Photography by Jerry Dwyer, Steve Knight, and Carol March

The sounds of the CA-NV chapter of OCTA rang throughout Lemoore during the weekend of March 19-21, 2004. Only the Navy’s Blue Angels who just happened to be in town during the same weekend were louder.

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The Chapter Board met on Friday evening.

The weekend began with a board meeting on Friday night at which a New Directions committee to be chaired by director Curtis Grant was spawned. More about this project during the coming months.

 

 

 

 

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Descendants of the Rhoads and Esrey families

On Saturday we listened to descendants of the pioneer Rhoads and Esrey families talk about how their ancestors came over on the trails and settled in the area. Other speakers informed us of the flora and fauna of the Tulare Lake Basin as well as some of the history of the area including the famous Mussel Slough Tragedy that occurred more than 120 years ago.

 

 

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Jim Allison, Zeke Sicotte and Bob Iverson delighted the crowd.

The group reconvened Saturday evening for a downhome barbeque and music fest. Highlights of the evening were Zeke Sicotte’s rendition of that old Hank Williams tune “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and Bill Rupp’s recitation of “My Last Cigarette.” After dinner Bill, a former chapter president, and his wife Shann, the chapter’s COED representative, received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

 

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Bernie Rhoades at the Rhoads Family Cemetery

On Sunday we visited the Rhoads family cemetery for the dedication of a plaque honoring the Rhoads pioneer family and then toured the old Rhoads Adobe.

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Shann and Bill Rupp received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Inside the Rhoads Adobe

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Tom Fee and Kathy Lewin

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Bob Iverson received an award from Fran Taplin for organizing the symposium.

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Award recipients Bob Iverson and Carol March.

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Tom Fee and Frank Tortorich

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Inside the museum

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while others visited the Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum.

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The March and Allison families take it easy after lunch . . .

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Steve Emmanuels, Chairman of the Symposium

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Sharon Brown of the National Park Service talked at the Friday Board Meeting.

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The Rhoads Adobe

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Descendants of the Rhoads and Esrey families

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Pat Loomis