July 9, 2006
Our 55th reunion is history and it was great fun!!
Chick and Helen did their usual good job of getting
us all together. If I remember right, there were 49 attendees and 25 of
them were classmates. By my count, there are 61 members of our class
Chick served as our master of ceremonies. (He didn't
tell any jokes, although he said one of his kids had given him a joke
book about 2 inches thick, so he'll be prepared for the next meeting).
Tom and Lois Cormany read the list of deceased members and said the
invocation. I believe there are now 37 class members no longer with
us. (If I'm misquoting any of these figures, someone correct me)
We talked about the CCHSAA.ORG web site, and
Graham Kleespie (remember little Graham?) and his wife came by with
convenient forms. One form was a "How to" for computer users and one
was a personal information form for those who do not use a computer.
Almost half of our members have updated their information on the Web
A small amount of business was transacted. Dick
Phend moved that Chick be made permanent President/Organizer of
reunions. Chick agreed on two conditions: (1) That Helen Snapp continue
to help. (2) That she not die before he does. Helen agreed, the motion
was seconded and passed.
We also decided to have our reunions more
frequently, on a 3 year, then 2 year schedule. So, we will be able to
get together more frequently while we're still able to, and, we will be
celebrating every 5th year as well.
Letters were read from Sarah Ruth Brown and Marceil
McElroy who were not able to attend. Sarah and her husband are still
recovering from an auto accident, and Marceil has had a serious bout
with diabetes, and at the last minute her doctor said, "No flying".
There was a professional photographer on hand who
took pictures of the class, so there will be a permanent record of the
We sat eight at a table and had a good chance to
chat. My regret is that I didn't get to talk to all of my old friends.
But, I came away with a warm feeling that as a group, we've all
contributed, each in his/her own way to the way of life that people
enjoy today. I'm very proud to be a part of the class of 1951.
The class of 1956 was celebrating their 50th in the
room next to us, so there were a few people who drifted back and forth
greeting some of their old acquaintances. And a good time was had by
Plan now to attend the next reunion in 2009!