2019 Reunion Is Right Around The Corner-Book Your Hotel Room NOW

Fellow 31st Engineer Battalion Veterans:

Our 2019 reunion is on the horizon! Please make your hotel reservations now to take advantage of the special group rate at the Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, MA.

Call the hotel at (978) 777-2500. Be sure to identify yourself as being with the 31st Engineers Reunion to the reservation clerk.

There are two side excursions planned for this year’s reunion, pick one. Either choice is $50.00 per person.

As usual, we will have a grand banquet on Saturday night. There will be a full buffet with 5 entrees. Cost is $52.00 per person.

Pasted below is an information sheet with all the details on the excursions and the banquet, plus the Schedule & Agenda.

Association Dues for 2019-2020 are due at $25.00.

Either side excursion is $50.00 per person.

The banquet is $52.00 per person.

Make checks payable to: 31st CMBT ENGR ASSN

Mail check to:    Warren DuBois, 906 W. Virginia Avenue, Salem, MO 65560

Best Regards and See You There!

Louis Brown, (508) 294-5869

 

INFORMATION SHEET

31st Engineer Battalion Association 2019 Reunion 

Danvers, Massachusetts
October 3-6, 2019

GUEST ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS
Number and Type Single Double 3rd Person 4th Person
70 Rooms, King or Queen or Double

$139.00 +$15.00 +$15.00

Note: 1. Add 11.7% sales tax to listed rates.
Make your reservations ASAP (NLT 3 September 2019) by calling the hotel directly at (978) 777-2500 or book online
All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Cancellations must be done no later than 24 hours prior to arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee of first night’s charge and tax. Early Departure Fee. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate plus taxes will be charged unless you advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in the scheduled length of stay.

AIRPORTS & AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
Air service is available through Boston Logan Airport and the Manchester, New Hampshire airport. Southwest Airlines has service to both of these airports as do other major carriers.
The Logan Express shuttle provides non-stop ground service from Boston Logan Airport to the Peabody Logan Express terminal which is only a few minutes from our hotel. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle van to and from the Logan Express terminal from 8:00AM to 8:00PM. The Logan Express cost is $12.00 one way or $24.00 round trip.
There are many ground transportation options from the Manchester Regional Airport. The airport website has all the details. www.flymanchester.com.
(Note that the T.F. Green airport in Providence, R.I. will probably come up in Google or Expedia searches for Boston area airports. T.F. Green is located well south of the Boston metro area, while our hotel is on the North side of Boston. Travel through T.F. Green is not recommended).
DINNER GROUP OUTING – On the Agenda for Friday evening we are suggesting small group outings to the group’s choice from restaurants accessible by foot or by the hotel’s free area shuttle. Area restaurants offer almost any cuisine you might want. A list of nearby restaurants will be available at registration.

BANQUET MENU – The cost of the banquet for Saturday evening is $52.00 payable to our Treasurer Warren DuBois in advance. To whet your appetite, here’s the menu:

31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion Banquet Buffet Menu

Mixed Salad Greens, Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, Teardrop Tomatoes and Chef’s Choice of Dressings.
New England Apple Cider Infused Slaw
Old Fashioned Potato Salad with Chopped Hardboiled Eggs and Smoked Candied Bacon
Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon and Apple Barbeque Sauce
Portuguese Barbequed Beef Steak Kabobs
Samuel Adams and Orange Scented Jumbo Prawn Kabobs
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Smoked Paprika Butter
Herb and Sweet Garlic Marinated Vegetable Kabobs
Honey Mustard Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
Steamed Locally Picked Sweet Corn with Butter
Maple and Cheddar Cornbread
Gourmet S’mores
Chocolate Decadence Cake with Whipped Cream
Coffee, Decaf and Hot Tea
There will be a cash bar at the banquet.

ORGANIZED SIDE TRIPS
The Boston area is filled with things to do and see. Unfortunately to do the area justice would require several months, which we do not have. Two organized side trips are planned for Saturday, October 5th. The cost for either one is $50.00.
The first trip is to the Minute Man National Historical Park in the Lexington-Concord area. This is where the first two engagements of the Revolutionary War were fought. If you’re interested in seeing where the Shot Heard around the World was fired and walking the Battle Road, this is
the trip for you. You can get more information at https://www.nps.gov/mima.

