Hope this finds everyone healthy and doing well.
Tom Wyatt and I went to Covington, KY in January
to look it over for our 06 reunion, it is across the river
from Cincinnati, OH. There are plenty of things to see and
do, excellent restaurants and the hotel we selected is very
nice and reasonable.
The date selected is 18-25 Sept. 06 and the hotel
is the Radisson Hotel Riverfront, the rate is $75.00
per night, they have a rotating restaurant on the 18th
floor with excellent food, you can make reservations by
calling the hotel direct at 859-491-1200 or 800-333-3333,
you must identify yourself as being with the U.S.S Floyd
B. Parks DD884, (you must give the name of ship and hull
number in it's entirety). The cutoff date for reservations
at this rate is 15 Aug. 06. They have a 24-hour cancellation
policy so please make your reservations as early as possible
since this helps us with planning of events.
We will visit the Wright Patterson AFB museum on Friday
22 Sept., we are still working on events for Saturday 23
Sept. We're also working on some entertainment in our hospitality
suite on Friday night. More details will be in later newsletter.
Airlines into Cincinnati are American, Continental, Delta,
North West, and United, Amtrak goes into union terminal
Dayton, OH is one hour from Cincinnati & Louisville,
KY is 2 hours away. You may be able to save money on airline
tickets by flying into these cities, its worth checking
Average daily temperature for September is 55-60.
A lot of you are probably wondering why we have deviated
from our normal rotation of reunion locations. Basically
we are running out of new locations that meet our requirements,
i.e: major airport, hotel size, cost, etc., also since Hurricane
Katrina we have decided to steer clear of hurricane alley
locations. We had heard so many great things about Covington/Cincinnati
area and Northern KY is trying to build a larger military
reunion base and has a lot to offer at reasonable prices.
Therefore we decided to deviate from the norm this year.
We are not giving up on the normal rotation. We will continue
to try to schedule new and interesting locations giving
you the most bang for your buck.
Our mini reunion in San Diego will be held on 1
Apr 06 from 1200-1600 at the Sizzler restaurant 2855
Midway Dr. if you can attend please notify in advance Bob
Bahler at 858-565-6218 email
or Bill Birdsong at 951-789-5309 email (email@example.com).
We need to know how many are coming for planning purposes,
if you need a map please let me know. Harold & Bobby
Golden from Atlanta GA are coming out again this year.
No Chaplains Corner this time, our Chaplain is out of state
visiting family members.
our ships store we have caps, golf shirts (blue & white)
key chains, hatpins, patches and a new item we just added
visor caps for the ladies. Please call or write me for prices.
to thank all the people who sent in their dues and donations,
and for the app. 80% who didn't please do so ASAP. Dues
are $15.00 per year, due each year Jan. 1st. Make checks
payable to F.B. Parks Assoc. and mail to me. There is a
sticker on the inside of your newsletter stating what you
owe, if there is no sticker on your newsletter you are paid
you change your e-mail address please notify Sue Birdsong
ASAP. If you have a change of address or a telephone area
code change please notify me.
want to thank the people who are trying to help us in getting
inactive members to join the association and attend reunions.
Our inactive list is almost as large as our active but when
people don't join the association or respond in any way
for 3 years we don't have any choice but to place them on
inactive. Postage is just too expensive, we have approximately
500 people on the inactive list to continue sending newsletter
would cost the association $780.00 per year.
you want a current membership list please let me know, for
those with e-mail contact Sue Birdsong.
information that will be of tremendous value to your spouse
in the event you pass away. This info may apply to all veterans,
especially retirees or people who have NSLI insurance, drawing
disability, social security etc.
first thing to do is to register your DD214 with the county
you live in. You can do this by seeing your Veterans Service
Office. They are listed in the phone book under County Government
Offices. You should visit them with all your records. They
will record all necessary information and in the event that
you pass away all your spouse has to do is call the Veterans
Service Office who will take care of many things that have
to be done and advise your spouse of how to cut through
red tape for the rest. This is probably an over simplification
of the whole procedure since I don't understand all I know
about it however; it will get you started and the Veterans
Services Officer (VSO) can guide you on the proper procedures.
shipmates who lost their homes in hurricane Katrina are
on their way to recovery. Jim & Maggie Highton are living
in their motor home while repairing another home they
bought. Jim and Beverly Lape rented a home from a friend
and are now buying the home. Both are planning on attending
our reunion in Sept.
I'm sad to report that 5 more of our shipmates have passed
away since the last newsletter. Thomas UValdrop 5 Aug.05,
Joe Strasser 15 Dec.05, Harris Swett 15 Jan. 06, Setrag
Ogassian 2 Feb. 06, and Andrew Odom 20 Feb. 06.
Tom (352 344-5424)
Robby (530 283-2165)