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DALLAS OLD BOY ROUNDUP

(THOUGH THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENT, WE WANT TO SHARE)

The Last Hurrah Old Boy Roundup for the high school and junior college classes of 59-63 and anyone who would like to join us, is on October 20-22, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Round Up will be held at the Stoneleigh Hotel 2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, Texas (241) 871-7111.

October 20th
Day 1 Arrive Friday Rendezvous in lobby bar for drinks and stories

October 21st
Day 2 8:00 -10:00a.m. Breakfast in main dining room
12:oo pm Lunch at SAMMY BARBQ
7:00p.m. Banquet/Reception
RSVP for banquet by September 20, 2017
Pay at the door $50 per person for the banquet

October 22nd
Day 3 Breakfast at hotel

Please call the hotel (214-871-711) to make reservations. Rooms have been blocked for Kemper Old Boys until September 20, 2017, subject to availability after that date. It is very important to get a head count from the Old Boys staying at the hotel and those coming just for the dinner banquet. Please email Grant Nelson at gnelson3@gt.rr.com to confirm your attendance.

Bring your wives, significant other and scrapbooks and prepare to have a great time! Anticipating a large turnout because this is the last hurrah.

August 12, 2016

FROM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, DOUGLAS HUMPHEREY

Greetings to my fellow Alumni!

Many of you probably have wondered why I haven’t had much to say about the demolition of the administration building or maybe not. My silence has come from a place of hurt and pain, a place of unbelief, a place of sorrow. I can only describe it similar to the feeling I had over a year ago when I received a call notifying me that I had lost my Dad. For me, the time I spent in the Kemper administration building was a place where I could find peace and reflect while looking at all the pictures of the classes before me and to know that I stood in a place of greatness. A place where not everyone had the privilege to stand. A place where I one day wanted my child to stand. My brothers and sisters – not everyone was as privileged as we have been to have had the opportunity to walk the halls of such a great institution as Kemper Military School and College. Sometimes “goodbye” really means “see you later”. But in this situation, our beloved administration building, “goodbye” means “gone forever”. We will always remember it in our hearts and minds. Please join the Alumni Association board in our efforts to fight and preserve her memory for many years to come!

I remain Kemper Proud!

Your friend and brother!

President KMS&C Alumni Association
Douglas E. Humpherey

P.S I’ll see you guys and gals October 7th for our annual reunion!

August 10, 2016

Photos from the Administration Building Demolition on August 10, 2016

Admin Demo 1     Admin Demo 2

Admin Demo 3     Admin Demo 4

Admin Demo 5

July 21, 2015

Some of you know that Math Hall was completely renovated by State Fair Community College, but we’re happy to say that they need more space! Science Hall is currently being remodeled by State Fair and we’re hoping that renovations will be complete by the reunion in 2016 so we can take a tour! It’s great to see some life back on campus!

May 20, 2015

FROM BOARD MEMBER LAURA GRAMLICH

Today I attended a meeting about the demolition of the Administration Building on the Kemper Campus. The process has started. It is in the planning phase now and the time line is drawing near to start. Asbestos removal will begin soon then goes the building. I have been against the demolition but in the end there just was not enough support to save it. My heart is heavy with the thought of it gone and I’m tearing up writing this. Over 150 years of history will be lost and it’s hard to explain how it has impacted so many lives. How many lifetime friends it helped make. The Alumni Association has been working hard since the closure of the school to secure important pictures, documents and other memorabilia from the school. We continue to work to preserve the Kemper spirit. Douglas Humpherey has made an impact on getting our annual reunion attendance up but we need everyone to continue to support our endeavors. There are more buildings on campus and the City of Boonville would like to preserve them and make them viable economic anchors with businesses. We can make a difference. Not for the Administration Building but for the rest of the campus. Let me or the Alumni Association know if anyone is interested in helping.

Otherwise….. “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away ” ~ May 20, 2015

Thanks so much everyone and especially Chris Moos for getting all this done! I know takes time away from work and personal time. I appreciate everyone’s help!

LETTER FROM OUR KMS ALUMNI PRESIDENT

Dear fellow Alumni!

I hope that this letter finds each and every one of you well and in good health and in perfect peace with your family and friends!

