66th Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                  December, 2013

Willy Wellston

Willy Wellston designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

2 years until

 Reunion 2015
To be announced


WHS Alumni Club

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Snail Mail 15.00
1/1/14 - 12/31/14



2012 Buzzbooks available

56 pages of alumni information
(while supplies last)


Mail check to:
PO Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366

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2013  Member List











JoAnn (Williams) Croce '60
6140 Wagner Avenue

I would like to apologize for this being the first Flashlight issued since December, 2012,  I have a lot of excuses why - and all of them valid - but the truth is I was just burnt out and needed a break. Reunion 2012 took a large toll on me. With only 200 people attending the Saturday night dinner. This is a far cry from the 325 we committed to.  It was a wonderful affair - both Friday and Saturday night. The food was outstanding, the tables were marked with the classes so you knew who was sitting next to you and wine was served with dinner. Those who attended had a ball, however, we did not take in enough money to cover all the costs.

I had hoped that after I turned over my reunion responsibility to others that I would have more time to devote to the Flashlight, but instead I encountered personal things that had to be finished and never found the time to work on the Flashlight.

My computer crashed in March. I purchased a new laptop with Windows 8 which has turned out to be a learning process in itself!  It has taken me a lot longer to learn this new operating system.

My husband fell off a ladder and broke his pelvis which put him in a wheelchair for 2 1/2 months. This all happen This all happen while downsizing large home to a villa. Ever tried putting 11 rooms of collectables into 4 rooms?  It's impossible - I had to let things go which put me into a deep state of depression. Depressed people can't create!

There hasn't been much participation sending news and/or shared memories from the past from our alumni. FaceBook seems to be getting all of that action lately. Without any info to print, it is impossible to create a newsletter. This is why I have decided to publish quarterly instead of monthly. Since our membership has dropped so much, It would be too costly for the mailing and printing if we didn't make some cuts.

A couple of weeks ago I received a thank you note from a member.  It reads:


I've been meaning to write you for some time to say thanks for all the work and time you put in on the WHS paper, reunion, alumni, etc,etc  projects.  I'm sure it all involved a lot of work and initiation to get all of them organized plus delivered.  Although I've never been interested in reunions of any kind I thought it was really a fantastic thing to put all these things together for all the graduates of Wellston who were interested in finding out about their old friends and renewing acquaintances. You and all the folks who helped you really did a kind and thoughtful deed in bringing these people together. 

Again, thank you ALL very much - I hope you realize how much so many people appreciated what you did - you made a lot of us feel good!!!

                                                                                         xxxxxx '65

P.S. Not into reunions but enjoyed reading about old friends and classmates in your paper.  I even got in touch with a couple of my old friends.

Reading that note made me feel good. Even though our membership numbers have declined over the past few years, there are those who receive the Flashlight and really enjoy reading it.  I had thought perhaps the drop was because the Flashlight wasn't as interesting as it once was, but then not everyone feels that way. We have people who want news from and/or about their classmates. It has given me a new purpose - or maybe just awoken the old purpose - I don't know which.

I am willing to publish a newsletter, but you our alumni, must provide some information for me to print!  Email your news or send articles to our post office box. Let us know what is going on in your life. Don't just post it on FaceBook.  Not everyone uses FaceBook. Remember, I can't print a newsletter unless there is information to print!  

Lets all start fresh. The alumni club needs support and your yearly dues gives them that.  As a special benefit you receive links to the Flashlight and news about your friends and classmates. Dues for 2014 are $10.00 to receive the newsletter via email or $15.00 to have it mailed to your home. The application link is above the buzzbook picture in the left column. 

It is up to us to keep our club alive. We need everyone's participation to make it successful. I hope you feel that I do a good job and want to be part of the effort. Keep in mind that all of my work as well as the work of the editors is voluntary. We do not get paid one cent plus we pay our $10.00 for dues too.





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 December, 2013



Tom O'Connor '61 Retires after 27 years serving as Police Chief in Maryland Heights, Mo, Tom O'Connor has decided to put his gun down and pick up a fishing pole.

Tom also served on the St. Louis County Major Case Squad as well as commanding 79 officers and 10 dispatchers.

Judy (Williams) Smith '70 retired from Ryder Trucking System after 20 years of service. Before working for Ryder she worked in the banking industry, starting at the State Bank of Wellston after high school.

Judy plans on spending time with her grandchildren and traveling. 

The ladies from the class of 1947 have met twice a year for lunch since their 50th reunion in 1997. Recently Bill Cary has joined the lunches. His many stories have been a welcome addition.

