Unfortunately the turnout
for this year's reunion was much less than we were hoping for, but for the
those who attended, it was a very fun time. Our guests cozied up to
the stage as we presented our version of the classic television game show
"What's My Line." We think that this was our best performance in that we
were all relaxed and enjoyed doing it. Our small audience was very
responsive and also commented on how fun it was.
There was an abundance of
promoting next year's reunion which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the
Alderton School. The committee hopes to present a unique and meaningful
centennial celebration. This year's attendees were ask to contribute by
contacting school mates who do not regularly attend to encourage them to come.
The date of next year's
reunion returns to the third week in June. Mark it down on next year's
computer calendar or on the last page of this years calendar. We are
planning on sending out a reminder late winter or early spring to be sure you
keep us in your June plans.
Next year will also be the
last reunion for our current President and her husband, committee Chair.
They have been serving in their roles for the last 10 years. They are
stepping down but not stepping out and plan to continue their support of the
Alderton/McMillin reunions. Classmates are encouraged to help recruit
their replacements and email their nominees to the reunion committee prior to
next year's reunion. The larger production reunions may be over, but
everyone still looks forward to getting together. How many elementary
schools even have reunions and the Alderton/McMillin schools have had them now
for over 80 years.
2014 reunion pictures are
available on link at the bottom of the 2014 reunion page (see link below).
You can visit prior reunion pages with pictures from those reunions by selecting
the "School Reunion Page" on the sidebar of this page.
Be sure to refresh each
time you visit us so you have the latest release.
2014 REUNION PAGE
COUNTY TO THE RESCUE
Effort to Protect Valley Farming
As reported by Steve Maynard
in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune on May 13, 2014, Pierce County has
secured the funding to
preserving 154 acres of rich valley farmland located in the Alderton-McMillin
area of the Puyallup Valley. This was accomplished by purchasing the land
development rights from the owners of the land, Dave and Ivan Matlock. As
reported on this website, years earlier, the Matlocks had applied to
subdivide the land for development, but have had a change of heart and hope that
young farming enthusiasts will be attracted to the opportunity to own a portion of
the best farmland in the U.S.
We want to offer our
appreciation to Pat McCarthy, County Executive for the action taken by the
County to preserve farmland. McCarthy was quoted in the article saying;
"Protecting this property is good for farmers, fish and Pierce County's rural
character." That mirrors how we have felt since the beginning and it shows
a change of direction for Pierce County government. Action does speak
louder than words and we commend the action taken by the County to preserve the
Puyallup Valley's rural character.