Weade, a 1998 graduate of Balboa High
School and the daughter of Mike and Jan Weade, graduated
from the University of Tampa in May with a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Graphic Design. Honors Lynley received while
attending school included University of Tampa's Dean's List
and The National Dean's List.
1st Lt.(P) Stephanie L. Dempsey
Attending the graduation celebration thrown by her par-
ents Mike and Jan Weade and boyfriend Danny Norman
were Nathan Weade, Mark Roscoe, Dee Bishop, Jason
Domenech, Rob Domenech, Brian Mills, Kara Twohey
and boyfriend Chris, HB Twohey, Louie and Robin Husted,
Brian Husted, Colleen Husted, Jason and Stephanie
Bacot, Mike and Karen Laverty, Kelly Hunt, Nayda
Nieves and fiance Chris, Bryan Lugo, Chris Gibson, Jason
Ohman, Sean Williams, Louis and Illuminada Cantu,
Magdalen Cantu, Chad Crouch, Billy Foster, Herman
Wilkinson and girlfriend Michelle, along with some other
friends. Lynley's parents sent her to Panama following her
graduation in recognition of all her accomplishments.
1st Lt. Dempsey visits with her mom and aunt at Ft. Benning
a few days before deployment. (L-R): Eleanor Johnson,
Stephanie, and Glenda Kochel.
Wendy Papson and Jeffrey Fejfar were united in mar-
riage March 15, 2003, in Destin, Fla. Wendy is the daughter
of Jim and Marion (Leach) (CHS'60) Papson. Wendy is an
Exercise Physiologist at St. Vincent's Hospital, Jacksonville,
Fla., and Jeff is a pilot for ACA, Delta Connection.
Family members of the bride in attendance were: uncle
and aunt Richard and Patricia (Leach) (CHS'56) Bjorneby;
cousin Ron and Jan (Bjorneby) Gerloch and son Nathan
Krajewski; also, Pat and Marion's first cousins Rod and
Virginia (Selby) (BHS) Entriken and Jim (BHS'56) and
Jeanne Selby. Wendy's great-aunt Helen Leach Meisinger
was unable to attend as she was in poor health.
Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless
they are shown with their parents or grandparents.
ABAGAIL LEIGH AND
ANNA LAURIE HOLLOWELL
Grandparents Mary and Freeland Hollowell, Sr., of
Dothan, Ala., Ralph and Donette Erwin, and Larry and
Linda Onderdunk, of Saraland, Ala., are proud to announce
the births of twin girls, Abagail (Abby) Leigh and Anna
Laurie, on May 13, 2003, to Amy and David Hollowell of
The twins arrived a month premature with Abby weighing
in at 3 lb. 10 oz., and Anna weighing 4 lb. 15 oz. The girls are
the first children for Dave and Amy. The senior Hollowells
have five other grandchildren, Adrianna and Freeland III
and Tim Adam and Mikev Rinehart.
Mary Hollowell holding Abby and
Brenda (Morrissey) and Kevin Markovitz of
Wildwood, Mo., proudly announce the birth of their fourth
child Patrick on May 25, 2002. He was welcomed by sister
Aileen, and brothers Ryan and Sean.
Maternal grandparents are Noeline Morrissey of East
Hampton, N.Y., and the late Capt. Joseph Morrissey, for-
merly of Los Rios. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Markovitz of St. Louis, Mo.
Jeff Fejfar and Wendy Papson
Patrick Markovitz with the rest of the Markovitz family.
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