Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Final Post

Content of an email from Terry Barber Senior:

The results are in!  We declare that the SHS Combined Reunion was a success!

We know there were at least 150 attendees, maybe more.  Hurricane Ian kept several from traveling, and many more expressed a desire to come but had prior commitments.  Although the number of attendees was below our expected estimates, the quality of interaction and mixing of classmates certainly made our efforts worthwhile.

We finished with a revenue of $1,822.50, at a total cost of $2,752.50.  Due to extremely generous benefactors, we were able to easily cover the overhead.  A check for the amount of the remaining revenue will be sent to the Northeast Ohio Food Bank, and our account closed.  A complete ledger of our financial transactions is available, including attendance at the event.

We believe the venue was ideal, especially if there was bad weather.  The relaxed atmosphere benefited  from the simplicity of the food trucks and cash bar.  Although there were more tables than needed, we learned that the set up encouraged moving about and visiting.  The Reunion Band performance was appreciated and everyone enjoyed the music.  The Committee recommended scheduled informative announcements if there is a future event.

Photos of the event can be downloaded for free from the website shown below.  Professionally printed pictures can be purchased through the website if desired.  The Committee agreed that one oversight was that we forgot to take a large group photo.  Photos can be found at:

Photos of the Event

As for future or recurrent events, the Committee agrees to await feedback and interest before deciding whether there is merit to plan a similar event.

Please feel free to cut/paste, edit, comment, forward and post this communication on webpages or Facebook.  (The exact revenue and expense information may not be necessary to publish, but it was included for your information if there is interest or concern.)

This has been a great ride for me.  Until next time, I remain available to you all.  Have a safe and healthy fall and winter!

Thank you,

Terry, SHS '69

Note: I do not intend to renew the website after it expires.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Latest News as of September 4th, 2022

27 days to our event and there are still some loose ends, but we are well on our way to a successful event.  Please continue to communicate reminders to your classmates on a weekly basis, as there have been confusing rumors - ex, a requirement to buy tickets in advance (NOT), or an expectation of financial donations (NOT.  AGAIN.)  The important points are:

  • 5:00-11:00 pm on Saturday, Oct 1, Tam O'Shanter, Sylvania; indoor soccer field; ours
  • $10/person at the door
  • Dress casual and comfortable
  • Bring a cooler of food/soft drinks if desired or use one of the food trucks
  • Tables for 10 will be available, no "reservations" (more can be added during the event if needed)
  • Encourage small gatherings with friends before the event, and plan to mix during the event
If someone offers/wants to pay in advance or would like to donate financial support they can send a check payable to "SHS Combined Reunion", and mail to Debbie Kovacs, 2291 Fitkin St, Toledo, Ohio, 43613.  

Friday, August 12, 2022

Reunion Information - RSVP

I know that some of you have already let me know that you would or would not be coming, but I hadn't started a list and can't comb through the emails again.  I certainly cannot rely on my 71-year old brain.  

Please send me an email indicating your plans to attend - Yes, No, or Maybe will be fine.

Kathleen Donahue (email link)

The SHS Combined Reunion, sponsored by classes '68, '69, '70, and '71, will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm at the Tam-O-Shanter Recreation Facility (AKA The Sports and Exhibition Center), 7060 West Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio (corner of Vicksburg and W Sylvania Ave, next to Olander Park).  This will be a casual event, and we expect about 350 people to attend.  This is a unique opportunity to reunite with classmates and old friends.

Attendees may bring a cooler of snacks and soft drinks or patronize one of several food trucks that will be on site.  There will be a cash bar available.  Please note that this is not a BYOB event, and as such outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.  Live music will be provided by a one night only performance of the Reunion Band, which you won't want to miss!  We will also have a mixer inside the climate-controlled venue to rekindle old friendships in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.

We ask for $10/person donation at the door.  Any revenue after expenses will be donated to the Sylvania High School Scholarship Fund.

Mark your calendars for October 1st for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Combined Reunion Update

Good afternoon!

