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SAIGON KIDS™ *LAST HURRAH* REUNION 2015 (UPDATE 6/18/15)

Submitted by Frank Stoddard and Roy McDonald (ACS)
Reunion Time Sign

Reunion Dates: July 30th – August 2nd 2015 (4 Days/3 Nights)

The Finish-Line is in sight! On Thursday July 30th we will re-live a lot of memories and confirm a lot of faded ones. We are a little less than a month and a half to go, and here are some details as of this next-to-last Update:

Critical:

1. We have 44 confirmed SaigonKids (Fees paid and/or Resort Reservations made)
2. We have 18 SaigonKids who have indicated that they would attend but we have no confirmation as (1) above (see shaded rows on the Roster (Links below)) as of this update.
3. On June 30th Frank will be providing the balance of the contract funds to Wigwam with a firm head-count per contract terms.
4. In order to provide Wigwam the necessary funds, any hopeful (unconfirmed/remaining) SaigonKids Fees ($141.50/pp) must be deposited in our account prior to June 30th. If you have not done so, please do. Your checks can be made out to Charles F. Stoddard and mailed to Frank’s Address:

Charles F. Stoddard
5675 S. Mescalero Road
Hereford AZ 85615

The Meet & Greet event (July 30th) on Thursday and Dinner/Dance event on Saturday (Aug. 1st) are not “Pay-As-You-Go”, so, please, if you are planning to attend, June 30th is the deadline. After that we will not be able to reserve seating or accommodate the two Events for your Last Hurrah Reunion attendance.

Minutia:

1. Name tags for each SaigonKid is being prepared in accordance with the names on the Roster. If you have a preference (maiden name vs. given name where applicable) please let us know.
2. At the Meet & Greet event you will each be provided with a packet containing your name tags, lanyards, a wristband labeled “SaigonKids” to be worn for the 3 night Reunion and confirmation of your attendance eligibility, etc. (Sorry for being so neurotic … at minimum we can use the rubber wristbands to launch spitballs (lol)), and local and related information regarding the Wigwam Resort and sight-seeing brochures.
3. Transportation to/from Phoenix airport is not provided by the Resort. We will be publishing a “Cluster” of arrival Dates/Times in the event some who have reserved rental cars can provide a lift to a SaigonKid or either Frank or I can pick you up given availability. Follow the links for Cluster (very preliminary at this point) below and if you have not already done so, please provide us the following information to (rmcdonal@sesi.com or stoddardfrank@hotmaill.com) :
4. Mode of transportation (airline/car/balloon)
5. Date and time of arrival
6. Have a Rental Car Reserved and can provide a lift
7. Attending (if yes) the “Pay-as-you-go” dinner at the Vietnamese Restaurant on (July 31st)
8. Attending (if Yes) the ”Pay-as-you-go” Sunday Brunch at Wigwam (Aug. 2nd)
9. If your check has been in the mail, we will not be able to post it on the Roster until Frank gets back from his Europe trip (after 20th of June).
10. If you cannot attend the full 4 days/3 nights of the Reunion, the event fees remain the same ($141.50/pp) and cannot be pro-rated.

Reminders/Recaps:

Wigwam Resort
300 E Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 935-3811
Cell Numbers:
Frank: (520) 266-5135
Roy: (386) 478-9616

Links:

Roster
Wigwam Resort
SaigonKids Website
Saturday Night Entertainment
Saigon Kids American Community School Blog
Arrival Clusters
Song Lynn Vietnamese Restaurant

Events (paid for by your Event Fees), and Optional pay-as-you-go:

Event I

Thursday 30 July, 2015 4 – 7 PM, Meet & Greet, Hors D’oeuvres Southwest style (paid), Cash Bar, and Registration (late arrivals at 24/7 room)
Optional – Friday 31 July, 2015 5 – 7 PM, Vietnamese Restaurant, Pay-As-You-Go (See Menus)

Event II

Saturday 1 August, 2015 6:30 – 11:30 PM, Cocktails (Cash Bar) 6:30 – 7:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, entertainment 8:00 – 11:30 PM
Optional II – Sunday 2 August, 2015 Wigwam Sunday Brunch 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Pay-As-You-Go (see Menus)

Menu(s):

Thursday 07/30/15 Meet & Greet
Hors D’Oeuvres 4:00 – 7:00 PM (Paid)

Action Stations “Fiesta”
Quesadillas three ways:
Grilled Chicken and pepper jack
Machaca Beef and Oaxaca Cheese
Three-Cheese Green Chiles
Tri-colored Tortilla chips, chunky Guacamole
Fire roasted salsa and chili Con Queso

Friday 07/31/15 Dinner at Song Lynn Vietnamese Restaurant (Optional)

Too long to list, click on the following link:

Song Lynn Menu

Saturday Night 08/01/15 Dinner/Dance
Cowboy Cookout Menu (paid)

Smoked Corn Chowder
Trail Lettuce Salad with Peppercorn Ranch & Vinaigrette Dressings
Wagon Wheels of Sliced Tomato & Red Onion with Pickle Spears and Assorted Olives
Grilled to Order:
($100 chef attendant fee required)
Angus New York Steak
Chipotle Marinated Chicken Breasts
Casserole Potatoes
Ranch Beans
Corn on the Cob with Melted Butter
Selection of Bakery Fresh Dinner Rolls
Warm Cherry Dumplings with Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Volcano Cake
Ice Water
Rainforest Alliance Decaffeinated & Regular Coffee and
Gourmet Teas

Sunday Brunch Menu (Optional)
Hickman’s Family Farms Brunch Buffet

Orange, Grapefruit and Apple Juices
Sliced Fresh Fruit and Berries Platter
Whole Grain Cereals, Granola, 2% and Nonfat Milk
Freshly Scrambled Eggs
Sausage and Crispy Smoked Bacon
Home Fried Potatoes
Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote
Banana and Zucchini Breakfast Breads
Mini Bagels with Butter, Preserves, Marmalade and Cream Cheese

That is about it for now. Frank will be back in the saddle on the 20th of July to finalize his magic with Wigwam and the Vietnamese Restaurant. We hope to see all of you very soon!

Frank & Roy

Reunion 2015 Roster

CLICK HERE for reunion information and location.

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