For my final column of the year 2017, I primarily have news to report from the Covington Alumni Foundation. It’s been was a busy, active year for the Foundation. This year, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling $2,000 to two recipients. As approved by the Covington Alumni Foundation’s Advisory Committee, a check for $500 was awarded to GIVE Medical Ministry to support their ongoing service to the community, specifically the Covington Health Fair. An additional check for $1,500 was given to the Troy-Miami County Library in support of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library here in Covington. These grants awarded are added to the total from previous years, which include the Covington Elementary Gifted Program — $184, the Covington High School STEM Robot -—$1,149, and the J.R. Clarke Public Library — $2,000. The donated funds are starting to add up!
The annual Covington High School Alumni Banquet was held back in late spring, on June 3, at the new K-8 school. The delicious meal was catered by Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering and Lee’s Chicken of Piqua. 261 people were served. Jim Meyer was the emcee and did a terrific job! The guest speaker was Mr. Tim Vogler. Tim spoke about playing football at Covington, at Ohio State under Coach Woody Hayes, and in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills. Denise Boyer did a fantastic job having the cafeteria ready for the alumni. Larry Wise arranged for the advertising in the Stillwater Advertiser. Beverly Clark Zimmer kept the event moving forward. Ben Robinson took a lot of pictures at the banquet and of the honored classes. The CHS football players and coaches helped with getting people safely into the building, seated, and served. They did a wonderful job. The dance was held afterward at the Eagles Hall, with the Road House Mafia band playing. A great time was had by all!
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Alumni Banquet, to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the new gym of the K-8 building. The honored classes next year will be 2018, 2008, 1993, 1968, and 1958. Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering and Lee’s Chicken will again be preparing the meal. Jim Meyer will be back to emcee, and the football players and coaches will again assist. The dance will be held at the Eagles starting at 8 p.m. If any Covington alumni did not receive an invitation, then the committee must either have the wrong address, or no address for you. Please contact Jay Wackler at 418-2363 or firstname.lastname@example.org to correct your information, or to join the mailing list to keep up with your hometown school updates.
Lastly, the Alumni Foundation would like to remember fondly the Covington High School Alumni who have passed away, from June 2016 until before the banquet in June 2017. John Warner (Class of 1938); Pauline Ranch Whitmer and Floyd Kline (1939); Betty Maier Dershem (1942); Pauline Martin Stump (1943); Ruth Clark Hess and Ralph Schaurer (1944); Helen Tower Yingst (1946); Pauline Garman Folkerth; Bernice Carney Hawes and Romona Via Tower (1947); John Man and Thomas W. Finfrock (1950); Donna Shawler Maxson (1951); Patricia Brunton Clark (1952); James E. Rench (1955); Edith Palser Boring (1956); Gene A. Brannon (1958); Gary Dowler (1959); Loretta Earick Rauch (1960); James B. Manning and Thomas Kimmel (1964); James Adams (1966); Thomas Weer (1967); Robert Homan (1968); Donald L. Knapp (1969); Kathy Carine O’Donnell (1970); Michael Zimmer (1974); Harold Stambaugh; Rodney Victor and Anthony Schmidt (1975); Doyle Brubaker (1976); Daniel Burgess (2001); and Jaret VanHoose (2017). We remember these Covington alumni in a special way this Christmas season.
Anyone interested in making a year-end tax-deductible contribution to the Covington Alumni Foundation, please send your check payable to the Foundation to 807-A Chestnut St., Covington, OH 45318. Donations may also be made via a credit or debit card at the Covington Alumni Foundation/Covington Education Association website. Just Google search the Covington Exempted Village Schools, and click on the “Alumni Website” tab to get to that site.
And finally, thank you to everyone who has enjoyed reading this Calling Around Covington column in 2017. I appreciate your kind comments and your constructive criticism and grammar lessons as well! And thank you to all those who faithfully send me the news and events going on here in our Covington community. My wife Stacey and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and blessings for the year 2018!
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