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  • 13 Mar 2013 9:07 AM | Anonymous


    Any of you doing your spring cleaning early?  Looking for a home for those treasures from the past?  How about considering donating them to the ABI?  Shoot us an email at raffleauction@aramco-brats.com and we'll give you more details on where to send them. Thanks so much!  Your donations help to support the ABI and just makes another brat happy!
  • 12 Mar 2013 10:54 PM | Anonymous
    Submitted by Alex Yiannakakis

    Can you believe it?  It’s been 22 years since the first AramcoBrat reunion in Tucson!

    After being on the reunion committee four times, I have learned that it is the BRATS that make them what they are.  You get to connect with your buddies from kindergarten, grade school, junior high, boarding school, returning student (TriDs or Quad Ds) days, as well as teachers and parents; and also meet again with friends you have made along the way at the various reunions. 

    Of course having a beautiful venue such as La Paloma doesn’t hurt.  It’s a party for your friends, your siblings, your friends’ friends, and your siblings’ friends ... you can hang by the pool, listen to garage bands, play sports, eat and dance.

    And this year you will even get your chance at singing (Karaoke). The committee has issued a challenge to the ABI board. Issue your own challenge, and join us in the Canteen after class parties on Saturday at 9PM!  

    In 1991 when the reunion was held at a small hotel in central Tucson, we did not know what to expect. Although it was a relatively small group (less than 300), it was a nice cozy place for us to gather and reconnect and have fun.  I invited some people over to my house on Saturday and was really surprised by the group that showed up (felt like all the attendees).  Needless to say, I was totally unprepared and my one keg did not last long.  But people banded together, got more supplies and the party went on.

    What a fun experience it has been working with the Tucson committee members and ABI over the years. A lot of planning goes into a reunion which is facilitated by the board. The ABI and reunion committee make efforts to keep costs reasonable in order to get as many to attend as possible, and generous donations help to defer costs.

    For those of you who who remember the El Conquistador in 2001 and 2003, you will love the accommodations at La Paloma. Check out the website, commit yourself, register for the reunion, and we will see you in May.

  • 12 Mar 2013 1:22 PM | Anonymous


    A month ago we reported that our room block was 94.5% filled.  Today it is 102.77% filled.  La Paloma has advised us that availability at the contract rate ($114) is very limited.  They suggest that Brats book quickly to ensure the special group rate.  When the hotel cuts us off we will send out information on overflow hotel, as well as other hotels in the area. Hotel Reservations

    We bet you all would rather be at the reunion hotel.  So….please book NOW if you haven't already done so.  And - those of you holding reservations and know that you are unable to attend, please cancel so we have an accurate count of where we stand.  Reunion Registration

    See you soon.
  • 12 Mar 2013 9:42 AM | Anonymous


    Well. . . . .we're only 74 days away from the 2013 Tucson Reunion.  I wanted to let all the golfers (who replied to the golfing poll last year) know that I met with the golf director and event coordinator at the Westin La Paloma yesterday.  We took a drive through the course so they could show me all the improvements that have been taking place on the course.  I've mentioned in the past that this is a Troon facility.  If you've ever played golf at a Troon facility, you know that this is one of best run/maintained courses nationally. Troon Golf took over the golf course 2+ years ago and have invested $3-$4 million into upgrading the golf facilities and the three (3) 9-hole courses.  The greens and fairways are in immaculate shape and the sand trap work has just been completed.  We played a few holes to check out the fairway turf and the rolling of the greens.  I also "accidentally" hit into a couple of sand traps.  All I can say is. . . . .the course is in excellent shape and it is calling our collective names to come out and play!!  OH BTW, if I have failed to mention in my previous postings, the golf course is part of the resort so we will NOT be driving all over Thugba looking for the course.  You can walk to the pro shop right from your rooms.  Or if you truly are storing your energy for the course, you can be driven via golf cart to the course by calling the front desk.

    When we polled last year, we had about 60 people respond with a "yay".  So, where are all of you?  Would love to get all of you registered so I can get all the teams organized.  I'm checking the registration list with the "poll" list I made and the current showing is a bit slow.  Yellah!!!

    Your humble caddie,

    Hirath Ghori

    The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa—Tee off on 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf.

