uleomh · 2021-10-01

40th reunion for GBSS being planned

Meaford resident Garry McEachern is looking for about 8,000 people.

McEachern is busy these days working with a special committee planning the 40th reunion celebration for Georgian Bay Secondary School to be held this July. The reunion is taking place from July 3-5.

McEachern and a special committee have been meeting for the past few months preparing the event.

"Reunion weekend is beginning to take shape," he said in an interview last week. "We’re looking for everybody who went to GBSS from 1968 and on," he said.

Several events for that weekend are being planned. The committee plans to have two tents set up in the Market Square on Saturday morning for breakfasts prepared by local service clubs. In addition, a number of local bands will be playing at the Market Square throughout the day.

"Most of (members of the bands) are people that graduated from the High School. We also hope to have the top three finishers from GBSS Idol playing that weekend," he said.

Saturday night of reunion weekend will feature a dance at the arena. McEachern said the entire weekend will be very family friendly.

"We’re hoping to have lots of things for graduates with young families to do," he said.

Events and plans about the reunion weekend are being listed online at www.meaford.com

McEachern said the toughest part of organizing the reunion is finding all the people that attended school in Meaford.

"If we graduated 200 kids every year since 1968 that’s about 8,000 people. We’re slowing getting the names together. We hope to send a letter (about the reunion) out on April first," he said.

The TD Bank in Thornbury and Fotos and Flowers by Joanne in Meaford have reunion information slips available at each location. If local residents know the address or email address of an out of town GBSS graduate they are encouraged to fill out a slip at one of those two locations.

"We have close to 50% of the graduates on the lists we’ve sent out. We’re hoping that 2-3,000 people come back for that weekend," said McEachern.

The idea to plan a reunion began to percolate with McEachern last year as Meaford United Church celebrated its 100th anniversary. He said Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and felt that Meaford should do the same. Those thoughts led to a booth at the fall fairs in Meaford and Thornbury and from that a reunion committee formed.

Costs of the reunion will be $25 per person and $40 per family.