55th Reunion - Old News/Announcements/Links

55th Reunion (old news):
Ruth ("Raggy") Hunter has been doing a great job of collecting the money from classmates for the 55th Reunion. So far the number is 71 reservations with deposits of $40 each. Sheldon Wong has sent out a second notice about the reunion. If you have not received an email from Sheldon or you need a reservation form, let us know. Or simply download the form (see below, April 28th notice). Thanks to all those who have responded so far. Hope to see more of the classmates respond in the coming month.
Reminder from Ruth ("Raggy"): "We can’t have people paying at the door since the (final) number of meals is determined by April 24."
FINAL NOTICE from Ruth Hunter (Raggy):
"Checks need to be IN MY HANDS ON OR BEFORE MONDAY, April 23rd."

Here is the approximate schedule for the 55th reunion:
12-1pm: Welcome, Name Tags, Socializing, Table Selection (on your own)
1-2pm: Buffet lunch
2-3pm: Class photos (Tammy Aramian)
3-4pm: Noah Griffin - Washington Hymn and Selected Songs (entertainment)

Photos (Then & Now) of Classmates attending reunion
List of classmates attending

SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR (entertainer Noah Griffin):
Noah's Musical Resume
In our upcoming celebration of the 55th anniversary of our high school graduation, Noah Griffin has been invited to be our guest of honor and to lead us in the Washington Hymn. We may also gently encourage him to entertain us with other songs that we classmates would like to hear. (written by Jacqui Cyrus)
Noah Griffin responded to the reunion committee's invitation with the following words: "Such a kind welcoming invitation. Thanks, I'll be there!" (written by Paul J. Wigowsky)

[Old Reunion News]
ANNOUNCEMENT (Post-Reunion @ Irish Cultural Center):
The 55th Reunion is drawing near, and there are several classmates making pre-reunion and post-reunion plans. Originally, there was a possibility that the St. Francis Room that we reserved would be available after 4pm.
Ruth ("Raggy") checked: "Talked to Teresa. Unfortunately, she has another group coming in at 5pm so we have to be out at 4pm so they can set up for the next group. However, the Bar opens before 4pm, so anyone who wants to keep chatting, there’s that option. Don’t have to drink alcohol – virgin drinks, sodas and coffee would be served, too."
I also checked the center's website and saw that there's a restaurant at the center, and dinner is served from 5pm to 9pm -- Raggy ate there and says the food was "really very good."
Irish Center Dinner Menu
Raggy has further advice for classmates attending the reunion and wanting to do something afterwards: "Actually, people are pretty good at breaking up into smaller groups if they have a mind to. The Bar at our venue would work for me if after clearing out the Room I’m not ready to say goodbye yet."

Old Reunion News: July 25, 2017 --
55th Reunion Update:
Ruth ("Raggy") Hunter made the deposit on July 13th, and she signed the agreement for our GWHS Class of '63 with UICC (United Irish Cultural Center). So it's official: we will have a lunch buffet on April 28, 2018. She confirmed the following:
Cost: With John Gallagher’s Sponsorship/Discount the Meal Cost is $22 per person
Final Cost per Person $30.10 which includes 19% Service Charge, Linen and Set-Up Fee (3%) and Sales Tax (8.75%).
So 50 people (guaranteed #) X $30.10=$1505
We’re collecting $40 per person X 50= $2000
Balance of $495 for Cost of Name Tags, Banner, Framed Thank you to the Reunion Committee (to display at the Event), and etc.
Confirmed: 3 Deli Platter Meats roast beef, sliced ham and sliced turkey. Vegetarian Lasagna. No fish (costs too much extra).
St. Francis Room:
1. No Host Bar in the Room
2. Microphone (not cordless), Podium and Reception Table
3. Round Tables (each for 8 – 10 people)
4. Table Cloths – Ivory
5. Cloth Napkins – Red (“Scarlet”) & Gray
6. Access to the Room on the Day of the Event: 11am

