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Help Wanted!

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You won’t get cash, but you will get credit!

As a reminder, every year the Executive Board elects your president and vice president. Members present elect your secretary, treasurer, and two board members.

Mary (Story) Burkholder has declined to accept the secretary position this year–her plans include full retirement and travel! So we are going to be looking for a secretary on June 24, 2017.

Annette Fimbel LaMountain was secretary before Mary and, between the two of them, things are quite well organized. So this won’t be a massive job and you won’t be handed a mess. Mary says it can be a “once a year” job with most of the “work” done in May and June. Our mailing list is organized in a Microsoft Excel File. Thanks to technology there’s actually very little handwriting–there’s an ongoing challenge of keeping the mailing list current and, of course, handling reservations for the reunion. We do have people who are willing to help, but we need someone who can keep things (and those helpers) organized.

I’m posting this warning (it was also included with the invitation) so there won’t be a long silence when I call for nominations this year. If you think you might be willing and interested, give me a call (207 343-1842) or contact Mary so we can review what you’re getting yourself into! Do the same if you know someone who might be interested.

We’ve been very fortunate that enthusiasm for the annual reunion is still strong. We typically have over 100 folks attend. But we can’t keep having reunions without a few people to help keep the Association running. We do have people who are willing to help with parts of the job but it’s usually hard to find someone willing to accept the office and responsibility, so we’re starting the search early.

Every year I ask Treasurer George Morey how long he’s been treasurer and he always replies, “a lot.” Since we were incorporated in 1962, my math suggests it’s been 55 years. We’re not asking anyone to sign on for 55 years, but if George can be treasurer for 55 years, surely we can find someone to be secretary for a few!

Every year we sing:

Gathered round our Alma Mater

With our thoughts sublime.

It is definitely time to gather round… and in addition to sublime thoughts, we need a secretary! Help is not only wanted; it’s very necessary.

 

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Scholarship Custodians Appointed

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

The Officers and Executive Board of the Association are pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Woodis ’65 as a scholarship custodian to complete the currently vacant term expiring in June 2016. We appreciate Ed’s willingness to serve and welcome his experience and enthusiasm!

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Lin Whitcher Gordon ’65 as a scholarship custodian to complete the term of Mary Woodis Gleason who found it necessary to resign for personal reasons. Many thanks go to Mary for her service and to Lin for accepting the appointment. We now have a “full roster!”

Help Wanted!

November 19, 2015 Leave a comment

figure_help_wanted_400_clr_2561 Our association is very fortunate to have and manage a significant scholarship fund that helps a number of kids every year. The Association’s founders wisely kept the management of those funds separate from the regular business of the Association by creating a team of Scholarship Custodians to manage the funds and determine scholarship recipients.

We have an opening for a such a custodian. The work is not difficult or time-consuming–most of it is seasonal in nature and revolves around determining scholarship winners.  (There are guidelines for each scholarship.)

About the only qualification is you are a member of the Association. You also can’t old any other office in the Association. I suppose ideally one would live somewhat near Chester, but given telephones and technology that’s probably not necessary.

If you’re interested in spending a few hours every year helping out your alma mater and our future generation, please contact Walter Boomsma by phone or email (click link). You can also leave a message on the Chester High School Facebook page. Vacancies are filled by vote of the Executive Board. The term we are filling ends June, 2016 but we hope the person will be reelected and serve a three-year term.

Reunion Invitations Are Coming…

Blue DevilFor a number of reasons, we’re a little behind this year with the mailing of the printed invitations… look for your copy early in June! Go ahead and make your plans, because the details haven’t changed!

112th Chester High School Reunion

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Social Hour at 2:00 p.m.

Business Meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Chester Train Station

Note that the Chester Historical Society located in the “old jail” will be open for browsing and research from 10: oo a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

You can download this year’s invitation 2015 Invitation if you just can’t wait. And, by the way, while we try very hard to keep our mailing list current, we do “lose” people from time to time. If you know anyone who attended Chester High (or Gateway Graduates who lived in Chester) please encourage him or her to send their address to Annette LaMountain, Secretary at PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011. It’s never our intention to exclude anyone! Thanks!

