THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2005-3 OF MARCH 1, 2005
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. CHECK OUT THE HUBCAPS UPDATED WEB SITE! I noticed that the Hubcaps have updated their web site at www.thehubcaps.com. Especially those of you who will be hearing this world-class band for the first time at the June 25 Sock-Hop might get a kick out of taking a look at this great web site featuring Dale Rocky Simon (69) and Jimi Simon (71). (Don't
forget: the Sock-Hop is likely to sell-out first due to the limited fire capacity in the cafeteria, so buy your tickets soon! So far, former faculty and Hornets from the 40s to the 80s have signed-up for this great event!)
(Also, former faculty and administrators, and Hornets from the 30s to the 90s, have signed-up for the Saturday Picnic/Open House event, Surrattstock II and the Annual Ride, and are coming from as far and wide as Mission Viejo, CA and Mechanicsville, MD! A ticket order for these great June events is reprinted below and is down-loadable from the web site at www.surrattsville.org.)
2. FOUNDATION DONATES 20 MORE COMPUTERS TO SCHOOL! Thanks to the efforts of Foundation Board member Dan Bayne (71), and to Ken Kotchenreuther and Dave Hudson of the federal HRSA department, the Foundation was just able to arrange for the donation of 20 more badly needed Pentium III computers to the School. This brings to over 220 the total number of computers donated to the School by the Foundation to date!
3. PLEASE CHECK IN WITH YOUR CLASS ORC. Many of the Class Official Reunion Contacts (or "ORCs") are slaving away on Class-specific events for Friday evening and Sunday afternoon during the All Classes/Faculty/Staff weekend. Many of these events have required that the ORCs advance up-front cash deposits to caterers, venues and the like. To give a break to these selfless volunteers, please consider checking-in with your ORC and sending in your ticket order ASAP for your Class-specific event. (ORC contact info is on the web site at
4. PLEASE DON'T CONFUSE THE FOUNDATION WITH FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES. I recently received this email from an alum: "Hi Henry: I just renewed my subscription on the Surrattsville website and also updated all my info.
Most of it remained the same -- address, phone number, e-mail, etc. Do I still need to send the information to Leslie St.Clair for the Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory to be sold at the June events?" Please note that this alum must be referring to one of the several commercial, for-profit enterprises that serve as a cyberspace meeting point for high school friends (e.g., classmates.com, reunion.com, surrattsvillehs.com, etc.). The Foundation and the School are not affiliated with these commercial enterprises in any way. So, if you'd like to be listed in the Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory to be sold at the June events, be sure follow the directions in the next item.
5. APRIL 30 DIRECTORY DEADLINE FAST-APPROACHING! Remember, if you'd like to be listed in the Directory to be sold at the June events (and to be sold through the mail for those of you unable to attend the events), you need to send your info to Leslie St. Clair (70), firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Alumni Directory Info" in the subject line and only in the format below.
Graduation Year (or years on faculty/staff):
Full Name at Surratts:
Full Name Now:
City, State, Zip:
Update (Only first 30 words included):
Remember: the Directory is being re-done from scratch this year, so you'll need to re-submit to Leslie now if you were in the 2000 Directory and would like to remain in the 2005 Directory. And remember, please submit ONLY in the format noted above so your entry can simply be pasted into the Directory.
6. CLASSES OF 69/70/71/72/73 (AND SURROUNDING) REUNION DEADLINE. Don't forget that the deadline for ordering tickets to this "late 60s/early 70s" 30/35/Etc. Reunion event is also fast approaching. This Reunion will be held Friday night June 24, and is being organized by Leslie St.
Clair (70), email@example.com. Please contact Leslie immediately if you'd like to order tickets or if you have any questions about this "Classes-Specific" Reunion, and an order form for tickets for this Reunion is reprinted below.
7. HORNETS AND FAMILY MEMBERS DEPLOY. I just learned from Terry
Forsythe that her nephew, Airman 1st Class Dustin Yandell (02) was deployed to Mozul on January 12. I also just learned that Sgt. Orlando Debrick, husband of Monnie Heard-Debrick (92), just shipped-out for a third tour (!) in Iraq. I know we all send out our thoughts and prayers to Dustin and Orlando for a prompt and safe return home. (We posted nice photos of Dustin, and of Orlando and his kids Montego and Trininty, on the web site at www.surrattsville.org.)
8. NEW CLASS OF 82 ORC. In response to an item in the last e-Notice, Karen Spence Dorsey (82). firstname.lastname@example.org, kindly agreed to fill the open ORC spot for that Class. Please check-in with Karen if you are from the Class of 82, or if you can provide her with information about
82 grads or their family members.
9. 58 ORC SEEKS CLASSMATES. June Mitchell, Class of 58 ORC, is trying to locate lost classmates. If you have any info on Class of 58 grads, or members of their families, please contact June at email@example.com.
