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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
Publication Date:
five issues yearly
completely irregular


Subjects / Keywords:
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
serial   ( sobekcm )
periodical   ( marcgt )


General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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lccn - sn 86040906
issn - 0528-0001
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VOL. 42

NO. 4

Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
1st Vice President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. Tom Spence
2nd Vice President
(352) 684-7771
To Be Announced

Ms. Shirley Avery
(813) 831-4114
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
(407) 375-5407
Mr. Mike Coffey
(813) 948-3007
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Past President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Chris Wilder
(352) 207-6755
Mr. Jim Parthenais
(727) 892-9994
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Office Manager/Secretary
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master and Historian
(352) 726-8804


February 6-7

March 21

Carnavalito, Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne,
Fla. Contact Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4057; Bob
and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092; or Donita
McConaughey at (321) 259-0504. See pages 8-9 for information
and reservation form.

PCS West Coast Annual Picnic and General Meeting, Anderson
Park, Shelter #8 at Tarpon Springs, Fla. Contact Tom Spence (352)
684-7771. See page 10.

The Panama Canal Society Office will be


Saturday, December 20, 2008
through Sunday, January 4, 2009.
The office will reopen for business on
Monday, January 5, 2009.

P resident's M essage........................................................................................ ......................
Office Manager/Secretary's Message..................................................................................2
Editor's Corner...................... .............................. ..................................... ...................... 2
Traveling to Panama............... ......................................................................... 2
Suggestion Box............................................. ......................................................3
B yLaw A m endm ents........................................................................... ................................ 4
M em bership C ontest....................................................... .......... ............ 6
February 2009 Carnavalito Registration Form................................................. ............ 8
Carnavalito Information and Directions.. ................................................... .....................9
T he R union Poem ..................................................................................... ........................... 10
March Picnic...... ............... ................... .... .........................10
September General Membership Pictures............................................... ............................... 11
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings / General Membership Meetings)..................12
L legislative R eport...................................................................................... ........................... 12
Your Reporter Says:
Arizona.......................13 FL Space Coast..................19 Panama......................25
California......................13 FL Tallahassee...................20 South Carolina..................27
FL Central Florida.............15 Georgia........................21 Virginia.............................28
FL Ocala.......................... 16 North Carolina..................22
FL Pensacola..................... 18 Northwest.....................24

C ongratulations............................................. ............................................... 29
Early Registration Drawing................................ ................. ... ..................... 30
Email Changes..............................................................................32
Weddings.................................................................. ............................... 34
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................. ........................................................ .35
Letters to the Editor............................................................................................................40
Looking B ack..................................................................... ................................ ........... 48
Panama Canal Museum.................................. .......................... ................. .........50
Announcements............................................ .................. 52
Advertisements.................................................................. 56
Membership Application Form..... ................ .......................................................59
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form............................ .........................60

Cover: Christmas decorations at the Goethals Monument, Balboa, Rep. of Panama.
Photo by Anna Opel.

Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year! As we approach the
holiday season I hope that everyone
takes the time to visit with family and
remember the reason for the season.
Your board is hard at work on the
2009 annual reunion. Included in this
issue are the "yellow pages" for every-
Tom Wilder one to register for the reunion. Register
early! You will be entered into a draw-
ing for some great prizes. As a reminder, before you register
your 2009 dues must be paid!!
I'm also excited to announce that we have launched our
new website! We are continually updating the features and
hope that everyone will take the time to check it out and give
us some input. Remember, reunion registration may be com-
pleted by filling out the yellow pages or using our new web-
Another exciting announcement is that beginning with the
October Canal Record we are using a new printer, North
Florida Graphics. This change had everyone on pins and nee-
dles since we had been using the same printer for many years.
It was a difficult decision because of the relationship with our
former printer over the years, but the change was necessary
because it saved us thousands of dollars in printing costs! We
hope you will agree that we made the right decision. The
Directory will be the only issue now printed by Roberts
You will find in this issue some important bylaw changes
that we hope you will support. One of which is an increase in

dues. This was discussed at the annual meeting and over-
whelmingly endorsed by the members. Your votes are impor-
tant; please take the time to mail them in!
In closing, it comes with regret that I have accepted the
resignation of Skeeter Camby for personal reasons. Skeeter
will be missed; he has served as a board member for many
years. Tom Spence has accepted my appointment and was
approved by the board to serve as 2nd Vice President. I will
nominate a Director for the board's approval to fill Tom's
position in the near future.
As always, thanks for supporting the Panama Canal

Tom Wilder, President


Happy Holidays to each of you and
your families. It certainly has been a
busy 2008 and we are getting ready for
another successful reunion.
Nancy Van Siclen In the October issue of the Canal
Record, the Society placed several notices reminding the
membership that dues for 2009 were due before December
31, 2008. We have done this for several years, and these
advance notices seem to be working well for our members.

Panama Canal Society, Inc. ..i
ZOyN^^2!i (A Not-For-Profit Organization) t

'a, Y "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" -
) n 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
0 '. The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in .
,..,r March, June, October, and December
1 Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for o"n
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street. Suite 334.
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in the Society files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: office( Web site:
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday

Printed by North Florida Graphics, 19566 SE Institution Dr., Blountstown, FL 32424

________TPR'sf Ts'ESS E__

Instead of waiting for the end of December, when we are all
busy with holiday planning, members are starting to send in
their membership dues in October and November for the
coming year.
Please remember that if you are planning to attend the
2009 Reunion you must pay your 2009 dues BEFORE send-
ing in your Reunion Registration. If you forget to pay your
dues and send in the Reunion paperwork, your registration
and hotel request will be delayed until your dues are paid.
The Society office will be closed during the Christmas
holiday season from Saturday, December 20, 2008 through
Sunday, January 4, 2009. We will reopen for business on
Monday, January 5, 2009.
We wish each of you a very safe and happy holiday.

Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
(727) 391-4359; (727) 319-5893 (Fax)
Email: office(


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
from the Canal Record reporters and me!
This year has flown by and I am already
counting down the days to the 2009
Jacque Vowell I would like to apologize for the incor-
rect titles at the top of the pages for the Thursday Night dance
at the 2008 Reunion in the October Canal Record. I neglect-
ed to mention the Thursday Night Dance was co-sponsored
by CHS/BHS'78 AND BHS'73! What a great collaboration!
Working together CHS/BHS'78 and BHS'73 threw a great
party! What a wonderful gift to the society membership. A
big thank you goes out to all the classmates of CHS/BHS'78
and BHS'73 that made the Thursday Night Dance possible.
I would like to welcome aboard the new area reporter for
Colorado, Lars Morales. You can read his news in the
Letters to the Editor in this issue, and in the March issue Lars
officially joins the Canal Record family.
Remember to contact your area reporter when you have
news or pictures to share. Make a copy of a treasured photo
to share memories with the members of the society. It's your
input that helps make the Canal Record a great magazine!
As always, if you have any questions about how to send
an article or picture contact me by email or by phone.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
387-676-5140 evenings
I -


Page 21: Caption correction President Bob Russell pre-
senting Roosevelt plaque to Panama Canal Museum
President Joe Wood.
Page 89: Aura Wilder paragraph under picture should
read as follows: Aura was also honored for being one of the
first generation born in the Canal Zone; she received a
Roosevelt Medal pin and was recognized as being one of
eight sons and daughters of a Roosevelt Medal holder at the
Annual Luncheon. The pin was a partial replica of the
Roosevelt Medal taken into space by NASA astronaut Dr.
Scott Parazynski, a relative of the famous engineer Col.
David Gaillard, who was the Chief Engineer who created the
famous Gaillard Cut.

Before traveling to Panama, remember to visit your
physician at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to make sure
your immunizations are up to date and to allow time for any
vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent
malaria, if you need it.

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention) website for current travel information:
Vaccination or Disease Recommendations or
Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Routine:
Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots
such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphthe-
ria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
Yellow Fever: CDC yellow fever vaccination recom-
mendation for travelers to Panama: For all travelers >9
months of age traveling to the provinces of Darien, Kunayala
(San Blas) and Panama, excluding the Canal Zone, Panama
City and the San Blas Islands. Panama requires travelers
arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to pres-
ent proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination should be
given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is
on-going risk. Find an authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccina-
tion clinic.
Typhoid: Recommended for all unvaccinated people
traveling to or working in Mexico and Central America, espe-
cially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and
staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur
through food or water.

Malaria Antimalarial Drugs

If you will be visiting a malaria risk area in Panama, you
will need to take one of the following antimalarial drugs:
chloroquine in Bocas Del Toro; atovaquone/proguanil or

doxycycline or mefloquine (primaquine in special circum-
stances and only after G6PD testing) in Darien and San Bias.
Malaria risk area in Panama: Risk exists in rural areas of
Bocas Del Toro, Darien, San Bias provinces and San Bias
Islands. No risk in Panama City or in the former Canal Zone.









Suggestion Box

The What are your ideas for future
Suggestion Box reunions and general membership meet-
is Open! ings? Tell us how we can expand or
improve on the activities, i.e., dances and
music, luncheon, despedida, mini-
reunions, clubhouse, golf tournament,
bingo, on-site ticket sales and registra-
This is YOUR
Society. Giv us Send your Email to:
How do you your ieas! office(
envision its
future? or write us at:
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787




Zonie the Parrot says,

DECEMBER 31, 2008."

Remember to give your family and friends
a gift membership
to the Panama Canal Society!



October 15, 2008

TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society, Inc.
THRU: President, Panama Canal Society, Inc.
FROM: Chairperson, Bylaws Committee

SUBJECT: Proposed Changes to: Article III Membership and Dues, Sec. 5 Dues and Fees of the Society, Paragraph D;
Article IV Officers, Sec. 2 Appointed Officers, Paragraph A; and Article IX Executive Board, Sec. 1, Composition and
Voting Rights of the Executive Board, Paragraph D

1. As a follow up to the Board's presentation to the general membership at the 2008 annual meeting, which highlighted the
operational necessity to increase dues by $10 because of increasing operational costs, reunion costs, Canal Record publica-
tion and mailing costs, and projected loss of income from a declining membership, the Bylaws Committee reviewed the exist-
ing wording of Article III Membership and Dues, Sec. 5 Dues and Fees of the Society, Paragraph D to determine what
changes needed to be made to affect the increase.

2. After careful review and based upon the rationale presented at the annual meeting and the general acceptance of the
increase by those attending the annual meeting, the Bylaws Committee recommends that the existing article be amended to
reflect the proposed $10 increase in dues to be effective January 1, 2010.

Proposed Amendment # 34

D. Dues shall be thirty dollars ($30.00) annually

D. Dues shall be forty dollars ($40.00) annually

3. As a result of a suggestion from the membership at the 2007 annual meeting for the Board to consider out-of-state repre-
sentation on the Executive Board, and the subsequent successful trial period to evaluate the feasibility of establishing such a
position, the Board recommended at the 2008 annual meeting the establishment of a DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE position. The
Board further recommended that the membership approve: (a) the granting of authority to the President to designate one
appointed director at his discretion, to serve as a director-at-large in an existing appointive director's position; (b) the require-
ment that the incumbent be required to attend each annual business meeting and serve on a reunion committee; (c) the require-
ment that the incumbent attend the one Christmas luncheon where nominations are accepted from the floor; and (d) the
requirement that the incumbent be responsible for all his/her travel and telephone expenses. The Board's recommendations
also preserve the current balance between elected and appointive positions on the Board and do not require the establishment
of an additional position. These recommendations also allow the appointed member to participate in Board meetings by tele-

4. Accordingly, upon review of Article IV Officers, Sec. 2 Appointed Officers, Paragraph A, and the concurrence in the
establishment of a director-at-large position by the membership at the 2008 annual meeting, the Bylaws Committee recom-
mends that the stated article be amended to include such a position.

Proposed Amendment # 35
A. A director, treasurer, legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms and chaplain, all of whom shall be appointed by the presi-

A. A director, treasurer, legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms, and chaplain all of whom shall be appointed by the presi-
dent. The president, at his/her discretion, may appoint a director-at-large in lieu of a director. The member so appoint-
ed may attend board meetings by telephone. Also, the incumbent of such a position must attend each annual busi-

ness meeting and serve on a reunion committee, may attend the one Christmas luncheon where nominations are
accepted from the floor, and be responsible for all his/her travel and telephone expenses.


5. As a means of allowing the Board to use modem state-of-the-art communications in conducting business, the Bylaws
Committee reviewed Article IX Executive Board, Sec. 1 Composition and Voting Rights of the Executive Board, Paragraph
D, and concluded that the language currently contained in that paragraph restricts the Board from utilizing such advanced tech-
nology. The current language implies that the use of such technology can only be used during "Emergency Communications
Sessions" with a follow up "formal authorization or rejection" vote at the subsequent scheduled Board meeting. In other
words, the president cannot utilize modem communication methods to conduct a meeting unless it is during an "Emergency
Communications Session." With the economic situation as it is and with increasing gas prices, it is only good business to allow
the President and the Board the flexibility to conduct meetings utilizing state-of-the-art communication technology.

6. Accordingly, the Bylaws Committee recommends that the existing language contained in the previously stated paragraph
be modified to allow the Board to conduct business on a regular, routine basis using advanced communication means, such
as, but not limited to, telephone, computer conference, electronic mail or facsimile transmission. In other words, the presi-
dent and board may use these means to conduct a business meeting.

Proposed Amendment # 36

D. The Executive Board in a regular or special meeting shall be empowered to authorize the expenditure of Society funds
for the general Society administration, purchase of equipment or supplies necessary for the continuing operation of the
Society activities or functions which are in the best interests of the Society as a whole. Any expenditures of Society
funds or contracts related to Society activities shall be fully reported to the membership at regularly scheduled and/or
Annual meetings.
1. If the president determines that timely or emergeficy authorization is required prior to the next regularly scheduled
Board meeting, the president may accomplish Board authorization by calling an Emergency Communications
Session utilizing modem state-of-the-art communications such as, but not limited to, telephone, computer con-
ference, electronic mail or facsimile transmission.
a. A motion of formal authorization or rejection must be presented at the next regularly scheduled Board
meeting. Each individual officer's vote during the Emergency Communications Session shall be con-
sidered to be a binding vote and must be applied to the formal motion at the regularly scheduled Board

D. The Executive Board in a regular or special meeting shall be empowered to authorize the expenditure of Society funds
for the general Society administration, purchase of equipment or supplies necessary for the continuing operation of the
Society activities or functions which are in the best interests of the Society as a whole. Any expenditures of Society
funds or contracts related to Society activities must be fully reported in a timely manner, to the membership at the next
regularly scheduled and/or Annual meeting.
1. The Board may use modem state-of-the art communications such as, but not limited to, telephone, computer con-
ference, electronic mail or facsimile transmissions to conduct business. Such meetings will be determined by the
a. Minutes of meetings conducted by means of advanced communication technology will be kept in the
same manner, in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, as those taken at meetings where the presi-
dent requires the Board to physically meet.

7. As information, in accordance with Article XV Amendments, Sec. 1, Method of Amending Bylaws, Paragraph A. 1, these
proposed changes may be amended or revised upon recommendation by the Bylaws Committee. Adoption of the changes
must be approved by a minimum two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the valid Amendment Ballots which have been received
from the current (dues paid) Society members. Also, the proposed amendments must be published in their entirety in an issue
of the Canal Record with an Amendment Ballot form. A deadline date must be established by the Board for counting the bal-

8. Accordingly, the Bylaws Committee recommends to the Board for approval and vote by the membership the above pro-
posed changes to: Article III Membership and Dues, Sec. 5 Dues and Fees of the Society, Paragraph D; Article IV Officers,
Sec. 2 Appointed Officers, Paragraph A; and Article IX Executive Board, Sec. 1, Composition and Voting Rights of the

Executive Board, Paragraph D.

William P. McLaughlin
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee




The Panama Canal Society is sponsoring another membership contest for 2009. With your
help, we hope to attract new members as well as those whose memberships have expired.

Any successful organization must have a loyal, dedicated and committed membership base.
S You, me, our parents, our children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc., are all needed to help
"Preserve American ideals and Canal Zone friendships."

Please review the rules and categories as they have changed for 2009.

Class Reunion special attention to the details. Remember as you are send-
ing out letters and e-mails to your classmates to ask them to mention your name when they
apply for membership and you will get the credit for the new memberships and be eligible to
win valuable prizes as well as an opportunity to win two free room nights, (king or queen) at
the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort during the 2009 Reunion. You and your classmates have to be
paid-up members to reserve a room at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, so you and your group
may as well take the credit for the new members and collect!

Giving a Panama Canal Society 2009 membership to your family, friends and other relatives is
a perfect gift! They will start receiving the Canal Record with the first issue in March of 2009,
plus the Annual Directory in April, the June issue which comes out just before the reunion, and
all subsequent issues for the remainder of the year.

It is never too early to start planning. Don't wait...renew now or apply for a new 2009 mem-
bership after January 1st. Sign up your friends and family, and plan to attend the 2009 Reunion.

Tom Wilder

Njyky5, wVi2N y pjJI'c



...and you could win Two Free Room Nights (king or queen) at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando during the 2009 Reunion!




Contest will begin January 1, 2009, and end April 30, 2009.

* All new memberships must be paid in full and received no later than April 30, 2009.
* If there is more than one member with 16 or more "new members" to their credit, a drawing
will take place for the "Top Membership Recruiter Award" at the May luncheon in
Sarasota, Florida. You do not have to be present to win.
* Complimentary memberships will be for 2010.
* If the winner of the "Top Membership Recruiter Award" is unable to attend the 2009
Reunion, the two free room nights (king or queen) at the hotel can be transferred to another
member of their choice.

> If a member is successful in signing up 4 New Members they will receive:
A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board.
A Panama Canal Society License Plate.
Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball Tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
> If a member is successful in signing up 8 New Members they will receive:
A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board.
A Panama Canal Society License Plate.
Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
+ Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
> If a member is successful in signing up 16 New Members they will receive:
A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board.
*. A Panama Canal Society License Plate.
+ Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
o* Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
o A complimentary membership in the Panama Canal Society for 2010. .
PLUS...your name is automatically entered into the drawing for:




FEBRUARY 6-7, 2009

DINNER/DANCE: Please join us on the east coast in Melbourne, Florida, on February 7, 2009, for Carnavalito 2009.
Everyone is invited to an evening of fun, food, and dancing at the Holiday Inn (formerly Imperial's Hotel and Conference
Center). Music will be provided by Frances Lindh Morrissey (BHS '62), who performed at the Continental Hotel in
Panama and played alongside Lucho in the early years. Socializing with a cash bar begins at 6:00 pm with a short meet-
ing beginning at 7:00 pm with dinner and dancing shortly thereafter. Dinner/dance registration will begin at 5:00 pm.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of standard rooms (one king or two queens) available at the
Holiday Inn for this event at the special rate of $105.00 plus taxes. There are also a limited number of Junior Suites (one
king with a double pullout sofa) at the special rate of $125.00 plus taxes. When making reservations, please mention that
you are with the Panama Canal Society. You must call the Holiday Inn directly at (321) 255-0077 to make your hotel
reservations. The hotel is now accepting your reservations. The hotel is located at 8298 N. Wickham road (1-95, Exit 191
Wickham Road), Melbourne, FL 32940. REMEMBER, rooms are limited so make your reservations early. The hotel
cutoff date will be January 23, 2009, at our special rate. Also, any additional nights (before or after February 6-7) are at
the same special rate.

COST: $40.00 per person which includes a combination plated sit-down dinner and entertainment (tax and gratuities
included). Dinner is Center Cut Sirloin and Chicken Francaise (both entrees) including house salad, penne alfredo, green
beans almandine, fresh baked rolls with butter, key lime pie, iced tea, and coffee. The deadline to send in your
Carnavalito registration form is January 30. 2009, to Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4057; Bob and Frances
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092; or Donita McConaughey at (321) 259-0504. See Page 9 for Directions and other informa-

FEBRUARY 7, 2009

* Member Name:

STelephone #:

SPlease make reservations for $40.00 each.

Names of Guests (Please Print)
o1. 5. _

2. _____________________________ 6. _____

o3. 7. _

o4. 8. _

* Total enclosed: $ __

Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787





FEBRUARY 6, 2009

LOCATION: Royal Crown Room, Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Space Coast Group will again be hosting a get-together in the Holiday Inn's Crown Royal Room,
beginning at 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2009
We will provide beer, wine, sodas, and food until it runs out.
Please feel free to bring a dish to share.
Hotel Bar/Lounge will have an extended Happy Hour with some drink specials.
Please join us for a fun-filled evening.
This was a fabulous event last February and we hope to make it even greater this year.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call Randy and JoElla beakins at (321) 632-4057;
Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092; Donita McConaughey at (321) 259-0504.

8298 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL 32940
1-95, Exit 191

Orlando: go West on State Hwy 408 (East
West Expy) Drive. Take ramp and go South
on State Hwy 417 (Central Florida
Greeneway) Drive. Take ramp and go East
on State Hwy 528 (Bee Line Expy). Take
ramp and go South East on 1-95. Drive 13.9
miless. At Exit 191 take ramp to County
Hwy 509 (Wickham Rd.).

Or take 1-95 South to Exit 191 (Wickham
Rd). Turn left onto Wickham Rd. going
under the overpass, hotel entrance is at the
next signal on the left.


Tampa: go East on I-4. At Exit 62 take SR V
417N. On 417N take Exit 26 go East on
State Hwy 528 (Bee Line Expy), take Exit ,,ds'
42A (1-95 South). Drive 13.9 miless. At oa a
Exit 191 take ramp to County Hwy 509
(Wickham Rd.).

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The waiting was unbearable; I
thought it was in vain.
But now the moment has arrived,
it's time to board the plane.
SAs we speed across the sky, the
hours seem like days.
Then I finally see it through the
cloudy haze.
Orlando is below us, and soon we're at the gate.
We grab our bags, pile in the car drive faster, I can't wait!
We make a right and then a left,
the hotel it is so near.
We go inside, scan the crowd,
and of course we grab a beer.
We visit with old friends, and
catch up on the latest. i :" '
We laugh and talk and reminisce
of times that were the greatest.
All the bartenders can't believe the drinking hours we keep,
But this week we are Zonians and next week we can sleep.
The days they pass too quickly,
and the nights do just the same.
It's almost time, we must return,
back from whence we came.
Mr. Carter, what a guy, he took
the Zone away,
But in our hearts it lives and
breathes, and is with us here
At the desk we all check out, and turn in the funny key.
All these friends who part at once, a depressing sight to see.
We hug and kiss and bid
farewell to those we hold so
But there's a bright spot 'cause
we know we'll see them all
next year!
I sometimes wish that Zonians
filled the houses near to mine.
The people there just can't
relate to a Paradise lost in
I will always miss the Canal Zone, its simple life and

But as I leave it's plain to see, its people are its treasures.