The second trip is to the newly opened American Heritage Museum. This new center has exhibits that cover WWI and WWII from beginning to end. The museum is operated by the Collings Foundation. I’ve been privileged to visit some of their other facilities and I can tell you they do a superior job. All you military history buffs out there, this trip is for you. Get more
information at www.americanheritagemuseum.org.
Busses will depart the hotel at 9:30 AM on the morning of October 5th and be returning around 3:00 PM.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
 The city of Boston has excellent self-guided walking tours as well as guided tours available. Simply going to the Village Green at the city center will get you started.
 The Ferncroft Country Club and 18 hole Golf Course.
 CoCo Key Water Park.
 Alfalfa Farm. An historic farm that mixes New England charm with the best wine making technology.
 Village of Salem, with its history of ghosts, goblins and witches, plus the Peabody Essex Museum.
 The town of Gloucester.

2019-2020 DUES
$25.00 Association Dues for 2019-2020 are due.
Make checks payable to: 31st CBT ENGR BN ASSN.
Mail to: Warren DuBois, 906 W. Virginia Ave., Salem, MO. 65560.

 

SCHEDULE & AGENDA

31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion, Danvers, Massachusetts
October 3-6, 2019

Thursday, 3 Oct 2019 
1:00 – 6:00 pm Arrival, check-in, registration, open time Lobby
6:00 – 7:00 pm Informal welcome orientation (1)Location TBD
7:00 – Dinner (no host) Hotel or off-site dining
3:00 pm – 12:00 am Leisure time – Informal (2) Location TBD

Friday, 4 Oct, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast Hotel or off-site dining
9:00 – 11:00 am General Meeting (3) North Shore A
11:00 –12:00 noon Open Time ———–
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch (no host) ———–
1:00 – 6:00 pm Open Time ———–
6:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner (Group Outings Proposed) Location TBD

Saturday, 5 Oct. 2019
6:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast Hotel or off-site dining
9:00 – 9:30 am General Meeting North Shore C
9:30 – 3:00 pm American Heritage Museum Excursion (4) Boston
9:30 – 3:00 pm Minute Man National Historical Park (4) Lexington-Concord
3:00 – 6:30 pm Open Time ———–
6:30 – 7:00 pm Group Photo TBD
7:00 – 9:00 pm Grand Banquet (5) North Shore B
Sunday, 6 Oct. 2019
6:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast Hotel or off-site dining
9:00 – 9:30 am Final Meeting North Shore C
9:30 – 11:00 am Open Time
12:00 noon Clear Hotel, Departure

Notes:
(1) & (3) – Orientation on agenda, visitor information, transportation, etc. Meetings are to provide info/updates
on events of the day; comments/feedback on previous day’s events and future Association activities, including site
of our 2021 reunion. Election of Director and Officers for 2019-2021 will be conducted at the 4 October Meeting.
(2) Hospitality Room operation 10:00 am til 12:00 mid-night on Friday and Saturday.
(4) Group/bus excursions to Lexington/Concord and the American Heritage Museum. Cost $50 per person..
(5) Banquet event will be held Saturday night with delicious entrees, salad, vegetables at a cost of $52 per
person. Make checks payable to: 31st CBT ENGR BN ASSN. Mail to Warren DuBois, 906 W. Virginia Ave., Salem, MO. 65560. Additionally, membership dues of $25 for 2019-2020 (2 yrs) are payable after Jan. 1, 2019 by submitting checks to Warren.

Last chance to book at special discounted rate for 2019 31st Engineer Battalion Reunion in Boston

Message from Executive Director, Louis Brown

Fellow 31st Combat Engineer Battalion Veterans:

First, thank you to all who have booked your rooms for the upcoming 2019 Reunion. Please bug your fellow 31st Vets who “haven’t gotten around to it yet”.

 For those of you planning to attend but “haven’t gotten around to it yet” you’re running out of time. You have until 3 September to book at the reunion discount rate!

After 3 September, you can still book, but it’s subject to availability and at the standard rates.

Call the Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, MA today!

Call the hotel directly (978) 777-2500

Be sure to tell the clerk that you’re with the 31st EBN Reunion.

Don’t forget $25.00 bi-annual Association Dues are due as well.

