Eastwood alums want to start Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 03 August 2013 08:13
PEMBERVILLE - An attempt to start a Hall of Fame for Eastwood Schools was received with requests from the school board for more information.
Four Eastwood graduates - Betty Kahlenberg, Melinda Juergens, Denny Henline and school board member Ted Bowlus - are attempting to implement a Hall of Fame encompassing more than just academic and athletics.
It's for people who need recognition for their contributions to the district, said Kahlenberg.
She said Eastwood is 25 to 30 years behind in offering an "Eagles Way Hall of Fame."
But district leaders would prefer supporters to start an Eastwood Alumni Association first.
Board President Sherri Sheffler said the group was putting "the cart before the horse" in not starting an alumni association first.
Board member Denis Helm said a Hall of Fame is not within the board's jurisdiction.
But he added that such recognition is long overdue. But "what's to stop another group to have another hallway?"
"My fear is it will not work," said Kahlenberg about getting an association started and keeping it going.
She pointed out that CAP (Community Athletic Projects) disbanded this spring and the athletic boosters stopped when CAP was formed in 1994.
A recognition wall would be good for the community, Kahlenberg stated. "Our intent was to honor people" throughout the community.
"We're here for your endorsement. This thing has so many positive things," Juergens said.
"We're not looking for money is any way," she added.
"I think it builds community. I'm all for it," said Helm.
Kahlenberg, who used to be an Eastwood school board member, gave the board preliminary bylaws for the Eagles Way Hall of Fame organization as well as a suggested nomination form.
She said the organization will have a "sanctioning body recognized by the board." Any member of the community can join, but only those who attend three meetings will be allowed to cast votes.
The intent is to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the honor of Eastwood Schools directly or indirectly, or have contributed to the community at large
Nominees can be non-alumni or post-alumni of three years.
The committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Higher Grounds in Pemberville to continue looking at its options.

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