WHAT DID THIS USED TO BE?
I went away to the US yesterday, and while I was gone we had the most successful day of activity on the Facebook page of any one day since we started it!
As I was leaving, I left a suggestion that an activity for the day might be, "What did ________ used to be?" Chatham is full of "Used to be" places. Have you ever gotten directions in Chatham and heard, "Ok, so you go down Richmond, just past where Libby's used to be, but not quite where Waekens-Krochak used to be. Turn and go past where the CAW hall used to be to the end and turn left. Go up and turn right where CFCO used to be, past where the Holiday Inn Used to be and you will see Canadian Tire, right where K-Mart used to be" This was how it started, and by the time I got home last night, there were 181 posts on the Facebook group, many from the usual suspects; but happily - many were from long lost lurkers, who have been sitting on the sidelines watching the activity. I counted nearly a dozen first time posts on the forum, but activity and discussion was fast and furious throughout the day!
Moderator for much, if not all of the day was our own Treasurer, Sue (Walczak) Cummings, who kept things alive with new locations to remember and reminisce about. It was such a great job, I am inclined to give up my moderator position to her!
Facebook Superstars for this past week were Avril Farmer, Walter Wolanski, Laurel McCorriston, Randy Filby, Paul Driscoll, Wes Kroeze, Janine Bell, Linda Sinneave and Mike Ondrovcik. There were many more participants, however the highest level of participation came from these people this week. Thank you all!!
Also, my wife, Lori (Robbins - Class of 1980) and I had the opportunity to go and see the band that will be playing at our Thursday night event, the weekend of our reunion. Blutonium was playing at the Wortley Roadhouse in London this past weekend, and they had the place packed! A great show was enjoyed by all, and we got to hear lots of great tunes from back in the day from their repertoire of the likes of James Brown, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix - just to mention a few. Everyone was in top form and our own Phil Caron sang powerful leads and played a killer harp (harmonica)!
While we were there, we met up with Tom Starks, brother of Rick Starks - Class of 1976 (and master of the famous line dances of the 70's, the hustle and the Bus Stop, as well as the ability to replicate nearly every dance step of Michael Jackson!). Tom tells me that they have the foundation players reassembled for the long awaited and highly anticipated reunion of "Friends", the band so many of us danced to throughout the 70's at the Red Barrel Room of the Wheels Inn. They plan to start rehearsals soon and are busy putting together a killer set list of "Get off your butt and dance" type tunes from the glory days of our time at Tecumseh!
He tells me that the guys are really pumped about the reunion, and he tells me that Al Trudell wants everyone to know that if you liked his lead singing back in the day, you will love it now! He tells me his voice has never been better, so I know we are in for a treat!!
Significant Others and The Reunion
I have had a few emails from former classmates asking me about friends and family and the reunion. It should be known that friends and significant others are welcome at all reunion activities. Our general reunion activities are open to anyone who would like to attend, including your well supervised children. You are welcome to bring your family to the evening events, however we are discouraging attendees from bringing young children, as it has been our experience that with all the reconnecting and activity taking place during those two events, as well as the presence of alcoholic beverages, this could be a less than enjoyable atmosphere for young children. You could very easily get that tug on your pant leg, saying, "I'm bored, can we go now?" from a child who really does not have any connection to any of the goings on at this event, and it will be very easy to be caught up in reconnection and not notice that your child is not enjoying him / herself.
Registrations Up Again!
This past week, we have had somewhere around 100 registrations on the website, which represents the largest surge in registrations since the reunion was first announced to the core group, for whom we already had contact information. This is great news and should tell you that interest in our upcoming weekend of fun and reconnection is up and increasing steadily. Be sure to check the Class List on the website at http://www.tecumsehreunion.com/Secure/Class%20List.asp to see who we have contact information for. If you have not registered, or you possess contact information for anyone on the list, please click on the name and click, "Update Information" to register new contact information. If we do not have an email address, it is very difficult for us to keep you or your fellow classmates up to date on the progress of our reunion plans, as this newsletter is the most comprehensive tool for distributing our communications that we have. The newsletter goes out every week and has become a weekly ritual with most everyone who receives it. I have had many people tell me that they look forward to sitting down on Sunday with their coffee and reading about what has happened in the past week and what is planned for the next in our newsletter.
Who Is Going??
I have had a number of people ask me who is going to the reunion, and I get the impression that some people are waiting to see who else is going before buying their tickets, perhaps in light of the less than stellar turnout of the "whole school" attempt at a reunion last year. To this I must respond that most people who have registered on the website have stated their intention to attend the reunion; however if you are waiting for other people to buy their tickets first, we may end up with somewhat of a Mexican standoff.
I think we can all agree that the effort that is going into the planning and execution of the reunion plans by our organizing committee has been nothing short of incredible, and the event lineup that has been put together for you is on par with the effort that is being put into it. The committee has gone above and beyond to put together an event that you will enjoy and remember for many years to come. When you put that together with the more than reasonable ticket prices for the weekend, I'm sure you will agree that this is an event you should not miss.
