COL. JIM BARLOW                     OCTOBER 27 - 31, 2004

10/31/16 - 3/29/04                               NEW ORLEANS, LA



Greetings to all of you! The time has come to make your final plans to attend the reunion in New Orleans! Many of

you have heard that the dates were for the first week in November. It has been necessary to move it up one week to

the last week in October as shown above. The reunion dates are a Wednesday through Saturday with departure on

Sunday the 31st. The reason for the change is that I originally had indicated a room requirement to the Hotel based

on attendance in 2001 and 2002 which was 85. With last years attendance in Vegas and interest in the New Orleans

Reunion, I asked to increase the number of rooms. Unfortunately, the Hotel had booked another group for that

week in November and they did not have the rooms to accommodate our needs. Rather than have attendees staying

at other Hotels, the best solution was to move to the October dates. I certainly hope this does not create a problem

for anyone.


There are several items and issues that I need to present to you, the first of which is an Open House at Evreux Air

Base, France hosted by the French Air Force. For those of you who are also members of the 317th Veterans Group

you may have already received the info from Bill Lloyd in their Newsletter. For the rest, enclosed is the information

on the open house and how to arrange attendance. If you have any questions on this, please contact Bill Lloyd at

Tel. 703-435-6598 or email


HOTEL: The Reunion Hotel is the Historic Pontchartrain, 2031 St. Charles Ave., Zip 70140. It is in the Garden

District with easy access to I-10. It is 17 miles from the Airport and Taxi fare is approximately $21.00. The Hotel

does not have an Airport Shuttle Service. The Hotel is 2 miles from the French Quarter and Trolleys stop directly in

front of the Hotel. The Hotel also has complimentary shuttle service to the French Quarter. The Hotel is offering

free parking to our group if you are driving or contemplating renting a car. For Reservations, call 800-777-6193

or 504-524-0581 or Fax 504-529-1165. Reservations should be no later than Sept. 15, 2004 and reference

the Evreux Alumni Group Reunion in making reservations. The room cost will be $89.00 a night plus tax.

This rate is available 3 days prior to and after the reunion should you choose to extend your stay. I advise

making your reservations as early as possible. More information on the Hotel is on the back of this page. The info is

from 2002 so some changes may have been made.


COST; The registration fee is $ 77.00 per person, and includes Welcoming Package with name buttons, itinerary,

list of attendees. Complete Group Roster & Local Information;  Continental Breakfast on Thur, Fri, and Sat; Lunch

on Thur and Business Meeting; Banquet with Wine on Sat; and Hospitality Room Wed through Sat.


ARRANGEMENTS: Since I am not acquainted with New Orleans, I contacted a Reunion Service called "The

Reunion Brat" and they have coordinated all arrangements. So far, they have done a very nice job for us. Some of

the "extras" they have done includes obtaining free parking, obtaining a discount at the D-Day Museum and

arranging a comprehensive optional tour for Friday. The Friday tour, which is available at $ 40.00 per person, is an

approximate 6 hour tour which includes a bus tour of New Orleans attractions (3 Hours) and a Mississippi

Riverboat cruise aboard the "Natchez" which includes lunch. I encourage you to participate in this tour since it

gives us an opportunity to take in as much of New Orleans as possible in a relatively short time. Tour tickets should

be ordered with registration to allow scheduling of adequate transportation. The D-Day Museum is not included in

the tour, and to obtain the reduced rate on tickets they must be purchased in advance with registration. The museum

is 1/2 Mile from the Hotel and tickets may be used anytime during the reunion. Transportation via streetcar from the

Hotel to within I block of the museum.


BUSINESS MEETING: Some of the items for consideration are: Establishing a Board of Directors; Reunion

Frequency; Next Reunion Site; Continued use of a Reunion Service; Mailing of.complete roster to all 550 members;

New Secretary to replace Norbert Mueller; Other items introduced from the floor.


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