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Fun gatherings of classmates. Why wait for the 60th reunion?


Kaffee Klatch Cookie Swap
Where:  Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
Address:  4350 24th Ave, Fort Gratiot, MI
Web Link:  Mall Map
Date:  Dec. ??, 2018
When:  10:00 AM
Anyone interesting in meeting with others from the class, please suggest a time and place. I will post it on the web page, and send out email notices to those I have in my address book.
Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
Date:    October 25, 2018
When:  10:00 AM - Noon
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Fourteen classmates choose to attend this coffee gathering. A lot of converstations... 2018 reunion, high school events, and more. Note a copy of the original 1971 Reunion Invitation can be found on the Photo Gallery.

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Caryl Atfield-Butler; Marianne Blank-Kemp; Howard Ferns; Rick Heering; Larry Johnson; Don & wife, Pat King; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Gary Minnie & wife, Cindy (Root); Dorothy Newman-Smith; Betty Working-Rowley; and myself.

Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
Date:    September 27, 2018
When:  10:00 AM - Noon
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Eighteen classmates choose to attend this coffee gathering. A lot of converstations... loss of three classmates since the July 2018 reunion, photos of the reunion gathering, review of the first reunion invitation (1971), and more. Note a copy of the original 1971 Reunion Invitation can be found on the Photo Gallery.

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Caryl Atfield-Butler; Howard Ferns; Pam Fockler-Savalle, and husband, Hank; Bob Hale; Rick Heering; Wanda Hunt-Pratt & husband, Ron; Larry Johnson; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Gary Minnie and wife, Cindy (Root); Dorothy Newman-Smith; Rich Woods; Betty Working-Rowley; Sue and myself.

Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
Date:    August 16, 2018
When:  10:00 AM - Noon
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Much of the conversation was about the 55th reunion. All the comments were very positive.

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Rick Heering; Wanda Hunt-Pratt & husband, Ron; Dick Johnson; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Gary Minnie and wife, Cindy (Root); Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn; Betty Working-Rowley; myself and others.

Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
Date:    May 31, 2018
When:  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Definately the largest coffee gathering ever! There were a least 20+ classmates that attended. I think that it was good that we had the meeting at the mall. We may have overwhelmedd the Maritime Center. The were lots of reason for the exceptional turnout. Classmates returning from parts unknown, reunion update and planning session. It was GREAT!

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the mall. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were:  Caryl Atfield-Butler, Marianne Blank-Kemp, Howard Ferns, Pam Fockler and husband, Hank Savalle, Bob Hale, Rick Heering, Charlie Huebner, Wanda Hunt and husband, Ron Pratt, Larry Johnson, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Linda Lange, Vicki Leathorn and husband, Ken Lawrence, Gary and Cindy Minnie, Jeri Thompson, Cynthia (Sari) and Jim Vigrass, Carl Schoenberg, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, Rich Woods, Betty Working-Rowley, Sue and myself.

Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
Date:    April 12, 2018
When:  10:00 - 12:00
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Some discussion was had regarding the plans so far for the July 14th reunion. Hopefully there will be a committee meeting shortly after May 1st when everyone returns from winter migration. Please see the Reunion 2018 (<— click here!) web page for continuous updates on the remaining details and WHO is planning on coming.

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the Maritime Center, Vantage Point. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Howard Fern, Marianne Blank-Kemp, Wanda (Hunt) & Ron Pratt, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Linda Lange, Marilyn Wersing-Keuhn, Rich Woods, myself.



Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
Date:    March 15, 2018
When:  10:00 - 12:00
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The coffee clutch met for the first time this year at the Maritime Center, Vantage Point. Our thanks to the staff of the Maritime Center for allowing us to meet there. It's always enjoyable to get together. I think we learn more about the people and events of our time in high school at every meeting. There is a growing interest in what is planned for any reunion next year, or 55th year following graduation.

I must apologize for no photos of the gathering. I was so consumed with discussions about the reunion 2018, that I did not get a chance to take photos. I have to say there is a lot of enthusiasm with the attendees. The discussion was worth while, progress was made toward the reunion. The matter of cost was discussed and it was a hard and difficult decision. But we needed to be certain to cover all of the anticipated expenses. The decision was NOT taken lightly, but because of that decision, invitations/registration letters are in the mail. Should there be a significant excess when all things are final, gift card drawings could return some of the excess the night of the dinner.

Another suggestions was that there could be a "flash mob" Friday night before the dinner. We could use the banner so kindly donated by Betty (Working) and her husband Jack Rowley to draw a crowd down on Black River near the Harbor Master Building. It would offer additional time for meet and greet. Also for those who didn't want to attend the dinner, it would be a ZERO dollar opportunity. It could like a blind date, it you don't like the people you see there, JUST KEEP ON WALKING!

Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
Date:    February 15, 2018
When:  10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
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The first coffee meeting of the year was attended by sixteen guests despite the loss of the snow birds. Of course there were questions regarding the 2018 reunion. Without a formal announcement I have gathered 83 names of people (55 classmates and 28 guests) interested in attending. Some as far away as Sweden, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Canada, and Arizona. Awaiting the next planning committee meeting. When? Hopefully soon invitations will be mailed.

Take a close look at the photos. There are two photos of a shirt I commissioned to TP Logos, 1100 Michigan Ave. Ste. B, Marysville, MI. For a little more then the price of a shirt, Todd will embroider the "PHHS Class of 1963" logo on your purchase. He will embroider the same logo on apparels you bring in for a small fee. Visit their web site at TPLOGOS.COM, or email Todd Powers.

There was some discussion about students smoking. Rich Woods thought that there was a student smoking lounge. Everyone else said we don't remember that. Maybe it's our age. So I resorted to the 1960 Student Hand book. The following is a quote from page 18. "Smoking, by the students, on the school grounds, is absolutely prohibited. Punishment for smoking on any other school grounds is one day suspension from school and a zero for each class missed that day. The school grounds are bound on the south by Court Street, on the west by 24th Street and on the north and east by Farley and 20th Streets." I didn't smoke but it seems that "Sam &l Joes" was the place to go. Sue and I were discussing the dress code of our day. The granddaughter couldn't believe it. She says she couldn't live with that. Isn't amazing how our society has changed. Read more of the interesting facts in the handbook that can be found on the photograph page.

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the mall. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were:  Marianne (Blank) and husband, Fred Kemp, Howard Ferns, Bob Hale, Rick Heering, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Linda Lange, Gary and Cindy Minnie, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Jeri Thompson, Cynthia (Sari) and Jim Vigrass, Carl Schoenberg, Rich Woods, myself.

Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
Date:    December 7, 2017
When:  10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
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The last coffee meeting of the year was a success, drawing one of the largest crowds. It seems that we all have a sweet tooth as the cookie swap photos demonstrate.


In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the mall. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were:  Marilyn Blank-Kemp, Howard Ferns, Rick Heering, Wanda (Hunt) and Ron Pratt, Larry Johnson, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Linda Lange, Gary and Cindy Minnie, Dorothy "Pink Bunny" Newman-Smith, Sharon Seibert-Whiting, Jeri Thompson, Cynthia (Sari) and Jim Vigrass, Charlie Winters, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, Rich Woods, Sue, myself,and others.

Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
Date:    Nov. 09, 2017
When:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos... Wanda (Hunt) & Ron Pratt, Rick Heering, Bing Kirby, Tom Marlette, Gary & Cindy Minnie, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Jeri Thompson, Jim & Cynthia (Sari) Vigrass, Marylyn Wirsing-Kuehn, Joann King-Westrick, Betty (Working) & Jack Rowley, and myself.

Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
Date:    Oct. 12, 2017
When:  10:00 - 12:00
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Update on Sharon Seibert-Whiting's health condition. She is doing well and anticipates attending the next reunion planning session. No word on when that will be just yet.

Some discussion was had regarding the plans so far for next years reunion. A place is set along with a caterer and menu. Please see the Reunion 2018 (<— click here!) web page for continuous updates on the remaining details and WHO is planning on coming.

In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the Maritime Center, Vantage Point. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Wanda (Hunt) & Ron Pratt, Dale Jurk, George "Bing" & Marilyn Kirby, Linda Lange, Gary & Cindy Minnie, Marilyn Wersing-Keuhn, Betty Working-Rowley, myself and Sue.

Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
Date:    August 31, 2017
When:  1:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Classmates from out of town draw a crowd at Birchwood Mall.
Visiting classmates Linda Badgerow-Fretenborough, Margaret Simerson-Nicholson and Gary Nicholson were welcomed by thirteen classmates and their guests.

Everyone had a great time recalling classmates and events from the past. A bit more of the conversation was about the possibility of a 55th reunion. I have been asked by a member of the reunion committee to see if there is interest in a reunion. Please note that I will support the committee with classmate name and addresses, sending email announcements, web page advertisements, and YOUR feedback. I respectfully leave the planning of a reunion to all of those that have planned the proceeding successful reunions. I will pass your comments to the committee. So here is your chance to voice an opinion.

If there were a 55th year reunion, we should consider these thoughts.

  • We were blessed for the 70th birthday party with beautiful weather for an out of door gathering and background music.
  • A larger location than the park might be needed. Here are what I think the classmate attendance (not including spouses or guests) numbers for past reunions: 20th - 207 classmates, 25th - 207 classmates, 30th - 144 classmates, 40th - 112 classmates, 45th - 111 classmates, 50th - 174 classmates, 70th Birthday party - 65.
  • Consideration for our classmate's handicaps: sufficient and nearby parking, restrooms access should rank high.
  • Classmate comments from the last reunion:
    - preferred a cash bar over an open bar
    - do NOT want to return to McMorran Place, poor lighting, too large with poor acoustics
    - mismatch between music/announcement sound equipment and size of the arena
    - seating separation did not promote conversation
    - costs seemed excessive and were a big deciding factor for attending

    My thoughts for a possible reunion: An indoor/outdoor location would provide a pleasant environment while insuring a successful gathering in case of bad weather. The convention center near the Double Tree hotel at the Blue Water Bridge might fit our needs. Plentiful and convenient handicap parking. It has both indoor/outdoor areas. Immediate access for those wanting to stay at the Double Tree. It also encourages impromptu gatherings/shared repasts at Freighters restaurant, etc. I have been given to understand that outside caterers are now allowed at the convention center. Do not have the reunion during the Blue Water Festival or Mackinaw Race. Initially this sounds like a good draw BUT area hotel/motel costs are known to exceed 300% during those times. Another thought is to have the reunion midweek instead a weekend. The majority of us are retired, a midweek reunion might reduce some costs, provide more available dates for a reunion. It also provides a weekend for other smaller gatherings.

    So if you have any thoughts, send your comments to me (lgpatterson@sbcglobal.net). Please include the following items:

  • Location suggestions
  • Possible day/dates, time of day
  • Caterers/style of meal/menu options
  • Thoughts on reasonable ticket pricing (MAX, ideal)
  • Bar availability: open, cash, none
  • Entertainment: yeah or nay
  • NO REUNION at all
  • Alternative events

    In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals in the photos, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the mall. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Caryl Atfield-Butler & husband, Larry; Linda Badgerow-Fretenborough & husband, Russ; Sandra Birtch-Newell & husband, Doug; Marianne Blank-Kemp; Howard Ferns; Martha Hobbs-Camm- Wanda Hunt-Pratt & husband, Ron; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange; Gary Minnie and wife, Cindy (Root); Dorothy Newman-Smith; Gary "Nick" Nicholson & wife, Margaret (Simmerson); Carl Schoenberg; Jeri Thompson; Betty Working-Rowley, & husband, Jack; myself and others.

  • Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
    Date:    Aug. 31, 2017
    When:  1:30 PM - ??:??
    Special Classmate Guests: Gary "Nick" Nicholson, wife, Margaret (Simerson) and Linda (Badgerow) Fretenborough and husband, Russ.

    Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
    Date:    July 27, 2017
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    It only goes to show you, if a star shows up, so will our classmates. Judi Payton-Brackenbury proved to be a big draw.

    In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to the Maritime Center, Vantage Point. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Atfield, Caryl (Atfield) & husband, Larry Butler, Sandy (Birtch) & husband, Dale Newell, Marianne (Blank) & husband, Fred Kemp, Howard Fern, Janis (Harris) Bond, Diane Hodgens (widow of Ralph), Wanda (Hunt) & Ron Pratt, Dale Jurk, Joanne (King) Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Linda Lange, Lynne (McPherson) Deer, Gary Minnie & wife, Cindy (Root), Dorothy (Newman) Smith, Judi (Payton) Brackenbury, Sylvia Pettison, Cythnia (Sari) & husband, Jim Vigrass, Jeri Thompson, Marilyn (Wersing) Keuhn, Betty (Working) Rowley, myself and others.



    Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
    Date:    May 25, 2017
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    What more can I say, you just had to be there.

    Those that attended were: Grace Easton-Taylor; Howard Ferns; Pam Fockler, husband Hank Savalle; Bob Hale; Rick Heering; Larry Johnson; Dale Jurk; Joanne King-Westrick; "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Gary Minnie, wife Cindy; Dorothy Newman-Smith; Carl Schoenberg; Jeri Thompson-Pederson; myself, wife Sue.



    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    April 20, 2017
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    The coffee clutch met for the first time this year at the Maritime Center, Vantage Point. Our thanks to the staff of the Maritime Center for allowing us to meet here. It's always enjoyable to get together. I think we learn more about the people and events of our time in high school at every meeting. There is a growing interest in what is planned for any reunion next year, or 55th year following graduation. I am not aware of any plans but will pass along any information that I might hear.

    There are over six and a half years of photos on the coffee clutch page alone. For the sake of disk storage, I am considering removing all the photos but those of the initial meeting and the current year to date. Should anyone want copies of the photos, let me know and I will create a DVD of the photos for you.

    Those that attended the coffee were: Caryl Atfield-Butler & husband Larry; Marianne Booth-Kemp & husband Fred; Howard Ferns; Wanda Hunt-Pratt & husband Ron; Joanne King-Westrick; "Bing" Kirby; Gary and Cindy (Root) Minnie; Linda Lange-Nugent; Carl Schoenberg; Jeri Thompson-Pederson; Rich Woods; Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn; and myself and Sue.

    If I missed anyone, please let me know.



    Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
    Date:    Mar. 16, 2017
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    The coffee clutch meeting was a little shy on attendees. Some say that my lack of an email notice can account for so few to atend. Needless to say it was still enjoyable. One thing that can be said is that we all got to talk to everyone that attended. LOL. The reason for meeting at the food court was that the Vantage Point has just opened the Monday prior and I did not get time to secure a date/space for our gathering.

