Glencoe: The alumni of Glencoe District High School are making travel plans for May 18 – 20, 2012. They are returning to the halls of G.D.H.S. to reconnect with old friends and flames. Teachers, staff, and alumni of all agea are coming back to pay tribute to a small school that has survived modern education policies driven by funding formulas and urban biases.
Reunion preparations started September 2010. Some volunteers drive an hour each way to attend planning meetings.
Karen Aranha says, “Registrations are starting to flow in. The early bird price for the entire weekend is $50 per person. Great value. Our goal is to break even and make a generous donation to the Alumni scholarship fund when the party is over.” The scholarship fund was started with profit from the 40th Reunion twenty years ago. Every year, $1200 in scholarships is presented to students going on to post secondary training.
Many subcommittees and individuals are working out the details for the Reunion:
2012 Display at Ekfrid Township Museum. Dunc Hodgson.
Accommodations/Transportation: Rick Cowell
Bar Committee: Howard vanderHooft, Wayne Fletcher.
Burger stand: School students.
Car Show: Jeff McCallum.
Catering: Rick Cowell. Diane Lesak.
Decorating: Lori Watson, Alicia Nelms, Alex VanHeck.
Finance Committee: Karen Hodgson. George Allen
Friday Night Pub Night: Kirk Patterson, John Wilson, Wayne McLean
History: Glencoe Historical Society
Music: Brad Rose and the Band Spirit. Contact: Dennis Wilson.
Photography: Kirk Patterson
Promotion and Advertising: Mary Simpson, Karen Aranha, Jim Macfie, Samantha VanGeel
Registration: Karen Aranha, Karen Hodgson, George Allen, Marion Ysebaert.
Saturday evening: Dennis Wilson
School Liaison: Principal, Mike Moore
School Principal: Michael Moore.
School Program at GDHS on Saturday. Barb Dobie, Bonnie Walls, Judy Gillies, Mary Coad, Larry McGill;
Social Media: Mary Simpson
Souvenirs: Jane Bowley, Sharon Wilson, and Mary Vanderlinde
Student Council Advisor: Jason Broderick, teacher.
Student Council Co Presidents: Taylor McLean and Emily Lilley
Sunday Church Service: Janice Bueckert and the Glencoe Interdenominational Committee
Sunday Golf tournament: Don Cunningham.
Teacher Reunion –Gord Leach
Rick Cowell, the President of the G.D.H.S. Alumni and Friends, says the event will be the biggest ever. “Alumni from all decades are looking up long lost friends and planning a rendezvous in Glencoe for the long May weekend.”
Don Cunningham has organized a golf tournament on Sunday and is urging people to register. Non-golfers are organizing smaller parties and class reunions Sunday afternoon. The details are posted on-line. By googling “GDHS 60th reunion”, the web-site https://gdhsalumni.wordpress.com/ comes up. Registration forms are on-line. Karen and Dunc Hodgson in Appin have opened up their phone line for calls at (519) 289-0605. And Richard Cowell always answers at (519) 872-3741.