In recent weeks the city of Boonville has informed the alumni association, as well as the residents of Boonville that our beloved Administration building is in bad shape. Something that all of us that have returned to campus have witnessed with our own eyes. The subjects has come up – what to do with the building tear it down or tear part of it down! The city doesn’t have the money to rehab the structure, and they really don’t want to tear it down, so this is where we as the alumni association can come in to pull together hand and hand shoulder to shoulder, full time cadet and day students both male and female alike and work together to save our legacy.

Over the years Kemper poured out of herself to give something to all of us. Starting with our founder Frederick T. Kemper who gave of himself unselfishly with the first 5 students and he continued to push through his dream and by the fall of 1844 he had 50 students in the first year. Mr. Kemper did this by himself.

Then we had Col. T.A. Johnston who guided Kemper through its largest growth and transition. The school grew by leaps and bounds under Col. Johnston leadership.

Then we had Col. A.M. Hitch. Under Col. Hitch the academic hall was added as well as science hall.

I said all of that to say – this family we come from is a good pedigree of leadership and it’s time for us to step up and save a place that saved so many of us. A lot of people didn’t like being at Kemper when they were there but more of us than not appreciate what we took away from the experience. Lifelong friends, a brotherhood, a way of life memories. Some of us met our wives at Kemper. Kemper is too important for us not to try and save. We need your financial support the Alumni Association is taking steps to establish a trust fund for that specific cause, as we move forward more details will become available.

Our Vice President will be addressing the Boonville City Council on Monday to ask them to give us a chance to address our alumni and different organizations to help us in this great endeavor. She’s calling on us, when your parents called on her she answered the call. Will YOU answer her call now?

More information will be available in the coming days and weeks.

Thanks in advance for your help and support.

Remember our motto: NUNQUAM NON PARATUS

~ Douglas Humpherey KMS ’92

October 2014

Letter from our Alumni President:

To my fellow Kemper alumni, first I would like to wish all of you happy holiday and season greetings. In just a couple more weeks the new Kemper Alumni website will be unveiled.  We will have more capabilities on this website and will better than any other website we’ve owned in the past.  Thanks to Old Boy Chris Moos and his generosity and unselfish act of kindness. All it took was one phone call to Chris and the site immediately began being built! Thank you Chris and I challenge more of our alumni to step up and help us put Kemper back in her right place.  My staff and I have worked tirelessly to make you proud.  I pray you are as proud of us as we are of you!
We had a record breaking turnout at the reunion this year.  I received an official headcount of 115 people at the banquet!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing your love for Kemper and love for your fellow alumni.  I love the Kemper pride each of you displayed during the reunion weekend and in your everyday life.  I witnessed the closeness of alumni that hadn’t seen each other in years (some hadn’t seen each other in 20 plus years)and it seemed that little time had passed since you stood with your brothers and sisters from your era.  I heard wisdom being passed from generation to generation and the eagerness to learn from our seniors and the willingness from the seniors class to pass along life’s lessons. A special thanks Ken Burrows, Glenn Harwell, Tom Gerber, 1st Sgt Gatewood, 1st Sgt Sloan Mr. Lutz, Gregg Early, Jim Devine, James Herring, James Miles Greg Bunch, Greg Martin, Barbara Anderson, Gary Blankenship, General Dennis Rogers, Chris Stabile, Mike Stepto, Thomas Beddow, Chad Durbin, Bhisham Perti, Chris Harmon, and all the alumni that gave of themselves to make this reunion happen and happen BIG!  I know I missed some people, but your help and words of kindness and wisdom does not go unnoticed.
KEMPER ALUMNI – you are truly the “wind beneath” the alumni board’s wings. WE NEED YOU!  We need each other to survive and flourish as a strong association. What we do now, will impact our future for years to come. Will you help us?  Will you donate?  Many of you have donated already, but we need more.  We are offering differing types of Alumni Memberships on our new website and I encourage you to become an official member!    There is a bond that will forever tie us together both young and old – male and female alike!
WE ARE Kemper! NUNQUAM NON PARATUS!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Until next time,
Douglas Humpherey
President KMS Alumni Association

