October 6–8, 2017
(updated September 18)
It was announced at our San Antonio business meeting that Tucson has been selected for the 2017 reunion. Alum Bruce Megenhardt, who resides there, completed an extensive review of available hotels, and secured the beautiful Lodge on the Desert. In addition, Evelyn Spath-Mercado and Jennifer Larssen are serving as our reunion party and menu planners. We will enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, two for each room, plus free parking and WiFi.
Take a tour on the hotel website at: http://www.lodgeonthedesert.com/
For attendees that already have room reservations, ontact our hotel rep, Lindsay Grissom Rutherford should you need assistance. Call her at (520) 320 2005 . Lindsay's office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Mountain STANDARD time.
Reservations may be cancelled up until 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty.
The Lodge on the Desert is a smaller, boutique hotel with 103 rooms and suites, many with fireplaces, private patios or balconies, double sink vanities, ceiling fans, separate tub and shower accommodations. Parking is free and complimentary WiFi is included. This two-story property does not have an elevator, but check-in staff stand ready to assist you with luggage to your room.
For interested early arrivals, an informal Thursday no-host dinner will be planned as well, plus our traditional Friday welcome party and Saturday night dinner.
We will provide bus transportation for a return visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum -http://www.pimaair.org/- which was such a success during our 2007 reunion. A head count will be requested closer to reunion time.
Tucson has many other attractions to offer, so mark your calendar now for this fun weekend.
Reunion menu and party planners Evelyn Spath-Mercado and Jennifer Larssen visited Lodge on the Desert May 30 to formalize details. Great job, Ladies!
This agenda will be updated as we get closer to the reunion, but for now, here's the plan. On arrival check the hotel front desk agenda for event locations.
Thursday, October 5
For early arrivals, we will plan an informal, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Friday, October 6
1200 hours - The Hospitality Suite Opens.
1730 hours - Welcoming Party, with Hot Appetizers, Complimentary Wine and Beer
Saturday, October 7
0900 hours - Business Meeting - check the Front Desk Agenda for location
1030 hours - Bus departs for Pima Air Museum - No-host Lunch in the museum cafeteria.
1500 hours - Bus departs for Lodge on the Desert
1800 hours - Hospitality Suite Re-opens for Reception
1900 hours - Dinner
Sunday, October 8
Informal Breakfast for those not departing on dawn patrol flights. Farewell until next year.
Saturday Dinner Menu
A chice of three entrées is offered. Indicate your selection on the registration form
Baby Iceberg Lettuce with Grilled Corn, Pico De Gallo, Black Beans, Oaxaca Cheeese nd Cilantro Lime Dressing
Baked Tomato and Creamy Grits, Haricot Verts
Seared Fresh Salmon
Sautéed Spinach, Roasted Spaghetti Squash with a Citrus Sage Beurre Blanc
Mushroom & Truffle Risotto
Sautéed Spinach, Roasted Tomatoes & Crispy Leeks
Lodge Cheese Cake with Salted Carmel Sauce
Arbuckle's Coffee, Desert Flower Iced Tea and
Warm Bread & Whipped Butter
The anonymous alum that pledged a $500 matching gift for the San Antonio reunion has done so again for this year. If you would like to contribute and have not yet done so, simply add any amount to your Tucson registration form.
We're going to have a great time in Tucson!