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Reunion Committee in Full Swing for 40th Reunion

Some of the Class of 74 Reunion Committee

Some of the Class of 74 Reunion CommitteeThe dedicated members of the reunion committee have been in session since March of 2013 working on the details of our 40th Reunion. We’ve met every 2 to 3 months  to methodically go through the logistics of the event. We are still working out some of the minutia, but things are now well in hand, and we expect it to be a lovely evening.

Based on feedback from previous reunions, we’ve tried to take the things our classmates have told us to heart. The venue is in a familiar location and has quiet areas for conversations. We worked hard to keep the price point as low as possible.

We believe that the 40th reunion is a milestone, and should be celebrated accordingly. We had lengthy discussions on how best to mark the occasion, and have decided that a live band would create a sense of celebration and energy. While Tower of Power is out of our price range, Randy Haight has recommended a great band, East Bay Mudd. He has worked with them to give us a fantastic price for the evening. Without Randy’s help, we would not have such a well respected band playing for us. Thanks, Randy!

Our dinner committee, led by June Hirabayashi Miller and Leanne McDonnell Corkill, and assisted by Jill Ushijima and ???, has put together a wonderful buffet. They worked diliegently with the caterer to come up with a creative menu that fits within our budget. Nancy Nelson Norman and Heidi Hanson are in charge of the decorations that will take this reunion “Back to Oakland”.

We opted for a no host bar for a number of reasons. We initially wanted to include drinks in the ticket price, but as we did our research, it became clear that we were better off with the no host model. This way people can order what they want, and those who only want soft drinks/water don’t feel they’re paying for the more expensive drinks that others are having. Again, our friend Randy came through for us with a big discount on beverages from Costco.

One big change for our 40th is the use of email and the Internet. This Website has been created to help classmates do everything from purchase tickets to sharing news. While we have an active Facebook Group, its not everyone’s cup of tea. We want to provide options that fit your lifestyle and technology comfort level. We also have the Shutterfly site, which will be our go-to place for photo sharing, after the event. Through Shutterfly, you can download images, order prints, or create a photo book. So make sure to bring your camera to the event!

RIP Rawley T. Farnsworth

Rawley T. Farnsworth

On April 15, 2013, drama teacher Rawley T. Farnsworth passed away at the age of 87. He had retired from teaching in the early 80’s and moved to Dillon Beach, where he lived until his partner passed away. He then moved to San Francisco, where he lived for more than 30 years. Around 2008, he moved to Fort Lauderdale FL, and later Ocala FL. to be closer to family members. He passed away from pneumonia after a long, and not very successful convalescence after a fall.

In memory of Mr. Farnsworth, a Teaching Fellowship was created with ACT (American Conservatory Theatre) in San Francisco. His family, Trudi Stillwell Melohn and Tom Hanks helped to make this Fellowship possible. The Farnsworth Fellowship funds a program which sends a teaching artist to schools in disadvantages areas, who do not have arts programs available to them. This seems like a very fitting tribute to a teacher who made such a difference in so many students lives. If you have fond memories of Mr. Farnsworth, perhaps you can consider making a donation to the teaching fund. farnsworth_banner