At one point in the evening at our 45th Class Reunion, John Wray said that he had an announcement. He said the Reunion Committee wanted to thank the person who had brought us all together, and I was sure that he was going to call up Jim Ranshaw. Jim is the whole reason that we have contact information for our classmates — for our 40th Reunion, Jim put in countless hours on the computer, making calls, driving to possible addresses and sending emails.
But then John called up lil’ ol’ me and recognized me as the Class Blogger! To tell you the truth, I am the MOST UNLIKELY person to have this responsibility! Remember, I was named the Shyest Person in our class? If you click here, you can read the very first post I wrote on this blog.
Before the reunion began, Donna Canzoneri Wray posted:
Thanks for all you are doing for us, Kathy. You work so hard on our behalf and have managed to make us all feel more connected to one another. Because of you I am looking forward to this reunion more than the others. I’ve heard snippets of the lives of so many classmates, and I can hardly wait to see them in person and perhaps speak to them for the first time ever. I was too shy in high school to venture away from my small circle of friends, but now I know about the hobbies, travels, and grandkids of so many; I just want to congratulate them and thank them for sharing. Being in charge of the Memory Boards has been sobering, and I am so thankful for the good health of those of us that remain. Being at this reunion in body or spirit is a true gift. Let the party begin!
I credit Miss Glenna Thompson and Miss Marjorie Imbach, our senior English teachers, for giving me the writing skills I’ve used all my life. Remember them? People also cannot believe me when I tell them I graduated from a public high school. Here in Hawaii where I live, many of the top students go to private schools, and I myself have worked in the private school sector nearly all of my career here.
But YOU, dear readers, are the basis of my material and I depend on YOU to give me the information on which I can write. Deanna Dugger Bergman, whom I think traveled the farthest to the reunion (she came from Pennsylvania), gave me a wonderful suggestion when I told her getting class information is like pulling teeth. Her suggestion was to give you a template on which to answer questions.
And so, if you enjoy reading about your classmates, please help us out by filling out and submitting this short questionnaire. Everyone has a story to tell and we would like to hear yours!
Feel free to send pictures of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please identify the people in the photos.