Well, it’s on!! The 2016 Oak Grove Hotshot Reunion Committee has selected both the location and the date for the next reunion.
Mark your calendars for May 24th and 25th (Tuesday and Wednesday) of 2016 for South Lake Tahoe. This reunion will be informal as was the 2014.
We are returning to the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly for a variety of reasons including central location, a variety of “things to do”, and the companionable atmosphere of the atrium.
Reservations can be made either by calling toll-free to: 1.800.988.9895 or by going to the hotel’s website: http://www.tahoeresorthotel.com and using the group code: OAKGROVE.
Room rates are $109 for a standard King plus tax. The hotel is also giving us a valet parking and Internet (WiFi) reduction during our stay.
We are also working on keepsake items that include patches and ring. The first patch is the pine tree patch on a shield with a green border and “Angeles” written on top with “Natlforest” along the bottom. The next patch is the Woody logo patch. Both of these patches will cost an estimated $2.50 each if you purchase at the reunion. Otherwise $2.50 plus mailing charges if mailed to you. The next item is a ring called a “family crest” style ring with either of the two logos mentioned above. The cost of these rings will depend on the metal you order it with and will range about $90 up. Any proceeds will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
We will need your input on your interest on the patches and ring and please be specific as to the item.
Feedback is always appreciated.
A little update on our proposed 2016 Reunion. At this point the Oak Grove Hotshot Crew Association (O.G.H.C.A.) is about 90% certain that we will have a 2016 Reunion, the question is where. The OGHCA is looking into opportunities at the following locations: Reno (two sites) South Lake Tahoe (same place we used in 2014) Sacramento (two sites) San Fransisco Bay area, San Diego and a nice invitation from Tom York in Ojai. We have established criteria for the site and we know no matter where we have the reunion it will not fit the needs for everyone.
If you have comments please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Went out via email contact list on Jan. 15, 2015
Possible Oak Grove Hotshot 2016 reunion
We are investigating interest in having a 2016 reunion to be held in May and we need your help.
We have had two wonderful reunions, one in 2012 that was pretty formal with speakers, memorabilia and a luncheon. In 2014 we had a very informal reunion that was basically a get together.
This reunion is open to any former Forest Service employee and spouses that would like to participate.
Please hit your reply button and tell us yes or no and if a “yes”, let us know what kind of reunion you would like and where.
Thank you, Oak Grove Hotshot 2016 Reunion committee.
I just saw a note from Mike Rogers supporting the proposed reunion in May. Yes I think its a great idea, Reno is a good place. May I suggest the Atlantis—great rates.
Yes. Formal or informal. No location preference.
Yes, I am very interested. Tahoe was nice, but is that centrally located for all?
Although I had planned on attending the 2012 & 2014 Reunion’s, unfortunately; I was unable. I will be clearing my calendar early to attend the 2016 reunion……so my answer is YES.
Whichever reunion format (formal vs. informal) would yield the greatest attendance may be something to consider.
If you are searching for a location, perhaps San Diego would be an attractive option. I would be able to assist with the logistics and coordinate with the management of potential venues. Just a thought.
Thanks in advance for the opportunity to provide feedback.
Assistant Fire Chief Emergency Operations
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
I really enjoyed both reunions, but the informal style left us a lot of options. I’m willing to travel.
Yes, A informal maybe with a dinner.
yes, perhaps a mix between 12 and 14
Yes we would come just let us know when and where
I would support a get together in May. The 1st part of May does not work for us as I am tied up on a large project for the US Navy the 1st two weeks in May. I agree with George Roby, keep it informal and that Reno would be a good location, easy to get in and out of, good room rates, lots of good inexpensive food choices. There are some good Basque Restaurants in Reno that would work for a large group. I like the Basque Restaurant in the Santa Fe Hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. May is part of the slow season in the tourist industry in Reno so you should get some excellent group rates in late May. We do have our oldest grandson graduating from High School in Virginia the 1st week in June, so June of 2015 would not work for me.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
I’d be interested in participating again – depending on the dates you choose. I’d recommend an informal gathering again – maybe with an evening happy hour with no host bar and appetizers in Reno again. This would help get/force everyone to gather in one place to mix and mingle and trade war stories – without a formal agenda. Reno’s pretty easy to get to, reasonable room rates, reasonable food, entertainment, etc.
The week you’ve been having it is not good for us (and a few others) due to the conflict with the Los Padres Compadres Reunion at Pozo. Some of us could make it work better if you scheduled the OG reunion for 2 or 3 days during the period of May 20 to June 6. If this makes it difficult for others I wouldn’t change your normal dates.
Just food for thought. Best Regards, G.A.
Yah, Sure getting together again would be fun. Loved hearing the stories that were told!
This sounds good to me. I liked the informal style better of the two.
Yes. Like 2014.
I would definitely attend a 2016 reunion. In fact, if there is enough interest to schedule one, I would be happy to assist in putting it together. I planned a lot of training and other sessions while working for the FS and I have some good ideas for locations and securing good rates for lodging.
If I may suggest, in order to assure good weather, maybe early fall would be better. It seams that every year I plan a trip somewhere in May there is inclement weather for at least part of it. Not so in September. Lodging rates and availability can be much better after schools resumes in fall as well. Also, how about coming up with three choices for location and then putting it to a vote by those who pledge to attend?
Please share my input with your mailing list and let me know if you like any of those ideas.
Yes Do Not care where as long as I can find a trailer park close. Just like to visit with friends.
