Birch Tree Alumni Banquet May 9

Posted April 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Birch Tree Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 9 at the Birch Tree Elementary. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

Doors open to all Birch Tree graduates. Each may bring one adult guest. Annual dues and dinner is $20.00.

Please send reservation to: Shirley Brown, 573-292-3434, Rt 2, Box 293-1C, Birch Tree, Mo 65438 or Judy Barnes at 573-292-3228, email:

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