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VAPPER 2019 Reunion

 











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​This year it’s the “Sunshine State” again, for the VAPPERS 2019 Reunion.  The Reunion will be held at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center located at 1515 Prudential Dr.  Room rates are $119.00 + tax per day for single or double.  Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations.   Reservations can be made by calling hotel at (904) 396-5100.  Be sure to mention you are with the VAPPERS Military Reunion.  If problems arise when making reservations or you are quoted a different rate than above, call Jim at (757) 721-3077.  Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.  If rooms are ready you might be able to check-in earlier.  Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.  Reservations for the 1st night’s room and tax must be guaranteed by a major credit card.  Cancellation must be made not later than 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival.  If you desire to extend your stay the hotel will honor the group rate for 3 days before and after.  Reservations must be made not later than 09/23/19.  Reservations subsequent to this date will be on a space available basis and group rates might not be available.  The underground parking fee has been waived for all attendees who self park.  This does not include valet parking.  The hotel does not run a shuttle from the Jax airport.  An express shuttle travels from the airport to all downtown hotels.  Taxi service is also available.  To facilitate planning, attendees are encouraged to register ASAP.  Deadline for registering with reunion coordinator (Jim Temple) is 09/23/19.   Tickets for the activities can not be guaranteed for registrations received after this date but an attempt will be made to accommodate you.  A full refund for paid activities and the registration fee will be issued for cancellations received not later than 09/23/19.  Adequate free time is available for those who desire to explore Jacksonville.   Please “pass the word,” give this information wide dissemination, call or email other VAPPERS.  Friends and relatives of members are cordially invited.  For further information or assistance  call Jim at (757) 721-3077.
                                            Activities Information 
                                             Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will kick off 4 days of feast and fun.  This is the opportune time to renew long lost friendships, relive your sea stories, and anything else your heart desires while enjoying your favorite beverage and snacking on delicious finger foods.  The Reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  A cash bar will be available for purchase of your favorite thirst quencher.  The reception will be in the Anchor room.  The Hospitality is Commerce/Dockside Room.

Cost = $25.00 per person   

                                              St. Augustine Tour
                         St. Augustine Experience – Nation’s Oldest City Driving Tour
Enjoy your day in the Nation’s Oldest City! The various architectural styles, narrow brick streets, and European flavors combine for a unique escape. Your professional tour guide meets the group dressed in period costume and weaves a tapestry of stories from the early colonial years to the Victorian Flagler era. We tour all the major sites including the Fountain of Youth, Spanish Mission Grounds, City Gates, Spanish Plaza, Cathedral-Basilica, Spanish Government House, Flagler Memorial Church, and the old Ponce de Leon Hotel. We disembark at the Castillo de San Marcos, the stone fort that was never captured in battle. As we walk the fort grounds, listen to the story of how the early Spanish survived under siege from the English attackers. The tour includes one more stop at the old 1888 Alcazar Hotel and courtyard. Lunch today is on your own combined with shopping and exploring the historic district. Your personal tour guide creates an interactive tour atmosphere which is fun for everyone.
Cost = $52.00 per person

                               

                                     Jacksonville City Experience Driving Tour
Come enjoy the history and culture of the largest city in the continental United States!  Your professional tour guide meets the group at your hotel for a river city experience that will entertain all your senses. You may be surprised to hear of the 1564 French colony that existed in Jacksonville before the Spanish settled La Florida. We travel to Downtown to hear the exploits of the city’s namesake, Andrew Jackson, and the famous architects who descended upon the city after the Great Fire of 1901. From the ashes, skyscrapers were built and a banking center emerged with secret underground tunnels. We tour this period by stepping inside the architecturally rich St. James Building that was once the center for commerce and is today’s City Hall. Our journey then pauses outside the historic Florida Theatre made famous by Elvis Presley. We watch a classic film clip which introduces the fun story of how the city emerged as the “First Hollywood” during the silent movie days. The St. Johns River is the perfect backdrop as we travel along the North and South river banks seeing the EverBank (Jaguar) Stadium, Veterans Memorial Wall, St. John’s Cathedral, Friendship Fountain and Treaty Oak. At sites such as secret underground bank tunnels or the Veterans Memorial Wall, we have the option to disembark for a more personal experience. The tour continues in the nearby Riverside/Avondale area that was ranked by APA as a “Top 10 Great Neighborhood in America”. We see the historic houses with their varied architectural styles that make up the picturesque community along the river. The area is famous for chocolate covered popcorn so a stop for the tasty treat is always a hit. Your guide creates an interactive tour atmosphere which is fun for everyone.

