Saturday, December 19, 2015

Two Songs About Loss and Victory

Song words.  The first in response to a sermon.  The second in response to a football team.

"More Than Words, More Than Us"

I thought it was over, I thought life was done 
So empty I shook with despair
I asked God to help in the name of His Son 
But I couldn't tell He was there

 I shared my dilemma with some of my friends
 They listened and prayed for God's Love
 To soften my heart and then never to end
 Below can be just as above

 I prayed and I listened and listened some more
 The peace in the silence shone through
 My heart beat was thankful for all He had done
 God showed me just what I could do

 Chorus:    The Heartfelt Joy of understanding 
                   Deepest Peace that we can trust  
                   God will touch us as we gather 
                   More than words, More than us

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"Buckeye Free"

Jesus or the Buckeyes,
Which one is your lord?
Which one gives you hope,
Through the shouting of their word?

Do you need a touchdown
To know that you're alive?
Or prayer and praise and worship
To know how you should strive?

Jesus or the Buckeyes
Which one makes you whole?
Which one gives you hope
For the healing of your soul?

Chorus:  Jesus is the one for me.
                 Jesus made me Buckeye free
                 His love has won my heart away
                 I cheer for Jesus every day.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Jefferson Township Alumni and School Leaders Break Ground for Monument

"Where's the Bronco?" seemed to be the only unanswered question at the Jefferson Township Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Alumni sponsored Monument and Brick Garden at newly named Alumni Corner.  This event on Saturday November 14th, at the corner of Union and Dayton-Farmersville Roads was another step in unifying the "Bronco Nation" of the "Old School" and the "New School" (now referred to as the "Old Golds" and the "New Blues", aligning with the school colors of Gold and Blue).  Alumni from 1948, '59, '61, '62, '65, '66, '73, '75, '76, '84 attended

The Monument, Brick and Scholarship Committee members led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by prayer and a moment of silence from Rex Hunn '61.

Pat Jonas, MD '64 was master of ceremonies, introducing each of the speakers and songs.  He also is "The Brick Man", in charge of the brick and paver program that will surround the monument.  He introduced several of the bricks and the person that is being honored with each brick, such at Mildred Baker Kilheffer- class of 1932- our oldest living graduate.

The Alumni Association President, Joy Weaver, from the Jefferson Township High School Class of 1948 spoke of her father, Russell Wolf- Class of 1925 and his baseball prowess, including pitching a double header to win a national championship for a local team.  She also reflected on Superintendent Adam Becker and "the good old days".

Superintendent Dr Richard Gates enthusiastically endorsed the purpose of the monument, brick and scholarship projects, reflecting on the strong Board of Education suport he received for the projects. He had been surprised by all the alumni concerns about what would happen to the "old building" before it was finally torn down, and pleased to have the Alumni Association connect up with the "new school " and solidify the history of the lineage of Jefferson Township Schools.  Mr. Orr, from the Board, added his thanks to the alumni for the message this project gives to the "Jefferson Story".

Mike Jonas '62 the contractor for the Monument and Brick Project gave an overview of the 8 x 5 x 12 foot structure that will have some of the bricks from the "Old School" in it and be surrounded by a concrete slab with Bronco Bricks on the slab.  Preliminary drawings were reviewed with those present and on the Facebook announcement for the groundbreaking ceremony.  "Where's the Bronco?", came the question from the a class member of 1984.  We have thought about it and discussed the possibility of a bronco on the monument, but didn't add it- yet.

We should be working on the final design of the monument in January and February 2016.  The Bronco should make it into the design.  It just seems like the Bronco thing to do.  And it's an important symbol of what it means to be from Jefferson.

Gary Bailey '64 spoke about the meaning of the monument.  "Why have a monument?"  He asked and answered.  It will hold the memories and remind us forever of what we stand for and where we came from.  The friends, the teachers, the lessons, the staff, the cafeteria workers, the bus drivers and even the swings on the playground have left lasting memories.  Gary pointed to a tree that he felt challenged to touch with his feet when he was swinging as high as he could.  Another Jefferson search for excellence in a long line of searches.
Love had a lot to do with Gary's message.  Gary noted that, "The love we felt for Jefferson continues beyond buildings."  The monument and brick program will assure us of another way to tell the stories and connect to the Jefferson Legacy.  We haven't lost the dream or the meaning of our Jefferson experiences.

