NVAO Board Update – 27 Jul 22

NVAO Members,

The purpose of this notice is to update you on the Midwest NVAR Reunion and the West Coast NVAR Reunion.

Midwest Reunion (Labor Day weekend – Sept. 2-4): “Cancelled”

We are sorry to say that the Midwest NVAR Reunion has been cancelled.

There simply were not enough people responding to Gary Croft (Illinois State Coordinator) telling him that they were interested in attending the reunion.

Our thanks to Gary and Nancy Croft for organizing the events in Cape Girardeau, MO, the French town of Ste. Genevieve and the Veterans Memorial in Perryville, MO.

For those of you who have reserved rooms, please cancel them.

NVAO – Board of Directors

If you are ever in that part of America, Gary reports that it’s beautiful country and enjoyable to explore the history of the area.

Thanks, again, Nancy and Gary.

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West Coast Reunion (Friday, 9/9 through Monday, 9/12):

Don “Quacker” Jenkins has put together an NVAR Reunion for folks living in the western part of the U.S.

Following is the information/agenda that Don has provided:

Ten rooms have been blocked at the Motel 6, 3100 NW Aviation Drive, Roseburg, OR  97470. To get the $72 per night rate, you must tell the front desk reservation person that you are asking for a room in the NVAO block. The motel’s phone number is 541-464-8000, push 0 for the front desk.

For those who would like to camp, Don has a few RV sites and plenty of room for tent camping on his property, 1060 Winston Section Road, Winston, OR 97496.

Following is the emailed agenda that we received from Don:

Friday: Meet and greet at Don Jenkins house. 1060 Winston Section Rd, Winston, OR 97496.

Saturday: Breakfast will be on your own. We will leave from my house at 9:30am headed to the coast. The route will take us down the Umpqua River to the sand dunes and the ocean. I have set up lunch at the Coney Station in Coos Bay where they have great fish and chips & clam chowder. From there out to Shore Acres State park. If you don’t have a state park pass you have to pay to get in. From there we’ll come back inland on Hwy 42 which is a great bike road. We’ll end up at my house again where I’m still working on dinner plans.

Sunday: Breakfast on your own. Leave my house at 9:30am. We’ll head east up the North Umpqua river to Diamond Lake and have lunch at the lodge overlooking the lake. From there on to Crater Lake where we’ll be making several stops to see the lake. Crater Lake is a Federal park, bring your park pass. This lake is one of a kind. It’s the deepest lake on the North American continent and was created by a volcano and is the headwaters for the Rogue River which we will see on the way out of the south exit. Following the Rogue river to Shady Cove to gas up and snacks. We will go down the Tiller Trail following the South Umpqua river back to Roseburg. Three rivers and two lakes on this loop. Dinner plans are still being worked on for Sunday.

Monday: JoEll and I are going to host an informal send off breakfast at 8:30am at our house.

This NVAR-West Reunion is all new and a first for me putting it on, so being a little flexible and  a little patient will help. There are things that I’m still working on and there might be some plans already made that might have to change a bit. We will roll with it and still have a GREAT TIME TOGETHER.

See you when you get to Oregon, Don “Quacker” Jenkins djenkinsusmc@gmail.com, cell # 541-430-2718

That’s it for now, be careful out there, Never Forget.

Board of Directors – National Veterans Awareness Organization

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