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UPDATED August 28, 2021
San Antonio Gathering, October 28-31, 2021:
2021 GATHERING CANCELED ... 2022 Plans To Be Announced
RECAP: Overseas Brats Homecoming 2019, New Orleans
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It is with a very heavy heart
that we have had to cancel the San Antonio Gathering, scheduled for October 28-31, 2021.
Once again, the culprit is the COVID/Coronavirus pandemic and the sudden uptick in cases and warnings.
OVERSEAS BRATS Co-Vice Presidents, Barbara Walker Bartlett & Diana Bock DuPree recently held a teleconference and after reviewing things, we all agreed – we just can’t continue with plans for a 2021 gathering given the current COVID situation and our concern for the health and safety of our Brat friends and the Brat community .
We then alerted the Sheraton Gunter, and the hotel has mutually agreed that the situation is not doable for them either. What we did not know was the hotel ‘beat us to the punch’ by emailing those who made hotel reservations about the event being cancelled. As you can guess, my email box has been swarmed by all sorts of emails about this subject. Naturally, we would have preferred to have alerted everyone – first from OVERSEAS BRATS about the news.
WHEN we have been advised that the hotel has refunded us our deposit, we will then take steps to issue refunds – specified on the www.overseasbrats.com web site and repeated again in an email to each registrant. This process may take a few weeks, so please be patient.
We will advise everyone some time soon about our 2022 gathering plans.
Thanks for your patience and understanding! Please stay safe, healthy & happy!
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Many Brats from the 1960s and 1970s probably remember Radio Luxembourg and the great entertainment it provided Brats who lived in Europe. A new online radio station has recaptured that sound.
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 in 2011 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 in 2015.
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 in 2017 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.
In 2018, our Cause was
"Wreaths Across America" (WAA).
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?
Since OSB was in TX in 2018, we wanted to help a local Chapter with their fundraising needs for wreath placement on 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.
$2,727 was collected (as of mid-September 2018). THANK YOU for your generous support!
2019 Brat Cause
In 2019, we did a Memorial Cause in the name of Joy (Harper) Bryant
, Wainwright High School, Class of '71. Joy passed on April 16, 2019.
A charter member with OVERSEAS BRATS (1986), Joy was instrumental in seeing it grow and served as OSB's Vice President in the 1990s. In 1995, she was the recipient of OSB's Presidential Award. She attended 24 Gatherings until her illness, Alzheimer's, took its nasty hold. Likewise she was instrumental in the growth and involvement of AOSHS (the American Overseas School Historical Society) from its inception.
In her Memory, we collected $2029 to be awarded to the "Dr. Tom Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund" (at AOSHS). Each year 2 Brats at smaller/unrecognized overseas high schools are awarded Scholarships via this ongoing fund. Additionally, a donation of $200 is being sent to Grayson College Foundation in Denison, TX where Joy has a scholarship fund in her name.
A collection took place at Overseas Brats' Homecoming in New Orleans, August 15-18, 2019, but if you couldn't attend or would like to contribute now please make your check payable to: AOSHS or the Grayson College Foundation (both are 501-c3's) and mail to:
P.O. Box 1792
Euless, TX 76039
Be sure to enter "In Memory of: Joy Harper Bryant" in the memo line of your check.
You may also donate via Paypal (below). PayPal contributions you designate (in the notes) for "AOSHS, or the Grayson College Foundation" WILL be forwarded to the respective organization you designate, but will not be tax deductible as the payment itself will go first to Overseas Brats, and then to the organizations.
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THANK YOU so much for your generous support.
Joe Condrill - OVERSEAS BRATS President
OVERSEAS BRATS Co-Vice Presidents, Barbara Walker Bartlett & Diana Bock DuPree
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