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Here is a note from one of our teachers.  Watch for others to be added.  Committee Notes are below this section.
 
Note from Doris Moore--July 21, 2009
 
Dear Bill,
What a surprise to be remembered after all this time!  Yes, I was a very busy person at Washington-Lee in those days and they were among the happiest in my life.  We had a fine student body and the great relationship between teachers and students.  I very much wish I could be there; not only to see the very grown up students, but any teacher from my time who might appear.  At 91, it would be too difficult for me, so I will have to decline the invitation. 
 
Thank you very much for remembering me, and please say "hello" to any of my old teacher friends that you might see.
 
Warmly,  Doris Moore.

Notes from the committee meetings will be added below.  Watch the work in progress! 
 

Minutes W-L Class of 1969 Reunion Planning Committee Minutes
July 18, 2009

 The subject meeting was held at the Westpark Hotel Saturday, July 18, 2009. Meeting participants included: Catherine Faul Bridger, Sean Carey, Angela Dinkle, Lorraine Drance Walton, Kent Krotzer, Mike Taylor, and Bill Wilber.

The following items were discussed.

Funding for Miscellaneous Expenses

The Reunion Planning Team discussed the plan by Big Hit Reunion to provide copies of the bios and scanned pictures from the 69 yearbook to registrants at the reunion. Instead of providing these copies, the Planning Team asked Big Hit Reunion if they could use these resources to support items judged to be a higher priority for the reunion including: faculty guests; beverages and food for the hospitality room, music and food upgrades at the reunion banquet. Big Hit Reunion and the Planning team agreed on a credit of $10.75 per registrant. The Reunion Planning Team will compile the bios available that can be downloaded off of the web and will make hard copies available at the reunion for those that wish them.

Sunday Conference Calls for Classmates

Steve Rogers suggested that we make available a Conference Call Line for classmates to that might want to begin reminiscing and catching up. The first call will be Sunday August 2, 2009 from 9-11 pm ET. Steve will manage the calls. The conference dial in number that will be used is (218) 844-8230. The access code is 464207#

Class of 1969 Facebook Page

Catherine Faul Bridger has set up a Facebook page for the Class of 69. The Facebook page is set up under Washington Lee High School Class of 1969 and can be shared with anyone. Anyone can upload photos, etc, as well.

Reunion Banquet Music

We discussed the music portion of the Reunion banquet. The overall plan is to have music playing in the background for the first 4 hours of the evening. During the last hour; if folks wish to dance, the volume will be turned up. We believe the ballroom may be large enough that playing music and dancing at one end will be possible without significantly affecting conversations at the other end.

Kent Krotzer and Mike Taylor agreed to be responsible for providing the music during the banquet. Kent drafted Van Brower from Denver to help as well; although Van may not know this yet. Mike has a massive collection of songs from the 60’s that he is making available for the reunion. Kent agreed to contact a friend to determine if we can borrow/rent his sound system for the reunion. (Action: Kent to let the committee know the outcome of the discussions). The guesstimated costs of renting the equipment were $150-200 for the evening.

Kent, Mike, and Van will work together --to compile the songs onto the system and program the songs on the system in the order that they're to be played. My understanding is that the system can be easily overridden such that if someone has a request during the evening -it can be easily accommodated. Kent, Mike, and Van will set up the system beforehand, provide whatever operational oversight needed during the banquet; and disassemble the equipment at the end of the evening.

Action: Wilber to request that Big Hit Reunion return Mike’s CDs to him.

Next Planning Team Meetings

The next two meetings of the Reunion Planning Team will be Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, September 12 at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center (12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192) All are welcome. For those that wish to participate by phone, the dial-in number is: (218) 844-8230 Access code: 464207#

 
 
 
 
 
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W-L Class of 1969 - 40th Reunion

Planning Team Meeting Notes May 16, 2009

 

The May 16, 2009 meeting of the Reunion Planning team was held at the National Center office of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  Meeting participants were:

 

Sean Carey, Shellie Chambers, Angela Dinkle, Diana Castle Fredenburg

Catherine Faul Bridgers, Bonnie Gillespie Keul, Kent Krotzer

Connie McAdams Williams (by phone), Randy (Steve) Rogers (by phone)

Frank Sweigart, Lorraine Drance Walton, Bill Wilber

 

After reviewing the general plan for the reunion; we went into more detail on the plans for several of the activities.

