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2020 ? OR 2021 ?

 

Happy New Year everyone! 

The new year has brought with it questions about our future plans for class reunions. 

That question is best answered by soliciting your feedback. 

We have put together a brief survey to determine what direction we should take as we consider future reunions. 

Please answer the questions below.  If no other directions for answering are stated, place an X in the space provided.  Otherwise please follow what we hope are clear instructions.  If unclear, call Russ Greata, 703-217-1056.  

We have not set a specific date for completing this survey.  However, by February 12, 2020, we will start to look at the results.  If it already looks like a consensus, we will move to the next step, which might be another survey.

Note:  Many who attended the 57th-year reunion in 2018 spoke with one or more of the organizers afterwards.  Nearly unanimously they said they liked the New Galilee Fire Hall (air conditioned;  excellent kitchen facilities,  plenty of room;  good parking) and they liked the food offerings of the caterer.  For some of us, these reports suggest using the same Fire Hall facility and the same caterer for the next reunion.  But, to be fair to everyone, the survey question opens up the possible facility and food options.

Regarding the survey's question on the start time for the next reunion:  Again, a number of 2018 atttendees offered comments.  Collectively, they said that an early start is better because some people left the reunion early so they could avoid having to drive at dusk or in the dark.

Regarding the survey's question on which year or years to have a reunion:  Keep in mind--we can have one this year (2020), next year (2021), both years, every year from here on out.  As you can imagine, all groups of our classmates who have discussed this "when" question have observed our ages and the numbers of our mates we have been losing and the numbers of our mates whose mobility is not what it used to be.  Thus, the tension:  (1) Gee, every year is a bit much, isn't it?  vs  (2) The longer we wait, the fewer people will be available or able to attend.  Further, our thinking is that if the voting results for 2020 and for 2021 are fairly even, we can consider having some function in both 2020 and 2021.  Perhaps one of the years would be a smaller affair held at a different venue and uncatered, and the other year we would have a traditional get-together.  This is just one option; others would be considered.  If you want to offer an option, please use the comment box in the last survey question to share it with us.

Regarding the survey's question on which month for the reunion:  Vote as it serves you best, but we ask that you also add a note regarding anything that you deem relevant.  As an example, please give us any dates for which your plans would prevent you from attending the reunion.  We can do our best to try to avoid or at least minimize conflicts.

We will keep the cost to attendees as low as possible.  2018's low cost ($27) was made possible in large part due to the relatively low costs of the Fire Hall and our food choices.

We will share the results with you when they have been tabulated.

PLEASE  NOTE:  IF YOU KNOW THERE IS NO CHANCE YOU WILL ATTEND ANY OF THESE FUTURE REUNIONS, PLEASE CONSIDER WHETHER YOU MIGHT DISTORT THE SURVEY RESULTS BY SUBMITTING YOUR ANSWERS.  Then, submit or do not submit as you feel right.  That's OK with us.

 

Your Class administrators

[ Reminder:  We are all volunteers;  no one appointed us, and the class did not vote us to this position, whose title is unofficial.  Why then have we undertaken this task?  Answer:  It seems like a good idea at this time.  My 2018 offer to relinquish my position to any classmate who asks still stands.  Since I am still writing this, as you have guessed, nobody took me up on my offer in 2018 or since.  Russ G. ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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1)   Our next BFHS 1961 reunion in the BF area?

 
2)   What summer month should we schedule the reunion?

 
3)   What day of the week?

Our thinking is that since we lost 2018 attendance due to conflicts with weekend events, perhaps a weekday would prevent such losses, and even allow people to plan one travel period for both our reunion and whatever other weekend event they have in mind.
 
4)   What is an acceptable cost per person for attending the reunion?

 
5)   Where should the reunion be held?

 
6)   What time should the reunion begin?

 
7)   Should food be included?

Note: Beer, wine, et al., may be brought in also. This can be worked out.
 
8)   If a meal is included, what type should it be?

 
9)   Please write in any comment or suggestion. [ Or, call Russ Greata at 703-217-1056 ]