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How did growing up and graduating high school in a small Missouri town shape the next 20 years of your life?

Class Reunion: The Podcast Addie Broyles

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How did growing up and graduating high school in a small Missouri town shape the next 20 years of your life?

    13: Class Reunion: Sara

    13: Class Reunion: Sara

    Sara Williams became Sara Hamilton just a few years after graduation. She married her high school sweetheart, Caleb Hamilton, who was also in our class, and in this week's episode, she looks back on their early years together and what they've learned after 20 years of raising girls. (Three of them, including a toddler.) 

    Sara's volleyball career ended after our senior year, but she went on to coach and is still holding out hope that her youngest will play. She and Caleb and the girls live in Hollister, a town near Branson, Missouri, where she is a stay at home parent and basketball mom. 

    Here is a list of Aurora businesses mention in this week's ad break: Modern Variety, Ila Bohm's, Sublime Hippie, The Garden Exchange, Downtown Pizza and Sports Bar (get the toasted sub!), Olive Grill, and Hog Tide Barbecue on your way out of town. 

    Each week, I make a donation to a nonprofit of choice selected by a classmate featured in the show, and Sara picked For the Kids, the organization in Aurora that provides clothing and other essentials to foster and relative placement children in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. 

    These donations are made possible by sponsors, including Advanced Eyecare Kansas City, Aurora Professional Pharmacy, Class of 1975 rep Pete Young and Allstate agent Bill Baker, and Patrons who sign up to support the show at patreon.com/classreunionpodcast.  

    Do you want to sponsor an upcoming episode of “Class Reunion”? Individual and business sponsorships are available at info@classreunionpodcast.com.

    • 1 hr
    12. Class Reunion: Travis M.

    12. Class Reunion: Travis M.

    Travis Meeks has been on quite the journey over these past 20 years. He was an all-star athlete who lost a football scholarship, which led to some difficult years dealing with legal troubles and addiction. He finally found his way to the kitchen, where he became a chef who has traveled across the world with his cooking.

    Travis had more dreams than I realized in high school, and although he got waylaid more than a few times, he is now enrolled in college classes studying writing and journalism in Springfield, where he co-parents two children and has a catering business on the side.

    Thanks to this week's sponsor: Aurora Professional Pharmacy, which Tom Morrison has operated in downtown Aurora since 1981. You can find out more at auroraprofessionalpharmacy.com.

    Do you want to sponsor an upcoming episode of “Class Reunion”? Individual and business sponsorships are available at info@classreunionpodcast.com.

    This week's donation on behalf of the Class of 2001 is going to Ozarks Food Harvest, which runs a network of food banks that serve more than 30,000 people in Southwest Missouri each week. Find out more at ozarksfoodharvest.org.

    These donations are made possible by sponsors and Patrons who sign up to support the show at patreon.com/classreunionpodcast.

    • 48 min
    11. Class Reunion: Travis B.

    11. Class Reunion: Travis B.

    Looking through old yearbooks is a trip, especially when reading the inscriptions from friends.

    The sauciest ones always seemed to come from Travis Boatwright, a class clown who knows he was a bit of a jerk back then. 

    Fast forward 20 years, and "Boat" is now simply "Travis," and he's a family man with two kids and an engineering job that takes him all over the country. He and his wife, Coley, live in Omaha, but his parents still live in the Aurora area, so they visit often. (Travis helped me organize the food at this year's in-person class reunion with our classmate Matt Kirk. Thanks to you both for making the 'cue happen!)

    In this episode, Travis reflects on how he went from a teenager who made friends (and enemies) easily to a laid-back dad with a career and a desire to be part of his community. 

    Thanks to this episode's sponsor: Aurora Professional Pharmacy, whose owner, Tom Morrison, has been serving residents of Lawrence County since 1981. Before Tom, a member of the Aurora High School Class of 1973, took over the pharmacy, it was called Wooten's and had operated in downtown Aurora since the 1930s. Both he and my mom remember the soda fountain that used to greet customers in the lobby. (One of my classmates, Kim Short, is the granddaughter of one of the pharmacists who used to work there. It's a small world!)

    Do you want to sponsor an upcoming episode of “Class Reunion”? Individual and business sponsorships are available at info@classreunionpodcast.com.

    Thanks to Patreon supporters and this week's sponsor, Aurora Professional Pharmacy, for bringing "Class Reunion" to life. If you want to chip in a few bucks each month to help cover the production costs of the show, sign up at patreon.com/classreunionpodcast. 

    • 35 min
    10. Class Reunion: Abby

    10. Class Reunion: Abby

    One of the best things about class reunions is that they bring together long-lost friends. 

