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|Paynesville Press - April 12, 2006|
School foundation planning all-school reunion this July
The "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation - a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and raising funds for the local school district - is planning an all-school reunion on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22. |
A schedule with a sign-up sheet was sent to 3,000 alumni last week. This represents nearly 30 graduating classes for which the "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation has addresses. Another dozen and a half classes do not have addresses in their database.
Any alumni who wants to see the schedule or get the sign-up sheet can pick one up at one of the three financial institutions in town - Bank of the West, Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union, or Farmers and Merchant State Bank - or at the Press office.
The schedule for the all-school reunion is as follows:
On Friday, July 21, three Distinguished Alumni Awards will be given to Hub Schwandt (Class of 1939), Peter and Lynne (LeMasurier) Jacobson (Classes of 1961 and 1962), and Susan (Hendrickson) Warner (Class of 1969) at the American Legion. All alumni are welcome to attend the awards ceremony and the all-class social to follow.
On Saturday, July 22, a nine-hole scramble is planned at Koronis Hills Golf Club (with tee times from 7 to 9 a.m. and golfers welcome to play another nine holes for fun).
School tours - of Paynesville Area Elementary School, Paynesville Area Middle School, and Paynesville Area High School - will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other activities at the school buildings include a lunch in the high school cafeteria, serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a silent auction of old trophies that the school district does not have space to keep (by the Bulldog Booster Club) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and a group picture on the football field at 2:45 p.m.
Alumni baseball and softball games are also being planned for the afternoon on the school fields. The schedule for these games will depend on participation levels. Finally, another all-class social is being planned for Saturday night at Queen Bee's Bar and Grill in downtown Paynesville.
Sunday, July 23, has no scheduled events and is meant for classes or friends to have informal gatherings with their old classmates.
(Editor's Note: Michael Jacobson is a member of the board for the "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation and helped plan this reunion. While he believes his parents are deserving, he did not vote for them.)
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