I'll throw it right out there that I am a fan of high school reunions. I'm not sure that I made our 10th reunion, but I got the information about the following one and decided to join the committee and have been involved in the planning of them ever since. Next weekend I'll be part of the 30th reunion
from high school for the 1983 Class of Canandaigua Academy and I'm certain that I'll have a great time. We had a class of 300, however, and at this point with the reunion just 10 days away it looks like we only attract about 75 classmates and then have 40-50 guests that come in with them. I'm was disappointed in the number, until I saw the picture from our 20th reunion, and then began to realize some standard truths.
No one that ever helped to plan a class reunion, complains about the price. it's a pretty bold statement, but I think it bears out. The ticket price has to include all the incidentals as there is no
other income stream for the event, so typically the ticket price ($30-$75) includes mailings, DJ or band, rental of the facility and/or a tent, the meal, attending gift, and prizes and awards. The committee members know these costs all too well, but the other classmates don't, so I've heard the ticket price complaint as the reason that people aren't attending quite often. For my latest reunion the price to gather with the classmates, have a good meal, and have hours of dancing afterwards is $35 per person. It's tough to get all of the above for less than that, and our committee eliminated suggestion after suggestion to keep the cost of attending low, but believe it or not, I've heard complaints. I'll guarantee that these complainers have paid more for a meal at a restaurant, a ticket to a concert or even for a pair of shoes, but they will gripe about this cost. Why? I suspect because they don't see value in the gathering, so no matter how hard you work to try and please this type of person, it's a losing proposition. We had offers from classmates to cover the costs of other classmates who
The second excuse that I hear the most is even sadder, and it goes something like this... " I didn't
enjoy my time in high school, so why would I pay money to go back to relive it again" I'll utter a bold statement again, anyone that did go to a reunion could ever feel that way. I was poor, not terribly popular, and not dressed well ( My Red Jeans story), yet I managed to enjoy my time in high
I'll close with my epiphany about reunions that I had this week while looking at the photo from my 20th. Almost every person in attendance 10 years ago is coming back to this one. I say almost
because sadly, there are 2 classmates in the picture that have died since the last reunion. I had a chance to reconnect with both of them, and work closely on the committee with one of them. I hadn't known either in high school but got to hear their stories at our 20th, you can read one of theirs here ( My friend Eileen). They both fought courageous battles against cancer but neither let that define them, they volunteered, they worked, one married and one didn't and they stayed in our home town and made it a better place to live. So I'll finish this short blog exactly how I started it, I'm a fan of high school reunions, because I get to reconnect with people like this at them.