9-27-18

Greetings '68 classmates!
Here we are post-reunion and many of us are still in recovery mode. What a wonderful weekend of friendships, fun, and lasting memories to add to the ones we already share.
THANK YOU to all of you, whether you were able to attend or not. And if not, there will always be next time. Like me, maybe you feel deprived of enough time to get around to all those with which you wished to share meaningful conversation. Some of you, I didn't even SEE until scanning through the photos. My loss!

In the weeks to come, I will be modifying this website to reflect current and ongoing news. Please check back from time to time! RSVP and Who's Coming? links are no longer necessary as is the info in several other links. The photos are under ALL PHOTOS in titled albums. ANY photos are yours to download. If you have personal photos to share, please upload and they will be added to ALL PHOTOS. If anything regarding your status or address/contact info changes or you simply wish to give us an update, your classmate profile will remain and can be altered at any time. You may also contact your classmates in the classmate update section if they provided an e-mail address by clicking "send a message" on his/her profile.

We will continue to support this website as long as there is interest and if you can help finance its existence, Jed will happily take contributions. ($600 for 5 years- we may purchase 1 year at a time). Again,THANK YOU from all of us on the committee!
9-22-18
Round #2 today/tonight
A few announcements:
1) Golfers begin T-times @ Waveland , 9 am. (contact Dave Fanning for questions). Anyone who wants to hang out in the clubhouse for coffee, etc. before or after golf rounds is welcome.
2) Roosevelt tour- enter front doors on Polk and head directly into auditorium by 10 am. Event is free, no need to RSVP, just come and see our awesome Alma Mater. Should be about an hour tour. See as much as you like.
3) Des Moines downtown Farmers' Market 7 am-noon. Great fall wares if you have gotten up by now. While down there, walk over to the former downtown Library, now the World Food Prize which is open to the public to view beginning @ 10 am.
4) Lunch??? If groups are meeting anywhere, post online so classmates might join in if available.
5) As Carole, posted, Wakonda opens its doors to us @ 6pm. We are gathering at 6:30 for a class picture followed by Jr. High and grade school pictures. These will be for purchase there TONIGHT!
6) Bill German has arranged a display of vintage 1968 cars to admire outside @ Wakonda this evening.
7) NO, you do NOT have to wear navy and white 
8)Come and party again!! I personally have many folks I failed to connect with last night and the mission is to seek them out tonight.
9-21-18

RISE AND SHINE '68!
Today is Day#1 of our fabulous 50th. A few announcements for you as you prepare to attend tonight's event @ River Center (see scheduled events link).
We open the doors at 6:00 pm. Public parking around River Center is scarce and metered or paid parking is an additional cost to you. So please note:

We are providing FREE valet parking!
You will be approaching River Center on SW3rd St most likely from MLK Blvd or 2nd Ave/crossing MLK heading south. There will be a sign indicating valet parking on the front corner (south side) of the building. Initially, there may be a line of classmates if most arrive when the door opens. Please bear this in mind.
If you decide on Uber or Lyft as a transportation option, you will need to have your preferred app already established on your cellphone.

Once inside the front doors, you will be directed to the registration table where you will pick up your name tags, purchase magnets ($5.00), pick up pre-ordered T-shirts, or order one if you wish. 

Food tables will be available from 6pm- 8:30-ish. There are 2 cash bars, one on each level. The Zeller brothers will be roaming the venue snapping candid or requested photos that you can later download from this website. LET'S PARTY!
9-6-18
HELLO CLASS of '68!
Announcing a pre-reunion bash during Happy Hour @ Republic on Grand in DSM East Village. Those arriving from out of town a day early and any locals wishing to join us are welcome Thurs. Sept. 20.
 
Details:
The Republic on Grand, 401 E. Grand, beginning at 5 pm til ????, drop in and stay as long as you want. They're open til 11:30. Thursday, 9/20. They are giving us a section of high top tables and know the number is indefinite but couldn't have been nicer. There is a shuttle from the Downtown Marriott at 700 Grand where we are staying. Happy Hour prices are 4-6 pm, 4 draft beer, 6 house wine, 8 signature drinks.
AC Hotel by Marriott parking is $18 a day
We just say we're with TRHS 1968 Class Reunion and they'll direct people to wherever they are corralling us!
 
Parking options:
Ramps
The NEW City of Des Moines parking garage located at 402 E. 2nd Street [goo.gl] is now open. East 2nd Street Garage. This ramp is a short walk. Charges Monday through Saturday $1 per hour.
Ramp parking is also available at 312 E. 6th Street [goo.gl].
Free parking is available at the State of Iowa Parking Ramp at 637 Des Moines St [goo.gl].
Street Parking
Meters are from 9am – 9pm and there are over 1,000 meters so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.
Other Options
D-Line shuttle operates from the State Capitol and runs every 10 minutes so you could park at the capitol for free.
 
