Updated: 29 February 2012
From Fort Hood to Mount Hood!
Reunions are a time for all of us to gather together and renew old friendships and make new ones and we want each of you to be a part of this great event. The Troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division Association will be meeting in Portland, Oregon to celebrate our 65th Annual Reunion from 6-10 June, 2012. Plan to join us for a fun time meeting old friends and making new ones. We have numerous events planned and there will be opportunities for you to go off on your own and see the surrounding area. The Columbia-Willamette Chapter has set up an excellent program, so make plans now to join us for our first reunion in Oregon as we go from Fort Hood to Mount Hood!
The hotel hosting our reunion is the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach is located at 909 N Hayden Island Drive in Portland, Oregon along the beautiful Columbia River. This hotel will serve as our Reunion Headquarters for the 65th Annual Reunion and all of our regularly scheduled events will occur here. An additional hotel located right across the parking lot from the Red Lion is the Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach.
Red Lion Hotel on the River- Jantzen Beach is conveniently located on the scenic Columbia River, just minutes from downtown Portland and 15 minutes from the Portland International Airport via our complimentary on-call airport transportation. Our easily accessible and central location is close to all Portland attractions, major businesses and the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. The Jantzen Beach Supercenters shopping complex is less than a half-mile away. The Red Lion has over 34,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space to accommodate our Reunion.
The Red Lion Inn has 320 recently renovated guest rooms, including 24 suites, featuring private balconies, some with river, pool and tennis court views. All rooms offer free high-speed wireless Internet access, 32” LCD televisions featuring 60 channels including major movie, news, sports and special interest programming. Additionally, you‘ll find refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, in-room safes and bed side desk phones. For your convenience, they offer room service, valet laundry and dry cleaning services and complimentary parking, as well as a gift shop and complimentary business center services. We are also a pet friendly hotel and 100% non-smoking. Shenanigans Restaurant, Lounge and Café offer a wide variety of all the northwest has to offer serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also join them for their award winning Sunday Brunch featuring over 100 delicious choices. Tuxedo Charlie’s Lounge serves creative libations 7-days a week. Their fully equipped Red Lion Energy Zone fitness center makes it easy to maintain your workout schedule with free weights, medicine balls and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers and recumbent bicycles. When it’s time to relax, you’ll enjoy our seasonal outdoor swimming pool or year round whirlpool. Bring your tennis racket and enjoy a game of tennis on one of their outdoor tennis courts. They also offer a boat dock for guests use.
The Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach has numerous types of suites and we have blocked several Standard King, Executive King and Standard Double Queen Suites at a special rate. Other types of suites are available at their regular rates. The Oxford Suites offer a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet. Breakfast is served weekdays from 0600-0900 and on weekends and holidays from 0700-1000 hours. At check-in you'll receive a breakfast coupon for each guest. Bring the coupon with you to breakfast. The hotel offers a complimentary evening reception Monday - Saturday from 1730-2130 and includes your choice of wine, beer or soft drinks. Appetizers are served from 1730-1930. Each guest will receive two drink tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase at the front desk. All of the regular amenities are offered in these large rooms and the price also includes complimentary high-speed internet. Contact the hotel for shuttle service from the airport (some fees may apply for this service).
In addition to the places to eat in the hotels there are fast food locations within walking distance for those who are budget conscious. If you enjoy the outdoors, beachcombing, boating, fishing, jet skiing, sailing and snow skiing are just a few of the activities you’ll find nearby. Golf enthusiasts can choose from five championship golf courses within a short distance from the hotel. If shopping is your pleasure, enjoy tax-free shopping at Jantzen Beach Supercenter.
Jantzen Beach RV Park is located at 1503 N. Hayden Island Drive and is about 1/2 mile from the Red Lion Hotel. Information and rates are available on their web page http://www.jantzenbeachrv.com/. They have received Woodall's highest 4W rating and are also AAA and GoodSan rated. They accept most major credit cards for payment. There is no tent camping allowed within the city limits. The offer free Wi-Fi at all sites, free cable TV at all sites, water and sewer connections, and 20, 30 and 50 amp hookups.
