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					            The Notre Dame Club
             of Greater Orlando

                        Winter-Spring 2008 Newsletter

        Mass was celebrated by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh in the Sacred Heart Basilica on
February 11 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Mary’s first apparition at
Lourdes. Fourteen year old St. Bernadette Soubiroux was scavenging for firewood with her
sister and a friend when a beautiful young woman appeared to her in a cranny of Massabielle
Rock near Lourdes, France. During one of the 18 apparitions, a spring began to flow from
beneath the rock and reports started to circulate about miraculous cures experienced by
people who drank or bathed in its waters. At a later apparition, the woman identified herself
as the “Immaculate Conception.”
        Notre Dame alumnus Rev. Thomas Carroll of the Diocese of Erie suggested
building a replica of Massabielle Rock on campus to commemorate the apparitions. The
University’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, was a Lourdes devotee and enthusiastically
endorsed the idea but he did not live to see the completion of the Notre Dame Grotto.
        Since our last Golden Grads Recognition, six more club members have reached the magic
50 years since graduating from Notre Dame. John Sheehan organized the celebration held at
Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante on November 30. Five of the six new members were able to
attend plus many returnees from the first such event in 2006.
        Our club President David Anderson welcomed everyone followed by a blessing offered
by club chaplain Fr. George Dunne. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by USMC 2nd Lt. Will
Sullivan ND’06 via phone from Camp Fallujah, Iraq. His
platoon’s assignment is to sweep for IEDs (improvised
explosive devices). On behalf of the club John wished
him a safe return.
        The lunch at Antonio’s was outstanding as it has
always been for past club events. Then came the stories
that were the high point of the afternoon:
        Carol Doyle ND’57 got one of the dorm guards
reassigned to another dorm when he intentionally left six
empty liquor bottles outside the guard’s room.
        Bob Lloyd ND’57 had his identical twin brother
take his swimming test for Navy ROTC. To this day the
Navy doesn’t know whether he can swim.
        Robert Pleus, Jr. ND’57 wasn’t especially good
with names anyway and he continually kept confusing
Bob Lloyd with his twin.
        Jack Riley ND’56 told a story from shortly after
graduation when he was the junior engineer on a project, a     John Sheehan takes a call from
position that usually commands little respect—until he               Lt. Will Sullivan in
was introduced as a Notre Dame graduate.                            Camp Fallujah, Iraq
        John Walsh ND’57 gave the shortest presentation
but echoed the sentiments of the other Golden Grads when he said “I’m just glad to be here.”
        Current President David Anderson and Past President Mary Heaton presented
mementos to the new Golden Grads. The event concluded with the singing of our Alma Mater
and the bestowing of an Irish Blessing via a recording by Notre Dame President Emeritus Fr.
Theodore Hesburgh.

                                 OUR GOLDEN GRADS
 Joseph Sotak ’40                  Richard Alfes ’55                  Jack Riley ‘56
 J. Vincent Smyth ’41              James Duffy ’55                    J. Carol Doyle ‘57
 Richard Daley ’53                 James Gulde ’55                    Bob Lloyd ‘57
 Eugene Gribble ’53                James Haering ’55                  Robert Pleus, Jr. ‘57
 Thomas Matey ’53                  Mark Healy ’55                     Frank Reilly ‘57
 James Nagy ’53                    J. Robert Smyth ’55                John Walsh ‘57
 James Pickert ’54                 Dick Szymanski ‘55
                             SANTA’S ELVES FOR AN EVENING
        Each year our club assists the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in their efforts to bring
Christmas joy to the children of the migrant farm workers in Apopka. Marie O’Neill Trifone
coordinated the service project and on December 18, club members (from left to right) David
Anderson, John Sheehan, Bill Compton, Judy Sheehan, Cindy Dowd, Sarah Compton,
                                                              Tom Steedle, John Compton and
                                                              Bo O’Neill met with Sr. Ann
                                                              Kendrick at the St. Francis of
                                                              Assisi Church Hall to sort and price
                                                              almost 2000 toys.
                                                                      The toys ranged from
                                                              basketballs to bicycles and were all
                                                              brand new, donated by the faithful
                                                              who believe in the work of the good
                                                              Sisters. A school in Michigan heard
                                                              about the project and donated 23
                                                              boxes of toys that were flown to
                                                              Orlando at no charge by Southwest
                                                              Airlines and then transported from
                                                              the airport in a Darden Restaurant
        The toys are sold at one-third of their original price so that the farm workers have the
pride of giving presents to their children at Christmas. Monies collected in the sale go right back
into the ministry to support other projects such as a medical clinic, citizenship classes, reading
programs, family counseling and a credit union. A line numbering over 400 began forming at
8:00 pm the evening before the doors
opened to Santa’s Shop.
        The      Diocesan      Office      for
Farmworker Ministry was founded in 1971
by Sisters Ann Kendrick, Cathy Gorman,
Gail Grimes and Teresa McElwee. Their
good deeds were recognized in November,
2006 when they were presented a $100,000
humanitarian award on the Notre Dame
campus by the Opus Group and in January,
2008 when they were named Central
Floridians of the Year by the Orlando
        The sisters managed to raise $1.7 million to build the Hope CommUnity Center, an 8000
square foot facility that opened in October, 2007, a far cry from the 800 square foot ramshackle
storefront they operated from 26 years earlier. For more information go to the Diocese of
Orlando website:

