Dedicated to maintaining the pride and spirit of Ceres




Year 2012


Edition No. 2




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Hello folks,

   I hope that everyone’s summer is going well. The CAA has had a very good spring and summer, and many thanks to everyone who has helped to make it a success.

   Our MAY DAY was a huge success and a great show of cooperation between the CAA and the Ceres Ruritan Club. As the day began with a wonderful breakfast, compliments of Nelson’s Café and crew, the Ruritan Club provided everyone with a great lunch, by George Keck and company. Though we did not have as many flea market folks, we had several exhibitors who were there to show off their skills. Something new this year was the antique farm equipment and vehicles. Many thanks to the Glade Spring Antique tractor club for coming up and sharing the equipment with us. We hope that we can build from this in the future. We are always open to new ideas and guidance.

   Our fund raising cookouts and BBQ’s have been slightly off in attendance this summer which have netted us a smaller amount of income than in the past. We have still been very satisfied with our efforts and feel that everyone still enjoys what we do. Thanks to all the CAA members who give so freely of their time, young and old, to help make these activities a success. Also, we would like to extend a hearty thanks to everyone who comes out and generously gives to the CAA. These funds are used to keep up the facility for the purpose of serving our area with a place for the youth to play as well as a gathering place for families and their own private events.

   The CAA also helped once again this year with summer Bible School. The association not only provided the building but also helped provide food for one of the nights. This is the second year this has taken place and has proven to be a great way for our church community to come together. Thanks to George and Helen Keck and Phillip and Erin Buttery for taking the lead on this and for making it quiet a success as seen with the increased attendance.

   Once again, many thanks to everyone who helps to make this association a success.  Please remember people, whether or not you ever attended the Ceres school, we want you to become involved as well as become a member of this great organization. We are always in need of new hands and new ideas to further improve this association.

   Thanks again and please don’t forget our last few fund raisers and the annual homecoming in October. Hope everyone has a good last half of summer and a wonderful fall.




G.H. Peery, III, President


F I F T Y   Y E A R S !!!!!

   Can you believe it was fifty years ago that Ceres High School was moved to Bland in 1962.  Yes, 50 years!  Does that mean everyone who attended high school at Ceres is or soon will be Senior Citizens?   How many will admit it?

   There was an advantage to being in smaller classes.  No one was overlooked by a struggling teacher who was trying to teach too many students.  We missed that. 

   And can you believe it has been thirty years since the Elementary School was moved and the Ceres School was closed forever? 


   The Ceres Ruritan Club and the Ceres Alumni Association joined together on Saturday, May 5, to make CERES DAY on the campus of the former school a fun day and an educational experience for all who attended.  This year’s event brought even more crafters and exhibits.

   The day started at 8:00 am with Nelson’s Café serving breakfast.  The gym was filled with yard sale, flea market, craft sales and bake sale items.

   10:00 am brought demonstrations and exhibits with everything from local history to blacksmithing, weaving, antique farm machinery, antique tractors, butter making, soap making, spinning of wool, quilting, wood carving and many, many more.  The Bland FFA Chapter had an interesting exhibit which included crosscut sawing and rope making.  The Ceres Fire Department exhibited its equipment.  George and Helen Keck made a big pot of delicious Brunswick stew. An old fashioned beans and cornbread lunch served in the former schoolhouse by the Ceres Ruritan Club was a super hit.

   Both the Museum and cannery were open this year.  Mark your calendar on the first Saturday in May next year for this not-to-be-missed event.  It gets bigger each year.




   Bland County has installed a WIFI hot spot in the Groseclose Museum making it available throughout the Community Center Complex.  Many report using this service. 




The following deaths were reported since the last newsletter was published:

   Ralph A. Austin

   Dorothy Umbarger Wright

   Barbara (Mrs. Eddie) Hubble

   Frances Stowers 

   Shirley Mae Cregar

   Roddy R. Crabtree

   Thomas E. Mallory, Jr.

