Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APRIL 9, 2014

The Club meeting was called to order with the following officers present:  President Hank Gayler (presiding), 1st Vice President Terry Brock, 2nd Vice President Jo Murphy and Corresponding Secretary Neta Mason (taking minutes in the absence of Secretary Marguriete Crum). Also present were representatives of Classes 1944 through 1965.
The January meeting minutes were unanimously approved with motion being made by John Murphy and seconded by Bobby Blackwell.
In the absence of Treasurer Earl Medlin, President Gayler presented the Financial Report as follows:                
Renovation Fund                     $ 6,799.24
Membership Fund                   $    747.02
Scholarship Fund                     $ 2,379.69
            TOTAL                       $ 9,925.95
With motion being made by John Murphy and seconded by Linda McDonell, the report was accepted as presented.
President Gayler updated the club on the progress of the renovation of the bedroom in the Lillian Peek Cottage which will soon be the Club’s office. He informed them that the large oval window had been repaired and installed, the walls and trim were painted, and tile flooring for all three rooms had been ordered and would be installed in the bedroom (office) April 22nd and 23rd.  When that is done, and funds are available, the electrical work will be finished in that room and will be ready to move into. President Gayler stated that John Murphy was working on putting together a cost estimate to finish the rest of the building.
During the discussion of having a fund raiser event, Georgia Dowdy suggested having Christmas ornaments made for the club to sell. President Gayler thanked Georgia for the idea and said he was going to meet with Clarence McDonald, Fund Raiser Chairman, to discuss getting organized with a committee to go forward with a plan to raise renovation funds. He asked for volunteers who were willing to be on the committee or work at a fund raiser.
Next item on the agenda was Food Committee Report for Reunion Catering services. Bobby Blackwell reported that he had gotten 3 bids: Shot-Guns – $12.95 for 2 meats, 2 sides plus $1.50 for dessert; Billy Imboden - $13.00 for 3 meats, 2 sides and desserts; Soda Springs - $12.75 for 3 meats, 3 sides and dessert. Margaret Strain moved to accept Soda Springs’ bid; seconded by Jo Murphy; the vote was unanimous. 
Raymond Brewton, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, told the club that they had gotten only 17 applications this year, compared to 31 received last year. He stated that 2 scholarships would be given this year and that the chosen applications had to be turned in to the high school by May 29th. In answer to a question concerning what qualifications the committee took into consideration, Raymond replied financial status, school and community involvement. He told the board if anyone was interested in being on the committee to contact him or Hank.
President Gayler announced the Club would, once again, have a Split the Pot at the Reunion to benefit the Scholarship Fund. The Class of 1965 (greeters) will be asked to sell the tickets for the drawing to be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14th in the Food Court. The winner has to be present to win.
Corresponding Secretary Mason passed out information to the following class representatives stating their responsibilities for the Reunion: Class of 1962 – decorations; Class of 1963 – Furnish snacks Friday night and pastries, coffee, juice, etc. Saturday morning and at Program on Saturday morning Class of 1963 – Induction of Class of 1964; Class of 1964 - Benediction, Reply to Induction, and Invocation.
In regards to Reunion packets for mailing, 2nd Vice President Murphy reminded the Club that they had approved the motion at the last meeting to send mail outs only to dues paid members and that was the only mailing labels that have been made. She told the group that if any representative wanted to mail out letters to any other class member on their roster, the office would furnish copies of letters, registration forms and envelopes, but they would have to pay for the postage. Neta Mason informed the representatives that as soon as she had the packets ready, she would contact them so they could pick them up at the office. She stated that those classes with only a few to mail would be prepared and sent from the office.
Corresponding Secretary Mason told the Board that after 5 years, this was her last year to serve in this position. She stated that if anyone was interested in serving or knew of anyone that might be interested in serving, to please contact Linda McDonell, Nominating Committee Chairperson. Neta thanked the representatives for all their help through the years.
The next meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 13th in the food court at MWHS.
There being no further business, John Murphy made motion to adjourn; the motion was seconded by Bobby Blackwell. This meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
_________________, Hank Gayer, President
_________________________,  Neta Mason, for Sec. Marguriete Crum

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jan 15th Executive Board Meeting Minutes

