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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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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Association By Laws

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 first 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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2018 Teacher Hall of Fame

Diane Lange 1970-2011
English & World Culture

Diane was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1967 where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Girls’ Club Secretary and French Club Secretary. In 1969 she married John Lange, moved to Crown Point and attended Indiana University. She completed her coursework in three years earning a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English and minor in French. Her student teaching at Taft Junior High led her to begin a full time teaching position the following semester. She remained at Taft from 1970 until 1978. During her tenure at Taft, she sponsored several school plays and served as activities director. She completed her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Valparaiso University in 1975.

John and Diane became the proud adoptive parents’ of a beautiful baby born in February of 1978 and she resigned to become a stay-at-home mom. However, she returned to teaching the following semester on a part time basis traveling between Taft and Crown Point High School. Crown Point Community School Corporation provided many professional development opportunities to participate in gifted and talented education. She truly loved freshmen and the opportunity to give them a nurturing learning environment. She partnered with Denise Vance to develop a course entitled “World Cultures” for freshmen and a peer resource course to provide academic assistance. Diane also sponsored SADD and Operation Snowball. She worked Saturday school intervention and was a member of the Crown Point High School crisis team. She remained at Crown Point High School for 28 years.

Diane’s family enjoyed camping and fishing. Perennial flower gardening filled her summers. Diane’s husband passed away in 2007.

Eventually Diane had the opportunity to shape the Alternative Achievement center. AAC was an off-site educational program for students who needed a non-traditional path to graduation. Serving the students at AAC for 12 years was the most rewarding endeavor of her career. After 40 years in the Crown Point schools, she retired in 2011 with a heart full of cherished memories of her students and colleagues.

Peg S. White-Shaffer
1977-2014
Music Director

Peg was born in South Bend, in 1951. She grew up in Osceola and graduated from Penn High School in 1970. While in high school, she was a member of the marching, prep, jazz band, and was selected for the Indian All State band. She attended Indiana State University on a music scholarship and attained her bachelor’s in 1974, master’s in 1976 and guidance degree from Pudue in 2003.

While at ISU, Peg was a member of the Marching Sycamores, Jazz band, symphonic band, and taught private lessons for area students. After graduation, Peg taught percussion lessons in Waco, and Belton, Texas. The summer of 1977, Peg was hired in Crown Point, where her assignment was band and general music at Taft Junior High and traveled to assist with the high school bands. The fall of 1986, Peg transferred from Taft to CPHS. At the high school, Peg directed the three concert bands, jazz band, pep band, marching band, and assisted with the orchestra. Under her leadership, the bands received consistent superior  ratings from the Indiana State School Music Association and national recognition at the Peach Bowl, Outback Bowl, and Gator Bowl. The fall of 2004, Peg transferred to the CPHS guidance department and enjoyed her time there until her retirement in 2014.

After retiring, Peg continues to help with percussion sectionals at CPHS and Hebron, plays with the Hobart Community Band, Midwest Big Band and gigs with the Calumet Band.

Brad Smith
1978-1996
Math, Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Football Coach, and
Athletic Director

Brad was born in Tampa, Florida; in 1951 he was raised in Portage Indiana, and graduated from Portage High School in 1969, earning three letters in both football and baseball, finishing third in his class of 411. He knew then that he wanted to teach math and coach football. Brad received his B.S. degree in math from Valparaiso University.

Brad was a math teacher and assistant football coach at Portage from 1973-1977; he also was defensive coordinator of the 1977 3A State Champs. Brad was named the head football coach at CPHS in 1978 and held that position for sixteen years. He taught Advanced Algebra, Algebra, and Basic Math. During his tenure at CPHS, Brad was the assistant coach of the North All-Stars in 1985 and head North All-Stars Coach in 1988. Brad also served as assistant athletic director from 1989-1992 and athletic director from 1994-1996. Brad then moved to Highland, where he was head football coach and assistant athletic director at Highland High School from 1996-2001; he served as athletic director from 2001-2003. Brad became supervisor of student teachers at Purdue University in 2009 and 2010, which earned him the “Outstanding Supervisor of Student Teachers” award by the Association of Teacher Education in Indiana. Brad finished his career in the classroom at Fountain Central High School teaching Advanced Algebra.

