AWON is here to help. The contacts shown on this page are willing to do
anything they can to help you maximize the value of your AWON Membership.
Patty Temte has answers about anything AWON (that is NOT covered by the people listed below).
She responds to email messages sent to AWON@aol.com and sends information in response to various queries
by new members and old hands. If you would like information sent to a potential member or have a general
question about AWON, contact Patty: Click Here.
Walt Linne runs the AWON Bookstore (& Logostore) -- where you can find "Touchstones" & other key
resources, as well as AWON shirts, mugs, Hats, Pins, videos, and other assorted celebrations of orphan pride.
For Web-based offerings, pictures, prices, and ordering information on all manner
of things AWON . . . Click Here for Books and
other Resources; and Click Here for the
For E-Mail contact with Bookstore/Logostore Manager Walt Linne, Click Here.
Sharon Crowley Connor minds the AWON Bulletin Boards. To see them, Click Here.
The AWON BB is actually a whole SERIES of BBs -- on eight subjects -- whose main purpose is to attract response
from our Father's possible Buddies, and whose seconary purpose is to provide a beneficial information exchange
on a whole range of subjects that may be interesting, if not useful to us all.
The eight MAIN Subjects are these . . . 1) ARMY Connections; 2) NAVY Connections; 3) AIR CORPS Connections; 4) MARINES
connections; 5) Researching MIAs and KIAs of WWII; 6) Domestic and Overseas Cemeteries and Memorials; 7) The Orphan
Experience; and 8) The Lighter Side of WWII.
Each main subject has several "sub" categories. For instance, each "Service" has a place where you can post information
on your Father, on his Unit(s), on his Training, on his Assignments, Missions & Battles, & on any other "Story" you feel
might be interesting to people who were in (or who had Fathers in) that branch of the service.
We suggest that in order to inspire posts from the public -- that most of us (onliners of AWON) should post at least
a simple "Profile" on our Father -- hoping that just the right person out there might recognize the name. Beyond the
"Profile" posting, as time allows, also post information in some of the other (Units, Training, or Missions) categories.
More recently, it's been suggested that many of us may have sound advice for the families broken in the 911 attacks in
New York. Just go to "The Orphan Experience" Section, and leave your advice in the "Advice and Perspectives about Loss"
folder you'll find there.
If you have any questions about any of the AWON Bulletin Boards, please contact Sharon Crowley Connor.
Just Click Here.
Nancy Sue Johnson watches over the AWON Chat Room, which you'll find at: Click Here
The purpose of the Chat room is to allow a place for direct, real-time chats & collaborations. Just remember that
you'll need to pre-arrange a chat time with one or more other people -- or join a chat on the invitation of someone else.
Call a chat by inviting a few AWONers to meet in the Chat Room at a certain day and time -- either just to visit -- or
to bring perspectives on a certain subject you suggest ahead of time. Later on, we hope that AWON comittees will use
the room for real-time brainstorming & collaborations.
When you get to the Chat Room (from the Members Menu) just "sign in" by adding your name and a "profile"
(like who you are or where you're from). You'll see a list of others already in the room, but will see the messages
only from the moment you signed on. So catch up on the conversation, then join in by typing a line in the field
at the BOTTOM of the chat window. Hit the "return" key when you're ready to post your message.
If you have any questions about the operation of the Chat Room, please contact Nancy Sue Johnson.
Just Click Here.
Walt Linne and Barb Kelly are chairing the 2012 conference in Indianapolis, IN,
Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Downtown.
Bob Meek and Millie McConnell Cavanaugh chaired the 2010 conference in Annapolis, MD,
Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the DoubleTree Annapolis.
Sharon Crowley Connor and Penny Sue LeGrand chaired the 2008 conference in Tucson, AZ.
Friday, November 7 through Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at the Westward Look Hotel, in Tucson.
Patty Temte and Judy Hoffman (both of San Antonio) chaired the San Antonio Conference, and Walt Linne
and Penny LeGrand chaired the DC Conference. Walt and a dedicated crew successfully engineered the
Branson Conference (Nov. 2002) and the San Diego Conference (Nov. 2000).
For Web-based Information, pictures, etc. on San Diego, Click Here.
For Web-based Information, pictures, etc. on Branson, Click Here.
For Web-based Information, pictures, etc. on Washington, D.C., Click Here.
For Web-based Information, pictures, etc. on San Antonio, TX, Click Here.
For Web-based Information, pictures, etc. on Tucson, AZ, Click Here.
For Web-based Information, pictures, etc. on Annapolis, MD, Click Here.
AWON Board Member Gerry Morenski now handles the AWON Database, so if you have any questions about your official AWON status,
listings or membership, Click Here.