JANUARY 15, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Hank Gayler. The following officers were present: First Vice-President Terry Brock, Second Vice-President Jo Murphy, Secretary Marguriete Crum, Recording Secretary Neta Mason and class representatives of Classes 1942 thru 1965.
Neta Mason made the motion to accept the minutes of the November 12, 2013 meeting as corrected; Raymond Brewton seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Marguriete Crum gave the following financial report.
Renovation     $   8,858.97
Membership  3,340.64
Total               $ 12,199.61
      As of January 14, 2014
Jo Murphy made the motion to accept the financial report as presented; the motion was seconded by Terry Brock and the motion carried.
Old Business:  R. E. Mason gave a report on the relinquishing of the Old High School and Old Band Hall. Jim Ashby, Lawyer, completed the paper work on this and it was presented to the MWISD School Board and the Board approved to accept this property back. The 50 Year Club now owns the Old Home Economics Building and the Amphitheater. Mr. Mason has filed the deed with the Palo Pinto Courthouse. Mr. Mason also reported the big window for the Home Economics Building would cost around $2000.00 to $2200.00. Half of this amount has been paid. Due to the bad weather, progress on the Home Economics Building has been slow.
President Gayler reported the 50 Year Club mail box has been moved and has a new address. The new address is 215 N. W. 5th Avenue. President Gayler also reported due to the bad weather a work day on the Home Economics building can’t be scheduled, but if anyone was interested in helping to please put their name and phone number on a sign-up sheet that is provided. They would be contacted when a date is arranged.
After a lengthy discussion, Raymond Brewton made the motion that membership dues of the 50 Year Club be raised to $15.00 per year. The motion was seconded by Georgia Dowdy and the motion carried.  
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn; the meeting was adjourned.

________________ /_________________
Hank Gayler, President    Marguriete Crum, Secretary

Monday, January 13, 2014

Minutes of November 13, 2013 Board Meeting ~ Next Meeting January 15, 2014



NOVEMBER 13, 2013
The meeting was called to order by President Hank Gayler. The following officers were present: First Vice President Terry Brock, Second Vice President Jo Murphy, Secretary Marguriete Crum and representatives of Classes 1942 thru 1965. Bobby Blackwell made the motion to accept the minutes of June 14, 2013. The motion was seconded by Jo Murphy and the motion carried. Marguriete Crum gave the following financial report.
Membership $ 2,304.50
Restoration 8,717.41
Scholarship 2,879.33
Total $ 13,901.24
Financial report was filed.

Old Business: R. E. Mason explained that Jim Ashby, Lawyer, won’t have the paper work ready to present to the Mineral Wells Independent School District School Board meeting on November 15, 2013. This is to relinquish the Old Band Hall and Senior Centerback to the MWISD. This request will include a request for the MWISD to also deed the property located at 215 N.W. 5th Avenue, Mineral Wells, Texas. The Old High School would have to be vacated fast. Mr. Mason said the 50 Year Club would need help in moving and asked for volunteers that would help to please contact him.

New Business: Marguriete Crum gave a report on letters sent to classmates. R. E. Mason, Neta Mason and Marguriete Crum have mailed letters, at their own expense, to all their classmates requesting dues and donations. The letters have proven productive as each of these classes that were sent the letters have received dues and donations.

Raymond Brewton reported that Jim Ford, Class of 1968 was interested in giving a scholarship from their class. When Mr. Ford contacted Mineral Wells High School he was told the 50 Year Club gives scholarships each year. Mr. Ford was going to contact the Class of 1968 and see if the class wanted to raise the money and donate it to the 50 Year Club for distribution.

Marguriete Crum made the motion to adjourn; it was seconded by Bobby Blackwell. The motion carried and meeting was adjourned.

Hank Gayler, President Marguriete Crum, Secretary

__________________________ / ________________________

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club Board Meeting ~ January 15, 2014

MWHS 50 Year Club
Board Meeting
10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
First United Methodist Church
301 N.E. 1st Street
Mineral Wells, Texas

Hank Gayler
Class of 1957


Friday, December 20, 2013

New Address for 50 Year Club


Mineral Wells High School
50 Year Club
215 NW 5th Avenue
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Effective Immediately
As of December 18, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ronald Keith Bond ~ 1934 - 2013

1951 MWHS Senior
Student Council President
Ronald Bond passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013. He was one of the 50 Year Club's most beloved and commited members and it saddens me to learn that I will no longer be able to see his smiling face or hear his encouraging comments at our functions.

