I had the sweet opportunity to hang out with those in attendance from the classes of ’52,’53, and ’54. It was a huge blessing for me! Sixty-six years later and this group still recognizes the value of community and remembers what it was that knit them together in the first place…Western Mennonite. This is my second time to attend their annual gathering after accepting the invitation from George Steckly to join them last year. The Class of ’52 determined at their 60th reunion, that they would continue meeting each year and the past two years have extended the invitation to those in class of ’53 and ’54. Last year I had taken some yearbooks along to their class reunion and once our meal was over, I sat among them and listened to stories as they flipped through the pages and reminisced. It was apparent that they recognized the important role Western had played in who they had become. To be in the same room with this truly special group of Pioneers, who really “pioneered” the early days of our school community, was remarkable. This group was among the first graduating classes and because they have invested in the rich heritage; so our students get to enjoy it today. They modelled for us what a caring Christian community looks like and have passed it along and their lives demonstrate the value it had then and still has today. What a sweet thing to be a part of and to see the rich heritage of Western continuing to thrive.
On another note, last year we invited our Alumni to attend a Pioneer basketball game and were thrilled with the number who came to cheer our teams on. We will be doing it again this year, so will keep you posted when we determine the date!
We love to have our Alumni return to campus, so if you want to hold your class reunions at Western, let us know! Donations welcomed, but we do not attach a fee to our Alumni for the purpose of gathering together with your classmates. Hope to see you soon!
Front Row: Larry and Lois Hostetler Hamilton, Elizabeth Miller Kennedy, Violet Yoder Hopkins, Phyllis Swartz Lind, Nadine Kauffman Gerig, Fern Roth Nice
Back Row: Ruth Nisly, Verle and Louise Shenk Stutzman, Grace Wideman Herr, Norm Lind, Dean Gerig, Bob Nice