July 20, 2014

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July 20, 2014 Letter from KMS Alumni President - To: The City Council of Boonville Missouri Mayor Julie Thacher Kemper Military School Alumni From: Kemper Military School Alumni Association Board of Directors and Current President, Douglas Humphrey Re: THE PRESERVATION OF THE LEGACY AND HISTORY OF KEMPER MILITARY SCHOOL Dear Stakeholders: First and foremost, the Kemper Military School Alumni Association, KMSAA, is the legal custodian of the Kemper Military School and College name, title, and benefactor of all assets from the recent dissolution of Friends Of Kemper Foundation, an IRS approved 501 (c) 3 charity. FOKF received such rights from the KMS board of directors, prior to the school closing, as their last official duties at Kemper Military School. Over $60,000.00 of memorabilia was purchased at public auction for the benefit of all alumni and citizens of Boonville by FOKF and this, too, is being passed on to KMSAA. We will continue our diligence as guardian of Kemper’s history and traditions and to preserve these items and any other items to be added, on the donors’ behalf. We feel it is our responsibility and duty to preserve the original Alumni Association for Kemper to continue the traditions of Kemper to the best of our ability. Second, in an effort to dispel any misunderstanding of our mission and to make clear in the most transparent way the intentions of the KMSAA, we commit to the following: 1. Any donations given to the KMSAA designated for the purpose of saving, maintaining, or rebuilding “The Administration Building” raised for this purpose will be put into a separate trust fund, designated as “Save the Kemper Buildings Trust Fund”. Currently there is approximately $10,000.00 in donations for this purpose in the account being administrated by KMSAA, with funds held in trust at the Citizens Bank and Trust of Boonville. In the trust bylaws, it is stated and it is our commitment to you: that if the Administration building cannot be saved in whole or in part, all money raised and designated for this purpose, will then be used in assisting with future efforts to upgrade, improve and or rehabilitate other buildings on the Kemper Campus. 2. It is our opinion that no one party or entity can accomplish this task alone and the KMSAA board proposes to engage, support and cooperate with the City of Boonville, its staff, the council and other businesses in Boonville to achieve such goal. It is our responsibility to do what we can to honor the memory of our beloved school and help “her” as she has done so much for so many of us. Great military careers and productive lives are a direct result of being a Kemper cadet. Please let us be of service once more. Respectfully yours, Douglas E. Humpherey President KMSAA , Class of ‘92

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PDF File Link - July 20, 2014 Letter from KMS Alumni President links to PDF - To: The City Council of Boonville Missouri Mayor Julie Thacher Kemper Military School Alumni From: Kemper Military School Alumni Association Board of Directors and Current President, Douglas Humphrey Re: THE PRESERVATION OF THE LEGACY AND HISTORY OF KEMPER MILITARY SCHOOL Dear Stakeholders: First and foremost, the Kemper Military School Alumni Association, KMSAA, is the legal custodian of the Kemper Military School and College name, title, and benefactor of all assets from the recent dissolution of Friends Of Kemper Foundation, an IRS approved 501 (c) 3 charity. FOKF received such rights from the KMS board of directors, prior to the school closing, as their last official duties at Kemper Military School. Over $60,000.00 of memorabilia was purchased at public auction for the benefit of all alumni and citizens of Boonville by FOKF and this, too, is being passed on to KMSAA. We will continue our diligence as guardian of Kemper’s history and traditions and to preserve these items and any other items to be added, on the donors’ behalf. We feel it is our responsibility and duty to preserve the original Alumni Association for Kemper to continue the traditions of Kemper to the best of our ability. Second, in an effort to dispel any misunderstanding of our mission and to make clear in the most transparent way the intentions of the KMSAA, we commit to the following: 1. Any donations given to the KMSAA designated for the purpose of saving, maintaining, or rebuilding “The Administration Building” raised for this purpose will be put into a separate trust fund, designated as “Save the Kemper Buildings Trust Fund”. Currently there is approximately $10,000.00 in donations for this purpose in the account being administrated by KMSAA, with funds held in trust at the Citizens Bank and Trust of Boonville. In the trust bylaws, it is stated and it is our commitment to you: that if the Administration building cannot be saved in whole or in part, all money raised and designated for this purpose, will then be used in assisting with future efforts to upgrade, improve and or rehabilitate other buildings on the Kemper Campus. 2. It is our opinion that no one party or entity can accomplish this task alone and the KMSAA board proposes to engage, support and cooperate with the City of Boonville, its staff, the council and other businesses in Boonville to achieve such goal. It is our responsibility to do what we can to honor the memory of our beloved school and help “her” as she has done so much for so many of us. Great military careers and productive lives are a direct result of being a Kemper cadet. Please let us be of service once more. Respectfully yours, Douglas E. Humpherey President KMSAA, Class of ‘92

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