Seven classmates attended this fall's luncheon at Henkel's in Florissant. Standing, Left to right, Billie Smith, Bill Cary, Ruth Wilma Oburn, and June Oswald. Seated: Elva Torrence, Betty Smith and Norma Edwards.

80 students made up the class of 1947 which was one of the largest classes to graduate from Wellston. This included a lot of servicemen returning after WWII.

Bill Voos, WHS Class of 1948, was included in the "50+ Celebrating Success" invitational art exhibition this past June at the Washington University Steinberg Gallery. The show consisted of 30 works of art created by 20 artists who graduated from the Washington University School of Fine Art at least fifty years ago. There were over 800 entries from invited artists.  Voos, whose painting was titled "Arabesque - After The Fair", graduated from Washington University in 1952.  He has been retired as dean and professor of art emeritus at Herron School of Art of Indiana University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) since 1995 and is an editor of our WHS alumni newsletter.

The reunion committee is meeting each month to come up with a budget for Reunion 2015.  They are looking for help in planning the reunion.  If you can spare a few hours to meet each month or have any suggestions to help improve the next reunion, please let them know. 

Reunions are being held every three years. To continue this more people will have to attend. 325 people were guaranteed for Reunion 2012, however, only 200 attended. The alumni club lost money because they had to make up the difference. The club dues helped defray most of this loss.

To make the next reunion more affordable, the committee is looking into serving a buffet instead of a sit-down dinner. They are also looking into changing the venue and they are planning a one (1) night affair instead of the three (3) nights as before. They are looking for ways to make it affordable for all to attend.

 If there is not more participation at Reunion 2015, then more changes will have to be made. We may possibly have change to every 5 years instead of 3.

Pictured, Larry Turner '60, Cheryl Horne '61, Sharon Narrell '57, JoAnn Williams '60, Mary Kay Parker '56.

 Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about -
Ratings at the bottom.

1.Candy cigarettes
2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles

4. Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the movie

6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records

11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13.Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered
11-15 =You're older than dirt!

We might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of our lives.


Sandy Campion '64
6241 Lennox

           Bud O'Brien '63
                       6345 Evanston

The grandparents of Matt Wynn, Bud O'Brien ‘63 and Sandy (Campion) O'Brien ’64 patiently awaited the start of  American Idol to  in January of last year so they could find out how their grandson fared in the Chicago July audition. Matt had been sworn  to secrecy until the show aired live. Matt was one of the top 75 finalists before being cut in Hollywood.

Matt has not given up his dream and will try again. Hopefully, he will make it to the final 20 the next time.  Bud and Sandy will keep us up to date so we can watch his progress.

Wisdom doesn't always come with age---sometimes age just shows up by itself.



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Looking for help!
Wellston address:
(1514 Oak Grove)

Krim (Creme) Wolf Williams '42 sent us a request looking for help. In addition to her sewing classes and the food pantry, volunteering for meals on wheels she also attends a class at Washington University where she is writing her memoir. She is concentrating on the Great Depression and her experience during it. 

During the class someone asked "what did you eat?" That was hard to remember she thought, however in talking to some of her peers a few memories were stirred and now she is looking for help from others.  She wants to know - what did YOU eat back then. 

Some 'for instances" are: Mustard & onion sandwiches, fried baloney, corn meal mush - now called polenta which is very fashionable to serve. We ate Pimento cheese that came in those little juice glasses and White Castles were 3 for 10 cents. For school lunch visited the confectionary across the street from the old school on the hill eating chili with a  Nehi grape soda drink. fried or hand pies and we had meat once a week for dinner.

She remembered going to Levins on Page Ave selecting a live chicken and having them clean it. Shopping on Easton Ave on Saturday when it was THE busy shopping center! There were so many people there you had to walk in the street to get past the stores and their sidewalk displays. For a dime you could ride the street car with a transfer to go anywhere in St. Louis.

Enough of Krim's remembering, now back to the original question. What did YOU eat during the Great Depression or in your youth years while going to grade school and or high school? 

Some of us lived during or at the end of the depression, however, most were born during World War II. We heard stories about what happened during the depression years with what and how our parents and grandparents survived. Send in your memories so they can be passed on to Krim. 

(Krim is the wife of the late WHS teacher, principal, and superintendent, Lance Williams)

Special to the Flashlight by Sandy Gibbons '57 LaRouche

Our eyes open and close and what is left  is our memory.  Our memory, for so long as we keep it, is very sweet but subject to fading.

 The eye of the camera opens and closes and what’s left is 1/60 of a second of the perfection of memory.

 The story of our lives is revealed in the little Kodacolor or black and white photos we find tucked into books or in that shoebox  buried in another box in the basement. Many WHS alum have generously shared those images.

