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Financial Report – August 31, 2018

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FAIR STREET-BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
FINANCIAL REPORT
January 1 to August 31, 2018
Beginning Balance $10,395.79
Income
Class of 1965 105.00
Class of 1965 by Bernice Wimpye 255.00
Registration fees –Terry Edward Gaither 350.00
Marriott Reimbursement 75.54
John Harris Contribution (1965 class) 786.51
Juneteenth receipts $587.50
Juneteenth supplies -500
Juneteenth change -160
Juneteenth Booth Registration -25
Juneteenth cash returned 144
Juneteenth Net Income 46.50
Expenses
Self Storage fee 64.00
Marriott Deposit for Reunion 2019 750.00
PO Box rental 82.00
Office Pro ( Print Scholarship Applications 4.62
Grady Young Foundation Donation 300.00
Self Storage fee 64.00
Self Storage fee 64.00
Self Storage fee 64.00
Self Storage fee 67.00
Self Storage fee 67.00
Self Storage fee 67.00
Harris floral 88.28
Self Storage fee 67.00
Scholarship Payments 2,000.00
Constant Contact Payment – June 96.00
Frame for Michael Hancock Honorary Diploma 54.38
WordPress for new Website 61.00
Constant Contact – September 146.13
Website Design & Development 350.00
Constant Contact Update 79.00
Current Balance $7,478.93

Prez’ Corner

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This is the busy season for your Board, as we prepare for Reunion 2019. However, we do much more than put on the party biennially. We began planning and negotiating for Reunion 2019, a few weeks after closing Reunion 2017. That’s why we can contain our cost and ticket prices to you.

The Board recently completed an extensive planning process. We have four teams  Reunion & Events, New Projects, Scholarship and Religious & Spiritual. These are some of the ideas and projects resulting from the planning process:

  1. Increase revenue from the golf tournament and execute 3 other fundraising projects to subsidize costs of Reunion 2019.
  2. To define the needs of young males in our community and plan to assist them.
  3. We will attempt to get the old E.E. Butler gymnasium renovated or replaced.
  4. Our Spiritual Team plans to support bereaved families through prayer and actions via a small annual budget.
  5. Not only will the Reunion & Event Team plan & execute the best reunion ever, but they are also planning a New Year’s Eve party in Gainesville.
  6. The Scholarship Team plans to either increase the number and the size of the awards to support our young people.

We have other plans and ideas to improve our home community and enrich the lives of our members and friends. So where do you fit? I am attaching a financial report from Mr. Shelton. We are in a good position, thanks to your generosity. You provided funding in 2017 that permits us to have a working balance, as we prepare for 2019. Please commit to doing the same or better moving forward.  You can pledge as a Tiger Level – $1,000+, Maroon Level $500+ or White Level at $25. I will post the benefits of each level with the Financial Report.  But, Tiger Level includes Couple or Single Fees for the reunion. At $500 but less than $1,000, Reunion 2019 fees will be discounted significantly, but not yet determined. Above all, at each level, you are helping your organization Preserve our Legacy and Protect our Future.

Bernice Harbin Wimpye reminds us to act now and avoid the stress of last-minute decisions and financial burden but:

  1. Choose your level of commitment.
  2. Contact Mr. Nathaniel Shelton at gnat2190@charter.net to set up a monthly or quarterly payment plan
  3. Reserve your room at the Airport Marriott. You guarantee payment with a credit card, but you don’t have to pay until you check out next year.
  4. Ensure you pay the total commitment before the deadline.
  5. Ask your children and grandchildren to join you on Saturday’s Family Day (aka cookout)
  6. Start anticipating the fun of seeing your friends, classmates and new friends.
  7. Show up and party!!

Thanks, my friends. We all appreciate your support, and need to see you at Reunion 2019!

FAIR STREET-BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
FINANCIAL REPORT
January 1 to August 31, 2018
Beginning Balance $10,395.79
Income
Class of 1965 105.00
Class of 1965 by Bernice Wimpye 255.00
Registration fees –Terry Edward Gaither 350.00
Marriott Reimbursement 75.54
John Harris Contribution (1965 class) 786.51
Juneteenth receipts $587.50
Juneteenth supplies -500
Juneteenth change -160
Juneteenth Booth Registration -25
Juneteenth cash returned 144
Juneteenth Net Income 46.50
Expenses
Self Storage fee 64.00
Marriott Deposit for Reunion 2019 750.00
PO Box rental 82.00
Office Pro ( Print Scholarship Applications 4.62
Grady Young Foundation Donation 300.00
Self Storage fee 64.00
Self Storage fee 64.00
Self Storage fee 64.00
Self Storage fee 67.00
Self Storage fee 67.00
Self Storage fee 67.00
Harris floral 88.28
Self Storage fee 67.00
Scholarship Payments 2,000.00
Constant Contact Payment – June 96.00
Frame for Michael Hancock Honorary Diploma 54.38
WordPress for new Website 61.00
Constant Contact – September 146.13
Website Design & Development 350.00
Constant Contact Update 79.00
Current Balance $7,478.93

