The Guam Society of America kicks off its 2016 summer events with our annual Memorial Day Picnic.
This year’s picnic will be held at Freedom Park at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 12:00PM-6:00PM.
As in past years, this is a POTLUCK event – please bring a favorite dish, an appetizer, & and ONE (1) – 2-liter bottle of soda or a gallon of water. If you are bringing meats for BBQ; we ask that you arrive with the meats (defrosted, please) by 10:00AM.
This is also a BYOB event, but please note that NO GLASS or BOTTLES are allowed at Freedom Park.
Unfortunately, security requirements do not allow for non-military ID card holders to enter without a sponsor – for non-military guests who plan to attend, please provide the following information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com: Last and First Name, Date of Birth, Driver’s License/State ID Number and State issued. This is very critical as we must submit a by-name listing of non-military guests with this information for easier access to the military facility. In the past attendees have simply provided their name and the number of guests – this will NOT BE SUFFICIENT FOR ACCESS.
Please RSVP no later than May 19, 2016 for planning purposes. If you have friends or family members who are in the military or are retirees, you’re welcome to have them join you and they can sponsor you into the installation as well. Please do not assume that a Common Access Card (CAC) will allow you entrance into the installation.
For GPS purposes, use the following address to get you to the Visitor Control Center/Andrews Main Gate: 1832 Westover Drive, Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762.
Music will be provided by DJ911 and there will also be children’s games, a corn hole tournament, dancing, cultural items and vendors.
Point of Contacts (POCs) for the event are listed below:
Paul & Terry Sanchez, phone: (703) 220-1852, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are needed and welcomed.
High School / College Graduate Recognition:
The Guam Society will also recognize all 2016 Guam Society member graduates who are graduating from high school or college. Please email the following information to email@example.com not later than Thursday, May 19, 2016:
Name, School, Short Bio (one paragraph or less) with accomplishments:
if High School Student – indicate which college they will be attending (if applicable)
if College Student – indicate major/degree they are graduating with
If you’ve not yet renewed your 2016 membership or are new to the area and the Guam Society, we encourage you to join and be a member of the oldest Guam Club in the United States.
Volunteers are always welcomed – please contact one of the POCs above if you’d like to help out at the picnic. For 2016 scholarship applicants, this is your last event to work volunteer hours for the Brigida Lizama category – and remember the deadline for 2016 scholarship submission is Monday, May 230, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern Time.
Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic items such as coolers, chairs, canopies, etc.
Vendors: there is no fee for vendor tables/sales; however, we do ask that you provide a donation from what you’re selling, valued at $20, for the raffle. Please coordinate with one of the POCs above before setting up your vendor site/sales.
FREEDOM PARK Rules: No swimming, no styrofoam or glass/bottle containers, dispose of trash in appropriate containers, tidy up before you leave (less for the volunteers to clean up)
PARKING: Park in the parking slots available and you can also park on the right side of the road (DO PARK ON THE LEFT SIDE SO THERE IS ACCESS FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES).
There is a playground with slides and other equipment for the kids to enjoy.
From I-95/495 South to Andrews Air Force Base Main Gate:
- Take Exit 9 and follow the loop around; take a right at the stop sign. At the light turn right onto Allentown Road. Turn left at next light; Proceed through the Main Gate and stop/check-in at the Visitor Control Center (near the parade of flags at the Main Gate).
- From the Visitor Control Center/Main Gate, travel 3.5 miles to Freedom Park – (for non-ID Card Holders – after obtaining your pass); pass the gate guard go straight ahead and turn right at the traffic light onto West Perimeter Road.
- Travel 3 miles along Perimer Road, Freedom Park is on the right.
- NOTE: Military ID Card Holders can also enter through the Virginia Gate. Once you pass the Gate Guard, proceed to the traffic light, turn right at the light onto Perimeter Road and go approximatly 1 mile – the Freedom Park is on the right.