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YOUR CLASS OF ’71 NEWSLETTER
In the past, this publication was for background information about our classmates. With the Internet and the Class web site now handling that chore reasonably well, the "powers that be" are going to try a different approach.
DC dinner at Georgia Brown’s Dec 2007 NYC dinner at Gallagher’s May 2008
President Greg Fell has set a tone of reuniting the class through mini-reunions, regional dinners, and brainstorming sessions. As we move from the daily grind of work, work, work, we all will have time to get back to our roots (so-to-speak). In that vein, the executive board has been meeting on a more or less regularly irregular basis (how’s that for being non-descriptive?) to discuss FUN projects and meetings. Michael Maynard headed a meeting with a group of us in New York after the very successful dinner at Gallagher’s restaurant (hosted and planned by John & Martha Shanahan). Go to the Class web site www.dartmouth.org/classes/71 and click on "What’s New". There you’ll find a whole write-up of the meeting including a picture of the white board used to develop the ideas. There are lots of ideas and we need input from the class members as what might be important to YOU and any out of the box ideas you might have.
Some ideas for social events are:
Expand the regional dinners to other areas. These have turned out to be a GREAT success. Even those who have come expecting a dull evening have walked away thoroughly pleased. Having a student dine with us is a BIG plus.
Maybe have some class educational or eco travel tied in with the college. We would hope to have enough participants to sponsor a professor knowledgeable in whatever we are doing. Maybe invite the classes of ’70 and ’72 to help fund this.
Continue and expand our mini-reunions at sports and other college events.
We also thought some commitment to service to the college and the class might be in order:
Hands on projects with students
Sponsor a student or two in a special study of theirs or support a student scholar.
Somehow have a repository of information and a clearinghouse for classmates who need aid in special situations as they arise in the future. This topic will need further thought. Anyone with ideas?
GREAT NEWS - Our class won the Green Derby for participation and donation to the Dartmouth College Fund. We are pitted against the non-reunion classes of ’68 through ’77. At 50% participation and a whopping $483,000 raised, we were more than $54,000 over the previous year-out-record. GREAT GOING GUYS! We are looking to break records again during the 2008/2009 campaign. Some of you said you’d like to be contacted near the end of the year so you could make your donations then for tax purposes. Please contact either Sam Cuddeback – email@example.com, Michael Maynard – firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wayne Hobin – email@example.com if you wish to make your donation this calendar year.
Sadly we have lost 56 class members and one adopted member. We are currently 689 living ’71 alums. There is an Obituary page on the web site. Unfortunately, all we have are the names and death dates. Any information that could be gleaned from the AEGIS, correct or not, was added. However, there are WAY too many names with "No Info" after them. Would you all (ya’ll as we say in the South) please take a look at this page and see if you can add anything? Please send info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Post grad info would also be appreciated. If you want to write your own epitaph, please send it to Wayne and he’ll keep it secretly locked up until needed. Wayne expects to outlive ya’ll (yeah – right!). The current list is alphabetically arranged but new additions will be added chronologically.
Check into the What’s New section from time to time. It will lead you to what’s been happening and, more importantly, pictures of your classmates. See how great you look compared to them!
This next section is an unabashed PLEA, BEGGING, CAJOLING to get your email address. We have about 430 active emails in the college’s database. In order to spare the class some expenses and a lot of time, would you PLEASE consider sharing your email address? We’d really like to keep you in the loop. Send your email address to Wayne (above). You have several options:
The email address would be added to the college database AND displayed on our website. The website list is password protected (last name of the president who handed you your diploma).
The email address would be only added to the database and would not be publically visible.
You can also tell us that you DO NOT wish to be contacted for fund raising at any time.
Please send any info that you’d like to see placed in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine to editor Bob Moore at email@example.com. He’s doing a great job and needs your help. As Bob writes the columns, they will be posted on the web site.
Please send your thoughts about what you’d like to see in future newsletters to Wayne (above). How was this one? Should we continue this semiannually? Newsletters will be posted on our web site for all of eternity.
That’s all for now.
Best from all your classmates