Canaan alumni banquet held June 13

The Canaan alumni youngest and oldest members that attended the Canaan alumni dinner and gathering were Charlene Hennis Smith, class of 1956, left, and Janet Meeker Anderson, class of 1936.

Canaan alumni, classmates, family and friends met at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, on Saturday, June 13, for dinner and social gathering with 54 answering roll call. Thelma Wilson Kessler was misters of ceremony, and invocation was given by Carl Noland. Doris Gordon Roby took the roll call.

Carol Smith Rings did the memorial service for the passing of three alumni members: Jake Scheiderer class of 1952, Flora Stambaugh Cook class of 1949 and Richard Murray class of 1945. A candle was lit by alumni member Charlene Smith in memory of Jake Scheiderer, Helen Stambaugh Gregg in memory of her sister Flora Stambaugh Cook, Jay Straley in memory of Richard Murray, and Doris Gordon Roby in memory of Anne Dickerson Savage, a teacher at Canaan School for many years. Anne would have been 103 years old Sept. 5, 2015. She was guest of honor at the 2014 alumni banquet last year.

Celebrating 65 years since graduation were Thelma Wilson Kesler of Hilliard, Charlotte Hennis Lambka and Carol Smith Rings of Plain City, the class of 1950.

The eldest alumni member to attend the banquet this year was Janet Meeker Anderson of Hilliard, class of 1936, and the youngest was Charlene Hennis Smith of Plain City, class of 1956.

Frank Roby gave the financial report. Janet Meeker Anderson offered to buy a tree for the Jonathan Alder Canaan building in honor and memory of the Canaan alumni.

Jay Straley asked for volunteers to help with next year’s banquet, to be held June 11, 2016. Numbers are down this year and he would like for everyone to contact their classmates and let them know about the banquet.

Richard Meeker thanked everyone for coming and a special thanks to Wilma Yoder for stepping in for Barbara and John Wilson and taking care of the registration.

Tressie Hay Corsi, reported on her brother, Tom (Junior) Hay, recovering from open heart surgery. Everyone was reminded to sign his card for he and all his family were greatly missed at the banquet.

The evening came to a close with Carl Noland giving the benediction and reminding us of our many blessings of being a close-knit family and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, and not to be afraid too speak up and speak out about what we believe. Let’s not loose those privileges we so much enjoy.

Karen Straley submitted this report.