Association 2017 National Reunion.....
The 2017 Patrol Gunboat Association Reunion was held in Atlanta, GA.
The 2017 Patrol Gunboat Association Reunion was held in Atlanta, Georgia from Wednesday, August 09 through Sunday August 13, 2017. Our special group rate was $99.00 per night for single, double, triple quad.
The Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North is located adjacent to the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport at the intersection of I-85 and Virginia Avenue. The convenient location put us near the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia International Convention Center, and downtown Atlanta Venues such as Phillip's Arena, Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola. We were also minutes away from Georgia Tech University, Emory University, and Centennial Olympic Park. The location put us just minutes away from all these sites via MARTA or via I-85, making the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North one of the area's most centrally located hotels. The hotel's location near the Atlanta airport and a free, 24-hour shuttle ensured stress free travel, while conveniences like free wired & wireless Internet ensured we could remain productive while we were here.
Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with an estimated 2015 population of 463,878. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,710,795 people and the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County.
In 1837, Atlanta was founded at the intersection of two railroad lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the American Civil War to become a national center of commerce. In the decades following the Civil Rights Movement, the city earned a reputation as "too busy to hate" for the relatively progressive views of its citizens and leaders compared to other cities in the Deep South. Atlanta attained international prominence, and it became the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States, via highway, railroad, and air, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world's busiest airport since 1998.
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Hotel amenities included the restaurant, bar, media lounge & business center, which is a bold, new approach to hotel social living and the heartbeat of the signature concept which integrates world-class service with the latest technology.
Sleeping rooms featured a chic and modern setting. enjoyed the latest amenities including HDTV's, signature bath products from Bath & Body Works and the unique Pillow Menu. Most guest rooms included a full parlor and private balcony. All suites featured a wet bar, complete with fridge, microwave and a dining table for two.
Those attending their first Patrol Gunboat Reunion quickly realized that the Hospitality Room is the place to be anytime there is free time during the reunion. This is where you check in with the group, where you receive your registration packages, receive a copy of the itinerary of events for the week and your meal and tour tickets for the events you signed up for when you registered. Members also received their free 2017 Patrol Gunboat Association Reunion coffee mug and a chance to purchase tickets for the Saturday night raffle table and 50-50 drawings. Those who purchased raffle table tickets also received a "Free" Ballcap. The hospitality room opened at noon on Wednesday and remained open until noon Sunday. As always, there were free snacks, soft drinks and beer available in the hospitality room throughout the reunion.
Our bus for the Thursday tour began boarding at 8:45 and departed the hotel at 9:00. Following our return at 3:00, most went back to the Hospitality room or headed out to see some of the local sights. Dinner on Thursday was on our own.
World of Coke, Inman Park and Margaret Mitchell House Tour
The schedule for Friday's tour was is the same as Thursday's tour. Following the tour, we had some free time before our Buffet Dinner.
Martin Luther King Historic District, Oakland Garden Cemetery, Driving Tour and the Atlanta History Center
Returning to the hotel after our Friday tour, most of us headed to the hotel banquet room for our Friday evening Buffet Dinner. This was a casual event, we dressed to relax. Following dinner we had an open mike session for those who want to make comments, then back to the hospitality room to relax, chat and enjoy the company of shipmates.
Saturday morning we got together in the hospitality room to discuss the future of the Association. Topics included Association Finances and the location of the 2018 and 2019 Reunions. Following the business meeting, many just relaxed in the hospitality room while some took off to see some of the local sights.
Everyone was seated and ready to go in time for us to start the opening ceremony promptly at 7:00. While we enjoy dinner we drew the winning tickets for the 50-50 drawing. Following dinner we will held the raffle table drawing for some really great prizes including free rooms at the 2018 reunion. After a short comment session and a special welcome to our new members and first time attendees, we spent a couple hours dancing to some great music from our DJ.
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
Sunday morning found many of us in the hotel lobby sharing hugs and promises to meet again at the next annual Patrol Gunboat Association reunion. The hospitality room closed at noon.