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October 2017

A Pirate's View     

The weather’s finally starting to cool off here in late August, but not your Central High School alumni activities—they remain red hot.

    It’s been a good year, as far as your Pirate events go.

    On June 10, we held the first Pirate Picnic at the Crossroads United Methodist Church. Some 54 Pirates and their family and friends attended the afternoon outing. Your alumni association provided all the vittles—for just $2 a person. We served pulled pork, shredded chicken, macaroni salad, potato salad, baked beans, cookies and pop.

    I was pleasantly surprised when four of my classmates from the Class of 1955 showed up. Good to see you all!

    Relatives of Grace Fisher Stephenson, ‘47, attended the picnic and shared her remaining Central memorabilia. Grace, who passed in April, was a CHSAA past president and longtime board member. She also founded the Florida Reunion and helped start the Bean Dinner with the late Art Reed, ‘47. We gave away all of Grace’s memorabilia her family so kindly donated in a mock raffle.

    On July 8, the 34th Annual Golf Outing teed off at the Foxfire Country Club. It was a beautiful day, with 10 golfers hitting the links. We were pleased a new foursome—the Bond Family—joined us. Foxfire donated a certificate for a free round of golf for a foursome. Why not get together a foursome for the 35th Annual Golf Outing next summer—July 7, 2018.

    All Pirates, we need your help to boost attendance for the 34th Annual Bean Dinner Oct. 14 at the Mental Memorial Golf Course at Bolton Field. Invite family, friends, classmates and every Pirate you know—or come solo. We welcome suggestions for entertainment, door prizes or activities. Dig out your old Central photos and keepsakes to share. There’ll also be special entertainment.

   Our remaining 2017 alumni officer meetings will be Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, starting at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Bob Evens Restaurant at Georgesville Square. Plan to attend the meeting, then stay for lunch or brunch.

   On Feb. 6, 2018, the 26th Annual Florida Reunion will take place at the Elks Lodge in Englewood (see box this page). The Florida Reunion is always a lot fun!

   Your alumni association is looking for new board members. Your current board members—who have served long and proud—all are getting older. We need your help. Please consider stepping up and helping preserve the memory, the legacy of your alma mater, dear ole Central High. And you’ll also get to help organize a lot of fun Pirate activities.

   Your dues may have been due in June. See page 4 for a reminder about the big change involving your alumni dues!

   We’ve recommended visiting to replace a yearbook. If we have the yearbook you need, we’ll give it to you for free. Contact Jeff Reed, our Outlook editor. If we don’t have it, Jeff will put your request in the newsletter.

   Construction continues on the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum on the site of the old Veterans Memorial, set to open in July 2018. Major roadwork in the area is still underway, as is the construction of COSI’s underground parking garage, which will replace the old parking lot built on our alma mater’s beloved football field. The underground parking lot is expected to be completed in mid-November.

   Good news—we’ve heard the 105-year-old Phillip’s Original Coney Island restaurant plans to rebuild and reopen. We’ll keep you posted.

   Can someone please share with me how many Pirates—and who they were—who attended the July 12 alumni gathering at Colombini’s Sports Diner.

   I was honored recently to log my 8,000th hour as a COSI volunteer. Being a COSI volunteer is so very rewarding and lots of fun! (See page 4.)

   If you’re planning a reunion or a special class gathering in 2017—or 2018—and you’d like an alumni officer to be a guest speaker, just give us a holler.

   To all Pirates and their family and friends, your Central alumni officers wish you a safe and fun-filled late summer, autumn and early winter!


                               Roberta Raines Driscoll, '55 

                               CHSAA President