    Those that attended the coffee were: "Bing" Kirby; Marilyn Wirsing-Keuhn; Tom Marlette; Jim and Cynthia (Sari) Vigrass, and myself and Sue.

    If I missed anyone, please let me know.



    Where: Birchwood Mall, Food Court
    Date:    Feb. 23,, 2017
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    The coffee clutch meeting was a great gathering again! I want to say that breakfast on the 23rd at the American Grill was a success as well. Jill Redman-Mercurio was a new face to the coffee gathering. I hope that Jill enjoyed her time. As a matter of fact there were more people at breakfast then there were at the coffee. Some different faces of coarse but a large gathering none the less. It is alway nice to see new faces. We need to spread the word and get more to attend the coffee. Hopefully the next coffee will be at the Maritime Center, Vantage Point. I understand that the Maritime Center is set to open on March 1. The the next coffee will be March 16th. Watch the web page and your email for an announcement about the time and place.

    Those that attended the breakfast but were unable to attend the coffee were: Pam (Fockler) and husband, Hank Savalle, Don King and wife, Pat; Bob Hale.

    Those that attended the coffee were: Marianne Booth-Kemp; Howard Ferns; Larry Johnson; Dale Jurk; Joanne King-Westrick; "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Gary and Cindy (Root) Minnie; Jill Redman-Mercurio; Jeri Thompson-Pederson; Charlie Winters; Rich Woods; and myself and Sue.

    If I missed anyone, please let me know.



    Where: Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
    Date:    Dec. 08,, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    Build it and they will come, but if you really want them to attend, offer a cookie swap. I think this is the largest gathering ever for a coffee! I think I counted 18 classmates plus a few more spouses.

    Just look at the photos to see just some of the cookies that tempted the palette. They were so good, ask Cynthia. She collected a variety of cookies to take home. Her choices had to be good because after visiting with classmates, she returned to her chair and an empty container. Apparently classmates liked her choices because that container was nearly empty.

    Take a look at the photo with Rick and the large bag of cookies. He wasn't taking the cookies out, her was taking the complete tray of cookies that Sue had brought to the swap.

    Gary Minnie had returned from a recent car show in Hershey, PA. He was delighted to find that Teddy Pesano had taken the time to drive over. They were able to visit for about four hours. Gary shared some of the details that Teddy is involved with. For lack of a better description, you had to be there. Maybe if you attend the next coffee you can catch up on the news.

    Speaking of CHRISTmas time, Charlie brought a collogue of CHRISTmas tags and decorations. Many of them from the 1950's, oh dear. It was interesting to see how many we could recall seeing.

    I brought copy of some photos from our past. Some how I misplaced them or left them behind. The photos included: my senior photo(<- Click); an early Sperry photo(<- Click) before the vertical marque was added; a photo of one of the ferry boats(<- Click) in Black River that ran between Port Huron and Sarnia; a photo of the Orttenburger plaster horse(<- Click) as it stood outside on Huron Avenue.

    In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to Birchwood Mall. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Marianne Booth-Kemp; Howard Ferns; Rick Heering; Wanda Hunt-Pratt and husband Ron; Larry Johnson; Dale Jurk; Joanne King-Westrick; "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Tom and Susie Marlette; Gary and Cindy (Root) Minnie; Carl Schoenberg; Jeri Thompson-Pederson; Jim and Cynthia (Sari) Vigrass; Charlie Winters; Rich Woods; and myself and Sue.



    Where: Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
    Date:    November 10, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    The faithful continue to come!.

    It proved interesting as Linda Lange-Nugent brought in a large bunch of senior pictures. You all can relate to that. I am certain like me, you have a bundle somewhere around the house. Joanne Westrick brought the first bunch a few months ago. Many of the photos had first names but NOT last names. I know I had to scratch my head as many faces looked familiar but I could not quite place the name with the face. Linda allowed me to borrow the photos. I am in the process of copying them. I will eventually post them on the web. There were eleven photos that none of us could recall with certainty who the classmate was. So if you think you can identify them click on this link to see the photos.

    Photo link: Unidentified classmates <== UPDATED Dec 05 -- CLICK HERE!

    I have numbered each photo. Drop me an email if you think you can identify any of them.

    NEXT Coffee Klatch will be held in the mall as Vantage Point will be closed for the season. Speaking of "season" is was suggested that those who can bake might consider a COOKIE SWAP on December 8th, at Birchwood Mall, starting at 10 AM. Hope to see you there.

    In the interest of not specifically identifying individuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to Birchwood Mall. If you have questions, simply drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Marilyn Booth-Kemp; Howard Ferns; Bob Hale; Wanda Hunt-Pratt and husband Ron; Dale Jurk; Joanne King-Westrick; Linda Lange-Nugent; Jim Vigrass and wife, Cynthia (Sari); Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn; Betty (Working) and husband, Jack Rowley; and myself and wife, Sue.


    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    October 06, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    Another great gathering of classmates for coffee!.

    In the interest of not specifically identifing indivuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to Vantage Point Maritime Center. If you have questions, simple drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Caryl Atfield-Butler and husband Larry, Howard Ferns; Rick Heering, Wanda Hunt-Pratt and husband Ron; Dale Jurk; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Tom Marlette; Carl Schoenberg, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, Jeri Thompson; Rich Woods; and myself.


    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    August 11, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:00
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    Another great gathering of classmates for coffee! It seems that interest continues to grow.

    In the interest of not specifically identifing indivuals, I will only post the names of individuals who came to Vantage Point Maritime Center. If you have questions, simple drop me an email and I will identify specifically each person in a photo. Those that attended were: Linda Badgerough-Fretenbrough, husband Russ; Sandra Birtch-Newell and husband Dale; Lorne Clup; Carol Cumming-Griffin and her grandson, Carter; Howard Ferns; Bob Hale; Wanda Hunt-Pratt and husband Ron, Larry Johnson; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Cynthia Sari-Vigrass; Bonnie Thomas-Sprowl; Jeri Thompson; Jim Vigrass; Rich Woods; Betty Working-Rowley; and myself.


    Where: Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
    Date:    July 21, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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    This had to be the best showing ever for coffee! Where were YOU?

    No photo IDs again! Can you match the name to the faces in these photos? Those that attended were: Linda Badgerough-Fretenbrough, husband Russ; Barb Bailey; Sandra Birtch-Newell; Marianne Blank-Kemp; Howard Ferns; Bob Hale; Dale Jurk; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent; Tom Marlette; Gary Minnie, wife Cindy; Dorothy Newman-Smith; Judi Payton, sister Cathy; Cynthia Sari-Vigrass, husband Jim Vigrass; Carl Schoenberg; Jeri Thompson; Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn; Rich Woods; and myself (Pictured? Thank you, Judi!).


    Special Coffee - Out of town guest: Richard Johnson
    Where: Maritime Center, Vantage Point
    Date:    June 26, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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    Special visitor: Richard Johnson
    Those attending were: Richard Johnson; Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn; Rick Heering; Wanda Hunt-Pratt and husband, Ron; Carl Schoenberg; "Bing" Kirby; Tom Marlette; Dale Jurk; Bob Hale; and myself (not pictured).

    Where: Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
    Date:    June 16, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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    I am looking forward to a meeting in July. How about YOU!

