By Arthur J. Moody, Class of '53
The Alumni Association
Marty's Hideaway, North Hampton (choice of junior sirloin steak or baked stuffed shrimp at $4.15 each); 53 Alumni (including two from the graduating Class of '70); Pres. Lawrence M. Douglas, Jr. '60, presided at the business meeting; a resolution on the deaths of members was read; a motion was moved and adopted that the mailing lists be updated every five years beginning in 1970 -- members of the various classes volunteered to help the officers; "up to $100" was approved for the Scholarship Foundation; Marion (Nudd) Lorenzen of the 50th Anniversary Class of 1920 spoke on her six-boy and six-girl Class, all but one are still living (the Class had previously held a 50th Reunion party at the Dwyer Homestead, Exeter, attended by eight grads and a few who were members of the Class at one time or another; also, the Class of 1960 held a separate 10th Reunion in July at Marty's); four were present for the Class of 1930's 40th Reunion: Elinor (Batchelder) Brown, Charlotte (Eaton) Dow and two who didn't register; the 25th year Class of '45 was represented by Richard B. Chevalier, Lorraine (Parr) Busch and Leighton M. Remick; novelty gifts were given in seven categories including "longest consecutive attendance" to Carolyn (Perkins) Hadley '17 for 54 meetings from year of graduation; the speaker was Bruce McGorrill of Channel 6 in Portland who once again spoke on "Yankee Humor" (some of his stories were contained in an LP record he cut); dancing followed the festivities.
(Andrea (Collins) Condon '61, Sec.)
Model Room, Yoken's, Portsmouth (sirloin steak or baked stuffed shrimp at $4.75 each); 65th Annual Reunion Banquet; 60 present (37 Alumni including two from the Class of '71); Pres. Robert C. Trumbull '58 announced that the three Alumni Medals had been presented at the W.H.S. Awards and Scholarship Night; recipients were: Teresa J. Elliot, Carol L. Cummings and Richard D. O'Neil; for the first time, an appropriate gift (collegiate dictionary) was given with each Medal - a suggestion of Treas. Nancy J. Hamilton '62; Allen R. Bridle, Pres. of the graduating class, attended in company with his mother, Constance (Young) Bridle '40, and his great aunt, Gladys (Young) Janvrin '06; Mrs. Janvrin won the prize for belonging to the earliest class represented; Hilda (Paulsen) Morse '22 received the bouquet of flowers for longest consecutive attendance: 50 years from year of graduation; the Special Reunion Class of 1936, celebrating its 35th Anniversary, would have to receive the "loyalty award" for 40 percent attendance (eight of its 20 living members were present): Margaret (Drysdale) Barker, David T. Batchelder, Ralph and Dorothy (Carter) Collins, Alta (Gillmore) Kimball, Margaret (Noyes) Lovett, Robert L. Simons and Barbara (Savage) Toppan; the 25th Reunion Class of '46 was represented by Wilson P. Dennett who attended with his wife, Margaret (Denham) Dennett, a former language teacher at H.A. & H.S.; Pres. Trumbull read a letter from Vivian A. Wood of Exeter, one of the three graduates in 1921 - the 50th Anniversary Class; Miss Wood noted that the smallness of her Class is living proof that the phrase "population explosion" is a relatively recent addition to our language; guest speaker, Harold E. Fernald, Jr. '49, head of the Social Studies Dept. at W.H.S., presented a talk -- accompanied by slides and table top display of artifacts -- on little-known aspects of "Seacoast History and Legend"; areas covered in Mr. Fernald's talk included the history and lore of the
Isles of Shoals, Hampton Beach's wooden submarine, the sunken prehistoric forest at the Jenness Beach area of Rye Beach, Hampton Falls' "beer-bottle" church steeple and Mystery Hill, Salem, a possible North American Stonehenge; incoming Pres. Arthur J. Moody '53 presented retiring Pres. Trumbull with a suitably engraved pewter tankard; outgoing Sec. Andrea (Collins) Condon '61 and Treas. Nancy J. Hamilton '62 received engraved silver pins with initials for their two years' service; under new business, "up to $100" was voted for the Winnacunnet High Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and $200 for gifts to H.A.J.H. and/or W.H.S. was appropriated unanimously; it was announced that henceforth the Assn. would attempt to act as a catalyst in promoting Special Anniversary Reunions (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc., years after graduation) at the annual banquets via a Class Agent system; two or three members of each class were asked to volunteer as Class Agents for their Class; mention was also made of the possibility of holding a Homecoming Day at one of W.H.S.'s home football games each fall; resolution on the deaths of: Lewis A. Chevalier '02, until very recently a loyal attendee at the banquets; Viola (Nudd) Bragg '11; Carolyn (Perkins) Hadley '17, who held the consecutive Reunion attendance record of 54; and Edward Gerard Grenier '48; Peter C. Fiske '63; David H. Freeman '66; Christopher A. Bunce '68; & June D. McDonald '69; the membership stood for a moment of silent memory to all Alumni who have passed on.
