Here we are, another year has gone by too quickly. There never seems to be enough time for everything going on in our lives. I would like to take the opportunity to invite everyone to come back to our Alma Mater for our Annual Reunion June 2nd thru the 4th. If you haven’t been back in recent years, there have been exciting changes with new buildings, tennis courts, and a volleyball court to mention a few.
Last year we had around 225 alums plus wives and children. The banquet on Saturday night was enjoyed by all and ended with the live auction bringing in close to $32,000 that goes toward financial aid. We have a great list of items for this year’s auction on the back page with more to come in by reunion.
Your alumni have been busy since the reunion. The last two weeks of June, 52
volunteers, 30 CITs and 7 monks hosted 267 campers. On September 9th we
sponsored the tailgate party for the first home football game. On October 1st the Day Dog Picnic was held in the green room with Mass to start the festivities and ended with a silent and live auction. The proceeds of around $14,000 also go toward student aid.
We had our fall meeting the 12th of October where the board voted to give up to $20,000 for some kitchen equipment in Fuhrmann Hall. The kitchen had the plumbing and electric but no equipment. After the alumni donated this, other donations were received that will hopefully complete the kitchen, making it more convenient for the staff.
Enclosed with your registration packet is a form to buy raffle tickets. The tickets are $20 each. There will be 4 drawings spread thru the live auction for $500 each with the rest of the proceeds retained by the SAA to help fund future projects.
At the dinner on Thursday evening, we will recognize the maintenance staff and housekeeping staff for their great and tireless work. More information is available in your reunion packet. The reunion officially starts Friday with the golf tournament at Eagle Crest in Alma. The Abbot’s reception is that evening. We have added an opportunity to visit the farm and the foundation of the original monastery on the ridge by Michael’s pond on Saturday afternoon via a hay ride.
It has been my honor to serve as Alumni President. I am excited about the reunion and I encourage all of my brother alums to get excited and come back for a visit and meet old classmates and friends. It is never too late to reconnect. As I pass the torch to my fellow alum Charlie Kremer ’78, I look forward to visiting with everyone at the reunion.
Tom Strobel ‘79