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Video of Boat Club and Ridgeview CC Events to be Offered

A videographer will be filming a couple of hours of both the Classmates Evening and the Banquet for Classmates and Guests. The resulting video files will be edited and DVDs produced for sale to all classmates, not only those in attendance. After the reunion you should expect a mailing from Raines Video Production offering you the opportunity to purchase a copy of the DVD for a nominal price. There is no cost to the Class for this service, or to you unless you choose to purchase the 50-Year Reunion DVD.

Silent Auction at Mixer and Banquet

There will be at least four items to be auctioned at the Boat Club and Ridgeview events, with proceeds donated to the Class of '68: 1) A framed reproduction of a photo of the Historic Old Central Building, donated by Ron DeGrio and Mars Supply; 2) A new men's red satin, cotton-lined warm-up suit, jacket size large, pants size medium donated by Ron DeGrio; and 3) and 4) two copies of classmate author David J. Brown's novel, "Daddy Had to Say Goodbye".

The framed photo is 25"x29.5" and the suggested starting bid for this item is $25. The warm up suit pants will fit a 34" inseam with socks, and the novels will be autographed by author David J. Brown specifically for the purchaser.

Men's Red Satin Warm-up Suit for Silent Auction

Men's size large jacket, size medium pant (fits large), says Trojans on back, Duluth Central on front. Donated by classmate Ron DeGrio.

The suggested starting bid is $25 for the jacket and pants ensemble.

Men's Red Satin Warm-up Suit for Silent Auction

Donated by Ron DeGrio. Front view.

The suggested starting bid is $25 for the jacket and pants ensemble.

Classmate David J. Brown's novel,

Two copies of "Daddy Had to Say Goodbye", by classmate author David J. Brown will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Class of '68. David will autograph these copies for the purchasers.

The suggested starting bid is $12 each.

Historic Old Central Tour Added!

In response to classmate requests we've added a tour of our old high school building (including the tower) on Friday afternoon, June 29th. A Sammy's Pizza lunch will precede the tours at Noon in the Board Room cafeteria; this is in the former Auditorium. Tours will begin at 1:00 PM in Room 112 and leave every 15-20 minutes as demand warrants until 3:00 PM. Voluntary donations will be accepted. Please RSVP if you're interested and especially if you want the Pizza option (if you don't RSVP there won't be enough food)! The lunch cost is $7.50 per person. You can either send us a check or pay at the door.

Summary of the June 4th Meeting

Attendees included Martin Lepak, Jim Cadotte and Carol, Dale Mell, Barb Teske, Jeff and Patty Herrick, Chuck and Karen Contardo, and Lana and Kris Liljeblad. After a registration update Dale talked about plans for golf. Because we will have four or five foursomes it will be quick and easy; tee times will start at 9:00 am and it will be informal. Cathy said the Old Central Tours will include the Tower, we should invite the Guide to our Sammy's Pizza lunch, and Room 112 where the tours start has memorabilia from the old school. Barb reported that centerpieces were prepared in advance for the Friday event by her with help from Cathy and Lynn Older Vukonich. She has also put together cards as conversation starters to place on tables. Patty Herrick has prepared little wooded boats for the tables at the Boat Club. We were surprised by the arrival of Chuck and Karen Contardo who were visiting from Spokane, WA. Kris described a framed photo of the Old Central and a new red satin Trojan warm up suit that were donated by Ron DeGrio. Kris suggested that we make them available for purchase through a Silent Auction both Thursday and Friday nights, so they would go to the highest bidder with proceeds going to the Class of '68. Ron has also volunteered to do the name tags and badges for all the events with support from his employer, Mars Supply. A power point slide show was prepared by Kris for a memorial to the classmates who have passed and he is arranging a laptop and projector for both Thursday and Friday evenings. Cathy sugggested we leave an empty chair to symbolize those we are missing. We discussed the brief program for the Banquet. The next meeting was scheduled for Monday June 25th, when we will have final attendee numbers for the 28th and 29th.