 

John W. Harris, President

Class of 1965

A Life of Purpose By J. Rev. Douglas Childers

The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was
on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him,
shouting Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is
the king of Israel! Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a
donkey’s colt. (John 12:12-15)
A martial arts student was eager to achieve excellence as a
practitioner in the field of Martial Arts. Desiring to achieve greater fighting
abilities, the student asked the great high-kicking, fist-fighting martial arts
teacher and movie actor—Bruce Lee, to teach him everything he knows
about martial arts. Bruce Lee held up two cups—a cup in each of his
hands, which were filled with water. He looked masterfully into his pupil’s
eyes and said, “The first cup represents all of your knowledge of martial
arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge of martial arts. If you
want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of
your knowledge.”
Most of us would agree that the greatest yearning􀀃of the human
heart is our yearning to understand our purpose in life. Abraham Lincoln
suffered depression. Once Lincoln was so depressed that his friends
thought he might harm himself. They were committed to watching him
closely and would intervene if Lincoln attempted to hurt himself, but later,
while talking with a close friend, Lincoln suggested that death was not his
best escape, because he had yet to do anything by which future
generations could remember him, and it was for this reason that Lincoln
was determined to pass his Emancipation Proclamation Bill. He was
confident it would be the one thing people would remember him for. It
would mean his life had achieved a purpose.
We all yearn for a purpose. The purpose is the one thing that allows
us to stay afloat in a world which provides currents of challenges that can
wash us away. Even when we don’t realize we’re searching for purpose,
we are. We look for meaning in many of the things we do. We look for
purpose in marriage, in a career, and in our relationship with others. The
apostle Paul says the real meaning of life and the only thing that brings
fulfillment in life is knowing Christ. As the apostle Paul reflected on his
purpose, he said to the church of Philippi,􀀃“That I may know him, and the
power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made
comfortable unto his death.”􀀃
If Christ is to be the focus of your and my life, we must first empty
our cup of the things that contradict this very worthwhile effort, but be
assured that what’s gained in this process is well worth everything that’s
lost, and we must always remember that it isn’t done out of our own
capabilities. In ancient Rome, a military leader returning home was given a
parade to make a triumphal entry into the city. The celebration was
spectacularly done. The parade, which was sponsored by the Senate,
was a lavishing and entertaining propaganda spectacle. It reminded its
citizens of Rome’s glory and military superiority above all other nations.
Julius Caesar returned to Rome after his successful exploits in Gaul
and Egypt, and the parade given in his honor was so grand that slaves
were required to run behind Caesar’s chariot and occasionally remind him
to “Remember you are a man.” Otherwise, so much praise and adoration
from Roman citizens could have easily caused him to think of himself as a
god.
But Jesus entered Jerusalem as a humble servant. Jesus’ purpose
could not be defined by pomp as were the conquering heroes of Rome.
Unlike a Roman General, Jesus did not enter the gates of Jerusalem riding
a gold chariot driven by white stallions; instead, he came to Jerusalem
riding on the back of a donkey, but Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing his
purpose would be fulfilled.
Members of the Fair Street-Butler High classes over the years have
ventured afar in search of their purpose. So many of us have entertained a
life of searching for meaning. Some of us are now retired, but purpose
never retires. The purpose, in so many ways, is the formidable source of
our life. It stays with us throughout our earthly journey. There’s no more
critical text than the Bible and no more celebrated teacher, although there
are many others, than Jesus to help us achieve. He encourages us to
become servants, not saints, he helps us to be caring not careless and he
encourages us to love one another, as he has loved us. I pray you will
consider these words, as you continue discovering your purpose.
The Rev. Dr. J Douglas Childers is a member of E.E. Butler class of 1968

The Vietnam War Heroes of Fair Street & Butler High Schools By Barry “Gunner” Stinson

Barry “Gunner” Stinson

                     Now                                    1969

I’m a Vietnam combat veteran who served as a gunner aboard a Navy Patrol Gunboat.      

