Class Reunion Update

By now, most of you should have received the flyers with the details of the reunion.  Shelley sent them out a few days ago.  Please return them as soon as possible.

I think we are going to have a great time.  I have heard from several classmates who plan to come.

Some of the committees are at work now on various aspects of the reunion.  Thank you to the Arrangements Committee— Darwin, Dorsett, Jodene and Jerry V for reserving the Country Club and selectng the buffet for the banquet.  It all sounds good!  We met last April and arranged for the Country Club.  Dorsett did a lot of the leg work to set it up.  The committee chose the two-meat buffet which is reasonably priced and will have broad appeal.  The cost of the banquet is higher than listed on the flyer you received, but we have enough funds to help defray the cost.  I think we were able to knock off about $5-6 per person, using class funds.  This committee is done for now, but will have things to do on the day of the banquet, I’m sure!

The Booklet Committee has nearly completed their duties.  Jerry L did a lot of work at the beginning, keeping the address list current and searching for classmates.  As a result, we have the majority of the class’ addresses.  As you know, I have been entering the information from all of your questionnaires as well as adding cartoon, trivia and pictures to the booklet.  I sent it to Linda R who put it on a webpage so you will be able to see it online.  CDs of the booklet will be available at the reunion. Just when I think the booklet is completed, I think of something else to add!  We did the “Cars We Drove” page, and now I want to have “Our Music” page with popular songs (favorites of yours) that you remember from our era.  Please send me your favorite song.   Also, I am starting a couple other pages, “Movies of the ’60’s” and “What I Miss About the Sixties.”  Please send me your favorites for those categories.  .

Bill F and the Publicity Committee created the flyers you received in the mail.  Bill contacted the committee members, Mary Lou, Jerry L, Robin, Jerry S and Shelley.  Jerry L designed the flyers and Shelley mailed them all out.  Members of this committee live all over the country, so just to communicate with everyone had to be interesting!  Thank you for your hard work, everyone!

Jan and Cheryl from the Entertainment Committee have been asked to come up with some “awards” to give out.  Let them know if you have any ideas for them.  So far, we have “Traveled the Furthest to the Reunion,” “Most Children,” “Most Grandchildren,” “Married the Longest,” and my suggestion of “Most Knee Surgeries!”  Bill and I worked on the DVD.  I compiled the pictures, put them on Movie Maker and added music from the ’60’s.  Bill F burned copies on DVDs for the class.  You will be able to pick one up at the reunion.  Thanks for sending all your pictures for the DVD.  A few pictures arrived too late for the DVD so I put them in the booklet.  Deb Mc is creating and printing a program that will be distributed at the banquet. 

That leaves the Decorations/Nametags Committee–Lana, Jodene, Mary Lou, Dorsett, Robin and Jerry S.  This committee needs to get started on decorations and nametags.  Will one of you volunteer to lead the charge?  I think you can communicate via email like the Publicity Committee did.  I have scanned all the Senior pictures for the booklet, so if you want them for nametags, let me know and I can send you a CD with all the pictures on it.  I have a few items for a memoribilia table if you choose to do that.  I lost alot of my stuff when our basement flooded (water main break) a few summers ago, but I have a class ring, my diploma, a couple of programs (Junior Class play, graduation) and my tassel.  I’m sure other people have items as well, so you could start collecting them (or having them brought to BBow in time for the reunion.)  I think Judy told me she has her Sioux Sweater.  We have a large room at the Country Club, so if you want displays, there is space for things like that.  It would be good if you guys can get started on this soon, so there isn’t a last minute rush.  Keep me posted!

I have received lots of help and encouragement from all of you, plus others who didn’t sign up for the committees.  Mike Horn has been my “technical support.”  Linda R has been my backup for the booklet and went the extra mile by developing a webpage for it!  I appreciate all the thought and hard work that has gone into planning the reunion.  You guys are great!  I look forward to seeing you all in July!

Now, for family updates!  We have been busy with prom, band, Honors Night, graduation and graduation parties.  We are very proud of Mike who will be attending UNL in the fall.  He wants to be a history teacher.  He received many honors and awards, a couple surprise scholarships.  He is a National Merit finalist so UNL gave him an excellent scholarship.  He also received a scholarship from ConAgra–the Corporate National Merit.  Woodmen of the World gave him the “American History” award.  He received one hundred dollars in cash from MidCity Bank just for being in the World-Herald scholar section of the paper.  (The MidCity bank president is a huge supporter of Burke High School.)  The College of Education and Human Services at UNL gave Mike an unsolicited scholarship.  It came out of the blue!  Nice surprise!  So, if Mike can keep his GPA up better than his parents did, he should be in good shape all four years of college!  Mike has been accepted into the Honors Program at UNL and will live in the “nerd dorm,” Neihardt.  We hope, since he will be with the other nerds, he won’t be out partying with all those kids from Harper-Schramm-Smith and Abel Halls like his parents did!

