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Edition 50
April 20, 2012

When Big Bear High Students return from spring break, the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear High School Education Foundation will be encouraging seniors to apply for Foundation Scholarships. Approximately 36 scholarships totaling over $77,000 will be awarded this year. Dr. Russ Reynolds, former high school principal and former superintendent, Phil Hamilton, former high school principal, and Barbara Boucher, the executive director of the Foundation, will be going to the high school to inform students of the application process. The Associated Student Body Officers are arranging a time for Steve Mihaylo to speak to the seniors. When the date is confirmed we will announce the date and time in our newsletter. Former students who have received Mihaylo scholarships will also be invited to the meeting. This is one of the highlights of the Foundation to have Steve return to Big Bear High and meet the students. The other highlight is our awarding of the scholarships. The Foundation Board has revised the format of the scholarship program. This new format will allow students to invite members of their family to attend the awards ceremony at no expense. The Scholarship Awards will be presented at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 9th at 2:00 p.m. The students and their guest will be honored with a reception immediately following the awards in Hofert Hall. Set the date aside. It is always a wonderful experience for our seniors.

Rachel Wade (Chilcoat) class of 1995 The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce's new executive director, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Big Bear Grizzly

Rachel Wade's parents came to Big Bear Valley as newlyweds for a picnic 46 years ago. They were inspired to pack more than sandwiches—they soon started boxing up their belongings to move to Big Bear. Thanks to that decision, the couple, Mike (Middle School and High School teacher) and Carol (Music teacher) Chilcoat, helped the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce find its newest executive director. The Chilcoats found jobs with the Bear Valley Unified School District, changing their fates, and that of their family. Wade, who was born in the same house her parents still live at in Big Bear, spent the last five years as the operations manager at the Redlands Symphony. She is thrilled to head home to work and live.

Wade brings her experience at the Redlands Symphony and the six years previously spent in the banking industry to the fold, as well as her bachelor's degrees in vocal performance and psychology. While at the Redlands Symphony, she earned her master's in business administration. As part of earning her MBA, Wade focused her studies on how nonprofits sustain during a downturn economy by functioning like a business. She chose nonprofits because of the value they provide to communities, she says. While learning the organization's operations, Wade is already looking at the Chamber membership and how she can help it prosper. "That's our purpose," she says. "That can be anywhere from knowing what compliance is mandated by the state that they have to follow or what education seminars they need—how to help them run their businesses better and get the customers they want."

Wade's experience as a professional speaker will come in handy in the high profile position, as well. She got her public speaking legs while growing up as a member of the Big Bear High School Interact Club, the Rotary's youth component. She gained confidence in front of people early thanks to Rotary, she says. During all four years of high school, Wade won an award in the service club's annual Four-Way speech contest. Plus each week, she would present a report about the school's foreign exchange program. Wade became an exchange student herself, traveling to Denmark where she also gave presentations abroad to Rotary members about the program—in Danish. Her time spent with people of other cultures helps her communication skills, Wade says. "Rachel is a natural leader, evidenced by how quickly she was promoted in virtually every position she has held," says Marlene Cain, Big Bear Chamber board chairman. "Being a Big Bear native, she also has a local orientation and comes to the position already knowledgeable about Big Bear and its unique business environment. Her local knowledge is a tremendous advantage for all of us."

Wade's career trajectory may be a boon for Big Bear. "What I have learned at all the companies I have worked at is getting out there, shaking everyone's hands and listening to what they need, evaluate it and do my best to provide it," Wade says. "She has helped other organizations—large and small—prosper under challenging circumstances," Cain says. "And we look forward to her leveraging her finance, retail and nonprofit experience to the benefit of the Big Bear community and the Valley in general." Wade can help the Chamber prosper, Cain hopes, even when the economy is no picnic in the park.

ARIZONA STATE MASTERS SWIMMING CHAMPION I received this note from Dick LeRoy, class of 1959, a retired science teacher from BBHS after 34 years. This past weekend (March 31) I competed in the Arizona State Masters championships. I entered seven events and received four first and three seconds in the 70 to 74 age group. The video I am sending you is the 200 meters. I got a second in this event. As you can see I am not as streamline as I need to be, but I'm trying to improve. My longest win was in the 400; that was tough. Anyways, it is a good activity for us old guys. (Here is a link to the video. If you want to share it with someone just send them this link.) Dick. Way to go Richard!!!!! You make all of us proud, especially all the old guys. I'll bet Harold Graham can still beat you in badminton and he is really old. Al

NOVATO, Calif., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ Investment advisor Winans International was invited to the Barron's Winner's Circle Top Independent Advisors Summit that took place last week in Phoenix, Arizona. The "by invitation only" summit is attended by an elite group of the top 400 independent investment advisors in America as chosen by Barron's and their custodians. "We are very pleased and excited to be included in this elite group of top advisors. We pledge to continue our unwavering focus on best practices and winning asset-management strategies," said Ken Winans, President and Founder of Winans International. More information on Winans International is available at Ken was in the class of 1981 and has done very well in financial circles. Tom Hickey, Ken's 6th grade teacher, would be very proud of Ken. He encouraged Ken to pursue finances as a vocation due to his interest in the stock market.

