Mahan Association 2005 Reunion

Branson, Missouri

5-9 October, 2005

This year's reunion in Branson is now in the history books.  Jerry Emmett did a great job with Gatherings Plus to come up with an excellent itinerary.  The first day was for check in at the Grand Plaza Hotel and the Welcome Aboard Reception in the hospitality room.  The evening was spent renewing old friendships and making new ones.  Even though the group was smaller than usual we still head a great time.

Day 1.  After a continental breakfast at the hotel we boarded a bus and took a tour of College of the Ozarks, known as Hard Work U, which was quite interesting.  Most of the students are not able to pay tuition so they all work a 40 hour week at the school where they have many job openings, from making fruit cakes to milking cows.  The only bad thing I saw about the college was the fruit cakes!  From there we went to the Branson Veterans Museum which had some interesting artifacts and bronze sculptures.  We then went back to the hotel for a nice lunch.  In the late afternoon we went to the showboat Branson Belle for a cruise, dinner and a show.  The dinner and show were great, however the cruise failed to get underway.  Our engineers refused to give them a helping hand.  We got back in time for some of the folks to sneak the Andy Williams & Petula Clark Show, while others went to the Gatlin Bros. Show.

Day 2. Friday morning was free with quite a few of our group taking advantage of the shopping opportunities in the various outlet malls.  In the late afternoon we went to the Stone Hill Winery for a tour with many making purchases of the various flavors of grape juice.  From there we went to Charlie's Steak, Ribs and Ale for dinner and the to the Lost in the Fifties Show.  From here we retired to the hospitality room at the hotel to listen to Ron Lynch tell some of his tales of times past.

Day 3.  Saturday was a free day with some of us taking in the L'il Nashville Show in the morning for some great old country music. There was also a Board of Trustees meeting in the morning.  The only major change to the Board was the nomination and election of Jim Storey as a trustee.  Peter and Cocoa Mann sent their regrets for being unable to attend and they also have to bow out as next year's hosts in San Diego.  Dick Hallowell agreed to jump in and assume those duties.   A few of us also managed to cram in a trip to the Ray Stevens Show before the evening banquet at the hotel.

Day 4.  After a hot breakfast buffet at the hotel it was time for everyone to head their separate ways until next year.  We hope to see many more of you in San Diego next year.

Top Rows: Russ Owens, Ron & Ann Lynch, Jeff Sweet, Dave & Marion Krumlauf, Eugene & Ethel Hostetter, Fred Myers, John & Loretta Cain, Jim Storey, and Gary & Kay White.

Front Rows: Bob & Jin Jyu Heili, Jerry & Evagene Emmett, Coy & Pat Ritchie, Al James, Dick & Eiko Hallowell, Harold & Geraldine Odeen, Robert Logan, Phyllis Hancock and Gilda Marrese.

Not pictured: James & Dorothy Chandler.


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Dick Hallowell, Gary White, Bob Heili and Jim Storey in the hospitality room.


Jerry Emmett and Dick Hallowell.


Eiko Hallowell and Kay White.

Some of the ladies are getting a snack before the sailors pig out. One of the many orchids being grown at College of the Ozarks by student workers. Another variety of orchid at Hard Work U.
Entrance to the Veterans Memorial Museum. Sculpture of troops landing at Normandy.  Each soldier represents a state. Model of USS New Jersey BB-62.
Showboat Branson Belle. Some of our fine upstanding members on the Branson Belle. More on the showboat.
Showboat show. More show.   Jeff and Gary on the top deck of the showboat.
Wine connoisseurs? More winos? Al James makes another conquest!
1958 Harley in the lobby of Lost in the 50s Show. 1956 Chevy convertible. '57 Chevy.
Cake provided by Gatherings Plus. Ray Stevens Show Ray Stevens doing "The Streak".
Al and Ron solving the world's problems. Al, Russ and Gary looking for a handout. Kay White, Jeff Sweet, Jim Storey and Coy Ritchie at the banquet.