Probably the most time consuming for you and for the committee will be the memory book submissions, so let's get that started. Each of us will get one page that includes a text of 250 to 300 words and a current photograph. Unfortunately, there's no secretarial staff! We ask that all submissions and photos for the memory book be sent electronically. We have set June 30th as the final deadline but you don't have to wait for June 30th and the nice weather to do this! But June 30th should give you sufficient time to think and to write, and the committee sufficient time to assemble all of the information in a final pleasing format.
Please do not allow the electronic submission to become an issue. If you are unable to submit the text electronically yourself please ask a family member or neighbor to do it for you. If there is some kind of emergency which makes this impossible for you, please contact me. Perhaps others reading this will offer to put your hand written text into electronic form. In that event, I will provide you with the name and mailing address. Please do not mail your hand written text to me.
Don't have a digital camera? Get a friend or relative to take the shot. Maybe they will also offer to email the picture for you. As I get older, I find it easier to ask people to do me a favor. You have been doing favors for others for well over 50 years. Just call one in! It's your turn.
So what kind of information might be included in the class book? Remember this book will stay with Marygrove as a testimony to the education and values Marygrove gave us. The suggestions that follow may help you organize your ideas and give you a chance to share some lighthearted Marygrove moments in the process. The book is intended to be a way to share with your classmates your personality, your humor, your life, your interests, and the talents you have developed. So just talk to us! We will listen!
As Ellen Murphy Bonn wrote to her classmates last year, "Skip the old grudges; bury the old hatchets about the Church; think positive thoughts as you write. . . . Just keep it clean." Tell us about you. Did you take up oil painting when you retired? Have you always been in the community chorus or a community theatre? Have you held elected office? Did you start a fantastic program in your community? Did you get that advanced degree? Did you travel to exotic places or have you finally become a snow bird? Think of the types of accomplishments that make us, as Marygrove grads, unique. You will be able to bring your stories, pictures, and scrapbooks of the children and grandchildren to the reunion. This is about you and the road you have traveled in the last 50 years! But the bottom line, the content is up to you.
(Use these ideas as suggestions only. Use any or all of them as you see fit. Please limit yourself to a total of 250 to 300 words. Text longer than that will be cut by the committee so everyone gets the same amount of space.)
And don't forget a current picture in .jpg format. I am not an expert on this but I will try to explain what I know and hope it is fairly accurate. Some cameras take pictures in "high resolution" which provides enough detail to put your picture on a bill board. But we are not doing bill boards. On the other hand, if the image you send me requires me to crop your head from a group shot, there probably will be too little detail and your image will be grainy or blurry. So there is a happy medium and if you can, try to send a picture that is only a head and is about 200 KB in size. It would be nice if all our pictures are about the same physical size on the page and the same quality. But I will work with what you send me. I wish I could say I will "Photoshop" out the wrinkles but that is far beyond my pay grade (and expertise). So help me out as much as you can and I will do the best I can.
Books will be available at cost to class members at the reunion. Those who attend the reunion will receive the book at that time; those who cannot attend will be able to order a copy at a slightly higher cost. The cost will depend on the number of submissions but last year the books were $15 for books at the reunion and $20 for books that were mailed.
So put on your thinking cap and get started!
The deadline is critical. Please mark your calendar! The deadline is June 30th.