Information about our 55th Reunion on April 28, 2018 -
(1) The organizing committee decided on charging only $40 for the lunch buffet.
Luncheon Buffet
(2) The buffet time will be from 12pm – 4pm, and maybe extra time if no one books the place for dinner. That might entail an extra charge.
(3) Ruth (Raggy) Hunter will be collecting checks as soon as you can make the payment. She needs to make a $350 deposit (in August) to secure the reservation for our GW Class of 1963. Send check to: Ruth Hunter, 1308 Lombardi Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
55th Reunion Registration Form
(4) As far as the extras, it seems that having decorations, door prizes, orchids, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. is a luxury we can live without. As Sheldon puts it succinctly, "Keep it simple. The whole purpose of it is for the troops to be able to visit and talk with one another." The one souvenir that will be handed out to each classmate at the reunion will be a free Reunion CD that was compiled from previous reunions.
(5) Miscellaneous (Honorable Mentions):
Dan will bring the posters from the previous reunions, including the one with those classmates who have "left the building."
Wings will handle the soft background music.
Jack will send Wings the music.
Marilyn will help Sheldon with calling classmates.
Jacqui will design and make the 55th reunion banner using her tech-expertise.
Paul will make the name tags.
Hilary Poon will make a framed reunion committee photo.
55th Reunion Committee

UPDATE ( Jan. 17, 2017) The date for our next reunion is set. Teresa Moore, the general manager at the United Irish Cultural Center, has put us on the schedule for Saturday, April 28, 2018. Please mark the date for our 55th Reunion on your calendar. The United Irish Cultural Center is located at 2700 45th Ave. (at Sloat Blvd) in San Francisco, CA. More information about the event will be coming soon, including registration forms that Sheldon Wong will provide for us. Hope to see all of you at our next reunion!

Previous Reunion News (70th Birthday Bash):
Hey Gang --
That was a great party last Saturday night, and as all of our reunions goes, we want another one. But, we always say that as the reunions are always a lot of fun and we never want them to end. However, when it comes time to have another one, things are always sketchy. As we had a small number of attendees just 6 weeks ago, we were on the verge of canceling the party, but then we combined with the '64 classes along with a whole slew of late signups and quite a few last minute walk ins to have the great crowd that we did.

So here's what we're thinking and it's all up to you. Dan has proposed another reunion in 2020 when we all turn 75. All we have to do is make it to 2020. Plan B would be to go ahead and hold something in 2018 when technically it would be our 55th reunion. The idea is to see each other more frequently these days because waiting 5 years may be too late for a lot of us. I hate to keep bringing up the fact that time is not on our side these days, but we play the cards we're dealt with. So, that is something for you all to think about and let us know how you feel about future reunions.

In the meantime, to keep in touch, the central meeting place on the internet for our class is our class page on Facebook. Please join us on Facebook at the GWHS Spring Class of '63.

I've also attached the class directory for you so that you can look up your classmates to see where they are these days. While waiting for another reunion, how about forming your own little breakfast groups locally like the one we have here in Portland/Vancouver area? Personally, it has been extremely gratifying getting to know my classmates who I did not know while we were in school, and I do believe that you will have the same experience with them. Also, with the class directory, should Dan and I not be around for the next one, we hope that some of you will pick up the mantle and carry one. You are a great bunch of people and you all deserve this.

A great time was had by all last Saturday, and I tried to circulate as much as possible as being the official host, and I am sorry if I didn't get a chance to say good-by to everybody when you all left. Guess I'll have to wait until the next one to do it right. Huge thank you to Georgina (and husband), Raggy, Paul W., and Wings for helping Dan out. Sorry if I missed anyone else who helped out.

So, in closing, let me know what your thoughts are regarding future reunions as we are all looking forward to seeing you all again. From this point on, I wish you all the best that life has to offer.


(Oct. 21, 2015): OK, gang. Here's what we've got going so far. The tentative date for our next get together is Apr. 28, 2018. We've tentatively tagged the Irish Cultural Center as to where to hold it, and it will be a luncheon from either 12:00-4:00 PM, or 2:00-6:00 PM. As it is two and a half years away, we know that a lot of things will change during that time, but at least you can mark it down on your calendars now. Comments?