Chester High Alumni Coming Home!

FAST FACTS:

Saturday, June 28th at the Chester Depot on Prospect Street

Socializing starts at 2 PM, Food served at 3:00 PM, Business meeting at 4:30 PM.

$14.00 per person cost

Reservations can be made with Annette LaMountain Murphy, PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011


Chester High School Alumni will be coming home to Chester this year for their annual reunion and meeting on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The meeting draws a large group of people associated with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s festivities begin with a social hour at 2:00 PM at the Chester Railroad Depot and continue informally throughout the entire weekend as “Blue Devils” and “Quarriers” wander around town visiting old friends and relatives. The Association’s annual business meeting will be held at 4:30 PM.

Chester High has traditions dating back well over one hundred years, but the Association has no members from that long ago! Among the many mysteries every year are questions like, “Who will be the oldest member?” and “Who will come from the farthest away?” In the midst of all the reminiscing, prizes are awarded for the first local and first out of state reservation. There is never a lack of laughter, perhaps because the threat of detention is long gone even though former teachers frequently attend. Five year classes will be honored, especially the fifty year class of 1964 and twenty-five year class of 1989.

Association President Walter Boomsma noted that the reunion will be held in Chester for the seventh straight year. “People love meeting in Chester for a lot of reasons, including the relaxed atmosphere. Some can’t resist sitting on the church corner for a while. Small town America is alive and well, at least in Chester.”

He also pointed out that using this more informal approach allows ticket prices to remain low. Association Leadership is excited that the event will be a bit of an economic benefit for Chester. “We’re thrilled to continue to bring dollars into Chester instead of Westfield” and they hope local businesses and organizations will make the town “open and welcome” to those who attend. Boomsma also notes that the Associate enjoys the support of organizations like the Chester Foundation and Chester Historical Society. “The Historical Society has agreed to remain open the day of the reunion from 10 am to 1 pm. Alumni visiting the old jail will be amazed at the amount of Chester High and Grammar School memorabilia on hand.”

Reunion invitations are mailed to Association Members in May. Boomsma also notes that the reunion is not limited to graduates of Chester High. “Anyone with a connection to Chester is certainly welcomed to join us for socializing and reminiscing. This is really a town event.” Anyone who does not receive an invitation may simply send a check (tickets are $12 per person, payable to Chester High School Alumni Association) to Annette LaMountain, Association Secretary at PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011.

Additional officers of the Association include Robert Goewey, Vice President and George A. Morey Treasurer. Board Members include Judith Olson of Hatfield, Brenda Budreau of Huntington, Jackie Conklin, Edith Whitaker and Mary Burkholder of Westfield and Tino Cardarelli, Diane DeMoss, and Janice Brown, all of Chester. Any one of these people may be contacted for information or to volunteer some help. The Association maintains a blog at https://chesterhigh.wordpress.com and a Facebook page where alumni can gather information and post comments.

The Alumni Association also manages a significant scholarship fund and Gateway Seniors are encouraged to contact their guidance counselors for additional information. Scholarship Custodians include Duane C. Pease and Paul Petersante of Chester, and Bruce Cooper of Russell.

Chester High Alumni Come Home…

(News release to the Country Journal)

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Alumni enjoy great food prepared by the Chester Foundation.

Chester – As over 100 Chester High Alumni and friends gathered in town, there developed a picture of history, nostalgia, and community/school spirit.  The annual reunion and meeting always draws a large number of people associated with the former Chester High School including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s meeting was held on June 29 at the restored Chester Train Station.

Special recognition was given to Aldo Bizzazaro from the class of 1938 and Eleanor Laurent from the class of 1939 who were present for his 75thand her 76th reunion. The “half century” class of 1963 included Billy Arthur Biggs and Amy Scott Record.