The Columbia-Willamette Chapter welcomes each of you to Portland, Oregon for the 65th Annual Reunion of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.
As usual, this reunion will include a Welcoming Mixer for adults and a Children’s Poolside Mixer on Thursday; Gold Star Family Breakfast, Ladies Tea, War Era Lunches and Sweetheart Dance on Friday; Unit Lunches and our Annual Association Banquet on Saturday; and Group Breakfasts and Memorial Service on Sunday. The Chapter has set up a special tour of Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks on Friday afternoon with a shuttle bus running every 20 minutes from the hotel to the fort. We will have meetings of the Chapter Presidents and the Foundation and Museum Foundation Trustees on Thursday, the Board of Governors on Friday and our General Membership meeting on Saturday morning where elections for officers of the Association will be held.
The Gold Star Family Member Breakfast is becoming a major event during our reunions and we want everyone that is in contact with the families of our fallen Troopers to invite them to attend. There is never a registration fee for our Gold Star families and the Association will pay for their breakfast at this event.
On Friday, June 8th we will offer a tour of Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks located across the Columbia River about 10-15 minutes away from the hotel. Fort Vancouver was built by the Hudson Bay fur trading company and was in operation from 1824 to 1860. Reenactors recreating life as it was in the fur trading days will be at the fort. This includes the stockade fort, a blacksmith shop, woodcarver shop, fur baling warehouse with hundreds of animal pelts, a jail, and the restored house of the fort's factor. Additionally, we have added the 22 buildings of Officer's Row at Vancouver Barracks. Prominent among the buildings are the Grant House, a French colonial building, where Ulysses S. Grant lived in the 1850's and the Marshall House, a Queen Anne Victorian house built in 1886 where General George C. Marshall lived prior to World War II. The shuttle bus will begin the transporting at 1400 hours until 1800. The cost for this tour is $15. Sign up on your Reunion Registration form for this tour.
The Sweetheart Dance raises funds to support the Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association. Proceeds help fund scholarships for the children of Troopers that were killed in action or were totally and permanently disabled.
The Reunion Banquet will mark the end of the term for our current President, Lyman C. "Chan" Duryea and see the gavel passed to Jerry F. Eller who will serve as our President for the next two years. The Commanding General of the First Team is scheduled to provide a "State of the Division Address" and we will have Troopers currently serving with the Division in attendance.
If you have not been able to attend one of our Memorial Services and hear the "Long Roll Muster", please plan on attending this one. This is a very special way to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Seating for all events is open with the exception of the Reunion Banquet on Saturday night. If you are attending the banquet, you must get your tickets marked with a table number at the Banquet Seating table prior to Saturday noon. If you want to sit with specific people, we recommend that you all go to the Banquet Seating table together with your tickets available. Don’t wait until the last minute or we may not be able to accommodate your needs.
Cavalry casual attire is appropriate for all reunion events. We are always questioned about attire for the banquet. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing; a coat and tie, your uniform (if it still fits), casual clothing with open collar or jeans. We want you to attend and aren’t overly concerned with what you wear, as long as it isn’t indecent!
The Association provides a Reunion Room in the Red Lion during the reunion for you to gather together and enjoy yourself. Drinks in the Reunion Room are free but we ask that you generously donate to help us pay for this room.
The Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop will set up a gift shop in the Red Lion close to the Reunion Room to sell all kinds of First Team merchandise including shirts, hats, Stetsons, pins, decals and other items. It is too late to order your Reunion T-Shirt. Check with the Gift Shop at Reunion. Pre-order your Reunion T-Shirt from the Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop. They will have limited quantities available at the reunion so order your T-shirt today.
We encourage you to coordinate your travel arrangements by using our on-line Cav Travel program. Visit www.ytbtravel.com/firstcav and give it a try. We have received a couple of complaints and several compliments on this site. Our Travel Program offers you discounted rates and also provides the Association with some income. If you don’t like making your own travel arrangements contact a travel agent that you regularly use or contact us for information on some that we have used in the past.
Air Travel – Portland International Airport (PDX) is located 15 minutes (9-12 miles) from our two hotels. It is a major metropolitan airport with service currently provided by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Air, JetBlue, Sea Port Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Air Canada.