Reservation Status

It's early June with a few weeks to go! We have 76 classmates registered for the Classmates Evening at the Boat Club, 86 Classmates and Guests for the Banquet at Ridgeview, 16 for Golf at Enger and 20 for the Old Central building tour. Time is getting short to finalize our headcount for catering. The deadline for registrations is Monday June 18th! Please get in touch with your classmate friends to urge them to register. To see who is attending which events, just go to the Attending tab of this website.

Kris and Lana

Webmaster Volunteer Needed

Most visitors to this website have urged that the Committee keep it functioning after the 50 year reunion. Some classmates have said they would consider contributing to the cost. Although the job does not require a high level of computer sophistication, it does require a commitment of a few hours weekly. As a backup to the website, an Excel spreadsheet needs to be maintained for classmate contact information. If you have an interest please contact Kris at theliljeblads@charter.net.

Summary for May 14 Meeting

The meeting at Sunset Grill was attended by Patty and Jeff Herrick, Cathy Overland, Barb Teske, Martin Lepak, Ron DeGrio, Jim Cadotte and Carol, Kris and Lana Liljeblad. Kris reported on registrations and questionnaire results, Lana reported on finances, and Barb Teske updated centerpiece progress, with a second working session scheduled with Cathy on 5/15. Jim Cadotte and Carol have agreed to provide a sound system and music for both events, plus microphones for Ridgeview. Ron has provided a framed photo of the Central clock tower and a new Trojan track suit that can be raffled or auctioned off as a fund-raiser. Eleanor Anderson-Dahl has agreed to do a comedy routine at Ridgeview. A videographer has offered to film one event at no cost if he can market the resulting dvds to our class roster. We could pay extra to film the second evening also, but the committee did not support it. Follow up actions: Schedule access to Old Central for tours (8 classmates have requested it); Print badges for all three events; Arrange for an in-focus projector for memorials; and recruit a webmaster for the class website. The next meeting was scheduled for Monday June 4th.

Where are our Classmates?

A breakdown of our class address list shows that 54% live here in the Twin Ports, 16% elsewhere in MN, 4% in WI or MI, and 26% in another state. So, most of us won't have far to travel to attend. Within the past few weeks we had two classmates contact us who were previously listed on the Memorials page. This is the best possible news we could get.  

Summary for Feb 16, 2018 Meeting

Nine classmates met at the Aspenwood Clubhouse: Barb Teske, Patty Herrick, Cathy Overland, Martin Lepak, Lynn Vukonich, Ron DeGrio, Lucy Gardner, Lana and Kris Liljeblad. A reservation update indicated 11 for Golf, 50 for the Classmates Evening, and 58 for the Banquet. Questionnaire results were shared. The website classmate profiles have not changed much recently with 319 profiles, 56 missing and 56 deceased. Lana reported on what the Boat Club and Ridgeview CC will provide. Barb had prepared example centerpieces for the events and the group agreed to prepare a dozen of them for use at the Ridgeview Banquet. Patty offered miniature row boats for use at the Boat Club. We also discussed how to memorialize deceased classmates, ideas for name tags, and use of trojan memorabilia to display. Ron volunteered his family members to do registrations at the events and his employer to do printing as needed.   

1/8/2018 Reunion Meeting Summary

We gathered at the Sunset Grill: Steve Lent, Martin Lepak, Patty Ames Herrick, Jeff Herrick, Cindy Berg Storm, Barb Teske, Cathy Dings Overland, Lana Abramson Liljeblad, and Kris Liljeblad. The website has 319 classmate profiles, 57 missing, 58 deceased, and 6 completed questionnaires. Everyone was encouraged to revisit the website to answer four questions: 1. Are there other unplanned events in Duluth you'd like added to the reunion itinerary? 2. Should we keep the website alive post-reunion? 3. If yes, would you contribute to the cost? 4. How often should we hold reunions in the future? Event registration status showed 46 registered for the Classmates Evening, 55 for the Banquet and 9 for Golf. Those numbers are 50-60% of our 2008 final participation, pretty much on-track. Of the registrations, 31 classmates are registered for two or more events, 11 are attending only one, and 13 will be traveling from outside the area. The geography of our classmate mailing list (312 total) shows 54% live in the Twin Ports area, 16% elsewhere in MN, 4% in WI or MI, and 26% in other US states. Lana reported that we have spent about $1,300 on deposits, copying and mailings, and we have a $4,205 balance in our checking account. We discussed ideas for entertainment and how to encourage classmates to move around and mix, especially at the Boat Club. Our next meeting will be at Aspenwood's Community Building on 2/16/18 at noon and it will focus on Decorations for the event spaces.

