February The Love Month

February is known as the month of Love.  We all have many loves, but one of mine is my high school.  I am proud to be a Garrett High School Alum and on the board of the Garrett Schools Alumni Association.

I was the first class in the new kindergarten rooms in the elementary school Wand my class, 1969, was the first one to graduate from the new Paul Bateman gym.

Others loved our alumni just as much and they started the Garrett All Schools Alumni Association in1984.  Those who were on the first board with Jim Herzer at the helm.

1984 Alumni committee(4)

1st row: Jim Herzer, Donna Hile, Jeannette McNutt, Fannie Mae Knapp   2nd row: Kate Kleeman, Buford Smith. Cleo Talley, George Talley, Ray Saxer, Marjorie Saxer, Lyman Saxer  3rd row: Barbara Herzer, Marguerite Smith, Waneta Tuck, Ed Tuck, Loyal Jordan, Madelaine Zumbaugh, Floyd Fetter  4th row:  Betty Zern, Thais Heinzerling, Betty Smith, Yvonne Hunter, Charlie Baker, Evelyn Baker, Ruthe Pepple, Harold Pepple.

What a wonderful idea to have an alumni weekend.   They started with a luncheon and that has continued through the years.  A Golf Tournament was added and then, a walk about town.  The Historical Museum was opened for people to visit.  Many gather at the American Legion on Friday night to see old alumni from all classes.  Some are class mates, others are parents or siblings of classmates.  What fun!

Fast forward to 2019.  There is a new board with some fresh ideas.  We want to expand and build on the traditions that others have started.

We are working on getting email address and mailing addresses for all alumni.  Our list is a little outdated.  Also, as you may know, we are losing our older members as the years go by.  Membership to the association is what we need to keep this tradition alive.

We are adding some new items to the weekend.  Stay tuned for more information to come.  The weekend will still be the third weekend of the July.  It is July 19-21.

We are, also, selling alumni t-shirts and sweatshirts.  Let everyone know how proud you are to be an alumni of Garrett High Schools.

We would love to see all our alumni participate and become members.  Please help us keep the association going.

Submitted by,

Chris Smith

Corresponding Secretary

Help plan the 2019 Alumni Reunion

Carolyn Ridenour (cridenour1@udayton.edu)

Garrett Schools Alumni Association Officers need YOU!

On Wednesday, February 13, please come join us at 6:30 p.m. and help us plan the 2019 Alumni Reunion Weekend. We’re meeting in Room 49 (enter door #2 on Houston Street; parking is convenient right next to the door.) We need your ideas! We need your help!
To get you in the alumni association spirit, here’s a QUIZ.
Items 1 through 7 need only one or two word answers; items 8 and 9 need longer answers; and item 10 has just one acceptable three-letter answer! Stay tuned to a future blogpost for the answers!

1. When is the 2019 Garrett Alumni Reunion scheduled?
2. How many years have Garrett grads had an alumni association?
3. What sport has been the highlight of the reunion on Friday morning?
4. What does the alumni association do every spring to support future Garrett alumni?
5. How much does it cost right now to join the alumni association for one year?
6. Which graduating class will be honored at the 2019 reunion for its Golden Anniversary?
7. Where do lots of alumni hang out on Friday night of every alumni weekend?
8. Why would anyone who’s an alum want to come to the 2019 Alumni Reunion Weekend? Why would you?
9. What activities or events would help make a successful and an enjoyable annual alumni reunion in 2019?
10. Are you going to come be a part of the planning for the 2019 alumni weekend on February 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in room 49 at GHS?