Punahou’s school theme for 2013 is huakai or Journey. Something to think about as the journey towards our 40th reunion begins in earnest. And, if the energy found in the first Punahou74 +40 reunion meeting is any indication, it’s going to be a heck of a ride.
The act of traveling from one place to another.
Journey was the word as we started down the reunion path. Leading us on our trip was Linda Sutton Torres, Alumni Relations Officer, who walked us through the 2014 reunion calendar (see the column to the right) and gave us some great tips. There are some changes from our 35th!
- Online registration means no more stuffing envelopes, trips to the post office, or tedious accounting of incoming orders. Hard copy registration information will be available by request.
- Postal mailings will include: November gift letter with lodging information; March postcard announcing the opening of registration; April gift letter. To get the word out it is important to make sure that contact information, including emails, is available for as many classmates as possible.
- Special lodging rates will be available from Starwood and Outrigger hotels.
- Punahou will provide a yellow “Punahou Alumni” reunion lanyard, badge, and badge holder to each alumni attendee. Spouses and guest will receive badges in plastic holders.
- Wednesday, June 11 (Kamehameha Day) of reunion week will be an Alumni Day of service. There will be several options from which to choose. One of these will be the opportunity to hike into the mountains to help maintain the lo’i at Kualoa Ranch (John Morgan anyone?). Punahou will provide a bus ride out and a sack lunch. Other options include a lily pond and/or Rocky Hill garden clean up. Alumni only! No spouses or guests.
Patti Horii ’84 Oshiro, Annual Giving Officer, then talked about how our class gift gives back and supports Punahou in the areas of innovation, access, and teaching.
- The 1974 Endowed Scholarship Fund has a market value of $52,448 as of June, 2013. $500,000 is the minimum fund amount needed to sponsor one Punahou student. The goal of increasing this scholarship funding to $250,000 has been set for our reunion.
It was then time to form committees and set responsibilities. Thanks to all who volunteered!
If there is an event where you can help out either contact one of the individuals below or let me know of your interest. We’d love to count you as a member of the team!
Even if you don’t lead an event or function, there’s probably something that you can offer.
- Can you share flowers from your yard?
- Can you check in attendees?
- Can you donate prizes?
- Can you play music?
- Can you put up a banner or sign?
There’s something for everyone! Be creative!! Opportunities abound for you to make your mark on Punahou74 +40.
REUNION COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON(S) (Volunteer Needed)
This person or persons work with the Alumni Relations staff, oversee budgets, approve expenses, organize and create committee meeting agendas, coordinate with the gift committee, maintain the committee roster, oversee communications, and partner with the carnival booth organizers to spread the word.
TREASURER (Volunteer Needed)
This person manages the overall budget, helps event committees create event budgets, creates event check-in lists, insures event costs are covered and payments made, processes approved expenses, collects receipts, tallies event sign-in forms, and receives walk-in event payments.
SECRETARY (Lynne Gartley Meyer)
This person records the progress of the Reunion Committee, submits a Reunion Report to Alumni Relations, and takes meeting minutes. (This is me so I will be doing this via the class blog–right here! This post is my first official report to you.)
GIFT COMMITTEE (Tom Farrell, Leslie Ching Allen)
These individuals drive the solicitation of donations to grow the 1974 Endowed Scholarship Fund and to support other Punahou funding needs.
GOLF TOURNAMENT (Fred Hu, Derek Nakakura) Click here to revisit the 35th reunion Golf Tournament.
FRIDAY EVENT (Lynette Lo Honda, Debbie Nogami Oyama, Pauline Chang Chin, Susan Seto Donlon, Renee Ahuna Cabrinha) Click here to revisit the 35th reunion Friday Event.
SUNDAY FAMILY OUTING (Bruce Ashford, Haven Young Rafto) Click here to revisit the 35th reunion Sunday Family Outing.
Sub-committees create reunion events, set and manage a budget, and coordinate with other committees.
MEMORIAL SERVICE (Heidi Hemmings Hall, Mary Jane Markoskie) at the Friday or Sunday event.
REUNION PHOTOGRAPHER (Volunteers Needed) This can be a person or persons with a photographic eye and who will compile submitted photos for the class agent and submission to the school archives.
CLASS CORRESPONDENT CONTACT (Nancy Dew Metcalf) to submit reunion information for the Punahou Bulletin.
CLASS AGENT (Lynne Meyer) – Manages online class communications both via this blog, the Punahou74 Club on facebook, via the Punahou74 Twitter feed, and via the Punahou Alumni Gateway.
MERCHANDISING (Volunteers Needed) Calling all you creative types! Here’s your chance to show your artistic and retail savvy. There was a consensus for keeping Babs’ 35th reunion cereus design (see below). Perhaps a spin on the reunion badge as well? Click here to read about one classmate who is a Punahou74 reunion-wear fashionista.