June 25, 2016
1 Month and 24 days left
until our celebration.
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ALMOST REUNION TIME!!! 

In less than 60 days from today, we all will be gathered in Gatlinburg Tennessee, catching up and talking about all of the good times we had as members of the 317th Engineers! It is looking like a very good turnout so far and hope to increase more over the next 30 days! I have talked with Deer Ridge Mountain Resort and they are booked to capacity with the exception of a couple of their cabins. Below, I am going to go over a few important items:

Initially, we were going to raise the ticket price by $15 at the end of April. I am going to hold off on that change until May 15th. This will be the latest that I can hold out on doing this as we really have to start firming up our numbers by that time and get the counts of those attending to the resort and caterer. I want to give everyone a chance to purchase the tickets at the current price, for as long as I can. 

Just so that those outside of the Desert Storm Era of the 317th Engineers, I just want to let you all know that you are welcome to attend but at the current time, we do not have many from your era who have made plans to attend. 

I want to address an issue that has been raised about people showing up and wanting to purchase a ticket on site. This is something that we are not able to do as we will have capacity limits on the venue, catering, etc. All of this has to be planned in advance. By now, most people should have a good idea if they are attending or not as we are very close to the actual event. Please take the time and help us out by getting your tickets now. There are two ways that you can purchase tickets. You can go to the website which is www.317thengineers.com/3/online_payment.htm and purchase them via credit card. I have also created a registration form for those that prefer to use a check or money order, to be filled out and mailed directly to me. Anyone paying by check or money order will need mail it no later than May 31st in order for it to have time to reach me before we head to Tennessee. If it is not received in time, it will be considered not paid. 

We are also working on setting up a photo slideshow as well as a video display of any footage during out time in Germany and/or during the Gulf War. If you have any photos or video that you would like to include, please let me know. You can reach me on Facebook or e-mail me directly at jevans@mygrande.net. Ideally, if you have video, you have it converted to digital already. You can have this done at almost any photo shop like Walgreens, Walmart, etc. I would highly recommend that if you have not already done so, that you have it done anyway…VHS does not last forever. 

REUNION SHIRTS - As many of you know, earlier this year we did custom order reunion shirts through the company Grunt Style. They designed the shirts for us and we had to get a minimum of 12 orders per design for them to produce the shirts. We accomplished a few orders of shirts and during that time, they changed their requirements from a minimum of 12 shirts order to a minimum shirt order of 36. This made the process of ordering shirt through them much more of a challenge. For this reason, I do not plan to order anymore of those shirts. I have created a couple of designs (I am by no means a graphic designer) and have posted them on Zazzle.com which allows single orders of shirts without minimum. Because of this, the cost of the shirt is generally higher but allows for anyone who wants a shirt to get it. As for the designs that we had with Grunt Style, they are owned by them since they did the design. We can purchase the design from them for @ $250 per design. I am not willing to pay that full amount but if others have interest in donating to purchase the design, let me know and I will see what we can do. For now, here are the ones available on Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/317thenbn/pro...

Also, if you are traveling to the reunion via a car, I recommend that you bring any comfortable folding chairs that you may have as the only chairs that we will have available to us are your typical metal folding chairs. 

I think that is all for this update. I am looking forward to seeing you all in just 60 short days at the 317th Engineer Battalion 25th Anniversary Desert Storm Reunion!


 
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