of the October 31, 2010 Meeting of the Kanawha Alumni
meeting of the Kanawha Alumni Association was called to order by
Association President Tom Crutchfield at 2:00 p. m. at the
Burnsville Public Library.
in attendance were
Crim Riffle attended the opening of the meeting. She is a Braxton
County High School graduate with the Class of 1981 who lived in
Orlando when she graduated. She wants to become a member of the
KAA. Her request was approved. [M/s Sherri Brown/ Paul Peck]
filled out appropriate paperwork and will take the Oath of
Membership this spring.
will be a regular member due to graduation status.
minutes of the September 26, 2010 meeting were read and approved.
[M/s Paul Peck / Sherri Brown]
was no treasurer’s report.
Peck informed those present that he had attempted to file an IRS
990 postcard form for the KAA online before an October 15 tax
deadline. The system had not recognized the EIN for the KAA.
Margret Willey had attempted to contact an IRS office to discuss
this but had been unsuccessful. Sherri Brown suggested that Paul
try to file the form again online. Margret said that Cherry Ramsey
has been filing reports for some volunteer organizations which she
is a member of and, therefore, might be able to help with this
Peck is to get Barbara Brown Wilson’s mailing address for addition
to the KAA files.
Crutchfield had contacted Billy Rose’s band. They are tentatively
set to perform bluegrass and square dancing music at the KAA
Reunion. Tom will keep in touch with them as the date approaches.
During the discussion of musical performances at the KAA Reunion,
it was suggested that more participation by younger alumni might
occur if the other band performed on the stage at the
Pritt suggested that the KAA hire seven or eight young persons to
serve at the KAA banquet. He thinks that this will be appreciated
especially by the older alumni in attendance. He suggested that we
pay the servers $50.00 each. Later in the meeting, someone
suggested that the KAA could also encourage banquet attendees to
tip their servers.
Willey suggested that thank you cards be sent to those who had
helped to move our chairs and tables recently. Jim Pritt suggested
that a thank you card also be sent to Bill McKnight in appreciation
for his support of the alumni weekend.
Crutchfield suggested sending a post card to each KAA member during
the Christmas season alerting them to the upcoming alumni weekend
in May. Stamped postcards can be purchased from the postal service
for 30¢ each. As there are about 1,200 members on the mailing list,
the cost would be approximately $360.00. The KAA approved sending
postcards to the members at Christmas. [M/s Margret Willey/ Paul
Peck] Margret Willey and Sherri Brown will work together on this
project; the KAA will review progress at the next meeting.
Willey reported that the following persons had helped in moving our
chairs and tables: Tom Crutchfield, Margret Willey, Sherri Brown,
Teresa Brown, Rick Ratliff, Jeff Johnson, Linda Moore, Carl Ray and
Esther Blake, Deanna Stewart, and Sharon Jean Brady.
Pritt suggested that we have a guest speaker for our Alumni Day
program; this might be some alumnus who had significant
some discussion, there was a consensus that we would like to ask
the alumni another set of questions concerning alumni such as David
Parmer had prepared on two previous occasions. We may want to have
both a guest speaker and a questions session as part of the
program. The KAA will discuss this further at a future
was reported that Carol Dean had reserved the Community Building
for May 28, 2011, the date of the Alumni Banquet. Jim Pritt had
attempted to contact her to request use of the Community Building
by the KAA after 4:00 p. m. if we should need the extra space for
Willey reported that Roy McDougal will tell us how much we owe him
for use of the unit at his storage facility; the KAA will need to
move the remaining items there back to the school.
Crutchfield reported that Russell McClain wants to donate a love
seat and a computer desk and chair to the KAA for use in the Alumni
Room (balcony). Paul Peck suggested that this offer be discussed
with Deanna Stewart who is going to be in charge of the Alumni
Room. If she doesn’t think the items fit in with her plans, Paul
suggested that Russ might be asked to donate the items to the
Pritt reported that major repairs are needed for the stage at the
playground. He suggested that the KAA, the Burnsville School
Reunion Committee, and the Town of Burnsville might split the costs
for the project. Darrell Brown is to be asked to give Tom
Crutchfield an estimate for the project.
Brown and Margret Willey are also going to be working on compiling
a list of Braxton County High School graduates who were eligible to
become members of the KAA. Sherri Brown suggested that we might
send a special post card to these individuals and the Braxton
County High School graduates who are already members of the KAA to
encourage their participation in the alumni weekend events.
date and time for the next meeting was set as Monday, November 29,
2010, at 7:00 p. m.
meeting was adjourned at 3:13 p. m. [M/s Jim Pritt / Sherri
Paul Peck, Secretary