THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2007-8 OF
AUGUST 1, 2007
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. WEB SITE UPDATED WITH 2007 SCHOLARSHIP AND ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD RECIPIENTS. Don't forget that the Foundation's web
www.surrattsville.org, has been updated with photos of this
year's scholarship and Achievement Award recipients, and with other
info of interest to the greater Surratts community.
2. CLASS OF 97 REUNION. The Class of 97 is holding
its 10 Year Reunion the weekend of August 3 and 4. On August 3, the
Class will be meeting at the Ruby Tuesdays in Clinton for a small
Getting Reacquainted Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Classmates who pre-paid
for the weekend's events you will receive a Special Pre-Registration
Packet. On August 4, the Class will hold a family BBQ on the
grounds of the School from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be a DJ, a
wide range of events for children, a 1997 memorabilia display, tours
of the School and custom BBQ-style catering. The ticket price for
this event is $30, and $5 for children between 5 and 13 years old.
Tickets will be on-sale at the Registration Booth at the School. The
Class also will be raffling off $5 tickets for two items, a 25 inch
TV or a DVD/VCR Combo.
On the evening of August 4, the main event, for classmates and
guests, will be held at the Colony South Hotel and Banquet Hall in
Clinton from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Only a limited amount of tickets
are available for this event so please purchase your tickets ASAP.
Tickets will be on sale at the Registration Booth at the School
during the BBQ Event. Attendees will receive a 10 Year Reunion
Mug/Glass along with a few small reunion gifts. This event will have
a DJ, special guest speaker, and plenty of food. There will also be
a cash bar
For those unable to attend the events, there will be photos posted
on the Class Website after the event. Classmates should forward
their updated info, and direct questions, to
3. HORNET RELEASES ANOTHER MUSIC CD. I've just
learned that Hornet musician Eric Scott (81) has two "all ages" CD
release parties coming up for his third CD, "Red". The first will
be at 9 p.m. on August 10 at the Austin Grill at 2400 Boston Street
in Baltimore. - Baltimore, MD (410-534-0606), and the second will be
at 8:30 p.m. on September 15 at the LaPlata Brewhouse at 403 E.
Charles Street in LaPlata (240-216-6180). The LaPlata Brewhouse is
owned by two former Hornets, Jimmy Turner (79) and his wife Tracey
Nichols (80). Information about Eric and his music can be found at
4. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Leslie Pearson (80) is
trying to locate Cathy Cusato (80). Please contact Leslie, at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any info on Cathy's
whereabouts or on members of Cathy's family.
5. CLASS OF 64 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 64 is
discussing a 45 year or 50 reunion. Please contact Jaime Seaman
Steprepp@aol.com or 954-316-7498, if you have any contact info
for any 64 grads or their family members. The Class is also trying
to compile a collection of stories about their Vice Principal, Mr.
6. CLASS OF 76 UPDATES DATA BASE. I've just learned
that Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas has recently retired after a 25
year career as an air traffic controller. With all his new found
"free time", Evan is working to make sure the Class of 76 data base
is as up-to-date as possible. 76 grads should contact Evan at
email@example.com to update their info. Also, if any non-76
grad has any info on a 76 grad or family member, please contact
Evan, as well.
7. WORDS TO THE WISE. Larry Carter (70) sent along
this text from a commencement address by the late Kurt Vonnegut to
the graduates of M.I.T. As many of us of a certain generation
learned from devouring every word Vonnegut published, his wisdom
(and humor) knew no bounds.
"Ladies and gentlemen: Wear sunscreen! If I could offer you only one
tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of
sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my
advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now:
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will
not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've
faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of
yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much
possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are not as fat as you imagine. Don't worry about the future. Or
worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an
algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your
life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the
kind that blindside you at 4:00 p. m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you. Sing. Don't be reckless with
other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes
you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with
yourself. Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If
you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters.
Throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your
life. The most interesting people I know didn' t know at 22 what
they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting
40-year-olds I know still don't. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to
your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone. Maybe you'll marry,
maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe
you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your
75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate
yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody
else's. Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid
of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest
instrument you'll ever own. Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it
but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them. Do not read
beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for
good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past
and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you
should hold on to. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people
who knew you when you were young. Live in New York City once, but
leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians
will philander. You, too, will get old! And when you do, you'll
fantasize that when you were! young, prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders. Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe
you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. You never
know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it . . . for more than it's worth.
... But trust me on the sunscreen.
I hope this finds you enjoying a relaxing and enjoyable summer (and
liberally applying the sunscreen)! Henry Smith (71),
THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE FOUNDATION'S 2007
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Michelle Shelley Wilson Block (68)
Sally Saker Weingarten (77)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54), In memory of her brother, Jesse "Skip"
Goddard, Jr. (56)
Roy Nestor (72), In Memory of Jana Sims Nestor
Kurt Aktug (88)
June Jacobs Brown (44)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65), In joyful celebration of the marriage of
Nancy Oursler Maynard (65) and Larry Schillings (65)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65), In memory of Eugene Colgan, former (and
GEORGE WESLEY JOHNSON passed away of pneumonia on July 9, 2007, at
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda. He retired from the Navy
after 21 years and resided in Clinton. He is survived by his wife
Betty (they would have been married 60 years in December), Ron
Johnson (67) and Debbie (Johnson) Savage (73). Services were held
at Lee Funeral Home, Clinton on July 14, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. Burial
service will be held on August 2, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. at Arlington
National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.