After the recent breakfast for our class in March, our tireless organizer of class lunches and breakfasts, Bill Dyck, worked hard to arrange a “Class of `55” reunion for July 19, 2023.
Bill personally called most of the classmates and believed we could have about 22 coming to the event. As it turned out, several could not make it because of the hospitalization of 2 persons, recent surgery recovery for another, and personal reasons for a few more. So we had 13 attendees; 10 former students, and 3 spouses. Despite the smaller attendance, we had a wonderful time of visiting and reminiscing.
We heard the personal life experiences from three of our grads, Hank Spenst, Linguist and Bible translator; Bill Toews, teacher and University Professor; and Don Krause; teacher and pastor. We also heard the account of another of our distinguished grads, Peter Dyck, a noted Neurosurgeon, who also was unable to attend. Many others of our women and men have also accomplished noteworthy achievements – perhaps at the next reunion, we will hear from them as well.
Since our reunion, another of our grads, Esther (Epp) Doerksen, passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour.
There is some enthusiasm for a possible 70th reunion in spring or summer of 2025, but no firm plans will be made for another 12 months, or so.
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Considering that there were only thirty-eight grads (Grade Thirteens, that is) at the MEI in the class of 1955, it should be somewhat surprising that ten of them showed up at a breakfast that wasn’t even planned far in advance. Three spouses also attended.
Bill Dyck called and emailed all the ones for whom he had contact information and there we were, March 29, 2023 in the Rose Room at Garden Park Tower in Clearbrook, eating and reminiscing, laughing and praising God. Gratitude and praise were uppermost in the brief reports that each shared about his/her family. Even though some had trials, they praised God for seeing them through it all.
This gathering was not a formal reunion with a program; it was just a social gathering of those who could make it.
Another gathering is being planned for July 19, 2023. Please contact Bill Dyck to keep updated
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– Submitted by Helmut and Selma Hooge