Summary of the 10-9-17 Reunion Meeting

Seven of us met at Sunset Grill: Martin Lepak, Cathy Dings Overland, Patty Ames Herrick, Lynn Older Vukanich, Barb Teske, Lana Abramson Liljeblad and Kris Liljeblad. Cathy reported on the recent Class of '67 Reunion. Lana provided a financial report and paid registration status. Kris handed out a list of 58 missing classmates and Lynn and Patty provided new information on two of them to research further. There was no agreement to secure a block of discounted hotel rooms. Dress code will be casual for Classmates night and business casual for the banquet. The next mailing will be a short reminder to save the dates, sent to those not yet registered, and it will be prepared at the November meeting.

Faces and Places

Kris and Lana, You have done a wonderful job of finding classmates! I looked at the website tonight and it was great! Brought back many fond memories(almost felt like I was 17 again). Looking forward to seeing them and you again at Fitgers next year! Woot, Woot, class of "68" rocks!

Patricia Ames
Summary of 8-14-17 Reunion Meeting

Nine classmates met at the Sunset Grill: Cathy Dings Overland, Jim Cadotte, Martin Lepak, Patty Ames Herrick, Cindy Berg Storm, Barb Teske, Dale Mell, Lana Abramson Liljeblad, and Kris Liljeblad. Kris has cut the list of missing classmates in half through database searches and he is working to create website profiles for everyone with a known address. Lana reported that we have $1,100 in the class checking account. We reviewed content for a first mailing and discussed how to get people to open it and reply in a timely way. A work session to prepare the mailing was discussed. Three new registrations were accepted. See the Photo Album for meeting photos (courtesy of Barb Teske).

Previous Reunion Meetings

Reunion Committee meetings were held on May 22nd, May 30th, June 12th and July 10th, 2017. All of them were held at Sunset Grill except the 5/30 meeting which was at the Liljeblads. Classmates who have participated included Cathy Dings Overland, Barb Teske, David Brown, Jim Cadotte, Ron DeGrio, Gary LeClaire, Martin Lepak, Jeff Herrick and Patty Ames Herrick, Lynn Older Vukonich, Diane Christiansen LaBuda, Steve Lent, Cathy Mike Paquay, Dale Mell, Jerry Niemi, Cindy Berg Storm, Suzanne Sinnott Miller, Lucy Adams Gardner, Tracy Goldberg Goman, and Janet Worthing. These meetings resulted in selection of reunion dates for 2018, choice of venues, input on website creation, and information sharing on classmates.

Thank you!

I just want to thank all of you for your hard work and energy preparing for this fun reunion!  We are really looking forward to it!

Cathy Mike
Glad you guys are working so hard to get reunion going/Thanks

Good Job!

Shirley Kleiman
Great Job!

Thank you all for your hard work!

Janet Hamik
I will miss seeing you.

Fellow classmates, asmuch as it pains me to have to write this, but I find myself in the cross hairs of multiple conficts related to the reunion.  I am being installed as  the senior awarden in the Masonic lodge the day before the reunion, and involved in a Old West Reenactment the day of.  Also my group is being considered for some work in a film.   As luck would have it, all these are taking place at a most inoppertune time.  I am truly saddened that I won't be able to attend.  I will be with you all in spirit during the gala event. 

I sincerely hope that it will be as memorable as the last reunion and many thanks for the tireless work of the organizers. 

Rick Deadeye Anderson.

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