Planning continues for homecoming and reunion

By Kara Kinna • The World-Spectator • August 22, 2016

Plans continue to take shape for a homecoming and reunion weekend being planned for Moosomin from July 7-9, 2017 in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary and Moosomin’s rodeo weekend.

A second planning meeting was held on Wednesday at the MCC Centre.

A Facebook account has been set up called McNaughton High Friends, and has over 1,300 followers.

At the meeting on Wednesday, the committee organizing the homecoming and reunion decided to set up a separate bank account as well, and have a link on the town of Moosomin’s website, so that registration can be done online. As soon as the website is set up, online registration can begin.

“I think that’s one of the first things we want to do is get that set up an get that organized,” said Sinc Harrison, who is co-chairing the organizing committee along with Marg Tomlinson.

It was decided at the meeting that the cost of registration would be $20. For those not wanting to register ahead of time online, registration at the event will start the Friday afternoon of that weekend at the new PotashCorp Sportsplex across from the MCC Centre at Bradley Park, and will continue on Saturday afternoon, after the Moosomin parade in the morning.

Events for the weekend were discussed at the meeting as well. Committee members discussed holding a Friday night social which would be included in the cost of the registration. A Saturday afternoon school tour was also discussed, as well as a supper with music, possibly followed by a dance, on Saturday night.

The group also discussed having speakers on Saturday afternoon at the school. A number of ideas for speakers were suggested. “Everyone should think of a few people they think would be appropriate for the next meeting and then we can compile a list,” said Harrison.

Moosomin Rec Director Mike Schwean added that he could also organize an event at the Tim Hortons Memorial Gardens—which are being developed next to the new PotashCorp Sportsplex—for the Thursday night. He said the event could include entertainment at the park, and could be included in the registration fee.

The committee also discussed how many events they, as a committee, want to plan as part of the weekend, or if they should encourage other organizations to plan events around the weekend.

It was decided that it would be most beneficial to the community to allow other oganizations, such as churches and service clubs, to organize their own events that weekend and capitalize on the people in town. Committee member Michele Shaw noted that for past reunions, events were held around the community and hosted by local groups, such as local churches, the local seniors club, and service clubs.

The committee decided to send letters to all local organizations and churches letting them know they would welcome those groups to plan other events around the homecoming weekend if they desire.

Those wishing to plan events in conjunction with the weekend can contact committee chairs Sinc Harrison or Marg Tomlinson to let them know they are planning an event.

The group also discussed holding an ecumenical church service on the Sunday and decided they would contact the Moosomin Association of Churches about hosting the service.

The meeting for the reunion and homecoming is planned for Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. with the location to be determined. Anyone wishing to participate or help with the planning of the weekend is welcome to attend.