Classes of 1970 and 1971 Contributes to  the  Alumni Association

At the 1970 and 1971 combined class reunion the Alumni Association was honored with a donation of $1,832.00. The classes conducted a silent auction at their meet and greet on Friday evening at Buddy and Pals. All auction items were donated by the classmates.

We are so very thankful for their generosity.

Pictured:

Barb Sobierajski, ’70 Terry Lee, ’67 and Kay Sullivan, ’71

 

 

 

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2019 Alumni Teacher Hall of Fame

Ruth Kernagis   1973-1995  Latin

Ruth graduated from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and received her Masters degree from IUN and Valparaiso University.

Her teaching career began in Crete Illinois at Hubbard Trail Junior High teaching Latin1 and then in Crete-Monee High School.  She taught in Illinois for 5 years. Ruth then taught at Taft in Crown Point and at Crown Point high school for 37 years until her retirement in 1995.

Ruth really enjoyed teaching Latin and the Latin program grew and grew. It was eventually second highest enrollment next to Spanish. Ruth was elected Indiana Latin teacher of the year, twice. Her students won many awards and held state offices in the Indiana Junior Classical league.                                                                                                            After Ruth’s husband passed away from Cancer, she became very involved with American Society and served as chairman of Crown Point Relay for Life for four years.

Ruth was then called to work in a bilingual school in Roatan, Honduras. The second year she was there she sent boxes of textbooks, they had none. Their principal asked if Ruth could put in a library at the school. Ruth had put a very small library in Flowers Bay, where she lived in Roatan. Crown Point Rotary Club decided they would like to help with the school project. The Rotary were able to get an international grant. They started collecting books for a library and with the help of many; they were able to send 10,000 books. They now have a very nice library at the school. Ruth works in the library every year that she is in Roatan.

Ruth states the work she does in Honduras is very fulfilling, She has been able to give many scholarships to students and see many students graduate.

Ruth remarried and her husband Art also loves the island and is a great help. They will return this year for the nineteenth year.

Janet W. (Szot) Drag1968-2004  English,  American Literature and Composition

Janet Drag was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana, until graduation in 1964. While in high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, Booster Club, Drama Club and the Varsity Marching Band 500 race flag corps. In 1965 her family moved to Crown Point. She earned her BA in English from Ball State University and a MS in Education from Indiana University. She began her career at Taft Junior High in 1968 where she taught 9th grade English until 1974 when she resigned to be a stay-at-home mom. She resumed her teaching experience in 1979 at Crown Point High School. Her class assignments were freshmen regular and honor English, Junior American Literature and composition, and American Studies. She particularly enjoyed witnessing the newly discovered appreciation for Shakespeare in her 9th grade students while studying Romeo and Juliet. During her years at CPHS she sponsored the cheerleaders and student booster club. She also sponsored the Girls’ Varsity Club. In addition, she joined other Crown Point colleagues in the production of the play Spoon River Anthology. After 31 years in Crown Point schools, she retired in 2004.

Janet’s son Darren and his wife Kirstin live in Edwards, Colorado; they have a daughter Payton, age 6 and a son Griffin, 3. Her husband Robert has two daughters.  Deborah, husband Kraig, and their 13-year old twins, Madison and Matthew, live in Wisconsin. Barbara and husband Charles live in Maryland.

Carl V. Smolik  1954-1965   Music Band Director 

Carl V. Smolik was born in March of 1923 in New Castle, IN. Like his father, he started playing musical instruments at a young age.  At the end of high school, when WWII broke out, Carl was drafted into the U. S. Army. During the war he played in the Army Band and entertained the troops all over Europe.

When the war ended Carl went to Ball State Teacher’s College where he earned BS and MA degrees in Music. His first teaching experience was in Spiceland, IN.  Four years later, in 1954, he moved his family to Crown Point where he taught music for eleven years. During that time the high school band earned many honor in District and State Competitions. The best honor of all was when the band was invited to perform at the 1964 Midwest National Band Clinic in Chicago. Each year, only a hand full of bands were selected to perform in this prestigious event.

Shortly after that, Carl left teaching, but he never left music. He became the District Manager of sales for the Selmer Musical Instrument Company. During the next 25 years he traveled Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey providing quality band instruments to school music programs. In that role, Carl was considered as one of the top salesmen year after year.

Carl passed away in 2005, and his wife of 58 years, Janelle Bailey Smolik passed away 15 months later. They left behind three children: Steve Smolik, Sheri Williams and Kathy Dempster-Hood with a total of 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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2019 Crown Point High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame

Colonel John Ward Wheeler   Class of 1911

John Ward Wheeler, the son of John J. and Virginia (nee Ward) Wheeler, was born on May 31, 1893.  His family’s history in Crown Point is as old as the community itself.  He was the great-grandson of local Civil War hero, Colonel John Wheeler, who was killed at Gettysburg in 1863 for whom Wheeler Middle School Point was named.  John Ward Wheeler was the great-great grandson of Crown Point’s founder Solon Robinson.

