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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla


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

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University of Florida
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VOL. 44



NO. 4

Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mr. Tom Spence
1st Vice President
(352) 684-7771
Mr. Mike Coffey
2nd Vice President
(813) 948-3007
Ms. Shirley Avery
(813) 831-4114
Ms. Noreen Hanson
(813) 777-2931
Mr. Chris Wilder
(352) 207-6755
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
(214) 697-0034
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Past President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Mike Young
(813) 751-6881
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
(352) 726-8804

Mr. Chris Wilder
Web Master
(352) 207-6755


President's M essage.................................................................... ............................1
Office Manager/Secretary's Message...........................................................................1
E editor's C orner...................................... ............................................................ 2
Lost and Found...................................... ............................................................ 2
Panama Canal Society Calendars.......................... .................. ......................2
C arnavalito D irections................................. ........................................................... 3
M arch PC S Picnic..................................... ......................................................... 3
Carnavalito Registration Form ..................................................... ......................4
M em bership N ew s.................................... ....................................................... 5
Septem ber Luncheon Pictures......................................................................................6
Synopsis of Minutes Executive Board and General Membership Meetings............8
Legislative R eport................................................. .......................................... 8
DODD S School Transcripts.................................................................. ............. 9
Traveling to Panam a?................................. ........................................................ 9
Former Canal Zone Information Resources.......................... ...................10
Your Reporter Says:
Arkansas.......................... FL Tallahassee..................19 Northwest.....................25
Europe........................... 11 FL Tampa......................... 20 Oklahoma..................... 26
FL Central Florida.............13 Georgia....................... 22 Panama...................... 26
FL Ocala............................14 Louisiana...........................23 South Carolina...................29
FL Pensacola................... 15 M ississippi...................... 23 TX Dallas........................ 31
FL Space Coast................17 North Carolina...................23

C ongratulations................................ .......................................................... 33
W eddin gs......................................................................... ......................................36
Births................................................ 37
W ith D eep Sorrow ........................................................................... .......................38
Letters to the Editor.......................... ........................................ 44
L ook ing B ack ................................................ ........................................................4 9
Panam a Canal M museum ............................................................... ..................... 50
A nnouncem ents............................... ...........................................................52
Advertisements..................... ............... .................................55
M em bership Application Form ................................................. .....................59
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form........................... ....................60

Cover: Panama dancers mola from Sue "Molagirl" Murray Gomez's collection.

Society office will be closed during the Christmas holiday
season from Saturday, December 18, 2010 through
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011. The office will reopen for
business on Monday, January 3, 2011.


February 4-6

March 19

May 14

July 6-10

Carnavalito, We'll be beachside for Carivalito 2011 at the Hilton
Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, Indialantic, Fla. Look for the infor-
mation and reservation forms on page 3.

PCS West Coast Annual Picnic and General Meeting, Anderson
Park, Shelter #3 at Tarpon Springs, Fla. Contact Tom Spence (352)
684-7771. See page 3.

Troyers Dutch Heritage Restaurant, Sarasota, Fla. Contact Bob
and Cheryl Russell, 813-633-8916.

Panama Canal Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center
Marriott, Orlando, Fla.


Hello everyone -
Tom \\ ilder
Christmas is just around the cor-
ner! Now close your eyes... Let's go back in time and
remember how we celebrated Christmas in the Canal Zone.
The trees arrived via the SS Cristobal and were delivered to
the Commissary warehouse. On the chosen day and time a
long line formed outside the warehouse and those in atten-
dance were filled with excitement. Parents and kids alike
waited until the doors were opened, then everyone rushed in
to pick a tree. The smell of evergreen was strong! Pine nee-
dles littered the floor and within a very short time almost all
the trees had been claimed. The Christmas tree was tied to
the roof of the car and home we went. First we had to cut a
few inches off the bottom and set the tree in the outside basin
because they were dry from the long trip from the states.
Then we set the tree up in the house making sure we added
two aspirins to the water to help keep it green and from dry-
ing out. (I'm sure each Zonian family had their own way of
making the tree last until the annual bonfire!) Then on
Christmas Eve, Santa traveled around to the town sites like
Coco Solo, Margarita and Gatun to hand out one present and
plenty of candy. His sleigh was a trailer pulled behind a pick-
up with wooden cutouts of reindeer bolted to the side of the
bed. Several of Santa's helpers tossed candy at all the kids

along the way! Mrs. Claus was also in the sleigh. It's what
every kid should experience! It was great! I hope that my
reminiscing will help you think back to your wonderful mem-
ories of Christmas in the Canal Zone. This is my gift to each
of you.
From my family to yours may you have a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year!

Tom Wilder, President


Merry Christmas and a very Happy
New Year! It has been a very busy
S2010 and we are already planning for
another successful reunion at the
Orlando World Center Marriott start-
Nancy Van Siclen ing July 6, 2011 through July 10, 2011.
As we have done for the past several years in the October
issue of the Canal Record we have placed notices reminding
the membership that dues for the next year are due before
December 31st. Each year I see a difference where more and
more members are not waiting till the end of December, when
we are all busy with holiday planning and sending in their
membership dues of $40.00 after the October issue is
Please remember that if you are planning to attend the

Panama Canal Society, Inc. ..
oNE (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
U l7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for
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 $40.00 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

2011 Reunion you must pay your 2011 dues before sending
in your Reunion Registration. If your dues are not paid this
will delay processing your paperwork for the reunion.
Once again the Society office will be closed during the
Christmas holiday season from Saturday, December 18, 2010
through Sunday, January 2, 2011. The office will reopen for
business on Monday, January 3, 2011.
We wish every member and their families a very safe and
happy holiday.

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


Caravalito is coming in February!
Please come early to join us for the Pre-
Jacque Vowell Carnivalito party on Friday evening on
February 4, 2011. Zonians from the Space
Coast area will once again host this gathering starting at 4:00
p.m. in the Melbourne Suite at the hotel. Please feel free to
bring a covered dish to share. Beer, wine, soda and food will
be provided until it is gone! See page 3 for more information.
As always, if you have any questions about how to submit
articles or pictures to the Canal Record, I am only a phone
call or email away.
The Area Reporters and I would like to thank the mem-
bership for supporting the Canal Record with their news and
pictures that have been sent throughout the year. We wish the
membership a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas and
may 2011 be filled with much joy and laughter.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings



Please call the Society office if
you have lost any items during
the 2010 Annual Reunion.
We have eyeglasses, sweaters,
earrings, etc.

We also have a member looking
for a camera, in case anyone
found it.

Please call the Society office at

The Society office will be closed for
the Christmas holiday starting on
Saturday, December 18, 2010
and will reopen for business on
Monday, January 3, 2011.


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tom calendar building website, a great way to share yourself with your family and
friends and support the Panama Canal Society!
You now have an opportunity to custom build a calendar and support the Panama
Canal Society, with a percentage of the cost going to the PCS. The custom calendar
website allows you to upload your own photos, create a calendar title, write captions,
and insert daily texts or, you can select a standard PCS calendar choosing from a
: gallery of photos available on the web site. Both calendars will include PCS
Membership meeting dates and you can begin your calendar with any month.

Choose calendar design
Upload your own photos
Create personal captions
Write daily text for special occasions
Option for local graphed tides
Full color, quality, 1 l"xl7" wall calendars



Directions from Orlando area:
Travel on 528 ( Beeline) East to 95 South. Tak
Gallie Blvd Exit) Head east on Eau Gallie Blvd
utes, crossing over the intercoastal bridge to Hw'
onto AIA. The hotel is located approx. 1/4 mile

Directions from Melbourne area:
Head east onto Nasa Blvd. to Harbor City Blv
Harbor City Blvd. to Eau Gallie Blvd., turn rig
Blvd. crossing over the intercoastal bridge hea
Hwy A1A, turn right (heading south) approx. 1/
is located on the left (ocean) side.

February 4-6, 2011
3003 North Highway A1A
Melbourne, Florida 32903-2133
Relax in Paradise. Each of the luxuriously appointed guest rooms are just a few
steps from the ocean! Wake to a stunning sunrise and watch the rolling waves of
the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the sounds of the surf beachside or around the heated
swimming pool and Tiki Bar. All of the guestrooms have been completely reno-
vated and feature coffeemaker, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, Hilton alarm clock,
free high-speed internet and much more. Each guestroom also features items
from the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection including Crabtree & Evelyn's La
Source bath amenities. All Oceanfront rooms feature a partial walk-out balcony
for standing views, Hilton Sweet Dreams Bedding package and 27" flat screen
TVs. All Oceanview rooms feature full-size balcony with sitting area, in-room
refrigerator, Hilton Sweet Dreams Bedding package and 32" flat panel TV.

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Panama Canal Society, Inc.

Annual Picnic

March 19, 2011

The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual Picnic beginning at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Shelter # 3
in A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Anderson Park is located 7/10th of a mile north of Klosterman Rd., or 9/10th of a mile south of Tarpon Springs/Keystone
Rd., on the east side of U.S. Highway 19.

Shelter # 3 has ample parking space and is close to restrooms, with a wide view of Lake Tarpon.

Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to share and your own soft drinks. (The Park does not allow alco-
holic beverages on the premises.) To avoid having too many of one type of dish, we suggest that you bring dishes as
follows: Those with last names beginning with A through F Desserts, G through L Vegetable, Rice or Pasta dish, M
through Q Meat dish, R through Z Salad or Fruit dish. The Society will provide plastic plates, utensils, cups, ham-
burgers, hotdogs and buns. Bring your appetite!

Games (for kids and adults), and great door prizes are on the agenda. Come and join fellow members for an enjoyable
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.

As a courtesy to your fellow guests please pick up after your pets, keep them on a leash, and bring adequate dishes for
their food or water. Thank you.

For more information contact Tom and Cecilia Spence at (352) 684-7771.



February 4-6, 2011

DINNER/DANCE: Please join us beachside at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, Indialantic, Fla., on February 5,
2011, for Carnavalito 2011. Everyone is invited to an evening of fun, food, and dancing at the Hilton. Music will be pro-
vided by Frances (Lindh) Morrissey (BHS'62), who played at the Continental Hotel in Panama and, through the years,
was influenced by Lucho, his style, and his music. Frances will be accompanied by the "La Boca Allstars" consisting of
Jaime Rheberg and Mike Young. Socializing with a cash bar will begin at 6:00 pm with a short meeting beginning at 7:00
pm followed by dinner and dancing shortly thereafter. Dinner/dance registration will begin at 5:00pm.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of standard rooms (one king or two queens) available at the
Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront for this event at the special rate of $104.00 plus tax. When making reservations,
please mention that you are with the Carnavalito Group. You must call the Hilton directly at (321) 777-5000 to make
your hotel reservations. The hotel is located at 3003 North Highway A1A, Melbourne, Fla. 32903-2133. REMEMBER,
rooms are limited so make your reservations early. The hotel cutoff date will be January 7, 2011, at our special rate.
Check-In: 4:00 PM Check-Out: 12:00 PM
COST: $40.00 per person which includes a plated dinner and entertainment (tax and gratuities included). Dinner will fea-
ture a dual entree of Sirloin steak with wild mushroom sauce and a grilled chicken breast, along with a house salad, mixed
vegetables, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and butter, cheesecake, coffee and iced tea.
The deadline to send in your Carnavalito registration form is January 28, 2011, to Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985
113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please contact Randy and JoElla Deakins at JoRanDeak( or call (321)
632-4057. See page 3 for directions and other information.

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Member Name:

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Names of Guests (Please Print)

for $40.00 each.

Total enclosed: $

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


Join us for a Pre-Carnivalito fun-
filled evening on Friday, February
4, 2011. The Space Coast Group
will host this gathering beginning
at 4:00 pm in the Melbourne Suite.
Beer, Wine, Soda and food will be
provided until it runs out. Please
feel free to bring a dish to share.


Season's Greetings members! It has been a great 2010 and I hope you're looking forward to an even better
2011. We have enjoyed some great reunions at Rosen Shingle Creek and this year we're looking forward to
moving to the Orlando World Center Marriott. In addition to great facilities and amenities the Marriott has
made several recent upgrades including a brand new "Spa Pool". Those of you who have visited the Marriott
know about their World Class pool that includes a spa grotto and flume ride. The new pool is only a short dis-
tance away and offers a more tranquil setting amidst the shade of tall palms in a lush tropical setting. This will
be the site of this year's annual Pool Party, so it won't be tranquil that day. Make your plans for the 2011
Reunion and get ready to experience a great time at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Sponsorships We have enjoyed the opportunity to sponsor several events promoting Canal Zone friendships
over the past year. In March the Society sponsored two boats in the Annual Cayuco Race, The MOAB and The
NIC, in addition to the Saturday Night Party at the Balboa Yacht Club featuring Shorty&Slim. The party was
a great event and we look forward to sponsoring again in 2011. The Society also sponsored Saturday Karaoke
Night at the St. Pete CZ Bash organized by Richard McArthur, Darla Creek, Marian Tibler, and Forrest
Waller. I'm still hearing great stories about this growing event held in October each year. If you have an event
you would like the PCS to sponsor, please send your request to suggestions(

The Society is offering sponsorships to two boats in this year's Annual Cayuco Race. To qualify crews must
be members of the Panama Canal Society and submit an email to the Society requesting their reasons for spon-
sorship. The Society will provide a cash award to each crew, T-shirts for the event, and recognition in the
Record and Saturday Night Cayuco Race Party. Requests must be sent to
and winners will be announced on January 31, 2011.

Announcing....The Governors Club! In response to member feedback and suggestions the Board has decid-
ed to create a new level of Society membership with special benefits and recognition The Governor's Club.
Each year many members forget to renew or allow their membership to lapse following a milestone reunion
such as their 10 year or 20 year reunion. Since membership is critical to the survival of our organization we
are establishing a 5-year Governor's Club membership. Entry into the Governor's Club will be $200 and
entrants will enjoy the following benefits:

Recognition in the Canal Record and at the Panama Canal Society Reunion
Preferred seating reserved tables at the Annual Ball
A specially designed lapel pin recognizing Governor's Club Membership
A free Shorty&Slim CD
A Panama Canal Society license plate
A Panama Canal Society decal
And you will only have to write a check once every 5 years!

Membership is now due for 2011, so why not make it a special membership and join the Governor's Club?

Each Reunion we receive great feedback, new ideas and give out great prizes at the Annual Business Meeting.
If you haven't attended I encourage you to attend this informative and interactive event on Friday morning.
And, you can always provide feedback by mailing us at

On behalf of the Membership Committee I wish you all a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Mike Coffey, Chairperson
Membership Committee

Join the Panama Canal Society on FACEBOOK and LinkedlN!

Ocala, Fla.

Aura and Albert Wilder

Ar' i. -

Gilbert "Gibby" Freund, Patrick Mahoney, Ruth Conlan,
and Juanita McConaughey.

Ocala, Fla.

Kathy Wilder, Danny Garretson, Britney
Haley Garretson.


A BIG thank you from the Executive Board
goes out to Pam Reid for proposing the purchase
of a parrot costume to represent our mascot
"Zonie". Pam searched high and low to find the
right costume for "Zonie".
She promoted the purchase of the costume by
creating an egg bank for members to donate funds
during the 2010 reunion. This will be an on-going A
project. Thanks again Pam for your inventive
thinking! ',
If you see the egg at the Panama Canal Society
functions, please donate to the cause.

JUNE 12, 2010

Actions taken:
Approved the April Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period April 17, 2010
through June 11, 2010 in the amount of $31,176.74.
Approved 13 new members.

AUGUST 28, 2010

Actions taken:
Approved the June Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period June 12, 2010
through August 26, 2010 in the amount of $80,880.15.
Approved 13 new members.

JULY 2, 2010

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the May Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the May financial statement for audit.

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



On October 15th, the Labor Department's
Jim O'Donnell Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirmed
what has been reported on this Hotline there
will be NO Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in the three
federally administered retirement programs Social Security,
military retirement and federal civil service. This is the sec-
ond consecutive year without measured inflation. In
September we had a monthly increase of 0.05 percent from
the August index. Former federal employees now receiving
monthly benefits under provisions of the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA), due to on the job injuries or ill-
nesses, receive a COLA based on the change in the CPI-W
during each calendar year. Due to price deflation during cal-
endar year 2008, there was NO FECA COLA in 2009. The
September index (214.306), is 1.2 percent higher than the
December 2009 index of 211.7. The cola is now 0.6 percent
LOWER than the third quarter average. The outlook for the
coming years is not too good.
If you would like more information the COLA, go to
Common Misconceptions About the Consumer Price Index:
Questions and Answers


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, announced October 14
that when Congress reconvenes for its Lame Duck session
after the Election, the House of Representatives will consider
legislation that would provide a $250 payment to Social
Security recipients, veterans and individuals with disabilities
(recipients of disability insurance under Social Security).
The payment was proposed in anticipation of the official
news delivered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that there
will be no COLA in 2011 as a result of economic conditions.
It is clear that Social Security beneficiaries would receive the
$250 payment under the House Leadership proposal. But
what is ambiguous is whether relief would be offered to over
one million federal, state and local government retirees who
are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits. By way
of precedent, during the consideration of the 2009 Stimulus
bill, retired public employees were initially excluded from a
$250 payment to Social Security recipients, but later -
through NARFE's efforts a $250 refundable tax credit for
public service retirees was included in the legislation which
became law.
NARFE fears that federal, state and local government retirees
may not receive equivalent relief under the House legislation.
For that reason, NARFE President Margaret Baptiste has
issued an Action Alert for all NARFE members even indi-
viduals who are Social Security-eligible to urge their law-
makers to provide retired public service employees relief
equivalent to the $250 payment which Social Security bene-
ficiaries would receive.

Congressional leaders have scheduled a return to work on
November 15 for a lame-duck session that, with a break for
Thanksgiving, could continue until late December. They have
laid out a long list of items they would like to address, since
carrying bills over to next year would require restarting the
legislative process, resulting in potentially lengthy delays.
Passing the overall budget, the DoD authorization bill and a
tax bill are considered top priorities but it's uncertain how
much else will see action.

The open season also will apply to coverage under the
Federal Dental and Vision Insurance Program, as well as to
the flexible spending account program; those who wish to
have FSA plans in 2011 must make a new election, while cov-
erage under FEHB and FEDVIP continue unchanged unless
the enrollee makes a new choice. Due to a provision of the
national health care reform law, FSAs starting in 2011 will no
longer cover over the counter medicines and drugs except for
insulin, unless under a doctor's prescription.

A recent court case may serve as a wake-up call on how to
word separation agreements and divorce decrees, writes ben-
efits expert Reg Jones. You'll find his column at

Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Reporter


All requests for Secondary student records should be direct-
ed to the DoDEA Records Center listed below.

All requests for Panama Canal College student records/tran-
scripts, verification of financial aid, GED, and course
descriptions, should be directed to the DoDEA Record
Center listed below.

DoDEA Records Center
Attention: Transcripts
7441 Custer Rd. Bldg 2670
Ft. Benning, GA 31905
Phone: (706) 545-4785 Fax: (706) 545-1239
DSN Voice: 835-4785 DSN Fax: 835-1239
Email: transcripts(

Requests may be mailed or faxed to the DoDEA Records
Center and should include the following information:

Full name under which enrolled at the time of
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Name of school and year of graduation or last
date of attendance
A daytime telephone number
Address student record should be mailed to

The requestor must sign the request letter because of the
Privacy Act.

If it takes more than 10-12 working days to receive a stu-
dent record, the requestor may call DoDEA Records Center
at 706-545-4785 or DSN 835-4785 to inquire into the status
of a request.

(706) 545-1239 OR DSN 835-1239

contact the DoDEA Records Center to obtain a graduation
verification letter. A valid release signed by the former
DoDEA student must be obtained before any verification
letter will be granted.

DoDEA Records Center
Attn: Transcripts
7441 Custer Rd. Bldg 2670
Ft. Benning, Georgia 31905
Phone: (706) 545-4785 DSN: 835-4785
Fax: (706) 545-1239 DSN: 835-1239


ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS: U.S. citizens travel-
ing by air to and from Panama must present a valid pass-
port when entering or re-entering the United States. Sea
travelers must have a valid U.S. passport (or other origi-
nal proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified U.S. birth
certificate with a government-issued photo ID).
Complete information for American citizens is available
on the Passport Information page at or by
calling 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for informa-
tion on applying for a passport.

Panamanian law requires that travelers present a pass-
port valid for at least three months, and must either pur-
chase a tourist card at the airport in Panama before clear-
ing customs, or obtain a multiple entry visa from a
Panamanian embassy or consulate before traveling to
Panama. Further information may be obtained from the
Embassy of Panama, 2862 McGill Terrace NW,
Washington, DC 20009, tel. (202) 483-1407, or the
Panamanian consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,
Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans,
New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San
Juan or Tampa.

As of August 26, 2008, U.S. tourists are allowed to
stay in Panama for 90 days, without extension. If they
want to stay longer, a "change of migratory status visa"
should be requested through a Panamanian lawyer before
the expiration of the 90 days in country. An initial fee of
$250.00 must be paid for the "change of migratory status
visa." Please note that the approval of the change in
migratory status falls under the Panamanian Immigration
Office's discretion.

U.S. citizens transiting the Panama Canal as passen-
gers who do not plan on disembarking from the ship do
not need to obtain visas, report to customs, or pay any
fees. If citizens plan to disembark, they need to obtain a
tourist card from the cruise line or a visa at a Panamanian
embassy or consulate prior to traveling. If they are pilot-
ing private craft or planes, then they need to have a pre-
stamped visa from a Panamanian Embassy or consulate,
as do persons crossing into Panama by land. U.S. citizens
piloting private craft through the canal should contact the
Panama Canal Authority at (011) 507-272-4567, (011)
507-272-4200, (011) 507-272-1111 or consult the Canal
Authority web site to make an appointment.

