Happy Valley Reunion Club's 46th Reunion

2017 - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

MESSAGE FROM THE QUARTER DECK:

Once again Welcome Aboard Shipmates to our 46th USS Valley Forge HVRC Reunion in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are looking forward to seeing you again and we especially want to welcome first time members. The Armed Forces Reunion Inc. will assist our Skipper Earl Gipe and his wife Kathy. They with the AFRI have some wonderful tours lined up for us that will assure us of a Reunion to Remember! You don't want to miss this reunion. AFRI will take care of registration, tours, banquet, etc. and will have a representative on site to take care of our needs. We will have a large hospitality room that will serve as our recovery room, for hugs, fun, and great truthful sea stories. So come and enjoy this beautiful state.

Our hotel is the Marriot Hotel in Colorado Springs located 17.5 miles from the Colorado Springs Airport and 80 miles from the Dever Airport. The hotel doesn't provide shuttle service. Shuttles are available at the airports as follows:

TO/FROM COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT:
Yellow Cab (719) 777-7777
Front Range Shuttle (719) 237-2646
https://frontrangeshuttle.com/home

TO/FROM DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Font Range Shuttle (719) 237-2646
https://frontrangeshuttle.com/home

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: The Marriot Hotel Colorado Springs is located at 5508 Tech Drive Colorado Springs. For your convenience use the link on this page at the right to register or call direct and mention the Happy Valley Reunion. Rooms are block until September 4th so book early. Cancelations can be made 24 hours in advance without charge.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFO: Invitations/information mailings for the 46th HVRC Reunion will be sent out in early May. Checks for the tours and banquet will be made out directly to (AFRI). You can use the Armed Forces Reunion Inc link on this page for early registration now. If you haven't received an invitation as of yet, then use the AFRI link on this page on the right to register.

SATURDAY EVENING will be our Reunion Banquet with full buffet and cash bar. Yes there will be a raffle table for prizes. It is customary to bring a $10 gift or cash in an envelope for the banquet on Saturday night. Tickets for the raffle will be sold on an ongoing basis throughout the reunion. As always, we will need volunteers for the recovery room and selling raffle tickets. If you haven't been to a reunion of the Valley or haven't been for a long time this is the year to come and see your shipmates and be part of the 46th Happy Valley Reunion.

SUGGESTION: It would be wise to include a jacket or sweater, as temperatures dip a little.

P.S. If you are unable to attend, we would appreciate hearing from you so we can give this info to other shipmates who inquire about you. Love to hear from you. Use info below to contact Reunion Chair Persons Ron and Bette Andrews.

email singbarber@gmail.com

PHONE:(636)265-3119

Ron Andrews

839 Hawkk Run Trail

O'Fallon, MO. 63368

ITINERARY:

USS VALLEY FORGE 46TH REUNION “HAPPY VALLEY REUNION CLUB” OCTOBER 4 – 8, 2017 COLORADO SPRINGS MARRIOTT – COLORADO SPRINGS, CO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

1400 - 1900 Reunion Registration Open

1200 - 2300 Hospitality Room opens and remains open for the duration of the reunion

1900 - 2000 Welcome Reception

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

0700 - 2300 Hospitality Room Open

0730 - 0800 Reunion Registration Open

1045 - 1615 ROYAL GORGE TRAIN RIDE

1600 - 1700 Reunion Registration Open

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

0700 - 2300 Hospitality Room Open

0830 - 1530 AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND GARDEN OF THE GODS TOUR

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

0700 - 1000 Hospitality Room Open (Closes at 10:00 for Steering Committee and Business Meeting)

0900 - 1100 Steering Committee Meeting

1000 - 1315 LADIES TOUR: : MANITOU SPRINGS WITH LUNCH AT THE CLIFF HOUSE

1100 - 1200 General Business Meeting – All Hands

1200 - 1600 Hospitality Room Open (Closes at 1600 for banquet preparations)

1800 Cash Bar

1900 - 2200 Banquet Dinner is Served

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Farewells and Departures

TOUR DISCRIPTIONS:

ROYAL GORGE TRAIN RIDE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

Today’s destination is Canon City to ride the Royal Gorge train. Pick up your box lunch (sandwich, side, dessert, and beverage), and then sit back and enjoy the narrated ride. The two-hour train ride takes passengers through the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas" on an unforgettable journey under the famous suspension bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of the Royal Gorge, towering over 1,000 feet above. Experience this train ride that has been termed "The most spectacular 12 miles of railroad in America." 1045 board bus, 1645 back at hotel $94/Person includes bus, guide, lunch, and train ride.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND GARDEN OF THE GODS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017

Begin the day at the Air Force Academy. Tour the Visitor Center, with exhibits on cadet life and academy history, a theater, and gift shop. Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. Visit the chapel, touring the Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic sections. Gather outside the Chapel to witness the daily meal formation of the cadets. At the Officers Club, enjoy the Deli Lunch Buffet that consists of: a salad, rolls, deli meats, cheeses, veggies, a dessert & a beverage. After lunch, depart to explore the Garden of the Gods, a 1,350 acre park with magnificent red stone formations that date back 300 million years. Stop at the Trading Post, where the finest in authentic Indian arts, crafts, and jewelry are featured. 0830 board bus, 1530 back at hotel $70/person includes bus transportation, tour guide, and lunch.

LADIES TOUR: MANITOU SPRINGS WITH LUNCH AT THE CLIFF HOUSE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017

The Cliff House is a historic hotel in the heart of Manitou Springs. There are many shops, boutiques, and art galleries within walking distance as well as several springs with drinking water. We shall leave the Marriott Hotel at 1000. Our Vans will drop us off in the middle of Manitou around 1030 and we shall have an hour and a half to poke around and to see the sights in this popular tourist destination. We shall provide maps when you first arrive in Colorado Springs so that you'll know in advance which specific locations you don't want to miss. At noon we'll meet at The Cliff House where we'll have a private dining room for lunch. If you tire of shopping and wish to arrive early at the Hotel, we have reserved the Courtyard which has a fire pit and seating adjacent to the dining room. The Happy Valley Reunion Club is providing hor d'oeuvres for us. Please indicate your meal preference on the registration form. Iced tea and coffee are included in lunch. Alcoholic drinks are available but are each person’s responsibility on a cash basis. 1000 board vans, 1400 back at hotel $15/person includes van transportation, free map, and luncheon. The excursion/lunch cost is being supplemented by the Happy Valley Reunion Club.

REUNION DATES

October 4th - 7th, 2017

REUNION LOCATION

MARRIOT HOTEL, COLORADO SPRINGS
5508 TECH DRIVE
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO 80919

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Toll Free: 1-800-932-2151
Direct: 1-719-268-4219
Fax: 1-719-260-6911
ONLINE:marriot.com

HOTEL COST

$129.00 plus tax per night with Buffet breakfast for 2 people in the group rate.
Please book early. Rooms are blocked until September 4th, so book early and mention the Valley Forge Reunion. Use hotel online link reservations above.

REUNION SKIPPER:

Earl Gipe & wife Kathy
6434 S Prince Street
Littleton, CO. 80120
hoygipek@comcast.net
1-303-795-8224
(no collect calls please)

EVENT REGISTRATION & INFORMATION

ARMED FORCES REUNION Inc
DOCUMENTS and PROGRAM
ONLINE REGISTRATION:

armedforcesreunionsinc.com

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