JERRY LARSEN writes from Oregon,

On May 1st and 2nd, I had the pleasure of hosting twenty-four class of '62 members along with their spouses and significant others for a week-end gathering in McMinnville, Oregon, about 25 miles southwest of Portland.  There were forty-three of us altogether.  I had the able assistance of TOM HITCHCOCK, BUTCH BEWICK, and GENE MCPHAIL as our Seattle area representative.  We had a marvelous time, which on Friday included a Yamhill Valley wine-tasting tour with gorgeous spring weather and views of several mountains.  An evening reception was followed by dinner-on-your-own.  Most of us went to a local Spanish tapas restaurant, which also specializes in paella.  On Saturday, we had tours of the Evergreen Air and Space Museum, the home of Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose,"  films at the museum's IMAX theater, and a roast beef and chicken banquet at a local micro-brew pub.  Our very entertaining guest speaker was Jim Willis, Director of Veterans' Affairs for the State of Oregon.  There was lots of time for socializing and catching up with each other - it turned out to be a good mix of planned activities and available free time.

Our gathering included:  Annie and CHARLIE ARNEST, Annie Faulkner and JOHN L. BAKER, Penny and BUTCH BEWICK, Donna and JACK HAMILTON, Trena and JOHN HEWITT, Julie and TOM HITCHCOCK, Kathy and DENNY HUFF, Jan and JERRY LARSEN, RICHARD LEE, STEW LINGLEY, Renie and RAY MADONNA, Dorice and CORBIN MCNEILL, Debbie and GENE MCPHAIL, Jean and BOB MCWHINNEY, BOB NERUP, BOB PARTRICK, TOM ROBERTS, Cindy and LARRY SENN, Stephanie Begley-Smith and BRAD SMITH, Jeanette and TOM SPRINGER, Lucy and TOM STONE, June and DENNIS VEITH, DALE WINDHAM and Carrye and WARD WINTER.

One of the highlights was the presentation of the class president's pin to our very first class president, JOHN HEWITT, by our current class president RAY MADONNA, at the Friday afternoon reception.

There will soon be a website established that will include a lot of pictures and other info about our event.  I'll make sure that Dick Lee gets the web address after I've put the site together, so it can be accessed by a link from our '62 website.  I would certainly recommend that wherever there's a concentration of '62 grads, that you consider holding one of these regional mini-reunions.  It's a great way of maintaining contacts and reliving the times we had together in the past.