Crawfordsville High School alumni and friends met at the United Church of Crawfordsville for their 88th annual alumni banquet on Saturday evening, June 8. The time of the meeting was at 4 p.m., which was different from previous years. This change was intended to accommodate those coming from a distance. Eighty-one were in attendance.
The theme of the banquet was “Flying High with C.H.S.” The tables were decorated in the school colors of red and white. The décor consisted of red roses in vases, along with red balloons and red and white tissue paper flowers.
Prior to the meal at 5:45 p.m., a DVD about all the graduating classes was shown.
Larry Fletcher gave the welcome and presided at the business meeting. Ruth Davis Erwin read the minutes of the 2012 banquet. Gerry Chalupa Farrier read correspondence from Maudie Barnes Vadala, Larry Wilson and Joe Rupp. Larry Fletcher gave the treasurer’s report, which was prepared by Phyllis Eisele.
The Doxology was sung in unison preceding a chicken dinner. Much credit was given to Janet Whiting, Ann Lewis, Nancy Rugg and Pam Davis and other helpers who made the meal possible
Marie Clark Lowe, the oldest graduate present, represented the class of 1935. She was accompanied by her son, Don Lowe, a graduate of the class of 1964.
Those present from the class of 1948 were Maxine Fulton Martin, Viola Hering Beenblossom, Richard Holmes and Don Monson.
Present from the 60 year class of 1953 were Keith Fisher and Joyce Suter Huff.
Those graduates present from the 50 year class of 1963 were Doris Griffith Price, Lyle Hesseltine, Ed Jones, Tom White and Larry Williams.
Special recognition was given to Cleo McCoy, Kenny Beenblossom, Viola Beenblossom and Pat Owens for perfect attendance at every banquet since they graduated.
School songs were sung and were accompanied by Lucille Gault Humphreys.
Deaths recorded since last year were Raymond Howsare, class of 1937; Marie Darbyshire Knupp, class of 1939; Doreen Lease Main, class of 1940; Everette Baker, class of 1943; Dorothy Rees Evans, class of 1943; Katherine Reschly Lehman, class of 1944; Daniel Graber, class of 1946; Donald Rex Huston, class of 1948; Harlan “Hank” Edgar, class of 1952; Leroy Banks, class of 1953; Ben Reschly, class of 1953; Mary Wirene Howsare, class of 1956 and Gary Fletcher, class of 1960.
The committtee who planned this 2013 banquet were Phyllis and Lee Eisele; Larry and Donna Fletcher; Pat and Daryl Owens and Ruth Erwin. Chuck and Helen Odell from Oregon also helped with Friday night preparations.
The meeting adjourned with everyone singing, “God Bless America.”
On Friday, June 28, the Collier family will be hosting a “Going Away Party” for Stefani Aerni, their foreign exchange student from Switzerland, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.