BGHS Alumni Board Members and Kids in Motion have mailed the 2013 letters. The annual alumni banquet is to be held Saturday, Oct. 12 in the James A. Wilson Gymnasium.
Registration for the banquet will begin that evening at 5 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria. The banquet will commence at 6:30 p.m.
If someone did not receive a letter, they can pick one up from Talley Saucier at Shaon Motors or from Lisa Scherder at Craig Bowen’s CPA office.
All BGHS graduates who have served in the military will be recognized for service to their country.
Special honors will be presented to the Deters and Niemeyer families in honor of the late 2nd Lt. David Stephen Deters, class of 1963, and the late Sergeant Louis Andrew Niemeyer, Jr., class of 1965. Both men were killed in action during the Vietnam War and are buried in the St. Clement Cemetery.
Presenting the honors to David’s siblings will be Dave Korte from the class of 1963. Presenting the honors to Louis Andrew’s mother and siblings will be Edwin Miller from the class of 1965.
Flags and certificates for the ceremony were obtained by Perry Mudd Smith’s (class of 1965) son in law, Erik Olson, Chief of Staff to Congressman Ron Kind (Democrat, Wis.)
To be honored this year are the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1992, and 2003. Several of these classes provided reunion letters, which were mailed with the alumni letters.
Entertainment this year will be David Stover and John Parcell from the class of 1963. Both of these men were students of Marvin Stratmann while in high school. Stover is an attorney in the Kansas City area and Parcell is a retired music educator. The duo still performs with a group on the western side of the state.
The Alumni Association is pleased to have Glen Bailey as their speaker this year. He grew up on a farm in western Pike County with his parents, George and Claudia Bailey, and three siblings, George Henry (deceased), Joyce (deceased), and Janet.
Bailey, a 1963 graduate of BGHS, served as class president his senior year. He received his degree from the University of Missouri School of Agriculture in 1967. He married his wife, Carolyn, following graduation and then proudly served his country in Vietnam. His oldest son, Brock, was born while the alum was in Vietnam.
Glen returned to his roots in Pike County after the war and his second son, Ryan, was born. Both sons now have farms that join Glen and Carolyn’s.
Mr. Bailey is an active member of the First Baptist Church, Vandalia, where he serves as a deacon.
Glen served 15 years on the Bowling Green R-I School Board and his youngest son, Ryan, has followed in his footsteps as a current board member. Bailey’s eldest son Brock is a Vo-Ag teacher at BGHS. Glen’s wife, Carolyn, is a former teacher in the Bowling Green Elementary School. Daughter-in-law Stephanie is principal at the Frankford Elementary School.
Glen’s parents spent 22 years serving the Bowling Green R-I District.
Mr. and Mrs. Bailey have six grandchildren, the oldest of which is a junior at Mizzou and youngest is a student at Bowling Green Middle School.
Glen has been a prominent area banker for many years in addition to farming. You will find him four days a week in Perry at the Hannibal National Bank.
Reservations for the banquet are due by Friday, Oct. 7. Cost of the meal is $16 per person and annual dues are $6 per person. The banquet will be catered by Karen Kiefer, class of 1978. Reservations and dues may be sent to P.O. Box 132, Bowling Green, MO 63334.