The Garden Alumni
Association met at the Rainbow Restaurant in Deel, VA, on July 11,
2012, for the purpose of reviewing Garden Day and electing new
officers. GAA Vice President, Chuck Ratliff chaired the meeting.
The first order of business was to review the First Annual Garden
Day sponsored jointly by the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and the
Garden Alumni Association on June 30, 2012. After agreeing that
Garden Day was a huge success, attracting nearly 600 former Garden
students, their families, and friends, the group reviewed specific
parts of the Day.
The group generally agreed that being allowed to use the facilities
at the College, formerly Garden High School, was the main draw.
Other positives included the exhibits of high school memorabilia in
the gym, the opportunity to mix and mingle with classmates, the
quality and number of vendors, the quality of the music in the gym
and on the porch at McGlothlin Hall, parking and shuttle service.
Among the things to be reconsidered 1)The question as to whether
Garden Day is just to be a reunion event or a community festival; 2)
The question as to whether or not games for children were necessary
or a waste; 3) The question as to whether or not Garden Day should
be a one or two-day event; 4) The question as to whether or not the
sound system in the gym is sufficient; and 5) The question as to
whether or not a different time of day and/or year would be
preferable for the next event. Additionally, the group discussed
having a street dance with Bob Keene’s Band.
expressed views on each of these items. The general consensus was
that Garden Day should be held next year and that the format should
be basically the same with some tweaking:
larger name tags,
time to prepare,
use of committees made up of several people so that those “working”
the event could participate in the Alumni meeting and other events
and not be left to cover their stations all day,
better sound system in the gym,
better & more avenues of publicity – class contacts, e-mail data
something to attract the more recent graduates
discussion, new officers were elected:
Tim Owens -
Eddie T. Farmer Vice-President;
Janie Owens - Secretary;
Holli R. Harmon - Treasurer;
Janet Fletcher - Reporter;
and Bill Coxton - Webmasters
expressed heartfelt gratitude to outgoing officers and GAA board
members: President Bill Coxton , Vice-President Chuck Ratliff,
Treasurer Shelvie Osborne Crawford, Kathy Witt’79, Lewis Addison’57,
Lois Abbott Null’64, Janie Abbott Hale’65 (deceased), Gina Ratliff
Simpson’80, and Janie Owens’64.
It was the
consensus of the group that Chuck Ratliff had done a fantastic job
as Vice-President and Chairman of the Garden Day Planning Committee.
The group also agreed that Garden Day could not have happened
without the efforts of Bill Coxton and Mickey McGlothlin.
At the end of the
meeting, newly elected president Tim Owens advised the group that he
would check with the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and the Chamber
of Commerce. If there were no conflicts with the college or other
county events, he would schedule The Second Annual Garden Day on
June 29, 2013.
Submitted by Janie