SWHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MERGESWITH SEDRO-WOOLLEY SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015
The Sedro-Woolley High School Alumni Association and Sedro-Woolley Schools Foundation have elected to merge both organizations, effective January 1, 2015.
Each organization’s purpose and focus will be maintained in the new structure. The Alumni Association has historically worked to provide vocational scholarships to Sedro-Woolley school graduates. The SW Schools Foundation raises money to fund grants and improve SW schools at the classroom level. The new organization will do both, through a set of permanent committees.
To emphasize that the merged organization funds projects for students of all ages, the words “high school” have been dropped from the new name:
Sedro-Woolley Alumni and Schools Foundation.
A committee with representatives from each group has met and carefully crafted a set of bylaws. Each organization has a 501(c)3 federal classification; the Schools Foundation will dissolve and be merged into the Alumni Association’s tax structure.
The board of directors will have 24 members; initially there will be 12 board members from each of the pre-merged organizations. In addition, the structure will be clarified as a board-driven organization for the purposes of decision-making and general operations. Officers will be elected by and come from the pool of directors.
Individual membership in the merged organization will follow the Alumni Association’s structure. Currently, annual dues (calendar year) are $10 and Life Membership is $100. Only dues-paying members are eligible to serve as directors.
“This will make our organization bigger and better than ever,” stated Rob Taylor ’61, current president of the SWHS Alumni. “We welcome the Schools Foundation to work with us in raising funds and putting on the annual All-Class Picnic.”
“Both organizations have compatible goals, and the synergy resulting from the merger will help us involve more community members overall,” commented Brock Stiles, current president of the Sedro-Woolley Schools Foundation.
The merged organization will continue to publish two newsletters per year and maintain a web site, blog, and Facebook page.
Meetings will be held on the third Friday of odd-numbered months at the SWSD administrative offices on Trail Road. 11:00 a.m. All members are welcome to attend.
For more information about the current Sedro-Woolley Schools Foundation, visit their web page at: