OUR LIST OF ATTENDEES IS GROWING!!
WE NOW HAVE 50 RESERVATIONS!!
Here is how you can view who is attending the Reunion Celebration Dinner
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 5PM to 9 PM
Newport Beach Tennis Club, Newport Beach
CLICK ON "CLASSMATE PROFILES" AT THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN
ON THE NEXT SCREEN, CLICK ON THE CIRCLE "ATTENDING CELEBRATION DINNER ..."
SCROLL DOWN THAT PAGE, AND YOU CAN SEE AN UPDATED LIST OF EVERY CLASSMATE THAT HAS MADE THEIR RESERVATION
THIS COULD BE THE LAST REUNION.......
THE REUNION COMMITTEE IS GETTING A LITTLE STRESSED BECAUSE WE'RE NOT GETTING THE NUMBER OF RESERVATIONS WE NEED.....
Planning a reunion in the Age of Covid has been no easy task. We loved THE VILLA, the venue for our 50th Reunion, but their prices had increased considerably, and they required a very large non-refundable deposit. But the real dealbreaker was that it was a totally inside venue with no outside options. The Committee spent a great deal of time diligently researching a number of outside venues but all were very costly, with multiple fees we had not had to include in the price of the ticket for the 50th Reunion.
We were so fortunate to book the private Newport Beach Tennis Club where we were able to receive many more options included in the price, and we were also given the club member's discount. As a bonus, we were pleased to learn after adding up all our costs -- venue, food, gratuities, special add-ons to the administrative costs for mailings, photographers, decorations, etc. -- we could offer the same ticket price of $85 as we had for the 50th Reunion. This is an outdoor venue, but we also have the option to use indoor tables for those who would prefer that option.
Based on the results from the SAV website survey, 44 classmates (not including guests/spouses) had responded that they would attend a September/October 2022 reunion. We also received a number of emails and messages from classmates asking if there would be a 56th reunion since there was not a 55th reunion due to Covid. This resulted in planning for a minimum count of 75 classmates. The Committee has committed to spending time reaching out to all classmates to increase that number as much as possible.
We currently have 29 paid reservations as of today, August 8, which is 10 weeks before our event. As a comparison, and one of the reasons for our concern, we had more than 80 reservations 10 weeks before the 50th Reunion. Additionally, we have had contact with the Reunion Committee for the Santa Ana High School Class of 1966, and they have shared that 8 weeks prior to their October 8, 2022 reunion, they have 120 classmates who will be attending, with a ticket price of $125.
We're all getting older. It's not only our aches and pains that remind us that we're older, but Covid has reminded us of that too since we now find ourselves part of that at-risk group. We know there are some classmates who are unable to come due to health issues, and they will be deeply missed. For those of us who are still able to attend, we want to remind everyone that we don't know how many more reunions are ahead of us, may one or none (?), but thankfully, we have this Reunion planned on October 22, 2022
We know we all still enjoy a fun party. What can be better than being at a party with lots of good food, fun, and laughs, catching up, and sharing memories with our dearest and oldest friends!!
So just take a leap of faith that going to this Reunion could be the best decision you've made in a long time, and everything will work out!
Please make your Reservation!
You will have NO REGRETS!
Happy Birthday, August Falcons!
Pete Maddox - August 2
Chris Rogers - August 4
Linda Berland Shipley - August 7
Suzanne Mauck Robinson - August 11
Linda Jones Conroy - August 13
Steve Truslow - August 17
Dan Benson - August 18
Paula Bentley - August 18
Karen Brumbaugh Smith - August 18
Andrea Parde Fulenwider - August 20
Steve Day - August 20
Reeny Gutierrez Kelly - August 23
Jeff Morgan - August 24
Randy Krug - August 24
Linda Sweeney Piccirillo - August 26
Larry Fulcher - August 27
Hester Johnston Bradley - August 28
NOW is the time to make your reservation for the 56th Class Reunion Celebration Dinner on Saturday, October 22, 2022!! This event is exclusive to the SAV Class of 1966 and their guest.