Make checks payable to 31st CBT ENGR BN ASSN

Mail checks to:        Warren DuBois

                                    906 W. Virginia Ave.

                                    Salem, MO 65560

 I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.

 Wilson L. Brown, Executive Director, 31st Engineer Battalion Association

(508) 294-5869

31st Engineer Battalion 2019 Reunion Boston

Rekindle the bond of brotherhood at the 2019 31st Engineer Battalion Association reunion in Boston, MA!

6541124455_e2cb2f20d6_oThe original invitation appears below with a new phone number for calling the hotel directly (the original number provided did not work.) The reunion is only three months away and will be here before you know it. Make your reservations now!

Hope to see you all in Boston!

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31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion Danvers, Massachusetts
October 3-6, 2019

The Veterans of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association Cordially invite you and yours to gather and rekindle the bond of brotherhood, share stories of our service together and enjoy the attractions and spectacular beauty of Boston, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Boston (as in Boston Tea Party), Lexington and Concord (The Shot Heard Around the World) are where the whole American Revolution started in 1775. Come and visit the birthplace of our nation!
This represents a change from our original venue for the 2019 reunion which was to have been Williamsburg, Virginia. The unexpected passing of our fellow 31st EBN veteran Harley Brinkley, who was heading up the planning for Williamsburg, made it necessary to change to our #2 most popular choice, which was Boston.

LOCATION: Double Tree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01823.
AMENITIES: Free parking, free WiFi, 32-inch TV with HBO and on-demand movies, free area shuttle (within a 5-mile radius). Hotel restaurants (Tradewinds & Tradewinds Lounge). Indoor pool, and the Atlantis Sports Club 24 hour fitness center.
AREA ATTRACTIONS: Besides being in the Boston metropolitan area, there are many local attractions close to the hotel.
 The Ferncroft Country Club and 18 hole Golf Course.
 CoCo Key Water Park.
 Alfalfa Farm, a historic farm that mixes New England charm with the best wine
making technology.
 Village of Salem, with its history of ghosts, goblins and witches, plus the Peabody
Essex Museum.
 The town of Gloucester.
 Boston, Lexington and Concord. (Trips will be organized to both of these
venues).
Visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau website www.bostonusa.com for tourist information.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of 70 rooms are reserved with a cutoff date of Tuesday, 3 September 2019 for individual reservations. You can reserve a King or Double Queen bed for $139.00 plus 11.7% tax. A 15% discount at the Tradewinds in- house restaurant will be honored for the period 3 October through 6 October (alcoholic beverages not included). Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the Reunion dates.
RSVP: Make room reservations as soon as possible, but not later than 3 September 2019, by calling the hotel directly at (978) 777-2500. (Explain that you are with the 31st Engineer Battalion Reunion).
TENTATIVE AGENDA: To be supplied at a later date.
BATTALION WEBSITE: 31stengineerbattalion.com is ready for viewing, get updates on the reunion and past photos and postings. Webmaster – June Robbins, (941) 348-5925 junekeywest@yahoo.com. Please get to know the site and contribute information/photos if you wish.
POINTS OF CONTACT: Wilson (Louis) Brown, Director, (508) 294-5869, wilsonbrown46@yahoo.com ; Warren Dubois, Treasurer, (573) 729-8157, dubois@embargmail.com

Latest Update for the 2019 31st Engineer Battalion Boston Reunion

Message from Executive Director, Louis Brown:

Gentlemen,

On 17 April, I invited BG Mark A. Merlino of the Massachusetts National Guard to be our guest of honor and speaker at the banquet.

BG Merlino is an Engineer officer and is currently the Assistant Adjutant General, MAARNG as well as the Deputy Chief of Engineers for National Guard Affairs.

He has volunteered to provide the color guard for the pre-banquet ceremonies. The invitation included his aide and his senior enlisted staff member as well.

Wives included, of course.

Kudos to Bob Powers for making the initial contact.

To assist with planning, please let me know if you will be attending this year’s reunion and when you expect to arrive in Danvers, MA.

I will be in the area by 9/29 and plan to be at the hotel from the evening of 10/2 on.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Best Regards,

Louis Brown

(508) 294-5869

Vietnam Photos by Bob Simmins

Bob Simmins recently reached out to share some photos of his Vietnam experience. These will be added to the gallery. They include: General Cooper presenting Bob Simmins with a Bronze Star at Fire Base Blue; Bob receiving the Purple Heart in Ft. Hood Texas; Mark Buckholt and Bob Simmons; and additional photos show the guys in the outfit in Phou Loi.

