Weatherford Democrat

May 4, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: Millsap High School reunion a special occasion for many

Weatherford Democrat


MILLSAP – As we move into the month of May many events surrounding our schools are happening. The most recent and much anticipated celebration was the alumni reunion.

The celebration was held in the elementary school cafetorium amidst beautiful spring decorations. There was a great crowd, which included a number of past and present school personnel. Superintendent Dr. David Belding was on hand, lending his support in a number of ways including helping ladies carry leftovers from the delicious lunch to their cars. Included in the activities was a live auction, with special thanks going to Barbara Rothrock for the great desserts she created for the bidding. The silent auction had some great items including a beautiful afghan, welded sculptures and a packet of tickets to “The Promise.”

All of the profits from the auctions went into the Millsap Alumni Scholarship Fund. One of the most special parts of the whole day was the representation of the Class of 1938. Three of the graduates from this class of 75 years ago were on hand. It was a joyous occasion, and plans are already in the works for next year’s reunion.

One graduate who received some special attention at the reunion was Dr. Eldon Clary Jr., who was in the area to be recognized as a distinguished alumni at Weatherford College’s homecoming, with this honor making headlines in area papers. A homegrown Millsap guy, with a multitude of family still living here, Dr. Clary is now Dean of the College of Education at Arkansas Tech University. After completing his master’s and doctorate’s degrees at the University of North Texas, Dr. Clary has held various leadership positions at Arkansas Tech since the late 1960s. He has authored and presented numerous papers on a variety of educational topics, plus served on many peer-reviewed committees for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The recognition given this educator by Weatherford College is the highest honor bestowed on alumni. Dr. Clary was presented the award at the college’s homecoming dinner. Congratulations Dr. Clary and glad you came back for a visit!

In other school activity, May 16 is Millsap High School awards evening. It will be at 6 p.m. in the high school gym with scholarships being presented. There will also be recognition for perfect attendance and course awards. Honor roll students will be announced. Next to graduation this is the biggest academic event of the high school, and for some of the recipients represents years of dedicated scholastic work. These young people deserve this recognition.

Here’s an event that is going to be very enjoyable. Soda Springs Baptist Church invites everyone to a concert May 5 at 6 p.m. at their church. On short notice they were privileged to get the country gospel group Grandpa’s Neighbors to come for this special evening. This family group hails from Bennington, Okla.,with mother, Carol Neal, leading her group of five daughters who play a variety of instruments and have tremendous singing talents. The dad, Roger Neal, does all of the behind-the-scenes work, so this is really all about family service to the Lord. The group plays the softer side of bluegrass and has been compared to the Carter Family, the Whites and Alison Krauss. This is sure to be a great night of music!

As we move toward the Log Cabin Days Festival on May 11, the ladies of  Millsap Church of Christ invite everyone to come by their Bake Sale Booth at the festival. This is a benefit bake sale with all profits going to Millsap Heritage Society. These women have some great plans for delicious desserts like Mississippi mud cakes, breads, and plates of cookies. They are also asking that any bakers who would like to contribute drop off your items at their booth – this help will be much appreciated. Way to go ladies and hope you sell out!

Details for the Log Cabin Days Festival include everyone being invited to the free campfire breakfast on the cabin grounds (downtown Millsap), 7-9 a.m. The trail ride is 8 a.m.-lunch and starts at Waldens on Fairview Road. For info on the ride call 940-682-4667. There will be tours of the cabins, raffle drawings, a kiddie pedal tractor pull (2 p.m.), kids store, children’s games, pioneer demonstrations and displays, food and all kinds of vendor booths until 3 p.m. Come join in for a great time!

Millsap Chapter of Masons ask that you remark your calendar for a date /time change on their fish fry/bake sale, which will be held at the cabin grounds. It will be held May 25 beginning at 4 p.m. for the purpose of profits going toward scholarships for some Millsap seniors.

Reminders: May 11 voting at Millsap Community Center plus the Millsap High School prom at Clark Gardens. May 6 is the Heritage Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at the cabin grounds – this is one week earlier than regular monthly meeting.

Thanks for reading!

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