Jeeps Bio

Born July 1942 in Roswell New Mexico
Started school in the fall of 1948, was held back in the second grade because I could not read or write on a level with my class. Failed the 6th grade once again because I could not read past a third grade level. Left High School in December of 1961 I just could not stand the embarrassment of failing one more time.
No one had any idea what dyslexia was back in those days.
Worked at many dead end jobs until 1965.
I served my Sheet Metal Apprenticeship in El Paso 1965 to 1969.
Married Frieda Mary Spite 10/27/68. She graduated from El Paso High School in 1966.
She was my soul mate, my best friend and my life mate. She passed away January 2, 2011.
Anyone who had ever meet her will be glad to tell you just as I will, that I married well above my station in life, by a hell of a lot.
1 Daughter born 11/02/70 Ronda Jane.
She is the Executive Director of the Plumbing Contractors’ Worker Comp Fund for the State of New Mexico. Her husband Clarence Lopez is an electriction and member of I.B.E.W. Local Union #611 here in Albuquerque. Two granddaughters Isis Indika 8 years old and Jade Sterling Lopez 6 years old and a grandson Osiris Orian, born on November 19, 2008.
Moved to Alamogordo November of 1972 to open Gilliland Metal Craft (went broke 1974).
While living in Alamo I built the metal relief of Jesus that hangs in the Lutheran Church in Alamo at 1212 Washington St, the Iron bars on the Plaza Bar & Restaurant and over 100 iron gates and window guards in Alamo.
Moved to Albuquerque May 1975 & worked for Miller Metal 1975 to June of 1980.
Received Patten number 4,056,289 on November 1, 1977 for a toy named Rolly-Polly, never sold it, Mattel and I could not come to terms, all though we tried for two years.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1978, took all the reading and writing courses available at the time and man did my life take off, once I could read and write. Through the Rocky Mountain Labor School and the George Meany Labor Studies Center, I am 22 hours short of a labor law degree.
Elected Business Representative of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #49, June 1980 served until July 1989.
During that time I received the United Way Community Services Award for the year of 1988.
Elected President New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO (67,000 union members) 1/3/1990 served until 9/29/2001.
Inducted into the New Mexico Democrat Party Hall of Fame February 1993.
Elected to the Democrat National Committee in 1998 as New Mexico’s National Committeeman. One of five votes for New Mexico on the National Committee,

Elected member of Electoral College in 2000. (So I can be introduced as the honorable) Did not run for re-election in 2004, as a personal protest because, BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES have made running for office in America as well as New Mexico a BLOOD SPORT. Instead of working for “What is in the best interest of Americans”.
I am still a democrat and will be till I die, but I also believe no matter what party a person is in they should insist that politics be about “We the People”
I received Dollars against Diabetes Distinguisher Services Award 1994. We raised $60,000.00 to fight Diabetes.
I Received United Way Outstanding Individual Award for the year of 1992. (Which in the past was called the man of the year award).
Named one of New Mexico’s most 100 Influential Individual by the Albuquerque Business Journal 12 years in a row.
RETIRED!! 9/28/2001 (finally found a job I really am qualified for).
Elected President Emeritus for life 9-29-2001 the only individual every so elected in the 125 year history of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO.
Some of the Boards and Commissions I have served on
New Mexico Mutual Insurance Co. Inc. 6 years
Union Savings Bank 2 years
Independent Medical Examination Provider Selection Committee 4 years
United Way Board of Central New Mexico 6 years
National Energy Management Committee 2 years

George E. “Jeep” Gilliland
President Emeritus (Has Been)
New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
728 Shire St. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121
Home phone 505 831 5305
Cell phone 505 379 3214

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Reunion Update

Hi All,
We now have 18 people registered for the reunion, and more who have let me know they will be sending in their forms soon.
We are going to have our monthly planing meeting this Saturday, July 21st, at Margo’s in Alamo on 1st street at 6:30pm; please try to attend. We are getting close to the big day and need all the input we can get!!!!
Thank You,

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Reunion Registration Form

Here is the Reunion Registration Form.
Print it out, fill it in, and send it with your check to Jeep.
Make your check out to AHS Class of 1962

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Reunion Planning Meeting – June 19

Reunion Planning Meeting
June 16th, 2012
6:30 pm
Margo’s Mexican Restaurant
504 1st Street
Alamogordo, New Mexico

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Latest Reunion Plans

The 50th class reunion dates are September 14th to the 16th in Alamogordo.
We plan on having a cost per person/couple by the first of July.
We will need to know by August 1st at least the names of those who are going to attend, and if possible have sent in their registration fee.

The plans are:
Friday, 9 – 14 – 2012
Take part in the Homecoming Parade.
11:00 am to 5:30 pm picnic in a park, and tickets for the home coming game that night.*
Car poker during the picnic (check with Monty for rules).

Saturday, 9 – 15 – 2012
Mid day picnic 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.*
Dinner 6:30 pm at the 19th Hole Grill & Bar. the bar opens at 5:30pm.

Sunday, 9 – 16 – 2012
Continental Breakfast *
*Location of Parks and Continental Breakfast yet to be decided.