Graduates

We are looking forward to going to Chicago again next month.  Delilah Luz will be baptized so we will go for the weekend.  She is growing so fast.  I can’t wait to see her!  Dave finally sent some current pictures.  I told him he was falling down on the job!  I need a t-shirt that reads, “Warning!  New Grandma Armed with Baby Pictures!” 

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Keep in touch!  Let me know how your committees are doing and if you need anything. 

 

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Better Late Than Never!

  Sorry I have been delinquent in my blogging lately!  Lots going on.

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day!  Hope you all had a nice, restful day filled with love.  Mine was kind of strange, but still nice.  It started early when Dennis brought home a huge bouquet of flowers on Thursday.  They smell so good!  I already had a small bouquet for May Day, my little maybasket of daisies. (Daisies are my favorite flower.)  Dave and Carlota sent me a photo mug with a picture of Baby Delilah Luz and Dave on it.  I received it in the mail Saturday.  Joe had to work a double-shift today, so he felt bad that he couldn’t take me out to dinner or anything, but late last night I found more flowers (lavendar daisies) and a very funny card from him about being a son.  Mike had Prom last night, so I knew he hadn’t had time to shop for Mother’s Day.  He was too busy getting Anna’s corsage and renting his tuxedo.  He didn’t get home until 2:00 this morning.  So, I was very surprised to find a gift from him on the counter when I got up!  It was a collection of soaps in a clear plastic zipper bag.  It seemed a little odd because it looked more like something you’d give a preteen or teenaged girl.  I wondered when he had time to get it.  So, when he got up this morning, I thanked him for the Mother’s Day gift.  He said, “Oh, yeah.  I won that at the post-prom party last night!”  He said he wasn’t sure what he was going to do with it, then he remembered he hadn’t gotten me a Mother’s Day gift!  That explained the unusual gift.  I joked how, Dave had planned ahead, sent for a gift that he ordered and had personalized with a picture and Joe found time in between work to at least get flowers!  (Mike said he didn’t want to get me flowers because I had enough already!)  Mike decided it was fate that he happened to get the soaps as a door prize.  He said he wanted to get the I-Tunes card, but he got the soaps instead…lucky for me!  He would’ve kept the I-Tunes card and I wouldn’t have gotten a Mother’s Day gift!  

After church this morning, Mike, Dennis and I went to brunch at Bailey’s, a small cafe near 120 & Pacific.  They only serve breakfast and lunch, but have very good food.  It was packed this morning, but we only had about a 30 minute wait and it was well worth it!  I even had a mimosa.  Joe came home from work around 3:30 but had to go back for another shift at 5:00, but we were able to watch most of the Cubs game together.  And the CUBS WON!  It has been sort of a Mother’s Day tradition for us to go to a baseball game.  It was great fun when we lived in Chicago.  Lately, we haven’t been to many games, but we catch the Cubs on TV when we can.

Last evening, we had seventeen kids over to our house for prom pictures, along with their parents.  It was quite a scene!  The weather was gorgeous, so we were able to take all the pictures outdoors.  That is fortunate, because our house doesn’t have many areas that would accommodate a group picture that large!  I thought, if nothing else, we could cram everyone around the bar area downstairs.  But, we didn’t have to do that.  Our neighbor across the street said we could take pictures in their yard, too.  They have a huge lilac bush in bloom that made a beautiful backdrop.

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I return to work this week after my rotator cuff surgery.  I am doing well.  I will miss having so much free time, but my bank account is looking bad so I need to get back.  I also miss the people at work.  It will be good to get back into the swing of things.

I am pretty much done with the booklet.  I added some pictures.  Today I heard from Silver H so, hopefully, can add his questionnaire information to the booklet.  We will be sending out notices soon with the details of the reunion.  I thought we might get by with doing it all online, but it looks like people expect to receive invitations.  Plus, it is probably a good way to keep track of who is coming to the reunion.  Anyway, the information is being put together and will go out in the next few weeks.  I am sending the address list to classmates to do the mailing. Deb Mc has volunteered to make a flyer with all the info to mail out. 

If you haven’t joined Face Book, consider doing so.  I put an announcement with details on it on Face Book this past week.  I hope it can be a vehicle for us to use to keep in touch even after the reunion.  I plan to post the DVD pictures on Face Book once the reunion is over.

Look for further info via email and FB.  Keep in touch!