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White clouds boil into the sky. A distant freight train of thunder arrives. Evening falls. The sky darkens over Orlando.

Ensconced in my third floor room, I’m finally drawing the breath of a pardoned man. All the work of the last year comes together in 20 hours in a Hospitality Suite at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort as REGROUPEX 17 gets underway.

It was almost a year ago, the 16th of September, 2016, when we had the first inklings that a reunion might be overdue. By the 7th of December, we had enough interest, and REGROUPEX 17 made the transition from imagination to planning.

It took many hands to make this possible, but for now it must suffice to say that this was a group project with heroic efforts on the part of several individuals. Securing a place to meet, arranging a dinner, producing challenge coins, arranging a ship tour, and designing and manufacturing ball caps were some of the more salient activities that had to be executed.

Even as I type, some of us are hard at work, arranging registration and check in, coordinating transportation from the airport, and others are still anticipating the work to set up the hospitality suite tomorrow.

None of this would have been possible without the generosity of those who financially sponsored REGROUPEX 17. The time has not yet come for gratitude and accolades, though it will before the next week is out.

There is still much to be done.

Tonight it is enough to catch my breath.

Tomorrow, we will welcome you to REGROUPEX 17.

 

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