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September 28th to September 30th

Thousand Hills Resort Hotel
120 S. Wildwood Drive
Branson, Missouri 65616

WELCOME RECEPTION Thursday September 28th at 1700 – 1900

BUSINESS MEETING Friday September 29th at 0800 – 1200

AWARDS BANQUET Friday September 29th at 1800 – 2400

TOURS & ENTERTAINMENT Saturday September 30th

The Thousand Hills Resort Hotel (formerly the Raddison-Branson, where we held our 2012 Reunion) is located just off State Route 76 (West 76 Country Blvd.) 3 miles west of downtown Branson.  Group room rates are $119.95/night for 2-double beds, double occupancy ($135.96 including 13.5% tax). It is $5 additional for triple occupancy and $10 additional for quad occupancy. Rate includes a hot breakfast buffet.  There is no resort fee (for Wi-Fi, etc.).  These rates will be honored up to Sunday, 27 August and may be honored after that at the hotel’s discretion based on availability.  Reservations to come early or stay later may be honored at the Group Rate based on availability.  Reservations will be guaranteed by payment of the first night’s charge.  Check-in time is 1600, check out time is 1000.

Reservations can be made by calling (417) 335-5767.  Guests must mention the group name, “Marine Corps Engineers, to receive the group rate.  Individual reservations may be cancelled up to 48-hours in advance with full refund.  After that, the first night cost will be forfeited.

Getting to Branson

The closest commercial airport is Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) with service by American, Delta, and United airlines via their respective major hubs.  Transportation between the airport and hotel is best accomplished by rental car.  SGF hosts most of the national rent-a-car companies.

Driving:  The closest Interstate Highway is I-44 in Springfield, MO.  From there, Branson is 50 miles straight south on US-65.

Deadline dates:

Thursday, 27 July: MCEA deposit due to hotel.

Sunday, 27 August: Finalized and signed Banquet Event Orders due. Last day for MCEA to cancel with full refund.  Last day for room reservations at guaranteed rate.  Last day for “early bird” rate for Awards Banquet.

Friday, 8 September: Guaranteed attendance numbers due.

48 hours before arrival – Room reservations may be cancelled without penalty.  After that first night rental will be charged.


Wednesday, 27 September    Executive Committee arrives

Thursday, 28 September         Executive Committee sets up displays, etc.

1700-1900 Welcome Reception $36 per person (Awardee and one guest are free). Cash Bar

Friday, 29 September               0800-1200 Business Meeting (No charge but please register)

1800-2400 Awards Banquet ($80 per person “early bird” by Saturday, 27 August; $90 after that; Awardee and one guest are free)

Saturday, 30 September         Charter bus costs are steep (we presume a combination of fuel and insurance). We have arranged Group rates for the following, but transportation will need to be on-own/ride share.

0900-1100 Veterans’ Memorial Museum.  $15 per person, Group Rate.  Individuals not also going on the Branson Belle “Dinner” Cruise can stay later, if desired.

1200-1400 Branson Belle “Dinner” Cruise and Show.   $64  per person, Group Rate.  Menu: Chicken, Pot Roast, Salad, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and beverages.  We must get 15 people for the group rates.

Late afternoon/evening Executive Committee pack up displays

Sunday, 1 October                      Departure


You are, of course, welcome to do other things on your own.  Branson has a multitude of shows and activities.  These two happen to be what we set up for the Group on our previous visit and were very well received.  We will work with those choosing to go on the tours to ensure everyone has a ride and those going on the Branson Belle get to sit together.


Note: PayPal does not allow “no cost” options so there is not a drop-down for Awardee/Guest for either the Welcome Reception or the Awards Banquet nor payment for the Business Meeting.  However, you must include those counts on your Registration Form.



Banquet Prices


Veterans Memorial Museum @15 @


Branson Belle Dinner Cruise and Show $64 @