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E-Notice 2002-12

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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1. ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. One month remains in the Foundation's informal "Annual Campaign" for 2002. Many thanks to the donors listed below who contributed in the first two months of this year's Campaign. Your selfless generosity will really make a big difference for the great kids at Surratts!

Almost $800 has been contributed to date, but we really need a "late rally" to reach our goal of $2,500. (Like last year, our goal for this year's Campaign is to replace the funds we spent on scholarships this year.) I hope each of you will consider contributing to this most worthy of causes. Remember: if just 125 of us each contribute $20, we'll make our goal. (A Donor Form is attached, and reprinted at the end of this e-Notice.)

2. "SPRUCE-UP" UPDATE. The Parent, grandparent and student volunteers who are leading the Foundation's "Spruce-Up the Schoolyard" campaign have finished their work on the two interior courtyards at the School, and they look absolutely beautiful. Heartfelt thanks go to the following volunteers who participated in the most recent spruce-up session: Theresa Richmond, Sharon Rogers, Johnny Rogers, Beverly Randolph, Ray Wilson, James Wilson, Kristin Booker, Linette Harley, Paula Reed, Jenese Reed, Michael Billings, and Fitzgerald Walker. (Extra special thank you's go to Theresa Richmond for chairing this Foundation Committee, and to Building Superintendent (since 1963!) Gerald Pickeral for all of his help in this effort.)

It's absolutely great to have these members of the current Surratts community involved with this important Foundation effort.

3. DONATED EQUIPMENT. The Foundation's efforts to acquire new or "gently used" computers, printers, office furniture, landscaping materials and other items for the School is going beautifully. Many thanks to the following Surratts parents who recently have arranged for their employers to donate this much-needed equipment to the School: Sharon Rogers, Fitzgerald Walker, Seleta Walker, Karen Robinson-Lewis, LaShon Brown, Angela Johnson, Dorothy Gayle and Jim Ferguson. Special thanks also go to Dwight Benjamin, Teresa Oliver, Bill Barnes and Gerald Pickeral at the School for their efforts to coordinate these donations.

Please let me know if your employer might have some items that could be donated to the Foundation for use at the School.

4. FOUNDATION WELCOMES FIRST ON-SITE LIAISON. I'm delighted to report that Principal Bill Barnes has arranged for faculty member Teresa Oliver to serve as the Foundation's official on-site liaison at the School. We're thrilled to have Teresa's assistance, supplementing the great support we get at the School from Bill and his staff, Gerald Pickeral and his staff, and Foundation Board members Anne Reck and Lt. Col. Daryl Umstead. We think the Surrattsville Foundation is a truly unique enterprise, throughout Prince George's County and maybe beyond. Thanks to all of you who help make it such a great success!

5. HORNETS IN PUBLIC SAFETY. I recently received this interesting email from Class of 2000 ORC Ginger Henderson, "Dear Henry: Being the ORC for 2000, I don't have any information about a Class Reunion to share, but I would like to share some more information about how Surrattsville alumni are helping in the community, as firefighters! I am a volunteer firefighter here in our very own Clinton, MD. However, I am not the only one. Here are just some of the other Surrattsville graduates that have and continue to lend their services (in one form or the other) to the community right out of Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, Company 25: Tony Bowen (90), Sparky Cooksey (90), Dave McMahon (91), Michelle Bowen (92), Jennifer Cross (96), Brandon Goff (96), Nate Mercado (96), Missy Rivera (96), Josh Shaffer (96), Opie Malone (96), Nick Roozen (97), Donald Bronson (98), Bobby Yandell (98) Mandi (Walker) Yandell (99), Kyle Clagg (00), Amie Cross (00) Mary Beth Johnson (00), Aaron Mariano (01), and Dusty Yandell (02). Sincerely, Ginger"

We would love to hear from other Surratts folks who are risking their necks in public safety to protect the rest of us. Many thanks to you all! (See item 8 for an update on just such a public servant.)

6. MINI REUNION REPORT. I recently received this interesting email from Leroy Stirewalt (64), "Hi Henry: I wanted to tell you about this past weekend, and see if I can get some help/information from you. This past Saturday, four old friends got together for the first time in 40 years. I hosted a "mini reunion" of Pat Hernandez ('64), Richard Conover ('63), Terry Goodwin ('63), and me. Pat flew up from her home in Tarpon Springs, FL. Terry came from Hampton, VA and Richard drove from LaPlata, MD. We had a great time catching up and looking at old year books. It was truly a magic moment when we all saw each other again for the first time in 40 years. In spite of, or maybe because of, our ages (all mid 50s), we still saw the teenagers we used to be. How's that for a fountain of youth. Anyway; one person was missing from our little group of old friends; Liane Connor ('64). We know she was married at one time to Phil Cox ('64), but haven't been able to find Liane or Phil. We'd love to have any info that anyone has. Thanks, Leroy"

