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  • 10 May 2005 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. Reunion Payment Deadline - Important
      2. Complimentary Room Giveaway
      3. The New ABI Raffle/Auction
      4. Hilton Post Oak Update


      1. Reunion Payment Deadline

      Anyone mailing checks directly to Cathie McCoy, our Treasurer, should be sure that they are mailed to ensure delivery no later than May 20th, or they will not be processed prior to the reunion. The address for these checks is:
      AramcoBrats, Inc.
      PO Box 141
      Hatfield, MA 01038
      USA

      Anyone mailing checks to Penny Dougharty Maher, our Registration Chair, must ensure delivery no later than May 23rd. (The address for these checks is:
      Penny Maher
      4024 Ruskin
      Houston TX 77005
      USA

      If you are not sure your check will arrive in time, bring the check to the reunion and pay at registration.

      In the event that your payment has not reached us before Penny and Cathie leave for the reunion, you will be required to issue a 2nd check at registration. Your original check will be destroyed when received.


      2. Complimentary Room Giveaway!

      Thanks to the strong negotiation skills and contract savvy of the reunion negotiating team, we have a large number of comp room nights at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. As a result, the ABI is excited to announce that a drawing will be held at the Welcome Reception on Friday evening to give away these free nights to attendees who are registered hotel guests. You must be a registered hotel guest *and* have officially registered for the reunion by midnight, Monday, May 23 in order to qualify for the drawing. Join us at the opening reception for complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, iced tea, munchies *and* room nights! (Drawn names will be posted. Comp night will automatically show up on your hotel bill prior to checkout). Good luck to all!!


      3. The New ABI Raffle/Auction

      A few changes have been made to the raffle/auction rules. Brats expressed concerned about the valuable time the drawing for the raffle took during the banquet on Sunday evening. Therefore, we have decided to have the hired personnel and volunteers do the drawing between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The room in which the items are displayed will be closed during this time. Brats can pick up their raffle winnings between 2:00 and 7:00 Sunday evening. Those that need to pay for silent auction items will need to pay for, and pick up their items, between 2:00 and 7:00 Sunday evening as well. (Don't forget to bring your checkbook and/or cash as we do not accept credit cards).


      4. Hilton Post Oak Update

      The hotel has received several room cancellations. Therefore, we now have rooms available at the reunion hotel. If you still need a room, please contact Kimberly Shipman (Kimberly_Shipman@hilton.com or 713-968-1345) rather than Hilton Central Reservations. Kimberly will need your credit card number as well as the following information:

      Full Name (include maiden)
      Address
      Phone
      Email
      Number of Guests
      Arrival Date
      Departure Date
      Room type request - king or double (not guaranteed)(indicate if you will take whichever is available)

      Our contract with the hotel assures us that the hotel will hold our room block until May 15. Reservations received after Thursday, May 15, 2005 will be accepted at our group rate based on availability.


      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      For the ABI Board of Directors and the Houston Reunion Committee


      This is the ABI Announcement List, a low-traffic list reserved for official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.

      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.

  • 27 Apr 2005 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. Reunion Hotel Information - Important
      2. Overflow Hotel Information
      3. Hotel Internet Reservations
      4. Hotel Questions?
      5. Reunion Questions?
      6. ABI Ballot Brochure
      7. ABI Raffle Volunteers


      1. Reunion Hotel Information - Important

      The Houston Hilton Post Oak has advised us that our room block is completely booked for the reunion peak nights. As we get closer to the reunion, some brats will discover that although they wanted to attend the reunion, other obligations or complications got in the way. If you find yourself in this situation, and need to cancel your room reservation we ask that you contact Kimberly Shipman (Kimberly_Shipman@hilton.com or 713-968-1345) rather than Hilton Central Reservations.

      It is our hope that the majority of the Brats who need to cancel will follow this procedure so that rooms from our block are not released to the general public. The ABI will maintain a wait list for standard rooms. Kimberly will advise us of a cancellation - then we will send her the name of the next person on the list.

      If you want to be on the wait list for a standard room, please send the following information to Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes (diana@aramco-brats.com).

      Full Name (include maiden)
      Address
      Phone
      Email
      Number of Guests
      Arrival Date
      Departure Date
      Room type request - king or double (not guaranteed)(indicate if you will take whichever is available)

      Upon receipt of the above information, you will be placed on the wait list. Notification of available rooms will be on a first come first serve basis. When the hotel advises us that someone has cancelled, we will send the above information to them. They will then contact you to make sure you still want the rooms and obtain your credit card information.


      2. Overflow Hotel

      In the meantime, you should make a reservation at the overflow hotel so you are assured of having a room. It will be your responsibility to cancel this reservation if you get a room at the Post Oak.

      Doubletree Guest Suites Houston
      5353 Westheimer Road
      Houston, TX 77056
      713-961-9000 ask for reservations or 1-800-222-TREE
      www.houstonsuites.doubletree.com

      Don't forget to say you are with AramcoBrats.

      1 bedroom double queen suite $85.00
      2 bedroom double queen suite $165.00

      Doubletree Guest Suites Houston is less than 1 mile from the Post Oak. Shuttle service will be available at both hotels to transport guests to and from each hotel.


      3. Hotel Internet Reservations

      The Houston Hilton Post Oak and the Doubletree Guest Suites Houston are working together to update the link for making reservations. Please give them a few days to work out the kinks.


