Alumni of Roy Schools Celebrate With Potluck Reunion

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/21/22

Alumni in Roy gathered at Roy City Park on Saturday, June 18 for a potluck picnic as attendees reminisced on some of their greatest memories of attending schools in the small city.

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Alumni of Roy Schools Celebrate With Potluck Reunion

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Alumni in Roy gathered at Roy City Park on Saturday, June 18 for a potluck picnic as attendees reminisced on some of their greatest memories of attending schools in the small city.

The event featured people who attended the schools in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Carol Dittbenner, and her husband Kenneth Dittbenner, took over the event three years ago. The Dittbenners aim to keep the memories churning for alumni that attended either Roy High School or Roy Elementary School.

Between 25 and 30 people were in attendance at the potluck, according to Carol. She said nothing but smiles and good memories came out of the event.

“They sit around and tell their stories of ‘remember this’ and ‘remember that,’’’ Carol said. “They get together and reminisce about their high school days, and catch up with old friends that they’ve lost contact with over the years.”

The reunion picnic first started to honor those who graduated from Roy High School in the 1950s. The final year of the high school’s existence was in 1952, according to Carol.

In recent years, Carol and Kenneth opened the reunion up to those who attended any Roy school instead of strictly the high school, in hopes that more people would join the celebration.

The duo works to spread news of the event by sending out notices to attendees on the original reunion list, although Carol and Kenneth both noted that some of the past attendees have died. From there, alumni can join a Facebook page titled “‘50’s, 60’s, 70’s + Roy School Reunion,” to learn more about the group.

Carol said the grassroots effort to spread news of the event through word of mouth has helped attendees become aware of the event, but they still hope to see more people in the future.



The event features a potluck feast and a raffle for several gift items.

“Our part is the smallest part,” Carol said. “Seeing all the alumni come in and share their stories that they’ve carried with them throughout life is the best.”

Kenneth attended Roy Elementary School when he was growing up, so the event is important to him. 

“The picnic reunion is a local get together for people who went to school here in Roy. Most of the people who went to school in Roy grew up here as well, and we all know each other,” Kenneth said. “It’s always fun to see everybody you go to school with. I saw a guy I went to grade school with and I haven’t seen him in about 10 or so years. It was great to see him, and that’s the reason we put it on.”

Kenneth called the event “a pretty good time” and said he was happy to see some of his old classmates.

The Dittbenners also wanted to give a special shoutout to Janice Bacaas who was unable to attend the event this year. Bacaas is one of the event’s pioneers, and recently handed records over to Carol.

Following the potluck event, the Dittbenners will host the Roy Fourth of July Picnic. They’re welcoming everybody to attend the Fourth of July celebration following the Roy Parade. The Roy Parade begins at noon, and the potluck will begin immediately afterwards at the park.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided for free and games will be set out for children. The two anticipate a much larger crowd this year.

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