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  • Randy Hodge

Class of 1970 Enjoys 50 Year Reunion

In a typical year, each September since 2003, the Father Flohe Foundation has hosted a wonderful celebration for the St. Pat’s graduating classes who are celebrating their 50th class reunion. The Class of 1953 was the first class to graduate from St. Patrick High School, and the first to be honored at this party.

This year however, Covid created a need to change our plans for the Class of 1970 which saw the date for their 50-year reunion change on two occasions. At last, on Saturday, May 15, the third time was the charm. The Class of 1970 was able to gather for their 50-year reunion. On the class composite that sits outside the office, there are pictures showing 48 members of this class when they graduated from high school.

Classmates met at the school at 2:30 where I had the opportunity to show them around the school and talk about what has changed and what has stayed the same since they graduated. These tours are the highlight of these annual reunions for me; I get to hear stories from guests about their school years and they often enlighten me about the history of the school. Many of the grads have not been in the school since they graduated and were surprised by how much things had changed.

Following the tour of the school, the classmates attended the 4:30 Mass together. Following Mass, our alumni trekked out to the Wagon Wheel where they were treated to a delicious prime rib and chicken dinner. The classmates had the opportunity to sit and socialize, and some stayed long afterward to catch up and discuss their favorite memories of the good old days.

I always enjoy this annual event. It is a reminder that each person who enters our school has a story to tell, their own personal history. Hearing these stories and learning about these former students is a great reminder of what makes St. Patrick School such a special place.

Congratulations Class of 1970 on your special night and thank you for an enjoyable evening. We are glad we were able to host your reunion despite the roadblocks that were put in place. May God continue to bless you.

The Father Flohe Foundation was founded in 1988. Its primary function is to keep Catholic education available to the people of St. Patrick Parish and surrounding communities by funding some of the school expenses. The organization funds The Shamrock alumni newsletter, awards the annual Education Bell Award, and manages the endowment fund which helps to financially assist the school.

Randy Hodge is the high school principal at St. Patrick School.

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