The Class of 1995, the 100th graduating class of Scotland School for Veterans’ Children scheduled an all classes reunion in Philadelphia aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. All alumni, attendees and friends of SSVC were welcome to attend. It was an evening of elegance aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. The midnight cruise along the Delaware River included a complimentary buffet, dance music and a cash bar. See pictures this page and see that a good time was had by all! Thank you Gregory Whaley ‘95, Organizer!
Sixteen members of the class of 1965 (see picture below) attended their 50th Class Reunion on Friday, June 12, 2015. They were joined by spouses, family members and friends. They had a room at the Chambersburg American Legion adjacent to the main alumni body. The entire evening was one to remember! It was so wonderful seeing classmates, some we hadn’t seen for 20 or 30 years or more. And, no one had changed a bit! Ok, at least in our minds we were all the same young kids who had left Scotland in 1965.
Of course, we were saddened by those classmates who couldn’t join us and those who had passed on. And we would have loved to have seen faculty, staff and administrators who couldn’t join us.
We were fortunate to have some teachers and their spouses who were available to join us: Ray S. “Red” McKenzie, Leland and Edie Schaffer, Ken and Shirley Katusin, and Kaye Shearer. They made us all smile and think back to their expectations of us. We hope we measured up after all these years!
There was a scrumptious dinner, special prizes, door prizes and a lovely cake (see above). Most of the special prizes all seemed to go to Gary and Leroy Pogue! So they traveled the farthest, had the most grandkids, etc. Guess they earned those prizes!
On Saturday, we were fortunate enough to have Nancy Shafer Judd and Roy Jones and his wife join us. Suffice it to say we were grateful to see all our classmates who could attend. A good time was had by all and we were already looking forward to our 60th! See you at Scotland in 2025?!
Our thanks were offered to the members of the planning committee: Ken O’Brien, Rita Brown Cline, Diane Walsh Freeman, and Sally Sheaffer. One member of the committee, Pam Straley Reeder, passed away in March 2015 unexpectedly. We were shocked and saddened by her loss.
The Gran Waldt ’41 Bowling Benefit turned out to be a great success raising a total of $4029 to help renovate the laundry/storage building as the new SSVC Alumni Museum!
The No-Tap Bowling Tournament consisted of two games of No-Tap: either 8 or 9 pins on your first ball was counted as a strike. Bob Krieger ’75 summed it up best when he said, “It was a blast!”
There were 28 alumni and friends at Nellie Fox Bowl at the Reunion in June; however, we started out with a field of 41. It was like “Ten Little Indians”: one fell off a ladder, and then there were 40; one had an operation, and then there were 39; one fell on a step, and then there were 38, and so on. The field stretched from the ‘40s to the ‘80s. Jamie Brown and his wife Mindy drove from Ohio to bowl in memory of Jamie’s dad Jim Brown who graduated in 1942. Gran Waldt was the oldest bowler and our youngest bowler, Marietta Watkins, graduated in 1984.
Tom Eagle ’72 bowled a 300 his first game. It was the only 300 game of the tournament; however, Becky Hayden Carl ’71 had 11 strikes in a row. Someone called attention to the 11 Xes after her name on the overhead monitor. We all turned to watch her throw her 12th and final ball. We must have made her nervous, as she left 4 pins standing for a score of 296. She was the top Ladies’ winner with a total of 504 pins! Hector Robinson’s ’73 539 total put him in first place for the men; second place of 526 pin fall was awarded to Tom Everly and the third place finisher for the men with a total of 508 points was Tom Eagle ’72. Pat Eagle finished in second place for the ladies totaling 449 points and third place was awarded to Bonnie Thompson who finished with 434 pins. Fourth Place tie: Gran ’41 and Mary Waldt; 5th Place: Mindy Brown; 6th Place: Jim Brown ’62; 7th Place: Evelyn Millhouse McElwain ’68; 8th Place: Ralph Dusman; 9th Place John Klenzing; 10th Place Mark Dye.
The bowlers signed a bowling pin donated by Rudy Goetz, owner and manager of Nellie Fox Bowl, as a memento to Gran. “I love it! Thanks ever so much,” Gran said. “I couldn’t ask for a nicer family than my Scotland brothers and sisters!” Gran donated the pin to the Museum because the Bowling Benefit became a new piece of history for the SSVC Alumni.
Gran said, “Without the help of The Fundraiser Committee of Sally Sheaffer ‘65, Evelyn Millhouse McElwain ‘68 and Mary Waldt, the bowling benefit fundraiser would not have turned out the way it did. They worked hard continuously and with much determination. They deserve a lot of credit.”
Our thanks to Mary Waldt for this article and pictures.