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NOTE: As of March 2021, the information below is accurate, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it could be changed. Please check with the contact person of your class or with the RB Alumni Office (513-641-1313) to verify.

REUNIONS AND GATHERINGS IN 2020-21

The year 2020 reunion calendar was set for many special gatherings and reunions as usual. The class leaders of most planned reunions were determined to move forward and carry on with celebrating their graduations from OLA and RB. Unfortunately, almost all were cancelled or postponed until a hopeful 2021.

RB ’43 is no longer meeting for monthly luncheons. Thanks to the efforts of Paul Blom who organized these luncheon gatherings for many years.

Kudos to the OLA ’49 ladies who celebrated a 70th reunion in 2019. Prior to that celebration the ladies met every three months for lunch.

RB ’49 classmates (about 14 men) met once a month at Bob Evans Restaurant on North Bend Road for breakfast for many years after their 50th reunion celebration. Their classmate and regular breakfast attendee Oliver Lackey+ illustrated a special poster/picture of the “regulars” (including their favorite waitress) in 2019. (Sadly, Oliver passed away in the fall of 2020.) Due to the pandemic the men are not meeting.

For 68 years the OLA ’51 ladies continued to meet once a year since their graduation. Their last gathering was in 2019 at Maple Knoll Manor House. Thanks for many great years of gathering and to their class leader Shirley Kraft Schottelkotte and Mary Fischer for organizing these special luncheons.

The men of RB ’52 met for several years at Foley’s Irish Pub in Reading for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month. Originally, they met regularly at Sorrento’s Restaurant in Reading. Thanks to the leadership and organization from George McMahon for the good times at these luncheons. George can be reached at grmckm@outlook.com.

Thanks to the leadership of JoAnn Bonno for bringing her OLA ’55 classmates together at Clovernook Country Club on the first Sunday of October for fun and laughter (and lunch) once a year. The ladies have met every year since the 50th class reunion in 2005 to celebrate their graduation from OLA.

Most recently, the RB Class of ’55 met three times a year at The Montgomery Inn (in Montgomery) thanks to the leadership of classmate Jack Luhrman. Plans were underway for a big celebration of their 65th year since graduation. Unfortunately, these gatherings were temporarily suspended due to the Pandemic. Tony Novello has assumed the role of RB ’55 class leader and can be reached at 513.860.5193. The men of ’55 began meeting quarterly for lunch several years ago on the first Thursday in March, June, September and December at the Montgomery Inn. Prior to those gatherings this class had met in 33 different local restaurant locations in the last 25 years from the west side to the east side. Their last gathering was at the Wiedemann Brewery in St. Bernard in September, 2018. These men have certainly patronized the restaurant business in Cincinnati!

The RB Class of ’57 will continue to meet three times a year in April, August and December. Contact Rich Harmeyer at 513.385.1727 for updated information and location of the next class luncheon.

At the last gathering of RB ’58 at Pompilio’s in Newport, KY, a record high number of 20 men attended the luncheon (on January 9, 2020). Although they had planned on meeting again in May and September, the Corona virus threat changed that decision. Contact Jim Murphy for information about future gatherings at 513.237.0173 or merf2@fuse.net.

The year 2020 reunion calendar was set for many special gatherings and reunions as usual. The class leaders of most planned reunions were determined to move forward and carry on with celebrating their graduations from OLA and RB. Unfortunately, almost all were cancelled or postponed until next year. However, the ladies of OLA 1960 gathered for their 60th reunion at Maketewah Country Club under the leadership of classmate Donna Baumgartner. With the help of the staff there, the ladies were able to keep their social distance and enjoy a great lunch and afternoon together. Donna hopes to have another reunion in 2021, as many classmates were not able to attend.

The 60th Reunion celebration for the RB Class of 1960 at Pebble Creek Golf Course was cancelled. At this time no plans have been made to reschedule this event in 2021. Questions can be directed to Seton Staley at fsstaleyjr@hotmail.com or Chuck Helmes at 513.939.067.

The men of RB ’61 meet on the 4th Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Back Porch Saloon. Contact Tom Whisner at tjwhisner2@gmail.com or 513.284.4754 for more information about these luncheons.

The Class of 1961 is planning their 60th Reunion to be held at Roger Bacon High School on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in The Fine Arts Center. If you plan to attend, please get it on your calendar for this year. Reservation and Information Form will be mailed in June. If you have questions, contact: Barry Strasser 513-777-5819 (bstrasser@fuse.net), Jim Royston 513-641-3710 (roystonjim@aol.com), Dick (Dutch) Schultz 941-914-1580 (doloresmason@fioptics.com) or Sue Huerkamp 513-641-1300 (shuerkamp@rogerbacon.org) - RB/OLA Alumni Director.

