Reunion 2000

Help celebrate the Silver Anniversary of AFWOA! Mark your calendars now for Reunion 2000 in San Antonio. Sue Wright, our reunion committee chair, has announced that the dates are September 7-9.

B. Gen. Gabreski

Our guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Terry L. Gabreski , Director of Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

We will gather at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk to greet old friends and meet new ones. To obtain low-season rates, we're meeting in September instead of the usual October. The rate will be $119.95 per room per day - so sharing can also help with costs.

Schedule of Events

Hospitality Suite
Come join in the fun of our infamous Hospitality Suite for hugs, laughs, catching-up with old friends and meeting-up with new friends. Our Hospitality Suite will be open from noon on Wed. 6 Sept. through 2:00 pm on Sunday 10 Sept. As usual, the Suite will be closed during official functions at the hotel and a few hours late at night and early morning.

Wednesday - September 6, 2000

Shopping Tour to San Marcos Outlet Mall

/ No-Host lunch at Gristmill in Gruene, Tx
Time:8:30 am - 2:00 pm - Cost: $25.00 per person
Enjoy shopping at one of the most famous outlet malls in Texas! Over 150 top name brand stores offering 20% to 70% off retail prices. Enroute home stop in historic Gruene, Texas for lunch. Beautifully situated by the Guadalupe River, this restaurant offers a wonderful country dining experience.

Thursday - September 7, 2000

Tour to Austin, Tx

Time:7:30 am - 2:00 pm - Cost: $30.00 pp

This charming city is known for its life styles, attitudes, beautiful scenery and Texas politics.
AFWOA guests will visit the magnificent Governor's Mansion (currently home of George W. Bush) the majestic State Capitol building with its extension of offices underground and the Presidential Library of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Shoreline Grill overlooking the Colorado River.

Cocktail Cruise

Time:8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Cost: $25.00 pp
Super fun on the water without getting wet! Our first-ever AFWOA Cruise will start with an open bar (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the rear river entrance of our hotel, after the sun sets at about 8:00 pm. We'll have river barges---each with an open alcoholic/non-alcoholic bar--with delightful commentary that tells us everything we ever wanted to know about the "Riverwalk".

Friday - September 8, 2000

Tour of Lackland AFB, Tx

-- Hosted Lunch at O Club
Time:7:30am- 1:00 pm - Cost: $25.00 pp Tour & Lunch {Lunch only $10.00 pp)
Review the graduation parade from a special section reserved for the AFWOA group. Check out the World War II planes surrounding the Parade Ground and marvel at the changes in Lackland from "the good old days". Best of all, re-live your own days at Basic, OCS or OTS at the Museum exhibits devoted to the 40s and 50s and the WAF. You may find your own picture there! Finally relax over lunch at the new Officers Club. If you plan to drive to the parade and later join the group for lunch, fill in the "Lunch Only" blank on the registration sheet.


Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Plenty of seminars to choose from on two days:
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret) Everett Pratt, Jr., co-chairman of the Air Force Retiree Council (what they are doing for the retired members);
  • Recruiting Service (changes in the Air Force);
  • Dr. Gail Greener, VA (women's issues as they relate to military women, active duty and retired); Lew Tolleson, The Retired Officers Association (what TROA and the military coalition are doing in the personal affairs and legislative arenas);
  • AFWOA members
  • Merline Lovelace (How to Make Your Service Life Marketable. . .or How to Become a Romance Novelist),
  • Dr. Bev LaFond (A New Psychology for Air Force Women, and
  • Paulette Bethel (Air Force Families in Global Transition).
  • Rounding out the seminars is a presentation on Long Term Care Insurance - Who Needs it, Who doesn't.

Welcome Fiesta

- Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Cost: $20.00 pp
Enjoy Fajitas! Guacamole ! Tostadas! and Salsa! as you listen to the lively music of Mexican Mariachis.This is a must-do event. Margaritas and other liquid libations will be available at Pay-As-You-Go Bars. Lets party San Antonio Style! Want to invite a local guest to this event? Great idea! (Please prepay for your guest.)

