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Some Interesting Things About Our Classmates
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Judy Boswell Underwood's "Porch In Maine." A Water Color
Judy Boswell Underwood's "Catalina Casino." A Water Color Painting.
Judy Boswell Underwood's "Chaps, Hat, Rope." A Water Color Painting.
Judy Boswell Underwood's "Chicken And Barn." A Water Color Painting.
Judy Boswell was an important part
of a group of young ladies that kept our School Spirit at a peak. It was
very hard for the young men to keep their eyes on the Athletic Event when
these ladies were doing their thing. Many of us spent more time watching
them than watching the game. It was a pleasure!
There Was Never A Lack Of School Spirit With These Young Ladies On Duty!
Judy Boswell Underwood's "Quiet Harbor." A Water Color Painting.
Lt.Col. Robert Cheveres, A True National War Hero. Scroll Down.
Scroll down to see what the Oxnard Barrio produced. It will
astound you and make you proud to be a part of the Class of 1956
and proud to be an American. Robert "Bobby" Cheveres is a genuine
National War Hero. He did us all proud. An exceptional Military
and a Civilian career. It's O.K. to recognize him for
his service to our country. How about sending him an
e-mail or letter (we don't know his new address) and let him know
that you appreciate his contribution to our Country - both
Military and Civilian?
A Little Background Information On Robert (Bob, Bobby) Cheveres: THIS IS THE VERY FIRST TIME THAT BOB HAS ALLOWED HIS ENTIRE BACKGROUND TO BE GIVEN PUBLICLY. HIS OWN FAMILY KNOWS PERHAPS ONLY 20% OF WHAT FOLLOWS. IT WAS AGREED THAT IF IT TOUCHED ONLY ONE CHILD IT WAS WORTH IT. ** HE IS AN AIR FORCE LT. COLONEL. ** A JET FIGHTER PILOT HAVING FLOWN SUPERSONIC COMBAT AIRCRAFT ** HAS A DEGREE IN AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING ** ANOTHER DEGREE IN SPACE ENGINEERING ** PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR, DEPT. OF AEROSPACE STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, MAYAGUEZ, PR. ** HE IS A GRADUATE OF ALL THE DISTINGUISHED MILITARY COLLEGES TO INCLUDE; A. SQUADRON OFFICERS SCHOOL B. AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE C. INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE OF THE ARMED FORCES D. THE PRESTIGIOUS ³AIR WAR COLLEGE² FOR SENIOR OFFICERS ** HE FLEW OVER 150 AIR COMBAT MISSIONS OVER VIETNAM, LAOS ** HE WAS HIGHLY DECORATED FOR COMBAT AND THESE INCLUDE: A. NOT ONE, BUT TWO ³DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSSES² FOR AIR COMBAT B. EIGHT ³AIR MEDALS² FOR AIR COMBAT C. BRONZE STAR WITH ³V² DEVICE FOR HEROISM IN COMBAT. THESE ARE BUT A FEW OF HIS MANY DECORATIONS ** IN CIVILIAN LIFE HE QUICKLY ROSE TO THE POSITION OF "DIRECTOR" ** IN 1976 HE RECEIVED THE ³KEYS TO THE CITY OF OXNARD² AS A DISTINGUISHED NATIVE SON. ** IRONICALLY, HE WAS RAISED IN SPANISH HARLEM, THE COLONIA, THE BARRIO, ACROSS THE TRACKS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT THERE IN OXNARD.
Young Marines Ready To Defend The Country From all Enemies.
I Watched The Flag Pass By One Day
I watched the flag pass by one day, it fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform so young, so tall, so proud, with hair cut square and eyes alert he'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil; how many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea how many foxholes were soldiers' graves? No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of Taps one night, when everything was still; I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times that Taps had meant "Amen," when a flag had draped a coffin of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives, of fathers, sons and husbands with interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard at the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn't free.
Dr. Tsujio Kato, Mayor, Presenting Lt.Col. Robert Cheveres the "Keys To The City Of Oxnard."
Judy Boswell Underwood's "Front Porch Splendor." A Water Color Painting.
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Christmas in Nicaragua 2002
Seasonıs Greetings & Feliz Navidad,
As the Christmas season approaches, it is a poignant one for us our last Holiday Season in Nicaragua. Darryl will be retiring June 30, 2003. Of course for those of you who know him, he will never retire to a rocking chair or golf course! He hopes to keep active in training for community development. We will be doing home service in the U.S. for the final four months of our contract with CRWRC, so we will be seeing many of you during that time.
Our work has gone well this past year. In the areas where we have agricultural projects supervised by the Church of Christ of Nicaragua there have been good rains for both planting seasons. This has generated good production, a welcome change from previous years. Grain production is up by 10-15%. Vegetable production projects, supervised by Christian Medical Action in Matagalpa, have risen more than 100% this year. Other areas of Central America have not been so fortunate and have experienced extremes of drought or flooding at times.
The YMCA of Nicaraguaıs grain storage/small silo program has grown due to the success of the first project last spring involving four women and one man. They were able to almost double their investment in five months. Others in the project area have been motivated to attempt and follow the good business practices they initiated. They have also traveled to other regions of the country to promote this project among other community bank participants.
The YMCA community bank program, mostly women, continues to grow and develop. The number of participants in these banks has increased by about 50%. Participant savings have increased by an average of about 10% during this year.
The Christian Center for Human Rights continues to educate churches in civic education, helping people to become more aware of their constitutional rights. CCDH is also opening 2 or 3 houses of justice in the up-country regions every year. This allows the people living in the region to have a place to go when they have human rights issues and concerns.
The Christian Reformed Church of Nicaragua is expanding and growing. The monthly payments from the low income housing project, which was started after Hurricane Mitch, are used to continue building more low income houses and to support the churchıs deaconal program which includes Christian schools, home improvement, sewing classes, training in other technical areas, and work with local youth gangs.
Christian Medical Action has increased the number of children in their child nutrition and weight control programs by 10-15%. In 1 to 3 years the malnourished children are raised to a nourished level. The childrenıs health is an indication of the health and well-being of the entire community.
The Nehemiah Center has been giving Biblical Worldview seminars all over the western part of Nicaragua. The seminars are given to church pastors and leaders, Christian school directors and key teachers, Christian non-governmental development agencies, and Christian business leaders. Other technical training is also given by the Nehemiah Center. Requests for training are more than the Center can respond to at this time, but we continue to build our staff as budgets allow.
On a personal note, in July we gave up our apartment and moved into a house that is located in the same neighborhood as our office. We did this to hold the house for the Vander Wees family who are coming the first of January 2003 to replace us. The move has been more stressful than we had imagined because of repairs and upgrading that need to be done to the house. A water tank was installed to provide water during the cityıs water shortages, and for the past three weeks, our home has been topsy-turvy while work crews replaced the roof and installed new wiring throughout the house.
Donna Jean is winding down with her piano lessons, and leadership of a weekly womenıs Bible study. The Bible Studyıs Christmas project is to provide rice and beans to the 150 women in one of our memberıs ministry to prostitutes who are accepting Jesus as their Savior, and coming off the streets of Managua. We continue to be active in our English-speaking church, International Christian Fellowship, whose Christmas project is to provide Christmas baskets and gifts for another memberıs ministry among another smaller group of former prostitutes.
Our son, Vernon, is in California studying for a masterıs degree at University of Southern California in their professional writers program. We look forward to spending time with him next summer.
May you experience joy and peace in your heart as we celebrate Christıs humble birth and acknowledge His lordship of our life, now and throughout the coming year.
Darryl & Donna Jean Mortensen
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