7. MORE INFO ON HORNET ARTIST'S SHOW. Jeannine Johnson Dugan (89),, sent me the following info: "Hi Henry: The Ste Felix Gallery in Occoquan, VA is having a reception on 12/8 I'll be one of the artists in attendance at the reception. Could you please include the following information in the next Surrats e notice if it comes out before 12/8? Thanks, Jeannine "Come meet the artists of Ste. Felix Galerie in Occoquan at a holiday reception Sunday, December 8 from 3 to 6. Light refreshments will be served. 312 A Poplar Alley (between Commerce & Mill Sts., behind the Town Hall). Open Wed. Sun. 11 to 4. (703) 490 4477. Free"

8. CONGRATULATIONS, BILL BROOKS! I received the following email from proud spouse Esthermay Brooks,, wife of Bill Brooks (71): "Hi Henry: This past summer Bill organized and chaired the Cobb Island Parade Committee. He and his crew planned and executed an excellent event, which brought together the Cobb Island Citizens Association, the Swan Point Yacht Club and the Cobb Island Fire/EMS Dept. A good time was had by all that attended, and worked, the event. This was a four day event which included a carnival each evening and all day Saturday and Sunday, a yacht race, an arts and crafts fair, a bull roast, a firefighters' competition, games, and of course the main event, the parade. For his efforts Bill was awarded the President's Award at the Fire Department Awards Banquet. This is the highest honor bestowed on a member at our department. Bill also has been named the new State Director for the Maryland Good Sam Organization. He will hold this office for two years and will plan and execute six major camping events in that time. He will be responsible for all activities at these events and will plan each event with a different "theme" for the weekend. The spring "Samboree" will be held at the Frederick Fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend (we expect about 300 rigs (campers) for that weekend). Should any of the alumni from Surrattsville be Good Sam members we encourage them to join in the fun! Bill would love to see some of them For any of Bill's school mates that do belong to Good Sam and receive the "Highways" publication, the article in the August issue about the tornado in LaPlata was about Bill and his work in the town during and after the tornado ripped his town apart. There is even a photo of Bill and the girls and I standing next to our rig. Of course he is still a officer with the town of LaPlata and enjoys all that entails. He has been with the police department since graduating from Surrattsville and still loves his job. Esthermay"

Way to go, Bill, and thanks for your public service!

9. CALLING ALL HORNET MILITARY. I received this nice email from Mary Costello (84), "Dear Henry: I am curious as to how many fellow Surratts alum are currently serving in the military in the war on terrorism. I am currently assigned to US Central Command and have been for the past four years. I would love to hear from others currently serving, in whatever capacity (it doesn't have to be just active duty). Thanks, Mary"

10. ANDREWS TEEN CLUB MEMORIES. I received this provocative email from Nancy Phillips Kuehlem (65), "Hi Henry: In October, I was at Andrews AFB and visited the old teen club, now a thrift shop. That place holds lots of great memories for many of the former Air Force brats who attended Surrattsville. The floor and walls look the same as in the 60's. The building is slated for destruction in the not too distant future. It would just be great if all the former "Brats" who hung out there could find a way for one last party before that building comes down. I don't live in that area. I am a Floridian these days. But I'd love to be able to find out if there are any SHS grads who would be interested in having a get together there AND if the U.S. Air Force would be so kind as to grant us permission to do that once the thrift shop moves out. Short of asking a member of Congress to intervene on our behalf, there might be a person out there who knows how to go about this.

Do you have any thoughts regarding this far flung dream? It was a happy time for lots of teenagers, and there surely should be some interest and some way to do this. Or, on the other hand, maybe I am the only one who might be still remembering that old teen club. I would appreciate any input. Thanks so much. Sincerely, Nancy"

How about that for a cool idea?! [Don't forget: Several of the bands that donated their talents to the Foundation's Surrattstock fund raiser in June are still playing reunions, holiday parties, clubs, corporate events, weddings, and the like. I can see some of them playing at that Andrews Teen Club "reunion"! Please let me know if you'd like contact information.]

Here's hoping your holiday season is off to a wonderful start!

Best regards, Henry Smith (71),


GEORGENE ANN BRODIE. Ellen Talbert-Miller (61 and faculty) reported that Georgene's recent death was reported in the Baltimore Sun. The obituary noted that Georgene, a Surratts graduate, had a career as a teacher and owner of the Crab Line Restaurant. Georgene also designed the very popular T shirt slogan "Don't Bother Me, I'm Crabby".

MARK STEVEN HILMER (76). Evan Vutsinas (76) reported that Mark Steven Hilmer (76) died on November 3, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Judith Marie; sons, Jason and Wayne; mother, Grit B.; father, Carroll; sister, Lorie. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.


Nancy Oursler Maynard (65), In Memory Of Billy Wasson (65) and Karen Bitterman (65)
Deborah Williams Largent (79)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), In Memory of Margie Jones Green (57)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, and faculty), In Memory of Judy Lord (Business Teacher)
Michelle Wilson Block (68), In Memory of Danny Vaughan (68, K.I.A Viet Nam 1969)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Denise Hope (72)
Rosa England Bolen (45), In Memory of Donald Edwin England (51)
Robert Kane (68)
Joan Penn Revis (61)
Homer Revis (56)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and faculty)
Peter Williams (64)
Sherri Koch Gay (71)
Ed Jaffe (65)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)




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