Welcome Home 67!
Class of ’67 Volunteers Needed
’67-’17 Connections Program at the Second College Grant
Tuesday August 27, 2013 through Sunday September 8, 2013
The Great Class of ’67 will be continuing the tradition of meeting, greeting, feeding and socializing with incoming first year students as they spend a few days on their Freshman Trips at the Second Dartmouth College Grant in northern New Hampshire.
This tradition, ably kept alive last year by members of the Class of ’66, has become an important part of orientation activities for new Dartmouth students, and gives the Class of ’67, as the “50 year class” for the Class of 2017, a unique opportunity to sponsor an event that will become a memorable part of the Dartmouth experience for these new students and for us.
Robert Piampiano ‘67, who is a member of the Dartmouth committee that manages the Second College Grant, has agreed to organize the program for our class. 15-20 class members are needed to volunteer to work at the Grant in late August and early September for 3-4 days each to staff the crews that will meet, greet, cook for, feed and socialize with the students. Robert needs to hear from class members as soon as possible to make sure that we can staff this program adequately and continue this tradition.
Here are the details:
When: Tuesday August 27, 2013 through Sunday September 8, 2013.
Where: Second Dartmouth College Grant, Wentworth Location, NH. About 3 hours from Hanover by vehicle.
Time Commitment: There will be 4 different crews, each staying at the Grant for 3 nights. The tentative schedule for crews is noon to noon:
August 27-30 - Crew A
August 30-Sept. 2 - Crew B
Sept. 2-5 - Crew C
Sept. 5-8 - Crew D (this crew already filled)
Any class member can volunteer for one or more crews. Spouses, significant others, and adult children/grandchildren can come along and serve as crew members.
Accommodations and Food: Crew members will stay at the Grant Management Center, which has indoor sleeping accommodations and bathroom facilities, plus a full kitchen with gas stove and refrigerator. Each crew member brings a sleeping bag or blankets, plus their own clothing and personal gear. Accommodations are primitive but comfortable. The cost of food, drink and accommodations will be paid by the class.
Work Involved/Recreational Opportunities: One meal per day, the evening meal, is prepared and served to a different Freshman Trip section of 16-20 students and trip leaders each evening. Work includes menu planning, food preparation, service and cleanup. Trips to nearby Milan, Errol or Berlin NH are necessary to buy fresh food and perishable items. Typical meals involve items that can be prepared easily for large groups (spaghetti or pasta dishes) or on the barbecue grille outside. Experience in cooking or outdoor camping is not required. However, class members who enjoy meal planning and cooking can volunteer to serve as the executive chef for each crew. Total daily time commitment is 4-6 hours per day, with most mornings free, so there is plenty of time for recreational activity or relaxation. The Grant offers fishing for brook trout, swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching for eagles, ospreys and owls, local wildlife including moose and deer, and is close to many other recreational venues in the region, including the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, which is close by and offers trails, guided tours, and educational programs. Golf is available about 45 minutes away. August and early September is a GREAT time at the Grant. Warm days, warm water, cool evenings, clear skies, the colors of autumn just starting and few bugs. You can also combine this with a trip back to Hanover to see firsthand all the new facilities, including a completely renovated Hanover Inn and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center.
Transportation: Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Grant by 12:00 noon on the first day of their tour, although arrangements for later arrivals can be made. If you can bring your own vehicle, that would be great. However, once we have a list of volunteers and know where they are coming from, we will try to arrange car pooling from Boston, Hanover, Portland, Maine, or other locations, and we can arrange for some pickup/drop-off at airports in Boston, Manchester or Lebanon, NH or Portland, Maine if needed.
How to Volunteer: To volunteer, or to get more information, contact Robert Piampiano ’67 at any of the following:
Robert Piampiano 207-846-4500- work
45 Forest Falls Drive 207-831-9232-cell
Yarmouth, ME 04096 207-721-8512- home
67 is 67 – A VERY SPECIAL REUNION
It started as we walked into 53 Commons (aka Thayer), were overwhelmed by the incredible array of dinner choices, distracted by the thousands of students who knew exactly to which food station they were headed and then looked up at the electric sign boards throughout the building flashing WELCOME HOME CLASS OF 1967. As we found each other at tables surrounded by students, the never ending conversation that is Dartmouth’s Great Class of 1967 was renewed.
