1971 WHS Class Brings Changes to Celebrate 50th Reunion | New


In response to the recent rise in COVID, the 1971 WHS Class Reunion Organizing Committee decided to change the schedule of events for the 50th WHS Meeting. The biggest change is that the main event is held outdoors and all events are free. The main Saturday 5 p.m. event is now taking place at Vicki (Collison) Bubalo’s.

For the main event, hay bales will be available for seating but, if possible, classmates may want to bring a lawn chair. Valet parking is available at Bethel North UMC, 919 N SR 57, and there is plenty of parking. Because the Carfest parade starts at 5:30 p.m., people are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. for the main event.

Additional changes include the cancellation of the Thursday launch party and food will not be served on museum and high school tours. Although Thursday’s launch party has been canceled, the other nine reunion events are still ongoing.

On Friday morning at 9 am the golf outing will take place. Classmates are to meet in the clubhouse of the Country Oaks Golf Club. Check out time is 9 a.m. The Euchre festival on Friday morning at the Baymont Inn remains on the schedule. The C of C lunch begins at 11:30 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. a walking tour of downtown Washington will be led by Don Spillman. The tour begins at the C of C. Finally, Friday at 5 p.m., the Daviess County Museum will be open for a self-guided tour and social moment.

Saturday morning at 9 am, the class will tour the school. The presentation of the WHS Class of ’71 Legacy Gift will follow the tour. Tables have been reserved for a lunch at 11:30 am at Mi Pueblo. The main event will begin Saturday at 5 pm at Vicki (Collison) Bubalo’s House, 757 E. Bean Dr. The class photo will be at 6 pm. The main event includes food, beer, wine and water.

On Sunday, the class will have a tent at the 20th Century Chevy Carfest and Cruiz-In at Eastside Park. Friends and classmates of the 1971 class are encouraged to stop and visit.

Since the day COVID-19 became part of our daily conversation, the meeting committee has recognized and struggled with the challenges of planning our meeting. As things changed with COVID, the committee changed events in an attempt to address people’s concerns.

While respecting concerns about COVID, the committee hopes that all participants will be vaccinated. We provide masks and hand sanitizer at all of our events, and we urge anyone who is sick or unwell to stay home. Finally, if COVID allows and there is interest, the planning committee is considering a 50 plus-1 rally in 2022. The planning committee thanks everyone for their patience and understanding.

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