REUNION 2009 – Rock Island/Moline, Illinois

Alamo Scout Reunion 2009
Reunion Host: George Eaton

Dates: May 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17
Location: Moline, Illinois
Stoney Creek Lodge
101 18th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265
Call to make room reservations and mention the Alamo Scouts rate of $109+ tax. then click on the Quad Cities property.

Room Rate: $109+ tax for a standard or deluxe king or queen. Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is at 11am.

Room Availability: As of 04/01/09, 10 rooms have been reserved. There are 15 more rooms available.

CUT OFF DATE: Cut off date to make room reservations and send in your $120.00 check to Russ is April 29th, 2009.

SCHEDULE of Events:

Wednesday, May 13th: Travel Day: Start arriving at 3pm. Hospitality Suite opens at 4pm.

Thursday, May 14th: John Deere Day- Historic Site; Butterworth Center; Pavilion. We will take a charter bus to Grand Detour, IL to see the original John Deere blacksmith site. We will then drive back to the Quad Cities and visit the Butterworth Center- John Deere’s family mansion. We will end up at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline to see the equipment exhibits and gift shop. The Pavilion is on the site of John Deere’s original plow factory. The Pavilion is within walking distance back to the hotel. Depart 10am, Return 4pm Cost: $25 plus lunch. Dinner on your own.

John Deere created the first self-scouring plow blade in 1837 in Grand Detour Illinois. This was critical to the development of Mid-western farming because the local soils clung to the old style plows. With success, John Deere founded his first factory in Moline Illinois in 1848 using the water power provided by The Mississippi River. From here he developed an international agriculture implements company. Also in Moline is the Deere-Wiman house built by John Deere's son and the Butterworth House built by Charles Deere as a wedding gift for his son and daughter-in-law. Both have been maintained with gardens. The Tour will go to the Grand Detour site, then the Butterworth Center, and will conclude at the John Deere Pavilion, built on the site of the original factory.

Friday, May 15th: Tour Rock Island Arsenal, Quarters 1, Museum.

Rock Island Arsenal Day: Tour Rock Island Arsenal and historic Quarters One, the largest house in the Army and the second largest single family house in the Federal inventory. No cost for the tour. The Army will provide a bus. Depart at 10am and Return to hotel approx. 2:00 P.M. Lunch on your own in the Arsenal cafeteria.

Rock Island Arsenal has an American military history going back to Zebulon Pike's visit in 1805. A key headquarters and logistics site during the 1832 Blackhawk Wars, Rock Island also housed Fort Armstrong from 1816-1836. In the Civil War a Confederate POW camp was established and soon after the war the Rock Island Arsenal began construction. The Arsenal was the largest public works project of the 19th Century. Quarters 1, the Commanders house, is the largest single family home in the Army inventory, and second only to the White House in the federal inventory. The tour will be led by George Eaton and will include a historic tour of the island, tour of Quarters 1, and a visit to the Rock Island Arsenal Browning Museum which houses an extensive collection of pistols and rifles in addition to Arsenal History.

The “Banquet Dinner” with be at the hotel. Happy Hour at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm. $50 to include wine on the table and cash bar. Dinner will be buffet style, beef or chicken. You do NOT need to decide ahead of time. Lieutenant General Dave Fridovich , Director of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, Florida.

Saturday, May 16th: 10am ASA Business Meeting in the Hospitality Suite. 12pm Lunch Cruise. Return at 1:30pm.

We will go on a narrated river boat cruise including a buffet lunch. A bus will pick us up at the hotel and take us to the boat, then bring us back to the hotel. Cost: $45 per person including lunch, cruise, and the bus.

Baseball? Jumers? Dinner on your own.

In the evening there is a baseball game with the AAA Quad Cities River Bandits, a St Louis Cardinals affiliate, or people can go to the brand new Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island. Jumer’s is 100% smoke free. Pay as you go. Baseball tickets are $8, $9, or $12. I usually get the $9 lower box seats.

Sunday, May 17: General departure.

Those who do not pre pay will not be served dinner.

For those who are going to the Banquet Dinner only; $50.00 per person.

The total cost per person will be $120.00, this figure includes all charges includes registration fees, no other charges by the ASA. (does not include Hotel)

Make your $120.00 check payable to Alamo Scouts Association.

Mail check to:
Russ Blaise
E-mail me for my address: asa at alamoscouts dot org

P.S. You can fly into the Moline Airport (MLI) which is right here or into Chicago and make the 3-hour drive. The motel provided free shuttle from Moline Airport only.

Contact George Eaton with questions


Russ Blaise
Email: asa at alamoscouts dot org

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