BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni News
July 12, 2004
CLASS OF 84 REUNION THE BIG DATE FOR CLASS OF 84 IS SATURDAY 31 AT NOTTINGHAMS AT THE ROBINHOOD. If you need more information call Toni Burton-Gerlette at 909-584-4411.
The 6th Annual Steven G. Mihaylo / Big Bear High Education Foundation Banquet was held at the Northwoods Hotel on June 13 and was again a wonderful experience for the winners of the $19,000 awarded in scholarships. We also honor the retirees from the school district.
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Kelsey Allen, Alexis Carlson, Elizabeth Diaz, Daniel Duran, Jeffrey Field, Natalie Jecusco, Derrick Knapic,Natalie Lastra, Ashley LaBarre, Lindsay Liu, Stephanie McCutcheon,April MonickMarleen Monteroz, Megan Pennington-Boggio, Mikaila Rimbenieks, Samantha Salmas, Darlene Salseda, Scott SmithJonell Snapper, Cameron Snyder
RETIREES: This years retirees were Terry Aikens - 39 years as a second grade teacher, Vernon (Dar) Davis - 27 years as mechanic and then head mechanic of the transportation system, Sabra Mark - 10 years as aide and then teacher at Chataqua, Sharon Rock - 30 years as secretary and Administrative Assistant at the High School and North Shore, and Ron Peavy, 32 years as teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, Principal of the High School and the last 8 years as Superintendent. It was a wonderful evening with Steve Mihaylo personally flying in from New York to give the scholarships. Our Education Foundation has now given out over $80,000 in scholarships and over $50,000 in grants to the teachers and students in the district. We have now reached over $500,000 in our endowment. All in six years. WHAT A WONDERFUL EVENING!!!!!! RESERVE THE SECOND SUNDAY OF JUNE NEXT YEAR AS THE POSSIBLE DATE FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL BANQUET.
ORCHIDS: To all the Board members of the Foundation who work so tirelessly and contribute so many hours to the success of the Foundation. The joy that these board members receive for their volunteer work is so evident in this community.
It was so good to see Christie (Reynolds) Gipe at the banquet. Christie is a tennis teaching pro and came to Big Bear to give a tennis clinic for the girls tennis team. Her niece, Kelly Reynolds (Darrell Reynolds and Sue (DeLaurie) Reynolds, is on the High School tennis team. Thanks Christie. You look as beautiful as always and the girls really enjoyed the lesson from a real "Pro".
Subject: Update on Jason and Bryan Schaefer
Good morning Al!
Chris Schaefer (my boyfriend Craig Peterson's sister) was in town last weekend and provided me with an update on her sons. I let her know
that I would forward on to you to include in your e-mail news. Also, Chris would enjoy being added to your distribution list. Jason is majoring in Teledramatic Arts and Technology at CSU Monterey Bay. He is also working 20 hours a week for the City of Monterey as an artifact specialist. He is in charge of the city archives and has keys to Doc Rickett's Lab! Bryan graduated from CSU Monterey Bay and is working for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) as a ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) pilot and technician. E-mail Chris to get Bryan's address and website. Chris's e-mail address is noted above.
Executive Secretary to the Superintendent
Bear Valley Unified School District
NEWSLETTER: The newsletter of the Foundation which is put out by Tony
Kerst has been sent out. If you have not received a copy by this time, please send me an e-mail and I will see that you get a copy. Tony has a wonderful article in the newsletter about all the Big Bear High graduates who are teaching in the Bear Valley School District and those graduates who are teaching in other communities. Thanks to all of you who sent in information last year when we did our teaching survey in our Alumni e mailings. If we missed someone, please let me know and we will include them in future e-mails.
ED. NOTE: Received the following e-mail from Cliff Douglas who many of our alumni remember from the 1960's. Glad to hear he is feeling better.
Thanks, as always, for the email update. I really admire all the work you do for the Foundation. I am not sure yet if I can make it to the Foundation dinner. I will come if I can. May 19 I had a burst (exploded) appendix, peritonitis, emergency surgery, ten days in hospital, and what I am told are a bunch of common attendant complications and trials for this type surgery during and after the hospital stay. I am doing a little better each day, thankful to be alive and slowly mending. Oddly, this sort of thing is supposed to happen to 15 - 30 year olds, not geezers, so I guess I am happy to still be getting young people's maladies rather than geezer maladies. It has been a bit of a focusing experience, to say the letter.
Received an e-mail from Neal Waner, the president of the Steven G. Mihalyo/Big Bear Education Foundation after the banquet (June 13) and he reported the following:
First of all, thanks to all of you for an outstanding annual dinner! Each year I don't think we can improve on the last, and each year it gets better. Thank you to each of you in your efforts in making that evening so special.
And the good news continues...
I just received an email from Steve (Mihalyo) this morning letting us know that he is going to gift us 5,000 shares of INTL stock. That is a gift of between $100,000 and $125,000 depending on the day we value the gift.
The challenge attached to Steve's gift is that means we have to raise at least $50,000 (or $62,500) from April 1st 2004 to March 31st 2005 to keep our 501c3 "public" foundation status. From the inflow of those funding their scholarships and pledges and other prospective donors we're talking to, that should not be a daunting task. However, we will keep an eye on fundraising this year better than we have in the past due to this larger gift by Steve. In our next meeting (in September) we'll talk about a letter writing campaign or special event to make sure that from our side we raise half of the value of Steve's gift during this fiscal year.
Lastly, a warm welcome to our newest board member, Ron Peavy. Ron, it is good to have you back at our table.
ED NOTE: This a great Foundation to be a part of. I will keep you informed of the Fund raising for this fall and winter. Hope some of you can help!!!!
It's been a busy summer already. Don't forget to sign up for the Kyle Hagman Memorial Golf tournament scheduled on Sunday, September 12. Someone has to beat the Dick Kun foursome! They have a great team every year. If I play on his team he will be sure to lose. It is a great day of fun and golf. If you need more information I will be sending along all the details in August.