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emason
05-02-2010, 12:36 AM
My reunions were cancelled due to lack of interest ...

Well, my mother's high school reunions were cancelled because there was an organizing committee of 3 - a married couple and another woman. Well, hubby dumped wife of 40 years for the other woman on the committee, so bye-bye committee and bye-bye reunions.

jenniferlyon
05-02-2010, 06:51 AM
Where I live, my school's alumni seem to have multi-class reunions on a regular basis. Everybody who graduated anytime near a particular class meets up at one of the bars or clubs in our hometown. So far, I haven't attended any of these gatherings or any of the more formal, official reunions. I've stayed in touch with a couple of my closest high school friends and I've found others more recently on Facebook. I had lunch with one old friend I hadn't seen in awhile, but I'm not really up for a large reunion of any kind.

Moto Guzzi
05-17-2010, 12:47 AM
I just came back from my class reunion and had a wonderful time. We went to a small high school where everybody pretty much knew everybody. Enough time has gone by that all the old cliques are no longer important; I saw people talking to people they never would have spoken to in high school.

The first night we met at a restaurant/club, and we closed the place down. Nobody wanted to leave because we were having too much fun. Our high school has an annual alumni dinner so our class met there the next day and talked for hours. We toured the school with a high school senior who showed us all the changes. She quickly learned that she had to shout to make herself heard and that we had a lot of crazy stories. In the band room, one classmate sat down at the drums and played a solo; she said she hadn't played in over 20 years but it came back quickly. In the business department, some of us remembered the time my sister came to visit me in class--outside on the ledge. She danced around 2 stories up, whacked her head on a window frame, and windmilled her arms wildly to keep from falling off.

After the dinner, we went to a club and stayed until they threw us out. We voted to have another reunion in 5 years and to try to get together more frequently in the years in between when somebody comes home for a visit. Some of us are on Facebook and plan to stay in touch there, too. I've gone to several reunions, but this was the best one yet.

IceKween
05-17-2010, 02:24 AM
I'm planning on going to 3 twenty year reunions (my parents moved me around alot). They start the last weekend of July. I can't wait. I went to a 20y reunion for the class ahead of me this past year and loved it. It's great when you don't really look different from high school and haven't gained weight or aged. I will lurve the reunion tour....

SoNaoWat?
05-17-2010, 03:55 PM
Moto- That is wonderful! Sounds like you had a reunion experience the way it's supposed to be. We've got our second planning meeting tomorrow evening, and I hope we have a good turnout.

NeilJLeonard
05-17-2010, 04:40 PM
Mine starts this Friday evening, 5/21/10 & runs until breakfast/brunch on Sunday, 5/23/10. I'm driving to it on Saturday, about 250 miles +/-, and will leave after all the scheduled festivities that are happening that night. Before going I'll take the nickel tour of the town since I've not visited it for over 40 years. I'm actually looking forward to seeing these many people, about 140 are expected to attend, I've not seen for 50 years. I'm a bit nervous, apprehensive and excited. I can't wait until Saturday morning...:)

NJL...:cool:

skatesindreams
05-17-2010, 04:58 PM
Moto, I'm glad that your experience was so good.
It sounded fabulous!

Moto Guzzi
05-17-2010, 05:21 PM
We had 55 classmates show up which was not bad, considering the short time planning the reunion. The organizers threw it together in about six weeks. I wish I could say I hadn't gained weight since high school, but I have. There were quite of few of us carrying more weight. On the plus side, I'm not gray and wrinkled and people generally think I am younger than I am. ;)

NeilJLeonard, no need to be nervous or apprehensive; I'm sure you'll have a blast! The class of 1960 was having their 50th reunion that same weekend, and they seemed to be having as much fun as we were. Nearly 400 people came to the school's annual alumni dinner. Somebody did a roll call of years and had class members stand as their year was called. The oldest attendees graduated in 1936! In some instances, three generations of graduates were there.

NeilJLeonard
05-21-2010, 05:36 PM
We had 55 classmates show up which was not bad, considering the short time planning the reunion. The organizers threw it together in about six weeks. I wish I could say I hadn't gained weight since high school, but I have. There were quite of few of us carrying more weight. On the plus side, I'm not gray and wrinkled and people generally think I am younger than I am. ;)

NeilJLeonard, no need to be nervous or apprehensive; I'm sure you'll have a blast! The class of 1960 was having their 50th reunion that same weekend, and they seemed to be having as much fun as we were. Nearly 400 people came to the school's annual alumni dinner. Somebody did a roll call of years and had class members stand as their year was called. The oldest attendees graduated in 1936! In some instances, three generations of graduates were there.
Sounds like you had a pretty good day of it...:)...I like the roll call of the years idea at an annual alumni dinner. That could be something that could be done in conjunction with the schools homecoming football festivities. It could be a very good tradition to start.

I did a bit of detective work online & was actually able to contact one of my best buddies from 1959/1961. I hadn't talked to him since 1965 or so. He's invited me to spend Saturday night with him instead of driving back the same day. I can attend the Sunday Brunch then and take a daylight return trip afterwards. Sounds like an offer I can't refuse...;)

I'll report on the weekend on Monday. No matter what, it looks like it's going to be an interesting couple of days....;)

NJL

Jayar
05-21-2010, 06:14 PM
So excited... mine 20th is in 2 weeks from tomorrow. We have a roster of who is coming, and I am stoked! There are a few who I would love to see that are missing, but :)

Ziggy
05-22-2010, 03:27 AM
I just don't get it.

The few people from my school I would like to be in contact with, I am.

The rest I really have no desire of ever seeing again. :P

Debbie S
05-23-2010, 03:00 AM
My high school's alumni office mailed the class photo taken at reunion (20th) a few weeks ago (which I did not attend), along with the obligatory annual fund end-of-fiscal year push letter (I already gave). Looking at the photo is scary - there are people I can't even recognize, lol. And our class was relatively small - 124 people - so I knew everyone at the time. Some (guys) are nearly bald, and some (guys and girls) gained a lot of weight. :eek:

Aren't I too young to not recognize high school classmates? :scream:

Lacey
05-23-2010, 03:34 AM
We had a reunion with my school's class year, that of the ones below and above us, and also the same from four other schools nearby, just about everyone we knew, complete with a band from our era with some of our best friends in it. Fabulous people and music. We did it 10 years and 5 years ago, and will definitely do it again one more time in another 5 years before we all get too old to dance.

NeilJLeonard
05-24-2010, 12:07 AM
Interesting, hell! It was a blast. It was a hoot. I haven't laughed so much in ages or had as much fun. The old town has certainly changed a bit in 40 years but that just made it that much better. Great location for it & great people at it that all showed up just to have a good time. We did....:D

The plan now is to have another one in 2 years. I'm going...;)

NJL

Moto Guzzi
05-24-2010, 04:25 AM
How many people showed up? I'm glad you had so much fun and are already thinking about the next one.