THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION
E-NOTICE 2008-8 OF AUGUST 1, 2008
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. UPDATED "FOUNDATION OVERVIEW" BELOW. As
is our regular practice, we've pasted below an update on the
activities of the Foundation from its inception in 2000 to the
present. Many thanks to all of you who have supported the
Foundation over its first eight years!
2. FORMER FACULTY MEMBER VISITS WITH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RECIPIENT. We received this nice email from R. C.
Green (former faculty, 1967-1977): "Hi Henry: Because of the
recent e-Notice, I looked up Dave DeCenzo at Myrtle Beach when Amy
and I were down there. We spent a tremendous evening together
with him and his wife Terry. He is quite an impressive
individual and his wife as well. They make a tremendous couple
and wonderful leaders for Coastal Carolina University. It was
tough calling him Dr. DeCenzo because I remember him from football
and other "incidents" from high school! RC"
3. A REPORT FROM THE SCENE - AUGUST 5 EVENT.
We received this report from Clinton from Surratts parent Marge
Allen: "Hello Henry: Once again, a good e-Notice.
I always like to give a boost to the Ross family for all they do in
this area -- they're great communicators! Thanks
for your appreciation re: the work we do. My great grandmother
would say "many hands make light work". Charlie and Rosemary
Sellner live near us (Sellner Farm), and they know SO much about
Clinton. Charlie gave an informal talk at our library that was
fascinating. When you get to this area try to visit National
Harbor; very interesting in many ways plus great restaurants.
Recently, we had Sunday brunch at the Pienza Italian Market, and
Moon Bay is good, also. We are having luck getting tall grass
(vacant properties) mowed, thanks to the community standards staff.
National Night Out will be held at the District V police station
(old Crestview School) on Tuesday August 5, starting at 5:00 p.m. --
good food and fellowship mingling with our police officers.
Everyone is welcome. Cpl. Kenny Seibert will be honored as he
is retiring after 20 years of service, all at this district.
Keep up the good work ! Marge"
[As reported in a previous e-Notice, one of the great new
restaurants at National Harbor is owned by 2007 Foundation
Achievement Award recipient Timothy Dean (85)!]
4. SURRATTS SENIOR RECEIVES VERY SPECIAL HONOR.
We received this tip from Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and Former
Faculty): If you go to the school system web site (www.pgcps.org)
and click on Discover PGCPS, then on the next page, click on Press
Releases (in the alpha list at the bottom), and on the next page
click on Press Releases on the left column and select 2007-2008, and
on the next page look under June there is a pdf about this year's
Robert Byrd scholarship recipients. Cameron Posey (08) will receive
a four-year scholarship worth up to $1,500 per year. The eight
scholars were chosen from more than 500 nominees made by public and
private high school principals across the state.
Congratulations to Cameron on this great honor!
5. HORNET EDUCATOR RECEIVES MAJOR HONOR.
Belinda Shatley (72) sent us this great news: "Hi Henry:
I just wanted to tell you about some exciting news about Deborah
McAllister Brown ('72). Debbie was recently named as "Vice
Principal of the Year" for Charles County Public Schools.
Debbie was nominated by her Principal, staff from three schools,
parents and students for this wonderful award that highlights her 33
years as an educator. A ceremony was held in June at the
Charles County Board of Education where Debbie received her "Vice
Principal of the Year" award from Deputy Superintendent, Ron
Cunningham, who is also Debbie's previous Social Studies teacher
from Surrattsville High School. It was an emotional evening
but, certainly one well deserved. Thanks, Belinda"
Congratulations to Debbie on this extraordinary honor!
[Ed Note: I'll bet Ron Cunningham inspired lots of other Hornets to
pursue a career in teaching. (Your editor, for one, was
inspired to become a Social Studies teacher because of the
inspiration of Ron, Leonard "Dutch" Anderson, RC Green and great
teachers at Surratts!) Please send an email to
if you were inspired into a career by a Surratts educator -- we'd
like to share those stories in future e-Notices.]
