Reading old Sandspurs: (l-r) Carol Welch Whitehead ’69, Hannah Hempstead ’68, Nancy Hopwood ’68, and Ruthy Lawrence ’70 and Tom ’70 duPont
Kathy Ten Eyck Marshall ’67 and Nancy Hopwood ’68
(front, l-r) Jane Wilson Bieberbach ’71, Bill Bieberbach ’70 ’71MBA, and David Lord ’69 ’71MBA; (back) Bill Hartog ’69 ’72MBA, Lois Hartog, and Jack Myers ’69 ’70MBA
Andrea Scudder Evans ’68, Jane Carrison Bockel ’69, Ginger McAleese Johnson ’68, and Kathy Ten Eyck Marshall ‘67
Pamela Booth Alexander ’68, Carol Welch Whitehead ’69, and Wilson Flohr ’69 ’71MBA
Vero Beach, Florida
Halloween weekend 2010 definitely had more treats than tricks in store for a group of Rollins alumni from the Classes of 1966 to 1970 who gathered in Vero Beach, Florida for a reunion extravaganza. Some 70 alumni and guests spent the holiday weekend renewing friendships and sharing memories of their Rollins days at the spirited and memorable event, which was organized by Nancy Hopwood ’68, Jeff Birtch ’68, Bill Caler ’67, Bill Hartog ’69 ’72MBA, Hannah Hempstead ’68, Jane Carrison Bockel ’69, Carole Hogan ’69, and David Lord ’69 ’71MBA.
From their home base at the beautiful Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, attendees enjoyed a weekend full of activities. A few early birds arrived on Thursday and launched the reunion with a dinner party at the Ocean Grill restaurant. Guests continued to pour in throughout the day Friday and some spent time shopping at the beach stores to pass the time as they eagerly awaited the arrival of friends. On Friday evening, the entire group came together for the first time for a buffet dinner at the home of Bill and Lois Hartog.
Saturday offered something for everyone—golf, more shopping, walking on the beach, or simply relaxing by the hotel pool. Unfortunately, a scheduled fishing trip sponsored by Tris Colket ’70, owner of Last Mango Sportfishing Charters, was canceled due to choppy seas. The day ended with the weekend highlight: a dinner-dance at the elegant Quail Valley River Club, where nostalgia was the order of the evening. Centerpieces decorated with labels from orange crates paid homage to the infamous Rollins grove parties of the past, and a disc jockey was on hand to fill the air with sounds of the ’60s. “We danced until the music stopped!” Hopwood said.
During a Sunday brunch at the hotel, attendees reminisced over old issues of The Sandspur that had been collected by Birtch. “It was great fun to read the news of the days gone by,” Hopwood said. While most alumni said their goodbyes that day and headed for home, about 20 stayed on to celebrate Halloween at local eateries and enjoy one more evening of good times and camaraderie.
According to Hopwood, the 2010 reunion evolved from what began as a small group of former “Lambie Pis” from the Memphis area congregating in Hilton Head, South Carolina in the late ’80s. A subsequent gathering at Jekyll Island, Georgia was organized in the early ’90s by a group of alumni from Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to some diligent networking and the strength of the Rollins bond, the next event—a 2002 reunion in Vero Beach—drew nearly 60 people who came from as far away as Canada and California.
“The 2010 Reunion was our biggest and best yet,” Hopwood said. “The joy was palpable! We really had a wonderful time together and look forward to our next gathering, where hopefully others will join us and put the numbers up to 100!”