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AHS Alumni Association 2008 Past Reunions

2008 Past Archived Reunions: All Yrs Holiday 1943 & 1944 1948 1953 1958 1978 1988 1998
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Alumni Holiday Reunion last updated 2/1/2008

All Class AHS Alumni Holiday Get Together was held
Friday December 26, 2008

All AHS Classes
Holiday Get Together

All AHS Alumni, significant others, friends, elves, whoever

Hosted mostly by late 1970's and early 1980's AHS Alumni. All AHS class years are encouraged and welcome.

The idea for an informal All Classes AHS reunion came out of years of discussions among Perry Beeman, Julie (Anderson) Larson, Bill Nutty (all AHS Class of '77) and others. The thought was to catch people while they were back in town for the holidays, and to have an informal, annual bar night/reunion for those of us who hate to wait five years for our own class gatherings to roll around. Finally, the trio of big talkers backed it up by actually planning an event.

This year's Ames High School Alumni Holiday Reunion night was December 26, 2008 at Olde Main Brewing Co. in downtown Ames. We basically take over the place. It's so simple. We set the date. You show up, buy your own drinks, and, if you're a big spender, for your friends. Then drink up (in moderation of course), chat, and get caught up. This has been a meaningful, wonderful reconnection for many people, and we've had classmates from New York City, San Diego, Miami and elsewhere attend. The holiday gathering got off the ground 13 years ago, in a small way and mostly involving the AHS Class of '77, but has become much more. "We started out with about 30 people a year, but in the last couple of years, this has really taken off," Beeman said. "I rely heavily on the this alumni site for email addresses - and beg people to update theirs -- and that helps. What really got this going, though, is the simple act of friends letting their friends know about it through personal email address books and phone calls. The alumni newsletter and the website also carry notices.

In 2006, the reunion drew more than 100 people for the first time. Last year, a record 110 showed up, from the AHS classes of 1967 to 2003. Some scholars think it might have even been more. The discrepancy comes from impaired judgement, vision, and math skills among some of the leaders.

The gathering is usually the Friday between Christmas and New Year's. If the holiday's hit that day, watch this page or the Alumni Calendar for adjustments to the schedule. Please help get the word out. Every year, we have hurt feelings because someone didn't get the word. The more emails and phone calls, the better.

See you at the next AHS Holiday Reunion!

Details: Just like last year! Lots of fun. About 100 AHS Alumni turned out for the 2006 AHS Holiday event, and a record 110 turned out in 2007. Lets try for 200 in 2008!

what: 14th annual AHS All Alumni HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER
who: All AHS Alum, significant others, friends, elves, whoever.
host: Hosted mostly by people from late 70s, early 80s classes, but every year is invited to attend.
where: Olde Main Brewing Co. on Main Street in Ames
how: Cash bar
when: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (if we can find an afterparty), Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Perry Beeman`77


1943 & 1944 Reunion updated 1/1/2008

AHS Class of 1943 & 1944 65 Year Reunion

AHS 1943 & 1944
May 30-31, 2008

The AHS class of '43 & '44 65th reunion was held on May 30-31, 2008.

Contact:
Martha (Coover) Anderson k e n m a r a m e s (at) aol.com
Einar Larsen is the contact for the Class of 1943: b o o m p a 7 (at) yahoo.com


email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Martha (Coover) Anderson '44


1948 reunion updated 7/12/2008

AHS Class of 1948 Diamond 60th AHS diamond reunion. Diamond png icon courtesy of LazyCrazy http://artdesigner.lv downloaded from iconspedia.com 60th Class Reunion

AHS 1948
September 12-14 2008

The Ames High School Class of 1948 60-year Diamond 60th AHS diamond reunion. Diamond png icon courtesy of LazyCrazy http://artdesigner.lv downloaded from iconspedia.com reunion plans have been finalized.

September 12 - 14, 2008

BIG SIX-OH approaches!

Yes, Friends/classmates, believe it! Our sixtieth High School AHS class-of-1948 reunion draws nigh. We surely hope you have placed it on your calendars: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 12, 13, & 14, 2008. If you failed to send us your response earlier, NOW IS THE TIME! We are hoping for a great turnout, and have used the addresses provided by the AHS Alumni Association to reach you.

