Dedicated to maintaining the pride and spirit of Ceres


Year 2006 September Edition No. 3


If you or your company would like to sponsor the next newsletter, please contact any officer or mail your check for $165 to P.O. Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318. This covers postage, paper and mailing labels.


Once again we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the 6th Annual Ceres Homecoming and Association meeting. I would like to thank all those who are working so hard to make this event one to remember, all who donated gifts and sold raffle tickets, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for co-sponsoring our raffle with a special matching grant, and all of you who will be traveling long distances to be with us.

Appreciation is also expressed to all who have helped on our many work, fund raising and improvement projects and those who made donations.

Officers for 2007 will be elected at our Homecoming meeting. We hope more of you will be willing to serve as an Officer, Director or on some committee. We need as many people as possible to be involved in the organization.

We look forward to seeing you on October 21st for the Homecoming. Don’t miss it!

Archie Atwell, President


Glenn Harden

James Parcell (husband of Bobbie Lee Davis)

Billy S. Helton (husband of Betty Umbarger)

Opal Bridges Sadler

6TH ANNUAL CERES HOMECOMING Registration forms must be returned by October 12, 2006

Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Registration & tours – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Gather in the gym – 1:00 PM

Welcome and Grace

Dinner (see menu below)

Recognition of visitors

Short business meeting

Memorial Recognition

Election of officers for 2007

Raffle Drawings

Door Prizes

Announcement of Election Results

Introduction of New Officers

Visit as long as you wish


Dinner Menu

(Catered by Loretta Worrell of Galax)

Baked Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Roast Beef with Brown Gravy

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and

Pineapple Casserole

Toss Salad with choice of

Ranch, Thousand Island or Fat Free Dressing

Homemade Rolls

Desserts (Assortment)

Tea, Lemonade, and Coffee


The Museum and gift shop will be open Homecoming day from 11:00 – 12:45 and 3:00 – 5:00. The Museum Committee is actively working. Please stop in to see the improvements currently underway and the recently added exhibits.



The following donations were made during July and August:

Jim and Betty Wilson designated for the Endowment Trust Fund.

At the time of this writing, over $900 has been donated in memory of George H. Peery, Jr. from:

Dodie Groseclose,

Mark and Bill Groseclose, III,

Bill and Doris Woodward,

William and Betty Hubble,

Geraldine Fields,

Kenny and Susan Irvin,

Mickey and Coetta Hoge,

Robert and Carolyn Bane,

Mervin and Louise Meck,

Nellie Umbarger,

Charles and Janice Huff,

Shirley Cregar,

Bland Area Lutheran/Presbyterian Parish, Kenneth E. Hall and Christa Baustert, Rob and Susan Morgan,

Kenneth and Jean Hubble,

James B. Muncy, Jr.,

Mr. and Mrs. D. G. David,

Tom and Josephine Haag and family,

Mae Heslep, and

Lisa U. and Larry Wilson.

Appreciation is expressed to Barbara Umbarger Blankenship for obtaining two pieces of exercise equipment for the Fitness Room.






Ceres Alumni, in conjunction with Applebee’s, is sponsoring an ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Saturday, November 18, 2006, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Applebee’s Restaurant, 1440 E. Main Street, in Wytheville. The breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes, syrup, link sausages, coffee, and juice at a cost of $5.00. Tickets, which must be purchased or reserved in advance, will be available at Homecoming, from any CAA officer or director or by calling 276 688-4450 or 276 682-4255. This is a great fund raising opportunity because the Association will receive $4.00 out of every ticket that is sold, and Applebee’s will furnish and prepare the food. All the Association needs to do is sell the tickets and serve the food. We hope that you will support the Association by purchasing tickets and coming to this breakfast. If you have questions please contact Buddie & Lorree Waddle or Betty Hubble.


Thanks to those of you who have returned your raffle ticket sales. Raffle drawings will be held at the Ceres Homecoming on October 21, 2006. Items will be shipped to out-of-town winners.

Raffle Gifts and Door Prizes are:

Marlin 22 magnum rifle

Framed P. Buckley Moss print

Oil painting by Becky Kimberlin

U.S. Mint 2006 Coin set (2)

Wall hanging plate set

Snowman music box

Handmade throw and afghan

Princess House hurricane lamp

Hand quilted wall hanging

Hanover style Americana throw

Paper shredder

Nested decorative boxes

Wall fountain

Spice rack

Roseland canister set

Jewelry chest

Heaven Sent "tractor"

Recipe binder

Wall clock

Tool set

$50.00 Savings bond


5" TV-AM/FM radio

2 piece cook-room set

Gift certificates (4)

Other raffle gifts and door prizes are still being received.



Prizes were donated by:

Ceres Alumni Association (C. A. A.)

P. Buckley Moss Foundation and Custom framing by Farmers Daughter

Muncy Associated Management Service, Inc.

Becky Kimberlin

Crabtree & Pruett Sewing

Bill and Betty Hubble

J. W. and Judy Cassell

Buddie and Lorree Waddle

Jake and Norma Repass

Arten and Jonan Repass

Della Mae Neel

First1VA Bank

Nelson and Diane Tibbs

Judy Hannah

Joan Chandler

Ann Peery

Evelyn H. Groseclose

Archie and Darleyne Atwell

Applebee’s of Wytheville

Cook’s Cleaners

Kentucky Fried Chicken / Wytheville

Special matching grant sponsor of raffle – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans




The Association anticipates receiving grants of $1,300 and $600 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a faternal organization composed of Lutheran Church members or employees of Lutheran organizations. The above amounts will be matches for fund raising conducted by the Association and is co-sponsored by Sharon Lutheran Church. Appreciation is expressed to both the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and members of Sharon Lutheran Church.




By Anne Britton

Many of you have already seen the new paint in the Shop. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it has been repainted in it’s original colors, and a handicap ramp has been added inside going up into the classroom

We have received so many items to add to our collection that it has become necessary to expand. We thank everyone who has been generous in giving treasures for others to enjoy.

A detailed design has been drawn to incorporate a "Ceres History" section into part of the shop, along with larger agricultural exhibits. We are already spending time sorting, cleaning, hoping to be near completion by Homecoming. We have found in the past that it is almost impossible to set specific work days because all of us have different schedules, so we are trying something new. As we can, two or three of us are getting together when we can manage a free day, and we work. There is a long list of things to be done, and we would appreciate any volunteers who can help out. Just give one of us a call and we will get together with you. Members of the committee are Jim and Anne Britton, Jonan Repass, Archie Atwell and Sue Repass. By the way, we only work around two or three hours at a time.





Ceres School Campus

October 21, 2006

Registration starts at 11:00 AM

Pancake Breakfast

All-You-Can-Eat for $5.00

Applebee’s in Wytheville

November 18, 2006

7:30 – 9:30 AM