Brad was inspired to develop the Academic All-State Award in Indiana high school football. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the “Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football” award. He was a founder and executive director of the Indiana Youth Football Skills Academy, which provided proper instruction to hundreds of elementary players.

Brad’s older daughter, Jennifer, who is a teacher in IPS, lives in Brownsburg with her husband Corey Back and sons Monty and Miles. His younger daughter Karen is a nurse at Regional Hospital, lives in Terre Haute with her husband Derek Hescher (a CPHS grad); son Ryan and daughter Anna. Allison, Anna’s twin sister, passed away in 2014. Both of Brad’s daughters are proud graduates of CPHS.

Wallace Webb
1955-1994
Industrial Education,
Physical Education,
Drivers Education, Health, and Guidance Counselor

Wally was born in southern Illinois in November 1932, the youngest of four brothers. He lived on a small farm until the age of eight when his parents moved to Hammond. After attending Lincoln Grade School, Clark Junior High School, and Hammond Tech High school, he moved to Lowell and graduated in 1951 from Lowell High School. During his junior and senior year Wally was a conference champion high hurdler. In 1955 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Industrial Education and Health Education from Ball State University. At Indiana State in 1963 he received his Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling.

His first job was teaching Industrial Education at Gary Edison High School. Classes taught during his 39 year career include electricity, electronics, shop math, science, wood shop, sheet metal, welding, physical education, and drivers’ education. He also taught health education at Gary Emerson Adult Education. His last ten years in education he was a Guidance Counselor at Crown Point High School.

In 1954 he married Jackie Moyer, a 1952 graduate of Crown Point High School. Their two sons, Thomas and Ronald, both graduated from Crown Point High School.

 

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2018 CPHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame

Kara Mayden Argo
Class of 1976

Kara is the daughter of Dr. J. Robert and Carole Mayden and one of seven children. She attended St. Mary’s elementary school and was a cheerleader in both 7th and 8th grades.

She was a member of the Women’s Varsity Club and co-captain of the swimming and gymnastics teams and marched as a Cadet in the Crown Point Marching Band.   Her mentor, Mr. Charles Bowman, encouraged and challenged her within his Advanced Biology program

Kara graduated from Indiana University Northwest in Radiologic Technology in 1978 and pursued her interest in Diagnostic Ultrasound at the Maryland Institute of Ultrasound Technology her principal clinical training was at Johns Hopkins Hospital graduating as Valedictorian in 1979.  She accepted a position within the Perinatal Department at Yale University Medical Center. This high-risk pregnancy center was known for its pioneering work, in fetal ultrasound, having developed many of the standards, used in managing both normal and high-risk pregnancy.  Kara’s main interest is the detection of fetal structural and genetic malformations.  Her work includes the performance of in-utero fetal surgery, such as, the transfusion of blood into a fetus with severe anemia or when a fetus has a life threatening blockage to the kidneys.

Kara has received national recognition for her contributions to the field of ultrasound and while in college, received the Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award for her work on the Umbilical Vein Diameter in Rh Isoimmunization.  She went on to develop a nomogram which measured the size of fetal orbits, which today, allows the detection of genetic and other life-threatening fetal conditions. Her research was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1983.  Kara was a member of Yale’s invitro fertilization program; one of the first in the country. Kara currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband of 31 years, Dr. Dean R. Argo (Class of 1977).  Kara enjoys substitute teaching for special education and elementary-aged students.  They have two children, a daughter Taylor, a pediatric physician, at the University of Minnesota and a son, Ben who will graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in Aviation Management.

