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Rainbow over La Hacienda after Friday evening storm during Reunion 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Olson)

Alumni Reunion 2019 Overcomes Stormy Start

Photo – Rainbow over La Hacienda after Friday evening storm during Reunion. (Photo by Elizabeth Olson)

Despite a stormy beginning, at least 275 persons – alumni, family, and friends – enjoyed Reunion 2019 on May 3-5.

Friday evening’s high winds, torrential rain, and lightning forced folks into the Bodega for the opening session and washed out the bonfire by the river.

As if a sign of what was ahead, however, the sun came out after the storm and a rainbow appeared. Nature had done its thing, and the people proceeded with celebrating the Reunion theme, “We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.” (Big Booktm p. 132)

Saturday and Sunday were beautiful. Participants enjoyed the fellowship and dynamic speakers. Meditation on Serenity Hill, climbing the Power Pole on the Ropes Course, meeting former counselors, delicious food, and the Alumni Meeting proceeded smoothly.

Turnout Shows Importance of Reunion

 “We had good attendance despite crazy weather forecasts,” said Sherri Layton, Outpatient Services Administrator. “That shows what Reunion means to our alumni, the importance of being here and reconnecting.”

During Saturday afternoon’s Birthday Meeting, the longest period of sobriety celebrated was 32 years.

Emili’s talk Friday evening was not recorded due to the storm, but Tina H’s and Karl M’s powerful remarks are available through the links below.

Next year’s Reunion will be May 1-3, 2020.  To stay current on plans, sign up to receive the alumni news.