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Luncheon Report: What Happened in Atlanta on October 10, 2017!

Ladies and Gentlemen….

Another good turnout for the October Atlanta REPA Luncheon!

Johnny and Jerri Johnson came and that was a good thing as Johnny, who said he was the “Replacement Chaplin”, started us out with a prayer…

No one had brought an American Flag so as to honor our country with the Pledge of Allegiance but Bob Webb saved the day with a donation! He had a brand new quite large flag that has lived in his car trunk for ages….

So we cut open the bag and used one existing nail to hold up a corner and Hoyt Davis held up the other one (with his left hand over his heart)…

This was followed by the reading the names of those who have flown west, a very large number (15) this time as we had to cancel the September Luncheon due to Irma…

We had two fellows making their first appearance at our luncheons, retired USAF/PAA/DAL mechanic John Matias (guest of Hoyt Davis) and retired Eastern Captain Chuck Wilson, formerly of south Florida and now an Atlanta area resident… Chuck came as a guest of retired Eastern Captain Dan Saunders and promises to try to make future luncheons…

Our Guest Speaker was Dale Hartsfield, a distant cousin of former Atlanta Mayor William C. Hartsfield for whom the Atlanta Airport is named…

Dale made a 30 minute talk on the history of the airport pointing out many interesting facts, one is that the original one (named Chandler Field) was 297 acres in size and the current one is over 4700 acres! He spoke to the number of the names it had over the years (seven I think) and how/why the name evolved…

He recently published a nice large size book on the airport and readily admitted that he was hoping to sell some copies… He certainly did sell quite a few, including one to your Humble Scribe!

We had the usual Door Prize with the winners being Vigil Tedder ($15.00), Joe McCann as always ($10.00) and Chuck Wilson ($5.00)…

Retired Eastern Captain (and former ATA Sim IP) Roy Wren asked your HS (on a visit to his home in August) to see if anyone wanted a very nice set of ATA B-737NG training manuals and, as it turned out, Hoyt Davis wanted them for his nephew…

Jim Holder

Dale Hartsfield our Speaker at the October 10th Atlanta REPA Luncheon

If this reminder looks familar it is because he was scheduled to speak last month but the weather was a bit wet and windy!!!!

Our speaker for our Tuesday, October 10thAtlanta REPA Luncheon will be Dale Hartsfield, the family spokesman for the Hartsfield family whose name graces the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

http://www.hartsfieldspeakers.com/

As usual we will be meeting at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Godby Road just off Old National Highway, starting when it opens at 11:00 AM… The program usually starts about noon…
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Jim Holder

2017 REPA Convention Report!!

Our 2017 REPA Convention at the Wenfrey Hyatt Hotel
Birmingham, Alabama

Prior to the actual convention the REPA Board of Directors held the annual pre-convention meeting at 10:00 AM on September 4th…

Mainly the Board considered items associated with the convention, which commenced the next day, such as the planning for the City Tours and the tour of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum… Also discussed was the Ladies Luncheon (hosted by First Lady Patti Steinmetz) which had as surprise Guest Speaker the Chief Chef for the Wenfrey Hyatt Hotel!

As usual the convention commenced with the first of three Cocktail Parties on September 5th after which most, if not all, the attendees enjoyed selections from the hotel restaurant right there in the main hall of the hotel, which was just a few feet away from the entrance to the Riverchase Galleria Mall…

Also located at that entrance, just inside the hotel, was an “old fashioned” shoe-shine two-seater stand manned by a very friendly and vocal fellow named Ronald… Many of us got a fine shoeshine there and found that Ronald would continue working on your shoes as long as you stayed and talked to him! I think he actually gave my shoes three (3) complete shines as I saw him loosen the laces and polish up the tongue three times! Would have been four I suppose but my wife, Carrie Sue, came and got me for something or another in Eastern Flight Ops (the big room where we met to register, buy Raffle Tickets, tell War Stories and so on)…

