Thanksgiving: Alum Gives Thanks for Bonds of Friendship

November 17, 2015

By Gregg Meallo '81

As a graduate of the Class of 1981, I feel very blessed for the friends that I met while at college. For the past ten summers about 15 of us have gathered together for an August cookout (see right) and to play badminton, horse shoes and bean toss. Sometimes this is the only day we see each other all year.

As each additional year has gone by, we have used Facebook and social media to reach out and locate a Stonehill friend from years past with whom we have lost touch.

For the past three years, we have been able to locate a classmate and invite them to our celebration. Adding a person to share in our camaraderie and memories makes the event better every year.

In the late 1970’s, one of the Stonehill themes that described our education was ‘The Making of a Person.’ In hindsight, these words were very true. The making of a person also turned out to be the creating of a friendship bond that is full of love and gratitude.

To quote William Ward “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

We can truly say that Stonehill has given us a present that has lasted a lifetime.

Meallo is also a Stonehill parent and his daughter Lindsey is a member of the Class of 2018.