THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2009-8 OF AUGUST 1, 2009
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. PTA/PTO SCHEDULES LATEST
EVENT. The School's very
active PTA/PTO has scheduled its latest event to be held on August
12 at 6:30. The event will combine a "chit and chat" session
in a meeting room, followed by a concert by R&B band Sugar Bear &
Friends, followed by a showing of the movie "Cooley High" on an
outdoor screen. (The event is co-hosted by WPGC.) The
event will be held at the Stephen Decatur Community Center at 8200
Pinewood Drive in Clinton. There will be free refreshments,
games and a moon bounce for the youngsters. Attendees are
encouraged to bring their entire families, and their lawn chairs.
2. YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE.
The Foundation has a limited supply of yearbooks from 2003 through
2006. If you'd like one of these yearbooks (which are
available for $15 including shipping and handling), please send me
an email to
3. SURRATTSVILLE WELCOMES NEW
PRINCIPAL. Surrattsville has a
new Principal, Kristi Holden, who already is busy preparing for the
start of the new school year. The Foundation is delighted to
welcome Principal Holden to the Surrattsville community, and we
extend our very best wishes for a rewarding and enjoyable tenure at
4. DONATIONS TO FOUNDATION MADE
EASIER. The Foundation now has
a "button" on the home page of the Foundation's web site (www.surrattsville.org)
that makes it easier for our very generous donors to contribute to
the Foundation using a credit card or paypal. (Of course, the
Foundation is still happy to accept donations in the form of mailed
A special request to our on-line donors: please include your
graduation year/faculty years/etc. in your on-line donation form.
5. SEEKING LOST HORNET.
John Shultz (80) is trying to help an Eastern Shore neighbor, and
former Surratts Junior High student, who he recently met find her
old pal, Pam Cooksey (79). Please email John at
firstname.lastname@example.org or send him
a message through Facebook if you have any information about Pam.
6. REPORT ON VISIT TO COACH SAM
COOKE. We received this great
email from Don (61) and Jim (62) Byroads:
"Hi Henry: Would you please include this in your next Surratts
e-Notice. We heard a rumor that our Surrattsville coach, Mr.
Sam Cooke, was living at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in
Charlotte Hall, Maryland. So, on July 13th, we went there to
check it out. We went to the information desk and asked if they had
a resident by the name of Sam Cooke. To our surprise, the
young lady at the desk quickly replied "We sure do and he will be
happy to see you." We were issued a name tag and quickly
proceeded to his room. We found out that Sam has lived at the
veterans home for ten years and suffers with MS. He is
paralyzed from his neck down; however, that hasn't affected his
sense of humor, wit or keenness of mind. He was such a joy to
visit with. He offered a lot of information regarding
Surratts, including the fact that his Aunt Fanny Tayman taught at
Surrattsville in 1898, his mother taught at Richie Elementary School
in Upper Marlboro and, as we knew, his brother Donald Cooke taught
shop and drivers ed at Surratts. I told him about the Surratts
e-Notices and asked him if he would like me to notify the Surratts
community of his location. He said he would love for people to
get in touch with him. Sam's condition continues to worsen and his
prognosis is not good, so please try to drop by the veterans home
and say hi to Sam. It will make you feel as good as it makes
him feel! Many thanks, Don Byroads (61) and Jim Byroads
p.s. His contact information is: Mr. Sam Cooke, c/o Charlotte
Hall Veterans Home, Room B-128, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte
Hall, MD. 20622. Phone 301-884-8171 ext 265,
and if no answer ext 250."
7. 2010 ALL
Please don't forget to mark you calendars for 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,
which is similar to the schedule of the events for the great 2000
and 2005 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.
8. JUNE 26 AND 27, 2010
CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS. Please
note that many Classes are planning Class-specific events for the
evening of Saturday June 26, 2010, and some for Sunday June 27,
2010. Please check in with your Class's "Official Reunion
Contact" to make sure he or she has your current contact information
and to get an update on any plans your Class has for the big reunion
weekend. (ORC contact information can be found on the
"Classes" page on the web site at
9. UPDATE ON FOUNDATION
PRESENCE ON FACEBOOK. There
are now approximately 750 members of the "Surrattsville Alumni"
Group on Facebook.
Please consider joining this Group on Facebook -- it's free --
because we will be posting information about upcoming Foundation
In addition, please consider joining your Class's Class-specific
Group on Facebook, many of them titled simply "Surrattsville [Year]"
(for example, "Surrattsville 1970," "Surrattsville 1971," etc.), as
a way to keep connected with classmates and news on upcoming
Class-specific events like those to be held on Saturday June 26,
2010 and Sunday June 27, 2010.
10. 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
11. IMPORTANT UPDATE ON CLASSES
OF 69-74 JOINT 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). A number of
Classes of 69-74 members have already purchased their tickets.
Because of various space limitations at the Club, tickets are
limited and the names of those attending must be registered with
Fort security. If you'd like to attend, please send your
ticket order form and ticket purchase price to Leslie St. Clair (70)
(Note that, because of the space and security issues, the reunion
committee is not permitted to "hold" tickets for those who may or
may not decide to purchase them.)
12. 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
13. 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.
14. 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
I hope this e-Notice finds you well and getting ready to enjoy a
lazy and relaxing August!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
ROLAND VOIGT (48) died on June 12 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
after suffering a stroke. Roland moved to Clinton at age 14,
served in the Air Force for 20 years, and returned to the Clinton
area in 1970. He was married for 54 years to Shirley Wentworth
from Manchester, NH. They have five children, nine
grandchildren, and three great grandsons.
FRED GOSS (70) died of kidney failure on July 11 in Los Angeles.
Fred, who was valedictorian of the Class of 70, had juvenile
diabetes since age 13, and it took a huge toll on his body. Fred's
family and friends knew that, throughout his life, he suffered many
physical and health issues and yet never complained. In his
last days he remained brave, sharp and funny and gave all a lesson
on how to die with bravery and dignity. Any classmates who would
like to contact Fred's sister, Jaquie Goss Leach (65) may do so at
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.
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Arvid Andresen (65)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), In Memory of Greg White (65), David
Shriver (65) and Laura Chovan (former
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, former Faculty and Administration), In
memory of Lillian Holland
Dan Bayne (71)
Tom Travis (72)
Sally Travis (72)