In January, the Huskie Football Alumni gathered to take a look back at 2011 and kick off 2012 with new energy and enthusiasm at the Alumni Annual General Meeting. Alumni in attendance included a wide range of new and old who were all active in a discussion about how to reshape and refocus efforts in 2012. One of the major talking points was around how to restructure the Alumni based on new goals and initiatives.
Members in attendance voted to create a Board of Governance. The board split up duties and assigned leaders to traditional fundraising events, communications and building the alumni community. But most of the conversation was around how to better engage the current alumni. A major initiative in 2012 will be to strengthen the alumni community through social events and stronger communications. The Alumni is now on Twitter, Facebook and will have a dedicated page on the Outsider for alumni news and updates. There will be more ways for alumni to reach out and ask questions, stay up-to-date on events and feel welcome at Alumni meetings and gatherings.
Our goal is to honour the alumni and make those who wore the Green & White once again feel a sense of pride and belonging.
A lot was done in 2011 to continue the Alumni’s strong fundraising efforts over the past several years. Most of the fundraising goes toward needed scholarship money for the football program while other fundraising is allocated towards strengthening the alumni community through events and other commitments to the program. One of the most successful events in 2011 was the Artists and Athletes Art Auction (Say that 5 times fast) in support of the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus.
The event was a huge success and took place in the new Graham Huskies Clubhouse team room. Art was auctioned off to a number of alumni, dignitaries and art collectors in the province and the proceeds were split between the Emma Lake Kenderine Campus and the Huskie Football Alumni for use as scholarship money. A number of the artists themselves were in attendance and were blown away by the support of the football alumni community. The event was such a success that another auction has been planned for fall 2012.
Traditional fundraising events were also successful and included the Annual Huskie Alumni Golf Tournament and the Locker Room Project which allows Alumni to have their name etched on one of the Graham Huskie Clubhouse Lockers with all money going towards scholarships.
Events and gatherings
The Huskie Alumni had a strong presence at the Huskie Football Reunion as part of the Huskie Athletics Centennial celebrations. Huskie Football had the second highest attendance of all the Huskie sports but we were the only group with an open bar! HUSKIE PRIDE!
Lastly, there will be a focus on bringing the alumni community together in 2012. One of the more traditional events, beers after home games, will be better organized for the 2012 season and more details about the post-game meet-ups will come closer to the season. The spring camp BBQ is another event that will be open to all Alumni and more details will come shortly on when and where to meet.
Some new events are being worked on for this offseason as well as opportunities for Alumni to get engaged and help with events during the 2012 season. For more details, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and check the Alumni page on the Huskie Outsider.