THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2011-8 OF AUGUST 1, 2011
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. 2011 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN OFF TO A RECORD START! As we previously reported, in the hope of having the Foundation's most successful annual campaign to date, the Foundation Board decided to commence this year's campaign in June, rather than the traditional September.
We're hoping that many of you who might have been inspired to contribute in the past, but have not done so, might consider making a contribution to this year's campaign.
As previously noted, we would have an absolutely off-the-charts campaign if each of our e-Notice readers would go to the web site at www.surrattsville.org and make a credit card or PayPal donation of just $5! (Just look for the "Donate" button at the bottom right of the home page.) And of course contributions are welcome by mail, and a donor form is pasted below.
Remember: the Foundation has no overhead, so every contribution dollar goes directly to supporting the great kids at Surratts. And no contribution is too small (or too large) to make a difference.
(Of course, the Foundation does not share any information about its donors -- or its e-Notice subscribers -- with anyone for any purpose, nor does the Foundation do any solicitations of any kind other than these e-Notice announcements about these annual campaigns.)
Many thanks to the remarkably long list of generous early donors listed below, and thanks to all of our readers for considering participating in this year's very special annual campaign!
2. MORE MARY SURRATT ITEMS. We received this interesting item from Sheila Carlson (71): "I recall from my 8th grade Surrattsville Junior High history class (can't remember my teacher's name) that the name Clinton came from someone's horse. I have no idea if this is true. But, this is a little tidbit that I retained in the recesses of my failing memory. The name Surrattsville had to be changed, and whoever was making the decision couldn't come up with a name, so he decided to use his horse's name. After reading your story about Surrattsville being renamed Robeystown, I have my doubts as to this being where the name Clinton really came from. Sheila"
[Ed note: We'd love to have any info on the real answer to that enduring mystery!]
3. … AND SPEAKING OF U.S. HISTORY. With all of the attention recently focused on the Mary Surratt story, many of us have been reminded of the inspired U.S. history instruction we received at Surrattsville from teachers like Leonard "Dutch" Anderson. Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May (78) recently emailed us to send along Dutch's new contact information, reporting that Dutch doesn't use email but wouldn't mind us publishing his "20th century style " contact info, and that he'd be delighted to hear from any of his many friends in the Surrattsville community. That new info is as follows: Leonard Anderson, Sunrise of Alexandria, 3520 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304, 703-370-9192.
4. FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW. The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and now has over 1220 members. This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch. Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1969," "Surrattsville 1971," "Surrattsville 1973" and the like continue to grow.
Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group, to get the latest news on alumni events.
5. BOOMERANGS ON E-BAY. For those seeking Surrattsville yearbooks, Gerda Parr (68) reports that a number currently are available for sale on eBay, and can be found by searching for the word Surrattsville.
6. 61 BOOMERANG STILL UP FOR "AUCTION". And, speaking of Boomerangs, as previously reported, Susan Loweth Melton (63) kindly donated her "gently used" 61 Boomerang to the Foundation as a fund-raising object. Unlike our new bulk copies of yearbooks from certain years (see below), because this Boomerang is a truly priceless treasure from an older year – the first in the "New School" building – we are auctioning it off to the highest bidder. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you'd like to put in a bid on this extraordinary piece of SHS history.
[Ed Note: Susan is hoping that her donation might inspire others to donate to the Foundation their under-used freshman/sophomore/junior yearbooks for similar fund raisers.]
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.
7. ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE. Thanks to the herculean work of Pat Becker Oles (71), the Foundation's 2000 Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory has been updated for 2010, and now includes fascinating "what I'm up to" paragraphs from those who submitted directory information. If you would like a copy of the Directory, send a $20 check payable to the Foundation to: Henry Smith, One W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.
8. "SURRATTSVILLE ALUMNI" WINDOW STICKERS AVAILABLE. Pat Becker Oles (71) also kindly handles the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" window stickers project. Pat notes that the stickers are not the "static cling type," that stick to the inside of a window. Instead, they are the "stick to the outside type," that can stick on a window or bumper, and use "repositional adhesive" (meaning no sticky residue). Information about purchasing the stickers can be found on the web site at surrattsville.org.
9. CLASS OF 97 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 97 is busy planning its 15 year reunion for mid-summer 2012. The Class has a web page at http://shs1997reunion.blogspot.com/2011/05/shs-class-of-1997-2012-15yr-reunion.html. Please contact Monica Crown at email@example.com if you would like information on the event or if you have any contact info for members of the Class of 97 or their families.
10. A GREAT DAY OF GOLF FOR A GREAT CAUSE. The Christmas in April Prince George’s County Chapter, whose Executive Director is Mary Kucharski (76), is holding its 22nd Annual Christmas in April Prince George’s County – Susan Denison Mona Golf Tournament on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Andrews Air Force Base golf course (as made famous by the recent Obama-Boehner golf summit!). Great player, and sponsor, opportunities are still available. Contact Christmas in April at 301-868-0937, firstname.lastname@example.org, or christmasinaprilpg.org for more information.
Here's hoping your August will be a relaxing and enjoyable one! Henry Smith (71)
In memory of Richard Gordon (65)