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FOUND 1961 CLASS RING, FIND CHARLES!

JUNE 18, 2017

Attached is Charles Shea Smith's Class ring. Some good hearted souls found it in Eastern Long Island recently and are trying to get it back to Mr. Smith. They have contacted GMSAA.org and our FB Group. The class ring says 1961 but records show Charles graduated in 1962 and was in Band Co.

If any of you know where Charles is, could you contact Herb or me (or have Charles contact one of us directly) and we will forward to Charles their contact information. I have a gmail address for Charles, but he has not responded. His last known address on file is in southern AZ.

I lost mine about 25 years ago and would love to get it back. You can have them remade, but (ask Sam Sardis) the cost is prohibitive for many of us.

Thanks.
Mike Ruth GMS '69

A Poetic Tribute to Bob Blair '56 - by Deak Roberts

It happened again a couple of days ago. I lost another old friend. I suppose I am of the age that I should expect these things. This may be true, but I damned sure can’t get used to it. Regardless, it stimulated the artist (as you may know, my art is poetry) in me, and I wrote this:

GOODBYE DEAR FRIEND

YOU ARE SITTING THERE DOING NOTHING AND THEN YOU GET A CALL
OR A FRIEND YOU SELDOM HEAR FROM SENDS AN E-MAIL THAT’S QUITE SMALL
YOU LISTEN OR READ IN DISBELIEF TO THE NEWS THAT IS ALWAYS BRIEF
ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS HAS PASSED AWAY AND THAT IS ALL

ANOTHER FRIEND IS GONE FOREVER AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO
YOU THINK OF THE LAST TIME YOU WERE TOGETHER JUST THEM AND YOU
YOU CAN SEE THEIR FACE, BUT YOU CAN’T REALLY PLACE THE PLACE
BUT WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE, YOU KNOW THEY ARE THROUGH

YOU THINK OF THEIR FAMILY AND HOW THEY MUST FEEL
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO, SEND A CARD OR TAKE A MEAL
YOU KNOW THERE IS NO WAY TO CONSOLE THEIR FAMILY TODAY
YOU FEEL RATHER POWERLESS AND IT ALL SEEMS UNREAL

YOU REALIZE THE LOSS OF ANOTHER FRIEND AND WONDER HOW MANY
THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FROM DAYS GONE BY LIKE OLD WAYNE AND BENNIE
WHO WENT ABOUT A YEAR AGO TO JOIN THE OTHERS GONE BEFORE YOU KNOW
THE COUNT WAS RISING AS OLD FRIENDS WERE FALLING APLENTY

YOU SIT THERE ALONE AND PONDER THE PAST
YOU THINK OF THOSE GONE AND WONDER HOW LONG YOU WILL LAST
YOU WONDER WHY YOU ARE STILL HERE WHILE THOSE ARE GONE SO DEAR
AND YOU CONCLUDE THAT GOD’S WILL IS EVER STEADFAST

YOU REALIZE IT IS NOT FOR US TO WONDER WHY
GOD DECIDED WHEN WE ARE BORN AND HE DECIDES WHEN WE DIE
IN BETWEEN EACH DATE MANY THINGS IMPACT OUR FATE
AMONG THOSE ARE THE GOOD FRIENDS FOR WHICH WE SAY GOODBYE

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE HAVE SUCH FRIENDS
AND IF THEY ARE WRONGED BY US WE SHOULD MAKE AMENDS
FOR FRIENDS ARE NOT SOMETHING WE USE TODAY AND THEN THROW AWAY
GOOD FRIENDS ARE WITH US UNTIL ONE LIFE ENDS

SO WHEN THAT TIME COMES AND COME IT WILL
WE THAT SURVIVE MUST CHERISH OUR FRIEND STILL
WE MUST CHERISH OUR TIME TOGETHER AND MEMORIES THAT LAST FOREVER
AND THANK GOD FOR THAT FRIEND WHOSE LIFE IS NOW STILL

POETRY BY DEAK, JUNE 5, 2017
Jim Roberts (Deak)

Robert Allan Blair, '56

INFO ON SPRING TRIP TO ARUBA

FROM TERRY BYRNES Regarding May Trip to Aruba:

Please post to all on GMSAA. Thanks.

I have had Amex Group Desk quote current airfares from several cities. Also they have special rates at the RIU Palace Antillas as shown. The great thing here is that you can pay with any credit card and the hotel deposits can be just $100 to start.

The issue direct with RIU.com was that they require all payments with wire transfer only, no credit cards. The hotel is booking well so we need to reserve soon. Kelvin Farrar is completely familiar with the property and can answer any questions. See his contact information below.

