This page is dedicated to a review of past reunions and a glimpse at plans for future reunions.
Berlin is our reunion destination every four years. We were there in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The Steglitz International Hotel, which is convenient to downtown shopping and easy access to both the U-bahn and S-bahn stations, is our host sites every reunion. We normally have an add-on tour after the reunion, in 2014 it was a trip to Bavaria.
The years between our Berlin reunions we host the reunions in the areas of eastern, western and central U.S. All of our reunions in the U.S. feature a “Dancing Bear Club”, which is a large room dedicated to providing a gathering place for our members and guests. We have tables and bulletin boards for members to post photos, albums and other items of Berlin memorabilia. The opening night of our reunion is a plated dinner hosted by BUSMVA. The final night is a dinner/dance and is a function that members wear a coat and tie. Many of the members wear tux or their dress blues. We normally have tour activities on three days of the reunion and the remainder of the time is spent in the Dancing Bear Club or activities of your own choosing. The important fact is that nobody is a stranger for very long. Being a former Berliner makes you a distinct member of a very special fraternity. People discover old comrades and make new friends.
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In 2017 the BUSMVA Reunion will go back to where it all started in 1996, Omaha, Nebraska. The Reunion Hotel will be the Embassy Suites, where every guest will enjoy the luxury of a spacious, two room suite, with conveniences such as a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Members and guests can look forward to gathering in a naturally-lit; seven story atrium to enjoy a free full cooked-to-order-breakfast, prepared as you like it. There, members will be surrounded by lush exotic plants and flowers, a natural waterfall and a babbling brook. What a great way to start the day!
Every evening, guests can also enjoy a complimentary reception featuring alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres in the same relaxing atmosphere of the atrium. The Association Reunion room rates are:
Local occupancy taxes are currently 18.16%.
The BUSMVA has a block of 90 rooms for Monday – Thursday nights; however, reservations at these rates must be made by Thursday, April 20, 2017. If you want to arrive early or stay later Embassy Suites will, based on availability, honor these rates 3 days before and after the Reunion. If you want to take advantage of this 3 day option, you are encouraged to book your rooms early.
Reservations can be made online. The BUSMVA web page for room reservations is:
If you want to make your reservation over the phone, then call 1-800-Embassy (362-2779).
Embassy Suites is conveniently located just off of the Interstate 480 (Gerald Ford Freeway) in the Historic Old Market District, which puts attendees in the midst of a myriad of entertainment options. The hotel is just steps away from the charm and excitement of this popular shopping and dining area as well as several top attractions.
Embassy Suites offers the convenience of valet parking for $18.00 per night or the option of complimentary self-parking (Regular $12.00/car/night) in their lot on the south side of the hotel. The self-parking lot is immediately across Jackson Street from the hotel in a fenced area. Daily event parking is available at a rate of $15.00 per car through the valet services.
Complimentary shuttle service is available to anyone flying in with the airport just four miles away. Embassy Suites has 1-3 shuttles operating at any time. Each can carry 10 passengers.
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