RENOVATION NEWS

Monday, November 17, 2014

Renovations MWHS 50 Year Club Office

Renovations to the Bedroom
of the
Lillian Peek Cottage
November 2014

Now the
50 Year Club Office






SOURCE:
PHOTOGRAPHS:
Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage Renovation; Digital Format used; originals owned and released for use by Murphy, John and Jo; accessed Judith Richards Shubert 2014.
Copyright 2014, Judith Richards Shubert

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to All America's Veterans

Veterans Day History

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.


In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. After a brief period of changing the time of observance for four national holidays under the Uniform Holiday Bill in 1968, the restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor all America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

SOURCES:
Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs: History of Veterans Day

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nov 12, 2014 MWHS 50 Year Club Executive Board Meets


UPCOMING
MWHS 50 Year Club
Executive Board Meeting


10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Lillian Peek
Home Economics Building
215 N.W. 5th Ave.
Mineral Wells, Texas


Hank Gayler
President
Class of 1957


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mineral Wells High School 2014 Coming Home Queen ~ Helen Hart Luckett

                                                                            By DAVID MAY

MWHS 2014 Coming Home Queen
Helen Hart Luckett
REPRESENTING THE 50 YEAR CLUB
Escorted by her son
Col. James H. Luckett, US Army (Ret.)


In June, Mineral Wells High School alumna, Helen Hart Luckett was elected to represent the 50 Year Club as the 2014 Coming Home Queen for Mineral Wells High School. She was a beautiful Queen as she was escorted onto the field Friday night, September 26, by her son, retired U.S. Army Col. James H. Luckett, of Fredricksburg, Virginia. The 1941 graduate was dressed in the school colors of red and white and was given the traditional bouquet of red roses. Her husband, Ed Luckett, was also a graduate of Mineral Wells High School, Class of 1935.
Presented with the 2014 Homecoming Court during halftime of Friday's football game at Ram Stadium, a 37-9 victory over Godley, she also rode in Thursday's homecoming parade.


                                                                                              By DAVID MAY

Driving a Thunderbird Convertible belonging to Sarah Patterson, 50 Year Club Secretary, Marguriete Crum, and Mrs. Luckett wave to the crowd as they enjoy the parade before the bonfire at the high school.

Helen Hart Luckett and her husband, Ed, raised two sons who both went on to become graduates of the United States Military Academy. She has led a busy life, being a community volunteer in various organizations, becoming very active with the Boy Scouts of America in 1958. Over the years she has been involved in many other organizations and today shows no indication of slowing down.

Active in Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, the MWHS 50 Year Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Huguenot Society of Texas Inc. and still pursuing her interests in history and genealogy, Mrs. Luckett has a very full calendar.

I encourage you to read David May's interview with her in the Mineral Wells Index. I am awed by her accomplishments and her busy life-style! Oh, did I mention she preceded me as the MWHS 50 Year Club Historian?

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Sources:
May, David; Mineral Wells Index"Helen Hart Luckett Returns a Queen", accessed 30 Sept 2014.

Photographs:
May, David; Mineral Wells Index, "Helen Hart Luckett Returns a Queen", accessed 30 Sept 2014; permission given to use here by David May 30 Sept 2014.

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Copyright 2014: Judith Richards Shubert