6. 60s GARAGE BANDS WEB SITE. For you
music lovers, John Mamone (72) sent this link to a web site about
some of the great amateur bands of the DC area in the 60s, many of
whom honed their chops at the Surratts Teen Club and similar events:
site includes information on the Dagenites, the Omegas, the
Juveniles, the Bedforde Set, the Hangmen, and the Reekers. It
desperately needs a page on The Tuesday Boots, Butler's Orchard, and
other legendary Surrattsville bands of that era!)
7. CHECK-IN WITH YOUR ORC. Please don't
forget to check-in with your Class Official Reunion Contact to make
sure he or she has your current contact information so you can be
contacted about any Class-specific events. (Contact info for
the ORCs is on the "Classes" page of the web site at
8. CLASS OF 98 REUNION PLANS. We received
this update on the Class of 98 Reunion from Tonya Lee (98):
"Hi Henry: Our Class of 98 has a reunion planning web site at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/shs98reunion. We will be
celebrating our ten year class reunion September 19-21, 2008.
The scheduled events are as follows:
Friday September 19, 2008 - Meet & Greet Happy Hour (No tickets
Saturday September 20, 2008 - Reunion Banquet (Evening main event -
Sunday September 21, 2008 - Family Cookout (tickets required)
All locations are being finalized now and will be posted on the
reunion website at a later date.
Tickets will be sold individually or in a package. Please follow the
reunion link so that you can be updated on all current information.
Hope to see you all there! Tonya"
9. 76 ORC ORGANIZES CHARITY EVENT. We
received this note from Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas: "Hi Henry:
Once again this year I am leading a group called the "Nashville
ACC-SEC Leadership Council" which is a voluntary organization of
local alumni club leaders representing the 24 universities of the
ACC and SEC. We are planning our charity golf tournament for
Monday, October 13th called the "Annual ACC vs. SEC Alumni Golf
Tournament to Benefit CASA-Nashville: Presented by AT&T".
Proceeds of the event will be donated to CASA-Nashville, Inc.
CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, trains
community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.
Over 500 abused and neglected children were aided in the Nashville
area last year, but over 2000 weren't assisted due to lack of funds.
Our goal is $30,000.00 this year. If there are any
Surrattsville alumni who work, or are affiliated, with
national-in-scope firms, I invite them to consider joining AT&T in
sponsoring our event. Details may be seen at:
Sponsors will be listed/described on this web site until June 30th,
2009. Each local alumni club has been encouraged to link their
individual club web sites to the official tournament site.
This means that sponsors will potentially reach 100,000 college
educated alumni in the Nashville area . . . and the world of the
internet! Those with questions may e-mail me for further
EVTiger@comcast.net Thanks. Evan Vutsinas 76,
10. FASHIONABLE ALUMNI WINDOW DECALS AVAILABLE.
As previously noted, the Foundation is now making "Surrattsville
Alumni" window decals available. (A sample is found at
Note that the actual size of the decals is 4" x 4" rather than the
size shown on the web site, and they have a white background and
These decals are of the "static peel-off" variety, so they have "repositional
adhesive backing," and attach, and detach, easily from windows with
no muss or fuss. The suggested donation for the decals is
$2.50. If you'd like to show your Hornet pride by displaying a
decal on your vehicle's window, please send your donation and your
mailing address to Henry Smith at 815 Stoneleigh Road, Baltimore, MD
21212, and we'll mail a decal to you.
11. CLASS OF 62 ACTIVITIES UPDATE. Len
Owens (62), firstname.lastname@example.org,
submitted this update on the Class of 62's upcoming reunion plans:
"September 27, 2008, Picnic, Noon, Gilbert Run Park, La Plata, MD,
Just off Route 6. Bring your own picnic.
Possible additional events include dinner on Friday night (September
26th) and/or Brunch Sunday morning (September 28th) and golf.
All of these additional events are based on class interest.
After our 45th reunion last September, we discussed the possibility
of a picnic in Southern Maryland in this following year. Many
classmates indicated an interest in a picnic this September.
