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First Timer Reunion Guide

ARRIVAL: Whenever you can get here. Some will come to town early in reunion week, but Thursday is the day things officially begin. Please consult your reunion schedule for time and places.

STAFF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: This program will provide Greenbrier County School personnel on Thursday, and students on Friday, with information, techniques and principles to begin working with students to develop leadership skills. Visitors are permitted, but one should arrive well in advance of the starting time and remain until a break before leaving.

THURSDAY BOARD MEETING: This is an extremely important meeting for GMSAA Officers and Board members as the GMSAA Board meets only during the reunion period. During the year, business matters are handled by telephone or computer generated communication. Visitors are welcome.

COCKTAIL PARTY: Thursday evening, at the Lewisburg Library, there will be an informal cocktail party from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Keg beer, wine and light snacks will be provided. This is an opportunity for old friends to meet and to make new friends. Dinner is on your own at one of Lewisburg's fine restaurants, and reservations should be made.

GOLF: The Greenbrier Valley Country Club, commencing at 9:00am. If you have a group scheduled, fine, but if not, come to the country club and join a group. This is a very informal event and the Calloway scoring system will be used. Be sure to complete your play prior to 3:00pm to insure your getting back to the school in time for RETREAT.

REGISTRATION: JoAnn Freeman Pearis will take up her usual position of greeting you, assisting with your questions and taking your money. She will be remembered by most of those who were at Greenbrier during the period of June 1957 to November 1968 as secretary to Col. John Moore, Superintendent, stationed just outside his door. Able assistants for 20 years are Cheryl Baker and Sherry Phillips — no answer remains hidden with this threesome.

RETREAT: All will meet on the front formation court as we did as cadets with wives and significant others giggling out front as they watch men remember when they were kids. This is the most serious time of the weekend as we pay tribute to our country and to our classmates who no longer fill our depleting ranks.

BBQ: After Retreat and picture taking, dinner will be served at the Alumni Center at approximately 6:00pm and will continue until all are served, sometime around 7:30pm. People will hang around for a while afterwards talking and meeting with others before heading off to their lodging or time partying. This is very informal with both pork and beef BBQ, salads, baked beans, bun and slaw (for those who prefer a sandwich) will be available to make it a great dinner. Coffee, tea, water, beer and wine will be available as part of the dinner. A cash bar is available for those who want a cocktail or other beverage. Special dietary consideration is available, but please let the Association know in advance.

LIFE MEMBERSBREAKFAST: At the General Lewis Inn, all life members are to be the guest of Bink Wilson '61. Starting at 7:00am, an early start is suggested to insure that all are served prior to attending the Associations General business meeting.

LADIES BREAKFAST: For our ladies, the place to be on Saturday morning at 9 AM is the ladies breakfast, served by Blackwell's. Location is the Elks Country Club, located1/4mile north of the I-64, turning right as you pass the golf course. Our guest speaker is Elizabeth Rupich, from Wheeling, WV, a teacher of 35 years. Not only is Elizabeth the sister of Dick Mentzer '54, she has been recognized as "Teacher of the Year" in Ohio County and has lectured at colleges and universities, enhancing education with neurological research. Also a painter, gardener and accomplished in embroidery, Elizabeth will entertain us as she reviews a newly released book and painting. Both the ladies breakfast and the Association's General Meeting will end around 11:00am.

GENERAL MEETING: The Association's general business meeting; all members are asked to attend. Generally, all activities of the Association are covered and individuals are recognized for whatever achieved some distinction. Board actions are announced and members are invited to voice their concerns. It's an opportunity to participate in the Association activities.

FREE TIME/SATURDAY: From around noon Saturday till 6:30pm, (time for the dinner/dance) you have time to relax, meet with friends, watch football, tour the Greenbrier Bunker, shop in Lewisburg or The Greenbrier, etc.

Dinner/Dance: Food and Friends will cater a plated dinner in the Sharp Alumni Center. Followed by the fantastic Bobby Nicholas for an evening of dancing, or just listening. Bobby came in 2001 when the museum was first christened and we just have not been able to let him go. You will find this a most enjoyable evening.

Church (Old Stone Presbyterian Church): For most who attended GMS, Sunday night church was mandatory and we marched our way across town to squeeze into this historic church. If we weren't singing our proverbial lungs out trying to crack the ceiling, we were gazing at the girls from GCW, many who came to be seen by those guys. Now we will return to the church from which we came, sing some of the hymns we sang in chapel and listen to the words of the Reverend Vernon Thompson '46. It is true, this service brings the reunion weekend to a fitting close, it gives additional meaning and relevance, and of what we do, we do church best! Don't miss it; this service will warm you all the way home.