          This newsletter is available IN COLOR on our club’s website:
                                 MEXICAN NIGHT AT THE

                                    The Ronald McDonald Houses serve as a home away from
                            home for families with children receiving medical treatment.
                            Orlando has two such houses with 59 rooms each, one on the
                            campus of the Florida Children’s Hospital and the other at the
                            Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
                                    The latter was the site of the ND Club Board of Directors’
                            Share-A-Meal Volunteer Night on April 29. Ten members of the
                            board prepared a Mexican dinner for 55 guests and then retired to
                            the monthly board
                            meeting while the
                            guests enjoyed a much-
                            appreciated meal after
                            a long day at the
  Rob Thomson, our taste    hospital.
    tester, samples the            After         the
       refried beans.       meeting there were
                            enough leftovers for the
board members (except for six trays of crumbs
where there had previously been dozens of freshly
baked cookies).
        The families wrote messages of appreciation     Marie Trifone instructs her protégé, David
on a large thank-you card that was presented to          Byrnes, on the fine art of baking cookies.
John Compton, the chairman of the event.

                  HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
        Dubsdread Country Club hosted our annual Holiday
Luncheon on January 10. The date was chosen to allow
current students to attend and they made up one quarter of the
        Sister Ann Kendrick briefly outlined the founding,
evolution and mission of the Farmworker Ministry and she
thanked the club for its assistance in Santa’s Shop every
                                      Christmas season. See
                                      the story on page 3 of
                                      this newsletter and go to
                                             Our own Paul Partyka was entertaining as the
                                      featured speaker regaling in one Notre Dame story after
                                      another. There is no doubt that the stories gave the students
                                      an appreciation that they are part of the Notre Dame family
                                      and how the relationships they are forming now will
                                      continue throughout life.
                                     THE GREEN CANDLE
        The next time you visit the Grotto, look for a single green candle. Every Thursday,
representatives of the Alumni Association relight this special candle, designated for the 100 or so
prayer requests received each week at Pray ND.
        Kathleen Sullivan ’87 MA, ’89 PhD,
the Alumni Association’s Senior Director of
Spirituality and Service, explains that Pray ND
is a gift of the Alumni Association to the Notre
Dame family. The website originated in her
department as a way to connect graduates with
one of the school’s most spiritual traditions—
praying at the Grotto.
        Alumni, family and friends of the
University may visit and click on Mass and Grotto Requests. Although you
can choose to remain anonymous, if you enter your name and e-mail address, you will receive a
note confirming that the prayer for your intention was individually offered up at the Grotto.
        Judging by the 10,000 hits per month, the website is frequented by many who just want to
read the daily Gospel reflection, view the spirit-lifting scenes from campus or watch a new video
and listen to its specially written musical accompaniment. You can make Pray ND part of your
daily routine.

