A Letter from Our President

On March 18, 2020, the Department of Charitable Gaming suspended all licenses for charitable gaming, which affects our income significantly. As with all organizations, we have expenses that continue. In order to survive, we need help from our alumni to help us through this COVID-19 period of time.

Seneca Past & Present Inc. (SPP), which is Seneca High School’s Alumni Association became incorporated on May 6, 2010. On August 17, 2011, we acquired 501c3 status from the IRS that gives us exemption from federal income tax and also allows donations given to our organization to be tax-deductible. Since we became a charitable organization, we qualified to become a licensed charitable gaming organization. We began conducting charitable gaming at Sunshine Bingo Center located at 5712 Outer Loop in Louisville, KY in January 2012 after acquiring our gaming license. Charitable gaming is our major source of income. Since 2015, we have earned over $725,000 in profits from charitable gaming. We have received about $100,000 in donations. Over $86,000 of the $100,000 came from Seneca alumni. We hope someday that alumni donations will be our major source of income. Currently, only 14% of our income is from alumni & corporate donations.

Donations that we make to Seneca High School are requested from various sources and after approval from Seneca’s Principal are considered by SPP’s board of directors for approval.

List of some of SPP’s donations to Seneca High School are:

  • Ron Cain Football Stadium Scoreboard
  • Basketball, Baseball & Softball Scoreboards
  • Softball Field Renovation
  • Weight Room Renovation & Upgrade
  • Basketball Shooting Machine
  • Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament Trips
  • Softball Bleachers
  • John Deere Gator
  • Sports Physicals
  • Painting of foyer of Basketball Arena
  • Painting of Football & Girls B’ball Locker Rooms
  • Sponsoring of Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Transportation for Scholar Development
  • Senior College Trips to visit campuses
  • Senior Events (Breakfast, t-shirts & Cookout)
  • Scholarships
  • 30 Desktop Computers
  • 30 iPads, iPad Covers & peripheral equipment
  • 33 Mini Laptops & Charging Cart
  • Chromebooks & Charger for JMROTC
  • Chromebooks & Charger for World Language
  • 4 Automated External Defibrillators
  • Orchestra Strings, Racks for Wooden Instruments
  • Yamaha Keyboard
  • Interactive Display for Music Room
  • Band Uniforms
  • JMROTC, Band Room & Library Carpeting
  • Band Room Renovation for Orchestra & Band
  • Voice Activated Recording System for Courtroom
  • Agriculture Science’s Special Furniture
  • Copiers for Library & JMROTC Compound
  • Patient Care Technician Program Uniforms

It is with great humility that we request a donation to Seneca Past & Present, Inc. Donations can be made via credit or debit card on our website, www.senecaforever.org via a PayPal link under the “Donate” button. Or just mail a check to Seneca Past & Present, Inc., PO Box 20856, Louisville, KY 40250-0856.

We are also listed on Kroger’s website as a Community Rewards organization.

Community Member Assistance Request!

We are looking for community members that would be willing to volunteer some of your time to help prepare scholars for life after high school.

We need community volunteers to sit on our Senior Defense Panels for the JCPS Backpack of Success Skills. The defenses will take place the week of April 22nd. Make ups will be held May 14th, 15th, & 16th.

We also will need help with Senior Transition Conferences. These conferences are to help ensure scholars have a plan for after they leave high school. These conferences will take place March 5th & 6th.

Please click the link below to sign up to help out the Senior Scholars continue to soar!

Community Volunteer Sign-Up

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Good day, Alumni!!

Would you like to nominate someone to the Seneca Hall of Fame? The nominations are NOW OPEN!!!! At the top of the page click “Alumni” and on the left side of the new page click “Hall of Fame”. The nomination form is located in the second paragraph, it is a link. All of the information you need to remit the form is on the top and the actual nomination form starts on the second page.

The Hall of Fame committee will accept forms from February 1st through June 1st, at which time the form will be removed from the website.

Nominate now!