Monday, August 4, 2014

Executive Board Minutes ~ June 13, 2014

MINUTES
MWHS 50 YEAR CLUB
JUNE 13, 2014

The MWHS 50 Year Club met in executive session June 13, 2014. The meeting was called to order by President Hank Gayler. The following officers were in attendance: 1st Vice President, Terry Brock; 2nd Vice President, Jo Murphy; Secretary, Marguriete Crum; Treasurer, Earl Medlin; Corresponding Secretary, Neta Mason. Also present were representatives of Classes 1941 through 1965.
Bob Vaughn made the motion to accept the April 9, 2014 minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Johnowene Hall and the motion carried.
Earl Medlin presented the following financial report, it was seconded by Neta Mason and was accepted as presented.
Membership $  5,348.01
Renovation     7,582.09
Scholarship     3,105.74
 Total $16,035.84
Raymond Brewton gave the Scholarship Report. Scholarships of $1,000.00 each were presented to Taylor Wharton and Alexie Veloz.
New Business: Neta Mason nominated Helen Luckett, class of 1941 Coming Home Queen. The nomination was seconded by Marguriete Crum, and Ms. Luckett was elected Coming Home Queen.
President Gayler stated the 50 Year Club bylaws need to be revised since we are no longer in the Old High School. The committee for revising the bylaws are Hank Gayler, Jo Murphy and Bob Vaughn.
The bylaws for the Planning Renovation Committee will also have to revised.
Clarence McDonald, Chairperson of the Fund Raising Committee reported the 50 Year Club will have a golf tournament July 26, 2014 at Canyon West Golf Course. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward the renovation of the Lillian Peek Home Economics Center.
Neta Mason, Corresponding Secretary, explained and passed out the packets for the reunion to each Class Representative.
Linda McDonell, Nominating Committee Chairperson, presented the following slate of officers’ nominees:  President, Hank Gayler; 1st Vice President, Jerry Ray; 2nd Vice President, Terry Brock;  Recording Secretary, Lynn Waddy; Treasurer, Linda McDonell; Corresponding Secretary, Marguriete Crum. Lou Warren made the motion to accept this slate of officers by acclamation. Motion was seconded by Nancy Buzbee, and motion carried.
Marguriete Crum made the motion to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Jo Murphy, and meeting was adjourned at 2:38 P.M.

Hank Gayler, President
Marguriete Crum, Secretary

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Officers for 2014-2015 Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club

MWHS 50 YEAR CLUB OFFICERS 2014-2015

Hank Gayler, Class of 1957
President

Jerry Ray, Class of 1964
First Vice President

 Terry Brock, Class of 1963
Second Vice President

Linda McDonell, Class of 1959
Treasurer

Lynn Waddy, Class of 1962
Recording Secretary

Marguriete Crum, Class of 1959
Corresponding Secretary

Kay Stone Cox, Class of 1962
Angie Richards Pruett, Class of 1972
Judith Richards Shubert, Class of 1962
Historians

215 N. W. 5th Ave.
Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Phones: 940-325-5600
Fax: 940-325-2949

E-mail:
50year08@att.net
judyshubert@yahoo.com

Website:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Board Meeting Scheduled Friday, June 13, 2014 ~ Slate of Officers to be Voted On

UPCOMING
MWHS 50 Year Club
Executive Board Meeting

2:00 P.M.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Mineral Wells High School
3801 Ram Boulevard
Mineral Wells, Texas

Election of Officers
Class Representative: 
Pick  Up Registration Packets

Hank Gayler
President
Class of 1957


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

MWHS 38th Annual Class Reunion Scheduled June 13-14, 2014

38th Annual Class Reunion
June 13 - 14, 2014
Mineral Wells High School
3801 Ram Boulevard

Friday evening's registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p:m. Light refreshments (not a meal) will be provided by the class of 1963 beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the food court. Saturday morning's fellowship and registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with coffee, juice and pastries available. Registration will end at 10:30 a.m. so we all can attend the Induction of Class of 1964's program at 10:45 a.m. in the High School Auditorium. Lunch will be served in the food court at 12:00 noon. In order for the handicapped to be served first, you are asked to please adjourn to the food court to set at your respective class table(s) until your class is called to line up for lunch.
The Class of 1965 will be greeters Friday evening and Saturday morning; Class of 1963 is responsible for snacks on Friday and coffee, pastries, etc. on Saturday morning and Class of 1962 is responsible for decorations.
Once again this year, we will be having a SPLIT THE POT BENEFIT DRAWING for our Scholarship Fund. Tickets for this drawing will be $1.00 each or six (6) for $5.00. The drawing will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. You must be present to win.
To generate funds for our operating expense account, we are asking you to bring your old cell phones and empty printer ink cartridges for recycling. A box will be available near the greeters' table to put them in.
Mineral Wells has several hotels, motels and RV Parks in the area. If you call them direct and mention MWHS 50 Year Club they may still have special rates ~ these are not available on the internet or 800#.
Remember the Club's new mailing address is: 215 N. W. 5th Ave., Mineral Wells, TX 76067.


We are looking forward to seeing all of you and having a good time at this year's Reunion!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MINUTES
MWHS 50 YEAR CLUB
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

MINUTES
50 YEAR CLUB EXECUTIVE MEETING
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.

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Hank Gayler, President    Marguriete Crum, Secretary

Monday, January 13, 2014

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


MINUTES

50 YEAR CLUB EXECUTIVE MEETING

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

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Friday, January 10, 2014

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


UPCOMING
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
President
Class of 1957



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