                                  ALUMNI SENATE REPORT
                        It was the fastest three years of my life. In April, I attended my last
                        meeting as a member of the ND Alumni Association Board of Directors.
                        The time has literally flown since my first meeting in April of 2005 when I
                        was just elected the representative from Region 17 which includes all
                        eighteen clubs in Florida. At that initial meeting, I was immediately
                        struck by the enthusiasm of the existing board as well as how they bonded
to one another. During my time on the board, I felt this same passion for serving our University
as well as an amazing kinship with the other members of the board. We all became good friends
and loyal co-workers. It’s an experience that I wish all Notre Dame alumni/ae could enjoy.
         As usual, our spring meeting was held in conjunction with the Alumni Senate. During the
general sessions, Dolly Duffy ’84 was introduced as the new Associate Executive Director of the
NDAA. John Affleck-Graves, Executive Vice-President of the University, did a great job of
explaining the plans for new buildings on campus as well as why we need to grow our physical
facilities. Dan Saracino, the Director of Admissions, presented information on the incoming
freshman class and offered the observation that we are one of only 12 colleges with less than a
50% admission rate but where over 50% of the admitted students enroll. A senator asked Dan
what to tell an elementary student who wants to go to Notre Dame and he responded, “Read,
learn a second language and identify enjoyable activities and do them well.”
         My three years on the board have only reinforced these conclusions: Notre Dame’s
mission to educate alumni who will do good in the world is unique and needed; the University is
in good hands under the leadership of Fr. Jenkins, John Affleck-Graves and Tom Burish; and
finally, we are the greatest university in the world.                           –Jerry Kruczek ‘71

 We all owe Jerry sincere thanks for his three years of service on the Alumni Association
 Board of Directors while doing double duty as the Vice President of our club.
         Ricky Watters: NFL Super Bowl and ND National Champion
           First Player to Rush for 1000 Yards with 3 Different Teams
                      Outstanding as our 2008 GoodFellow

    Charity Recipients: Bishop Moore High School, Father Lopez High School,
         New Hope for Kids plus the Notre Dame Club Scholarship Fund

                               Title Sponsor:
        By the end of the auction on golf
day, we had generated over $26,000 net
profit! This was made possible by our
many corporate sponsors: The Flooring
Center, Florida Business Interiors,
Karastan, Commerce National Bank &
Trust, Shaw, Schenkel/Shultz, NAI
Realvest, Cotter Ryan Construction,
Masland/Dixie, and TephSeal Auto
Appearance. A special thanks goes to our
title sponsor PANERA BREAD. Panera
President Gavin Ford was there with his
two teams and he spoke about how
wonderful our event is. Be sure to stop
frequently at one of their many locations.       Gavin Ford (holding plaque) with his golf team and
        After sixteen years of golf, this                   GoodFellow Ricky Watters.
event continues to be the largest fundraiser
for our club, having earned over $350,000 for scholarships and charities! Ours is one of the most
successful charity golf events in central Florida and the most successful Alumni Club golf event
in the nation.
                                                      The weather was spectacular at Timacuan
                                              Country Club on May 2. The Bishop Moore Band,
                                              under the direction of Jamie Barker, played as we
                                              introduced Ricky Watters, our GOODFELLOW
                                              winner this year. He talked about playing football
                                              at Notre Dame and first meeting Joe Montana in
                                              San Francisco, then working with Jim Brown to
                                              prevent gang violence. Ricky started a foundation
                                              to combat gang violence and to help youth and
                                              mothers in need. The amazing student singer Kat
                                              Bomback led the National Anthem and then the
                                              band sent us to our first tees with a rousing Victory
                Ricky Watters                 March. The new scoring format enabled the
     Our GoodFellow Award Winner 2008         tournament to finish in 4 hours giving us more time
                                              for post-golf fun.
        The Insurance Office of America
team with Bill Simpson, Randy Christopher,
Jeff Robinson and Ken Runge successfully
defended their crown with an incredible 56
(-16). Only one shot off the lead was the
SunTrust Bank/Robinson Humphrey team
(-15) with third place going to Commerce
National Bank & Trust (-12).
        I want to personally recognize and
thank a wonderful group of people: Dick
Rusnak for his outstanding work getting
sponsors, Dave Mack for obtaining gifts, Bill
Ramsey and John Sheehan for handling
registration and auction payments, Kevin                    The winning foursome--
                                                          Insurance Office of America
Fowler for collecting auction items, Dave
Anderson for coordinating the volunteers,
Bob Thomson (father of Rob II) for passing out the ND collector’s edition of the Ben Hogan
souvenir book, Tena Anderson and Rita Chipok for taking the photos and for doing the
beautiful souvenir pictures, Steve Priest for making his course photos available online at, John Kelly for his gift solicitation, enthusiasm and support, co-
                                              chair Rob Thomson II for tracking the records
                                              and keeping the money balanced, Jerry
                                              Kruczek for his advertising e-mail blasts, and
                                              John Compton for helping with the auction
                                                     The show-stopping “margarita ladies”
                                              Andrea Kelly and Christy Duval were back
                                              this year for a repeat performance handing out
                                              frozen margaritas and Montecristo Club cigars
                                              to appreciative golfers. Thank yous also go to
                                              Fields BMW for the hole-in-one donation and
                                              to Russell DeFazio for bringing his mint
                                              condition 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk to the
       Golf Committee: Paul Partyka, Dave     event, and finally to the Timacuan Country
        Anderson and Rob Thomson II with      Club staff, volunteers, friends and spouses for
            GoodFellow Ricky Watters.         your invaluable help with the tournament.