Here's the scoop:

I. Conference headquarters

After looking at other options, we settled again on the same location as for our 50- year reunion, viz., the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center (slight name change), at 2100 Green Hills Drive (new address, too!). Green Hills Drive runs east and west, just south of US-30, and south of the ISU football stadium. The north-south road exiting from US-30 WAS called Elwood Drive, but its new name is University Blvd. It is Exit 146 (If you're on US-30 (south of Lincoln Way); take this exit and turn south. You will see a Best Western Hotel on your left, and Green Hill Drive on your right, which leads directly to the Gateway. Here is a Google Map.

II. Lodging

The Gateway has reserved a block of rooms for us ("Ames High Reunions"). The rate is $99 per night plus hotel room tax and sales tax. The sooner you call, the better your chances; the number is 800-FOR-AMES, or 800.367.2637. A local number is 515.292.8600 for Front Desk.

Other lodging nearby is the aforementioned Best Western at 2500 S. University Blvd, telephone 515.296.2500. The rate is $75 with breakfast. A bit farther south on University (2609) there is a new Holiday Inn; Tel. 515.268.8808. The rate there is $95 plus taxes. Back east near I-35 is the Heartland Inn, just off US-30. They advertise a rate of $75 with breakfast also. There are several other nice hotels in that same vicinity. Please make your reservations early, especially if you plan to stay at the Gateway. Be sure to indicate that you are with the Ames High Reunions group. Cutoff date for the rate guarantee is August 22. After that, reservations are subject to availability, and at the prevailing rate. Check-in time is 4:00 PM.

III. Activities

We have planned three main events:

Friday, Sept. 12 starting at 5:30 PM

We'll again have a come-as- you-are reacquaintance party at the Ames Elks Club on Douglas Ave. across from the Public Library. We'll have some snacks and a cash bar. This has been a lot of fun! But this time, Ames High is playing a home football game with Ft. Dodge at 7:30. So you may elect to buy some tickets and go to the game (and be recognized at half time if our number warrants). We can later drift out and re-join the Elks party, go to dinner on our own, or just call it a day.

Saturday morning

We are free to just visit or (if enough people are interested) we can take a bus tour of Greater Ames (including Iowa State). Other prospects include a visit to the famed Reimann Gardens & Butterfly House which is located close by on University Blvd. near the Iowa State Center. If interested, one might also enjoy the Living History Farms north of Des Moines, as well as several parks and golf courses. There is also now an Ames Historical Museum (Some of these sites can be placed on the bus tour, as well as the old Ames High School building). We will provide more instructions and a detailed list at the Elks Club Party. Bob Shaffer has extended an Open House invitation to his log cabin home on Saturday, ca. 1:00 to 3:00 PM northeast of town (6107 North Fork Road). Maps will be available, and transportation can be arranged.

IV. Saturday night Banquet

Starting at 6:00 PM, we will gather in the foyer outside the South Prairie banquet room for drinks and hors d'oeuvres (cash bar). We'll have tables and a bulletin board set up there, where you may display whatever memorabilia (letters, photos, short updates on work, retirement, etc) you wish. Even if you can't come we'd be happy to post your items for you (They'll be returned only if they're clearly marked and identified with an address).

Dinner is at 6:45 PM

We think you'll really enjoy what we're planning for entertainment. Tom Kelly will again serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Please select from our choice of entrees: 1) Prime rib, Chicken Wellington, or Rack of Pork (see prices below, Part VI).

V. Sunday Picnic Luncheon at Moore Park

Serving is at 12:00 noon

We have reserved the Moore Park shelter in northwest Ames (same site as for our 1998 picnic). The luncheon was catered (cost $12 each). Directions was be provided, and transportation as needed.

VI. Cost Summary

We will need an advance payment for your banquet meal and picnic. The price of $40/dinner includes a modest charge for audio-visual equipment, banquet charge (20%) and tax (7%). You can select from three choices:
  1. Prime rib (How many?____)
  2. Chicken Wellington (How many?____)
  3. Rack of pork (How many?____)

The dinner includes Chef's choice of potato or rice, vegetable, warm rolls, beverage, and a dessert. This will also allow us to provide some hors d'oeuvres for Friday & Saturday receptions.