  • 10 Mar 2013 6:10 PM | Anonymous


    The early registration deadline is fast approaching.  You need to be fully registered (i.e. paid in full) by March 31st, midnight CT to get the $77 registration rate.  Late registration (after March 31st) and walk-ins will be $97.  So, if you didn't finish registering and/or haven't yet paid, hami hami! If you've been on the fence about attending, this is such a fabulous location and is sure to be a big one!  Join us!

    Some other important dates for you:

    March 31, 2013 - Raffle drawing for 2-night stay at La Paloma: At that time you MUST have a hotel reservation and MUST have paid your registration for the reunion in full.

    March 31, 2013 - Last day to cancel and receive FULL refund of registration fees.

    April 1 - May 17, 2013 - PARTIAL refunds will be given if you cancel between these dates.**

    No refunds after May 17, 2013.**

    **If you registered and only want to cancel a sporting event, you must do so no later than April 30, 2013 in order to get a full refund on your sport fees. After that date, you may find someone to take your place and reimburse you directly.


  • 22 Jan 2013 10:26 PM | Anonymous


    Now that we're open for reunion registration, we've made a "Tucson Reunion Attendance" list. It's sorted first by class year, then district, then alphabetically by last name.  It's also searchable (name, district, year), so you can quickly cull down the list to a particular Brat or group of Brats with whom you are hoping to reconnect.  If you would like to drop someone on the list a note to let them know you're coming or just to say "marhaba," click on the name to pull up their directory listing then click the "send message" button.  It's that easy!  HINT: It's members-only! Log into the site, or you will see nothing but a nice, blank page.

    The searchable "Tucson Reunion Attendance" listing is not automatically populated, so you may experience a slight delay between when you register and when your name appears on the list.  If several days go by after you register, and you still don't see your name, please contact Dawn, so we can check to make sure we haven't dropped any names from the list.

    Don't see your best friends from childhood on this list, yet?  Send them an email or give them a call to make sure they know registration is open and/or encourage them to attend.  We've got a great setting and a great committee, so it's sure to be a blast!
  • 20 Jan 2013 7:37 PM | Anonymous


    We negotiated a special treat in our Tucson Reunion contract that we would like to share with Brats who register for the reunion prior to the early registration cut off date (March 31, 2013):  A certificate for a two-night stay at La Paloma and breakfast for two at Azul!  Buy your raffle tickets today!  2 Night Raffle/Click Here
  • 20 Jan 2013 7:24 PM | Anonymous


    Registration is now open for the 14th Biennial Reunion.  Registration Form
    A Happy Sid after registering.
  • 16 Jan 2013 9:59 AM | Anonymous


    Here are a few pictures of the newly renovated Grand Ballroom and Pre Function area.  Registration will be opening soon!


    Chandelier, The Grand Ballroom, and The Pre Function area.
  • 22 Dec 2012 7:03 PM | Anonymous


    (Thoughts from your ABI Nominations Committee and other board members on being involved in the organization.)

    Our home is an explosion of memories from my years in Saudi Arabia. One year my husband and son requested that at least one room in our home did not house a camel. I am proud to tell you that I accomplished this in 3 rooms (family room, kitchen, and dining room).


    Diana's Middle East Christmas Tree

    Last year I decided to put the majority of my camel and Middle East ornaments on a Christmas tree of their own. This tree represents the history of my childhood, and the love of family and friends that understand my strong ties to Saudi Arabia and have contributed to my collection. If you look closely you will see many things that will spark memories of your childhood as well.

    I have been involved with the Brat organization in various capacities for over 21 years which truly reflects my love of my/our past. True, it is a lot of work getting us to our beloved reunions - and yet, my involvement has produced wonderful lasting friendships with Brats of all ages. I cherish these relationships that I would never have had if AramcoBrats did not exist. It has been a pleasure working with past and present board members. We all take pride in what we do. The reward is seeing all the happy faces at our reunions, listening to stories, watching pure joy when childhood friends hug someone they haven't seen in many many years, meeting new people, talking and laughing with each other. Well, I could go on and on - but you know what I mean if you have attended a reunion.

    So, what would I like for Christmas this year? I would like our Nominating Committee to hear from lots of Brats younger than I that would like to become a part of the ABI to help ensure that our organization and reunions continue FOREVER.

    Merry Christmas,
    Diana Ryrholm Geerdes (RT '62)
    Director at Large
 
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