THIS IS SURRATTS
FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2005-4 OF APRIL 1, 2005
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. ALUMNI/FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY DEADLINE IS NOW! 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 thereafter for those of you unable to attend the events),
you need to send your info to Leslie St. Clair (70), lesliestclair@yahoo..com,
with "Alumni Directory Info" in the subject line and only in the format
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
2. FIVE GREAT BANDS CONFIRMED FOR SURRATTSTOCK II! The long weekend of All
Classes/Faculty/Staff events kicks-off with "Surrattstock II" on Thursday
evening June 23, 2005, from 6 p.m. until 11, in the multi-purpose room at
Surrattstock II (like the great Surrattstock I before it) will feature
re-united bands from the "golden era of live music at Surrattsville"
(roughly, 1960 - 1980). We're lucky enough this time to have five great
Surrattsville bands dust-off the musical cobwebs and re-unite for this fun
event for a great cause. They are Maiden Voyage (which actually first cut
its teeth playing at the Tucker Road Teen Club!), Big Boy (featuring its
trademark Cream and other power-trio tunes), Blue Southern (which is one of
the greatest Southern rock bands you'll hear anywhere), the Clinton All Star
Orchestra big band (featuring Richard Butch Mortimer, 57 and former faculty,
on trumpet), and the legendary Butler's Orchard.
Don't miss this chance to jump-start your weekend while reliving those
glorious (okay, often embarrassing) hours spent at Surrattsville's Teen
3. ... AND SPEAKING OF THE JUNE EVENTS. Alumni, and current and former
faculty and staff, are coming to the June events from the Class of 1937 (!)
to the present, and from such exotic locales as Joplin MO; San Jose CA;
Bellevue NE; Enola, Pittsburgh and Mountaintop PA; Safety Harbor, Wesley
Chapel, Jensen Beach, Sarasota, Merritt Island, Silver Springs, Fernandina
and Mary Esther FL; Olathe KS; Smyrna, Forest Park, Marietta, Atlanta and
Savannah GA; Madison WI; Moorestown, Hopewell and Westfield NJ; Genoa NV;
Westport CT; Lexington KY; Wilmington DE; Whispering Pines and Southport NC;
Derry NH; Clayton NY; Columbia and Easley SC; Flower Mound and El Paso TX;
Waldorf, MD ... (well, you get the idea!).
Don't miss this rare and wonderful opportunity to re-connect with
classmates, schoolmates, neighbors, and educational mentors. (A ticket order
form for the events is reprinted below and can be downloaded from the web
site at www.surrattsville.org.)
4. HORNET AWARDED FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR. In what is almost certainly a
first in Surrattsville history, I am very, very proud to announce that
Nelson Duke (40) was just awarded the French Legion of Honor for his bravery
in flying relief supplies to the besieged French Legionnaires at Dien Bien
Phu in 1954. I learned from Jim Gates (54) that the ceremony at the French
Ambassador's residence was attended by Jim, Dick Duke (47), Joan Duke Gates
(53), Ted Duke (55) and Mary Helen Smith Duke (56).
Congratulations to Nelson for this most extraordinary recognition!
5. FOUNDATION HELPS HORNETS FIELD 2005 SOFTBALL TEAM. Due to a funding
shortfall, the 2005 Hornet girls' softball team found itself unable to take
the field for the beginning of the season due to the lack of required
equipment. The Foundation stepped-in to match the girls' own fund-raising
results, enabling them to buy the necessary equipment and begin their
season. Best of luck to these highly motivated and hard-working student
6. HOTEL INFO. Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas was kind enough to send in this
info he collected about Clinton area lodging for those traveling in for the
June events: Hampton Inn, Waldorf - $96/101/101; Comfort Inn, Waldorf -
$67/107/107; Comfort Inn, Clinton - $95/95/95; Colony South, Clinton -
$139/139/139; Ramada Inn - Main Gate, Camp Springs - $66.75/66.75/66.75. All
the rates are plus tax and some are government discount rates.
7. GREAT NEW PHOTOS ON THE WEB SITE. Thanks to Richard Guise (57), there are
two great photos of Hornets from the late 50s (including the above-mentioned
Butch Mortimer (57)) on the Foundation's web site at www.surrattsville.org.
Also, thanks to Sandy Evans Lyon (66), there's a great new photo on the web
site of a Reunion, back in 1978, of Classes from 1927 - 1937!
8. PLEASE CHECK IN WITH YOUR CLASS ORC. Many of the Classes' 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 well-deserved
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 www.surrattsville.org.)
9. CLASSES OF 68/69/70/71/72/73 (AND SURROUNDING) REUNION. Don't forget this
great "late 60s/early 70s" Reunion event. This Reunion will be held Friday
night June 24, and is being organized by Gerda Willkomm Parr (68), firstname.lastname@example.org
and Leslie St. Clair (70), email@example.com. Please contact Gerda or
Leslie immediately if you'd like to get ticket order info for this
10. CLASS OF 85 REUNION. I received this email from Class of 85 ORC Cyndi
Baker Fraley: "Hey Henry: The Class of 85 is trying to coordinate a 20 year
reunion to be held Saturday night June 25th on the Odyssey cruise ship in
Washington D.C. The boarding would begin at 7 p.m. and the sail would be
from 8 - 11 p.m. The cost would be $107 per person which would include a
private room, DJ or band (our choice), four course dinner, all non-alcoholic
beverages and all taxes and gratuities. Please contact me at IMCYCLONE@aol.com
for information. Thanks, Cyndi"
11. 63 HORNET FINALLY "GRADUATES". I just learned that R.C. Green (63, and
former faculty), finally "graduates" from high school this year, having
spent three years at Surratts as a student and 38 as a high school teacher
and principal. Congratulations to R.C. on his long and distinguished career,
and for finally getting to take that road trip to the beach!
