Last Monday afternoon eight of our classmates gathered at the famed Hudson Brothers Deli in uptown Rockingham to kick-off planning for the official 30-Year Reunion of the Richmond Raiders Class of 1985!
First of all, it's hard to believe it has already been almost five years since the last celebration by our class.
Of course, even harder to believe is that we're almost at the thirty - that's the big three-zero - year mark.
Attending the first planning meeting were Karen Allen Strong, Robin Thrower McRae, Kimberly Payne Leberth, Bobby Mabe, Wayne Goodwin (class president), Curtis Ingram, Marcella McDonald, and Tommy Harrington. (pictured here)
Other classmates were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts but plan to join us at future planning sessions.
And you're welcome to join us at any our planning meetings, too!
We have some terrific ideas for the reunion so far, including a casual 1980s-music-dance on the Friday night of the reunion weekend, potentially attending a Richmond Raider game that night, and then having a catered dinner on that Saturday evening, along with a special program, dancing, photo sessions, games, and catching up with classmates.
However, nothing is set in stone. And that's where YOU, fellow classmates, will come in: The planning committee is drafting a survey that will go out very soon asking for your input on the various options under consideration. One goal is to keep costs lower than our 25-year reunion and another goal is to keep things local.
Within the next week to ten days you will receive a survey via facebook, email, etc. Please review it, complete it, and return it back no later than the day after Labor Day. Very soon thereafter the Reunion Planning Committee will meet again to review the survey responses, ideas, and comments, and make further plans toward what will once again be a fun event for the Class of 1985.
Meanwhile, if your mailing address or email address has changed within the last five years, then please send it in as a comment or message so the correction may be made to our database. Also start the buzz among classmates you've stayed in touch with over the years so they know when to mark their calendars, etc.
I hope you're looking forward to this reunion as much as our planning committee is!
- Wayne Goodwin, Class President