Please indicate (AND REMEMBER) what your meal choices are! Add to the meal charges of $40 each the Sunday picnic charges ($12 each) and send a check for the total to our treasurer, Mary Ann Barnes, 4009 Mathews Road, Ames, Iowa 50014. All other charges/costs are to be covered directly (lodging, travel, etc.) Please send Mary Ann your check as soon as your plans are firm. If you have questions, call, write, or e-mail Bob Amme (303)871-3852, 261 E. Graves Ave., Centennial, CO 80121, ramme (at) du (dot) edu, or call any of the other members of the planning committee:

Please spread the word to our classmates, and be sure to update your contact information in the AHS Alumni Web email database (see instructions below).

Contact:

Robert C. Amme: r o b e r t . a m m e (at) nsm.du.edu replace (at) with @

AHS Alumni email: search add View by class year update

AHS Alumni mailing address: Is your Alumni mailing address current? Do you receive at least one AHSAA newsletter per year in the spring? If not, please click the "Contact AHSAA" button at the top of the page and email your current address and year of graduation to the AHSAA. Join to receive all newsletters.

Robert C. Amme '48


1953 Reunion updated 1/2/2008

AHS Class of 1953 55 Year Reunion

AHS 1953
August 12-13, 2008

The AHS class of '53 is pleased to announce their 55th reunion was held August 12-13, 2008 in Ames.

Click here to see a photo of 4 of your 1953 Alumnae that had a good reason to miss the 1953 reunion.

Contact:
Chuck Benson: 5 1 5 - 2 three 2 - 9 three 2 2 n l c l b (at) isunet.net replace (at) with @

email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Chuck Benson Class of '53


1958 Reunion updated 12/10/2007

AHS Class of 1958 50 Year GOLD Reunion

AHS 1958
June 20-22, 2008

The AHS class of '58 is pleased to announce the Golden 50th reunion was held on June 20-22, 2008.

Reunion Photos

Photos from the AHS Class of 1958 Ames High School 50th reunion held in 2008 are below!!

All dinner groups Click this photo to see more arrival photos from the 1958 AHS 50th class reunion photos from the 2008 50-year reunion
email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Class of '58


1978 reunion updated 6/13/2008

AHS Class of 1978 30-Year Reunion

AHS 1978
July 25-26, 2008

The AHS class of '78 30th reunion was held on July 25-26th 2008

Please click www.ameshigh1978.com for more 1978 AHS reunion news, registration form, and bios.

The Ames High School Class of 1978 30-year reunion plans have been finalized. Yes, our 30 year reunion is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 25-26 2008.

Contact:
Dan Houk d h o u k (at) munnlumber (dot) com

email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Dan Houk '78


1988 reunion updated 1/15/2008

AHS Class of 1988 20-Year Reunion

AHS 1988
July 25-27, 2008

Save the date: the AHS class of '88 20th reunion was held on July 25-27th 2008.

The Ames High School Class of 1988 20-year reunion is in the works. Our 20 year reunion is now only months away. Plans are underway to create a great reunion, so please save-the-date on your calendars for the weekend of July 25-27 2008, and plan on attending.

Contact:
Kurt W. Friedrich k s f r i e d r i c h (at) isunet(dot)net

email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Kurt Friedrich '88


1998 reunion updated 2/21/2008

AHS Class of 1998 10-Year Reunion

AHS 1998
July 18-19, 2008

Save the date: the AHS class of '98 10th reunion was held on July 18-19th 2008.

The Ames High School Class of 1998 10-year reunion is in the works. The best 10 year reunion ever is now only months away, so please mark your calendars now for the weekend of July 18-19 2008, and plan on attending. Please email Robbie Smalling with your email address and those of any other classmates. Actual reunion details were sent via Evite in March so please update your email on this site and email to Robbie.

Contact:
Robbie Smalling s m a l l i n g 9 8 (at) gmail(dot)com

email current? Your AHS reunion committee wants to contact you via email, keep you informed + save postage. Update your email here: view add update search. If that didn't work click contact AHSAA

Postal mailing address current? If you receive neither a postcard or a newsletter, then we lost you, click here contact AHSAA , tell us your name, current mailing address, year of graduation + anything else you care to add.

Are you a member? If you received a AHSAA postcard in the Spring, then you are not a member. It is easy and inexpensive to join. Dues paying AHSAA members receive three (3) AHSAA newsletters per year?

Robbie Smalling '98

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