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Deadline approaching for reserving seat at Waldron celebration

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

For the second year in a row, Waldron High School alumni are invited to attend a celebration later this summer in conjunction with the town’s Fourth of July celebration.

Around 2,300 Waldron alumni received invitations in the mail in early May and are encouraged to reserve a seat. The deadline is Friday.

The celebration takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. on June 30 at the high school.

“We’re trying to reconnect to the school all of the alumni across the number of years,” event chairman Clay Brewer said.

A member of the Class of 1960, Brewer is hoping for a big attendance this year. Last year’s inaugural celebration brought in around 250 alumni, and another 250 registered but were unable to attend, he said.

The final Saturday of the month was selected deliberately so that alumni will hopefully stick around and celebrate the Fourth of July with the rest of the community. This year’s festivities in Waldron are taking place July 6-7.

“We’re trying to invite people who may not be local and encourage them to come and spend some time and include the Fourth of July celebration,” Brewer said. “I know how important it is for the future of the school to have an active alumni group that’s supportive in the needs of students.”

The celebration is an opportunity for former classmates to revisit one another, take a tour of the school, and enjoy a catered buffet dinner. The dinner will be from 5-7 p.m.

Members of the National Honor Society from this year’s senior class will provide tours of the school and visitors are encouraged to visit a new touchscreen mounted on the wall in front of the gymnasium entrance.

The screen has photos from former classes and alumni can look up their year or a specific person.

Phyllis Coers Walters, a 1949 graduate, will present a program at dinner discussing how her days at Waldron helped prepare her for life.

There is also a “rumor,” Brewer said, that an alum is preparing a school alumni song, something Waldron has never had. He declined to divulge the name of the alum writing it but suggested that those in attendance might sing it “before the afternoon is over.”

There also will be a special recognition of seven classes celebrating milestones. The 1958 class (celebrating its 60th anniversary), along with the 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1988 and 1993 classes will all be honored.

Alumni are encouraged to bring memorabilia and photos to share.

“This is a good example of an organization that was never organized,” Brewer said with a laugh. “There has never been any effort to organize. This is an effort to perhaps, for the first time, organize an alumni association.”

Those alumni who are interested in attending should return their reservation that was sent in May to Mr. Rick Haymond, P.O. Box 289, Waldron, IN 46182. Meal reservations are $20 for singles and $35 for couples.

The number of reservations should be included. Checks can be made payable to Waldron Alumni Banquet. Alumni who are unable to attend are invited to send notes instead.

For more information, contact Brewer at brewer.clayi@gmail.com, or by phone at 317-750-2608 or 317-291-6703.