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Dear Alumni, Former Faculty and Staﬀ and Friends,
WOW! What an exciting and busy time it has been for the Alumni Association. June 7‐9 we held our Alumni Reunion and the turnout was ASTOUNDING! It truly is a reminder that we have remained a strong Scotland Family. The weekend was a busy one with meetings, tours, dinners, dancing, and most importantly creating new Scotland memories. Elections were held for officers and I am honored to serve as the President for another term. I would like to take a moment to recognize our alumni officers: Vice President – Rick Gates ‘69, Secretary – Sally Sheaffer ‘65, Treasurer – Ken Beck ‘74, and Sergeant‐at‐Arms Randy Gates ‘71 and David Shaw ‘75. A very special thank you to George ‘Satch’ Croutz ’70 for his many, many years of dedicated service to the Alumni Association and as serving in the capacity of Vice President for most of those years. THANK YOU Satch for the endless amount of hours you have contributed to make our Association what it is today!
SSVC makes history! A state historical marker commemorating the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children was unveiled on July 13, 2013. The ceremony was amended by many alumni, former faculty and staff, and local supporters in the community. This marker will tell the story of what our school did for so many veterans’ and their families. As the day was somber it also was a blissful occasion knowing that the memory of SSVC will also be alive.
Now for another exciting upcoming event – our 10th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament! Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5,
2013! Each year our tournament has been a huge success and we couldn’t do it without your help. THANK YOU to each of our sponsors, volunteers, and players! You are the ones who make this tournament successful! A letter and flyer are enclosed outlining the details of this year’s tournament and sponsorship opportunities. We will also continue the ALUMNI CHALLENGE. All you need to do is send a $5.00 donation and this will get your name and class in the program. Are you up for the challenge?
I hope to see you at our tournament but if you cannot make it, I hope to see you at the Homecoming dinner on November 2, 2013. This
year’s event will be held at the VFW Post 1599 in Chambersburg. Please see the secretary’s report for additional information. And please be sure to pass the word regarding our events! An invitation is extended to all alumni and the extended family of former faculty and staff for all alumni events. The Association works hard on planning our events and strives to keep our family together, even more so with the closing of our school. We surely hope all can join us for any (or maybe even all) of our special events!
Speaking of special events. There are two more upcoming events you need to know about. On September 14th is the picnic in Scotland Village and September 21st is the “flapjack” breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s in Chambersburg. All alumni and friends of SSVC are invited to all the Association events.
In closing, I hope everyone is taking the time to enjoy their summer and Ruby and I look forward to seeing you at the golf tournament in October!
James A. Lowe
SSVC Alumni Association
Granville Waldt ’41 attended the historical marker ceremony on July 13, 2013. Gran had an opportunity to speak with MG Wesley Craig, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania. After General Craig heard Gran’s story about life at Scotland and all he has done since his start at Scotland, General Craig gave Gran one of his military coins. Typical
Gran, when he learned why the general gave him the coin, he could hardly believe it. Gran is a stalwart Scotland kid and has accomplished many things in life, all with which General Craig was quite impressed!
James Gilgore ’53: Jim Gilgore was in the States during August on his annual visit to the homeland. Jimmy was able to enjoy a family reunion and regretted not being able to get together with two alumni in Chambersburg,
Nancy Oliver ’53 and Peggy Moore Stout ’54. Jimmy lives in Germany and was the European Commander for the VFW. His post feeds wounded warriors every week. Additionally, he was featured about a year or so ago in one of the veteran magazines. And, he volunteers at the Lundstedt Hospital. Jimmy Gilgore, truly one of the good guys!
Lorraine Fochler ’61 sent a note for all alumni. “I wish to thank all my classmates and those other students who sent me “well‐wishes” during my recovery period. The cards were surely a part of getting well. My daughter said I was the “card queen”. She was amazed at the flood of response. No one can understand the deep connection that will always be a part of the “children” of SSVC. We were certainly our own caregivers. I’m remiss in not sending this earlier, but I am truly thankful for the good wishes.” We are grateful to have Lorraine with us!