It was a truly incredible 45th Reunion, with 148 attendees (84 classmates, 61 partners and three legacies). 67’s came from as far from Hanover as California, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Minnesota, as well as from the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states to enjoy three days focused on where we are now and where we are going, with plenty of time to remember as well. A list of all of the attendees can be found at the end of this article.
Friday morning’s seminars at the Roth Center were valuable, powerful and even emotional. Robert Santulli, M.D. from the Med School helped us understand what science knows – and doesn’t know – about the cognitive conditions of the elderly and the behaviors that can help you stay sharper longer. And Professor Roberta Stewart, Chair of the Classics Department, made the Iliad and Odyssey alive in today’s context, bringing tears to many 67’s as she described how Odysseus evaluated his life as it came to an end.
Here are links to their presentations:
Making the Most of Your Aging Brain -- Dr. Santulli
Homer, Solon and Aging -- Dr. Stewart
From those powerful presentations, we walked around Occum Pond to our refurbished Class of 67 Memorial Grove for lunch, at which we were honored by President Folt lauding the uniqueness of our class, its value to the College and her review of how the College will be evolving in the years to come. We then held our Memorial Service, beautifully led by Reverend Mobby Larson (Dave Larson’s bride) and Rabbi Gary Atkins. Tears again flowed as the names of 83 deceased classmates were read in front of the new plinth on which our memorial plaque is mounted.
A copy of the Memorial Service Program distributed at the service can be found here.
At the request of several classmates, a copy of Sam’s Memorial Service remarks, As One, can be found here.
After lunch, we returned to the Roth Center for a presentation on financial management for “seniors” – focused on maximizing Social Security and Medicare benefits as well as managing investments to preserve income and resources for the long term. Copies of the Memorial Grove Service program are available on this link (Memorial Service Program).
Friday night’s dinner at John and Gail Wasson’s barn in Lebanon was one of those evenings you always dream about, and then are absolutely delighted when the reality is as wonderful as the dream. A beautifully decorated long room large enough to hold all of us, fabulous food catered by Blood’s, danceable jazz provided by East Bay Jazz (and which actually got a lot of us up and dancing), an exciting performance by the Subtleties (an all Dartmouth woman acapella group organized and led by Rob Kugler’s daughter, Kelley) and hours and hours of a conversational buzz throughout the room that brought a sense of true homecoming and comfort to everyone blessed to be there.
The Class Meeting began at 8:30 Saturday morning, with a presentation by Dave Mangelsdorff called Metamorphosis, on the historical and current demographics of our Class. The Minutes of the business portion of the meeting are included as an insert into the newsletter. The most important decisions were to plan for the 50th Reunion at Commencement in June 2017, to approve developing proposals for two major class projects to be dedicated at the 50th, and to developing a 50th Reunion book of 67’s perspectives on the milestones of our era and a companion electronic history of the Class. The Class also approved an increase in funding for our current Class project in support of Dartmouth Partners in Community Service, to continue our checkoff funding of the Athletic Department’s recruiting trips and to develop a fund to ensure perpetual maintenance of the Memorial Grove. Class annual dues were fixed at $50 a year. The current slate of officers was re-elected in a vote required by the Class constitution, and the appointment of additional officers ratified. In addition, David Millane was elected as the Class’s Representative to the Alumni Council to succeed Rob Kugler when his term expires in 2013, and Ed Kern appointment to the Class Executive Committee was ratified. Minutes of the meeting are at this link.
A box lunch at the Class Tent, in the prime spot in front of the West Gym, brought together a large crowd headed to the Dartmouth – Sacred Heart football game, about which no report will be filed, other than to note that most of the hearty 67’s remained throughout the debacle.