   Junior Hounshell  

   Lucy Clemons Kidd

   Dillard Clemons

   Ray Edwards

   Loetta Pauley Fortner

   Mabel Webb

   Peggy Shufflebarger Hubble

   James P. Box (brother of Darleyne Atwell)

   Ralph Anderson

   Ruth (Mrs. Robert A.) Atkins



In memory of William M. “Bill” Creggar

   By Sarah Paulette

   By Ronnie Houck


In memory of Mae Groseclose Heslep

   By Dean and Christine DeRosa


In memory of Ralph Anderson

   By William H. and Betty C. Hubble


Endowment Trust Fund Gift

In memory of Elementary School Teachers:

Ruth Thomas, Louise Cassell & Ruby Atwell

   By Edd Houck




   Appreciation is expressed to Louis Hitt for donating to the Alumni Association the H. C.  Groseclose and FFA stained glass window from the former Sharon Presbyterian Church.  The window will be displayed in the Museum along with several other recently donated treasures.  Thanks to all the donors.







    The annual cookout on April 14, 2012 to raise funds for the William M. “Bill” Creggar scholarship was well attended.  The price was by donation and all proceeds went to the Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Bland High School senior in memory of Bill. 

   The Bland Senior receiving the 2012 Bill Creggar scholarship was Regan Johnson.  Regan’s application essay was well written and interesting.



   It is such an honor for me to receive the William M. "Bill" Creggar Scholarship provided by the Ceres Alumni Association.  As I said in my application essay, I remember having a hard time with a math assignment during my elementary school days, and being frustrated to the point of tears.  I will never forget Mr. Creggar's kindness and patience as he helped me understand what I was doing.

   I plan to receive my degree in special education, and I hope that by going into education I will be able to help students and show the kindness and patience that Mr. Creggar showed me.  Words cannot express my appreciation for being the recipient of this scholarship. Many thanks for this wonderful honor to the Ceres Alumni Association and all who donated to make the scholarship possible. - Regan




      Plans are again underway for a raffle, to be drawn on October 20, 2012.  Tickets are being mailed with this newsletter. Your assistance in selling or buying these will be greatly appreciated.  A complete list of prizes and donors will be published later.   Raffle and door prizes, listed below, were donated by an Association member or the business or organization indicated. We already have some very nice prizes including:


Ø  Rifle, Remington 243 w/scope, bolt action, donated by CAA

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

Ø  Handmade quilt made and donated by “Just for Fun Quilters”

Ø  I-Pad2 donated by CAA and several CAA members

Ø  $25 gift certificate donated by Harner’s Market

Ø  $25 gift cards (2) donated by Chick-a-Bee Farm

Ø  $25 Wal-Mart gift card (2)

Ø  Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven

Ø  Free State Inspection donated by Wright Automotive

Ø  $50 Gift Certificate, good at various businesses by  Builders Supermarket

Ø  $20 gift certificate donated by Old Post Flea Market

Ø  Carharett lined jacket, Carhartt overalls and  Carhartt women’s shorts donated by Fowlkes Machinery

Ø  Handmade throw made and donated by Crabtree Family Sewing

Ø  $25 gift cards (2) from New Peoples Bank of Bland

Ø  $25 cash from Randy Townley, Bland Auto

Ø  Medium Pizza & 3 liter Coke (2) by Bland Square Restaurant

Ø  Gift cards by Jack King of State Farm Insurance

Ø  $25 by First1Bank of Wytheville

Ø  $10 gift cards (3)

Additional prizes are still needed.


   A gift will be given to the individual who has the highest ($) raffle ticket sales. 



   The fitness room contains state-of-the-art exercise equipment and is available for use 24/7 at a minimum cost of $5.00 per month.  Use of our fitness room equipment is frequently being ordered by doctors following or in conjunction with physical therapy.  This is far less expensive than trips to Wytheville, Bluefield or Marion for additional physical therapy treatments and can be continued for a longer period of time.  We are proud of our Fitness Room and feel it is a great asset to the community.




   At the end of July, there were 108 paid CAA members. Dues are $25.00 for one year, and $100.00 for five years.  Memberships are based on calendar year (January – December).  Everyone is eligible to join.  We appreciate your support.




