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Class of 1960 25th Reunion

Wichita High School East Reunion News

Our 60/62nd Reunion in Wichita, held September 30-October 2, 2022, attracted 125 people over the weekend. We had lots of fun! Read about it by clicking on this link: “We Were There.” Participants voted unanimously in favor of an in-person reunion for our 65th in 2025. Volunteers are welcome now to help make it happen!

The Class of 1960’s Virtual Reunion started September 1, 2020, with the launch of this website and your participation. It’s happening NOW!

  • More than 5,100 visitors have clicked onto the Class of 1960 website, viewed stories and photos 58, 068 times, and left 400 comments. The site has about 300 visitors each month.
  • More than 160 classmates have shared 525 stories and almost 2000 photos. The 500th story was published on 8/16/22.
  • More than 75% of visitors return to read more and keep up with new postings. 
  • Visitors to the site stay an average of 10 minutes and view 8 items.
  • The most popular items are stories of classmates’ lives, obituaries, and photos. New content is posted almost every day. 
  • Visitors to the site live in 102 cities, about 15% in Kansas. 

We want to hear from you. The more classmates involved, the better. Send content for the website to Marilyn Tompkins Bellert at mbellert@niu.edu or Diane Rusch Zinn at ddzinn@aol.com

Monthly Class of 1960 Zoom sessions occur on the 3rd Thursday of the month, usually. The next session is November 17 at 2 p.m. Wichita time. Contact Fred Elder for info: elder@engr.wisc.edu or 608-238-1625.

Marilyn Tompkins Bellert acts as Editor of the Class of 1960 Virtual Reunion Website. Diane Rusch Zinn and Fred Elder work with Marilyn to craft the pages and expand participation. Fred handles communications, manages the Zoom sessions, and tracks classmates’ whereabouts. 

Funding and support for the site have been generously provided by Marilyn Ash Barbeck, Lee Ayres, Gene Carter, Janice Collins Bailey, Bob Curry, Fred Elder, Dean Garner, Skip Granger, Barbara Hammond, Rich Hayse, Gerald Jacobs, Dan Kinney, David Kroenlein, Eric Knorr, Larry Fetcher, Donna Pennington Beyer, Garry Pettriess, David Robinson, Calvin Ross, Diane Rusch Zinn, Barbara Shacklett Adams, Becky Siebert Machacek,  Debbie Snyder Tucker,  Linda Soderberg McKay, Glenna Stearman Park, Tom Tatlock, Marilyn Tompkins Bellert, Dan Tontz, Donna Unruh Hoberecht, Tom Vosper, Carolyn Wharton Holloway, and Judy Zyskowski Moon. Additional contributions are needed to support continued operation of the website.

Lee Ayres, Senior Class President says – “Many thanks to all of you who are participating in the Virtual Reunion, sharing memories, hopes, and dreams.  Sixty-two amazing years later, we are still here. Special thanks are due to Marilyn, Fred, and Diane, who accepted this assignment and sustain a website full of energy and great stories supplied by you. For now, we are gathering here, online, and your help is needed to keep this website operating. Send stories and offers of help to the website team or join me in sending a donation to cover technical support expenses to Wichita East Class of 1960,  P.O.  Box 4582, Lawrence, KS 66046.  See you around the website!

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