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Bob shared that he was Mark’s drill instructor in Ft. Leonard Wood, then they bumped into each other in Vietnam, and now have been best friends for 47 years!

Mark Buckholt and Bob Simmins
Mark Buckholt and Bob Simmins

They will both be at the 2019 reunion in Boston, MA. If you recognize anyone in these pictures, drop a comment and say hello!

If you have photos to share, please contact June Robbins

Invitation to the 2019 Boston Reunion of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association

Official announcement of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion in Danvers, Massachusetts October 3-6, 2019

The Veterans of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association cordially invite you and yours to gather and rekindle the bond of brotherhood, share stories of our service together and enjoy the attractions and spectacular beauty of Boston, Massachusetts and the surrounding area.

Boston (as in Boston Tea Party), Lexington and Concord (The Shot Heard Around the World) are where the whole American Revolution started in 1775. Come and visit the birthplace of our nation!

This represents a change from our original venue for the 2019 reunion, which was to have been Williamsburg, Virginia. The unexpected passing of our fellow 31st EBN veteran Harley Brinkley, who was heading up the planning for Williamsburg, made it necessary to change to our #2 most popular choice, which was Boston.

LOCATION: Double Tree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01823.

AMENITIES: Free parking, free WiFi, 32-inch TV with HBO and on-demand movies, free area shuttle (within a 5-mile radius). Hotel restaurants (Tradewinds & Tradewinds Lounge). Indoor pool, and the Atlantis Sports Club 24 hour fitness center.

AREA ATTRACTIONS: Besides being in the Boston metropolitan area, there are many local attractions close to the hotel.

 The Ferncroft Country Club and 18 hole Golf Course.

 CoCo Key Water Park.

 Alfalfa Farm, a historic farm that mixes New England charm with the best wine making technology.

 Village of Salem, with its history of ghosts, goblins and witches, plus the Peabody Essex Museum.

 The town of Gloucester.

 Boston, Lexington and Concord.

(Trips will be organized to both of these venues). Visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau website www.bostonusa.com for tourist information. 2

ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of 70 rooms are reserved with a cutoff date of Tuesday, 3 September 2019 for individual reservations. You can reserve a King or Double Queen bed for $139.00 plus 11.7% tax. A 15% discount at the Tradewinds inhouse restaurant will be honored for the period 3 October through 6 October (alcoholic beverages not included). Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the Reunion dates.

RSVP: Make room reservations as soon as possible, but not later than 3 September 2019, by calling (800) 222-8733. (Explain that you are with the 31st Engineer Battalion Reunion).

TENTATIVE AGENDA: To be supplied at a later date.

BATTALION WEBSITE: 31stengineerbattalion.com is ready for viewing, get updates on the reunion and past photos and postings. Webmaster – June Robbins, (941) 348-4925 junekeywest@yahoo.com. Please get to know the site and contribute information/photos if you wish.

POINTS OF CONTACT: Wilson (Louis) Brown, Director, (508) 294-5869, wilsonbrown46@yahoo.com ; Warren Dubois, Treasurer, (573) 729-8157, dubois@embarqmail.com.

Reunion 2019 Update – Change of Venue

To All Members of the 31st Combat Engineer Battalion Association:

At our last reunion in Colorado Springs, CO, you voted to hold our 2019 reunion in Williamsburg, VA. At that time, our fellow 31st EBN veteran Harley Brinkley volunteered to be the point man for the 2019 Williamsburg reunion. Before 2017 was out, Harley had already made considerable progress with preliminary planning. However, it is my sad duty to report that LTC (Ret) Harley Brinkley passed away on 7 January 2018. He will be sorely missed.

After a two-week search, the board was unable to locate anyone in the Williamsburg area who could take over as the all-important point man for Williamsburg. If past reunions have taught us anything, it is that “boots on the ground” are essential to a successful reunion.
That being the case, the board voted to move the 2019 reunion to the Boston, MA area. Boston was the #2 choice in the voting at our last reunion. We also have two members in the Boston area, who are already scouting a suitable venue for the 2019 reunion.

