THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE
2009-5 OF MAY 1, 2009
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. INTEREST GROWS FOR
FOUNDATION'S 2010 ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS.
We've had a very positive response to last month's announcement of
the Foundation's third "All Classes/Faculty/Staff" events to be held
over the long weekend of Friday June 25 - Sunday June 27, 2010. The
schedule of events is as follows:
-Friday June 25, 2010 - Golf Outing.
-Friday June 25, 2010, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Surrattstock III.
-Saturday June 26, 2010, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. - All
Classes/Faculty/Staff Picnic and School Open House.
-Saturday June 26, Evening - Saturday evening will be set aside for
-Sunday June 27 - Sunday will be set aside for Class-specific
picnics and other informal gatherings.
Thanks to those of you who already have stepped forward to help with
these events, and please send me an email at
email@example.com if you'd like
to join the current corps of volunteers.
2. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT. The
Foundation continues to seek nominations for the Foundation's annual
Achievement Awards. These are awards presented to members of
the Surrattsville community to recognize outstanding career and
other achievements. (Photos and bios of our absolutely
extraordinary Achievement Award recipients to date can be found at
Please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would
like to submit a nomination for a 2009 Achievement Award.
3. FOUNDATION PRESENCE ON
FACEBOOK GROWS. There are now
over 500 members of the Surrattsville Alumni "Group" on Facebook.
It can be found by going on Facebook, entering "Groups," then
entering "Search for Groups," and then entering "Surrattsville
Alumni". (You will know you are at the correct site if you see
a color photo of the front of the "New School" when you get there.)
The url of the Group is
Please consider joining this Group on Facebook -- it's free --
because we will be posting information about upcoming Foundation
In addition, a number of Class Official Reunion Contacts have opened
Class-specific Groups on Facebook, many of them titled simply
"Surrattsville [Year]" (for example, "Surrattsville 1970,"
"Surrattsville 1971," etc.) We're really hoping that folks
will consider joining their Class group on Facebook as a way to keep
connected with classmates and news on upcoming Class-specific
4. MEMORIES OF TEEN CLUB.
Here are some responses we received in response to our request for
memories of Surrattsville Teen Club:
"Memories of Teen Club? Ohmigosh! It was January 25,
1969, and my sister Barbara (70) and I wanted to go to Teen Club,
but we did not have a ride. She called a friend, Dave Lambert (Crossland,
69) and asked for a ride, and he said sure, but he would have some
buddies with him. I have a vivid memory of my sister and I
standing in our driveway, waiting to be picked up, and she (the
vivacious and popular one) admonished me (the shy and quiet one) to
not embarrass her by being "a bump on a log" (in other words, don't
be a wallflower). I thought, "I can do that, I don't know
these guys, I can act interesting and engaging; I'll never see them
The car drove up, I slid into the back seat, and seated to my right
was a guy (Jim Oles, Crossland, 68) to whom I was instantly
attracted. At Teen Club, I kept hoping he would ask me to
dance, and he finally did. The song turned out to be a Beatles
medley, so he was mine on the dance floor for more than five
minutes. I did not see him again for several months, but we
did form a connection and ended up "going together" for four years.
We've now been married for 36 years! Pat Becker Oles (71)"
"Teen Club Stories From The Inside: My Dad, known
affectionately as "Big Burnis" Walker, ran the Teen Club in the
multipurpose room of the Surrattsville School before current high
school was built. I was in junior high at the time, 1960-61.
He was paid $10 per Saturday night by the Prince George's County
Recreation Department and used the money to buy tools for his wood
shop. Dad set up my brother Bob as the owner-operator of the
concession stand in the cafeteria. Later, I inherited that
business. I sold cokes, candy, and gum. After paying for
the two cent deposit on the bottles, I purchased an 8.0 ounce Coke
for $0.03 and sold it for a $0.10.
Teen Club ended at 11:00 p.m. (if memory serves), and Big B and I
had to wait until all the kids were picked up by their parents.
