THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2014-3 OF MARCH 1, 2014
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. SURRATTSVILLE COMMUNITY LOSES BELOVED LONG-TIME MEMBER. Vivian Bounds Edelen, a beloved Surrattsville teacher from the first half of the last century and a great supporter of the Foundation, died on February 19 at the age of 96. Some of our readers had a chance to reminisce with Vivian about their days at Surrattsville at the All Classes/Faculty/Staff reunions.
[One of your editor’s favorite memories of Vivian was watching her at the Y2K Reunion enjoying reminiscing with Paul Gwynn (49) about her experiences as his elementary school teacher at Surrattsville!]
Vivian was born July 28, 1917 in Princess Anne, MD to Floyd Solon Bounds and LuLu Folsom German. She was among the members of the first class to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Salisbury State Teachers College. She taught from 1938-1942 at Surrattsville, teaching all of the fourth grade and half of the fifth grade, with 46 students in each year’s class! She also worked at Hughesville Tobacco Warehouse for many years as a cashier. Her main hobby was genealogical research, and she authored a number of books on that subject and was honored with, among other things, the Key to the City of New Orleans for her work in that area. She was a member of the DAR, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, and many historical societies.
Vivian married Edward Benjamin Edelen on December 6, 1941 in Washington, D.C. They had two girls and one boy. They were married for 54 years before her husband’s death. She was predeceased by her older brother, Floyd Bounds, and she is survived by her brother, Lee Bounds. She also had one half-sister and two half-brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Anne Boone and her husband Charles D. Boone and Nancy Bryans and her husband Dr. William A. Bryans IV, and her son, Ned Edelen. She had five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
All who knew Vivian remarked that she was the epitome of graciousness and friendliness, greeting everyone she met with a warm and smile. Vivian was especially noted for the eloquent letters she wrote to 100s of correspondents (including to the Foundation).
Donations in Vivian’s memory may be made to the Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD 20603 or to the Rebekah C. Boone and Vivian B. Edelen Memorial Fund, CSM Foundation, College of Southern Maryland, PO Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646.
2. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT. This is the time of year when we ask our readers to submit nominations for the Foundation's Annual Achievement Awards. These annual awards recognize members of the Surrattsville community for their outstanding achievements in community service, the arts, their careers, and the like. Please submit nominations by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photos and bios of the truly extraordinary previous Achievement Award recipients can be found at surrattsville.org.)
3. FOUNDATION FUNDS SAT SNACKS. Once again this year, the Foundation was proud to fund the two snack breaks for students who recently took the SAT test at Surrattsville. Best of luck to these outstanding young scholars!
4. SCHOOL'S ACHIEVEMENT NOTED BY NBC 4. Some of our readers may have seen this very nice article by Bridgett Lynn on NBCWashington.com featuring an outstanding recent achievement by the students and staff at Surrattsville:
"Prince George's Graduation Rates Up." By Bridgett Lynn, NBCWashington.com, 2/7/14. New numbers show Prince George's County high school graduation rates are up and the dropout rate is down. According to the Maryland State Department of Education, the county's four-year graduation rate increased 1.25 percent in 2013 from 2012. Now, 74 percent of its seniors are graduating. During the same year, graduation for limited English students saw an increase of 5.5 percent. Hispanic and Latino students rose by 3.5 percent.
News4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reported Surrattsville High School has seen tremendous gains and had a nine percent increase in its graduation class. The school's administrators use an early warning system to determine which ninth-graders have specific issues that are keeping them from graduating. Administrators look at their attendance and find out why they aren't going to school. Once the students are at school, they look at what's going on in their individual classes. At the same time, the county's dropout rate is down one percent. Eighteen percent of its students aren't finishing school. 'When they come in here, they're my kids. I'm the parent now, so now we need to figure out what we need to do to get there,' Principal Kristi Holden of Surrattsville High School said of the dropout rate."
Congratulations to Principal Holden and the entire School community on this very nice press!
5. 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 email@example.com. (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!
6. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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]
7. 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.)
8. 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
9. 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 email@example.com.)
10. 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.
11. NAME SELECTED FOR FALLEN HEROES PLAQUE FOR LEGACY HALL. Bob Jeter (64) has been working hard to collect the names and service information for the Foundation’s new Fallen Heroes Plaque that will hang in the Foundation’s Legacy Hall at the School. Recently, Bob asked for our readers help in selecting a title for the plaque, and he reports that a title suggested by Kenny Flynn has been chosen. Bob shared this email he received from Kenny:
“Bob: Thanks for your generosity in putting forth the effort to collect the information needed to recognize the (far too many) Hornet Heroes you have identified. Please consider “Hornet Heroes – Fallen for Our Freedom But Never Forgotten” as an appropriate name for the plaque. As a retired Marine, I sincerely appreciate the sacrifices made by those members of our school who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Semper Fi, Kenny Flynn”
Thanks to Bob and Kenny for their contributions to this great effort, and please contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of any Hornets who should be honored in this way
[Ed note: Photos of the Legacy Wall can be found on the Foundation's web site at www.surrattsville.org.]
12. CLASS OF 79 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 79 is planning a reunion for Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waldorf, and all other classes are more than welcome to join in the fun. Please email Marilynda Orange Macquade at email@example.com to be placed on the mailing list. A notice will go out with details via Facebook groups and email.
13. 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."
14. FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW. The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and is now at over 1750 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 you're seeing (or at least imagining) some hints of Spring!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY DONORS TO THE 2014 CAMPAIGN!