Posted by Exeter Alumni on 2/22/2017
EXETER HIGH SCHOOL EAGLES
DONALD W. THOMAS
February 10, 1933 – January 21, 2017
For more than 50 years there was no alumni organization for Exeter grads. Don Thomas felt that such an organization was necessary to perpetuate school spirit, and today, primarily as a result of his determination, such an organization not only exists but has awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to Exeter graduates.
We all know Don Thomas as social studies teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator, but how many of us know how he arrived in Exeter? The story, as told by Don to Larry Houp, begins with a full scholarship to play at Wake Forest University. However, the week before classes started he broke his leg during football practice resulting in the loss of his scholarship. Years later he was shooting pool in Shamokin when I man walked up to the cue stick rack, grabbed a cue stick, turned around and asked, “Are you Don Thomas?” Don replied, “Yes, I am” and was immediately struck in the leg by the cue stick. The man asked, “Is that broken leg healed?” to which Don replied, “Yes, it is.” He turned out to be the Bloomsburg College football coach which led to Don’s attending and playing football for Bloomsburg. Four years later Don received a letter from Stephen Ruth, Principal at the Exeter High School, asking whether he would come to Exeter to teach and be the football coach. In future discussions with Mr. Ruth, Don asked how he came to hear of him and Mr. Ruth said his daughter, who knew Don from Bloomsburg, told him Don would make a fine coach.
No one cared more and worked harder to promote Exeter than did Don Thomas. That dedication will continue as the Thomas family has asked that any contributions in Don’s memory be directed
to the Alumni Association to be used for scholarships. If you care to be a part of this tribute, checks may be sent to the Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association, c/o Julie Huckleberry, 200 Elm Street, Reading, PA 19606. Please indicate Don’s name on the check.
Our sympathy is extended to the Thomas Family.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I begin this message to acknowledge the committee members listed in this newsletter. These individuals have done an outstanding service to your Exeter Eagles Alumni Association, and you should be proud of their service. We have grown every year, and for 2017, the association is on track to award approximately $20,000 in scholarships to Exeter seniors. Our committee numbers are few and we would greatly appreciate increased participation. We meet the first Thursday of every month and we have enjoyable lively discussions as we focus on fund raising for scholarships. We meet at 7:00 P.M. in the Lausch Administration Building at 200 Elm St., St. Lawrence, Pa. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, I was privileged to attend the initiation ceremony of the Exeter High National Honor Society. Exeter should be extremely proud of these students who participated in this program. The skill level and comportment of these students reflected the dedication of the administration, faculty and staff of our district. The Association also provides Science Technology and Mechanical scholarships, to cover the entire spectrum of the education experience. As I visually inspected the facilities, it occurred to me that our students are extremely blessed to attend Exeter High. We will send these students out into the world with a solid foundation. Some of these students will leave Exeter Township and will offer a positive impact on the nation and the world. Others will return to Exeter Township to offer their talents to our home community. In this way the blessings that have been provided for our students will be widely distributed.
Lawrence Houp, President
The following officers were elected at the September 2016 Annual Meeting: President – Lawrence Houp, 1st Vice President – Brad Kissam , 2nd Vice President – David Arndt, Treasurer/Historian – Julie (Maurer) Huckleberry, Secretary – Diane (Arndt) Benner, Scholarship Chairman – Matthew Goldstan, and Comptroller – Bob Brizek. Executive Committee Members: Gary DeAcosta, Charlie Adams, Barry Hoover, Dennis Herne, and Priscilla Houp.
ALUMNI PRESIDENT INDUCTED IN EXETER ACADEMIC HALL OF FAME
The following was taken from the Reading Eagle 11/13/16: “Lawrence W. Houp, a 1965 graduate of Exeter and 1969 graduate of Muhlenberg College, was a partner in Houp Brothers Farm. He served on the Exeter School Board, the Berks Career & Technology Center Joint Operating Committee board and the Berks Vocational and Technical School Authority. He has served as president of the Exeter Eagles Alumni Association and was one of the people over the years most responsible for founding the alumni association.” The Alumni Association congratulates Larry and thanks him for all his hard work and dedication to the formation of our organization.
MAY 21, 2016 TRIP TO LOWER MANHATTAN
Thanks to Charlie Adams, Class of 1965, for making all the arrangements for us. It was a wonderful trip and enjoyed by all. The profit from this trip enabled us to make a large contribution to our scholarship fund. We appreciate the support of all alumni who participated.
