Fall 2015

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News from Boys Home of Virginia

Fall 2015

Honoring people that make a difference September 12, 2015, marked the 18th annual Hall of Fame banquet at Boys Home of Virginia. This year, we were honored to have 6 inductees who either made a difference in their communities because of Boys Home or made a difference at Boys Home: James Edward Lewis, Carlton E. Magee, Clara and Royal Tucker, and Janet and Greg Lemmer. The first inductee of the evening was alumnus James Edward Lewis’53, of Lynchburg, VA, presented by his daughter, Susan Rosenberg. Mr. Lewis came to Boys Home in 1943, at the age of 8. While at Boys Home, he was active in sports, and Boy Scouts. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earned a Master’s Degree in Susan Rosenberg (right) pictured with her family, History, and spent 31 years at the Department of the Army. Susan presented for her father, James Edward Lewis. described her father as a successful man using Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Susan attributes his time at Boys Home to his success in life. The second inductee of the night was alumnus Carlton E. Magee, Sr. ‘56, of Richmond, VA, presented by Donnie Wheatley. Carlton came to Boys Home in 1951, at the age of 15. During his time at Boys Home, he was active in sports, especially baseball. After high school, he worked for Northrop Grumman Corp. and was very active in Little League Baseball, eventually becoming the Regional Royal Tucker (in the back) pictured with his Director on the West Coast, which he attributed to his sports family, presented for his parents, Royal and experience while at Boys Home. Carlton collected hats and sports Clara Tucker. memorabilia and donated much of his collection to Boys Home. The next inductees were Clara Tucker and Royal Tucker of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, presented by their son, Royal Tucker. They were married March 27, 1929, and worked at Boys Home during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Mr. Tucker worked as the Farm manager and later Maintenance Supervisor and Mrs. Tucker worked as a houseparent. Royal’s father died in a train accident while working at Boys Home in December 1950. Royal spoke of his father’s time on campus and shared memories of his childhood at Boys Home. He shared about his father’s untimely death and shared that his mother would have been “tickled” to be honored at Boys Home, as it was always dear to her. (continued on page 6) 1

Boys Home of Virginia Founded by The Rev. George Floyd Rogers Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Board of Trustees 2015-2016 President Edwin W. Simpson Secretary Donnie E. Wheatley ‘66 Vice President, Treasurer Bernard C. Syme, III Ex Officio Alumni Representative James D. Light Bishop, Diocese of Southwestern Virginia The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas Members Betty S. Brown Patrick R. Cafaro Edwin P. Hopkins Stephen B. Lane Kelly O’Keefe Kenneth O. Robison, II Leonard S. Slater Susan Teachey Ann Vest The Rev. A. Kim Webster Joseph P. Whittle Margaret N. Whittle John P. Williams

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Fromthe theExecutive Executive Director From Director

Donnie E. Wheatley

Donnie E. Wheatley 30 years! THIRTY YEARS! It doesn’t seem possible. I vividly recall the conversation Mary and I had with Darren and Todd as we considered moving to the Hill. Their only concern was “could they play in the gym.” They became a part of the community and thoroughly enjoyed growing up here. They are still friends with many of their playmates. Todd even ended up married to Tricia, the oldest daughter of Billy & Linda Rice, long term Boys Home staff members. My late wife, Mary Carlisle, was involved in many aspects of the campus life until her death in 2003. Her faith that we had been led here was the tie breaker when the decision was finally made! If you knew Mary, that was the only thing necessary to get us here! Her influence is still alive in some of the staff and “her” boys. I was fortunate to find another wonderful woman to share my passion. Bonnie came to campus in 2005 with her three sons and has also became very involved in the working of the ministry. I used to hear some folks say, “Find a job you like and you will never work a day in your life”, and think “what in the world does that mean”? I must say that I now fully understand it. Another thing that used to make us chuckle was “Labor of Love.” Here, that has also proven to be true. Supporters and trustees have reaffirmed that this unique place was founded as a ministry and should remain that way. I am proud that in the face of changing regulations and support, they have held true to that concept and Boys Home has maintained a sense of ministry. One of my many blessings has been meeting and getting to know descendants of The Rev. George Floyd Rogers (our founder). His children were good teachers and ensured I knew what the “Parson” intended. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren are still invested in the legacy he started. Every good organization has a foundation that carries it through good times and bad times. Here at Boys Home that foundation is the trustees and the supporters. Through their efforts, Boys Home has remained focused on the goal of providing an environment where a boy can begin the journey to successful manhood. I have spent hundreds of hours reviewing the Minutes from meetings and other historical documents about this special place. Time and again, someone stepped up to get the place past a stumbling block. Time and again, the foundation proved to be solid and secure. That is the true legacy of this place and a guiding hand is evident to anyone who wants to see it. Thanks be to God. As I’ve put my thoughts together about this, I fondly remember the trustees who called me and Mary. They ignored my protests, focused on Mary and persevered! To all of them, friends and supporters for this whole time, THANK YOU for the opportunity of a lifetime. Take care and God Bless, Dr. Donnie E. Wheatley Litterarum Humanarum


