THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2010-6 OF JUNE 1, 2010
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. ANNUAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS SELECTED. We are delighted to announce the following outstanding recipients of the Foundation's 2010 Scholarships:
DIAMOND HIGGS has been awarded the Foundation's General Fund Scholarship. Diamond, who will attend Penn State-Abington in the Fall, is the SGA President and was a consistent Honor Roll student at Surratts. Diamond is a member of the FBLA, the PTSA, the College Summit, and the Cheerleading squad, and has volunteered as a peer mentor and in the Guidance Office. In the community, Diamond has volunteered for Congressman Winn and at Walden Woods Elementary School, and has been a member of the Girl Scouts.
TANEISHIA HOLLEY has been awarded the Foundation's Charles Waddell Memorial Scholarship. Taneishia, who will attend Norfolk State in the Fall, is the Drum Major of the Marching Band, and also plays in the Concert Band, the Pep Band and the Chamber Band. Taneishia has made the Honor Roll every quarter while at Surrattsville, and is a member of the FBLA and the College Summit. In the community, Taneishia is active in the Clinton Boys and Girls Club and as a volunteer at a local nursing and rehab center.
We send our congratulations and best wishes to these outstanding members of the Class of 2010! (Photos and bios of all of the Foundation’s scholarship recipients are on the web site at surrattsville.org.)
2. ANNUAL FOUNDATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ANNOUNCED. We also are delighted to announce the recipients of the Foundation's 2010 Achievement Awards. The following three extraordinary members of the Surrattsville community join the very distinguished Achievement Award recipients of years past (whose photos and bios can be found at surrattsville.org):
COACH LEW JENKINS. Coach Jenkins is truly a coaching legend, not just at Surrattsville, but also at St. Mary's College of Maryland (where he has been the head baseball coach for the last 16 years) and in the entire Maryland-DC area. Coach Jenkins' extraordinary career at Surrattsville included the following highlights:
In Baseball: 326 wins and 128 losses over a 25-year career. Retiring with more wins than any Maryland high school coach. 11 Prince George's County championships, with six championships in the period 1978-1984. 18 years' consecutive playoff appearances after the State baseball playoff system took effect. Induction into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
In Wrestling: 84 wins and 23 losses over a nine-year career. Prince George's County dual meet champions 1968, 1969, 1972 and 1973. Regional champions 1968, 1969 and 1973. 26 consecutive dual meet wins from 1968 – 1970. Coach Jenkins' Hornets were ranked the number one wrestling team in Maryland by the Baltimore Sun in 1968. Induction into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994.
At SMCM, Coach Jenkins is the program's all-time winningest coach with 262 wins, three consecutive 20-win seasons, and numerous other achievements. (Despite that extraordinary and on-going career at SMCM, the SMCM athletics web site states that "Jenkins is probably best known for his 25 years as the head baseball coach of Surrattsville High School in Clinton"!)
In addition to the above, Coach Jenkins has served as an assistant baseball coach at Georgetown and GW Universities (where he coached several players who went on to play professionally), has served as a scout for several major league teams, and has coached youth baseball at the national and international levels, including mentoring the U.S. Junior National Team for four years.
In addition to Coach Jenkins' unmatched record of coaching successes, he is universally revered by the athletes he coached who praise his communication and teaching skills, his emphasis on academics and sportsmanship, and his tireless dedication to his teams, his athletes and his schools. Here is a typical comment from one of the large group of Coach Jenkins' former players who nominated Coach Jenkins for this year's Achievement Award: "Next to my parents, Lew Jenkins taught me more about baseball, and life, than anyone else."
RIX MILLS (62). From 2007 – 2009, Rix worked for Civilian Police International as an International Advisor Counter Narcotics Advisory Team member in Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. The organization's efforts were to eliminate poppy growth and educate the populace on alternatives to illicit drug cultivation and production. He developed community outreach programs to all sectors of the society, including drug treament facility support and prison clinics to treat addicted inmates.
While in Afghanistan, Rix organized an effort to provide school supplies, clothing, cooking utensils, blankets, sporting equipment and much more to needy families who had little or no resources to cope with basic daily living. With the help of many people from the Surrattsville community, he was able to distribute a large volume of notebooks, pencils, rulers and the like to school children who had none of these vital supplies. He also supported a US-funded orphanage with food, clothing, computers and musical instruments to help the children cope with the harsh realities of life without parents.
Prior to his work in Afghanistan, Rix served for 18 years in the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Senior Subject Expert and Senior Supervisor. His work at the DIA primarily focused on counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, current intelligence and liasion duties with two national-level counter-narcotics organizations.
