Sherman E. Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA
55th Reunion Class of 1965
February 21-23, 2020
Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, CA
It's not too soon to register! Let us know you plan to come even if you'd like to pay later.
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(includes dinners both Friday & Saturday nights)
Dear BHS ’65 Classmates,
Charlotte (Blackmon Collins), Karen (Day Manatt), and I are excited to be planning a class reunion to celebrate our 55th year since high school graduation with a committee of fellow classmates. From the class survey we did a few months ago, there seemed to be a lot of interest in repeating our 50th reunion experience in Temecula so we planned the 55th Reunion for February 21-23, 2020. February seems far off but is really only three and a half months away with several major holidays in between. For planning purposes, we would like to know if you are coming and would appreciate it if you could send in the registration form as soon as possible. No need to send money yet, but it would be a good idea to make the hotel reservations at Temecula Creek Inn if you plan to stay there. Charlotte has updated our amazing class website (https://burroughsridgecrestclassof65.org) with all the reunion information as well as updated information on Our Vets, Memorabilia, and Photos.
I would like to share two events that happened to me in the past week that made me think about my life growing up in China Lake and the times we grew up in. Last week, while attending my 50th college reunion, I was reminded that the sixties – the years we were in high school and college – were the most socially transformative years in our lifetime. I was also reminded that in 1965 it was hard to explain my home town to my new friends who thought that growing up in the “middle of nowhere” sounded pretty bleak. To me, I only have fond memories of growing up in China Lake. Last week I heard from many of my college friends that they now know where China Lake is because of the Ridgecrest Earthquake! Sadly, the second event for me this week, was the passing of my younger brother Eric who lost his battle with cancer. As he fought this fight, he heard from lifelong friends from China Lake and Ridgecrest and loved sharing memories of life growing up on the desert. While visiting Eric last month, we shared stories and pictures of a life well-lived that started in Drummond Hospital 67 years ago.
Charlotte, Karen, and I want this to be a reunion of sharing, remembering, and visiting with each other. To encourage that, Charlotte and Gene Saint-Amand have outlined a 55th Reunion Classmates Writing Project that will stimulate your memories and creativity. The suggested topics are:
Write about a classmate who has died, whom you’d like to remember for their special qualities or the relationship you had with them.
Genre Fiction Short Story
Write a fictional short story in a genre that takes place in the Ridgecrest/China Lake locality or nearby (no matter how corny);.
Coming of Age Memoir set in Ridgecrest or China Lake Write an autobiographical piece that aims to capture the unique experience of growing up in Ridgecrest/China Lake.
Describe what it was like leaving the relatively isolated, secure, self-contained world of China Lake/Ridgecrest and how you felt or looked differently at our community upon your return.
Where I Come From
Write a poem or prose piece titled “Where I Come From.”
I would add, that it would be great to hear from classmates who currently live in Ridgecrest about the earthquake – what it was like to experience and what lasting effects has it had on the community and base. All submissions will be published in a 55th Class Reunion Book and make available in PDF and ebook formats curated by Charlotte and Gene. Check out the class webpage: for more information. We would also love to have classmates share photos and memorabilia that we can display at the reunion and add to the website.
To provide more time for reconnecting and visiting, we have added a dinner on Friday night to the reunion schedule. I’m looking forward to hosting this dinner at my house and plan to have the DVD “Secret City: A History of the Navy at China Lake” running in our home theatre.
We grew up in a unique and amazing time and place, and I look forward to sharing those memories with you in February!
Kären (Bjorklund Locklin)
(866) 676-6288 phone
(951) 695-0511 fax
To save fees, we are not accepting payment by bank card for this event.
Download, fill out and print the Registration Form and mail with your check payable to:
43418 Business Park Drive
Temecula, CA 92590
PLEASE REGISTER SOON SO WE CAN GO AHEAD WITH PLANNING.
6:00 p.m. Cocktails and buffet dinner at a classmate's home nearby (included with registration).
Friday Evening, February 21
Saturday, February 22
9 -11:00 a.m.
No-host brunch at the Cork | Fire Kitchen (on site restaurant).
Make it a vacation weekend! There are many local activities available, hiking, vineyards & wineries, shopping in Old Town Temecula, hot-air ballooning, limousine tour, golf. Explore the options! Or hang out and visit with classmates.
Dinner Buffet Temecula BBQ (on site banquet room) and program with nostalgia slideshow from China Lake/Ridgecrest days of our youth, and music from our era. (Included with registration).
Sunday Morning, February 23
Join everyone for a no-host breakfast at the Cork | Fire Kitchen (on site restaurant) before departure.
Make Your Room Reservations directly with Temecula Creek Inn
Rooms are $199 per night, check-in on Friday, February 21, and check-out at noon on Sunday, February 23. Be sure to use the link below to make your lodging reservations.
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Temecula Creek Inn is conveniently located about an hour's drive from the San Diego International and Ontario International airports. For more information about Temecula Creek Inn.
Planning Committee Members are:
Karen (Bjorklund) Locklin (Temecula, CA), Chair
Charlotte Blackmon Collins (Ridgecrest, CA)
Karen (Day) Manatt (Mt. Vernon, WA)
Melodie (Mallory) Solton (Sparks, NV)
Janice (Leonard) Ogar Andrea (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Jon Oshel (Hillsboro, OR)
Gene Saint Amand (Santa Maria, CA)
More help will be needed! If you would like to help, please email the committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org