Reunion Details




Main Event:  Saturday, October 20, 2012, 6:00 to 11:00 PM

Location:  Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd.

Chandler, AZ 85226


Below are all the details about this reunion.  Following that are instructions in how to manuever around our class site, including the first thing new visitors need to do, which is to register!  We look forward to seeing you at the reunion and learning more about your life since high school through the information on this site.




Friday, October 19th

4:30 - 7:30 Pharaohs Hosted Hospitality Suite Opens...Call or text Boyd Heckel - 602-885-4455 for location.

5:00 - 8:00 Monte Vista Grade School Gathering ...Blue Devils Night - Macayo's, 11107 N. Scottsdale Rd. (just north of Shea Blvd.), meeting on the south patio. No Host Happy hour beverages & food available until 6:30...Contact is Dan Kosak -

7:00 - ? Joint Madison #2 & St. Thomas Gathering in Hotel Lobby Bar @ Wild Horse Pass Resort.  Madison #2 Grads. contact Susie (Utke) Hersker @ 602-540-6229, St. Thomas Grads. see Dan's invitation below.

"We’re going to have a “mini-reunion” for those of us who also attended St. Thomas the Apostle grade school.  This will be an informal get-together on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the lobby bar at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort (where our high school reunion is being held the following evening).  Please feel free to dress casually and be comfortable.  As an added bonus, our high school classmates who attended Madison 2 will also be there in the lobby bar at the same time, having their grade school reunion.  We had a similar joint St. Thomas/Madison 2 get together at the 20th reunion and it worked out very well, because many kids from St. Thomas had friends who went to Madison 2 due to the schools’ proximity to each other.  If you are in touch with any of our fellow St. Thomas Class of 1968 grads please forward this email or otherwise pass the word along to them about our St. Thomas mini-reunion, as well as our Camelback High School 40th reunion, and encourage them to attend.  All of us who went to St. Thomas share a lot of history together and those bonds are stronger than maybe even we realize, so let’s take this opportunity to meet, share some great memories and laughs, and renew old friendships.  If you have any questions, please call Dan Malinski (at 602-234-9923) or email him (  We hope to see you there!"

9:30 - ? Pharaohs Hospitality Suite Open

Saturday, October 20th

9:00 AM - Brownie Troop 732 will be meeting in Phoenix at Frank & Albert's in the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.  Contact Susie (Utke) Hersker @ 602-540-6229.

Noon - 4:30 - Pharaohs Hospitality Suite Open

4:00 PM - Madison #1 Grade School Gathering...Meeting at the pool area at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.  Contact Barbara (Emerick) Marx @, or Lita (Ackerman) Johnson @

4:00 PM - Loma Linda Grade School Gathering...Meeting in the pool area at  Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.  Contact Debbie (Sherlock) Ortiz @

4:00 PM - Squaw Peak Grade School Gathering...Meeting in the lobby bar at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.  Contact Paula (Watkins) Quan @ 602-320-5070 or John Wharton @ 602-741-9596.

6:00 - 11:00 PM - THE MAIN EVENT!  FESTIVE NIGHT OF FOOD, FUN MEMORIES, DANCING, TRIVIA AND MORE!!  THERE WILL BE (2) CHECK-IN TABLES, AND ONCE REGISTRATION IS VERIFIED, YOU WILL ENTER THE REUNION AREA AND START RECONNECTING!  (Note:  Remember the bars are no-host and may not accept credit cards, so bring cash.  There is an ATM in the hotel lobby near the gift shop) P.S. Bring your dancing feet!

11:00 PM - ? Pharaohs Hospitality Suite Open

Sunday, October 21st

8:00 - 11:00 AM - Pharaohs Hospitality Suite Open (note:  no alcohol will be served)

9:30 AM - Boy Scout Troop 230/Eagle Patrol...Meeting for a reunion breakfast at Ko'Sin Restaurant.  All Eagle Patrol members & their spouses/significant others are welcome.  Contact Dan Malinski at 602-234-9923.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Post Reunion "Picnic in the Old Hood @ Granada Park, 6505 N. 20th St. (take 20th St. south of Lincoln Drive)...Bring your spouse, kids, grandkids, siblings, teachers or anyone else who would like to gather with our class.  Bring your own meat, a dish to share, drinks, chairs, blankets, duck food, games, etc.  Contact Lita (Ackerman) Johnson @ 602-793-7223.  Note:  This is NOT an official reunion's just some classmates who already know we aren't going to want the weekend to end this soon!

Other Activities:  The resort shuttle operates 24 hours to the casino, Rawhide, horseback riding, the world-class golf courses & spa whenever a guest wants to go to those locations.  You can even "ride the river" from the hotel conference center area to Rawhide.  NOTE:  OCTOBER IS THE RESORT'S ANNIVERSARY AND TO CELEBRATE ALL GUESTS RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC 10% OFF THEIR BILLS IN THE RESTAURANTS, GIFT SHOP AND SPA SO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS!

Dress:  We have had numerous questions about this...and the answer is...whatever you are comfortable in!  (Short of a bathing suit).  Our event is outside, and as we are in an outlying area, the temperatures are a little cooler than in Phoenix/Scottsdale.  It is projected the temperatures will be in the mid-70's.  We are classifying it as "Resort Casual", so some may come dressed in more cocktail resort style, others in Tommy Bahama style slacks. 

Weekend Communicating:  For general questions, call or text Sheral (Smith) James @ 602-290-1405

Scott DeWald has created a Twitter Account.  Please review the information below:


Find out what your classmates are doing and how you can meet them while you are the Wild Horse Pass Resort during the Reunion Weekend by “following” this Twitter Account: @Camelback40th

If you already have a Twitter account:

Go to

In the search box type “@Camelback40th”

Now click on Follow.

OR just add to Following “@Camelback 40th

If you don’t have a Twitter account: has instructions. Here are more:

How to open a twitter account

You need to use an email account. I recommend getting a new account from Google just for this purpose, by going to, clicking Sign In, then clicking Create a New Account.  Or paste this in your browser:

iPhone users: I think there is an app on your phone (or you can download it free) that sets up a twitter account more easily.

Once you decide what email address to use, then follow the instructions below to sign up for a Twitter account:

1. Go to

2. Click on the "Sign up now" button, which should have a green color.
3. Enter your Full Name, Username, Password and Email Address. Remember that the Username must be unique and can only be 15 characters long. You can only use letters, numbers and underscore. (Tip: choose a name which describes you or your interests. For example, if you love cars, you may choose something like Car_Lover if that is still available: bottom line, try to incorporate keywords in your name so people can find you)
4. Type in the words you see in the box (this is just to verify that you're human) and click on "Create My Account"
5. You will then be sent to a welcome page.Click on Next.

6. The next page says “Build your stream.”
In the search box type “@Camelback40th”

7. Now click on Follow.

8. Now keep on clicking on Skip this Step until you get to the Home Page that shows 0 Tweets, 1 Following, 0 Followers.

9. Read the Tweets labeled Camelback40thWeekend, and be sure to click on Expand so you can see what people have replied.

10. Before you send a reply, you need to go to your email account (Google, gmail), open the email from Twitter, and click to confirm your registration.