Consider this the beginning of a long thread of comments on how great the reunion was. Everyone, please chime in.
I don’t have time right now to share all my thoughts, but I do want to say that the success of this weekend is as much a result of the people who attended as it was the work of the committee. Thank you all for participating and making our work pay off.
Kathy O'Leary mentioned there would be a place to sign up to release our contact information so that we might reconnect with some people who could not make it to the reunion. Has that been set up? Can't find it anywhere...
Judi, the committee will be meeting in of couple weeks. We'll discuss that and other services the website will provide. Please stay tuned.
I just attended a memorial service for our classmate, Meehee Hwang, who died on August 10. How she would have loved seeing everyone and catching up at the reunion. Her sad and sudden death brought home to me how important my "roots" are, and how often I've neglected them. I want to add my thanks to the reunion committee for orchestrating such a wonderful weekend, filled with memories, fun, and a chance to celebrate who we've become. I loved visiting with many of you, and didn't have nearly enough time to catch up with everyone.
It was a wonderful time seeing all the old classmates. i tried to make the rounds of the room and there just wasn't enough time. I wish i could have talked to more people. i enjoyed chatting with everyone that i reached and seeing where everyone was now. I'm amazed at how many are in the Denver area near me. It will be fun to stay in touch thru facebook.
Till next time...........
What a great event! Many thanks to the committee for putting this all together - everything was just lovely. My hubby says the food was very tasty - I, myself, was too excited to eat. I am so looking forward to getting back in touch with everyone; Webster is a very special place to me, and you all are very special people.
Thanks to all who have written before me for saying 'it' so well...not a big enough thankyou to the committee for making 'it' happen...and thankyou so much Romondo, Tom and whomever else shot and posted such wonderful photographs...it as an amazing weekend...amazing...
I am always surprised when people actually remember me, as I always considered myself to be the little mouse in the corner. To see friends from kindergarten through senior year, and have them recognize and remember our times together gives me such a warm feeling!
But it wasn't all about me. I loved seeing the kind of wonderful people everybody turned out to be, and hear the stories, both happy and sad. I'm looking forward to the reunions yet to come. My mom attended her WGHS 60th reunion a couple years before she passed. Let's keep up the momentum! See where the winding road leads us from this point.
Please, those of you who haven't joined FaceBook, do! It is easy, and you don't have to interact with anybody but the cream of the crop (AKA WGHS71!) if you don't want to. It is a wonderful tool to keep in touch with each other. And if you know the whereabouts of anybody on our "missing" list, or the location of a sibling, please share, so we can track down all of our classmates!
It has been a pleasure to be part of this reunion and I hope to see you all in 2016!
I did not know anything about the reunion!!! I still live in St. Louis and have not moved in
33 years!!!!!!! What happen? I was at the last reunion.
What sensory and emotional overload! There was not enough time to see everyone, talk with everyone and just take a deep breath in order to take it all in. Sincere thanks to all involved in making this a terrific reunion...and to those making sure we have a way to remain in touch until our next gathering. I have lived away from Missouri as an adult longer than I lived in Missouri growing up, but returning for the reunion made me realize what a special time and place we had in Webster. I cannot wait for the next reunion! (and to Karen Woods Reichley...we'll call each other before I pack for the next reunion trip to St. Louis...you're a good sport!)
Reflections of our WGHS class reunion
By Dot Horne Marrocco
“Reflections” seem to be a very appropriate word. Being caught in the whirlwind of seeing my classmates and just trying to recognize them and reconnect was such a joy. Many thoughts and feelings passed through me as I looked into each of their faces and eyes. There were many different responses to my approach, but I did try to approach every one that I thought was a classmate. I want to try and sum up my experience. It doesn’t matter to me what our differences may have been 40 years ago. We have some years in common that no one else on earth can share. My heart was overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the special words, touch and smiles from each special person. I went with the attitude that I wanted to connect with everyone that was there. I am amazed at the accomplishments of our class. The least have become the greatest, and some of the greatest, the least. I don’t mean fame and money and good looks. I mean in the attitude of life. The long and winding road had brought us home once more. I hope that we can put aside whatever differences we have and cling to what we have in common and learn to grow together. You know, I think that we all need each other more than we know, now that we are entering our age of retirement. I agree with Kathy O”leary, all we have is the now. I hope that all of you will feel free to join my heart in wanting to connect on a deeper level. Even the ones who didn’t seem to want to connect are teaching me to love others in a deeper way. Like the tapestry illustration, our lives are entwined into a bigger picture. All the threads have a special place as they are woven through. Some may be one little golden strand, or a dark thread to cause another area to show up more brightly. To those classmates alive and gone, who are in touch and those who aren’t, my heart bursts with love and gratitude for you. A special thanks to those who have embraced me with open arms in spite of my many faults and imperfections. You are the cream that rises to the top!
Al & Dot Marrocco
4840 Old Hwy K
Lonedell, MO 63060-1714
Wasn't it wonderful!!! I didn't know how many people I had almost forgotten, and then when I saw them at the reunion it brought back wonderful memories of times together. I'm so glad that I had a chance to revisit those moments!
I really feel badly for the folks that didn't make it back. Please try to make the next reunion (2016). It would be great if we could have even more people reached. I'm unhappy with the number of people we never found, and I was one of the people searching! Just remember that if you move we need to know for the next reunion. Now that less people are using home phones the search will be even more difficult. Email and facebook are great way to keep in touch. This website is even better! Thank you so much Romondo for setting this up.
Hope to see you all again soon, until then remember that you were a part of something wonderful! Statesmen forever!
I can't say enough how much I appreciate the hard work that the planning committee put into this event. I also can't say enough how fantastic it was to see and talk to people I have not seen in 40 years. Out of over 600 people that graduated, I only managed to keep in touch with three of them. Now I have made contact with over 100 more and would love to keep in contact with all of you. Facebook seems the place to make that happen, so I invite everyone who reads this to join Facebook, friend me, and keep in touch. Even the ones I didn't get to talk to, feel free to friend me. We can stay on FB or we can even swap emails and stay in touch that way. It was interesting hearing some of the stories of the people that have managed to stay in touch and the things they go through to do it. Again, thanks to all that made it happen, and I hope everyone had as good a time as I did. It was my first, but it will not be my last!
Great planning. Great events. Wonderful turn out. Best reunion ever.
...and in the sweetness of friendship let their be laughter, and shairing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Thanks to all who came, who posted, who followed, who reached out to renew old friendships, to create new ones. The word "statesmen" has a brand new shine to it!!