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Reunion Info  2017

This year it’s exciting Kansas City, Missouri for the VJ-VAP-61/62 Reunion.  It will be held at the Hilton Kansas City Airport, 8801 NW 112th St, Kansas City, MO 64153 from 10/25 to 10/29.  Room rates will be $109 per night for single or double occupancy, Triple $119, Quad $129. Plus hotel tax currently at 16.225% and $1.50 Kansas City Development fee subject to change.  Two Free Breakfasts’ per room at the Asado Urban Grill for each night stayed.  Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations.  In order to assure you’re receiving a room at the above rates, reservations must be made no later than Sept 25 by calling Toll Free 1-800-445-8667. If you are planning on staying up to 2 days prior or 2 days later, or if you have special needs call 1-816-801-5285.  For all reservations,tell them you are reserving under the VAPPER REUNION rates which are as stated above.  A credit card number or one nights advance deposit is required to secure a room.  If you have not made reservations by Sept 25 you might not be guaranteed our Group rate.  Cancellations must be made through the Groups Reservation Department 24 hrs. prior to arrival or you will be charged a 1 night stay.  A $75 early departure fee will be accessed if you check out earlier than reservations were made for.  However if it is due to an emergency or health issues this fee will be waived. Please make your reservations by phone and not the internet (3rd party vendors will not be accepted for VAPPER discounts and amenities that is specialized for our group) and our group will not be accredited for your headcount.  Remember we count on your booked rooms at the Hilton which allows us to have a Hospitality room, Banquet room, and Meet & Greets without additional charges.  Amenities include: Breakfast for 2 per room per night, WI-FI, Self-Parking, & Hotel Shuttle pickup to & from MCI Airport. Call Hilton 1-816- 891- 8900 for pickup.  Shuttle runs from 4:00 am to 1:00 a.m.  The shuttle is complimentary and runs to and from the famous Zona Rosa Shopping Mall.  See hotel clerk for times.  Certain types of pets are allowed for an additional fee (you must inquire at time of making reservations).  If problems arise while making reservations or you are quoted a different rate than above, call Donna Sims at: (Home) 660-259-4546 or cell 816-633-2363.  Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.  Early check in is not guaranteed.  Deadline for registering at hotel and with reunion coordinator (Donna Sims) is 9/25/17 and if slot of rooms (25) have already been filled your rate could change.  A full refund for paid activities and the registration fee will be issued for cancellations received not later than 9/24/17.  There is a wide variety of events happening in the Kansas City  Metropolitan area during the fall.  So it is very important that you make your reservations early to assure a room. This hotel sells out fast.  Please “pass the word,” give this information wide dissemination, call or email other VAPPER’S.  Friends and Relatives of members are cordially invited as well.  For further info call Donna Sims or email:  Please make hotel reservations and send registration as soon as possible.

Activities Information


Registration will start Wed 25 Oct. at 1:00 P.M. in the VAPPER’S Hospitality Suite “Wyandot”. The room will be open throughout the duration of our stay to mingle & enjoy each-others company.  If during the tours there is no one to stay with the hospitality room it will be closed during the tours.  Remember the room is there for you to rekindle lost friendships and relive your sea/air & land stories or to make and meet new friends.

Wednesday’s Meet & Greet (Reception)

The Reception will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the “Osage AB” where we will share in a “Buffet” of Assorted Chilled Sandwich/Wraps, Red Bliss Potato Salad, Homemade Potato Chips/Dips, Chef’s Choice of Dessert, Ice Tea, & Starbucks Decaf/Coffee Station. Alcoholic Beverages can be purchased at the Hilton Bar. YOU CANNOT CARRY DRINKS in from the Hospitality Room.  Cost = $26 per person tax & gratuity included.   

Thursday & Friday presents 2 full days of fun filled Tours in the Downtown Kansas City MO Metro area.  Some of the most famous spots, Plaza, Crown Center, Union Station, WWI Museum, Viet Nam Wall, Several Parks, and West Port.

Thursday Oct. 26th Itinerary for WWI Museum & Nelson Art Gallery Tour:

 9:20 am–10:00 am: Transit from lodging point (Hilton KCI Airport) Lobby of Hilton

10:00 am – 12:00 am: Memorials: WWI Museum

12:00 pm: Board Bus Leave for Nelson Art Gallery 

12:15 pm to 12:30 pm:  Arrive Nelson Art Gallery

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: lunch on your own at the Food Court

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm:  Tour the Art Gallery (This is an amazing place)

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm: Board Bus and leave for Hilton Airport Hotel 

Friday Oct 27th Itinerary for Kansas City Missouri Tour 

 9:15am – 9:30am: (Meet Lobby) Transit from Hilton to Crown Center pick up Tour Guide

10:00am -1:00pm:  KC Tour begins & ends at Crown Center 

1:00pm – 2:45pm:  Crown Center – Lunch on your own – Self Tour or Shop at Crown Center, you must be back to bus & boarded no later than 2:55 pm. Bus will leave by 3:00 pm for Hilton Airport Hotel. 

