Roann alumni gather for annual banquet



The 89th Roann High School Alumni Banquet was held on Friday April 19, 2024 in the Roann Community Center with 40 former students attending. Ray Meyer, Alumni President welcome everyone and had each attendee give their name and their association with Roann High School. Roger Meyer, Vice President, led the group in prayer before the meal was served. In-Laws Catering served a great dinner of Crusted Chicken and Pulled Pork along with great side dishes.

After everyone was stuffed, Jerry Nelson President of Roann’s Community Heritage, Inc. gave an updated on their project “Light up Roann”. Phase one is complete and phase two will start in June. More lights and sidewalks are in store for Roann. Jerry showed pictures of a clock that will be put up in down town Roann in honor of Jimmy Turner. Mr. Turner lived in Roann until he was eighteen and never forgot his roots connected to our great little town. Thanks to his generosity, phase two should be done by end of 2024.

Ron McColley, President of the Stockdale Mill Association, talked about the work being done to the mill this spring. Due to the high water, it is going slow. Opening date for the mill will be postpone until this project is completed. Volunteers are needed to help at the mill. If you would like to help, check their website or contact Ron at 260-330-9253.

Von Krom of the Covered Bridge Association told that the project for the bridge new roof has been completed. Next project is painting the bridge, maybe this summer.

The evening entertainment was great nostalgia music provided by The Eel River Ramblers, bringing back memories of their high school years.

Meyer held a short business meeting after their walk down memory lane. Krom gave the Secretary/Treasure ’s report and it was approved. Next year’s banquet will be on April 18, 2025. It was decided to keep the same officers since they did such a great job for 2024. They are, Ray Meyer, President, Roger Myer, Vice-President and Von Krom, secretary/Treasure r. The meeting was then adjourned.

Those who attended were: Mr. & Mrs. Von Krom, Sharon Newhouse, Ruth Ann Dyson,

Ray Meyer, Bonnie Corn Laycock, Mr. & Mrs. Don Griffith, Ryan Meyer, Mr. & Mrs. Phil Draper, Mr. & Mrs. Don Richardson, Roger Meyer, Priscilla Van Buskirk, Nancy Garett, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Meyer, Jennifer Draper, Mr. & Mrs. Ron McColley, Louella Krom, Mr. & Mrs. Dean Metzger, Suzanne Fouts, Mr. & Mrs. Don Everest,

Mr. & Mrs. Dave Closser, Larry Hively, Pat McNabney, Nancy Kratzer, Margaret Dersham Durrer and Joann Zintsmaster

Roann’s Community Heritage-an Indiana Main Street non-profit affiliate-invites you to join us as we continues to Light Up Roann! They completed the first phase of installing vintage-style lampposts along Roann’s historic main street last year. Now we are moving forward to install lampposts from the downtown area to State Road 16 and some lights south of the downtown area to the Roann Public Library as well as along the east side of Chippewa Road in front of In-Laws Catering and Creamery.

Thank you to all of you who have supported the project in so many ways. We welcome your continued support as we complete the next phase of the installation. We will have concrete and electrical costs. Donations of any size are welcome! Every gift, no matter how small or how large will make a difference. Gifts of $500 or more will be recognized with a plaque on a sign. With your help, Roann will be shining even brighter! To donate: simply mail a check to Roann’s Community Heritage (RCH) at P. O. Box 36, Roann, IN 46974 or scans the QR code to donate to RCH online through the Community Foundation of Wabash County. Any questions, RCH president Jerry Nelson (765-348-6557) has the answers!

Walk By Faith Community Church is having Fellowship Fiesta that’s coming up on May 5th from 5 to 7pm. They will have tacos, nachos, cotton candy, and snow cones. There will games, activities, and a bounce house. Everyone is invited! Stop by and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

It is time to gather information for the Roann Lions Club calendar. If there are any updates, additions, or someone to delete please contact Donna Harman at 765-833-5663. Donna needs those notifications before May 1st please. Birthdays and anniversaries are on the calendar for those who purchase the calendar. Calendar will be $10.00 this year. Thank you for your continued support.

Roann Festival Committee has set the date for their Richvalley tenderloins fundraiser on May 18 – Dine in this year. It will run from 11:00 AM to? (Sold out). More information will follow.

L.I.F.E. Center –

Mark your calendar – only two more meetings for Mentoring and More before the end of the school year. They are May 6th and May 20th. Come and join the last two classes before summer starts. To learn more about L.I.F.E. Center services or ways you can help feel free to stop in at 489 Bond Street in Wabash or call them at 260-563-7275. Their hours are, Monday: 1PM – 6PM, Wednesday: 10 AM – 4 PM, Friday: 1PM – 4 PM.

The Roann United Methodist Church on Sunday, Mat 5th invites you to come and hear Doctor Jerry Howard. An offering for our missions will be taken up. Junior church is available. You are welcome to worship with us in person at 9:00 AM or online.

Upcoming events:

May 2-Roann Lions Club-Town Hall-7:00 PM

May 5-Walk by Faith- Fellowship Fiesta- 5:00 to 7:00 PM

May 9-RCH-6:30 PM

May 13-Roann Board Meeting-7:00 PM-Town Hall

May 18-Roann Festival Committee – Richvalley tenderloins.

Please be praying for Ken Smeader, Jeff Krom, Don Griffith, Russell Quillen, Tiffany Howard, Rob Mace, and our Country. Stay safe and stay healthy. God bless you all.

Couples celebrating Anniversaries:

May 4-Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Chamberlain

May 6-Mr. & Mrs. David Doud

Birthday celebration goes to:

April 26-Hunter Travis – 11 years old

April 30-John Newcomer

May 2—Donna Deck

May 3-Jaycle Paige Krom

May 4 Carston Chamberlain

May 6-Janet Shoue

May 7-Pamela Ford and Alan Stouffer

I can be reach by e-mail at or at the Roann United Methodist Church on Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Also by phone 765-833-2614. News deadline will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to appear in the next week paper

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