UPDATED – 2015 Annual Guam Society Memorial Day Picnic


UPDATE: This update is regarding Base access for those members and guests who DO NOT have a military ID card. Unfortunately, Base Security was unable to accept and process the list of guests submitted for the event.

To work around this, if you plan on attending the Memorial Day Picnic on Saturday, you must be escorted onto the Base by an authorized military card holder. The Guam Societywill provide escorts that will lead you to the picnic location…our escorts will be located at the main gate Visitor’s Center.

The Visitor’s Center is located next to the parade of flags prior to the gate guards. Please plan to arrive between 10am through noon at the Visitor’s Center, and kindly wait for one of our escorts. If you plan on arriving earlier or later, please contact me at 478-284-6996 so arrangements can be made for an escort.

Again, if you previously provided your name and DOB, and don’t have a military ID card, you will need to be escorted onto the Base. We apologize for the inconvenience; please drive safely and we look forward to meeting you all on Saturday.

Pete Camit
President, Guam Society of America

With the arrival of Spring, the Guam Society is happy to announce our Annual Memorial Day Picnic at Freedom Park at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

As in past years, it is a pot luck picnic – please bring a favorite dish to share, an appetizer & one 2-liter bottle of soda.  If you are bringing meats for BBQ, please bring the meats by 10:00am.  BYOB – but please note that no glass or bottles are allowed at Freedom Park.

Points of Contact for the event are:
Ben Taitague – 443-534-8533

Gerald Corpuz – 443-306-6337
Please RSVP by May 19, 2015 via email to secretary@guamsociety.org and info@guamsociety.org.  If you plan on attending and do not have access to the base – please provide your name and date of birth (DOB).  This information is important as we must provide a list of non-military guests to the Base Security Office.   If we don’t hear from you by May 19th, you may not be able to enter the installation for the event.

Military ID and Federal Government CAC cards accepted at the gates and do not need to provide DOB, but we still want to know if you’re coming so we can plan accordingly.

As we’ve done in previous years, the Guam Society will recognize its members/ member students who are graduating in 2015.

Please email the following information to info@guamsociety.org not later than May 20, 2015:

- SHORT BIOGRAPHY (1 paragraph or less) with accomplishments
- IF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT (indicate what college attending – if applicable)
- IF COLLEGE STUDENT (indicate major/degree)

Volunteers are needed so please contact one of the POCs above if you’d like to help with the event.

ATTENDEES:  Bring picnic items such as coolers, chairs, canopies, etc.

VENDORS:  No fee for vendors, however, we do ask for a donation of $20 value to be used during the raffle.

PARK RULES:  No swimming; no Styrofoam or glass containers; have fun with family and friends; and tidy up before you leave so there’s less for the volunteers to clean up.

Directions:  For those who have attended the Annual Roberto LG Lizama Memorial Golf Classic, enter the base at the Virginia Gate.
Directions to Freedom Park, Andrews Air Force Base:

Coming from points west (Rockville, Fairfax County, Northern Virginia area)

Take the 495 Beltway North/East towards the Woodrow Wilson  Bridge, Exit at 7A-B, taking right ramp towards MD-5 South towards Waldorf; take Coventry Way Exit Towards Old Alexandria Ferry Road/Andrews AFB; bear left onto Coventry Way, then take right onto Old Alexandria Ferry Road; turn left onto Virginia Avenue (Base Gate/Security hrs 0500-2300).  Once you clear the gate, turn right onto South Perimeter Road, then right onto Yorktown Road – go  approximately 1/2 mile  - arrive at Freedom Park, near Base Lake.

Coming from points south (DC South)

Take 95/495 North into Maryland towards Baltimore, Exit at 7A-B and follow directions above.

Coming from points north

Take 95 /495 South to Richmond,  Exit 7A-B and follow directions above.

NOTE:  The park is located on the Golf Courses at Joint Base Andrews.

Hope to see you at the picnic as the Guam Society kicks off the Summer of 2015!