Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31st Note

Hi Classmates.   I have been getting early results from members on the September 23rd race to Albion and our 50th Class Reunion.  It seems I have missed the point of the Reunion.  So let me try to do better.

I've been reminded (by several of you) that our Reunion is about seeing Classmates, not about attending a football game (with an unknown opponent) and touring the campus (also bearely recongnized from the days ot 1961).  As one of us said - "I have the desire to reconnect with Classmates, to share experiences and interests, and exchange information".

My second letter missed this important point - too much about what to do and not enought about who to visit with and spend quality "catchup" time.

So the Welcoming Commitee and I are adjusting our views and activities.  Many of us will arrive by Friday - Sept 22 - and will get together at one of the restaurants in Albion for an early check-in and to begin our Reunion.

I will update the blog once a month (near month-end) and will include the restaurant location and time in my next (last) letter in July - early August.  I have also asked the Commitee to start working the phones to contact you.  That's a big job for 10 people, so I would like help from each of you.

My next post (in late June) will have either an ID and password for you to access the Albion Directory  (through the Albion.edu website) or the phone and email way to get your own personal ID and password.  Using this you can see all the Classmate information for contacts.

Some people only have snail mail addresses.  Others have email and/or telephone numbers. 

So far I have contacted about 30 to 40 of you.  This request is to those few who have said they do not plan to attend.  Try calling the 3 people in our Class you would most like to talk with.  Ask them if they are coming.  If one or more says yes - then rethink your decision.  Even if one of your favorite people is not coming, you will have made the reconnect.  That - in and of itself - is worth the effort.

As I was remined by several, it's the people that count.  Best wishes - Bruce

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Summer is on the Way and Homecoming is fast Approaching

Hello Classmates.  Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner.  The May mailing for our 50th Class Reunion at Albion should arrive any day now.  It has the information on how to register and where to stay.  Hopefully you are now getting in touch with classmates and making your travel plans.

The schedule looks pretty full for Saturday - Septermber 23.  Marie Ames at the Alumni Engagement Office (517.629.0208) tells me the early arrivers get a free breakfast at Bellemont Manner on Saturday morning for those in reunion classes of 50 plus years.

We have the opportunity to march in the Homecoming Parade (for those with the legs and spirit) so bring your walking shoes.  Lunch is available at noon at the Dow Center (Field House) before the Foot ball game.

Our reception will be at 4 or 4:30 at the Bobbitt Art Center, then the 50th Reunion photo shoot and dinner at the Science Atrium in the Science Complex on campus.  President Randall will join us for dinner and our special Faculty guest will be Dr. Keith Moore and wife.

Marie and Stu Rutter have entertainment arranged for after dinner.  So hopefully you all are reseving the Homecoming date - September 23 to join in the Class of 1961 Reunion. 

Check out the Page (in the left hand list of links) for the Class Scholarhip to see how we are doing.  This is a really good way for our Class to be remembered to future Britons.

See you all at Homecoming.  Regards - Bruce

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Welcome Class of '61

Welcome - Class of 1961.  Our 50th Class Reunion is at Homecoming on September 24, 2011.  This Blog contains links for you to share Class Notes, Stories and Careers.  Be sure your email address is current on the College Directory; call: Marie Ames - 517.629.0208 or email: marieames@Albion.edu

Use the sidebar links to navigate to different topics.  You will find classmate-author entries on the left side of the following pages.  Names are: first name & initial of your COLLEGE day's last name.  Select a classmate-author to see their note or story.  Links are for:

Class Notes:   like the Class Notes you see in Io Triumphe! - brief summary for all folk.
Class Stories: short stories by classmates from our college days and experiences.
Careers:         experiences we share with College students to assist with career decisions
Albion Home Page:   this link returns you to the College web site.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 50th Reunion.  I encourage all of you to send in your Class Notes and Stories which will be posted and shared with your classmates.  Send me an email with the attached class note - story. (I'm in the College Directory.)
I will post; first come, first serve.   '61 Secretary - Bruce Fitch.