We are very excited to see the results of your scholarship contributions. Pictured here is Kristen McClure, Class of 2012, and recipient of the Ann and Del Harris Scholarship.
Kristen graduated from Waynesburg University in May 2016, with honors, and is now working as a registered nurse at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in the surgical intensive care unit. She has expressed her appreciation many times throughout her college career to both Mr. and Mrs. Harris and the Alumni Association. We are very proud to have played a part in her success.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – AUGUST 2, 2016 – PENNSIDE ATHLETIC FIELD - Alumni Committee Members were busy distributing Membership Registration forms, snack bags of pretzels donated by Tom Sturgis and potato chips donated by Dieffenbach. It was a beautiful evening to honor those in public service.
2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS
The Alumni Association is very proud to announce the Class of 2016 award winners. The following scholarship awards totaled $17,725. Thank you to all who contributed to these awards. Pictured below are several of the 28 award winners at the May 21st Award Night Ceremony. We wish all our award winners continued success in their academic pursuit.
SUSAN SINKOSKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Megan Faust
JOHN KAMM MEMORIAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Morgan Bohn
SHIRLEY WEIDNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Gabriel Shchuka
STEPHEN RUTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Gabriel Shchuka
HARRY SHANK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Lauren Huber
ALUMNI VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Brooke Beismann
MARIANNE (DiANGELIS) ADAM SCHOLARSHIP
FOR CANCER AWARENESS ($500) Dana Richard
REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) Nicholas Bentz
REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) Joseph Straka
REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) Richard Wike
REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) John Kershner
REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) Sarah Andrieux
STONERSVILLE FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($500) John Morriss
CHICK-FIL-A LEADERSHIP AWARD ($500) Corey Kenagy
ANN AND DEL HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) Autumn DiScala
EDWARD WHALEN, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Katlynn Hoffman
EDWARD WHALEN, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) John Morriss
THOMAS EBRIGHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Scott Schaeffer
EXETER ORTHODONTICS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) Brianna Hinkelman
CLASS OF 1963 KEITH “CHEF R” RICHARDS ($725) MEMORIAL Jeramey Kehler
CLASS OF 1965 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Briana Berstler
CLASS OF 1966 SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Antonio Senic
P. MASCARO AWARD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP ($500) Joel Mercadante
IDA E. MASCARO AWARD FOR FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE ($500) Brianna Hinkelman
ROBERT AND PHYLLIS GOLDSTAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Aleigha Manderbach
JACK AND VIOLET BORDIC MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Alison Snyder
THOMAS GOULDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500) Nicholas Bentz
DON THOMAS LEADERSHIP AWARD ($500) Nathaniel Weber
PROPOSED SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - 2017
The Alumni Scholarship Committee is very happy to be able to honor the varied contributions of our students. In looking ahead to the 2017 academic year, the Alumni Association has set a goal of $20,000 to be awarded. If you would like to contribute to any of the following, we could exceed that goal. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and members who make this mission an ongoing success in Exeter High School.
The Class of 2017 is currently in the process of submitting scholarship applications for the following awards to be presented in May:
Memorial to all Veterans – This award will go to a student entering college and who has a parent who is serving or who has served in the military.
Susan Sinkosky Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student entering the field of nursing.
Stephen Ruth Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student planning to be a secondary school teacher.
John Kamm Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student pursuing a career in the creative or performing arts.
Thomas Goulden Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student for continued education.
Edward Whalen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Scholarship awarded to a student attending a technical trade school.
Marianne (DiAngelis) Adam Scholarship for Cancer Awareness – This award will go to a student entering college and who has an immediate family member who has experienced breast cancer. Preference may be given to a student pursuing a career in teaching.
Shirley Weidner Memorial Scholarship – This award will be presented to a student continuing education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) area.
Harry Shank Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student continuing education in the field of social studies/history.
Stonersville Social Quarters Scholarship – This award will go to an Exeter Berks Career and Technology student for continued technical education.
Class of 1966 Scholarship – Awarded to a deserving student to continue educational goals.
Class of 1964 Terry Lee Haines Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student attending any Penn State University campus.
Class of 1960 David Lee Oberlin Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student who has demonstrated resourcefulness and determination in overcoming obstacles to the achievement of his/her educational goals.
Thomas Ebright Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a deserving student to continue educational goals. Since Mr. Ebright played football at Exeter, a football player may be given preference after established criteria have been met.
