Reunion 2016 Report
The reunion turned out despite fears of Chicago crime and hotel glitches.
We had a total of 53 people that attended this reunion. Several newcomers and many repeat attendees.
The reunion began on Tuesday with several early arrivals. Those who arrived enjoyed dinner and sightseeing on their own.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
This was also an early bird day although many attendees arrived early. The attendees explored Chicago on their own.
Car Pool Excursion to Jack McCabe's house for hamburgers
All early attendees enjoyed burgers and libations at Jack & Pat McCabe's house
Thursday, 29 September 2016
The Hospitality Room was open for general registration and socializing from 12:00-17:00. It was a great time to meet old and new friends and socialize.
Carpool to the Hofbrauhaus
The group proceeded to the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont for a great German dinner, food and Octoberfest celebrations.
The Hospitality Room was open after dinner for drinks and socializing.
Friday, 30 September 2016
Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and Architectural Boat Tour
All attendees formed up in the hotel lobby for to board the bus for downtown Chicago. The weather was gray and rainy. The busses arrived about 10:30 and the rain slowed. We boarded the Wendella for a boat tour of the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shores of Chicago. The bar opened before the boat left the dock and I am proud to report that almost all Avel personnel were first in line for Bloody Mary’s! And, the rain stopped!
After the boat tour everyone had a few hours to have lunch and explore downtown Chicago before boarding the bus back to the hotel.
Pizza Night in the Hospitality Room
After we returned from the boat tour the Hospitality Room was opened for drinks and socializing. Chicago pizza's were brought in for all compliments of Avel.
Saturday, 17 October 2016
John Veers Martini Golf Outing
The golf outing was canceled this year due to inclement weather.
Annual AVEL Banquet
The Reunion Banquet began at 17:00 with the opening of a cash bar and social hour. The program began at 18:00.
Pete Poirier gave the opening remarks.
Jack McCabe introduced our guest speaker Major General (Retired) James Mukoyama. Jim spoke to us about veteran issues specifically PTSD and Moral Injury. He was well received by all.
Jack McCabe and Jerry Mahanay led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and then folded the reunion flag. The reunion flag was presented to Roger Shiley who was unable to attend due to health issues.
Jim Mukoyama led us in prayer before dinner.
Dinner was served followed by a group photo.
The Hospitality Room remained open until we all fell asleep!