    No photo IDs this time for those who are wondering who is who? Can you pick them out? Those that attending were: Caryl Atfield-Butler, husband Larry; Linda Badgerough-Fretenbrough, husband Russ; Sandra Birtch-Newell; Sharon Boomer-Hall; Lorne Culp; Howard Ferns; Larry Johnson; Joanne King-Westrick; George "Bing" Kirby; Linda Lange-Nugent, husband Carlyle; Cynthia Sari-Vigrass, husband Jim Vigrass; Jeri Thompson; and myself (not pictured).

        Lots of discussion with a couple of new faces. Howard brought along a few senior photographs. Between those contributed by Joanne King, I have about 115 photos copied. I am looking for my collection. Also there seems to be some looking forward to another gathering possibly next summer. The year after would be our 55th anniversary. We have lost 150 classmates so far and maybe a gathering would be in our best interest.What are your thoughts.
    Where: Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
    Date:    April 28, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The Kaffee Klatch, April 28th update coming soon,

    I am looking forward to a meeting in June. How about YOU!

    Photo IDs for those who are wondering who is who (l to r):
  • Photo01: Tom, Jeri, Joanne, Dorothy, Lorne, Carl, Paul, (Sue),
  • Photo02: Tom, "Bing", Jeri, Joanne
  • Photo03: Dorothy, Marianne, Lorne, Larry, Marilyn
  • Photo04: Lorne, Larry, Marilyn, Carl, Wanda, Ron
  • Photo05: Marilyn, Wanda, Ron, Carl, Paul
  • Photo06: Tom, "Bing"
  • Photo07: Jeri, Joanne, Dorothy, Marianne
  • Photo08: Carl, Paul, Rick
  • Photo09: Group
  • Photo10: Tom, "Bing", Jeri, Joanne

        Should you have any photos you care to post, please send them to me and I will add them to the web page.
  • Where: Birchwood Mall, Carousel Court
    Date:    Mar. 24, 2016
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The Kaffee Klatch had its first meeting of 2016 at the Birchwood Mall. The environment wasn't like that of the Maritime Center, But the gathering was fun none the less. There was 18 classmates plus spouses. Spouses are always welcome. I know it may seem too soon, but there was a lot of interest in having another gathering soon, in hopes of garnering the attention of our snow birds.

    There has been some interest in a larger gathering this summer. I am not aware of any of any "official" gathering, but maybe something like a bring your own picnic basket gathering could be planned. Any suggestions on a place? Date? If there any interest please let me know where, when, etc. I can certainly put the word out.

    I am looking forward to a meeting in April. How about YOU!

    Photo IDs for those who are wondering who is who (l to r):
  • Photo01: Gary, Howard, Larry, Lorne
  • Photo02: Howard, Larry
  • Photo03: "Bing", Jeri
  • Photo04: Jim. Cynthia, Sue
  • Photo05: Caryl, Larry
  • Photo06: Larry, Wanda, Carl, Cindy, Dorothy
  • Photo07: Tom, Gary, Howard, Larry, Lorne
  • Photo08: Larry, Charlie, Lorne
  • Photo09: Wanda, Carl, Cindy
  • Photo10: Howard, Larry, Charlie, Lorne

        Should you have any photos you care to post, please send them to me and I will add them to the web page.
  • Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    Dec. 17,2015
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The Kaffee Klatch had its last meeting of the year. I want to thank Acheson Adventures, and the Great Lakes Maritime Center for allowing us to gather at their facility. It has been a great place to meet. But with the closing of the shipping season, so goes the Maritime Center. The opening of the 2016 shipping season opens a new direction for the center. We wish them well. Thank you again, Acheson Ventures, for your support for the class of 1963.

    This meeting brought out a dozen classmates. Joanne K-W. brought a ton of senior photos that challenged many of us as to who was who. Needless to say, Joanne knew the all. Congratulations. Joanne and Tom will work on labeling the photos. I will be posting them to the photo page when they are done.

    I am looking forward to a meeting in February. I know many of you will be on a winter trek, but a few us will be around. I have yet to confirm the time and place. Watch the web page for complete details.

    Photo IDs for those who are wondering who is who (l to r):
  • Photo01: Marianne, Cynthia, Jeri and George "Bing"
  • Photo02: Joan and Rosemary
  • Photo03: Jim
  • Photo04: Carl
  • Photo05: Marilyn
  • Photo06: Carl, Larry, Caryl and Betty
  • Photo07: Joanne, Tom and Marilyn
  • Photo08: Jack and Jim
  • Photo09: Betty, Jim and Rick
  • Photo10: Betty, Jim and Rick

        Should you have any photos you care to post, please send them to me and I will add them to the web page. This coffee clutch page is getting pretty big. The coffee gathering has just passed its 5th anniversary. I am about to archive some of the older photos. If any one wants any of the photos on the web page, let me know. I can create a DVD and mail them to you. Blessings and A very Merry CHRISTmas!
  • Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    October 22, 2015
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The Kaffee Klatch meetings are going well. We had at least three new faces. Of coarse we were missing a few of our regulars as well. And as the winter months progress, I suspect some of our classmates will be heading to warmer parts, well some, like Sue and I will be sticking around. As our group grows and the prospect of the Maritime Center closing for the winter, we must consider meeting in other places. Our last meeting of the year will be in the Maritime Center. Should and unexpected closure happen, we will be in the food court, near the carousel at Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot. I am asking for a suggesting for an alternative or regular meeting place (at no cost) where we will be accepted and will not interfere with their normal activities/business.

    Photo IDs for those who are wondering who is who (l to r):
  • Photo01: Dorothy Newman-Smith, Lorne Culp, Marilyn Wersing-Kuehn
  • Photo02: Sue Patterson, Carl Schoenberg, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Lorne Culp
  • Photo03: George "Bing" Kirby, Jeri Thompson-Pederson, Tom Marlette, Cynthia Sari-Vigrass, Jan Harris-Bond, Joanne King-Westrick, Marrianne Blank-Kemp
  • Photo04: Lorne Culp, Jim Vigrass
  • Photo05: Rick Heering, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Jim Vigrass, Cynthia Sari-Vigrass, Jan Harris-Bond, Jeri Thompson-Pederson
  • Photo06: Wanda Hunt-Pratt, Ron Pratt, Carol Schoenberg, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Rick Heering
  • Photo07: Jeri Thompson-Pederson, Rick Heering, Cynthia Sari-Vigrass, Jim Vigrass, Jan Harris-Bond, Joanne King-Westrick, Marrianne Blank-Kemp,
  • Photo08: Carol Schoenberg, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Rick Heering, Jim Vigrass, Cyntihia Sari-Vigrass, Jan Harris-Bond, Jeri Thompson-Pederson
  • Photo09: Ron Pratt, Carol Schoenberg, Dorothy Newman-Smith
  • Photo10: Carl Schoenberg, Wanda Hunt-Pratt
  • Photo11: Jeri Thompson-Pederson, George "Bing" Kirby, Joanne King-Westrick, Marianne Blank-Kemp
  • Photo12: Lorne Culp, Tom Marlette, Larry Johnson

        Should you have any photos you care to post, please send them to me and I will add them to the web page. This coffee clutch page is getting pretty big. The coffee gathering has just passed its 5th anniversary. I am about to archive some of the older photos. If any one wants any of the photos on the web page, let me know. I can create a DVD and mail them to you. Blessings!
  • Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    Sept. 10, 2015
    When:  10:00 - 1:00 PM
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       Sorry, for my tardiness. I feel like I am again late with my book report. Maybe I can keep up now with the latest photos being posted. Thank you for your patience..
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    July 23, 2015
    When:  10:00 - 1:00 PM
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       Sorry, I am getting behind. At this meeting, we got our first look at the 2015 Picnic Banner provided by Betty Working-Rowley and her husband Jack. Thank you, both.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    July 05, 2015
    When:  1:00 - 3:00 PM
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       Linda Adams-Nechemias and husband Steve were greeted by several classmates. I was thrilled to see so many on a Sunday on such short notice. Here are the photos that I took. Can you identify any of the attendees?