After graduating from Surrattsville in 1962, Rix attended the University of Maryland (BA Honors) and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant out of the Air Force ROTC program. At Maryland, Rix was a Distinguished Air Science Student and the Commandant of Cadets. He also attended graduate school at Creighton University (MA), the Joint Military Intelligence College (MS), and the Inter-American Defense College (Certificate in Hemispheric Studies). Rix's 20-year career in the Air Force ended with his retirement in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Currently, Rix is the owner of a private English language institute in Puerto Montt, Chile that provides both private and public English courses ranging from basic to advanced, specifically focused on the fishery and tourism industries of Southern Chile.
ANN WEAVER PELLE (71). Ann is an extraordinary community "activist," in the strictest sense of the word. In her adopted town of The Villages, Florida, Ann has rallied her neighbors to refuse to participate in the phenomenon called "aging," and to remain active and involved in their community by participating in The Villages Twirlers (thevillagestwirlers.com). The Twirlers, ages 56 to 82, are baton twirlers many of whom had given up their sport decades previously. They perform at events both locally and around the world, on land and at sea.
Ann founded The Twirlers in 2003 with a core group of eight twirlers who formed a class at The Villages Lifelong Learning College. The Twirlers now have 96 members, including twirlers, drummers and a flag corps. The Twirlers only rule is that they will accept anyone into their ranks, even those who have never twirled, drummed or flagged before.
Ann not only serves as director of The Twirlers' Show Team, Parade Team, Banner Team, Flag Corps, Drum Corps and Ribbon Girls, but also handles all of the public relations, choreography, bookings and costuming.
Some of The Twirlers' most memorable events have been Twirlmania at Disneyland, the USTA 50th Anniversary held in Daytona Beach, the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and the "Rockin the Caribbean Cruise."
Ann and The Twirlers work regularly with younger twirlers in their area, and serve as the inspiration for other “more mature” twirlers around the country to start teams and get back into the sport of twirling.
The Twirlers have won numerous awards and competitions, and The Villages Daily Sun has recognized Ann as a resident who truly makes a difference in, and adds joy to, the lives of the residents of that growing community.
(As proof of the level of her dedication, Ann had a benign golf ball-size tumor removed from her brain on March 30, but has already returned to attending practices of the Twirlers. We all wish Ann a speedy conclusion to any remaining steps in her recovery!)
3. PLEASE SEND UPDATED DIRECTORY INFO ASAP. Thanks to the efforts of Pat Becker Oles (71), we hope to have an updated Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory available for sale around the time of the June events. If you would like to be listed in the 2010 Directory, please take a moment and send the following info to Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pat Becker Oles, Surratts Alumni Directory Coordinator, 3702 Molona Drive, Orlando, FL 32837:
Graduation Year (or years on faculty/staff):
4. ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS RAPIDLY APPROACHING! There are less than 60 days remaining until the June 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff events. Folks are traveling to the events from as far away as California and Seattle, and from as close as Clinton and Waldorf, and from the Classes of 1937 to 1994. A number of former faculty and staffers also will be attending.
To assist the volunteers with their many logistical efforts, if you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets ASAP.
As previously reported, the events are: (a) the Golf Outing to be held Friday June 25, 2010 starting at 9 a.m. at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville; (b) Surrattstock III to be held Friday evening June 25, 2010, from 6 to 11 p.m., in the multi-purpose room of the School; and (c) the All Classes/Faculty/Staff School Open House and BYOP Picnic to be held at the School Saturday June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Golf Outing tickets, which include the outing itself, a subsequent free round of golf at Eisenhower, and food and drinks, are a very reasonable $67. Tickets for Surrattstock III are a mere $5 (definitely cheaper than Teen Club after factoring in inflation!), and tickets to the Open House and Picnic are $10 (with guests under 18 free to Surrattstock III and the Open House/Picnic).
Unlike the Open Houses/Picnics held in 2000 and 2005, we won't be including food and drink in the $10 Open House and Picnic ticket price, so the 2010 Picnic will be BYOP. However, a local food vendor, "Chuck's Wagon," will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, drinks and side dishes and desserts. Also, we're delighted to report that once again we'll be running shuttle buses from the School to the "Old School" (the building at Brandywine and Surratts Road) which will be open for tours to those of us who have great memories from that old building.
There are two ways to buy your tickets. First, you may send a check by mail using the form pasted below. Second, you may purchase tickets on the Foundation's web site, at the "Events" button, at www.surrattsville.org. Here's how you do that:
a. Go to surrattsville.org
(Note that you'll need to repeat the above for each event you wish to attend, and for each person from your group attending each event.)
5. ... AND DON'T FORGET YOUR CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS. In addition to the All Classes/Faculty/Staff events above, please don't forget to check in with your Class ORC to learn about any Class-specific event for your Class being held during the June 25 - June 27, 2010 weekend. ORCs are listed on the "Classes" page on the web site at surrattsville.org.
