Well, it looks like the plans for our next reunion will be on hold for awhile. Right now the Alumni Association is recommending that all reunions hold off due to the pandemic.
Most likely is we will hold our reunion in 2022 with the classes of '63, 64, '65, and '67 as a joint multi-year reunion.
The current plan, is to have our own banquet, but share the common activities (such as the campus tour) with the other classes.
More news to follow.
As a reunion committee we take great pride in the positive feedback we get from classmates who have attended earlier reunions. We also take negative comments to heart and do whatever we can to correct problems.
The one comment we hear far too often is “gee, I wish (fill in the name) had been here.” Trust us we wish they had been there, too. Please keep in mind that we would love to be able to personally contact everyone but we simply do not have the resources to do so.
Therefore, if there is anyone (a classmate, a member of another 1966 era CHS class or a teacher) who you would want to spend some time with at the reunion please feel free to contact them, pass on the information and invite them to attend. You can see the list of classmates that we've been unable to locate on our Missing Persons Page.
Get the word out to your friends on social media whenever you can. If there are folks who you want to see but don’t have a way to contact please let us know. We’ll do everything we can to obtain contact information and personally reach out to let them know they are remembered and missed.
As of January 15th we still have 377 missing classmates. You can make a big difference!
If you're coming to an event and are not signed up for Saturday night, non-personalized, temporary, stick on name tags will be available.
You can pay for your tickets to the Vince's Lunch and Football game at any event. You can pay with cash (exact change would be nice), Check, Credit or Debit card. Yes, we even have one of the new Chip Readers.
If you would like to share your reunion photos and you are on Facebook, let Bill know and he can add you as a contributor. It's necessary to extend permissions individually to keep out Spammers and other evil doers.
Wednesday, October 12th
6:00 PM - Early Bird and Reunion Team Dinner - for anyone arriving early, especially members of the reunion planning team. At the Round Table Pizza, in their banquet room, 1020 N Mountain Ave, Ontario, at 4th St.
This event is Dutch. Order & pay for your food and drinks at the counter, then proceed to the banquet room. Be sure to ask for the Sr. Discount (we earned it!). Note - Round Table also has Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan options on their menu.
We have the Banquet room starting at 5:00 PM if you care to join us a bit earlier.
Thursday, October 13th
- 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception at the home of Nancy DeDiemar (Class of '63), hosted by Donna DeDiemar, 422 W 6th St, Ontario. Nibbles and Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks) provided (No Charge). Some of us will be headed out for dinner afterwards.
Friday, October 14th
10:30 AM Graber Olive Tour - 315 E 4th St, Ontario Meet outside their front door in the parking lot.
12:15 PM Lunch at Vince's Spaghetti - 1206 W Holt Blvd, Ontario - proceed to their private dining room for our lunch.
The price is $12.50 per person which includes a lunch plate of pasta, soup or salad, bread, and a drink, also tax and tip is included.
Note that Vince's can accommodate a maximum of 80 for our lunch, we're close to that in RSVPs, so please pay Bill for your tickets as soon as you can. When they're gone, they're gone!
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Ontario History & Art Museum Tour - 225 S Euclid Ave, Ontario - the old City Hall where some of us got our Polio shots! Meet in the Parking Lot.
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Happy Hour Gathering - Charlie's Stars and Stripes 296 N 2nd Ave, Upland (the late Joyce Vaughn Allison & Duane Allison's Daughter's larger sports bar)
7:00 PM Chaffey Home Game vs. Ontario High School -
We were originally told this was the homecoming game, but the school pulled the old switcheroo on us. It is a home game playing cross town rivals Ontario High. it should be a lot of fun, even though Ontario High didn't open until after we graduated!
Do Not Enter through the main gate. Tickets are $7.00 and will be collected as you enter the field. This is a donation, half will go to the ASB (Student Body) and half to the athletic program. We'll have a special section and will enter together, go to the 50 yard like for a photo while the announcer introduces us, then we'll go to our special section seats.
Our seats will likely be up by the press box. If anyone has limited mobility and needs to use the elevator (yes, they have one now!), Please let Bill know before the event so it can be arranged.
Saturday, October 15th
9:30 AM Chaffey Campus Tour with Donuts and Coffee from the Helms Bakery Truck - coffee at 9:30 AM, Tour at 10:00 AM - Meet in front of the GW Spring Auditorium.
4:00 PM - Decorating team goes to work on our ballroom at the DoubleTree
- From the Decoration Chair, Ema Kerr True:
Classmates have contacted me wanting to be apart of decorating for Saturday night event I'd like to make mention of that to say thank you and besides needing all the help I can get it's just going to be so much fun to hang together I so look forward to seeing all my buddies as y'all are very special to me cheers CHS 66 to our big 50!
6:00 PM to 11:30 PM - Gala 50th Reunion Dinner Dance in the DoubleTree Ballroom. We have the Lake Gregory and Lake Silverwood Rooms (made into one room). The space holds 260 for a banquet, so we won't be cramped as in past years.
DRESS: Some members of the Reunion Committee (and several classmates) have expressed their opinion that since this is THE BIG 5-0, it should be an upscale “dressier” event. Others have the view that a more relaxed atmosphere is in order. So, here’s the deal, use your good judgment and wear whatever you feel is appropriate and makes you feel comfortable. We fully expect to see everything from suits and cocktail dresses to casual shirts and trousers. No one should feel out of place.
