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45th Reunion Update 1/23/17

posted Jan 23, 2017, 5:00 PM by Tim Cornish
Hi CHS ’72 Classmates!
One of the reunion committee’s goals in organizing the upcoming 45 year reunion is to make it a fun, inviting, quality experience, and most importantly, affordable for all. A second objective is to provide a “gift” to Central High School in honor of the Class of ’72. For those of you who have attended reunions in the past you have possibly heard comments like, “why can’t we have this at a nicer location?" or “the food could/should be better”. There have been two primary reasons for this.
First and foremost has been the concern about making it affordable for all. We can all agree we don’t want to preclude anyone attending because it’s too pricey. Second, even though the past reunions have been organized to keep expenses low the primary organizer has had to absorb costs of unpaid tickets, decorations, and flowers because our class has never had much of a “Class Fund”. We all owe her a HUGE debt of gratitude for not only taking on the responsibility of organizing the reunions, but for covering the shortfall out of her own pocket! For some reason our class has struggled with reunion finances in the past when we compare our reunion to those of other DCHS classes.
The reunion committee has been hard at work behind the scenes to meet the primary objective stated above. After scouting out several potential locations we were successful in securing a perfect sized banquet facility at a very favorable rate at the Isle of Capri Hotel/Casino. In addition we successfully negotiated discounted hotel lodging for the weekend for alumni attendees. We are confident you will find the food associated with the reunion to be a significant upgrade as well. Beyond that we are also planning a few new “extras” to enhance your enjoyment of the Saturday night event.
The second objective above refers to providing a Class of ’72 gift. To that end we have worked with DCHS to identify a need which won’t be met through their normal budgeting process. As you may know the school is in the midst of an extensive renovation. The area which used to be the swimming pool has been filled in and is being converted to a weight room. Targeted to be completed in the spring they would like our assistance in procuring a music system for that area. Loud music is a huge motivator for the younger generation and provides the type of stimulating environment they crave. The new weight room will be much larger than the existing one given the current one is always overcrowded. This area will be utilized by athletes, both female and male, in conjunction with their Better, Faster, Stronger program which has its own dedicated instructor. Additionally it will be used by non-athletes who recognize the importance of combining weight training with aerobic exercise to maximize the benefit of their workouts. The total cost for this new music system is $7,000.
In order to meet both of these objectives we are establishing our version of a Class of ’72 “Go Fund Me” initiative. Through contributions from our class we will be able to purchase our very first class gift and will utilize whatever funds remain to offset the cost of the Saturday night event in order to keep it affordable for all given it will be the only ticketed event of the weekend. YOU can help make this happen. If you can find a way to make even a small contribution it will help and you can feel good about having done your part. For those who are willing and able to make a more significant contribution we humbly ask that you do so. Helping provide a class gift and making sure Saturday night is not too expensive is certainly a cause worthy of your generous support. The Class of ’72 has always been an extraordinary one. Let’s all make this fundraising effort reflect that!
Chriss Gwin and Sam Yarham have agreed to manage our bank account. Please make your check payable to CHS Class of ’72 and send it to
Sam at 6 Black Hawk Court, Eldridge, IA 52748.
Thank you very much for your support!
Class of ’72 Reunion Committee
NOTE - we anticipate the ticket price for Saturday will be similar to that of the past & you do not need to donate to the class gift in order to attend any of the weekend activities.