For almost 14 years, I have met thousands of
"Overseas Brats," and certain individuals stand out in the crowd,
and have made some notable contributions to the Military or Overseas Brats
communities. Each in their own special way (in my opinion) has contributed
something unique to this whole process, which I admire. Most have some
common characteristics that attract them to others. They tend to be very
thoughtful, giving, optimistic, see the greater good in all of us, avoid
controversy, and are highly respected. At OVERSEAS
BRATS functions they tend to attract a crowd.
Some of these individuals have been around awhile,
others have since moved on to other things, and still others are now showing
a lot of potential. They are listed in alphabetical order with a short
statement about their accomplishments and achievements.
Who do you think are some of the most notable
Military Brats or Overseas Brats around? By this I mean people who have
actually contributed to this process, not including famous personalities
who are Military or Overseas Brats. Let me know!
Joe Condrill, President
She's been involved with her Nurnberg Alumni
Assn. and OVERSEAS BRATS since day one,
and has been an enthusiastic and visible supporter of these and AOSHS.
As one of our senior "Brats," Joan has a very strong sense
of history (she saw a part of the Nurnberg Trials).
His Third Culture Kids (TCK) website
is drawing a lot of interest. He offers a unique perspective in his
course sessions on the Brat experience.
Above and beyond creating an official
OVERSEAS BRATS website and her own Alconbury website in 1998,
she's become an expert on creating websites.
Years ago, when she got her Wainwright group
going, she was among the first group contacts that saw the benefits
of getting involved with other groups. Over the years she has served
in a number of capacities with OVERSEAS BRATS
and AOSHS. Probably one of the most highly esteemed women "Brats"
His Military Brats Registry is probably
the most visited web site for Military Brats with more than a half million
visitors since it was introduced in 1997. In the last year he introduced
a new Military Brat publication called, "On The Move," which
is attracting attention. He has done an incredible job of uniting Military
& Overseas Brats.
Harry is a non-brat, who is the regional director
of sales for Premier Resorts. He's been involved with Overseas Brats
reunions since 1992 and is a regular at the annual OVERSEAS
BRATS Gatherings, where he has been an instructor and an excellent
speaker who teaches a "win-win" philosophy in working with
hotels on reunions. The respect he has achieved is like that of E. F.
Hutton: When he speaks, everyone listens. And when he speaks, everything
he suggests is worth its weight in gold.
Among the earliest to organize and create an
alumni group, she was quick to see how her alumni group could benefit
from being involved with overseas alumni affairs, and has involved her
alumni group over the years accordingly. While not as visible or as
vocal as some, the support of this retired Federal Civil Service Senior
Executive (that's like a general or admiral) is critical to the success
of any event.
In just 10 years he has galvanized both those
associated with overseas schools as former students and their educators,
with the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS). The Historical
Park, which was just a dream a couple of years ago, is now becoming
a reality. He's highly thought of in the Brats community. One group
contact said, "He's like our dad."
A vivacious woman who, in the last four years,
has contributed unselfishly of her time to rebuild and reenergize her
Berlin alumni group, and is now working with AOSHS and OVERSEAS
BRATS to shape their futures. She has made a major impact in
these areas in just a short time. Her star is still rising.
A natural leader in his own right, he helped
get his Ramey alumni group going, played key roles in the first two
all-school reunion events, helped OVERSEAS BRATS,
and has served AOSHS in a couple of leadership positions. Among men
"Brats," he is highly thought of.
Although Linda has been involved with her alumni
group for more than 14 years, only in the last couple of years has she
begun to get involved with the Brat community through her reunion-planning
business, The Reunion Brat. Just recently, she was the general manager
of the highly successful and acclaimed Homecoming'99, and was also appointed
to the same position for Homecoming 2001.
Margie is yet another unique person who has
provided energy at the right times to her alumni group, overseas alumni
affairs, and AOSHS.
His Overseas Brats Online Web Site has seen
more than 200,000 visitors since it opened in 1995, and has done much
to get Brats back in touch.
In 1996, he became one of three Brats that conceived
and supported the concept of a mobile memorial that would display our
history at reunions and gatherings, called Operation Footlocker. From
that beginning, Operation Footlocker has grown into two footlockers
containing priceless artifacts of 50 years of the Overseas and Military
Brat heritage. He's been extremely active in Military Brats Internet
forums, and is widely regarded as a leader in the Military & Overseas
Although most Brats aren't aware of it, Susan
is the first Brat to serve on the AOSHS board as a Vice President, and
at a time when AOSHS is rapidly growing and has some exciting things
From day one, Sunny has been extremely involved
in nearly all activities related to her Kubasaki alumni group, OVERSEAS
BRATS, AOSHS, and overseas alumni affairs as a leader, and is
widely known and respected. If Sunny is involved with an organization
or project, you can count on success.
Between 1986-91, Cam played an extraordinary
role in recruiting people from all groups to be involved with overseas
alumni affairs. An excellent speaker and motivator, his course sessions
at the annual OVERSEAS BRATS "gatherings"
were well-attended, and he was often sought out to provide help and
advice. He was an excellent role model as an alumni group contact, and
someone who was universally well-thought of.
One of the earliest pioneers in overseas alumni
affairs, he created, in 1985, the Overseas Schools Combined Alumni Registry
(OSCAR). Although OSCAR is no longer operating, in its earliest years
it provided a lot of support to fledging alumni groups.
How does this non-brat rate? She's a pioneer
in university studies about Overseas Brats, and is accredited with coining
the term, Third Culture Kids. For more than 40 years, through Michigan
State University or on her own, she has reported on our experiences
through numerous projects.
Someone who has been in the background where
activity has been concerned for more than 10 years, he has of late been
playing a significant contributor role with AOSHS and OVERSEAS