In 1968 the major news stories were Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant, Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents, Emergency 911 Telephone service is started in the USA. Fifty years later, the major news story on campus is the Class of 1968 Celebrates 50th with Legacy Gift. Plans began just over a year ago for the 50th class reunion. The reunion committee of Julie Snyder, Kathy Lahrman Dienhart, Ron Halsema, Mary Ackermann McKay, Jim and Mary Alice Conley Greives, Joyce Haan Weintraut, Larry and Janet Rycraft Batta, Jenny Bogan Rooze, Steve Roadruck, Nancy Riedel Bowes, Dave Redmon, Don Leuck, and Terry Stodgell Janssen chose to align their 50th with the 3rd annual CC Alumni Weekend. The weekend includes a golf outing, fish fry, home football game, Friday social activities, 5K Walk/Run, CC student tours and alumni Mass in the beautiful St. Joseph Chapel at the high school. The class finishes their weekend with a private class party Saturday evening.
Following several preparation meetings, the committee felt it was their turn to pay it forward. “Anyone who has been associated with Catholic schools knows that they are only as good as their alumni and parents. Most of us remember our parents working on fund drives or making donations in order to make a Catholic education possible for us,” the committee shared. One class member even offered to set aside $15,000 to match dollar for dollar the amount pledged to the Legacy Gift. The funds from the Class of ’68 Legacy Gift will be used to benefit Central Catholic and a multi-year plan for the schools called Vision 2030. The plan calls for everything from upgraded front lawn signage, to state-of-the-art learning environments and endowment funds to support teacher salaries. In less than a week the Committee has commitments of more than $4,000 from classmates across the country.
The Lafayette Catholic School System is grateful to the Class of 1968 for their leadership and commitment to Catholic education. There is no greater reward than seeing the cycle of giving in full effect; when current students are able to benefit from the generosity of those who once walked the very same hallways!