Letter: Report on county alumni banquet

To the editor:

The Brown County Alumni Association had its annual banquet at the Seasons Convention Center at Nashville on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. The event was attended by 203 alumni and guests. Gatherings of friendly conversation started.

Master of Ceremonies Glen Percifield welcomed the alumni and guests of all Brown County schools and gave a devotion.

Rick Kelley, president, took pictures of the honored class of 1966 outside at 5 p.m. This class had 82 who graduated. Eleven are now deceased. The class was introduced by John Jones, and 36 members were present. He spoke for the class on “thinking back.”

Bill Miller (William Spencer Miller), who was vice president of this class, has written a book called “Son of a Coal Miner’s Daughter” about his family and life on the farm, for anyone who would like to purchase a copy. Charles King spoke, thanking everyone. The class of 1966 was the first to complete all eight semesters at Brown County High School. Now, 54 years later, we congratulate the BCHS class. They experienced a significant period in the history of Brown County Schools.

After the president ended his remarks in reference to the class of 1966, Harry Bond came to the podium and explained how the Brown County gym was named Larry C. Banks Gymnasium. He called Michael O’Hara to the podium to explain and introduced everyone who helped him accomplish the change to the name of the gym. Larry C. Banks was a member of the class of 1966 and the only member of the military from Brown County who was killed in Vietnam. Banks’ name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Principal Shane Killinger spoke about the basketball team from the class of 1949.

Roll call of the classes was conducted. The oldest class member was from the class of 1939. Several were from the class of 1956, celebrating 60 years. The class of 1951 from Helmsburg had five attending for the 65-year reunion.

Door prizes were given, and a silent auction was conducted. All enjoyed a fried chicken dinner.

At the business portion of the meeting, the officers for 2016-17 were announced. They are President Glen Percifield, Vice President Rick Kelley, Secretary Eva Graves, Treasurer Ruth Ellen Evans, Registrar and Multimedia Linda Hobbs.

Because of donations, the alumni association was able to give a gift to Brown County High School Principal Shane Killinger.

The alumni banquet in 2017 will be June 24 honoring the Class of 1967. See you there!

Eva M. Graves, secretary, Brown County Alumni Association


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