Thursday, July 16, 2009

7-13-09 MHS Class of 1980

-13-09 MHS Class of 1980

Meeting Notes

Attending:  Julie, Steve, Tricia, Eugene, Eddie, Janice, Brad


·         We still need more volunteers!  Everyone is welcome!

·         A date has been selected!  July 23rd to 25th, 2010.

·         Dana is in the process of setting up a PayPal account.  Eugene offered his assistance too.

·         Pilot Error (potential band for Saturday night activity) is playing this Saturday night at The Reef if you want to check them out.  There will be other opportunities to hear them in the near future. Contact Eugene for more info.

·         Cheryl to check into souvenirs – pending.

·         Eugene to check out a photographer and CD/DVD – pending.

·         Cheryl agreed to take the lead on investigating classmates that have passed away.  Please contact her with any information you might have.

Friday:  Leads – Jennifer and Eddie – casual check-in and get together.

No decisions made.  Eugene suggested The Waterfront and it would be free – every liked the idea.  Leads to propose event specifics next meeting.

Saturday day:  Lead – Todd – Couple of activity choices.

Todd had some great suggestions. 

·         Golf – Boise Ranch or Warm Springs – around $35.  Proposal for next meeting.

·         Rafting – ¾ of a day excursion, $70 to $100.  3-hour $35 to $40 prob a better option.  Proposal for next meeting.

·         Day Spa –   Janice & Tricia to talk to Panache owner for a deal.  (Discount + referral). Proposal for next meeting.

·         Trap Shooting – Boise Gun Club - $20 to $30 per person.  Proposal for next meeting.

·         Golf & Trap – Prob too much…

·         Tricia also suggested a tour-train option and will talk to Todd.

Saturday night:  Leads – Diane and Janice

Made a decision!  Stueckle Center it is!  Janice & Diane to discuss with Steve Sells for discount. (Thanks, Steve!) Janice to confirm that liquor insurance is included in proposed rates of ~ $35 pp. D & J can go over specifics next meeting.

Sunday:  Leads – Tricia and Julie

Made another decision!  Going to try for Settler’s Park in Meridian.  T & J to provide specifics and propose a catering option next meeting.

Thank you to everyone for pitching in!  The next meeting will be: August 3rd, 6:00 p.m. 1121 N Cole Rd.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Minutes 13 July 2009 "We Need More People Showing Up!"

 Just a quick update to let everyone know that the Reunion Committee Meeting this past Monday here at my office on N. Cole was a success in many ways except one: we had less people show up than the first meeting.

In and of itself, that is not an indicator of how successful our reunion will be but I must admit, I am concerned. Although I was not a part of the 10 year (I was living in New York) and did not attend; I did go to the 20 and I will share with you that I thought it was fantastic. So much so that I have often felt a little curious as to who and how many people it took to pull off such a well planned event that served our classmates from all over the country so well.

Brad Campbell (our senior class president and head of the current reunion committee) shared with me a little after this last meeting that he was hesitant about being too involved this year. He felt that he and the others from previous committee's were relatively unsupported. The time, energy and responsibility that the former committees put in paid off well for those that attended but cut into their family lives, resources and busy schedules. Brad was not complaining; in fact he sharing that this endeavor felt unlike the previous years. I was excited that he thought this project seemed more inclusive than ever before with people willing to help us reach out and folks reaching back.

We do have busy lives but we also have nearly a year to pull off a spectacular and memorable event. The committee intends to have an event that we will both enjoy and that takes into consideration where we all might be at this stage of our lives. For instance, we expect that Family Day (Sunday) we might see more folks bringing their grandkids in addition to or perhaps instead of their adult kids.

Please get on board with your classmates and become a part of your reunion planning team. We want you and we need you.

A date has been selected! July 23rd - 25th, 2010 - mark it on your calenders now.

Click here to read the rest of meeting minutes.

Warriors! Come Out and Play!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Current Class List

Gathering together an updated and useful list of our class mates along with their contact information is a daunting challenge to say the least. Brad Campbell provided a list with 643 names. You will probably recall we were the largest graduating class in Idaho in 1980.

Today we have available free and easy to use technology to assist in our quest to reconnect with each and everyone of our classmates and to provide them with updates, information, and the opportunity to help with our reunion planning process and most importantly to attend our Thirty Year Reunion in person or at least in spirit. In spirit? Yes, as disappointing as it may be, some of us may not be able to attend the reunion for a number of reasons: other obligations, finances, distance, etc. If you think that you may not attend, we still invite you to connect with us and contribute to the planning, fund raising, and brainstorming. We are looking into creating a yearbook, multimedia slideshow DVD and perhaps even a 'livestream' over the internet for those of you who are just not able to make it for whatever reason.

Those of us who have already joined the planning committee are doing our level best to make this event the most memorable, inclusive and affordable reunion yet; to date we have had two: the ten year and the twenty year. I was surprised to find that a couple of people were not aware of one or the other. I am personally committing to getting the word out to every living classmate that attended Meridian High School as a member of our class (1980), graduate or not, whether they attended all three years or a day.

It's a challenge, to be sure; but many of you have offered to help and I am accepting your offer! We still need folks to join our planning committee in person, via e-mail or by phone. Additionally, we have a number of tools in place to support our reconnecting process:

1. If you are on facebook, please connect with me personally (eugeboy[at]gmail[dot]com) and I will invite you to our facebook page where you can read and contribute to the discussion regarding the reunion. If you are not currently on facebook, please consider starting a free account as it is probably the easiest way to communicate.

2. We have a blog website that you can subscribe to at (you may be reading this here already). Please subscribe to this page so that updates are automatically emailed to you. You can submit your thoughts by starting a new topic or click comment under any article to comment on the article topic.

3. I have started a Plaxo Group in order to allow anyone to update their own contact information. Plaxo is a free and useful tool that updates everyone when you change e-mail addresses, phone numbers or snail mail address. It is also useful to anyone wanting to backup their own contacts online regardless of what email client you use (ie: Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) Once you start your free Plaxo account at Meridian High School Class of 80, you will be sure to be included in our database.

4. Finally, please consider starting a free (or paid) account at, or any of a number of alumni related sites. Many of us may not be members but you can assist us by looking for others that are registered there and making them aware of the 2010 Reunion and this website.

Our next planning committee meeting is July 13th at my office here in Boise (1121 N. Cole Rd / 83704)
Please join us any way you can. If you need to speak to me personally (Eugene Boyle) you can call me at 208-779-0080. I would love to hear from you.

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