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From Rindy Ward Chamberlain

The Stranahan Class of 1962 is having our 55th Reunion on August 18-20, 2017 at the Embassy Suites on the 17th Street Causeway in Ft. Lauderdale. We would like to invite you to join us for the celebration.

If you want to attend, please send your check for $125 per person payable to Stranahan H.S. Class of ’62 Reunion.
Mail your check to

Beth Longo
11185 NW 4th Court
Coral Springs, FL 33071.

On Friday night we will have a meet and greet with food and drinks in the hospitality suite.
Saturday night is a dinner/dance with a live band playing “our music.”

Questions: Call Rindy Ward Chamberlin at 813-417-7703.



SHS Luncheon 2017

From Mickey Hanes Lee

Hello Again Stranahan Dragons,

Once again we have set up another luncheon but this one will top all the others. We are having the luncheon at STRANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL. Yes you read that right. The luncheon will be held at Stranahan on October 14, 2017. The lunch is for anyone wanting to attend but especially the classes of 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962. It will be a buffet with the menu as follows:
Chicken Parmesan
Meatless Baked Ziti
Salad and Dressing
Tea
Cake for Dessert
The cost of the buffet is only $15.00 per person.

As an added treat, we will get a nostalgic tour of the hallowed halls of Stranahan.

For those of you coming into town who need a motel room, we have set up special rates at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites near the Broward Mall.
The rate is $89.50 per night plus taxes, which includes a breakfast each morning.
This rate is good for Thursday, October 12, 2017 thru October 15, 2017 in the event you want to make a nice weekend of the trip. Please call to make your own reservations as we will not be handling that.
When making reservations, be sure to mention "STRANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL ORIGINAL DRAGONS GROUP." This will give you the $89.50 plus taxes rate.

Their address is:
LaQuinta Inn and Suites
7901 SW 6 Street
Plantation, Fl. 33324
954-473-8257
Please RSVP by sending your $15.00 per person to Sue Camaraire. Her address is: 5600 S.W. 9 Street, Plantation, Fl. 33317
Please make checks payable to Sue Camaraire.

For those of you who might be interested, Mike Roland has set up a Scholarship Fund for student/athletes who, because of grades or whatever, can not qualify for a scholarship elsewhere. They have to be college ready and not have received a scholarship of any kind from anyone else. If anyone would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please let us know.

The deadline to RSVP is September 29, 2017; however, it would be appreciated if you could forward your reservations as soon as possible so we may keep a close watch on the head count as the "Senior Cafeteria" only holds so many. The committee however has a favor to ask. Can each of you that receive this email please post it to your Facebook page? Many of you are in touch with classmates that we have no address for so this will help in getting the message to them. If you have ANY question, please contact me, Michele Lee at 386-961-8663 (home) 386-697-4747 (cell), Sue Camaraire at 954-214-8012, or Mike Roland at 954-472-2389. Thank you in advance for your help and participation.

Sincerely,
Michele (Hanes) Lee (yardsaler2@hotmail.com)
Walter Lee (diwe68@yahoo.com)
Sue Camaraire (scamaraire@aol.com)
Mike Roland (MHROLAND@aol.com)


