July 1, 2003
JULY UHSAA NEWSLETTER
Hello everyone! Since it has been early
March since I last brought everyone up to date, I felt it was time to produce a newsletter. The
newsletters are scheduled to be a quarterly event, so I guess I am only a few days behind.
Many wonderful things have happened in the
interim, along with doses of sadness caused by the passing of former classmates. We have lost
Dick Smith, class of '57, and Felix Hernandez, class of '59. I recently spoke via telephone with
Felix's widow and am happy to report the she is doing well. She told me that Felix left her well
prepared for his passing, both financially and emotionally. If there are others that I do not
know of, please contact me in order that proper mention of them can be made.
Most of you know by now that an alumni
association has been formed for Uvalde High School. David Beard ('57) is the Chairman. Gary
Heyen ('59) is Vice-Chairman. Nathalie Campbell Patton ('60) is the Secretary-Treasurer. Contact information
for these individuals will appear at the bottom of this e-mail. Nathalie has recently filed all
of the necessary documents, both state and federal, to give us legal status as a non-profit
organization. It is our goal that the association will always be a volunteer effort in order to
insure the the monies raised by dues, etc. will be used to meet the goals put forth in our
mission statement. (Mission statement is posted on the web site www.uhsalumni.com ). We, the
association, are still a very small group, but growing almost daily. To those of you who are
already members and to those who have generously added contributions in excess of the dues, I
send you a heartfelt "THANK YOU!!".
David Beard recently traveled to Uvalde from
his home in Austin for preliminary and exploratory meetings with Hal Harrell (school principal)
and others. The results of that trip were encouraging. There was universal enthusiasm and
interest in what we are trying to accomplish. I need to mention that David made the trip out of
his own pocket, refusing to use association funds for any expense. Also, Nathalie Patton has
advanced the monies needed (almost $400) for non-profit filing out of her personal account.
These people need to be repaid, but they refuse reimbursement for now in order to see that the
association gets off to a financial head start. It is our goal that a scholarship will be
endowed for the graduating class of '04. The dollar amount of the scholarship has yet to be
determined, it will of course depend on the success of our membership drives. Folks, the dues are
just $20 annually, or $100 for a lifetime membership. Please take the time to join us, twenty
dollars doesn't buy much anymore, but when combined with many others, it has the ability to have
an enormous potential for good in the life of others. Make your check payable to Uvalde High
School Alumni Association and forward it to Nathalie Patton. Her mailing address will appear
I guess this is about all for now, I would very much like to hear from all of you!! Visit the site and become part of the Association.
An oooollld Coyote,
5205 Valley Oak Dr.
Austin TX 78731
6804 N. Capital of Texas Hwy #226
Austin TX 78731
Nathalie Campbell Patton
P.O. Box 509
Uvalde TX 78802
Membership Committee Chairman:
6621 Jax-Cutoff #B7
Jacksonville Ar 72076