David Huffine
Class of 1967

David Huffine was born in Gary, IN. and moved to Crown Point in time to attend 8th grade at Taft. He played percussion in the band and was a member of the 1965 CPHS State Champion Marching Band. He was very active in school publications and was a three year editor of The Inklings.

He attended Indiana University, Bloomington where he earned a degree in Education. In 1975-77, he interned at Chana High School, an alternative school in Auburn, CA. while earning a Master’s Degree in Alternative Education. He spent another year there on the faculty.

He has enjoyed three distinctly different career paths. In 1977, he left the field of education to become Senior Vice President/Partner of Calumet Securities Corp. in Schererville, IN. He was active in the Indiana mortgage Bankers Association, Lace Count, In. Hospital Authority, and Southlake Center for mental Health. He was very active in Youche Country Club in Crown Point serving as a board member and officer.

In 1990, he sold his interest in the mortgage firm and moved to Colorado Springs, Co. where he founded Sky View homes, a real estate development firm and manufactured housing dealership, and Sky View Realty. He was active in many organizations.

In 1999, he returned to Crown Point, spending time at IU in order to renew his past teaching license. In 2005, he had the good fortune to be hired as the Middle School English Teacher at Morgan Township School, part of the East Porter County School Corporation. He became very active in academic competitions. His middle School Spell Bowl team qualified and competed in the Indiana State Championship round for ten consecutive years in which he coached, which broke the consecutive appearance record by four years. He retired after the 2016 school year and was honored to be asked to deliver the commencement address at last year’s graduation.

David and his wife, Ingrid, live on beautiful little Fish Lake near LaPorte,. They have two grown children and welcomed their grandson this past April. They enjoy golfing, fishing, wine collecting, and dining

Jean
Wagonblast Kutemeier
Class of 1979

Jean was raised on the family farm in Crown Point, and while attending high school, participated in basketball, track, French Club, and served as vice-president of the National Honor Society.  She graduated in 1979 as one of the class valedictorians, and in 1983 graduated from Valparaiso University with highest distinction receiving her Bachelor of Science in Education with a certification in reading. In 1986, she earned her Master of Education from Valparaiso University.  Jean taught first and third grades at Watson Elementary School in the Lake Central School Corporation from 1983-1993 until her third child was born.  During her years at Watson Elementary, Jean served on many committees.  From 1983-1993, Jean was a member of the Kankakee Valley Reading Council serving terms in many officer positions.  In 1996, Jean received her Elementary Administration and Supervision License from Purdue University.

While raising her family, Jean has coached softball and Little League teams, worked on numerous school committees, and in 1998 served on the National Commission Accreditation Team for District Accreditation.  Jean sings in her church choir, teaches Sunday school, and has been a Boy Scout leader for 17 years serving as Assistant Cub master and Committee Chairperson and Chaplain, Scout Sunday Chairperson, Merit Badge Counselor, and Blood Drive Coordinator for Troop 48.  As a leader, she is the recipient of the Boy Scouts’ God and Service Award and the Cross and Flame Award.

Jean and her wonderful husband, Del, have been married for 32 years and have been blessed with six incredible children and one adorable grandson:  Eric (Kayla and son, Augustus) works in the business field as a Program Manager; Ashley (Dan) teaches high school English; Adam is a Landscape Architecture Associate; Alex will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Heavy Equipment and Automotive Engineering; Andréa is a college sophomore majoring in digital media arts/photography; and Anne is a junior at CPHS with plans to become a veterinarian.  Jean’s family is the 5th and 6th generation of Wagonblasts to live on the family farm established in 1849, where they raise hay, soybeans, and wheat. To relax, Jean plays fast pitch softball, and enjoys most any other sport, photography, music, gardening, and reading works by Christian authors.