       Those that attended were Caryl Atfield-Butler and Larry, Linda Badgerow-Fretenborough and Russ, Stan Arentt II and wife Trish, Rick Heering, Jim and Cynthia Vigrass, and Sue and myself. YOU and your spouse are always welcome to each and evry Kaffee Klatch
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    June 25, 2015
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The Kaffee Klatch meeting went well. I believe we had the largest turn out ever. So many attended in fact we may have to look for an alternative location before we wear out our welcome. Twenty-six attended this meeting, 19 classmates and 7 spouses. The Birthday party was talked about. I want to say again if transportation is a problem to the Kaffee Klatch, the breakfast meetings or the birthday party, please let me know. I am certain we can get you there and back home safely.

    Speaking of Birthday Party and the potential of an out of town classmate coming from Ohio, I am thinking there will be a another coffee meeting the first part of July. I would like to welcome our out of town guest and talk about a few details about the birthday party. Watch the home page and be checking your email for an update.

    SPECIAL MENTION: I want to say congratulations to Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt. Wanda distributed golden pens with their names on the pen marking their celebration of 50 years of blissful marriage to one another. CONGRATULATIONS! Also I want to pass along a kind thank you to Dorothy Newman-Smith for bring her special recipe of muffins for all to share. I think "Bing" was especially grateful. THANK everyone for making the gathering a great time!

       Those that attended were Caryl Atfield-Butler and Larry, Linda Badgerow-Fretenborough and Russ, Sandra Britch-Newell and Dale, Marianne Blank-Kemp, Bob Hale, Wanda Hunt-Pratt and Ron, Dale Jurk, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Joan Krampien, Rosemary Krampien, Tom Marlette, Gary Minnie and Cindy, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Charlie Winters, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, Rich Woods,Betty Working-Rowley and Jack, and Sue and myself. YOU and your spouse are always welcome. Jim and Cindy, Pam and Hank, Gary, Carl, Barb, Paul; YOU were sadly missed!
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    April 30, 2015
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The Kaffee Klatch meetings have been going on since October 2010. This one like the others was GREAT... if it gets much larger, I will have to rent a hall. Sixteen classmates and five spouses attended. Of coarse the up coming birthday party was looked forwarded to by all. Many classmates took the opportunity to register and pay for their dinner. I hope the cost of the picnic is not keeping some of you away. Please let me know if this is true for you. If transportation is a problem to the Kaffee Klatch, the breakfast meetings or the birthday party, please let me know. I am certain we can get you there and back home safely. The Vantage point meetings are a good thing and best of all it was just plan fun to get together.

       Those that attended were Stan Arnett, Caryl Atfield-Butler and Larry, Barb Bailey-Gillespie, Marianne Blank-Kemp, Pam Fockler-Saville and Hank, Gary Hock, Dale Jurk, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Tom Marlette, Gary Minnie and Cindy, Diane Rosso(Class of '64), Carl Schoenberg, Jim Vigrass and Cynthia, Betty Working-Rowley, and Sue and myself. YOU and your spouse are always welcome.


       AGAIN TWO IMPORTANT SIDE NOTES!:
  • In the event that the scheduled location for the Koffee Klatch is not available, we will be meeting at the Birchwood Mall in the food court. This provides a back up plan for those that have traveled a long way to meet with us.
  • The start time of the third Monday monthly breakfast has chenged to 09:00. This has been requested by more then one individual. So to get more to attend, we are changing the time. Thank you.
  • Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    February 26, 2015
    When:  10:00 - 12:30
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       The meeting was GREAT... probably one of our largest turn outs. I am certain everyone enjoyed the gathering. Are you aware that there have been Koffee Klatch meetings for well over four years? I didn't realize it myself until I started looking at this web page. I am thinking I want to remove some of the text and maybe leave the photos. Everyone has time for photos, and few want to read the text. Gary Minnie brought a photo of his Boy Scout troop toting their camping gear at Silver Trails. Maybe you were a part of Troop 4 or Troop 9?
       There was some discussion regarding the planned 70th Birthday party. So far there are 47 classmates that have indicated that they are planning on coming. With spouses and guests the count is over 65. I am accepting funds for the event. . twentyseven classmates have paid for their reservations so far. There has been a generous offer to provide musical entertainment for the event at no cost. I think this might be a good thing to provoke those high school memories of those teenage years. What are your thoughts of what should be planned for the picnic? I am so looking forward to having a GREAT time at the birthday party. Please note, that there are no restriction on food items that you may want to bring and share with the class.
       Those that attended were Caryl Atfield-Butler and Larry, Marriane Blank-Kemp, Bob Hale, Pam Fockler-Saville and Hank, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Paul Lake, Tom Marlette, Gary Minnie and Cindy, Carl Schoenberg, Jim Vigrass and Cynthia, and Sue and myself. YOU and your spouse are always welcome.

       TWO IMPORTANT SIDE NOTES:
  • 1) In the event that the scheduled location for the Koffee Klatch is not available, we will be meeting at the Birchwood Mall in the food court. This provides a back up plan for those that have traveled a long way to meet with us.
  • 2) The start time of the third Monday monthly breakfast has chenged to 09:00. This has been requested by more then one individual. So to get more to attend, we are changing the time. Thank you.
  • Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    February 19, 2015
    When:  CANCELLED
       I apologize for the late notice. I received a call at 09:30 this morning from Tom Marlette. I was informed that Vantage Point had to be closed due to frozen water lines. I updated the web page but did not have time to send an email. So in response to some requests I am rescheduling the meeting for Feb. 26th, 10 AM, Hope to see you there.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    December 11, 2014
    When:  10:00 - 12:40 PM
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       This has to be one of our largest turnouts! And who forgets there camera? I have to apologize, BUT I had my Iphone. If I can figure out how to get them to my computer... Well I may have been born at night but not last night.

    These gatherings are a pleasure for not only me, but for everyone that comes. Jim and Cynthia Vigrass come all the way from Ypsalanti to attend. To bad we can't get more locals to attend. They don't know what they are missing. All of the attending including spouses have a great time. All are looking forward to the summer BIRTHDAY Party this August. Even if you do not attend the coffee gatherings, please spread the word. Some classmates took this opportunity to pay the $21.00/person for the traditional BBQ luncheon of pulled pork and BBQ chicken. Consider adding the event to your calendar, please.

       Classmates and spouses that attended this gathering included:
    Caryl Atfield and husband Larry Butler, Rick Heering, Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt, Dale Jurk, Joanne King-Westrick, "Bing" Kirby, Gary Minnie and wife Cindy, Tom Marlette, Carl Schoenberg, Jim Vigrass and wife Cynthia, Betty Working-Rowley, myself and wife Sue.
    Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    February 19, 2014
    When:  10:00 - 11:40 PM
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       Fourteen classmates and spouses attended. We were graced by a birthday guest. Jim Vigrass and wife Cindy brought a birthday cake to celebrate Jim's birthday. Jim's birthday was Tuesday, the same day that Sue and I celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. Happy birthday, Jim! And thank you for the cake, I hear it was delicious. Speaking of birthdays, we were wondering who might be the oldest in class. Can anyone beat 71 years old. One of the attending classmates thinks they are the oldest. Anyone older?

