Claremont, New Hampshire
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There are six scholarships available to 2nd, 3rd. and 4th year students. The criteria is that a letter of intent and need be sent to the alumni office prior to April 15 of any given year. They must also include a short biography of their accomplishments, a recommendation from one of their instructors, and a transcript for the first semester of their current classes.
SHS Alumni Association
PO Box 710
Claremont NH 03743
Attn: Carolyn LeBlanc
Greetings fellow Stevens Alumni!
This past June, we celebrated our 144th reunion. The park was filled with vendors as the 67th alumni parade stepped off at 10:30 sharp. It was a perfect summer day and spectators from near and far filled the streets. Pat, the Patriots football team mascot along with Milo the moose mascot from NH Motor Speedway thoroughly enjoyed mingling with children and adults alike and graciously posed for the many pictures being taken. Steve Smith of Newport’s radio station was again our emcee, and Claremont’s CCTV was there to video the parade. Alumni officers, board members, and committee members filled the horse drawn carriages, surrey and wagon. Chosen as parade marshals by the 25 year class, 1990, Paul Magoon and his wife Joan led the way. There was 100% participation by 5-year classes showing off the workmanship in these quality floats. They all deserve a big “Thank You” for their part in making the parade a success.
Will we have a 145th reunion? Of course we will, but the number of bands, units, etc. in our 68th annual parade will have to be shaved down. The parade fund raiser that so many of you support year after year nets between five and six thousand dollars which ensures that we have a parade, but it may only consist of floats, the school bands, a limited number of Bektash units and a possibility of one or two hired bands.
The alumni board and parade committee held an emergency meeting to discuss what can be done to make the weekend of June 11th, 2016, another successful reunion weekend including another super parade that will wind its way along the streets of Claremont. The board voted to promote a 1/20 club with cash prizes. Tickets have been printed and are available for purchase. Dick Girard is chairperson for this fundraiser and can be reached at 603‐543‐6398 or one can call the alumni office at 603‐542‐8987 and your calls will be returned. There will be twenty $20, one $150, and one $300 cash prizes. The drawing will take place at the October alumni meeting.
Later in the Fall, another idea is a calendar fundraiser where one can pick a favorite number(s) to win cash prizes is taking shape, and of course, the annual Christmas Poinsettia sales promotional will again be headed by Bob Stringer and kick off in November. We are also planning for a Bingo night to be held at Claremont’s Senior Center in October/November. Chris Theriault has offered to help Carolyn LeBlanc with the necessary State of New Hampshire’s paperwork involved to set this up. The cookbook project remains on a back burner. If we can get some volunteers to bring all of these wonderful recipes together, we will have another potential source of income.
As you can see, we are being proactive in trying to generate the much needed funds for the annual, and now expected, parade and the general fund for daily operating expenses. BUT we still need your help.
If we all paid our yearly dues, still at $10, by the way, the income would eliminate much of the concern as how do we survive year-to-year. The math is easy 7,400+ members times $10 is how much? Enough to have a “Bang Up” parade and pay all our yearly expenses with a cushion to start the new year. What a wonderful feeling that would be for all of us.
Please, together, let us retain the distinction of this organization of 7,400 plus members as the “Oldest Active High School Alumni Association in the USA”.
On another note, the stage has been completed and has been replicated to resemble the original grand old stage that we all treasured so much. After the annual meeting last June, tours were given to all interested alumni members and general public to see, right up and close, the newly renovated building.
The Country Kitchen caterers who were hired to service the banquet this year were a huge success and have already been asked to reserve June 11, 2016, for our 145th banquet.
The banquet is where we recognize students who have been awarded scholarships. We were able to give $65,700 in scholarship aid to 35 seniors and 12 post-secondary students. This is the largest sum of money we have awarded to date, so you can see that these funds are strong and are being invested wisely by our investment advisor, Tom Zuttermeister and reviewed yearly by our scholarship committee.
In closing, I want to say “Thank You” to those who have faithfully supported us year after year and to you who have not been able to, it is not too late to start. Another note for those who are unaware, it is not necessary to pay back dues, so please don’t let that be a deterrent for you not lending a hand.
There has been some confusion regarding Alumni dues and individual Class dues. ALUMNI dues are $10 yearly and are sent to the Alumni Office. Your individual CLASS dues are remitted to YOUR CLASS representative, not the Alumni Office.
One more note of interest. We had over 35 businesses support our newsletter this past year. We must be doing something right. If your class received a $200 cash award for your float, please give the business that sponsored this money prize a big “thank you”.
As always, we are open to new ideas and comments. Call the office at 603‐542‐8987 or me at home at 603‐542‐8510. With your support, we can make this another memorable year for the Alumni Association and for Claremont.
Douglas LeBlanc ‘ 63
Stevens High School Alumni Association
Third Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 PM
Claremont Savings Bank, Downstairs
Submitted by: Robert Stringer, President
|ALUMNI DAY EVENTS
June 6, 2015
PARADE THEME: “FAVORITE CITIES”
Starting Time: 10:30 a.m.
BUSINESS MEETING and LUNCHEON:
Entrée: (To be determined)
Do not forget to register your class float for the June 6, 2015 parade.
Anyone whether alumni, business, non-profit or individual please call and register their float with Bob Stringer.
The parade theme this year is "FAVORITE CITIES".
(We are not sure when the registration forms will be available on the Internet, due to web redesign.)
Bob Stringer can email or fax a form to you.
Parade registration would consist of the following information:
Please document the information and deliver to:
Bob Stringer, Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont NH 03743
Phone: 603-542-5129, Fax: 603-542-9223, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(The earlier the better.)
All floats must be inspected by the police department.
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