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Rick Holly

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We are scheduled to have a bowling tournament and Top Gun for the 2016 reunion. Is there another tournament we could include? What about a poker tournament with chips not money to see who is the best riverboat gambler? Any other tournament ideals?
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I wonder if Sam's would give us a private room to have a poker tournament. Everyone would get $100 of chips, that's it. Sam's would provide the dealers. When you lose your money, you are out of the tournament. I can see Charlie smoking a cigar raising the pot $5!

If so, we would have to tip the dealer(s) and drink person. Heck, I don't play poker, but would join in the fun.
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What about a 5K or 10K race?
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A family feud game between Tarawa periods at the banquet? Too long?
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I also realize that scheduling too many activities will spoil the downtime fun of just visiting with old and new shipmates. Less is more.
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I feel the same we like the free time, if we have to much may not be as relaxing.
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There is merit in Rick's idea as not everyone is a bowler like Charlie and Bonnie or even Rick as well as folks that don't enjoy the shooting sports. So having an alternative activity could increase overall reunion activity.
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With there being only 3 days and actually some don't even arrive until mid day on the first day, we might be trying to do too much. IMHO it's the visiting / catching up that many, if not most people are really looking for. For first timers or others attending for the first time, 20-30 to 40 years having not seen someone is a BIG deal and 3 days likely won't be enough!

I can't bowl because of my back/ hip but I do like to go watch. I think others used that time (and maybe even during the shoot) to go with others to visit other LV (and area) sights.

In research I've done after we got home last year, other reunions organize tours to nearby attractions each day (with a minimum # of participants required) and suggest things people can also do. I think our version of that is the shooting and the bowling. If we had many, many more than we've had in the past (I love the increase in the unofficial sign ups, but we've all seen what's happened in 2010/12/14 with the numbers that actually signed up), so I think we might be wise to leave it where we have it.

I know Rick didn't particularly like the idea of having a Hospitality room (with snacks and drinks) but most, if not all, I checked out had them as a place to gather and visit. Yes, we have the gazebo area, but that can get full quickly with limited seating. As I remember Sam's asked if we would be interested. The downside for us is that all the other reunions I could check out had a reunion company organizing and provided a rep there during the reunion, presumably in the Hospitality room also, although I don't know if we wouldeally need one???
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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I've never been to the reunion, which I hope to correct, but this reminds me of a Disney World/Cruise we did a few years back.

My wife wanted to fill each day with stuff to do while we were in Disney World, heaven help us if we didn't see or do something.  About a week before we left, I finally had to tell her no.  I was going on vacation to have fun and relax and I was not going to spend every minute of every day running around.

To say the least, she wasn't very happy, but after complaining to her mom (who was also going) and being told there was no way she and her dad could keep that pace either, she backed off and only planned the morning.

Bottom line, planning to many activities can result in people not having fun, relaxing and doing the one thing they came to do... Talk to other Tarawa vets.
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