Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Alumni gear up for annual reunion

July 14, 2005

Reunion weekend is on the horizon for alumni of Lansing High School.

The annual all-school reunion, sponsored by the Lansing Alumni Association, will take place Saturday, July 23, at the Eagles Club, 300 S. 20th St., Leavenworth. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. and a dance at 8 p.m.

"We're trying to find something to attract the younger alumni," said Loren Russell, secretary of the association, "those from the 1980s and beyond."

The association is expecting upwards of 150 people to attend from classes dating to the 1930s.

He said attendance at last year's reunion was down somewhat from past reunions, in part because classes from the 1950s scheduled a separate event.

This year, alumni from those classes are expected to return.

One of the highlights of the reunion is a "roll call" of alumni. During a brief program after dinner, the name of everyone in attendance is read aloud. The roll call, Russell said, helps cut down on long-lost acquaintances missing each other.

Classes observing milestone anniversaries will be individually recognized, and the alumni association will hand out awards, including: oldest class in attendance; youngest class in attendance; alumnus who traveled farthest to attend the reunion; the largest class in attendance; and the class with the greatest percentage of members in attendance.

Proceeds from the reunion are used to fund four $500 scholarships given annually to graduating LHS seniors and $500 scholarship renewals for two LHS alumni in their sophomore year of college.

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