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August 2009

 "August"= marked by majestic dignity or grandeur

The Senate (Roman that is) named August for Augustus Caesar.  At that time, the months (not counting February) alternated between 30 and 31 days.  Since there were 31 days in Julius Caesar's month, July, it was decided that the month of August should have 31 days also, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus had an inferior month.

August 8 is "Sneak some zucchini onto your neighbors porch night". 

August 21 is "National Senior Citizens' Day"

In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said: "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older."

I just thought that was pretty cool.



Ahoy Buccaneers!
We are already making plans for our 55th Reunion in 2013. Nancy (Albright) Albright and Margery (Crothers) Vanderpool have volunteered to co-chair the reunion. Phill Hansen is their vice-chairman. 

Mark Monday, November 9, 2009 on your calendar for the first meeting at a location to be decided later. Nancy wanted to schedule the meeting close in date to our monthly breakfast at Coco's restaurant. 

Everybody is invited to become a member of the reunion planning committee. Nancy says, "The meetings are even more fun than the reunions. Everybody has a good time."


What has our own "Santa", Bill Swank been up to...Find out here  SWANK


Janet McDonald Walz was visiting San Diego a few weeks ago:

I was in town a couple weeks ago.  Our two youngest daughters, 
Deborah and Julie had a Poker/Bunco
Fundraiser for their third 60 Mile 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk for this 
coming November 2009.   It is always a fun
weekend.  Although I should be walking with them, I babysit their 
children and cheer them on at different points
of their walk.
    - Janet McDonald Walz


First Saturday Breakfast Bunch

AUGUST 1, 2009

everyone welcomecocoeveryone welcome


9 A.M.

  5955 Balboa Ave. (at Mt. Alifan/Mt. Abernathy)

We had the biggest group for breakfast this morning since the morning of the reunion--31 classmates.  What a great crowd.  Poor Thelma was run off her feet. She is now into "cup clanking" to ask for order so she can ask for orders. 

Here are the brave buccaneers

Class of 1956: Ray A. Hacecky & wife, Joan Fredericks Hacecky; LuAnn Easterly Giegler & hubby, Don (class of '54,ILL); David Castle; Ken Stone; Pat Gandolfi & wife, Flo (class of '59); Dorothy Douglas Mitchell & husband, Dennis; Bill Warren; Vikky Wilburn; Patsy Lilley

Class of 1958: Marie Gilmour Davila & hubby, Bob (class of '55, TX); Walter Andersen & wife Jody (class of '62); Orpha Higley; Pat DeFore; Sheila Mura; Bill Swank & wife, Jeri Lynn; Rey Vinole {Dutch}; Pam Priest Lollis & husband, Wayne

Class of 1959: Ann Greenfield; Rosemary Pleger Jackson; Barbara Grayson Bell; Christiana Hughes Wagner; Bill Curtis & wife, Mary Dudley Curtis (class of '62)


          Ray Hackecky; Don Geigler; Bob Davila                                                            Ken Stone; David Castle; Ray--again 


        ray                       ken

      Ann Greenfield; Jody Andersen & Walter; Wayne Lollis                    Orpha Higley; Barbara Grayson Bell; Rosemary Pleger Jackson


        ann                orpha

          Pam Priest Lollis; Bill & Jeri Lynne Swank; Sheila Mura                   Wayne Lollis; Christiana Hughes Wagner; Pam Priest Lollis;

                                                                                                                         Rey Vinole; Bill Curtis

         walter                      wayne

 Ann Greenfield; Jody & Walter Andersen (face on this time)                              LuAnn Easterly Geigler; Joan Frederickson Hackecky;

                                                                                                                                            Patsy Lilley -all from 1956 


                Bill Warren; LuAnn Easterly Geigler                                             Ken Stone; Dorothy Douglas Mitchell & Dennis Mitchell



                 Bob Davila & Marie Gilmour Davila                                   ( Back of Thelma); Pat & Flo Gandolfi; Mary Dudley Curtis


Vikky Wilburn from the class of 1956 



Medical Updates

Carol Evans Green

We have word from Carol Evans Green. If you remember, she broke her leg on July 3.  She wrote me on Facebook Monday, Aug. 3rd: "Marie - I went to the Taroga website today. Thanks for your good wishes. I had my cast removed today, and now have a walking boot. Much better"   Good for you Carol; keep up the good work.  Sounds like you are doing ok.


