Claremont, New Hampshire
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To All Class Alumni Representatives:
Here we are again looking for class news for the Annual Newsletter scheduled to go out in late February, 2017.
As it takes a huge amount of time to put this newsletter together, we are asking that you get your class news article to us by the January 15th deadline. What your class did this year, what your plans are for the coming year, or any other interesting news about your class and classmates is news worthy and what we are looking for. Your classmates undoubtedly want to know what the class has in the planning stages. So, please send your article to us by email at the above email address or by the postal service at the Opera House Square address. If you have a picture of your last reunion, send that along also and we will try to scan it into your article.
We’d like to hear from
classes as possible. If you are no longer undertaking this position,
please pass this along to whoever your new rep is, or let us know,
and we will do the contacting for you
On June 10, 2017, the Alumni Association will be celebrating its 69th consecutive parade. The chosen theme is “Movies From Your Graduation Year”. So, get your class up and moving. Parade rules can be found on the alumni website. The Association is planning again this year to award cash prizes for the five best SHS class floats. Whether these prizes continue in future years will depend on sponsorships and donations.
PLEASE ……….Out of respect for your Alumni Association, do not plan class reunions at the same time as the Alumni Banquet on Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
As an added thought, why not plan for your class to attend the banquet. Where better to reunite than at the school where so many memories of your years together began---Stevens High School!
The cooperation of ALL classes in planning their individual activities is necessary. It will be deeply appreciated by all the loyal hardworking members of The Oldest Active High School Alumni Association in the USA. Thank you.
If you have questions, contact the alumni office at 603-542-8987, or snail mail or email at the above addresses.
Sonya LeBlanc Lawson, Secretary
SHS Alumni Association
Clarification Regarding Commemorative Rings for Stevens High School Football team
(Jan 26, 2017) Follow up to “Clarification”
Notice to Stevens Alumni Membership:
At the (January 18th) monthly
meeting last night, we had guest speakers, Larissa Cahill, Paul Silva
and several players from the Stevens High School football team.
They came to ask Stevens Alumni Association if we would consider giving
a donation towards championship rings for the team. There are 44
players and the cost is $6000.
(Jan 16, 2017)
It has come to my attention that Stevens High School Alumni members are under a misconception that the SHS Alumni Association is sponsoring a fund-raiser to raise the necessary funds to purchase commemorative rings for the Stevens High School football team in honor of their winning the State Division III championship game in November 2016. We, however are not sponsoring this event.
The Stevens Alumni Association has been asked by a parent if it would consider making a donation toward a goal of $6,000, and that is all. We will bring up this request for a donation at the January monthly meeting for discussion. We have also said that donations may be sent to Stevens High School Alumni Association to be held in a separate account, and then transferred to the high school football fund.
If anyone should need further clarification, please call the Alumni office at 603-542-8987.
Douglas LeBlanc, President
SHS Alumni Association
Stevens High School 2017 Graduating Class :
Here is a link to the SHSAA Scholarship Application Cover Letter. (PDF format)
Current College Students – Check This OutThere are scholarships available to 2nd, 3rd. and 4th year students as well as post college graduates. The criteria is that a letter of intent and need be sent to the alumni office prior to April 15 of any given year. Applicants must also include a short biography of their accomplishments, a recommendation from one of their instructors, and a transcript for the first semester of their current classes.
SHS Alumni Association
PO Box 710
Claremont NH 03743
Attn: Carolyn LeBlanc
Stevens High School Alumni Association
24 Opera House Square, Box 29
Claremont, NH 03743
Greetings to my fellow Stevens Alumni,
Yes, here it is again, a new year and another successful year behind us. It always amazes me when I think about how far this organization has come since it’s beginning in 1871. Because of you, the members, it has become the oldest active alumni association in the country, but let us not forget the past members who forged the foundation with pride and hard work to pave the way to where we are today. It is up to us to continue that tradition for the future graduates of Stevens High School. Remember, the only way you can be a member of this organization is to have graduated from the one and only Stevens High School in Claremont NH. How great is that?
Dick Girard again initiated a 1/20 in the Spring to raise funds for the parade and yes, again it was a sellout and we have people already asking when is the next one. Bob Stringer again headed the Poinsettia Fund Raiser and yes you guessed it, another great success. The cookbook has become a reality and some members are asking if we have any of the 1st edition for sale that was produced back in the 60’s . We do not have any at the office but if any of you have one and would like to donate it for display, we would gladly accept it.
