Celebrating 50 Years! 1969 – 2019

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Posted by mcnary69 on February 23, 2019

Dear Friends,

Some of you might be debating as to whether or not you want to come to our 50th Reunion. That’s understandable… for many of you it might be a long trip, it will cost money, or there may be other important events taking place in your life around our Reunion dates.  And, it just may be that you didn’t feel particularly connected to anyone or any group at McNary, feeling that High School was just something to endure until you could get out and get on with your life.  

I would like to present you with some things to ponder regarding our Reunion.  

  • It has been 50 years since we graduated from McNary!  Isn’t that incredible?  
  • Even if we didn’t participate in any activities, clubs, etc, we still were part of something together.
  • This may be the last time some of us will be given the opportunity to be in one place at the same time! Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to see who shows up? 
  • If there are old rivalries, dislikes, feelings that you had nothing in common with anyone…. let the Reunion be a time of healing, resolution and connection. What seemed a big deal in 1969 will most likely be of little to no significance in our lives now. We are different people.
  • Your presence will be missed. It’s true! We want to have as many of us as possible to be there in September to demonstrate that we recognize the significance of our time together at McNary, especially given the times in which we were entering young adulthood.
  • The Reunion Committee is committed to making this Reunion one that reflects what we all ached for back then and still do to this day…. Peace, Love, Harmony and Connection. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. We need ALL of you to make this happen. Please join us and “Get Back to Where You Once Belonged.”

We opened registration early so that everyone could make plans, arrange funds, etc, and we did our best to make this affordable.

  • You still have 6 weeks (until June 1) to register for a reduced price of $75/person for ALL THREE SCHEDULED EVENTS!  
  • OnJune 1, the price increases to $85/person.  

Why register early?  It helps us pay deposits for sites, catering, and other costs associated with our events. We are committed to making sure our vendors, reserved sites etc, get paid, as we want to establish a good relationship with them and uphold McNary High School Alumni as being honorable and dependable.  

Remember that we also have the Ride-Share option if you’re concerned about transportation or just don’t want to drive!  We have you covered…..

Below is the Ride Share form –

“Take It Easy Drivers and Easy Riders” …Here’s the link to the Ride Share form:

PLEASE remember that we have agreed to give back to our Alma Mater by collecting funds and/or donations of school supplies and backpacks which will be provided to those McNary students whose families cannot provide these things for them. Please do what you can to contribute in some way to this great service project.  How can you do that?

  • When you send in your registration, please send a separate check or write one check that includes an extra amount that you would like to contribute to this project. Please designate the amount you are donating in order for accurate funds dispersal.
  • Purchase supplies based on a list that will soon be posted here and on our Facebook page and bring them to one of our events. We will have a donation barrel at each event.
  • If you are coming to the Reunion, but are unable to attend every event, consider paying for all 3 events but let us know you would like to donate the fees from those events you are unable to attend, to this project.

Any questions, concerns, etc?  Please feel free to email the following folks for answers!

Bruce Chapin – chapin@onlinenw.com

Sandy (Febach) Armstrong – anisarmstrong@gmail.com

You can also post a question on our Facebook page… McNary Class of 69 – we check it daily for questions, comments, etc.  

We are also on alumni class.com – McNary 69 alumni. 

Looking forward to being with you in September!!




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Posted by mcnary69 on August 17, 2018


Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey or made suggestions on Facebook for a theme. Now the real work begins as we finalize catering, decorations, music, and plans for just having a GREAT time that will be very affordable, relaxing and as much fun as you want to have!!

The next step is for the Reunion Committee to finalize the Registration Form and prices for the events.  We will also be sending out the link for the Ride Share option (for RIDERS and DRIVERS). Updates will continue to be posted as we keep everyone informed on progress of all the plans, etc.

Again, here’s what is planned so far!!

