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I’ve worked on the committees for my 20th and 25th class reunions and had an absolute ball doing it.  I remember walking into the first meeting for the 20th...not knowing what to expect as the key players on the committee were, shall we say, not particularly nice to me in high school.  I was very pleasantly surprised that they had grown up as much as i had!  We had a ball planning and became friends...and still stay in touch today.

My 30th class reunion is next summer and the “leader” of our committee has stepped down and it looks as if i will be the driving force behind the next reunion.  I am looking for any suggestions for finding missing classmates.  I am using Reunion.com, Classmates.com, and our High School Alumni Association as well as publishing the missing person’s list in places where i believe my classmates will see it.  I am also working on creating a “quiz” on Facebook to inspire other classmates to help in the search.  I’m trying to be as diverse and creative as possible.  There were 425+ graduates in my class and, over the years, have managed to find about 350 of them.  While that’s a pretty good effort, i’d like to do even better!

Does anyone have any other ideas?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I had more luck connecting with classmates on facebook than on classmates.com.

      My e-mails on classmates went unread and unanswered. It seemed as if more people were on facebook.

      One thing also I’ve noticed is more activity online with my former classmates during this year, which is a 30th reunion year as well. It’s as if they‘re looking for information so they don’t miss a reunion in the works.



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I planned our 10th....didn’t go to the 20th....due to my mother falling and breaking her ankle very badly and having surgery.  

      But it is fun planning but a lot of work.  Of course 17 years ago I didn’t have the internet at all to search for people..we just had to mail out letters looking.  

      I think Facebook is going to be your best tool in locating others.  Does the high school in which you attended have an alumni section on their website?  That might be another avenue as well.  

      Good luck...and have lots of fun.



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      Daphne wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I created a specific group on Facebook for the 1980 grads at my school.  Slowly, but surely, people are joining.  It’s labor intensive, but i’m hoping it will be worth it.  I have something different in mind for the reunion and we’ll need MONEY to make it happen!



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • How much do you plan to charge each person to attend?
      What do you want to do?  Curious...



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      Daphne wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I haven’t met with the committee yet so price per person hasn’t been decided.  Optimally, if we could get $50/pp or $90/per couple, we could make it happen based on prior attendance numbers.

      I am going to propose that we forego the catered dinner and DJ (which, honestly, is generally second-rate, anyway).  I have a fantastic and entertaining live band in mind but they are costly.  I would like to have the ballroom decorated simply and elegantly and offer moving horsdouvres and specialty desserts.  We, the committee, would encourage everyone to make dinner plans with classmates and to come to the reunion for dessert, drinks and WONDERFUL entertainment after their dinner.  The time frame would be roughly 8-11.  This band has a full brass section, winds, strings, etc...they play everything from KC & the Sunshine Band to ELO to Katrina & the Waves to Aerosmith and on and on!  There is no way you won’t have a wonderful time with this entertainment!

      I“ve heard the band and know people will love them but how do i sell this idea without the benefit of others having experienced them?  I’m hoping that people will like it if we snazz up the affair!



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Kudos to you Linda! I’m sure it’s a lot of work!

      I was wondering... I would like to find classmates from my elementary school and form a get to together. When you are not bombarded would you let me know how you made a specific group for your classmates on “Facebook.” It’s probably so easy I will say,“DUH!” lol



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      Linni wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • i too think that facebook is the best way to find other classmates.. my 30th year class reunion is next year (2010) i too graduated in 1980, and have found some of my classmates on FB..

      Have fun Daphne! let us know how it pans out for you!



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