Some who attended the reunion and some who were unable to attend
indicated an interest. Gilbert Run Park is available. I
hope you are still interested in a picnic. This is meant,
primarily, for those classmates in the Washington area. Of
course, if you are in town on this weekend, pleased try to attend.
Some classmates do not always read their emails. Others have
only US mail access. If you would like to call a few
classmates, please indicate your willingness to make a few phone
calls. Note: It is important. Please let us know
if you will plan to attend. Thank you, Your Reunion Committee"
12. CLASS OF 64 PLANS REUNION. The Class
of 64 is planning a 45th reunion in February 2009, in the form of a
three night cruise to the Bahamas! The Class reports that "all
are welcome to join us." For details, contact Jaime Seaman
(64) at Steprepp@aol.com or
13. SEEKING 1992 YEARBOOK. Eric DuVall
(92) is trying to locate a yearbook for 1992. Please
contact him at
email@example.com if you can help him.
14. REPORT ON 78/79 REUNION. We received
this report on the recently completed (and apparently quite lively!)
78/79 Reunion from Karen Kummer White (79): On Friday 7/11/08,
28 players attended the golf tournament. There was a lot of
trash talk about bring your best game, who was going to kick whose
butt and in the end we had a three way tie for first place.
Later, as the drinks flowed, we learned how some of the players
weren't as accurate as others in keeping score. Sandy
Pelletier (79) won the closest to the pin competition and Mark Brown
(78) won the longest drive competition. After the tournament
most of the players went to Sandy's house for the awards ceremony
and a delicious dinner. Everyone seemed to enjoy the
conversations; hence this is how we learned that some players
weren't accurate in the score keeping abilities and they blamed that
on our Surrattsville education. On Saturday 7/12/08, 95 people
attended the dinner/dance. The ladies looked beautiful in
their revealing attire and the men looked happy as they admired the
revealing attire. Eric Scott (83) played music from the 80's
and the class danced the night away. At some point during the
evening someone (Mike Robinson (78)) had written up a sign
designating the smoking area outside the Elks lodge as the "R.
Lounge". Surprisingly, there were many people who never left
the R. Lounge to come inside to the party, I wonder why? Laura
Bader (78) was the designated photographer; she took over 125
spectacular pictures of classmates in rare form. When the Elks
party ended, many classmates headed to the Double Tree lounge where
Tim Pepper (79) set off the fire alarm just so he could go outside
and sit with the "Ladies". Thankfully, we didn't get kicked
out of the place. On Sunday, 7/13/08, there were 83 people who
attended the picnic. The weather couldn't have been nicer.
Many Alumni brought their kids, yearbooks and reminisced for hours.
I want to thank my daughter Nicole for not allowing anyone to drown
in the pool; she was the lifeguard and the kids loved playing in the
pool. At one point I overheard Stuart Sargeant (78) talking
about the Hottest Teacher at Surrattsville, how weird is that?
You need to contact Stuart to learn the outcome of that
conversation. Chris Clark's (77) twin daughters learned it was
safe to jump on the trampoline, thanks to their Dad who tested it to
see if it had dry rotted. Chris you have my vote in the Best
Dad category. And Sandy Pelletier has my vote in the Best Mom
category as her son called to ask her to take him to the emergency
room for stitches in his chin. Thanks to all the men who endured the
Hot Box Port O Potty, which was later labeled "R. Lounge" and we
were sorry to hear there were many classmates stuck at the airport
awaiting their flights. You were missed and you missed a lot of fun.
[And Laura Bader (78) reports that pictures of the reunion are
15. MEMORIES OF MR. (AND MRS.) KLEIN. We
received these nice memories from T. Summers Gwynn in response to
the recent item about Truman Klein: "Hi Henry: I read with
great interest the words from John Riedesel about Truman Klein. Mr.
Klein was principal part of the time when my father was in
Surrattsville. He was a great inspiration, mentor, and friend to my
father and our whole family throughout our lives . Many will also
remember his wife, Loleta, who taught first grade at Surratts for
many years - my sister Sally and I were both in her classes. My
youngest sister, Loleta, was named for her. T.