John Ward Wheeler graduated from Crown Point High School in 1911.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1916 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Like his great-grandfather, John Ward Wheeler attained the rank of colonel in the US Army.  He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) in World War I and World War II. Colonel John Ward Wheeler had a distinguished military career. His civilian career as a transportation engineer was equally impressive.  In the 1930’s, Wheeler served as Indiana Governor Paul McNutt’s Highway Commissioner.  He served on Purdue University’s Board of Trustees from 1937 until 1942 when he returned to active duty in the USACOE.  Following WWII, he served as the Assistant to the President of the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad.  During this period, he was a consultant to the Association of American Railroads.  Purdue University conferred an honorary doctor of philosophy degree upon him for his outstanding accomplishments on the USACOE’s Alcan Highway and Burma Road transportation projects.

On September 26, 1954, John Ward Wheeler was severely injured after being thrown from his horse, Babe, while riding at the family’s estate east of Crown Point.  The accident crushed three vertebrae in his back and, as a result, John Ward Wheeler was a paraplegic for the rest of his life.  John Ward Wheeler faced the challenges of life in a wheel-chair with the same “soldier-like” determination shown throughout his life.  Despite nearly constant pain, John Ward Wheeler was a source of strength, kindness, and good humor to his family.  He passed away in May 1970 and was survived by his wife Ruth and sons Harold, Henry (“Hank”), and John.

Dr. Mary Catherine Georgas-Flath  Class of 1980

 Dr. Mary Catherine Flath is a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, and has been teaching at Ashland Community & Technical College since 1994.  She received her B.S. in Biology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN (1984), and her Ph.D. in Pathology from the Medical University of SC, Charleston, SC (1991).

Mary Cat serves as Science Discipline Leader for General Education Assessment, Team Leader for the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Making Strides to End Breast Cancer Walk, and March of Dimes Walk Teams.   Mary Cat serves as ACTC’s representative to the Coalition (Community Health Improvement) Advisory Board, and supports many other community agencies and charitable organizations.

Mary Cat currently serves on Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s Foundation Board, she served on OLBH’s Board of Directors, from 2009-2017, and Chaired the Board’s Quality Improvement Committee from 2010-2017.  Mary Cat has been President of Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a Key Women Educators Society, for eight of the last ten years, and she is DKG Kentucky State Recording Secretary.

Dr. Mary Cat has a published textbook supplement, Detailed Lecture Outline to accompany John Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology Textbook, McGraw-Hill Publishers since 1998.  She has updated her publication seven times, as new textbook editions are prepared, and she and her students serve as reviewers of this text, as well.  She completed the latest revision project for the 15th textbook during 2018.

Dr. Mary Cat was honored as the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Central Region Faculty Award winner in Seattle in September 2005.   She was also honored by her former students as the Gussler Award Recipient in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2017.

Mary Cat is President/CEO of Mary Cat’s Cuisine with Family and Friends for All Seasons Cookbooks.  Her Fall and Winter editions were published in 2010, 2011, respectively, and proceeds benefit OLBH Women’s Health Fund and “I Believe Foundation”.  Her Summer cookbook is in the works.

Mary Cat is married to husband Al (32 years), and her pride and joy is her son Allen, age 25, who will be completing his Master’s from University of KY, in Electrical Engineering May.  Allen will be marrying his college sweetheart, Emily Edmiston on May 25, 2019, in Lexington.

Larry Geisen    Class of 1984

Larry is the son of Robert and Marilyn (Foss) Geisen.  He has two sisters, Cathy (Larry) Maglish and Nancy Geisen.

Attended St. Marys Catholic School where he enjoyed playing Basketball, Football and Track.  He went on to attend Crown Point High School and again played Basketball and Football (Captain senior Yr). He served as Vice President of CPHS Student Council along with his close friend Jeff Georgas who was President. He was a member of the Latin and Letterman Clubs.

Larry graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Business in 1988. Then attended and graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago.  He then joined his father in the family business, Geisen Funeral Home in Crown Point as the 5th Generation Geisen to come into the family business.  Larry’s son Anthony has just joined the family business in September 2018 as the 6th generation.  The Geisen Funeral Home proudly celebrated its 150 year anniversary in 2017, which was started by Peter Geisen in 1867 in Crown Point.  The Geisen Funeral Home is one of Indiana’s oldest family operated business and one of the oldest funeral home in the country. In addition to the Crown Point location, Larry has added locations in Merrillville, Hebron and Michigan City.