30 Years of Service!

We were excited to welcome close to 200 people to celebrate Mr. Wheatley, including VMI classmates, Boys Home alumni, Board members, past and current staff, friends, and family. Pictured above: Mr. Donnie Wheatley and alumnus Doyet Moore.

In May of 2015, Mr. Wheatley celebrated 30 years as Executive Director of Boys Home. Mr. Wheatley grew up here and as Executive Director, has seen Boys Home through many ups and downs, changes, renovations, new buildings, and new directions. He has centralized his life around Boys Home over the last 30 years, ensuring that the boys’ best interest was always a first priority. On September 11, Boys Home had the honor of celebrating Mr. Wheatley’s 30 years of service. The event also celebrated David and Helen Miller’s contribution, along with the VMI class of 1970, to fully fund the renovation of Greene cottage. The day was filled with stories of Mr. Wheatley’s life as old friends and new friends shared fellowship and BBQ under a tent in the field. Greene Cottage was open for all of the supporters to see the fruits of their contributions and the boys were excited to show off their cottages and campus. Following the luncheon, Mr. Ed Simpson, current Boys Home Board of Trustees President, led a tribute to Mr. Wheatley and opened the stage for friends to tell their memories of Mr. Wheatley. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the event so special. Video and pictures of the event can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/boyshomeofva.org.

We need a new van….

We need your help! Flash floods happen… and everyone is fine, but we’re short a vehicle. Things happen that are out of our control but we still have boys needing to go to school, practice, doctor’s appointments, work, and other activities off campus. We’re thankful for insurance, but we still need $20,000 to replace the van. Please consider helping us purchase a new van for the boys!


MissionWorks! Made an Impact this Summer

Pictured left, a mission group from the Abingdon Convocation visited Boys Home for the second year in a row and planted flowers in front of the cottages. Church of Our Savior from Charlottesville (right) pulled milkweed out of the pastures and hung out with the boys during their mission trip.

Boys Home was blessed to have four teams visit campus for our MissionWorks! program this summer. We welcome mission groups throughout the year, but usually have most of our mission team traffic during the summer. In June, we welcomed a group from the Abingdon Convocation from the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Twenty members from several churches in the Convocation visited campus for a day and planted flower gardens around the cottages. In July, we welcomed groups from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, and Church of our Savior in Charlottesville, all staying for several days to help with various projects. Mission Works! groups spend time with and teach the boys, work on campus and enjoy fellowship. They experience first-hand all of the amazing ways in which God is working on campus and in the lives of the boys we serve. Pictures of our MissionWorks! groups from this year can be found on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/boyshomeofva. We would love to have you join us on campus for MissionWorks! or just a visit. Visit boyshomeofva.org for more information or email info@boyshomeofva.org.

Pictured above, the mission group from St. Martin’s in Richmond pruned and weeded the roses, cleaned the gym, and built horseshoe pits. Trinity Episcopal Church from Portsmouth (right) planted flowers, mowed grass, fixed fences, led chapel, along with many other things while they were on campus.


