Members of the Class of 1978 are turning 50 years old and classmates are planning a 50th birthday get together at the Holiday Inn, Blues on the River the Friday before the 4th of July, 2010. Classmates are asked to spread the word now so plans may be made to return to Grand Island for the party.
The Class of 1978 thirty-year reunion photos were taken at River Oaks on July 3, 2008 and submitted by Beth Hamilton~Boening (Class of '79).
(left) Brian, Peggy Ross(?) and Tom "Whitey" (?) -- Cindy Cole(?) and Pat Elm -- Judy Lew(?) and Sid Shaffer -- Bruce Allen and ?
GIHS Class of 1978 DINNER - June 2008
The dinner will be held Saturday, July 5, 2008 at the Holiday Inn. Drinks at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Check "http://classof78.bravehost.com/" to see if it's still possible to register and sign up for dinner.
GIHS Class of 1978 - Send Your Photos For Slide Show - March 2008
Tina (Krzes) Arthur is putting together a powerpoint presentation of photographic memories for the dinner dance.
Anyone wishing to contribute their own photos can send them to her and she will do what she can to include them.
Please send your pics to Tina at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The sooner you get back to her, the more likely she is to be able to use YOUR photos! Please spread the word to fellow class members.
GIHS Class of 1978 Official Website - Reunion Schedule - March 2008
Our class website is up and running (but still under construction) -- What it needs now is your input!
Log on today at: "http://classof78.bravehost.com/". Please sign the guestbook and come back often as Suzanne and crew are updating info and photos regularly.
We need you to help spread the word to other class members; and be sure to check the list of missing classmates. There about 90 people we have yet to locate. Here are our planned activities:
Informal Gathering ("Tent Party") at River Oaks
Thursday, July 3, 2008 6 PM - Midnight ~ Donations GLADLY Accepted!
Cash Bar, Casual Attire, Dinner Menu inside.
Get reaquainted with your classmates --
Catch up on 10, 20, or 30 years of "history."
Informal Gathering After the Parade
Friday, July 4, 2008 11 AM - 2 PM,
2121 Grand Island Blvd (next to Monro)
Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 5:30 PM to Midnight
Cash Bar - 5:30 PM
Buffet Dinner - 6:30 PM
Sound System for entire evening
$50/person if paid by April 30th
$60/person if paid by June 1st (deadline)
GIHS Class of 1978 Searching For Missing Classmates February 2008 . . .See "Missing Classmates".
The 1978 Reunion Committee would like assistance in locating confirmed addresses for these classmates. Contact Sue (Skindell) Bauman at email@example.com if you have information.
GIHS Class of 1978 - Lots of Reunion News! February 14, 2008 . . .
Hello Members of the Grand Island High School Class of 1978!
Your reunion committee has been hard at work since last Spring, planning what we hope will be a memorable weekend!
You should have received a postcard giving you the dates – July 3 to 5, 2008, a brief agenda and the news that we had some rooms blocked off at the Holiday Inn. I do not know if there are any rooms left; you can call the H.I. at 773-1111 to find out.
I am contacting you now to ask for help!
We have nearly 100 “missing” classmates (See list below). If you know the whereabouts of any of these people, please send me their info or give them my e-mail so we can get them all the details.
Also, there are things that need doing that can be done via the internet, so if you’d like to help, but live at a distance, we will find something for you to do!
Tina (Krzes) Arthur is in Colorado. She is putting together a PowerPoint slide show for us to enjoy at Saturday night’s dinner-dance. If you have any photos you would like her to include, you can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org . These can be current photos of your life today, high school days, or anywhere between or before.
Suzanne (Cornwall) Trudell is working on a website for us. She would be really happy to get some help, as she’s never done this before! If you have experience in this area or are just willing to lend a hand, please contact her at: email@example.com . She will gladly let you know what she needs done!
The address for our fledgling site is: www.classof78.bravehost.com.
