the Kanawha Alumni Association
January 18, 2015 Meeting
January meeting of the Kanawha Alumni Association was called
to order by KAA President Tom Crutchfield at 2:15 p.m. in the
computer lab at the Burnsville Elementary School. The
members present were: Tom Crutchfield, Dustin Crutchfield,
Lamona Casto, Deanna Stewart, Donna Singleton, Shirley Lloyd, Tammy
Brown, and Paul Peck.
The KAA reviewed the draft minutes
of the November 16, 2014 meeting as an outline for discussing
Margret Willey had given a web
site address to Deanna Stewart for a site at which wedges could be
purchased. Deanna already had one quote for $127. If we
purchase a wedge, it will be kept with other Kanawha Alumni
Association supplies and equipment when not in use. After
discussion, the consensus was to continue with the project of
getting a wedge for use adjacent to the gymnasium. Deanna
Stewart will measure the area again and she will also get three
estimates to report to the KAA.
Tammy Brown did not know if the
tables with the black handles belonged to the Kanawha Alumni
Association or to the school. Tom Crutchfield said that the
Kanawha Alumni Association will brand the new ones.
Tom Crutchfield will contact Jack
Bosley about replacing the screw in the bench in front of the
Paul Peck and Tom Crutchfield will
ask Dee Dee Herron about resuming the use of the library for
meetings of the Kanawha Alumni Association. It was noted that
the Kanawha Alumni Association had recently received a note of
thanks from the library for its continued support of the
Secretary Paul Peck will check to
confirm that the authorized letter was sent to Brandi Drake and
will send another letter to her.
Shirley Lloyd gave the Treasurer's
Report for November 2014 and December 2014. The opening
balance in November was $3,436.37. Bill to Mon Power for
$9.35 was paid; Debbie McPherson was $340.32 for reimbursement for
two doors for the stage; interest of $0.27 was received from City
National Bank. Closing balance was $3,086.97. In
December, bill to Mon Power for $5.15 was paid; City National Bank
was paid $24.38 for Safe Deposit Box rent for one year; and
interest of $0.26 was received from City National Bank. The
closing balance was $3,057.70.
Tom Crutchfield asked about the
contents of the KAA's Safe Deposit box. Paul Peck asked about
the signatories on the Bank's record for the box. The Kanawha
Alumni Association approved a motion to approve the treasurer's
report. [Deanna Stewart/Lamona Casto]
Tom Crutchfield suggested that we
interview the recipients for scholarship awards. He suggested
that we gain valuable information concerning the recipients and the
procedures by conducting the interviews even when the number of
candidates are small.
Shirley Lloyd raised concerns with
the Endowment Fund. She noted that the balance was currently
$6,426. She wants the Association to consider using part of
this fund to use for larger scholarships or that the Association
not request donations for the endowment fund. She thought
that the second option would probably result in more donations
being made to the Association's Scholarship Fund.
After some discussion, the
Association approved a motion to table the matter until the next
meeting [Paul Peck/Shirley Lloyd]
Noting a suggestion for recruiting
servers in the minutes, Deanna Stewart asked why the suggestion had
been to recruit seventh graders. In response, someone noted
that the idea had been to get servers who had worked
previously. Deanna thinks that we need new servers and
suggested that we recruit a few more 5th and/or 6th graders if
additional servers are needed. The Kanawha Alumni Association
approved a motion to recruit only 5th and 6th graders as
servers. [M/s Tammy Brown/Donna Singleton] For the
record, it was noted that the Kanawha Alumni Association will be
paying this year's servers $25, giving them a t-shirt, and
providing a meal at the banquet. A brief discussion followed
concerning possible servers and how to select them.
The minutes had noted that Johnny
Wine, Class of 1956 was gravely ill at the time of the
meeting. Shirley Lloyd noted that he is doing well now.
Tom Crutchfield encouraged
participation from the Classes of 1945, 1955, 1965, and 1975.
He asked Deanna Stewart and Donna Singleton to try to organize
participation by the Class of 1975.
Deanna Stewart and Paul Peck gave
updates concerning Margret Willey. After surgery and a total
of 25 days in the hospital, Margret is recovering. She hopes
to be released to drive after her next doctor's visit on February
12 and plans to be at our next meeting. Later in the meeting,
Tom Crutchfield asked the Kanawha Alumni Association to be thinking
of ways that Margret could be assisted in carrying out her KAA work
while she is recovering.
