WHEN: July 25 - 27, 2014 (room block extends from July 22 - July 29)
WHERE: San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 1740 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Hotel Room Reservations: 84/night
Reservations may be made beginning Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Phone: 408-793-3300, Mention Room Block: “ISB Network Reunion”
Here’s a hint!
ONLY 16 MONTHS AWAY AM I
WHEN WE CONVERGE AGAIN TO SAY “ HI”
I WAIT LONG DAYS FOR YOU TO COME AND PLAY
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _?
There were about 80 of us, from all over the United States (Alaska to Washington, DC, California to Louisiana), from Japan, Australia and Germany. Some were resident in Thailand. We were united by the fact that we’d attended ISB (International School of Bangkok) and lived in Thailand as children or teenagers: some for many years, some for shorter periods. For many it was their first venture back to the city of their memories. Few of us had seen the old school or the area where we’d lived since we left years ago.
For the majority of us it was a late night arrival at the airport on Wednesday and early Thursday morning before we reached our hotels. After a leisurely breakfast we explored on our own until the evening cocktail party, which was a great opportunity to meet others and swap reminiscences. By then we’d received the promised welcome packages with skytrain passes and cellphones. It took some of us several days to figure out how to use the phones but they were handy.
Dear Travelers, ISB Alums, and Friends Old and New,
As early as 2008 I started thinking about a Bangkok based reunion for ISB - we had been doing them every two years in the USA since 1984 and I wondered why someone in Bangkok wasn't doing them too. Over the next four years I discussed this with alums I was meeting in Thailand during our twice yearly trips and alums at our reunions in the USA. I kept hoping someone in Thailand would take this on. Finally, in early January 2012 I decided to go ahead with the long thought about a Bangkok Reunion and posted my intentions on Facebook. In less than 10 days I was put in touch with Lloyd Coleman 1973, a travel industry professional. Our first phone call was from me in So. Thailand to him in California where we live as well - turned out we were not too far from one another.
With the help of Maureen Salahshoor 1975 (she couldn't join us) I got a Facebook page established. Tony Arnold at ISB sent me his list of Thailand based alumni, while I culled one for all alums in Asia from the ISB Network Database - mass emails started to go out. Lloyd meanwhile was planning budgets and researching the details like bus transportation, cost of admissions to sights and the like.
After meeting Kathy Heinecke 1967 for coffee while still in Thailand I got a message off
The Rajendra family would like to thank you (ISB Class of 1970, ISB Class of 1973, ISB Alumni, individual ISBers, and other friends), for the spectacular flowers and gifts sent for Leo Rajendra's memorial service last Saturday, November17, in Virginia, and for your kind words, condolences, notes, and support. Leo prayed every night and we know he loved you all and was honored in turn by all your love.
The Rajendra family is sad to announce the death of Leo S. Rajendra on November 9th, 2012 in Virginia, USA of a heart attack following back surgery.
Leo was born in Jaffna, Ceylon on January 20, 1951 and was a student at ISB from 1963 to 1970 when he moved to the United States to complete his studies in Criminology (B.A.) and Public Administration (M.A.). His career over the past four decades covered work as a criminologist with various southern Californian police departments and subsequently as a technology expert for various government and private institutions in the U.S.A.
The ISBN Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nick Lim, ’74, is the new President of the ISB Network and Foundation. Nick received unanimous approval at a board meeting held on September 9, 2012, and we are looking forward to his leadership and to his new ideas and fresh approach.
We hope that you will join us in welcoming Nick to his new role with the Network and the Foundation, and wish him the best of luck as well as your support. You can email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like for you to read in Nick’s own words a part of what he sent to us regarding his outlook and his vision for the Network and a departing message from outgoing President, Maile McCroskie Lindley '67.
I believe the challenge facing the Board, and the next President of the Network, will be to sustain the momentum of social activity, while expanding the Network's visibility.
I do not have a background in Public Administration or a track record in volunteer work. My life's focus has been to provide a comfortable lifestyle for my family, especially my three kids who are now 24, 23 and 19.
I have worked my entire career in technology, after receiving my B.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. Today, I am self-employed, providing systems and consulting in digital media to institutions such as television networks, Internet start-ups, production and post-production companies. Any business with a large volume of video content is a potential customer for my company.
I graduated from ISB in 1974. Like all of us, I have special memories of my school days in Bangkok, and a special love of the Network and its members. I have attended reunions since 2002, missing only two. I missed the 2006 reunion because of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash, and the 2010 reunion due to the logistics of my repatriation from Dubai.
Quick follow-up to the open board meeting we held during Saturday morning at the reunion.
I apologize for showing up a bit unprepared (and hoarse) and delivering from the hip, but hopefully you will think of this as a beginning. I think we can all agree there is much more to add to this conversation.
Since it was less formal from our normal board meetings, I don’t know if anyone took notes, but between the 100 or so of us who attended, I think we can recreate a fairly accurate summary of what transpired. Here’s my recollection:
Thanks to everyone who attended another fabulous ISB Network Reunion August 2-5, 2012. It was so great to see old friends and welcome over 60 new first-time attendees to our Rocky Mountain Thai reunion. First-timer, John Gordon '76 shared his musings on the ISB Network Alumni Association Facebook Wall: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ISBNetworkReunionNews/permalink/419112198... We hope you'll take a moment to read and comment. Thank you for sharing John. Welcome Home. (Click Read More for the full story)
Come back with us, meet old friends and new, re-vist these once familiar scenes, and also experience the New Bangkok!
As we continue to make site improvements, one big change we have decided to make is to disallow our members to use email addresses as their usernames. Instead, we have programatically changed usernames to the alumn's First name and Last name wherever possible.
Moving forward, please log in using your Firstname Lastname (the name we knew you as in high school) and then your existing password. Click "Read More" below this summary for further instructions and how to contact us if you need help.