Others have found that those parts of our lives were thrown away by overly zealous parents when “cleaning house.” 

I got a little Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas one year. Then I saved my money for a close up lens to supplement its very limited abilities. I tried to make portraits of the people I loved, without much success. In doing that I did manage to catch a few moments here and there and only a portion of  got thrown away in one of my uncle’s cleaning binges. It’s easy to throw away other people’s things than it is your own.

The cost of film, #5 flashbulbs (remember flash bulbs) and developing limited me. Imagine what I could do now with digital available in every form. Actually, we don't have to imagine it, I do it, but not with cell phone held in the air all the time.

Taking pictures gave me some confidence I didn’t have. I could be part of the scene without participating. I was, in my own way, very shy, never going to a class mixer or such for fear of rejection. Eventually, I figured out that there were a lot of other people who felt like that too and I became less self conscious.

 Working for Rembrandt Studios on Easton Avenue, as a clerk, helped me get over one form of shyness. I was a true believer and I believed that a portrait was “the gift that only you can give.” The parent company, CPI, just went out of business, also done in by the digital revolution. But for a sexually aggressive co-worker, I probably would still have been working for them when they shuttered their doors. Or perhaps I would have become like Annie Leibowitz, the famous portrait photographer--not likely but possibly.

Now I capture my children and grandchildren when I can. I look back at the limited number of photos of my own children. There were years when I didn’t have a camera or the money it took to take a lot of photos.

When I look at these little photographs, I remember when their little flower faces looked up to me, as if I were the sun, the center of their very small universe. Their universe has grown much larger now.

Most of the Wellston High photos I have already shared or my uncle disposed of long ago.  So I have to rely on my memory and I don’t remember as well as I once did.

I keep on snapping pictures. When or if my memory is gone, I shall sit in my corner and look at these smiling faces and ask myself, “Now who in the heck is that? O yeah, that's me.”


It isn't where you came from that counts---but where you are going



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Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace

Our Wellston Trojan

Stan Dodd '41
1551 Wellston Ave
Dorothy Tapy '42
1530 Wellston Ave

Glen Einspanier '45
xxxx Lenox Ave

Winifred Pearson '47
5975 Ridge Ave

Gary Huffstutter '62
6308 Ella

Jack Patriquin '45
Minerva Ave

Pat Threlkeld '57
6121B Ella

Fred Byington '58
Valle Drive

Eleanor Blume '45
6419 Wells Ave


Linda Brooks '63
6306 Derby

Emmitt Gamache '44
6319 Suburban

Clara Thompson '47
6313 Audrey





Ron Crowder '67
6174 Minerva Ave

Condolences to:
David (Poncho) Cannady '51
in the passing of his mother at the age of 101 years.
Donna (Dodd) Stair '55 in the passing of her brother, Stan Dodd '41
Henry and Caroline Tapy
in the passing of their sister, Dorothy Tapy '42
Maxine Parker '44
in the passing of her husband, Glen Einspaanier '45
Betty Gillies '46
in the passing of  her husband Robert Elmore
Bill Gamache '50
in the passing of his brother, Emmitt Gamache '44
Donna Hagan '68
in the passing of her x-husband, Gary Huffstutter '62
Lorraine Smith
  '57 in the passing of her husband,  John Murray
Hap Shepherd '57
in the passing of his wife, Pat Threlkeld '57
Jack Shepherd '62
in the passing of his sister-in-law, Pat Threlkeld '57
Joyce McIntosh '58
in the passing of her husband, Fred Byington '58
Sandy Gibbons
in the passing of her half brother, Orville (Art) Scarbrough (class unknown)
Ed '51 & Linda Byington '68
in the passing of their brother, Fred '58
LaVerne Narrell '49
in the passing of her brother-in-law, Fred Byington '58
Don Blume '51
in the passing of his sister, Eleanor Blume '45
Gary Brooks '65
in the passing of his sister, Linda Sue Brooks '63
Carolyn '61 and Aaron '63 Crowder
in the passing of their brother Ronnie Crowder '67

 Dianna Ijames '65 in the loss of her brother Wallis "Jesse" Ijames age 55 (attended grade school)
Larry Tyler '65
in the passing of  his father Wm Harold Tyler, age 87 -



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A Beauty and Fragrance Quiz
by: Sandy Gibbons LaRouche

Women’s fragrances are now mostly represented by an impossibly beautiful model. But here is a little game for you about beauty product tag lines--old and new.  Fill in the blanks or just think about how you smelled in the 50’s, 60’s 70’s.  Answers will be found on page ___________. 

We do not grade on a curve. No penalty for cheating and it doesn’t go on your permanent record.

