Benton Harbor High School
Class of 1970
BHHS Class 0f 1970 Headquarters
Committee for the 40th Class Reunion is:
REUNION NEWS Sept. 26
Alumni Party at Babes on October 17th, 2009
we have finalized our plans for the party on October 17th. 7 p.m. untl ???. We are just calling it the Class of 1970 night at Babes. We will have TV notification on WNDU and an ad in the paper. I have printed on poster size paper the names of each missing classmate including the names of the postcards that were returned to us. We plan to post that in Babes hoping we have as fairly good turnout and they will be able to help us locate a few more. We had aproximately 55 postcards returned, not bad out of 430 that were sent out!!
Can you send out an email to all "good" email addresses letthing them know about the Oct 17th event? I know that many won't be able to attend, but anyone who is close might drive in!
Let me know what you think.
That's about all we discussed at our last meeting. Except talking about the gift to classmates, and then talked a little more about the extra activities. We have Renaldo Tripplet arranging for the band and Drum major to give us a show for the BHHS tour. Working out plans for the wine tour, and golf outing.
Probably too many at the meeting, and it seems hard to really get alot acomplished. (too many converstations going on.)
Let me know if you can do the e- mailing.
HOpe you're doing well!!
BHHS CLASS OF 70 REUNION MEETING July 28TH 1P.M.
I think we discussed briefly last weekend, or I discussed with Judy after the meeting , the fact that I think that we should plan to meet "formally" maybe every other month? At least until January 2010. We have tackled all the "big rocks " (decisions) such as:
Location: Lake Michigan Hills
DJ: Anthony Catania
Date: July 31, 2010
Activities: BHHS tour, Wine tasting, Golf
Greeters: Charles Mitchell, Debbie Schneck, and Cathy Lee Schneck (all three confirmed)
Gift for Classmates: Picture frame (w/ BHHS class of 70 inscribed)
We will continue to search for "missing classmates" list . I will send that out to all email addresses, or send it to Randy, as he may have an email loop created already.
We still want to plan a Class of 70 evening for October. Maybe the 10th or the 17th???
We don't have to decide the menu until a month or so before the reunion.
I will check w/ Randy and post current and final reunion information to Classmates.
You and John Street are working on downloading yearbook Senior Pictures to be printed for name badges.
Can you think of anything else we need to decide before January?
We, you all, can still meet monthly if you like to of course!
HOpe you have a great week! If you agree you can forward to the rest of the planning committee, and post next date for Reunion planning meeting for September 26th (we can discuss "class of 70 night" at Babes) at that meeting. and arrange newspaper ad for the event a few weeks before.
Let me know what you think !
Talk to you soon!
Decorations, invitations, reunion program, and rest can be discussed in October to January meetings.
BHHS CLASS OF 70 REUNION MEETING JUNE 27TH 1P.M.
In attendance: Don Gruntman, Sandy Johnson, Jerry Mitchell, John Street, Judy Barchalk, Loretta Tisdale, Dee Parker, Nancy Morton, Vicky Grulick, Lila Megna.
May 23rd Meeting attendees: Don Gruntman, Sandy Johnson, Jerry Mitchell, Angie Skale, Nancy Morton, Faye Jordon, Dee Parker, Judy Barchalk, John Street.
Postcards were addressed at the meeting on May 23rd, and finalized at the meeting on June 27th.
We had lunch at Lake Michigan Hills (our Reunion location) and viewed the banquet location., A deposit was put down to hold our date of July 31st, 2010.
Food was discussed, but not finalized . We have until July 17th 2010 to finalize that decision. Angie Skale McGowan is going to call and discuss cake as our desert with Debbie Lerke who has provided that for past reunions. Debbie formerly worked for Bit of Swiss bakery and all committee members were happy with that decision.
We determined the cost of the reunion to be $45.00 if paid by the 1st of June 2010, $50.00 if paid by the 1st Of July, and $55.00 at the door. Late entry fee was also discussed.
We discussed ticket takers and greeters for the reunion . Volunteers so far have been Charles Mitchell, Debbie Schneck, and Cathy Lee Schneck. Other names that came up were Steve Duran.
There was discussion surrounding an 09 summer /early fall... Class of 1970 gathering at Babes. We will select a date at our next meeting and combine that with a newspaper advertisement, and Faye Jordan is looking into Chanel 16 news station to put out a free reminder on the day of the event. We are hoping to start the excitement for the reunion and gather other addresses for missing classmates.
Other conversation revolved around classmate gifts, group photographer, and other considerations such as decorations, reunion program, and invitation with questionnaire.
Once again we discussed the extra activities such as our BHHS tour, wine tasting tour, and golf outing with an approximate tee time of 8a.m. on Saturday morning.
Sandy will send out an updated “missing classmates” list to all committee members as we continue to locate all on our list.
Committee members have agreed to pay their Reunion fee in advance to build our bank, as our account has been depleted with the down payment of the hall and to pay for stamps and postcards.
Our next meeting will be held on July 25th at North Shore Inn at 1p.m.
Once again, we had a great time! It was great to see everyone. Thanks to everyone for their participation and great ideas!!
Sandy Schneck Johnson
40th Class Reunion Update!
