Russellville Alumni Banquet held

1938 Graduate - Warren Dampf celebrating his 75 year Alumni.

1938 Graduate - Warren Dampf celebrating his 75 year Alumni.

The Russellville Alumni Banquet was held on Saturday, June 1, at the Russellville Middle School cafeteria.  It was a packed house with approximately 150 alumnus with spouses/friends attending the event.   President Aaron Steenbergen welcomed the crowd and led them in the pledge to the flag.  A meal followed with fried chicken and roast beef with all of the trimmings prepared by Osage Catering. The Russellville Boy Scout Troop 96 helped served the meal. After the meal, Jana Thompson, recently retired Cole R-1 Assistant Elementary Principal, was the guest speaker.  She introduced her family and then shared numerous stories of her teaching and administrative experiences with the Cole R-1 School District.  Aaron Steenbergen then gave special recognition to 75 year, 50 year, 25 year and current graduates.  Warren Dampf was the only 75 year graduate present and the 50-year class graduates were well represented. 

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Lucille Rosenmiller, historian, displaying the 1925 First Russellville Alumni Banquet Program.  

Lucille Rosenmiller, historian, gave her report, read a poem and displayed an alumni banquet program stating “1925 First Russellville Alumni Banquet Program”.  Steenbergen thanked the business sponsors in helping to offset the costs associated with the banquet.  Larry Bishop and Kathy Koestner handed out brochures on the Russellville School Foundation and provided an update on the status of the foundation.  The table centerpieces were used as door prizes.  All attendees were eligible for the drawing.  The banquet closed with the singing of “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” led by Lina Steenbergen. 

The Annual Alumni Banquet is held on the first Saturday in June.  The committee would like thank everyone for coming to the banquet and asked that everyone next year RSVP to make sure there is enough seating and food for all.    

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