October 1, 2021

Dear Brother and Sister Alumni,    
Where did the summer go?  We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer, fast though it was, and are settled in to the glorious days of fall colors and football.  Speaking of football, the Boys Town Cowboys are presently sitting with a 2-3 record this year and working hard to finish the season above 500.

In July the BTNAA held its biennial General Assembly, virtually, and elections were held and a new board was seated.  We want to thank everyone who participated in the General Assembly and those who voted for representatives on the board.  While this was certainly different than in the past it was important to continue to hold the General Assembly when scheduled and to elect new members to the board.  We want to thank outgoing board members Nick Boes,'13, Jennie Schacht, '94, Steve Vogt, '94, John Ellebb, '81, Bob Matthews, D'71, Larry Mulligan, '61 for their hard work and contributions representing their specific year groups on the board and want to welcome Jennifer Hill-Coba, '96, Darren Gray, '87, Jeff James, D'83, Michael Saine, '79, James Brewer, '66 as new members of the board.  Returning to the board are Phil Dauterive,D'70, Richard Boone, '89, Jason Suibielski, '81 and Rich Tapio. D'67.  New officers are:  President, Rich Tapio, D'67, Phil Dauterive, D'70, Darren Gray, '87, Secretary, and Richard Boone, '89, Treasurer.  The board has two remaining positions to fill; one in the 5-15 Year-Group and one in the 26-35 Year-Group.  Potential appointees will be considered at the upcoming board meeting on October 10, 2021.  Read letter from President, Rich Tapio, D'67
We thank everyone who contributed to the fund raiser for the concession stand and commend all for raising $22,845 to exceed our goal of $20,000. The Concession Stand will be built by Boys Town's Maintenance Department and will be ready for the fall 2022 football season.  We thank Father Boes and the Boys Town staff for committing to match the amount we raised and to use it to construct an Alumni Sports Pavilion near the football field.
The BTNAA Scholarship Fund deadline for the fall semester applications is January 1, 2022.  If you or someone you know is interested in applying for up to $4000/calendar year in Scholarship Assistance please encourage them to go to the Scholarship Fund website and submit their application.
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Thank you for your interest in and support for the Boys Town National Alumni Association and in the work that Boys Town continues to do today.  (This eNewsletter is best viewed in your browser)