9. CLASS OF 68 REUNION PLANS. I received this email from Class of 68 ORC Gerda Willkomm Parr, firstname.lastname@example.org" "Dear Henry: Plans are underway to hold our 68 class reunion at The Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD on Friday, June 24, 2005, 7:00 p.m-1:00 a.m. We will be in an area on the second floor overlooking the ice rink. Our event will be catered and we are looking into having a band or a DJ as well. At this time, details are being worked out as to the menu, costs and all logistics. We need a preliminary head count of people who may plan to attend. The Clubhouse is a new sports arena scheduled to open soon and will be in full operation in June. One of our class members, Nila Toribio Straka, is a partner in the business. You can view their site at http://www.capitalclubhouse.com/. Please let me know if you are considering attending ASAP. (Ladies: Maiden names, please.) Thanks, Gerda" (Gerda notes that any interested member of the Surratts community is cordially invited to join the Class of 68 for this gathering. )
10. HORNET ARTIST FEATURED IN SHOW. Hornet artist Harry Revis (57) had a new piece exhibited at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, VA as part of the prestigiou 38th Annual Patron's Show. Congratulations to Harry on being chosen to exhibit at this show!
11. SOUTHERN MD CONCERT BAND INFO. I received this notice from the great Southern MD Concert Band (which features several Surratts grads and which is directed by Butch Mortimer (57, and former faculty). I heard them play at a festival in Columbia last year, and they are great! "One of Surrattsville's most memorable band teachers, Richard C.
Butch Mortimer (57), is hoping that some of you "old timers" will join him as he directs the Southern Maryland Concert Band's 21st season.
So, polish those tubas, trombones, and trumpets, get those woodwinds in tune, and don't forget those triangles, tympanis, and bells! The season includes two formal concerts in the spring and fall/winter season, as well as several informal outdoor concerts throughout Southern Maryland during the summer. SMCB also participates in "Maryland Band Day." The Swing Band features music from the 1930s-50s, and will perform at special functions throughout the year. Practices are held Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:00) at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD. Call
301-884-5848 or visit http://geocities.com/vienna/2102 for more information." I imagine some former Hornet musicians might want to join this fun ensemble.
12. AND SPEAKING OF BUTCH MORTIMER... I'm delighted to report that Butch Mortimer (57) has agreed to join the horn section of The Clinton All-Star Orchestra big band for their return performance at Surrattstock II on Thursday evening June 23. It will be fantastic to have the band teacher who inspired many of the musicians in C.A.S.O. join them on stage for this great event!
13. 62 ORC CONTINUES ADVENTURE. I just learned that Rix Mills (ORC 62), has achieved a long-held dream to return to Chile, where he lived as a teenager. Rix is teaching English in the Gateway English Institute in the port city of Puerto Montt. So far, he has taught courses for a number of department stores, hotels, private students, and McDonald's restaurants (of which he reports there are a mere two in Puerto Montt).
Some of Rix's classmates might remember that he came to Surrattsville from Chile in his senior year and had to play catch-up with course work to graduate with his Class. Enjoy, Rix! (We'd love to hear other stories from alumni who have pursued second (and additional) careers to pursue a life-long goal.)
14. TIP FROM WWW EXPERT. I received this tip from the Foundation's unofficial www expert (and Surrattstock II performer), Wayne Tatum (74):
"Hi Henry: E-Notice readers might want to to pull out of their Clintonian word process, and speak like the founders of Maryland by visiting http://www.renfaire.com/Language/index.html, not to mention http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/LexiconForms.html. And if they really want to impress the masses, they can consult http://babelfish.altavista.com/translate.dyn. Wayne"
15. 78/79 CONTINUES REUNION PLANNING. I received this email from co-ORC Karen White: "Hi Henry: The 78/79 Reunion Committee is looking for classmates for our Reunion Dinner/Dance being held on Friday, June 24, 2005 at The Ramada Inn in New Carrollton. To purchase tickets, please contact Sandy Pelletier Richnafsky at 301-855-8768 or SandyPR@aol.com, or Jeanne Hoffman LaRoque at 410-349-9699 or JlaRoque@aflcio.org. Thanks, Karen"
Here's hoping you have enjoyed a great winter so far!
Henry Smith (71), email@example.com
Neil Conner (58) died on June 6. Neil is survived his wife, Sherry,
two sons Rusty and Dale, and one daughter Shannon. He had two brothers who also attended Surrattsville, Jerry and Bryan. He had made his home in Charlotte Hall for the last 40 years.
REV. SUSAN THOMAS-AZUD (73) died on February 11, 2005. She is survived by her children Andrew Thomas-Azud and Luke Thomas-Azud, and her sister and brother, Barbara Thomas and Bill Thomas. The family requests donations be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company.
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY 2005 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS!
Steve Profilet (71)