Following a move to Gainesville in 2017, I was asked to find photos of local men who died in Vietnam for the Wall of Faces, a project of the Vietnam Wall. 

Here’s what I discovered about five of your classmates at Fair Street and E.E. Butler High School. 

Links are provided to their pages on the Wall of Faces.  “Remembrances” gives you the opportunity to share stories about them.  We know how they died.  Your stories will show how they lived.   

 

 

 Forrest Goudelock

1942 – 1968

http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/19379/FORREST-GOUDELOCK

He graduated from Fair Street HS, worked for a year and joined the Army in October 1963.  In 1964, while he was stationed in Germany, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Render, and she went to live with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Goudelock, at 438 Copeland Street.  

He arrived in Vietnam on October 26, 1967, and served with Company E, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. 

On April 19, 1968, during enemy action in Dinh Tuong province, Sgt. Goudelock was killed by small arms fire. 

He is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart, is buried in Timber Ridge Cemetery, and his name is located on Panel 50E, Line 47 of the Vietnam Wall.

Wilbur Mattox

1944 – 1968

http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/33067/WILBUR-F-MATTOX

Army Private First-Class Wilbur Mattox was married to Constance Mattox, who lived at 530 Race Street.  The couple had one son.  PFC Mattox was a member of the Army’s Americal Division.   On April 24, 1968, during a patrol in Thua Thien province, he was struck by fragments from a mine explosion.  He was evacuated to an Army field hospital, but his wounds were so extensive, he died the next day, April 25.  He reported for duty in Vietnam on February 25, a short two months earlier.  PFC Mattox is the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  He and his wife, who passed away in 2015, are buried next to each other in Alta Vista Cemetery, Block AC, Lots 30 and 31. His name is engraved on Panel 52E, Line 8 at the Vietnam Wall.

 

 

 

Johnny Bill Robertson, Jr.

1946 – 1969

http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/43848/JOHNNY-B-ROBERTSON-JR

Johnny Bill lived with his mother, Willene, and his sister, Joyce, at 240 Atlanta Street, Apartment A-1.  His father was deceased.  He joined the Army and arrived in Vietnam on May 15, 1969, assigned to the 9th Infantry Division. 

He went swimming in a river 5 kilometers east of Ham Long village in Kien Hoa province.  The official reports lack detail, other than he drowned before help could arrive.  One possibility is that his outfit had been out on patrol, some soldiers went into the river to cool off, and he followed them in.  Johnny Bill’s swimming abilities may have been weak or non-existent.  Had he meant to stay near the riverbank and slipped into a deep hole?  We’ll never know.  What we do know is he died on June 8, 1969, three weeks after he arrived in Vietnam.

He’s the recipient of the Bronze Star and is buried in Alta Vista Cemetery, Block AC, Lot 53.  His name is on Panel 23W, Line 114 of the Vietnam Wall. 

 

Carl Lee Thornton

1937 – 1971

http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/51957/CARL-L-THORNTON

 

Following his studies at Fair Street High School, Carl Lee joined the Army with plans to make it his career.  He was married and in his second decade of military service.  His successful career as a Food Service Specialist was advancing him into senior enlisted status, as evidenced by his promotion to Staff Sergeant (E-6).  He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.  He reported for duty in Vietnam on July 15, 1971.  On November 28, he was aboard an Army helicopter CH-47C, commonly known as a Chinook, for a troop lift from Da Nang to Phu Bai.  Bad weather and poor visibility resulted in the Chinook crashing into a mountain.  36 died in the crash, including Army Staff Sergeant Carl Lee Thornton.  He’s buried in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery.  His name is located on Panel 2W/Line 80 of the Vietnam Wall.  

George Lamar Young     1947 – 1968                                                                http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/57843/GEORGE-L-YOUNG

Lamar was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, an element of the legendary 1st Cavalry Division.  The objective of Operation Sheridan Sabre was to prevent elements of the North Vietnamese Army massed in Cambodia from entering South Vietnam.  In a significant and fierce firefight northwest of Tay Ninh City, Lamar’s unit fought courageously against a battle-hardened NVA force.  Lamar and eight of his brothers-in-arms died in the fight, but they didn’t go quietly.  Army documents show that Lamar’s outfit killed 138 of the enemy.  He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.  His name is located on Panel 38W, Line 62 of the Vietnam Wall. 

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