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Fort Macleod 70s Reunion attendance nearing capacity

With only two weeks to go, the Fort Macleod 70s Reunion is quickly approaching its attendance goal, and organizers are breathing a lot easier than they were a month ago.
“As of today, we have room for approximately 10 more people,” committee member Charlene (Doyle) Furman said last week. “So we need all those procrastinators out there to call or e-mail us this week if they want to even think about coming to the reunion!”
Furman and Michelle Harris were recalling what happened at the reunion in ’99, once the dinner was over.
“We had a significant number of people show up for the dance, but they hadn’t registered for the reunion,” Harris said. “Luckily, it turned out not to be a problem because the late-comers just paid a small entrance fee and enjoyed the rest of the evening with friends and classmates.”
But that’s not likely to happen this year, organizers said, because of fire regulations and the size of the venue.
“There are already more than 300 people registered, and organizers expect that to reach 350 by the end of next week,” committee member Bonnie (Eagleson) Volk said.
Volk explained late-comers and extras were easily accommodated in ’99 because the curling rink has a higher maximum capacity.
That won’t happen this year because once the number reaches 350 people, the doors will be closed, as fire regulations require. (Don’t take a chance.)
The “grooviest party ever” has three components. Here’s a recap of events, all happening at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall:
• Friday, Sept 11 from 7-10 p.m. — Wine and cheese reception with snacks. Beer will also be served.
• Saturday, Sept 12 — dinner and dance with cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner and a brief program at 6:30 p.m. and the dance at 9 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 13 — Breakfast and farewell.
This is the final ’70s reunion for several members of the organizing committee, but there will always be plenty of memories, such as this one from Dianne (D’Andrea) Sullivan, as she recalled the first ’70s reunion:
“I remember all the fun everyone had, meeting with past classmates and even babysitters, as some of the earlier grades were to me. I also was a new mom of a four-month-old, great discussion was created about who had the youngest children or newest babies (at our age) or who was still having babies. And of course . . . sporting my old duds, the embroidered flare jeans I stitched back in high school, still “sort of” fit.”
“And who can forget the school song, “We are from F.P. Walshe, Victory is our cry-y-y-y, steadfast and fearless, the best school in the west rah rah rah . . . We’re tops in all our sports, studies we excel: math, social, science, too — No matter what the job, we do it well!”
Sherry Hirsche remembers the very early days of the planning process for that first reunion:
“We started with nothing . . . all the committee members put their own money in to get the reunion off the ground but with the great response (over 350 in attendance) and making $3,000. the first half hour the bar was open (the funny part) we were able to pay ourselves back and meet all our obligations. We even had an excess that we invested to be able to do this reunion. We considered it to be a true success.”
As the 2015 organizers finalize many of this year’s events, committee member Barb (Moorey) Norgard recalls the scramble of people as they gathered for their class photo:
“We were all milling around while classmates and friends assembled . . . it felt just like September back in elementary school.”
For registration information, visit the 70s Reunion Facebook page (Fort Macleod 70s Reunion).
The mailing address is P.O. Box 2496 Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0. If you’d rather contact us by phone, call Sherry at 403-317-5815. The committee also accepts e-transfers for registration payments.
Registration is $35 per person, which covers all three days.