Since 1956, the Mena High School 40 Year Club has grown in numbers and interest. Our members enjoy returning to their high school roots every two years to see old friends, former classmates, and family.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. We are here for our members' enjoyment and all work and efforts are done on a volunteer basis.
MHS 40 Year Club News
- Our 2013 Reunion is coming up! - The 2013 Reunion will be held on May 24th and 25th. Click here to print the registration form.
Friday, May 24 -
7 PM - 9 PM - Reception for Incoming Classes 1972-1973
Rich Mountain Community College
Please RSVP on Registration Form
Saturday, May 25 -
2 PM - 5 PM - Reception for All Classes
New Mena High School
3:30 PM Business Meeting
5 PM - Fish Fry
New Mena High School
- 50 Year Pins - Welcome to the Classes of 1962 and 1963 who will be receiving 50 Year Pins at the upcoming 2013 reunion.
- Incoming Classes - Welcome to the incoming classes of 1972 and 1973.
- Please Note Our New Domain Name! - We have changed our domain name to reflect that we are a non-profit organization. Please change your bookmarks to MHS40YearClub.org. Our old domain name, MHS40YearClub.com will be phased out.
Mena has been blessed with folks who enjoy coming home to see old friends and relatives. The MHS 40 Year Club offers an opportunity to former graduates to come together every two years. Many of our members wish to give something to the future graduates that will always be remembered. Think about the past; was there funding when you wanted to go to college? If you can help today, there are certainly students worthy of your consideration who will someday be MHS 40 Year Club members.
MHS 40 Year Club Scholarships
For those new members of the MHS 40 Year Club and also for those members who have always wondered just how our scholarship committee functions, where the monies come from, and where and how the funds are awarded, now is your time of learning:
When the MHS 40 Year Club was started in 1956, the purpose was to have a time and place for those graduates (40 years or more since graduating) to get together every two years. As time passed it was determined that there was an additional need to help deserving new MHS graduates who wished to go on to a college of their choice. Several 40 Year Club members wished to give or leave money for this purpose.
In 1982, the Scholarship Committee was first formed with Elita Flick, Pauline Morrow, Dick Barham, Dick Carver and Lee McMillan as founding members. Louise Waters and Omar Washburn soon became very active with the Scholarship Committee, and Louise soon became chairperson and continued with that responsibility until recently when she thought it time to turn over those duties. We are grateful for the commitment Louise made to the MHS Scholarship Fund. Louise has agreed to remain on the board.
The MHS 40 Year Club Scholarship Committee has received many wonderful contributions over the years. The very first came from Billie Reed Stayer, who contributed $1000.00 in memory of her parents, William P. and Margaret Reed; Morris Griffith left a substantial contribution in his will.
As of February 2013, the Mena High School 40 Year Club Endowment Scholarship Fund established through the Rich Mountain Community College Foundation has a balance of $77,823. This provides for funding for three scholarship awards at $500 each per semester / $1,000 each per annual award based on the $25,000 per endowment level.
Should you wish to discuss making a contribution to our scholarship fund, Judge Gayle Ford would enjoy visiting with you. Every time our endowed funds increase, the amount of scholarship monies available for awards also increases.
If you haven't visited te RMCC facility lately, you will want to do that and you will certainly be pleased with the impressive campus buildings and grounds. The college has a top-notch faculty and staff who are truly dedicated to the education needs of our community.