18th All Classes AHS Alumni Holiday Get Together
AHS Holiday Get Together
Saturday December 22, 2012
All AHS Alumni, significant others, elves, friends, whoever
The ALL CLASS Get-Together was originally started by late 1970's and early 1980's AHS Alumni, but All AHS class years are encouraged and welcome. We would love to see representatives from every class.
- what: 18th annual AHS All Alumni HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER
- who 1: All AHS Alum, significant others, friends, elves, whoever.
- who 2: EVERY year is invited to attend, there is always a strong mid 70s to early 80s classes showing, but the younger classes have discovered us too! We need the 50's and 60's and early 70's AHS Alumni to discover this great get-together.
- where: Olde Main Brewing Co. on Main Street in Ames
- how: Cash (yours)
- when: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (if we can find an after-gathering), Saturday, December 22, 2012
The 2012 Ames High School Alumni Holiday Gathering / Reunion night was Saturday evening, December 22, 2012 at Olde Main Brewing Co. in downtown Ames. We basically took over the place. It's so simple. We set the date. You show up, buy your own food or drinks, and, if you're a big spender, for your friends. Then drink up (in moderation of course), chat, and get caught up. This has been a meaningful, wonderful reconnection for many people, and we've had classmates from New York, California, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois and elsewhere attend. The holiday gathering got off the ground 18 years ago, in a small way and mostly involving the AHS Class of '77, but has become much more. "We started out with about 30 people a year, but in the last couple of years, this has really taken off," Beeman said. "I rely heavily on the this alumni site for email addresses - and beg people to update theirs -- and that helps. What really got this going, though, is the simple act of friends letting their friends know about it through personal email address books and phone calls. The alumni newsletter and the website also carry notices.
The idea for an informal All Classes AHS reunion came out of years of discussions among Perry Beeman, Julie (Anderson) Larson, Bill Nutty (all 3 from the AHS Class of '77) and others. The thought was to catch people while they were back in town for the holidays, and to have an informal, relaxing, annual fun gathering (i.e. reunion) for those of us who hate to wait five years for our own class gatherings to roll around. Finally, the trio of big talkers backed it up by actually planning an event.
See you at the next GREAT AHS Holiday Gathering!
The All Class AHS Holiday Gathering is normally held the Friday between Christmas and New Year's. If the holidays hit that day (like it did in 2009 and again in 2010) we will pick a different date, but this year we have decided to try something entirely different, so we have scheduled the gathering for Saturday December 22, 2012. Please help get the word out. Every year, we have hurt feelings because someone didn't didn't know about it. The more emails and phone calls, the better.
Details: Just like last year! Lots and lots of fun and reminiscing and catching up and meeting new AHS Alum. Plus, you see your friends from other classes who you normally don't see at your own AHS class reunion because this is an ALL Class AHS gathering. About 100 AHS Alumni turned out for the 2006 AHS Holiday event, and a record 110 turned out in 2007 from the AHS classes of 1967 to 2003. Some scholars think it might have even been more. The foggy weather caused attendance to drop to 50 in 2008, there was a good turnout in 2009, 2010 wasn't the largest turnout we have ever had, but there was a respectible showing of about 60 AHS Alumni in 2010. Perry says a lot of younger classes are showing up now too and it is harder for him to know who the AHS grads are, so maybe it was more than 60 in 2010.
Disclaimer:This is the age of disclaimers, and of course we have one too. This Get-Together is not sponsored by the AHSAA, or anyone else affilated with AHS. We just want to see all our great friends from AHS again.
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