Minors who are citizens (including dual-citizens) or
legal residents of Panama are required to present birth
certificates and notarized consent from both parents (in
Spanish) in order to exit the country if not accompanied
by both parents. This documentation is required at all
land, sea, and air ports. Even if minors are not docu-
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Camille and Doug Gibson-Gibbs sent me
their news. I sure wish I could get other peo-
ple to report to me and send me their news.
Thanks to the Gibbs and also to Alison
Betty Dunning Vowell for her news (see Births).
The Gibbs wrote that "July was a fun
month for Doug and Camille, not only because of the
Reunion, but because we were able to see, for the first time,
two additions to the Gibbs family. On the way to the Reunion
we stopped in Palm Bay, Fla., to acquaint ourselves with
Carter William Mulcahey, Doug's first great-grandson,
born June 8. Carter's mom and dad, Kirsten and Will, were
bleary-eyed from day-and-night feedings and changing
while trying to go to school during the day. We gave them a
break for a couple of days, relieving Kirsten from cooking,
and letting them both sleep while we did some babysitting.
"During the Reunion this year we saw more of the
Gamboa Gibson Clan than usual. Those attending were: Dr.
Robert Gibson, wife Lorraine, and son Cole; Paul and
Melody (Gibson) Forrest and their daughter Tiffany
Forrest Pfister, and Tiffany's two children, Jaden and
Darren. Cousins Holly (Gibson) Dodson and Kyle (Gibson)
Lopez, were celebrating their 35th BHS reunion. A group
picture was made together with Paul Forrest's family. It was
really great being with so many of the family at one time.
"On our return to Arkansas, we stopped in Land 'O Lakes,
Fla., to see Warren and Tiffany's first child, Brynner
Reimann Gibbs, born Feb. 18. Brynner is Doug's third
grandchild. Warren (BHS Class of '87) is a fireman with the
Tampa fire department.
"In August we attended the wedding of my son Brett
Gibson (PCC Class of'95) on St. George Island, Fla. I could-
n't believe that Brett and Suzanne (Riker) had chosen Aug.
7 for their wedding date, the same day that Bill (CHS Class
of '58) and I were married in 1965.
"Joe Brown of Pittsburg, Texas, stopped by to spend the
night on his way to visit relatives in Kentucky. Joe taught
with me at Balboa High School 1991-1999. He is a good

friend and Elk buddy of Doug's. We spent the night catching
up on the last ten years."
Greta Vowell went to Arizona to be with her daughter,
Alison Vowell, for the birth of her second grandchild Milo,
born September 9, 2010 and to help with Liam, Alison's first

Betty Dunning, Reporter
(479) 633-0612
email: bdunning3(


Fall in Germany is the time for
Fests. Every weekend you can find a fest
in just about any town. Stadtfest (city),
Hahnenfest (chicken), Schweinfest
Mary Lou (pig), and the most known Oktoberfest
Pascavage-Croft (beer). At the Kubisfest (pumpkin) they
build the animals of Noah's Ark using over 100,000 pump-
kins. All great outdoor activities to enjoy the fall weather! By
Thanksgiving many cities are hosting the German Christmas
Markt with beautiful ornaments and warm gluhwein (mulled
The Seitz family was on the road again for the summer.
They spent four great days at the Reunion, fun times with
friends. Then they were off to Panama for two weeks of fun
in the sun. One of the highlights of their trip was several hikes
on Pipeline Road in Gamboa. A friend and previous student,
Yvette Wilde (BHS'92), travelled to Panama to go bird-
watching with David and Mayra, like they did back in the
day. David was able to get in one quick fishing trip to Coiba
with Ernie Holland Jr. and Mayra and the girls enjoyed the
fruits of the boys' hard "work" at a fish barbeque at Ernie and
Jennifer's beautiful beach house in El Pal Mar.

FEBRUARY 4-6, 2011

Tara King had a great time visiting Cookie (McKeon)
Smith in Houston, Texas, in August. They headed straight to
the ball game from the airport. The rest of the weekend she
spent enjoying the things she misses most: soaking up the
sun and eating delicious, honest to goodness Tex-Mex.
Earlier in August, Tara enjoyed an After Hours tour arranged
by the British Liaison on RAF Alconbury. The exclusive tour
took place after the Palace had closed to visitors for the day.
They viewed the nineteen State Rooms; incredible paintings,
furniture, sculpture and porcelain. She was excited to touch
the Table of the Grand Commanders, made of Sevres porce-
lain that once belonged to Napoleon. The tour finished up
with a glass of champagne in the Buckingham Palace Garden,
which is the largest private garden in London.

The trip would not have been complete without a
Shorty&Slim sunset gig at the Balboa Yacht Club which
included a surprise visit by Fred and Melanie Bales and their
sons Caleb and Joshua. They said hasta luego to Panama and
headed to Mississippi to visit David's mother Donna, and
their daughter Katherine who is living with grandma. They
spent some time visiting with the Carlson family; Florence,
Brian and Michelle, Alan and Jeanne, David and Michelle
and all of their children. Cici's Pizza place loves to see the
Seitz-Carlson clan--that's about 20 people if most of the kids
tan alone!

Katherine, Mayra, Sarah, Stephanie, Melanie and David
Seitz at Lake Ponchartrain.

Melanie Seitz stayed in the states for her junior year at
Franciscan University and the rest of the family headed back
to Europe in time for school to start. Stephanie and Sarah are
playing varsity tennis and Mayra is coaching again. David is
trying to keep up with the hundreds of apples their yard pro-
duces in the fall. Llori Gibson, Bonny Kent and their moth-
er Jo paid a surprise visit to David and Mayra. They were in
the area for the launching of the new Panama Canal Dredge
being built in the Netherlands. Jay Gibson is the dredge cap-
tain and has been travelling to Rotterdam to keep an eye on
the building process. Jay was able to visit his last weekend in
the country and they look forward to having them back again
in November.

Tara King and friends at ball game in Houston, Texas

Maureen Husum again organized her Family Diabetic
Camp for teenage students in Europe. She pulled resources
from various military communities in Europe to support and
solicit donations. The camp is primarily for diabetic
teenagers, their siblings and parents. During the day the fam-
ilies conduct activities from sightseeing to hiking trails. In the
evenings, families take turns preparing meals and discuss
techniques and how they compensate for blood sugar levels.
Some of Maureen's friends participated and accomplished
some serious hiking in the Alps as well. Patricia and Bob
Sprague, Jeff Lyle, his daughter Natalie Lyle (Burgoon),
and Maureen went hiking in Berchtesgaden, Germany. It was
a rainy day, but it didn't slow anyone down on their five-hour
hike through the Alps to the Konigsee Lake.

2011 Membership Dues

of $40 are due
by December 31, 2010.



rat ana ISOD sprague, Jenl Lyle,
Husum hiking the Alps.

Labor Day weekend Ken Croft and I visited with Eileen
Petzold-Bailey in Berlin. Eileen grew up near me in Los
Rios. She was much younger, so I didn't know her well grow-
ing up, but she definitely pulled out all the stops for Zonian
hospitality. It was nice getting to know her and her beautiful
family. We spent one evening playing the Panama Canal
game. We didn't get far in the game because every game card
spun us off on to another Canal Zone story.

Ken Croft and Eileen Petzold-Bradley

Eileen and her children were great tour guides of Berlin.
The capital of Germany, this once divided city is turning into
a beautiful city. With all the construction it's hard to tell
where East meets West Berlin. Some of the sites we visited
were Checkpoint Charlie, the Wall, the Brandenburg Gate,
the Reichstag and Postdamer Platz. We ate at a couple of
great restaurants, trying Asian, Turkish and French cuisines.
Berlin is my NYC of Europe!

Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft in Berlin train station

Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
(49) 6371-404566
email: maryloupasc(

Hi to all!! It has finally started to cool
off here, and we are enjoying this won-
derful weather.
I received an email from Janet Stuart
after she spent Labor Day weekend in Dawn Gressang
Alabama. She spent a lot of time with her granddaughter
Haleigh, who had her tenth birthday while Janet was there.
Janet can't believe how much Haleigh has grown in a year.
She is tall, slender, looks like a ballerina with long blond hair.
She is in the gifted classes at school and plays the piano. Janet
also got to meet her seven-year-old grandson Jayson for the
first time, and he is the spitting image of Janet's son, David.
They are both David's children, and Janet wished she had
more time to spend with them.
Janet had knee surgery in June and had to take so much
time off at work that she didn't have a lot of time off left to
spend more time in Alabama--maybe next time, she said.
During the time of her knee surgery, Janet says the Crowell
sisters, Pam and Jacque, were her angels. They helped get
Janet to and from the hospital and stayed with her for the first
few nights. Jacque stayed with her the night before surgery
and brought pizza. Another Crowell sister, Dawn, stopped by
and brought food and called and checked on her. Janet says
that she appreciates them and her Facebook friends, and
thanks everyone.
Also received an email from Stanley Crandall of
Melbourne, Fla. He says that he and his wife Edna (Hart)
Crandall and Pat and Jill (McKaig) Hutchings from
California went on a cruise of the Dalmatian Coast. The
enclosed picture was taken in Kotor, a historic city in
Montenego, which was a stop on their cruise.

Stan Crandall, Jill Hutchings, Pat Hutchings, and Edna
Crandall in Kotor.

This reporter and friend Mel went to see Brad Paisley in
concert in Daytona. We also went to see Tony Bennett and
Huey Lewis and the News, who were a part of the American
Music Festival that was held in Daytona over the Labor Day
weekend. Great fun!

Pam Crowell celebrated her birthday at the Outback in
Ormond Beach with Janet Stuart, Dawn Gressang, and
Jacque Vowell.
One weekend recently, Mel and I went to Jacksonville
with Bonnie and Mike Morrison and also spent a day wan-
dering around Amelia Island and Fernando Beach. Those
places give one the idea of what Florida really is.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595
email: dawnthedancer@)


A very Merry and Blessed
Christmas and a Wonderful and Happy
2011! As I am typing this article for the
December issue, it is still Autumn/Fall
and many of, if not all, the stores
already have their display of multiple Grace Shadeck
Christmas trees beautifully decorated with all the trimmings,
strings of colorful lights, and variety of Christmas ornaments.
And yet Halloween is still two weeks away.
My husband Leo and I were in Las Vegas when the PCS
General Membership Meeting and the Ocala Ditchdiggers
had their luncheon, and Nancy Van Siclen was very gracious
to write about the occasion.
Forty-one members and guests attended the September
18, 2010 Panama Canal Society Luncheon held at the Elks
Lodge in Ocala, Fla. Those who attended were: Betty
Blanchette, Shirley Avery, Ruth Conlan, Norman and
Dianne Cox, Jacqueline Deering, George Egolf, Katherine
Egolf, William and Gerianne Foster, Gilbert Freund,
Danny Garretson, Haley Garretson, Noreen Hanson, Leo
Krziza, Anne LoFranco, Patrick Mahoney, Deb Mann,
Donna Mann, Lynda Carol Philips, Juanita
McConaughey, Irene McCracken, Judi McCullough, Bill
McLaughlin, Joan and Ed Ohman, Robert Parker, Lloyd
and Maria Perkins, Bob and Cheryl Russell, Tom and
Cecilia Spence, Jacque Vowell, Albert and Aura Wilder,
Tom and Kathy Wilder, Brittney Wilder, Michael Young,
and Nancy Van Siclen.
President Tom Wilder showed a slide show from the APC
showing the plans for the expansion of the third set of locks
for the Canal.
Several door prizes were awarded and the grand prize, an
arrangement of silk flowers donated by Margaret
McLaughlin, was won by Danny Garretson.
As mentioned before, Leo and I were in Viva Loss Wages.
We, along with many of my other relatives, were there to help
celebrate my cousin's 80th birthday. It was a wonderful and
fantastic party as many of my cousins and their spouses flew
in from different parts of the United States for this special
occasion. We did the touristy things and even "donated" some
$$$$ to help pay Las Vegas' electrical bill. We had the oppor-
tunity to visit Ginger Corbett (BHS), daughter of Ron and
Syd Corbett, who owns an ice cream parlor, Atomic #7,
located in The Galleria Mall in Henderson, Nev. She has dis-

covered a unique way to make ice cream "just for you."
Among the variety of 22 flavors, natural ingredients, and dif-
ferent types of milk products from regular milk, soy, to lac-
tose free, you select what you want in your ice cream. Then
right before your very eyes, the ingredients are processed
with nitrogen which freezes the ingredients into ice cream,
mixed with a mixer and within minutes--your own special ice
cream. Our creation was very delicious and refreshing. Please
see her ad in the October Canal Record.

Ginger Corbett and Grace Shadeck

Since I didn't receive any news from the Ditchdiggers
members, I made a few phone calls and found some willing
volunteers to share their news and photo with the Canal
Record. One couple, Edna and Larry Didier, sent me a let-
ter about their recent trip--driving by car heading towards
California. They left Ocala on September 24 and one of their
many stops was the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon.
Larry had never been there, but Edna said she and her
younger sister Margaret Maxwell were there years ago but
didn't really see the area as it started to rain minutes after
their arrival. Edna and Larry took the bus tour and as Edna

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remarked, "Needless to say, the views were fantastic, as any-
one who's been there before knows!" Also, while in Arizona,
the couple went through the Petrified Forest and saw parts of
the Painted Desert.
Next stop was the Hoover Dam. They got to see the bow-
els of the dam the generators, the tunnels, etc. Their tour
guide was great at explaining everything and as they were
leaving the area, he jokingly said to the group, "No\\ your
'dam' tour is over!"
Larry and Edna continued their jaunt to Las Vegas ("Lost
Wages" as some would say). They visited a pawn shop where
the TV program Pawn Stars is filmed. The place was
mobbed, so they did a quick tour and saw the area that is used
for the filming; however, there was no signs of the "stars"
(side note--Leo and I also visited the pawn shop but arrived
early to see the place). When we left there was a long line of
people waiting to enter the building. Larry and Edna stayed at
the Excalibur Hotel, played the slot machines, managed to
come out ahead by a few dollars, and decided it was time to
head out of there.
Their travels took them to San Clemente where they vis-
ited Larry's son and family for several days. While there they
had a B-B-Q and his son's buddies from past days were invit-
ed along with their wives and children. This was quite a high-
light for Larry, as he and his late wife had helped raise sever-
al of these "kids" when they were younger. Another highlight
was a tour of a company called Blizzard Entertainment.
Larry's son Sammy is the art director for the company which
produces video games for computers. Many of Sammy's
drawings, sculptures, etc., are on display in their "museum"
and throughout the main building. Naturally, Larry is very
proud of Sammy's continued success.
The couple arrived back home October 8th and, of course,
were exhausted. But like they said, they managed to get back
in the routine of doing the laundry, paying bills, go grocery
shopping, and all that is necessary when getting back from a
Another couple I heard from were Roland and Patricia
Lees. They attended the 2010 Panama Canal Society Reunion
at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. Roland graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1955 and thus was celebrating
his 55th high school reunion. This wonderful event was gra-
ciously hosted by BHS'55. The M.C./Coordinators were Bob
and Marguerite Zumbado and many other volunteers. Joan
(McKenzie) Kozar-Murphy, the CHS'55 coordinator,
unfortunately was involved in an accident prior to the reunion
and was unable to attend.

Bob Zumbado, Roland and Patricia Lees, Bonnie Smith
Bob Zumbado, Roland and Patricia Lees, Bonnie Smith

A banquet was held on Friday evening. From Thursday to
Saturday a hospitality room with more than enough food and
drinks were available for all who came to visit. Roland and
Pat said that Bob and Margaret really know how to throw a
They mentioned that Bob is a craftsman and made wood-
en statues of Superman and Superwoman for all graduates
and, also, gave each of them pictures from their high school
days. Roland says he keeps his Superman on top of his com-
puter to remind him of the best high school reunion he has
ever attended.
It is with great sadness that I inform you about Rolf
Arndt, husband of Joan (Powell) Arndt, who passed away
on October 3, 2010. Joan said an obituary will be in the
March Canal Record.
Volunteers needed to be the Feature Person for the Canal
Record. Also, any news, events, happenings, occurrences,
etc., you wish to share are gladly accepted.

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


On Saturday, July 24th, Sonya
(Dedeaux) Sigmond and her hus-
band Dan stopped off in Pensacola
on their way to their new home in
Corpus Christi, Texas. J Dedeaux
also came in from Tallahassee. They
all had a busy short visit with the
family--that evening they had dinner VoseKulig
on Pensacola Beach along with a stroll--activities had to be
cut down because Sonya was still having morning/afternoon
sickness!! On Sunday, along with Deb and Jon, they had
lunch with Barb and Louie and just hung out since J had to
return to school that evening. On Monday, Deb's mom Delila,
Deb and Sonya went shopping while Dan and Louie played
golf. That evening Deb, Dan and Sonya went out to dinner at
the Bonefish Grill (Jon was called to work). On Tuesday Dan
and Sonya went to Delila's to spend some quality time. Their
visit came to a close too soon and on Wednesday, Sonya and
Dan left for Texas and moved into their new home on August

J Dedeaux, Dan and Sonya (Dedeaux) Sigmond

Janet (Martin) Slaughter faithfully came through this
year with a great crop of Scotch Bonnet peppers (seeds
brought from Panama many years ago). We received lots and
lots of them, cut them up for special dishes (empanadas, for
sure) and saved the seeds for Keith to plant later. Our garden
this year yielded only a small amount of green peppers, but
lots of jalapenos. What an immense crop of cucumbers we
had--there were so many and came so fast that we couldn't
eat them fast enough--had to share them with family and
In August there was a golf exhibition at the Pensacola
Naval Station golf course. Keith, Dawn, Isabella and Bobby
especially went to see our famous Gulf Coast PGA golfer,
Bubba Watson, perform. They said it was awesome and
Keith said "Bubba has a bionic arm and can sure hit the ball
a long way!!" He graciously let the grandchildren take a
photo with him. I wish I could have gone--maybe next time!!

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Isabella Vose, Bobby Vose, and PGA Golfer Bubba Watson,
Pensacola Golf Exhibition, August 2010.

Since Bobby (9) and Isabella (6) both have their birthdays
in August, they had their parties together at the De Luna
Bowling Lanes--of course, MeMa made both cakes--we all
had a great time watching the kids enjoy themselves bowling.
It was so hard for me to not get out there and bowl with them,
but I didn't have my ball or shoes with me--what a bummer!!
I'm bowling twice a week again--just can't get enough of it-
-love the game!
To celebrate our son Bob's birthday--Oct. 7th (the big 40),
Keith and a few other friends are going to play a round of golf
at the Scenic Hills Country Club--what else is there? I also
have a big surprise for him, which a friend of mine is plan-
ning for me--I should have photos for my next article.
The end of August Bob surprised us all by organizing a
Charity Golf Tournament at the Scenic Hills Country Club to
support the Ronald McDonald House and the Knights of
Columbus. What a fabulous job he did--of course, his wife
Dawn did lots of the running around for sponsors. There was
golf, a luncheon spread by the Chef of the Club, lots of donat-
ed door prizes and more golf. Lunch was delicious and we all
won lots of prizes. For my donation, I made two sheet cakes,
one with Ronald McDonald matte on it and one with a golf
course complete with golfer, cart, clubs, bunkers, etc., and
what was left over, we donated it to the Ronald McDonald rep
(there were at least 18 families staying there at that time). The
Ronald McDonald House was recently remodeled and it is
beautiful--it's such a charitable act to have a location where


families can stay together while their children are in the hos-
pital. The event was such a huge success that Bob is planning
to do it again next year. On a final note, guess who won the
golf tournament--Keith and his team of co-workers (Damon
Norris, Mike Flanagan and Sam LaCour). Congratulations
to Bob for a job well done!

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Bob Vose and Knights of Columbus representative Dr. Finger

Bobby Vose, and Isab
McDonald's lap.
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Charity Golf Tournament Winners (L-R): Damon Norris,
Mike Flanagan, Keith Kulig, and Sam LaCour.

Our grandson Jonathan (11) is quite active in football
again--he shot up during the summer, dropped the glasses for
contacts and since he's so tall (taller than grandma) and looks
about 15, he has become "big man" on the football campus
(with the young ladies)--reminds me of CZ days when the
football players were "top dogs!!".
Sonya (Dedeaux) Sigmond's baby shower is this Saturday
(Oct. 9th) and I'm having a ball helping Deb and her Mom do
all the little things to make it special. Lots of out-of-town
family members will be coming soon for the event, including
George, Bobby and Kathryn Egolf. Should be lots of fun
and we'll make sure to get lots of photos for my next article.
The holidays are quickly approaching--Halloween should
be lots of fun, Thanksgiving will be at Bob and Dawn's again
and for Christmas we're hoping Brent and Crystal will be
coming again.
Fall is here!! The weather has been just beautiful--in the
50s and sometimes in the 40s at night. I surely do love the
cold!! Really looking forward to winter!!
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

Space Coast

Sixteen BBCs met in Fort
Lauderdale September 16 for a four-
night party cruise to Key West and
Cozumel to celebrate Leanne Watkins'
bachelorette party. It was a great time
with too many laughs to count and we
are looking forward to the wedding in Janice Scott
October to continue the party. All agreed to make it the BBC
Annual Event.

Back (L-R): Trina Clark, Sandra Boren, Tiffany Mayo,
Karen (Kirby) Laverty, Leanne Watkins, Elizabeth
Anders, Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt, Christy Ford, Diana
(Huff) Grimison, Kelly Hunt. Front (L-R): Dawn
(McArthur) Wetherby, Natalie (Watkins) McClenahan,
Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Lisa (Hunt) Lehman, Mary Arias,
Dawn (Bilgray) Watkins.

Judy (Beeby) Inman retired from Brevard County Parks
and Recreation on June 30. Her husband Gary is still pastor-
ing at Orsino Baptist Church, Merritt Island, Fla. Gary and
Judy, and Judy's sister Mary Jean and her husband Peter
Abbey enjoyed a few days in the Seattle area before and after
their seven-day cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage on the
Norwegian Pearl in late August and early September. The
weather cooperated beautifully; there was very little rain and
much more sun than expected. Alaska is beautiful!!

