2019 Winfield Johnnie Reunion - The Johnnie Reunion Committee and staff are busy planning the event which is
scheduled for June 7-9, 2019, here in Winfield and on the campus of the former college, now known as Baden Square.
Honored classes this year are the following: 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1974, 1979, 1984, and of course the 50th Anniversary
class of 1969. But ALL ALUMNI are always welcome at the reunion. Please register as soon as possible as there are a
number of events taking place in Winfield that weekend, and hotel/motel space might be in question. (Registration forms
can be found under the Reunion tab.) It’s the people, not just events and schedules, which make a reunion successful.
Come, be a part of Reunion 2019! 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 8th, during our “Open Mic” session, is that we want the alumni (both men and women) to bring and share
all 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 1959, 1969, and 1979, 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 1st, and the Financial Aid Committee has made
determinations on how much aid each applicant who was approved will receive. We received 51 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 $720,000 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 policy 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 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? Last fiscal year the
amount donated to St. John’s was just over $7,100. Currently for this fiscal year (November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019),
over $9,600 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-18/19Annual Fund - In putting a budget together for the Fiscal Year 2018/19, 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 FY18/19
ANNUAL FUND goal was set by the Board of Directors at their November, 2018, meeting at $36,105. By the end of
March, 2019, the ANNUAL FUND goal stands at $18,034, or 50% of its goal. I say THANK YOU to you, the alumni,
who have so graciously contributed to this year’s ANNUAL FUND.
Current Data Base Info Correct? - We at the St. John’s College Alumni Association regularly get calls from alumni
who want to get in contact with their fellow classmates, especially just prior to the Winfield Reunion. We will not give out
any information on any alumnus if they request information not be given out. To date, we have had a few who have
requested this service. If we do give out information, we first verify that they are alumni of SJC or SJA. Their request is
generally for a phone number and/or an email address of one of their classmates. We would appreciate you keeping us
informed of any changes to your address, phone number, and email address. One thing this also does is it saves us money,
because if the the Reporter is returned to us we get charged an amount ranging from $1.25 to $2.25. Typically, we spend
$150 to $200 per year on these address returns. Sooooo … THANKS for keeping us informed of such changes in your
And finally, rest assured that the “Johnnie Spirit” is alive and well! I thank you for your past support and I ask you for
your continued support, both with your prayers and your finances, so that we can continue to carry out the mission of the
St. John’s College Alumni Association.
Larry R. Junker