AUGUST, 2020


The Reunion Will Begin On Sept. 22, 2020
Click HERE for a link to the page giving information about the Happy Holiday Resort
 as well as many of the things there are to see and do in Rapid City.


Wow !  There's an old saying in Oregon that goes something like this: "If you don't like the weather in Oregon, just wait 5 minutes, it's bound to change"  Last month as I was writing the newsletter, it was cloudy, cold and rainy.  Today the sun is out, it's warm (almost too hot) and our RV park is full with a waiting line to get in just in case somebody cancels.  I guess that I'm trying to say that even though things may seem pretty bleak one day, they're bound to change before too long.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that for the past 3 months we've all faced challenges that none of us could have predicted, much less made plans for.  We've all faced situations for which we were totally unprepared. The bottom line is that we've made it this far, and we're going to see it through to the conclusion.

My point is that as of last week, Reunion 2000 is on track, on schedule and barring and unforeseen events, The Reunion is taking place as scheduled !  We expect to see every one of you there, along with your friend, significant other, husband, wife, or next door neighbor !  We will be respecting the social distancing guidelines in effect in South Dakota at the time of the gathering; Please bring a suitable mask with you in the event it should be needed.

Plans are in place for a biggie BBQ party at dinnertime on Wednesday, Sept 23 at Gidge and Truckr's place.  There's a rumor that Truckr will be serving samples of his latest batch of rhubarb Rotgut.  Food will be provided by 40-UP admin staff, but apart from Truckr's rotgut samples, we ask that you provide your own adult beverages if you choose to indulge.

Remember to join us in chat on Tuesdays ans Saturdays at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.  See ya there !

Click HERE and check out the Happy Holiday Resort which will be the location of the 2020 reunion.  Happy Holiday Resort rents RV spaces, basic motel rooms, motel rooms with kitchenette and cabins.  The cabins certainly are a bargain at $28.80 per night for 4 people, but note that you must bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, and that you have to take a short walk to the restrooms.  When you call Happy Holiday, BE SURE to mention that you are a part of the 40-UP reunion. That way you will get preferential treatment.

Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that you get exactly the accommodation you want:

1)  Act NOW !

2)  Click on the link in the paragraph above (the one in blue that says click HERE)

3)  Check out the various sorts of accommodations provided by Happy Holiday - RV, Motel, Motel with kitchenette or cabins,

4) Call Happy Holiday at (605) 342-7365 and ask for Susan. Tell her that you're part of the 40-UP reunion meeting Sept. 22, 2020, then tell her that you want to make a reservation. a check or credit card for one night's stay will be needed to make your reservation.

5)  Look forward to the greatest reunion in the History Of Reunions !

It would be VERY helpful, once you've made your reservation, if you would E-Mail me or Gidge at the address links which appear at the bottom of this page giving us your tentative arrival date and the length of your stay. This will permit us to make plans for activities, food and so on.  We're planning a "meet and greet" at our place, and we need to know how much Okie Rotgut I need to make.

As always, reader articles are welcome. Please submit to me at the e-mail address appearing at the bottom of this page.


We are entering the month of August with some very hot and humid weather across most of the country. Hopefully, August will not be too hot but there are no guarantees. Maybe September will see some more bearable temperatures for us. By now everyone should be seriously thinking about South Dakota. As of now, everything is a go for the get together. We may need to take some precautions and follow some guidelines but that does not mean we will not have a great time. It will be so great to see everyone again as it has been years since some of us have met and seen each other. None of us are getting any younger and we must take advantage of any time we can get to spend together. This will be a time to catch up with good friends and have many laughs like we have had in the past. As most of you may know, the room rule book was burnt and destroyed in Branson, Mo. But I have continually taken notes on all activities thru out the years and there is so much seen or done that my notebook has 400 pages. Lots of memories from lots of chats, get togethers, and probably some unreportable notes that will not be told. If you have not made the decision to join us, it is still not too late, but time is running out. We always have great fun and laughter when we get together. This get together will be no different. If you have not done so already, be sure to take a look at Julie-Anne Coath's ( Jules ) website. It is well worth seeing.



It's Hi to all 40-up friends! It's been a while since I have contributed to the newsletter, but felt it is time I put in my two cents...for what it's worth!

September is right around the corner, and I am so looking forward to our gathering. I can't wait to see everyone in person again, or for the first time. I know that we are living in a crazy and somewhat scary time right now, and people are reluctant to travel. But I also know that time will continue to move on, and I wouldn't want to miss this opportunity to see some wonderful people that have been a part of my life for so many years. Those who don't join us in chat anymore are still in my heart and in my thoughts and always will be. I really hope that anyone who had planned to attend will still do so if at all possible. We can certainly take care to protect ourselves as needed. I am certainly willing to practice social distancing and wear a mask in crowded areas and where necessary. But we can do all of that and still have a great time. So if you are willing to come join us, and spend some time with the greatest people on earth, then I will see you in September, in South Dakota.

Sending Big Hugs to all,

 Beth (annshanks)



It's starting to seem real now. Only about 7 weeks to go before we have the Reunion Gathering. If you haven't already done so make sure you have your reservations then get ready for fun, visiting, eating and sightseeing. Check out the things to do part of the Newsletter for some of the things we can do and see. It's still looking good for South Dakota as far as the COVID19 is concerned. Restaurants and sights are open.

Summer finally got here and our campground is full every night. People are just so happy to be out in nature, biking, hiking, campfires etc. We are happy to have air conditioning in our fifth wheel because it's been pretty warm during the day. Fortunately here in Oregon the nights cool off nicely so you can sleep. As I'm writing this it's about 8:30 PM and the sun is just going down. About an hour earlier than a month ago. I like the long light evenings.

We decided not to bring our fifth wheel to the Reunion. Instead we are taking our little camping trailer. It's an oldie but a goody. Jim has been spending time doing some restoration on it and hopefully it will be ready to go by the end of August. We'll start heading to South Dakota the first of September and do some sightseeing along the way as well as just lazing in an RV park. We know of a nice one along the Columbia River (Oregon).

See you all soon!!

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