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Date Posted: 15:28:52 04/05/11 Tue
Author: Ruth K
Subject: Re: Our 50th Reunion
In reply to: Phil Faherty 's message, "Re: Our 50th Reunion" on 08:48:49 04/05/11 Tue

I am not going to make this decision alone, and neither is anyone else! We're talking about our 50th High School Reunion, which is a once in a lifetime event. I have received comments from a number of mates opting for the 2013 date, but they sent the email to me, not to the entire class. The only ones I know thus far opting for 2012 are Bob, Allyson, and Phil.

There is NO in-crowd and out-crowd, and I take offense at Phil's remarks. It was Tiny's email that suggested we post this discussion on the Forum because not everyone gets their email and less than half the class is on the email list. Not everyone looks at the Forum either, so both venues have merit in trying to reach a democratic decision. It would be nice if everyone would respond, but that won't happen. But let's NOT point fingers at those who do offer input for everyone else's consideration and accuse them of being the in-crowd!

Earlier discussion for a reunion in 2010 or 2011 at Leigh's farm was about an unnumbered class party, without eliminating a future 50th reunion. Due to Leigh's health issues, that party did not happen.

It's fine to have small committee meetings to make reunion plans, and those meetings are like mini-reunions of their own. But the decision about what year the 50th Reunion should be held needs to be decided by the class at large and NOT by a small committee. Why does this start to stink of Washington, DC?

Ruth

PS - This need not be a fast decision. We have lots of time. I think 60-90 days for input and trying to locate others is a reasonable timeframe for a vote.

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[> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion -- Martha, 16:00:02 04/05/11 Tue [1]

I'm very sorry that your wife had lymphoma, Phil, but happy to hear she is in remission. I'll keep her in my prayers. I think since we are all around 65 or 66, most of us have had wake-up calls in our families one way or another, and you are right that we should "smell the roses." We should also be nice to each other.

I don't understand why you are labeling people who responded to an invitation for input to the reunion as the "In Crowd," and then go on to set up a challenge that a "no-reply to this entry reinforces the "In Crowd" Theory. People have responded out of enthusiasm and most everyone said they would go along with the date chosen by the majority, anyway. I feel badly by your comments and puzzled by them, especially since you've done your share of responding. It is a definite downer.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion IT WILL HAPPEN -- Bob Poskitt, 20:26:47 04/05/11 Tue [1]

I want everyone to take a deep breath, hold it, now blow it out. Do it again. OK. Now I want each of us to take the baggage we are carrying on our shoulders and let it fall to the floor. The good news is that there was no sound because it really was not that significant, was it.

We are doing this to help clear the air and get back on track to planning one of the most exciting events that will happen to us in the next 1 to 2 years. And that is seeing all the people who helped us be who we are today. I can't speak for everyone, but for me it is really important that this does happen. What does not make sense is to get crosswise with each other as we try to reconnect in a more meaningful way.

I like Ruth's idea to take some time to reply to my initial question on the Reunion date........like until the end of May. At that time, the consensus will be used by the Reunion Committee to start the planning process. So that gives us the interim for the Committee to form its membership.......and for them to choose their leader (s).

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion IT WILL HAPPEN -- Ruth K, 21:22:45 04/05/11 Tue [1]

A ZEBRA IS A HORSE DESIGNED BY A COMMITTEE.

It's already April, and I think we should allow at least until the end of June or July for a decision about whether to have a 49th reunion in 2012 or a 50th reunion in 2013. And it should NOT be a committee decision but a CLASSMATE vote.

No wonder there is resentment! I heard a big crash when the baggage hit the ground, and there's still a lot of weight on my mind and shoulders and lots of other people's.

I have busted my chops to try to make this website and related emails OPEN to EVERYONE in our class, even and especially to those who did not actually graduate with us in 1963 but were a special part of our lives at some point along the way. I want to encourage EVERYONE to participate, to speak up, to help locate the missing, and to get back on track at looking at this grand party and reconnecting with each other as FUN instead of just a battle in yet another stupid war. If this continues, I won't be coming.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Our 50th Reunion IT WILL HAPPEN -- Joanna D'Andrea, 22:33:38 04/05/11 Tue [1]

Greetings One and All,
I was surprised by the suggestion that there was an "In Crowd". I was operating under the notion that we were expressing our various points of view relative to the date of our '50th Class Reunion", so here's mine. I prefer the 2013 date, since it, in fact, is the 50 year mark since our high-school graduation. Additionally, it allows adequate time for planning relative to the many factors which come into play ....work, family, and finances....elements which have been mentioned more than once. We want as many classmates as possible to be part of this wonderful celebration, and I for one, would not like to think that someone wasn't able to attend simply because notice was too short (for whatever reason). I hope and trust that we are all beyond the "in crowd" days, which may (or may not) have been part of our adolescence. This is a time for celebrating the Class of 1963 - All of Us, so let's keep the positive momentum going!

It's not snowing here just now...so, I'm happily yours,
Joanna

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