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Originally Posted by Teri (Ship 11 Div 172) on April 10, 2014 at 3:42pm

I am organizing an event to offset Sarge and his wife's expenses for our Meet & Greet. That will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 starting at 5:00pm.  

Sarge and his wife host and organize the Meet & Greet event that take place every Thursday when there is a PIR.  This event is held for the families of every division that has PIR the next day.  Sarge and his wife provided all the food, napkins, silverware, all the necessary items to pull such an event off with no expectation of assistance.

All money raised from our Meet & Greet will go into a donation box to cover the expenses. All remaining money will be donated for any sailor in need of a calling card. This is strictly voluntary on your part! 

We will be making gift baskets to raffle off at our Meet & Greet. If you are interested in donating a basket filled with items, or small gift that I can add to a basket, anything is welcomed, please let me know. Keep in mind it literally does not need to be basket. If you need ideas or suggestions let me know and I will be more than happy to post some.  We will be responsible for selling the raffle tickets so, I will need a few volunteers to sale. Any volunteer's that would like to help let me know.

If you have a connection with Sam’s Club that can donate utensils, paperware, sternos, please get in contact with Sarge. This would help offset the cost dramatically.

If you have special talent to keep the young children occupied at the Meet & Greet (even if it’s for a short while) that would be great! I.E., magic tricks, balloon animals, etc., If you are a photographer and would like to donate your services to take pictures of the families, the individual divisions and the festivities at the Meet & Greet that would be fun too!

Each division can have tables reserved so, your entire division can sit together. For Div 171 & 172 I will need a headcount very soon to reserve the tables. Ii i suggested to have a volunteer from each div to make centerpieces, if anyone is interested  please post below. They do not have to be elaborate as I think we would rather raise funds for the Meet & Greet expenses and sailors rather than on centerpieces : )

Tips to save yourself from some headaches and saving money:  

  • I was told that if you are renting a car in Illinois that the rental cars businesses do not accept debit cards, you will have to use a credit card.
  • They said it’s less expensive to pay the pre-pay gas at the rental car place than filling the tank up before dropping it off.
  • It is recommended not to pay the tool pass from the rental car place as the pass cost more than you will pay for the tolls.

I look forward to this event and meeting all of you! Thanks, Teri

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Hi krisanntd!  My family will be there.  We are in div 173.  7 of us are coming into town for the weekend, just not sure if we should bring the whole family to the meet and greet. lol

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.  We won't be there really early that day, as we have a 12 hour drive to get there, but I can do something. 


I will have 2 attending

Hello, there will be 4 from our family attending. My son is in division 812. We will be arriving a bit late. Our flight doesn't get in until almost 6pm and we have to stop at the hotel first to pick someone up. Looking forward to it - only 14 more days! We will be happy to contribute money that might be the easiest since we will be there late.

Hi Everyone,

I noticed alot of you are responding here with the number that will be attending Sarge's Meet & Greet.  You need to go to the Events section, click on the Meet & Greet for this PIR  05/16/2014 and RSVP there with the number.  That's where Sarge gets the guest count.

This Discussion is specifically for people to donate baskets for the Basket Raffle or to volunteer to help at the Meet & Greet.

Teri, can you put out a reminder on the main comment wall letting the gals know that you are keeping count of the baskets and where they are coming from up here if they are interested in donating a basket/gift bag?  Thanks~~


Good morning everyone. I know everyone is excited about attending graduation.

My wife and I look forward to seeing everyone at the meet and greet. If you have not RSVPed on the event page, please do so. We will have a reception table and name tags will be there and table assignments will be posted. If you know someone who has not RSVP - please direct them to the EVENT PAGE so I can get a semi-accurate count and order enough food from the local restaurants. If you cannot RSVP - no problem!! just show up. There is no limit on how many can attend our free meet and greet.

a-pirinfo.pdf -This file is a PIR Check List. Believe me, the information contained in this document will save you money and heartaches.

diver.pdf - This explains a local program for individuals who wish to get diver certified while stationed at Great Lakes or who are in an "800" division and wish to enhance their skills.

duringdinner1.ppsx This PowerPoint presentation is what I present at the meet and greet. You may want to review it and print out the short-cut maps and directions.

Free Dinner for your sailor - this link provides you with the menu for your sailor. You may also want to consider dinner or lunch at Lovell's of Lake Forest. LOVELL'S OF LAKE FOREST  Lovell's is owned by the famous retired Navy Captain Jim Lovell (Apollo 13 Commander). He is normally there on Fridays for lunch and will give our sailors a free meal. If he is there, there will be a photo-shoot opportunity.

Rental Cars - My team and I rescue at least 2-4 families each week because of Rental Car issues. He is a quick guideline.

If you are renting a car, please have a CREDIT CARD not a DEBIT CARD to make your reservations. Most rental car companies WILL NOT ACCEPT a debit card unless you agree to the following:

a. You authorize them to run a "credit check" on you and; you agree to let them hold an additional $200-400 on the card in addition to; the rental fees. This will curtail your spending allowance since it ties up your funds and the money normally is not released by your institution until 3-6 days after they receive the release from the credit card company.

The same applies to your hotel. CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK WITH THE HOTEL AND RENTAL COMPANIES. They have large signs as you sign in at the rental counter or your hotel.

b. Gas this week is over $4.34 a gallon. Some offer a Pre-Paid fuel return. I recommend you check their terms - it is normally cheaper than filling up at a local gas station before you return the car.

c. Remember - there are always long lines at the rental companies at the airport. Plan accordingly and if your flight is delayed - notify the rental company. There is normally a cut-off time or closing time before you lose your reservation.

d. If you have an issue regardless of the time - call me at 847-212-0246 and we will come to the rescue. During the meet and greet my phone is forwarded to my partner. My phone never sleeps, it is always forwarded when I am not available.

Last but not least, please double check for identification requirements for both Graduation and Airline/Bus/Train requirements. *** make sure your identification/Drivers License is not expired ***** If you have ordered gifts at the last minute from Lora or the other moms who are on this site and need them over-nighted, and the hotel delivery is not an option, have them contact me and they can send them to my home and my wife will bring them to the meet and greet Thursday night.

Safe travels and may the Great Lord Bless You, Your Family, and the Great United States of America.


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