Winter Haven High School Alumni Meet


Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.

Winter Haven High School alumni met in Auburndale at the Ariana Beach Club House on Nov. 3. Mary Jane Chapman planned this special event, which was attended by more than 100 people, including alumni and their spouses.

Virgina Blaze King graduated in 1933, while the youngest person there was Hallie Chapman, Chapman's granddaughter. A barbecue dinner was catered by Smoking Jim's. In addition to the all-time favorite pulled pork, collard greens and cupcakes were also served.

Shirley Gross was the mistress of ceremonies, and Marilyn Pearce gave the invocation. Everyone sang both the old and the new Alma Mater, after which each class was introduced from the 30s to the 70s. The WHHS faculty members present were Tess Dull, Emma Jean Hackle, Betty Grant and Coach Jack Deedrick. Reggie Grantham traveled the greatest distance again this year, from Seattle.

Chapman's committee consisted of her own family, along with Sharron and Buck Owens, Hedy and Bill Hancock, Nell Yarborough, Donald and Teresa Fowler and Marilyn and James Pearce.

In attendance from Auburndale: Denise Chapman, Hallie Chapman, Allen and Marjorie Howard, Anna Marie Howard and Grant. Avon Park: Jack and Miki Kavanaugh, Mary Wuchte and Lanier Whitter. California: Robert and Tracy Hunter. Eagle Lake: Stephen Brackin, Jan Carter Cerejuicki. Haines City: Bob Marotti, Thomas Godfrey. Jacksonville: Francis Bass Chew. Lakeland: Buddy and Phyllis Hammond, Joyce Addison Balentine. Orlando: Gene Partin, Phyllis Chapman Partin, Bob and Gwen Duckworth, Mary Frances Nettles Covey. Lake Wales: Jim Venrick. Tennessee: D J and June Adam. Vero Beach: Tom Clark. Lake Alfred: Paula Davis, Jimmy Green, Frank and Gross. Mulberry: Pauline Gibson Antonius, Henry Antonius. New Port Richey: Stephen and Becky Bass. Washington: Grantham. Palm Harbor: Sarah Shipe Evans, Cindy Evans, Winter Haven: Eunice Perry Beasley, Juanita Thomas Beasley, Royce Beasley, Norma Baggett Beckett, Clarice Massey Boswell, Louvern Burd, Holland Carter, June Bilbrey Carter, Joy Turner Caruso, Alice Turner Chance, Mary Jane Nama Chapman, Carolyn Turner Coon, Bob Conley, Jerry Counter, JoAnn Krause Counter, Nava J. Adams Creidman, Bob and Marge Crittenden, Deedrick, Tom Dryden, JoAnn Dryden, Dull, Maxylene Adams Faulkner, Donald Fowler, Teresa Fowler, Jannette Dees Gordon, Kay Kay Anderson, Hackle, Bonnie Hock Hall, Bill and Hedy Footy Hancock, Pat Lawson, Eleanor Reynolds Henderson, Robert Smitty Hendrick, Louise Dillard Henry, Charles and Barbara Ireland, Bill John, Darlene Mathney John, Veda Perry Lameck, King, Luise Lanning, Robert Lanning, Veda Wilson Lameck, Rose Mary Wuche Lanier, David W Lawless, Peggy Luke Lawless, Jackie Giammetta, Lawn, Donnie McBrayer, Gerrie McBrayer, Frank Miller, Betty Miller, Billy Moore, Betty Moore, Bob Nama, Dorothy Nama, Dianne Partin Nelms, Georgene Leis Nolen, Mike Nolen, Lewis Henry (Buck) Owens, Sharron Griner Owens, James Pearce, Marilyn Wilson Pearce, Gaye Kahnert Pherigo, Caleb Prevatt, Jackie Causey Rinehart, Joel Smith, Barbara Henderson Smith, Perry Sones, Nell Cowart Speer, LP Stallings, Barbara Ann Stallings, Carol Despard Staninger, Bobby Strickland and Barbara Woodard Strickland.

Jim Rabe of Smokin Jim's, class of 1977, will be the Grand Marshal for the Winter Haven Christmas Parade this year.

GARDEN CLUB

Glenn Gross, orchid expert and owner of Gross Orchids in Lakeland, spoke to members of the Bouquet Garden Club at their monthly meeting at the Winter Haven Garden Center last month. Gross gave an "Orchids 101" lesson to the members, showing several examples of the different kinds of orchids that can be grown in the Central Florida area.

The group from Winter Haven learned how important it is to know the genus of the plant you choose and its needs and growing habits. They were enriched by the information Gross provided, such as, the many orchids that grow well in clay or plastic pots, depending on the amount of moisture they need.

Gross amazed club members with the almost-unpronounceable names of many of the orchids, but said the main thing to remember is to know the needs of your plant.

Gross offered two resources for people who are interested in growing orchids: the American Orchid Society, and his website at grossorchids.com. He answered many questions about the wide variety of orchids that he had on display, and offered them for sale after the meeting.

The Bouquet Garden Club welcomed three members to the club: Nancy McDonald, Ginger Ramsbottom and Emily Sansone.

The club reported that the revenue generated from last month's event titled "Around the World in 80 Days" will be channeled into the many civic projects sponsored by the club, such as landscaping new homes for Habitat for Humanity, support for Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful, sowing wildflower seeds along the "Rails to Trails," and monthly contributions to needy families through Florida First Start at Snively Elementary.

[ Send community news to Paula Blackwelder at polkcountysociety @gmail.com or to The Ledger, 455 Sixth St. N.W., Winter Haven, FL 33881. Photos are welcome. ]

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