       Regarding the gathering next summer for a 70th year old Birthday Party, I have secured the North Pavilion at the Fort Gratiot County Park, just off of Metcalf. I am still working on a caterer. Chef Shell indicated that she would be sending me a cost estimate and menu, but I have not received it as yet. She anticipated the cost to be $13.00 per person. The caterer that did the reunion Lakeside picnic is no longer in business. This is why I went to Chef Shell's. If anyone has suggestions or knows any one that might provide a good platter, please let me know. I will follow up. Again the date and place is set, the location is the Fort Gratiot County Park. Check out the link. I have provided on the home page several links that may easily overlooked. You can find a virtual tour of the park, the signed contract, a list of classmates that have given indication that they plan to attend, County Park Rules and Regulations, and more.

    When and if a caterer is selected I will have better idea of the total costs involved. Thank you for your patience.

       Classmates and spouses that attended this gathering included:
    Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt, Joanne King-Westrick, "Bing" Kirby, Gary Minnie and wife Cindy, Carl Schoenberg, Jim Vigrass and wife Cynthia, Marilyn Wersing-Kuehn, Betty Working-Rowley, myself and wife Sue.
    Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    August 21, 2014
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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       Another GREAT turn out. Even one classmate from Vancouver, Washington! A long way to come for a cup of coffee wouldn't you say. I guess they don't have Tim Horton's in Washington state.

       Once again there was some discussion of a gathering next summer for a 70th year old Birthday Party. A possible date is August 15th, 2015. The location suggested was the Fort Gratiot County Park. Check out the link. A "pot luck" was not completely ruled out, thinking those that could would, and those from out of town might bring some commercially prepared foods. An alternative might be a catered affair but money collection, and unknown number of guests might be a issue securing a catering contract. Are there any millionaires on our class that might consider covering potential losses? Beastro Catering did the reunion gathering at the beach. Any thoughts?

       Classmates and spouses that attended this gathering included:
    Linda Badgerow and husband Russ Fretenborough, Caryl Atfield and husband Larry Butler, Pam Fockler and husband Hank Savalle, Bob Hale, Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt, Tom Marlette, Louise Nadela and husband Eric Green, Garth Nicholson and wife Margaret Simerson, Carl Shoenberg, Carol Shoenberg, and myself and wife Sue.
    Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    June 19, 2014
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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       This gathering included 9 classmates and spouses. I think everyone had a good time and a group discussion was good. We talked about the best things that came out of the past reunion and what should be included in a gathering next summer for our 70th Birthday Party. A birthday party was certainly an anticipated item in our discussion. Sadly I have to say there have been as few as six or seven classmates that have given me any feedback. There were a couple of suggestions for sites... Light House Museum, Fort Gratiot County Park, Birtchville Park (has a pavilion), Lakeside Beach, Lakeport State Park, Marysville park (fire hall). Whichever site is picked should have easy access for those classmates that may have travel restrictions. A pot luck affair has been all butr ruled out as out of town classmates have no where to prepare or keep a dish to pass. I thought Beastro Catering did an excellanat job at Lakeside Beach at the class picnic. I am still seeking feedback.

       Certainly not our best turnout. BUT I think the smaller group had a better group discussion. Classmates and spouses that attended this gathering included:
    Linda Bagerow and husband Russ Frentenborough,
    Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt,
    Dale Jurk and wife Judy Menerey (classmate),
    George "Bing" Kirby,
    Dorothy Newman-Smith,
    and myself.
    Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    April 24, 2014
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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       This may have been our very best turn out yet. This gathering included at least 20 classmates and spouses. I think everyone had a good time. It was a welcomed meeting for everyone returning from their southern vacations. I really can't say any of them had deep dark tans. Maybe our bodies are better left for the privacy of our own homes.

       Once again there was some discussion of a gathering next summer for a Birthday Party for our 70th birthday. Is there any interest in planning a low budget gathering? A couple of us a willing to plan a gathering if there is any interest. I would be very interested in hearing from the out of area classmates. They are the ones that have to bear the travel and hotel costs. What time of year would be the best time? Some feedback I have had is late July early August. I understand that long distant travel is not a trivial thing, but I would like to plan for the best attendance. Some suggestions are a picnic like party in a local park; Birtchville Park (has a pavilion), Lakeside, Lakeport State Park, Marysville park (fire hall). Does anyone have a large enough "farm" for a large gathering, bon-fire, parking? Would a catered deal like our reunion picnic, pot-luck, or bring your own basket be acceptable? We are open to suggestions? Let me hear from you.

       This may have been out best turn out yet! Classmates and spouses that attended this gathering included:
    Caryl Atfield and husband Larry Butler,
    Bob Dazer (Class of 1961),
    Pam Fockler and husband Hank Savalle,
    Howard Ferns,
    Jan Harris-Bond,
    Bob Hale,
    Gary Hock,
    Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt,
    Dale Jurk and wife Judy Menerey (classmate),
    George "Bing" Kirby,
    Gary Minnie and wife Cindy,
    Dorothy Newman-Smith,
    Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn,
    and myself and wife Sue.
    Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    Mar. 20, 2014
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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        Dispite the low turn out, we were not lacking for things to talk about. Believe it or not we did not talk about the missing 777. I think the converation centered around our different medical insurance coverage, veteran's benefits, and silver sneakers health and exercise program offered from Blue Cross & Blue shield. With this benefit you can get FREE access to various gym facilities and the YMCA. Check it out.

       Well the low turn out didn't bother us, but we did miss Dorothy's three berry muffins. Maybe the next meeting will be warm enough for the robins and snow birds to return. I hope to see you there. Don't forget you are all invited to the monthly breakfast meetings. Breakfast is the third Monday of each month, currently meeting at the American Grill at 08:30.

