Letter from the Eden Alumni Board of Directors
Greetings Fellow Alumni,
Over the last few years several of the regular and original members
of the Alumni Board of Directors have moved away or passed
on leaving large and unfilled holes in the Alumni Society. While
serving the board, they provided the knowledge and continuity
necessary to maintain a strong and vibrant organization and we
have and will miss their leadership and continual participation.
Wed like to again acknowledge and thank Carol DeBoi Nehring
(55), Nelson Nehring (54), Margaret (Peggy) Sherman Frantz
(52), Debara Sherman Sargent (56), Stefanie LaMastra Stayoch
(91), Gary Nobbs (59), and of course Jack Smith (49).
That being said, during the last year or so we have added some
new board members with fresh energy and vigor: Judy Striebich
(69), George (Skip) Ehrhart (69), Cindy Neifer Longbine
(78), Suzanne Almendinger Krycia (72), Lisa Almendinger
Summar (77), Dorothy (Dottie) Enser Bauer (66) and Wayne
Schacher (67). The addition of these people, with their youth,
vitality and ambition have already instilled some excitement and
renewed energy in the board of directors. There is always room
for more helping hands, and folks who would like to participate
on the board, as well as assist our events, with our mailings
and correspondence efforts so please dont be shy! Come and
Just this summer, Wayne returned to Eden from spending his
career years in Tennessee. When asked why he returned he said
that he missed Eden and he was tired of the heat and humidity
in Tennessee. Well the heat problem certainly has been eliminated
with the -25 degree wind chills this winter and the humidity is
standing 12 to 14 inches deep in your driveway. Welcome home
Last Alumni Weekend we tried something new for the Saturday
night dinner. Unfortunately it didnt work out as we had hoped.
We took your feedback and learning from the experience and will
be going back to the family style dinner served on the tables as in
years past. We hope you will be forgiving and join us again this
coming summer. Where else can you spend time with so many of
your old friends and classmates as we do at the Alumni Weekend
events? I know you enjoy it as much as I do.
Plan to join us in the Legion Barn after the Saturday dinner, as we
have been doing the past two years. You will have a nearby place
to go to enjoy further conversations, music and dancing, if you
so desire, without having to leave Eden. We will have a cash bar,
munchies, a dance floor and music provided by a DJ. Maybe we
will even mix it up with a bit of Karaoke! Any wannabe starlets out
there? It will be free if you attend the dinner or $10.00 if you plan
to skip the dinner and just join us.
As with most small organizations, money is a continual pressure.
We are always able to pay our bills and continue publishing the
Alumnews and the Spring Newsletter, but it becomes harder and
harder each year.
Due to the rising costs of nearly everything, especially the
Alumnews, we are initiating a delinquent dues campaign. Letters
are being sent to all those not current with their dues and unlike
previous years, we will not send the Alumnews to anyone with an
unpaid status. Please make every effort to stay current. The year
your dues will expire is printed after your name on the Alumnews
envelope. You can also e-mail us for that information (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 716-992-4529. You will notice we increased
the number of ads in the back of the Alumnews to help defray the
cost of the book.
Because of your continued support and financial contributions, we
have one of the best and most active Alumni Associations in the
area, if not the nation. Our scholarship program provides more
local funds to Eden graduates than any other organization and our
Sports Hall of Fame has been and continues to be a very successful
program. Plan on joining us for the Alumni Weekend as there will
be an induction ceremony again this year.
In addition to recognizing our athletes, at the suggestion of Sandra Anzalone (the new and current Eden School Superintendent), we
are considering managing a program to honor those from our
school who have excelled in other avenues of life such as the arts,
music, scholastics, government, services, and any other vocation
recognized with a level of achievement. To effectively produce this
type of program, we will need participation from both the school
and our membership. Please let us know if this is something that
would interest you as we move forward.
Several years ago we established an Endowment Fund which has
been supported primarily by the proceeds from the Alumni Walls in front of the Elementary School on Main Street and donations
from our members. Our hope is that someday the interest income
from this fund will provide more scholarships. As of August 31,
2013, the end of our fiscal year, the fund has reached a total of
$19,670.12. With the interest rates as low as they are, its obvious
that there needs to be a large infusion of cash before we can realize
the hope of funding scholarships from this endowment. We hope
we can continue to count on your financial support in years
Lastly, as part of aligning with our core mission to provide scholarships for graduating students of Eden Schools, we have
started a Legacy Fund. Our hope is that some of our members will
designate a portion of their estate to the Eden Alumni Association
through their will or trust as a bequest. Please contact us for
In closing, we look forward to another year of accomplishment and
camaraderie with fellow classmates! Again, we thank you for your
financial support ensuring the continued success of our scholarship
program and will see you all at our Alumni Weekend of 2014!
Members of the Eden Alumni Society Board