Fall 2019 Newsletter

Time again to report on the happenings of the summer and fall.  Then a look forward to winter and 2020.

We had a great time at the get-together and luncheon in June.  This year we celebrated the 50th, 60th and 70th year anniversary of leaving Phoenix High School.  We had a great turnout.  There were many people from the celebrated classes as well as many from other years.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, I will recap a little of the happenings.

On Friday June 28, there was a casual get-together so everyone could just come and visit. The Centennial Golf Course provided a large outside tent on their beautiful grounds.  They also provided a lot of good food and drinks for purchase.

On Saturday June 29, at the Rogue Valley Manor, we started the day at 10 AM with a meet and greet.  It was so much fun to see everyone and have time to visit.  At noon we all enjoyed a delicious buffet.  When we finished eating, we had a short meeting.

The classes we honored this year were 1969, 1959, and 1949.  It was interesting to hear what everyone has been doing since their days at Phoenix/Talent High School.

Also attending the luncheon were 9 of the 10 scholarship recipients.  They all had a chance to speak and let us all know of their goals, what a great bunch of young people.  Included were:  Maria Mena 2015-2019; Miguel Ceron 2016-2020; Cedrus King 2016-2020; Jesus Ledezma  2017-2021; Troy Altunel 2017-2021; Amna Hoorain 2018-2022; Kassidy Hood 2019-2023; Ruby Peral 2019-2020; Julissa Villasenor 2019-2020.  Kadie Beer 2019– 2020 was unable to attend as she was participating in a baseball game in Salem.

Our guest speaker was Mr. Toby Walker, the principal of the high school.  He has been very supportive of our organization and continues to help us.

The PHS Alumni Scholarship board was also introduced.  They include: Sharla Mankins Draheim-Connell President; Nancy Day Olson-Jones Vice-President; Julie Hague-Gray Secretary (absent); Darlene Flagg Ditsworth Treasurer; Dorothy Cotton Newsletter editor; Ron Williams Scholarship Chairman; Breeze Chapman PHS/Alumni Liaison; Polly Fowler Farrimond member-at-large; Celine Farrimond Media; Aleta Logan Barlett Directory (absent) ; Janie Chisum Moore Silent Auction Chairperson; Historian position is vacant at the present time.

An election of officers was held.  The position of President and Vice-President were due to be voted on this year.  Since no one wished to fill either position, Sharla and Nancy agreed to serve another term.  It was with a unanimous vote that Sharla Mankins Draheim-Connell will remain President and Nancy Day Olson-Jones will remain Vice-President.   They have both done such a tremendous job and we do appreciate them both.

For more information about the luncheon, pictures, etc., please check out our Facebook page: “Phoenix High School Pirates Alumni”.

Other happenings:

In October the Alumni Association participated in the Phoenix City/Homecoming Parade.  It was a lot of fun and our trolley was full.

The Tailgate party was a great success with a good turnout.  Everyone enjoyed chili and cornbread and then watched the Homecoming game.

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The next fundraiser planned by the association is the Annual PHS Alumni Scholarship Auction.  This year it will be held Saturday, December 7th.   The auction will take place in the high school commons with the doors opening at 5:00 PM.  The silent auction will be from 5:00—6:30 PM.  There will be over 75 baskets and items in the silent auction.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM., provided by the Olive Garden Restaurant.   At 7:30 PM the live auction will begin with lots of items to auction off thanks to a long list of friends and sponsors.

Anyone interested in attending the auction; tables are being sold for $100.00 per table with seating for 8.  There are also seats available for parties of one or two.  Call Sharla to reserve your seat or table:  541-890-1289.   To pay for the items purchased, cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

For more information or to see the reunion pictures, please check us out on:

Facebook: Phoenix High School Pirates Alumni

E-mail: board@phoenixtalentalum.com

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Now it is time to start planning for next year.   Reservations have already been made for the Friday evening Get-Together.  We will meet again at the Centennial Golf Course on North Phoenix Road June 26, 2020.

