Springfield North High Class of 7250th Reunion Planning Meeting
The NHS Class of 1972 50th Reunion committee had two Zoom meetings in June. These are the members of the reunion committee. In no particular order:
- Larry Ricketts
- Christy Yaw-Hart
- Charlene Stooksberry-Boccardi
- Deb Miller-Baldwin
- Gayla Hypes
- Joan Schneider
- Joyce Ware-Brannick
- Barbara George-Aldrich
- Paul Numbers
- Sherry Brummage-Payne
- Gene Barnett
- Darrel Baker
We had an issue with registrations.
It is now Fixed!!
Thanks to Larry Rickett’s presistance, I believe that all the issues have been fixed. If you have sent in your registration, please look and see who has registered. The page is up to date as of today June 13th.
Here is a link to who is registered.
If you do not see your name and you sent in your registration form and payment, please contact me.
We have a registration form available to download!
I would like to thank Joyce Ware-Brannick for putting this together for us.
Please send in your registration as soon as possible. We need this information for planning food and activities. The form is in PDF format if you have any trouble, please contact me. I will send you a form through the US Mail.
The button below will allow you to download and print the registration form.
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The Venue and Rooms
Mark Your Calendar! The date for the reunion is August 20, 2022. The Venue is The Courtyard by Marriott. It is one of the nicest in Springfield! It is downtown and in walking distance to Mother Stewarts Brewery and the Springfield CoHatch. There are also a multitude of restaurants all within walking distance.
So far, we have 104 people attending. We are sure that number will be steadily increasing by August 19th and 20th.
We also have a block of rooms that are ready to reserve. We have a special rate for the following days:
- August 19, 2022
- August 20, 2022
- August 21, 2022
- Make sure you select the dates before you check availability.
*** SPECIAL UPDATE ***
Erika (our event coordinator) informed us that we only had 3 rooms left in our block at the special price of $129. Because of the availability of rooms and the competing events we cannot add rooms to our block. If you will be needing a room at the Marriott, you should book now…
There are a couple of events scheduled for the same weekend as our reunion. There is a Jazz Festival (see the link to the schedule in the “Extra Things to do” section). There is also a huge Clark County Food Truck Rally. These events have been confirmed for the same weekend we are having our reunion. This could cause a shortage of rooms. They are expecting about 10,000 people to come to Springfield for these events. If you are needing a room, you should book now…
I also spoke to Erika about the parking with all the events that will be going on. There should be ample parking even with all the events going on downtown.
The Courtyard by Marriott hotel parking
Heritage Center parking lot
Hollenbeck Center parking lot
There is also the new parking garage about 2 blocks away if needed.
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The Schedule so far…
Friday Night – August 19th – Larry Ricketts was able to book the Marriott for Friday night. We will have a meet and greet from 6PM to 9PM. This will be great as we will be having Friday night in the same place as the Saturday night Main Event.
Saturday Night – August 20th – Reunion at the Marriott. This is the main event. The Marriott will be providing the venue, they will also be providing dinner and a bartender in the ballroom.
The music will be provided by DJ Mike Stooksberry. He will provide musical entertainment for our August 20th main event. He is a ’77 North High School graduate. Mike has provided musical entertainment in the Springfield area for over 20 years. He has played music for events ranging from weddings to car cruise ins, using many genres of music designed to suit the mood and various activities during the event. The music will begin with the first “hellos” until…
Pricing and Budget
The price will be $60 per ticket. We have a Registration Form!!! You can download and print it. You can then fill it in with your preferences and Mail the form to Larry Ricketts.
This form is in PDF format. If you have any issues, please contact me.
Paul Numbers is working on a spreadsheet for the expenses, this includes all the things that we are planning:
- Conference room at the Marriott for the reunion.
- Dinner at the Marriott the night of the reunion.
- Friday – Looking for a venue
- DJ Music for the evening of the reunion
- Memorial Tree and Plaque
- Digital Bio Book
- Photo Booth
Thank You Classmates!
We would like to thank those of you who have donated and/or purchased your tickets. It helps us plan for food and activities. It also helps cover expenses that we have incurred planning the reunion. If you would like to pay for your tickets in advance or donate, it will help with our expenses.