Reunion 2015

From Sue Camaraire - Updated list of those attending at least one event as of September 10, 2015:
* = Cruisin' Dragons
** = Both are SHS alumni
George & Marlene Antones         Bill & Barbara Briley         Ron & Veronica Zeissler Cerri **         *Ed & Susan Cox         *Pat Craig          William & Linda Crouch         Richard & Pat Crowley         Ron & Terry Dachelet         Diana Dodge         Luckey Dodge         Bob & Kathy Craig Dunn**         Gordon & Carolyn Foley         John & Pat Gettinger         *John & Hye Suk Gilmore         Jeff Gordon         Carol Graff         Joyce Graff Albrekson         Linda Zanky Granger         Bill & Susan Greene, Jr.         Mike & MaryLou Grizzle         *Jim Hall         Ed Hatter         *Beverly Bryan Hoppe         Eileen Horgan         *Dane Jensen         *Dixie Lee Joyner         Perry & Charlotte Davis Klimas         *Walter & Michele Hanes Lee **         Allan & Joan Lerner         Ron & Ann Parker Lunsford         Dennis & Barbara Lynn Durham Lynch**         *Jeff & Cindi MacNeir         *Judy VanGorder Mazurek         *Sharon Marable         Bettie McIver         Ken & Kathy Millen         Jim & Connie Baum Miller         Jack Mitchell          George & Maureen Moore         Frank & Marian Siebelist Neff **         *Bev Davis O'Brien         Don & Becki O'Neal         Larry & Carole Stiles Parks         Gladys Pfanner Pisz         Carolyn Wallace Powers         Kathy Price         *Roy & Jane Radanof         *Robert Radanof         *Jim & Minnie Randle         Terry & Marcia Mallinger Reisman         Jack & Judy Ecker Malloy         Bob & Brenda Blocker Newham         Carolyn Wallace Powers         Don Ray         Eric Reno         Allan & TrudyTappan Richard         Ken Riley         Norman Riley         Virginia Boyd Rogers         *Diane Craig Rosen         Bruce & Judy Schmahl         Douglas & Lauria Schmahl         Dianna Schulkers         *Ed & Beverly Weiss Shaffner**         Warren & Cathy Smiley         Jeannine Eads Smith         Carleen Spano         Johnnie & Eleanor Stevens         *Terry & Rita Stratton         William & Susan Mann Taylor         Donald & Sheila Weber         Francine Camaraire Whitman         Sam & Marilyn Kalie Wilkin **         Doug & Maureen Wilson        
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From Mickey Hanes Lee:

Hello Fellow Dragons/Family/Friends:

Once again it is time for our big class reunion. .

Please forward this information to any classmates you are in contact with, to Facebook, phone calls, and any other media to get the word out.

Please note: Family and friends are welcome. The more the merrier. You can make this a reunion and combine a family vacation if you would like.

The reunion is being held at

The Westin Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale,
at 400 Corporate Dr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. 33334
on Friday and Saturday nights, October 23 and 24th, 2015

Room rates are $121.00 per room, with the price being held for 2 days before and 2 days after for those who might want to come early, or stay late.
The charge for Friday night for hors d'oeuvres will be $30.00 per person
and a buffet on Saturday night will be $60.00 per person.

PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS AS WE WILL NOT BE COLLECTING ANY MONEY FOR THE HOTEL ROOMS.
THE PHONE NUMBER IS 954-660-6702. IMPORTANT: BE SURE TO TELL THE HOTEL YOU ARE WITH THE "STRANAHAN REUNION."

** NOTE If there are no more rooms available at the reunion group price, you may want to try the
Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale-Cypress Creek
720 East Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33334-3564,
TEL: 954-776-7677 - FAX: 954-776-0805
They will offer the same price to the reunion group.

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The charge for Friday night for Hors d'oeuvres will be $30.00 per person which includes costs of banquet room etc.
The charge for Saturday night buffet is $60.00 per person which includes cost of banquet room, servers, etc.
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: SUE CAMARAIRE due prior to reunion. Due to banking regulations we can not make checks payable to Stranahan Reunion.
YOUR MONEY FOR THE MEALS NEEDS TO BE SENT TO SUE CAMARAIRE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015.


In addition to the events at the Westin, there will be a cruise for "The Cruising Dragons" which will leave on Sunday, October 25, 2015 for a 7 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean, Independence of the Seas. Some of the committee members have toured this ship recently, and it is spectacular. One can look it up on the Internet and view all it has to offer.

MICHAEL GONZALEZ, OUR TRAVEL AGENT, HAS OPENED THE CRUISE WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN. THIS IS THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GROUP:
GROUP # 9319323
GROUP NAME: CRUISING DRAGONS
Pricing for cabins with single occupancy:
Interior cabin - $932.05 total for the cabin
Ocean View Cabin - $1284.10 total for the cabin.

