The Kelowna High School class of 1953 poses for a group portrait at their 60th reunion, held on July 27 and 28.
On July 27-28, a unique group of classmates met for its 60th Kelowna High School (now KSS) reunion at the Ramada Inn in Kelowna.
Not all of the classmates graduated, but we all were in school together. Some of us were there from Grade 1, others part way through our schooling, with others moving away in their high school years for whatever reason. One thing we do have in common - we were in school together at some point of our lives.
We have lost some members over the years, but we have also gained some. Those who had never attended our 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th or 55th, attended some part of the 60th reunion.
What a wonderful family we have, and we have many great memories of our times at school. Remembering our school chums and teachers was on the agenda for this no-frills gathering.
It all started at 5 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna for a meet and greet, followed with a sumptuous buffet. Mrs. Eileen Ashley with the help of Mrs. Ev Larson did the roll call of 35 classmates.
For our entertainment we had an open mic for those who wished to speak about their school years.
Bill Newman started the ball rolling with his story about Mr. J. Doell taking the Future Farmers to the National Convention in Kansas, Mo., He told how they had slept under the bus as there was no money for accommodations on the way down and back.
Bill had spoken to the 2,500 delegates on behalf of the Canadian delegation. He also said, it had been his and his twin brother, Ross's 16th birthday, while they were there.
Others spoke of their favourite teacher, (Mr. Roland Green, (fossil) being one) and why they thought these teachers had helped them.
Others mentioned happenings during their school terms. All of the speakers were very interesting, and we saw a different side of our school years through their eyes.
On Sunday morning a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice and fruit was held at the Sarsons Beach Park, located on the lake in the Mission area. It was a beautiful, clear, sunny day. The stories and reminiscing carried on all through the breakfast.
With sad "good byes" - until we meet again, the 60th reunion of the Class of 1953 ended. Further gatherings are planned for October and April, July and October 2014.
Alice dePfyffer Lundy was born and raised in Kelowna. She attended elementary and high school in Kelowna, and graduated from Kelowna High School (KHS) in 1953. She is a life member of both the Okanagan Historical Society and the Kelowna Branch. This article is part of a series submitted by the Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Historical Society. Additional information would be welcome at Box 22105, Capri P.O. Kelowna, B.C.,V1Y9N9.