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  • 10 Sep 2004 1:36 PM | Anonymous

      1. Reunion Tennis Help
      2. Planning a Road Trip
      3. ABI Suq
      4. BratBoard
      5. Class Rep Vacancies


      1. REUNION TENNIS HELP

      The Houston Reunion Committee 2005 needs your help !!!!!

      The Reunion Committee would like to have the Tennis Tournament at the
      University Club at the Galleria (indoor courts), just down the street
      from the DoubleTree Hotel. It is a private club, and they would like
      to know if any Houston Brats are members, and if so, would they allow
      us to use their membership for the tournament. The Committee could
      also use the Houstonian (a bit further away) if anyone is a member of
      that club.

      Please respond to AndrewBobb@aol.com.


      2. PLANNING A ROAD TRIP?

      ABI has several boxes of treasures that need to get from San Diego to
      Houston and/or Oakland to San Diego before the reunion in May. If you
      are planning a road trip and have extra trunk space, please contact
      diana@aramco-brats.com.


      3. ABI SUQ

      It is never too early to start planning what you are going to pack to
      take to the Houston 2005 Reunion. Check out the ABI Suq to purchase
      T-Shirts, sports towels, 6-pack coolers, beach towels, and Brat
      window stickers. To access the ABI Suq, point a browser at the ABI
      home page (http://www.aramco-brats.com/), click the 'ABI' button in
      the toolbar, and click 'ABI Suq' when the menu appears on the left
      side of the window.


      4. BRATBOARD

      The ABI BratBoard (http://www.aramco-brats.com/BratBoard/) is our new
      innovative way to communicate with fellow Brats. Keep up on the
      latest ABI and reunion news; join a discussion regarding food,
      recipes, culture, politics; communicate with your classmates; or
      initiate a new topic for discussion. You just need to register for a
      free membership if you want to post messages, but you can read
      messages even if you are not yet a member.


      5. CLASS REP VACANCIES

      If you are interested in being a class rep, but wonder what the job
      entails? Visit http://www.aramco-brats.com/classes/cr_faq.htm. We
      are looking for reps for:


      AB57, DH57, RT57
      AB63 & DH64
      DH74, RT74, AB75, DH75, RT75, AB78, DH78
      DH80, RT80, UD80, UD81, RT82, UD82, UD83, RT86, UD86, UD87, AB88, AB89,
      UD89
      AB90, RT90, UD90, AB91, RT91, UD91, AB92, RT92, UD92, AB93, DH93, UD93,
      AB94, DH94, UD94, AB95, RT95, UD95, AB96, RT96, UD96, AB97, AB98, DH98,
      RT98, UD98, AB99, RT99, UD99

      We also need class reps for all classes, all districts, 2000 to present.


      Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about how
      the ABI is doing.

      Happy Fall,
      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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  • 12 Aug 2004 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    The following was mailed to all AramcoBrats for whom we had an email address on August 12, 2004.

      To improve our service to the Brat community, we have set up an ABI
      email announcement list, which will be reserved for official ABI
      business. We don't expect the list to receive more than one or two
      messages a month. We recognize that some folks might find even this
      low level of email traffic to be intrusive. If you'd prefer not to
      receive an occasional ABI announcement, you can just reply to this
      message (or send an email to opt-out@aramco-brats.com)and we'll
      remove your address from the announcement
      list. If you unsubscribe from the announcement list, you're welcome
      to rejoin later.


      1. Calling All AdBaks
      2. Houston 2005 Reunion Hotel Reservations
      3. Help Wanted - Reunion Class Party Night
      4. Help Wanted - Reunion Tennis and Golf Tournaments
      5. From the ABI Test Kitchens
      6. Newsletter/Address Verification


      1. CALLING ALL ADBAKS!!!

      As you know, the ABI runs on donations from Brats - we call these
      donations AdBaks (Administrative Baksheesh). The recommended AdBak
      amount is $18 if you live in the U.S. or $23 if you live overseas.
      (Feel free to donate beyond that...we won't mind!)

      It would be of great help to our planning if we had an idea how much
      money we have to work with for this term. If you have not yet paid
      your 2003-2005 AdBak, please use the form in the newsletter or on the
      website to do so.

      Questions? Contact our Treasurer, Cathie McCoy at cathie@aramco-brats.com.