When you do make a reservation, send me an email so I maintain a count. Thanks all!

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Kelvin D Farrar
To: "tbyrnes@ierworld.com"
Date: October 26, 2016 at 5:05 PM
Subject: Quote for Riu Anitlles

Riu Palace Antilles
All- Inclusive Room only:

Junior Suite Oceanview $1947.00 total for two
Junior Suite Superior Oceanview $2116.80 total for two
Jr Suite Oceanfront $2284.80 total for two

Air quotes
Miami:
AA #1208 Departs Miami at 11:15ma arrives in Aruba 2:11pm
AA #1028 Departs Aruba at 3:05pm arrives in Miami 6:08pm $690.46 total for two

Or

Jet Blue #1411 Departs Ft. Lauderdale at 11:04am to Aruba 2:08pm
Jet Blue #1412 Departs Aruba at 3:04pm arrives Ft. Lauderdale at 6:08pm $523.32 total for two

Atlanta:
Delta #655 Departs Atlanta at 10:30am arrives Aruba at 2:224pm
Delta #654 Departs Aruba at 3:25pm arrives Atlanta 7:48pm $897.57 total for two

Tampa:
AA #2407 Departs Tampa at 7:30am arrives Miami at 8:36am
AA# 1028 Departs Miami at 11:15am arrives Aruba 2:11pm
AA#1028 Departs Aruba at 3:05pm arrives Miami 6:08pm
AA#2709 Departs Miami at 8:23pm arrives Tampa 9:32pm $879.15 for two

Detroit
JetBlue #1589 Departs Detroit at 7:24am arrives Ft. Lauderdale at 10:19am
JetBlue# 1411 Departs Ft Lauderdale at 11:04am arrives Aruba 2:08pm
JetBlue #1414 Departs Aruba at 3:04pm arrives Ft Lauderdale 6:08pm
JetBlue #1590 Departs Ft Lauderdale at 7:56pm arrives Detroit 10:58pm $796.57 for two

Charleston WV
Delta #899 Departs Charleston WV at 6:45am arrives Atlanta at 8:14am
Delta #655 Departs Atlanta at 10:30am arrives Aruba 2:24pm
Delta #654 Departs Aruba at 3:35pm arrives Atlanta 7:48pm
Delta #1731 Departs Atlanta at 8:50pm arrives Charleston 10:14pm $917.23 for two

Los Angeles
RED EYE DEPARTURE ON MAY 2
JetBlue #1124 Departs LAX at 8:50pm arrives JFK at 5:10am
JetBlue# 557 Departs JFK at 6:54am arrives Aruba 11:32am
JetBlue #1412 Departs Aruba at 3:04pm arrives Ft Lauderdale 6:08pm
JetBlue #101 Departs Ft Lauderdale at 8:10pm arrives LAX 10:49pm $1002.57 for two

Chicago:
AA #1532 Departs Chicago at 6:00am arrives Miami at 10:05am
AA# 1028 Departs Miami at 11:15am arrives Aruba 2:11pm
AA#877 Departs Aruba at 4:40pm arrives Charlotte 8:50pm
AA#1272 Departs Charlotte at 10:46pm arrives Chicago 11:47pm $935.75 for two

Albuquerque:
Recommend flying on the 2nd via jetblue to Ft Lauderdale. Flight one way are about $140 per person on Southwest. Too far out to book them though.
Jetblue #1411 Depart Ft Lauderdale at 11:04am arrive Aruba 2:08pm
Jetblue #958 Departs Aruba12:20pm arrives JFK at 5:20pm
Jetblue #65 Departs JFK 7:44pm arrives into Albuquerque 11:04pm Cost is $1224.22 for two

Kelvin D Farrar Tour Travel Counselor
American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services
' 800-443-7672 ext 63027 * kelvin.d.farrar@aexp.com

Rev. P. Roger Bowen's Closing Prayer on 10/16/16

We pray for children
who put chocolate fingers everywhere
who like to be tickled
who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants,
who sneak popsickles before supper
who erase holes in math workbooks
who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who never "counted potatoes,"
who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead in,
who never go to the circus
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistsfull of dandelions,
who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money,
who cover themselves with Band-Aids and sing off key,
who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink,
who slurp their soup.

And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can't find any bread to steal,
who don't have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,
whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw temper tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don't like to be kissed in front of the car pool,
who squirm in church and scream on the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything.
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren't spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move but have no being.

We pray for children
who want to be carried and those who must,
for those we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance,
for those we smother...and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

We pray for the least of these – we pray for children.

Amen.