 

General:

 

Most of the activities that are being planned outside of the Saturday evening banquet require more accurate information on the number of people that plan to participate. 

 

We don’t know how many out of town guests may attend the reunion but, we realize that the area has changed a lot since 1969.  For those that would like to avoid driving in the area; we will try to arrange transportation to/from the airport as well as to/from the hotel to W-L for the football game and Saturday morning tour. 

 

Action:  Bill to develop a form to be shared with Reunion Registrants to help us better determine: 1) transportation (or other) needs of out-of-town guests, and 2) interests in specific reunion events so that we can get a more accurate head count for planning purposes.   We’ll probably need a tiered approach to obtain this information-(e.g. mailings, email and phone calls) 

 

 

Friday night:  Pregame Reception with W-L Alumni Association

Catherine Fauls Bridger briefed the group on the recent meeting of the W-L Alumni Association.    The Alumni Association is planning a pre-game reception for the homecoming game and they would welcome our class to attend.   The Reunion Planning Team decided to support attending the Pregame reception over the alternative of organizing an event at a local restaurant because it sounds like fun and because it will be simpler and easier for people coming in Friday night to drive to one location and park.      

Ordinarily, attending the reception is a perk of membership in the Association ($10/year or $100 lifetime).  But, since most of our classmates won’t be members; they agreed to a different arrangement.  Membership in the Association will not be required for people to attend.   The initial cost estimate from the Association is about $2/person; Catherine initially estimated that 75 people from the Class of 69 would attend.   We’ve agreed to publicize information about the Association to our classmates and will provide a table for them to recruit new members at the Saturday evening reunion event. 

 

Action:   Catherine agreed to continue serving as the point of contact between our class and the Alumni Association for the pre-game reception and to assist with planning and coordination.  

 

Suggestion:  contact Nancy Adler Halliday to see if she might be able to assist with the reception through her connections with Whole Foods.

 

Suggestion:  Consider more substantive Tailgate Party with Alumnae Assoc to include. burgers, dogs, potato salad, , a little boombox with Motown tunes, etc.  

 

 

Football Game:

There was a lot of discussion about reconstituting the Go Go Boys for the Football Game.  Catherine mentioned that 1969 was the last year of the Go Go Boys at W-L.   Few committee members admitted to remembering) many of the cheers.   Marilyn Tucker Nicol responded earlier with a couple of cheers that she remembered.   People attending the game will be encouraged to wear blue shirts and ties. 

 

Action:  Wilber to post a request on the web site and send an email to classmates requesting the cheers. 

 

The W-L band would play music from the 60’s during half time in honor of our class if we provided them with specific song requests.  Catherine indicated that last year, the

W-L Football Coach had some special recognition for alumni football players.

 

Action:  Diana Castle offered to contact the music director to arrange music. 

Action:  Wilber to contact Football coach to discuss

 

Hospitality Suite

The hospitality suite will be open Friday night beginning about 9pm after the football game and Saturday evening beginning about 10:30 pm.  

 

Action:  Frank Sweigart agreed to be responsible for planning beverages and snacks. Angela Dinkle and Bonnie Keul offered to assist.

 

Suggestion:  Contact Nancy Adler Halliday to see if she might be able to assist through her connections with Whole Foods. 

 

Saturday

 

W-L Tour:  Lorraine briefed the group on the option of renting a yellow School Bus for 3 hours Saturday morning to transport people staying at the Westpark Hotel to the school.  The Williams Bus Company charges $375 for 3 hours and the bus will hold 40 people.

The other option that we discussed is carpooling.  Both options require that we have a better head count of people staying at the Westpark Hotel that are interested in the school tour. 

 

Banquet Registration

Lorraine offered to take the lead organizing the registration table.  We’ll need several additional people at the table to assist her. 

 

Memorial Board  Several committee members volunteered to make contacts to obtain Additional information about some of our deceased classmates for the Memorial Board. 

