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Golden "G" purpose & scholarship program
Golden "G" scholarship winners
September, 1997, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 1998, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 1999, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2000, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2001, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2002, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2003, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2004, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2005, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2006, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2007, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2008, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2009, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2010, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2011, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2012, Golden "G" luncheon
September, 2013, Golden "G" luncheon




Golden G Club purpose & scholarship program



The Golden G Club was formed in part to provide a general reunion activity for Godwin students that attended Godwin 50 and more years ago. The club was initiated by Adelaide ( Addie ) Grooters, class of 1944, and Bernard Smith, class of 1943. In many cases students were not able to graduate in the early 1940s because of their participation in WWII. Some effectively graduated later, and often chose a class to affiliate with.

Classes were much smaller in the 1930s and early 1940s. In many cases it is not always easy for class members to get a function together now. The Golden G Club helps in all these cases by providing all classes from 50 years before present a place to meet each year, and visit with classmates and students from different years that they probably knew.

The Golden G Club now maintains a scholarship program for Godwin students.

See Golden G Club & scholarship program. for details.

A program with Meijer's allows all Godwin alum to contribute to the scholarship fund as they shop. It costs you nothing, and a percentage of everything you buy goes to the scholarship fund each year. Be sure to use the number 723114.








Some of the Golden G Club scholarship winners are shown below.




Golden G Club scholarship winners.


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2000
Marilyn Jayne Freville
Jennifer Allison Holm

2001
April Lynn Holmes
Alicia Kotus

2002
Joy Fountain
Lacy Wylie

2003
Jenneifer Lynn Burton
Victor Hernandez
Aldijana Lelak

2004
Priscilla Garnett
Sonya Matanovich

2005
John Bennett
Bice-Hasenjaeger
Matt Hoezee

2006
Allen Socha
Lisa Marie Deville
Justin Villafuerte

2007
Gabriela Garcia
Aruna kamara
Ashley Valentine

2008
Monique Antoinette Tumbleson
Brandon Scott Beck
Brittany Dawn Johnson

2009
Corey Brandon Stamps, left,
Iesa Gonzalez, right
Angelica Lopez, right

2010
Summer Jabber
Travis Lepesch
Jorge Zetina

2011
Cayle Peet, left
DeAndrea Patrice
Tiaqua Curry




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The information above is from the December, 2007, issue of Godwin Newsletter. The Golden G Club, as it was known in the beginning, was created by Bernard Smith, class of 1943, and Adelaide Grooters, class of 1944. At some point it became apparent that the "Club" in Golden G Club had unwanted tax implications and the name was changed to just "Golden G."




Checks for the scholarship fund can be sent to:

Attn: Golden G Scholarship Fund
Godwin Heights High School
15 36th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49548

Contributions are tax deductible, and the school business office will send you a receipt.




Material provided by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941, and Norrine (Chase) Polkowski, class of 1946.









- September, 1997, Golden G Club meeting. -

1997 Golden G Club Meeting.

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The 1997 GGC program was provided for scanning by Norrine (Chase) Polkowski, class of 1946.









- September, 1998, Golden G Club meeting. -

1998 Golden G Club Meeting.

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The 1998 GGC program was provided for scanning by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.









- September, 1999, Golden G Club meeting. -

1999 Golden G Luncheon

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The 1999 GGC program was provided for scanning by Bernie Smith, class of 1943.











2000 Golden G Luncheon


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The 1999 GGC program was provided for scanning by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.









2001 Golden G Luncheon


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From the Wyoming Advance, September 18, 2001. Left to right, Maxine (Westra) Schaaf '48,
Jay Schaaf, Violet (Wolfrey) Schovey '48, Jean (Alaria) Sheler '48, Lois (Grooters) McDonald '48 and Barbara (De Bruyn) Miller.
(Names provided by Lee Neugent, class of 1948, and Lee Tanner, class of 1941.)



( Material provided by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.)










2002 Golden G Luncheon

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Attendees, by class:

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2003 Golden G Luncheon

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The phone number at the bottom of page 3 should read 245-3589.




Material provided by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.













2004 Golden G Luncheon

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The phone number at the bottom of page 3 should read 616-245-3589.

The web address at the bottom of page 3 should read www.godwin.bobanna.com

The e-mail address at the bottom of page 3 should read rvkline@comcast.net




Material provided by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.




2004 Golden G Attendance.

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2005 Golden G Luncheon



The 2005 Golden G Luncheon drew about 375 alumni.

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The phone number in the middle of page 2 should read 616-245-3589.

The web address in the middle of page 2 should read www.godwin.bobanna.com



Material provided by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.





2005 Golden G Photographs

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Members of class 1939 and earlier.

Members of the class of 1941

John Spoelman

Dorothy (Vincent) Holwerda, class of 1955, receive '55 flower

Class of 1951

Classes from 1951 to 1955

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Godwin superintendent

Bob Foster, class of 1946, cajoling money for the Golden G scholarship fund.

Bob Ferguson, class of 1955

Norrine (Chase) Polkowski, class of 1946, discussing the 2005 scholarship winners.

Matt Hoezee, 2005 scholarship winner

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Karl Vander Laan

John Spoelman and Karl Vander Laan

Trophy for most grandchildren - 25

Trophy for longest distance traveled for Golden G luncheon - Hawaii

The photographs are provided by Richard Hansen, class of 1953.

Names are needed for entries above denoted by a question mark.









2006 Golden G Luncheon



The 2006 Golden G luncheon drew 405 alumni, spouses, and guests.

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The web address in the middle of page 2 should read www.godwin.bobanna.com



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List of 2006 Golden G Luncheon attendees.

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Material provided by Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941.

The Sound of Music for Seniors.

