2023-2024 Board of Directors

Our new slate of Officers and Directors was seated at the Annual Meeting & Banquet on Saturday evening, so let’s introduce the new Officers and Board of Directors:

Association Officers, 2023-2024

Officer PositionFull Name & Class Year
President:Gail Buffaloe McEntire, 1974
1st Vice President:Mary Jane Currier-Wannyn, 1974
2nd Vice President:Yolande Lyon, 1980
Secretary:Sherry Petyak Souva, 1981
Treasurer:Deanne VanDresar Suits, 1979
Registrar:Dustin Scholz, 1999
Scholarship Chairperson:Chelsea Mellon Mutch, 2004
Past President:Kimberly Boardman Dean, 1992

Board of Directors

(elected for three-year terms)

Name & ClassCommittee
Class of Board Members Term: 2024 - 2027
Mary Jo Britton, 1977Banquet
Class of Board Members Term: 2022 - 2025
Lisa Kelly Murphy, 1977Banquet
Charles Hurd, 2002Membership
Cathy Cole Platt, 1977Scholarship
Class of Board Members Term: 2021-2024
Marie Mastracco, 1978Membership
Steven Baker, 1981Scholarship
Class of Board Members Term: 2020 - 2023
Patricia Armstrong Pawloski, 1970Membership
Robin Eldridge, 1977Scholarship

If anyone is interested in filling one of the vacant Board positions, please let a board member know of your interest and we will be in touch with you.

2022 Memorial Tribute

Camden Alumni Association

Annual Memorial Tribute

The Alumni named below passed away in the past year, June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.

Use the commands at the bottom right corner of the table to scroll through the entire list

Full NameClassCity & StateDate of Death
Thomas Young1953Abington, PAJune 02, 2021
Margo Lockhart Caldwell1984North Bay, NYJune 07, 2021
Martha Shanley1956Rome, NYJune 20, 2021
Clarice Stewart Hurd1961Taberg, NYJune 24, 2021
Matthew Scofield2010Camden, NYJune 24, 2021
Ronald Raut1977Camden, NYJune 27, 2021
George McCullagh1979Westdale, NYJune 29, 2021
Randy Skinner1978Camden, NYJuly 07, 2021
Sharon L. Johnson Lundrigan1973Camillus, NYJuly 25, 2021
Colleen Plumley Riegler1964Taberg, NYAugust 06, 2021
John Ott1977Camden, NYAugust 08, 2021
David Mitchell1972Cleveland, NYAugust 19, 2021
Bill J. C. Smith1987Blossvale, NYAugust 26, 2021
Michael Ferlo1982Rome, NYSeptember 06, 2021
Hazel Walker1962Camden, NYSeptember 09, 2021
Dylan Bunce2011Blossvale, NYSeptember 11, 2021
Phila Meagher Burns1950Camden, NYSeptember 12, 2021
Francis Link, Jr.1971Mexico, NYSeptember 14, 2021
Joan Dean Palmer1954Taberg, NYSeptember 16, 2021
Joan Kirch Spicer1953Kirkville, NYSeptember 18, 2021
Lillian Jansen Town1958Blossvale, NYSeptember 23, 2021
Steven Smith1957Liverpool, NYOctober 01, 2021
Eleanor Keil Stanford1941Camden, NYOctober 09, 2021
Karen Mahl Kobito1972Rome, NYOctober 15, 2021
Kimberly Sue Burgy1985Camden, NYOctober 19, 2021
Lorraine Greenfield Westermark1967Wilmington, NCNovember 08, 2021
Lynette James Rose1960Potomac, MDNovember 15, 2021
Linda Simmons Conley1965Camden, NYNovember 17, 2021
Percy Skinner1965Camden, NYNovember 20, 2021
Marion Scoville1948Camden, NYNovember 23, 2021
Charles Gebo1973Taberg, NYNovember 27, 2021
Shelley Delaney Rinehard1978Blossvale, NYNovember 27, 2021
Michael Lambie1975Pulaski, NYDecember 01, 2021
Richard Liddy1953Long Beach, CADecember 03, 2021
Karen Marie Ammann Renwick1985Camden, NYDecember 04, 2021
June Maloney Burke1966Camden, NYDecember 07, 2021
Bradley Buckingham1967Taberg, NYDecember 08, 2021
Audrey Kilbourne Sherman1946La Mesa, CADecember 18, 2021
Marcia Alguire Currier1976Camden, NYDecember 31, 2021
Jennie House 1980Cleveland, NYJanuary 02, 2022
James M. Davenport1998Blossvale, NYJanuary 03, 2022
Anna Wilhelm-Ellis1969Auburn, NYJanuary 04, 2022
Natasha Yager Breheny2011Camden, NYJanuary 07, 2022
Sandra Wilson Cosimeno1961Camden, NYJanuary 31, 2022
Elizabeth Blair Perry1952Casselberry, FLFebruary 18, 2022
Doreen Frye Weeden1962Westdale, NYFebruary 19, 2022
John D. Phelps1960Largo, FLFebruary 25, 2022
Terrence Cain1967Sanford, NCFebruary 28, 2022
John M. Bolster2016Camden, NYMarch 02, 2022
John O'Hara1968West Union, SCMarch 03, 2022
Maureen Vrooman VanSlyke1952Eagle Bay, NYMarch 03, 2022
Suzanne Ferris Plumley1960Blossvale, NYMarch 10, 2022
Velma Reed Metott1954Constableville, NYMarch 14, 2022
Thomas Groff1966Ava, NYMarch 27, 2022
Shyneisia Plumley Johnson2010Camden, NYMarch 27, 2022
Phyllis Peacock Willson1947Taberg, NYApril 01, 2022
Adam Breheny2011Camden, NYApril 13, 2022
Katharine Mikitin Jones1965Rome, NYApril 18, 2022
Robert Metott1970Camden, NYApril 18, 2022
Gary L. Clark1963Camden, NYMay 03, 2022
Leona Skinner Myers1956Rexford, NYMay 10, 2022
Tracy Beers1978Blossvale, NYMay 17, 2022
Martin Lyon1964Canton, NYMay 28, 2022
Memorial Donations: The Camden Alumni Association gratefully accepts all contributions to the Scholarship Fund by alumni or others in the memory of loved ones.
If you know of any deceased alumnus from the past year who is not included in this list, please notify the registrar with the Name, Class Year and approximate date of death. The Registrar can be emailed using by CLICKING HERE. We apologize for any missing entries, we do the best we can to keep track of alumni deaths, but resources are limited, and we depend upon family notifications or local obituaries for most updates.

