Class of 1984 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Save the Date

October 4-6, 2019

Luther College Class of 1984, 35th Reunion

(yes, it has been that long)

Now is the time to start thinking about and making plans to attend our 35-year year class reunion, including making lodging reservations. More information on the reunion will come later, but this is the year to make your reservations before hotels fill up. Following is a list of Decorah hotels (in alphabetical order) and when they start taking reservations. For additional information on bed & breakfasts and guest houses, please visit

          Country Inn & Suites (563)382-9646           one year and one day ahead

          Fairfield Inn & Suites (563)382-8800          50 weeks before Homecoming

          Hotel Winneshiek (563)382-4164               365 days in advance

          Quality Inn & Suites (563)382-2269            October 1, 2018

          Super 8 Decorah (563)382-8771                10 months in advance

I recently attended an informal Luther social gathering in Cedar Rapids. Paul had a previous commitment, so we weren’t planning to go, but a friend from our church choir convinced me to go anyway. It was a fun night of connecting with Luther grads from a wide range of graduation years and professions. I even spent time visiting with my next-door neighbor (Class of 1997), who was one of the hosts. We talked about starting conversations with strangers just because they were wearing a Luther shirt or ring.

I sometimes take it for granted that I am surrounded by Luther grads, several in our neighborhood, some I work with, some in church choir (along with a couple from that “other college”). It’s fun to discuss shared experiences with other alums even though they took place at different times, sometimes separated by decades. I think it is these shared experiences that bring us together in the Luther community and make us proud to be Luther grads. I invite you all to come to the class reunion next year and reconnect with classmates and continue to make new memories.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Sonja (Shatzer) Gibbs

1984 Class Agents:

Michele Minske          
[email protected]

Paul and Sonja (Shatzer) Gibbs
[email protected]


Tim Selbo is senior pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.