Welcome Santa Ana Valley 1966 classmates! This website is a private website and ONLY accessible by SAV 1966 classmates.
The website started in January 2016 with the primary goal of getting everyone to reconnect, reminisce, and just be friendly and supportive to each other as well as to let everyone know about the 50th Reunion that was held in September 2016. Even though now our 50th Reunion Celebration has ended, we hope everyone will continue to enjoy staying connected on this website. We know you'll thoroughly enjoy reconnecting and seeing what everyone has been doing the past 50 years. In addition, there are lots of photos that have been posted by classmates, including many from our very successful 50th Reunion weekend.
If you are a SAV 1966 classmate, just go to the sign in box and click on “Join.” The next page that pops up will be a complete list of 1966 classmates. Find your name and click on it, and the program will then guide you through the rest of the registering process. There are no individual subscription fees to join. Once again, the website is totally private and secure and no information is shared by any other entities. You can share as much or as little information about yourself as you wish.
Please check out the "Missing Classmates" link on the left side of the screen. If you are aware of the whereabouts of anyone included on that list, please let them know and encourage them to sign up on the website.
We encourage all SAV 1966 Classmates to join! You won't regret it!
"Finding a lost friend is like finding a lost treasure"
Recognizing the following couples who have have married at least 50 years or more....
Terry & Jeannette (Martin) Gorham
Suzanne (Yeager) and Dewain Winters
Steve & Theresa Truslow
Al & Pat (Morjarro) Martinez
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!!
A FEW MORE MEMORY PHOTO BOOKS AVAILABLE
If you haven't ordered your 50th Reunion Memory Photo Book yet, it's not too late!! We have few books left over, so if you want to order one, now is the time to do it since we don't plan on placing any more orders.
These memory books include the following
If you want to order the Photo Memory Book, please do the following:
In spite of making tremendous progess in tracking down classmates to join the website, we still have MANY, MANY missing people as can be seen by checking out the "Missing Classmates" link on the left side of the screen.
If you have any information about anyone on the 'Missing Classmates" list, please let us know by messaging Paula Pletcher DiLuigi with whatever information you might have. If you are in communication with anyone on this list, it would be WONDERFUL if you would reach out to them and encourage them to join. Please let any 1966 classmate know that they can go directly to the website, www.66savalleyfalcons.com to register.
Last January, we had less than 40 people who had signed up on the website. Now we have 223! Maybe we can make it to 275 by the end of 2017!!
Veteran Tribute at the Reunion Celebration Dinner
I want to join in the chorus of THANKS to the planning team that put together the great reunion. It was first class all the way.
Thanks also to all of you who offered such kind words about the Military/Veteran Tribute. It was truly an honor to participate, however, the honor - as you all know belongs to our servicemen and women and their families.
Actually, the idea was in my heart for some time but I had no idea what to do with it. Then Jerry Laffey shared a Tribute experience he had at Disneyland. Meanwhile Doris Dobson had posted some information and pictures of our fallen soldiers. So, I reached out to each of them to see what they thought about presenting 'something' at our reunion - still not knowing what it may look like. They were both encouraging and although Doris is so far away, she volunteered to do whatever she could to help out.
So, from there I contacted the American Legion in Orange County and was directed to:
Brian Fleming Jr., Veteran USMC, Honor Guard Commander, American Legion Post 291 and he quickly responded to me in both emails and by phone. He was so encouraging. At that point I contacted Paula and the planning team gave the go-ahead.
Please know that our biggest THANKS goes to (besides our veterans) to these men:
Honor Guard Commander Brian Fleming Jr. who coordinated their team
The team members that presented the colors at our event were:
Dennis De Rosia - Commanding; Don Putzig, Carmen Williams and Ken George.
As we spoke after the ceremony, they shared how impressed they were at how many servicemen were represented in our class and what an honor it was for them to participate. Certainly the blessings and praise went both ways.