Thanks once again to the generosity of our classmate Steve Johnson, we will be gathering  at the Grand Hotel for an informal meet and greet to get things rolling. This will be a very informal event with a no host bar and finger food. It will be very affordable and a good way to get the weekend started!

A new and unique venue for our Saturday evening gathering will be the Scenic Valley Winery on River Road in Gervais. This is a family owned vineyard and winery right in McNary’s back yard! The reunion members who visited there were impressed with the venue in terms of its location, size, rustic quality, flexible set up as well as the family who own it. We will have a catered meal (more info coming on that!!) and the evening will be a walk down memory lane as well as an opportunity to get caught up with the lives of our fellow classmates while listening to the music we loved in high school. Again, we are working to keep all costs within reason and still have a tasty, enjoyable meal together with plenty of opportunity to dance, etc. 

There is also discussion of having one or more events on Saturday morning and/or afternoon, depending on interested parties.  Some ideas have been trips to the Oregon Coast or local wineries, hikes in various locations, with other ideas still being generated! Feel free to share your ideas… either responding below or on our Facebook page. 

For our last event of the weekend, we have reserved a beautiful picnic spot at the South Falls of Silver Creek Falls. Folks who wish can hike the trails or just relax and visit. It is a short distance from Salem and the cost to get into the Park is $5 per vehicle, so we are hoping folks will consider the Ride Share option!. Will be a cookout with more details to come!!

Check back often for new updates, which will be posted here and on our Facebook page McNary Class of ’69

Now that our dates are set… make your travel plans.

Hope to see everyone next year!

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We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends!

Posted by mcnary69 on August 23, 2011

This last Saturday night, August 20, 33 die hard Celtics came together to celebrate at our community 60th birthday party.  A good time was had by all.

Would you like to see these yearly events continue?  We would like to try and and keep as many of us connected as possible leading up to our next big event – the big 45 – our 45th reunion July 25-27,  2014.  Post a comment here if you have an opinion, suggestion or if you just want to say “Hi.”

We would also like to start using social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc to reach even more Celtics who have somehow remained unfound!  If anyone wishes to help out with this, post a comment here and you will be put to work bringing the Class of 69 into the 21st Century!  If you know the whereabouts of any lost Celtics, you can also let us know via the comments section in this post.

Enjoy this group picture from the party, courtesy of Velan Chapin.  Recognize anyone? More pictures to come, so check back soon!

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We’re 60 Years Young!!

Posted by mcnary69 on April 27, 2011

Yes, it’s true… we’re facing the big SIX ZERO!!  What better way to celebrate than to get together and share the pain… You’ll feel better when you enjoy the no-host bar, finger food and great conversation with your friends.

Saturday, August 20,  2011 – 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Marion Room in The Grand Hotel – map
201 Liberty Street SE
Adjacent to the Salem Conference Center
Salem , Oregon 97301

$10 in advance (by August 1) or $15 at the door

Go to www.mcnaryclassof69.com and click on “Contact” tab or…

Mail checks to:
McNary Class of 69
c/o 9965 Wheatland Road N
Keizer OR 97303


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Join The Class of ’69 For A Get Together!

Posted by mcnary69 on July 30, 2010

Dear Celts,
We just can’t stand to let another year go by without getting together. Here is information about our upcoming event!

Saturday, Sep 11 2010 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Downtown Salem Conference Center and Phoenix Inn
200 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

$10.00 at the door for finger food, no-host bar, and great conversation

Gil Reynolds
Please visit the
classmates.com reunion page to RSVP

Hope to see you there!

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McNary Class of 1969 40th Reunion Event Schedule

Posted by mcnary69 on July 10, 2009

It’s official – this event really is going to take place, and here’s the schedule to prove it!  There’s still time to register or just show up at one or all of these places and we’ll save you a seat, some food and beer and show you a great time.

