2018-19 Officers Elected

The Bedford Alumni Board met on Monday, August 6, 2018 for it’s Organizational Meeting of the 2018-19 School Year. At tonight’s meeting, officers were elected for the upcoming year. The new 1-Year Term begins on September 1, 2018 and runs through August 31, 2019. Officers were elected as follows:

  • President- Dustin Cress (Class of 2001)
  • Vice President- Richard Kenny (Class of 1991)
  • Secretary- Laurie (Keeler) Althaus (Class of 1974)
  • Treasurer- Lisa (Beins) McCaig (Class of 1988)
  • Trustee- Phyllis (Reese) Boehm (Class of 1978)
  • Trustee- Mark German (Bedford High School Athletic Director)

Our next meeting will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at ForestView Lanes in Temperance. We hope that you’ll join us!

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Class of 2018 Scholarship Winners Announced!

Bedford Alumni is proud to announce this year’s recipients for each of the scholarships which we are proud to be the custodians:

Jonathan Scout Hall of Fame Scholarship: 2018 Recipient Evan Barr

Holey Family Memorial Scholarship: 2018 Recipient Hunter Gandee

We are pleased to be involved in awarding these scholarships each year and are looking to grow our scholarship funds. If you are interested in donating to an existing scholarship or endowing a scholarship in partnership with Bedford Alumni, please contact us by e-mail at alumni@mybedford.us or by calling our President, Dustin Cress, at (419) 705-8529.

Congrats to our recipients and to the entire Class of 2018– welcome to the Bedford Alumni family!

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Bedford Alumni Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Temperance, MI-

The Bedford Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2017 Bedford High School Hall of Fame selections.   They will be introduced to the community at the football game on Friday, September 15, 2017. The honors banquet will be held in the high school cafeteria on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Doors will open at 5 pm for socializing and tours.  The dinner will begin at 6 pm.  Tickets are $25 and are on sale beginning August 14th in the high school office.  (8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, MI. 48182/734-850-6100).  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Our congratulations go out to the following: 

Logan Lynch (’07):  Athlete.  Logan was the outdoor state champion in the Pole Vault in 2006 and 2007, leaping 16’ 1 1/3”, which was a state record.  Additionally, he added 3 indoor state championships.  He went on to compete for Michigan State, where he recorded first place finishes in several invitational meets, clearing 17’ or more on multiple occasions.

Tony Payne (‘75):  Arts/Music; Post-graduation.  Tony was an outstanding performer in both vocal and instrumental music at Bedford, but his accomplishments in the arts post-graduation are tremendous.  He is an Associate Professor of Music, Director of Special Programs and General Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series, and is also the founder of several global and experiential learning programs at Wheaton College. Dr. Payne has been General Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series for more than 30 years.  He has taught arranging, orchestration, electronic music and composition during his long tenure at the Conservatory, and has also served the Wheaton College Chapel Program. As a lifelong contributor to Christian worship, he has composed and published over 100 psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Deborah Rollman (’82):  Athlete.  Debbie was a 3-sport athlete at Bedford, earning letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball.  She was Monroe Evening News All-Region in volleyball and softball, as well as All-State in softball.  Debbie was one of the first female athletes to earn a scholarship to a major university, Texas A&M, where she played on teams that were NCAA champions (’83) and College World Series runners-up (’84 & ‘86). She also competed on the International Women’s USA softball team in ’87 and served as an assistant softball coach at UNLV.

Ashley Winter Kent (’03):  Athlete.  Ashley was a key player in the introduction of swimming at Bedford.  She was a 3x state qualifier in the 200 FR and 500 FR, and earned a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where she swam from 2003-2005.  At EMU, Ashley was a MAC finalist multiple years in the 500 FR and 1650 freestyle.  She continued to serve Bedford as an assistant swim coach for Holly Scheffer for 2 years.  Since graduation, Ashley has served the community as a trauma and critical care nurse at St V’s and as a primary care LPN for patients with mental illness.

Kathy Bankowski:  Teacher, Coach and Community Supporter:  Ms. Bankowski taught Physical Education at BJHS for 24 years (1989-2013).  She was district-wide Physical Education chair for nearly 20 years, and student teacher supervisor for 17 years.  She was awarded the Bedford Teacher of the Year in 2006.  Kathy began volleyball at the JV level in 1980, and was the varsity head coach for 6 years beginning in 1983. She compiled a 256-63 record and led the team to the Final Four in 1988.  She was the Monroe Evening News Coach of the Decade in the 1980s.  She stepped aside to raise her family but continued to coach at the junior high level from 1989-2009.  In 2002, she became the first woman on the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department and now serves as an EMT and Lieutenant.  She encouraged the Junior High to become the first school in the district to purchase an AED.  She often does presentations for the schools, works football games and other events, continuing in her service to Bedford schools.

