By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Laughter and a lot of visiting permeated the Chase County Schools building Saturday as more than 200 gathered for alumni reunions.
This year’s honor classes were those ending in “4” and seven classes dating back to 1944 had representatives back for the weekend.
Early Saturday afternoon, 21 former students and others took a bus tour of Imperial coordinated by the Imperial Community Foundation Fund.
Board member Lori Pankonin emceed the tour, which took the group throughout the community, where many were able to see some of the new developments.
Highlighted on the tour were the new rental housing and spec homes being built in the Cornerstone Commercial Park. Other sites included Sage Addition and a number of homes under construction there, and Crossroads Wesleyan Church whose pastor wrote “Heaven is for Real.” The fairgrounds and Wellington school always foster memories with the group, Pankonin said.
The fact nearly all business buildings downtown are full and Harchelroad Motors’ lineup of corvettes always bring comments from the tour participants, she added.
The seven honor classes gathered for class photos at 5 p.m., followed by the banquet in the school cafeteria with 185 served. Max Kaiser, a class of 1974 member, gave the invocation.
The class of 1944 had three men take part in the alumni events including John Osler of Imperial, Kenneth Sweeney of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Gerald Weiss of Colorado Springs.
They were the first group to be introduced at the banquet by Alumni Committee President Marlon Kunnemann.
With just three present, Sweeney reminded Kunnemann of their class motto, “Quality, not quantity.”
All other honor class members at the banquet were introduced.
Since it was Memorial Day weekend, Kunnemann also took time to recognize those currently in the service. Several alumni stood to be recognized, followed by a long applause.
Jeanette Munger, a long-time alumni committee member, was presented a large pot of flowers as a thank-you from Kunnemann and the committee for all her work over the years.
A reading of the necrology ended the program, as Chase County alumni remembered those 25 men and women who died the past year.
An all-class social was held later at the Eagles Club.
Pick up your paper today to see all alumni class photos and memoriam on page B6.