   We have been sending this newsletter to you and hope you are enjoying it.  Most of you are members of the Association or help us with our various fund raisers.  We appreciate all that you do.  For those of you who have been unable to contribute, joining the Association would help defray the cost of your newsletter. 







Peery Center Gym

August 18, 2012 – starting at 6:00 PM




Peery Center Gym

September 22, 2012 – starting at 5:00 PM

Note:  Date Changed from 9/15/12





Former Ceres School Campus

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Registration starts at 11:00 AM

Touring & visiting until 12:55 AM

Meal served at 1:00 PM

(Meal reservations due by October 12, 2012)

Meal cost - $15.00 per person

Meal by Scarlett's Catering (formerly Loretta Worrell)

Short Program after lunch

Business meeting and raffle drawing

Touring and Visiting

BRING TOYS FOR TOTS (new unwrapped)


Reservation forms must be returned by

October 12, 2012 to PO Box 32, Ceres, VA

See registration forms on the next page.








Peery Center Gym

November 6, 2012

6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Vote and have breakfast or lunch




December date to be announced

Order your Christmas Boston Butt or Loin



Monthly Board Meetings

3rd Thursday – 7:00 PM

Except 3rd Saturday - Jan., Apr., July, & Oct.

(Board of Directors may make changes)

Everyone is welcome to attend



Check the web site www.ceresva.org for other upcoming events as they are scheduled.





Ceres Alumni Association (C. A. A.)

Twelfth Annual Ceres Homecoming

Registration Begins 11:00 AM - October 20, 2012

Former Ceres School Campus


Registration – Return to:  C. A. A, PO Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318 by October 12, 2012


Name(s) and Address: ________________________________________   __________________________________________________________


Number Meals*



Amount Enclosed

Yes, I/we plan to attend



@ $15.00 each






No, I will be unable to attend this year  ________



Other Funds Enclosed:

Dues for 1 year

@ $  25.00



Dues for 5 years

@ $100.00



Donations to Association




Donation to Endowment Trust Fund




Raffle Tickets













Total Enclosed


Remember the “Toys for Tots” Drive.  Bring new unwrapped toys and stuffed animals.


Would you be willing to be an officer or serve on a committee?




















Ceres Alumni Association

P. O. Box 32


Ceres, VA 24318

276 682-3989


E-Mail Address



Web Site


Elmer Beardshall, Web Master




Monthly Board Meetings

7:00 PM on 3rd Thursday in each month except

quarterly meetings - 3rd Sat. of Jan, Apr., July, Oct.

Everyone is welcome



Henry C Groseclose Agriculture & FFA Museum

Open by appointment

Call 276 682-4587


Officers for 2012


President                         G. H. Peery, III            276.682.4381

Vice President                Betty C. Hubble         276.682.4255

Secretary/Reporter        Michelle Groseclose 276.682-4450

Membership Secretary Lorraine S. Waddle   276.688.4450

Historian                         Kathy M. Hubble       276.682.4504

Treasurer                        Robert I. Waddle        276.688.4450


Association Directors and term ending year:

Jonan C. Repass – 2012                                               Rebecca Peery – 2013

Sue Repass – 2012                                                         J. W. Cassell – 2014

W. Nelson Tibbs – 2012                                               Evelyn H. Groseclose – 2014

Frankie Gray – 2013                                                      Elizabeth Kimberlin – 2014

William H. Hubble – 2013                                            Wade Hall – Past President


Endowment Trust Fund Directors & term ending year:

Joyce Keen – 2012                                                         DeWayne Hubble – 2013

Glen Repass – 2012                                                       Dean Kirk – 2014

James Wilson – 2012                                                     Robin U. Repass – 2014

Judy Cassell – 2013                                                       Jerry Thompson – 2014

William H. Crabtree - 2013                                           Robert I. Waddle – Treas.


Permanent Board Members:   Archie Atwell, Anne Britton, Donna Compton,

Frances Davis, Wade Hall, Betty Hubble, G. H. Peery, III, and Doris Woodward