WSR 50 Plus History

 

 

Synopsis of the History of the 50+

Waverly High School Reunion

1989 through 2019

 

In the summer of 1989, Laverne “L. W.” Kehe formed a committee to discuss forming an alumni group.  Cards were mailed to hundreds of graduates of the classes of 1919 to 1940 for a 1990 Reunion, over 200 accepted the idea.

 

The first 50+ covered 3 days, September 14, 15, & 16, 1990, coinciding with the “newly initiated Waverly Heritage Fest”.  Friday offered a meal on the Star Clipper Dinner train either at noon or evening; Saturday was a Dinner at the Red Fox and Sunday a brunch at the Country Club. (The costs Per Person were: Dinner Train $45.00, Evening Dinner $10.00, Sunday Brunch $7.50)

 

“L. W.’s” idea for the class celebrating their 50th anniversary to also coordinate the 50+ did not work.  They were too busy with their own 50th to do the 50+.  It was found that the class that had done their 50th the year before had more time to do so, and was more “in condition” to set up the 50+.

 

The second 50+ was also coordinated with the Waverly Heritage Fest, September 13, 14 & 15, 1991 with most of the 50+ activity occurring on Saturday, beginning with a bus tour of Waverly and the old school facilities. Lunch was at Mitchell Manor and the Dinner was at the Waverly Country Club.  Brunch on Sunday was also at the Country Club. Host Class 1940, Honored Class 1941.

 

In 1992, still coordinated with the Waverly Heritage Fest, the reunion was September 11, 12 & 13.  Again the Saturday luncheon was at Mitchell Manor with afternoon reminiscing.  The dinner at the Country Club and Brunch Sunday also at the Country Club. (Luncheon $4.00, Sat night dinner $11.00, Sunday Brunch $4.00). Host Class 1941, Honored Class 1942

 

The 1993 Reunion was almost identical to the previous year except for the dates, September 9, 10, 11 & 12, but no Brunch planned for Sunday. (Luncheon $5.00, Dinner $11.50). Host Class 1942, Honored Class 1943.

 

For 1994, the primary focus was shifted to the Heritage Days Events with a noon luncheon at the Waverly Country Club being the only event just for the 50+ reunion group. Also in 1994 Edgar Zelle became the Committee Chair. (Probably the time at which the records started being kept on a computer) (Luncheon $8.00). Host Class 1943, Honored Class 1944.

 

There is no specific information for the 50+ in 1995, except that Paul Meyers was from the oldest class attending. The Heritage Days program is included indicating that they were both held on September 8, 9 & 10, 1995. Host Class 1944, Honored Class 1945.

 

For the 1996 50+ Reunion,  the Heritage Days Committee changed their dates to July 18 – 21, so the 50+ was set as a one day event still in September, scheduled on September 14, 1996. The event was a noon luncheon at the Waverly Country Club. The mailing list now was over 700. (Luncheon $8.00 + $2.00 for postage, etc.).  Host Class 1945, Honored Class 1946.

 

In 1997, the 50+ remained a 1 day event on Saturday, September 6, 1997, also not in conjunction with Heritage Days. Again the noon luncheon was served at the Waverly Country Club. (No costs figures available).  Host Class 1946, Honored class 1947.

 

The 1998 50+ Reunion as held on Saturday, September 12, 1999, with a noon luncheon at the Waverly Golf and Country Club.  By this time the mailing list was almost 800 names. (Luncheon $8.50 plus $2.00 for postage, etc.). Host Class 1947, Honored Class 1948.

 

September 11, 1999 was the date for that year’s 50+ Reunion, which a luncheon was served at the Waverly Golf and Country Club. (Fees were $9.00 plus $2.00 or more for postage, etc.). Host Class 1948, Honored Class 1949.

 

In 2000, for the first time, the 50+ Reunion was held at the Waverly-Shell Rock Junior High (The old High School). It was scheduled for September 9, 2000 and was a catered noon luncheon. Host Class 1949, Honored Class 1950.

 

The “Old High School” was also the location of the 50+ Reunion in 2001.  At this reunion the “Story of the Clock” atop the “Old High School Building” was presented by Dr. Lagomarcino.  It seems there never were any works installed, just the numbers and hands. The organizing class, the Class of 1950, undertook the project of getting the clock completed and before the next 50+, the clock was running.

Host Class 1950, Honored Class 1951

 

The 2002 50+ was also at the “Old” High School on September 7, and was a catered luncheon.  The mailing list was now approaching 900. (Cost was $10.00 plus $2.00 for postage, etc.). Host Class 1951, Honored Class 1952.

 

September 6, 2003 was the day for the 2003 50+ Reunion.  This was the first year that it was held at the fair grounds in the 4-H Building, primarily to get into an air conditioned facility. The mailing list went over 900 names. (Cost was $11.00 per person with a request for $2.00 per reservation form for postage, etc.).  Host Class 1952, Honored Class 1953.