The Boston area is jam-packed with things to do and see from the church where the lanterns were hung to start Paul Revere on his famous ride, to battlefields in Boston proper and Lexington and Concord. If you’re into the American Revolution in the least degree, you’re gonna love it. Plus, the sea food is fantastic. The fall colors should be in full glory as well.

The current tentative reunion dates are October 4 through 7, 2019. Those dates are for preliminary planning purposes only and might slip back a week or two depending on what the Advance Team runs into.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Louis Brown
Executive Director, 31st EBN Assn.
(508) 294-5869

31st Engineer Battalion Association Brothers Who Have Passed Since 2015

31st Engineer Battalion (CBT)
ASSOCIATION REUNION
Members, spouses, daughters, sons, families and friends of the 31st Engineer Battalion (Cbt) wish to remember the following loved ones who have passed since our last meeting in San Antonio, TX, October 2015.
Radmilo Batinic
Richard Cartwright, C Co Thomas Cooley
Doyle Dietsch, C Co
John Frye, HHC
Michael Gandolfo, B Co Keith Hiltner, A. Co
Rich Hopkins, C Co
Willa Dean Hoyle, B Co Michael J. Hurtt, B Co George Ingram, HHC Willie Lee
Ernie Meyers
Maurice Modisette, HHC Sam Pollard, D Co
Al Sandlin, D Co
Henry Sua
Robert Solvedt, C Co Linda Willis, HHC
Dave Young, C Co
May They Rest In Peace

2017 Colorado Springs Reunion Minutes

31st Engineer Battalion (Cbt): Minutes of 2017 Reunion
31st Engineer Battalion (CBT)

ASSOCIATION REUNION

Colorado Springs, CO

October 5 – 8, 2017

MINUTES

Coordination Meeting – October 4, 2017
At 6:00 p.m. Director Leo Farias called a meeting of association officers and other members to discuss protocol and business related to the 2017 reunion.

Present were: Leo Farias, Louis Brown, Stephen Johnson, Fred Webb, Warren Dubois, Jay Fulfer, and Charles Bruckerhoff. Ed Willis was not present.

Discussion focused on preparations for the general meeting for the next day: Following the by-laws, treasurer’s report, process of electing new officers for 2017 – 2019, registration, banquet planning and preparation, and selecting the city for the 2019 reunion.

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

General Meeting – October 5, 2017
Director Leo Farias called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Louis Brown gave the opening prayer.

Leo Farias led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Leo Farias followed with announcing the key events planned for the reunion.

The Director also welcomed all of the newcomers to the organization. He reminded everyone to complete the registration process for the reunion.

The Director also noted that the Hospitality Room, attended to by Leo Neely, would be open to members and their guests each evening of the reunion.

The Director also made the following announcements:

• Encouraged all members to pay their dues if they have not done so todate.

• Encouraged members to consider signing up for a dining out group to selected restaurants Friday evening and for
the charter bus tour planned for Saturday to the Center of American Values in Pueblo.

• Reported that Bob Brooks had purchased caps and shirts with the unit’s logo embroidered in color and encouraged members to consider purchasing them.

• Noted that going forward the new officers and membership should follow the By-Laws for all decision-making.

Warren Dubois gave the Treasurer’s report. The following shows the organization’s financial status after the reunion accounting was completed:

FINAL RESULTS
REUNION EXPENSES…………………….$9006.50

COLLECTED………………………………….. 8055.00

SHORTFALL……………………………….. – $ 951.50

DUES COLLECTED………………………. $1625.00

CHECKBOOK BALANCE ,,,,,,,,.,,,,,,,,,,$5507.52

June Robbins gave an overview of website development and encouraged everyone present to provide feedback to help make it serve the organization’s needs.

Director Farias next conducted the election of officers for the upcoming two-year term.

New officers were nominated from the floor and elected consistent with the organization’s By-Laws.

Director, Louis Brown
Treasurer, Warren Dubois
Historian, Stephen Johnson
Secretary/Roster Keeper, Charles Bruckerhoff
Webmaster, June Robbins
Members at Large: Phil Douglas, Bob Powers, Leo Farias, Don Rusbult, and Ted Bolton.

