Announcement & RSVP

CHS 60s Annual Gathering AND 55th Reunion (Class of ’65)

“Forming, renewing, building and maintaining friendships (in Changing Times)”


Friday and Saturday main events DEFERRED to 2022

Thursday at Emerson Winery WILL BE HELD as planned


The All-60s Planning Committee met yesterday (7/31) and after much discussion reluctantly agreed that the recent serious increase in the Delta variant of COVID-19 infections precluded holding the Corvallis Club and Willamette Park events on Friday and Saturday due to the lack of ability to maintain social distancing at those venues. 

The Thursday event at Emerson Winery will still be held as the outdoor venue is vast and the winery is open only to our group.  Even though it is the 55th (+1) reunion of the Class of 65, EVERYONE in the All-60s group is invited to join in the fun!  See details below. 


Due to the increased costs of food to the vendor, they would like to know ASAP how many to plan for.  PLEASE email or BEFORE Monday, August 9th (if at all possible) with your name, contact information and number of guests.  If you do not know yet, but are interested, please let us know that as well.  There will also be overages planned for so feel free to let us know at the last minute if you decide that you can come. 

The Small Venue Events Planning group is back at the drawing boards working to add more small, special events in outdoor settings. 

Also, Mike Franklin and Eric Blackledge will be arranging an ALL-60s Zoom event, likely on Saturday at noon, so that those who cannot come together in person can come together virtually.  More details on these events will be posted/emailed by tomorrow or Monday.

We could not meet in 2020, and the Delta Variant has dealt us a blow in 2021, but we are moving forward with determination toward events in 2022!  Please SAVE the DATE for August 26 and 27, 2022. 

Our 3rd Annual ALL 60s CHS Multi-Class Gathering with the classes of ‘60 - ‘69 and those who identify with members of those classes is a modified event on August 26-28, 2021  Stay tuned in by checking your class website or Facebook page for updates.

Also check this website:

You do not need to log in to this website to see the All 60’s information.

If you are not taken directly to the link above, go to homepage and Then look to the yellow box on the left of this page.  The first listing will be “60s Gathering & 55th Reunion” then click the arrow to the RIGHT of that listing. You should be able to open an RSVP form

The Facebook Page hosted by Bob Hansen will also have up-to-date information.  The Facebook page is named Corvallis High School ‘60’s Annual Gathering.  Please visit (and “Like” it!) to let your friends find it. 

Please, please help us get the word out by sharing with all your Spartan friends who are not on Facebook or the class websites.

Here is a link to the Visit Corvallis website:

This website provides lists of places to stay, dine and visit during your stay.  It is a great source for Corvallis in COVID-19 times. 

We expect that everyone will have a healthy and safe experience during the wonderful events that the organizing committee has planned.  But we would also like to have a list of identified “first responders” who are planning to attend the events.    If you are trained as an EMT, nurse, doctor or have current first aid certification and would like to help out, please note this on your RSVP and/or email


Current Plans for the Annual CHS 60s Gathering, August 26-28, 2021

Who:   All those “who walked the halls of CHS during the 60s” or identify with them

MAIN EVENT: Thursday, August 26th A gala evening (6-10:30 pm) at Emerson Winery where all members of the CHS Classes of 60-69 are invited to join the Class of 65 in celebrating their 55th reunion (Plus one)!  A catered BBQ dinner with no-host wine and beer and the Amos True Band will play.  Costs for dinner and the band are $30/person, $55/couple (for 55th reunion).  Tip jars will be available for the band, food cart and alcohol service.

Address:  11665 Airlie Road, Monmouth Oregon 97361. 

The Winery is located about 10 miles north of Corvallis on highway 99 and then a left turn at the blinking yellow light onto Airlie Road.  It is two and a half miles west of the intersection.  There is a sign on the right and a right turn onto a paved road that leads up to the winery, about a mile off Airlie Road.

There will be a catered dinner from 6:30-7:30 provided by Double JJ Barbecue

Main Courses:  BBQ Tri Tip and Pork Ribs                                                                                     

Sides:  Cowboy Corn Bread, Smoked Beans, Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Dessert: Cheesecake

Drinks: Water and Soda Pop

Beer and Wine will be provided through a No Host Bar operated by Tom Emerson, owner of the winery, prices vary from $5.00 to $10.00/glass for the beverages.  He is licensed to sell beer and wine. Bottles of Emerson wines will also be available for sale (price range $11-$38/bottle) and there MAY be a special CHS bottle sticker available!).

Music will begin around 7:30 and be provided by the Amos True Band, it will be 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s Rock and Roll.  They will play until 10:30 with appropriate breaks.  

The site is beautiful with great views of the valley!  Chairs and tables will be available to sit at and eat the food.  There is a deck for the band and any folks who want to dance.  In case of inclement weather there is adequate inside space. 

The food will be prepared for an extra 10% overage so that last minute folks can be included in the festivities.

We would require reservations by August 7th and payment, if possible, by August 15th, 2021.  We would allow payments at the event so please just let us know you are coming and don’t let payment stand in your way!

