Archive for June, 2012

Stewardson Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration to be Held July 1

Published by admin on June 29th, 2012 - in Entertainment, Events, Local Fun

Join us in Stewardson, IL on July 1st for an “Old Fashioned 4th”. The Stewardson Community Building (Moved because of the heat) will be the scene for all the action when the Community Building opens at 11:00 am for a Pork Chop Dinner with “all the fixings”. The Community Building will close at 2:00 and the park Food Stand will open at 4:00 pm. Homemade Ice Cream will be provided by the Stewardson-Strasburg Post-prom Committee.

The “American Pride Parade” steps off promptly at 3 pm from the ball diamond and will wind its way through town to end at the Park.

Games, bounce houses, and a bean bag tournament round out the day’s activities.

There will be entertainment for all throughout the evening. From 4:00 – 6:00 pm, “The Illinois Old Time Fiddlers” will alternate with a local Barbershop Quartet for your enjoyment. A Karate demonstration will be held at 6:00, followed by a performance by Dance Etc. at 7:00. Little Mr and Miss Stewardson will be crowned at 8:00. Fireworks provided by The Village of Stewardson, with donations by local organizations and individuals, will shoot off at dark.

The “Old Fashioned 4th” in Stewardson will be a day of enjoyment for all ages. Come join in the fun!

July Beautiful Yard Winners Announced

Published by tvonderheide on June 29th, 2012 - in Uncategorized

The winners for The July Beautiful Yard Award are David and Helen Storm. Their yard is filled with many many perennials ranging from phlox, ornamental grasses, flowering bushes, lillies and so much more. They have a beautiful flower garden in back of their home with more lillies and grasses and different types of flowering trees and shrubs. Presenting the award was Barb Storm, Gloria Bugenhagen, and Brian and Bethanie Flach.

Stewardson Patriotic Yard Award Announced

Published by tvonderheide on June 29th, 2012 - in Uncategorized

Danny and Ruthann Nichols won the Most Patriotic Award for 2012. Their yard is filled with flags outlining their yard along with flag swags and other style of flags in their yard to show their patriotism. Congratulations to the Nichols. Presenting the award is Gloria Bugenhagen, Brian and Bethanie Flach, and Barb Storm.

Illinois Ole Fiddlers Association Fundraiser

Published by tvonderheide on June 21st, 2012 - in Uncategorized

The Illinois Ole Time Fiddlers Associaton will be holding a fundraiser at Vahling Vineyards on Saturday, June 30th from 3-5pm. There will be no coverage charge but alcohol will be provided for purchase by Vahling Vineyards.

2012 Stewardson Strasburg Alumni Banquet Held

Published by tvonderheide on June 7th, 2012 - in Events

Synopsis of the Stew-Stras 2012 Alumni Banquet
The 2012 Stewardson-Strasburg Alumni Banquet was held on Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Stewardson Community Building. 70 alumni and guests gathered to visit and celebrate those who received awards. The social hour entertainment was provided by local pianists- Kathy Yakey, Sheryl Vonderheide, Ruth Anderson, and Julie Slifer. Many thanks to them for sharing their talent with us! A slideshow designed by Ed Anderson for a banquet in 2008 was played on the overhead for all to enjoy.
The evening began with President Heath McCormick leading the group in the pledge of allegiance and the invocation. Our delicious meal was catered by Off Route 32 Café, Stewardson. Thanks were given to Scott and Lisa Mulvaney, owners of the Café for their time and talent. During the roll call of classes by decade, Karen Rentfro played appropriate music for the years as Heath McCormick and Tracy Vonderheide read off the names. The 2010 Secretary and Treasurer Reports were accepted as written as well as the 2011 Treasurer Report. It was agreed to continue having the banquet on this date each year. The 2013 officers for the alumni association will be President- Darcy Wernsing, Vice-President- Autumn McCormick, Treasurer- Sheila Renner, and Secretary- Lulu Love. The Award Committee for 2013 will be Chairman- Doretta Gordon, 2012 President- Heath McCormick, 2013 President- Darcy Wernsing, 2012 Student award winner- Josh Agapito, and 2013 At Large Member- Marla Brandt. We appreciate these volunteers’ hard work and interest in seeing our alumni association continue.
Award Committee Chairman, Karen Rentfro, led the award ceremony. In 2011, the award committee had 4 seniors nominated for the Outstanding Student Award. Those seniors were Lucas Helton, Patrick Braden, Gabe Wascher, and Luke Rincker. The winner of the $100 savings bond was Gabe Wascher. Gabe was present this year to read his essay for the alumni. This year, the award committee had 3 seniors nominated for the award. Those seniors were Sarah Luce, Brendan Wascher and Josh Agapito. The winner was Josh Agapito. Josh also read his essay for the alumni. The alumni wish the newly graduated seniors the best in their future endeavors!
In 2011, the award committee did not have any nominations for the Outstanding Alumnus or Distinguished Service Awards, so this year we were pleased to have four award recipients. Karen read off the criteria for the Distinguished Service award and then read off the accomplishments of this year’s award winner. We are pleased to give the award to 20 plus year basketball and baseball coach and alumnus, Franklin Brandt.
Karen then read the criteria for the Outstanding Alumnus award and then individually read off each of the three award winners accomplishments that nominated them for this award. Darlene (Beitz) Eborg was recognized for her community involvement in the Bloomington area for the past 40 years as well as her work with state Senator Bill Brady. Al Krietemeyer was recognized for his extensive work in education, ministry, and coaching. Al shared with us some of the thoughts he had on his heart regarding education, growing up in a small town, good lifelong friends and keeping God first in your life. Viola R Wetherell was recognized for her tireless work in her community and family for over 60 years, especially her work with the disabled.
Congratulations to these wonderful alumni, we are so proud to recognize the fantastic role models who are tied to our school.
Mr. Mark Giertz, Principal of Stewardson-Strasburg, led the group through a slide show of the construction from last summer and fall that updated the school and brought a new Junior High gym to our facilities. Mr. Giertz encouraged the alumni to stop by this summer and take a tour of the facilities at their convenience.
Autumn McCormick, representative for the S-S PTSA, spoke briefly regarding the purpose of this group, its fundraisers and the school needs that the group is hoping to fulfill.
To end the evening, a free will donation was taken. Door prizes included two Stew-Stras tee-shirts from the PTSA and potted plants from His Glories Farm, rural Strasburg.
In closing, President McCormick thanked everyone for coming and encouraged them to return next year with more alumni and to consider having their class reunions in conjunction with the banquet.
-submitted by Autumn McCormick

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