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Prayers for Dewan Ishad Ahmed Khan

18 September 2014 | comments (3) | Pakistan | by

Dewan Ishad Ahmed Khan

Dewan Ishad Ahmed Khan, Saudi Aramco ID #72569, is admitted September 14th in Ottawa, Canada for triple bypass heart surgery. His three main arteries are blocked. His open heart surgery will be carried out on Monday. Message came from him for prayers. Friends are requested to pray for a successful operation.

Dewan Ishad Ahmed Khan

He may be contacted for welfare on the following:

  • Land line: 001-6138843032
  • Mobile: 001-6138311791
  • Telephone only in the day time.
  • Time difference is minus nine hours (-9 hours)

Dewan worked in the Laboratory Department, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Reported by: Ghulam Qutubuddin Khan, General Secretary, SAEEA, Karachi-Pakistan

Happy 90th Birthday to Bill Rich

18 September 2014 | comments (0) | Births & Birthdays | by

Bill Rich and Lisa Rich HunterBill Rich and Lisa Rich Hunter

Bill Rich, age 90, was raised in Warrensburg, Missouri, an hour outside Kansas City, Missouri. where his father worked as a manger at the local power company, Missouri Power & Light. William Rich Sr. was the charter president of the Warrensburg Rotary Club.

Bill was an Eagle Scout in high school and enlisted in WWII at age 18 yrs after high school. Bill learned to fly a Piper Cub, worked that summer with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) building airstrips at Whiteman Air Force Base outside Warrensburg and enrolled in the local community college, Central Missouri College, until he was called into service in December 1942. He was sent to Sheppards Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas for basic training. He then went to Radio Operator Training schools in Wisconsin and South Dakota and was certified for High Frequency Radio, Radio Operator Mechanics & Air Traffic Control, including learning Morse Code.

Bill then served in the Pacific Theatre with the Army Air Corps at Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines. He worked in Air Traffic control at the base and flew as a radio operator in B-25 bombers to various islands, including Okinawa. Bill received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and Philippine Liberation Ribbon. His highest rank as active duty was Sergeant and he served until February 1946. Bill was in the first American troops to land in Japan as USAAF Technicians to take control of “Radio Tokyo” transmitters on the hills above Tokyo in August 1945, a week before September 2, 1945 when Japan signed the unconditional surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay with General MacArthur.

Bill in 1950Bill 1950 ROTC

Upon returning to the US, Bill attended University of Missouri and studied Electrical Engineering, graduating with an EE degree in 1951. Bill was ROTC during college and was a 2nd Lt. when he was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force Reserves in 1957. Bill was hired by Mobil Oil Company as an Electrical Engineer for the oil fields and was sent to Venezuela right after college. He met his first wife at the oil camps, as she was visiting her parents. Her father worked for Mobil Oil Company as an Electrical Engineer. Both of Bill’s two children were born in Venezuela at the oil camps.

Bill in 1980Feb 1980, Aramco 230KV Substation

After 10 years with Mobil Oil Company, Bill moved to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia continuing to work for oil companies and retired from ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s as a Senior Project Engineer. Bill moved back to Warrensburg, remarried, built his retirement home and started a 2nd career with Whiteman Air Force Base, the same base he helped build at age 18 years old, working as a Civilian Engineer for the air force base which houses the B-2 Bombers flying missions to Afghanistan. Bill worked for an additional 20 years at the air force base, retiring three weeks before his 80th birthday in August 2004.

Bill in 1980Bill in 1980 – Saudi Arabia

Having out lived his 2nd wife, Bill now resides in Bastrop, Texas, near his daughter, and enjoys attending Rotary Club functions, Church at Calvary Episcopal and numerous Veterans functions. In October 2013, Bill was flown to Washington DC by the Honor Flight Group for a tour of all the war memorials. He really enjoyed the trip and the respect WWII veterans have been shown with the impressive memorial.

