This post seeks to gather together some of the volunteer projects that MCHS Alumni are involved in, or have suggested, in connection with the MCHS 2015 Reunion.
Skype video session
Charles Tsiang has suggested, in a November 19, 2014 message, that it might be a great idea to have “a mega Skype video session for 15 minutes where participants [who are not actually going be at the Reunion] say hello.”
The comment from Charles has prompted us to starting thinking about this concept. He has added:
“We will be pleased to dialog on innovative ideas of broadening the concept of participation. Need some alums with tech experience or business event planning backgrounds who can help.”
Online video conversations connected with MCHS 2015
Do you have an interest in online video conversations, during the Reunion?
Do you have an interest in helping out with the setting up of such conversations?
That is, can you help set up an arrangement whereby people, who are not at the Reunion, can take part in some way via Skype or Google + (or other video conferencing platforms)?
If the answer is yes, to any of these questions, please contact Jaan Pill at firstname.lastname@example.org
If we can get some help, we’ll set it up.
Additional comment (November 19, 2014) from Charles Tsiang
Our current planning, with regard to video conferencing and related projects, brings to mind comments from Charles Tsiang, who lives in New Jersey, some time back.
Charles has mentioned that it would be a good idea to have MCHS Alumni involved with the MCHS 2015 Reunion, even if they are unable to attend in person.
“What I want people to think of are ways for people to contribute images and words both if and if not they can attend,” he noted in a November 19, 2014 message.
We are pleased that, as things have worked out, people have been contributing images and words, as indicated by previous posts at the MCHS 2015 website. This has added much of value to the Reunion planning process; we very much appreciate all of the great information that people have been sharing.
Posting of MCHS 2015 Reunion photos online
That concept brings to mind another thought: We will ensure that Reunion Attendees, who want to see photos of themselves online, after the Reunion, will be able to do so.
We also will make every effort to ensure that Attendees, who do not wish to see their photos online, will have their preferences respected.
MCHS ’60s Reunion Facebook Group
A key step, by way of online information sharing, has been the setting up of the MCHS ’60s Reunion Facebook Group, which we did quite some time back.
The MCHS Alumnus who set up the group was Klaas Vander Baaren, to whom we owe many thanks.
Comment (November 23, 2014) from Arleen Chenoll
“Good luck with the organization of this event,” Arleen Chenoll has added, in an additional comment regarding these themes. “I will look forward to seeing lots of photos with names attached. Perhaps someone can do a ‘then and now’ on-line photo album, that absentee grads could add to.”
Charles Tsiang has also suggested compiling individual yearbook photos, for all of the yearbook classes. That is a project that is also feasible. If time permits, we can start with the scanning of one or two yearbooks, before the October 17, 2015 Reunion. We can finish the scanning of all of the relevant yearbooks after the Reunion.
Good scanning equipment makes a difference, in this regard. For example, a scanner that I currently use enables me to get an enlarged image, on my laptop, of the photo that I want to scan. In that way, I can frame the image more accurately than would otherwise be the case.
The photos would serve as the start of a database of names and the stories associated with them. This is an idea that Charles Tsiang has suggested; I think it’s a great concept.
An initial concern, that I encountered in at least one conversation, was that some people might object that having their yearbook photo posted online.
There’s always a tension between the desire to share information and the desire to ensure privacy of information. For the above-noted project, if we were to proceed, we could ensure that we would remove any particular photo, in the event there is an objection to its posting.
Scanning of MCHS yearbooks
With thanks to help from Klaas Vander Baaren, Diana Kouri, and Gerry Garnett, we are making good progress in scanning the MCHS yearbooks, from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s. The PDF scans of the yearbooks will be included in the Grab-Bag that will be distributed at the Reunion.
Nancy Renz has posted a comment some time back at the MCHS ’60s Reunion Facebook Group:
“Just a suggestion – there are many websites “What was happening the year you were born” It might be fun to consider for the reunion printing these out from 1960 – 1970ish as What was happening the year you graduated. I just did 1967 my grad year and so many interesting thing I had forgotten – or never knew in the first place!! Just a suggestion!!”
Great suggestion from Nancy Renz
That’s a great suggestion. We’ve now set up a separate page at the MCHS 2015 website to help keep track of projects that volunteers may be interested in taking on. If you are interested in helping out with implementing the above-noted suggestion, please contact Jaan Pill at email@example.com
The People History from 1800 to Present Day
As a follow-up to the suggestion from Nancy Renz, Gina (Davis) Cayer has found a great site that is well worth mentioning, from what I can assess from an initial visit:
Tasks for Volunteers
A few more ideas regarding volunteer tasks can be found at this MCHS 2015 Reunion page:
Any other suggestions?
We welcome your suggestions regarding any of these topics.