We Go Together, Like…
We Go Together, Like
I am writing to vent my frustration and cement my support over this
summer's planned reunion in hopes of getting those alumni together to make this dream a reality.
In the past few weeks, I've had continual contact with Shari Robbins
Kanner, who is trying her best to hold it all together for all of us, amid
growing controversy and dissention among the various so called committee members. She has heard either directly or through the grapevine that some members of the 1977 committee are not happy with the decisions made already and are now trying to alter them. Where have they been for the past few months?
I haven't seen any input on either the BCHS Yahoo Club board or Classmates since November from them. Granted they aren't too happy with other classes (1978-?) horning in
on their 25th and this is understandable, but until this mega reunion was
mentioned, no one from that class even ventured to begin the long and
arduous process of organizing such an event. I had originally suggested giving them their own space in the same venue to celebrate where interaction could or couldn't take place.
Most 1977 alumni seemed agreeable except for a few. These same sorts of people complained when the 20th was being done, didn't offer to help (I personally addressed every envelope to every alumni for that reunion) but showed up and had a great time. That reunion was also left to a small group of dedicated alumni who wanted it to happen. Now Shari is being criticized for taking the initiative and since she hadn't heard from anyone, made decisions and got things going.
Apparently the choice of Terrace on the Park is the biggest bone of
contention. It is being objected to because it is too far away and someplace closed is wanted. Closer to whom? Those alumni who still live in Rockaway? A majority of us are coming from off the peninsula, so Terrace is just as "close" for us as Russo's is to you. And funny, some people complained that the Knights of Columbus was "too close" to Rockaway for the 20th.
Also, the price has become an issue. Anyone who has thrown or been
to a catered affair knows the cost isn't cheap. The last reunion was more
economical because those of us working it knew people and called in favors to get deals and did most of the work ourselves (including the decorating). Do any of you have some connections to help lower the price? If so, then pool your resources and work together.
I along with many others have connections to both the 1977 and 1978 classes. I can't afford to travel to both. So, let's put our egos aside and
work with each other to make this the best blowout ever. After 9-11 appreciation of life and friendship and enjoying each moment is what's important. Let's put the lessons we supposedly learned from that day to the test.
RHEA PETRIDES COURTNEY
CLASS OF 1978