Eastmont class keeps friendships

Members of the Eastmont High School Class of 1962 pose in front of Wild Rivers Sports Bar and Grill in East Wenatchee on Sept. 28. Also pictured is Marlin Lannoye, a member of the Eastmont Class of 1959. From left, are Lannoye, Deanna (Simmons) Lannoye, Sharon (Lindell) Anderson, Susan (Braybrook) McDonald, Nancy (Bolinger) Dahlen, Steve Delp and Lloyd Porterfield. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

The Eastmont High School Class of 1962 has a lot of shared memories and even glories. Prominent among them is that in their senior year, the Wildcat football team defeated the Wenatchee Panthers in Wenatchee. That was a first-ever occurrence that they still bask in today.

Their team also was the state champion that year, an achievement that is secondary to the Wenatchee defeat but still well-remembered.

The class recently celebrated its 55th reunion at a class member’s home. About 40 people attended.

Unlike most class reunions, many of those who attended did not have years and years of catch-up to do with each other.

That is because class members meet the last Thursday of each month for lunch at the Wild Rivers Sports Bar and Grill in East Wenatchee.

Sometimes they spend the time rehashing class triumphs or high school events, but this is relatively rare. Mostly they keep up on their current lives — on children and grandchildren, travel and medical concerns.

“We’re not reliving high school here,” Nancy (Bolinger) Dahlen said emphatically.

Deanna (Simmons) Lannoye, who organizes the monthly luncheon by sending out reminder emails to each classmate, said that the luncheons keep the classmates close.

She mentioned that one member was not present at the luncheon and they were all concerned about him.

“I’ll probably call him tonight,” she said.

Perhaps one of the reasons that the group thought of starting the luncheons about 10 years ago is that they were all close even in high school days.

“We all had gone to school together almost our whole lives,” Dahlen said.

The group was the fifth Eastmont class.

Spouses are also welcome. Wilma Delp, wife of classmate Steve Delp, said she enjoys the luncheons very much. Delp, who graduated from Cleveland High School in Seattle, said that she has gone to all of her high school reunions, but keeping up with people just doesn’t have the same feeling when you do it only once every 10 years.

“I feel more of a connection with my husband’s classmates than I do with my own,” Delp said.

Group members said that on some months attendance at the luncheons can reach 20 people.

The group is not the only Eastmont class to have the idea of frequent gatherings. As far as group members know, the classes of 1958, 1959 and 1963 also gather regularly for lunch.