Another year has passed and it is time for our annual
membership drive. We will try to provide
insight into the efforts of the Galion Alumni Association.
It is through memberships that we are able to contribute
financially and physically to alumni activities involving the Galion City
Schools and the Galion
Community. Thank you for your continued support.
In 2013, there were 143 dues paying members, of which
69 were Lifetime Members. Lifetime Memberships
have increased by nine this year. Most
of those that are Annual Members have been loyal members through the existence
of the organization. We, as an organization, greatly appreciate the loyalty of our
current members and encourage the participation of these members to become
actively involved in the activities of the organization. For local members we encourage participation
by becoming a member of the Board of Directors and participating in the
activities of the Alumni Association.
There is always the opportunity for all to relay suggestions for
activities that would appeal to you.
During 2013, the Galion Alumni Association continued
to pursue opportunities to aid in building a better school system and
community. We have been involved in
providing funds for small projects that benefit current students and recognize
the contributions of Galion Graduates. Some
of those efforts are covered below.
Galion Alumni Association
2013 In Review
The Alumni Association held one fund raiser during
2013. A Wine Tasting and Silent Auction were held on March 23. This event was
held at the Galion Country Club and featured California wines paired with foods that
might be served with each wine. Proceeds
from this event were a part of a donation to the Galion City Schools Campus
wear fund. This fund provides vouchers to aid less fortunate families for
clothing that meets school dress code requirements. We will be holding the 2014 Wine Tasting and
Silent Auction on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
The event will take place at the Galion Country Club from 6:00 to 8:00
pm. South American wines will be
featured along with foods that might accompany each wine. This has proven to be a fun time and all are
invited to attend. Proceeds are intended for the Campus Wear Fund. Our annual money raffle in partnership with
the Galion Tiger Alumni Band was put on hold in 2013, but we hope to revive it
again in 2014. We sure could use some
help with the sale of raffle tickets.
Total income from all sources including the Wine Tasting, membership
dues, coin and yearbook sales, donations, account interest and Google ads
amounted to $4623.98.
Cash donations to the Galion City School System this
year included $1250.00 to the Campus Wear Fund, $600.00 for bullying
educational program, $2000.00 for Connections Weekend HOF expenses and $100.00
movie licensing fee for Testing Week. Money was also spent to promote the
Association through ads in the Drama Department program and Yearbook. Expense
Items this year included Post Office Box fees and postage. A $100.00 donation was made to OKTOBERFEST, a
community event. Total expenses came to $4762.10,
just a little more than we brought in.
The Galion Alumni Association is a participating
member of the Synergy Committee. This
committee was established to bring together the several organizations that
contribute to the Galion City Schools in one form or another. The committee consists of members of the Galion City
Schools, Galion Alumni
Association, Galion Community Foundation, Galion Community Education
Foundation, The Galion Tiger Alumni Band, Galion Community Center/YMCA, Galion
Booster Club and Galion Parent Teacher Organizations. This Committee is responsible for the
production of the Galion Connections Weekend. This weekend features a Thursday, Homecoming
Bonfire (Weather permitting), Friday, Career Day for High School and Middle
School students and the Homecoming Game in the evening. Saturday features a
Kiwanis sponsored Pancake Breakfast, a 5k run sponsored by Grace Brethren
Church, and the Hall of
Fame Banquet. The Alumni Association
plays a large role in the Hall of Fame event.
All of these events are open to the public and are not restricted to
Since the creation of the Association in 2004, there
has been only one significant project that required solicitation of funds. That was the Entryway Project. Alumni
responded and the result is on display at the entrance to the Galion City
School Campus on Portland Way
would like to our membership more involved in the workings of the Association. We are seeking input from Galion Alumni as to
what they would like to see from their Association. Send us your thoughts of attend one of our
In an effort to reach more people, a Galion Alumni
Association page has been created on Facebook. Anyone wishing to contact us
with ideas may do so, by using the Contact Us menu item on the Galion Alumni
Association website, or leave a posting on Facebook. You may write us a letter and send it to us at
PO Box 22, Galion, OH 44833.
The Alumni Association Board generally meets the third Monday of every month
unless there is a cancellation or rescheduling. The meetings are currently being
held at the Pizza Hut in Galion usually at 6:30 p.m. All who wish to
participate are cordially invited to attend.