Reiffton Social Quarters Scholarships – Several scholarships will be awarded to students continuing education at a four-year college or university and to students pursuing a technical education at a two or four year school.
Exeter Orthodontics Scholarship – Awarded to a deserving student to continue educational goals.
Don Thomas Leadership Award – Awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.
Robert and Phyllis Goldstan Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student continuing education at Albright College.
Sharon and Karl Schmidt Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student pursuing a career in music education or music therapy.
Chick-Fil-A Leadership Award – Awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.
***If you have an interest in establishing a scholarship award or contributing to any of the above, please indicate on the Contributions/Memorials form and return to the Alumni Scholarship Committee or contact us at email@example.com
ANNIVERSARY CLASS REUNIONS FOR 2017
1957 – 60th 1962 – 55TH 1967 – 50th 1972 – 45th
1977 – 40th 1982 – 35th 1987 – 30th 1992 – 25th
1997 – 20th 2002 – 15th 2007 – 10th 2012 – 5th
As plans for reunions are being developed and the names of contact persons are available, please contact the Alumni web administrator so your information may be placed on the Reunion and Class Notes pages of the website. We will be happy to provide assistance whenever possible.
Travels with Charlie – Saturday, May 13 2017 – WASHINGTON, D.C.: Charlie Adams, Class of ’65, has again planned an exciting day for the alumni and friends. The following is an agenda explaining our day in the nation’s capital. We will depart Exeter at 7:00 a.m. and tour the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, including the sanctuary, gardens, reproduction of the Holy Land, and catacombs. The Monastery is one of Washington, D. C.’s hidden treasures and stands as an Oasis of Peace in the middle of bustling Washington. Next stop is the United States Botanic Garden/Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (Tour either on your own. Admission for both is free and the museums are adjacent.)
Lunch is on your own at or near the Smithsonian Institution and guides to dining spots will be provided. Depart Washington at 5:00 P.M. Dinner stop at Hunt Valley, MD and return to Exeter by 9:00 P.M.
Transportation provided by Elite Coach and cost for the day is $75/person. Call 610-779-0774 or 610-779-7105 for reservations. Checks should be made payable to Exeter HS Eagles Alumni and sent to ETSD, Attn: Alumni, 200 Elm St., Reading, PA 19606. All proceeds become part of the Alumni Scholarship Program. Check your e-mails for further information. Please indicate “Bus Trip” on your check.
***Check us out on Facebook! - Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association for current updates and fundraisers, or our webpage https://www.exeter.k12.pa.us/domain/59
**Watch for information regarding Schwan's Home Foods Delivery fund raiser.
May 19 – 20 - 21 - May Day Celebration
May 22 – Senior Academic & Athletic Awards Program – Class of 2017 – SHS Auditorium 6:00 pm
May 29 - Memorial Day Parade – 9:00 a.m. Please feel free to join in.
UPDATE YOUR RECORDS: In an effort to cut postage we have attempted to e-mail the Newsletter to as many members as possible. If you have received the Newsletter via U. S Postal Service, it is because the e-mail address you provided is no longer current.
- SHS students plan to participate in the Four Diamonds Mini-Thon to raise money to cover costs of treatment for families with children battling cancer in association with Penn State Hershey Hospital. Last year students raised $21,410 and have set a goal of $25,000 for this year. The Mini-thon is scheduled for February 17-18.
- 2016 Homecoming was a huge success with a community parade throughout the streets of Reiffton, home football game against Governor Mifflin, homecoming dance, and Home coming King and Queen.
- Exeter Senior High Football wins 45 – 14 over Daniel Boone. It was the 60th meeting of the two teams.
- Academic Hall of Fame adds Richard Ney – Class of 1991, Thomas Hanson – Faculty Member, Lawrence Houp – Class of 1965, and Kristin Dreazen - Class of 1991.
- September 11, 2016 – 7:30 a.m. – Senior high students and faculty gathered in the Don Thomas Stadium to remember those who lost their lives 15 years ago and honor all who continue to serve our community and nation.
- The Exeter girls’ volleyball team won the BCIAA championship for the third time in five years.
- SHS Yearbook was chosen as a national sample, placing Exeter’s yearbook in an elite group at the national level.
Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. J. P. Mascaro
2100 Perkiomen Ave. 600 W. Neversink Rd.
Reading, PA 19606 Reading, PA 19606
Houp Landscaping, Inc. Cast Rite Metal Co.
300 Wiest School Rd. P. O. Box 367
Oley, PA 19547 Birdsboro, PA 19508
Reading Berks Auto Club Stonersville Fire Social Quarters
920 Van Reed Road 5580 Boyertown Pike
Wyomissing, PA 19610 Birdsboro, PA 19508
Exeter Orthodontics R. M Palmer Company
3611 Perkiomen Ave. P. O. Box 1723
Reading, PA 19606 Reading, PA 19606
Reiffton Fire Social Quarters Linda Bordic
46 West 33rd St. 214 Bordic Road
Reading, PA 19606 Reading, PA 19606
Chick-Fil-A National Yorgey’s Cleaners Terrence Smith
4675 Perkiomen Ave. 1700 Fairview 124 Allegheny Dr.
Reading, PA 19606 Reading, PA 19606 Hollidaysburg, PA 18648
We hope you will consider supporting scholarship opportunities for Exeter students with a thoughtful contribution. Please return the form on page 11 to the Alumni Association at the address below. If you would like to establish a scholarship sponsored by an individual or group, please note on the form on page 11. We would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their contributions to the student scholarships.
Janet (Derry) Diggs – Class of 1956 Edward Arnold – Class of 1964
Gary DeAcosta – Class of 1956 Allen Conrad – Class of 1964
Michael Levengood – Class of 1956 Jeanne (Lausch) Kirk – Class of 1964
Harry Shaak – Class of 1964
Ellen (Mauger) Dost – Class of 1958 Larry Spayd – Class of 1964
Peggy (Adams) Levengood – Class of 1958 Bruce Wegman – Class of 1964
Richard Walter – Class of 1959 Bonnie(Burkhart) McGrann - Class of 1965
Janet (Koch) Bixler – Class of 1959 Carole (Addis) Haines - Class of 1965
Ross Lloyd – Class of 1960 Barbara Wertz – Class of 1965
Edwin Smith – Class of 1960 Richard Prussman – Class of 1965
Blanche (Teater) Wegman – Class of 1960 Terry Smith – Class of 1965
Ronald Wegman – Class of 1960
Barbara (Swartley) Yerger – Class of 1960 Matthew Goldstan – Class of 1966
Phil Hite – Class of 1960 Julie Huckleberry – Class of 1966
Robert Murphy – Class of 1960 Scott Haines – Class of 1966
Harold Weidner – Class of 1960
Barbara (Swavely) Cregar – Class of 1960 Marianne (DiAngelis) Adam – Class of ‘67
William Shafer – Class of 1960 Tim Wright – Class of 1967
Mark Schwarz – Class of 1960
Clark Renninger – Class of 1960
George Fies – Class of 1960 John Goldstan - Class of 1968
Thomas Gottschall - Class of 1960
Sallie (Landis) Dickerson – Class of 1960 Ann (Chiarelli) Harris – Class of 1970
Barry Bixler – Class of 1960
Tim Ebright – Class of 1972
Craig Gaul – Class of 1972
Nancy Fies – Class of 1961
Keith Stunz – Class of 1961
Lisa (Evans) Brodie – Class of 1961 Chris Nein – Class of 1984
Carol Murphy – Class of 1963 Cassandra Whitmoyer – Class of 2015
Romaine (Krause) Keefer – Class of 1963
Janice (Gottscholl) Chappie – Class of ‘63
P. Mascaro Reiffton Fire Social Quarters
Stonersville Fire Social Quarters Chick-Fil-A
Exeter Orthodontics Class of 1965
Class of 1966 Class of 1963
Thomas Goulden Family & Friends Edward Whalen Family & Friends
Thomas/Diane Shumaker R. M. Palmer Company
Exeter Music Association Timothy Dewalt
Barbara Williams Dr. Kathy Entrekin
Joan Ide Linda Roeberg
Laura/Chris Constantinides Ellen Gallagher
Lois Miller Jillian Blanski
CONTRIBUTIONS/MEMORIALS TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Name and year of graduation of person being honored or memorialized ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Your name and year of graduation_________________________________________________________________
Please make your check payable to the Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association and forward to: Julie Huckleberry – Alumni, Exeter Township School District, 200 Elm Street, Reading, PA 19606. Your support is greatly appreciated.
EHSEAA is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation and all donations are eligible for an IRS tax deduction. Receipts are issued upon request.
_____I am interested in representing my class on the Executive Committee. Please contact me at:_________________________________________________________________________________________________
We are searching for alumni to volunteer as class representatives to serve on the executive committee. We hope you will be willing to serve. Locating the alumni remains our greatest challenge. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.