June 2-6, 2019
Dick Monroe, Chairman
George Livingston, Vice Chairman
Bob Strout, Secretary/Treasurer
KV Hall, Historian and .org Webmaster
Jon Kennedy, .com Webmaster
Bill Waters, Special Communications and Golf
Bob Brubaker, Helicopter Current News
Larry Burke E-Mail Updater
Ben Carroll, Official Photographer
Hospitality Room Staff
Welcome to Spokane, Washington. For some of you, this will be your first taste of what has been referred to in the past as the Inland Empire. We are quite proud of the second largest city in the state, our east side capital, Spokane, and like to show it off. Look around when you get the chance. To the North and East are low mountains, actually the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. To the South are the rolling hills of the Palouse, where much of America’s wheat is grown, and to the west is what was desert, scabland, now reclaimed into productive farm country by the waters of the Columbia Basin Project, Grand Coulee Dam. We do get some rain now and then, but nothing compared to that big city on the west side of the state. In June we average 1.5 inches of rain, and an occasional snowflake. Average temperature in early June should be about 74 degrees. It does cool off in the evenings, dropping into the low 50s, so be prepared.
Our hotel is the Double Tree by Hilton, located on the east side of downtown Spokane. (See Map) They have blocked out 80 rooms on the 15th floor for us. Reservations can now be made calling 1-800-757-6131 or 1-(509)744-2363. Be sure you tell them you are with the Helicopter Pilot Association and are requesting one of the rooms being held for the Association. Remember, Registration is open . Two types of rooms are available. The standard room rents for $119 a night, the premier room rents for $139 per night. Both types of rooms are subject to the Washington State Sales Tax of 8.8%, the Hotel Occupancy Tax of 3.3 %, and the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Fee of $2.00 per night. The Premier rooms are located on the corners of the building and are larger than the standard room. Here is a picture of a Premier Room.
Rooms with the special rate will be available three days before and three days after our Reunion. Free parking for hotel guests is provided in the Convention Center parking garage adjacent to the hotel. If you stay elsewhere, parking is $2 an hour, Max of $16. Transportation to and from the airport is available. There is a cost of $20 for the round trip. This will be added to your bill. There are phones in the airport baggage claim areas that you can use to call the hotel. There is an early checkout fee of $50 unless you advise the front desk at registration that you will be leaving. Should you want to rent a car, all the companies are represented in the main lobby of the airport.
This is designed to be a relaxing reunion. Monday, take the opportunity to wander through our Riverfront Park, a block west of our hotel. Slide down the tongue of the Radio Flyer, (a big red wagon), Follow the walkway west to the Looff Carrousel. This magnificent ride was built in 1909, and has been in Spokane ever since. Admire the original hand carved animals. Continue West and you come to the Sky Ride. A cable car ride under the Monroe Street Bridge and over the river gorge. Keep going north and you come to the ice skating ribbon which becomes a roller skating ribbon during the summer. Skates and helmets are available to rent. Keep going to the north, sit on a bench and watch the Spokane river as it roars through the park. June should be prime runoff watching as our snow pack melts in the nearby mountains. Wander east across the meadow, past the Great Northern clock tower, left over from the Great Northern Terminal and saved when Expo 74 was created. Cross the river on a foot bridge and feed aluminum cans to the garbage goat. Admire the sculptures placed in the river channel.
As a bonus, Avista, our local Power Company has agreed to a tour of their Hydro plant on Monday. It is located at the NW Corner of the park. The tour will be at 2:00 P.M., and last about an hour. The Registration form will have a space where you can sign up for the tour. It is free, so the price is right. Sign up sheets and directions will be posted in the hospitality room. Thirsty? Down town Spokane has five wine tasting rooms. Two of them within a few blocks of the hotel. There will be a list and map available in the Hospitality Room. Tuesday we will take a short trip to our Arts and Culture Museum. The feature exhibit is “The Luminous: Dale Chihuly and the Studio Glass Movement.” Sculptures provided by 33 Glass Artists. Next to the Museum is the Campbell House. An Interesting home built in the early 1900s by George Campbell. Three stories tall, furnished in the style of the early 1900s. Heads up, there are NO elevators, only stairs. Wednesday starts out with a tour of “Cat Tails”. It is a zoological park with lions and tigers and other animals. Some of the animals have been rescued from private homes in the United States after they got too big to manage. We return to the hotel about 12:30. At about 4:30, We head out for our dinner cruise on the beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Cruise folks promise the weather will be nice. Remember, it will be cool on the water and it cools down even more rapidly after dark. So although we should be off the boat by sunset, it doesn’t hurt to bring a light jacket or sweater. Thursday will be our Business Meeting, starting about 10:00. Later that evening will be the Banquet. See the registration form for times. Sticking around the NW for some extra days? Portland, OR is six hours drive time away, Seattle, WA is four hours’ drive time, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is about seven hours drive time. If you plan on a trip to Canada, be sure to bring your passport. Mark your calendars for travel to the great Northwest in June of 2019! Do it now!
Secretary/Treasurer’s Corner – Bob Strout (email@example.com)
I’ll start off with my usual broken record. Check your Dues expiration date! I would also like to remind you that the age you qualify for Life Membership was changed to 80 years old. This was approved by the Membership at the Charleston Reunion. If you are not sure of your age, please look at your driver’s license or ask your significant other how old you are. Then, if you are eligible to become a LIFE MEMBER, let me know so I can update the roster. The organization remains solvent. The bank balance at the end of 2018 was $26,737.63. We had no liabilities. There are lots of left over goodies from prior reunions to purchase. License Plate Holders, six-pack carriers, flashlight pens, a few cookbooks, Post-It-Note folders, Credit Card Cases, Memory Books, etc. Email me for details. I will also bring items to the Hospitality Room.
Currency: As I get ready to have the newsletter mailed out, 51 of you are not at the addresses shown in the roster. I do not know if these are temporary addresses for the winter, or if you have permanently changed your Home address. How do you expect to get current
information. All it takes is a phone call or a short email. “Hey, I am going to the Bahamas for the winter, Joe Rotorhead”