– Dan, SP&P Webmaster

New Board of Directors

Board of Directors & Officers Election

The election for our Board of Directors and Officers took place at our June meeting.  All terms are for one year and the results are below:

Frank Binford – Chairman of the Board and President

Grover Sales III – Board Member and Vice President

Dan Wise – Board Member

Joe Durbin – Board Member

Sonny Moore – Board Member

Jake Cecil – Treasurer

Sandi Neat – Secretary

Kroger Card Fundraiser

Seneca Past and Present has started a new fundraiser! We are now participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.

If you have already registered your Kroger Plus Card: YOU MUST RENEW YOUR REGISTRATION IN AUGUST! Just return to your account screen at https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow, and re-enroll your card for another year. This must be done EVERY AUGUST! Don’t worry, we will remind you!!!!

About the Program:

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards.

Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy..all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

The program donates 4% of the profit from every order processed with a Kroger Plus Rewards card that is registered and has a chosen non-profit organization. Seneca Past and Present is now part of that program and wants YOU to register your Kroger Plus card! Just go to https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow and sign in (or create an account with your existing Kroger Plus Card). Once you log in you will see your account summary. At the bottom, there is a section for Community Rewards. Type in Seneca Past and Present (or ID code #90419) and find us on the list (you can use the school address and zip code to better narrow your search: 3510 Goldsmith Ln 40220). After that just remember to use your Kroger Plus Card every time you check out at your neighborhood Kroger and 4% of all eligible items (this does not include fuel, pharmacy, or Kroger Wine and Spirit Shop purchases) will be donated back to Seneca Past and Present!

Henry County Help Center

In the spring of 1970, Joe Durbin didn’t know what his life would hold.  After attending Seneca High School for almost four years, the siren song of the Navy called him to duty.  But after the Navy and a career as a farrier and equine dentist he opened the Henry County Help Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to help residents in need of food, toiletries, personal hygiene products, educational and moral support. The organization is made up of individuals, businesses and churches that volunteer to make the program possible.

Recently, the Redhawk Rangers visited the Henry County Help Center to reorganize their food pantry.  If you want to read more about the 2015 Dare to Care Food Bank Agency of the Year, check out their website!  Check out photos from our visit.

Reflections Program Winners

Reflections” is a National PTA arts in education program. Its purpose is to provide all children and youth with an opportunity to experience the self-fulfillment of creative expression through the arts. The primary goal of Reflections is for all students to have the opportunity to participate. Although it is a program with recognition and awards at the local, district, state and national levels, participation is emphasized over winning. Students may submit entries in the areas of music, photography, visual arts, literature, and dance. Each year there is a different theme for the program.  The theme for 2016-2017 is “What is Your Story?”

Recently, the 15th District PTA honored 6 Seneca students who were contest winners for the 2016-2017 school year.

Caleb Maddox in the Visual Arts category

Julie Easley in the Photography category

Mirlenis Estacholi Smith in the Photography category

Julia Easley in the Literature category

Jacob Radford in the Literature category

Jamesha Simms in the Literature category

Two students have been selected to proceed to the state level.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to C Ronald Khan!

Recently C Ronald “Ronnie” Khan, Seneca c/o 1961 was honored in Jerusalem, Israel by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. He received the prestigious Wolf Prize in Medicine. After graduating from Seneca in ’61, Mr. Khan went to the University of Louisville, completing his undergraduate degree in 1964, his M.D. in 1968, and a Graduate Arts and Sciences degree in 1983.

Mr. Khan and other Wolf Prize Recipients

Information gathered from UofL Alumni Magazine, Fall 2016 issue.

Urban Ag Highlighted

The Urban Agriculture program and FFA at Seneca have made great strides in recent years.  With the upcoming development of new facilities to expand this program it is always nice to get some good press.  Farm Credit recently highlighted Seneca High Schools Urban Ag program.  Read about it here.  Some Seneca FFA members are also mentioned in an article from takepart.com.

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