The First Day, after an excellent breakfast in the hotel (complete with order to taste omelets), we had the usual Convention Business Meeting where most of the discussion centered on future conventions…

Also discussed was the 2018 REPA Convention which will be in early September at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina… 2018 REPA President Bud Robbins, with the assistance of our 2018 First Lady, Adolyn Robbins, will be hosting that event… Much more later on that convention early next year…

Following the Business Meeting many of us joined Eastern Radio Host Neal Holland for a Live Broadcast from Eastern Flight Ops… Speaking live with Neal were Virgil Tedder, Johnny Steinmetz, Johnny Johnson and Jim Holder…

Then most took one of the two City Bus Tours which followed one another all over Birmingham and I mean “all over” the city! We saw many fine old homes, a close up view of Vulcan (the metal statue that watches over the city) and the now apparently closed Iron/Steel factories (where we had a rest stop for those needing same)…

We arrived back just in time to prepare for the second Cocktail Party which was again manned by Paul, a fine bartender, who by now knew what most of us were drinking,

Then to the Ball Room for a delightful Buffet followed by dancing to a local DJ’s music, who played our kind of songs!

The last day started with another breakfast (all of which were included in the Registration Fee as were the Cocktail Parties, Buffet and final evening Dinner) after which we were off for shopping, visiting and some were even hardy enough to take the Motorsports Museum Tour…

That evening we were greeted again by our personal Bartender, Paul, who by now usually was ready with your drink before you stepped up! Sadly some of our number had departed for their homes in Florida as Irma was heading that way! Most gave their Raffle Tickets to the aforementioned Carrie Sue (she ended up with streams of tickets, like some kind of Christmas tree!)….

After the Dinner was finished President Johnny Steinmetz honored Mrs. Barbara Christopher, who had passed away after the 2016 Convention, with a series of slides showing her attendance at almost every REPA Convention over the years… Present right in front of the screen were her daughters, Diane Cosgrove and Judy Parks…

We then were treated to a solo performance of almost thirty minutes by REPA Member “Big John” Shearer, with his wistful commentary, guitar playing and fine bass voice… Anyone wishing their own DVD can visit his website and order them (as did your humble scribe)…

Jerry Frost then had the winning number drawn from a bag which had a number assigned to each of the first 25 members to register for the convention… The Winner of a Free Room Night check was Jim Blackburn!

Then the more raucous part of the Banquet commenced with Jim Gardner conducting one of his Famous Auctions of items donated by some REPA Members…

The Winners
Large Set of Eastern Cocktail Glasses, donated by Dan Frisch and won by Jim Gardner ($50.00)
Lockheed Electra Framed Print donated by Ellen McCort and won by Dick Burnette ($185.00)
B-720 plaque from the wall in the First Class section donated by Beverlee Graybill and won by John Shearer ($30.00)

This was followed by the Raffle ($940.00 worth of tickets was sold)…

The Winners
Four prizes of $110.00 each were won by Judy Parks, Carolyn Schuett, Jim Holder and Marlene Teel… $200.00 was won by Sam Gore and the Grand Prize of $300.00 was won by Jim Harris (Jo Ann Anthony’s Guest)…

As the banquet drew to a close Bud Robbins presented Johnny Steinmetz with a Presidential Plaque, thanking him for this wonderful convention that we had so much enjoyed!

Jim Holder, REPArtee Editor

Dale Hartsfield to speak at the REPA Luncheon on October 10th!!!

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Our speaker for our Tuesday, October 10thAtlanta REPA Luncheon will be Dale Hartsfield, the family spokesman for the Hartsfield family whose name graces the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

You might enjoy reading more about him and his book, "What's In A Name" at this link:
http://www.hartsfieldspeakers.com/
 
As usual we will be meeting at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Godby Road just off Old National Highway, starting when it opens at 11:00 AM… The program usually starts about noon…
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Jim Holder

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