Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A time to remember

The 45th Class Reunion was a great time, but we missed those of you who were not able to attend.
We hope you will start making plans now to join us in 2019 for our golden 50th celebration. 

Here are some video highlights. It starts with a fitting sober memorial to our classmates who have passed away. Then its party time in all its grandeur. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Back in the 60's Again

"45th Reunion" 

August 16, 2014
Marriott Residence Inn in Idaho Falls
635 West Broadway
Taylor Crossing Room
Mixer at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Check your mail

The invitations are in the mail and the replies are starting to come in. Don't miss out on a great event. If your address has changed, send us an email to rigby1969@gmail.com so we can make the update.

Golf anyone?

Bryce is putting together some time on the golf course to work up an appetite before the evening festivities; if you are interested in joining, let him know.

Suggestions and volunteers welcome 

Drop us a line if you would like to be involved or have ideas for other pre-event opportunities to enjoy with friends who will understand life can still be pretty groovy when your back in the 60s again!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Planning a 45 year celebration

How does time go by so quickly? It may be snowing outside, but summer will be here again before we know it. The RHS Class of 1969 Reunion Committee, co-chaired by Connie Lufkin Briggs and Dean Mortimer, has started making plans for our 45th reunion. Save the date of Saturday, August 16, 2014, and come enjoy the evening at the Marriott - Residence Inn in Idaho Falls.

So watch for updates, drop us a note with any suggestions or thoughts, leave a blogspot comment, or email rigby1969@gmail.com. Short on words? Photos are welcome too. If you have moved in the past five years, please send your new contact information. See you soon.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Season Greetings

To classmates near and far, may you find joy this Christmas season and discover even greater happiness in the year ahead.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A look back at 1999 - the 30 Year Class Reunion

As we gathered for the 40th reunion, a collection of photos were submitted from the reunion 10 years before. If you can help identify those in question, please drop, us a note. (Click on the image to get a larger view.) Enjoy the memories.

If you have photos from the 40th that you are willing to share, please don't wait another 10 years! Technology makes it easier now so just email the photos attachments to rigby1969@gmail.com.

Calvin A., Brenda (D.) W., Marlene (Y.) S., Phyllis (L.) M., Julie (B.) J., Maureen (E.) S., Rhonda (L.) J., Mike B.
Back Row: ??, Dean M., Carl T., Dave E., Pete M., Ray E., Bryce H., Don R. Steve T.
Front Row: Cheryl (G.) P, Lois (H.) H., Cheryl (H.) M., Deb (J.) R, Cheryl (M.) R.

Back Row: Donetta (R.) F, Phyllis (L.) M, Paul C., Calvin A., Rod M., Mike B., Randy G.
Middle Row: Rhonda (L.) J, Brenda (D.) W., Maureen (E.) S., Susan (F.) M., Jean (G.) A., Ruth Ann (P.) G., Cheryl (T.) P
Front Row: Marlene (Y.) S, Scott F., Julie (B.) J., Teresa & Brent W.

David & Rhonda (L.) J.

Calvin A. and Brad W. (husband of Brenda (D.) W.]

Reen W., Carl T., and Weston S.

Ruth Ann (P.) G., Carl T., Bryce H., and Weston S.

?. Dave E., ?

Brent W., Errol C., Mike B., Rod M.

Judy & Dean M.

Cheryl (H) & Al M.

Donetta (F.) R., Cheryl (M.) R., Don & Debbie R.?, Brenda (D.) W.

Pete & Jolene M., ? & ?

Steve & Nancy T.

Christina & Scott F. and Lois (H.) & Dennis H.

Dave & Phyllis (L.) M and Maureen (E.) S.

? (Mrs E.) & Ray E.

Brenda (D.) W., Don R., and Julie (B.) J.

Pam (J) & Rick H.

Ray E. and Trent & Sheryl (G.) P.

Standing: Donetta (R.) & Terry F.
Seated: Dave & Phyllis (L) M. and Maureen (E.) & Paul (S.)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A few reunion highlights

After a warm gathering and distribution of name tags (very stylish and helpful since some of us had changed a bit over the years), Bryce Hanson welcomed the classmates and invited all to join in a moment of silence in memory of our departed classmates.

Terrall Hanson offered an invocation thanking God for our meal as we began our celebration. There was expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gather in fellowship and a request that our friendships may be strengthened and our lives brightened.

The buffet of Prime rib and salmon was delicious and the conversation around the table enchanting and renewing.

Mike Byrne and LaNae Poulter as co-chairs presented fun awards followed by honoring two members of the Class of 1969 as our 40th Anniversary Class Heroes: Robert W. Nelson and Calvin Sullenger. Nominations are welcome for honorees for the 45th Anniversary (see details below in "Awards and Hereos" posting).

Following a reminder that contrary to tradition, the Class of 1969 has not yet given a gift to Rigby High School, the opportunity to contribute to a matching grant was extended to all (see details below in "Matching Grant Opportunity" posting).

If anyone has reunion photos they would like to share on the blogspot, please email them as attachments to rigby1969@gmail.com.