I would like to encourage you to take the time to step up and purchase your tickets now! Ticket may be purchased by going here - http://www.tecumsehreunion.com/Tickets.htm. I can assure you that others will follow suit and purchase their tickets too. Based on participation so far in the early lead-up to the reunion by former teachers and classmates, we are already well into this reunion, and by the time we get to the date, the only logical thing to do will be to attend! Be a trend setter and get your tickets now, and keep the momentum rolling!!
Website is Growing
Again, more class photos have been posted on our website at www.Tecumsehreunion.com . We now have the entire set of class photos from the 1979 yearbook posted, so if you were at Tecumseh in that year, be sure to check out your class picture and those of your fellow classmates. Also, if you notice any errors or omissions (I know I don't catch them all) be sure to let me know at Scott@Tecumsehreunion.com.
Our sports coordinators continue to look for participants for our Basketball and Volleyball events. If you are interested in playing either sport during the reunion, please contact Michael Alexander ( Michael@Tecumsehreunion.com ) for Basketball or Randa Rossini ( Randa@Tecumsehreunion.com ) for Volleyball. They are eager to start putting together teams and schedules for the sports activities for the weekend.
Sponsorship and Door Prizes
We are actively seeking sponsors for our event. We are offering advertizing opportunities in our color glossy printed program, our website and commemorative DVD as well as sponsorship opportunities for particular aspects of our weekend's activities in exchange for signage and representation at events. If you are interested in sponsoring or you know anyone else who may be interested in sponsoring, please contact Chris Foster at Chris@Tecumsehreunion.com. Also, If you are able to donate any merchandise items or services that may be used for door prizes for our event, please contact Chris or Sue (Walczak) Cummings at Sue@Tecumsehreunion.com.
Contact People Needed!
We are still in need of people who are willing and able to locate and contact people for whom we do not have information as of yet. This may involve web searches, phone book searches, talking to parents or siblings of classmates, talking to friends or whatever is needed to track down our fellow alumni. If you are able to help us locate people, please contact anyone on the planning committee or myself at Scott@Tecumsehreunion.com and we will be happy to help you get started.
One of the things I do from time to time is look at the class list and do a name search on Facebook for that name. If I find it, or a name of a person who may be related or know that person, I send them the following message:
We are planning a reunion of all Staff and Alumni who attended Tecumseh from 1970 - 1979.
Our weekend activities have been set and we have a website devoted to our reunion and planning. The website, located at www.tecumsehreunion.com
Tickets are available online from the website and all activities are laid out on the site as well as a complete listing of staff and alumni throughout the 70's.
We also have a Facebook group called Tecumseh Secondary School Class of 1970 - 1979 Reunion. Please be sure to visit this group and make your presence known.
We send out an email newsletter each week and we would love to send it to you, if you are not already receiving it. By going to our website and clicking on the "Registration" tab and Register your information there. Upon receiving your contact information, we will immediately send you out a copy of our latest newsletter and include you in all future email newsletters leading up to the event, the weekend of July 23.
I hope you can make it, and tell anyone you know who went to Tecumseh in the 70's to join in as well!!
Thank you, and all the best,
Scott Primeau - Class of 76
You are welcome to use that approach letter or a variation of it for your own use in contacting people. I would change the name on the bottom :P but hey, that's just me....
Again this week, we had excellent participation in our Tecumseh Trivia Challenge. If you have not yet taken the challenge, we post 10 randomly selected trivia questions from our days at Tecumseh or the 70's in general and ask that you try to get as many correct as possible. Your score is recorded and the high scorers each week are recognized. Take the Trivia Challenge at http://www.tecumsehreunion.com/trivia.asp .
Once again, this past week our Tecumseh alumni had their butts handed to them by our CCI invader, Richard Youngs. Richard scored an impressive 10 out of 10!! Other high Scorers were Andy Scheibli (7 out of 10) and Eric Stang (who, by the way has yet to register - come on Eric!)
The answers to last week's Trivia Challenge were as follows:
1) Who began her movie career by making an appearance on a Junior Achievement TV Show?
2) What 1972 movie had all heterosexual men afraid of the sound of banjos?
You turn me on
All of the above
4) Who stated under their grad photo, "Gone are our high school days, when we all had fun together. But now we'll share the memories of those happy days, forever."?
5) Who stated under their grad photo, "They say if one understands himself, he understands other people, but I say to you, when one loves people, he learns something about himself."?
6) Who sang lead on Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love"?
7) Yours is no, yours is no
8) Who won the 1974 Grammy for Best New Artist?
9) Who stated under their grad photo, "Thanks to Mr. Broeders, I can wake up happily each morning knowing that a nuclear bomb, depression, or a war may end our civilization"?
10) Who played slide guitar on the Derek & The Dominos hit "Layla"?
All the best!