Meeting Summary 3/28/09
BHHS Reunion Planning Meeting
IN ATTENDANCE: Kim Fowler, John Street (birthday boy), Sandy Johnson (birthday girl), Dee Parker, Loretta Tisdale, Judy Bartchalk, Jim Heeter, Doug First, Marie Catania
GUESTS: Faye Jordon, Gloria Spiker, Sonya Martin….a great surprise!
Sandy brought copies of proposed post card to be sent to classmates. Post card was approved, and we decided to have the cards ready to be mailed by next meeting which will be held on April 25th. Same time….same bat channel.
The committee was able to locate several “missing” classmates, which have been sent to Randy Anderson.
Discussion was brought up around the use of other venues to locate remaining missing classmates. We discussed the possibility of using Mail Max and Trade Lines to stuff with information regarding the planned reunion. Judy and John were going to check into the price of an insert from our group.
After the meeting the majority of us went to Paulies to “check out” (right…) the bar for a potential meeting place for our summer “Class of 1970” party, set for sometime in August 09. It was a good time, and it was so nice to see Faye and Gloria …hopefully they will join us often since they are so close…!
Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting, and for all the great ideas that were thrown out there.
See you all next month.
Meeting Summary 2/28/09
Meeting Minutes Sandy Schneck Johnson
BHHS CLASS OF 1970 REUNION PLANNING MEETING FEB. 28TH 2009
Visitors: Ted Ruwe (visiting from Florida) and Karl Johnson (visiting from South Bend, IN)
That’s all for now! Keep checking the Forum …even just to say HI!! Once again, a lot of laughs….and on a personal note (since I’m typing the notes…I get to make one…lol!) Even though this involves work… I’m having a blast doing this and love having the opportunity to connect with old and new HS friends! I’m looking forward to next summer.
40th Class Reunion Update!
Class of 1970 BHHS class reunion planning meeting
*No. 1 Priority….find our classmates !!!!! (We divided the master list between each of us and will work to get current information and find those missing by our next meeting.)
*No. 2 Priority…. Pick a date! Our decision is…….August 21st. 6p.m. until?
*No. 3 priority…. Choose location (Lake Michigan Hills) vs. (The Livery) we will check availability and make final decision at the Feb. 28th meeting.
Poll for interest in combining St. Joe and BHHS night before party: Don Gruntman will post a poll in BHHS forum regarding this issue.
We met with David Knight and discussed his thoughts regarding combining the” night before party”. He also talked about ideas regarding ways to find our classmates such as using a search engine that you pay for. Kim Fowler has the capability to do some of this, but will have to limit the number due to the cost. We felt that as each of complete our page (s) by our next meeting, we would then compile a list of those we have still not located and take that next step by joining a 24 hour on line service such as “People Search”.
Entertainment: Randy Poole? D.J. Anthony Catania? (We will get price quotes on services)
Photographer: Greg Rizzo, David Knight (We will get price quotes on services)
NEWS LETTER TO CLASSMATES in the next few months mail a newsletter or questionnaire to get their feedback regarding ideas such as choosing a THEME (we could perhaps make it a contest and someone would win a prize or be able to attend dinner at no cost). We would like to know if the majority would like a buffet dinner, or start a little later and provide heavy appetizers and / or finger food all night. Our classmates would also give feedback on ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE, (vineyard tours/wine tasting at local winery’s, fishing, golf outing, BHHS tour, brunch on the beach (morning of/after) etc. or suggest other ideas.
NOTE FROM 30TH: Classmates want time to mingle and talk! We want to make sure that significant time is planned for this>
WHO’S DOING WHAT???
We will develop a more detailed list of “who’s doing what” as we move on. As we all agreed, our priority in the next couple months is finding our classmates. We’re all working on that!
Due to resources available we have decided the following:
Lila Megna: Cost, location, and availability of reunion location.
Kim Fowler: Hotel information/ transportation (if needed)
Sandy Johnson: Printing / paper
Next Meeting: Feb. 28, 2009 @ Northshore Inn. 1p.m. (hopefully everyone will be able to make it, we missed those who couldn’t attend!)
There was a lot of excitement at the table, and so many thoughts flying around! It’s going to be a great party/reunion. For me personally, it was great to connect with former classmates after all these years!
Randy, we missed you, (maybe we can pull you into the meeting via web meetings for the next meeting (I’ll work on that)
interested in participating in the BHHS 1970 40th class reunion contact
The BHHS class of 70 web site has been a valuable tool in the organization and dissemination of information regarding our class. We would like to see the site grow in content and we welcome any class-related information to be posted to the site. If there is an idea any of you have that you feel would make the site more interesting please let us know. This web site is YOUR website and we would love to keep it going!
FOR OUR WEB PROJECT. VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!
www.bhhsgrads.com, Bookmark this please.
The great part
is classmates such as myself; Mike Podjan, Glenn Poczik or anyone else
that would like to volunteer, would take care of the webmaster tasks.
our situation classmates, there are many of us out there and we need
just a few sponsors and our entire class will benefit! We need your
help! If anyone would like to solicit other BHHS classes for web sites
within our www.bhhsgrads.com domain please feel free. This could help
offset our costs to run the site. Other classes coming on board would
be IE: www.bhhsgrads.com/1971, you get the idea.
BHHS site volunteer
Marie Guardino Arend Class Treasurer
Status report: $576.00 (What we have in the reunion account). We have had this account for 30 plus years at First Resource Federal Credit Union.
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