Tradition. The mere mention of the word can evoke memories full of heartwarming moments. Traditions are both endearing and comfortable. Some traditions are patterned into our lives quickly. Others evolve over time. Whichever the case, a tradition is honored for the joy and sense of belonging it brings.
The Springfield High School Alumni Association's existence is one of the most wonderful traditions in the area! Yet, without some much-needed help from its body of members, it is perilously close to being just a memory. If this thought disturbs you, then please, read on to find out why.
The goal of the Alumni Association is to raise enough money throughout each year so that scholarships can be awarded to deserving graduates. Our main fundraisers are The Unicorn Craft Fair, the Variety Show, and the festivities of Alumni Weekend, those being the golf tournament, the banquet and the parade. These all cost money to produce so any related bills must be paid before we can add to our scholarship funds.
Another avenue of income for the association is through annual dues. We make a plea in our annual newsletter for alumni to please pay their dues. What other association can you belong to for only five dollars a year? If you don't want to try to remember to pay those dues every year, then you can become a Lifetime Member for only $40.
The Association sent out over 7,400 of those newsletters to addresses that we thought were current. In the first two weeks after their posting, we had 746 of them come back to us due to incorrect addresses.
That is a full 10 percent returned and there will be more. The cost of this endeavor is substantial enough to have the Association deliberating the value of that newsletter. Cost has forced us to simplify its format to almost a "save the date" status, and now even that is questionable.
Are you wondering where the problem lies? It is simply this. We need to revive our lines of communication. Right now, resolve to stay connected to www.shsalumni.com.
Keep your address current so that we can stay connected to you. Do you know of a new address for a Springfield alumnus? Call one of the trustees and pass along the information. Got a minute? Check out the site and see if there are corrections that you can offer.
The Springfield High School Alumni Association is looking for a lifeline to help it stay afloat. We're not asking that one person carry the entire load but that a lot of the Associations' members each help a little. Be that lifeline between your class and the Association and help a wonderful tradition to live on.