������������������ East High Class of �56�
�������������� December, 2001�
� Well, another five years has come and gone. The 45th reunion went very well. We had approximately 118 people in attendance. The out of towner attendees were disappointed that there wasn�t better attendance from the graduates still living in Des Moines. There were many that they had hoped to see.
� We started off Friday evening at Prairie Meadows for an informal get together starting at . Prairie Meadows prepared a picnic type supper for us consisting of Brats, Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Chips, assorted relishes, and fresh baked cookies and desert bars.
� After dinner,
������������ Don Spaw won an EHS Scarlets Alumni Tee shirt.
� We gave away something like 25 prizes Friday evening at Prairie Meadows.
����������������� Kay (Johnson) Inman won an EHS shirt
Everyone who attended received a nice brass Horsehead key chain compliments of Prairie Meadows via Kay (Edwards) Alcantar.
� The committee also presented a cap to Tom Lettington, which had �Webmaster� Class of 56 in appreciation of all that he had done for setting up a website on the internet. Tom had to cancel out of coming about 10 days before the reunion. So, we mailed the cap to him.
� Janeene Carlisle supprised Larry Fogelson by presenting him a cap also from the committee, which said �Class of 56 Newslink Editor�. One of the few moments that I found it hard to have something to say.� I will echo Tom Lettingtons email response after he received his cap, when I say, �I will treasure it always�.
��������������������������� Visiting at Prairie Meadows-
Pat(Rounds) Hockersmith-Mary(Crum)Moses-Don Moses-Larry Hockersmith�Back of Tom Pierick- Ruth Pierick-Ron Larson
The Dirty Half Dozen also known as the 45th Reunion Committee
Larry Soloman-Janeene(Miller)Carlisle-Bob Trotter-Shirley(Grant) Robinette-Larry Fogelson- Pat(Rounds)Hockersmith
� On Saturday morning Janeene Carlisle had the girls meet for Breakfast at the Country Kitchen restaurant on E. 14th.
Gals get-together at Country Kitchen. (Wonder what or whom they talked about?)
� We started off Saturday evening with a social hour. Class Picture. Bob Trotter gave the invocation, and we were served Dinner.
� After Dinner, we had a microphone pass around so all grads could stand and introduce themselves, their spouse, a short comment on what they have done since graduation, etc. This was followed by a short program, singing the ol� school song (which was lead by Tom Abbott and Ken Viggers), and the giving away of about another 30 prizes.
� John and Donna
(Turner) Beal gave a weeks stay at their Condo in
Janice(Crain)Stueckrath-Sheryl(Deskin)Holsman-Donna(Turner) Beal-Sally(Peterson)Goeser-Sharon(Whitehead)Stilwell-Bing(Kinney)Miller at Echo Valley.
� Echo Valley CC was a great setting for the Saturday night festivities.
Ray Robinette trying to �Smooze� wife Shirley (Grant) Robinette.
�������� Mary Lou (Katzmann)Goodman-Connie & Bob Trotter
Larry Carlisle in foreground. Table L to R-� Walter & JoAnn (Brady) Wilson-Dale & Marlene(Roberts) Wheeler-Jackie & Larry Soloman-Suzanne (Samo) Newton
� I would like to give �Thanks and Credit� to those individuals who have posted pictures on the Web page and or sent them email. That is where I borrowed these from. Known names are: Janeene (Miller) Carlisle-Deanna (Wheatly) Peterson-Suzanne (Samo) Newton-Bob Trotter. There are many many more photos on Lettingtons Web page at www.ehs56.org. Tom has even made some excellent �Then and Now� comparisons.
Dick Smith - Ken Viggers & Tom Abbott singing School Song.