    That happened over the weekend when the Class of 2001 gathered for our 20th high school reunion. It was beautiful to see people reconnect with their friends from long ago, not unlike what you've been hearing over the course of this podcast.

    In this week's episode of "Class Reunion: The Podcast," you'll get to hear one of these long-lost friend reunions.

    This week's guest is Abby Byers, who was my best friend in high school before we had a falling out when we went to college. (In short: I ghosted her.) 

    Abby and I saw each other at our 10th reunion -- and we had a great time together over the weekend -- but this conversation from earlier this year was our first in-depth conversation about the break-up and our lives in the 20 years since we last drove around Aurora blasting country music or the "Cats" soundtrack.

    Abby is a rockstar mom, scientist and certified yoga teacher with two kids in St. Joseph, Missouri, just outside Kansas City.

    And I'm happy to call her my friend again.

    She's active in her local Junior League, which is why this week, the donation on behalf of "Class Reunion: The Podcast" will go to the Junior League of St. Joseph’s Hope Totes program, which distributes bags with necessities to kids who are sent to shelters and foster homes. 

    This week's episode is sponsored by Bill Baker, an Allstate insurance rep in Aurora, Missouri who is a leader in the community and saw value in this this project. Thanks for the support, Bill.

    If you want to sponsor an upcoming episode of "Class Reunion," send an email to info@classreunionpodcast.com, and if you're an everyday listener who loves the show, sign up to become a Patron at Patreon.com/classreunionpodcast.com. 

    You can see photos from the All-School Reunion and our Class of 2001 reunion at @classreunionpodcast on Instagram. 

    • 50 min
    9. Class Reunion: Rawley

    9. Class Reunion: Rawley

    It's almost reunion time!

    As the Class of 2001 gears up for its in-person reunion at the end of September, let's hear from the class president, Rawley Burbridge.

    Rawley is a third-generation Auroran (at least) and he now lives in Nixa with his two kids and wife, Lisa. 

    You're most likely to find the former quarterback of the football team on the golf course these days. He was my neighbor throughout our years in Aurora, and we've stayed in touch a bit over the years, but it was nice to hear his thoughts on how growing up in Southwest Missouri shaped his life, what sport he wishes he would have played and that one tearful night in the locker room his senior year when the football team lost their final game. 

    This episode is sponsored by the Class of 1972 in honor of Rawley’s mom, Delanna Burbridge, who died in 2019. You can hear more about her in the ad break of this week's show. If you want to sponsor an episode of "Class Reunion," send an email to info@classreunionpodcast.com.

    Each week, I make a donation to a nonprofit or organization selected by the classmate featured in the show. This week, Rawley chose the Ed Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, an academic scholarship for athletes who graduate from Aurora High School. Thanks to Patreon supports for making this donation possible.

    If you want to sign up to support the show, go to patreon.com/classreunionpodcast.

    This show is written and produced by Addie Broyles. You can follow us on Instagram @classreunionpodcast.

    • 48 min
    8. Class Reunion: Liz L.

    8. Class Reunion: Liz L.

    Welcome back to "Class Reunion: The Podcast!" This week's guest is Liz Lawson, a longtime Aurora resident who now runs a daycare in our hometown. She faced more obstacles than she let on when she was a kid, losing her mom when she was 7 and then losing her home to a tornado as a young adult. 

    But her love of kids and of being a community helper were well established by the time we graduated. 

    In our conversation, Liz shares what it was like losing a parent as a young person and how she navigated her career while also raising a family from a young age. 

    Each week, I make a donation to a nonprofit of choice selected by the classmate featured in the show, and this week, Liz picked For the Kids, an organization in Aurora that provides clothing and other essentials to foster children in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. (The group is hosting a camping and floating trip for foster families on the same weekend as our reunion, so I'm particularly send a donation their way.)

    If you want to show your support for this program, go to patreon.com/classreunionpodcast to sign up. Thanks to this week's featured Patrons: Kandice, Travis, Chris and Abby.

    Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Don’t Fear the Death Card, my ancestral healing and tarot business. If all this talk about nostalgia and family histories piques your interest, come follow me @dontfearthedeathcard on Instagram to learn more.

    Lastly, if you are a member of the Class of 2001, head over to Facebook to join our class group, where we are sharing information about the upcoming reunion, taking place September 24 and 25 in Aurora. Reach out if you have questions and we’d love to see you there.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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justininaustin ,

A+ podcast

With warmth and curiosity, Addie reunites with her high school classmates after 20 years to find out who they’ve become since then — all while capturing the imagination by exploring the hidden treasures of small town Missouri. Nicely done!

mecklek ,

Fascinating look at culture in small town America

Love hearing stories from small town America and how that impacted their life and choices. Makes me remember my own growing up years and think about it from a different view point.

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