Saturday - September 9, 2000

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00pm - Schedule same as Friday

Tour of San Antonio Area

Time: l:OO pm - 4:00 pm - Cost: $20.00 pp
Spain's discovery of the New World began one of the most profound cultural interchanges in history. San Antonio is a reflection of this colonial heritage. The quiet serenity of the OId Mission San Jose, the elaborate architecture of San Fernando Cathedral and the courageous battle fought at the Alamo reflect the heart and soul of San Antonio.

Tour of Museum of Art and McNay Art Museum
Time: 1:OO pm - 4:30 pm - Cost: $21.00 pp
The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in an historic 1884 Brewery Complex and is considered one of the most comprehensive art museums in South Texas. Next is a visit to the McNay which is housed in a beautiful mansion reflecting Spanish Colonial architecture. Here you will enioy a priceless collection of post impressionist paintings, early Mexican arts and crafts and Gothic and Medieval art.

No-Host Cocktail Reception -4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tarantella Ballroom
Silver Anniversary Banquet -6:00 pm-10:00 pm Tarantella Ballroom
Cost: $35.00 pp
Highlight of Banquet: Guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Terry L. Gabreski, HQ USAF Director of Maintenance, will talk about "Changing Roles of Women in the Air Force."
Dress: Business/Cocktail

Sunday - September 10, 2000

Brunch/Business Meeting
Time:10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Cost: $15pp
The brave are welcome to start our Sunday activities with champagne in the Hospitality Suite at 0900, followed by a sumptuous seated Brunch and our important Business Meeting. Find out from our prez "what's happening" and help decide the location for Reunion 2002.

Silent Auction

Valuable items worth bidding on. Look for sign up in the Hospitality Suite beginning 7 September at l 1:30 am. Top Bidders will be announced at the Sunday Brunch.

Special Notes

  • To pick up event and registration tickets, please come by the Daisy Tours Desk in the Hospitality Room. Cut-off for registration and tours will be August 8, 2000. Event and tour tickets may be purchased on site based on availability.
    • Tour departure- all tours will depart promptly from the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.
    • Cancellations- Prepaid registration fees, events and tours are refundable only if canceled by August 8, 2000. Please note - Daisy Tours requires minimum on all tours, if these minimums are not met, all tour monies will be refunded following the Conference/Reunlon.
    • For Additional information on Conference / Reunion 2000 Call (210) 653-1161 or 1-877-22AFWOA
    • For room reservations contact the hotel directly: Holiday Inn Riverwalk 217 St. Mary's St. Phone 210-224-2500 San Antonio, Tx 78205 AFWOA's blocked reserved rooms are released on August 8, 2000 - Don't delay
    • If you are interested in playing golf on Wednesday, 6 September, or Thursday, 7 September contact Maj. (Sel) Stella Smith at Randolph AFB (210) 652-3121 or leave a message at our toll free number 1-877-22AFWOA. She will attempt to get tee times.
    • Permissive TDY can be used (if your boss approves) Refer to AFI 36-3003, Table 7, Rule 24.

    Special Air Fare


    Southwest Airlines is offering a 10% discount on most of its already low fares for air travel to and from the event. You or your travel agent may call Southwest Airlines Group and Meetings Reservation at 1-800-433-5368 and reference the assigned I.D.Code -A 5002. reservations Sales agents are available 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday or 9:30 am -3:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. You must make reservations five or more days prior to travel to take advantage of this offer.


    : Air Force Women Offieers Associated does not own, operate or in any other manner exercise any controt or influence over third-party suppliers of good and services such as but not limited to air lines, tour companies or bus companies used in this event. Accordingly, AFWOA cannot be held liable for errors or omissions incurred by suppliers or vendors fail to perform as contracted.

    You can download the Reunion 2000 Registration form here, and then send it with your payment by snail mail. You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader (free).

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    The reunion toll free number is 1-877-22AFWOA.

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