Classmates were encouraged to keep contact information up-to-date by registering on the High School Website (www.alumniclass.com/rigby/login)

Awards and Heroes

Just for the Fun of It Awards (recipients of gift cards)
  • Most Grandchildren - Peggy Sellers Peterson (30+)
  • Most Great Grandchildren - Gene Farmer (1)
  • Traveled the greatest distance to get here - Boyd Dial (from Michigan)
  • Doesn't have an email address - Calvin Archibald
  • Grayest hair and proud of it - Kurt Jones
  • Least hair and proud of it - Robert Ball
  • Married longest to the same spouse - Pam Jenson Harris
  • Lived in the most cities since graduating - David Edlefsen
  • Still a student - Sharyn Park Crouch
  • Most root canals - Bryce Hanson
  • Most changed - Mike Later
  • Least changed - John Miller

The Class of 69’s 40th Anniversary Class Heroes

In addition to the normal fun awards that are presented at a class reunion, your co-chairs for this 40 year reunion decided to add a little more serious award. After 40 years away from High School almost all of us have had to live through certain times that are very rough and have had to respond to challenges that we did not anticipate. We have been faced with situations that took a lot of effort just to pull through. One of our classmates was killed in action in Vietnam while working to save fellow soldiers who had been wounded. That is certainly at the highest level of heroism and is easy to understand and appreciate. We gratefully acknowledge it. In addition, we think that there have been much less public and silent moments of valor, and we decided to have an award to celebrate these various types of heroism and memorialize them.

This award is not meant to say that this person or that person has been the biggest hero of the last 40 years- that would be an impossible task- rather it is an award that just demonstrates the courage of fellow classmates and to use those classmates as an example of many other acts of everyday courage that many of our other classmates exhibit.

Because, we believe that there are so many of our classmates that deserve this award, we would encourage you to nominate others for our next class reunion and provide a story that we can share together then. The two heroes that we selected to start this process are both deceased. That however is certainly not a criterion for your submission. Please provide your nominations to either LaNae or Mike or directly to Connie or Dean, co-chairs for our next reunion.

Some of our fellow classmates have contributed so that we will be able to make two $500 donations to the Jefferson County School District 251’s Foundation. The only stipulation is that the recipients of these funds are made aware that the help they have received is in honor of these two individuals and that they be provided with the following brief tribute to them.

The 40th Anniversary Class Heroes are:

Robert W. Nelson

Our classmate Bob Nelson was born on February 15, 1951. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army and began his tour of duty in Vietnam on January 12, 1970. Bob served on a helicopter crew and saw plenty of combat action. On the 29th day of September 1970 his helicopter was flying over Binh Duong, South Vietnam, when it was shot down by hostile fire. Bob died as a result of the injuries received in that crash. We are honored to call Bob our classmate and will be forever grateful for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.

Calvin C. Sullenger

Our classmate Calvin Sullenger was born on July 24, 1950. Calvin suffered from severe illness from birth that left him very frail and with obvious physical abnormalities. Unfortunately, kids can be cruel and Calvin often was the target of vicious teasing and jests. Calvin bore this cruelty with remarkable courage and only rarely lost his “cool.” He always had a big smile for everyone. When you needed a volunteer to help with a class project or event, you could always count on Calvin to help to the very best of his abilities. Studies came hard for Calvin, but his attitude was he just had to work a little harder and a little longer to understand it, so he always worked longer and harder. He may not have been the valedictorian of our class but that wasn’t because any one tried harder. He really earned his diploma. Calvin passed away from his many infirmities on the 21st day of May 1970. We are sorry if we ever added to Calvin’s suffering. While we may not have known it when we graduated in 1969, we are older now in 2009 and recognize Calvin as a real hero.

Matching Grant Opportunity

It was determined that RHS Class of 1969 did not present a gift to the school district when we graduated. We have been given a unique opportunity to make a difference ... and ultimately a difference in the lives of the students.

An anonymous donor has offered to match donations from the RHS Class of '69 to the Jefferson County School District #251 Education Foundation at a ratio of 2:1. For example, for every $2,000 donated, an additional $1,000 up to a maximum of $10,000. Thus if the combined donations from classmates can reach $20,000, it will result in a $30,000 donation to the Foundation. Classmates donations may be made directly to the Foundation with the accompanying notation that "this contribution is from a RHS Class of 69 Member and Qualifies for a Matching Grant." Mailing address: Jefferson County School District #251 Education Foundation, Attn: Mike Poston, 201 Idaho Avenue, Rigby ID 83442-1413 (email: rod@ablackinksolution.com)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sharing the wisdom - Judy Armstrong Crowder

Hello to the Class of 1969! I wish that I could be there to see you all....it would be so fun to catch up on 40 years. Please send updated emails or addresses if you get them.

The following are my words of wisdom:

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”


Sharing the wisdom - Erma Taylor Butikofer

Friends come and go, but family is forever. Be happy and take life as it comes.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sharing the wisdom - Sheryl Gardner Packer

About the ony wisdom I've gained over the past 40 years is that the more I think I know the more I'm proved wrong!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sharing the wisdom - LaNae Hammon Poulter

A smile is “that curvy little line that makes the world straight.” A smile can be priceless. Smiles are free, never go out of style, and even look good with wrinkles. So whatever you wear, wear a smile.

Sharing the wisdom - Shirley Faye Price Swearingen

Life is short - live every day as if it was your last.
Shirley Faye

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sharing the wisdom - Wayne Murdock

Happiness does not come from worldly possessions.
Success is not always what you think it is.
Stress is real, but controllable.
Freedom is worth fighting for.

Sharing the wisdom - Garth Gunderson

Being old is a lot older than it used to be. Life just keeps getting better after grandkids come along.

45 Year Class Reunion

Anticipated date: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Co-chairs are Connie Lufkin Briggs and Dean Mortimer.

Please help them by keeping contact information up to date and by continuing to search for our "lost classmates."