Larry is proud to have received for the past five years the “Pursuit of Excellence Award” from the National Funeral Directors Association.  An award only given to roughly 200 of the nation’s 20,000 funeral homes for excellence in family service, community involvement, employee retention and education.

Larry is a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he currently serves on the Finance Council. He is a board member of the Crown Point Community Foundation, and a member of the Crown Point Rotary Club.  He is a former board member for over 10 years of the Crown Point Cal Ripken Baseball and was proud to have been one of the coaches of the Crown Point Cal Ripken 2013 World Series Champions which his son Nick played on.  He also enjoyed coaching his daughter Alle in basketball and son Anthony in Jr. Bulldog Football.

Larry still resides in Crown Point with his high school sweetheart and now wife of 28 years Kim (Watson), together they have 3 children Alle, CPHS-2011, Purdue 2015, Ryerson Steel, Chicago, Anthony CPHS 2013-Purdue 2017, Geisen Funeral Home) and Nicholas CPHS 2019-Butler in the fall)

Dr. Heather “Stacks” Harder    Class of 1966

Heather is the daughter of Wendell and Anne Stacks and one of six children, all alumni of CPHS (Jean ‘63, John ‘68, Elizabeth ‘70, and twins Brent and Brian ‘77). She has two birth daughters and one foster daughter who are also CPHS alumni (Kerri ’91, Stacie ’96 and Victoria ‘2004), as well as four other foster children (Sarah HCHS 2008, Zach GED 2010, and Benjamin MHS 2005).

Heather earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education in 1970 from Indiana University Bloomington and went on to receive a Masters’ Degree in Education and Reading in 1974. In 1988 she received a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in Reading and Literacy. Her Dissertation research focused on the impact of nonverbal communication on behavior, achievement, and performance. After graduation, she returned to the Crown Point School District to teach, first as an Elementary Teacher and then later as a Reading Specialist (1970 to 1979). In 1979 she left the comfort and security of the classroom to enter into the world of business with the creation of the first of four Child Care Centers. These Licensed Centers were located in Illinois and Indiana and served children from birth to age 12. She was the Executive Director of these centers for over twenty years. She became a full-time Professor and Coordinator of the Early Childhood Program at Governors State University and eventually retired from Concordia University Chicago in Reading (1986-2016). Heather was named the Outstanding Reading Professor for the State of Illinois, in 2014 by the Illinois Reading Council.

Heather is a passionate activist and has worked to bring about positive change wherever she can. Once disillusioned with our political system, she was determined to do her part to make a difference. After three years of researching, and a year of political training from every campaign school she could find, Heather threw her hat in the ring as a Democratic Candidate for President of the US. She spent six years on the campaign trail participating in up to 13 events in a single day, for her 1996 and 2000 Presidential bid. Although she lost the elections, she gained tremendous knowledge and firsthand experience of what we the people can do to make a difference. Her seventh and soon to be released book, The Game of Politics: How to Play it, Win it, and Change it: What Every American Needs to Know, details her lessons learned and the insider secrets discovered in her ten years invested in politics. Heather is also an active entrepreneur and businesswoman.

Heather lives in Crown Point and enjoys writing, speaking, and traveling the world. She serves on several nonprofit boards and provides consulting services to school districts, businesses, and innovative entrepreneurs. For fun, Heather dabbles in acting and has appeared in the background of numerous movies and television shows.

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Terry C. Lee

President – Class of 1967

 

Ron Hampton

Vice President – Class of 1969

 

Christine Arnold Lee

Treasurer – Class of 1969

 

Irene Doty

Secretary – Class of 1967

 

Lynn Poulton Clay

Trustee – Class of 1967

 

Deborah Graves Deaton – Class of 1969

Trustee – Class of 1969

 

Charles “Bud Bowman

Trustee – Retired Teacher

 

Chester Rybicki

Trustee – Class of 1967

James Hosfeld

Past President – Class of 1968

 

Dan Witten

Past President – Class of 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2019 Business Meeting MInutes

Meeting was called to order at 5:55 p.m. by President Terry Lee

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Christine Lee, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Hampton, Vice President; Lynn Clay, Bud Bowman, Chester Rybicki and Jeanann Freier board of directors.  Also present was our student ambassador Madison Berger and lifetime members Irene Doty, Deborah Deaton, George Tachtiris, Heather Harder.

Approval of the April 24, 2019 Minutes Ron Hampton moved to accept the April 24, 2019 minutes as presented Chester Rybicki seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the April 24. 2019 minutes as presented on line. Motion Passed

Approval of the April 2019 Financial Report – The financial report was presented with a balance of  April 22, 2019. Chester Rybicki moved to accept the financial report as presented and Bud Bowman seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the March/April financial report as presented. Motion Passed

Business

Election of Officers The following members were unanimously elected to be our Officers and Board of Directors for another 2 years.