Alice Negley Sullivan ’62 is living in Lewisville, TX for 45 years. While working in Washington, DC, Alice met a nice Navy man who she married and they lived happily ever after!
James E. Rhodes, III ’64 passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on February 21, 2013. Nancy, Jim’s wife of 44 years, asked us to pass along her thanks to alumni and friends for all the cards, notes, flowers and prayers at the time of Jim’s death. Nancy said our expressions of sympathy will always be remembered. After graduation, Jim served honorably in the Navy during the Viet Nam conflict from 1964 to 1967. Jim continued his service to his fellow veterans by working at Scotland School for 17 years. Jim was a true patriot and was a member of numerous local veterans’ organizations, including the American Legion Post 612, St. Thomas, where he was a life
John Sheaffer ’66 and Sally Sheaffer ’65: We wish to thank all the alumni and friends of Scotland for their prayers, cards and concern shown for our family on the deaths of our Dad, Douglas Beck and our sister, Linda “Bupps” Sheaffer Price ’69 during the month of June
2013. Thank you and God bless all of you. Thank you also to those of you who made a memorial donation in Linda Bupps’ name to the Alumni Association. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. We are also grateful for your donations in Bupps’ memory. You warmed our hearts and helped your Association. Again, thank you and bless you.
Bill Lekosky ’72: Bill sent along his thanks to Jim Lowe ’70 and the officers for devoting their time to the home we ALL grew up at. Bill goes on to say, “Who would have thought that we would reminisce about the home most of us waited to leave behind us. We were too immature to understand what our home would mean to us all these
many years which have passed.” Bill does have a point! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bill.
Shelia Bradley –Vitruk ‘77 and Gayla Bradley Evanson ‘79 attended reunion this year. Talk about bubbly and beautiful! Neither sister has changed and they have wonderful families plus careers that keep them pretty busy. Glad they found time to come to reunion!
Dr. Herb Turner, III ’79: Herb Turner was recently published in SAS Institute, Inc.’s publication as a “success story”. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who knows Herb. Herb‘s recognition by SAS came from Herb helping his students gain a competitive edge with a course that prepares them to earn a globally recognized SAS credential. Herb is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. For the record, Herb’s course was a first‐of‐its‐kind curriculum to help students earn the SAS certification. Kudos to you, Herb! Herb gives credit to his “Scotland discipline” and said, “Our School may be closed, but the lessons learned will live on for generations!”
Norman Waters ’88: My apologies to Norman for incorrectly listing his class year in the last (issue #117) newsletter. Norman graduated in 1988.
Erik‐Jon Martinez ‘98 received a “Scotland Band” jacket in 1998. He can still wear it and proved it with a picture on Facebook. Still looking good, Erik‐Jon! By the way, Dana Felton ‘96 says she still has hers! Maybe we could see all the Scotland Band jackets sometime on campus?
Kenneth Peeples II ‘99 just received his Master’s and is now going for his Doctorate at Temple University. Congratulations, Ken!
Class of 1954, Reunion, June 8, 2013. Seven alumni of the original 37 got together at the Orchards in Chambersburg. Amazing!
Pictured (from left to right): Jerry Sanner (WA), Rose
Marie Shrawder Hoke (PA), Tom Slee (PA), Corindo “Cory” DeLarurentis (PA), Paul Knouse (AZ), John Gibbons (PA), Eddie DePascale (NJ), Peggy Moore Stout (PA). 49th Reunion for the class of 1954.
Kennetha Peeples, 2000 has been busy since she left Scotland. Kennetha is a model, an author, owns her own production company, and has a full time job. But most important to Kennetha is raising two little guys! Keep up the great work Kennetha!
Tierra Ryan, 2000 was able to fit reunion into her busy schedule this year. She was there with her father, Tony Ryan ‘64 and aunt and uncle, Ronnie ‘65 and Liza Ryan.