Sebring "Gathering" -
April 18 - 20, 2008
Hello to All!!
The Highlands County classmates who put on the Sebring mini-reunion the weekend of April 18 -20 simply outdid themselves! They provided a wonderful weekend for the 100 or so attendees who traveled to the middle of the state for this event which involved 8 months of planning. From the massive amounts of hors d'ouvres contributed by the "Sebring Dragons" for the Friday evening party to the reasonably-priced cash bar to the excellent decorations, and the delicious Saturday evening buffet, it was all outstanding! There was even an Elvis impersonator for entertainment!
Attendees were welcomed by Sebring Dragons who manned a reception table the entire weekend and were given a "goodie bag" containing a program, a list of everyone there, brochures of local information and some orange and blue candies. Next to the table was a display of every classmate who attended! A sign over a door welcomed folks to the "Dragon's Den," a large room for gathering where there was an array of food and a well-stocked bar. The original Dragon's Den was nothing like this!!
Our Highlands County Classmates / Hosts were:
Fred & Neyda Blake, Steve & Alayne (Wolverton) Bush, Sue (Huffman) Camaraire, Richard & Pat Crowley, Fran (Harwell) Oliver, Mike & Mary Swaine, Karin Kraai Wenger, Sam & Marilyn (Kalie) Wilkin, Alan & Jane Wolverton, Ken & Paulette (Lemieux) Krug, Robert & Francine (Camaraire) Whitman and Dane Jensen.
A special thanks to Karin Kraai Wenger for the lovely centerpieces which she designed and created; and to Diana Dodge for supplying little orange and blue candies with "Sebring Dragons - 2008" embedded in them.
Those who attended were Larry & Carole (Stiles) Adams, David Albury, Rick Albury, Ruth (Rigdon) Barnes, Walter & Alice (Drake) Berg, Bill & Barb Briley,
Jim Brubaker, Helen (Merritt) Bryan, Dick Buntrock, Bob & Theo (Jones) Byrne, Bob & Cheryl Chambless, Sandy (Croft) Clowney, Richard & Pat Crowley, Gary & Sandy Dahlhofer, Mike & Carol Dew, Victor & Evanne DiGenti, Diana Dodge, Luckey Dodge, Sharon (Cookie Rupp) Fay, Mike & Laurette Fuller, John & Pat Gettinger, Mike & Mary Lou Grizzle, Jimmy Hall, Dane Hancock, Bob & Judy (Wilson) Handy, Jack Hartfield, Sam (Jane) Heede, Will & Bev Bryan Hoppe, Ron & Sandy Jones, Dixie Joyner, Karen lambert, John Lamon, Walt & Mickey Hanes Lee, Joann (Purvis) Long, Jeff & Cindi MacNeir, Ted & Alice Mallory, Judy (Van Gorder) Mazurek, Torchy (Lawson) McClure, Paul & Lynn Mize, Mike & Carol Mucci, Dennis O'Bea, Don & Becky O'Neal, Ann (Harvey) Ottaviano, Jerry & Jean (Gronquist) Ray, Doyle & Linda Raybon, Irene (Barth) Russ, Hal & Kathie (Koberstein) Schmidt, Buck & Suzanne (Spangler) Seeley, Bev (Weiss) Shaffner, Jackie Shaw, Kay (Kress) Ullom, and Doug & Maureen Wilson.
Karin and Marilyn said I should add, "Thanks to everyone who attended. We were overwhelmed by the turnout! Hope to see the rest of you at our 50th!"
And to them and all the Sebring Dragons - hats off for a wonderful weekend at a very reasonable cost! Well done!!
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Bud Marcum's 2nd Reunion -
"Hoop Dragons & Friends"
Update from Ron Thomas ('60)
On November 2, 2007, the following classmates met in Ormond Beach , FL for the SECOND BUD MARCUM REUNION: Coach Marlin "BUD" Marcum and his wife Mary Emma; Mike Grizzle, John Gettinger, Vernon Rogers, Ron Thomas, Tom Mazzola and his wife Christine, Mark Hall, Allen and Trudy Richard, George Moore, Ken Fernandez, Mark Wakefield, Robert Jenkins, Jose Auffant, Ben Arculeo, Jim Butts, Bob Wells, Dave Austin, Roger Tavennier, Bobby Hall and Coach Marcum's youngest son James Patrick and his wife Sherry.
We had a great afternoon and evening of fun, fellowship and shared a lot of great memories.
We all agreed that we would meet again next year and try to grow in size.
We also are going to try and get in touch with as many former Dragons as we can and start a scholarship fund for a Dragon athlete. I am honored to head up a group of to look into this idea. We all agreed that STRANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL and Ft. Lauderdale were important parts in our lives and it is time to help others like we were helped. This is open to any former Dragon and friends not just former athletes. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, please get in touch with me at the following:
1801 Doster Road
Madison, GA 30650.
Home phone: 706-342-2730 or Cell: 706-474-8321.
Pictures were made and will posted whenever we can recognize any of the participants.
Visit my blog at http://www.rtdragoncane.blogspot.com/
Hope all is well and GO DRAGONS FOREVER!!!!!!
Walk For Life - Update
From Ruth Rigdon Barnes regarding the "Walk For Life" in honor of Randy Ward:
The "Walk For Life" raised $500,000.00 for the American Cancer Society. Our team was second in donations and we raised $17,450.00.
I want to thank everyone from Stranahan who contributed and those who took the time to e-mail me about their experiences and losses to cancer. We are certainly lucky to have such loving and caring friends from our high school days.