Mishawaka High Class of
|Over 400 photos from the reunion
weekend can be found HERE.
Arrangement is by photographer, and they are in high resolution.
It was a "Come on home" kind of weekend!
Forty-five years out of high school,
the thrills began on Friday the 13th, with MHS vs. Riley
football, at MHS. Many from MHS '68 gathered at the
20-yard line and saw MHS beat Riley.
Details of the weekend:
THANKS to Terry DeMaegd
THANKS to these folks for covering the rental cost:
THANKS to these folks for donating & volunteering:
THANKS to these folks for
traveling to Mishawaka:
THANKS to all the folks who brought wonderful food!
|Wrap-up of the
At least 80 from MHS '68 were at Castle Manor on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Most had a guest or two. Best guess on total attendance at Castle Manor would be about 150 (counting guests of class members). There are 422 who were part of the MHS Class of '68. (Whether someone walked across the stage in June 1968 is not what determines who was part of the MHS Class of '68.) Additionally, there are two included who never made it to MHS because their families had to move away in 7th or 8th grades; thus, that takes us to 424. Forty-seven are known to be dead. That meant we were working at getting 377 to come to at least one event over the reunion weekend. Two were at the game on Friday but could not be at Castle Manor, so we're up to 82 participants. That's a participation rate of 21.7%. In addition, there were three who helped put the reunion on but who did not come: Rose Wilkins, Debby Stretch, and Paula Miller. The folks who were there for any part of the reunion weekend seemed to have had a terrific time.
The reunion could NOT have happened without the involvement of many, many people. First were the people who volunteered to contribute to cover the cost of renting Castle Manor: Steve Cunningham, Bill Groth, Debbie Koepke, Darlene Lennox, Becky McCoy, Pat McGee, Mike Natali, Deborah Parnell, Lois Rice, Jerry Thacker, and Rose Wilkins. And there was Terry DeMaegd, without whom the day could not have been put together; there had to be someone whom others would trust to send their $$, who could be trusted to use the $$ to rent the space, who would bother with actually getting to where he needed to be to sign the forms, and who then would actually show up on reunion day to unlock the door for us!
Every time something was added to the list of "donations wanted," someone immediately volunteered to donate. And every person who volunteered to donate came through. Every single person! Unexpectedly, Spider Draves donated bunches of sparklers, just pulled them off the shelves at his fireworks store, bagged them, and said, "My contribution. No cost." Tammy Reed stopped in at West End Bakery to pick up Becky's birthday cake and said, "I'll pick it up. Let me pay for it." And the food for the day? Mamma Mia! If you were not there, you would not believe it and no description would be adequate: Folks came through with generous, wonderful food contributions for the potluck table. The spread looked like something out of the movie "Steel Magnolias." You name it, and we had it! Even pink lemonade in a fancy dispenser! Someone brought the best sausage ever -- large links in a big aluminum pan. Meat balls to die for! Peggy Sinkovics' Hungarian noodles. More desserts than you would find at a restaurant. The food was just fantastic! And behind every dish, there were loving hands that put it together. Drinks? We had bottled water, hot coffee, beer, wine (red & white), chocolate milk.
Pam Craig deserves a special thanks for some beautiful center pieces. She cut up her own senior yearbook to make them. She made beautiful and appropriate center pieces, surrounded by photos from past reunions that folks could look at and see what we looked like 10, 20, and 30 years ago, at other reunions. effort.
And time for clean up? Oh, my! Everyone helped some, but Linda DeMeulenaere really did the lion's share of the clean up. No advance notice. There was just work to be done, and she started doing it. She wanted to wash some windows at the end of the day, to make sure that MHS '68 was known as a "clean group"! Who washes windows? Terry stopped her! The place was left spotless.
Please understand: THIS REUNION WEEKEND WAS DONE ON ZERO BUDGET!
On a more sober note, 47 of us have passed on. They are named here: Gone but not forgotten. Thus far in 2013, we have lost three. In 2012, we lost two. In 2011, two. In 2010, three. In 2009, three. In 2008, four. "Each man's death diminishes me." The death of any childhood friend is especially hard; childhood friends serve the purpose of remembering when we forget.
The reunion weekend was out of this world! May God bless you.
P.S.: If you'd like the most up-to-date MHS '68 contacts list, ask Alice. If you'd like any info about you at the cavemen68.com site updated, send word.
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