Letter from the Eden Alumni Board of Directors
This past year there was a precedent set that hopefully will continue through the years. The Class of 1959, while celebrating their 50-year reunion donated $1,724.36 to the Alumni Scholarship Fund allowing us to fund an extra scholarship in the spring of 2010. Thanks to this donation we were able to fund FIVE $1,500.00 scholarships.
Not to be out done and with a little gentle coaxing form the 1959ers, the class of 1960 stepped up to the podium and donated $3,260.00. Congratulations to the class of 1960. With this amount we were able to fund 2 extra scholarships in the spring of 2011.
The class of 1961 has contributed $8,000.00 to the scholarship fund. Combined with the donations from our other members, we will be able to fund SIX $2,000.00 scholaraships in the Spring of 2012.
It appears the Class of 1962 is already collecting money with the hopes of out-doing the Class of 1961. Good Luck!! We are on your side.
The Alumni Association gives more scholarships and more money then any other organization in Eden!! We have funded over $119,500.00 to 109 Eden students since the first year the association was founded. You all have to be very proud of our accomplishments.
The driving force behind our association is the desire to give something back to the school and community that have given us such a well-rounded education with which to begin our lives. We all have traveled a thousand different paths but they all started here in this small town and its’ great school system. We have to continue this tradition of funding scholarships to Eden seniors. Some of these talented and intelligent people return to live and work in our town and the rest go out into the world and represent Eden and all those who have made it such a good place to live and raise a family.
The Eden 2012 Bicentennial committee has asked your Alumni Association to anchor the celebrations in the coming year. There will be bicentennial events spread throughout hte year, but the main event will be Alumni Weekend. We want to do something special that will lend itself to the bicentennial celebration while holding to the Eden Alumni traditions. Your board has begun planning for the Friday night party to be a Western barn dance with a band. A trail ride ending at the American Legion Post in Eden is in the first stages of planning. We will be looking for horses, wagons, stagecoaches and anything else lending itself to the trail ride experience. The length of the ride will be determined by the amount of enthusiasm from the riders.
Saturday evening we will hold our regular dinner/meeting at the Legion Hall honoring the 50 year reunion class of 1962 and the scholarship recipiants. Following the dinner, there will be music from all eras for all ages in the Legion Barn. We will include the whole town in these events because it is a celebration of the Town’s birthday. Yes, we will need some extra help arranging and managing these events so please contact any of the Board of Directors and volunteer. There will be plenty to do for everyone.
Letter from the Eden Alumni Society President
Dear Fellow Alumnus
I am thankful you have given me the privilege of being The Alumni Society’s president for 2011-2012. To the Presidents before me congratulations, Thank You and please stay in touch your experience and knowledge is appreciated and welcome. Not only are we celebrating our 30th Anniversary as an organization but it is also the 200th birthday of the Town of Eden. Starting on New Years Eve and throughout 2012 events will celebrate Eden’s 200th birthday.
Many Individuals dedicate countless hours to make an organization successful. Besides our monthly meetings Carol Nehring and the Eden Alumni Association’s Scholarship Committee and Skip Ehrhart and the Eden Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame continue to do a great job. In June of 2012 the scholarship committee will be granting an unprecedented amount to more worthwhile graduates than ever before. Thanks in no small part to the Class of 61 and their $8,000.00 donation. Skip Ehrhart and the Athletic Hall of Fame committee will be dedicating approximately 80 new plaques on the Eden Wall of Fame. Get to the High School and check out one of the best High School Athletic Hall of Fame displays in NYS
One of my priorities in 2012 will be to “GET ACTIVE” our membership. As you know the scholarship fund is doing very well. Unfortunately the operations portion of the Alumni relies on membership dues ($12.00 per person per year) as our main income source to run the “business”. Day to day costs such as insurance, postage, advertising, website and printing are substantial. This Alumnews alone is a huge undertaking with a volunteer set up committee. We also have the spring newsletter that keeps you up to date as information becomes available.
If we concentrate on the 10 year classes: 60yr 1952, 50yr 1962, 40yr 1972, 30yr 1982, 20yr 1992, and 10yr 2002 to not only participate in Alumni Weekend but strive for 100% paid dues we will maintain an organization to be proud of. Unlike your government there is NO FAT in this budget everyone is a volunteer. While this may seem like a lofty goal I think $12.00 is doable even in these tough times. I can’t begin to tell you what a great time Alumni Weekend is. While it’s tough to block out free time for ourselves with jobs and family commitments it’s great to be back in Eden with your friends for a couple hours. Even if you can’t make the weekend events please send a check and I promise it will be put to a worthy cause and we can keep you up to date.
Thanks again to all that help out and especially the Class of 61 that blew us away with a monumental effort. Will the 1962 class be up to the challenge? See you Alumni Weekend!
Don Crowe (72)