Rich Tapio, D'67              Tony Jones, '88
President                        Vice President for Alumni and After Care Services
BTNAA                            Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
Arriving at Boys Town in July 1957, John Beckius found a whole new world open to him that would not have been available in his hometown of Ogallala, Nebraska.  Musically inclined, he dove into the abundant music programs offered to the kids at Boys Town and learned to play the clarinet, the violin, the piano and organ and sang in the touring Concert Choir.  True to his rural roots John also chose to be involved in the agricultural programs working on BoysTown's beef farm.  It is with his Boys Town experience that John headed out into the world and made a good life for himself.  Learn more about this talented alumnus.
     By Stanley Struble, '68, Contributing Writer
Paul D’Angelo, known by many as “Coach D”, is a Connecticut Yankee living in Omaha and he still retains much of the accent that accompanied him. It’s quite a story, but like most people who led interesting lives, it wasn’t a straight line. He had to leave behind much of his former life and family to pursue an athletic scholarship, meet his wife and lifelong partner Mary, initiate a career at Boys Town, and earn the respect of 1,000’s of former students.
monroe-loveMonroe Love, '06, Building His Future One Deck at a Time
Growing up in New Orleans Monroe was faced with choices like many other youth and those ill-advised choices resulted in a decline in his school performance and attendance.  This subsequently gave rise to relationship issues in his home and he ended up in the first of his stays at the Boys Town Shelter in New Orleans.  Finally, in 2004 after a visit with Father Peter, Monroe was offered the opportunity to move to the Boys Town home campus and the prospect of a new future.  Read his amazing story!
alvin-sykesalvin-sykes concession-stand-front-for-articleBoys Town to Build Alumni Sports Pavilion and New Concession Stand to Open in 2022
Upon completion of the fund raising campaign during which alumni and friends of the BTNAA raised $22,845.00 for a new concession stand, Boys Town committed to match the BTNAA donation and build a new concession stand and develop an Alumni Sports Pavilion encompassing the area presently used for tailgating at Boys Town football games.  The new Pavilion will feature a picnic area with  permanent tables and grills and the new concession stand will be built near where the old stand stood.  This exciting news was shared with the BTNAA Board of Directors during a presentation by Father Boes and CEO Rod Kempkes at the board meeting held on July 24th prior to the 2021 General Assembly.  Originally planned to be completed this Fall, the project was moved to 2022 due to the need to complete the football stadium bleacher replacement and other demands on the schedule of Boys Town's maintenance department.
volume-40--issue-no.-3---fall-2001--coverFrom the Past - Alumni Newsletter, Fall - 2001
Take a look at this newsletter and see if you remember the names and faces of our brother and sister alumni.  Enjoy this little walk down memory lane.
cap-and-diploma-clipartDeadline for Scholarship Winter Semester Applications - January 1, 2022
BTNAA Scholarship Fund awarded over $30,000 in scholarships at their meeting in July.  The next deadline for scholarship applications is January 1, 2022.  If you are in school and are looking to complete courses over the summer, please take the opportunity to apply for up to $4000/calendar year of scholarship assistance.  The form is easy to complete.  To date the Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $600,000.00 in scholarship assistance to Boys Town alumni.  If you are going to two-year or four-year undergraduate school, graduate school or are pursuing further training in specialized skills at a vocational school please reach out to your BTNAA Scholarship Fund!
Latest known obituaries are listed with the word "New" after the notice.
  • Christopher Butler, '95, was named Top New Realtor for the month of May 2021 for Nebraska Realty in the Omaha office.  Congratulations Chris!
  • Mark Reny, '73, celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary on June 14, 2021.  He shares this with us; "My granddaughter Makenzie would be 17 this June 22nd. She was born with a bad heart and did not survive and is up in heaven with the other little angels."  Congratulations to Mark and his bride and we send prayers for his granddaughter Makenzie who watches over Mark and his family as their guardian angel.
  • Jim Flanagan, '83, and his wife Kelly celebrated their 22nd anniversary in September.  Happy Anniversary with many more ahead for you!
  • Don Johnson, '88, was married to his bride Tonya and added three children and one granddaughter to his life.  We wish Don and Tonya the best for a happy life together.
Let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion, receiving an award or a new life event (wedding, grandchild, etc.) and we'll share it on our eNewsletter. 
Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs and the Hall of History and Tony Jones, Vice President for Alumni and Aftercare Services are pleased to announce planned upgrades to the Alumni section of the Hall of History.  The wall area where Lifetime Member plaques are displayed will be relocated along the same wall and a new display with an interactive video monitor will be added.  This new display, in addition to the video monitor, will feature a collage of photos of alumni and Alumni Newsletters will be available for Alumni and the public to take and to read.  The interactive video monitor will add the ability to show video clips of alumni gatherings, alumni stories and will have a searchable feature that will allow viewers to read stories for and about alumni.  Click on the link above or on the picture to view a mockup of the new display.
pylon-1-croppedInteresting Alumni Facts
  • Elmer Marshall, '51, founded E.G. Marshall Construction Company in Nevada and was involved in building casinos in Las Vegas.  He was a member of Boys Town's Board of Trustees and instrumental in opening the Boys Town campus in Las Vegas.
  • George Buckler, '64, taught Drivers Education and Mathematics at Boys Town High School for nearly 30 years until his retirement.  He attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship graduating in 1969 and holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration.
  • Patrick Garcia, '85, is Executive Director of Boys Town Iowa.  He and his wife were Family-Teachers for many years prior to moving into management positions at Boys Town.  Pat is Vice President of the BTNAA Scholarship Fund Board of Directors.
  • Jimmy Payne, '87, is slated to be on the faculty of the Chicago Tap Summit which is to take place October 1-3, 2021.  Jimmy is a well known and respected tap dancer and instructor in the Chicago area.
btnaa-promo-sheet-promo-sheet---two-sided-1Membership is open to all Boys Town Alumni who  graduated from the Boys Town High School, completed a residential program of care and departed prior to graduation or were in a residential program at any of the Boys Town campuses across the country. 

Annual membership is only $25 and a Lifetime membership is $200.  You can pay your lifetime membership in installments over two years.  If you prefer to fill out the mail-in brochure you can download it here.


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Boys Town National Alumni Association 

Founded, June 4, 1951


To keep alive among the alumni, bonds of friendship formed at Boys Town; to assist brother alumni whenever possible; to maintain closer contacts with, manifest interest in, and foster genuine loyalty toward the home and school; to promote the general good and welfare of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home by good works, example and words.