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News from Boys Home of Virginia

Winter 2018

Boys Home Inducts Five Members to Hall of Fame Saturday, October 7, 2017, marked the 20th annual Hall of Fame banquet at Boys Home of Virginia. This year, the Boys Home community and guests celebrated five inductees who either made a difference in their communities because of Boys Home or made a difference at Boys Home. The inductees were Robert W. Huffman, Quin S. Corbin, Michael and Joyce Moorman, and James R. Miller. The first inductee was Robert W. Huffman. He was introduced by former Boys Home employee Martha Terry. Mr. Huffman began as a houseparent at Boys Home in June 1970. While there, he coached varsity baseball for thirteen seasons, varsity basketball for twelve seasons, and was eventually promoted to 2017 Boys Home Hall of Fame Inductees (front row) athletic director. He left Boys home in 1983. He Joyce Moorman, Bridgett Moore, James Miller, has also had an active military career, having (back row) Michael Moorman and Robert Huffman served his country in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, the United States Army Reserve, and the Virginia Army National Guard. Since retirement, he has been active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Disabled Veterans Association. The second inductee was Quin S. Corbin. His daughter, Bridgett Moore, and her sister-in-law, Mary Deal, accepted the award on his behalf. Quin, along with his younger brother Wesley, came to Boys Home from Alabama in 1945. He loved sports and played baseball and basketball for Boys Home. Following graduation from high school, he joined the Air Force Academy and then retired from active duty in 1962. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2004 with the rank of Master Sergeant, but not without being awarded and honored many times for his service. He passed away on September 21, 2012. Continued on page 4...


From the Executive Director Boys Home of Virginia Founded by The Rev. George Floyd Rogers Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Board of Trustees 2017-2018 President Leonard S. Slater Immediate Past President Edwin W. Simpson Secretary Donnie E. Wheatley ’66 Vice President, Treasurer Bernard C. Syme, III Ex Officio Bishop, Diocese of Southwestern Virginia The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas Members Patrick R. Cafaro James Cox Dennis Duffy Dr. Yvonne Harris Stephen B. Lane Kenneth O. Robison, II Ann Vest Joseph P. Whittle Todd M. Vie Alumni Representative Robert Mills Trustee Emeritus Edwin Simpson Honorary Member Dr. Bruce Heilman

The Boys Appeal is published 3 times a year by the Boys Home of Virginia Development Office. 414 Boys Home Road Covington, Virginia 24426 Phone: (540) 965-7700 Fax: (540) 965-7702 For your convenience, you can now donate to Boys Home at 2

Donnie E. Wheatley

Boys Home has successfully completed the first semester of educating all of our students on campus. The second semester got off to a bit of a sporadic start due to some snow days, but our students are engaged in their subjects now and doing well. We recently celebrated with students who made all A’s and B’s on their report cards by having a pizza night especially for them. We’re enjoying being able to use more of the day to teach life and character-building skills and we’re using some non-credit courses to expand their knowledge and experience base. We continue to keep our eye on workforce development for our boys, which is why we maintain our focus on trades. We also realize that we need to offer technology classes that are in step with today’s technological climate. Looking to the near future, we will need a facility equipped to offer both trades and technological classes to help students secure jobs after graduation. This issue of Boys Appeal draws attention to the honor code that was instituted in January. This is important for us as a community. In addition to providing excellent education, we are dedicated to building character in our residents. We want to promote an atmosphere that develops boys into good citizens. The institution of the honor code is a great first step in that process. There are many exciting things moving forward at Boys Home! Thank you for engaging with us and supporting us. It’s true that a successful man has to start somewhere, and for many, that place is Boys Home of Virginia. Take care and God bless. Dr. Donnie E. Wheatley Litterarum Humanarum

Honor Code Instituted at Boys Home

I will not lie, cheat, or steal. I will confront those that do. On January 5, Boys Home staff and students participated in an oath of honor ceremony. Executive Director Donnie Wheatley read the code and had all staff members affirm their consent to honor it. Then, Boys Home ambassadors led the student body in acceptance of the code. As each group of students came forward, they repeated the code and signed a special book that will remain in the dining hall to remind everyone of the importance of living honestly within the Boys Home community. Thanks to Sig Langschultz, each boy was then given a book of Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado and congratulated by Mr. Wheatley and Associate Director Chad Whitmer. Mr. Wheatley gave a short talk about the importance of trust when living in a community setting and encouraged anyone who had questions or concerns about the oath to speak to a staff member in order to have their questions addressed. The assembly then enjoyed lunch provided by the dining hall staff.

