This is your reminder about the upcoming Atlanta REPA Luncheon next Tuesday, December 10th…
As this will be our Christmas Luncheon we suggest that you bring a good Christmas Story to get us in the spirit! Of course we always welcome any stories, true or otherwise!
Also you might want to bring your 2014 REPA Dues, as we will be collecting them again…. Regular Member Dues are $40.00 and those for Affiliate Members are $35.00… As usual we will accept additional contributions to the Kitty…
As always, we will be starting about 11:00 AM at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located on Godby Road, just off Old National Highway southwest of the Atlanta Airport…
Report on the November 12, 2013 Atlanta REPA Luncheon
Today over 20 fellows braved the gathering winds (which promise to bring sub-freezing temps to the Big Peach later this evening) so as to attend the monthly Atlanta REPA Luncheon…
Attending was one fellow we had not seen in ages… That being Jim Graybill who, with his wife Beverlee, had moved from Kentucky back down to Georgia…
There we were treated to a 48 minute movie starring Arthur Godfrey apparently made in the mid 50’s… It starred an Eastern Connie, tail number 206, in what was purported to be a flight from IDL to MIA… Also appearing were Captain Eddie, Captain Dick Merrill, FE Hugh Palmer and a cabin crew of two Stewardess’s and a Steward… While it was certainly “dated”, the flight was interesting (and somewhat corny) in that we got a review of navigation, etc., which was industry standard for that time period…
One fellow presented his check for 2014 REPA Dues which prompted several others to pay theirs via cash… (We will also be accepting checks or cash for 2014 Dues at the December 10th REPA Luncheon)…
In addition to the usual cash Door Prizes we had a six place set of Eastern cups and saucers… Bob Webb was asked to draw the first ticket and pulled his own out! After which he selected the cups and saucers…
The other three winners were:
Chuck Taliaferro…. $15.00
Bob Fuhrman…….. $10.00
Jay Allen……....…... $ 5.00
2014 REPA Convention to be in Savannah, Georgia!
I am excited to announce that we have an agreement in principle with the Desoto Hilton in Savannah to hold the 2014 REPA Convention on Sept 2-4, 2014.
The Desoto Hilton was the Eastern long layover hotel smack in the middle of Savannah’s Historic District. The hotel has been modernized to reflect the first class, 4 Star Hotel that I remember. Candidly, this was one of my favorite layover cities and hotels in the Eastern system. The Six Pence English Pub is still alive and well. You can bet I will soak up a glass or two of suds and a sandwich for lunch.
There are so many great places to eat within walking distance and the transportation for us less mobile folks is very Charlestonesk with bike cabs, golf cart cabs and trolleys taking you on a regular basis down to the river front and other locations in the cities. In addition, Gulfstream Aircraft, Flight Safety Simulators, the Historic Bull Street Squares and the famed house and cemetery from the “Garden of Good and Evil” are just around the corner.
Additionally, we are going to revive the Hospitality Room with almost the entire 15th floor all to ourselves. It has a panoramic view of Savannah, a full wet bar, and the agreement that it will be all ours for the duration. Our Vice President, Bud Robbins will be in charge of Hospitality entertainment. You can look forward to some entertainment surprises as well.
Beyond our guaranteed block of 60 rooms per night, the rooms may become limited if you wait too long. While we are guaranteed the REPA rate 3 days prior and 3 days after, it is only guaranteed until the hotel reaches 80% occupancy. This is a happening place. As soon as we get the contact information you will want to make your reservations, even if you are not 100% sure you can attend.
This is going to be a great REPA Convention. Fun for all and plenty to do and see. Make your commitment and reservations early. I look forward to see all of you on September 2-4, 2014.
Jim Gardner and Pam Davis
Your Hosts at the 2014 REPA Convention
The 2013 REPA Convention was held at the Francis Marion in Charleston, South Carolina and concluded on September 4th. Below are some of the highlights.
Due to our declining membership the Board of Directors and Members, at the Business Meeting, took several actions to reduce our expenses.
A major reduction in expenses was the decision by the Members at the Business Meeting to have only one REPArtee magazine each year rather than the two (summer and winter) that have been published since 2004. As the dues are still due on January 1st of each year we will be sending out a simple reminder by US Mail to those who have not paid by the end of each year. We estimate going to one magazine per year (to be mailed about three months before the convention) will save us in excess of $8000.00.
Another money-saving action, this one taken by the Board of Directors, (although clearly not as much money will be saved) was the combining of the job of Secretary with the Treasurer. Thus we were able to eliminate that Director position. So the newly elected 2014 Board of Directors is as follows:
President and Convention Chairman...
Vice President and President Elect......
Secretary and Treasurer.....................
REPA Editor and Webmaster..............
There was a long discussion at the Board of Directors Meeting and again at the Business Meeting about the type and location of the 2014 Convention, with input from many Members. The location is not finalized as of this writing but our Prez and Convention Chairman, Jim Gardner, states he will have it for us by Halloween!
Of course we had the usual 50/50 Raffle with the following winners:
John Murphy…. $400.00
Pam Davis........ $300.00
Dick Garner….. $100.00
Early on we promised that one of the first 25 who signed up for the convention would win a free night at the Francis Marion. That lucky person was one who really deserved it! She was one of the hard working ladies who help Su Reeves with the registration (name tags, seating charts, welcome packets and so on), Michele Tully!
Another highlight was at the Buffet/Dance-- our own "Candy Man,” Chuck Taliaferro with his wife, Grace, was invited to dance to a rendition of the song "Candy Man" by our songstress, Karen Hall. Within seconds they were surrounded by most of the ladies (and a few fellows) who were also singing "Candy Man". This great event was captured by many, many photographs!
The attendees at the Banquet the final night gave Bill Watkinson a quite belated round of applause for his actions in setting up the Yorktown Tour at the 2009 Convention in Charleston. Due to family issues Bill drove all night from his farm in New Jersey arriving right before the tour started, stayed to make sure all went OK and then immediately departed for New Jersey before we could properly thank him. Bill is a Member of the USS Yorktown Association (he flew Hellcats off her in WW II) and arranged not only for the tour but was able to get it for us at no cost!
Also at the Banquet, because of his many contributions to the Eastern Pilot Group as an Instructor and Check Airman, his work at the various conventions including custodian for many years of our Cash Sales items/Memorabilia and his service on the REPA Board of Directors culminating in his serving as President in 2006, Captain Don Teel was inducted into the REPA Hall of Fame.