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Florida Reunion 2004 update from Sam Scavo ’61

Invitation to a Reunion

A popular late-winter gathering in Florida just keeps getting more popular. Sam Scavo ’61 provided the following account in 2004 of how it all started.

Athletes, friends, classmates, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, and spouses from ISTC, ISC, and IUP have been meeting in Florida for the last eight years.

It all began when Marlene Inman Scavo ’59 and Sam Scavo ′61 made plans to visit Maryann and Ken Rometo ’62 in Sarasota for a long weekend in 1997. Prior to their visit, they contacted other alumni living in Florida and Georgia and talked about the upcoming visit to Sarasota. As a result, that visit became an impromptu reunion of friends. Attending were Mickey and Bill Hoffman ’60, the Rometos, Bobbie Saylor Cleminson ’62 and Bob Cleminson ’59, Ossie Rometo ’62, Tony Catanese ’65, Matt Catanese ’63, Don Weidenweber ’63, and the Scavos.

That reunion began with a casual happy hour and dinner at the Hyatt Hotel, during which friendships were renewed, stories told, and good times remembered. The following day, Bob and Bobbie Cleminson invited the group to their home for more catching up on news of families and friends.


A night on the town—Left to right: Sam Scavo ’61, Don Gill ’62, Lorna Gill, Marlene Scavo ’59, Rachel Bird ’59 

After a photo from that gathering was published in IUP Magazine, many of those pictured were called by others, who wanted to know why they had not been invited. They asked to be included in the next get-together. Since then, the number of alumni contacted annually has grown to over a hundred.


The coordinators in Florida in subsequent years have included Bob and Bobbie Cleminson, who, from 1998 to 2001, were the gracious hosts for the get-togethers at the Mission Valley Golf and Country Club in Nokomis. Ken and Mary Ann Rometo were hosts for the 2002 event that was held at the Café of the Arts in Sarasota.

Since 2003, Lorna and Don Gill ’62 and Betty and George Glarner ′56 have been hosts for the golf, social, and dinner events at Lely Resort in Naples.

Those who would like to be included in the next reunion should contact Sam Scavo by phone (253-581-0168), by e-mail at samiup61@cox.net, or by mail (99 Madrona Park Drive, Steilacoom, WA  98388-1421).

Photos from the 2004 reunion


Phi Mu sisters
Left to right: Marlene Inman Scavo ’59, Dianne Sleigh Aikey ’57, Lori Vota Stevenson


Ed Rose ’62, Don Gill ’62, George Wise ’62, Ray Bosetti 


Marlene Cignetti, Don Gill ’62, Frank Cignetti ’60


John Aberano, Olie Orsino ’59, Ed Rose ’62 


Rachel Bramble Bird ’59, Nancy Dawson, Marlene Inman Scavo ’59


Golf outing at the Flamingo Course at Lely Resort
Front row: Marlene Cignetti, Nancy Dawson, Lorna Gill, Theresa Wise
Back row: Frank Cignetti, Sam Scavo, Don Gill, George Wise


Left to Right: Mario Lacernere ’61, Frank Cignetti ’60, Sam Scavo ’61,
George Wise ’62, Don Gill ’62


Dinner at the Classics at Lely Resort
Left to right: Shari Trinkley ’81, Rachel Bird ’59, Ruth Riesenman ’64, Lorna Gill, Don Gill ’62,
Ken Rometo ’62, Maryann Rometo, Marlene Scavo ’59


Standing: Hanelore Hobar, Dianne Sleigh Aikey ’57, Patricia and Bernie Meisel ’60 Seated: Basil Hobar ’59, Donna Eckehrode Wiedman ’58