Tiger Nation, how are you doing in our “sheltering in place” mode? Are you finding new ways to do things? Are you baking, knitting, reading more, thinking of a better time? Remember, in all you do, Be Safe, and Stay Mindful.
Walk with me down memory lane to the school reunions of yesteryear. The Fair Street Butler High Alumni Board hosts a school reunion every other year. The Board diligently plans and implements the event to ensure that each attendee has an enjoyable and exciting Reunion weekend.
The journey begins with an Opening Ceremony where the alumni can meet, greet, and reacquaint themselves. Later that evening, the Prom, a formal dress-up affair with a band, gets everyone in the mood to dance the night away. Many young ladies receive a corsage from that very special person.
Saturday takes us on a tour of historical places in the Atlanta area. As the afternoon looms, it is time for an old-fashioned Cookout that we call “Family Day.” The food and the DJ do not disappoint. There are prizes given throughout each event. The Ambassadors of Fun created an atmosphere of excitement generated by various games and trivial questions. As the name implies, we celebrate with our children, grandchildren, and other family and friends. They learn more about us as teenagers, as we have family fun.
Later that evening, the fun continues at the Jazz, Blues & Throwback Party. We are dressed to the nines, as the band or DJ plays oldies but goodies of three music genres. Oh my, excitement engulfs the room as we announce the raffle winners!
The Sunday morning non-denominational Worship Service is so uplifting and inspiring. Singing, praying, and scripture prepare us to hear an inspirational message from the Reverend of the Hour. Holy Communion is given to all, followed by Benediction and hugs (Pre COVID19, I mean.)
The Closing Ceremony and the Biennial Corporate Meeting bring a beautiful weekend to its climax. A speaker, usually from the recognized Class, is the Sunday highlight. For instance, Kaye Poole Myles was the keynote speaker, representing the Class of 1969 at Reunion 2019. Click here to read her informative, inspirational, and entertaining message.
Nathaniel Shelton, our CFO and our lifetime mentor, reviewed our corporation’s financial position, followed by The State of the Tiger Nation message by our President, John W. Harris. A signature Marriott dinner served between speakers is probably the real pearl of the weekend. Did I mention that there is excellent food served throughout the entire weekend?
My weekend overview does not do justice to our three-day reunion weekend. The Golf Tournament kicks off the fun on Friday and funds the scholarships and community programs we sponsor. Also, a professional photographer is on duty throughout the weekend to document our memories on film.
Yet, I hope this gives you a sense of the weekend respite. From my perspective, it reminds you that Reunions let us create new memories every two years that we cherish forever. All pictures in this edition display groups, not individuals, to relate to the theme of this edition, “Though we are apart, we are always together.”
The Fair Street -Butler High Schools Alumni Association, Inc. strives to provide the best reunion possible every two years. We all are unpaid volunteers who take our duties seriously. We hope that you will continue to support us in the coming years. Why not commit to joining us at Reunion 2021 by making layaway payments or regular deposits to a savings account? We need and want to see you too!
Theresa Anderson Puryear
Class of 1967