Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER!
Since that warm and bright Sunday, May 22, 1966 when The Reverend Mr. Thomas Oler pronounced the benediction for our Baccalaureate, the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! has met the world head-on, determined to repay our debt to the Pierceton School and the community that supported us. Here’s what Cheryl Rager wrote in the Pierceton Echoes:
This last year of our high school education was a busy one, filled with fun, sports, club activities, and a lot of work. We spent much of our time trying to earn enough money to go on our long-awaited trip to Washington. DC. Remember the card sales, Jon Hoppus’ careful management of the concession’s room, our after-game dances, our terrific “football jerseys” that Doug Gregory sold so many of with his wonderful sales pitch, and those cake raffles we held during the half-time of the basketball games? Yes, we did a lot this year, and we were represented in nearly every organization, sport, and club activity.
Although we are leaving PHS, we will always remember the crowded halls, the long lunch line, the noon games, the fun, the students, the teachers, and, most of all, the knowledge we gained there. The class of ’66 is on its way, and we know that Pierceton High School has prepared us well.
Cheryl couldn’t have known how exactly right she would be about us! Since the Pierceton School Alumni Association was re-organized in 2014, we have joined them on their mission to promote the legacy and heritage of the Pierceton Schools. Members of the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! have contributed over $12,500 to PSAA projects and special funds for the benefit of our classmates, our community, and the PSAA organization.
Continuing that generosity, in 2018 members of our superlative class pledged $270 to the Teacher Appreciation Project to support the faculty and staff of the Pierceton Elementary School as part of the PSAA Alumni Back-to-School Project. As of May 9, 2021, we have received $435 of the $270 we had pledged ($150/checks & $285/cash). In June 2021 we pledged $200 to the Whitko Scholarship Fund, and we gave them $250. That’s Right!! We receive MORE from our glorious classmates than we pledge…because, well, that’s who we are! Really, could our incredible class be any more marvelous?!? NO, WE COULD NOT!! (Well, of course…we could if we wanted to.)
From the funds collected for the Teacher Appreciation Project, we have invested $320 for teacher/staff member treats as well as birthday cards we send to teachers all year long. We sign and address these cards at each class luncheon…so don’t miss the luncheons! We also honor teachers with special-occasion surprises whenever we get the opportunity. The staff LOVES these monthly expressions of gratitude and thankfulness for their work with PES students and that makes the project well worth our time and money. If you haven’t already contributed to this project, contact Doug Gregory by email or call 260-437-9935.
In addition to our financial contributions, we donated over 120 volunteer hours to the Alumni Back-to-School Project for the 2018 – 2019 school year, and just over 70 hours in 2019 – 2020, because the school year was cut short. About half of all volunteers for the Project come from the incredible Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER!. Once the quarantine is lifted by the school corporation, we will be back in our places every week, working with students and teachers to further the goals of Pierceton Elementary School. You’ll be able to join the fun by calling Doug Gregory at 260-437-9935 or Deb Thomas at the school 574-594-2210, or by using the scheduling tool. YOU WILL HAVE FUN!! and volunteering is simple.
Those are just some of the things you do when you are part of the
Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER!
And, we meet every month for a class luncheon.
Every month, members of the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! meet where we want, eat what we want, talk about what we want, and behave the way we want. Of course, where we meet, what we eat, what we talk about, and how we behave are all perfectly appropriate, as is becoming of the outstanding individuals we, by definition, are.
The next luncheon for our remarkable class is the annual Mid-Summer Party and cookout scheduled for August 21 at the home of Doug & Becky Gregory, 10119 Isle Pine Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Arrive at 3:00pm or so with a side dish or dessert and prepare for a scintillating afternoon and evening of fellowship with the greatest people in the world. The Fishing tournament is scheduled 6:00 – 7:00, with big prizes for the most successful anglers.
