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Please write a report on your activities at the reunion; send some pictures.    nvsoar   26Oct2008
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2008 VP-2 Reunion

    The 2008 VP-2 Reunion was held at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego, CA from September 22-26, 2008.  Our reunion committee picked the best possible hotel complex for our group and made all the arrangements for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.  The committee of Dave and Phyllis Krogh, Dave and Eunice Au, Don and Kay Barthel, Art and Helene Kohrmann, and Bob and Janice Luce did a spectacular job of hosting the reunion, planning our social events and programming our extra-curricular activities.

    Monday was check-in and get-acquainted day with an outdoor patio Duty Office that served as a focal point in the midst of our assigned rooms that circled the area. Only in San Diego would we expect to have an outdoor Duty Office surrounded by rose gardens and bougainvilleas that climbed to the second floor eaves.

    On Monday evening, we all met in a poolside venue for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we greeted old friends and met new ones.

    On Tuesday morning, the Association business meeting was held in one of the resort ballrooms followed by a luncheon in an adjacent room.  At the business meeting, the members voted to approve Milt DeBuhr as a new Director on the Association’s Executive Board to replace Bill Haeckler, who retired from that position.

    The Association also voted to approve the donation of leftover Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial monies combined with money from the VP-2 Association treasury in a $25,000 contribution to the Military Officers Association of America scholarship fund, which aids dependent students of officer and enlisted military personnel (active, reserve and retired).  This donation was in addition to the previously approved $25,000 scholarship fund contribution that consisted entirely of excess WPSM funds.  One donation was made in the name of the Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial and one donation was made in the name of the VP-2 Association.

    The members also voted to hold the next reunion in Pensacola, Florida in 2010.  Harry Herman and Jim Summitt both volunteered to work on the Pensacola reunion committee.

    On Tuesday afternoon, all day Wednesday and all day Thursday, we were free to explore those extra-curricular activities of our choosing.  The U.S.S. Midway, the San Diego Maritime Museum, the many museums and attractions in Balboa Park, including their world-famous zoo, and a harbor evening dinner cruise were just some of the many things to see in the area.

    The final event of the San Diego reunion was the grand banquet held at the resort.  A cocktail hour and a Mexican buffet led off the evening, followed by an address by Bruce Sievers entitled “An American in Love With His Country.”  We were even treated to some vocal entertainment by Pat Jenista and Dave Krogh, who gave a unique and memorable rendition of the Julie Andrews song “My Favorite Things.”  We’ll never think of the original lyrics again!!

    Again, many thanks to the reunion committee for all the work and planning it took to make our reunion so enjoyable.  We rely on volunteers for everything we do.

Town and Country Resort (Google Maps)

Duty Office Patio
From the walkway in front of Dino's room

Reunion Big Cheese Dave Krogh and another old guy

Assn Founders Marie and Frank Hart with Al Vaccaro
The USS Midway and the San Diego Air & Space Museum were principal attractions