2017 - Looking Back
Our annual membership
drive is now in full swing. This article is intended to update both Alumni Association members and non-members alike. The
results of the efforts of the Galion Alumni Association during 2016 will be
presented as well as our goals for the future.
Current projects are being accomplished in large part through
memberships, which allow us to contribute financially and physically to alumni
activities involving the Galion City Schools and the Galion Community. It is our fondest wish that you will
consider becoming a member of the Galion Alumni Association. Thank you for your consideration.
In 2016, there were
149 dues paying members, of which 79 were Lifetime Members. For the second consecutive year, four of our
members chose the Lifetime Membership option.
For that we are very grateful.
Though most of dues paying Annual Members, have been loyal members
through the existence of the organization, we have seen a few new members come
on board, and to be an effective organization it is imperative that we grow our
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 2016, 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.
2016 In Review
Association held one fund raiser during 2016.
A Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, normally held in the spring of the
year, was cancelled due to the unavailability of the Galion Country Club, which
no longer exists as a private club.
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 hope to re-establish this event in
2017. On the bright side, 300 Club
ticket sales were up in 2016, so a modest return was seen and provided project
funds. 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. Anyone wishing to help with the
sale of the 300 Club tickets, please contact us. Total income from all sources including the
membership dues, 300 Club Ticket sales, donations and account interest amounted
to $8,918.26, about $400.00 more than 2015. A large donation from the GHS Class
of 1960 and improved 300 Club ticket sales accounted for increase.
Cash donations to the
Galion City School System this year included $2500.00 to assist in the cost of moving
and improving the All Ohio Sports display and $2100.00 for a Connections
Weekend sponsorship package. Money was
also spent to promote the Association through ads in the Drama Department
program. Expense Items this year included $354.00 for Post Office Box fees and
postage and $75.00 to maintain our Chamber of Commerce Membership, $334.14 for
2000 Association envelopes, $25.00 to the State of Ohio to maintain our
incorporation status as a non-profit and
$2423.80 for 300 Club drawing winners and ticket printing
costs. Total expenses came to $7,886.94
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. This year the
event attracted more participation due mainly to better preparation and more
student involvement. All of these events
are open to the public and are not restricted to Alumni.
weekend is intended to provide recognition to former Galion City School
graduates and educators. It includes the
presentation of career information to the students in the Middle School, with
presenters from different occupational areas providing information relevant to
their areas of expertise. It is, also, a fund raising vehicle to provide funds
for building an auditorium or Performing Arts Center on the Galion City Schools
Campus. This is an extremely ambitious
undertaking as this will be a multi-million dollar project and will require
some large donors to step forward.
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.