 

Deceased Classmate

Volunteer

Atonio Alvarez

Kent Krotzer

Melanie Child

Kent Krotzer

Anne Gibbs

Angela Dinkle

Teresa Kane

Kent Krotzer

Donald Munley

Connie McAdams Williams

Robert (Bob) Palmer

Kent Krotzer

Mark Stanton

Frank Sweigart

Eduardo Porro

Bill Wilber

James Brown

Bill Wilber

Earl Parham

Bill Wilber

Ruth Terry

Angela Dinkle

 

Invitations to Faculty Members

We will extend invitations to those faculty members that taught at W-L in 1969 that live in the area.   Sean pointed out that Peggy Jeens lives in the area but was not included on the list of faculty (her contact information is not included on the W-L Faculty page).

  

Action:  Wilber to draft letter of invitation

Action:  Find Peggy Jeens contact information—Done  (8517 Buckboard Dr.  Alexandria, VA  22308-2211 (703) 780-0692)

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Facebook page  There were several suggestions to set up a Facebook Page for our Class to provide another mechanism for people to learn about the reunion and exchange information and ideas. 

 

Action:  Catherine, Diana, and Bill to check into this and discuss further and develop a preliminary plan

 

Next Reunion Planning Team Meeting will be at Saturday June 20 from 10 am to noon at  Cynthia Booth’s office at 111 Berry Street, SE in Vienna---its just two blocks down from Westwood. 

 

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April 25 Reunion Team meeting--Notes
SEE NOTES ON OUR NEXT MEETING (May 16) BELOW. 
Includes Conference Call-in Information!

 

The April 25, 2009 meeting of the Reunion Planning Team was held at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia from 10 am to 12:30 p.m.  Meeting participants included:

 

Cynthia Booth Santoli

Shellie Chambers

Angela Dinkle

Diana Castle Fredenburg

Catherine Faul Bridgers

Bonnie Gillespie Keul

Frank Sweigart

Lorraine Drance Walton

Bill Wilber

 

Discussion topics included:    Scheduling of Reunion events;  2-page Reunion Announcement/mailer detailing reunion schedule and events.   Food options for the Reunion; Memorial Board; May 4, 2009 Funeral Services for Karen Todd in Arlington.   

 

 Planning for the September Reunion

 

Friday night (September 25). Homecoming Football game

                                                W-L vs Falls Church H.S        

 

6:00 pm                        Pre-football game get together at W-L (4th floor library and terrace) with W-L Alumni Association or at local restaurant (Carport or Rock Bottom Brewery)

 

7:30 pm                        Kick off—reserved seating area for 69 Classmates and “Go-Go Boys

 

9:30 pm                        Hospitality Suite Open at Westpark Hotel (Beer, wine, cold drinks & snacks)  

 

 

Action:  Catherine will meet with  W-L alumni Association  to determine whether they plan to meet for Homecoming like they did in 2008.  The preliminary response was positive—the proposal would be to meet with other alumni in the library and terrace  on the 4th floor  beginning at 6 pm and have light snacks and sodas    For those that wish to have dinner beforehand there are also  plenty of local restaurants nearby--including the Carport and Rock Bottom Brewery. 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Morning. (September 26)

 

10:00 – Noon               Tour of W-L 

Tom Chisnell has agreed to organize a tour of the new school

Action:  We’ll need to get a head count; so, that Tom can determine how many guides to have on hand and so that we can arrange transportation—either car pools or, if there are enough people—a bus.

 

Noon – 6:00 pm:          People on their own to visit with friends and family in the area

                                    Hotel pool and hospitality suite will be open.

 

Saturday evening

 

6:00 pm            Drinks (Cash bar) and Chatter

 

7:00 pm            Brief program and moment of prayer for classmates we’ve lost

 

7:30                 Reception:  Food selections to include steamship round & honey glazed ham, kabobs, egg rolls, and other hors d’hoevres, fresh fruit, cheeses and            

                        Desserts

 

10:00               Dancing at far end of ballroom

 

10:30               Last call on bar

 

11:00               Ballroom closing—Hospitality Suite will be open for people to continue.