      4. Hotel Questions:

      Please direct any hotel questions to diana@aramco-brats.com.


      5. Reunion Questions?

      Please direct any questions about the reunion to Reunion2005@aramco-brats.com.


      6. ABI Ballot Brochure

      By now, we hope you have received your ABI ballot brochure. If you have not received your ballot yet you should contact Sherri Dent-Moxley (Database Director) at sherri@aramco-brats.com to make sure we have your correct address. We will not mail another paper ballot, but you can download a ballot (in Adobe Acrobat format)from the ABI website: <http://www.aramco-brats.com/ballot2005.pdf>.

      Please take time to look over the candidate statements and the ballot questions and cast your votes. We're particularly interested in getting your feedback on two issues: "Should the ABI accept credit cards for AdBak payments, reunion fees, and other charges?" and "Should the ABI share Brats' address information with the Aramco Services Company?" Your feedback will help us decide whether to pursue these ideas next term.

      If you are not attending the reunion, don't forget to fill out your ballot and mail to Gary Barnes for delivery before May 23, 2005. (Sorry, we cannot accept email ballots.) As a matter of fact, even if you are attending the reunion, you might want to fill out the ballot and mail it in so you don't have to worry about finding time to vote when you are having so much fun at the reunion.

      If you have any questions about ballot issues (or any other matter), please feel free to contact board@aramco-brats.com.


      7. ABI Raffle Volunteers

      The ABI raffle/auction is a our only fund raiser. The proceeds help defray ABI operating expenses and enables us to keep a decent reserve in our accounts. There are always unique items on the tables that you wish you had brought home with you when you left Arabia. We are always on the lookout for donations. The majority of the items are donated by Brats, parents, and teachers. Be on the lookout for new raffle/auction rules. We are looking for volunteers to sell raffle tickets at the reunion. If you are interested, please contact diana@aramco-brats.com.


      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      For the ABI Board of Directors and the Houston Reunion Committee


      This is the ABI Announcement List, a low-traffic list reserved for official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.

      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.

  • 24 Apr 2005 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. Reunion Registration Reminder
      2. Sports Deadline Reminders
      3. Fotofest
      4. AramcoBrat Documentary
      5. Alternative Reunion Activity: Yoga

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      1. Reunion Registration Reminder:
      If you have not yet registered for the Reunion, please do so soon! Banquet capacity is capped at 1000, and seating will be given on a first-registered, first-served basis. Additionally, goodie orders have been placed. While we have done our best to guestimate how many will register late and on-site, goodie bags for late registrants will only be available while supplies last.

      ========================================

      2. Sports Deadline Reminders:
      If you have registered to participate in one of the sports tournaments at the Reunion and need to cancel, please note the following upcoming deadlines:

      - Bowling: Cancellations will be accepted and refunded through April 30, 2005.

      - Golf: Cancellations will be accepted and refunded through April 30, 2005. We will, however, allow stand-by's and will ask that they reimburse the player that they are replacing.

      ========================================


      3. Fotofest: Nazar Photographs from the Arab World
      For those interested in photography, there will be 2 Fotofest exhibits running during the reunion

      Arab Eyes and A Look Back
      April 8 - June 11, 2005
      FotoFest at Vine Street Studios

      Western Eyes
      April 23 - June 25, 2005
      FotoFest and The Station
      at The ArtCar Museum

      See http://www.fotofest.org/nazar/ for details. Maps and driving directions can be found under "Activities" on the Reunion page at www.aramco-brats.com.

      ========================================

      4. AramcoBrat Documentary!

      Matthew Miller DH'91 will be producing a documentary inspired by Shannon McNulty's DH'91 paper "Growing Up in Saudi Arabia." The documentary will seek to uncover and describe "the world view" possessed by those Americans lucky enough to have lived in the Middle East. This documentary is both a social and political commentary as well as a description of life outside the US. Matt's crew will be interviewing Brats from all generations at the upcoming AramcoBrats reunion in Houston, so no matter who you are, be prepared. Once completed, the project seeks to be distributed to the History, Travel, or Discovery Channels, or as a news segment for special reports.

      For more information and requests for COPIES of photographs and video footage, please see: http://www.aramco-brats.com/classes/DH91/index.htm or contact Matt Miller directly at itsdoc2u@aol.com

      ========================================

      5. Alternative Reunion Activity: Yoga
      Cecily Vick would like to invite any interested Reunion attendees to join her and fellow Brat yoga enthusiasts at the Yoga Institute, just a short drive from the hotel. For information see the following link or contact Cecily at Fromcec@aol.com:

      The Yoga Institute
      2150 Portsmouth Street
      Houston, TX
      713 526-6674
      http://www.yogainstitute.com/classes/class_houston.html

      Map/Driving directions: <http://tinyurl.com/d3qpt> or
      <http://maps.yahoo.com/dd_result?newaddr=2001+Post+Oak+Blvd&
      taddr=2150+Portsmouth+St&csz=Houston%2C+Tx&country=us
      &tcsz=Houston%2C+Tx&tcountry=us&name=2005+ABI+
      Reunion&tname=The+Yoga+Institute>

      ==========================================================

      Five weeks from today you could be golfing with your Brat friends - eating lunch with your best childhood friend - hanging out at the pool with the person you are dying to meet from BratChat - getting ready to have dinner with 1,000 Brats and family.

