Are we ever glad to see you!!  Our 50th reunion was two months ago, and we are excited that you are here, checking out our website and interested in what may be happening next.

A lot is happening and we hope you will continue to check back often for updates and gatherings. One of our goals is to capture the momentum generated by the reunion and continue to build on our renewed friendships.

First, some trivia about the reunion:

  • From the proceeds raised through the art raffle, we were able to donate $1000 to the Principal’s Discretionary Use Fund at North.

  • One cool outcome of the donation was that four members of our class (Mary Beth Reynolds Blake, Kay Parks Haas, Sherry Harvey Hilleary, and Pam Beets Kermoade) were invited to serve as Grand Marshalls of the 2019 SMN Homecoming Parade. 

  • The records we have for our class contain 697 names. During the 18 months of planning, we were successful in tracking down details for 624 (90%) of our classmates. This includes:

    • 502 (72%) who confirmed contact information; of these, 464 were interested in our reunion and expressed a desire to stay in touch.

    • 122 (18%) were confirmed as deceased.

    • The remaining 73 (10%) were noted as either lost or the contact information we had on hand was never successfully confirmed.

  • One more number — 220 (32%) members of our class engaged in some aspect of the reunion. This represents 47% participation of the 464 noted above.

So, what else do we want you to know?

  • In February 2020, we will be having our first Kansas City-based, post-reunion gathering. Check back here for details.

  • We are also compiling a list of classmates who have expressed specific interest in being part of these Kansas City area intermittent get-togethers. If you  are interested but have not yet been contacted via email, please let us know through the “Contact Us” side tab on the website. We want to continue the fun and friendships renewed at the reunion.

  • Other ideas are to produce a newsletter filled with pertinent information about classmates and announcing other group activities such as tours to The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum (led by our own Docent, Sandie Davisson Kelly), or group excursions to special exhibits at Union Station, happenings at the Kauffman, or even organized trips to plays and musicals at North. Other suggestions are welcomed.

  • Check out our 50th Reunion Photo Book. Classmate Paul Arnold has put together an amazing 86-page album chronicling the entire weekend. Navigate to his website (click here) for more details.   

  • Before you know it, we will start the planning process for our 70th Birthday Bash in 2021.  Looking forward to the party!

This website will continue to serve as our central communication hub. Use it to tell us what’s happening in your life or update your contact information. This is for you to use to stay in contact with the SMN class of ’69.

If you haven’t heard us say it before, we’ll say it again: our sincere and most heartfelt thanks are extended to the many who devoted time and effort and energy the past 18 months to make our reunion a success. The list extends to each person who followed the planning process through emails, participated on Facebook, updated contact information on the website, and rearranged their personal schedules to attend, many traveling from their current homes far away from our shared high school experience. We thank you. We are grateful you are in our lives. We are better people because of you. Thank you for being our new old friends.

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