Pricing for cabins with double occupancy:
***No Balcony or Promenade Cabins left at special rates.
Interior Cabin - $1024.10 Total for the cabin
Ocean View Cabin - $1284.10 Total for the cabin

No handicap accessible rooms available at special rates

Gratuities $84.00 per person additional

Passengers are allowed to bring bottle water and soda in their carry-on.
Passengers are allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine 750 ml per cabin.

Those cruising are:                   Room No.

Kathleen Price         9376
Beverly Bryan Hoppe          9376

Susan Huffman Camaraire               2310
Beverly Davis O'Brien             2310

Doug & Maureen Wilson          7295

Dixie Joyner          8676
Sharon Remsberg Marable          8676

Judy Van Gorder Mazurek

Dane Jensen                   2648
Jimmy Hall                   2648

Roy & Jane Radanof         9288

Patricia Craig          6129
Diane Rosen          6129

Ed & Sue Cox          7376

Walter & Michele Hanes Lee          2306

Cyndi & Jeff MacNeir          7378

Beverly Weiss & Ed Shaffner          8322

Jim & Minnie Randle         6313

Marilyn Kalie & Sam Wilkins         6497

John & Hye Suk Gilmore                  

Terry & Rita Strattan          2366

Donald & Sheila Weber          2326

Johnnie & Eleanor Stevens

Eugene & Jeannette Hargraves

Full deposit of 250.00 per person is due NOW.
Final Payment for the group is 8/1/15.
Deposits are fully refundable as long as it is done BEFORE August 1, 2015.

Once you have made your reservations for the hotel and cruise, please let Sue or Mickey know so we can plan on the food needed for Friday and/or Saturday nights.

*****VERY IMPORTANT:
If you are a single person, please let us know if you would like a roommate as we have single females and males who would like to share a room.

Thank you everyone for your support in helping to make this another successful reunion. Any question please contact Sue Camaraire at 954-214-8012, scamaraire@aol.com or Mickey Hanes Lee 386-961-8663, yardsaler2@hotmail.com. Michael Gonzalez, ACC Independent Vacation Specialist
Pembroke Pines, FL
Telephone (866) 931-4002
Telephone (954) 907-5451
Fax (954) 441-5230
Email: mgonzalez@cruisesinc.com

Michael Gonzalez works another job during the day. You can reach him in the evenings or on weekends only.

Once you have made your reservations for the hotel, cruise, or both, PLEASE LET SUE OR MICKEY KNOW SO WE CAN KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD IS NEEDED FOR FRIDAY AND/OR SATURDAY EVENTS.

Time is passing for all of us so let's make every effort to make this one of the best reunions ever.
Thank you everyone for your support in helping to make this another successful reunion.
If anyone has any questions, please contact:
Sue Camaraire          954-214-8012          scamaraire@aol.com
Mickey Hanes Lee          386-961-8663          yardsaler2@hotmail.com

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SHS Alaskan Cruise Update

From Dixie Joyner & Cyndi MacNeir:

Hi again SHS Alumni and Friends!

Here are 2 of Cyndi MacNeir's photos from the Alaskan cruise showing everyone who went! A good time was had by all!

Front row: SHS - Ed Shaffner, Mary (Missouri, Joann's sister), SHS - Ed Cox (PA), SHS - Dixie Joyner (MT), SHS - Cyndi Macneir
2nd row: SHS - Beverly Weiss Shaffner, Joann (Georgia), Mike (Mary's husband), Susan Cox (Ed's wife)
Third row: SHS - Jeff Macneir, Sue Baughman (Georgia, Ed Cox sister), SHS - Sue Huffman Camaraire
4th row: Jim and Sue Zellick (MT), George Baughman (Sue Baughman's husband), SHS - Francine Camaraire Whitman

All together we had four Sue's, two Ed's and folks from 5 different states that had a great time! And we did get to see whales!

