|CLASS OF 1966
- 40th Reunion
& 21st, 2006
Registration Form (MS-Word)
Pictures from the Class of 1966 Reunion Lunch in April
September 30, 2006:
Members of the BHS Classes of ’66, '65 & ‘67
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The deadline to register for the Class
of ‘66’s 40th Reunion, to be held in Lynchburg on October 20-22,
2006, has been extended to October 10!
About 140 have registered so far, including spouses and a number
of the faculty from our years at BHS, with more registrations
arriving daily! A list of those who have registered so far
is enclosed. We’d enjoy seeing you there, too, so please
consider joining us for one or more of the planned events!!!
The earlier letter provided many details of what you can expect
over the course of the reunion weekend, including the following
- a golf outing Friday during the daytime,
- Friday evening’s non-alcohol ‘tailgate’ party before the BHS
Homecoming game vs Appomattox,
- designated seating during the BHS Homecoming football game on
- the post-game gathering Friday evening at New London Steak
- the Saturday afternoon catered picnic lunch at the American
Legion Lake pavilion, 1301 Greenview Drive,
- the Saturday evening ‘reunion reception’ cocktail party,
dinner and dance at Merredith’s Restaurant, 2323 Memorial Ave.,
Lynchburg (upper level, Pittman Plaza), and
- optional ‘excursions’ with classmates and faculty members on
Sunday to three area attractions: Poplar Forest, the D-Day
Memorial, and the Peaks of Otter Winery!
As you can see, there are a number of different settings and
opportunities to meet and reacquaint yourself with your
classmates and members of the faculty from the ‘60s. There will
also be several ‘takeaways’ – video/CD, class pictures, and a
‘surprise’ or two - from the reunion to remind you of the good
times had by all, both from our years growing up and during the
And if you are traveling from out of town, discounted rates for
a block of rooms have been arranged at the Ramada Inn on the
Expressway in Lynchburg.
So, please join us in October for a celebration of our times
together - to renew old friendships and enjoy time together
again! See the enclosed Registration Form for additional
details, and complete and return it by October 10 to reserve
The BHS Class of ‘66 Reunion Committee: Becky Jo Yeatts
Blankenship, Grenda George Berkley, Ned Haley, Sally Glass
Hargis, Jim Harlow, Mike Hill, Jackie Kidd Keyes, John McClain,
Bryan Mitchell, Bobby Smith, and Barry Stevens
PS: Please RSVP by October 10 to Bryan Mitchell as indicated on
the Registration Form!
September 22, 2006:
BHS Class of '66 Reunion - Who's Coming!
Click here for a list of everyone whose
registration for our Reunion has been received so far.
A total of 51 of your classmates have registered, along with 13
from the classes of '65 and '67, and 15 of the faculty.
Including spouses and guests, there are 136 who have registered
The good news - and it's all good news - is that there's still
time to register for your reunion! The initial deadline of 9/15
was to ensure that there was enough money to meet the payment
requirements of several vendors providing goods and services for
our reunion. And with as many of you who registered by last
Friday - many thanks to each and every one of you - we have been
able to meet those obligations. With four weeks to go, we're
hoping that as many as 200 - or more - will come to the reunion!
So, there's still time to register, and still a number of you -
and other classmates for whom we have no email address - whom we
haven't yet heard from. We DO hope you will join us come October
20-22. To register, use the registration form that was sent to
you or the one now on the BHSBEES.com web site, under 'Class of
1966 Reunion". And if neither is available to you, let me know
and I'll send you a paper registration form, or a replacement
email attachment. However you do it, send your completed
registration form and check BY OCTOBER 10 to Bryan Mitchell,
Reunion Treasurer, at his home address, 2315 W. Grace St.,
Richmond, VA 23220-1908.
And if you have registered already, check the list over and
contact your classmates who haven't yet registered, and whom
you'd like to have join us! This is all about renewing old
friendships and making new friends from among your old
acquaintances, and you can help make this reunion our most
successful yet by encouraging your classmates to come.
Looking forward to seeing each of you - and your spouses/guests
- at our 40th!
Ned, and the rest of your Reunion Committee, Becky Jo, Grenda,
Sally, Jim, Mike, Jackie, John, Bryan, Bobby and Barry
September 10, 2006:
Members of the BHS Classes of ’66, '65 & ‘67
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The Brookville High School Class of 1966 Reunion Committee
cordially invites you and your spouse/guest to join us for the
Class of ‘66’s 40th Reunion, in Lynchburg on October 20-21,
2006. The enclosed Reunion Schedule & Registration Form lists
the planned activities; we have attempted to maximize your
opportunities to mingle and converse with each other, the BHS
faculty, and the Classes of ’66, ‘65 and ‘67.
The registration fee covers costs for the Friday evening
‘tailgate’ party (light snacks, deli-type food & soft drinks)
before the BHS Homecoming game vs Appomattox, the
afternoon catered picnic lunch (chicken & pork BBQ, picnic sides
& condiments, and ice tea & lemonade) at the American Legion
Lake pavilion, 1301 Greenview Drive, and the
‘reunion reception’ cocktail party, dinner and dance at
Merredith’s Restaurant, # 16D (upper level), Pittman Plaza,
Lynchburg. Tickets for the football game may be purchased
separately at the game for $5 each and there will be designated
seating for the Reunion at the game. Since there is no alcohol
permitted on school grounds, the Friday pre-game ‘tailgate’ is
non-alcohol. You may ‘BYOB’ to the Saturday picnic, while the
cocktail party Saturday evening will be a cash bar.
Class pictures are scheduled for 7 pm Saturday evening at the
restaurant, and at 7:30 brief remarks will be provided by our
BHS Principal, David Urquhart, by our History and English
teacher, Frances Tomlin, and by Steve Woodford, the Class of ’66
Senior Class President. Dinner Saturday will be offered at
multiple food stations to ensure short lines, and will include
separate stations for cheese & veggies, shrimp cocktail,
hand-carved roast beef and turkey with rolls & condiments, a
selection of pasta/crab/chicken and spinach salads, and desserts
- a chocolate fountain with strawberries, a selection of other
fruit, and cheese, carrot and pound cakes. Cle Logan of Mega
Sound from Charlottesville will be our disc jockey Saturday
night from 8 to 11 pm, playing all your favorites from the
‘50s,‘60s, and ‘70s – and more - (please list your favorite
songs on the Registration Form – the DJ will endeavor to play
them all and to give listed ‘dedications’), and the restaurant
allows enough space (and acoustics!) for conversation by those
sitting out the dancing.
The golf outing is elective for those coming early on Friday.
And along with the football game and post-game gathering Friday,
there are several optional post-reunion ‘excursions’ on Sunday,
the 22nd, that you may sign up for (and continue your
conversations!): 1) a guided tour of Poplar Forest, Thomas
Jefferson’s octagonal summer home that’s been renovated as it
was 200 years ago ($8 pp; see www.poplarforest.org for details);
2) a group tour of the D-Day Memorial in nearby Bedford ($5 pp;
www.dday.org ); and 3) an open
house ‘fall colors’ tour of the Peaks of Otter Winery (‘free’;
The cost for these tours is separate. If you plan to attend a
tour, please mark the Registration Form so we know how many will
attend. Once registrations are in, a classmate will serve as
coordinator for each tour, and will notify those who indicate
their interest of the time and place to meet on Sunday.
If you are traveling from out of town, discounted rates for a
block of rooms have been arranged at the Ramada Inn on the
Expressway in Lynchburg. See the enclosed Registration Form for
Forty years ago - when we were eighteen or so - we completed a
shared experience, one that saw the end of the original
Brookville High School as we knew it with the move of the school
to the then-new location on Laxton Rd. We have gone our separate
ways, but we share those years together, many of us since
elementary school or before. A concerted effort has been made to
find and invite as many of the members of the classes of ’66,
’65 and ‘67 as possible to this reunion, along with the BHS
faculty from the ‘60s who will be our guests. We hope that you
will take the time in October to join us in a celebration of our
shared experience, to renew old friendships and enjoy time
The BHS Class of ‘66 Reunion Committee: Becky Jo Yeatts
Blankinship, Billie & Steve Bryant, Diane Falwell Childress,
Grenda George Berkley, Ned Haley, Sally Glass Hargis, Jim
Harlow, Mike Hill, Jackie Kidd Keyes, John McClain, Bryan
Mitchell, Bobby Smith, and Barry Stevens
PS: Please RSVP to Bryan Mitchell as indicated on the
July 17, 2006:
From Ned Haley:
GREETINGS TO THE BHS CLASS OF 1966,
After much consideration of the best date for our 40th reunion
this Fall, the reunion committee has selected OCTOBER 20-21,
2006. The BHS Homecoming football game is scheduled for Friday
night, Oct 20, which will provide an additional venue for those
who wish to connect with classmates.
Check out the
BHSBEES.com website often for
updates. We'll update you via email or letter for those who
don't have email, as well as the website with the latest
information. We'll also continue to post updates on the
Classmates.com site, and will place announcements in additional
media available in the Lynchburg area as the reunion date
If you know any classmates who have not yet been contacted,
please refer them to the BHS website and me,
firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue to work towards finding
as many classmates and faculty members from 1966 as possible,
and invitations will be sent to all the faculty and admin staff
to be our guests at the reunion. There's been lots of interest
expressed by the faculty/admin who've been 'found' so far, and
we're expecting the reunion to have record turnout!
