Homecoming I

Homecoming is still about royalty, isn’t it?  OK, that’s just the lead-in to the photo filched from the front pages of the Echo Press.  I have to admit to a certain bias here.  I grew up across the street from my class’s homecoming queen and have antagonized her over the years by continually displaying her in this blog.  And this year I have to admit to a certain Super Fan bias – meaning as such our sole purpose in our retired lives is to support the girls’ hockey team (oh, and to pay the bills, too).  And the homecoming queen this year, donning her crown (tiara?) above, is Shelby Iverson, a center on the hockey team.  Becca Illies, to her left in the green (teal? well, any color is just a guess?) dress is a member of her court and a winger on her hockey line.  Shelby will also be a co-captain of the hockey team – and she and Becca will be bellwethers as to how well the team does this year.  And here’s the rest of the court, none of whom (to my knowledge) have had issues such as those recently experienced by the occupants of Buckingham Palace.

[Also from the Echo.]

Thanks to the Education Foundation, on which I proudly serve (until the end of this year, unless there is a Constitutional amendment to abolish term limits), Homecoming, beginning a couple years ago, is now a two-day event.  The Friday is for the Hall of Fame luncheon and the Jeans & Jewels evening soiree and fund raiser; and the Saturday hosts the parade at noon and the football game in mid-afternoon.  We participate in numbers 1 through 3, but for the football we merely spectate.  (They post “spies” at the entrance to field trying to round up almuni football players for the featured halftime “show.”  I, as a fellow now large enough to be a middle linebacker and wearing an almuni t-shirt, am always asked if I was a football player.  My reply is always, “No, because a fellow could get hurt out there, and I needed to stay healthy to withstand the ravages of chess club.”)

It never hurts to advertise:

The Hall of Fame inductees this year were:

Their plaques, like those of their 15 predecessor, will be hung on the Hall of Fame wall by the school system’s administrative offices in Woodland Elementary School.

Lunch was held at the Broadway Ballroom.  Newest board member, Chad Larson, did a terrific job hosting the event – though claiming being the “newest” was how he got the job.  The 230 attendees heard wonderful acceptance speeches from the inductees, or in Bud Peterson’s case, his son.  John sent a video because he was in Spain promoting a movie – but he hopes to make a live appearance at a future event.  Though the program ran just a tad long, I don’t think anyone minded – they were all so heartfelt.

[“Bud” Peterson’s P-51 Mustang fighter plane, named “Hurry Home, Honey,” as his fiance signed letters to him.]

[The supervisor checks out the seating arrangements.]

[For the Jeans & Jewels event that evening.]

[The high school provided the talented musicians.]

[Coverage competition?]

[Our table enjoys the music, our lunch, and, particularly in my case, the Snickers center piece.]

[General pre-program milling around.]

[Then we all came back a few hours later for Jeans & Jewels.]

[Hats off to you!  The evening’s theme, recognizing members of the 206 Club.]

[And the “heavy” hors d’oeuvres are here!  😉 ]

[206 Club members get to have their graduation photos projected on the walls!]

[Kathleen Pohlig won an iPad (by purchasing the lucky password).  It was only fitting – she and Bruce won the ACE (A Champion in Education) award during the Hall of Fame luncheon as recognition for all they have done in support of local education.  🙂 ]

[The Henrys and Mulders report having a great time.]

[Old and new 206 members share stories about their first-grade teachers – or Kim Kardashian (as also Super Fans), I can’t remember which?]

[Promises of future donations?]

[Bob shows off the watch Vivian won.  Why he had it, I don’t know?]

[In the absence of any other ideas on how to wrap this up, sunrise over beautiful Lake Darling on the 18th.]

Next:  The parade and . . . the game!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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