Front row: Sue Huffman Camaraire, Dixie Joyner, Francine Camaraire Whitman, Ed Shaffner
Back row: Jeff MacNeir, Ed Cox, Cyndi MacNeir, Bev Weiss Shaffner

Cyndi 954 527 0851

Dixie 406 538 3244

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Glacier Park Event, September 1 - 11, 2011

Update from Dixie

The trip was beautiful. I never tire of the beauty in Montana. We also went to Lake Louise Canada which is breathtaking - to say the least!!!

Those who attended were Jeff and Cyndi MacNeir, Judy Crist Smith and husband Jerry, Mary Hemme Luang, Dennis O'Bea, Judy Van Gorder Mazurek, Helen Merritt and Dee Browning Merritt.

To see photos from the trip click here: Photos From Glacier Park Event


Dixie Lee Joyner - dixie@midrivers.com

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Another Luncheon - in Stuart on April 2, 2011

May 1 Update:

Hello Fellow Dragons :)

Another great time was had and for those who could not make the luncheon, you missed a good one. We had 100 people show and as usual the food and service was excellent.

The highlight of the event was the 50/50 pot. We had 2 big winners of 215.00 each. Don O'Neal and Judy Van Gorder Mazurek were the lucky recipients. :) There were 10 Outback gift certificates valued at 25.00 each given away as well. The winners of those were Don O'Neal with 2, Jeff MacNeir, Warren Smiley, Wayne Sprouse, Joyce Graff, Judy Courtney and Torchy Lawson. I apologize for not having a picture of the other two. :(

Those in attendance were: (these names are taken from the attendance sheet everyone signed in on.) Sorry, I am only printing the maiden names if I don't know or can't make out the married names.

June ? 954-709-3257, Joe Brusca, Fran Harwell Oliver, Chick Wygant, George Patten, Becky Zachem, Sandra Loria Preble, Joyce Decker Poletz, Charmaine Spando Bartanowicz, Judi Courtney Korn, Dottie Dittman Hatmaker, Donna Dittman Anderson, William Cierebiej, Sherry Johnson Pearthree, Sam Ullman, Judith Ingersol Hawkins, Allan and Trudy Tappan Richard, Sandy Grauso Guiliani, Judy Allen Williams, Lee and Nancy Faber Blake, Sandy Montgomery, Judy Ecker Malloy, Jack Malloy, Fred and Judie Castro, Ed and Pam Tison, Shirley Dye Baucom, Dennis O'Bea, Judy Van Gorder Mazurek, John and Kathy Oh, John N. Gilmore, Everett Lerch, Tom and Annette Picard Priest, Don and Darlene Sprouse Moore, Wayne Sprouse, Norman and Mignon Riley, Rick Ferraro, Bill Robertson, Jan Hofstra (Class of '66), Warren Smiley and Cathy Schmidt, Pat Craig and sister Diane Craig, Beverly Davis O'Brien, Will and Bev Bryan Hoppe, Carole Graff, Jeff and Cyndi MacNeir, Jim Miller, Don and Becki O'Neal along with kids and grand kids, Karin Kraii Wenger, Ned Gillman, Sue Huffman Camaraire, Joann Purvis Long, Joy Graff Albrektsen, Joe Roberts, David Albury, Rick Albury, George and Marlene Antones, Donna Milke Pritchard, Ron Pritchard, Sandy Harkin, Don Bradley, Ann Harvey Ottaviano, Dane Jensen, Dan Pointkowski, Torchy Lawson McClure, Mike and Carol Mucci and family, and Walter and Mickey Hanes Lee.

What makes these gatherings so much fun is each time a few more come that have never been to any or very few classmate functions since graduation. It is rewarding to us to reconnect with ones like Jack Malloy and Everett Lerch, who have never been to any classmate functions until this one. We truly hope they will continue to come to future gatherings.

