2015 in Review
It is time once again for our annual membership
drive. In this Alumni update you will
find the results of the efforts of the Galion Alumni Association during 2015. These projects were accomplished in large
part through memberships, which allowed us to contribute financially and
physically to alumni activities involving the Galion City
Schools and the Galion
Community. Thank you for your continued support.
In 2015, there were 157 dues paying members, of which
75 were Lifetime Members. This year,
four of our members chose the Lifetime Membership option. For that we are very grateful. Though most of those Annual Members have been
loyal members through the existence of the organization we have seen a few new
members come on board. 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 2015, 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
2015 In Review
The Alumni Association held two fund raisers during
2015. A Wine Tasting and Silent Auction were held on Saturday, March 14th. 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 2016 Wine Tasting and
Silent Auction on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
The event will take place at the Galion Country Club from 6:00 to 8:00
pm. Wines from around the world will be
featured along with foods that might accompany each wine. In addition to the wines, there will be four
craft beers available. This has proven
to be a fun time and all are invited to attend. Proceeds are intended for the
Campus Wear Fund. The Alumni Association has taken over the 300
Club ticket sales. For those not familiar with the 300 Club Ticket, it involves
the sale of 300 tickets at $20.00 each.
At each home game in both football and basketball, two tickets are drawn
to determine winners of $100.00 each.
Those tickets are then returned to the container and are eligible to be
drawn in the future. We sure could use some help with the sale of the 300 Club
Tickets. Total income from all sources
including the Wine Tasting, membership dues, 300 Club Ticket sales, donations
and account interest amounted to $8,519.60.
Cash donations to the Galion City School System this
year included $1000.00 to the Campus Wear Fund, $2500.00 to assist in the cost
of a sports assets study and $2100.00 for a Connections Weekend Sponsorship. Money was also spent to promote the
Association through ads in the Drama Department program and Yearbook. Expense Items
this year included $303.00 for Post Office Box fees and postage and $75.00 to
maintain our Chamber of Commerce Membership. A $500.00 donation was made to sponsor the
establishment of the Galion Graders, a college level summer baseball team and $3623.80
in prize money to 300 Club drawing winners and ticket printing costs. Total
expenses came to $9976.80, about $1657.20 more than income for the year 2015.
The Galion Alumni Association is a participating
member of the Connections Weekend Committee. 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 Middle School students and
the Homecoming Game in the evening. Saturday features a Kiwanis sponsored
Pancake Breakfast, 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 Alumni.
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 or 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.
Galion Alumni Association
|Brian Treisch - President
||Joe Kleinknecht - Vice President
| Steve Melchior - Treasurer
|| Bill Durtschi - Secretary
| Doug Schilling
|| Julie Boles
| Karen Flowers
|| Sarah Wegesin