      2. HOUSTON 2005 REUNION HOTEL RESERVATIONS

      We are pleased to report that, after a brief delay to sort out some
      technical issues, the Hilton (2005 reunion hotel) webpage customized
      for reunion reservations is now online and ready for use. To make
      your reservations, point a browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or
      Netscape Navigator only) at
      <http://www.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/private_groups/iahws_abt/index.jhtml>
      and click the "Book a Room" button below the hotel picture. The ABI
      has negotiated a special room rate of $79/night for rooms, so make
      sure you tell the reservation clerk you're an AramcoBrat if you call
      for your reservation. The reunion dates are Thursday, May 26 through
      Monday, May 30. The banquet is in the evening on Sunday, May 29.
      The special $79 rate is available to Brats three days prior and three
      days after the reunion.

      There are no suites available at this time. We expect a limited
      number of Junior, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom suites to become
      available no later than December 2004. If you would like to be
      placed on a wait list for a suite, please contact Diana
      Ryrholm-Geerdes at diana@aramco-brats.com. In order to assure that
      you have accommodations at the reunion, you should reserve regular
      room(s) now, which you can cancel if a suite becomes available.


      3. HELP WANTED - REUNION CLASS PARTY NIGHT

      Saturday night at the reunion is designated as class party night. We
      are looking for one person from each class to organize the gathering
      for their class. You can plan to get together to look at old photos
      and yearbooks, go out to dinner, have a hotel-catered event in one of
      the meeting rooms, or whatever else you might like to do with your
      class. If you're interested in helping with your class event, please
      contact Gretchen Connally (ABI Class Rep Coordinator) and Penny
      Dougharty-Mahers (Houston Reunion Committee) at
      class-parties@aramco-brats.com.


      4. HELP WANTED - REUNION TENNIS AND GOLF TOURNAMENTS

      The 2005 Houston Reunion Committee is looking for a couple of
      volunteers to assist in organizing the tennis and golf tournaments
      (they already have a volunteer for the bowling tournament) to be held
      during the reunion. They would prefer someone who lives in the
      Houston area and plays the sport. If you are interested, please
      contact Penny Dougharty-Mahers at penny@aramco-brats.com.


      5. FROM THE ABI TEST KITCHENS

      We are very excited to announce our plans to put together an
      AramcoBrats, Inc. Community Cookbook. Remember those great Dhahran
      Women's Group cookbooks that our moms had?? Let's aim for something
      of similar greatness! If there is sufficient interest, our plan is
      to put together a great cookbook that has traditional family
      favorites, as well as all of those great Middle Eastern recipes that
      our families collected during our years in the Kingdom.

      Please submit your favorite recipes as soon as possible to Gretchen
      Connally. You can email gretchen@aramco-brats.com or send them in
      the mail to 116 Sapphire Lake Drive, Kyle, TX 78640. If you have any
      questions about the project, please feel free to email Gretchen.


      6. NEWSLETTER/ADDRESS VERIFICATION

      The Spring 2004 issue of the ABI newsletter was mailed out last
      month. If you have not received yours yet, please contact our
      Database Director, Sherri Dent-Moxley (sherri@aramco-brats.com) to
      confirm that we have your correct 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 didn't receive your newsletter, you can view it online as an
      Adobe Acrobat file at
      <http://www.aramco-brats.com/newsletter/BratnewsS2004.pdf>. To
      contain ABI costs, we are no longer remailing newsletters that are
      returned to us.

      Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about how
      the ABI is doing.

      Hope you are having an enjoyable summer,
      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.
      ---------------------------------------------------------------

  • 01 Apr 2003 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    Dear AramcoBrat,


      Even if you are sure you are not interested in the reunion, READ THIS
      MESSAGE! (Especially number 3)

      __________________________________________________
      In this e-mail:

      1- Reunion Update -- Status Report
      2- Reunion Goodies -- What to Expect
      3- New Simplified Reunion Registration Process!!!

      __________________________________________________

      1-Reunion Update

      Only six short weeks to go! As things currently stand, 419 people
      have completed their registrations and mailed them back. This is
      shaping up to be as fine a reunion as we have ever had. The good
      news is that there is plenty of room for all the procrastinators and
      undecideds to get in on the reunion action this coming Memorial Day
      Weekend. Contrary to early reports -- blame it on erroneous
      communications from the main hotel -- *nothing* is sold out. Rooms
      are available for all nights at the El Conquistador, so make a
      reservation now to ensure you don't miss a thing throughout the
      reunion. (Reunion Hint: Some of the best and most memorable reunion
      experiences happen between midnight and sunrise. If you're asleep at
      another hotel or a friend's place, you are just flat out going to
      miss those altogether.) So pick up the phone and call 1-800-864-1284
      to make your room reservation. Do it now.

