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•   Jeannine Forsyth  3/27
•   Jill Carpenter (Arant)  3/7
•   Bill McDonald (McDonald)  3/7
•   Don Kragness  2/15
•   Linda L. Beardslee (Van Landuyt)  1/23
•   Marji Wenos (Watkins)  1/21
•   Audrey Veberg (Olson)  1/7
•   Butch Trevor  1/5
•   James Matson  12/26
•   Suzee Carson (Branch)  12/12
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3 live in Alabama
7 live in Arizona
5 live in Arkansas
20 live in California
9 live in Colorado
1 lives in Connecticut
31 live in Florida
9 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
231 live in Illinois
3 live in Indiana
33 live in Iowa
2 live in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
3 live in Maryland
2 live in Massachusetts
11 live in Michigan
11 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
6 live in Missouri
2 live in Montana
5 live in Nebraska
4 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Mexico
1 lives in New York
5 live in North Carolina
7 live in Ohio
7 live in Oklahoma
4 live in Oregon
5 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
2 live in Tennessee
13 live in Texas
3 live in Utah
5 live in Virginia
7 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
12 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in New Brunswick
1 lives in Ontario
1 lives in Egypt
2 live in Mexico
1 lives in Panama
1 lives in Sweden
1 lives in United Kingdom
69 location unknown
132 are deceased


•   Kathleen Cornell (Sisco)  4/3
•   Dan Lear  4/10
•   Tom Breecher  4/13
•   Cynthia Wilson (Walker)  4/15
•   Helen Irene Mahar (Gustafson)  4/20
•   Daniel G Ide  4/21
•   Vicki Skrevanos (Marchi)  4/24
•   John Hoff  4/25
•   John B. VanVelzer  4/26
•   Dave Warren  4/27
•   Jan Whitebook (Zinns)  4/27
•   Maureen Cottrell (Steinman)  4/28
•   Vicki Salmon (Welch)  4/28
•   Christine Michaelsen (Decastecker)  5/2
•   Rosalie Erickson (Brinkman)  5/3


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Welcome to the web site for the

Moline High School Class of 1965

Video of Moline during Coronavirus Days

--submitted by Marg Rosborough Duer

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Helpful Tips Worth Sharing


Here's a reliable source link to good practices in dealing with the coronavirus courtesy of Jan Whitebook Zinns. We'd really like to see everyone make it past this challenge and join us at 55th reunion in September. 

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Scholarship Challenge Results- Ever Closer

The good news is that we demolished last years’ fundraising effort via generous gifts of $15,200+, or 45% more than 2018!
Yet, our hope to reach $65,000 fell short--our year-end fund balance was about $60,900. (Recall, too, that we’ve awarded 5 x $1,000 scholarships to worthy MHS recipients!) That said, there’s still time to achieve our $65,000 goal by September for our 55th reunion!
Thanks to these caring classmates who contributed to our 2019 Challenge:
Louis and Sue Ainsworth and Anonymous who fulfilled their respective $5,000 Challenge pledges, OR MORE!
Norman Anderson
Jon Chapman
Barry and Marcia Curtis
Scott Davis
Virginia Demarce
Marie Flatley
Bob and Cindy Groene
Rusty and Sonja Hanneman
Carol Hicks
Carl and Charlene Jensen
Cheryl Anderson Lehew and Clarence
Dick and Ellen Miller
Connie Springer Nehlsen
Dave Warren
Danny and Cheryl Webb
Jan Whitebook 
Jack Wilkerson
Please note that Carl and Charlene Jensen have joined Barry and Marcia Curtis and Jon Chapman in our highest gifting, Perpetual Maroon ($6,500+) tier.
Hope to see you at our 55th! Will we reach our $65,000 goal by then? It’s up to us! Stay tuned....
Jon Chapman

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Dates:  September 25-27, 2020

Venues: Friday casual get together at Jumers in Milan, Saturday sit down dinner at Jumers, Sunday brunch at The Conservancy in Milan. 

Housing: Hotel reservations are available by calling in or online now through September 11 at our block price at Jumers*

Call in reservations may be made by calling 1.309.756.4600, selecting option 1, and using the group code SMHS65.  

Online reservations may be made by going to, entering arrival and departure dates, selecting "Group" in code type, typing the group code SMHS65 in the "Code/Promo Code" field, and clicking Check Rates. Our group block name should show up with room types available  

*Rates are discounts off the regular rates and are higher on Friday and Saturday but available Thursday through Sunday. Check-in time is 4 pm but hotel will try to accommodate early arrivals; however, there is no guarantee. You will be asked for a refundable $50 security/incidental deposit at check-in. Check-out time is 11 am. 

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Join your classmates to enjoy a MHS '65 get together!

