Greetings fellow Gladiators

Your reunion committee hopes the New Year finds all of you safe and enjoying a wonderful New Year. We hope everyone is looking forward to and planning on attending our 2017 Reunion in Las Vegas this October 16th through 20th. Let us bring you up to date on what we have planned so far.

We have reserved the rooms at the "Orleans Hotel & Casino". You can secure your reservation one of the following ways:


Our negotiated rate for the group is Sun-Thurs is $40 a night for 1-2 persons with a 3rd person extra fee of $20, plus 15.99 resort tax, which gives you room WI-FI access to fitness center, in room coffee, in room safe, unlimited local and 800 calling, and high speed internet at the business center. There are limited smoking rooms Plus 13% Cook County sales tax which brings the total room rate to around $64 per night.  Check in is 3pm and departures are at 12 noon. ( they allow early check in if rooms are ready) The hospitality suite is non-smoking and we have asked the hotel to put and many of us as they can on the same floor as the hospitality suite. The hotel will accommodate those with disabilities as best they can just let them your requests when you make your reservations. If you need to forward something to the hotel, send to: The Orleans Hotel & Casino 4500 West Tropicana Ave Las Vegas, NV 89103  Remember to put on it the reunion dates

They will also give us free parking as well as free shuttle to the strip every 30 minutes. If your plans are to stay Friday 11/20/2017 the room rate will increase to $89 plus resort fee and taxes.  PLEASE make these reservations early, a block of rooms have been set aside for the Gladiators but as many of you know this is also when SOA will have their reunion so the hotel will be full. Also it will help those of us planning the event. The earlier we know how many are coming the easier it will be in planning the lunches, dinners, meeting and other events. Although this is still subject to change in the next 9 months this is a rough overview of our itinerary:

We talk about it at every reunion but let's all make an effort in the next nine months to reach out to our fellow Gladiators; call them, send an email or write them at the last address you have. Any way we can it should be a goal all of us have – "to get just one more Gladiator each that has not attended in the past to show up in Las Vegas this year". Additionally, if you have a good contact that Darrell does not have on the list for someone, please make sure you get that to Darrell. He has done a lot of work over the past 15 years to keep that list as up to date as possible for us so help him out and forward your contact information on our friends. You should all have this but you can reach Darrell at or call him 864-607-8982 with any information you may have. 

Finally January 1, 2017 our Gladiator dues of $35 per member are due once again. This is how we are able to fund the reunion we all enjoy every couple of years. First, we want to thank all the members for their support and also we would like to send a special thanks out to those Gladiators that so generously contributed extra funds over and above the dues last year. We started with literally no funds and were concerned enough about our financial situation that we considered skipping one year till we were more financially sound. But as you might expect we had several of our fellow Gladiators step up and help us out. Thank you all.

We will be working on the reunion items and packets soon, so if you have ideas that you might have liked in the past send them on to one of us. We want you help, this is our reunion and the more input we get the better time we will have.  

Cougar 11, Joe Sottile (

Our Gladiator Reunion Address is:

57th AHC Reunion
P.O. Box 7151
Chandler, AZ 85246-7151