      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      For the ABI Board of Directors and the Houston Reunion Committee
      --------------------------------------------------------------
      This is the ABI Announcement List, a low-traffic list reserved for
      official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name
      and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.
      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.
      ---------------------------------------------------------------

      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.

  • 12 Apr 2005 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. Fall 2005 Newsletter/Address Verification
      2. ABI Election Brochure and Ballots
      3. Reunion Registration
      4. Other Reunion Deadlines
      5. Reunion Information
      6. Reunion FAQ du Jour
      7. Other Reunion Goodies


      1. Newsletter/Address Verification

      The Spring 2005 issue of the ABI newsletter was mailed out last week. If you have not received yours yet, please contact Sherri Dent-Moxley (Database Director) at sherri@aramco-brats.com to confirm that we have your currect current mailing information. You can complete the online address change form (<http://www.aramco-brats.com/address_change_form.htm>) to update our mailing and email information for you.

      If you did not receive your paper copy of the Spring 2005 newsletter, you can view it online as an Adobe Acrobat file:

      The low-resolution version (882K) is <http://www.aramco-brats.com/newsletter/BratnewsS2005lo.pdf>.

      The high-resolution version (2.2MB) is <http://www.aramco-brats.com/newsletter/BratnewsS2005hi.pdf>.

      The newsletter has useful information regarding the upcoming ABI reunion (especially for those attending for the first time), information on the upcoming ABI election, a trip back to Saudi Arabia, and other good stuff.


      2. ABI Election Brochure and Ballots

      The ABI Election Brochure and Ballots is currently at the printer and should be in the mail to you by the end of next week. If you are voting by mail, please be sure to mail them in time to be in Gary's hands no later than May 23, 2005. Remember - your vote counts. Please show your support of the ABI by voting.


      3. Reunion Registration

      The March 31st deadline has passed. For those who have already registered but not yet paid, you will need to include an addition $15/person late fee with your payment. If you have not yet registered, the on-line registration form has been changed to include the late charge in the fee calculation.


      4. Other Reunion Deadlines

      If you have registered to participate in one of the sports tournaments at the Reunion and need to cancel, please note the following upcoming deadlines:

      Bowling: Cancellations will be accepted and refunded through April 30, 2005.

      Golf: Cancellations will be accepted and refunded through April 30, 2005. We will, however, allow stand-by's and will ask that they reimburse the player that they are replacing.


      5. Reunion Information

      If you would like information on the upcoming reunion, please visit the Reunion pages at <http://www.aramco-brats.com>. Click on "Reunion" on the top menu bar to go to the Reunion Overview page. Use the left-hand menu to make hotel reservations, register on-line ("Reunion Registration"), see the "Who's Coming" list, or to find information on Reunion activities, schedule of events, airports, discount air fare, discount car rental, ground transportation, area restaurants, and Houston in general.

      Some other announcements and answers to commonly asked questions can be found on the BratBoard: <http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard> under the ABI Reunion section.


      6. Reunion FAQ du Jour

      Does the $45 registration fee include a t-shirt? Yes, the $45 registration fee includes one L/XL t-shirt which you will receive with your registration packet when you check in at the Reunion.

      If you want an XXL INSTEAD of the one L/XL t-shirt that is included in your $45 registration fee, please indicate this under "XXL shirt" on the form. An XXL shirt with registration packet is an additional $2.

      If you want MORE than the one L/XL t-shirt included in the registration packet, please indicate this under "Extra shirt" on the form. An EXTRA L/XL shirt is $6.

      If you want an EXTRA t-shirt but would like an XXL, please indicate this under "Extra XXL shirt" on the form. An Extra XXL shirt is $8.


      7. Other Reunion Goodies

      We are beginning to place orders for reunion goodies. Quantities ordered will be projections of final attendance numbers based on registrations we have already received, so we cannot guarantee that supplies will not run out at the door.


      Are you packed yet?

      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      For the ABI Board of Directors
      And the Houston Reunion Committee

      This is the ABI Announcement List, a low-traffic list reserved for official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.

      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.

  • 22 Mar 2005 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Aramco Brats Reunion Avis Discount Number: J906640
    2. Registration Late Fees Kick In After March 31, 2005
    3. Questions About the Reunion?
    4. Does the Reunion Hotel Allow Pets?
    5. Brat Store Update: New Look, UDH Section, New Products
    6. Aramco Services Company Invite to California Brats
    7. Add Name to Aramco Services Company Event List


    1. Aramco Brats Reunion Avis Discount Number: J906640p

    Discount car rental rates are available from Avis from May 19, 2005 to June 05, 2005. To receive discounts, use the assigned Meeting Avis Discount. Number above when making reservations. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at www.avis.com. See Reunion page at <http://www.aramco-brats.com> for more information.


    2. Registration Late Fees Kick In After March 31, 2005

    The deadline to get your registration/checks in the mail and postmarked without incurring late fees is March 31st. For those who have registered on-line (which we really appreciate!), you are not fully registered until you have sent in your money, and there are quite a few of you. Your checks must be postmarked by the deadline, or you will incur the same late fees. We will be submitting orders for t-shirts and goodie bags soon, so the better the headcount we have, the less likely we are to run out at the reunion.


    3. Questions about the Reunion?

    If you have questions about the hotel, reunion activities, registration, or Houston in general, please don't hesitate to ask! Just drop us an e-mail at reunion2005@aramco-brats.com. We'll do our best to answer you questions or address any concerns.