Sometimes this was as late as 12:00 or 1:00 a.m. Sometimes we
had to drive a kid home, because the parents had forgotten them or
The only two negative aspects of Teen Club that I recall were
keeping the smokers and the sometimes inebriated, rowdy, naval
personnel from Cheltenham Naval Radio Station outside the building.
On the upside, the business model was that of the Dick Clark Sock
Hop. Periodically, maybe once a month, the funds collected at
the door (maybe $.025) was use to pay for a live band for the dance.
On regular Saturday nights, a DJ was hired. At one point, Big Burnis
was able to purchase a juke box on wheels that he rolled out to play
But, the best event of the year was the Marshall Hall Moonlight
Cruise. Dad and a few chaperones would herd the Teen Clubbers
onto commercial busses and drive to downtown Washington D.C., where
we boarded a multi-deck cruise boat that chugged down to Marshall
Hall Amusement Park. After a few hours of rides, cotton candy,
and any poodle skirt chasing we could muster, we somehow all managed
to get back on the cruise boat and the buses back to the school.
Then Dad and I had to wait for the parents to pick up their kids.
I know that those were more carefree times, but I marvel at the
courage and dedication of my Dad to take on such project and do it
well. Cheers, Richard A. Walker (64)"
"I loved Teen Club. I won the dance contest almost every time
I went. Can you think of the old dances? Some kind of
moves! Just wait until 2010; we'll be there and show everyone
how. You know we Surratts Gardens residents must stick together.
Later in 2010! Tim Smith (77)"
"Two things in response to the April e-Notice. First: Vicki
Forsht was the best. Second: My memories of Teen Club, and I
am sure those of many others, are probably better off not shared.
But I sure do enjoy them! Mike Rumley (71)"
5. CLASSES OF 83 AND 84 REUNION.
The Classes of 83 and 84 will be having a joint reunion in August
2009. On August 7th, there will be golf with tee times
starting at 10:00 a.m. at Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville, MD.
On August 8th, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., there will be a Social
at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at UMUC in Adelphi, MD.
On August 9th, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., there will be a picnic
at Greenbelt National Park in Greenbelt, MD.
The Classes are in search of any teachers or faculty from the years
81 - 84 interested in attending. Also, they'd like to locate
any classmates that still may be missing. Faculty can contact
Gary Stallings at
Class of 83 classmates can contact Becky DelVillar Levin at
email@example.com. Class of
84 classmates can contact Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie at
6. CLASSES OF 69-74 COMBINED
REUNION. The Classes of 69-74
are holding a multi-Class dinner dance event, at the Ft. Belvoir
Officer's Club, on the Saturday evening of the All
Classes/Faculty/Staff events (June 26, 2010). Tickets are
limited, so please contact Leslie St. Clair (70) at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would
like to purchase tickets.
(Class of 72 members also should check-in with the 72 ORC, Sandy
Gwynn Martin, at
7. MORE SURRATTSVILLE HISTORY.
We received this fascinating email from Madeline Ivosevic Oetinger
(65): "Henry: I've always found the concept of "six degrees of
separation" interesting as it has happened to me several times.
Most recently, and of interest to Surrattsville folks, I was dealing
with a lady visiting here in Owensboro, Kentucky who had the last
name of Serratt, which caught my eye despite the spelling.
After chatting, I learned that her husband's great great aunt was
Mary Surratt, but the family had changed the spelling for the
obvious reasons. Best, Madeline"
8. NEW HYDE FIELD PHOTO ON WEB
SITE. Continuing our
exploration of all things Hyde Field, thanks to Mike Large (74),
there will soon be a photo on the Foundation's web site of Colleen
Large Hall (84) and Jimmy Buffett at Hyde Field in 1997. Mike
reports that Buffett had just flown in (on "Parrott I?") to visit
with President Clinton, and Colleen's husband gave her a heads-up
and she headed down for an autograph and a photo.