(Andrea London '61, Sec.)
Activities of the Association (through the Executive Council) since the June 1971 meeting, include:[1.]
In an attempt to keep the Assn's. name before the W.H.S. student body while at the same time wishing "good luck" to the school's football team, the Assn. expended $25 to the newly formed W.H.S. Football Booster Assn. so that the Boosters could Mimeograph programs for home games. The Alumni Assn. received the inside front cover for its message of "best wishes" and for a brief statement about the H.A & W.H.S. Alumni Assn. The ad appeared in the freely distributed programs for the last four home games (vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, Somersworth, Exeter and Concord). There were no other ads.
[2.] Pursuant to the decision at the June meeting; (after beingbeingested by Nancy I Hamilton '62) to spend $200 from the treasury for gifts to the Academy and/or W.H.S., the Assn. paid for a new bike rack (portable) at each school for a total cost of $167. S.U. 21 Business Administrator Robert A. Nolet handled the purchases and received our checks made out to the two school districts involved. A small metal plate is to be attached to each rack; the plate will indicate the donor and the year (1971). Also under this authorization, the officers approached the Curator of the Hampton Historical Society's Tuck Memorial Museum (John M. Holman '47) about the possibility of purchasing a lockable display case so that Academy and W.H.S. items and memorabilia might be properly and safely exhibited. This would also be the repository for existing old records of the Assn. (before they, too, become lost). Mr. Holman secured the financial assistance of the Academy Trustees and, with the Assn.'s $75 donation, purchased a new six-foot-long case for $180. Because of this purchase, many families and individuals have already donated school-related items knowing that the case (together with a new electronic security system at the Museum) will afford safety for the Academy Collection. A bronze donors' plaque was attached to the case by the Museum. The old Trustees' record book (1810-1939) has been added to the display and the old records of the Alumni Assn. will he placed there after they are exhibited at the Assn.'s banquet in June.
[3.] The 31st Annual Basketball Benefit Night was held at the W.H.S. Gym on Dec. 22. with both Alumni teams, coached by Edgar 0. Savage '65, winning over the Varsity and JVs. W.H.S. Athletic Director Robert J. Dodge, in his last season as Head Basketball Coach, arranged for the officials (admission prices were: $1 for adults, 50c for high and junior-high students, free for age 12 and under). The Assn. also sold a 16-page Souvenir Program at the games. The Program, containing photos and basketball data pertaining to H.A. & H.S. and W.H.S., was dedicated to four Academy Varsity Basketball Captains who have met untimely deaths. The Alumni Assn. seal, recently designed by Hampton artist Shirley H. Batchelder, made its first "public(ation)" appearance on the cover of the Program. Although the Program was not a financial success, its publishing cost -- as well as the cost of Alumni Assn. ballpoint pens distributed with the programs -- is considered part of the production expense of this 65th Anniversary Booklet. The names of advertisers and patrons of this Booklet were listed in the Program.
[4.] The 65th Anniversary Historic Booklet: It was thought that such a venture might be appropriate at this time (before more Assn. records turned up "missing"). Hopefully, revenue from advertisers, patrons' listings and post-publication sales will offset the entire cost of the Booklet. (As a direct result of soliciting for patrons' ads, the Assn. realized the sale of 14 Life Memberships and annual memberships for over 20 other members.)
[5.] As voted at the 1971 meeting, $100 was turned over to the Winnacunnet High Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The officers asked the W.S.F. to award the grant to a graduating Senior who is the legal child of a graduate of either H.A. & H.S. or W.H.S., and who otherwise meets the Foundation's criteria of college (or other institution of higher learning) acceptance, scholarship ability and financial need. If none qualifies, the grant will go to a Senior who expects to pursue a career in secondary education after college graduation. A "Memorandum of Understanding," dated April 3, 1972, was accepted by W.S.F. The memo outlines the provisions of the "Alumni Association Scholarship." The Assn.'s membership will be asked in June to ratify the memo and give the officers of the Assn. the authority to set the amount of its donation each year -- depending on the resources available at the time.
[6.] The three Alumni Medals (plus dictionary gift) will be presented in June at the Awards Assembly at the school. The Scholarship will probably be awarded at the same time.
[7.] The 66th Annual Reunion Banquet will be held in mid-June. Already, the 50th (1922) and 45th (1927) Special Reunion Classes have expressed a desire to hold their reunions in conjunction with the Assn.'s meeting.