    4. Does the Reunion Hotel Allow Pets?

    Yes, but the pet must be 30 pounds or less. A $100 deposit is required - $25 non-refundable and $75 refundable.


    5. BratStore Update: New look, UDH section, new products

    The ABI BratStore (<http://www.cafepress.com/aramcobrats>) has undergone some important changes in the last couple of weeks. For one thing, the storefront received a facelift - we hope the new look will be more attractive and help you find the items you're looking for more easily. For another, after receiving several requests (and some invaluable assistance with locating a high-resolution version of the Udhailiyah logo), we've added a UDH section to the store. Finally, with Spring now upon us, we added a number of new products to all the district (ABQ, DH, RT, UDH) stores: sleeveless t-shirts and ringer t-shirts for men; camisoles, tank tops, sweatshirts, and track suits for women; spagetti tanktops and ringer shirts for kids; and throw pillows and steins for everybody.

    All products have a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee, so if you're not satisfied with a purchase for any reason, return it for a full refund. Products are priced $1-2 above costs (to pay for the expense of maintaining the online store). Any profit remaining at the end of the year goes to the ABI. The main goal here is to get quality Brat stuff into Brat hands as cheaply and easily as possible.

    Please contact webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions or comments. Thanks.


    6. Aramco Services Company Inivite to California Brats - RSVP by April 1

    Mazen I. Snobar, President & CEO of Aramco Services Company cordially invites you and your guest to the Southern California Annuitant's Dinner:
    Manchester Grand Hyatt - San Diego
    One Market Place
    San Diego, California
    Thursday, April 7, 2005
    Cocktails - 7:00 p.m.
    Dinner - 8:00 p.m.
    Valet Parking
    Business Cocktail Attire

    RSVP by April 1 (please give your name, name of guest, address, and telephone number) 713-432-8920.

    Special hotel rate of $235 if you mention you will be attending the Aramco Annuitant's Dinner Manchester Grand Hyatt 619-358-6647.


    7. Add Your Name to Aramco Services Company Event List

    Aramco Services Company wants to develop a list of AramcoBrats interested in
    attending ASC social events, such as barbeques, dinners, parties, and other
    gatherings. If you are interested in adding your name to the ASC contact list,
    please visit our website www.aramco-brats.com, click on "Add your name to the
    ASC Event List", and fill out the form.


    Hope to see you all in two months,

    Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
    For the ABI Board of Directors and the Houston Reunion Committee



    This is the ABI Announcement List, a low-traffic list reserved for official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.
    Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.
  • 12 Mar 2005 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. DoubleTree Post Oak Is Now The Hilton Post Oak
      2. Who's Coming List
      3. Reunion Babysitting
      4. Reunion Activity Information
      5. Registration Late Fees Kick In After March 31, 2005
      6. AdBak
      7. BratWear at the ABI Brat Store
      8. American Community School In Beirut Alumni Reunion


      1. DoubleTree Post Oak Is Now The Hilton Houston Post Oak

      It has come to our attention that some Brats have received perplexing, new hotel reservation confirmation e-mails. The DoubleTree Post Oak has gone through the final stages of switching over to the Hilton Houston Post Oak. This process included changing to the Hilton reservation system. If you made your reservation prior to the DoubleTree Post Oak becoming the Hilton Houston Post Oak, you will receive a new reservation confirmation message with a new confirmation number (10-digit beginning with a 3). The old reservation list will be checked against a new one from the Hilton system to confirm that all Aramco Brat reservations were transferred correctly.


      2. Who's Coming List

      A "Who's Coming" list has been posted on the BratBoard under Reunion Announcements (<http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/viewtopic.php?t=322>). This is a list of Brats who have turned in registration forms regardless of whether registration fees and AdBak have been paid. Remember, you are not fully registered until you have paid both of these fees. This list does NOT include any of the many Brats who have reserved a hotel room but have not yet registered. Brats will be listed in order of graduation class year. If you do not see you name on this list but think you have registered, please contact the Reunion Committee at reunion2005@aramco-brats.com!


      3. Reunion Babysitting

      In addition to the "Share-a-Room/Share-a-Ride" forum topic, we have added a "Reunion Babysitting" topic. If you are looking for a sitter, or if you know someone who is available to babysit during the reunion, post your message in this forum.


      4. Reunion Activity Information

      Information about ABI Reunion activities and alternative activities during the reunion has been posted on the Reunion pages at www.aramco-brats.com. Check here for details, maps and driving directions to the bowling, tennis, and golf tournaments. If this is your first reunion, and you're wondering what the Welcome Reception or Banquet is all about, we've provided a brief description. If your are interested in organizing an alternative reunion activity (e.g. fishing trip, NASA tour, trip to George Historical Ranch), please contact the Reunion Committee at reunion2005@aramco-brats.com with details, and we will be happy to add it to the site.


      5. Registration Late Fees Kick In After March 31, 2005

      The deadline to get your registration/checks in the mail and postmarked without incurring late fees is March 31st. For those who have registered on-line (which we really appreciate!), you are not fully registered until you have sent in your money, and there are quite a few of you. Your checks must be postmarked by the deadline, or you will incur the same late fees. We will be submitting orders for t-shirts and goodie bags soon, so the better the headcount we have, the less likely we are to run out at the reunion.


