Lots Of Fun During Alumni Weekend

Former Charleston students came together this past weekend to relive old memories and create new ones during the annual Alumni Weekend.

The weekend activities began on Thursday night, with a wonderful variety singing and performance, which was held in the Belle Museum Chapel. All of the performers did a great job for a very receptive and appreciative audience and deserve a great big thank you.

The Museum, located on the corner of Main and North Greenwood Streets in Charleston, was open throughout the weekend and after the Sunday meeting. Several new exhibits were shown giving area residents and visitors a chance to reminisce about the areas history.

The Early Bird Reception, sponsored by Simmons First National Bank, was held in the Community Center and kept the weekend going in style, giving everyone a chance to do what they like to do best, just plain visiting. Simmons First National Bank sponsored the reception as well as furnished refreshments for the event, but more importantly furnished an avenue for Charleston Alumni to visit with old friends or to make new ones. A lot of both have happened throughout the years.

The annual golf tournament, sponsored by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, was held at Little Creek again this year. The team of BJ Ross, Ben Dillman and Matt Dillmann finished first and the team of Bill Bowen, Mark Bowen and Alec Bowen finished second The team Jason Smart, Darren Haney and Eran Robinson finished third. Many prizes donated by area businesses were given away to the golfers.

Hug Chevrolet, Buick, GMC sponsored a hole in one with a grand prize of a new 2013 Chevrolet Impala. No one managed the elusive hole in one during the tournament. Golf tournament chairman, Jeff Stubblefield said he would like to thank HugGM for the hole in one prize, as well as all the sponsors who donated prizes and money to the annual event and to the players who entered. The money raised from the tournament is used to help fund a scholarship to a Charleston High School graduate.

Sunday activities started off with the annual dinner at the Charleston High School cafeteria. The dinner, sponsored by the Charleston Beta Club, drew a large number of alumni, who came to enjoy the delicious meal prepared by the Charleston Schools cooking staff. There was also a lot of visiting and reminiscing.

Class of 1964 graduates, Roy Jones and Larry Seifert presented the flags and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to open the annual meeting, which was held in Doll Means Auditorium in the Charleston Middle School. Charleston High School graduate Kendra Curbow sang the National Anthem. Class of 1964 member Bill VanMeter gave the invocation. Jeff Stubblefield, Superintendent of Charleston Public Schools, welcomed everyone to the meeting and updated everyone on the events of the past year at Charleston High School as well as outlined some future plans for the school.

Jeff Stubblefield presided over the election of officers with the same officers as last year re-elected, Paul Gramlich as president, Shane Storey as vice-president and Dorothy Lawrence as secretary/treasurer.

Mr. Stubblefield also conducted numerous drawings throughout the afternoon with gifts given by, Simmons First National Bank; The Presbyterian Church Chapel and the Belle Museum, Delbert and Mary Belle Ervin; Charleston Express; Charleston Super Stop, Wade and Susan Dunn and Paul and Dianne Dunn; CV’s Family Foods; Greenhurst Nursing Center, Fred, Kriss and Jonas Schaffer; Hug Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC; Medisav Pharmacy, Joe and JoAnn Larkin; P&S Propane, S&B Ready Mix, Everett Buckner; Buckner Charolais, Everett and William Buckner; Buckner-Fleming Concrete Contractors, Everett Buckner and Smith Mortuary.

Mary Belle Ervin presided over the roll call of classes with 34 classes represented at the meeting. The earliest class represented was 1938 with Joe Dick Burt. The latest class represented was 2014, graduate, Hannah Hayes. Approximately 70 people represented the classes in between, with the class of 1964 having the most members present.

Joe Dick Burt, Everett Buckner and Delbert Ervin accepted donations from those present.

Kendra Curbow entertained the group with a song.

Bill VanMeter gave a memorial service for deceased alumni.

The meeting was closed with a benediction given by 1964 graduate, Dairel O’Bar.

After the meeting a reception was held.