Peter and Mary Jean (Beeby) Abbey and Judy (Beeby) and
Carl Inman.

Peter and Mary Jane (Beeby) Abbey and Judy (Beeby) and
Gary Inman, Pike's Place Market, Seattle, Wash.

Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison and children
Carly, Tommy, Samantha, and Megan enjoyed a summer
vacation trip in July that started with the Grimison-Herring-
Scott family gathering in Clifton, Va., where they joined in
celebrating with the extended family at Heather Scott and
Jose Maria Molleda's 25th wedding anniversary. They also
enjoyed spending time in Washington, D.C., at the home of
Matthew and Theresa Harnisch Grimison and son Jack.
From there the family drove through the heartland all the way
to Tulsa, Okla. The drive was breathtaking through the
Appalachian Mountains. They stopped for a day and two
nights at Louisville, Ky., where they visited Churchill Downs
and the Louisville Slugger Museum. In Tulsa, they visited
with Grandma/Great-grandma Esther Huff and George and
Linda (Huff) Dany family, and uncle Lenny Huff. This
vacation afforded their children horseback riding opportuni-
ties on the farms in both Virginia and Oklahoma thanks to
their wonderful aunts and cousins.

Dennis and Peggy Hale Huff of Merritt Island celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary on September 4th at a
Panamanian-style pingding hosted by Richard and Diana
Huff Grimison. The couple were married on that date in 1970
in Diablo, Canal Zone. The event was held at a tiki bar and
grill on the Banana River on Merritt Island reminiscent of the
old yacht club haunts in the Canal Zone. A steel drum duo,
Island Boy, and a Panamanian conjunto provided live music.
Their son-in-law Richard entertained the group singing a
song he wrote, "Canal Zone Reggae Rap," dedicated to all the
Zonians in the group. The restaurant prepared a special menu
of typico Panamanian food. Peggy's brother Doug Hale, his
wife Luz, and her daughter, Vicky, of Panama and niece
Lauren Hale of New York City flew in for the weekend to
attend the party. They all enjoyed a rare three-day family

Back Richard Grimison jnd Dennis HulT. Middle iL-R):
Peggy Huff holding Melo, Diana Grimison, Luz Hale,
Vicky Colorado, Doug Hale and daughter Lauren Hale.
Front (L-R): Megan, Tommy, Samantha Grimison and

Mike Herring accompanied by his wife Anne enter-
tained at the Huffs' home in Merritt Island, Fla., playing his
guitar and singing the reggae songs he wrote which describe
the events and impact the 1979 Panama Canal Treaty had on
employees' lives in the former Canal Zone at that time in his-
tory. The themes included the disinterment of Mount Hope
Cemetery (Zombie), personnel clerks and receipt of the Civil
Service Form 50 often given for a Reduction-in-Force action
which he coined RIF (Ras I's Fired). If one's lucky, Mike
might give you an autographed copy of his CD, but we keep
hoping he'll make a DVD with all his entertaining renditions
as his in-person performances are all too infrequent.

Mike and Anne Herring

On Friday, September 10, a group of Cayuco enthusiasts
met at the Cocoa Beach Surf Company's Shark Pit Grill,
Cocoa Beach, Fla., to commemorate the newly-enhanced
Due Process, the renown Canal Zone cayuco race winner dis-
played there, and to honor her builder, Paul Broussard of
Melbourne, Fla. (formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone). Paul and
his wife Marney were joined by members of the Space Coast
Paddlers, a group who have been training in two fiberglass
cayucos built in Brevard County from a mold they had made
of the DuI PrnrPve

Back (L-R): Guillermo Payne, Louie Husted, Paul
Broussard, Richard Grimison, Scott Roche, Steve Mallia,
Rob Munchbach. Middle (L-R): Elda Payne, Marney
Broussard, Janice Scott. Front (L-R): Tom Grimison,
Katrina Herring and her daughters, Catherine and Sofia.

Champion Cayuco Due Process on display at the Cocoa
Beach Surf Company, SRA1A, Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Mr. Broussard was disappointed that a mold of the Due
Process was made without his permission, and told the group
"they pulled a fast one on him." However, the spirit of Zonian
friendships was rekindled and the camaraderie ofcayuco pad-
dlers and builders reminisced about life in the former Canal
Zone which made for a memorable afternoon. Anyone travel-
ing to the Brevard County area should put a stop at the Cocoa
Beach Surf Company, SRA1A and SR250 in Cocoa Beach
(just south of Ron Jon's) on their itinerary to see the Due
Process over the live shark tank and watch the spectacular
2007 annual cayuco race video, with views of the race
throughout the Panama Canal. Cayuco race paddlers and sup-
porters who travel to Panama each year for the annual race,
and other friends and Zonians were there.

Janice G Scott, Reporter
(321) 783-4316


Now that the long hot summer is
over with, we can now get back to the
pleasant fall weather, and right now
the leaves all over Tallahassee are
beginning to turn their various beauti- Skip Rowley
ful colors. Oh yes, the raking of the same will begin all too
soon, and so will my annual exercise program.
Bonnie Gunn Abellera writes that the big news in her
family is that they moved her Mom (Dorothy Lawing) from
Asheville, N.C., to Tallahassee, Fla., this year. She has settled
into the St. Augustine Plantation assisted living facility and is
doing well. We enjoy having her here as she has been able to
attend a lot of family activities and functions and is enjoying
being around her great-grandson Lokken. The whole side of
my family will be together in November for Lillian and
William's wedding and will be checking up on Mom while
visiting Tallahassee. Robert is now at the University of West
Florida and participated on the school's cross-country team as
a walk-on. We are all excited that he is getting to experience
being a college level athlete as he has worked hard to get to
this level.

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Meads and Woods); Canadian Royal Mounted Police Officer;
Wanda Nasser (friend of Carol Kourany); Carol (Dimpfl)
Kourany; and Bev (Bowman) Wood.

For this reporter, Barbershop singing still takes a front
seat, and this time I have the privilege of bragging about our
Chorus, "The Capital Chordsmen." Every September, five
choruses (Mobile, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Panama
City, and Tallahassee Chapters) all get together over in
"Camp Timpoochee" in Niceville, Fla., for a fun-filled week-
end and competition. We did two songs, the first being a bal-
lad, "Son of the Sea," which is a beautiful song with some
great Barbershop chords, and the second one was a spoof on
"Wait Till the Sun Shines Nelly." That one brought the house
down. We spent weeks improving on the comedy routines
and syncopated singing, and when all was said and done, we
won the competition hands down.
Then two weeks later, we went to Ocala for the Florida
State Fall Convention, and competed against 12 different
choruses, and won two more trophies. One for being the most
improved Chorus, and the second for coming in second in our
new upgraded Plateau. So at the moment, the chorus is riding
a new high.

Dorothy Gunn Lawing

Joe (BHS'55) and Bev (Bowman) (BHS'61) Wood just
returned from another great Museum cruise. On September
26, 2010, the Panama Canal Museum, in conjunction with
Travel Leaders travel agency of Palm Coast, sponsored its
eighth fund-raising cruise. This trip was a two-week New
England/Canada Fall Colors cruise that took the travelers to
Boston, Mass.; Newport, R.I.; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax,
Nova Scotia; Quebec; and Prince Edward Island, Canada.
The colors were spectacular, especially in Quebec, which
most of the travelers enjoyed as their favorite and most beau-
tiful port. Among the cruisers were former Zonians, Burt
(BHS'55) and Carol Morland (BHS'62) Mead, Joe and Bev
Wood, Edgar (BHS'52) and Carol (Dimpfl) (BHS'59)
Kourany; and Bill and Aurora LeBrun. Many other non-
Zonians who booked the Museum cruise through Travel
Leaders were also on board, helping the museum raise money
resulting from generous donations from Arvid and Pat Olsen
of Travel Leaders, Inc.

Lane and Georgia Thompson, Bev and Skip Rowley,
Lighthouse Restaurant, Destin, Fla.

In exactly one month from today, I will have the honor of
walking our daughter Adriane down the aisle when she gets
married to Ron Bolen (BHS'88). The plans are humming
right along and Bev is on cloud nine. I'll be giving a full
report on the wedding in the next record. Be sure and stay

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
email: Srowley26(


Fall season has finally arrived and it is a wonderful sea-
son here in the Tampa Bay area. The weather is beautiful even
though we do not see the fall of the leaves; at least we can still
go swimming at the beaches. It is a great time for all the
sports activities. We are excited that the Tampa Bay Rays
became the American League Champions and made it to the
The Panama Canal Society did a great job as usual by
having another Annual Reunion. I do not know if they get
enough thanks for organizing a great event annually, but I
thank them.
Speaking of sports, John Hern has told me that he is a
coach for the Wesley Chapel Cowboys. He tells me that there
are a few Zonians involved such as Mark Mirrop, Tom
Eckel, and Roger Bates, who are also coaches for the foot-
ball program. The cheerleader coaches are Kristine
(Stromberg) Eckel and Lisa (Sasso) Eckel. Now these guys
know how their own coaches felt back in Panama! I am sure
these events bring John, Mark, Tom, and Roger back to their
And we have some more Zonian winners. I learned
recently that Jerry Curtis, David "Chili" McArthur,
Eduardo Garcia and his son Jordi Garcia were involved in
Enduro off-road Motorcycle racing representing the Panama
Canal Society Riders. They attended the Florida Trail Riders
Banquet where "Team Panama" won three championship
jackets for winning the Florida State championships. Jerry
wanted you all to know that if you are interested in these
events, let me know. Jerry also went to Chile to ride his BMW
motorcycle from Santiago over the Andes north through
Argentina through the Altacama Desert which was almost
5000 meters above sea level then back to Antofagasta, Chile.
What a way to celebrate his birthday in Santiago!!
We have some news
from Venice, a very nice
southern part of Florida.
Carol and Steve Belok had
enjoyed the company of a few
visitors over the summer.
Their daughter Tara
Wiskowski enjoyed her 30th
class reunion (BHS'80) in
Orlando. Also their son Dane
Back: Steve Belok and Dane
Wiskowski. Front: Carol and Joanne Wiskowski came
Belok and Tara Wiskowski. in from Panama. Dane works
for ACP in Dredging Division
as Chief Engineer on the Oceanus. Joanne teaches at the
Balboa Academy for the third graders. The Belok's grandsons
(Vincent and Luke Wiskowski) enjoy playing soccer at the


IMG Academy in
Panama. Also the Belok's
granddaughter Carly
Wiskowski came in from
Gainesville. She had
taken a trip to France for
six months in a Study
Abroad program. In
August Carly graduated
from the University of

Florida with a degree in
Political Science and
International Studies.
Carly continues to work
for the Air Force as an
Environmental Specialist
at Vandenberg AFB. Steve Belok, Carly Wiskowski,
By the time this and Carol Belok.
Canal Record has reached you, Michael Geddes has been
living in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China since
November. He is working for Tidewater Marine as a marine
Superintendent and will be a site manager for a shipyard con-
structing new vessels. If any Zonians are in the area, stop by,
he would be glad to see an old friend!
I heard all the way from Danville, Va., that Sharon Tully
moved out of the Tampa Bay area in February to be with her
daughter Charlotte and her family, and her son Brian Price.
Sharon's other daughter Samantha is living in Chesapeake,
Va., to go to Aviation school. She is amongst the few female
employees of Pep Boys as a brake mechanic. Sharon left
Colon, Panama, in 1962 when her father retired as a police
As I reported previously, there was a mini-reunion held in
St. Petersburg during October Ist-October 3rd at the Alden
Beach Resort. As the story goes, I heard this gathering start-
ed from the McArthur family. They had decided three years
ago to have a weekend set up for the family birthdays for the
month of October. As news spread of that event, the rest of
the Zonians crashed the clan's private party. I am sure the
McArthurs do not mind! There was a threat of a thunderstorm
across Florida but it turns out that it missed the Tampa Bay
area just in time for this event. There was lots of fun on the
beach, parties everywhere, a huge bar-b-que, and karaoke
with lots of "professionals" singing. People came from every-
where: Panama, California, Colorado, Texas, and, of course,
Florida just for this weekend. By all accounts, there were at
least 400 people who attended. We want to thank Darla
(Vose) Creek and Richard "Dickie" McArthur for all their
hard work on this awesome Bash get-together! There were a
lot of people who enjoyed this huge event: Ruth McArthur,

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by December 31, 2010.

David "Chili" McArthur, David Rivera, Kathy (Kessel)
Bradley, Patrick Smith, Randy Rios, Alfredo Pasamante,
Christopher Welch, Maritza Reyes, Lynnette Stokes, Patti
Revello, Louis Patzel, Kenneth Underwood, Matthew
Pimentel, Charlie Thrush, Sue (Murray) Gomez, Bill
Toston, Kevin Vose, Sandra Gordon, Shirley (Avery)
Bentley, Joni Voyles, John Cousar, Guillermo Payne, Luis
Payne, Elda Payne, Steve Gayer, Annette Bloise, John
Underhill, Lize Bell, Larry Schoenleber, Dawn
Sutherland-Jones, Sandra Lovelady, and Pedro Vangas, to
name a few. The Panama Canal Society sponsored Karaoke
on Saturday night. We are blessed to have these events to

keep us in touch and enjoy a common bond. Enjoy the pic-
tures that are included in this issue of the Canal Record!!
I have always said that Zonians are a dying breed. I am so
grateful for the Canal Record as a forum for us to keep in
touch and locate old friends. If you want to let everyone know
what you did or where you are, or an event you attended for
your family and/or friends, email me!

Laura Kosik, Reporter
(813) 384-9433
email: mslauraszoo(



I received a note from Bill Arnold
stating he was in Panama in August and
spent two weeks with his brothers, Tom
and Pat, and Tom's son Teddy and Pat's
June Stevenson
son Mike. They had a fabulous dinner at
the Lefios y Carb6n Restaurant at the end of the Amador
Causeway. The food and wine were both excellent. The
restaurants on the Causeway are, for the most part, all excel-
lent, and when you are in Panama you should really try and
get out to the Causeway for dinner. The highlight of his trip
was seeing his 90-year-old mother who is healthy and happy
in Chorrera. (Mrs. Arnold was my Spanish teacher while
working in the Canal Zone, and she was great!). Another
highlight was swimming at the Clayton swimming pool. Bill
remembers swimming there as a preteen, along with several
other busloads of his Curundu friends. The pool looks about
the same, and is now open to the public at a cost of $1.00 a
swim. On another day they all ate lunch at the "Mercado de
Mariscos" near Balboa Avenue. He says the food was great,
especially the ceviche. The restaurant is on the second floor
and the fish market is on the first floor, so there is a unique
smell while you are eating. However, if you can get beyond
the fish smell, the seafood is fresh, and the prices and service
are as good as it gets.
Lori Stevenson Snow (BHS'77) and her family had a
wonderful summer of travel. With her daughter Sara Snow
pursuing her musical theater dreams, Lori spent the summer
between Los Angeles and New York City taking her to dif-
ferent summer training programs. Virgil and her daughter
Allie joined her at different times while in Los Angeles.

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er, Loi Snow, and Jerry, New York City

er, Lori Snow, and Jerry, New York City

My daughter Lori and granddaughter Sara and I went to
see a great play in downtown Atlanta on September 17th
called Twist. It was excellent, and the man in charge of the
lighting was Rick Belzer from the Canal Zone. We had our
photo taken with Rick and the producer of the show, Forbes
Candlish, who is with Tam Producing Partners. Rick is the
one between both Lori and me (and, as usual, my eyes were
closed). While talking to Rick, I told him I knew his parents,
so he got his cell phone out, called his parents, and I had the
opportunity to speak with Captain Belzer for a few minutes.
Even asked about my brother Skip. Small world, isn't it?
Also the lady in the picture with my granddaughter Sara is
Debbie Allen, the Director and Choreographer of Twist. The
music in this play was great and the singers were outstanding.

Forbes Can

sara snow ani AHie Snow, LOS Angeles

Sara had the opportunity to train with a select group of
performers for two weeks then headed for New York City to
a summer intensive called the Broadway Artist Alliance. She
had the opportunity to meet with agents and casting directors
to learn more on how to make it to Broadway. Lori had the
opportunity to visit with Jim Belzer and his partner Jerry.
The summer was closed with a trip by Lori and Virgil to the
U.S. Open in New York City (a lifelong dream for Lori).

Debbie Allen and Sara Snow

That is all my news for this time. Hopefully, the next issue
will have more "Georgia" news!!!

June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
email: panamajune(


Sharon Creque of Baton Rouge
writes that three Balboa High School
grads got together in September.
., Jonnie Dyer Liles and Sharon work
A&b together in the State Attorney General's
Patt Roberson office. Lillian Myers Bristol came
through town on a road trip that started where she lives in
Utah, traveled to the East Coast, down to Florida, then
through Louisiana, Dallas, Arizona, Las Vegas and back to
Utah. Lillian stopped long enough in Baton Rouge to get a
picture snapped with Sharon and Jonnie at the AG's office.
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the family. He's very excited about being back in Panama and
the opportunities this job may hold.
Sue and Bill plan to go down in March during the David
International Fair. Billy and his wife Zoee have birthdays in
March so they'll celebrate with them.
Mike and Margie Bowen Corrigan of Rossville, Ga.,
stayed overnight with Sue and Bill on their way to Baton
Rouge for a Navy reunion. They had a nice visit talking about
growing up on the Zone.
Bill starts hunting next month to replenish the freezer
with venison.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan(



Greetings from beautiful North
Carolina on a gorgeous fall day!
Of course it's winter as you're
Pat Hunt reading this so it's probably a little
chilly now and it's hard to believe that 2010 is on its way out.
Could that have something to do with age?
Dan Winklosky reported on the "mini" Canal Zone
reunion held in Greensboro, N.C., in July. Those attending
were Mike and Shelley (Dobkin) Witkin, Jim and Janet
(Stockham) Reece, and Tim and Helen (Nita) Hotz. Since
the guys outnumbered the gals by one, they won out in the
talking category! Dan must have been the deciding factor. He
left for some extended traveling right after their get-together
so hopefully I can include that next time.

Jonnie Dyer Liles, Sharon Creque, and Lillian Myers

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan(


Sue and Bill Epperson of Biloxi
write that their oldest son Billy has
transferred from New Symra Beach,
Fla., to David, Panama, with his com-
pany Fastenal (industrial tools). He
went down August 16 to train store
employees and to look for a house for

Patt Roberson

Standing (L-R): Dan Winklosky, Mike Witkin, Shelley
Witkin, Jim Reece, Janet Reece, Tim Hotz. Seated: Helen

Our annual picnic was held at Jackson Park on August
21st with 22 Zonians present. They included Dick and Lila
Cheville, Jim and Diane Bradley, Ron Angermuller, Dick

Cunningham, Ron and Pat Nessler, newlyweds Ray and
Lori (Ridge) Husum, who were married at the Orlando
reunion, George Garcia and his entourage, Rita Fenwick,
Miriam Owen and Sharon Singleton from South Carolina,
Ed Suarez, "K" and Bob Rodgers, Vicki Howe, Priscilla
Dunn and her daughter Katrina and two sons. A good time
was had by all even though we had a little rain. We were
lucky this year that we didn't have the hundreds of cross-
country high school runners that we had the last two years!!
We did miss a few of our Hendersonville regulars; I won't
mention any names but you know and we know who you are.
Let's get that corrected for our next gathering.

Bradley, Lori and Ray Husum

Ron Angermuller, Pat Nessler, Bob and "K" Rodgers

I was lucky to have a visit from my son Jon and grandson
River in August. They drove from Leesburg, Va., and stopped
in Asheboro, N.C., to pick up "Aunt Lisa" and then came on
to Hendersonville for a few days. River had a chance to see
his Aunt Vicki Howe again, having met her at the big reunion
in Orlando and to be introduced to his cousins Nanette
Runion and her daughter Kaitlyn--Vicki's daughter and
granddaughter. We spent one morning in Asheville where we
met Joe Barkowitz. He and Lisa had lunch while John visit-
ed with friends. Joe and his wife Gretchen and daughter
Maggie live in Fletcher, N.C., which is 10 minutes from my
house and this is the first time I've seen Joe! He hasn't been
able to come to any of our activities yet but he says he will do
better in the future. Our Christmas party will be on Saturday,
December llth, at 2:30 PM at O'Charley's Restaurant in
Hendersonville. Anyone living in the area or visiting is invit-
ed to come and join us. This information was in the October
issue also so if you plan to come, please call and let me know.
Jim and Diane Bradley hosted a Labor Day gathering at
their home in High Vista. Richard and Olga Phillips came
up from Conyers, Ga., to spend the weekend with them. Vicki
Howe and I, along with Willy and Wilma Nowotny, enjoyed
seviche and Johnny Mazzetti as well as an assortment of wine
and beer plus the added bonus of a gorgeous view from their


deck while we ate. Entertainment was also provided when the
fire alarm went off. Fortunately there was no fire and the
alarm was cancelled but not before the fire department was
on their way. I think Jim fed them leftovers so he wouldn't be
charged with a false alarm! Seviche can have great benefits.
Actually I take that back--there wasn't a speck of seviche
left!! Al and Lola Jones were supposed to be there also but
unfortunately Al had emergency heart surgery a few days
before and wasn't quite up to socializing. I'm very glad to
report that he is home and recovering, slowly but surely. To
aid in that recovery I'm sure Jim could whip up another batch
of seviche and although it would be difficult, we would all
come back along with Al and Lola to help eat it, especially
since there are no brauts nor Octoberfests in our forecasts.
Sam Trinca pulled off a major coup in August when he
surprised his wife Laurie with an impromptu birthday party.
She assumed that her sons, Zach and Justin, would come
home for her birthday and they did, arriving first. They were
soon followed by her aunt Vicki Howe and I from
Hendersonville, niece Jennifer Watkins Surface and hus-
band Jason from Charlotte, and last and probably the biggest
surprise when her brother Jon and nephew River from
Leesburg, Va., walked in. I didn't mention which birthday it
was, but suffice it to say it was not her 50th!! Sam, on the
other hand just celebrated his big FIVE O, which he, Laurie
and the boys celebrated with a weekend in DC. They saw as
many sights as possible in the time they had and plan to return
for more.
Vicki Howe had a short but enjoyable visit from Beth
Brown recently. She came to pick up some of her Mom's
things that were stored here. I'm presuming she also said
hello to her uncle and aunt, Sam and Norma Irvin, unless of
course they were busy at the spa or playing cards or involved
in any of the many activities going on at their Carolina village
home. I know Norma wasn't cooking--that's the biggest perk
Congratulations to Grandma and Grandpa, Amy and Dick
Fisher, of Staley, N.C., on the arrival of their beautiful grand-
daughter Elyse. See Congratulations for notice of her bap-
Well, I guess that's it for this issue unless there is some
last-minute breaking news and I do mean last minute because
I'm getting this off to my secretary for a last-minute check of
punctuation, etc. Please keep your news coming so I can start
on the March issue--it will be here before we know it. Call or
email me anytime.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995

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Here's hoping everyone had a ter-
rific Thanksgiving and has a very
Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah and
Happy New Year surrounded by loved
ones and good friends. Hopefully the
Barbara Litchford weather guessers (aka
Weather(wo)men) are incorrect and we will not have a winter
repeat of 2008. The prediction is for colder and wetter due to
a very strong La Nifia.
While on the way to their son Tom's wedding in Yakima,
Wash., Tom and Rita Hannigan stopped in for a short visit
with Gerry Briem at her home, south of Chehalis, Wash. The
next morning, Tom and Rita's youngest son Brian (BHS'83)
and his wife Wendy joined them for the morning until they
all had to be on their way over the Cascade Mountains to
Yakima and the wedding. They all had a wonderful visit and
couldn't talk fast enough since they hadn't seen each other for
several years.