Dr. Mark Mallatt
Class of 1968

Mark was the third of six children to Russ and Marjorie Mallatt, all of whom grew up in Crown Point and attended Crown Point High School. Upon graduation in 1968, Mark attended Indiana University where he received a B.S. degree in 1971, a D.D.S. degree in 1975, and an M.S.D. degree in public health and preventive dentistry in 1997.

Dr. Mallatt served as Indiana State Oral Health Director at the Indiana State Department of Health from 1997-2007 and was a Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry from 1977-2007. He has been a Clinical Examiner, Co-Investigator, or Principal Investigator in over 85 clinical trials relative to the assessment of stain, calculus, gingivitis, periodontal disease, soft tissue pathology, and caries formation. These studies were conducted in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Oregon, Texas, Canada, and China with total grant funding in excess or $10,000,000. Some of this work resulted in products such as advanced formula Crest, tartar control Crest, Peridex, and Nicorette. He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has given numerous presentations at local, state, and international meetings. He has been active in community dentistry for over 40 years and served as Chairman of the Indiana Dental Association’s Council on Dental Public Health from 1997-2007. In 1997, he received a Teaching Excellent Recognition Award” for exceptional achievement in teaching as recognized by the faculty” and in 2000, received the Indiana Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award. 1997-2007. Dr. Mallatt is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honorary Dental Society. He was also recognized with the Dr. Charles W. Gish Award for “outstanding leadership to improve the dental health of Indiana citizens” in 2003.

Dr. Mallatt credits his success to his parents for their love and guidance in his early years and for their support throughout his career; his participation in scouting during his formative years (Eagle Scout); and to the excellent education and life-preparing skills he received by growing up in Crown Point, and by having had the opportunity to learn from the outstanding teachers in Crown Point schools.

Ken Myres
Class of 1969

Ken Myres was born in Gary, Indiana and grew up in Crown Point.   He attended St. Mary’s grade school and graduated from CPHS in 1969.

Ken started his professional career in public accounting, joining Arthur Young and Company in Chicago after graduating with a degree in Business from Indiana University in 1973.  He moved to San Diego in 1977 where he embarked upon a restaurant career spanning more than four decades.

Ken held executive, C-level and Board positions with private and public restaurant and retail companies including Foodmaker, U.S.A. Cafes, Blockbuster, the Metromedia Restaurant Group and Romacorp, Inc. where he was President of Tony Roma’s.  He is currently President and CEO of YEBII, which recently acquired fast casual Asian concept Banh Shop.  His group also owns and franchises several other major international casual restaurant brands operating in major airports throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Ken is a frequent speaker at restaurant, legal and franchise industry conferences and events and also serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Business at Townview Magnet in Dallas, Texas, one of the highest ranked high schools in the country.

Ken is married to Debbie (Naum), also a CPHS and IU graduate.  They have 3 married children, Erin and husband Josh, Matt and wife Hannah and Megan and husband Austen.  They have two grandchildren, Harry and Lilly.  Ken and Debbie live in Richardson, Texas but still have many friends and family members in Crown Point.

Ken attributes his success in life to his faith, family, friends and the many mentors who have taught and inspired him.  Ken will also be happy to share stories with you of the many dedicated CPHS teachers who made an impact on him.

James Wagonblast
Class of 1977

Jim grew up in Crown Point on a small family farm just south of town with his three sisters Judy, Jean, Andrea and their supportive parents, Doris and Harry Wagonblast. He was always interested in science, math, and generally “how things worked”.  At CPHS, these interests were positively influenced by talented faculty that included math teachers such as Mr. Saylor, Mr. Isley, and Mr. O’Brien among many others in various subjects. Jim managed to letter in baseball thanks to head coaches Webb and Sproat and also participated in wrestling, golf, and various intramural sports. He graduated CPHS in 1977 as one of the class valedictorians. After high school Jim attended Valparaiso University where he graduated in 1981 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After college graduation, Jim was hired by Hughes Aircraft Company (aerospace, now Raytheon) in California where he enjoyed a 33 year career working on various air defense programs. During that time he completed his Masters degree in Computer Engineering at USC, and worked for a few years as a consultant to General Motors and General Dynamics in Detroit. Outside of work, Jim has spent his time playing some tennis and trying to keep up with his active family members that include his wonderful wife of 33 years Mary, his artistic daughter Christina, his son Joshua currently working as an EMT, and his son Gregory currently attending the University of Pittsburgh under the GI bill.

