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  • 22 Jun 2013 8:32 AM | Anonymous
    The results of our 2013 election are in!  Of over 6,000 ballots sent out in the mail to Brats all over the world, we received a total of 134 by mail, email and at the reunion. Our slate of officers were elected:
    President - Hirath Ghori DH '75
    Vice President - Duane Hopple RT '79
    Treasurer - Tom Littlejohn DH '84
    Secretary - Gina Hess Tanner AB '76
    Congratulation to our new officers and good luck for your term which begins November 1st, 2013!  

    We still need to fill a number of positions on the board. If you are interested in any appointed position for the term beginning November 1, 2013, please contact Annie Oskam.
    Reunion Oversight Director
    Publications Director
    Database Director
    Nominations Director
    Website Director
    (Position descriptions can be found at http://www.aramco-brats.com/About_Us/Bylaws)

    Also on the ballot were 3 proposed changes to ABI's Bylaws.  Here is how you voted:

    Question #1 - Vote to abolish the Board appointed position "Class Representative Director" from the Board of Directors.
    Yes - 105
    No - 11
    Abstained - 18
    Question #2 - Vote to restructure and extend audit deadlines.
    Yes - 115
    No - 1
    Abstained - 18
    Question #3 - Vote to modify Term of Office from November 1 through October 31.
    Yes - 114
    No - 0
    Abstained - 20
    Thank you to all members who voted - your voice has been heard.
  • 12 Jun 2013 8:35 AM | Anonymous

    This story is for Sami Juraifani, who loves "It's a small world" stories.  Love you Sami!

    Three years ago, when I had an idea for a business and started designing and planning it, I had a mental image for my logo.  The catch was that it had to be hand drawn and not computer generated.

    I tried a few professionals, but all they gave me were computer generated images that I didn't want.  I finally sent e-mails to several art teachers at Conroe High School, one of whom e-mailed me back and agreed to meet with me and see if she could draw my logo.

    I went to the high school after school hours one day and met Kristine, an attractive young woman.  We talked about the logo and she agreed to draw it.  About this time, I notice that she is wearing an Arabic name necklace, so I ask her where she got it.  She says "I grew up in Saudi Arabia".  You all know how the conversation went from there!

    That's how I met Kristine Buck-Canestorp, DH 91, in Conroe, TX.  And, she is the artist who drew my
    company logo.  What a small world!

    Gail R. Gantt
    RT 75
  • 04 Jun 2013 9:05 PM | Anonymous

    It has come to our attention that some BRATTY knuckleheads haven't played nice regarding the raffle at the Tucson reunion. Numbers were switched around, so that some of you ended up with items that you never even wanted! A raffle is a gamble, but to end up with something you didn't try to get is sad and very disappointing. It's supposed to be fun! Overall this raffle was a great success, the majority of people played by the rules, but for those who had this problem, we are sorry and want you to know that this will be addressed for the next reunion.


  • 21 May 2013 9:33 AM | Anonymous
    For you reunion-goers, here is some useful information for sharing your reunion experience with other Brats at the reunion as well as your classmates or family who couldn't make it:

      On twitter:
    • Use #brats2013 on your reunion tweets, so everyone can follow you!
    • Click the icon to follow ABI and keep up with any important announcements. We'll be sharing our reunion experience, too!

      On Flickr: Share your fun reunion photos right from your phone and help us build an album of great memories!  We've set up a "Tucson, AZ - 2013" album for reunion photo and video uploads.  You can do this with just an email!  Here's how it works:
    • Put that email address in your contacts, so you don't have to look for it again!
    • Add a description: Use the subject line to give your photo or video a title and the body of your email to add a description.
    • Add "tags:", if you want, in the subject line or body of the email. Just type "tags:" in the subject line or body of the email followed by the list of tags you want added to the photo(s). Don't forget to include #brats2013
    Here's an example:
    Subject: Brats at the pool!   tags: Dhahran '77 #brats2013
    Body:

    Class of '77!  Best ever!

    Or you could send them in the body:

    Subject: Brats at the pool!
    Body: Class of '77!  Best ever!

    tags: Dhahran '77 #brats2013



    See you in Tucson!  Safe travels, everyone!  #brats2013

  • 17 May 2013 12:30 AM | Anonymous
    They met at a reunion - and the rest is history.
  • 12 May 2013 11:39 PM | Anonymous
    The reunion is less than two weeks away, and the last day to purchase raffle tickets at the discounted rate is on May 20th (midnight CST).  Why wait until you are in Tucson?  Put your order in now, and they will be ready and waiting for you when you check-in!

    Pre-Reunion Purchase Price
     Reunion Purchase Price
     3 Tickets/$5.00  2 Tickets/$5.00
     8 Tickets/$10.00  5 Tickets/$10.00
     25 Tickets/$25.00  20 Tickets/$25.00

    all proceeds benefit YOUR ABI

  • 12 May 2013 9:52 PM | Anonymous
    Because Friday is the night that most people arrive at the hotel – looking forward to seeing everyone and not exactly sure what they are going to do for the evening, we have our Friday Night Opening Reception (FOR). 