We want to put together a class directory/memory book. Donna Prince and I are considering taking on the job, but it will require many hours of data-entry. If you can type – you can help! If anyone has graphic or layout experience, please let us know. If we do it ourselves, we can save money and have more pages.
We are open to other ideas as well. We have gotten some great suggestions, but they need someone willing to take them on.
1. Golf Outing
2. Family Picnic
4. State basket raffle (the Class of ’77 did this and I heard it was very nice.)
5. Organizing babysitters for our out-of-town classmates (yes, at least of us has a baby and many have smaller children and no family in town.
We will also need help with decorating and un-decorating. Making nametags and other things we haven’t even thought of yet! You see – there IS something YOU can do to help!
If you are still not convinced…
Here’s one thing everyone can do – send in your registration money – NOW!
As you know, it takes money to put on this event and, unfortunately, our small committee is about out of funds. We have all pre-paid our registrations ($50.00 per person for the dinner dance) to get us going. Now we are asking for your assistance. If you plan on attending the Saturday evening dinner-dance on July 5th, we would greatly appreciate it if you could send your money soon! We will be sending full info in late March, but in the meantime, we need money to get the brochures printed, buy stamps, reserve the sound-man, etc. Ticket prices will be $50 per person if paid by April 30th. After that, it will be $60.00. All registrations must be paid by June 1st.
Please make your check payable to: GIHS Class of 1978 Reunion
And send it to our Treasurer: Perry Figliotti, 326 Colonial Drive West, Grand Island, NY 14072.
Thank you very much! We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!
As of February 9, 2008, we do not have confirmed addresses for the following people:
As of February 9, 2008, these are the class members who are sadly no longer with us:
I know this was long -- thanks for sticking it out to the end.
HELP WANTED! - GIHS Class of 1978 January 2008 . . .We need volunteers with graphic layout experience to help put together our memory/address book. With the wonder of the internet, you do not even have to be in WNY to assist with this!
We have a lot of good ideas -- we just need more hands! We hope to have several people working on this so no one or two people have to do it all.
If you can give a few hours to help out with this job, please contact Sue (Skindell) Bauman @ firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!
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GIHS Class of 1978 January Reunion Meeting January 2008 . . .
The next planning session for the Class of 1978's 30th Reunion will be Saturday, January 26th at 10 a.m., at the Grand Island Memorial Library Community Room on Bedell Road. Please feel free to join us ~ many hands make light work!
GIHS Class of 1978 Reunion Meeting November 2007 . . .The next planning meeting for the Class of 1978 30th Reunion will be held Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Grand Island Memorial Library/Community Room on Bedell Road.
Please do not hesitate to join us, even if you've not attended previous meetings. :-)
Class members -- Look for an informational post card in you mailbox soon!
GIHS Class of 1978 Announces More 30th Reunion Plans October 11, 2007 . . .The plans for our 30th Reunion are shaping up nicely! Thursday night, July 3, 2008 -- informal gathering at River Oaks.
We will have a private tent with tables and a cash bar set up. The Clubhouse
regular menu will be available inside for anyone who wants a bite to eat.
Donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of the tent and bartender. This event is also open to members of other classes or those who may have graduated from private or parochial schools but want to catch up with old friends. Friday, July 4th -- no formally scheduled events. Info will be available on the race, parade, fireworks and other activities available in the area. Saturday, July 5th -- dinner dance at the GI Holiday Inn, 5:30 p.m. – Midnight. The cost has not yet been finalized. Sunday, July 6th -- open for friends to gather on their own accord. We are not planning anything, as many will need to leave to return home.
There are a limited number of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn for Thursday – Saturday nights. Call soon – especially if you want to be riverside!
Our next planning meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 10 a.m. We will again be in the Community Room at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Bedell Road. Come and join us with your ideas!
Again a reminder to sign the Class of 1978 Guestbook at www.Isledegrande.com and to tell everyone you know to do the same. An alternative to those who do not wish to "publish" their whereabouts is to e-mail your contact info to Sue (Skindell) Bauman at email@example.com or call her at (716) 773-2574.