Terry Lee, President

Ron Hampton, Secretary- Vice President

Christine Lee, Treasurer

Lynn Clay, Board of Director

Chester Rybicki, Board of Director

Roger Blake, Board of Director

Irene Doty, Board of Director

Heather Harder, Board of Director

Charles (Bud) Bowman, Board of Director

 2019 CPHS Alumni Association Art Show

George Tachtiris presented the itinerary for the show which will be held October 20-26, 2019 at the Crown Point Library. Entries are due by August 15th. For a copy of this itinerary contact George Tachtiris.

Scholarships – Terry Lee stated we did not receive any applications for the Dr. Keith Perry scholarship therefore; he called Dr. Perry for suggestions of what to do with his scholarship. Dr. Perry stated he would like to honor last year’s recipient, Benjamin Wesley, again with this year’s scholarship if he is in good standing and his grades meet the criteria.

Terry spoke with Benjamin’s mother and she stated he is a 4.0 student at Butler University.

Dr. Keith Perry scholarship recipient is Benjamin Wesley in the amount of $5,000.00.

The Nolan Gold recipient this year is Madison Berger in the amount of $5,250.00.

The Paul and Mary Catherine Georgas recipient is Sophia Genovese in the amount of $1,200.00.

Portrait of a Graduate recipients are Hannah Brownd and Anne Kutemeier in the amount of $1,200.00 each

The Alumni Scholarship recipient is Jacob Buford in the amount of $500.00.

The Bulldog Underdog Scholarship in the amount of $1,200.00 was awarded to Lindsey LaBuda.

Theodore Smith Art Scholarship recipient is Regan Beckman in the amount of $1,200.00.

Roger moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. to our regularly scheduled meeting on May 29, 2019 Chester Rybicki seconded this motion and everyone present signified by stating “Aye”. Motion Passed

June 26, 2019 meeting will be held at the Crown Point Community Library room 2.

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April 2019 minutes

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Terry Lee 

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Christine Lee, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Hampton, Vice President; Lynn Clay, Bud Bowman, Chester Rybicki and Jeanann Freier board of directors.  Also present was our student ambassador Madison Berger and lifetime members Irene Doty, Deborah Deaton, George Tachtiris, Heather Harder, Karen Smith, Roger Blake, and George Ficker. Guests: Lisa Hampton, Ron Clay, and Tina Blake.

Approval of the March 27, 2019 Minutes Lynn Clay moved to accept the March 27, 2019 minutes as presented. Irene Doty seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the March 27. 2019 minutes as presented on line. Motion Passed

Approval of the March/April 2019 Financial Report – The financial report was presented with a balance of $33,829.57 through April 22, 2019. Chester Rybicki moved to accept the financial report as presented and Roger Blake seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the March/April financial report as presented. Motion Passed

2019 Banquet Financial Report

Chris Lee presented the financial report for our 2019 banquet. The banquet itself closed with a profit of $1,632.59, raffle sales finished with a balance of $2,607.58 leaving us with a total of $4,240.17 from our banquet and raffle sales.

Banquet

Ron Hampton reported that Sts. Peter and Paul banquet hall will not take a reservation next year without a guarantee of 200 guests. They did offer us Sunday reservations without a guarantee number of guests.

The general consensus was to look for a different venue for our 2020 banquet.

2019 CPHS Alumni Association Art Show

George Tachtiris presented the itinerary for the show which will be held October 20-26, 2019 at the high school. Entries are due by August 15th. For a copy of this itinerary contact George Tachtiris. 

Election of Officers – Terry Lee opened the floor for nomination of Officers and Board, He explained that the actual election will take place at our May 29, 2019 business meeting.

Lynn Clay opened the nominations by nominating Chris Lee for Treasurer

Lynn Clay nominated Ron Hampton to the Secretary position.

Roger Blake nominated Terry Lee to the President position

Lynn Clay nominated Ron Hampton for the Vice President position

George Tachtiris nominated Bud Bowman to the Retired Teacher “At Large” member of Board of Directors.

Chris Lee nominated Lynn Clay, and Roger Blake as “At Large” member of the Board of Directors.

Terry Lee nominated Chester Rybicki as an “At Large” member of the Board of Directors.

Chester Rybicki nominated Irene Doty as an “At Large” member of the Board of Directors.

Terry Lee nominated Heather Harder as an “At Large” member of the Board of Directors.

Scholarships – Terry Lee stated we did not receive any applications for the Dr. Keith Perry scholarship therefore; he called Dr. Perry for suggestions of what to do with his scholarship. Dr. Perry stated he would like to honor last year’s recipient, Benjamin Wesley, again with this year’s scholarship if he is in good standing and his grades meet the criteria.