    FOR has evolved over the years since ABI incorporated.  Previous contracts provided free drinks for an hour or two with perhaps some pretzels – or we received drink tickets to distribute.  Hotel contracts have changed.  This year we negotiated $4,000 back to the master account with a minimum charge to the master account of $30,000.  We were pretty sure this was something we could accomplish.

    We are pleased to announce that in addition to the $4,000 back from the hotel, we have several generous donations that we decided to put toward FOR.  Aramco Services donated $10,000, ABI authorized up to $20,000, the La Paloma Two Night Raffle brought in $740, an anonymous Brat donated $2,000, and another anonymous Brat donated $500.

    We are applying $25,000 from these donations to food at FOR.  This equals $35.71 per person. 

    Keep in mind that food might not be offered at FOR the next reunion, since we rely solely on donations to fund food for this event.

    We hope you agree that this is the best start to a reunion yet!

  • 12 May 2013 8:35 PM | Anonymous
    Don't wait a minute longer.  The Tucson Reunion Committee can't wait to host us and they want you to know that the hotel requires an accounting for the number of banquet attendees prior to the reunion, and you may not get to participate if you wait to register on-site.

    Are you having issues registering?  If so, please contact Dawn at dawn@aramco-brats.com and she will get you straigtened out.  Please also note that we will shut down on-line registration at midnight (CST) May 20th so that we can get everything ready for you in Tucson.

    Speaking of registration....

    Did you sit at your computer getting ready to register, shaking your head wondering why your registration fee is $77.00?  What exactly does it pay for? 

    The Reunion Committee develops a budget that has to be finalized so the registration fee can be set before we go live with registration in January.  This fee covers many things that you will receive and experience at the reunion.  This year, $55.00 goes toward your meal at the Sunday Night Banquet.  This negotiated price is considerably less than prices offered on their website.

    The other $22.00 is your share of goodies distributed to you when you arrive (we could tell you about all of these, but it would spoil the surprise), lanyards and name tags, karaoke for Saturday night, a band for Sunday night, garage band equipment rental, canteen equipment and games, computer rental, hired personnel to handle registration and the raffle/auction, photo booth, table decorations (somebody at your table gets to take it home), volunteer gifts, door prizes, signage, the reunion newsletter, and miscellaneous supplies. 

    This year we based our budget on 700 attendees.  An anonymous Brat donated $5,000 which was applied to the reunion budget. This equaled $7.14 less per person.  Without this donation you would have paid $84.14 registration fee.  Thank you Anonymous for subsidizing the cost for all of us!


  • 11 May 2013 7:44 AM | Anonymous
    We used an online randomizer to pick 15 winners for the Comp Night Drawing. All winners were notified via email Tuesday morning. Our favorite response was from Damian: "Yippee! Thank you so much for the great news! I believe this is the first time I've won anything like this so again "yippee" & look forward to seeing you all! "

    There might be a few more to distribute, but we won't know that until reunion weekend when the hotel provides us with our final room block count. Congratulations to:

    Christine Faye Crawford-Oppenheimer
    Anna Prusinski Gertz
    Tina Marie Clausen
    Karen Morrow
    Damian Drum Collins
    Victoria Fate-Gorrell
    Whitney Hart-Baglin
    Rise B. Johansen-Ryan
    E. Ralph Robertson
    Monica de Barcza
    Amber Perkins
    Michelle Fink
    William J. Mathe III
    Tor Hermannsson
    Sandra Kerr Louchard
  • 27 Apr 2013 10:12 PM | Anonymous
    By now, many of you are familiar with our little friend, Sid, and have kept up with his travel escapades. For those of you who haven't been following along, he first showed up, lost and nameless, on our doorstep in October after a long trip from Dubai.  He had heard rumor of a huge Aramco Brat reunion.  We welcomed him into our home and promised to find him a name and get him to Tucson for the reunion. 

    After a fun naming contest, he was appropriately christened "Sid," courtesy of Rex Phillips (RT '85). Sid rested up in the Houston area before registering for the reunion and beginning his long, somewhat circuitous journey to Tucson in May. He's in San Diego right now! So close! You can follow his travels by watching the Geoslideshow below.  We'll be adding more photos as he completes the last leg of his long trip.

    Our little friend has had quite an adventure so far and is grateful for the desert hospitality of ABI's board members.  Although he is looking forward to joining the herd of Brats in Tucson, he really hopes to stop his wandering and find a suitable home with some loving Brat, inshallah. That's right! Sid is going home with someone!  But who?  Find out Sunday night at the live auction! Show Sid some love and bid!
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    The live auction will be held Sunday night after the conclusion of the banquet. To participate or just enjoy the bidding action, all you need to do is remain in the banquet room.  Winners will pick up their items in Registration (Aster I & II) immediately afterward.

    Raffle and silent auction: The raffle and silent auction will be set up in the Verbena and Lantana rooms.  You may purchase raffle tickets at Registration or pre-purchase discounted raffle tickets online now through May 20th. Both the raffle and silent auction will close at noon Sunday.  Winner pickup is from 4:00pm-10pm Sunday in Verbena/Lantana for raffle and Registration (Aster I & II) for silent auction.  


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