The Great Class arrived at the Skiway just before Saturday’s sunset turned the maples even brighter oranges and reds, and the birches even sharper yellows. A deliberately long cocktails and hors d’ouerves service provided great opportunities for conversation, followed by another outstanding dinner, this time catered perfectly by Murphy’s. As dessert was served, the ‘Aires burst into the room, and performed all of the Dartmouth songs that evoke so many memories. It brought the Reunion, to a close that, as Sam summed up, “if you want to know how close, caring, and loving this class is, know how many times we looked at each other with tears in our eyes. For men of the 60’s, that is indeed something very special.” At Reunion President Folt told us, “I had heard your class was different – and now that I have experienced it I know that difference makes it a very special one for Dartmouth.” Or, as Martha Beattie, Dartmouth’s Vice President for Alumni Relations put it in a post-reunion note to Sam and Bruce: “There was never a doubt that your class would create a spectacular reunion, and we are looking forward to seeing it again for the 50th – in June of 2017 as promised.”
We’ve done it, 67’s. Dartmouth finally gets it.
Class of 67 Completes Great Year!
Our Great Class of 67 has just completed an outstanding year in the period July 1, 2011 to June 30 2012. We held well-attended mini-reunions (including a return to New York Cuty), supported a large number of important projects, published our maximum quota of newsletters and Dartmouth Alumni Magazine columns, maintained the number of dues payers and check-off contributions, grew the Treasury, continued planning for the 45th and 50th Reunions and had a great time doing all of the above and more.
For complete details, check on this link (CAR) and read our complete Class Activity Report.
67' Website – New and Improving
The Great Class of ’67 website was re-launched in 2009, and we have now had the time and experience to understand what 67’s like about it, and what more they expect. The good news is that the website is reasonably well visited – an average of 20 unique hits a week, many using search terms that tell us classmates are looking for specific information about upcoming class events, and other classmates (and sometimes even their significant others).
We have had many inquiries about using the blogs, but precious few bloggers. And, in our conversations with classmates at Class and Dartmouth events, we find that everyone likes the new website, but there are strong desires for (1) updating it more frequently; (2) making it more interactive and transactional; and (3) providing links to news about the College and the Dartmouth activities we support and in which our classmates are engaged. Some of those “wants” are being addressed immediately.
Links: We have created a new section on this Home Page (just above the Class Archives) of links to major Dartmouth news sources.
Updating: We have set up a new process for getting periodic information from our Class Officers and the members of the Executive Committee who manage our Class projects. You will start to see their updates soon, either on the Home Page or by clicking on the tabs at the top of the Home Page. You will also begin to see regular updates as we move towards the 45th Reunion and plan the 50th. Each will have their own tab at the top of the Home Page and, of course, important news will be here. We have begun posting the Class Newsletter to the website as soon as it comes off the printing press. We are looking to assigning someone to cover the campus for us, and who can post updates to the Home Page as news warrants.
Interactivity: The blogs work. They are easy to use. We password protected this section to avoid spammers. Everyone in the Class has the same password. If you need it again, e-mail Sam or Krisa and it will be sent to you immediately. We are looking at ways to put an email link into the stories, so that if you want to email a classmate mentioned in an article, all you will have to do is click and your email program will open up. We are also studying ways to put in secure transactional capabilities for payment of Class dues and Reunion fees. The link we have just added to the Dartmouth College Fund is secure.
This is your website. Please use it. Please let us know what you think about the improvements. Please let us know what else you would like to have.
67' BLOGS ARE ALIVE! READ AND POST!
It’s still about us. It's about what we love, what we like, and what we don't. It's about what we do, what we won't do, and what we don't do anymore. It's about growing old, staying young, and knowing where and who we are. It's about what we have in common and what makes us unique and what we expect from ourselves and from each other.
We’ve added a lot of new features – lots of history, archives of our Dartmouth Alumni Magazine columns, frequent updates about 67 news and events and reports from Class officers.
The best new feature is our state-of-the-art 67 BLOGS. Here you will be able to post news about yourself, read the postings of our classmates and engage in discussions about College, Class and life issues. 67 BLOGS is password protected for security. We have e-mailed passwords to everyone for whom we have addresses. If you do not have yours, use this e-mail address to get yours "Sam Ostrow" firstname.lastname@example.org or "Krisa Verbitsky" email@example.com.
67, this is your website. It will grow with you, and with us. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Let us know how we are doing, every time you come Home.
President: Sam Ostrow
Vice Presidents: Paul Killebrew, Sr. Robert Kugler, Bill Bogardus
Class Secretary: A. David Mangelsdorff
Head Agent: John Kornet
Gift Planning: Howard Sharfstein
Reunion Chairman: Bruce Pacht
Mini Reunion Chairmen:
Jim Peck, New York
John Isaacs, Washington D.C.