Lee Mathis is our D.C. Liaison, representing AWON's interests at the ABMC (American Battle
Monuments Commission), at the NCPC (National Capital Planning Commission) and other key places.
DUES & DONATIONS
For E-Mail information on Memorial Day ceremonies and other activities in the D.C. area,
Board Member Jerry Pinkerton is now the AWON Treasurer. To pay your dues, make a donation,
or to ask AWON accounting questions,
Patty Temte minds our Front Door, and receives all of the submissions and requests generated by the
Guest Book, which lives at http://www.awon.org/guest43.html
Most of those submissions will come from the public at large (and not from AWON Members) -- but you
should know that the Guest Book is there in case you ever need to connect someone with AWON
on the fly.
If you have any questions about the AWON Guest Book, please contact Patty Temte. Just
Judy Hathaway and Judy Hoffman manage the AWON List Server.
The purpose of the List Server is to provide a 24/7 communication avenue among our online sibs for the exchange of
directly orphan-related resources, and for encouragement of their use. We also use the list to remember and honor
our Fathers, and for supporting each other, as long as it's done in non-commercial, non-religious, non-political ways.
New Members who want to join the list should contact one of these two people:
-- Judy Hathaway
-- Judy Hoffman
If any questions arise on the operation of the List Server that cannot be answered by the List Managers, Bonnie Hellums
serves as List Liaison to the AWON Board -- Contact Bonnie: Click Here.
List Rules and guidelines live at http://www.awon.org/mailserv.html,
just Click Here.
For information on AWON List Privacy issues, Click Here.
For Web-based Information on AWON Membership, including a description of the four available categories,
and a web-based Membership Application, Click Here.
NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM
Chickie Shields Berry is heading the AWON Fund Drive to support the massive changeover of the former
D-Day Museum in New Orleans to become the National WWII Museum. Chickie completed the same mission for
the National WWII Memorial (see below) -- and she'll need the help of ALL of us on this one!
Please add the specific AWON Code number (GG001) to any donation you wish to make.
If you can help, and want E-Mail contact with Chickie, Click Here.
Barry Barr-Finch, head of AWON's Regional Coordination, encourages periodic local gatherings for
luncheons, museum visits, local services, etc. If you have any questions of Barry on
regional activities, Click Here.
For a current list of Regional Coordinators, Click Here.
We're currently looking for a member to run the AWON Speakers Bureau. If you're interested, please contact AWON President Ed Peters, Click Here.
Kathy Lupton LeComte is Editor of The Star.
For E-Mail contact with Kathy to submit story ideas, copy, or photographs, or to be listed as a
contact person in your area, Click Here.
Rik Peirson maintains the AWON Websites (both public and private), with the help of several stagers: Sharon Crowley Connor (Bulletin Board and
AWONliner's List); Nancy Sue Johnson (Father Tributes); Judy Hoffman (Events, Media, and Memorial Day); Patty Temte (Overseas Cemeteries); and Anne
Mix (Domestic Cemeteries).
The AWON "Public" site Main Menu is found at: http://www.awon.org. Click Here.
The AWON "Members-Only" site Main Menu is found at: http://www.awon.org/membersmenu526.html. Click Here.
Sharon Crowley Connor is Manager of the Bulletin Board, which can be found at: http://www.awon.org/discus. To go
there,Click Here. Sharon also stages and coordinates the AWONliner's
List, which can be found at: http://www.awon.org/protected/awlist1.html. To go there, Click Here.
AWON Wreath layings are also here -- by year. To go there, Click Here.
To contact Sharon, Click Here.
Nancy Sue Johnson is in charge of staging and coordinating Father Tributes. If you have one you'd like to add, or if you have questions
about how to do it, contact Nancy Sue about necessary standards of photo formatting and text. Just Click Here.
Judy Hoffman is in charge of staging and coordinating the EVENTS, MEDIA, and MEMORIAL DAY sections of the website. If you have an event or story you'd like to add, or if you
have questions about how to do it, contact Judy about the formatting of photos and captions. Just Click Here.
Patty Temte is in charge of staging and coordinating the various Overseas Cemetery "Memorial" pages -- and Founder Ann Mix is in charge
of staging pages for Arlington and other Domestic Cemeteries.
If you have questions, contributions, or suggestions, contact Rik. Click Here. If you want to
volunteer to help implement your suggestions, or volunteer to help on any aspect of the AWON websites, remember that you don't have to be a techie to
do it. We need you if you are an organizer, an editor, or a good correspondent! Click Here.
Additions & Corrections to this page are always invited. Click Here.
If you'd like to help in staging this page: Click Here.