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All-School Reunion taking shape

By Staff | Apr 8, 2016

Planning has been underway for months for the Rugby All-School Reunion to be held this summer, and co-chair Theone Stevenson is confident the event will provide a good time for all attending.

“We had one in 2011 and everyone had so much fun they said ‘let’s do it again in five years’,” Stevenson said. So she and co-chair Khloe Sobolik dug out their old reunion records and started again. “This time it was a lot easier,” she said, since she and Sobolik had the names of graduates and in many cases the addresses hadn’t changed.

Also, in 2011 the school was under construction meaning no events could be held there. And, adding to that, the Souris River flood caused many roads to be closed, and Amtrak was not running. None of those factors will be a concern this year.

The three-day event is scheduled for July 1-3. A number of grads who live in the area have been meeting regularly to work out details such as housing, meals and entertainment. “A lot of people have been directly involved,” Stevenson said, “but a lot more helped with finding addresses and so on.” She is hesitant to name individuals for fear of leaving out someone.

An initial postcard was sent to alumni a few months back. Later a registration letter was sent. The reunion committee is using the Rugby Public School website, www.rugby.k12.nd.us as its official site. An ‘alumni’ link can be found halfway down the page on the right side. It contains registration information, lists of who is coming, a schedule of events, location of individual class meet-ups and other pertinent information. The chairwomen note that even though the registration form is online, registration can only be accomplished through regular mail.

Events on the schedule include a welcome ceremony, golf scramble, picnic, school tours, banquet, dance, musical entertainment by an alumni band, a pancake breakfast and more.

The committee is encouraging each class in attendance to have a float in the July 4 parade. They would also like to see each class have an entrant in the 5K run, and hold a class get-together. Several classes are already on board with those plans, Stevenson said, and the list is growing.

“One of our concerns is housing,” Stevenson said. “All of the motels were filled within a week. As of today, (Tuesday, April 5) for everyone that has requested housing I have found some.” She is hoping area residents will open their homes to alumni. Or, if residents will be out of town during reunion time, they would consider renting out their home. “Or maybe they have an apartment in their basement,” she added. “Even a spare bedroom would work.” Reunion planners are trying to match hosts and guests according to their similarities.

With just a few months to go before the big event, Stevenson is hopeful, barring any unforseen glitches, the reunion will be successful. “Right now everything seems to be falling into place,” she said.

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