Dedicated to maintaining the pride and spirit of Ceres


Year 2007 September Edition No. 4


This issue of the newsletter is being sponsored by Helen Umbarger Easton and is dedicated to the memory of her deceased classmates, Ella Harding Cox, Sam Martin Davis, Ruth Foglesong Hedrick, and Mabel Compton Lindy. The Ceres Alumni Association appreciates Helen’s support and thank her for sponsoring this newsletter.

If you or your company would like to sponsor a future 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.



I hope everyone has had a great summer even with the HOT AND DRY weather and are ready for a wonderful Fall.

The Pig Roast in August was a great success for the Association but most of all a great activity for our community.

Special thanks to G.H.PEERY for the big barbecue and cooking the pork. Also special thanks to everyone who helped in the kitchen, serving line, the museum and preparation of the event.

G.H. has agreed to do it again for us on the 10th of November so put it on the calendar and please ALL come out and help and enjoy another great community get together.

We have the Annual Homecoming coming up on OCTOBER 20th and I look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying the fellowship and good food. DON’T FORGET TO SELL THOSE RAFFLE TICKETS. The tickets are a great way to raise funds for the Association.

Anne Britton has ordered some new items for sale in the museum and I am sure everyone will want to take them home.

We are making progress on the new gym floor funding. We have hired Aaron Sizemore from the Mt. Rogers Planning District office to get us through the paperwork requirements with State DOT. We are all looking forward to seeing some construction beginning in 2008. (More on this later in the newsletter.)

With the winter months coming on let’s all think of activities, other than basketball and walking, we can put together in the gym for the community (i.e. a card night, shuffle board night, exercise night, badminton night). I know you all have many great ideas so please forward them to the board members. Everyone works so hard to raise funds and keep up the building, it’s time for us all to enjoy the facility.

Hope to see you all at the exercise room. Stay SAFE and HEALTHY.

Wade Hall, President


It could be said that a good time was had by all. The food was delicious. Many thanks go to G. H. Peery, III and his crew of many for the work outside cooking and preparing the meat, to Nelson Tibbs and Sue Repass for all their work in the kitchen preparing slaw and baked beans, and to the many others who made and served desserts and did all the other necessary tasks. Truegrass Band and Hollybrook Band provided music that was enjoyed by all. $1,205.46 was made which will be used toward utility bills. We appreciate everyone who came, who helped and who visited the Museum.

7th Annual Ceres Homecoming

October 20, 2007

Registration forms must be returned by October 15, 2007

Schedule of Events

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 2008

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.


Thanks to all those who have turned in your sold raffle tickets. As of now, about $1,600.00 has been turned in for tickets sold.

Raffle prizes are still being received. We already have:

Rifle, Marlin 22 magnum

Framed P. Buckley Moss print

Handmade quilt, full or queen,

U.S. Mint Coin Sets (2)

32 piece screwdriver set

Hunting/fishing vest

Set of coffee mugs

Pot Ά Marinades pickle jars (2)

12 pc. Rubbermaid storage set

Painted rock by Susan Reinholz

Back massager

5 pints jams and jellies

Handmade afghan

107 piece tool set

Cookie plate and saucer for Santa

State Farm bag of goodies (Atlas, cap, etc.)

7 in 1 game set

Potpourri holder (2)

Pasta Express

Photo album

Toiletries set

Travel journal

Gift certificate – Cook’s Cleaners

Hurricane Lamp

4 piece stainless steel canister set

Handmade throw

Cash for a $50 Savings Bond

George Foreman grilling machine

Wall clock and weather station

Folding chair

And many more…….

Prizes were donated by:

Ceres Alumni Association

P. Buckley Moss Foundation and Custom framing by Farmers Daughter

Susan Reinholz

Muncy Associated Management Service, Inc.

"Just for Fun" Quilters

Crabtree & Pruett Sewing

Bill and Betty Hubble

Claude and Frankie Davis

J. W. and Judy Cassell

Buddie and Lorree Waddle

Jonan C. Repass

Della Mae Neel

First1VA Bank

Nelson and Diane Tibbs

Ann Peery

Evelyn H. Groseclose

Archie and Darleyne Atwell

Cook’s Cleaners

Sue Repass

Wade and Becky Hall

Donna H. Compton

A nice prize will go to the individual who sells the most tickets. We appreciate your help again this year. This is our largest fund raiser. $1,300.00 will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


  Aaron Sizemore of the Mount Rogers Planning District is assisting the Association with the Federal/State required paperwork for the Federal Grant.

The first step is the selection of an engineer which takes about 1 ˝ months. This was advertised on August 8th and closed on August 31st.

Once the engineer is selected they must go through a pre award audit – this takes about 1 – 2 months, depending on the firm. After this a contract can be signed and the engineer is officially hired and can begin work.

Once the engineering design phase is started, the environmental review can take place at the same time as the design.

Once the design phase and environmental review are complete, the project can go out to bid.



Frances Young Newberry

Harry Kimberlin

Henry T. Barger

Memorial / Honorarium Gifts

MEMORY Wayne Hubble

By Vilma, Gary, Denise, Terry and Jeanie Hubble

MEMORY – Arten Repass

By Kenneth R. & Helen Rose

MEMORY – Ella Harding Cox

Sam Martin Davis

Ruth Foglesong Hedrick

Mabel Compton Lindy

By Helen Umbarger Easton


Donation – Kenneth Haley

Donation – James and Betty Wilson

Donation – B. Clark Groseclose

Donation Kathleen D. Hall

Donation – Ellen Wildgoose

Donation – Ruritan Club (water treatment)




Pig Roast

Nov. 10, 2007 – start serving 4:00 PM

Band – Moonshine Mafia

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Installation of 2008 Officers

January 19, 2008 – 2:00 PM

Spaghetti Supper for Relay for Life

50/50 drawing for Alumni Assoc.

Feb. 15, 2008 – start serving 4:00 PM

Band to be announced

Quarterly Membership Meeting

April 19, 2008 – 2:00 PM

Flea Market and Bake Sale

May 3, 2008 – starting 8:00 AM

Pig Roast

May 17, 2008 – start serving 4:00 PM

Band to be announced

Picnic and Quarterly Meeting

July 19, 2008 – 1:00 PM

8th Annual Homecoming

October 18, 2008


Monthly Board Meetings

3rd Thursday – 7:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Other events to be announced