Association 2015 National Reunion.....
The 2015 Patrol Gunboat Association Reunion was held in Jacksonville, FL.
The 2015 Patrol Gunboat Association Reunion was held in Jacksonville, Florida from Wednesday, August 12 through Sunday August 16, 2015. Our special group rate was $99.00 per night for single, double, triple quad. The rate included a hot buffet breakfast for up to two persons per room.
Jacksonville is the largest city by population in the state of Florida, and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of it's metropolitan population within the city limits. It is the most populous city proper in Florida and the Southeast, and the 13th most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Jacksonville metropolitan area, with a population of 1,345,596 in 2010.
Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, the settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain. It was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.
Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep water port. It's riverine location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, healthcare, insurance and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf. In 2012, Jacksonville was listed as a "sufficiency" world city in the World Cities Study Groupís inventory, ranking alongside cities such as Abuja and Tulsa. People from Jacksonville may be called "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxsons" (also spelled "Jaxons").
Those attending their first Patrol Gunboat Reunion quickly realized that the Hospitality Room was the place to be anytime there was free time during the reunion. This is where they checked in, received their registration package, a copy of the itinerary of events for the week and their meal and tour tickets for the events they signed up for when they registered. They also received their free 2015 Patrol Gunboat Association Reunion coffee mug and a chance to purchase tickets for the Saturday night raffle table and 50-50 drawings. Those who purchased raffle table tickets also received a "Free" Ballcap. The hospitality room opened at noon on Wednesday and remained open until noon Sunday. As always, there was free snacks, soft drinks and beer available in the hospitality room throughout the reunion.
Returning to the hotel after our Friday tour, most of us headed to the hotel banquet room for our Friday evening Buffet Dinner. Great food, in my opinion some of the best meals we have had at any of our reunions. Following dinner, most of us headed back to the hospitality room to relax, chat and enjoy the company of shipmates.
Good food, some light hearted conversation and some honest to goodness sea stories.
Saturday morning we gathered in one of the hotel meeting rooms to discuss the future of the Association. Topics included Association Finances and the location of the 2016 and 2017 Reunions.
The bar opened at 6:00. Everyone was seated in the banquet room in time for us to start the opening ceremony promptly at 7:00. While we enjoyed dinner we drew the winning tickets for the 50-50 drawing. Following dinner we will held the raffle table drawing for some really great prizes including free rooms at the 2016 reunion.
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
Sunday morning many of us stopped in the hotel lobby to share hugs and promise to meet again at the next annual Patrol Gunboat Association reunion. The hospitality room closed at noon.
Updated by Terry W. McManuels
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