The Florence High School Alumni Association is an organization of
alumni, family, friends and supporters from past graduating classes
of Florence High School. Every year, the Alumni Association holds
an annual banquet in the high school auditorium. This is the oldest
continuing alumni association in the state of Kansas.
The 112th Annual Florence Alumni Banquet was held
Saturday, May 24th at the Florence Gymnasium with alumni, guests
and teachers attending. Years represented were from 1933 to 2008.
Special recognition of classes of 1933 (75 year graduate), 1943,
(65 Year Graduates), 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 (60 year graduates),
1953 (55 year graduates), and the Class of 1958 (50 year graduates)
was honored at the head table. Also recognized were graduates from
classes of 1963 (45 year graduates), 1968 (40 year graduates).
The alumni traveled from California, Texas, Missouri, Washington,
Oregon, North Dakota, West Virginia, Nebraska, Arkansas, Arizona
Mike Robinson, Class of 1967 was the Master of Ceremonies. Kelli
Savage, representative for Florence Chamber of Commerce welcomed
all alumni and guests. Rev. Ted Osgood, Class of 1958, gave the
invocation. Kristin Waner, Class of 2008 gave the Senior response.
A delicious meal was served by Reilly Reid, Class of 1965 and the
Florence Labor Day Committee.
Florence High School Alumni Association awarded two $1,000.00 scholarships
and were presented to Kristin Waner, daughter of Bernard and Janice
Richmond Waner, Classes 1966 and 1974 and Brett Billings, son of
The officers for 2009 are Mike Robinson, Class of 1967, President;
Max Williams, Class of 1966; Vice President, Dian Waner Rusk, Class
of 1964, Secretary; and Jerry Malmgren, Class of 1963, Treasurer.
Special entertainment was Barry “Bones” Patton, playing
the rib bones, Jeff Prichett, playing the guitar and Jake Tanner,
playing the fiddler. They had the audience tapping their feet and
clapping their hands.
The committee would like to thank each and every one for making
the effort to come and attend the banquet and hope that everyone
will attend the 113th alumni banquet May, 2009.