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January 24, 2018 Annual and Monthly Business Meeting

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

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Ron Hampton, Vice President; Christine Lee, Secretary-Treasurer; Lynn Clay, Chester Rybicki, Bud Bowman and Jeanann Freier Board of Directors. Also present were our student ambassador Megan Drenth and lifetime members Roger Blake and Deborah Deaton.

Excused: Kathy Foster

Closure of Regular Business Meeting by President Terry Lee

Open Annual Business Meeting at 6:02 p.m.

Annual Financial Report by Christine Lee – January 1, 2017 opening balance was $14,556.51 and the December 31, 2017 ending balance is $19,768.90.

Lynn Clay moved to accept the 2017 annual financial report with an opening balance of $14,556.51 and an ending balance of $19,768.90 as presented. Bud Bowman moved to second this motion.  Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to approve the annual financial report for 2017. Motion Passed

At 6:10 p.m. Terry Lee moved to close the annual business meeting for 2017. This motion was seconded by Roger Blake. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to close the annual business meeting. Motion Passed

The regular January 24, 2018 business meeting was called to order by Terry Lee at 6:11 p.m.

Approval of the November 29, 2017 Minutes Chester Rybicki moved to approve the November 29, 2017 minutes as presented. This motion was seconded by Roger Blake. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the November 29, 2017 minutes as presented. Motion Passed

Approval of the December 2017 Financial Reports – Chris Lee presented the November 2017 financial reports with an ending balance for December 2017 of $19,768.90. Jeanann Freier moved to accept the November 2017 financial reports as presented and Roger Blake seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the December 2017 financial report as presented. Motion Passed

Business         

Community Visibility – Jeanann Freier –The event presenting Mr. Kellum is on the school calendar for March 10th the doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Colonel Wheeler School. The presentation will be about Mr. Kellum’s lifetime.

Hall of Fame Banquet – Chris reported they ordered another 200 raffle tickets. All of the paper for our banquet books, invitations, and rsvps have been purchased and delivered to the printer.

Ron, Deborah and Roger are all working at booking more ads for our banquet book.

Terry and Bud have contacted all of our 2018 Hall of Fame nominees. Everyone was very excited to have been honored.

Scholarship awards – All scholarships for 2017 have been claimed in full except Autumn Chandos has a balance.

Raffle – We have sold enough raffle tickets to cover our prizes. All further sales will be used for our 2018 scholarships.

Proposed Articles of Incorporation and Bylaw amendments Terry passed around copies of the newly revises Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. .

Correspondence – We sent out 1240 letters containing raffle tickets, HOF nomination forms, and membership forms.

Four lifetime membership packets were mailed and two annual members welcome letters.

Invoices were sent to our HOF advertisers. Thank you letters were mailed to our paid advertisers.

Memberships – New lifetime members: Amy Sebben Carlson class of 1995; Gerard Abraham, class of 1969; Dr. Judy Wagonblast Herting, Class of 1978; Wallace Webb, teacher at CPHS 1963-1994. Our new annual members: Lola Jean Bencie Clune, CPHS teacher 1979-2004; Janna Kemper Rettig, class of 1989 and a renewal of annual membership from Marti Wheeler.

Other Business

Fundraising – Ron suggested hosting a father-daughter & mother-son dance with light refreshments.

Adjournment Ron Hampton moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m. Roger Blake seconded this motion and everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to adjourning to our February 28, 2018 meeting @ 6:00 p.m. at the Crown Point Civic Center.

