LOCAL

Class of 1963 to give back to Class of 2013

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Ronald G. Gipe doesn't go anywhere without his golf bag. He is using one of his favorite sports to raise money for a scholarship for a student at Greencastle-Antrim High School. The four-player scramble will be at Greencastle Greens Golf Course on June 20. Teams should sign up by June 7. An awards dinner will conclude the day.

One good deed spurred another. Ron Gipe, Chambersburg, attended commencement exercises for the Greencastle-Antrim High School Class of 2011. There he learned that the Class of 1961 awarded a scholarship to a senior in celebration of its 50th anniversary reunion.

Gipe thought, "My class ought to do that."

And now the Class of 1963 is.

Gipe solicited funds from his peers, appreciative of the opportunity to connect with them in a new way. He garnered $4,000, which was passed through the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation, so donations were tax deductible.

"They were very generous," he said of his classmates.

However, Gipe had set a personal goal of $5,500. He wanted to give $5,000 to one member of the Class of 2013, and a $500 book scholarship to another. He is organizing a G-A Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament at Greencastle Greens Golf Club on June 20 to raise the remaining funds.

Since the tournament occurs after the G-AHS awards ceremony on May 28, Gipe will front the balance so that $5,500 is given out by his class on that day.

If the golf outing falls short, he is okay about it.

"I'm into education in a big way," he said. "I believe in it."

If the tournament exceeds his goals, the extra money will be distributed to students in some fashion.

The Class of 1963 will get together during Old Home Week. Gipe and the reunion committee served as a panel to screen the applicants for the scholarship. He was assisted by Janice (High) Ensminger, Roger Eshleman, Erma (Bingaman) Foley, Jane (Fox) Everetts, Julia (Stumbaugh) King and Larry Sellers.

Students were judged on an essay, grade point average, SAT score and recommendations. Gipe was impressed with the caliber of the students vying for the scholarship. The essay asked for a comparison on the values, morals, cultures and social norms of 1963 and 2013.

A post-secondary education proved invaluable for Gipe. He postponed college until he was married and they already had two of their three children. Then he worked full-time at Grove while attending Shippensburg College, earning a business degree in three years and three months. He became a certified public accountant and served in executive positions at Smith Elliott Kearns, TB Woods and Martin's Pastry. He also taught at Hagerstown Junior College.

Gipe said of the class effort, "This all germinated from a heart of wanting to give back."

Anyone wishing to participate in the golf tournament or become a sponsor may contact Gipe at 717-263-7185.