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04/16/18 03:00 PM #44    

 

Randy Van Note

Hello, all!  Sad to hear of the passings on these latest messages.

Are there any plans in the works for our 50th reunion next year?  Looking forward to attending!

Randy Van Note

 

 


06/23/18 05:15 PM #45    

 

Karen Fleming (LeMore)

Just wondering...will there soon be a category for our 50th Class Reunion on this site? Hoping that there can be some hints posted, ie Save the Date, etc!


06/24/18 11:57 PM #46    

 

Maureen McElroy (Plato)

50th Reunion YES Sandi Harkins Joy mentioned the early planning stages are in process. I will ask her to post updates here.


07/18/18 09:11 AM #47    

Sandra Hinson (Valdes)

 

Hey I just saw that the reunion is being held at the Hampton Inn and that we are going to Sneakers on Saturday.. I am a little surprised as this is a pretty seedy part of Jax Beach not really safe at night for anyone especially a group of all people.. Just wondering why this particular place was chosen. Ocean one would be a better option as there are lots of restaurants and things to do.

Sandy Valdes


07/18/18 06:33 PM #48    

 

Nancy Grant (Martin)

I understand that the Oceans 1 wanted 13,000$ in advance. I don't think we have had enough participation in the past to warrant that kind of expense....


07/19/18 09:23 AM #49    

Sandra Hinson (Valdes)

 I agree Nancy that is a lot of money. I just think there’s got to be a better place than that end of Jacksonville Beach. I’ve lived at the beach for over 40 years and that area is just not a good place to be on the weekends. Hope all is well with you, I was sad to hear about Jeanne LePage.


07/19/18 04:14 PM #50    

 

Nancy Grant (Martin)

 

Thank you, Sandi...it has been almost a year, and I think about her every day.  I had heard that that area of the beach (Jax beach) was kind of sketchy, now. What areas are safest, ( if any can be considered that)? The committee had called a lot of places, and says a lot of them are already booked. 

 

 


07/22/18 02:07 PM #51    

Sandra Hinson (Valdes)

 Hi Nancy,  is there a reason we are not going back to the Marriott Sawgrass? Saint Augustine is a great area also Saint Simons Island. It’s our 50th and I was just expecting something a little more than the normal class reunion. Doesn’t matter to me I’ll go in a matter what but that area is not safe and Smeakrs can get a little loud and rowdy. I plan to go to matter where it is


07/23/18 10:45 AM #52    

 

Karen Fleming (LeMore)

Just a suggestion to the Reunion Committee:  I have seen on the Forrest Friends Facebook Group page that recent Forrest Class reunions have been held at the Timuquana Country Club and at the World Golf Village.  These locations may have already been checked out. However, if not, I was just thinking that a non-Beach location might not be booked and could be more reasonably priced, i.e. not requiring the huge deposit.


11/22/18 10:59 AM #53    

 

Ted Porter


11/23/18 06:30 AM #54    

 

Marie Ferry (Tucker)

Definitely!  Starting and ending my day with gratitude helps me stay happy. I have been blessed beyond measure. I have so much to be thankful for. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿงก


11/23/18 11:17 AM #55    

Ellen Hensley (Garrett)

Great post Ted! The only way to start the day! So thankful.....;) 


11/24/18 11:48 AM #56    

 

James Von Dolteren

I've always tried to live my life by two simple rules. Rule#1 don't sweat the small stuff. Rule #2 everything 's small stuff. Works for me the majority of the time.


01/20/19 12:49 PM #57    

 

Stanley McLeod

I just got a nice call from Sandy Harkins who encouraged Kathy and I to attend the upcoming 50th reunion. I have it on our calendar and hope to attend. Sounds like fun. We are all blessed with long life so that we can continue to celebrate friends and relationships.


01/20/19 02:46 PM #58    

 

Marie Ferry (Tucker)

Stan, I hope you and Kathy can atten our 50th!  It’s going to be wonderful seeing so many of our long time friends. Many of us Have remained connected through get togethers, others throphne calls and I still write cards and letters. There are many others that I haven’t seen since graduation but still feel connected through our hearts!  Many of us look forward to seeing you!


02/06/19 11:08 PM #59    

 

Phil Smith

   Go Forrest Rebels and Go Gators


03/19/19 09:11 AM #60    

 

Robert Winstead

Hey everyone, I am hoping to be able to attend the reunion, although I have been away from Jacksonville for many years. Any of you all were in the marching and concert band, I'd like to reconnect. By the way, here is a more recent photo of me - quite a bit different from 1969!

 


04/29/19 04:29 PM #61    

 

Ted Porter

Jim, Jay & Reunion Committee. I just want to publicly thank you all for all the work you devoted toward our 50th Reunion. Jim’s Registration & Pre-Reunion Updates. Jay’s gift of DJing. Everyone else’s preps & behind-the-scenes work. 

My wife & I had a ball, seeing SO many people I hadn’t seen in 48-50 years, even after attending #20 and #40. 90% of us are probably retired by now, so most of us were SO relaxed at the various venues, enjoying meals, libations, dancing & great weather! (VERY impressed with your abilities to plan for that so well, btw!)

The 50th is & was a huge milestone Reunion for all of us. We miss those who have gone before us, but we savor some (but not all!) stories of our youth, families and career. Thanks again for making this possible.

Onward & upward. Ted Porter, Class of 69’

 


05/01/19 01:29 PM #62    

 

James Von Dolteren

I know it seems kinda petty, but weren't there some afro-americans I'm our class. Where are they these days. Saw no pics of them at the reunion. Not invited or lost track?


05/01/19 05:09 PM #63    

 

Nancy Grant (Martin)

James,

Margo Roberts and her husband came on Friday night, but she had a friend in town and couldn’t attend the reunion Saturday. I took their picture, but haven’t been able to access this site yet. I did post them on my Facebook page. 

Nancy


05/02/19 04:17 PM #64    

 

James Von Dolteren

Thank you for that info. I'm sorry I've missed the reunions. Just found all this about five years ago and haven't had the finances to make this one. Hopefully I'll be able to attend the next one. Most of the pics I saw showed a lot of you will still be around for the 75th lol. That's my plan anyway and the ones up until that one lol. Good to hear from you and again thank you for satisfying my curiosity.


05/02/19 04:20 PM #65    

 

Gary Bowers

Hi James,

The Reunion Committee attempted to contact each classmate.  Unfortunately, we were unable to locate many of them.  We even subscribed to an internet locator site with mixed results.  

 


05/03/19 02:56 PM #66    

 

James Von Dolteren

That's cool Gary. I was just curious. I've noticed quite a few of the people I knew seem to have vanished off the face of the earth lol. I really hated missing the last reunion, but this dinky town I'm living in is hard to get out of without a vehicle. I'm working on that so I have no excuse next time.


05/04/19 01:23 PM #67    

 

Ted Porter

So James. You’ve got a GREAT transportation venue in Murphy! Simply hop in your canoe/kayak, and float down the Nantahala or Hiwassee River to the TN River, onto the Ohio & Mississippi and ....you should get to Jax Beach by next Reunion! :)


05/05/19 11:16 AM #68    

 

James Von Dolteren

Never thought of that, but I've only ever been canoeing once in my life lol. Been wanting to do it again ever since I moved here. I'll let you know how that goes lol.


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