Julienne Class of 1946 Celebrates 70th Reunion

18 alumnae from the Julienne Class of 1946 gathered at CJ exactly 70 years after their graduation.

"We are always looking for a reason to celebrate," shared Dottie Vandyke Frysinger '46.

The special reunion on June 9 began with Mass led by Fr. Ken Sommer '46, a Chaminade classmate who many of the Julienne graduates knew from their childhood and continue to keep in touch with him. Following Mass, the women enjoyed a luncheon and program where they remembered classmates and shared high school memories.

"We had a huge class, 172 women, but we had a togetherness," described  Rosa Lee Weiner '46. "We maintained friendships through high school, after high school, and now."

Frysinger added, "We learned a lot. We went to a school with new people and made friendships that have lasted a lifetime - that's unusual." 

When looking back on June 9, 1946, Weiner said, "We were all gathered in our caps and gowns thinking we would never see each other again. It got very sad. Then we told each other to perk up, we have to be happy!"

In fact, the Julienne Class of 1946 meets regularly at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Franco's Ristorante Italiano on East 5th Street. Those meetings began after the group's 50th reunion. Along with reunions, the classmates have also gotten together to celebrate their 80th and 85th birthdays.

The alumnae said gathering at CJ for their 70th reunion brought back cherished memories of their school and the community.

"The spirit is still alive here," Frysinger said. "There are so many more opportunities for women now a days, in sports and everything, and I think that's wonderful."

Weiner agreed, "Anyone I talk to with a daughter going to CJ expresses how happy they are to be here. This spirit is not found anywhere else."

Posted June 14, 2016