A group of men from the classes of RB ’61, ’62 and ’63 continue to meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at Crossroads Sports Bar (5790 Cheviot Road in White Oak) at noon. Contact Don Ernst at 513.922.8775 or Joe Karaus at 513.250.5552 or jkaraus@gmail.com for information.

The ladies of OLA ’65 will continue to gather for lunch, if possible. Call Christina Hendel Boehm for information at 513.407.1704 and leave a message or send a message to Christina at yorktownco1704@gmail.com if you’re interested in attending future gatherings.

RB ’65 had planned a reunion cookout on campus in September, 2020, but unfortunately, that gathering was cancelled. At this time a reunion is not planned for 2021. Questions can be directed to Skip Schoettmer at skip.schoettmer@sbcinci.com or 513.780.0373.

The men of RB ’66 decided to take a temporary hiatus from their monthly class gatherings at the Back Porch Saloon and The St. Bernard Pub until the pandemic is under control in 2021. Questions can be directed to Jim Uhrig at 513.284.2754.

The RB Class of ’67 have taken a “pause” from their monthly gatherings at Pebble Creek Golf Club, but hope to meet up again in the month of March. Questions can be directed to Rich Craig at richardalancraig@yahoo.com.

The men of RB ’68 will meet again for dinner on the 2nd Monday of May (May 10, 2021) at 6:00 pm. at the Back Porch Saloon. Contact Rick Sollmann for more information at 513.641.1313.

The ladies of OLA ’69 had originally planned on meeting every third Tuesday per quarter for lunch but have decided to take a break from those gatherings until the corona virus is under control. An email will be sent to classmates to check the RB Alumni page, Facebook and Twitter for the location of each gathering. Questions can be directed to JoAnn Ballinger at lmbjab@fuse.net.

Due to the many Covid restrictions this year many classes postponed their special reunions until next year but the Class of 1970 hosted a Golf Outing at Miami Whitewater Golf Course on Friday, September 19, 2020, to safely celebrate 50 years since graduation from OLA and RB. They hope to celebrate 61 years since graduation in 2021. “We were a few people short most likely due to the Covid; however, it was a great day and everyone had a blast” said organizer Joe Kempe.

The RB/OLA ’70 classes are planning to celebrate a 61st reunion in the RB Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 9, 2021. (The 50th was cancelled due to the uncertainty of the pandemic). For more information contact Ralph Henke at rhenke1@yahoo.com.

Better late than never!!! The OLA Class of 1970 is still planning to celebrate a 51st REUNION on Saturday, September 11, 2021. It will still be at the Pebble Creek Event Center in Colerain Township, from 6-9 pm. Look for more information on the OLA Facebook page, and in a spring mailing. If you have new contact information, or any questions, please contact Pat Gilkey Frey at pafrey2@gmail.com.

Mike Lack has taken the lead to set a date for a combined OLA & RB 50th class reunion for Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Pebble Creek Event Center (Colerain Township). At this time, both classes are hoping to have a stag gathering on Friday evening, June 3, 2022. More information will be forthcoming. See the OLA/RB ’72 Facebook page.

The ladies of OLA ’75 are going to wait and see what the year 2021 presents and hopefully, will reschedule the 45th reunion in the fall of 2021. Questions can be directed to Peggy Teed Hermes at 513.258.1359 or Peggy_Hermes@yahoo.com.

The ladies of OLA 1981 will be holding a 40th Reunion on September 11, 2021. Significant others are also invited! The reunion will be held at the Wiedemann Brewery, 4811 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. String Theory will be the live entertainment at Wiedemann that evening, and food can be ordered from the menu (https://wiedemannsfinebeer.com). Check out the OLA Rokkitwear Store on the Roger Bacon website (www.rogerbacon.org) if you’re interested in purchasing spiritwear. Save the Date invitations have been mailed. Please contact Jackie Markus Cohn (859-609-1286) or jrcohn1286@gmail.com or Kathy Jo Webster Trasser (513-379-5722) or applejacks@zoomtown.com if you have not yet received information. (Please forward this information to classmates you know may not be on the class list or have recently moved.)

In town for a visit or curious about the many changes and improvements on the Roger Bacon campus? Call Sue Huerkamp at 513.641.1313 or shuerkamp@rogerbacon.org to schedule a tour.