To see Bev's photos from the luncheon click here: Bev's Photos From the Luncheon

To see Walt's photos from the luncheon click here: Walt Lee's Photos From the Luncheon

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Our thanks to Mike Mucci for making the arrangements for our luncheon at the Outback. Even though he has had severe back problems and operations he came thru for us. That is a TRUE Dragon. :) Thanks, Mike, for all you did.

We are planning another gathering in November of this year in Sebring, Fl. The plans are in the making even as I write this note.

I am just passing on this tidbit of info: In the event any of you have Stranahan T-Shirts that are folded and put away, I would like to encourage you to wear them out and about. Walter and I live in Lake City, Florida. I was wearing my Stranahan T-shirt when the cashier at Wal-Mart said her mother graduated from Stranahan. As it turned out, it was Charlotte East, Class of '61, who now lives in Ft. White, Florida, just down the road. We agreed to meet for lunch and once again I was wearing my Stranahan T-shirt. While I was waiting for her to get there, the hostess said her father went to Stranahan. As luck would have it, it was the daughter of Fred Castro, Class of '61. After I sent an encouraging email to him, he made it to the luncheon on 4/2/11. Moral of the story: wear your Stranahan T-shirts out and about.

Thanks for everyone's participation in the luncheons. We look forward to seeing everyone, and then some, in November, in Sebring, Florida.

Mickey Hanes Lee

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SHS - LHS Homecoming, November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010 Update:

Homecoming was a lot of fun! Count the people in the photos to see if you can tell how many attended!

Thanks to Mike and Carol Roland for hosting an open house the night before the game. Carol went all out on the food - hamburgers, chicken, several salads and lots more!

To see the Homecoming 2010 photos click here: Homecoming Photos

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From Mickey Hanes Lee -
Ocala Luncheon on November 6 - Huge Success!

Hi Fellow Dragons :)!

Hail Hail The Gangs All Here - 130 in total :) !

That is what it felt like at the Outback November 6, 2010 in Ocala, Florida. We had 130 classmates and family attend the 3rd luncheon that we have had in the past year. The Outback did an outstanding job in catering to our every whim. From what we can tell, everyone seems to love going to the luncheons and reigniting their friendships with forgotten classmates.

Some classmates came from as far away as New Mexico, Texas, and Washington state. We had a 50/50 pot with two winners - Warren Smiley and Bill Robertson each won $122.25. Nice day for the winners. :)

About 30-40 classmates joined us at the RV site afterwards where we shared more stories; then about a dozen of us went out to dinner.

All in all it could not have turned out any better unless even more classmates had attended. Our thanks to everyone who came and to those who wanted to come but had to cancel at the last minute. What makes these luncheons so special is knowing that many classmates have never attended a reunion or gathering since graduation, and they are thrilled to be coming to the luncheons to reconnect with other classmates and share old times.

If all goes well, we hope to have another one in April sometime but will send out the info when it is complete. Keep checking this website for future updates.

Those in attendance were:

