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Update: 19 October 2020


On Oct 19, 2020, at 12:43 PM, Tilstra, Mike wrote:

Gentlemen: Jim (Kearney) and I put together a short video as a quick tour of the campus for the annual gathering. I wanted to get this out sooner, but my technical skills were not technical enough. We thank everyone for your continued support, and miss seeing everyone. Let's have twice as many alumni next year!!

Please click on the YouTube link below.


Mike Tilstra — Administrative Services Director

On Oct 21, 2020, at 4:37 PM, Hayden, Mark wrote:

Mike and Jim, On behalf of the OMS Alumni Association, thanks for taking the time to provide the quick tour around campus on a beautiful Fall day. It is so good to view the colors, both nature's seasonal and our national and school flags, as well as see a "Cadet" permanently back on campus (even a wooden one!).

Thanks for your dedicated service to the continuing care and welfare of the Nexus-Onarga residents, and carrying on the GPS/OMS training, education, and personal/character development tradition.

Stay healthy and safe until we gather in October 2021.

Warm regards,

PS: Col Reed (renown OMS math teacher) would point out that twice as many for next year would be zero, since zero showed up this year. But, Mike, but we know what you mean! (Wink, Wink!). Mark K. Hayden President, OMSAA

BREAKING NEWS! Dateline 9 October 2020

OMSAA Gentlemen: On behalf of the people of Onarga Academy, Jim Kearney and I have been thinking of all of you this week and will miss everything that is the annual reunion. We've done a few things in your honor, we hope to do a few more, and I promise to share more of that at a later time. We want you to know that you will be missed this weekend, and we look forward to another reunion in 2021.

The flags will be flying in your honor thanks to Jim, and I hope you can take a minute to enjoy the pictures. Be safe so we can see you as soon as possible.

More to come...
Jim Kearney and Mike Tilstra

BREAKING NEWS - This Year's Reunion (2020) Canceled!

Your OMSAA Officer's consulted and voted not to hold this year's annual Reunion gathering at Onarga Academy due to the restricted travel and safety precautions needed to help quell the spread of COVID-19.

Our membership is most susceptible to this virus. Since no viable vaccine is readily available, the risks of introducing this virus to Onarga from distant visitors is worrisome. Hence, the Board believes this is the best action to help protect our members, Onarga Academy staff and residents, and the surrounding community.

This decision does not preclude individuals, families or small groups from visiting the campus. We highly recommend you alert Mike Tilstra, Onarga Academy Administrator, and coordinate your visit. Mike's contact info is: mtilstra@nexus-ona.org or (815) 268-7655.

We do recognize that this year is the 50th anniversary for alumni who graduated with the Class of 1970 and the 60th for those who graduated with the Class of 1960. Congratulations and Cheers!

While weathering this pandemic, we encourage members to connect and celebrate this year via alternative methods (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) and/ or other appropriate social media. Further, this OMSAA Website is always available to have appropriate stories, photos, or class information posted to share with the membership. Submit content to the President or Secretary for review with the Webmaster.

Lastly, we do believe that by 8-10 October 2021, our nation's economic, social and physical risk conditions will allow us to resume our traditional Annual Reunion on campus in Onarga, Illinois. Pencil in those dates on your 2021 Calendar.

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