Also, as an indicated preference on lots of questionnaire
responses, an invitation will be extended to members of the
classes of '65 and '67 (as paying guests).
Further details will be forthcoming, so for now PLEASE MARK YOUR
CALENDARS FOR THE BIG 40TH REUNION on October 20-21.
For your Reunion Committee,
July 3, 2006:
From Becky Jo Yeatts Blankenship:
The date has been set so mark your calendars now !!!!! The 40th
Reunion will be held the weekend of October 20-21, 2006. This is
Homecoming Weekend when Brookville will play Appomattox on
Friday night. Further details will follow in the near future.
If you have not been contacted about the reunion, please email
Ned Haley at
May 25, 2006:
From Ned Haley
Hello again Class of '66!
Below is the original note I sent out last week about planning
for the upcoming BHS Class of '66 40th Reunion, and linked above
you will find a newly-updated contact list of your classmates (a
12 page WORD document set in landscape format). The original
note is included since there are some classmates whose email
address I have received since last week. The original note has
also been posted on the BHSBEES web site by Larry Lewis (thanks
again, Larry) who created and maintains the site for the school
and its alums. And I have arranged to have a condensed version
of the note posted to the reunion page on the Classmates.com
site for our class.
Be forwarned: I have listed all info I could get - so far - on
everyone. Addresses and phone numbers that are enclosed in
brackets [ ] are not yet confirmed; those were obtained through
the internet White Pages using classmates full names or
initials, and will need to be validated before we should
consider them as accurate. And where asterisks *** are shown, I
have sent an email through Classmates.com to everyone listed
with Classmates that I didn't already have complete info. Many
Thanks to Patty Cox Burchett, who provided info on over 20
classmates! There's still 65 classmates - almost half the class
- for whom there is no information or way to contact them, so
much work remains to be done.
As far as 'volunteers' to serve on the Reunion Committee, so far
there's Steve and Billie Bryant, Bryan Mitchell, Grenda George
Berkley, Marion Gulick Berger, Patty Cox Burchett, Sally Glass
Hargis and myself, with others - Dan & Pat Bowyer, Jim Harlow,
Kathy Johnson Drury, Linda Martin Taylor and Barry Pillow - who
have also offered to help. If I overlooked anyone who
volunteered, my apologies, and please reiterate your willingness
to help out. Since no one has stepped forward to head the
effort, I'll take it on - though still think we would benefit
greatly from having someone who lives in the immediate Lynchburg
area to do it....
One reason it's critical to get contact info on everyone as soon
as possible is so the Committee can create and distribute a
questionaire to all classmates ASAP asking for their input and
opinions about the reunion, including when and over how many
days it should be held, who outside of immediate class members
should be invited, and what events should be included. The more
classmates that participate in answering the questionaire, the
more successful the reunion will be, and the more classmates
will attend. Once those questions are answered, the Committee
will then communicate the concensus to everyone so that we can
get estimates of how many will attend, including spouses &/or
significant others. The number of attendees will definitely
determine what can be offered, what size venue must be found,
and in turn what must be charged. So, I will again ask that
everyone not only review the contact info for themselves, but
also look at those addresses that are tentative (with brackets)
or are missing altogether, and let me know what should be added
Many Thanks for your participation so far. If we pursue the
reunion planning aggressively, and get accurate contact info for
most everyone in the class, we can be assured of having a great
As I continue to update the contact list, I will also begin
developing the questionaire to be sent to everyone. Once it's in
draft form - early next week - I'll send it to the Committee
members and others who offered to help to get their input.
Hopefully the questionaire can be completed by June 5, and sent
immediately afterwards to everyone by email or regular mail
That's all for now. Let me hear from you!
ps: if you didn't receive the contact list, or couldn't 'read'
it, let me know.
May 17, 2006:
From Ned Haley
Taxes done, most-recent move completed, traveled 5,000 miles by
car to two weddings, visited several other friends along the way
& saw lots of sights between VA & Tuscon, AZ in recent weeks,
and I'm finally back home. Past time to get serious about
planning our 40th BHS High School Reunion!!
As most of you know, three years ago some 65 to 70 of us -
including spouses &/or significant others and several teachers -
gathered at either my family home on TimberLake or at the
'official' reunion site at the Ruritan Club in Lynchburg for a
Class Reunion. This was a very late solution for the many
classmates who wanted to see others of our class, but were less
interested in "reunion-ing" with the classes from '67 through
'70 at the same time, which was the chosen format. Unfortunately
we were limited by time - just over two weeks before the
official announced reunion in October '03 - to come up with a
time, place and format for getting together. As a result, we
missed contacting or finding many of our classmates, and some of
those we found couldn't come due to previous commitments.