16. HORNET PUBLISHES HISTORY BOOK. We just
learned that Richard Scott Baskas (84) has
published a book on the history of his family. Richard sent
this summary that might be of interest to any New York history or
genealogy buffs: "The book is titled "Cornelius Melyn: 3rd Patroon
of Staten Island, New York, His Children of Some Descendants".
My ancestor, Cornelius Melyn, originally from Belgium, and once
owned part of Staten Island in the 1660s. This book is of two
parts, his biography which it pertains mostly of his encounters of
his nemesis, the former Dutch Governor, Peter Stuyvesant, and the
other half is of his children including part of my pedigree.
And talk about a very small world -- Melyn's daughter married a
Hatfield, which is my line! And so those Hatfields that were
involved in the famous Hatfield/McCoy feud are my half cousins even
though I come from full Hatfield blood. My blood also includes
(to say the very least) Delaware's Swedish settlement at New Castle
County; Pocahonta's family (her half sister, Cleopatra, I come from)
and some Cherokee (yes, I have a dark complexion). If anyone
has any questions, they email me at
[Ed Note: Richard's book can be ordered from
17. SOFTBALL TEAM REUNITES. We received
this nice email about a mini-reunion of the first girls' softball
team in Clinton Boys & Girls Club history: "Hey Henry: Several of us
girls from the first girls' softball team in the Clinton Boys &
Girls Club got together for our own little reunion. We had a
blast. Three of us had our moms with us (me being one of
them). We spent three hours at a little place in La Plata
called the Royal Tea Room, then spent another three hours across the
street at Casey Jones. Talk about a bunch of yackin and
cackinwe were entertaining every one else! It was great.
The ladies who were able to make it were Janet Stout and her mom,
Terri McCauley and her mom, me and my mom, Carolyn Gilchrist, and
Debbie Watson. Regards to all. Laurie Roberts (76)
[A photo of that great reunion can be found on the web site.]
18. RING ANY BELLS? Laurie Roberts (76)
also sent this little item, that I'm sure will ring many bells with
those of you still in the D.C. area:
If you have lived or still live in the DC area, I'm sure that you
are familiar with these observations:
For those who plan to visit/move to our area, first, you must learn
to call it by its rightful name. It is DC or the District - only
tourists call it Washington.
Next, if your road map of Montgomery County is more than a few weeks
old, throw it out and buy a new one. It's obsolete. If in Loudoun or
Fairfax County and your map is one day old, it's already obsolete.
There is no such thing as a dangerous high speed chase in D.C.
It's just another chase, usually on the BW Parkway.
All directions start with The Beltway which has no beginning and no
end, just one continuous loop that locals believe is somehow
clarified by an 'inner' and 'outer loop' designation. This makes no
sense to ANYONE outside the area.
The morning rush hour is from 5 to 11 AM. The evening rush hour is
from 1 to 8 PM. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning,
especially during the summer on Route 50 eastbound (towards the
Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay).
If there is a ball game at the Redskins stadium, there is no point
in driving anywhere near PG County. (Tip: Never say PG County to
anyone from Mitchellville, Upper Marlboro or Fort Washington (it's
Prince Georges County). They'll blow a vessel in their neck
and go into a seizure.)
If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended and
shot at. If you run the red receive courtesy of DMV. (However,
if you don't go as soon as the light turns green, you will get
cussed out in 382 languages).
Rain causes an immediate 50 point drop of IQ in drivers. Snow causes
an immediate 100 point drop in IQ and a rush to the nearest Giant
for toilet paper and milk.
Construction on I-270 is a way of life and a permanent source of
scorn and cynical entertainment. It's ironic that it's called an
'Interstate,' but runs only from Bethesda to Frederick (Unless you
consider Montgomery County another state, which some do). Opening in
the 60's, it has been torn up and under reconstruction ever since.
Also, it has a 'Spur' section which is even more confusing. All
unexplained sights are explained by the phrase, 'Oh, we're in Takoma
If someone actually has their turn signal on, they are by
definition, a tourist. Car horns are actually 'Road Rage'
indicators. Heed the warning!
