The Dedication of the Charles and Betty Holsinger Library

The Banquet

A banquet to express appreciation to the builder and his staff, the architect and other principals in the project.  From left, Tim McGill, School Superintendant, the CEO of Da-Yi Construction, the architect, and the builder's senior supervisory staff.

 

At the conclusion of any major building project, it is customary for emotions to be strained, and for parties on the opposite sides of the table to feel that the project was at best a compromise.  I was not prepared, while sitting at the round table, for how effusive the the builder, the architect and the school administration would be over the quality, the smoothness of progress and the sense of unity that prevailed throughout the project.  Both the builder and architect are strong Christians, and they took it as a personal commitment to embark on the project.  The builder entered a no-profit bid and came in far below the next bid.  He then asked his subcontractors to use a sharp pencil to make every dollar count.  Frequently during the building phase he gave the school complimentary materials upgrades where he thought it would make a difference.  He encouraged his subcontractors to recognize the service nature of the school and many of them also gave added value.  For example, the trees pictured in front of the new elementary school were above specification in both quantity and size, a gift from the landscaper.  

The builder and architect had never worked together before, but each said that they had never seen a project go so smoothly.  

 

 

Coachie, reminiscing and showing appreciation for each of the considerable contributions put forth.

 The Dedication Ceremony

In his remarks at the dedication, the High School Principal, Dan Robinson said that the reason that the Library was named after Charles and Betty Holsinger was not because of Coachie's decorated war service, nor because of both their accomplishments as coaches nor Coachie's role as superintendant.  He said that when alumni of that era write to the school, the names of Coachie and Betty Holsinger come up again and again as having had a lasting impact on their lives.  

Dan Robinson said that in naming the library for Charles and Betty, it also showed appreciation for hundreds of other dedicated and inspirational faculty members who have served over the years.  

My personal experience bears that out, both as a student and minor athlete under Coachie, that Coachie was less about passing on tedious minutia in history and government class and more about how to process information in a way that had perspective and meaning.  He taught goal setting, decision making and need to be motivated not by self-interest but by the guidance of our Lord.  A close relationship to Christ was pivotal.  

Coachie and Betty did not give up on people and they always worked as a team.  They saw value in those who others might dismissed.  There is no question that a number of alumni credit Coachie and Betty with providing them with clarity and resolve at important decision points in their lives.

Dan Robinson, High School Principal, addresses the gathering.

 

 

Morrison String Ensemble

 

 

School Superintendant, Tim McGill, presents Coachie a gift.  Chairman of the Board, Mark McCrary at the podium.

Reception in the dining room.

The Shacks

With protocols complete, it was time for some serious celebrating at the shacks.  There is really only one shack left.  Four decades ago, the shacks were a row of suitably named restaurants which perched precariously on stilts over a drainage canal.  After a couple of moves, the last remaining shack is in a more substantial building on a narrow street in Taichung.  The owners have always taken, perhaps too literally, the precept that form follows function.  However, behind its somewhat disheveled appearance,  is a tiny kitchen which produces Chinese dishes and dumplings which have garnered devotees for decades.  

In high school the shacks was affordable, even for students.  A platter of ten steamed, boiled or fried jautzes (pot stickers), was 25 cents, so of course, eating copious quantities of jautzes became a competitive event.  My personal best of 30 was no where near world class.  

For most, their traditional dishes of beef and green peppers, a garlicky sweet sour pork, kung pao chicken and other standards imprint a memory that is never forgotten.  

After a couple of hours of noisy banter, Bruce Moore surprised the proprietors by presenting them with a gift for all their years of satisfying the culinary appetites of Morrison faculty and students.  They were a bit surprised and taken back by the paparazzi that materialized, but visibly pleased. 

Pep and Irene, Naomi and Lowell Williamson, who was on the board of directors, and Coachie.

 

 

Bruce Moore in the zone.

Second generation owners of "The Shacks."

Paparazzi.

In the center is Robin Dale, a musician and performer. 

 

 

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Morrison Christian Academy: www.mca.org.tw/  For information on the school, how to teach there, how to give to the school, etc

Chuck Holsinger Autobiograpy:  Above the Cry of Battle  His story of ferocious combat in the Philippines in WWII and how the Lord lead him from there. 

Robin Dale:  http://robinhoodshow.com/  Composer, performer, uses strong rhythm, tribal percussion, and lyrics which convey a respect for his adopted Taiwan.

Don's Home Page:  www.jali.net   Mostly travelogues, including Taiwan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Tuscany, the Morrison 2002 Reunion and Morrison Cruise.

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