For Women

1.   I can’t seem to forget you. Your ______ stays on  my mind.

2.   Promise her anything but give her __________________.

3.   Between love and madness lies ___________________.

4.   Share the fantasy _________________(this is a hard one but it has the same answer as#10) 

5. The closer he gets, the better you look______________

 6. Wear Your Love Like Heaven_______________________

 7. If you want to capture someone’s attention, ___________

 8. Want him to be more of a man? Try being more of a woman _____________

 9. Does she or doesn’t she?_______________________

 10.   Every woman alive loves _________________________.


 For Men

 1.  ________________________Be careful how you use it.-came with a small self defense booklet.

  2.  ___________________:If your grandfather hadn’t worn it, you wouldn’t be here.

 3.  "Separates the men from the boys"  _______________________________________

 4.  ____________________From the ship that sails the ocean (must be whistled-hint-same as #2)

 5.___________As different as you are and also The Essence of Man 

 6. There’s just something about an _____________man!

 7.  All my men wear_____________________.

 8. What is remembered is up to you.______________

 9.  Thanks, I needed that.___________

 10. If you doubt yourself, wear something else.____________



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Ray Morse '56 and Mary Kay Parkier '56
6435 Etzel Ave                     6452 Wellsmar

Mary Kay (Parker) and I, Ray Morse, (both from the class of 1956) spent part of our honeymoon in 1957 at Montauk State Park rainbow trout fishing - actually catching a few as I recall. We both  enjoy fly fishing, especially trout as these fish only occur in beautiful country. Throughout our 57 years together we have been able to fish in many places but are especially fond of the Rocky Mountains. This year we attended a gathering of bamboo rod makers, dealers and enthusiasts in Lyons Colorado which is a small town a bit north of Denver on the east slope of the Rockies.   We fished in this area several times before as Rocky Mountain National Park is just up the road and the St. Vrain River runs through Lyons. The Big Thompson is an hour north, the South Platte is 2 hours south - you get the idea.  Lyons is a great location for trout fishing.

This year, after attending the bamboo rod gathering in Lyons,  we decided to try our luck on the San Juan River just over the New Mexico state line from Durango which is on the Southern border of Colorado. This river is a "must fish" for trout nuts and we wanted to try our luck there.

As this was a shared vacation, a little sightseeing was in order so we charted a route that took us pretty well down the backbone of the mountains.  This southern part of the state has rivers with names like "Los Animas" (river of lost souls) and "Delores" (river of sorrow) and other Spanish names showing the early influence of Spanish exploration.

We booked a guide service, Animas Valley Anglers, and fished for two days. They provided a guide along with a Mackenzie boat so we could drift all day from the Navaho Dam through the catch and release area of the river. The San Juan and more specifically the part of the river below the Navaho Dam is zoned catch and release where it is believed this segment holds more fish per mile than any other river and is the best trout fishing in the USA. Two species of trout are primarily found here, rainbows and browns. There is also a small population of cutt-bows which is a cross between cutthroat and rainbow.

In the early morning of the first day we were picked up by Will Bouchard, owner of AVA with a boat in tow.   Will is a good companion and suggested we might have some dry fly action (floating flies) as the day was overcast (good for bugs on the water). Sure enough, the bugs hatched all day and we fished dry flies only to surfacing trout. We lost count of the number of fish we landed - there were a lot.  A Bull Snake that was 5 or 6 feet long, made a pass at getting in the boat. Will used the landing net to let the snake know we were not a floating log!

The second day was bright and clear. We switched from dry flies to nymphs which represent the pre-flying form of various bugs.  These are drifted underwater and are very productive. Mary Kay became a member of the 20-20 club (an informal society comprised of folks who have caught a 20 inch brown trout on a size 20 fly).  You can see in the photo, she was a happy camper. We did have some clouds in the afternoon for an hour or so and caught fish on dry flies.  A perfect trout day!

The Durango and Silverton Railroad is a narrow gauge steam powered locomotive train which runs daily during the season from Durango to Silverton, CO. The train was built to send supplies up the Animas River Valley to silver miners then bring the silver out.  The train has been restored to the original equipment and riding this train is an unforgettable experience. The scenery spectacular. Silverton sits at over 9300 feet above sea level and has not changed much in the last 100 years or so.  While catering primarily to tourists, Silverton still boasts unpaved streets and board sidewalks.

Share your stories with us so we know what have YOU been up to since high school!




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by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER
(6418 Mount Avenue)

      Maybe you didn’t have this problem while attending high school. Maybe you were the one with the smooth beautiful /or/handsome skin you didn’t have to worry about, but others did! The hormones are going crazy during that awkward time in our lives. Sorry to say, one of the places it showed was on your face.  Wouldn’t you just know it - they would break out both in the wrong places and of course, the WRONG times. 

