|24 September, 2003
GHS1957 2nd Class Reunion 2004 Committee Meeting,
held 9/23/03, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Classmate Attendees (married names):
Anita Beck (Gross), Sandi Berger (Rubin), Mark Borowsky, Richard Cohen, Nancy Colvin
(Siegfried), Pat Dotson (Massie), Joseph Hannon, Seymour Hoffman, Lyn Hurst (Teel), Linda
Kosmin (Langford), Arlene Leonard (Caplin), Rosalind Miller (Silverstein), Bruce Weiner.
Guest: George Langford
Following Dutch treat meal, meeting was called to order by Seymour Hoffman at 8:15p.m. (Note:
maiden names used below)
(1) URGENT ACTION ITEM Estimated costs for all anticipated expenditures
(i.e., to cover projects/assignments) needs to be submitted in writing by each Committee to Sandi
Berger no later than November 30, 2003;
(2) Reunion 2004 Treasurer Sandi Berger (Rubin) reported that there is now $612.37 in the reunion
bank account. Hopefully, more seed money donations will be sent soon to help cover up front costs
associated with banquet deposits, invitations, postage, etc. Donation checks can still be sent payable
to: Germantown High School Class of 1957 and mailed to Sandi Berger, 2865 S. Eagle Rd, # 321,
Newtown, PA 18940-1546.
REUNION SITE & MENU:
Classmates Myrna Polak (Deaux) and Marilyn Kasinetz (Becker) investigated possible reunion sites
and submitted a detailed report (9/19/03) to Chair Seymour Hoffman for consideration by the
meeting attendees. The site, menu, and date were deemed acceptable. Site negotiations are still
underway. An announcement will be made once contractual terms are agreed upon and finalized.
The report included suggestions for a customized brunch cuisine combining delicious selections from
both breakfast and lunch menu choices, a block of hotel rooms that would be made available at
reduced rates, up to two complimentary rooms for committee activities, and a large ballroom facility
for the main festivities.
MISSING CLASSMATES LIST:
(1) Mark Borowsky provided printed copies to meeting attendees. Arlene Leonard (Caplin) brought
to the meeting and has now lent Mark two earlier reunion booklets in the hopes that information in
them may shed light about missing people. Mark will provide Lois with a copy of the edition she is
missing. Roz Miller (Silverstein) went through the list and alerted Mark to some useful information.
Pat Dotson (Massie) and Lyn Hurst (Teel) will provide additional information about contacts on
the list, as well as—sadly—confirm names of a few more June classmates that need to be added to
the Web Memorial page; (2) Mark Borowsky and Harrison Sheppard are now serving on Lois
Addison’s People Research Committee. They will assist with searching the Web and/or various
other databases to help Lois and other Committee members reduce the number of missing
classmates and to bolster the master GHS57 reunion database. All past and future input from
classmates that can ease their quest for contact information about missing classmates is greatly
(2) Linda Kosmin (Langford) spoke with Lois and learned that George Palmer agreed to lend Lois
his copy of the January 1957 Class yearbook. Moreover, Eleanor Rankin Stevenson (Jan 1957
Class Pres) mailed Lois a copy of the April 1997 40th Reunion booklet for the January Class with a
list of missing January classmates. These January names will soon be added to the missing
classmates list, which currently is composed mostly of June 1957 graduates.
REUNION MEMORY BOOKLET:
(1) Lois Addison drafted the letter
Biography", which can be read by clicking here) . It is being sent to all classmates and
requests high school reflections and biographical information. Meeting attendees-- with Lois’
permission-- added the phrase about the booklet committee reserving the right to edit. Pat Dotson
(Massie) will postal mail copies to those January and June classmates without email where address
information is available. Pat will need someone on the booklet committee to provide her with mailing
labels and an estimate of the number of postage stamps she will need. The booklet committee should
include these cost estimates in their budget estimates; (2) Guest George Langford suggested that the
booklet committee consider providing the Memory Booklet on CD-ROM. Linda added the idea
that several printouts could be displayed on an exhibit table at the reunion for classmates to preview.
Mark agreed to take these suggestions back to the booklet committee.
DECORATIONS / ENTERTAINMENT / INVITATION:
(1) It was decided to merge these efforts under the leadership of classmate Richard Cohen, who has
had an outstanding career in visual arts. The following agreed to serve on Richard’s joint committee:
Anita Beck (Gross); Nancy Colvin (Siegfried), Gail Glynn (Meckling), Roz Miller (Silverstein).
PHOTOGRAPHY AT REUNION:
Arlene Leonard (Caplin) chairs this effort. She will work with volunteer digital photographer George
Langford to insure that many pictures are taken during the reunion.
Not yet decided.
PUBLICATIONS / ANNOUNCEMENTS PRIOR TO
Sandi Berger and her publicity committee will facilitate spreading the word. Also, Linda will post on
classmates.com notices, since she is the classmates.com contact for the GHS57 2004 reunion.
PUBLICATIONS AFTER REUNION:
Not yet decided.
NOTE: CORRECTION TO MINUTES OF 8/5/03
The following addition, under PUBLICITY COMMITTEEE -- (4) Lyn Hurst (Teel) is in charge of
NEXT PLANNING MEETING:
December 9, 2003 at 6:30 pm Dutch Treat Dinner at Applebys in the Adams Mark Hotel, Bala
Cynwyd (Restaurant validates parking ticket). RSVP to Linda by November 15 , 2003, because
restaurant needs lead time to accommodate large party at prime dinner hour.
Linda Kosmin (Langford)