[Ed Note: I'll bet there are some interesting six degrees of
separation possibilities in Buffett's visit to Hyde Field!]
9. SEEKING INFO ON LOST HORNET.
Kim Williams is seeking info on James Woodrow Smith, Sr., who
married Elizabeth Mae Grigsby and attended Surratts sometime around
the early 1940s. If you have any information, please contact
10. AND MORE "LOST SWIMMING
POOL" MEMORIES. We received
this email from Mike Johnson (77): "Henry: There was most definitely
a swimming pool across from Gene's Crab House. I swam there
many times. There was a sign that said "Please don't p#@ in our
pool; we don't swim in your toilets". Does anyone remember
[Ed Note: Our hometown always had class!]
11. CLASS OF 58 LUNCHEON.
The Class of 58 is planning a luncheon on May 15th at Lowery's
Seafood Restaurant, 528 Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA, at noon.
Reservations are necessary by May 10th, and can be made by
contacting Bill Lewis at
email@example.com or Jean
12. REQUESTS FOR DECAL
SPOTTINGS. Now that a fair
number of the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" car window
stickers are in circulation, we'd love to have reports of decal
spottings from our readers. (If you would like to purchase
one, please send an email to
sample can be found on the web site at
[Ed Note: In 1976, while my brother Bill (73) and I were stopped in
traffic in a back-up on the I-10 in Los Angeles, we looked up to see
a "Surrattsville Hornets" decal on the back window of the car in
front of us. More six degrees of separation?]
13. VIRTUAL REUNION WEB SITE
IDEA. In addition to
Facebook as a cyber-gathering place for members of the Surrattsville
community, we received this interesting tip from Dick Walker (64):
"Henry: I've set up a url for a Surrattsville High model "virtual
reunion" social web site at
This is a model site to introduce new Virtual Reunion Administrators
how easy it is to establish a social web site at ning.com.
This is the 2.0 social web space that I built for the non-technical
Class representatives who want to put up their own SHS Class of X
web site. (Web 2.0 are applications that don't require coding
skills like HTML or CSS.) It's a free social web space by
ning.com and has minimal text ads on the right side.
It only requires that one person function as
owner/moderator/administrator. But, it can have more than one
administrator. Membership can be limited to the invited class
members or it can be open to all. It may be made non-searchable by
Google, etc. for privacy. It has all of the functions of
Facebook, but is simpler to use and more intuitive. It creates the
feeling more like a family or organization than one person floating
in a sea of strangers. The Surrattsville Class of 1964 has
used ning.com rather successfully. Cheers, Dick"
[Ed Note: ORCs might want to take a look at this model as a
supplement to the Surrattsville Class-specific Groups on Facebook.]
14. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION.
The Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June
2010. They need a contact person for the Class of 80.
Please contact Teresa Blandford Pepper at
firstname.lastname@example.org to provide contact
15. CLASS OF 89 PLANS REUNION.
The Class of 89 is planning a reunion. Please contact Debbie
Owen Pell at
for information or if you have any contact information for 89 grads
or members of their families.
16. CLASS OF 59 REUNION.
The Class of 59 wishes to remind any of their schoolmates from other
Classes who would like to join them for their reunion on June 6th to
contact Laura Owens (aka Chubby Nolan) at
17. CLASS OF 85 SCHEDULES
REUNION. The Class of 1985 has
scheduled its 25th Reunion for July 16 and 17, 2010, celebrating
with a Mix & Mingle Reception and an All-Day Family Picnic.
The Class is still searching for some classmates, so please send any
contact info you have to Mary Beth at
18. DWIGHT REED (81) MEMORIAL
GOLF OUTING. The 7th
Annual Dwight Reed Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June
12, 2009 at The Links at Challedon in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
Anyone interested in registering a foursome or sponsoring a hole can
visit the website
or contact Dawn Reed Schumaker (84) directly
proceeds will be donated to cancer research.
