Dedicated to maintaining the pride and spirit of Ceres


Year 2009


Edition No. 2


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I hope you all are enjoying this great summer weather. I can’t believe that on July 3rd I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and a coat. I sure am looking forward to getting some fresh garden veggies from Bill Creggar and Wil Bevil.

If you did not get to the July 4th Pig Roast you missed one of the most successful events we have had since I became a member. We had about 200 meals served and the Bone Drye Band was wonderful. Thanks go to Sue Repass for bringing us such a talented group. Thanks to a number of the families in the community we had some great fireworks to celebrate our great country’s Independence.

It was great to look out and see the kids playing on the playground and all the people setting out front taking in the great band music. We are so fortunate to have such a great community center. We have asked the Band to come back later this summer if possible. Thanks to the all the members who turned out to help with the event. And a special thanks to the Chefs G.H Perry and Nelson Tibbs. The food was great.

The Gym Project is still with the VDOT. The last we heard they are waiting for the Civil Rights comments from VDOT. They are taking a very long time to complete their review. We hope they will be completed soon and that we can proceed with the project.

There are still some openings for the gym usage in August and September so call to schedule your activity. Our next big event is the Homecoming in October. Your raffle tickets are being sent with this letter and as you all know this is the Alumni’s biggest fund raiser. We have some great gifts this year and I hope YOU can sell a lot of tickets.

We still need to build up our membership. Please help us keep this facility going by continuing your memberships and recruiting new members.

Spread the word on our wonderful fitness center you can’t beat the price at $5 a month to stay healthy.

Please keep our Military Troops in your thoughts and prayers, when you see them say thanks for keeping our country free.

Have a wonderful summer, stay healthy and I hope to see you at the Ceres Community’s Peery Center and Groseclose Museum.


Wade Hall, President


Plans are underway for a raffle, to be drawn on October 17, 2009. Tickets are available by calling 276.682.4255 or writing P O Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318. Local businesses also have tickets.. Your assistance in selling these will be greatly appreciated. A complete list of prizes and donors will be published later. Prizes, listed below, were donated by an Association member if not otherwise identified. We already have some very nice prizes including:

 Rifle, 720 Mossberg, 5 shot bolt action donated by Ceres Alumni Association

 Framed P. Buckley Moss print, donated by Moss Foundation and framed by Farmer’s Daughter

 7 days, Laurel Point Resort, Gatlinburg

 2009 Mint Coin Set donated by James B. Muncy, Jr.

 20 piece set of fine china donated by Affordable Tractors

 $25 Gift Certificate donated by Affordable Tractors

 $25 gift certificate donated by Harner’s Market

 Handmade quilt made and donated by "Just for Fun Quilters"

 Necklace and Earring Set

 Slow cooker

 Ice Tea Maker

 Lobster Tray

 Webber stainless steel grill set

 $50 Gift Certificate, good at various businesses by Builders Supermarket

 Handmade throw made and donated by Crabtree and Pruett Sewing

 Framed barn picture

 2 $50 Bonds from New Peoples Bank

 $25 Gift Certificate by B and R Auto Service

 Ceres-Goddess of Grain puzzle

 Pampered Chef Deviled Egg Carrier

 Tote bag

 3 sets of Mary Kay skin care products

 $50 Bond donated by First1Bank

 Insulated Cooler donated by Bland BB&T

Door Prizes include:

 Free State Inspection donated by Randy Townley, Bland Auto

 Free Saturday Buffet at Tommy Dunn’s Bland Square Restaurant

 $15 Gift Certificate donated by Ann Pruett’s Beauty Shop

 2 Smokey Mountain souvenirs donated by Della Mae Neel

 Note Set donated by BB&T of Bland

 Laundry Basket

Additional prizes are still needed.

A nice prize will go to the individual who sells the most ($) in tickets. A cash prize will go to the individual purchasing the most ticket. Again, we would appreciate your help this year. This is our largest fund raiser.

We hope you will sell or buy the enclosed raffle tickets. Sold ticket stubs may be mailed to PO Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 12 for $10.00. If you need additional tickets, please let us know.

If we make $1,020 on the Homecoming Festival, it will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent is a fraternal organization composed of Lutheran Church members or employees of Lutheran organizations. Sharon Lutheran Church is a co-sponsor of this match grant. Appreciation is expressed to both Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the members of Sharon Lutheran Church.


Last year’s Toys for Tots campaign was seen as a success. The "toy" items were donated to the Department of Social Services for the benefit of needy children. Thirty-two "stuffed animals" were donated to the Virginia Department of State Police to be used for children in crisis situations. Both organizations expressed deep appreciation. State Police officers emphasized the value of having a stuffed animal or blanket to help comfort a child at accident scenes. Thank you for making this possible last year. We want to continue the practice.



W. Jennings Umberger

Elsie Foglesong Barr

Terry Ray Umbarger



Special thanks go Janet Repass White and the Bone Drye band from Baltimore for coming to Ceres for the July 4th Pig Roast and providing some GREAT music. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks!

Also, thanks to all who came out to enjoy the delicious meal. 196 people were served and the total donations for this fundraiser were $2,603. This amount includes $140 for 50/50; $125 for museum sales; and $375 for sales of Boston Butts. The final expenses for this fundraiser have not been tabulated yet. Thanks to your generosity, the fundraiser was a big success.


Special thanks go to all of you who paid your dues since the last newsletter. The membership now stands at 122. Membership runs from January 1 to December 31, so if you haven’t paid your membership dues for 2009, please consider doing that today. Dues are $25.00 for one year, and $100.00 for five years. Thanks for your support by being members. Without you, we would not be as successful as we have been.



Picnic and Quarterly Meeting

July 18, 2008 – 1:00 PM

Peery Center Gym

9th Annual Homecoming

October 17, 2090

Peery Center Gym

Registration starts at 11:00 AM

Meal served at 1:00 PM

Meal catered by Loretta Worrell

(Same as last year)

Meal cost - $15.00

Reservation forms must be returned by

October 9, 2008 to PO Box 32, Ceres, VA

See registration forms in this newsletter.

Dr. Sidney Harvey has planned a special recognition of the

1959 boys basketball team who participated in State Finals.

Remember "Toys for Tots" drive.

(See registration form below)

All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast

October 31, 2009 7:00 – 9:00 AM

Applebee’s Restaurant – Wytheville

$5.00 per person (tickets available soon)

Association will makes $4.25 on each ticket sold

Association members will be your servers!

Come and enjoy



Monthly Board Meetings

3rd Thursday – 7:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Other events to be announced


Ceres Alumni Association (C. A. A.)

Ninth Annual Ceres Homecoming

Registration Begins 11:00 AM - October 17, 2009

Former Ceres School Campus

Registration – Return to C. A. A, PO Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318 by October 09, 2009

Register now: Registration Form