Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Update - July 2013
edited by Linda Doyle
SOUTHWEST NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
The Multnomah Historical Association needs your help. We need volunteers for a worthy cause!! Do you have an interest in preserving the history of southwest Portland? Do you have photos or memorabilia to share (scan)? You can help with: Digitalizing History Center Records; Display Cases; Grant Writing; Historical Markers; Historic Preservation Month; History Center/Library; Homes/Buildings Research; Local Event Participation; Membership Meetings; Oral Histories; Newsletters; Publicity; Research Local History; Walking Tours; All Neighborhood Outreach. Questions? Contact us by phone at (503) 893-5549, or by email at: email@example.com. Become a member and receive historic downloads & newsletters. Multnomah Historical Association: http://www.multnomahhistorical.com/, located at 2929 SW Multnomah Blvd., #107. Open Hours – Thursdays 2pm to 4pm and by appointment.
BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME, JULY 13
Sat, July 13 will be the date for the annual alumni games held at Wilson. A no-host bar social will be held after the games at Toby Harris’ (89) Cider Mill/Fryer Tuck for alumni, family, and friends. Contact Jeremy Shetler '92.
BASEBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT, JULY 14
Sun, July 14 at 1pm, is the date for the annual shotgun golf scramble fundraiser at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro. Contact Jeremy Shetler '92.
WILSON FOUNDATION NEWS
• 2012-13 fundraising events included House Parties, Restaurant Nights, Harvey’s Comedy Club Night, Auction Paddle Raise, monthly donations, corporate matches, etc.
• Fundraising brought in over $62,000. Of that, approximately $ 17,350 goes to the PPS Equity Fund distributed through All Hands Raised. Wilson keeps $44,700 for Principal Chatard to use for additional core classes and electives. Huge thanks go out to Wilson families, community, alumni, local businesses, and Wilson Staff for their generous donations that support additional staffing at Wilson, allowing students to have more options and smaller class sizes.
• 2013-14 Foundation House Parties: November 9th. Hold the date! It’s a fantastic time to reminisce with alumni or meet with current families – more info to follow in upcoming editions!
We’re in the process of forming a Foundation Alumni Committee to connect alumni with their alma mater. Wilson could use your help TODAY! If interested in learning more about ways you can help today’s Wilson students, please call Linda Venti '83 503-780-1468.
BUY BRICK FOR YOUR CLASS YEAR
Wilson Alums leave your class year legacy! We are hoping that each graduating class will purchase a brick for the year the class graduated – these bricks would outline the plaza and be and be in a high profile area. Order today http://wilsonfields.org
Show your support with a gift to the Wilson Fields Improvement Project http://wilsonfields.org/Events.html. In appreciation for your gift, we will install a brick engraved with your personalized message at the plaza in the Wilson High School stadium.
The new plaza will be a brick section in the corner of the new turf field. Put the name of your family members on a brick. All proceeds from the brick sale will be used for the Wilson Fields Improvement Project. Join our community in helping us build a new turf field in Wilson Stadium. http://wilsonfields.org/WilsonField.html
MATCHING FUNDS – We have a donor who will match up to $100,000 for the new turf field. Your donation will be matched 100% for all donations received August 1 to September 30th, 2013. It is easy to donate we have two options online- http://wilsonfields.org/Donate.html or by mail Wilson Field Improvement Project, 1151 SW Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219
Follow us on – Wilson Fields Improvement Project for weekly updates.
DONATE PURSES & BAGS TODAY!
The Wilson Area Arts Council is collecting new & gently-used purses, handbags, clutches, and messenger bags for the annual IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS at Wilson High School.
This is our 4th year. We collect bags and other items and then sell them at a one-day sale and silent auction.
Sun, November 10, 2013 from 10am to 3pm at O'Connors in Multnomah Village owned by Steve Arel '67.
Last year we collected over 850 items and raised over $9,000 for choir, band, orchestra, drama, and visual arts at Wilson.
Drop off your bag donations at these locations starting today:
• Paloma Clothing in Hillsdale
• Switch Shoes & Clothing in Multnomah
• Gabriel Park Veterinary Clinic (owned by Libbi Hawkins '77)
• KeyBank in Hillsdale location
Don't have bags to donate or can't come to the sale but still want to support the arts at Wilson, reach out to us on our Facebook page: InTheBagPDX; or email Linda Doyle or Jaci Evans.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UPDATE
NEW WWHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Alumni and community members are continuing to move forward to establish the WWHS Alumni Association. Application process for tax-exempt status of association is progressing (with special thanks to Jack Bertell '58 and David Sly '89). If you would like to join them, contact Jack Bertell '58.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?RESCUE FROM THE ROCK
HARD WORK AND FUN PAY OFF
After graduating from Wilson, Gary Wooldridge (1964) went on to graduate from Multnomah College (a private college established in 1897, located in Portland and later absorbed by The University of Portland in 1969). He also attended Portland Community College. Gary has spent his entire career in the Electronics Industry. He is the founder and owner of Electronic Component Sales Inc. for 42 years (http://www.ecsrep.com/). He started the company in 1975, an outsourced professional sales organization for electronic manufacturers with two office locations. The home office is located in Sammamish, Washington and a branch office is located in Portland. Gary is married to Chris. They have two children and five grandchildren. Gary and Chris have a very active lifestyle, enjoying RVing, hunting, traveling, and fishing in Alaska. He considers himself a "late bloomer" and urges current Wilson students to "keep your heads down, study, get a technical degree, and work hard. It pays off!"