Brenda Blocker Newham    Sue Huffman Camaraire    Walter & Michele Lee
Nancy Anderson Erney         Don O'Neal        Dan Pointkowski
Annette Priest            John Corbo          Joyce Graff        Allen Richard
Carole Graff        Nita Cooper Troncin        Sharon Rupp Fay      Bill Greene
Sandra Loria Preble           Jenny Carson Blanton         Sandy Montgomery
Bob Handy       Mike Blocker       David Zachem        Bill Cierebiej
Dottie Betton Marder           Bev Davis O'Brien           Judi Courtney Korn
Pat Craig          Judy Ecker Malloy          Grady and Sandy Johns Stewart
Torchy Lawson McClure         Chris Mazzola          Tom Mazzola
Warren Smiley         Bill Caldwell         Curtiss Edewaard
Al and Linda Cox Harnage          Ed Hatter          Bob Edewaard
Tom & Christine Downs Jenkins         Ned Gilman          Pat Mitchell LaPointe
George & Marlene Antones         Bill & Laura Mason         Larry Kimmel
Jimmie and Marcia Haskins Westmoreland          Jackie Gerrish Tibbs         
Nancy and Mike Salinero          Karin Kraii Wenger         Don Widman
Suzanne Scott          Judy Allen Williams          Wayne Sprouse
Jon & Sandra Wackes Allen         Lee Hector          Steve Jarrett
Ashley Fisher          Joann Purvis Long          Mickey Stevens
Chuck & Judy Ingersol Hawkins          Judy Wilson Handy          Bill Robertson
Bill and Linda Gossett          Sue Wolford Hogan          Jane Wolverton
Charmaine Spando Bartanowicz        Mary Hemme Leuang        Don O'Neal
Don Bradley      Bill & Carol Benn Babcock       Dane Jensen       Patti Dunn
Gary & Lyn Lux Deaquair          Tim & Pat Antones Swain         
Shirley Dye Baucom         Don & Darlene Sprouse Moore         
Marilyn Lewis Moreira     Carolyn Kirkpatrick Prescott      Jeannine Eads Smith
Jeff & Cyndi MacNeir          David & Margo Albury          John & Delores Knox
Randy Tedder          Sam Ullman         Bill & Laura Mason
Larry Oxley          Judy Setley Wright          Pepper Fields
Trudy Tappan                   Don Carter
John & Jane McNaulty Flinn          Rick Ferrero         

Our thanks to everyone and especially Nancy Anderson Erney who put the entire luncheon together with the Outback Restaurant. Thank you Nancy. :)

To see Bob Edewaard's luncheon photos click here: Photos From the Luncheon

Mickey and Walter Lee

Call Nancy Anderson Erney (class of 61) at 352-591-2462 or e-mail ledfoot_7@yahoo.com(*please note the underscore between the t and 7)
or me, Mickey Hanes Lee, at 386-961-8663 or yardsaler2@hotmail.com.

Thank you all once again for making this such a successful turnout.

See you soon,

Mickey, Walter and Nancy

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From Mickey Hanes Lee -
Stranahan Dragons Luncheon, May 1, 2010

Hi All!

On May 1, 2010 the North Florida Stranahan Dragons had a luncheon at the Ivy House in Alachua, Florida. We decided to have a "gathering" since so many classmates do live in North Florida. We couldn't have asked for it to be any better. We had a total of 26 classmates in attendance and the food was excellent. Walter and Mickey Lee brought their motor home over so when the lunch was over most of us were able to gather under the awning and spend even more time together telling some pretty good stories and can Bob Edewaard tell them. :)

Another gathering is in the works for sometime in October to be held in Gainesville, Florida. Everyone is invited. Further details will be emailed when the arrangements have been finalized.

Those in attendance were :)
Jeanine Eads Smith, Marilyn Lewis Moreira, Shirley Dye Baucom, Judy Setley Wright, Vic Digenti and his wife Evanne; Wanda Parsons and her husband; Rick Ferraro; Bob Edewaard; Patty Ebersold; Veronica Zeisler Cerri; David Albury and Margo; Carolyn Kirkpatrick Prescott; Nancy Anderson Erney; Jenny Carson; Torchy Lawson McClure; Sue Huffman Camaraire; Francine Camaraire Whitman; Linda Cox Harnage and her husband Al; Pat Mitchell LaPointe and her husband Leonard; my husband Walter Lee and me - Mickey Hanes Lee.

Our special thanks to all of those who came and we hope to see everyone in Gainesville in October 2010.

To see Bob Edewaard's luncheon photos click here: Photos From the Luncheon

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From Mickey Hanes Lee -
Yellowstone Gathering

Hi All!

