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Date Posted: 21:55:28 03/30/11 Wed
Author: Diana Whittemore Edwards
Subject: Re: Our 50th Reunion
In reply to: John Elberfeld 's message, "Our 50th Reunion" on 11:38:46 03/27/11 Sun

Hello All,
I like the idea of blending economy with a comfortable setting that lends itself to conversational gatherings, while offering amenities to those like spouses who want a break from all the catching up. Many small hotels offer meeting/function rooms that might meet our needs. With a hotel serving as our headquarters, as it were, those who have traveled a distance have the opportunity to rest and refresh with some convenience. While I would hope that something other than a school might be available for the 50th reunion, it could be that this is the best value as we strive to keep the overhead low. In my opinion, it's important to make this an event that doesn't strain anyone's wallet. I would hope that as many classmates as possible will join in the fun of getting together, reminiscing, and saying hello after all these years! It seems we need a local reunion team to explore the options. Im in favor of planning the reunion for 2013. Warm regards, Diana

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[> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Larry, 05:42:13 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Well, I guess it's time for me to speak up and I hope no one takes offense to what I have to say. Our 50th. reunion is a milestone and may well be the last time many of us will ever get together again. Do we really want to spend this time sitting on hard plastic chairs in a smelly school cafeteria while dining on pizza out of a box? Personally, I won't travel from Florida for that type of scenario. Maybe I haven't matured as much as many of you, because I am still very young at heart and enjoy having fun. So here is my suggestion. I think the gathering should be held in Westboro, but you will find that the hotels and their function rooms are among the most expensive in MA. The Westboro Country Club has three function rooms, one large and two smaller. I would like, as a gesture of friendship and thanks for still considering me a class member, provide these rooms and a basic buffet for up to 100 people (members & significant others). Non-members and guests could attend at a nominal cost. The three rooms would give us the ability to move some tables in the large room for music and dancing after dinner while the two smaller rooms could serve as breakout rooms for more intimate and quiet conversation. If this is agreeable to the masses and a date, preferably a Saturday in either June, July or August (I don't do cold) of 2013 could be picked, I will start to make the arangements. Maybe a committee of members who still live locally could begin to plan some peripheral activities such as school and city tours, golfing, tennis, etc. etc. This time frame would give everybody more than two years to save for travel expenses. This would also give us plenty of time to reach out to all the members.
Ruth, if you or somebody else could put this out in an email so as to get everyone's opinion, that would be great. I'm not sure my email list is up to date.
OK folks, the ball is in your court, what do you want to do?

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Ruth K, 07:14:40 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Larry, I like your idea. The Country Club sounds like an ideal venue with a combination of easy location, function rooms, and hopefully good food. But am I understanding this right? Are you offering to spring for the buffet yourself? That would be a huge expense that should probably be shared among participants. Getting the Country Club on a summer weekend might be a little tough as well, but we do have two years to plan.

This is exactly what this discussion forum is all about--to bash around ideas. The more, the merrier, so everyone, please add your 2 cents and we will come up with the best combination of plans.

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Larry, 12:37:50 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Yes, it is my intention to provide the rooms and buffet. I have been in contact with the country club and it will be no problem. I will take care of all those arrangements as soon as a date and alternate date are agreed upon.

The country club holds fond memories for me. I caddied there while in junior high then played there later on. And one can never forget tobogganing and sledding the course. My best memory, though, is when Patty Horne and I won a twist contest at some kind of a function we were attending at the club! My mother still has one of the little trophies we won.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Martha, 14:25:45 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Larry, I love your idea!! You are so right---the 50th Reunion should be a memorable. The country club holds a lot of memories for me as well. I think this is the Number 1 idea! Your very generous offer plus two years to save money should make the trip affordable to everyone. Cheers to you!

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Diana W. Edwards, 19:01:06 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Yes! The Country Club would be tops! Thanks, Larry, for setting us straight. What were we thinking! 50 years is an event! We definitely need to do it up right! Best to all, Diana

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Pat Romkey, 23:52:25 04/06/11 Wed [1]

Larry, Great idea for having the 50th at the Country Club..Thanks for the offer of making the arrangements for the club. I myself think that the reunion should take place in 2013 and just hope and pray the one's that are here now will be able to attend. I wished I could remember the twist contest we won, but at this age I sometimes forget what I had for supper. Right now we (Ralph,Bob and Sue West and myself are in Carrabelle,Fl. We are taking a trip cross countrythat will take us to New Orleans,Tx,Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Ca, and on to Hawaii for a 1 wk cruise and 2 wks in Kauai. Then returning and doing northern Ca and home the nth route. Longest we have been away from our grandchildren, glad we are able to see them on skype. Modern tech, who would have thought. Well hope to see everyone in 2013. Again thanks

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Joanna Whittemore D'Andrea, 18:59:56 03/31/11 Thu [1]

Larry, thank you so much for this wonderful suggestion, and for your very gracious and generous offer! I think this would be an ideal venue - replete with all the amenities! This will be an occasion of a lifetime - a celebration to remember...let's make it top drawer!

In recent years, I've stayed in Westborough at both the Doubletree and another hotel nearby (I can't remember the name of it!), and found both of them reasonably priced and very agreeable. No doubt 'reunion group rates' could be arranged, which benefit all those coming from a distance.

It's great to see so many jumping in with ideas and suggestions and I, for one, am looking forward reconnecting after all these years! Let's keep the dialogue going.

Warm good wishes to everyone!

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[> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- meredith wilson sumner - aka meri wilson, 15:16:50 05/04/11 Wed [1]

I'm with Larry - graciousness (no plastic chairs with a cafeteria smell) while thinking of economics. Maybe some classmates who live near Westboro with space might be be able to offer housing to classmates who want to come but have economic limitations and those of us who are single could double up in local lodging. There are creative ways to make this event affordable without abandoning comfort, fun, and graciousness (Larry, yes!) Maybe those with more resources would be willing to pay the higher contribution at WCC? I don't know how that gets sorted out - but it might just work without oversight? Just some thoughts for making it work. I also think that a date should be set soon so planning can begin so those who want to come have time to plan. Those for whom this event is a priority will make it so - and find ways to fit it into their schedule and make it work financially. If everything has to be perfect, nothing will happen. I for one am in a phase of "good enough" especially if we can be happy and laugh and maybe even dance. Music is key (for me) and I hope Ruth will reconsider her music offer - and dancing would work for me. My two cents.
I am really looking forward to the ultimate event as well as the planning process. But who is in charge??? Don't we need someone to set dates and meetings or whatever is needed? I'm a bit on the periphery - not having graduated with you all - and a bit far afield. Is there someone in MA, the most appropriate planning venue, who might be willing to start the process? I'm prepared to travel and do whatever I can and make attendance a priority.
thanks Larry - thanks Ruth -
looking forward to reconnecting sometime soon.
Meri Wilson Sumner

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