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  Gearing up for our 2012 REUNION

Updated: February 23, 2009

We want ideas!!! Please use the FEEDBACK FORM for suggestions as well as compliments, the latter...which we thank you so much for all the wonderful compliments. A suggestion for the next reunion will not be taken as an insult so please, let us know what will get you here for the next reunion. We want even more classmates to come in 2012!!!

FYI, some of the ideas for our 2012 Reunion are:

Having a 2 day event:

Saturday evening similar to what we had on our 40th... but in October, after the back to school/college rush and before the holiday rush.

Having a Sunday Bon Fire, Outdoor, bring your Gearhead "Toy," BBQ, maybe a real Band(?), large Tent or Pavilion type of thing.

October 2012 option dates are: 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, and 27th-28th.

Have option of coming to one, the other, or both events...3 prices.

Make a few non major adjustments/improvements to the room set up - food and bar placement.

Turn the music up!!! Need better sound system for 2012. Rent or bring better sound system for those that might have wanted to dance or hear the music.

Buffet encouraged mingling. Sit down dinner would discourage mingling. Purpose of reunion= MINGLE. and have fun. Are there any other reasons for one or the other???

Explore other places to have the Saturday event that may be more reasonable in price.

Decide where and date to reserve ASAP and lock in price that could go up in 4+ years.

Find better deals on rooms for out-of-towners.

Set date well in advance to allow classmates to make arrangements. Send out post cards early!!!

Picture Name badges verses sticky badges??? Some were for name badges because they were nice and aided in recognition of others. Some thought sticky badges would have been OK and cheap. Sticky badges peal off and/or do not stick to some fabrics and will not have pix of classmate.

Also found this: http://www.reunionplanner.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=21

Use white back drop behind the Pattonville arch in the next reunion's pictures.

Add to "A Look Back" DVD.

Find and invite more of the teachers.

Find and invite the still missing classmates.

Other ideas:

Machinist's Hall, Bridgeton, MO.

Adams Mark St. Louis
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-241-7400 , Fax: 314-241-9839

Drury Inn Convention Center
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-231-8100 , Fax: 314-621-6568

Drury Plaza Hotel
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-231-3003 , Fax: 314-231-2952

Holiday Inn Select St. Louis
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-421-4000 , Fax: 341-436-8932

Marriott Pavillion St. Louis
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-421-1776 , Fax: 314-331-9029

Millennium Hotel St. Louis
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-241-9500 , Fax: 314-241-9977

Radisson Hotel & Suites
Area: St. Louis
Phone: 314-621-8200 , Fax: 314-621-0756

St. Louis Convention & Visitors Comm.
Area: St. Louis
Toll-Free Number: 800-916-9314

Banquet Center of the Little Hills- Saw a pix of a Pattonville Reunion cake on the web site.
111 Transit St.
St. Charles,  MO  63301-0949
Phone: (636) 940-7712
Fax: (636) 940-4299
www.banquetcenterofthelittlehills.com
Elegant banquet facility with a country club atmosphere. Two large banquet rooms and two garden patios. Seating for up to 400. Wedding receptions, weddings, rehearsals, reunions, corporate functions, anniversaries, holiday parities and all special events. On and off premise catering available

Gateway Arch Riverboats
50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.
St. Louis,  MO  63102
Fax: (314) 923-3069
www.gatewayarch.com
Public events held on replica paddlewheelers. Private parties, business meetings, weddings, reunions, from casual to gourmet, for small to large groups while cruising the Mighty Mississippi.

Mount Pleasant Winery-Looks good except does not rent on Weekend in Oct b/c of octoberfest crowds.
5634 High St.
Augusta,  MO  63332
Phone: (636) 482-WINE
Fax: (636) 228-4426
www.mountpleasant.com
Meeting planners have discovered that Mount Pleasant Winery creates great meetings and events with specially designed packages. Whether planning a corporate meeting, seminar, retreat, party, family reunion, baby/bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, or reception, Mount Pleasant can provide the space, atmosphere, amenities and expertise to make your occasion special. Call today to learn more about available indoor and outdoor facilities.

Orlando Gardens Banquet and Conference Center --
Maryland Heights

2050 Dorsett Villiage Shopping Ctr.
Maryland Heights,  MO  63043-2208
Phone: (314) 453-9000
Fax: (314) 453-0815
www.orlandogardens.com
chilbert@orlandogardens.com
Elegantly decorated ballrooms located just off of I-270 and Dorsett Rd. at McKelvey Rd. Rooms accommodate 75-1,000 people. Catering provided for all types of social and corporate functions.

Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Dr.
St. Louis,  MO  63110
Phone: (314) 781-0900
Fax: (314) 768-5445
www.stlzoo.org
Famed for its beautiful park setting and world-renowned natural exhibits, the Saint Louis Zoo offers groups distinctive rental venues: The Living World, Lakeside Cafe, the new River Camp, new Event Tent and the entire Zoo grounds for evening activities. Daytime rentals include the River Camp banquet center, new Event Tent and a 93-seat or a 400-seat auditorium. Whether it's 30 or 3,000 or more people, please call Facility Rental for information. Unique location, wonderful food and great service.

Stone Hill Winery & Restaurant- in Oct.-only has tours & no large events.
1110 Stone Hill Hwy.
Hermann,  MO  65041
Phone: (573) 486-2221
Fax: (573) 486-3828
www.stonehillwinery.com
Historical grounds and storybook view of Hermann. Rent the carriage room for small groups, the pavilion for large groups. Catering from appetizers to complete meals.

Things we do NOT have to make or purchase for 2012: Back drop for pictures taken, 60's Music Collection, PeopleFinders.com, Website.

Future Expenses: post cards (verses expensive envelopes and stamps) and stamps, printer ink, name badge materials, ongoing website space, DVD update, table decorations, memorabilia, Saturday facility (space, food, bar), rent or borrow sound system, Sunday park with pavilion or rent large tent, Band or some sort of sound system? Sunday food, coolers, hayride? bonfire? tables, chairs.

We want ideas!!! Please use the FEEDBACK FORM for suggestions as well as compliments, the latter...which we thank you so much for all the wonderful compliments. A suggestion for the next reunion will not be taken as an insult so please, let us know what will get you here for the next reunion. We want even more classmates to come in 2012!!!