Nevertheless, those who did attend reportedly had a good time at
the Lake, from eating the great food that everyone brought to
share, to guessing who each other was, to just catching up after
so many years! And there was a strong desire expressed by many
to meet again in 2006 for our actual 40th reunion.
Spring has come and almost gone, so it looks like our best bet
to meet will be this coming Fall. I've composed a list of some
of the points that should be addressed in setting up our
1. A Reunion Committee should be established ASAP, with one
person selected to be the overall coordinator and spokesperson
for the Class, and who will have responsibility for all
communications to our Classmates and BHS about the reunion.
Several have already offered to serve on the Committee or help
in other ways, including Steve & Billie Bryant, Sally Glass
Hargis, Bryan Mitchell and Kathy Johnson Drury.
2. The Committee designee should contact BHS to confirm our
intent to hold a 40th Reunion for our Class this Fall,
presumable just for our Class, but this latter point should be
confirmed separately by the Committee.
3. The Committee should decide - or preferably poll all
reachable classmates before deciding - about the date, format
and content of the reunion, and any costs that will be charged
4. The Committee should designate someone to coordinate locating
all our classmates. I've sent this email to everyone whose
'address' or 'addresses' I have from three years ago. Some of
you have sent me corrected addresses since then, but I no longer
have accurate email addresses for three of our classmates whom
we were in touch with then: Martha McGraw Wingfield, John
Finemore, and Betty Layne Finney. And as you can see in the
attached WORD document of all our classmates who were in either
or both our junior or senior classes, there's many for whom
there is no contact information. I suggest that the attached
document or something similar be adopted for continual updating
both before and after the Reunion.
5. There should be a determination made about having others
(other than spouses/significant others) attending the Reunion,
be it teachers, members of other classes, or additional family
members. And if either/both teachers or other classes are to be
included, then a separate effort will be required to find and
6. If there is to be a charge for attending the Reunion, the
Committee should designate someone to be responsible for acting
as 'treasurer' for the Reunion, and it should adopt procedures
for accurately accounting for all related receipts and
7. A schedule should be developed for announcements of the
Reunion to be made on the 'Classmates' web site, the BHS web
site, local newspapers and radio/TV stations, and all other
points of contact that can be developed so as to reach as many
of our classmates as possible between now and the reunion.
8. There should be a planned and agreed sequence of 'official'
communications made to everyone concerned so that everyone is
kept appropriately informed.
I'm sure these are barely the start of points/issues that must
be addressed to ensure a successful reunion. Hence the need for
at least five (5) or more classmates who will actively serve on
the Reunion Committee.
As for point #3 above, finding all our classmates, I'll be glad
to participate in that effort since I have time to do so, though
will need assistance from several others, especially one or two
who are still in the Lynchburg area. I've rejoined 'Classmates',
so can communicate directly to all our class members who have
registered with that site.
Wouldn't it be great if we could find everyone?! And get a
majority to come, including many who haven't been to a reunion
since we graduated in '66!!!
Here's hoping we can do just that!
So, next steps:
1. whoever would like to help by serving on the Committee,
please let me know by or before next Friday, May 26, and send
both email and phone #s.
2. everyone who receives this, please review what limited
contact information is on the attached document, and send me
your confirmation that it is correct, and/or additional info as
needed to have a complete contact record for you. And especially
do so for any and all classmates for whom you have ANY contact
info. Don't worry about adding it to the document; just send it
in a separate email to me and I will add it in. I'll circulate
the updated document to everyone on a regular basis, as new info
That's all for now. I'm looking forward to seeing each and every
one of you again, and some of you for the first time in years!
All my best,
Ned Haley, BHS '66
ps: you will note that I have copied Larry Lewis, from a later
BHS class, on this missive; Larry created the existing BHS web
site, and has done a marvelous job in having class reunion and
other pertinent info posted to it. So, a special Thanks to Larry
for continuing to help all BHS classes.
March 2, 2006:
Kathryn Johnson Drury
As those of you who are reading this know, we are fast
approaching 40 years since we all graduated. I think we
need a reunion and more than a local one (thanks to Ned Haley
for a great one in '03!), although it will take the "locals" to
get the word out to others. We can start now by emailing
classmates, phoning and maybe putting signs in Lynchburg area
grocery stores with info on the BHS reunion link. Local
rock stations are a good source, but with satellite radio,
especially XM's 60's on six, we can get the word out nationwide.
I think it's to late for even a summer reunion, but we have time
for one in the fall.
Please respond to to me at
email@example.com , and if you would like have
your name added to the Alumni/Student list, write to Larry at
Kathryn Johnson Drury