Unknown author from San Diego, California


Panama Canal Society, Inc.




MARCH 21, 2009

The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual
Picnic at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2009,
at Shelter #8 in A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon
Springs, Florida.

Anderson Park is located 7/lOths of a mile north of
Klosterman Rd. or 9/lO0ths of a mile south of Tarpon
Springs/Keystone Rd. on the east side of Highway 19.
Shelter #8 has ample parking space and is close to
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish
to share and your own soft drinks. The Park does not
allow alcoholic beverages on the premises. The Society
will provide plastic plates, utensils, cups, hamburgers,
hotdogs and buns.
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the agen-
da. Come and join fellow members for a nice Spring
afternoon in Anderson Park. Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m.
with lunch at 12:00 noon. A short business meeting will
be held after lunch.

For more information contact:
Tom Spence at (352) 684-7771

Ocala, Fla

Seated: Patricia Norris, Marbella Melody, Bill Melody.
Standing: Ted Norris, Woody Foster, John Balchun, Leo

Kathy Wilder, Brittney Wilder, Albert Wilder, and Chris

Seated: Leo Krziza, Irene McCracken, and Roland Lees.
Standing: Elaine Austin and Patricia Lees.

Seated: Joan Arndt, Betty Blanchette, Ceci and Tom
Spence. Standing: Edna Didier, Larry Didier, Robert and Seated: Betty LeDoux-Morris and Nancy Van Siclen.
Donna Blanchette. Standing: Kathy Egolf, Mike Coffey, and Margaret

Bill McLaughlin
and Bill Melody.

Ocala Luncheon attendees


Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at

August 23, 2008

Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the June 14, 2008,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of April 23,
2008, through June 11, 2008, in the amount of
Approved 100 new members for the months of April,
May and June.
Approved Hard Rock Hotels International as a Society
Corporate Sponsor.

JULY 4, 2008

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes as written.
Approved the financial statement for audit.
Membership contest winners.
New license plate contest.
2008 2010 Elections.



Jim O'Donnell The Office of Personnel Management
has contracted with 10 plans (seven den-
tal plans and three vision plans) to provide comprehensive
dental and vision services to federal and U.S. Postal Service
employees, annuitants, compensation and survivor annuitants
under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance
Program (FEDVIP).
Enrollment takes place exclusively through BENEFEDS
at or by telephone at 877-888-3337.
Enrollment in FEDVIP does NOT take place directly with an
insurance plan. There are plans not affiliated with FEDVIP
that have designed their programs and Web sites to resemble
and sound like FEDVIP. They are not part of FEDVIP. Their
enrollment will be directly with an insurance plan, not at the

sites above. These plans are contacting employees and annu-
itants requesting credit card/banking information to enroll in
their plans. Although they state tax advantages for employ-
ees, FEDVIP is the only government wide program that pro-
vides employees with premium conversion.

The official FEDVIP dental plans are Aetna, GEHA,
MetLife, United Concordia, Triple-S, GHI and Comp
Benefits. The vision plans are Blue Cross-Blue Shield,
Spectra, and VSP. Information on these plans can be obtained
on the above Web site or at the above telephone number, not
directly from an insurance company.


Responding to the Office of Personnel Management's
September 25th release of Federal Employee Health Benefits
Program (FEHBP) rates for the 2009 plan year, NARFE
President Margaret L. Baptiste acknowledged that while the
overall average FEHBP premium increase of 7.0 percent for
2009 is within the range of increases in other large group
health insurance plans, she is troubled that the share paid by
employees and retirees in the program's most popular plan
(Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS) standard option) will jump
by 13.3 percent and that enrollees will pay significantly high-
er co-payments and coinsurance for brand-name prescription
drugs in 2009. However, NARFE is pleased that a hearing
aid benefit will be added to FEHBP plans and that OPM
decided that a separate and controversial Medicare "Sub-
Option" is not currently acceptable. The entire press release
will be posted on the NARFE web site.
2009 premiums for employees and retirees are available
as Adobe files on the OPM web site, That
means files in a portable document format (pdf) are available
Both the November and December issues of NARFE maga-
zine will provide the additional coverage begun in the
October issue, pages 26-32. The NARFE web site,, will also provide additional information.
Prior to the upcoming "Open Season," November 10,
2008 through December 8, 2008, OPM will mail CSRS and
FERS annuitants detailed information about costs and bene-
fits in FEHBP and about the Dental and Vision plans, now in
their third year. Availability of dental and vision plans, along
with their premiums and benefits will vary, are not dependent
upon enrollment in the FEHBP, and unlike the health insur-
ance plans, enrollees will pay the full cost of any elected
On September 24, as part of legislation, H.R. 2638, to
provide for continuing appropriations through March 6, 2009,
the House passed a Senate approved provision providing for
a 3.9 percent pay raise for federal civilians, the same as mili-
tary personnel. Other issues are still to be resolved before
this legislation would be sent to President Bush.

Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative


Zonie the Parrot says,

DECEMBER 31, 2008."


AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
CO Lars Morales
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
Ocala Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
GA June A. Stevenson

(334) 361-2373
(520) 577-7284
(623) 546-8624
(479) 633-0612
(479) 271-8055
(707) 887-1015
(303) 953-0711
(386) 441-6595
(850) 897-1330
(352) 347-4141
(850) 474-6341
(954) 894-1247
(321) 783-4316
(850) 422-2151
(770) 995-7537

HI Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl

(808) 373-4836
(225) 774-7761
(410) 654-2351
(630) 650-5006
(225) 774-7761
(828) 696-3995
(206) 334-3359
(918) 745-1337
011(507) 262-1001
(864) 801-2072
(972) 398-9744
(830) 895-2794
(830) 632-9498
(757) 233-6767

Deadline for the MARCH 2009 Canal Record is January 9, 2009.


Chester and Mary Grace Oakes have
moved from Arizona to Panama. Presently,
they are in Paso Ancho, where they are
enjoying walking in the cool air. They took seventeen days to
drive down in their van. The trip was interesting, but quite
uneventful. They are renting a home, but plan to build. Both
Chester and Mary Grace were very active in the Arizona
Panama Canal Society.
The daughters of Adele (Farbman) and Robbie Adams
are both attending the University of Arizona. Elyse is in her
third year and studying Education, with an emphasis on bilin-
gual and Spanish. She should graduate in 2010.
Yvette graduated from Desert Vista High School in May
and is in her first year. Adele's sister, Sheila Farbman
LaBella, came to Phoenix from Florida for Yvette's gradua-
tion. She and Adele traveled up through Sedona to Flagstaff
and stopped in Prescott Valley and had a lovely visit with
Ginger Zornes.

Nancy L. Eide, Reporter
(520) 577-7284
email: cativarose(


We just got back from a
whirlwind five-day visit to
S Panama. Sue Kotalik Morse's
mom Carmen just turned 90
and they threw a big party for
Helen and Isaac Hay her in Panama City. Isaac and I
decided on a whim that we should be there! Carmen looked
terrific and was well honored. She had on a sparkling tiara
and high heels (if I can wear high heels at 90 it will be a mir-
acle) and several generations of smiling and dancing relatives
made it a party to remember. It was catered with sumptuous
tipico food and a stunning pollera and two montunos came
and entertained all with some traditional dances. We had not
seen Barbara and John Kotalik in over 40 years so it was a
swell reunion for us.

(L-R): Barbara Kotalik, Devon Kotalik, Michelle Morse,
John Kotalik, Pollera, John Paul Kotalik, Carmen Kotalik
(the birthday girl), and Sue Kotalik Morse.

We stayed at the Panama Vacation Quarters, compliments
of the Panama Canal Museum silent auction at the last
reunion. Quarry Heights was so convenient and pleasant. We
caught a cab to Carmen's party rather than try to find parking


Zonie the Parrot says,

"YOUR 2009
DECEMBER 31, 2008."

in the city, and the driver drove like a bat out of hell. On top
of that, there were no seat belts in the back and I thought for
sure we were going to die that night in a horrible high-speed
vehicular accident. Our driver was, however, very articulate
and knowledgeable and we had a lively discussion of politics
in Panama and the Estados Unidos.
The day after the party we went to Santa Clara Beach with
John Kotalik who lives in Washington state and his niece
Devon from Texas. It had rained hard all during the night but
by noon, as we arrived at the beach, the weather and the
beach were sublime. We ended the day with a dinner there at
Las Veraneras. John had not been back in over 30 years! John
was a chubby high schooler but you should see him now! He
works out and is in excellent shape. He tried to join us the fol-
lowing night for pizza and clams at the old Napoli but
Panama City commuting was insane. They had closed off
traffic on Avenida Balboa and it was gridlock, and he could
not get there.

Isaac Hay and John Kotalik, Santa Clara Beach

Rob Roy, Kathy Wainio, Gordy Will, and Woody
DeJernette joined us and we celebrated a meal with good
company and friendship. Gordy will be coming to visit San
Francisco shortly so we will be seeing her soon. We also were
able to drop in on Marina Hughes in Gamboa and ran into
Pablo Prieto at Niko's Cafe in Balboa. When we went by
Rob Roy's and Kathy's house in Cardenas we were just in
time for some sanchocho soup which they had made since
Kathy was nursing a cold. Their swimming pool is complete
and so inviting! Only got to talk with Vicki Sizemore and Ed
Wardlow on the phone, but we will catch up with them when
we return in January. The whole ex-C.Z. community was
reeling from the recent, unexpected death of John Carlson.
There were over 400 at his funeral service in Balhoa.

Gordy Will, Woody DeJernette, Helen Aanstoos-Hay,
Isaac Hay, Kathy Wainio, and Rob Roy, Napoli.


Meanwhile, back in California, I got a call from Bill
Quinn with an interesting story. When he was a lad at age
four, his paternal grandmother willed him a lovely old grand-
father clock that originally belonged to Jefferson Davis. That
is THE Jefferson Davis! He hauled it to California from New
Jersey in 1979 and since it was too big to put in his house, he
put it in storage. In the '80s he took a clock repair class so he
could get all its workings in good repair. He recently contact-
ed an auction house in San Francisco and they appraised it at
8 to 10 thousand dollars. Well, are you sitting down? It sold
at auction for nearly $43,000!! He paid off the mortgage on
his house and still has a nest egg left over.
Susan Mitchell Conniry wrote from San Diego that they
sold one of their two pieces of land at Lake Cushman, Wash.
They nearly quadrupled their investment on the sale. In these
depreciating times it's unusual to do so well in real estate.
Susan sent me a photo of her with their two pups, Mystery
and Legend. This photo was chosen by the Lakeside
Community Center to be the cover photo of their local events
and activity guide. Susan and hubby Tom are now officially
retired but continue doing community service by presenting
the urban disaster survival training courses.
bl IBCL~ ~ ~ 1 Is~lii~~ p~ i3?esFC.

John and Lila Freed of Rohnert Park have been spending
the last couple weeks dealing with health problems. John
recently suffered a bout of aspiration pneumonia and
responded well to antibiotics. But the biggest challenge is a
brain tumor on his temporal lobe. The good news is that it
will be easy to excise and so he will be going to Redwood
City for the surgery, followed by radiation. We are all hoping
for a good recovery. Their two sons have been there to help
and Roger Kelley has been coming up from San Jose. Roger
was just a little boy in Panama many years ago when Lila
moved in with them. She was still with them when she met
and then married John, the love of her life. Please include
John in your prayers.
Santa Rosan Keith Olsen spent time in Hawaii this past
July at his future retirement home. His sister Kathy from
Reno joined him. They spent the 4th at their brother Mike's
house and set off a bunch of fireworks. Keith will be going

back to Hawaii to spend Thanksgiving with Mike. Keith
recently chatted with Ricky Appin who has been in London
the past month, working with his investment firm. And speak-
ing of traveling, Marge Cohen Brigadier had a two-week
visit to Africa in October.
I was surprised to hear from Linda Luke who lived in
Rodman in the '60s. She lives in Riverside County, graduat-
ed from Cal State, raised two daughters and is a retired social
worker. She lives with and cares for her aging mom. Linda
and I used to be cheerleaders for the Rodman boys' basketball
team one summer, along with Bernadette McNamee and
Doreen Adams. Linda has stayed in touch with several of the
old Rodman gang including Roy Bridges who is now retired
and living in Arizona, Pat and Janice Swanstrom who live
in Thousand Oaks, and Darryl Morse who lives in Illinois.
Joanie Ridge Cameron writes that she'll miss the Los
Gatos picnic because she is helping with a fashion show
fundraiser for the new rehab unit at Sutter Roseville Medical
Center. She recently visited her Aunt Joan and family in
Valencia, Calif. Joan Ridge DeGrummond was the
California reporter for years and has been very involved in
the Panama Canal Society. She is currently going through
cancer treatment and soon having surgery. Joanie wanted to
be sure to mention she was named after her father Bob
Ridge's sister, Joan. Joanie, who now lives in Lincoln, Calif.,
is amazed at how much they are alike and have always been
very close.

Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond and
Ridge Cameron.

That's all the news for this issue. Hope you all are happy
and well and again, please include John Freed and Joan
DeGrummond in your thoughts and prayers. "See" you in the
next issue!

Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
(707) 887-1015
email: Haanstoos66(a'


Central Florida

Merry Christmas and Happy
Holidays! Boy, did this year go by
Janet Stuart, Jacque Vowell, and
Dawn Gressang treated Pam
Crowell to dinner in celebration of Dawn Gressang
her birthday. Pam shared the pictures
of her and Len Wilson's trip to Peru this past summer. Pam
had the pictures neatly arranged and filed in a photo album.
Jacque borrowed a picture to accompany this column.

her namesake Joanie

Roger Kat in San Francisco reports that his stepsister
Marion Bradley Linkh recently visited and he took her to
the DeYoung Art Museum in Golden Gate Park. Also his
stepbrother Kevin Bradley and his girlfriend Yolanda visit-
ed him again, along with brother Don Kat and his wife
Marsha, who is an artist and art teacher in Panama. Roger
conversed with his old professor H. Loring White, who has
written and published a book called Ragging It, Getting
Ragtime Into History. I presume that must be about music?
Anyhow, Roger says if you are coming through San
Francisco, give him a shout.

Len Wilson and Pam Crowell in Peru

Janet Stuart writes that she and her daughter Lindsey took
a trip to Alabama recently and had a mini-family reunion with
her son David and granddaughter Haleigh. A few days later
Janet and Lindsey drove to Tennessee to visit Margie and
Mike Corrigan. While they were there Marge and Mike
threw a dinner party and invited a few other zonians in the
area: Jim Riley (BHS'41), Jeff Riley (BHS'66), Nancy
Askew (BHS'62) Goodwin with husband Jack, as well as a
couple of neighbors.


Lindsa) \\illingham, Janet Stuart,

Dinner party at the home of Margie and Mike Corrigan

This reporter just returned from a trip to Las Vegas and
stayed at the Mirage. I traveled with my sister Bonnie
Morrison. She stayed at Treasure Island with three friends
and she played in a slot tournament. My friend Mel from
Arizona drove to Las Vegas to meet me. Bonnie and her
friends joined Mel and me to see Chicago, The Blue Man
Group, and Love, a musical production based on all Beatles
Music. Mel and I walked the streets of Las Vegas visiting the
different casinos and we went on a gondola ride at the
Venetian casino where the gondolier sang to us! We played
the penny slots mostly and won some, but put most of the
money back--isn't that what happens in Vegas? But we had a
fun time even if we came back home with less money.
Pam, Jacque and I headed to the Keys for Fantasy fest this
year. What a party! What happens in the Keys, will stay in the


AU '

Pam Crowell, Googie Lopez, and Dawn Gressang

awn Gressang and a dance partner in Key West

Jacque traveled to Panama with Faye Weisser from San
Antonio, Texas, to visit Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore in
November. I am sure they will share some pictures of their
trip in the next issue.
That's it for now. Please let me know of your comings and
goings. I hope 2009 is the best year yet and I wish you all
good health!

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595
e-mail: Dawnthedancer(


On September 13th, the
Ocala/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers held
their biannual luncheon in conjunction
with the Society General Membership
meeting at the Ocala Elks Club. Those
Grace Shadeck
attending were: Joan Arndt, Betty
Blanchette, Elaine Austin, John Balshun, Robert and
Donna Blanchette, Dick and Fran Clinton, Jerry and
Dianne Cox, Larry and Edna Didier, George and Jean

Egger, Woody Foster, Judy (Armbruster) Haisten, Leo
Krziza, Irene McCracken, Roland and Patricia Lees,
Anne "Rusty" LoFranco, Bill and Marbella Melody, Ted
and Patsy Norris, Robert and Elba Parker, Leo Shadeck,
Susan (McCullough) Burk, Virginia Callan, Mike Coffey,
Linda Dahlstrom, Kathy Egolf, Betty LeDoux-Morris,
Deb Mann, Donna (Humphrey) Mann, Bill and Margaret
McLaughlin, Ed and Joan Ohman, Lynda Carol Philips,
Pam Reid, Tom and Cecilia "Ceci" Spence, Nancy Van
Siclen, Mike Young, Albert and Aura Wilder, Kathy
Wilder, Chris Wilder, and Brittney Wilder. Brittney was
able to join the group during her lunch break from work.
Tom Wilder, President of the Panama Canal Society and
of the Ocala/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers. presided over the
meeting. After a delicious and plentiful lunch, we were treat-
ed to a 10-minute slide show which consisted of many mem-
orable pictures of various scenes of Panama City, the Atlantic
side, the Pacific side, the Locks, the Thatcher Ferry Bridge
(aka Bridge of the Americas), the Centennial Bridge, Madden
Dam, the Spillway, the Interior, Panama Viejo, Albrook, and
so many more. When the photos of Balboa and Cristobal
High Schools appeared on the screen, there were cheers from
those who attended the schools.

the museum matched the same amount.
... ..

Tom Wilder

Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum, was presented with a check for over $4,000
from Leo Krziza. About five years ago, Leo donated $25,000
to the museum in memory of his sister Esther Krziza when
the museum matched the same amount.

Kathy Egolf and Leo Krziza

The various door prizes, donated by the PC Society and
other members, were given out when individual names were
randomly picked from a container with all the names of those
who attended. Margaret McLaughlin donated a beautiful flo-
ral arrangement and a basket tilled with several items.
However, in order to win those prizes, each of us had to
answer a multi-questionnaire about the Canal Zone which
Margaret handed out to us. The two top winners of the con-
test were: Joan Ohman and Bill Melody.
As I mingled and talked with various people. I had a few
"I didn't know that" moments. For instance, while chitchat-
ting with Ceci Spence, she told me that Virginia Callan was
her sister. I also found out that Anne "Rusty" LoFranco and
Joan Arndt were classmates at Balboa High. Mike Young was
asking me about a book on medicine on Ancon Hill--said that
his mother was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital and would enjoy
reading it. Found out his mom was Mary Young I didn't
know that either. Mary was the supervisor of Ward 4. My hus-
band Leo jokingly commented "You don't know much, do
John Balshun said he will be going to Panama to celebrate
Panama's Independence Day. He will be drinking Ccrvcza
Panama and Ron Cortez (que bueno es!) for the festivities. He
also mentioned that this was the first Presidential election
where a Zonian is running for President. I guess I had a puz-
zled look on my face until he told me that Senator John
McCain was born in the Canal Zone. I didn't know that!!
Received an email from Don Dertien explaining why he
and his wife Tish missed the meeting. Tish was going to have
oral surgery. He said the day after the procedure, she started
bleeding but is doing fine now. He also wrote that near the
end of August, he and Tish met their son Paul, his wife
Kathy, and granddaughter Brittany in Seattle. After a pleas-
ant dinner and evening, Don, Tish, Paul and Kathy, boarded
the Carnival Spirit for a cruise to Alaska. Brittany flew back
to Anchorage. The two couples sailed off to Alaska and on
their way saw many beautiful glaciers, several cities includ-
ing Sitka and Juneau. Upon arriving in Anchorage, Brittany
was there to meet them. Brittany is a biologist and sails on
fishing boats counting and dissecting fish for the U.S. At that
time she was on a 680-footer but usually is on 65- and 75-foot
long boats. Don, Tish, Paul, and Kathy spent three wonderful
days sightseeing in and around Anchorage, enjoyed visiting
with Brittany, and listening to the tales of the "fisher-
woman's" adventures. It was a fine trip but a lengthy return
to Ocala; they did 15 hours of shopping in Seattle and
Houston. Don said that for anyone going to Alaska bring
money!! He also mentioned they did not see Sarah as the big
announcement was not yet made.
Our feature person for
the Canal Reco'rd is Ruth
(Taylor) Conlan.

-'"/ What brought you to
Panama: I had three sisters

living in the Canal Zone. I
was working for the Navy in
New Hampshire and trans-
ferred to work in the Zone. I
Ruth (Taylor) Conlan worked primarily at Gorgas


Hospital first in the Radiology Department and then in the
Main Office. Years in Canal Zone: Six years.
Key Events: I married Rene Conlan in March of 1948.
We left the Zone in 1951 eventually settling in California.
Rene worked for the Electrical Division as a Telephone
What is missed most: My wonderful friends, the lifestyle,
and the beautiful country.
Since Panama: From California, Rene and I moved to
Florida to be nearer to family, who were all on the East Coast,
except for my son who lives in Tennessee. Rene passed away
in June 2006. My sister Juanita McConaughey lives here in
Ocala. We see each other often. My daughter Kathleen lives
with me. I am now retired and manage to keep busy.
Any news for the next Canal Record is welcomed. Please
call, e-mail, or snail them to me. Muchas gracias.