Association President Walter Boomsma noted that these reunions are “drifting in the direction of becoming as much a town event as a school reunion.” Noting that the Chester Foundation handled most of the meeting arrangements and food, he also pointed out that the Historical Society supports the occasion by offering special hours for alumni to visit prior to the reunion. “We had lots of help setting up and people who volunteered to stay and help clean up,” he said. “I think this is proof that small town America is alive and well, at least here in Chester.”

Election of officers was also held. Elected as President for his tenth year was Walter Boomsma. Also returned to office were Vice President Robert Goewey, Secretary Annette Fimbel LaMoutain, and Treasurer George Morey, Jr. Jackie DeMoss Conklin and Diane Kelly DeMoss were reelected to the Board of Directors.

Duane C. Pease, Scholarship Custodian announced scholarship awards to Kim Bolduc, Ryan Fiske, Alissa Cooper, Jacob and Joshua Robitaille—all 2013 graduates from Gateway Regional High School.

At the close of the meeting several Chester Residents were noted for their on-going contributions to the town. This included Doug Besancon for raising the American Flag every day, Mary Woods Gleason and Robert Gray for helping with events, and Tino Cardarelli and Ronnie Pease for purchasing and installing a new flag pole at the Historical Society’s “old jail” building. Also, Paul Petersante received recognition for organizing the color guard for the Memorial Day Parade.

The Association has already started planning for the next annual meeting, scheduled for June 28, 2014. Those associated with or in some way connected with Chester and/or Chester High School are encouraged to be certain the Association has current mailing information by contacting Annette LaMountain, Association Secretary, PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011.

Counting Down

2013 Poster for WSChester High School Alumni will be coming home to Chester this year for their annual reunion and meeting on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The meeting draws a large group of people associated with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s festivities begin with a social hour at 2:30 PM at the Chester Railroad Depot and continue informally throughout the entire weekend as “Blue Devils” and “Quarriers” wander around town visiting old friends and relatives. The Association’s annual business meeting will be held at 4:30 PM.

Chester High has traditions dating back well over one hundred years, but the Association has no members from that long ago! Among the many mysteries every year are questions like, “Who will be the oldest member?” and “Who will come from the farthest away?” In the midst of all the reminiscing, prizes are awarded for the first local and first out of state reservation. There is never a lack of laughter, perhaps because the threat of detention is long gone even though former teachers frequently attend. Five year classes will be honored, especially the fifty year class of 1963 and twenty-five year class of 1988.

 Association President Walter Boomsma noted that the reunion will be held in Chester for the sixth straight year. “People love meeting in Chester for a lot of reasons, including the relaxed atmosphere. Some can’t resist sitting on the church corner for a while. Small town America is alive and well, at least in Chester.”

He also pointed out that using this more informal approach allows ticket prices to remain low. Association Leadership is excited that the event will be a bit of an economic benefit for Chester. “We’re thrilled to continue to bring dollars into Chester instead of Westfield” and they hope local businesses and organizations will make the town “open and welcome” to those who attend. Boomsma also notes that the Associate enjoys the support of organizations like the Chester Foundation and Chester Historical Society. “The Historical Society has agreed to remain open the day of the reunion from 10 am to 2 pm. Alumni visiting the old jail will be amazed at the amount of Chester High and Grammar School memorabilia on hand.”

Reunion invitations are mailed to Association Members in May. Alumni who do not receive an invitation may simply send a check (tickets are $12 per person, payable to Chester High School Alumni Association) to Annette LaMountain, Association Secretary at PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011.

Additional officers of the Association include Robert Goewey, Vice President and George A. Morey Treasurer. Board Members include Judith Olson of Hatfield, Brenda Budreau of Huntington, Jackie Conklin, Edith Whitaker and Mary Burkholder of Westfield and Tino Cardarelli, Diane DeMoss, and Janice Brown, all of Chester. Any one of these people may be contacted for information or to volunteer some help. The Association maintains a blog at https://chesterhigh.wordpress.com and a Facebook page where alumni can gather information and post comments.

The Alumni Association also manages a significant scholarship fund and Gateway Seniors are encouraged to contact their guidance counselors for additional information. Scholarship Custodians include Duane C. Pease and Paul Petersante of Chester, and Bruce Cooper of Russell.