����������������������������� George and Martha Clark
������������������ Mary Lou (Weisbord)Nicholson-Tom Fjelde-����������������������������������������������� Sharel(Tuers)Spendlove
� I would like to
extend special recognition to committee member Janeene (Miller)
1ST ROW: Donna (Nichols) Wilson-Shirley( Grant) Robinette-Mary Lou (Weisbrod) Nicholson-Sally (Peterson) Goeser-Janeene (Miller) Carlisle-Mary (Crum) Moses-Larry Anderson- Connie (Knauss) Thomson-Suzanne (Samo) Newton-Marlene (Roberts) Wheeler-Jerry Smith-Donna (Turner) Beal-Charles Allen-Jerry Brown
2nd ROW: Yvonne (Miller) Nauman-Sharel (Tuers) Spendlove-Kay (Johnson) Inman-Mary Lou (Katzmann) Goodman-Janice (Crain) Stueckrath-Barbara� (Lowe) Penn-Janice (Webber) Cassidy-Bing (Kinney) Miller-Ruth (Cook) Haag-Pat (Rounds) Hockersmith- Eileen �Joy� (Thornton) Lowthorp-Dick Smith Barbra (Evens) Priest-Larry Fogelson-JoAnn (Brady) Wilson-Don Spaw-Larry Soloman-Robert Baldwin-Steve Larson
3rd ROW: Shirley (Lowder) Warrick-Doris (Rasmussen) Richards-Gwen (Brewer) Stubbs-Mevelyn (Wooderson) Richardson-Alfreda (Moore) Emery-Sharon (Burris) Howze-Nancy (Lund) Belluchi-Jean Allsteadt-Diane (Ballinger) Ott-Linda (White) Towers-Jerry Ott-Deanna (Wheatley) Peterson-Bob Trotter-Donna (Mumford) Eide-Sharon (Whitehead) Stilwell-Larry Gilliland-Tom Abbott-George Clark-Tom Fjelde-Ron Olson-Dan Strosnider-
Back Row: Kay (Edwards) Alcantar-Sheryl (Deskin) Holsman-Stan Ritchie-Bill Foster-Don Sullivan-Tom Pierick-Paul Goetz-Donald Stevens-Ken Viggers- Jerry Hall Max Miller
NOT PICTURED: John Beal-Carol (Graney) DeChant-Kathleen (Graney) Finanauer-Ron Larson-Don Stevens-Larry Watkins
� I would like to give
recognition to the individuals who donated cash, prizes or services for the 45th
John and Donna (Turner) Beal donated a week�s stay at their Colorado Condo plus two $50.00 cash envelopes that were drawn for.
� The following individuals donated cash that was used to buy the EHS apparel that was drawn for:
Jerry Hall � Sharon (Burris) Howze Mary Lou (Weisbrod) Nicholson � Deanna (Wheatley) Peterson � Sheryl (Tuers) Spendlove �Pat (Jones) Mondike � Kay (Johnson) Inman � Bing (Kinney) Miller
� The following individuals donated prizes that were given to all attendees and or other prizes that were drawn for:
Kay (Edwards) Alcantar; Brass Horsehead Keychains for everyone, plus two $25.00 gift certificates from Prairie Meadows.
Tom Pierick; donated Lighted Keychains for everyone plus an assortment of Umbrellas, Golf Towels, and Hand Calculators� that were drawn for.
Ruth (Cook) Hagg; Donated a Mans and a Ladies basket of Jafra products to be drawn for.
�� The following
individuals donated service and or materials toward the 45th
Beverly (Miller) Hartgrave; Helping� type and make up name tags for Saturday night.
Connie Trotter; Running of mailing labels..
� A special �Thanks� to the following volunteers who helped the committee on one or both evenings.
�� Mary Lou (Katzmann) Goodman
�� Mary Lou (Weisbrod) Nicholson
�� Dick Smith
� The reunion committee voted to purchase on behalf of the �Class of 56�, a 6� x 12� limestone paver in the new Memory Spiral on the north side of the school. Construction is to begin next spring. The paver will have Class of 56 etched into it.
� The project is to have a information wall and a outdoor classroom. The stone information wall will depict memorable events in EHS history.
Response to 45th
� We passed out a questionnaires at the reunion asking what they liked? disliked?. We received a lot of positive feedback.