6. GOLF OUTING DETAILS. Here are some details from our Golf Outing co-chairs about the June 25 Foundation Golf Outing: Eisenhower Golf Course, Crownsville, MD. There will be a 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start, Captain=s Choice (scramble). $67 per person includes golf and cart, range balls, prizes and food and drinks at the awards reception immediately following the golf. In addition, every golfer will receive free greens fees for a future round of golf at Eisenhower. This event is open to Surrattsville alumni, family and friends. Register your own foursome or sign up as an individual. Payment can be made online on the Foundation's web site at www.surrattsville.org or by mail using the ticket order form below. Any questions can be emailed directly to Alan Johnson (72) (ajohnson@DCHweb.org) or Lauren Foley (74) (Lmfriley@comcast.net).
Many thanks to Alan and Lauren for all their hard work in putting together this great event!
7. SURRATTSTOCK III DETAILS. A number of our newer readers have asked for details about Surrattstock III. As attendees of Surrattstock I and Surrattstock II can attest, Surrattstock is like Teen Club, but without chaperones and with old people. It is a very casual, recurring event, held in the cafeteria at the School, and featuring some of the great bands from "the golden era of live music at Surrattsville" (roughly 1960 – 1980). Surrattstock III will include performances by Maiden Voyage, The Clinton All Star Orchestra big band, the John Previti/Mark Schultz/David Hanbury Trio, and the truly legendary Butler's Orchard.
And if you're planning to attend Surrattstock III, and you'd be willing to donate a half-hour of your time to assist with the ticket table or the refreshment table, please send an email to the Surrattstock III coordinator, Stacey Fowler (87), at email@example.com.
8. THE GREAT ACCOKEEK BANK HEIST. We received this memory of Accokeek from Dana Shifflett: "Hi Henry: I only get back to Accokeek every decade or so, and always stop at B&J's when I do. When we moved to Accokeek in 1960, it was called Pat's. Can't accurately tell you when the name changed, but I think it happened before 1966.
Did you ever hear of the Accokeek bank robbery? It happened in 1961, I think, well before Citizens Bank of Maryland absorbed the bank. The bank was across Livingston from Pat's/B&J's, between the Sinclair (?) gas station and Perrygo's Hardware. As I recall, Mr. Perrygo had a hand in stopping the robbery. Dana"
[Ed Note: Perhaps some of our readers can provide some additional detail about this day of excitement in Accokeek.]
9. CLASS OF 60 TO HOLD FIFTIETH REUNION. The class of 1960 will be holding their 50th Class Reunion at the Holiday Inn in Solomons, MD on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Contacts are: Dick Wildes, 301‑373‑5858, firstname.lastname@example.org; Becky Moyle Hintze and Benson Perrie, 301‑475‑0132; and Diane Kirchmer Black, 301‑392‑0992.
10. COMPUTERS NEEDED FOR SCHOOL. As many of our readers will recall, when the Foundation was first established, our first big project was to arrange for the donation to the School of over $250,000 worth of computer equipment. Ten years have passed, and that equipment is now obsolete or at the end of its useful life. Therefore, we have started a second drive to acquire computers (and related peripherals) for the School. If you have contacts at any employer or other organization that donates "gently used" computers to non-profits, please contact me at email@example.com.
Note to federal government employees: many federal government agencies have little-known programs for the donation of "gently used" computers to 501(c)(3) entities like the Foundation. If you are a federal government employee, please consider asking around at work to see if your agency could make a contribution toward this very important Foundation initiative.
11. BOOMERANGS AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a limited supply of yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. If you'd like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including shipping and handling), please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION. The Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2011. They need a contact person for the Class of 80. Please contact Teresa Blandford Pepper at email@example.com to provide contact info.
13. CLASSES OF 69-74 REUNION. We received this update from Leslie St. Clair (70), who is organizing this great event: Tickets are still available for the Saturday June 26 multi-Classes Reunion dinner dance at the Ft. Belvoir Officers' Club for the Classes of 69-74 (and all other Hornets that would like to attend). We do not have to provide a security list now due to a change in base policy, but only need to provide a head count. Note that tickets will not be sent, but names will be held on a list at a table at the Officers' Club. If you wish to attend this event, make your check, for $50 per attendee, payable to Leslie St. Clair, and mail it to 1905 5th Street, Owings, MD 20736. The deadline has been extended to June 9, so the head count can be provided to the base, and payment can be provided to the caterer, on June 10. Note that no additions are allowed by the caterer after that date. Please keep in mind that everyone in your car has to have a photo ID when you arrive at the gate so they can be scanned by base security. Unfortunately, security will turn away people who aren't on the June 10 head count list. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. COMBINED 60-65 EVENT. We received this update from Class of 62 ORCs Len Owens and Jerry Spence: "The Classes of 60‑65 are working on a Combined Classes 60‑65 Reunion with events on Saturday evening (dinner) June 26, 2010 and Sunday afternoon (picnic) June 27, 2010. Locations still to be determined. Please contact your Official Reunion Contact (contact info is on the "Classes" page of the web site at www.surrattsville.org) for more information. Best Wishes, Len and Jerry"
15. SURRATTS FACEBOOK PRESENCE UPDATE. The "Surrattsville Alumni" Group on Facebook has almost 1200 members, and the various Class-specific Groups ("Surrattsville 1971," "Surrattsville 1973," etc.) also are continuing to grow. Please consider joining these free on-line communities as a way to keep in touch and to stay informed.
