Charleston is a great draw. They like military and military reunions. We would not be that far away from the new schoolhouse. Charleston was pitched in Branson at the same time San Antonio was for 2012 but didn’t get much support then. RAFINO has quite a few members in SC around Columbia who might be able to sponsor and/or pitch in on a joint reunion in Charleston
Alternative - Albuquerque
Hosted by Bruce and Lucy Prater (who have called the area home since dirt was discovered), Albuquerque and the surrounding area provides for a unique Southwestern experience. Plenty of food, sights and activities for all: from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, Unser Racing Museum, Historic Old Town, several Winery Tours, a Breaking Bad Tour, Indian Cultural Center, all handicap accessible. And we even haven’t gotten to the hotel yet.
New England Cruise
Example is the Norwegian 7 day Canada-New England Cruise
Instead of a traditional hotel-based reunion, have one on a cruise ship that specializes in the fall foliage cruises along the coast of New England. Jim Martens once volunteered to head up the committee for such a combination cruise/reunion.
Reunion 2022 - Places to Consider
Anyone in favor of a "return to our roots" reunion in Indianapolis, home of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison?
Surely, there are plenty of potential volunteers for hosting/managing a reunion in Circle City.
Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs is centrally located, 48 miles southwest of Little Rock. The feature attraction is, of course, Hot Springs National Park and its famous /www.nps.gov/hosp/historyculture/bathhouse-row-today.htm">, with several spa houses open to the public and extensive shopping and/or strolling opportunities up and down Central Avenue. If the reunion is held at the historic Arlington Hotel, guests have privileges at the Hot Springs Country Club. Nearby is a horticultural jewel, Garvan Woodland botanical gardens. Excursions can be planned to the world-famous Crystal Bridges Museum .
Site of our 1996 reunion, Nashville has a lot going for it. Nicknamed "Music City", Nashville has a wide variety of attractions.
Another possible cruise-based reunion option might be one out of Baltimore to and from Bermuda .
Other locations. While the above suggestions are heavy on the "cruise" side they are not meant to limit the reunion choices just to cruises in lieu of hotel-based reunions, but, rather to stimulate more thought on your part. Given the fact that a large proportion of our membership is moving along in years and beginning to manifest some of the consequent infirmities, a cruise, with all of the amenities concentrated on the ship with fewer mobility demands, may just fit the bill for 2020.
We need the input from our membership prior to the 2018 reunion,
The business meeting(s) at the 2018 Reunion should have one or more 2020 and 2022 Reunion candidates suggested for voting on by the membership(s). It is not too late for the membership(s) to begin consideration of such candidate sites and hosts.
Please submit your recommendations and/or suggestions to the RAFINO 2nd Vice-President, Elaine McNeill (log in to see her email address).