                 You all made this extraordinary success possible!
                       Thank you for your Notre Dame spirit.
       Your efforts helped to provide for those less fortunate than yourselves.
        The event next year will again be on the first Friday in May—so mark May 1, 2009 on
your calendars. We will be sending out registration forms around the first of the year. Sign up
early because it will sell out very quickly. We have another national sports figure planned as our
GOODFELLOW for 2009 so don’t miss it!
                                                                                   --Paul Partyka
                                         SAVE THE DATE
                    Universal Notre Dame Night will be held Friday, June 20, 2008
                   at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. Don’t miss the celebration!

                              UND NIGHT SPEAKER: BILL LEWIS
         Our speaker is no stranger to a microphone; he is a former color
analyst for ESPN. He is also a former head football coach at Wyoming,
East Carolina and Georgia Tech. At East Carolina he took over a team
that had five straight losing seasons and, in his third year at the helm,
took the Pirates to an 11-1 record and a #9 AP ranking which earned him
the 1991 National Coach of the Year honors.
         All of his assistant coaching positions have been on the defensive
side of the ball. He was the defensive backs coach when the Georgia
Bulldogs beat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1980 National
Championship. The following eight years he served as Georgia’s
defensive coordinator.
         After 32 years of collegiate coaching, he joined the Miami
Dolphins’ and served as the nickel backs coach for nine years under head coaches Jimmy
Johnson and Dave Wannstedt. Rather than follow Dave Wannstedt to the Pitt Panthers, he
chose to accept Charlie Weis’ offer to be Assistant Head Coach/Defense and Defensive Backs
Coach for the Irish, a position he held through the 2007 season.
         After years of running 6-8 miles per day, he learned that he would need both hips
replaced and told Charlie Weis that he should prepare a list of possible replacements. But Bill
Lewis will not be leaving the Notre Dame. He has joined the Athletics Community Relations
staff and will be coordinating major athletic projects including the construction of additional

                                      PAPAL VISIT 2008
        Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, who met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican
in 2006, commented on the Pope’s Washington, D.C. address on April 17, 2008: “[Pope
Benedict] spoke of [Catholic] education as being central to the life of the Church and, of course,
that is what Notre Dame is all about. It was a great affirmation of our central mission.”
        To commemorate the Papal visit to the U.S., the following is reprinted from the June,
2005 Notre Dame Club newsletter:

