The Emansive Class of 1968 celebrated 40 years of life since graduation Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16, 2008. And a GREAT time was had by all....
The celebration started with a gathering of about 120 at Kathy Birch Durbin's lovely home overlooking the Boise Valley. Curt Stoddard had put together a great playlist of tunes that he cranked up on the stereo in his beautiful cherry red '66 GTO Sedan. Several other classmates brought their classic cars as well for us to admire: John Reeves, with his '57 Chevy sedan; Mike McCullough, with his '41 Plymouth sedan; Greg & Lynette Brown Sali, with their '68 Shelby GT500 KR Mustang convertible; and Bob & Kathy Birch Durbin, with their '69 Chevelle SS convertible. The setting was ideal for reconnecting with old friends.
Saturday morning found about 20 intrepid souls (and one dog) ready for an early morning stroll down the greenbelt, with a loosely defined goal of ending up at the Anne Frank Human Rights memorial. It was a beautiful morning and the walkers enjoyed more great conversation and laughter.
Across town, a small but hearty group of golfers gathered at 8:00 in the morning to play 18 holes with classmates. Fourteen golfers - men and women - hit the greens at Falcon Crest for a casual outing full of laughs and memorable moments.
Mark Lliteras and Tina Kevan Lane came in with the lowest scores. Everyone had a great time and agreed not to wait another 10 years for a round of golf with old friends.
Mid-day, about 30 women gathered behind the cafeteria at Borah for a casual box lunch, catered by Raydean's. Again, lively conversation ensued. The final activity of the afternoon was a tour of the school, conducted by Pat and Alana Syverson McHugh. Amazing to see all the changes.
Saturday evening, at least 160 classmates and guests descended on The Powerhouse, a great events facility near downtown Boise. We were especially pleased to welcome faculty members Jim & Boni Perkins, Al & Virginia Cafferty, and Ron & Dorothy Arnold. Early in the evening, Georgia Chase Gunstream managed to herd everyone into place for a class photo (below). Next on the agenda was a tasty buffet dinner and then Georgia and Mark Lliteras commenced a short program, including some statistics about classmates (compiled from responses to a list of questions that accompanied the registration form - click here to see the results), a great baton routine by Georgia and Alana, and a poem about memories of school, composed by Bev Stoddard Chipman and performed by the Safari Sisters, under the direction of cheerleader wannabe Donna Stephens Kom. Click here for a copy of the poem. To end the program, Rhonda Jensen Hynes read her reflections on Old Friends that she'd written after our 30th reunion. Click here to view her remarks. The balance of the evening was spent making additional connections with classmates and, for many, some fancy dancing to great oldies. One sign of a successful event is a crowd of people still on hand when it's time to close the place down - that was true for us both nights!
Many thanks go to the Reunion Committee for organizing a great event and to everyone who attended, who helped make it a truly memorable event!