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
First, let’s talk about reunions. The 2017 Winfield Johnnie Reunion, according to all the comments we’ve received from those who attended it, was a success. Attendance was up significantly over the past years. This was due to the fact that the Academy and College classes of 1967 had a great turnout, thanks in part to the work of Al Stigge contacting many of this class urging them to come. Al also opened his home here in Winfield where these classes could gather and hash over old times (or maybe I should say good times). Almost 150 individuals attended the banquet on Saturday evening. Much of the success and THANKS go to members of the Reunion Committee (Gery and Marilyn Pralle, Julie Utt, Carolyn Seeliger, Tim and Beth Smith, Karen Hill, Sally Ray, and Kris Junker). THANKS also to our speakers, presenters and musicians (Barrie Henke, Richard Mayer, Jerry Peck, Gene Hilgendorf, Barb Guey, David Bueltmann, Wally Behrhorst, Keith Kohlmeier, Ken Hennings, Rick Hathaway, Don Bruns, and of course Trinity Lutheran Congregation and its Youth Group).
This year’s theme was “Johnnies Experience The Joy Of Living In The Spirit.” This theme was celebrating the 124th anniversary of the founding of SJC and the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Alumni Association. This theme seemed to be prevalent in the 1967 Yearbook (the Class of 1967 was celebrating their 50th anniversary). One of the highlights seems to be the Saturday Service of Celebration and Remembrance, which has been held in what used to be the Chapel in Meyer Hall over the past few years. This is now the home of the Winfield Community Theatre. The original altar and podium (from the early 1970s) were used, and attached to the altar was the old picture of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Having this service in Meyer Hall Chapel brought back a lot of memories of climbing the stairs and going through the double doors of Meyer Hall to daily chapel. Many comments were, “That’s where this service belongs.”
There were of course guided tours of the campus, now known as Baden Square. The tours started in Mundinger Hall, progressed to Rehwinkel Hall, on to newly-renovated Baden Hall, and then to the library and the gym. The banquet on Saturday evening was held in the Community Center, formerly the Student Center. Sunday church service and Sunday School were held at Trinity Lutheran Church. Lunch at Trinity concluded the activities for another year, and fond farewells and safe travels were bid to everyone. If any of the attendees have any thoughts and ideas on this year’s reunion, they are asked to contact the Alumni Association Office with this information, and this will then be passed on to next year’s committee for their review. By the way, next year’s reunion will be held the weekend of June 1-3, 2018.
Two-thirds of our fiscal year is over and the June financials reflect that the 2016/2017 Annual Fund has reached $ 17,348, or 51.55 percent of its goal of $33,655. With four months to go, we still need to raise over $16,000 to balance our budget. Expenses seem to be in line with the previous three years. Let me say THANK YOU to all of you who have financially supported the programs of the Alumni Association. I ask your continued support, both with your prayers and your contributions. The total market value of the Association’s two endowments has reached just over the $2,233,000 mark. For this we praise the Lord and say THANK YOU to the alumni, because it is your contributions and the careful investment of our funds by CornerBank, and now by Community National Bank personnel that have made this happen. The market value as of May 31, 2017 of these two endowments is as follows: the Scholarship Endowment was $1,461,909 and the Operational Endowment was $781,277; thus the total market value of these endowments is $2,243,186 - up some $785,954 or 54% from July 2006. The Board, at its meeting on June 9th, designated the offering from both the Saturday Service of Celebration and Remembrance and the Blessing Jar to be used for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year. Just over $1,350 was set aside for this purpose.
In other action, the Board approved the Compilation Report (Audit) prepared by Brady Dutton, CPA. The Board heard a report from the Financial Aid Committee (Betty Amey, Dean VonStroh, & Arleta Harmon), stating that the average award to 51 students was $650 for the 2107-18 Academic Year. The Board was reminded that election to the Board will take place in September, and solicitation of names for nominations will take place between now and mid-August. The Board has set its next meeting date as Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 10:00 AM here in Winfield, KS. If there is any item that you, the alumni, feel needs to be brought to the Board’s attention, please email your thoughts to the Alumni Association Office. You are urged to check the Alumni Association web site www.stjohnsalumni.org. Beth Smith, the administrative assistant, keeps this up-to-date, so check back often. You are also able to read the current Johnnie Reporter and some back issues there as well.
Well, as I write this column, it is almost July 1, 2017, and it also marks the eleventh anniversary of my becoming your Executive Director. I do hope in some small way I have contributed to the continued success of SJCAA. I have certainly enjoyed working with the Board of Directors and all of the Alumni these past 11-years.
God’s richest blessings to each of you,
Larry R. Junker, Executive Director