The first ever FMS Alumni Monthly Virtual Board Meeting
On September 11, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. Eastern, the first "Virtual Monthly Board Meeting" will be held online! All FMS Alumni are welcome to join. Simply call (513) 386-0101 and then enter the conference code 746 301 153# and you will be on the phone with the board live! There will also be the ability to share information over the internet by clicking this link.
I look forward to meeting with you!
FMS Alumni Association ANNUAL MEETING 2014
The annual meeting will be held on:
October 19th, 2013
Business Meeting at 1 p.m. - Steve Nash’s Hange
Gather for lunch @ 11:30 at Sky Dive DeLand
FMS Newsletter is now available!
The latest newsletter is in the mail and avialable here! Lots of great pictures and articles. Thank you to Sue, Harry for the articles and John Hartman for the pictures! Click here to read the newsletter.
The 2013 Reunion was a wonderful success!
All of the pictures can be seen by clicking the "Reunions" button on the right side of this page, or click here!
From the time that you walked into the hotel lobby to register you were greeted by the cadets and their families. As part of the registration, cadets that pre-registered, were presented with a goodie bag with a collection of treats from cozies to the 2013 Directory. There was a printing error that omitted a couple of pages in the directories. Most were fixed immediately, but if you are missing pages, please contact Harry Silvis at email@example.com to make arrangements to get a proper directory.
On Friday night we had two different dinners. At the 50 Year Celebration dinner, Col. Ward presented some of the cadets with a commemorative 50 year diploma from Florida Military School. There was such a good turnout, that some had to sit in a separate area.
The Jacksonville Lunch Bunch met for lunch in Daytona Beach, Florida on July 26, 2013 at Five Guys Restaurant. There were about 10 people present and we sat there for almost two hours going over our past with FMS. All present had a good time and were looking forward to the Reunion. If anyone would like to meet with us would love to see you at our lunches every month. We will be going to Stark, Florida soon to get those to come from Ocala and the surrounding area.
There were a group of people from the 50's to the 70's present at a dinner on Friday night of the Reunion. All present had a great time remembering what all transpired during there time at FMS. We met at the Hibachi Grill, had Steak, and all types of American and Oriental food. Deserts from cake to ice cream. If you left hungry, well what can I say, I only went back three times.
Jeff Fawsett, '60 set up a nostalgic breakfast function for 'Capt.' Ward and his Carlisle transfer cadets that followed him to open Florida Military School in 1956. Jerry and Dee Alleyne had not been to a reunion since 2002 when Col. Ward dedicated the bronze FMS Memorial Plaque on the south entrance column. Dennis Eyre, '59 is always in attendance at the reunions, so he was anxious to join Col. Ward and the others for an ocean side breakfast at the Hilton on the Beach Resort Hotel.
As a special guest, Jeff invited his fried of 50 years, Carlisle graduate Stanley T. Escudero, 60 and his lovely wife, Jaye Escudero as a surprise for the former Carlisle cadets. Stan is our retired Ambassador of the United States having served in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan before retiring to South Daytona Beach. Col. Ward had not seen Stan in 57 years, but the two men became fast friends over breakfast. Jerry Alleyne, the namesake of our FMS Alleyne Hall, enjoyed meeting Stan after so many years. Dennis Eyre and Stan both shared classes together at Carlisle, and were happy to meet again.
Jeff and Jane were asked to join the Carlisle group and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the many exchanges of almost forgotten stories from Bamberg, S.C.
Saturday during the day was a time of fellowship with small groups getting together to tell stories and catch up. We also held the popular duck race!
Saturday evening was a dinner with 60’s music and fellowship and only a few presenters. The Shaffer brothers were presented with photographs of the FMS Race car that ran in the Daytona 500 and FMS Semi.
Sunday morning we held the memorial service and annual meeting. Then next slate of officers of the Florida Military School Association was voted in. They will assume their new roles in October at the annual meeting in Deland.
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