The Van-Far Alumni and Friends Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Joel (Joey) Hassien, MD, a 1982 Van-Far High School graduate, will be the guest speaker at its annual dinner scheduled for September 22, 2012.
After graduating from Van-Far, Dr. Hassien graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and the University of Missouri Medical School followed by a residency in radiology. He is currently a radiologist with Northeast Imaging in Hannibal, Mo.
He is the son of Joe and Betty Hassien, formerly of Vandalia, and now of Hannibal. Dr.
wife is the former Robyn Gooch, daughter of Dick and Joan Gooch of rural Vandalia. The Hassiens are the parents of two adult sons, Joseph and Chris.
The Alumni and Friends Association is planning the dinner for alumni and friends of Vandalia High School, Farber High School, and Van-Far High School for the evening of September 21 at Van-Far High School. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. following a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., both to be held in the Van-Far gym and adjoining rooms. Tours of the building, led by Van-Far students, will be available from 4 p.m. until dinner is served.
Tickets, at a cost of $18 per guest, will be available after August 1 at the Van-Far High School office, Craig’s Truck and Tractor or by calling 594-3308. The ticket price covers the cost of the meal and expenses, with the remainder going to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.
The event is being held the weekend of Vandalia’s Prairie Days and will provide a great opportunity for community members and visitors to reconnect and visit with classmates and friends. Several classes have planned reunion events in connection with the dinner and tables will be reserved for those groups wishing to be seated together. The classes celebrating 10 year anniversaries, 1931-2001, as well as any graduates prior to 1931 will be recognized and honored.
The six recipients of the 2012 Alumni Association scholarships will also be recognized at the dinner. Since its organization four years ago, the Van-Far Alumni Association has awarded 19 $500 scholarships to Van-Far graduates and to students having completed at least one year of college or technical school.
Beginning with the 2012 graduating class, one renewable (for four years) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually. The scholarships are made possible by donations from community members and organizations, proceeds from the Alumni Dinner, and from an endowment fund established by an anonymous family with ties to Van-Far.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by a group of Van-Far Alumni and Teachers organized by Ruth Calcaterra, retired Elementary Music teacher and an ensemble from the Van-Far Elementary School directed by Kay Bunge, current Elementary Music teacher.
Among the goals of the Alumni Association are to provide opportunities for alumni and friends to connect with each other, to celebrate reunions and to support the Van-Far School District and its students. This relaxed, social time provides an excellent opportunity to accomplish all of these goals while enjoying a good meal and exciting entertainment.
All are cordially invited to attend the dinner to visit with old friends and meet new ones as well as to show support for Van-Far and its students.