          It’s been decades now since University of Notre Dame President,
 Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, searching the world for an up-and-coming
 theologian to help build the reputation of the theology department, invited
 an impressive young German to join the faculty. He cordially declined
 writing, “I’d love to come, but I don’t think my English is good enough
          Fr. Hesburgh was in the dentist’s chair on April 19 when he heard
 the news that white smoke was seen rising above the Vatican and learned          Former Cardinal
 that the College of Cardinals had chosen that same German theologian to         Joseph Ratzinger –
 be the next Pope.                                                               Pope Benedict XVI
                                     NOTRE DAME: A “DREAM COLLEGE”
                               A Princeton Review survey of 10,300 students and parents were
                        asked: “What ‘dream college’ would you most like to attend or see your
                        child attend?” The students chose Notre Dame sixth behind Harvard,
                        Stanford, Princeton, New York and Yale Universities. Parents named
Notre Dame fifth, beating out Yale.
       Notre Dame has always been ranked in the top ten since the survey began in 2003 and
has consistently been chosen the top Catholic university.

                                        CLASS OF 2012
        The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received 13,936 applications for the Class of
2012, down from 14,501 the year before. The office freely admits that the number of applicants
parallels the fortunes of the Notre Dame football team.
        Despite the decrease in applications, Daniel Saracino, the Assistant Provost for
Undergraduate Admissions, projects that this class “should be clearly the strongest academically
in our history.” The average student graduated in the top 5% of his high school class and had a
score of 1400 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT. About 23% are children of alumni, 24% belong to
an ethnic minority and 4% are international students.
        The Orlando area will be well represented. Among the 1985 students enrolling at Notre
Dame in the fall will be:
  Yaset Acevedo           Bishop Moore         Morgan Kelley        Olympia
  Andrew Bell            Boone                 Max Rotatori         Lake Highland Prep
  Lauren Conroy           Trinity Prep         Erica Wick           Lake Brantley
  Ellen Ellick           Gateway
 Admissions to St. Mary’s and Holy Cross College will be available in the Fall, 2008 newsletter.

                                  STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
Erin Dowd ND’09 spent her spring semester abroad in Athens, Greece. This summer she will
intern at the Diocese of Orlando Office of Advocacy and Justice.
Amanda Blackwell SMC’09 was elected President of the Communicative Disorders Club and
will spend this summer in Dallas working in the homes of children with autism.
Maureen Williams ND’11 is in the Glynn Family Honors Program. During her summer
internship she will attempt to modify the uptake of runoff pollutants at Notre Dame.
Stacy Fredrich ND JD’10 just finished her first year of law school. In the fall, she will be the
Assistant Rector of McGlinn Hall where she resided as an undergraduate.
Katherine Gruenberg ND’11 is active in the ND Dance Company and the Lewis
Environmental Club. She will be our student volunteer at the Beta Center this summer.
Ashley Gabriel ND’10 will be working at a summer camp for an occupational therapy clinic.
She will spend the fall semester abroad in Puebla, Mexico where she will take classes at the
Universidad de las Americas and go on hospital rotations with doctors.
Maria Balata SMC’08 just graduated with a double major in Political Science and Italian and a
minor in Religious Studies. She was accepted into the M.A. program at the Catholic University
of America but will defer until 2009 so that she can perform a year of service teaching
elementary school in the poverty stricken town of Juticalpa, Honduras.
Ian Williams ND’11 was named to the 2007 Freshman All-America Team by the Football
Writers Association of America. He finished sixth on the team in tackles despite playing as a
reserve until the final two games when he became the starting nose tackle.
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                                 UPCOMING EVENTS
       Friday                June 20                             Universal Notre Dame Night
       Saturday              Late Summer                         Picnic/Student Send-Off
       Sunday                October 19                          Communion Breakfast
       Saturdays             September 6 – November 29           Football Game Watches
                             (except Oct. 18)

       You can share your talent and your Notre Dame spirit by becoming a member of the
club’s Board of Directors. We have a great time and love the camaraderie which is why most of
us choose to “re-up” but there are always a few positions open every July 1.
       If you’re interested in joining the Board or if you’d like to serve on a committee for a
club event, contact an officer of the club or the committee chairperson. The Board and
Committee Roster can be found at Click on Board of Directors.

                Submit information and photos to newsletter editor:
                   Tom Steedle ’72,