"This is my new air cast-comes off at night, and I can step on it.  Looks like part of a space suit."


Jim Yerkey

 Jim Yerkey is back in the hospital.  A few months ago he went in for a leg amputation due to diabetes.  He was doing well, but suddenly developed a small sore on his other foot.  He should be having surgery shortly -probably Thursday, Aug.6.  He also had to have dialysis a couple of times, but says he is feeling ok, and the kidneys are improving.  We sure hope so.  Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers. He is at the Palomar Pomerado Hospital in Escandido.


                                                                                           Betty Waddell Cerney

Betty is still hanging in there.  She just got her kitchen remodeled, and then entertained a house-load of guest shortly after that.  She is still doing her chemo once a week, and hopefully it is doing its job.  When I hear from her again I will let you know, but meantime keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 



                     wedding                       marilyn now                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Congratulations to Marilyn Bresser Gilliland and Stan who are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 5, 2009



                       August Birthdays (see definition at top of page)

Click on a name to send a birthday greeting.



                                                  Marguerite (Marge)Anseth Hostetter                                                      
Jerry Atiyeh
Sharon Baebler Smith
 Bill Barsz
Don Bowles
Ron Carr
Billy Dunbar
George Hemingway
Lonny Moyer
 Ron Shafer
 Carole Smith Hanen
 Donna Taylor Hahn
Betty Waddell Cerney  
 Larry Wilson

Should your name be here? Let me know .  Marie





for classmates living in the San Diego area, or coming to visit--


Picnic Time


Atom Ant says:

"Save the date!!!  It's almost time for  our ANNUAL ALL-50'S PICNIC" 

at De Anza Cove

 Sunday, September 13, 2009  from 10 AM -whenever you've had enough

As usual, this is a bring your own EVERYTHING event, so don't forget:
food, beverages, chairs, hats, sunscreen, cameras,  hand wipes, etc. ...anything else you need to make the day more fun. 
This is a similar event to the monthly breakfasts, only outside, and no waitress.  

flowerGarden Classes   

A series of free gardening classes is being held at the nurseries of classmate, Walter Andersen,  in San Diego and Poway on Saturday mornings.  
At the Walter Andersen's Nursery at 3642 Enterprise St. in San Diego (619)-224-8271, the schedule through September is as follows:
August 15...
Indoor plants                                 September 05...Pest Control
August 22...Gardenias                                       September 12...Autumn Herbs
August 29...Bonsai                                            September 19...General Orchid Growing
                                                                             September 26...Fall Bulbs

At the Walter Andersen's Nursery at 12755 Danielson Court in Poway (858)513-4900, the schedule through September is as follows
9:30 AM
August 15...Xeriscape (low water plants)              September 05...Container Gardening
August 22...Plumeria                                             September 12...Special Class *
August 29...Dried Flowers                                    September 19...Winter Veggies
                                                                                 September 26...Fall Bulbs

*September 12 at Poway.
   Special grower and soils representatives from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM -with free hot dogs between noon and 1 PM
   Nan Sterman, noted designer and garden writer, will hold a special class at 1:30 PM


Musical Notes


Rey Vinole is back to having his Big Band rehearsals at West City Community College Center at 3249 Fordham Street in Point Loma on Mondays from 7 PM to 9PM.   Come and dance or just listen to the music. 

For another style, Tuesday nights from 7PM to 9PM the Dixieland Band is at the ORCHARDS, 4040 Hancock Street, Point Loma

His music will be heard many times this year.  Here is his schedule for the rest of the year:

                       September 17-19, Show Orchestra at the State Fair in Pomona, California

 November 16-22, Show Orchestra at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri for the American Royal National Championship

He is also scheduled to play at the 50th Reunion of the class of 1959 in August, A dinner dance at the Soledad Club in Pacific Beach in October,  and on December 31, the New Years Swing Band will be at Coronado Shores. 



We had some sad news, that Mary Annella Tigard's mother passed away here in San Diego on June 25, 2009.  We had not had contact with Annella for years,  but did get an address to send a card from the class.  Please remember Annella and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


Linda Wood Odening made this beautiful quilt for her husband, Walter



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