Great News about the 2017 REPA Convention!!!

We just receive the below message from 2017 REPA President Johnny Steinmetz (AKA Johnny Eastern)…

Jim Holder

Merry Christmas Christmas_iconsand Happy NewYear NewYear_icon to everyone!

On September 5th, 6th and 7th next year (2017) we will be having our REPA Convention at the Hyatt Regency at the Riverchase Galleria Mall, one of the premier malls in America. It is located in Birmingham, Alabama, about a two hour drive out I-20 West from Atlanta… That is a city we have never visited for a REPA convention. Mark your calendars!

Our attendees from the south (like Florida) can avoid Atlanta by taking I-10 to I-65 and zip on up to Birmingham… Those from the Carolinas simply go to Atlanta and then another two hours to the Hyatt.

The hotel is attached to the Mall so shopping, entertainment and dining are all around with additional shopping and entertainment venues within walking distance (Patton Creek).
Golf is available at a Robert Trent Jones course and the hotel has an all-inclusive package available at a fantastic price which including transportation, green fees and cart, all you need are your clubs and fellow players.
A city tour via motor coach will be available which will take us on a historic and trip around the city. You will see and learn things that you have never seen or heard about which makes Birmingham such a great and wonderful city.  I feel this tour pricing will be about $25 per person and last three hours. This is planned for Wednesday after the Ladies Luncheon.
Another, yet to be determined, tour will offer a visit to the Aviation Museum and Barber Motor Sports Museum and Track which would take about six hours to do both OR a tour of the Mercedes Plant and Museum which would take about the same amount of time.
Of course, at a later date, we will want to hear from the attendees to see if there is enough interest to do one of these tours on Thursday and which places they would like to see. I think the pricing will be about $40 per person, including the museum fees.
I have just barely touched on the many things to do in Birmingham while at our convention and  feel this meets the overwhelming input from our attendees to go to a “never before visited” city before we go back to another great place we have been to, this in 2018.
So….. It is cleared to BHM, as filed, for Eastern 2017!!!!
Much more about the convention in the 2017 REPArtee! To be mailed the latter part of May.

Johnny Eastern

Report on the 2016 REPA Convention

What Happened in Asheville
(or at least most of what happened!)

Please visit the HERE for a full report on the 2016 REPA Convention

Happy New Year from REPA (with a good photo)

Bronze Memorial with 3 Images

As you can see above, two additional photos have been added to the EAL Bronze Memorial at the Atlanta Airport... As should recall Wally Drage won the auction for the B-757 at the 2014 REPA Convention and donated it... Later Dick Borrelli donated the DC-10 and three fellows donated the B-727, Bill Leech, Tom Parks and Barry Davis... All three photos were created by Jerry Frost...

And we at REPA: President Jim Gardner, Vice President Johnny Steinmetz, Treasurer Jerry Frost, Secretary Bud Robbins, Member at Large and REPArtee Editor Jim Holder, Graphics Designer Kelly Frissell, Computer Expert Extra-Ordinaire Richard Nichols, Photographers Lea Johnson and Jim Blackburn, Number One Assistant Editor Ellen McCort, Official Man About Atlanta Town Virgil Tedder and his assistant Richard Burnette, and most importantly All Our Wives) wish you and yours


REPA Members Bill and Susan Reeves selected for the Inaugural GSU Athletics Hall of Fame


REPA Affiliate Member Frankie Talton (who ran our Convention Cash Sales for decades) just informed us (proudly) that her sister and brother-in-law (Bill and Susan Reeves) have been selected for the first ever Wall of Fame at the Georgia State University...

As most will recall Susan ("Su" on her nametag), along with Michele Tully, have been in charge of our REPA Conventions for 20 or more years (the president each year just thought he was in charge!)...

We are very proud of both Su and Bill!!!!

Below are more details on this prestigious Award...

Jim Holder


Inaugural GSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

Georgia State announced its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class on Monday.

The 10-member class will be honored on the field this Saturday as football takes on Liberty in the annual Homecoming game at 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

The group will formally be enshrined at the annual student-athlete banquet next April when the Wall of Fame will be debuted.

ATLANTA –The inaugural Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame Class was announced on Monday, an elite group of 10 that dates back as far as the 1930s. The group will be honored at the football game this Saturday as the Panthers take on Liberty in the annual homecoming game at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.

The inaugural class includes three coaches, three male student-athletes, three female student-athletes and a husband-wife duo who has contributed greatly to the success of Georgia State.

After being honored at this weekend’s football game, the inaugural class will be brought back to campus in April for the annual Student-Athlete Banquet to receive their plaques and for the unveiling of the Wall of Fame in the GSU Sports Arena.

The inaugural class includes: Terese Allen, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Don Floyd, Rodney Hamilton, Bob Heck, Bruce LaBudde, Sheryl Martin, Kevin Morris, Sarah-Jane Mungo and contributors Bill and Su Reeves.

The Hall of Fame Election Committee was appointed last spring with the task of creating guidelines for nomination and selection. This same group decided the inaugural class in early September.

A total of 76 nominees were among those on the ballot for the inaugural class. Georgia State started competing at the NCAA Division I level for the 1963-64 season, however, limited independent teams existed prior to that season, including tennis.

Among the criteria for inclusion in the Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame is a five-year window once a student-athlete exhausts their eligibility and a college degree. Coaches and administrators must be removed from their position for a minimum of two years.

Tickets for this Saturday’s Homecoming Game are available by calling 404-413-4020 or by visiting

Bill and Susan Reeves (Contributors) – A pair who have done everything in their power to help Georgia State athletics over the years.

Among their many contributions are the building of the Reeves Field House at baseball in 2003. Bill graduated from Georgia State in 1959 with a degree in business before starting several business opportunities, while Su was given the title of honorary alum from the Alumni Association.

He has served as chairman of the Georgia State University Athletic Association Board of Trustees and on the Georgia State University Foundation Board.

Su has been a proud supporter both financially and on the sidelines of the Georgia State Spirit Squads. She can be seen at most sporting events scoring along from her seat, though most of the time standing and cheering for all Georgia State student-athletes.

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