Friday, July 24, 2009

When: 7:00 – 11:00 PM
Where: Downtown Salem Conference Center & Phoenix Inn 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem, 97301 Meeting Room next to Bentley’s Restaurant entrance
What: Grads only night – With Ken Gierloff as MC, lot’s of 60’s and 70’s recorded music, acoustic jam session, 1968 state championship basketball game video, finger foods, no -host bar, lot’s of catching up on 40 years of life after HS.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Where: Keizer Renaissance Inn & Conference Center 5188 Wittenberg Lane NE Keizer, OR 97303-4442
When & What: 4:00 – 6:00 PM Acoustic jam for all who want to bring an instrument (and lyrics!)
6:00 – 6:30 PM Reception, no host bar
6:30 – 10:30 Buffet dinner, brief program with Dave Bull as MC, group photo, live music and dancing with our own Gil Reynolds and Deep Blue (shown below)

Gil Reynolds and Deep Blue

Sunday, July 26, 2009

When: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Claggett Creek Park at the South Shelter Between Chemawa Rd NE and Dearborn Ave NE on 13th Ave NE
What: Picnic Lunch, acoustic jam, open to grads of other McNary classes and other Salem high schools, kids, friends, etc.

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Guess Who’s Coming To The Reunion?!!

Posted by mcnary69 on June 9, 2009

UPDATE:  July 6 – This is the most current roster of Celts who will be attending.  The reunion committee is making calls to the list of graduates that we have been able to find.  Hopefully, we will find some more folks who will won’t want to miss the fun! Everyone, pass the word along and let’s shoot for at least 100 attendees!

Linda Miller (ALLEN), Salem, OR
Carroll Allenby
Marilyn Lippincott (ALMERO), Sherwood,OR
Liz Baker, Portland, OR
Dawn Breen (BAUER) and spouse, Olympia, WA
Steve Becker and spouse, Bellingham, WA
Barbara Jensen (BEEBE and spouse, Salem, OR
Judy Berg, Sparks, NV
Steve Blair
Jack Breneman and Sandra, Silverton, OR
Mike Bridger, Salem OR
Randy Bright, Keizer, OR
Dave Bull and Annie, Eugene, OR
Tom Burton, Bend, OR
Bruce Chapin and Velan, Salem, OR
Delight Hopkins (COBURN)
Pamela Crakes (CHRISTENSEN) and Michael, Prineville, OR
Andy Culwell
Todd Dudley
Kathy Stanford (DUNSMOOR), Salem OR
Mike Dye and Sharon, Keizer OR
Connie Stover (DYER), Salem. OR
Terry Ebert and Janell, Milwaukee, OR
Terri Ebright
Gary Erickson, San Diego, CA
Nancy Johnson (EVERLY), Seattle, WA
Sandra Armstrong (FEBACH), Chesterfield, MO
Chris Fletcher and baby, Salem, OR
Joanne Foreman
Joyce Anderson (FOWLER) & Michael
Marsha (FRANCIS) Clark, Salem, OR
Noreen (FRANKLIN) Garland
Shari (FRIESEN) Pfeiffer & spouse
Ken Gierloff, Keizer, OR
Kyle Gribskov and Deb Gribskov (MAIER), Skamoawa, WA.
Alan Guzman, Juneau, AK
Shannon Halsey, Palmer, AK
Laurie Hawes (HERRING), Woodburn, OR
Suzanne Guest (HAWKES)
Rich Hughes, La Pine, OR
Neil Jacox, Willamina, OR
Elaine Hamilton (JAKOLA), Whidbey Island, WA
Chuck Hammack, Clackamas OR
Steve Johnson and Connie, Silverton, OR
Christopher Keuscher, Salem, OR
Jerry Kliewer, Salem, OR
Jerry Kurtz, Prineville OR
Jeanene Louden and Jim Folts, Corvallis, OR
Dave Luke, Salem, OR
Cindy Wiggins (Moles) and William, Reedsport, OR
Richard Morley and wife
Kathi Salvog (NEUSWANGER) and Bruce Salvog, Palm Desert, CA
John Newell
Terry Nicholson, Keizer, OR
Ron Olsen and wife, North Carolina
Pete Parker (Friday only) Salem, OR
Gil Reynolds and Carmen, Newberg, OR
Catherine Conway (LYNN ROSEBORO), Portland, OR
Shirley Royston
Steve Salt, Katy, TX.
Rochelle Alba (Scott), Grandview, WA
Jennifer Sims, Ridgefield, WA
Steve Skeels, Portland OR
Les and Debbie (YEATER) Slattum (can maybe attend one event)
Steve Smyres
Katherine Stone, Salem, OR
Don Stover, Salem, OR
Dave Sullivan and son, Tucson, AZ
Jane Berg (SUNDET), Salem, OR
Rick Swim, Beavercreek, OR
Jeff Taylor, Corvallis, OR
Todd Wenger, Salem, OR
Gary Williams and Kris, Powell Butte, OR
Jerry Willis
Gayle A Wood, Juneau, AK
Vicky Worden, Corvallis, OR
Ed Yeldig, Salem, OR

