This weekend was the 25th “mini-reunion” of the Herndon High School Class of 1987, a reunion I helped to organize. Kelly and I have a history at our high school reunions, being that we met at our ten-year reunion, so it seemed like putting together a modest reunion in-between the 20th and 30th was appropriate.
So what did I do? I found out the date of the school’s homecoming game, created a Facebook event on the Class of 1987′s Facebook page, and negotiated a reduced-rate room deal with the hotel. My classmate Richell Sleptz lives in Herndon and suggested places we should meet. Working together, we got something going.
Was it a success? I sure think so. I saw all the friends I really wanted to see.We had about 20 people show up out of a class of almost 600, though that was 12% of the class’s Facebook group membership. It was a casual get-together, with zero cost or obligation for participants other than their own meals, travel, and hotel. Neither Richell nor I were on the hook for anything, either. The bar was set pretty low and we definitely achieved what we wanted to.
Now, the 30th reunion promises to be a bigger shindig. I would like to have a vinyl banner made up with the Class of 1987 on it. We’ll enlist the resources of companies like reunions.com to help track down classmates, and email them in advance. Still, this was good test-run to see what a 30th might entail. I’m already looking forward to it!