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Lisa Marie Deville, one of the 2006 Golden G scholarship winners, sang the lyrics above to the sounds of The Sound of Music. People old enough to be members of the Golden G enjoy the humor of aches and pains, something that almost everyone starts to share at about that age.













2007 Golden G Luncheon



The 2007 Golden G luncheon drew 384 alumni, spouses, and guests.

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2007 Golden G Nuggets



A new newsletter about the Golden G

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Almond Foster, class of 1929, is shown seated in the white shirt in the photograph above. He will be 97 in October, 2007. With the recent death of Alice Fitzgerald, also class of 1929, Almond Foster is now the oldest living Godwin alumni. The second oldest in year 2007 is likely Naomi Doxtator, class of 1930, who is alive and well at 94 years of age, and living in Arizona.

For perspective, the school along Division Avenue was built in 1924 and 1925, and the first segment of the highschool building along 36th ( Allen Road at the time ) was built in 1929. Before 1924 Godwin was a one room schoolhouse, which was starting to become hopelessly overcrowded because of the growth of the local area. So Almond ( or "Al" as he was mostly known ) Foster spent at least half of his Godwin days in the one room school house, and the rest in the school building along Division Avenue.


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Left to right, Gabriela Garcia, Norine (Chase) Polkowski, Ashley Valentine.

Two of the three 2007 Golden G scholarship winners. Norine Chase, class of 1946, heads the scholarship committee. Below is a piece from the September, 2007, issue of "Godwin at a Glance."



The item below is the 2007 scholarship application submitted by Gabriela Garcia. Exactly the kind of candidate the scholarship committee is looking for, she is clearly articulate, motivated, and interested in helping the world get better.

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Material submitted by Norrine (Chase) Polkowski, class of 1946.



Memorial scholarship contributions for 2007














2008 Golden G Luncheon



The 2008 Golden G luncheon drew 348 alumni, spouses, and guests.





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Left to right, Monique Antoinette Tumbleson, Brandon Scott Beck, Brittany Dawn Johnson.

Monique Tumbleson will attend Grand Valley State University, as will Brandon Beck. Brittany Johnson will attend Calvin College.

Material submitted by Norrine (Chase) Polkowski, class of 1946.





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Material submitted by Phyllis Start, class of 1948.



Photographs taken the Start house on July 24 after the folding, stuffing and stamping of the 2008 invitations. This has become something of an annual tradition.

The gals are:

Front Left - Elaine Horton DeRuiter '49, Mildred Horton Andrews '43,
Alecia Wicks Pant '51, Dorothy Vincent Holwerda '55, Delores Bats Glass '55,
Marlene Reed Card '55. Right back - Phyllis Horton Lapekes '52,
Donna Sellers Beck '52, Angie Spoelman Steketee '54, Norrine Chase Polkowski '46 ,
Cindi Gross Caldwell '56

The guys are: From Left: Lew Start '48, Ed Polkowski {husband of Norrine '46}, Tom Caldwell '53 and Dale Skinner '53.

The guys helped seal the envelopes.





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2008 Golden G attendance summary.

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2008 Golden G attendance by class

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2008 Golden G scholarship fund raising activities.



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1 - Dorothy Vincent Holwerda - '55 & Marlene Reed Card - '55.

2 - Dorothy Vincent Holwerda - '55 & Marlene Reed Card - '55.

3 - Lewis Start - '48 & Phyllis Oppenner - '48.

4 - Dick Thomas - '55 & Mary Lee Sylskar - '56.














2009 Golden G Luncheon



375 people attended the 2009 Luncheon, which is thought to be a very good turnout given the state of the economy at the time.

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Lee Tanner, class of 1941, produced a number of Godwin history books, based on material she and others supplied for the "Godwin's Past" website. Shown in the photograph above, he son man's a booth at the 2009 Golden G luncheon.



Below: The 2009 Golden G sholarship winners.

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Scholarship winner photos provided by Norrine E. (Chase) Polkowski, chairperson of the scholarship committee.



Maria Sexton came to Godwin in 1948, and was the first physical education teacher for a female physical education class. She stayed only a few years, but Godwin must have made a favorable impression on her. She made a sizable contribution to the Golden G scholarship fund in 2009.

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The photograph of Maria Sexton below is from the 1948 Godwin annual.

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For a number of years, Phyllis (Oppenneer) and Lewie Start have hosted an envelop stuffing event, where Golden G luncheon invitations are prepared for mailing. Below is the 2009 crowd.

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The people in the pictures are as follows:

Across the front to the left: Elaine Horton DeRuiter '49, Beverly McCauley Lenk '57, Pat Kabza Mulder '57, Marlene Reed Card '55, Delores Bats Glass '55, Dorothy Vincent Holwerda '55, Phyllis Oppenneer Start '48, Shirley VandenBosch VanOostendorp '54, Angie Spoelman Steketee '54, Donna Sellers Beck '52, Phyllis Horton Lapekes '52, Mildred Horton Anderson '43, Norrine Chase Polkowski '46. Not in picture but came later to help Doris Esakson Eggerding '57.

The guys are Rex Krausbauer '45 and Lewie Start '48 in charge of sealing the envelopes.













2010 Golden G Luncheon





For a number of years, Phyllis (Oppenneer) and Lewie Start have hosted an envelop stuffing event, where Golden G luncheon invitations are prepared for mailing. Below is the 2010 crowd.

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Scholarship activity in 2010.

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2011 Golden G Luncheon



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2011 Scholarship winners.



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2012 Golden G Luncheon





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Photo at the right, bottom left, is former Godwin teacher Don Schollaart.









2013 Golden G Luncheon


2013 Scholarship winners.




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