GA-JCTS Newsletter

The newsletter of the Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc.

 

Vol. 1 No. 2
May 1997 Roy L Roulhac, Editor

 

 

GA-JCTS Alumni Association

Incorporated

 

 

On April 3, 1997, the GA-JCTS Alumni Association was incorporated as a Michigan Non-profit

corporation. The name of the corporation is: The Gilmore Academy Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc. The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes, including, making distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, The corporation was organized by the following seventy-five (75) incorporators:

 

John J Batson ('55)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† St Petersburg FL

lola Bell ('53)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Shepard Bell ('58)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Mattie Berrian ('64)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Miami FL

Georgia Bowen ('62)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Tereather Boykin (50)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lakeland FL

James Caldwell ('63)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Spanaway WA

Elmer R Clay ('61)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Beatrice Cobb ('62)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Miami FL

Eloise Cotman('51)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Irvington NJ

Thomas Crawford ('54)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Poughkeepsie NY

Valaria Davis ('70)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Benjamin Dickens ('58)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Brandon FL

Amos Dickson ('64)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rockingham NC

Annuel Franklin ('66)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Graceville FL

Moses Freeman ('53)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Brandon FL

Annie Gibson ('41)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Elouise Gordon ('69)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Sam Graham ('51)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fair haven MA

Dorothy Harley ('63)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Irma Hawking ('47)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Lucy Hawthorne(56)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Dan Hester ('59)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hempstead NY

Gina High smith ('75)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Emma Hines††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Platka FL

Lavern Holloman ('65)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Plant City FL

Voncile Jackson ('56)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Huntsville AL

Arthur Johnson ('64)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Springlake NC

Barbara Johnson ('62)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

King David Jones††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jacksonville FL

Linda Jones ('66)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Priscilla Keith ('64)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lakeland FL

Calvin Killings ('72)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† W Palm Beach FL

Quetta Latimer ('65)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Huntington NY

Betty Lattimore ('59)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Miami FL

William Long Jr ('71)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Billie Mack ('69)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Mary Mack ('60)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Panama City FL

Verna' Mack ('74)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Sheryl J McGriff('78)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Detroit MI

Willie H Morris ('53)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Opa Locka FL

Sarah Pender (57)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Mildred Pittman ('46)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lakes Wales FL

Dorothy Prather ('42)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Gaithersburg MD

Roberta Pressley ('32)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Arskco Raines ('58)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Plainfield NJ

Mary Reeves ('58)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Connie Richardson ('65)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Billie Robinson ('52)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Albany GA

Gussie Robinson ('42)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Silver Springs MD

Roymonia Robinson ('75)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Idell Robinson ('54)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Miami FL

Roy L Roulhac ('61)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Detroit Ml

Ruby Roulhac ('58)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† East Orange NJ

Clarence Sikes ('66)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

Arthur Spears ('59)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Colorado Springs CO

Nelson Speights ('52)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ettrick VA

Waymon Speight ('59)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Freeport NY

Benjamin Stephens (47)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BrooklynNY

Chrystelle Stewart ('43)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† St Petersburg FL

Sylvia Stroman ('75)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Miami FL

Gwen I Summers ('47)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Dianne Thornton ('65)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ft Washington MD

Meredith Washington ('53)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chicago IL

Victoria Watts ('62)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† East Orange NY

Cottee White (58)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Denver CO

Earl White ('51)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

Juan White††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Washington DC

Kha White††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Miami FL

Mary White ('55)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dallas TX

Sheldon White††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Washington DC

Martha Williams (41)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marianna FL

MarcellusWynn (54)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hopkins SC

Sylvia Yon (60)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cottondale FL

Annie Young (51)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tallahassee FL

 

 

 

Organizational Meeting Set

The Association's organizational meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday July 20, 1997, at St. Luke Baptist Church, 524 Orange St, Marianna. Interim officers and a board of directors will be elected and interim by-laws adopted. The interim officers and directors will manage the Association's affairs until the first annual meeting. A reunionplanningcommitteewillalsoappointed. Incorporators and charter members, alumni who pay dues on or before the day of the meeting, may vote.

 

Items for the agenda, ideas, and comments may be sent to the editor prior to July 15. Membership in the Association is open to all former GA-JCTS, students, staff and faculty.

 

1998 Annual Meeting & Reunion

A majority of the GA-JCTS Alumni Association's £Incorporators recommended that the 2nd All-School Reunion he held in 1998. The Association's annual meeting will be held during the reunion. Look for details in the next newsletter.

 

 

A Foundation Well-Laid:

JCTS Prepared Me For Life

by William E. Long, Jr.

Class of 1966

As achild growing up in Marianna, my heroes, in addition to my dad (William, Sr.) were people who

made sure my foundation for becoming a man was solid. Although too many to name, when I think of these people, I thank God for placing them in my path.