      6. AdBak

      A number of Brats have paid registration fees but not AdBak fees. If you arrive at the reunion without having paid your AdBak, you will be required to pay at the registration desk before collecting your reunion goodies.

      Just a reminder - AdBaks are assessed on a term (2-year) basis, not an annual one. If you paid AdBak (currently $18 for US residents and $23 for non-US) in 2004, you do not have to pay it again in 2005. If you aren't sure whether you've paid it already or not, just email cathie@aramco-brats.com and she will look it up for you.

      Also - checks for registration and/or AdBak should be made payable to "AramcoBrats, Inc" and not directly to Penny Dougharty-Maher or Cathie McCoy.


      7. BratWear at the ABI Brat Store

      Want to show your pride in your district at the reunion in May? Looking for something comfortable and colorful to lounge around in this summer? Interested in coffee mugs or decorations for your office that show where you come from? The ABI Brat Store (<http://www.cafepress.com/aramcobrats>) carries an extensive line of t-shirts, mugs, and decorations with district and reunion logos.

      All products have a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee, so if you're not satisfied with a purchase for any reason, return it for a full refund. Products are priced $1-2 above costs (to pay for the expense of maintaining the online store). Any profit remaining at the end of the year goes to the ABI. The main goal here is to get Brat stuff into Brat hands as cheaply and easily as possible.

      Coming very soon: a Udhailiyah storefront for clothes and stuff with the UDH warrior logo!!


      8. American Community School In Beirut Alumni Reunion

      The American Community School in Beirut is going to hold its first-ever Alumni Reunion IN Beirut. The event will be June 13-18, 2005, and will honor the school's Centennial this year! Amazingly, through 2 world wars, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the shifting of borders throughout the Middle East, and a 15-year civil war in Lebanon, ACS has never closed! Today it has 1000 students in grades K-12, although it no longer has a boarding department. All ACS alumni, even those who did not graduate from the school, are encouraged to attend the reunion. For more information, visit <http://www.acs.edu.lb>.



      Have you sent in your registration fees, made your hotel reservation, booked your flight?

      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      For the ABI Board of Directors

      --------------------------------------------------------------
      This is the ABI Announcement List, a low-traffic list reserved for official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.

      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.

  • 16 Feb 2005 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    1. So What Went Wrong With Announcement #9? (New)
    2. Reunion Hotel Heads Up!!!
    3. Reunion Registration Heads Up!!!
    4. Friendly Reminder
    5. Can't Find Your Electronic Registration Confirmation?
    6. "Who's Coming" List
    7. Alternataive Reunion Activity
    8. Aramco Services Company Needs Highly Qualified... (Revised)
    9. Aramco Services Company Gathering in Miami (New)
    10. Continental Airlines Group Fare Discount (New)

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    1. So what went wrong with Announcement #9? (New)

    We'd like to apologize for the problems caused by ABI announcement #9, which
    went out on Feb 13. Some folks never received it, but some folks got 20 or more
    copies and were understandably annoyed. What happened was this: the Vlists
    server the ABI used for the announcement list was misbehaving. To complicate
    matters, the guy who singlehandedly ran Vlists (the email broadcaster the ABI
    announcement list and BratChat depend on to get messages out) passed away
    unexpectedly around that time, and his family didn't know how to administer
    the server, so there was nobody on location who could intervene to solve the
    stuttering mail problem. (This is the same issue that took BratChat offline for
    several days.)

    The problem has been resolved. Once we recognized there was a problem, we
    unsubscribed everyone from the Vlists announcement list, and the repeated
    emails seem to have stopped. We have moved the announcement list to a new
    service provider, and we don't expect the problem to recur.

    Much of the information that follows repeats what appeared in Announcement #9
    because we cannot tell who received the previous announcement and who didn't.
    If you've already seen this information, we apologize for the repetition.

    ======================================================
    2. Reunion Hotel Heads Up!!!

    The Doubletree Houston Post Oak Hotel (a.k.a. Reunion Headquarters) is over
    70% booked! If you plan to attend the reunion, make your reservation TODAY!
    Call the hotel reservations center at 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to let them know
    you're an aramco brat to get the special rate of $79 per night. If the internet
    is more your style, log on to www.aramco-brats.com and click on Reunion,
    then Hotel to make your reservation. At this time the hotel only has king rooms
    available - all double/double rooms have been reserved.

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    3. Reunion Registration Heads Up!!!

    Much to Penny's mail lady's dismay, reunion registrations are pouring in.
    Whilewe'd never turn anyone away from joining us at the reunion, some of the
    events do have capacity limits, and the later registrants will miss out. So don't
    delay. Register TODAY at aramco-brats.com. Remember.... you're not
    registered until Penny receives your registration fees! Submitting the on line
    form alone does NOT make you official.

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    4. Friendly Reminder

    If you've registered online, don't forget to mail your check, made out to
    AramcoBrats, Inc., to:

    Penny Dougharty Maher
    4024 Ruskin
    Houston TX 77005.

    Several people registered awhile back but haven't sent in their riyals. All
    activities, and the banquet itself, have a maximum number of spots, so don't
    delay! You aren't fully registered until your fees (including Adbak) are paid.

    ======================================================
    5. Can't Find Your Electronic Registration Confirmation?

    If you have misplaced your electronic registration confirmation and can't
    remember what you owe (or for which activities you have registered), please
    contact Penny Maher at penny@aramco-brats.com or Marie Dunn at
    marie@aramco-brats.com for assistance.