Class of '78 Reunion July 3-8, 2008 UPDATES August 28, 2007 . . .The Grand Island High School Class of 1978 has secured the Settlement Room at the Holiday Inn for their 30th Reunion Dinner Dance, to be held on Saturday, July 5, 2008. Other events, scheduled for the 3rd through the 6th, are still in the planning stages.
The next planning meeting will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 10 a.m., in the Community Room at the Grand Island Memorial Library, located on Bedell Road. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have been to past meetings or not -- just be sure to bring your ideas and sense of humor!
A reminder again to sign the Class of 1978 Guestbook at www.Isledegrande.com and to tell everyone you know to do the same. An alternative to those who do not wish to "publish" their whereabouts is to e-mail your contact info to Sue (Skindell) Bauman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (716) 773-2574.
Be sure to keep posted at www.Isledegrande.com for more updates. Watch for photos online next month!
Class of '78 Reunion July 3-8, 2008 Class of 1978 Thirtieth Reunion Planning Meeting July 2, 2007 June 14, 2007 . . .The Grand Island Class of 1978 will hold another planning session from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2007 in the Grand Island Memorial Library Community Room.
At the last meeting, we set July 3 – 6, 2008 as the dates for our 30th reunion celebration. Locations have not yet been confirmed. At this meeting, our goal is to narrow down our locations and further discuss possible events. All class members are invited to bring their ideas to these planning sessions. By starting early, we hope to spread out the workload so no one is overwhelmed and we all have fun.
Please sign the guest book at www.isledegrande.com and keep checking the NFP papers and this website for more information. Also, pass the word along to class members out of town so they can begin to make plans to join us next year! For more information, contact Sue (Skindell) Bauman at
If you are out of town, you can still participate in the planning! In this wonderful electronic age we live in, anyone can join in! Whether or not you wish to become involved, please sign-in in the class
Guestbook so we can reach you when details are confirmed. We have started planning early and are asking everyone to get the word out so YOU can make plans to attend!
Class of 1978 Announces 30th Reunion Planning Meeting May 17, 2007 . . .The Grand Island High School Class of '78 is forming a Reunion Committee to plan for our 30th (ouch!) reunion in 2008. Anyone with ideas to share, please come to the Grand Island Memorial Library Community Room at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2007. There are no commitments to be made here -- we are just looking for ideas and trying to lay the groundwork. If you would like to participate, but cannot attend, please contact Sue (Skindell) Bauman at 773-2574 or email@example.com.
GIHS Class of 1978 - Send In Your Reunion Photos!
Classmates are invited to submit photos taken at their 25-year class reunion to Isledegrande.com for consideration on this page. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The information below pertains to the Class of 1978's twenty-fifth reunion
Class of 1978 Announces Reunion Plans May 28, 2003 . . .
The Grand Island High School Class of 1978 reunion committee has announced that a 25-year reunion weekend will begin on Friday evening, July 4, 2003 with classmates and friends meeting at the Holiday Inn for the 'Blues on the River.' The night will include live bands, cash bar, good friends and fireworks after dusk. On Saturday, July 5th, a softball game and bbq is planned from 10 a.m. to dusk at Beaver Island Park. Families are encouraged to attend, and while bbq's will be present this is a BYOB and BYOFood event.
"We have reserved the baseball diamond in area 3, located at the far eastern edge of the park," reunion spokesman Wayne Weis reported this week. Parking is available on the loop or the parking lot. Because it would be helpful to have an idea of the number of participants before hand, please contact Wayne at email@example.com.
Attention: Grand Island High School Class of 1978
All classmates of the Class of '78 with an interest in getting the class together for a 25th reunion are invited to contact Wayne Weis at 773-6242 or email Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org. So far suggestions have been for a family softball tourney/bbq at Beaver Island and possibly informal dance under the stars after!
Reunion Planners - send us your news and we will post it online on our front page with a link to this page with the "complete story." How about a picture of your class from the yearbook? We can scan it if that will help. Send your email to Teddy Linenfelser