Alumni gathered from all over…
On Saturday evening, May 29, 2010, over 250 North English and English Valleys alumni and their guests came together at the EVHS gym for their traditional Alumni Banquet. This event occurs every five years, and it is a popular way for classmates to have the opportunity to see old friends.
The Alumni Committee of Patty Best, Gini Garrett, Mary Beth Knipfer, Carolyn Elwood, Jeff Brower, Mona Hall, and Bonnie Romine did a geat job of bringing everyone together, and alumni who are interested in helping plan the next banquet in 2015 are invited to contact any of the members of this committee.
After the invocation was given by Pastor Neil Montz, Dostal’s Catering of Cedar Rapids served the meal, and all agreed it was remarkably good for such a large crowd.
In a brief business meeting after dinner, Alumni President Scott Romine offered up some brief comments during the business meeting. The treasurer’s report was given, and the association treasury shows a total of $2,395 with all the bills paid and a fund-raising project underway.
EVeryone at EV, the recently released book that shows all the English Valleys senior yearbook photos since 1957 was shown as the association’s fund-raising project, and it is available to alumni for $30. It is also for sale at Noel Pharmacy and the EV Malt Shop.
Romine explained how the Alumni Email Directory was growing with over 1300 alumni emails listed, and members were encouraged to contact him if they want their addresses listed, too. It was also explained how alumni who are on the list will then receive the complete list during the year as it is updated.
The association president also mentioned a few items of interest. Since the year 1892, there have been 3,687 graduates from North English and English Valleys. Of that number, 2,698 are still living and 384 are married to alumni. That means that 73% of all the NE-EV alumni are still living, and 14% of them are married to each other.
Romine also read an enjoyable message from Irene Smith Hudson, Class of 1927, who is currently living in San Mateo, CA. It is thought that she may be the oldest living alumnus in the organization.
The oldest female graduate present was from the Class of 1937, Dorothy McCune Schimmelpfennig Thomas, and the oldest man was from the class of 1940, Cleo Baughman.
There was a three-generation family in attendance with Ross Knipfer, Class of ’53; his son David Knipfer, Class of ’82; and his granddaughter Betsy Knipfer Frazier, Class of 2001, all enjoying the banquet.
Those who had traveled long distances to attend were recognized:
Phyllis Peters – Class of 1949 – Madison, Alabama
Phyllis James – Class of 1950 – Ft. Worth, Texas
Gene and Darlene Kirkpatrick Popham – Classes of 1950 & 1953 – Rathdrum, Idaho
Betty Calvert Faas – Class of 1953 – Santa Maria, California
Richard Fancher – Class of 1955 – Hayden Lake, Idaho
David Humphrey – Class of 1956 – Pointe Vedra Beach, Florida
Phyllis Scandridge Verhalen – Class of 1956 – McLean, Virginia
Jane Andrews Heddon – Class of 1957 – Green Valley, Arizona
Judy Esslinger – Class of 1959 – Huntsville, Alabama
Leo and Kay Ott – Classes of 1960 & 1961 – Houston, Texas
Roberta Reinert Trost – Class of 1972 – East Lyme, Connecticut
Members from the Class of 1940, the 70-year alumni, were recognized: Ethel Morse Casteel, Mary Alice Harber Carter, and Cleo Baughman.
Class of 1950, our 60-year alumni, were applauded: Gene Popham, Betty Jo Donahue, Kenny Donahue, Phyllis James, Marjorie DeBont Burden, Mary Lou Harris, Jerry Harris, Betty Marie Gibbens, Richard Grimm, and Patty Davisson.
The Class of 1960, the fifty-year grads, Jerilyn Morse Hansen, Dyle Van Fleet, Shirley Garringer, Ed Bower, Linda Van Dee Neff, Larry Bell, Peg Carter Bell, Nancy Claypool Rutt, Larry Van Dee, Linda McArtor Schulte, Lois Blosser O'Rourke, Hugh McKenna, and Leo Ott were congratulated by the crowd.
The banquet was concluded with a benediction from Pastor Neil Montz, and many of the alumni stayed to talk in the school while others went to Knoll Ridge Country Club for a gathering afterwards.
Association President Scott Romine encourages alumni who would like to be more involved in alumni activities to please contact him or other members of the committee.