55-Year Reunion Happenings
The 55th REUNION was held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at the beautiful Windsor Park Conference Center, 4022 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka, Indiana. Check-In and Social hour started at 6:00 PM. Attendees were greeted by Judy (Kelley) Bauer and/or Sharon (Wiekamp) Showalter, our co-chairpersons, who checked them in and assisted attendees in finding their name tags and the classmate was given a List of Attendees. After checking in - people moved to find a table, to the bar for refreshments, and over to the Hor D'Oeuvres table for "goodies".
At 7:00, Judy
formally opened the Reunion with a welcome to all attending and our thanks for
attending. Judy introduced Sharon who acknowledged classmates who
have passed away since the 50th Reunion by reading their names. We've lost
fifteen (15) classmates in the interim five (5) years, including two (2)
from our standing Reunion Committee, Mary (Dykes) Delnat and Doris (Wachs)
Sharon then gave the following Invocation:
Today we come together with our memories,
The students and friends we once were, with some of these friendships spanning the years.
Reunited for a time,
Reliving our shared past.
Everything that happened played its part in shaping us,
So we return to remember the youth we were.
We also honor those who taught and encouraged us.
We remember old friends—those with us now, those who couldn’t be here, and those who are no longer with us.
May we always remember with gratitude their part in making us who we are today.
And now, bless this food and fellowship.
In Your name we pray, amen.
Sharon Showalter for 55th reunion from MHS, 2010.
Thank you Sharon.
Then the buffet was ON ... Windsor Park personnel released tables to go to the buffet. The dinner buffet featured Carved Roast Beef, Pecan Crusted Raspberry Chicken, tri-colored Fettucine, Green Beans Almondine, Roasted Red-skin Potatoes, Carrots, pre-set Salad, Warm Loaves of Bread, Chocolate or Strawberry Mousse for Dessert, and Coffee. The served buffet service was excellent and the food outstanding and enjoyed by all.
Following dinner, Judy spoke briefly thanking the committee members and the fine services extended by the Windsor Park Conference Center. There being no other formal program, people were free to move around and socialize the rest of the evening.
Sharon organized the photography moments by MHS feeder schools. It was a beautiful evening here in Michiana especially for our Reunion and we could enjoy the Windsor Park outside facilities over looking the beautiful landscape and ponds. She called classmates by schools to go outside to have their class "informal" pictures taken. No professional photography here .... just me and some others taking pictures as best we could. It's always a challenge getting more than two people to look the same direction at the same object while a picture is being taken .... so you can imagine how it is with 10 -20 people in the same picture. Good fun getting organized. The temperature was so fine, that many just stayed outside to enjoy after the long hot summer we've had this year. A break in the evening temperatures was planned by our co-chairpersons and they did well! After pictures, people went back inside to continue checking our various tables and friends. Everyone seemed to have a great time socializing.
After taking these informal class pictures, I opted to wander among the tables and take more pictures. Unfortunately, I did not get everyone's picture, but did catch many. If people would just stay at the tables, like good little boys and girls, getting all their pictures would be so much easier! (Humor). Others were also moving around taking pictures and I've asked some who I bumped into to send pictures to me for the website (digital cameras are great). These pictures can be viewed at 55th Reunion Pictures .
Everyone I talked with had a great time and all enjoyed the reunion including the beautiful facilities, easy parking, excellent dinner, tremendous service & organization and best of all visiting with each other. We had positive comments and several voiced that they would like to have another reunion in five (5) years; some also said maybe we should actually have them more often, like again in two (2) years. At our ages, maybe we can't plan too far out. Time will tell. Not sure just how many more reunions the (still - standing) reunion committee has - some new or previous committee participants would definitely be welcomed. I have an insider's view that our two (2) chairpersons won't accept the office again, so we definitely need new committee participation. We added two (2) new members this time and that was great and appreciated ... the other side is that we also lost two (2) committee members over the past five (5) years.
Comments by: Dale Bauer
OTHER REUNION ACTIVITIES:
eBooklet: The typical Reunion Booklet was not printed this time as the Committee thought this was one area we could save money and work as a down sizing effort from the big 50th. But there is a 55th eBooklet that's available on this website. Attending classmates were given the User Name and Password that is necessary to access the eBooklet. Reason for User Name / Password is to facilitate sharing the eBooklet with MHS '55 classmates via the Internet as opposed to leaving it public where the whole Internet world would have access.
Returned questionnaire responses: (The reunion eBooklet content is based upon the returned questionnaires. Final statistics at the conclusion of August 6, 2010 Reunion.
|Classmate Records in Database||342|
|Classmates Attending Reunion||58|
|Total - Attending Reunion||96|
|Total - Attending MHS Luncheon||58|
|Total - Attending Honker's Breakfast||27|
|Classmates with E-mail IDs||
|Classmates Attending with E-mail IDs||54|
|Responses||% Response||CM Attending||% CM Attending|
Responding Classmates Representation By States/Country
No of States
|Stats by US (States)||24||140||58|
Last Update: September 8, 2010