West Chester alumni hold banquet
West Chester Alumni and their guests met Sunday, June 1, 2013, at the West Chester Heritage Schoolhouse for a potluck meal at 12 p.m. Gene Bauer, class of 1953, welcomed West Chester alumni, the Heritage Board and community associates. Ron Bowser, class of 1950, gave the invocation.
After the bountiful meal, Gene Bauer called the meeting to order by thanking the Heritage Committee for all the accomplishments of the past year, which was remodeling the kitchen with an $88,000 grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. The building is rented out for many family, recreational, education and community activities.
Raffle tickets were sold during West Chester Daze and at the banquet by Rob and Jean Stout and Vicki Erwin for Mid-Prairie scholarships. The winner was Evan Houts.
Sharon Sheetz Hahn read the minutes from the 2012 Alumni Banquet.
Dean Greiner gave the heritage board report. The alumni could follow along by reading the place mats the heritage board had provided. By being frugal, the board returned some money the riverboat foundation from the kitchen remodeling. A new Wi-Fi sound system was installed, and a Facebook page and brochures were created. Dean also related to the group 2013 accomplishments and upcoming plans and entertainment.
Deceased members who were remembered were: Ed Hough (1933), Ruth Stout Krebs (1939), Arlene Churchill Kroymann (1939), Roberta Luers Larson (1942), Lester Mayer (1944), Kathleen Wehr (1948), and Doug Kiesey (1959).
Members of the Class of 1953 who were recognized were: Janet Augustine Ferguson of Colorado; Gene Bauer of California; Bonnie Richardson Brinning, of Keota, Harold Gillespie of Nebraska, Jeaniene Griggs Dusenbery of Washington, Ronald Neis of Cedar Rapids, Margaret Peiffer Ledger of Washington, Richard Ross of Ames.
Pat Dusenbery (class of 1942) from Washington was the oldest alumna attending the Banquet.
Peg McKinstry Stephens, Beverly Sprague Zehr, Rob Stout, Wilma Kleese Wright, Joe Wright and Bob Hough were recognized for attending the West Chester School for a time in their life but not graduating from the old high school.
Gene Bauer reminded the class of 1954 that they will be responsible for next year’s banquet.
Corrine Duvall and Connie Crile Bauer closed the meeting by leading the group with the school song “Joyous and Ever Loyal."
Brayton Turner, with the help of Dean Greiner and Bob Hough, auctioned donated items at the close of the meeting. It seemed the group really liked pie! Or does West Chester just have good cooks? Or was the class of 1960 mighty hungry? But who was the older gentleman who really liked gooseberry pie? Fun was had by all and more money was raised for the old West Chester School.