Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring is here in the valley again and time for our newsletter. We are also in the process of getting ready for our yearly get-together and luncheon in June. In these uncertain times, we won’t know for some time if it will happen. However, we are thinking positive and are planning as though this horrible virus will be over and life will be back to normal by June. If it is not, we will make the necessary adjustments. Keep up to date with us on our Facebook page and or web site (addresses later in newsletter).

This year we will be celebrating the classes of 1970, 1960, and 1950. Those folks with 50, 60, and 70 years since attending Phoenix or Talent High School. That seems like a long time, but it really sneaks up fast.

Our weekend for celebration will be on Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27. Starting on Friday, there will be a get together at Centennial Golf Course on North Phoenix Road starting at 5:00 PM. We meet in a large tent on their beautiful grounds with lots of fresh air and a little breeze. There will be a no-host bar and dinner. The dinner includes hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cookies, and fruit. The cost will be $15.00 a person. No sign-up is necessary ahead of time. Just come and visit with all your friends and
school mates. Taking part in the bar and food is totally optional.

The luncheon on Saturday will again take place at Rogue Valley Manor 1200 Mira Mar Drive in Medford. The cost is the same this year at $25.00 per person. Reservation for the luncheon are required so please send them in before June 17th. No luncheon tickets can be sold after that date. On Saturday we will meet starting at 10:00 AM and have time to visit and catch up with old friends for a couple of hours. Then, at 12:00 noon, Sharla our President, will call the meeting to order and we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. When we are finished eating, Sharla will introduce the board and share with us what the Association has been doing during the last year. We will also get a chance to meet our scholarship recipients and hear about their plans for the future.

During the meeting we will have an opportunity to hear what the honored classes have been doing during their years since leaving Phoenix High School.

Please plan to attend. The reservation for the luncheon on Saturday June 7th is below. Please return it to: PHS Alumni Scholarship Association P.O. Box 698 Phoenix, Oregon 97535.

Luncheon RSVP

Our biggest fundraiser of the year took place this year at the Phoenix High School in the Commons on Saturday, December 7th. It was a tremendous success allowing us to help even more students with providing higher education through scholarships. We had donations from numerous businesses in the valley as well as from our own community. High school students were a big help during the evening of the auction helping us keep things running smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.
The planning is well underway for this year’s auction to be held Saturday, December 5th, 2020. The auction will again take place in the High School Commons, however, it will be the last year at this site. With the building of the new high school well underway, there will be a new and bigger commons for next year. If you would like to be involved with this year’s auction; either by donating an item or items, donating your time, or purchasing a table ($100.00 with seating for 8), please contact someone on the PHS Alumni Scholarship board or emailing the association. This year it should be bigger and better than ever.
Other functions planned for this year include: the Homecoming parade and the Tailgate party. More information on those will be shared at the luncheon in June.

Our Current Scholarship Recipients:

  • Troy Altunel 2017-2021
  • Amna Hoorain 2018-2022
  • Kassidy Hood 2019-2023
  • Ruby Peral 2019-2020
  • Miguel Ceron 2016-2020
  • Cedrus King 2016-2020
  • Jesus Ledezma 2017-2021
  • Julissa Villasenor 2019-2020
  • Kade Beer – 2019-2020

If anyone knows of any changes to address and/or names, please let us know so we can keep our information as correct as possible.
We are also always looking for help with our organization. If anyone is interested in helping, being on a committee or just doing project work, please fill out this form. Remember you do not need to live locally
to help.

Hope to see everyone in June.

Your newsletter editor,

Dorothy Cotton

Spring 2019 Newsletter




It’s Spring here in the Rogue Valley and time to make plans for the year.  First we will look at our annual luncheon; hopefully everyone is making plans to attend.

At the luncheon this year we will be honoring the “50 years since High School” students from the class of 1969.  We also will be honoring the classes of 1959 and 1949 for 60 and 70 years since High School.

If you have a class reunion coming up, please let us know! We would love to include it on our calendar and help you in any way we can. Visit our alumni portal here.

Saturday Luncheon at the Rogue Valley Manor

This year, as in the last few years, the luncheon will be held at the Rogue Valley Manor at 1200 Mira Mar Ave. in Medford.  The date will be June 29, 2019.  The cost will remain the same at $25. per person. 

