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SPHS CLASS OF 1963, YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR 50TH REUNION

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ST PETERSBURG SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 1963
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50th REUNION
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Columbus Day Weekend
Friday October 11th to Sunday October 13th, 2013
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Greetings from the 50th Reunion Committee!!
 


NEW REUNION LOCATION - DOWNTOWN ST PETERSBURG 

For the last three of our reunions, we have had them at the Holiday Inn SunSpree

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The Reunion Committee was concerned that if we wanted to make our 50th event very special,

so that we'd have more classmates attend than ever before,

 we should "freshen up our event"

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We wanted to change the venue and provide another reason why you would want to attend, more than just for the reunion

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After 50 years from graduating, the idea of having our reunion in Downtown St Petersburg certainly meets our objective

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Downtown has changed so dramatically

It's been named the "number one mid-sized" Arts Destination City in the US,

by AmericanStyle magazine

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St Petersburg is now the home of:

Six world class museums

A significant number of upscale restaurants

Many, 20+, art galleries

All within a 10-minute easy walking distance of our hotel

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Attendees not only should look forward to the reunion itself

But after 50 years,

you should also be excited to see for yourelves all the changes to our beloved hometown

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NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS
This year we will update our classmate information and register for the Reunion using a special web-site
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You can always get details by logging on our "Public Reunion Announcement" site
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There, you will be directed via a link, to our "Secure Reunion Sign-up" site
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The details are explained below
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MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND
Reserve the date on your calendar
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Make your hotel reservations on the Hampton Inn web-site
Try to come early and visit St Pete before the Reunion
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REUNION SPONSORSHIP
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Please also consider being a Reunion Weekend Sponsor
Thanks to your generosity, our Reunion can be the best ever
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Of course, we will have a special recognition for our generous donors
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More details will follow 

GREAT LOCATION & ITINERARY
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HAMPTON SUITES INN
       Downtown Waterfront, across the street from the Yacht Club
            Special reduced room rate of $134 with free breakfast
            Parking inside hotel for convenience, fee charged
            Rooms can be reserved one year out 
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FUN ITINERARY
 
**Thursday evening
       Registration, Hampton Inn
       Memorabilia room
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**Friday daytime.
       Registration, Hampton Inn
       Memorabilia room
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**Friday evening:
       Reunion Reception & Cocktail Party, Museum of History
           Overlooking the Pier, Vinoy Basin, Straub Park & Yacht Club
           Open bar with heavy Hors D'oeuvres
           Presentation by Phil Graham, "St Petersburg -Then & Now"
           Florida “casual” dress, including shorts and sandals
        Dinner downtown on your own or just "hanging together"
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**Saturday daytime:
       Breakfast buffet, special room, (on your own, free for Hampton Inn guests)
       Activities:  Tour of SPHS- 10am
                         Lunch, Hanger Restaurant at Albert Whitted Airport- 12pm  (self pay)
                         Tour of the Dali, by Susan Lahey, Docent- 2pm  (self pay)
       Explore downtown on your own
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**Saturday evening:
       Class Reunion Celebration, St Pete Yacht Club
          Florida “Resort” dress
       Dinner with special 50th program
          "Oldies but Goodies" entertainment
       
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**Sunday morning:
       Farewell breakfast, Hampton Inn
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PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND
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GREAT TIME OF YEAR & LOTS TO SEE 
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 COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND
       You’ll enjoy a wonderful weekend with the nice October weather
       With Monday as a holiday, attending the Reunion is an easy weekend trip
       Arrive earlier and and reconnect with St Pete after 50 years
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WONDERFUL WEATHER
       With our fall reunion date, you can enjoy Florida's best weather
       If you live out of state, you'll remember the warmth again
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GREAT LOCATION
       Hampton Inn is located directly in the heart of down town St Pete      
       Overlooking the Yacht Club, Straub Park and the Pier
       Entire downtown area is all with in walking distabce
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LONG WEEKEND, EASY TRAVEL
       You’ll find it more convenient to attend with Monday being a holiday
       The easier trip home makes it just a long, but wonderful, weekend trip
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REVISIT ST PETE’S DOWNTOWN
        After 50 years, see the changes for yourself
        You’ll be able to sign up for our Saturday tours
        Go with your class mates to share the memories
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 ARRIVE EARLY & ENJOY THE NEW DOWNTOWN
        Come Wednesday or Thursday and revisit dear old St Pete:
            Have dinner at over 25 restaurants in the six block downtown area
            Stroll around Central Avenue and Williams Park      
            Walk down Beach Drive from the Hampton Inn to the Vinoy
            See what remains of our Pier, review the plans for a replacement
            Take a horse carriage for a wonderful ride around the waterfront
            Rent an electric boat and sail the waterfront
       Visit some of our wonderful art museums and shops:
            Buy a pass good for the Dali, Fine Arts & Chihuly Glass museums
            Walk up Central Avenue to 9th Street, see over 35 art shops
            Stroll along Straub Park along Beach Drive, over 10 outdoor fine restaurants
            Have lunch and enjoy our beautiful waterfront
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PLAN TO ENJOY A WONDERFUL WEEKEND
 


REUNION DETAILS
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WEEKEND PLANNING
        We do not use a commercial reunion planning company
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        Reunion Committee volunteers plan and present the entire reunion
Reunion Sponsors help underwrite the weekend venues through their generous donations
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        We do this so you'll have the best time at the lowest cost
 The goal is for every classmate to attend
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CLASSMATE COMMUNICATION
        Our major communication will be thru e-mails
    Our Public Reunion Announcement web-site will supplement them
Our Secure Reunion Sign-up Web-site allows active participation by all classmates
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PUBLIC
REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT WEBSITE
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www.sphs1963reunion.com
(See link below to email committee) 
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We want to keep this site as our "home site"
We own the domain name and our classmates are already familiar with it
The Name is also perfect for Google searches
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The site will be updated as more details, changes or additions come about
Since our website is just a basic informational one, please understand we're not tech-pros
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SECURE
REUNION SIGN-UP WEB-SITE
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(See link below on the right bottom, follow clicks to find SPHS 1963)
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This site allows each classmate to provide what personal data they want
All personal info is not shared with others and is pass-word secured
You can decide what personal information you want to give
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Site contents:
Senior Class Yearbook Photos already entered
Current photos of classmates, "we're all looking good"!? 
Classmate address, contact information and "personal story"
Reunion registration and lists of who's coming
Updated weekend details
Reunion Committee members
  Sponsor List
Lost and Deceased classmates
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Sponsorship contribution on the Secure Site is not for SPHS but for the web-site itself
Certain Sponsors have already contributed, so the usage charge is already paid
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CONTACTING THE COMMITTEE
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        Email address:
contact@sphs1963reunion.com
    (See Link Below)
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        Personal Contacts:
Reunion Committee Co-Chairs
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            Paula (Harwood) Hurley
         727.866.2859
             hurleypaula@ymail.com 
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       Richard Lane
       813.977.0000
        richard@harveylane.com
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      MAILING ADDRESS:
    SPHS CLASS OF 1963
POB 0963
    St Petersburg, FL 33731-0963
   (0963 is not a typo)
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