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NHS Alum Organization One of the Things Right about Nob City

I’ve wanted to write this column for a long time, but always hesitated for a couple of reasons – one of which I’ll mention in a bit. The other one is that there are so many great and deserving community groups and organizations around Noblesville and Hamilton County that I hate to pull one out. From Main Street to the Boys & Girls Club to Nickel Plate Arts to the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, Harvest, Prevail, Good Samaritan Network, Babe Ruth, the folks at the Forest Park pool, the Belfry . . . see what I mean? That’s just a bare mention. There are so many and I hate to focus on one because each deserves all the publicity we can give them (fortunately, the talented Betsy Reason often devotes many of her columns to doing exactly that).

At any rate, today’s topic is the Noblesville High School Alumni Association. The other reason I have hesitated to mention them in the past is because I’m a member and on the board. Trust me, it’s a great group despite my meager involvement.

This group does so many things, like first and foremost, making sure the annual Alumni Banquet takes place. This year’s event, which is coming up on April 30, will see a crowd of 300+ gather to celebrate all things Millers. The class of 1972 will observe their 50th anniversary of graduating from good, ol’ NHS. (And because of the pandemic, so will the classes of ’70 and ’71 as well.)

The banquet is a time for remembering, reminiscing and reconnecting. It’s a wonderful evening and it would never be possible without the strong efforts of the board of directors – under the capable leadership of Peggy Baldwin Beaver, class of 1972. Others on the board include Joanne Cook White, class of 1948; Tom Gang, class of 1967; Treasurer Janice Robinson, class of 1968; incoming Secretary Vicki Wright Wilson, class of 1968; Debbie Davis Bastin, class of 1971; VP Terri Sigman Kennedy, class of 1972; Jeff Zeckel, class of 1973; and Secretary Karen Williams Pryor, class of 1974. (And if you are an NHS grad and would like to be considered for a board seat, let me know and I’ll pass along your name!)

This group, and many who were involved over the years before, dedicate themselves to publishing an annual newsletter, putting on a huge banquet and even raising thousands of dollars that are awarded annually to NHS seniors for college scholarships.

And they do it all while maintaining a friendly atmosphere that is more about camaraderie and celebrating a common history than anything else.

So if you are an NHS grad, or soon will be, be sure to hook up with this great organization. Did I mention that a lifetime membership is less than the cost of a compact car gas fill-up? Yup, $20 will make you a member forever – and qualifies you for a seat among this great group if you are so inclined.

No offense to you Blackhawks, Huskies, Shamrocks and the rest. It’s just my Miller pride shining through!

– Timmons is the chief executive officer of Sagamore News Media, the company that owns The Noblesville Times. He is a proud Noblesville High School graduate and can be contacted at ttimmons@thetimes24-7.com.