EAL LUNCHEON: Friday March 14, 2014
FRIDAY MARCH 14, saw a great turnout of more than 40 EAL friends for our annual Eastern Sales & Marketing Alumni luncheon at the beautiful Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami.
Similar to previous years we had a very enjoyable time, as the following photos will show.
Overview of some of the attendance. Front table, Luis Palacio, John Ruzich, Curt Small
Bill Delahanty opens the luncheon with his 21st annual greeting to long-time EAL friends.
Roland Moore, Wayne Cotton, Rick Blake
We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 EAL Luncheon!
LAST YEAR (2013)
WHAT A WONDERFUL LUNCHEON!!
EAL Sales & Marketing Alumni Luncheon, Miami, March 15, 2013
We had the best turn-out ever for one of our Luncheons.
Fifty-eight (58) people attended!
During the luncheon, the French Consul as the representative of the French
Government awarded George Lyall the prestigious Chevalier of the Legion d’ honneur medal – France’s highest decoration in recognition for his valor in the liberation of France during World II. It was a great moment for all of us former Eastern people.
Our guest speaker naturally was, George Lyall former Vice President of Eastern’s International Division who spoke about his experiences at PAN AM, EASTERN, LAN CHILE and his own airline, MIAMI AIR INTERNATIONAL. George also gave a fascinating account of a full day spent with the great American Aviator, Charles Lindberg during his days at PAN AM.
We had the pleasure of welcoming long-time CFO of Eastern, Charlie Simons. Many of the other first time attendees came from various parts of the country to see and meet with and enjoy long- time friends at this EAL reunion event. ___________________________________________________
The following is a short Photo Gallery of some of the many attendees:
Last Year’s (March 2012): EAL Sales & Marketing Luncheon
GREEN was in (St. Patrick’s Day 2012) for some at the EAL Sales & Marketing Alumni Luncheon held on March 16, 2012 at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove/Miami!
Just under 40 EAL Sales and Marketing Alumni attended the Luncheon on March 16th. There were several “out-of-towners” and first time visitors all of whom committed to be at the next EAL Event in the fall. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves very much. Many others who were not able to attend for personal reasons or travel commitments sent their best wishes to all the attendees, promising to try to make it the next time. “MAC” ran the raffle which was won by Alex Houston. MAC also had a number of “Irish” related stories which kept everyone amused. Lew Lash showed up in a Kilt and all of the related attire. Lew explained the difference between the Irish Kilt and the Scottish Kilt… we are still not sure if anything is worn under either Kilt and Lew refused to answer that question. Lew also won the 1.75 bottle of Jamison’s Irish Whiskey as the “best dressed” guy in green in attendance! Nobody has heard from Lew since!!!
Among other things and just to keep the green theme of the day legit Bill Delahanty in his inimitable style gave a brief history of St. Patrick and the Saint’s importance to Ireland, particularly as it related to chasing the snakes out of Ireland… the British overtones were not appreciated by Bill Dowse! Connie Bischoff managed the luncheon planning and registration in addition to arranging to hold the meeting at her Club, The Coral Reef Yacht Club. Mary LePage created the table and luncheon room “green” decorations for the meeting theme. Building our membership and keeping in touch is important, and Basil Walsh asked the group to be sure to forward on our “Event” e-mail announcements and the BLOG information (http://ealsam.wordpress.com) to friends who were members of the Eastern Sales and Marketing in those good old days. Even if someone lives too far away to visit Miami or
Ft. Lauderdale for one of our twice yearly events then at least they can communicate through the BLOG comments section and we will be able to add them to our list and let them know what’s going on with the members. Our thanks also to Arnold Salcedo for his many fine photographs. That’s all for now folks!