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UPDATED August 2, 2018
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OVERSEAS BRATS 2018 GATHERING ... in Fort Worth, Texas, August 23-26, 2018
Wow! Things are really starting to come together for our Fort Worth Gathering, August 23-26, 2018 at the Fort Worth Sheraton!
*Our theme is Denim & Diamonds. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS!
*Fabulous hospitality space hosted by Brat couple Bart & Barbara Walker Bartlett.
Remember your "teen club" of yesteryear? Our hospitality space is just like that -- and MORE! The Bartletts LOVE Brats and they LOVE making every Brat feel "right at home!"
*The "gathering" is ALL about:
- Recognizing YOU and YOUR unique Brathood!
- Introducing you to REALLY GREAT Brats! Better than "Facebook Friends!"
- Informing you about the Brat community!
- Getting involved!
- Having FUN!!!
Most of us had/have a connection with the military. This event attracts those who served in all branches of the military, from former enlisted and NCOs to retired generals. And we take special effort to recognize and honor our military!
*The mini-course sessions are coming together!
- "Get The Most Out of Your Gathering experience!" session for all who are new to this event.
- 2018 is the Centennial of the end of World War I. George Junne, Jr., will do a talk on that anniversary as it pertains to Afro-Americans in the military.
- Brat Author, Michael Joseph Lyons will be back with, "Participate in the making of the BRAT and the Kids of Warriors book series."
- Brat Writer Maryl Ball Sellman, will host, "Building Best Brat Friendships Forever."
- Author Muffet Frisch will do a power point presentation on, "Women Air Force Service Pilots: Heroes of World War II." (Thanks to Bob Kilduff for the recommendation!)
- Peter Grammer will host the Documentary: "Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story."
- Bratman (Joe) will be back with his, "Bratman Returns."
*We now have TEN groups/schools planning "some kind of event" at the "gathering":
BRAT and the Kids of Warriors, Frankfurt Dackels (40s/50s), Kinnick ("YoHi"), Mannheim, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Patch, and Wainwright. With seven or more registered, we'll arrange to have your group seated together during our Friday luncheon and Saturday night dinner events.
*Presently there are 1,778 Brats interested/planning on attending. That's THE MOST we've EVER had interested in an OSB "gathering!"
Get EXCITED about the Fort Worth Gathering! WE ALREADY ARE!
FOR FULL INFORMATION: See the Fort Worth Gathering Web Page, at:
OVERSEAS BRATS Fort Worth Gathering 2018
REGIONAL GET TOGETHERS:
Check out regional get-togethers in early 2018:
HOMECOMING 2019 in New Orleans!
The next all-Brats/all-schools reunion event will be held in August 15-18, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Details will be announced by the Fall of 2018.
Check out our archived reunions lists, and 2018 reunions as they get posted. Click Here for Alum Reunions!
Many thanks to Rick Connell who has put together a super video of past OSB Gatherings. See his "The Gathering OSB" video on youtube.com by going to:
Starting in 2011, Overseas Brats (OSB) the organization, thought we would incorporate an annual gift-giving project into our annual Gathering each October. It has been met with much support from our Brat community. We are truly moved by your embracement to help others! We are BRATS after all!
In 2011, so many of our fellow Brats who attended school in Japan were extremely moved and devastated by the triple tragedy that impacted their former host country Japan. Many "active duty Brat seniors" still attending school in Japan... had to relocate stateside so they could complete their school year and graduate on time with their peers. We made the American Red Cross in Japan/via our Gathering site's city sister program our Brat Cause recipient this year and raised $2,276.00.
In 2012, we learned of the efforts of Dr. Rick Connell's Ta Touck English School, a village school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Rick is a Heidelberg Class of '75 Brat). This particular year we raised $2,526 for the children's school supplies, rain slickers and bicycles with allowed children in remote areas to attend "a" school. To "give again" or for the 1st time visit: Ta Touck Village School Fund
In 2013, we saw our dear friend and visionary, Dr. Tom Drysdale, the founder of the American Overseas School Historical Society (AOSHS), pass away. In Tom's memory we established a Scholarship Fund with AOSHS to be awarded to "active duty Brats." $3,935 was raised.
In 2014, we adopted the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) as our "Brat Cause." MAMF celebrates over two centuries of our military family's contributions -as the family served with the solider! Although the Museum (headquartered in Albuquerque, NM) is currently an online museum, the organization has been gifted seven historic military housing units from the early 1940s and is in the process of fundraising to rehab them. With the help of donations like ours, (we raised $2,247) MAMF will not only be an online presence but have a permanent physical location for all to view, enjoy and learn from.
In 2015, our Brat Cause was "Brat Pack 11" which was run by then-17-year-old Brat Kenzie Hall. An active duty Brat, Kenzie was awarded the Army's Military Child of the Year. At just 11 yrs old when her father was deployed to Afghanistan Kenzie started a charity called "Brat Pack 11." BP11 (for short) grants wishes to military kids of wounded and fallen soldiers. With "Brat Pack 11" being a budding charity -- which has granted a "few" dreams for young Brats -- we wanted to help this Brat teen, grant a few more wishes. Kenzie earned a spot at the distinguished "Teens Can Make it Happen Conference" early in the year. We raised $3,156 for this cause, this year, as of the recent October 2015 Gathering.
In 2017, our Cause was "Honor Flight." Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective memorials. The program started with just WWII Veterans, still their priority, but has now expanded to Korean and Vietnam Vets. Four of our board members have gone through Honor Flight training sessions and/or volunteer with their local chapters. Two have actually been "Guardians" on a WWII flight and a Korean Flight respectively. We raised $3,216.00 between online donations and at our annual Gathering this past year in Huntsville, AL. Funds were donated between 3 Chapters, the Space Coast chapter in Melbourne, FL, the Phoenix, AZ chapter and the San Antonio, TX.
Announcing: Brat Cause 2018!
This year we have selected “Wreaths Across America” (WAA) as our Brat/Veteran related Cause for the year.
WAA’s mission each December is to coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington as well as the more than 1,400 other Veteran Cemeteries across the country.
They Honor Those Who Serve.
Yet not every grave gets a Wreath as sponsorships and donations are needed for this herculean feat.
Won't you please help by contributing this year?
Since OSB is in TX this year, we wanted to help a local Chapter with their fundraising needs for wreath placement this December 15, 2018. We could think of no other cemetery that so many BRATS are familiar with, other than Ft. Sam Houston in Military City-San Antonio, TX.
Ft. Sam has over 140,000 tombstones to cover; and the number increases daily!
Wreaths are $15.00 each….
You can contribute by submitting a check to:
P.O. Box 1792
Euless, TX 6039
Note on your check: “Wreaths Across America”
You can also use the PayPal button below to make a donation of $25, $50, or $100.
BRAT CAUSE DONATION:
Want to contribute $25, $50, or $100 to the "Brat Cause" for 2018?
Add your donation amount by clicking the PayPal "Add to Cart" button, below:
Note that neither PayPal payments nor check payments are tax deductible.
THANK YOU so much for your generous support.
Joe Condrill - President OSB
Jeri Glass - Vice President OSB
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