Grace Shadeck, Reporter
(352) 347-4141
e-mail: lvgs6171(,


It sure hasn't been a long time
since my last article--like less than
two months--not much has happened
to get excited about. Tried to pull
news out of people, but they had
nothing to offer.
So far (October), we've escaped
the horrid wrath of major hurricanes.
By the time this article comes out, hurricane season will be
over once again. Hurricane Ike breezed past us (we received
lots of rain and wind) and went on to Houston for an extend-
ed, destructive stay with our family--Brent, Crystal Kulig,
and Patsy (Lee) Moore. Crystal and Brent bunked in with
Patsy in Humble and waited out the storm--thank God they
and their homes survived without hardly a scratch--hopeful-
ly, that will be the last we see of that type of storm.
Barb (Egolf) and Louie Dedeaux of Pensacola enjoyed a
visit this past summer from Neal Compton of Lewiston,
Idaho. He came a few weeks before the Reunion, went to the
Reunion with them, and stayed another few weeks afterwards
(this guy really loves Pensacola--as we who live here do).
Along with the visit with Barb and Louie, Neal visited his
daughter Cassie Compton, who lives and works here in
Pensacola. Barb brought Neal over to our house for a short
visit with Keith and I before the Reunion.
Our grandson Shane went on a two-week business trip to
Prattville, Ala., to prepare a new JCPenney store for a grand
opening. I haven't spoken to him since he returned (he's been
working 24/7), but he was planning to meet with the Alabama

Area Reporter Allen Cotton while he was there--maybe I'll
have more on that for my next article.
Received a call from Ed Armbruster (Area Reporter for
Niceville). He's planning another Pana-zonie Ping Ding soon
within the next few months (see announcement in the

October issue). Darla and Kevin went to the last one and had
a great time. I wasn't able to attend, but hopefully this time I
will. Darla and I think we may have found a location for the
next Gulf Coast Panazonian Mini-Reunion--still looking into
Our grandson Johnathan (9) is really into football--what
a player!! He travels with his team "The Wildcats" to differ-
ent locations on the Gulf Coast and is having himself a great
time. Darla doesn't know what he's going to do without foot-
ball after the season is over, he loves it that much!! He has
really excelled in the sport--remember the Rams at that age?
What a wonderful sport for the kids to get involved in--I truly
believe that we parents had more fun than they did!! Darla
and her Rams buddies have been on the chat sites sending
photos back and forth--we spent quite some time the other
day just reminiscing about it.
Barb, Deb, Jon and J Dedeaux are heading to Las Vegas
next week to attend Sonya Dedeaux's wedding. I should
have all the beautiful details and photos for my next article. I
wish I could go with them and stop in to visit with my long-
time friend Maryann Van Loon--we have spoken in the past
years, but I haven't seen her since she left the Zone many
years ago.
Keith and Louie are still enjoying golfing together. They
usually go at least once a week! Keith has even played in a
few charity tournaments with his office colleagues and really
enjoys the excitement of match play. Our grandson Bobby (7)
has taken up golf also--he takes lessons in the "1st Tee" pro-
gram (originated by Tiger Woods) and really loves the game!
Keith is going next week with him to share some of the fun.
Granddaughter Isabella (we call her Bella) (4) is totally
involved in ballet--maybe someday she'll be a "prima balle-
rina"--who knows? Granddaughter Crystal (4) in Houston is
totally involved in piano and singing--has a beautiful voice
and loves playing her piano and singing for us over the
phone. Grandchildren are such a joy.
Darla went back to work this year at the Cordova Park
Elementary School and just loves teaching--she teaches
Spanish on the side also. She had taken a year off, but decid-
ed to return to work and get back to school and get her
degree. She's a working "mom" machine--just like I was in
the Zone.
We're expecting visits from Brent and Crystal for
Thanksgiving and again for Christmas--can't wait to see
them. Thanksgiving will be shared at Dawn and Bob's and
Christmas will be at Darla and Jeff's. We were going out for
Thanksgiving for quite some years, but decided to go back to
tradition and have it at home. I think we're going to enjoy that
much more--even though the dishwashing sort of gets out of
hand!! We'll also be enjoying an evening Christmas Eve sup-
per at our house after Mass while we open our stockings.
Can't wait for the holidays--my favorite time of year.




DECEMBER 31, 2008.

Life is great. I'm enjoying the grandchildren, bowling
once a week, working out at the gym three times a week,
shopping, etc. Keith and I will celebrate our 5th Anniversary
(October 25th) and we have a friend's wedding to attend that
evening--seems like we just got married yesterday--time sure
does fly when you're having fun!!
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta luego!!

Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
(850) 474-6341
e-mail: czbarbv(&

Space Coast

Kathie McConaughey has retired as the Space Coast
Reporter after the last seven years which we appreciated so
much. She and Bob will continue to live in Merritt Island,
and continue being active in Zonian activities around the
Space Coast.
I'm Janice Scott, the new Space Coast Reporter, and I
look forward to succeeding Kathie with the challenge of get-
ting Space Coast Zonians to submit their stories to the
Record. For those of you who don't know me, I grew up on
Amador Road, and later Las Cumbres; and worked for
PanCanal and DOD. I have six beautiful grandchildren, and
served as City of Cocoa Beach commissioner and mayor for
five years.

Janice Scott, granddaughter Catherine, daughter Katrina
Herring, and granddaughter Sofia.

Most of all, my family and I are very proud to be third
generation Roosevelt Medal Descendants and three genera-
tions of Balboa High School graduates. Long-standing
friendships and family ties shared by members of the Panama
Canal Society are unique and historical. Many of my child-
hood friends knew each other's grandparents, who were also
friends with each other. Likewise, many of our children and

grandchildren now know each other. My grandparents, Tom
and Jessie Grimison, were first among other PanCanal
retirees who pioneered the beach town ofNuevo Gorgona in
the late 1920s. Jessie wouldn't miss a PC Society Reunion in
the 1940s and '50s in St. Pete.

My mother Janice Grimison Scott retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1965 with mango picking years,
and served as secretary for the Civic Council, and from its
beginning, was a scorekeeper for Fastlich Teenage Baseball
League until her retirement. She was BHS Class of 1927, and
her siblings were graduates too. My brothers, Ed (1956) and
Richard (1960); and I (1962) were BHS grads, as were my
daughter Katrina Herring (1981); son lan (1984); and sons
Geoffrey and Brian attended BHS as well.
My dad Edward (Ted) Scott was a New Zealand jour-
nalist and NBC News commentator, which included manag-
ing editor at The Panama American and many other newspa-
pers during his career. My parents lived in Costa Rica during
WWII; Ted served in M 16 and President. TACA Airline, and
Janice recruited Costa Rican labor for PanCanal. His last job
with NBC News was covering the Six Days War from Cairo,
Egypt, which lasted five years. Both my parents seemed to
know everyone, both Zonians and Panamanians. They retired
to Cocoa Beach, and many other Zonians and Panamanians
What camaraderie! Although I'm from the Pacific side, I
am firmly anchored here on this Atlantic barrier island where
my hammock sways in the tropical breeze; I can watch a
space shuttle launch or manatees play at my dock; take a
cruise or visit with Zonian friends who live here, and yes, this
is truly a wonderful life to which I add being the Space Coast
Peggy Huff hosted a Girls Night Out (GNO) for nine gal
pals at her Merritt Island home. Following a light supper, they
enjoyed a DVD recording of a live Celtic Woman concert
from Slane Castle in Ireland. This was a first-time viewing of
the phenomenal Irish performers for some of them who are
now avid fans. A delicious dessert of mango sorbet with
Kahlua fudge sauce and strawberries was served. They all
look forward to the next GNO.

(L-R): Fran Meyer, Sharon Nace, Mary Ann O'Shea,
Maria Felgar, Nancy Grimison, Katrina Herring, Niki
Meyer, Janice Scott, and Peggy Huff.

While vacationing at their Vero Beach townhouse, Judy
(Warford) and Jim Wheeler cruised to the Bahamas with
Dr. Carol Meyer, Melrose, and Cecy Wright, Pembroke
Pines, Fla. They also entertained many longtime Canal Zone
friends including Jo Clark, Jacksonville; Stevin Helin,
Sarasota; Rene Nellis, New Smyrna Beach; Janice Scott,
Cocoa Beach; and Ellen (Best) and husband Jackie
Osborne, Baton Rouge, La., whose vacation was cut short
due to preparations for Hurricane Gustav in Baton Rouge.
The Zonian time-honored tradition of Canasta was enjoyed,
with the overall winner being one who claimed not to be
familiar with the game (Ellen).


Jim whei

The Wheelers visited their daughter Jana, husband John
Potts and three grandchildren, Jillian, John Joseph, and
Joshua, in Dallas on their drive home. Son James IV, wife
Judy, and year-old grandson Jack, live in San Antonio. The
Wheelers leave for Singapore shortly to visit daughter Jeri
and husband Peter Hsu, and grandchildren Karis Janae and
Zackary James. They will also go to Hong Kong before
returning to Texas for the holidays.
Elizabeth (Grimison) and Bill Fahy and their daughter
Shannon have recently relocated to Burlington, Vt. Bill is
working for the Department of Homeland Security,
Citizenship and Immigration Service. They are loving the
spectacular autumn, and anticipate learning to ski and ice
fish! Captain Albert Bernasconi (formerly of Balboa and La
Boca) and son Gerard, who live nearby, hosted Bill and Liz
to an excellent meal at the Captain's home. Their daughters
Erin and Colleen attend colleges in Central Florida.
Bob and Frances Morrissey announce the arrival of their
sixth grandchild Nathan Jeffrey Adelman, born June 22,
2008, to daughter Tristan and joins sisters, Camryn and
Haley, and brother Alex. Their son Sean was issued his
U.S.C.G. License as Master, Oceans Unlimited, any tonnage,
any ocean, and sails as Chief Mate on the MV Courage, Inter-
American Ocean Shipping, and works as a marine consultant
for marine operations and security in the United Arab
Emirates. Daughter Keri, husband George, and grandchil-
dren, Jillian and Jake, are doing well. Bob and Frances will
cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Grandeur of the
The Space Coast will host the annual Carnvalito dance,
Saturday evening, February 7, in Melbourne, Fla. Check the
October Canal Record for details. A fun event you do not
want to miss! The Space Coast will also host a get-together
Friday night, February 6, for those who have reservations
Friday and Saturday nights. Make your reservations early.


This past August our nephew Brian
Gerhart came to pay us a visit all the
way from Japan. He has been stationed
in Tokyo for the past three years, and is ,
now going to attend language school for
a year to learn Polish, so as to be up to
speed when he arrives at his new duty Skip Rowley
station in Warsaw, Poland, next year. It was a pleasure to have
him here, if only for a short week. Suffice it to say, he has a
very good job with fantastic travel benefits.
Lane and Georgia Thompson have been on the road
again. This time they attended graduation ceremonies. When
their granddaughter Kaylin Dicicco graduated from high
school, she had an appointment with the Army for boot camp.
She saw that as a way to pay for her college expenses via an
ROTC scholarship which will supplement her CVS scholar-
ship. Her goal is to be a pharmacist. She is on her way now
as she completed boot camp at Fort Jackson, S.C.
From there, Lane and Georgia drove to Pawleys Island,
S.C., to visit Tom McCullough and his brother Don and wife
Karen Hammond McCullough--all three were CZ brats
with Atlantic side roots. Don suggested an outstanding
seafood restaurant where Lane finally found some delicious
Creek Shrimp that was in season, under the guise as bait.
Lane said they were fantastic. When he was told they were
his bait, Lane responded that they were better eating than
anything that would bite them. Lane had seconds.
Lane then turned around to drive to Fort McClellan, Ala.,
to attend John Marshall's son Chuck Anderson's gradua-
tion from the Army National Guard's Warrant Officer School.
John drove down from his new digs in Iowa. Chuck lives in
For an update on the Tallahassee Barbershop Harmony
Chapter, our chapter came in second out of the four chapters
that competed at the annual Timpoochee weekend, which is
always held on the third weekend in September. Also, a fair-
ly new quartet from Tallahassee got the first place trophy for
the best songs and routine. Barbershop singing is still alive
and well in Tallahassee.
As you can see, by the shortness of my article this time,
I have had very little input from any one. Please folks, I can't
write about you if you don't send some information of your

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
e-mail: SRowley26(

Janice G Scott, Reporter
(321) 783-4316
e-mail: pcsocietv(



Received an e-mail from Carolyn
Holmes Morris of Hephzibach, Ga., in
which she writes: "Ray and I went to San
Antonio and spent a week with Dolores
June Stevenson (Wheeler) and LeMoyne Hall. Kathleen
(McConaghy) and Bill Campbell joined us. We spent a few
days doing the tourist thing like going to the Sunken Gardens,
zoo, and a grape-stomping (wine) contest.
"Catherine (Pudgie Watson) D'Andrea, Danielle
Harned, Pat (Rogers) Bisgrove, Ginny (Perra) and Stuart
Husbey, Suzy (Hele) and Charlie Carlton, and Judy
(Meyers) and Doug Pajak joined us for a gals' (BHS'60)
slumber party that weekend. Husbands had to vacate during
that time and moved to a hotel and played golf while we did
girl things like shop, eat, drink, stay up late in our jammies!!

Slumber party!

"Ginny made Johnny Mazzetti and a beautiful salad for us
Monday evening (still no guys) and we girls made the best of
our last night of the slumber party. There was a lot of remem-
bering the past good times and trying to remember some of
"Everyone departed on Tuesday morning and since Ray
and I did not leave until Wednesday, Ray and LeMoyne
played some more golf and Dolores and I hit Baskin-Robbins
for a hot fudge sundae. We figured we had not quite done all
the damage we could eating and drinking and this would top
it off. Amazingly I \was still able to button my jeans when we
left!! A wonderful time was had by all!!"
Received a note from Bill Arnold saying that he had just
returned to Atlanta from spending three weeks in Panama.
visiting his mom, Frances, plus some uncles. Bill says that
his mother will be 90 years old next year, and she still looks
great and gets around like a 60-year-old. Must be that great
Panama weather, though Bill did say the weather was very
hot and humid. He was able to spend time with his brother
Tommy and his son Teddy. He especially enjoyed the
tamales, and said the Panama beer was cold and tasty. Bill did
warn that there seems to be a lot of petty thievery and to keep
your things under lock and key while traveling around. This
is always good advice whenever you travel.
My husband Davis and I returned from a two-week trip to
both Scotland and Ireland on August 18th, and loved every
minute of the trip. While in Scotland we visited the Inverness
Castle in Inverness. Also while we were in Scotland, we were
able to attend the famous Military Tattoo at the Edinburgh
Castle in Edinburgh. Davis posed with a true Scottish bag-
piper outside our hotel on the way to the Military Tattoo. We
were very lucky that the night of the Tattoo was a beautiful
night, especially since the Tattoo is held in a large open court-
yard of the Castle. The weather was great and being there was
like a dream come true for both of us.

"We did get to the Alamo for a history lesson and several
restaurants for Mexican fare. Went to the Grist Mill where the
film Michael with John Travolta was made and also where
George Strait got his start. We had dinner at a restaurant
called The Alamo and it turned out that our waiter had a rel-
ative who had lived in the Canal Zone.

Davis and June Stevenson in Inverness, Scotland


Davis Stevenson with a Scottish bagpiper in Edinburgh

After leaving Scotland, we flew to Dublin, Ireland, for
another week visiting many castles including the one where
the Blarney Stone is. I kissed the Blarney Stone so, according
to legend, I now have the "gift of gab." Our tour included the
Waterford Crystal Factory where we watched some very tal-
ented men making the most beautiful vases, glasses and tro-
phies from start to finish. Quite a process, and a very steady
hand. We also visited the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which
rise 700 feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Clare. All in all, it
was a wonderful two weeks just visiting both of these beauti-
ful countries.
I also received a short note from Lester Smith, writing
from Long Beach, Miss., where he is working with FEMA on
the damage brought by Hurricane Gustav. It seems these hur-
ricanes are keeping FEMA busy, and Lester is still working
with them when called. He did mention that he and Andrea
had gone to Baton Rouge before the hurricanes to visit with
Ellen Osbourne and Billie Bishop Greenwood. Lester had
bought a motor home, so has been taking advantage of it by
doing some traveling.

June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
email: iunes(i)condoroutfitters. com

AT THE 2009 REUNION. See page 30.




Seems like I just finished my arti-
cle for the October issue and here it is
"December time." I'll start off with
our biggest news which was the super Pat Hunt
picnic we had in September. We had a
good crowd of our regulars and several first timers. Tom
Hanna, who recently bought a home here in Hendersonville,
was in town working on the house and his brother John came
to "help out" so both were taking a break to attend the picnic.
Tom hasn't sold the Florida home so isn't here permanently,
as yet. Leon Dedeaux came up from Anderson, S.C., along
with his son Chuck and his wife Rose and their children who
have recently moved to Anderson to be near his Dad.
Hopefully they will become regulars at our gatherings now.
Lola Fraunheim Jones came, sans Al, who was busy build-
ing sets at our local little theater production. Priscilla Dunn
and her family arrived with a co-worker in tow who turned
out to be a former Diablo resident, Miriam Borromeo,
daughter of John and Miriam Borromeo of Selah, Wash.
Her Dad was a Canal Zone policeman. I knew him when I
worked at the Paraiso Health clinic and fellow policeman
Ron Nessler worked with him so Miriam called him on the
phone and several people talked to him. What a small world!!
Miriam had been working in Hendersonville for over a year
with Priscilla and never knew there was a Panama Canal
group here. Miriam was good friends with my son Jon. We
missed a few people including Norma and Sam Irvin, Janet
Cunningham, and Willy and Wilma Nowotny, who were
galavanting in South America again! Mary Deheck and
Terry Fuqua had planned to drive over from the coast but an
impending hurricane kept them at home. Not to keep their
house safe but to watch the protected nesting turtles along the
beach. The eggs had not hatched and were in danger of being
lost. I haven't heard whether or not they survived!

Hendersonville Picnic Group

My sister Vicki Howe and I drove to Leesburg, Va., for a
weekend to visit my son Jon and his wife Julie. What a
charming area outside Washington, D.C. They took us to the
Manassas Battleground, which I loved, and to other historic
spots in the area. They live in a beautiful nature reserve where
Julie is the resident naturalist. She conducts nature programs
for local school children and scout troops, etc. Part of the
"graduation" test for night camps is walking from the camp-
site down the road to a lake, listening to and identifying bird
and animal sounds in total darkness; and I mean total dark-
ness. Jon and Julie took us down the road and I think I put a
permanent dent in Jon's arm, holding on so tightly. We could-
n't see a thing!! Picture below is Jon in his kitchen whipping
up pina coladas for his Mom and favorite aunt.

ing with the kids as a ventriloquist with Clifford, the big red
dog. Not his usual "clowning around" but just as gratifying
I'm sure.
My daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Sam Trinca,
took a 4200-mile 'bike" trip out to Sturgis. S.D., for the annu-
al bikers rally about the same time. They visited some of the
same places as Malcolm and Jean and when I asked Laurie if
they saw them at Mount Rushmore she said she saw the faces
of four VIPs but Malcolm wasn't among them. Both couples
agree that this United States is a beautiful country. Another
daughter, Lisa Johnson, my grandson Michael Watson, and
his dad Fred Watson took a ten-day trip to Panama in August
and had a great time! They went to Gamboa, Summit, the
beach, up to the Volcan and returned to the city and visited
Fred's mom Olga, and his sister Sandra and husband Ponce.
They ran into Gemma O'Donnell, who was visiting in
Panama at the same time, and visited with other repats. Sad
to say, Olga Watson passed away shortly after their visit. Lisa
also visited a teacher friend in Panama who teaches at her
school in North Carolina!
Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December
13th, at 2 PM at O'Charley's restaurant in Hendersonville. If
we get our December issue before the 13th, and anyone is in
the area, you are most welcome to join us. Call or email me
for more info.
Finally, our condolences go out to four families in our
Hendersonville society group. Steve Thompson's mother
Judy died in September. Carmen Howe's husband Charlie
passed away in June; Anne Johnston's husband Al, and
Alice Latimer's husband, Dr. Charles Latimer, both died in
September. We will miss them all (see With Deep Sorrow).
Alice and Chuck had just returned from a month-long driving
trip to New England and a cruise to Nova Scotia and New
Brunswick. During the past year they had been to Europe,
cruising the Baltic and the Mediterranean seas, visiting St.
Petersburg, Russia, England and the Mexican Riviera; all
leading up to the road trip celebrating their 61st wedding
anniversary. Chuck drove the entire trip and they arrived
home on Tuesday, September 9th. He suffered a massive
stroke on Thursday and died at 9:30 PM Friday night--two
and half hours short of his 84th birthday. He will be sorely

Jon Hunt making pifia coladas

Malcolm and Jean Stone took a three-week car trip to
Montana and back to visit their son David and family. They
babysat their two grandkids while David and Michelle went
to Seattle to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. While
there they also celebrated Jean's birthday, which for fear of
potential bodily injury, I will not say which birthday. One hint
tho'--it wasn't her "sweet sixteen." The trip included visits to
Hannibal, Mo. (of Samuel Clements fame), Mount
Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Black Hills and Spearfish, S.D.,
the headwaters of the Missouri River and Yellowstone and the
Grand Tetons. They visited a Shriner's Hospital in Lexington,
Ky., on their way home, where Malcolm did a little entertain-

I think that is all my news for this time. If I have forgot-
ten anything, I apologize and will get it in the next issue. Call
me or email me your happenings.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995
e-mail: pathuntOl (



Wow! Where has summer gone? It
seems like we only had a couple of
weeks of summer here in the Pacific
Northwest. Hopefully, we'll have a nice,
B mild fall and an equally uneventful win-
ter. According to the weather "guessers,"
Barbara Litchford
there is no La Nifia or El Nifio this year
which means a rather "bland" winter season (I'm hoping).
Mike Hoyt and CoCo Sutton (BHS'77) were married on
July 18, 2008, in North Bend, Ore. Mike found out, when he
went to Panama last year with Coco, that both of his great
uncles worked on building the Panama Canal and at least one
was a Roosevelt Medal recipient. No wonder everyone kept
saying "Hi Mike, how are you doing" at Coco's class reunion
when he went to school in Washington State his whole life!!
The Hovts all look very much alike!

August Bob and Mary celebrated another cousin's 96th birth-
day, attended Aida at the Seattle Opera, and paid a visit to the
Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, where some of
Bob's father's Marine Corps memorabilia is on display. In
September they attended a local Pan Am retiree picnic where
the retirees are getting fewer and older. Bob and Mary will be
attending the 50th Anniversary ceremonies on October 11th
for the Boeing 707. They expect to see many of the fellow
Pan Am alumni, a few of whom were present on the first
scheduled New York-Paris 707 flight on October 26, 1958.
After those fun activities, Bob and Mary will wing their way
to San Diego to visit with two of their great-granddaughters.
On the occasion of Henry Cruz's oldest grandson
Michael Cox's wedding to Sara Hawley, the remaining Cruz
siblings, Landy and Silvy, were able to hold a mini-family
reunion in Edmonds. Wash.