Location: Newport Beach Tennis Club, 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. https://nbtennis.com
Time: 5:00 PM to 9 PM
Cost: $85 per person
All Reservations must be received by 10/17/22. No walk-ins accepted the day of the event.
The evening includes a cocktail hour with appetizers, a full-course buffet dinner with dessert & beverages, no-host bar, photos, door prizes and an abundance of fun memories! Our event location will be outside by the pool, under a covered patio with heaters. Dress is casual, bring a sweater or light jacket too. Tickets for the dinner are $85 per person which is the same as as we had for our 50th Reunion Dinner.
The Committee would appreciate you making your reservation ASAP for planning purposes. The Class of 1966 website enables you to see which classmates have made a reservation to attend the 56th reunion. Your name on that list will encourage others who are considering attending to make their own reservations in order to see you.
Options for making your reservations:
- Option 1: Go to the top of the webpage and click on "56th Reunion," then follow the prompts to make your reservation. The website will allow you to make your payment either by credit card or check. Instructions on who to make your check payable to and where to mail it are also included. If you have any problem making your reservation on the website, email Paula at email@example.com.
- Option 2: You may also mail in your reservation by downloading and completing the attached reservation form and mailing it along with your check to the address listed on the form. Instruction on who to make the check out to are also included on the form. Click on the link to download the form: /000/6/4/4/31446/userfiles/file/SAV_56th_Dinner_Reservation_form.pdf
Any other questions about reservations for the dinner? Contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently planning other weekend events that include a Thursday Golf Event, a Friday Pre-Reunion Get-together and a Sunday Brunch. These 3 activities are also listed on the reservation webpage (under "Option 1"). If you think you want to attend any or all of these, please indicate by checking their boxes. At this time, we are just trying to get an estimate of attendance. No payment is required for these at this time.
We have blocks of rooms reserved with the following TWO hotels for anyone needing hotel accommodations during the reunion weekend.
Hotel # 1: The Atrium Hotel at the Orange County Airport, 18700 McArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612
Upon making your reservation, please indicate you are with the “Santa Ana Valley Class of 1966 High School Reunion.” Reservations must be made by 9/30/22 to get the group rate of $159.
Guaranteed room rate for our group is $159 per night (regular $170). The group rate applies to the dates 10/20/22 to 10/24/22 (Thursday to Monday).
The hotel was renovated in 2020-21 and includes complimentary wireless high-speed internet, complimentary breakfast, pool with cabanas and recently renovated fitness center.
Parking rate per day is $18.00 per day (regular $24)
Hotel # 2: Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(when making your reservation, make sure to indicate it's for the Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport)
Upon making reservation, please indicate you are with “The Santa Ana Valley High School Class Reunion.” Reservations must be made by 9/23/22 to get the group rate of $189.
Guaranteed room rate for our group is $189 per night for a standard room. The group rate applies to the dates 10/21/22 to 10/23/22 (Friday to Sunday).
The hotel has a full-service restaurant and also includes:
- Complimentary round-trip transportation from OC/John Wayne Airport (SNA)
- Complimentary basic wireless internet access in guest room
- Complimentary in-room safe, in-room refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker
- Complimentary access to pool and fitness center
- Self-parking $25 per day per car with unlimited in/out privileges
Both hotels are within close proximity to the Newport Beach Tennis Club and John Wayne Airport.