Aramcons Gather in Asheville NC

11 September 2014 | comments (4) | Reunions | by

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2014 Annuitant's ReunionRegistration and Seating Chart

More than 350 Saudi Aramco annuitants, family members and friends recently gathered for three event-filled days (and nights) September 5th, 6th and 7th at the legendary Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Festivities kicked off on Friday night with an Arabian-themed dinner featuring a variety of Middle Eastern dishes that brought back warm memories to all participants.

A non-stop parade of fun activities continued on through Saturday, culminating that night in a gala dinner dress-up function that included live music and dancing.

2014 Annuitant's ReunionAdele Tavares, Bonnie Cook, Dee McClellan (Adele’s Mom) and Tricia Chance-Frank

Many attendees took advantage of opportunities to tour the area on Saturday and Sunday. One spectacular venue that drew universal oohs-and-ahs was the elegant Biltmore Estate, the largest private residence in the U.S. More than one person compared it favorably to Masterpiece Theater’s “Downton Abbey,” and with good reason.

2014 Annuitant's ReunionJackie Hatcher and Jim McDonald

That evening a casual North Carolina BBQ and Bluegrass saw more than a few people show up in their finest boots and hats and western attire. Yee-ha!

At a continental breakfast on Monday morning friends bid sad-but-happy farewells to one another, already anticipating the next biennial gathering. We are all awaiting the announcement of who will host the next reunion and where it will be held.

A big SHUKRAN to all of the people who helped make this weekend a great success. Linda & Jim Shearon and Judy and Mike Butler did an outstanding job of hosting the reunion. They had many people helping them in registration, table seating chart, activities and organizing the tours. Thank you all!

Reilly Financial Advisors Offers Money-back Guarantee

10 September 2014 | comments (0) | Special Interest | by

Reilly Financial Advisors

Do you know if you will have enough financial resources to meet your goals upon retirement? Reilly Financial Advisors financial planning process can answer that question for you, with a money-back guarantee!

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If you’re interested in consulting Reilly Financial Advisors about your financial future and how you can make the most from your years in the Kingdom, please contact Mark Shane, in Kingdom:

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History of Asheville, North Carolina

1 September 2014 | comments (1) | Travel & Leisure | by

Asheville, NC

Nestled high in the scenic splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, the unique and dynamic city of Asheville has been drawing visitors from afar since its founding days two centuries ago when the likes of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone reportedly passed through what was then barely more than a primitive frontier outpost hewn from the wilderness by hardy pioneers. Today, in contrast, this city of over 80,000 residents boasts some of the richest Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical architecture and finest resorts of any city of its size anywhere in the U.S. Writer Thomas Wolfe, arguably Asheville’s most famous native son, authored the novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” whose title has entered into American speech as a reference to the fact you can never relive exactly your memories from childhood—in the words of Wolfe’s protagonist, George Webber, “go…back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.” While that may be true for some people, later this week Asheville will provide the perfect “escape of Time and Memory” to hundreds of Aramco annuitants converging for their biannual gathering at the city’s legendary Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

With so many alluring local attractions to choose from, Aramcon retirees may find it difficult deciding how to spend those precious three days. Here are five suggestions.

  1. Biltmore Estate, a 250-room estate built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, is the largest private residence in North America. Landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, the estate was the setting for the Peter Sellers movie, “Being There.”
  2. Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River, is located 20 miles northwest of Asheville.
  3. The Blue Ridge Parkway, stretching 470 miles from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park in the north to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south offers motorists one of the finest scenic highways anywhere in the country. It will be a bit early to enjoy the region’s fabled fall foliage finery, but a drive in any direction will doubtless be a visual delight.
  4. Downtown Asheville. Thirty-plus art galleries, dozens of fine restaurants, a variety of museums and a wealth of beautifully-preserved architectural treasures provide plentiful diversions.
  5. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. Don’t forget the place you’re staying. In 1913, in a speech in Asheville, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan proclaimed that The Grove Park Inn “was built for the ages.” Make sure you take time to see for yourself the truth of Bryan’s words. Tournament-class golf, a luxurious spa and unsurpassed dining are just three of the charms you’ll find to enjoy.

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