      If the reunion registration process just seems too complex and that's
      holding you back, jump down to number 3 below for some great news.

      __________________________________________________


      2-Reunion Goodies -- What You Will be Missing if You Don't Go to the
      Reunion

      The reunion committee and the ABI have planned another fantastic
      weekend which includes live music each night, special drink prices,
      discounted room rates, an abundance of door prizes, the ever popular
      raffle/auction, the Sunday night banquet, the live auction, pinatas,
      bowling, golf, tennis, group and class photos, class party night, the
      opportunity to relive your childhood, visit with old classmates, meet
      new Brats, reminisce, have fun, and much more. But then, all of that
      just goes without saying.

      What you probably don't know is that, thanks to a generous cash
      contribution from Aramco Services Company, the reunion committee has
      personal shoppers scouring the streets of Al Khobar even as you are
      reading this. The resulting hoard of baubles and treasures from our
      shared past will be shipped to the reunion to be used as prizes,
      gifts and door prizes throughout the weekend. The only sure thing is
      that if you aren't there, you won't be able to share in this
      incredible bounty.

      Are you someone who remembers hours playing Spades, Hearts or
      Backgammon with friends as a primary form of social interaction.
      Does the reunion committee have a deal for you! Come to the reunion
      and check out Auntie Di's Perfectly Fabulous Game Room. Grab an old
      friend and challenge them to a rematch of that game you lost so long
      ago in the land of our
      youth.

      Now, this is just a rumor, but there may be some olfactory
      stimulation to be had at the reunion this time as well. Sources
      report the heady aroma of warm pita bread, slow-roasting meat and
      rich tahini sauce might be found emanating from one or two small
      stands around the pool throughout the weekend. Wink, wink. If this
      is something that matters to you, you know what we're talking about.

      There is so much more, but time is short. The only way to experience
      it all is to reserve a room and register today. Which conveniently
      leads us right into the third topic of this announcement.

      __________________________________________________

      3- Registration Made Easy -- A New Simplified Reunion Registration
      Process

      Time is short. Decisions need to be made very soon on the number of
      t-shirts and other goodies to order. The sooner you register the
      more accurately the reunion committee can estimate what needs to be
      ordered.

      If you have not received your registration packet yet, it is most
      likely because you haven't paid your AdBak and/or filled out the
      reunion survey. In the interest of streamlining and making it easier
      for you to register, we have decided to eliminate these steps between
      now and the reunion. If you want a registration packet mailed to
      you, please e-mail Erica at ericamel@comcast.net or call at
      *82-1-520-529-2164 (*82 unblocks your phone number to ensure your
      call goes through). She will need your full name (first, maiden and
      last), your correct address, and your District and Year. You can pay
      the required AdBak, registration fee, and late registration fee in
      one shot and mail it all back with your completed reunion
      registration. We'll sort it all out for you and you'll be all set in
      one easy step!

      Even more important though is for you to call and reserve a room at
      the El Conquistador immediately! Don't wait for your registration
      package to arrive. Do it now. It will become more difficult to
      secure a room at our reduced rate (if at all) after April 30. Call
      the El Con for reservations at 1-800-864-1284. Make sure you say you
      are with the AramcoBrats.

      BONUS MESSAGE -- If you've read this far, you really are someone who
      should be at the reunion. The bottom line is this: These things are
      magic. They renew, revive and rejuvenate us like nothing else can.
      Come home. Spend the weekend with a few hundred friends who know you
      like nobody else can.

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  • 27 Jan 2003 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    The following was mailed to all AramcoBrats for whom we had an email address on January 27, 2003.

      1. Officer Nominations
      2. El Con Change of Ownership
      3. Overflow Hotel Information
      4. Survey/AdBak Reminder
      5. Reunion notes

      ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
      Officer Nominations
      Nominations are open for the four elected ABI Board positions
      (President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer). If you are
      interested in placing your name in nomination for one of these
      positions, or if you are interested in knowing more about what these
      officers do, please contact Gary Barnes (gbarnes@ne.rr.com). Officer
      nominations will close on February 15, 2002, and ABI ballots will be
      mailed on or about March 1, 2002.

      Gary Barnes had received an inquiry from someone regarding the
      Secretary and/or Treasurer position. Unfortunately, his computer died
      and he lost this person's contact information. If you were that
      person (or if you know who the person is), please contact Gary.

      ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
      El Con Change of Ownership
      The El Conquistador has been purchased by CNL Hospitality Group and
      Hilton Hotels. The resort's new name is Hilton Tucson El
      Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.

      This purchase does not affect our reunion. Our El Con contacts have
      assured us that Hilton has "some good things" in store for the hotel,
      and they are confident that it will all be very positive. The guest
      rooms in the main buildings have all been renovated in the last year,
      and the pool area is being remodeled.



      The El Con staff is still in the process of converting from the
      Sheraton to the Hilton system. They have only entered reservations
      through mid-March. This means that we cannot receive an accurate
      printout until all transfers have been made. Please be assured that
      everyone's reservations are in place and nothing will be lost.

      IF YOU DO HAVE A RESERVATION AT THE EL CON.... (especially those
      holding multiple rooms for friends, siblings, parents, etc.) Please
      take a moment to think if you do require all the rooms you have
      reserved. Call and make sure that those you are holding rooms for
      are not doing the same thing for you. Please release any unneeded
      rooms as soon as possible!

      El Con Cancellation Policy: If a guest should cancel a reservation,
      the deposit is refundable if notice is received at least 7 days prior
      to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

      ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
      Overflow Hotel Information

      Our overflow hotel for the 2003 reunion is the Holiday Inn Express
      (of Oro Valley). This is an all suite hotel that sits at the foot of
      El Conquistador Drive. The Holiday Inn Express can be reached at
      520-202-4000. You must tell them you are an AramcoBrat to get the
      special rate of $72.95 (this rate is for one or two people; it is
      $82.95 for triple or quad occupancy). This price includes the deluxe
      breakfast buffet -- if you can manage to be out of bed that early
      after all the fun you'll be having the night before!

      The cut-off date for this room block is May 10, 2003. All rooms that
      remain in the block after that date are automatically turned back to
      Holiday Inn Express. Reservations received after the cut-off date
      shall be available by request only, on a space available basis.

      Once you have made your reservation with the Holiday Inn Express,
      please e-mail Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes (drgeerdes@cox.net) and the Hilton
      El Conquisador (zuraida_lewis@hilton.com) and request
      to be on the wait list for a regular room at the El Con. You must give
      us your arrival and departure dates, as well as your contact
      information (e-mail address, telephone number, and snail mail
      address). Please make sure you have AramcoBrats in your heading. All
      of this will ensure that we have an accurate list. Room transfers
      will be made on a first come, first served basis.

      There will be cancellations between now and the end of May as people
      firm up their plans and release rooms. If you have placed your name
      on the wait list and are notified that you have a room at the El Con,
      it will be your responsibility to call the Holiday Inn Express at
      520-202-4000 to cancel your reservation
      (no penalty if canceled more
      than 24 hours before scheduled arrival date).

      Please e-mail Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes (drgeerdes@cox.net) if you have any
      questions or concerns or are just plain confused!

      ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
      Survey/AdBak Reminder
      If you want to receive the Reunion registration packet, you must send
      in your reunion survey and pay your Administrative Baksheesh. You can
      complete the reunion survey online by pointing a browser at
      http://www.aramco-brats.com/re_pre_bsurv.htm.

      To pay your Administrative Baksheesh, send a check for $18 (if you
      live in the U.S.) or $23 (if you live outside the U.S.) to

      Kathy Montgomery, Treasurer
      AramcoBrats, Inc.
      P. O. Box 2036
      Pismo Beach, CA 93448

      You can find the AdBak form on the ABI website at
      http://www.aramco-brats.com/adbak2.htm.

      ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
      Reunion Notes

    • Class Parties: Saturday evening has been set aside for classes to
      get together and party. If you are interested in helping to
      coordinate the party for your class (or if you want to coordinate a
      party with another class), please contact Erica Ryrholm-Martin
      (ericamel@comcast.net) or Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes (drgeerdes@cox.net).

    • Food Stations on Class Party Night: We have made arrangements with
      the El Con to have food stations set up around the pool on Saturday
      evening. Food stations will offer the following:
      - Steamship round with rolls and horseradish $5.00 plus tax
      - Hamburgers and hot dogs with condiments $5.50 plus tax
      - Submarine sandwiches $6.50 plus tax
      - Caesar salad $6.50 plus tax
      - Pasta with alfredo and meat sauce $6.00 plus tax
      - Chicken fingers with oney mustard sauce $7.50 plus tax
      - Barbecue buffalo wings $7.50 plus tax
      - Nachos $4.50 plus tax
      - Chili with grated cheese, onions, and crackers $5.00 plus tax
      - Tacos $4.50 plus tax
      - Individual bags of assorted chips $1.25 plus tax
      - Egg rolls with plum sauce $7.50 plus tax
      - Ice cream cups, bars, and sandwiches $5.50 plus tax
      - Cookies and brownies $2.00 plus tax

    • The traditional end-of-reunion banquet will be held the evening of
      Sunday, May 25. A number of Brats have made reservations that call
      for them to check out of the Hilton El Conquistador on Sunday. If you
      plan to attend the ABI Banquet and Tri-D dance that follows, you
      might want to extend your reservation through Monday.