Landy Cruz dancing with grandnephew


Mike Hoyt and Coco Sutton Hoyt

Bob and Mary Blake entertained Blake cousins from
Nevada and Arizona whom Bob had not seen since an
Arizona wedding thirty years ago. They also enjoyed the visit
of the Navy Blue Angels during their visit for SEAFAIR. As
usual, during their show they come right down Bob and
Mary's street by Lake Washington at about 150 feet. In


My mom Wink Greene was hospitalized for three weeks
the end of August/first part of September. She underwent sur-
gery on her back and then spent 10 days at Northwest
Hospital's rehabilitation center where she was "treated" to
rigorous Occupational and Physical Therapy to help her
regain her strength and balance. She sure was glad to get
home where she could rest.
My husband John, youngest son Ian, and I will be spend-
ing New Year's in Bradenton, Fla., to attend the January 4,
2009, wedding of eldest son Sean to Amanda Mahoney of
Bradenton. After the wedding, Sean and Amanda will live in
Lawton, Okla., while he is stationed at Fort Sill.
Thanks for sharing your news...and, please keep it com-

Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
(206) 334-3359
e-mail: NWRecord(


Saludos de Panama! Well my trip
to Denver in August was beyond my
expectations, what a spectacular place!
The visit with my son Rick Szymanski,
Anna Opel his wife Terri and grandchildren, Brian,
Marianna and Elysia, was as always too short, but exciting.
In fact, if there was a sequel to the movie Tornado, we could
have been extras on the set! So I passed another first--my first
tornado and a lot of funnel clouds. Fortunately the tornado
was not a serious one and only took off a few roofs further
down the road. The weather also kept me busy in Homestead,
Fla., when I stopped in to visit my daughter Jenilee
Szymanski and granddaughter Sophia. There, preparing for
"Ike" I learned how to put up hurricane shutters, thanks to our
friend Ivan Klasovsky. We stocked up on hurricane supplies
and made sure the tank was topped off in the car at all times.
Again, as luck would have it, the hurricane went further south
than expected. We were fortunate, but Texas, Haiti and Cuba
bore the brunt of that terrible storm. We had a small BBQ at
the house on Labor Day weekend with family and friends and
celebrated Sophia's 18-month birthday, dressing her up as a
Panamanita in her montufio.



Nupnia in ner montuno

I was home by mid-September to find out that the traffic
patterns in Panama had changed somewhat due to all the road
construction/upgrades and the tranques (traffic jams) were
worse than before, if that is possible. Oh well, there is noth-
ing like being home and in the tropics!! Now on to the other
I received an e-mail from my good friend Stuart Warner
who always seems to be traveling around and working in dif-
ferent countries. This time he was sent to Stuttgart, Germany,
to work as the Interim Command Historian of the newly-cre-
ated Unified 4-Star Command of AFRICOM. While there,
Stuart completed a course in German and sang tenor in a two-
hour Rossini concert and which produced a 2-CD pack of the
concert. Stuart visited many surrounding countries and took
numerous "coffee table quality" photographs, sharing them
via email with family and friends. Stuart is pictured here with
General William Kip Ward, Commander of AFRICOM.


General William Kip Ward, Commander ofAFRICOM, and
Stuart Warner.


DECEMBER 31, 2008.

In June Mike and Ned Blennerhassett took daughter
Kathy and 12-year-old grandson Nate to South Africa. They
had a wonderful time travelling from Cape Town to Port
Elizabeth, stopping at spectacular beaches, hotels and game
parks along the way, including Shamwari and Gorah Elephant
Park. Nate surfed in the freezing-cold Indian Ocean and ate
many African delicacies, among them crocodile, ostrich and
warthog. They saw incredible birds and animals and truly
enjoyed the African experience to the fullest.

Ned and Mike Blennerhassett, Mary C(
Morland in Budapest.

Kathy, Nate and Mike Blennerhassett at St. Francis Bay

Nate, Kathy and Ned Blennerhassett at Shamwari

In August Mary (Morland) Coffey, Robin Morland,
Mike and Ned Blennerhassett and their good friend Martha
went on yet another Backroads trip--this time to Hungary,
Slovakia and Poland via Amsterdam. They had an awesome
time as usual, and are all pretty much in agreement that
Budapest and Krakow were the city highlights, with Poland
having the most beautiful hikes and scenery. They are already
excited about their next trip in April to Corsica and Sardinia.

Ned Blennerhassett, Martha, Mary Coffey, Robin
Morland, and Mike Blennerhassett in Krakow.


In an email Wallace Snyder writes: "Well the Snyders are
traveling, first to Oklahoma City to visit Marlene (Snyder)
Peters and next to visit Roderick Snyder in Lake Jackson,
Texas. The hurricane only did slight damage to his home but
water and lights were restored.
"Vilma and my two grandchildren are doing well, We are
a two-star family now. Nick is a tech on the AWACs and
Christina is at the Naval Academy. She is halfway through
and wants to be a Marine upon graduation. She is very ath-
letic and runs the triathelon. She is a class behind the son of
Senator John McCain, who is running for President.
Remember, McCain is a Canal Zoner, born in Coco Solo.
McCain's son will make the fourth generation of naval offi-
cers. He has one year to go.
"Rod's son Conan comes to Panama often. He resides in
Jacksonville, Fla. At this time, we are a family of Elks (1414).
Marlene is yet to be initiated but has an application submit-
ted. Vilma and I have passed muster. Conan and Rod are also
Pam Clark, daughter of Fred and Inez Clark of
Curundu, presented a two-hour concert for the Crossroads
Bible Church Retreat held at the Avalon Resort in Las
Cumbres on September 19-20 which was attended by approx-
imately 150 women. Inez took Miss Peanut along for support
and was fascinated with the resort facilities.

Inez Clark holding Miss Peanut, and Judy Gunn

Inez and Fred were surprised by an unexpected visit from
Rory Egger on October 1st. Rory works in Jupiter, Fla., and
returned to Panama for 10 days to visit with his wife
Jeannette, who still works here with the Smithsonian and
daughter Britney who attends the Las Esclavas School in

Seated: Fred Clark. Standing: Jeannette, Britney and Rory

Inez, along with the rest of her BHS Class of '59, has
begun planning for their 50th reunion next year. She has vol-
unteered to arrange the Panama portion for those residing
here and other classmates who come to join in. She is cur-
rently looking at an event being held at either the Gamboa
Resort or the Avalon Resort in Las Cumbres, with more
details to follow in the next Record. The stateside POC, Skip
Rowley, is taking care of the reunion being held in Orlando
in July 2009.
I.. E E

1959 10th Class Reunion at Albrook Officers Club

On October 2nd, Roosevelt Metal Descendants in Panama
got together at the Museo del Canal to meet
Scott Parazynski, NASA Astronaut who is a descendant of
Medal recipient David Dubose Gaillard. Scott was visiting
Panama under the auspices of the United States Embassy. A
year ago Scott took two Roosevelt Medals into outer space
with him, where they orbited Planet Earth a number of times.
One of these astro-Medals will remain in Panama.
The Panazonian community was again saddened by the
passing of some more of our members: Elizabeth Leigh,
John Carlson, and Carlos Belizaire.

This was a short reporting period and, hopefully, I will
have more news to relate in the next issue. Remember to send
me an email, or call, and share your stories and photos with
me. Until the next issue Hasta la vista!!

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
e-mail: acopel(



Fall is finally here and I'm look-
ing forward to the changing of the
George Garcia leaves and a trip to the mountains.
Nature does a beautiful job with her
paintbrush. Yours truly just returned from a trip to
"Hooterville." I call it that because of the celebrity who pro-
motes the area--Pigeon Forge. If you don't know to whom I
refer, then I'll keep you guessing.
Ho Hum...Not very much happening to the Canal Zone
bunch here in South Carolina but Pam (Rowe) (BHS'67)
Herold sent in this little story. Some of her classmates
enjoyed a get-together at her and Joe's home on Lake
Hartwell. The group included Nellie (Wood) (BHS'67) and
Bob Engelke (BHS'65), and Sheila (Thompson) (BHS'67)
and Al Schonert (BHS'67).
UM. .

Pam Herold, Al Schonert, Sheila Schonert, Nellie
Engelke, Bob Engelke, and Joe Herold.

She writes: "Al was really into lake fishing! He was up
first in the morning. Then he'd go down to the dock fishing;
feeding the baby fish or pedal boating around the cove trying
to catch a big one. He used the old 'I threw it back in' routine
on us when he told us he'd caught a big fish. The rest of us
were up at a normal hour (or should I say late because of the
night before). Then we rested on floats in the lake or rode the
James Bond water scooters. Of course we enjoyed various
"We took a cruise up the lake to have dinner at the Galley
Restaurant. Our return ride around sunset was complete with
drinks and a song. Our weekend would not have been com-
plete without a few empanadas (yum, yum, yum)!


"Laughter reigned supreme during the weekend. Our
sides were splitting! We had a great deal of fun and only hope
to do it again!"
To all South Carolina Canal Zone people: PLEASE
SEND IN YOUR STORIES. For those of you who don't have
a computer and cannot e-mail your stories, please mail them
to me, or call me. Hope to hear from you soon!!!

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072
email: czgarcial4(


Greetings from the Old
Dominion! It sure was a busy summer
and fall. Are we ready for another
Zonian BBQ? I wonder if Dennis is
reading this??
Karn Bal I'll begin with a note from Andy
Karen Brandlr
(Nash) (CHS'60) English: "Gary
Irving and Andy Nash English met for brunch in
Washington, D.C., with their spouses, Vicki and Ed, and a
few of their kids and grandchildren to view Andy's DVD of
old 8mm films from Gatun days? Gary was a guest at her 3rd
birthday party in Gatun--way back in 1946! What a treat to
view these scenes from our childhood--with our parents in the
background. Complete with bomb shelters in the backyards!
After brunch we visited the National Gallery of Art to view
the visiting Afghan Treasures exhibit."

Gary Irving, Vicki Irving, Andy English, and Ed English

Please join me in congratulating Charles Beardall
(BHS'66), as he was recently honored by being selected for
the meritorious "Presidential Rank Award" for U.S.
Government Senior Executives. On October 8, 2008, the
President publicly recognized three senior executives from
the DoD Office of Inspector General, one of whom is our
own Chuck. Recipients of the award are "nominated by their
own agency heads, evaluated by boards of private citizens,

and approved by the President." These winners are recog-
nized as "strong leaders, professionals...who achieve results
and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and
a relentless commitment to excellence and service." This
award is one of the highest civilian awards in Government
On October 4, 2008, my husband Steve and I shared a
beautiful night in downtown Norfolk at Walls Fine Art
Gallery where Al Sprague has four paintings on exhibit. We
later shared a beautiful dinner along with Al, his lovely wife
Marsha, and our mutual friend Jimmy Rinehart (BHS'81).
It was a very nice evening. We enjoyed the Virginia Chorale
who performed during the art exhibition and met some very
interesting people, as well as a bulldog by the name of
"Patton." I think he stole Al and Marsha's hearts!!

7. ,.

Karen Peugnet Brandl and Al Sprague

From my family to yours, Feliz Navidad y Prospero Aiio

Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
(727) 233-6767
e-mail: kisbrandl(


Visit the Panama Canal Society
website for online services for mem-
bership applications and membership
renewals, general membership meet-
ings and minutes, and Canal Record
area reporter information.




Edward Lee English was recently promoted to the rank- M "
of U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. He is currently
Commander, 18th Combat Service Support Battalion (Rear)
stationed at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Lee is a graduate of the Corps of Cadets, Virginia Tech
and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He
holds Master's degrees from Florida Tech and the School of
Advanced Military Studies, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He has
served in Kuwait and Iraq.
He is married to the former Alicia Morris and they have
two children, Edward Nash and Elizabeth Lee. Lee is the
oldest grandson of Peggy and Lee Nash, longtime residents
of Gatun. He is the son of Colonel (Ret.) and Mrs. Edward
B. English of Williamsburg, Va.

Fi Everson (2008)

Of course Fi, always wanting to make family get-togeth-
ers more memorable, went into the hospital due to heart fail-
ure just as the family arrived in Sarasota. They accused her of
just wanting additional special attention but, on the plus side,
it did allow them to party harder, with no parental supervi-
sion. The result of the constant stream of children and grand-
children through her hospital room, from morning to night,
induced her to speed her recovery--in order to get rid of them.
A quick recovery, back on her game, and Fi is ready to take
on her next 10 years.

Lt. Col. Edward Lee English


Phyllis (Fi) Everson celebrated her 90th birthday on June
20, 2008, in Sarasota, Fla., where she and her late husband,
Bernhard (Emo) Everson, settled after leaving the Canal
Zone in 1973. -

To celebrate this significant milestone her sons John,
Randy, and Bernhard, Jr., along with her daughters-in-law,
Lynn and Beverly, and grandchildren John, Jr., Michael,
Justin, and Katie joined her for an extended 4th of July
weekend. Fi (Buechele) Everson


Para dise Found!





Get your Reunion Registration and Hotel Reservation forms into
the Society Office by January 31, 2009 and you will be eligible to
Drawing will take place at Camavalito on February 7, 2009.
You don't need to be present to win.
Prize is non-transferable.
Executive Board members, Past Presidents and Reunion Committee
Chairpersons are not eligible to participate.
More information? .... call the Society Office.


Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
July 1 July 5, 2009

Reunion Coordinator Bill McLaughlin


Reunion Registration
Hotel Reservations
Ticket Sales
Golf Tournament
DJ Dances
Annual Luncheon
Class and Mini Reunions
Despedida Lottery
Seminars/Corporate Sponsors
Event Decorations
Owl Show

Tom and Cecilia Spence
Betty LeDoux-Morris
Nancy Van Siclen
Jim Parthenais and Mike Coffey
Margot Jordan
Jim O'Donnell and Chris Wilder
Bill McLaughlin
Jacque Vowell and Shirley Avery
Allison McLaughlin
Kathy Wilder and Cheryl Russell
Jim Parthenais
Pam Reid
Margaret McLaughlin
Bob Russell
Margaret McLaughlin
Chris Wilder
Bill McLaughlin



S MEMBERSHIP All persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion must be enrolled as a
member before May 15, 2009, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the
reunion. The annual membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted
with the membership application form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those mem-
bers who have paid their 2009 annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership appli-
cation form found in the back pages of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an appli-
cation or assistance, the Society office may be contacted at our toll-free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the
local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those within the local calling area. The Society's web site at may also be visited for an application and information.

S DEADLINES The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon, Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is
June 1. 2009. The deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is May 1, 2009, or until such time as the room block
is full and rooms are no longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since
available hotel rooms and event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines. Note: All
rooms and Suites are on a first come first served basis. Once these Rooms / Suites are full, we cannot accept fur-
ther reservations. We will have a waiting list, but please plan accordingly.

but instead will be held at the Society's reunion registration area for pickup by the member during registration operating
hours. Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.

Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after June 1, 2009, unless there are extenuating circum-
stances. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order not to lose the first night's guaran-
tee deposit. Contact the Lodging Chairperson or Society office to either change arrival or departure dates or to can-
cel your hotel reservations.


* REUNION REGISTRATION (Gatlin Ballroom A-i) All members and their family members or guests are required
to register with the Society in order to attend the Reunion; and a non-refundable $7.00 registration fee per member and
registered guest 18 years of age or older must be paid. For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be
accomplished online at the Society's website at the "Online Services" link.

* IDENTIFICATION Only registered Reunion guests with the Panama Canal Society will be able to attend Society
events. Proper identification (name badge) will be provided to each registered guest at Registration and must be worn to
gain access to dances, vendors and meetings. You will receive a 10% discount at all hotel food outlets by wearing your
name badge.

* GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON (Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club and Sandlake Signature Ballroom)
Margot Jordon will once again be hosting the 29th Annual Society Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 1, 2009, on
the 18 hole, par 72, Championship (7228 yards) golf course at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2009. The entry fee includes range balls, greens fees, golf cart, luncheon, awards,
and lots of door prizes. The field will be limited to 120 players so send in your registration form early. Unless advised
by the committee, consider yourself registered, as no confirmation will be sent out. Players are encouraged to invite no
more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon. Guests are eligible for favors and door prizes.
Based on input from many of the golfers who played last year we are going to have a 2-person scramble this year.
There will be no medal play. Handicaps for each team will be adjusted based on the Scramble Handicap System used by
the PGA. Their final score will be adjusted based on the Scramble Handicap System used by the PGA. Players who do
not select a partner at registration will be assigned to a compatible group based on age and handicap.
The awards luncheon will be a buffet consisting of BBQ ribs, pulled pork, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad
and dessert and will start IMMEDIATELY after play ends. The name tag you receive at golf registration will advise you
of the table you will be sitting at. PLEASE SIT AT THE TABLE YOU ARE ASSIGNED.
Foursomes and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the tournament in the Society's
Information Area. Collared shirts and soft cleats are required. NO DENIM PANTS, SHORTS OR COOLERS ARE

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Sandlake Signature Ballroom Second Level)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday, July 3, 2009. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members.
This is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and
participate in discussions. Please plan to attend this meeting! As a bonus, there are always great door prizes donated by
the Reunion Vendors, to include two free round-trip tickets and tour packages to Panama from Miami.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Gatlin Ballroom C and D) Deadline to purchase tickets is June 1, 2009.
Once again we are planning to provide an exciting agenda for all attending the annual luncheon. At the time of this
printing, we have not finalized this year's program. Detailed information for our Annual Luncheon Program will be in the
March Canal Record.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 1, 2009, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to lim-
ited seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at
tables of 10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as
well as special seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be
honored to the best extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of London Broil with Herbed Rice and Fresh Steamed Vegetables
or Broiled Florida Grouper with Root Vegetable Hash and Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes. Also both meals will be served with
Shingle Creek Classic Salad, Warm Rolls, Chocolate Blackout Cake, and Coffee and Tea Service.
Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strict-
ly enforced. Entrance to listen to the program only will not be allowed.

Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom is

reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will feature Tito
Mouynes y Conjunto. Dress is casual. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ballroom.
The Saturday night dance will once again feature the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band;" and dress
is semi-formal, with no shorts or no jeans permitted. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the
ballroom. Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.


Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both dances will begin
at 11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to attend these dances.

* BINGO (Gatlin Ballroom A-4)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will once again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on Friday from 2:00 pm 5:00
pm, and Saturday from 3:00 pm 5:00 pm with lots of fun and prizes to be won.

* DESPEDIDA (Gatlin Ballroom C & D)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida which will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2009. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m. The hotel will have coffee and pastries for sale in the foyer. Come early and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers, Sentimiento Panameno, will perfonn for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The
dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!

SDESPEDIDA LOTTERY (Gatlin Registration Foyer)
Despedida 2009 will also feature the drawing of the 7th Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. Tickets are priced at $1.00 and are available at the Despedida Lottery
table located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky prize

* THURSDAY NIGHT "OWL SHOW" & SATURDAY AFTERNOON MATINEE (Sandlake Signature Ballroom, 2nd Level)
Most every Zonian remembers the Owl Shows and Saturday matinees at Diablo and Margarita Theaters. We are plan-
ning on continuing with our 3nd Annual Owl Show and 2nd Annual Saturday Matinee at this year's reunion. The Owl
Show will be held on Thursday night at 10:00 pm and the Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm. There is no charge and everyone
is welcome to attend.

S CLASS AND MINI-REUNIONS (Wekiwa Second Level Meeting Rooms)
Members desiring to hold a class or mini-reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive
advance approval from Class and Mini-Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or e-mail him at
Class and mini-reunions requiring hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging
Chairperson. Coordinators for class and mini-reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of
the policies and procedures regarding the payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend
Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also responsible for scheduling their class or mini-reunion activities so as not
to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries
during the Reunion, class and mini-reunion schedules of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information
desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.

To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2009 membership dues, (2) their $7.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. Vendors requiring electricity will be charged according to the
amount of outlets and amperage needed. Pricing for electrical hookup is addressed in the Vendor Application. Vendors
must have their table application approved by the Society. Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that
requests are received and are subject to space availability. The Society reserves the right to make judgments on items
offered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be
required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility or liability for items sold by reunion ven-
dors. Deadline for Vendor Applications is May 15, 2009.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting the Society office by telephone at
(727) 391-4359; 1-866-726-2262 or by e-mail at office( Printable Vendor Applications are also
available on the Society's website,

INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Gatlin Ballroom Registration Desk #1)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide
assistance to reunion attendees. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion activities, including mini-
reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center through maintenance of a bulletin

board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for "LOST AND FOUND" articles, for the sale of Society license
plates, decals, Canal Records and other Society related items. Members wishing to conduct Society business or having
membership-related matters to discuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.



* MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by June 1, 2009 In response to numerous complaints in past years
concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are
being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker
Mobility at 1-888-726-6837. They are offering free delivery and pick up and the daily rate for scooters is $30. Members
need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by June 1, 2009.


Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2009 membership dues and the $7.00
reunion registration fee is required for everyone 18 years of age or older.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson.
The host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates.
The Society's special reunion rate of $121.00/$250.00/$350.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning
June 27 through July 9, 2009.
Except in special circumstances, only one guest room / suite reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's
special reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so until
all available guest rooms / suites are filled. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel when members check in.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their
priority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is complete. The Society will make every effort possible
to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.


Reservations must be received by May 1, 2009, at the Society Office.
To reserve a guest room or suite, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages G and H must be
completed in its entirety, either printed in black ink or typed, and accompanied by one night's hotel deposit plus 12.5%
resort and sales tax (payable to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort). The form should be submitted to the Reunion Coordinator,
and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Fl 33772-4787 no later than May 1. 2009.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" rooms available for assignment to persons having "special needs," which
will be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the
space provided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form. In order to better
accommodate you, please specify the needs for which you require an Accessible room.

Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check into the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made
c. Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.

Note: Upon check-in, the hotel will reconfirm your departure date. Any adjustments to the departure date can be made
then. After the departure date adjustments are made, shortened lengths of stay, thereafter, will result in a $50.00
administrative fee.

There is no smoking in any hotel guest room or suite. Guests violating this restriction will be assessed a $500 penalty
charge on their credit cards.





*LODGING The 2009 Panama Canal Society Reunion will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort features spacious King or Queen Double accommodations themed with a blend of natural charm with
a Spanish-revival feel and a jewel tone color palette to create an elegant and functional setting. Accommodations are warm,
inviting and comfortable. All Rosen Shingle Creek Resort rooms feature amenities that include plush Creek Sleeper beds,
32" flat screen TV, small refrigerator, high-speed Internet capabilities, coffee maker, hair dryers, elegant furnishings and
Egyptian cotton sheets to make your stay unforgettable. There are larger Hospitality Parlor Suites for class/mini-reunions
and Executive Parlor and Grand Parlor Suites for large families.

Pricing for guest rooms and suites is as follows:
Guest Rooms Double Queen or Single King are $121.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax for a total of $136.13.
2 Bay Hospitality Suite $250.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax. (For class/mini-rcunions) for a total of $281.25
3 Bay Hospitality Suite $350.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax. (For class/mini-reunions) for a total of $393.75
Executive Parlor Suites $250.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax for a total of $281.25
Grand Parlor Suites $350.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax for a total of $393.75
Add-on guest rooms for Executive and Grand Parlor Suites will be charged the additional Guest Room rate.

If you are going to hold a guest room or suite with a check, the check total should include the cost of one night plus
the 12.5% resort and sales tax, i.e. Guest Room $136.13, Hospitality/Executive Suite $281.25 or Grand Suite

A diagram of the layouts of each of the room types is provided to help you with your room selection.

