CCHS 1940s graduates invite all alumni to reunion
Come one, come all!
That's the message Vern Staley is sending out to all Crook County High School graduates.
For several years, the CCHS Class of 1943 graduate has headed up a reunion for those who graduated between 1940 and 1949. Last year, they invited anyone who graduated in the 1950s to join them.
But now, Staley invites anyone who graduated from Crook County High School to come to the reunion, planned for Saturday evening, Aug. 4 at the Bowman Museum Community Room.
"Due to attrition, if this wonderful reunion is to continue, we need younger graduates to pick up the ball and run with it," 94-year-old Staley said. "One way is to ask our children that attended CCHS to join us."
The purpose of the reunion is to reunite with old classmates, friends and acquaintances.
"It is a time to share stories, brag on grandkids and make new memories," he said.
The reunion begins with happy hour from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and dinner follows at 6 p.m. The Sandwich Factory will cater dinner, a choice of prime rib or a vegetarian entree.
Photos will follow dinner from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
After photos, CCHS class of 1948 graduate Sharon (Sites) Adams, of Portland, will share her experience of being the first woman to sail alone across the Pacific Ocean.
Adams' early life was full of challenges. After losing her mother while Adams was still an infant, she and her sister were given up for adoption by total strangers. The family moved to Prineville when she was nine. Although an excellent student, Adams had no academic plans beyond high school, and to escape her dysfunctional family, she chose to marry soon after graduation. When she was 34, and on her own after her marriage ended in divorce, she took her first sailing lesson.
Less than eight months later, in 1965, she sailed solo from Marina Del Rey, California, to Hawaii, a 39-day journey, and the first for a woman. Four years later, she became the first woman to sail solo across the Pacific Ocean, an adventure that covered 6,000 miles and took 75 days from Japan to San Diego, California. She became the Los Angeles Times' "Woman of the Year."
"The guest speaker and evening entertainment is also very good," Staley said. "It is a real bargain at $29."
Cost is $29 per person. Registration deadline is July 25. Contact Staley, who lives in Stayton, to register.
"The past couple of years, 46 to 50 people have attended, but we would like to see this number swell to 80 or 90," Staley pointed out.
The reunion has been a Crook County tradition for nearly 30 years, and Staley said he appreciates those who have attended and those who will continue this reunion down the road.
"I think the best part of the reunion is the camaraderie, reminiscing about old times and having the face-to-face contact with others," Staley said. "I would encourage people to attend because this is a great gathering and a perfect time to meet younger graduates."
Crook County High School Graduates Reunion
Date: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4
Place: Bowman Museum Community Center, 246 N. Main St.
Register: Contact Vern Staley
Address: 241 N. Fern Ave., Stayton, OR 97383-1507
Cost: $29 per person
Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 25