Another fun time was had this past January 16-23, 2010 in Yellowstone National Park. Dixie Joyner, our resident "Travel Agent," put another gathering together with several of our classmates attending: Bob and Cheryl Chambless; Jeff and Cyndi MacNeir; Kay Kress Ullom and her friend Larry Vanderford; Walter and Mickey Lee, and a newcomer to the group, Mary Hemme from class of '61, and David Albury, Class of '62. Judy Van Gorder and Bev Weiss Shaffner planned to attend but Judy broke her ankle and Bev broke a leg. Would you believe Bev fell from a ladder while attempting to put Christmas light up!!! There were about 6 other attendees who were not classmates but they fit right in - just as crazy as the Stranahan crowd.

We rented a snow coach on two different days. One day we went to lower Yellowstone and the next we went to the upper Yellowstone areas. Many buffalo, elk, coyotes, wolves, long horn sheep, pronghorns, magpies, eagles were among some of nature's wild life sights that we were able to capture.

About half the group, at one time or another, went into the hot tubs to swim and enjoy the therapeutic stimulation of the hot mountain waters. We did see Old Faithful, who only sputtered rather than a huge forced flow from the geyser. Cyndi and Dixie attempted to make snow angels but by the time they got through, the angel looked like it was malformed. :)

One day we all went to Big Timber, a town about 90 miles away. There we enjoyed lunch at an old B&B hotel called The Grande. We got a grand tour of the hotel and if anyone has ever seen an old western from days gone by, this hotel was like being in that time zone. It was simply beautifully redone. Rates are very reasonable, depending if you want a private bathroom or one down the hall.

Another day was devoted to going to Cooke City, which is about 50 miles in another direction. It was a beautiful drive through Yellowstone to get there but once there, all we could do was eat. The road is not cleared of snow beyond that point so after lunch, we headed back to Gardiner.

It did snow while we were there but just enough to make it more beautiful. There was some ice under that powdery snow but we were fortunate that it didn't cause any of us any problems.

Most of the group left on Saturday 1/23.

To see all the fun and beautiful scenery click here: Cyndi's Photos From Yellowstone or here: Kay's Photos From Yellowstone

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Sebring "Gathering" - April 18 - 20, 2008
Post-Reunion Update!

Hello to All!!

The Highlands County classmates who put on the Sebring mini-reunion the weekend of April 18 -20 simply outdid themselves! Held at the Kenilworth Lodge they provided a wonderful weekend for the 100 or so attendees who traveled to the middle of the state for this event which involved 8 months of planning. From the massive amounts of hors d'ouvres contributed by the "Sebring Dragons" for the Friday evening party to the reasonably-priced cash bar to the excellent decorations, and the delicious Saturday evening buffet, it was all outstanding! There was even an Elvis impersonator for entertainment!

Attendees were welcomed by Sebring Dragons who manned a reception table the entire weekend and were given a "goodie bag" containing a program, a list of everyone there, brochures of local information and some orange and blue candies. Next to the table was a display of every classmate who attended! A sign over a door welcomed folks to the "Dragon's Den," a large room for gathering where there was an array of food and a well-stocked bar. The original Dragon's Den was nothing like this!!

Our Highlands County Classmates / Hosts were: Fred & Neyda Blake, Steve & Alayne (Wolverton) Bush, Sue (Huffman) Camaraire, Richard & Pat Crowley, Fran (Harwell) Oliver, Mike & Mary Swaine, Karin Kraai Wenger, Sam & Marilyn (Kalie) Wilkin, Alan & Jane Wolverton, Ken & Paulette (Lemieux) Krug, Robert & Francine (Camaraire) Whitman and Dane Jensen.

A special thanks to Karin Kraai Wenger for the lovely centerpieces which she designed and created; and to Diana Dodge for supplying little orange and blue candies with "Sebring Dragons - 2008" embedded in them.

