My name is Dave Blocksom ’68, and I was elected President of your Alumni Association at our May Board of Trustees meeting. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the past five years, I’ve served as Vice President, Secretary, Chair of the Campus Maintenance Committee, Chair of the Archives Committee, and a member of the Finance, Data Base Management and Reunion Committees. I’m also the Alumni representative on the Withrow Local School Decision Making Committee, which advises the Principal. I retired six years ago from a 38 year career in the residential construction industry, the last 28 years of which I had my own custom home building and remodeling company. My Father (’38), uncles, sister (’74) and brother (’75) were Withrow grads and my Mom taught at Withrow (’67 – ’83). Lots of Tiger bloodlines. My Mom and aunts were Walnut grads (who knows why). I live in the Columbia-Tusculim area and have lived in the Withrow traditional school district my entire life.
Carol Mitchell-Lawrence ’84 was elected Vice President. Carol is a lifelong resident of Madisonville and is currently the Director of Human Resources Internet Technology at Macy’s. Carol has worked for Macy’s since graduating from Withrow, and she’s been a member of our Board for three years.
Patty Hoskins Dilg ’71 was re-elected Secretary. Patty is currently Director of Operations for Matthew 25 Ministries. She was there at the beginning of M25M with founder Wendell Mettey ’64. Patty has been a member of the Board for four years and was instrumental in setting up our cloud based data base system.
Mark Anderson ’72 moved from the Treasurer’s position to Board Bookkeeper. He has been a Board member for four years and works at Rippe & Kingston.
After seven years as President, Vince Stitzel ’59 moved upstairs to Chairman of the Board.
After seven years as Executive Director, Jack Cover ’59 retired from that position and will remain a member of the Board. Jack will play an important role as a school staff liaison and continues to bring a historical perspective to the Board.
I will also serve as Treasurer as we delegate Jack’s many responsibilities as Executive Director among the new leadership team. After the transition is complete, a younger Assistant Treasurer will be appointed and eventually assume the position of Treasurer.
Although this is a generational change in leadership, we will still carry out the mission of supporting the students, staff and alumni as we’ve done since 1995.
Three Board members retired at the end of their Board terms in May. We thank Bill Hastings ’68, Kathy Johnson ’81 and Joseph Allen ’02 for their service.
We welcomed four new members to the Board: Darius Davis ’08, Caroline Clark Moore ’88, Zachery Riggins ’72 and Pat Stephens Hunley ’78.
We’re proud of the diversity of our 30 member Board of Trustees not only by gender and race but by age (class of ’59 – class of 2010), education level (high school grads to master’s degrees), socio-economic status, marital status and zip code. We truly represent a cross section of 100 years of Withrow.
Lastly, I want to thank you, our Alumni, for your financial support. If it wasn’t for your support we couldn’t carry out the many project we undertake for our students, Withrow staff and campus.