Attendance: The turnout was great! On Thursday, June 28th there were 15 golfers at Enger in the morning and 80 classmates at the Boat Club in the evening. On Friday, June 29th 40 participated in the Historic Old Central Tour, most of whom also enjoyed Sammy's Pizza beforehand in the Board Room cafeteria. The Friday evening banquet at Ridgeview CC attracted 94 classmates and guests.
Financials: At the start of planning for both the 40-Year Reunion in 2008 and the 50-Year Reunion this year we had $500 or less in the bank as seed funding. That was not enough to cover costs to set up a website, prepare a mailing and pay for postage, or to pay deposits to reserve reunion venue. We're in better shape today: At the close of the 50-Year Reunion we have a bank balance of about $1,500 which should be adequate to maintain this ClassQuest website and jump-start the next reunion. It's important to point out that several classmates helped reduce or eliminate our costs - Ron DeGrio and Mars Supply prepared and donated the name badges, Jim Cadotte and Carol Kempf donated the sound system and music for both major events, and donations to the Silent Auction by Ron, David Brown, and Jay Conradi raised additional funds.
The Next Reunion: In reply to the Questionnaire on the website about how often to hold reunions there was an even split between every 10 years or 5 years or less. We recommend that we hold a 55-Year reunion in 2023 for several reasons - 1. our website will still be active so we shouldn't have to rebuild it; 2. it will be easier to find people in 5 than in 10 years; and 3. every year that we wait our class gets smaller.
Volunteers Needed: Lana and Kris have announced that they are stepping down as reunion organizers. Patty Herrick has volunteered to take on ongoing website maintenance, but she is looking for an assistant. So, volunteers are needed to stay in touch with our class and to organize the next gathering, in 2023 or whenever that may be.