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Dear Alumnus:

It’s time again for the Trona All Alumni Reunion in Trona this Homecoming, October 9-10, 2015.  Below is the preliminary schedule, event information, and the reservation/souvenir form..

This year we will be having two separate tents – one for serving the hors d’oeuvres and a bigger tent for socializing.  The festivities will begin Friday night, Oct 9, with the coronation ceremony and bonfire, followed by a street dance on Main Street.   A local family, the Cartmells, will be providing the music and light show.  Saturday activities include the pancake breakfast, car show at the Foursquare Church, Homecoming parade, a catered bar-b-que lunch/social at the high school, and the football game.  Saturday evening includes dancing and entertainment by Bonnie and the Bootleggers, led by our very own John Young. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, but we are not serving dinner, so please plan accordingly.  Commemorative tee shirts, hoodies, and  caps are available for purchase via this registration.

This weekend will also be the Gem and Mineral Show.  For more information and a schedule of events, go to:  www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/

Here’s the preliminary  schedule of events for the weekend (the final schedule will be included in your reunion packet).

Friday, October 9th

  • 7:00 pm                        Coronation in the School Auditorium
  • 8:00 pm                        Bonfire and “T” lighting
  • 8:00  pm                Street Dance – Main St.  Beer, wine, and margaritas will be available

to midnight

Saturday, October 10th

  • 7:00 am                        Pancake Breakfast at the Senior Citizens Center
  • 10:00 am                      Homecoming Parade
  • 11:00 am                       Social and Catered Lunch at the school (lunch will be served from 12:00-2:00 )
  • 2:00 pm                        Introduction of Homecoming Court followed by Varsity Game
  • 6:00 pm                        Social hour at the Elks
  • 7:00 pm Hors d’oeuvres served in the smaller reunion tent (7:00-9:00)
  • 9:00 pm Dancing at the Elks, or socializing in the larger reunion tent

Some more details…..

◊  Reunion souvenirs:  Souvenir tee shirts, hoodies,  and hats can be ordered when you sign up.  These souvenirs will NOT be available for sale during the reunion weekend, so buy them now!   Souvenir packets will be available for pickup at the street dance on Friday night and after the parade on Saturday at the high school.   Also, you may order souvenirs  whether or not you attend the reunion.

◊          Floats:  Some classes may be having floats in the parade.  Please check with your class rep for more information.

◊          Motels:  Some of the hotels in Ridgecrest are offering discounts for the Trona Alumni.  Be sure to ask when you make your reservations.  Here is list of some of the hotels:  Hampton Inn & Suites, 760-446-1968; Springhill Suites by Marriott, 760-446-1630;  Clarion Inn (formerly Carriage Inn), 760-446-7910; Heritage Inn, 760-446-6543; Comfort Inn, 760-375-9731; Vagabond Inn, 760-375-2220; Motel 6, 760-904-6979 or Best Western, 760-371-2300.    (Hotels in bold offer discounted room rates)  RV parking will be available at Valley Wells for $5.00/night. Camping will also be available at the Trona Pinnacles  The Pinnacle Inn Motel in Trona is also open, 760-382-9996.

◊  Miscellaneous info:

Cell phones:  Only Verizon or Sprint cell phones will work in Trona.  If you plan to purchase a prepaid Verizon or Sprint phone for the event, please make sure to ask if that phone will work in Trona.  Apparently some do, and some don’t.

Taxi service:  IWV Taxi (760-377-7087) and Yellow Cab (760-384-2227) will be offering taxi service between Ridgecrest/Trona/Ridgecrest.  Cost is $45 one way for  1-4 passengers.

Video:  Ryan Smith will be making a video of the reunion events throughout the weekend.  Attached is an order form.  Please send it separately to the address indicated on the form.

In addition, contact your class representative (see below) if you have any questions, want more information, or if you know the whereabouts or address of a lost classmate.  Up-to-date information about this reunion will be available  at David Stevens website Trona On The Web:

http://www.trona-ca.com (follow the links)

Hope you can find a way to fit this memorable event into your schedule.  Bring your spouse and/or a friend to share the fun.

  1. Fill out the 2015 Reservation/Souvenir Order Sheet and make out a check for the total amount payable to “Trona Alumni Association.”

If you are married to an alumni,  please fill out a separate reservation sheet for each person with your class year indicated.  Your tickets, and any souvenirs you order will be available for pick-up with your class.

  1. Mail the 2015 Reservation/Souvenir Order Sheet and check to the following address:

Barbara Sorges
TAA Treasurer
416 Dewalt Ave.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555


This cutoff date is firm….registrations/orders will not be accepted after this date.

Ron Dill

Ronald Dill – Class of 1961

Ronald Douglas Dill died Saturday, April 18 at Ridgecrest Healthcare Center. He was 72.

Ronald was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Pontiac Mich. He joined the U.S. Army in 1961 after graduating from Trona High School and served in the Army for eight years. In 1976 he and his wife, Angela, moved to Trona, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for International Minerals and Chemical from 1978 to 2004 when he retired.


Russell Rector

Russell Rector – Class of 1949

The sad news that Russell Rector of Trona passed away has come to us this morning from Charlotte (Reeves) Biggs. Russell was a good friend to the Reeves family. More details of Russell’s death should appear in the Ridgecrest Daily Independent in next few days.

The service for Russell is Saturday February 7, 2015 at 9 a.m. Graveside services only with a reception following at the Trona Senior Center.

Hotels in Ridgecrest

For those of you who don’t do Facebook here is the info on the hotels in Ridgecrest:

Springhill Inn and Suites, 760-446-1630 discounted rate of $99 per night
Hampton Inn and suites, 760-446-1968 discounted rate of $99 per night.
Clarion Inn (formerly Carriage inn) 760-446-7910 has a rate of $85 per night, breakfast included.
Best Western, 760-371-2300 has a rate of $74.99, breakfast included.
Heritage Inn, 760-446-6543 has a rate of $75 per night.

Veterans they can on base for 45$ at the base hotels.

These rates do not include tax. When making reservations state you would like the rate for the Trona all classes reunion. You may be able to get a cheaper rate with AAA or AARP. These rates will be effective, at most hotels, until mid September, so make your reservations early. This is not a complete list of places to stay in the area, just the ones offering a discounted rate.

A Message From the Reunion Committee – THS All Class Reunion 2015

The Trona High School All Class Reunion will be held during Homecoming Weekend on October 9th and 10th, 2015. This will be the same weekend as the Gem and Mineral Show and will be filled with many activities. We are only in the early stages of planning, but we know the dates are needed so that travel arrangements can be made.