May 11 is the deadline for reservations to attend the May 19 Windham High School Alumni Banquet.

For almost 100 years, except for the “war years” of the 1940s, and another period of two or three years, folks who attended Windham High School have been gathering each year in the town where they attended school.

The location for the dinner and meeting has changed over the years, but the spirit remains the same.

In 2007, this tradition of the oldest organization in Windham continues and on Saturday, May 19, hundreds of former classmates and their spouses will meet at the Windham Middle School cafeteria.

Anyone who attended the high school is welcome. The doors open at 3 p.m. and a delicious roast pork dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The Class of 1957 – the 50 year class – will be at the head table. They will have a separate reunion later this summer.

The night before the banquet, some of the Alumni Committee will be setting up tables, spreading tablecloths and scrubbing potatoes, counting dishes, and making other preparations for the dinner.

Reservations are arriving, from the mailing done earlier this year, and raffle items are being gathered for the raffle table – always a popular part of the celebration.

It is hoped that the oldest alumni member, Ethel Verrill, now over 105, will be attending. There are always surprises when someone shows up who has never been to one of these events. Much time is spent reading name tags to find out if a particular person is one of those from your own class.

Dues to join the Alumni Association have been only $2 per year for as long as anyone can remember. The mailing list of those who have paid dues is nearing 500 and each year, announcements and reservation forms are mailed to the long list which is kept updated by Kay Soldier (class of 1955).

The deadline for reservations is May 11. The Committee needs to know how much food to order, since it is all prepared by alumni members with help from the school department.

If you need a reservation form, contact Kay at 892-5381 or via e-mail, [email protected] Payment can be at the door, since time is getting short. Cost of the banquet is $10 per person.

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