Brian and Wendy Hannigan, Gerry Briem, Rita and Tom
Hannigan, Chehalis, Wash.

Shown reunited after a year-long deployment to Iraq--Back:
Tricia (Ward) Lawrence and LTC Michael Lawrence;
Front: Ashley, Josh, Taylor and Lilly.

Ginny Rankin, her daughter Nancy Ivory and grandson
Mitchell visited the World Championship Sand Sculpting
event in Federal Way, Wash. Participants included interna-
tional sculptors as well as sculptors from the United States.
The sculptures were beautiful works of art to behold. Ginny
also accompanied grandson Mitchell's cub scout troop to visit
the Ft. Steilacoom Military History Museum. Seeing the way
the soldiers lived in the old wooden rooms made her think of
her grandparents' construction days quarters in the Canal
Zone. The quarters were nothing fancy, very simple and with
no conveniences. While at the reunion in July, Ginny attend-
ed the wedding of her niece Loreen Ridge to Ray Husum.
Ginny's brother Walter Kleefkens walked Loreen down the
aisle to give her away to a smiling Ray. Ginny had fun meet-
ing many new members to her ever-growing family tree.
Ginny is looking forward, now, to Thanksgiving when many
of her family will again join her in a family dinner with lots
of laughter while catching up with each other.

Nancy Ivory and Mitchell in front of Icarus sand sculpture

Bob and Mary Blake stayed close to home this summer
and participated in the many events scheduled at their retire-
ment community. They did make an overnight trip to Long
Beach, Wash., in August. Though Long Beach had been a
favorite destination for Mary and her family when she was
growing up, this was the first visit for Bob. While there they
strolled the beach and enjoyed Willipa Bay oysters.
September found Bob and Mary taking their last summer visit
to Snoqualmie Summit in the Cascade Mountains. Once win-
ter arrives, the highway to the summit can be quite treacher-
ous. The Blakes are blessed to have all four children back in
Seattle. Steve is finishing up his last year of law school at
Seattle University. This is after a full career as an airline pilot
with Alaska Airlines. Sarah, after stints in California,
Chicago and New York, is back in Seattle working for the
Benaroya Foundation. They join Mary Lynne and Jerry who
have remained in the Seattle area. Bob still remains in contact
with some of his BHS'37 classmates--George Fenton in
Pennsylvania and Leland Edwards in California.
Kathy Snider, Bremerton, Wash., invited her three
daughters (since they all play bridge) to join her bridge club
on a five-day cruise from Seattle to Astoria, Ore., and
Victoria, British Columbia in September. The sisters, Patty
Snider Morgan (CHS'73), Beth Hutchinson (CHS'75) and


Theresa Snider Herring (CHS'78) had a blast. Theresa and
Beth won a bottle of Champagne for competing on the dance
floor in the "twist." When a Panamanian flag vessel sailed by,
they all three spontaneously started singing "Panameflo,
Panameflo" much to the delight of the crew and passengers
(and the embarrassment of their mother). Great fun was had
by all. Kathy says we have been home most of the summer.
Jim and Mary Young made a trip to California in July to
visit daughter Ellie. They had a nice drive down. Then later
in the month, after the reunion, son Mike from Florida was
here for a visit. In September Mary's niece Kathy (daughter
of Margaret Sullivan McMillan who lives in Honolulu,
Hawaii) visited from Maui, Hawaii.

amueieuine iLUgO) Kali
Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

Mike Jablonski and Mike Young at Frank Young's house in
Seattle, Wash.

Jim and Noralie Shobe had a quiet, close-to-home sum-
mer. Jim did get to go on a rather expensive fishing trip to
British Columbia; he ended up having to replace the trans-
mission in his motor home. The rest of the time was spent vis-
iting with family and puttering with vintage motorcycles in
his shop.
Thanks for sharing your news. Please email, snail mail or
give me a call with your news.

Barbara Greene Litchford, Reporter
(206) 334-3359


John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler, along with
Madeleine's sister Toy (Lugo) Barnard and husband Alvin
Barnard, enjoyed a wonderful two-week Alaska tour and
cruise, beginning in late August. John reports this was the
most relaxing vacation/cruise that he and Madeleine have
ever experienced. They enjoyed beautiful weather, with only
one rainy day in Juneau. Some of the highlights were seeing
the Hubbard Glacier, touring and dining on the Royal
Caribbean Wilderness Express Train, and making stops at Icy
Strait Point and Skagway. John highly recommends this trip
to everyone.

Oklahoma Chapter members George and Linda (Huff)
Dany welcomed a new grandson in September (see Births),
and member Doris Burns turned 80 years young in
September (see Congratulations).
In mid-September, Laura (Burns) Redemann was happy
to welcome home her husband Michael Redemann, who
deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, for a six-month tour.
Michael works as a civilian for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, and this was his second deployment (and last!) in
the last two years. Daughters Elizabeth Redemann and
Cheyenne Redemann were also glad to have their Dad safe-
ly home.
This reporter welcomes any news from Oklahoma resi-
dents, whether they are Oklahoma Chapter members or not.
Give me a call or drop me an email.

Laura (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 605-2334


Saludos de Panama. Seems like I
just finished my last reporting session
and I'm back at it again. In fact I had to
print out my input submitted as I have
A l not received the hard copy of the Canal
nna Ope Record in the mail and certainly wanted to
make sure I didn't repeat myself.
In August I visited my son Rick Szymanski, wife Terri,
grandchildren Brian Deleon, Marianna Isabel, Elysia
Rene, and the newest addition, Araceli Grace, in Denver. It
was a good two-week visit and time to reconnect with the
family, a year apart is a 1-o-n-g time. Denver was good to me,
one of the first times I was able to stay in shorts and chancle-
tas. Everyone was complaining of the heat, and I was basking
in it!! I frequently went outside and sat on the back porch to

warm up and get out of the 24/7 a/c in the house. The featured
DVD this time at the Szymanskis was Avatar, which I had ---
never seen and then saw many, many times. Grandchildren -
but in HD, a treat! While there I hit a milestone event, the big
60 on August 29!!!!! It wasn't as bad as I expected, it's all Iam
uphill from now on. I was honored with a pink cake with
white icing baked by Terri and my granddaughters Marianna
and Elysia.

Back: Greg Gramlich, Anna Opel, Carl Opel. Front:
Tammy Gramlich and Jason Gramlich.

Well, after St. Pete, I went back home to Panama and Carl
to Iraq for the last part of his contract. He has since returned
home and Baghdad is no longer on his flight itinerary!
Since most of my BHS class of '68 and birth year were
also celebrating the big 60, here are two more, brave enough
to report:
Tom Duncan celebrated his big one at Dave and Diana
Bishop's house in Los Rios. They enjoyed a Paella dinner for
Tom on Feb. 16th.


Anna Opel and her big 60 birthday cake Back (L-R): Woody DeJernette, Pablo Prieto, John Bates,
Mike Young. Middle (L-R): Rick Velasco, Bobby Cruz,
After the Denver leg, I met my husband Carl, coming Silvia Duncan, Tom Duncan, Lance Hughes, Diana
from Baghdad, in Orlando for the Opel family reunion in St. (Duncan) Bishop. Front (L-R): Marisa De Arco de Prieto,
Pete Beach, Fla. Thought it was in Tampa, but what a wel- Carmen Carrasquillo, Carol Wickham, Sandy Toothman.
come surprise that I was mistaken. We had fun and I was able
to meet a lot of his family for the first time. While in St. Pete,
we enjoyed a scrumptious fish fry at my nephew's house, CA RN AVA LITO
Greg and Tammy (Martinez) Gramlich and son Jason. I
called them and after googling their location, found that they February 4-6, 2011
were only 15 minutes away from our hotel. We took wine and
a delectable chocolate cake (thanks to Publix), while Tammy,
Greg, and Tammy's family provided the rest of the menu, Join us for a Pre-Carnivalito fun-filled evening
which consisted of fresh fish (caught the day before by Greg), on Friday, February 4, 2011. The Space Coast
potato salad, salad, and various dips. Other guests included Group will host this gathering beginning at 4:00
Edmund and Regina (Martinez) Bringas and children pm in the Melbourne Suite. Beer, Wine, Soda
Sarah and Galen, Todd and Felicia (Martinez) Mendenhalle
and children Samanatha and Simon, and Jason, Lisa and and food will be provided until it runs out.
Brian Douglas. I took Greg and Tammy a bottle of aji chum- Please feel free to bring a dish to share. See
bo sauce ala Gilberto from the Elks Club and one would have pages 3 and 4.
thought that I gave them a gift of gold!!

Dave Bishop celebrated his 60th fiesta on September
25th, coinciding with the first weekend of a newly-construct-
ed pool at his house in Los Rios.

Standing (L-R): Larson Hitt, Bruce Homa, Penny
Canamas, Jane Huff, Bill Huff, Bobby Cruz Segarra,
Bonnie Beasley, Ed Beasley. Sitting (L-R): Diana Duncan
Bishop, France Higg, Kim Homa, Vince Canamas,
Roberto Henson, Chris Homa, Dean Homa, Judy Tovar,
Rick Velasco. Front in Jacuzzi: Mary Snavely and Dave

In September Maria and Robert went to Washington,
D.C.; Chicago and Hannibal, Mo., to see Mark Twain's
hometown. Their next stop was a visit with Robert's mother's
cousin Betty Selby in Howell, N.J., and his family's home-
town in Staten Island, N.Y., to see his Uncle Gene who had
just turned 90. Off to Amherst, N.H., they had a one-night
stay with Zonians Richard and Donna Morris. Heading
down to Boston they stayed four nights with Maria's
Carretta family relatives; visited Gettysburg and the many
battlefields, and back to DC for a very enjoyable and very hot
five-day stay. That was their 26-day whirlwind tour of the
USA before returning to Panama. Robert and Maria invite
any Panama Canal Society member interested in visiting
Boquete to contact them, and if anyone is interested in doing
so, contact me for further information.
On July 1, Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler from La Boca,
Panama, visited their daughter Itzel and family in San
Francisco, Calif., and on July 10 they took a cruise aboard the
Sea Princess leaving San Francisco on a 10-day tour of
Canada and Alaska.
Elizabeth and Mel are pictured here during the visit to the
Alaska Glaciers. The Oilers returned to San Francisco and
remained there until the end of the month before returning to
Panama. They had a lovely cruise and a cool month visit.

It was a busy
year for Robert and
Maria Boyd of
Boquete, Panama. Last
December they took a
cruise from Buenos
Aires to Valparaiso,
Chile around the horn.
Then starting in
January, Maria's mother
Carmela Sanchez vis-
ited from Miami for a
few days.


In February other visitors included Coloradoans Mit and
Mary Lou Parsons for a few days, and Chicagoan Jeff
Bantz for a two-week stay to get away from winter.

Elizabeth and Mel Oiler visiting the Alaska Glaciers

Mary (Mike) and Ned Blennerhassett, Mary Coffey
and Robin Morland went, with their good friend Martha
Brumfield, on another wonderful Backroads hiking trip in
September. This time they went to the Pays Basque in the
southwest of France, and hiked in the beautiful Pyr6enes.

Mit Parsons, Mary Lou Parsons, Jeff Bantz and Maria


Robin Morland, Martha Brumfic
and Ned Blennerhassett.

- Jenilee Szymanski (BHS'94) and Horacio Cofer (BHS'94)
'L formed a group, running 7 KM each and are pictured below.

They started in Biarritz and hiked in the mountains down
to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, both of which are lovely beach cities.
They enjoyed great weather, wonderful food and met very
nice people. One of the days was spent hiking on the Camino
Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage, where they met many
pilgrims and the kind people who provide them with food and
drink along the way.
Amy Garcia Fisher, Mercedes Garcia Hele, and Dr.
Charly Garcia gathered in North Carolina to celebrate the
newest family member of the clan (See Congratulations).

Amy Garcia Fisher, Mercedes Garcia Hele, and Dr. Charly

Over 500 crowded Gamboa Straightaway on Sunday,
October 3rd, for the 2nd annual Gamboa 21 KM race. The
starting point was by the Gamboa Rainforest Resort (former-
ly the Gamboa Golf Club) out to Summit and back. There
were two groups of runners, the hard-core runners, who ran
the whole 21 KM; and the cautious runners who opted to run
in relay groups of 3 to 7 KMs. William Phol (BHS'94),

Well, so ends another report of Panama's happenings. Till
next time, hasta la visita!!

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



Summer is coming to a close
(actually it should already be get-
S'ting cooler--BUT...) and we're
about to enter autumn and welcome
nature's wonderful artwork--the
George Garcia color of the trees. We're hoping for
a great artistic masterpiece this year from Mother Nature.
Sometimes it's a bit on the non-spectacular side; but most of
the time our fall colors are super-spectacular! And entering
this cooler season we look back at the wonderful summer and
some of the activities that the South Carolina Zonians
enjoyed. Yours truly enjoyed the picnic with the Western
North Carolina Panama Canal Society. As a matter of fact, the
rain didn't dampen the mood at all. But I'll let Pat Hunt
(North Carolina Reporter) tell you all about it. She has pic-
tures too.
Well, on to the activities of my South Carolina Zonians:
Charles Rentz's (BHS'60) sister Annette (BHS'58) vis-
ited with him at his home on Lake Murray near Columbia,
S.C., this past summer. You may recall that the Rentz family
lived in the Canal Zone from 1956 to 1960. Charles (Chuck)
remembers the ride from Fort Kobbe to Balboa High School
that carried him across the old drawbridge at the Miraflores
Locks. Annette went to Canal Zone Junior College and grad-
uated in 1960.

2011 Membership Dues

of $40 are due
by December 31, 2010.

Annette is married to Ron Petit. They live in Beaufort,
S.C. She and her husband recently visited family in Kentucky
(Ron's brother) and Washington, D.C. (Annette's daughter)
before visiting with Charles and his wife Brooksie.
Charles is a hot air balloon aficionado. He will take his
balloon to Albuquerque, N.M., to participate in the
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as he has done for
the past 22 years in October (October 2 thru October 10). I
wonder if Charles would give "me" a ride in his balloon? I'd
probably Ralphh" when we got up in the air. Here is a picture
of Charles and Annette in front of his air balloon trailer.

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The culmination of their visit would be to Mary Lou
Washabaugh (CHS'59) in the Pennsylvania area. Tom and
Ev enthusiastically look forward to another visit from Martha
and John.
Diane (lanoale) Woodrow, her mother Lola lanoale,
and Stephanie (Lawson) Menges enjoyed the Annual Latin
Festival in Columbia, S.C., this past August. They all live in
Columbia and had a great time listening to the "Latino"
sounds, tasting the "Latino" foods, and seeing the "Latino"
sights of this beautiful festival on Main Street.
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Charles and Annette Rentz

Diane Woodrow, Lola lanoale, and Stephanie Menges

Tom (CHS'59) and Ev (Menges) Sellers (CHS'68) send
a hearty "Hola" to all their Zonian friends. They also report
that Martha (Johnson) Stephenson (CHS'59) and her hus-
band John (CHS'56) recently visited the Beaufort area and
stayed with Katie (O'Brien) Baas (CHS'59) and her hubby
Matt (CHS'66) at their lovely home. While there, they visit-
ed with Tom and Ev. "Capt." Tom took them all boating to
Harbor town on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where they spent a
wonderful afternoon until some thunder threatened the day.
After a quick trip back home, they met for dinner--this com-
pleted a most memorable day with classmates and great

(L-R): Tom Sellers, John Stephenson, Matt Baas, Ev
Sellers, Katie Baas, and Martha Stephenson.

Unfortunately, Martha and John could only stay a short
while because they were headed to Williamsburg, Va., to
meet their daughter Laura and family. They'd made plans to
visit many Civil War sites and then go on to Gettysburg, Pa.

Standing: Diana Woodrow and Stephanie Menges. Seated:
Lola lanole and Ann Richardson.

Another event that took place this summer was Ann
Richardson's birthday. She celebrated with her friends and
family at the home of Paul and Stephanie (Lawson) Menges
in Columbia, S.C.

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072

2011 Membership Dues

of $40 are due

by December 31, 2010.

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July 6 -July 10, 2011 REUN I 1 O Nk
Orlando, Florida REUNION
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Reunion Coordinators Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey

Reunion Registration Tom and Cecilia Spence
Hotel Reservations Betty LeDoux-Morris
Information/Society Office Nancy Van Siclen
Annual Business Meeting Tom Wilder
Annual Luncheon Kathy Wilder and Cheryl Russell
Ticket Sales Noreen Hanson
Golf Tournament Margot Jordan
Vendors Nancy Van Siclen, Mike Coffey, Mike Young
Bingo Jim O'Donnell and Chris Wilder
Dances Jacque Vowell and Mike Young
After Hours Night Club Dances Shirley Avery
Security Allison McLaughlin
Class and Mini Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin
Seminars/Corporate Sponsors Bob Russell
Event Decorations Margaret McLaughlin
Owl Show Chris Wilder
Transportation Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey
GOLF JUNE 1. 2011







All persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan
to attend the reunion must be enrolled as a member
before May 15. 2011, in order for the applicant to be
approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the
reunion. The annual membership fee of $40.00 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 members who have paid their 2011
annual dues. New or reinstated members must com-
plete and submit the membership application form
found in the back pages of the Canal Record and must
pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an applica-
tion or assistance, the Society office may be contacted
at our toll-free number (1-866-726-2262) for those out-
side the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for
those within the local calling area. New member and
renewals can be done on-line at the Society's web site "Membership" link.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon,
Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 1.
2011. The deadline for receipt of hotel room reserva-
tions is May 1. 2011, or until such time as the room
block is full and rooms are no longer available.
Members are cautioned to get their reservation and tick-
et 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 further reservations. We will have a waiting
list, but please plan accordingly.

ADVANCE, but instead will be held at the Society's
reunion registration area for pickup by the member dur-
ing 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 15, 2011, unless there are exten-
uating circumstances. Hotel reservations must be
cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order not
to lose the first night's guarantee deposit. Contact
the Lodging Chairperson or Society office to either
change arrival or departure dates or to cancel your
hotel reservations.

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 "Reunion" link.

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 15% discount in all food outlets by
wearing your name badge.

(Orlando World Center Marriott Golf Course and
Denver and Chicago Meeting Room)
Margot Jordon will again be hosting the 31th Annual
Society Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 7, 2011, on
the 18 hole, par 72, Championship (6,810) golf course
at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2011. The entry fee of
$85.00 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.

Because it has been such a success we will continue to
do the 2 person scramble again this year. Handicaps for
each team 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 partner based on age and handicap.

The awards luncheon will be a buffet and we ask that
you come to the luncheon room immediately after play
ends so as not to hold up the luncheon and the award-
ing of prizes.

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

SOCIETY WEB SITE www.pancanalsociety.ora



(Denver/Chicago Meeting Rooms)
Most every Zonian remembers the Owl Shows at Diablo
and Margarita Theaters. We are planning on continuing
with our 5th Annual Owl Show at this year's reunion.
The Owl Show will be held on Thursday night at 10:00
p.m. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to

(Grand Ballroom 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
email 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 partici-
pants are advised of the policies and procedures
regarding the payment of membership dues and regis-
tration fees required in order to attend Society reunion
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.

(Grand Ballroom 7)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors
must have paid (1) their 2011 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 need-
ed. Pricing for electrical hookup is addressed in the
Vendor Application. Vendors must have their table appli-
cation 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 vendors. Deadline for Vendor
Applications is May 15, 2011.

Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as
inquiries made, by contacting the Society office by tele-
phone at (727) 391-4359; 1-866-726-2262 or by e-mail
at Printable Vendor
Applications are also available on the Society's website,

(Grand Ballroom Registration Desk)
The Information and Society Office desk is staffed dur-
ing 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 Office Manager / Society
Office during posted operating hours.

(Grand Ballroom 8)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual
Business Meeting that will be held on Friday. July 8.
2011. 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 tick-
ets and tour packages to Panama from Miami.