I would be remiss if I did not make you aware that the American Legion did not charge for this. The team members donate their time and resources to serve our servicemen and women. However, contributions are certainly appreciated to help with replacement of uniforms, flags, etc. No money is given to any persons, only the organization.
I know that Paula has (or will) send a contribution from our class but if anyone wants to contribute directly, the information is as follows:
Send check made out to:
American Legion Post 291 (put COLOR GUARD in the memo section of your check)
Atten: Brian Fleming Jr.
215 E. 15th St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
According to the IRS, contributions to the American Legion are tax deductible.
And....any thank you notes can be sent to same place and I'm sure would be appreciated.
Well, that's my 'essay, book report, and follow up! Whew, that was like being back at school!!!
Happy Trails everyone and it was fun to be together and I'm loving looking through the pictures. BUT....ya gotta put names on them!! I'm still trying to figure out who is who......
Andrea Mehr (Gray)
Ken Cachat, you may have heard, is sick. Gotta go a long way to find a nicer guy. I urge any and all friends to post a message to Ken - and it wouldn't hurt to do the same for Renee (Cheseborough), who for sure is having it just as rough as Ken. Ken and Renee (like John and Melody and other enduring couples) have been an inspiration for their loving devotion to each other.
HEY KEN AND RENEE, WE LOVE YOU!
FROM DUSTY CUPPLES
A note from David "Dusty" Cupples
Coolest dude award - Larry Fulcher - unanimous, sez me
close second - Mike Rodevich, only guy I saw with a pony tail - though there were some great beards! David Weaver, Chuck Tippie take your bows. what other virile hirsute characters were there? don't be shy now - be proud of your face bush guys!
From David "Dusty' Cupples
anybody who missed out on getting a copy of your '66 SAVHS classmate's (yours truly) book Stir It Up about Bob Marley and CIA shenanigans in Jamaica in the crucial year 1976 - easy enough to order from me direct (signed copies) or via Amazon (print or ebook). to discover more about Bob and the historical backdrop of his life and times, and reggae of course, follow me on FB https://www.facebook.com/StirItUpCIAJamaica/ - find me on any social media by searching Stir It Up CIA (or add my name to be sure).
ps. I badly need viewer reviews on major sites like Amazon, Goodreads, etc. many thanks
From Julie Gaylord Galkin
Hi Paula and reunion committee. Thank you so much for all the work and time you put into making the reunion a really fun, eventful and reconnecting evening for all that attended. I personally had a fun time seeing old classmates (no pun intended) and catching up on 50 years. The food was great and the the venue was really nice. The best part of the evening was the color guard and the honor and respect that was shown for all our classmates that had their lives end too soon while serving for our freedom. It was a beautiful and emotional moment in the evening. Thank you again for a memorable and fun evening. Julie (Gaylord) Galkin.
A letter from Steve Faulkner....
We were the children of the 1950's, came of age in the difficult 1960's. What a time to come along and be a part of the SAV Class of 1966! I would like to personally thank Paula (Pletcher) DiLuigi and the Team for putting this Reunion together. Really GREAT job!!
In viewing the SAV66 website containing all the history from now to then, I couldn't help to feel emotional for many reasons, especially for those that have gone on before us. Be it from war, health issues, and other tragic events, I realize how fortunate I am to still be here with all these memories to ponder.
I especially feel fortunate and honored to have been at SAV at this place in time with such a diverse and great group of people. We thought we could make the world a better place and that is just what we did even though change often comes far too slowly.
Best of luck in the future for everyone....
With love, Steve Faulkner
50 years. How Time Flys! In my heart I am still 19, but the body says different? (submitted by Paul King)
You are Only as Old as you feel. Still searching the world for the perfect Martini! (submitted by Steve Trustlow)
In the End, it is not the years in your life that counts, it's the life in your years - Abraham Lincoln
Every Morning when I wake up, I say I'll never be as young as I am today. Today is the youngest day of the rest of my life. Get up and do something fun! -- Rochelle Ford, 78 year old metal sculptor