Plans progressing for Morenci's school reunion 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Organizers of Morenci’s all-school alumni reunion are discovering the challenges of tracking down the addresses of alumni.

Committee member Bill Van Valkenburg would like to get a notice out to all graduates, but contact information is out of date for many former students.

He’s hoping those who know about the event will pass on information to former classmates before the Sept. 1 registration deadline.

The alumni weekend includes several special events in addition to the reunion dinner scheduled every five years.

Former members of the Letterman’s Club will be introduced during the half-time ceremonies of the homecoming football game Sept. 25. Letter-winners are urged to wear their jacket if they still have it—and if it still fits.

Former band members are invited to a pre-game reception and those with instruments can join the current band in playing the school fight song during the half-time show.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, an alumni all-media art show is scheduled in the Stella Annex of Stair Public Library.

John and Peggy Zachel’s one-room school house will be open for touring and the Morenci Historical Society will also be open in the former Allen Jewelry Store. A few downtown businesses will offer special sales that day.

The reunion buffet dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. at the school, with a new catering service lined up.

Classes from 1984, 1969, 1959 and older will be recognized and special speakers include John Geisler and Jim Whitehouse.

The reunion is open not only to graduates, but to anyone who attended Morenci schools as a child.

Additional information and a registration blank are included in an advertisement in this week’s Observer.

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