THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2014-2 OF FEBRUARY 1, 2014
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT FEATURED ON PARADE COVERAGE. Some of you who saw the Gator Bowl Parade on TV may have noticed Achievement Award recipient Ann Weaver Pelle (71) marching with her award-winning Villages Twirlers. That's Ann in the gold vest right behind the banner, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8Bish73N2M&feature=em-upload_owner. Congratulations to this very active group of perpetual youngsters on that nice TV coverage! (Ann has not only been busy with the Twirlers, but she also is a contestant in Ms. Senior Florida in March in Vero Beach – we're sure she'll be disqualified for being too perpetually young, but fairly confident what she'll do for the talent portion of the contest! – and in her free time is an assistant to a magician being run through with swords and sawn in half!)
2. ANNUAL BLUE CRABS EVENT NOW A FOUNDATION FUND RAISER. We're delighted to announce that the annual 2014 Blue Crabs All Classes Game and Picnic event – to be held on Saturday June 21 -- will be a Foundation fund raiser! Specifically, funds raised that evening will increase the funds available for the Foundation's annual Charlie Waddell Memorial Scholarship. In addition to the features of the very successful Blue Crabs nights of the past few years, this year's 5th annual event will feature a dedicated-to-Surrattsville picnic area (if 200 or more tickets are sold) and a fund raising raffle featuring items like three pairs of tickets to future Blue Crabs games.
If you have any items you or your business would like to donate to the raffle, or have any questions, please contact Evan Vutsinas (76) at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please keep your eyes open for more specific details of the event and a web site sign-up link that will be published here and on the Surrattsville Alumni Facebook Group over the next several months.)
Many thanks to Evan for organizing these great annual events for the Surrattsville community!
3. THANKS AGAIN TO OUR 2013 (AND 2014!) ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS. The Foundation wishes to thank once again 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 early, and very generous, 2014 Annual Campaign donors listed below!
4. MANY THANKS TO OUR WEBSITE VOLUNTEERS. As previously reported, the Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks to our late-retiring webmaster, Mike Gifford (84). We also extend our thanks to Bonnie Shealy Bates (80), and the Foundation's original webmaster Bill Thomas (77), for volunteering to take the torch from Mike for this very important Foundation function. Please visit www.surrattsville.org to view the new (and old) content on that great website.
4. NEED FOR GENTLY USED (OR NEW) STRING INSTRUMENTS. As reported in the last few e-Notices, the School is in need of "gently used" – or new -- 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 an expertly restored viola. 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.
[There's a great photo at www.surrattsville.org of Valerie and two outstanding Hornet musicians celebrating the arrival of the violin and viola donated by Steve. And 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]
5. 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 community, the large collection of wonderful historical photos with Surrattsville themes on the Foundation's Facebook Group, "Surrattsville Alumni," continues to grow. (Naturally, the Foundation would love to have any Surrattsville- or Clinton-themed historical photos or videos you might wish to share.)
6. 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
7. 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. )
8. 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:
9. 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.]
10. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Foster, email@example.com 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."
11. FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW. The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and is now at almost 1725 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 those of you in the icebox survived January's big chill without any damage!
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!