16. CLASSES FROM 75-85 ERA PLAN JOINT REUNION EVENT. We received this announcement from Evan Vutsinas, the Class of 76 ORC: "Hornets: We hope ALL Hornets are planning to be in town for the All Classes Reunion in June. For those SHS classes that haven't already planned a Saturday evening, June 26th, event for their group, we have an exciting opportunity to offer. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team is working with many of the ORC's from the classes of '75 ‑ '85 (but ALL uncommitted SHS classes are also WELCOME to join in!). The entry fee of $20.00 per person for the Crabs' game vs. Somerset on Saturday 6/26 will pay for parking, a general admission game ticket to the Picnic/Party area AND a 2 hour ‑ unlimited dinner buffet including soft drinks. The gates open at 5:35PM and the first pitch will be about 6:30PM. Many of the Class ORC's listed below are also working together to include draft beer in the $20.00 per person fee. What a deal!!!
In addition, members of the SHS family will be throwing out the first pitch and other members will be singing the National Anthem. The SHS Class that sells the most tickets will also be invited to select a few members to take (throw?) batting practice with the Blue Crabs! If you are an ORC for your SHS class and would like your class to join in this fabulous opportunity, contact Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75; Evan Vutsinas, '76; or Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie, '84 for further details. The SHS Classes that have already committed to participate in this awesome event are listed by ORC below. Join us!
Here's how to order and pay for YOUR tickets!
1. Go to the Blue Crabs website at www.somdbluecrabs.com
2. Click the AGroups Log In Here@ button, which is located on the left hand side of the homepage, about 2/3 of the way down in a big box by itself.
3. Enter your login code, which will be ASHS@ and the last two digits of your graduating year.
a. For example, the graduating class of 1976 would have a login code of: SHS76. (case sensitive)
4. Click ABUY@, enter the number of seats you wish to purchase, and then click the ABUY TICKETS@ button.
5. Click AConfirm Order@ and set up an online account when prompted to do so.
We have confirmed that Achievement Award honoree Coach Lew Jenkins and Mike Cady will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and we have also offered to RC Green, Marie Grouby and Margaret Harris. If you have any questions about your class joining in, send me an e-mail: Evan, at EVTiger@comcast.net"
Thanks to Evan for establishing this convenient means for the ORCs to compare notes and share ideas.
18. SURRATTS COOKBOOK UPDATE. Here's an update from Leslie St. Clair (70) who is putting together the Surratts Cookbook to be offered for sale after the All Classes events: "Submissions for the Surrattsville Cookbook will be accepted until June 20, and a sample of the Cookbook will be available for viewing at the Picnic/Open House. Orders will be taken beginning July 1, with instructions to be included in the July 1 e-Notice. I have received some incredible recipes -- this will not be your average cookbook! It has very diverse selections, and some I have already made and my family now has some new favs. The Cookbook also has a chapter called "This and That" containing kitchen shortcuts and home-type hints that save money or time. Please submit them also. The cookbook address is Surrattscookbook@yahoo.com. Leslie"
19. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Gerda Parr is trying to help a schoolmate locate Anne Karin Biskey (68). If you have any info that might be helpful, please contact Gerda at email@example.com.
I hope this finds many of you finalizing your plans to attend the various events of June 25 – June 27!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
RHONDA NAIRN RAGANO (81) died unexpectedly on February 4, 2010. Rhonda's survivors include her sons Tony, Nicholas and Frankie, and her sister Katie Nairn Beccari (88).
CINDY THOMPSON VUTSINAS (76) died on May 31 after an almost one-year battle with brain cancer. Cindy, who was a great volunteer for and supporter of the Foundation and the Class of 76, is survived by her husband Evan Vutsinas (76) and their children. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 5, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Hermitage United Methodist Church at 4250 Andrew Jackson Parkway in Hermitage, TN.
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE 2010 CAMPAIGN
Bob Marr (71)