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Your connection with Genevieve and Waite Phillips, which likely began as a Philmont camper or staff member, and which connection you may have strengthened at the PSA Reunion in Tulsa, can now extend to the very spot where they now rest.

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, the gates of the Phillips mausoleum in Los Angeles will be opened and you will stand in awe before the crypts of the two persons who made Philmont possible, and who profoundly changed your life: Genevieve and Waite Phillips.

Your Philmont Staff Association, with the support of the Phillips family, is honored to announce the Celebration of the Lives of Genevieve and Waite Phillips on February 1, 2014, in Los Angeles at the Westwood Village Memorial Park, the cemetery where both the Phillips rest.

You’ve wanted to honor and celebrate the Phillipses for a long time, and now the time has come.

Why is now the time? January 27, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Waite Phillips, and February 1, 2014 is the first Saturday after that. It’s that simple.

You will never, ever, have a better opportunity to honor and celebrate their selfless generosity of the gift of Philmont.

[Editor’s note: I accidentally indicated in the May newsletter that this celebration would take place in 2104 rather than 2014. This particular event is just next year. My apologies. ~Douglas]

Program

The program is as follows:

Friday, January 31:

  • 8 p.m., mixer

Saturday, February 1:

  • 9:30 a.m., begin gathering at Westwood Village Memorial Park in west Los Angeles. (Near UCLA)
  • 10:00 a.m., ceremony celebrating the lives of Genevieve and Waite Phillips in the Westwood Chapel, the very same chapel where their funerals were conducted. Among those participating is John Clark as the moderator, Ed Pease as the keynote speaker, and Rod Taylor is in charge of music. There will also be an audio-visual offering by PSA film-maker Larry McLaughlin.
  • 11:00 a.m., visit the Phillips mausoleum, where the doors will be opened and you will be able to see the Phillips crypts, pay respects, take photos, and leave private notes of appreciation.
  • 11:30 a.m., self guided tour of Westwood Village Memorial Park – the “Cemetery to the Stars” – where notables such as Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Merv Griffin and many others rest. You will understand why Westwood Village Memorial Park is a bright, happy place.
  • 1:00 p.m., gather for celebratory luncheon at nearby restaurant.
  • 3:30 p.m., optional side trip to 10659 Bellagio Road (the nearby last address of the Phillipses), hike on Wilshire Boulevard to locate addresses of Waite Phillips’s offices, or drive to Waite Phillips Hall on the University of Southern California campus.

Cost and reservations

Your cost for this event is $55. Attendance is limited to 140 persons – the fire code limits for the chapel and the restaurant. This number is a hard ceiling. It cannot be raised. Don’t be left out.

Reservations are available on a first-to-pay basis. You can register by sending your check payable to the PSA at 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714, or register now.

Cancellations received prior to December 1, 2013, will receive a full refund. Cancellations after that date will not be eligible for a refund unless we are able to fill your place.

All of the events – excepting side trips to Bellagio Road or Waite Phillips Hall – and the hotels described below are within very easy walking distance of each other. Once you arrive and park your car, you are not likely to need it again. Taking a taxi to and from the airport and not renting a car is a very practical option. You can car-pool to Bellagio Road or Waite Phillips Hall.

Hotels

We have secured preferred rates at the following nearby hotels. Space limitations prevent us from describing all the terms and conditions of each hotel. You are responsible for obtaining the cancellation policy and other terms at the time you make your reservation. If you have any special needs, please specify those needs when making your reservation. The tax rate in Los Angeles varies by type and size of hotel.

W Hotel

At the top of the price list and at the top in luxury is the W-Hotel Los Angeles. Situated at 930 Hilgard Avenue, this hotel is everything you would expect of a W-Hotel. The W offers a block of ten Spectacular Queen Suites at the rate of $239. Applicable taxes are added. The suite consists of a completely separate bedroom with queen bed. The living room includes a sofa, mini-bar, television, etc. This rate is for one or two persons.

This is a full service hotel with restaurant and bar. Breakfast, parking, internet, and other incidentals are in addition to the room rate.

You can reserve by calling 877-946-8357 and ask for the Philmont Staff Association group block rate. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation.

Alternatively, you can reserve using the following link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1304020735&key=917F1

Please note that there is a 31 day advance cancellation requirement. Cancellations received 31 days or more before the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 30 days or less in advance of the event will have their credit card charged for the length of the original stay.

The cut-off date for this rate is January 3, 2014.

Palomar

The Palomar, part of the unique Kimpton collection, is a few blocks out of the way at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard, but is the best value. The Palomar offers a block of ten rooms at the rates of $189 for a single or double, $209 for a triple, and $229 for a quad rate. Applicable taxes are added.

This is a full service hotel with restaurant and bar. Breakfast, parking, internet, and other incidentals are in addition to the room rate.

You can reserve by calling 424-901-7270 or 1-800-KIMPTON. Ask for the Philmont Staff Association rate. A credit card is required to secure your reservation.

The cut-off date for this rate is January 1, 2014.

Hilgard House

The Hilgard House, 927 Hilgard Avenue, offers singles for $164 and doubles for $169 . Applicable taxes are added. You can select a room with a king, queen or two double beds. Rates include free parking for one regular sized vehicle and complimentary continental breakfast and wi-fi. This hotel does not have a restaurant or bar, but there are many nearby, including the W-Hotel across the street.

You can reserve by calling 800-826-3943. Ask for the PSA Group rate. A credit card is required to secure your reservation.

The cut-off date for this rate is December 31, 2014.

Royal Palace Hotel

The Royal Palace Hotel, 1052 Tiverton Avenue, is our budget offering. Don’t be put off by the dowdy exterior appearance and the lobby. The rooms are quite nice and this location is the best of our hotel offerings. This hotel has very competitive offerings:

Queen (2 guests max) $139.00.
King (2 guests max) $149.00.
2 Queen (4 guests max) $159.
Mini Suite (5 guests max) $164.
Full Suite (5 guests max) $169.

Applicable taxes are added.

Rates include free parking for one regular sized vehicle and complimentary continental breakfast and wi-fi. This hotel does not have a restaurant or bar, but there are many nearby.

You can reserve by calling 310-208-6677. Ask for the Philmont Staff Association rate. A credit card is required to secure your reservation.

The cut-off date for these rates is December 31, 2014.

You need to be there

As your Philmont Staff Association enters its 41st year, take time to be a part of this shining moment when your Association honors and celebrates the two people who made it all possible: Genevieve and Waite Phillips. This opportunity may never come again.

Questions? Contact:

Randy Saunders at randy.saunders@scouting.org Lee Huckstep at lee.huckstep@kbr.com

Register now.