 

We’re trying to keep the reception informal.  People may want to sit down to eat—but, we want people to feel comfortable getting up and moving around and visiting with different classmates.

 

 

Sunday Morning

 

6:30-10:30       Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant (on your own)  ~$9.95/person

                       

 

Other Notes

 

Memorial Board . Cynthia reviewed plans for the memorial board. The memory board will include a picture of our classmate along with the individual's date of birth, date of death and list of high school activities.  We will also prepare a notebook with clear plastic inserts to hold other information that family members and classmates might want to share: (e.g. obituary, other photos, life story etc).  If you have information about any of these individuals that might help us put this tribute together—especially contact information for family members, please contact Cynthia at cbooth@thecompaniagroup.com.

 

Biographies The registration packets will contain a copy of the biographies that are submitted.  NOTE:  For those of you that submitted biographies for the 35th Reunion, Big Hit Reunion has also posted them on the web page.  Provide edits as needed.

 

Faculty We reviewed the list of faculty members.  As we might expect, many are deceased.  We decided to contact those that are living in Virginia--especially those that were sponsors for our class and invite them. 

 

 

Funeral arrangements and Remembrances of Karen Todd Anderson:

 

Karen's cremations will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in the Columbarium on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 10:00 am.    Flowers are not permitted at the cemetery .  Directions to Arlington National Cemetery can be found at the following link.   http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/directions.html

 

 

Rememberances of Karen: 

Marcia Helwig Wiggins is compiling short eulogies, letters, and notes from classmates about Karen to organize into a booklet and give to Andy.  Please provide them to her as soon as possible at: marciawi@maine.rr.com

   

 

The next Reunion Planning Team meeting will be held Saturday, May 16 from 10 am to noon at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center (12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.  Reston, VA  20192  (see directions below).  All former classmates are welcome.   For those that would like to try to join us by phone,  we will use the following conference call line  Please dial  (218) 844-8230.   When prompted for the access code—use 464207 followed by #. 

 

 

Directions from the … Capital Beltway | Dulles Airport

From the Capital Beltway:

  • Take the exit for Dulles Airport/Toll Road (Route 267).
    • Exit on right if using the Outer Loop.
    • Exit on left if using the Inner Loop.
  • Take Route 267 approximately 8 miles to Reston Parkway (Exit 12).
  • After the toll booth, turn left on Reston Parkway.
  • At the second light turn right on Sunrise Valley Drive.
  • Travel 1/2 mile on Sunrise Valley Drive and turn left at the sign for the USGS.
  • Follow signs to Visitor Parking.
  • Enter the building at the doors closest to Visitor Parking.
  • You will need to show identification and sign the visitors' log.
  • The library is on the first floor adjacent to the auditorium.

From Dulles Airport:

  • Travel east toward Washington, D.C. on Dulles Airport/Toll Road (Route 267).
  • At Exit 11 merge right onto the Fairfax County Parkway.
  • At the light, turn left on Sunrise Valley Drive.
  • Travel 1/2 mile on Sunrise Valley Drive and turn right at the sign for the USGS.
  • Follow signs to Visitor Parking.
  • Enter the building at the doors closest to Visitor Parking.
  • You will need to show identification and sign the visitors' log.
  • The library is on the first floor adjacent to the auditorium.

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Committee News - March 14
The March 14, 2009 meeting of the Reunion Planning Team was held at the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters building in Reston, Virginia from 10 am to 1 pm.  Meeting participants included:
 
Cynthia Booth Santoli, Sean Carey, Angela Dinkle, Diana Castle Fredenburg, Catherine Faul Bridgers, Adrienne Holt Clayton, Frank Sweigart, Lorraine Drance Walton, Mike Taylor, Bill Wilber
 
Discussion topics included:  1) Funeral arrangements for Karen Todd Anderson and class follow up; 2) Status of the mini reunions and future plans; 3) September Reunion--Friday night events; Saturday evening event and plans for the name tags.
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Funeral arrangements for Karen Todd Anderson:
We reviewed the family's plans for Karen's funeral and suggestions for memorial donations   A note will be sent out to the class. 