    ======================================================
    6. "Who's Coming" List

    A list of who's coming will be posted under the "ABI Reunion" section of the
    BratBoard (<http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/>) in the near future. Be
    sure to check other posts in this section for reunion announcements and Q&A.
    We have also provided a Share-a-Room/Share-a-Ride topic for reunion attendees
    who are looking for a ride, can offer a ride, or are looking to share a room with
    someone.

    ======================================================
    7. Alternative Reunion Activity

    For those of you too fearful of golf, tennis or bowling, how about tandem
    skydiving at the reunion in Houston? The jumps will consist of one tandem
    parachute jump at Skydive Houston in Waller, Texas on Saturday, May 28, 2005
    at 8:00 AM and probably will conclude by 2:00 PM. The cost will be no more
    than $149.00 (probably less) and $69.00 for an optional freefall video.
    Reservations should be coordinated through Russell Webb at
    lawyerwebb@aol.com, so a head count can be made ahead of time.
    Brats have been skydiving at reunions since Atlanta in 1999.
    Last time, in Tucson, we had a dozen brats, plus a 71 year old
    former teacher, Robert Klein, who jumped and his photo ended up on the front
    page of the second section of the local newspaper.

    ======================================================
    8. Aramco Services Company Needs Highly Qualified... (Revised)

    Aramco Services Company currently has several positions open for highly
    qualified oil industry experts, specifically in the field of Exploration and
    Production. Because of your previous living experiences in Saudi Arabia, you
    are the most qualified to identify appropriate personnel for the open
    positions. To see what positions are currently open, go to
    www.jobsataramco.com.

    To refer a candidate, please obtain an electronic resume. Go to
    www.jobsataramco.com/refer and follow the directions for submittal. To take
    advantage of the reward program, you [not the candidate] must submit the
    resume.

    For your efforts, ASC will provide a cash reward for referrals ultimately hired
    by Saudi Aramco. The award amount is based on the salary classification;
    $500 for classifications 10 and below, $1,000 for classifications 11 to 14,
    and $2,000 for classifications 15 and above.

    ======================================================
    9. Aramco Services Company Gathering in Miami (New)

    Aramco Services Company is planning a gathering in the Miami, FL area on
    April1, 2005. Any Brats interested in more information on this event
    should contact Kate Ivsevich at ASC in Washington DC at:

    Kate Ivcevich
    Aramco Services Company
    Tel: 202-223-7769
    Fax: 202-223-7756
    Email: k.ivcevich@aramcoservices.com

    Be sure to include your contact information in your correspondence so that they
    may add you to their database for this and future events.

    ======================================================
    10. Continental Airlines Group Fare Discount (New)

    We have arranged for a group fare discount on Continental Airlines for Brats
    traveling to the 2005 Reunion in Houston. Please be sure to indicate the
    "agreement code" and "z-code" when making reservations. An additional discount
    is available for reservations made 60 days prior to the event, so don't delay!

    ARAMCO BRATS HOUSTON
    Valid travel dates - May 23-June 6, 2005

    Experience dependable, first-rate service and earn miles in OnePass,
    Continental's award-winning frequent flyer program. To enroll in OnePass, log
    on to www.continental.com.

    For discounts, call your travel professional or Continental's MeetingWorks at
    800-468-7022. Outside of the United States, please call your local Continental
    Airlines Reservation Office.

    Advise the agent of:
    Agreement Code: VZX1QH Z Code: ZP6Y
    Choose from discounts off applicable fares or Zone Fares.

    Save an additional 5% off discounts when you ticket 60 days prior to event date!

    Hope to see you in May,
    Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
    For the ABI Board of Directors

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    official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name
    and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.

    Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.
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  • 13 Feb 2005 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    1. Reunion Hotel Heads Up!!!
    2. Reunion Registration Heads Up!!!
    3. Friendly Reminder
    4. Can't Find Your Electronic Registration Confirmation?
    5. "Who's Coming" List
    6. Alternative Reunion Activity
    7. Aramco Services Company Needs Highly Qualified...

    [Note: Because of a problem with the Vlists server the ABI uses
    for the Announcement list, some users got 20 or more copies of this
    message in the first hour or two. They were understandably unamused.]

    ============================================
    1. Reunion Hotel Heads Up!!!

    The Doubletree Houston Post Oak Hotel (a.k.a. Reunion Headquarters)
    is over 70% booked! If you plan to attend the reunion, make your
    reservation TODAY! Call the hotel reservations center at
    1-800-222-8733. Be sure to let them know you're an aramco brat to get
    the special rate of $79 per night. If the internet is more your
    style, log on to www.aramco-brats.com and click on
    reunion, then hotel to make your reservation.

    At this time the hotel only has king rooms available - all
    double/double rooms have been reserved.

    ============================================
    2. Reunion Registration Heads Up!!!

    Much to Penny's mail lady's dismay, reunion registrations are pouring
    in. While we'd never turn anyone away from joining us at the reunion,
    some of the events do have capacity limits, and the later registrants
    will miss out. So don't delay. Register TODAY at aramco-brats.com.
    Remember.... you're not registered until Penny receives your
    registration fees! Submitting the on line form alone does NOT make
    you official.

