Reported by Dinah Allen
The annual Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Alumni Association Banquet was held, on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the NCOE High School.Approximately 129 members and guests were present. The visiting hour began at 6:00 with punch served and a delicious meal catered by Yesterday’s at 7:00.
David Norris, President of the Alumni Association conducted the business meeting at 8:00 in the auditorium by welcoming all alumni and guests, special recognition and thanks was made for the new “Welcome Alumni” banner, purchased by the high school Custodians, Elizabeth Bryant and Donnie Starks. Jeannie Gossett, Treasurer of the alumni asked that special thanks be given to those who helped make the banquet possible: Dinah Allen, Judy Daubs, Cruzan Kissel, Tullyne Oliver, Linda Johnson, Ludene Taylor, Denise Karns, Jody Travelstead, Sheila Albright, Elizabeth Bryant and Donnie Starks.
Thanks also to the Norris City Public Library for the use of their building the get the letters ready for mailing and to the NCOE High School for printing the letters and letting the Alumni hold the meeting and banquet here at the school. The N. C Museum Board and May Lodge #718 would also like to give special thanks to the NCOE Alumni for letting them mail their brochures with the Alumni letters.
The following slate of officers were elected for 2020. President, David Norris; (1978), Vice-President, Cliff Karnes; (1987), Treasurer, Jeannie Carter Gossett; (1959), Assistant Treasurer, Judy Russell Daubs; (1964), Secretary, Dinah Hughes Allen; (1972).
Jeannie Gossett requested to speak to the Alumni body. She announced that next year would be her last year for her current position as treasurer and felt it was time, after 35 years for someone else to take the position. She asked that a volunteer step forward and she would be available to train a new person for the treasurer’s duties.
Past and present teachers and administration who were recognized were: Ruth Norris, Ludene Taylor, Diane Taylor Foster, Afton Sutton Poole, Sharla Biggerstaff Barton, JoAnna Lane, Jack Johnson, Mary Beth Sutton, Cliff Karnes and Todd Haley.
President David Norris recognized the past scholarship recipients who were present: Mark Whipple (first scholarship recipient (1972) $500. Also, Cliff Karnes (1987), Kyle Sell (2015), Luke Marsh (2013). David Dodd (2013), Daniel Allen (1998) and David Norris (1978).
The meeting was turned over to President, Jane Lamp of the Scholarship committee. She introduced the other members of the committee: Donald Allen, David Norris, Cleatus Roy, Brian Ray, Carol Hill, Whitney Hobbs, Holly Healy, Courtney Neal, and Charles Mayberry who gave this years treasurer’s report.
Recognition was given to Collin Ingram, this years recipient of the J. Lewis Johnson scholarship in Memory of Lamoine Hill. This year, there were twelve $9000 Alumni Scholarships awarded in honor of Ludene Taylor.
Ludene’s granddaughter, Alisha Huls gave a summary of her career with the school system. She started in 1965 as the grade school secretary for 10 years. She went back to school and received her degrees. In 1976 she began teaching Art for 28 years until she retired in 2003. Ludene was very active in sponsoring extra curriculum activities with her Art students including making over 200 hoops for basketball games and 25 years of Homecoming decorations. Her motto on solving problems was “It can be fixed”. After retiring from the school she serves on the N. C. Museum Board since it began. Community volunteering for Dairy Day Queen contest, Happy Faces Home Extension, Wabash Christian Village Nursing Home and many others. She feels it is very important to serve others. Ludene took the opportunity to reminisce about all of the wonderful times she had with her students.
Jane Lamp presented the scholarships to the following 2019 graduates: Collin Sexton, Halle Everett, Madison Money, Jaden Barton, Shaylyn Mayberry, Brooke Sell, Haleigh Poole, Blaire Mayberry, Brandon Skaggs, Bailey Richerson, Caitlin South and Curtlyn Hayes.
The meeting was turned over to President David Norris and he introduced the 50 year Class of 1969: Mike Hull, Annette Vines Brashier, Randa Dillsworth West, LaVerta Porter Bishop, Robert Hardesty, Elizabeth Hunt Pennington, John Graves, Phyllis Short and Art Hazel. The 60 year Class of 1959: Jeannie Carter Gossett, Linda Harris Johnson, Trudie Kirk Lemon, Richard Sutton, Phillip Warren, Dale Singleton, Bill Blythe, Melvin Douglas, Kenneth Downen, Bob Russell and Dana Midkiff Smith.
Ezra Millspaugh, Class of 1946 was the oldest alumni member present for the meeting.
In conclusion, President David Norris gave a special recognition to all of the Veterans who were present for the meeting. Following the meeting visiting was held in designated classrooms.