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Class of '68 Reunion News, No. 2 July 2001

REUNION? WHY ME?

As enthusiastic as some of us are about this, others are asking that question: Why should I go to a high school reunion? Here are a few thoughts.

You just might run into an old friend you haven't seen in 34 years. Didn't have any friends? Well, come and make some new ones who share your past memories. Trade a few stories about having a Coke at the Snack Shop on York Rd. Or your favorite teacher. Maybe it would just be fun to see your old stomping grounds again. Maybe you just need a weekend jaunt in October. Come for any reason or none at all - but come!

SURVEY

The deadline for return of the reunion survey has passed. 84 surveys have been returned either by mail or email. October 2002 was the preferred option for the reunion date. If you did not receive a survey, or if you lost yours, or forgot about it, or the dog ate it, just email Judy Earnest or Ed Mullen. We still want to know if you're planning to attend.

REUNION FUND

First, if you have already contributed to the Reunion Fund, THANK YOU!

The target for funding to proceed with the next step of the reunion (deposit for event space, food service, entertainment, tickets, name tags, a directory, etc.) is $2,000. After our plea for help in the last newsletter we have received $400. If you can help, please do. Please send a contribution to the Reunion Fund of $50.00. Your name will be listed in the directory as a Donor. Even if you can't afford a Donor amount, please send whatever you can.

If you are a business person whose company can make a $100 contribution your business and name will be listed in the directory as a Sponsor. (Directory ads may be available to businesses at a later date. Pricing has not yet been determined.)

All contributions should be made payable to "AHS 1968 Reunion" and mailed to: Judy Earnest, 622 Monroe Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 (email: Alleuia327@aol.com)



THE MISSING

The list of classmate's email addresses continues to grow (129) and we're sending out periodic updates to those of us who are online. The committee has been hustling to locate as many of the missing classmates as possible. Many of you have helped by sending us addresses and contact information for missing friends. We started with 354 missing entries in the original Alumni Association database supplied to us in April. As of July 15 the count is 286. Thanks to everyone who has helped with this effort.

COMMUNICATIONS

You may be a newly-found classmate and have missed the last newsletter and other communications about the reunion. If so, there are two options. One, check out the Reunion Web Page. It's all there. Two, just email Ed Mullen and he'll send you whatever you may have missed.

AHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

Several of you have sent in membership contributions to join the Association - THANK YOU! Every little bit helps.

If you live in the Abington area and can spare some volunteer time, the Association is in dire need of help. Even a couple hours a week would be welcome. The Association maintains databases for all graduating classes and it is a constant process of updating. This is especially true when classes like ours start planning a reunion and make a push to locate classmates. Some of the long-time volunteers are in their late 70s and early 80s and are getting a bit weary of, in some cases, working 20 or 30 hours a week on Association business. Help out if you can.

WEB RESOURCES

The AHS Alumni Association web site is at: <http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/>. You can email the Association at: <alumni@Abington.k12.pa.us>.

The Class of '68 Reunion web page is located at: <http://edmullen.net/index.php>. On this site you can find statistics about the class database, links to classmates' web pages, news about the reunion progress, contact information, an In Memoriam page, and more.

If you have a story to tell about finding an old (using the term advisedly!) friend and you want to share it, please do. Just email it to Ed Mullen and we'll include it in the Reunion Web site.

Classmates.Com - You can register on this site for our high school and class. About 100 or so classmates are registered and you must might find there someone you'd like to talk with again. However, sending mass email using the site is not very convenient. So, we don't do that very regularly.

The best way to stay up to date is to make sure Ed Mullen has your email address. Checking the Reunion Web page periodically is also a great idea - the site is updated at least weekly.

CONTACTS

Reunion business - Judy Earnest, 622 Monroe Ave, Glenside, PA 19038; Phone: 215-885-7626; Email: Alleuia327@aol.com

Newsletter, web site, database updates - Ed Mullen, 770-360-5673 or Email Ed


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