Train/Bus Travel – Amtrak’s Coast Starlight stops at downtown’s Union Station on its run between Los Angeles and Seattle; the Empire Builder connects Portland with Spokane, Minneapolis, and Chicago; and the Cascades runs from Eugene through Portland to Seattle and Vancouver www.amtrak.com.
Automobile - The Red Lion Hotel is located off of Exit 307 on IH-5.
1st Cavalry Tour Registration
c/o Carole Breck Destination Management
47 Eagle Crest Drive, Suite 46
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(Do not mail tour registration forms to the Association office in Texas)
Check or money
order payments are accepted in US$ funds drawn on US banks only. A
$32 fee will be charged for returned checks.
Cancellation: No refunds after May 7, 2012. Refunds minus a $5.00 handling fee will be made only if written notice is received prior to May 7, 2012. Individual Tours may be canceled if the minimum per tour guarantee noted in the description for each tour is not met. In this event your money will be refunded in full AFTER the Reunion.
Carole Breck Destination Management reserves the right to alter or amend the itinerary or change the attraction order, should circumstances beyond our control arise to necessitate these changes.
SCENIC GORGE ADVENTURE
Wednesday, June 6
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$50.00 per person (35 minimum guarantee)
Experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, and discover the
ecology and history of one of the world's most magnificent landscapes as
we travel along the Old Columbia River Gorge Highway. This popular
roadway will engage you with it's commanding views, compelling vistas from
WOMEN’S FORUM and VISTA HOUSE, hanging valleys, terraced cliffs, fantastic
rock pinnacles, and enchanting waterfalls. Visit the most impressive
of these, MULTNOMAH FALLS, which plummets 620 feet, making it the second
highest year-round waterfall in the United States. At Multnomah
Falls enjoy the splendor of the falls, explore displays at the outdoor
interpretive center, take a short 1/4-mile walk along the trail to the
historic Benson arch bridge for a closer look, or just stand at the base
and revel in their splendor; shop in the Gift Store, and enjoy lunch in
the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, built in 1925 by famed architect A. E.
Doyle. From Multnomah Falls we continue along the Columbia River to
BONNEVILLE DAM, one of the first of eight federal locks and dams on the
Columbia and Snake Rivers, which produces "over one million kilowatts,
enough to supply power needs of nearly 500,000 homes a year." View fish
migrating through underwater fishways, and learn about the Dam's
operations, navigational history and fish migration through the numerous
educational exhibits and shop in the gift shop. And stop at the FISH
HATCHERY for a look at display ponds that hold adult white sturgeon (some
measuring more than 6 feet long,) fall Chinook Coho spawning, and large
rainbow trout before returning on to Portland.
The Tour Includes: Restroom equipped Luxury Motorcoach Transportation operating using biodiesel, Professional Tour Guide, Narrated Tour, Senior Lunch at Multnomah Falls Lodge, inclusive of gratuity (Entree, Fruit Crisp, non-alcoholic beverage,) Bottled Water. Customary gratuities for the Tour Guide and Driver are not included, but welcomed. Note: Donations at participant’s own discretion welcome at Bonneville Dam.
EVERGREEN AVIATION MUSEUM ADVENTURE
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$55.00 per person (75 minimum guarantee)
Join your professional tour guide for a jaunt by luxury motorcoach through the fertile Willamette Valley countryside to the EVERGREEN AVIATION MUSEUM, home of Spruce Goose. Explore the Howard Hughes “Flying Boat,” and a diverse collection of over forty vintage aircraft from 1903 to the jet age, including military aircraft, helicopters, commercial aircraft and private aircraft, “exhibits that celebrate the lives of innovators, pilots, and veterans who courageously pioneered flight in these remarkable machines”. Enjoy a box lunch at the museum...All on today’s Evergreen Aviation Museum Adventure!
The Tour Includes: Restroom-equipped Motorcoach Transportation using biodiesel, Professional Tour Guides, Narrated Tour, Evergreen Aviation Museum Admission; box lunch, bottled water. Gratuities for the Guide and Driver are not included, but are welcomed.
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