In order to expedite the room check-in process, we are asking that you provide us with an estimated time of your arrival
and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated.

Canal Society will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from July 1 through July 5, 2009; and all members and their
registered guests are eligible to attend. Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed registration forms
being received for reunion activities, it has been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these
registration forms to be placed in a pending file and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper
amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When put aside, the registration form will lose its priority status and a new
priority date will be assigned when the registration form is finally completed properly and the correct monies received.
PLEASE, to avoid delays in processing your registration form and not affect your original receipt date for ticket
and lodging priority, remit the correct amount of money and be sure that all necessary information is supplied and
correctly stated.

SCONTACTS Questions concerning the reunion should be directed to the Reunion Coordinator, Bill McLaughlin, at
(352) 726-8804 or via email at reunioncoordinator( Questions concerning the hotel reservations
should be directed to the Hotel Lodging Chairperson, Betty LeDoux-Morris, via email at or call
(727) 934-2781.

PARKING There is complimentary overnight self-parking for hotel guests attending the reunion; however,
non-hotel guests will be charged a self-parking fee of $8.00 daily. If you are a day visitor and plan to use valet parking,
cost is $15.00 per day. If you are a registered hotel guest and plan to use valet parking, the cost is $18.00 per day.

* DISCOUNTS Also, don't forget to ask for your 10% Panama Canal Society discount when purchasing food at ALL
hotel food outlets (beverages not included). Your Reunion Name Badge is proof of entitlement. So, be sure to have it
with you! Special drink prices are provided to members at the Society reunion locations/events.

* GROUND TRANSPORTATION The Panama Canal Society has arranged for a discounted rate for airport
transportation from the Orlando International Airport to the Resort with Eventions of Florida. This exclusive round-trip
shuttle service is $35 per person (includes driver gratuity) and will provide nonstop direct transportation for all conference
attendees/guests to the Resort. You must arrange for this shuttle service by June 24, 2009, to get this special rate. See
page M for registration form.


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* Refer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

* When you arrive at the hotel (CHECK-IN AT 3:00 P.M.), proceed to hotel registration in order
to check into your room.

SReview the hours of operation for reunion registration and other events in these Yellow pages.
Once you arrive at the reunion, a reunion information package will be provided to you at the
Panama Canal Society's registration desk in the Convention Center. Registration and other
event hours will also be posted on the in-house television monitors, which may be viewed from
the comfort of your hotel room or from a monitor in the Convention Center or hotel lobby.

Proceed at your earliest convenience after your arrival to the reunion registration area in the
Convention Center to obtain your name badge, information packet, and pre-ordered event
tickets. At registration, a volunteer will review with you what is in your envelope and you will
be required to sign the envelope acknowledging that you received the contents and that your
order is correct. Reunion event tickets are NOT PRE-MAILED. Furthermore, only the primary
person registering for the reunion may pick up the name badges and tickets from the
registration room. Be certain that all of your guests are registered for the reunion. PLEASE

If you are attending a class reunion, information regarding your class reunion event will be
posted at the Information/Secretary desk bulletin board. This is IF your class reunion chair-
person has furnished us with this information. In the event he/she has not, we will do all that
we can to assist you in locating your class reunion activities.

SDON'T FORGET to ask for your 10% Panama Canal Society discount when purchasing food
at ALL hotel outlets. Your Reunion Name Badge is proof of entitlement. So, be sure to have it
with you!

SREMEMBER, your Society membership must be current to register for the Panama Canal
Society Reunion, obtain a hotel room at our special rate and purchase Society event tickets.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property and at
Society functions, to include dances, is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel bars. In
accordance with state law, the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted
only within the confines of the guest's room. No bottled alcohol will be carried into Society
functions. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage individuals will not be permitted
nor tolerated, and will be dealt with in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted
on the dance floors at any time.

In accordance with State Law, smoking is prohibited inside Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Also,
smoking is not permitted in guest rooms or suites. Guests violating this restriction will be
charged a $500 penalty by the hotel and the charge will be put on the guest's credit card.


* The theme for the 2009 Reunion Dances is "Paradise Found."

Complete both pages, and submit intact.



Receipt Sequence Number:




ANNUAL LUNCHEON" .. X $30,00 = $ .
ANNUAL BALL (Saturday) (No Jeans/No Shorts) X $15.00 -
DISCO DANCE (Friday) X $10.00 = $
DISCO DANCE (Saturday) X $10.00= $ ..
PANAZONIAN DANCE (Friday) X $15.00- $
..____._____________TOTAL FEESII $

Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "Panama Canal Society, Inc."
Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number:

Member/Card Holder Signature:

Checks must be drawn on U.S.

SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4787

Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, to purchase Annual Luncheon tick-
ets, to register for the Golf Tournament, and to secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your

REUNION REGISTRATION: List each name (including member's) AS YOU WANT IT PRINTED ON
THE NAME BADGES and provide age of each attendee. List name of each family member or guest being
registered by the member and include $7.00 for each person 18 years of age or older. Please make sure you list all registered
names so they can receive their name badges.
1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application.


Exp. Date

Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)



List names of attendees and indicate their choice of London Broil (M) or Grouper (F) by circling one.


M or F 6.
M or F 7.
Mor F 8.
M or F 9.
M or F 10.

Special seating requests:

GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 1, 2009 (See Page B for instructions)

Name (Please Print)

Phone Number:


Scramble Teams:
Please confirm with both players before submitting.

Hdcp or Avg
18-hole score

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Cost: Golf and Awards Luncheon: $82.00 per person Non-Golfing Luncheon Guests: $33.00 per person

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Queen Double ($136.13)
Accessible King Room ($136.13)

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Executive Parlor Suite
2 Bay Hospitality Suite
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Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
2009 Reunion Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Thursday, July 2, 2009
29th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Sandlake (Level 2)
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. Conway
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.-Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Thursday Night at the Yacht Club Dance: 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin El E3
Thursday Night Owl Show 10:00 p.m. Midnight Sandlake (Level 2)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Conway
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Society Members only) Sandlake (Level 2)
Cultural Seminar: 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Bingo: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Gatlin A4
Baile Panameno Dance Class 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St Johns 30 & 31 (Level 2)
PanaZonian Dance: (Casual/Informal Attire) 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin C & D
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin El E3
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Conway
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin A2 & A3
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Gatlin C and D
Saturday Afternoon Matinee: 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Sandlake (Level 2)
Cultural Seminar: 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Registration & Dance Ticket Sales: 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Al
Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales: 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Ballroom Foyer
Information/Secretary: 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #1
Bingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Gatlin A4
Religious Services: Catholic 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Praise & Worship 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Wekiwa 4 & 5 (Level 2)
Annual Ball: (Semi-formal Attire No jeans/No shorts) 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin C & D
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin El E3
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin B
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin Ballroom A2 & A3
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Dance Performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom C & D

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class and mini-reunions and last-minute changes. Dance tickets may be purchased after registration hours at the
Gatlin Registration Desk #1 from 8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

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The 2009 Panama Canal Society Reunion will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This beautiful hotel
is a great location to have our reunion. It is nestled along historic Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Everglades, and has nature
trails, inviting swimming pools and tropical foliage to offer a serene environment, perfect for relaxation.

The many alluring attributes of Rosen Shingle Creek Resort are: An 18-hole, par 72, 7,228 yard championship golf course
on site, designed by David Harman; a full-service, 13,000 square foot Spa, featuring nine treatment rooms; a state-of-the-art
fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and televisions; four pools zero entry family pool, kiddies wad-
ing pool, lap pool, and a quiet lounging pool conveniently located by the Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grill; two Jacuzzis; two light-
ed tennis courts; basketballs available; nature trails; access to guided canoe trips (seasonal); fishing, horseback riding nearby;
Kids Swamp Camp which includes a computer center and a variety of play stations located across from the video game room;
and on-site shopping, including women's and men's apparel, Florida Arts Gallery and Pro Shop.

If dining is your pleasure, there are over nine venues to choose from, including: (1) A Land Remembcered a steak house
named after the novel by Patrick Smith, (2) Cala Bella and Bella's Bar- this is a fine dining Italian Bistro, (3) CafeI Osceola
& Osceola Bar a buffet restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) serving a buffet and a la carte menu, (4) 18 Monroe
Street Deli a 24-hour deli and market, offering a variety of items from a quick snack to a quick-to-order meal. (5) Snoooth
Java Coffee Bar a coffee, smoothies and juice bar, serving Starbuck's coffee and an assortment of pastries and snacks, (6)
Head Waters Lounge Lobby lounge bar which is centrally located and a perfect meeting place, (7) Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grill
- is adjacent to the pools and serves a range of food and beverage items in a relaxed outdoor setting, (8) Creek Ice Creamer~'
- serves a variety of treats, and (9) Room Service- 24-hour full-service dining.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is situated on 230 acres of land in the heart of Orlando. It is within one mile of the Orange
County Convention Center; ten minutes from the Orlando International Airport; ten minutes (4 miles) from the Universal
Orlando theme park and Wet 'n Wild; within minutes to SeaWorld; within ten to fifteen minutes to Disney World; within fif-
teen minutes to all major shopping venues like the Mall of Millennia, Florida Mall and Premium Outlets; five minutes from
world-class shopping at Pointe Orlando; less than an hour from the Atlantic Ocean; forty-five minutes from Cape Canaveral;
and a 90-minute drive from the Gulf Coast.

We have held our 2007 and 2008 Reunions at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and they were well attended with most atten-
dees vowing to return again this year. The guest rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. The Creek Sleeper definitely gives
you a good night's sleep. We will be holding our events in a different area of the Convention Center in 2009. We will be
located in the Gatlin Ballroom area (first level of the Convention Center) with some activities located on the second level
above the ballrooms. The Gatlin Ballroom area is where we were in 2007. The distance from your guest room to the Gatlin
Ballroom will be less than it was in 2007 as registration and activities will be closer to the escalator. It is still a good walk,
but is all under one roof. Bring your walking shoes or rent a scooter if you have difficulty in walking long distances. Elevators
and escalators are available in the Convention Center.

Special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout Society sponsored events.

Sodas $2.00
Beer Domestic $3.75
Wine $4.00
Mixed Drinks $4.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $3.00




Friday, July 3, 2008

Sentimiento Panama, the Panamanian dance group
that has performed for the Panama Canal Society for
many years at our Despedida, will once again be
teaching unique dance steps used in the "typical"
dances from Panama during the reunion. You will also
learn the historical significance behind the different
dances. Beginners are welcome! You don't need to be
an accomplished dancer to participate. Join us to
refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance "Tipico"
style for the first time. Cost for this class is $15.00 per
person or $25.00 per couple. Class will be held on
Friday, July 3, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the
St. John's meeting rooms 30 and 31. Pre-registration is
necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is required
to conduct the class.In the event there are not enough
participants to hold the class, your fee will be prompt-
ly refunded to you. Complete your registration now.
You don't want to miss this opportunity.

DEADLINE is June 1, 2009

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-$15 per person / $25 per couple
. Class held Friday July 3, 2009 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St. John's Meeting Rooms 30 & 31 I


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Transportation Registration Form

Please register by Wednesday, June 24, 2009, to reserve your spot!

Reservation Policy:
Registration will close on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. After
this date, please contact Eventions of Florida directly to make
shuttle arrangements after registration closes or advise us of
any flight changes.

Official Transportation Schedule:
If your arrival or departure falls outside of the official days,
please contact Eventions of Florida directly to discuss your
Wednesday, July 1
Thursday, July 2
Friday, July 3
Airport Departures
Sunday, July 5

Three Ways to Register and Payment Information:
$35 per person inclusive for round trip transportation
SMail transportation registration form and payment (credit
card-Visa, MasterCard or American Express only, check
or money order in US dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank)
to: Eventions of Florida, 4302 Henderson Blvd., Ste.
100, Tampa, FL 33629
" E-Fax completed registration form to: (813) 315-6379
Registration online@
SNo phone registrations, please
SOnly one check or credit card per registration form

Please type or print clearly all fields are required to process registration:

# of Guest in Party
First Name
Contact Phone #
Cell #

Last Name
Fax #

Arrival Date

Departure Date

Arrival Time
Flight #

Departure Time
Flight #

Originating City

Originating City

Payment Amount: $35 per person inclusive X = TOTAL PAYMENT DUE
Payment Method: Check# 1 Visa L0 MasterCard I
Card Number Expiration Date
Printed Name of Cardholder
Card Billing Address
City State Zip

American Express

Special Needs (i.e., wheelchair, special assistance, child car seat, etc.) please describe:

Please provide the name of your hotel in case we need to contact you during the conference:

0 Cancellation Policy (check here to accept) 0
Eventions of Florida reserves the right to cancel all reserved airport transportation due to lack of participation, safety concerns, civil unrest, ter-
rorism or acts of God (including severe weather). If airport transportation is canceled due to any of these reasons, all Panama Canal Society
registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund if Eventions of Florida cannot accommodate the guests on alternate transportation.
Cancellations must be made in writing and will be accepted until June 24, 2009.
A $5.00 service charge will be deducted from your refund for any cancellations made up to June 24, 2009.
No cancellations accepted after June 24, 2009.

1 Waiver and Indemnity (check here to accept) 0
EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA is not responsible for accidents; any mishap due to alcohol or drug abuse by any Panama Canal Society guest;
disasters; government regulation or advisory; death; injury; illness; fire; disruption; delays; modifications or cancellations caused by weather
conditions; or any mechanical or electrical difficulties; strikes; lockouts; acts or threats or terrorism; civil disorder; acts of God; and other events
beyond the control of EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA. EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA will make every effort to conduct the program as described, how-
ever, reserves the right to make adjustments to the programs without affecting the overall quality. Should situations beyond the control of EVEN-
TIONS OF FLORIDA make changes necessary, we will work with Panama Canal Society on any such changes whenever possible. Refunds
will be issued if inclement weather renders transportation performance impossible or unsafe.



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8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom C D

Friday Night
Join us for the PanaZonian Dance with
"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"

Featuring: Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz


Saturday Night Ball
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"

Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator

or call 1-352-726-8804 (evenings)





Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard just off
the Beachline Expressway (SR-528, Exit #2) and a half mile east of the
Orange County Convention Center.

From Orlando International Airport:

Take the north exit from the airport to SR-528
(the Beachline Expressway).

Take SR-528 Westbound to Exit #2.

From the exit ramp, turn right onto Universal
Blvd. at the traffic light.

The entrance to Rosen Shingle Creek will be on
the right side of Universal Blvd.

From 1-4:

Take I-4 Eastbound to Exit #72 (the Beachline
Expressway / SR-528).

Head east on SR-528 to Exit #2 (Universal
Blvd./Orange Blvd.).

From the exit ramp, veer to the left then turn left
onto Universal Blvd.

The entrance to Rosen Shingle Creek will be the
second traffic light on Universal Blvd.



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~Boquete Highlands .
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Or ask us about our other
Tavel Destinations and Cruises

Copa Airlines is pleased to offer you a special discount for making us the preferred carrier of the
Panama Canal Society.
Eligible members will receive a 10% discount off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travel from
Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York City (JFK) and Washington (Dulles), to Panama City.
Travel must be completed by December 31, 2009.

Join our award-winning frequent flier program OnePass by calling 1-800-FLY-COPA / Miami: (305) 371-COPA (2672)
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Copa Airlines reserves the right to make changes to this promotion at any time.
For Complete Details, Contact: C Op a
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John Arthur Morales celebrated his 95th birthday at his
home in California, Mo., on August 28th. He received phone
calls from all his children including John and Kenny in
Panama, Roseanne in Florida, Jeanette in South Carolina,
and Roy in Moberly, Mo. Grandchildren Damien Oliver,
Kendra Keepers, and Caroline Morales also phoned in
their birthday greetings. Lars flew in to Kansas City and
drove out to California, Mo., with John and Margaret's
granddaughter Adrienne Oliver.
John celebrated a low-key event with a dinner in the small
town of California and birthday cake at home. John keeps his
mind sharp doing crossword puzzles, reading voraciously,
writing letters to the editor, and sending political and eco-
nomic-themed emails to family and friends. His longtime
advocacy for the ideas of the great economist Henry George
have kept him busy trying to educate others. Perhaps a bit of
Georgist discipline in the marketplace would have prevented
the current economic meltdown.
John and Margaret retired from the Panama Canal
Company and left Panama for New Zealand in the early '70s.
They enjoyed the semi-retired life there for several years and
owned their own Kiwi home in Nelson on the South Island.
After a brief stay in Livingstone, Calif., they settled first in
Maryville, Mo., then Savannah, Mo., and moved to their
present home in California, Mo., about a dozen years ago.

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Margaret Morales, John A. Morales, and Adrienne Oliver


Jean Medinger McGuire of Safety Harbor, Fla.,
was named Certified Advertising Specialist, an official recog-
nition of professional excellence in the promotional products
industry, awarded by the Promotional Products Association
International. Jean is President of McGuirePro Marketing and
a 1973 graduate of Balboa High School. and was one of four-
teen Geiger associates to earn the Certified Advertising
Specialist designation on July 19, 2008.
Jean completed and passed a two-hour exam admin-
istered by PPAI which earned her the designation. The exam
represents the culmination of dozens of hours spent attending
specialized promotional products industry training and sem-
inars. CAS designees display excellence and professionalism
in all advertising and marketing media available in the pro-
motional products industry in addition to demonstrating lead-
ership qualities and a commitment to the industry. The CAS
designation is held by less than one percent of the more than
50,000 distributors in the world.
Jean also was awarded a prestigious Palm Award on
August 27, 2008, at the Promotional Products of Florida's
annual show in Orlando. The Palm Awards give recognition
to outstanding promotional product professionals who exhib-
it qualities and characteristics distinguishing them as deserv-
ing of the honor of being superior. The primary criteria of the
competition is based on demonstrating an increase in sales
volume, sales achievements and contributions to the overall
professionalism of the industry. Jean's award was for Best
Client Promotion over $10 Per Recipient for a Tampa-based
client event held this year at Fort DeSoto Beach. Her compa-
ny just completed the design and illustration of the Panama
Canal Museum's IWrite of Passage book.

Paradise Found!





DECEMBER 31, 2008.

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Virgil and Lori (Stevenson) Snow announce the gradua-
tion of their daughter Alexandria Nicole Snow from the Art
Institute of Atlanta, Ga., with a degree in Media Arts and
Animation. She has attended the Art Institute since her high
school graduation in June 2004.
Alexandria hopes to further her study in Graphic Design
work and is optimistic she will land a job where she can use
the 3-D animation skills she has learned over the past four

Alexandria Nicole Snow


The Panama Canal Society is not responsible for the accu-
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racy of the following e-mail address directory. These
addresses are considered correct at the time of this print-
ing. It is the responsibility of the individual member to
insure his/her email is updated in the Society's database.

Aldrich, Robert and
Altman, Jeanette andTracy....
Alvarez, Jose / Cantu-Alvarez,
Anglin, Dallys and
Ateek Jr, George and Cynthia....

Avery, Shirley (Bentley)...... ..shirlavery

Baas, Matthew and Katie (O'Brien)...........
Bess, Nora and

Blanchette, Robert and
nBliss, Em ilya.............................
Bolen, Ronald and
Braddock, Michelle and

Bryant, Jess D / Savage,
Burac, Francisco and
Byrne, Joe ...........................................a io 6 @ lc m

Carroll, James and Helen..............kymoonshinerl
Chassin, Douglas / Patterson,
Cimino, Leopold and
Cloyd, C Dyan and Jensen,
Coates, Denise and

Cofer, Richard and
Coffin, Margaret and
Cole, Anita
Coleman, Kenneth and
Collantes, Ana
Connerton, Bliss (Morris)
Crespo, Rudy.........................................twistedrlc@
Cronan, William and
Crooks, Robert G and
Crouch, Guthrie .........................................czgut@
Cummings, Leland..............................leec.
DeLaGuardia, Felipe/
Dermody, Connie
DeTore, Charles and
Dolan Jr, Edward and
Dragseth, Carolyn
Drummond Jr, William /
Dunakoskie, Stephen /
Farnsworth, Ron and
Field, Sean and
Firth, Craig....................... ..................cfirth@
Flake, Cristina and
Foote, Leonard and
Garza, Linda and
Girard, Irene and
Grench, Carol and
Gunn, Landen and M
Haborak, Cecilia and
Hannigan, Joseph and Dorothy....jhannigl
Harp, Lynn...................................................lrharp@
Henry Jr,
Herring, Galen ................
High, Shirley and Paul....................plhighjrll
Higley, James and Beverly
Hodges, Rick and
Holt, Mike and
Holt, Richard and
Homa, Bruce
Huie, Charissa and

Irving, Gary and
Jackson, Nancy and
Janssen, Arwin


Johnston, Leisa (Ruble)
Kozlowski, John
Kredell, Michael and
Kujawa, Leonard and Maria
Kuyoth-Ayers, Paula/Ayers,
Larson, Mary and
Laverty, Michael and
Leeser, Russell
Lewis, Maureen and
Lopez-Waller, Elisa / Waller,
Lugo-Kinn, Irma and Kinn,
Maisano, Gloria and
M artin, Paula.......................................... pmartin7@
McArthur, LeAnne
McConkey-Biere, Anne/Biere,
McKeen, Bryan.......... .....
Mohr, Laura and
Morgan, Joseph and
Morgan, Marion and
Morris Jr,
Morton, Lee and
Mouser, Yvonne and
Nooney, Bob and
Nowotny, Gerald and
Olsen, Miriam
Pascavage Jr, Louis
Perez, Betsy............................................huaquita@
Perkins, Roy and
Petit, M Annette and
Philips, Lynda.......................................jakephil@
Price, Sheila......................................sheilaprice@
Price, Steven..................
Quintero, Manuel A/Shirley mannie
Raffler, Madeline and John...........................
Rayburn-Moore, Tracy/Moore,
Redfern, Theresa and Lester,
Reece, Jim and
Reyes, Penny and Paul..............preyes01

Riley, William B and
Risberg, Robert and Pat (Geddes)
Rivera, Rick.............................................. rriveral@
Robert, Teresa and
Robinson, Bruce and Ann...............brobinson51

Rose-Glazier, Donna/Glazier, Robert.... lazier@(
Rowe, Anna and Robert... ..........
Russell, Bob and
Sander, Harold and
Schmidt, Doug..................................
Seebaldt, Caron and Curt............................caronsee@
Sellers, Ev .........................................
Sellers, Tom....................... ........... sellers @
Shriber, Linda.................................... czbrat@'
Simmons, Pedro
Smith, Hugh and
Smith, M ichael W ..................................... mwsaks@
Smith, Paul and
Smith, Randall and Sondra...
Soper, M ike......................................mike.soper@
Soper-Robins, Karen / Robins,
Sosa, Rita and
Spencer, Meredith and
Spilling, John and Marilynn....................
Stahre, Ruth and
Strider, Thomas and Mayra.................tcstrider@'
Stroop III, Edward and
Swartzle, Sheryl.........................
Taylor, Wenford and Leda..........wtaylor65@tampabay.rr.comr
Totten, Gail and
Underwood, Raymond /
Villasenor, Alfred and
Wade, Lee E.................... .................
Walker, Shane and
Warburton, Michelle and
Watkins, Richard.......................................zonian75@
Weeden, Derrick / Workman, Angela...
Weeden, Robert and
Winkle, Maggie and
Wood Jr, Robert and
Wood, Michael and
Wright Jr, Stanley G.
Yentz, Faye and
Yocum, Mainor and Michelle.....myocum 1
Zachry, Ralph.......................... ................ rwzachrey@



DECEMBER 31, 2008.




