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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 to do printing as needed.   

Reservation Status

As of February 1st, we have 49 classmates registered for the Classmates Evening at the Boat Club, 58 Classmates and Guests for the Banquet at Ridgeview, and 10 for Golf at Enger. To see who is attending which events, just go to the Attending tab of this website. Watch this site for a steady stream of new registrations over coming months! Also, get in touch with your classmate friends to make sure they know about our website and the schedule of events in June 2018!  

Kris and Lana

1st Mailing Sent Out - Buzz is Building

Just before Labor Day Lana and I sent out a letter and registration form for the reunion to 325 classmates. This represents a big milestone, with a lot of work by our Reunion Committee and early registrations to cover costs. US Mail is critical to get out the word because we have e-mail addresses for only 25% of the class. We cut the list of Missing Classmates to 39 before the mailing, but that number has grown again to over 50, and unfortunately we've also added a few to the memorial section. Please check the 'Missing Classmates' list to see if you have any information to help - a married name, city or state could make all the difference. 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! 

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.

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