(Grand Ballroom 8)
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. 2011,
and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due
to limited 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 hon-
ored to the best extent possible. Diners must indicate
on the order form their choice of Short Rib "Osso
Bucco" with Reduced Sauce, Yellow Rice, Haricot Vert,
Butter Bean & Chick Peas or Anise Brined Chicken
Breast with Boniato Mash, Roasted Butter Squash,
Cipolina Onion, Metzuma Green, and Chipotle Cream
Sauce. Also both meals will be served with Florida
Citrus Salad, Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake with Plant City
Strawberries, and Coffee and Tea Service.

Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion.
Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be
strictly enforced. Entrance to listen or observe the spe-
cial program only will not be allowed.

(Crystal Ballroom)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt
until the allowed maximum capacity for the ball-
room is reached. The Friday night "PanaZonian
Dance" will feature Tito Mouynes y Conjunto from
7:00 p.m. 11:30 p.m. Family hour will be from 7:00
p.m. 8:30 p.m. and After Hours Dance taking over at
11:30 p.m. A Combo Ticket is available for those
attending both events for $20.00. 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"
from 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m., and dress is semi-formal,
with no shorts or no jeans permitted. Large purses,
bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ball-
room. Children must be at least 12 years of age to
attend these dances.

(Crystal Ballroom)
From 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. children under the age of 12
will be allowed into the PanaZonian dance for free, but
must be accompanied by a parent. Those children over
12 and adults must purchase tickets. This will give the
children a chance to hear the music and dance if they
would like. At 8:30 p.m. we go back to the no children
12 or under and those that entered must leave.

(Grand Ballroom 1-3)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell and Chris Wilder will once
again host the popular, free-of-charge bingo games on
Friday from 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from
3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. with lots of fun and prizes to be

(Crystal Ballroom)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida which will
be held on Sunday. July 10. 2011. The doors will open
at 9:30 a.m. Come early and get a good seat. The
Folkloric Dancers, Sentimiento Panameno, will perform
for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The
dance group will be available afterwards for photo-
graphs.What a great way to say your good-byes to your
friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little
bit of Panama!

Grand Ballroom Registration Foyer)
Despedida 2011 will also feature the drawing of the 9th
Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always color-
ful and entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morn-
ing. 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 three lucky prize winners. A WORD

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT "AFTER HOURS Make reservations by June 1, 2011
NIGHT C DAN S" In response to numerous complaints concerning diffi-
culty encountered by members moving about the
(Crystal Ballroom Friday 11:30 p.m. 4:00 a.m.) expansive reunion facility, arrangements have been
(Grand Ballroom 8 Saturday 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.) made with a local supplier to make motorized scooters
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt available at a special discounted rate. They offer free
until allowable room capacity is met. Attire is casu- delivery and pick up of the scooters. The daily rate is
al. Children must be at least 15 years of age to $28.50, plus a one time $5.00 service charge. This
attend these dances. represents an additional 5% savings exclusive to
Panama Canal Society members registered for the
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W Reservations will be accepted from ONLY
Z Society members who have paid their
W 2011 membership dues and the $7.00
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U age or older.
. Reservations, and subsequent changes to
Reservations, may be made ONLY with the
w Society's Lodging Chairperson. The host
0 hotel will not deal directly with reunion
attendees on reservation requests at
the Society's special rates. The Society's
special reunion rate of
$124.00/$250.00/$300.00 plus tax is available
only to registered members beginning July 2
through July 14, 2011.

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 occu-
py the room.

Rooms will be reserved in the same order as
reservation requests are received and
approved, and will be done so until all avail-
able guest rooms / suites are filled. Rooms
will be assigned by the hotel when members
check in.

Reservation forms that are placed in a pend-
ing 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 appli-
cants who could not be placed and to offer
alternative lodging arrangements.

5 Reservations must be received by May 1,
W 2011, at the Society Office.
L To reserve a guest room or suite, the
O Society's Reservation, Order and Payment
p Form on pages G and H must be com-
< pleted in its entirety, either printed in
a black ink or typed, and accompanied by
W one night's hotel deposit (payable to
w Orlando World Center Marriott). The form
W should be submitted to the Panama Canal
2 Society, Inc., and received in the Society
o Office at 7985 113th Street. Suite 334,
W Seminole, FI 33772-4787 no later than May
-J 1 2011.
O There are a limited number of "Accessible"
I rooms available for assignment to persons
uL having "special needs", which will be
O assigned in the same order that reservation
o requests are received and approved.
0 Requests should be noted in the space
) provided in the hotel reservation section of
5 the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.
m In order to better accommodate you,
) please specify the needs for which you
require an Accessible room. PLEASE
NOTE that "accessible" relates only to ADA /
Special Needs rooms and NOT to the proxim-
ity of reunion events."
U) Members will lose their first night's deposit
Z and the remainder of their reservation will
be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reser-
S vation at least 72 hours before arrival
0. date, or
1- b. Fail to check into the hotel on the first
Uj night for which the reservation was
U made
O c. Please Note: No more than five per-
I sons 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

tC The 2011 Panama Canal Society Reunion
Swill be held at the Orlando World Center
O Marriott. Experience luxury with Revive
0 bedding with rich down comforters and pil-
lows. And with spacious patios and over-
sized balconies, you can enjoy the beauti-
ful Florida sunshine and spectacular views.
There are larger Suites for class/mini-reunions
and for large families (see room diagrams).

Pricing for guest rooms and suites is as follows:

Guest Rooms Double Queen or Single King
are $124.00 plus 12.5% tax.
Two Bay King or Vista Suite $250.00 plus
12.5% tax.
Three Bay Vista or Hospitality Suite $300.00
plus 12.5% tax.
Connector guest rooms for all 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% tax, i.e., Guest Room $139.50, Two
Bay King or Vista Suite $281.25 or Three
Bay Vista or Hospitality Suite $337.50.

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.


2011 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society
will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott
from July 6 through July 10, 2011; 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 sup-
plied by the applicant. When put aside, the registra-
tion form will lose its priority status and a new pri-
ority date will be assigned when the registration
form is finally completed properly and the correct

() monies received. PLEASE, to avoid delays in
Z processing your registration form and not affect
O your original receipt date for ticket and lodging
- priority, remit the correct amount of money and
O be sure that all necessary information is sup-
Splied and correctly stated. PLEASE NOTE

3 Questions concerning the reunion should be
C/ directed to the Reunion Coordinators, Bill
S McLaughlin, at (352) 726-8804 or Mike
SCoffey, at (813) 948-3007 or via email at
Z Questions concerning the hotel reservations
O should be directed to the Hotel Lodging
Chairperson, Betty LeDoux-Morris, via email
at zonianbk() or call (727) 934-2781.
t There is complimentary overnight self-parking
W for hotel guests attending the reunion; however,
non-hotel guests will be required to pay the rate in
effect at that time in the garage for self parking or valet
parking. Shuttle busses from the parking garage to the
front door will run continuously so as to avoid any
extended delays in getting from the garage to the lobby.
Self parking for non-hotel guests will be $13.83 (tax
included) per day. If you would like to use Valet park-
ing, the rate is $23.43 (tax included) per day.

Also, don't forget to ask for your Panama Canal Society
discount when purchasing food at 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.

The Panama Canal Society has arranged for a dis-
counted rate for airport transportation from the Orlando
International Airport to the hotel with Eventions of
Florida. This exclusive round-trip shuttle service is $35
per person (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) if you make reser-
vations prior to April 29 or $45 per person after April 29.
The rate includes meet and greet service at the airport,
tracking of flights, driver gratuity and the service will
provide nonstop direct transportation for all reunion
attendees/guests to the Resort. Registration will offi-
cially close on Sunday. July 3. 2011. See page P for
registration form and more information. Please read
the form thoroughly, especially the information
about cancellations.

Complete both pages, and submit intact.




ANNUAL BALL (Saturday) (No Jeans/No Shorts) X $15.00= $
PANAZONIAN DANCE AFTER HOURS (Combo) (Friday) X $20.00= $

Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "Panama Canal Society, Inc."
Checks must be drawn on U.S. 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:

Exp. Date

Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)


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

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.







New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application
New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application


List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Pork (P) or Chicken (C) by circling one.
1. P or C 6. P or C
2. P or C 7. P or C
3. P or C 8. P or C
4. P or C 9. Por C
5. Por C 10. Por C
Special seating requests:

GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 1. 2011 (See Page B for instructions)

Name (Please Print) Phone Number: Email:
**Mandatory** "Mandatory**
Scramble Teams:
Please confirm with both players before submitting.
Name Age On Hdcp or Avg
7/1/11 18-hole score
If you would like to play with another scramble team. list them below after confirming that they are playing.

Cost: Golf and Awards Luncheon: $85.00 per person Non-Golfing Luncheon Guests: $33.00 per person
Luncheon Guest Names

# Golfers # Luncheon Guests Total amount submitted:


Estimated Time of Arrival: P.M. / A.M. (Circle one)
Are you arriving by Airplane or by Car ?

No Preference 2 Bay Vista Suite ($250.00)
Standard King ($124.00) 2 Bay King Suite ($250.00)
Queen Double ($124.00) 3 Bay Vista Suite ($300.00)
Accessible King ($124.00) 3 Bay Hospitality Suite ($300.00)
Accessible Queen ($124.00)

Names of other room occupants.
1. 2.

3. 4.


HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE: One Night's Deposit (Room/Suite Rate)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to: Orlando World Center Marriott)

Credit Card Number: Exp. Date

Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)

Member/Cardholder Signature:

Z Refer to the map provided in these
o Yellow Pages for directions to Orlando
< World Center Marriott.
W When you arrive at the hotel (CHECK-
O IN AT 3:00 P.M.), proceed to hotel reg-
Z istration in order to check into your
o Review the hours of operation for
reunion registration and other events
U in these Yellow pages. Once you arrive
Sat the reunion, a reunion information
. package will be provided to you at the
U- Panama Canal Society's registration
j desk in the Convention Center.
U Registration and other event hours
will also be posted on the in-house tel-
evision 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 vol-
unteer 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 pri-
mary 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
If you are attending a class reunion, infor-
mation regarding your class reunion event
will be posted at the InformationlSociety
Office desk bulletin board. This is IF your
class reunion chairperson has furnished
us with this information. In the event

helshe has not, we will do all that we can to
assist you in locating your class reunion

DON'T FORGET to ask for your 15%
Panama Canal Society discount when pur-
chasing food at hotel outlets. Your
Reunion Name Badge is proof of entitle-
ment. So, be sure to have it with you!
REMEMBER, 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 con-
sumption of guest-supplied alcoholic bev-
erages is permitted only within the con-
fines of the guest's room. No bottled alco-
hol 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
In accordance with State Law, smoking is
prohibited inside the Orlando World Center
The theme for the 2011 Reunion Dances is

Vendor Set
1:00 p.m. 5
Grand Ballro

5:30 p.m. 8
Grand Ballro

5:30 p.m. 8
Grand Ballro

31th Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament: Orlando World Center Marriott
Golf Course
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m.
SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament
play Denver and Chicago (Hall of Cities)

Reunion Clubhouse
10:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim (Hall of Cities)

9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 7

Panama Canal Museum
9:00 a.m 7:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A C

10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 6

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/Society Office
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

On-site Registration
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Reg. Desk

On-site 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.
Crystal Ballroom Reg. Desk

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10:00 a.m. (Members only)
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1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 7

Panama Canal Museum
1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A C

1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 6

Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Gatlin Ballroom Foyer

Information/Society Office
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

On-site Registration
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Reg Desk

On-site Dance Ticket Sales
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom Reg. Desk

2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 1 3


Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class
3.00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 13 14

PanaZonian Dance: (Family Dance Time 7:00-
8 30 p.m.)
7:00 11:30 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom G Q

After Hours Night Club Dance
11:30 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
Crystal Ballroom G Q

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10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim (Hall of Cities)
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 7

Panama Canal Museum
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A C
Annual Luncheon
DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m.
LUNCH 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom 8A & 8B

3rd Annual Pool Side Party
1:00 5:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott Spa Pool
Cultural Seminar
2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Denver and Chicago (Hall of Cities)

2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 6

On-site Registration
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Reg. Desk

On-site Dance Ticket Sales
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom Reg. Desk

Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer

Information/Society Office
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 1 3

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After Hours Night Club Dance
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom 8A & 8B

9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom 7

Panama Canal Museum
9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
Crystal Ballroom A C

All Society Members and Guests are

Farewell to Friends
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Dance Performance begins at
Crystal Ballroom G Q

10:00 a.m.

Please check with the Information Desk
and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for
other scheduled events, class and mini-
reunions and last-minute changes.

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held on Sunday at Despedida.



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SWelcome to a World like no other...

There's much to tell you about the legendary Orlando World Center Marriott. This Orlando golf and spa resort
offers endless experiences. From creating lasting family memories to spectacularly executed meetings and
Events, this is a "World Beyond Compare."
The Orlando World Center Marriott towers above more than 200 prime Central Florida acres lush, green and
g beautifully landscaped, with devotion to native tropical plant life. In this magnificent locale, close to all of the
Area's major attractions, is an Orlando, Florida resort that offers everything guests could possibly want.
SBoredom is simply not in the vocabulary at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

W Not with nearly 7,000 yards of on-premise, championship golf right outside our front door. Not with a full-serv-
Z ice spa treating mind and body with loving care, and a well-equipped fitness center treating the same with
Uj somewhat tougher love. And not with dozens of activities to keep kids occupied.
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Setting with 6 pools, waterfalls, waterslide and whirlpools filled with a million gallons of soothing water, give
Sor take a drop or two.
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O comfortable retreats for both leisure and business travelers. Ten restaurants and lounges offer a wide variety
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ZA total of 450,000 square feet of event space draws groups of every size from around the world. And guests
Find enough smiling, "can do" staff members at this luxurious Orlando resort to populate a good-sized town.

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Soft Drinks $2.00
Bottle Beer Domestic $4.25
Wine $4.00
Mixed Drinks (call) $4.25
Draft Beer $3.00
Bottled Water $2.00

Friday, July 8, 2011
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 histor-
ical 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 8. 2011, from 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 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 promptly refunded to you. Complete your
registration now. You don't want to miss this opportunity.



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$15 per person / $25 per couple
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Transportation t o..ts
Reservation Form
Deluxe Round Trip airport transportation available through

Transportation Service includes being met by a friendly, uniformed staffer in baggage claim and at the departure area at
the hotel, assistance with luggage to vehicle, deluxe DIRECT transportation between the Orlando International Airport
and Marriott World Center, driver gratuity, highway tolls to/from resort and fuel surcharge.

Make your reservation by Friday, April 29, 2011 to take advantage of the
early bird discounted rate of:

ROUND TRIP $35 per person
ONE WAY $20 per person

Three Ways to Register and Payment Information:
S Mail 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, Suite 107, Tampa, FL
S Fax completed registration form to (813) 315-6379
S Registration online at and click on Panama Canal
Society Reunion

*You will receive a confirmation within 5 business days of receipt of your reservation form via email
or fax, whichever is provided,

Reservation Policy:

Registration will officially close on Sunday, July 3. 2011.
After this date, please contact Eventions of Florida directly to make shuttle arrange-
ments or advise us of any flight changes.
S Please, no phone reservations.
Only one credit card per reservation form.
S Contact Ali Brown, Panama Canal Transportation Coordinator, at 813.528.0003 or
panama(i)eventionsfLcom with any questions or special requests.

Transportation Reservation Form

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

First Name:
Home #:
Cell #:



Arrival Date

Departure Date

Round Trip Before 4/29
One Way Before 4/29

Reservations made After 4/29
Round Trip After 4/29 1st Passe
One Way After 4/29 1st Passe

Flight #:
Flight #:

Last Name:
Fax #:




Arrival Time
Originating City
Connecting City

Departure Time
Flight #:

$35 X = Total Due:
$20 X = Total Due:

enger@$45 X Additional Guests @ $35X = Total Due:
'nger@$25 X Additional Guests @ $20X = Total Due:

Payment Method: Check#
Card Number


Exp Date & Sec Code

DAmerican Express

Printed Name of Cardholder
Card Billing Address
City State


Cardholder's Signature:


OCancellation Policy (check here to accept)
Eventions of Florida reserves the right to cancel all reserved airport transportation due to lack of participation, safety concerns, civil unrest,
terrorism 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 trans-
*Cancellations will be accepted until 5:00pm, June 29, 2011, a refund will be issued less a $5.00 service
*No cancellations accepted after 5:00pm, June 29, 2011
DWaiver and Indemnity (check here to accept)
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 weath-
er 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. E \E NT IO)NS OF FLORIDA will make every effort to conduct the program as
described, however, reserves the right to make adjustments to the programs without affecting the overall quality. Should situations beyond
the control of EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA makes changes necessary, we will work with Panama Canal Society on any such changes when-
ever possible. Refunds will be issued if inclement weather renders transportation performance impossible or unsafe.


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2 Bay Vista Suite

2 Bay King Suite



3 Bay Vista Suite


3 Bay Hospitality Suite


Crystal Ballroom

"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"

7:00 11:30 (After Hours Dance to follow)

"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"

Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinators


call 1-352-726-8804 813 948-3007 (evenings)

How to get to the Orlando World Center Marriott

67 (to 536 East).

From Miami: Florida Turnpike North, to Osceola
Parkway West (toward Disney), to right on SR 535
North (Vineland Road), to left on 536 West. Hotel
is on the right.

From Daytona: 1-4 West, to exit 67 (to 536 East).
Hotel is on the left.

From Atlanta: 1-75 South, to Florida Turnpike
South, to 1-4 West, to exit 67 (536 East). Hotel is on
the left.From AirportsFrom Orlando Airport (MCO):
(15 mi SW) Take South Exit from Airport to
Greenway Toll Road South (Rt. 417). Take Exit 6
(536 East), go through 2 lights and hotel will be on
the right.

From Orlando Airport (MCO) via FL-528: (21 mi
SW) Take North Exit from Airport to FL-528 Toll
Road West. Take Exit onto 1-4 West towards
Tampa. Exit 67 to SR 536 East. Hotel is on left.

From Kissimmee Airport (ISM): (10 mi NE) Dyer
Ave to U.S. 192 West to S.R. 535. Turn right on
S.R. 535 to S.R. 536, Turn left, and hotel is on the

From Sanford Airport: (41 mi NE) Take E. Lake
Mary Blvd to 1-4 West, approximately 30 miles. Exit
67 to SR 536 east. Hotel is on left.

From Tampa: 1-4 East, to exit
Hotel is on the left.

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After twenty-eight days of hun-
dred degree temperatures--autumn
and cooler weather has finally arrived
in North Texas. Definitely time to do a
"Happy Dance."
A lively, typical "pingding" Linda Morris
Zonian style was hastily planned when Andy and Maureen
(Egger) Whitlock (BHS'79) arrived in North Texas to visit
family. The place: "The Connerton Cantina"--outdoor living
space at John and Bliss's house. The Whitlocks are present-
ly living in Naples, Italy, working in a position for Lockheed
Martin. The Whitlock boys, Andrew a Law student at UT
Austin and Paul a freshman at TCU Fort Worth, enjoyed a
visit of sister Patricia who is attending Mary Harden
University also in Texas. In attendance at the pingding were
Lee Morton, Murray McArthur, Stanley Wright, Teri
Corbit, Tom Gallagher, Richard McArthur, Holly
Richardson Stock, Victoria Hall, Colin Creel, Jody de St.
Germain. It was a fun gathering with everyone talking at

Andy Whitlock and Lee Morton

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Wright, Teri Corbit, Tom Gallagher. Front (L-R): Richard
McArthur, Andy Whitlock, Holly Richardson Stock,
Victoria Hall, Colin Creel, Jody de St. Germain, Maureen
Whitlock, and Bliss Connerton.

The amassing of two Zone families on Labor Day week-
end was an ambitious undertaking. Gathered together were
eight Dolan brothers and sisters: Paul Joe, Susan, Bridget,
Eileen, Jenny and their families and the Donovans; James,
Brian, and Anne and their families. This was a long-awaited
reunion and everyone was at their festive best.
James Donovan (BHS'72) is happy to report that his first
book, A Terrible Glory, the story of the historical Battle of the
Little Big Horn is now in paperback. He is presently contin-
uing his research on his new project--a book based on "The
Alamo." Jim and wife Judith and daughter Rachel live in
Margot and
Hubert Jordan,
Iceland Jack and JoAnn
Morton and
Diane Morris
took a 14-day
cruise in
September on
the fabulous
Jewel of the Seas
from Harwich,
England to
Boston. The
ports they visited
were interesting
and they enjoyed
calm seas but
sharing with
Margot Jordan, Hubert Jordan, Diane sharing with
Morris, JoAnn Morton and Jack great travelcom-
panions was the
Morton, Akureyri, Iceland. best.
Lt. Col. Gus Miskovsky (BHS'80) has just returned from
his second tour of duty in Afghanistan (see photo below). He
is stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. Gus is "our Canal Zone
Hero." Gus and his wife Jeanne presently live in Fort Hood
with their four children, Gary (16), Gabrielle (14), Gillian
(8), and Grace (7). Gus has returned to Iraq since the photo

taken in the Dallas airport. Our prayers and best wishes are
with him.

Past President (jeorge W. Bush greeting Lt. Col. .ius
Miskovsky at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

Bob and Linda Morris spent ten days in Los Angeles/Las
Vegas visiting sister Maria and family. This yearly trek gives
BobbyMo a chance to play "Texas Hold'em." You all know
there is no gambling in Texas!! There were no big winners
but the food and shows were great.
Ed McArthur (BHS'75) and Manuel Catzoela
(BHS'66) spent two days in Kauai, Hawaii, on business.
They also squeezed in fishing, golf and beach time. Looks
like a little cantina time too in the picture.

