Saturday, October 27, 2012


What an outstanding reunion !  Hats off to Otis and Mary Crews and for putting on really special weekend for all of us. Who knew Greenville was such a great place to visit ?  The hotel and arrangements made our Meet and Greet really enjoyable and we all loved the outdoor tables, sofas and carpet for relaxing ( read DRINKING ! )

The US Marine Corps Band just happened to be in town playing for the annual xxx Games and staying at our hotel.  As you will see in the slide show, they put on a special performance for our group, presenting the colors and saluting us in front of the hotel.  Kudos to SgtMajor McGhee for setting up the show.

Weather was absolutely fantastic (love these Down Home reunions) and members enjoyed shopping, golf, and the river and park downtown.  Greenville is progressive, modern, yet still has that Southern charm.  The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum is even located here !  If you don’t recognize that name, Google It …

Many members drove over to the ‘Motown On Main’ restaurant and nightclub not far from the hotel (Thanks Freddie Hall !) and enjoyed unbelievable prices on food and drink.  On our second visit they reserved an entire section for the FOD, recognized us officially, and treated us very special as we dined and danced.  ( Definitely going back to see them next time in town )

The meeting went well and future reunion locations were determined (see Upcoming Reunions tab at top of blog) and a new slate of officers was elected (See Officer Slate tab at top of blog).  We are looking forward to more great leadership from new President Andrew Town and new Sgt At Arms Freddie Hall.  Thanks to President Jim Hutcherson for the great job he did during the past two years.

Our annual Dinner Dance was laid out, really nice venue, great food, music and fun.  FOD had an outstanding professional photographer, Eva Frenzel of Frennet Studio in Fountain Inn, SC, who took superb photos.  Much of her work can be seen in our blog.  The Group Photo, Past Presidents and three slideshows are available for your viewing.  If you wish to order any photos contact her at

The Sunday Cook Out was held in the hotel courtyard and most of us came out for awhile, but that South Carolina sun was doing most of the cooking.  We retreated to the Hospitality Suite and did what we do best !!  Sunday Night and once again ‘The Closers’ mustered to properly close out the Hospitality Suite and celebrate the ‘Official End of Reunion’.  This year ‘The Closers’ wore special Blue T-Shirts designed by Melanie’s class which made it even more special.  If you wanna be a Closer, you better ask somebody !!!

The Crews wound down the weekend with the most unbelievable After Party at their lovely home.  They hosted one really superb cookout in a backyard that looked like a park!  If you were not able to attend, you missed the Big One Baby …

Once again, a very special and sincere thanks to Otis, Mary and all of their crew who put together a really fantastic weekend.