Managing the BFE Database

Maintaining the database for the BFE is a major undertaking. There are over 22,000 names in our database and we send out over 11,000 Nexus newsletters.  Twice a year as we prepare the new issue of the Nexus we process the database through the NCOA(National Change of Address) system.  This helps us to mitigate the number of newsletters that are mailed to old or incorrect addresses. Since the BFE utilizes “Address correction Requested” we are charged .60 for each Nexus that is forwarded and $2.00 for each copy that is returned to us as “Undeliverable”.

Then again, approximately 2 weeks after each mailing we start receiving the returned newsletters.  If a newsletter gets returned, I mark your record as undeliverable and you will not receive the next issue (or any additional if you do not contact us and provide and updated address). I also update your dues status if you have renewed your membership.

How can you help us?  If possible, send your address change information to our mailbox at BFEaddresschange@Gmail.com .  It helps us to update your information if we have it electronically.  If you prefer, you may still send your address change by U.S. mail to our PO Box.  In either case include name, I.D.#, grad. year, maiden name, spouse’s name (if alumni), phone and email.  Our preference is to have as many change of address requests sent in via email so that we can quickly and efficiently process your information. I will update your address as soon as I receive the email and you will not miss an issue.

You can now renew your membership via PayPal at our website. You do not need to have a PayPal account. Just a credit card.  It is easy and the BFE gets your renewal immediately.  http://baldwinfoundationforeducation.com/membership/.  We have made it easier to choose a 1 year membership @ $25 or a lifetime membership @ $125. Of course, you can still mail a check to our PO Box . Your membership dues not only help to defer our printing and mailing costs, but also go towards supporting the current students of the Baldwin school district.

Thanks,

Tim McDermott ‘75

2020 Alumni Beach Party Cancelled

Due to health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Baldwin Foundation for Education (BFE) has decide to cancel the 2020 Alumni Beach Party that was scheduled for September 12, 2020 at the Mushrooms at Lido Beach. We regret this decision as we know how many folks look forward to this event to “catch up” with their fellow class members. See you in 2021.

Beach Party 2016

Remembering William A. “Bill” Sawyers

This came from Lakeland, (FL) Ledger:
WILLIAM A.
SAWYERS, 92

LAKELAND – William A. ‘Bill’ Sawyers, beloved husband, father, and educator passed away on March 27, 2020 at the age of 92.
Bill was born in 1927 in the Panama Canal Zone, the son of William and Grace Sawyers, where his father served as principal of the American high school. Bill and his family later settled in at Patchogue, NY. He joined the US Army toward the end of WWII, and was assigned to the 2d Division, a newly formed unit of mountain warfare ski troops.
Bill attended Bates College where he met the love of his life, Shirley Pease. They graduated together in 1949, and married in 1950. With a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry, Bill began his career as a teacher in Baldwin, NY where he remained committed to his students until retiring in 1986.
Bill was a life-time learner, completing a MS in Bio Science from Columbia in 1950, and a Doctorate in Animal Behavior from Penn State in 1966.
All of his studies were focused on one purpose – to foster unique educational opportunities for his students. Bill created an award-winning Science Research Skills course that fostered a generation of doctors, scientists, veterinarians, researchers, and professionals across all walks of life. In recognition for his many contributions to his students, Bill was selected as ‘Teacher of the Year’ in New York State in 1982, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Adelphi University.
Retiring to Lakeland in 1986, Bill remained active in the community playing drums in the Lakeland Concert Band and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed many years living across the backyard from his brother Jim Sawyers and his lovely wife Carol.
Bill is survived by his son Jim Sawyers, son Alan Sawyers, and daughter Wendy Romano along with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now joins Shirley, his beautiful bride of nearly 65 years, who passed away in 2015. Rest in Peace.
Memorial service will be held for Bill at the Grace Lutheran Church at a time to be determined when it is safe to gather once again. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.heathfuneralchapel.com
Published in Ledger from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2020

Class of 1970 50th Reunion

The Baldwin High School Class of 1970 will be holding it’s 50th Reunion.

Details:

Location: Marriott Hotel , Uniondale, NY

Date: September 12, 2020 7PM to 11PM

For more information or to be added to our mailing list, contact baldwinclassof1970@gmail.com

Winter 2020 Nexus is in the mail.

The latest issue of the Nexus is in the mail and some of you may have already received it. We have a new printer this year so there was a slight delay in getting this issue out. Feel free to provide any feedback on this issue or any other thing on your mind.

Beach Party 2018 and Reunion Weekend Photos

Line up at beach Don Schreier ’60, Ray Cody ’60, Richard Cruz ’59, Joan Stieglitz Sutermeister ’59, Vincent Mischke ’59, Irene Gilbert McDuffee ’59, Patti Patterson Wallace ’59, Jimmy Wallace ’60, Barbara Dixon Ryan ’59, Steve DiMartino ’59, Elaine Hoppe Feldis ’58, Geri Rojck Heyward ’59 and Ray Gresalfi ’59.
Back Row: Barbara Gill, Paul Zuckerman, Diane Marber Garcia, Frank Lotito, Judy Simon, Jim Carl, John Brown, Emily Block, Jim Candidus and Steve Diamond. Front Row: Barry Russin, Alison Lovitt, Joyce Kleinberg, Claire Pelligrino, Marcia Galembo, Wendy Matthy and Pat Pisciotto.
Jack McGinley ’69, Barbara Goldman Hagstrand ’69, Diane Rampelli ’69, Matt Bonini ’69, Judy Shaddock ’68 and Kathy Kelly Anker ’69.

Remembering Lorraine Poppe

It is with great sadness to share that Lorraine Poppe ‘69 passed away on April 16, 2019. Lorraine taught English at Baldwin Senior High School starting in 1973. She served as a master teacher, dean of students and an assistant principal before moving on to become principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY in 1995.  She was the longest-serving principal in the school’s history.  Lorraine retired from John F. Kennedy High School in 2018.  To say she touched tens of thousands of lives may be an understatement.  “Lorraine’s commitment to improving instruction and ensuring that all students are given various opportunities to succeed have been the hallmark of her success,” Ronnie Steiger, the public relations director for the Bellmore JFK Alumni Association, wrote. “An ardent supporter of all student activities, Lorraine could be seen cheering on students at virtually every co-curricular event.  She took tremendous pride in the success of the students and staff and was proud to be the leader of her beloved Cougar Nation”. 

Many of us Baldwin alumni will remember Lorraine with the same fondness.  We wouldn’t be surprised that she was an advocate for every student as many of us were her friend, her colleague, her classmate, her student. Many of us will also remember her as a beloved coach who instilled the lessons of sportsmanship and working together as a team.  We were so sad to hear the news but so grateful to have known Lorraine Poppe.  She will be sorely missed, and our thoughts are with her family.