The Chaffee High School alumni banquet held Oct. 13 was a huge success, with about 200 people in attendance. Held at the Chaffee VFW hall, it was a night of greeting long-lost friends and classmates, reminiscing, dining and music by Howard Spicer at his keyboard.
Barbara Arnold, alumni president, gave the welcoming address, then introduced Mert Mirly, master of ceremonies.
A theme of patriotism and remembrance of the Sept. 11 disaster was carried throughout the evening, with the school song, national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance.
The Chaffee High School baseball team and the Medicap Pharmacy American Legion Missouri State Champion baseball team were guests of honor and were introduced by Brian Horrell and Joe Rice, their respective coaches, who also gave highlights of their successful seasons.
Arnold presented the 2001 alumni scholarship recipients, Sarah Arnold and Amanda Mirly. Amanda was present, and thanked the alumni personally and gave a brief synopsis of her nursing classes. Sarah Arnold was unable to attend, but sent a thank you letter, which was read by Barbara Arnold.
The class of 1951 celebrated its 50th anniversary and was serenaded by classmate Betty Davenport Fadler.
Members of all classes in attendance from 1925 to 2001 were then recognized.
A special musical program of patriotic songs sung by the Alumni "Angel" choir, accompanied by Fadler on the keyboard completed the evening.