David Deppen:  Teacher (1959-2000).  Mr. Deppen served Bedford Schools for 40.5 years.  He started as a 6th grade teacher and was one of the staff members who opened Douglas Rd Elementary.  He moved to the staff of the English Dept and was on the inaugural staff at the current high school.  Additionally, he was department chair, President and secretary/treasurer of the BEA.  As part of the CORE committee, he helped identify substance abusers and developed strategies to deal with them.  Beyond his work at the high school, Mr. Deppen also taught at the Child Study Institute in Toledo.  He was appointed Program Director for the entire institution, and worked with multiple civic organizations to coordinate funding and special activities.

Mike Murphy:  Teacher.  Mr. Murphy came to BHS after a career in law enforcement and in broadcast media at several television and radio stations in the Toledo area.  He was instrumental in developing the broadcasting program at Bedford, where he instructed his students with technology that he built and engineered himself. The program’s first radio broadcasts took place as “Bedford Cable Radio” and were broadcast over the local access television station. His students broadcast a myriad of local events, from Bedford Township Board meetings to theater productions and varsity athletic events.  The student-run radio station, WMLZ, was one of the first in the area to receive FCC approval in 2001. Mr. Murphy donated countless time, effort, and money to developing the most state-of-the-art high school broadcasting program in this area. He has gone on to serve as a member of the Addison Community Schools Board of Education as President, and most recently as Treasurer and continues to serve Bedford Public Schools in the Buildings & Grounds Department.

Ron Polek:  Teacher/Coach/Administrator.  Mr Polek began his career at Bedford in 1964 as a math teacher at the junior high level.  He became the assistant principal at the “new” junior high from 1971-1986. In this role, he was responsible for many of the freshman activities.  He was the Assistant Superintendent of Program and Personnel Administration from 1986-1993.  Among  his accomplishments are establishing the Bedford Chapter of National Junior Honor Society and beginning  the Thanksgiving Food Drive at BJHS.  He continued strong community service post-retirement.

1982 State Champion Wrestling Team:  Coached by Bill Regnier; assisted by Tom Joseph, Dick Brighton, Edd Bankowski, and Doug Turner.  The 1982 Wrestling team were undefeated in 7 tournaments, and won 22 dual meets.  They were GLL champions, had 10 regional qualifiers and 6 state qualifiers, all of whom scored team points at state.  Three wrestlers were individual state champions.

2005 State Champion Volleyball Team:  Coached by Jodi Manore.  The 2005 Volleyball team excelled on both the volleyball court and in the classroom.  Eight members were Monroe Evening News All-Region; five were MIVCA All-Region; four were All-State; and two were Academic All-State.  Additionally, they were Team Academic All-State.  Several went on to play sports (volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball) at the collegiate level.

For further information, please contact Phyllis Boehm (phyllis.boehm78@gmail.com) or Edd Bankowski (grapple48@aol.com).

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Alumni Meetup in Sedona, AZ!

From Sue Briskey (Lafontaine), Sue Clift (McPherson) and Diane Vogeli:

OCTOBER 20, 21 and 22, 2017

Make plans to attend a BHS Get Together in AWESOME SEDONA, ARIZONA!

List of activities; the cost of the activities; supply a list and prices for local hotels/resorts; names of golf courses in the area; make a list of activities from shopping to short (3 hours and shorter) trips to fun places. FUN jeep adventures to hiking, fishing and biking. You name it and we have it here or close by. This would also be a great time to start your holiday shopping. Please think about joining in the fun, adventures and even a surprise or two. 

Everyone’s expenses are their own – Pink jeep adventures; Out of Africa Wildlife Adventure; trip to the Grand Canyon; hiking; biking; trip to old Oatman, Arizona on the famous old Route 66; going to once mining town Jerome, Az.; a short trip up the “switchback” road in awesome Oak Creek Canyon, (them onto Flagstaff where 13,000 ft. Humphrey’s Peak is located, the great ski place near here; fishing; shopping in Uptown Sedona; meditating sessions; yoga is very big here as are massage places to be pampered and relax; or just look any direction and enjoy the beauty of our beautiful red rocks of Sedona. 

Depending on how many people attend, we can have socialize time in restaurants or parks here. There is “no charge” per person or couple; no sit down dinner(s) because everyone pays their own expenses. It will be like a vacation with friends. Very simple and relaxed. I will get prices for hotels/resorts; different adventures, etc. Great time to rest up and have fun before the holidays.
Contact: Diane Vogeli at dianetwocu@aol.com
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