The Annual Alumni Luncheon and meeting will be Saturday June 27, 2020 at the Rogue Valley Manor.  We will be honoring the classes of 1970, 1960, 1950, etc.  

Mark your calendars and watch for more information in the Spring Newsletter.

HOW ABOUT OUR NEW SCHOOL !

Above is a conceptual drawing of how the new Phoenix/Talent High School will look.  For those of you who  haven’t heard, a bond was passed a couple of years ago to build a new High School in the same area as the old one.  The gymnasium and theater will remain but everything else will be new.  The current High School was originally built in 1948-1949 and has undergone numerous remodels since that date.  I’m not sure which remodel the picture on the front of the newsletter is but this is the look I remember.  The first phase of the building was started in June of this year.  It consists of a two story building just south of the current building.  The entire project is scheduled to be finished December 2020.   

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The classmates that have passed away that we have heard about since out last newsletter include:  Cathy Beeson Weber (74); Joan Kennedy (74); Crystal Cyphers (2003); Caroline Beeson (68); Rosemary Robertson Sauer (66); David Dudley (64); John Stewart (Teacher); John Smook (Teacher); Duane Smith (Teacher); Matt Zoll (91);  Scott White (2003).   If anyone knows of anyone else, please let us know.

If anyone knows of any changes to addresses and/or names, please let us know so we can keep our information as correct as possible.  Also, if anyone is receiving this newsletter by regular mail and would like to receive it by e-mail, please send us your e-mail address.  This will help us keep costs down.

Happy Holidays

Your Newsletter Editor, Dorothy Cotton


Last chance to buy Luncheon tickets!

Alumni & Friends,

Next Wednesday (the 19th of June) is the last chance to purchase tickets to the Luncheon Meeting at the Rogue Valley Manor on the 29th of June. We must receive your reservation by that day. The cost is $25 per person. This is also a great chance to support our scholarship recipients and pay your annual dues!

Click here to view the printable version of the RSVP.

If you would like to pay over the phone or bring a check to the event, please send us an email at board@phoenixtalentalum.com with a completed form.

We will be honoring the class of 1969 and thier 50th year since high school, along with 1959 & 1949 on 60 and 70 years.

You will get a chance to hear about what the Alumni Association and your classmates have been up to & meet our new scholarship recipients!

For more information, please see our newsletter! Our annual Meet & Greet will be on June 28th at 5pm with BBQ tickets available at the door.

-PHS Alumni Scholarship Association Board


Spring 2019 Newsletter

PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION

PHOENIX / TALENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER

It’s Spring here in the Rogue Valley and time to make plans for the year.  First we will look at our annual luncheon; hopefully everyone is making plans to attend.

At the luncheon this year we will be honoring the “50 years since High School” students from the class of 1969.  We also will be honoring the classes of 1959 and 1949 for 60 and 70 years since High School.

If you have a class reunion coming up, please let us know! We would love to include it on our calendar and help you in any way we can. Visit our alumni portal here.

Saturday Luncheon at the Rogue Valley Manor

This year, as in the last few years, the luncheon will be held at the Rogue Valley Manor at 1200 Mira Mar Ave. in Medford.  The date will be June 29, 2019.  The cost will remain the same at $25. per person. 

Be sure to send your reservation in before June 19 as that is when we need to send in our final count of attendees.  No luncheon tickets can be sold at the door.

On June 29th, the day will start at 10:00 AM with coffee, tea, and time for a lot of visiting with old friends and classmates.  At 12:00 noon, our president Sharla will call everyone together and we will enjoy a buffet lunch.  I am sure it will be as good as usual.

Following lunch, Sharla will begin our meeting by introducing the board members.  We will then hear the minutes of last years luncheon and our current treasurers report.

During the meeting there will an opportunity for our honored classmates to take the microphone and tell us what has been happening in their lives since they left high school.  It is always interesting to hear the varying directions everyone’s life has taken them.

