From the President
Hello Fellow Vikings,
The Class of 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony brunch is coming up on Saturday, May 14, 10:30 – 1:00. Registration and reservations close this Saturday April 30; the cost is $25 per person and there will be no admissions at the door. We will be honoring Mr. Lucian Adams, who taught and coached at Valley since 1946 to 1976 and of whom many of us may know as our Assistant Principal from 1963-1976; Mr. Troy Blakely, Class of 1989 athlete and baseball coach in area youth leagues and local high schools, Valley Advisory Board member in Electrical/HVAC, and UPS/VHS partnership team member; Mr. George Hicks, former teacher and founder of the first-ever school marching bands in Jefferson County and the originator of our school’s fight song; Mr. Leon Mudd Class of 1956 and renown coach and athletic director in Kentucky High School athletics and JCPS—notably, Doss High School; Bobby Pace, former teacher and basketball coach at Valley, member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame Board, and Special Agent for the Defense Investigative Service; and Dr. Robert Thrasher Class of 1970 who was a professor of Sports Management and taught at Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia universities, coached in various capacities and the high school and college level, and was also a horse trainer.
We have been able to return to meeting at Valley High school after a very long absence due in part mostly to restrictions brought about by the pandemic. As these necessary health constraints ease, we will be able to be more of a physical presence with the school. It is our plan, along with Valley administration, to finally have an Alumni office within the school—hopes are we will be able to set up house before the 2022-2023 school year.
We are looking at one more regularly scheduled Board meeting within the school this school year before going to one meeting over the summertime. At that time we’ll be planning a return to formal voting on board positions at the Annual Membership Meeting in September. Speaking of membership—have you joined or renewed? It’s much easier now as you can do so through a secure connection on our website; just click and follow the prompts. And also speaking of Board positions—we welcome Ms. Elaine Ashcraft (’66) to our Board of Directors and eagerly look forward to her contributions of experience and knowledge with nonprofit work!
By this time next month, we will have a new website—designed, managed, and updated—by Valley’s own, “Vike Squad!” These incredibly gifted young people have eagerly awaited connecting with us and they are a welcomed addition to our Alumni operations and communications. I’m also told we’ll have connections via Twitter and Instagram—something the younger generation Vikings have no difficulty navigating but we’ll still have Facebook for those of us older social media types! Valley High School classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 will be hosting their “50 year reunions” now that health restrictions are eased. We will be awarding a $2000 scholarship to a deserving graduating Viking Senior in May.
I’m always going to ask for your help; we need folks for committees (leaders & members) as well as fundraising ideas you may have. Contact one of us about them—you can find us on the website (Board of Directors). Keep in touch with us!
Joe Goodin (’69) President