���Thanks to all the committee who worked so hard to give us a great two-day event. It was great seeing all who made it, and I missed those who couldn�t.� Mary Lou (Katzmann) Goodman
�The committee did a fantastic job. Thanks for all they put into it. I evaluate it all A+.� Carol (Graney) DeChant.
� �Dislikes � None. Thanks for a great 45th reunion.�� Just wished more had attended.�� Tom Pierick
� �Very well ;planned
and organized. Sat evening facilities at
� �First of all, thank you for all of the committees efforts. The Wingate Inn was great. It�s public spaces allowed for socializing at breakfast, and visiting into the wee hours of the morning. Thanks again.� Tom Fjelde
� �Liked everything. It was nice to be close to the airport. We liked the Wingate Inn�s breakfast area with tables set up not only for breakfast, but also for gathering after the events of the evening. Those who didn�t stay there missed half the fun. Thanks for all that the committee did.� Looking forward to the 50th.� Sharon (Burris) Howze
� We received several good suggestions that we will try to incorporate into the 50th.
� We had 34 people in attendance at the
fall dinner get-together at the Okoboji Grill in
� Shirley(Grant) & Ray Robinette � Milo & Loretta (Woods) Ware � Theresa (Hodges) Lowman � Ron & Yvonne (Miller) Nauman � Larry & Jackie Soloman. Don & Arlene Spaw � Larry & Margaret Fogelson � Linda (White) Towers � Nancy (Lund) Belluchi � Bob & Connie Trotter � Don & Mary (Crum) Moses � Pat (Rounds) & Larry Hockersmith � Buddy & Joy Bellis � Jerry & Beckey Smith � Phil & Barbara (Lowe) Penn � Bill & Mary Lou (Carnal) Howard � Gary & Romona (Hitchcock) Moore � Larry & Janeene (Miller) Carlisle � Kathleen A. (Graney) Finkenauer.
� The next dinner get-together will be
�Telephone committee will notify Janeene Carlisle of their anticipated numbers by Wednesday April 17th.
� My wife Barbara has read the NewsLink and thinks it is fantastic. She finds it hard to believe the EHS Alumni Assoc. is as big as it is. But says it must be, if one class can stay as connected as ours, what with the newsletter and the Website. Thanks for all that everyone does.������� Ronald Olson
� Our �appreciation� to the following individuals for their donations to keep the Newslink coming:
� Tom Pierick � Loretta (Woods) Ware � Ray T. Treadway � Pat (Rounds) & Larry Hockersmith
� It costs about $500.00 per year to keep this going for such things as envelopes, labels, stamps, and printing.
� It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of two more classmates:
����� Harry H. Ellis
���� Donna (Bennett) Glas
They are gone, but not forgotten.
� One of our classmates has recently undergone surgery, and is now on dialysis three days a week. Kay (Johnson) Inman is such a nice person, but has had a pretty rough go of it for the past few years. Right now she could use your comfort and cheering up. Please send her a �Thinking of You� card, so she knows we are all thinking of her.
Kay (Johnson) Inman
� For those with a
computer, you can access dozens of the
� Remember, if your email address has changed, be sure to send it to Lettington.
� If your address has changed or you have something to go in the NewsLink, send it to:
� Larry Fogelson
� Email: ChiefFog@home.com
Mail any Donations to:
� Shirley (Grant) Robinette
� In remembrance for the lives lost on September
11th with the senseless and tragic act of hatred. It is with a heavy
and sad heart that I ask you to be especially attentive with your thoughts for
the memory of the lives lost, and the lives affected by this act. Some of you
may have been personally affected by this act. My personal affect as a 34-year
career Firefighter was the loss of 342 Firefighters. One of whom had been a instructor for one of my classes at the
dinner get-together on April 22nd at at
Okoboji Grill in
C-F��..LaVae (Konz) Willson
F-H��..Donna (Aspengren) Yeager
H-N��.Norma (Treanor) Burke
N-S��.Ruth (Cook) Haag
(call Janeene Carlisle at 984-6030 with your headcount by Wednesday April 17th)
Have a very special Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year