Washtenaw's 2018 Reunion

21Sep18 Plan of day added
Our 2018 reunion will be held at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Florida, October 14th to 18th and will be hosted by Tom and Lori Osmond. October is later in the year than we are used to but the idea is to miss the tourist season, humidity and hurricane season. Missing the tourist season means lower hotel rates of $69-$79 plus taxes. Rates honored 3 days prior and 3 days after reunion dates.

$69.00+tax/day with buffet & omelet station breakfast for 2 each day for Garden Rooms (Poolside) (Pets allowed - $50.00 non-refundable fee).
$79.00+tax/day with buffet & omelet station breakfast for 2 each day in Hotel Tower.

This will be our first Sunday through Thursday reunion which also helped to lower the hotel bill!

Hotel reservation information:
Ramada Kissimmee Gateway
7470 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee, FL 34747
1-800-327-9170 for in-house reservations 9am-7pm Eastern

Reunion fee covering our hospitality room, Meet & Greet and Banquet Dinner will be $80 per person. Click here for a printable reunion registration form. Be sure to renew your annual membership in the USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association, or better yet renew for 3 years at the discounted rate of $70. Click for association renewal form, or visit the Association page found here to use the PayPal option.

Something new this year - Register by June 1, 2018 and receive an entry into a drawing for a free night during your stay (fees completely refundable if unable to attend).
Register by August 1, 2018 and receive a free t-shirt for each person registered. (send size(s) to 20181166Reunion@gmail.com) with names.
Pay registration fee (to Treasurer Jim Hopkins) by September 1, 2018 and receive an entry into a drawing for a free night during your stay (fees completely refundable if your plans change).

Disney World is nearby, and a group bus ride to Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center has been proposed.

We will continue our policy of inviting crew members of other LSR9 ships, including the LSMR's and IFS-1, and crew of any other LST's to attend our reunions. The idea is to bolster our attendance so we can negotiate better hotel rates. Joining the USS Washtenaw County Veterans Association is encouraged but optional for guest ship crew members!

Silent Auction:  As has been our tradition at previous reunions, there will be a silent auction at the banquet dinner.  We ask that you donate an item from your home state (aprox $15 value suggested). Items from past reunions have included food items (wine, honey, dates, nuts, etc.), Navy memorabilia (hats, coins, silverware, and boatswain whistle, etc.) and craft items.  This activity serves as an ice-breaker before the banquet dinner, as shipmates and their guests try to outbid one another for these items.  Proceeds from the auction are used to help pay for the entertainment at the banquet, and to defray reunion expenses.  We have held this auction many times and have found it to be an enjoyable event as well as a great way to obtain a keepsake from the reunion.

Reunion Plan of the Day:

Sun, Oct 14 – Arrive and check in – Hospitality Suite

Mon, Oct 15 – On your own time, 6:00 pm - Meet and Greet, Cash Bar, 8:30 pm - Dessert in Hospitality Suite

Tues, Oct 16 – 11:00 am - Military Museum ($4.00 per person), meet in Hospitality Suite at 10:30, On your own time, 7:15 pm - Capones Comedy Dinner show (if interested, we need to know for reservations, $37.31 total, Tom and I saw this show a couple of times and it was great fun. Meet in Hospitality Suite at 6:15 pm.

Wed, Oct 17 – On your own time, 3:00 pm – Annual business meeting and elections, 6:00 pm – Banquet – Cash Bar, silent auction, dinner at 7:30, DJ and dancing til dawn (lol)

Thur, Oct 18 – Departure day, Hospitality Suite open for “until next years”

To plan your “on your own time” visit www.experiencekissimmee.com, go to Plan and you will see an interactive planning book.

Our hosts Tom and Lori Osmond are asking two questions - if you are interested in going to Capones Dinner Show they need to know for reservations. This would be on Tuesday. Cost is $37.31 and includes dinner, drinks, dessert and show. We need to know ASAP to save our seats and place a deposit. Tom and I have been twice and it is a great time. - and Who is driving to Kissimmee? I'm asking for transportation planning. Email answers to: 20181166reunion@gmail.com




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