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Back to Havana Tour 2015

DATES: All travel to Miami Friday, Sept.4 (mandatory pre-tour briefing). Depart to Havana Saturday, Sept. 5. Return to Miami Saturday, Sept. 12

The tour provider is aiming for a price of approx. $2,000 per person. They’ll work to keep it well under $3K/person. (We are just waiting for confirmation to make this tour a reality)


  • Non-stop round trip flight from Miami to Havana via U.S. Government-licensed charter service.
  • U.S. Treasury Department license and letter of authorization (mandatory)
  • Cuba Entrance Visa (mandatory)
  • All land transportation, transfers & porterage in Cuba
  • 1st night Crowne Plaza Miami Airport Hotel with Pre-tour introductory briefing (mandatory)
  • Hotel accommodations in Cuba
  • Most meals. (Since people can’t get money out in Cuba or use credit cards, most meals included).
  • Comprehensive educational exchange program, including entrance fees
  • US travel rep escort (mandatory)
  • Professional, English-speaking local guide, who will facilitate the educational exchanges with Cubans (mandatory)
  • Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)



  • Getting to/from Miami from where you live
  • Tour gear – Jersey, Guayabera, T-shirts, Kit bag, give-aways, etc.


The goal is to secure some corporate sponsorships to help cover gear costs. $500 to get the corporate logo on the tour T-shirt, $2K for front of jersey, $1K for back of jersey below number, $500 for sleeve.

Jerseys will be dry-fit, short-sleeve.

Measurements will be needed for the Guayabera (chest in inches, also belt size), which is a traditional, loose-fitting, short-sleeve shirt popular in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Interested? Contact Chuck Hamilton:


RAW 2015 March 5-8

If you didn’t attend RAW last year, READ THIS!:

Guys, we are having too much fun for just 70+ old ruggers to keep to themselves. Put RAW 2015(March 5-8) on your calendars and start calling your old teammates. We have golf, BEER, sunshine, spring baseball, BEER, skeet shooting, parties, food, BEER, a rugby match, and BEER. No exams! No IPE! No IF&T! There is NO downside! Get down to Glendale and relive the glory days of being on campus. Let’s make RAW 2015 a blowout with 100+ Rugby Alumni!

Thursday 3/5: Plenty of golf for those so inclined, spring training baseball for others. Thursday night includes Pub Night, where the Rugby Alumni own the Pub, four deep along the length of the bar.

Friday 3/6: More golf, as well as skeet shooting with Range Master Ed Decker ’90.

The Friday night TARA Social at the Pub will include our usual speed networking with the student club. It may also take place at the ‘Old Pub’, and include cigar and whiskey tasting, courtesy of the student club. Pending scheduling, the new CEO and Director General of Thunderbird, Allen Morrison will attend as well.

Saturday 3/7: Rugby Day! The match will be on the Pitch at 1pm. Post-match will be poolside at the Fish. The Rugby Banquet/Auction will be in the usual location, just off the Commons. If you have interesting Rugby items to donate to the Auction, please bring them with you or make arrangements to get them there!

Bring a teammate that didn’t come last year. (Rocket doesn’t count. I want Metcalfe/Turbo/Evil Dave/Not-so-evil Phil/Brian Tague/Grant DeBruin/Steve Franklin and others from across the years).

Upcoming Reunion years for RAW 2015 (March 5-8):

· 2010 – 5 years

· 2005 – 10 years

· 2000 – 15 years

· 1995 – 20 years

· 1990 – 25 years

· 1985 – 30 years

· 1980 – 35 years