Tom Crutchfield gave a report that
he had received from KAA Vice President Butch McPherson. Butch,
Jerry Wilson, and Carl Ray Blake put up the doors at the
stage. Butch had also gotten a quote of $150/hour from a DJ
at Clarksburg for alumni evening music. He had not yet
received a quote from a DJ in Buckhannon whom he had
contacted. He told Tom that he would also contact other
Tom Crutchfield extended
condolences to Lamona Casto whose sister Debra Elmore had died
The minutes of the November 16,
2014, meeting were approved as read [M/s Shirley Lloyd/Deanna
Tom Crutchfield mentioned that
Mike McCoy is organizing a fundraising project for the K of P
(Knights of Pythias) cemetery. Tom is the caretaker for the
cemetery. He has been identifying the former Burnsville
educators who are buried in that cemetery. His list
included: Augustine Hyer Wiant 1909-1986, Thomas Edward
Crutchfield 1915-1996, Ida Clay Stockert Crutchfield 1889-1967,
Penny Crutchfield Ramsey 1951-1996, Harry Wiant 1919-1981, Laura
Belle Crutchfield 1918-1998, Virgil O. Dolly 1904-1951, Autumn
Amos, W. W. Kelley 1906-1984, George Dudley Goodrich 1908-1994,
Marian H. Shreve 1924-1986, Edith Bowyer Mayse 1912-2001, Vic Berry
1911-1978, Mary Trimble Berry 1919-1994, Roma Hefner, Mabel
Chrissman [check spelling]. The Kanawha Alumni Association
may publicize the fundraising project.
The Kanawha Alumni Association
then turned to selection of its annual theme.
Deanna Stewart and Donna Singleton
had begun planning for possible decorations to be associated with
each theme. Deanna also noted that each theme is a song
title. [She sang a few lines of "Photographs and memories" for
those who were not familiar with that song. Based upon
preliminary voting at an earlier meeting, the choices had been
narrowed to the following four:
"Be True to Your School"
"We Will Have These Moments to
"If I Could Turn Back Time"
"Photographs and Memories"
Each person present voted for one
of the choices on ballots that Deanna had prepared and turned them
in to Deanna for counting.
Deanna Stewart suggested that we
ask David Parmer to donate a set of his books on local history to
raffle for the benefit of the Kanawha Alumni Association.
Tom Crutchfield reminded the
Association that we will need to select Bruin Award recipient(s)
and a parade marshal. Deanna Stewart mentioned that we need
to get the rest of the recognition banners up in the
The Kanawha Alumni Association
decided to ask David Parmer and Barbara Jeffries Parmer to be our
2015 parade marshals. Nyal and JoAnn Jefferies, last year's
parade marshals had kept the magnetic sign place on their
car. The Kanawha Alumni Association decided to get a plaque
for marshals to have as a memento of their participation.
Deanna Stewart announced that "Be
True to Your School" had been selected as our 2015 theme.
Dustin Crutchfield asked if a
solution had been found to the problem of the tables in the
cafeteria. After some discussion, it was decided that Deanna
Stewart will get quotes for delivery and set up of tables for the
evening of the banquet which are more accessible to mature adults
than the cafeteria's existing tables. Several members of the
Kanawha Alumni Association planned to go to the cafeteria after the
adjournment of the meeting for a closer look at the
Tom Crutchfield asked about the
parade route for the KAA's parade. [The context for this question
is that the Town's parade route for the Christmas parade had been
changed this year to avoid interfering with traffic exiting the
Interstate.] The Kanawha Alumni Association decided to
continue to use our historic parade route.
Tom Crutchfield plans for school
award winners have photographs taken with the Bruin.
Deanna Stewart told us about
preparing bulletin boards on Burnsville history at the
school. This activity is designed to promote pride in the
school and community. On the way to our meeting room she
showed us the bulletin board featuring Jamie Summerlin and his run
across America. Classes are quizzed on the bulletin boards
during lunch time. She asked the Kanawha Alumni Association
to buy something to recognize the class that does the best on the
quizzes. The consensus was that the Kanawha Alumni
Association would participate as requested.
The next meeting of the Kanawha
Alumni Association will be on February 15, 2015.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30
p.m. [Deanna Stewart/Donna Singleton]
Read and approved.
Recording Secretary of the Kanawha