Born Ronald Keith Bond on July 20, 1934 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Lola Claire Blackwell and Donald Zane Bond, he graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1951 and the University of North Texas in 1955.
Ronald was also an active and commited athlete and student at MWHS during 1948-1951. In his Senior year the Burro gave this account: President Student Body '50-'51 ~ Football '48-'51 ~ Treasurer Hi-Y '50-'51 ~ Track '48-'51

1949 MWHS "A" Squad
Ronald Bond ~ No. 41 ~ Last Row 3rd from Right
1949 MWHS Back
Wt. 160, Ht. 5'9"

1949 MWHS Sophomore

1950 MWHS Back
1-Year Letterman

1950 MWHS Junior
1951 Award Winners
Ronald Bond and Leon Smith

1951 Football Captains
Ronald Bond, Leon Smith
C. W. Reasoner and Jerry Barber

1951 MWHS Fullback
All District ~ 2 yr. Letterman

1951 MWHS Football Team

1951 MWHS Student Council
Student Council President
Ronald was married to the former Kay St. Clair, graduate of MWHS Class of 1956 and they made their home in Arlington. After graduating from the University of North Texas he worked for Montgomery Ward for 35 years before retiring. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve and retired as a commander.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Kay, he is survived by his sons, Ronald Keith Bond Jr. and Curtis St. Clair Bond; brother, Charles Bond and wife, Janie; sister, Janice Bean; grandchildren, Kelsey and Austin; sister-in-law, Suzanne Welborne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was loved and will be missed by many.

Ronald Keith Bond
July 20, 1934 - December 14, 2013
You will be missed.


MWHS 1948-1951 BURROS, Property MWHS 50 Year Club

Star-Telegram Obituaries,, accessed 18 Dec 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jim Stephens ~ Nov. 25, 1934 - Dec. 12, 2013

James “Jim”Lawrence Stephens
Nov. 25, 1934 - Dec. 12, 2013

The 50 Year Club lost a friend and very loyal member this month when fellow Mineral WellsHigh School alumnus Jim Stephens passed away Thursday, December 12. He was a very active participant in our club as well as the current Vice President of Mineral Wells Heritage Association, interested in preserving all the memories and memorabilia of our past for our future generagations.

If the Burro is any indication, Jim was a “star” on the Basketball Court. He lettered in basketball and football and was basketball captain in ’51 and ’52, belonging to the “M” Club his senior year. The “M” Club was organized for participants in the field of varsity sports “promoting fellowship, leadership, and sportsmanship among its members.” Lettermen in any of the sports sponsored by Mineral Wells High Schoolwere automatically made members. In Jim’s senior year of 1953, plans were made to take the Club on its annual fishing trip to Possum Kingdomin the spring. Jim served as Treasurer of the Club that year.

Born James Lawrence Stephens in Mineral Wells, Texashe was the son of Claude and Rachel Stephens and attended school here. After graduating from MWHS in 1953 he attended Texas A&M on a basketball scholarship before transferring to TexasA&I, where he played basketball and football, as well as serving in the ROTC. Jim graduated in 1958 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from A&I and then left to serve in the United States Army Signal Corps where he reached the rank of Second Lieutenant. He also enjoyed playing basketball while serving in the Corp.

During his career he worked in the petroleum refining industry throughout Texasand Kansasand retired in 1997 when he and his wife, Helen, moved back to Mineral Wells. Helen is the former Helen Gernentz, whom he married on December 21, 1965. Jim and Helen became very active members of the Mineral Wells Heritage Association and members of the FirstBaptist Churchwhen they moved back. She and their sons, James Jr.; Wesley and wife, Neena; Keith and wife, Leigh; grandsons, Jackson and Marley; brother, Bill and wife, Carol; are joined by many other family members and friends who will be missing him this Christmas season. I understand he has a Labradornamed Shadow who was his most beloved friend who will miss him terribly. In fact, I know his face and his service will be missed by all of us from this day forward.

Executive Board Meeting
April 2010

Senior Basketball No. 30
Senior No. 30
Senior No. 30 - 2nd from Left

Senior Class Sgt. at Arms

"M" Club - Club Treasurer
Third Row - 3rd from Left

MWHS 1953 BURRO, Property MWHS 50 Year Club

Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at First BaptistChurch in Mineral Wells. Burial was at WoodlandPark Cemetery. Baum Carlock Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells, Texas was in charge of arrangements, condolences may be left at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home