Terry spoke with Benjamin’s mother and she stated he is a 4.0 student at Butler University.

Dr. Keith Perry scholarship recipient is Benjamin Wesley in the amount of $5,000.00.

The Nolan Gold recipient this year is Madison Berger in the amount of $5,250.00.

The Paul and Mary Catherine Georgas recipient is Sophia Genovese in the amount of $1,200.00.

Portrait of a Graduate recipients are Hannah Brownd and Anne Kutemeier in the amount of $1,200.00 each

The Alumni Scholarship recipient is Jacob Buford in the amount of $500.00.

The Bulldog Underdog Scholarship in the amount of $1,200.00 was awarded to Lindsey LaBuda.

Theodore Smith Art Scholarship recipient is Regan Beckman in the amount of $1,200.00.

Display Case – Terry mentioned a need to have the display case at the school changed. Ron Hampton and Roger Blake stated they would do that.

Splat Club – Terry Lee announced we are hosting a pizza Party for the SPLAT club on May 28th in Karen Topp’s classroom at 3:45.

Scholarship Awards Evening- The awards/scholarship presentation is to be held at the high school, May 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Correspondence – Thank you letters went out for the banquet donations and all paid advertisers. New lifetime members:  Carole Rothermel Mayden, Class of 1950 (deceased), Iylene Alexander Wagner-Class of 1967, and Ruth Kernagis, Latin teacher, Adam Graper annual member.  I billed all unpaid advertisers again. Filed form CG9 report to the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Terry Lee requested a moment of silence and prayer for Mr. Gordon as he recovers from his recent illness.

Roger moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. to our regularly scheduled meeting on May 29, 2019 Chester Rybicki seconded this motion and everyone present signified by stating “Aye”. Motion Passed

Our next meeting is May 29, 2019, 5:30 to eat and 6:00 p.m. for Meeting

Crown Town Grill

June 26, 2019 meeting will be held at the Crown Point Community Library room 2.

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Articles of Incorporation November 2017

Articles of Incorporation

ARTICLE I:
Name

The name of this corporation shall be Crown Point High School Alumni Association.

ARTICLE II:
Purpose

This is a non-profit corporation organized solely for general charitable purposes.

ARTICLE III:
General & Specific Purposes

  1. Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  2. Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

The corporation shall have and exercise all rights and powers conferred on corporations under the laws of the state of Indiana, provided that this corporation is not empowered to engage in any activity which in itself is not in furtherance of its purposes as set forth in sub-paragraph “a” of this Article Three.
No part of net earnings, properties, or assets of this corporation, on dissolution or otherwise shall inure to the benefit of any member or director of this corporation.

  1. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code under the Crown Point High School Alumni Association, Inc. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (1) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), or (2) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, nor shall this corporation participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.

ARTICLE IV:
Registered Office & Registered Agent

The registered office for the transaction of the business of the corporation is to be located in Valparaiso, Indiana. The initial registered agent is the current Secretary of the Crown Point High School Alumni Association. The registered office for the corporation and the business address of the registered agent is Crown Point High School Alumni Association Inc 314 Jodi Lane, Valparaiso, IN 46385.

ARTICLE V:
Directors

  1. The powers of the corporation shall be exercised, its properties controlled, and its affairs conducted by a board to be known as the board of directors. The number of directors of this corporation shall be set forth in the corporation bylaws.
  2. Each member of the Board shall have one vote each on issues coming before the board.
  3. The directors named herein as the board of directors shall serve their term as specified in the bylaws of this corporation.
  4. Membership provisions, such as stating the qualifications and rights of the members of each class and the commencing date for term of office shall be set forth in the corporations bylaws.
  5. The Election provisions, such as stating the method and manner of appointing members of the Board of Directors, shall be set forth in the corporation bylaws. The general membership shall be put on notice of said election provisions at least 60 days prior to the election.

 

Crown Point High School Alumni Association Inc.

Bylaws

PREAMBLE

The Crown Point High School Alumni Association Inc, as organized and defined herein, is represented in all matters and affairs by a Board of Directors. All references to the “Association” in these bylaws shall be deemed to be in the context of such Board representation. The Association may also be known as the “CPHS Alumni Association” or “Association”.

ARTICLE I
Identification

Section 1.1 – Name

The name of this Association shall be the Crown Point High School Alumni Association, Inc. This name can be abbreviated as “CPHS Alumni Association” or “Association”.

Section 1.2 – Principal Office and Resident Agent

The post office address of the principal office of the CPHS Alumni Association is P.O. Box 240, Crown Point, IN 46308. The registered agent is the current President of the Crown Point High School Alumni Association

Section 1.3 – Fiscal Year

The fiscal year for the Association will begin January 1 and end at the close of business December 31.

