Rebecca Warner Gardiner: I would like to report that eight ladies from Meyran Hall gathered for a fabulous reunion in Charleston, SC in April. Nancy Rapp, Jill Jamieson Colavita, Louise Angus Cribbs, Linda Itell Thomas, Lisa Bryant, Laura Quinn Paschal, and Jane Rathbone Sanders joined me for an enjoyable long weekend at a beach house on Isle of Palms. In addition to facetime chatting with Theresa Fisher Parlett, who couldn’t make the trip, we toured, biked, and did a LOT of catching up. Best time ever – Hood friends are friends forever! Bethanne Warrack: Mark and I have been traveling a bit in 2017. In February we visited the Seychelle Islands and Dubai, and in May we visited Stockholm. I’m still working at BMS, so that remains a constant. NJ has been gray and rainy. Hoping for some good weather this summer and we’ll get down to the shore. Donna Walters Gault: My biggest news is that my grandson (David’s stepson), Tyler, has graduated from Winter’s Mill High School. As a graduation present, the three of them are spending a week at Daytona Beach. I get to dog sit my grand dog, Russell. Good Grandma! ) Virginia Roth: Big news from me – I got married and moved to Boston. Joyce Lavado Soucy: Made the move to Florida, Palm Beach Gardens. Expecting to be a grandma late July – waiting for a beautiful baby boy! Catherine Sherman Hancher: We are expecting our first grandchild in August!! Other good things, Margaret “Meg” Forbes Mendoza is moving from California to Florida, so all Magnolia House ladies will be on the East coast – Meg, Donna Mishkin Gordon, Susan Barlett Dunbar, Emily Schwartz McEntee and me. Being that we are all turning 60, I’m hoping for more than one reunion of some sort. My husband, Hank, retired this year so of course we immediately adopted a dog now that someone is often home to care of her. She’s a handful. We are happy and busy with friends and family and are optimistically looking forward to a bright future. Malia Harrison Anderson: I am finally ending my role as a mother of a Fairfax County school student! Thirty years! My baby Hilary graduates June 21 – I have survived! Monica Manzoni Wentz: Big happenings and joy! Our first grandchild, Connor Vincent, was born in April and I’m retiring from teaching! Hard to believe. I often think back fondly (and with smiles) on our Hood days. Sally Shake Anthony: Ordinarily I would not have sent this but thought it may be a different take on our class. In 1978-79, I was a commuting from Baltimore day student back in college after 20 years of absence. I was at the time 39 years old and in a few weeks I will be 80! Getting my BS degree allowed for me to begin a wonderful career in design which I am still engaged in. Never too late to get started. At the time I had a daughter in college and a son in high school, 2 dogs and a house to run but I made it happen, and am grateful for Hood’s continuing Education program. They were so supportive and that made a huge difference. Graduation Day, at 41 years old was surely a happy day for me surrounded by my kids and family. I remember every detail like it was yesterday. Best thing I ever did! Trina Clickner: I am a happy-go-lucky fiddler, author, cook, landlady and “boss”. I spend part of the year in Dunedin FL and enjoy summers in my Rochester NY family home. While everyone else seems to be retiring, I’m thinking I may have just one more work adventure left in me – we’ll see!