Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.  We must all take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  The last few days have been beautiful, brisk, and I could hear the leaves falling to the ground signifying the coming of winter.


I didn't really count how many classmates we had today, but there were at least 20.  I arrived late, and Martha Pettry said they had said the blessing, so we did my husband's favorite thing, gathering around the tables, eating, and chatting.  We welcomed Bill Rushay for the first time at one of our lunches, and hope he returns often.


Everyone was still on a high from our 55th class reunion.  It was a fabulous success and everyone was congratulating the committee on the fantastic job they did.  Thank you all for the work you did on our behalf.  I received several thank you notes, and  Gerald said he had received several also.


Gwen was not present today so we are not certain of the progress for the pictures.  Gwen has always had a huge responsibility sending out the notices for the reunion and she takes on this task by herself!  She needs to let Jean Ross know how much we owe her for postage, etc.  Thank you, Gwen.  Jean Ross has handled our money for the last 55 years and we give her a big "thank you" for all of her continued work.  Donna Smith and Delores (Sissy) Roberts took care of the tables at the country club and the beautiful flower arrangements.  Also thanks to Melanie Sterling and Ed for the use of their home for the reunion meetings.  Kinsey did a fantastic job on Sunday morning delivering the sermon in the absence of Rev. Harry Bronkar.  The co-chairmen, Kinsey Tanner and Gerald Roberts showed us a great time at our 55th reunion.  Thank you to everyone who did anything to help with this years reunion.  It was a huge success.


We passed around a platter for donations for our flower fund to give to Sony Philip.  Sony takes a single rose for each of our beloved classmates who have passed in the Zanesville area to the funeral home and places it by the guest book from the class of 1955.  Thank you Sony for taking on this huge responsibility.  We all appreciate you.  Today we collected $30.00.  Sony also donated the candy for our Friday evening casual reunion at the Eagles Club.  Thank you for that also.


Maryanna Fenton has once again taken care of reserving Bryan Place at 49 North Sixth Street (the old YWCA) for our Christmas party at 11:30 on December 14.  This requires a reservation for everyone.  So if you didn't sign up today, please call Maryanna before December 7 at 740-453-1242.  The meal will cost $18.  This will be a buffet with beef, chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy and of course desserts.  We have heard that Santa is planning on arriving, so please bring a white elephant gift or buy a gift for approximately $5.00 for Santa to hand out.  Mark your gifts whether appropriate for a man or woman.  Maryanna has made the final arrangements for us for several years.  We thank her and appreciate all she has done for our class. 


We send our condolences to the families of Robert (Bobby) Lawrence Nutter who passed away on October 21, James F. Wheeler who passed away on October 16, and Gerald "Jerry" L. Addis who passed away on October 24.  We also want to send our condolences to Rev. Harry Bronkar for the loss of his wife Carolyn.  We missed him at the reunion this year.  As we stood in a circle holding hands on Sunday morning we remembered our classmates who have passed, and as the circle becomes broken we will miss our friends, more than anyone knows.  No truer words have been said than those written by Shirley McElroy for the 1955 ZHS class Reunion in October 2005 called "In Memory". 


If you haven't already read the tribute to Shirley Holdren Smith in the front of our 55 year reunion book, please do.  It was written by Gwen Curry and Linda Warne and tells us Shirley's very touching story over the years.


Gerald reported that the most people filled out their papers to have another reunion in three years, and the majority wanted another buffet.  The most voted to use the Country Club again with the second choice being Eaglesticks.


Please keep Sue Squire Richardson in your thoughts and prayers as she enters the James Cancer Center for a wedge resection of her lung to determine what the spot on her lung is.  She will be entering the hospital on November 29.  Our best wishes go to her and Jerry, her husband.


I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at our Christmas Party on December 14 at 11:30 at Bryan Place.


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson