October 2018 Alumni Association
Meeting Minutes
October 18, 2018
The October meeting of the Chattanooga Central High School Alumni Association was held October 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library. President, Lucy Bottorff called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. She introduced new attendees: Don Moore, Class of 1968, Elizabeth Leamon Morris, Class of 2008, Marcia Quinn Leamon, Class of 1979, Tommy Sims, Class of 1957, Erin Bell, Class of 2021 Vice President, Elizabeth Irving, Class of 2021, and Tiffaney Irving.
Acceptance of Minutes

Lucy distributed copies of the minutes, agenda, and treasurerís report for review. A motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Tara Waldrop. Buffy Hoge seconded. Motion passed.
Treasurer's Report

Tara Waldrop stated there was a fund balance of $19,348.03. She advised that all income from the golf tournament hasnít arrived. It is still coming in. When all monies have been collected, she will provide a breakdown of SHOF, BBQ dinner, and golf tournament funds. PayPal has now been set up. We collected $2,536.25 in funds during the golf tournament via PayPal. Tara has submitted all information to Bricks R Us so they may set up an online ordering site for us to use. Buffy turned in $50 from the sale of BBQ tickets. There was one dispute on PayPal where someone was charged twice. PayPal has been notified and it will be taken care of. Buffy made a motion to accept the treasurerís report. Judy Phillips seconded. Motion passed
Old Business

John Crawford and Vivian Pettigrew gave the Sports Hall of Fame (SHOF) update. There were 91 attendees this year for the induction and BBQ dinner. The awards ceremony went well. Honorees were very humble and excited. A portrait sketch was presented of Coach Jake Seaton. He taught drafting and wood shop from 1945 Ė 1974. He started the first FCA meetings around 1963/64, which were held on Friday mornings and are still part of Central today. He had a huge impact on his students. Coach Crawford remarked on Coach Seatonís hand shake, for which he was famously known. Mr. Crawford admired Coach Seaton and became a long-time drafting teacher, as well as a coach during his years at Central.

Barney said the golf tournament went well. There were 20 teams playing this year. Out of every $100.00 a player pays to play in the tournament, the Association gets to keep about $40.00. The money comes from sponsorships. It is going to take more than one or two people working hard on the tournament to make it a success. We lost Honda of Chattanooga (Barry White). He did provide support this year and we are hopeful to get them back as a sponsor again.  Judy went around to 7 Ė 10 restaurants at the last minute to get gift baskets and cards. She has a letter printed to give to those companies can keep for their records. For the companies that need to approve donations through their corporate offices, you need to start several weeks in advance, so they have time to reply to your request. Martha Faye asked for everyone to ask a favorite restaurant they frequent and take them a letter. Itís really that easy.

Judy said her granddaughter-in-law took pictures and got them developed so the players would have something to pick up when they came in from their game. They always love the pictures! We had an all-female team this year! 

Zoey encouraged other students to volunteer with the Alumni Association because she has had a fun time being an active member.

First Volunteer sponsors the golf tournament every year! Marcia Quinn Leamon was recognized on behalf of First Volunteer at the meeting. She is also a graduate of the Class of 1979.

Lucy recognized Barney and Judy for all their help in organizing and help with the golf tournaments!

Barney advised on the sale of alcohol from the beverage cart during the golf tournaments.  Although, it has generated money in the past for the association, we will no longer sell alcohol during future golf tournaments. It is considered a legal liability and since the Alumni Association holds the status of 501(c) 3, and, being in association with Central High School, the sale of alcohol is deemed by the Board to be inappropriate.

The next golf tournament will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at The Bear Trace Golf Course. It will begin at 8am.

David Sharp provided a brick update. The website is being set up through Bricks R Us. He explained, for those that have not been in recent attendance, the purpose for selling the commemorative bricks is to preserve our scholarship funds. He said he has a meeting with a landscaper, who is also an alum. They will need to meet with Finley to get final approval of the placement of the bricks between the anvil and bench. The landscaper will design and install the bricks. The online order form will be integrated with PayPal now that our account is set up. 

Jim Snyder said the Career Event that was to be held on October 2nd, was canceled because of testing. He distributed a finalized

speaker list to give an idea of the representatives who will be attending the event. It has been rescheduled for October 30

Signal Centers, American Federation of Musicians, TWRA, Hospice of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Zoo, and Food City (just to name a few) will have speakers at this event. Food City sets up a table every month in the cafeteria and actively recruits students. They really appreciate the event. The students get quite a bit out of it.  

Principal's Report

Mr. King is unable to attend tonightís meeting. On his behalf, Lucy introduced Elizabeth Irving and her mother, Tiffaney Irving. Elizabeth has been selected to attend the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence 3-day program in Massachusetts from June 22 - 25, 2018. Doctors and surgeons will be speaking at this event. She said she has wanted to be a surgeon for as long as she can remember. The tuition for this program is $985.00 and she has raised $700.00 already. She works several side jobs and her mother has taken on a second job just to help fund this trip. Barney Ottinger made a motion for the Alumni Association to pay $500.00 toward the tuition and additional expenses for the program. Martha Faye Blabon seconded. Motion passed. Tara will issue a check next week. We will have Elizabeth back after her trip to give an update.
Student Officers Report

Finley has suggested CHS class officers attend the Alumni meetings. Destiny Smith, sophomore class representative, would still like to hold a special event for her class. Barney explained when they decide what they would like to do, first get approval for the event, then present their plan to the Association and it will support them. Lucy suggested Mr. Bright, the sophomore class teacher representative, should attend the meeting with them when they present their event to the Association.

Zoey Greene had a second meeting with the Youth Leadership Council. They took a trip to the Hamilton County Board of Education and were introduced to members. They also met with the PEF (Public Education Foundation) representatives. They toured UTC, had lunch and a full day of the college experience.

New Business

There will be a Class of 1959 reunion on June 8, 2019 at the Mountain City Club. This was the first meeting. They are also looking at the Westin Hotel. The cost will be $35.00 per person or $70.00 for a couple. Other classes will also be invited to join.

Buffy stated that 2019 will be the 50th graduating class and she has been contacted by the 70ís group who put on the reunion

at Harrison Bay State Park. They are willing to take on the project. There has been one meeting so far. The tentative date is August 2019. 
She will have more information at the November meeting.

Lucy stated that Cindy Perry Klassen is trying to get in touch with as many CHS majorettes as possible to hold a reunion event. Charlynne Fry (Class of 1954) will contact majorettes from the 50ís and 60ís to help. 

Charlene also stated that in addition to the $1,000 fine arts scholarship she and her husband, Admiral Vance Fry, donated last year, they would like to give a $1,000 music scholarship and a $1,000 visual art scholarship this year.

Lucy announced the December Brunch for last yearís graduating seniors and this yearís senior class will be held on December 29th 

from 11:30am to 1:30pm. We will need volunteers.


Lucy mentioned the possibility of creating a ďLegendsĒ distinction honoring true legends of Central High School. It will not replace the Sports Hall of Fame or the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. She wants to continue to uphold the strict standards we have for our future

 inductees. Tara mentioned that this might be something we tie into the 50
th class year celebration. Currently, the dates for

the ďLegendsĒ range from 1907 to 1945. However, John Crawford would like to remove the cap on the dates and hold a separate event each year.  There will be a specific form for the criteria, separate from the SHOF and DHOF. This will be further discussed at a later time.

Buffy said that our Alumni Association is being noticed! A 1974 graduate in Knoxville recently complimented the Association on being one of the best around. They said we were active and organized and people were taking notice.

John Crawford stated that the gas athletic dryer hasnít been repaired. It was promised last August. The football team is drying uniforms out in the stadium. This dryer was installed the day the school opened. It may need a flywheel. It really needs to be replaced.

Vivian mentioned that there is a Freedom Foundation Luncheon that will be held at 1:00pm on November 11th  at the Harrison
Ruritan Club. The program begins at 2pm, where they will have an award ceremony.

Coach Crawford gave away two tickets for the CHS football game at Hixson.
Lucy stated that the next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.
Buffy made a motion to adjourn. David seconded. Motion passed. 
27 Meeting Attendees! Join Us Next Time!
Jim Snyder                         
Zach Butler                        
John Crawford                 
Tara Waldrop                    
Kelly Robinson
Barney Ottinger                               
Martha Faye Blabon      
Dick Blabon                        
David Sharp                       
Don Moore
Vance Fry                           
Judy Phillips