Darling Cottage Renovation This summer, students in the Center for Applied Trades program helped with the renovation of Darling Cottage. The students worked alongside Boys Home work supervisors and maintenance personnel, using skills learned in the classroom. Teachers, Rick and Gay Turner were very excited to include the boys in this hands-on opportunity. The Darling Cottage renovations were completed in September. Jordan, pictured right, is one of the residents who worked on the renovation of Darling Cottage this summer. Jordan worked on demolition preparation, carpentry and tile, and HVAC.

Back-to-school Update Boys Home started the 2015-2016 school year strong with 43 boys on campus. This fall, we have many boys involved in community and school-wide athletics. The Center for Applied Trades is excited about year number two. Boys Home Singers are back for another year and Troop 66 already has camping trips planned. We have many exciting things happening on campus and we’re ready for what this year has to offer!

Augusta Convocation Donates to Greene Cottage The following story is one of many illustrating how churches have recently blessed Boys Home with donations. We are so thankful for all of the congregations and individuals that outfitted our cottages throughout the summer as they opened and blessed our boys with needed supplies to make the cottages feel like home. The Augusta Convocation of the Episcopal Southwestern Diocese of Virginia ensured that the residents of Greene Cottage were warmly welcomed into their new home early this summer. Boys Home asked for help outfitting the newly renovated cottage via Facebook in May. The Augusta Convocation, through the leadership of The Rev. Karen Joy Kelly and other church contacts, quickly created lists, doled out responsibilities, and the items started rolling in! Christ Episcopal Church in Buena Vista, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Covington, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Staunton, The Church of the Good Shepherd in Folly Mills, Robert E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Forge, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glasgow, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro came together and blessed Boys Home in such a big way. When the boys saw the donation, their mouths dropped open. They couldn't believe that strangers had put so much time, effort, and love into

Church of the Good Shepherd, Folly Mills, delivered the final donation to Boys Home. Pictured from left to right: Evan, Roy Fix (Boys Home alumnus and member of Good Shepherd), Xavier, Chris, Stephen, and Taz.

making sure their transition to Greene Cottage was comfortable and their necessities were available. The Rev. Karen Joy Kelly remarked, “I like to think that when the Holy Spirit is involved, God's joy is evident by how smoothly a ministry goes and this was certainly evident of that! May it be the first of many Spirit-filled ministries for all of us for the future!” It has been a pleasure to be a part of how God is working through the Augusta Convocation! Many thanks to all who helped!


The final inductees of the night were Janet and Greg Lemmer, Honoring… cont. from pg 1 presented by their son, Scott Lemmer. Mrs. Lemmer served as the Development Director at Boys Home and during her 19 years of service, she wore many hats. She oversaw the annual fund, planned giving, capital campaigns, marketing, public relations, website and social media, grant writing, editing the Boys Appeal, retail sales at the Christmas Tree Farm, and mission groups, to name a few. Mr. Lemmer came to Boys Home at the close of his military career with the U.S. Marines in 1992. He assumed the role of Assistant Director for Support Services and from there became the Associate Director. He oversaw support services, business operations, information technology, the Christmas Tree Farm, new construction and campus renovations, the vehicle fleet and served as a grant writer. Scott spoke of the Lemmers’ parenting and shared how Boys Home was such a big part of his life because it was such a huge part Janet and Greg Lemmer (center and right) of theirs. Mr. Lemmer shared many stories about his time at Boys pictured with their son, Scott, grandson, and Home as a scout leader and an employee. He fondly shared about alumnus Jerimia Fritcher with his family. one of his first scout trips where he ended up alone with 22 rowdy boys. He was thankful when Mr. Wheatley’s son showed up thinking he would set them straight, but he only joined in the fun! Mrs. Lemmer spoke of one of her shining moments with the boys and thanked everyone for their support. The Hall of Fame was a great night of recognizing people that made a difference at Boys Home and because of Boys Home. Thank you to everyone who joined us and everyone who made the evening possible. The banquet was recorded and the link can be found on our website.

