Alumni Association of the Rensselaer NY School District
General Membership Meeting
May 7, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 6:36 pm by President Lynne Beiermeister at Rensselaer High School LGI Room. The following members were in attendance: Lynne Beiermeister '69 (President), Ginny Lazzaro '69 (Treasurer), Marianne Heller Brownell '71 (Secretary), Doris Roberts (Ex-Officio), Deborah Irving Reimann '74 (Vice President), Ruth Dickson '56, Howard Dickson '54, Jim Finke '57, and Melody Towslee.
Old Business: Motion was made to approve the April 2019 meeting minutes into the record by Doris Roberts and seconded by Deb Reimann. Motion carried.
Sign and Memorial Day Parade: Deb Reimann cannot attend the Memorial Day Parade so there will be no representation this year. Deb is working with John Mooney regarding the sign and indicated that a list of organizations participating is forthcoming and still in process.
Hall of Fame (Lynne and Ginny) -It was agreed by all that the venue change was a huge success. Food, beverage and staff was top-notch. Doris made the suggestion that perhaps for next year we could include the beer and soda into the cost, but that would mean that we would have to raise the price per person. The fund raiser turned out great and Ginny reported that the Alumni Association took in $5,485. It was mentioned that being able to set up on Friday morning was a plus and also that we may need more speakers around the room and for the computer next year.
Golf Tournament September 8 at Fairways of Halfmoon (Doris reported in Gerry's absence) – Gerry, Norm Van Wormer and Frank Bruno will be meeting the following week. Breakfast and an early dinner will be included. The signs for the tournament should go up around the first of July. Lynne mentioned to Tessa about the possibility of offering a paint & sip to those in attendance.
Treasurer's Report (Ginny) – See attached Treasurer's Report dated April 30, 2019.
70's Reunion on May 18 and Rensselaer Revisited on May 16 Updates (Melody) – We have over 200 coming to the reunion to be held at Birch Hill. A banner sign was made for the reunion and to be passed along to reunions in the future. Rensselaer Revisited event will be held at Doane Stuart School for a step back in time and to recapture some of our city's history. Yankee Doodle Band will play.
Garage Sale and Drop Off for Donations (Lynne) – The Rensselaer class of 2020 is holding a garage sale and is asking for donations to be dropped off at the high school's main office or students will be available to help unload, if needed. Drop off days are on May 15, 22 and 29.
Centennial Award & Lewis Award/Graduation (June 26, 2019) (Denise, Deb, Ginny)
Senior Breakfast on May 10, 2019 (Ruth, Ginny, Lynne) – All set on the food, tables will be set up and the Principal will be there.
Concerts in the Park (Deb) – There will be six concerts this year, all sponsored by the Kiwanis, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The dates for the concerts are June 26 through August 7th. The Alumni Association is sponsoring the concert to be held on July 10th with the Hands of Time. The cost to sponsor is $250. Motion was made to be a patron was made and so moved.
Faculty Liaisons – Lynne mentioned Denise is retiring next year and Tessa Sedlar (HS) and Amy Mooney (Elem) have agreed to do it.
Alumni Association Slate of Officers (Lynne) – Deb Reimann and Melody Towslee have agreed to help Ginny share the Treasurer's responsibilities. Ginny will outline the tasks involved. This may leave the Vice President position open. Lynne will send a notice on Facebook in September.
Open Discussion – Deb Reimann requested that (2) $50 gift certificates from the Alumni Association be given for the City Parks Improvement Pancake Breakfast fund raiser. Motion was made and carried.
Meeting adjourned: 7:50 pm
Next meeting: June 4th at 6:30 in the LGI Room
Marianne Heller Brownell '71