Greetings RFTW Family!
It was so nice to see everyone at our “Tour of Tennessee” reunion. Ron “Sky” King and Ed Butler, our Tennessee State Coordinators, did a fantastic job putting together this “mini run” three-day reunion. I would also like to thank Don “Ten-A-See” King, our reunion Road Guard Captain, and all the Road Guards for a job well done. Considering this Covid-19 situation, we had an impressive attendance of approximately 80 people.
We had fantastic BBQ in Memphis, great music in Franklin and what can I say about Cookeville….. Wow! What support and what a welcome. Jake Hoot, the winner of “The Voice” season 17, sang our National Anthem to open our ceremony. He also performed the song he wrote about the tornado devastation that occurred. It was a beautiful and emotional song called “Tennessee Strong”. We raised a little more than $8,000 that we donated to 6 veterans who lost everything in the tornado. They were truly appreciative and touched by the generosity and concern from RFTW. One of them said he will join us next year on the Run! Here is a link to Jake’s song and video: https://www.facebook.com/jakehootmusic/videos/jake-hoot-tennessee-strong-official-music-video/168486084224623/
I thank everyone who donated to our tornado relief fund.
After all of this, we could not have had a better way to end our reunion then the amazing fireworks show on July 4th! It was, without a doubt, the best fireworks show I have ever seen. The LEO support and escorts we had throughout this reunion was amazing. Doing a “Run” type reunion over 3 days was a risk and a lot of work. The Covid-19 situation did throw a few curve balls to us. However, I think everyone would agree that it was a success.
I have had a few people ask if I had a reunion patch like they have for Kerrville. The truth is that I had not thought of that. I have an idea for the patch and will be happy to produce those if there is a demand for it If you would like a “Tour of Tennessee” reunion patch, please let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the other patches, I will sell them for $25/ea. $5.00 covers the cost of the patch and the other $20 would go to the Route for 2021.
I would like to ask those of you who attended and have pictures to please post them on our RFTW group Facebook page. We have created a “Tour of Tennessee” album for you to post your pictures to. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.4672309749461361&type=3&av=280980122905&eav=AfZI-JppVwwWLmAHuW-RcDPEzLmDwr_ZlEUCn2QXlnSYRFnTWqxV_qhnV0LRAw1DqPo Once we have pictures posted, we will be able to get them uploaded to the rftw.us website. Thanks to all involved in putting this unique and amazing reunion together and for all of you for attending.
I am pleased to announce that RFTW now has permanent presence at the Stafford Air and Space Museum. I would like to thank Steve ’Hawgwash” Hill for leading this effort to get the funding for the RFTW brick paver to be installed. I can’t wait to see it in person in 2021. Once again, I thank everyone for their support of this accomplishment.
All efforts now turn to our 2021 planning. If you would like a leadership or support position, please check the contact list on RFTW.US midway hub to see if you are on the list. If you are committed to our 2021 route and not on the list, please contact me or your team leader so that we can confirm your position and add you to the list.
Is it May yet?
Honor * Hope * Healing
Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator