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Reunion Planning Info
Individual Class Reunions for 2018
 
If you are a member of one of the following classes and are interested in being your classes' reunion chair or being a member of the reunion planning committee, please contact the Alumni Office at 423-624-4618 ext. 1020 or by email jonesr@myndhs.com

 

Alumni Weekend Reunion Date is Saturday, July 28th

 
The following classes will be having Reunions during Alumni Weekend 2018
 
Class of 1968
Class of 1973
Class of 1978
Class of 1983
Class of 1988
Class of 1993
Class of 1998
Class of 2003
Class of 2008
 
 
Planning your Reunion Step-by-Step Help and Tips
 
Suggested Timeline

January                        Form committee; choose committee chair

January – February      Update class mailing list

March                          Reserve venue; return updated list to the Alumni Office

April                            First informational mailing to classmates

May                             Plan events; set-up class account

June                             Second mailing to classmates for reservations

July                              Plan awards, special programs, and any handout pieces

End of July                  Alumni Weekend and Reunion

 

 

Committee Responsibilities

 

Writing Letters

  • The first informational mailing should provide the main details for the class reunion and include a biographical survey to help plan additional activities based on family status, interests, etc.
  • The second mailing is to take reservations and payment. Including a pre-addressed envelope to help expedite responses if desired.

 

Updating the Class List

  • Calling and/or e-mailing classmates to verify addresses.
  • Using directories, Internet searches, classmates, social media and Alumni website searches  to find missing addresses of classmates.
  • Report all changes back to the Alumni Office

 

Handling Class Funds

  • Locating any existing funds if there have been previous reunions.
  • Setting up an account with a local bank or with Notre Dame High School**
  • Collecting and depositing checks (if using a bank).
  • Sending checks to Notre Dame High School if using an ND account).    
  • Setting up online registration & payment portal with Alumni Director

** All classes can request to have an account opened at Notre Dame High School. Checks are deposited into a designated account, and the business manager pays vendors directly. Excess funds can be held for future reunions. Classes can receive tax exemption.

 

Handling Event Details

  • Reserving the facility, caterer, photographer band, or DJ
  • Choosing decorations, arranging deliveries, and forming a setup committee
  • Finding volunteers to serve as greeters, photographers, etc.

Communicating with Classmates

  • Creating a class email list or facebook page to communicate with classmates   
  • Using message center on the Alumni Website to send out information.
  • Update your class page on the Alumni Website with all of the reunion details.
  • Setup an online event RSVP with the Alumni Office. (Now Alumni can pay reunion event costs online. Contact the Alumni Office for more information).
  • Organize a phone effort to encourage attendance and update addresses.

Suggested Venues

Semi-Formal to Formal                                     

 

Casual

       •  Covey Creek Farm  (423) 681-62365  www.coveycreekfarm.com/ 

          Owners Donnie '82 & Beth Brown Covey '88

       • Southern Belle Riverboat (423) 266-4488   www.chattanoogariverboat.com

 

Inexpensive or Cost Free

  • Notre Dame High School          423-624-4618 ext. 1020
  • Varallo Hall, Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica 
  • Classmate’s Home
  • Apartment Clubhouse
  • Church Social Hall
  • Party Room at Restaurant

 

Suggested Photographer

 

  • David Lane – Occasions Photography - 423-344-1223
  • Lifetouch Photography - 423-892-1332
Music Services

Suggested Caterers

  • The Big Table Restaurant          423-6340772          www.bigtable.net                      
  •   Owner – Alum Karen Loveless
  • 2 Squares a Day                       423-697-7595
  • Owners – Alums Neil Stites and Jim Garth
  • Events with Taste Catering        423-266-1356          www.ewtcaters.com
  • Owner - Alum Michelle Huffman Wells
  • Buds Sports Bar                         423-499-9878          Vicki@budssportsbar.comp
  • Vicki Godfrey - Catering Coordinator
  • Impressions Catering                 423=614-4051          www.impressionscatering.net
  • Greg Hicks - Owner
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Other Suggestions

  • Try to use an alumni for catering or other services.
  • Have a family event on Saturday.
  • Bind a biographical survey into a booklet and give out at the reunion.
  • Copy senior write-ups, class prophecies, and class wills to display or hand out.
  • Create a class directory.
  • Display class photos, memorabilia, or old uniforms.
  • Vote on "most changed,” "greatest distance traveled,” "most number of kids,” etc.
  • Create nametags with class photo and have spouse wear the photo as well.
  • Contact local newspapers and radio stations and have them announce the reunion.
  • Invite former teachers, coaches, event non-graduates who were in your class.
  • Video activities to watch at a later reunion or send to those who cannot attend.
  • Hire a professional photographer to take a class picture.
  • Make a class contribution to Notre Dame High School.
  • Utlize the Alumni Website to get information out about reunions and post pictures from the reunion. Encourage your classmates to register on the website, so you can stay in touch even after the reunion is over.

 

Alumni Office Services

  • One mailings (this includes: supplies, preparation, and postage).
  • Design of class invitation or save - date   
  • Long Distance phone calls (committees can schedule calling sessions).
  • Publicity and contact information in Alumni and newsletters, Alumni Weekend brochure and on the Alumni Website (http://alumni.myndhs.com).
  • Committee meetings can be held at Notre Dame High School with the assistance of the Alumni Office.
  • Photos from archives, annuals, and clippings from class files can be borrowed to make nametags, pamphlets, or a class collage.
  • Class accounts can be set up in the business office at Notre Dame High School.

 

Contact information

 

Alumni Office:

Robert Joners

(423)624-4618 ext. 1020

Email: jonesr@myndhs.com

Website: http://alumni.myndhs.com

 

Business Office:

Connie McCutcheon

Director of Business

(423)624-4618 ext. 1010

 
To download this information in Word Document format. Click the following link. Happy Planning!

 

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