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Pointer DogPLHS Foundation
and Alumni Association


December 2007


Dear Pointer Supporter,


It is hard to believe that 2007 is almost over. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported PLHS and the PLHSFAA with their time, energy, and donations.  There is much yet to be accomplished this school year and with your continued support we can do so much for PLHS.

In this issue you will find information (and links) about:

~The Bennie Edens Tribute sign and Scholarship Fund

~Madrigal Singers Class of 65-67 reunion and donation

~New Pointer Dog Mascot Suit debut at the Q!

~Sail Alumni Regatta

~A recap of the Band and Football Team accomplishments

~Deceased Pointers

Wishing you a wonderful winter holiday season filled with good health and loving family. 

Kim Melhorn Jessop '73
Executive Director PLHSFAA


Bennie Edens Tribute Sign and Scholarship Fund

Thank you to every one who has contributed to the campaign to pay Tribute to Coach Bennie Edens with signage and a scholarship.  

We have nearly reached our goal for the signs.  And at this time, the Scholarship fund has received donations that will provide multiple Scholarships for the next couple of years.  If we can reach our goal to raise enough for an endowment it will ensure scholarships in Coach Edens' name for many years to come.  More about the Bennie Edens Fund.

Bennie and JJUpdate:  Bennie celebrated his 82nd birthday on December 7th.  His health is failing, but hopes are high that he will spend the Holidays at home after several weeks at PL Convalescent Hospital.  Pointer alumni have responded with donations to the sign and scholarship fund and with wonderful stories about their experiences with Coach on the football field and off. 

Coach Bennie has received hundreds of email well-wishes from Pointer alumni and friends.  Bill Settles reads them all to him.   Send Bennie an email.

Read the article about the special relationship between Coach Edens and his former QB Bill Settles '66 that appeared in the December 15th Union Tribune.

Many thanks to John Freeman '69 for his energy and enthusiasm in bringing this campaign together, and to Bill Settles for his friendship to Bennie and his continued updates to us.

Donate to the Tribute/Scholarship fund for Coach Edens



Alumni Class Gifts to PLHSFAA

Our Alumni continue to amaze us with their generosity.  If your reunion class would like some ideas for a class gift, contact the PLHSFAA office.

For a small group of PLHS Madrigal Singers, their devotion to an excellent teacher has lasted over 40 years.  Dr. Lewis Phelps, former Choir and Madrigal director at PLHS, joined his students from '65-'67 at a weekend party held at the home of alumni Glenn Thomas '68 and his wife Judith. After the event an $800 donation was made to the planned new PLHSFAA Music Center in honor of Dr. Phelps by the Madrigal Singers of 1966, '67, and '68.

The group planned for months to spend the weekend singing music from their favorite high school performances.  Music was forwarded all over the country via internet; i-tunes were downloaded for practice and the group came together in an 'invite chat room' as they planned for the weekend.
Read more about the Madrigal Music Weekend


Bennie and ToreyThe Class of 1967 raised funds at their class reunion to give the gift of a new Pointer Dog Mascot suit to PLHS through the PLHSFAA.  Affectionately named "Bennie" for Coach Edens, the new mascot was crafted by Pointer Alum Connie Panek and Alumni spouse Leah Ellington. 
Read the Beacon Article.

Many thanks to Jim Sills and Marcy McCann who spearheaded this effort on behalf of the Class of 67.


The Booster Box

SAIL:  Alumni Regatta Fundraiser December 23rd, 1pm
PLHS Sail team will hold an alumni regatta open to all sailors.  Boats (FJs) will be supplied by SDYC.  Meet in the SDYC junior area at 1pm. Entry fee $25 and includes regatta and dinner. (Dinner only is $15.) 
More info on Alumni Sail Regatta

BAND:  Makes history by going to Southern Cal Division Championship!
Band Award
The PLHS Vanguard Marching Band placed 7th in the SCSBOA Division IIIA Championship tournament in Long Beach on December 1st! 

The 2006-2007 PL Band CD "When Words Leave Off" is available for sale. Contact boosters@plhsmusic.com

John Dally and Brandon Zedaker display band award.

Thank you Coach Hastings, the coaching staff, and especially our VARSITY FOOTBALL PLAYERS for an OUTSTANDING season and the incredible opportunity to go to the Q for the third straight year for the Division III Championship game! The outcome of that game may not have been what we hoped for, but the team did a tremendous job getting us there.  WAY TO GO!



Catching up with our Alumni

Chris Reutinger '64:
A Hollywood Studio violinist for the last 32 years, Chris has been coaching High School Tennis for 12 years.  The last 2 years at St. Bonavenure High (Ventura) the Girls Tennis team won back to back league championships and back to back CIF Div. 5 Finals Championship games.  Chris lives in Camarillo, CA with his wife Phyllis and 2 dogs Alice and Cooper.

Kristen Bell '88
The American Medical Association (AMA) awarded Kristin Bell, MD, an internist at the San Diego VA Medical Center, with a top award recently for her leadership in pain management for veteran patients.  The Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine is awarded to a distinguished younger physician for his or her work in medical sciences.  Dr. Bell is a primary care physician who practices seven half-days a week helping veterans manage a variety of medical conditions, many of which involve chronic pain. Her work, including the development of an innovative acupuncture clinic for veterans, has earned her recognition from both patients and colleagues.  In addition, Dr Bell is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine.


End the year by making a difference at PLHS

Please consider making a year-end contribution to the PLHSFAA.   Go to Donate to find out more about the programs that will benefit from your support.

Your contribution WILL make a difference at PLHS.  

We can accept donations of appreciated stock.  Contact Kim at the PLHSFAA office for more information.  Office  

The PLHSFAA is a nonprofit corporation (501c3) and your contribution is tax deductible as permitted by law.  Please contact your tax advisor for more information. 



In Memory

Robert Nicoletti '78
Janet Stewart Stockdale '42
Robert John Clough '43
Homer Broome '49
Jack Gross '47



Larry Zeiger

Contributions are still being accepted to the Larry Zeiger Recognition Fund.  Donations will be used to place an appropriate tribute to Larry's service to PLHS on campus.  Additional money will fund a Larry Zeiger scholarship. 
More information at:  Zeiger Recognition



eScrip is FREE money to PLHS!

If you shop at Vons or Albertson's, PLEASE take a moment to register for eScrip.  It is easy (if you have any problems we will help!) and once you are signed up there is nothing more you need to do except shop as usual.  The funds add up quickly and PLHSFAA reaps the benefit at zero cost, or effort, to you.

Go to: eScrip and sign up now.
Or contact Pat Baker at 619 223-9363 for assistance.


If this is your first eUpdate:

Alumni, if this is the first issue of eUpdate you have received please go to Alumni Directory and read about our secure online directory.  Click through to Register/Update and enter your name and grad year.   Follow instructions to receive your personal registration code by email.

Once you have accessed your record in the online directory you will see the information we have for you in our alumni database.  You may make changes, updates, and set your privacy preferences.

And tell your Pointer friends and family (alumni only) to go to the online directory and request their registration code so they can update their information and stay in touch with PLHS and their reunion activities.

Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer!

Pointer Dog