Dress Code for MCHS 2015 Reunion on Oct. 17, 2015


A member of our MCHS 60s Reunion organizing committee has remarked:

“Now it had been established that we have a dress code.

“BUT…….it seems to have concerned a few.

“In retrospect dress code was perhaps not necessarily the best term. After all it is a high school reunion. Not a return to high school.

“I strongly suggest that we get out a newsletter to all, plus posts on the various links……

“We need to state that the dress code is merely a suggested guideline for those who feel more comfortable with some direction.

“At this stage of our lives none of us needs nor wants dictates. It is each person’s right to wear whatever ever they want.

“My wife is making me promise to show up wearing at least something more than a loin cloth.”

[End of update]


We’ve had a request for information about the Dress Code for the MCHS 60s Reunion and Celebration of the 60s.

Barbara Sayfy (MCHS 70) is a member of the entertainment subcommittee for the MCHS 2015 reunion.

She recommends the following Dress Code.

Barbara Sayfy writes:

I had recommended ‘Smart Casual’ as the attire for the event. Business casual denotes too business-like.

Smart casual would mean anything except denim (blue) jeans with or without holes!! Black jeans is acceptable for either male or female. For the ladies pants (assorted varieties), tops, dresses (short or long) skirts, pants suits. etc are all acceptable attire. For the men they could wear a jacket if they so desire but ties are not mandatory unless they want to feel uncomfortable all evening! Casual pants with shirt or decent tee/shirt and/or sweater is always acceptable for the guys.

I hope this helps. You can forward this onto those that need to know.

[End of text]

The organizing committee is now in the process of deciding whether or not this will be the official policy. So far, the votes are tending toward the Yes side, but you never know until every last vote is counted!

There has been discussion at a Facebook group about this topic:

MCHS ’60s Reunion

Malcolm Campbell HS Class of ’68

Malcolm Campbell High School Grads

Based on the comments at the Facebook groups, I would say that as an organizing committee, we seek to address the interests of those reunion attendees who like to have a sense of what other people will be wearing, as well as the interests of those attendees who already know what they want to wear.

As organizers, we seek to address the interests of a wide range of people, and to be aware of and responsive to their views at all times.

Clothing discussions can have an element of good-natured humour attached to them, and they can be topics for more serious exchange of thoughts as well.

Sometimes it can be a challenge, especially at first, to tell whether a given exchange is in the nature of jesting or not. At least it can be a challenge for me.

With email messages, and Facebook posts, we don’t have the available body language and other cues that enable to easily figure out such distinctions. But as the exchanges of viewpoints proceed, people do tend to get a sense of what each side, in the ongoing conversation, is saying. The beauty of face to face conversations, as at reunions, is that all of the cues and nuances of everyday conversations are there, and the possibility of miscommunication is thereby markedly decreased.

Dress Code at Malcolm Campbell – 1969

The topic brings to mind a previous post:

Dress regulations at Malcolm Campbell High School: September 1969 message from the Principal


Stories about the Dress Code at Malcolm Campbell High School, and how the code was enforced and defied (depending on where you were in the power structure of the school) make for great storytelling.

Which brings to mind the fact that we have been discussing, as part of the planning process, where storytelling might fit in, and in what format it might work best, at the MCHS 2015 reunion.

Storytelling can also potentially be the basis of a project whereby we can put together a book and DVD of Stories about Malcolm Campbell High School. Maybe such packages of printed or recorded stories have already been put together by some groups of students. I would be delighted to know about such projects. The topic is of interest.

I say that while noting, and underlining the fact, that people telling each other stories, while mixing and mingling at the buffet dinner on Oct. 17, 2015 is the essence of storytelling – it’s live, spontaneous storytelling, in the present moment.

It is, perhaps, the best form of storytelling that there is.

Another aspect of storytelling, however, that may be worth exploring involves finding ways to record and preserve some of those great stories, so that somebody 50 years from now can sigh and say, “Do you believe what I just read? It can’t be so! What a time that must have been!”

I’ve addressed this topic in a separate post:

Oral History and Digital Storytelling Centre at Concordia University helps people get their stories together


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