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  • 07 Apr 2013 11:47 PM | Anonymous

    In preparation for mailing ballots and publishing ABI directory CDs, we will be dumping the database after midnight (CDT), April 15th.  Your contact information in the directory CD will only be as up-to-date as you make it, so we need everyone to do their part!   

    • Log into the website and go to your profile to check your current information and privacy settings.  For a quick check of what appears in your online directory listing, click My directory profile just to the right of the Edit profile button.  If you need to make changes, click the Edit profile button, make the necessary edits, and save your changes.


      Example directory profile

    • Online and CD directories are made available only to those who have paid AdBak (Administrative Baksheesh) for the 2-year term. If you have not paid AdBak for this term but would like to access the online directory and order a CD, you can pay AdBak by selecting the Change membership level button under Membership details if your profile (right-hand side).
    • Information on ordering a directory CD will be coming soon!

    The custodial staff
  • 06 Apr 2013 8:25 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have an announcement you would like to share with the brat community?  Are you getting married, or having a baby?  Maybe you were nominated for a prestigous award, or sadly maybe someone passed away?

    Post your announcements on our newly implemented blog, Shifting Sands, and we will include it in our next newsletter.
  • 06 Apr 2013 6:29 PM | Anonymous

    Thinking about bring your pet to the reunion? We asked our contacts at La Paloma - they replied:

    "Thank you for your inquiry into our pet policy. We pride ourselves in being a dog friendly property. We accept dogs up to 40 lbs. of NON aggressive breeds. There is no extra 
    charge to bring the dogs, however we do require you to sign a pet waiver upon check in stating that you will pay for any damages that might be incurred or associated with your dogs.

    We do offer the use of complimentary dog beds and dog bowls as well.

    Please let us know if you do decide to bring your pets so that we can make the appropriate comments in your reservation."
  • 06 Apr 2013 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    Now that your reservations have been made, it’s time to start gearing up for the event itself.  In case you’ve been wondering, YES, our ever-popular raffle and silent and live auctions will take place again this year.

    As in the past, we will have a wide variety of items - from brass camels and candlesticks, stuffed animals, bedu jewelry, decorative brass plates, coffee pots, hookahs and incense burners to cookbooks, books and manuals. Items are still coming in via donations from fellow brats (Have something you wish to donate?  Contact  Among our goodies should be something which strikes your eye - something which you always regretted not having collected while you were there (perhaps your budget was nonexistent?).

    Take advantage of our discounted prices by purchasing your raffle tickets online between now and May 20th!  The online sales will close on that date, to give us time to tabulate the ticket purchases and have your tickets ready for you at registration. The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning the raffle item(s) you have bid on.

    Online prices:
    • 3 tickets for $5, 
    • 8 tickets for $10
    • 25 tickets for $25 
    Onsite prices:
    • 2 tickets for $5
    • 5 tickets for $10
    • 20 tickets for $25
    PURCHASE NOW and get more bang for your buck!
  • 31 Mar 2013 12:06 PM | Anonymous
    Last reminder that several reunion-related deadlines are upon us at midnight tonight (CDT):
      • March 31st - Early registration for the reunion. You need to be fully registered (i.e. paid in full) by this date 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!

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

  • 23 Mar 2013 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Another friendly reminder for upcoming deadlines!  All deadlines are midnight CDT:

    April 1 - May 17, 2013 - PARTIAL refunds will be given if you cancel between these dates. No refunds after May 17, 2013. No exceptions.  If you need to cancel, please contact

    April 30, 2013 - Last day to cancel a sporting event in order to receive a refund of sports fees.  After this date, you may find someone to take your place and reimburse you directly.

    May 1, 2013 - Last day to register for complimentary room night drawingIn order to qualify for this drawing, you must have a reservation with the hotel, have paid your AdBak and have paid in full your registration to attend the reunion prior to the drawing. For more information on the comp night drawing, see Hotel Reservations page.

  • 23 Mar 2013 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Soon we will be printing ballots for our Biennial ABI Boad elections and sending them out to all Brats for voting.  We will elect a new President, Vice president, Treasurer and Secretary to serve the Brats for the term from Nov. 1, 2013 - Oct. 31, 2015.

