New PHS alumni association holding membership drive
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:01

First alumni association in Patapsco history

by Bill Gates

    With Patapsco High’s 50th anniversary looming in 2013, a void in the school has finally been filled.
    Patapsco now has an official alumni association.
    The Patapsco High School Alumni Association ( is up and running.
    Now it’s looking to fill its ranks.

“We’re having a membership drive,” said Melissa (Holicky) Geigley, a member of the Class of 1992 and the counseling department chair at Patapsco High. “It’s only been by word-of-mouth, so far.”
    As of Tuesday, the alumi association had 32 members. The first 150 alumni to join will be considered charter members and receive additional benefits.
    (Membership in the alumni association is not necessary to use the association website.)
    The membership drive lasts until the end of this year, and features a competition to see which graduating class can gain the most members, according to the association’s website.
    There are two membership options: an annual membership, which costs $10 per year, or a lifetime membership with a one-time cost of $50.
    For now, members of the alumni association will receive an electronic newsletter, advance ticket notice for alumni events, discounts on tickets for alumni events, and discounted advertising space if they own a business.
    “The response has been good, so far,” Geigley said. “We’ve been meeting as a board for several months now.”
    One event is already scheduled: a Happy Hour at Donna’s Tavern on Sept. 20 from 5 to 10 p.m.
    Ten percent of all proceeds from the event will go to the alumni association.
    “It will be a great time to mingle with alumni of all ages,” Geigley said.
    The alumni association was created after a meeting at Patapsco High on April 11.
    There had been several prior attempts to start an alumni association, but they all failed to get off the ground for various reasons.
    As a result of that meeting, details such as getting the federal and state identification numbers required for running a non-profit organization were resolved.
    Geigley was elected the first president of the association.
    The other association officers are: vice-president Jay Walton, Class of 1999; treasurer, Jill (Zukas) Harris Class, of 1981; corresponding secretary Bonnie (Dean) Sheeks, Class of 1986; and recording secretary Terri (Dunnigan) Grimes, Class of 1975.
    The goals of the association, according to Geigley, are: to promote fellowship among Patapsco graduates; maintain historical records of the school; establish a scholarship fund; and support the school and its current students.
    “It will also allow us to get together more frequently than official five-year reunions,” Geigley said.
    The association is also looking forward to Patapsco High’s 50th anniversary gala on June 8 of next year at Martin’s East.
    “Anyone who would like to celebrate 50 years of Patapsco is welcome to attend,” Geigley said.
    Membership info: For now, payments can be sent to Patapsco High School Alumni Association, 8100 Wise Avenue, 21222. Checks should be made payable to “Patapsco High School Alumni Association.”