A taxi ride across town will cost you $12.50. A taxi ride two
blocks will cost you $16.75. (It's a zone thing, you wouldn't
Traveling south out of DC on Interstate 395/95 is the most
dangerous, scariest thing you will ever do. There is nothing more
comforting then seven lanes of traffic cruising along at 85 mph,
BUMPER TO BUMPER!!! (Truer words have never been written!)
The minimum acceptable speed on the Beltway is 85. Anything
less is considered down right sissy. The open lane for passing on
all Maryland interstates is the far right lane because no
self-respecting Marylander would ever be caught driving in the 'slow
' lane. Unofficially, both shoulders are fair game also. The far
left lanes on all Maryland interstates are official 'chat' lanes
reserved for drivers who wish to talk on their cell phones.
Note: All SUVs have priority clearance to use the far left at
whatever speed the driver feels most comfortable multi-tasking in.
The Beltway is our daily version of a NASCAR reality show. Strap up
and collect points as you go."
19. SEARCHING FOR LOST CLASSMATES. Bob
Rice (70) is trying to locate classmates Scott Kullowatz (70) and
Holly Zadoretsky. If you have any info about Scott or Holly or
a member of their families, please contact Bob at
20. TRIP TO SEE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT PERFORM.
We received this announcement about a road trip to hear 2002
Foundation Achievement Award recipient Gordon Hawkins (76) perform
in Chicago: "Attention 76 Classmates and friends. Our
internationally renowned classmate Gordon Hawkins will perform the
lead in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on Saturday, December 6,
2008. The performance will be at the famous Lyric Opera House
of Chicago. I have hotel rooms held in the heart of downtown
Chicago at the Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown/Magnificent
Mile for Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th, checking
out on Sunday, December 7th. Our group rate will be $159 per
night (single/double) + tax (15.4%). This full service hotel is
wonderfully appointed with full restaurant and bar. It is in the
heart of downtown Chicago, just 1/2 block from the Magnificent Mile
with shopping, dining and city attractions within walking distance
of the hotel. The theatre is a short taxi ride away. I also
have theatre tickets (on hold) in the front (rows 1-9) of the upper
balcony at $68.00 each. Check out the following web sites for
Theatre Home page -
Theatre Seating Chart -
If you are interested in participating, I need a commitment by
Saturday, August 9th, and I will need payment for the theatre
tickets by Monday, August 25th. You will be given a toll-free
number and a "Group Reservation Name" to directly reserve and pay
for your hotel room. You will also need to arrange your own
transportation to and from Chicago. E-mail or call me if you
have any questions. Once the theatre tickets are purchased, NO
refunds are available. Evan Vutsinas 76 ORC,
615-754-2093 - home; 615- 319-6838 - cell."
I hope this e-Notice finds you all enjoying a wonderful Summer!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE FOUNDATION'S 2008
Steve Profilet (71)
Chuck Teubner (64)
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Former Faculty; 1938-1942)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Sally Weingarten (77)
Bill Harris (71)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61 and Former Faculty), In Memory of Harrison
(Bo) Waite (70)
Denise Hope (72), In Memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Nancy Miller (67), In Memory of Virginia Mitchel McLaughlin (64)
Bob Marr (71)
Deborah Cox Marr (72)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), To Celebrate the Marriages of Nancy
Oursler Maynard (65) and Larry Schillings (65), and Marion Thompson
(65) and John Restifo (65)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of James R. Carroll, Jr.
Chris and Merry Chovan Romine (65), To Celebrate the 98th Birthday
of Laura Chovan (Former Faculty)
THE SURRATTSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION, INC.