The Board of Education members joined Dr. Gates and Alumni President Joy Weaver in applying blue and gold shovels to the earth where the monument will be constructed.  It looked like fun.

Tracey Tripp Edwards '76 then presented ideas about "Why have a Brick Garden?"  She had a large list of possibilities, many of which were represented in the Bronco Brick display at the ceremony. "Tracey Tripp Edwards, 1976 Class President, JT Fiscal Officer" constitute the three lines on her Bronco Brick.  Other Bronco Bricks honor relatives, teachers, leaders, veterans, and the list goes on.

Sam Dodson '64 and Rickey Poole '64 next described the Jefferson Township Alumni Scholarship Program which Sam set up with the Dayton Foundation.  We can get matching funds of $9000 if we have $16,000 by December first.  Rickey stated that he'd like to see the fund get to $100,000.  Alumni and other members and fans of the Bronco Nation can donate online at the Dayton Foundation site is they wish.

Rickey provided a special "Jefferson Reflection" about his life in Carver Village, his mother and the meaning of his Jefferson experience.  He got a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin for track and came back to teach at Jefferson.  His story is inspiring as is his commitment to the scholarship program for Jefferson students.

What better way to round out a Bronco Day than to sing the Fight Song and the Alma Mater led by Joy Weaver and pep members Tracey Edwards and one youngster from the class of 1984.
School Board Member Rev. Cuttino Dargan offered the closing prayer and we mingled to round out a Great Bronco Day.

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Board Members Present at the Groundbreaking November 14
Mrs. Johnnie Kimberlin
Elected: 1990
  • Board President
  • Education Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
Term Expires: 2017
Rev. Cuttino Dargan 
Elected: 2008
  • Board Parliamentarian
  • Finance Committee
  • Facilities Committee
Term Expires: 2017
Mr. Emmett C. Orr
Elected: 2010
  • Board Legislative Liaison
  • Finance Committee
  • Community Relations Committee
Term Expires: 2017
Mr. C.V. Mitchell, III
Elected: 2009
  • Board Member
  • Education Committee
  • Facilities Committee
Term Expires: 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jefferson Bronco Memorial Coming

The Jefferson School Board has approved construction of a memorial on the site of the "old school" building.  This will honor the people and processes involved in the history of Jefferson in the era of that building and help to "Tell the Jefferson Story".  It will include a brick and paver component which allows honoring of individual Broncos or groups with something like an alumni grotto.  A couple of memorial benches may be included depending on design and funding.

(Lest we count poorly, the "new school" building is now older than the "old school" building when it was vacated.  It may soon merit a memorial as discussions about its demise are already happening.  Broadening the thought, one might ponder a two component monument honoring persons and phenomena from 1928-present.  Many students, faculty and staff had experiences in both buildings.  Even a three sided monument may appeal to some.)

OK, back to reality.  A committee was appointed by the Alumni Association President, Joy Weaver to design and build the memorial/monument.  Rex Hunn is leading the committee with Gary Bailey, Gil Parrish and Bill Osborne.  A finance committee is to coordinate the funding.  Sam Dodson, Rick Poole and Pat Jonas currently staff that committee.  We recently met with Dr. Gates to discuss the project.  The class of 1964 proposed the project and raised $565 to start it.   Other Bronco Alumni are needed to get it done.  Dr. Gates is excited about the project and the possibility of a scholarship aspect of the project.  He even said,"I'll carry the bricks with you." Photo


This project offers the opportunity to develop a financial plan that will enable Broncos to contribute to it or similar projects as well as memorial/scholarship funds for students or the school.  We hope to include an opportunity to contribute to the "old school" monument or a scholarship fund with online and snail mail invitations to alumni functions.

This year there is the Annual Alumni banquet the fourth Friday in June (26th) with several class parties on June 27th and also a Mega Reunion later in the summer from July 31- Aug 2 which has happened every three years since 2005.  Organizers for each of these events will have an opportunity to connect alumni and other invitees to the fund raising process and to each other.

This alumni funding strategy may help to unite "old" and "new" school alumni to help students and the school and reaffirm the pride of The Bronco Nation as we tell "The Jefferson Story".  A Facebook page is coming to allow continuing online connections about the project and alumni endeavors.