On a beautiful day of August 21, 2008, Virginia Ann
Suescum and Jose Santos Zavala were married in the beau-
tiful town in the historic 1734, Occoquan, Va. After the cere-
mony, wedding photos were taken on the banks of the
Occoquan River. A reception was held at The Garden Kitchen
Restaurant & Gardens located in an 1840 home and gardens.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. R. Antonio Suescum and
Ann Wood Suescum. She wore a KC Bridal design gown
and carried a bouquet of four shades of rosebuds. To go with
the old saying: "Something Old" Virginia had twelve (one
for every month) 2&2 cent Silver Panama Pill Coins attached
to the hem of her dress for good luck. "Something New" she
wore ruby and diamond earrings, necklace and bracelet.
"Something Borrowed" she wore a Swarovski tiara (also
worn by her cousin Jennifer Engelke Lai), and "Something
Blue" was her garter. She also carried her Grandmother's (her
namesake) embroidered "V" handkerchief.
A pre-wedding dinner was held the night before and host-
ed by the bride's Aunt Nellie Wood and Uncle Robert
Engelke. They hosted a unique "Latin Cocina Dinner" with
all the traditional Latin food: Seviche, empanadas, ropa vieja,
platano, and sopa borracha (Panamanian wedding cake).
Out-of-town guests and many former Zonians at the wed-
ding included the bride's family: father, Dr. Antonio Suescum
and Beatrice R. (R. of P.); mother, Ann Wood (BHS'59)
Suescum (Sacramento, Calif.); aunt Nellie Wood (BHS'67)
Engelke (Seminole, Fla.); brothers, Tony Suescum (BHS)
(Redington Beach, Fla.) and Guillermo Suescum (BHS)
(New York, N.Y.); cousins, Jennifer Engelke Lai and daugh-
ter Aliyah Nellie (flower girl) (Seminole, Fla.), Christopher
Engelke (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Vicky Suescum (BHS) (San
Antonio, Texas), Pilar Suescum (BHS) (Washington, D.C.),
Deborah Suescum (Md.), Raquel Alfaro (Washington,
D.C.). Other guests included Sue (Knapp) (BHS'56) and
Robert Light (Huntsville, Ala.), Ann Batcheldor
Richardson (Columbia, S.C.), Deb Wynert (Pa.), Margo
Daykin (Utah).

Ann Wood Suescum, Antonio Suescum, Jose Zavala,
Virginia Suescum, Dr. Antonio R. Suescum, and
Guillermo T. Suescum.

Aunts and uncles and two sisters and ten cousins of vari-
ous generations of the groom's family from the Maryland
area also attended with about 30 local friends of the couple.
Margo Daykin, daughter of Ann Keller (BHS'56), caught the
Bride's bouquet, and the bride's brother Tony Suescum
caught the traditional garter.
Virginia Ann graduated from Mount Ida College, Newton
Centre, Mass., and teaches in Alexandria, Va. Jos6 graduated
from Instituto de San Salvador and is employed as an
Electrician in Germantown, Md. The couple honeymooned at
the Luray Caverns in Luray, Va.

Jose Santos Zavala and Virginia Ann Suescum




Lesley French and David Childs were married in Austin, Darlene Bere, 55, of ChattanoogaTenn. passed away
Darlene Behre, 55, of Chattanooga, Tcnn., passed away
Texas, on June 8, 2008.
esley is te dau er of e a sar July 25, 2008, with her husband of 30 years, Michael Behre,
Lesley is the daughter of Lew (BHS'63) and Elsmary 1
S. at her bedside. Darlene was the daughter-in-law of society
French and is a 4th-year Surgical Resident in
French and is a 4th-year Surgical Resident members Tommy and Lucy Behre, formerly of Margarita,
Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) at Vanderbilt University Hospital. C.
David is an Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the Blair
School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Kenneth R.A. Booth, 96, passed away suddenly at his
residence in Laguna Hills, Cali:f. on September 23, 2008. He
was married to his devoted wife, Josephine (Stumpf) Booth,
for almost seventy years. They enjoyed traveling and many
social activities.
Ken was employed by the Rates Branch of the Budget &
Rates Division of the Panama Canal Company for over forty-
two years and retired on May 30, 1971. He was predeceased
by his younger brother, George J. Booth, also a longtime and
well-known employee of the Canal.
4A Kenneth is survived by his wife Josephine of Laguna
Hills, Calif.; his daughter, Sharon L. (Booth) Schmidt and his
son-in-law, Douglas C Schmidt, of Kerrville, Texas; his son,
Michael D. Booth of Palm Springs, Calif.; a granddaughter
Sand two great-grandchildren.

James "Dutch" Borell, 91, passed away May 1, 2008, in
Homestead, Fla., where he resided for the past few years with
Lew French and Lesley French his daughter, Victoria Edwards. He was born in Reading, Pa.,
on September 13, 1916, to Edith and Elmer Borell. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Gutierrez Borell, in
Dutch graduated from the Pennsylvania Nautical School
in Philadelphia in 1936, and he then went on to serve as a
Deck Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War
II. After the war he became a navigator aboard commercial
aircraft flying from California to Korea during the Korean
War, and from the East Coast to Europe and Africa with Pan
American Airways. During the 1950s he returned to sea, and
found work as a mate with the Panama Line on the S.S.
Ancon. He would later become the Chief Mate on the S.S.
Cristobal. In 1960 he moved his family to Gamboa where he
worked as a tugboat captain for the Dredging Division. In
1978, he retired from the Panama Canal Company, and
Zonie the Parrot says, moved to the Daytona Beach area. He sailed aboard merchant
ships until 1986 and retired a second time.
Survivors include three daughters: Janet Flud, Port
Orange, Fla.; Gloria Layne, Tenafly, N.J.; Victoria Edwards,
"Give the gift that keeps on Homestead, Fla.; and a son, James W. Borell, Jr., Burke, Va.
giving all year long.
Give family and friends a gift John W. Carlson, 63, passed away on September 19,
membership to the 2008. He was born in Needham, Mass., on September 3,
Panama Canal Society." 1945. He attended grade school in Marion, Mass., until mid-

V 4th grade. The family went to the Canal Zone in December
1953 aboard the S.S. Panama. He lived in Los Rios, attended
Diablo Elementary School, and Balboa Jr./High School. John
was active in many sports, but his love of baseball surpassed
all others. He played in junior league, and as a college student


he was even scouted by the New York Yankees. He attended
Bucknell University, Pa., Cortland College, N.Y., and Canal
Zone Junior College.
He enjoyed his years studying in the U.S., but made his
way back to Panama and started what was a varied career,
starting with working for IBM, entering into private business,
aviation; working at the shipyard, then he spent 11 years with
the Panama Canal Commission and returned to private busi-
ness. John and Jackie (Evans) were married in 1973 at the
Balboa Union Church.
His love of Panama grew into a profound knowledge and
study of the country's history. He traveled all over the coun-
try with his Isthmian 4-Wheel Club, and was the president
and founder of the Panama Historical Society. He also loved
the theatre and acted in many plays including musicals at the
Surfside Theatre, the Theatre Guild and Teatro en Circulo. He
also loved car racing, fishing, and collecting baseball cards,
coins, stamps, and books of Panama. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Jackie, his two children, Jon
Elliott, James Patrick and his wife Katherine (Katie). He is
also survived by his parents, Captain John (Jack) and Dell
Carlson; his brother Chris, and his sister Johanna.

Herschell W. (Bud) Dempsey Jr., 63, passed away of
throat cancer on May 5, 2008. He was born in Anniston, Ala.,
on January 10, 1945. He moved to the Panama Canal Zone in
1949 with his family. He played baseball in the Pacific Little
League on The Police Team in 1956 and 1957. His father,
Herschell W. Dempsey Sr. was one of the coaches and Bud
was always the first batter due to the fact that he always made
it to 1st base.
He attended Canal Zone schools and graduated with hon-
ors from BHS in 1963 and from Canal Zone College with the
degree of Associate in Technology in 1975. From April 1969
until April 1971, he served in the U.S. Army School/Training
Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. He was honorably discharged as
a disabled veteran and was recognized for his diligence, loy-
alty and devotion to duty. After his discharge, he married
Valerie A. Mclntire (BHS'67) on June 26, 1971, in Norcross,
Ga. When they returned to the Canal Zone in 1971 he
resumed his job with the Printing Plant where he had started
his apprenticeship training in January 1969. He worked at the
Printing Plant of the Panama Canal Company in La Boca and
retired as Chief of the Printing Office with the Panama Canal
Commission in April 1988. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
Bud was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and
friend to all. He was preceded in death by his father,
Herschell W. Dempsey, Sr. and his mother-in-law, Jane
(Mclntire) Law. He is survived by his wife Valerie of 36
years; his son, Daren and wife Jaime Dempsey, of Rockledge,
Fla.; his daughter Adrea Dempsey, of Cape Canaveral, Fla.;

his mother, Florence (Hughes) Dempsey; sister, Patricia
(Dempsey) and husband Chuck Propst of Oxford, Ala.; three
sisters-in-law, Glenda Kochel, Catherine Spafford, and
Suzanne Dempsey; three nephews, four nieces, three great-
grandsons, and two brothers.

Elizabeth Mary Dillon passed away on July 25, 2008, in
Panama City after a short illness. Born in 1921 in Cleveland,
Ohio, she immigrated to Panama in 1944, where she met and
later married Woodrow Wilson Dillon in 1947.
Elizabeth and Wilson founded Dillon Construction in
1954. The firm quickly established a reputation for the high-
est integrity and quality workmanship throughout the former
Canal Zone, the Republic of Panama, and in several countries
in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Elizabeth and Wilson are survived by their four sons,
Christopher, Mark, Patrick and Kurt, all of whom remain
active in the construction and architecture arenas throughout
Panama and the region.

Fronia L. Fender, 91, passed away on August 17, 2008,
at her Bradenton, Fla., home. Fronia married Walter Fender in
1944 in the Panama Canal Zone. Walter preceded her in death
in 1980.
Fronia graduated from high school in Hyden, Ky. She
then attended Columbia Bible College. Her interest in help-
ing others led her to nurse's training at Women's Medical
College Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. She graduated with a
Bachelor's Degree in 1939. She spent the next three years at
Cincinnati General Hospital in a supervisory position. The
following 28 years were spent as an OB nurse in the Civil
Service. She worked on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of
the Isthmus, until she and Walter retired to Bradenton in
1971. She was a long-standing member of Hope Presbyterian
She is survived by three sisters and many nieces and
nephews and two godsons.

Paul J. Hieronymus, 82, died in Lakeland, Fla., on June
13, 2008. He was born and raised in Oklahoma. He served in
the U.S. Navy for two years during World War II, and then
married Phyllis in 1952.
In 1965, Paul and his family moved to American Samoa,
where he taught Chemistry at Fla Iloa High School. After two
years in Samoa, he and his family moved to the Canal Zone
in 1967. They first lived in Margarita, then in Coco Solo,
where Paul was the Chemistry teacher at Cristobal High
School for 18 years. He also taught Human Physiology and
7th Grade Math for several of those years.
Paul and Phyllis moved to Dallas, Texas, after retiring
from the Canal Zone, where he taught in the high school sys-
tem for a few years before officially retiring to Lakeland, Fla.
He was a very well-liked and respected teacher for 35 years
altogether, a teacher who made science interesting, and who
also promoted a strong love of learning and expanding one's
mind throughout one's entire life. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Paul is survived by his twin brother, Kenneth; his wife of
56 years, Phyllis, daughter, Cheri; two grandchildren; and

one great-grandchild.

Captain Marshall W. Irwin, 83, died September 16,
2008, in Gainesville, Fla. He suffered a massive stroke and


was placed in hospice care, and died peacefully in the com-
pany of family members. He was born December 6, 1925, in
Brathwaite, La.
Captain Irwin started his Merchant Marine career at the
age of eighteen with the Army Transportation Service during
World War II. Despite having only an eighth grade education,
he earned his master's license in 1957 and in 1962 at the age
of 36 was placed in command of the USNS Card, an escort
aircraft carrier. He was a Panama Canal Pilot from 1966 until
he retired in 1979. Captain Irwin lived in Gamboa, Balboa
and Los Rios while in the Canal Zone. Much of his free time
was spent at the Pacific Saddle Club caring for his beloved
After retiring to Ocala, Fla., he worked as a mooring mas-
ter for several companies, including the Louisiana Offshore
Oil Port. The terminal illness of his wife Dolores forced him
to fully retire in 1991. Captain Irwin's final retirement years
were spent in Live Oak, Fla., where he tended to his many
dogs, horses and cattle. Due to the onset of dementia, he spent
the last three years in an assisted living facility in Gainesville,
He is survived by his son Michael and his wife Karen, and
son Patrick (Chris) Irwin and his wife Evelyn, residents of
Gainesville, Fla.

Albert "AL" Johnston, 74, passed away on September 7,
2008, in Spartanburg, S.C., after a short illness. He was born
in Colon, R.d.P. in 1929, attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1947. He graduated
from the University of Illinois in 1952 and served in the U.S.
Navy as a Lieutenant for three and a half years. He retired
from the naval reserve as a Commander, after 20 years. He
was employed by Lockwood Green in Spartanburg as a archi-
tectural engineer for 37 years. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Debra Johnston
Palmer, and is survived by his wife, Anne Morrill (BHS'52)
Johnston, two sons, Keith and Scott, and daughter Catherine
Smith, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Laurens Latimer, Jr., died
September 12, 2008, in Greenville, S.C., following a stroke.
He was born on September 13, 1924, in Greenville County,
S.C., raised on a farm, grew up during the depression, and
was a graduate at the age of 19 from the College of
Charleston. Following service in the U.S. Navy during World
War II, he graduated with advanced degrees from Harvard
and Columbia Universities and started teaching elementary
school, later serving as an administrator in the U.S. Army
dependent school system responsible for 60,000 children of
Army personnel in Europe.
He went to the Canal Zone with his family in 1962 and
served as Dean of the Canal Zone College. He subsequently

became Deputy Superintendent of the Canal Zone schools.
Charles was active in many community organizations in the
Canal Zone, including the Power Squadron and the Boy
Scout Council, from which he received the coveted Silver
Beaver Award for adult leadership in Scouting.

Following their nineteen years in the Canal Zone, the
Latimers moved to Greenville, S.C., where he served as
School Psychologist in the Polk County School System for
almost ten years. He was active as a leader in numerous
national, international, state, and community organizations.
He received many awards and commendations for his stew-
ardship, generous service, and acts as pioneer and founder in
the field of counseling. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Alice W. Latimer, son James
L. Latimer, daughter-in-law Lina M. Latimer, daughter Mary
L. Latimer, two grandsons, a granddaughter-in-law, and a
great-grandson. He is also survived by a brother, Edward B.
Latimer, and sister-in-law Dorothy W. Latimer.

Doug Lord, 85, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of the
Panama Canal Zone, passed away on September 24, 2008. He
served honorably in the Navy during World War II and retired
from the Maintenance Division of the Panama Canal.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gloria; a son,
George, two grandchildren, and a brother, Robert Lord.

Raymond H. "Ray" Magan, 79, of Pueblo, Colo.,
passed away on September 27, 2008, of Alzheimers. Ray
joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and separated into the
active Air Force reserves in 1953. He retired as a chief mas-
ter sergeant, air force policeman, from the reserves in 1979.
In 1956, he began his 29-year career with the Pueblo
Police Department. He was a forensic photographer with the
identification bureau and at the time of his retirement was the
administrative assistant to the Pueblo chief of police. Ray
enjoyed photography and printed color photos in his dark-
room. He held a private pilot's license and flew his own Piper
Comanche airplane. He was an avid ham radio operator, rode
motorcycles, and taught himself to play a three manual organ.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helen Edwards
(BHS'52) Magan; sister, Elsie (Ange) Patti; sister-in-law,
Anne Hale; many nieces and nephews, and his very dear
friend, Ruben Archuletta.

Wallace B. Matthews, 79, of Chase City, Va., died
August 31, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born
in Meredithville, Va., in 1929 and his family moved to a small
farm outside of Chase City when he was young. Growing up
he loved fishing and hunting and the prospect of adventure
and far-off lands called Wally away from the family farm.
He joined the Air Force upon graduating from high school
and served 20 years. Wally worked for the Air Force ROTC
department of Mississippi State University for six years and
was able to earn his degree in accounting while stationed
there. Before retiring from the Air Force he served a tour of

duty in the Canal Zone for a year while his wife Helen and
their two children stayed in Ohio. Before leaving Panama,
Wally interviewed with the Panama Canal Company and was
offered a job. Upon his return to Ohio Wally retired from the
Air Force and the family move to the Canal Zone in 1971.


The move turned out to be a fantastic adventure. He
worked as a Budget Officer for the Engineering and
Construction Bureau.. He spent much of his free time fishing
the wonderful waters of Panama and when not fishing, he
enjoyed hunting with friends in the jungle. Wally and Helen
continued to work for the Panama Canal Company until they
retired in 1986. They settled in Weems, Va., on the
Rappahannock River. They enjoyed the retirement lifestyle,
traveling with friends and volunteering at their church. Helen
passed away in 1990 and Wally eventually moved back to the
family farm in Virginia. He enjoyed his time on the firm, but
still had opportunities to travel. He and his son Ed went on
several fishing trips including peacock bass fishing in the
Amazon Rain Forest and king salmon fishing at Katmai
National Park, Alaska. Wally was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helen. He is sur-
vived by his daughter Cindy McGoldrick and a granddaugh-
ter of Marlboro, N.J., and his son Ed, daughter-in-law Jane
and two grandsons of Austin, Texas. Wally is also survived by
his brother and sister-in-law, Carlton and Gloria Matthews, of
Chase City, Va.

Donald E. Musselman, 86, of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed
away on September 20, 2008, under Hospice care. He was
born in the Chicago suburbs and left home at 19 to study act-
ing at the Max Reinhart School in Los Angeles. When World
War II began, he applied to the Merchant Marine Academy
where he graduated as an officer and served in the Pacific. At
the end of the war he returned to Illinois where he graduated
from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in English and
History. While there he met his future wife, Dorles. After
graduation he attended the University of Chicago, receiving
an MA in English.
After four years of teaching and the birth of two sons, the
family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where Don taught
first at Balboa High School and then at the Canal Zone
College. Two more sons were born and the family adopted
Panama as their second homeland. While there Don wrote
and directed with his good friend Victor Herr two musicals.
He also directed and produced the first bilingual production
done in Panama's National Theater with the same cast per-
forming in Frederico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding.
The family returned to the States in 1964 where Don
began work on his doctorate in theater at Indiana University.
Missing the tropics, the family moved to Lakeland where
Don taught at Florida Southern College for three years.
Finally, in 1969 they settled in St. Petersburg where he taught
Eastern and Western Humanities, Honors Humanities and
Theater at then St. Petersburg Junior College. He retired in
1990. He followed his teaching retirement by lecturing for the
Florida Humanities Council and became a docent at the
Salvador Dali Museum. He and his wife were inducted into
the Order of Salvador. Teaching was his passion and his joy

and his students were his second family.
He is survived by his wife, Dorles, and three sons,
Gregory, Roderick and Sean. He was predeceased by his son

Agnes R. Mannette O'Donnell, 97, passed away
September 1, 2008, at Freedom Square in Seminole, Fla. She
was born and lived in Portland, Maine, graduated from
Cathedral High, worked as a telephone operator at Maine
General and spent 15 years at U.S. Army STRATCOM in the
Panama Canal Zone where she lived with her family until
retiring to Seminole in 1972.
She was a devoted Catholic, a gifted violinist, a lifelong
musician, and early on, a member of the Portland Symphony.
She enjoyed choir, bowling, cribbage, bridge, gardening and
photography. Her husband Clarence O'Donnell preceded her
in death in 1973; and her first son, Norman, in 1953.
Surviving are daughters Claire Kane and Denise Hollister
and son Russell; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grand-

Captain Wendell Phillips, 87, of Clearwater, Fla., died
September 12, 2008. Born in San Andres, Colombia, he came
to Florida in 1983 from Panama. Captain Phillips began his
career as a Seaman in the Colombian Navy in 1938. He was
quickly promoted to Captain at the young age of 21. While
transferring freight from the U.S. to Central and South
America, he met his wife of 42 years, Carmen.
He completed his remarkable career as a Panama Canal
Ship Pilot in 1983. Capt. Phillips was highly decorated in
recognition for his many accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen; one son, Ronald
Phillips, three daughters, Annabelle Womack, Yvette Phillips,
Tanya Becklund; a brother, Marco Camargo; a sister, Inez
Fennell; and six grandchildren.

Ruth E. (Barlow) Schmidt, 91, of Tampa, Fla., and a
longtime resident of the Panama Canal Zone, passed away
September 26, 2008.
Ruth retired as a civilian from the Department of the
Navy at Rodman. She lived a very happy and fulfilled life.
Her zest for life, deep love of family, compassionate and gen-
erous ways, and smiling, positive nature were priceless treas-
ures that brought joy and love to all who knew her. Ruth was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She was predeceased by her husband, John C. Schmidt,
and son, John Jr. She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Vezina
of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter-in-law Alice Schmidt; two
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and two nieces.

Kevin Anthony Sheridan passed away September 14,
2008, at Hospice, Palm Beach, Fla. He had been living in
Tezuitlan, Mexico, for the past decade teaching English at the
After graduating from BHS in 1960, Kevin attended the
University of Notre Dame, graduating from Indiana State
University as an Industrial Engineer. He served in the Army

Reserves for six years and worked for the Department of
Defense. He founded his own company KASCAN which
made toppers for pickup trucks. Kevin then taught Special
Needs Children in San Jose County for 20 years. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.


Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, Patricia and
William Sheridan, and his two brothers, Billy and Philip
Sheridan. He is survived by his sisters Sheila Sheridan
Bowen of San Jose, Calif.; Sharon Marucco of Springfield,
Ill.; and Kathleen A. Sheridan of Palm Beach, Fla.

Louise Spradlin, 87, of Richmond, Texas, passed away
August 10, 2008, after a brief and unexpected illness. Louise
was a native of Springfield, Ohio.
She and her family spent many years living on Albrook
Air Force Base, Canal Zone, during her husband's (Woody
Spradlin) career in the Air Force. After his retirement in 1965,
the family returned to the Canal Zone where Woody worked
for Marine Traffic Control.
Louise was a member of the Panama Canal Society. She
will be remembered fondly as "the life of any party" and
dearly missed by her family and friends. She was predeceased
by her husband Woody in January 2002.
She is survived by her son Lloyd Spradlin and wife
Margaret Stevens Spradlin of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter
Tannis Spradlin Lawyer, son-in-law Robert Lawyer of
Gilbert, Ariz.; and daughter Reinita Spradlin Morris of
Richmond, Texas. She is also survived by eight grandchildren
and ten great-grandchildren.

Nancy Judean (Greenway) Thompson, 78, (Judy to her
friends), passed away on her birthday, September 11, 2008,
after a long illness. Judy was born in Newport, Tenn., and
attended Knoxville High School, graduating in 1948. She
graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1952 with a
degree in education. She was active in the Phi Mu sorority
and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club. While at UT she met
her future husband, Bert Kenneth Thompson. They were mar-
ried in 1952.
In 1963 Judy and Bert moved to the Panama Canal Zone
to teach in the Panama Canal Company school system. Judy
taught Home Economics and Earth Sciences at Curundu
Junior High School. She was a gifted singer and a member of
the PanCanettes, an award-winning Sweet Adelines quartet.
In 1977 she received her Master's Degree in Fine Arts from
the University of Tennessee. After 25 years of service with
the Panama Canal Company, Judy and Bert retired to Naples,
Fla., where she was active in her church and community. She
was fond of boating, golf, Elderhostels, and traveling. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather,
and her husband Bert. She is survived by her son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Stephen and Elizabeth Thompson, of Asheville,
N.C., daughter Lyric Thompson of Cosby, Tenn., three grand-
children, sister and brother-in-law Joan and Jack Smith, sev-
eral nieces and nephews, and special friend William "Bill"
Pitt of Winter Harbor, Maine.

William Andrew Violette died August 16, 2008 (his 90th
birthday) at his home in Seminole, Fla. He was born on
August 16, 1918, in Providence, R.I., but his earliest memo-

ries were of Panama where he was brought to live as a baby.
His father and grandfather were already residents of Panama
and were both Roosevelt Medal recipients for their work on
the construction of the Panama Canal. Bill's father, Frank
Joseph Violette, started and ran a prosperous construction
company for many years.
Bill was an adventurous young man who built a kayak,
built and raced a hydroplane, and was licensed to operate sin-
gle engine aircraft. His enthusiasm for flying was dampened
when he learned the cost of repairing landing gear damaged
during a landing in the bush in Panama. He bought and
restored a Model A Ford with rumble seat for $25. He was
denied entry into the armed forces during World War II
because of an enlarged heart and irregular heartbeat. He went
to work for the Smoot & Paredes General Motors dealership
and was sent to the GM Institute in Flint, Mich. It was in Flint
where he met Jean Annette Fuller.
After a couple of years back in Panama, Bill wrote to Jean
suggesting she come to Panama and work for the Department
of the Navy. If, after three months, they felt strongly about
one another, they would marry. Jean flew to Panama on
January 1, 1944, and they were married on March 31st of that
year. They raised five children in Panama and the whole fam-
ily considered their years there a wonderful experience.
Bill retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1978
when he and Jean moved to Seminole, Fla. He served on the
counting committee at Indian Rocks Baptist Church and was
a member of the Panama Canal Society. His adventurous side
came out again after retirement and he enjoyed sailing a 16'
catamaran and a windsurfer on Lake Seminole.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Annette
Violette, as well as his five children, seven grandchildren, and
one great-grandchild.

Bobby L. Winford, Jr., 49, passed away on March 16,
2008, while flying home from Beijing, China, following a
business trip. He graduated from Balboa High School in
1975. He served as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and
resided in Kissimmee, Fla.
He is survived by a brother Bill Winford of Spartanburg,
S.C., and two sisters, Roseanna (Winford) Swicegood of
Sweetwater, Tenn., and Dianna Winford, of Spartanburg,

Bobby Lee Winford, Sr., 72, passed away on September
30, 2008, in Inman, S.C. He graduated from Balboa High
School in 1952. He served in the Korean War and was a Canal
Zone detective for 20 years retiring in 1984. He was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his son Bill Winford of Spartanburg,

S.C., two daughters, Roseanna (Winford) Swicegood, of
Sweetwater, Tenn., and Dianna Winford of Spartanburg, S.C.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marcia Winford of
Wesley Chapel, Fla., six grandchildren, and a niece and




Al Bonilla and Bill Daubin got together with Al's son
Steve and his brother Pancho to enjoy a pizza at the Napoli
Italian restaurant during Al's visit to Panama in May. Bill
retired a few months ago from Civil Service and decided to
return to live in Panama where his mother was born. Al still
lives in Madison, Ala., and goes back to Panama once or
twice a year to enioy the food and the deep-sea fishing.

Steve Bonilla, Al Bonilla, Bill Daubin, and Pancho Bonilla

Bill and Al worked for the U.S. Army Directorate of
Facilities Engineering back in the late 1970s, and both moved
to Alabama and Texas after leaving Panama. Bill returned to
Panama in 2007; Al is still in Alabama with his wife Mary
and daughter Nikki, although his son, Steve, is living in
Panama. Bill's two sons live in New York.

Al Bonilla
Madison, Ala.


My name is Barbara Jeffries and I am married to
Reverend Roy Jeffries (a member of the Panama Canal
Society and formerly a resident of the Canal Zone). We met
50 years ago at Eglin AFB, Fla. I was in the Air Force and he
was in the Army. We were married less than three weeks after
we met. Both of our commanding officers said it wouldn't
last and for years we sent them Christmas cards.
My husband was born in the Canal Zone on January 1,
1938, at Gorgas Hospital. He was the son of Vera May
Jeffries and Curtis Jeffries. His mother then married Ed
Aitkin and then Tom Lovelady. His brother was also Curtis
Jeffries who married Jinger Reinhardt (BHS'56). Both his
mother, stepfathers and father are dead; his brother Curt died
a few years ago.
My husband (whom I call Jeff) entered the Army with
four other boys, one of those boys was Danny Gressang who
died recently. Jeff has not been back to the Zone since 1956
when Curt and Jinger married. He has always wanted to go


back at least for a visit. It has never happened. While we were
in the Army every time that he put in for Panama we were
sent to Germany. Many times we have wanted to go to the
Reunions but something always came up usually lack of
money. Whenever there have been meetings here in Arizona
either he or I have been sick. Jeff spent three tours in Vietnam
and has PTSD very severe at times.
In January of 2007 he had quadruple bypass surgery. Six
weeks later he was rushed to the hospital and I was told by
five different doctors that he wouldn't survive but he did. His
sternum never healed and is in three pieces. He has been told
by his doctors that he would probably not survive more sur-
gery. He is in pain 24/7.
Lately he has wanted to get back in touch with people
from the Canal Zone but recognizes very few names in the
Directory. He also talks about going to Panama but I'm not
sure he would make it. I have never been but he talks a lot
about it. I wanted to let the members know how much he
would appreciate hearing from any of his former Canal Zone
schoolmates and friends.

Barbara Jeffries
Marana, Ariz.


Stan and Edna (Hart) Crandall of Melbourne, Fla., and
Pat and Jill (McKaig) Hutchings of Rolling Hills, Calif.,
went on the road again. They had a fabulous time in beautiful
Morocco, camping in the Sahara, visiting homes and schools,
and bargaining in the markets on this trip.

Stan Crandall, Edna Crandall, Pat Hutchings, and Jill

Edna Crandall
Melbourne, Fla.


DECEMBER 31, 2008.


In March Willy and I did a monthlong driving tour of
South Africa which we thoroughly enjoyed and highly rec-
ommend. We flew from Atlanta to Johannesburg where we
picked up a rental car and began our road trip toward Kruger
National Park. Willy quickly mastered the art of driving on
the wrong side of the road. The roads were good, traffic was
light and we passed many cornfields en route to our first
overnight stop at Graskop, a working silk farm. In addition to
the silk farm and on-site silk shop, the farm had lots of
madadamia, avocado, and banana trees, as well as tree farms
and monkeys. It was an enjoyable stop.
Leaving Graskop we drove along the Panoramic Route en
route to Hazyview, another small town. Along the way, we
saw waterfalls and other beautiful scenery and remarked
many times how much it reminded us of the interior of
Panama. In the evening we attended a Shangana Cultural
Village show and dinner and watched the tribal dancing.
Our next stop was Kruger National Park, one of the most
famous national parks in the world and the oldest one in
Africa. The park covers an area of five million acres and is
220 miles long from north to south and over 40 miles in
width. It encompasses several eco-zones and we were fortu-
nate to see many animals. We stayed overnight in four differ-
ent safari camps (Olifants, Satara, Skukuza, and Berg-en-Dal)
and participated in several morning and evening safaris. We
even went on a daylight three-hour bush walk, accompanied
by rangers with guns! We saw the "Big 5" (elephant, lion,
leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros) the first couple of days but
also saw a lot of other animals as well (hippos, zebras,
giraffes, hyenas, warthogs, wildebeest, monkeys, impalas,
waterbuck and kudu, etc.). We really enjoyed this portion of
the trip.

and a side trip inland to the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains.
There we hiked up the mountain to see the San Cave
Paintings which are about 5,000 years old. In St. Lucia we
toured the St. Lucia Wetland Park and saw lots and lots of
hippos and their babies! We also saw crocodiles, kudu and
birds, etc. We drove back to Durban on the coast and took an
inland flight to Port Elizabeth after a seven-hour delay
because of high winds (that's what they told us!). We spent
the night at a B&B, and the following day began our drive
along the famous South African Garden Route. We loved all
the towns--each one different but very nice! We saw lots of
nice golf courses and wished we had our clubs. We visited the
famous Tsitsikamma National Park, stopping along the way
at Storms Mouth and Nature Valley. The park is situated on
the Indian Ocean. We also saw the highest commercial
bungee jump in the world and spent the night in a B&B right
on the Indian Ocean. We took a walk on the beach but the
water was too cold for swimming. After leaving the Indian
Ocean we drove inland toward Klein Karoo. There was a
large festival in the town so we did some exploring and then
journeyed on to the Cango Ostrich Farm. Some of the tourists
rode an ostrich and some tried but didn't manage to stay on.
It was fun to watch but it wasn't our sport, so we passed!
After leaving the ostrich farm, we spent the night at
Montana Guest Farm. This was the most wonderful B&B.
The grounds were beautiful with white roses everywhere,
including our room! There was even one floating in the com-
mode!! We were fortunate to stay in the famous "Bishop's
Suite," named after Bishop Dr. Christian Krause, President of
the Lutheran World Federation, who stayed there in 2002 as
one of the first guests. The owners of the B&B are German
and most of the guests were European. Our dinner menu
included ostrich fillet and kudu fillet with Springbok
Next we hit the wine region--nice wineries and good wine
along with some great restaurants. We made a trip to a win-
ery named "Delheim" and had dinner on the lovely grounds
accompanied by some very good red wine. It was delightful.
Finally we made our way to Cape Town and headed
directly to Table Top Mountain! The weather was perfect and
we made it to the top! We were lucky. You could see for miles
and the view was spectacular. We went on a city tour and vis-
ited some museums and covered the V&A Waterfront which
was near our hotel. There we found a great German restaurant
and had a traditional German meal. The food and the beer
made us think we were back in Germany!
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Wilma and Willie Nowotny on safari

After we left the park we drove south to the Kingdom of
Swaziland. It was a beautiful, scenic drive with acres of sug-
arcane farms and small farming villages. We spent the night
near their capital city of Mbabane at a nice B&B called
Forresters Arms. Our morning departure was delayed a little
while they finished washing our car! We were pleasantly sur-
prised and left in a shiny, clean car!
We continued south along the coast into Zululand
(KwaZula-Natal) with stops in St. Lucia, Umhlanga Rocks,

The Nowotnys at Cape of Good Hope


If you haven't been to South Africa, put it on your list and
do it now. The people were friendly and we had no problems.
We made all our arrangements via Internet with a great South
African travel agent. The itinerary was so detailed that we
drove directly to all our B&Bs without missing too many
turns. We were very pleased with the service. If anyone
would like more information about the internet site, you can
always contact us. We will be more than happy to help.

Wilma Nowotny
Hendersonville, N.C.


I find memories of our lives in the Canal Zone as vivid as
if it all happened yesterday. Since our departure from the
Canal Zone in 1978, many good things have happened.
I have achieved academic goals for a PhD., DBA and
DSC; taught at several universities and completed my work
experience as an Officer in Computer Science. My wife
Annabetta has continued her work with the charities in
southern Florida.

Annabetta and Sidney Kaufman

We are now celebrating 65 years of marriage, 89th birth-
day for me and 87 years for Annabetta. Our greatest achieve-
ment is our six great-grandchildren. We would like to hear
from our Canal Zone friends, among them Romaneski,
LeBrun, Latimer, DeLaMater, Norris, Hummer, Baldwin,
Hunt, Gallin, and many others.

Dr. Sidney Kaufman
Boca Raton, Fla.


Kayce Camille Stanford of Guam travelled to Texas in
June to visit her GiGi (great-grandmother) Beatrice
Monsanto Rhyne of Kerrville, Texas. During the visit she
was able to meet her cousins, Alicia Christa and River
Sierra Rhyne.

Beatrice M. Rhyne with great-granddaughters River and
Kayce (on her lap) and Alicia.

Eddie and Wendy (Winkler) Stanford
Asan, Guam


The Boyer family, Rich, Nola, Alina, Tristan, and
Nicklas, enjoyed a trip to Panama over the Thanksgiving hol-
iday. The family stayed at the beautiful Coronado Beach
Resort, and enjoyed playing beach volleyball, swimming,
horseback riding (Alina and Nola), golf and ping-pong. Nola
has always loved that resort! The family took day trips to El
Valle and Santa Clara, and found both very enjoyable. Santa
Clara has changed very little, and is still wonderful and full
of fun memories.

Nola Swain-Boyer and family, Santa Clara beach


They journeyed to the Atlantic Side for a one-night stay at
the Melia (not too impressed as the Spanish skylight leaked
all over the marble entry). The house at 157 Bolivar Highway
in Gatun was still there, but the beautiful gardens Toni Swain
oversaw were no longer there. What a shame all the sur-
rounding houses had been torn down. The Gatun Saddle Club
was mostly a jungle, but Nola described it to Alina. Everyone
enjoyed the trip to Fort San Lorenzo, but none more than the
history buff, Nicklas Boyer. The following day, they went to
Portobelo, then on to Isla Grande. The snorkeling was not as
good as usual because of the Caribbean storms earlier in the
year. A fabulous lunch was enjoyed at a local open-air restau-
rant on the way back to Panama City.
The final night was spent at Amador enjoying old photos
and the last night of fabulous Panama beer. So much to see,
so little time means we must take another trip to the land of
mother's birth.

Nola Swain-Boyer
Sacramento, Calif.


The girls from the Class of BHS'74 met again for the third
time; but this was a last-minute trip to South Carolina. Most
of us met at the Society's Reunion during the 4th of July
weekend to celebrate 35 years with friends from BHS'73:
Nancy Spiros Brady, Marc Malavasic, Steve Gilbert,
Beattie Hendricks and wife Kathleen Mullins. After having
a great weekend, Nancy invited us to visit her in Columbia,
S.C., at the end of July.
On July 30th, Sheila Webb Messmore, Evelyn White,
and Ingrid Errhart Bryan drove or flew into South Carolina
and spent the evening barhopping with Nancy and ending up
with a moonlight swim. The next day, Kathy Malin
McInturff, Helen Calvit, and our adoptee classmate
Rhonda Wardlow, flew into South Carolina. We drove to
Charleston where we enjoyed the history, shrimp and grits,
fried green tomatoes, and Firefly Tea Vodka. On Saturday, we
even found the tea plantation that distills this new vodka
(FYI: mixed a shot with water and lime). Two of the girls
missed the history portion of the trip--next time you see
Ingrid and Evelyn ask them why! We toasted Vikki Borell
Edwards who retired this year from the U.S. Customs
Service after 20 years of federal service. We also called Mary
Hayes DeRimmer who just finished a kayak trip in

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The highlight of our trip was having lunch on the river
with Neita Weiss. Most of us had not seen Neita since grad-
uation--wow--34 years later! We are all looking forward to
our fourth CZ Girls Gone Wild reunion in Panama. BHS
Class of 1974 will be enjoying our 35th class reunion in
Panama from July 9-13, 2009. At our 30th, we voted to return
to Panama. Friends, family and classmates are all invited!

Kathy Malin-Mclnturff
Gaithersburg, Md.


Recently I had a visit from three of my Panama Canal
friends, June Stevenson, Norita Scott, and Tilly
McTaggart. We had a wonderful time visiting some of the
local tourist spots, and I'm including a photo of us at the Deer
Valley Rock Art Center.

Tilly McTaggart, Norita Scott, Judy Baerg, and June

Also, members of Soroptimist International of Valley of
the Sun in Peoria, Ariz., recently received a firsthand report
from Norita on their club's impact on a small public school in
Cerro Gordo, Panama, and, as a result, on the town itself.
Norita, PCC retiree and coordinator of the local club's efforts
on behalf of the school, provided a report and presented a
commemorative mola to Sandy Teetsel, president of SI
Valley of the Sun. The mola was a thank you from the school,
and was accompanied by a certificate from Panama's
Ministry of Education recognizing the club for its contribu-

Sandy Teetsel receiving Mola from Norita Scott


The meeting was held at the Soroptimist Thrift Shop to
show Norita where the funds for the school project are gen-
erated. SI Valley of the Sun adopted the school as an annual
project in 2002, and has been providing financial support
since then. The school was in a very dilapidated condition
and since that time the club has contributed funds for such
things as painting, re-roofing, new chalkboards, new play-
ground equipment, toilets, and new cooking equipment. As a
result, Norita described a ripple effect and reported that there
has been a general cleanup of the town with several
Panamanian service organizations participating by planting
flowers, painting other buildings, etc. She said that the next
project for the school is a library, which will be added on to
the current school building.
SI Valley of the Sun has also supported students wanting
to continue their education beyond the sixth grade by offering
scholarships to those traveling to Penonome where they can
take classes through the ninth grade. Although a ninth grade
education is required to obtain a diploma in Panama, there are
no plans to add grades to the small school in Cerro Gordo,
and the cost of transportation, uniforms, books, and lunches
makes further education an impossibility for many of the stu-
When I travelled to Panama to visit Norita and was intro-
duced to the school, I knew it was an excellent way for my
club to become involved in an international project. The club
plans to continue supporting the school and its students in the
coming years.

Judy Baerg
Peoria, Ariz.


Marjorie Ceballos of Florida; Melissa Hart of
California; Wendy (Winkler) Stanford (all of BHS class of
1996), Eddie Stanford (BHS'94) and Kayce Stanford of
Guam met up in Tokyo for a few days of fun and sightseeing
during July. They visited various Shinto shrines, Buddhist
temples, the Imperial Palace, museums and almost all the city
subway lines going to neighborhoods such as Asakusa,
Ginza, Harajuku, Hiro-o, Ikebukuro, Roppongi, Shinjuku and


Visit the Panama Canal Society website for
online services for membership applications
and membership renewals, general membership

meetings and minutes,
and Canal Record area reporter information.


Standing in Back (L-R): Wendy Stanford, Melissa Hart,
and Marjorie Ceballos. Front: Kayce Stanford posing
under lantern at Buddhist temple Senso-ji in Asakusa.

The group also took a day trip to Mt. Fuji, which includ-
ed a gondola ride over the sulfuric springs at Owakudani
Valley (Valley of Hell), a pirate ship ride on Lake Ashi (a
crater lake), and a ride back to the city on the bullet train. At
Owakudani Valley they enjoyed Onsentamago (an egg boiled
in the hot spring water which turns the egg's shell black!!).
Eating one is said to give you seven years of longevity, eat-
ing two grants 14 years and eating three a stomachache. No
one ate three!!

Seated (Back): Melissa Hart and Marjorie Ceballos. Front:
Kayce Stanford and Wendy Stanford (showing off their
black eggs).

Melissa Hart
West Hollywood, Calif.


Rachel Fenton, daughter of Kelly (Morris) Fenton and
granddaughter of Kenny Morris, Sr., and Diane (Vestal) -
Morris, spent the day with Betty (LeDoux) Morris at
Saddlebrook Resort recently where the Jonas Brothers were
staying prior to their concert at the Ford Amphitheater in
Tampa, Fla.

(L-R): Glenn Seeley, Charlie Cantrell, Ed Davis, Phillip
Wolf, Chris Cantrell, Jim Huffman, John Givens, Ron
Bowman, Ken Gerhart, and Jim Duffus, 2008 Balboa Golf


I have been unofficially nominated to report on
Panagringo happenings in the beautiful state of Colorado by
Kevin Jonas, Rachel Fenton, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas a group of dedicated fun lovers. There has been a noticeable
lack of news in our Canal Record from this part of the coun-
The first news is about the Mile High CZ Summer
Reunion in the Rockies. The first time get-together of the
mile high Zonies took place at Charlie and son Nelson
Gustafson's mountain villa in the foothills of the Rocky
Mountains on August 3rd. Billy Bell and three friends riding
their Harleys stopped on the way from Texas for a couple of
days on their way to the Sturgis, S.D., bike rally. Charlie host-
ted a potluck barbecue complete with seviche, yucca frita,
platano entantaci6n, empanadas, camarones, and ribs, not to
mention the Ron Abuelo. Pictured on Charlie's sunset deck
with a view of the mountains are Chris Gordon, Lars and
Marcela Morales, Charlie Gustafson, Noreen Hanson, Billy
Bell, Chris' girlfriend Penny, Kristine and Charlie Thrush.
Life is good in the Rockies.

Rachel Fenton and "Big Rob"

Betty managed the Media event on behalf of Saddlebrook
Resort where the Jonas Brothers met with representatives of
the local media and later participated in a Build-A-Boat team-
building event sponsored by Saddlebrook Resort prior to
leaving for the concert. Rachel accompanied Joe, Nick and
Kevin Jonas during the tour of the Saddlebrook Resort

Athletic Center, observed the teambuilding event, and later
attended the concert with her mother.