Overview at June 18, 2008
Incorporated March 17, 2000; Found by IRS to be a tax-exempt charity
on June 16, 2000
II. Fund Raising
1. Golf Outing Fund Raisers in 2000, 2002 and 2005
2. All Classes and Staff Reunion Fund Raisers in 2000 and 2005
3. All Classes and Staff Sock-Hop Fund Raisers in 2000 and
4. Charter Donors Campaign in 2000
5. Annual Campaigns in 2001 - 2008
6. All Classes and Staff "Surrattstock" Fund Raisers in 2002
7. Legacy Society established 2003
III. Achievement Awards
1. 2000 - Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
2. 2001 - Building Superintendent (Since 1963) Gerald Pickeral
3. 2001 - Foundation Visionary Charlie Cooper (52)
4. 2002 - Christmas in April Executive Director Mary Kucharski
5. 2002 - International Opera Star Gordon Hawkins (76)
6. 2003 - Long-time Surratts Employee Roberta Padgett Taylor
7. 2003 - Command Fighter Pilot Col. Robert Marr, Jr. (71)
8. 2003 - Internationally Acclaimed Painter Kevin Fitzgerald
9. 2004 - University of GA Basketball Head Coach Dennis Felton
10. 2005 - French Legion of Honor Recipient Nelson Duke (40)
11. 2005 - Clergy Member and Public Servant Susan Thomas Azud (73)
12. 2005 - Oscar Winner Marcia Gay Harden (76)
13. 2006 - General Tom Travis, M.D. (72)
14. 2006 - Police Chief Fred Keeney (73)
15. 2007 Chef Patrick OConnell (63)
16. 2007 Chef Greggory Hill (79)
17. 2007 Chef Timothy Dean (89)
18. 2008 Professor Russell Barkley, Ph.D. (67)
19. 2008 Professor Rick Lifton, M.D., Ph.D. (71)
20. 2008 College President Dave DeCenzo, Ph.D. (73)
1. 2001 - $500 to Christina Morse, LaToya Harris and
2. 2002 - $500 to Joy Pemberton, Patrice Felton, Andreka
Thomas, Samara Cook, and Chantal Brown
3. 2003 - $500 to Ricky Hammett and Janelle Jackson
4. 2004 - $500 to Bonnie Chow, Melissa Hunter and Brinkley
5. 2005 - $500 to Michelle Branch and Benjamin Ellis
6. 2006 - $500 to Jenese Reed and Cordell Kennerly
7. 2007 - $500 to Brene Carrington, Tayana Harrison and Broderek
8. 2008 - $500 to Samantha Stancil, Brittany Bean and Danyelle
1. $2,200 and $1,100 unrestricted gifts to the School in 2000 and
2. Commercial grade popcorn machine and supplies in 2001
3. $200 to SGA for Homecoming decorations in 2001
4. Graphing calculator to student in need in 2001
5. $500 to Cheerleading Squad in 2002
6. Offer of $1,800 in scholarships to Global Young Leaders attendees
7. Three commercial grade supply carts to office in 2002 and 2003
8. Over $250,000 of computer equipment in 2002 and 2003
9. Courtyard renovation and benches/tables in 2002 and 2003
10. Two electric typewriters to Media Center
11. Cash stipend to dance student studying in Philadelphia
12. $150 gift to student participating in Caribbean baseball
13. $300 gift to 2005 softball team for needed equipment
14. $7,000 gift from Class of 52 to Band Department
15. Offer of financial assistance to senior requiring night
classes to graduate with Class of 2006
16. Offer of financial assistance to senior requiring
financial assistance for 2006 graduation
17. Provision of assistance to Boomerang yearbook staff with
50th edition of Boomerang
18. Funding of State and IRS filing fees for, and filing
assistance to, Touchdown Club
1. Establishment of active web site at
2. Publication of regular Surratts News
3. All Classes and Staff Sunday Rides in 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
4. Establishment of School Archives in 2000, and
Oral History Project in 2005
5. Publication of All Classes and Staff Directory
in 2000, and update in 2005
6. Initiation of "Spruce-Up" Committee in 2002
7. Offer to establish Sports Boosters Club in 2002
8. Participation in 01-04 Graduation and Senior
Awards events and 02 Class Competition event
9. Offer to provide panel of judges for Ms. and
Mr. Surrattsville event in 2002
10. Assisting with Coach Haigler's request to NIH
for Medical Science course grant
11. Working with student interns assigned to
assist the Foundation
12. Development of parent-driven projects for
2002 and beyond