We have received some very generous donations this year, so please contact us at if you would like to attend but the cost is an issue.  The past 18 months have been difficult for many of us.

The Class of 62 and a group of enthusiastic, anonymous supporters from the Class of 65 have kindly donated funds to help subsidize the events this year and those in coming years. We thank them so much for their generosity!


What-2:  Friday, August 27th Gathering at the Corvallis Club   --DEFERRED to 2022

What-3:  Saturday, August 28th Picnic at the Rotary Shelter at Willamette Park--DEFERRED to 2022

What-4:  An All-60s Opportunity to Zoom together!  This is a NEW option being created this week by Mike Franklin and Eric Blackledge (Class of 65).  Stay tuned (your class reps and the CHS65 website) for more details!  This will likely be on Saturday the 28th.   Please send the email you want to use for zoom to if you are interested in this new event and let us know if you have special topics for breakout groups! The facilitator will email the zoom link to all who have expressed interest closer to the event.

What-5:  Small Special Interest (Boutique) Events

Due to the uncertain nature of the summer of 2021, the following list are ideas prepared by the Small Group Planning Committee. 

We plan to update the website and send follow-up emails as needed.

Please contact the organizers via  with your interest!

Small Group possible Options

Friday, August 27: 

10.00 A.M. at Willamette Park Bike Tour of the Corvallis environs which might include a ride through OSU campus
Bikes or E-Bikes may be rented in Corvallis or please bring your own bike
We will provide a list of rental places of both bike types if you indicate an interest in this activity.
At this time, Gathering Together Farm is not serving meals in their restaurant. We might be able to order box lunches. There are plenty of dining options

8/27, Friday AM or PM:  Ideas to fill your day if you are not riding with us:
Tour Benton County Historical Society Museums in Corvallis and/or Philomath

Corvallis Address:  411 SW 2nd Street 

Cost: $5.00  Masks required at this time
Contact Ann Truax if you are interested in a guided tour.  This must be arranged 3 weeks prior to your visit.  This is a beautiful new facility in downtown Corvallis with many favorites from the Horner Museum of our childhoods (Bruce the Moose, the Glow in the Dark Rocks, etc)!  Even if you don’t have time for the tour, it is worth seeing on your own!   

Philomath Address:  1101 Main Street showing Quartets, sponsored by Willamette Valley Photo Arts Guild.    Artist:  Bill Laing

Self-directed bike, drive, walk tour of some of the historical Corvallis neighborhoods.  The Visit Corvallis Center: 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101 (this is a new location as of this summer)
has maps and many Visit Corvallis and Benton County brochures that are free.  There is also a pamphlet called, "undiscovered Art, Corvallis Murals"  that is a street art mural scavenger hunt guiding you to 30 colorful murals around town.

8/28 Saturday
The Corvallis Farmers Market
is from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on First Street between Jackson and Monroe Streets, live music and 50-70 vendors--Great place to find breakfast

Hike Bald Hill 9:00-11:00 meet at the trailhead next to the Benton County Fairgrounds

If there is interest and it is not too hot, we will plan to head on down 99W to the Finley Wildlife Refuge

We are delaying the Sunday morning kayak trip until 2022.  Our most wonderful leader Kent Smith is heading out on his own adventure.  I can’t imagine kayaking without his leadership.


Some other ideas in the works:

A Harding School reunion?

Facebook/Zoom sharing of memories of George Moser—class of 65)? 

What would YOU like to suggest?  Email us (gmail link above) and stay tuned!



Please Register by or BEFORE August 7

We would be grateful to hear from you ASAP by or before August 7 if at all possible.  We anticipate that some may not know if they will attend until the last minute, especially this year.  When you decide, even if it is just days before the gathering, please register.  But, don’t let the lack of pre-registration keep you or anyone else you know from coming even if it is the “day of.”  We really want to see you!   

Please email Judy Hennings Butler at  with the registration information asked for on the next page.   Or print the page, add your information and mail it to: 

CHS Multi-Class Gathering, c/o Judy Butler, 2679 SW 45th St., Corvallis OR  97333-1334

Some classes will not be doing USPS mailings to class members so please help share this information with your classmate friends who are not on the class email lists. 

Also, please update your email information with your class website managers (and with us at the email above if you like) so you stay informed about this event!  It is quite possible that plans may change a bit due to matters beyond our control and we want to be able to keep in touch!

Thank you!  Go Spartans!  And Be Safe!

The Planning Committee




  ___________# people who will attend the 55th (plus one) reunion event hosted by the Class of 65 at Emerson Winery, Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.  See details and payment information

 Names (and CHS affiliation, if applicable) of those attending the Emerson Winery event

Do you identify as a First Responder?


Preferred Contact information _______________________________________________

For the Thursday night dinner and band at the Emerson Winery, the organizers would like to have your payment by August 15th if possible.  If not, please pay at the door.  Costs for dinner and the band are $30/person, $55/couple.  Please make checks payable to “CHS Class of 65” and mail to Judy Hennings Butler, 2679 SW 45th St., Corvallis OR  97333 between August 1 and August 15th

Questions? Please email the event coordinator, Dale MacHaffie at