Many of us followed the football career of Kriss Proctor (class of 2008), quarterback at Navy last fall. I was wondering how Kriss' surgery on his elbow was going so I wrote to Sandie (Sanchez) Proctor, his mother. Here is her response:

March 30, 2012 Good Morning, Kriss had his surgery about three weeks ago. It was a 6-hour-long surgery. The Doctor said it looked like a bomb went off in his elbow. She couldn't believe he played football in the condition it was in...Ouch!! He just got the stitches out yesterday and said all is well. He can't start rehab for another month, but he's been running and biking to stay in shape. XO Sandie

After we reported the passing of Jane Pearson, 2nd grade teacher at North Shore in the last issue of the alumni newsletter, I received notes via Facebook from the following students: Jeanine Gardner, Amy Padilla, Tyson Mrosek, Sarah Keane Malcom, Anna Chilcoat, Yvonne LeCroy, Paul Kushnervov, Bob Kuchta, Nanette Knight and Liz Porter Stein. I know the Pearson family appreciates your kind words. the following is the "In Memoriams" article from the Grizzly, March 28.

May 26, 1919 - March 8, 2012 Awake! For Morning in the Bowl of Night Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight: And Lo! The Hunter of the East has caught The Sultan's turret in a Noose of Light ~The Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam

Jane joined the "Hunter of the East" on March 8 at the age of 92. She lived a long, fulfilling life devoted to children, family, country, dear friends, literature and Frank Sinatra.

Jane was born in South Pasadena to Alice and Charles Sheldon. She attended school there and kept in touch with many of her classmates throughout her life. Her love of literature, especially "The Rubayyat," was fostered in the halls of South Pasadena High School. She graduated in 1937 and went on to attend UCLA where she joined the Chi Omega sorority, studied education, and received her teaching credential. Jane was hired by a UCLA sponsored education program in Etiwanda, Calif., and served as principal of the elementary school during World War II.

In Etiwanda, she met a handsome sailor, Bill Pearson, who courted her on the back of his motorcycle and swept her off her feet on the dance floor. They were married in 1945. Jane cherished the years in Etiwanda where she raised her daughters, Nancy and Cindy, amongst the orange and lemon groves. The family moved to Big Bear where Jane taught at North Shore Elementary from 1964-1986. After retirement, Jane supervised student teachers at Cal State San Bernardino for the Bear Valley Unified School District.

Jane's last years were spent in Del Mar near her eldest daughter, Nancy, who visited her daily and provided entertainment and unfailing companion-ship. Her other daughter, Cindy, supplied fodder for lively discussions on politics, books and current events. Jane also lived near her sister, Nancy Moore, whom she considered her very best friend. The two Sheldon sisters were known to break into song at the slightest reference to "Frankie" and spent many a moment recounting childhood memories.

Jane is survived by daughters Nancy T. Johnson (Arthur) of San Diego and Cynthia P. Gates (Bill) of Pacific Grove; three grandchildren, Jill Talley, Christopher Gates and Sophie Gates; her sister Nancy Sheldon Moore; and her four precious nieces, Jaimie, Martha, Rae and Shelley. She was predeceased by her husband, William George Pearson, in 1990. The family requests memorial contributions to the Big Bear High School Education Foundation, which provides college scholarships for local students. (Send to SGM/BBHS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, P.O. BOX 1529, BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA, 92315)

This is a note from Jane's daughters:

Dr. Waner,

Would you put this in your newsletter? Thank you so much for your continued support.

Dear Friends of Jane Pearson, Nancy and I would love to thank all of the people who have written memories of their time with Mom. Beautiful and entertaining comments have flown our way through mail, email, and on Facebook. Nancy and I are so grateful for the remembrances. We've even learned a few things about Mom that we didn't know! We understand that there have been donations in her memory to the North Shore library, as well. Nancy and I would love to acknowledge those donations. If you have given books, please let us know through my email: We would so enjoy perusing the titles you selected in her honor. Thanks again for your thoughts, prayers, and memories. They are all truly appreciated.

Love, Cindy Pearson Gates Nancy T. Johnson

Hi Dr. Waner, We are starting to round up alumni from the class of 1963 and find that a number of our classmates have gone missing since the last reunion (40 years). I1m hoping some of them read your newsletter and can forward their contact information to Estelle Vernay Hooker ( or myself Ginny Meikle Shoji ( . We're hoping for a great 50th reunion (how is that possible??) and hope we can get some fresh contact information from our classmates or anyone who knows of them. Any help you can provide will be appreciated.

I have to tell you how much I enjoy receiving and reading the newsletter. Although most of the news concerns more recent graduates, I still come across names of people I recognize and enjoy "catching up". Thanks for the wonderful job you do. Ginny (Meikle) Shoji 310-539-2280

Class of 1992 Reunion
SAVE THE DATE! July 13th -15th (2012) is the weekend for the 20 year reunion of the BBHS Class of 1992! The Class of 1992 would like to invite the alumni of the Classes of 1991, 1992, and 1993 to a whole weekend of fun and reminiscing. We'll kick off the weekend with a casual event Friday evening, followed by a special Saturday afternoon picnic to which we would like to extend an invitation to all alumni, alumni parents, teachers (K-12), coaches, principals, superintendents, faculty members, and friends and family, then top it all off with a formal dinner and dancing on Saturday evening. It's sure to be a weekend we'll never forget! Please RSVP as soon as possible to or (928) 369-8353 (Tina Jones-Wade) or join us on our Facebook page where we have already exchanged many pictures and memories:!/groups/129814623769246/ (Big Bear High School ~ Class of 1992 ~ 20 Year Reunion). We are still looking for a few alumni from our class so please get in touch ASAP.

We're really looking forward to seeing everyone! Class of 1992 20-year Reunion Planning Committee
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