61Our 50th Reunion will be held June 9-12, 2011. Time creeps up on us rapidly and this premier event is now but a few months away. In my first class column following our 45th Reunion, I reported "Temperature 40 F - feels like 37!" With Global Warming, we should fare better for our upcoming event.

Continuing the reunion planning process, Doug Uhler, one of our reunion co-chairs sent a recap of the meeting held in mid-October in Scottsdale , AZ.   Dick and Pat Tatlow hosted a cocktail party and dinner at their beautiful home at The Boulders near Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday, October 15  It was great to spend time with friends and to catch-up on new and old news. The following morning was spent in a class meeting held at El Pedregal in The Boulders Convention Center. Reunion Chairs Carol Gittlin Franklin, Neil Goldberger and Doug Uhler discussed the June 9-12, 2011 Reunion Planning Schedule. Our other Co-chair Pauline Degenfelder was missed but excused as she and her husband Joe had just returned from a China trip that included a Yangtze River Cruise. Pauline has been very active with the planning. Others who are involved with the planning are our Class President Marshall Frank,  Jay Treadwell and Rosanna Frank with Food, Pat Richards with Affinity, Jan Bidwell with Registration, Janet Ballantyne with Marketing, Ed Goldman and Jon Greenleaf with the Yearbook, Lassie Tischler Eicher with our Questionnaire and Larry Wheeler with our Website. We still need some volunteers to assist Pat Richards with the various affinity groups and to help Jan Bidwell with registration. So if you are willing to help us have a great reunion, please contact me, Doug Uhler at duhler@verizon.net. “

“After our reunion discussion, Marshall held a class meeting.  The afternoon was spent by many with Golf at the Boulders, arranged by Dick Tatlow.  A class dinner followed at the Tonto Bar & Grill in Cave Creek on Saturday evening. Dinner was on the patio terrace and we were visited by a herd of  Javelinas. The weekend ended with Sunday breakfast at the El Pedregal Bakery.   

In early October Jack Neafsey wrote, “Lastweek, Phil  and Jane Hodges, Pete and Donna Whiskeman, Robin Bissell, and Warren and Beth Spcika joined us at our home on Cape Cod for golf, beach , lobster, fishing and fun.  Good to all be together.    Next week, Oct. 4-8, nine ’61 Phi Gam’s,  Pete Meinig, Ken Blanchard, Robin Bissell, Dick Tatlow, Phil Hodges, John Sobke, Warren Spicka, Pete Whiskeman and I will journey to St, George Utah for our 11th annual Fall golf outing. In years past, we have been to Pinehurst, Pebble Beach , Williamsburg and Myrtle Beach to name a few.  The golf gets worse, but the stories get better because we al know “where all the bodies are buried.” We’re looking forward to a great time!”

Two new class news forms arrived from Ithaca shortly before deadline.  Donald Coleman writes from Kansas City that he is still piloting Angel Flights for the Mid-America chapter and has been elected President of the Riverside/Quindaro Bend Levee District.  He and wife Diane have moved into a new home on Weatherly Lake and are enjoying the new location.  Marlene Alpert Tein is still residing in Boca Raton with husband Arnold.  “Life at Camp Boca is good.  We enjoy time with our children (one a Cornell grad.) and grandchildren who live in the area.  We keep busy with golf and water aerobics.  Recently I saw Dale Abrams Rakusin and she looked terrific!  During my ‘off ‘season I volunteer through AARP and prepare income taxes for lower income families.  At the same time, I still have a small private tax practice.  

Also, Judy Rojas Bennett sent the following.  Jim and I are both semi-retired, juggling three homes, one in Florida and two in New York , Garden City and Shelter Island . Both of us are playing lots of golf, I still manage to get into the club championships but for the past two years have lost in the 36 hole final to an opponent 53 years younger than I and at least a foot taller too! Expect to see her on tour after her golf scholarship to college is over. I am still waiting for our club to have a senior’s event for the women!  Jim '60, 63 LLB is of counsel and still manages to go to his various offices several times a week. We travel but have limited our forays to the US as of now, just having returned from the Nat'l Parks out west, Zion, Bryce canyon, Arches, Dead Horse Canyon (which is a sleeper but worth the detour). Looking forward to reunion but let’s forget the number.”

In closing, our class co-correspondent for the last 4 and ˝ years Joanna McCully, is retiring.  Joanna is resolving some personal matters and is reluctantly giving up her responsibilities as class columnist.  Joanna and I have worked well as a team starting with our 45th reunion.  I will miss her but will still be encouraging all of you to continue your input.  Regards to all.  Doug Fuss.  dougout@attglobal.net