ARTICLE II
Intentions

Section 1 – Purpose

The purpose of the Crown Point High School Alumni Association is to develop and maintain a close relationship between Crown Point Community Schools, its constituents, and its alumni for their mutual benefit. The Association is committed to, and involved in, the support and well-being of Crown Point Community Schools and its alumni.

Section 2 – Objectives

To assist Crown Point School District in communicating with its alumni and in maintaining a dialogue which interprets the goals and objectives of the CPHS Alumni Association to the alumni and, conversely, to convey to Crown Point Community School District, the views, attitudes, and needs of the alumni in seeking to preserve, advocate and promote alumni interests.

The Association is not operated for profit and no profit shall benefit any individual or group of individuals connected with the organization except in consideration for services rendered.

Section 4Dissolution

Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to the state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE III
Membership

Section 1 – Definition and Classes of Alumni

All persons who have attended Crown Point Community Schools as listed by the registrar are defined as being alumni, and those who have taken part in the educational process at all levels, both faculty and staff alumni are defined as alumni.

Section 2 – Dues

To become a Full Member of the Association, payment of dues in full is required.  Unless approved by the Executive Committee, dues will not be prorated. Dues for active membership are to be determined by the Officers and Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV
Board of Directors

Section 1 – Organization and Authority

The Association is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which acts on behalf of the Association.

Section 2 – Eligibility

Only Full Members, as defined in Article III, Sections 1 and II, shall be eligible to serve in any of the Association’s positions.

Section 3 – Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of this Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Retired Teacher and four at large members

Section 4 –Appointment

Members of the current Board of Directors shall appoint the nominees to the incoming Board of Directors in the month of April and shall serve a term of two years

 

Section 5 – Assumption of Duties

Officers shall assume their official duties beginning June 1 and shall serve a term of two years or until their successors are appointed

Section 6 – Vacancies

Vacancies on the Board of Directors may be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of a 2/3 vote of the Board.

Section 7 – Removal

Any Board member who fails to conduct the duties described in these bylaws may be removed by a 2/3 vote of the Board. Any Board member that has four unexcused absences from the regular business meetings within a twelve month period shall be removed from the office.  All excused absences shall be approved by the President.

ARTICLE V
Duties of Officers

Section 1 – President

The President shall preside at all meetings of the organization and coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the organization in order that the Association objectives may be promoted. The President shall be a member of all committees. The President or Vice President as well as the Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and the authority to disperse the funds as approved by 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors. The President shall have one vote on the Board of Directors.

Section 2 – Vice President

The Vice President shall act as assistant to the President; perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the officer to act. The Vice President shall have one vote on the Board of Directors.

Section 3 – Secretary

The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of the organization and keep a current record of the possession of all records, books, and other materials pertaining to each office. The Secretary shall have one vote on the Board of Directors.

Section 4 – Treasurer

The Treasurer and the President or Vice President shall have custody of all funds of the organization. The Treasurer shall keep a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures made by the Association, make disbursements as approved by the Board of Directors and present a financial statement at each meeting of the Association and at other times as requested by the Board. The Board of Directors may have the accounts and books audited annually or upon change of officer by an auditor or an auditing committee selected by the Board, who, satisfied that the annual report is correct, shall sign a statement of that fact at the end of the report. The Treasurer shall have one vote on the Board of Directors.

Section 4.1 Secretary/Treasurer

The Secretary and Treasurer positions may be combined to a single officer that will perform all of the duties of both offices.

Section 5 – At-Large Members

At-Large members shall assume responsibilities as delegated by the Board. At-Large members shall each have one vote on the Board of Directors.

Section 6 – Other Duties

All officers shall perform the duties outlined in these bylaws and those assigned from time to time.  Upon the expiration of office or in case of resignation or dismissal, each officer shall submit to the Board of Directors within ten (10) days, all records, books, and other materials pertaining to the office.

ARTICLE VI
Meetings

Section 1 – Annual Meeting

There will be an annual meeting of the CPHS Alumni Association, and conducted during the regular January business meeting

Section 2 – Order of Business

The order of business at the annual meeting shall be:

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Approval of annual Financial report
  4. Business
  5. Correspondence
  6. Committee Reports
  7. Adjournment

Section 3 – Notice of Meeting

Notice of the annual meeting of the membership shall be made in writing at least thirty days in advance.

 

ARTICLE VII
Business of the Alumni Association

Section 1 – Board of Directors Voting

Votes on Alumni Association business shall be by majority and may be taken by proxy as authorized by the Board of Directors.

Section 2 – Committees

The President may create and support committees as it may deem necessary for the promotion of the purpose of the Alumni Association.