    Do YOU have an interest in serving the Brats as a member of the Board?

    Do YOU have special skills and abilitites which would be useful in shepherding this diverse and special group?

    If YES! is your answer, go to the nominations page on our website and let us hear from you!  We need all nominations and candidate statements by April 15th, 2013 in order to include them in the ballot mailer!

    Questions? Contact ABI's Nominations Committee.
  • 22 Mar 2013 7:05 PM | Anonymous

    In case you missed it at Aramco Expats, The Dhahran Youth Baseball Association (DYBA) would like to make a picture book covering 60 years of baseball in Saudi Arabia.  They are seeking pictures of baseball players, fields, and tournaments.  Although it says "Dhahran Youth Baseball," I'm sure they want to include  all districts.

    Please look through your old photo stash and see if you have any pictures to contribute to this project. We've seen some great photos on Facebook, so we know you've got 'em!  Photos can be sent to  Please include location, date, and any other details.

    Thanks for playing ball!

    baseball team - Dhahran, SA 1969
  • 17 Mar 2013 9:07 PM | Anonymous

    Round #1 - The Tucson Reunion Committee challenges the ABI Board! Please join us in the Canteen on Saturday night, post-class parties, at 9 PM for Karaoke Night. Throw down a challenge of your own.

    Round #2 - It's on! We will be ready to rock and roll! Or something like that.


    • Annie: “I hope the Tucson Reunion Committee knows what it's on for!
    • Kathy M.: “Annie...I think the Tucson Reunion Committee knows what they're doing.
    • Diana: “LOL Kathy - I'm thinking the same thing. Took guts to challenge us - they must have something up their sleeve.
    • Gina: "I've been thinking of names for our group. How about: Dawn & The Tony Orlandos?

     Stay tuned…

  • 17 Mar 2013 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    Hi, my name is Dawn.  Some of you know me as the person to contact when they are trying to find classmates and friends.  People who attend the reunions may know me as the person who helped them when they needed assistance with their registration.  Some of you might even know me as the daughter of Gerald Kolb.  I am currently the Class Representative for Class of 1992, and the ABI Webmaster, but eight years ago I was just another Brat.

    I am a younger brat, having graduated from Dhahran in 1992.  I never attended a reunion prior to the one in Houston in 2005.  I always thought the reunions were more geared towards the “older” generation, and that someone in mine would not have a good time.  I attended purely because of its location.  I figured that even if I didn’t have a good time at the reunion, I was at least in a city where I knew people, and could find entertainment elsewhere.

    That reunion changed my life in regards to the reunions, and the ABI organization in general.  I have met people that I would not have met otherwise, some of whom have become pretty good friends.  I even met people that were friends with my parents, and knew me as a little child!  Let me tell you, it is surreal sitting in a hotel room drinking with people that drank with my parents; it was wonderful hearing stories about my parents’ lives that I had no idea about, things parents don’t tell their children.  What was more amazing to me was that I could travel between various groups, and all the stories people were recounting sounded familiar.  I didn’t feel out of place, regardless of whether I was hanging out with my classmates, or someone who graduated before I was even born! 

    After the reunion ended, I was approached by a friend, Gretchen Connally-Doyle, DH91.  She was the current ABI Class Representative Coordinator, and was thinking about moving into a different position on the board.  She was looking for someone to fill her position and wanted to see if I was interested.  Having already held the position as my class rep, and doing a pretty decent job, I told her I would accept the role, if appointed. November 2005 rolled around, the new board started their term, and I started my journey as an ABI board member.  When the ABI decided to start accepting credit card payments, I was asked to help work on getting the website ready, and then eventually was asked if I would like to move into that role.  I have now been the ABI Webmaster for 3 terms, and am looking for someone to replace me so that I can move on with my journey on the board.  Who will accept this challenge? It can be a lot of work, but the benefits are worth the effort.  If the website is not your thing, there are other opportunities available.

    Dawn Kolb, DH92

    P.S.  I had a blast at the first reunion I attended, and haven’t missed one since.  You should think about coming to one too, how about Tucson?  There is still time to register.  I promise that you will have a great time, even if none of your classmates attend.

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