For the fifth year in a row, Timothy’s fall homecoming was a rainy one! But, despite the weather it was a weekend worth traveling for — even for those who joined us from sunny Florida! Alumni from Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, and more, put smiles on their faces and joined the fun as rain forced Friday night’s varsity soccer game into a giant indoor bubble ball tournament.
As staff battled students in a nail-biting game that ended in penalty kicks (in case you’re wondering, the students won!), alumni enjoyed a first-class meal at fast food prices. All thanks to the generous Chris Veldman ’93 and Robert Iwema ’89, who grilled up a dinner of ribs, pulled pork, and more. Thanks to their generosity, $1,700 was raised for Timothy!
Following dinner, many joined us in the alumni hospitality suite to rekindle old friendships. Members of the class of 2017 through the class of 1958 enjoyed fellowship and sharing old stories and new. Some, like Tom Huiner ‘58, Bill Peterson ‘63 and Stephanie (Boerema) Lemkuil ‘95, reminisced on athletic accomplishments and memories — including some records still held! Others, like Joel Baise ‘98, Angela (Zak) Ordway ‘98, and Timothy teacher for almost 40 years, Mr. Scott Roelofs, remembered more academic accolades.
Mr. Roelofs said of his evening, “One of the blessings and curses of being a teacher is that you get so close to your students and even their families. Graduation can be very bittersweet. The class of ‘98 will always be special to me because that was the first Timothy Christian Mock Trial team to win the state championship. We then competed at the National Championship in Albuquerque where we took 4th in the nation. I was able to reconnect with Joel Baise and Angela (Zak) Ordway who were the two senior leaders on that team. Both have become successful attorneys and we had a wonderful time reminiscing. Many of my favorite Timothy memories after 39 years of teaching involve those two — much stress, hard work, and ultimately success.”
The following morning on campus, as kids worked out their wiggles in bouncy houses and with inflatable wrecking balls, others enjoyed a pancake breakfast cooked up by the Alumni Board. Current Timothy mom and Alumni Board member, Kelly Wilbraham ‘96, said, “I had a great time flipping pancakes alongside fellow alumni, especially our “master flipper,” Brian Tazelaar (’93) who whipped up some incredible M&M pancakes that were a big hit with the kids, and even a few adults! Homecoming is such a special day and it was a blast seeing families come and enjoy the morning and connect with old classmates, teachers and friends. The event gets better every year as we find ways to improve and draw more people, so I’m grateful to be a part of the alumni board in this time!”
One alum was part of the first class to have come through Timothy since it’s move from Cicero to Elmhurst in ‘62. Having not seen it since graduation, his eyes were wide open throughout the tour as each turn of a corner brought a new surprise or update.
While the rainy tradition lives on, the Timothy Tradition lives on even stronger. Thank you to all of our alumni who came out and made Homecoming 2018 another special year. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!