Fun & Games for Alumni Board Members…

During the recent Alumni Board meeting, the picture below fell out of one board member’s folder, so we decided we just had to share with everyone.  Without scrolling down to the “NOW” picture, can you determine who the two people are in the “THEN” photo below?

Circa 1980-1981, Fall Formal (Click on image for a larger view)

Circa 1980-1981, Fall Formal (Click on image for a larger view)

They are both from the Class of 1981 and current board members: Mary Barker Walker and Steven Baker.

2013 Camden-Florida Annual Reunion

It was just another “Beautiful Day in THE VILLAGES” January 23rd when 72 people attended the 7th Annual Camden-Florida Reunion. The Class of ’51 is always honored for starting a reunion in Florida and operating it for the previous nine years. Three members from that class were present: Patricia (Theobald) Abrams, Anita (Phelps) Lockhart, and Le”Roy” Smith. Roy and his wife, Jean, have attended all 16 years, Patricia missing just once.

Those attending were: Patricia (Theobald) Abrams; Donald Alguire & Debbie (Cleveland) Stone; Carol (O’Hara) & Lee Balch; Jean (Eldridge) & Doc Boardman; Joan (Suits) Bryant & Leonard Coon; Selma (Meeks) & Paul Clark; Louise (Wanner) & Ron Coady; Clyde Collins; Katie (Brazil) & Tom D’Aprix; Jeanette (Rood) & Royce Drought; Suzanne Theobald) Elston; Sally (Griffin) & Bruce Ferris; Shirley (O’Hara) Francisco; Julia (Eckel) & Randall Gafner; Carolyn (Keil) & Ray Gardinier; Connie (Collins) & Bob Hull; Jacky (Hilliker) & Jim Hummel; Bill Jenness; Penny (Platt) & Bruce Keil; Ginger (Francisco) LaVancher; Jeannette (Turner) & Frosty Lessels; Anita (Phelps) Lockhart; Chuck Lovenguth; Connie (Jones) & Bruce Lundrigan; Linda (Meeks) & Terry MacFarland; Susie (Platt) & Joe Meagher; Maxene (Gordon) & Rev. Paul Mills; Ethel (Eckel) & Alan Palmer; Glenda Payne; Pat & Marvin Rush; Anne Schieferstine; Doris (Dale) & Ron Short; Marilyn (Rost) & John Sidoran; Jean (Standing) & Roy Smith; Margery (Lessels) Bob Sochan; David Spainhower; Mary (Hogan) & Bruce Theobald; Robin (Collins) Upshaw; Dolores & Don VanDresar; Beverly & Wally Willson; Mary & Mike Wright; and Pamela (Platt) Yerdon & Donald Densmore.

Alumni in Attendance:
1949: Joe Meagher
1951: Patricia (Theobald) Abrams; Anita (Phelps) Lockhart; and Le”Roy” Smith
1953: John Sidoran
1955: Joan (Suits) Bryant; Julia (Eckel) Gafner; and Ronald Short
1956: Ronald Coady; and Suzanne (Theobald) Elston
1957: Kay (Brazil) D’Aprix; Louise (Wanner) Coady; Ethel (Eckel) Palmer
Doris (Dale) Short; and Bruce Theobald
1958: Sally (Griffin) Ferris; Bruce Ferris; and Alan Palmer
1959: Charles Lovenguth
1960: Bruce Lundrigan
1961: Carolyn (Keil) Gardinier; Bruce Keil; Penny (Platt) Keil; Connie (Jones) Lundrigan;
Michael Wright; and Pamela (Platt) Yerdon
1963: Donald Alguire; Carol (O’Hara) Balch; and Deborah (Cleveland) Stone
1964: Terry MacFarland; and Ginger (Francisco) LaVancher
1965: Clyde Collins
1966: Paul Clark; Linda (Meeks) MacFarland; and Margery (Lessels) Sochan
1967: James Hummel; and Jacqueline (Hilliker) Hummel
1971: Frosty Lessels
1975: Robin (Collins) Upshaw

Recognitions For Attendees:
Oldest Camden graduate: Joe Meagher (1949)
Youngest Camden graduate: Robin (Collins) Upshaw (1975)
Oldest non-Camden graduate: Anne Schieferstine (1943)
Youngest non-Camden grad: Jeannette (Lessels) Sochan
Farthest Traveler: David Spainhower (Cal)
First Reservation: Donald Alguire & Debbie Stone
Attending for the first time: Shirley (O’Hara) Francisco; Jacky (Hilliker) & Jim Hummel; Ginger (Francisco) LaVancher; Jeannette (Turner) & Frosty Lessels; Chuck Lovenguth; Pat & Marvin Rush; Margery (Lessels) & Bob Sochan; David Spainhower; and Pamela (Platt) Yerdon & Don Densmore.
Married Couples, 50 Years or more: Jean & Doc Boardman; Jeanette & Royce Drought; Jean & Roy Smith; Julia & Randall Gafner; Beverly & Wally Willson; Susie & Joe Meagher; Ethel & Alan Palmer; Louise & Ron Coady; Sally & Bruce Ferrris; Maxene & Paul Mills; and Dolores & Don VanDresar

Raffle Results:
All the participants who donated items for the raffle and those who purchased a ticket were greatly appreciated because all the profits are given to the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund. This year proved to be very unique when Anne Schieferstine was asked to reach into the ticket container and pull out the $25 ticket winner. When the number was announced, she was pleasantly surprised to discover she was the big winner. All other ticket holders were then given an opportunity to select an item on the raffle table. A container was also passed around the room for those who chose to donate more to the scholarship fund. That amounted to $53. The raffle profit was $105. Therefore, a check for $158 will be sent to the Association Scholarship Fund.

Shown in the picture from Left to Right: (partially hidden) Bruce Theobald, `57, reunion organizer; David Spainhower, `51; Anita Phelps Lockhart, `51; Suzanne Theobald Elston, `56; Patricia Theobald Abrams, `51; Jean Standing Smith and Clarence “LeRoy” Smith, `51. Jean and Roy have attended all of the reunions, Pat missed one.

Shown in the picture from Left to Right: (partially hidden) Bruce Theobald, `57, reunion organizer; David Spainhower, `51; Anita Phelps Lockhart, `51; Suzanne Theobald Elston, `56; Patricia Theobald Abrams, `51; Jean Standing Smith and Clarence “LeRoy” Smith, `51. Jean and Roy have attended all the reunions, Pat missed one.

Remaining uncaptioned table photos can be viewed in the slide show below.  Scroll over photo to pause/play or change to the next or last photo.

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The Blue House Is Gone!!

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has been hard at work demolishing the abandoned Blue House in front of the high school.  Now that everyone can see some real progress on this project, it would be greatly appreciated if we could collect more donations to complete the financing of this project.

We still need a little over $12,400 in tax-deductible donations to complete the financing so we can repay the Regan’s, who financed the initial property purchase and cover the rest of the expenses we have accumulated handling this project.

Please help with the completion of this project by making your check to:

Camden Alumni Association – Special Project
c/o: Deanne Suits
Oneida Saving Bank
41 Harden Blvd
Camden NY 13316.