The reunion committee met yesterday for the first time and had a very productive meeting. The meeting was held at Red Robin in Washington, Pa. Those who met were Ramaine Caparros Turrentine, Terry Biewen Marker, Janet Block Toth, Theresa Wright D’Aurora, Karen Nixon Donell, Barb Felici Provenzano and Vickie Mendenhall. Several reunion committee members had previous engagements and could not be at the meeting.
The following are the committee heads:
Vickie Mendenhall, Chair, also Social Media/Communications
Mary Ann Atwell-Facilities, Entertainment, Photographer,
Theresa D’Aurora- Finanace, Friday Night Mixer
Karen Donell- Classmate Search, also Fundraising/Sponsorships
Barb Provenzano- Decorations
The date for the reunion has been secured for July 12, 2014. The $500 deposit will be sent in soon. We will have the reunion at the Serbian Cultural Center in Weirton. Our initial thoughts are to have a cocktail reception at 6:00, followed by pictures, a short program and dinner, and then the dance. Times are not set in stone. We do know we will be going with a DJ and not a band. Several DJ’s were briefly discussed with follow-ups soon.
A mixer will be held on Friday, July 11. We have not reserved Pier 12 as they are under new management and due to re-open as The Crooked Deck. We hope to have that in place soon. We will open the mixer to other classes.
Discussion took place about other activities for the weekend: A breakfast, a tour of the school, a picnic on Sunday. It was a general discussion that was then tabled until our next meeting as we had so many other things to discuss.
We will have a hotel selection person who will get group hotel rates, compare offers, and then select a hotel which will reserve and block off a section of rooms at a discount for those who will be arriving from out of town. The hotel will be close to the Serbian Cultural Center. This will be determined later.
Treasurer Theresa D’Aurora opened a checking account and purchased a PO Box number for classmates who will be paying for their ticket/tickets through the mail. Paypal has also been set up but will not be put in place until ticket sales begin the first week of July. Ticket prices were determined with a discount for those paying early. More information on ticket prices will follow, but the price as of right now will be $35 for single/$70 for couple and $30/$60 if purchased early. Dates not set as of yet.
Fundraising/Sponsorship chairman Karen Donell discussed sponsorships. A three level sponsorship will be set up and displayed at a later date for those who wish to sponsor our class reunion. Those sponsorships may be a tax deduction. As soon as that page is set up, it will be displayed by clicking the tab at the top of this web page.
The biggest hurdle for our committee right now is the classmate search. Karen Donell is the chair for maintaining the database. If you are not a member of our Brooke High Class of 1974 group page on Facebook, we will need your email address. Our hope is to use social media to use as our base for sending out information and invitations. Mailing hard copies will be our last resort, so it is very important to get classmates on Facebook or to collect their email address. It will be the most cost effective way to go.
Volunteers are needed to help with the classmate search. If you are reading this and would like to volunteer, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/46619803219/ or just let me know by replying to this post. Karen has a great method going and a new facebook page for this committee.
Our facebook page is extremely active. We have 155 members. Photos are being shared, music of the 1970′s is being talked about. And many reconnections and new friendships are being formed. It is exciting. We have started a Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/370479779724243/ and 35 classmates have already indicated they will be attending the 40th reunion.
So, far these classmates will be attending. Hope you will want to join the growing list. This is wonderful as we are 14 months away.
Bill Barnett, Barbara Lizon Groch, Vickie Mendenhall, Ken Byers, Mickey Reeves, Earla Finley Mester, Dianna Woods Saunders, Judy Wilson, Linda Barnhart Bain, Barb Felici Provenzano, Debby Conley Pasquarella, Valerie Griffith Leasure, Donna Hood Schoolcraft, Jerry Nichols, Karen Nixon Donell, Kathy Orsini Riel, Mickie Mecca Diserio, Pat DiGiacinto, Mary Ann DeMatteis Atwell, Kim Smith Brady, Nadine Hubbard Mayhew, Cindy Counselman Wilson, Vickie Andreozzi Yost, Faye Shaffer Ferrell, Virginia Molnar, Chrys Diniaco, Gary Thomas, Nancy Deters, Susan Cross Maluski, Janet Block Toth, Teresa Biewen Marker, Melissa Wales Simons, Janice olilla Pepe, Cork Shane, and Theresa Wright D’Aurora.
Our goal is to get as many classmates on social media as possible. We will be plastering SAVE THE DATE information on Facebook, Twitter, Classmates.com, School Feed, The Brooke High School Alumni page, newspapers, and other avenues of communication, such as this class web page.
Please check back here often. The most important thing is that we want to have a great 40th class reunion and we want to reach out and locate all classmates possible.
Sadly, there are some classmates who have passed too soon. We will remember them at the reunion and on this page when our list is complete. We have 30 names at this time…..30 names too many.
Let’s make this the best reunion ever. After all, just like our class theme, We may never pass this way again.