Wabash College - 50th Reunion – Class ’67 – June 2 - 4, 2017
Hello Class of 1967.
We are only about eight months away from the 50th reunion of our class – my how time flies! It seems only yesterday I was marveling about how great we all looked at our 45th reunion. Surely, we have gotten even better looking, lost more weight and accomplished more in the last five years than men half our age. I think there something in the water we drank at college. I think it came unfiltered straight from Sugar Creek.
ATTENDANCE. The all-time attendance record is 76. Currently we have 61 who have indicated they plan to attend come next June. I know there are many of you who plan to attend, but just haven’t sent word to me or one of the Attendance Coordinators. I recently discovered one of my fraternity brothers was attending by checking on those who had made motel arrangements. So, please get in touch with me and let me know you plan to be part of the merriment. I’d like to achieve the record breaking number by the end of the year and then spend next Spring working hard on those who need a push to get them to decide to be with us. So, let me hear from you. email@example.com
GIVING. There are two categories – one is participation – how many of our class provides a gift from July 1, 2016 to the Friday night of next year’s Big Bash. The class of ’66 set a new record with 75% of the class providing a gift last year.
Let’s not wait around until next Spring to beat that record. Let’s all go to our check books or the Wabash website today and send in a gift. It can be for any amount and, if you wish, it can be in honor or memory of someone who helped you along the way during your Wabash years. I sent a gift a couple months ago in memory of Dr. Robert Petty – my advisor. I know many of you probably make year-end gifts to the College, so I encourage you to maintain that tradition, but add one more gift between now and then – perhaps for $67.
CLASS GIFT. The class of ’66 set a record for the class gift of $8 million. The College structures the class gift to recognize our gifts for the five years leading up to the reunion – so our class gift period began July 1, 2012. It will end the weekend of our reunion in 2017. It includes all gifts of cash, property, stocks, pledges (if made prior to our reunion, they can be fulfilled after the reunion), insurance policies, collections and estate gifts. We are at $5.7+ million now. So, if you are thinking of making an estate gift to the College or if you have already done so, but not yet notified the College, now would be a great time to do either – both would count toward our class gift.
You will soon be receiving detailed information about the class gift from our reunion gift committee. When you receive it, please take the time to review and begin planning your participation prior to the reunion next June.
MEMORY BOOK. Phil Coons continues his fine work on the class Memory Book. But, we need a lot more of you to send in the Memory Book form that you will find at the end of this letter. While Phil is asking for a photo, don’t let that keep you from sending in the form. You can always add a photo later – and even if you don’t add a photo, your information will be in the book. It is truly a once in a life time opportunity to let all in the class know what you’ve been up to for 50 years. The form is in Word format, so you can type on the form. The spaces will expand as needed.
Also, you can delete the instructions at the top of the form to allow you more room to type. Once completed, you can cut and paste it into an email to Phil. firstname.lastname@example.org
And, if you are getting the Memory Book form via regular mail, just print out the form, complete it and, if possible, scan and send it to Phil. If regular mail is your thing, mail it to me at:
P.O. Box 737 Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 and I’ll see that Phil gets it.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS. Rooms are going fast – so make your reservations now to ensure you have a room close to where our class hospitality suite will be located – Holiday Inn Express. There is a block of rooms there and at the nearby Hampton Inn. There are other hotels in the area, but these are the only ones with reduced rates. They should still have rooms after the reduced rates rooms are taken, but obviously will be at a higher rate. For the Holiday Inn Express:
Regular King bed and 2 Queen bed rooms are $127.00 per night + tax for Friday and Saturday night and $93.00 + tax for Thursday and Sunday night.
Suites are $135.00 per night for Friday and Saturday night and $119.00 per night for Thursday and Sunday night.
They have reserved 30 rooms with special rate – may or may not give the rate once 30 rooms are filled.
Call 1+765-323-4575 and mention Wabash Big Bash
For Hampton Inn:
Regular King bed and 2 Queen bed rooms are $149.00 per night + tax for Friday and Saturday night and $129.00 + tax for Thursday and Sunday night.
Suites are $159.00 + tax per night for Friday and Saturday night and $139.00 + tax for Thursday and Sunday night.
Call 1+765-362-8884 and mention code C67 or
go online at www.crawfordsvillesuites.hamptoninn.com and type in C67 code
They have reserved 20 rooms, but will hold them only until May 10, 2017. Also, when these are gone, the special rate may disappear as well.
POTS & CHAPEL SING.If you’ve been to recent reunions, you know we have established a tradition of sorts by entering the Chapel Sing wearing freshman pots. Some of you have your original pot and some of you got a new pot at one of the recent reunions – regardless try to locate it now as wearing the pots will be a part of our Chapel Sing presentation.
And, speaking of chapel sing, here are the words to Old Wabash. Begin now practicing in the shower or wherever. The chapel sing is a competition, so let’s take this trophy “home” as well. And, who knows what your crazy reunion chair has in mind – perhaps a W haircut for someone!?