Andy Danver, San Francisco
Ted Neill, Boston
Class Treasurer: Rick Geissinger
Webmaster: Krisa Verbitsky, Blue Chip Films
Class of 67' this is your homepage.
Ford Von Reyn Honored
Ford recently received a lifetime achievement award from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease for his incredible work in developing a vaccine to reduce tuberculosis in AIDS patients.
Here is how it was reported in The Dartmouth on March 7. Von_Reyn.docx
Alumni Council Report –
November 2012 Meeting
Not only is the current academic year labeled “The Year of the Arts”, but that was the theme of the most recent alumni council meeting. Councilors were treated to a tour of the remarkable Black Family Visual Arts Center – just the same as the tour for those of you who attended the 45th Reunion in October. It is, indeed, a remarkable facility, which evidences a renewed sense of importance of the arts on the Dartmouth campus. As the father of a ’13, who is a Studio Arts Major, I can assure you that the students who use that facility appreciate its presence. In addition, we heard from the Director of the Hood, Michael Taylor, about plans to expand museum space into Wilson Hall, using the same architects who designed the new Barnes Art Museum in Philadelphia (which also sports and Ellsworth Kelly sculpture near its entrance). We also heard from the Director of the Hop, Jeffrey James, who spoke about events during this year to celebrate the 50th year of that facility.
The substance of the meeting was largely a continuation of themes past. We heard directly from Dean Charlotte Johnson and the Director of Safety and Security, Harry Kinne, about what I referred to in my last report as “moving social norms”, alcohol abuse, sexual assault and hazing. As to the last-mentioned item, the Dean reviewed the brand new (as of September) “Hazing Policy” and its implications. Because of the interest and concern about this subject engendered by the article which appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, you might wish to review that policy. It appears at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~uja
/standards/policies/hazing.html. Director Kinne spoke convincingly about the support role which he and his team see themselves providing to students. From all that I can tell, S&S is viewed in a non-threatening way by the student body and, in particular, as an ally by officers of Greek houses.
Martha Beattie ’76, Vice President - Alumni Affairs, made it plain that she is there to eliminate as many of the obstacles to achieving a positive relationship between classes and the College as she possibly can. Among other things, her team produced a notably successful multiple class reunion in June. We can only hope that something equally good will be available to us at our 50th. Harry Sheehy, AD (that’s not a fraternity designation), is aiming for 15 to 17 top three finishes in various sports among Ivies each year. David Spalding ’76, Senior V.P., spoke of the College’s current business model and why MOOCs (massive open online courses) are not going to put Dartmouth out of business anytime soon. Did you know that Kiplinger rates the College number 16 in “best values”?
The one piece of real business was the Council’s vote to sponsor Mitchell Kurz ’73 as an alumni-nominated Trustee candidate. You may read about him at http://now.dartmouth.edu/2012/11/dartmouth-alumni-nominates-trustee-candidate/. Alumni Councilors approved his nomination unanimously.
Board Chair, Steve Mandel ’78, updated us on matters of concern to the Trustees, including: the Presidential search (now concluded), return on the endowment (better than most), the Strategic Plan (no formal results until the new President has a chance to absorb it), student life (“really healthy”) and the evolving methods of teaching.
On the whole, a very positive experience, and I thank you for the privilege of representing you. (At the May 2013 Meeting, Rob “retires” as our Alumni Council Representative, to be succeeded by Dave Millane, elected at the Class meeting at the 45th Reunion).
67 is LinkedIn
We have a LinkedIn Group, thanks to Class Secretary Dave Mangelsdorff. After just 10 days, over 50 67’s joined the Group, which is open only to classmates (Dave has to approve every request to join off the Class roster). Joining the Group is easy. Go to www.linkedin.com and register (if you haven’t before) .
On the LinkedIn page, look at tabs on the top for Groups.
Click Groups You May Like.
Enter Dartmouth College Class of 1967 in Search Groups box on top left
Hit Join button.
Class of 67 March 2013 Newsletter
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Class of 67 Archives:
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Class of 67' Obituaries
In Memory, photos of deceased classmates