2003 GRAD EMBRACES LEARNING WITH AMBITION AND MOTIVATION
After graduating from Wilson in 2003, Jeanine Amacher attended college at the University of Oregon, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, with minors in Biochemistry and Biology. In 2008, Jeanine moved to New England and started a Ph.D. program at Dartmouth College. She is currently in her 5th year of graduate school, and anticipates defending her thesis this fall. Click here to read more about Jeanine, her favorite Wilson teachers, and words of wisdom: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2013/Jeanine.Amacher.2003.html.
2006 GRAD HEADS TO UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Greg Tainter graduated from Wilson in 2006 and was just accepted to The University of Cambridge to pursue a doctoral degree in physics/materials science enginneering starting this fall. The University of Cambridge, also Informally known as Cambridge University or Cambridge, is located in Cambridge, England and is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. Click here to read more about Greg, his time at Wilson and some of his favorite Wilson teachers: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2013/Greg.Tainter.2006.html.
A PASSION FOR SCIENCE
After graduating from Wilson in 2003 as a Valedictorian, Megan O'Connor headed off to the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a B.A. in Integrative Biology with a minor in Slavic Languages and Literature. She is currently going into her 4th year as a Ph.D. student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in the Microbiology/Immunology department. Follow this link to read more about Megan: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2013/Megan.OConnor.2003.html.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Send us the details on where/what you have been doing since graduating from Wilson, and we'll post in an upcoming WWHS Alumni Update e-newsletter. Send details to Linda Doyle.
MESSAGES FROM CLASSMATES
GLAD TO BE HOME
I have finally moved back to the Northwest from hot Arizona and glad to be home again. Can't wait to see everyone next summer at the 2014 reunion. Connie Sponseller (Stephens/Matthews) '64
ALL ABOUT OLD FRIENDS
I would love to get in touch with old friends and find out about get togethers. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Angela Coble (Stevens) '86
CLASS OF 1986 CAMPOUT
I want to let fellow classmates know that July 19th through July 21st 2013, I'm inviting friends and family to come to my home in La Pine, Oregon for a weekend of camping and fun. They can bring tents, campers, trailers and out door toys bikes, boats, motorcycles. I have five acres in which to park on, there is some electric plugs, and water. This is going to be a pot luck type food so bring food to go around. also bbq's if you have one. Also I do have one spare room that can be used. Also there are several campgrounds close by if I run out of room. Angela Stevens '86
15445 Pinetree Dr, La Pine, Oregon 97739, 541-306-8385
IN MEMORY OF
KNOWN CLASSMATES/TEACHERS NO LONGER WITH US
Please send an email with details to Linda Doyle if you have an obituary that should be posted here. Below is a list of classmates who have just been added to the list:
MATTHIAS KEMENY '62
BENJAMIN KEMENY '63
JERRILYN JOYCE (KIMPTON WEBER) ALVARA '59
DAVID SCOTT PETERSON '76
ROBERT (BOB) BRIDGEFORD '61
Click on this link to read more about classmates, teachers, community members who have passed away... Once on the page, scroll down to find the class year.
CLASS OF 1963
The Wilson High Portland class of '63 reunion committee is in the process of planning their 50th reunion. The primary event will be on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Class members should contact WWHS63@gmail.com for more information.
CLASS OF 1964 *** 2014 reunion
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Location: Oregon Zoo
Contact: Classic Reunions at email@example.com
CLASS OF 1973
Wilson High Class of 1973 - 40 Year reunion-
We are gathering downtown at the The Original Dinerant, 300 SW 6th Ave, on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 6-11 pm for our 40 year (gulp) reunion!!!!
See our website at http://wilsonhigh1973.wix.com/wh1973pdx or find us on Facebook: Wilson High ~1973~ Class Reunion ~ Portland, OR. For more info, email us at WilsonHigh1973@gmail.com. Check out the reunion postcard with all the details.
CLASS OF 1983 ... 30th reunion
Classmates have organized your reunion, July 19 - 20, 2013. The event Friday night will be at Davis street Tavern on NW 5th in downtown Portland. The event on Saturday night will be at Downtown Hilton on the 23rd floor. Both events are open to alumni, friends and family or anyone that did graduate or would of graduated but didn't due to a move or other reason. For those that want to attend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are on facebook and would appreciate help finding "lost" alum for the reunion.
CLASS OF 1988 ... reunion picnic
The Class of '88 is having a very casual 25th reunion picnic in Gabriel Park on Saturday, August 10th from noon-2:00. Questions, contact Sarah Barrett 503-568-5864.
CLASS OF 1993 ... 20th reunion
To be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 at On Deck Bar and Grill in NW Portland. There will also be a barbecue for families on Sunday, September 22, 2013. More information to follow. There is also a facebook group called Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 93/20 year reunion. Questions, contact Rebekah Bhansali by clicking on her name.
For all the details on each of the reunions go to: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/reunions.htm
WILSON GRADUATES WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Please check out the WWHS Military Alumni page and read all about our amazing military graduates.
To add your name and information to the WWHS Military alumni page, Send your information to Linda Doyle at LSDOYLE@EARTHLINK.NET.
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