1.  A funeral service will be held for Karen on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 11:00 am at San Pedro Catholic Church; 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port, Florida  34287.   Phone:  941-426-2500.
 
2.  Karen's cremations will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in the Columbarium on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 10:00 am.    Flowers are not permitted at the cemetery .  Directions to Arlington National Cemetery can be found at the following link.   http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/directions.html.  Once we know Andy's plans we can discuss whether meeting at a restaurant after the service is something he would like us to arrange. 
 
Memorial Donations
Andy's financial needs are such that in lieu of flowers he would appreciate donations  to help defray the costs of Karen's funeral.   After discussing various options with Andy's bank, we decided that checks should be written out directly to:  William Anderson and mailed to his address at: 3205 McKorkle St., North Port, Florida,  34286.   "In memory of Karen Todd Anderson"  should be written in the "Memo" line.  
 
Rememberances of Karen
Marcia Helwig Wiggins is compiling short eulogies, letters, and notes from classmates about Karen to organize into a booklet and give to Andy.  Please provide them to her as soon as possible at: marciawi@maine.rr.com 
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Mini Reunions
We discussed the lessons learned from the three mini reunions that were held over the last 2 months in Richmond, Arlington, and Denver.  The  bottom line was that they were a lot of fun and easy  to arrange.  We're still working on plans for possible mini reunions in New York City and Florida.  We also discussed whether there would be sufficient interest in trying minireunions in other parts of Virginia--might draw out some of the folks that weren't able to attend the events in Richmond and Arlington.  The Fredericksburg, Winchester, Virginia Beach areas are possibilities.  If any classmates reading these note are interested--send Bill Wilber an email.  We briefly discussed plans for a mini reunion in New York City that is being organized by Susan Wells Adler for later this spring.  At present, the group has discussed plans to attend the show"Jersey Boys" as an optional side event.   However, after contacting the theatre, we've learned that any trip involving a trip to the theatre will require several months of advance planning in order to secure tickets. So, we're looking into other options for a minireunion in the mid Atlantic area before summer and will need plan a minireunion to NYC after the September reunion--which should give us enough time to order a block of tickets and make all the arrangements.     We also decided that we wouldn't plan any mini reunions for the summer--because of summer vacation schedules  and the need for the committee to focus on the September Reunion.  
 
Planning for the September Reunion
 
Friday night (September 25).
 
After learning that W-L will be playing their Homecoming football game against Falls Church High School on Friday evening, the committee decided to focus the Friday event around the football game.  There are plenty of local restaurants near by that we can meet at beforehand--including the Carport and Rock Bottom Brewery.  We should be able to arrange for "reserved seating" with the school; Cynthia volunteered to make a banner/sign; and we'll arrange for an appearance by the "Go Go Boys".; (Sounds sort of nerdy 40 years later, huh?)  Only one of the Go Go Boys cheers could be remembered at the time of the meeting:  "Acka Lacka Chee.. .  boom a lacka boom a lacka. . .Yada Yada Yada; "  ; So, prizes or tee shirts will be awarded for folks that will admit to remembering others--and send them in.   After the football game, we'll  open up the Hospitality Suite at the Westpark Hotel and provide snacks and drinks for classmates and guests that want to come back and continue.
 
 
Saturday Morning. (September 26)
 
Rather than try to squeeze a tour of W-L into Friday evening; we decided to try to arrange a tour Saturday morning. Action:  Bill to discuss with Tom Chisnell.   We discussed the golf tournament/picnic and decided that trying to pull this off on the same day as the main event would be dumb. .  err, uh, I mean "unwise".  Sean mentioned that the W-L alumni host a golf tournament to benefit the school.  We'll get information about that tournament and share it with the class.  We agreed to look into organizing a family picnic with the Classes of 68 and 70 at a different time. 
 
Saturday evening
Name Tags, Big Hit Reunion provided the Team with digital photos from the senior yearbook and we looked at a few prototype example name tags for the Reunion.  We will make these ourselves digitally before the event.  We also need to bring photos and name tag parts and be prepared to make a few tags the evening of  the reunion in the event of mistakes, lost tags etc.  We decided on a name tag holder that will provide people with at least 3 options for how they're attached to your body--clip, pin, lanyard.  (I'm sure that there are other options--but, this is supposed to be a serious newsletter.)  
 
