CHATTAROY – Later this week, local residents will begin seeing orange and black colors along with the traditional Yellowjacket mascot come alive in Chattaroy. Many beloved Chattaroy family and friends from miles away to the local citizens will be gathering for the annual Chattaroy Junior High Reunion this coming weekend, July 7-9th.
Each year the annual summer event is scheduled the second weekend in July and continues to grow by leaps and bounds with organizers expecting it to increase this year as well.
On Thursday evening, Chattaroy Yellowjackets will gather at Starters Sports Restaurant in Downton Williamson to welcome back former classmate Rob Harris for a live performance at 7:30 p.m. Harris a well known songwriter and musician and favorite among the Tug Valley and surrounding area is now residing in Tennessee performing at many well known venues throughout his local area. Reservations may be made by calling Starters at 304-235-8600 and is open to the public as well. (Dinner and all beverages are the sole responsibility of the patrons) Thursday evening’s performance is being sponsored by the following: Starters Sports Restaurant, Marcum Law Offices, Mingo Pike Rental Equipment, Just Teasin’, H & H Spirits, and Strosnider Suites.
On Friday evening from 6:00-10:00 p.m. the reunion events will be held at the Chattaroy Church of God shelter and putt putt golf course. Games and a covered dish dinner will be observed during the “Renew Friendships” evening. Around 7:30 p.m., Rob Harris will return back home to his community for another live performance for the anticipated large crowd of Yelllowjackets. Friday evening events are being sponsored by Hook and Haul Wrecker Service, Kuenzel and Associates and J.R. Blackburn.
On Saturday evening the members will return back to the shelter for another fun filled evening from 6:00-10:00 p.m. The highlight will be the a CJHS Hall of Fame Induction of many well known athletes that excelled in their rightful sport. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees include Hub Cline, Alvin Ritchie, Jack Teeters, Johnny Teeters, Freddie Vinson, Jack Davis, Linda Spano Leonard, Ron Evans, Donna Hubbard, Greg Southers, Marty Bo Copley and Coochie Sorrell.
The crowning of Mr. and Mrs. CJHS will be observed as in year’s past. Those attending last year’s event cast their ballot and the winners will be announced and crowned respectively.
The annual William J “Bill” Hill Community Service Award will be presented to an unsuspecting community member for their outstanding service and dedication to the Chattaroy community. His or her achievement will be fully recognized that evening with the family of the recipient being present. The award was established to honor and pay respect to the most favorite teacher to walk thru the halls of Chattaroy Jr High and high school. Hill passed away on December 10, 2013 at the age of 86. Mr. Hill was crowned Mr. CJHS in July of that year but was not able to attend due to declining health although he had attended in 2012 and left some lasting memories with those present.
Lawn games, putt putt golf can be enjoyed by families with a playground area for children. Although pre-orders were taken during the month of June, Patti Copley will have additional T-shirts available for purchase. Door prizes will be given away with no purchase necessary but must be present to win and winner is eligible for one prize only so duplicate names will be discarded.
Those attending need to register and submit their names for entry for door prizes. Cash Express donated gifts to those attending (while supplies last).
Also nominations for 2017 CJHS Hall of Fame and Mr. and Miss CJHS may be submitted each evening.
Although there are many picnic tables and benches, alumni are encouraged to bring a lawn chair each evening as activities are scheduled outdoors.
No fees are required for the Friday or Saturday event at the church, but donations of any amount are gladly accepted. All donations collected will be going towards the 2017 CJHS Alumni reunion. CJHS Reunion is also available via facebook for anyone who has not joined.
Many alumni volunteers work hard year after year to prepare the schedule, the food and organization of the yearly event.
Chattaroy native and alumni Donald Copley and his wife Eunice Parker Copley of Hickory, NC were the original team to put together a small alumni event at Thoroughbred Steakhouse with about 15 people in attendance. For several years the event was held at the Willaimson Communty Center and swimming pool in West Williamson, but the crowd grew so large the event has since been moved to the outdoor shelter and putt putt golf course at Chattaroy. No prior registration is required but this years attendance is anticipated to exceed the previous year.
On behalf of the committee and local alumni, this year’s theme is “Home Sweet Home…Chattaroy, W.Va … we will be waiting to see our Yellowjacket family as always, stated event organizer LisaKae Smith.