70 shipmates and spouses/friends attended the 2012 Reunion held in Omaha, Ne at the Omaha Hilton Double Tree Guest Suites from May 9, 2012 to May 13, 2012. A welcome reception was held at the Double Tree on the evening of May 9 and allowed shipmates to renew friendships and meet new reunion attendees.
The weather was sunny and mild and provided a perfect background to two and one-half days of exploring selected venues in the Omaha area. We started at the world class Henry Doorly Zoo with a private tram ride through the zoo followed by free time to explore the Lied Jungle Building, the Desert Dome and Kingdoms of the Night Nocturnal Exhibit, the Scott Aquarium and other Zoo attractions. The day was completed with a tram ride through the Botanical Gardens.
Our second day started at the world renowned Boys Town with a guided bus ride. We toured the home of Father Flannigan, founder of Boys Town, and had our memorial service at Father Flannigan's chapel. That afternoon was spent at the Strategic Air and Space Museum with an escorted tour of aircraft exhibits used in the Strategic Air Command (SAC).
The final venue on Saturday morning took everyone to downtown Omaha for free time at the Old Market area to visit shops and enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the many eateries. The bus return to the hotel included a drive by of newly built pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River and a drive by of the home of Omaha's most famous citizen, Warren Buffet, chairman and President of Berkshire Hathaway Corp. For the record Warren ranks amongst the top five of the world's richest people.
That afternoon Ken Hilton held our business meeting and that evening we all enjoyed a delicious buffet in the Double Tree. Shipmate Dan Branch was our speaker and discussed his experiences of serving as President of the Navy League of the United States.
Of course we concluded with our traditional raffle with lots of excitement on winning a hoped for raffle item and despair in not win-ning a keepsake. The Association made $1118.00 on the raffle and gives thanks to all those who participated.
Sunday morning was full of goodbyes and expressions of thanks to Dick and Leta Holloway, reunion coordinators, for the wonderful time people had in Omaha.
Fair Winds and Following Seas to all our shipmates until we meet again at our next reunion.