We are soon approaching the final commitment to contract with the "Tamo" for a reunion of the SHS Classes of 1968, '69, '70, '71 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2022.  Here's an overview of the facility:
  • 36,000 sq ft indoor facility -  indoor, newly applied artificial turf soccer stadium
  • 6 hours (1/2 day); the entire facility will be ours
  • no outside alcohol - We are contracting for a cash bar at the event
  • food trucks will supply those that are interested, with "just out the door" access; We can bring our own coolers with food/soft drinks if desired
  • 8' round tables $9.50 ea; chairs $1.00 ea - (so, for example $17.50 to "sponsor" a table).  We plan to need approximately 30-40 tables (not everybody will be sitting)
  • They will arrange for set up and break down, and provide cleanup
  • They have audiovisual and entertainment capabilities (The Reunion Band is planning a performance)
  • We plan to ask for $10/person at the door to help offset expenses, and will contribute all the remaining funds to the SHS Scholarship Fund.
I'm pleased to announce that 1969 Graduate, Debbie Kovacs has so very graciously offered her skills to create a "SHS Combined Reunion" account so that contributions can be sent to her address for deposit and subsequent payments for the venue and needs.  The account is not yet ready for active use, but should be within the next few weeks.  A general announcement will be sent and shared when the account is active.

The planning committee estimates an attendance of around 350+ (graduates + significant others).  We will encourage smaller get-togethers of friends at homes, restaurants, or other venues if desired before the event, but this is up to individual choice.  We strongly encourage a grand but casual mixer at the Tamo starting around 5:00-5:30 for all our classmates to mingle.  There is no structured "program" per se.  We have plenty of space and time for fresh ideas.

The Planning Committee Members are excited for this event, and anticipate an evening of fun and memories.  Please share this email with our friends and classmates!  I encourage communication among you, and invite you to share your thoughts.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!  GO CATS!

Terry Barber, Sr.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2022

Several months of communication among SHS graduates from other classes with similar thoughts has resulted in a commitment to a Sylvania High School Combined Reunion among graduates from '68, '69, '70, and '71!

The "SHS COMBINED REUNION" will be Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Tam-O-Shanter Recreation Facility (Tamo) in Sylvania, from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  A group of committed classmates from each class have planned this to be a casual and simple gathering of a conservative estimate of 350+ attendees.  Communication within the Classes will encourage small gatherings and activities among friends prior to the large gathering and mixer at Tamo.  This is a wonderful opportunity to reunite with our classmates, and provide a chance to see old friends from the other classes.  Details of the arrangements will follow, along with informative communications over the summer.

The SHS Combined Reunion planning group are excited for this to be a potentially once-in-a-lifetime successful event!  We look forward to seeing you there, so mark your calendars for October 1!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


The date for accepting prepaid tickets has passed.  Prepaid tickets can no longer be purchased, but any alumni showing up at the door on Friday night are welcome to attend the party.

Tickets at the door are $20.00 per person.



Wednesday, July 14, 2021

SHS Class of 1971 Will Be There!

 We've got alumni from the class of 1971 who will be at the Village Inn.  Here's a list of expected guests:

Beery, Jeff
Bell, Pattie
Burnard, Laurie
Butterfield, Robert
Carr, Karen
Carr, William
Cianci, Paul
Cianci, Tracy
Colgan-Cox, Cynthia
Condon, Mike
Curl, Stephen
Dixon, Lori
Dixon, Mark
Dixon, Randy
Fletcher, Bob
Fletcher, Suzanne
Friess, Sharon
Gardner, Rick
Gifford, Byron
Grinney, John
Harlan, Melinda
Harlan, Woody
Hickman, Gregg
Howard, Dave
Howard, John
Hyrne, Mike
Iverson, John
Jenks, Ann
Jones-Brown, Jan
King, Douglas
Kingsley, Matt
Kjoller, Ken
Kovarik, Sue
Leeds, Janice
Lewis, Beth
Major, Chris
Matthews, Cathy
Matthews, Rod
Robinson, John
Ruppel, Gary
Ruse, Kathleen
Savoia, Barb
Schneider, Brian
Scott, Darla
Scott, Mike
Seeman, Becky
Sengstock, Cindy
Sengstock, Loren
Shaw, Amey
Snyder, Greg
Sorrell, Helen
Stenbuck, Neil
Stichter, Frank
Stratton, Bob
Stratton, Deb
Sweet, John
Tanner-Seaman, Cindy
Tanner, Diane
Treuhaft, Brenda
Treuhaft, Chip
Weigand, Jim
Weigand, Teresa
Westland, Heidi
Wilk, Karen
Young, Lisa

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Content of an email from Terry Barber Senior : The results are in!  We declare that the SHS Combined Reunion was a success! We know there we...