With $1,000 in budget, Melbye says next major step is fund-raising.
Graduates from various classes and schools from Crookston met at the Crookston Eagles Club this week to brainstorm, deliberate, discuss and plan an all school reunion to be held in the summer of 2014.
Headed by Wayne Melbye, an at-large member of the Crookston City Council, the meeting was centered around a main goal: how to plan an intricate event such as a reunion. With many diverse graduating classes, the group collectively decided on dates for next year's reunion, June 27 and 28. Many members were happy that this event would not be during Crookston's Ox Cart Days Festival, a third week of August tradition, as it would not be as busy in town in July and accommodations, such as hotels and restaurants, would be more readily available for public use.
With a starting budget of $1,000 left over from the previous reunions in 2002 and 1997, it's now time to come up with, as Melbye put it, "some serious fund seeking." For example, the group concluded that print invitations would be unnecessary with the accessibility and mass use of technology; invites will be sent via email, Facebook, Twitter and local media.
Various individuals, as well, were chosen to represent the decade they graduated from, providing inquiring graduates with contact information as well as registration material. It will be set up so that people interested in attending the reunion will contact the person who represents the decade they graduated in and will, in turn, be connected to various information regarding the reunion.
This organization, as well as the online accessibility, will feature a list of potential attendees who will be coming to the reunion; Melbye said that "[this could] create interest … [to others] if people are committing to [the reunion] eight months in advance."
Ideas for activities and entertainment were also pitched, including the possibility of a live band, softball/ golf tournaments, in-line skating and a dance.
"There are lots of things we could do, lots of things we want to do but what we have to do is make sure we have the bucks to do it [and back our ideas up]." Melbye reminded the group. "[This reunion] will have an economic impact on the entire town, so we might be able to get some money from the city. It's all going to go to the community eventually.
"We'd like to make it a family affair," Melbye continued. "[We'd like to give people] a reason to come back to town."