Mayville Alumni Association - Est 1887 ~Celebrating 135 years in 2022~
Come and join us at the Innovation Beerworks in Richville, MI (formerly known as Fritz’s). Address: 9264 W. Saginaw Road, Richville
Saturday, October 15th from 1:00 PM—4:00 PM in the upstairs room. Limited menu available, including beverages and alcohol (all at your own expense.)
A “Snowbird” Mayville Class of 1982 get-together is planned at Ron Liex’s Florida home on March 18, 2023.
For more information contact:
*Sherri Lynn (Secord) Elenbaum (989)-274-2908
7341 Edward Rd., Mayville, MI 48744
*Kim (Brown) Danhausen
6338 Cook Rd., Swartz Creek, MI 48473
*Leann (Hahn) Gwinn
7389 N. Lapeer Rd., Fostoria, MI 48435-9625
The Mayville Sunflower Festival was held July 21 - July 24th and featured a parade on Friday evening, July 22nd. The parade was led by this years Grand Marshal, Violet Mathews. Violet is pictured here with the Sunflower Festival mascot, Sonny. Congratulations Violet!
The Class of 1972 celebrated their 50th Reunion on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Fischer Hall in Frankenmuth. The meal was catered by Wendt’s Catering of Millington and music was provided by classmate Keith Davison and his band Second and Stone. Approximately 35 graduates from the class of ’72 attended. More photos can be found on the Class of 1972 page, using the MORE PAGES drop-down menu.
On May 28, 2022, Cindy received a new living kidney from a donor at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after being on the waiting list for 6 years. Cindy was in the hospital for about five weeks, and she is doing fair. Cindy would appreciate prayers and emails. You can email her at: Anntorres753@gmail.com
Sylvia Putnam, past deputy grant regent, presented Hoag with the scholarship. Caro Moose Lodge No. 1049 and Caro Chapter No. 940 present two scholarships annually to “deserving students,” according to a press release from the organizations. Hoag was a three-sport athlete at Mayville High School, and the No. 1 pitcher on the varsity softball team. She broke the school record for number of home runs in a season. Advertiser 7/13/2022
Nineteen members of the Class of 1977, and two teachers- Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Curell- met at the Odd Fellows Hall - formerly the Golden Years Club, on Saturday, July 16th. There was a lot of catching up and funny memories shared among the classmates. The event was organized by Lane Torrey. Use the dropdown menu above and click on "Class of 1977" to see the photo gallery and who attended.
Many Alumni will remember the block building that stood for 60 years, just to the north of the football field. Generations of football players charged onto the field, from the fieldhouse, ready to take on their rivals from around the Thumb.
The building wasn’t anything of real beauty, simple, functional, and built in 1962, it was the cinder block building that Gary Wargo fondly remembered in his story in the 2022 Historian, “Cycling Through Life – A Trip Around School.”
It was the “Wildcat Den” - full of locker room smells and the echoes of pre-game and half-time speeches given by numerous coaches to countless teams of Wildcat football players. It held the memories of young and hopeful athletes, who dreamed of touchdowns, tackles, and the joy of victory, as well as the memories of games lost, of disappointments of defeat and the determination to do better in the next game.
Metal cage lockers, with many layers of paint, old wooden benches and the smell of sweat are just a memory… memories of days gone by.
To borrow a line from Gary’s story…
“Days gone, days remembered, days loved ...”
You can read the news paper article about the construction of a new Wildcat Den, on the “In The News” page.
Thank you to each of the Alumni that attended the Reunion Social on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Circumstances required changes this year, and as always happens, there were a few glitches. The lighting and the sound system were not what was expected, but the program went on, nonetheless.
There were approximately 52 in attendance from the three 50-year grad classes of 1970, 1971 & 1972, and only three from the 25-year grads Class of 1995. Overall, the attendance was somewhere between 125 and 130. Mildred Woern Fox – Class of 1947 was recognized as attending the most Alumni gatherings- 78 to be exact, beginning in her freshman year of High School as a server. She is pictured in the photo gallery below, holding two roses.
Without the help of some dedicated people, the Alumni Reunion would not have been possible: Thank you to Krystal LaBair – Class of 1977, for running errands, providing the table decorations in the foyer, and helping with the set-up. Thank you also to Judy Ollila – Class of 1979 for taking photos. Her photos of this Reunion Social can be found below. Thank you to David Vizzard – Class of 1970, for taking part in the program. Dave has been writing a feature article for the Historian for several years now and is also the author of the Nick Steele series of books. His article in this year’s Historian “Wingnuts Soar” is a great read and a great story about friendship. Thank you to Dave Patterson – Class of 1971 for presenting this year’s Alumni Scholarship Award and the Norman Duncan Award to Carly Hoag – Class of 2022. Thank you to Ron Johnson – Class of 1967 and Shari Griffis Johnson – Class of 1971 for all the help with setting up and clean-up. Thank you also to the Lions Club volunteers that helped both Friday and Saturday, and to Al Gabalis - Class of 1988 for the printing of the Historians, the Programs, and the Golden Diplomas. Thank you also to Patti Vollweiler – Class of 1981- for all her hard work in planning and being responsible for the refreshments and flowers. She is also the Treasurer for the Alumni Association. In addition, she is responsible for mailing out all the orders for the Historian papers, the donation Thank You notes, the award letters and invitations to the Scholarship winner and the Senior Class President.
Thank you to all the Alumni who donate and send funds that enable the Alumni Association to help stock the supply closets in the schools, as well as give a scholarship each year to a graduating senior. Without you, there would be no Alumni Association.
Our Alumni Association celebrates being 135 years old this year! However, as wonderful as that sounds, there are many things that happen behind the scenes that most Alumni are not aware of. The circumstances of the last two years, beginning in 2020, forced the cancellation of the annual Alumni Dinner. This year, the high costs of everything from the table and the chairs to the food and the beverages, made it necessary to re-invent the Alumni Dinner as well. Many alumni expressed their disappointment at the fact there would be no dinner, but as disappointing as that sounds, try to imagine NO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. Sad to say, that is exactly where we are headed if more volunteers don’t step forward.
We can’t twist people’s arms to get them to help, so what do we do?
Could you take a turn to help with the All-School Reunion? With table decorations? Flowers? Set-up? Clean up? How about writing an article or a story for the Historian or the website? How about volunteering to mail out the Historians next spring? We’d love to hear from you and from anyone who is interested in volunteering a bit of time to keep the Alumni Association up and running.
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