    • Information about the 2003 Reunion, such as who is coming and what
      events are scheduled, is updated on the ABI website weekly. Please
      check the ABI website (http://www.aramco-brats.com) periodically to
      obtain the most current reunion information.

      Thanks and Happy New Year,
      Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT'62
      ABI President


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  • 13 Dec 2002 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    The following was mailed to all AramcoBrats for whom we had an email address on December 13, 2002.

    1. Officer Nominations
    2. Newsletter/Address Verification
    3. Online Auction
    4. Suq Sale
    5. Reunion notes
    6. Class Representatives

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Officer Nominations
    Nominations are now open for the four elected ABI Board positions
    (President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer). If you are
    interested in placing your name in nomination for one of these
    positions, or if you are interested in knowing more about what these
    officers do, please contact Gary Barnes (gbarnes@ne.rr.com). Officer
    nominations will close on February 15, 2002, and ABI ballots will be
    mailed on or about March 1, 2002.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Newsletter/Address Verification
    The Fall 2002 issue of the ABI newsletter was mailed out last week.
    If you have not received yours yet, please contact our Database
    Director, Sherri Dent-Moxley (sherri@aramco-brats.com) to confirm that we
    have your correct 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.

    NOTE: If you didn't receive your newsletter, you can view it online
    as an Adobe Acrobat file at
    http://www.aramco-brats.com/newsletters/Bratnews9.pdf. To contain ABI
    costs, we are no longer remailing newsletters that are returned to us.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Online Auction
    The ABI online auction will kick off on Sunday, December 15. We will
    be selling about 30 items over the course of the next few weeks,
    including Arab clothing, jewelry, and collectibles. To see a preview
    of what we will be auctioning, see the picture on
    http://www.aramco-brats.com/. To access the auction page, just click
    the auction link on this page on December 15.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Suq Sale
    We have significantly cut the prices on items in the ABI suq.
    Quantities are limited, so please place your orders soon to ensure
    you get what you want.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Reunion Notes

    - You can register to receive reunion materials by filling out an
    online form on the ABI website. Only those people who have asked to
    receive reunion materials and paid their Administrative Baksheesh
    will receive reunion registration materials. If you have already
    asked to receive reunion materials, please review the Who's Coming
    list on the ABI website to make sure your name is listed in black.

    - The traditional end-of-reunion banquet will be held the evening of
    Sunday, May 25. A number of Brats have made reservations that call
    for them to check out of the Sheraton El Conquistador on Sunday. If
    you plan to attend the ABI Banquet and Tri-D dance that follows, you
    might want to extend your reservation through Monday.

    - Information about the 2003 Reunion, such as who is coming and what
    events are scheduled, is updated on the ABI website weekly. Please
    check the ABI website periodically to obtain the most current reunion
    information.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Class Representatives
    The ABI has a new Class Representative Coordinator (Wendy Nine
    Sosinski DH'68), and we need Class Representatives for all classes to
    keep Brats connected and to help plan reunion events. If you are
    interested in serving as a Class Rep, or if you would like to know
    more about what Class Reps do, please contact Wendy
    (wendy@aramco-brats.com).

    Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about how
    the ABI is doing.

    Thanks and happy holidays,
    Diana Ryrholm-Geerdes RT'62
    ABI President



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  • 29 Oct 2002 12:23 PM | Anonymous
    The following was mailed to all AramcoBrats for whom we had an email address on October 29, 2002. Brats,

    To improve our service to the Brat community, we're setting up an ABI email announcement list, which will be reserved for official ABI business. We don't expect the list to receive more than one or two messages a month.

    We recognize that some folks might find even this low level of email traffic to be intrusive. If you'd prefer not to receive an occasional ABI announcement, you can just reply to this message (or send an email to opt-out@aramco-brats.com)and we'll remove your address from the announcement list. If you unsubscribe from the announcement list, you're welcome to rejoin later.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Michael McCoy RT'72
    ABI web guy
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