 

They were people like Willie Cooper (coach), Sallie Harley, Annie Gibson, Francis Brown, Vivian Koonce, Elmore Bryant and many, many more. These people knew me not only as an individual, but as a neighbor and the child of two of their friends. When I stepped out of line, they were there to put me back on target.

 

Many of us have gone on to be successful in life. I term success as being able to remember and live by the morals and values that were instilled in us by these role models; not by how much money or property we have acquired. Many of us became educators, administrators, health care professionals, technologists and other promising career-types.

 

But have we given back to the community from which we came? Do you remember the struggles that our parents endured to provide for us so that we would have a chance at

a better life than they had? Do you believe the struggle is over?

 

Making home more economically viable is one thing we can work toward~ How? That's the purpose of this article. Please share your thoughts about what we can do to make Jackson County a better and more economically viable place for our people who still remain there.

 

Together we can make a difference!!

 

 

Letter to the Editor

Kudos to Roy L. Roulhac, editor, GA-JCTS Newsletter.

Please note a small correction: The first site of Gilmore Academy was at the new St. Luke Church site [524 Orange Street in Marianna].

Lucy Speights Hawthorne

Class of 1956

 

 

 

What Men Live For

by Joseph N Fagan

Look at the front page in almost any daily newspaper. What kind of events are mentioned on that page? Today, perhaps someone tells a story of an outbreak of war in some well-known country. Perhaps a thousand men have quit work and gone out on a strike. Perhaps Congress or a state legislature has passed a law over which there has been a prolonged and violent dispute.. Perhaps some movie star is going to get a divorce. Perhaps some European dictator has given orders to some people as to what they must or must not do.

 

Do such items suggest that the main purpose in many people's lives is to do something that no one else before them has accomplished? To get more money to spend? To have the pleasure that comes from the power of controlling somebody else's life? Is all life a struggle for comfort or mastery?

 

No, there are other things that men live for. Some take a real delight in making their families and friend~ comfortable. Some are tremendously happy if a young man or woman whom they have helped through college turns out to be a useful citizen. Some are glad if they can extend sympathy to a family that has fallen into hard luck Some are pleased to find a new way of doing something worth doing.

 

He is a rare person who is "born with a silver spoon in his mouth," as we used to say. Just as rare, perhaps, is the one

who succeeds in practically everything he tries to do. The one who can overcome obstacles, who can rise above difficulties, who is not discouraged when things do not exactly please him, is far better equipped to meet the ordinary experiences of life than one who quits as soon as things do not come his way We all need such qualities as faith, hope, courage, and persistency But underlying most of the good or bad that we see in human life is the desire to provide the material necessities that keep men and society moving. Unless we have those to some extent, we cannot expect to satisfy our highest ideals or do even the commonplace things well.

 

(From The Jacksonian Voice, Vol.1 No.2, Feb. 3, 1961, p.2. Mr. Fagan taught Social Studies at JCTS.)

 

The Jacksonian Voice

 

The Jacksonian Voice, a four-page newspaper of JCTS, was first published during the 1961-62 school year. The all-male staff of the class of 1962 included: Jimmy Bryant; editor; Amos Robinson, Carl Williams, and Martin Speights, reporters; Stanley Wilson, advertisement; and Lee Edward Smith, circulation.. The paper sold for ten cents. The editorial, by Jimmy Bryan, in Vol. 1 No. 2,†† February 1961, read:

 

Time plus pleasure has given me this golden opportunity to write this editorial. Time is a valuable tool in our life. why waste it. Just stop and ask yourself the question, "Have I Ever Wasted Time?" Think about this for a few minutes, then ask yourself "what Did I Profit By Doing So?"

 

If the answer to the first question is yes, and to the [second] question nothing, then you should do something about it when should you do something? The time is at the present.††

 

Make this your slogan, "Waste Time Profits Nothing So Use it Wisely in Everything You Do."

 

 

THE COST

by Ronald McGriff, Malone, '77

 

In this world of this or that

Word for word and tit for tat.

 

Easy to come and easy to go;

Find the rhythm, go with the flow.

 

Living for the moment ignoring the past

Going in slow and coming out fast.

 

Fades and fads tricks for cash;

From smokes to pills to crack and hash.

 

The cycle continues to express the woe

Of the one thing you wish you did not know.

 

The driving beat that you cannot stop;

pushing you, prodding you until you drop.

 

The disease that robs the body and mind

cruelly uncaring, no pity left behind.

 

Feeling the sting of a heartless society

enduring the penalty of one's careless variety.

 

Sinking in the abyss of your own personal hell;

suffering, struggling but never again to be well.

 

Crazy to think, insane to dream

that death is not coming with it's whole team.

 

Tearing your soul apart again and again;

bravely battling on the outside but losing the

war within.

 

Oh! What a joy one hopes and prays it will be,

the day when finally, at last, you are set free.

 

But as we know, freedom is never really free

there is always a cost.

For all that is given, so much much more will

be lost...