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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2008, 12:56:48 »
Hi guys.

a few of us are working on a quasi reunion of sorts.  One idea is for the reunion to happen in late July in Arnprior Ontario. 

The names so far are - Barry Bartelt, George Shewfelt, Brent Mills, Lane Lambert, Randy Ackert, Turtle, Onion, Sammy Sams, Brian Ried, possibly Wawa and anyone else from the Lahr era of 77 to 82.
 
I  got an e-mail from Turtle Lancaster a few days ago, and he has suggested that the Mile High Parachute Club, Arnprior Ontario, (for which he was part owner and still works there) has camping facilities with access to some amenities including "refreshments".  He also offered up (for those who are interested) a "Tandem" jump during the day of the reunion.  So, for all you wannabee jumpers, here is a chance for your first "night and water" jump (eyes closed and pee your pants)   LOL.

We are proposing the reunion for the end of July and/or the beginning of Aug.

Come on and spread the word.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2008, 13:23:43 »
You couldn't think of Arnprior before I got posted out west from Petawawa? LOL 

I would really like to attend something like this.  It is a great excuse to hop on the Gold Wing and rack up some miles.  I might suggest Shilo for a reunion site.  Only because it is central.  Of course, if most folks are in Ontario, then Arnprior makes good sense.

What ever is decided, I'll make a good effort to attend. I have so many good memories of many of you and quite frankly, some of the friendships I made within 1 and 3 RCHA are still rock solid.  Hoisting a few would be wunderbar!

I don't recall meeting Turtle Lancaster, but we did call Joe Churchill, Turtle as well.  He even had a Turtle tattoed on a shoulder.

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2008, 07:02:34 »
Hey Guys same goes for me i will try but Shilo would have been more centeral.
Danny

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2008, 09:11:09 »
Hi Danny.

Good to hear from you.  How's Geraldine?  I am assuming the "European" Geraldine is long gone??

You guys are right, Shilo is definitely central, however, so far, the bulk (80%) of those interested are from South to Eastern Ontario (6 hours drive for the furthest person).

Plus, we have a chance at a great venue at the Mile High Parachute Club and Hangar with some added activities such as a "tandem" parachute drop on the Saturday or Sunday and White Water Rafting in Cobden (30 minutes away) .  If all works out, we are leaning towards the August Long weekend (not in stone yet).

I was talking to Onion and Randy Ackert recently and Ackert will be in Ontario at the end of July first of Aug and Onion is also thinking of a road trip.

I will keep you guys updated.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2008, 09:18:25 »
Wow, look at all the names popping up. Joseph Claus!
Good to see you're still in the land of the living.

Anyone ever hear from Dave Gale?

I knew he was from the Pemroke area. Sure would like to re-connect with the big galute.

Not sure I can make it(I can't plan that far ahead)
But it's on my radar to be sure....

Although I live in central Ontario I would have loved to meet in Shilo. That's my home base. It's where the love of cordite began for me.
Kinda like going home.

But the venue you have planned for it sounds great.

Ok, I'll keep my eye on this thread, take care.

Paul Gillman.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2008, 12:13:43 »
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2008, 22:48:44 »
Hey Paul.

How is the world treating you buddy?

I also wondered what happened to big Dave.  He certainly was a stand-up guy.   

Hopefully, he will surface soon.

As for the the reunion, things are still in the planning stage.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2008, 05:48:52 »
Its going ok Joe, how about you?

I've been married 23 years, 3 kids. Jonathan 22, Jillian 20, Ethan 18.

Still wonder how I made it out of Germany alive... :o



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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2008, 06:37:23 »
Same here Paul.

Married 22 years (2nd wife).  My daughter (from 1st wife) turns 30 this Feb.  She made me a grandfather twice and my son is 16 this May.

We are tucked away here in sunny Windsor where I am a Security Manager for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG).  I have been with the Casino's here in Ontario since  retiring.  Shelly is also with the OLG as a Slot Supervisor - toys toys toys.
Doing lots of golfing since retiring.  Perhaps if there is interest, some of us can squeeze an 18 hole in the day before or after the reunion?   Just a thought.

As you mentioned about Germany, I also don't know how we made it out of there alive.  What a weekend!!!
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2008, 07:02:05 »
Hey guys - I found Dave Gale.

He is living in Pembroke and works at Chalk River Nuke Plant.

I gave him a call last night and all is well with Mr. Gale. 

I told him about the possible reunion and he is interested.

I will be sending him this web site and he will be sending some posts very soon.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2008, 07:08:46 »
Hey guys - I found Dave Gale.

He is living in Pembroke and works at Chalk River Nuke Plant.

I gave him a call last night and all is well with Mr. Gale. 

I told him about the possible reunion and he is interested.

I will be sending him this web site and he will be sending some posts very soon.

Nice work Joe. You're in the right profession...

I bet Dave still glows in the dark...Especially after working in a Nuke Plant.. ::)

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2008, 07:18:19 »
Indeed Paul.

I am sure he has an even more "radiant" personality!!!    LOL  LOL

Later guys - gotta get to work.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #37 on: February 04, 2008, 20:11:03 »
Is this get together just for Gunners or can a lowly Herbie Helper drop in. I served with C Bty from 78-81 as an ELM tech fixing whatever you guys broke. I remember a lot of the names and faces from my formative years with the Guns. I'm still in and working in recruiting in Hamilton.

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #38 on: February 04, 2008, 23:13:44 »
I would think that you are more then qualified Bob. I can't believe that you put up with the BS for five years and now your asking for more ;D Your the man Bob :salute:

So what say the rest of the gun crew?

Would you happen to know a Sgt. Levert K. that I think is down your way?

