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
Well, here it is, November, 2018, and yes, November 1, 2018 begins a new fiscal year for the St. John’s College Alumni Association, FY18/19. And yes, the Calendar Year 2019 is just 30+ days or so away. The Board of Directors has just met and here are a few items that were discussed at their meeting on November 10, 2018.
Board Elections: The Nominations Committee has just completed the canvassing of the ballots for election to the Board of Directors of SJCAA. From the Life Members who voted, four members were returned, namely Betty (Wiese) Amey of Bel Aire, KS, Rev. Rocky Mease of Derby, KS, Mark Schotte of Winfield, KS, and Barb (Lorenz) Geuy of Buhler, KS. One newly elected Board member was Linda (Stohs) Wallace of Shawnee, KS. These member’s terms will be through October 2021. They will join the other ten members of the Board to set the policies and direction of the Association. We say a special THANK YOU to Gene Hilgendorf. He was a Board member for a number of years and he chose not to run for re-election. The complete list of Board members, including those elected or re-elected, is found in the November issue of the “Johnnie Reporter.”
Financial Aid: Scholarship awards have been sent out to the various colleges, universities and seminaries for those students who were granted an award for the academic year 2017-18. These awards went to 48 students and the average scholarship amount awarded was $780. Since 1965, 3,918 awards have been made totaling $1,358,489, and this includes awards for the current academic year 2017-2018.
Winfield Johnnie Reunion: Please put the dates of June 7-9, 2019 on your calendar as these are the dates for the next Winfield Johnnie Reunion. The Reunion Committee will soon begin working on the events and activities for this event. The 2019 gathering coincides with the fact that it is also the 110th Anniversary of the founding of the St. John’s College Alumni Association. And with that in mind, we will be inviting ALL ALUMNI to this event. In addition, we will be honoring the classes of 1949, 54, 59, 64, 74, 79 and 84, and of course, the 50-year Honored Class of 1969. As Reunion information becomes available it will be included on our web page at www.stjohnsalumni.org, and will include registration forms.
Finances: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association and the staff here at the office, I take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for your prayers and your financial support this past fiscal year. We reached just over 110 percent of our Annual Fund Goal of $33,755 for this past year. For every $1.00 spent for promotion through mailings for the Annual Fund, the Association raised $6.88 for operations. This is well in line with national averages for smaller colleges, let alone one that has been closed for some 32 years. At the same time, expenses have stayed nearly constant when compared to previous fiscal years. So as a result, this will be the third year in a row that the Operational Income vs Expenses have ended the year in the black. Next fiscal year’s Annual Fund Goal is projected to be $33,405 slightly less than the previous year. So again, we ask for your prayers and financial support for the 2018-2019 ANNUAL FUND. Every gift, no matter its size, will help continue the work which started some 110 years ago back in 1909, and will carry on into the future.
Future of SJCAA: And speaking of the future, the Board of Directors is beginning to wrestle with the future of the Association. If you look down the road just a few years to 2036 when the last graduating class (1986) will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary, there may be only a handful of “Johnnies” left to celebrate. The Board’s work on this project has just begun and will continue for the next year or so. Watch for details in future “Johnnie Reporters.”
In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, we want to say THANK YOU for your past support and we wish each and every one of you a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.