Hotel rates will not be included in the cost of registration for the reunion.

Hotel rates:

* Holiday Inn Express (575 434 9773)
$109.00 for King Size Bed

* Fairfield Inn (575 437 4000)
$94.49 for King Size Bed
$98.49 for 2 Queen Size Beds

* Hampton Inn (575 439 1782)
$99.00 King Size Bed

Comfort Inn (575 434 4200)
$76.49 King Size Bed
or 2 Queen Size Beds

Super 8 Motel (575 434 4205)
$59.99 King Size Bed
$69.99 2 Queen Size Beds

Budget 7 Motel (575 437 9350)
$31.00 King Size Bed
$36.00 2 Queen Size Beds

*Includes a free continental breakfast for Hotel Guest

Thanks Estelle & Les Bond, Mike & Linda Sullivan, Dreama & John Lazaro, Monty Bunker, Dwayne Efird, B J &Tom Shields, Juan Trujillo & Bob White for doing all the foot work getting these prices & events together.

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Reunion Planning Meeting – May 19

The Reunion meeting will be at Margo’s, 504 E. 1st. in Alamo, 6:30 pm, May the 19th.
Please come with your ideas and bring a friend from our class.
Looking forward to seeing all of you!
So far it is looking like we will have a really good reunion, thanks to all the folks who have pitched in to help

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Reunion Plans

The reunion meeting at Margo’s on April 21st was very productive, everyone there was ready to get this Reunion going and put together. Below is each item each person is willing to get done. It is not everything we will need, but most of what is left to do is the bolts and nuts of the plan.

We will finalize the itinerary and create a registration forms by July 1st, and request registrations by August 1st. We need to know how many tickets to get for the football game, how much food to get for the picnics, how many meals for Saturday night, etc. We request payment of the registration fee with the registration. We expect the registration fee to be less than $50.00 per person.

We welcome any ideas from any classmate, although they may be asked to coordinate any additional activities. If you see anything here you would like to help with PLEASE let me (Jeep) know.

Monty Bunker will:
– Put together a Poker Run (where each player will drive from one place to another and pick up a card at 5 different places and return to the starting point. The player with the best hand will be the winner.)
– Get a boom box for the Float for the Parade.
– Help any where help is needed

Estelle & Les Bond will
– Buy (from class funds) T-shirts 2 for each class member of the class for $15.00 per pair.
– Get tickets for the Homecoming Game
– Get the prices and a list of supplies we will need for the picnics Friday and Saturday

Mike & Linda Sullivan will
– Locate and Reserve the parks we will need for the Picnics
– Locate and reserve a place for the Saturday night Dinner and Dance
– Location they will be looking at are
— The Old Gym, the Elks Club and the Country Club
– Get prices for local Hotels which Jeep will post on the home page and e-mail to all we have e-mail address.

Tommy Shields will
– Make arrangements for a platform for the Parade Friday afternoon

Chuck Sledge is willing to perform for our reunion.

Dreama & John Lazaro
– Will return to Alamo in the fall and stand ready to help out.
– Dreama brought all the forms for the three locations we decided to have checked out

Dwayne Efird will
– Get prices and make arrangements to have ads ran in the local news paper

Jeep will
– Keep the class mates up-dated on how everything is going and let everyone know what else we need and how each can help.

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE PLANING COMMITTEE IS MAY 19th,2011 at Margo’s in Alamo at 6:30pm

PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We plan to meet the 3rd Saturday of every month until the reunion.

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Hello Class of 62

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50th Reunion Scheduled!

Our 50th Reunion with be the weekend of September 14, 15, and 16, 2012. This is the same weekend as Homecoming at Alamogordo High School. Hopes are high that we’ll be part of the parade and game on the 14th. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

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Bill Coburn bio

BA, Southeastern Oklahoma State University – 1971
M Div, Phillips Theological Seminary – 2005
Married Gail Underwood Ratcliff during the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, where we worked – 1988
No children; two three-year-old twin grandchildren
Served as an A & B-team Medical Specialist with the U.S. Army Special Forces from 1966-1969 before returning to college to complete a BA in Spanish with minors in Music and Aviation and obtain a commercial pilot’s license on the GI Bill.
Pursued a career as an actor in Dallas-Fort Worth from 1980-1995 after doing graduate work in musical theater at Texas Woman’s University.
Attended seminary in Oklahoma and served churches in Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico before being ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas in 2008.
Became chaplain of a Cub Scout pack and a newly-chartered Boy Scout troop while serving a rural Congregational Church in New Hampshire during the centennial celebration of Scouting in 2010.
Moved back to the DFW metroplex in April, 2011 and became the Music and Bugling Merit Badge course instructor at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, TX and chaplain and religious awards counselor for a Venture Crew sponsored by an Anglo-Hispanic Episcopal church in Garland, TX.
Currently play in three community bands and a jazz ensemble and play Taps at services with full military honors for veterans, primarily at the DFW National Cemetery, as a volunteer with Bugles Across America while awaiting a call to serve a church.

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