Those who attended were Larry & Carole (Stiles) Adams, David Albury, Rick Albury, Ruth (Rigdon) Barnes, Walter & Alice (Drake) Berg, Bill & Barb Briley, Jim Brubaker, Helen (Merritt) Bryan, Dick Buntrock, Bob & Theo (Jones) Byrne, Bob & Cheryl Chambless, Sandy (Croft) Clowney, Richard & Pat Crowley, Gary & Sandy Dahlhofer, Mike & Carol Dew, Victor & Evanne DiGenti, Diana Dodge, Luckey Dodge, Sharon (Cookie Rupp) Fay, Mike & Laurette Fuller, John & Pat Gettinger, Mike & Mary Lou Grizzle, Jimmy Hall, Dane Hancock, Bob & Judy (Wilson) Handy, Jack Hartfield, Sam (Jane) Heede, Will & Bev Bryan Hoppe, Ron & Sandy Jones, Dixie Joyner, Karen lambert, John Lamon, Walt & Mickey Hanes Lee, Joann (Purvis) Long, Jeff & Cindi MacNeir, Ted & Alice Mallory, Judy (Van Gorder) Mazurek, Torchy (Lawson) McClure, Paul & Lynn Mize, Mike & Carol Mucci, Dennis O'Bea, Don & Becky O'Neal, Ann (Harvey) Ottaviano, Jerry & Jean (Gronquist) Ray, Doyle & Linda Raybon, Irene (Barth) Russ, Hal & Kathie (Koberstein) Schmidt, Buck & Suzanne (Spangler) Seeley, Bev (Weiss) Shaffner, Jackie Shaw, Kay (Kress) Ullom, and Doug & Maureen Wilson.

Karin and Marilyn said I should add, "Thanks to everyone who attended. We were overwhelmed by the turnout! Hope to see the rest of you at our 50th!"

And to them and all the Sebring Dragons - hats off for a wonderful weekend at a very reasonable cost! Well done!!

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Bud Marcum's 2nd Reunion -
     "Hoop Dragons & Friends"

Update from Ron Thomas ('60)

Hi Guys!

On November 2, 2007, the following classmates met in Ormond Beach , FL for the SECOND BUD MARCUM REUNION: Coach Marlin "BUD" Marcum and his wife Mary Emma; Mike Grizzle, John Gettinger, Vernon Rogers, Ron Thomas, Tom Mazzola and his wife Christine, Mark Hall, Allen and Trudy Richard, George Moore, Ken Fernandez, Mark Wakefield, Robert Jenkins, Jose Auffant, Ben Arculeo, Jim Butts, Bob Wells, Dave Austin, Roger Tavennier, Bobby Hall and Coach Marcum's youngest son James Patrick and his wife Sherry.

We had a great afternoon and evening of fun, fellowship and shared a lot of great memories. We all agreed that we would meet again next year and try to grow in size.

We also are going to try and get in touch with as many former Dragons as we can and start a scholarship fund for a Dragon athlete. I am honored to head up a group of to look into this idea. We all agreed that STRANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL and Ft. Lauderdale were important parts in our lives and it is time to help others like we were helped. This is open to any former Dragon and friends not just former athletes. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, please get in touch with me at the following:
Ron Thomas
1801 Doster Road
Madison, GA 30650.
Home phone: 706-342-2730 or Cell: 706-474-8321.
e-mail: rtts830@aol.com

Pictures were made and will posted whenever we can recognize any of the participants.

Visit my blog at http://www.rtdragoncane.blogspot.com/

Hope all is well and GO DRAGONS FOREVER!!!!!!


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Walk For Life - Update

From Ruth Rigdon Barnes regarding the "Walk For Life" in honor of Randy Ward:
The "Walk For Life" raised $500,000.00 for the American Cancer Society. Our team was second in donations and we raised $17,450.00.

I want to thank everyone from Stranahan who contributed and those who took the time to e-mail me about their experiences and losses to cancer. We are certainly lucky to have such loving and caring friends from our high school days.

Ruth

To contact us:
SHS Reunion 2009
1040 SW 52 Avenue
Plantation, FL 33317

stranahanreunion.com
Bev Bryan Hoppe: 954-587-9275
Sue Huffman Camaraire: 954-214-8012
Dixie Joyner: 406-538-3244
Email:  Strnhn2000@aol.com or SCamaraire@aol.com or dixie@midrivers.com