The first annual BHS'78 reunion was held at the
Tomatoillos Cafe and Cantina in San Antonio. Classmates
and wives gathered for a grand day of memories. Pictured in
the photo with a brief update are: Anna (Wolfe) Kessler and
spouse Bill. The Kesslers have lived in the San Antonio area
for twenty years. Anna is a Vice Principal for a middle school
and Billy an attorney. They have a daughter, graduated and
employed, and a son attending the Air Force Academy.
Giselle (Erhart) Cardarette, also a San Antonio resident, is
a stay-at-home mom. She is married to Charles (BHS'77)
and they have two children (13 and 10); Annette (Medina)
Santiago is a Nurse and has three children. Mike Gilbert
(left CZ before graduation). He is a member of the Carlin-
Gilbert Clan. He lives in Austin and is employed as a


Purchasing agent. Jean Whitlock works for the U.S.
Government Army South as an IT, Computer Specialist. She
is settled in San Antonio but has lived all over the world.
Robert Carlin is a longtime resident of San Antonio. He
works as a Graphic Artist and has two girls. He is a cousin to
Mike. Robert Salinas left the CZ in the tenth grade. He has
his own company in Austin. Wil Robb Morris has had a
position with First Command Financial Services for twenty-
two years. He lives in Helotes with wife and son and daugh-
ter. David Delaney is a retired Air Force Major and is
presently Dean of Theological Study at The Mexican
American Seminary. He lives in Helotes with his wife.
Randy Mangum works for USAA (United Services Auto
Association) and also lives in Helotes. He has two children in

(L-K): Anna wone Kessler, lsii Kessler, uiseue Ernart
Cardarette, Annette Santiago, Mike Gilbert, Jean
Whitlock, Bob Carlin, Robert Salinas, Wil Robb Morris,
David Delaney, and Randy Mangum.

Colin Creel, Keith Cotton and son Jarid spent ten days
in Panama on a fishing holiday in October. They drove to
Punta Burica (on the Costa Rican border) and fished their
way back to Pedasi. Keith's dad, Fred Cotton, and brother-
in-law joined the adventure. Colin has promised photos of the
big fish.

Well, that's all folks!! Continue
photos. "Hasta" next time.

It has been
reported that Abilio
Mosquera is gravely
ill. Mosquera was a
personable figure in
our Canal Zone life.
He was always friend-
ly and courteous to
everyone as he ambled
towards the Clubhouse
or bowling alley. If
anyone has a current
address for him, please
send it to this reporter.
Cards with sentiments
is the intention.
sending your news and

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-9744



Mel and Ted Henter are excited to announce that their
daughter Amber Henter and her horse Triumph won the
ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships on September 29th
in North Salem, N.Y. This event has been held since 1933 and
it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders
in the United States.
She competed with 68 other competitors who were vying
for the same top spot. Amber will be heading to the 2010
Nationals on November 7th at the Syracuse Invitational
Sporthorse Tournament.

I1m [Ii IT II' iilrill!!Iir


There was an 80th birthday celebration for Doris Burns
on Saturday, September 4 ,2010, at Doris' longtime church in
Bixby, Okla. The event was hosted by her children, Laura
(Burns) Redemann and Scott Burns.
A group of 60 friends and relatives gathered to help Doris
celebrate this special milestone. Her two sisters and nephew
traveled from Nebraska, Colorado, and Nevada to surprise
her. She also enjoyed receiving birthday greeting cards from
many dear Zonian friends. Doris retired from the Marine
Director's Office in 1983.

Amner center on inumpn


Kimber Tough, daughter of Sherry Bissell Tough
(BHS'68) and Thomas Tough graduated from the University
of Florida on May 1, 2010. Kimber majored in Political
Science, and received minors in African Studies and
International Humanitarian Assistance.
She is pictured with her older sister Tierney Tough, who
is a musician and music promoter in Orlando, Fla.
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lumDer ana Ilerney lougn

Doris Burns


Krystal Lynn Hall, the daughter of Victoria Morris
Hall, of Frisco, Texas, is shown in the picture below on the
right. Krystal was a Junior Homecoming Princess at
Wakeland High School in Frisco.

Krystal Lynn Hall, Junior Homecoming Princess, is on


On October 2nd at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic
Church in Cary, N.C., Elyse Isabel Janssen was welcomed
into the Catholic Church. Attending her Christening and
shown in the picture below are the father, mother, great-
grandmother, and grandmother.
Maternal grandparents are Richard and Amy Fisher of
North Carolina, and paternal grandparents are Helmut and
Dauragh Janssen also of North Carolina. Attending from
Panama were great-grandmother Elsie Garcia and
Annemarie's godfather, Dr. Charles A. Garcia. Elyse is the
11th great-grandchild for Elsie Garcia.
Brian Mays, Christiaan's godfather from Georgia, also
attended. Elyse's godparents are her aunt Mairenn Janssen
and her uncle Michnal C. Fisher


Mit and Mary Lou Parsons of Pine, Colo., happily
announce the graduation of their daughter, Doctor Gina
Luane Parsons, from Colorado State University College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Gina will be
starting her veterinary medicine career with a mixed animal
practice (large and small animals) in Colorado. This achieve-
ment fulfills a lifelong dream of Gina's to become a doctor of
veterinary medicine!
At the hooding ceremony for the professional veterinary
class of 2010 Dr. Mit Parsons (BHS'62) had the honors of
hooding his daughter Dr. Gina L. Parsons. It was a special
moment and one that will be remembered.

Christiaan Janssen holding Elyse Isabel, Annemarie
Janssen, Elsie Garcia, and Amy Fisher.


Margaret Dickey, daughter of Tracy Wolf Dickey, and
granddaughter of Carol Flenniken Schwenke, Roger
Schwenke, and Jim Wolf, tested for her 1st Dan Black Belt
in Tae Kwon Do, with her two proud grandfathers on hand to
celebrate with family and friends.

Roger Schwenke, Margaret Dickey, and Jim

Mary Lou Parsons, Dr.

la Luane Parsons, and Dr. Mit


"Up-and-at-'em" Coach Jim Wolf celebrated his 90th
birthday with his three grandchildren and family. The popular
and winning Canal Zone College coach taught Social Studies
in Balboa, Diablo and Curundu Jr. High Schools.

Jim Wolf blowing out the candles on his nine cupcakes


Enclosed is a picture showing member Al Schonert
receiving an award for his help in the apprehension of a mur-
derer in the Republic of Panama. He is shown receiving the
award from Detective Robert Engelke (CZ), Chief
Investigator. Al also mentioned that his partner Elizabeth
Henter made the initial identification, but he likes to toot his
own horn.


Detective Robert Engelke, James R.
Schonert receiving his award.

Madden, and Al

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 tapirs

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
...twelve fat conejos


by Carrie Nellis and David Young

*sung to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas



Matthew Cicero and Kristi Haralson were united in
marriage on April 24, 2010, in a beautiful sunset ceremony on
Daytona Beach, Fla. Matthew is the son of Craig and
Stephanie Cicero of Casselberry, Fla., and grandson of Joe
and Marcia Cicero of Winter Park, Fla.
Craig's brothers, Larry from Rhode Island, Jim and
Mark from Texas, and their families attended the festivities
as well as Jim and Marie Morris (aunt and uncle of the
groom), Cori Wheeler, Jamie and Ashley Wheeler, John
Morris (cousins of the groom), and many others. A beautiful
reception was held afterwards where four bands played well
into the morning hours. The groom and his brother Jeff
played in all of these bands.
The couple honeymooned in the Florida Keys and now
reside in Winter Park, Fla.

Kristi Haralson and Matthew Cicero


Drake Sprague (BHS'94) and Megan Forman were
married on the beach in April 2009 at Palm Beach Shores,
Fla. A beautiful reception followed next door at the private
community center.
The bride is the daughter of Charles Forman and
Charlotte Forman of Wellington, Fla. The groom is the son
of Robert and Patricia (Meriwether) Spague who flew in
from their home in Okinawa, Japan (now living in the
Kaiserslautern area of Germany). Friends and relatives of the
bride and groom attended the ceremony, including Jared and
Devon (Sprague) Holzwarth (both BHS'96) of San Jose,
Calif., with their baby daughter Miranda. Also attending
were aunts and uncles Michael and Kelly Meriwether, Jo
(Spague) Kilgallon and Terry (Sprague) Giles, and Al and
Marsha (Makibbin) Sprague. Cousins were Dagny
Sprague and Beth Giles.
Bridesmaids included Amy Forman Rosario, sister of
the bride. The best man was Robert Sprague, father of the
groom, and groomsmen included Keith Giles, cousin of the
groom. The ring bearer was little Logan Rosario, nephew of
the bride, and the flower girl was Taylor Giles, cousin of the
Drake and Megan enjoyed an eight-day honeymoon in
Panama City, Panama, which included a side trip of five days
to Bocas del Toro. They presently reside in North Palm Beach
where Drake is employed by NextEra Energy Resources.

Drake Sprague and Megan Forman

2011 Membership Dues of $40 are due

by December 31, 2010.

* Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must include parents or grandparents.


Colette (Foster) (BHS'78) and Drake Carlisle (CHS'77)
of Clearwater, Fla., are pleased to announce the birth of their
first grandchild Penelope Rose Carlisle, daughter of Jen and
Wade Carlisle of Clearwater, Fla. Penelope was born March
12, 2010, in Clearwater, Fla., weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Rick Shaw of Deltona, Fla.,
and Dean and Carrie Ballard of Orange Park, Fla. Penelope
is the great-granddaughter of Marje (CHS'47) and Pete
Foster (CHS'47) of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Lou Carlisle of
Caoe Coral. Fla.


John Garry Riley (BHS'1954) and Paula Riley are
pleased to announce the birth of their two granddaughters just
one year and a few days apart. Hinley Riley was born June
28, 2010, in Dothan, Ala. Delaney Watkins was born June
18, 2009, in Conroe, Texas.
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John Garry Riley holding Delaney
Riley holding Hinley Riley.

Watkins and Paula

V. 5

Colette (Foster) and Drake
Rose Carlisle.

Carlisle holding Penelope
Carlisle holding Penelope


George and Linda (Huff) Dany of Mounds, Okla., are
proud to announce the birth of their newest grandson, Liam
Duke Newton. Liam was born September 22, 2010, in Tulsa,
Okla., to Chad and Kimber (Dany) Newton. Mother and
baby did great, and George and Linda are very proud and

Kimber (Dany) Newton with Liam Duke Newton


Alison Vowell (BHS'92) is proud to announce the birth of
her second son, Milo Arthur Vowell. Milo was born on
September 9, 2010, at 8:02 p.m. in Flagstaff, Ariz. He
weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz., and measured 22 inches long. Milo joins
his big brother Liam Patrick, who is turning three in
Maternal grandparents are the late Joe Vowell (BHS'55)
and Gretta Vowell, who is enjoying her job as Nana.

Alison Vowell holding Milo Arthur Vowell


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uaries if family submissions are not received by the Canal Record deadlines. Obituary pictures may be emailed to or mailed to the Panama Canal Society office. Emailed pictures must be submitted in a jpeg or
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Leo A. Austin, Sr., 62, of Land O'Lakes, Fla., passed
away November 4, 2009. He was born in Panama on August
8, 1947 while his father, Osmond Austin, worked at the
Panama Canal. His father was of Colombian and Irish descent
while his mother, Olga Rivero, was Cuban. Leo lived in the
Panama Canal Zone until he joined the U.S. Navy, in which
he served very proudly and with honor for four years. He was
awarded a Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Counter
Offensive Campaign and the 1st Award National Defense
Service medal.
After serving in the Navy, he returned to Panama and
worked at the Panama Canal for 33 years and received a
Distinguished Service Award as the Maintenance Foreman.
Leo was well loved by his employees and they respected him
for his humble and dedicated service at everything he did. In
1993 he retired and moved the family to Miami and in 1997
moved to Land O'Lakes. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
Leo was a loving, caring husband, father and all-around
person. He had a passion for family, friends and tools with
which he could fix and build anything he desired. He was
always ready to help and do the best he could to resolve any-
one's problems. He did not like to be an inconvenience to
anyone, so he was really independent. Those who knew Leo
described him as humanitarian, funny, joyful, caring and
always with the last positive hope giving advice and word to
those who surrounded him. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Athalia (Shaly); two sons, both
serving in the U.S. Navy, Leo, Jr. and his wife Vannesa of
Virginia, and Leonard of South Carolina; two daughters,
Lynn Marie Parsons and Tracie A. Austin; brother, Osmond,
Jr., and wife Tammy of Miami; best friend, Glenn Martin and
wife Denise.

William Herbert "Herb" Breaden, M/Sgt., USAF
(Ret.), 81, passed away after an extended illness. On a day
filled with the bluest skies and large white fluffy clouds,
when the temperature exceeded 100 degrees, at 3:40 p.m. on
August 30, 2010, with calm dignity our father, husband,
brother and friend passed gently into that deepest sleep.
Herb was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on December 7, 1928,
and graduated from Oil City, Pa. High School in 1946. He
joined the Army Air Corps at the age of 17. During his USAF
career he had the opportunity to travel the world while serv-
ing with AF Bands in Nebraska, England, Florida,
Washington, D.C., Okinawa, Texas and Panama. Herb retired
from the U.S. Air Force in 1973 after 27 years of service and
began a second career with the Panama Canal Commission in
the Panama Canal Zone and New Orleans, La. He retired in
New Orleans in 1996 with over 50 years of combined gov-
ernment service. Herb and Eve moved to San Antonio, Texas,
in 2006 to be near their children.
Herb loved music and a goal when he graduated from
high school was to have his own "swing band." Herb was the


leader of several bands during his days in the Air Force
including the Velvetones, Ramblers, and the Falcons.
Herb was a Past Master of Army Lodge A.F.&A.M. in the
Canal Zone under jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts. He was a Past District Deputy of the Grand
Lodge, a member of the Grand Lodge of Panama, member of
the Canal Zone York Rite Bodies and member of the Knights
of the Red Cross of Constantine, a 33rd degree Mason and
member of the Canal Zone Scottish Rite Bodies and Past
Deputy of the Supreme Council, at the Panama Canal,
Southern Jurisdiction, USA. He was a Past Commander of
the Legion of Honor, Abou Saad Shrine Temple, member of
the Royal Order of Jesters, Panama Canal Court #18. Herb
was also a lifetime member of the Panama Canal Elks Lodge
1414, a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the
Retired Air Force Musicians, and American Legion Post #1.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Herb is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eve Breaden;
and his four children, Keith Chernicky, Barbara (Pete)
Mitchell, Gwen (J.R.) Carver, and William Breaden; seven
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Herb is also sur-
vived by his sister Elizabeth Hackett and sister-in-law Ann
Madyke, many nieces and nephews and many friends. He
loved and enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed.

Dell Gates Carlson, 89, wife of
Captain John Gage Carlson, passed
away peacefully on September 16,
2010, in Wareham, Mass. She was
born in Cambridge, Mass., on
S January 3, 1921, and attended the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the
Amy Sacker School of Interior
Design in Boston.
The Carlsons moved to the
Panama Canal Zone in 1953 with their three children, where
Capt. Carlson worked as Ferry Captain, Pilot and Master of
the Tugboat Arraijan. Together with several other couples,
the Carlsons transformed an old workshop into what most
Zonians remember as the old Balboa Yacht Club. Their love
of sailing took them to many islands off the Pacific coast of
Panama, where Dell dove for seashells and sea glass and
amassed an impressive collection. She taught Sunday School
at Balboa Union Church and was a leader of the Sea Scouts.
Many will remember her for her interior design business,
which led to work in many private homes, the Governor's
house, Gorgas Hospital, as well as many clubs on the military
bases. She was also known for her flower arranging and her
gardens, where the Carlsons had residences in Los Rios,
Balboa (Barnebey Street and Morgan Ave.) and Corozal. Dell
owned a needlework shop in El Cangrejo, Panama City,
where she taught needlepoint and embroidery. She was also
the sales representative for the Military Service Company,
importing many goods to all of the military installations in

the Canal Zone into which Dell incorporated her interior
design skills.
Captain Carlson retired from the Panama Canal Company
in 1975 and since then, the Carlsons have lived in Marion,
Mass., where Dell continued her interior design business, was
active in garden clubs and painting classes and taught flower
arranging to residents of a local nursing home. She also pro-
vided arrangements to the Marion Congregational Church.
The Carlsons suffered the recent loss of their son, John
William Carlson, of Panama on September 19, 2008.
Dell is survived by her husband of 68 years, Captain John
Gage Carlson; son, Christian Peter Carlson, of New Bedford,
Mass.; daughter, Johanna Elliott Carlson, of North
Brookfield, N.Y.; sister, Sally Gates Earle, of Worchester,
Mass.; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline (Evans) Carlson, of
Cardenas, Panama; five grandsons and two great-grandsons.

Edith Margaret Davis, 94, died August 27, 2010 in San
Antonio, Texas. She was born on September 25, 1915 in
Toledo, Wash. Her late husband Gilbert Davis whom she
married on September 15, 1938 was a blacksmith and welder
by trade in Phoenix, Ore., when he was contracted to build a
"Gold Dredging" machine in Supia, Colombia, S.A. Margaret
was assigned to be the "official photographer" of the project
and they enjoyed living there for over two years.
While traveling to the U.S., they were in Panama waiting
to board a ship for California; Gilbert was hired by the "main-
tenance division" on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone and
they decided to stay in Panama. Their first residence was in
Cocoli. Margaret was an educator and earned a teaching cer-
tificate in 1937 from Southern Oregon College in Ashland,
Ore., and later obtained a degree in education from Southern
Oregon College. While in the Canal Zone she taught 4th and
5th grades in Diablo and Los Rios schools. Margaret gained
notoriety for her leadership roles in Girl Scouting, freelance
writing, photography and for promoting creative arts such as
Batea painting of Indian designs.
Margaret and Gilbert retired in September 1966 and trav-
eled the Pan American Highway in a VW camper wagon back
to Azalea, Ore., to property they purchased in the mid '50s
and where Margaret had lived when she began her teaching
career. She was predeceased by her husband on April 13,
She is survived by two daughters, Claudia Davis of West
Linn, Ore., and Patricia Bright of San Antonio, Texas; five
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Marie Jenkins-Everett, died peacefully at home on
September 7, 2010, after a long, courageous battle with breast
cancer--a disease which she did not allow to define her life.
Marie was born to Thomas and Catherine Jenkins in
Panama in 1937. She was a graduate of Balboa High School
class of 1955. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Marie is survived by her spouse Robert L. Everett; and
five children, Joseph F. Strus, Jean M. Baldwin, Denise P.
Strus, Peter J. Everett, John C. Everett and their spouses.
Marie is also survived by her 12 beautiful grandchildren; and

five siblings, Thomas Jenkins, Joseph Jenkins, Jack Jenkins,
Bill Jenkins and Kathleen A. Cuartas.

Betty Fetherston of Gretna, La., passed away August 13,
2010, in McHenry, Ill., of cancer. Betty was born in New
York City, N.Y., to Herman and Stella Wiene (nee
MacDonald). Betty graduated from Bellevue School of
Nursing in New York City, N.Y.
She went to Margarita, Canal Zone, as the wife of Captain
Ed Fetherston, a Panama Canal pilot, and mother of Steve and
Lee. Betty was a member of the Women's Lutheran Church
where she taught Bible studies to many young teenagers.
Betty and her family attended many family Lutheran picnics.
On the weekends you could find Betty at the pool and library
with friends and with neighborhood children. Betty's father,
Herman Wiene, came to live with the family. He became the
grandfather of Coco Bolo Street with many tales and encour-
agement to all ages.
Betty worked as a nurse in Coco Solo Health Center,
Margarita Health Center, Coco Solo Hospital/Clinic until her
retirement to Gretna, La. Betty also continued to work in a
home for Retarded Adults and Nursing Home until Katrina
when she retired from nursing.
She was predeceased by her father, Herman Wiene; her
son, Lee Fetherston (CHS'79); and her husband, Captain Ed
Fetherston. She is survived by her son, Steve Fetherston
(CHS'78), of McHenry, Ill.

Arlene Elizabeth Greene, 87, died September 12, 2010,
after an extended illness. She was born in Quincy, Mass., on
May 8, 1923. She received her Nursing training at Quincy
City Hospital, and joined the Army during World War II,
where she served in the Philippines
After the war, Arlene took a nursing position at Gorgas
Hospital. She married Ed Greene in 1947. They had three
children, and lived on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of
the Isthmus. After Ed's death in 1979, Arlene moved back to
the U.S. to live with her son--first in Ithaca, N.Y., then
Dayton, Ohio, Austin, Texas, Greenville, S.C., and finally,
Portland, Ore. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her children, Patricia McConnell
(Robert) of Weymouth, Mass., Michele Bundy (John) of
Seattle, Wash., and Richard Greene of Portland, Ore.; three
grandchildren, and a great-grandson. She is also survived by
her sister-in-law, Lavinia (Wink) Greene, and a niece,
Barbara (Greene) Litchford.

Colleen R. Greer, 51, of San
Antonio, Texas, died on October 5,
2010. Who would believe riding a
Motorcycle on a beautiful fall day in
the Texas Hill Country with your hus-
band, Barry (Trey) D. Greer, III, that
death would be just around the bend;
but it was. On October 2, 2010,
Colleen was critically injured

attempting to avoid a car in the road. Though she fought
valiantly, she died on October 5, 2010. Born on March 4,
1959 to James (Smitty) and Shirley Smith in Tachikawa AB,
Japan, she and her "younger" sister Wanda traveled the world
as Air Force brats.
Moving to San Antonio, she met the love of her life on a
country western dance floor. From then on, Barry and
Colleen became inseparable; in fact, "Barry & Colleen" are
one word; you cannot say one without the other. Whether
bowling, Spurs games, lying by a pool or beach, working on
their home, or riding motorcycles, they did it together. The
San Antonio Spurs, the Oakland Raiders and the Hartford
Insurance Company have lost their greatest fan. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survived by her husband, Barry, her sister Wanda Smith
Glock and husband, Steve; parents, Smitty and Shirley Smith;
son Kelly Auston Keith, III and wife Amy; stepchildren
Kevin and Kelli Greer; best friend Jackie Sutton; mother-in-
law Mary Lou Bargnesi; and brother and sister-in-law, Dean
and Linda Greer.