Memorial Board . Cynthia reviewed plans for the memorial board. The memory board will include a picture of ourclassmate along with the individual's date of birth, date of death and list of high school activities.  We will also prepare a notebook with clear plastic inserts to hold other information that family members and classmates might want to share: (e.g. obituary, other photos, life story etc).  If you have information about any of these individuals that might help us put this tribute together--espically contact information for family members, please contact Cynthia at cbooth@thecompaniagroup.com.
 
Biographies The registration packets will contain a copy of the biographies that are submitted.  NOTE:  For those of you that submitted biographies for the 35th Reunion, Big Hit Reunion has posted them on the web page.  So, if you've posted a different description of your life on LinkedIn or Facebook or if you've ever just regretted how your life worked out in general--this is your opportunity to fix it.  
 
Faculty We reviewed the list of faculty members.  As we might expect, many are deceased.  We decided to contact those that are living in Virginia--especially those that were sponsors for our class and invite them.  
 
Evening Schedule:  We began sketching out plans for the evening event. The general plan is to have a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres for the first hour or so while people are gathering.  This will be followed by a brief program, blessing, announcements etc and heavier hors d'oeuvres.  Music will be played in the background until about 9:30 at which time we'll turn up the volume and provide an opportunity for some dancing.   Mike Taylor will work with Van Brower and Kent Kroetzer who have offered to help with the music.  Action:  Bill to sketch out a draft itinerary and iterate with the commitee before the next meeting.  
 
The next Reunion Planning Team meeting will be held Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to noon at the Westwood Country Club.  All former classmates are welcome to attend and participate. 
 
 
Committee news #3
Cynthia Booth Santoli hosted the Reunion Planning Team Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia.   
 
 Also attending the meeting were:
 
Sean  Carey
Adrienne Holt Clayton
Diana Castle Fredenburg
Frank Sweigart
Lorraine Drance Walton
Bill Wilber
 
Most of the discussion centered on three topics:  1) February Mini Reunion in Arlington; 2) Classmate Search; and 3)  Reunion Planning
 
Mini Reunion
The primary purpose of the meeting was to plan an end-of-February "Mini Reunion" to take advantage of the large number of classmates in the area and have some fun.     The target audience is the D.C. metropolitan area; but anyone from the class is more than welcome to attend.   Similar gatherings are being considered in Richmond and Denver.  Note:  Given the clusters of classmates in different regions of the country--if there are others who would like to consider getting together--send Bill an email and he'll sort the roster for your area so that you can see who is close by.     (wgwilber@gmail.com)
 
The Mini Reunion will be held  Saturday, February 28 from 3-6 pm at the Rock Bottom Brewery in in Ballston (4238, Wilson Blvd, Arlington)  www.rockbottom.com   The date neatly fits between football and March Madness; so, we're hoping for a good turnout.  
 
The reunion committee will be getting out a short email to classmates in the area and will be calling folks to encourage them to set the date aside. 
 
 Search Committee
 
The committee has almost completed going through a "first pass" of the whole roster systematically.  The committee thanks all the people that have responded to emails, phone calls, personal visits--and especially those that have provided clues.    The remaining sections of the roster that need to be worked on are for classmates with last names beginning with K and L.   We've got some follow up to do with a few people that haven't responded to emails or phone calls etc; but overall, we've made good progress.    We're going to need help to make progress finding our remaining classmates.  Please take a look at the list of people listed on the reunion web site that are still missing--and if you remember anything about these folks--please pass it on to Bill Wilber (wgwilber@gmail.com).    Finding lost female classmates that have married and changed their name is among the more challenging tasks.    One of the pieces of information that has been most helpful to us in finding these folks is knowing the name of a brother or sister--especially if they went to W-L.  Often times the brother's or sister's  name and contact information is posted on the W-L alumni web site and we can find our classmate by contacting them.    
 
