Cathy Venegoni's photos of T-2's at Global Reunion
Top, left to right: Mugs Mast, Chuck Mast, Frank
Creel, Tony Venegoni
left to right: Margaret Hamill Patterson (T-4), John Gallivan,
Terry Brandt, David Bloch, Rosie Suit, Linda Lee Dominik, Jim Lay, Betty
Hanks Leonard, David Bringedahl, Kevin McCarthy, Pat Mitchell Lowther,
Dave Weinman, John Wintrol, Bill Whitman
Seated in chairs: Charlie White, Marie Zeller, Melissa
Stewart, Jim Hogan, Kathy Markley Scruggs, Doris. Whitman - wife to Bill
Seated on deck: Ann Loughran Hearn
Turkey 2 volunteers
celebrated the 45th anniversary of our arrival in Turkey with a reunion
in Washington, DC over the Cumhuriyet bayram weekend (October 24-26,
volunteers made it to the festivities and many others participated with
written bios and phone calls.
Activities included a
dinner Friday night at John and Jan Wintrol’s home, a presentation
Saturday on current Turkish political and economic issues by former
Ambassador James Holmes (now President of the American Turkish Council)
hosted by David and Barbara Bloch, and a catered dinner Saturday night
arranged by Kathy and Max Scruggs. The weekend concluded with the
traditional Bayram dinner Sunday evening at a restaurant with Washington
area volunteers from other groups.
Volunteers came from all
over the country, from California, the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Florida,
Michigan, New York and many places in-between. One of our Turkish language
instructors, Bulent Atalay, participated as did “amca” Dave Weinman.
Wonderful memories were recalled, stories told and retold (some of which
undoubtedly embellished over the years), friendships renewed, and
substantial quantities of Kavaklidere wines and Efes beer consumed. One
thing was very clear: over the years we Turkey 2 volunteers had not
forgotten how to party and have a good time.
Kevin McCarthy (Professor
Emeritus University of Florida) is taking the bios, written memories of
our group’s experiences and pictures, both from the reunion and during our
PC service, and turning the material into a book which each of us will
receive. A special thanks goes to Kathy Scruggs who headed the reunion
effort and was responsible for making it all come together.