The three-year cycle for an on-campus Saginaw Alumni Reunion was renewed on September 23, 2011 under the capable direction of Brian Greene and a few valued co-conspirators. It would be a no holds barred three-day celebration of all the generations of Saginaw Alumni with all the fixins.
Unfortunately, as the hourly forecast below would indicate, it started that Friday afternoon under cloud cover and misty skies.
Not to be deterred, Brian and his guys soldiered on. It poured that night and into the morning hours and Brian’s lament was that they had spent months planning activities for Saturday but, with the persistent rain not going away, it took only 45 minutes for the leaders to come up with alternative plans. Then mercifully the sun came out for the rest of the weekend and they rapidly turned back to Plan A.
“So what did we learn? You can spend all year planning something that really only takes 45 minutes to figure out.” That is the Saginaw Spirit!
The common theme of this reunion, like others before it, was celebration. Celebration without sufficient adult beverages on hand is a cardinal sin and, as you can see, the organizers made sure that would not be the case.
The late night partying apparently took it’s toll leading to some unfortunate misunderstandings between camp equipment and fencing. In the subsequent inquiries names were changed to protect the innocent.
The sketchy weather did not deter the faithful from the daytime field activities. A little sawdust and the big softball game would go on as planned.
For the Color War Medley Relay a number of the events where taken from the Goofy Day playbook including the 360-Degree Spin Around A Bat And Then Run The Bases Relay.
And the always challenging Eat A Donut And Whistle Relay which often leaves the contestants with serious dry mouth or worse.
A Medley Relay is not a Medley Relay without the rope burn. The day’s moist conditions presented an extra challenge in this regard.
More pleasantries in the Mess Hall that evening where the refreshment flowed and it was smiles and hugs all around.
Once again the Saginaw Alumni Reunion was a roaring success. Based on available exit interviews it lived up to it’s fanfare and stands proudly with the folkloric reunions that preceded it.
The planning was already in the works for the 2014 Reunion. Hope was that by the time that rolled around both the camp and the crowd may have dried out sufficiently to do it all over again.