    ============================================
    3. Friendly Reminder

    If you've registered online, don't forget to mail your check, made
    out to AramcoBrats, Inc., to Penny Dougharty Maher, 4024 Ruskin,
    Houston TX 77005. Several people registered awhile back but haven't
    sent in their riyals. All activities, and the banquet itself, have a
    maximum number of spots, so don't delay! You aren't fully registered
    until your fees (including Adbak) are paid.

    ============================================
    4. Can't Find Your Electronic Registration Confirmation?

    If you have misplaced your electronic registration confirmation and
    can't remember what you owe (or for which activities you have
    registered), please contact Penny Maher at penny@aramco-brats.com or
    Marie Dunn at marie@aramco-brats.com for assistance.

    ============================================
    5. "Who's Coming" List

    A list of who's coming will be posted under the "ABI Reunion" section
    of the BratBoard ( http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/ ) in the
    near future. Be sure to check other posts in this section for
    reunion announcements and Q&A. We have also provided a
    Share-a-Room/Share-a-Ride topic for reunion attendees who are looking
    for a ride, can offer a ride, or are looking to share a room with
    someone.

    ============================================
    6. Alternative Reunion Activity

    For those of you too fearful of golf, tennis or bowling, how about
    tandem skydiving at the reunion in Houston? The jumps will consist
    of one tandem parachute jump at Skydive Houston in Waller, Texas on
    Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 8:00 AM and probably will conclude by 2:00
    PM. The cost will be no more than $149.00 (probably less) and $69.00
    for an optional freefall video. Reservations should be coordinated
    through Russell Webb at lawyerwebb@aol.com, so a head count can be
    made ahead of time.

    Brats have been skydiving at reunions since Atlanta in 1999. Last
    time, in Tucson, we had a dozen brats, plus a 71 year old former
    teacher, Robert Klein, who jumped and his photo ended up on the front
    page of the second section of the local newspaper.

    ============================================
    7. Aramco Services Company Needs Highly Qualified...

    ASC currently has several positions open for highly qualified oil
    industry experts, specifically in the field of Exploration and
    Production. If there are potential candidates who you believe meet
    the requirements of Saudi Aramco, please direct them to their
    website (<http://www.jobsataramco.com>). Because of your previous
    living experiences in Saudi Arabia, you are the most qualified to
    identify appropriate personnel for the open positions.

    For your efforts, ASC will provide a cash reward for referrals
    ultimately hired by Saudi Aramco. The award amount is based on the
    salary classification; $1,000 for classifications 11 to 14, and
    $2,000 for classifications 15 and above.

    Happy Valentine's Day,

    Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
    For the ABI Board of Directors

    ---------------------------------------------------------------
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    official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name
    and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.
    Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
  • 16 Jan 2005 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. ABI Nominations/Election - 2005-2007 Term
      2. Reunion Hotel Update - Doubletree Post Oak
      3. Reunion Committee - On-line Registration
      4. Newsletter/Reunion Information


      ============
      1. ABI Nominations/Elections - 2005-2007 Term

      Nominations Deadline

      The deadline for nominating yourself (or someone else) for one of the
      elected positions (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer)
      on the ABI Board is February 1, 2005. Anyone interested in submitting
      a nomination should send an email to gary@aramco-brats.com
      identifying the person you are nominating and the office to which you
      are nominating that person. All Board officers serve a term of two
      years, which will begin on November 1, 2005. Descriptions of board
      positions are available on the ABI website and in the ABI annual
      report (<http://www.aramco-brats.com/2003_annual_report.pdf>).

      2005 ABI Board Elections

      The election for the next ABI Board is just around the corner, and we
      are still looking for candidates for President, Vice President,
      Secretary and Treasurer. The ABI and all it accomplishes are made
      possible only by the participation of Brats who treasure the memories
      and relationships that are so uniquely ours, and are committed to
      preserving them for all of us.

      You don't need a lot of board experience to participate. It doesn't
      require a degree from Board College, and we don't even require that
      you remember everything you learned in your 5th grade Arabic class.
      You will be joining a team of ten other Brats who are there to help
      you learn the ropes and to assist you whenever necessary.

      Think about what the ABI brings you: the biennial reunions where, for
      a few days, you can relive the experience of hanging out with the old
      gang around the pool, the AramcoBrat website where you can shop for
      Brat merchandise, browse through photographs of your home town, post
      a story or poem, or keep track of your classmates and teachers, and
      the ABI museum where Arabian treasures are permanently on display for
      all of us. Seriously, where else can you read an original copy of
      The Blue Flame?

      So come on. Hop down off your camel and toss your ghutra into the
      ring. Become part of something special, something unique. Help us to
      keep the memories alive. Become a candidate for the AramcoBrats
      Incorporated Board of Directors by writing Gary Barnes at
      gary@aramco-brats.com.

      ===============

      2. Reunion Hotel Update - Doubletree Post Oak

      The hotel has informed us that our room block for the reunion is more
      than 70% full. If you are planning on attending the reunion, better
      make your reservations quickly so you don't lose out staying at the
      main hotel.


      ================

      3. Reunion Committee - On-Line Registration

      On-line registration is up and running well. Thanks to everyone for
      making it so successful, and keep them coming!

      A couple of friendly reminders:

      1. Register! Register! Register! We are expecting a good turnout,
      so if you want to participate in any of the activities with capped
      capacity (bowling, tennis, golf, and even the Banquet), be sure to
      register early to ensure your spot. Spaces in these events will be
      filled on a first fully REGISTERED, first served basis.

