Power outage doesn't stop reunion planning

By Kristen Weedmark • The World-Spectator • August 1, 2016

A power outage couldn’t stop work from getting under way on planning Moosomin’s 2017 reunion and homecoming.

A committee was set up for planning Moosomin’s 2017 school reunion at a meeting Tuesday.

The meeting was planned for the Communiplex, and most of it was conducted near a window since the power had gone out. The power came back on by the end of the meeting, so people had a chance to view photos of the 1982 reunion on a projector screen.

“Since it’s Canada’s 150th birthday coming up and we haven’t had a big reunion homecoming for 35 years, it seemed appropriate that we should do something,” co-chair Sinc Harrison told those at the meeting.

“The only decision that’s been made so far is the date,” continued Harrison. “It’s been in co-operation with the rodeo committee, so we figured it would be a good opportunity to do it all at one time.”

“In 1982 we didn’t have email, we didn’t have social media, we had phone calls, the newspaper, and lots of mail. When you compare organizing something in 1982 to now, it should be a piece of cake.”

“In 1982 we sent out 3,000 invitations,” added co-chair Marg Tomlinson.

“We’ve been organizing this in co-operation with Mike Schwean, who’s been putting together a 150 celebration mainly directed at the school and school kids,” said Harrison before asking Schwean to speak at the meeting.

“We had started on ours a little bit before,” said Schwean. “Our is set for Friday, June 23. It’s going to be a one-day event, it’s going to be the grand opening of our Tim Hortons Heritage Park that we’ve been working on this summer and we’ll continue to work on. The park will join on to the leisure centre and the bowling alley. We’re just looking at a one-day deal where the kids come down from school, and we’ll have a barbecue. Ours is a much smaller community event for that one day. I think they work quite nicely together, to start the summer off with a barbecue and then lead into the reunion so they really won’t interfere at all.”

“We had a reunion in 1982,” said Michelle Shaw, the secretary/treasurer for the Alumni Association. “We also had reunions in 2000 and 2005. The reunions in 1982 and 2000 were big successes. The reunion in 2005 wasn’t as well attended but there was a short turnaround there."

“To give you a little bit on the finances, at the end of our reunion iin 2005 our bank balance was $1,582.35,” continued Shaw. Today we have $495, so that’s what we’re sitting with in our account right now.” The alumni association sponsors annual awards at McNaughton High School, which incur an annual cost.

Marg Tomlinson says that she has set up a Facebook page for graduates of McNaughton High School.

“I started up McNaughton High Friends on Facebook,” said Tomlinson. “Within about four hours I had over 400 names. There’s well over 1,000 now. I’ve been having them put the year they graduated or when they went to school here. I’m getting remarks back from Ontario to BC that they’ll gladly help with the reunion. That adds lots of people to it.”

There was also discussion surrounding giving out commemorative wristbands or lanyards to those who register for the reunion.

The next meeting was set for Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m.