St. John's College
PO Box 376
1502 E. 6th Ave
Winfield, KS 67156
Tuesday - Thursday
8:00am - 3:00pm
Larry Junker, Executive Director
Wallace Behrhorst, Reporter Editor
Beth Smith, Administrative Assistant
Right now things are busy here at the Alumni Association Office with the Virtual Winfield Johnnie Reunion just around the corner. We have just completed six months of this fiscal year and some major activities are taking shape. Consider the following:
The 2021 Virtual Winfield Johnnie Reunion
That’s right, I said VIRTUAL Johnnie Reunion. We won’t be gathering in person like we have done so many times before. This time it will be virtual. Please read more about this on the cover page of the May Reporter. It has been a lot of work gathering all the information that is going in to this Virtual Johnnie Reunion, so I do hope you enjoy all the work the staff has done to complete this special gathering, even though it is virtual. It will be put to bed somewhere around May 20, but will not be available until the first day of what was scheduled to be the first day of the reunion, that being June 4, 2021. If you have any questions about the 2021 Virtual Winfield Johnnie Reunion, please contact the Alumni Association office.
Financial Aid Applications
The deadline for applying for Financial Aid was April 1, and the Financial Aid Committee will be making determinations on how much aid each applicant will receive. We received 41 applications. Right now, the amount each applicant will receive will be similar to last year, somewhere between $850 and $890. 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 by just over $ 1.1 million, and this is due partly 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. Three new directors will be elected, which will bring the number of Directors down to nine, the number which was approved by the Board three years ago. Each Board member is elected to a three-year term and can be re-elected. The Board of Directors sets 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 Financial has a program called Thrivent Choice and it is benefitting SJCAA. You, the alumni, have directed your Choice Dollars for the benefit of the Alumni Association. This program of Thrivent Financial is a grant program that allows eligible members to phone in or to go on-line and help direct where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable funds 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? So far this fiscal year, the amount donated to St. John’s is just over $4,600. Since July of 2006, the Alumni Association has received some $91,900, and this averages out to just over $6,500 per year. 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 in this all important endeavor.
FY 2020-2021 Annual Fund
In putting a budget together for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021, 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 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 2020-2021 ANNUAL FUND goal was set by the Board of Directors at their November, 2020, meeting at $40,790. By the end of April 2021, the ANNUAL FUND stands at $19,501, or 48% of its goal. I say THANK YOU to you, the alumni, who have so graciously contributed to this year’s ANNUAL FUND.
Enjoy your summer and the 2021 Virtual Winfield Johnnie Reunion.