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Class of 1955--55th Reunion
by Sharon Henryson Haverty
Date: 10/27/2010




In 2005 I agreed to take on the roll of reunion coordinator for the class of 1955. I had an incredible response by classmates to be a part of the reunion committee. We started a newsletter that gets sent out twice a year and at those meetings we exchanged many ideas, discarded them and came up with other ideas. All of our combined efforts resulted in one of the best reunions the Fresno High class of 1955 has ever had.
Our 55th reunion was a huge success due to the response by our classmates. Our official site for the reunion was Four Points by Sheraton at Blackstone and Dakota. What a perfect setting for a Fresno High function as the event room has a purple and gold motif. We had over 70 classmates and spouses staying at the hotel.
We had a very informal, no-host, "meet and greet" for hotel guests on Friday night, October 15. There were 80-90 in attendance, with the most special moment being when Jeri McGilligott Egholm came in. This was her very first reunion and she came from Denmark to attend.
On Saturday morning, we had our classmate coffee outside by the sunken pool area. What a beautiful setting and perfect weather. To see so many classmates come together for the first time in five years or longer was worth all the hard work. FHS Senate members helped navigate the seven steps to the pool deck area with most members introducing themselves by the states they represent.
Saturday evening was our dinner and program. Seeing people continuously filing in to sit down was an overwhelming moment for me. We had 200 for dinner, we had door prizes and awards with gifts and certificates. All the work by Joann Canfield Morgan, Don and Pat Croll Brannon and Donna Kelton Stewart to hang elementary, junior high and high school pictures was worth it. Table decorations by Carol Bowman Underhill,Delores Pedroncelli Mehling and Donna Kelton Stewart added to the sparkle of FHS colors. A special thanks to Rosanne Jensen who alone did the booklet, name tags and certificates. My thanks to John White who came from Texas to MC the reunion. Job well done by all.
We finished the incredible weekend by having the Four Points brunch. The hotel gave us four complimentary certificates good for eight brunches. These were won by Deanna Amos Tarr, Deaunna Holcomb Moore, Carol Bowman Underhill and Don Brannon. The brunch was originally set up for the committee, but was opened at the last minute and we had 86 attending. It seems that all our classmates had a lot of information to share with each other.
Our committee is looking forward to preparing our 60th reunion over the next five years. Thank you to the Class of 1955 for your response and to the Four Points by Sheraton who went well beyond the call of duty for us.



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