Staying on track…

Garrett Alumni: Staying on track, together, through the decades

Carolyn S. Ridenour

“Staying on track, together, through the decades” Welcome to the tag line on your alumni association’s newly designed media! The phrase reflects the spirit of the 2018-2020 executive board; and we offer it as the mission of the association! You’ll begin to see it everywhere!

What have we, the new executive board of the Garrett Schools Alumni Association, been up to over the past four months since our induction? Following is a part of the agenda of an open meeting of Garrett alumni on the evening of November 14, 2018, at GHS.

We, the officers (listed below), enthusiastically reported on new opportunities for alumni to stay connected to their Garrett schools legacy, and, more importantly, to each other. Let me share a brief overview.

1. Under Bob Johoski’s (3rd VP) leadership, we have begun and made progress in completing the REVISION/UPDATING OF THE ASSOCIATION’S BYLAWS. Gaps in the current bylaws were revealed over the past two years. The future stability of the association mandated that we make this our top priority. We plan to finish this project before the 2019 annual alumni meeting. Thanks, too, to Kyle Branscum and Mark Claxton for being part of this important project.

2. Thank YOU, the Garrett alumni, for your past financial support to the association! Jacob Barnhart, Treasurer, has assumed the leadership of our treasury. Watch this blog for the stories we intend to tell about the beneficiaries of your financial support over the past few years!

3. Under Jenny Teders’s (1st VP) leadership, we have initiated several projects that will strengthen communication as well as foster a logo to be our association brand.

• Prior Facebook page has been revised into a NEW GARRETT SCHOOLS ALUMNI FACEBOOK page. We urge everyone to log on and follow ongoing news about the alumni association. You can find this by searching @GarrettSchoolsAlumni

• This BLOG has been created at Still in its infancy, we urge you not only to subscribe, but to consider contributing your voice and your stories, to the editor a On the blog we plan to bring a variety of material to alumni, all with the intent of strengthening the sense of community across the generations of alumni, now located in diverse communities worldwide!  If you are interested in contributing your voice and your stories, please email us at

• How have you signed up for alumni weekend activities over the years? How have you signed up for membership? The alumni association has used the U.S. post office during the 35 years of its existence; and we’re not changing that. At the same time, we’re moving forward to build our database of ALUMNI EMAIL ADDRESSES. Email is fast becoming the predominant mode of connecting our shared news across all alums.  Please help us by sending your email address or your classes email list to

• See our NEW LOGO at the top of this page? Of about a dozen designs submitted by the students of Monica Cone, graphics design teacher at GHS, we chose one by Hunter Nodine, a senior. Working with Hunter, Jenny Teders requested revisions in his design a bit in back and forth communication, and completed this logo to brand our alumni association. It will soon be seen on sweatshirts, t-shirts, and hoodies in multiple combinations of maroon and blue. We have been working with MJS Apparel, in Garrett, to have these available for order soon!

4. Carrying on the tradition of linking our alumni association with the Garrett schools, we’ve strengthened the connections in at least two ways. First, Superintendent Weaver committed to providing a room for our monthly association meetings at Garrett High School (the second Wednesday of each month) and a permanent secure storage room for alumni materials and archives. Secondly, we’ve committed to support the important innovative GKB EDUCATION FOUNDATION RESOURCE ROOM .  We began by asking alumni at our November 14 meeting to bring contributions for the resource room. Teachers choose items from this collection of classroom materials and personal care products for students in need.

5. We met with the director of the Garrett Public Library and the Mayor of Garrett to establish strong ties between those important community organizations and the alumni. We anticipate collaborating with them on future projects.
Executive Board: Carolyn Ridenour, President; Jenny Teders, 1st Vice President; Kasey Schulz, 2nd Vice President; Bob Johoski, 3rd Vice President; Amy Baker, Recording Secretary; Chris Smith, Corresponding Secretary; Jacob Barnhart, Treasurer, Kaleb Kelhan, Assistant Treasurer.

Join Us!

Get Onboard the Alumni Train!

The Garrett Schools Alumni Association will have a meeting open to all Garrett Schools Alumni on Wednesday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Garrett High School, room 49, entrance 2 on Houston Street.

The executive board of the association will share its activities and accomplishments since taking office in July. Most of the evening is designed to listen to the ideas of Garrett alumni. What do the alumni want their alumni association to accomplish? What are the ideas of the alumni?

The association officers encourage all alumni, whether members of the association or not, to come for what should be an exciting evening of sharing thoughts about what it means to carry on our common legacy of Garrett school experiences across the decades.

To support the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Education Foundation, the executive board asks the alumni to bring with them on November 14 one item for its Resource Room. The GKB Resource Room was established in February 2018 to support the teachers, staff, and students with classroom and personal care items.  Examples of items needed are pencils, markers, notepads, tissues, and similar classroom and personal items. To learn more about the GKB Education Foundation, visit their website:

We hope to see you on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:00.

We need your help!

The Garrett Alumni Association wants to make the Alumni Weekend a FUN….EXCITING….MEMORABLE…..weekend.  We can’t do it without your help!

“How can I help?”  We are so glad you asked!

celebration group

Please post any comments of ideas for the Alumni Weekend.  We welcome everyone’s ideas and will take each suggestion under consideration.  Or feel free to contact any officer with your ideas.  Their contact information can be found on our contact page.