Hope to see you there!
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9-1-18
September!!
 20 DAYS TO GO!! The committee and so many of you who have corresponded with some of us are getting pumped for this "WE R '68" 50th reunion extravaganza. We are closing in on 200 paid guests so far. Incredible participation... the best yet! There is still time to get your ticket/reservation into Judy Rosset so get on board with attending if you are able. We will need a final count in a week or so to let the caterers know how much food to prepare. Plus, those of us already showing up on the "who's coming" list are getting anxious to see YOUR name appear. Do I have to name names??? Where ARE you?
Hey Everyone, it’s Mary Kay Johnson Smith.  I hope that all of you are as excited as I am about coming to our reunion in just a little over a month from now.  I am so excited to see everyone & share with wonderful people!!  As I was getting my check ready to mail in this past weekend, something was in the back of my mind that I thought I read on our website about the cost of this reunion.  Sure enough, I found it towards the bottom of our website front page.  It was a gentle suggestion to add a little extra funds to your check if you can, to help defray some of the costs.  Here is what was written:  “This ticket price will not cover our reunion costs so donations are appreciated (a HUGE shout out of thanks to those of you who have already gone deeper into your pockets to donate)! The committee is working hard to create a memorable and FABULOUS 50th reunion for all of us to enjoy.”
 
I am not involved with the committee so I don’t have any idea of the costs but I do know that putting on an event of this magnitude is not cheap.  And I know that our committee wants to make this 50th class reunion as nice and as wonderful as can be.  I know that not everyone is able to donate anything extra and for some, the expenses for this weekend (travel, motels, food, etc.) will be tight to cover.  But if any of us can help them out by sending in extra money, I know they would greatly appreciate it.  The thought that flashes through my mind, is that this committee collectively or maybe just individually (i.e. Jed), could be on the hook for any shortfall after all bills have been paid.  That bothers me.  Someone, and I presume that it was Jed, has put his name on the line making these reservations at the different venues and they are going to want to be paid in full.  And someone is going to be held financially responsible if our TRHS class of 1968 fund doesn’t have enough to cover all expenses.
 
So, to that end, I implore any of you who can & will, please send some extra money to help cover expenses.  The money is going for a good cause.  And if there is money left over, then I presume that our committee will either keep it in a reunion fund or donate it on behalf of our class to TRHS.  I trust that they will make the right decision about that.  FYI, I am guessing that they would want extra funds separate from the $75.00 ticket.  I would suggest that we either earmark any extra as a donation or send a separate check made out to our TRHS 68 Reunion directly to Jed at 14298 Forest Ct., Clive, IA. 50325.

Mary Kay
8-1-18

Hi class of '68. By now you should have received your mailed invitations which included an order blank for our 50th reunion T-shirts (designed by Becky Eckstrand). Don't you love the psychedelic Teddy image? What an appropriate choice for 1968, reminiscent of Rod Cameron's yearbook cover design.
For many of you, the mailed invitation was unnecessary as you have perhaps already used the website or other avenues to make your reservation but it still serves as a reminder. AND how would you know you could order this fabulous T-shirt without receiving an invitation, right?
Your T-shirt order should be mailed separately to the Broken Arrow address on the order blank (checks payable to "Broken Arrow") by Aug. 29. T-shirts will be available for pick up @ the reunion.
6-8-18

Hi all. It is finally summer and DSM has had plenty of it already. In the 100's and swarms of mosquitos. Let's hope by September the environment is more to our liking.
With this update, we announce the addition of a golf outing hosted and arranged by Dave Fanning, golfer extraordinaire, on Sat. 09/22/2018.
All the details are provided under the link "Scheduled Events". Any questions can be answered by Dave (see event details), or if need be, use the "Contact Us" link and either Jed or I may be able to answer them. We need 32 golfers to make this happen!!! Come on Riders, regardless of skill level, even if you are a beginner and want to participate you can always just imagine you are tobogganing down the Waveland long hill when you knock one into the trees.

 


For today, 4-4-18:
We're getting requests as to where to read Classmates' bio info.  The information you originally entered is mostly in there for our database.  The only part of that info that is available to see is your name, photos, and anything you choose to share in the Comments Box under your Classmates' Update Profile.  Please jump on board, fill up that box, and tell us your story!!
Your committee getting the save-the-date cards ready to mail.
Your committee getting the save-the-date cards ready to mail.
Hi fellow classmates!
Welcome to your one-stop-shop Class of 1968 50th reunion webpage.
This "update!! (date)" link will continue to bring you the latest news and additions to this webpage now and for 1 calendar year AFTER our reunion.
Please check here periodically to obtain the latest news from our committee regarding upcoming happenings.

For today, 3-26-18:

Save the date post cards have been mailed. This website goes LIVE!
Please consider submitting RSVP's to all events you plan to attend and get a ticket as soon as possible. You will not receive a snail mail invitation this summer if you have already confirmed your plans to attend.
JOIN US FOR THE FABULOUS 50th!
FRIENDS, FUN, and FELLOWSHIP
9-10-18   If you haven't registered to attend our 50th Class Reunion, it's not to late.   You have until Tuesday, September, Sept 18th to submit your money.  You can either make your payment on line or send in a check.  If you would please let us know via email (judyrosset@yahoo.com), so we can have your name tag made as well as letting the caterers know you are coming.  The committee has worked hard to make sure the food will be delicious, the facilities will be roomy and nicely decorated, free valet parking, plenty of classmates and their guest to visit with, and photos of the entire group and then by junior high. 
Don't miss our 50th Class Reunion!!