Key Club Hosts Successful Blood Drive Boys Home Key Club members hosted a blood drive at the Greer Learning Center on the campus of Boys Home on January 11, 2018. Key Club advisor Anita Profitt said she is always looking for ways that the Alleghany Highlands Kiwanis Club and the Boys Home Key Club can work on projects together. The partnership was a strong one with 10 Boys Home Key Club members either signing up to donate, donating blood, or helping facilitate the event. Thirteen staff members signed up to donate, and nine Kiwanis Club members joined in the effort and donated blood. It was inspiring to see first-time donors participate and equally encouraging to know that many who gave have made it a practice to be blood donors through the years. This was the first time that the Key Club had hosted an American Red Cross Bloodmobile and by all accounts, it was a marvelous success! Top left photo: Jennifer Crawford, Kiwanis member, donates blood for the first time. Top right photo: James M, Key Club vice president, donates blood. Bottom photo: LaMar S. makes certain that all blood donors receive a T-shirt and snack. LaMar shares Key Club vice president duties with James.


A Lifting of Voices

For the second year in a row, the Robins Theatre at The Steward School in Richmond, Virginia, was the location for “A Lifting of Voices,” a concert of A Cappella music featuring four of the finest A Cappella groups in the Richmond area. On October 29, those in attendance enjoyed The Virginia Girls Choir, the Richmond Octaves, Main Street Station, and Soundworks. At the end of the program, all four groups joined together for a stirring and beautiful rendition of “Oh Shenandoah.” Thanks to the performers, sponsors, volunteers, and those who attended this uplifting afternoon of A Cappella music!

Hall of Fame continued... Executive Director Donnie Wheatley introduced the next two inductees, Michael and Joyce Moorman. They first learned of Boys Home through their church. Ever since, they have been enthusiastic supporters of Boys Home and have inspired others to follow their example. They served as co-chairpersons of The Journey Continues, Boys Home’s capital campaign. A graduate of Hampden Sydney College, Mr. Moorman began his career with Peebles as a manager trainee in 1964 and became the first non-family member to become CEO. He retired from Peebles in 2003. He has served on numerous boards, including the Boys Home board of trustees, and currently owns and operates Moorman Farms, LLC. Mrs. Moorman graduated from Virginia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and enjoyed a career as a registered nurse. She, too, has served on numerous boards. Mr. and Mrs. Moorman are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, Virginia. The final inductee of the evening was James R. Miller. His is a fascinating story of overcoming severe physical challenges and succeeding in spite of personal obstacles. Mr. Miller came to Boys Home as a resident in 1959 and remained until his graduation from Alleghany County High School in 1966. He continued his education at Ferrum College and worked toward a degree in Education. He also attended East Tennessee State University and earned a degree in Health Education and Special Education. He taught in several high schools and coached football, basketball, and baseball. In 1993, he started his second career as a fulltime insurance agent and retired earlier this year. He spoke very graciously of his affiliation with Boys Home and how his life has been enriched by the opportunities extended to him. Mr. Wheatley shared some closing remarks before those gathered were dismissed. It was a special evening filled with inductees, their families and friends, and students at Boys Home. Thanks to each of these individuals who have lived in ways that have been inspirational to others and who have made a difference at Boys Home. We are grateful for your investment in the mission of Boys Home of Virginia.


Alumni and Students Welcome Swing South! Alumni of Boys Home gathered on campus December 9, 2017. After a morning of meeting and visiting together, everyone gathered in the dining hall for a special Christmas lunch followed by dancing to the tunes of Swing South. Randy Powell, a Boys Home alumnus, is a member of Swing South and brought the North Carolina-based band with him to provide entertainment for the afternoon. Self -described as an “interactive” band, alumni, friends, staff, and Boys Home residents danced the afternoon away. Mike Nunnally, a Boys Home alumnus who had performed with Powell when they were residents, took the microphone and belted out some favorites of his own. All in all, it was a great afternoon enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks to Randy and band members Randy and Cindy Floyd and “Twigs” Patterson for the special afternoon they provided.

Top photo: Randy Floyd, “Twigs” Patterson, Cindy Floyd, and Randy Powell play dance favorites for the crowd. Bottom photo: The dance floor fills with students, alumni, staff, and guests.

Hilltoppers Basketball Update

The Boys Home Hilltoppers enter the midway point of their season with a 6-7 record. With players improving as the season progresses, the team win-loss record has reflected this and the boys have come together to form a cohesive unit on and off the floor. Led by senior Maurice W., the Hilltoppers have greatly improved on the court and have shown that they can play with any team this year. A few tough early losses are the only reason the varsity team does not have a winning record. The season wraps up the weekend of March 2-3 with a large tournament in West Virginia against some of the top Christian schools around. Last year Boys Home finished in third place. This year the goal is to win it all.

Maurice W. Reaches 1000 Career Points

Caption: Maurice W. is pictured with Hilltoppers coach Jason Cordova. (Photo courtesy of The Virginian Review.) Boys Home basketball player Maurice W. became the third Boys Home player to reach 1000 career points. The achievement took place in a game against Bath County on November 30, 2017. Maurice is a senior.