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What Do You Mean There’s No Room At The Inn?

Posted by mcnary69 on June 8, 2009

Hey Celts!

If you call the Keizer Renaissance Inn and attempt to make reservations and are told there are no more rooms available, don’t take no for an answer!  As of today, June 8, there are still 12 rooms in the block reserved for our reunion.

When you call, ask to speak to Jessica Carpenter, and she will fix you up.  Here’s the hotel info and link:

Keizer Renaissance Inn

5188 Wittenberg Lane N

Keizer, OR 97303

(800) 299-7221

FAX (503) 390-1108

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Where Were You 20 Years Ago?

Posted by mcnary69 on April 26, 2009

Were you present at the 20 year reunion in 1989? If so, here is the group photo taken on Saturday night, August 12, 1989  at the Keizer Elks Club.  For those who weren’t there or don’t recognize ANYONE, the list of the cast of characters is below:


From Left to right
Bottom Row: Ted Nelson, Cheryl Glanville, Marilyn Almero, Jacque Blake, Glen Yarnell, Debbie Maier, Dorothy Huiett, Linda Allen, , Nancy Hathaway, Connie Bedell, Janet Ross, Kay Hoerauf, Pam Christenson, ????, Rick Swim

2nd Row: John Muller, Delores Erler, Cindy Moles, Kyle Gribskov, Gary Peters, Laurie Herring, Debbie Holmdahl, Diane Anderson, Toni Thompson, Janice Pyle, Thomas Forrester, Sharen Callender, Kathy Neuswanger, Charlene Zeibert, Ben Dake

3rd Row: Julia Dungey, Mary Bair, Peggy Enniga, Janell Meier, Craig Melott, Gene Ruse, Jane Sundet, Jeanene Louden, Kay Glennie, Angie Paulson

4th Row: Cliff Toney, Bruce Chapin, Karla Cross, Pat Murphy, Dawn Bauer, Steve Johnson, Venetta Lacey, Vicky Worden, Judy Chapman, Ruth Whitehurst, Bonnie Beukelman, Roger Synowski, Liz Baker, Rita Montgomery

Top Row: Linda Odermatt, Nancy Everly, Dave Sullivan, Larry Bowden, Garry Ritchey, Jack Breneman, Bob Pulver, , Linn Malm, Diana Wade, Joyce Fowler, Jackie Andersen, Barb Beebe, Buz Layman, Connie Dyer, Les Livengood, Tom Ulmer, Sandy Febach, Ron Olson, Carol Miller, Lori Andersen, Curt Thayer, Mark Walker

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Your Reunion Committee – So Happy Together!

Posted by mcnary69 on April 24, 2009

Photos taken of some of the members of the Reunion Committee at the last meeting held on April 21st.  Do you recognize these “hardworking” Celtics?



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