Weston alumni hold annual banquet, tour school


The 2009 Weston Alumni Banquet was held May 23 in the Tontogany American Legion Hall with 72 alumni,
former classmates, spouses and guests in attendance.
The program was in memory of Eugenie Shoup who had taught over 35 years at the old Weston High School.
She died in 1989 at the age of 93. The microphone was offered to the audience for a chance to share some
memories of Miss Shoup. Several people offered humorous, serious, as well as "punishment"
Since the possibility of the old Weston High School being torn down looms in the near future, a tour of
the old high school was held. Over 40 alumni attended and reminisced nostalgically as they toured the
rooms. A social hour ran from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Tontogany Legion Hall. A table held sweet and salty
snacks, plus soft drinks and coffee.
Gary Jones, class of 1957, opened the banquet with a welcome and offered the dinner prayer. After the
dinner, Jones offered a short address focused on the history of the school buildings in Weston from 1836
to the present noting that Weston High School, a current Otsego Elementary building, was built in 1916.
He said it remains in excellent shape.
The primary focus of the new business dealt with what to do about the 2010 reunion. The possibility was
there that it would not be held for lack of volunteers to handle it. To everyone’s delight and relief,
Betty Wenig (1948) offered six names to run next year’s reunion: herself, Donna Tampurages (1947), Janet
Heiman (1948), Joyce Businger Stearns (1948), Phyllis Murphy (1950), and Joanne Stage Lehman (1950).
Billie Dirk Thompson (’57) provided three silk floral baskets and table arrangements. One basket went to
John Sockman and his wife Mary as the oldest members there (Class of 1936); one to Robert (1950) and
Irene (1950) Pickering for coming the furthest, from California; and one by a drawing to Joanne Stage
Lehman (1950). A glass vase with a red rose and a yellow rose was given by drawing to Donna Tampurages
(1947). The 50 remaining live roses and eight inflated balloons were then given away to anyone who
wished to take the flowers and balloons.

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