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2014 REUNION PLANS

Come and help Celebrate the Flavors of Clover Bend at their Annual Homecoming celebration Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th. Please join us for the fun!  Reunite and visit with old friends!

Friday’s activities begin at 5 o’clock p.m. with Lawrence County Senior Boys Basketball game.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The game will be followed by the traditional "Bean Supper" at 6:30. This is an all you can eat supper for a $10 donation.  There will be ham and soup beans, cornbread, fixins’, homemade desserts, and sweet tea.  Frog Light, Auctioneer will hold a live auction and entertainment will be provided by Recording Artist and Clover Bend Alumnus of the Class of 1964, Bill Workman.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 10 o’clock a.m. with the "Raising of the Flag" by the Lawrence County Girl Scouts of America.  The Memorial Service, consisting of Prayer and the "Calling of the Names" by Dr. Laverne Penn.  The Burnside Family will be honored with Coach Ronald "Hoss" Jones presiding.  Mrs. Viola Meadows, Clover Bend Alumnae, will present awards and certificates.  Also, the Clover Bend Graduating Class of 1964 will be inducted into the "50 Year" Club.   Mr. David Doyle, Clover Bend Alumnus, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

The Main Building, Gymnasium, Home Economics, the Rock Building (lunchroom), and the Homestead House will be open for visitation. Lunch will be served at noon with the rest of the afternoon for visiting.

Plans for 2013 Reunion

 

PLANS FOR CLOVER BEND MEMORIAL DAY

 WEEKEND REUNION

 

 

            The annual reunion at the Clover Bend  Historic Site, sponsored by the Clover Bend Historical Preservation Association,  will commence Friday evening, May 24, starting at 4 PM and Saturday morning, May 25, starting at 9:45.  The traditional cornbread and beans supper will start at 6 PM on Friday.  Dessert and a drink will also be provided at this fund raiser.

            There will be lots of visiting and entertainment in the main building after supper, interspersed with an auction conducted by Frog Light, who is a talented and very funny auctioneer. He will auction donated merchandise and other surprises. Entertainment will consist of local music groups and acts. In past performances, Patsy Cline has brought down the house. Other top talent flown in from New York, Florida and other places always makes a special evening.

            Saturday morning, May 25 at 9:45, the Brookland High School ROTC Department Color Guard will raise the National and State Colors at the Alice French Pavilion. Last year’s precision drill demonstration showed just how the raising of our Colors should be done. It was inspiring, very professional and awesome.

            Saturday at 10:00 the program will commence in the auditorium. There will be a “Calling Of The Names” of those who have passed on. The ringing of the bell and the quiet respect in memory of our friends is somber and important.

            This years’ featured speaker will be Lloyd Pope, who is a 1952 graduate of Clover Bend High School. Lloyd had a rewarding career for 34 years at Lincoln manufacturing in St Louis. He also demonstrated the American dream when he opened a very successful real estate company, ALP, which is still in operation.

            The “50 Year Club” is a high point which honors the class of fifty years ago.  This year the class of 1963 is being remembered and will receive 50 Year Certificates.

            Several other activities are planned and lunch will be available for purchase. More visiting will be the order of the day and into the afternoon.

            Clover Bend is located on AR Highway 228 and is four miles west of Minturn, AR. which is on US Highway 67, six miles south of Hoxie, AR.

 

2012 Reunion

 
If you didn’t make it to the Reunion at Clover Bend on the 25th and 26th of May, you missed a great get together. It would be hard to choose the best part. Some might think it was:
 
  • The exciting basketball game
  • The refurbished gym with the beautiful floor
  • The entertainment Friday night
  • The food-supper on Friday and lunch Saturday
  • The auction by Frog Light
  • The refurbished Home Economics Cottage
  • The refurbished Ole’ Main Building
  • The beautiful Alice French Garden
  • The balloon release
  • The outstanding ROTC Color Guard from Brookland High School and the patriotic ceremony of Raising the Stars and Stripes while the Star Spangled Banner played
  • The community Sing
  • The honoring of coaches, Athletes, Cheer Leaders and Alumni after the ball game in the gym
  • The special recognition of Wendal and Delois Elliott Jones
  • The ringing of the bell by older citizens of Clover Bend
  • The Pledge of Allegiance, led by Miss Lawrence County and Miss Northeast Arkansas, Emily Freer, Grand daughter of Euel and Sunshine Freer and daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Allen Freer
  • The dedication of the 50 year stone for the 1962 Graduating Class
  • The Memorial Service and Calling of Names for departed loved ones
  • The speech by Arkansas State Senator Robert Thompson
  • The Fifty Year Graduate Anniversary Program 
Probably everyone would agree that the best thing that happened was the wonderful visits with old and new friends and reminiscing old times and the wonderful experience of growing up in Clover Bend, Arkansas. Please take a look at the pictures on this website. We will be adding pictures as we get them. We hope that you enjoy them and that you will attend next years’ reunion.
 
If you have a special picture that you took at the reunion and would like it included in our record of the 2012 get together, please email it to cloverbend@suddenlink.net as an attachment and we will add it to the Photo Galley on this web site.
 

2012 Reunion Plans

      The 2012 Clover Bend Reunion is almost upon us. You are in for a treat this year when you come back home. You will remember that this time last year about 18 inches of water was over all the campus and the Lunchroom building was sitting full of water. Everything stored in the building was ruined, including 120 folding metal chairs.
 
          Since that time, nearly all the buildings have been completely refurbished. Old Main has been meticulously cleaned and painted throughout the inside. Some new appliances have been installed in the kitchen and the air conditioning and heating upgraded. The Home Economics Cottage and Old Main have been extensively overhauled. The Home Ec Cottage has new siding and has been thoroughly cleaned and completely painted. It looks great!  
 
          The gymnasium is a marvel! It has been totally redone inside. It now has a first class handicap entrance and a large, handicap access rest room. Both the handicap entrance and restroom are on the north end of the gym. In addition, the four original restroom fixtures  have been replaced and tile floors installed.
 
          The Rock Lunch Room, which had water inside of it for two weeks has been repaired. The dry wall has been replaced and extensive renovations have been made. Remember the 120 chairs mentioned earlier? They were very rusty, muddy and totally unusable. They have been pressure washed twice, primed, painted with a final coat and then sprayed with a clear coat of epoxy. All missing and /or damaged “feet” for the chairs have been replaced to prevent damage to the gym floor. Please take a look at the picture that follows this article. The one blue, rusty chair that sits in front of the chairs is typical of the ones damaged. The other 119 have been cleaned up and painted. The new handicap ramp is visible behind the chairs on the north end of the gym.
 
          We hope to see you at the reunion on Friday and Saturday, May 25th and 26th. We will kick off with a Lynn vs. Clover Bend basketball game in the refurbished gym at 5:00 on Saturday. At the half we will pause for thirty minutes. Charles Kirkpatrick, CBHS Coach during the 1950-51 and 1951-52 school years, will speak. Also, all former coaches in attendance have been asked to share some of their memories during their stay at Clover Bend. After the game is over, everyone will go to Old Main for the traditional banquet. An auction of donated items, conducted by Frog Light, and an entertainment session after dinner will be enjoyed by all if last year was any indication.
 
          Saturday’s program will be interesting and there is a possibility that Governor Beebe will be in attendance. More on that later.
 
          We hope to see you at the Reunion.
 
          Viola Meadows, President, CBHPA
          May 4, 2012
 

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