Leo Farias asked the members present to recommend locations for the 2019 reunion, with the suggestion that the next reunion be held east of the Mississippi River. Different members recommended several cities. By a show of hands, Williamsburg, VA was selected for the 2019 reunion and there was consensus on continuing to hold the reunion on or about first week in October. (Later after the reunion, Harley Brinkley notified the Secretary that he would be working on the 2019 Reunion in Williamsburg, VA.)

The Director acknowledged the great amount of work done by Michelle Hopkins, daughter of Rich Hopkins (deceased), for this reunion and asked members to consider her continuing to work for the organization. Motion was made to make Michelle Hopkins an Honorary Member of the Association. Seconded and unanimously approved.

Additionally, the members agreed that all widows would be declared Honorary Members of the Association.

There was recognition of all members of the association who had passed since the 2015 reunion.

Director Farias reminded all members and guests that group dinners had been arranged for this evening and he invited everyone to make their selections as early as possible.

At the end of the meeting there were two presentations from active military personnel at Fort Carson on the mission and operations of the modern U.S. Army.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 7

Charter bus (55 passenger) tour to the Center of American Values in Pueblo, Colorado departed at 9:00 a.m. and returned at 2:00 p.m. The tour included a visit and presentation at the museum with portraits and documentation of more than 140 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and a guided walking tour of the Pueblo Riverwalk to the Convention Center. Lunch was at the Riverwalk.

Group photo session was conducted at 6:00 p.m. in front of the hotel.

The grand banquet began at 7:00 p.m.

The 52nd Bde Engr Battalion Color Guard posted the flags, Pledge of Allegiance was led by Leo Farias, Specialist Winslow of the 4th Inf Div Band sang the National Anthem, and Louis Brown offered the Opening Prayer.

Leo Farias gave an opening statement recognizing and thanking everyone in attendance.

Dinner was served in a self-serve fashion, table-by-table.

LTC Brian Brobeck, Commander of the 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson, was the keynote speaker. His presentation highlighted current events within the military engineers and provided a brief look ahead for the Engineer Battalions.

Leo Farias recognized Michelle Hopkins for her assistance with the 2017 reunion.

While attending the Association’s 2015 reunion in San Antonio, Michelle’s father, Rich Hopkins and mother, Kathy, had offered Michelle’s services to assist with planning and onsite coordination for the next reunion in Colorado Springs. The reunion was a tremendous success due largely to Michelle’s work with the Commanding General at Fort Carson and also her experience and skills with event planning and operations.

Michelle Hopkins presented a tribute to her father, Rich Hopkins. Rich passed away from complications from Agent Orange several months after the 2015 reunion.

Leo Farias thanked Fred Webb for his assistance with the 2017 reunion. Fred has had experience with coordination of many reunions of various units that he served in and assisted the Director for this 2017 reunion of the Association.

Anna Shaper, daughter of Victor Garcia, gave a statement and read a poem, titled “The Brotherhood,” commemorating the sacrifices of soldiers who served in the Vietnam War.

Color Guard retired the Colors and was dismissed.

Louis Brown closed the meeting with a prayer.

Banquet adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Closing Meeting – October 8, 2017

Leo Farias opened the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

The outgoing Director congratulated the newly elected Director, Louis Brown, other officers and members at large.

Louis Brown assumed responsibility for the meeting.

Louis Brown congratulated all newly elected officers, thanked Leo Farias and the outgoing officers and members at large for their work, and pledged to move the Association forward by following the by-laws, holding periodic meetings (with use of Internet), maintaining communications with the members, and lining up volunteers and setting up operations for a successful 2019 reunion.

There was a discussion of the organization’s priorities for the next two years in preparation for the 2019 reunion.

Upgrades were recommended to the Association’s current communications systems for best use of technology and also in recognition of the fact that members have various levels of technology use.

The Secretary/roster keeper will work to improve documentation on all members’ records in the roster. Additionally, at the 2019 reunion, the registration system will be upgraded with technology and streamlined in order to facilitate efficient processing of all attending members.

Recommendation was made to distribute John Frye’s narrative to all members, and especially to new members at registration.

Recommendation was made to distribute Anna Shaper’s poem to the members and post on the website.

Recommendation was made to solicit stories from all members about their experiences in the 31st before, during and after service in Vietnam.