This information can also be downloaded as a printable PDF by CLICKING HERE

Annual Banquet Invitations Being Mailed This Week!

Sorry for the delay in getting the postal invitation & registration forms into the mail for this year’s return of the Annual Dinner Banquet on June 11th. Unfortunately, two days after I completed the printing of the addresses on the pre-printed mailers, I tested positive for Covid-19! Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated and boosted, but my booster shot was five months before I tested positive, so it was definitely wanning in effectiveness. Although I never experienced any severe symptoms, the virus still really walloped me with muscle weakness and physical exhaustion for over two weeks. But, I am finally on the mend, the mailers are now folded, sealed, trayed and headed to the post office on Monday. The mailers for all dues paid active members actually went to the post office on Friday, thanks to our president’s, Kim Dean, husband John coming to the house to pick them up and deliver them to the Camden Post Office.

Since the mailers were printed with addresses on April 2nd, you may get one in the mail even though you sent in your reservation and/or dues & scholarship donation in the past three weeks… I could not pick out those people who already sent in their forms, as that would mess up the mailing as declared in the postage statement paperwork for the post office.

In Search of a New Registrar…

After seventeen years on the Camden Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving the past five years as Registrar, including the current term, I am officially submitting my resignation from the Camden Alumni Board of Directors, effective June 11, 2022. I served for twelve years as a Membership Director, starting in 2005, before moving up to Registrar with the sudden resignation of Scott Souva in 2017. It is now time for me to step aside and let another take over the role of Registrar.

It is time to train someone to take over the role of Registrar for the 2022-2023 term. The plan ahead is to find a qualified alumni volunteer to step up to the role of Registrar on June 11, 2022, and from that point, with some help from me as an “outside the board Registrar Mentor”, learn the ins and outs of how we process all the alumni data, dues payments, scholarship donations and banquet reservations.