Jean C. Heddaeus, 83, passed
away August 17, 2010 in her home in
Davie, Fla., surrounded by her fami-
ly. Jean was born in Jersey City, N.J.,
to William and Edna Carson in 1927.
Jean and her family moved to the
Canal Zone in 1941. She was a grad-
uate of Balboa High School class of
1945 and later graduated from Canal
Zone College. In the Canal Zone she met and was married to
Robert Heddaeus for the next 61 years. She was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Knox Heddaeus
whom she married February 19, 1949; two sons, Mark
Warren Heddaeus of Tallahassee, Fla., Craig Carson
Heddaeus of Piano, Texas; two daughters, Paige Heddaeus
Field of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Lynn Marie Heddaeus of
Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren; a brother, William Carson,
of Miami, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Kathleen A. Ryan Hopkins passed away on September
16, 2010 from cancer. She was a graduate of Balboa High
School in 1956 and worked for F.A.A. on the Atlantic and
Pacific sides until she left the Canal Zone in 1973. She was
the most gracious and loving person and she left behind three
sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Doris Hutchison, 93, of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away
April 6, 2010. She was born in Carbondale, Pa., on February
2, 1917. She moved to Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone with her
parents, a brother, Donald, and her two sisters, Ruth and
Marion. Doris graduated from Balboa High School. She
worked for the Commissary Division until 1950 when she
moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. Doris belonged to the Starkey
Road Baptist Church in Seminole, Fla. She was very active in
the church's mission ministry for many years.

Doris is survived by a brother-in-law, Noble (Buddy)
Phillips; three nephews, Gary Hutchison and wife Pat,
Richard Phillips and wife Olga, and Doug Phillips and wife
Esther; three nieces, Diane Hutchison Cox and husband Jerry;
Vicki Hutchison Boukalis and husband Bob; and Sue Phillips
Fisher and husband Jon; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Marcia Ellen Jones, 86, passed
away September 29, 2010 at her
home in Granbury, Texas. Marcia was
born August 5, 1924, in Sutherland,
Neb., to the late James and Florence
Marcia was married to Robert
Jones for 64 years. Robert was a con-
ductor, engineer and train dispatcher
for the Panama Canal Railroad from 1963 to 1979 when he
retired. Marcia served as a public health nurse in the Canal
Zone for 18 years. They moved to Texas 22 years ago to be
closer to their only son, Daniel and his wife Pam, and two
grandsons, Christopher and Benjamin. Marcia loved traveling
and enjoyed water activities, specifically sailing and swim-
ming. She was a member of the 500 Mile Swim Club and the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband Robert, son Daniel and
wife Pam, two grandsons, and a cousin, Clark Guffey. She
was preceded in death by her twin sister, Margaret Stoll.

Henry A. Lawrance, 76, passed away April 27, 2010, at
the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky. Henry
went to the Canal Zone with his parents in 1940 at the age of
seven. He attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1952 while living in Gatun.
As a Canal Zone boy he was well known for his good
looks, his tall height, his skill at fishing and hunting, espe-
cially with his brother Robert. Some people nicknamed him
"Big Foot." After graduating from high school he earned an
apprenticeship and worked in the Canal Zone until he was
drafted into the Army during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and
Maude Lawrance, and a brother, Robert D. Lawrance. He is
survived by his wife, Joyce, whom he met while serving in
the U.S. Army, two daughters, several grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three of his broth-
ers, Edward, Spike, and Arthur, all formerly of Gatun.

Candice Lotterhos, 37, died May 12, 2010, from
melanoma. Candice was the daughter-in-law of Penny and
Joe Lotterhos of Clinton, Miss.
Candice received her undergraduate degree from
Gettysburg College and her MBA from the University of
Rhode Island. She was a member of the ChiOmega Sorority.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Edward Lotterhos
Jr., MD, daughter Jocelyn Grace Lotterhos, and son Matthew
Edward Lotterhos.

JoAnne Mitchell, 67, former director of the Henegar's
Red Carpet Productions, died May 8, 2010 from complica-
tions of an inherited liver disease. She married her husband
Jerry Brees in 1985 when they worked together in Panama.
From 1998 to 2008, JoAnne had helped her husband Jerry
turn the Henegar Center for the Arts into an active communi-
ty theater venue presenting regular seasons. The couple left
the Henegar two years ago when Jerry accepted a position to
direct an entertainment program for the U.S. Army in
Vicenza, Italy. While in Italy, JoAnne directed three shows.
She is survived by her husband Jerry Brees, her son Rob
who lives in Japan, and her mother-in-law, Jean Brees.

Alice Ruth (Pearce) Nail, 90, of Rogers, Ark., passed
away on September 15, 2010. She was born November 9,
1919, in Rock Island, Ill., to Ernest Leroy and Ruth Elnora
Kinnamon Pearce. She was a graduate of Augustana College
in Rock Island, and held a Master's Degree in Psychology.
She moved to Rogers, Ark., in 1964, after having lived in
the Panama Canal Zone for over 30 years. She was a long-
time member of the Panama Canal Society and was a former
reporter for the Canal Record for NW Arkansas. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband, William T. "Red" Nail, in
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Graves and husband
Steve, a granddaughter, a grandson, and one great-grandchild,
all of Rogers.

Anita J. (Catanzaro)
Oberholtzer was born into eternal
life on July 15, 2010, following a
valiant struggle with cancer. Anita
received an outpouring of love,
prayers and visits from family and
friends. This loving care was a testa-
ment to a blessed life of faith and
grace which was memorialized in a
Mass concelebrated by Fathers
Dowsey, Kane and Cummings on July 20, 2010, at Our Lady
of Lourdes in Dunedin, Fla.
Anita was born on December 9, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., the
daughter of Anthony J. Catanzaro and Jane V. (Filichia)
Catanzaro. She and her family moved to Panama when she
was 14. Anita graduated from Balboa High School in 1947.
She enjoyed a wonderful life with her family and friends
in Panama where she raised her two children, Judy and Joey.
During her years in the Canal Zone, Anita was a great con-
tributor to her community. For many years, she was the owner
and teacher of the Fort Gulick Nursery School. She was also
a Ham Radio Operator, communicating with people from all
over the world, bringing family members together and relay-
ing important information in times of need. Anita received the
Honorary Public Service Award from the Canal Zone
Governor in 1999. Anita was an active member of St. Mary's
Parish, where she was an Eucharistic Minister. She also
formed a women's Tuesday Lunch Prayer Group that flour-
ished for years. During her last few years in Panama, Anita
started a computer prayernet ministry that continues today.

The St. Mary's Prayernet is international and links many for-
mer and present St. Mary's parishioners together to intercede
in prayer for them. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Anita retired to Clearwater, Fla., in 2000 where she con-
tinued her life and active service at Our Lady of Lourdes
Parish in Dunedin. She was a generous member of the parish
serving as an Eucharistic Minister for the local hospital and
the homebound. She served as a sacristan and volunteered in
the Ministry of Elder Services making weekly calls to the
homebound and working in the Church's office. In 2006,
Anita was awarded the St. Jude the Apostle Medal by the
Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg for her distinguished
and outstanding service to her parish. The medal acknowl-
edges the gift of her generosity and love of her faith through
her contributions to her parish. Her family and close friends
joined her for the ceremony and celebration of her devotion
and service.
Anita was loved by many and will be deeply missed par-
ticularly by her son, Joey Oberholtzer; her daughter and son-
in-law, Judy and Rich Hebble, four grandchildren, six great-
grandchildren; her brothers, John and Tom Catanzaro; three
nieces and four nephews, twenty-one great-nieces and
nephews, and eighteen great-great nieces and nephews.

Eileen J. Owen, 88, of Woodinville, Wash., passed away
June 2, 2010. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. No further information is available.

Peter N. Reitz, 56, died August 21, 2010 in New York
City, after a very brief battle with cancer. Peter was born in
David, Chiriqui, the third of four boys born to Walter and
Mildred Reitz, Methodist missionaries to Panama.
His parents both served as Senior Pastors at Balboa Union
Church. Peter graduated from BHS in 1973 and was a long-
time stagecraft electrician on Broadway.
He is survived by his mother, Mildred, of Panama; and his
three brothers, Paul (BHS'69), Phil (BHS'70), and Perry

Peggy Anne Roberts, 88, of
Daytona Beach, Fla., passed away
July 30, 2010. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Robert and Anne
Morrow; brothers, Robert, Jr., Allan
and Mack. She was born June 15,
1922 in Moultrie, Ga.
In 1960 Peggy and husband
Lloyd, daughter, Susan and son,
Lloyd, Jr., moved from New Jersey to the Panama Canal
Zone. Lloyd was an engineer with PCC Water Transportation
Division (SS Panama and SS Cristobal) from 1952 and trans-
ferred to the PCC Dredging Division, Gamboa, C.Z., as a
Towboat Engineer in 1960.
Peggy was a loving homemaker, excellent cook and
devoted grandmother. She loved playing golf at Gamboa,
Summit, Amador and Panama City golf courses and was a

past President of the Panama Women's Golf Association. She
was also a past President of the Gamboa Women's Club. She
was an avid bridge player and had great fun playing with her
many friends. Peggy had a happy, fun-filled way as manager
of the Gamboa Golf Club where she taught Chef 'Chang' how
to make the perfect Club sandwich. While manager she with
husband Lloyd completely renovated the clubhouse and
improved the Gamboa Yacht Club. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Peggy and Lloyd retired in 1980 to Daytona Beach, Fla.,
where she became an avid tennis player as a member of the
Ocean Racket Club. In retirement she and Lloyd traveled in
the U.S., Europe, United Kingdom and on Caribbean cruises.
Survivors include her husband Lloyd of Daytona Beach;
daughter, Susan Lynn Mullins (Earl) of Riverview, Fla.; son,
Lloyd Roberts, Jr. (Patti) of Lutz, Fla.; five granddaughters
and three great-granddaughters.

Russell (Rusty) Owen Smith, 62,
was prematurely taken from this
world on July 16, 2010. He was the
son of the late Owen W. Smith and
Carolyn G. Johnson.
Rusty was born at Gorgas
Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone on
January 12, 1949. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1967. He
began his apprenticeship with the
PCC Electrical Division, and retired
after 34 years at the turnover to Panama in 2000. At the time
of his retirement he was Chief of the Instrument Repair Shop.
He worked another ten years up to the time of his passing as
the chief under PCA (Panama Commission Authority). The
Instrument Repair Shop has been renamed in his honor.
Rusty was a person who loved life. Whether he was fish-
ing, relaxing at the beach, helping out a friend or cooking, he
enjoyed being with his friends. At the time of his passing he
was surrounded by his two children and friends. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
A service was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Balboa, Panama, and later a celebration of his life was held at
his home in Tallahassee, Fla. The outpouring of love and
prayers was a true testament to the people who counted Rusty
as a friend. His family was very touched by the enormous
amount of prayers, postings on Facebook, cards, and letters
received. He was predeceased by his father, Owen W. Smith;
mother, Carolyn G. Johnson, and stepfather, Robert L.
Rusty is survived by his daughter, Jessica Smith of
Alexandria, Va.; son Owen Smith of Panama; former wife,
Sheila Webb Tucker of Aurora, Ill.; sister, Carol Smith Dixon,
brother-in-law Norman P. Dixon, a niece and a nephew, all of
Florida; stepmother, Gerda A. Smith of Smithdale, Miss.;
stepsisters Terri Johnson Dodson, Judy Johnson Carrasco, of
Albuquerque, N.M., and Patty Johnson Zigenhagen of Las
Vegas, Nev.; along with an extended family of uncles, aunts
and numerous cousins.

Perry Earl "Trux" Truxton, 82,
passed away on October 11, 2010 in
SAlamogordo, N.M. He was bor on
.. January 18, 1928 in Flint, Mich., to
L Earl Vance and Nellie Jacobs Truxton.
He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife,
Beatriz Truxton of Alamogordo,
N.M.; son, Roy Truxton of Tampa, Fla.; son, Charlie Truxton
of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Nellie Beatty of Antioch,
Calif.; and son, Stephen Truxton of Shingle Springs, Calif.
He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and one great-grand-

Carol Carr Walton, 47, of Palm Harbor, Fla., lost her
battle with cancer on August 12, 2010. She was the daughter
of Janice T. Carr and the late Alvis B. Carr, Jr.
She is survived by her mother; her children, Alicia,
Joshua and Janice; husband, Rich Walton; a granddaughter;
brother, Bryan (Chick) Carr and family; sister, Elaine Reedy
and family. She will be greatly missed.

Alfred F. West, 85, of Prosperity,
died August 25, 2010, at Lexington
Medical Center Extended Care. Born
on September 20, 1924, in Saluda, he
was the son of the late Horace Berad
and Ethel Wessinger West. He was a
World War II and Korean War Navy
Mr. West was a machinist who
worked in the Panama Canal and
retired December 31, 1981, from the Maintenance Division.
He was a member of Corinth Lutheran Church. He was a
member of the American Legion, VFW, the Saluda Masonic
Lodge #103, and the Panama Canal Society.
Surviving are his wife, Mattie Yarbrough West; sons, Ben
(Carol) West of Suwannee, Fla., Mike (Barbara) West of
Sumter and Guy (Hilda) West of Lexington; stepdaughters,
Madeline Jefferson and Cheryl McCord; a brother, David
West of Floral City, Fla.; twelve grandchildren and fourteen
great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife,
Norma Wells West; a son, Wayne West; sisters, Clara May
Speight and Ray Mason; and a brother, J. B. West.

John A. "Jack" Willoughby, 70, of Merritt Island, Fla.,
died January 19, 2010 under the care of Wuesthoff Hospice
Care Center, Rockledge. His wife, Edie Huff Willoughby; sis-
ter, Ardis Willoughby Davis and brother-in-law Jim Davis,
were by his side. He was previously visited by his sister-in-
law and brother-in-law, Christine Huff Fewell and Chuck
Fewell; his dog, Brie; and friend, Jamie Irvin.
Jack, born in Denver, Colo., grew up in Gatun, Canal
Zone, in Panama. After a 30-year career in teaching wood
shop, industrial arts and geography in St. Cloud, Fla.,
Franklin, Tenn., and the Canal Zone/Panama, he retired in

1999 to Merritt Island. An avid fisherman of the oceans
around the Republic of Panama and Gatun Lake in the Canal
Zone, he also enjoyed hunting in his younger days. Jack was
a talented carpenter, creating useful furniture for his home
from tropical woods.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Ida
Banghart Willoughby and Frederick C. Willoughby; and his
older brother, William Willoughby, all of Huntsville, Ala.
Jack is survived by his wife of 36 years, Edith "Edie"
Huff Willoughby of Merritt Island; his sister and brother-in-
law, Ardis and Jim Davis of New Boston, Mich.; brother-in-
law and sister-in-law, Don and Laurie Duquette Huff of New
Baltimore, Mich.; sister-in-law, Ann Edwards Willoughby, of
Huntsville, Ala.; and five nieces and nephews.

Charlotte Cain Wilson, daughter of Lois (Scheidegg)
and Kyle Andress, passed away September 8, 2010, very sud-
denly but peacefully in her sleep. She had recently turned 50
years of age. Charlotte graduated in 1978 from Balboa High
School. She had lived approximately 25 years in Baton
Rouge, La., but the Canal Zone always remained first in her

William (Bill) E. Zemer, Jr., 87,
passed away in his sleep August 26,
2010, in Hartwell, Ga. He was born
in Ancon Hospital, Canal Zone, on
June 7, 1923, the son of Mary Milloy
Zemer and William Emmett Zemer,

B His paternal grandfather, William
Frank Zemer, Roosevelt Medal
Holder #6694, first came to the Canal
Zone as a railroad engineer in 1903
and then returned in 1911. His father, Emmett, arrived in
1913. Bill's maternal grandfather, James Milloy, came to the
Canal in 1913 as a master machinist at the Balboa Dry Dock.
His mother arrived in 1918 after completing high school in
Massachusetts. Emmett and Mary met while in the Canal
Zone and were married on July 15, 1922. Bill was born in
1923, the first of their four children.
Throughout his youth Bill was a member of Coach Henry
Grieser's Red, White and Blue Troupe. He considered it a
privilege to have had Coach Grieser as his swimming coach
and he always enjoyed talking about the glory days of the
Troupe when it entertained VIPs or represented the Canal
Zone in swimming competitions in Central and South
America. In 2009 he was able to finally view the Red, White
and Blue Troupe news film distributed by Grantland Rice
Sportlight. He was easily able to identify himself and many
of his childhood friends during their teenage days and
remembered all of the scenes shown plus the many hours they
spent filming it.
Bill graduated from Balboa High School in 1941 and
began college at Ohio State swimming under the legendary
coach, Mike Peppe. The next year he enlisted in the U.S.
Army Air Forces where he earned his wings as a pilot. He
flew the Lockheed P-38 Lightning until his honorable dis-

charge as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946. During his service years
he met Ruthelma "Terry" Terrell and they were married in
1944; divorcing in the late 1950s.
After World War II he resumed his studies at Ohio State
University where he was All-American in swimming and part
of the NCAA record setting 400-yard freestyle relay team.
After graduating from Ohio State he returned to Balboa with
his family where he was the Balboa High School swimming
coach. Three years later he did graduate work at Washington
State University and then returned to the Canal Zone to teach
swimming at Balboa Pool and coach the BHS swim team. In
1954 he moved to Maryland and then in 1964 to California.
He spent most of his teaching career coaching wrestling, foot-
ball and water polo but was best known as a swimming
coach. He was a lover of all sports and remained an ardent
Ohio State fan to the end but his true devotion was for his stu-
dents and coaching swimming. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and
Emmett Zemer; daughter Diane Denise Zemer; and his sec-
ond wife, Janet Machen Zemer. In addition he was preceded
in death by his special "aunties," Gertrude "Patsy" Milloy
(BHS'19), Helen Milloy (BHS'20), Isabella Milloy
Survivors include sisters Isabelle Zemer Lively (BHS'43)
and Phyllis Zemer Wright (BHS'45) of California, and
Shirley Zemer Swenson (BHS'52) of North Carolina; son
David Zemer (BHS'63) of Norway; daughter Connie Sue
Zemer Bumgarner (BHS'66) of California; his first wife,
Ruthelma Zemer of Florida; five granddaughters; two great-
grandchildren; one niece and two nephews; and for the last
six years his close companion, Laurene Howell of Georgia.

