THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2014-1 OF JANUARY 1, 2014
Happy new year! Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. MANY THANKS TO OUR 2013 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS. The Foundation owes a debt of gratitude to the many, and generous, 2013 Annual Campaign donors listed below. Their generosity will enable the Foundation to continue its important work on behalf of the great kids at Surratts, work that has accelerated markedly in the past 18 months. And thanks as well to the extremely, and very generous, \2014 Annual Campaign donors listed below!
2. A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE GIFFORD (84). When the Foundation was established in 2000, Bill Thomas (76) kindly volunteered his significant talents to design, build and operate the Foundation's web site at www.surrattsville.org. When Bill stepped down as webmaster after a few years, the web site didn't skip a beat because Mike Gifford (84) quickly volunteered to fill that role. During his ten years or so in that role, Mike continually modernized the site to reflect current trends on the internet and worked tirelessly to keep the site regularly updated with news, information and photos of interest to the Surrattsville community. Mike is now taking a very well-deserved "late retirement" from that volunteer role, and we can't say enough about how all of his hard work has been enjoyed by so many folks both within, and outside, the greater Surrattsville community. Thanks, Mike!
3. SEEKING 71 CLASSMATES. Debbie Herbert Woegens (71) is attempting to locate her classmates Dawn Sutherland and Star Shaeffer. If you have any information on these 71 graduates, please send Debbie an email at email@example.com.
4. SEEKING OLDER BOOMERANGS. Rudolph Nielsen (42) is looking for yearbooks, or copies of yearbooks, for years during his time at Surratts. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information that might be useful to Rudolph.
5. NEED FOR GENTLY USED STRING INSTRUMENTS. Speaking of the band, as reported in the last e-Notice, the School is in need of "gently used" string instruments for the recently-revived student orchestra. The Foundation thanks Steve Profilet (71) for the first two donations to this cause – a virtually new violin that was recently received with much gratitude by instrumental music department chair Valerie Dent and a restored viola that is on its way to the School. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you have a violin, viola, cello or double bass collecting dust in a closet that you'd like to donate to this very worthy musical cause.
[This new initiative is featured, along with three other Foundation initiatives, in a new youtube program at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq7IGI69kOo&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJBiUH49oYAmsczyuPCTI3Q]
6. NEW PHOTOS CONTINUE TO BE ADDED TO FOUNDATION'S FACEBOOK GROUP. Thanks to the on-going work of a number of members of the Surrattsville communiy, the large collection of wonderful historical photos with Surrattsville themes on the Foundation's Facebook Group, "Surrattsville Alumni," continues to grow. These include wonderful photos from Surrattsville's various theatrical events over the years, photos of the gone-but-obviously-not-forgotten El Rancho and Ranch Drive-In, photos of beloved teachers, a tribute to Accokeek's own Link Wray (recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; our own Greg Laxton (80) is one of the special custodians of the Link Wray legend), a photo of Link at Surrattsville, and the like.
(Naturally, the Foundation would love to have any Surrattsville- or Clinton-themed historical photos or videos you might wish to share.)
7. FOUNDATION'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL CONTINUES TO ADD CONTENT. The Foundation's rapidly expanding youtube channel is always looking for additional content to add. (There's a rumor that there might be some digital copies of drama productions at Surrattsville that might be suitable to include. Naturally, we'd love to have those treasures!)
Please become a subscriber to the channel,
take a moment to view the programs on the channel at
8. DIGITIZATION OF FOUNDATION ARCHIVES. As many of our readers know – and as all recent visitors to the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" Facebook Group have seen – the Foundation's Historian and Archivist, Shelby Lee Oppermann (79), has largely single-handedly saved from destruction, collected and made presentable a virtual treasure trove of Surrattsville-related historical items. Shelby now hopes to digitize those priceless artifacts to ensure their survival into perpetuity. Here's a message from Shelby that we shared in the last e-Notice:
"We're hoping to find someone with the capabilities to professionally digitize all our Foundation memorabilia. I will get as much up on Facebook as the material will allow, but a professional job would be really nice. I also want to see if anyone in our Surrattsville community would be able to take the Foundation's oral history interviews off of the digital tape recorder and the cassette recorder, enhance them, and take out background noises (though the live episode of "Hornetman" recorded in the background of some interviews from the Y2K reunion was pretty funny!). I did have the digital tape recorder downloaded onto a CD last year. I am having fun uploading and describing the pictures, and reading all the comments. In addition to the Surrattsville Alumni Facebook Group, I have been uploading onto various Facebook groups like "If you grew up in Clinton you remember," "Clinton Volunteer Fire Department," and the various elementary school pages. Shelby"
(If you might be able to assist in this important conservation effort, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. )
9. CLASSES OF 83/84/85 REUNION. We received this notice from the Classes of 83, 84 and 85: "Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 11, 2014 for our Classes of 83/84/85 Reunion. Please email Debbie O’Clair MacKenzie at Debbiemackenzie45@yahoo.com to be placed on the mailing list (if you have not already received the “save the date” email). If you have questions about the event, contact your Class representative:
10. REQUEST FOR NAMING ASSISTANCE ON FALLEN HEROES PLAQUE FOR LEGACY HALL. As reported previously, thanks to the efforts of Bob Jeter (64), the Foundation is preparing a Fallen Heroes plaque to hang in the Legacy Hall that will contain the names and Class years of Hornets who died while serving in the military or as first responders (or later from service-related injuries). Please contact Bob at email@example.com if you know of any Hornets who should be honored in this way. In addition, Bob is asking for your thoughts on an appropriate title for this plaque, so please send him an email if you have any ideas.
[Ed note: Photos of the Legacy Wall can be found on the Foundation's web site at www.surrattsville.org.]
11. STILL SEEKING WEB SITE ASSISTANCE. As noted above, the Foundation is in need of a new webmaster for the web site at www.surrattsville.org. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd consider donating your skills to this effort.
12. CLASS OF 64 50 YEAR REUNION. We received this announcement about the Class of 64's upcoming golden event: "The Class of 1964 is planning a 50th reunion in Ocean City for late September 2014. It might seem a long way off, but we all know how fast time goes by. We need to firm up a place, reserve a block of rooms to set aside, and determine how much space we will need. Please email Ginger Trapanotto, email@example.com or Phil Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org if you (alone or with a guest) are interested in attending. Also, if you know the whereabouts of any former classmate, please ask him/her to email one of us or you can forward the information to us. We appreciate any help you can provide and the "committee" is looking forward to re-visiting the 60s with everyone."
13. FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW. The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and now has over 1700 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 1973," "Surrattsville 1971," and the like -- continue to grow. These Facebook Groups are becoming an increasingly active way for folks to share memories and news updates of interest to the Surrattsville community. Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group.
Here's hoping your new year came in with a bang!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
MANY THANKS TO THESE EXTREMELY EARLY DONORS TO THE 2014 CAMPAIGN!
AND MANY THANKS TO THESE GENEROUS DONORS TO THE 2013 CAMPAIGN!