Recommendation was made that Bob Brooks be sent a note of thanks from the Association for his work on the caps and shirts.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Charles Bruckerhoff
Secretary

(Minutes revised: 11/1/2017)
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Final Message From Leo Farias 2015-17 Association Executive Director

31st Engineer Battalion (CBT) Association

Web address: 31stengineerbattalion.com

November 12, 2017

Fellow Vets and Association Family,

This is my last communication as the Association Director (2015-2017) and is to provide summary closure on our recent reunion, heads-up on our next reunion, and information on new Association Officers.

The fifth reunion of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 5-8, 2017. The consensus of those attending seemed to be that it was, once again, a successful event. Our reunions are the forum for the rekindling of brotherhood, a means for our veterans to stay connected after all these years, sharing stories and photos, and promoting fellowship amongst us and our families. A gauge of success was attendance, i.e., about 60 of our veterans made it and 130 were at our Saturday evening banquet. My thanks to those of you who came and a word to those who didn’t, you missed a good one. Let’s keep it going two years from now, 2019, in Williamsburg, Va.

The attached Minutes provided by newly elected Secretary Charles Bruckerhoff summarize meetings and key events of the reunion. Group activities included three meetings, group of about 50 eating at the Edelweiss German Restaurant on Friday evening, a charter bus tour (capacity 55) to the Center of American Values (highlight of Medal of Honor recipients) in Pueblo, the group photos, and the Grand Banquet on Saturday evening. The Colorado Springs area provided many attractions for individual and small group enjoyment.

Thanks to everybody involved in reunion tasks. Every individual called upon to help did so willingly without hesitation. The main tasks showing the lead person were: Hotel Recon (Johnny Gonzales); Registration (Paul Sharp); Audio Visual (Louis Brown); Banquet (Jay Fulfer); Missing Man Table (Ed Willis & Steve Weakley); Hospitality Suite (Leo Neely); Photography and Name Tags (Charles Bruckerhoff); Bus Tour (Chuck Wilson); Caps and Shirts (Bob Brooks); Treasurer (Warren DuBois); and Webmaster (June Robbins). The Minutes contain my comments on the fantastic contributions by Michele Hopkins, daughter of Rich and Kathy Hopkins, and our own Fred Webb. By letter we thanked keynote speaker LTC Brian Brobeck of the 52nd Bde Engr Bn, his Color Guard people, and the 4th Inf Div Band Singer for their participation in our banquet. Named or not, thanks to all who contributed.

New officers elected for a two-year period starting October 8, 2017 are listed in the Minutes. The new Association Director is Louis Brown who served as our Commo Officer in HHC. He will be imparting information and guidance in the near future. Key contact email addresses for you at this time are: Louis Brown, louis.brown66@gmail.com; June Robbins, Webmaster, junekeywest@yahoo.com; Warren DuBois, Treasurer (membership and payment of dues), duboisw@embarqmail.com; Charles Bruckerhoff, Secretary (roster development), charles@creus.com.

For your information and advance planning, Williamsburg, Virginia was selected as the site for the 2019 reunion. Discussions focused on having the reunion in the early part, usually first week of, October. However, details and specifics will be provided by our Association Director. Harley Brinkley has volunteered to work on the Reunion on behalf of the Association.

Please keep in mind that our website 31stengineerbattalion.com is available for viewing, getting updates on reunion planning, posting articles and photos, etc. As you know, June Robbins, daughter of departed buddy John Frye, is our Webmaster. She is doing a commendable job, continues to improve the website, and we appreciate her.

Also attached is a list of names of our people who passed away between the October 2015 and October 2017 reunions. If you know of anybody else, please notify Charles Bruckerhoff. We will remember our lost brothers and sisters. May they rest in peace.

Thanks for allowing me to serve as your Association Director the past two years. I will now be serving as one of five Board of Directors/Members at Large of the Association and will be available to assist in any way called upon. I simply encourage all to continue to stay connected, to join in if you have not participated in our reunions, and to reach out and help find others to add to our ranks.

With the Holidays coming up, a Happy Thanksgiving and a Christmas Blessing to all. Join me in giving thanks for the gift of family, love, and continued friendship within our 31st Engineer Battalion family. Looking forward to seeing you in Williamsburg.

Sincerely,

Leonel (Leo) Farias
Association Director (2015-2017)

2 Attachments: (will appear in next two posts)
1. Minutes of 2017 Reunion
2. List of Members/Spouses Lost Between Oct. 2015 and Oct. 2017