 

In 2004, the 50+ was again held at the 4-H Building at the Fair Ground, this time on Saturday, September 11, 2004. (Costs remain at $11.00 plus $2.00 for postage, etc.). Host Class 1953, Honored Class 1954.

 

The 4-H Building at the fair grounds was the site of the 2005 50+ Reunion on September 10, 2005. The mailing list is now well over 900. (Costs were still held at $11.00 per plate and a request for $2.00 per reservation form for postage, etc.) Host Class 1954, Honored Class 1955.

 

Although the 2006 50+ was still held at the fair grounds, the Droste Hall was added to the event.  Registration and pre meal fellowship started in Droste Hall at 9:00 AM, and the Alumni were moved to the 4-H Building starting at noon, by class and then were ushered to their tables. The mailing list is now nearly 1000. (Costs remained at $11.00 with an option to add $2.00 for postage and other costs). Host Class 1955, Honored Class 1956.

 

2007 At the Fair Grounds, Utilizing the 4-H and Droste Buildings.

2008 At the Fair Grounds, Utilizing the 4-H and Droste Buildings.

2009 At the Fair Grounds, Utilizing the 4-H and Droste Buildings.

 

2010 The 50Plus Reunion was moved to the Centre, on the South edge of town.  A much better venue in all categories although a bit more expensive, but well worth it.  It is a more comfortable area, much more room and far better acoustics. Having everything in one building is a big plus and the parking is also much better.

The Host Class was 1959, Honored Class 1960

 

2011 The date had to be changed to the SECOND Saturday AFTER Labor Day because the Centre was not available the First Saturday after Labor Day.  This also got it away from the IOWA vs. IOWA STATE Football game and of course got it further from the Labor Day Weekend.  The committee being formed as a permanent part of the 50 Plus agreed to establish the Second Saturday after Labor Day as the permanent planning date.

The Honored Class this year 1961 was the first combined Waverly-Shell Rock High School Graduating Class.  Host Class was 1960.

 

2012 The 23rd celebration of the now Waverly/Shell Rock High 50 Plus Reunion was on Saturday, September 15th at the Centre.  The Centre opened for Socializing at 9:00 AM and the meal was served at 12:30. The Class of 1962 (First Class to Graduate from the New WSR High School) was inducted. Class of 1961 was the host. The WSR Band and Cheer Leaders were part of the program for the first time.

 

2013 The 24th Celebration for the Waverly/Shell Rock High 50 Plus Reunion was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at The Centre. The Class of 1963 was inducted, Class of 1962 was the host. It was decided that the Established Date for the WSR 50 Plus Reunion will remain: THE SECOND SATURDAY AFTER LABOR DAY.

 

2014 The 25th (Silver) Celebration of the Waverly – Shell Rock 50 Plus Reunion will be held at the Centre on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. The Class of 1964 will be inducted to the group and the Class of  1963 will be the host class. 1959 will observe 55 years,  Class of 1954 has been out 60 years. 

 

2015  The 26th Celebration of the Waverly – Shell Rock 50 Plus Reunion will be helt at the Centre on Saturday September 12th (NOW ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF SEPTEMBER). The Class of 1965 will be inducted into the group and the Class of 1964 will be the host class. Class of 1955 is observing 50 years since leaving.

 

2016 The 27th Celebration of the WSR 50 Plus was held at the Centre in Waverly on Saturday the 10th of September. Switched back to the First Saturday after Labor Day. Class of 1966 inducted and Class of 65 will be the host class.

2017 The 28th Celebration of the WSR 50 Plus was observed at the WAVP in Waverly on Saturday September 9, 2017.  A scheduling conflict required the change of  venue . The WAVP is new and nice but really a bit small but it did work. Scheduling problems continue so the 2018 event will also be in the WAVP.

 

2018 The 29th Celebration of the WSR 50 plus was observed at the WAVP in Waverly on Saturday. September 8, 2018. The attendance was somewhat lower probably to some extent due to the limited space at the WAVP, The 2019 Event is scheduled to be back at the Centre which has considerably more space.

 

2019 The 30th W-SR 50 Plus Reunion is scheduled for Sept 7, 2019 at the Centre in Waverly.  This is almost as early as it can get as Labor Day is the 2nd of September this year. Leap year next year jumps it a day so Labor Day 2020 will be the 7th and the 50 plus will move down to September 12th, 2020.

 

Current 50 Plus Committee

Sharon Abram - Treasurer, David Farran - Newsletter, , JoAnn Strottman, Joyce Schmidt, Sally Schneider and Bev Saathoff are the current 50 Plus Reunion Committee.  If you want to join the committee contact any member and let them know so we can contact you when there is an opening. Need more input from the classes in the 60's!