During the period of June 26-29 a group of the Class of ’69 gathered in the Irish Hills section of Michigan at Loch Erin for a mini reunion. Bob Geiss, Tim Rogers, Bill Badke, Jim Wieser, and Tom Bednarczyk joined Rich Guinta at his house for a few days of reminiscing, outings and fun. Guinta promised and delivered a surprise guest. It was Bishop John Carroll.

John accompanied the group to dinner at Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant on Wamplers Lake, on sunny pontoon boat rides on Loch Erin, and even to Comerica Park where the Tigers lost a 10-inning thriller to the LA Angels. Due to some fast-talking by Bill Badke with one of the in-stands cameramen, John was featured on the stadium’s jumbo-sized HD video screen.

Each member of the group was asked to bring a favorite movie to be viewed during their stay. Although there was not time to view all of the selections, Badke won the award for “best pick” with his selection of “The Big Chill”. The humor, candor, and reminiscences of college days were indeed a fitting choice for the gathering.


On July 25, 2013 Ed Monnig ’69 and retired Forest Supervisor with the US Forest Service, lead a group of ten “plus one” on an eight-day, one-hundred-mile rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.  The Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of the most scenic and challenging rivers in the US.

Rich Guinta ’69 , was one of the members of the group and the “plus one” was Bishop John Carroll.

John had many experiences on this trip.  It was his first rafting trip, his first hot springs bath, his first hot springs shower, his first visit to a wilderness grave site, and his first experience on a raft in Class IV rapids.