19. 59 YEARBOOK FOUND THANKS TO
GENEROSITY OF HORNET. As
previously reported, the Class of 59 was trying to find a 59
Boomerang that it might borrow for its June 6, 2009 Reunion.
Thanks to the kindness of Frank Wise, the Class was provided with
the late Jackie Wise's (59) yearbook to enjoy at their event.
The Class would like to express its heartfelt thanks to Frank for
this very nice gesture.
20. SURRATTS COOKBOOK.
As previously reported, Leslie St. Clair (70) and Diane "Cookie"
Boyd (71) are putting together a Cookbook of Hornets' Favorite
Recipes. They're hoping that a number of you will submit
recipes, and they'll break them down by category and have them bound
and offer them for sale at the 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff
events. All proceeds will go to the Foundation. If you
have a recipe you'd like to share, please send it to Leslie and
21. SPRINGTIME FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Here's an email full of truly profound truths forwarded to me by
perhaps the busiest Teen Club chaperone of all time (and one of the
wisest people I know), Maggie Smith, MD Park HS '41 (your editor's
"Food for Thought: I am Thankful:
For the spouse who says "It's hot dogs tonight," or who is on the
sofa being a couch potato, because that spouse is home with me and
not somewhere else. For my teenager who is complaining about
doing dishes because it means she is at home, and not on the
For the income taxes I pay, because it means I'm employed. For
my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the
sunshine. For weariness and my aching muscles at the end of
the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the clothes that fit a little too snugly, because it means I
have enough to eat. For the pile of laundry and ironing,
because it means I have clothes to wear.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and
gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home. For
my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it
means we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot at the far end of the parking lot, because it
means I'm capable of walking.
For the lady behind me singing off-key, because it means I can hear.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it
means I am alive to see another day.
For the mess to clean up after a party, because it means I have been
surrounded by friends. And, finally, for too much email,
because it means I have friends who are thinking of me."
I hope this e-Notice finds you well and enjoying a bright and
cheerful May Day!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
RUTH ANN BARROWCLIFF (63) passed away suddenly February 25, 2009, in
Camp Springs, MD. Ruth was involved with and an esteemed
member with numerous local and community organizations, including
the Glass Club in Clinton; Bells United Methodist Church in Camp
Springs; the Port Tobacco Players theater group in LaPlata, MD,
where she was an annual benefactor; and as a participating member
and director with the NASA drama group at Goddard SFC where she
worked. Her fellowship and friendship was unlimited.
NANCY DREVENAK DICKINSON (59), a marriage and family counselor who
since 1989 had been a senior partner with the Washington
psychotherapy practice of Dickinson, Pentz, McCall and Honnold
Associates, died January 27 at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio
State University. She had chronic lymphocytic leukemia. From 1981
until 1989, Nancy was the clinical director at the Fogel
Foundation's Psychotherapy and Human Sexuality Institute in
Washington. She also worked as a dance and movement therapist at
Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and what is now
Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, Md., during the late
Nancy, a Bethesda resident, was born in Wapwallopen, Pa., and moved
to Maryland in 1945. She graduated from Surrattsville in 1959. She
received a bachelor's degree in general studies in the mid-1970s and
a master's degree in marriage and family therapy in 1980, both from
the University of Maryland. She was a member of the American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Survivors include her partner of nine years, Michael K. Hoffman of
Bethesda; two sons from her marriage, Mark E. Dickinson of Mount
Airy and Gary S. Dickinson of Chevy Chase; a brother, Robert
Drevenak of Dickerson; a sister, Donna D. Mitroff of Oakland,
Calif.; and three grandchildren.
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS
TO THE 2009 CAMPAIGN!
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Teri Pepper Dimsey (77), In veneration of my classmates turning 50
T. Summers Gwynn III (64), In memory of BillGwynn (64)
Ann Weaver Pelle (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of Her Brother, James R.