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Alumni Association History

Association History     Meeting Minutes

The first Alumni Meeting was held at the Vilas High School on June 10, 1953. The acting President for the meeting was George Porter (class of 1938) and Marion Holmes (class of 1938) served as the acting Secretary.

Attendees voted to conduct one meeting annually, on or about the time of the high school graduation. Dues were established at “25 cents”, payable at the door on the evening of the meeting. Dinner that first year, and for several years thereafter, was served by the American Legion Auxiliary, and the first slate of elected officers were:

President - Bradleigh Smith (class of 1940)
Vice President - Eugene Talbot (class of 1953)
Secretary - Barbara Clark (class of 1946)
Treasurer - Alice Porter (class of 1937)

An Alumni Scholarship Program was established by the Association in 1958, and awarded for the first time in 1959. The amount was $100. The original Scholarship Committee members were, Donald Bascom (class of 1946), Horace Bascom (class of 1938), George Porter (class of 1938) and Martin Mitchell (class of 1938). Don Bascom continues as Chairman Emeritus of the Scholarship Committee.

In 1969, faced with declining funds to support the scholarship program, Bill Harrington (class of 1957) headed a successful fundraising effort on behalf of the Alumni Association that moved the program toward future financial stability. He received strong support in his efforts from Sidney Strong (class of 1958).

In 1993, following Dan Metcalf's death in 1992, and with a substantial contribution from Mr. Metcalf's estate, the Alumni Scholarship Fund became the Daniel M. Metcalf Scholarship Fund. It currently awards two !,000 scholarships to qualified graduates of Vilas Middle School each year.

The Alumni Association was founded to strengthen and continue the traditions of education, community service and friendship that were an integral part of the Vilas High School experience. In 1953, there was no indication that Vilas High School would ultimately be combined into a regional high school system, Fall Mountain Regional High School, starting in 1967. With the conversion of the high school to an elementary school facility, it has become even more important to our members that the legacy of our high school years not be lost or forgotten by subsequent generations, and that we NOW continue through our active participation to find ways to assist in providing educational opportunities to Vilas Middle School students who have gone on to pursue higher education.