Class Lunch History
On July 14, the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! graced the Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Warsaw with our phenomenal presence. Thirteen of the most incredible people in the world made one of the Hacienda servers the luckiest person in the world as we allowed her to take our orders and hear our stories. The August luncheon will be omitted as we gather at the home of Doug Gregory for our 4th Annual Class Picnic of our amazingly wonderful class. Details will be available soon. Hope to see you there!
The May luncheon for the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! was held in our hometown at the American Legion Menzie-Reese Post 258 on May 12. The normally tranquil dining area of the Legion was besieged by 20 of the most incredible people on the face of the planet. We caught the staff (Mr. & Mrs. Carl Finken) a little off-guard, but they responded magnificently as the stellar individuals from our astonishing class held forth with scintillating conversation and witty repartee. Massive fun!!
The November luncheon for the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! was arranged on short notice and several who planned to attend were waylaid by circumstances beyond their control. As a result, six remarkable people met at the Hacienda Restaurant in Warsaw for some Mexican-themed meals and a couple of hours of great conversation. Sadly for the Hacienda Restaurant, they we able to observe a very limited number of stellar individuals from our astonishing class, but we’ll circle back to them in a few months; so they have something to anticipate in 2021.
We returned to our glorious gathering practices by meeting at the home of Doug & Becky Gregory for a FALL PARTY on October 14. Yup, the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! enjoyed smoked hamburgers, we roasted hot dogs, and we made S’mores…and we enjoyed a lot of side dishes and delicious desserts. But most of all, we just enjoyed being together again with 15 or so of the best people in the world. The fragrant wood smoke, the beautiful Autumn leaves, the crisp evening breeze all contributed in making the evening a sheer delight for the soul. The level of merriment was so intense that we forgot to sign birthday cards for the elementary school teachers…but fear not, we have a supply already completed, and we’ll get more signed very soon!
Sadly, after our March 2020 luncheon, attended by 14 of the most wonderful members of the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! who met at the American Table Restaurant in Warsaw, we had a agonizingly loooong hiatus from our monthly routine. Still, it had been about a year since the astonishingly magnificent members of our incredible class last lent our presence to this establishment. It was evident that the staff, management, and all the other patrons were mesmerized by our dazzling presence. The wait-staff was perceptive and attentive to our every need, making certain we were happy and content…of course, we always are, so it wasn’t hard. We signed more birthday cards, and if you weren’t there…shame on YOU!
February 12 found 18 of the most wonderful people in the world at the Pizza Hut Restaurant in Columbia City at noon. We last met here in October of 2019, and it was clear the owners and waitstaff were extraordinarily thrilled to see the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! return to beautify their eatery and bring joy to their lives. Even the hapless other customers in the restaurant gazed at us with wonder and amazement in their eyes. We were missing a couple of the weaker members of our great class who cannot bear the mildly chilly air of northern Indiana at this time of year, although a few joyous souls returned to us. And, sadly, unlike our blissful January luncheon, the Class Loudmouth attended to recruit volunteers for the Alumni Back-to-School Project.
A host of members from the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! met in hometown at the American Legion Menzie-Reese Post 258 at noon, where we continued to bask in our incredible, even if self-proclaimed, worthiness. We talked about Christmas holidays with our families, and generally graced the Post with our wonderful presence for a couple of hours.
In spite of mildly cool weather, 15 of the BEST EVER people in the world gathered at Maria’s Family Restaurant in Warsaw for the monthly luncheon of the Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! We discussed the amount of turkey we consumed at Thanksgiving time, talked about our plans for the Christmas holiday with our families, and generally graced the Maria’s establishment with our wonderful presence for a couple of hours. We noted that several of our more frail members are going south for the winter. SAD.
The Class of 1966, Best PHS Class EVER! has met for luncheons almost every month since we organized ourselves in 2015. And, quite frankly, there is simply not enough space on this website to document all the great times we’ve had together. Plus, if anyone tried to shove all of our brilliance and overall wonderfulness into this format, the world wide web would simply explode. So, it is out of respect for Planet Earth that we limit news of our monthly luncheons to just a few of our most recent gatherings.