When you arrive: Please pick up your special Classmate's Gift and your Registration Packet, if you didn't pick it up at an earlier event.
We will have tables for the display of your Memorabilia from your years at Chaffey, Jr. High schools, and Elementary schools. Please bring your mementos to share. Just make sure that they're labelled so you can get them back. For paper items, sheet protectors or plastic bags are handy to protect your items. Just be sure to pick them up before you leave!
Enjoy your favorite beverage at the no-host bar and enjoy socializing with your classmates. There will be ample time to socialize, table hop, and even dance before and after dinner.
We will have 2 no host bars set up to avoid the lines we had in prior years. We will have liquor, beer, wine, soft drinks, and bottled water for purchase. Prices range from $10.00 for a Gold Martini down to $3.25 for soft drinks. Beer and wine are in the $6.25 to $7.00 range.
No outside food or drinks are allowed. We can arrange corkage if you'd like to bring your own bottle of wine, but it has to be done in advance. Contact Bill if you're interested.
We will not have a big program to allow for maximum socializing. Music will be a playlist of songs from when we were at Chaffey from the 62 to 66 timeframe. Dancing is encouraged.
Plated dinner will be served at 6:40 PM. We're doing plated service as recommended by the most recent class reunions, it's also less expensive to do this than a buffet.
Seasonal Mixed Greens, Sliced Cucumbers
Cherry Tomato, Seasoned Croutons
Rolls & Butter
Oven Roasted Chicken
Forest Mushroom Ragout
Red Roasted Potatoes
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Decadent Chocolate Mousse, Fresh
Whipped Cream, Chocolate
Shavings, Presented in Glass Cup
Freshly Brewed Coffee & a Selection of Fine Teas
Sunday, October 16th
11:00 AM "Until Next Time" BBQ - in Sue (LeGrande) Coes backyard, 1460 Grove Ave. Upland, CA 91786.
Featuring the Grilling artistry of Michael "Montana" Murphy.
Please bring a side dish and beverage(s) of choice. If you're an "out of towner" stop by the grocery and pick up a salad, chips & dip, salsa, or other side and soft drinks and/or beer, etc.
If you have tickets for the Saturday night party, please check your name tag to make sure it's correct. Click Here to see the Draft Name Tags.
You can hit CTRL-F and type your name in the search box to find yours. A part of your name is all that's needed, for example to find Finkelstein, just type "Fink". Typing "Fin" will find Finkelstein & Fintel.
(Bill here: I went a little cross-eyed doing all these name tags, I hope I got yours right! Check your guest's/spouse's/partner's too. )
Please signed up and pay now! for the Saturday night dinner ($65 per person).
All other events have either a small free (which we will collect at the reunion), are "Dutch" (you pay your own bill based on what you order), or at no charge.
You can see what events you've signed up for in you most recent (March or later) Newsletter. Or you can go to the "Edit My Information" Page and request a link be sent to you to update your information.
Wednesday, October 12th
- 6:00 PM Early Bird and Reunion Team Dinner at the Round Table Pizza, in their banquet room, 1020 N Mountain Ave, Ontario, at 4th St.(Dutch - order & pay for your food and and drinks at the counter, then proceed to the banquet room)
Thursday, October 13th
- 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception at the home of Nancy DeDiemar (Class of '63), hosted by Donna DeDiemar, 422 W 6th St, Ontario. Nibbles and Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks) provided (No Charge)
Friday, October 14th
- 10:30 AM Graber Olive House Tour 315 E 4th St, Ontario (No Charge)
- 12:15 PM Lunch at Vince's Spaghetti at the Ontario Vince's 1206 W Holt Blvd ($12.50 per person plus tip)
- 2:00 PM Ontario History & Art Museum Tour 225 S Euclid Ave, Ontario - the old City Hall where some of us got our Polio shots! (No Charge)
- 4:00 PM Happy Hour Gathering at Charlie's Stars & Stripes All American Deli & Bar (Owned by Laura, daughter of the Allison's), 296 N 2nd Ave, Upland (Dutch)
- 7:00 PM Chaffey Home Game vs Ontario High School ($7.00 donation to the CHS Athletic Program - we'll have a special section and will enter together, go to the 50 yard like for a photo while the announcer introduces us, then we'll go to our special section seats. The school has moved things around, so this is a home game, but not the homecoming game)
Saturday, October 15th
- 10:00 AM Chaffey Campus Tour with Donuts and Coffee from the Helms Bakery Truck, Meet in front of the GWS Auditorium for coffee at 9:30AM (No Charge)
- 4:00 PM - Decorating team goes to work on our ballroom at the DoubleTree
- 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM - Gala 50th Reunion Dinner Dance in the DoubleTree Ballroom ($65 per person)
Sunday, October 16th
11:00 AM "Until Next Time" BBQ (Tri-tip & Salmon provided, bring a side dish to share and your own drinks) in Sue (LeGrande) Coes backyard, 1460 Grove Ave. Upland, CA 91786.
Featuring the Grilling artistry of Michael "Montana" Murphy. Please bring a side dish and beverage(s) of choice.
If you're an "out of towner" stop by the grocery and pick up a salad, chips & dip, salsa, or other side and soft drinks and/or beer, etc.