• FRIDAY NIGHT KICK-OFF, JULY 1, 4-7 P.M. - wine & cheese; beer & pretzels at BROKEN BOW MUNICIPAL BUILDING
It is that time of year again when many individuals look forward to going back to their home towns and reconnecting with old friends and classmates - class reunion time. For alumni of Broken Bow High School that time has long been the July 4th weekend; and while the date hasn't changed, the event's organizers have.
"The Broken Bow Alumni Association had been the same group of dedicated people for a lot of years, and they were ready to pass it on to a new generation," says Michelle Zlomke, who now co-chairs the alumni association with Alberta Crawley.
The ladies say their goal for this year's alumni weekend was simply to do most things the same, both so it was familiar to everyone and to help them get their feet wet. However, they have made a few changes to the usual schedule.
"The big changes people will see this year is the Friday night kick-off, all registrations at the Municipal Building and tours of the schools," says Michelle.
She says she is enjoying working with Alberta, who Michelle describes as "having a real passion for this." Alberta has lived in Broken Bow all her life, and has worked at the school for many years. She is secretary of the Broken Bow Public Schools Foundation Board, and the Broken Bow Board of Education.
Her job at the school gives her the opportunity to maintain contact and obtain information from a lot of alumni. Because of that Alberta has been able to compile the data bases and contact information into one centralized location through the school.
"For the first time, this puts everything in one place - and in the place people are most likely to look for it," Alberta explains.
However, the ladies want to make sure everyone understands the alumni association maintains its own budget, and its own checkbook completely separate from any school funds. The only thing the school provides is a centralized place to keep all the information.
Alumni can visit the website at www.bbps.org  and find a link to the alumni page, where they can view the schedule of events for alumni weekend and obtain a variety of information. The association also has a Facebook page - Broken Bow Nebraska All Alumni.
The alumni association is open to new ideas from alumni on how to improve the annual weekend event. "We would like to get a sense of how many things people would like to see stay the same, and what kinds of things they would like to change," Michelle says.
One area in particular the association would like feedback is the date of the alumni weekend. Is the 4th of July weekend the best time for everyone, or would a different weekend be better? That is one of the questions that will be asked of the alumni attending this year's weekend July 1and 2.
The kick-off event Friday evening, July1, is something new this year. It will be from 4-7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, serving wine and cheese, and beer and pretzels. The event is hosted by Broken Bow Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
Alberta says it has also been a number of years since all the schools have been open for tours during the alumni weekend. She and Michelle are happy to have made that part of the experience this year as well. Unlike past years with registration at the Historical Museum, this year's registrations will all take place at the Municipal Building as part of the kick-off. This will give alumni an opportunity to meet and mingle during registration. Tickets for Saturday's all-alumni luncheon will also be available Friday evening, and will not be sold at the door Saturday.
Winner of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni award, MaryBell Cooksley, will speak at the luncheon.
For more information on Alumni Weekend 2011, visit www.bbps.org  and click on alumni page, or contact Alberta Crawley at the high school.