The Major Duties of the Registrar consist of:

  1. Carrying out tasks assigned by the Board or the President.
  2. Maintaining an up-to-date record of all active and inactive members of the Association, including:
    • Requesting a list of recent graduates with contact information from the High School Guidance Office every August.
    • Tracking local obituaries and death notices received from other alumni and making note of deaths in the database records.
  3. Performing the registration tasks for the Association Annual Meeting and Banquet and maintain a record of donations to the Alumni Scholarship Fund by:
    • Processing all incoming mailed and online dues and scholarship donations.
    • Preparing monthly or semi-monthly deposits for the Treasurer.
  4. Assisting the 1st Vice President in the process of organizing and conducting the Annual Meeting and Banquet.
  5. Work on increasing active membership in the Association, in cooperation with the 2nd Vice President and Membership Directors.

The complete list of duties on a monthly basis can be found by CLICKING HERE for a PDF download.

From Mid-April until the Annual Meeting & Banquet in Mid-June is the busiest time for the Registrar, handling both postal mail and online dues, scholarship donations and banquet reservations. You can expect to process anywhere from 15 to 50 payments a week, and if you do it on a weekly basis, plan on it taking a couple hours of your time each week. If you can handle them on a day by day basis, it might be 15-45 minutes a day depending on the daily volume…

The remainder of the year is much less busy, handling the occasional payment and reviewing obituaries. I get email updates from all the local funeral homes, and just look to see if anyone is listed as a Camden graduate, and update the database as necessary.

You do need to be comfortable working on computer databases, we use FileMaker Pro for maintaining our database and handling many of the forms and output needed for both the Banquet and contacting our alumni membership. Even if you have no experience with FileMaker Pro, but are comfortable working on a computer, the plan is for you to work with me until you are comfortable with the program yourself. As the Registrar Mentor, I will also be accessing the FileMaker Pro database, so I will still be there for assistance and questions…

The only requirements to be considered for the role of Registrar are:

  • You are a Camden Graduate/Alumni.
  • Are an active member, paying your $5 annual dues.
  • You live in the local Camden/Rome/Oneida area, so you can easily attend the 3-4 in person board meetings per year and deliver deposits to the Treasurer.

If you are interested, or know of another Camden Alumni who might be interested, in this opportunity to assist in the management of the Camden Alumni Association and are willing to commit to a few years working as the Registrar, please let us know.

Lance Williams, Registrar
Class of 1979
Camden Alumni Association
15 Selden Drive
Rome, New York 13440
Respond Via Contact Form

Annual Meeting & Banquet Details…

2022 Annual Meeting & Banquet

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Camden High School Cafeteria, Oswego Street, Camden, New York

(Catered by Dean’s Concessions, Tim Dean, Class of 1983, Proprietor)

Doors Open: 3:30 pm – Dinner & Program Begin At: 5:00 pm

You must purchase reservations in advance, no walk-ins will be accepted.

Doors will open at 3:30 pm. Candid pictures will be taken during the event and will later be put on the web site under the Camden Alumni Photo Gallery link. There will also be tours of the High School between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Due to the venue rules and regulations, there will be no alcohol served.

The dinner & program will begin at 5:00 pm with the awarding of eight scholarships to qualifying graduates of the Class of 2022 and honor the 50-year class of 1972 along with the past two 50-year classes of 1971 & 1970. A sit down dinner featuring Turkey & Stuffing, Pasta with Marinara & Alfredo Sauces, Sausage, Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Tossed Salad, Rolls & Butter, Dessert and Beverages (Coffee, Tea, Soda & Water) will be served buffet style. (Table service will be available for those in need of assistance.)

This year, due to inflation pressures, we had to raise the dinner price to $23 per person.
Annual dues will remain $5 per year to help cover other additional costs incurred throughout the year.

Complete and mail your Banquet Reservation and your annual Alumni Association dues, using This Form, by the banquet reservation deadline date of Friday, May 27, 2022. You may also make your Banquet Reservations, pay your Annual Dues and make a Scholarship Fund donation online using This Link to the payment page on our website. Please consider making a scholarship donation with or without your banquet reservation.

Due to the potential turnout for this year’s banquet with three years of 50th Reunion Classes celebrating together and seating limitations of the venue, attendance will be limited to the first 325 reservations, so make your reservations early!

Alumni Banquet Reservations

We hope you are planning to attend the Annual Alumni Meeting and Banquet on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Please complete and return the reservation form at the bottom of this letter by Friday, May 27, 2022 to guarantee your reservation and allow us time to arrange seating. Reservations postmarked or requested after this deadline will only be accepted based on available seating.

You can make your online Banquet Reservations, Dues & Scholarship Donation payment by CLICKING HERE

You can download a Banquet Reservations, Dues & Scholarship Donation form by CLICKING HERE