ARTICLE VIII
Amendments

Section 1 – Procedure

The bylaws of the Association may be altered, amended, or repealed at any meeting of the Board of Directors by a 2/3 vote. A written notice of the proposed amendment(s), with the reasons for them, must be given to each member of the Board at least 30 days in advance of such meeting.

Section 2 – Proposals

Amendments may be proposed by any Association member and must be presented in writing to the President. The text of the proposed amendment(s) shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors and if necessary, a legal consultation as to the effect, if any, of the proposed amendment on the exempt status within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and the nonprofit status of the Association under the laws of the state of Indiana.

Section 3 – Review

These bylaws will be reviewed by a committee selected by the Board of Directors every five years.

Revised and accepted by an unanimous vote of the Board of Directors on November 29, 2017

 

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March 27, 2019 Business Meeting Minutes

Wednesday March 27, 2019 6:00 pm. Community Library

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Terry Lee

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Christine Lee, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Hampton, Vice President; Lynn Clay, Bud Bowman and Chester Rybicki board of directors. Also present were our student ambassadors Madison Berger and Isabella Weiss and lifetime members Irene Doty, and Deborah Deaton.
Jeanann Freier was excused.

Approval of the February 27, 2019 Minutes Lynn Clay moved to accept the February 27, 2019 minutes as presented. Irene Doty seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the February 27. 2019 minutes as presented on line. Motion Passed

Approval of the Feb/March 2019 Financial Report – The financial report was presented with a balance of $36,890.24 through March 22, 2019. Chester Rybicki moved to accept the financial report as presented and Bud Bowman seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the February/March financial report as presented. Motion Passed

Business

Banquet – Terry Lee reported we currently have 120 guests for the banquet and there are a few RSVP’s still arriving.

He requested all of our helpers arrive at Sts. Peter & Paul banquet hall at 4:00 p.m. to set up.

Deborah Deaton showed examples of what she has in mind for the banquet centerpieces. Everyone agreed to her dog bowl idea.

Ron Hampton said he would be meeting with the banquet hall people on Thursday to coordinate our plans for the banquet on April 6th.

Election of Officers – Terry Lee reported that nominations for officers will be accepted at our April 24th meeting.
The actual election will be at the May 29th meeting.

Committees – Terry Lee asked for volunteers to read the scholarship applications. Deborah Deaton, Lynn Clay, Irene Doty, and Chris Lee volunteered to serve on this committee. Karen Smith will be reading the Ted Smith art applications.

Correspondence – Chris Lee stated there has been a multitude of correspondence with sending our banquet tickets and new membership packets. Our new lifetime members are Lauren Ewing class of 1967, Janet Drag class of 1968, Pam Smith class of 1966, Jean Kutemeier, class of 1979 and Heather Stacks Harder class of 1966. Mary Catherine Georgas Flath class of 1980 is our newest annual member.

Ron Hampton moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m. to our regularly scheduled meeting on April 24, 2019 to be held at the Community Library room 2. Chester Rybicki seconded this motion and everyone present signified by stating “Aye”. Motion Passed

Our next meeting is April 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Crown Point Community Library room 2.

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February 27, 2019 Business Meeting

Wednesday February 27, 2019 6:00 pm. Crown Town Grill

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Terry Lee

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Christine Lee, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Hampton, Vice President; Lynn Clay, Jeanann Freier, and Chester Rybicki board of directors. Also present was our student ambassador Madison Berger; lifetime members Irene Doty, George Ficker, George Tachtiris, and Deborah Deaton.

Approval of the February 7, 2019 Minutes – Ron Hampton moved to accept the February 7, 2019 minutes as presented. Lynn Clay seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the February 7. 2019 minutes as presented on line. Motion Passed

Approval of the January 2019 Financial Report – The financial report was presented with a balance of $33,940.24 through February27, 2019. Ron Hampton moved to accept the financial report as presented and Lynn Clay seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the January February financial report as presented. Motion Passed

Business

Art Show George Tachtiris presented plans for the student art show and faculty/alumni exhibition event. An outline of this endeavor is attached to these minutes. George has been working with Karen Cox at the high school planning the event. The proposed date for this art show is sometime in October 2019. The event will need approximately $300 for prizes. Jeanann Freier volunteered to donate a total of $50.00 toward the prize funds on behalf of the Georgas family. No action was taken on this proposal but George will keep the board updated on the progress of planning this event.

Chris Lee moved to rescind a motion that was passed at the February 7, 2019 meeting that stated, Banquet Presenters – Jeanann Freier stated there are a lot of complaints about the need to shorten our presentations at the Hall of Fame banquet and she moved to shorten the list of presenters at the Hall of Fame banquet to just the Master of Ceremonies. This motion was seconded by Drue Samuelson. After a lengthy discussion this motion Passed”
Lynn Clay seconded Chris Lee’s motion to rescind the “banquet presenters” motion made on February 7, 2019. The action on February 7, 2019 action was rescinded by ten ayes in favor of rescinding the vote and one person’s nay vote against rescinding the February 7, 2019 vote. The motion to rescind the Banquet Presenters action taken on February 7, 2019 motion passed.

