Happy Birthday February Falcons!
Dave Painter - February 4
Dennis Fitzroy - February 6
Bill Corry - February 10
Steve Stearn - February 10
Patricia Gentile Welch - February 10
John Maxwell - February 10
Susan Foster Murphy - February 12
Suzi Furry - February 14
Sally Parker - February 14
Leo Medina - February 16
Jack Conrad - February 18
David Salceda - February 20
Helen Janesz French - February 20
Michael Rodevich - February 21
Janis Walton Patton - February 21
Carolyn Pilling Garcia - February 25
Patricia Skiles Lambert - February 25
Howard Jordan - February 27
Herbert Hanss - February 27
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY 2024!
Doesn’t it just seem that as we get older the months seem to fly by? We graduated in 1966 so that means we’ve lived through about 20,026 (plus or minus) days since then! That’s a whole lot of days gone by………..
Thankfully, we didn’t lose as many Falcon Classmates in 2023 as we did in 2022. Even so, it’s always heartbreaking to lose even one classmate. Judy McGarrigle Marsden, Terry Echan and Coach Herschel Musick …. they may be gone but never forgotten.
On November 14, 2015, I started this website which means the website is entering into its ninth year of existence. I’m sad that some of the earliest cheerleaders of the website are no longer with us. I still miss reading posts from Eileen Rittenhouse Ritter & Tonie Mendoza Peckham, who both faced their health challenges with such courage and optimism. Our group continues to rally around Bill Carpenter’s sweet grandson, “Hank the Tank” as we’ve watched his health journey. We are so encouraged and elated that he’s doing well now and hope that the worst is finally over for Little Hank. Hank will forever be our hero! For those classmates who are currently struggling with serious health issues, we hope you find peace and comfort through these difficult times. Know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
I’m grateful that our website has been able to avoid the divisiveness that surrounds us on an almost daily basis. Instead, we have been able to focus on the fun and positive things that bind us together. I’ve always felt, since when I first started this website, that no matter what side we might be on, our commonalities and shared history will always outweigh our differences. I love the bonds that we’ve created as well as the new friendships we’ve made with classmates that we didn’t know well in high school. I truly appreciate everyone who contributes to the conversations and even if you’re uncomfortable posting (or don’t feel tech savvy enough to do so), I appreciate that you stay interested and want to log in to see what’s going on.
My wish for all of you is that 2024 brings joy, peace, and good health to you and yours. I hope you’ll continue to be a part of our Santa Ana Valley Class of 1966 community!
Paula Pletcher DiLuigi
NEWS ABOUT OUR DEAR CLASSMATE, REENY KELLY (IRENE GUTIERREZ)
I received an email yesterday from our dear classmate, Reeny Kelly, with some very sad news.
Reeny shared that in August, she had to have her stomach removed due to cancer. For the three months prior to her surgery, she had not been able to eat and had been put on tube feeding. Following a 2nd surgery to see if the cancer had spread, she learned that it had and was diagnosed with incurable cancer which had spread to the lining of her intestines. At that time, she was given a 9 to 12 month survival rate. She said her brother has come to help her as her caregiver, and she is currently feeling well so wants to follow her doctor’s orders to “live life to the fullest.” The first thing on her bucket list is to visit San Antonio, and after that maybe New England (possibly in April or May).
When I first started the website, I heard from Reeny often as she was so excited we were FINALLY going to have a reunion after having a 25 year dry spell! I was always happy to hear from her and her enthusiasm kept me motivated. Many of us also got to spend time with Reeny during our 50th Reunion activities -- if you check our photo gallery from the Reunion weekend, you’ll see a lot of photos of her! She was the life of the party and her enthusiasm was infectious!
Reeny said she feels blessed to have known all of us. She told me it had been a while since she had been on the website, but she loves reading the posts and especially news about our little Hank!
Reeny gave me permission to share her health prognosis with all of you. She said she doesn’t want people to feel sorry for her, she just wanted her classmates to know. With that in mind and knowing what Reeny is going through, I hope we can lift her up with messages, positive vibes and laughs. I hope we can give Reeny some of the “best medicine” that she can have and that is the love and support from her ’66 Falcon classmates!
Reeny, we love you!
Paula (Pletcher) DiLuigi
WE WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS!!
Go to the Photo Gallery (left side of screen),
and you can download your photos
You can share your photos by downloading it on your profile page or on Member Chatter!
WE LOVE TO SEE EVERYONE'S PHOTOS
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"
Hank The Tank - Our Hero!!
Read about Hank's Special Day as a Hayward Firefighter........
Thanks for sharing this video with us, Bill! Since Hank was diagnosed, we've been so inspired by Hank's bravery and resilience in fighting this terrible disease.
WHAT IS MEMBER CHATTER???
MEMBER CHATTER .....A PLACE TO SHARE YOUR RANDOM THOUGHTS
HEAR STORIES FROM YOUR CLASSMATES ABOUT THEIR...
Food & Wine (lots of that)
And all sorts of other things..............
Anyone can post in it. "Member Chatter" can be accessed by clicking
on "Member Chatter" on the left hand column of your screen
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.
Tell us (or brag) about your weddings, kids, grandkids, retirement, hobbies, travel, etc.!!
Post all of this on your Personal Profile, What's News or General Member Chatter.
If you want to share photos about your family, pets, vacations, etc., you can post them on your profile page, What's News, or in the "photo gallery" (on the left side) of the home page.
We all love getting news and updates!
Just a reminder that you have an option on your profile settings to allow (or not allow) classmates to make comments on your profile page
If you you're not sure about how you initially established your profile settings, you can do the following to check:
- Click on the Person Icon in the upper right hand corner of the Home page
- Click on "Edit Profile"
- Under "Classmate comments" check to see if the box if checked*
- If you make any changes, make sure you click on the box at the bottom of the page "save changes"
*There have been some classmates who didn't realize they had inadvertently set their profile settings so no comments could be made. You always have the option to delete a comment on your profile page if you don't like something that is said.