A good time was had by all! The 30th year reunion of the Class of '66 was deemed a huge success by all who attended.
Sept. 22. Special To The Internet. We sorely missed
those who could not make it. The weekend began on Friday night,
September 20, at 5 PM at the Silver Slipper Lounge. Free hors
d'oeuvres and a cash bar were available. This "drop-by"
gathering brought approximately 125 classmates together. Name
tags were purposely missing to challenge people to try to figure
out who others were. Periodic finger-pointing and whispering was
noticed around the room as people got together to determine names
Saturday morning at 9:30 brought 100 classmates to Leon High School
for coffee and a tour of the building. It was scheduled to last
until 11 AM but the group was enjoying themselves so much that
many stayed until 12:30 PM.
Although the weather did not permit the 20 classmates who had
pre-registered to enjoy swimming at the pool at the Capital City
Country Club, it did not deter the 10 golfers who played. Only
one tennis player signed up to play but was not able to make the
weekend. It would have been hard to play without a partner anyway!
Saturday night was a definite "blast from the past!"
Although 212 people (classmates and spouses/guests) had pre-registered,
over 250 people attended the cocktail party and dance at the Country
Club. Name tags with pictures from the annual were a big hit!
Women's maiden names were included which made it even easier to
identify others. A big screen TV was set up in a corner showing
videos from the 20th reunion and the 1965 homecoming game. Decorations
depicting "Route 66" reminded graduates of the same
theme for their Senior Party. These imaginative decorations were
provided by the LHS Honor Art Society
A great program was conducted which included recognition of the
planning committee, interesting trivia from 1966 (i.e. a gallon
of gas was 32 cents), awards for classmates (i.e. with the most
children, coming the longest distance) singing of the Alma Mater
led by members of the Melodears and cheers by the cheerleaders,
and statistics from those who responded (collectively # of lb.
gained since graduation, # who dye their hair, # of marriages
and divorces. etc. Only one anonymous classmate admitted to some
type of plastic surgery!). Over 40 door prizes were distributed
throughout the night. These prizes were obtained mostly from classmates
who now own businesses. Also, Leo the Lion paid a surprise visit.
When Kay Sue Mohler Lewis removed Leo's (her) head, one classmate
was overheard saying, "So she was Leo!"
There were lots of pictures being taken with cameras and videos.
The biggest picture was taken by Karl Rehbaum of the entire class.
This proved to be quite an undertaking and many are anxious to
see how it turns out!
Our appreciation is extended to those classmates who helped in
planning the reunion:
Kathy Williams Doolin
Mimi Brown Douthit
Bonnie Clark Harris
Katy Sue Mohler Lewis
Sue Burns McGrew
Sheila Sharkey Melton
Karl and Sharon Mims Rehbaum
Cris Williams Speer
Edith Cummins Trotman.
Special gratitude is extended to Bonnie who collected addresses
and sent two mail-outs to graduates, Sheila who planned the coffee,
coordinated the decorations, hired the band, etc., Jo, who handled
all registration, planned the Saturday night event and made name
tags for the weekend, and Barbara who planned the Friday night
event and the recreational activities at the Country Club as well
as serving as MC for the program.
Informal discussions were held during the weekend about the possibility of a 35th reunion. Some preferred a similar weekend while others were interested in a weekend cruise. Stay tuned!