AHS '64 50th Reunion

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Over two hundred classmates and their guests shared a memorable weekend September 5, 2014 through September 7, 2014 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California. Thanks to all who attended to make this an extra special and memorable event.

On Friday evening, September 5, 2014, a large group met in the lounge at the Irvine Marriott and spilled out onto the terrace sharing hugs and memories and catching up on the past fifty years. Friendships were renewed, and new ones formed. Nancy Hess Kloek and kanta masters (Karen Kington) wore their cheerleading outfits, while Mike Walter and several others sported their high school jackets and other clothing. Joy and smiles filled the room. A couple of our classmates, who were unable to attend the big celebration on Saturday night, came on Friday and enjoyed the company.

On Saturday evening, September 6, 2014, we gathered on the terrace for a social hour and registration. A couple of our class members dropped by to see everyone before the banquet.

At seven o’clock, the doors to the ballroom opened, and the one-hundred ninety-three attendees streamed in. They were greeted with the sight of the tables beautifully decorated with the amazing centerpieces created by Scarlett Davis Larkin and her decorating crew (Christeen LaPiana Gumpert, Carol Wilson Brumm, and Joyce McCallum Novelle). Scarlett spent months sourcing, ordering, and overseeing the production of our ‘little Moor’ ceramics as well as larger versions, created as vases for the centerpieces and gifts for the Committee members.



A glitch in the sound system made it difficult for some to hear the Invocation by Dennis Petersen, so we have provided it here: Invocation

Also hard to hear was the welcome from the Reunion Chairperson, Karen (kanta) Kington Masters. Here's the text of her speech: Chairperson's Speech

The Committee presented kanta with an engraved photo frame as a memento of the evening, and kanta presented Communications Chair, Lorna Lund Collins, with fifty gorgeous pink roses and a lovely pendant with a design based on the Alhambra in Spain.

Lorna then introduced the Reunion Committee, and our delicious meal was served.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS
Throughout the evening, the photographer,
Images in Motion , took pictures. Unfortunately, in part due to the audio issues, we were unable to get all of the planned grammar school photos taken, and some of the people who attended those schools were missing by the time the group photos were taken. The ones we managed to capture will be in the Memory Books.
Images In Motion
iimvideo.com for video
iimpics.com for photography
iimweddings.com for weddings
Cindy Rouze
cr@iimvideo.com
714-904-7302

VIDEO
A videographer,
Raines Video Productions , took lots of videos throughout the night. Attendees will receive a copy soon. Others who wish to purchase a copy for $29.95 may contact Raines Video Productions directly.
Raines Video Productions
818 SW 3rd Ave #258
Portland, OR 97204
Phone 1-800-654-8277 1-925-997-5797
www.rainesvideo.com

MUSIC
Ernie Hernandez
provided lovely guitar music on the terrace during the social hour. Throughout the evening, the band played music of the 50s and 60s.
Ernie Hernandez Jr.
Calendar Entertainment Services
PO Box 203
Whittier, CA 90608
(562) 699-3620
ErnieGuitar@earthlink.net

MEMORY BOOKS
Each attendee will receive a copy of the Memory Book when it is completed in a few months. Those who did not attend but wish to purchase a copy may do so for $35 each. Contact us at the class email address,
AHS64-Alumni@cox.net

ADDITIONAL THANKS
Special thanks to these classmates whose generosity made it possible for other classmates to attend, donated the silent auction and drawing items, bid on the silent auction, and made it possible for everyone to receive the terrific gifts during the evening and following the event.
AHS Assistant Principal of Business & Activities Phuong Nguyen, Pam Abbey Kozlowsky, Gary Benjamin, Beverly Berry Johnson, Tom Best Herzig, Esther Boeff Mejia, Frank Bogdonovich, Wayne Brown,   Bill Davies, Larry Dicus, Gary & Judy Dodds, Donna Eby Anderson, John Egan, Kathleen Huber, Karen (kanta) Kington Masters, Patricia Kohner Riley, Colleen Kraus Nicassio, Bruce Leeds, Cathy Lewis Tyson, Larry K. & Lorna Lund Collins, Laura McCoy Carver, Dick & Carol McKeown, Jack Nester, Bill Nichols, John Robertson, Karen Sargentich Stafford, Ted Simon, Sandy Solberg Erbs, Harry Robert Stender, Marie Stratton Cole, Mike Walter, Craig Warren, Greg Weeks, Peter (Sam) Wood, Carl Yacoub (nephew of our Egyptian exchange student, Redamis Yacoub)
A FINAL MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

Greetings Beloved ’64 Alumni

It’s just over a month since many of us gathered to reunite fifty years after our Alhambra High Graduation. Aside from a couple of technical and communication foul-ups, it emerged, to me at least, as a dream come true. Most of you know my main desire was to behold a gathering where we could authentically and inclusively share with one another from our open hearts. I also was choosing an experience that would make a difference to us over the years ahead. An inspiration, a happy memory, to keep us keeping on with hope, faith, and love. From my own personal experience, and from what others have shared with me, this is exactly what transpired! I am brimming with gratitude…for the One I believe holds each of us in the Ring of Love, for the untiring efforts of our Reunion Committee, and for each of you who were willing to step into such a warm, open encounter with your classmates. We are quite a special bunch, aren’t we?

From a purely external vantage, the reunion WAS beautiful! The darling centerpieces and each facet of the detailed table accompaniment (thank you Scarlett Davis Larkin), the phenomenal presentation of the food (not to mention the delightful taste), even the content and generosity of the door prizes. You all looked so beautiful, or handsome, as well. To several I stated, “You have NEVER looked better”…and I meant it! The loving glow within each came right out…and spread the outer form with loveliness.

The vibration, the feeling of the room, was the most powerfully perceptive experience. It simply rang with warmth and positivity. We all were encircled in a presence of Love so strong it was contagious. This is what I had out pictured and prayed for over many long months…and your willingness to reach out to one another, to share your love and goodwill, manifested picture postcard perfect all that such a reunion of hearts and minds could be.

A deep THANK YOU from my heart. Especially for the overall continuous, detailed, heartfelt work done by Lorna Lund Collins in so many areas, the ongoing advice and assistance of our Treasurer Larry Dicus, and the indefatigable skill and focus of our incomparable web designer Veronica MacLean. A very special thanks to the small handful of “buddies” who became our benefactors at the Reunion and rescued us from budgetary shortfall…gallant gentlemen indeed!

You know I was running around a bit that night ;-). If any of you have photos you think I may enjoy, please do email them to me at kantaji@gmail.com. I was not interviewed for the video and if had been, I would have expressed my love and goodwill to each of you who assisted to create our Reunion, those of you who made the effort to attend…and also to those of you whose circumstances precluded your attendance. I spoke to so many of you…and I felt your deep interest in this gathering whether you could physically be part of it or not. To you each, I say, I hold you lovingly in my heart, and vision you having happy and fulfilling years ahead. We shared our school days for a reason…I don’t believe it was coincidence. Each of us IS important to the rest of us…whether we are yet aware of that or not. Together we make a WHOLE that has been and will continue to be a support and blessing to our planet and to one another.

My love is with you always, kanta (karen kington) masters

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