Christmas Sponsor Program Treats Boys to a Christmas to Remember Christmas at Boys Home is a special time primarily due to the Christmas Sponsor Program. Office Manager Becky Skidmore has just completed her second year as coordinator. The goal of the program is to ensure that every student gets to celebrate Christmas, regardless of their home situation or economic circumstances. How does that happen? Through the generous support and involvement of people like you! This year, 27 churches and 63 individuals participated in the program that begins in September and ends at the end of January. It is a project teeming with attention to detail to make certain that boys are assigned sponsors Left photo: Becky Skidmore heads Christmas and that houseparents collect information, purchase, Sponsor Program. Right photo: At the wrap, and hide gifts that will be given to the boys. One Christmas party, each resident sits on Santa’s gift is given by Santa Claus at the campus Christmas lap in order to receive a present. party and then students gather in their respective cottages to open the remainder of their gifts as a group with their houseparents. Thankfully, the Christmas Sponsor Program has certain people or church groups that generously sponsor every year. When that is the case, Becky strives to connect them with boys that they can communicate with on birthdays and other significant times of the year. That builds a relationship between the student and the Christmas sponsors if the sponsors desire that type of connection. In the past several years, Boys Home alumnus Mike Nunnally has used his Facebook page and other methods of communication to introduce new people to the Christmas Sponsor Program. Thanks to his help, the program has grown. When there are excess monies, Becky determines whether certain cottages could benefit from a shared item for the cottage such as new pots and pans for the kitchens. All in all, the Christmas Sponsor Program is a great blessing to the Boys Home residents and we remain grateful to our participating churches and individuals who make it successful each year.

Dates to remember… Spring Break: March 30-April 3

Winter Wish List • Electric pencil sharpeners for school classrooms (preferably X-ACTO School Pro) • Dry erase markers • White board cleaner • 3-inch 3-ring binders


• Pillows • Bath towels • Nail clippers • Cherry Chapstick • Batteries, AA & 9V • Alarm clocks • Backpacks

Board Meeting: April 25 & 26 Quilt Raffle Drawing: May 11 Motorcycle Raffle Drawing: June 7 Alumni Day: June 23

WIN THIS BIKE! 2018 Boys Home of Virginia Motorcycle Raffle __________________________ Name __________________________ Address __________________________ City/State/Zip (_____)____________________ Phone

At $10 per ticket or $50 for 6 tickets, $100 for 12 tickets Drawing is June 7. I enclose $______for Boys Home. Mail to: Boys Home of Virginia Attn: Motorcycle Raffle 414 Boys Home Rd. Covington, VA 24426

Picture yourself on this 2003 gunmetal gray Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Edition Sportster that will be raffled away on June 7, 2018. Boys Home received this bike as a donation several years ago, but was unable to get a clear title until recently. Now, you can win this beautiful, vintage Harley that has less than 500 miles on the odometer! The motorcycle was taken to a Harley dealership to make certain that it is road ready. Every ticket you purchase helps Boys Home continue to mold boys into successful men. You need not be present to win, but if your ticket is the winning ticket, we do ask that you pick up or arrange for shipment of the bike within 30 days of notification. Tickets are 1 for $10, 6 for $50, and 12 for $100 when purchasing tickets with the accompanying coupon or by calling Lauren at 540-965-7714. To purchase tickets online, please visit where all ticket purchases are $10 each and a small fee applies. Purchase tickets now and you may be spending your summer on a Harley! Top photo, pictured left to right: Lauren Hanna, Special Events Coordinator; Boys Home residents Frank C., Jose M., Glen “Cody� P., and Jonathan S.



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A successful man has to start somewhere... 2018 Boys Home of Virginia Quilt Raffle __________________________ Name __________________________ Address __________________________ City/State/Zip (_____)____________________ Phone

At $5 per ticket or $45 for ten tickets

Quilt Raffle

Drawing is May 11.

I enclose $______for Boys Home. Mail to: Boys Home of Virginia Attn: Quilt Raffle 414 Boys Home Rd. Covington, VA 24426


Executive Director Donnie Wheatley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for this year’s raffle. This beautiful quilt is pieced using primarily blue/peacock fabrics and measures 78" x 95" and fits a full sized bed. The pattern is an original design. Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket and $45 for 10 tickets. We will draw a winner on May 11, 2018. All proceeds go to the equine program at Boys Home. Use the coupon provided to enter and the winner will be drawn on May 11, 2018. Best of luck winning this wonderful quilt!

Boys Appeal - Winter 2018  

The Boys Home of Virginia Winter Boys Appeal features stories about the most recent Hall of Fame, changes to the school, upcoming raffles, a...

Boys Appeal - Winter 2018  

The Boys Home of Virginia Winter Boys Appeal features stories about the most recent Hall of Fame, changes to the school, upcoming raffles, a...