Please take time to fill out the registration form and mail it to Larry Ricketts. You can make the checks Payable to either Larry Ricketts or Class of 72 Reunion.
The Memorial Tree
The tree is Planted!
Gayla Hypes has finished this project. The city planted the tree. It looks great. The plaque will be finished and installed shortly. I will have a picture of the tree by the next newsletter.
The spot Gayla is standing is approximately where North used to stand. She is pointing to where the tree is planted.
After doing the research on the different trees, we decided to go with an Oak Tree. We have chosen a spot right in front of the school on the lawn by the senior rock. It is a prominent spot in front of the school.
The plaque that Gayla found will look great. It will be a weatherproof plaque placed on an elevated post. There will be more information to come when it gets closer to the time of installing the plaque. Please keep an eye on this section.
Digital Bio Book
Christy Yaw-Hart is coordinating this. I think this will be a great idea. Even if you are not going to attend the reunion, we would love to have your bio for the book. It would be great to be able to read something about all our classmates. We will be discussing the latest draft at our next meeting. We should have it ready shortly! Keep an eye on this section so we can get your input.
Joan Schneider found a photo booth vendor. The vendor is Fun Event Selfies: They will be available for 3 hours, they provide staff, camera, open-air backdrop, will incorporate our logo, 4″x6″ framed photo with 1-3 people in the photo. Timri will provide an online gallery and a flash drive of all the photos. She has 6 custom backgrounds to pick from. Includes props and will add more depending on the pandemic. We can text, tweet, or email our photos that are uploaded from the flash drive.
I think this will be a big part of making this a “Fun Event” (pun was intended)…
Finding Our Missing Classmates
We are desperately trying to reach all our classmates. This is our 50th reunion and is an important milestone! Please reach out to your contact list. Feel free share my contact information with them. They can also reach me through this site. We can make this the largest reunion yet. We are doing internet searches looking for information and we are finding some new information.
This site DOES NOT contain or store any of your personal information, well, other than your name.
Classmates we have found
- 188 Total Classmates that have verified their information through eMail or were verified through Facebook
- 5 of our classmates have requested a Do Not Contact Status
- 67 of our classmates are Deceased.
- 260 Classmates have been located. We have a long way to go!
We really need your help getting this done. If you have not already, go to the classmates list. Please make sure your name is spelled correctly and is in the correct color (we all know I don’t make mistakes LOL).
If you would, please contact all the Classmates in your address book and make sure we have their current information
If you have not done these things, please click the button. Please compare your contacts to our list, feel free to share my information with them.
Extra Things to Do
These are things to check out in and around Springfield while you are home. Make sure you read Gene Barnett’s email at the end of this section.
- Downtown Jazz Festival
- Mark Smarelli and Chuck Young will be playing with their group “Mother’s Jazz Collective” they will be playing on Friday at 5:00 pm in the National Commons area if people want to catch them before the get together at the Marriott. ~Larry Ricketts
- Interactive Map of the Downtown area CLICK HERE
- Tour of the Wescott House (Frank Lloyd Wright)
- Tour of Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum
- Walking tour of the Downtown area
- The Heritage Center
- The Hartman Rock Garden
- Trip to Yellowsprings
- Tour of Ferncliff
- There will be a huge Clark County Food Truck Rally at Veterans Park on the 20-21st. If you have never been to it on a nice weekend, it draws around ten thousand people. Live music all day and tons of different food and it is free (except for the food and beverages of course).
Walking Tours – Email from Gene Barnett
Walking tours are set up every year by the Westcott House’s Executive Director Marta Wojcik and her husband historian Kevin Rose. The home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, built for $15,000.00 and finished in 1908.
Burton Westcott built custom touring cars in Springfield that sold from $2,000 to $3,000 each. There is a Westcott car in the Heritage Center downtown in the farmers market/city building built in 1890 for $258,000.
There will be a couple of downtown tours possibly three over the summer of 2022. The tours are very interesting and well worth your time.
The Westcott House in Springfield is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Prairie home located in Ohio. There are still over 440 homes in the U.S that Wright designed.
The Westcott House is well worth touring and now that we are “Seniors” we save $3.00 on admission for the 1.5 hour tour. Only $15.00 per person.
Actually, I could conduct the tours because I have been a docent since the Westcott House opened in October 2005.
North High School Class of 1972.