45th Annual Shortline Alumni Plans Underway
Plans are underway for the 45th annual gathering of all students and faculty that graduated from, or attended, any of the Shortline area schools.
The weekend will begin with the away football game between the Valley Lumberjacks and Clay-Battelle on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
Due to the game being away, on Friday, Sept. 8, the alumni association will be honoring Alumni Track. The game will be home, and the opponent will be Cameron. It starts at 7 p.m. All alumni track needs to be on the visitors’ side of the field at 6:15 p.m.
A social will also be held on Sept. 15, 7-11 p.m. in the Commons Area of Valley High School. Those not wishing to attend the football game can enjoy a visit with former classmates at the school. Those that do attend the game can stop in afterwards. Refreshments will be available, and there is no admission charged. Donations will be taken to help defray the cost of the refreshments.
Saturday, Sept. 9 will begin with the annual Shortline Alumni Golf Scramble at Riverside golf course. Please contact Jenny Brown at 304-815-1770 for details on registering for the golf outing.
The banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. at Robert C. Byrd Center in Pine Grove. Doors to the center will open at 4 p.m. A school group will be preparing and serving the banquet in order to raise funds, so in order to avoid any cost to them, advance reservations for the banquet are required. The cost for the banquet is $15 per person. Please notify Jenny Ring Brown at 304-815-1770 to reserve a table at the banquet for decade or class reunions.
The business meeting, election of officers, introduction of the Keith Highley Scholarship recipients and presentation of the Honored Alumnus and Faculty Member will take place following the dinner. The positions of First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary. Nominations will be taken from the floor.
The dance will begin at 9 p.m. and will end at midnight. It will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Center in Pine Grove. The dance is for Shortline alumni that graduated or attended! Please do not ask to admit non-alumni unless they are a spouse/guest of a Shortline alumnus – one guest per person. Admission for the dance is $10 per person. Advance reservations will be accepted, or you can pay at the door.
The Shortline Alumni Association’s mailing list currently includes more than 500 e-mail addresses, which helps to greatly lower the mailing costs by utilizing an electronic invitation to those with internet access. If you have an e-mail address, please let the alumni association know. If you have not attended events in the past two years, and if the association does not receive notice that you want to remain on the list, they will no longer send an invitation due to increasing postage costs.
No banquet reservations will be accepted after Sept. 8.
The alumni association also has a website: www.orgsites.com/wv/shortline alumniassociation
Current association members are as follows: Megan Bucher (VHS, 2013), president; Jane Bell Beckett (VHS, 1966), first vice-president; Butch Streets (VHS, 1984), second vice-president; Dick Hinerman (PGHS, 1955), treasurer; Steve Morris (VHS, 1984), recording secretary; Jenny Ring Brown (VHS, 1981), corresponding secretary.