HAFNERS — A Moline institution that time has changed very little--the interior is proof! Even their recent remodel was only to the kitchen and floor. But the food is is excellent and the fellowship even better--especially at lunchtime on the first Wednesday of the month when members of the MHS class of '65 gather. Conversation at times includes "Hafner stories of yesteryear"-- do you have one?

All are welcome--join in on Wednesday, March 4th, at 11:30-ish this month and every first Wednesday of the month in the future.

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Meet Morgan Hemmen, Our Scholarship Winner for 2019

Hi Class of '65,

My name is Morgan Hemmen. I am a freshman at Scott Community College and a goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team. I will obtain my associate's degree in pre-physical therapy and transfer to a university where I will pursue a doctorate degree in pediatric physical therapy.

Thank you for contributing to my future success and that of other graduates from Moline High School.


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Our Foreign Exchange Student -- Nazek Fahmy Habib

It's been far too long (50+ years) since we've heard much from our class exchange student, Nazek Fahmy, but Mary Parsons Caisley, her Moline host, recently met up with her in Alexandria, Egypt. It looks like a joyous reunion.  And we've been given the okay to post these pictures of them now.  Hopefully we can get a little more information later. 


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September 25-27, 2020

for our 55th Reunion

Both the casual Friday and the Saturday dinner will be at Jumers, Rock Island. Check back here for the PROMO CODE for discounted room rates. Sunday brunch will be at The Lodge at the Conservancy thanks to Joyce McMinn Strach’s generosity.

Even more details and online registration to follow soon.

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Scholarship for the Trades

As you consider helping the next generation by donating to our class scholarship, please remember that since its inception our scholarship has been available to those choosing a career in the trades. And the evidence is mounting that it’s a good option for many especially in this high tech environment. 

Here are a few more stats to support giving these kinds if scholarships.

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February 18, 2019

Challenge Success!

With the participation of 19 kind-hearted individuals, our year-end MHS 65 Scholarship fundraising challenge resulted in our largest fundraising effort to date. We raised $10,605—including full payout of the Chapman Challenge--for the benefit of worthy MHS grads in perpetuity!

Five first-time contributors believed sufficiently in our efforts to give $900, which was tripled to yield a $2,700 scholarship benefit. Thank you Sue Fusselman Ferrell & Steve, Richard & Ellen Miller, Connie Springer Nehlsen, Dave Warren, and Jack Gabelhausen, in memory of our friend Judy Myers Gabelhausen.

Further, 14 repeat contributors reaffirmed their support to give $7,905, including matches. Thank you, thank you: Steve Acord*, Louis & Sue Ainsworth*, Cheryl Anderson Lehew*, Norm Anderson, Debra Bjurstrom Carlson*, Suzee Carson Branch & Steve, Marie Flatley*, Rusty & Sonja Hanneman*, Perry Hansen, Carl & Charlene Jensen, J. Pierce Myers, Pam Peterson Verhille, Marg Rosborough Duer*, and Jon Chapman*.
*indicate Scholarship Leadership member, who also give their time and talents.

Also, an anonymous individual (named above) agreed to match $1,000 of contributions, resulting in a total match of $6,000 (Chapman plus anonymous). His/ her stated hope and challenge to us all is that in 2019 or after someone will also become a new Challenger/Matching contributor!

If you’re considering participating in the future--either periodically or as an end-of-life bequest--thank you!  Good luck to us in leaving a wonderful legacy of our Class of Caring Individuals!

Best personal regards,

 Jon Chapman


More photos. . . 

If you'd like to post photos, just let us know or just add to the albums already available under the section called Photos: Then and Now.  Two more albums were added recently for the 30th and 35th reunions.  Please feel free to include your photos in them.  You never know when they might put a smile on someone's face. 

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Legacy Project Update



Scholarship Success—Part 1 

You will be pleased to learn that our Class of ’65 has reached our near-term goal of perpetually funding one, $1,000 annual scholarship!

Thanks to all who have contributed, our scholarship fund balance is about $29,000 after having made three awards!  You’ll see the names of contributors at our MHS 65 website under Scholarship Contributors.

Now it’s on toward our longer-term goal of reaching $65,000, which will enable multiple perpetual awards to worthy young MHS grads--a fabulous legacy of our Class!

Please note that even with recent tax law changes, your scholarship contributions can be tax efficient. For example, if you are required to take minimum distributions from qualified retirement accounts (RMDs), your plan custodian can send a portion of your RMD to a qualified charity such as the MHS 65 Scholarship. This is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution; it counts toward your RMD, and, importantly, is NOT taxable income to you.

Other tax efficient gifting techniques are shown at the Scholarship page of our MHS 65 website under the Tax Efficient Gifting tab.


Reaching higher—Part 2

Please join the class today in helping worthy young MHS grads become the best they can be.


Your donation can be made to: 
MHS 65 Scholarship 
% The Moline Foundation 
1601 River Drive Suite 210
Moline, Illinois 61265

—Jon Chapman and your MHS 65 Scholarship Group

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