      2. Don't forget that your Reunion Registration is not complete until
      you have paid your ABI Administrative Baksheesh (AdBak) for the term.
      You can pay when you submit your registration fees, or if you have
      already registered and forgot to add AdBak, the form is available in
      the newsletter or can be downloaded from
      http://www.aramco-brats.com/adbak2.htm. If you're not sure if you've
      paid, contact ABI Treasurer, Cathie McCoy at cathie@aramco-brats.com .

      3. Please do not forget to make your checks out to AramcoBrats, Inc.
      and SIGN your checks. ;-)

      Reunion Registration Q&A:

      Q. Why didn't the committee receive my on-line registration?
      A. When you register on-line, please be sure to complete "Step 4:
      Click send." We have received a few payments for on-line
      registrations for which we have not received the accompanying
      electronic information. If you do not click "send," we will not
      receive your registration information.

      If you have already registered on-line, there is no need to panic or
      worry that you MAY not have completed step 4: if we received your
      check but not your on-line information, Penny will have contacted
      you. If you have NOT been pestered to REsubmit the on-line form, you
      are "good to go."

      Q. How do I register more than 3 guests for the reunion?
      A. The hard copy and on-line forms only have space for 3 guests. If
      you plan to bring more:

      - On the hard copy form, please write the additional names in the
      left margin of the form and be sure to use the correct number of
      persons in the fee calculation section in the center of the form.

      - Using the on-line form, please add the additional names in the.
      "Questions/Comments for the 2005 Reunion Committee" box and be sure
      to use the total number persons under "Payment Calculation" (Step 2).

      Q. Do I need to register my children?
      A. If you want your child to get a name tag, goodie bag (with
      ADULT-sized t-shirt), participate in sporting events, and attend
      Friday's opening reception and Sunday evening banquet, then you do
      need to pay registration and any applicable sports fees for them. It
      has been our experience that most Brats do not register their
      children, especially the younger ones. If you would like to bring
      your children to the reunion but not register them, you might
      consider hiring a baby sitter. The reunion committee can not arrange
      for sitters, but the hotel concierge can help you with this. You
      might be able to find a teenage brat offspring attending the reunion
      hoping to make a few riyals babysitting during the reunion weekend.

      Q. Does the fee calculator work properly?
      A. Please be careful with the scroll wheel on your mouse when doing
      fee calculation on-line. If you try to scroll down while a pull-down
      menu is still active, you will be scrolling the numbers in the
      pull-down menu, not the page! The resulting fee calculation will not
      be what you intended! If your total looks ridiculous, please back up
      in the form and check to make sure that you have the correct number
      entered for each item.

      NOTE: You can post your own questions about the reunion to the
      Reunion Q&A forum on BratBoard
      (<http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/>. Please check the Reunion
      Q&A forum (and the other reunion forums on BratBoard) periodically
      for reunion news updates.

      =================

      4. Newsletter/Reunion Information

      If you did not receive your paper copy of the Fall 2004 newsletter,
      you can download it from the ABI website at
      <http://www.aramco-brats.com/newsletter/BratnewsF2004.pdf>. The
      newsletter has useful information regarding the upcoming ABI reunion,
      open class representative positions, information on the upcoming ABI
      election, and news about how the ABI is doing.

      Happy New Year,
      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      For the ABI Board of Directors

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      official ABI business. To unsubscribe, send an email with your name
      and class to opt-out@aramco-brats.com.
      Email webmaster@aramco-brats.com if you have any questions.
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  • 21 Dec 2004 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      1. ABI Newsletter is Coming to Town
      2. Register for Houston Online and be Entered for a Prize Drawing
      3. Reunion Questions

      1. ABI NEWSLETTER IS COMING TO TOWN

      The Fall 2004 newsletter should be in your mail box later this week.
      The newsletter is filled with lots of Houston 2005 Reunion
      information, information regarding nominations for the upcoming
      election, ideas for places to hold a class party in Houston, an
      overview of the various ways for obtaining or receiving information
      about events and news, ABI financials, and much more. Help us track
      the newsletter arrive by signing on to BradBoard and posting a
      message.
      <http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/>

      2. REGISTER FOR HOUSTON ONLINE AND BE ENTERED FOR A PRIZE DRAWING

      The ABI is pleased to announce that online registrations for the 2005
      reunion are now being taken. Even better, registrants who register
      online will be entered for a prize drawing to be awarded at the
      reunion. Experienced reunion goers will notice a few changes in the
      process this year. We've eliminated that pesky, confusing Reunion
      Survey step and using the online registration form let's you
      completely avoid doing your own math. The new form includes clickable
      links that lead directly to more information about various aspects of
      the reunion such as why XXL t-shirts cost more and details on the
      sports competition facilities. Registrants will still need to mail in
      a check to cover the biennial AdBak and their registration fee as
      calculated with the online form. To use this exciting new feature,
      just go to <http://www.aramco-brats.com>, click on the Reunion button
      in the toolbar, and then click Reunion Registration in the menu on
      the left. Follow the directions on the form, mail your check and
      then get yourself to Houston in May.

      3. REUNION QUESTIONS

      If you have any reunion questions, please post a message to the
      Houston 2005 at reunion2005@aramco-brats.com. They are in the best
      position to answer your questions. You can also post questions and
      comments on BratBoard (<http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/>),
      which has forums specifically created for reunion-related questions
      and answers.

      Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT 1962
      for the ABI Board of Directors

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