Visitors are welcome to contact us and make arrangements to visit the Alumni Historical Building. Betty Ann Clitherow, whose late husband Mike graduated in ’61, visited this autumn with her daughter and granddaughter. They appreciated that our Vice President Mel Shannon opened the building so they could see the display case named in memory of Mike. They enjoyed scrapbooks and pictures with info on Mike and Betty Ann’s two sons. Carl graduated in ’86, and Kevin graduated in ’88. Lots of memories for the Clitherow family.
Jim and Marg Glenn have recently been inducted into the Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame.
Jim is a proud ‘70 grad from Kemptville Agricultural College. While at the college, he was College Royal President and Student of the year. The Kemptville College Alumni proudly displays the President’s Cane in our Alumni Historical Building. Marg graduated from the University of Western Ontario and worked as a dietitian.
Together they have created the multi-faceted Glen Isle Farms Inc. in Keene, Ontario. They were a two-time Master Breeder Holstein herd before dispersing in 1988. The Glenn family, which includes their children, Joelle, Jenny, Matt and Paul, was named Peterborough County Farm Family of the Year in 2006. Joelle, Matt and Paul, all work in the Glen Isle businesses, which include cash cropping, custom work, trucking, snow removal, exporting hay &straw, a Pioneer dealership, and wood shaving supplier. Their daughter Jenny is a teacher in Peterborough. Jim and Marg enjoy having their children all living within a two-mile radius. They also enjoy time with their nine grandchildren.
Jim, Marg and their children have all been involved in many community organizations. Many Kemptville grads enjoyed their time at Glen Isle Farms when they hosted the International Plowing Match in 2006.
For some people, volunteering is about giving but for the Glenn family it is a way of living. Congratulations on your many achievements.
Nadia Uhr, from Stormont County, received the Champion Intermediate Dairy Showperson Award presented by Isabel Kinnear on behalf of the Kemptville College Alumni. Nadia then went on to become the Grand Champion Showperson at the EOWQ 4-H Regional Show. She will be representing Stormont County at the Royal Winter Fair in November.
Year 1969 Graduates gathered at The Cove again this summer for their annual reunion. Father McNally of Westport gave an informative talk of the history of the building of the Newboro Locks. We also paid our respects at the cemetery for the miners and sappers who lost their lives in the building of these locks. Graduates came from as far away as Minneapolis, Powassan, Gravenhurst and Bruce County. Many of the graduates have plans to attend their 55th Reunion at Lombardy on August 17th, 2024.
By Joe and Grace Allison -year ’68
Graduates of Kemptville College descended upon their new Alumni home at Lombardy Fairgrounds for the annual meeting on Saturday, August 19th. Graduating years were represented from 1949 to 1998/99. Years ending in 03 or 08 were honour years, which are celebrated every five years. The 2022 reunion saw years ending in 00, 01, 02, 05, 06, and 07 featured in order to catch up for COVID cancellations.
Seventy-two grads and partners enjoyed lunch, followed by 154 attending a delicious chicken dinner prepared and presented by the Lombardy Fair board ladies. The evening program included tributes to Ron and Joyce Burgess for their significant contribution toward the historical building planning, construction, and curating, as well as recognition of Isabel and Don Kinnear for their outstanding fundraising activity.
Allan Earle, on behalf of year ’73, presented a cheque in the amount of $4000.00 toward the Kemptville College Alumni scholarship fund, which had been raised at their 50th reunion event held on April 27th. This generous donation, in combination with the evening’s auction results, saw $6036.00 raised in total for the Alumni scholarship fund.
Year ’68 turned out in force with 56 for dinner, including 35 grads. Once again, they claimed the ‘spirit award’ until 2024’s gathering decides the next year’s trophy holder. All Kemptville Alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend each annual celebration, not just their honour 5-year increment. It is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and keep abreast of Alumni developments.
Mark August 17th, 2024 on your calendar now. Years ending in ’04 and ’09 will be honoured but remember everyone is welcome to attend. 2024 Scholarship forms will be on the web shortly. Check out www.kcalumni.ca .