Be sure to send your reservation in before June 19 as that is when we need to send in our final count of attendees.  No luncheon tickets can be sold at the door.

On June 29th, the day will start at 10:00 AM with coffee, tea, and time for a lot of visiting with old friends and classmates.  At 12:00 noon, our president Sharla will call everyone together and we will enjoy a buffet lunch.  I am sure it will be as good as usual.

Following lunch, Sharla will begin our meeting by introducing the board members.  We will then hear the minutes of last years luncheon and our current treasurers report.

During the meeting there will an opportunity for our honored classmates to take the microphone and tell us what has been happening in their lives since they left high school.  It is always interesting to hear the varying directions everyone’s life has taken them.

As in years past, there will be a get together held on Friday evening (June 28) at the Centennial Golf Course at 1900 North Phoenix Road.  This is an informal event and will start at 5:00 PM.  We meet in the large  canopy outside where the view is beautiful and the air fresh and clean, usually with a breeze. There will be food and drinks available.  As last year, there will be hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, fruit salad, and cookies available for $15.00.  There will also be a no-host bar available.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time, just show up and enjoy the evening with classmates and friends.  Purchasing dinner is optional.

Friday Evening Meet & Greet at Centennial Golf Course

Now a catch-up on what’s been happening since our last newsletter.  Last December was the second auction fundraiser.  We had a great time and made over $20,000.00 to help with the scholarship fund.  We had a silent auction, live auction, and Olive Garden spaghetti dinner.  All the items auctioned and most of the dinner was donated by local businesses and many many friends of the PHS Alumni Scholarship Association.  Some of the items that were auctioned even came from out of town.  The farthest away came from Texas.  Aleta Logan Bartlett (class of 1966) sent a beautiful quilt she made and donated. 


This year’s events include the get-together and luncheon as well as many other fun things. 

On May 18, there will be a City Wide Yard Sale put on by the Leadership class, which we support.

On October 9 we will participate in the Homecoming Parade.  Let us know if you want to participate in this.

On October 11 at 4 PM we will have an Alumni Tailgate Party.  We will have an open grill so bring your favorite meat to grill and a side dish to share.

On October 11 at 7 PM (following the tail gate party) will be the Homecoming game.  The Alumni Association will have a special place to sit in the bleachers.  

On October 31, the Alumni Association will participate in the Halloween Carnival hosted by the Leadership class.  This will include a cupcake walk.

December 7 is the day for our third annual Scholarship Auction.  The doors will open at 5 PM with a silent auction and Olive Garden dinner.  The live auction will begin at 7 PM.  Pre table sales will reserve your table.  There are 36 tables at $100 each.  For anyone wishing to come and cannot purchase a whole table, or if you have questions, contact one of the board members for all the details.


Wouldn’t it be great if we could help every student that wanted a higher education get one?

We currently have 6 students who receive 4-year scholarships of $1,500.00 each and 2 students who receive a one-year scholarship of $500.00 each..  We are growing but it doesn’t come without a lot of work. 

The Alumni Association is looking for anyone who would like to be part of this up and coming group.  

Your $7.00 yearly dues go a long way to help with the operating costs.

Contributing doesn’t always mean “with money”.  If anyone has any free time they could spare and would like to help, please let us know.  There are LOTS of varying jobs you could do (large and small) without even being in Southern Oregon; currently our Treasurer lives in Portland and our Directory editor lives in Texas.  Anyone interested, please contact any board members. 

If anyone has anything they would like to donate for the auction in December please contact a Board member.

We are still looking for someone interested in being our Historian.. This includes maintaining the scrapbooks and pictures. 

We also need a Grant writer; this might help us to do more fund raisers and make more money for our students.

Let us know if you are interested.

Our schoolmates no longer with us include: Bob Hurd (1954); Ken Tycksen (1965); Dorothy Keene Claflin (1948); Scott White (.1993);  Beth Wade Detwiler (1949); Lloyd “Nick” Nikodym (1949); Elizabeth “Betty” Epperson Keene (1946); Robert “Bob” Carr (1949); Matt Zoll (1991);  Jim Walker.   Not all these people passed away this year, it is just a list of the people we have heard about since our fall newsletter.  If anyone knows of someone we have missed please let us know.


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