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February 9, 2017 

Desert Rose Pizza & Gastropub 

Olde Towne Glendale 


By Susan Wearly and Mary James 


The APA’s Winter Social kicked off in a funky & fun restaurant housed in a former warehouse-like structure in Olde Towne Glendale called the Desert Rose. Thirty-three guests attended with many familiar faces and several new faces. We hosted spouses, children, cousins, grandmothers, friends, honored military, current and retired pilots – aviation enthusiasts all!!

Some traveled from as far as Tucson for our social, and as near as Glendale itself – we think that Chuck Schroll, from Tucson, wins the longest-distance-traveled award as well as the “3 for 3” attendance award! Several of you have attended all 3 of our recent APA socials and we love seeing you!

Pizzas of all kinds and roast beef sliders with horseradish sauce along with a vegetable platter were served and libations were enjoyed by all.

We had a surprise for our APA President, Tommy Thomason, and his wife, Linda. Tommy’s birthday is February 9th and Linda’s is February 7th so a big Happy Birthday Cake was brought out and a birthday song was sung! Tommy & Linda’s daughter, Chelsea, attended the party which made the birthday celebration even more special.

The Question Board had a lot of participation again this party. Question #1 was: “Third Class Medical Reform begins on what date?” Seven guests gave the correct answer of: May 1, 2017. Those that answered correctly were: Glen Larsen, Brad Lawrence, Jonathan Lopez, Butch Milbrandt, Chuck Schroll, Chelsea Thomason, and Andrew Vogeney. We shook up these winning names once again and drew for the ultimate winner: Andrew Vogeney! Andrew was awarded a bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne & a box of See’s Chocolates. Think Valentine’s Day!!!

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Question #2 was: “In what year was the APA established?” 1978 is the APA’s inception. Those with the correct answer were: Brad Lawrence, Butch Milbrandt, Beth Owens, Ron Piracci, Chelsea Thomason, and Linda Warren. Upon re-shaking the box one more time, the winner was: Linda Warren! Linda was given a Happy Valentine’s Day bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne and a box of See’s Chocolates, as well. Congrats one and all!

Our APA socials are a great way to get together and socialize. We also raise money at these parties for our APA Scholarship Fund. This party raised $230 and the proceeds have been placed in our Scholarship Fund. Thank you for contributing to this very worthy cause. Providing financial support to young men and women aspiring toward a career in aviation is a fantastic part of our organization.

Watch for the next APA Social – it may be in your neighborhood!

Thanks to all for attending,
Susan Wearly and Mary James

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