Reunion Planning
 
We learned that W-L will be playing Falls Church H.S. at Home on the Friday night of the reunion weekend.  The school is also considering our weekend for homecoming.  We've sent a letter to the school promoting that idea.  So, it may work out that we'll try to organize several activities in the Arlington area for Friday afternoon/evening to allow people to enjoy the game before returning to the hotel.   For those that may get into Arlington too late to attend the football game; we'll try to arrange for the hospitality suite at the hotel to be available for people to get together and relax. 
  
The committee discussed plans for a Memorial Board honoring the 39 classmates that we know are deceased and any others that we learn about before the reunion.  The Memory Board will include the individual's date of birth, date of death, and list of high school activities next to their photo.   We will also prepare a notebook with clear plastic inserts to hold other information that family members and  classmates might want to share (e.g. obituary, other photos, life stories etc.).  If you have any information about any of these individuals that might help us put this tribute together, (e.g.contact information for family members, stories or photos), please contact Cynthia at cbooth@thecampaniagroup.com.      
 
Lorraine Drance Walton offered to work with her son to design and produce the name tags/badges for the reunion.  This is one of the tasks that the team agreed to take on to reduce the overall costs of the reunion. 
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Committee news #2:

Folks,   The first meeting of the Reunion Planning Team will be Saturday, September 20, 2008, from 10 – noon at the Westpark hotel.  If you’d like to join us; either drop me (wgwilber@gmail.com) or Karen (Kataandy@aol.com) a note (or just show up).  We’ll meet initially in the lobby of the hotel.

 

There are two primary goals for this first meeting: 1) Discuss and decide on the basic characteristics of the reunion and start identifying and assigning tasks; and 2) organize an effort to update the class roster and find the “lost” classmates.  

 

As a jumping off point—we’ll start out by assuming that the basic character of the reunion will be similar to the last reunion--and we'll refine and modify aspects of the reunion based on feedback from you and other alumni and from the discussion at the meeting.  Big Hit Reunion is helping us again with the planning and organization.  They did a fantastic job for us 4 years ago.   One consistent piece of feedback we’ve received is a preference for heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a buffet/sit-down meal—so that people can move around more freely and have more time to talk with people.   Let us know what you think about this idea.

 

I've summarized what I know from Karen about next year's reunion and tried to outline some preliminary ideas assuming that we have 7 possible planning periods (Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon).  Don't panic--I don't think anyone wants or expects this much "reunion".   The events shown in bold are probably the most important.   Of course our main focus will be  the Saturday evening event.  There seemed to be good attendance at the Friday evening mixer last time and was minimal work.  In contrast, there was relatively little interest in Sunday activities at the last reunion.  I suspect most folks had travel plans to get back home or were "reunioned out".    I've included these other time slots to solicit ideas in case my sense of the mood last time was wrong or folks want to try something different.  Just as a reminder--Tom Jones (tom@ncmt-uae.ae) is leading  a small group to help organize a golf tournament; so, if this is something you’d be interested in let him know—so that they can make the appropriate arrangements  

  

Please give us some feedback!   Are there other activities that we should consider or you would prefer?  Our goal is to develop a plan for a weekend that will provide a diverse mix of  interesting/fun opportunities for people to get together; at reasonable cost/effort. 

 

Cheers,

 

Bill

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Committee Announcement #1:  
Classmates,  I
volunteered to help Karen plan our 40th class reunion next year (July 18, 2009 at the Tysons Corner Westpark Hotel).   We’re looking for a few (3-5) other volunteers who would be willing to be part of a core reunion planning committee to help make decisions on the overall planning of the events for the reunion weekend.  We’re also looking for other volunteers that are willing to take on specific tasks associated with the reunion.  Some of the activities we’ll be looking for help with include:  Ideas for the Saturday evening program,  registration & name tags, Friday night mixer, other  reunion activities etc… We’re at the beginning stages of planning; so, this is a good time to have significant input.  

 

If you’re willing to help in some capacity, or would just like to share an idea; please contact me by email at wgwilber@gmail.com  or by phone at (703) 648-6878. A planning meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 10-noon at the Tysons Westpark Hotel (see map below).   Prior to this meeting, I’d like to have met with the core group at least once to brainstorm ideas for the reunion and scope out a preliminary plan.  

Cheers,


Bill Wilber

 



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