Dartmouth Class of 1961 November 2009
Fellow ‘61 Classmates,
Our 50 th Reunion in Hanover is a bit more than a year and a half away, the weekend of June 10-12th, 2011, and planning is well underway for a meaningful, rewarding, and fun event. Mark your calendars now, and make sure you tell your relatives as well so they don’t plan any weddings that weekend! This will be commencement weekend, and by tradition we will march in as a class along with the 2011 graduating class so let’s make a good showing.
Maynard Wheeler is our Reunion Chairman and is assembling his committee. Jim Baum and Frank Ginn are spearheading the effort on the Reunion Book with strong support from Tom Conger, Marshall Ledger and Alan Orschel. Please be responsive when they contact you for your individual input. In order to show the spirit of the Class of “61, we have set an objective of getting over 60% of us back, which would be the highest turnout of a class for their 50 th.
For those who haven’t visited Hanover in the last five to ten years, The Hanover Inn corner and the views across the Green look much the same, but there is a great difference when you peel back the onion and go beyond Baker library, down Tuck Mall, to the North Campus, and to the Field House and the athletic fields. Be sure you make time for a tour of the campus during your time in Hanover. To make this reunion really rewarding, contact the members of your club, fraternity, sports team, senior society or other affinity group and plan a time to get that group together over the weekend. This is an occasion you don’t want to miss. It’s an opportunity to connect with those with whom we shared an important period in our lives.
I want to commend Vic Rich, Tom Conger, Bob Conn and Harris McKee for their outstanding contributions to our class communications via the Alumni Magazine, our Class Newsletter, and the class website. If you haven’t provided your email address to Harris and Bob so they can notify you of events, newsletter releases, classmates in the news and other happenings, send Harris an email at h4mmckee***sbcglobal.net and get it on our class list. Our class again received recognition at Class Officers Weekend for our accomplishments in using the internet for communicating to the class and for facilitating classmate’s communications with each other. Harris is in the process of setting up a Class of ‘61 Group on Facebook – Look for more on this.
In keeping with our class mission of being a recognized outstanding class in supporting our classmates and the College, we have continued to build this reputation during a tough period in the economy. Our Legacy endowment has taken a hit, as have all endowments, but it remains an important part of the support for performing arts at the Hop and we are continuing to contribute new funding. Also in a year when participation was down overall in the Dartmouth College Fund, tour participation increased. Thanks to each of you who contributed in 2008-09. One of our class goals is to continue to increase participation as we approach our 50 th Reunion year. Let’s keep it going.
One last note; don’t forget the mini-reunion this spring in Philadelphia on April 22-25. Details are posted on the class website.
Best to all,
Roger McArt, President
Class of 1961
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