St. John's College
Alumni Association
PO Box 376
1502 E. 6th Ave
Winfield, KS 67156

Phone: 620-221-1572
Office Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday
8:00am - 3:00pm
  St. John's College Alumni Association
Office Staff:
Larry Junker, Executive Director
Wallace Behrhorst, Reporter Editor
Beth Smith, Administrative Assistant




As I write this, May 1st is just days away.  Yes, spring has come to Winfield; the trees are leafing out and it won’t be too long and the grass will need mowing.  As a matter of fact, I have already mowed my lawn once.  As I get older, I think the pace of things seems to be getting faster and faster, and things are beginning to get busy here at the Alumni Association Office with the Winfield Johnnie Reunion just one month away.  We have just completed almost six months of this fiscal year, and here are some of the activities that are taking shape.  Consider the following:
   2022 Winfield Johnnie Reunion - The Johnnie Reunion Committee and staff are busy planning the event which is scheduled for June 3-5, 2022, here in Winfield, and on the campus of the former college, now known as Baden Square.  Honored classes this year are the following:  1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1977, 1982, and of course the 50th Anniversary class of 1972.  But ALL ALUMNI are always welcome at the reunion.  Please register ASAP as we must turn in numbers to the caterer so the proper amount of food can be ordered and prepared.  Registration forms are available by clicking on the Reunion tab.  It’s the people, not just events and schedules, which make a reunion successful.  Come, be a part of Reunion 2022!  The success of such an event depends on YOU!  During the weekend we want to reminisce about all the good times we’ve had during our years at St. John’s.  One of the special things we want to do on Saturday, June 4th, during our “Open Mic” session, is for all alumni to bring and share their stories about the good times (and the bad) that were had in the dorms, the classrooms, on the sports fields, and perhaps “elsewhere.”  Many of these happenings will bring tears of laughter and joy as we remember our years at St. John’s.  Will you be there to hear all these stories?  I hope so!  Rumor has it that the Classes of 1962, 1967, and 1972, are expecting record numbers of classmates to attend, so it will be a tight race to see who has the most in attendance and will win the coveted attendance trophy.
   Financial Aid Applications - The deadline for applying was April 1, and the Financial Aid Committee has made determinations on how much aid each applicant who was approved will receive.  We received 39 applications.  The next issue of The Reporter will contain a list of those students who were awarded aid, and which institutions of the LCMS they will be attending.  We thank YOU, the alumni, for your support of this financial aid program through your contributions to the Scholarship Endowment.  Since July of 2006, this endowment has increased in market value some $1,177,700 due to growth in the market, but also through contributions from YOU, the alumni and friends of St. John’s.
   Upcoming Elections to the Board - Elections to the Board of Directors will be coming up in the fall of this year. Each Board member is elected to a three-year term and can be re-elected.  The Board of Directors set the policies for the Association, and the staff carries out those policies with a program of work.  If you would like to have your name placed in nomination for election to the Board, or if you know of someone you think would make a good Board member, please do not hesitate to notify the Association office.  We will contact those individuals to see if they would let their name stand on the ballot.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
   Thrivent Choice - Thrivent Financial’s program called Thrivent Choice is benefitting SJCAA.  You, the alumni, have directed your Choice Dollars for the benefit of the Alumni Association.  This program of Thrivent Financial’s is a grant program that allows eligible members to choose where Thrivent distributes a portion of its funding each year.  The Alumni Association is listed in the program’s searchable online catalogue.  Won’t you help YOUR Alumni Association grow by designating some of these Choice Dollars to SJCAA?  Last fiscal year the amount donated to St. John’s was just over $7,600.  Currently for this fiscal year (Nov. 1, 2021 to April 15, 2022), over $5,400 has been received from Thrivent Financial through YOUR efforts.  On behalf of the Board of Directors of St. John’s College Alumni Association, we want to express our thanks not only to Thrivent Financial, but also to you, the alumni of St. John’s, for helping out in this all important endeavor.
   FY 2021-22 Annual Fund - In putting a budget together for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022, one starts out by reviewing the projects and programs for the coming year.  Then one looks at the different sources of income and makes “educated” projections.  The same is done then on the expense side.  The difference between these two numbers is what the Alumni Association must raise in order to maintain a balanced budget.  This number is called the ANNUAL FUND!  This amount must be raised to meet expenses of the Association.  After doing the necessary budgetary projections, the FY 2021-22 ANNUAL FUND goal was set by the Board of Directors at their Nov., 2021, meeting at $37,510.  By the end of March, 2022, the ANNUAL FUND goal stands at $24,532, or 65.4% of its goal.  I say THANK YOU to you, the alumni, who have so graciously contributed to this year’s ANNUAL FUND.

Blessings always,

Larry R. Junker