    Guests included: Judy Menerey-Jurk and Dale "Bing" Kirby and myself and wife Sue.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    Nov. 7, 2013
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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       Again a great time was had by all. I have to apologize for not sending out a pre-announcement note. It seems that the timing on my part was bad. I just returned from a week in the wilderness, sitting in a tree, thinking of God, family, and that elusive antlered quarry, the 30 pointer buck, 35 miles northeast of Escanaba, 7.5 miles back in the woods. That is my explanation for the lower than usual turnout. Yet is was still great to get together.
       Carol Atfield-Butler has a good suggestion. Most of us will be turning to the golden years of 70! She thought it might be fun to have a low level, CHEAP, good time gathering. I thought that the picnic following the reunion was especially rewarding, inexpensive, good food, and maybe just a little chilly. Maybe a late July early August picnic might be the answer. Does anyone have a suggestion on where we might meet for such a gathering? Sue has a classmate that owns a tree farm with a club house. Or if someone has beach front property and a lot of parking space to host such a gig? Let me know what you think. I think it would be fun.
       Well the low turn out didn't mean there weren't some new faces. Guests included: Marianne Blank-Kemp, Gary Hock, Wanda Hunt and Husband Ron Pratt, Joann King-Westrick, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Jim Vigrass and wife Cynthia Sari, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, and myself and wife Sue. Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Vantage Point Maritime Center
    Date:    Sept. 19, 2013
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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    Any gathering is always GREAT! Vantage Point is still a good place to meet. It has a great view, great coffee, and donuts. With the reunion just past, there was lots of things to talk about. I think everyone has to agree that the reunion was great. A three day affair made it even greater. My personal opinion is that the boat/yacht club and picnic were significant contributors to having a good time. This coffee gathering was attended by 20 classmates and spouses. Some regulars didn't make it, still 20 is not a bad count. Barb Bailey-Gillespie, Carol Cumming-Griffin (spouse Lee), Bob Hale, Jan Harris-Bond (spouse Lyle), Gary Hock, Wanda Hunt-Pratt (spouse Ron), Dale Jurk, Joann King, Rita Marks (spouse of late KG), Gary Minnie (spouse Cindy), Dorothy Newman-Smith, Sharon Seibert-Whiting, Richard Woods, Shari Vass-Bukowski (spouse Walt), and myself. Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.
    Where: Elks Club, Port Huron Twsp.
    Date:    July 18, 2013
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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    There were many new faces at this gathering. It was a great time attended by 18 classmates and spouses; Linda Badgerow-Fretenborough (spouse Russ), Sandra Birtch-Newell, Bob Hale, Rick Heering, Gary Hock, Wanda Hunt-Pratt (spouse Ron), Tom Jones, Don King (spouse Patricia), George "Bing" Kirby, Vicki Leathorn-Lawrence (spouse Ken) KG Marks (spouse Rita), Gary Minnie (spouse Cindy), Dorothy Newman-Smith, Sharon Norris-Miller (spouse Warren), Judy Payton-Brackenbury, Sharon Seiber-Whiting, Richard Woods, and myself (spouse Sue). Please bring to my attention anyone I missed.

    Gary Minnie brought in a photo of Barry Hunwick's 1929 Studebaker. Barry is said to have bought it in high school because he thought it looked like a "Gangster Car". I have posted it on the photograph page. Bob Hale brought in his collection of senior photos. I am in the process of scanning them now. I wished that I could say I can put a name to everyone's photograph. They should be posted soon, maybe you can help me put names to the unknowns and correct ones I may have incorrectly identified. Maybe you will attend the next gathering? DO you have a suggestion of WHERE?
    Where: Elks Club, Port Huron Twp.
    Date:    April 18, 2013
    When:  10:00 - 1:00 PM
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    The new location saw many old friends not attend, maybe I should have sent out a reminder. We know who you are and where you live. The deserts were GREAT, just look at the many dishes of food on the table. So great that we seem to pass the "County Heath inspector's visit" without a comment. At least not to us directly. So many of us and so few of "him"!! I am sorry, I spent a lot of time doing things, I really didn't get much time to take many photos, though I have posted those that I took. I even failed to take attendance. Shame on me. I do recall meeting a couple of new faces, Roger Redigan, Vicki Leathorn-Lawrence, and Dick (sorry I forget your last name). Others that attended included Wanda Hunt-Pratt and husband Ron, John and Sharon Seibert-Whiting, Betty Working, Gary and wife Cindy Minnie, Jeff and Kathy Harding-Kellogg, Gary Hock, George "Bing" Kirby, Carl Shoenberg, Larry VanNess, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Sharon and husband Warren Norris-Miller, and Pam and husband Hank Fockler-Savalle.

    You know you learn a lot about what happened in school. Things you would not believe. You should attend the next gathering.
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    Feb. 21, 2013
    When:  10:00 - 12:00 PM
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    Once again confectionery treats were available, thanks to Dorothy and Sue. Seventeen classmates and four spouses came to Vantage Point just to meet and greet. The attendees included Sharon Adams-Kaiser, Caryl Atfield-Butler and husband Larry, Carol Cumming-Griffin and husband Lee, Bob Hale, Rick Heering, Dale Jurk and wife Judy (Menerey), Joanne King-Westrick, Gary Minnie and wife Cindy, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Len Patterson and wife Sue, Carl Schoenberg, Sharon Seibert-Whiting and husband John, Ron Shevnock, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, and Richard Woods. If you have never attended one of these gatherings, you should really consider coming to the next in April.

    You know you learn a lot about what happened in school. Things you would not believe. I feel somewhat like a gossip, but I have a couple of interesting trivia questions for you.

    Trivia 1: Which group of classmates got caught passing a note in an elementary class that resulted in a note in their transcript files that said they were never to be put in the same classroom together again? Even through high school.

    Trivia 2: Which classmate bought an old Studebaker from Cawoods while in high school because he thought it looked like a gangster car? That car is currently owned by Pete Canjemi. And NO its not Pete.

    Among many things that were talked about of coarse was Barry Hunwick's passing and his incredible, but shocking life. Most remembered him as a sharp dresser, and during the 10th and 11th grade attended classes via a modern invention like a speaker phone like device. I am told a candid picture of Barry can be found in the yearbook (page 121) holding two cans on his head during the food drive. Many items were brought to promote conversation by Rick Heering, Bob Hale, and Richard Woods. There were old Washington Jr. High newspapers, photographs and reunion booklets. I hope to post the photos and booklets later next week. I also brought a binder with many obits of those classmates that have passed. A surprising number, 117 confirmed. I hope I have peaked your interest. Maybe you will attend the next gathering?
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    December 6, 2012
    When:  10:00 - 12:30 PM
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    There were lots of confectionery treats thanks to Dorothy, Pam and Wanda. Fourteen classmates came to Vantage Point just to have fun. The attendees included Carol Cumming and husband Lee, Pam Fockler, Rick Heering, Gary Hock, Wanda Hunt and husband Ron Pratt, Dale Jurk, Joanne King-Westrick, George "Bing" Kirby, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Len Patterson and wife Sue, Carl Schoenberg, Larry VanNess and John and Sharon Seibert-Whiting. Yes indeed spouses are welcome! Once again we recalled the past, old cars, looking through year books, military experiences, and things that brought surprise and awe. You really have to attend one of these meetings to share the past, present and future. If anyone wants to suggest a time and place, let me know. I will get the word out. There was a suggestion that we meet again after the holidays, possibly early February?

    It has been suggested that we firm up a schedule for these meetings. The suggestion was to have a meeting every three months, on the third Thursdays of the month. Following that suggestion, that would mean meeting: February 21, April 18, July 18, October 24, and maybe one before the holidays. Of coarse this would not eliminate any special meetings when a classmate(s) might return to the area.
    Please, I could use your feedback.

