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LESS THAN TWO YEARS AWAY! ~ Our 55 Year Reunion
Location to be announced
Cost to be announced
October 1, 2016 is getting closer and closer by the day so it's time to start making your plans to attend our 55 year reunion.
(We'll be sending out email and postal mail notifications and sign-up announcements as we get closer to the magic date.)
We know several of you already had commitments before we announced when and where the 50 year reunion in October of 2011 would be taking place and weren't able to attend.
This time, you won't have to miss out schmoozing with your OLD friends because we didn't let you know far enough in advance. (Or - far less tactfully - no excuses this time, kids!)
Lookin' forward to seeing everyone on 10/1/2016!
Your Reunion Committee
Event Contact: Any Committee Member
Shameless Solicitation for Donations
At the suggestion of our classmate, Tim McPherson, we are inviting those of you who have enjoyed our reunions in the past to contribute a few of your hard-earned shekels (or even the ones you came by easily) to the “GHS Class of 1961” reunion fund. Your donations will help us with required upfront payments for facilities, decorations, mailings, etc.
AND, if it is as spectacularly successful as we know you can make it, we might even be able to help offset expenses for a few classmates on limited incomes who would otherwise love to attend but simply can’t afford it.
Make checks and money orders payable to: GHS Class of 1961
and mail to: GHS Class of 1961, 1109 Oak Grove Drive, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
NEW THIS YEAR! While donations by check or money order are always welcome, this year we are able to accept contributions via PayPal at "firstname.lastname@example.org"...
BUT THERE'S MORE...
We are also able to accept contributions by credit or debit card PROVIDED THEY ARE LINKED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT.
Make Checks Payable To:
GHS Class of 1961
Mail Payment To:
GHS Class of 1961, 1109 Oak Grove Drive, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
DVD ~ "Visual Memories" ~ Mr. Buonaguidi's Movies of Our Senior Year
$10.00 each (Shipping via USPS is included in the price)
IMPORTANT: Orders may now be submitted whenever it's convenient
It is still possible to order a copy of the DVD. Please contact Walt Conner (email@example.com). Make sure you give me your full shipping address including Zip ... and, yes, we CAN ship to a P.O. Box.
Shipping is by First Class Mail only. Delivery typically takes 3 or 4 days after mailing.
Since we must receive your payment before shipping your DVD, please take a moment after you've emailed your order to write a check payable to "GHS Class of 1961", and send it to:
GHS Class of 1961
1109 Oak Grove Drive
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
NEW! NEW! NEW! ~ While payment by check or money order is always welcome, we are now able to accept contributions via PayPal at "firstname.lastname@example.org"...
MORE "NEW! NEW! NEW!"...
We are also able to accept payment by credit or debit card PROVIDED THEY ARE LINKED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT.
Make Checks Payable To:
GHS Class of 1961
Mail Payment To:
GHS Class of ’61, 1109 Oak Grove Drive, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Homecoming 2011 ~ Our Reunion Memory Book
PRICE: $13.74 each, plus mailing (& sales tax if applicable)
You will pay by credit card direct to the publisher at the time you place your order.
You will order directly from the publisher once you click on the "Buy Now" button below. (Note that you will have to establish an account with The Book Patch to order. Title is "Homecoming 2011".) As indicated by the publisher, your book will normally ship within 2 to 3 days. Shipping time varies depending on shipment method selected.
NOTE: Patti Smith Earle was very inadvertently and very unfortunately left out of the Reunion Memory Book. Please contact email@example.com if you would like a self-adhesive label with Patti's pictures and bio sent to you so that she can be a part of your book. Include your mailing address. (IMPORTANT: There is NO CHARGE for this addendum label.)
BONUS NOTE: If you have difficulty accessing the order page for the Memory Book, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) & I'll get one ordered for you. AND accept my apologies for the inconvenience.
HOMECOMING 2011 REUNION PICTURES STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE
$10.00 for unlimited picture downloads (See NOTICE below)
As of October, 2013, the pictures and portraits taken during our Homecoming 2011 Reunion are still available for viewing and purchase online. You may download as many pictures as you want for the single low price of only $10.00.
NOTICE: Because there is no way to pay for bulk purchases of digital pictures on the photographer's website, there will be no on-line "shopping cart" or "checkout" procedure as such. Instead, we ask you, as members of a generation raised within a system of values and honesty, to remit payment for your downloads to the name and address at the bottom of this announcement.
If you need help figuring out how to download the pictures, and/or if you're computer challenged / illiterate / phobic, or simply prefer old-fashioned photos, contact Walt Conner at the email address listed below and I will gladly help you.
Follow the link below to our GHS 50-Year Reunion picture gallery.
After graduation I went to UCSB, where the opportunity to spend my junior year in Germany through a new UC program pretty much decided my future path. After finishing studies and dissertation research at Stanford, I went to Northfield, Minnesota to teach German language and literature at St. Olaf College. The position was cut after two years, but since I soon married a colleague, Hanno Klassen (a native German), the separation turned out all right. In the years before getting the next academic position, I finished my dissertation, helped build our house in the woods, spent another year in Germany, and worked for a day care center, where I learned everything I know about people. Through Hanno I learned to ski in flat Minnesota (ironic for a Colorado native who spent 14 years living near mountains in California). We also built a cabin on Manitoulin Island (Lake Huron, Ontario), where swimming and sailing in the summer are still wonderful. From 1978-2009 I taught German language and literature at Carleton College here in Northfield, where I also taught courses for the environmental studies program (eg. "the forest in German literature and culture"). I also directed a number of off-campus programs in Munich and occasionally accompanied Hanno on his St. Olaf January–term programs in East and West Germany.
My life with Hanno, who was much older than I, was in many ways rather unconventional, but especially so after the mid-1990's, when Hanno started spending more and more time on an island in the Bahamas. He sometimes stayed at a friend's house but lived as simply as possible, mostly in a cave. Of course, as his supply person, I enjoyed having that connection to a warm and beautiful place, but it wasn't always easy to fit the trips into my academic schedule—how odd to tell people that I "had" to go to the Bahamas! After Hanno came home for good at the end of 2003, we made several trips to see family and friends, including to Germany for my final off-campus program, before he died peacefully at home in December 2004.
Since his passing, and especially since my retirement in 2009, I have spent more time with my parents in Southern California, who just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this May. I'm still trying to figure out my goals for this new phase of life, but for the moment I am enjoying gardening, walks in the woods (birds and flowers are great even in this cool spring), home improvement, and outings with friends. There are never enough hours in the day!
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