 

 

 

 

__________________________________   Christine Lee, Secretary Approved on February 28, 2018

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September 27, 2017 Business Meeting Agenda

Crown Point Civic Center

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. September 27, 2017

 Approval of the Minutes Christine Lee

 Financial Review Elaine Raker

Business   

Scholarships Allocations

Princess Event – Ron Hampton

Community Visibility – Jeanann Freier

 Other Business

 Correspondence – Terry sent a  new lifetime member packet to Janet Paarlberg and thank you note was sent to Chip Pettit for his generous donation to our scholarship fund.

 

Adjournment to our October 25, 2017 meeting at Crown Point Civic Center

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June 28, 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Wednesday June 28, 2017 6:30 pm. Crown Point Civic Center

Attendees: Terry Lee, President; Ron Hampton, Vice President; Christine Lee, Secretary; Elaine Raker, Treasurer; Bud Bowman, Lynn Clay, Chester Rybicki, and Jeanann Freier Board of Directors; student ambassador Arriana Rainwater and Megan Drenth. Lifetime members Wayne Raker and Deborah Deaton

Excused: Kathy Stanley

 Approval of the May 31, 2017 Minutes Chester Rybicki moved to approve the May 2017 minutes as presented. This motion was seconded by Bud Bowman.  Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept the minutes as presented. Motion Passed

Approval of the May 2017 Financial Report Elaine Raker presented the May 2017 financial report with an ending balance of $30,595.62 in all accounts. Chester Rybicki moved to accept the May 2017 financial report as presented. Lynn Clay seconded the motion. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to accept May financial report as presented. Motion Passed

Fourth of July Cook Out – Wayne and Elaine passed around an invitation to all to attend this event that they host at their home each year. This invitation is posted on our website and facebook page.

Student Ambassador – Our outgoing Ambassador introduced us to Megan Drenth. Megan is happy to accept the position.

Arriana explained the duties of this position with a little help from the Officers and Board members.

Chester Rybicki moved to appoint Megan Drenth as our 2017-2018 Student Ambassador. This motion was seconded by Wayne Raker. Everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to pass this motion as presented. Motion Passed

Super Hero and Princess Event – Ron Hampton reported that after much thought we will be keeping this event a Princess only event. The hall is reserved for November 4th. Elaine will once again print the autograph books.

Hall of Fame Banquet – We discussed the noise of the dishes being removed during our presentations at the banquet. We will include an intermission before the presentations to allow the waiters time to remove the plates.

Correspondence

Terry sent new lifetime member packets to Mary (Mel) Carroll Huey class of 1975 #155, Judy Bare Frigo class of 1965 #156, Doris Rose Dunn class of 1937 #157, and Diane Hartwick Beard Noble faculty 1992-2009 # 158.

We received thank you notes from some of our scholarship awardees: Arriana Rainwater, Leah Huffine, Autumn Taylor Chandos, and Gabriela Risteski.

Adjournment Ron Hampton moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:50 p.m. Chester Rybicki seconded this motion and everyone present signified by stating “Aye” to adjourning to our August 30, 2017 meeting @ 6:30 p.m. at the Crown Point Civic Center.

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June 31, 2017 Business Meeting Agenda

Approval of the Minutes Christine Lee

Financial Review Elaine Raker

Business   

Fourth of July Picnic – Wayne Raker

Interview of new Student Ambassador – Arriana Rainwater

Super Hero and Princess Event – Ron Hampton

Other Business

Correspondence – Terry sent new lifetime member packets to Mary (Mel) Carroll Huey class of 1975 #155, Judy Bare Frigo class of 1965 #156, Doris Rose Dunn class of 1937 #157, and Diane Hartwick Beard Noble faculty 1992-2009 # 158.

Adjournment to our August 30, 2017 meeting at Crown Point Civic Center

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