    For those inclined to do so, there are some needing prayer. Without going in to details, Judy Menerey-Jurk, Vicki Leathorn-Lawrence, Gerald Saunders, and sister-in-law (name unknown) of Carol Atfield-Butler.
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    September 11, 2012
    When:  10:30 - 1:00 PM
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    We had what I thought was a tremendous turnout. Fifteen classmates came to Vantage Point to meet Sharon Brooks-Twist. Hugs and kisses abounded. Classmates in attendance were Sharon Brooks-Twist, Jan Harris-Bond, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Wanda Hunt-Pratt, Dale and Judy Menerey-Jurk, Bob Hale, Rick Heering, George "Bing" Kirby, Joann Lytle-Worden, Dawn Lester-Dunsmore, Carl Schoenberg, John and Sharon Seibert-Whiting, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, and myself. Other welcomed guests came too. Can you guess who might have raised hogs, sold sausage, raised hawks and labrador dogs? The same person married a Coast Guardsman and moved to Buffalo, NY. YUP, should you see or write Sharon Brooks-Twist you might ask her. The coffee, home made muffins from Dorothy's kitchen and conversation were welcomed and enjoyed by all. Rick brought a Golden Bear yearbook; All anyone could say was "Remember..., Whatever happen to ..., He or she married...." Look for another impromptu coffee clutch meeting. Maybe we can get more classmates to attend and enjoy each others company. Again if anyone wants suggest a time and place, let me know. I will get the word out as best I can.
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    August 17, 2012
    When:  3:00 - 5:00 PM
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    Eleven classmates came to Vantage Point to meet Richard "Dick" Johnson. It was an amazing gathering of individuals for such a short notice. Those that attended were Richard "Dick" Johnson, Dale Jurk, Bob Hale, George "Bing" Kirby, Joann King, Larry and Caryl Atfield-Butler, Gary "Nick" and Margaret Simerson-Nichoson, Sharon Seibert-Whiting, and myself. Of coarse the topic of the approaching reunion was talked about. Some expressions of concern were expressed about another reunion in at the McMorran, but I think I can say all felt that the importance of the 50th reunion was more important then where it was held. Fifty years is a long time, and for some of us, it will be a very important last gathering. Like other unformatted meetings, we shared life experiences, the whereabouts and continued communications with other classmates. The coffee and conversation were welcomed and enjoyed by all. Look for another impromptu coffee clutch meeting. Maybe we can get more classmates to attend and enjoy each others company. Again if anyone wants suggest a time and place, let me know. I will get the word out as best I can.
     
    Vantage Point, Port Huron Febuary 12, 2012
    Photo of the group meeting.
    Photo of third meeting, Vantage Point, Pt. Huron -  Feb. 12. 2012
    (l to r) Cici Ruebig-Schecker, Dale Jurk, Judy Menerey-Jurk, Len Patterson, Carl Shoenberg
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    February 12, 2012
    When:  2:00 - 5:00 PM
     
    Four classmates came to Vantage point to meet with Cici Ruebig, one of three foreign exchange students in the class. After talks of our families, occupations, and interests, thoughts turned to the fast approaching 50th anniversary of the class of 1963. It's amazing how fast the time is passing. All thought that it is important to begin seeking feedback, begin planning, and making reservations for the various locations and services that will be needed. Please pass along your comments to anyone on the planning committee. Look for another impromptu coffee clutch meeting. Maybe we can get some prior committee members to attend. Again if anyone wants suggest a time and place, let me know. I will get the word out as best I can.
     
     
    Olive Garden, Fort Gratiot Jan. 29, 2012
    Photo of Cici Ruebig-Schecker and Len Patterson.
    Olive Garden photo January 29, 2012
    (l to r) Cici Ruebig-Schecker and Len Patterson
     
     
    Vantage Point, Port Huron August 04, 2011
    Photo of the group meeting.
    Vantage Point photo August 04, 2011
    (l to r) Charlie Winters, Rick Heering, Judi Payton-Brackenbury, Caryl Atfield-Butler, Laura Marlette-Huebner, Len Patterson
    (seated) JoAnne King-Westrick. (missing) Carl Shoenberg
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    August 4, 2011
    When:  1:30 - 4:00 PM
     
      The attendance was pretty GOOD. You missed seeing Judi Payton-Brackenbury, Laura Marlette-Huebner, JoAnne King-Westrick, Carl Shoenberg, Rick Heering, Charlie Winters, Caryl Atfield-Butler and husband Larry, myself and wife Sue. Of coarse there was plenty of talk about high and junior high school and persons we knew but no longer in touch. On the bigger note, there was discussion about our next reunion. All of us are looking forward to a spectacular event. Along that subject I participated in the early planning stages of the recent Class of '61 50th reunion. John Chidister and his team of volunteers did a outstanding job. Both Judi and Rick attended the reunion. Both brought the classmate booklet. Judi also brought along her necklace and name tag, commemorative coffee cup, chocolate, and another document. I must admit that I failed to pay close attention to it but suspect it was an agenda for the reunion dinner. You can see a photo of the items by following the Album 12 link below. The Class of '61 choose the Edison Inn to host their event. We all agreed that it was good to have the event where classmates could stay, continue parties, freshen up when needed, plan daily activities, etc. It is thought that doing so might attract guest from further distances. An interesting note is that the Class of '61 had several volunteer events, that each classmate/spouse could choose to participate in. These activities were billed for separately, giving the attendees an option to participate or not, considering their budget and interest needs. I believe activities include a golf outing, luncheon at the golf club, town tours, high school tour, cruise on the Huron Lady, Party at the Port Huron Yacht Club to name a few. The Class of '61 found sponsors for their Classmate book that made a professional looking document. The also had benefactors that donated money for those strapped for cash to attend the reunion. The Coffee Clutch talked over location possibilities and it was pretty much agreed that the 50th had some significant and that another location would be a wise choice. Another thought for keeping the costs down was a cash bar.
      More photos available, click here: Album 12
      If anyone is interested in another meeting, let me know I will pass the word. Maybe you would welcome a group of classmates into your home, office space, or another location. You name it, I will pass the word in email and web page. Incidentally, if you have the email address of other classmates, I would welcome them. I keep them strictly confidential and only share with confirmation from each student. If you have any comments, I could post them as well.
     
    Where: Vantage Point, Port Huron
    Date:    March 26, 2011
    When:  10:00 - 11:30 AM
     
    The attendance was small, but fun none the less. Caryl Atfield-Butler and husband Larry, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn, Len Patterson and wife Sue met in the steamy room of Vantage point. Although the view was great of the icy river, the sun heated the area to near sauna conditions. The staff at Vantage Point was gracious in adjusting the air conditioner, but we found little comfort in our area. Our discussion covered more about how unknowingly we were related, either by blood or by marriage. We talked of past reunions, looked at the web page (taking advantage of their free wireless) and reunion photos. We need to seek out other photos, handbooks, Lighthouse newspapers, etc. to support the 50th calibration. If you have any materials that I can use, please contact me. I will copy and return all materials in original condition. For our next casual meeting we hope to get Sharon Siebert-Whiting and husband John to attend. We hope to see of you there.
     
     
    Tim Horton's Marysville October 12, 2010
    Photo of the group's first meeting.
    Photo of first meeting, Tim Hortons, Marysville - Oct. 12, 2010
    (l to r) Len Patterson, Wanda Hunt-Pratt, Caryl Atfield-Butler, Dorothy Newman-Smith, Marilyn Wirsing-Kuehn
    Where: Tim Hortons, Marysville
    Date:    October 12, 2010
     
    Spouses Larry Butler, Ron Pratt, and Sue Patterson are to be commended as they accompanied their spouses at the Marysville Tim Horton's.

    We had an enjoyable lunch while sharing pictures and stories. I will be posting the new photos soon on the web page.

    One thing that Caryl suggested was to consider having the 50th reunion at the Sea Way Terminal. We all thought that a change would be nice. The Sea Way Terminal has some nice benefits, view, parking, etc. I have got to say this should be kept in mind when the real committee begins to gather. What are your thoughts? Drop us a line.

    We haven't set a time or place for another meeting, but if anyone has a suggestion... let us know. Winter is coming and many locals will be heading south. Keep us in your thoughts while we sit in the snow.
     

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