By Lisa Kay Smith
For the Daily News
CHATTAROY – The second weekend in July is approaching and many folks will once again see the colors of orange and black and Chattaroy Yellowjackets prominent on many tshirts. Yes it’s time for the annual Chattaroy Jr High School Reunion. This year’s reunion has been extended into three days Thursday, July 9th, Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th due to some special activities that has never before been seem by the alumni.
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 Valkey 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 Sports Restaurant at 304-235-8600 and is open to the public as well. (Dinner & 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’, Strosnider Suites, Stitch & Design & Hook & Haul Wrecker Service.
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 Yellowjackets. Harris is being sponsored by Starters Sports Restaurant, Marcum Law Offices, Mingo Pike Rental Equipment, Just Teasin’, Strosnider Suites, Stitch & Design & Hook & Haul Wrecker Service.
Williamson Daily News Editor and well known area author Kyle Lovern will be on hand with severall of his books available for purchase.
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. See related sports story on this year’s inductees. Almost all will be here in person to receive their coveted award or a family member will be accepting. CJHS will also induct teachers and mentors as well with a separate story to follow. For the first ever, attending alumni will be able to submit names for the 2016 CJHS Hall of Fame class and king and Queen for consideration. A box will be located near or at the registration table as well as a box for door prizes to be given away.
The crowning of Mr and Mrs CJHS will be observed as in year’s past as this was voted by Facebook and Private message votes being cast. A special appreciation plaque will be presented to the members of the Chattaroy Volunteer Fire Department members for all thieir valuable service to the community for any emergency or assistance with the elderly and children during the Christmas season
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. Names were submitted by email and facebook messages to the committee for final review. 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.
Saturday night’s dinner will be catered by Starters Sports Restaurant in downtown Williamson and Food City in South Williamson, Ky.
Lawn games, Putt putt golf can be enjoyed by families with a pkayground area for children. Although pre-orders were taken on two separate occasions, Stitch & Designs will have additional shirts available for purchase. Lynn Canterbury will be offering free photography to alumni members with backgrounds and lighting. 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.
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 2016 CJHS Alumni reunion. CJHS Reunion is also available via facebook for anyone who has not joined.
The CJHS Reunion Committee is comprised of Lisa K Smith CJHS Coordinator, Curt and Marge Fletcher, Doug and Cheryl Howard, Harry Mikilian as well as many alumni volunteers who work hard year after year to exceed the previous years’ attendance record and events.
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 & 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 be the largest crowd ever on both evenings.
So on behalf of the committee and local alumni, this year’s theme is “Come Home, Come Home To Chattaroy W. Va., we are waiting on you!”