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Mark your calendars, submit your reservation form with payment, and reserve your lodging for this year's Reunion. Details follow:

Saturday, October 12, 2024 is the date for our annual OMS Reunion get-together and evening social hour and banquet.

Forty-nine alumni from the following classes celebrate a milestone this year. Any Class can rally their surviving members to gather and celebrate at the Reunion, as all classes are now 50 years beyond their graduation year.

  • 1969 - 55 years: 11 Alumni
  • 1964 - 60 years: 19 Alumni
  • 1959 - 65 years: 8 Alumni
  • 1954 - 70 years: 4 Alumni
  • 1949 - 75 years: 7 Alumni

BANQUET DETAILS: Our banquet will be at the Shagbark Golf Club, Onarga, Illinois. A cocktail hour, cash bar, will begin at 5:00 PM followed by dinner at 6:00 PM. The Banquet cost is $35.00 per person.

Print, complete and mail your RESERVATION FORM along with your check, made payable to OMS Alumni Association, to John Friebel at the address listed on the form to arrive Not Later Than Tuesday, October 1, 2024. After this date, phone John Friebel at 1+210 550-1703 to register/coordinate a late RSVP.

LODGING: The three most convenient lodging options nearest Onarga are in Gilman, Illinois, with room rates advertised between $70-$90.

  1. The Super 8 Motel by Wyndham:
    1301 S. Crescent St, Gilman, Illinois 60938
    Reservations: 815-265-7000
  2. Motel 6:
    834 Hwy 24 West, Gilman, Illinois 60938
    Reservations: 815-265-7283
  3. Budget Host Inn:
    723 S. Crescent St, Gilman, Illinois 60938
    Reservations: 815-265-7261

SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFAST OPPORTUNITY: The Onarga Lions Club may hold an early morning pancake breakfast in the dining room of the Onarga Academy. All Reunion attendees are invited to participate. Confirmation for this event is pending.

BUSINESS MEETING: Our annual business meeting will be conducted in the Auditorium Building at 2:00 PM on October 12, 2024. Attend to learn how our Association is fairing, progress made on our projects, and to voice your opinions, concerns or appreciation. Members can send agenda item(s) for discussion by email or snail mail to Mark Hayden to arrive not later than September 30, 2024.

REMINISCING/TALL-TALE TELLING: Pictures and other memorabilia will be on display in the Auditorium Alumni Room. The Onarga Historical Society also welcomes visitors for an historic glimpse of Onarga's past, as well as some OMS memorabilia.

Dear OMS Alumnus, former Cadets and faculty:

This year recognizes the 160th Anniversary since Grand Prairie Seminary (GPS) was established. Since 1863, many educational institutions have occupied the GPS Foundation campus to include the current Nexus-Onarga Family Healing organization, who identifies its education unit as the Grand Prairie School.

To help commemorative this milestone occasion, OMSAA encourages each member to contribute a favorite memory of your time spend as an Onarga Military School (OMS) cadet, as well as share how your attendance at OMS influenced your personal growth and/or professional life.

Nexus-Onarga would like to use these personal vignettes to highlight the significant value OMS brought to the community and larger society. Each of us, no matter how long we attended, made an impact in some positive way among the student population, the local community, our family, and friends, which guided us toward being a productive citizen. Please participate and share your thoughts.

Request you compose your descriptive paragraph, and email or mail it at your earliest convenience to Renee Sier to either respective address below.


US Mail:
Nexus-Onarga Family Healing
Attn: Renee Sier, Communications Coordinator
110 North Locust Street
Onarga, IL 60955

Also, please consider purchasing a OMS Commemorative Brick for yourself, in memory of a classmate, a patron or family member, or to recognize a favorite instructor. This contribution not only provides a permanent presence of your memory on campus, but supports the current development and education of Nexus-Onarga resident students.

The following link provides further information and brick ordering details: