Ponoka’s graduating class of 1967 holds 9th reunion

Reunion raises funds for local community groups

Dean Hill from the Ponoka Food Bank, left, receives the donation of $615 from Doug Hart of the organizing committee. (Photo submitted)

Over 50 years ago, the Ponoka Composite High School class of 1967 held its first reunion in the old Legion on 53 Avenue.

On Oct. 8, the class held its ninth reunion at the Ponoka Golf Course, acknowledging 55 years since our senior year. 86 tickets were sold, and 71 people showed up.

Many attendees had participated in most of the reunions, but at least four people were attending their first. The event was open to classmates from years ahead, and years behind the class of ‘67.

A whole table from 1969 attended.

The evening started with a warm greeting from Chief Leonard Standingontheroad from Montana First Nation, a Thanksgiving prayer from Gord Liddle, and the savoury meal of beef and chicken from the Peppered Elk.

People enjoyed a trivia Bingo game and acknowledged the passing of 11 classmates who passed away since the reunion of 2017. “Telegraphs” from classmates who could not make it were read.

The evening was alive with old friends reminiscing and reacquainting.

In 2017, the class undertook a major fundraiser for the high school, raising $5,500 for scholarships and equipment. This year the group raised $615 for each of the Ponoka Food Bank, and the Ponoka Girl Guides.

The class of 1967 challenges all reunion committees to generate excesses of revenues over expenses at their reunions, to raise funds for local charities.

– Submitted by committee chair Doug Hart

 

Ina Rodenburg Hart of the Ponoka Girl Guides receiving the donation of $615 from Brenda Wedin on behalf of the organizing committee. (Photo submitted)

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