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Letters to the Editor

Some Words from the Reunion Committee members
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Four of five Reunion Committee members who attended the reunion included, from left, Sandy Olson, Mary Hanagan Palmer, John Houghtaling and Cindy Couchman Hoffman. (Photo by Janine Giordano)

Olson the Organizer

The 2010 reunion was especially important to me because it was the 50th anniversary of my graduation from RSCS. Due to a number of circumstances, I had not been able to attend any of the other reunions of my class that had taken place over the decades. This time there was nothing short of death or dismemberment that would have kept me away! I reconnected with some dear friends who had slipped out of my everyday world and became closer to other RSCS grads who were a few years ahead or behind my class. That was the exact reason for including 11 classes of students in this event.

Sandy Snyder Olson
Class of ‘60


Just Felt Right

Never have two years flown by as fast as the past two, working on the committee, researching schoolmate names and addresses. The re-acquaintances and renewed friendships produced by our efforts made the project worth every minute we contributed. What I found amazing, and what made it come together as completely as it did, was the fact that everyone we located and talked to, had kept in touch with someone else and that was how we managed to put the spreadsheet network in place.

I felt it most, when the dancing began Friday night and I was watching the very same people I had watched at school dances fifty years ago. It’s kind of like the feeling I had when the dancing started the night of our reunion. It could have been 1958 at an RSCS sock hop.

It just felt “right.”

Cindy Couchman Hoffman
Committee Member,
Class of ‘65


Worth Every Ounce of Effort

Working on this multi-class reunion was a pleasure.  For over two years we worked daily finding addresses and then confirming these addresses by calling or emailing everyone. Everyone on the committee had to agree on all the arrangements whether it was choosing the reunion location, writing the reunion packets, agendas, finding a caterer, agreeing on the meals, etc.  We discussed everything and tried to be as organized as possible.  It was great to work with Sandy, Darlene, Cynthia and John. Many thanks to Orville Eckler who contacted many people for us.  Also, many thanks to the Bonds for giving their time to stuff the registration packets and the tote bags.   

Another pleasure was contacting classmates that I haven’t talked to since graduation and having wonderful conversations with them. Some sad times came along when I realized we had lost another classmate.

 I feel the multi-class reunion was a great success. Everywhere I looked during the reunion, there were smiles upon smiles upon smiles. We have heard many positive comments from the attendees.  With all the hours, days, months and years that went into planning the reunion, it was well worth the while and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the committee.

Mary Palmer Hanagan
Committee Member
Class of ‘62
Beaver, Pa


There, in Spirit

Thank God for technology; www.411.com was a great help. If we had a name, we could find an address and a phone number. We (Mary Palmer Hanagan, Cindy Couchman Hoffman and I) had to rely on all the class contacts to find married names. They were all so great to work with. Orville Eckler agreed to be our slave. Sue Chadwick/Robinson was a great help because her class was having a reunion that first year. The Eckler girls, Pat and Georgene, were gung-ho. Norm and Dave Pooler were both funny along the way. John Houghtaling was his usual “wanting to please” self. Tucky Palmer already had a lot of Class of ‘60 members. We also made calls to the grads and found out from them who they had kept in contact with over the years. When we did find someone, we had to call and confirm all the addresses to make sure they got their forms.

It was sad sometimes to hear that we had lost someone, so there were a lot of tears along the way, but more smiles when we got to talk to someone we had not seen for so many years. There were very few that we could not find. Class of ‘63 could not find David Smith. My wish would be that classmates keep in touch.

The team worked hard and long for all to have a great time. I’m sorry I could not attend. I was there in spirit.

It was definitely a labor of love for all!!!

Darlene Oram
Committee Member
Class of ‘63
Florida


Committee Member Perspective

I was so happy to see those whom I hadn’t seen in so many years! The time spent with those who made a difference in my life was very precious! The two-year effort put into this multi-year reunion by Sandy (Snyder) Olson, Darlene (Oram) Okusko, Cindy (Couchman) Hoffman, Mary (Hanagan) Palmer, myself and those who helped out along the way was truly a labor of love and hard work! The entire event turned out to be more spectacular and rewarding to all of us than we could ever have imagined!

John Houghtaling
Class of ‘61

 

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