Meeting Quarterly For 60 Years
Class of 1950 Alumni Enjoy Visit By Current Student
By James Nordby, Class of 2010
NEW YORK, April 8, 2010—The first tip-off that the event I was about to attend was in no way the typical King’s event was the horse-and-buggy tethered to a hitch outside the Yoder’s Buffet, a local favorite in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
Inside the restaurant, there was a room reserved especially for the occasion: the quarterly luncheon of the Nifty Class of ‘Fifty. Jamey Nordby and I were the first to arrive, and we waited in our private room until the whole group of fifteen alumni (one first time attendee, all the way from North Carolina) entered en masse at lunchtime on the dot. Someone immediately let the waitress have it for not setting up the tables in the usual way.
Jamey and I sat at a table with Peggy Craven, the sprightly octogenarian (youngest in her class) who coordinated the whole event, as well as Raymond Davis, a chemistry teacher at King’s from back in 1939. Raymond’s wife Naomi was also present, quietly making jokes about her husband’s gruff comments from time to time. Bob Farra, another alumnus, gave our table the inside scoop on what was good at the buffet.
The purpose of the luncheon was clear: the class of ’50 wanted to know the state of the College. As we were sitting down to eat, Peggy turned to me, telling me about when she was at King’s: “It was our mission to change the world. And that’s why I went to The King’s College.”
When we had finished eating, the business of the luncheon began. Peggy officially introduced me and Jamey to the group, and asked Jamey to give an update on the state of the College. He mentioned in particular the plans the college had for expansion, the staggering success of the admissions team in recruiting a higher volume of students of top academic quality each year, and the ongoing search for a college President. I was asked to give the student perspective of King’s, and spoke of the challenges and rewards of the King’s education, how the unique draw of the College mission statement was a key element in my decision to attend, and the high-caliber internships that New York and the school have allowed me to enjoy. There was also much interest from the Nifty Fifty (the alumni’s favorite way of referring to themselves) about how King’s was working to preach the Word to New York, and how the student body was enriched spiritually.
The meeting turned a bit somber when the announcement was made that since the last luncheon two members of the class had passed away, and one more was critically ill. But everyone was cheerful about it, finding comfort in knowing that their friends are with Jesus. After the next meeting had been scheduled for June 4th, Peggy thanked us for coming all the way down for lunch. “And you know,” she wrapped up, exclaiming to the group as Jamey and I began to leave: “The best part is, they’re still just as excited as we were about changing the world!”
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