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2008, 17:32:07 »
Bart 021,
First name Karen? If so yes.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2008, 13:31:02 »
Hi Boys, Paul Gillman sent me by your position. All is well with me, living in Wash DC right now, believe it or not moving back to Germany this summer, Garmisch. Wife is in the US Navy, been married for almost 20 now, geez... Wish I could make the reunion, maybe if you had it in Lahr!!! Great to see some old names. I'll be around...
Jim Brault

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Re: 1 RCHA, Lahr, 76-80
« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2008, 18:14:23 »
Wow, some old names for sure, yea I remember the stero, I lived in the room across the hall, had no choice on the volume or play selection!!! Best party I ever went to was my year in Lahr...

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Re: 1 RCHA, Lahr, 76-80
« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2008, 19:10:14 »
Was it at my place?  ;D

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2008, 21:46:12 »
I am sure I can speak for Roger (Wawah) in saying he would come to a reunion.  I would also love to see many of you.  You can contact Roger through me and/or get his phone number by contacted me.

See you there!!

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2008, 23:43:47 »
Okay not sure if this might be the right place, but i know my daddy was stationed in that general area around then,  Would any of you fine people happen to know Lloyd Ingram? Best as I can explain him would be a short balding electrical engineer at the time.  In fact my mom woulda been preggers with my older brother (who was born in germany actually) around then (he was born in '80)  well if you do know him could ya send me a PM, would love to let him know about a possible upcomming reunion
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #45 on: March 31, 2008, 01:14:12 »
Calling all 1RCHA Gunners from Lahr (76 to 82 - or so).

I just sent out an e mail for the reunion in Armprior Ontario.  I have attached it's contents below. 

Fellow "Gunners" their families and associates.
 
I thought I would take a leap and get this reunion thing rolling.
 
Over the winter, I have been staying in contact with a few of the guys in the above addy's and it looks like there is more than encouraging interest in arranging a "get-to-gether/reunion.     After looking at a calendar, I believe a function would be great for sometime in July.    Since I am the guy who has taken "one pace step forward" (or did you guys all step back????), I get to choose the date (26 July 2008) and venue.
 
Some of you may be aware that Turtle Lancaster has offered up his Hangar at the "Mile High Parachute" club located in Arnprior, Ontario.  Turtle has advised that this property also has camping and all other amenities.  For those who have spent more time under canvas than the average gypsy, there are many hotels and B&B's all over the area as well.
 
I am hoping to start the actual reunion at 1800 hrs (at the Hangar) however, prior to that (morning), Turtle has offered to take any brave and adventurous soul(s) for a "Tandem Parachute descent (for a fee of course).  In addition to the tandem drop, and in keeping with the "living life on the edge" theme,  I have scoped out Wilderness Tours which has white water rafting and a bungee jump tower.  I will send out another e-mail with all the prices of these activities.  If you are not into doing the above, you could just show up at 1800 hrs,  or come earlier and relax at the hangar or campsite,  have a few cocktails and throw some horse shoes.   There is also great shopping 30 minutes away in the fair city of Ottawa.
 
Lastly, If anyone is interested, I will be arranging a Golf outing (18 holes) on Sunday after the farewells.
 
 
So, to start, this e-mail is intended to see how many of you are serious about attending something like this. 
 
If you are, would you be so kind as to send me back an e-mail indicating if you are going to make it?
 
If you are planning on coming, please let me know if you are interested in:
 
Camping
Hotel
Tandem Parachute descent
White Water Rafting
Bungee
Golf
Once I see how much interset there is, I will send out another e-mail.
 
P.S.  I know I have missed a lot of guys, so please forward this e-mail on to anyone you know who served with us and may be interested in attending.
 
UBIQUE
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #46 on: April 01, 2008, 22:27:42 »
Wawah (Roger Conway) and I will definitely be there.  I will see who I can find to pass the word on to.

I wondered if it would be helpful to have an event page on Facebook?  Is Facebook popular with this bunch?  I know of at least 4 RCHA Lahr folks that are on there.

I would be happy to set it up and it would be a great way to keep everyone up to date on the plans, details, etc.

Yahoo!!!! Party Time!!!

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #47 on: April 01, 2008, 23:00:40 »

Hi Denise.

Thanks for the reply.  I will be great to see Roger (aka- WAWA) and meet you.

I am on facebook but not sure if anyone else is

See what you can do.
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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #48 on: April 03, 2008, 10:08:04 »
Sorry guys, won't be able to make it, belive it or not I'm moving to Germany in early July, maybe I could do a Sim-u-cast from the steps of the Hurst, I could have the"Bucket" filled and join you in a toast, wouldn't that be cool! I really wish I could make it, if anything to see Paul Gillman do a tandem jump! If I could make it I would definetly have a tent, with ammo boxes and the old coleman stove with a pot of "NATO" standard coffee going. George could come over with his old doggie dish and have some MRE's. Man I wish I could make it. Take Care.

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Re: 1RCHA 76-EARLY 80s Reunion late 08
« Reply #49 on: April 03, 2008, 12:10:20 »
Sorry guys, won't be able to make it, belive it or not I'm moving to Germany in early July, maybe I could do a Sim-u-cast from the steps of the Hurst, I could have the"Bucket" filled and join you in a toast, wouldn't that be cool! I really wish I could make it, if anything to see Paul Gillman do a tandem jump! If I could make it I would definetly have a tent, with ammo boxes and the old coleman stove with a pot of "NATO" standard coffee going. George could come over with his old doggie dish and have some MRE's. Man I wish I could make it. Take Care.

The only Tandem-jumping this old gunner will be doing is jumping into bed...wait, that didn't come out right.......forget it, you know what I mean... ::)

I envy you Jim. I loved my time in Germany not only for the friends I made but the country itself had a great hold on me. 

We're moving in July I hope it all works out timing wise to make it.

Paul