You are going on a date and a “zit” breaks out on your forehead or chin. Ugh! It’s red, it’s getting bigger, it hurts and it makes you mad and sad at the same time. What will the other person say? What could they say? It’s right there to be noticed! So we went to the medicine cabinet and looked for what they constantly advertised on TV's Bandstand-Clearasil! It was that brown (supposedly skin tone colored) stuff in the tube that was promised to cover and heal at the same time.

You could always smell the Clearasil on the other person no matter how much perfume or deodorant was put on! But the wearer would try to put their “best face forward” (pun intended). The stuff was also uncomfortable on your face or anywhere else for that matter. It would dry and get brittle. But that was our only right now remedy that I knew of at the time.

Wash your face every day, keep it clean, try to minimize those oils that appeared, use the creams that “got down to those pores” we were told and it could eliminate those “zits”. Nice try, but it didn’t work! (Or perhaps you have a different story!) And Clearasil may have somewhat covered, but I don’t remember it ever healing those “zits”.  The ProActiv of today would have been great back then!

So we endured the “zits” period of our lives. The person who liked us, had to except our “zits” as we we did theirs.  Think of all those times in front of the mirror looking at and trying to get rid of them.  Aren’t you glad that’s over or sort of over for those who still have them from time to time!

Roger Noon ‘62         



Answers to Women’s Questions
  1. Windsong 
  2. Arpege 
  3. Obsession 
  4. Chanel No.5 
Clairol's Nice 'N Easy
  6. Love’s Baby Soft 
  7. Whisper 
  8. Coty Fragrances
  9. Clairol  
10. Chanel No.5
Answers to Men’s Questions
1. Hai Karate 
2. Old Spice 
3. Hugo Boss 
4. Old Spice  
5. Brut 33 and Brut  
6. Aqua Velva  
7. English Leather   
8. Paco Rabanne
9. Mennen Skin Bracer
10.  Jade East




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Bill Voos (’48)
Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche ’57
JoAnn (Williams) Croce ’60
Bea McBride '66

Sharon (Narrell) Ridgeway '57

Terry Hatridge '57

Mary Kay (Parker) Morse '56
Bonnie (Landsbury) Burrows '57
Larry Turner '60
Cheryl Horne '61
Shelia (Roberts) Conover '66

Buzz Book
Pat (Miner) Slatton '62

WHS Alumni Club
P.O. Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366

Phone 636-978-9330


[email protected]


Email address are available online:

Reconnect to your class friends and neighborhood playmates.
If you would like to be listed send us a note!

The Winter Boots

   (Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this )

Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her reception class pupils put on his boots?

He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

 She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.'

 She looked, and sure enough, they were.

 It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as, together; they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the correct feet.

 He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.'

 She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?” like she wanted to.

 Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.

 No sooner had they got the boots off when he said, 'they’re my brother's boots. My Mum made me wear 'em.'

 Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

 Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?'

 He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

 She will be eligible for parole in three years.

Wagner Electric Christmas Luncheon
December 12th
St. Rita Cafeteria
10:30 - ????

                North and South Avenue @ Page Avenue
                Admission Fee: $3.00 - light lunch served

If you or your parent(s) worked at Wagner, join in on the fun.

For more information contact: Jerry Blankenship 314-808-4209

Send in Your Story! Let us know where you’ve been and what you’ve done with your life.  Everyone loves a good story – what better reading then about someone you know!!  [email protected]


Alumni Information

Name:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Class:                   Date of birth                           

Current address                                                                                                                                                         Phone #                                           cell #                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

City/State/Zip                                                                                                  Cell #                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Spouse’s Name:                                                                                            WHS alumni?  Y  N     Class            Date of birth                       Wellston Address                                                                                 

Spouce’s Wellston Address____________________________                                                                                                                                                               ___________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Email address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Contact if you move:

Name of a relative not residing with you: ______                                                                                                                                                         ________                                                                                    

Address:    ___________________________________________                                                                                                              _     ______                                                                                             

City/State/Zip    _______________________                                                                                                                                                                __________                                                         __________

Relationship;     _______________________________  ________ Phone #______              ________________________

Email address:   ______________________________________                              _Cell #_     _____________________________                                                                                                                        


       dues for 2014  $10.00 [ ] (Flashlight link and news emailed)                     $15.00 [ ] Flashlight mailed home

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Make checks payable and mail to:


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PO BOX 774

O'Fallon, MO 63366


Any questions? call: 636-978-9330




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