Written by Ina J. Hughs, for the Children's Defense Fund

GMSAA SPRING FLING TO ARUBA

2016 GMSAA Reunion Online Registration Open

HEY all of you GMS Alumni! Ready for the 2016 Reunion?

Registration is open on the 2016 Online Registration Form!

Hope to see you soon!

Update from Jim Klosterman

Today the Record arrived and scarcely do I find a recognized name, save the obituaries. In September 1945 I arrived, 14 years young. Graduated 1948, returning September 1949 and finished as C Company commander in 1951. A boy came - a man left...thanks Colonel Joe! Now nearing 86, residing in Arkansas after 84 years a Buckeye. Anyone still out there? Let's have a "mini-reunion"!

Would enjoy hearing from you: Mink.

jim@klosterman.com

Current News Second Annual Spring Get Together to be held at Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ. June 8-12, 2016

GMSAA 2016 SPRING GETAWAY

Join GMSAA this June 8-12, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore for the 2nd Annual Summer Get Away. Contact Terry Byrnes for more info: tbyrnes@ierworld.com.

https://vimeo.com/150190374

GMSAA 2016 SPRING/SUMMER GETAWAY

The room rate would be $223.42 inclusive of tax, service charges and resort fee. (Resort base rate is $179.00 per night)

The airport transfers, via taxi would be $50 roundtrip. We are 7 mi / 15 min from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Day: Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Date: 6/8/16 6/9/16 6/10/16 6/11/16 6/12/16

Sleeping room rates as noted in the “Room Block” above are net, non-commissionable and are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments.

Check-in time is 4:00 pm; check-out time is 12:00 pm. Early check-in & late check-out are subject to availability and our approval. There will be a $20.00 additional per adult charge per night, above double occupancy. Guests arriving before or departing after the above dates will be confirmed on a space available basis

Sleeping room rates as noted in the “Room Block” are quoted net, non-commissionable.

Room and tax will be paid by individuals.

Taxes: You agree to pay any and all applicable federal, state, municipal or other taxes, fees, or assessments imposed on or applicable to your Event. In the State of Arizona, currently the sales tax rate is 8.3%, and the hotel occupancy tax rate is 12.27%.

PROGRAM:

Arrival Night Cocktail/Hors d’oeuvres Reception: Wed, 6/8/16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Cost per person TBD.

Saturday Night PM, Dinner in Frank & Alberts Restaurant Dining Room

Other available activities: Golf, Hiking, Shopping, Hot Air Ballooning, Glider Flying, etc.

RESORT CHARGE:

The Resort Charge is reduced to $14.00 per room per night and offers:  Guestroom high-speed Internet access. Unlimited local telephone calls, Long-distance access fees -- no charge for credit card, toll free & collect calls, Biltmore Spa & Fitness Center admittance  Biltmore Fashion Park shuttle  Unlimited use of the putting course

Service charges will be posted to the Individual Guest Room Portfolio. These charges are subject to change without notice. Currently the fees are as follows:

Porterage: $12.00 per person (includes both check-in and check-out). Room Attendant: $ 3.00 per room, per day.

RESERVATIONS:

To make your reservation, call Erika Goldbrandsen, your Group Reservations Coordinator at (800) 950-0086 to reserve your room. Reservations can also be made via our website at www.arizonabiltmore.com. Please enter the code GMS under the Group/Convention Code section of our reservations screen. It is helpful to mention this code to the reservation agent, as well, if calling your reservations in. All rooms must be guaranteed by a credit card and one night’s deposit, which is fully refundable up to 3 days prior to arrival, after which it is non-refundable.

GMSAA Facebook Group, Fr. Mike Kallock's Sermon of October 18, plus other new items

PHOTOS FROM 2015 REUNION

See our newly posted 2015 Reunion Photos.

GMSAA on FACEBOOK

Ask to join our brand new and official Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association Facebook Group.

This group has been created as requested by the GMSAA Board of Directors, October 16, 2015.
The purpose of this group is to network, communicate, share photos and stories, post news and promote activities that pertain to the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, its activities and its family of cadets, as another added resource to help us stay in touch. Please keep our group positive, kind in spirit and with respect to all, politically impartial. Posts not adhering to these simple guidelines will be deleted and if ongoing the poster will be banned.
{No spam or advertising obviously.}

Father Michael Kallock Sermon of October 2015

Fr. Kallock, GMS '63, delivered a thought provoking sermon on what it means to serve. His sermon was the final event of the 2015 Reunion Weekend and has been posted on the GMSAA Facebook Group.

PASSING IN REVIEW ARTICLE on Col. Robert J. Fullerton

See Deak Roberts' new Passing In Review article in honor of Col. Robert J. Fullerton. One of the finest articles he has posted. Amazing life he had.

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