For the past 18 months, retired staff at the Alta Schools have been getting together for lunches on a monthly basis to keep up on each other's lives.
The most recent dinner included nine friends whose years of serving in the schools total an impressive 229 years! Most of those years were spent in Alta.
When the group first began their monthly gatherings, they met in each other's home. The numbers of retirees continued to increase so they now meet at Scooters the second Monday of each month.
Whoever can make it comes to the gatherings; some of the retirees are still busy in the schools serving as substitute teachers.
Anyone who retired from the school is invited to the gatherings - from teachers to bus drivers to associates to kitchen servers.
"We're all part of the same family," said Ila Galvin, who taught in the school for 19 year (24 years all together as an educator.)
Margie Rahe, who worked in the elementary kitchen for 17 years, said she enjoys the meetings and the friendships that have been formed.
"Unless you go to the same church or belong to the same clubs, you don't see many of these people. But we have that school connection."
Sue Geyer, who taught lower elementary reading at Alta for 13 years (plus 15 years in the Schaller school) said the meetings give her the opportunity "to meet with old...I mean dear friends whom we wouldn't otherwise see."
On the average, there are 10-12 who get together for lunch though there has been as few as two and as many as 21.
"This is a neat connection," said Ila Galvin, as Marilyn Huseman passed around photos of her new great-grandsons. That's what the group is all about these days.