12. DWIGHT REED (81) MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING. The Third Annual Dwight Reed
Memorial Gold Outing will be held on Friday June 24, 2005 at the WestWinds
Golf Club in New Market, MD. Anyone interested in registering a foursome or
sponsoring a hole can contact Dawn Reed Schumaker (84) at dawnschu@hotmail..com.
13. CLASS OF 74 REUNION. I received this email from Class of 74 ORC Lauren
Foley: "Hello: Just a reminder that the Class of 74 will hold our 30th
Reunion on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency - Crystal City.
Please go to the website www.backtoschoolreunions.com for all the current
information. The invitations have been sent out and Class members should
have received theirs. If not, please contact Back to School Reunions and
make sure they have your correct address. We are looking forward to a
fantastic turnout and hope to see you there! Cheers, Lauren"
14. ALUMNI RE-CONNECT. I recently received this wonderful email: "Hi Henry:
A little piece of news for your next e-Notice: Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
writes that due to the Surratts News e-Notices, contact was made by Marie
Singer Walton (57), who now lives in Naples, FL, a neighboring town to where
Helen lives, and Marie said she and her husband, Lake (57), would love to
attend Helen's next concert. It happened! After 50 years, Helen and Marie
met again after her concert, "The Opera-Broadway Connection", in Ft. Myers,
FL. It was a fun reunion! Marie's brother, George Singer, was a classmate of
Helen's and they plan to all get together the next time George and his wife
come down to visit in Florida. Best wishes, Helen"
What's a mere 50 years in the lives of a couple of re-connected Hornets!
15. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Class of 68 ORC Gerda Willkomm Parr, firstname.lastname@example.org,
is looking for a classmate Russell Divvens, or his sister, Donna. Please
send Gerda an email if you have any info that might help.
16. HORNET WALKER HONORS FRIEND. I received this email about a truly good
friend: "Dear Henry: I always enjoy reading the e-Notices and never expected
to have something to add for myself, but I want everyone to know about yet
another amazing Hornet. Susan Abell Deneault (84), has registered to walk in
the Breast Cancer 3-Day in Tampa Bay, FL in my honor. I was diagnosed with
breast cancer in January at the age of 38 and when Susan heard about it she
was compelled to do something for me. She found out about the 60 mile walk
being held in October and agreed to raise the minimum $2100 in donations
required for each walker. The money raised will support breast cancer
research, education, screening and treatment through the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer
Susan and I grew up together in Clinton, we were next door neighbors on
Gwynndale Drive from the time we were two until I moved away after college.
Her three older sisters and my younger sister also went to Surrattsville.
Susan and I were bridesmaids in each others weddings and she is also my
daughters' godmother. She's been living in Florida with her husband and
three sons for about ten years now. She runs her own business out of her
home and is active in her children's school, their boy scout troop and her
church. Now, unselfishly, and because of my diagnosis, she is training to
walk 60 miles over the course of three days!
According to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, approximately
200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and
nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. That's why I'm writing to you and
asking that you acknowledge Susan for doing something bold about breast
cancer. I hope that you and other Hornets will share her incredible
adventure with me by supporting her fund-raising efforts. Checks should be
made payable to the Breast Cancer 3-Day and all donations are tax
deductible. Fellow Hornets can mail their donations to Susan at the
following address: 2222 Blue Tern Drive Palm Harbor, FL 34683.
Thanks for allowing me to share this with folks who may otherwise not be
aware. For more information about the event, go to the website:
www.the3day..org. Sincerely, Teresa (Terry Smith) Windsor (84)"
Good luck to Susan on the fund-raising walk, and best wishes to Terry for a
full and speedy recovery.
17. ANOTHER HORNET BECOMES A PUBLISHED AUTHOR. I just learned that David
Crawley, Class of 65 President for Life, has become the latest member of
that great Class to become a published author (joining Norman Carmichael,
Bob Ginnett and perhaps others). Daves new release is a book of poems, Cat
Poems. The first review is in, from the Daily Bulletin/Childrens Library
website and it says Cat lovers will enjoy this series of poems devoted to
the occasionally loveable, mostly contrary felines that share our lives. The
author clearly understands cats. Cat Poems can be purchased at major
bookstores and through amazon.com. Best of luck to this latest Hornet
18. CLASS OF 55 REUNION. I received this email from Al Chesley (55),
email@example.com. "Hi Henry: The Class of 55 has organized a 50
year reunion for June 4. I was asked to contact all classmates. I am proud
to say we have contacted all but six members. If anyone has any information
on Allan Brown, Ivy Gayan, Frances Harrison, Kay Jones, Joann Simpkins, or
Edmund Windsor I would appreciate hearing from them. Thanks, Al" Can anyone
help Al attain a 100% contact level for his Class?
19. CLASS OF 75 REUNION. I received this notice from Class of 75 ORC Cindy
Shelton Ryan: "What: Class of 75 Reunion. When: Friday, June 24th, 5 p.m...
Where: Topolinos in Camp Springs/Clinton. RSVP to Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org."
I hope your Spring is off to a great start! All the best, Henry Smith (71),
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY 2005 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS!
Steve Profilet (71)