When the Mena High School 40-Year Club was organized in 1956, its primary purpose was to plan gatherings for those who graduated from Mena High School more than 40 years prior. Since then, 40-year Club Reunions have been held in Mena every two years. Two new classes are welcomed to the club each reunion. Attendance continues to grow with more than 300 attending the last reunion in 2015. The events planned are informal and focus on reminiscing and renewing friendships.
After many successful gatherings, the Board of Directors established a scholarship fund to assist MHS graduates who planned to attend college. In 1982, the first Scholarship Committee was formed. Members were Elleta Flick, Pauline Morrow, Dick Barham, Dick Carver, and Lee McMillan. Omar Washburn and Louise Waters soon joined the group. Louise became chairman and served in that capacity for many years. The Scholarship Fund grew with contributions from MHS graduates. In 2005, the Scholarship Committee established two endowments at Rich Mountain Community College. Currently, there are three MHS 40-Year Club endowments at the College, and more than $20,000 has been awarded to Mena High School seniors to further their education.
The 2017 gathering will be held May 26-27 in Mena. A reception for the incoming classes of 1976-1977 will be at 6 pm on Friday, May 26, at the Ouachita Center on the RMCC Campus [now the UA-Rich Mountain Campus]. RMCC will host a brunch for 50+ and 60+ year graduates on Saturday, May 27. All classes are invited to the reception at Mena High School Saturday afternoon and events will culminate with a dinner hosted by the 40-Year Club Board of Directors.
Members of the current Board of Directors are: Tim Masters, Linda Rowe, Wingo Johnson, Shelton Bohlman, Nancy Wright, David Alley, and Tammy Young.
More information and registration forms can be found at www.mhs40yearclub.org.