Larry & Steve:
Yes. Inviting “all” former USFS is a good idea, although, you may want to consider indicating in your invitation something along these lines: “Who were former Hot Shots anywhere in the system, associated with Hot Shot
crews in any manner, interested in the Hot Shot Program & History & wildland fire suppression issues past &/or present, or persons who worked in other fire management positions including smokejumpers or other persons
with assignments on wildfires.”
McClellan in Sac is a location worth considering. Lots of associated perks on base & nearby to attract attendees. The USFS Fire Training Center & the Air & Space Museum for example. Easy to get to & reasonable & good
quarters. Good food & booze, conference & meeting room setting both informal & formal. Even a swimming pool.
Too big an explanation I know. Also, you could perhaps combine the informal with formal (20% formal & 80% informal).
sounds good to me
YES. Maybe a dinner together w/a guest speaker who would speak the truth about planned direction FS going in general, with emphasis on Aviation and Fire mngt. Forest,Region, or national Staff.
Yes, same location as in 2012
I would be interested in a reunion of some type. Location anywhere, type, informal.
Yes,this sounds like fun and Reno or Tahoe would be great. Thanks for inviting Chilao.
Yes I will go. I have no preference where or what kind of gathering. Thanks!
Here’s a thought. Talk to the City of Pasadena (I think they own our former camp) about a huge BBQ at Oak Grove. We get volunteers to clean the place up a little, set up EZ ups, BBQs, beer etc. I would help, might even bring a few kegs of homemade beer!
YES. Something onor closer to the Angeles would be nice.
Although I was unable to make either of the first two reunions, I would like to see another gathering in 2016 and would plan to attend if possible. I would prefer a location in southern California near the ANF.
Yes, I am interested
Yes I would be interested either Reno Tahoe od San Diego might be nice to invite all the area hotshot crews and sorry Tom K lost your e-mail address.
Yes im interested reno sounds good.
Yes it sounds good. Informal.
Yes I would be interested. I’d have to say LA county area.
Chris Slate has an interest. Let me know any updates.
No, but thanks and keep up the good work.
Would love to attend another reunion! If i can make it i`ll be there. Still like to hear war stores. And there are some real good ones out there. So , don`t care where or what kind I hope to be there.
Yes I think I would like to attend in May 2016
Ken Mc Cool
Yes, I’ll be looking forward to this reunion, having missed the last one.
Anywhere is good for me, coming from Prescott, az
I would be interested, I was on OGHS in 1966
Jack Von Ah
Since Debbie and I own the management agreement for Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai, we would like to offer our facility for a combination golf and BBQ or Banquet in our banquet facility. If you are interested we could either do something in our banquet room after an optional golf outing or we could set up our picnic tables outside. There are lots of options for either a casual or formal get together.
If this is something you would like to do, you can contact Debbie at 760-207-8832 or email her at email@example.com. She can go over the options and costs for food or drink. I can be reached at the number below or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Tom York
I would be interested if it was local.
I would be interested in attending. I would be fine with a somewhat informal event.
I would like to come
Yes. Reno would be a good place. Let me know.
I would like another informal get together. It made it possible to get reacquainted. We’ve had the meetings in the north and south, how about some place in the central part of the state?
I’m interested, I haven’t been to any yet because I’ve been out of town on both occasions. Sounds like fun…
Go for it. Tahoe is always a good bet in May. Maybe Vegas if its not to far away for folks.
Yes, I am interested in a May, 2016 Oak Grove Hotshot Reunion. I had the time of my life photographing the Hot Shots in the summer of 1968. I was at the reunion in Lake Tahoe and
thoroughly enjoyed meeting forest fire fighters from all eras.
yep that yes and tell me where I be there ken Peugh all in
Oak Grove hotshot 2016 reunion committee_____yes I am interested in another reunion. I had to miss the last one due to death in the family. Lake Taco is a great place with lots of things to do.
Reno sounds fine to me. We like the Silver Legacy in downtown Reno. Reasonable room rates, good close parking, and it’s near other casinos and restaurants.
Reno will work for me.
No , will not make it. Hope u have a great event!
Chris Slate is very interested as is my brother Steve. Thank you for chasing me down
Yes I am interested. I prefer a informal get together in the north or central part of the state.
wont be able to make it
How about Bakersfield, CA. with a luncheon Buffet, and party down at the BUCK OWENS CLUB ? I would like each person introduce themselves and assignments they held. I’ll be there at any location you pick. Jerry Rice Moorhead, Iowa.
I’m interested. Informal, Reno works for me
I’d be ready for another one. I don’t care where it’s held. Tom Ralls
I will not at the reunion thank you Denis Mitchell
I won’t be able to make it. But glad this gathering is continuing on.
To:whoever is giving so generously of their time.
I would love to join in, but excuses,excuses; too old, wouldnt recognize anyone etc. etc. I was a summer employee for two summers in the late 50’s. Stationed at Oak Grove Ranger Station. A Hot Shot the first year; foreman was a great man. He died in a fire east of there the following summer. I arrived at that fire as a TTO shortly afterward. I believe his first name was Norm and the last name I do not recall. Another friend I recall from those days was a big tall fellow, Dave Lake.
I was injured on a fire my last summer and they used me to replace the lookout on Mendenhal Peak ( while she took leave ) and then finished the summer at Little Tujunga RS.
I loved my time with the USFS, but went on to another career which I am still at part time. I cannot commit, but this event is in my bucket list. Again thank you and everyone and please keep me on your mailing list. Blue Skies and a low fire danger.
Tom “OB 1″ OBryon
No thanks, Ray Coker
Yes!! Jerry Rice