A good friend knows all your best stories, but a best friend has lived them with you – it’s an expression that certainly rings true for the Elmira District Secondary School class of 1970.
Members of the Grade 13 graduating class are scheduled to get together at a Winterbourne farm property for their 50th high school reunion in June 2020 to reminisce and reconnect. They’re already busy getting the word out, looking to reach as many of their former classmates as possible.
“In many things you do … sometimes there are bonds that form,” said Mark Soehner, the Calgary resident and EDSS graduate who is spearheading the latest effort. “In this case, it was well-established when we graduated in June of 1970.”
Various grads from the class of ’70 get together fairly frequently, having reunited four times at the 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th anniversaries, said Soehner. The 40th reunion took place locally at Soehner’s parents’ house on Arthur Street in Elmira, with 40 former students and 30 spouses/friends showing up.
The latest get together was in 2016, when many members of the group collectively celebrated their 65th birthdays that year – that event had 35 students and 15 friends/spouses attending. Refreshments, food, and picture board collages were all featured as the alumni played some fun games that also served as a real test of their memories.
“We had some door prizes last time. I brought in some birdhouses from Calgary,” said Soehner. “We had some goofy prizes – we had some games questioning ‘who said this?’ – some famous statements back then by one of our students. Or a question who was in this club, or that club. At that last party, we had teams coming up with these answers.”
Soehner has been reaching out by email to many alumni since April, suggesting the group save the date in June of next year. Email addresses were obtained a number of years ago through a network of emails and records collected by EDSS. As of now, 10 members of the class of 1970 have signed on for the half-century celebration, with his search sadly indicating the passage of time as nine former classmates have since passed away.
At the 2010 event, former teachers were invited as guests, including but not limited to Bill Crane, Bill Exley, and Terry Bryant.
There are a fair number of alumni who reside in Woolwich Township, such as Elmira lawyer David Teahen, Rhonda and Steve Klinck, Sue and Dean Martin. However, many alumni can come from as far as Winnipeg, Kamloops, British Columbia and Colorado in the United States.
Those interested in learning more details about the event can contact Soehner at firstname.lastname@example.org. The exact event date is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020 in at Dennis and Helen Martin’s Winterose Farm in Winterbourne. It will be a late-afternoon to early-evening event.