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2006 Mini-Reunion - Allentown, Pennsylvania







1999 Reunion - Branson, Missouri

The 1999 GIRA reunion was held in Branson, Missouri on Thursday, September 30 through Sunday morning, October 3. Approximately 200 members, wives, relatives and friends enjoyed some of the many shows offered in Branson; visited with old friends in the assigned Hospitality Room and the Lobby; ate meals in small groups at the Radisson Hotel and other nearby restaurants, took a boat ride on the Showboat Branson Belle; attended the Business Meeting on Saturday morning; and got dressed up for the Banquet/Dance on the final evening.
We believe that a Good Time was had by all that attended this reunion. Due to the location, the majority of attendees choose to drive out to Branson from their hometowns. Some of us put quite a few miles on our automobiles for this trip. This became an opportunity to stop along the way to visit with families and friends on the way out to Branson and on the way home.

Don Runmark (R013) and Lee Schultz (R015) brought along the collection of GIRA class photographs for all to view and discuss. This large album was available in the Hospitality Room at the Radisson Hotel. Bob and Virginia Mitchell (GIRA member from R034 and wife) and Buddy and Jo Diebold (Agents for the Branson Music Tours Inc group) did an excellent job during the long range planning of this reunion and handling the activities at Branson.

Homer Gibson {R051 - Secretary - Treasurer}, Urban ( Bud ) Guntner {R072 - President} and Ray King {R103 - Vice Presiden} bring the GIRA General Business Meeting to order on Saturday morning.

Members at the General Business Meeting listening to Ray King presenting the preliminary plans for the year 2000 (60th anniversary of Gallups Island Radio School) GIRA reunion to be held in the Boston area.

Another view of the attendees at the General Business Meeting from the opposite side of the room.

Buddy Diebold (Branson Music Tours Inc. group) presents preliminary plans for the year 2001 GIRA reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bob Mitchell (the GIRA coordinator for this reunion) listens, while sitting nearby, to Buddy's presentation.

Delmar Davis (R105) showing off his GIRA uniforms at the General Business Meeting. (And to think that he can still wear his Merchant Marine uniform.)

Dr. Sam Hucke (R015) explains how he obtained the combination Fish Spear and Paddle from a Native of New Guinea during World War II.

Don Runmark (R013) and Chuck Munyan (R003) stopped for this photo while on their way to the GIRA Hospitality Room at the Radisson Hotel.

Class R015 had the greatest number of member attendees. QTY - Six - WELL DONE GUYS Back row - L to R --- George Cushman, Marwin Brown, and Verne Hegge. Front row - L to R --- Bill Beaulieu, Sam Hucke, and Leland Schultz. (This photo was obtained from the Autumn 1999 Spark Gap - John Ward (R019), Editor)

Some of the GIRA group boarding the Showboat Branson Belle for the cruise on Table Rock Lake ((L to R - Helen Glass (Viv's Stepmother), Clara Miller (My Sister-in-Law) Vivian Miller (My Wife) and Walt Miller (R014)) .

GIRA Reunion Attendees and Other Groups leaving the Showboat Branson Belle after taking part in a great show, dinner and cruise around the man-made lake.

Jennifer In The Morning (USO) Show - Many of us attended this show featuring the best country , gospel , patriotic , big band , bluegrass and broadway songs. And Jennifer dazzles you with her amazing dance numbers and countless costume changes.

The Shoji Tabuchi Show - This show is the talk of Branson. Every seat (2002 is filled during the three shows each day. Shoji with his Fiddle, Dorothy, & Christina (their daughter); his supporting Cast and his Orchestra really entertain you. Supposedly, the bath rooms are Out-of-this-World but you have to go in during the show as they are really crowded before and after the show with people taking in the sights.

A pre-dinner snack table was visited by GIRA members, wives and friends who are lined up along the wall. Bob Pollitt (R014) and his wife are at the end of this line.

Following the Buffet Banquet Dinner, the band entertained the group. And there's Bob Pollitt and his wife out on the Dance Floor.

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