Questions about hotels?? please email John Vaught at email@example.com or Paula Pletcher DiLuigi at firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022, "CALLING ALL GOLFERS"......anyone who would like to play a round of golf with former classmates should contact John Vaught @ 949-533-9628. Location: Strawberry Farms Golf Course, Irvine | Time: 10 AM. | Green Fees: TBD, once John knows how many players, he will be able to find out the discounted cost per person and will advise those who have signed up. If you plan to attend this event, please indicate during registration process so we have a sense of the numbers attending.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2022 PRE-REUNION NO-HOST GET-TOGETHER.....This is an evening event (exact time to be determined) at the NEW Mexican restaurant which was formerly "Original Mike's" in Santa Ana. The NEW estaurant has not opened yet, but will be opening sometime in late August. Our group will be meeting outside in the courtyard (same area as where we were for the 50th reunion). We are planning to invite other SAV classes to this event (classes of 1964 - 1968) as well. If you wish to attend this event, please indicate during the registration process so we have a sense of the numbers attending. (this is a no-host event)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022, NO-HOST BRUNCH AT MORENO'S RESTAURANT, 4328 E Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA. Time: 10 AM to 1:00 PM. More details to come about menu choices and cost. We will be seated on the outside patio courtyard. If you wish to attend this event, please indicate during the registration process so we have a sense of the numbers attending.
Thanks so much for your patience in waiting for our reunion to actually happen! Planning any event during these strange times has been very challenging, and we almost gave up. Fortunately, things eventually came together, and we're excited now that it's actually going to take place! We hope everyone is as excited as we are to finally be able to come together to celebrate! We will continue to work behind the scenes to make this Reunion as good as it can possibly be.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Your 56th Reunion Committee: Paula (Pletcher) DiLuigi, Melody (Rains) Vaught, Thomasine (Engisch) Mariola, Suzi Furry, Barbara (Hizar) Addington, Libby (Dailey) Heise, John Vaught, Steve Truslow and Glenn Smiley
You too can be a DOOR PRIZE WINNER!!
Here is a sample of just a few of the door prizes
for our Saturday night event
If you have any door prizes to donate, contact Steve Truslow at 951-522-0048 or email@example.com
....be sure to make your reservations asap!
THANK YOU FOR SPREADING THE WORD.......
We want to make sure that the word gets out about our 56th Reunion Celebration Dinner on October 22, 2022, and we don't miss anyone who might be interested in attending!!
If you have friends who are '66 classmates who aren't plugged into the SAV website, please reach out to them and let them know about the 56th Reunion Celebration Dinner. Also, If you can send their email and/or mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org, that would be helpful so we can send them all the details.
One more thing...don't assume if someone is registered on the website that they know about the Reunion as there are many who are registered but are not active and don't check the notifications that go out. If you have any '66 Classmate friends that you haven't spoken to in a while (and might fit into this category), please reach out to them to make sure they're aware we're having a reunion in October!
Thanks helping us make our next Reunion the best it can be and for SPREADING THE WORD!
Looking for Door Prizes
We're gladly accepting any donations for door prizes for our
Saturday Dinner Celebration on October 22, 2022
Please contact Steve Truslow at 951-522-0048 or email@example.com if you have anything to donate.
Steve can also give you some good tips about getting items donated from local businesses.
The following link is a letter to provide to any business who might be willing to donate: /000/6/4/4/31446/userfiles/file/Door_prize_donation_ltr.docx
Just kidding - As cute as this puppy, we don't want live animals
Happy Birthday, July Falcons!!!
Nancy Narum Gillespie - July 5
Diane Brame Staump - July 5
Judy Myers Grames - July 7
Jeryl Benning Parker - July 7
Mike Krussman - July 9
Martha Barker Pimtzner - July 10
Nancy Bachmann Mitchell - July 11
Estrellita Keith Rilea - July 12
Rayven Maillette Wilkerson - July 12
Greg Moore - July 12
Yvonne Solis Arellano - July 13
Celeste Kudla Pierce - July 15
Bill Couch - July 16
Steve Faulkner - July 16
Arlene Meyer - July 16
Nancy Paul Ryan - July 17
Frank Verrill - July 19
Nancy Morris Barber - July 20
Jeff Rosenwirth - July 23
Mike Lawrence - July 24
Joanne Ciccarelli Bertetto - July 25
Karen Best Nelson - July 26
Mike Duffy - July 26
Barbara Huffman Sieple - July 29
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.
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"
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!
WE WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS!!
WE LOVE TO SEE EVERYONE'S PHOTOS
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.