Greetings fellow alumni. I hope you all had a good summer and are enjoying the cooler temperatures that fall has brung.
The Board of Directors of the Alliance College Alumni Association convened in Erie, PA the weekend of August 24 for its’ annual meetings.
Many of the Board members arrived early to enjoy the Summer activities in Erie. We took a road trip to the recently opened Riverside Brewing Company, built on the site of the legendary Riverside Inn. It is a beautiful place, a brewery that could fit in any major city across the country. It truly is a gem that Cambridge Springs should be very proud of. We enjoyed their delicious food and beer and shared some memories of the Riverside. We will try to incorporate the brewery into 2020 Reunion activities
First up on Saturday morning was a meeting of the Alliance College Alumni Association Foundation Committee. The Foundation Meeting covered current fund-raising efforts to build our scholarship endowment and plans on how the Foundation will roll out fundraising for next year’s Alumni Reunion. 2021 will be a special year as the Foundation announced a “Grand Tour of Poland” alumni trip is being planned for Summer 2021. The Foundation will release details as they become available. A highlight of the meeting was selecting the annual ACAA Foundation Scholarship award winner, Katherine Lewicki. Full details about Ms. Lewicki are forthcoming via press release.
The ACAA meeting followed and was well attended. People traveled from all over the country to attend. In all, there were 25 participants. Following a financial review, there was a spirited discussion around connecting with more alumni all over the country. A couple of brave alumni volunteered to reach out to local alumni in their states, bring them up to speed on ACAA activity and encourage them to attend future reunions. It takes a village! This meeting was also Les Rachocki’s last meeting at Association Treasurer. Effective October 1, Sally Day will be our Treasurer. Les’ many contributions to this Association are greatly appreciated. He is one of the pillars this group sits on. Without his effort, dedication and passion for our school, the ACAA might not exist. Les will remain on as Assistant Treasurer and will continue to be a vital part of our Association.
The “main event” of this meeting is the selection of the reunion location and timing for 2020. Our Secretary, Helen Dziob Tueffel, presented options to the group and we decided to return to Erie in 2020. The Sheraton Erie Bayfront hotel will be reunion headquarters. The group decided to switch the timing of the event to August 28-30 so we can take advantage of the beautiful weather. In fact, the Saturday evening dinner is tentatively planned to be outdoors. A Garden Party! Details to follow once the full weekend plan is set. Mark your calendars!
Following the meeting, Alliance alumni took advantage of some of the great events that took place during this weekend. The Tall Ships were in the Bayfront Harbor and were truly a sight to behold. The Zabawa Polish Heritage Festival at the Holy Trinity Church was a celebration of Polish culture, with delicious foods, Polish beer and lots of music and dancing. Reunion weekend in 2020 will be held concurrent with the 2020 Zabawa festival for those who wish to partake!
In all, it was a great weekend and another reminder of the special relationships and bond we have as Alliance College alumni. On behalf of the ACAA Board, I would like to wish everyone well this Fall and look forward to seeing you in Erie.
Hello everyone. We are just 43 days away from the 2018 Reunion at the beautiful Erie Bayfront Convention Center in conjunction with the outstanding Sheraton and Courtyard hotels. Registration numbers are growing and it looks like there will be a great crew of alumni on hand to make the weekend especially memorable.
There is quite a lot planned, starting Friday night; there will be a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and entertainment as well as an optional dinner cruise on the Victorian Princess. We have already exceeded our estimated attendance for the cruise but there is still plenty of room on the boat if you are interested.
Saturday starts with the Alliance College Alumni Association meeting at 10:00. Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting. We will be voting in Officers and other Board members so come in, participate and vote!
During the afternoon there are several activities scheduled. Feel free to attend any or all of them or if you would just like reconnect with your college friends, go for it! The key is to have fun.
The main event is the dinner/dance Saturday night. We will be honoring the Class of 1968 who celebrate the 50th graduation anniversary, the Class of 1978 celebrating their 40th anniversary, the soccer teams from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s together with the Business and Tool & Die programs. Special honorees will be John Wroblewski, Pete Mathews and it is highly likely Coach Mike Flick will be in the house on this very special night.
On Sunday, there will be a mass at St. Stanislaus Church in Erie with ACAA participation. In addition, on Sunday afternoon there is a Polish festival at St. Stanislaus that everyone is free to attend if you wish before heading home.
I think we have a jam-packed weekend planned and sincerely hope you can attend but more importantly, contact your circle of Alliance friends and encourage them to join the fun. It should be a beautiful fall weekend in Erie with plenty of special memories waiting to happen. What else are you going to do? Clean the garage? See you in Erie!
Welcome to the President’s Corner – I will periodically post Alliance College Alumni Association updates in this space.
Spring is upon us and it brings a new redesign of the ACAA website. Take a look around – we hope you like it. A BIG thank you to Chet Fedorowicz, Les and Elaine Rachocki for all the efforts they put into the conversion. The site has a fresh, clean look and is easy to navigate. You are all encouraged to add photos. Please spread the word that the site is back so everyone can come check it out and hopefully resume some of the spirited debate on the forums.
A lot of you have contacted me and other Board members about the upcoming reunion. Be a bit more patient please as final details are being confirmed. I can say this for sure; it wil be held October 5-7 2018 at the beautiful properties at the Erie Bayfront. You can reserve your rooms at either the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel or the Courtyard by Marriott – Erie Bayfront. We’ll all miss The Riverside Inn but I think once you see these properties you will agree we have found a new home. These hotels offer all the latest amenities and the banquet facilities are terrific. Mind you , the reunion will cost a bit more than a riverside reunion but I assure you we are getting good value for our dollar. I expect registration will begin on or about May 1.
On behalf of the Alliance College Alumni Association board, I wish you a healthy and happy summer. See you in October!