As in years past, there will be a get together held on Friday evening (June 28) at the Centennial Golf Course at 1900 North Phoenix Road.  This is an informal event and will start at 5:00 PM.  We meet in the large  canopy outside where the view is beautiful and the air fresh and clean, usually with a breeze. There will be food and drinks available.  As last year, there will be hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, fruit salad, and cookies available for $15.00.  There will also be a no-host bar available.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time, just show up and enjoy the evening with classmates and friends.  Purchasing dinner is optional.

Friday Evening Meet & Greet at Centennial Golf Course

Now a catch-up on what’s been happening since our last newsletter.  Last December was the second auction fundraiser.  We had a great time and made over $20,000.00 to help with the scholarship fund.  We had a silent auction, live auction, and Olive Garden spaghetti dinner.  All the items auctioned and most of the dinner was donated by local businesses and many many friends of the PHS Alumni Scholarship Association.  Some of the items that were auctioned even came from out of town.  The farthest away came from Texas.  Aleta Logan Bartlett (class of 1966) sent a beautiful quilt she made and donated. 

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This year’s events include the get-together and luncheon as well as many other fun things. 

On May 18, there will be a City Wide Yard Sale put on by the Leadership class, which we support.

On October 9 we will participate in the Homecoming Parade.  Let us know if you want to participate in this.

On October 11 at 4 PM we will have an Alumni Tailgate Party.  We will have an open grill so bring your favorite meat to grill and a side dish to share.

On October 11 at 7 PM (following the tail gate party) will be the Homecoming game.  The Alumni Association will have a special place to sit in the bleachers.  

On October 31, the Alumni Association will participate in the Halloween Carnival hosted by the Leadership class.  This will include a cupcake walk.

December 7 is the day for our third annual Scholarship Auction.  The doors will open at 5 PM with a silent auction and Olive Garden dinner.  The live auction will begin at 7 PM.  Pre table sales will reserve your table.  There are 36 tables at $100 each.  For anyone wishing to come and cannot purchase a whole table, or if you have questions, contact one of the board members for all the details.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could help every student that wanted a higher education get one?

We currently have 6 students who receive 4-year scholarships of $1,500.00 each and 2 students who receive a one-year scholarship of $500.00 each..  We are growing but it doesn’t come without a lot of work. 

The Alumni Association is looking for anyone who would like to be part of this up and coming group.  

Your $7.00 yearly dues go a long way to help with the operating costs.

Contributing doesn’t always mean “with money”.  If anyone has any free time they could spare and would like to help, please let us know.  There are LOTS of varying jobs you could do (large and small) without even being in Southern Oregon; currently our Treasurer lives in Portland and our Directory editor lives in Texas.  Anyone interested, please contact any board members. 

If anyone has anything they would like to donate for the auction in December please contact a Board member.

We are still looking for someone interested in being our Historian.. This includes maintaining the scrapbooks and pictures. 

We also need a Grant writer; this might help us to do more fund raisers and make more money for our students.

Let us know if you are interested.

Our schoolmates no longer with us include: Bob Hurd (1954); Ken Tycksen (1965); Dorothy Keene Claflin (1948); Scott White (.1993);  Beth Wade Detwiler (1949); Lloyd “Nick” Nikodym (1949); Elizabeth “Betty” Epperson Keene (1946); Robert “Bob” Carr (1949); Matt Zoll (1991);  Jim Walker.   Not all these people passed away this year, it is just a list of the people we have heard about since our fall newsletter.  If anyone knows of someone we have missed please let us know.

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To keep in touch with the PHS Alumni Scholarship Association check out our webpage and follow us on Facebook and join our email list via the form below.

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION
PHOENIX / TALENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
FALL 2018 NEWSLETTER

Time again for our fall newsletter. What has been happening since our last newsletter? Well, to start with, there was the yearly luncheon in June honoring the Phoenix High School students of 50 years ago, as well as 60 and 70 years ago. Here is a brief rundown of the days events.

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