Franciscan Alumni Association

Established May 28th, 1989
Serving Provinces of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. John the Baptist

Volume 13, Issue 2

December 2001

More than 100 Attend "Picnic Day 2001" Chapter

by Pat Findley, Mike Niklas, Ron Fein, Steve Findley, Phil Zepeda and David Crank

Inside this issue:

riday, June 22 was the kick-off celebration for this year's reunion chapter of the Franciscan Alumni Association. Most activities of the 2001 Chapter took place on the grounds of the former St. Francis Seminary at 10290 Mill Road in Cincinnati. The old sem is now Mercy Franciscan at Winton Woods, a retirement community. The owners graciously allowed us to use all facilities and grounds--they also gave us tables and chairs to use during the dinners and arranged to have the chapel piano tuned for us.

Picnic Day 2001
FAA History III
Reunion Plans
Meet the Board
On the Web
New Logo
Class Photo Gallery
Current Projects

Approximately 100 alumni and guests attended. The class of '76 was celebrating its 25th anniversary. They had a good turnout with 8 classmates present: Pat Daly, Paul Landers, Jerry Kennedy, Donn Wiley, Steve Degnan-Schmidt, Steve Simon, Mike Lippman, and Tom Riddle.

The celebration started in the late afternoon with Dave Im

hoff '71 and family handling registrations. We gathered in the field between the old tennis courts and Mill Rd. By then, volunteers who had arrived early had set up tables, a baseball field and a volleyball court. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst were grilled to perfection by Donn Wiley and Pat Daly '76. Pat insisted it was Picnic Day tradition to season the ham

burgers with beer while they were on the grill. Donn objected when Pat wanted to use Budweiser, his favorite brand, but relented when a compromise was reached and they decided to use Bud Light, since neither of them was drinking it.

The traditional softball game was a hard fought battle between Fr. Berard Doerger's team and Steve Schmidt's team. Schmidty's team prevailed by a score of 7-5 in spite of the gallant effort put forth by Fr. Berard. It was an awesome sight to see Fr. Berard dive to the ground to field a grounder and from his knees throw out a base runner by half

Donn Wiley '76, Pat Findley '74 and Mike Niklas '75 organized the events for the opening night and provided the delicious food and drinks. Charlie Bullington '67 handled arrangements with the manager of the former seminary grounds. Months of planning came together with a fantastic evening of games, fellowship, and nostalgia.