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Descendants from Tom and Mary Denn Foley who
arrived in Panama in 1912, were represented by:
Mary Foley and Bill Cronan represented by John and
Val Cronan, Chris, Stephanie, Sophie, Emma, and Tyler
Cronan; Ashlee Cronan and John DiRocco, Gillian and
Lila DiRocco; Celia Cronan and Gary Miller, Joe, Lisa
and Avery Miller; Molly Miller and Mike Mathis; Jim and
Brandon Cronan, Joe Cronan, Will and Annette Cronan,
William, Neil, and Mallory Cronan; Mary Cronan and
Jim Spallino, Ann, Frank, and Jackie Spallino; Maggie
(Cronan) Ashla.
Tom and Eileen Foley whose family (Irene, Rita,
Pauline, Joe and Tom) were there in spirit.
Gena Foley and Cy Field represented by Marianne
Field and Russ Hockin; Ryan, Nicole, Gena Grace and
Travis Hockin; Jamie, Jessica and Connelly Grace
Hockin; Garrett Hockin and Kevin Hockin; Kenny and
Sandra Field; Sean, Monica, and Cory Field; Chris and
Jacob Field and Chantel LeBlanc; Josie Field, Jeremy
Field, Nick, Carrie and Savannah Field, and Maria Miller.
Ellie Foley and Ed Husum represented by Janet Husum
Herrington; Karen Husum and Jim Clary, Darien, and
Anne Clary; Maureen Husum and Tomas Lynch; Lorrie
Husum and Tod Allen, Caitlin, and Kelsey Allen; John and
Jason Husum; George and Barb Husum; Michael Husum;
and Mary Husum and Bill Toston.
On June 27, 2008, with great sadness, the leader of our

"clan," Mel Field, passed away. Mel's memorial became a
true celebration of a good life and during our time at his
funeral, the idea of a family reunion in Panama was born.
Almost two years to the day, 77 family members from the
Cronan, Field and Husum families landed in Panama and the
"Foley Family Reunion" began.
Many of the younger generation were visiting Panama for

the first time and were able to tie together the "Panama sto-
ries" told over the years with actual sites. When one arrives
in today's Panama, you are immediately amazed by the
impressive skyline of Panama City which is modernizing at a
light-speed pace.
Condor Tours & Travel assisted us with our itinerary and
tailored it to our wishes. We offer our kudos for a job well
done. We started out at the Amador Country Inn & Suites
(currently undergoing a much-needed renovation) where
families gathered around the pool and the Yacht Club (the lit-
tle kids were awesome at Karaoke and dancing). Twenty-one
people took part in a deep-sea fishing trip (the fish stories
they told!) and were treated to a parade of whales that most
people felt made the day. Others took the Embera Indian
Village Tour; visited the Gamboa Rainforest Resort; cruised
the Causeway; ate at the Napoli Restaurant; toured Panama
Casco Viejo, the Golden Altar at Iglesia de San Jos6; or hit
everyone's favorite--the Chinese Garden (oh, those chinese
plums and mango salad).
Condor supplied us with two full-size air-conditioned
buses to shepherd us around for the week and the family pro-
vided the full-size bar. Marianne Field Hockin, director exce-
lente, directed us each day with a review of the upcoming
day's events, and we will never forget her famous not-so-last
words: "Oh...and one more thing..."
We were treated to historical sites such as the administra-
tion building, Goethals Memorial, the Governor's Mansion
',; ~i=r :

and Canal Zone College which is now The Florida State
University--Panama Branch (for the 13 Seminole fans in the
group). We did the "Old Haunts" tour in Balboa, delighting in
seeing the four-family on Barebey Street where the Husums
lived, Balboa Elementary and High Schools, El Prado, and all
the while sharing stories about sliding down Admin Hill on
cardboard boxes and figuring out who was where when the

1964 riots took place. We then set off to see the ships go
through the Canal at Miraflores Locks, and headed up to
Decameron Resort over the new bridge.
Decameron was prefect for such a large group; it is an all-
inclusive resort with several swimming pools and restaurants,
beautiful beaches, and fun and games for all ages--the beer
drinking contest was a hoot, and we won't disclose who the
winners were-male or female! Some things that happened in
Panama will forever stay in Panama. We had a family golf
tourament--with plenty of winners and no losers!! We toured

El Valle and for those adventurous souls, did the zip line (no
broken bones).
The last full day in Panama we took the Panama Railroad
from the Pacific Side to the Atlantic Side. It's definitely a
must do for those of you who are planning a trip to Panama.
It was fantastic and well worth the early morning ride.
CHS/BHS fight songs and cheers were sung, bringing to
mind all those Friday night jamboree train rides or trips to the
"other side" for football games. We missed the conductor
shouting out "Frijoles" as we passed through the jungle, but
his ghost must have been there, because strangely enough we
all heard it!! Our bus picked us up and we toured Colon
(looking all over for the micha bread panderia) and then
headed to tour Gatun Locks and saved the best for last--
Those of us from Margarita (Field and Cronan families)
were awash with emotion as we stood in front of our former
homes; walked the streets of Margarita; and looked at bap-
tism records at Holy Family Church. Margarita is like step-
ping back in time as some things haven't changed; while at
the same time there is plenty of change. It was remarkable.
While on the Atlantic side, we visited Portobelo and the

Black Christ. One of the highlights of the bus trip from the
Atlantic side was the family storytelling--tales of growing up
in the Zone; the places, people and family of our lives past.
Laughs were had, tears were shed, and the joy of being
together to celebrate our common bond was wonderful. We
ended the week on Friday night with a wonderful dinner and
tipico dance show at Las Tinajas in Panama City.
Other favorite restaurants some of us enjoyed were Los
Capitanes in El Valle, Los Caiiones near Portobelo, Tambal,
Los Camisones near Santa Clara, Quesos Chela in Capira,

Lefios y Carb6n on the Causeway, and the Miraflores Locks
Some people arrived days early and some people stayed
additional days at the end of the week, where they visited Fort
San Lorenzo, Gatun Lake, Fort Sherman, El Cope in the high-
lands of Cocld Province, Condo John Husum at Playa Blanca,
Chitr6, and Playa Venao on the Azuero Peninsula, Isla
Grande; and all people had a fab-u-lous time. We toasted our
grandparents, parents, those who are no longer with us (over
and over again), celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, fisher-
people; golfers, and delighted in Shorty&Slim jokes to the
wee hours of the morning. Each day was a highlight in its
own rights and we have all agreed that we just can't seem to
get over this experience. Panama, a country small enough to
fill our hearts with wonderful memories and life experiences,
gave us immeasurable pleasure from July 31 through August
7, 2010.

Celia Cronan Miller
San Jose, Calif.


An interesting and unusual fact was brought to my atten-
tion. Prior to and during World War II, every year a list was
published of the Amateur Golf Champions of the Isthmus of
Panama. Of the foursome that I regularly golfed with (John
MacMurray, age 16; Robert McCormack, age 17; Todd
Lipzinski, age 17; Charles MacMurray, age 18) at the
Panama Golf Club it was quite remarkable that every one of
us achieved championship status. No other group of golf part-
ners had accomplished this that I am aware of.
The synopsis of years each was an amateur champion is
as follows:
1937 Robert McCormack
Also, during the course of our time together, Bob had 15
"Holes in Ones."
1940 John MacMurray
John was also named the Panama Open Champion, 1939.
1942 Todd Lipzinski
Also, I was the runner-up for the Panama Open to John
MacMurray in 1939.
???? Charles MacMurray, John's older brother
Other players in our golf association also became amateur
champions. Among them were Admiral Roy Ryden and Matt
Shannon. My cousin, Edmund Koperski, was one of the
few people who had won two championships.

Thaddeus G Lipzinski
Grand Rapids, Mich.


Recent visitors of Phil and Debbie Sanders were treated
to an afternoon cruise aboard The Garashine and dinner in
Fort Myers, Fla. Guests included John and Sandy Franks,
Bill and Sandy Weigle, and Kenny and Kim Cooper. A good
time was had by all.

,Zvi '

Sandy Franks, Phil Sanders, Shirley Boswell, John
Franks, Sandy Weigle, Debbie Sanders, Bill Weigle,
Kenny and Kim Cooper.
Kim Cooper
Pittsburg, Texas


A group of ex-Zonians had a successful 2010 Florida
mini-lobster season during July 28-29th. Angel Vasquez
again hosted the Sportsman 2-Day mini-lobster season event.
The Canal Zone team were John Frank, Neal Patton, Hugh
Thomas, Angel, Phil Sanders, and Blake Thomas. Team
Canal Zone caught their limit on both days. Dinner, drinks
and old lies were the highlights both nights at Angel's house.

Back (L-R): John Frank, Neal Patton. Front (L-R): Hugh
Thomas, Angel Vasquez, Phil Sanders, and Blake Thomas.

Then Phil Sanders' annual mid-September wahoo fishing
trip to Tropic Star Lodge in Panama took place. The trip start-
ed with a Thursday night poker game at the Balboa Elks Club
with everyone lining up to get some of Phil's money.

Dave Bishop, Elks Poker Game

Charley Leves, Elks Poker Game

Then, Friday night was happy hour at the Balboa Elks
Club, and a good time was had by all.
Saturday through Thursday, fishing at Tropic Star Lodge,
on Phil's boat the Miss Florida with lots of rain and rough
weather. However, fish were caught and Eric Ernist finished
off the trip with a nice 200-pound Blue Marlin. By the end of
the trip, Wahoo, Dorado, and four Blue Marlins were caught.

Eric Ernist with a nice Wahoo

Phil's Dorado

Phil Sanders
Fort Myers, Fla.


Kelly Preston and husband John Travolta residents of
Marion County, Fla. were recognized for all their contribu-
tions to the community by the Sheriffs Office.

FA rcio

Tom Wilder, John Travolta and Kelly Preston

2011 Membership Dues of $40 are due
by December 31, 2010.


Recently Wil Rogers (BHS'83) was featured in the very D
first edition of the Boston Whaler magazine. Wil is the Large
Boats Business Manager and has worked for Boston Whaler -
for the past eight years. The article talks about Wil's obses-
sion with boats.
Wil was born and raised in the Canal Zone. He is an i
Engineering graduate from UCF. He is married to Angie
Buchine and has two daughters, Olivia and Anna. He is the
son of Bill (deceased) and Edna (Jenkins) Rogers

If you would like to read the complete article about Wil
and his Boston Whaler obsession, go online to:

Wil Rogers
picture by Bill Schild





"I'M OLDER than you are, Joseph
Anthony Herring of Ancon, left, will be
able to tell his first cousin Brian Francis
Herring of Diablo, when they get to the
argument stage. The cousins met at Gorgas
Hospital where Joseph Anthony was born
November 15, and Brian Francis the fol-
lowing day. Joseph's father is G. J.
Herring, a conductor for the Panama
Railroad. Brian's dad is Thomas Herring
who is a towing locomotive operator at the
Pacific Locks. Joseph is the seventh of his
family; Brian is the Thomas Herring's
fourth child.

Taken from the Panama Canal Review,
I 5* j dated December 3, 1954.

Submitted by Cheryl Russell



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The Panama Canal Museum has been collaborat-
ing with the National Baggermuseum/National
Dredging Museum in Sliedrecht, The Nether-
lands, the only museum in the world dedicated to
dredging. They recently purchased from the
Panama Canal Museum digital photographs, a
model of the Bucyrus Steam Shovel, and Panama
maps for their upcoming exhibit on the Panama

The model of the Bucyrus Steam Shovel is available
in the Panama Canal Museum store.

Ronald DeHeer, a retired senior lecturer in
Hydraulic Engineering at the UNESCO-IHE
Institute for Water Education in Delft and volun-
teer curator for the museum, has built a 15 meter
long working model of the Panama Canal for the
Much like our museum, DeHeer says the work is
done mostly by volunteers and financed by dona-
tions from industry and private sponsors. It gets
about 7,000-10,000 visitors per year. The Panama
Canal exhibit is scheduled to open on December
17, 2010, and will run through the end of May. To
see more of this unique museum visit

Panama Canal Museum on the
World Wide Web
The museum's website receives kudos from
Zonians and non-Zonians alike as a source for
information about the history of the Panama
Canal and the dedicated people who built and
operated it.
Located at,
the site features links to research facilities like
the growing Panama Canal Museum Digital
Collection at the University of Florida's George
A. Smathers Libraries.
You can click on Records Requests to find out where
and how to get birth, death and marriage certifi-
cates, high school and college transcripts, and
personnel records from the former Canal Zone.
The Wall of Honor features transitss" achieved by
those who have generously donated to the
museum over the years as well as In Memoriam
and In Honor sections you can browse.
Upcoming Events includes museum-sponsored
cruises; where to play Bunco, or how to book a
museum tour or invite an outreach speaker to
your school or community group.
Under Featured Programs, you can download the
Roosevelt Medal recognition form, request to be
listed in Zonians in the Military, or order a digital
copy of Canal Zone and DoDDs Yearbooks.
The Museum Store offers a convenient way to order
unique Panama Canal and Panama related items. An
extensive offering of used books and the 2010
Collectible Ornament, the 2011 Museum Calendar,
and Note Cards (see Museum Ad on page 56), all
featuring the art of Al Sprague, have been added

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Website HOURS OF OPERATION Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Email 727-394-9338

( World Premiere Party for New Panama Canal Documentary I

The Panama Canal Museum, in partnership
with Tampa's Public Broadcasting Station
WEDU, is planning a big Premiere Preview
Party fundraiser on January 20, 2011, in
advance of the showing of The American
Experience feature, "Panama Canal." The
feature premieres Monday, January 24, 2011,

9:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m. ET on PBS, and docu-
ments the human drama behind the
creation of the Panama Canal, one of the
greatest wonders of the modern world. Visit for details
about purchasing tickets or how to host your
own Premiere Party with your friends.

PC Museum Plans Another Book and Needs Your Help!

Following the success of its award winning cook
book, Opening the Gates to Canal Cuisine, and
family history book, Write of Passage, the
Panama Canal Museum is pleased to announce
its next major publication, a paper covered 8 V"
x 13" coil bound book on the Panama Canal
townsites. Consisting of town maps, histories
from the museum's collection, photos, and anec-
dotes, this unique book will tell the story of our
Panama Canal "home towns"
You can participate in this project in one or more
1. E-mail up to three town photos (in 600 dpi)
you'd like considered for inclusion in the book.
Identify the photos and include your name. Mail
original photos if you can't send via e-mail.
2. E-mail up to three town anecdotes/memories
(of up to 250 words) you'd like considered for
inclusion in the book. You can mail your
anecdotes/memories if e-mail isn't available.
3. Be listed as a sponsor of a specific townsite by
donating $5 for each townsite where you lived
and which you would like to sponsor. The spon-
sors for each town will be listed in the book and
help create a record of where families lived.
(Name should not exceed 40 characters-letters,
punctuation marks, numbers, and spaces.)

The photos and anecdotes should help show
what made our towns unique. Holiday displays,
school/after-school activities, Teen Club and
other club activities, church activities, houses,
theaters, clubhouses, and commissaries are some
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772
possible subjects. The Museum reserves the right
to select none, one, two or all stories submitted
by any one person, based on space limitations
and/or duplication of or similarity in other
stories submitted.
The deadline for receipt by the museum of the
photos and anecdotes is January 31, 2011.
Sponsorships will be accepted through March
31, 2011. We plan to have the books available for
sale at the 2011 Panama Canal Society Reunion;
and for shipment after the Reunion.
Gerry DeTore, a member of our Board of Trust-
ees, is begging for memories or information on
Coco Solito. He can't understand the lack of
readily available information about one of his

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The BHS'61 Class will celebrate
their 50th Class Reunion with a
trip and dinner during 2011 as fol-
lows to commemorate their 50th
Class Reunion.

Trip to Panama: February 20, 2011 to February 27, 2011
Dinner in Orlando, July 8, 2011. More details later.
Let's have a good turnout for BOTH events.

George Garcia


The Balboa High School class of
1956 is planning their 55th reunion
to be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion at
the Orlando World Center Marriott
July 6-10, 2011. All BHS'56 class members are invited to
participate in renewing old friendships. More detailed
information will be forthcoming via emails and in the
Canal Record. Please contact the below committee mem-
bers for your commitment to attend and/or to volunteer for
one of the committees or to get more information.

Bill Hatchett
(228) 342-1242 (cell)
678 Alewa Place
Diamondhead, MS

Sue Knapp Light
(256) 232-8307
or (256) 604-9774
29582 Thunderpaw Drive
Harvest, AL 35749


The class of '57's 55th reunion will be held in conjunction
with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando,
Florida; held at the Orlando World Center Marriott from
June 27th to July 1st, 2012. Both BHS and CHS are invit-
ed to atend, consisting of traditional dinner, class photo,
and hospitality suite during the reunion with light lunch,
and appetizers in evening, open from 9 to 9. Please mark
your claendars and provide up-dated information of self
and other classmates. Please feel free to contact me.

Daniel G. Winklosky

1362 Brookwood Drive
High Point, NC 27262


CHS Class of 1961
50th Class Reunion

Our 50th Class Reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the
Orlando World Center Mariott from July 6-10, 2011.

Please mark your calendars. For more information, please
contact any of the following:

George Cotton

Bob Geddes

Paul Ebdon

OF 1966

Our 45th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the
Orlando World Center Mariott.
Please mark July 6-10, 2011 on your calendar and tell all
our classmates!


Dave Albanese
(703) 627-0340

Mary Pope
(936) 537-9297


Plans for our 40th class reunion
are underway and we want to
hear from you! Save the dates of
July 7-10, 2011 in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World Center Marriott. We had a
great planning meeting last summer and have some fun
events planned to make this our best reunion ever.
Let us know you're coming by contacting:

Debbie Dekle
Katie Haas


For more info and reunion details, visit our website at


CHS 1971 Reunion will be con-
junction with the Annual Panama
S B- Canal Society Reunion at the
.-- Orlando World Center Marriott,
July 7th through 10th. We need your input on if you
would like to do a trip to Panama in the dry season. Call
or email us.
Jane Paulson/Martin Toni Klasovsky/Treverton
850-926-7390 863-646-1535

Check Facebook page for updates:
Cristobal High School Reunion 1971

CHS 1976

Our 35th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott, July 6th 10th.
We are in the planning stages and would like your ideas!

Contact one of the following:

D LaPorta

Tom Wilder
352-694-2211 (evenings)


11 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011


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
(225) 774-7761



It's Christmas--that time of year to give thanks for all
your blessings and think maybe about doing something
especially rewarding for a complete stranger.
Wrap up those old eyeglasses and send them along.
Give the gift of sight to a grateful person in Latin America.
Missionaries head south every year with cleaned and grad-
ed eyeglasses. The person who gets your glasses may have
walked for days to get to the clinic. Your glasses are no
longer of any value to you, yet they could be a priceless
gift to a person you will never meet.
During 2010 you donated 65 pairs of glasses along
with loose lenses and other accessories. They came in
from Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi,
North Carolina and Texas.
This year's collection brings the total to 2,624 since
the project began in 1992. Past donors should give them-
selves a big hug for their thoughtfulness and generosity as
we inch toward the next milestone.
Remember that the person who sends in the 3,000th
pair of glasses will be rewarded with a one-year Pan Canal
Society membership renewal and congratulations printed
in the Canal Record.
Please keep those glasses coming. Send to your
Louisiana-Mississippi reporter:

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


February 4-6, 2011

Join us for a Pre-Carnivalito fun-filled evening
on Friday, February 4, 2011. The Space Coast
Group will host this gathering beginning at
4:00 pm in the Melbourne Suite. Beer, Wine,
Soda and food will be provided until it runs out.
Please feel free to bring a dish to share. See
page 3.

MAY 21, 2011


What better way to spend the day, than with friends and family. The Never Quit Beach Fest,
inspired by our our Panama Canal Pilot, Capt Gerard Petroni and society member Erik
Petroni, will be hosting a day running, swimming, paddling, surfing and fishing, all for a great
cause. Enjoy the Navy jets, Navy SEAL Leap Frog Paratroopers, helicopters, beach, games
and each other, all while learning about a healthy happy way to live! You can also compete
in the Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge and get a chance at being excepted to become a Navy

Participants can be a part of the one of a kind Trident Challenge & Relay, 5K run/walk, 1 Mile
Kids Fun Run, Longboard surf contest, surf lessons & coaching, fishing clinic & derby, free
health screenings, free hair cuts, family activities, healthy food, great bands, amazing prizes
and so much more! And... Shorty&Slim will be playing live.

Registering online will ensure the requested sizes for all items in your goodie bag. Male par-
ticipants registered for the 5K, Trident Challenge (Solo or Relay) or Surfing lessons receive
custom sandals, Never Quit Competitor shirt, custom bib, free pictures, food, beer and

Women receive the same as above except, instead of sandals, they receive a stunning
Sterling Silver Sea Turtle with a white sapphire on a silver necklace. Women will have the
pendant presented to them after they cross the finish line by Naval Officers in dress white

Shorty and Slim will play their amazing music before 8,000 people at the Jacksonville Beach
Sea Walk Pavilion Aloha After Party and Awards directly across from the finish line. Please
visit the Never Quit Never web site, look at what the event is about and lets make this a mini
reunion before the big July reunion. Get all your Zonian friends together, book your hotel
rooms with the special rates we have listed under the REGISTRATION tab. Lets support
Shorty&Slim, and "More importantly", let's get Zonians who are non members to join the
Panama Canal Society and be a part of our great family of friends!

All Panama Canal Society members will receive a discount during online registration. When
you enter email address during online registration it will show if you are a member. If you
are not a member of the Panama Canal Society, this is just another great reason to join and
then save money at the Never Quit Beach Fest and be a part of this mini-CZ reunion and
then let's reunite in July at the Panama Canal Reunion for big one.

See you May 21.

Erik Petroni

Advertising rates approved at the October 17, 2007, Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertis-
ing rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad shown
in the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society, Inc., or
those who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who want to advertise in the Canal Record.
All ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will not
compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF format at
300 DPI to editork( All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks to the Panama
Canal Society, Inc.
Send all ads and checks or money orders to:
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JUNE 2011 Canal Record April 8, 2011
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DECEMBER 2011 Canal Record October 7, 2011

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

Started as a non-profit organization in 1952,
the Canal Zone Study Group has 750 mem-
bers worldwide. Check out
for much more CZ stamp information. For a free digital
copy of our color quarterly newsletter send an e-mail to
David Zemer at SOSAHILLytHOTMAIL.COM and
put "free CZP" in the subject field. Or, to become a mem-
ber send a check for only $8/year to: CZSG 408 Redwood
Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60193.

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2010 PCM Collectible Christmas "Al Sprague" Ornament
2011 PCM "Art of Al Sprague" Calendar
Set of 12 "Art of Al Sprague" Note Cards

Special New Year's Sale! 25% Off! Expires March 31, 2011!
Canal Builders, The, by Julie Greene (Hardcover)(Save $5.00)
Cocina Panamena (Hardcover, Cookbook)(Save $7.00)
Come Together, Fall Apart, by Cristina Henriquez (Hardcover)(Save $7.00)
La Pollera (Hardcover)(Save $7.00)
Magnificent Molas: The Art of the Kuna Indians, by Michel Perrin (Hardcover)(Save $12.00)
Paris in Panama by Anton Rajer (Hardback)(Save $10.00)
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Whole set of 7 books available for $150 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!



Shipping (See Shipping Costs Chart below.)
7% Sales Tax (to Florida addresses only)
Panama Canal Museum 2011 Membership ($26.00) plus Donation
Panama Canal Museum Donation

Subtotal Amount US/Territories Canada Other/Foreign
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$ 15.01-$ 30.00 $ 7.95 $11.95 $15.95
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Personal stories about JUST CAUSE
Before, during and after the event.
Publication of accounts will depend
on responses received.

Please send to: R. Cheville
P. 0. Box 315, Webster, NC 28788
or email: just.cause.stories(&
Include your name, address, and
phone number.

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plus postage.
Call Bill and Margaret McLaughlin at
352-726-8804 to order.

Zonians and Sauce Arturo

Go together like fun and good food!

C" case: 24 / 8oz cans
sold by the can or by the case


Thanks for inviting us!

Visit our brands website and
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our other fine products
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In response to member feedback and suggestions, the
Board has decided to create a new level of Society
membership with special benefits and recognition -
The Governor's Club. Each year many members
forget to renew or allow their membership to lapse fol-
lowing a milestone reunion such as their 10 year or 20
year reunion. Since membership is critical to the sur-
vival of our organization we are establishing a 5-year
Governor's Club membership. Entry into the
Governor's Club will be $200 and entrants will enjoy
the following benefits:

Recognition in the Canal Record and at the
Panama Canal Society Reunion
Preferred seating reserved tables at the
Annual Ball
A specially designed lapel pin recognizing
Governor's Club Membership
A free Shorty&Slim CD
A Panama Canal Society license plate
A Panama Canal Society decal
And you will only have to write a check once
every five years!

Panama Canal Society, Inc.
) 7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787

Questions? Call Toll Free 1-866-726-2262



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