How can I help Boys Home?

Summer Vacation

 Collect BoxTops for Education, Labels for Education, and 


Tyson Project A+ labels and send them to Boys Home. Join My Coke Rewards, register your points at mycokerewards.com, and donate your points to Boys Home School. Link your Kroger Plus card to Boys Home and Kroger will send Boys Home money just because you swipe your rewards card! Farm Fresh has barcodes you can scan at check out to designate points to Boys Home. Visit our website to print out a barcode. Shop Amazon by using smile.amazon.com and designate Boys Home as your charity of choice to have 0.5% of your purchase donated to Boys Home.

Keondre and Jokwaun with a staff member on their last day of Music and Drama camp at Shrinemont. This summer flew by at Boys Home! We want to take a moment to thank everyone that made camp possible for the boys. Because of your generosity, we were able to send boys to 9 different camps: Grace Bible Camp, Alpine Camp, Shrinemont Music and Drama Camp, Senior Youth Conference at Shrinemont, Camp Chanco on the James, Hampden Sydney Leadership Camp, College Orientation Workshop at VMI, Phoebe Needles Camp, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camp. The boys loved the opportunities to go to these camps and many of them said they wished the camps they attended were longer!

Alumni Corner Fall Wish List Towels Washcloths Clothes hangers Cups Pillows Comforters & Blankets Alarm clocks Shower curtains Combs Books– middle and high school level Hygiene products Winter gloves Work gloves Travel kits Batteries (AAA, AA, C & D) Gift Cards

Dates to remember… 10/29-10/30: Fall Board of Trustees Meeting 10/30: P. Buckley Moss raffle drawing 11/25-11/27: Thanksgiving Break 11/28: Tree Farm Open House 12/21-1/1: Holiday Break!

New BeginningsAn Interview with Ivan Damulira By Austin W.

I was recently given the opportunity to work for Boys Home as Activities Coordinator. During the summer, I was responsible for all camps and church visits. Transporting the boys to and from these events was a big part of my role. As the boys head back to school, I look forward to other opportunities to work with the residents in athletic events and other activities. I first came to Boys Home from Uganda, Africa in 2006. It was my freshman year so I attended Alleghany High School. Four years later, I was a proud member of the graduating class of 2010. After graduation, I was accepted at Bluefield College where I studied Business Administration. In 2014, I earned my degree and headed to New York. I worked in a marketing firm for a while, and later learned of a job opportunity here at Boys Home. I was eager to return, and start giving back to Boys Home because

of all the things they have done for me. Being here as a staff member isn’t much different from being a resident. I feel like I’m part of a puzzle that makes up the bigger picture of our program. Boys Home can open doors for young men. Our job is to give boys the things they need to succeed in life. We are a team with the mission of improving lives and helping boys become better men. I am focusing on the here and now, and am blessed for the opportunity God has given me. I’d like to tell all the boys who are going back to school this fall to do their best. They are representing Boys Home everywhere they go. They need to surprise people, and show them that Boys Home boys are good citizens who deserve a chance. I want to see them get involved in as many activities as possible, and live every day to its fullest. This is a new beginning for me, and I hope the boys take advantage of their new beginnings too.



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Boys Appeal - Fall 2015

A successful man has to start somewhere... 2015 Boys Home of Virginia P. Buckley Moss Raffle __________________________ Name __________________________ Address __________________________ City/State/Zip (_____)____________________ Phone

At $5 per ticket or $45 for ten tickets Drawing is October 30. I enclose $______for Boys Home. Mail to: Boys Home of Virginia Attn: Quilt Raffle 414 Boys Home Rd. Covington, VA 24426


P. Buckley Moss Raffle Baylor’s Mill #487 It’s time for the P. Buckley Moss raffle! The print, donated by the P. Buckley Moss Society, is titled Baylor’s Mill #487 and is valued over $300. We will draw a winner on October 30. Tickets are $5 each or 10 for $45. Best of luck winning this beautiful print!