We begin this post with a much appreciated message from Soryl (Shulman) Rosenberg
Soryl (Shulman) Rosenberg, who taught Phys Ed at Malcolm Campbell High School in the 1960s, has shared the following message regarding a particular organizer’s efforts on behalf of the MCHS ’60s Reunion.
Soryl (Shulman) Rosenberg writes:
Jaan Pill was must be singled out among all the selfless volunteers who made the MCHS reunion on Oct. 17, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto such a blazing success. It was ultimately his responsibility. Using the business cards as an excuse for mingling and circulating was a great idea from Lynn (Hennebury) Legge, who also arranged for the games and prizes.
The MCHS crests from Nancy (Ingerville) Renz, the scanning of the yearbooks from 1962 to 1974 with the help of many volunteers, the booklet about the history of Old Mill Toronto, the DJ arranged by Gina (Davis) Cayer, arranging for Scott Munro our bagpiper and the videographer and photographer, all takes organizing.
Your willingness to give up the room that you had reserved for the equipment when I could not get a room at the Old Mill was so much appreciated. Our numerous emails back and forth took time. And you made it possible for Bob Carswell to enjoy the event by giving him a lift both for the main event and brunch the next day. If the world had more people like you it would be a better place.
[End of message from Soryl (Shulman) Rosenberg]
Jaan Pill writes:
Thank you, Soryl, for your highly positive and encouraging overview of the event, and of my own contribution to its success. From our conversations and your message, which I so much appreciate, I’m aware of that you also have extensive experience in the organizing of events.
It’s wonderful to read your overview of what would have been involved in the organizing of the Oct. 17, 2015 reunion. The organizing was very much a team effort. The staging of the event required a lot of work, many conversations, and much close listening to suggestions from a great many people.
I worked hard, as a member of an organizing team. It was good work, for a good cause. I’m pleased I had the opportunity to help out in this way.
Every person who attended the reunion also added immeasurably to the success of the event. Just arranging for transportation, and accommodations, and sending in a cheque (or arriving with cash at the door): all of this takes time and effort.
I am so pleased things turned out so well, and that your own participation as a speaker was among the highlights of the evening.
You shared with us a message from Graeme Decarie, who taught History at MCHS in the 1960s. You also shared with us an entertaining overview of your career as a Phys Ed teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School, at a time when you were just a few years older than the students you were teaching.
As well, you achieved great success in persuading a couple of keen alumni, Cheryl (Miles) Goldring (MCHS 1967) and Mark Melkonian (MCHS 1970), to the School Song, once again. As the photos from the event demonstrate, they brought a flair and energy to the task that was a delight to observe, and to hear!
[End of Jaan’s note of thanks]
Message from Doug Singer (MCHS 2015)
Doug Singer writes:
I would like to thank you guys for organizing the MCHS reunion. It was great fun and very interesting meeting people that I had not seen for 50+ years. Some people were relatively easy to recognize, like Scott and Jaan and of course Brian. It was fun to watch people’s mannerisms. The way they walk and move and talk and then …. hey I remember him, or her. People change, but stay the same.
Through your newsletters, I also reconnected with two old friends that did not attend, Tim Hewlings and Allen Jones. Tim and I still live in Quebec and had lunch together a few weeks ago. We will make lunch a yearly event. I hope to see Allen some time next year.
So again, a big thanks for all your work.
[End of text from Doug Singer]
Wonderful to read your message Doug!
We owe thanks to a great organizing team – and for each person who attended – for making it a great reunion.
I was so interested to read your comments about the mannerisms, the ways of moving!
I’m delighted as well that you are in touch with Tim and Allen. That is a wonderful outcome from the newsletter, edited by Howard Hight and Diana Redden. The newsletter played a key role in keeping people informed about the event, as the planning proceeded. Even now, it’s a primary means of communication for the organizing team.