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What I Would Like for Christmas

22 Dec 2012 7:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

(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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