The2016 parade went off perfectly, with over 50 units of floats, bands, Bektash, Shriners, Civil War units, clowns, fife and drum, horse drawn wagons and the list goes on. Pat, the New England Patriots mascot and two of the cheerleaders were here and mingled with the crowds and signed posters and brought smiles to young and old alike. We are working on getting them here again to participate in our parade. Even though we had a somewhat rainy day, it did not deter spectators from coming out and enjoying this gala event.
The parade this year is Saturday, June 10th and kicks off at 10:30 with the line-up on Broad Street. The theme is “Popular Movies of Your Graduation Year” so get your floats registered with Dick Girard, parade chairman. The annual luncheon and meeting follows the parade and the banquet starts at 6:30 and will be catered by Country Kitchen.
Yes, we have a weekend filled with class parties, a parade and other festivities but first and foremost, the goal of Stevens Alumni Association is the presentation of scholarships to graduates of Stevens High School. We honor these students at the banquet and last year we presented $65,100 to 34 seniors and 25 post-secondary students. The investments are healthy and continue to grow with the guidance of our investment advisor, Thomas Zuttermeister.
As always, we are open to new ideas and your comments. You can call the office at 603-542-8987 or I can be reached at 603-542-8510. You can also visit our Facebook page. David Hale works to keep our website updated with news and alumni updates, and he welcomes your feedback. If you have an idea or comment, he can be reached by email :
With your support, we can make this another memorable year for the alumni association and Claremont.
Lastly, I want to thank the businesses who support our newsletter and believe in Stevens Alumni Association and also the businesses who make it possible for the winning floats to receive the monetary prize of $200.00. We suggest that if your class received a $200 cash award for your float entry in June, please send the sponsor a Thank You note!
In closing, “Thank You” to those who have faithfully supported us year after year, and to those of you who have not been able to, it is not too late to start. Remember, it is not necessary to pay back dues. Any amount is very much appreciated. Every dollar counts.
The future of this organization is dependent on the active members. We need more people to step in and fill the positions as they become available. If the interest slips away and members do not get actively involved – the light at the end of the Alumni Tunnel will be “switched off” and become a sad reality. Please get involved. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month from September thru May. All members are welcome.
Doug LeBlanc, President
Proud member of the Class of 1963
And Stevens High School Alumni Association
Stevens High School Alumni Association
Meetings are held at 5:30 PM
on the third Wednesday of the month.Claremont Savings Bank, Downstairs
June 10, 2017
PARADE THEME: “Popular Movies From Your Graduation Year”
Starting Time: 10:30 A.M.
BUSINESS MEETING/LUNCHEON: Stevens High Cafeteria
Immediately following the parade
BANQUET: Frederick W. Carr Gym at Stevens High School
Catered by Country Kitchen Catering Service
Entrée: Baked Stuffed Boneless Chicken
Starting Time: 6:30 p.m. Sharp Cost: $22 Per Person
2017 Parade Rule Form << Click here for the registration form PDF file.
Do not forget to register your class float for the June 10th, 2017 parade.
Anyone whether alumni, business, non-profit or individual has to register. Please contact Dick at or phone 603-543-6398 and he will email the registration form or mail it if you prefer.
Complete parade rules and regulations are included in the packet that Dick sends to you.
Starts at Stevens High School, south on Broad Street to the Middle School, west on South Street to West Pleasant Street, north to Pleasant Street to Opera House Square, right onto Broad Street and back to Stevens High School.
Theme of Parade “Popular Movies/Shows from your Graduation Year” - Clearly incorporated and executed.
Identity: - Visual display of: School Name, Class Year and Title of Float.
Construction & Workmanship - use of different and clever materials.
Creativity & Originality: - Animation - Music - Special Effects: Overall Beauty and Charisma, permeated by float and/or characters.
Dimensions:- Strict compliance, No Float to exceed 12’ in height, 9' in width AND 35’ Long, does not include the truck or cab. The 35’ is just the trailer that the float is built on.
Float height and width will be measured at the time of inspection. The Claremont Police Dept. (603) 542-9538 will do inspections for safety reasons prior to and including Friday prior to the parade on Saturday. Float must be REGISTERED and INSPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE.
Stringer, Les St.Pierre, Bev Janelle, Jim Miles and Dick Girard
attended the June 11th council meeting for the mayor’s signature
proclamation to officially make the week of June 5th thru June 11th
Alumni Week. Council members from left to right Scott Pope, Vic
Bergeron, Carolyn Towle, Keith Raymond, Bruce Temple, Allen Damren and
Nick Koloski. Mayor Charlene Lovett signed the proclamation and
presented to Bob Stringer representing Doug LeBlanc, President who was
not available for the meeting.
Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
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