Yes, the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. And before you know it, we will be in
the New Year 2018, and time for New Year’s Resolutions. Did you make any resolutions last year, and did you keep
any of those? If you are like me, I made none, so I didn’t have any to carry out or break. Never the less, here are a
few items of interest of this past fiscal year of 2016-17:
Well, FY16-17 has been a relatively good year for the Alumni Association, although at times it was trying. The
Board of Directors chose to move our financial resources to another bank and that took a few months before things
began to settle down. The market value of our Scholarship Endowment started out at $1,347,665 (as of 11/01/16),
and as of 9/30/17 it stands at $1,498,248, an increase of $150,583, or just over 11 percent. This is due in part to the
growth of the funds, but also to contributions to this endowment. By the same token, the Operational Endowment
grew from a market value of $727,706 to $783,311, an increase of $55,605, or a 7.6 percent growth. Again, market
growth and contributions to this endowment were the factors.
Projections for our Annual Fund goal of some $33,600 fell short by some $5,000. But keeping the expense side
down, we were able to keep a balanced budget of some $82,400.
Shortly after November 1, 2016, the first of four quarterly issues of the “Reporter” was published. The cover of the
first issue was devoted to the election that took place in September, 2016, for the Board of Directors of the
The Nominations Committee has just completed the canvassing of the ballots for election to the Board of Directors
of SJCAA for 2017. The Committee had selected 8 individuals as possible Board members (3 incumbents and 5
others), and letters were sent out to these individuals. The ballot and the bio information were sent out to 660 life and
annual members. Of this number, 264 ballots were returned resulting in a 40.0 percent return. This rate of return is
about average over the last few years, but it still puzzles me as to what happened to the other 396 ballots!
Then shortly after January 1, 2017, the Winfield Johnnie Reunion Committee began meeting to plan the events and
activities which would take place June 9th-11th. The years ending in 7 and 2 were the honored classes with the Class
of 1967 being the 50th Anniversary. Over 145 attended the Saturday evening banquet. The Service of Celebration &
Remembrance on Saturday afternoon was held in Meyer Hall in what we all knew as the chapel, while the Sunday
service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church. Planning for the 2018 gathering will begin soon and the dates are June
1-3, 2018. The honored classes will be 48, 53, 58, 63, 73, 78, 83, and the 50th Anniversary class of 1968. Soooo….
begin making your plans to attend, and if you would like to assist as a preacher, liturgist, presenter, etc… please
contact the Association soon.
The Financial Aid Committee met in April, 2017, to approve the applications that were submitted to the Association.
Fifty-one applications were approved to receive an average of $650. Since 1965, the Association has made 3,871
awards totaling $1,321,799 and this includes the 2017-2018 academic year. In these financial times, you can tell that
these awards do mean a great deal to these students. The St. John’s College Alumni Association says a special
THANK YOU to all, who over the past 108 years, have provided funds to increase the Restricted Endowment. I
think you can readily see that the earnings your funds have produced have been put to good work by the young men
and women who, for the most part, are going into full-time church work.
Add to all this the fact that Thrivent Choice dollars from you, the alumni, have brought in over $6,500. We thank
the Lord for you, the alumni, and Thrivent for this program. I would be remiss if I did not say a big hardy THANK
YOU to all who have contributed to the Association, either directly or through Thrivent. God bless each and every
one of you for your gifts that allow the Association to continue its work.
I ask you to keep the Board of Directors and the various Committee members in your thoughts and prayers as they
begin to plan the events and activities of the Association for the coming year. At their semi-annual meeting on
November 11, 2017, the Board of Directors set the agenda for the coming fiscal year (November 2017-October 2018)
by establishing some goals, both financial and otherwise, for the Association.
Happy New Year! Well, I know it’s not 2018 yet, but November begins a new fiscal year for the St. John’s
College Alumni Association. So, in a fiscal sense, I bid you Happy New Year greetings one and all, in the name of our
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Beth Smith administrative assistant, and
myself, let me be the first to wish each and every one of you a very “Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous
Larry R. Junker