Betty LeDoux-Morris
Tarpon Springs, Fla. Sunset Deck Group, Gustafson Villa


Charlie, Billy and friends took a sunset ride on the
Harleys through the mountains then departed early the next
day for Sturgis. The second photo shows Billy's unique mola-
adorned biker vest with the CZ Riders logo.

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Billy Bell and his mola biker vest

Seated: Bike buddy Sean, Kristine Thrush, Charlie
Thrush, and Cookie Jackson. Standing: Daren Morales,
Lars Morales, Dominique Rahey (Daren's girlfriend). Eve
Morales, Marcela Morales, Charlie Gustafson, Noreen
Hanson, and Martha Vokey.

On Sunday, September 21st, the Morales house in the
Boulder suburb of Superior was the site for a get-together of
new and old friends and family. Marcela's sister Martha
(Hawk) Vokey was visiting from Cape Code; her best friend
from BHS, Cookie Jackson, was in Denver for a conference;
and Noreen Hanson was celebrating her impending departure
for Florida. The fall weather was typical Boulder; clear skies
and very mild temperatures which made the early afternoon
festival all the more pleasant. Our house backs up to Boulder
County Open Spaces so the loud music, conversation, laugh-
ter and occasional Panamanian cussword did not upset any-
one but maybe spooked the coyotes and raptors circling the
We opted for a baked ham instead of a more traditional
arroz con pollo, but there were many side dishes to remind
one of home in Panama. Adult beverages included the


favorite Ron Abuelo. I have included a photograph of the
group at our home.
Summer in Colorado has been filled with rock concerts,
hiking and camping in the Rockies, baseball games, plenty of
road and mountain bike rides and through it all the only thing
a longtime surfer like me can ask for is "where is the beach."
In the last minute rush to get this out, I've surely forgotten
some noteworthy happening so please forgive me.

Lars Morales
Boulder, Colo.


Mike Padua is seeking the identity of the girl in the pic-
ture below. If you can identify her, please contact the Panama
Canal Society office. Mike would like to give this picture to
her parents.


CHS'68 Tigers celebrated the 40th anniversary of our
graduation at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando,
Fla., over the July 4th holiday weekend. We comprised a
group of 45 people, 25 of whom were classmates. We had two
"first timers" Nora (Kirkland) Bess and Joe Morgan.
Other classmates in attendance were: Peter Baas, Dave Belt,
Beth (Lewis), Steve Burgess, Allen Cotton, Sue (Hirons),
Kenny Field, Craig Firth, Carol (Beall), Peggy (Hale),
Dennis Huff, Mike Kredell, Renee (Ballou), Joan
(McCullough), Steve Radel, Bruce Rainey, Randy Smith,
Norman Spector, Barbara (Geddes), Hal Wade, and Rich

Wainio. A couple of classmates were registered and at the
last minute were unable to attend and were missed Evelyn
(Menges), Ted Bailey, Linda (Hood), Scott Spencer, and
Carol (Peterson).
The planning committee of Peggy (Hale), Norm Spector,
Allen Cotton and Renee (Ballou) picked a theme of "Making
Tracks to the Past." This was to capture the spirit of the old
train and tiger paws of past times. Coordinators of the differ-
ent areas were Peggy for our food events, Norm for our liq-
uid refreshments, and newly-recruited Allen Cotton as our
"Engineer" bartender.
The first arrivals on the Tiger Express got in on
Wednesday and Thursday to start coordinating the hospitality
room setup. The baggage car (Renee's car) was crammed full
of items to unload. Outside entrance to the hospitality suite
required "walking the tracks" to enter the Tiger Den, and our
mascot tiger at the door daring those to enter. Attendees found
their way to the "depot" next to the Panama Railroad
Crossing to pick up name tags and a replica of the 299 with
its own Tiger. We even had a caboose (the restroom). The '68
Tigers each got a 1960s era Panama Railroad logo patch
(compliments of Allen Cotton), a matchbook mint and a mini-
bottle of Ron Cortez decked out in a Panama hat (thanks to
Margaret (Will) who had them made in Panama). Guests
were invited to fill out a name tag as well. The "Club Car"
was the busiest area of the room and naturally where people
gravitated to socialize. But there was activity everywhere
with classmates' children and even grandkids. It's nice to see
that our heritage lives on.
The hospitality suite opened at 3:00 PM on Thursday after
Renee and her worker bees transformed the decorating
ideas/artwork in her head to take shape and transformed the
plain old room into the "Tracks to the Past" hospitality suite.
Every class member had their own 299 steam engine to drive
and the train of '68 Tigers circled the entire room.
Decorations of blue and gold from balloons, pennants
adorned with class pictures from reunions past, miscella-
neous photos, down to the cutlery were prominent throughout
the room. PRR train and reunion/society schedules were post-
ed so no one would miss the train. Dennis worked his magic
skills and made a super print of the SA train which featured
CHS class on one side and BHS class on the other side merg-
ing together.
Renee stressed out (if you can imagine) that the room
wouldn't be ready by the announced opening time but we had
time to enjoy a Cortez and coke before the official opening.
As class members began to arrive so did the empanadas,
seviche, Mary Jane cookies, and other goodies from our past.
(The donations of food by Allen, Peggy, Beth, Joan, Renee,
and if I missed someone you too). Peggy (Hale) showed up
right on cue with finger foods/sandwiches for our informal
cocktail party in the "Dining Car," which ended up being din-
ner for most of us with all the other goodies we had on hand.
We must all be getting older since the Thursday night dance
was attended briefly by most of the class (not our era of

music) and we all wound up back at the Tiger Den since our
engineer, Allen Cotton, was willing to tend the bar and sate
our thirst.
Friday, our Tigers were scattered throughout the hotel
with various comings and goings such as the Society business

meeting, recovery by the pool, trips to vendor room,
Museum, the "clubhouse" set up by the hotel or just roaming
and finding friends. We began to gather back in the Tiger Den
to greet the late arriving Tigers, munch on some leftovers and
enjoy a beverage in anticipation of our planned pizza party.
Peggy planned this perfectly and no one should have left hun-
gry, as there was more than enough food to fill the crowd and
visitors from the BHS'68 group located across the hall from
the Tiger Den and other drop-ins. The crowd moved to the
Friday night dance to listen and dance to Shorty & Slim and
then most of us drifted back to our hospitality suite. We were
all having a good time talking and kidding around. It's amaz-
ing what mind over matter (body) can do; someone men-
tioned it was 4:30 AM and the room vacated pretty quickly.
Saturday, we were back in the partying mode enjoying
drinks and friendship. The Society prefers no functions dur-
ing their annual luncheon so those that did not attend it again
chilled out with other amusements (i.e.: spending money!!).
Our class dinner was planned for Saturday and Peggy really
outdid herself with this meal. We had a catered Cuban meal
comprised of arroz con pollo, permil (pork) with congri
(black beans and rice), ropa vieja, maduros (plantain), yucca,
salad and (michi) bread for dinner for the class, family mem-
bers and guests and again there was plenty for everyone to
eat. As we have in the past, each class member had a ticket in
the "hat" for drawing of items of/from Panama. The follow-
ing donated items for this raffle: Peggy and Dennis Huff of
the Cerveza Panama license plate, Scott Spencer of the old
construction photo album and the set of Panama coins. Beth
donated a wonderful painting that was a special drawing won
by Joe Morgan. The raffle items were all won by Tigers
which included: a Panama Line souvenir glass with the three
ships' names, a set of three Panama Line stamped maiden
voyage envelopes, two sets of two glasses engraved CHS
Alumni with tiger paw. Renee challenged everyone to bring a
"new attendee" to our next reunion. She had modified that to
just bring someone that hasn't been or hasn't been in a while.
Our goal is to have a major turnout (more than BHS'68) for
our next one.
We went to the Saturday night dance and danced the night
away to strains of Panamanian music. Renee was totally into
the spirit of the dance (de-stressed?) decked out in her self-
made montuna. I'm sure there was more than a few of us who
suffered sore dance muscles the next morning! Most of the
class stayed the duration of the dance and then headed back
to the hospitality suite, knowing that the final day of the
reunion would mean the last evening of fellowship with our
friends from our high school days for a while and none of us
wanted it to end. End it did though, again at 4:30 AM.
Sunday morning brought a last shot at the vendors, enjoy-
ment of the Despedida and the long, lonely trip home. The
finale was a checking in via email announcing safe arrival of
all our classmates at their destination. By order of our Class
President, Craig Firth, he has issued orders (!!!) for the com-
mittee to continue their "assignments" for our next one.

Which by the way, plans are already being cumulated for our
45th in 2013 Be There!

Allen Cotton
Prattville, Ala.

Renee (Ballou) Kriminger
Charlotte, N.C.



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Boy Butch Zent. 2nd Row (L-R): Butch Frangioni, Mundo Valentin, Gerald McNabb, Ronnie Valentine, Frank Stabler,
Stanley Wilson. Back Row (L-R): Eddie Stoddard, Jigger Eady, Henry Lavender, Jim Walling, Jerry Curtis, Buddy
Bennett. Coach Anthony "Tony" Piaia. Ca. 1954-55.


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December 1938



3d row (L-R): Inez Helen Berg, Mickey Walker, Carolyn Holgerson, Judy Sigle, Shirley Ramson, Janet Adkins, Doran
Rostetter, Myra Fells, Marcia Musser. 2d row (L-R): Ida Straus, Rachel Camille Ellis, Margie Williams, Pat
Tubbs, Mary Francis Tucker, Virginia Reynolds (Chena), Gladys Miller. 1st row (L-R): David Behar, Bill Hatchett,
Bill Black, Steve (JC), Joe Reynolds, Larry Siegel, Joe Blackburn. Teachers not pictured: Miss Peters. Mrs.
Trimburger, and Miss Lund.



Richard "Dick" Conover, Eileen Suisman, Bob Suisman,
Dolores "Dee" Suisman, Dave Kelleher, ca. 1945.

Tomas and Ruben Miro at Rio Mar Beach, ca. 1965


7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: 727-394-9338 Fax: 727-394-2737
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Email: pancanalmuseum(


The Museum Turns 10!
Since its inception in 1998, the museum has grown
from the 55 people who made the initial financial donations
to 853 members now. Michael O. Smith, as President
STheodore Roosevelt, helped Panama Canal Museum
President Joe Wood blow out the candles on the cake
celebrating the museum's 10th anniversary.
You can help the museum have a successful upcoming
year and an even more successful decade ahead by:
Becoming a member Being a reunion volunteer
Becoming a major donor or 9 Serving as an outreach speaker
sponsor Providing your ideas and
Volunteering time help in implementing them
Writing for our publications Donating or lending art
5 Provide graphic design work
20OR Museum Panama Canal Crijico Reunion Exhibits

Living and Learning in the Canal Zone.

Those enjoying the Panama Canal Museum's 2008 fund-
raising cruise through the Panama Canal included: back
row (left to right): Bill Egolf, Barbara Egolf Dedeaux,
Paul Glassburn, Joe Wood, Burt Mead; middle row;
Kathy Egolf; first row: Bobbie Williams Egolf, Mary
Clement Vaughn, Beverly Bowman Wood, Carol Mor-
land Mead. Some of the cruisers are wearing the T-shirts
donated by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (now Travel Leaders),
and those in the first row are showing the ALS T-shirts
that President Emeritus Chuck Hummer's Panama
Canal Museum team members received for donating to
the Clearwater, FL, Walk to Defeat ALS.

Building the Panama Canal: Role of the West Indians 1904-1914


10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday -Saturday


Marylyn Adams
Thomas Benero
Shirley Barlow Bernat
Barbara Call
Patricia Clark
Richard and Frances Thompson Clinton
Georgia Corin
Wendy Cotton Corrigan
Mary Foley Cronan
Jaime and Kathleen Cuartas
Elizabeth Davis
Richard and Carolyn Rowley Dillon
Wanda Ewell
Nikki Fanning

A Few 2008 Item Donations

Some of the items received and/or accessioned
this year are shown here resting on a Kuna
Indian's mola blouse donated by Lois Gillespie.
The other items shown clockwise from the top
are: Joseph Pennell construction print from the
estate of Trudi Klontz; a Panama Railroad tie,
spike, and rail donated by David Jones; a Canal
Zone Junior College Cheerleader letter donated
by Shirley Muse; a whistle from the President
Porras ferry donated by Charles DeTore:
stirrups and Canal Zone Seal plaque donated by
Betty LeDoux-Morris in memory of her father,
Warren E. LeDoux; rhinoceros beetle and
grasshopper from the Luke Palumbo collection
donated by Judy Palumbo Gates; carved
wooden snake donated by Ellen Peck. The
museum thanks all who have donated to the

Kenneth Goldsberry
Madelon Grassau
Lynne Howard
Lois Jones
Patti Maedl Krough
Russell Lary
Julius (Jes) Little
Charlotte Longanacre
Kimberly Mahhy
Jim McFadden
Donna Malin Meyerson
Celia Cronan Miller
Madelaine Miller
Ralph and Lydia Moody

Joe O'Donnell
Howard and Priscilla Reed
Raymond and Forest Wise Robberson
Margaret Joudrey Smith
Margaret Rankin Spelman
Phyllis Birnbaumer Strawbridge
Mary-Ellen McGann Thomas
Sadie Turlington
Dan and Pauline Foley Watson
Manfred and Rita Widman
Jacqueline Worsley Williams
Lynn Williams
Roberta Worsley Williams
Bill and Ann Willoughby

Museum Store Features


2009 Museum Calendar Moa Orna
- Reviews on Parade

Gol plsh Toys
Golden Frog plu

Write of Passage Book

Frog Puzzle

Jean Medinger McGuire, Reporter/Editor
(727) 804-5000




CLASS OF '49 AND '50

Class of '49 and '50 will have their annual hospitali-
ty suite (10 years running) at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort, Orlando, Fla., July 2nd through 5th, 2009.
This year will be the class of 1949's 60th anniversary
reunion!!! Plan now to be there!!! More information later.


Let's do it again in 2009! We will have two events: (1)
a class reunion during the Panama Canal Reunion from
July 1-5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla., and (2) after the reunion, a cruise is offered
to those who want to continue celebrating. For cruise
information contact:
June Rowley Stevenson
Email: Info(
Tel: (770) 339-9961

We have a "bulletin board" type Web site where you
can find out more information concerning our reunion
celebrations at:
Submit info for posting to: Dale Cockle, CHS
There is also a BHS-CHS 1954 list/group at 1954/. The
instructions for joining are at the site.
Send your current e-mail and snail mail addresses to
your class representatives below and tell us right away
which event you will, you might or you can't attend:

Marguerite Zumbado, BHS
Tel: (407) 282-0715

David Lane, CHS
Tel: (619) 665-2857

Shirley Million Muse, BHS





BHS/CHS 1959

The classes of BHS and CHS of 1959 will hold their
50th Class Reunion in conjunction with the annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion at the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort on July 2-4, 2009.
It's going to be a great party, and if you haven't been
to a class reunion in the past, this is one you won't want
to miss. There will be a Hospitality Room with refresh-
ments and libations, to meet and greet with all your old
friends. There will be two dances to enjoy, a Clubhouse
where you can sit and enjoy others as well. It's also a
good time when you can purchase all the missing treas-
ures from Panama that you always dreamed about, but
never got back to Panama to get. A trip to Panama to cel-
ebrate with our Panamanian classmates is also being
planned. Come give us your input.
In order to get the Society discount on your room,
you will need to be a member of the Panama Canal
Society. It's a great way to keep our legacy going, as well
as keep up with your friends throughout the years.
Contact persons are:

Skip Rowley
Tallahassee, FL
(850) 422-2151

Bill Brunner
011-(507) 983-6126

Mickey Walker Fitzgerald
New Smyra Beach, FL
(386) 428-2791

Herb Spector
Seminole, FL
(727) 393-9789


Our 50th Reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Reunion at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla., on July 3-5, 2009. Our hospitality room
opens on Friday, July 3rd, where we can meet for refresh-
ments, libations, good conversation, memories, story-
telling, etc. A dinner is planned for Saturday, July 4th,
starting at 5 p.m. Emails and mailings will be forthcom-
ing in the future with more details.
For more information, please contact: Martha
Johnson Stephenson at (360) 546-3307 or
Johnmart706( Any change of addresses,
phone numbers, cell numbers, or emails, contact Jean
Owen Young at (781) 545-5311 or jjv179(&




Decisions, decisions--which of the three BHS'64 class
reunions will you attend next year? They will all be fun,
so maybe you should plan on attending all three!!


Join classmates, spouses and friends for a trip to
Panama from January 30-February 5, 2009.

Contact person:
Claire McNaught
(336) 351-3920


Celebrate 45 years later with other BHS'64 classmates
in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion from July 1 to July 5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. Your hosts for this event will
be Roberta Evans, Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison, and
John Gough.

Contact person:

Roberta Evans
(813) 814-6221


September 2nd September 7th, 2009 in Park City UT

If you want to visit with as many of your fellow
BHS'64 classmates as you can, this is the reunion to

Contact person:

Sherry Sabo Hozack
Home: 704-391-1485
Work: 980-388-5627

OF 1969

Our 40th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion to
be held at Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla., from July 1-5, 2009.
All classmates, family and friends are welcome to join
us in the class suite on Thursday, July 2nd, Friday, July
3rd, and Saturday, July 4th for libations, good conversa-
tions, memories, exaggerations, storytelling, and assorted
bochinche. If you don't show up, we will probably talk
about you!! A buffet dinner is planned for Friday, July
3rd, starting early at 6:30 p.m.
Please let us know if you are going to make it!
Volunteers to help are also needed. Contact one of the fol-

Bobby Beall
(707) 542-0511

Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
(210) 823-4910


What a
Great Christmas Present!

Fun-filled plans are underway to celebrate the Balboa
High School Class of 1969 40th Class Reunion in Panama
scheduled for March 5th through March 12th, 2009.

Please submit current contact information to:
Chaco (Will) Smail michev(i)


Sue (Waters) Eytalis

If you think you might attend, keep in mind that passports
will be required for travel outside the United States.

What a Great Christmas





Our reunion will be held from July 6-13, 2009, in
Panama. All classmates, CHS'74, friends and family are
INVITED to join us.
We are looking for BHS'74 classmates' e-mails, so
please send to:


Preplanning has begun for our 30th Class Reunion!!
Our 30th class reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion to be held at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.,
from July 1-5, 2009. More details to follow....
Please send your current email and contact details to:

Carlton A. Morris


Our 30th Class Reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
from July 1-5, 2009. Our class suite will be available on
Friday and Saturday nights with comida y bebidas. Please
let us know if you can make it by RSVP on or contact one of the following:

Lynnette (Leni) Stokes Cansler
junglegirl cz(

Sharon Dumas Hoffman


Our 25th high school reunion will take place in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in July 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. Planning has begun but we need your help.
Please send your name, address, phone number and email
address to:

Also, if you would like to help with the planning of our
reunion, please call Jillian (Collins) Walker at (770) 846-
Remember, you must be a member of the Panama
Canal Society in order to attend the reunion.



Our 20th high school reunion will take place in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in July 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. We will have an informal Friday night cock-
tail hours) as well as a formal reunion dinner party
Saturday night.

Contact Rob Thrift for information.

Rob Thrift
(407) 366-4372


Vicki Sizemore is willing to
set up the "Party in Panama" in/
June 2010 if we have enough
people who are interested. At the
last class reunion in Panama,
BHS'70 drank the Balboa Yacht
Club out of beer, I have been assured this time they will
double their stock!! If you are interested in going to
Panama in 2010, contact Vicki.

Vicki Sizemore maxgatoblanco(

Our famous Florida contingent will set up the state-
side class reunion in conjunction with the 2010 Panama
Canal Society Reunion. Contact Rudy or Jacque.

Rudy Crespo twistedrlc(
Jacque Vowell vowellja(

11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pavilion 5 at the end of Boat Launch Road has been
reserved for the annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
at Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean
Springs, Miss.
Gerda Smith and Patt Roberson will be tenting at
the campground Friday night to tidy up the pavilion on
Saturday morning and get the coffee started. Bring your
favorite dish and watch for the PanCanal Picnic signs.
For overnight RVing details, write the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500

Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For any other information, contact:

Patt Roberson


Please send your
CURRENT e-mail addresses
to George Garcia at:



Certainly there's still a few drawers and closets and
old handbags that haven't been searched for eyeglasses
that we can recycle.
Our annual report shows that during 2008 we collect-
ed 62 pairs of eyeglasses and lenses from eight donors in
Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.
This year's collection brings our total to 2,494 since
the project began in 1992. That total translates into rep-
resenting 2,494 grateful individuals in Latin America
who we will never meet but who now have the priceless
gift of sight, thanks to your generosity.
The person who sends in the 3,000th pair of glasses
will be rewarded with a one-year PSC membership
renewal and congratulations printed in the Canal Record.
Don't delay. Just do it. You'll be glad you did. Send to
our Louisiana-Mississippi reporter:

Patt Foster Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253

The Gonzales Seafarers Center
accepts used T-shirts, clean, no
holes, no stains, any size, for
distribution to foreign seamen
off ships in our harbors.
Please send your old T-shirts to:

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*sung to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...pico feo in a mango tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...two crocodiles
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...three kinkajous
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...four screaming buzzards
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
... five coconuts
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...six gato solos

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me golden frogs
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...eight boa constrictors
One the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...nine armadillos
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...ten green iguanas
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...eleven traipsing
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On the twelfth day of
Christmas my true
love gave to me
...twelve fat conejos




DECEMBER 31, 2008.


Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253

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Luke C. Palumbo Memorial Scholarship
Contact Andrea Wagner, Northwest
Missouri State University, (660) 541-0294
or see


Started as a non-profit organization in 1952, the
Canal Zone Study Group has 750 members
worldwide. We mail a quarterly publication for
a low annual membership fee of only $ 8. To
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and most meals included.
Accommodations at the Country Inn Amador, Coronado
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Advertising rates approved at the October 17, 2007, Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertising
rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad shown in
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who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who want to advertise in the Canal Record. All
ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will not com-
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2008 Panama Canal Museum Collectible Mola Stocking/Wreath Ornament. $20.00
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Sometimes our families don't *LOVE* our
Mola Collections like we do...Well I do! I am
looking for Molas '70s, '60s or earlier. If you
would like to sell your Mola collection or
your parent's collection to someone who loves
Molas and who knows collectors who would
love them as well.
Please contact me: Sue Gomez (wife of Tom
Gomez, BHS'71) at or by
phone (281) 893-6569.
Please visit my web site at and you will truely see
my love for the Kuna culture and appreciation
of their molas. I look forward to hearing from

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July 1, 2009 July 5, 2009 Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club

June 30, 2010 July 4, 2010 Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club

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