Start a website, make a couple of hundred phone calls, e-mails, more phone calls, meetings, more meetings and more meetings. That’s how a reunion starts. Was it worth it? If you were lucky enough to be in Lancaster, California October 9-12, 2003, you know the answer. YES!!!
It all started with an informal get together at the Black Angus in Lancaster, Thursday night October 9th. We had hoped to have 10-15 people show up. Well, we did better, 50+ alumni show up! A special surprise was planned for Cindy Heath. Her sister Alice was flown in from Germany! Cindy was more than a little surprised, along with their friends. It was a great way to kick off the weekend!!
The golf tournament was held Friday, October 10th at Edwards A.F.B. Afterwards, memories were resurrected. The high school was visited, it looked great. Old houses and hang-outs were checked out. There is a new commissary and B.X. (with a food court!!!). I hope the kids going to high school now realize how lucky they are! All we had was the Run-In-Chef and Baskin and Robbins. They have Burger King, Taco Bell and Popeye’s!
Friday night, Club Muroc (the old Officer’s club) was full of old (well, maybe not old) friends and classmates. About 70 alumni showed up to reminisce and get reacquainted. We found out quite a few us still like to hang out, talk and DANCE! It went late into the night but no one minded.
The reunion committee met early Saturday at the Park Plaza to get things ready for that night, but by 10:00 a.m. most were at the breakfast buffet in Lancaster. This event had a great turnout! But the Saturday night dinner/dance was definitely the BIG event. Total attendance was over 200 people, 137 or so were alumni. We were lucky and had Mr. Smith (principal) Mrs. Hayden (English teacher) and Coach Jack Jones (P.E. teacher) attend! They all looked great and were happily received. Alumni from all over the country made it and Alice Heath came all the way from Germany. We ate, took pictures, danced and talked and talked and talked. No one wanted it to end at midnight. So afterwards, groups met up at different bars and houses, just to continue what was a truly good night!
Sunday the weather was beautiful, warm, but not hot. Perfect weather for a picnic. I don’t have a count on how many showed up to share memories and life stories one more time, but it was many. The committee cooked and provided great food for alumni and their families that came. We met wives, husband, kids and yes, even grandkids!! Who would have thought any of us are old enough to have grandchildren??? Plans were already being made for the next reunion in 5 years (2008) and promises not to lose touch. The picnic went on until late afternoon before reluctant good-byes were made and yes, a few tears were shed.
I’ve been to all three reunions that this great group has thrown. I have to say, this was the best one yet. I heard that all weekend and in the many e-mails I’ve received since I’ve returned home. The committee, Brian Whalen, Lori Koch, Mark Mileham, Candy Serafin, Vickie McReynolds, Terri Socci, Rita Kachadoorian and Debbie Robinson, did a great job. But really, no matter how hard we worked, if the participation had not been there, it would not have worked. So THANK YOU to all who came and made it a 4 day weekend no one is likely to forget or want to forget for for a long time.
See you in 5 years. Please keep in touch and keep your information updated so we can find you.