WILMINGTON — The annual meeting of the Martinsville Alumni was held Saturday, June 10 at the Wilmington Savings Senior Center with 136 members and guests attending.
Greg Quallen, president, welcomed the members and guests. The veterans were honored and thanked for their service before Rick Moyer, vice president led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greg introduced the members of the honored class of 1967 — they were freshmen the last year the school was open after the consolidation with Wilmington in 1963. There were 24 members in the class and Greg introduced those in attendance. A yellow rose was presented to Mary Holmes Banner, Ben Conger, Fred Ertel, Jan Griffith, Kathy Holthaus Macke, Brenda Smith Miller, Bill Peelle, Elizabeth Doyle Rea, Bill Robison, Julie McCollum Watkins and Bill Winters.
Dallas Crothers stopped by later in the evening. Bill Peelle spoke briefly of their experience as the “upperclassmen” and going to a larger school the next year.
Kendra Strider, Mayor of Martinsville, and Brittany Collins, council member, announced the plan to revitalize the park at the old Martinsville High School site. They announced a festival is planned at the high school this summer to help revitalize the park.
They were hoping alumni might have Martinsville memorabilia or be interested in helping on this exciting project. They plan to name the park Martinsville Alumni Park.
Saundra Ames conducted a memorial for the deceased members during the year 2016-2017. As each name was called, Linda Watson rang a bell in their honor. Those deceased members were Margaret Rogers Ward, Doris Snyder Smart, Laura Belle Pugsley Engler, Jack Colvin, Mondalee Conover Robinson, Fonnie Elizabeth Purcell Walker, Hugh Townsend, Betty King Curtis, JoAnn McKay Ray, Walter “Bud” Clifton, Helen Huffman Hess, Wilma Deatley Quigley, Carol Dunseith Robinson, and Jack Schooley, associate member.
A delicious meal was served by the Wilmington Senior Center staff to the members and guests.
Next year’s meeting will be June 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center.