Banquet
Advertising – Ron Hampton reported our ad deadline is up.
Menu – Ron went over the banquet choices for menu items and it was decided to have salad, bread & butter, roast sirloin of beef, chicken Marsala, red parsley potatoes, green beans almandine, ice cream and cake served family style.
Invitations: Terry Lee sent out 282 invitations.
Raffle Sales – Terry stated that to date we have sold 402 raffle tickets. We sold 490 tickets in 2018..
Celebration of 10th Anniversary – It was agreed to by everyone present to purchase three sheet cakes from Costco in celebration of the Alumni 10th anniversary. These cakes will be served at the 2019 Hall of Fame Banquet on April 6, 2019. Terry Lee stated he will donate one of the cakes. Chris and Terry Lee will order and pick up three cakes.
Ron Hampton moved to allocate $50 to purchase a flower arrangement to be given to a special guest at the hall of fame banquet on April 6, 2019. Chester Rybicki seconded this motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the $50 purchase of flowers for the April 6, 2019 hall of fame banquet guest as presented. Motion Passed Lynn Clay will order and pick up the flowers.

Correspondence – Chris stated there has been a multitude of correspondence with ordering everything for the banquet, mailing banquet invitations, corresponding with the printer about the banquet book, and corresponding the Hall of Fame banquet nominees.

Ron Hampton moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. to our regularly scheduled meeting on March 27, 2019 Everyone present signified by stating “Aye”. Motion Passed

Our next meeting is March 27, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Crown Point Community Library rm 2.

______________________________________________ Christine Lee, Secretary
Approved on March 27, 2019

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February 7, 2019 Business Meeting

Wednesday February 7, 2019 6:00 pm. Crown Town Grill

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Terry Lee

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Christine Lee, Secretary-Treasurer; Jeanann Freier, Bud Bowman, and Chester Rybicki board of directors. Also present was our student ambassador Bella Weiss; lifetime members Irene Doty, George Ficker, Drue Samuelson, and Roger Blake. Bill Cox was also present.

Approval of the October 24, 2018 Minutes – Chester Rybicki moved to accept the October 24,2018 minutes as presented on line. Drue Samuelson seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the October 24, 2018 minutes as presented on line. Motion Passed

The regular meeting was recessed at 6:04 p.m. The Annual Meeting was opened with the 2018 financial report.

Annual Financial Report – Chester Rybicki moved to accept the annual 2018 financial report as presented with a balance of $23,357.82 in the general fund, and a final balance in the gaming account of $656.23 on December 31, 2018. Jeanann Freier seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the 2018 financial report. Motion Passed

The Annual meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m. and the regular meeting was resumed.

Approval of the January 2019 Financial Report – The January financial report was presented with a balance of $26,413.41 through January 31, 2019. The Gaming account balance on January 31, 2019 was $1,623.81. Chester Rybicki moved to accept the financial report as presented and Bud Bowman seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the October 2018 financial report as presented. Motion Passed

Jeanann Freier made a motion to present our Student Ambassadors with complimentary tickets to the Hall of Fame banquet. Chester Rybicki seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to present the Student Ambassadors with complimentary tickets to the hall of fame banquet. Motion Passed

Business

Terry Lee reported the invitations to our Hall of Fame Banquet will be going out next week.

Hall of Fame Inductees – Jeanann Freier stated voting on the Hall of Fame inductees should be done at a regularly scheduled meeting. A lengthy discussion ensued with a consensus to hold this voting procedure at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Civic Center -Terry Lee reported the civic center is not open for our meetings in February and we will need to find another venue for our meetings. Jeanann is going to check with the library about using one of their meeting rooms.

Banquet Presenters – Jeanann Freier stated there are a lot of complaints about the need to shorten our presentations at the Hall of Fame banquet and she moved to shorten the list of presenters at the Hall of Fame banquet to just the Master of Ceremonies. This motion was seconded by Drue Samuelson. After a lengthy discussion this motion was passed. This motion was rescinded at the February 27,2019 business meeting.

Alumni Associations 10th Anniversary – Jeanann Freier opened a discussion stating the banquet would be a great place to celebrate the CPHS Alumni tenth anniversary. We will look at celebratory ways to honor our tenth anniversary.

Chester Rybicki moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:52 p.m. to our regularly scheduled meeting on February 27, 2019. Irene Doty seconded this motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye”. Motion Passed

Our next meeting is February 27, 2019

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