Cost = $45.00                                                  
                                                       Banquet Dinner
The reunion will wrap up with a gala Banquet Dinner followed by announcements, more sea stories or anything anyone wishes to talk about.  Don’t be bashful…the mic is all yours.  A cash bar will be available for purchase of your favorite drink.  The Banquet Dinner will be held in the Sail Room.  The cash bar will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served at 7:30 p.m.


                                                   Banquet Dinner Menu
1. Chicken (chicken picatta with chef’s choice of starch & vegetable)
2. Beef (sliced top round of beef in demi-glaze with chef’s choice of starch & vegetable)
3. Fish (Stuffed white fish with chef’s choice of starch & vegetable)
4. Vegetarian  (chef’s choice)   
 All Entrees served with tossed green salad, vegetable medley, herb roasted potatoes, rolls and butter, NY Style Cheesecake, coffee and tea.
Cost = $45.00 per person                                       
                                                 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DAY                DATE                         TIME             EVENT

Wednesday     10/23/19                        2:00 p.m.         Start Check-In Hospitality Suite
                                                                                     (Commerce/Dockside Room)


                                                              5:00 p.m.         All Hands gather in Hospitality
                                                                                                                      Suite for reunion announcements

                       
                                                 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception (Anchor Room)
                                                             12:00 p.m.        Hospitality Suite closes 

Thursday         10/24/19                       7:00 a.m.          Hospitality Suite Opens
                                                               9:00 a.m.         Bus departs for St. Augustine
                                                               4:00 p.m.         Bus returns to Hotel                     
                                                             12:00 p.m.         Hospitality Suite closes                                                                                                                                            
Friday             10/25/19                        7:00 a.m.          Hospitality Suite Opens
                                                               9:30 a.m.         Bus departs for Jacksonville                                                                                                                            City Tour
                                                                1:30 p.m.         Bus returns to hotel
                                                                12:00 p.m.       Hospitality Suite closes                                     

Saturday          10/26/19                          7:00 a.m.         Hospitality Suite Opens
                                                                9:00 a.m          Reunion Comm. Business Meeting
                                                                6:00 p.m.         Social Hour Cash Bar Opens
                                                  7:30 to 10:00 p.m.         Banquet Dinner (Sail Room)
                                                                12:00 p.m.       Hospitality Suite closes 

Sunday            10/27/19                          7:00 a.m.         Hospitality Suite Opens
                                                               10:00 a.m.        Hospitality Suite Closes

                                                                 Registration / Payment Form

To print this form; (highlight then print)

Name ______________________________Name_________________________________

Name ______________________________Name_________________________________ 

Which VAP/VJ  __________                        When attached _________________________ 

Email address:  __________________________         Home Phone # _________________ 

Where are you staying?  (check one)    Lexington Hotel _______ Other ____________ 

                                 Banquet Dinner Price ($45.00) includes service charge and taxes

Choice of Entrée (circle choice)   1   2     3     4                                price $_____________
Spouse or Guest                            1   2     3    4                                 price $_____________
Guest                                             1   2     3    4                                 price $_____________
Guest                                             1   2     3    4                                 price $_____________

Indicate Events you will participate in:

______ Welcome Reception              Cost = $25.00 per person       $________________                            

______ St. Augustine Tour                Cost = $52.00 per person       $________________
______ Jax Tour                                 Cost = $45.00 per person      $________________
______ Registration Fee                    Cost = $25.00 per person       $________________  

                                                                                            TOTAL      $________________

              

Compute your total and mail check payable to Jim Temple no later than 09/23/19


Amount Submitted $______________       Date __________         Check #_______
Please make a copy for your records.

Jim Temple
5244 Morris Neck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA  23457
(757) 721-3077
templej2@cox.net 

Notes:
 1.  The attendance list will be published on the www.vappers.com website.  Updates will be made weekly.
 2.  Several pleas have been made for someone to relieve Donna as Reunion Coordinator.  So far no one has volunteered to assume the role.  Therefore, unless someone volunteers, this will be our last reunion as we now know it.






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