Special note: The KC Tour is taking in a lot of the Downtown area and I think you will be more than satisfied with this trip.  Same goes for the WWI Museum, it is an amazing historical Museum the only one in the United States, and I cannot begin to say enough about the fabulous Nelson Art Gallery. 
25 people must sign up on each tour in order for them to meet agreement.                         


                              Saturday Banquet Dinner

We encourage each of you to join us for the Saturday 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Banquet Dinner.  There will be a memorial ceremony for those that have passed on, followed by a sit down dinner. The Banquet will be held in the Shawnee A room.   Alcoholic beverages can be purchased in the Hilton Hotel Bar. Beverages from the Hospitality room are not allowed in the Banquet Room.  The event will wrap up with announcements, and more sea stories (if you have any to tell) feel free to share.  Remember this is your opportunity to meet new people and get to share/and hear what your fellow VAPPERS have done or been known to do.  We will then head back to the Hospitality room for the final events.

                               Banquet Dinner Menu 

       Blue Ribbon BBQ: Hickory Smoked Pork Lion with BBQ Sauce
      Blue Ribbon Sautéed Breast of Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce

All entrees served with Baby Greens Salad and Chef’s choice of creamy & vinaigrette Dressings, Bacon Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Green Beans with Shallots and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Rolls/Butter, & Chef’s Choice of Dessert.  Coffee & Tea served.  Alcoholic Beverages can be purchased at the Hilton Bar. Hospitality Room will be closed during the Banquet event and will re-open at 8:00 PM.            

                         SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

      Day                 DATE              TIME                                                   EVENT 

Wednesday         10/25/17           1:00 p.m.                            Check-In Hospitality Suite “Wyandot”

                                                   5:00 p.m.                            All Hands in Hospitality Suite-Socialize

                                                  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.        Reception in the “Osage AB”                                            

Thursday          10/26/17           9:20 am to 3:45 pm           WWI Tour & Nelson Art Gallery Tour

Friday               10/27/17           9:15 am to 3:30 pm            Kansas City tour and Crown Center (lunch) 

Saturday          10/28/17           FREE DAY - Hilton Shuttle Available (Zona Rosa Shopping Mall)

                                                  9:00 am to 10:00 am.         Committee Meeting (All are invited.)

                                                 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm         Gather in Hospitality to Socialize

                                                 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm        “Shawnee A” for Banquet Dinner

                                                 8:00 p.m. to Midnight      Hospitality Room Open           

Sunday              10/29/17            NLT 12:00 Noon               Check-out and Depart (or stay on)

Registration / Payment Form 

Name ___________________________Spouse or Guest_____________________________



Which VAP/VJ _____________________Dates attached _______________________________

Email address:  __________________________ Home/Cell Phone # ______________________

Where are you staying?  (Check one)    Hilton KCI Airport Hotel _______ Other ____________

                        All Banquet Dinner Prices are inclusive of service charge, taxes, & gratuity 

                      1)BBQ Pork Loin        2) Sautéed Breast of Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce 

Choice of Entrée (circle choice)        BBQ Pork =$38 (X # in party)        Price $_____________

Choice of Entrée (circle choice)        Chicken =$38 (X # of ea in party)  Price $_____________

Registration Fee                                 $25 (X each person in party)          Price $_____________

Welcome Reception Buffet                $26.00 (X each person in party)     Price $_____________

WWI Tour & Nelson Art Gallery      $32.50 (X each in party)                    Price $_____________

KC Tour & Crown Center                 $36.00 (X each in party)                    Price $_____________

                                                                                                    TOTAL       $________________

Note: Please double-check the number in your party plus all events you plan on attending prior to sending your checks in with your registration.  This is a 55 passenger bus and once it is sold out we might not be able to make accommodations for others.  Those planning on tours and hotel must get your registrations made early to assure a room and seat on the bus.  At least 25 people must sign up for each tour in order to secure the tours. Refunds will be given for the tour if we are unable to fill enough seats. If there is anyone with special needs you must call me, not certain that we will have lift abilities on both buses. If anyone is interested in the nearby Casino’s there are several close by & is a great Saturday outing.  Local Ubers are available as well as local cabs.  Zona Rosa is awesome & shuttle available. 
Compute total & mail check payable to Donna Sims so I receive by 09/25/17.

Donna Sims

880 Crane Ln.                                     

Lexington, Missouri 64067

(660) 259-4546   Cell 816 633 2363 

Amount Submitted $______________       Date __________         Check #_______ 

Please make a copy for your records. 

Final Note: The attendance list will be published on the website.  Updates will be made weekly.  The registration fee is required to cover mailing expenses for the official letter, website, snacks, drinks, beer, wine, tips/gratuities and other expenses that require payment.    The Guestbook is no longer available.  We have created a Group in Facebook to substitute as a Guestbook.  The Group name is VAPPERS.  To gain access send a "friend request" via Facebook to Jim Temple. Please indicate which squadron you were in.  This is verification that you are a VAPPER.  If you need more info send an email to